4.30.2015

Hair talk - Current Hair Care Routine featuring Trilogy Shampoo & Scruples Hair Masque

Greetings lovely readers!

So after the disaster you may recall that was my experience with Horse Shampoo, it would seem my hair care routine was in a dire need of a change to rectify the damage done & mend my now straw like hairs! Thankfully it was around this time some Trilogy hair products came through my letter box to try, so twas perfect timing to give them a whirl! Verdict? Happy hurrr!

This is what the face of a normal human (kind of) with happy hair looks like
I was already familiar with the brand Trilogy being a long term fan of their cult award winning Rosehip oil, which has somehow mysteriously disappeared from my room (Yes I am on to you mother)


I had no idea Trilogy also did hair care products within the range so I was eager to see how they'd fare! I've been using the Refresh and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner* for a good few weeks now & can report that my hair feels smoother, shiner, swishier & in a much improved condition to how it was before which I am chuffed about! 

 The inclusion of Keracyn, Rosehip and Calendula in the ingredients may have something to do with this as they all help to soothe, protect & brighten the locks. 


The products lathered up nicely, I always include an extra intense conditioning treatment in my routine as conditioner alone just doesn't cut it with my hair. For the past few months I've been using the Scruples Pearl Complete RecoveryTreatment Masque* (RRP £14.95) which is BLOOMING marvellous, helping improve the ends of my hair immensely & making my hair much softer. 


I just run a small scoop through the length of my hair & leave in for a good 10-15 minutes before rinsing out. Scruples hair products can be found in a selection of professional hair salons however finding your nearest stockists can be done by contacting 0161 477 2234.


My only downer is that I usually only need to wash my hair once a week, however with the Trilogy range I did find that the hair began to lose its lustre after about 3 days, perhaps this is due to my hair type & I'd be better suited to using the Smooth & Nourish range as its aimed for those with dry hair.


The Trilogy shampoo & conditioners retail for £12.50 each, which is a pretty steep price I'll admit, therefore I'd probably use them every now & again for when my hair needs a nourishing boost, or even mixed in with another shampoo. I'm not the only weirdo who does that right?


Thanks as always for reading lovelies! Have you tried anything from Trilogy? If you have any fav shampoo recommendations I would love to know!

Lotsa love to ya!


Disclaimer - * products featured were sent to me for my consideration. I am not affiliated with the brand nor paid for this post, this review has been as always my 100% honest opinion! :)

4.28.2015

NOTD - Rose Gold & Daisies

Hey there my loves, hope the week is treating you all well?

I'm truly loving rolling out the Spring vibe mani's at the moment, florals make me happy & they are in abundance this time of year, so I try & incorporate them in to everything I can, including outfits, accessories & of course...manicures!

Today we have some fresh Spring daisies adorning the nails using one of my favourite polishes this year so far as a base, Models Own Rose from the Chrome collection...hello rose gold nails!


If you're familiar with my blog then I'm sure you'll know of my love for this brand & their fab collections that continue to blow me away. However they really did good with their Chrome range of metallic foils, which features this beauty that satisfied my rose gold addict needs! Who doesn't love a bit of rose gold & now that I can rock it on my nails I'm a happy bunny!


I applied two coats of Rose on top of bare nails which I had buffed slightly before hand to create a smoother surface as this is how it is recommended to apply these polishes & pretty much all foil polishes in general.


Application was lovely & smooth with thankfully not much streaking as can be common with metallics. Its advised to apply a good 2-3 coats for foils, however as I was going for a bit of nail art as well, I've stuck with my obligatory two.


The daisies could not be easier to do & I just love how simple yet so pretty this design is! Just grab your dotting tool or if you don't have one then whatever DIY tool you have at hand i.e. a bobby pin, ballpoint pen etc. Dip into white polish & simply dot on a circle of 5 dots to create your petals.


You can then use a yellow or gold polish for the centre of your daisies but you know how I love my rhinestones so using a dot of clear polish, I added on some pretty yellow stones to give my daisies a 3D effect.


