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26 December 2012

Christmas 2012

Hope you all had a great Christmas and are enjoying the final hours of Boxing Day :)

I got lots of great stuff yesterday from my relatives and friends; main presents from my parents were a new TV for my room (fab for my new ps3 games) and a yamaha keyboard which I'm excited to start learning. Look forward to some reviews on the products I received in the near future too!

My family's christmas tree
Yesterday, we went to a family-friend's house for christmas dinner and watched films and played games, which was really fun. Then today, we went round to my Auntie's house where all my Mum's side of the family were there for a second christmas dinner and we all played my little cousin's new xbox kinect, definitely a bundle of laughs! Unfortunately didn't manage to hit the sales this morning, tomorrow we're heading out to the city centre for shopping so hopefully I'll pick up some bits there.

 I hope you all have a fun and safe new years and enjoy the rest of the christmas break :)

4 November 2012

Style Steal | Zoella's Army Camo Jacket

Many of blogger and youtube sensation Zoella's photos lately have included a gorgeous army camo jacket which I have fallen in love with. So I decided to purchase it myself and re-create Zoe's look.

I purchased this jacket for £48 from Topshop, this isn't the exact jacket Zoe has as my one doesn't have studs on the shoulders and pockets. However, the studded one can be found in Topshop as well for a slightly raised price of £58.

Photo Credit to @Zozeebo via Instagram

I was inspired by the above photo of Zoe and Louise (Sprinkle Of Glitter). The jacket is quite thin itself so I love how Zoe has teamed the jacket with a coloured hoodie underneath, perfect for the colder winter months. 

And this is my look, pretty laid back but comfortable and I've rolled up the sleeves of the jacket, great for a cool day.

  • Jacket - Topshop
  • Maroon Hoodie - H&M Mens
  • Black Skinny Jeans - Primark
  • Brown HiTop Converse - Schuh

Zoe's Jacket can be found HERE.
My Jacket can be found HERE.

Follow me on instagram @AlixStaines

27 October 2012

Review | Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara

Is the hype about Maybelline's The Falsies mascara really true? If you're thinking of purchasing Maybelline's new The Falsies Flared or are planning on purchasing the original, here's my review on the product I have re-purchased countless times.

What The Product Claims To Do:
Maybelline The Falsies mascara delivers a false lash look; giving you a full set of voluminous bold, fanned out lashes and the appearance of no gaps from any angle. The pro-keratin and fibre enriched formula is designed to deliver immediate results, distributing volume and visible intensity to your lashes. The patented 'spoon' shaped brush helps fan lashes out.

The packaging truly is very girly. The deep purple body and flash of electric blue font make this mascara stand out from other tubes on the market. The smart, effective packaging of The Falsies is a great plus and provides fantastic first impressions whilst scavenging through the Maybelline make-up stand.

The Wand:
The spoon-shaped flat wand is large enough to achieve one coat of mascara in one clean swipe, which is a feature I really like about this mascara. The wand is a little fiddly to handle because it's recommended you hold the wand with the spoon structure positioned upwards to uplift your eyelashes but is great when achieved, creating that desired 'false lash effect'. I don't like using this mascara on my bottom eyelashes, I feel that it's better suited for your top lashes as it is quite difficult to coat your bottom lashes with the spooned brush.

The photo below shows the wand as viewed from above.

The bristles are fine and make your lashes very enhanced and long without clumping like other mascaras.

The photo below shows the wand viewed from the side, this is the 'spoon shaped' wand Maybelline describe.

Long Lasting?
After curling my eyelashes prior to applying mascara, I expect a mascara to hold the curl and help my curl last all day. The waterproof formula is simply divine and does a perfect job in achieving this. Not only does it hold my curl all day, it doesn't smudge and leave dark splodges under my eyes like other mascaras I have tried. I wore this mascara on a 3 day camping trip and it stayed perfectly in tact and my eye make-up still looked fantastic despite hours of walking and sleeping.

