TIGI S Factor Volume Collection

Posted in haircare
on February 21, 2017

I have been using TIGI haircare products for as long as I can remember, and I think they were actually some of the first higher end haircare products I actually bought. They have since brought out a slightly lower-priced collection called their S Factor range, and today I am going to be talking about the TIGI S Factor Volume Collection.

Starting with the S Factor Stunning Volume Shampoo and Conditioner (RRP £15.50, £16.50), which are the perfect duo to add some much needed volume to my fine, flat hair. The Stunning Volume Shampoo contains a body-boosting formula that works to add bounce to fine, flat hair like mine, and is infused with a moisturising blend of Pro-Vitamin B5 and natural Jojoba Oil. It smells deliciously fresh and fruity and is a weightless shampoo which works at gently eliminating impurities, whilst Nettle imparts mirror-like shine from root to tip. As I don’t use a lot of haircare products on a daily basis, I only have to shampoo once with this, and then once rinsed, I apply the Stunning Volume Conditioner.

The S Factor Stunning Volume Conditioner is amazing for revitalising dull, lifeless hair, and much like the Shampoo, is packed with Nettle, Jojoba Oil and Pro-Vitamin B5 to provide the hair with long-lasting hydration. When combined, the Shampoo and Conditioner enhances definition and boosts volume to give you full-bodied hair, which is definitely a transformation for my hair which otherwise can be very flat and lifeless. I found that together, this duo managed to give my hair so much shine, and tamed my somewhat flyaway locks, which made my hair look much healthier and more ‘together’.

Something I once saw Zoella using is the TIGI S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer (RRP £17.45). This is more of a styling and treatment product, which is comes in quite a bizarre packaging! However, if you suffer from frizzy, flyaway hair which is hard to control, then this is going to be perfect for you. It is a lightweight lotion that smooths the hair’s surface and cuticles to give sleeker, healthier looking hair. It has been specially formulated with scientifically blended ingredients to lock in moisture whilst adding shine.

You only need to use a small amount of the Lusterizer which can be used on wet or dry hair, although I tend to use it on wet hair just before blow-drying. The Lusterizer also contains heat protection to defend the hair against humidity and damage caused by heated styling tools, so this will work wonders if you are planning a trip abroad anytime soon. The formula isn’t sticky and I found that it didn’t leave a hardness to the feeling of my hair, which some styling treatments can do, instead it managed to leave my hair much more controlled.

 As I have been styling my hair more recently, into waves and curls, something I have been using more often is hairspray, and so I have really enjoyed trying out the TIGI S Factor Vivacious Volume Hairspray (RRP £20.95). This huge glossy can feels just like something you would find at a fabulous hair salon, and is a hairspray that provides a medium hold to keep your preferred style in place all day long.

Formula-wise, the Vivacious Volume Hairspray doesn’t leave a sticky, stiff residue like some hairsprays can, and contains a powerful formula that provides protection against humidity and frizz. I wouldn’t say it gives a tonne of volume, with it being a hairspray, but it certainly adds texture and plenty of glossy shine to the hair, and managed to keep my curls looking perfect.

You can find the TIGI S Factor Volume Collection online at Look Fantastic.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

QVC TSV: Becca Cosmetics

Posted in bargains, make up
on February 21, 2017

I am a sucker for a bargain, and when I recently saw that one of QVC’s recent Today’s Special Value was a Becca Cosmetics set, I just HAD to have it! QVC’s Today’s Special Value’s are specially priced products for that one day only, and it included five amazing Becca products…

Firstly, we have the Becca Backlight Priming Filter (regularly priced at £32), which is a product you may have seen in last month’s What I Bought This Month post, but, you’ll find out later why it made sense to get the set, even though I already have this product. The Becca Backlight Priming Filter gives you the most illuminating base for your makeup, it is like a highlighter but for the face, and of course without looking overly highlighted!

I find that one pump can usually be enough for my whole face, and it really does make my skin look so radiant and healthy. Texture-wise, I find it really lightweight and melts into the skin straightaway, and with it containing antioxidant Vitamin E and tightening liquorice extract to brighten and firm the skin, it is also like using skincare at the same time!

