Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Weekly Reviews #1

I ran a little Twitter poll to see what kind of beauty posts were your favourites. Reviews actually came out on top and I realised that I don't tend to post a lot of them really. I often get very excited about some new products that I've bought, show them on here or instagram, then they're never to be seen again!

I'm trying to regularly post monthly favourites however I figured I needed some extra reviews on here, but without writing reviews on single products, as I don't really enjoy that. I've decided that I'm going to try and pick out a handful of products each week that I'm going to write mini reviews on so I can let you know my thoughts, good or bad.

There was probably more of an inventive name I could have chosen rather than "The Weekly Reviews" but at least you know what you're getting with this name. I'm not the most creative person!

I've found myself buying a lot of natural/organic/reduced chemical shampoos and conditioners lately. I can have quite a sensitive scalp and lots of shampoos irritate it and leave it feeling sore. I've noticed if I switch to SLS-free formulas, I don't have this problem though so I'm trying to just use those where I can. My current shampoo and conditioner are from Maui Moisture and it's the Nourish + Moisture Coconut Milk range for Dry Hair (£8.99 each at Boots).

It's quite expensive compared to a lot of the other shampoos and conditioners in Boots but I guess you're paying for it to be made with no silicones, no parabens and no sulfates. It's also vegan friendly and contains pure coconut water and pure aloe juice. I've really enjoyed using these products as they leave my scalp feeling comfortable and do a great job at leaving my hair clean and soft. I'd say if you had overly dry hair, these may not be enough as I don't find them to be the most moisturising formula I've ever used. One problem I've found with these products is that it's quite hard to dispense the product, especially the shampoo which is thicker, from the bottles as they are quite rigid. You have to turn the bottle upside-down, give it a good shake and then squeeze quite hard to get the product out. It's still worth it for me though.

I've seen the Bilou Creamy Shower Foams (£3.99 at Superdrug) a few times on social media and been very intrigued about the sweet scents, so when I finally saw some in Superdrug I bought a few. I've been using the Tasty Donut one for the last week and I'm in love with it. The texture is really creamy and smooth, I don't feel like it strips the skin like I expected a foam to. The smell is on another level! It's so sweet and delicious. To me, it has hints of The Body Shop Strawberry fragrance, but extra strong and sweet. I can't wait to try the other one I've got and I'll certainly be buying more of these.

If you've seen much of the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara (£19.50 at Debenhams) online, you'll probably have seen claims that it's "sex-proof". It's also meant to be very volumising and thickening too. I've tried this mascara 2 or 3 times now and I'm just not sold on it. For starters, I don't really like the brush. It seems a bit sparse for my liking and I don't feel like it really latches on to many lashes. I don't get a dramatic effect when I use this. Certainly not the 13.7x volume mentioned on their website. I also found that this smudged very easily on me and I wasn't putting its sex-proof claims to the test either. I was literally sitting still at my desk, all day, at work! In its defence, that happens with most mascaras on me anyway for some reason, so it may work better on other people. I've definitely tried a lot of better mascaras though, even most L'Oreal or Maybelline mascaras which are less than half the price of this, perform a lot better for me.

Another Urban Decay product, but very much the opposite opinion, is the new Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette (£43 at I love, love, love this! The design of the palette is so unique and amazing. It feels expensive and sturdy. It looks like an artist palette, which is quite cool. I love that there is a bold, colourful side and then a side with neutrals. This palette is perfect for all occasions and I can see the colourful side being amazing for Christmas party makeup or just for regular nights out. Metallic shimmery eyeshadow is my favourite as I find it so flattering on my eyes.

These shadows are so pigmented and smooth. There are a few shades in the neutral side which are a bit more glittery and chunky (Angel Fire, Scream and Acoustic) but the rest are all smooth. I've only used a few of the shades on my eyes so far and loved them but I'm extremely impressed with the swatches. Gorgeous colour in one swipe! I'll definitely be getting a lot of use out of this palette.

Have you tried any of these products? Are you using any products at the moment that you're loving and would recommend? Or maybe any duds that I should avoid?

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