Tuesday, 26 June 2012

TangleTeezer Review

After reading so many reviews about Tangle Teezers I decided to check them out for myself and see what all the fuss is about. I have naturally thick hair, which I'm the first to confess, I don't take very good care of. My hair tangles very quickly outdoors and brushing normally involves tugging, hair loss and flat limp hair. 

"Whether you wear long hair, short hair, have highlights, hair extensions, an afro or a weave, the Tangle Teezer will detangle and smooth your hair into superb condition.
The Tangle Teezer dramatically reduces hair breakage, splitting and damage, resulting in beautifully shiny hair. After brushing, your hair will feel silky to the touch and stunning to look at.
The Tangle Teezer is a must-have for Mums! It’s loved by children as it helps them get rid of their painful tangles quickly and effortlessly!"

Reading this description and the reviews I have seen on Boots and the blogosphere made it a must try for me so I snapped it up a few weeks ago. I was really excited to use this and got it out of the box pretty much straight away. And to be honest, I was really dissapointed!
To me the TangleTeezer feels like any other hairbrush! I still had the same pulling, although my hair did seem shinier, but because my hair is so thick the teeth didn't reach right through to my scalp and I had to almost section my hair to brush it properly.
The brush is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand for a no-slip grip and maximum comfort but I just couldn't get the hang of it, it felt so weird to be brushing my hair without a handled brush!

The tangle teezer has however found a place in my handbag, as it takes up less space than a regular hairbrush, but it's not the wonder product I hoped it would be. A lot of people have used it and loved it but I just can't get it to work for me! (Maybe because my hair wasn't in great condition in the first place?) I think it would be better suited to finer hair types. As for using with children I have no idea as I'm not a mother but I will probably try this out on my 5 year old nieces!

What do you think of the TangleTeezer? Do you think it lives up to it's claims? 

Thursday, 21 June 2012

DIY Surf Spray

Bit of a different post today. I like to use surf spray in my hair every now and again to add texture and remember seeing a video about how to make your own for pennies which I thought I would share with you.
I actually forst saw this video on the DVD extras for a Mary-Kate and Ashley film years ago where their hairstylist was talking about how he did their hair and it's really really easy to make. All you will need is:
I don't think the type of salt really matters, I've used Sainsburys Reduced Sodium Salt as it was all that was in my cupboards. Pour about 1 heaped teaspoon amount into a clear plastic bottle which you can get really cheaply in most stores in their travel section

Next, add about the same amount of hair gel. I've used VO5 Mega Hold Control Gel which i got as a freebie from when I worked at a magazine company that has been lying around in my room for so long, again I don't think it matters too much what gel you use.

Then, just fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake and voila! I've decorated my bottle with nail varnish but that's totally optional. You can experiment with different amounts of salt and gel to get the perfect mix for your hair but this is the ratio I use for mine.

All you have to do now is spray the lengths of your hair (I think it looks nicer when you use this on your natural hair, no straightening etc) with this, work it into the hair with your fingers and you're ready to go!

I have no idea how this compares to other surf sprays because it's been so long since I've bought one. I may get one and do a comparison review soon though.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Revlon Colourburst lip Butter

I'm not a huge lover of lip products. I don't like my lips to feel sticky or the inconvienience of reapplying my make-up so my pout is normally quite low maintenance. Right now I'm going through a phase where I'm trying to make an effort with my lips and this is where Revlon Lip Butter comes in. I've seen this product floating around the blogosphere for a while now and I'll admit I was originally drawn in by the packaging. I picked this up the other day in my local Boots (there's a £2 off promotion on selected revlon cosmetics right now that the lip butters are inluded in!) in the shade Strawberry Shortcake.

Colourburst Lip butters are a sheer, pigmented lipstick which to me seem more like a hybrid between gloss and lipstick. On application it feels really conditioning and I love the shade. My lips did feel slightly sticky after a while and because of the sheer finish I found that this wasn't very long lasting atall. It's such a shame because I really want to like this product. It's not practical for me but I really do love the hint of colour.

This isn't a product I would repurchase but for now I'm happy to put up with the constant topping up in the name of a perfect pink pout!

How do you rate Revlon Lip Butters? Are you going to be repurchasing?

Monday, 4 June 2012

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation

Another foundation review from me, it dosent seem like 5 minutes ago I was doing my last review of Rimmels Wake Me Up Foundation!
After trying Collection 2000's (I think they are rebranded as The Collection now?) Lasting Perfection Concealer I decided to get the foundation too as I love the concealer and it hasn't dissapointed me. This foundation feels very thick when you first apply it as it is a fairly high coverage product. It reminds me a little bit of Estee Lauder's Doublewear Max Cover. It takes only one 'pump' from the nozzle to do my face and I apply it using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and I don't need to top it up atall throughout the day. Even after a 12 hour shift on my feet in a warm care home it still stays put. I got the shade Vanilla although it sometimes looks a little too dark on me. I was going to get the lightest shade, Ivory, but it looked very yellow toned in the bottle and I have very little yellow tones in my skin.

This is definatly a product I'll be repurchasing! I've always struggled to find foundations to stay in place all day and this definatley lives up to the 16 hour wear claim. The only thing I think would improve the product would be for it to not have any sun protection in to prevent ghost face in photos!

How do you rate The Collection as a brand? What do you think of the rebrand? Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Playtime with MUA!

 MUA 3-in-1 Contour Pen in Sage (£1.50), MUA Professional Eye Primer (£2.50), MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in shade 27 (£1), MUA Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (£1)

Last summer when I first started to read beauty blogs I decided to try MUA nail polish after seing a few good reviews (for the price) and my experience of the brand pretty much stopped there. A few weeks ago as I was browsing Superdrug I decided to look a bit further into the range and I'm so glad I did!
I bought this little bundle to get me started and each product I now use reguarly, the eyeliner and primer I use daily!

The 3-in-1 Contour Pens come in a lovely range of colours and are a little longer lasting than other sheer coloured eyeliners I've tried (Eyeko I'm looking at you!) in the past. They're nice to use every now and again to mix your makeup routine up and I'm going to get one in Smoked Plum next!

The Pearl Eyeshadow is something I didn't really think I'd get much use out of but it's a perfect shade for me as an everyday eyeshadow and is really pigmented! They also do a matte collection, shade 19 looks like a good one for filling in brows!

I've heard so many bloggers rave about the primer and I use it a lot more than I thought I would. I actually hesitated a little at getting this as it's one of the more expensive MUA products! I think I tend to get in a bit of a super saver mindset when shopping budget brands. But I'm glad I bought it, it glides on nicely and blends well and dosent crease like my old, far more expensive eye primer did!

The liquid eyeliner is my favourite product of the lot. I've been using models Own Hi-Definer Pro Eyeliner for a while now which you can see my post about here, and I love it, but this one is: a) far cheaper and b) dosent feel like you're wearing eyeliner whatsoever. It's not as easy to give a smooth line with the MUA one though, you have to allow a bit more time to get it perfect!

Overall I'm impressed with my MUA experience. I expected chalky fourmulas and badly pigmented shades if I'm entirely honest but I've been proven wrong. I'm still not sure if I would purchase any foundation or concealer from MUA as I'm quite picky and have a few fail-proof favourites but I would definatley stock up on eyeshadows/liners and there are a few blusher shades I like the look of. Budget brands seem to be really upping their game in such a huge market and with more and more consumers needing reliable, good value products and MUA are definatley up there in my books as one of the experts at this.

Have you tried MUA products? How do you rate the quality compared to other brands?