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Review: Nicky Clarke Frizz Control Hairdryer

Nicky Clarke Frizz Control Hairdryer - £19.99
I have something embarrassing to admit. I have never owned a hairdryer before. Well, not a real one, anyway. When I was about 8 year old I received a Mary-Kate and Ashley Hairdryer for Christmas but the burning smell it made when I switched it on kind of put me off it.

Since then I either stole my sisters hairdryer (which she was thrilled about) or I let my hair dry naturally which, with long hair like mine, takes a very long time. Luckily, or un-luckily, depends which way you look at it, my sister moved to university and bought me a hairdryer as a 'aw you're stuck at home' present.

She bought me the Nicky Clarke (NHD120) Frizz Control Hair Dryer. It has 2000W and ionic technology to help stop frizz and is supposed to style my hair to 'perfection'. Let's have a look at the other specs:
- 2000W
- DC motor (lightweight and easy to control)
- Ionic Technology
- 2 speeds
- 3 heat settings
- Cool shot button
- Styling concentrator
- Diffuser

That all sounds great doesn't it? But does it work? YES! I have quite long hair and on the quickest speed I can dry my hair completely in under 5 minutes using this hairdryer which is pretty amazing. Using past hairdryers it would take me about 15 minutes to dry my hair and even then the ends would be wet still.

This hairdryer is so easy to use and dries hair in no time. I know you can get fancier hairdryers with 8 different speeds, higher watts, 12 different climate types and an electronic hairbrush add-on but in my eyes a hairdryer is a hairdryer. And this is a very good one.

Review: Bourjois Paris Shine Edition Lipstick in 1,2,3 Soleil

You can never have too many lipsticks, right? At least that's what I told myself a few weeks ago when I bought two new Bourjois Lipsticks.

I've never tried them before but I had a few minutes to kill in Boots and it was 3 for 2 so.. I bought a Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick and a Bourjois Rogue Edition Lipstick, both of which I completely adore and haven't stopped wearing since.

The Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick I bought is in the shade 20 which is called 1,2,3 Soleil. 1,2,3 Soleil is a gorgeous red toned coral which is perfect for summer. Yep, summer has just passed but I'mma still wear it anyway! Other bloggers have said this shade reminds them of MAC's Vegas Volt so if you're after a cheaper dupe then make you could give this one a try.

The Bourjois Shine Edition Lipsticks do remind me a hell of a lot like Revlon Lip Butters. Though, dare I say it, I think I prefer these to the Lip Butters. They are so much glossier and easier to apply, if that were possible. They don't cling to dry areas of the lips which is great and they make the lips feel so much more moisturised than before. 

I noticed that 1,2,3 Soleil lasted around 2-3 hours before wearing away but it's nothing another coat won't fix. Overall, I am so pleased with this product. It's so easy to apply and such a pretty colour which is very wearable during the day. I definitely plan on buying a few more!

Wishlist: Beauty Storage

How I wish I had a big bedroom. A bedroom where I could have a dressing table with a big mirror placed on the top, surrounded by candles and make-up brushes in little cute floral holders. I'd have drawers in the dressing table: deep drawers with 20 different compartments in. Each compartment would have its own use and the OCD part of me would be thrilled to see all of my make-up layed out in an organised manner. 

Alas, no. I have a very small bedroom. The box room. The room Harry Potter would sympathise with. I haven't even got my own wardrobe. I have to share my sisters. Imagine.

My bedroom is so small that it takes about 3 seconds to hoover and I have standing room only for about 3 people. Any more and you start to get a bit claustrophobic  I wish I was exaggerating but I'm not.. Prisoner's have bigger cells.

However, I do like my bedroom. It's cosy and as it is so small I keep crap to a minimum but oh how I wish I could have a pretty dressing table filled with my make-up. Somewhere I could sit and apply it rather than having to sit on the floor.

If I had a bedroom big enough, this is the beauty storage I would dream of having.

One day these things will be mine. For the meantime I shall carry on storing my make-up in a cardboard box (it's silver and sparkly, I'm not that bad) and hey, maybe I'll buy myself a cushion to sit on when I apply my make-up from the ground.

Review: Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in Vintage Blush

I was recently in Boots where I had a little look at the Collection stand when the Collection Eyeshadow Pencil's caught my eye. Available in 6 different shades I immediately started testing them on the back of my hand and immediately decided that I would quite like them all. They all looked so lovely and opaque with a lovely sheen to them that I then had a hard decision - which colour should I buy?

