Monday, 27 October 2014

richard ward haircare

A few weeks ago I was sent a selection products from The Chelsea Collection by Richard Ward*. I've been trying them out in the mean time, and decided it's finally time to share my opinion on this range. Richard Ward is a celebrity hair stylist, and his range recently launched in Waitrose. The four products that I have been trying are Keratin based products, that each have a specific role to play in your hair routine. Let's get started.

keratin luminiser
This product is labelled as an 'ultra-clarifying colour brightening treatment' - however I'd rather call it a deep cleansing shampoo, and that's how I'd recommend using it. The instructions say to apply as a shampoo on wet hair, and leave in for 3-5 minutes. This is how I used the product the first time I tried it out, and boy did it strip my hair clean. I have quite damaged hair from years of heat and bleach abuse, so for my poor brittle hair this product is too strong when used as instructed. Instead, I like to use it as a regular shampoo (rinsing immediately rather than 3-5 minutes later) to wash out coconut oil. Due to the deep cleansing nature of this product it is perfect for cleansing your hair of nourishing oil treatments.

keratin volume shampoo & restore conditioner
The shampoo and conditioner are lovely, they have the same fruity scent as the rest of the products in this range and do a good job at what they claim to do. That being said, I didn't find them to be particularly miraculous products, and didn't notice much difference on days I didn't reach for these ones in the shower. They're a solid shampoo and conditioner set, but nothing to write home about. 

keratin styling spray
For me, this product is the winner of the bunch. It provides both heat & UV protection for your hair, and works as a great smoothing-styling spray. I use this on wet hair before blow drying, and on dry hair before using any heat tools again. I find it makes my hair shinier, and helps hold the curls or straight styles longer than other heat protection sprays. Out of all the products this is the one I look forward to using, and remember to take with me when I head to the boyfriends house at the weekends. A definite future re-purchase.

This collection is available at Waitrose and all products are £5.99 each

Have you tried anything from the collection? I'd love to know what you thought of them. 
Thank you so much for stopping by, much love 
Kitty xx

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*These products were sent to me for reviewing purposes, but all my opinions are honest and reliable

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

All Black Everything

| Dress: Boohoo | Shoes: Zara (old) | Necklace: Swarovski (old) | Bag: Mulberry (old) |

Just in case you couldn't tell by my blog design, I'm a big lover of monochrome and probably 99.6% of my wardrobe is black. With that in mind, I though I'd share with you one of my favourite go-to outfits for an evening out. I went to Claridges for some impromptu drinks this weekend & had the outing been a little less spontaneous this is what I would have worn. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, much love 
Kitty xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

A Neutral Face

If you hadn't already guessed it, I'm a neutral make up fan. I love smokey browns on the eyes, subtle brows and nude lips. This post covers my current favourites for creating the perfect neutral face.

My old faithfuls for my skin have been the Revlon Photoready Primer, the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and the wonderful Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder. This combination leaves me with the perfect matte-velvet complexion that lasts all day. I've recently been reaching for the ELF Studio Blush in Twinkle Pink, as this blush has a few flecks of gold running through it and it's great for really brightening your skin for a youthful appearance. For my contouring, I use one of my all time Holy Grail items, the Sleek Contour Kit

Bold, beautiful eyes are a must-have for any make up look I do, and my love of bold eyes probably goes a long way to explaining my love of subtle, neutral lips. Recently, I have been favouring the beautiful Urban Decay Naked Palette. I have been through phases of loving all three but currently my make up is all about the original. Next on my eyes is the Chantecaille Faux Cils mascara, which gives beautiful fluttery eyelashes with zero clumps. I love the soft bristles of the wand on this mascara. I've also been wearing my trusty L'Oreal Super Liner, which somehow got left out of the photos above! 

I've been reaching for the oh-so-easy to use Smashbox Brow Tech To Go pencil for my eyebrows recently, as this is such a fool proof quick fix, with the waxy pencil on one end and the clear setting gel in the other, it's the perfect all in one brow product. You can find my full review of the product here

Recently I've been favouring the Freida lipstick from the original L'Oreal Collection Privee. This is a beautiful purple-toned nude lipstick with a bit of shimmer. I wear it lightly swiped across the lips straight from the bullet, and well blended in. You can find a more in-depth review of this, and two other shades from the collection here

The Elie Saab perfume is one that I've loved for a long time, and I managed to get a cheeky purchase of it in duty free last month. It's a beautiful feminine scent, with notes of Orange Blossom and Jasmine. Heavenly. 

Thank you so much for reading, much love 
Kitty xx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Glitter nails

I know, I know... it was only a few days ago that I was posting about my new found love for MaxFactor Glossfinity in Ruby Fruit, but here I am with another nail post. This time, the focus is on something a little more glitzy. A review of my three favourite glitter nail polishes. I used a base colour of Sally Hansens Mauve Along under each glitter. 

