Thursday, 22 June 2017

My first experience at Rush hair salon


It feels like I have always been on a quest to find a hairdresser who can do me fabulous curls, I'm not expecting to come out with a mane as fabulous as Beyoncé but to just have wonderful curls that do not go fluffy! My hair is quite fine and curly, it is not knotty or hard to handle. When washed and left it feels like hair of a child as it is just so soft. So now you have an idea of the type of hair I have, lets move on to my first experience!

I popped into the shop and asked to make an appointment, the lady on reception was polite and professional and got me an appointment for the next day. I turn up to my appointment the next day another lady on the front desk this time showed me to my seat and asked if I would like a drink, again super polite and professional.

My appointment was due to start at 4 and my hair dresser came over just before ten past, ten minutes who cares. I had a drink and was offered a magazine etc, I am fine with that.

My hair dresser came over, shook my hand and introduced herself to me and asked what I would like today, so I said I was after getting a wash, cut and I would like my hair styled with some product so that I can go home without my hair being a fluffy mess (I cannot go with out product on my hair). I said my hair is like that of a child and I worry that I will end up a fluffy mess. I also said I do not use oils and serums as my hair is so fine it weighs it down and I don't benefit from using them. As long as I don't go home fluffy I am happy to leave the products up to you? After this discussion it was over to the sink to have my hair washed.

The hair washing was just a basic shampoo twice and then condition, no massage or comb through with the conditioner, it was just rubbed in and off pretty quickly. Not sure of the products but they smelled lovely.

Back to my chair to have my hair cut and there wasn't much conversation, I spoke a few times but it didn't go anywhere. My hair dresser said she was going to place some leave-in conditioner cream in my hair as this would keep my curls from going fluffy and by using the heat ring instead of a dryer it would work well together. I have never used this product before so trusted what she said, when my hair was dry I was asked how did I feel my curls looked I said very nice as they did, she said ok you are done then. I asked do I not need anything else on my hair, spray etc as it doesn't feel like it would last in the wind. I was assured then that the conditioner was enough and was also told that a little serum was added too (I did not know that and had asked for no serums or oils to be used, too late now though).

I then went off to pay, after paying I went back to my car to go home which is just a couple of miles away. I looked like the picture below when I got home! I would never leave the house with fluffy hair, I find it very embarrassing and child-like. I will for sure be washing my hair soon, I can feel the oily product in my hair, its looks dull and slightly greasy. Also I will need to apply some product to it before leaving the house again, if I don't wash it soon.

Not sure if it is the type of gowns used but I have come home to lots of hair over myself, I don't usually have that problem, I feel a bit itchy so will have to take this top off and shake it outside.

Overall, my experience of the ladies on reception is great, they were polite, professional and very welcoming. My hair dresser did listen to my needs but I guess thought she might know best when still adding in the serum etc.

I feel like I have just had a basic shampoo and cut,  I will not be returning to pay £55 for this service.

I am sorry Rush it is a big thumbs down from me!

Thanks for reading

Kara xx 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Eye Shadow Primer, Urban Decay V Nars


If you do not use an eye shadow primer then WHAT are you doing? As the average person blinks between 15-20 times a minute how on earth do you keep that colour vibrant, in place and most of all not creasing and basically being blinked away. Anyway enough of me moaning at you *rolls eyes* ok, now I'm done! ;-)

Here are two eye shadow primers that are really good and will give you long lasting vibrant eyeshadows. They wont budge or crease, even if you are using a cream eye shadow, powder or liner. They will bring even the most basic £2 shadow to life.

Urban Decay, £17 for 10ml of product. 