I bought The Falsies at Tesco for £7.99. A little pricey for a high street mascara, especially since it has been on the market for a while and hasn't budged much in price. However one tube does last me the 3 month maximum period your should keep a mascara for and the formula still remains moist.

Overall Verdict:
A previous fan of the Colossal mascara, The Falsies was a must for me to purchase. A fabulous everyday mascara which can easily be build able for fancier events. The only down point for me is that it can be tricky to remove, as all waterproof mascaras are, but with a good quality eye make-up remover this isn't such a big problem. Definitely a must-try mascara and I will continue to re-purchase!

A tutorial on my everyday eye make-up routine and image of The Falsies on my eyes can be found HERE.

What's your opinion on The Falsies? Have you tried the new Flared mascara?

16 October 2012

Multi-coloured Crackle Nails!

Lots and lots of apologies from me today, very sorry I've been AWOL since... August *cringes*. This Summer has been full of good events (and bad) which I will be sure to blog my experiences about at a later stage. 

But today, I have a nail post for you all. After discovering Technic's Crackle Effect Nail Coat for only £1.99 in Semi-Chem, it seemed silly not to blog about it.

The polish comes with a little information booklet which tells you how to gain the desired 'crackled' effect. Basically, you apply your base colour coat, wait for it to dry and then apply Technic's nail coat on top. Simple! Seeing as it was so cheap, I wasn't expecting great results but I was rather impressed by the outcome.

Firstly, I painted my nails with an array of coloured nail polishes (yes, I am a Rimmel nail polish junkie).

From left to right:
  • Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 740 Clear
  • Rimmel London Lycra Pro Finish Nail Polish in 440 Orange Bliss
  • Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 430 Coralicious
  • Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 840 Blue Eyed Girl
  • Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 230 Portobello Pink
  • Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 605 Purple Reign
  • Technic Crackle Effect Top Coat in 21106 Black
The thing I love most about Rimmel's nail polishes is that you only really need to apply one coat to get a very pigmented colour.

Next, I applied the Crackled Effect top coat. A word of caution, be very careful not to re-do the black you have already painted onto the nails as you'll ruin the overall effect. Almost immediately, the polish will begin to crackle up.

The polish does dry into a chalky dark grey colour which I was disappointed with, but after a clear topcoat the colour did turn back into a strong dark black.

Technic have four top coat colours:
Lilac, Pink, Black and Blue

Here's the final look. Hope you enjoyed. :)

13 August 2012

Beauty Empties #1

I have an ikea storage box in my wardrobe full of products I've received as gifts/bought myself over the years which do not fit on the shelf beside all the beauty products I use on a daily basis. I do rotate the products I use quite alot, especially during transitioning seasons. Whilst cleaning my room today, I realised a lot of the contents in my storage box are actually empty from the month of July and are simply collecting dust! So here's what I'm throwing out and my opinions of the products I have used.


Mark Hill Gorgeous Brunette Shine Reflective Shampoo: I received this tiny bottle as part of a gift set for Christmas. The quality of this product is so great, it smells divine; that's why I limited my usage of this product and I finally finished it in the month of July. I like trying different shampoos, so I will not re purchase yet, but it's definitely one to consider trying.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Conditioning Treatment: I've re purchased this product so many times! No wonder it's a continuing top place winner of all the haircare product awards. This stuff makes my hair very soft and manageable and will always be a favourite of mine.

Batiste Diva Dry Shampoo: This was a quick-grab purchase at Tesco in July as it was on offer for a discounted £2. Perfect for days when your hair needs a volume boost and to banish oily roots. I do get comments sometimes that my hair looks a grey-ish colour after spraying this in, that's the only disadvantage, but make sure it's rubbed and brushed out properly. I'd definitely re purchase but maybe try one of the different versions Batiste offer.

