Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Top Finds for 2014

It’s hard to believe half the year has gone by already, but summer is fast approaching and as every beauty junkie would admit, it’s a great time to start stocking up on some favourites to see you through the warmer months and upcoming holidays.

I've discovered some fantastic new products so far this year, so here’s a round-up of a particular few that stand out in my mind:

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle
This wonder spray truly is a miracle product, and I don’t say that lightly. It is available exclusively through Birchbox’s online shop, (which this is open to subscribers and non-subscribers alike - although I would highly recommend subscribing, they are half the reason I've discovered so many great brands this year!).

This spray smells absolutely divine, and just a couple of spritzes will leave your hair feeling incredibly soft, shiny and easier to style. I particularly love this spray because it works equally well with dry frizzy hair as it does with oily hair. I tend to get oily roots and dry ends and this seems to balance them both out beautifully.

They have also recently extended their line to include shampoo, conditioner and a hair oil. If these new additions are anything like this spray then I have no doubt that this brand is here to stay and will only get bigger and bigger as time goes by. Do yourself and your locks a favour and give this stuff a try, you will not be disappointed! And just in case you’re not convinced by my rave review, check out these other opinions

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
I’d never deny it – I am a total brand snob when it comes to makeup, perfume and hair products. I’ll happily stock my wardrobe with the likes of Primark, but when it comes to beauty products I tend to believe in the mantra that you get what you pay for. It’s also the one area where I enjoy the occasional splurge and to feel as though I am treating myself. So with this in mind, it is with a certain amount of scepticism that I approached this foundation.

Post-holiday the other month, my purse was a little worse for wear and I was in desperate need of something new as my previous supply of foundation had run low. I had tried a sample in a magazine of Rimmel’s popular wake me up line before, and had also read a fair number of favourable blog reviews, so I decided to give it a try.

I have to admit: I am totally sold. My skin always dries out and goes a little flaky with foundation, so I've always chosen ones that boast about being super moisturising, however this one isn't especially known for being moisturising and yet it doesn't dry out my skin at all. It offers great coverage without looking heavy, and it also lasts all day. Once or twice I do confess that I have left my makeup on overnight and even then when I wake up it has survived and not flaked off.

For less than £10 I am thoroughly impressed with this foundation and will probably continue buying it over my previous choice, saving me over £15!

Kérastase Resistance Volumactive Mousse
Despite there being a lot of it, my hair always tends to look extremely flat and limp, to the point where the shape of my ears becomes visible underneath as the day goes on! I have practically tried every volume product out there, and although a little pricey, I've never come across one that works as well as this one does.

Using a small amount spread through the roots of damp hair, followed by blow drying upside down gives my hair incredible volume and root lift that I've never experienced before, and more importantly this is an effect that stays put. I've used this for both nights out and day-to-day in the office, and from windy streets to hot bars your ‘do will stay put.

One pointer I would mention, is that after using this you would need to wash your hair to get rid of the effect, so those who only like to wash their hair 2-3 times a week this may be more of a nights-out only product rather than daily.

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