A Girl CAN Change Her Mind! / MONTH IN MASKS

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IMG_8786Todays mask is not one for the face but for the hair.. and it’s one I NEVER thought I’d be trialling again in a million years! Once upon a blog, way back when I reviewed the original Philip Kingsley Elasticizer after a rather harrowing hair damage drama and was left wanting, to say the least. It did absolutely nothing for me and after my negative review Phil contacted me (well maybe not HIM but someone who’s probably never met him that is somehow involved in getting bloggers to only speak highly of his products) and was offered a tub of the Extreme version as well as some shampoo/conditioner etc to use alongside it. They genuinely thought I would change my mind and naive as I was back then that gave me some hope that the product would really work for me. They really can’t believe I didn’t see amazing results, I thought.. it must have been me, I thought.. I’ll give it another go, I thought. It wasn’t.

I’ve had multiple samples of this product over the years and have never thought it anything to write home about but last week I was sent a new sample to review as part of  a beauty awards panel so I thought it only fair to give it another shot and refresh my memory before I wrote it up. For those of you just tuning in I had pretty awfully damaged hair at the start of the year, it was snapping off into a rather attractive mullet and I was at the end of my rope. I had a set of bonded hair extensions applied, took my colour much closer to my natural shade and 6 months later I would LIKE to say it’s made a miraculous recovery. It still needs some help but it’s amazing what that break from colour/bleach did for the condition and when I used this pre-shampoo treatment last week I was stunned. Once dry my hair felt smoother, looked shinier.. I finally saw that improvement everyone raved about. It’s an expensive product and I’m not sure I’d run out and purchase it once this runs out as there are so many others I like that are cheaper (coconut oil, I’m looking at you) but if you have the budget and the inclination to blow it on a £19.00 (for 75ml) pre shampoo treatment I can stand in your way no longer.

My experience tells me that this is NOT for those of you who’ve found this post in desperation, surrounded by clumps of hair. It’s for those of you who have maybe coloured, maybe heat damaged hair that needs a little TLC but that’s pretty happy where it is and isn’t planning on deserting you any time soon. The bold claims and glowing reviews had my expectations way above where they should have been which led to years of me bad mouthing this to anyone who’d listen but now I look at it with fresh eyes and hair in pretty good nick I see a place for it.. perhaps that place is days/nights when the potential of coconut oil dripping down my face isn’t quite so convenient.

PS. the original is actually £17.. so, y’know.. £2 saving. Every little helps!

Benefit Brows / Gimme Brow / 3D Browtones

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This week I’m going to be trialling every new brow product Benefit has to offer (that’s A LOT of brows!) and I’m kicking off with an already firm favourite. Gimme Brow is a tinted brow gel with tiny fibres that give a fuller looking, more defined brow. Since I had mine tinted and waxed (also at Benefit, would highly recommend the service) I’ve been using Gimme Brow exclusively to add colour and definition so I was interested to see whether the new packaging = new formula.. I’m happy to confirm it does NOT. Inside this fancier, space-age tube is the exact same brush too.


I first brushed through Gimme Brow (shade 2) to tint and volumise (top picture) which I knew I’d like because as previously mentioned.. identical product. The new and exciting step was the 3D Browtones. ‘Subtle Brow Enhancing Highlights’ – not sure about this one. I think you can see the second picture is slightly lighter and perhaps there’s more dimension but I wouldn’t run out and pick this up if your brows are already sparse and a bit ‘meh’ in colour like mine. If you have thick, dark brows it might be nice but for me.. not so much. IMG_8798

Here are the brushes compared.. I can’t quite work out what the spiky end of the Browtones is useful for, the packaging calls it a ‘comb tip’ but.. why? Also, it’s metallic! Again it’s not for me but might be for you and I’d love to hear about it if it is!


So I started with the brush on products but there’s lots more to come this week, from powders to creams to pencils. I won’t be trialling their longevity because that’s not an issue I have with any brow product so I think that would be a big redundant from me but I do plan to show them all in action on YouTube very soon so keep your eyes peeled if you’re in to that kind of thing!

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When 10pm / MONTH IN MASKS

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I had never heard of When prior to receiving a couple of their sheet masks a few months ago and even since I haven’t seen them pop up in my feed so I’d be interested to know if any of you guys have. The range is categorised in to times that you may want to use each mask, e.g. 10pm, Travel Mate, Glamour Base. I think this was part of the reason I never reached for them, the conformist in me felt like they HAD to be used at those times and it never seemed convenient. I don’t usually like to use a face mask just before bed and I NEVER use one before I do my makeup (but we’ll talk more about that when I review the Glamour Base) but since I was doing this series I asked myself if not now, WHEN?

IMG_8689I assumed When masks would be the same as every other paper sheet mask I’d used and had no idea what to do with the more complex product I pulled out of the packaging. It’s a bio cellulose mask which feels like a thin sheet of jelly that clings to your face in a totally different way to the paper versions. It comes sandwiched between two other plastic sheets which makes for an interesting first application but after another go I think I have it down.

First impressions were favourable, I WAY preferred the feel of the mask on my skin, so cool and refreshing. I wore it for 20 minutes by which time I started to feel the edges dry out a little but the bulk of the mask still had a smooth, gel texture. I really felt like my skin absorbed more of the product than with a traditional paper mask and I didn’t wait 48hrs before using another. I might be hooked. This wasn’t my favourite of the two so far but my skin definitely felt more hydrated and in the morning I think it looked plumper and less ’30 year old mother of 2′.. but maybe that’s just wishful thinking. This particular mask contains watermelon extract and collagen but ALL When masks contain hyaluronic acid which I believe is to thank for the hit of moisture I’ve experienced. I’m now on a mission to find more bio cellulose masks so any suggestions, I’m all ears!


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