Friday, 29 July 2011

INDOLA Smart Street Style Challenge - My Entry


Indola has launched a new hair range called INNOVA  and are challenging bloggers to replicate a look from their Smart Street Style Collections Look book. I’ve taken my inspiration from Berlin fashion bloggers Dario Natale and Mary Sherpe who created the Military Man – they describe this look as simple and timeless, 'the look is all in the styling, in natural shades with a cut that is short at the back and side, with a sweeping fringe. A look that can be retro smoothed flat, or uber-contemporary teased up into a fabulous unstructured quiff.'

What I liked most about this particular style was the quiff and the slicked back sides. I do like a fun challenge …. obviously I’m not male and I don't have short hair, so I decided to do my interpretation of this look ….creating a Military Chic style. I had a great time trying to recreate this style, and I hope you like it J

Firstly using a tail comb I sectioned some of my hair at the front, about 2cm back from my forehead, needed to create the quiff later. With the rest of the hair, I pulled it back into a sleek, tight ponytail using a styling comb. To get the simple, polished style I used INDOLA shaping soufflĂ©. This helped to slick the hair back in order to create a tight and smooth finish.

Now with the front section of hair, I further parted it into three segments. Using the highest point from each of my eyebrows as a guide to obtain the width and amount of hair needed for the quiff, leaving a section of hair on either side. With the middle section I applied some INDOLA strong mousse for added volume and hold. I created the quiff by pulling the middle piece of hair back towards the ponytail and laying it flat, then pushing the section of hair forward to create a bump. Once happy with the shape I secured it with some brown bobby bins on each side (crossing them over to hold).

The left over pieces of hair on the sides were pulled tightly up over the top of my head, covering where the bobby pins were fastened.  I did one of the sides first, then manipulated the other side over it to conceal where i had secured the structure with bobby pins.

The ends of hair from the 3 sections were wrapped around the hair tie I used to tie the ponytail in order to disguise it, giving a more aesthetic appearance.

As for the finishing touches I used a little more shaping soufflĂ© on the side pieces of hair and applied a little hair spray all over. I used INDOLA shine spray finish to create a healthy glossy finish.

I hope you liked my recreation J Is this something you would wear? Do you like to recreate styles you see?

x X x

Thursday, 28 July 2011

MAC Sized to Go

Worried about what to pack on holiday? Annoyed at the airport restrictions? 

Well MAC may have the answer. Recently MAC has introduced a selection of their skincare line in a mini travel size editions collection called 'Sized To Go'.Each bottle contains 30ml of liquid making them airline friendly. Now I really don't know what it is with me and travel sized products, I just think they’re super cute and well always end up buying far more than I intended and probably ever need :)

The Sized To Go collection includes:

Pro Eye Makeup Remover (30ml) £7

Original Cleanse off oil (30ml) £7

Tranquil Cleanse off oil (30ml) £8

Fix + (30ml) £7

Strobe Cream (30ml) £12

Green Gel Cleanser (30ml) £7

Oil Control Lotion (30ml) £12

Demi Wipes (30 sheets) £10

However, unlike most other travel size versions MAC hasn't really relaxed on their prices! Paying £8 for 30ml of Cleanse of oil when you can pay £10.50 more to get 150ml…the figures just don't add up. These prices just put me off; it’s such a shame and to be honest I think I’d rather just buy the full size and decanter it myself. None the less I still feel a yearning to buy them : (

 Click Here to view the collection 

What do you think about this new addition? Will you be tempted to purchase anything?

x X x

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Beauty On a Budget


Honey is one of the oldest and most effective beautifying ingredients ever. Wise and savvy beauties have been using honey for years; legend has it that Cleopatra used honey to moisturise her skin. It’s perfect for pampering on a budget and it’s a great, all natural, organic way to look gorgeous without using harsh and expensive chemicals.

