The Shampoo Review no#3- L’OREAL ELVIVE

OK. I know.

The last Shampoo Review was almost 2 months ago.

I actually have three of these reviews to do (bleh) and I will get around to telling you about all of them in their shampoo-ey glory, but for now, let’s talk about L’oreal Elvive.

L’oreal is probably one off my all-time-favourite hair brands. They have the Extraordinary Oil, the hairsprays, and the shampoos and conditioners, all of which, are amazing. The shampoo I’m reviewing in this post is L’oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Light Shine range, which promises a mirror shine and weightless feel, for mid to long, dull hair, prone to greasiness.


Look at the packaging of these! Just look at it, it’s gorgeous. I’m not normally a big fan of all things pink and shiny, but this has a PEARLESCENT LABEL. I actually don’t need to say anymore.



LOVE. IT. Really, Elvive is just incredible. The shampoo formula is quite thick, more like a conditioner really, and to be honest if the bottles had no label, you would probably have a hard time working out which was which. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like that sort of formula- I think it was in the first shampoo review, but I can deal with it in L’oreal Elvive because it works small-scale miracles for your hair. This managed to deep clean my hair (you know when your hair feels all squeaky when you wash the shampoo out? Like that) while still conditioning it (yes, with the shampoo) and making it all soft and silky, so it’s great for build up. And that is how I like my shampoo. It has the perfect balance between cleaning and softening your hair- it doesn’t feel like you’re using soap to wash it, and it doesn’t feel like you’ve skipped the shampoo and gone straight to conditioner either. It’s enriched with pearl and citrus, for various weightless-shine reasons, so it smells nice, slightly fruity, but very classically ‘shampoo’ ish too. Oh, and it’s pink. 10/10.



This is ever so slightly more non-descript than the shampoo. I don’t full on love it, but I by no means don’t like it. It’s really thick (and, again, pink) so I have to use a lot of it to get it through my hair, which makes me think of it as more of a conditioning mask than a every-other-daily conditioner. Also, because I have to use so much of it, the amount of conditioner in the bottle decreased annoyingly faster than the shampoo does. And that irritates the crap out of me. Saying all that, it is a fantastic conditioner that really smoothes and softens your hair. Same nice scent as the shampoo. And the packaging’s great too. 8/10.

And that’s that:) This is much shorter than some of my other Shampoo Reviews, but because this is one of my top 5 (if not my favourite) shampoos and conditioners, there isn’t really much else I can say about it’s wonderfullness. Leave me a comment letting me know if you’ve tried it, or want to try it, and have a shampoo you think I should try or if you completely disagree with me!:) I love hearing from all of you too, so you can email me at

Other Shampoo Reviews

The Shampoo Review no#1- Pantene Pro-V

The Shampoo Review no#’2- Alberto Balsam


The Super Sweet Blogging Award and The WordPress Family Award!:)

OK, so, just nominated me for the supersweet award, and nominated me for the wordpress family award AGES ago, and I’ve been a horrible person and completely forgotten to post about it. So, you’re both brilliant, and I’m sorry, and the rest of you should go to their blogs and click follow and like and comment and all that stuff:)

The WordPress Family Award


I think you’re supposed to nominate five people, but because I’m doing both of these awardy-things, I think I’m going to do three for each-sorry! I probably will add people when I remember some other blogs I’m in love with:) I’m going to do a list at the end of this post of all the blogs, and *breakingawardrules* they can choose which award they want, because I find it really difficult choosing!

The Super Sweet Blogging Award


To become have Super Sweet Blogging Award, you have to:

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer 5 Super Sweet Questions
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
  5. Notify the nominees of their nomination on their blog.

The 5 Super Sweet Questions: 

  1. Cookies or Cake? What category would Orea cheescake be under? Because that.
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? What sort of question is that? MADNESS. Vanilla cookies with chocolate chunks.
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat? Aero. Enough said.
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? When there’s nothing sweet in the house.
  5. Sweet Nickname? Loll(i).

