FIRST IMPRESSIONS: L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay

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I have seen so many Bloggers and YouTubers talking about this hair trio for a good few months now and I am finally getting around to trying it out. When I first heard about it I must admit I was very skeptical, but having seen everyone rave about how good it was I decided it was about time I gave it a shot. The collection is aimed at people who’s hair gets oily at the roots but is dry on the ends (a perfect explanation of how my hair gets!) and claims to give your hair 72 hours of “pure, lightweight roots”. Now my hair gets incredibly greasy the day after I’ve washed it so I tend to wash it every other day, so I’m always keen to try anything that reckons it can give me 3 days of clean hair!

When in Boots last week I stumbled upon a massive stand promoting this collection and each product was half price, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try it out. The collection consists of a Pre-Shampoo Treatment, a Rebalancing Shampoo and Conditioner, and a Dry Shampoo. I didn’t pick up the dry shampoo as I am really not a massive fan of it- (I’d rather just wash my hair!) but I did pick up the other three. As I sit writing this post, I have only tried them out twice so this is purely my first impressions, not a review of the products.

Pre-Shampoo Treatment

The Pre-Shampoo Treatment is a clay masque that instructs you to pop onto dry hair and massage it into your roots, leaving for 5 minutes. This information wasn’t actually on the packaging so I did have to Google what I was meant to do! The masque itself is a blue colour (it matched my hair colour at the time haha) that smells surprisingly good. I expected it to be a grey colour and smell of clay, but this is definitely not the case! It is a smooth, thick consistency which makes it very easy to apply as it isn’t running/dripping all over both you and the bathroom as you put it on! It reminded me a little bit of the hair dye I use funnily enough. It is relatively easy to cover your roots, although I did find that as it starts to dry it goes a bit hard so make sure you move quickly through your hair.

Now be warned, this product does stain your hands a little- something I wasn’t expecting to happen. But worry not, it comes right off when you are in the shower washing your hair anyway!  I found that it did sting my scalp a little, but I have very sensitive skin so this was no surprise. The process itself was slightly time consuming, which is a down side for me as I am usually in a massive rush to get ready. If you’re anything like me I would recommend doing this in the evening when you have a little bit more time on your hands.

As the product was drying on my head it made me panic a little- I thought it was going to be an absolute nightmare to wash out of my hair. I did not need to worry however, as the second my hair was under the shower stream it washed right out; quickly and easily. My roots felt very clean afterwards and nice and soft.

Rebalancing Shampoo & Conditioner

All in all, I don’t really have much to say about these two. They do their job well, and are mostly just like every other shampoo and conditioner out there. I do believe that they will only work to their full potential when all 3 are used together, rather than using the shampoo and conditioner alone. I found that the shampoo made my hair ridiculously knotty, but the conditioner sorted that out. I don’t think you could get away with using just the shampoo as you probably wouldn’t be able to get a brush through your hair afterwards! The pair smell nice- the same as the Pre-Shampoo Treatment, and the shampoo lathers up nicely. The conditioner is very thick and creamy which really nourishes your hair which always gets a massive thumbs up from me, but it does take a while to wash out completely.

After blow-drying my hair it feels incredibly soft and shiny, and I had next to no knots when brushing it out which is a first for me! My hair is usually a knotty mess that I have to really fight to drag a brush through! The products leave behind a pleasant scent to you hair which seems to stick around for a day.

The day after washing I was very pleased to find that my hair didn’t look greasy at all. It still smelt nice and fresh and looked it too! (even after I’d had my hair up in a hat at work for two days- impressive!) On the third day it did need a little bit of dry shampoo to get me through the day but if it means I can go an extra day without washing my hair, I am totally fine with this! My only concern with these products is that they are not colour safe. As you all know, I dye my hair often and the colour washes out annoyingly fast. I usually try to stick to sulphate free shampoos in order to keep the colour in my hair for as long as possible. Having only used these products twice (and redyed my hair in the middle of those two times) I can’t comment on if it washes out my colour quicker or not, but I will keep trying them out and see!

So, if like me, you find yourself washing your hair more often than you want to be doing, I’d definitely recommend giving these products a go!

Over to you: Have you tried these products? Do you have any tips on getting your hair to last longer between washes?