To conceal and correct skin tone, we have the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector (regularly priced at £22). I believe this is fairly new, and it is a peachy pink corrector which neutralises the blue tones of dark circles and broken capillaries, which is something I suffer a LOT from, so this is great for me. It has been formulated with ultra-fine pearlescent particles which subtly scatter the light, to brighten and unify the entire under eye area.

It arrives in a little pot, and you can apply the Corrector either with your ring finger for soft application on that delicate under eye area, or with a tiny brush. Texture-wise, it is buttery soft and blends so well and easily into the skin, as well as being long-wearing and crease resistant. It is mainly created for undereyes but if you have any other areas of darkness, dullness or redness, I think this also works perfectly for that.

If high-coverage foundations are your thing, then the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme (regular price £34) is going to be your must-have foundation! I have tried a LOT of foundations, and this is by far the fullest coverage foundation I have come across, and I got so excited when I tried it! There are over 20 shades to choose from, and here I have Cashmere, which is just about the right shade for my fair skin, although it will maybe work better for me once the sun warms my skin up a little.

This full coverage foundation is formulated with a balance of uniquely high concentrations of pigment and water for maximum coverage to produce a weightless, breathable creme. Even though this is a full coverage foundation, it in no way feels heavy and dry on the skin, doesn’t give a cakey finish and is water and transfer resistant. It also hydrates the skin too, and is suitable for all skin types and easily lasts the full day through when it comes to wearability. I am in LOVE!

If you are a Becca fan, you may know they also collaborate with Jaclyn Hill, and in this kit I received the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight in Champagne Pop (regularly priced at £24). I love the Becca x Jaclyn Hill powder highlighters, so I was excited to try this! These stunningly packaged pencil-type cream highlighters are perfect for precise highlighting or even using as eyeshadows for the prettiest of glows.

Champagne Pop is one of the most popular shades from Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s collection, and it gives a true light champagne shimmer. The Slimlight is great for applying to the inner corners of the eyes to awaken the eye, down the bridge of the nose to straighten and define, the hollow of the chin, and on the Cupid’s bow to create the illusion of a plumper lip. The luxurious cream blends effortlessly into the skin to give a natural, yet radiantly beautiful finish.

Lastly, we have the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (retails at around £15). This is a smaller version of the original Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, which is a lustrous liquid highlighter which is infused with ultra-fine, light-reflecting pearls which melt into the skin to give a dewy, radiant finish. This shade is Opal, which is a luminescent very light nude, perfect for most skintones and colours.

As with the Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight, this can also be used in the corners of the eyes, the brow bones to accentuate, down the nose, on the tip of the nose for a cutesy look, and on the Cupid’s bow, with the only difference here being that it is a liquid highlighter rather than a creme, and of course the slight change in colour. This is definitely one of Becca’s cult products!

Individually, this collection of five Becca products would have cost me around £127, but when it was on QVC’s TSV, it cost me just £44.98, which is why I didn’t mind that it included a product I already had. You can still get this set on QVC, but it is slightly higher in price now, at £69, but considering that is still nearly a 50% saving, it is definitely still worth getting! You can find the Becca 5 Piece Complexion & Radiance Collection online at QVC UK.

L-R: Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal, Under Eye Brightening Corrector, Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight in Champagne Pop, Backlight Priming Filter, Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in Cashmere

Love,
Kathryn xxx

 

Spring Beauty with Jurlique Natural Skin Care

Posted in beauty, skincare, Uncategorized
on February 20, 2017

When it comes to beautiful skin time time for Spring and Summer, you need to look no further than Jurlique Beauty, they make natural skincare and cosmetics which provide you with the softest-feeling skin! Read on to find out more about some of their cult products.

All of Jurlique’s products come beautifully packaged, with both the outer and product packaging looking very elegant, and I’m going to be starting with the Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Mask (£45). This is a gently hydrating face mask which works to soothe and soften dry skin, which after the cold weather we have been having here in the UK, is going to be a perfect remedy. It has a slight texture of a clay mask, but is instantly nourishing and replenishing on the skin, and smells lovely and light and fresh, providing the skin with a natural antioxidant protection.

