Lush Daddy-O Shampoo

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As I have dark blonde hair, which is regularly dyed, I was recommended this product by a staff member at Lush to prevent my hair from going brassy.

The first thing I noticed was the amazing smell! Daddy-O smells just like the sweets Parma Violets. The second thing I noticed was how little of the product you need to use, as it lathers a lot.

Since I started using this shampoo, I’ve noticed such an improvement with my hair. It looks a lot healthier and shinier (maybe because of the lemon), and it just feels a lot fresher.

I’ve read reviews online where many feel Daddy-O is ‘too drying’ on their hair. Personally, my hair gets oily quite quickly so this shampoo works really well for me. I tend to use it around two/three times a week, and use a different shampoo on the other days (blog posts on these will be up soon), purely to switch things up. I particularly like using Daddy-O before styling/curling my hair, as I find richer shampoo’s make the curls fall out within a matter of hours. The shampoo gives my hair volume!

I would definitely recommend to anyone, this is my favourite shampoo! Even if you don’t have lighter hair, the smell and quality is great. I’m onto my second bottle at the minute. A 250g bottle is £11.50 from Lush, and is also vegan friendly.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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NYX Lip Lingerie

I was really interested to try the NYX ‘Lip Lingerie’ range as the whole collection is nudes. It was difficult to choose between the 12 shades available in boots, as they look similar to one another until you wear them. In the end I opted for ‘Lace Detail’ and ‘Ruffle Trim’, two of the lightest shades.

These liquid lipsticks are similar to the ‘Lip Suedes’ (see my earlier blog post) in the sense that they have a mousse texture, which is soft on the lips, and then dries into a matte finish. However I much prefer these to the ‘Suedes’ as they stay put on your lips for the whole day, and dont transfer at all. The range is also a lot more wearable.

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Before wearing these lipsticks, I always prepare with a lip balm, as the matte texture can expose any cracks or dry patches on the lips.

The long-lasting nature of these lipsticks mean that they’re waterproof (as you can see below) which is great…until you want to take them off! I have to use a make-up wipe AND micellar water, but I don’t mind if I want a long lasting product for the day/night!

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These cost £6.50 each from Boots, which I think is really reasonable!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Lottie London Shimmer Squad

I decided to try out this highlighter set, after watching one of Emily Canham’s YouTube reviews. I’d only ever used ‘High Beam’ by Benefit, but after learning they were not cruelty-free, I needed a new product!

I love the fact that these are powder highlighters, as I think liquid ones can look a bit too shiny. Probably because I have oily skin. The set with the colours: The Good Girl, The Troublemaker, The Flirt and The Queenbee. As I have quite fair skin, I use The Good Girl and The Troublemaker, although I think the darker highlighters would look so nice with a tan!

The pigmentation of these highlighters is so good! You barely need to put any on for it to show up. I much prefer using these to ‘High Beam’ because they’re a lot more buildable, so they’re great for the day too.

The set is really handy, although the mirror on my set sadly smashed whilst travelling.

 

I like applying these with the Morphe M572 brush. This set of four is £9.99 from Superdrug, or you can also get it from ASOS.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

After learning that MAC aren’t cruelty free 😥 I’ve been on the hunt for a lipstick which is as long-lasting and good quality. I’ve heard good things about NYX so decided to try their range of liquid lipsticks.

The lipsticks have a really nice mousse texture. They then dry into a semi-matte lip. which I quite like. I decided to go for Soft-Spoken and Vintage. The colours are really strong and the lipsticks have great staying power.

Despite their staying power, I have found that one coat leaves the product quite patchy, so I often find myself applying two or three coats. As the product inevitably wears off throughout the day/evening, it often transfers in patches, and can smudge off the lips. Having to keep an eye on that can get frustrating.

The range of colours which you can buy however is really great. You can buy it in the boldest colours, from electric blue to orange. The liquid suede’s are also only £6.50, and are readily available to buy in the UK from Boots.

I’m interested to try out more cruelty-free liquid lipsticks so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know!

Rating: ♥♥♥

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Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser

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So I’ve been obsessed with Lush recently, and the fact that their products are all vegetarian, and a lot of them are vegan is so handy for me. The R & B hair moisturiser was recommended to me by one of the staff, as I explained that I wanted a conditioning product.

As I naturally have very straight hair, I apply a tiny dollop after washing, onto towel dry hair. I know that if you have curly hair, you apply more of it to dry hair. You literally need the tiniest amount, as it goes a long way. I’ve been using the moisturiser almost everyday for about a month now, and you can see that barely any has gone.

The roots of my hair get oily quick, so I just apply this to the ends. When I use this product, my hair is so much smoother and easier to handle. I rarely need to straighten it.

The smell is very strong and you can smell it for hours afterwards. If I’m going out and want to wear a strong perfume, I wouldn’t necessarily use this, to avoid a clash of scents. For day to day, I personally like the smell (jasmine absolute), however I’d maybe test out the smell for yourself as it could be overpowering for some.

I bought this product for £11.95. I think you can justify the price from looking at how little I’ve used in the past month. The moisturiser is also vegan friendly.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Superdrug Pore Strips

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After finding out that Superdrug do not test any of their own brand products on animals, I decided to try out their nose pore strips. The pore strips are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans!

The pore strips were only £1.20 each, and you get two in a pack. My pores were less visible after using one of the strips, however I was slightly disappointed that the results weren’t more obvious. Although the strips weren’t as strong as perhaps the more expensive ones are, they are good value for money.

Rating: ♥♥♥

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bareMinerals Foundation and Blush

After receiving a bareMinerals gift set last christmas, I found the products really useful to wear day-to-day, especially to work. At first I was dubious as to whether a powder foundation would work as well as a liquid foundation, however it really does!  I decided to buy the Bare Pro. The foundation is really light on the skin, and has a matte finish, which is perfect for oily skin.

A powder puff comes with the foundation, in a compartment underneath. I know there’s a brush specifically for the foundation which you can buy from bareMinerals, however I haven’t tried it out, as I found the powder puff worked well and gave an even finish. The mirror is also really useful.

The only negative thing I would say about the product is that I personally need to use quite a bit of it to give full coverage, so I probably put two layers on.

I bought the foundation, in shade Aspen 04, for £27 from Debenhams, I think its on offer at the minute which is annoying ha! Although a bit on the pricey side, I know it will last me as the smaller gift set version lasted around for 6 months.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Again, after receiving a bareMinerals gift set, I was curious to try out their blushers to wear day-to-day. I purchased this loose powder blush online from Feel Unique, so had to guess which colour I wanted without testing.

Unfortunately the blush is a bit too pink for me. If I want to wear it, I have to apply a tiny amount. The loose powder also means that product can seem to get everywhere. I personally prefer a pressed powder blush.

The pigmentation is really strong, which means its such good value for money! You literally need the tiniest amount. As with the foundation, the texture is really light on the skin.

As I said, the colour isn’t right for my skin tone, however I’m intrigued to try out their other colours after the high quality of this one. I know bareMinerals also do pressed powder blushers, which would be less messy.

The colour is ‘beauty’ and I bought this for around £15, slightly pricey but as you only need a tiny amount, it definitely lasts.

Rating: ♥♥♥

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