Pantene Repair and Protect Shampoo Review

Saturday, 3 June 2017

I previously reviewed the Pantene Smooth and Sleek shampoo & conditioner and for me, I felt as though I was losing hair with it so I stopped using that and started using a Superdrug brand one, then from family recommendations, I was told that I should try this shampoo as it is one of Pantene's best so far, so I did decide to try it out.
I have also tried Pantene classic clean but that did not help at all it caused dandruff for me so so far I think this shampoo is better than the other two.

I have kind of thick, long, dry hair, so what I was looking for was for this shampoo to control the dryness and add the shininess and make sure my hair is soft and not tangly, but also repair the split ends.

This repair and protect shampoo does make my hair feel soft it does everything the Pantene smooth and sleek did, but I have noticed it hasn't affected my hair loss in any way I do have some fallout but using the shampoo has not made it increase. I have noticed my split end have also significantly decreased. But I have not noticed any shine to my hair. It does say on the Pantene website using the Pantene shampoo on its own as well should make your hair shine, restore smoothness, treat damaged hair and make it manageable. It does make my hair manageable, improve the damaged hair and restore smoothness but the shine part does not happen for me and the dryness is still the same.

I decided not to use the conditioner because for me I feel as though the shampoo was enough and I don't normally use conditioner. The results using the shampoo for 4 weeks has been the same for me every time I use it my hair feels fresh but when my hair starts to dry it goes dry and tangly the sleekness doesn't stay in even after the next day. It has a nice smell and a soft after smell too though.

Overall, I have mixed opinions about this product some good some not so good but I think it's an ok product for me to use on my hair but would have preferred it even more if it did leave my hair shiny and not dry, so I will still be searching for the right product for my hair as I think this is not the one yet. Over the next weeks now I will be trying more of Pantene's hair products from their different ranges to see how they work out and will review them as well.

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How To Make A Simple Rice Dish - Khichdi

Monday, 22 May 2017

A simple rice dish with rice and lentils is normally called khichdi in Asia, because that is where it comes from. It is typed as khichdi but called khichri. It doesn't really have a name in english it is just known as rice and lentils.
Khichdi is a soft rice and lentil dish it can be eaten any time of the day and can be given to babies as it is soft to eat. It is easy to eat and make, it isn't heavy on the spices either. It is mainly known to be given if someone is ill to make them feel better, but you can eat it whenever you want because it is part of a healthy diet.
The ratio of the rice and lentils is totally up to you I used 60% rice and 40% lentils but you can have 50% of each, it's whatever your prefer. You can use Masoor daal which comes in the colour brown and orange or moong daal which is the green lentils and even chick pea lentils, alternatively, you can even use mixed lentils. 
But do bear in mind some lentils like the moong daal may need more water and may take more time to cook than other lentils. If you would like the dish to be more dryer with less water then add less water if you would like it more softer then add more water. 

This recipe is khichdi using red lentils. Makes for 4 people in about 25 to 30 minutes.

Rice 3/4 of a cup (150g)
Red split lentils (Masra daal) 1/2 cup (85g)
Butter 2 tablespoon
Half Onion
Salt 2 teaspoon or to taste
Green Chillies 2 or 3 (optional)

I used a saucepan with a lid to make khichdi but can be made in a pressure cooker or a pan making sure it has a lid though because you will need to steam the rice and lentils.

First of all, wash the lentils and the rice separately and soak in warm water for about 10 minutes and make sure they are drained out of the water before your cook them. 

Next, add two fully heaped tablespoons of butter and add half an onion diced into the butter. Cook the onion until it is soft and translucent and lightly brown, we don't want the onion to be brown too much. 

Once the onion is soft add one cup of water (water added to butter will make it steam up so be careful) and add the lentils in. After that, add 2 teaspoons of salt and the green chillies with the stem cut off and let it steam for about 5 minutes.  

Pinch the lentils to see if they are about cooked if yes, then add 2 more cups of water and add the rice in. 

Then cook for about 15 minutes on low heat with the lid on. You can check after 10 minutes making sure it does not stick to the bottom if you feel there is less water you can add more in and let it steam until cooked, and let it steam until the rice is cooked with the lentils.

Finally, your khichdi should be ready to eat 😊

This is optional but to add more flavour you can add black pepper, grated ginger, bay leaves or cloves. If wanting to serve to babies then you can just use rice and lentils, salt will be optional. You can accompany the khichdi with salad and yoghurt as well.

I hope you enjoy your khichdi!

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Travel Essentials Checklist

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Travelling can be a hassle (the getting ready part) sometimes but can be made easy, with a handy checklist. Everyone would love to enjoy packing rather than rushing and figuring out what do I need. I always think a checklist is helpful even if that's for shopping, work or travelling. If not 100% it will definitely help you at least 50% and is just a way of checking if you have everything, because if you leave something at home it would be mean whilst you are on holiday you would have to buy that item if you really need it, so it's actually a money saver as well.

Bear in mind some things you might not have to take because it depends on the weather as well, a warm sunny place will not require jumpers, you will probably need insect repellent, mini fan and sunglasses. Going to a cold place you will need dry skin cream, warm clothing and gloves.
There can be items added to the list because you may have something you need to take but others do not so you can always make your own separate list too. You can get two copies and tick for the first time round for when you have the items and second time when you have packed the items, and cross out any which you don't need to take or you don't have space for.

