Sunday 29 March 2015

P10P Review: Colab Dry Shampoo New York

Hello! Before I get into the review, I thought I'd mention that last Monday, I guest posted my 5 product face at Kat's Beauty Tales, Katrina is a lovely blogger who hasn't been blogging that long, but has a great blog! Go check her out. She's really friendly so comment and say hi!

Onto the actual review, I recently finished this and I originally wasn't going to include aerosol dry shampoos as part of my Project 10 pan but it's taking longer than expected and I wanted to feel like I'm getting somewhere.

I love dry shampoo. It saves me when I have been lying down too much or if it has rained or if I wear my headphones/beanie/hat too much. If you don't know what it is, it's basically something to help absorb grease in your hair and give it a refresh - without needing to wash it! (it also gives volume and some people use it after washing their hair for the volume as well) I tend to use dry shampoo on second day hair as I like to wash my hair every other day, but sometimes it gets a bit gross and lank. The most well known brand and the one I compare all others to is Batiste, so if you're familiar with that then this review may be more useful. If not, then hopefully it'll still be useful!

The Colab dry shampoo is known as Ruth Crilly (amodelrecommends)'s dry shampoo and has 5 scents (though the range is expanding). I chose the scent New York, which is described as a fruity fragrance and I would agree with that. I personally love fruity scents, but I'm not a fan of coconut-y scents so this suited me. The scent lasted most of the day on me, but it wasn't offensively strong. It made my hair smell nice, but didn't interfere with my perfume or anything like that, so that was good.

The packaging looks really trendy and comes in 2 sizes, a large can (which I had) and a small can for travel. I like that the cap and bottle colour matches the scent and the pattern for each is different as well. I feel that the design was very well thought out and I really liked that. If you follow Ruth Crilly, she always (to me anyway) seems very on trend and the design seems to follow that. Besides that, it is just a normal aerosol so there isn't much to it.

The original launches have a "sheer invisible formula" as stated on the can and it's marketed as being invisible, even on dark hair, which is a big plus if you have black/brown hair like me. Compared to Batiste, I would say that this is invisible, but if you spray too close to the roots or spray on the same spot for too long, this does come up white as well. If that happens, just run your fingers through it and spread the product onto other (greasier) parts of your hair. I like that it isn't too white and it was easy to use.

I tend to spray this onto the underside of the roots of my hair (lifting sections and spraying under) then "messing" it into my hair. It works quite well, but if you have very greasy hair, then it may not be as absorbent as you need. I find this works best if you just want a bit of a refresh and some volume, like before a night out or if you (like me) wash your hair at night and your hair doesn't look its best the next morning. If you have Snape like hair, or if you tend to use dry shampoo on worse case emergencies where you need something that can really do the job (and quickly!) then this product probably isn't for you.

Personally, I think I may repurchase this as it's less work than Batiste, and it isn't too pricey at £3.49 for the big bottle, though I would probably wait until it's on sale (like I do just about everything). It does actually work (to some extent) and the scents seem nice so could even be used as hair perfume if you wanted to do that.

Have you tried this product? Let me know what you think in the comments below and let me know your favourite scents!

Signing off now,

Dusty Foxes

Sunday 22 March 2015

P10P Review: 17 Hide Away Cream Concealer Medium


Some of you may have seen my Project 10 Pan post or my  Project 10 pan update  where I said I would be doing full reviews of the products I've finished.

So first off is the 17 Hide Away Cream Concealer. I got this when I first stared wearing makeup about 2 years ago, and I had no idea what "undertone" was, I chose the first one that looked close enough to my skin without even testing and walked out the store, so I take full blame that this was not the right colour for me as it is too pink-based.

For texture, I found that this was quite creamy and not that drying, but had a tendency to crease under my eyes. For the record, I don't drink enough water/get enough sleep so that tends to be a problem area for me and this product did nothing to hide that. If anything it highlighted it!

On blemishes, it lasted a few hours (I think) but I didn't really take note as I don't check my face when I'm out. I find that if I'm out for about an hour or 2 it's fine before needing to be touched up. I tend to use it around my nose area, which is quite oily, so that may be a reason why, On a "normal" skin type area of my face, I found it lasted quite well, about half a day if I didn't touch my face a lot.

Personally, I would not recommend this product as I feel there are other better options out there for the same price or less but let me know in the comments below if you've tried it and what you thought about it.

Proof that I finished it nonetheless. 

Let me know your thoughts on this concealer and leave me some recommendations in the comments below!

Signing off now

Dusty Foxes

Sunday 15 March 2015

Project 10 pan/ empties update!

 So, it's been about 3 months since I started Project 10 pan and I finished 4 items (one of which was actually on my list!). I actually photographed this a while ago and haven't gotten around to posting yet, so the update at the end has progressed a lot since, but more on that later.

I will be doing full reviews of these products over the coming weeks, so follow my blog if you're interested in seeing those!

17 Hide Away Concealer Cream in Medium
I admit, this finished a lot faster than I thought it would so I guess there was less in the tube than I thought! I also admit to using this rather excessively to finish it up. I liked this when I first got it, but after a while I realised it was the wrong undertone for my skin as it is very pink based. I would not repurchase.

Color Club 0-60 Speedy Top Coat
I had about half a bottle left of this and I painted my nails incessantly since starting Project 10 pan. If you're interested in what polishes I've been wearing, I did a post on my Favourite Autumn/Winter Nail Polishes.  I guess focusing on a single top coat does help it go faster! I did like this, but I found it wasn't really as fast drying as my Seche Vite, so I probably won't repurchase.

