Conditioning first, shampooing after?!

When my friend suggested conditioning my hair BEFORE I used shampoo I thought she had lost her mind.  I have really fine hair which means achieving any kind of volume is very difficult.  I have tried countless volumising shampoos, styling products, not using conditioner to no avail – I was so desperate for a solution I thought why not give this crazy reverse hair washing a go.

I wash my hair every other day, so I waited for a time when I didn’t have to leave the house – as I was convinced that my hair would look horrific afterwards.

It felt completely alien doing it backwards…  I wet my hair and applied conditioner as normal, left it on my hair for the recommended time and then rinsed.  I then used the shampoo as I would normally, shampooing and then rinsing thoroughly. I applied my styling products and dried as normal & I can tell you I was immediately impressed by the result.  I was convinced that my hair would feel course as it sometimes did when I just used shampoo, I was completely wrong, it felt so soft and looked shinier. Overall it felt much lighter and felt as though it had more movement.  The roots of my hair looked lifted and much bouncier than they usually did.  I could literally feel the difference.  Finally, a miracle had happened!!!

I have now changed my routine so I always condition first.  It took a lot of getting used to at first, but now I think it would feel strange to shampoo first.

Is anyone else a fan of the reverse hair wash?

M x

Garnier Body Ultimate Beauty Oil

I saw this on offer at my local supermarket and was keen to give it a go.  I can be quite lazy when it comes to using body moisturizers & confess that I don’t do it every day :/  I liked the idea of this beauty oil as it looked like I could just quickly spray this over my body for instantly perfect moisturized skin.  Easy!

I have used this for oil for a couple of weeks now, so I wanted to let you guys know what I thought.

It smells delish and quite luxurious!  I really like the rose scent, it is not too floral & also has a nutty hint to it with the macadamia and almond oils.

The bottle says that the oil is non transferable, however I have found for me that this is not quite true, especially in the first 1/2 hour of applying (I think I use too much). When getting dressed into light coloured clothes it has left some marks & my friend almost killed me when it left marks over her leather car seats (luckily it does wipe off!).

Once it does sink into your skin it leaves it really soft with a lovely golden sheen.

It only takes a couple of minutes to spray over your body and rub in, which is great for my idle self.  I managed to make time to do this everyday when I got out of the shower.

As to be expected with a body oil the bottle gets quite slippy when you are using it making it harder to spray and after a while the label starts to peel off – meaning one time I had tiny little silver bits from the label all over me – took me a while to figure out where they came from.

After using it every day for a couple of weeks I found that my skin is soft and has a nice tone but my knees still look quite dry when I wake up in the morning so I don’t think it is a real intensive moisturizer.

I would buy this again as I like how my skin looks after applying it & I love the smell.  It is good to use for special occasions such as a night out for a lustrous look.

Has anyone else tried any good body oils?

M x

What’s in my make up bag?

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

I am a big Clarins fan and I was given a couple of tubes of the beauty flash balm for Christmas.  I like to use this on a day to day basis as a moisturizer/primer.  When I have this on I always get comments about how good my skin looks and it really helps my make up to last all day.

Revlon Colorstay for Dry/Normal Skin – fresh beige

I like a heavy coverage for my foundation and this definitely does the job. It doesn’t dry out my skin and is really long lasting.

YSL Touche Eclat – no 2

Essential for hiding the dark circles under my eyes.  I couldn’t live without this!

Sleek I-Divine Palette in Au Naturel

I love this palette as you can probably tell! It contains a range of matte and shimmery shades which are ideal for day or night. At the moment, for a day to day look, I use Nougat in the inner corner of my eye and Honeycomb all over.  I occasionally use Noir to line my eye if I want a more defined look.

Benefit High Beam

I have been using this for years to highlight my brow bone.  My make up isn’t complete until I have this on!

Benefit Brow Zings – deep

I rarely leave the house without doing my brows but I have run out of the wax, which I really annoying, so I am just using the powder.  I wish they gave you more wax as you seem to go through this a lot quicker than the powder. You can use the wax on its own or with the powder for a more defined look.

Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof mascara – black

Out of all of the mascaras I have tried, I always seem to come back to this one. It makes my eyelashes voluminous without weighing them down.  Added bonus that it’s waterproof which also means no nasty black flakes under my eye!

Benefit Hoola powder

At the moment I am using a mini sample of this bronzer and I am in love.  I will definitely be replacing with the full size version when I run out.  It is the perfect shade for contouring and making me look bronzed.

Benefit Coralista powder

I really like coral blushes, great for summer!

Palmers Coco Butter lip balm

Great for keeping my lips silky soft.  I prefer lip balms in a stick rather than in a pot as it saves on mess.

What essentials do you keep in your make up bag? I would love to know!

M x

Banish ingrowing hairs & razor bumps!

We are in the throws of summer & if you are anything like me you will be wanting to get those pale pins out into the sunshine.  When you have nasty looking razor bumps and ingrowing hairs, you might not be so enthusiastic…

I have tried ingrowing hair solutions in the past but the Nad’s Ingrow Solution is the best I have found so far and great value for money.

The solution is made to ‘release ingrowing hairs’ and soothe irritated skin.  You apply the solution daily to the affected areas and within a week you should start to see the results.  I normally apply it before bed for silky smooth legs.

What I thought:

  • I would compare the solution to an antibacterial hand gel.  It has very lightweight texture which is quickly absorbed by the skin.
  • Unlike other ingrowing hair solutions there is a minimal smell to this – I think it smells like an antibacterial hand gel (again!)
  • My legs get itchy after shaving (even with moisturizing after).  Applying the Nad’s solution after shaving instantly soothed my legs and I had no itchyness!
  • After a week of use I had NO ingrowing hairs or red bumps on my legs 🙂

Have you tried this before?  Let me know what you thought.

M x


Ben Nye Banana Powder

It’s used by professional make up artists and the queen of contouring Kim Kardashian, but what is Ben Nye Banana Powder really like?

After seeing the now infamous Kim Kardash contouring picture, I was intrigued to find out what she was using.  After a little research online I stumbled across Ben Nye Banana Powder.  Only problem being, it seemed quite hard to get in the UK.  Ebay luckily had lots of sellers with samples of the powder to purchase, which was ideal for me as I wasn’t too sure whether I wanted to commit to the 1.5oz or 3oz versions. I purchased a 5g sample for about £4 including shipping.

When it arrived I was soo excited to try it out.  It is marketed as a setting powder, however I planned to use for highlighting.  After watching a couple of youtube tutorials, I decided to try out the heavy highlighted look, aka the ‘Kim’.

After I had done my foundation and concealer I used a make up sponge to dab the powder underneath the eye area, underneath the cheekbones (underneath where the bronzer was applied), down the centre of the nose, in a V shape between the eyebrows, on the top lip and chin.  I didn’t press the powder in, I left a dusting of it over my skin.  You do look very strange, so I wouldn’t recommend if you have company.  After a couple of minutes I used a clean powder brush to blend in the Banana powder into the rest of my makeup.

What I thought:

  • The powder looks very yellow in the packaging and also when you apply it to the skin, but it quickly blends, leaving it looking much brighter and minimizing the appearance of pores.
  • Using the powder underneath the cheekbones makes contouring stand out and lightens up the area.  I am addicted to using the powder here now!
  • As the powder contains talc it is great for minimising shine on oily skin, however it might be too much for dry skin.  I have found it can make my under eye area appear dry if I put too much on.
  • If like me your concealer creases underneath your eye area, the Ben Nye powder seems to stop this from happening & cancels out dark circles at the same time – double winner!
  • It looks like it will last a long time.  I have about 1/2 of the sample left despite using it every day for a couple of weeks.

The ‘Kim’ look is quite heavy, so I would only really wear this on a night out.  For a less dramatic look I use a light dusting of powder all over the skin as a setting powder and it really does make my skin look brighter and flawless.  I will defo be getting the full sizes when I run out!

Have you used the banana powder or any of the other Ben Nye luxury powders?  I would love to hear what you think!

M x