28 July 2014

GHD Aura Hairdryer Review

ghd aura hairdryer review
ghd aura hairdryer review

ghd aura hairdryer review
ghd aura hairdryer review
ghd aura hairdryer review
ghd aura hairdryer review
Recently I was drying my hair when my trusty old hairdryer cut out, and then started working again after wiggling the wire a bit. I was worried that it wasn't going to finish the job I had started, and I was going to have to go out with half dried hair! Later that day, I complained to Ollie that I thought my hairdryer was going wrong. Not impresssed, he asked why I was more concerned about having wet hair, than the fact the hairdryer could now be dangerous. I have to admit, he made a good point there, but still, who wants to leave the house looking like they've been dragged through a hedge backwards?

Anyway, by pure coincidence, a few days later I was introduced to the newly released ghd aura hairdryer*, and asked if I would like one for myself. Of course I didn't hesitate in accepting this generous offer, and I was incredibly excited to be trying out a product made by ghd. My hair is naturally poker straight (and kinda flat without a lot of help!), so I've never had any need to use their hair straighteners. I bought my other hairdryer when I first started hairdressing, so to say it had been good to me would be an understatement. Nonetheless, this offer couldn't have come at a better time!

The first thing I noticed about aura, is how light it is compared to any other hairdryer I've used. I'm guessing this is because it has a power supply in the lead, rather than in the hairdryer. Genius! The cord itself is really long, again way longer than any other hairdryer I've had. I find this gives me so much more flexibility when blowdrying my hair. I've pretty much kissed goodbye to aching wrists from heavy hairdryers, putting my hands in awkward positions because of short cords, and by using aura, I've totally eliminated the need for an extension lead.

Aura is a hairdryer that differentiates itself by using Laminair™ technology. This means the air stream is non-turbulent and concentrated, giving more control and precision. It enables me to focus solely on the section of hair that I'm drying, whilst leaving the rest undisturbed. The controlled air stream means that the hair is dried in a single direction, so it looks a lot shinier due to smoothing down the outer layers of the hair shaft. Another unique feature is it's Cool-Wall™ technology, which creates 'a ring of cool air around the hot air'. I can use the hairdryer quite close to my scalp to create loads of volume, but the hairdryer and nozzle still remain fairly cool. There's nothing worse than when a hairdryer gets too hot, and even worse, burns your scalp. Cool-Wall™ technology also creates a setting effect, so I find there's less need for me to finish off with a blast of cold air. However, there's also a cold shot button, which gives quick blasts of air if I want to set my hair in an instant. 

So to conclude, I absolutely love everything about this hairdryer! It's cut my drying time in half, meaning I have longer to spend doing other things in the morning. The next generation brushless motor means it's much quieter compared to other hairdryers that I've used, so noise is no longer an issue. The styling benefits of ghd Aura are truly exceptional and I feel incredibly privileged to have it in my life.

The new ghd aura can be purchased for £145.00 from Selfridges.com | Link
Don't forget to follow ghd on Twitter: @ghd 


What do you think of ghd aura? Is it something you would like to try?

25 July 2014

Lush 9 To 5 Review


You guys probably don't remember, but way back in February I shared my latest beauty wish list with you all (see here), and one of the products on it was Lush 9 To 5 Cleanser. In May I went to my local Lush shop in Poole to buy a couple of gifts for my friends for their birthdays, and I found myself sneaking one of these in my basket. I've been using it for a couple of months now, so I thought it would be a good time to write a review.

9 To 5 is a cleansing milk that's designed to remove all traces of dirt and make-up, leaving the skin smoothed and moisturised. It's key ingredients are dove orchid extract, almond oil and ylang ylang oil. The first thing I noticed about this product was the smell. It reminds me of a cleanser that I had in the salon, which was by a company that makes aromatherapy based products. It's quite floral, and it brought back happy memories, so I really like it.

