Wednesday, 1 February 2012

January 2012 Favourites!

Can you believe it's February already?! I genuinely have no idea where all this time goes - I definitely don't seem to be doing any productive with it, that's for sure.

Only one make-up item in my faves this month! Pretty crazy but I've been more focused on keeping my skin & hair in good condition (an impossible task.)

L-R Clockwise:

Superdrug Vitamin E  SPF Radiance Moisture Cream: This is a great face highlighter! I've been using this over my makeup, above my cheekbones & eyebrows all month. It's really subtle but definitely noticeable & it does an excellent job at brightening up my dry skin whilst moisturising it - major bonus points for that! As another plus, it smells delicious.

In the picture above (click to enlarge) I have rubbed it in to the right side of my hand. What do you think?

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask: Not going to say too much about this product as I'd really like write up a separate review on it. Although I have dry skin, I am still very prone to blemishes & I find this mask really leaves my skin feeling clean & seems to clear out all the nasties. My skin is also quite sensitive & unlike he majority of other masks, this doesn't irritate it all...hooray! Overall a great addition to my skincare routine, especially during the winter months.

VO5 Hot Oil 'Moisture Soak Elixir' - This is genuinely the only thing that makes a considerable amount of difference to the condition, feel & shine of my hair. It's a miracle product for me! After many years of bleaching my hair, last year I finally saw the light & stopped. I had it dyed to as close to my natural hair colour as possible & have been growing it out ever since (perhaps 6 months now?) However, I am still dealing with the ridiculous amounts of damage my hair suffered as a result from evil, evil bleach.

It's applied to wet hair, before shampooing etc & left on for one minute only. During that minute it somehow transforms my hair into silky, shiny, soft  LOVELINESS...without weighing it down. Having very thin, fine hair I find it very difficult to find products that make it soft and silky without weighing down it down & making it look limp & lifeless (even the Kerastase treatments have this affect). I love this product, use it once a week & will continue to do so forever (or until I find something better, if such a thing exists?!)

I wish I could find an everyday shampoo version of this. Hmmph.

Soap & Glory Hand Food: Hannah from sent this to me in a giveaway! :) I've used it before & it's definitely a keeper. As well as smelling delicious it sinks in quickly, leaves your hands feeling soft & keeps them smelling yummy. Very important to keep your hands hydrated during this cold weather.

TRESemme Restructuring Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask: I have discovered that this is really great for making the 'frazzled' ends of my hair look, well...less frazzled? I've been using it on the ends of my hair & leaving it for 5 minutes every time I wash my hair & as a result my hair looks much sleeker. It is of a very thin consistency which can sometimes make it a bit messy getting it out of the tub, but hey ho.

1000x better than Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle. Sorry! :) It's true. 

VO5 'Give Me Texture' Instant Oomph Powder: So handy for giving my fine hair a bit of volume at the roots! I use this every day. It's super quick too - shake onto roots, work in with fingers, tidy hair up a voila! Sorted. As with all VO5 products, it smells good enough to eat too.

e.l.f Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose: I don't think I would've ever picked up this colour if I'd seen in in a shop, but I put it in my online basket when I bought some brushes etc from e.l.f (it was only £2.45!) & I'm now so happy that I bought this on a whim! The colour is pink with very brown tones, which I would think is very flattering & wearable for most people. Most of all I LOVE that it gives a matte lipstick finish but that it's super moisturising at the same time- usually the matte/moisturising combo is quite unobtainable I find. It does start to feel dry after a while, but the good thing is that it can be applied again & again without looking cakey. Due to it's pencil-like form, it isn't difficult to put on without a mirror if need be either. I'm a fan!

Not beauty related at all & I know I'm a million years behind everyone else reading this trilogy but I am LOVING The Hunger Games! I haven't been engrossed in a book so much for a long time - I've wanted a book to get stuck in to for ages & quite frankly, if I could do nothing but read these books all day until they're finished instead of moving/doing anything..I really would. Hahaha. I'm half way through 'Catching Fire' (the second book) right now & enjoying it immensely.

Have you tried any of these products or do you plan to? What do you think?!


  1. I love the sound of the V05 hot oil, im defiantly purchasing this as i love my hair to feel silky and softer. I picked the ELF matte lip pen up when it was £2.45 but i hate the colour, it looks horrible on me :[

    1. Oh crap! That sucks. To be fair you really can't tell the colour of any e.l.f products from their website can you?! Bit rubbish.

      Yesss try out the oil & let me know how it goes. :D x x

  2. oh id love to try the tresemme mask i love aussie 3 min miracle so this may be for me!!

  3. oh wow! I never thought of using a moisturising cream as a highlighter! that's genius :D xxxx

  4. That moisturiser looks lovely! Definitely going to be trying that and the V05 hot oil x

  5. Vo5 exilir sounds very promising. I wanna give it a try now.
    Also, elf pencil is a beautiful colour!!

  6. Ooh I deffo try the VO5 - I have the same hair - thin and fine and yes agreed, I think that Kerastase products are too heavy so this is promising.... surprised about the Tresemme products because i'm always been told horror stories about them...albeit from hairdressers so biased view..

    The matte lipstick looks pretty awesome - might check that range out myself - nice review!

    Also you're the third person this week to mention The Hunger Games to me? Isn't it a bit Battle Royale? Just finished the Stieg Larsson trilogy and everyone is saying this trilogy next... sounds interesting ^_____^

  7. I love the thermo mask... also planning to get the Hunger Games book, before I see the movie... its supossed to be really good...
    Also really like your blog.... I am your newest follower!
    xxx Marina

  8. Great blog! By the way, I am so glad I came across your blog! I am now a follower :)

  9. YES! I LOVE the hunger games, its the best book I read last year, cant wait for the film.

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  11. The ELF matte lip pencils are great...I have all four of the colours and they are all definitely great to wear and definitely long lasting aswel. I can even drink a glass of wine and the lips remain the same. Its such a great product, but would love some more colours because they are so great.

    Lauren Victoria x

  12. Love the vit e superdrug range. Especially the night cream. Great post:)

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  14. oooooh, i would love love love to try that detox mask! :)

    p.s. it's so crazy how time flies by! i can't believe it's february either, and that we're almost halfway through it. ;)

    <3, Mimi
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  15. These reviews are very good! x

  16. Great reviews...I love the Sanctuary detox mask, it leaves my skin so lovely and soft!

    Sophie x

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  19. Any tips with the Vo5 give me texture? Since it's in your favourites. I bought it a few weeks ago but can't get to grips with it. Thought it would be better than backcombing the hell out of my hair as usual :/

    clo xox

  20. I absolutely love the V05 hair oil...a god send to my blonde hair :) xx