It is super easy to use and to include into your skincare regime on a weekly basis, you apply an even layer to the skin, avoiding the eye area, and then relax in a hot bubble bath for around ten minutes, and then remove the mask with warm, damp cotton pads or a washcloth. The thing I love most about this face mask is that you can clearly see on the skin how much it infuses the skin with moisture straight away!

 If like me, you suffer from very dry skin, which can be prone to sensitisation, then to add a further boost of moisture, I recommend the Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel-Lotion (£32). This gorgeous frosted glass jar contains a silky water-gel emulsion which helps to protect the skin against environmental aggressors, whilst providing it with hydration and smoothness, whilst also softening the skin. Due to it’s gel texture, it instantly cools and soothes the skin and you can feel those cooling properties begin to protect and replenish the skin which moisture.

A little goes a long way with this product, and it can be used morning and night, by applying a pearl sized amount of the Gel-Lotion between the fingertips, and gently press onto the face and neck. The Gel-Lotion turns almost into a water which is why you only need a small amount. As it is made with the calming properties of rose, you can smell the scent of the rose from the product when applying it.

Next, we have one of my favourite products from the brand, the Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum (£47). This is slightly pricey, but compared to other higher end serums, it is actually a very good price, and definitely worth the pennies. This is a youth defence concentrate which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve elasticity, restore radiance to dull complexions, and increase hydrations whilst protecting the skin from environmental aggressors. Whatever your age, it is never too early or late to start using products which can minimise the signs of ageing.

The glass bottle of the Herbal Recovery is so adorable, it has an iridescent finish and looks super pretty on your dressing table or bathroom shelf. Texture-wise, the serum isn’t thick or sticky, and again you would only need to use a small amount to get the skin hydrated and visibly glowing. You only need to use one or two pumps of the serum, morning and night, and that will be more than sufficient for the whole face and neck. This definitely brightens up my complexion, which is often dull, especially at this time of year.

A product which I have repurchased a couple of times since trying it last year is the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist (£18). This is available in two sizes, and here we have the small one which is perfect for carrying around with you. The Rosewater Balancing Mist is a daily hydrating mist for normal to combination skin with the scent of roses to balance out the complexion and skin tone. As it is a mist, it instantly restores and hydrates the skin, leaving it feeling much more refreshed and soothed – as lovely as this is all year round, I find this especially wonderful during the warmer months after popping it in the fridge for extra coolness.

The Mist can be used in various ways, whether it be as a skin treat, to refresh and tone the skin, or as part of a skincare regime day and night, or to prime the skin for makeup application, or to set the makeup in place for the day ahead. You simply spritz the Mist over the face and leave it a minute or two to work its way into the skin.

 

Moving on to the more cosmetic side of things, we have the Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder (£26). This is an uber silky translucent facial powder for normal skin that refines the complexion and helps reduce unwanted shine. I have combination skin, and all year round, although especially in the warmer months, I do suffer from shine across my forehead, along my nose, and on my chin, which is not all that attractive! However, this Finishing Powder, provides the skin with a smooth matte finish, and helps soothe the skin and maintain its moisture balance, ensuring that there isn’t as much oil being produced, and hence less shine.

You get a good amount of powder within the compact, which also includes a mirror on the inside of the lid, and a little puff sponge for on-the-go applications in case you need a top up for an especially warm day. I like to use this to set my makeup before I apply the Rosewater Mist, by sweeping a light dusting of the powder across my face, concentrating more on my T-Zone to keep my shine at bay!

Another amazing cosmetic product are the Jurlique Hydra-Glosses (£12 each), deeply nourishing and protecting sheer colour glosses, which come in two beautifully natural shades. Firstly, we have I’m Blushing, a coral pink gloss, and I’m Neutral, a pale nude hued gloss. The glosses are packaged in handy little tubes, with a slanted applicator for easy application. Formula-wise, they are not at all sticky, which I LOVE because there’s nothing worse than sticky lips, and they are rich in Vitamin E so are ultra conditioning, smoothing and softening.

