Friday, 28 August 2015
This polish by OPI is one that I rediscovered while rummaging through my vast stash of nail polishes. Some may think this colour is a little on the dark side for this time of year however it's just too good not to share on my blog today.
OPI 'Light My Sapphire' is a very dark shimmery blue - almost black you could say. I've applied two coats over a base coat and although this is super shiny without topcoat, I always find this particular colour stays longer when topcoat is applied.
This is one of the first OPI shades I bought and I have to say I've not used it for a while. Now I've applied it though I think it's going to be one I use alot of again!
I'll be back soon with more colours from the Kiziwoo vaults - Stay Polished xx
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
In August I was lucky enough to win this fabulous prize from Liza aka GlamBeautys. The prize consisted of a selection of luxury, organic tanning and skincare products by Vita Liberata. Basically today wanted to give you a little rundown of which Vita Liberata products I received in the pack; then I'll update you in a few weeks on which ones I've used and what I think of them.
To start with the pack contains their entire SPF collection. The SPF collection is different for others I've used, these ones say they are non-greasy, lightweight and hydrating while benefiting from anti-aging ingredients. Being in my 30's this ticks all the boxes :)
The self tanning products are a unique to Vita Liberata and both work by gradually building up colour to your face while combating fine lines and wrinkles. They seem to be fail-proof facial tanning system - something I'm very interested in as it's an area I struggle with.
So here is the contents -
* Organic Passionflower and Argan Dry Oil SPF Factor 50
* Organic Passionflower and Argan Dry Oil SPF Factor 25
* Organic Passionflower and Argan Dry Oil SPF Factor 30 Face Serum
* Trystal Self-Tanning Minerals Bronzer with Kabuki brush
* Self-Tanning Night Moisture Mask
As I said I'll be back soon to update you with my Vita Liberata favourites......
Monday, 24 August 2015
Fans of Batiste will be fully aware that they have recently launched the 'Batiste Stylist' range. The 'Stylist' range consists of 6 styling products to help with everyday hair battles; apart from needing Dry Shampoo that is! Within the range you'll find....
* Hold Me Hairspray
* Texture Me Texturizing Spray
* Oomph My Locks XXL Volumising Spray
* Shield My Locks Heat & Shine Spray
* Smooth It Frizz Tamer
* Oomph My Locks XXL Plumping Powder
Of the 6 products I've had the pleasure of trying out the Hold Me Hairspray and Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray.
Hold Me Hairspray has long lasting hold (24 hours according to the can, although I'm not sure who would need hold for that long?) The hairspray is invisible to the eye and doesn't leave any sticky residue either which means you can brush out your style and start again if you need too. Hold Me Hairspray also protects your hair against any nasty humidity that might be lurking about as well as containing keratin (the key component to our hair, skin and nails) plus Inca Inchi Oil (I had to google it! It's a plant oil that is native to the Peruvian Amazon region). The Inca Inchi oil helps by adding moisture to your style that leaves the hair looking shiny.
Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray is my favourite of the 2 products. This contains the keratin and Inca Inchi Oil but also works magic! If volume is something you're lacking in your hair this is for you. The spray works by gently adding a fine mist of powder to the roots of your hair. You have to massage it through your locks and vola....voluminous hair. I particularly like the fact that it doesn't have a tacky feeling to it unlike volume powders I've used in the past. I couldn't say if the Batiste 'Plumping Powder' has the tacky feeling as I'm yet to try it; but to be honest I'm more then happy with the spray version.
I also really like the design of the packaging, each product has a colourful eye catching design. Plus both products I've tried have very pleasant fragrances to them, not too strong or overpowering - just perfectly scented.
The Batiste Stylist range is available exclusively to Boots and each product retails for a little under £5 so you really can't go wrong. For more information visit Batiste online or call into your local Boots store.
*This post contains PR Samples and information
Friday, 21 August 2015
This box was very nicely timed as we recently celebrated Elmo's 7th birthday. I think it's safe to say he has been extremely spoilt this month!The July Barkbeats box was perfect in every way, the toy, the treats, everything is or has been used. So lets take a look inside.....
