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

April 2017 Empties

Im a little bit late this month with my April Product Empties, it’s been such a busy month and I haven’t managed to write a blog post at all in May yet. Must try harder! 

Usually my Product Empties are mostly Skincare based, however I’m finding it very satisfying that this month I have sucessfully finished not 1, not 2, not even 3, but 4 Makeup items. I don’t know why but I always feel more pleased with myself when my Product Empties are Makeup items rather than Skincare based! So what are my Empties this month……

  • Lush Herbalism Face & Body Cleanser – I actually got this from a girl in a Facebook swapping group – I swapped her a broken Colourpop Supershock Eye Shadow (that’s sound really unfair I know but she really wanted it) and I have to say I am very pleased that I didn’t pay for it because I HATED it. Like literally HATED. It was just so weird. Firstly the consistency was just odd, it was like a sort of crumbly, green, bitty, mound and the idea is that you break a bit off and wet it in your hand and then it becomes a paste that you cleanse with. Maybe it’s because it was so bitty I didn’t like it much, but the smell didn’t help either, just awful. I just wasn’t a fan at all. 
  • Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel – Funnily enough I also got this on Facebook, only this time I won it in a competition! I actually loved this! It was so smooth and creamy and it lathered up really nicely and also it smelt A-MAZING. I think I will definitely be purchasing this one myself.
  • Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet – Yes I know this was in my Product Empties before but over the last year I seem to have accumulated lots of these little tubes from one place or another so I’m not going to waffle on about it because you’ve heard it all before, all I’ll say is that I really do like this moisturiser. I find it super refreshing & it smells great.
  • Lancôme Genifique Serum – I have to say that I wasn’t a big fan of this at all. I just don’t think it did anything. It just seemed to disappear into nothing on my skin, which might sound like something you would want from a serum but it didn’t even feel like I had put anything on, it made my skin feel so dry and it just wasn’t for me. 
  • Bare Minerals Prep Step Moisture Set Radient Prep Cream – I’ve been absolutely loving this primer. At first I was a bit concerned that it would make me really oily and greasy looking because I already have an oily skin type but it doesn’t at all. It doesn’t dry completely matte, it definitely stays slightly dewy but it isn’t overly greasy. It doesn’t really have a fragrance, which is fine with me. It feels hydrating and smooth leaving the perfect base for my makeup. Plus, a little goes a long way – I’ve had this Primer since my birthday last year (may 31st!) and it’s only just ran out.
  • Tarte Tartiest Mascara – I got my first tube of this mascara in the QVC Tili Box and it very quickly became my favourite mascara, I always repurchase this everytime it runs out – I cannot live without it! It leaves my lashes looking volumised, long, lush and full. Also it doesn’t smudge underneath my eyes either which is great.
  • Bee Good Honey And Camelina Face Scrub – I really liked this face scrub because the little scrubby grains in it were tiny and that’s how I like them – in fact I think that’s the main reason why I didn’t like the Lush Herbalism, the grains were too bitty. This was just perfect, meaning that it wasn’t too harsh on my skin but it was grainy enough to give my face a really good revitalising scrub and get all the dead skin cells away. It wasn’t particularly fragranced like you might think it would be as the name would suggest but I’m not a huge fan of strong fragrances anyway in my skincare products. 
  • L’Oréal Lumi Magique Highlighting Wand – Well what can I say about this little beauty! I have absolutely LOVED using this! It’s great for under your eyes – I’ve been applying my regular undereye concealer (Boujois Radiance Reveal) and then adding 2 dots of this and it brightens up that whole area so nicely. It mixes in with my concealer really nicely – no separation, no caking – and it just makes my eyes look so much more awake! No undereye dark circles for this tired mamma! Can’t recommend this enough.
  • Benefit Ready Set Brow – Not much to say about this except that it does exactly what you want it to – sets your brows perfectly in place for the day ahead – job done! 

So that’s my Product Empties for the month of April. What did you use up last month ?

