I’ve tried a few different argan oils in the forms of both creams and oils, but this one is my favourite. I only have a small sample that I received in my October 2013 Glossybox but it’s lasted a seriously long time! Continue reading →
This small vial of argan oil has lasted me months, despite using it on a weekly/fortnightly basis. A very small amount of the Eva Cosmetics Mystic Diamond argan oil truly does go a long way and makes a big impact. A few drops is enough to tame your hair, eliminating flyaway and adding shine in a very quick and effortless process.
It’s easy to spread the oil through your hair by rubbing it between your palms before use, and running your hands over the bottom two thirds of your damp hair. Then dry it with a hair dryer, applying additional oil if it’s needed. I avoid putting any oil on my roots so my hair doesn’t become weighed down or greasy, and yet the shine is definitely visible and the smoothness is massively noticeable.
My hair is fine with a lot of flyaways and this argan oil has worked the best at taming it and making my hair looks neater and more controlled. A large 100ml version of this argan oil costs £22.60 which isn’t cheap, but it would last a seriously long time if you only use a little bit of oil each time. I’d definitely recommend it though!
I received this Gosh Cosmetics by E. Tjellesen – Velvet Touch Lipstick in shade 148 Sundown in my November 2013 Glossybox. I’ve never really worn lipstick but I liked the slightly orangey tinge in the red which makes it seem less bold than deeper reds. Continue reading →
The Gosh lipstick glides well and applies quickly and easily, and very smoothly too. There’s absolutely no tugging or crumbling. The colour isn’t as bold or as intense as some other creamier and more highly pigmented lipsticks, instead looking more like a heavily tinted balm.
The Gosh Velvet Touch lipstick is certainly more oily than creamy, but it doesn’t feel particularly velvety as the product name would suggest. It does have Vitamin E in it though so at least it softens and nourishes lips when it’s in use, but I’ve found that the lipstick dries out within 10 minutes and wipes off too easily. It certainly can’t withstand a meal but it’s simple enough to top it up. As I don’t wear lipstick often I’m unsure if this is normal, but I just find it hassle.
The lipstick is £6.49 and can be bought from Superdrug so it isn’t hugely expensive. It’s a nice burst of colour I wouldn’t otherwise have, and it’s good for experimentation, but I doubt I’ll wear it that often.
I’ve only recently discovered eyeliner (well, discovered how to apply it without looking like a panda!) but I haven’t had the chance to try many liquid eyeliners. The Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner looked like a great opportunity to try it out. Continue reading →
I received the Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner in my Glossybox and, although it’s a cheap brand (seriously, it’s £2.99…), I was happy to see it. It’s got a pointed tip which reminded me somewhat of a quill, gliding over the skin easily. It was even possible to quickly and accurately do a flick at the outer corners of my eyes with this eyeliner, which I found truly amazing.
It took a couple of minutes to dry, leaving a bold black line which made my eyelids feel a little tighter than usual. And then the tingling started and my eyes went red. I think I may have had a reaction to this product because I tried it again a few days later and my eyes responded in the same way.
It is a shame because I think I could use a product like this. It’s easy to use and sets well, as long as you don’t blink/look up prematurely, and I think it’s great value for money. I just can’t use it without getting that reaction which is such a pity! As such, I can’t tell you if this eyeliner is long-lasting as I had to remove it quickly after application.
Charles Worthington is a premium brand, and this 150ml can of dry shampoo will set you back £5.99, but is it worth it? Continue reading →
I’ve mainly been using Batiste dry shampoo and the Lush No Drought dry shampoo every other day, and both work reasonably well in keeping my hair looking fresh. I wanted to see if a more upmarket brand could deliver better, fresher and longer-lasting results.
I was surprised to find the Charles Worthington Front Row dry shampoo actually didn’t perform as well as its cheaper alternatives. It was slightly sticky which made my hair look even more greasy. It didn’t look as bad after I rubbed it in, but my hair didn’t look fresh or volumised; instead it looked limp and lifeless. I also felt it was unable to keep grease at bay for more than a few hours, and it didn’t look good when I resprayed my hair throughout the day.
The worst part of the dry shampoo was the horrid chemically smell it produced. It was making me cough badly in the confines of my small bathroom. Despite this, I liked that the spray was clear – there’s no white dust residue which looks like dandruff, and it doesn’t need to be combed out. Popping out to the shops I felt less self-conscious that I’d accidentally left a patch of white hair, but I was aware of the cloud of bad smell lingering around my hair.
For £5.99 I don’t think this Charles Worthington dry shampoo is worth the money. There are cheaper brands which do a better job, in my opinion.
A rather unusual alternative to toothpaste are the Lush Sparkle Toothy Tabs. These solid tablets are bursting full of citrus and peppery flavours and have been designed to give whiter and more sparkly gnashers. Continue reading →
One toothy tab is all you need to brush your teeth. It foams up when you you chew the tab with your front teeth, and then you can brush your teeth as normal. Filled with bicarbonate of soda, citrus oils and pepper, your mouth will become fresher and teeth will whiten with continuous use. I have noticed some whitening which is good.
It is unusual brushing my teeth without the usual or fresh minty taste, so I always feel compelled to use mouth wash afterwards. Those sensitive to pepper may find their mouth begins to tingle when using these toothy tabs, but I was more taken aback by the rather intense lemon-y flavour. As toothy tabs have no water in them I do find they dry my mouth out enormously, but food doesn’t taste as horrible as it does when you eat after cleaning your teeth with normal minty toothpaste.
They are vegan and the packaging is completely recyclable. The ingredients are natural too but I think I might try a different flavour next time; possibly a more minty one so my mouth feels more fresh and cleansed. They aren’t too bad for £2.50, but I’d rather use normal toothpaste.