KARLIE Aqua Sea Toy
Neoprene floaty toy, great for the bath tub, pool or beach. Although we won't use this in the bath (I don't fill the tub with water when its bath time, he's more of a shower dog), this toy is the perfect size for him to play with. And it has survived him 'killing' it - so far so good.
Barks & Sparks Smoothie
We do love a bit of Barks & Sparks in the house! This smoothie comes in powder form and you can mix either water or natural yogurt with it to create the smoothie. Blend it together until smooth, then place in the fridge to cool. Elmo had the Strawberry and Coconut flavour which enjoyed his very much.
These combine two of Elo's favourite things, treats and cheese! He just loves cheese so when these appeared in our box I knew they would be a winner. They are labeled as being a gourmet snack and look a little like croutons in their size and texture.
RAC Travel Water Bottle
This was a lovely surprise, as we had spoken about getting a travel water bottle for Elmo but have so far not gotten around the buying one. This bottle is perfect for those hot days when you're out and about with your dog. It comes with a clip on the top so you can easily attach it to your bag and you can quickly refill by unscrewing the lid; it's also a 'sports top' opening like you get on regular water travel water bottles. You simply pull the lid up and squeeze the water out into the container.
Our box contained the Blueberry Strips, and at first I wasn't sure how Elmo would feel about these but he actually loved them. These snacks are made from 100% high quality protein sources to provide the highest quality and best nutritional intake for your dog. They also contain no chemical additives, preservatives or dyes.
And there you have it, the July BarkBeats box contents.
I'll be back soon with more posts featuring the lovely Elmo the Chihuahua xx
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Let me introduce this fabulously bright colour by China Glaze, this is 'Orange Knockout' and what better way to describe this colour then WOW! China Glaze nail polishes never disappoint me. The consistency is just right although with this particular colour I needed to apply two coats of colour for good coverage. Orange Knockout is a matte finish polish which dries quickly meaning you don't have to spend too long waiting to get on with the day. This does look amazing with a topcoat applied and it obviously helps the colour last longer.
For today's nails I've opted to do an accent nail using my Inglot Nail Enamel in 715. I've then used Orange Knockout for polkadots with smaller dots of 715 on top. Hard to explain however you can see it well in the images.
What colour are you wearing today??
Monday, 17 August 2015
As a hairdresser the idea of 'brushing' your hair when wet has always gone against the grain. You see, back in the day when I was training we were told to never brush wet hair! We were to use a wide tooth comb to detangle the hair followed by our cutting comb to section and cut the hair. So you can understand why the idea of The Wet Brush baffled me......until now!
The Wet Brush is specifically made to be gentle on the hair, which when wet is in its most delicate form. The brush has been designed to be firm enough to remove tangles and knots with ease, which is all down to the flexible SofTips and cushioned base they sit in. The Softips are exclusive to Wet Brush and are ultra soft poly tips. These have been dipped twice making them super soft and durable. As for the bristles, these have adaptive flexibility so the help protect the hair and are perfect for sensitive scalps (one that us mums will be thankful for), as well as hair extension wearers.
As for the design of the brush, you can't deny this brush isn't eye catching!! I have the Ombré Yellow-Orange which I love. The body of the brush is a rubberised material that is extremely soft in the palm of my hand and it is very grippy. I found it nice and comfortable to work with and this brush has quickly became part of my 'hairdressing kit'. I feel this is also something worth noting, while carrying the brush around in my kit bag the rubberised part of the brush hasn't marked. I thought this would be the one area that would left me down but so far is still looks like new.
Overall impressions on The Wet Brush are positive. It has worked well to detangle my hair as well as my daughters and customers. It has been gentle on the scalp (as promised) and I really can't find any fault with it! Have you tried The Wet Brush? If you what are your thoughts....
Friday, 14 August 2015
I haven't used my Barry M Matte Nail Paint for a little while so decided to dust them off for this weeks 'Nails' post.
This is very easy to do. Just select three colours that compliment each other and get a dotting tool or use a kirby grip for the polkadots.
These are matte polishes so I applied OPI Start to Finish for my base coat. You can you it as a top coat too but I like the matte look of these polishes. So I've used Vanilla as my base colour, then dotted Espresso and Crush on each nail, creating a simple design. I also decided to make a feature of my thumb nails by adding more polkadots to them.
And there you have it, I hope you are enjoying my little 'Nails' posts xx