Moroccan Oil Colour Complete Protect & Prevent Spray review

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Isn’t it the most frustrating thing ever when your fresh hair colour fades out of existence? For me, my non brassy blonde generally will last around one week before the colour would start to dull. Cue the massive exodus of dry shampoo (as its white) and purple toners to try and desperately revive my former colour.

This dullness is caused by external environmental factors, such as UV rays and pollutant damage. Taking this into consideration, I knew on my recent trip to Croatia that my hair was going to suffer. Lots of sun, lots of drying chlorine.

A couple of weeks prior to flying out to Croatia I was at LFW at the Aadnevik show; on the back of this the PR’s had sent me some Moroccan oil hair products to try. These were used throughout the show, and I know the products are used in salons.

This is where the Colour Complete Protect & Prevent spray comes in. It is designed to shield against environmental aggressors, this prevents oxidation and it also protects against thermal damage. The spray uses ArganID micro-encapsulated technology to repair and seal hair cuticles to lock in colour. It’s almost like this spray was designed for me to take on holiday!

How did it perform?

Across the entire range of Moroccan oil products I have been testing there is a real salon, professional feel. They all smell magnificent, and leave your hair feeling not only soft – but healthy.

The Colour Complete spray really did help to maintain my hair colour. And I knew it would be a challenge, years of peroxide has altered my hair to become very porous; and colour fade is something I have learnt to accept over the years. However armed with this spray, I managed to minimise damage and enhance my colour. I love the fact you just spray it through your hair, as you would with any heat protection spray.

My hair colour below after a few days in the sun:

I’d highly recommend this to anyone. It’s not just for those with coloured hair, external damage occurs mainly from environmental factors. Living in London with a huge amount of pollution affects not only our health, but our skin and hair too. I think it’s important to raise awareness of products that protect against this damage. Just because you can’t physically see the damage, doesn’t mean it isn’t occurring all the time!

You can purchase the Moroccan Oil Colour Complete Protect & Prevent Spray here, £22.65 for 160ml

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My Anti-Ageing Skincare Routine At 25

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You may be thinking it is a little premature for me to start thinking about my skin ageing. Why am I worrying about wrinkles before I even get old? But the truth is, would you wait to clean your car after 6 months? Would you let leaves, pollution, dirty rain water (plus more additionally disgusting things) build up to the point your car is unrecognisable? The answer is no. When we can visually see something depreciating and decaying, we often step in to stop the process. Why should our skin be any different?

In fact we should be even more stringent with our skin because it has to endure a lot. So I’ve decided to actively start to maintain my skin and do everything I can, yes at age 25, to eradicate the chances of premature ageing. Of course, having a good skincare routine isn’t going to roll back decades for us. There are many other external factors which can age skin. Stress, smoking, sun damage and even genetics can make us predisposed to ageing. That is why it is mandatory to replenish the skin where you can.

As a blogger / reviewer / social media influencer / I don’t even know what to refer to myself as anymore, I have reviewed a plethora of skincare products. What works for me personally is keeping to a routine, consistency is key. Decent products that work together.

I’ve recently been using the Drops of Youth collection by The Body Shop, combined with the Oils of Life intensely revitalising cream. These products are from two of The Body Shops Premium skincare ranges, thus, they are a little pricier but well worth it. Here is a breakdown of each product and the order in which I use them;

Drops of Youth, Youth essence lotion, £15 for 160ml

A gel to water toner which is to be used straight after cleansing. It is extremely hydrating, infused with a blend of three plant stem cells. This sits well with my skin in particular as it’s more of an oily toner, as opposed to conventionally stringent toners.

Drops of Youth, Youth Concentrate, £33 for 50ml

This is essentially a serum concentrate designed to target the first signs of ageing. It smells magnificent, and leave your skin with a moisturising glow.

Drops of Youth, Youth Bouncy Eye Mask, £18 for 20ml

An absolute wonder of a product. The eye mask can be applied directly under eyes to refresh them, or used as an overnight sleeping mask. I personally suffer terribly with dark circles and this is the only product that has ever visibly improved them. Enriched with cucumber extract, the non sticky formula helps to address the first signs of ageing.

