My Hair Care Routine: Long Hair (& Demo!)

I have done a few hair care routine-style videos in the past, but today I decided to put a little twist on the old format. Instead of just talking through what I do, I decided to do a step-by-step look at my routine from dirty to wet to dry hair. That meant I spent most of the video totally bare-faced, but I’m cool with that! I did give in at the end and pop some make up on, but lasted a pretty long time without ;)

There’s also an incredibly dorky moment in the video…who spotted it?

So let’s run through the products I mentioned. The shampoo and conditioner I used in the video were the KeraStraight Straight Maintain Shampoo (as I recently had the KeraStraight treatment) and the Ojon Color Sustain Pro Conditioner. I tend to rotate all of the shampoos and conditioners I use, meaning I end up using different combinations all the time.

Once I’d washed my hair, the brush I use is the Michel Mercier Detangling Brush. I then use the Schwarzkopf Heat Angel Heat Protection Spray as I always blow-dry. This is the only styling product I use on a regular basis as I don’t like to overload my hair with products, but I consider this one an essential!

I then dry my hair with my Mark Hill leopard print hairdryer – it’s been a great one for me, and still works just as well as when I bought it. I do use the highest heat setting as my hair is so long, and it really does the job well!

I always get lots of questions about my hair, so may do a separate Q&A video after this! If you have any questions, please do leave them below or on the video page and I’ll answer them fully in another video :)

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Chyaz xox

 

Review: DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple

The original DKNY Be Delicious Apple perfume is one of my all-time favourites, and a total summer essential of mine. I was so excited when the lovely DKNY PR team sent me one of the brand new Be Delicious offerings to try out – introducing the DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple!

The idea of this limited edition City Blossom perfume is to be a twist on the original. It is still very much an apple fragrance, but there are certain differences between the two which are only to be celebrated, in my book! For a little background – the perfumes are inspired by dreamy rooftop gardens in the hear of New York City, and (in my mind) gorgeous, lazy summer days.

DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple review

The outer packaging has a limited edition design too, though the shape of the bottle itself is the same as the original. The top notes of the perfume include American Apple Extract and Cucumber, middle notes include Rose and White Muget and the base notes (which match the original) include Sandalwood and White Amber.

As a huge fan of the original, Empire Apple had its work cut out not only to impress me, but to make me see the difference between the two. I’m happy to report that it’s a tick in both boxes! Empire Apple retains the unique apple-ness of the original whilst having a distinctly fresher edge, rather than its sweetness. Don’t get me wrong, it is still beautifully sweet, but whereas the sweetness of the original lingers for a long time this one is much more fresh. I love both of them equally, and would struggle to pick a favourite!

DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple review

It’s a bit impossible to photograph the bottle without uber-reflections, so my apologies! You do get a bonus upside down panorama of my living room though ;)

The 50ml bottle retails for £37, and I would personally be more than happily pay that. It’s the kind of fragrance that I would wear on the warmest of summer days, when I want to be smelling fresh and crisp – I’d probably opt for the original on the slightly cooler days to perk myself up a little. Nonetheless, they are both stunning products and I was so excited to try it out!

Which of the Be Delicious perfumes do you love?

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Chyaz xox

Review: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

There has been a huge buzz around Smashbox cosmetics over the past couple of years, and with the release of their Full Exposure Palette that buzz only got louder! I was lucky enough to receive one of the palettes to try out, and have been playing around with it – here are my thoughts…

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review

The palette contains 14 essential eyeshadow shades – the 7 along the top row are all shimmers, and the 7 along the bottom are velvet mattes. I instantly loved the fact that there was an even split, and that the colour range was so broad – within both the shimmer and matte sections, the spectrum ranges from blacks/dark greys to nudes. The palette also comes complete with a double ended brush (one end for the shimmers and one for the mattes – genius!) and a mini Full Exposure Mascara, which I also love!

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review

How awesome do the shades look?! There’s everything you need for neutral day time looks, and to amp it up with a sultry smokey eye. As soon as I spied the two end shades (the shimmer grey and matte black) I was already dreaming up some gorgeous, gothic combinations! I decided to swatch a few of the shades for you – on my arms, in true blogger style! Just before I introduce them, I wanted to mention something I thought was brilliant about the palette. It comes with an eye shape chart, detailing how to create looks with the shadows on different eye shapes! I thought that was a fantastic touch, and a really helpful guide.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review

Right, on to the swatches! First of all I picked 4 of my favourite shimmer shades to show you. They applied so smoothly, and didn’t contain a single trace of chunky glitter (which is not only irritating to the eyes, but also difficult to blend). I’ve always said that Smashbox shades initially seem a little chalky, but the millisecond you start to blend them that totally disappears.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review

The shades are (from left to right) S1, S3, S6 and S7. It goes without saying that S7 is my favourite, and I just know how awesome it would look in a dark, smokey look. I really enjoyed trying out the other shades too, and the lighter ones like S3 would look fantastic in the inner corner of the eyes. They are all the kind of shades I know I would use for a night out look, and can’t wait to try out the suggestions from the eye shape chart to see how they can work best for me! The pigmentation of the shades is very good, and they really stay put once applied.

