Nanshy Eye Brush Set

Nanshy Eye Brush Set

I was recently sent the newly launched Nanshy Eye Brush Set to review. My brush collection is pretty meagre compared to most other peoples, especially when it comes to eye brushes, so I was excited to see what these 7 brushes could do for me.

The eye brushes are cruelty free which is fantastic and come packaged in a sleek black cardboard case with a simple design and information about the brushes plus Nanshy’s social media links on the bank. The packaging is inoffensive but perhaps could reflect the price a little better?

The brushes themselves are housed in a plastic tray, each brush in a compartment molded to its very shape. They are all very sleek with a pearlescent white handle with writing, a silver body and the brush itself. What I love about these brushes is that each one has the name written onto it so you know exactly what to use that brush for. Only recently have I got into using more than one eyeshadow at a time (I know, the shame!) so as I branch out with my eye makeup, I obviously need to branch out more when it comes to brushes.

The bristles on each brush are soft but cause little to no fallout. Whilst I haven’t used every brush yet, I am impressed with the majority that I have used so far  – the bristles are gentle on your eyes but the brush is quite dense which means it picks up product easily. 

This is a quick first impressions post, I plan on perhaps creating some eye looks with these – would that be something you’d like to see? If so, what? Do let me know 🙂

These currently retail at £29.95 and can be bought at BeautyStore4U (who offer worldwide shipping) or Amazon. I would definitely recommend these – I can see myself getting a lot of use from them – not only are they affordable (7 brushes for under £30 is amazing!) but the quality is impressive and the fact that they have their function written on them seals the deal for me.

What is your favourite eye brush?
 

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine To Full Blow Out Spray & Blow Dry Lotion Root Booster

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine To Full Blow Out Spray & Blow Dry Lotion Root Booster
Judge me if you like but being a stay at home mum means I perhaps don’t put the daily effort in when it comes to my hair as much as you may do. Often, you’ll find me covered in marmite from Jack’s toast and hastily putting it up in a bun – with such an active little boy, I don’t necessarily have the time to spend ages on my hair.

I was recently sent the Fine To Full Blow-Out Spray and Blow Dry Lotion Root Booster to try by John Frieda. John Frieda are a brand who I have had little experience of in the past so I was interested to see how well these products would work for me, going in with no expectations. Designed for fine hair, I wanted to see if they could give me the results salons can.
I am very wary of spraying product onto my roots as products can automatically make them look greasy, even if freshly washed. This is designed to be used on towel dried hair and I have been using this intermittently for the past month to see how I got on. When I am making an effort to go somewhere, even if I am just leaving the house to pop down the shops, I make sure to spritz this in freshly dried hair and see what happens. The product feels great, not too heavy and I’ve even had people asking if I’ve done something different with my hair – it is normally so lacklustre and lifeless that any change, even miniscule, can easily be picked up on. Very impressed with this – definitely had more volume around the roots without any greasy residue or frizz.

I haven’t used this product as much as the Root Booster but I have found similar results. To be sprayed throughout towel dried hair covering under sections and root area and combed from root to tip, I found this to be incredibly lightweight and didn’t leave any greasy residue as some products do. Whilst I won’t be using this everyday as there really isn’t any need for me to, I will be using these regularly when I want to give myself that little OOMPH.

Would I repurchase? I’m unsure. Whilst the products are quite good, I would be interested to see if I could get better quality at a lower price – after all, I love my bargains! Have you got any suggestions for similar cheaper products?

The John Frieda Luxurious Volume range can be found in Boots and all major retailers. The Blow Out Spray currently retails at £6.99 and the Root Booster at £5.99 but if you are quick, you can get both for £8 on the Boots website plus get yourself some Advantage Card points too…why not treat yourself?

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Morrocan Oil

Morrocan Oil
I’ve never been one of those girls who is obsessed with hair care. I used to be the get up, wash hair and go kind of girl. I rarely use straighteners however over the past few years, I have noticed my hair needing much more TLC than before.
I think a combination of constantly dying my hair plus pregnancy really left my hair feeling lifeless and lacklustre and seeing as hairdressers are so expensive these days, I needed to find something to give me that salon treatment from the comfort of my own home.
Step forward the cult product that is Moroccan Oil, a product that I’m pretty sure everyone has heard about at some point! Plenty of my friends swear by it so what better time to bite the bullet and give it  a try?
The oil is thick and golden in colour and looks quite ominous when you first see it!

