Wednesday, 28 September 2011

A Review: Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara

 Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
Full lashes, natural look

What Do I Think?
I've got naturally long, straight lashes, so I like my mascara to provide volume and curl rather than add extra length. I'm not a personal fan of the clumpy look, and whilst I accept that wearing mascara doesn't ever really look completely natural, I prefer my mascara to subtly accentuate my eyes rather than add obvious definition. False Lash Effect, despite the name, does exactly what I want, plus it doesn't irritate or annoy my sensitive eyes, it doesn't flake off throughout the day or have any colour fading. It stays put, it holds curl and volume, with only one coat, and it's just the right amount of black around my eyes. The formulation is quite thick, but it doesn't clump, and it lasts for ages without drying out in the tube. The wand, as you can see in the above photo, is rather on the large side, which can admittedly be initially off-putting, however, those little spikes grab hold of each and every lash, from root to tip, and coat them in the perfect amount of mascara. After a couple of uses I promise you won't find the brush overwhelming!

Where Is It Available?
Max Factor products are available from most UK drugstores and pharmacies, and also some supermarkets. I'm pretty sure Max Factor is stocked nationwide.
How Much Does It Cost?
This retails at £10.99 for 13.1ml

Would I Recommend It?
Yes! I love, love, love this mascara! The ONLY bugbear I have is the price. Since when did it become acceptable for a drugstore mascara to cost £10.99?! However, when a product does it's job as well as this does, I'm more happy to waft those moths out of my purse and hand over the cash!
Star Rating:
*Disclaimer: I bought this with my own wonga, these are my own words and opinion, those ARE my own lashes, and this is what mascara REALLY looks like!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

NOTD: OPI Miami Beet

 OPI Nail Lacquer
Miami Bee & Mad as a Hatter

The perfect manicure colour for that uneasy transition from summer to autumn, Miami Beet is a gorgeous deep pink, I'd almost describe it as a berry toned pink. It looks perfect when accompanied by one of my favourite glitter polishes, Mad as a Hatter (from the Alice in Wonderland OPI collection), I do love a little bit of added sparkle!

I always think your nails should be the one part of your outfit, particularly if you have to wear traditionally corporate office wear, that can be fun and expressive, and using a glitter polish is one of my favourite ways to do so.

What are your favourite transition nail polish shades? Are you a glitter lover or hater?

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

He makes my heart melt...

I love my little boy SO much!
Thank you for allowing me to gush ♥

A Review: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder
Controlled Lightening Spray

What Do I Think?
A spray that can lighten your roots, and therefore potentially necessitate the urgent need for expensive and regular highlight top ups, surely that is too good to be true?! Well, yes, it probably is! I purchased this a while back, lured in by the 'too good to be true' marketing claims, and set about using it, paying careful attention to the 'directions for use'. I will point out now, this is NOT suitable for any hair colour other than blonde, and although my roots are fairly dark, after careful consideration I decided that my dark blonde should be acceptable. This product can be used for root lightening, highlight brightening and all over colour enhancing, and is activated by applying heat to the hair after use - apparently, the more heat, the better the effects. However, technical gumpf aside, despite following the instructions to the letter, this left my roots horrendously greasy (I used it as sparingly as possible), and after a few uses my hair started to turn a tinge can I put! I tried, and failed, a few times to get this to work, but unfortunately my perseverance did not pay off. For what it's worth, I also tried this on my already highlighted blonde strands, and I had the same effects, so I think the actual shade of hair was irrelevant to the effects. If this product works for you, then please tell me how on earth you got it to! Biggest waste of money...seriously unimpressed with John Frieda. 

Where Is It Available?
John Frieda products are available in most UK drugstores and supermarkets, and I believe are sold online and nationwide too.

How Much Does It Cost?
This retails at £6.99 for 100ml - daylight robbery if you ask me!

Would I Recommend It?
If you fancy orange, greasy roots then SURE THING, but if not, steer well clear!

Star Rating:

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A Review: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew
Tone Correcting Conditioner

What Do I Think?
As a (bottle) blonde, one of the things I always try to avoid in between colourings is loss of tone and colour, that hated 'brassiness' is a dreaded term. Purple shampoos and conditioners are formulated especially to help counteract the 'brassy' tones that can often occur on colour treated blondes, and the Colour Renew range is John Frieda's purple offering. I picked this up after seeing a couple of reviews for it on other blogs I follow, (when my local Tesco was doing a BOGOF or something), and was hoping for great things. Applying something purple to ones hair is actually quite a weird concept for me, and I was mildly apprehensive, I suppose I just assume something so vibrant in colour must contain dye (it doesn't)!? I decided to go for the conditioner, I'm happy with my choice of shampoo and prefer to try out different conditioning products instead. I always leave my conditioner on for at least 2 minutes, giving it time to work. This conditioner contains UV filters that also help to protect against colour fading, and the purple tones help to neutralise that dreaded brassiness. My feelings are still pretty mixed on this one, to be perfectly honest. I don't find it nourishing enough as a conditioner, and can definitely tell the difference on the days (a couple of times per week) that I've used this - my hair simply wasn't as soft or manageable. I don't think it's dramatically improved the condition of my colour either, although I do have to say that it's been a LONG time since I had my highlights done, and it's only recently that I've started to notice major brassiness, so perhaps it has helped more than I initially noticed?

Where Is It Available?
John Frieda products are sold nationwide I believe, and can be found in most UK drugstores and supermarkets, in the professional haircare section.

How Much Does It Cost?
This is retailing at £5.89 for 250ml in Boots (UK) currently, and I believe there is a 3 for 2 offer on across most hair and beauty products instore and online.

Would I Recommend It?
I think you can tell from my review, I'm not blown away enough by this product, I won't personally repurchase it, but I will finish up my bottle. I probably would recommend you try other brands, perhaps something a little stronger might work a little better?

Star Rating:

Monday, 12 September 2011

A Review: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Healthy Attitude

 John Frieda Sheer Blonde Healthy Attitude
Leave-in nourishing spray

What Do I Think?
If there is anything extra my hair needs it is nourishment, in abundance, especially at the moment given it's long overdue a cut and colour refresh. I picked this up quite some time ago, I *think* it was when I had my hair dyed back to blonde and was stocking up on goodies from the John Frieda Sheer Blonde range. The idea behind this spray is to "replenish lost moisture" and "penetrate problem areas that are prone to splitting and breaking", when applied to damp hair after washing as normal. It's this part that I'm just not sure on. I'm not over or underwhelmed by this product, I'm not convinced it actually does anything, perhaps my hair is so beyond help that this fails to make an impact, or perhaps it does actually do a little something but doesn't quite have the strength to make it overly noticeable? Either way, it does have a really nice scent that lingers throughout the day, especially when you swish (I love that!), and it doesn't make my hair greasy which is a definite pro!

How Much Does It Cost?
This retails for £5.29 and if you're quick, Boots has a 3 for 2 offer across most brands instore (and online) so you could snap this up as your freebie perhaps (which is actually exactly what I did, way back when).

Where Is It Available?
John Frieda is sold in most UK drugstores and supermarkets, and I'm pretty sure it's sold nationwide, but don't quote me on that!

Would I Recommend It?
I'm not really sure to be honest, I don't think it does a great deal on my hair personally, and I won't repurchase, but it does smell nice...*shallow*

Star Rating:
*Disclaimer: I purchased this with my own money, some time ago, and have shamefully neglected to review it! As ever, all opinions and hairs used are 100% my own.