Posted in Beauty Products

Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Diamond Crystalli Liquidi Review

Alfaparf is an Italian brand and my hair dressers Introduced me to there products, this is my first time ever purchasing an Alfaparf product.

My hair dresser had always used this oil on my hair and the smell is amazing, it’s the reason I bought it.

So let’s get down to the benefits, gives your hair instant gloss, protects against humidity and harsh external agents that leave the hair dull and brittle. Hair looks, feels and smells amazing. It also reduces blow dry time.

After washing your hair you apply a small amount to your hair before brushing, this also helps to reduce knots.

Now I haven’t got a clue of it helps reduce blow dry time, as I don’t blow dry my hair. I have naturally curly hair, I wear it curly well except when the hair dresser straightens it. Curly hair needs hydration, I find using an oil after washing gives it an extra boost. I did notice a difference in my hair when using this, my hair was more glossy and silkier also did I mention the smell.

I’ve also used it between washes, to give my hair a bit of shine, help with frizz and to freshen up my curls.

The main question will I buy again, yes I will be buying it next time I’m in the hairdressers.

Price point for 50ml, its priced at €19.95 and it lasts ages Click here to buy.

Happy shopping

Lots of love

Carol

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The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Scrub Body Scrub

I have been on the look out for a good body scrub, that would remove stubborn fake tan and also prepare my skin for tanning.

At the start of December, I went to Kildare village (outlet) for the day. I knew there was a Rituals there and I had never used there products, but had heard good things. Now one annoying thing about buying it in Kildare Village, you have to buy a minimum of two products per purchase.

All Ritual products our parabens free and they do not test on animals, more importantly this body scrub is 100% free of plastic scrub microbeads. Which means it doesn’t cause a risk to marine life.

When buying, I went for the packaging I liked the most. As they have different collections, I went for the dark red, which is the The Ritual of Ayurveda this is an ancient wisdom from India that helps you to improve health and well-being.

The body scrub contains ancient crystal salt from the Himalayas, which is what you want when you are trying to remove two layers of fake tan. Also salt is a natural anti bacterial, so when buying a body scrub make sure it has salt in it. I also find when I use a body scrub, my skin is always left feeling dry and tight but after using this my skin felt hydrated, which is thanks to the sweet almond oil which also great for unblocking pores. Even after showering you can still feel the oil on your skin.

The scent, which for me is important in a product. I like a strong scent and this didn’t disappoint but it wasn’t over powering and even a few hours later I could still smell it on my skin.

Now the main question did it remove the tan, yes it did.

Price point, €19.50 so let’s be honest for a body scrub it is expensive. I got it in the outlet and it was very reasonable, of course I lost the receipt. As I said before it was a minimum of two purchases, I also got a shampoo and conditioner which I will do a review on soon and that came to €26.95 which works out just under €9.00 which is a great price. So when I run out, I will definitely be heading back to Kildare village.

Lots of love

Carol

Xxxx

Posted in Beauty Products, beautybox

Look Fantastic January Beauty Box

This month, I was really looking forward to getting the look fantastic beauty box.

It arrived at the perfect time, as it was my second day back to work after Christmas, so I was a bit little depressed but this really cheered me up.

Dr Paw Paw, original clear balm, 25ml pried at €8.45. This balm has been designed to nourish and sooth and contains Paw Paw, an ingredient that contains natural healing properties.

Popband active hair ties priced at €6.95 they are designed to leave your hair kink free.

Swell, ultimate protect and renew serum, 30ml priced at £13.50. This is a hair serum that helps control frizz, reduce the appearance of split ends and creates a glossy look.

Vitamasques, gold dust sheet mask priced at €8.95. It enhances moisture levels to deeply nourish and soothe the skin.

Bellapierre banana setting powder 4g, priced at €25. Colour correcting setting powder, it’s sets foundation and concealer I place.

First Aid beauty, coconut skin smoothie priming moisturiser, 0.75 oz priced at €7.50. Complexion enhancer that brightens skin.

Look Fantastic beauty box you receive 6 make up and skin care products for €17 this includes postage. I really look forward to getting this beauty box each month.

Click here to find out more about look fantastic beauty box.

Happy shopping

Lots of love

Carol

Xxxx

Posted in Advent Calender, Beauty Products

Look Fantastic Advent Calendar Day 16 to 25

Day 16 Doucce, liquid eyeliner

Day 17 Caudalie Paris, Radiance Serum

Day 18 Fab First Aid Beauty, repair body cream

Day 19 ESPA, over night mask

Day 20 Thisworks, stress check roll on

Day 21 Mane ‘n Tail, shampoo and conditioner, it’s a shame they are not sulfate free

Day 22 look fantastic contour brush

Day 23 Aromatherapy Associates, bath and shower oil

Day 24 Erno Laszlo, eye serum mask

Day 25 Illamasqua, highlighter

Happy shopping

Lots of love

Carol

xxx

Posted in Advent Calender, Beauty Products

Day 5 to 15 Glossybox Advent Calendar

Day 5

MDM flow mascara

Day 6

3ina lip primer

Day 7

Patisserie De Bain, bath and shower creme

Day 8

Real techniques, foundation brush

Day 9

Charles worthington, hair mousse

Day 10

BareMinerals, vital power infusion

Day 11

Bellapierre kiss proof lip finish

Day 12

Make up academy, eye shadow palette

Day 13

Karmameju, charcoal sponge

Day 14

Refibra haircare, mask

Day 15

Inc.redible, jelly shot lip quencher

Lots of love

Carol

Xxx

Posted in Advent Calender, Beauty Products

Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar’s

I love beauty advent calendars, I look forward to opening them every year. It’s so much fun getting a little present everyday.

