5 July 2015

L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly Product Review

To me the epitome of summer is beautifully bronzed skin and shimmering, sunkissed, Victoria Secret esk waves. While the body might be pretty unachievable, getting the golden locks is a little bit easier. Though with summer holidays to pay for, dropping £40 - upwards every four-six weeks on a full head of highlights isn't cheap. Lucky this innovative product from L'Oreal is there to help us attain the golden goddess tresses of our dreams. (You might wanna grab a cuppa, this might be a long one)
L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly Product Review
L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly Product Review
// L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly in 03 // £5.99 // Link

Ok, so firstly what is the L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly? It's basically a clear leave in jelly that gradually lightens hair over a few applications, leaving a gorgeous, natural sunkissed look that you can leave to dry in the sunshine.

So let me explain why I decided to try this "at home treatment" in the first place. At the end of May I decided to get my hair cut (it had been 7 months, about time right) I also decided to go for a bit of a change colour wise and go for some balayage... well it didn't turn out as well as I expected. I ended up with half my hair bleached and a very prominent line all the way around - I was devastated. Anyway I already had a bottle of this jelly lying around from last year and thought why not see if I could try and blend the harsh line by applying it from the roots, it honestly couldn't look any worse than it did before, luckily it worked. So let me fill you in on how we did it, even if you haven't had a hair drama like I did.
L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly Product Review
L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly Product Review
Now this cream does come in three shades I used number one the lightest shade, but there are two darker ones to choose from. The best thing about this jelly is that it's a leave in treatment so you don't need to rinse it out, you also apply it to dry hair.

(One thing I suggest to do before you go full steam ahead, is do a test patch on a few strands of hair underneath just to test the colour.)

 So the first thing we did ( I suggest having someone to help you, my mum was the lucky helper haha) was brush through my hair, it needs to be completely knot free. It now depends on what "look" you're going for, as to how you apply the jelly.

If you just want to lighten your hair colour you can pop it on all over, but if you are after the sunkissed look - like I was, you just apply it to individual strands from the root, basically like highlights. This jelly/cream could not be any easier to apply, you just pick random sections and with your fingers (a pair of gloves come with it) apply it from root to tip.

It's the heat from the sun that actives it, but lets face it, in the uk the sun is not always shining so you can use a hairdryer to quicken the process. I've tried it both ways and they work pretty much the same, except I would much rather use it while sat on a sun lounger, which makes this jelly the perfect summer holiday companion.

The first picture is before I used the jelly and the second one is after the second application, it looks quite subtle on camera, but you can notice more of a difference in real life. This little tube has given me three applications so far and I think I will probably squeeze out another two, but at £5 a bottle for about 5 applications (depending on your hair length) that is quite the bargain.

As for how it effects your hair, I personally haven't had any problems with it. It's a gel/cream so it's much more hydrating than regular bleach and because it doesn't contain any ammonia, it doesn't leave an overwhelming smell either. I'm so happy with the results and because it's so natural you can add in more colour as you go... Victoria Secret sun-kissed waves here I come haha!

Have you tried this jelly before? What did you think of it? If not have I convinced you to give it a go?

XOXO Claire
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30 June 2015

The Ultimate Solution To Nail Polish Storage!

If you're a serious nail polish addict / hoarder like me you will know how difficult it is to figure out how to store them all. Do you want all your pretty shades hidden away in a drawer so no one can judge you and your habit, or out on display looking all gorgeous and colour coordinated like a rainbow. Well, if you're into the latter, I might have found the perfect solution thanks to a recent visit to my second home, Ikea.
Ikea Nail Polish Storage
Ikea Nail Polish Storage
Just look at this beautiful display, they say love is in the eye of the beholder, well my heart goes boom, boom, boom when I look at this wall of colour.

// Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge 55cm // £4.90 Each  // Link
// Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge 115cm // £7.90 // Link

These shelves were originally designed for pictures, but to me they were destined for nail polish! Not only do they come in two lengths (I have the 55cm ones) they are the ideal width. I've tried so many shelves and bookcases before and my polishes just got lost, so these are beyond perfection. Not only that, they are insanely cheap, all five shelves cost under £25...bargain!

 Just on one shelf you can fit 19 Essie or 16 China Glaze polishes and you can fit two rows, so technically one shelf can accommodate up to 39 bottles depending on the brand. I have checked and OPI do fit, though you can't fit in as many individual bottles. Obviously the longer shelves will be able to house more bottles, but I liked the look of the shorter ones, so I put up five - one above the other. I absolutely love how it tuned out, every time I walk into my room I just smile, after all it is the small things in life!