Luckily they were 'Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price' so that was a nice incentive to buy two. From the swatches on the back of my hand I decided I would buy Vintage Blush and Hot Chocolate.

I have to admit and say I had never heard of these Collection Eyeshadow Pencil's before nor had I seen anyone review them so I wasn't sure what they were going to be like. The packaging says they are a "velvety, soft blendable eyeshadow pencil. Waterpoof and long lasting" which sounds great. Vintage Blush is a gorgeous vintage pink which looks an awful lot like MAC's All That Glitters. It's a truly gorgeous colour and can be worn on it's own or it would make a great eyeshadow base.

The eyeshadow itself is in a crayon-like pencil which is pretty chunky in size. The size of the nib is a bit challenging as when I first applied it I found that I kind of got it everywhere due to the chunkiness of the product. It's really creamy so I swiped it all over the eyelid on top of a primer and was a little upset to see that it looked a little bit caked on. I tried blending it in with an eyeshadow brush but it was really hard to move the product around and blend, which does prove it will last long as it doesn't go anywhere. I tried blending with my finger and after a while it looked a little better but I don't agree with the claim that they're easily blended as it's a bit challenging but it does stay put which is great.

I really, really like this product. So much so that I have a feeling that it will become a staple in my everyday make-up routine. It stays put all day long and doesn't move, it's a beautiful colour although it is a bit tricky to apply. Maybe next time I'll try applying it with an eyeshadow brush and see how I get on with it but overall I'm very pleased!

Wishlist: Beauty Edition Part Three

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation / £33 for 35ML
I've heard nothing but great things about this foundation and I am so, so tempted to give it a try. The only thing stopping me is the price tag but if it is as amazing as everyone says it is then it must be worth it, right?!

L'Oreal Collection Privee Lipsticks in Doutzen and Eva / £8.19
I popped into Boots yesterday and the L'oreal Collection Privee stand was the first thing I spotted. I immediately fell in love with every single lipstick in the collection! The collection is made up of different nude shades, all of which are supposed to suit every skintone. Each lipstick is supported by a L'oreal spokeswoman ie, celebrity. In the range there are lipsticks by Julianne Moore, Frieda Pinto, Doutzen Kroes, Eva Longoria, Cheryl Cole and Lida. The only ones avaliable for me to swatch were the Doutzen and Eva shades and now I MUST have them but I would love them all as they're all so wearable. They are Limited Edition though so we better be quick!

Revlon Photoready Skinlights Illuminator in Bare Light / £11.99 for 30ML
Again, yesterday I went to Boots and I walked past the Revlon stand and spotted this out of the corner of my eye. Curiosity got the better of me and I ended up squeezing a tester bottle of this onto the back of my hand and it gave such a gorgeous highlighted glow that I now need this too. It would look gorgeous on the top of the cheekbones and it comes in a small selection of colours so there's a shade for everyone.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur / £8.66 for 15ML
At the moment I'm currently sporting terrible skin. It doesn't look too bad far away but close up my pores are visible and my foundation isn't covering it. This product promises that pores will be undetectable and skintone even so for £8.66 it's worth a try.

L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Varnish in Eva / £4.99
I can't seem to see this product online anywhere and I'm starting to believe that maybe I imagined seeing it in the shop but whatever I did see, it's a beautiful deep reddy brown that will be perfect for Autumn.

Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in Hot Chocolate / £3.19
I did actually buy two of these yesterday but I thought I'd add it on here anyway. I bought this shade, Hot Chocolate and Vintage Blush which is a vintage pink. I've worn one today and they are VERY good. Review soon!

MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink / £12.50
I've wanted this eyeshadow for a while now. I've been to MAC twice to buy it, both times no-one has rushed to my aide during the few minutes I've had to spare in there so I haven't been able to purchase it yet. One day it will be mine! 

Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum / £50 for 50ML
So expensive but so, so worth it. It's like heaven in a bottle. Everytime I smell it for a few seconds life gets oh so much better. When I have £50 to spend on perfume this will be coming home with me.

Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer / £14 for 75ML
I am planning on buying this within the next few days as my hair is currently in terrible condition. Honestly, it was so bad this morning that I was thinking of cutting my own hair. It is so dry and so knotty that I can't brush it, no matter how long I leave conditioner in nothing is my savior. My hairdresser informs me it's because of the bleach from the ombre which is making it like this so unfortunately, tomorrow my hair is getting cut off. Gulp.

