Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review: Faith in Nature Grapefruit and Orange Shampoo and Conditioner for Normal to Oily Hair

I love coming across new brands and products, especially when they use natural ingredients. Faith in Nature is a British brand based in Lancashire, producing a range of hair, body, skin and home care products. These products do not contain SLS, SLES, Parabens, synthetic colourings or fragrances, artificial preservatives or genetically modified ingredients and are not tested on animals. 

I've recently been using Faith in Nature's Grapefruit and Orange Shampoo and Conditioner for normal to oily hair. I used to wash my hair every other day, but in the last month I've been extending this by a day, so have had to cope with extra oiliness in the process. This duo promise to cleanse and condition with organic Citrus Oil, Sunflower Oil and Chamomile Flower Extract, whilst providing an uplifting scent. The bottles are 400ml in size, costing a very reasonable £5.50 each. 

The Faith in Nature Grapefruit and Orange Shampoo has a fairly thin, gel formula, but lathers up brilliantly - if I didn't know otherwise, I wouldn't have said it was SLS free. It cleanses my hair gently but effectively. The Grapefruit and Orange Conditioner has a creamy, medium consistency, which is enough to nourish the ends after cleansing. Unlike most natural shampoos and conditioners I've tried, Faith in Nature's do not leave my hair extra knotty or rough to the touch. The end result is smooth and I would even go as far to say silky locks, that have been purified and refreshed without being stripped. I adore the scent too - it's a real zingy punch of grapefruit, which is so invigorating on a sleepy morning.

All in all the Grapefruit and Orange Shampoo and Conditioner are a fantastic duo, that I'd really recommend for oily hair based on my experience. They're possibly the best natural shampoo and conditioner I've tried to date and are really affordable too. They can be purchased from Faith in Nature here.

Have you tried any products from Faith in Nature? Are there any other natural haircare products you'd recommend trying? 

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains PR samples. This does not affect my opinion of the product. 


Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Autumn Tag 2014

You know me, I love a good tag and I always do Georgina from Makeup Pixi3's seasonal tags. She always does them as a new season approaches, which tends to get me into the spirit of it!

1.  Ok we're talking coffees - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?

The only coffee I tend to drink is mochas, so I'll move away from the coolers to the hot versions. I love the Christmas variations but I'm not sure what I tried in Autumn last year... I think Starbucks did a salted caramel mocha? That was quite nice.

2.  Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?

I'll wear boots or my trusty Converse hi-tops. I'll wear jumpers with my lovely, padded gilet from New Look before breaking out the winter coat (I could do with a new one this year) and maybe a scarf too. I love those fingerless gloves with the mitten cover up, especially when they are animal themed and have little woolly ears!

3.  Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?

There's nothing specific I'll change to when it comes to music; I listen to the radio when driving to and from work, so whatever's in the charts. Otherwise it'll be old favourites that I can listen to again and again.

4.  Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
Most of my perfumes are quite light and floral, but I do have the Paco Rabane Black XS and Caroline Herrera 212 Sexy, both of which are a bit muskier for Autumn. 

5.  Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?

I've been loving my oil burner recently and burning a lot of Yankee Candle wax tarts. At the moment I'm burning Rainwashed Berry, which I think is a good transitional scent. I will need to go shopping and get some more for Autumn/Winter, so let me know if you have any recommendations! 

6.  What do you love most about Autumn?

I love Autumnal colours, especially burgundy, so I will be digging out my burgundy jeans sometime soon! I also like snuggling up under a blanket with a hot chocolate in the evenings. I don't like it getting darker earlier in the evening and being darker when I wake up though.

7.  Favourite makeup look?

I don't tend to change my makeup look too much through the seasons, but I may switch from cream to powder blusher for a stronger, deeper colour. I should really brave berry lips this Autumn, because it looks gorgeous! I will also be digging out my muted, dark and glittery nail polishes. 

8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?

At the moment there's nothing specific, but Autumn will lead up to some exciting events, such as my Dad getting married in December. My best friend also recently got engaged so I expect we will be shopping for a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses soon! 

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag! I'd love to hear what you are looking forward to most this Autumn?

Beauty Bird xx


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review: Green People Gentle Cleanse and Makeup Remover

I have fallen in love with creamy cleansers over the past few months and while hunting around for a new one, came across the Green People Gentle Cleanse and Makeup Remover. This was the first Green People skincare product I tried, though I do already own their Pressed Powder, which is a regular re-repurchase. 

I decided to buy this cleanser as I like the fact that Green People is a natural brand, with the Gentle Cleanse and Makeup Remover containing 91% organic ingredients. Ingredients include Aloe Vera, Calendula, Shea Butter, Rose Geranium, Squalane and Sunflower Seed Oil. It is designed for all skintypes and the fact it removes makeup too sealed the deal for me, meaning I could use it for my first nighttime cleanse. As well as removing makeup, it is designed to clear away impurities and balance and nourish the skin. A 200ml bottle retails at £19.95 but can be picked up cheaper from Feel Unique for £17.96 here.