MODELS OWN; blizzard
This is a chunky, silver glitter and is perfect for an instant 'pop' of glam.
BARRY M; rose quartz
This is a beautiful mix of rosey-pink, rose-gold and silver glitter in both big and small sizes. A real mix for a beautiful effect.
MAYBELLINE; sugar crystals
This polish is has a lot of very fine specks of silver glitter suspended in a sheer pink polish, it gives more of a shimmer effect than a glitter one and gives a subtle, beautiful finish. 

Let me know your favourite glitter polishes in the comments. Thank you so much for reading, much love 
Kitty xx

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Face of The Day

I don't know about you, but I love a good Face of The Day post. There's something quite satisfying about having a nosey at what others wear on their face on a daily basis. Here's some of yesterdays picks, and these are all favourites of mine!

NARS; Douceur Blush
I've had this for a few months now, and I can't stop reaching for it. We all know how loved the NARS blushes and bronzers are, and whilst this is a shade I hear a little less about than the others (*Ahem* Orgasm) the quality of the product remains the same. This shade is a muted, matte pink-brown and is just heavenly. 

NARS; Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil
I'm a sucker for nude, or your-lips-but-better lip products, and this one is a great version, leaning towards the peach-nude tones. This is my only NARS lip pencil and I love the satin range, they're smooth and non-drying on the lips, very easily blended and when layered have great staying power.

YSL; Luxurious Mascara
As with pretty much all YSL products, I adore the packaging on this bad boy. Gold and shiny and beautiful - who can argue with that? Oh and it gives a pretty wonderful effect on the lashes too - wide eyed and full of volume. 

L'Oreal; Super Liner
This is an oldy, but a goody. I love this stuff and must have repurchased-and-repurchased-and-repurchased dozens of times, and honestly, I can't imagine ever switching to another eyeliner unless they discontinue it or I encounter some kind of eyeliner related disaster. It has a flexible, fine nib that is so easy to work with and can give both thick or thin lines. Love it! This is the dip-nib-in-pot kind of eyeliner rather than a felt tip pen kind, as I tend to find those dry out more quickly.

CHANEL; Perfection Lumiere Foundation
This is a foundation that I've been using for years, and it's a really lovely light-medium coverage with a velvet matte finish. One of the main things I love about Chanel Foundations is that they come pale enough for me whilst still being a good match for my skin tone. This one is lovely and I love the glass bottle it comes in, with the oh-so-handy pump. Really want to try the Perfection Lumiere Velvet too. I wear shade 10 Beige.

SLEEK; Contour Kit 
If you've seen my Contouring Made Easy video then you'll know I'm a big fan of the Face Form palette too, and I recently managed to get my hands on the Contour Kit, a more compact version of the bronzer and highlighter than I love, without the far too glittery blush. The sleek bronzer is the best I've found for contouring, it's pigmented, buildable and so easy to blend it makes contouring a dream.  

MAC; Eyeshadow Quad
Shroom, All That Glitters, Wedge and Espresso
This quad was my first ever MAC purchase, about a year and a half a go. I adore the colours, they're the exact shades that I wear every single day, whether I'm using this palette or a different one. Gold-neutrals and matte browns are what my eye looks are all about. This is a great palette for travelling as it's compact, although I'm a strong believer that MAC eyeshadows are quite pricey for what they are, so I can't imagine purchasing any more of their shadows in the near future.

Thank you so much for reading, much love - Kitty.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

AW Nails

Autumn is my favourite season for fashion, I love the layers and colour palettes and general snuggliness of the season, and all the excitement leading to Christmas! I also really love Autumn nail colours, as in the summer and spring months I tend to go for 'nude' and 'taupe' shades on the nails. I like a neutral palette for pretty much everything, so Autumn brings a refreshing change of being able to wear dark sumptuous colours on my nails!

The other day I was hunting for the perfect dark plummy-red tone, as I was wearing an old Jack Wills polish in the shade Burgundy which was chipping mercilessly. So, I dashed off at the first opportunity to hunt for something with a little bit more longevity and stumbled across this beauty. This is the first Max Factor nail polish I've ever tried, and the promise of 7-Day-Glossiness was all too much for me to resist, and the dark colour was just the type I was on the hunt for. And so, Ruby Fruit became my new nail essential!

I always pair nail varnishes with my HG top-coat Seche Vite (even with the wondrous top coat, the Jack Wills polish was just hopeless!) and so far, I've had 4 days wear of Max Factors Glossfinity and it looks every bit as perfect as the day I painted them.

Do you have a favourite go-to autumn shade? Let me know as I can't resist a good nail varnish splurge! X
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