Tresemme 60 Second Treatment Shot

Right so here I am listening to Justin Timberlake's new album (which is incredible by the way) and eating my rice pudding (don't hate) and I decided to write a nice little evening blog post. So earlier this evening, I decided to have a bath after being ill for 4 consecutive days and to hopefully shake off the remnants of the illness, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get back into my regimental skincare routine and treat my hair also. I recently mentioned in my latest haul that I'd purchased some of the fairly new on the scene Tresemme 'shots'. 

These were brought to my attention by Alix from ICovetThee when she mentioned that they left her hair feeling lovely and soft, that's persuasion enough for me as in my opinion, that's one of the best feelings in the world. So I had pretty high expectations for these, especially considering the price 
of them being £0.69 in Superdrug right now, but £1.49 normally so naturally I bought 3. We all know that I am a sucker for anything that has the words 'hair' and 'mask' in the same sentence so with the price, the recommendation, and the product itself, I was all in. 

I was a bit baffled as to how this little thing would manage to work in a minute and supposedly repair 2 years worth of damage in 5 uses. I don't know if it's because its my first use or because its just a gimmick but it just didn't seem to do much. Maybe it's because I'm so used to my Philip Kingsley Elasticizer but okay, it left my hair feeling relatively soft but nothing groundbreaking. One thing I did notice, which I'm not sure whether it's just me imagining things, or if it actually is, but my hair does feel a lot stronger and less brittle. I have a real issue with brittle hair as mine is so very long so that's a plus. 

To be quite honest, for the price of what I paid (£0.69) I think it is worth it, however at full price, 5 of these little shots would cost you £7.45 and you are better off buying Tresemme's Keratin Smooth Mask which is normally £5.99 for 300ml (£2.45 at the moment). It's a great, affordable hair mask and although I will continue to finish off my 2 last shots I don't think I'll be repurchasing them again. It was a nice little pick me up and I think we'll leave it at that.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried the shot?


NOTD (Nails Of The Day) 21/3/13

   Left to Right: Seche Vite Topcoat / Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in 'Ceramic Blue' / L'oreal Topcoat in 'Confetti'

The Illamasqua Speckled Nail Varnish Range (£14.50 each)

I really liked the look of the Illamasqua 'Speckled' nail varnishes that they'd brought out recently this year, but I couldn't justify forking out £14.50 for one of them. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and DIM (do it myself). Although mine don't look exactly the same I think its about as close as you can get. So I used my beloved, and I mean beloved, so much so that I think it's run out now, and I went to have a look in 3 Boots stores, and they had none, and I'm pretty sure they've discontinued it, which I am frankly quite distraught over. Anyway, I put two coats of that on, and added the L'oreal 'Confetti' top coat, and polished (no pun intended) with my also beloved Seche Vite. And I really like them, I can't stop staring at them and I find them comparable to Mini Eggs, and who doesn't enjoy a cheeky bag or Mini Eggs or 6. 

I love pastel nail varnishes as it is, but these are bang on for spring and I really do recommend you all try and get your hands on either the Illamasqua ones if you can afford them, or trying out my method with a pastel colour of your choice, seeing as one of my favourite nail varnishes of all time may or not have been discontinued. If any of you know whether it has, or where I can get a dupe for it, pretty please let me know and I'll be forever grateful.

Sincerely heartbroken.

Just kidding but seriously, help a sister out and let her know!



Neal's Yard 'Bee-Lovely To Your Hands' Hand Cream

Neal's Yard 'Bee-Lovely To Your Hands' Hand Cream (£10.00 / 50ml)

I do love a good freebie and I received this beauty in the April Marie Claire with the beautiful Mila Kunis on the front (persuasion enough really). I'm not usually a subscriber of Marie Claire, but I must say that this little number swayed me ever so slightly. They also have a mean beauty section in the back. Anything with honey as an ingredient immediately has my attention, I actually don't love the taste of honey, but I love the benefits and the sensation of being covered in honey, I just think it sounds so nice. It has orange essential oils, so it smells like Terry's Chocolate Orange (major bonus). And it has no nasties in it either, it's GM, Paraben, Synthetic Fragrance and Silicone free which is fab.

This hand cream has quite a thick but not overly thick consistency however the downside to that is that it does take quite some time to sink in, I find myself sitting there massaging it into my hands for a good couple of minutes or so. So this would not be ideal for the daytime, or especially for me at work, because my hands do get quite dry, but the drying time for me is too slow as I am constantly dealing with customers etc. However I do think this is a perfect little hand cream for keeping by your bed at night time and slathering it on before you drift off to wake up to lovely soft hands, nothing better in my opinion.