And the nominations for my choose-your-award-situation:

So there we go! Nominees- feel free to choose an award or take both:) You’re all amazing, and thanks to the amazing bloggers who nominated me!:)

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Complete Collection



OK, OK, I bought them. Accidentally. You might remember from my What’s In My Superdrug Basket? post, that I had been wanting to try the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine range since it was released, and that I ended up ordering two- Pomegranate and Satsuma. That, my friends, is where the madness started. I absolutely loved them, the colour and the shine and the cute fruity names:) And I decided I wanted to ‘collect’ them, not actually thinking that I would ever actually have the full set. So when I went shopping about a week ago, I saw the Barry M stand and decided to pick up Lychee, Greenberry and Papaya (because Superdrug was doing three for two on Barry M nail polish) which were all just as beautiful as the first two. I, of course, took this as a sign that I should allow my madness and OCD possess me.  Then, when I got home, I decided it would be rude not to make the most of the three for two, so I ordered Blueberry, Grapefruit, Plum, Watermelon, Blood Orange and Barry M Nail Paint in yellow. Don’t ask me why. I then ended up popping into Boots, and bought the last three in the collection- Prickly Pear, Dragon Fruit and Blackberry. WHAT. IS. WRONG. WITH. ME.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I’ve got the collection- they’re beautiful and lovely and I will use them all- but that’s thirteen nail polishes. Not including the yellow one I bought.


OK, here’s the sad part:

I have a checklist of the colours- now complete with swatches- stuck on my wall. Does anyone else do this? No? Didn’t think so.


I’m not sure if you can even read that, my writing’s looking pretty awful, but ohwell. See how gorgeous the colours are?! They aren’t in the most appealing order here. Never mind.

Guess what the best part is? This isn’t even the full collection! Barry M are releasing another five shades on June 5th- Mango, Blue Grape, Keylime, Guava and Passionfruit- which I cannot wait to try out:) All the new colours look great too, exept Passionfruit, which is lovely, but I think they’re overdoing the pink a little bit in this collection. And there’s still no Pineapple/Banana-esque shade! Bah:( And I’d love a purple-y-red-y-pink, like Cherry:) And a really nice Apple green:) I have a feeling we’ll be seeing quite a few more in this range, they’ve been really clever using fruity names that have so many options. What colours do you think they’ll come up with?

The Colours


From left to right:

Watermelon, Blackberry, Plum, Prickly Pear, Blueberry, Greenberry, Lychee, Papaya, Dragon fruit, Grapefruit, Pomegranite, Blood Orange, Satsuma.





The Barry M Gelly Hi Shine range in all their glory.

So there we go. That’s the collection, which is totally lovely and beautiful and stuff. Let me know if there are any colours here you want to see proper swatches of:) My last post was actually about Greenberry- the turquoise one- so just scroll down and have a look at that, and I also did a post a while ago where you can have a quick look at Pomegranate and Satsuma.

I love the names of this range! So cute, though some of them are a bit like, really? Are you sure you’re going with ‘Blood Orange’ not, I don’t know, strawberry? Also, as a general rule, you can get away with one coat of these and it’ll last a good few days without chipping.

Also, I realise that my last four posts, not including this one, have been about nail polish, but it’s alright because I’ve got some shiny new makeup and things to show you in my next post:)

Have you tried Gelly Hi Shine? What shades have you got, and how weird am I for having, ahem, all of them?:)


Nail Polish Colour Crush- Turquoise:)

Turquoise has been my favourite colour for about six years now, but until recently I haven’t been able to find a nail polish that was even close to being pretty and bright enough. Well, this is it. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. I’ve become a bit obsessed with the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine recently (more about that coming soon) and I just wanted to talk about my absolute favourite S/S colour;



Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Greenberry.

Let’s talk about that shade name shall we?:) For most of the rest of this collection, the fruity themed names actually resemble the colour of the polish, but Greenberry? What’s a greenberry? Is that a specific, unimaginatively named fruit that has somehow escaped me, or are they just talking about any berry that’s green? Like a gooseberry? But then, I hate to ask the obvious question, why is the polish turquoise, not green? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they made the shade because it is beautiful. But it’s not green. I guess there’s no such thing as a turquoise fruit to fit the theme and they wanted a turquoise polish, because it does fit into the collection nicely. AH, I gotta stop talking about the whole collection, I’m doing a post about that soon. 


Look how gorgeous and vibrant the colour is! Honestly, this is two coats, it’s so shiny, a stunning colour. And it survived me washing my hair three times, which doesn’t sound like a big achievement, but normally my nail polish chips when I do that.




My little sister loved it aswell;) Don’t we look cute? 

This colour is literally stunning, I love it and the quality of the polish is brilliant. Highly recommend. Highly. But like I said, I’ll be talking about them soon, so watch out for it:)

You can read about the last Nail Polish Colour Crush here, which is about this amazing coral nail polish I’ve been loving:) That was ages ago, so I’m going to try and do a few more colour crush nail polish posts.



And just so you know, I have absolutely no idea what’s been going on with the font in this post. 

Essie First Impressions | Cute as a Button

Sadly, I’m down to the last of my new Essie polishes now;( but never mind, because I love this one.






