Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Maple Holistics - Sage Shampoo / Silk18 Conditioner Review

Maple Holistics is company that sells Organic and Natural beauty products. You can buy different types of beauty products such as shampoos, conditioner, skincare, and other bath essentials off of their website or on Amazon. I also wanted to mention that Maple Holistics is running a promotion where if you leave a honest review on Amazon about your experience using a product then they will send you a free product of your choice. If you are interested in this please check out their website here. A few weeks ago Rachel from Maple Holistics reached out to me and asked if I'd like to try a few of their products so that I can review them you! I just want to clairify that I was sent these products for review, all opinions and thoughts are my own honest review, and I am not being paid/sponsered to do this blog post or video.

When browsing the site to choose which products I wanted to try I was immediately drawn to the shampoo with the purple bottle, which happens to be the Sage 'Color Safe Dandruff Shampoo for Color Treated Hair'. Now I have suffered with mild dandruff on and off for years, ever since I started dying my hair. After choosing the shampoo I knew I wanted a conditioner to go with it, but I honestly didn't know which conditioner would be the most complimentary to the shampoo. Many of the shampoos on the site actually have a Shampoo/Conditioner pair, but the Sage shampoo does not. So I actually asked Rachel what she would recommend and she suggested that I try the Silk18 'Natural Hair Conditioner with Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil'.

When I received the products in the mail, I instantly noticed how nicely packaged they were. Each of the bottles had a seal on it so that it would not leak during the shipping process which I definitely appreciated (how many of you have had things leak in the mail!?). There was also bubble wrapping around the products so they wouldn't be knocked around during shipping. The box also contained some cards, which contained all of the details about the products and also some tips and tricks on how to best use the products so they really work as they are intended. The bottles were also filled almost to the very top so I was very happy about that.

One of the first things I noticed was how small the bottles actually are. Maple Holistics sells two sizes, 8oz and 16oz bottles for their shampoos and conditioners. For the Sage Shampoo it costs $17.95 for the 8oz bottle and $32.31 for the 16oz bottle, and for the Silk18 conditioner it costs $12.97 for the 8oz bottle and $23.35 for the 16oz bottle. I have very long hair (near to my waist) and my first thought was this is going to last me 4 washes maximum, but boy was I wrong! When reading the little cards that came with the product and the directions on the bottle, I noticed that they recommend only using a quarter sized amount of product. Again I have extremely long hair so I didn't think this was doable at all, but really you only need a quarter sized amount (for my long hair I use just a smidge over, but you can see how much I actually use in the pictures below). Now normally to shampoo my whole head I put shampoo all over my palm, which is much more than a quarter sized amount, so these smaller bottles will actually last me a long time!

So the first thing I want to talk about is the Sage 'Color Safe Dandruff Shampoo'. The very first thing you will notice about this product is the smell... The smell is very similar to Vicks Vaporub and it is extremely strong. If you are sensitive to smells then this may not be the product for you. Although the scent is very strong it does not linger after the shower, and I cannot smell it on my hair when it has dried. The bottle directions say to put a quarter sized amount in your hands, and really massage it into your scalp for 2-3 minutes. Once this is done you should rinse and repeat the same steps again. Now the first week or 2 I did wash my hair twice to really get rid of the dandruff, but once I noticed the dandruff disappeared I switched to only shampooing once per shower, which doesn't seem to have made a difference. This shampoo lathers up so well, you really only need a quarter sized amount even if you have long hair so I would recommend using a small amount and using more slowly as you need it.

After my first shampooing using this product I instantly noticed when my hair was dry that I had a very small amount of dandruff left (probably less than 5%) and that was only after the first washing! By the second washing (remember I shampoo'd twice each shower) it was completely gone and I could no longer see any dandruff on my hair! I was amazed as I had tried Head & Shoulders in the past which actually made my dandruff worse so I was very surprised and glad.

Once you have rinsed out the Sage shampoo I switch to the Silk18 Natural Hair Conditioner with Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil. Now with this product I had a complete different reaction when opening the product, it smells divine! The smell is has a very strong vanilla scent which does last in your hair. Once my hair has dried I can still smell it in my hair and I adore this scent. I will apply the conditioner to my hair and really rub it in making sure it coats all the hair from my ears down. I try to keep conditioner off my scalp just because I find it makes my hair go greasier faster. When you rub this conditioner into your hair you can really feel all the tangles disappearing. I have very tangly hair and it usually takes me quite a while to brush out, but using this conditioner makes it so easy.

