31 May 2013

blogger spotlight is back!

It's been a whole 16 months since my last blogger interview. I was looking through my old posts and came across this feature I used to do and thought it was time i brought it back. I've missed interviewing fellow bloggers and it's a nice way to discover new blogs and to get to know your favourite bloggers better. So, blogger spotlight is back and I need you. Leave a comment below if you are interested in being interviewed - it doesn't matter whether your a lifestyle/fashion/beauty/food blogger or how many followers you have. Or let me know who you'd love to see me interview! 

26 May 2013

beauty haul

Hope you've all been enjoying the bank holiday weekend & the start of half term for some of you! I'm just about to chuck some sausages on the BBQ to make the most of this sunshine before it's gone again. I've got a skincare/haircare/makeup/essential beauty haul for you today. I love seeing what other people buy and i guess you do to if you're reading this! I bought some of these thing over about a month and some things i have been sent for review. I wanted to share these bits with you so you know what products will be featured on Make Me Up soon and so you can have a little nose at what i spend my wages on - enjoy!
Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask*
Simple Revitalising eye roll-on
L'oreal Cleansing oil 
17 Doll'd up mascara in Black
No7 Triple Protection tinted moisturiser
Listerine Stay White mouthwash
Asda Cotton Wool pads 200
Bumble & Bumble Creme wash shampoo and conditioner*

What have you bought/been sent lately? Let me know if you have any questions about the products mentioned above! 

23 May 2013

5 different hair problems solved!

Whether they admit it or not, people care about their hair. I have been testing out a lot of different haircare products recently and I wanted to share with you my thoughts. My hair type is coloured blonde, quite thick and prone to dry ends. It dries naturally with a bit of wave to it and can get knotty after washing it. Below are five different hair products aimed to help hairy problems such as dryness, dullness and frizz. I do try to take care of my locks and I love seeing what new trends/styles come around each season.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Perfecting Creme £5.49 (link) Best for: Frizzy hair
It's not very often products give instant results but this really does. The product itself has a thick creamy consistency which is easy to distribute throughout your hair. I've been using this on my dry hair, applying it to my frizzy ends. It definitely helps to reduce frizz and adds moisture. If you run your fingers through your hair after applying it you can slightly notice it but it doesn't leave hair stiff or sticky.

Aussie Miracle Shine 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner £4.99 (link) Best for: Dullness and dry hair
Oh sweet jesus this smells amazing. Seriously, give this a cheeky sniff next time your in Boots. I love using hair masks because my hair tends to get quite dry. I found this made my hair a lot softer and made it easier to brush through. It wasn't heavy and left no residue like others do, however i wouldn't say it left my hair very shiny. The smell lingers all on on your hair all day and the squeezable bottle makes it quick and easy to use - i just wish my hair had more shine to it!

Macadamia Control Spray £17.45* (link) Best for: Taming fly-aways
One thing that really puts me off hairspray is the strong chemical smell that you can almost taste. This hairspray actually smells quite nice! I've been using it to set my loose curls and to keep my top knot in place and I love how lightweight it feels. Some hairsprays can make your hair feel stiff and sticky but this sprays out a fine mist and is easy to brush out. I also really like that the spray has UV protection so your hair is protected from the sun. The only downside to this product is the hefty price tag. You do get a lot for your money, the massive 300ml bottle is going to last a good few months but it's still quite pricey and I don't think I could afford to repurchase this. But i'll be keeping an eye out for Macadamia in TK Maxx!

YUKO London Lock in colour shampoo and treatment £12.50 each* (link)Best for: Dyed/highlighted locks
This is a Japanese haircare brand, I don't normally try luxury haircare brands so I was intrigued to try these out. I found the shampoo lathered up well and whilst rinsing it out my hair instantly felt softer and smoother. The treatment was quite thick which suited my thick hair and left it moisterised. I also noticed, once dry, my bleached hair looked brighter and kepted it from turning brassy. I enjoy using these products but they are too pricey for me - they would be a nice treat!

