Friday, 27 July 2012

Naked Rescue

Over the past few months I have totally rejigged the types of qualities I look for in the skin care and hair care products I use. I am far more health conscious than I ever used to be and I think I'm right in saying (please correct me if I'm wrong) i've noticed that recently the beauty industry seems to be more aware of what ingredients go into what products too. Being a science student I have the opportunity to research and read about the impacts of many different types of lotions and potions on nature. I have started to take more of a mindful approach, taking the time to think about the types of products that I come into contact with. Now,I'm no angel...and sadly I'm not a total convert as I love so many products that unfortunately aren't 100% pure/natural/healthy etc, but I try my best when I can.

In my view everyday hair care is one of the most important steps in my hygiene routine to which I really try hard to find a natural option. The  frequency and how much your body comes into contact with shampoo and conditioner make it quite a high priority of mine. I have been using sulfate free, paraben free, natural hair care for a while now and to be totally honest with you....I've been struggling to find something as good as the products I used before. Its a big challenge to find natural shampoo that leaves your hair feeling clean without being too stripping, as well as one that nourishes and lathers well. 

I was fortunate enough to have the chance to try out two hair products from the Naked line: the Naked rescue sweet almond and sunflower intensive care shampoo and the Naked rescue shea butter and olive intensive care conditioner, both designed for frizzy, damaged hair. 
As a brand Naked ticks all the boxes, 

  • No nasty sulfates - check
  • No pesky parabens - check 
  • Natural ingredients - check
  • Does not test on animals - check  
  • Lathers well - check 
  • Smells amazing - check
  • Leaves my hair feeling nourishing - check 
  • Affordable - check 
  • Accessible - check 

And the list could go on and on! 

My Thoughts

Both the shampoo and conditioner in the Naked Rescue Intensive Repair line are specifically designed to restore heat distressed and dry hair.  The key ingredients: shea nut butter ,olive oil and brassicacae oil extracts work together to repair and improve the appearance of split, damaged and frizzy hair. The duo are formulated and packed full of natural conditioning elements that aid in rejuvenating weakened hair without any nasty petrochemical residue build up. 

The shampoo is gentle on both the hair and scalp and cleanses without stripping the natural oils from the hair so its perfect for both coloured or non coloured locks. My thing about the shampoo is the scent, is unbelievable: sweet almond and favourite sunflower, so much so I even look forward to washing my hair! 

As for the conditioner, it's thick and luscious similar to that of an intensive mask. Don't worry though its in no way heavy and doesn't weighing my hair down. After washing the nourishing conditioner out of my hair it feels moisturized without leaving any unwanted residue. 

Also for even more eco friendly points the packaging has been carefully designed from 50% recyclable materials. The shampoo bottle has a cleaver little spout; with one push of a button it allows you to open and close the bottle with no mess and making it easy to use whilst wet. No more slippery accidents now!  

I'm thoroughly impressed with Naked and can't wait to try out more of their line! Have you tried any products from Naked? What would you recommend?

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Revenge - My New Addiction

No I've not turned into an evil b*tch on a revenge spree, i've simply become obsessed with a new TV series called Revenge. When I first came across the TV programme I was instantly drawn in by its dark and intriguing name, I already had thoughts about back stabbing and manipulative actions and after just 5 minutes I was hooked. Since then I have watched the entire season and am itching for September to roll around so that I can get my Revenge fix back...yes sad I know but you'll understand once you've watched your first episode believe me!

So now the challenge of telling you why I love Revenge without giving too much away and spoiling it for you, don't worry I wont :) 

First of all the main character Emily Thorne - the blonde bombshell in the picture above and below played by Emily Van Camp, is a spicy mix of cunning vengefulness hidden behind an innocent facade. She's back in the Hampton's to right some of the wrongsShe may look innocent with those blonde curls and pretty smile, but her cruel stare and her acts are not so innocent!

However, it is revealed that Emily has been to the Hamptons before as a little girl. In reality, Emily is Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison for life. She was permanently separated from him and never saw him again. Now, she's returned to the Hamptons, intent on getting revenge against those who wronged her and her father. As she sets her plan in motion, Emily tries to navigate the upper society to destroy those who betrayed her father. But the further she goes, the more her emotions get involved and the more she questions her motives and the moves she makes.

I hope you enjoy Revenge as much as I have. You can watch it here on Channel 4. 


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Blu Elettrico

I have been loving adding pops of colour into my makeup recently. Today I started off with a neutral bronze eye shadow base: using Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo, then applying a light aqua blue to the outer corner of the eye: Urban Decay Deep End, little by little and lots of blending, to deepen the outer corner slightly I used Urban Decays Evidence, again blending it into the previous colours. In the inner corner for a brightening highlight I used Urban Decay Midnight Is eye shadow. 

Under the eye I softly blended the darkest blue shade Urban Decay Evidence. For the eye liner I applied it thicker towards the outer half of my eye and added a subtle wing, using Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof Eye Definer in the colour Aqua. To complete the look I applied quite a few coats of Rimmel's Day to Night Mascara, just using the lengthening wand. 


Monday, 2 July 2012

Animal Instincts - Dip Hem Dress

I recently brought this gorgeous dim hem dress (currently on sale here at Dorothy Perkins for £22!) and have been loving how relaxed and effortless it looks on. Its ideal for the summer, perfect for summery days and it can be easily transformed into a more night time appropriate look with a cute belt and tip top wedges. I personally find the dim hem dress trend very flattering and a great way to show off your sexy summer legs (not that I have them!) without bearing it all and feeling too exposed. 

I adore how this trend can be so feminine with the use floaty fabrics …its a beautiful look. Animal prints are usually something I don't get drawn too but I instantly fell in love with this dress, the subtle fade out of the print as it fans out at the bottom of the dress helps to break up the pattern, making it more wearable. 

The length of the dress is perfect for a petite girl like myself, the back isn't too long and the proportions are just right; I don't lose any of my much needed height! 

Do you like the dip hem trend? Have you found a bargain recently? I'd love to hear from you. 



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