Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ogario Hair Care

I have been really excited to write about this, as I feel I have taken a small part in the journey of this brand, and therefore it has a little place in my heart.

 Ogario is made by Rachael and Norris Ogario, and is still a relatively small brand. Norris has a clear passion for hair, and is a hairdresser in his own salon in the Islington area. He and Rachael have decided to embark on the exciting journey of creating their own hair products, which they have tried and tested on the customers in the salon.

I have met both Rachael and Norris, as the came into Fenwick Tunbridge Wells to launch their brand and to educate us on their products. They both clearly have so much passion for their products and really do believe in them. We are the very first store to have Ogario, but you can now find them in a lot of Planet Organic stores and Wholefoods in London. They also sell online but want to keep their niche reputation. Even though it is a small company, they have won loads of awards and have been mentioned in the infamous Beauty Bible. This has really worked in Ogario's favour, as the products have flown off the shelves in Fenwicks, and customers interest in the brand continues to grow.

They wanted their products to be natural and have long term benefits for the hair, and so have made three ranges: Hydrate and Shine, Revive and Shine, and Restore and Shine. Apart from the Restore Range which consists of their only mask, the other two ranges have a shampoo and conditioner in both large and travel sizes.

The Revive and Shine range is better for people with thinner hair, and it aims to boost the hair and add shine. The shampoo smells so delicious, a bit like sweets!

As I have very thick hair that is prone to dryness and damage, I have been using the Hydrate and Shine range, along with the Restore mask. The hydrate range is great for people with dry, damaged hair, or for colour treated hair.


Starting with the shampoo, this foams up really nicely and washes the hair beautifully. It has Moringa in it which is a hydrating ingredient that can be found in things such as the Emma Hardie Cleanser. You don't need much of the product at all, and the honey gives it it's silky caramel constistency. It has a very natural scent, with a hint of spice to it which is really energising.

The conditioner is really really thick and has genuinely transformed the condition of my hair. Since using this, my hair has been so much more managable, and my ends haven't been as tangled and knotted. This has Marshmallow in which instantly makes it sounds delicious, but it is actually a herb that has super hydrating properties. Again the scent of this is fairly spicy but it has a real sweetness to it aswell.

Finally, the award winning Restore and Shine mask. I've just recently had my hair cut so want to keep the ends hydrated to the max with this product! This is the product that really got Ogario noticed, and it can be found in the natural beauty bible. This is to be applied to partially dry hair, so towel dry your hair after shampooing. I apply this to the lengths of my hair and leave it on for about 10 minutes. It smells like Lemon sherbert and is so zesty and fresh! It leaves my hair feeling really boosted and soft.

I highly recommend trying this brand as they use all natural ingredients and it has really improved the condition of my hair as well as lasting me ages! The price points are really reasonable and the little travel sizes and jet sets would make perfect gifts for someone! Find out more about the brand using he link below.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Ariana Grande Lipstick 2.0


Yes that is right, I have purchased the latest edition to Ariana Grande's collaboration with Mac for their Viva Glam campaign.

Whereas the first colour was very dark and reflective of the 'Dangerous Woman' stage of Ari's life, (read review here) this one is bright bold and beautiful, and I'm so happy the sun is staying for a little longer this year, as it's a great summer colour. Saying that, I do think it will work with some plummy autumnal looks for the up and coming season.






The formula is matte again, but I feel like this one is creamier than some other Mac mattes. It definitely doesn't have the chalky feel to it and it is really long lasting but not drying.

There is also a matching gloss again, but as I'm not a gloss kinda gal, I stuck to just the lipstick.

I believe it is described as 'Orchid Pink' and I bloody love it!






Thanks for reading guys!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Skin Laundry Express Laser Facial

You may have seen on my Instagram story that on Tuesday, I was lucky enough to be invited into Liberty to try out the Skin Laundry Laser Facial.

As the brand has only just launched in Liberty, I was excited to see what it was about.
I have never had laser on any part of my body, so to have it on my face for the first time was a little intense.

The brand itself is American, and is meant to be about the perfect Californian glow-y surfer girl complexion. Aesthetically, I love the image of the brand, and the clean sharp packaging looks like something I would love to have in my bathroom. They also have some really cool tote bags which I have my eyes on, as not only is it a handy bag, but the brand logo doubles up as my initials too so I fancy carrying one of those around.

The 'Skin Laundry' counter itself is really nice. I love the earthy driftwood style the counter has, and the facial menu is up on the wall so you can see what you're letting yourself in for.



