Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Lipstick Love ... Nuance Dusky Rose by Salma Hayek


Nuance by Salma Hayek

I hadn't heard of the Nuance brand before, sadly we don't have it here in the UK but the Nuance brand was created by the lovely Salma Hayek who has created a range of cosmetics exclusively for CVS Pharmacy.

So, this is Dusky Rose.  I love the packaging (I'm a self-confessed packaging magpie).  I think for what could be considered a budget range (I think the lipstick was under $10) it's quite fancy and the lipstick itself has a nice feel to it and doesn't come off after the first five minutes which is a plus for me.  My major lipstick bugbear is when they disappear off your face after the first cup of tea and you're reapplying all day long - tiresome.

I've recently gone back to using a lip brush sometimes and you can get a really gorgeous finish with this lipstick,  I am conscious of wearing lipsticks that don't "bleed" into the lines and I am happy to say that this one is a delight to wear the lipstick stays on my lips and doesn't travel up or down your face!

Salma Hayek Nuance - Dusky Rose Lipstick


Close up (sort of)

Wearing Dusky Rose (ignore the messy dressing table please!)
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Monday, 4 November 2019

Label M Protein Spray for hair

I love writing about hair products, I'm always on the look out for a holy grail product if there is such a thing.

I've been a fan of Label M's Curl Cream for a long time now but I have recently discovered their Protein Spray.  The one pictured below is just a little 50ml tester spray which I thought I'd try it before I bought a full sized one.  Tester products as it's a great way to find out if you like the product before you invest, it's particularly good for products that are a bit on the expensive side.

Does It Work?

Unsurprisingly, Label M Protein Spray didn't disappoint me, it smells gorgeous,  "a moisturising blend of jasmine, sweet pea, vanilla, wheat and soy" and is used on towel dried hair as a leave in conditioner.  My hair felt really shiny and strong (that must have been the protein), I was particularly pleased because my hair doesn't have much of a shine to it no matter what I put on it! I've also used it as a pick me up on dry hair. 

The Label M Range

The Label M range is really quite extensive and was designed by Toni & Guy for use in their salons.  I have also used the Curl Spray but prefer the cream as it gives a more defined curl and I think it has a nicer scent.  Label M can be purchased from Toni & Guy salons but it is quite expensive, so I tend to find it online where you can get it a bit cheaper.  The 250ml bottle is better value but if you're travelling the 50ml is very handy as its easy to transport.  My regular leave in conditioner is John Frieda's Frizz Ease, so I will continue to use that and probably use this a couple of times a week or when my hair needs a treat. 

Label M Protein Spray
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Saturday, 2 November 2019

EcoTools make up brushes

These EcoTool brushes are a recent addition to my make up brush collection (which has grown considerably since I realised I hadn't bought any new ones for years).  

The ones pictured are a mixture of the Fresh & Flawless Complexion Brush Set - £11.99 for a set of 5 brushes and the EcoTools Duo Eye Enhancing Set blending and shading brushes - £6.99 for two brushes, double ended.  

Brushes (clean ones!) really do make a difference to the application of make up and the overall finished look.  Before I bought these I'd been using a mixture of Laura Mercier, MAC and Bobbi Brown brushes as well as a Ruby & Millie brush which just goes to show how long I've had them as Ruby & Millie are not in business as a brand any more (more's the pity, though I believe Ruby Hammer has got some).  I now have an entire collection of brushes from different brands and 

ecotools make up brushes

These brushes are made of natural materials and are very soft and glide effortlessly across your eyes and face, the handles are made of bamboo so are very light.  The range of brushes is fairly extensive and extremely good value.

I took the Fresh & Flawless Complexion Brush Set on holiday (hence the photo of them on the sunbed) as they were in a very handy case that I just put in my bag.  When I got home I washed them gently in Baby Shampoo and flat dried them over a towel on the radiator overnight and they were good as new in the morning.  Really pleased with this purchase.  

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