Wednesday 26 March 2014

Review | Lush Rehab Shampoo & American Cream Condtioner

I'm relativity new to Lush products and when I asked an friend who's bit of a Lush Addict what their hair care was like she said it was worth a try. So I went out and bought some! I've been using these 2 now for about 2/3 months.


Brand| Lush
Product| Rehab Shampoo
Price| £10.45
Size| 250g
Would I repurchase| Not in the near future!

In a nut shell this is meant to be like rehab for tiered stressed out tresses. The ingredients list is full of natural oils, fruit juices and enzymes to give your scalp a thorough clean. I use this solely on my scalp to clear away grease and...dead skin cells (mm so nice to think of). It smells so divine, its fresh and minty and I do enjoy working it in to a lather on my noggin. Consistency wise its quite runny and very clear. It has a similar colour to olive oil just a little less yellow.

The downside, though full of natural ingredients, it still has parabens and sulfates. 
After using this I do feel like my scalp has had a good clean and feels nice and fresh. Bonus is that I don't have to use loads either so its lasting me well.
Then only thing that puts me off repurchasing is that it is a little on the expensive side for me, when I bought this I was feeling a little more luxurious with my money than normal! Plus the general idea of a shampoo is to just cleanse the scalp, not your hair as in general the length of your hair takes care of its self and suds from washing out the shampoo are good enough. So I think my next shampoo buy will be much cheaper and hopefully sulfate and paraben free.


Brand| Lush
Product| American Cream Conditioner
Price| £8.95
Size| 250g
Would I repurchase| Maybe!

So this is meant to be a really creamy conditioner to make your hair happy! First off again it smells so yummy! Like citrus-vanilla, and the scent stays in your hair ALLL day. The first time I used it I kept sniffing my hair, like the weirdo I am. But it does smell so good! I've found you need quite a lot of it though, as I work it through the lower three quarters of my hair it just disappears. It has a very runny thin consistency (and is says its thick...the lies!) for a conditioner, I'm more used to ones a little bit thicker.

Terms of hair softness, I'd say my hair is no softer then it is with any other conditioners that I have used. My hair is pretty manageable after its washed wish is nice, but I think in part that is to do with the fact that I don't comb/brush/touch it while its wet. (I'm thinking I might do a hair care tips post...yay or nay?) 
Overall though I'm not going to rush out and buy it again (its almost empty) but I can imagine buying it again simply for the yummy smell factor!

Have your tried any Lush hair care? What would you recommend? 

Future Lush Reviews:
No Drought
Mint Julips
Jeni x

Saturday 22 March 2014

Faux FishTail Braid

This is a super easy faux braid inspired by bebexo's TUTORIAL. After I'd watched it, I realised I'd done a hair style using the same technique last year. What I love about this braid is that it is loose, romantic and effortless looking. Looks fab with curly hair and if you struggle with the regular fishtail braid this could be your saviour, plus its great for layered hair! Click on the link above to view bebexo's tutorial!

Such a bad image sorry about that! 

Jeni x

Thursday 20 March 2014

Package from Korea #3 | Un-Boxing

So you may or may not know that I have an interest in the Korean/Asian beauty market. The products are always so nicely packaged and so much more exciting to use, for me anyway. Plus you can't get them where I live, unless some one knows of where I can get them UK South-East?! But part of the joy and excitement comes from buying online and waiting for it to arrive! I missed this one yesterday so went to pick it up today from the post office and thought I would do an un-boxing post. But I'm not going all the way (you'll see what I mean), I'll save that for the future reviews!

So we have 2 boxes all wrapped in excite!

So here we have the Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream, Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule, Tony Moly I'm Real Lemon Brightening Lotion (sample), Tony Moly I'm Real Tea Tree Sebum & Pore Lotion (sample) & Tony Moly I'm Real Avocado Rich Cream (sample). Not to forget the thank you card!

I got my cream and ampoule as a deal on ebay for £18.04 so that's £9.02 each which is a bargain if it can deliver what I've read!

One of the biggest perks with buying Korean is that you always get some samples thrown in to give a try, I have a growing pile to try out!

And yes you did read me right. These two products contain snail filtrate or snail slime. Now to most people the idea of putting a product on their face that contains 92% snail filtrate is kind of disgusting, but to the curious beauty-blogger its exciting. And no I haven't gone mad! I've read and watched reviews that all say how A-mazing snail filtrate is for the skin (great for spots, scars anti-aging, wrinkles). I even heard on the radio a while back there is a new spa treatment hitting the UK that involves putting snails on your face (not garden snails though) and letting them have a crawl around! Don't believe me? Just click HERE!

