TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask Review
TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask

As my hair grows longer and longer, I have found 'taming' it can become and chore and with such a busy work schedule clean hair can sometimes be a luxury... I do have dry hair but what I despise more than anything is  greasy roots and limp hair - which is how things can get it if if not managed to fit in my hour ritual of washing blow drying and straightening.

On first impressions I liked the sleek packaging and although the TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo had only 300mls, I found I needed a much smaller amount in comparison to other shampoos and conditioner as it was very thick. On my first trial I found the smell to be overpowering but I now realise this is because I used a far too large amount and now in subsequent washes using a smaller amount gives a nice fragrance. Be careful - it probably is a 'marmite' love/hate scent and I quite liked it but my aunt hated it!

Now onto the best part. I found this TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner product really nourished my hair and kept it in good condition for far longer than any other product I've tried ... I'm talking days... I have always used drugstore brand products but this has been far superior and I don't think I'll ever go back after seeing such a remarkable difference.

The TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Mask is also a great addition and good to use once in a while to give your hair a boost but not essential. It's good to use before important events or when your hair is drier than normal.

Overall I would definitely repurchase and can see myself repeatedly doing so for the near future. I am keen to try others in the range too! There is also a larger 750ml size of the TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner if you're as keen as I am!

I would rate these products 10/10

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Shivanee
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19/02/2017

Catwalk by TIGI Oatmeal and Honey Haircare Review - My New Favourites

MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick Review Swatches
MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick

Orange-toned red lipsticks flatter warm-toned skin.

If your skin looks better in gold jewellery than silver, in yellow or orangey-red clothing than blues, and if you tend to tan under the sun without burning, warm red-orange lipsticks may be the right reds for you.

My NC25 to NC30 skin falls in the warm spectrum and these lipsticks flatter my skin colour overall.

However, be warned. Make sure your pearly whites are pearly white, otherwise go for neutral or more blue-tinged tones to flatter yellow teeth.

MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick Review Swatches
MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick

MAC Powerhouse Lipstick (Discontinued)

This is one of my earliest purchases from MAC. MAC Powerhouse Lipstick is a bright orange red with a tinge of pink compared to the rest. It has an awesome amplified formula that lasts ages on the lips.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

If you're a fan of the 1920's retro look, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick should be in your arsenal. It is a cult fave shade in the MAC range. It is a fiery orange red with a matte finish. MAC has released a matching Shadescent that smells of a gorgeous woody floriental. You should check it out!

NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Next is cult fave NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.It is an orange red that appears more matte and a lil more orange than MAC Lady Danger Lipstick. They are close dupes though.

MAC Von Teese Lipstick (LE)

Red lip enthusiast Dita Von Teese released her red lipstick MAC Von Teese Lipstick in a previous collection. It is a bright red that leans a little pink compared to the rest swatched. It comes in a matte formula. Love it.

MAC Port Red Lipstick (LE)

Now to the frosty reds, MAC Port Red Lipstick is a bright red with an red orange frost. Its an absolutely gorgeous colour and was unfortunately limited edition.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick (LE)

Rihanna previously collaborated with MAC to release her MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick. It is a limited edition shade that is another frosty red that leans more orange than MAC Port Red Lipstick above. Truly gorgeous colour.

MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick Review Swatches
MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick
Overall if I had to pick favourites, I would choose NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick
Which one do YOU like the most?

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Livia
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14/02/2017

My Red-Orange Lipsticks from NARS & MAC

Jolen Cream Bleach Review
Jolen Cream Bleach Review

Way back before Cara De Levigne et al brought back the dark brow trend, Jolen used to be my brows' best friend.

I bleached my brows at home three or four times a year to match my hair dye of choice for a more natural look. Apart from brows it also works on other body hairs, notably moustaches and sideburns if you were the anti-epilating/anti-waxing type.

Jolen Cream Bleach comes in two ingredients: a bleaching cream and an accelerator powder. The kit also contains a spatula and a mixing cup (newer packs).

How to use:

1. Wash the area to be treated with soap and water and pat dry.

2. With the spatula provided, add and mix two parts bleaching cream to one part accelerator powder in the mixing cup.

3. Make sure the powder is properly mixed in the solution to avoid fall-out.

4. Apply to the area treated. You can use the spatula provided or an old mascara brush/spoolie brush (for eyebrows).

5. Leave on for a few minutes. The longer you leave it, the lighter the hair would get.

For dark asian eyebrows, experience taught me to leave it on for approximately 5-6 minutes for my perfect brow shade. If its your first time and for a more controlled brightening, you can apply it at 45-second to 1 minute intervals. Note down the time it took for future reference.

For facial hair, Jolen advises to use for 10 minutes to make hair appear invisible.

Take care not to get the product into your eyes. The cream is quite thick if mixed properly. If this happens rinse immediately and see your GP.