Oils of Life, Intensely Revitalising Cream, £26 for 50ml

This cream infuses three well known seed oils from around the world, with perfecting micro pearls that replenish skin. I have been using this as the last step in my routine, both day and night. It is light enough for use in the day, but is excellent as an overnight treatment cream. Designed to fight the signs of ageing and provide intense replenishment to skin. Love it, and how silky it makes my skin feel.

The Drops of Youth and Oils of Life collections are available on The Body Shop website, and in store. You can also order through a consultant like myself; send me a message for further information.

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin for Fall Review

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With The Body Shop launching their Pumpkin for Fall range, we are all well aware that the end of summer has arrived.

For many of us, the colder months are our favourite time of the year. Cosy nights in, hibernating whilst divulging comfort food and slapping on a face mask. Absolute bliss.

What better way to announce the arrival of the Winter months than treating yourself to deliciously spicy, yet sweetly scented treats? I could not resist and I have ordered myself the Vanilla Pumpkin shower gel and hand cream.

Before I review the range I wanted to let you into a little secret (perhaps not so much of a secret now as I am sharing this post publicly!).

I have recently signed up as an independent consultant for The Body Shop. It is the best decision I have made in a long while, and that means a lot coming from a sceptically minded person such as myself. I’ve always been irritated by the thought of network marketing, and I’ve constantly rejected the idea. I watched others promoting network marketing on social media from afar and felt uneasy about it all.

I had been contemplating joining some kind of network marketing company online for some time. I always seemed to be plagued with thoughts of how people would judge me. Would I even be any good? Would I manage to sell anything? Or even thinking about how representing another beauty brand could jeopardise the accountability of my own blog?

One day I took the plunge and just decided to do it. I have always loved The Body Shop and their products. I don’t have to push people in a way that becomes nagging, as the reputation of the company and their products supersedes this. We are a cruelty free brand that uses ethically sourced ingredients. Offering amazing skincare, make up and even home fragrances! It also doesn’t have to ruin my accountability as a freelance writer. My reviews will continue to stay as honest and blunt as my personality.

I am loving this opportunity as I love beauty products. The chance to earn a little money on the side is also motivating. After all my BMW M3 isn’t going to buy itself. (I knew I couldn’t write an entire post on beauty products without making at least one car reference). The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Range reviewI absolutely adore the branding on this range. The candy skull and pumpkin are kitsch, without being tacky. It’s a great design to introduce autumnal feels into your beauty routine. There is one thing that makes this range really exceptional. The smell. Who would think to combine vanilla with pumpkin?! But they work ridiculously well together. The sugary smell of the vanilla is complimented by a spicy pumpkin undertone; the result is an autumnal smell that makes you want to eat it. The first day I received my shower gel and hand cream, I kept reaching for them to inhale the scent continuously. Addictive is the word I’m looking for. As usual the expected standard from The Body Shop hand cream. Hydrating with a wonderful smell. My only qualm with these hand creams is that they don’t seem to quite last long enough for me! The shower gel is amazing. It is a 250ml bottle so will probably see me through until Christmas. The consistency is smooth, and the addictive smell makes you want to lather it all over you multiple times. I would really recommend this range for anyone who adores autumn, winter, Halloween – or just simply wants to smell divine! Happy end of summer 🎃 The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Range for Fall is available in stores or you can order directly through myself. Add me on Facebook if you’d like to order; Michelle Whitney.

Beauty Kitchen The Protector hair primer review

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So you’ve heard of a primer for your skin right? Smoothing it on like filler, prepping your skin before make up application. It has become a staple in our modern make up routines. What about a primer for your hair?

I was lucky enough to be sent a box of free goodies from Triyit; a company that launches social media campaigns to raise the profile of new and upcoming products. By sending out these products (completely free of charge!) to a matching demographic, and offering prizes for pics – the profile of these products and brands gets consequently raised.

