Thursday, 5 September 2019

Revolution Pro: New Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Revolution have continuously been rolling out more and more products recently, and I was so excited to see this pop up on social media from their new range: The New Neutrals Collection.I've been getting more into makeup recently and I'm very picky when it comes to eyeshadow shades and luckily the shade range of this palette ticked all the boxes for me.

It reminded me a lot of the Huda Beauty New Nudes Palette which I've wanted for ages, but I could never part with the astonishing price of £56 ($65) for it.This palette however costs only £12 and it packs one hell of a punch for a drugstore product.So to start off this review, I've provided swatches on my tanned skin below:
18 Swatches of these stunning shades in this palette
The palette contains a mixture of matte, reflective, pearl and glitter pigments, which were all used without a base on my arm.It also contains a cream base which will help prolong the glitter but considering I didn't use any as a base anyway, it still swatched beautifully.Below I've listed my pros and cons of this palette:

Pros:                                                                                                         Cons:

- Beautiful gold packaging                                                             - Not really a con, but make the pans
- All of the shades are extremely pigmented                                  larger of this palette!         
- Easy to blend 
- The pearl and glitter pigments can be applied with                                      
your finger or a brush
- Minimal fallout
- Comes with a mirror
- No chemical smell
- Long lasting

Two makeup looks I created with this palette:
Two completely different eye looks, but both make the eyes stand out and to compliment the lip colour.The first photo is my usual daytime makeup, along with a dress that I was trying on at the time since losing weight (hence the crazy cleavage).The second image is more of a night/date night makeup look, giving me more of a daring appearance compared to the first one.My favourite apple red lip compliments the eyeshadow shade and brings the entire makeup look together.

You can purchase this palette from Revolution Beauty or from Superdrug (where I got mine), if you want to get some beauty card points or try out the shades in-store.

Friday, 25 January 2019

TreasureTress: First Box Of 2019!

*Disclaimer: This box was gifted to me by the brand and this post is not an ad*
I'm back with another review on a box by TreasureTress, which is perfect to start 2019 as I wanted to do more hair product reviews.This box arrived as a surprise from TreasureTress and I'm excited to announce that this month is with Lotta Body!I've heard nothing but positive things about things about Lotta Body and this is the first time I'm going to be trying this brand!

For this months box you will receive 4 products from their Milk & Honey range, a deep conditioning masque from their Coconut & Shea Oils range and a plastic cap to give your hair that extra moisture.My hair in 2018 unfortunately went through a lot, from trying a wide range of products which made my hair extremely dry from the lack of protein and the HUGE mistake of straightening my hair at least 7-8times.I made the decision of cutting off my heat damaged hair and got straight into using these as honey is a great ingredient to help restore and get protein properties into the hair.I tested these products over a course of 4weeks, to give it enough time for me to test them properly, to write up a thorough review on them and to let you know if any changes happened to my hair whilst trialling them out.

Nourish Me Leave In Conditioner

Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Locks in Moisture
Detangles and Controls Frizz
Adds Shine
Intense Hydration
Colour Safe (my hair isn't dyed)

This was the first product I decided to try from the range, as 48hours beforehand I had already shampooed and conditioned my hair, not wanting to aggravate my hair by washing it again.This product can be used on wet or dry hair, and I decided to try it on wet hair as this is personally my favourite method.Putting my hair into 4 sections, I sprayed water on my hair to the point where it wasn't "damp" but saturated enough to use the leave in.Taking two pea sized amounts for each section, I began applying from the root to tip, making sure that I covered the ends more as my hair tends to always feel a little dry here (especially on day 2 hair!).You can then follow up with your usual "style" method, but because I applied this fairly late in the evening, I decided to leave it.So fast forward 15hours later with sleep and...
I didn't style my hair with any curl defining product at all, yet I woke up with 97% of curl defined curls...what?.My hair usually in the morning is an absolute frizzy mess, to the point where it looks like I have a black sheep with hedgehog spikes attached to my head.When sleeping on my own, I tend to not settle and be able to sleep still, which contributes to the abomination of hair the next morning.The one side of my hair as you can see in the picture isn't as defined, but that side has always been a pain to keep happy and like I mentioned, I didn't use any styling products.

This left my hair feeling extremely soft and the smell of this (the entire Milk & Honey range) is so nice.It did add a little shine to my hair on its own, but if you work it alongside a styling creme or gel, you will see a great improvement when it comes to shine.It works great when restoring moisture to the hair, especially on Day 3 for me.