In terms of the formula of the Gentle Cleanse and Makeup Remover, it is quite a thick consistency but is really creamy, with a light, natural scent. This is one of those formulas I could just massage into my skin for hours - it feels like a hydrating moisturiser that never absorbs. The cleanser is so soothing, calming and completely non-irritating; I really do think that any skintype could use it. It also removes makeup very gently and effectively (though doesn't remove mascara quite as good as The Body Silky Camomile Cleansing Oil). If my skin is feeling particularly sensitive I'll use the Gentle Cleanse and Makeup Remover for both my cleanses at night, leaving my skin fresh, moisturised and feeling very soft. Sometimes I'll use it in the morning, but I tend to lean towards lighter cleansers in the morning these days and this is a little heavy in comparison. 

If you're looking for a natural, gentle cleanser for removing makeup then I highly recommend checking out the Green People Gentle Cleanse and Makeup Remover. It's the one you can depend on when you don't know what else to use, whether your skin is dry, oily or combination. I will definitely be re-purchasing. It also comes in a 50ml travel size bottle if you want to try it but don't want to splash out on the full size straight away.

Have you tried any skincare products by Green People? What creamy cleansers do you love?

Beauty Bird xx


Sunday, 12 October 2014

NOTD: The Glitter is Back

I haven't painted my nails in awhile (curses self for not making the time) but before that I was wearing lots of summer brights and pastels. Now we've hit Autumn I'm eyeing up darker and more muted shades, including the always loved glitter. I'm like a magpie when it comes to glitter nail varnish - the more concentrated the better! Currently adorning my nails is the beautifully sparkly Razmatazz by Leighton Denny, which is also my first ever nail varnish from this brand. This perfectly brings together the deeper hue and the sparkle I've been lusting after, all in one bottle. 

Razmatazz is a deep but vibrant purple, containing pink and blue glitter. The glitter is very small and concentrated, meaning the finish is quite smooth. I had to apply 3 coats to get the coverage I wanted  and then added a top coat for a glossier finish, but the end result is absolutely stunning. 

If you fancy treating yourself to Razmatazz, it can be picked up for £11.00 from HQ Hair here.

Have you tried any nail varnish from Leighton Denny? Will you be digging out the glitter for the colder months?

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains a PR sample. This does not affect my opinion of the product.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Battle of The Budget Brow Gels: Maybelline Brow Drama vs Rimmel Brow This Way

I love fuss free, easy to use products, especially when it comes to makeup. It's usually because I'm in a rush to get ready in the mornings and sometimes it's because I'm being lazy! I'm having a moment with brows right now and wanted something quicker to use than powder or pens. So I ended up buying not one, but two tinted brow gels from Boots; the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara in Dark Blond and the Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel in Blonde. But which is better? Let the battle commence!

Although packaging isn't everything, it is the first impression you get of a product. Maybelline Brow Drama has chunky, black, square packaging with a sticker label; simple and functional. Rimmel Brow This Way is circular and so it is sleeker and more compact. The colour of the tube represents the colour of the tint and the details of the product are directly printed on the tube, which gives it a more high end feel.
Winner: Rimmel

Maybelline's wand is quite large, which is shaped like a sphere at the end, meaning the bristles are separated and fanned out. The size of the sphere on Maybelline's wand fits the shape of my brows nicely and the design means there isn't too much product distributed - though sometimes not enough. Rimmel's has a standard, mascara-shaped comb that narrows slightly at the end, which isn't the best shape for eyebrows. I only tend to use the tip end, as closer to the wand the brush is just too wide. The bristles are packed together and placed in rows with gaps in between, which does mean that the gel builds up in the gaps. If you don't wipe a lot of it away you end up overcoating your brows and the skin around them!! I have some sparseness where my brows start, so with both products I like to apply a small dot of gel from the end of the wand and work it through.
Winner: Maybelline

Formula and Wear
There is a big difference between the formulas of these two, which you can probably tell from the swatches. Maybelline Brow Drama has a very thin consistency, which means it dries quickly and the colour can apply unevenly. In comparison, Rimmel Brow This Way isn't so much of a gel; it's thicker and creamier, which means it gives more colour and definition and is easier to work with. However, when applied right, both give a natural finish - brows look neat, defined and polished and impressively, the colour lasts a good 7 hours. I would say the Rimmel one lasts a tad longer. Apply too much of either though and they will make brows look crispy and dry. 
Winner: Rimmel

As mentioned before, I have the Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Blond and Rimmel Brow This Way in Blonde. The Maybelline shade definitely leans towards a dark blonde/light brown and the Rimmel shade is much warmer. I think Rimmel's would work better for light to mid blonde shades and Maybelline's for darker blonde shades, possibly even very light browns. Neither are exactly perfect for me, but if I had to choose I would pick Dark Blond by Maybelline.
Winner: Maybelline

Price and Size
To buy Maybelline's offering costs £4.99 for 7.6ml and to buy Rimmel's costs £3.99 for 5ml, so you are getting more product for your money with Maybelline.
Winner: Maybelline

So overall the winner is... Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Blond! It isn't the perfect brow gel but it does win over Rimmel in terms of the application, the shade and the value for money. Rimmel Brow This Way in Blonde can be too much of a hassle to apply and get the right finish; the wand really lets it down.

Which budget brow gel is your favourite? Are there any others you'd recommend I try?

Beauty Bird xx