John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo & Conditioner Review


A few weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely lady from the John Frieda PR team and asked if I would like to try out any of their products. Of course I said yes and explained that I struggle with volume as I have quite fine hair naturally. A few days later a little parcel arrived containing a shampoo and conditioner from the Luxurious Volume Range and some Biore Pore Strips. 


The Luxurious Volume Shampoo is an almost clear formula and is relatively fragrance free. I have medium length hair down to my shoulder blades (picture above for reference) and I didn’t need to use a huge amount to get a nice lather going. After using the shampoo I didn’t feel like it had left too much residue in my hair and my hair felt nice and clean. 


As you would expect the Shampoo was swiftly followed by the Luxurious Volume Conditioner and I have to say this definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. Normally you would expect your conditioner to have a creamy, milky consistency but the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Conditioner is a completely clear, firmer formula and to be honest I was a little bit dubious when I first squeezed it out of the tube. None the less I gave it a go and I was pleasantly surprised, of course it felt a bit….well weird at first to use a conditioner that was such an unusual consistency but once I had smoothed it all over my hair it didn’t really feel much different to any other conditioner I would use. As always I left the conditioner on my hair whilst I washed the rest of my body and then rinsed it off a few minutes later. After blow drying my hair I definitely felt like it wasn’t as flat as it usually is and it was smooth & soft as it usually is. I will say that after 3/4 times of using this I did notice that my hair felt a little bit drier than usual so I used a clarifying shampoo inbetween the 4th and 5th wash to get rid of the product build up (it’s worth mentioning that I DO use hairspray everyday so that contributes to the build up as well and not just the shampoos and conditioners that I use) then after that I went back to the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo And Conditioner and my hair was back to being smooth and soft. If you purchase these products I definitely recommend that you use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove any build up that you may experience. 

My overall thoughts on the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range are quite positive – I think it has definitely improved the volume in my hair, it left my hair feeling smooth and soft, the size of the tubes lasts for quite a while and I would be very happy to pay the £1.99 each for the Shampoo and Conditioner. 

I also noticed as I was researching the price of these that they do a 7 Day Volume Treatment from the same range for £9.99 and I would definitely be interested to try that out and use in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner to see how they work together. 

Have you used anything from the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range before and how did you find it? Let me know in the comments below. 

Rachel xoxo

Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer Review


As you know, I often get sent items to review and it’s very important to me to make it clear to anyone who takes the time to read my posts that although I have been sent an item free of charge I will still give an open and honest review because I myself read other people reviews when I’m trying to decide on an item to buy and I would hate for someone to buy something and hate it because I had lied and said it was amazing when in actual fact it wasn’t so great. So now I’ve said that let’s get to the item in hand…..

So as you should have guessed from the above statement I have been sent the Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer in exchange for an honest review. This hairdryer comes in a cardboard box and inside it is wrapped in plastic. The plug is fully attached to the item and literally all you have to do is pop the nozzle on the front of the hairdryer, plug it in and your good to go. My first impression of this hairdryer is that I absolutely love the colour, a beautiful, bright Ruby Red. It’s so vibrant and fun and yes in the grand scheme of things I know that’s not particularly an important factor in choosing a hairdryer but in my opinion it’s nice to see something different from the generic black that you usually find. 

The Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer features 2 speeds and 3 heat settings and also a cool shot button which I feel is pretty standard on most hairdryers these days. In my opinion the hairdryer has 2 unique selling points – 1. A 3m extra long swivel cord and 2. The main focus of the hairdryer – and I have taken this straight from the website – ‘The ionic conditioning leaves your hair superbly smooth whilst the Argan hair oil infused grille nourishes your hair and encourages a stunning natural shine’ or more simply put an Argan Oil infused grille which when the hairdryer is switched on will infuse into the air that is blowing out of the hairdryer and onto your hair to nourish and condition. Now I am a huge fan of using Argan Oil on my hair, usually in the form of a conditioning spray, because it really does improve the condition of my coloured hair so I was very intrigued to try this hairdryer out. 