Honey is packed with vitamins, minerals and even antioxidants, which can help battle the signs of aging. It's definitely a pretty darn sweet beauty product J I’ve put together a few tips for using honey within your beauty regime, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Honey is great for calming down irritated skin as it has antiseptic properties. If you’ve been caught out by the sun and are suffering a little sunburn then honey is a great way to sooth your scorched skin. Add ½ a cup of honey and ½ a cup of oats together; simply pour into your bath under warm running water for a calm and luxurious soak….ahh heaven J

Honey can also help to soften tough, thick skin and can reduce nasty odor-causing bacteria, making it perfect to use on your feet. This has to be my favourite way to relax and relieve my tired feet after a long day. All I do is warm up about a ¼ of a cup of honey in the microwave, once its cooled enough to touch without scalding, I spread a thin layer onto my feet and then wrap them in cling film. After about 15-20 minutes of absolute bliss I rinse it off by submerging my feet into a warm bowl of water (I let mine soak for a few minutes too for ultimate relaxation J )

If your skin is really sensitive to perfumed products then honey is a great alternative. Honey it’s a natural humectant making it great product for softening underarm or leg hair before shaving. Apply some honey onto your skin and massage it into the area your going to shave, leave it a few minutes then rinse and your ready to go.

Another bonus of being a natural humectant is that honey is very effective in attracting and hold moisture. It is ideal for using as a natural conditioner, it can help make your hair healthy and boost your hair's shine by infusing it with moisture. Massage about a tablespoon of pure honey with a squeeze of lemon into damp hair after shampooing, and then simply rinse off with warm water, for silky smooth hair.

If your looking for a natural alternative to help firm, smooth and moisturise your skin then simply blend together, a peeled, cored apple with a table spoon of honey in a food processor until smooth. Apply the pulp to your face and simple relax for 15 minutes before rinsing. This sweet beauty recipe will naturally firm and tone your face, leaving your skin feeling smooth and clean, while minimising pores. It will also be helping erase the signs of aging thanks to honey's natural antioxidants (the darker the honey, the more antioxidants it has!).

I could go on forever talking about the uses honey has, so lastly and one of my night time blemish fighting remedies is that honey also makes a very gentle spot treatment. Just applying a dab of honey can help to clear them right up without any further inflammation.

I hope these tips were useful and if you do try some of them out J I’d love to hear what you think
x x x

Monday, 25 July 2011

Revlon New Expressionist Collection

There’s a lot of buzz around at the moment for Revlon’s new Expressionists autumn collection and its creating a wave of excitement. Gucci Westman, a top makeup artist and Revlon’s own creative director, has exclusively designed this new stylish collection. 
Influenced by the movement of Abstract Expressionism the collection includes an array of contemporary shades, from easygoing neutrals to bold pinks and hearty reds. The makeup artists wished for her new line to mirror works of art, playing with textures and composition. Westman blends hues in sheer and glittering textures, by varying the size of the sparkles as well as incorporating those deep, traditional autumn colours. 
The collection will include a deep wine shade in a limited edition palette called Bordeaux 'In the Snow' and a beautifully bold iconic 'Cherries in the Snow' lipstick. However, if bold colours aren't your style the collection also incorporates a wearable contrast with a 60s-inspired super-light creamy pink and beige, that I am seriously lusting over!
As for nail polish there will be three sparkly sheers in light pink, bright blue and fuchsia and one neutral warm and creamy greige shade.

What I quite like about Revlon’s new collection is that it’s going to be reasonably priced, making it purse friendly. The collection will be available from October nationwide in Boots and Superdrug.

Prices will start from £6.49

Do you already have your eye on something :) ? 

Friday, 22 July 2011

Liz Earle Giveaway

I could not live without my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish... its by far one of my favourite beauty items, it leaves my skin feeling super fresh and vibrant :) 

Because i love it so much i decided that i would do a giveaway so that you can try out some of the Liz Earle line for yourself and hopefully feel the same way! :) 

 The prize is a Try-Me Young Skin Kit...

It contains....