Skin Food Nail Vita Base Coat
Nothing else made me as sad to finish as this. I originally got this... 3 years ago as a birthday present from my sister. This is a Korean brand so it's not readily available in the UK so I probably would not be able to repurchase.

Colab Dry Shampoo New York
I admit to getting this because it is Ruth Crilly's product but I enjoyed using it. New York is a very fresh fruity scent, which I love. It's a very light spray and I might repurchase this once I finish my other dry shampoos, but I'm not sure yet.

 A quick update, like I mentioned before, I have made a lot more progress than shown in this picture. The Barry M powder has a bit more pan, the 17 pwoarr paint has a lot more pan and the MUA shadow has a lot of pan. I've also hit pan on my Soap and Glory Glow All Out powder and I've made good progress on some other stuff. Overall, I'm quite excited about my first "prize" which I hope to be sharing with you all soon!

Like I mentioned earlier, a full review of each of the products I've finished will be up in the weeks to come, so watch out for that.

Signing off now,

Dusty Foxes.

Sunday 8 March 2015

Favourite Autumn/ Winter nails 2014!

Happy International Women's Day! I was going to write a #DearMe, but it all got a bit too personal and I couldn't finish it, so I decided to do a seasonal round up instead!

I know that technically it's spring now, but I thought I would highlight some of my favourite nail polishes this past 2 seasons! This was the "nail polish wardrobe" that I ended up with on my nails most days. In fact, I have one of them on today! Read on to find out which!

China Glaze- Concrete Catwalk (2011 Metro Collection)
A gorgeous grey colour that looks really chic against sweaters and dark colours. I got this because I wanted more dark colours (that weren't black) for Autumn/Winter as I was growing bored of brights. This goes on really nicely and is shown here with 2 coats and no topcoat.

China Glaze- Foxy (2010 Vintage Vixen Collection)
This is a dark-ish red with shimmer through it. It's so pretty and I wore this the most in Fall! In fact I repainted my nails with it twice in a row and that's super rare for me as I have a rather large collection. In this picture I was wearing 2 coats and no top coat but I usually like 3 coats for a really rich finish. 3 coats does chip a lot more easily though!

China Glaze- Choo Choo Choose You (2014 All Aboard Collection)
This is a duo-chrome colour that I can't really describe. My swatch definitely does not do it justice as this is an amazing colour. The base is a blurple (blue+purple) colour with green-y duo-chrome. I highly recommend this colour as it's really really pretty. Shown here with 2 coats, no top coat. 

China Glaze- Conduct Yourself (2014 All Aboard Collection)
I have just 2 polishes from this collection, but they are both stunning. This is a dark wine red with some purple shimmer that is just very classic looking on the nail. It's quite a vampy shade so I'll probably be retiring this for the Spring/Summer. Shown here with 2 coats and no topcoat. 

OPI- The World is Not Enough (2012 Skyfall Collection)
This is a greyish purple base with multi coloured shimmer. It's a super pretty shade and my picture is not showing the full effect of this. The formula is a bit thin so it's shown here with 3 coats and no top coat. I'm wearing this today and I can't stop staring at my nails!

Barry M- Crush (Matte Nail Paint)
A matte deep red shade. I used to wear this non-stop in January 2014 and I brought it out again for the new year. It is a bit streaky at times, especially on my right hand, but I love the colour and it's one I keep coming back to. Shown here with 2 coats and no top coat.

Angelica- Twilight
This is from Primark and it was marked down to £1 about a year and a half ago, but it's a really pretty purple and blue duochrome-y colour. It's one of the colours that I love all year around, but I think it looks especially pretty with a grey sweater I have. It's just a really easy to wear colour and for the price, I think the Angelica range is pretty good. 

So these were the nail colours that wear nearly always on my nails this past season. I normally have a black polish in the mix, but recently I've been loving dark shades that aren't just plain black. 

What nail polishes are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Signing off now,

Dusty Foxes

Sunday 1 March 2015

Review: 2True Rose Cheek and Lip tint

I love lip tints and stains. I just really like the long-wearing, easy, no fuss-ness of them. Most of the time I can't be bothered to touch up my makeup throughout the day, so long-wearing is one of the things I look for. 

I picked this 2True Rose Cheek and Lip Tint up a while ago after looking for stains on the Superdrug website. I think there was a top 10 section and this was on top. It's really affordable at £1.99  and if I'm being honest, I feel like it's worth much more than that.

As you can see from the picture above, it looks like a nail polish with a little pot and a brush applicator. The size is also reminiscent of a nail polish. It has a very watery texture, like food colouring. 

I personally never use this on my cheeks as I find it doesn't blend, but on lips, this is my everyday shade. I either use one layer, patted in lightly for a slight tint or build it up for a rosy look. I also use this just on the middle and blend it outwards with some concealer/foundation on the outer edges of my lips to give a bitten look which I did for Valentine's Day. 

I will admit, it tastes disgusting; so keep your tongue away until it sets. It's a little bit drying as well, but because it is a tint, I can apply lip balm over it without worrying about moving it or ending up with some colour on my balm. I find it lasts best when I apply it before lip balm as it tints my lips and not the layer of balm I have over it.

For the price, I really cannot fault this product as it just gives a lovely sheer tint that is perfect for laid back days. 

Have you tried this? Or have you walked past it many times like I did? Let me know in the comments below!

Signing off now,

Dusty Foxes