Review: Sinful Colors Nail Varnish in Snow Me White

Sinful Colours Nail Varnish - £1.99
I've been using 17's Lasting Fix Nail Varnish in Mini Skirt as my go-to white nail varnish for as long as I can remember. It dries semi-matte and looks fantastic with a tan but when my most recent bottle ran out I decided to give another brands white varnish a try.

I picked up Sinful Color's Snow Me White and as it comes in a 15ml bottle, for £1.99 it's a great value for money. Like 17's nail varnish, this also dries semi matte which does mean it's a little annoying when it comes to the application. I found that it applied fairly uneven and had a rather unattractive bubbling layer which you may be able to see in the photos. In order to get rid of this I applied a thick layer of top coat so it wasn't too much of a problem.

The nail varnish itself is fairly opaque and only needed 2-3 coats before my nails were fully covered. Overall I love the Sinful Color Nail Varnish brand and as long as they continue to bring out an amazing range of colours with different finishes, I will definitely continue to buy!

Review: Tresemme Instant Refresh Waterless Foam Shampoo

Very rarely do I write a bad review. In fact I don't think I have ever written a negative review before. Well that was until now.

Before I started writing this I Googled Tresemme Instant Refresh Waterless Foam Shampoo and read a few reviews which were fairly mixed. At least I wasn't the only one who had a bad experience with this product. Tresemme Instant Refresh Waterless Foam Shampoo is essentially a dry shampoo but rather than spray it into your roots like a standard dry shampoo, it pumps out a foam which you spread evenly through your hair. So far so good. The product aims to remove oil and boost body.

Then it all goes a bit down hill. I tried using this product on the third day after washing my hair, the day on which I usually wash it as usually this is the day my hair gets a bit greasy. I pumped two pumps into my hand and spread it into my roots..

Instead of getting lovely, healthy looking refreshed hair, I got wet-looking, lank greasy hair. It looked worse after I used this product than it did to begin with. I haven't included photos as it wasn't a pretty sight.

I've tried changing the amount of product that I used to see if it made much of a difference but nope, I just cannot get this product to work for me which is disappointing as I wanted a change from the usual spray on dry shampoo but what's that saying? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Guest Blogger: Little Vaughan

Hey guys! I've been asked to write a guest blog for my dearest best friend so I shall try and do her some justice as her blog is bloody amazing. For those reading from her blog, come visit me sometime – www.little-vaughan.blogspot.co.uk

Now, I notice her blog is all about fashion and, if you've ever met me you’ll know, I’m not exactly the biggest fashion fan. Obviously, everyone has their own style and taste. But I find that’s down to the person themselves. 

People idolize celebrities and other figures in the media and spend their lives determined to be like them. However, as time goes on, we move on from certain celebrities and begin to idolize new ones more to our new found taste or preference. For example, a few years ago, so many young girls idolized Miley Cyrus. She had the long hair that so many girls want, the amazing figure and the gorgeous looks. However, look at her now.
The short hair that not so many girls want, still has the amazing figure but definitely isn't what she used to be. In terms of her clothing, she used to be such a style icon. Now, she is the embarrassment of the MTV VMA’s after wearing virtually next to nothing and after how she behaved. Who wants to look/be like that?! Not what every girl aspires to be like. 

Looking at my own style, I can’t say I idolize anyone in particular… However, the way I dress is far from unique. A lot of the people I look up to have such wacky and unique fashion styles. Me, I go for the comfort option. This usually consists of: black skinny jeans, black converses or vans, and a shirt of some sort – e.g. band shirt or just any vest top I can find that is suitable for whatever the day brings! 

Personally, I base my style on people like Taylor Jardine (singer from We Are The In Crowd). I find her style so laid back and comfortable. She showed me that you don’t have to go out and buy the latest fashion to feel comfortable in your own skin. You wear what you want to wear. Who cares if you’re not wearing the newest fashion or rocking the latest trends?! I don’t leave my house every day in order to please every person I walk past. If I get the odd ‘hey, nice shirt’ or ‘I love your shoes’, great! If not, that doesn't matter to me. 

It’s better to be yourself rather than someone you’re not because, at the end of the day, it’s only yourself you have to impress.