This is going to last you for such a long time, so don't be put of by the fact there isn't a lot of product. You seriously just use a tiny amount each time. 
It has a 6 month shelf life, if you are unsure how to find out the life of a product just look for the little round tub with the lid off it, it with contain a number like 6 or 9 it stands for how many months your product is good for.
This product blends into your eye lid and does not give off any colour, I personally prefer one without colour. I don't have any redness/veins showing on my lids so no need for a base colour, it soaks down into almost nothing, you do not feel like you have a product on your lids. I can go all day and night without my eye shadow creasing!
I find that sometimes you can get a small amount of watery liquid come out first which is really annoying. I do keep my products out of the sun, so not sure why this happens! As the tube is air tight you can't really mix up the product by squeezing it and if you tried to do it whilst the lid was off you would end up making a mess. The latest versions of the primer come with a doe foot applicator which will be much better, as the product will mix up every time you use it and it is easier to distribute the primer as you can apply the exact amount you need.

Nars, £19.50 for 8g of product.

It has a 12 month shelf life and you get less in the tube compared to Urban Decay. I do like the doe foot applicator, it makes it much easier to apply a little to your eye lid then blend in with your ring finger. You get much more control of the of the amount you are using too, making it easier not to waste any product. This products also drys down to nothing on the eye lid no colour and pigment left, I find this one to be just slightly less shiny in texture when applying to the lid. It gives a slightly more matte effect on the lid before applying your eyeshadow. I don't have oily eye lips myself but I have heard if you do this is one of the best to combat that and to stop oil breaking down your shadows.

So after me saying I do love them both, which I honestly do, which one do I prefer????

Well...... I prefer the Nars. For the fact in dries down to a matte finish and basically disappears completely on my lids. You are left with no trace of a product on your eye and are set for pencil or shadow to be added. As I said earlier this is great for oily eyelids which I don't have but I have been using it during our last "heat wave" or should be call it our English summer lol temp got up to 28oC and I spent the day outside and it worked a treat. No sign of a crease or smudge at all, even though my face was glowing (sweating) in the heat.

Urban Decay can be found at most Debenhams stores now or online here If you are in London, I love the the shop just off Covent it carries a large selection of their products and always have friendly staff to help. The flagship store which will offer the most selection of products is down Carnaby street.

Nars can be found to look at over the counter at places like Selfirdges or John Lewis or their own shop which again is just off Covent Garden about 2-3 doors down from the Urban Decay store. For their full selection it can be purchased online

Does anyone recommend any other primers? preferably not in a pot, I'm not into MAC's paint pots that have been a massive hype for the last 8 or even more years. I don't like the thought of sticking my finger into a pot! brrrr shudders lol

Thanks for reading
Kara xx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Byredo Gypsy Water


Now this perfume I had on my wish list, it is very different to my usual BAM that's Chanel eau fraiche. You can spot that straight away, it is very popular and a lot of people have it or at least recognise the smell. I tried Gypsy Water on my bare skin a few months ago and loved it, it is always a good idea to try a perfume out on your naked skin first see how it works with your body chemistry. I work with someone who wears Chanel No.5 and it smells amazing on her, I put it on and it smells like cat pee :-/

I have the 100ml bottle, which is not cheap but when the 50ml bottle isn't far behind in price, it is worth paying a little extra and getting twice the amount. I must have mentioned this perfume quite a lot, as my husband surprised me with it for my birthday, Thanks Chippy xxx (don't ask about the name lol)

I really do like the very clean and none fancy packaging, the box is sturdy and with the infamous B logo on the top. Inside your perfume is presented to you with a small note in an envelope about the history of Byredo. I am sure if you took out the centre of this box you could easily reuse it to store small things in. I would say keep the box for travel but this 100ml bottle is not one you would travel with, it is just too big and heavy. It looks great on my vanity though! I have said before in many posts how I am a sucker for packaging and it's usually something fancy and shiny, but with this packaging I think the fact it is just so clean looking and not in your face at all, is why I love it. Plain is sometimes good.

I really do recommend Byredo as a brand and remember, don't take a perfume at first sniff, everything smells different on the skin compared to how it smells in the bottle and right after spraying. This perfume is unlike any I have had before and I am loving it, I sprayed some before writing this post. It is in no way heavy, floral or in your face smelling, I am loving it and I won't try and describe it to you cause I have no idea how to. Click this link if you are interested and what to read the notes in this perfume.

