Top Five: High End Beauty

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Meet my Holy Grail of all foundations - Double Wear. This is a full coverage foundation which finally gives me the flawless complexion that I've been looking for all these years (I'm not exaggerating!). I have pale skin which can give a dull complexion and add a massive load of freckles on top, I personally feel more confident when I've got my 'face on'. Not only does it give me a flawless finish but just as important - it actually lasts. I got really fed up of trying foundations which were leaving me with a patchy face and dry skin and thanks to Double Wear, those days are long gone. Seeing as this is a high end post, this is expensive at £24.50 and it also comes in quite a dinky bottle with no pump, but the formula itself is definitely worth the price. I use the shade 'Desert Beige' and admittedly it took a good few samples to find the perfect shade. If you want to get shade matched at an Estee Lauder counter, my advice would be to ask for a few different samples as the lady on the counter kept making me look alarmingly orange!!
Daisy Dream is the most elegant fragrance I've ever owned. You only need to take a one second glance to realise how stunning the glass bottle is and you only need a further few seconds to breathe in the scent and realise how fruity and floral it is. It's a lovely and light fragrance, meaning its perfect for being my everyday perfume. If you're looking for a fresh, girly fragrance then Daisy Dream is the one for you.
Benefit's Hoola bronzer was the first ever bronzing beauty product that made a lasting impression on me and has stayed put in my makeup bag ever since. I have been blessed with the not so great gift of invisible cheekbones, so Hoola has become a must have for me to create the sun kissed look while finishing off with sculpted cheekbones too. Being a powder formula, I find it really easy to apply and blend and it also gives a natural look, leaving no streaks or the dreaded 'muddy' effect!
It's funny how I never used to be in the slightest bit interested in my eyebrows, but now I definitely wont finish my makeup routine unless my brows are filled in! Despite my natural hair colour being quite a dark brown, my eyebrows are actually naturally a very light colour so I find this HD Brows kit essential for giving my brows more definition and colour. I use the 'Foxy' palette and there are two other palettes to choose from, depending on your skin tone.
Last but by no means least, it's the Mary-Lou Manizer. This little beauty is something that I am planning to repurchase over and over again! Mary-Lou not only is packaged uniquely but the contents are even better. Mary-Lou is a beautiful honey hued luminiser which highlights my skin perfectly. I was concerned I may end up looking like a glitter ball but it's really easy to just sweep a very small amount onto my cheekbones and if I want to build it up, that's easily done too. It lasts really well and also glistens in the sun - I couldn't recommend it more!
What are you top five high end beauty products? x
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Themed Wishlist #12: Retro Homeware

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theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer Review

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theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer - £13.50

Ah, theBalm. How beautiful your products are, so sophisticated and sleek in my makeup bag. First you wowed me with Mary-Lou and now I'm settled down with Bahama Mama bronzer safely tucked away into my makeup bag. I have been eyeing up theBalm products for quite a while now, what with their unique and quirky packaging - I think it blows all other companies out of the water! Today's review is of course all about the Bahama Mama bronzer - a matte bronzer packaged handily in a compact kit. When I received my order, I must admit I was shocked at how teeny tiny the product is! Don't be fooled by my or any other bloggers photos - this little compact is pretty dinky! I had to look twice in my confusion as it just about fits into the palm of my hands. As you can see the bronzer is packaged quirkily and is certainly eye catching. What I was surprised with the packaging was how it opens like a little book. You can remove the outer packaging which slides off, to reveal a cute 'book' which has the same front cover and fab bronzer inside. 

Packaging aside, let's get down to the nitty gritty. My history of bronzers is pretty non-existant, I've been using Benefit's Hoola and Sleek's contour kit, but bronzing is not always an everyday part of my makeup routine.  I'm aiming to change that though and luckily Bahama Mama has helped me on my mission! Bahama Mama is described as a Caribbean vacation in a compact size. Looking at the image above, you may well be
 slightly alarmed - I know I was! It looks very dark, right? Well, I'm relatively pale skinned aside from my fake tan routine and the bronzer blends easily into my cheekbones without looking orange or too obvious. My tip if you feel it may be too dark for you, is just to apply very lightly and if you wish to build it up, then knock yourself out!
The bronzer is a matte formula which features mica and silica for a sheer but pigmented shade. I usually use the bronzer just by applying a quick sweep onto my usually chubby cheeks, but this magic bronzer does just the trick and transforms my face to have cheekbones - cheaper than plastic surgery eh?! Bahama Mama also came to my rescue recently after a slight fake tan disaster left me with a rather pale face compared to my neck, so I used a large powder brush and used it as an all over colour to give my skin some warmth. Overall, I really recommend this bronzer to you. It hasn't blown me away quite as much as Mary-Lou did, but I certainly would repurchase.

