Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter Nails




Happy Easter everyone!

Beauty bloggers and fanatics love to use the holidays as an opportunity to combine colours and create looks suitable for that time of year, and Easter is no exception.

Although the weather seems to think it's being funny by making it snow in March and April, the pastel nail polishes are still going to dust themselves off and make an appearance this weekend, to celebrate the possible arrival of spring time, and the definite arrival of easter eggs!

I find that for fun colours, it's always better to opt for drug store polishes. Barry M never fail to deliver in this category, with what seems like hundreds of colours to choose from. For my easter nail colours I used Barry M "Berry" (the lilac colour) and "Blue Moon" (the pale blue colour, obviously). Teamed with 17's "Fairy Cake" (the bright pink in the middle), the trio of colours are fun and happy spring colours, but are still wearable (as opposed to yellow and green polishes which really do not tickle my fancy).

I was particularly surprised by the thick formula of the 17 polish, and expected it to be very opaque and paler than how it appears in the bottle, but this was my favourite polish of the three, delivering a quick drying and no-chip coverage.

What are your favourite colours for Spring? :) 

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Leave in Treatment


Mid to long hair. Dyed 2-3 times a year. Blow-dried and straightened three times a week. This is my hair for the past ten years, so it's no surprise that it's not in the greatest condition.
I am always on the lookout for moisturising and repairing hair care products that can bring my hair back to life so I couldn't resist the latest release from Lee Stafford.

This leave in treatment has worked wonders for my dry and damaged ends. Even after just a few uses I can already feel the length of my hair coming back to life! The instructions suggested that I put a "brazil nut" sized dollop of product into my hands (I'm not going to lie...I had to Google brazil nut), run the treatment through the mid length and ends of my hair after towel drying, and then brush through and style as usual. It made my hair instantly smoother and easier to brush, and my hair felt silkier and stronger after just one use. The consistency of the treatment is thinner than I thought it would be, but this actually bodes well for my greasy/dry/damaged/stupid hair type, as I dread product build up and that thick, gloopy product feeling.

The product doesn't have its trademark Lee Stafford scent, but it does have the added Jojoba Oil which does smell great and gives my hair a much needed drink. Severely damaged hair can use this product after every hair wash but I have decided to save this product for my Sunday night pamper - a night where I only use my holy grail products ;-)

What are your favourite Lee Stafford products?