Boots Expert Dry Shampoo: This was the very first dry shampoo I've tried and unfortunately it's not the best, hence why it's taken me the best part of this year using it on and off to finally finish it. This doesn't leave as much white residue unlike the Batiste but I found it didn't do anything to my hair at all and appeared limp and lifeless. I heard this product was discontinued a few months back, but i've seen it appear again on the shelves of Boots but I won't re-purchase.


Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream: This moisturiser is perfect for acne prone and oily skin as I find it mattifies my skin and leaves it in the perfect condition to apply make-up afterwards. It also contains SPF 8 which is little but does participate in protecting your skin against sun rays. The only downside is that it comes in a tiny 50ml tube, but it won't stop me from re purchasing.
Rimmel London Renew & Lift Foundation: I don't tend to wear foundation in the summer but this one is ideal for a natural finish. The colour range suits paler skin tones perfectly and is no problem blending in. I wouldn't re-purchase this product simply because it doesn't contain the factors I look for in a foundation product any more (not oil free).
Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara: I've used this product to death this month hence the labelling has worn off! I use this mascara on my bottom eyelashes as it is amazing for lengthening even though it is advertised as a volumising product. It is very black and the bristles catch every eyelash quickly and easily. A tube lasts a very long time so I have already re-purchased.

Rimmel London 100% Waterproof Mascara: I always use a waterproof mascara on my top lashes to prevent them drooping after curling during the day. This mascara doesn't do an awful lot for your lashes but does make them very black. It is a nightmare to get off and I've fallen in love with my waterproof Falsies by Maybelline so I will not re-purchase.
PanOxyl 10 Acnegel: This is my ultimate holy grail to fighting spots! I apply this a few nights a week followed by moisturiser as it is very drying. It really does reduce the appearance of an angry spot overnight. I currently get this on prescription and I have another tube in my make-up bag already.

Rimmel London Stronger Nail Polish: I purchased this along with a pale pink colour and white for a french manicure. I'm not entirely sure if I picked up a rubbish polish, but I haven't used a lot of this and its gloopy consistency makes it impossible to scrape the polish out. I will not be re-purchasing!


Giorgoi Armani Code Perfume: This is my favourite perfume ever! I love the floral detailing on the bottle and the scent is perfect for me. I wish it wasn't so darn expensive, so i'll definitely be adding this to my birthday wishlist next month.

Diesel Plus Plus Feminine Spray: I don't mind this spray, however it is a sporty scent which I don't normally go for. I received this as a gift and it did last me a very long time but I won't be re purchasing.

Sure Women Clear Pure Crystal Deoderant: This was another pick-up product in Tesco but I actually really like it. It does what any other deodorant does and has a nice floral scent. It basically is a feminine version of the Sure Men Quantum spray.

Let me know if you enjoyed this post and what you're throwing out this month!

16 July 2012

My 10 Favourite YouTube Beauty Gurus!

If you're new to YouTube or simply looking for some fresh youtubers to subscribe to, this is the blog post for you. I've been watching my favourite beauty gurus on youtube for almost a year so my opinions will be thorough on the contents of their videos and will be my own personal view on their representation of the beauty industry. Enjoy!


Subscribe if you enjoy: Coffee vlogs, clothing hauls and getting ready videos.

Arden has recently broadcasted her passion for thrifting which symbolises how her fashion is so unique. Recently featured in the Seventeen Beauty Smarties Showdown, Arden really revealed her varied make up talents. There has been a lot of clothing hauls recently from her trips all around the world which are very inspiring so you should definitely check Arden out.


Subscribe if you enjoy: Favourites videos, fun tags and skincare videos.

Fleur's videos are always very fun and different from the last. Recently she's uploaded her versions of the tags including: the £20 make up challenge and the blindfolded make up challenge. Fleur is close friends with Ingrid (missglamorazzi) so expect a few beauty videos featuring this great pair of friends.