Have you tried Bahama Mama? x


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Do More Of What Makes You Happy.

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If there's one thing I've learnt in life so far, it's that we deserve to be happy. Life can throw us obstacles to overcome and often things happen to get us down, but each time that makes us grow stronger as a person. I may be sounding rather soppy or philosophical right now, to which I apologise about! For today's post I wanted to show you a few things that make me happy. When I am feeling down, I allow myself to just get lost in whatever it is I want to do that day. Sometime with hobbies, I almost feel a little pressure on myself - as if I should be doing something more productive with my time - however if it's making me feel happy and I have time to spare, then that is productive. As the old saying goes 'Do what's good for your soul'. Don't worry about what others think. If it makes you happy to sit alone in a park and read your book, then do so. If it makes you happy to party until 4am, then do so. We all deserve to be happy, and if you're anything like me, you're probably way too hard on yourself. So, this is just a little reminder to do more of what makes you happy. Here's another quote for you - Time you enjoy wasting, is not time wasted. Here's a quick little list of how I love spending my spare time.
 
Reading books.
Reading magazines.
Scrapbooking.
Bargain hunting.
Shopping.
Watching trash tv.
Blogging.
The Sims 3.
Family/boyfriends/friends.
 
Now I want to know what makes you happy? x


 
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Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume Review.

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Daisy Dream needs no introduction, does she?! The bottle alone speaks volumes - with it's absolutely beautiful glass bottle, mirrored lid and showered in 3D white daisies, it's another top design from Marc Jacobs. I'm so happy to have Daisy Dream in my life as not only does it look beautiful on my bedside table, but it smells so beautiful too. I find it incredibly hard to describe a fragrance to you via a blog post, however the basics are that the fragrance itself is light and airy with mixtures of both floral and fruity scents. Daisy Dream is inspired by the spirit of daisies and clear blue skies and has top notes of blackberry, grapefruit and pear, heart notes of jasmine, lychee and blue wisteria and finally it's base notes of white woods, coconut water and musks.
 
Daisy Dream is fresh, girly and subtle enough to become my new daily go-to fragrance. As I've mentioned not only do I get to admire the pretty bottle from afar, but I get to smell pretty too! I have never been one for a 'heavy' perfume which can perhaps be too obvious or noticeable, I prefer a lighter and sweeter scent which is just what Daisy Dream is. Sadly, I do have one negative to report. With it being such a light fragrance, I have found that it doesn't last an awful long time on my skin. I definitely need to top this up through the day and this of course results in me using more product than I would usually have to. However, I do think it's the perfect fresh and floral fragrance - Daisy Dream is my new favourite!

Have you tried Daisy Dream? x
*PR Sample.

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Themed Wishlist #11: Sunflowers.

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Dress // Phone Case // Bag // Headband // Bikini // Skirt // Earrings

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My Recent 'Home Bargains' Buys.

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 Oh, Home Bargains. You're forever providing me with my latest cheap and cheerful purchases but that can sometimes result in me spending a few more pennies that I had expected to. I recently made  a quick shopping trip to Home Bargains with my friend who loves bargain hunting just as I do. As I've mentioned before, I'm always wishing for my dream home and always thinking of new things I can buy to decorate it with. With this in mind, I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I headed straight over to the home ware section. It was full of gorgeous tea party decorations with pretty plastic plates and bunting. I already have some bunting at home, so I decided to buy this pretty pack of pink and white straws for 99p. The pack has 25 straws and I have no plans to actually use them just yet, but they're such a pretty pastel décor item, I couldn't leave it there. Next, I bought a llight pink glass bottle which was an absolute bargain at just 79p. I now have to get my thinking cap on as I was hoping to use the straws to pop inside the jar as decoration, but the jar is too high so the straws fall down the bottom - I'm not very good at these things! Last but not least, I found these cute little Boofle notebooks for the bargain price of just 39p each. The sticker on the back reads £2.99 so I snapped them up quickly! Sadly, they didn't have my name but they did have my mums and my sisters names so I bought them a little gift each.
 
Do you ever shop in Home Bargains? x
 
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Themed Wishlist #10: Strawberry Fields Forever.

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Skirt  // Perfume Spray // Phone Case //  Beaker // Socks //  Shoes //  Notebook // Bunting
 


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Guest Post: Nikki & Things - Holiday Books.

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Hello! I’m Nikki and Nikki and Things and if you’re looking for ideas on what to read on holiday, hopefully I can help! For me, holidays are all about lazing about by the pool with a book. I read anything and everything so I have a few options for you depending on the sort of thing you like to read. 



