Saturday, 24 June 2017

Lush Daddy-O Shampoo

One thing I really need to invest more in is hair care. I need to invest both time learning about what is good for my hair, as well as money in actual products. I wanted to start looking after my hair better by switching to a healthier shampoo.



Thanks for the shampoo Jerry ;)

The first place I thought about using is Lush, due to their natural ingredients and animal friendly products. Since I have highlighted hair, I decided to pick up their purple shampoo called Daddy-O. The price of this product ranges from £5.95 for 100g to £32.50 for 1kg

This product contains natural ingredients, such as lemon and lime juice which are beneficial in adding brightness for your hair. At first, I was worried that these juices would dry out my hair, but I found this shampoo actually does the opposite of that. From the first time using this shampoo, I realized my hair already had more volume, bounce and life in it compared to when I use drugstore shampoos.

Although this shampoo is designed for blondes and silver hair, it can most definitely be used on any hair colour. Compared to other purple shampoos on the market, this one won't actually change the colour of your hair at all. I just find the colour is not strong enough to actually do that. But what I will say is that instead of taking the brassy tones out of your hair, it does a good job of maintaining your hair to stop the tones forming in the first place.

And can I just say how good this shampoo smells?! It genuinely smells like you're rubbing Parma Violet sweets on your hair. And I've received so many compliments that I smell good, and have deduced that the smell people were complimenting was actually this shampoo.

Overall, I am very impressed with this product and have actually brought another, bigger bottle of this shampoo. In my books, it gets a 9/10 and I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Have you ever tried any lush products? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara

Soap & Glory is slowly becoming one of my favourite brands, with each product that I try impressing me more than the last. A few years ago actually, I tried this very product and I was so pleased with the results so I wanted to pick it up again to see if I still had the same thoughts about it.





The Thick & Fast High Definition Collagen Coat Mascara can be purchased from boots for £10.50. 

My first impression of this mascara is that the wand makes it very easy to apply. Lot's of product is applied at once, so there is no need to pile loads of layers on top of each other. However, the bristles of the brush make sure it is completely clump free.

The thing about this product that really grabbed my attention is how long and full it truly makes your lashes look. I remember always being asked whether I'm wearing false eyelashes when I used to wear this mascara, and I can see why. It just makes your lashes longer, but still natural looking. When I want a look to be dramatic, all I have to do is pop a couple of layers on.

The lasting power of this mascara is incredible, and I never ever ever find it smudging to give that desirable panda-eye look! And the packaging is something that I find impressive too. I don't know why, but gold always screams "classy" to me. 

Overall I would rate this product a 9/10 and it is definitely the best drugstore mascara I've tried. I honestly don't know why I stopped using this mascara in the first place, but I know that is something that I'll be repurchasing from now on. I hope you enjoyed this review, and let me know if you've tried this product before in the comments,

Izzy K xxx 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Pressed Powder

Recently I've been experimenting and trying out a various amount of different pressed powders. I know they don't seem like the most exciting product to try, but I'm always so chuffed when I find a good one that I want to stick to. Here are my thoughts on the Kick Ass Pressed Powder by Soap & Glory for £12. 



 
The first thing I want to talk about is the actual formula of the powder. It definitely has a powdery feel to it, yet sets incredibly smooth onto the skin. And my favourite part about this powder is that it absolutely does not crease throughout the day. 

Although this powder is "translucent", I find it does have a slight banana shade to it. Even though it doesn't completely change the colour of your face when it's been applied, I would still bare in mind that it does have a slight yellow effect to it. But this makes it perfect for an under eye setting powder.

Since this powder blends extremely well, it sets your face completely and keeps your makeup from budging. This is definitely a long lasting product.

The only issue I have is that I wish there was more product for the price, which is greedy I know! But I find I hit pan faster than with cheaper powders I tried. Still, I will almost definitely be repurchasing this product. 

Overall I would rate this product a 9/10 and I would really recommend it! Have you ever tried any soap and glory products before, if so what did you think?

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sleek Mascara Lethal Length

As someone who has recently switched to cruelty free makeup, something that has been lacking in my makeup collection is cruelty free mascara. I turned to one of my trusted brands, Sleek, and picked up their Lethal Length Mascara from Superdrug for £6.99, which I consider a good price.





