Osis by Schwarzkopf hair spray review.

Hej Hej!

A little bit of a different spin today. Im desperate to go out and buy everythang on my wish list but I can’t as I’m being ‘responsible’ blurgh.
So I remembered when I went to the National wedding show at Earls court last month I got a few freebies.

One of them was OSIS Session hairspray by Schwarzkopf.


Price £6.56 (500ml)

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It came in a 100ml bottle which is about 13cm tall. My sample bottle came with its own little case of black sequins. I’m not sure if the full sized samples do. If you know let me know in the comments.
Firstly, cute that it comes with a carry case but completely unnecessary. I’ve just pinched the case to keep all my pens in.
Lets move onto the packaging
Silver bottle, reminds me of aluminium.
The brand is displayed front and centre down the middle of the tube in red writing with a brief description below.

3 extreme hold hairspray spray fixation extrême. Strong control.
Flipping the tube round to read the instructions and small print
Finish. Use in short bursts.
Thats it. Nothing else. Now, I know we understand hair spray and how it works but so far I’m finding this product masculine!

Hear me out,

The short stubby tube, well its not
Intimidating

The silver shiny can can be likened to an exhaust or something.

The writing placed down the tube is phallic symbolism if I’ve ever seen it.

And finally, not even a little story. I’m not being told I am being transported. Im not ‘glamming’ up or ‘indulging’ in any of the instructions.
They are short and to the point. I want to be wooed by a product.

But who cares as long as it works?

Well lets move on to that.

My hair is in an updo and my wispy baby hair is every where. I decide to spray the product sparingly over my barnet.

Firstly, this has a strange acetone smell.
I know all hair spray has a chemical smell but this lingered after I finished pushing the button.
Not a fan of that.
Secondly, its making my hair feel crisp. If I push on it I can hear it crackling.
Yes it does hold. Yes it is does what it says on the penis sized tube but I need more from a product. I like a story, I enjoy pretty packaging and feminine scents.

I’m not a fan of this. I don’t rate it. However I reckon my old man will like it.
So I’m gonna leave it on his side in the bathroom.

Im generous like that.

Ta
Clo
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Liebster award #buzzin’

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Yo!

So I had a huge smile added to my face when I got home from work.
After a frankly beige day, I was reading through my favourite Blogs and noticed that the wonderful Helenofmanchester had nominated me for a Liebster award.
I literally got so excited I did a girly ‘eek’ noise I haven’t vocalised since I was 14.

So Helen, thank you. You were the first comment I ever received and I love reading your blog. If I’m ever in Manchester we’re going to superdrug! ;).

The rules of the Liebster award are;

– post the award on your blog

– thank the blogger who presented this award, and link to their blog

– write 11 random facts about yourself

– nominate bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers

– answer 11 questions posted by the presenter, and ask your nominees 11 questions

The 11 Questions:

What do you like to do in your spare time?

At the moment, Im all about developing my blog. I feel like I’m nurturing a delicate flower and I really want it to succeed.
I’m a social butterfly too and am usually found popping up and down the county visiting family and friends for cups of tea and belly laughs.

If you could only choose one place to visit where would it be?
Vegas! Its trashy, flashy, brash some might say ‘brazen’. I hope I go one day.

What is your favourite desert?
Sod desert, get me a big bar of dairy milk and I’m sorted. Plus no washing up #winning

If you could have your own show, what show would you like to host?
I reckon I’d be a pretty good Loose woman or even be in the hub on This morning. I have the weirdest crush on Eamon Holmes. Sorry Ruth!

What do you usually order first at a restaurant food or drinks?
Drinks, is there any other order?!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Karaoke in Irish pubs

Do you follow any fashion trends?
Not really, but my personal style is constantly evolving. I try not to follow fashion to the letter as Crop tops will never be my friend. I take inspiration but try to keep my personality at the forefront of my styling choices

Are there any awesome products you have tried that you have to recommend?

St moriz mousse, is the best fake tan I have ever used and also the cheapest. Save your cash. Its the future!

Do you do exercise regularly. What are they?
Before my holiday I was really good 3-4 times a week was normal. Cardio days, strength days, abs day, beat a personal best.
I’ve been lazy since my return but I gotta get back in shape if I’m gonna fit my arse into a wedding dress.

What would you like to receive on your upcoming birthday?

Umm Louboutins. Patent nude with a red sole. I would treasure them forever.

If you had to cook dinner tonight, what would you cook?
I don’t cook. Im lucky my old man is good at it otherwise I’d live off crisps and pizza.

11 facts

1) Caitlan Moran ‘how to be a woman’ is my favourite book, ever.