If you are in London go in Selfidges or Liberties and have a little sniff. Never know you might find a scent you love and suits you. I said in my wish list I love that this fragrance as is not available everywhere, you cant just jump into boots and purchase it. A lot of my friends on IG have a perfume by this brand and know all about it, but my friends in real life (like IG is make believe, maybe it is a joke to some lol) haven't heard about this brand. So its good to know I will smell different when I am out with them.

Thanks for reading
Kara xx

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

It's all just a bit werid!


There really is no reason behind this blog post, so why carry on reading you may think? Well its just a bit of an update if you like to know more then keep reading...

I haven't posted on here in a couple of weeks, not sure why to be honest. I've had the in laws stay for a while, then I took a trip away to see my family and I guess it was just a little break from social media. I think we could all do that once in a while! I do have a couple of posts that I will finalise and will go live in a few days and have some exciting ideas of what I'd like to blog about next!

I think with having some time away and with all the awful things happening recently with two attacks in London and one in Manchester you feel a bit, meh about life! Part of you thinks be grateful it wasn't you or anyone you know and then you think well it could happen again so you never really know how safe you are. My thoughts really do go out to those effected. Also found out today that a person I follow in Instgram, same age as me has died. Awful car crash, so shocked, RIP Jo.

Another crappy thing in life right now is loosing my job I guess you could call it that! nothing I had done wrong may I add lol I'm guessing its just my time to change roles and move on! Move on to what though? I have soo much nursing experience I feel companies look at me and think shes not suited for this role at all! As long as I get to work with people that would be ideal for me, I really crave job satisfaction. I love coming home knowing I have done my best and helped someone out for the good.

We shall see what happens, I have a new shiny updated CV (thanks to the husband for helping me), hopefully someone will find the good in me and hire me. I find make up and skincare so interesting, I am playing with it or using it everyday. But who would take on someone in their 30's with no experience, hmm not many. but saying that must stay positive and you never know what could happen, I will get back on track with my blog and carry on posting all the things I love and enjoy.

In terms of home life, it's all good, I am very lucky there. More work starting on the house soon which will be messy but fun. With this house I feel we were in the right place at the right time, we ended up buying a 3/4 bedroom fully detatched house with a large garden. I just love it here so much, really felt right getting this house. I have also just had the all clear for 6 months from my specialist. YAY, hopefully now I can stay away from needles for at least those 6 months please.

Thanks for reading and if you have got this far well done you! I'm not normally one to post personal things but thought why not!

Thinking more about it, I would love to be able to work more in social media too. I use it everyday why not work and get paid to do it, if you can. I will just continue to blog as I love it and see what happens. Everything happens for a reason, right? I wonder what is next in life for me? What ever it is I am ready for you, come get me now.

Bye for now
Kara xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

La Dauphine Bracelets by HRH Collection


 La Dauphine bracelet in the colour Who's the fairest

Here is my La Dauphine Swarovski crystal bracelet. Pictures do not do this beautiful bracelet justice, it is hand made by Alex of HRH collection. Alex is known for her YouTube channel plus running her own business full time.

I have never seen anything like this, it reflects the light and just sparkles away. It is a rare and vintage stone, I'm not sure of the year though.  I love that it’s not widely available making it unlikely I’m going to bump into someone with the same. That is the beauty of buying from this collection and that they are made in the US.

The chain feels like a good quality metal, it is not sterling silver but still looks great next to my silver and white gold bracelets. It has a good weight to it  and is comfortable to wear, the stone always remains upright on my wrist.

I have really enjoyed this bracelet and you do catch people having a glance at it, it last happened whilst on the tube in London.

I have had this bracelet for a few years now, I still love and do wear it. I am not usually one to go for costume jewellery but this collection is different, my wrist is not going to turn green and the stones used are honestly so pretty.

