Volume Sprays: Oribe v Charles Worthington

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I have very fine flat hair so am always on the lookout for products to add volume and texture to my hair.

The first volumising spray I tried was the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I was very intrigued, and had very high expectations for this after hearing so many beauty bloggers rave about it and I have to say, it definitely met my expectations.

This spray really is magical. I have no idea how it works but it feels like you’re pumping air into your hair when you spray this. It really lifts and adds lots and lots of volume. This product feels very luxurious, has a lovely scent, and gives your hair a very soft and fluffy texture. It makes your hair feel weightless, like there’s nothing in it and the volume lasts a really, really long time too. I absolutely love this product and would love to have endless supplies of it, however it is very pricey!

This is the reason why I decided to try out a cheaper alternative, and bought the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray. This spray isn’t quite the same as the Oribe spray and gives a different kind of look, but I really love this spray too. It adds a lot of volume to my hair which lasts for hours, just like the Oribe, but it gives a different type of texture and feels very different in my hair. It gives more of a gritty, texturised look and feels slightly hard and crispy in your hair, but I don’t mind this when I’m going for a messier, backcombed look.

I would use the Oribe on both freshly washed hair to add volume and texture, and on greasy hair as a dry shampoo, however I wouldn’t with the Charles Worthington spray as I think it’s less of a dry shampoo and more of a gritty, texturising spray. I think both these sprays are great to have in your collection as they both are very different. I would save the more luxurious Oribe spray for special occasions or when going for more sophisticated, softer styles but think the Charles Worthington spray is great for everyday use to add volume and texture to your hair.

Have you tried either of these sprays? What did you think?

Product review: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua

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Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation in 50 Beige

Before getting into blogging I would always use MAC studio fix fluid foundation. Once I started watching YouTube and reading beauty blogs, I was introduced to, and have tried so many more different foundations.

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua was a foundation I’d wanted to try for a really long time after hearing so many beauty bloggers rave about it, but as it is so pricey, I couldn’t bring myself round to actually buying it…..until now!

I’ve used this foundation for a few weeks now and I love it! It’s very light and gentle, almost like water. I would say it’s more like a tinted moisturiser than foundation as it gives a very light coverage and feels very soft and gentle on the skin. It really doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any foundation at all, and makes my skin feel much softer and smoother.

It also has a very dewy finish and makes my skin look so much more radiant and glowing. It definitely makes my complexion look much brighter and healthier.

This is now my favourite foundation and I will definitely be repurchasing it again and again. It’s a perfect everyday foundation as it looks very natural, like I’ve got no makeup on, but evens out my skin tone and any imperfections in my skin.

This has been my first Chanel makeup purchase and I really want to try more products from the brand. It is such a luxurious, high quality product, I’ve definitely been bitten by the Chanel bug!

Lucky No.18 Followers Giveaway:Revlon, Maybelline

The number 18 has always been my lucky number so when I first started my blog I decided that I would have a giveaway when I reached 18 followers. I reached this milestone a few days ago so here’s my giveaway!

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I have decided to giveaway a few of my favourite drugstore products. The first of these is the Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze.’ I absolutely love this eyeshadow, it is a beautiful metallic bronze colour which would suit most skin-tones and is a great base product for eyeshadows or can be used on it’s own which is what I usually do.

Next are Revlon ColorBurst lip butters in ‘Berry Smoothie,’ (my favourite shade which I wear almost every day) and ‘Lollipop.’ These are my favourite drugstore lip products which I wear day-to-day and I love these shades.

This giveaway is going to be UK only and will be a Rafflecopter giveaway

Click on the link above to enter. You will need to follow my blog via bloglovin to enter as well as provide an e-mail address so that I can contact the winner at the end of the giveaway. You can gain extra entries by following me on Twitter or Pinterest. The giveaway will be open from now until 12am on 30th September. The winner will then be chosen by random from all entries and notified by e-mail within 48 hours of the giveaway ending.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of my subscribers, it is so shocking that people are actually reading and following my blog. I still get so excited when I see that I have so many page views  or a new follower and  I never thought I would reach this number of subscribers so quickly.

Love you all lots xxx

New In: NARS eyeliner in Via De’ Martelli (Chocolate Brown)

Although I have spent hours and hours at my nearest NARS counter over the years swatching the beautiful blushes and lipsticks, I have only just bought my first ever NARS product.

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I bought a Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via De’ Martelli from the new Fall 2013 Color Collection.

I usually wear black eyeliner daily but this can look quite harsh so I wanted to tone it down and wear a dark brown liner instead. This eyeliner is a deep dark-brown chocolate colour. I love the colour, it is great for adding definition to they eyes but is a lot more subtle than black.