2) The inbetweeners series is the best tv programme in the world and helped me to understand men at the age of 17.

3) I have 3 older sisters, each are completely different but all three inspire me to be the strongest Bitchin’ woman out there.

4) I’m known to demolish a whole tub of nutella before my period.

5) My parents have the most loving relationship I have ever seen.

6) I have an obsession with faux fur that has existed since I can remember

7) When I first saw my fiancé in a crappy bar, the whole room blurred away and all I could see was him. At that exact moment I knew I had to speak to him. I never believed in love at first sight until that day.

8) Ibiza is my favourite place in the world.

9) I have a random fear of birds and will cross a road before having to risk it flying near my face.

10) 2 4 1 cocktails is my weakness

11) I truly believe in feminism. To be a feminist is not to be ‘anti man’ it is to be pro equality. I hate the idea that some people think that women only wear cosmetics to attract a partner. Absolute trollocks! I wear a full face at home in my jammies sometimes, I have gone ‘clubbing’ wearing only a swish of red lippy before. I wear make up for me and its an expression of who I want to be that day. Its my face and I’ll wear it my way.

So here goes

This lady mentors and guides me through my initial stages of blogging.
She writes the most kick-arse blog evaaaahhhh

Ashleighsteaparty

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Laters Taters

The, it’s half four in the bloody morning challenge!

Bonjour!

I’ve had a great first week of blogging. Think I have finally found something I enjoy and would like to say a big thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

It’s still in its infancy and I appreciate every single one of you.

But hey, you’re here for tips not some sorta wannabe Oscar speech!

Today I had to start work at 6. As in AM, as in the morning, as in what did I do in my past life to deserve this.

Not one to be melodramatic *ahem* I had to make the best of things.

I still want to look alive when I turn up for work and that means some fine tuned cosmetic witch craft.

But at quarter to 5 in the morning the wings of my eyeliner look like they’ve been on the piss in Bogner Regis (bee tee dubs, love Bogner and Butlins so don’t be hating)

Taking this all into account, I have fine tuned a streamlined pre-daylight routine

And it goes a little something like this

Firstly on days like today I don’t have time to tone, exfoliate or anything else. Shower the night before. This is a race against the clock.
But you gotta get a few of the necessities in.

Never skip cleansing, never skip brushing your teeth, never skip moisturising.

I throw some cleanser on the pad and take off all the grime that’s accumulated whilst I’ve slept. You’d be surprised what you find on that cotton pad.

Now moisturise, if you feel that your skin is to oily or that you don’t need to moisturise. You’re incorrect. I’ll be doing a separate blog on skin care and what’s important soon and I’ll go into loads of detail then. Drying out your skin by not moisturising will cause it to produce more oil!

The best way to moisturise in my opinion is put a ten pence piece on the back of your hand. Pinch it with your other fingers and rub you fingers together (imagine Deborah Meaden talking figures on dragons den) this warms it up a little bit.
Place onto your face and massage in. Do not, I repeat, do not do what I used to and rub back and forth.
This creates little face bogies where the potions and miracles inside the product disintegrate leaving little balls on your face (no sniggering at the back)

Sort out your teeth (I’m gonna skip this part, cos I’m pretty sure we’re all cushty on this front)

Okay so you’re freshly clean and ready to put your face on. Leave your teeth last as you want your moisturiser to sink in as if your face isn’t quite dry your foundation will look streaky.

I sit in front of my mirror and turn on my straighteners as I know my fringe is gonna be screwed even though I do sleep with a roller in, See?!

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It’s all about night before prep (also shout out to the period spot on my chin! Cheers Mother Nature you basic)

Take your foundation or tinted moisturiser if you have clear skin and apply with your finger tips. Brushes are better for a more polished look but I feel that they take longer to apply this way.
Make sure your foundation or tinted moisturiser includes an SPF of 15 or over as you missed out that stage in the ‘bathroom prep’

I use No7 beautifully matte foundation in cool vanilla
Price £13.50
Put the foundation on the back of your hand and ‘dot’ the foundation on the following;
Forehead, nose, chin, cheeks and eyelids.
Blend the dots together covering your face and blending out away from your nose. I.e towards the hairline and jaw. You do not need to apply it to your neck. It will stain your clothes (trust, my mum told me off enough times at school regarding my ‘dirty collar’)
Take extra care to blend at the jaw line. This is the area where most of us fail.
Now move onto your concealer. One with light reflecting particles are best. But always make sure its your shade. Going a shade paler for concealer sounds a good idea but it will look odd in photos. In these célfie times you can never be sure when you’re gonna be papped.
Using your finger place concealer on blemishes, in the corners of your eyes, under your eyes, in your cupids bow (the bit above your lip) and a thin strip down your nose.
BLEND BLEND BLEND.
I use Rimmel hide the blemish concealer in Ivory
Price £3.99