When using 9 To 5 I put a small bit in the palm of my hands, then I smooth it all over my face. I then take a muslin cloth immersed in warm water and gently remove it, and I do this twice. I find it leaves my skin feeling soft and clean, with a slight residue left on the skin. For me, this is the sign of a good cleanser, and I always remove the last traces of it with a toner, and finish by applying my eye cream and moisturiser.

* Beauty Tip *
Using a muslin cloth is a great way to gently exfoliate your skin whilst you cleanse.

Overall I really like this cleanser and I think it would be a great staple in anyone's cleansing routine. I have a combination skin type, and Lush state that this cleanser works well for dry and oily skins, so it's quite versatile. 9 To 5 is available here for £4.95 for 95g or £9.50 for 240g. As you can see, I have a 240g bottle, which I think is incredibly good value for money.


What are your favourite Lush products? Have you ever tried 9 To 5? Please leave your comments in the box below.

23 July 2014

Highlighters & Concealers | What's the Difference?

Due to the sheer volume of products out there many people often get confused with the difference between a highlighter and a concealer. It's not surprising really, when there are products on the market that simply call themselves a 'concealer'. If I had a pound every time I heard a client say that they had an amazing under eye concealer that was also great for spots and blemishes, only for them to go on to describe a product that is actually a highlighter, I would be a very rich girl right now! Today's post is going to cover the differences between the two and the undesired effects that could be caused when used for the wrong purpose.

Highlighters

Examples: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch | Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch 

Highlighters are used to draw attention to features such as your cheekbones, however products such as Touche Eclat and Dream Lumi Touch also make great under eye concealers. This is because as well as concealing, they have light reflecting pigments, which means as soon as your face hits the light, that area is going to be highlighted more than ever. I'm a massive fan of Touche Eclat, and over the years have met many others that are too, but sometimes people use this, and products like it to conceal spots. Rather than concealing the area, they're actually highlighting it, and probably swapping a red bump for a brightly lit up skin coloured one! It's not always easy to spot when applying make-up at home, but everyone else will probably notice, especially when they're under lights. 

I'm also a great fan of Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch (said to be a dupe for Touche Eclat), however, in the description it says it can be used to cover imperfections. Personally I wouldn't want to put it anywhere other than an area I want to highlight, because in the description it says it 'illuminates', 'brightens the face' and can be used to create a 'luminous glow'. It's not the kind of look I want on my blemishes or imperfections and I find this description very confusing. 

Concealers

Examples: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Seventeen Phwoarr Paint

Concealers are used to cover spots, blemishes and imperfections etc. They also sometimes double up as an under eye concealer. Personally, I'm very careful when choosing an under eye concealer because the skin around the eyes is much thinner than the skin on the rest of the face. In theory, it's best not to put heavy products under the eyes because weighing them down can lead to premature ageing around the eyes. The skin can't take it, which is why I stick to highlighting concealers under my eyes.

When choosing a concealer or an under eye concealer/highlighter I think it's always best to research the product and take on board it's key features. If a product says it's an illuminator or highlighter then personally I wouldn't use it to conceal spots, but it would be perfect for under my eyes. If I find a good concealer that doesn't highlight, then it's perfect for the skin on my face, but the chances are I'm not going to let it anywhere near my eyes, unless the consistency is as thin as Touche Eclat.

What do you guys think? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Please leave your comments in the box below.

21 July 2014

VO5 Hot Oil Review

VO5 Hot Oil

VO5 Hot Oil
VO5 Hot Oil
In my ongoing battle to restore my over processed locks I've recently rediscovered VO5 Hot Oil. I don't even know what made me purchase a box of these, but I saw them on the shelf in Boots and thought to myself 'I remember these'. Many years ago they were regularly used in my hair care routine, and before I knew it, they were in my shopping basket once again.

VO5 Hot Oil is made up of essential oils that include avocado oil, apricot oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil and rosemary leaf oil. This special blend is used in combination with heat to combat damage by penetrating deep into the hair. As you probably know, we cause harm to our hair on a daily basis just by styling and brushing it, let alone if we choose to use heated appliances and dye it with chemicals. Using a hot oil treatment can make a big difference to the overall texture of each strand of hair.

