Wednesday, 6 February 2013

My pre bonded hair extensions

I had to do this post because a lot of people ask me questions about them and wonder whether they should fork out for some as they can be quite expensive!

I had been in two minds for a long time after hearing stories that they ruin your hair and bla bla bla.... They haven't my hair but I can see how they could cause your natural hair to Matt!!!

I have had mine in now for 5 months exactly, I absolutely love them. They cost me 300 pounds but they vary depending on the length, thickness and the salon you visit. My hair is really thick so I needed a lot of hair and it's around 20 inches of super soft quality human hair.

When I got them put in it took about 2.5 hours and then she blended them with my natural hair which took about 15-20 minutes. She used pre bonded hair and melted it with a heated "tool". It didn't hurt and I was sooo happy with the end result I couldn't stop touching it!

After 4 months I have to admit they did at quite tangly at the roots because my hair grows so quickly, so I went out and got
A tangle teezer which got rid of all my knots without damaging my natural hair because I would hold it at the root whilst brushing!

I have visited the salon since for a root touch up and will probably be looking to book to have my hair extensions replaced because I can't imagine not having then now!

I use sulphate free shampoo; macadamia natural oil shampoo and conditioner or tigi a factor. You can also get less expensive brands if you shop around (holland Nd Barrett do some nice ones) as for heat styling this is fine, they take a long time to dry so I usually let them air dry about 70% before I attack them with the hair dryer!
Or straightening and curling when your extensions grow out don't start at the root because you could end up melting the bond (I learnt that the hard way)

So my experience with extensions had been mostly positive but like I said it does vary, if you think the price sounds too good to be true it probably is!

Ill post a picture below of my hair hope this helps, please leave a comment if you have any questions :)

Annie x

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

My top beauty favourites of January

Welcome to my top beauty favourites of the first month of 2013!

These are products that I use on a daily basis and have fallen in love with since buying.

1. Mac studio finish concealer

I love love LOVE this concealer - it isn't too creamy so doesn't crease
On me, if you do suffer from creasing under the eye area you can dab a tiny bit of eye shadow primer on before applying and/or set it with some translucent powder! This works for me to keep it set all day long. I Am in the colour NW20 😊

2. The tangle teezer

I have bonded hair extensions that are pretty long! After a few months of having these they start to grow out leaving your hair quite knotty at the roots. A normal hair brush just wouldn't cut it so on my hairdressers advice I went and got this beauty... It has become my new BFF.
Whether you have hair extensions or just long unruly hair this works really well, unlike a normal brush it doesn't have the bobbles on the end of the bristles which allows it to glide right though any tangles without damaging your hair. You can get these in loads of colours (mine is pink Ofcourse) and I don't know how I would live without it now. My only regret? Not buying it sooner.

3. Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser

This leaves your skin soft, supply and clear, for a full review and how to guide see my last post :)

4. LancĂ´me la vie est belle

This perfume is gorgeous! I Tested it out in boots at the LancĂ´me counter once while I was passing and fell in love... The fragrance can only be described as beautiful...

La vie est belle is a French expression meaning life is beautiful.

'with the noblest ingredients [Concrete of Iris Pallida, Jasmin Sambac Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Patchouli Essence...] lain on a bed of fine delicacies'

Try this at your local counter and you will feel special for as long as it lasts (and the staying power is great too)

5. Laura mercier radiance primer

Now this primer comes in various different types for different types of skin. You can use the primer under your make up or by itself. It comes out as a glossy peach toned liquid which is really flattering to the skin, I wear it under my foundation for a dewy fresh look and to make my foundation stay all day. Although this is. Favourite I wouldn't say the staying power is particularly strong but it definitely makes my foundation last longer than it would without it! If you have oily skin or dry skin they also cater for these types too.

6. Bourjois kohl kajal eyeliner

Who ever created this eyeliner is a genius! My search for the blackest eyeliner to be invented has been found! The point is so thick And pigmented that one swipe and you are good to go - especially good for tired mornings. I have very sensitive eyes so if I play around in my water line they do start to water making my eyeliner a complete waste of time. My technique is to quickly line my water line with my EYES CLOSED which does your tight line (upper inside water line) at the same time GENIUS. It's also a really creamy consistency so blends easily for a softer look on your upper or lower lash line. (I do suggest popping in your handbag for top ups during the day)

7. The urban decay naked palette

Another one of my make up obsessions - I debated over this a million times over because the shades are so similar to a lot of other natural colours I own. In the end I caved in and bought it and I'm so glad I did. It comes with 5 Matte shades and 1 shimmer (highlighting) shade all in neutral. Colours. They work great for a day time or night time look, I like to use a lighter one on the whole lid and blend a slightly darker shade into the crease. To finish the look ill take an angled eyeliner brush and use the back shade to line my upper lash line, the colour is so pigmented that it works really well for this and is much easier than using a liquid or gel eyeliner! Extra bonus? It's small enough to carry in your make up bag!

8. LancĂ´me teint miracle foundation

Like a lightbulb under your skin. We all want that foundation that's going to give good coverage without looking cakey, well this is it. It provides good even coverage with a dewy and illuminating finish. This is best applied with a damp beauty blender or with your finger tips to warn the product, it blends amazingly well which is perfect for those tired morning where you don't want to walk out of your house looking like your wearing a mask!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Liz Earle cleanse & polish

Liz Earle cleanse & polish

This stuff is amazing! It's around 14 pounds for the starter kit which contains 100 ml of the hot cloth cleanser plus 2 Muslim clothes and a zip lock liz Earle bag!

This is a 2 step cleanser.. For stage 1 I use one pump of the cleanser on dry hands and massage into a dry face and neck! This feels amazing, it is so soft with a gorgeous smell of eucalyptus and cocoa butter! Stage 2 is to buff (polish) it in using a damp Muslim cloth!

The finish is a smooth, luxurious feel which removes all of my stubborn eye make up! Such a treat I use it morning and night and my skin has never been better.