Take your eyelash curlers and with your eye open clamp them down. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat on the other eye. This will make you instantly look more awake

Using your finger apply a neutral eyeshadow, just over the lid. I use
Benefit world famous neutrals
Price £23.50

This is how odd you will look so far

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Now Take an eyeliner pencil in your preferred colour. Gently dot along the upper eye lash line and again along the bottom. You can do a straight line but I find the dot to dot approach is softer. Take your little finger and smudge the liner.
I use Rimmel special eyes precision liner pencil
Price £2.99

Your eyes will look like this

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Moving on swiftly,

Take your mascara and stroke down your eyelashes. Now with the wand in hand, brush the lashes up in a zig zag motion 3 times.

For the bottom lashes, this is only necessary the once (unless you like the twiggy look).
I am currently using Rimmel Kate Mascara
Price £5

Apply bronzer on your face in an E shape. Swirl your bronzer brush (i use a large powder brush as I’m not contouring when Im in a rush)
Knock off the excess and apply at the temples, moving down onto your cheek bones, back out and down onto your jawline.
Repeat on the other side.
I am loving Bodyshop honey bronze bronzer
Price £13
Taking a cream blush
Place 3 dots on the chubby part of your cheeks (the bit where your nan pinches you) in the shape of a triangle. Again blend well for a youthful glow
The beauty steal I am using daily at the moment is
MUS creme blusher
Price £2
Nearly there now people,

Take a gloss or balm and apply to lips with your finger for build able colour. Applying straight from the tube when rushing may cause you to look a bit over done.
I love lipstick but its too time consuming and if not done with precision will look tacky.

I wore a Clinique one today in a berry tone. I can’t find a picture of it as it must be a year or two old and I have worn out the letters from all it’s use. I will try and hunt down the name for you though!

Your face is now done and is appropriate for most work places. If your job allows a more casual approach feel free to explore with a darker lip colour using the techniques above.

My hair causes me the most issues in the morning. If I pull it back straight into a pony tail it looks to flat and makes my jaw line appear heavy.
I suit my hair up higher on my head but have to wear my hair at the nape of my neck for work.
(Dilemma Nelly feat Kelly)

Using a simple french plait technique I plait my hair from the top of my head, leaving out my fringe until I reach the nape of my neck. I then gather the rest of my hair as if I was going to secure a pony tail.
Taking all my hair I twist it into a simple bun and secure with a band.
No hairspray, no product, no heat other than curving in my fringe.

Chuck on your clothes and you’re good to go.

That entire routine took me 20 minutes (well 19 something) to complete.

Its quick, its simple and I now have it down to an art.

You probably possess many of the skills required to complete so spend an extra 15 minutes in bed. Rather than faffing around with lipliner and contouring.

But remember evening prep is essential.
Complete the following if you want to be out the door in 20 minutes.

1) shower the night before
2) apply gradual tanner if desired before bed.
3) place hair in rollers if needed
4) choose your twenty minute make up and leave it out where it is all visible.
5) have clothes ironed, pressed (pressed! Hark at nanna here!) hung up the night before
6) pack your lunch after your evening meal
7) pack your work bag.

This might sound like a lot of agg, but I would deffo rather do this all the night before work then be rushing and ending up late.
My dad always said
5 minutes at night is 10 in the morning.

I try and live by these words on a 6am start.

I hope this helped and even if you take away one tip I’ll be buzzin’.

So here it is.

The before and after

If you have any feedback on this piece or if you’d like to see me complete any other challenge, review or tutorial let me know with your comments or by following

Ba bye!
Clo
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Garnier Micellar cleansing water review.

Price £3.99

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing water @ Tesco
Okay first things first, where was I when make up wipes were getting slammed? I clearly missed the memo and for those of you who like me still take make up off with a wipe, stop.

Here’s why
Why make up wipes suck

Anyhoo, moving back on to the Micellar cleansing water.

This product felt very gentle on my skin, Garnier state it’s suitable for even sensitive skin which is good to see. It proclaims to be the triple threat of the make up removal underground world.

It removes make up, cleanses and soothes.

So let’s go into a bit more detail;

It deffo removed make up and although I did use 4 cotton pads I was wearing incredibly heavy eye make up, lips stain and full face of product. I would normally use 2 or three wipes trying to get that off any way.
So yep, I am happy it removes make up.