I've never really heard anyone speak about this range at Neal's Yard, but it should be spoken about more, bee- cause I think its great, I'm sorry but it had to bee done, did it again, sorry.

Have any of you tried this? Let me know!


My Week In Photos 15/3/13

Top Row:
My breakfast that I have every morning - Chunky porridge oats, brown sugar and banana // 25 days till NYC baby! (technically 23 now!) // I decided to sport a red lip for once! Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 402
Middle Row:
Bobble hat on in preparation for the 0 degree weather! // Me and my beautiful mummy for Mother's Day // Callum, Me and Bery at his flat for his housewarming party/pre birthday.
Bottom Row:
I met CASPAR LEE! Life made, but Lucy and I asked for a cheeky photo at Callum's Housewarming // Callum and I at a friends 21st, I love that photo // My Sunday pamper evening contents, was immense! 

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So I Did A Bit More Shopping This Month...

Yeah, yeah I know, Kassia you're not supposed to have spent anymore money this month, I am well aware, but this was just too good to pass up! I was walking past the House of Fraser on Oxford Street, with my mum, who is possibly the worst influence when it comes to shopping and we noticed they had massive adverts saying that if you bought two Lancome products, you'd receive a gift set worth £89. There was no catch, you didn't have to buy particular items or items over a certain price, you could buy two of the cheapest things they sell and still be eligible to receive a gift bag. Don't call me crazy, but that is a very difficult offer to turn down, am I right?? Right so typical me, I didn't go for the cheapest option, but instead I've been dying to try their mascaras. So I went for the Hypnose Star Mascara, which is their latest one, and I also went for their lash primer. And I received all the goodies in the first photo, which is absolutely fantastic I think. I haven't tried Lancome skincare before, so I'm a bit apprehensive because I have quite sensitive skin, and if it doesn't like something, it definitely lets me know by reacting crazily!

 I was going to use them tonight as I allocate Wednesdays for my skincare night where I do my Origins things basically. But my mum reminded me that they will be good for travelling, so I may or may not, depending on my patience, keep these for my travel beauty bag for when I go to New York. 

What do you think? Good deal? Let me know if any of you took the plunge and went for them too!


March Glossybox 2013 Unboxing!

So because I've been moaning so publicly in my videos about how shoddy Glossybox are becoming, I think they finally heard my cry for help. Although this isn't up to the usual high standard that I'm used to when it comes to Glossybox, it is however improving quite significantly. I must sound like a right beauty subscription box snob, but sh. Anyway, the products went well with the theme of this months box, which was 'city chic' and I will most definitely use every one of these products and I am, I'm going to say it. happy with this months box. Phew.



Barry M 'Textured' Nail Varnishes Review!

Left to Right: Ridley Road, Kingsland Road, Atlantic Road 

 'Kingsland Road'

'Atlantic Road'

'Ridley Road'

After doing my research into why these particular nail varnishes are named after roads, I soon found out that they were where the creator of Barry M, Mr Barry Mero, began his working days in the markets of South and East London in the early 80's. First and foremost I must say that I LOVE PASTELS, so when I laid eyes on these beauties, I was automatically drawn in. Now I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Barry M nail varnishes, love the wide colour range, hate the duration of how long they last and hate even more how long it takes them to dry. But that's just me. I was initially a bit wary of trying these out as I wasn't sure what this 'texture' was as it's not very well advertised. But as I mentioned in my haul video it is comparable to the Nails Inc Concrete Collection (perhaps another reason they are named after roads). As you can see from the pictures, it has a very gritty, matte finish, which was something that was a bit out of my comfort zone, as I usually think the shinier the better, which is why I also love Barry M's Gelly Hi Shine nail varnishes. But I soon warmed to the look of them on my nails and now I'm completely obsessed. 

I don't own all the colours, well I own 3/4 as the yellow wasn't something that was screaming out to me, but having fallen in love with the other 3 (kinda, I'll explain in a sec), I may just go and purchase it so I can try it and be somewhat proud of owning the whole collection. As I said, I love pastel colours and anything pastel I'm down for, even yellows. Right so back to falling in love with 2 of them... I had high expectations for 'Atlantic Road' but for some reason it just doesn't sit well with me, I don't think it really goes with my skin tone or something but all I know is that it's my least favourite out of the three. However, all the three of the colours I own, are very highly pigmented and the colours, once on the nails, come across very vibrant which I am totally loving for spring at the moment. I think you could even get away with one coat being enough, they're that pigmented!

