Do you ever use a product day in, day out and completely forget to rave about it? I don't think I'm yet to meet a product from MAC which I haven't liked; lipstick, eyeshadow, paint posts, blusher.. I like it all. Especially the blusher. My first MAC Power Blush I ever bought was in the shade Harmony which is a gorgeous neutral toned deep taupe with a matte finish. I have had it for 4 years, used it every day and it still looks as if it is fresh out of the box. At first reflection MAC make-up may seem rather expensive but when you take in just how long lasting their products are then £18.50 on a blusher seems pretty damn reasonable to me. I have used Harmony so much that I am now on about 0.01p per use which is amazing.

Fast forward a few years and I now have a few more MAC blushers, although my current favourite is the MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul. If you're sat wondering what the difference is between a MAC Mineralize Blush and any other regular MAC Powder Blush is then the Mineralize Blushers are domed in appearance in the pan, have a shimmer running throughout and is slightly sheer in formula in comparison to a regular MAC Powder Blush which is really opaque in colour, as well as being flat in the pan in appearance.

About MAC Mineralize Blusher:
"Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer."

The MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul is a very pretty terracotta shade which has a really subtle golden shimmer running throughout. The texture to a Mineralize Blush is much softer than that of a regular powder blush, meaning it is so easy to blend and apply to the apple of the cheeks. Warm Soul has a really smooth but sheer formula to it, making it easy to build up from a soft wash of colour to full-on terracotta cheeks. The golden shimmer running throughout the blush means you could forgo the highlighter as Warm Soul gives a luminous glow across the cheeks but hey, there is no such thing as too much glow in my eyes!

I really love not only Warm Soul as a shade, but the Mineralize Blush range as a whole. The finely milled, soft formula means they are incredibly easy to apply with no fallout at all from the shimmer running within and whilst the colour itself is rather sheer, it is really easy to build the colour up if you wanted a deeper golden sheen to the cheeks.


Review | MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul

We have all seen that gorgeous rainbow highlighter, haven't we? With its gorgeous 6 rainbow shades, all swirled into one small compact which makes it look as if you have a small rainbow sat on your cheek. It may not be for everyone, but it is certainly for me. Unfortunately, the original rainbow highlighter from Etsy has a 9-10 month pre-order waiting time and I just can't wait that long for a highlighter - it would be quicker to have a baby than it would be to get a new highlighter! Luckily there is a version readily available in the UK without a 10 month waiting list. Coming from the brand 2True, meet the 2True Rainbeau Highlighter*.

About the 2True Rainbeau Highlighter:
"Our Rainbeau Highlighter features soft lilac, gold sheen, rose gold, mint green and ocean blue shades which can be used in one whole sweep to create a rainbow glow or can be used separately to create a custom highlight shade to illuminate the face. The shades are easy to blend and can create a delicate shimmer with a soft sweep of colour or can be built up for a more intense colour. Our Rainbeau Highlighter can also be used as eyeshadows and can be swirled together for an all over shimmer or can be used individually to create a glowing eye look.

The 2True Rainbeau Highlighter consists of 5 different shades which can either be used on their own as a highlighter or as an eyeshadow, or swirled together to form a beautiful silver highlighter. I had hoped that I would have been able to sweep my highlighter brush across all 5 shades of the palette in order to get the beautiful rainbow pattern across my cheekbones but because the compact is quite large, it is really hard to do so - unless you use a big fluffy face brush as as a highlighter brush. The 5 shades which make up the rainbow within the palette are really pretty, with a soft lilac, gold, rose gold, light green and baby blue making up the shades, all of which are incredibly shimmery and beautiful. When you swirl all 5 shades together with a brush, you achieve a really lovely silver shimmer which makes for a lovely highlight across the cheekbones.

To begin with the formula of the highlighter powder is rather chalky but once you get past the top layer, the powder beneath is much softer and easier to use. I apply the 2True Rainbeau Highlighter by swirling all 5 shades together with my brush and apply the colour created to my cheekbones with a highlighter brush, although the back of the packaging suggests you can build up the rainbow effect on the cheekbones by applying each of the 5 shades one at a time with your finger. Which, may work and give the rainbow effect but in the mornings I don't really have time to layer each colour up on top of one another with my fingers - it would be so much easier and less faff to just dip my brush into it then apply it to the face. I think each shade of the 5 colours within this palette will make for wonderful, shimmery eyeshadows too, especially the almost-metallic blue shade.