To understand just how pretty they really are you need to see these bracelets in real life. They change colour with the light. Even my husband was impressed with them and he is not into jewellery like I am at all. The other thing that sets these bracelets apart from your usual costume jewellery is the fact that they are made with Swarovski crystals. Some very rare and vintage.

La Dauphine bracelet in the colour Acid Zelda

Well... I purchased another one, here is bracelet No.2, this bracelet is called HRH Acid Zelda and this one changes colours more than the last. In some lights it looks purple and then blue, then you see red, it honestly is a mixture of many colours. This is what I love about them, they are comfortable to wear,  no need to be careful with it either. It is a sturdy little bracelet, I wouldn't go wearing it in the shower but normal everyday wear is fine, I've never had a problem with them. One thing I do avoid is spraying perfume on them, just because of the chemicals found in perfume can tarnish jewellery.

This bracelet is from the 1940's and you really need to see it in person to see how the colour changes all the time. I can't wait to wear this, it will sparkle so much in the sun (if it wants to come out anytime soon).

If you are into crystal jewellery, leather bracelets, long necklaces or chokers then go check out the range Alex has. She makes everything to order so you have to wait  a couple of weeks to receive it, which is fine by me.  By having everything made to order it also give you the chance to change anything if you need to. Some people might want an item made larger or smaller. You can have it made to suit you. Also she ships world wide YAY, I did have my order shipped to a friend's house in the US to save on postage and I could track it the whole way.

Alex has also just launched a new line called Privé, if you if you are into rings, maybe check them out too. I am really happy with the pieces I have and will continue to enjoy them. If you fancy a look at what Alex makes then click here and don't blame me if you make a purchase. I follow her online and love looking at her new pieces but she's right, until you have it in front of you you will never know how truly pretty and colourful the jewellery is.

Does anyone else wear decent costume jewellery? I mean the kind that lasts not a £4 bracelet from Topshop! I'd love to know where you buy it from.

Thanks for reading
Kara xx

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Products not worth the hype or money


Have you ever tried a product that has just been so bloody awful from the first use? Well, a couple of these products have been like that for me! Here are a few things I don't recommend trying. These products have caused something horrible to happen to my skin or have just done nothing and are really not worth the money or the hype that they have.

1. Bioré, Blemish clearing scrub. 


Awful AWFUL product, it is meant to clean your pores deep down and remove any dirt. It is meant to help to keep your skin blemish free too. I tried this just the once, followed the directions and after I came out of the shower and got dressed my skin was so incredible dry. My forehead had gone white, honestly white, with how dry my skin had gone. Never will I be using this again, I had good hopes for this product as I love the nose strips this brand makes. RRP £5.24


2. Living Proof, Full shampoo & conditioner. 

Now for me this product was not awful, it just didn't do a whole lot for my hair apart from making it clean, which to some is the desired effect of shampoo. But, when your hair is fine, curly and dry like mine, I need a little more in a shampoo and conditioner. The smell was clean and reminded me of a spa, the shampoo was clear and took a little bit of effort to make it foam up. As I do use products in my hair I want something that will foam up and help remove them (I always shampoo twice, once to rinse everything out and again to then clean my hair). The conditioner was ok but I really did need to give an extra spritz of Its a 10 after, as my hair still needed more moisture. Also, the really big reason for these being mentioned is the price... Are you ready?... The shampoo and conditioner cost £22.00 EACH for just 236ml. Just so you don't think I have money to burn, which I do not, I got these in a set with one other item for a lot less than this. I don't even think they were worth the price I paid for them, overall not worth the hype at all.