The brush of this mascara is something I fell for instantly. It's made up of lots of fine and strong bristles which guarantee a clump free application. On one side of the brush the bristles are bigger than the other, making it easy to use on both top and lower lashes.

However, for me the formula of the mascara isn't exactly what I'm looking for. I desire long and luscious lashes which are bold and defined. But since this mascara is a pretty dry and fine formula, I find I have to build up several layers to get the look I want. And even then it doesn't seem as dramatic as other mascaras I've tried in the past.

But what I will say is that this mascara is the best one I've ever tried for lower lashes. I always find that other mascaras leave my lower lashes looking almost spider like, but this one is perfect to add a bit of length without looking fake.

So to summarize, this mascara is a great natural looking mascara, and it is my go-to lower lash mascara. However, for top lashes I cant' see myself reaching for this mascara often since I always have to top it up with a few coats of another mascara anyway. 

Overall I would rate this mascara a 6/10 just because it doesn't give me the results I'm personally looking for. But I still can't deny that if you're looking for a natural looking mascara, this does the job very well. Have you ever tried this mascara before? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Pixi Glow Tonic

Spoiler alert: This is my all time favourite product ever to have made contact with my face. I physically cannot wait till the end of this post to summarize that I adore this product with all my heart. Stop what you're doing right now, and add this item to your basket. If you want to know why I like this item so much, keep on reading...


I purchased the Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml from Marks And Spencer for £18. It's something I'd consider to be on the pricey side of the skin care spectrum, yet for the quality you get from it, I don't mind paying the price.

This tonic can be used on a clean dry face, and I find it works really well to remove any impurities left on my skin. Since it contains 5% glycolic acid, it works really well as an exfoliator, leaving your skin refreshed. 

It also contains aloe vera, and despite it being an exfoliator it doesn't irritate your skin at all (from personal experience at least). The bottle claims it is suitable for all skin types, and I'd back this claim up since I have very sensitive skin and it's worked a treat for me. 

As for the results I just have to say that they are beyond incredible! I've convinced many people to check this out for themselves, not only by talking about it, but by them seeing the results that it's had on my skin in person. I've received comments on my youtube channel, asking me what I use on my skin because it's literally glowing (thank you pixi!) And my sister came into my room one evening that I had just applied this product and she was screaming at me, demanding me to tell her what my skin care secret was. In her own words she said "IZZY WHAT ARE YOU USING ON YOUR FACE! YOU'RE GLOWING LIKE A VICTORIA SECRET ANGEL"

Annnnnd did I mention that it smells absolutely gorg too? That's an added bonus!

I'd like to thank the girls who work in the beauty department at my work for suggesting this product to me, because it's literally changed my life. Without exaggeration I probably spend about 10 hours a day purely raving on about how good this glow tonic is. In summary I'd rate this an 11/10 because there is no way this can be improved and it's literally the best skin care product in the world. I'm already adding this to my basket to stock up when I run out, and I highly suggest you all do the same,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Pixi Double Cleanse

Ok without trying to sound too excited I have a new favourite skin care brand. Pixi. And it all started with the duo cleanser that I tried. I picked the Pixi Double Cleanse up from Marks And Spencer for a pricey £24.







The packaging of this product is definitely something that is eye catching. Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm a sucker for pastel colours, in particular pastel green. So I was instantly drawn to this range, and it definitely stands out of the shelf compared to other brands.

The duo cleanser is separated into two parts; the solid cleansing oil, and a luxe cleansing cream. So although it is contained in one box, it contains two products so I think it's great to have a two in one product.

I've found the solid cleansing oil to be really efficient in removing any impurities on my skin. Anything that remained on my face after removing my makeup simply glides off with this product. Like I mean literally glides right off leaving nothing behind.

The cleansing cream has proved to be really soothing. I just find that it's the perfect finishing touch to a deep cleansing routine.

As far as improvement to my skin, I've found that this product has really worked. I can truly say that my skin itself has never felt so clean and smooth. When I say it removes everything from your face, I well and truly mean EVERYTHING.

Overall I would rate this product a 10/10 and I will most certainly be repurchasing it. I honestly don't think I can live without it and I'll keep trying to convince people to give this a go because people are honestly missing out if they haven't tried it. Have you ever tried anything from the best brand ever, Pixi? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade

Today it's finally time for me to start reviewing the makeup I got for Christmas. Better late than never eh?!


