Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Unique Salon Beverley || Review

I've never been the sort of person who regularly visits the Hair Salon or styles their hair every day. I've got a lot better at taking regular trips to get my hair done but that's about it. I'm in a bit of a hair care rut if I'm being honest - i've been trying some new shampoo (you can see a review here) but that's about it. So when the lovely people at Unique Salons contacted me and asked if I'd like to try visit their Beverley salon and try their new range I jumped at the chance.

I decided to book in for my blow dry on the day I finished work for 2 weeks. My lovely boyfriend offered to take me and then we could go out for tea and drinks. We arrived slightly early but we were made to feel comfortable straight away, we were offered drinks (beer was available!) and then left to relax and take photos. The first thing I noticed was how big the Salon was, it's huge but still feels warm and friendly. They had the nicest playlist and i'm pretty sure my boyfriend nodded off for ten minutes whilst I was being blow dried.
My stylist, John, came over and explained about the new products. Basically the premise behind System Professionals is that hair is individual and needs it's own energy code. The guys at Unique discover your hair's code by asking some questions and creating an individual programme for your hair. You can find out your own energy code on the website here. What I liked the most is that John didn't do the hard sell, I've been pretty stressed with work lately and because I suffer with Dermatitis, my scalp was dry and flaky, John explained straight away that he didn't want to irritate my scalp further and so would go straight in with the Purifying Range and the Balancing Range. My energy code is P1, H2, B3. I was so pleased with this decision as it showed that John really cared about my hair and wasn't just thinking about selling the System Professional Range.

I was then introduced to Lexie who lead me into the room where the hair washing takes place! Oh my goodness, what a treat! The sinks are hidden in a small room off the salon floor, I love the idea of this because it makes the whole thing relaxing and pampering. There is a huge beach print on the wall and the seats recline so that your feet aren't left dangling whilst you're having your hair washed. I loved this part, it was super relaxing and the head massage was amazing! My hair felt lovely and clean and so soft once it had been done. After that, I was taken back over to John who asked what I wanted my hair like, we settled on beachy waves and so he began. We talked the whole way through the process and I felt really at ease - I don't always feel like this at new salons. John curled my hair with the straighteners and explained how I could recreate the look at home. I was so pleased with the end result, my hair looked so natural but still done and my visible flaky scalp has non existent.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Unique and I would definitely recommend the salon to anyone. The prices are pretty expensive but comparable to other 'premium' style salons. A blow dry is around £25 which is slightly cheaper than my regular salon. I received lots of samples of the products that create my energy code and I'm looking forward to trying them at home.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara || Review

Rimmel Colourist Mascara

Rimmel Colourist Mascara
This mascara sounds right up my street! The Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara (£7.99) is a mascara that gradually tints the lashes darker whilst instantly adding volume. If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know I have pretty long lashes but I struggle with volume so any mascara that promises volume I'm all over.
I've been using this mascara for just over 2 weeks now and I can definitely notice that my lashes are slightly darker. It isn't anything spectacular and nothing compared to having your lashes tinted by a professional but it definitely has darkened my lashes. The volume is similar to other Rimmel mascaras which is pretty good, you can definitely build the volume for a more obvious, night time look.
My problem with this mascara is that it smudges so bad! When I wear it to work, by lunch time I look like I've been crying - I have huge black patches under my eyes like pandas. For this reason, I've stopped wearing it. I've read some other reviews which say they don't experience smudging so if you have really light lashes then I'd suggest giving it a try. Yes, darker lashes is really nice but for me this isn't the way to achieve them.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Bioderma Face Wipes

Face wipes are a sin, I get that but sometimes they are an essential. Late night party goers, festival campers and general busy people don't always have time for the full skin care routine our skin desires. I will admit there are times I use face wipes; cheap ones, expensive ones, ones that dry my face out completely and ones that are just right. So when I heard about the latest release from Bioderma I knew I wanted to try them.
The first thing I noticed about these were how wet they are! They hydrate the face unlike so many other face wipes I've tried and there is absolutely zero dry/tight feeling after use. The reason they are so moist is that they are infused with their famous micellar solution - winning! They take off heavy eye makeup and bright matte lipsticks without having to really scrub/pull at the skin.
Essentially, the Bioderma Sensibio H2O wipes (£7)* are just like using the original Bioderma on a cotton pad but without the fuss. You get 25 in a pack and for £7 I think that's pretty pricey but if you're a face wipe fan and can't dedicate the time to a complete pamper routine then these are definitely much better for your skin! You can buy Bioderma from Escentual and they always have offers so i'll definitely be stocking up when they are on offer.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Evening Skincare Routine

Step One// Bioderma Micellar Water - £5
I always start my evening skincare routine with a good old Micellar water. It's a good way to get off the majority of your makeup and it feels nice on the skin. It doesn't take long to do and it's super easy. It's also a good way of removing your makeup if you don't have a cleanser with you.

