Growing up I've pretty much always had long hair, except for a short amount of time in middle school where I looked like a long lost member of The Beatles (call me, Sir Paul!), and it's kind of been like a trademark feature of who I am. It's not even just long hair, but very thick and curly hair, which are two combinations that are not at all enviable for a multitude of reasons. Add that it's also color treated and can get quite oily, and you have a very high maintenance head of hair.
I've had to make it a point to get quality products since my hair really needs a lot of care, like using Olaplex (lifesaver for chemically treated blondes), and investing in hair tools that cause less amount of damage to hair (my hair is fried as it is). I find that because my hair is so thick, it takes a specific type of product to really be able to work with it successfully and keep the styling. I stopped using straight irons a while ago after my trusty one broke, and have relied on blow drying straight my hair (really taking care of two things at once, since everything takes forever to do). I really thought that I wouldn't ever get another straight iron again. However, I was contacted by an Irresistible Me rep recently to try out their Diamond Ceramic Hair Styling Iron* and have been so blown away by how well it's worked for me. If there's one thing to know about me, when I do on the off chance say something's worked for my hair, you honestly know it's good. I rarely talk about hair care/products but after using this for over a month now I've literally been telling everybody about it. Today I thought I would finally get around to sharing it with all of you!
Well, I can say for certain... things have definitely clicked for me. I can owe that all to Mintd Box, a UK luxury subscription box service that specializes in high-end skincare, makeup, and haircare products from a variety of exceptional and respected brands. Offering a subscription plan of your choosing, you are generously given 4-5 full sized beauty products in every box. Yep, you heard me right... FULL SIZED. Mintd only offers full sized and travel sized products, no more silly little samples! Mintd's London beauty team makes sure to choose products that are both globally in trend and also tailored to your personal preference by analyzing your Mintd Box beauty profile that you create when you sign up. Each monthly box has its own theme and is curated so that you are spending less but getting much more out of it. Mintd takes products from a multitude of stores like Harrods, Space NK, Selfridges, etc, to name a few, so you are getting some great brands to try in your monthly box and at a great size too! The products are packaged in a luxurious white box and wrapped so beautifully, tucked together inside and precision is used to make sure nothing is damaged in shipping or that presentation is anything less than classy and sophisticated. Even before seeing the products Mintd Box impresses.Read more »
We believe that when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you can't help but share goodness with the world around you.This motto doesn't ring truer than it does for purpletale's vision of their products and for those who use them. By using "wholesome, enriching ingredients that nourish your skin," purpletale has created an array of products that are simple to use and ones that "make it easy to feel beautiful from the inside out." Purpletale, a Korean skincare brand, is named by being a combination of two things: purple, not only just a color but also representing their participation in supporting causes that spread good and positivity in the world, and tale, which represents the importance of everybody's beauty story (and ultimately their happily ever after). I definitely do agree that when you feel good about yourself, your motivation and strive for success is a lot stronger compared to a mindset of feeling not good about yourself.
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I'm pretty sure everybody has either heard of their popular Organic Rosehip Oil or currently own it/have owned it at some point. Although this product seems to be their main talking point, there are so many more from them that are of similar great quality. Three products that I think deserve some major recognition are their Hydrating Mist Toner, CoQ10 Booster Oil, and CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate.
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Surprisingly I've got only two makeup products this month as I've been really invested in skincare as of late!
I've raved about Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Look In A Palette on instagram nonstop since I got it, and I honestly have not set this baby down. I've mostly used the bronzer and highlighter as they really are just so complimentary on my skin tone, even more so than the original Filmstar Bronze and Glow (I did a comparison of them, you can see here). I have played a bit with the middle eyeshadow shade and it's really so lovely to use all over the lid and the inner corner of the eye. These shadows especially are so buttery and soft, I wish all of Charlotte's shadows were like this! I also apologize for being so late in my review of this palette, I meant to upload it ages ago but you'll be seeing it soon in another post I have planned.
Tom Ford's Revolve Around Me has been a big staple for me transitioning into summer as I 'play it safe' color wise. I really enjoy the color and also the lipstick itself! It's the perfect amount of nude and slight amount of peach/beige to where I don't look totally washed out (as I'm really so fair). Tom Ford has come out with amazing lipsticks for his summer collection and his nude colors from his regular line are some of my absolute favorites.
Burberry this past April-March (USA/UK dates) released a new lipstick line called Full Kisses, one that Wendy Rowe dubs a "firm favourite" in her kit, and has established itself as quite the rebel in comparison to Burberry's other lipstick products. "Rebel," really? Well, a bit over the top, sure... but I say that in the best way possible. If you've been a fan of Burberry makeup but have not enjoyed the sheerness of their lip products, then you'll fall in love with the creamy, opaque, and moisturizing Full Kisses lipstick line.
Full Kisses are a "full-coverage lipstick to shape and define lips with bold, long-lasting color," and are sold in fourteen beautiful shades ("two nudes, three pink tones, two coral shades, three plum tones, three rosewood shades, and one iconic red"). Described as a "revolutionary new lipstick" by Rowe, it claims to deliver a "full and vibrant color with a luminous finish" and last up to eight hours. It also supposedly works "to tighten and strengthen the lips, as well as repairing and smoothing" them.
The shape of the lipstick is especially important, as the flat tip bullet "enables you to easily shape the lips without needing to use a lip liner" and adds "dimension to the lips and creates an effortlessly full pout." The shape was also made to help those with easier application, as its claimed that you don't even need a mirror to help apply them.
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Let's all just take a deep breath. Okay, release. Alright... now, let's talk about Tom Ford's new lipsticks from his Soleil Color Collection for Summer 2016.
There are two new lip product formulas that he has come out with this summer: Ultra-Rich Lip Color and Moisturecore Lip Color. Both feature six vibrant colors that range from dark purples to bright corals. Ultra-Rich Lip Colors are $52US/C$63/£39 for .10oz and Moisturecore Lip Colors are $55US/C$63/£39 for .09oz. Ford describes these lip products as "innovative lip formulas in sheer-to-full coverage colors" that have "hydrating, nourishing benefits." Ford has brought back his classic summer white gold packaging, with the Ultra-Rich Lip Colors having similar design to the Lip Color Sheers with the thinner sides and horizontal top lipstick stamped with his initials. Tom Ford has repromoted Sweet Spot and Paradiso from last summer, as well.
Ultra-Rich Lip Colors are described as "full-coverage, high shine lip color that moisturizes lips." By using this lip product, "lines appear smoother, softer and suppler, while reducing lip flaking." It guarantees "luminous and vivid color" lasting up to six hours.
Moisturecore Lip Colors are "two innovative formulas in one lip product." Within the middle of every lipstick, there is a "liquid core infused with passion fruit oil" that provides moisture and hydration. Surrounding the pink passion fruit oil core is a luminous color made of "exotic blend of melon fruit extract, murumuru butter and plant-derived esters that help condition lips." Each color available in the line is "sprinkled with subtle golden pearl" and provides "lightweight color that lasts for hours."
I managed to pick up three Ultra-Rich Lip Colors and two Moisturecore Lip Colors from Sephora during their sale (perfect timing, really!), along with other products that I'll be reviewing in a different post soon.
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