I'm not going to go in to too much product detail, I'll save that for the reviews! But I'm so excited to try these out and see if they work for me! Mizon also do a Snail Repair BB cream that is on my to buy list and a facial wash too. 

Hope I've piqued your interest! 

Jeni x

Other Korean Beauty Posts:

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Elf's Beauty

Today marks the 1 year birthday of this blog! I'm so excited and proud that I kept this up for a full year and have no intentions of quitting it anytime soon! For me this is a huge personal achievement and part of that is due to how much I love blogging :)
Time to say a quick thank you to all my followers and supporters, there isn't many of your but I truly appreciate your support :) Thank you. 
I look forward to another year!
And to the girls at work, hope you enjoyed the cakes! 
Seen my very FIRST post? A little haul from Primark to get me started!

Thanks guys! Have a great day :) 

Jeni x

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Tutorial | Easy Smokey Brown Eyes

I'm not one for wearing much eye makeup on a day to day basis but I do love to play about with it. I came up with this super simple very wearable and almost natural smokey brown look.

What I used to create the look

MUA: Undressed Eye Shadow Palette £4.00 | Maybelline NY Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze £4.99 | Collection 2000 Gel Liner in Brown £4.99

MUA Waterproof Eyeliner £1.00 | Soap&Glory Its About Prime £8.00 | L'Oreal Volume Millions Lashes £10.99 | Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Liner in Nude £3.99

Click to Enlarge!

1| Prime your lids
2| Using Shade 3 from the Undressed Palette neutralise eyelid colour
3| Apply On & On Bronze over this using your finger
4| Take Shade 10 and blend it into your crease
5| Using a brown gel liner, line eyes close to lash line, doesn't have to be neat
6| Go over your gel liner with Shade 8
7| Use Shade 8 to deepen colour in your crease
8| Apply Shade 8 to the lower lash line about half way
9| Curl lashes
10| Apply mascara
11| Line your water line using the Scandaleyes khol pencil in nude to make the eye look cleaner and brighter
12| Using MUA waterproof liner line your tightline close to the lashes
13 Apply Shade 1 to the inner corner of your eye to brighten it up & your done!

For my lips I just went with my Vaseline Rosy Lips for a natural colour. Hope you liked this look! Have a great day!

Jeni x

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Braids 101

Braids are one of my favourite ways to keep my hair neat and out of the way. They can be as simple or intricate as you like. Today I'm just sharing with you the basic braids that I wear quite often. I'm working on growing my hair out along with my layers so my hair can sometimes look a bit messy in the braids.

So this is our regular 3 strand braid. Simply divide hair in to 3 equal sections and pass your right strand over the middle strand, then pass the left strand over the new middle strand and repeat along the length of your hair.

Next up, the French braid. Starting at the crown of your head divide a section horizontally and divide in to 3 sections. Braid once, passing right and left strand OVER the middle strand. Then add a small amount of hair to the right section, and pass the right section over the middle, then add a little hair to the left section and pass it over the middle section, and then repeat until you no longer have to add any extra hair into the braid, and continue your braid till the end. Once you have perfected the French Braid all other braiding comes easy :)

Sorry this one got a little bit messy! The Dutch Braid works on the same principle as the French Braid, but the difference is that you braid UNDER the middle strand rather than over, making the braid sit on top of the hair rather than work into the hair.

The Lace Braid again is working on the same principle as the French Braid except you only add in hair to 1 side, its great for braiding back a fringe or one side if your hair.

The Rope Braid is a nice alternative to the 3-strand braid and is really quick and easy to do, simply divide hair in to 2 sections twist each section in towards your face, then wrap the 2 sections around each other, but wrap them outward, so away from your face and secure. What this does is create a friction in the hair so your rope won't unravel.

And finally this Fish Tail Braid. This one does tend to take a very long time to achieve. Separate hair in to 2 sections then take a small section of hair from the outer most side of one of your sections, bring it over this section and add to the opposite side, then repeat with the other side.

I did do a few other braids but unfortunately they don't work so well with my hair in its current length/state. Sometimes hair length and cut can play a huge role in the way your braid turns out. Once my hair has reached my goal length I'll do another braid post with all the other braids that don't look quite so good on my hair now.

Hope this helped you out if you needed the help! And if my amazing descriptive steps were not amazing enough to follow (which I don't doubt) CLICK HERE and check out my favourite hair guru on youtube, Bebexo.

Jeni x