Like any treatment, there are contraindications to the facial, especially one which features laser, so make sure you turn up early to go through the checking in process for first timers, as there are a few questions to answer.
After that, you're good to go, and your therapist will escort you up 2 floors to the treatment room.




The rooms reflect the counter with a driftwood wall, and also a cool personalised skin laundry surf board.

As with most treatments again, you will have to remove your face makeup, however you can keep on any eye make up as you wear goggles throughout the whole treatment.

The first part of the treatment is the YAG laser, which dissolves any dirt on you're face and clears any congestion. It also reduces pigmentation  and promotes collagen so you get a more youthful complexion The feeling was like hot spitting rain on my face, or almost a bit like intense pins and needles, but it didn't hurt at all. She tested it on my hand before so I knew what to expect. The only time I felt most sensitive was on the upper lip and around my nose where I have sensitive skin due to eczema.
The only other disconcerting factor during this part is the burning smell, but the lady confirmed that it happens to everyone and it is simply the smell of the dirt being removed from your face and dissolving.

After this, you have the IPL light, which even with eyes shut and through the goggles, is like a little fireworks display. This is what gives your skin an instant glow, and the therapist holds the light over your face, with intervals of bright flashes which you can't feel at all.

After the light, they wipe on a cooling gel and leave it for a few minutes. After that, they wipe it off and that's it! You're done! 15 minutes later you leave with a glowier, cleaner, and more youthful complexion than when you went in.

Despite the sensitivity around my nose and mouth, I feel the treatment actually worked best on that area, as the red blotchiness I tend to get around my nose was completely gone straight after the treatment. In fact any redness or discoloration was completely gone, which is one of the desired effects from the treatment.

Left: before treatment with pigmentation and red blotchiness.
Right: After treatment a day later with a more even skin tone.
Not only this, but another instant effect I saw was that any congestion or spots I had were instantly brought to the surface and especially the remnants of hormonal spots I had on my chin had instantly turned into white heads, so if you're thinking about getting the treatment, make sure you aren't going anywhere afterwards, or you bring your makeup bag with you! The woman who did my treatment was lovely, however she did refer to my few spots as acne which I thought was a little harsh!


So my verdict?

 A 15 minute facial you could get done in you're lunch break (provided you don't mind going back to work a little spotty and bare faced) is great, especially if you're going on a night out or to an occasion and need a boost to get you a fresh faced glow.

The facial has instant results which is good for someone who likes to see instant results.
If you like a relaxing treatment where you can unwind then you probably won't like this treatment, The tag line to the treatment after all is "No downtime. Just results"

It's not a typical luxe treatment, it is results driven and a quick in and out. At £50 a go, it is quite an expensive luxury, but the results have been rumored to be addictive, and people have been favoring the treatment over botox.

You can buy treatments in bundles which reduces the price to soften the blow, but the icing on the cake, is that your first treatment is 100% completely and absolutely FREE!
I certainly hope to return in order to get that LA perfect glow.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Ren Hydro Boost


As a huge fan of Ren products, when I saw that they needed testers for their new product that was under wraps, I knew I wanted to get a sneak peak of what they had in store. I had to email them telling them which products I used and why I loved them so much. While a one product answer would have sufficed, I think I wrote a five page essay on the tens of products I had tried, and how they had dramatically changed my skin.

Sure enough, a few days later, a package turned up and my door, and there wrapped in cute sparkly blue paper was the Ren Hydro Boost, a never before seen full sized product just for me! I thought I would get a small sample size so was delighted that I had the product as it would appear on shelves.

Although the product can be used by all skin types, I was really happy that the product targeted skin's hydration, as mine has been particularly parched recently with all the sun we've been having.



The flash hydro boost goes on after cleansing and before your usual skin care. You rub the cream onto the skin and then wet your finger tips and massage to activate the hydro boost. The first thing to mention about this product is the amazing smell. It smells clean, and purifying which is exactly the ethos of Ren.

I find the product soaks in really quickly, and makes my skin feel instantly plumper and more comfortable. I find my makeup goes on nicely afterwards due to the soft and plumpness to my skin, and the long term effects mean I have been seeing less fine lines.



I read in the Guardian the other day that Sali Hughes was a little let down by the product. She said it "throws a chalky cast over the skin (I don't even need to experiment to know that on a woman of colour it would be a disaster)" because of this chalky residue. 