 
 

I was very lucky to receive the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in the shade Medium Brown. This retails for £18 pounds so is definitely on the high-end side of makeup. But the question remains, is it worth it?

The colour of this particular shade is very pigmented. You only literally need to dip your brush in the pomade and you will be able to fill a large chunk of your brow. The colours themselves appear slightly bolder and a tiny bit darker than the colour of the pomade itself. So especially when ordering online this is something to consider. However, I find that the shade "Medium Brown" is a good match for my natural brow colour which is crazy bold as it is.

The formula of this pomade is something that I would rate very highly. As I said earlier, you only need a small amount, and that small amount blends really well and smoothly. You are able to create precise definition to your brows and blend them to make them look as natural or dramatic as you wish.

And what is the lasting power like? One word: impressive. This product will not budge throughout the day, and not create any smudge either. As someone who lives in the sunny West Midlands (note the sarcasm) I have to put up with a fair bit of rain. And the dip brow pomade has seriously got your back in all weather, trust me it's not going anywhere.

Basically if you couldn't already tell I love, love, love this product. Looks like I'll have to be spending that £18 every time it runs out because I don't know how else I'll get those on fleek brows that are so essential in this day and age. I would rate this product a phenomenal 10/10, yes I went there. Have you ever tried this product before, if so let me know what you think,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Today I'll be talking about the well-known and well-loved Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. I've tried out the shade Light To Medium, which retails for £40. Here are my thoughts on the powder palette...





   This particular palette comes with 6 shades, 3 of which are highlight shades and 3 are contour shades. The highlight shades are the following:
  • Vanilla- A pink/white matte highlight shade, perfect for a natural glow.
  • Banana- A light yellow highlight shade, perfect for under the eyes baking
  • Sand- Similar in colour, this highlight has a hint of shimmer
  • Java- A warm toned bronze shade
  • Fawn- A cool toned contour shade, perfect to contour cheekbones
  • Havana- A warm toned contour shade, perfect for adding a warm glow to your face
Vanilla

Banana

Sand

Java

Fawn

Havana

The pigmentation of these shades is just beyond incredible. You only need to dip your brush in the shades to pick up the colour and it blends out really well. The palette itself doesn't have the largest pans in the world, but my gosh does the product go a long way. The lasting power is also outstanding since I don't find myself ever having to top the contour up throughout the day, whereas with other I do.

So there you are, that was my review of the ABH Contour Kit. I can honestly say this is the best powder contour kit I've ever tried, and would rate this a 10/10 because I honestly can't think of any improvements. Have you tried this contour kit before? If so let me know what you think in the comments below,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Buy Or Boycott? #2

Welcome to the second edition of my "Buy Or Boycott" series where I talk about which brands I'll continue to buy based on if they're cruelty free. You can check out my cruelty free beauty standards too. 

So here is the email that I sent out to different companies:


Let's take a look at this month's companies...

ColourPop


Their reply:



Who Is Their Parent Company?

Seed Beauty

How I respond:

I am pleased that all my questions were answered in the email. Since they do not sell in China nor test on animals themselves I would class them as cruelty free. Also, their parent company has the same policies so it appears that they play no part in animal testing. 

Buy Or Boycott this brand?

Buy. You can check out their website here!

Kylie Cosmetics


Their reply:



Who Is Their Parent Company?

They are partnered with Seed Beauty.

How I respond:

I am glad to see that they do not perform animal testing themselves, nor do their parent company. Although they did not mention whether they sell in China or not, I did research of myself and they do not appear to distribute in China. I am also glad to hear that they work with their supplies to ensure they do not test on animals either, meaning no other companies test on their behalf.

Buy Or Boycott this brand?

Buy. You can check out their website here!

Morphe 


Their reply:



Who Is Their Parent Company?

They do not have a parent company.

How I respond:

I am glad to hear that they ensure their suppliers are cruelty free. I also like that they offer vegan alternatives for their customers. Since they do not sell in China, they are not required to do any sort of animal testing.

Buy Or Boycott this brand?

Buy. You can check out their website here!

So here are all the brands I decided to discuss this month. It's also my first post of 2017, so I hope it's been useful! Thanks for reading,

Izzy K xxx