 

 

Current Everyday Make Up Routine

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With my everyday make up routine, I try to be as simple as possible. I need something that I can get done quickly (I can master this one in about 15 minutes if  I move fast!) but something that also looks like I am well put together. Often I find myself rushing to get ready to leave for work/uni on time, and this has been my go to make up routine for those days where I just couldn’t tear myself out of bed any earlier.

I start by applying the Nyx Photo-Loving Primer all over my face and allowing it to settle for a minute or two. I’m really liking this primer- so much so that I’ve actually just bought my second tube. This product retails for £10 and I’ve heard a lot of people compare it to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t comment on the similarities between the two but I know I’d rather be spending £10 than forking out over double that for the Smashbox one!

I then take my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and dampen it with the Mac Fix Plus and us it to blend in the Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation. I absolutely love this foundation! I’m in the shade Y235 and it is the perfect match for my skin. It’s lightweight and doesn’t feel like I have foundation on but still gives me that flawless coverage I need. It is also very buildable so if you find that one coat doesn’t quite give you the look you want you can always add another layer without it being cakey.

Next I use my Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. (why does that have SUCH a long name?) I talked about this in my April Favourites- which you can read here– and this concealer paired with the Make Up Forever foundation are the absolute dream team. Again, I use my Real Techniques Sponge to blend this in.

Then comes the powder. I’ve been using the Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder for the longest time- probably coming up to 3 years now?!- and I can’t get enough of it. It is so inexpensive- around £3 I believe- and is frequently on offer. I grab my Real Techniques Powder Brush and swirl in around in here before gently tapping off the excess and applying it all over my face to help set my foundation and concealer.

For bronzer I use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, which you’ve all probably heard so much about before. I am still unsure as to how much I love this product- I find it very orange on my pale skin and it can be very easy to over do it but I watch people use it all the time so I think it must just be the way I apply it! I use a mix of the Real Techniques Sculpting brush to contour my cheekbones and then take the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to really buff the product into my skin to ensure that I don’t have any harsh lines.

The highlight I have been absolutely loving lately is the Rosie For Autograph Highlighter Powder. Again, I spoke about this in my April Favourites so be sure to go and read that post to see what I had to say about it! I either use the Real Techniques Setting Brush or the Contour Brush to dust this along my cheekbones, down my nose and on my cupids bow. Sometimes if I have an extra minute or so I’ll use a tiny eyeshadow brush to dab this on my inner eye to really make my eyes pop.

Now onto the brows… This is the part of my make up routine which causes me the most problems. Personally, I don’t think I am one of those people who can pull off the dark, thick brows. Naturally I have okay-ish eyebrows which I do very little to other than pluck the stray hairs that grow. Recently I have been using the Nyx Tame and Frame Brow Pomade to fill them in a little bit using the Zoeva Brow Brush. I try to use a very small amount of product as I don’t want them looking too dark, but I usually still feel like I’ve made them too dark and end up running a damp cotton bud through them to try and save them a little bit. Admittedly this probably makes the whole situation even worse but that is what usually tends to happen. I think I may invest in this product in a lighter colour- I have the shade Brunette- and it might help to solve my problem. Or maybe I just need to practice a bit more! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!

I then curl my eyelashes and add a few coats of the Maybelline Lash-Sensational Mascara to my lashes. I’ve been using this mascara more or less everyday for a year now and I don’t think I’ll ever find one that I like better than this one! The shape of the brush just helps to really curl and lift my lashes and I can’t get enough of it!

At this point I usually have about 3 minutes left before I need to run out of the door so I either have to quickly apply some eyeliner or just go without. On the days where I have time I use the Miss Sporty Studio Lash The Miaoww eyeliner (I would be lying if I said I didn’t initially pick this up due to the cute packaging) to do a quick wing. I cannot recommend this eyeliner enough and it’s only £3!

Finally I spritz the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to help my make up to stay in place all day.

Over to you: What products are in your everyday make up routine?

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April Favourites

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Another month gone, another “I can’t believe how fast this year is going”. Really though, I can’t. It seems like only five minutes ago we were celebrating the new year. Cut to May and now we are experiencing snow and a heatwave all in the space of two weeks- seriously what’s up with that England? I tried a lot of new things in April, but here are a few of my favourites.