Subscribe if you enjoy: Health videos, outfits of the day and hair tutorials.

Jarmaine's videos, I guarantee you, will brighten up your day. She's very funny and always puts a smile on my face. Her channel has featured a lot of fitness videos recently which are interesting to watch. She has a great sense of style and her hair tutorials are always top notch. Give this girl a watch and let her enthusiasm lead you into subscribing.


Subscribe if you enjoy: Getting ready videos, hair tutorials and how to videos.

Cassie is involved in a beauty course so her tutorials are always of a very high professional standard. Her how to videos are very interesting and range from hair extension guides to airbrush foundation tips. She always features different make up tutorials and varies her techniques which I find is quite rare in most beauty gurus. It is evident Cassie's videos will continue to increase in already high content quality.


Subscribe if you enjoy: Favourites videos, hauls and hair tutorials.

How a video is edited, for me, is a great seller when deciding on whether to subscribe to a YouTuber and Bethany's videos are beautifully presented. Her videos are very fun and interesting to watch and it seems like she puts a lot of effort into making her videos the best they possibly can be. Bethany features bloopers at the end of her videos which never fail to make me laugh.


Subscribe if you enjoy: Advice videos, style tips and make up tutorials.

Megan is hands down my all-time favourite beauty guru. Her life is very public on youtube which introduces various videos including: follow me around vlogs, life advice and relationship tips. Megan won this years Seventeen Beauty Smarties Showdown which itself represents how talented this girl in the beauty industry.


Subscribe if you enjoy: Advice videos, hauls and style videos.

After moving to college, Meghan's videos are still just as great and frequent which I admire. Her experiences launched "Dr Meghan" videos which are always very beneficial and inspiring to watch. Meghan is very funny and is a shopping junkie so if you like hauls then Meghanrosette is definitely the YouTube channel for you!


Subscribe if you enjoy: Make up tutorials, getting ready videos and hauls.

Morgan creates simple, easy, step by step beauty videos which are the perfect length to watch on the go. I hate when videos are too long but this girl simplifies her videos perfectly. Her outfits of the week videos always catch my attention and are great to watch if you're stuck on outfit ideas.


Subscribe if you enjoy: Skincare videos, make up tutorials and hauls.

Ingrid is very bubbly and has great tips for girls to enhance their greatest features. She has made fantastic acne and hyperpigmentation videos which are very helpful for people experiencing the same. She uses a vast range of different products so there's always something new she will recommend for you to try out.

Who are your favourite beauty gurus?

1 July 2012

Tag | Seven Deadly Beauty Sins

This tag has been flooding my YouTube subscriptions for a while now so I thought I'd have a go at a blog version. If you don't already know, the traditional Seven Deadly Sins featured in The Bible are: Pride, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony and Sloth.

What is your most inexpensive beauty product?
Boots Simply Sensitive SPF 15 Oil Free Protecting Day Moisturiser (phew, that was a mouthful). I'm really sick of dishing out £3.99 every few weeks for my usual tiny Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturiser so I thought I'd give Boots' own brand a go. Over twice the volume and almost double the SPF factor, I'm pretty pleased with my alternative purchase. Also, this is on offer for £1.89 at Boots at the moment, a third off the usual price.

What is your most expensive beauty product?
Apologies, I'm cheating a little bit here. It's my Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. I purchased them on ebay for £4 including shipping, except Harvey Nichols and the Shu Uemura website are selling the curlers for £20. However, the price does add up as I've repurchased these curlers five times, each costing £4. It's really unfortunate Shu Uemura don't sell the curler refills separately so a whole new device is required everytime a pad wears out. I'm not one to splurge on beauty products as I tend to re-purchase products I know work for me, which adds up in cost itself.