The eyeliner is very soft and easy to apply yet also very long-lasting. I wear it in the waterline and it lasts all day without smudging which is a first for me as I usually always end up with panda eyes from where my usual black liner has smudged. I also love that this eyeliner twists up, and there is a small built in sharpener on the end for when you want more precise lines.

Although this eyeliner is a lot more pricey than my usual drugstore eyeliners (£19.00!), I can definitely notice the difference in the quality of the product.

My first ever NARS purchase has been very successful, and I have already added several more products to my wishlist!

What do you guys think of NARS products? What was your first ever NARS purchase?

Liebster Award

Being new to blogging, I get very excited whenever I see new page views or followers. It’s so amazing that people are actually reading my blog! A couple of weeks ago, I received even more of a surprise, I was very shocked to see that I was nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Lydia. Make sure you check out her blog!

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The Liebster Award is an award passed on between bloggers to help new bloggers publicise and promote their blogs.

The rules are that the nominee is given questions by the nominator to answer. They must then create a blogpost answering the questions they are given, and then pick nominees they would like to pass the award onto and think of some new questions to ask them.

The Liebster award can only be passed onto bloggers who have less than 200 followers ( I have gone by Bloglovin followers when picking my nominees).

Here are the questions I was asked by Lydia:

  • What trend do you think has been most hit and miss?

Disco pants. I don’t own a pair yet (I really want some!) but think they have to be styled very carefully. They look amazing when styled well but could look quite cheap and trashy if not.

  • Where is your favourite place to shop?

As you may be able to tell if you are a regular reader and have read my past posts…………….ZARA!

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

This is a tough one. Travelling is something I really love and want to do a lot more of. I have a huge list of places I want to go to but if I could go anywhere, it would be Australia. It looks like such a beautiful, diverse country with amazing landscapes and wildlife. It’s at the top of my list of places to visit and I would even love to live there for a while.

  • If you were granted three wishes, what would you wish for? (No cliches!)

The first one is slightly cliche, but I would wish that every human being on the planet would have at least the basics in life, food, water, shelter, education, safety.

Secondly I would wish that there was a new form of transportation whereby you could just click your fingers and be anywhere you wanted to be. You would never be stuck in traffic or have to spend hours/days travelling to places ever again!

Finally I would wish for a shoe tree! How amazing would it be if shoes grew on trees lol.

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  • Is there a style/trend you wish could suit you better?

Jumpsuits. I love jumpsuits and have seen some beautiful ones I would have loved to buy however as I am very short, they never seem to be in the right proportions to fit my frame.

  • If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?

A zebra. I love zebras, they are my favourite animal. I am fascinated by them and would love to be able to own one as a pet.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Victoria Beckham. This may be a controversial answer, I know a lot of people don’t like her, but I think she’s great. I think she’s a beautiful, strong, smart businesswoman and a great role model. I also love her style.

  • What makeup product could you not live without?

I would have to say some sort of base product, either foundation or a tinted moisturiser as I just wouldn’t feel confident enough without it.

  • What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

I love Maths and am a bit of a Finance geek. Of course I love to read fashion and beauty blogs but I also love to read a lot of business and finance blogs and articles. I am considering doing some blogposts these on types of topics, maybe basics of personal finance what do you think? Would you like to see them?

  • If you were PM for the day and were told to make a new law, what would it be?

OK this isn’t exactly a law (I’m cheating a bit!), but more of an initiative to help reduce unemployment and help the economy. I would provide some sort of incentive to employers to provide more trainee jobs for people without experience. I think there are so many intelligent, willing individuals currently unemployed as they struggle to find jobs due to lack of experience but how are they ever going to gain any experience if they aren’t given a chance?

Here are my nominees I have chosen to pass the Liebster award onto:

Nude on Broad Street

Slight Gem

An Arrangement of Notes

Parisian To Be

These are some of my favourite blogs so check them out and read their responses to my questions.

Here are my questions:

  1. If you were given the money to buy only one pair of shoes right now, what would they be?
  2. What is your favourite food/dish?
  3. How would you describe your style?
  4. What is your favourite book?
  5. Name three of your favourite style icons?
  6. Describe your perfect day/night? Who would you spend it with? Where would you go? What would you do?
  7. Where would you like to be in five years time? (Could be in terms of life/career/blog)
  8. What is your greatest strength?
  9. What is your most treasured item in your wardrobe?
  10. Which beauty product(s) have you repurchased again and again?

I would love to hear the answers to these questions from anyone so please feel free to answer in the comments below or in your own blogpost. Thanks again to Lydia for nominating me!