Monday, 26 November 2012

If You Can't Read Me, Watch Me!

I have been taking advantage of my new found freedom and speedy internet connection by filming some new Youtube videos! I know I have been quiet on the blogging front lately, and I hope to get back to it soon. In the meantime I have filmed about skincare, empties and a follow-up review of my Rio Sonicleanse. If your want to watch, here are the videos!

My Current Skincare Routine:

Review: Rio Sonicleanse:

Empties! October & November:

Thanks for reading and/or watching!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil

Well that's a long title for this product! As a fan of hair oils I couldn't help but treat myself to one of these when I saw them all brand shiny new in the Avon catalogue. It was on offer at £2.99, as opposed to its full price of £5.50.

This comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a handy pump dispenser. You get 30ml of product which has lasted me a fairly long time; I got this around September and am only approaching the end of it now. It is a thick golden oil, and two to three pumps is sufficient for my long but fine hair. My hair is dry at the ends but gets greasy at the roots, and I have found that since getting my hair dip-dyed the ends are drier than ever, so hair oils are a necessity to prevent my hair from looking totally frazzled.

I use this after washing my hair when it is still damp. I rub two or three pumps of the Avon Argan Oil between my hands and then smooth it through the lengths of my hair before drying and styling as usual. I feel that it adds some extra nourishment and life to my fine hair, especially at the ends where my hair gets quite dry. I tend to only use this on dry hair if it is particularly dry or as an overnight treatment if I am washing my hair in the morning.

I find this no better but certainly no worse than previous hair oils I have tried, including the VO5 Miracle Concentrate and the L'Oréal Mythic Oil. It isn't going to perform miracles, however it will definitely make a difference to dry hair that's prone to split ends. I even think that my hair has grown a bit faster than normal lately but I suppose there's no concrete proof as to the cause of that! ;) 

My only annoyance is that now I am approaching the end of the bottle, the pump has all but given up the ghost, and I'm having to unscrew the top to pour it out!

You can buy the Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil from your local Avon representative, or you can also buy it online here where it is, at the time of writing, on offer for £3.50.

Have you tried this hair oil before? Any recommendations?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Oily Skin Hero! Etat Pur Express Purifying Mask

Hello! Long time no see! Life has been pretty crazy lately, as I have moved in to my own house and free time has been scarce, but I have been inspired this evening to blog about this product!

I received this in a Joliebox, and considering I cancelled my Joliebox subscription some time ago, I'm not sure what month's box it was in! I left it hanging around for ages in my 'To Review' box before I started to use it, as face masks hadn't really been a big part of my skin care routine.

My skin is quite combination but is mainly on the oily side, so anything that will help control excess oiliness is most welcome. For me, this mask has been a brilliant addition to my routine. I try and use this at least once a week, however this can slip if I'm being a bit lazy!

This white clay based mask comes out as a thick white cream with a slightly watery consistency (probably because the main ingredient is water!). There is a slightly earthy smell from the clay, however nothing overpowering or offensive. I smooth this over my face, mainly over my t-zone and any blemishes I have, as my cheeks don't tend to get oily or especially blemish prone.

After five minutes the mask has dried slightly but not set. Upon washing it off, my skin feels smooth and much more clean and fresh; basically as though some oiliness has been absorbed, funnily enough! I am definitely a face mask convert, and will be continuing to use this one regularly.

This sample from the Joliebox is actually a full size product of 50ml, which retails on the Etat Pur website for a reasonable £7.50. I still have loads left and I imagine, when I eventually run out, that I would happily repurchase this mask. I am very glad I have this little skin saviour in my stash!

Have you tried this too? What other face masks would you recommend?