Yankee Candle- Black Cherry

This featured in the last favourites post I did back in February, but I truly can’t get enough of it. I love lighting candles in the evening to help me relax and this scent is just gorgeous. It smells just like cherry bakewells, which funnily enough I actually don’t like, but I am for sure loving this. After having it lit it lingers in my room for ages- a definite plus! Also, this was the fragrance of the month in Clinton’s so I managed to get this massive one for just £12!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar

You’ve probably heard people talk about this palette a hundred times before but it is my current favourite that I just can’t stop reaching for. This had been on my wishlist for the longest time but I couldn’t justify buying it when I already owned so many other palettes but wow am I glad I caved. This palette is my all time favourite, and has been more or less the only eyeshadows I’ve worn for the whole of April. I’d never really been one to wear a smokey brown eye but this has quickly turned into my go to look since picking this up. I think I’m going to do a blog post on some of my favourite looks using this palette soon so keep an eye out for that! The packaging of this product could be seen my some as a bit gimmicky, but I love it! I really think I helps give this palette a bit of an edge over all the other ones that are out there on the market, and the smell of the eyeshadows are pretty damn good too. I’ve heard a few people say that you can actually eat them but I don’t think I’d go that far!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Damn, what a mouthful that is! I’d seen a lot of people raving about this product and after I wasn’t too big a fan of the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer I decided to give this a go. I picked it up in the Oxford Street Debenhams while I was out with my mum back at the start of April and I haven’t used anything else since! This concealer is so creamy and blendable and the shade light neutral suits me perfectly. When I first saw the applicator in the shop I was nearly put off buying it but I’ve actually come to love it- especially for applying it under my eyes. I know you aren’t supposed to use the same concealer for covering blemishes and dark circles but I actually find it does a good job for both! It gives the coverage you need as well as brighting up your complexion. For £17.50, I think this is a steal!

Rosie For Autograph Highlighter Powder

I had heard Emily Rose rave about this product so much over on both her blog and Youtube channel that I just had to go out and get it so I could see what all the fuss was about. I had tried to get it in several different stores and had no such luck until a few weeks ago when I was out with my grandparents and I spotted it whilst I was waiting for my nan to return a top she’d bought. After two weeks of having this highlighter, I can 100% see what all the hype is about. For starters, the packaging is the prettiest thing I have ever seen. As you all probably know, rose gold is all the rage right now and I am just another one of those people who can’t get enough of it. At first, I found it slightly difficult to get used to as it is a loose powder rather than the pressed powder/highlighter sticks I had been using previously but I quickly adjusted. The colour of this highlighter is just so pretty and so subtle. It really brightens up your cheekbones without being too in your face and I just love it so much. I 100% recommend you all try this one out.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions

All throughout the months of both March and April these products are all I’ve been using as skincare. I did a whole post on these last week, which you can read here, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Long story short, these products have been my holy-grail this month.

Vans Atwood Shoes 

Firstly, I’m not entirely sure this is what they are called but I couldn’t find them anywhere on the Vans website so apologies. I’m not sure what exactly it is I do to shoes, but I seem to go through one pair after another so I am constantly in need of a new pair. Mostly all I wear are Vans and Converse, alongside trusty Doc Martens in the winter, and this pair might just be my best ever purchase. I bought them in USC about a month ago and I have worn them every single day since. That’s probably a bit gross but I just don’t care- they are that comfy. They were on sale too, I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for them but I don’t think it was more than £30. Since they are black they go with just about everything and when these ones fall apart (which will inevitably be soon, unfortunately) I will definitely be repurchasing!

Forget Me Now- Against The Current 

If you’ve never heard of the band Against The Current, then you need to check out their Youtube right now! I discovered them back when lead singer Chrissy did a cover of Beauty And A Beat with Alex Goot which has got to be back in 2012/13. I saw them back in March for the third time on their UK tour for the Gravity EP and each time they just get better and better. The month of May is when their debut album, In Our Bones is released – just 11 days!- and I couldn’t be more excited. They’ve released a handful of songs off the album over on Spotify and I haven’t been able to stop listening to them, especially the song Forget Me Now. This band are going to be the next big thing, I’m telling you now.

Over To You: Have you tried any of these products? What are your April favourites?