Not forgetting that all important top coat to seal your design! Didn't I tell you it was easy? Thanks as always for reading my loves!

Lotsa love to ya!


4.26.2015

NOTD - Pastel & Lace...

Hullo there lovely readers! 

Hope you're all having a tip top weekend? Wishing the best of luck to everyone who is taking part in the London Marathon today! I have so much respect for all who do, I mean I get out of breath moving from one room to another, so to take part in such an event is an incredible achievement!


Now when is there a more perfect time for digging out those pretty pastel shades than in Spring eh? Today I have suitable-y Spring-y pastel-y manicure with some lace nail art to share with you using two polishes from the brand Makeup Revolution.


I'm sure by now you're familiar with this budget brand that has blown the beauty blogging world away with their cosmetics range of great quality & value for money products. The few tidbits I have tried so far have impressed me greatly. Of course me being me, polish was the priority on my 'to try' list ;)


Here I've used two shades I picked up a while back for just £1 a pop, Call Me Naive, a pretty pale pink & Cool Days, a mint green. Both are crème finishes.


I applied two coats of Call Me Naive over the entire nail, before going over half the nail diagonally with Cool Days. The formula of Cool Days was slightly thinner than Call Me Naive but as I was applying this over another shade it was fine.


I then grabbed a fine nail art brush, a dotting tool & some black polish to create a freehand delicate lace pattern design over the green using dots and round arches. For added detail I applied a few black rhinestones.


Seal the design with a couple of coats of topcoat & your pastel lace manicure is done! I think I may have to pick up a few more polishes from this range, I mean for £1 each how could I not?


Thanks as always for reading lovelies! Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya! 


4.21.2015

NOTD - A Touch Of The Mediterranean

Ello ello you lovely bunch! Hows tricks?

I've recently found myself happily reunited with my love for duo-chromes, the sun finally showing its lovely self may have something to do with this & had me reaching for two beauties from the Barry M Aquarium collection in particular, Mediterranean & Treasure Chest. I wanted me some tropical vibes on my nails & boy did these deliver!

When stuck for inspiration nothing beats a good old glitter gradient in my book! So easy to do & with a lovely eye catching finish, especially with these two pretty polishes.


I applied two coats of Barry M Mediterranean, a stunning pink & copper duo-chrome. The finish is so shimmery, almost foil like & you can really see the pretty colour shift. I've applied Mediterranean over base coat here however to get the most out of duo-chromes, try applying over black polish to really make them pow wow!


Then for the sparkle detail I reached for Barry M Treasure Chest. The glitters in the Aquarium collection are so pretty, Treasure Chest contains shards of pale gold & rose glitter pieces, giving a delicate rose gold look.


To create the gradient I simply dabbed Treasure Chest to the top half of the nail using the brush, dragging a few of the glitter pieces further down the nail, before dabbing more on to the tips.


Finish with a good few coats of topcoat, as that's the one thing about shard glitter, it can have a cheeky tendency to fold up! Nothing a good sealing won't fix.


Definitely feeling the summer vibes now! *grabs shades* Thanks as always for reading lovelies!

Lotsa love to ya!





4.13.2015

NOTD - Retro Monochrome Alien Space Invaders


Hello there lovely readers!

Hope you're all having a good start to your week! I had the day off work today, I guess I wanted to prolong that lovely feeling of extended weekends from Easter however sods law has seen that I be paid a visit by that bugger, the flu, so my day off has been spent in bed. Fun times! But nowt a spot of homemade soup & Lucozade can't remedy :)

Today's nails I have to share with you lovelies not only have a funky monochrome theme going on but also a slight retro vibe too.


I recently watched Wreck-It-Ralph (thanks Netflix!) & loved it, not only because I simply love all things Disney but it also satisfied my nerdy computer game addict side! So I came up with this random black & white alien space invader design inspired by the retro video game :)


To create the retro alien design couldn't be easier, you just need a black polish, a white polish, a dotting tool & toothpick!