Rachel xoxo

Beauty Pie Subscription Service


‘Beauty Pie? what’s that ?!’ I hear you say. Well I’m going to tell you! It’s a relatively new beauty subscription service….but with a difference. As you know, lately I have been very underwhelmed with my beauty box subscriptions, I had cancelled a few and was on the look out for something new to replace them. That’s when I discovered Beauty Pie. Now I’ll be honest, it took me a while to get my head around the concept because it is a bit different than your standard beauty box subscription. Basically you pay £10 a month (with a minimum of 3 months subscription) for the opportunity to be able to shop the Beauty Pie website at cost price. For your £10, each month they give you the opportunity to buy up to £100 worth of products for just the factory price it costs them to make it. Plus, if one month you don’t want to buy anything that £100 will roll over to next month and then you will be able to buy £200 worth of products at cost price the next month. Also, as an added bonus, for the first month they give you an extra £50 on top of the £100 just in case you want to go a bit crazy! 

So what did I get with my first months allowance of £150 and how much did it cost me……


First up I chose the Great Skin Foundation, the price to buy this without a Beauty Pie subscription (which you can do if you want to!) is £30, but with a subscription you pay £5.06. Next I chose the One Powder Wonder Pressed Powder. On the website this looked amazing and I was really excited to get this and have a look at it in real life and I have to say I was not disappointed, it is just so pretty. The price of the One Powder Wonder is £26 but with a subscription you pay £3.68. The next thing I chose was the Quantum Bronzer and if I thought the Powder was pretty I should have seen this first! It is such a pretty shade and in the pan it is gradient from a deeper shade to a lighter shade, it is just absolutely stunning. The Quantum Bronzer is £26 without a subscription or £3 with one. After the Bronzer and the Powder had wowed me I went straight to the Blushers and I was eager to chose one to try. I couldn’t decide so I ended up choosing 2 of the Smart Powder Blushes at £2.51 each or £18 without a subscription. Lastly I chose 2 of the Moisture Lock Wondergel Lip Liners (mainly to use up the last of my first months £150 allowance) and I chose the shades Foxy and Love Nest, these are £15 each without a subscription or £1.47 each with one. Altogether including shipping my order total (not including the £10 original subscription price) was £27.63 which in my opinion is not bad for 7 items. 


So what did I think of the items once I had received them? Well the first thing I noticed was the packaging. Beauty Pie themselves say that the items are in ‘no frills’ packaging and that you might notice that products feel a lot lighter than you may usually expect. That is because they are trying to keep the cost price of the items down. Now because of that I did not have high expections for the packaging, in fact I was more than prepared to decant the foundation into a better bottle and depot the powder products into my Z Palette, however to my surprise when they arrived I need not have worried. The foundation was in a good quality glass bottle with a pump – I was expecting a plastic bottle – and the compact products, whilst yes they were lighter slightly, they are in perfectly functioning packing that I am confident will fair well in the bottom of my makeup bag. Also something that I wasn’t expecting was for each item to have its own individual box – you don’t get that from a lot of other brands and you certainly pay a lot more! In fact I felt like Beauty Pie were selling themselves short by saying that and so I messaged them on Facebook and told them exactly that! 

With regards to the quality of the makeup itself I am more than happy, in particular with the Quantum Bronzer (it is absolutely beautiful and if you do decide to join the service you MUST get it! I insist!). The products are easy to use, very pretty and have great pigmentation. They are also great sizes, I mean the Bronzer is HUGE! 

At the time when I ordered there wasn’t that many products to choose from however they have already added more and they say they will be doing so throughout that year. 

I have high hopes for this subscription service and I look forward to the new items that they launch. I hope it continues to the same standard because I can see Beauty Pie becoming something really big. 

Rachel xoxo 

(Just a quick edit to add that this is NOT a sponsored post – I chose and paid for all items I recieved and this is my genuine opinion on the Beauty Pie Subscription Service)

Best In Beauty 2016

2016 has left us and it’s time for a new year and a fresh start. Lots of exciting new products to launch in 2017 that I’m looking forward to. First though let’s take a look at some of the great products that were around in 2016. This of course is my personal opinion, these are my favourite items from my makeup collection in 2016, you might agree with some of them or you might think I’ve liked some terrible products! Whatever your thoughts maybe you will find a product that you’d like to try. At the very least I hope you enjoy reading this post. I’m going to list these in order of the way I apply my makeup so let’s start with a flawless base….