I feel like out of the two products the Sage Shampoo gave me the most impact and I could really see the results quick and fast and the product just shined over the conditioner. I have tried other Anti Dandruff shampoos in the past and they have made my scalp more itchy and give me more dandruff than I had started with, so I was very pleased with having results in only 1 shampooing using the Sage Shampoo. The Silk18 conditioner is also very good and does leave my hair very soft, detangled and smelling amazing, but being completely honest I feel its very comparable to other shampoos (that are much cheaper) I have tried previously and doesn't stand out as much as the Sage Shampoo did for me, especially for the price.

Overall I think both of these products are fantastic and I am very grateful that Maple Holistics sent me these two products to try out. Rachael the representative from Maple Holistics
was very helpful in answering all of my questions and also helping me choose which products would be best for me. I think both of these products are great especially if you are looking for a natural and organic shampoo and conditioner. I haven't used up the whole bottle, but once my Sage Shampoo runs out I plan on purchasing another because of how great it performs and keeps away dandruff!

Have you guys tried any products from Maple Holistics? If you have please let me know in the comments below as I would love to hear more about different products and how you got on with them.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Everyday Golden Eyeshadow Tutorial - Sleek Storm/Original Palette

Recently I have been playing around with my Sleek Palettes and I created this Golden everyday makeup look. This look would be great for school and work. For this look I used two of my Sleek Palettes (The Original / Storm) which are very affordable. If you live in the US you can purchase these eyeshadow palettes from the Sleek website.

ame> If you do not own these two Sleek palettes feel free to use similar colors in your makeup collection. If you recreate this look please send a picture via Twitter/Instagram (which you can find below).

Palettes Used:

Step 1:
Apply a white base to your eyelid, this does not need to be blended into the crease. For this I used my NYC CityProof 24HR Waterproof Eyeshadow but if I'm completely honest I do not care for this that much I just want to use it up so it doesn't go to waste. I would instead recommend using Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk or Maybelline Colour Tattoo - Too Cool which are great white eyeshadow bases.
NYC - CityProof 24HR Waterproof Eyeshadow (see alternatives above)
Apply white base to eyelid.
Step 2: Apply tape extending from your lower lash line pointing up towards the end of your eyebrow (see image below). This is used to give us a crisp edge and help with winged eyeliner later on. Then take a light matte brown color (#1 marked in palette) and blend this into the crease. To blend this just use windshield wiper motions over the top edge of the brown.

Add tape to eye and apply light matte brown to crease.
Step 3: Add a dark golden color in the center of your eyelid (#2 marked in palette).

Add dark golden shade in the center of your eyelid
Step 4: Add a lighter golden shade (than in Step 3) to the inner 1/3 of your eyelid (#3 marked in palette) . These two shades are very similar but it just gives a slight gradient over the eyelid. You could optionally skip this step and just use the same color as you did in Step 3.

Add slightly lighter gold to the inner eyelid.
Step 5: Add dark bronze shade into the outer portion of the eyelid (#4 marked in palette) . Make sure you blend this really good into the gold that is in the center of the eyelid. To do this just apply the bronze on the outer end, wipe off your brush, and go back over the harsh lines. If you still find that they are not blending easily grab the gold we used in Step 3 on your brush and use that to go over the harsh lines to blend.

Add dark bronze to the outer portion of the eyelid.

Step 6: Grab a fluffy blending brush and get a small amount of a dark matte brown on the brush (#5 marked in palette). Start at the edge of the tape and swoop the brush inwards following the crease. Try to only go about half way across the eye and stay away from the inner eye while doing this. This will just darken up the look slightly and make it a little more smokey.

Add dark matte brown into the outer portions of the crease
Step 7: To create a winged liner, first line your upper lash line as you normally would. I try to make the line thinner towards the inner portion of my eye and thicker towards the edge. Once you have done this you can take your brush and make a thin line following the tape as far as you'd like your wing to go. Finally you will put your brush at the end of the line you made and swing it in back towards the line you made above your lashes.

Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner - Blackest Black
Create winged liner by lining your upper lash line and then using the tape as a guide for the wing

Step 8: Take off the tape. I added an inner corner highlight by adding Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool. I applied this on my pinky finger and pressed this into the inner corner. To blend use a different finger than the one you applied the white with and keep patting. Curl your lashes and apply mascara and your finished!

Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara in Black, Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Mascara Waterproof, Covergirl Eyelash Curlers

Finished Looik


Products Used:

- Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation - Soft Beige (mixed with a tiny bit of L'Oreal True Match foundation in Ivory)
- Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Translucent
- NYC CityProof 24HR Waterproof Eyeshadow (if you do not have this Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool will also work)
- Covergirl Eyelash Curlers
- Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon Blusher Pearlescent Pink

Saturday, 8 August 2015

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks (Review + Swatches)

In my makeup collection the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks are definitely my most reached for lip product. Not only do they have extremely luxurious packaging, but the formula is fantastic. These lipsticks feel very smooth and moisturizing on your lips, very similar to the feeling of a lip balm without the thickness that you tend to get from a normal lip balm.

(L-R) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks: #8, #13, #19

The lipsticks are slightly sheer compared to a normal lipstick but they do show up very well on the lips, even the more nude colors. As you can probably tell by the name these lipsticks leave a really pretty shine to your lips. I personally do not like wearing lip gloss so these provide me enough shine to skip the lip gloss entirely. I find that the darker colors do stain your lips with a color a few shades lighter than the actual lipstick, but unfortunately I find this does not happen with the two lighter colors that I have.

(L-R) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks: #8, #13, #19
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick #8
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick #13

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick #19

The lipsticks can be found in stores or online. If you live in the US you can find them in Sephora for $36.00. If you live in the UK you can find them in Debenhams and House of Fraser for £26.00 each. Even though these lipsticks are more expensive than a drugstore lipstick, I feel that these are completely worth the money. I have never felt another lipstick similar to these. I own a few Revlon Lip Butters and although they are also moisturizing on the lips they do not feel as smooth or creamy as the YSL lipsticks and the Revlon Lip Butters feel much more thick on the lips.

Where you can buy these lipsticks (No Affiliate Links):

House of Fraser

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Autum Inspired Makeup Tutorial: Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette

The other week I decided to put together an Autumn leaves inspired makeup tutorial that would be easy enough to wear for work or school and require very little time and effort. The look incorporates different golden, brown, and cranberry colours to create a very pretty warm look.  To achieve this look I used my Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette which is a very affordable palette which contains 88 different neutral eyeshadows around the size of a US dime. I have previously done my Everyday Eyeshadow Tutorial using this palette and it is probably my favourite Coastal Scents Palette and I use it frequently. If you do not have this palette or have run out of any of the colours used in this tutorial, it is fine to use similar colours already in your collection and the look will come out very similar!

Finished Product of this Tutorial!

Step 1: The first thing I did was to apply my foundation, for this I used my L'Oreal True Match in Ivory. If you would like to see my full foundation routine please feel free to check out my blog post/video review here

Colours used in tutorial
Step 2: Next I applied a small amount of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (US: Bad to the Bronze) to each eyelid. Feel free to be messy with this step as it will all be covered up anyway. I try to focus this on my eyelid but if a little goes into the crease of your eye don't worry.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo - On and On Bronze (Bad to the Bronze in US)
Step 3: Grab a gold eyeshadow (Colour marked #1 in the picture above)  and place this al over your eyelid. Try to keep this colour only on the eyelid, but if a little goes into the crease by accident it is fine.

Step 4: Take a warm brown colour (Colour marked #2 in the picture above) that is similar to your skintone (maybe 1-2 shades darker) and apply this into your crease. I use a fluffy brush to achieve a blended look by wiping it back and forth across my crease, similar to the way a car wind shield wiper moves. This won't really look too much different from the step before but this will really help blend the eyeshadows that we put on top of it.

Step 5: Take a red-copper colour (Colour marked #3 in the picture above) and apply this on the outer 1/3rd of your eye (so the part of your eye furthest away from your nose). Try to keep this colour onto your eyelid  but again if the colour does creep up into your crease don't worry too much about it. This again will not be a huge difference to the gold, but adding different layers of colour really blends the look and makes it stand out even more when it is all completed. 

Step 6: Grab a dark cranberry colour (Colour marked #4 in the picture above)  and aplpy this to your outer v. If you are not sure where the outer v is, basically apply colour to the outermost part of your eye close to the lashlines. Pull it out and up towards your crease, then sweep it into your crease. If you look at the picture below it looks very similar to a < and > shape on the corner of your eye which is commonly referred to as your 'outer v'. Use a fluffy brush and really blend (using wind shield wiper motions) over the colour to achieve a very blended look with no harsh lines. 

