Thursday, 18 July 2013

How to get rid of frizzy hair

Hello darlings, it's Margaret!
I hope you're all well!
Summer usually means break, holiday, possibly seaside. That's when the hair start getting crazy: they become dry, uncontrollable and frizzy. Unfortunately some of us girls suffer from this hair problem during the whole year.. Like me!
I've been trying a few products in the last couple of months and today I want to show something that really works for me.
There is a cheap alternative and a slightly more expensive one: Phyto 7 Hydrating day cream and The body shop Coconut oil hair shine.

After I wash my hair I towel-dry them and try to brush them through gently a little bit. Once I've done that I put a peasize of the Phyto 7 Hydrating Day cream onto the lenghts of my hair. The consistency is not oily at all and it does not weigh your hair down  - I found this happens with a lot of anti frizz products. My hair do not feel an instant change but while blow drying them I notice the difference: the product will leave your hair smooth and shiny (in a good way). At the beginning I was a little reluctant because I didn't know if this cream would have worked for my normal to oily hair. I am really impressed with it so far!

Of course, I don't wash my hair every single day but usually every other day. So the second day my hair start to get frizzy again. What do I normally do? I choose according to the condition of my hair. If my hair are quite dry, I'll pick the Phyto 7 Hydrating day cream and put it on the ends of my hair  and on the roots if really necessary. Instead, if my hair are more on the oily side (who knows why?) I'll go for The Body shop Coconut oil hair shine. This solid oil melts between the fingertips and hydrates and removes the frizz. The Phyto cream can be used on dry hair as well.

Both these products are great. I must say that The Phyto cream is a bit more versatile than the oil because you can use it in different ways and I believe it works for most hair types.

I really hope this post helped some of you. 
Please let me know if you use any other product to solve this problem.
Lots of love, 

Monday, 8 July 2013

OOTD #7 High waisted shorts

Lovely girls!
How are you doing? It's July and sales have finally started here in Italy too! Yesterday I found these awesome Levi Strauss high waisted shorts in a shop and since I'm very proud of my first purchase, I want to show you how I wear them. It's a very simple outfit, something you can wear quickly when it's hot outside and you don't feel like spending too much time on clothes.
If you have any suggestions about anything, please write them in the comments.

1. Levi Strauss High waisted shorts 19.50€
2. White top
3. Black Converse All Star
4. Stradivarius headband
5. H&M bag
6. Ray-Ban Wayfarer

"... I got Ray Ban vision!"


NOTD #6 KIKO Caribbean Green

What's up girls?
Here is Sara! Today I'm gonna show you my nail choice of the week. It was a Christmas gift but I just started using it lately because I thought it was too full on. But now it's finally summer, so what time of the year could be better?
It's the number 388 by Kiko called Caribbean Green. It has micro glitters that give it a sort of metallic effect, perfect for night outs. I applied two coats and I've got it on for 3 days and it's not chipped (I didn't use the top coat!).

Kiko- N388- Link 


Monday, 1 July 2013

My desire post #4 London edition!

Hello everyone! It's Margaret!
Since I'm planning to go to London again, I'm now trying to make a list of some little beauty related British treasures... Today I want to share with you my choices, but if you have any other recommendations feel free to leave them in the comments!
Boots will be my dreamland!

- Boots Botanics 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing balm - 8.99£ - Link
So curious about this stuff! I think I'll use this during cold months because it's quite rich and thick and not the best option during summertime for those with combination skin like me! I want to try it both because it has a reasonable ingredient list and because I can't afford the super hyped Emma Hardie one. I think it's a good compromise. Also, in Italy they're not that popular as in other countries. 

- Soap & Glory The breakfast scrub - 8£ - Link

Last year, I was obsessed with this stuff and I wanted to get it, but as soon as I smelled the Flake away Scrub I couldn't resist. I still remember the Breakfast scrub and its lovely perfume though and now I desperately want to try it!

- Origins Balanced diet Lightweight Moisture Lotion - 23£ - Link

As I said multiple times, I have combination skin: this means that I get both spots and dry patches - Brilliant! I'm always looking for a good moisturizer - light but hydrating enough. The Origins one seems to be suitable for my skin type although the price is ridiculously high. I still want to give it a go though because Origins is a well-known brand which uses good and reliable ingredients.

- Collection Lasting perfection concealer in Fair 1 - 4.19£ - Link

The number one of high street concealers!! I can't rave about this stuff enough,  it's glorious! 

- Rimmel Stay matte powder - 3.99£ - Link 

 Best drugstore setting powder I've tried so far, it matches my skin colour perfectly but I've noticed that it also gives some coverage. Great product :)
- Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-in conditioner - 4.99£ - Link

 I know, technically this is an Australian brand, but I'm sure it's a bit more difficult for me to go to Australia :) I've heard so much about this, it's supposed to be hydrating, smoothing and should make your hair shiny: need to try this!

That's it for this post! As you can see I love surfing the net, looking for some British and non-British beauty gems eheh. This is my list but it could eventually grow: if you have any other recommendations about beauty products and make up I should pick up from London, make sure to leave them in the comments - I would really appreciate that! If you want to check out my previous London beauty haul, here's the link! 