Restore Me Cream Shampoo & Conditioner

Shampoo Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Removes Product Build Up
Restores Moisture 
Makes Hair Soft & Manageable
Colour Safe

Conditioner Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Deeply Moisturises 
Makes Hair Soft & Manageable 
Colour Safe

I gave my hair and scalp a week to get a lot of product buildup, because I wanted to test to see how well the shampoo worked on removing it.The shampoo itself actually felt like I was putting honey onto my hair, because it was extremely thick and sticky, but it wasn't an issue to apply.It felt extremely soothing on the scalp, especially when I worked my fingers to lather the shampoo up to remove the grime and product build up.It done an extremely good job at removing this, considering I had used a ton of products that contained silicones, parabens and sulfates on my hair.My hair didn't feel stripped or heavy, considering the shampoo itself felt like I was applying a thick layer of honey onto it, it left my hair feeling really soft.The moisture was restored a little, but I wasn't expecting a massive difference as my hair loves conditioners!
I know I'm not the only one that does this, but I always get at least 50p sized (or bigger) amount of conditioner when it comes to my hair, because I want every single strand to be nourished.This conditioner can be used to be left onto the hair for 3minutes (which I did) or it can be used as a deep conditioner.Its also quite thick like the shampoo, but more of a cream based texture instead.After applying onto my hair, I took my Denman Brush to detangle and oh my god, it was so damn easy!I've also done finger detangling which works a treat as well, but their is just something more satisfying when you can glide a brush all the way through thick curly hair with no issues.

This left my hair even more moisturised and soft than what the shampoo did!It was extremely hard to not touch my hair because it felt so nice to touch as it was so soft.I've tried this routine with a combination of products after conditioning and its actually the Leave In Conditioner from this range that it works alongside it really well.If you look at the first image of my hair from earlier when I woke up the next morning after using it, it doesn't look as nourished and moisturised as the image above.I left both to air dry, yet you can see quite a difference between them both.

Tame Me 24Hr Edge Control

Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Adds Incredible Shine
Sticky or Greasy
Lays Edges to Perfection for up to 24hours

Being someone who's got a bit of a fivehead (thanks hair relaxer) and set on growing my edges out, I'm quite sceptical when it comes to edge control based products.I've had previous experiences where my they've been left in such bad condition, that they either eventually snap off or it takes a lot longer for them to grow.
I want to say first on how GOOD this product smells!I love the scent of everything in this range, but this is my favourite and sometimes I just unscrew the top so I can smell it (yes I'm weird).Like most edge control products, its thick like a jelly texture and you only need a very tiny amount for it to keep your edges in place.I've found it easier to style my edges with a mini toothbrush instead of just my fingers, as its easier to control and its like styling them with a little brush.I've only used it a few times as I usually have my hair down, but when I've styled it up in a bun my edges have stayed in place for about 10-11hours (thats with crazy UK weather!)It doesn't flake and it only gets greasy if you use to much, so its all about trial and error.Its been very gentle on my hair after each use and has easily become my most used edge control when I have my hair up

Hydrate Me Deep Conditioning Masque 

Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Provides Extreme Moisture
Conditions & Softens
Detangles & Adds Brilliant Shine
No Petrolatum 
Leaves Hair Soft & Manageable 

This was the last product that I tried on my hair and because I have so much, I used the entire sachet.I used this on my hair after shampooing as recommended, making sure that I drenched every curl in this masque.It can be used with or without a hooded dryer (which I don't have), so instead I used the cap that came with the box and wrapped a towel around it to keep the heat in.I left it on my hair for about 20minutes before washing it out which was extremely easy to do.
My hair was left extremely moisturised which was a bit of a shock to me personally, as my hair doesn't always get along with products that have coconut and shea based products in them.The majority of my curls were also separated, which made it so much easier for me to detangle the rest of my curls and to apply a leave in conditioner.I can't comment on it leaving my hair looking more shiny, but it did achieve everything else and made my hair feel beautiful.

I also have a 10% off code if you want to save some money on your first box which is "SHANISEMORGAN10"

I hope you enjoy the products as much as I did and I would love to hear your thoughts on them either commenting on here or over on my Instagram

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Goodbye 2018 & Hello 2019

I hate the whole "New Year, New Me" saying, because for most people its just living in the moment during the month of January, and then it goes away.2018 was probably one of the most anxiety challenging years that I've ever had in my life (along those dreaded GCSE exams in my teenage years).I was thrown into a new therapy plan, facing my anxiety head on, a relationship breaking down, health complications that could of killed me and moving out for the first time to name a few.I had to take a few steps back (4months in fact) until I was ready and happy to start blogging again.

