Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Alpha H gets a big fat 0 from me!!

My skin has been very unpredictable recently. Thinking that I had my skin under control lead me into a false sense of security and then when I was least expecting it the attack of the grease came back with a vengeance!
I have never had dry skin but over the last few months I finally thought that I had the grease under control infact even my hair had become less greasy so I was happy at getting older as I thought this had been the remedy.
I am not sure if it all the medication that I have been on or as silly as it sounds my new dip into healthy eating.
After watching demonstrations on tv I was lured in to trying a Australian brand called Alpha H.
I thought I might as well try the full routine so I bought the Clear skin kit @£39.95.
I knew what the products looked like so I was not disappointed with the very plain bottles that arrived although I do wish that they put a little thought in to the design so you feel you have bought a little bit of luxury. 

I had read quite a few reviews before buying this kit and the positives seemed to out weigh the negative reviews so I thought it would be worth the money...I was wrong.
The triple action cleanser was my first disappointment. Completely non-foaming it is like just using water on your face, you can not tell that you are washing your face at all and to be honest after rinsing my face felt no cleaner and to me that is a huge let down. I like to at least feel something move on my skin so I feel some kind of purpose of going through the step other wise why not just use soap?
You have to work all the products in to your routine as there is also a scrub and two masks.
To be honest the rest of the products were ok and not such a let down, infact I do quite like the scrub that comes with the kit.
Micro cleanse is the scrub that is included and does make your skin tingle a bit but I like that and I think it does the job of the cleanser as my skin did feel clean and smoother after use.You use this scrub every other day which I wish was every day.
You then have the purifying mask and in my kit came the liquid gold mask although that is not what is advertised.
I use each mask once a week. After cleansing my face-often with a different cleanser- I smooth on one of these masks and leave on for ten minutes whilst I get washed.
I tone with my own toner after rinsing as I do not like skipping this step. After that I use the balancing moisturiser that also exfoliates.
To me this is just a run of the mill moisturiser and after using this kit for two weeks I have not noticed any difference to my skin, the oil slick is still there over my T zone.

All these products smell artificial and I can't say I will buy any thing else from Alpha H. I am disappointed as I really thought this kit may help but it has been a waste of money when really I feel that the only product worth using is the micro cleanse but I am sure there are better out there!

It pains me to say it but I would say don't waste your money on this kit, does nothing for your skin and does not even look nice in your bathroom.

If you do want to have a look at Alpha H you can find stock on

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Getting fruity!

Having never really bought high end shower gels because I tend to get through bottles and bottles of the stuff , I never thought them to be worth the money for me. I was then given some shower gel and body lotion to try from Philosophy. I have used Philosophy products before and they fast became favourites especially Purity cleanser.The shower gel I have been getting fresh with is a new addition to the range and has the fruity name of Wild Blackberry Blossom.
This violet coloured gel smells gorgeous! The smell is very fruity but it is so much more grown up than that! More like a perfume it has top, middle and base notes. To say that this smells like ripe, juicy blackberries is a given really, but it also has a warming smell-I can't really put my finger on but I think it may be Liquorish. I have been using it as a bubble bath and a body wash and the great thing is you only have to use a very small amount for both. The amount of bubbles you get with this is amazing, you would have to pour out half a bottle of supermarket gel to get the same amount.If it takes your fancy you can layer it and use it as a shampoo as well.

My bottle of this is still very full even though I use it every day so It is value for money and now I have been eyeing up the other versions and will be starting a collection!

Body cream
I never skip putting on body lotion so I like to have a few to choose from. I have been using another Philosophy lotion in Pure Grace as it keeps you smelling clean all day and I also have the perfume.
This time it was a fruity lotion- Raspberries and cream. Yes it smells as good as it sounds, infact I bet if you put some in a bowl people would eat it!
This is a creamy lotion that I found sank in to my skin in seconds so no waiting around for it to dry. The smell lasts all day but never mingles with my perfume. I also love how soft my skin feels all day

The good news is it comes in a shower gel too! My wish list is growing by the second lol
These products from Philosophy certainly gave me my beauty junkie fix.

Get yours @ http://www.qvcuk.com/ and http://www.hqhair.com/ and in good department stores
products start at £13

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Exciting news in Sheffield!

I received some exciting news a few weeks ago. One of my favourite brands L'occitane opened a boutique in Medowhall, Sheffield.
Safe to say this could be quite dangerous for my bank balance!

It was a exciting opening day as Medowhall was busy with people who lined up to see and smell the new boutique and also the special guest in the shape of Simon Webbe from Blue who was the guy L'Occitane chose to cut the ribbon.
Those who were lucky enough to be in the line got the chance to browse the gorgeous products and also grab a autograph from the man himself. I have been told that Simon is a big fan of the brand so jumped at the chance to peruse the new store, I am sure he would not of be able to help leaving with a few bags of goodies!

I can't wait to visit the boutique my self but I am saving up first as I know once I am in there no one will stop me from filling my basket!

A lucky fan getting her goodies and a autograph from Simon!

Simon cutting the ribbon

Sam x

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Go Fishing!!!!

My hair has been looking pretty rubbish of late, I have not been able to get to the hair dressers in months so my hair is in need of some TLC.
Any hair style I had has grown out and the ends are really raggy.
Although I have just been letting my hair dry naturally when I do reach for the dryer and straighteners my hair needs a bit of a hand.
There are many hair care brands out there and I have tried most of them to be honest, but I had never really looked at Fish as I had only really seen the Mens hair gum and wax ect.

I was given some of the best loved products to see if they would help with my hair and I actually really love them!

 All the Fish products remind me of holidays because they have a faint smell of coconut, it's not over whelming but it does leave a lovely faint smell on your hair and it's a lot better then some of the hair products out there that smell of nothing but chemicals!My hair is naturally really oily at the roots so I have to wash it every day. I use conditioner every time but the ends have become spilt therefore making my hair look dry and dull.
The first product that I chose to try out on my hair was the Sleek Fish high gloss serum .After towel drying my hair I applied one pump worth of product through my hair from the mid lengths. Even after just drying my hair I noticed that the spilt ends had been smoothed down and had a softer feel. After using this serum I have been able to wear my hair down without worries and have had compliments about how healthy it looks.

After falling for the serum I was happy that I had more products to try so I moved on to the Swish Fish silky smooth cream.
As I have been using the serum during drying I decided to put this product to work on naturally drying hair.
The products contains vitamins and strengthening proteins so helps restore damaged hair. After towel drying hair I have been smoothing some of the cream through the ends of my hair and then just putting it up in a bun.
Hair is not as bushy as before and less conditioner is needed.

For those of you that rock the straight and glossy look reach for Hot Fish straightening mist.
It protects your hair from the intense heat of the irons and stops your hair from getting fried.
For a healther look mist this over first

My final favourite and the product that I carry in my bag is Fresh fish Dry shampoo.
Again the faint smell of coconut is there so hair smells fresh and just washed. The product is not too powdery so I don't feel like I have tipped talc all over my head and it does not dull your hair either. I have used the cult dry shampoo brand out there but always thought the smell was awful but now I have this I won't go back!

I rate Fish as the hair product of the month! If you have used this brand please lest us know what you thought.

Catch your Fish products at Boots stores or online and also @http://www.kmiclub.com/
Serum £4.99
Smoothing cream £3.99
dry shampoo £3.49
staightening mist £3.99