Hopefully this post gave you a nail polish storage idea or pointed you in the right direction.

Let me know how you store your nail polish, are you drawer or display kind of girl? I've done a post I would love to see it!

XOXO Claire
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27 June 2015

June Favourites 2015

It's be a while since a favourites post popped up around these here parts, so I thought I owed you one. By the looks of my product selection this month, I'm all set for summer, it's a shame the weather hasn't received the memo - but I have my fingers crossed for July, come on Mr Sunshine!

Right, lets jump in:
St Tropez 1 Hour Tan Review
Nars Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturiser Review
Bare Minerals Pure Radiance All Over Powder
// L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly // Link
If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug) you will know that I recently cut and coloured my hair, while I love the cut - the colour wasn't so successful. I asked for sunkissed balayage but ended up with half and half with a big line going around my head, trust me it looked terrible. Luckily this little bottle of magic came to my aid like a ship in the night. I plan on doing a full review soon so look out for that! (ooh what a tease).

// St Tropez 1 Hour Self Tan Express // Link
As tanning goes I'm not exactly experienced, but who doesn't love a golden glow. Thanks to this new addition to the St Tropez range you can achieve a lovely dose of colour in one hour, yep 60 minutes - no more sitting around stinking of biscuits or sleeping in stained sheets, can I get an amen! It lasts around 5-6 days on me and if you moisturize everyday it reduces the risk of it going patchy.

// Nars Tinted Moisturiser // Link
This base has been my go-to base for the last 3 months, it combines both coverage and high SPF with a gorgeous light finish, that has pretty good staying power on my combination skin. I definitely recommend popping to a Nars counter and asking for a sample, it's the perfect summer holiday base.

// The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter // Link
To make sure my newly applied tan hung around as long as possible, I counted on this gorgeous body butter to keep my limbs soft and hydrated. When you hear the word butter you ultimately think of something thick and sticky, but this moisturiser is neither of those things. Not only does it smell amazing, it sinks into the skin really quickly too.

// The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil // Link
This little oil is fantastic at drying out spots and sending them on their way. It doesn't dry out the skin and because of it's antibacterial properties it helps to reduce redness and sooth the skin. I just squeeze a few drops onto a cotton bud and apply to Mount Vesuvius (feels like that sometimes) and by morning it's been greatly reduced, if not gone.

// Bare Minerals Pure Radiance All Over Face Colour // Link
This is a little gem of a highlighter came in a point perk set from Sephora, I thought nothing of it then one day I tried it along my cheekbones, and wowza! It's stunning, it makes you look like a golden goddess, just look at that swatch above. I'm not sure I would put it all over my face as the name would suggest, but on the high points of your face, it's dreamy!

// Formula X Enigma Nail Polish // Link
Have you ever painted your nails a colour that you just can't stop staring at? This shade for me hits the jackpot, it's opaque in two coats and the brush is nice and wide making application easy, breezy! I'm a huge fan of the Formula X range plus I've just tried their topcoat and let me tell you I'm very impressed.. so stay tuned!

// Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tarte // Link
An old favourite that I decided to re-visit, this lip butter is such an easy - throw on kind of lip product, that works with a bunch of different looks, I really can't fault it!

// Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Serum // Link
After a turbulent 6 months of dealing with spot after spot my skin has been left with quite a bit of scaring and redness, thankfully this lovely serum came to my rescue. I've been using it for around 3 months now and I can definitely see a difference in both the marks and in texture. It's expensive but I feel so much more confidant without make up and you can't put a price on confidence can you? Though here's a tip, if you live near a CCO definitely check if they have it because I found it (in York) for £38 instead of the regular £50 price tag.

// Lifestyle //
Game Of Thrones!
 OMG, that finale though!! Well, that just deserves 2 exclamation points. If you haven't started watching GOT yet, what are you doing with your life? Do it, you can thank me later.

// Teen Wolf //
I've bulldozed through all four seasons of this teen drama over the last few months (think The Vampire Diaries with wolves) and I can't wait for it to come back! It's fab to put on if you've had a hard day and just want to watch something fluffy, plus there's some serious eye candy - watch out Damon Salvatore, Derek Hale's coming for you!

Do you have anything to say about the products I've mentioned?
What have you been loving this month?

XOXO Claire
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