I hope you're all having a fabulous-o weekend! I don't know about you lot, but this has been my first weekend off EVER and I'm LOVING it! At uni I would continue to work through the weekends, and when I started my new job I always used to work Saturdays. I have to say I'm quite enjoying my new Monday-Friday regime :) It actually feels like I have a WEEKEND off now rather than a day off that just seems to go super fast!! I hope you all enjoyed my NOTD post featuring American Apparel nail lacquer from earlier in the week, as expected I have already nibbled off my polish and my nails are simply coated in OPI Nail Envy (below!)
Here are some recent beauty buys of mine. Some are re-purchases while others are products I've not tried before. Some were amazing while others were SERIOUSLY disappointing! Have a read... :)
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser - £4.25 from Boots
Neutrogena say... "It helps keep skin looking clear and healthy. The creamy lotion with extracts of Aloe and Camomile soothe and moisturise skin, protecting against dryness. Its formula contains a gentle medicated ingredient, and works throughout the day without blocking pores to help prevent blemishes"
Sophia says... Don't worry, I don't expect you to read all that! Lol. This was a re-purchase after the Body Shop moisturiser I was using was making my skin WAY oily. I've loved using this product in the past, but the bargain hunter in me thought it would be a good idea to try something new...nonono! Always stick with what works for you. This moisturiser is PERFECT for my skin, it's lightweight and hydrates my skin all day and it's also a great base for make-up. I don't think I will ever deviate from this product again!
OPI Nail Envy (Original) - £18.55 from johnlewis.com
OPI say... "Transform and protect even the most damaged nails with this strengthener from OPI. The super strong formula, enriched with calcium and hydrolyzed protein makes sure nails avoid splitting and peeling, while helping speed up the natural growing process"
Sophia says... I know this product is supposed to be a strengthener that you use when your nails are in a bad condition, but I use it as a regular base coat and it works really well! I've used it for years - I apply one or two coats of it, it dries in literally about 30 secs and makes applying nail varnish on top of it a dream. I often use it on its own as well, like now for example, as it makes my nails look really natural and glossy. I feel naked without it... and it's worth the hefty price tag, trust me. Deffo one to add to your Crimbo list!
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - £7.60 from feelunique.com
Seche Vite say... "This is widely acknowledged as the world's finest top coat. Its patented formula penetrates through the nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish, guaranteed not to yellow and leaves nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling"
Sophia says... Wahhhh! What a disappointment. This is undoubtedly the holy grail top coat among bloggers (like Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup - see her post here!) but I have to be honest and say it really is not worth the hype... or the price. For me, anyway. The positives are that it is fast-drying and leaves a super glossy finish - but the main negative is that my nail varnish chipped after LESS THAN A DAY'S wear! Come on, that's rubbish. I will definitely be returning to my beloved Sally Hansen Diamond Shine - it's around the same price and leaves my nails chip free for up to a week. But first I've got to use up my Seche Vite...ugh.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Treatment & Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner (Buy one get one free from Superdrug - £3.99e)
Deep Treatment (left):
Aussie say... "This intensive deep conditioning treatment is especially designed for long hair and richly moisturises ends without weighing down roots"
Sophia says... Possibly one of the best leave-in conditioners on the market, alongside my favourite L'Oreal Elvive range. I love the fact you can squirt it out the bottom of the bottle so you only use as much as you need, and it's so thick and creamy it feels luxurious applying it in the shower. It leaves my hair so soft and silky. I've used it a couple of times and will DEFINITELY be re-purchasing!
Leave-In Conditioner (right):
Aussie say... "This makes weak hair big and strong. It's a leave-in little miracle that conditions and nourishes hair so it's tangle-free and protected from everyday wear and tear"
Sophia says... I think this was one of my first hair products EVER. I just spray it all over my towel-dried hair and it leaves it smelling so lovely, and feeling so soft and nourished! Not only that, but it detangles my knotty hair a treat. I will be buying this product forever :)
ps. I've previously reviewed these two products here if you want a more in-depth review!
TIGI Bed Head MASTERPIECE Massive Shine Hairspray - £10.30 from feelunique.com
TIGI say... "Turn your hair into a work of art that lasts all day. It guards against dryness, is humidity resistant and adds body"
Sophia says... Meh, another disappointment! In all honesty I only bought it as Snooki from Jersey Shore uses it. I should've known better. I had really high expectations, it being a celeb fave and setting me back TEN POUNDS a bottle! However, when I first used it, it left my hair really knotty and greasy looking. Not only that but it hardly kept my curls in, nor did it make it look any more glossy. It smells nice though, like watermelons! However I will be reverting to my beloved L'Oreal Elvive Very Volume Supreme Hold hairspray as soon as I use up this bottle! You can see me sporting the L'Oreal hairspray here.
In other news...
I dyed my hair! Nothing crazy, just dark brown. I used...
Clairol Nice'n Easy Natural Dark Chestnut Brown 120c - £4.99 from Wilko's
I had my hair highlighted in August and it had just faded into this horrible dirty blonde colour. It was time for me to sort it out. I've used Clairol's Nice'n Easy range for years, literally since I was about twelve. It's the only brand that entirely covers the blonde in my hair. Here I am sporting the treatment...Glamorous, eh?
A lovely dark, glossy brown with chestnut undertones. I am thinking of going for the chop, and a little redder. What do you guys think?
Well I apologise for the huge length of this post, but you know me, I love to chat!
Have you tried any of these products before? What are your recent hair and beauty buys?
Let me know! :)