What beauty product do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Definitely my No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation (03 Porcelain). Last year, the No7 counter lady applied this to my skin and it looked utterly flawless. Under the shop lights my skin looked sheer, natural and eliminated the need of concealer to cover my blemishes. After I paid £13.50 for the foundation, I glanced in another shop window to admire my new purchase then.. BAM. I was met with a very orange face. A lesson I've learnt is to never be fooled into buying products tried on in beauty stores. Always request to take a sample home if you're interested in buying foundations; most beauty counters are happy to allow that. I use this only on nights out and special occasions if I feel like dressing my makeup up a little. I adore the coverage, but is very cakey and I hate the product at times.

What is your most delicious beauty product?
No7's Stay Perfect Lip Laquer (18 Day Dreamer). The smell reminds me of Robinson's Summer Fruit diluting juice! It is heavenly and I have to battle with myself to not lick this product off my lips.

What beauty product do you neglect due to laziness?
Natural Collection's Liquid eyeliner without a doubt. It's so fidly, for me, to master because I'm too lazy to take time to apply it. I usually only apply liquid eyeliner on special occasions when I want my eyelashes to appear bolder, otherwise I smudge pencil eyeliner on my upper lash line during the day.

What beauty products give you the most confidence?
Hands down my favourite beauty products ever; Witch Anti-Blemish Tinted Moisturiser (01 Light) and Rimmel London Hide The Blemish Concealer (001 Ivory). Both these products combined are fabulous to hide my acne scars. I like the concealer in particular as it is great in covering dark circles and is small and compact to easily throw into your handbag for touch ups during the day. These products are a god send for me.

What beauty look or product is an instant hit for you?
I've always liked nude lips. Nude lips and dark, smokey eyes appeal to me. Except, one of my pet peeves is when girls apply concealer to their lips and the product wears off during the day and leaves a bitty, icky residue. I wish I could pull this look off, but being incredibly pale already, nude lips tend to wash me out even more.
What do you admire in the opposite sex?
A great personality. The ability to make me laugh always scores brownie points. Looks are just the overall icing on the cake.

What is the beauty product you'd like to purchase/receive one day?
I would love, love a Clarisonic Mia. That would be heavenly. It's on sale in John Lewis right now for £120. For those who haven't heard the hype, the Clarisonic is an electrical exfoliator device which claims to improve the texture of your skin. Unfortunately, turning 17 and going into sixth year at school is a really expensive period so maybe some subtle hints or a lot of overtime at work will result in a Clarisonic. *dreams*

22 June 2012

Outfits Of The Week & Packing | Paris Music Tour 2012!

Bonjour Bloggers! I'm off to Paris Sunday the 24th of June till Friday the 29th of June with my school's music department. I play viola and I'm part of the many great music ensembles at my school including: The Double Bass Trio, Ukulele Group, Choir, Fiddlers, Rock Group and Big Band- just to name a few. We get everyone (around 90 students and 10 teachers) in the music department together every second summer to tour a city for the best part of a week. Two years ago, we were off to the Rhineland in Germany, now it's time for my favourite city in the world, Paris!

So, for this post, I'm going to take you through our plans for the week as well as my planned outfits. These are roughly what I hope to wear in my head but of course, depending on the weather, the outfits could change slightly. I hope this gives you an idea of outfits you could possibly wear if you're on a trip this summer!

Day One: Travelling by Coach to the Ferry Port (Hull) and overnight stay on the ferry to Rotterdam.

Since we'll be lounging around on the coach for the best part of the day, I decided to just throw on something I'd be comfortable in:
  • Light Blue Skinny Jeans - H&M
  • Blue Striped Dress-Shirt - Primark
  • Red Cropped Cardigan - Dorothy Perkins
  • Brown Pumps - H&M
Day Two: Arrival at Rotterdam, coach to first concert at Jardin De Luxembourg, arrival at hostel in Paris.

My school asked us to wear our concert dress for the full day as there are no changing facilities available at our first venue:
  • Black Tights
  • Black Pumps - New Look (My Mum's)
  • Black School Poloshirt
  • Black Skirt - Miss Selfridge
Day Three: Full day in Disneyland Paris.