Primer

My go to primer of 2016 was the Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer. Now I have to say, this does have a bit of a strange smell, it smells like bubbles! You know, bubbles that you blow when your a kid! It’s not nasty, it’s just weird! But even smelling like bubbles it is still my favourite Primer of the year. I suffer from oily skin and it really does keep me looking matte during the day. This retails for £29 and is available from the Laura Mercier website.
Foundation


Without a doubt my favourite foundation of 2016 was the Revlon Colourstay Foundation. This retails at £12.99 so it’s very affordable and in my opinion it rivals a high end foundation no problem. I wear the shade 180 Sand Beige in the Combination/Oily Formula and for me it is the perfect flawless coverage. This a full coverage foundation, it’s easy to blend, the colour is a perfect match for me and it last all day. 100% recommend this foundation. 

A close second in the foundation catagory is the Boujois 123 Perfect Foundation. This is a lighter coverage foundation but it’s still good for giving a flawless radiant base. I wear the shade Vanilla and it retails for £10.99.

Concealer

Thanks to Zoella and her makeup tutorials this year I have discovered the Boujois Radiance Reveal Concealer. I love love love this concealer. It’s absolutely perfect for brightening up my under eye area, an area that can get very dark on me thanks to lots of sleepless nights. I wear the shade TO1 Light and find it really does lift my complexion nicely. This concealer retails at £7.99.


Loose Powder

I will admit that I would never in a million years have tried any of the makeup from the Primark PS…Pro Collection. Not because I’m a makeup snob – I will happily buy budget makeup, in fact some of my favourite products are from Makeup Revolution, MUA and Collection – but because I’m not a fan of buying makeup from companies that are not solely cosmetics based. I feel like companies who just sell Cosmetics concentrate more on the products, the formulas, the colours and just generally the quality of the products more than a company that’s main focus isn’t their makeup line. However, this is most definitely proving me wrong! I actually got this in a Glossybox and wasn’t even going to bother trying it but I’m so glad I did. This powder is so soft and so finely milled it’s perfect for baking my under eyes and setting my concealer into a flawless finish. You can buy this from any Primark store and it retails for £5. 

Brows

There are 2 stand out products for me in the brow department this year. I have been loving using the Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade. The colour, the consistency and the formula just works really well for me. If I’ve got time to spend a lot of time on my makeup then the ABH would be what I reach for to do my brows and I wear the shade Blonde. ABH Dipbrow Pomade retails for £15 and I got mine from Beauty Bay.


My number one brow product though for this year is without a doubt the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. It is just literally so easy! You can have the perfect brow in seconds. So easy to use, it’s creamy, it doesn’t drag across the skin and the colour that I use – 2 – is just the perfect shade for my brows. I absolutely love it and I’ll be honest, I don’t think I will look at any other brow pencils for as long as I live! Yes that’s right, I Rachel do take the Goof Proof Brow Pencil to be my lawful wedded Eyebrow Pencil, to have and to hold, on good brow days and bad, as long as we both shall live! The Goof Proof Brow Pencil retails for £18.

Eyeshadows


The first Eyeshadow Palette I have really enjoyed using this year – and probably the one I have reached for the most – is the Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape Palette. These Eyeshadows are just so beautiful, the colours are just perfectly me and they are so pigmented, so buttery and creamy. I find I can make so many gorgeous looks out of this palette and they just blend beautifully. When I bought this palette it was £14.99, however I believe you can get it much cheaper now in some stores. 


There’s another Palette that I have really enjoyed using this year and that is this Nude Toned Palette from Wet & Wild. I am based in the UK and we don’t get Wet & Wild in the UK so I actually got this in a box swap that I did in a FB group with a beautiful girl from America called Brittney. The palette features some gorgeous neutral tones that are perfect for using with other palettes as crease and transition colours and of course there’s enough colours to create a beautiful natural eye look using this palette alone. I don’t actually know how much this palette retails for but I know that Wet & Wild is a drugstore brand in the US and so it will be very affordable. 

Lastly in the Eyeshadow section I had to give Colourpop a mention for their Super Shock Shadows. These are just amazing! When I first felt the consistency of these I was so confused! They are like a sort of squishy gel/powder. Just so weird! When I first used one of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows I couldn’t believe how pretty and pigmented they are. Honestly, if you haven’t tried any of these you really need to. Colourpop is currently a US only brand but they do ship to the UK (you will get customs on orders over £15 so bare that in mind) and Shadows are $5 each.

Mascara


In 2016 I discovered Tarte Cosmetics and I’ve so glad I did because their Lights, Camera, LASHES Mascara and Lash Primer quickly became my go to! Using these 2 products together gives me the most amazing, fluttery, long lashes I could only dream of.