3. Garnier BB Cream, in the colour medium.

OOOOO this is horrendous, there was nothing about this I liked at all. I took a risk with the colour but when you don't get a tester, you have no choice but to guess your colour. I washed and prepped my face for this BB cream, as soon as I put it on it felt almost grainy and very thick, like a horrible sun cream. It did not soak in very well just smeared colour round and round my face, the colour did not blend in very well and was orange. Horrible! Who has this skin colour orange? It would have been perfect for a part in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I would have made the perfect oompa loompa! Even though I only used a small amount, it felt cakey on my skin and I had to get it off straight away. I will just stick to what I know and love which for sure is not this! Yuck! RRP £9.99

4. Swisse women's multivitamin. 

I have tried quite a few vitamins over the years and felt like I wanted a change, so I opted for this brand. My specialist told me to take certain vitamins every day. Shop own brands don't seem to do an all in one, which I need, so I have to spend a bit more and get a brand name! I am REALLY not a fan of the way they smell and taste. Yes, I do chuck it in my mouth and swallow but, eww, you can still taste it. Foul is a word that describes it well, also not that I have trouble swallowing tablets but these are like bullets, see pic, I'm not joking. So if you are put off by horrible smells and can't swallow a tablet the size of a suppository then don't buy this brand. I know I won't be buying anymore from this brand. I have a box of 30 and I think I'm on day 4, Boo! RRP £9.99

It is the size of a pound coin, just fatter.


5. Unani, il-luminate milk cleanser. 

I tried this a couple of times to really test it out, but after every use my skin felt tight and very dry. It was like I had taken my make up off and taken any moisture my skin had too. I didn't find it to be gentle in any way and I would not recommend this at all. You can get much better results from a £3 L'oreal miceller water. My skin was not happy with it and I was scared it would break my skin out as it would turn greasy trying to find that moisture that had been taken away.  This product contains Linalool, which if you didn't know is found in flea and cockroach insecticide, WTF I put this shit on my face! Never again! RRP £13.60

Luckily with all these products I got them all on offer and didn't pay full price.

Do you have any products you have had high hopes for, or any bad experiences? Let me know, I'd love to hear.

Thanks for reading
Kara xx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Yves Saint Laurent, volupté Tint-in-oil


This product has been out for a very long time (at least a couple of years). I picked mine up last year, but as of late I have been reaching for it most days and I will tell you why.

I have the oil in No.8, it's a really pretty pink/purple.

Firstly, have you seen the packaging? If there is one thing YSL know how to do, its how to do lovely packaging. It is totally eye catching and I like the fact that the colour round the tube reflects on the colour that is inside. So if you were to own a few you wouldn't have to go opening them or picking them up to see what colour they were.
I very much love the doe foot applicator as it is easy to give a precise application of this product and with the water melon scent it has it doesn't give you a funny taste in your mouth.

I wanted to try this oil before buying it to make sure I would like it, it is not greasy like a Vaseline and messy like you would imagine a body oil to be. After first applying, your lips are incredibly shiny which I quite like, it gives your lips a very subtle wash of colour. The oil is very moisturising so if your lips are dry it will soak in within half an hour, but what you are left with is a slight tint on your lips. By applying the oil again the tint then gradually gets darker so apply it as many times as you wish.

One of the things I love about this oil is the tint you are left with, it is not like some of the lip stains you can buy where it leaves a wash of streaky colour across your lips and quite often isn't even and you need to apply the product again. I find with the YSL, after a couple of applications I have a wash of colour for the whole day and all I tend to do is then apply a lip balm just to keep my lips hydrated. This is perfect if you are at work or out for the day on the go, no need to keep checking your lips. It is a very moisturising and easy way to have pretty looking lips all day.

Here are my lips with no product on them.

I am not wearing any make up and have not used a scrub or balm on my lips.

My lips straight after one coat of the lip oil

Two hours later, I have eaten and drunk something too. It just keeps your lips moisturised and not sticky, I love the light wash of colour. Just helps to even out the natural colouring of my lips.

It looks so natural and a little goes a long way, I really enjoy using it. If you are not into bright colours or hate the feel of Vaseline or some balms on your lips then you may really enjoying this. I bought mine in Boots, on Oxford street where the selection is huge.

Thanks for reading
Kara xx