One thing I will say is that I found this hairdryer a little heavier than the one I was previously using, it wasn’t an issue when using it but I just thought worth mentioning. The buttons on the handle of the hairdryer are in the perfect position to easily use and the cool shot button does exactly that, delivers a burst of cool air when you need it. My hair does feel smooth and soft after use although I’m not sure if that’s from the hairdryer or from the products I use as I do already have quite soft hair. In my opinion this is a great hairdryer and I do believe it did dry my hair quite quickly.

A few days after I had receive this I let my mum use it and although she liked the hairdryer – and funnily enough she DIDN’T find it heavier than her usual hairdryer there was one thing that niggled her. On her hairdryer at home when using the cool shot button there was no pick up in pace – meaning that it didn’t sort of ‘rev’ up in speed whereas this one does. Now as I said above (or more accurately didn’t say above!) that didn’t bother me in the slightest. To see if this would bother anyone else I decided to then let a friend use the hairdryer and asked her to let me know how she got on with it just to see if she was annoyed by the cool shot button but again, like me, it didn’t bother her. 

All in all I think this is a great hairdryer and if I had purchased this with my own money I would have been very happy to spend the £29.99 it costs. 

Rachel xoxo

Roccabox April 2017

This month a new beauty box subscription service called Roccabox was launched. It retails at £10 a month plus £3.95 shipping and it includes 5 makeup, skincare or hair care products. Each month every box is put together by a social influencer and this first box was the turn of Pretty Ugly Blog owner Gabriella Pisani, fashion writer for Hello magazine. Roccabox does not offer a beauty profile for you to fill in so your box is tailored to your needs, everyone simply gets the same 5 items. Let’s jump in and see what was in this months box.

  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 effects serum (worth £6.99 on Feel Unique).
  • Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy Cream (£8 from the C&E website).
  • Kure Bizzare – The Natural Pedicure Ritual (£4.50 from the John and Ginger website).
  • Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in the Shade  St James (£15 from the Nails Inc website
  • Smith and Cult Diary Of A Beauty Junkie Lip Lacquer (worth £23) 

If we add all that up that is a box value of £57.49 which for a £13.95 spend is not all that bad! I’m quite happy with the contents of this box and will use everything except the Frizz Ease because I don’t get frizzy hair so I will be giving that to my mum. 

What beauty boxes did you get in April? 

Rachel xoxo

My Current Skincare Routine – April 2017


So I thought it might be nice to share my current skincare routine with you. My skin at the moment is probably in the best condition it has been in a long time and I believe that is because, for possibly the first time in my life, I have a proper skincare routine. Up until about 25 I didn’t even use a moisturiser! I washed my face with whatever the cleanser was on offer at the supermarket at the time and then went straight on to applying my makeup. I can’t believe I never used to care! So baring that in mind I am very lucky to have the skin I have today. I’m 35 in a months time and whilst I do have some frown lines on my forehead, I definitely don’t have the skin of a 35 year old and because I want to keep it that way, I have now established a routine to suit my skin. 


Typically my skin type is Normal/Oily with the oily bit being my T-Zone. From what I’m aware that is quite a comment skin type. Then on top of that I can get quite a bumpy forehead when my skin is congested. I don’t really have any visible or open pores but I do get redness around my nose, on my cheeks and on my chin, although that is not all the time. I’m also lucky enough to be able to say that I don’t often get spots, but when I do they are usually on my chin or forehead. I have quite dark undereye circles and my eyelids are yellow in colour. 

The first part of any skincare routine should be cleansing and I have two preferred cleansers. The first is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I love using this every day. It just feels so nourishing and kind to my skin. It is great at removing my makeup and then leaving my skin feeling really fresh and clean. It doesn’t dry my skin out either like some products can.