This year instead of doing the whole "New Year. New Me" strategy that most people like to do, I've made a promise to myself that I'm going to improve myself further as a person and push myself even more.Last year I made the spontaneous decision to enrol for a Legal Secretary course, and although the course was quite difficult, I passed with a score over 90%.2months during that course, I found out that I was accepted for a property which I applied for and had 3weeks (yep just 3weeks) to pack my stuff up, find £1000+ for fees, removals,travel, and to pass this course.I wasn't even planning on moving out until this year, but I was lucky enough to have the best support and service from the estate agents, which helped me get this apartment.They knew how much I wanted it and that I was very serious about it, so they worked their magic for me to get this place.But onto my plans for the year...
This was a pretty tough lesson to learn, which you're probably sat there scratching your head in confusion on "how on earth is it difficult to relax?".One anxiety and two, I would always take on everyone else's problems instead of my own and leave mine to build up.I have a knack of caring for people too much, which can be seen as a good trait and a bad one.Leaving this overtime can add so much stress, which for me is a massive trigger for my anxiety.I've now learnt how to cope with my anxiety a lot better (3 panic attacks last year!) and to separate everyone else's problems from my own.
It took me a while to get used to it and to not feel guilty, but its achievable.I usually spend a lot of my time playing video games to calm down, but its always been something that I enjoy anyway.On my bad days (or sometimes lazy), I will get myself a sweet treat, wrap myself under a heated blanket and have a Netflix binge. 
Say Goodbye To Toxic People
*Sigh* I had to insert a hot gif at some point on this post and of course I pick Damon since a lot of us have had a crush or an attraction to him at some point and he's also a little bit of a menace too.I've made the mistake in the past thinking toxic and negative people are the same, and it took me a while to remove those in my life that were hurting me more than doing good.Sometimes those around you such as friends and family, may make negative comments when in fact it could be for the best.Maybe you're in a relationship with someone thats cheated numerous times for example, and your friends don't like him because its making you unhappy.You also leave them to pick up the pieces every time, which you shouldn't see as a burden, but its still painful for everybody that loves you.They want the best for you and although I'm someone who never listens to other peoples opinions on my relationship as its my business, but if you cheat on me?
You are GONE!

Toxic people all want the same goal, whether thats you being unhappy, dragging them down to their level or both.I've had a mixture of both and believe me, its mentally draining.You start questioning yourself when it comes to your goals, who you are and start believing that you as a person aren't good enough.It can seriously impact your mood which can result in destroying relationships with others around you.Once you start eliminating these type of people, you'll start to notice that your mood has improved a lot and you don't find yourself worrying as much on what others think of you.
If Love Comes Along, Don't Run In The Opposite Direction

Urgh the dreaded word "love".This one is really personal to me and to be honest, I'm still not really that 100% comfortable with it.I haven't been exactly lucky when it comes to relationships, as I've been cheated on, been in a controlling relationship, and being emotionally hurt.I don't go into new relationships worrying about those, because I've learnt that no matter how happy you may make that person you love, you change them or stop someone from cheating.

I'm also really picky on who I let into my life and being that close, especially since I'd rather be with someone that I really click with on a chemistry level, than just settle for someone that I just "get along with".Its also an opening window of getting to know the person better as well, because the amount of times I've talked to someone that either turns out to be a complete fuckboy or I learn that they sweet talk to numerous girls at one time is a complete TURN OFF!Eventually after talking to someone for a while they start to show their true colours and intentions with you.It happens way too many times (even the ones that look completely innocent), but no one has been able to outdo me when it comes to patience.

I'm always upfront (probably too much at times) on what I want, but its better to know what that person may want too because if you don't share that same goal, it could make the relationship difficult.
More Curly Hair Products Reviews
I know, I've been seriously slacking when it comes to writing up reviews on products for curly hair.The main two reasons because of this, is that my hair needed a break and people in the curly hair community want you to work for "free".When I first started out my blog, I used to spend my pocket money on products and write up my reviews on them.I still do this at times, but since its actually become my job and is very time consuming, people think that its ok for me to work for free.I've really only had this with brands that create products for curly and afro hair types that don't really have a message behind them, which shows that they don't care really.My hair also needed a break for trying all of the products that were being sent to me, as it started to take its toll on my hair by having too much protein.I couldn't accept a collaboration with a brand that wanted me to test protein based hair products, because the results would make my hair more brittle, and the review wouldn't be positive or fair. I already have some brands lined up for the year already which I'm super excited about and I just cannot wait to share the results.I'm also open to taking requests on products that you want me to try out and to give my thoughts on them.

This is probably not even close to what my goals are going to be this year and knowing me I'll add more to this post, but I honestly cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store :)