Now on to the mattes!

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review

Again, from left to right: M7, M5, M4 and M1. My personal eyeshadow preferences are always the darkest and lightest shades, so M7 and M4 were naturally my favourites but the others were just as impressive. It’s difficult to describe the texture, other than velvet – they almost melt into the skin, leaving them super blendable and really easy to work with. I actually gave M1 a blend with the matte end of the brush, and they worked together so well – I know that I’ll end up using the brush as go-to as well. The shadows may require a couple of coats to be super deep, but the buildable coverage allows you to create a look that’s as intense or soft as you like.

All in all, my first impressions of the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette are excellent. I’m really excited to get to grips with using the shadows in looks, and would love to hear any tips you have too! For reference, the palette retails for £36 and is available in places like Boots, and the Smashbox website!

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Chyaz xox

Review: OPI Kyoto Pearl Nail Polish

Happy Monday everyone! Let’s kick off the week with a shiny new review (quite literally!). As many of you know, I’m a total OPI addict and never shy away from testing out a new polish from them. When they very kindly sent me a bundle of nail lacquers to try, one caught my eye straight away – the shiny, glossy Kyoto Pearl.

OPI Kyoto Pearl Nail Polish review

I’m a total sucker for pearly nail shades, and feel they add an instant dash of glamour. I also find that they apply like a dream and don’t cause any of the removal issues that come along with things like glitter polishes, yet still add a gorgeous sheen!

The first coat, which was pretty sheer, dried in record time and allowed me to apply a second super quickly. I was actually really happy with the two coat effect, which was a bonus as I didn’t have time for a third! I first painted my nails on Friday, and this morning (after noticing a couple of small chips) I decided to pop on a third before photographing my nails. The third coat was definitely the charm, and added an extra dimension of shine.

OPI Kyoto Pearl Nail Polish review

The chips that appeared were actually due more to my poor nail condition that the polish itself, and overall I’ve been very impressed with its quality. The finish is second to none, and surprisingly un-streaky given its light shade – it’s a great way to look that little bit more ‘put together’ without much effort, and without worrying about applying a darker shade totally precisely.

I think I’m going to be using this polish loads throughout the spring and summer months – you might think it’s more of an icy, winter shade (and to be honest, I’ll probably end up using it then too!) but there’s something effortless about it that fits so well with the warmer months. I love it!

OPI Kyoto Pearl Nail Polish review

What do you think of Kyoto Pearl, or these kind of shades in general?

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Chyaz xox

Review: Smashbox CC Cream

I have been so excited to post this review! For a week or so I’ve been trying out the amazing new Smashbox CC Cream, and the verdict is in. For a little background, I tried out the shade Fair and would always pop on a little bit of moisturiser under the cream (it’s always good to know these extra facts!). Let’s take a look…

Smashbox CC Cream review

As you can see, the CC Cream contains SPF 30 which is absolutely excellent for my pale skin (I burn within seconds, or at least it feels that way!). I always use an SPF moisturiser, but I also like my foundation to have an extra hit in just to make sure. It is designed to be a colour corrector, specifically correcting dark spots. That’s not something I particularly have a problem with, but more even-ness can never be a bad thing, right?

The tube itself is a sleek white shade, which I like much more than I anticipated. I’m not all about fussy packaging for products that I just want to be practical, so that worked perfectly for me. I tried it out post-cleanse and moisturise due to my super dry skin, and noticed a couple of things straight away!

Smashbox CC Cream review

The texture and tone of my skin seemed instantly improved, and it didn’t cling to any dry patches – that’s the main issue I have with regular foundation, so this was a huge plus. I also loved the fact that it perfectly complemented my own skin tone without just totally covering it up. My final favourite thing about the CC Cream was that it had a fairly matte finish without being at all drying, which I know will be super handy on hot (and, let’s face it, sweaty) summer days.

Here was how it looked on me old mug! In terms of coverage, it is much less thick than a normal foundation but still has a decent yet light coverage. I like to actually see my own skin through my make up, and the CC Cream certainly allows for that.

Smashbox CC Cream review

I was so chuffed with the outcome, and I rarely say this but it’s a product I would have no trouble paying full price for. It retails for around £29, which makes it a high end item but for me it would be totally worth it. Not only does it act as a great foundation, but it protects your skin with its awesome SPF rating. It really does get a huge thumbs up from me!

What do you think of the Smashbox CC Cream?

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Chyaz xox