Step Two// Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel - £29.50
I love this cleanser, it's amazing! It's a cult product in the beauty world and I totally get why. It removes makeup and dirt quickly and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. I apply a few pumps to a dry face, massage in, then add water to emulsify and then rinse with a hot muslin cloth - perfect!

Step Three// Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner £17.50*
I don't have much to say on this because I reviewed it in detail here but if you have dry skin and you're looking for a toner then this is for you.

Step Four// Merumaya Concentrated Spot Treatment - £14.50*
This is what it says on the tin, a treatment for spots. I apply a pea sized amount on areas that are particularly blemish prone or if I can feel a spot coming. It dries the skin out a bit but that's what you expect in a spot treatment. If you catch the spot early enough then this works by making sure it doesn't develop. If you apply it to a visible spot then it works by speeding up the healing process.

Step Five// Sunday Riley Luna Oil - £85
Ah, the stuff dreams are made of. I love this oil, it makes my face feel hydrated and nourished in all the right places. The applicator is a droplet and I tend to use between 2-3 drops, rub it in my hands and then press it into my face. It applies blue and you rub it in until the blueness has disappeared. The smell of this is quite strong but I don't mind it - I know a few people who are put off by the smell though so maybe try a sample before paying £££ for it.

Step Six// Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment - £85 
Save the best till last! This treatment is an all in one lactic acid treatment. It plumps, brightens and refines the skin and my skin always feels amazing after this. This is a brilliant anti-ageing product but that isn't my main concern so don't be put off thinking that this is only for older skin. I always apply this in conjunction with the Luna Oil as I think it works best. It says to wait for 5 minutes before applying this which I do, it feels more like a relaxing pamper step in my night time routine.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Morning Skincare Routine

Step One// Merumaya Luxury Facial Wash (£16.50)*
Time is short in the morning so the last thing I want is to spend time messing around with a cleanser and a muslin cloth. My makeup has been taken off the night before so I think a facial wash is perfect for mornings! This one from Merumaya is perfect for the job, it's fresh, clean and leaves the face refreshed and ready for a full face of makeup.

Step Two// Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner (£22.50)/Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner (reviewed here)
I love a toner, some people think they are pointless and that may be so but I thoroughly enjoy the feeling on my skin. It's refreshing and soothing and makes my face feel fresh and ready for the day. I've also noticed since i've been switching between the two my face is definitely less dry.

Step Three// Hydraluron Moisture Jelly (£24.99)
My skin is going through a dehydrated phase and this is my saviour product. Some people choose to use this at night but I like that it hydrates my skin throughout the day and it tends to my dry patches whilst i'm out and about. It's clear, scentless and feels quite tacky but quickly settles in. It doesn't leave me greasy or oily at all.

Step Four// Origins Ginzing Moisturiser (£24.00)
To work alongside the Hydraluron I love this moisturiser from Origins. The smell is delicious, it's so refreshing in a morning! I think this step is essential because in the words of Caroline Hirons Hydraluron needs a moisturiser to release its full potential.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

No Makeup Makeup Look || The Products I Use

Products for a no makeup look ft Hourglass, Urban Decay, L'oreal and Mac

Products for a no makeup look ft Hourglass, Urban Decay, L'oreal and Mac
Most of the time you'll find me with a full face of makeup and a bright lip but sometimes (just sometimes) I like to have a no makeup makeup look. It's a nice change and is often more wearable for day time and work or when I really don't have a lot of time to play around with my makeup bag. To create the no makeup look, ironically I don't go out bare faced! I've managed to get this look down to 6 products - one of them being multi-purpose.
For base I use the Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturiser this gives brilliant, natural coverage and looks just like skin. The coverage is amazing considering it's a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation. For blush, bronzer and powder obviously I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (reviewed here). Bronzer isn't always necessary but I like to have the option with this palette. Depending on the day, I'll also use the highlighter for a healthy glow. Concealer comes in the form of Urban Decay's Naked Skin, it is what it says on the tin! It's literally like skin but it covers blemishes and redness whilst still highlighting under the eyes.
I can't leave the house without brows on so the Hourglass Brow Arch comes in super handy. I love that it has a spoolie on the end and the thickness of the nib is perfect for getting a full look that I love for my brows. Mascara is also an essential, i'm not too fussed on the brand because i'm yet to fall in love with a mascara but the one i'm currently using is the L'oreal Volume Million Lashes Feline mascara. It does the job nicely and adds just the right amount of volume and length. Finally for lips I like a nude colour and Velvet Teddy is the one! It's the perfect colour to add a little something to your lips and pulls the whole look together.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Range || Review