One thing to mention is the packaging. If I saw this in Boots I would definitely pick it up from the shelf. Whilst it doesn't look particularly luxe or high-end, it's not trying to be so the packaging perfectly encaptures what is within with its fun and eye-catching colours. The product itself is held within a thin cardboard palette which has a magnetic lock to it. Whilst is feels sturdy, I have dropped it accidentally and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had survived its fall!

Overall, I really like this highlighter from 2True. Why I may not be able to use it in perhaps the way it was originally intended, each of the 5 shades within the compact are incredibly pigmented and shimmery and can either be used on their own as a highlighter or as an eyeshadow and when each of the 5 shades are mixed together, you get a really lovely shimmery silver which looks lovely on the cheekbones. Whilst it may not have stopped me from joining the 10 month waiting list for the original rainbow highlighter, I do really like this as a highlighter.

(*Product sent for review)


Review | 2True Rainbeau Highlighter

Everyone is supposed to have at least one hair disaster in their life. If you haven't had one yet then it is definitely going to come, let me tell you. I recently had mine, and this is it. If you follow me on twitter then you may already be aware of this - I've complained about it every day since - but honestly, it is baaad.

I have always wanted hair extensions. I love scrolling through Instagram under the hair tag and seeing the long, thick, wavy hair girls have and feeling a real sense of jealousy. My hair is pretty flat and never holds a curl - you can't do anything with it. Last year I had quite long hair but because it lacked volume it just looked crap all the time so late last year I got it cut really short and for a while, I liked it. But then I saw all of the french braids and plaits on Instagram and I thought "damn, maybe I shouldn't have had it cut after all" but of course, hindsight is a marvellous thing.

Still lusting after long hair, just before I went on holiday I saw an advert on Facebook from a girl in my area offering L.A Weave hair extensions at a discounted price. She offered 100% remy hair, promised the world dream-hair wise and as she had such great reviews, I decided to bite the bullet and book with her. We stayed in touch over my holiday and worked together to find the best shade of hair to fit with my own and before I knew it, it was the day of my appointment and I was driving to meet her with my friend clinging onto the sat nav. I was so excited. I was going to get long, beautiful, voluminous hair! Only, it didn't really happen.

What are L.A Weave Hair Extensions?
"L.A weave is a technique used to make sewn tracks less visible than your ordinary braided sew-in weaves. It is secured with around 20 micro rings. Causing no stress or damage. This method allows the hair to breathe, and is much easier to shampoo and scratch, without using sharp objects that can injure the scalp. L.A weaves grow out in a downward direction, which allows your weave to continue to look natural, while your real hair is growing. With an L.A weave, your hair can be pulled in an up-do or ponytail without seeing tracks or huge lumps."

First things first: the setting. The address where I was supposed to be getting it done changed three times before the actual day. The lady who was doing it actually lives a few hours away but comes back every other weekend just to fit hair extensions and it seemed to be paying off - I was her fourth customer of the day and she had 8 people after me. So, I was sat in the garden of some random house in the middle of nowhere (which she had borrowed) getting my hair extensions fitted and at the time, it was okay. She was kind, chatty and more importantly, she seemed to know what she was doing. At no point was I given a mirror or shown what my hair looked like but I thought it was good from what I could feel and my friend said it looked nice so I took her word for it and went home. And then I looked in the mirror. I could have cried. It was awful. She didn't blend my hair in with the extensions so you could visibly see my blunt hair cut with the extensions underneath. It looked as if I had gone to Claire's Accessories and just stuck a bit of hair at the bottom of my head. It was not good. Also, the lady put the top row of hair extensions so far up my head that the sides just poked out and stuck out as they should never have been placed that high. I really could have cried when I saw it.

So, I tried to make the best of a bad situation and I curled my hair which made it better, but not enough to warrant me being happy with it. My Mum thought it was horrific and of course, Mum's know best and will tell you the honest truth so not only did I know it was bad, I also felt like I was fighting a losing battle. The lady who fitted them had not cut the hair extensions at all so the ends were all scraggly, I had bits poking out, it was uncomfortable... I lived with it for just over a week in hope it would get better (wishful thinking I know) before I decided to bite the bullet and do something I hate to do - complain. I messaged the lady on Facebook and told her how unhappy I was with not only the application and placement of the extensions but also how she hadn't blended my hair in at all. She replied back straight away saying how if I backcomb it a bit it would be alright and that when I get the extensions tightened in 6 weeks time she would replace the top row for me but there was no way I could go out in public like that for 6 weeks! Because she had applied them so badly I couldn't even put my hair up in a ponytail - or wear a hat - so I had no choice but to find a professional to fix it for me.

