Naked Haircare

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

I've read lots of good reviews about Naked's products so when I saw they them on offer  2 for £6  in Boots I decided to try them for myself.

Naked Haircare

Care  Mild Shampoo

The perfect scalp-friendly shampoo. It's incredibly gentle and since I've started using it I've barely had any problems with flakes or itching. Of course the effects of a lot of shampoos I've used to soothe my scalp have worn off over time, so I'll see if I'm still feeling so positive in a few months. This may become a holy grail for me.

Shine  Silky Conditioner

This is very thick so you only need a little bit, particularly if you've got fine hair like me. Despite this it washes out easily and leaves me hair feeling silky and soft without it being weighed down. It doesn't quite eliminate the frizz caused by the combination of my hair's natural texture and the glorious Welsh weather but frankly nothing does.

Detox  2-in-1 Shampoo

I first read about this on Evelyn's blog and I have to confess that since I bought it I've been hooked. It smells a bit strange but in terms of making your hair feel fresh and clean it works wonders. It's a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner so regular use can make your roots feel a little greasy  it's best if you use it once a week or so to get rid of build up.

Volume  Weightless Conditioner

Unlike the detox shampoo, this smells lovely (passionflower and grape). I notice a difference even when I'm washing this off in the shower. True, it doesn't work miracles but it gives my hair more oomph and enhances my natural curls, all without drying out the ends, so it's a thumbs up from me.

Using these products has made me think. I'm starting to wonder whether the reason they all work so well on my hair and scalp is because of the natural ingredients (97% natural according to the bottles) and the lack of nasty chemicals.

I'll hold my hands up and say that I don't think about what goes into my cosmetics and toiletries as much as I should but I would like to try more natural products.

If anyone has any recommendations for brands I could investigate I'd really appreciate it!

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

My favourite look, without a doubt, is golden/bronze eyes.

My mum is definitely my inspiration for this, as she's made it a part of her everyday make-up for as long as I can remember. We both have similar colouring  blue eyes and pale skin with freckles, although unlike me she actually gets a tan in summer.

Gold and bronze tones, she always tells me, warm up the complexion and make blue eyes pop. This was in fact the first piece of beauty advice she gave me and it's stuck, although we have different ways of creating our respective looks.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette The Dolce Vita

Anyway, I thought it was about time that I invested in a high-palette that would allow me to create this look. I was only using two of the shades in the palette I owned before and I wanted something where every shade would be worn and appreciated.

The Dolce Vita swatches
Swatches: Prime, Enhance, Smoke, Pop
Enter Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita. At £38 it's not cheap and not justifiable on a student budget; it was swiftly added to the top of my Christmas list and luckily Santa delivered.

It has four shades, each with a different function  a pale champagne pink (prime), a copper (enhance), a shimmery mid-grey (smoke) and a glittery gold (pop) that is so beautiful that it took me a while to use it because I didn't want to spoil something so perfect!

The Dolce Vita swatches (with flash)
Swatches (with flash): Prime, Enhance, Smoke, Pop
The shades can be used in different combinations depending on the situation  there's a video on Tilbury's YouTube channel with instructions to take you from day to night.

I've got photos of my own attempts but it's well worth watching the how-to video, both for this and for other make-up looks (the feline flick is a favourite of mine!)

The Dolce Vita (on eye)

Texture-wise the eyeshadows have the most beautiful consistency, they're almost like cream eyeshadows but because they're powder they blend beautifully.

All four shades are incredibly pigmented, although I find that the pop shade (that amazing gold) needs a couple of layers applied with a finger to be really noticeable. The rest of the eyeshadows all work best with brushes.

Lastly, can I just say how good it is to own a palette that doesn't come with those awful sponge brushes that never get used?! This palette is a holy grail product, for sure.

The Luxury Palette by Charlotte Tilbury is available here, and I also believe that you can buy it at Selfridges. There are eight combinations to choose from, including The Dolce Vita.
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