The Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray retails at £21.50. Which is stupidly expensive. And honestly, there’s a similar thickening spray available on the market that’s much more affordable. Blue bottle, yellow top, and it’s last name is Frieda…however if you’re still interested in B&B’s version, read on.
It’s a lightweight setting spray that will give you hair extra oomph, a bit of volume and hold. This sounded perfect as I like volume, and use rollers often enough to appreciate a product that’ll help hold my style at the same time.
I like the fresh smell, although it doesn’t linger. Be careful not to apply too much in one area (hello crunchy hair!), I spray it all over and then blow -dry using a large round brush. My hair does feel thicker, though not as much as other products I’ve used in the past. However on the off-chance, the lady at the counter at Boots did offer to style my hair. And in the right hands you really could achieve a lion’s mane of volume if you so wish with this product. I prefer more sutble volume rather than va-va-voom hair and I can achieve this at home by myself.
It also works really well with heated rollers. If you’re going to straighten, then you’ll lose the volume this product provides.
So all in all, a versatile product. Looks pretty. Smells good. Expensive though.
I wish I had actually managed to photograph this before using it – terribly unprofessional of me, however about two weeks ago I accidently plucked a chunk of hairs out of my eyebrow (I sneezed, and genuinely have no idea what happened) and have since used this everyday. Nobody, except myself and the boyf, knows that I made a big boo-boo whilst shaping thanks to this little genius kit.
Packaging is beautiful, compact and as sturdy as a cardboard box can be. I especially love the little bottom drawer. The magnetic closure means you won’t have the contenct spilling out into your makeup storage/bag.
The kit comes with two powders, one for blondes and one for brunettes. I use both, mostly blonde and then just a tiny bit of brunette to darken it as blonde alone is too light, and brunette all over is too dark. There’s a highlighter, which I never use but it’s pretty, and a setting wax. It also comes with a small angled brush, a spoolie, mini tweezers, a mini brow pencil and eyebrow stencils. Basically everything you need for well groomed eyebrows.
Despite being small, the tweezers are surprisingly good, and the pencil included in the bottom drawer is creamy and easy to use, although it probably won’t suit many blondes.
The stencils come in three different shapes, just choose the one that suits your natural eyebrow and you can use them to fill/shape your eyebrows to perfection.
Initially £28 seems pretty expensive. However as I’ve been using this everyday for about two weeks, not to mention the countless times I’ve used the stencils to help a dummy like me shape my brows, it’s worth it. I would definately repurchase if I ever lost this little kit.
I’m currently having a love affair with cream blushers, especially Stila’s Convertible Colours. They last all day on my cheeks, and can be applied sheer or built up for a pop of colour. So I though it was time to try a different brand’s cream blush to compare. I choose one of MAC’s Cremeblend blushes, in Ladyblush.
Ladyblush is a warm neutral colour that leans a little bit peachy. Perfect if you want to go for a dramatic eye, or bold lip colour but don’t want your blush to draw any attention away from all the drama. The Cremeblend formula is really creamy, smooth and buttery and applies like a dream. Like most cream blushes, it applies sheer but it’s buildable and blends out beautifully. MAC cream blushes stay creamy, which I love as cream to powder formulas tend to turn matte and I prefer the dewy glow a cream blush can give you.
Staying power isn’t as great as the Stila Convertible Colours, but it’s still really good. It’ll last most of the day, and it’s so easy to touch-up. Just dab and blend with your fingers when you’re on the go.
I’m not blown away, but if there’s a colour I see that I simply must have then I wouldn’t be afraid to spend the cash. I’d prefer it if MAC’s Cremeblend blushes lasted longer.
MAC Fix + is a mix of vitamins and minerals spritzer infused with green tea, chamomile & cucumber. A few months ago, after finishing my first bottle I didn’t think I’d be repurchasing, but another two bottles later I can safely say this product has sneaked it’s way into my everyday routine.
Despite the name, I don’t really feel as though MAC Fix + actually helps to prolong the wear of your makeup, or “fixes” it to your face. Personally I use if after applying powder to set my makeup. The spray works to refresh, and eradicate that powdery/cakey look if sometimes I’m a little heavy handed. I also spray it on to my makeup brushes if I want to apply my eyeshadows “wet” rather than actually dipping the bush into water. And of course, if we actually had any hot weather here in Not-So-Sunny-South-Wales, it’d be a great pick me up after a few hours out in the sunshine. (It feels weird talking about Summer, when Winter is very nearly upon us)
For £13.50, it’s not nearly as expensive as other beauty sprays, and if you’re still not sure about splashing cash you can get a travel-sized version.