1 Feb 2015

Say Oh, Hello Jo



For a little while now, well a nearly a year, I've been posting over on oh, hello jo.

I began this blog as an offset for beauty related things for Peaa. but as time went on I realised that it just wasn't the best option for me - having two blogs. As you can see from my sporadic posting, it just didn't work out.

Since beginning oh, hello jo, I've found a renewed optimism and motivation for blogging and I'm happy I made the decision. Although there's a few lifestyle bits, the majority is currently beauty, so you should find the swap easy to follow and like the regular posts. I've reviewed more than ever, posted more than ever and I hope you'll join me over there! 

27 Jul 2014

Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner



You know when you think, hmm I'll give this a go, bash it in the basket and don't really think about it? Well, I did that with this and I'm glad I did.

I'm a great fan of Rimmel eyeliner anyway so I expected this to live up to it's predecessors. The first day, it did. The second day, it sort of did. The third day, just no.

As with all felt tip liners that I've used, despite taking extra care over putting the lid securely on, standing it up with the nib face down, etc. No luck. It started applying really faintly, the nib wasn't as fine as it was to start and it began to drag my lid.

I understand that over time, these things are inevitable, but after two uses?!

I'll be giving it a few more tries, but I think this might end up at the bottom of my makeup bag fairly fast.

I'm a loyal user of liquid liner, so this just proves that I'm using the right, blacker than black, lid liner. Go me!

7 Apr 2014

MUA nail polish


Plum Noir, Sweet Peach, Ameretto Crush

I picked these up from Superdrug the other day, because they were only a pound and the colours are awesome. For the money they're obviously not going to be the best polish on the market, but the only downside I can find is the brush. It doesn't apply the polish very well - sort of smears and blobs it about. If you use a different brush however, the colours apply in two coats and last reasonably well. With my Seche Vite top coat the pink lasted two days before I chipped it in the warehouse at work and took it off. Again, for a quid that's preeeeetty good value. 

They have a few other colours too - the mint looked lovely but I rarely wear light colours (other than pink or white) because my nails are so short - and I might be back to see if they add any more to the collection.

Overall, an exceptionally good value for money product.

3 Mar 2014

Babyliss Boutique Soft Wave Hair Wand

Olie got me this for Christmas because I wanted a hair wand instead of using my straighteners to curl my hair as well as straighten. At first, it's got to be said, I hated it. But, after two months, I've realised it's just technique. Forget what you know about curling with straighteners and start form the beginning.

Firstly, the barrel of this wand is relatively thick and does not taper. I like this because the waves you get are just that - waves, not curls so it makes your hair look much more natural. It comes with a glove, a heat mat and a storage bag. I don't use any of these. The storage bag... who actually uses those? The glove... makes it so hard to section hair, you may as well just mash your hair into a bush on your way to work in the morning for all the help that does. And the heat mat was just a disappointment. I have one that came with my straighteners and I'm using that one now as the wand burnt my carpet through the mat it's supplied with during the fifteen/twenty minutes I was waving my hair.

Thank the Lord, it's not a new carpet.

I thought I'd show you how I use it instead of just writing, because that seems to be all I do on this blog.


Before:

I usually use a higher heat setting, but the day I shot this I wasn't going out so I didn't mind if my hair dropped within the hour. This wand heats up relatively fast. It's not as quick as my straighteners, but still quick enough for me not to have to sit about on a morning waiting for it.

Take a section about this big (you might need to take more or less depending on how thick your hair is) and then wrap it around the wand away from your face.

And it should look like this!

Then repeat for the rest of your hair.

This is what my hair looks like at the end. It's a very natural finish - much more natural than when I use straighteners and it lasts throughout the day. I do tend to use a hairspray through the ends to hold it a little more.

I use this quite a lot. It doesn't take much longer than when I straighten and you can see from the before photo that my hair is pretty straight to start with. You also have option for softer waves with a lower setting, super curls if you take smaller sections or alternatively big strong waves if you take larger sections and a higher heat.

Although the accessories for this product are shameful, I would definately recommend the actual wave wand for beginners like me who want to dip their toes into hair wands (as weird as that sentence sounds) and I'm so glad Olie chose it as a gift for me.

Do you have a hair wand? What size wand do you like most?

24 Feb 2014

Blackcurrant Cleansing Shower Butter


I bought this from The Yorkshire Soap Company in November, but if you don't live in North Yorkshire, you can get it here. I actually bought it as a gift, but the smell is so divine I kept it. As the name suggests it's a butter type consistency which intrigued me a bit - it's smooth, easy to dig out of the pot and lathers up like a nice sliver of Imperial Leather.