Something Different
It’s funny, it’s quirky and it’s something entirely different from your typical holiday books. You meet Allan Klarsson in a retirement home on his 100th birthday. Allan isn’t exactly the retirement home type so as the title would suggest, climbs out of the window. Allan finds himself involved with criminals, an elephant and a suitcase filled with cash. As the events unfold you find out about Allan’s extraordinary life where he met numerous American Presidents, a couple of Dictators and helps build the atomic bomb. 

Something Emotional
This book is beautiful and life affirming. Hazel is a cancer patient who’s parents force her to attend a support group. Here she meets Augustus who sweeps her off her feet. Throughout the book we fall in love with the couple only to become face to face with the harsh reality of life. 

Something Tense
I love a good thriller. Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his second novel so in a hope to clear his head he visits his mentor and famous author, Harry Quebert. The body of Nola Kerrergan is then found in Harry’s garden and it’s soon clear that 30 years earlier, Harry had an affair with the 15 year old. The book is filled with so many twists and “oh my god” moments that until the end I really had no idea was behind the murder. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. 

Something Classic
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Follow Bilbo on this adventure to help the dwarfs reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon, Smaug. With giant spiders, elves and of course, the ring, it’s one of those classic books that are well worth a read. 

Do you have any recommendations? 

A massive thank you to Alexandra for having me guest blog! Hope you’re having an amazing holiday! 



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The Disney Tag

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1. Favourite Disney film?
It will always be The Lion King. Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing little Simba's heart break when he learns that Mufasa has passed away. I absolutely adore this film so much, it always cheers me up and I'll end up walking away singing 'I just can't wait to be king!' I also met Rafiki over in Orlando this year - he kissed my hand and gave me a cuddle, I think he liked me!

2. Favourite Disney Character?
Wow, that is such a hard question! Of all the Disney characters, I definitely have a firm few favourites but I guess it will always boil down to Minnie Mouse - she's a star in her own right!

3. Favourite Disney Princess?
Ooh, this tag is proving to be harder than I was expecting! I think I would have to say
Aurora from Sleeping Beauty!

 

 
4. Rather be Aurora or Cinderella?
I'd have to choose Aurora! My reasoning for this is I love my sleep and I just cant imagine myself being Cinderella - scrubbing the floors all day long!

5. Rather be Hercules or Tarzan?
Oh no, Hercules and Tarzan are definitely not up my street I'm afraid! I'll choose Tarzan seeing as he gets to swing from trees all day long.

6. Rather be Lizzie McGuire or Raven Baxter?
Raven wins any day! I loved Lizzie McGuire, but I used to watch That's So Raven religiously - regardless of whether I'd seen the episode before! It's such a funny programme and she's so full of life - plus she can see trouble before it gets to her, that would be handy!



 

7. Favourite Disney song?
Going straight back to question one, it's going to be my favourite ever song from The Lion King, Simba's debut of 'I just can't wait to be king!' ... "Everybody look left, everybody look right, everywhere you look I'm - standing in the spotlight!" - Oh dear Disney tag, now look what you've done!


8. Which Disney character would be your best friend?
I think I would choose Rapunzel! I would love to spend hours plaiting her hair and trying out new hairstyles.


9. Which Disney character would be your pet?
Okay, the Lion King is cropping up a bit too much for my liking. My Disney pet would have to be Simba, he's so beautiful and sweet! I'd love to have him curled up next to me.


10. Have you ever been to Disneyland?
Yes I was lucky enough to go to Disneyland with my parents and sister when I was about 5 years old - I don't remember much but that's what photos are for! Mickey Mouse took a certain liking to me and took me away from my breakfast table (My mum then went running after him!) - maybe I would have had a Disneyland Paris life if me and Mickey had eloped?!


I tag you! x




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Revlon Parfumerie Scented Polish - African Tea Rose.

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This pretty little pink polish soon founds itself into my ever growing collection of nail polishes after I found it in Boots reduced from £6.49 down to £1.50. I actually don't think I've ever tried a Revlon nail polish before, so I was looking forward to trying this especially as it's scented too. The first thing that caught my eye with the polish aside from the bold pink shade, was the gorgeous dinky little bottle. With it's look resembling a mini perfume bottle, I was won over by the packaging straight away. The first thing I looked at before painting my nails was the brush. I am one of those people who makes one heck of a mess when painting their nails. It gets all over my fingers and palms and often gets transferred to anything I touch - well, I never claimed to be perfect did I?! Anyway, I was slightly concerned that I was going to struggle with my application as the brush is quite small and slim but luckily I had nothing to worry about. In all honesty, this is the best nail polish that I have ever used in terms of application. I didn't go 'out of the lines' even once and I found it super easy to apply. I only needed a maximum of two coats for full coverage, leaving me with no problems such as streakiness.