Moving on.

Cleanses. Cleanses? What is to cleanse? I know that might sound stupid, but what is it.
Well according to Wikipedia (big props) it means to Remove make up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt and other type of pollutants from the skin of the face. This helps to unclog pores and prevent acne.

So basically someone typed ‘cleanse’ instead of ‘cleans’ onto packaging one day and this is all just a huge conspiracy.

Cleansing is just making your skin uber über clean which I’m pretty satisfied Garnier Micellar cleansing water did.

Next,

Soothes. Well my skin wasn’t in pain anyway but this product certainly didn’t add any discomfort. I put the product straight onto my eyeball (which I do not recommend) by accident and it didn’t even sting.

So I’m pretty satisfied that Garnier Micellar cleansing water lived up to its promise

I was able to use it on my face, eyes and lips as Garnier stated I would, with no issues at all.

How does it work?

I am not a scientist so here goes the most childish explanation ever! The way I understand it is there are these little micelles, mixed into a liquid which in the same way washing detergent breaks down oil the Micellar cleansing water removes impurities. However if you want a bit more than my word on it, here’s what Garnier has to say
For the 1st time, Garnier introduces the Micellar technology in an all in one cleanser. Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture and lift away dirt from the skin. No need to rub to remove impurities and make up.

A lot of fancy words there, but hey I’m not a scientist. I’m just a beauty enthusiast.

Bottom line. My make ups gone after each day, my skin looks clearer, I look fresher.

This is a great product for people whose time is precious and let’s be frank whose isn’t?

It combines two elements of your daily routine which clearly save you time. There is no need to rinse which inevitably saves me from soaking the bathroom floor as I reenact the face wash adverts I see on TV.

It’s all looking pretty good here for Garnier.

Let’s talk cash.

It clearly says on the packaging (which by the way is hash tag adorable) that the 400 ml bottle=200 uses.
They go onto include this little nugget of information
*Based on 2ml per cotton pad.
But let’s be naive for a moment, let’s believe Garnier and give them the benefit of the doubt.

I will use this product twice a day. Once in the morning, again before bed.

So I will use this product for 100 days before it needs replacing.

The product cost me £3.99 but let’s round up for ease.

That product has cost me 400 British pennies (£4) I am going to use it for the next 100 days.
This product works out at 4pence per use.

As a primarni president, I reckon that’s pretty bitchin’

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For me this product is pretty damn perfect.

It’s affordable, it’s gentle, it works, it’s pretty and it saves me time.

Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about make up remover but I actually look forward to removing my make up at the end of the day.

Until my other half asks if it’s Halloween already.

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Até Logo.

Clo

Xx

Revlon Colorstay and Mua fixing mist product review

Hola chicas,

So I’m really getting into my blogging and think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

Today I’m out to dinner with 2 of my best buddies and thought what a great opportunity to review a product, or maybe two. #buzzin’.

So lets begin;

Pro base fixing mist by MUA.
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Price £5

I tried this product on my £20 challenge and found it difficult to review.
My make up had stayed but couldn’t tell if that was the mist or the make-up.

So using a very intricate protracted formula I devised the perfect way to see if the Mist enhanced the staying power of my cosmetics.
I covered half my face and sprayed the other half.
This is what I found

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After 9 hours my make up stayed. I ate, drunk and chatted shit. When i got home I did notice the ‘unfixed’ side was slightly worn. The eyeshadow looked less neat and there was a tiny mascara speck on my lid.
So, I am quite pleased. Wouldn’t say it was a miracle find but well worth a fiver!

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Anyhoo, moving on. I also test drove the revlon stain.
I bought this for my holiday to Ibiza but never wore it, so thought this to be a perfect opportunity
Price £7.99
revlon colorstay

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Revlon say it provides intense colour and glass like shine.
When I first put it on, I dare say I agree.
The packaging appears very high end. With its rectangle shape and hard edges this lipgloss means business.
It can take the hard knocks in my bag and is one I’m proud to apply on the train.
The applicator is a sponge and holds a lot of colour, its clear this is very much a stain not just some gloss.
The shine disappeared within an hour, which I am disappointed in but the stain lived on valiantly.
I did notice lip stick stains on the glass but the colour did stay on my lips.
I love the colour and feel its a perfect Autumnal/winter Lip look.
Maybe I’m tight (well actually I am tight) but I do think that 8 quid is a bit steep for this product.

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Would I buy it again? No. Will I wear it again? Yes.
All in all a good product just too high a price tag for a Primarni girl like myself.

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Ciao for now