♥ My all time favourite the Cleanse and Polish - Hot Cloth Cleanser
♥ Instant Boost Tonic Spritzer
♥ Skin Repair Light
♥ Spot-On 
♥ And 1 Pure Muslin Cloth 

Click Here for more information about Liz Earle products 

Giveaway now CLOSED The Winner ' Bella' has been contacted
Congratulations and thank you to all that entered :) 

This giveaway is open internationally and will be open from 22nd July 2011 ,closing at midnight GMT 19th August 2011

To enter you need to :
♥ Be a follower of my blog (via Google Friend Connect) 
♥ Enter a comment on this post saying what your favourite kind of blog post is :) 
Don't forget to include your email address for me to contact you if you're the winner! :) 

For an extra entry
♥ Be a follower on twitter ... @HollysSecrets and tweet ' I just entered @HollysSecrets Liz Earle Giveaway'

Good Luck! ☺

( I purchased this myself :) )

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Charles Worthington Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner Review

I recently blogged about Charles Worthington’s new innovative soft and smooth dry conditioner and have been trying it out along with the front row refresh and revive dry shampoo for brunette hair. 

The Charles Worthington front row range was designed with some of the biggest names in fashion, for high performance use on fashion show, shoots and A list events.

Now sadly I don't have any A list events penciled in my diary but I’m always on the look out for products that perform well and that last a long time. This range is perfect for making your hair feel great on big nights out and for use on long days. 

Out of the two, my favourite has to be the dry conditioner; it makes the ends of my hair feel super luxurious, so soft and silky. I just spray it on the ends of my hair, avoiding the roots and brush it through so that it’s evenly distributed. As for added shine..I didn't notice much of a difference but I am quite lucky in that I don't really suffer from dry and damaged ends anyway.

I don't know about you but some leave in conditioner’s can cause my hair to become greasy quite quickly, however, this dry conditioner gives me no problems :) . The invisible finish it has is great, I was a little worried that being a ‘dry’ conditioner that it might leave a white residue on my hair, but it has no powdery feel to it at all.

As for the refresh and revive dry shampoo for brunette hair..I had never used a dry shampoo before that was specifically for use on brunette hair. The dry shampoo’s that I’ve used in the past have left a slight gray tone after application, so I was really impressed as I didn't get that with this product.

Dry shampoo is a life saving must have for me, for moments when time isn’t on your side and when you still want to look your best. With the refresh and revive dry shampoo a little definitely goes a long way. At first I used too much and it left my hair feeling quite stiff, so because you don't need that much to get a great result, I think it will last me a long time.

I just spray it into my roots a few times; leave it for a couple of seconds to absorb the oils and then brush it through. I find that the added colour within the formula helps the product to blend evenly into my natural hair colour and that it leaves a nice hidden finish. I was really impressed with how fresh my hair felt and how long it lasted, without feeling horrible and itchy. What I also found is that it gives my hair quite a bit of volume too! Which is perfect because sometimes oils can weigh down hair and you lose life at the roots :) I think this is the reason why when I applied too much my hair felt a little stiff.

As for the packaging I think they look really professional and high quality. I really like the insider tips they include on the back :) 

Overall I would say that I find that this dry shampoo works best for occasions when I am styling my hair more, rather than using it for the days when I just pop it into an everyday ponytail.   

Are you a dry shampoo addict? Have you ever tried dry conditioner too? I would love to know what you think :)

Monday, 18 July 2011

The Body Shop's Lip Scuff - Review

Flakey dry chapped lips can be a lipsticks worst nightmare *shudder* I cannot think of a more annoying thing when applying the finishing touches to your look. I constantly have dry lips and had been thinking about getting some kind of a lip scrub for a while now. The perfect moment came after getting a free £5 Body Shop voucher with last months Instyle magazine (talk about a good offer!) Pleased with my freebie I went in search of a lip scrub to relieve my lips of flakiness J. The only suitable scrub I could find in the Body Shop was the ‘lip scuff’, ideally I was looking for scrub within a pot, however this product was packaged within a lipstick bullet. Persuaded by my voucher I purchased it, i wouldn't have brought it if I didn't have £5 off, as I thought paying £8 for it was a little over priced.

