Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Review | Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer


When it rolls around to winter I always only seem to want to wear berry-hues on my lips. In preparation I've added a few new plum shades to my lip collection including Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer (£5.49) in Eclipse. 

The best thing about this product for me is the colour. The colour is long-lasting and acts like a stain so when it eventually starts to fade the plum tone is still easily visible on my lips. This product is so highly pigmented that at times I find it a bit too intense for daytime makeup looks. As a result I tend to prefer wearing this lip lacquer for evenings out and, when I'm feeling particularly experimental with my makeup, I'll pair this product with nude or brown eyeshadow. 

I'm not a fan of lip lacquers usually as I don't like the sticky texture but I don't mind the texture of this particular product. I hate gloss-style applicators too (as mentioned in my review of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet) as I can't seem to get a defined lip-line when using them. The formula of this product however is so thick and somewhat stiff that it makes it easier to apply neatly without the aid of a brush or lip-liner. You can see the sharpness of the lip-line achieved below which seems to stay put throughout the day.







Overall I love the colour of this product so much this lacquer is quickly becoming a favourite.


Have you tried anything by Rimmel London? 


Lesley x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

How-To | Hot Oil Treatment [Video]



The temperature has dropped so much in the UK that I'm relying on my hot oil treatments more than ever to give my hair a little 'pick me up'. I thought I'd put together a video tutorial for my YouTube channel on how I do a hot oil treatment using my favourite oil currently - Coconut Oil.

The video: 





Have you tried a hot oil treatment? 


Lesley x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Hairstyle | Big Fluffy Twist Out


Today I wore a twist out for the first time in months. I've not been able to wear a twist out in so long as the curls haven't lasted recently. I tried the 3 strand twist method this time around (instead of the 2 strand twist), twisting freshly washed hair before bed and unravelling this morning. I used this tutorial from Alyssa but I used tights as one of the 'strands' as shown in my braidout tutorial here. It gave my hair the perfect definition at the ends, blending the multiple textures on my head. 

It's already dark by the time I get home from work so the lighting in the snaps below isn't the best, but you can get an idea of how big my hair was. 







Ever since I started committing to my transition to texlaxed (more info here) my hair has so much more body and fullness. I don't think my hair has ever been so thick. At the beginning of my transition, I must admit I felt a little overwhelmed by my thicker, fluffy (and gravity defying) strands. Now I can't wait to chop off my lifeless bone straight ends, though I'm not going to just yet. 


How have you been styling your hair lately?


Lesley x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Review | The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil



I've had quite a few dry patches on my face recently so picked up The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil (£13/28ml). This product is a blend of natural oils, including jojoba, wheat germ and sweet almond oil, with a serum. It's a light and silky texture which aims to recharge and moisturise the skin.

When you have oily skin there's often the temptation to only use products devoid of oil, but when I've relied heavily on such products previously they've only served to make my face oilier, irritated and extremely dry in places. I now work on balancing the natural oils on my face (rather than stripping them away completely) and this product is quickly proving to be great for my skin.


I've been using the serum-in-oil every couple of days before bed after cleansing for the past few weeks and it's been keeping my skin really soft and moisturised. The dry areas of my face in particular feel much smoother and even. It's easy to apply, absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my skin greasy.



As Vitamin E is usually great for fading scars I really hoped this serum-in-oil would provide relief from some scarring on my face. So far I've not noticed any improvement but my skin has seemed brighter in general.

I'll definitely continue to use this product nightly to keep it soft and hydrated. I imagine I'll be reaching for this more often as the temperature drops and my skin gets drier.


Have you tried any products from The Body Shop? 


Lesley x

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