V05 Instant Oomph Powder £4.07 (link) Best for: flat hair
Since getting this a few months ago I've had such a love/hate relationship. On my first use I wanted to wash it out immediately. But, I learnt my lesson and second time round I shook the product before use and didn't apply as much. Instantly my roots were lifted with a matte, textured look. My hair didn't stay lifted all day but a quick ruffle with my fingers gave it some extra oomph. 

What products do you go to save BHDs? I'm currently debating whether to chop my mid-length hair and go for a bob?! I've gone a bit pin crazy lately with hair-spiration pictures on pinterest - are you addicted too?
*pr samples

17 May 2013

Bahoma London review & FREE £10 gift card

I love a good candle, don't you? I know they're are such a love/hate product. Some people just see them as burning your money away (literally) but i can't get enough of them. If you've not heard of Bahoma London before let me introduce you...
Bahoma London is a fragrance company which manufactures and designs it's own products in London. I love supporting British brands so when i was asked to test out some of their products i said yes! Their fragrances are designed by their perfumer Malgorzata Strug-Guzowska in their London studio. Here's my thoughts on some of the products i've been testing...
Bahoma London Grapefruit and Lime Luxury Candle £25.95
What a hunk of a candle, even un-lit it smells amazing. This has a crisp, fresh scent to it so it's perfect for the warmer months. The burn time is 75 hours and Bahoma recommend you burn it 3 hours at a time. I burnt this for a few hours last night and the smallest bit of wax melted, it's going to last ages! On their website they describe the scent as a cool,sparkling cocktail of grapefruit and bergamont drenched in aromatic notes of basil and lime all poured over a dry,woody background - couldn't describe it better!
Fragranced Reed Diffuser in Imperial 100ml £29.95
Since whipping this out, everyone who's been in my room has commented on the smell. I love the simple but elegant packaging this comes in. It also comes with a stopper so you can control how often you use it. 'Imperial' has woody,musky base notes with fresh and lemon scented top notes.
Vitality Body Scrub £22.95
I'm such a sucker for a good body scrub and this one is a joy to use. Unlike other body scrubs, this doesn't fall off in clumps when applying. The consistency is thick and left a citrus scent lingering on my skin all day.
Fragrance Bibliotheque £19.95
I love this little library of fragrance samples. It's perfect to test each one of Bahoma's fragrances in the comfort of your own home. My favourite scent has to be 'Passion' or 'Eau De Crystal'. I think this would make a great gift for fussy fragrance lovers.
If you're a candle lover but fancy something a little more luxurious and refined, Bahoma London will do nicely. They have been kind enough to give you lucky lot a free £10 gift voucher to spend online here - just enter the code #makemeup at the checkout. They sell a whole range of lovely products, have a little look!

11 May 2013

dry shampoo - just for lazy girls or a life saver?

What's the longest you've gone without washing your hair? I've managed 4 days before and it wasn't that bad...Don't get me wrong, i love the feeling of freshly washed hair - but it's good to give your hair a break from styling products and let your natural hair oils do there thing.

I know some of my friends say they need to wash their hair everyday(who has the time?!). I must confess, I'm not one that kind girl. I think dry shampoo is one of the best beauty inventions, after concealer obvs. A quarter of all British women use dry shampoo and it's been around since the Victorian times. Dry shampoo isn't just for those lazy girls moments when you want an extra 20 minutes in bed; they are now seen as an essential styling product. I use mine to disguise roots or too add a little extra oomph.

Some people see dry shampoo as a life saver, where as others will turn their nose up at it. With DS accounting for 3% of shampoo launches last year and the rise of dry conditioner (no,really!) i think it is here to stay. Plus anything that gives you an extra half hour in bed is always a good thing.
Best Volume
John Frieda's newest collection is target towards fine hair. I found this did help to add volume however, the fine powder did leave a gritty texture in my hair.
Best for Blondes 
My favourite brand of dry shampoo has to be Batiste. This one has a yellow tint to match blonde hair. I find this soaks up the most without having to spray a lot.

Best Scent
So...? are more well known for their fragrences but they recently launched a range of dry shampoo. This one is Floral & Flirty which leaves your hair smelling florally. I found you do have to use quite a lot compared to other brands but this is a good budget buy.

Are you a lover or hater of dry shampoo? Would love to hear your thoughts!
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