What it claim to do:

To moisturize and gently exfoliate the lips to remove dead skin cells, leaving the lips feeling smooth, soft and conditioned.

How to use it:

Apply on to lips as if it were a lipstick and gently rub lips together, then use a tissue to remove. 

My verdict:

When I first used this product I was actually quite disappointed, I felt like it wasn't exfoliating at all, it just made my lips smell of peppermint! However after wearing down the top of the bullet to reveal the exfoliating beads (crushed fig stone granules) it improved. The best results i have got from using it are using a cotton bud/cue tip to gently rub the scrub along the lips. 

The product contains Marula Oil which is a very effective moisturiser, it helps to condition the skin over time as well as providing essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier. I wouldn't say my lips felt moisturised after application, i feel i have to follow up with a lip balm afterward, nonetheless my lips definitely feel softer and more smooth. 

What I like most about the product is that the peppermint causes a gentle tingling sensation which leaves my lips feeling really refreshed :) 

Overall the lip scuff did do the job of polishing my lips however, for the price I doubt I will purchase it when it runs out.

Do you suffer from dry flaky lips too? Have you found a product that works wonders for you? I would love to hear if you’ve found a better alternative

x  X x

Friday, 15 July 2011

Face of the Day Inspired by … Mary Kate Olsen

I have always loved the Olsen Twins, i think they're so naturally beautiful and adore their boho style. When i was little one of my all time favourite American TV programmes was 'Two of a Kind' ( oh how i loved that show :) )

 :) I have been obsessed with them ever since. 

What i like about Mary Kate's look here is the shape of her eye shadow, she tends to wear it like this a lot. The way her eye makeup has been applied is quite rounded, with quite a lot of shadow underneath the lash line. I've never really applied my eye shadow in this way before, so it started off as an experiment :) and i really like the result. I haven't copied her look exactly ( i look nothing like her *sob sob* ), but have taken inspiration from her look and have put my little twist on it to suit my face shape and tone better. I hope you like it :) 

What I used ....

♥  Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
♥  Clinique Air Brush Concealer
♥  Dandelion Blush by Benefit
♥   Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
♥  Urban Decay Primer Potion
♥  Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Hustle
♥ Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Buck a golden brown to add a more warmth
♥ Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Dark Horse
♥ Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Bourbon
♥ Maybelline Falsies Mascara
♥ Mac Bare Again Super Supreme Lipstick
♥ Barry M Sugar Pink glitter 

x  X x 

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Beauty On a Budget

You don't always have to fork out lots of money to buy a luxury beauty product or even need tons of different ones. You can still look gorgeous even on the cheap! Here are a few bargain beauty tips that can turn household items and even leftovers into everything you need to look a million dollars. This will be my first inexpensive beauty post in a series of blog posts of budget beauty tips. I hope you find them helpful…

Baking Soda or Bicarbonate of Soda is not only handy for baking and cleaning the house but also for your hair, face, feet and teeth.

Baking soda can be used as a clarifying shampoo to help remove build up from things such as grease, chlorine, and even hair products, to give your hair a fresh start, and restore its natural shine.

Mix 2 teaspoons baking soda with a cup water and use as a final rinse after shampooing.

It can also be uses as a facial cleanser by mixing 1/2 teaspoon with your favorite cleanser for extra exfoliation (there’s no need to buy a separate scrub!). This can be used on all skin types weekly, but if you have dry skin I would advise using a rich moisturizer afterwards

In the summer shoes can get a little smelly and feet can feel a little bit uncomfortable in closed shoes. By sprinkling some baking soda into your shoes it will minimize sweat and prevent any nasty smells.

There’s no need to spend a fortune on the latest potions that claim to whiten your teeth. All you need to do is add a sprinkle of baking soda onto a damp toothbrush and brush as normal for a glistening smile.

Will you be trying out any of these? Or have any more to add? I hope you found this helpful. Look out for my next beauty budget post coming soon.


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