Sunday, 1 February 2015

Lee Stafford Argan Oil - Nourishing Miracle Oil

Lee Stafford Argan Oil - Nourishing Miracle Oil
About 2-3 years ago, brands discovered argan oil and it started hitting our shelves in one form or another.  Now the dust has settled, some really great brands are beginning to emerge with their blends of argan oil - this is where Lee Stafford comes in.

The Lee Stafford Nourishing Miracle Oil is part of a series that's been released, embracing the goodness that's in argan oil.  In Lee Staffords offering, you get 50ml of product for £11.99* - it comes packaged in a box, and the bottled has a pump dispenser.  What I like about the dispenser is that for me (long hair) 1 pump gives me the perfect amount for my hair - so often these give too much (but never too little!) - and with something like this, less is more, since it's an oil!

Argan oil has great healing properties for hair, as it does for the skin, making it a great everyday treatment.  What I love about this is the feeling and finish it gives my hair, it's like... you know when you go to the salon, and after they've finished with your hair it feels lightweight and flyaway, but with a weight to it and bounce?  Well, it does that to my hair, makes it feel light, but with weight to it. It also smells really good - probably the best smelling argan oil I've tried.

Price-wise it compares to a lot of high street brands, maybe slightly more than some, but then in my opinion, it's nicer than your typical jump-on-the-bandwagon brands - this actually feels like it's a treatment for my hair and leaves it feeling lovely.  I can't speak about what the other Lee Stafford products are like in this range, as this is the first Lee Stafford product I've ever tried - but based on this I'll definitely be trying more - the shampoo & conditioner from this argan oil range is now firmly on my wishlist :)
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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Earrings from Trish's Treasures

Boxed earrings from Trish's Treasures

Earrings from Trish's Treasures

Me wearing moon and star earrings from Trish's treasures

I forget how I found her Facebook page, but a while ago I 'liked' Trish's Treasures, and for a while now I've been drooling over different pieces of jewellery she shares on there and sells.  Something you may not know about me is that I LOVE Sun, Moon, Stars print, jewellery - anything to do with that basically - so when I saw these moon and star earrings crop up on my Facebook feed the other day, I just *had* to treat myself.  

The ear wires are plated with sterling silver, and the moon and star are antiqued silver.  I love that the stars dangle and sway (they make a really nice sound too) :)  They came in a little pinky giftbox just 2-3 days after I ordered them, so great speed with the delivery.  They were also only £12 (with free delivery), which I think is a great price - I absolutely love these, even the hubby loved them.

They've got a great selection of jewellery, some of which is really beautiful, and none of it is super expensive, it's all pretty affordable, without being 'cheap'.  They also have a nice weight to them, not too heavy and not too light.

If you want to have a browse of her jewellery, have a look at her site here - I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised. :)

Friday, 30 January 2015

14 things no one tells you when you start a beauty blog

14 things no one tells you about starting a beauty blog

Inspired after a conversation with the lovely Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie the other night, I thought I'd write a bit of a tongue-in-cheek post about the things no one tells you when you start a beauty blog - it's all true, but somewhat silly :)

1.  You WILL get bombarded with emails to try the fecking Younique 3D mascara... OMG leave me alone!
2.  You WILL get loads of emails from 'SEO's' telling me I rank badly for important terms - get lost, can't you see I'm a lowly blog and not a big corporate website!
3.  So many brands will email you, offering 'FREE' content that will improve your blog, all they need is a link, but don't worry, there's no budget for this, we just want you to spend an hour editing it so it suits the tone of your readers and your blog, include the links we specify on a topic that doesn't relate to your blog, k?
4.  You'll try to justify spending £500 on a DSLR and semi-professional photography set up to take slightly clearer blog pictures of lipsticks... yeah. I did that.
5.  Your obsession with makeup will spiral out of control into a full blown addiction 
6.  You'll accumulate a makeup collection that'll put some makeup artists to shame
7.  How the fear of missing out never goes away, you always NEED the latest thing! (CSI blog)
8.  How you'll never be able to leave Boots empty handed (Miss Makeup Magpie)
9.  You can't touch any new products until you photograph them, no matter how hard you try (Miss Makeup Magpie)
10.  It's sooo obsessive (Frazzled Beauty)
11.  3 for 2 means 9 for 12 in Boots etc :) (Beauty Queen UK)
12. Yes you do need all those eye shadow palettes, lipsticks, foundations, powders, blushers, bronzers, brushes, concealers, face primers, eye primers, brow kits, mascaras, eye liners etc
13.  You'll curse the winter months for poor lighting to take blog photo's in
14.  You'll NEED your own room just to store you're out-of-control makeup collection, and then only use 10% of it

If you  have any more to add, please leave them as a comment below :)