The second cleanser I like to use is the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop and this one I like to use when I’ve done a face mask, particularly a stubborn clay one. I use this in conjunction with a face brush and gently buff the mask off my face to reveal soft, nourished skin underneath. 


After I have cleansed my face I apply the Trilogy COQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate and I do this morning and night. I’ve been using this now for about 6 weeks and I have definitely noticed and improvement to my eye area, I have specifically noticed that my under eye circles are much less dark than they used to be and considering that I am a sleep deprived mummy that is quite the achievement! 

Next after I’ve used my eye treatment I use either my morning serum or my night time oil. 

In the mornings I use the Niod Multi – Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. The first thing I have to say about this is, if I’m being brutaly honest, I cannot stand the smell, it smells like vinegar! But you have to get past that because honestly, this is THE BEST serum I have ever used on my face. It really has helped to improve the look and condition of my skin. You’ve just got to try it! 

If it’s my night time skincare routine that I’m doing then I reach for the Argan+ Moroccan Rose Night Time Facial Oil. As you would expect from a night serum, it is greasier and heavier than something I would be comfortable using during the day, but in the morning I wake up with plump, hydrated, nourished skin. 


The last part of my everyday skincare routine is moisturiser. The moisturiser I use in the morning is the Caudalie Face Lifting Moisturiser. I just find it so hydrating and it just feels so silky smooth, plus it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tacky once applied. 

The moisturiser I use after my night time Cleanse is the Nip & Fab Soften – Kale Fix Moisturiser. This is a bit thicker than the Caudalie one and it does leave my skin feeling tacky after it has dried so I don’t like to use it during the day, but that’s not something I’m bothered about at night time, plus that aside I do really like this product because it really hydrates my skin during the night. 

As well as the above routine which I do every day morning and night there are a few products that I use inbetween. One of which is the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Mask from The Body Shop. I like to do this at least once a week to get a really deep clean and to clear my pores. I also pop on some collagen eye patches at the same time to plump up my undereye area.


As well as the using the face mask once a week I also use the MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel Pads. I use these twice a week and I really feel like these are helping to smooth out the little bumps on my forehead. 

Lastly I use the Murad Blemish Spot Treatment on any nasty little spots that may pop up at any given time on my face.

So that my current skincare routine. What are you using at the moment and do you think it’s working ? 

Rachel xoxo 

Makeup Revolution x British Beauty Blogger Fortune Favours The Brave Review

The Fortune Favours The Brave Palette is by no means a new release, in fact I’ve had this palette in my collection for the last 6 months, possibly even longer, but non the less I have decided to review it because it’s something that I use a lot and something that I enjoy using.

The palette is a collaboration between Makeup Revolution and British Beauty Blogger. Makeup Revolution is a very popular affordable brand who are becoming increasing known for their dupes of well loved high end products. In the UK you can find there counters in Superdrug stores, you can buy their products on the Superdrug website or you can buy direct from the http://www.tambeauty.com website.

Let’s get back to the palette in question. Now whilst MUR are well known for their dupes as I said before, this is not a dupe for anything already released.


I love the front design of the palette. It’s so sleek and stylish and it’s really easy to find in my acrylic drawers because even though I have a lot of Eyeshadow Palettes I don’t have anything else that’s gold in my collection.


Taking a look inside the colours are so pretty! There’s a mix of Matte and Shimmer shades and in my opinion they are all very wearable.


Over the past few months I have created some beautiful nude eye makeup looks with this palette. My favourite shades have to be the pink and nude shimmer shades. One thing I do find with these eyeshadows is a difference in pigmentation between the mattes and the shimmers. The matte shades swatch very patchy and they take at least two finger swipes to get any colour payoff on my arm, they are also quite powdery however saying that they are still very useable and do build up nicely if you are willing to put the effort in. The shimmer shades on the other hand are gorgeously buttery and creamy and they are super pigmented. For me, it’s worth having this palette just for the shimmer shades alone. I’ve done some swatches below and I think it’s easy to see what I mean in the difference between the mattes and the shimmers.