In the most recent campaign, amongst the goodies we received was a Karine Jackson & Beauty Kitchen The Protector Multi purpose primer for hair. I was instantly drawn to its packaging, it has a somewhat environmental yet modern feel. The mantra behind the product adheres to this image. The primer is formulated by 100% natural ingredients, which in turn shields hair from brush and heat damage, protects from UV Rays and pollution.

Karine Jackson is actually a global pioneer for natural, ethically sourced & vegan hair care. The entire range she’s collaborated with The Beauty Kirchen to create is 100% natural and 100% vegan.

I think it’s really important that beauty products are embracing the need to protect against pollution. I’ve seen pollution protection in skincare in recent years – but overjoyed to now see this progression appearing in hair care products. External, environmental factors like pollutants in the atmosphere and weather conditions can cause lacklustre, flat, dried out hair.

What did I think of the primer?

I love applying this type of priming product to my hair after towel drying it. I’m very careful to only apply to the ends, as my hair can get greasy super fast.

Using this felt like a spa treatment, it has a really herbal, Ayurvedic smell that reminds me of Camden market in a reminiscent way. After blow drying my hair, it was super super soft – I could feel the difference from the wash before without using the primer.

As mentioned above, I think with a product like this that has been produced with morality in mind for a millennial market. It’s also about conscience. Not just a product that looks aesthetically fabulous and makes your hair soft. In all honesty any decent hair care product can do that. But actually buying into a brand and product that believes in the power of nature. The necessity of protection from environmental element exposure to hair and skin. A guilt free product.

Probably the best beauty quote I’ve ever heard in passing is the following: ‘You shouldn’t apply anything to your hair and skin that you wouldn’t eat.’

It’s metaphorical, obviously don’t go swallowing your Body Shop Vitamin E moisturiser. The point is to apply non chemical, non damaging products to your skin and hair.

Power to the primer! And pow to the power of nature ☄️

Karine Jackson’s The Protector Multi-Purpose Primer is £14 for 50ml, and available here

Rodin Mermaid Collection Luxury Lip Oil review

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What could be more enchanting than an entire beauty collection dedicated to a mythical creature? Linda Rodin (creator of Rodin Olio Lusso), always felt she was a mermaid in a previous life. She enlisted the help of her artist friend Donald Robertson to collaborate and design this simply magical mermaid collection. Donald’s artwork on the packaging of the entire collection makes the ever classy Rodin products even more alluring.

I have been reviewing the Mermaid Luxury Lip Oil. The mermaid collection has a running theme of illumination and fantasy. Each product designed to shine and glow gloriously. The Luxury lip oil is a gold based lip oil that universally suits all. It provides an incandescent shine reminiscent of, well, mermaids.

How does the Luxury Lip Oil perform?

Once you have got over the sheer excitement of the packaging and concept of potentially looking like a mermaid; using the product gives the exact same feeling!

The Luxury Lip Oil glides seamlessly onto bare lips, or alternatively on top of lipstick. Glossy, but not sticky, metallic lips are the outcome. What I really love is the lip oil not only looks aesthetically fantastic, it contains an array of nourishing ingredients including Vitamin E, Sunflower Oil and Olive Fruit Oil. These moisturising ingredients are particularly helpful at protecting sensitive lips, and even more relevant in the recent blistering heat we’ve been experiencing the UK. Excessive heat and sun ray exposure not only dries skin, but lips too.

A lip oil is one of those products that you wouldn’t necessarily fall into a shop rushing to buy, but once you have it you cannot imagine life without it. I believe this lip oil is great for summer, to enhance a naturally radiant look.

I think this product could be used to create an eye catching lip look, that can be worn both casually or dressed up. I’m excited to attempt to create some stunning looks with this by the time I jet off this year so stay tuned!

Follow me on Instagram to stay up to date with my make up looks; @versaceblonde

Rodin Olio Lusso’s Mermaid Collection is available at Liberty London. The Mermaid Luxury Lip Oil retails at £25 and is available here.