The texture is something to get used to, but it really doesn't take long as the colours are just so beautiful.  I also think that this gritty texture helps the nail varnish last a lot longer, and I feel as if I don't have to be as wary of smudging or chips because of the texture not being as glossy or smooth as a normal nail varnish. I often find myself just stroking my nails, weird I know. They also dry hella' fast, which is a big, big, BIG deal for me as you know I'm possibly the most impatient person on this planet. 

Retailing for a 'stonking' £3.99, I think you should all run out and buy all four as these get a massive thumbs up from me. Barry M are really impressing me with all their nail stuff at the moment.



Pamper Evening

From Left To Right:
L'oreal Ever Riche Shampoo & Conditioner // Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb // TK Maxx Vanilla Dream Candle // Sex & The City Complete Boxset // Philip Kingsley Elasticizer // Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Mask
Now I mentioned in my most recent Current Favourites that I am quite partial to the 'occasional' bath, (occasional used lightly), and when I do, I really do go all out, guns blazing. Without it sounding weird, I wish all of you could experience my personal bath time with me, in fact that is weird and I'm going to quit while I'm ahead. It's all about the pampering in a bath, so as you can see I've got a fair few pamper products to accompany me. Instead of a book, I opted for Sex & The City which you can never go wrong with, in my opinion. I applied my Elasticizer, combed it through and because an episode of SATC is around the 20 minute mark, I just lay back and chilled out while Philip worked his magic. Meanwhile, after envying Carrie Bradshaw's everything, I then washed it out, and applied the Deep Repair Mask and washed it out after about 7 minutes. It was just lovely chilling in a piping hot bath ( just how I like it) smelling like honey and feeling completely relaxed (with cashmere soft hair may I just add!). I think more people should make the time for baths as they really are a home remedy for mood lifting! 



My Week in Photos 8/3/13

Top Row:
My New Givenchy-esque T-shirt from Orange Circle Co // Callum, Bery and Myself at Callum's brand new flat in Canary Wharf (its perfection) // Barry M Textured Nail Varnish in 'Kingland Road'.
Middle Row:
Selfie In The Sunshine // Pug In A Pram - one of the weirdest things I've seen in public // Considering getting my block fringe put back in!
Bottom Row: 
Out for drinks with Berenice // My friend Kimi sent me a (really) belated birthday parcel with some seriously amazing goodies in it // Company Magazine (March Issue)

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Face of the Day(s)

I've been sporting this exact look for a number of days now. I absolutely love it. I've been using the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and the concealer also, and they work really well together and I thought they were a bit too light for my skin, but bronzed up a little I think it looks good. Brows are the usual Make Up Forever which I'm sure you know I've been loving recently. 'Rubenesque' Paint Pot by MAC, priming and adding vibrance to MAC's 'All That Glitters', then running MAC's 'Satin Taupe' (which I've recently rediscovered after a while!) and MAC's Sketch to deepen my crease a little more.
I've really been loving the MAC mascara that I featured in my most recent haul, like really really loving, I think it makes my lashes looking amazing, if I do say so myself. A pink flush to my cheeks and my trusted Illamasqua Gleam Cream as a highlighter, all topped off with Rimmel Apocalips in 'Luna'. 

Products Used (some not pictured):
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation & Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Make Up Forever Aqua Brows
MAC Paintpot in 'Rubenesque'
MAC Eyeshadows in All That Glitters, Satin Taupe & Sketch
Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Eyeliner
MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara
NARS Laguna Bronzer
MAC 'Blush All Day' Blusher
Illamasqua Gleam Cream
Rimmel Apocalips in 'Luna'



Current Favourites #2

   Now as most of you have probably come to my blog from my YouTube channel, I am assuming that most have you have already watched my video on my current 'fav-a-lavs' as I dubbed them, (if you    
   haven't you can watch it here), where I explain the reasons for me picking the above (pictured) as my current beauty favourites. The winter months come with its perils, my hair, face and nails would have suffered if it wasn't for the products above. To be honest, I can't imagine changing my favourites for a while now, I feel pretty comfortable with what these products are achieving for me personally. I can easily say that I would definitely repurchase every single item above without blinking an eye. Yes, 100% without a doubt.