Bronzer

The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is the Bronzer I am choosing as my favourite this year. I am told that this is perfect for contouring, however I don’t contour. I use this all over my face for a sun kissed glow. This is quite pigmented though so make sure you use a light hand and build it up otherwise you will end up with a muddy face! Benefit Hoola Bronzer is available from the Benefit website and retails at £23.

Blusher

My favourite blusher of 2016 is the Sleek Blush in the shade Rose Gold. It’s just so pretty & flushed looking. A lot of people say that this is a great dupe for Nars Orgasm so I’m going to pick that up this year and do a comparison. It’s a super pretty rosey pink colour with a gold tone to it, exactly as the name would suggest! This retails at £5 and is totally worth picking up. 

Highlighter


The Highlighter that I have reached for the most in 2016 is not actually a highlighter! Yes you read that right! It’s an eyeshadow! Specifically the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in the Shade 208. This is just the perfect Champagne Gold colour that I love. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with it other than sweeping it across my cheekbones. It’s just so pretty and at £8 it’s really affordable as well. 

Liquid Lipstick


In 2016 I fell in love with Gerard Cosmetics. Particularly their Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Liquid Lipsticks were BIG in 2016 and these for me are up there with the best. They retail at £10.50 each (this often fluctuates because of the £/$) and in my opinion they are totally worth it. They are really nice to apply, they don’t feel too drying which a lot of Liquid Lipsticks can, they are long lasting and they have the prettiest shades available. If you love Liquid Lipsticks then you HAVE to try these. 

Setting Spray


Lastly, of course, is Setting Spray. I have chosen the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray, specifically the Peach one as my favourite of the year. It smells A-MAZING, like really amazing. It’s so refreshing and it keeps my makeup in place all day long. I love it!

Well that wraps up the Best In Beauty 2016 in my opinion, what products did you like in 2016? I’d love you to let me know in the comments below. 

Rachel xoxo

Glossybox January 2017


Yesterday I received my January Glossybox. Glossybox is usually one of my favourite beauty boxes out of all the boxes that I subscribe to but this months box doesn’t wow me. It’s ok but if I’m honest I don’t feel very enthusiastic about it. 

Inside my Glossybox this month is a Manuka Honey Face Mask, Unani Milk Cleasnser, Nip & Fab Moisturiser, The Balm Eyeshadow Single and a set of 3 bobbles that I’ve had before. To be honest that is the thing that is annoying me, we fill in beauty profiles for these subscriptions and yet we seem to end up with repeat items or the same kind of item 3 months in a row – there’s only so many dry shampoos I can use! So I now find myself looking for a new beauty box to try. I currently subscribe to Glossybox and Birchbox, I’ve just signed up to Look Incredible – I have actually had a box from them before and I did quite like it, I have recently cancelled Love Me Beauty – small sample sizes and poor choice being the reason for that and I used to get the  You Beauty Box as well but I cancelled that. So, what’s left for me to try ? Hmmm, I’m not sure but I’m going to have a look and see what’s new and if I subscribe to anything new I will let you know how I get on. If you have any recommendations for me then comment below and let me know. In the meantime my search for the perfect beauty box continues.

Rachel xoxo

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Wonderball Wand Review 

I have very kindly been sent the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Wonderball Wand in exchange for an honest review. 

The first thing I noticed is how different the packaging is to the Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners I was recently sent to review. The packaging for those felt sturdy and expensive almost. These come in a cardboard box and are sealed in a plastic bag inside, this is probably because at £29.99 these are of a much cheaper price point than the £79.95 straighteners and that reflects in the packaging. That’s not to say the packaging is bad, it’s just like any other electrical item you would buy in fact and it does the job!


The Wand itself is really quite funky looking! It has an off white handle, with a gold curling element and little black stand that you pull out to stand it with when it’s switched on. I like it a lot! 

Before I started curling my hair I watched a couple of videos on YouTube just to help me get the hang of how to use this because although it does come with instructions that are perfectly understandable I just find it easier to ‘see’ how to use it. 

I found the Wand very easy to use, once you’ve clicked the little pink switch into the on position it heats up very quickly, then you just section off your hair and take individual strands, curl it around the Wand – over the bumps of you want a bigger curl, over the smaller parts if you want a smaller curl – hold the hair in place for 10 seconds and then gently unwind.


