Monday 10 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide #4: For a Pampered Oneđź’•*

Admit it - we all love a pamper session or some me-time every so often. Whether it's a night in pampering yourself with some beauty products, or spending time doing something you love, it's important to take some time out of your busy schedule to relax.

Pamper evenings are something I rarely do; I don't know why. Personally, I like to do them when I want to make myself feel a million dollars, but in all honesty, they most likely occur in the preparation for a night out. I like to go all out and use nice smelling products, including some goodies from Bilou*.

Bilou Shower Foam Pink Melon* || £3.99 - if I were to pick a beauty product that smells like Summer in a bottle/tin, I would have to choose this shower foam. It's sweet, fruity scent is infused with melons and raspberries, creating a recipe for a juicy yet delicious scent. Although the scent gets the approval from me, I was still a bit skeptical about the concept of the product - a foam. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, or more to the point, how it would work. I must admit, it really blew me over. With it being foam, I didn't expect it to lather up much, but I was ever so wrong - in fact, I think it actually lathered up better than some shower gels I have. One thing I noticed also is how well the scent stays on your skin. A lot of the times, you don't notice the scent after you rise the shower gel off, however I feel my skin absorbs this one and leaves me smelling of sweet fruits and Summer.

Bilou Cream Foam Cotton Candy* - Unfortunately, I can't find this product online which is a real shame, however I have found the shower foam version (here) and another cream foam of a different scent (here). As the scent is cotton candy, I was a bit unsure to whether or not it would be too sweet and overpowering, but with it's beautiful blends of cotton candy, sweet and caramel, it's a delight to own, even for those, like myself, who aren't often a fan of such scents. I've used various body lotions, creams and butters, all of which have completely different formulas, but never a foam, and I must say, it's probably one of my favourites - it doesn't leave you feeling greasy because your skin absorbs it so quickly, and the scent lasts for hours too, and in my books, those are winning qualities.

One of the main selling points of these products for a lot of people is that they are vegan friendly, so they are cruelty free! And at such a low price for the quality, I highly recommend them - I can't get enough of them! I know for a fact that they would make perfect stocking fillers this Christmas.


*PR Samples

Monday 3 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide #3: The Hair Guruđź’•*

Don't we all love products that are pleasant on the eye with pretty aesthetics? And isn't it even better when they smell amazing? Lord behold, let me introduce you to the Lee Stafford Chocolate Cupcake Gift Set*. Not only is it pretty and pink, but it smells good enough to eat.

Again, Lee Stafford has hit the nail on the head when it comes to creating beautiful gift sets. The products never fail to surprise me, so I knew that when the PR got in touch with me, the gift set would live up to expectations.

The best part about the range before I go in-depth about the products is the scent - its chocolate. YES, CHOCOLATE. And for me, this is damn right bloody brilliant as I'm such a chocolate gal, gimme a bar of Dairy Milk any day over a bag of Doritos. Again, Lee has kept his signature pink packaging, making it easy to identify his range.

Lee Stafford Choco Locks Shampoo* || 250ml RRP £6.99 - Looking at the 50ml, I thought "I won't get any more than one use" - nope, I was wrong. I used a smaller amount than I typically would because I want the bottle to last me a longer length of time. By decreasing the amount I used, I thought it wouldn't lather the same, but again, I was wrong - it actually lathered up really, really well! It felt as though it fully cleansed my hair and scalp, leaving me feeling clean and fresh.

Lee Stafford Choco Locks Conditioner* || 250ml RRP £6.99 - Of course, you can't have such a gorgeous smelling shampoo and not have the conditioner to go! Since cutting my hair short, I don't need quite the same amount of conditioner as I did previously, so I only use a small blob, meaning I'll get a few uses out of this little bottle. It's so creamy, and leaves my hair feeling hydrated, moisturised and smooth, I love it. I also think it helps to enhance the dominate, sweet scent of chocolate too.

Lee Stafford Choco Locks Butter Cream Treatment* || 200ml RRP £7.99 - I have been numerous hair treatments from various Lee ranges, and I can tell you something - not once have I hated any of them; they all smell delicious and leave your hair in such good condition. This one is no exception. I apply it to damp hair post-shampooing, and leave it in for roughly 5-10 minutes for the best results. It's easy to wash out, and it's definitely worth incorporating into your haircare routine because not only will it leave your hair smelling good enough to eat, but also keep it hydrated and in tip-top condition too.

Lee Stafford Choco Locks Hot Choc Shots* || 4 x 15ml RRP £7.99 - I was intrigued to the fact this sachet claimed to be self heating. In the past, I hadn't ever used a self heating hair mask - I've tried self heating face masks, but not hair masks - so I wasn't sure how this would go. Truth to be told, I didn't notice the heating effect, but I believe that this is because I only applied on the length of my hair, as if I apply conditioner or hair treatment onto my roots, I find my hair gets greasy quicker. So, I think that perhaps if it was on the whole of my hair, I'd feel the impact more. Apart from being let down from the self-heating claim, I really liked the hair treatment because it leaves my hair feeling super hydrated and healthy.

When I wash my hair with these products, I feel as though I've washed my hair in Dairy Milk because of the strong chocolate scent it blesses my hair with. The scent put aside, it does work wonders on my hair and I love the result.

Whether you're buying this as a gift or treating yourself, it's a set you won't regret buying. 
Retails for £16 in Boots.

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