Step 7 (Optional): Add some colour under your bottom lashline. This can be any of the colours taht you applied for this look (whichever you feel most comfortable with). Using the gold colour on the lower lash line looks really good, and if you smoke out some cranberry at the outer corners it really pops with the rest of the look. You can also add an inner corner highlight (personal preference), which is simply applying a white shimmery colour to the inner corners of your eyes. This makes your eyes look more awake and open so if you have smaller eyes this will make them look much larger.

Step 8: For this look in particular when thinking about school / work I find putting on gel or liquid eyeliner can be very time consuming and on a day your running late will be the last thing you want to do. To avoid this I grabbed a very thin brush and applied some black eyeshadow  (Colour marked #5 in the picture above) to my lashline by pressing the brush into my lashes. This will create an 'eyeliner' effect but be much softer than using a gel or liquid eyeliner. The best thing about using this tip is that it takes much less time as you do not have to be so precise as you do if you want a 'perfect' gel or liquid eyeliner. 

Step 9: To finish off the look curl your lashes and apply mascara to your upper and lower lashes. And the eyeshadow look is complete!
Final Eyeshadow Look
Final Eyeshadow Look
Step 10: To finish off the makeup look as a whole I added some Nars Orgasm blush to my cheeks along with the MUA Undress your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold. For lip options I decided to take a picture of a few different lipstick shades that are very wearable with this look and very fall appropriate. For each photo I will list which product I used below it as well as a link to any reviews if I have any. 

Rimmel Lasting Finish (By Kate) Lipstick in 101
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop 
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Temptation
Makeup Academy (MUA) Lipstick in Shade 2
I hope you all enjoyed this makeup look and I would love to see any of your recreations that you do. If you have any suggestions on different lip shades that would go great with this look, please let me know also in the comments down below as I am really in need of some great Fall lip combinations! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I hope you all decide to try out this easy fall makeup tutorial!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighters - Review + Comparison

Hello everyone! I am sure some of you have seen my previous reviews on the Makeup Academy (MUA) Undress Your Skin Highlighters. I am a huge fan of these highlighters and wear them every single day. I decided to make a video where I review each of the products separately, and share with you which one I prefer better (Original / Iridescent Gold).

These highlighters can be purchased from your local Superdrug or the MUA/Superdrug website. The highlighters retail for £3 each which is quite the bargain considering the amount of product that you receive (double that of a Nars blush). The highlighters come in two shades, the newest being Iridescent Gold and the older version (which is unnamed) Original.

Both of these blushes are amazing quality and have very good pigmentation. You only need the tiniest amount to really make your cheekbones glow. I have used the Original highlighter since it's release and I have not even hit pan. My favourite way to use this highlighter is to use my ELF Angled Blush Brush. I just apply a small amount on the brush and angle it sideways, making a diagonal line on my upper cheekbones.

If you own a shimmery pink blush with a golden shimmer the Iridescent Gold shade is the perfect complimentary highlighter. My favourite blush to wear this highlighter with is my NARS Orgasm blush (a great drugstore dupe is Rose Gold from Sleek), which is exactly what I wore on my wedding day! I love the highlight that both the blush and highlighter give together and it really makes you look like you are glowing (which is exactly what you want on your wedding day!).

Cheeks: Nars Orgasm Blush + MUA Iridescent Gold Highlighter
The Original shade is great for anyone who doesn't have very pale skin. I find that since I am very pale the highlighter shows up very pink on my skintone. I prefer not to use this highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones (where I would normally put my highlighter) but instead put it on the very top part of my blush so that even though it does have a pink shimmer, it blends in with my blush but still gives me a nice highlighted effect.

In my opinion I think the Iridescent Gold is much more versatile than the Original highlighting shade. I have been wearing it every day since I purchased it and I definitely reach for it over the Original shade. I feel like the Iridescent Gold would look great amongst more skin tones (especially those of you with a tan, this highlighter would look amazing!). 

I would love to know your thoughts on which highlighter you think you would prefer best, so please leave me down in the comments which you think you would reach for in the store! Also if you have tried either of these highlighters, what are your thoughts on them, and how would you rate them amongst other highlighters you have tried? Please leave me your answers down in the comments as I love reading them!