This hot oil is really simple to use. You pop an unopened tube in hot water for a few minutes, until it's nice and warm. Then dampen your hair and massage the oil into the lengths. Next, leave it to work it's magic for just 1 minute and you're ready to shampoo your hair as normal. It couldn't be easier.

I've been using this hot oil treatment once a week and find that it seems to make my hair a bit smoother due to the way it binds the layers of hair together. Combing and brushing has become much easier and I feel like it helps to combat damage.

* Hair Tip *
Try using 15ml of Olive Oil as a natural alternative to VO5 Hot oil. The results will be pretty much the same and you'll save yourself a fair bit of money in the process. Believe it or not one of my hairdressing assessments at college involved giving a hair treatment using olive oil. I'm going back quite a few years now, so I have no idea if this is still part of Hairdressing NVQ Level 2! If you know the answer then please leave a comment in the box below.

You can purchase VO5 Hot Oil from Boots (here). It's £4.29 for a box of 4.

Have you ever tried using hot oil on your hair before? Did you know that you can use olive oil as a cheaper alternative?

18 July 2014

False Eyelashes | My Top Tips!

False Eyelashes


Who doesn't want long luscious eyelashes? Some people are naturally blessed with them, but if you're not one of the lucky few, like myself, then false lashes can be a bit of a godsend. I've been using them on and off for many years, and have developed a little routine for myself. I've also picked up a few tips and tricks along the way, which I'm going to share with you today.

The first thing I do, after opening a new set of false eyelashes, is hold them up against my natural lashes (using a pair of tweezers), to see if the strip is longer than the length of my natural lash line. If it is, then I trim some off of the outer edge, because they're not going to sit right if they're too long. Nobody likes a false eyelash poking in their eye do they?

I also check the length of the false lashes against my eyelashes. Sometimes the false lashes can be way too long, and I trim them. I try to avoid doing this unless I really have to. The reason is, there's a bit of an art to cutting false lashes. They need to be feathered, rather than bluntly cut straight across, otherwise they'll look very unnatural.


Eyelash Glue

As a rule I apply all other make-up before adding false lashes, however, there is rarely a time that I don't put on more liquid liner after application, because it can cover up a multitude of mistakes! I find that glue often ends up somewhere it shouldn't, and if the lash line isn't looking as black as I want it to, due to a blob of glue, I simply add more eyeliner. For me, it's better than pulling at the glue and disturbing the lashes.

Once I've applied the glue to the false lashes, I wait for it to become tacky before I apply them to my natural lashes. I find that waiting around around 30 seconds is about right. If I try to apply them too early they won't stick, and the chances are I'll end up in a big old mess! It's always best not to use too much glue too. I must admit I'm a little heavy handed with it myself, and if I've already used the lashes several times the glue can become quite overloaded. 


False Eyelashes


As I said previously, I usually get several uses out of strip lashes, which is me being a bit thrifty, because the ones I tend to use are designed for single use. This takes me to my next tip - the more curved the lashes, the easier they are to apply, so the newer they are, the better. The above picture shows a set of my lashes after I've used them several times. The eyelashes at the top are still a little curved, but the ones at the bottom are nearly straight! There are several things you can do to make life easier and keep your lashes curved. Firstly, you could do as I say, and not as I do, and use the lashes once, then throw them away. A bit of a no-brainer really. Secondly, you could buy lashes with specially designed curved packaging (Eylure Girls Aloud False Eyelashes are great example of this - see here), thirdly you could wrap them around a curved object, such as a make-up brush, to keep them in shape.


Do you use false eyelashes? Have you got any good recommendations or tips and tricks of your own? Let me know in the comments box below.