I have quite thick hair and my scalp can sometimes get quite oily so I avoid my roots slightly when working up from the ends of my hair. I had been noticing a lot more frizz lately, much more than usual which I have put down to lack of care and attention – having left work and being at home most of the time, I don’t feel the need to make as much of an effort as I would when I was at my old job – Jack doesn’t care if I don’t put on a whole face of makeup or don’t spend ages on my hair!

I soon realised this was the wrong attitude to have when I was battling with my frizzy hair and decided to give this a try. I simply incorporated this midway into my haircare routine and noticed a difference almost instantly. There is no better feeling after a day at the salon than to feel how silky and smooth your hair is. Whilst not only making my hair look better, Moroccan Oil also does just this – leaves me feeling like I’ve just walked out of the salon! Whilst it is a little on the pricy side for me, I will definitely be looking at alternatives and perhaps adding this to my Christmas list as it really does deserve all the hype it gets. My hair has never looked better.

You can buy Moroccan Oil in most beauty & haircare shops, including here where they currently have some fab offers on the different sizes of Moroccan Oil available.

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Recent Beauty Buys | Vivo & The Body Shop

Recent Beauty Buys | Vivo & The Body Shop

I am a sucker for a good deal. If a company is offering a decent discount and the possibility of some free items if you spend over x amount, I like to see what they have to offer. This sometimes leads to situations such as these…

After being very impressed by the Vivo Colour Block in ‘Dreamy’ Eye Palette, I had to pick up some Vivo items when they were offering 50% off and free delivery! I had a few items on my wishlist, thanks to Gemma so I picked up the Colour Block Eye Palette in Enchanted, the Blush and Highlighter Duo in Pink Primrose and my personal favourite so far – the Baked Blush in Rouge Shimmer. Gemma had raved about it to me and rightly so – it is absolutely beautiful!

I also picked up a couple of things from The Body Shop when they had a discount offer available. I picked up a lipstick (which isn’t pictured but is featured in my How Much Is My Face Worth? post), a set of mini brushes to carry around with me and a small cleansing brush,. just to see what it was like. I also signed up to their membership scheme as I realised that I do spend quite a bit in there so it would be nice to reap the benefits! I was lucky enough to receive a Rainforest Moisture haircare sample and the White Musk Libertine Body Lotion absolutely free! 

I have been quite restrained when it comes to shopping recently and only getting things that I think I’ll need. If I do, I always make sure to seek out discounts too! I recently won some vouchers for a clothing website so I am looking forward to splurging then though!

What have you recently bought, beauty wise?

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The Top 5 Products I Want Right Now

The Top 5 Products I Want Right Now

Today is my Dad’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Dad!) and this got me thinking about the items I will be putting on my Christmas and birthday wish lists. My birthday is in January so it isn’t too long after Christmas – I really need to get my skates on!

I picked five products that I really want right now, either having used them previously or seeing them on other blogs.

The MUA Matte Lipsticks look like something I need to get my hands on. I read a review on Helen’s blog and definitely think I should try them out before passing a judgement. I have had to stop myself from popping into Superdrug a few times now! The Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask is a mask that I have seen taking over recently – everyone seems to be raving about it. Seeing as I fell victim to the hype with the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and absolutely adored it, I really want to give this a try – Selfridges, watch out!

MAC Syrup isn’t a shade I would have ever given much thought until my friend Shona picked it as her prize from Lisa’s giveaway. Both girls have raved to me about how pretty the shade is and now I find myself wanting it as well..I think it is my punishment for making them spend too much everytime we go shopping! The MUA Colour Blast Eyeshadow Tints are another fairly new release by MUA and these have been getting some great reviews. I love the idea of a much cheaper Chubby Stick so definitely want to find some of these under the Christmas tree.

Finally, I have picked the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Nourishing Lip Balm. This is like my holy grail product (the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant) but a little more intensive. This is definitely something I am going to be needing once those cold winter nights start rolling in.

What products are you currently pining for?

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