Glossybox

This calendar looks so pretty, I think it’s there first year doing a beauty advent calendar. It was £99 so I think it was about €120 which is expensive but it looks amazing.

Day One

Nars lip gloss

Look Fantastic

I got this calendar last year and I loved it, now I can help but compare it to last year and I was a little disappointed by the packaging. It’s priced at €75 and worth €300 Click here to buy .

Day One

I was not disappointed at all by this calendar, HD brow Colour Pro Palette.

Morris & Co

I got this calendar as a present. I have to say I’m very excited to try this out, as all the products are free from parabens and sulphates. This calendar also smells amazing.

Day One

Golden lilly body lotion

Happy shopping,

Lots of love,

Carol

xxx

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Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioners

I have naturally curly hair just in case you didn’t know this.
Over the last seven month’s my hair has been sulfate free.

What are sulfates otherwise known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)  , don’t worry I hadn’t a clue either till I found out about the curly hair method and that Sulfate is not good for curly hair and even worse it’s in most Shampoos and Conditioners.
So Sulfate is basically the foaming agent that makes the suds in our shampoo and it is a surface-active agent which reduces the tension of water so this helps your shampoo loosen the grease and sebum from your hair and scalp which all sounds good to me but then when you think about it, it’s just a detergent for your hair and do I really to use a detergent in my hair.

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Sulfates does help clean your hair but they are also strip your hair of natural oils.
Which in curly hair you need those natural oils to hydrate your hair so sulfates are stripping your curls of the moisture they need.
Ladies who colour their hair and spend a fortune in the hairdressers like myself sulfate fades the colour of your hair.

The first difference when using a sulfate free shampoo is the suds, you do miss them and it takes a while to get use to no suds and you do wonder if you are really giving your hair a good wash but don’t worry you are.

I have no noticed a difference since going sulfate free my hair is curlier healthier and my colour lasts longer. My hairdresser has also noticed a difference she said it was less frizzy which is a big thing for me.

Read the labels of your shampoo and conditioner before using them and check if they have sulfate.

At the moment I am using Shea moisture Shampoo and Conditioner I picked these up in boots and they are €14.99 each so wait till they are on three for two. I am going to do a full review but at the moment I am not sure if I will re-purchase this one or try something new.

Lots of Love

Carol

xxx

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Creamy Candy Bubble Bar Review 

I love baths and after a stressful day having a bath is the perfect day to relax.

On my way home from work after a very busy day I headed into lush, it really is one of my favourite shops and the staff are always so nice.


Now I knew I wanted a bubble bar as I love bubbles in my bath . I was drawn to this bright pink bubble bar with a pretty blue flower in the middle.


As I was running my bath that night I held the bubble bar under the tap and watched the water turn pink and of course the bubbles started

Than you get the sweet smell but not to over powering filling up the bathroom


This bubble bar is one my new favourites it was relaxing and I loved the bubbles, it was so relaxing and will be repurchasing.

Lots of love

Carol

xxx

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Aurora Band Rate or Slate 

I think everyone has seen Aurora band by now, I ordered mine after seeing it online and everyone’s hair just looked amazing after wearing it overnight so I had big hopes for this and it is priced at €13.99 and postage of €2 which isn’t even the price of one curly blow dry.

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I have naturally curly hair so of course I blow dried my hair somewhat straight but still a little damp and also watched the video a few times on how to do it.
I began the process of splitting my hair in two section like pig tails at the back I started wrapping my hair around the band and it kind a sticks to the velcro and then I pulled it through and then added it to the next section till I reached the middle of the band and then started on the other side leaving a gap at the back between the two sides when I was finished. The process got easier as you do it and you would need to be sitting in front of a mirror the most important thing for this part is to leave the gap at the back.

That night I slept in it took me a while to get comfortable and the next morning I was very excited to take it out till I began doing it, it was a nightmare I even got the stress sweats. There was also a few tears from pulling the head of myself and worrying what damage I was doing. My hair looked horrible and frizzy not a curl in it.

I assumed it looked this way because I got stressed so a few weeks later I said I’ll give it a go again. The process of putting it in was so easy this time and taking it out was easier as well I didn’t get stressed and took my time, I was still pulling the head of myself. The Velcro just kept making my hair frizzy so maybe if you have perfect straight hair it may work, well at least I hope it might. My hair looked fizzy and not a curl I just looked like I woke up and didn’t brush my hair. After looking more into and speaking to a few people turns out I was lucky and didn’t have to cut it out, even my hair dresser told me a horror story.

I’m sorry to say I’m slating the Aurora Band.

 I did take pictures but I delated them as I felt I shouldn’t write a bad review, as I read an interview with a blogger I use to follow saying if she doesn’t like a product she just doesn’t write about it. I decided to listen to this advice which was as silly of me as you should always do your own thing.

I was going to do it again to show everyone but I just couldn’t do it to my hair.

Lots of Love

 Carol

xxx