Friday, 23 January 2015

One Sweep Wonders

One Sweep Wonders | Sally Says Beauty blog

You know those days when you spend a bit too long watching youtube videos while you're eating your breakfast and then only have ten minutes to shower, dress and do your makeup? (Yep, that's everyday for me too...) Or when you're about to reach for your blending brush, but think the Kardashian-esqe look you were planning might be a bit OTT for a normal day at the office? Bring in the one sweep wonders. A selection of shadows that you can slick across your lid in one fell swoop and instantly look more put together with minimal effort - leaving you with more time to pick out a street style blog worthy outfit (okay, or just wear all black errythang again) or grab a coffee on your way out. Here's my pick of the best one sweep shadows: three different formulas, three different shades of neutral, one seriously quick everyday makeup look.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit - A staple in my makeup bag since I was 15, I've lost count of how many times I've repurchased this and there's a good reason for that. A suit-all bronzey taupe with a subtle shimmer which really opens your eyes up and makes you look more awake. It stays put for a good 8 hours and they're not lying, it never creases.

MAC Woodwinked - I'm betting that a lot of you will have this little gem stashed away in your beauty drawer somewhere! One's of MAC's most talked about shadows, it's easy to see why - the formula is buttery and applies like a dream, and the coppery-brown shade is one of my all time favourites to wear alone on my lids.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon - A relatively new addition to my makeup bag, I'd been coveting this for quite some time but every time I was in a Space NK they'd sold out! It was definitely worth the wait though as it's such a lovely shade of bronze and the packaging is gorgeous. This is possibly my favourite of the three as one quick swipe does the trick, and after giving you just enough time to smudge it out a little bit with your fingertip it doesn't budge until you reach for your evening cleanser.

Just pair with lashings of mascara and a pinky-nude lip (see my current favourite here) and you're ready for whatever the day throws at you! Do you have a go-to shadow for days when you're pushed for time?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Faith In Nature Shampoo & Conditioner

Faith In Nature Pomegranate and Rooibos Shampoo & Conditioner

Is it just me that has a mini existential crisis when I'm close to finishing my current shampoo and conditioner? (hashtag first world problems) Trying to eek out the last squirts in the bottles while pondering what to do now - do I repurchase or was it just not quite volumising/highlight-enhancing/frizz-taming enough? Should I go back to an old favourite or try something new? And what about all those half finished bottles at the back of my bathroom cabinet?! It's enough to make a girl break down and contemplate doing a Britney circa 2007...

So when Faith In Nature offered me the chance to try some of their products out just as I was coming to the end of my latest Joico tubes it was perfect timing - and saved me from a 30 minute shelf-staring exercise in the John Lewis beauty department.

I opted for the Pomegranate & Rooibos Shampoo and Conditioner which both smell gorgeous - naturally fresh and fruity. All Faith In Nature products are completely organic, vegan, and best of all, 100% cruelty-free which is something I'm really trying to be more aware of when shopping now, especially as so many brands who were once cruelty-free have unfortunately started testing on animals in certain countries.

Once I've used these I feel as if my hair is what it should naturally be like - shiny, light as a feather, and squeaky clean. I think this is because all of Faith In Nature's products are natural - there's no artificial chemicals that leave any residue or build up in your hair. The shampoo doesn't lather as much as others, as you'd expect from an organic product, and while this takes a few washes to get used to I didn't find this was a problem at all - I've grown to like the more natural cleansing feel it gives. The conditioner was great at smoothing and detangling my hair, which gets knotty easily as it's long and quite fine. I also found the products great to take to the gym with me as the bottles are light and they made my hair feel amazingly clean and fresh after a (not-so) strenuous yoga class or my bi-monthly run (I wish I could say that was an exaggeration and really I run every other day but actually it's probably quite accurate...).

I've since spotted Faith In Nature products in my local As Nature Intended store and can never resist having a browse of the range when I pop in to do some food shopping. My hair definitely feels and looks better for using a more natural shampoo and conditioner, and although the bottles are getting emptier and I'm getting that itch to buy something new again, I think I'll definitely be going back to Faith In Nature in between other brands to give my hair a well needed break from those nasty chemicals! 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

You spent HOW much on a lipstick? | Tom Ford Spanish Pink

Tom Ford Cosmetics Lip Colour in Spanish Pink Review & Blog Post

And the award for the most overpriced item of makeup goes to... The RRP of a Tom Ford Lip Colour is so downright ridiculous that I'm not even going to type it, mainly because I'm trying to pretend to myself that I didn't actually spend more money on a lipstick than I would on my weekly food shop. It's beautiful, yes, but I'm not totally convinced it was worth parting with so much cash - so what better way to try and justify a purchase than to blog about it?

First things first, the packaging. The tube is so gorgeous that I've been showing it off to literally everyone - cue squeals from my best friends and an eye-roll from my boyfriend - and of course there's that oh so satisfying click when you close the lid that you get with all the best lipsticks.

I had a bit of a hard time choosing a colour and the sales guy let out an audible sigh after I changed my mind for the third time while he was trying to get me to pay, but in the end I went for Spanish Pink, the classic Tom Ford 'my-lips-but-better' (no, but like, really better) shade. I probably didn't need another nude-pink MLBB lipstick but if I was going to spend the best part of £40 then I at least wanted something I'd get a lot of wear out of.

The formula is creamy and glides on to the lips easily - if only I could bear to use it from the front rather than the back to avoid ruining that perfect T - and while I'll be trying my best to ignore the Tom Ford counter and its extortionate prices for the foreseeable, these lipsticks are the ultimate treat-yourself purchase.

Next on my list is Pink Dusk - I better start saving...