Primark PS My Perfect Colour liquid concealer review

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I have generally been really impressed with any of the make up / skincare items I have ever purchased from Primark. What could be better than saving money and still maintaining high quality products? Being part of a millennial generation that are forcibly living with parents until they are 30, saving money is mandatory for us. I love beauty, I love writing about beauty – but I also love finding a beauty bargain.

In recent years Primark have been ahead of their beauty game. They have launched cult glitter eyeshadow palettes. Cult pigmented highlighters. Amazing false lashes for £1. So the liquid concealer I have purchased for £2, has impeccably high standards to meet.

My Perfect Colour Liquid Concealer (Shade Ivory) review

The simple packaging and branding on the tube makes the concealer appear to be a more expensive high street brand. Looking at this product you would never guess that it costs £2. It doesn’t look cheap, and I like that.

How does it perform?

Fundamentally for me concealer needs to hide my horrific dark circles. If it can’t do that, for me it’s useless. Luckily, after suffering with acne for little over ten years I don’t have much scarring or any blemishes. I’ve cut down on wearing foundation too – but concealer is needed for the delicate under eye area.

The Primark PS liquid concealer has a soft brush which is great for the under eye area. I like to apply my concealer with the brush that comes with the product – and further blend in with a Real Techniques brush.

The consistency of this concealer when applied is a little powdery. Instead of a silky flawless finish, it provides only medium coverage with a powder finish. This wouldn’t be ideal if you are looking for a heavy full coverage.

However, I still believe this is a great product for 2 pounds. It’s buildable, it looks natural and it comes in an array of colours. Another thing which we demand as millennials is diversity. Whenever I purchase a concealer I make an observation of the range of colours available. I think it’s important that the beauty industry loses its air of exclusivity and embraces diversity.

Overall I think this concealer is good. It’s not a game changer, but for the small price it costs it’s great for covering small blemishes or to use for contouring. It would be perfect for contouring. And who doesn’t love a cheeky bit of contouring!?

(Pictured above a glowy look created on me using the said concealer)

Delune Bitter Orange & Neroli Facial Mist review

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Delune Paris is a London based brand that believes in the power of nature. The founder and creator Luigi Masi believes that skincare should be as organic as possible, and skincare ingredients should be as ethically sourced as possible. These were the driving forces that pushed him to create Delune Paris.

Both of these aforementioned issues in the skincare industry are issues that I feel need to be discussed. In particular the subject of skincare ingredients. Millennials have caused a shift in the way brands market their skincare and talk about ingredients – we are demanding. We want vegan friendly, cruelty free, ethically sourced and natural ingredients. As opposed to harsh chemicals that can accentuate skin conditions, or even cause them.

The more we educate ourselves about what we apply to our skin; the more the industry will be forced to change. That’s why I love innovative new brands like Delune Paris, they produce products that smell natural, feel natural and have natural derivatives. All the while, producing skincare that does not have a derogatory effect on the environment or other humans.

Delune Paris Bitter Neroli and Orange Facial Mist Review

I have been lucky enough to be sent this facial mist from Delune Paris; and I love it.

In my skincare routine I use a facial mist after cleansing to give a boost to skin. To give some gentle hydration that feels refreshing. The Bitter Neroli and Orange facial mist provides just that. Neroli is an antioxidant, providing the skin with a radiance boost. Orange adds Vitamin C to the mist which aids the skin against ageing.

It smells immense. The Orange provides a citrus undertone, whilst the Bitter Neroli smells holistic and healing. A real organic smell that relaxes the skin and the mind.

Hydration is especially important during the summer months. Skin can become lacklustre and dry due to sun exposure, and pollutants in the atmosphere. This facial mist can be carried in your handbag to provide an instant boost whenever it is necessary. I would highly recommend this to skin care enthusiasts everywhere. The brand ethics are enough to convince anyone to purchase – and the products live up to the reputation!

Delune Paris Bitter Neroli and Orange Facial Mist (100 ml) can be purchased online here, for £18. The facial mist comes in an array of various scents; each bottle is fresh and hand made to order.