Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Hey Pixies!
So I give you all permission to slap my wrists and give me a good telling off!! I know it's been over two weeks since I last posted but what with stressful school work and chrimbo prep, I just really haven't found much time to update my little bloggeroo!

So anyway, this is just a post to say Merry Christmas! Here are a few photos of how I decorated my room for the festive period. I had many more and was going to do a DIY post, but never actually got round to it. So here are just a select few snaps to accompany the message (only because posts without pictures don't feel right to me!). Enjoy!!

So there's just a couple of ways in which I have tried to inject a little festivity into my bedroom!

I hope you all have a fantabulous Christmas and get everything you wished for! 

Lots of love and thanks for reading as always!

Friday, 6 December 2013

My Favourite Shampoo & Conditioner for Coloured Hair

Hey Pixies
So another hair post today!
I've been dying my hair for a few years now, however previously, it has only been on the ends; also I have always either wanted to strip the colour after a bad job ( ;) ) or it has been bleached and hasn't needed to be protecting from fading.  
Whereas now, for the first time, I have a dye over all of my hair. As my hair was virgin hair, I had to have a semi permanent dye and to be honest I would have opted for a semi-permanent anyway. Although, being semi-permanent, it means that it fades rapidly fast! So, despite the fact that they probably don't make a whole lot of difference, I was on the hunt for a colour holding/renewing shampoo - and as I am a poor student, a drugstore one!

Herbal Essences - Ignite my colour, vibrant colour shampoo & conditioner

I LOVE this shampoo & conditioner. I never believed the shampoos that claimed to 'hold colour' as I thought if it's a semi dye, it's going to fade fast and that's that. And although it does, these products have helped dramatically. 
When I originally got my hair done I was using a TRESemme shampoo & conditioner. To be fair I didn't like it before, and the way it stripped a large quantity of my colour very quickly really sealed the deal with this product for me. It was not good. So after about 3 washes and it really fading my hair, I knew I needed to invest in a change. 
So on one of my many wanderings in Boots I saw these Herbal Essences on offer and snapped them up. They were a real steal and have treated me so well. Since I have been using these I have seen a much more gradual fade rather than the STRIPPING that I got from TRESemme. 
I don't think that the products 'ignited' my colour but it has definitely held the colour and made my hair very soft and shiny! 

So yeah, overall I can only sing this product's praises. If you have coloured hair but don't want to spend a bomb on a really good shampoo & conditioner, then I definitely recommend giving this one a try. 

Have you dyed your hair? What shampoos do you like using?

Thanks for reading! x 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Skincare Saviours

Hey Pixies
So as a teenager I get pretty bad skin, surprise surprise. But recently I've been really slacking with my skincare, I know it's bad but I just sometimes set it as a low priority when it should be the opposite. 
So over the past couple of weeks I have been reaching for me 'ole faithful Liz Earle and have actually been shocked this time around. 
So recently my skin has just been terrible, and I'm talking terrible! I'd get 2-3 new spots a day, and they'd take an age to go! So I took a few days off from makeup and used my Liz Earle routine religiously.

I start by using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to either remove my makeup in the evening or just cleanse in the morning. Then (only in the evening) I use the LE Instant Boost Skin Tonic as a toner. Then I use the LE Skin Repair Moisturiser and finally finish with, a new love, Clinique All About Eyes eye cream. 

Then after doing this morning and night for about 3 days with no makeup (I've been stuck at home!) I found that already my skin was pretty clear - for me anyway. Any spots I'd had, had disappeared and no knew ones had come up! So I decided to go back to makeup. After a day of wearing my extremely heavy MAC Studio Fix, I had broken out again. So I decided to change my foundation to something kinder to my skin (foundation review coming on Sunday!) and so far so good! 
I have never seen my skin so good and it is all thanks to this skincare. I have been a lover of Liz Earle for a long long time and this month I have just totally rekindled my love! I really recommend it for a good package skincare. I got all three on a deal back at the start of the summer and the toner and moisturiser are still going, however I have repurchased the holy grail Cleanse and Polish. 
I like the toner but I don't know whether I'd shell out for a repurchase as I don't know how crucial it is to my routine. 
The moisturiser however is just beautiful. It is so good over the winter when my skin is quite dry, it really rejuvenates and brings life back into my skin. 
A new recent love to recover my eyes (please see last post) is the Clinique eye cream. It is so beautiful. It's done an amazing job at helping to bring my eyes back to life and is just a brilliant product - thanks mum! 

So if you are looking for a simple, but great skincare routine - Liz Earle is your woman! 

Have you used Liz Earle before? What's your favourite skincare for troubled skin?

Thanks for reading x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Eyeshadow Primer

Hey Pixies!
Sorry my schedules slipped again this week but I have just had a bit of a tough week but I'm hoping to get back on track. 

So recently when in Boots with the best friend (who accidentally appears in the photobooth snaps in the background) we both noticed this this primer from Rimmel. Now I am always open to trying new primers, especially cheaper alternatives to my beloved UDPP! 

So I started out with really high hopes for this primer as it looked and felt lovely in store, however I'm afraid that I have really been disappointed with this product. 
It is a very thin primer and quite oily when first applied which I didn't really like as I felt it left my whole lid, up to my brow bone, oily and without foundation which I really dislike as a base for eyeshadow. 
However, despite being oily at first I found that over the past couple of weeks it has really dried out my lids! It's taking some serious eye cream and moisturising to recover. 
It also makes my shadow crease and patchy so it isn't that great at 'exaggerating' the shadows. 
However the one thing I do like about this foundation is that it has an almost pearlescent look which is lovely when used with shimmer. 
I don't want to be too down on this primer because my best friend also bought this and loves it. She finds that it is great at preventing fallout from even the most frustrating of eyeshadows. 
Overall I was really unimpressed with this primer and as the first drugstore primer I've used I'm really disappointed! If anyone has any suggestions of good drugstore eye primers please let me know!! 

Have you tried this primer? If so what did you think?

Thanks for reading x