I managed to find a hair salon local to me who fit and work with the L.A Weave so I messaged them asking if they could help me with moving the top row of my hair extensions down, as well as blending them in to my own hair and they replied back saying they could help me but as I was unhappy with the row I could see, chances are I would be unhappy with the rows I couldn't see so I would have to get them all removed and start all over. They then asked to see a photo which I happily obligied, although I wasn't ready for their response of "OMG!!!! That is the worst I have ever seen!!!" I mean, I knew it was bad but having a professional tell me it looked shit was pretty hard to hear!

Hearing every member of staff gasp as I walked in before being pushed into a chair in order to get the hair fixed ASAP made me want to cry. Everyone gathered round to see my hair, photos were taken, whispers were shared.. Before no time they were taking them out and telling me everything the lady did wrong in the first place, such as applying them wonky, not securing them properly, applying them too high up and not even measuring them properly.. I was then asked what shampoo I had been using and I said I had been using Aussie products, which is what the lady specifically told me to buy when I was getting them fitted, to which the 3 hairdressers trying to sort out my matted, knotty extensions gasped. Did you know you aren't supposed to use sulphate on hair extensions? I didn't. Sadly Aussie hair products are crammed full with sulphate which made my hair extensions become in bad condition pretty quickly. At that point I asked if it was even worth putting them back in as I didn't want them put back in if they were in bad condition just after 1 week. I was promised they would do their best and they most definitely did!

After 4 and a half hours sat in the hair salon, I could not believe the transformation. I couldn't even believe it was the same hair put back in. They applied them properly, thinned my hair out then blended all of the hair together before curling my hair and giving me my confidence back. I was honestly so upset when I walked in and I left feeling like a different person. It's amazing how your hair can really dampen your mood. I am so, so grateful and thankful that I managed to find someone to trust with my hair from now on, and I feel so silly for falling for a silly Facebook advert. The hairdresser told me as she was trying to get the hair extensions out with a pair of pliers that if you buy cheap then you buy twice and I couldn't agree more.

Have you had a hair disaster?


Other | My Hair Extension Disaster

A recent big box posted through my door really excited me, even more so when I realised it was filled with Philosophy products. Philosophy products to me, are a real luxury. I don't usually treat myself or splash out so being sent a few of my favourite skincare products was really rather lovely. I never started this blog to get freebies or money. Hell, for the first two years of this blog I am pretty certain no-one read a single word I was writing. Fast forward a few years and now we are here! It is all very flattering and exciting, even if I do still type up blog posts wondering if someone, anyone, will read them.

We all need a little hope from time to time. Some find hope in books or people, I find my hope in a jar. The Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer* makes for the perfect start to any morning. I have always raved about the Philosophy Purity Cleanser - it smells divine, is light and creamy and it removes every spec of make-up & dirt from the face, leaving it as clean and cleansed as possible. I love it and I could talk all day about it, but now I have a new product to rave about.

About the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer:
"Philosophy has created a new generation of renewal and hope: renewed hope in a jar emerges as a new refreshed sensorial formula developed with the latest scientific advance in skin care. Renewed hope in a jar grants you three of the most demanding skin wishes, all day and every day:
1. refined texture and pores – thanks to a triple blend of alpha-hydroxy acids which gently exfoliate skin
2. all-day hydration – thanks to a combination of 3 hyaluronate plus Asian fruit extract
3. continuous healthy colour and glow – triple action illuminators which brighten and re-energize the skin"

The Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer may seem pricey at first but I can reassure you that this product will last you a very long time indeed. Housed in a 60 ml jar, a little comes a long way when it comes to this moisturizer. Not only does it smell utterly divine, it is also incredibly thick and creamy making it feel heavenly on the skin. When I recently went to Dubai I took this moisturizer with me and it felt so refreshing to apply this on a hot and sweaty day!

I suffer really badly with dry patches on my cheeks and until now, nothing has really treated it. It's the type of dry patches which makes your foundation cling to it, making make-up a not-so-pretty sight. After a few uses of the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer the dry patches have completely cleared up which is incredible considering I have struggled with them for such a long time.

The Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer has definitely renewed my hope in moisturizers, so much so that when I do eventually finish up the tub, I will probably treat myself to a fresh, whole pot. If you haven't tried any of Philosophy's skincare products then you really need to - they may be on the pricier side but they last for such a long time and you really get your moneys worth.

(*Product sent for honest review)


Review | Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer

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