Paint the nails in alternate colours, the black I've used here is W7 Black, two coats & LA Colors White, two coats.


Then using the large side of your dotting tool, place black dots on the white nails & white dots on to the black nails, fitting about three per nail.


Using the smaller dotting tool add on the two eyes to your aliens before using the toothpick to add the three legs/tentacles.


Finish with topcoat & you're done! So easy! Have a strong urge now to dig out my old games console for a good ol' computer game marathon, those were the good old days! Thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!



4.07.2015

NOTD - Pixi Beauty Lime Lustre


Ello ello you gorgeous lot!

Did you all have a lovely Easter weekend filled with plenty of sweet delights? It was also my mums baby brothers wedding this weekend past & everything went fabulously! Was quite dreading getting back to normality today but it was definitely made a billion times easier with the presence of a certain Mr SUN! Where have you been old friend?!

In honour of the beaut weather at long last I simply had to share with you this absolutely GORG polish, the moment I saw this shade I knew it had to come home with me & it did not disappoint when I finally whacked it on the nails. Let me introduce the divine Pixi Beauty's Lime Lustre.


Please excuse the henna-ed hands from the wedding! But what did I tell you? Its a good un huh? And perfect for helping to kick start those Spring/Summer vibes! Lime Lustre is such a unique pale green crème that is a mix of both pastel & neon with a super pretty pearlescent shimmer running through giving it a whimsical edge.


Here I've applied two coats which went on so smoothly, dreamy formula! The basecoat that I am currently using, by LA Colours, is a white tinted base, which actually helped make the Lime Lustre stand out even more so than if I were to apply it on a clear base.


Though this purdy polish was lovely all by its onesie I couldn't resist adding a row of holographic hexagonal glitters of a similar shade down the centre of the nail for added definition!


Finish with obligatory topcoat. I truly cannot get enough of this shade, I have a feeling this beautiful bad boy will be dug out for quite a few outings this summer!



PIXI Beauty polishes retail for £8 & can be found online. Thanks as always for reading lovelies!
 

Until next time!

Lotsa love to ya! 



4.01.2015

Easter NOTD - Easter Bunny Bootys!

Hello there lovely readers!

Life has veered towards the manic stage once again with not just work but my Uncle will be tying the knot this Easter Weekend so lots of wedding stuff a happening! Thankfully though everything seems to be going according to plan with outfits & final details sorted. Weirdly though I have absolutely NO CLUE what to wear on the nails! Any ideas welcome! :)

Speaking of nails we are of course coming up to the glorious four day Easter weekend! Huzzah for long weekends! Naturally I couldn't let the occasion pass without some form of Easter inspired nail art. Last year I did some cute if slightly psychotic chick nails, this year I wanted to do something different so here we have some naughty pink bunny's showing us their bootys!


Cheeky bunnys! Haha! Completely random I know but random is my middle name ;) For this mani I used the Topshop Nail Rock polish nail art set that I picked up yonks ago on sale & included little white pom poms which I thought would make perfect bunny tails!


I also love the gorgeous turquoise green creme polish that comes with it, so bright & cheerful! Here I've applied two coats, the formula was smooth & lovely to apply.


I used Zoya Shelby to create my bunny bodies as I wanted me some pink rabbits. Shelby is a scrummy blue toned cherry blossom pink, much love for this girly pink!


Drawing the bunnies couldn't be easier, I just free-handed a oval shape for the body, dotted on a round circle for the head, added two curved lines for the floppy ears, before finishing of with three black whisker either side using black polish & a toothpick.


After applying the topcoat, whilst the polish was still wet I applied a pom pom to the tip of each nail with a pair of tweezers. Done! 


Now of course this manicure was completely impractical for every day wear & after about an hour the pom poms were getting in the way of every day duties a tad, so off they came & I dotted on some white polish instead. But I enjoyed wearing them immensely even if for a short time ;)



Thanks as always for reading sweetpeas & hope you have a lovely Easter!

Lotsa love to ya!