6. Wipe off with a wet towel, I like to use tissues dampened in cold water to provide a cooling effect.

7. Enjoy your bleached hair!

Before your first use of Jolen, like all treatments, I would recommend doing a test dose to ensure it doesn't sting your skin.

Honestly I haven't tried other bleaching creams as I've been so happy with Jolen Cream Bleach.

Jolen Cream Bleach Review
Jolen Cream Bleach Review

Overall I highly recommend Jolen Cream Bleach for the 'tache and brows and I would repurchase when I run out (like I have in the past).

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Livia
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13/02/2017

Jolen Cream Bleach

MAC, Chanel, Rimmel Red Lipstick Swatches Review

It's no secret that I'm a lippie addict. I have enough lipsticks to last a couple of lifetimes and after watching videos on minimalism... I've realised that perhaps its time to choose my favourites and cut down. Over the next few weeks I'll share with you snippets of swatches of my collection. Here are swatches of my neutral red lipsticks (neither too orange nor too pink-based) from MAC, Chanel and drugstore Rimmel, featured on my NC25 to NC30 skin. Enjoy!


MAC, Chanel, Rimmel Red Lipstick Swatches Review
MAC Hot Tahiti Lipstick, MAC Salon Rouge Lipstick, MAC Charmed I'm Sure Lipstick, MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick, Chanel La Fascinante Lipstick, Rimmel Retro Red Lipstick Swatches on NC25 to NC30 Skin

MAC Hot Tahiti Lipstick

As much as I love to look at bright red lipsticks, its the sheer ones I tend to go for on a daily regular-day basis. MAC Hot Tahiti Lipstick is a pinky-brown red with a sheer finish. This is one of my favourite every-day work-safe reds that also moisturises the lips. This is a clear winner from me!

MAC Salon Rouge Lipstick (LE)

MAC Salon Rouge Lipstick is a rich cool red in a matte finish. It is limited edition from the previous MAC Cosmetics Heirloom Collection. Fortunately it is quite dupe-able as you can see in the swatches. It is a little lighter than MAC MAC Red Lipstick (permanent) It is long-lasting and leaves a lip stain.

MAC Charmed I'm Sure Lipstick (LE)

MAC Charmed I'm Sure Lipstick is a medium-toned blue-toned red in a creamy opaque matte finish. It is limited edition from the MAC and Marilyn Monroe Collection. It is a bit lighter in tone than MAC Salon Rouge lipstick and more creamy than MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick.

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick (LE)

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick is a beautiful blue-tinged red in a comfortable creamy matte finish from the MAC Archies Girls Collection. It is long-wearing and leaves a lip stain. A super formula!

Chanel La Fascinante Lipstick

Chanel La Fascinante Lipstick is a blue-based red with a tinge of brown. It comes in a semi-matte velvety finish. The staying power is only so so, but it feels great on the lips and feels quite forgiving on chapped ones too. It comes from the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour Collection.

Rimmel Retro Red Lipstick

Rimmel lipsticks never cease to amaze me. Affordable, well-pigmented and long-lasting. What else could you ask for? Rimmel Retro Red Lipstick is a beautiful deep plummy red in a creamy matte finish. It works as well as the others above and would be a good drugstore alternative to save a few pennies!

MAC, Chanel, Rimmel Red Lipstick Swatches Review

I'm still struggling to choose my favourites. MAC Hot Tahiti Lipstick aside, they all look quite similar so its a battle of the finishes. Have you tried any of the lipsticks above? Let me know your thoughts!

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12/02/2017

My True Red Lipsticks from MAC, Chanel, Rimmel

Jivesse Collagen Gold Mask Review
Jivesse Collagen Gold Mask

It's no secret that sheet masks are my new guilty pleasure so when I was contacted to see if I would like to review a new mask on the market I was definitely quick to reply! I love the hydration it gives as my skin is extremely dry.

The Jivesse Collagen Gold Mask is an anti-ageing mask infused with gold and peptides which boast to leave your skin more youthful through evening skin tone, improving texture and softening the appearance of fine lines. whilst hydrating and helping the skin to retain moisture. This beautiful mask comes with visible golf leaf flecks that add to its wow factor. Other peptides include aloe barbadenis leaf juice, collagen, hyaluronic acid amongst others all working to soften fine lines and hydrate the skin.

This mask is definitely on the luxurious end costing £125 for 5 masks. On using it I did notice lines under my eyes and mouth were definitely softened and my makeup went on very smoothly but I have to say my reptilian skin did feel more hydrated but not as much as other facial masks have left my skin feeling - and at a much lower price.

I would definitely recommend trying this mask if you have more aged skin to use before attending an important event when you want your skin and makeup to be flawless. The effects last over 12 hours. I think personally it wont be something I will be repurchasing,

These masks along with other Jivesse products are available from their website or the prestigious John Bell & Croyden pharmacy.

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Shivanee
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Jivesse Collagen Gold Mask

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