I wanted to be comfy in Disneyland as I will most definitely be running round the park like a little girl! The most amazing part of the day; the string group I'm involved in and my school's Big Band auditioned to play in Disneyland and our application was accepted!! So we will be playing at a bandstand in the Disney complex on that day too, so I'll need to take my school concert dress in my rucksack:
  • Flower Pattern Playsuit - Generation 915, New Look
  • Brown Gladiator Sandals - ASDA
Day Four: Visit to Montparnasse Tower, Eiffel Tower, Shopping, Concert in Parc George Brassens and evening ceilidh.

Since I'll be in the touristy areas of Paris during the day, of course you have to look presentable, it's Paris! This is my favourite outfit, I'm a sucker for a collared top and high-waisted shorts. Later in the day I will have to change into my school concert dress:

I'm not entirely sure what dress I'll wear for the ceilidh in the evening. I actually purchased the black and white tshirt dress for the Germany Music tour in 2010 but I've never ever worn it *cringes*. The blue and red ruffled, bird patterned dress is my little sister's but looks incredibly cute paired with tights and heels. I'll just see what I prefer on the night:
Day Five: Departing from Paris en route home to the UK. Visit to Chocolate World in Brugges. Overnight ferry from Rotterdam to Hull.

For the journey home, again, I like to be comfy. So here I'll just wear the oldest sleeveless dress I own and a pair of comfy leggings:
  • Green Patterned Sleeveless Dress - Primark
  • Black Leggings - Primark
  • Brown Gladiator Sandals - ASDA
Day Six: Arrive at Hull and coach journey back home.

For the final outfit, comfort is my main priority. From experience, coaches do get really stuffy so I'm just throwing on a crop top and a pair of old jeans:
  • Purple Crop Top - New Look
  • Blue Skinny Jeans - H&M
  • Brown Pumps - H&M
Because the weather forecast isn't always accurate, I have packed extra outfits just in case the weather is unexpected when I'm in Paris.

  • Blue Patterned Playsuit - Primark
  • Red High-Waisted Shorts - Internacionale
  • Black and White Patterned Dress - H&M
  • Black and White Striped Top - H&M
  • Blue Ruffled T-shirt - Primark
  • Green Skinny Jeans - Primark
  • White Converse
Also, I purchased a bag for my trips out in Paris. I was given a chat from my Mum about my poor choice, apparently pick-pockets are very common in Paris- everywhere in the world actually. After hours of arguing and protesting a bum bag is socially not acceptable to be seen wearing, I purchased this gorgeous rucksack from Primark.

The rucksack has a drawstring under the main flap which will ensure all my belongings are reasonably safe whilst out and about. For only £9, I think this is a fashionable number to carry my things around in when roaming the streets of the most romantic city in the world!

Apologies if some of the clothing items are from older ranges. However, as always, I will try and link all the items that are still available in the shops to where they can be purchased online.

I hope you all enjoy your week, summer has officially begun for me, but I have some exciting blog posts prepared for when I'm back home. If you have any requests, please comment below. :)

18 June 2012

My Everyday Eye Make-up Routine

I try to keep my eye make-up relatively simple everyday since I'm not a huge fan of lugging around dozens of make-up products inside my bag to touch up every hour of the day. My most distinct school pet peeve involves girls clogging the bathroom mirrors at break and lunchtime re-applying the layers of make-up already built up on their faces. There is nothing worse than talking to someone who has mountains of thick, cakey mascara and eyes rimmed with black eyeliner, so heavy you can hardly make out their eyes..(well, almost).

So, here are the eye products I use on a daily basis!