The Hydra-Gloss can be worn on their own, or over the top of your regular lipstick for extra gloss and protection. With Mother’s Day coming up next month, they are the perfect little gift to give – because who doesn’t want gorgeously super soft lips?!
I hope you have enjoyed my Jurlique Spring Beauty Post, and you can find all of these amazing products and more online at Jurlique.
Love,
Kathryn xxx
*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

Favourite Four: Spring Blushers

Posted in make up
on February 19, 2017

If you recently read my Spring Makeup post, you may have had a taster of all the beautiful new products available this Spring, and over the next few weeks I am going to concentrate on individual products, providing you with four of my favourite products from each theme, and today I am bringing you my four favourite Spring blushers, from KIKO, Benefit, Elizabeth Arden and Beauty Pie.

Starting with the affordable, yet higher end quality brands, KIKO, we have the KIKO Shade Fusion Trio Blush in Shade 01 Natural Rose (£10.90). This beautiful blush compact has been designed with a gunmetal finish, and comes complete with a mirror on the inside of the lid. There are six colour combinations, and here I have 01 Natural Rose, and with it being from the Shade Fusion range, it therefore has three different shades of blush within it, so you can take the lightest, the medium or the darker shade, or a combination of the three, to achieve multiple looks.

Natural Rose contains a soft peach, a a pink nude and a warmer dusky rose, and the formula is enriched with Vitamin E and Argan Oil which are known for their nourishing and protective properties, which is perfect for when the sun comes out. The packaging also contains a magnetised fastening, meaning that the compact won’t open on its own, so if you are travelling with it, or want to carry it around in your handbag, you aren’t going to end up with blush all over your bag. The blush is silky soft to the touch, and blends and builds up beautifully on the skin.

One of my all-time favourite blushers is the Benefit Dandelion Blush (£24.50), a sheer, ballerina-pink powder which can be used as an all-over complexion perfecter to add a touch of radiance to the skin, or as a soft blush with the prettiest hint of pink. This is one of my go-to blush shades and has been for many years now, as it is so easy to work with, and provides a slightly shimmering hint of colour to the skin, and gives such a fresh, Spring glow.

The Benefit Dandelion comes in a compact box, as like the rest of the Benefit Box o’ Powders, which has a mirror on the inside of the lid, and a soft, natural-bristle brush to apply on the go. One thing I am VERY excited about this Spring is that Benefit will be releasing a new version of Dandelion, the Dandelion Twinkle, which is currently out in the US, and will be making its way over here very soon hopefully. It is a similar shade to the original Dandelion, but will be more of a highlighting/strobing powder, so expect the ultimate in shimmer!

Another current Spring favourite of mine is the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Radiance Blush in Shade 05 Blushing Pink (£27). Glamorously-packaged, as you would of course expect from Elizabeth Arden, their Beautiful Colour Radiance Blush is available in eight stunning shades, but Blushing Pink has my heart. It is a high-pigmented powder which helps to sculpt and define the cheeks for a natural, radiant glow, and has been formulated to be buildable and long-lasting, enriched with vitamins and antioxidants to help soothe and protect the skin, which is perfect for the warmer months.

Blushing Pink is slightly like the colour of Benefit’s Dandelion, but with the sweetest specks of gold shimmer, which give a warming radiance to the skin. The compact itself comes with a mirror on the inside of the lid, and you get a good-sized soft bristled brush to apply it with. This is definitely going to look beautiful with sunkissed skin!

Last, but of course, not least, we have the Beauty Pie Smart Powder Blush in Go Rouge (£18 or £2.51 for Members). Beauty Pie is a relatively new brand to the UK, and it is a subscription service where you can get high end quality products at a fraction of the high street price. The compact is classically simple in black and white, with a mirror on the inside of the lid, and you get a good-sized quantity of powder. Go Rouge is a slightly coral-pink, infused with just a hint of shimmer to add a delicate glow to the cheeks.

Formula wise, it has been created with UV protective red-algae which is great when wearing during the sunshine months, and is a very silky and lightweight powder, which adheres easily to the skin. The blush is highly pigmented, so you only need a slight amount to add colour to the skin, but is also buildable, should you require a bolder shade once you have a bit of a tan.

I hope you enjoyed a closer look at some of my favourite Blushers for Spring, and next up in this series, I shall be taking a look at some of my favourite Spring nail polishes.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own