I use it with a shower mitt to exfoliate at the same time, but smoothing it over my skin without works just as well, and as I said before the smell is amazing; exactly like blackcurrants. The only downside is that the smell doesn't linger (on me anyway) for very long.

The actual cleansing properties of this butter are very good, I feel squeaky clean after showering and also nourished as it contains shea butter to moisturise too. With the combination of the exfoliation too, my skin feels awesome after using this.

We started using it just after Christmas and you can see how little we've actually used. A little goes a relatively long way so for the price of £7.99 I think it's very decent.

The packaging is good and bad at the same time. I like how big the tub is and how easily the lid clips on and off, but for keeping in the shower, the material it's made of (a sort of plasticy cardboard) doesn't feel as though it's completely suitable for keeping in the wet. Only good side to this is that it's completely recyclable so for the price of keeping it away from the shower, you're doing your little bit for the environment by recycling it afterwards.

Overall, I would give this an eight out of ten. Although I love it, I wish the smell would surround me all day and I think a different kind of packaging would make it easier to remember to take to the shower and use.

Having said that, I'd definately recommend it to you if you'd like to try something different and for the £7.99 price tag, the amount of product you get is unbeatable.

12 Feb 2014

Little Giveaway

So today something a bit different is going to happen. 

If you follow my other blog Peaa, you'll know I'm having a clearout and a freshen up around the house. Over the weekend I found a ginormous stash of Ted Baker potions and lotions, which I know I'll never get round to using.

So I'm offering them to you in the form of this competition! I've split this portion of my hoard into four parts so there's more winners. Here are the prizes!

Two First Prizes of:
A Body Lotion, the Body Souffle and a Hand Cream


Second Prize:
Body Lotion



Third Prize:
Body Scrub



All you have to do to enter for one entry is any one of these and then comment below telling me how you've entered (with your twitter name if you entered that way) and which product you'd like to try out best:

1. Follow *Face
2. Follow Peaa
3. Tweet about the giveaway

Simples!
If you do more than one of the above let me know and you'll get extra entries. Remember to leave me an email address to get in touch with you if you're a winner!

I'm going old fashioned and putting all names onto bits of paper and then picking them out. This giveaway will be running for 12 days, so I'll announce the winner on Monday 24 February 2014 at around 4pm.

3 Feb 2014

Witch Mattifying Moisturiser


I was sent this as a sample to try out over Christmas. I did try it out, but then stopped using it in early January as I found it reacted with the skin around my eyes (I was using a lot of new products so it took me a while to figure out which one was affecting me). It does state 'avoid contact with eyes', but for me, a moisturiser has to be applied to ALL skin on my face including eyelids to stay in my daily makeup. Unfortunately this made my, already weepy eyes, even more weepy even when I didn't apply around my eyes. I think it may have something to do with the smell, but as I said, as soon as I realised it was affecting me (so much so, I had to pull over when I was driving to work one day to try and stop my eyes running) I stopped using it.

Packaging: 5/5
I can't fault this kind of package. It's easy to squeeze out as much as you need, it's sanitary because you're not dipping your fingers in and the size of it is good for popping in your handbag. I also like the colouring and the font of the text, it makes it feel very friendly and welcoming (if that's possible from a text).

Scent: 3/5
This smells like suncream more than anything else. I think it's a clean smell, but not one I particularly enjoy rubbing on my face every morning. It would be nice in summer, but as a winter product, not so much.

Durability: 2/5
I don't think this is the best moisturiser out there. I've tried a lot and this one (even if it didn't react with my skin) wouldn't be one I reach for. Possibly in summer it might be more useful, but with foundation over the top I didn't feel like it helped everything stay in place or particularly moisturised my face. I have really dry skin on my forehead and really oily skin on my chin so although it says mattifying for combination/oily skin, it didn't do anything for me. It also claims to last for 24 hours (a massive claim) but I would say that if I start work at 7am, it might last me 'til dinnertime and then my face looks like a desert, so maybe 6 hours tops.

Texture: 4/5
It's quite oily in itself although it sinks into the skin quickly, which is good on a morning. Squeezing it out of the tube, it looks quite thick, but when rubbing it in it smooths out really nicely making it easy to create an even layer. The bits where it doesn't sink in fast end up looking pretty shiney which is the opposite of what it's meant to do though, right?

Overall: 3/5
I didn't see much of a difference to the overall look of my makeup when using this compared to any other moisturiser I use on my face so I was a little disappointed with the 'mattifying' element of it, the moisturising element might be better suited to a warmer climate when you wouldn't really need that much moisturiser unless you got sunburnt and finally although I don't mind the smell of suncream I don't really need it powering through my perfume.

Total: 17/25