Essie Cute As A Button

Colour- This pink is so beautiful. I wasn’t actually expecting to love it, I just bought it because I’ve heard so much hype about Cute As A Button. It’s so popular it’s almost a chiche. The colour’s really beautiful fluorescent pinky-coral, the only drawback is that in the pictures above, I’m wearing three coats and I still think it’s not completely opaque. I’m a one-coat-of-nail-polish kinda girl, so this isn’t great. But the colour is great, and I will still use it. The formula actually seems a lot thinner than the other two I’ve tried. Those two look almost shellac-like, a lot like the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine range with only two coats, but this one is three coats and still really thin. 

Price– £7.99 from Boots or Superdrug, well worth the price.

Quality&Application- As I mentioned in the Colour section, it is really thin. But it doesn’t highlight imperfections as much as the other two I’ve tried, and it’s still gorgeous.

Packaging- I love it! It’s a really gorgeous 13.5ml bottle, I like the white polish top, most of mine are black so it really stands out. Love:)

Lasts for- I normally only wear nail polish for a day, I only get two days a week to wear nail polish and I aim to use as many colours as possible!:) From what I’ve read on other blogs and seen so far on my nails though, it seems pretty chip resistant.

Overall- I love this polish just as much as I’ve loved the other two. The colour is stunning, and I’ll definitely get a lot of wear out of it. Take a look at the blue and orange I tried!:)

I’m actually really sad I’ve run out of shades to try, but I’ll definitely be getting more. Let me know what your favourite shades are! I’ve been looking at Mint Candy Apple because that looks lovely too.

Essie First Impressions | Tart Deco

Another little mini-review today:) I like doing mini reviews. I’ve got a few new things to blog about, and I’m thinking about doing mini-reviews rather than one big post? Let me know what you’d rather read:)





Essie Tart Deco

Colour- It’s actually not as orange as it looks in these pictures, k? The fourth picture is probably the most accurate representation. It’s an almost florescent orange-y peach colour (yes. Another one. I know. I have a problem), which is beautiful. It would look absolutely amazing with a tan, which unfortunately I will never have, but it’s lovely all the same.

Price– £7.99 from Boots or Superdrug, well worth the price.

Quality&Application- The quality is brilliant, I have two coats on in the pictures above, and looks surprisingly shiny. It dries fairly quickly too. The application was really easy, the brush is brilliant and really wide, so you only have to do two strokes across your nail. The only drawback is that it will highlight imperfections on your nail, but I think that has more to do with the colour than the quality of the polish.

Packaging- I love it! It’s a really gorgeous 13.5ml bottle, I like the white polish top, most of mine are black so it really stands out. Love:)

Lasts for- I normally only wear nail polish for a day, I only get two days a week to wear nail polish and I aim to use as many colours as possible!:) From what I’ve read on other blogs and seen so far on my nails though, it seems pretty chip resistant.

Overall- I am loving this polish, another Essie in my top 20!:) I’ve only got one more colour to try, sadly, which will be posted tomorrow. You can have a look at the first polish I tried here.

Essie First Impressions | Lapiz of Luxury

I went shopping again today and picked up some new stuff, including, finally, a couple of Essie polishes! I thought that because I’ve been wanting to try Essie for so long, I’d do some mini reviews rather than a big post about the stuff I bought:) The rest of non-Essie stuff will have it’s own post too, so don’t worry;)





Lapiz of Luxury

Colour- I am absolutely completely loving this colour. It’s so beautiful, it’s like a dark cornflower blue, and it’s gorgeous. It’s just become one of my favourite nail polish colour, and it would be gorgeous as a background for the dandelion nail art I keep seeing everywhere and still want to try.

Price- £7.99 from Boots or Superdrug, well worth the price.

Quality&Application- The quality is brilliant, I have two coats on in the pictures above, and looks surprisingly shiny. It dries fairly quickly too. The application was really easy, the brush is brilliant and really wide, so you only have to do two strokes across your nail.

Packaging- I love it! It’s a really gorgeous 13.5ml bottle, I like the white polish top, most of mine are black so it really stands out.

Lasts for- I only tend to wear nail polishes for a day and then I change the colour. I know that’s really weird;) but I only get two days a week to be able to wear nail polish, so I like to use as many colours as possible. It’s looking good so far though:)

Overall- Totally loving Essie, and this colour. Will definitely be trying more Essie polishes, but I’ve got another two parts to this post so you’ll be able to see some more of these soon!:) Recommend me some colours to try k?;)

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Urban Decay: Naked and Naked 2

I mentioned this review in yesterdays post, and it’s majorly exciting because I have wanted these palettes for so long. I ordered Naked 2 first, and I was actually only thinking about wanting one, and then I realised how much only having the second in a series stressed me out, so I ordered the first one as soon as Naked 2 arrived. It’s probably the most expensive order I have ever placed. 