Products from left to right:
  • Firstly, I define my eyebrows with the brown eyeliner by lightly stroking the pencil along my eyebrows. I only tend to do this when I pin my fringe back since my eyebrows are mostly hidden when my fringe is down.
  • I then line my upper last line with the black kohl eyeliner. Depending on the occasion, I sometimes line my lower lash line and smudge it in with my finger to give a more intense eye look, but for school, lining only the upper lash line gives a brighter eye effect. Especially when I'm a zombie at 8.30 in the morning.
  • Next, I curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler. I heat the tool briefly with a hair dryer to make my curl last longer. My eyelashes are naturally pin straight so doing this allows them to stay curly all day without budging. Curling my eyelashes does tend to smudge the liner on my upper lash line, but it makes the look seem even more effortless and messy.
  • Taking my Maybelline Falsies Mascara I brush through my upper lashes. The mascara is very black and really does make them appear false as the product claims to achieve. If you are curling your eyelashes I recommend using a waterproof mascara so the curl doesn't droop during the day.
  • Lastly, I brush through my lower lashes with my Natural Collection Water Guard Mascara. I'm not terribly fussed on what mascara I use on my lower lashes, so I tend to grab the cheapest mascara I can find to do the job.
And here's the finished look!

What does your daily eye make-up routine consist of?

12 June 2012

Tutorial | Effortless, Heatless Waves!

In my experience, people with curly hair always complain about their hair not staying straight and find it hard to maintain their curls whilst people with straight hair always complain about their hair not staying curly and the lack of volume and variation they have going on with their locks. It's a never-ending battle, however, I'm on the straight-haired side. My hair is naturally poker-pin straight, no matter how much I scrunch it after the shower, apply masses of curl-holding, volumising products, I still get the flat-ironed effect (if I'm lucky, a slight tousled wave). However, after re-searching online I've discovered a way to get voluminous, flowing, beachy waves without the frazzling properties of a curling iron which actually last all day with a bit of hairspray. Result!

So first of all, I washed my hair with Aussie's Aussome Volume Shampoo and Conditioner to make sure my hair received it's maximum body potential. I then spritzed in some of Aussie's Luscious Long Leave-in Conditioner Spray to moisturise the ends of my hair. Applying Mousse is optional, however I always find mousse gives a horrible residue in my hair and leaves it feeling heavier than usual. My chosen mousse would be VO5's Extra Body Styling Mousse. This tutorial works best with damp hair so I let my hair air dry for an hour or so to make sure my hair wasn't dripping wet for when I went to bed (so, excuse the penguin pyjamas in the following photos!).

 Depending on the desired effect, sections of hair can be taken as little as 1 inch sections, but I decided to make my sections a little thicker. Also, if your hair is thick, I would recommend splitting your hair in half at the crown to ensure you cover the whole of your head; it won't be as difficult to grab sections of hair that way. Here I'm simply twisting and twiddling a section of my hair around my finger to achieve the above.

Next, I took the section of hair and pinned it to the top of my head with kirby grips. When you pull the curl to the top of your head, it will ravel round into this twisted effect which gives the soft, tousled wave we are aiming for. This was my first attempt at trying the technique, but I found the second time, pinning the pieces to the very top of my head as well as adding a few more kirby grips down the curl prevented them falling out whilst I slept and was a lot more comfortable to sleep on top of.

And here is the finished result in the morning! I deliberately didn't brush my hair after I showered because I love the messy, effortless waves this technique gave my hair. With a little squirt of hairspray, I was ready to go out for the day. This hairstyle is also perfect second day as I pulled my hair up into a high ponytail which was full of voluminous waves.

Let me know what you think of this tutorial and share any tips on how to achieve waves without battling with heat tools.

Say bye-bye to flat, straight tresses!

10 June 2012

Review | Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Hello Blogworld!

This is my first blog and first review, so I hope you enjoy and are excited as I am to get started in the blogging business.
Just as a quick heads up; all my reviews will be based on products I have bought with my own money unless stated otherwise. My opinions are not influenced in any way shape or form!