As you can see, 'African Tea Rose' is a gorgeous vibrant pink shade. It has stayed on my nails really well, apart from one nail began to chip off after 24 hours after I left a little gloopy lump to dry - I'm such a perfect nail painter aren't I?! Now, onto what is possibly the selling point of the Parfumerie polishes - the scent. At first, I couldn't smell anything at all, but after a while I started to notice a smell I can only describe as 'old ladies and soap' - no offence meant to old ladies and soap. The scent is actually described as 'rose' but I do have to give it a thumbs down from me. Aside from this, I've been really impressed with the polish - easy to apply, bold shade and long lasting, perfect! I have to finish on a negative and say that I think £6.49 for a nail polish is slightly over priced, but if I had found more than one shade at just £1.50, I'd have stocked up!

Have you tried a Revlon Parfumerie polish? x
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eBay Wishlist: The Dark Side Of Disney!

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I've always enjoyed reading other bloggers eBay wish lists - just where do they find all this amazing stuff hidden away in the depths of thousands of items to choose from?! After my recent trip to Disneyworld, I thought I would write a quick eBay wishlist and I thought it would be a good idea to keep it Disney related. However, as I was scrolling through the endless amounts of pages, I came across something I'd like to call 'the dark side of disney'. All of the above products are phone cases and are available for a variety of phones - not just iphones - yay! When it comes to Disney Princesses and characters, I'm the first to love the fact that everything is hunky dory and perfect, but when I came across these illustrations showing how different the characters lives could have turned out, I really loved them. They're certainly not conventional but they're unique!
 
What do you think of these illustrations? x
 
 
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Cute Or What Desk Tidy

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I often spend time daydreaming about how I will decorate my house when I move out. I plan on all things floral, unique and vintage and I've already planned out how my bathroom is going to look. One of the things I would really like when I move out, as I don't have room in my current bedroom is a desk. As I love to write and get creative, I always dream of having a desk and covering it in gorgeous trinkets and stationery with the music blasting and writing away. As I mentioned, I currently have no desk but that doesn't stop my love for stationery! My sister bought me this Cute Or What (A range sold in Boots, usually at Christmas time!) desk tidy a few months ago for my birthday and I've been spending some time organising a pretty little space where I can lay it out! The desk tidy includes sticky notes, cute pencils, a pencil sharpener, pastel pegs and clips. What I love about the set is just how cute it is - hence the name!
 
Do you use a desk tidy? x
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Themed Wishlist #9: My Little Pony

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Coin Purse  //  Pyjamas  //  Mug // Cake Stand //  Lunchbox  // Knickers  // Lip Balms

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Beauty On A Budget: The Perfect Red Lip

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Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick '110'.

You may remember, a while back I started up a new series of 'Beauty on a budget' where I wrote my first post based on my favourite cheaper products for my face. For the second instalment, I wanted to showcase one of my favourite red lipsticks - Rimmel's Kate Moss Lipstick in shade 110. My history of wearing lipsticks is pretty non existent, I never really used to enjoy it and don't think that I actually had the confidence to wear a bold lip.

I have actually had this 'Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick' in shade 110, for a good while now. Often I would dab into it and not always being a lipstick lover, I'd often go for a lighter shade of gloss or lip balm. However, the past few weeks I have found myself reaching for this lipstick over and over again! The shade 110 is a bright and bold orange based red lip, perfect for brightening up a lighter makeup look. I tend to keep my eyes simple with a flick of eyeliner and mascara, so I love adding a bright lip colour to make my look appear more bold. Aside from the main selling point being the bold red shade, it's a also a velvet matte lipstick too - my favourite! It's so easy to glide onto my lips and I love that I only have to use a small amount each time, but still end up with the bold red lip result. I'm a big fan of 'drug store' products - I know a lot of beauty lovers enjoy using MAC lipsticks (which I haven't ventured into yet!) - but I love that this lipstick only retails at £5.49 and you can often find it on offer too. The lipstick doesn't leave my lips feeling dry or flaky at all, and the longevity of the lipstick is good, but not amazing - I definitely need to carry it round with me on a long day. There are three other shades available, so if you're looking for a new lipstick which doesn't affect your bank balance - I recommend Kate Moss' range! PS - If you fancy picking this lipstick up for a total bargain, look out in your local Wilkinson's as I found this in the clearance section for just £2.00!

What's your favourite lip product? x
 
 
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A Beauty Wishlist Bonanza!