You can buy the palettes here, for £36 each. Eek:O


Lets do this in chronological order shall we;) OK, the Naked palette. 



From bottom to top:

Virgin- an almost peachy-cream. Very sheer, works well as a base.

Sin- a kind of rose-gold glitter, that’s the best way I can think of two describe it. Really well pigmented.

Naked- really nice basic taupe colour, really gorgeous for a brown toned smokey eye. Matte.

Sidecar- one of my favourite colours in this palette, really beautiful glittery brown.

Buck- medium brown with an almost red tone. Matte.

Half Baked- amazing gold glitter. Beautiful used just on it’s own. This is actually in both palettes;)

Smog- glittery brown. Another favourite.

Darkhouse- shimmery dark brown- not nice on it’s own, but in a smokey eye it’s great.

Toasted- mauve-y shimmer. Really pretty:)

Hustle- almost plum coloured shimmer. Reallyreally gorgeous but not as wearable as some of the other shades.

Creep- sparkly black, quite powdery but really pretty.

Gunmetal- gorgeous sparkly grey, totally love it.

This whole palette has a really nice warm tone to it. The colours are generally really wearable, and, obviously, really great quality. 


Onto the packaging- this is the cardboard that came around the palette’s outer packaging, which is what holds the primer sample (amazing). It’s more flimsy that Naked 2’s outer packaging, but this is just the card with the colour swatches on, so that’s not a problem. The casing the palette came is purple velvet and really flimsy, but again, not much of a problem. The palette is brown velvet with ‘NAKED’ written in gold across the front. It snaps shut magnetically, and the mirrors quite small inside, but still big enough to do eye makeup. It’s really gorgeous packaging, and maybe not as damagable, although flimsy-er, than Naked 2.


This^ is the outer packaging.

Naked 2-


Lovely camera reflection there;)



From bottom to top:

Foxy- yellow-ish cream. Matte. Great base.

Half Baked- see review above.

Bootycall- pretty similar to Virgin, but more yellowy. Slightly shimmery.

Chopper- probably my absolute favourite, gorgeous rose-gold copper. Glitter.

Tease- a purpley mauve- matte.

Snakebite- a glittery brown, really pretty as an eyeliner.

Suspect- very pale shimmery bronzey gold.

Pistol- shimmery dark grey, another favee:)

Verve- slightly bronze silver, shimmery.

YDK- glittery mauve ish purple. Very, very pigmented. Love it. What does YDK stand for, by the way?

Busted- dark shimmery purple. Love it!:)

Blackout- matte black, which is amazing as an eyeliner or an eyeshadow, I’ve never come across a black matte before.

I think I actually prefer these shades to Naked:) they’re absolutely lovely, and I love the selection of matte and glitters. Even though I love these, I think I will use the slightly warmer tones or Naked more…maybe:) 



The outer packaging of this one is so much more sturdy. These colour swatches are on the back of the box (not the palette) rather than a flimsy piece of card tucked around the back of the box.


You can tell just but looking that the packaging on this is wayyy more sturdy. The actual palette snaps shut, rather than relying on magnets, but it is metallic, so if you’re throwing it in your handbag, it’d gona get scratched and probably a bit dented. Also, the lipgloss, which a lot of people have said is kinda so-so, I actual LOVE. I will actually be repurchasing this as soon as my sample runs out, mainly because it smells amazing. Minty and vanillery, mmm(: 

To the comparison!:

Colours: I prefer the colours in Naked 2, but I think I’ll be wearing Naked more often.

Packaging: Naked looks prettier, but Naked 2 is so much better.

Samples: LOVE them both and will be re-purchasing.

Brushes: I’ve read a lot of ‘Naked brush is better!’ posts, but I actually prefer Naked 2’s brush. It’s softer, and more useful, and double ended.


Price- they’re obviously the same price, mine were £36 each, which is insane and you can get cheaper versions and dupes of a lot of these shadows which I’ll be looking out for.

Overall: I am completely in love with both of these palettes. I think I’m edging slightly more towards Naked 2, but I think you can do pretty similar looks with either palette. In each palette there’s a colour that’s similar, so you can work with just one. 

So, yeah. I love these. Completely. And when they run out, I will be buying replacements. Let me know what you think of them, and what colours you like and don’t like and stuff:) I’d love Urban Decay to make a Naked 3 palette and include some olive and silver tones, which I kinda think are lacking. I know they aren’t really the ‘naked’ look, but if I’m honest, a lot of them don’t look at all natural;)

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