I can honestly say I haven't found that at all, and that the product completely soaks in so long as enough water is added to the fingertips when massaging in, therefore anyone of any skin tone could use this product as it almost turns to water which is absorbed instantly. I can only think that she hadn't used enough water to activate the cream to water consistency needed to make the product work at its absolute best.

I have loved adding this new step into my cleansing and moisturing routine, and think that this will have to become a permanent product in day to day life. This product is £34.00 however you only need one pump of the product for it to work it's magic and after a couple of months it is still going strong!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Life Update: Beauty PR Interning

Hi everyone!

Sorry I haven't been posting much recently.
 I say that, but it has actually been over a month since my last post and I am really missing blogging!

 Summer is always a busy time of year. Weekends are filled with wedding celebrations, BBQ parties are thrown at any chance given, and seeing friends for drinks in the evening can go on for that bit longer as it stays lighter and warmer.
I have been really busy recently so thought I would do a little post about what I've been up to, so if you're here for all things beauty then this will be something a little different.

Saying that, the reason I have been so busy is because I have recently started interning at a Beauty PR company in West London, which is where I want my career to begin. As I went travelling for over a year, I am starting my career a little late in life at the ripe old age of 25, but travelling was something I really wanted to do, so I am really pleased I did it, and that chapter is over. (Not to say exotic holidays are off the cards at all!)

As I have no past experience in beauty PR, all I had to bring to the table was this blog, and my experience working in beauty retail. Although I didn't think I was advancing my career when working in retail, it gave me the passion and drive to continue in beauty, and also gave me knowledge about what brands are out there on the market. So remember, that however small the job, you will always be learning!

So I'm an intern! I feel a bit too old to intern, but not because I'm too proud or anything like that, I just think when you hear 'Intern' you think of a sprightly little 18 year old fresh out of Uni, and eager to learn, although I suppose I still look 18 and I am really, really eager. Maybe too eager?
Anyway!
 I am more than grateful for the experience and happy to learn as much as I can in my new role!

So what is Beauty PR?

I didn't really know myself to be honest, but lots of people had told me I would enjoy it so I thought I'd give it a shot, and thankfully they were right!
Beauty PR is making sure that brands get the coverage and exposure they need to be successful. That can mean sending products to journalists, meeting with bloggers to discuss launches and generally maintaining a good relationship with clients.
As an intern, I obviously don't do all that cool stuff just yet, but my daily routine goes a bit like this:

  • In the morning, I check all magazines a papers to check for any coverage. I really enjoy this part of the day as flicking through magazines is something I would do anyway, and it gives me the excuse to linger on the beauty pages a little longer.

  • Putting in data for each clients to ensure all coverage is logged. This is more of a labour intensive job, however it is really important as all coverage needs to be logged so we can see how often our products are featuring in magazines/online. It is actually the aspect of the job I found hardest adapting too, as I hadn't worked on a lot of the programmes - namely Excel- since school, so I have had to learn to be a bit quicker on that to meet deadlines.

  • During the day, it can depend on what is going on. Sometimes I'll be given a research project which can be fun. If there is a big launch coming up for a particular brand, then that will be dealt with. Alternatively, there could be a big launch happening so a mailer needs to be organised to make sure all the relevant people receive what they need. This can include making labels and writing comp slips which, again, is a bit labour intensive, however it adds a personal touch which is vital for a image.

  • Lastly, the post needs to be done in the evening and wrapped up so the presentation is perfect. I find it so exciting sending things for top beauty editors of Vogue and Elle to try out!
And that's pretty much it for now! I'm sure as time goes on I'll be given more responsibility, but I am really happy with where I am at the moment, as the team is small enough to give me importance and not just disappear in a huge team and become a tea girl.
We also look after some cool clients where I get to try a few bits and bobs so you can expect reviews of some of those items in the near future!

Some highlights for me have already been making up boxes of goodies for Zoella, Lily Melrose, and my other favourite bloggers to try. Also having Caroline Hirons walk into our office the other day was a huge moment for myself!

I'm sure there will be lots more exciting things for me to learn and discover, so keep your eyes peeled for product posts and more later on!

Other than this, not a huge amount has been going on. I got the honour of being bridesmaid to my best friend at the beginning of summer, and my boyfriends sister got married last weekend which was just magical! I've been catching up with friends since we got back from travelling, and just generally enjoying normal life away from hostels and suitcases.
Usually I indulge in festivals, trips away and other little jaunts in the summer, but due to my year off, I am really focusing on getting my life on track, so this has been just as fun for me personally.