So what is my honest opinion on this palette? I think it’s definitely worth having in your makeup collection, especially when you consider that it is only £9.99. It’s full of very wearable shades that you will be able to create lots of beautiful looks with. Aside from the few lighter matte shades that are lacking in pigmentation compared to the rest, the colour payoff is great, especially for a drugstore product. If you can get hold of this palette then I definitely recommend you give it a try.

Do you have the Fortune Favours The Brave Palette? What do you think of it?

Rachel xoxo

February 2017 Empties

This months Product Empties features quite a lot of makeup and beauty items because I didn’t do a January Empties as last month was so busy, so I saved them all up and have put them all in February’s post. I hope you’ve got a brew and a snack – your going to need it!

Here’s the products that I’ve used up over the last 2 months –

Unani Il-luminate Milk Cleanser

This Cleanser was from my January Glossybox and I’ve absolutely loved using it, it’s so creamy (as you’d expect from a milk cleanser!). It removed my makeup with ease – even my eye makeup, leaving my skin feeling clean, smooth and fresh. Sometimes I find cleansers can be quite drying to my skin but that’s not that case with this one. Disappointingly though I have been looking to purchase another one of these and I can’t find a UK website to buy one from although on the Glossybox website it does tell me this would retail for £13.60.

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation

This Foundation has to be one of my all time favourite drugstore Foundations. I had this in the shade Vanilla Clair, although in all honestly I could probably have done with going one shade darker – I don’t know why but for some reason I went through a faze of thinking I was paler than I am!! However that being said it was easy enough to darken it up with some bronzer. This is a light/medium Foundation but it is easily buildable if you like something heavier. It’s non greasy, doesn’t oxidise and it applies evenly. I buy mine from Superdrug and it retails at £10.99.

Decleor Hydra Floral BB Cream

My mum actually gave this to me about a year ago from out of a QVC TSV she bought. The thing I love the most about this is the frangrance, it’s literally like summer in a bottle! It’s so floral and pretty, I just love putting it on. This is a BB cream so your not going to get a super heavy coverage like you would from a foundation, but this is just perfect for a hot day when your looking to brighten up your skin but you don’t want to feel like you’ve got a full face of makeup on. You can purchase this from the Look Fantastic website and it is £22.05 (what a funny price! Why the 5p? Are they sending it in a carrier bag?!).

Bee Good Firm And Plump Moisturiser

Now I know this post is supposed to be for products that I have used up this month but I do have a couple of things that I just don’t want to use anymore, and this is one of them. Unfortunately this is just not for me, mainly because of the overpowering Lemon scent. I just can’t bare it! It’s too strong and I always end up washing it off! For that reason this is going in the bin. The Bee Good Firm And Plump Moisturiser can be purchased from the Bee Good website and it is £9 for 15ml.

Caudalie Mosturising Sorbet

I’m not going to say much about this one because I have reviewed it before. I have literally got about 5 or 6 of these little tubes because they’ve been in various beauty boxes over the past few months. This is a tube that I had sitting on my bookcase and I used it everytime I couldn’t be bothered to walk upstairs and get my main moisturiser lol! I quite like it, it does the job! The full size of this will cost you £23 from the Naturisimo website.

Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara

This is another one that is not an actual Empty, it’s just something that I don’t rate. I found this just went clumpy on me. No matter how I applied it, it just clumped up. Luckily this was just a sample sized Mascara that I got from Love Me Beauty before I unsubscribed. The Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara retails at £19 from Debenhams.

Molton Brown Dewy Lily Of The Valley And Star Anise Bath And Shower Gel 

This was a sample that I got in my Tili Box and I have absolutely loved it. It smells so gorgeous! It lathers up beautifully. There’s not much else to say about this except it’s just lovely to use. The full size is available from the John Lewis website for £18. It’s a bit of an indulgence but totally worth it!

