Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo*, Conditioner* and Smoothing Mask* Review

I was really excited when I heard Hask were introducing shampoos and conditioners to their hair care range. I've used their Argan Oil and their Macademia Hot Oil Mask before and was really happy with their effects.
Today I have the Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo*, Conditioner* and Mask* to share with you all.

I really love the packaging of the shampoo and conditioner. For some reason they just look so much more pretty and interesting on my bathroom shelf than other shampoo/conditioners. They just look more expensive/luxurious than, for example, L'Oreal packaging. There is also an Argan Oil based Shampoo and Conditioner in the range which I will be sharing with you very soon once I've used up these two!

There isn't a super strong scent, the scent reminds me of a L'oreal Shampoo and Conditioner I've used before, I think its the one in the red packaging? Anyway, its not a gross smell but you're not gonna smell it and go oh my god thats amazing. I do wish they had a nice lingering scent!

I did notice my hair looked and felt a lot better after using this. Its usually quite crazy with lots of flyaway after blowdrying but it did look a lot more smooth and in control! 
I've never been someone who repurchases a specific shampoo or conditioner, I usually just use whatever is there but I really do think I'll repurchase either this one (unless I like the Argan Oil one more).
Im not 100% sure of the price these will be, but I've tweeted Hask to ask so I'll update once I find out!

Now onto the hair mask! First off all the packaging. I'm not a fan of when hair masks come in sachets. Because there is so much product in the satchet (I ain't complaining about excess product mind you!) I had quite a lot left over and you can't reseal it. I was just worried about the satchet leaking all over my bathroom shelves. I ended up cleaning out an small old soap and glory tub and squeezing the rest of the product into it. Its just easier for storing. 
I do think they need to make tubes or tubs of this AS WELL as the satchets as they're handy for first timers to try out the product and see how they like it before committing to a tube or tub. 

I left this on for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off. While rinsing it off I did notice how soft and smooth my hair felt. I LOVE that feeling! My hair usually feels dry and tangly when I'm rinsing out my shampoo or conditioner but I love rinsing off masks because of how smooth, soft and non tangly my hair feels! 
Again I did notice how smooth my hair looked compared to how whispy and dry it feels after blowdrying it.

I think these are great to have in your bathroom when you feel like your hair needs a treat, at only €2-3 a pop plus with the amount of product you get they really are worth it! You can find these in Penneys and pharmacys all over Ireland!

Emma xo

Monday, 7 October 2013

Candy Pink and White Stripe Nail Art Design

I'm back with another nail post!
Today's is a cute and pretty nail art design!

I just want to apologise in advance for the watermarks, I know they're hideous but I've recently discovered they're necessary. I spotted one of my nail photos on google images, when I clicked it, it brought me to some random blog/website where my photo was featured in a post. There was no mention that it was not their photo or any credit given to me, they never even asked my permission to use it. It might not sound like a big deal but I worked hard on that nail design and the fact that google images leads people to that website and NOT me pisses me off. I did the work but they get the benefits. No thanks.

This design is beyond easy. I should mention I had one of the girls in work do it for me because I know I'd mess it up if I did it on myself! Mine is done with Shellac but you can use normal polish, just make sure you wait for the layers to dry before attempting the nail art.

Paint all your nails except the ring fingers pink. Paint the ring fingers white. Draw 3 horizontal lines along your ring finger in the same pink colour used on the other nails. Finally paint a little heart in green on your ring finger. Apply a top coat for longevity and shine. VOILA. Bish bash bosh you're done.

Emma x

Saturday, 5 October 2013

eBay Makeup Brushes - Beginner, Travel or Christmas Gift Brush Set

hey girls/guys, for a long time now I've been lusting after the Sigma Essential 'Make Me...' sets. I just happened to be window shopping on eBay when I spotted these makeup brushes that came in a similar brush holder that the Sigma brushes come in. At €13 they were A LOT cheaper than the Sigma brushes.
Curiousity got the better of me and of course I had to order them to see how the quality was. For €13 I wasn't expecting much.
(link to item/seller at end of post)

 Because they came from Hong Kong they took about 4 weeks to get to Ireland, when they finally arrived I was plesantly surprised by the quality. I expected the hairs to be falling out once I opened it. Now I'm not saying they're MAC or Sigma quality but they're pretty damn good for the price. I did my Mams makeup for a party she was going to with these and they did a great job! 

The set comes with 13 brushes
- a powder
- a stippling brush
- an angled powder brush
- a foundation brush
- 2 eyeshadow brushes
- 1 angled eyeshadow brush
- 2 crease brushes (1 densely packed the other fluffier)
- 1 stiffer brush I like to use for applying eyeshadow under the eye
- an angled brush 
- an eyeliner brush
- a mascara spooly

They come in a leather cylinder case which can be used as 2 brush holders.
Its so handy for travelling. Because its a 'hard' case it will protect your brushes. I think it would be great if you had a more expensive set of brushes and didn't want them to get broken in your case. You can always buy the set and just use the cylinder case, its worth it for €13 for travelling.

If you're just starting out or would like a spare set of brushes for travelling etc then I definitely recommend this set. I think they'd be a great christmas gift for makeup lovers or teenage girls just starting to get into makeup. 

You can find the specific set/seller I bought from here.

Emma x