16 July 2014

In the Spotlight - Jenny from Dream in Pink


Every now and again I come across a blog that makes me want to purchase way too many products, and this is exactly what happened when I discovered Dream In Pink. My wishlist is now considerably longer than it was before, and no doubt my bank balance will take a bashing because of it! 

This gorgeous blog was created by Jenny who mainly blogs about beauty products, but likes to throw in the occasional fashion and lifestyle post. I have to say I'm incredibly impressed, because this blog is only a few months old. Go and check it out, and you'll see exactly where I'm coming from. In the meantime let's find out a bit more about Jenny herself, and what she thinks of blogging so far...

How did you get into blogging?
I have read blogs for years and always loved them, so after finishing university and having time on my hands I decided to start my own :)

What differentiates your blog from others?
I haven't thought too much about what makes my blog different and unique, I'm just writing about what I'm passionate about, what interests me and not worrying about comparing myself to other bloggers.

What’s the best thing about blogging?
Sharing my love of make up with people who have the same interests, writing about my passion and reading reviews from other blogs which I love.

What makes you click the follow button after discovering a new blog?
When I can tell that a blogger has similar interests or a similar style to me. Also when their personality comes through their writing and I can relate to it. 

Which bloggers inspire you?
BeautyCrushZoella and Pearls and Poodles as these are the blogs I came across first and continued to love for years. 
More recently, Carly's Beauty WorldCouture Girl and Em Talks are blogs I love reading and have helped inspire me since starting my own blog. 

What advice would you give to your just-started-blogging-self?
Not to worry about what people will think of my blog, as everyone has been so supportive so don't know why I ever worried! Also not to compare myself to other well-established blogs, it will come in time :)

Would you ever consider doing YouTube?
Not a the moment, as I'm only just getting used to blogging so one step at a time! Maybe in the future....who knows!

What’s your favourite clothing label?
At the moment I am absolutely loving Misguided and Motel.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not blogging?
Socialise with friends, go shopping or go to the gym.

Do you go out without make-up on?
Only for the gym or on holiday usually.

If you were restricted to three beauty products for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
Benefit Brow Zings- because I can't go anywhere without colouring my brows in, I think it makes my face look so much better and I would sacrifice wearing any other make up before my brow products!
Fake Tan- Probably either St. Tropez bronzing mousse or any gradual tanners (there are so many I love). This is because wearing fake tan makes me feel so much more confident.
Lip Balm- either Vaseline or Burt's Bees. I always seem to have dry lips and take these products everywhere with me in my handbag. I also really like tinted lip balms as they are so convenient. 

Tell us a good beauty tip!
This isn't really a beauty tip it’s a hair tip but it's something I've found out recently. If you suffer with greasy hair, stopping using conditioner can really help! I have recently done this and notice my hair can last so much longer before I need to wash it again. When I do use conditioner I only put it on the ends as well. 

Thanks to Jenny for agreeing to be put in the spotlight. You can find her blog here. 

Would you like to be part of this feature? If so e-mail me - carlysbeautyworld@gmail.com


14 July 2014

GHD Aura Professional Hairdryer Experience



Professional hair styling brand ghd have just launched a new hairdryer called aura, and they’re offering you the chance to be one of the first to experience it at their one-off ultimate hair day. This event is going to be held at their studio on Dean Street on Wednesday 16th July from 12-8pm. 

What a great opportunity to be one of the first to experience this new must-have hair tool. I can’t think of anything better than having a bespoke blow-dry appointment by one of the ghd creative team, who are often found styling the hair of catwalk models backstage at London Fashion Week.

To book an appointment all you need to do is e-mail j.helks@ghdhair.com

Appointments will be given on a first come first served basis, and your confirmation e-mail will give you the time to arrive on the day.
I’m really excited about trying out the ghd aura, and once I have I’ll be writing a review, so look out for that over the next few weeks. If you would like to read about it in more detail please click here. 

Have you been lucky enough to try out this new hairdryer yet? If not, Is it something you would like to try? Let me know in the comments box below.
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