Sephora Lotus Sleeping Mask

A lovely friend brought me this back from New York last year. Although it’s quite a small little pot it actually goes a long way and I got 4 full face uses out of this. I applied this once a week after my night time cleanse and it was such a treat for my skin. In the morning when I woke up my skin was so soft and plump and it felt really hydrated. This was from Sephora and a quick look on the website tells me it was $4, which is around £3.25.

Milani Easy Brow Tinted Fiber Gel

In a nutshell I hated this. I just did nothing, I’m not even convinced I could ever get any out of the tube. I purchased this from Beauty Bay because I absolutely love all the other Milani products I have in my collection and I was expecting the same level of quality from this but sadly that wasn’t the case. So in the bin this goes! This is on the Beauty Bay website for £9 but honestly save your money – it’s absolute rubbish!

N.4 Restore and Repair Oil

N.4 Restore and Repair Oil is basically a conditioning oil that you apply to your hair after you have washed and towel dried it. It is VERY concentrated so you only need to use the tiniest amount. I found that this made my hair quite greasy so I used it as an overnight treatment and washed my hair in the morning. Using it like that made this product work for me, I found my hair was softer, smoother and it wasn’t as fly away as it normally would be. This retails at £18.60 for 60ml and you can find it on Birchbox.com.

La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes

This was a sample sachet that I got from the Feel Unique Pick n Mix service. I got about 5 uses out of this altogether but to be honest I wasn’t that impressed – I found it really greasy. I’m glad I got a sample before I thought about purchasing the full size product. If you want to buy the full size product it will cost you £20.80 from the Escentual website.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

I bought this because I already use the Dipbrow Pomade and I love it, so I thought that for when I don’t have as much time to do my makeup I would try this. Sadly it just doesn’t live up to the Pomade. I got it in the shade Blonde and I just couldn’t get any payoff from it at all. I was pressing on it so hard I was worried I was going to snap it! £15.50 most definitely not well spent! I’ll be sticking to my Dipbrow Pomade.

So that’s it! Those are the products that I used up (or threw away!) in the months of January and February 2017. What have you been using?

Rachel xoxo

Globenfeld Super Sport Watch Review

I was very kindly sent this watch in exchange for an honest review. This is the Globenfeld Super Sport Watch and it retails for £59.99 on Amazon. I confirmed the order of the watch on the Thursday afternoon and by Friday morning I had it in my hands, that’s great if this is going to be a gift for someone. I hate waiting ages for an item to be delivered and then worrying what I’m going to do if it doesn’t arrive in time!


Obviously this is a man’s watch so I passed it onto Chris to review. He has been wearing it and he let me know his thoughts. Firstly let’s talk about the packaging, the watch comes very well protected in a grey flip top box which makes it look very expensive in my opinion. It has some protective film over the surfaces to help stop it from getting scratched until you are ready to take it out and wear it. The Watch itself is Gunmetal in colour with 3 round digital dials on the face – 12/24hr function, stopwatch & alarm – then it also has a clock face around the outside. The deals and numbers are easy to read and the face of the Watch is a good size. The Watch bracelet was very large and Chris had to remove 5 links to be able to wear it, he found this very quick and easy to do himself although a local jewellers would have also done it for a small charge. The Watch itself is quite heavy and feels very robust, it’s definitely not the Watch for someone who doesn’t want to feel like they are wearing anything. Chris, however quite liked that about it saying it made him feel like the watch was more expensive than it was.


From the back the Watch fastens with a clasp and feels very secure, he had no issues with the Watch falling off and nor did it snag the skin or hairs on his arm which is something he has found on other watches in the past.

Our overall opinion of the Globenfeld Super Sport Watch is that it is very stylish as well as practical, the face is easy to read and tells you everything you need to know from a Watch. I would be very happy to purchase this Watch myself as a gift.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel (&Chris!) xoxo