Thank you so much for reading!
Lots of love, 

Monday, 17 June 2013

Beauty roundup #1

Hello girls! it's Margaret :)
I hope you're all well, I have an exciting post for you today. I was tidying up my beauty basket and I thought of a new series for the blog: Beauty roundups! Instead of writing in depth-reviews with all the details and everything, I think that every now and then I could do some on-the-go reviews: short, simple and clear reviews. Obviously I will keep doing my usual reviews but sometimes it could be more enjoyable to have an overview of different products at the same time.

Today it's a mixture of skincare and make up! I will tell you something about: Origins Super Spot remover Blemish treatment gel, Burt's Bees sensitive night cream and Korres Lip butter in Plum.

Origins Super spot remover Blemish treatment gel- 13£

Oh Gosh. This is a miracle product. I have combination and acne prone skin: this means frequent breakouts and spots. When I get them, I try to keep my skin always perfectly clear and I religiously apply this gel to the spot 2 times a day. Once you put it on, it dries out very quickly and creates onto the blemish a clear film which isolates the spot and disinfect it. I find that it works best when the spot has just appeared rather than when it's there since 2-3 days. After 3-4 applications you can feel and actually see the difference: the spot is almost disappeared, not red anymore and definitely smaller. Yo need a tiny amount of it, in fact the little bottle lasts over 8 months. It's quite a harsh product because it contains alcohol and salicylic acid but even on my super sensitive skin I didn't have any problems with it.
So, great product, effective, totally worth the hype and the price. Big thumbs up! Staple piece in my skincare routine.

Burt's Bees Sensitive night cream - 12.74£

This product was originally my mum's but she found it too light for her dry mature skin. So she gave me quite a while ago, probably 4 months, and I used it up completely. During winter my skin has some dry patches (although I still get breakouts)  and this cream seems to actually help get rid of them. It's really hydrating for my skin type. I would use it both as a day and as a night cream. Great make up base, it dries very quickly and does not leave your skin feeling sticky or shiny. One of the best moisturizers I've tried so far.

Korres Lip butter in Plum - 8£

I'm not a lipgloss kind of girl. I much prefer lipsticks and tinted lip balms. When I first heard of these little treasures I was lusting after them: Korres made some beautiful shades (click on the link at the beginning of the post to see the other colours) but I was impressed with Plum. It's a blue-toned dark fuchsia colour: absolutely great shade, suitable for those with a pink undertone. It's highly pigmented and you need a tiny amount for a full application. You can build it up: it can be a bit sheer with a thin layer but if you insist, it transfoms into an actual lipstick. It does not last very much on the lips because it's moisturizing and smooth. The only down thing is the application: you always need to wash your hands so it's not very handy. I regret not buying the stick instead of the pot but other than that it's a wonderful product: beautiful shade, really hydrating but still very pigmented.

So, this is it for this first roundup!

I really enjoyed writing it andI hope you find it helpful. 
Tell me in the comments if you like the idea of this new series! 

Yves Rocher Samples review!

Hello everyone!
How are you today? We are excited for today's post: last week we went a bit shopping and we both received 2 Yves Rocher samples, the Sexy pulp mascara and the Sexy pulp gloss volume after our purchases.
They are tubes of 2.5 ml of capacity so they are really tiny, but at the same time the perfect size for testing them out.

As for the mascara, you can see from the picture below that its wand is incredibly thick and you can get different effects:
- if you have long lashes, like Sara's ones, you will end up having extra long and very defined lashes
- if you have short and thick lashes, like Margaret's ones, you will get a volumizing effect.

 Sexy pulp mascara in the colour Black 16.95 €

                     Sara's lashes: Left: WITH mascara, Right NO mascara                    

Margaret's lashes

The lasting power is quite good, at least 10 hours. It does not smudge or anything like that, which is always a plus especially during summer - it's not waterproof though.

The price is not the best on the market but the mascara is totally worth the money for both of us.

As for the gloss, the result is not the one we expected: it's a simple clear gloss with a slight tint of light pink - you can definitely find other beautiful glosses at a much better price. Even if it's supposed to be plumping, it is not. It's not sticky at all.

 Sexy pulp gloss volume in the shade 03 Rose  9.95 €

Sara's lips

It lasts a couple of hours, but then you have to reapply it, as the majority of glosses. The price is too high for what you get: we expected a much more pigmented lip gloss.
So, if you're looking for an everyday lip gloss with not much of a colour, this might be the right choice for you. But if you expect some more tint from a lip gloss, you'll have to search for something else. 

We wanted to share with you our thoughts on these new products. As you can see, we raved about the mascara only. Unfortunately not everything we get is good for us, but maybe it could work for some of you, so keep in mind that this is our opinion, who knows? some girls will find the gloss absolutely glorious!

Tell us if you have already tried them. We really hope you enjoyed our post and found it helpful. 

Sara & Margaret

Sunday, 9 June 2013

NOTD #5 KIKO Light lavender

Hello ladies!
As I promised, here I am again! Since today sun is shining bright and I'm happy for summer to come, I want to share with you all my nail choice.
It's a delicate and pastel shade - I applied 2 coats of the varnish to get this opaque finish and I'm quite satisfied with it.

Kiko - N°338 - Link

I really hope you like it, let me know if you tried it or if you have similar shades!