I don’t curl my hair very often but I found this really easy to get the hang of and I was quite pleased with the results, it left me with beautifully bouncy curls just as I had hoped for. The only thing that I was a bit disappointed with was that it didn’t come with a heat resistant glove because I did keep catching my fingers ….. and it is HOT! That’s not a major issue though as you can easily pick one up from eBay or amazon for a few pounds and I would definitely recommend picking one up. 

Overall I was pleased with the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Wonderball Wand and I would definitely recommend it. 

Rachel xoxo

My Little Sephora Haul 

If you follow me on Instagram (@_rachelbeauty) you will know, because I haven’t shut up about it for weeks, that recently my friend Dani went to New York for New Years and she very kindly offered to bring me some goodies back from Sephora. So we saved up for a while, she went shopping and a few days ago, when she got back, she posted me what she’d got. We both have the same taste in makeup and I was pretty sure that whatever she picked up I would love. We did say beforehand what we wanted but obviously without being there we had no idea what would still be in stock or what other items they had in that would be better. So here’s what I got…


The first thing I got out of the box when I had opened it was the Tarte Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay Palette. This was something that I asked for, in fact this was probably the item that I wanted the most out of everything and so as you can imagine when I realised this was in the box I was VERY happy. As soon as I got it out of the box I could smell the sweet chocolate scent that the eyeshadows smell of and let me tell you – it is absolutely divine! I think everything in the world should smell like this lol! This palette is a bit on the expensive side retailing at $53 (around £43), but it’s totally worth it in my opinion. 


The next thing in the box was the Laura Mercier Eye Artist Palette and this again is quite pricey, retailing at $55 (around £45). I’ll be honest, I can’t even remember if this was something that was on my list but I’m so happy with it. These are totally my colours and after a quick swatch they are really pigmented so I’m looking forward to creating some looks with this palette.


I’ve been wanting to try GlamGlow for a while now and so I was happy to see that Dani had picked me up the GlamGlow Dream Duo Overnight Transforming Treatment. I mean, look at that packaging! It just screams Hollywood! When I took this out of the box and popped off the lid I was hit by the most amazing orangey scent. This is a two part treatment and I used it the night I got it. The tub is split into two sides and you apply the first cream to your face, wait for 30 seconds and then apply the second cream. It’s really simple and not time consuming, which is important to me because having young children I don’t get a whole lot of pamper time! The next day when I woke up my skin felt so plump and nourished. I was really impressed. This GlamGlow treatment retails at $59 (around £48) and in my opinion it’s totally worth the splurge! 


Another great Palette that Dani sent me was the Nars x Sarah Moon Give In Take Palette. This is a Sephora exclusive and I’m so glad she picked me this up because it’s just so pretty. It has 6 eyeshadow shades, a highlight, a bronzer and a blush and they are so buttery & smooth. This retails at $69 (around £57) making it the most expensive item of the bunch, but again totally worth it. 

Dani also sent me a Tarte Paint Pot Eyeliner Duo and she sent me a message saying that she had seen these on special offer and picked them up because she thought they were a great product for me to practice doing my eyeliner with – I’m really terrible at it and I do need the practice! So that was a nice item to find in the box. Along with the other bits in the box there was also a little EOS lipbalm. I’ve had a strawberry one of these before and it smelt so good so I’m excited to see how this one smells. 


I’ve saved the best things to show you until last! These are the best because these 3 items that I have are my Christmas pressie from Dani. So I have the Too Faced Queen Size Mascara, a GlamGlow PoutMud Lip Treatment and a gorgeous Sephora Makeup Bag. I love Too Faced products so I’m excited to try the mascara out – I’ve only ever used a sample sized Waterproof Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara before and I loved it so I’m sure I will love this too! The GlamGlow PoutMud Lip Treatment I used at the same time as the GlamGlow Overnight Transforming Treatment and I instantly fell in love with it as soon as I applied it because it smells and tastes like  Peppermint Candy Canes – OMG just delicious. I didn’t work out the price of these because as they were a gift I feel like it would have been rudest to be honest it doesn’t matter to be what they cost, although GlamGlow & Too Faced let’s face it are not going to be cheap! 

So that’s my little Sephora Haul and I’m sure you can tell that I am absolutely delighted with everything I got. I’m also super grateful to Dani for offering to pick me up some goodies and also for my Christmas gifts too!

Rachel xoxo