L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Range

L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Range

L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Range
I first saw the L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay range on Instagram and knew it had to be mine. This ticks all the boxes of what I need in hair care. Because I have balayage hair, my ends are bleached which has left them dry and dehydrated whereas my roots are often oily and greasy, this is a nightmare because I tend to have to wash my hair every other day which strips the oiliness but dries the ends out even more.
I'll talk about the products in order so the first step is the Clay Masque (£5.99) which is a pre shampoo treatment. You apply this to the roots and leave it for around 5 minutes, whilst rinsing this off in the shower use this time to massage your roots (this helps to stimulate hair growth)! This has a thick jelly like consistency which can be quite messy but it's totally worth it.
Next up is the Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (£3.99), I can't express how happy I am that a brand has released a specific shampoo but also thought about people with dry, flaky scalps! I've suffered with dandruff all my life but it has recently got a lot worse due to stress at work so i'm praying this really works. The conditioner (£3.99) isn't anti-dandruff but I don't tend to apply conditioner to my scalp anyway. They are both silicone free and have combined 3 refined clays and Piroctone-O which should rebalance your hair leaving it balanced and beautiful. The shampoo lathers up more than any other shampoo I've ever used which makes it really feel like it's working. The scent for all 3 products is really nice and I think the packaging and the colour look extra nice in your bathroom.
So, does it work? Once I'd washed it and the day after my hair felt so soft, softer than it's ever felt before. Literally like I'd just stepped out of the hairdressers. There wasn't any visible dandruff and my scalp was less itchy than normal.
They are currently on offer for £10 when you buy all 3 products at Boots.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

How To|| Create An Instagram Theme

I am 100% addicted to Instagram, there I said it! I never used to be, i'd be on it every so often but my actual uploading efforts were about 0. I used to post anything I fancied with no dedicated time or content (you can still see those pictures as you scroll down). Then I started seeing lots of talk about Instagram themes and I decided i'd quite like one for my insta (studentstylexo)!
I started by thinking about what type of pictures I like and what I enjoy taking pictures of, it doesn't take a genius to see it's beauty products. I'm pretty pleased with my blog photography and so I decided to make the link with that. In my opinion, clean, white backgrounds always looks nice with the product the main focus of the image. I use the app Afterlight to edit pictures taken with my Iphone 6 but I also post images taken with my blog camera although I can't remember or tell which photo is taken by what in the collage above.
I mainly use the Brightness and Contrast settings in Afterlight and then depending on the picture I will use the same controls in Instagram too, Any cropping or rotating I'll do in Afterlight just because it looks better and makes the image clearer. Then I upload the image, add relevant hashtags, sometimes connect it to Twitter and then post it! I'm also gaining more followers but i'll do a post on that soon!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Mac and Kiko Haul

Mac and Kiko Haul
Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Recollection, Studio Fix Foundation Viva Ariana Grande Lipglass, Kiko Lipstick and Lipliner in 05Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Recollection, Studio Fix Foundation Viva Ariana Grande Lipglass
Kiko Colour Click Lipstick and Lipliner in 05
Let's just start by saying I was #feelingspendy for this haul! My boyfriend and I decided to have a night away for Valentines (you can see my makeup look for the night here) in Sheffield which meant a trip to Meadowhall! Firstly, I headed to Debenhams to get my brows waxed and tinted by Benefit - there will be a post all about that to follow and unfortunately, the Benefit counter is right opposite the Mac counter!
I'd already written a list which had 2 Mac products on, I bought both and then had to return for the last item. I knew I wanted to pick up another bottle of Mac Studio Fix Foundation (£22) this was my first high end foundation and I always loved it (I featured it in my Foundation Collection post). I hadn't used it in over a year and recently really wanted to try it again. I also picked up a Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Recollection (£21), I did want a nude shade but because they were sold out I decided to go all out and pick the most vibrant colour out of the whole selection! I've wanted to try these for so long so i'm pleased I managed to get one. The product I went back for was the Viva Glam Arian Grande lipglass (£14.50), I saw Fleur De Force use this and really loved how it looked over a nude lip. I also love the fact all the proceeds go towards the AIDS Foundation.
Moving on to Kiko and I just picked up a couple of bits. I like Kiko but I feel myself getting overwhelmed with how much stock they have that I can never really go crazy. I went for a Colour Click lipstick in the shade Realistic Mauve (£6.90) and the matching lipliner (£4.90). They are both really pigmented and pretty long lasting. I applied them at around 9:00am, ate and drank in them and by 4:00pm they had pretty much vanished from the lips which I think is pretty good. The lip liner is super creamy and easy to apply, it doesn't drag the lips thankfully. The lipstick is also creamy and hydrating, it gives a kind of cream sheen finish. The packaging is also intensely satisfying!

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