I am really really lucky to be living in London as my Aunty and Uncle have a place just opposite Battersea Park, so I am loving being immersed in the London life, especially with the spectacular sunsets I have been getting from my balcony!





And that's all really! Like I said, expect more reviews, nail art and the usual stuff soon!

Thanks for reading!
Steph
x


P.S I did this post, as when I wanted to know more about Beauty PR, I remember finding a post about interning, and I found it so helpful, so if you stumble across this and you find it useful then please let me know!



Friday, 22 July 2016

Origins Ginzing Foil Face Mask

I am fairly new to Origins as a brand as I have only tried products from the Ginzing Range, however I absolutely loved the revitalizing range. The mix of coffee beans and orange zest really invigorate the skin and make it brighter and more radiant.

I saw via social media that there was a new mask to the GinZing range, and I wanted to try it straight away. I went to my local Origins counter in Boots and asked for a sample of the mask where the lovely lady gave me one to try as well as a mini sized GinZing moisturiser #megababe.

From what I'd seen online, it looks like a gold piece of foil on the face, so I was skeptical to think it actually looked like that, and thought maybe a little bit of photo editing had been used. Sure enough though, the mask appeared to have a metallic consistency, so I was impressed that it could live up to the expectation.


To apply the mask, I used an old foundation brush. I wouldn't apply the product with your hands as it is really thick, and feels like what I can only describe as melted down gold (whatever that feels like). The mask had a really citrussy smell, and when going under the eye area, it felt like the fragrance was wafting into my eyes so felt a bit stingy temporarily.

The lady at the counter said to leave it n for as long as possible so it hardened. I left it on for about half an hour which was really comfortable, and I knew when it was ready to peel due to that cracked feeling when I used any expression.





So next was the fun bit! With the help of my 9 year old sister who was itching to peel off the mask, we peeled it off in large chunks.



It took about 5 minutes to peel off, and it came of in bits rather than one whole mask. I needed to wash off any excess at the end, but it was really easy and not messy at all (provided you have a bin nearby). When peeling off slightly hairier areas near the eye brows and hairline, it felt a bit tender but other than that it was a really enjoyable and satisfying event!

Afterwards my skin felt unbelievably smooth, and appeared brighter due to dead skin cells being removed from the mask.

I would highly recommend this mask. At £24 for 75ml I think that is a good price for a mask that shows instant results. I used my whole pot in one go, but I imagine you can get at least 10 uses out of one tube. Is is suitable for all skin types and is a fun way to spend a Friday night!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Rimmel Lash Tinting Mascara

We are always looking for ways to make our eyelashes thicker, longer, and more fluttery. 

With plenty of eyelash treatments out there, such as tints, LVL's and eyelash extensions, natural beautiful lashes are easy to achieve. However these treatments take time, obviously cost money and need a lot of upkeep. The Rimmel Volume Colourist mascara promises to tint eyelashes as well as being a great volumising mascara. 

I have tinted my eyelashes before, but being able to combine the tinting with an everyday routine saves time as well as ensuring continual upkeep. It claims that you will be able to see the results of darker lashes after 2 weeks, so as it has been just over 2 weeks since I started wearing this new product, I thought it was time to see if this could be the new lash treatment to go for.

The mascara itself is this strange cube shape, and has a fairly standard wand.



Although the mascara claims to add volume, I felt it had a lot more to offer in terms of length. My lashes didn't look very thick, however the looked very long, be it a little skinny.






I wasn't wild on the effect at first, but I have started to get used to using it everyday, and having a longer lash.

So did the results of the tinting prove true? 

For me personally, I can see a slight colour change at the roots of my lashes, but not anywhere near the tips, which is were you want the tinting ideally as that will give the appearance of longer lashes.

As you can see my lashes are very fair. From the top, there was hardly any difference at all, but then when applying mascara, I use upward motions so the top of the lashes would have barely been effected by the mascara.

before 
after

From an more open eyed view, I think you can see more obviously where the tinting has worked on the roots of my lashes.
Before
after
Overall, I would say the claim of tinting lashes may be a little bit optimistic. Obviously I realise that they can only put a bit of dye in to make the mascara wearable everyday, but I was hoping for a little more from the mascara.

Before
After

I wouldn't give up on any eye lash treatments for this mascara. However the mascara is a good everyday wearable eye lash look. For £8.00 a tube, it maybe something you want in between treatments as a maintenance mascara.