After a phase of organic-free haircare products, I decided to give the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner by Organix a try as they were on offer at Boots for two for £8.

What Both Products Claim To Do:
"It's the perfect indulgence for soft, seductive, silky perfection!"
"This exotic, precious blend of Moroccan Argan oil moisturises, revives and helps create softness and strength while helping protect your hair from harmful styling heat and UV damage as it gives you smooth, sexy tresses."
"The rare formula as a centuries-old history of providing natural Vitamin E and antioxidants while helping to seal in shine, and create lush softness."
The products are sulphate free, paraben free and have been labelled "Environmental, Earth-friendly packaging."

The packaging is pretty neat, a little difficult to handle in the shower, as I ended up dropping it on my toes a few times *ouchie*. This is hardly a major issue as the bottle contains 385ml of shampoo, so is likely to be a handful to use! I love the baby blue packaging with the sandy-brown detailing, though.

Texture Of The Shampoo:
It dollops out into a messy yellow consistency but you're enriched with a fulfilling scent, so it doesn't put me off. The dispenser is very sturdy as it dispenses the correct amount required for a good, thorough cleansing wash. The mini-conditioner is a great compact size too- ideal for travelling.

This shampoo scores 10/10 for scent! Honestly, while typing this review I can't help squeezing the bottle next to me for another whiff. After smelling a considerable number of times, I've come to the conclusion that the shampoo smells like a mixture of strawberries, blueberries and grapes combined. Mmm...

Shampoo and Conditioner Use:
When I initially spread the shampoo on my hair and began scrubbing the product didn't seem to lather as much as my previous shampoos. Maybe due to the fact it has no sulphates and certain chemicals, but these are beyond my technical knowledge of chemicals in haircare products. Adding a little bit of water and shampooing twice (as I normally do anyway to make sure my hair is thoroughly washed) the shampoo seemed to fully cleanse my hair. It gave my hair a squeaky feel when fully rinsed out, which I personally don't like in a shampoo. This is the only main con of the product. The conditioner itself I found reasonably thick. Not much product was needed to cover the ends of my hair. After rinsing, it seemed to do the same as all conditioners. My hair did not feel that much creamier or softer. This product didn't wow me completely at this stage.

Another con about this shampoo and conditioner duo is that it seemed to tangle up my hair, alot. Which is very unfortunate as my initial views were great on these products. It felt like my hair was matted and clunged together. As I try not to brush my hair too often, especially when it's wet, I couldn't hold myself back any longer whilst waiting for my hair to air dry. My hair was a complete clumped frizz ball. As the product claims to prevent breakage, I think it also caused me to break my hair further by running a brush through my knotted locks! On the other hand, the product claims to add shine to your hair, which I think was proved successful as the photo of my hair half-dried proves below.

These products were on offer for two for £8 at Boots. I bought the Moroccan Argan Oil and Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo. I can do another review on the Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo if you would all like; claiming to volumize your hair. I think the price for the tiny 88.7ml conditioner was around £1.99.

Overall Verdict:
After trying to go all organic with my hair products, this was my first attempt at the Organix Range and the Organic Market. The shampoo itself satisfied me completely after I had battle with the thousands of tangles in my hair, it gave me a slight bounce to my hair and gave it that extra healthy shine without looking oily. I believe this is a basic all-round shampoo. It proved nothing special, im my opinion. The conditioner was satisfactory. I have yet to see an improvement in strength in my hair. During the transition between Spring and Summer, my hair tends to fall out like crazy but I am on a slow route to healthy, split-end free hair! Would I re-purchase these products? No. I am on a mission to find my ideal Organic product and unfortunately this has not left me with high hopes. In the mean time, I will keep searching for my holy-grail shampoo and conditioner combo and I'll be sure to let you all know.

I rate these products 5/10. Surely there is another way to accomplish beautiful, healthy locks?

Have you tried organic products before? What are your views on them?

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