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Okay, so picture the scene. I'm curled up safely blogging away on my laptop, preparing a beauty wish list. I had a couple of products in mind - which then turned into this rather massive wish list. Oops. Well, my excuse is I am a beauty blogger - what more do you need to know?! I've been so so good the past few months, since May I have barely bought any beauty products apart from a Bourjois and theBalm haul. Usually I'd have added lots of other unnecessary items to my shopping basket, but I've been focused on trying to save my money and I like to think I have done pretty well. So, here's what I'm lusting after this month - I promise to only limit myself to a few purchases!
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Primer - The cute packaging caught my eye on Baby Skin's new little sisters. The primer comes in two shades of apricot and cool rose and aims to smooth and blur any imperfections and can be used as a base for foundation or as a top up on a no makeup day.

Makeup Revolution: Goddess Of Love Highlighter & Summer Of Love Bronzer: I don't think these little beauties need any explaining from myself! I am yet to jump on the Makeup Revolution bandwagon and at just £4.99 each these heart shaped highlighter and bronzer would fit perfectly into my makeup bag!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream - I haven't even had the slightest whiff of this perfume yet, but I am lusting after it so badly! I've read great reviews and in all honesty, I would buy this perfume for the packaging alone - it's beautiful!

Essie Twinklebelle Duo - What a gorgeous name for this pretty duo of polishes! The set includes a pastel green polish to be used as the base coat, then you apply the sparkling shimmer polish on top for a perfect manicure.

Kiss Light Reflecting Primer & Kiss Stippler Foundation Brush - Wilko have come up with a fab new beauty range, with perfect pink packaging and potential Real Techniques dupes! If you haven't checked out their new range yet, trust me you're going to be impressed.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Mask - What is it about expensive products that make me lust after them so much more?! Origins are back with a new addition to the GinZing team with this refreshing face mask.

Treacle Moon Dusted Cocoa Heaven - Treacle Moon are a brand I hadn't spotted until I read a fellow bloggers review on them this week. So, as I popped to Tesco, I hunted them out and had a good old sniff - and this Dusted Cocoa was my absolute favourite.

Bleach London Silver Shampoo - Bleach London have never let me down so I'm thinking of treating myself to this purple shampoo to give my dip dyed ends some extra brightness and care.

B&B Hairdressers Invisible Oil - Last but not least, I blame beauty bloggers for this one. Bumble and Bumble are such a cool brand and they've a new range of Invisible Oil shampoo, conditioner and of course, hair oil.

If you made it this far, I salute you! What's on your beauty wish list? x


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Garnier Ultimate Blends 'The Sleek Restorer' Hair Oil Review.

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Now that I have lighter coloured hair on the ends of my hair, it's an essential for my poor hair that it gets a good drenching of hair oil at least each time I blow dry. I've been loving using Garnier's Silky Smoother shampoo, so I was really excited to try the 'Sleek Restorer' hair oil from their new Ultimate Blends range. Over the past year, hair oil has become an everyday routine for me and after developing a crush on the rather expensive Moroccan Oil, I'm always open to finding cheaper and possibly even a better alternative! The 'Sleek Restorer Oil' is taken from Garnier's 'Sleek Restorer' range which is aimed at dry and frizzy hair - perfect for my dry ends.
 
With the hair oil itself being part of the sleek range, I find the packaging pretty sleek itself. As you can see, it comes in a cute round bottle which has a handy dispensing pump and lid. Before I tell you any more about the product - I need to tell you just how amazing it smells. Think of the perfect summer scent - coconuts, sunscreen and sun - and you'll have the scent of the Sleek Restore Oil. The main scent of the oil is coconut as the oil itself has been blended with pure coconut oil to help restore frizz and smooth down any flyaways. I love that the oil is versatile, you can use on dry hair to smooth down flyways or just for a general quick condition on the go or you can use my favourite option of massaging the oil into the ends of my wet hair before blow drying. The oil itself is a clear liquid oil and blends easily onto the ends of my hair. I just love the coconut scent! Also a handy selling point of the oil is that it includes protection of heat up to 230oC, so you don't even need to add a heat spray to your routine!
 
When using a new hair oil, I have two concerns. My first concern is that it may make my hair feel greasy or weighed down - this did neither. My second concern is that it will not live up to my expectations of my usual hair oil - but luckily this didn't disappoint me and I really recommend it to you. It keeps my hair feeling soft, smooth and silky and best of all, it doesn't break the bank - what more could I ask for? The oil retails at just £9.99 for 150ml. I only need to use a small amount each time , so this bottle is going to last me a long while yet!
 
What's your favourite hair oil? x
 
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