Here is my version of a holiday checklist, these are items which can be placed into hand luggage and booked luggage, feel free to print it and use it for your travel, checking everything and you're ready to travel. ✈

Here is a link to the document and also an image.

Have a safe and stress-free travel :) 

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Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit Review

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

I have the lip kit in the colour Runway Berry and a single matte liquid lipstick in the colour paparazzi. I haven't tried a lot of Barry M lip products and as this was a new product I was definitely impressed with the outcome. Currently, they are selling 3 limited edition lip kits which include a lip liner and liquid lip paint and they have come out with 5 new single liquid lip paints that's without a lip liner. I purchased one lip kit and one single lip paint. The single liquid lipstick retails for £4.99 and the lip kit for £6.99 which I think is a pretty good price for the quality and the product.

With the lip kit I applied the lip liner first and it applied nicely it's pigmented and a nice light berry colour, then I applied the liquid lip paint on my lips and let it dry, it dries within 1 minute. I really liked the colour not too light and not too dark and the feel of it was soft on my lips.
It does not dry your lips at all it has a nice velvet feel to your lips and are not sticky feeling, it is long wearing it can last all day but if you eat and drink it will start to fade from the inner middle and in the outer corners of the lips. I drank tea and notice from the steam of the tea it faded more.

The packaging is also nice it is a tube and you can see the lip colour from the clear packaging and you can see the colour from the end of the lip liner as well. The consistency of the liquid lipstick is thin, but not too thin that it runs and neither is it thick, it is the perfect consistency. They have a sweet scent to it but isn't overpowering, it smells sweet as candy.

The red is a beautiful bold red matte colour definitely a red colour every girl needs, it makes your teeth look extra white, but your lips look fabulous.
If you rub whilst removing the liquid lipstick then it will smudge I had the red one especially all over my mouth while trying to take it off, so I would be careful whilst removing it, but normally now I just leave it to come off itself but if I need it off I will use a wipe making sure the colour doesn't go around my mouth. You can see the swatches here, this is the colour and liquid lipstick when they have dried and it is a matte finish.

Overall, I will keep on using the lip kit and the lip paint it would be something great if you want it to last all day because it really does. The red lip paint is the only red lipstick I apply when I want the bold and long lasting colour because it's the perfect colour. The runway kit I also love wearing and would definitely recommend to everyone because there are no cons with this product you will love it.
You can purchase these from Superdrug and Boots.

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Affordable Eyeliner Pencil Avon Color Trend

Thursday, 11 May 2017

These are my all time favourite pencil eyeliners from Color Trend a part of Avon Cosmetics, I have been using these pencil eyeliners for years now and I have not considered using any other brand unless I want a colour that Color Trend does not have, the main reason is because the brand is really affordable and they are very pigmented and soft which makes them apply on smoothly, on sale you can get these eyeliners 99p each otherwise prices can be £1.50 or £2 depending on the price, Avon changes the price for every brochure.

At the moment they only sell the colours black, blue, brown and turquoise and in the kajal stick they have purple, black, green and brown. There are some eyeliners which they don't sell anymore like the green and white eyeliner and double ended kajal sticks. The packaging of the eyeliners has also changed from black to the colours of the eyeliners now, which is actually better because you can tell now which eyeliner is what colour, before I had to check the colour because all of the eyeliners were the same colour. Whatever the occasion is I always have this eyeliner on.
Old Packaging of Color Trend Eyeliners
Most of the pencil eyeliners I have are pencil eyeliners from Color Trend and a few are kajal sticks compared to other affordable brands like Mua, Revolution and Elf these eyeliners are a lot more better in quality, others I have found that they are too soft so when I apply they smudge easily and the colour is hard to remove but Color Trend eyeliners are not soft the tip doesn't break off easily and they are not too hard so they can still be applied very easily without putting a lot of pressure.

I have never experienced any smudging with this eyeliner, it does not smudge for me if I touch my eyes or if they are watery then the colour will fade a bit otherwise it can last. The quality is amazing even though they are not waterproof they can last for a good 4 to 5 hours, after that I only need to touch up once at the inner and outer corner of my waterline. It is easy to apply on the waterline it glides on smoothly, to apply as an eyeliner it can be applied as well.

This is an eyeliner I would definilty buy again if it runs out however this lasts me a long time I have had these for about 4 years and they still work great they have not dried out all, it is a must buy if you are on a small budget for purchasing makeup. All of Color Trend makeup is good quality and affordable.
You can purchase these eyeliners online or from you avon rep from an avon brochure.

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LA Girl Pro Concealer HD Review

Sunday, 30 April 2017

I was in a search for a really good concealer to cover up dark circles but also wanted something affordable as soon as I searched on Google I saw LA Girl and looked at reviews and images and decided I really wanted to give it a go. The concealer is affordable it is £3 each and can last about a month.

The hardest part was to work out the correct shade it took me about an hour looking at photos and videos online to see which shade would be right for my skin tone. in the end I just decided to purchase two one that would be kind of light which is natural and one which will be a little dark which will match the colour of my dark circles which was almond. I used the almond colour as a colour corrector and the natural colour as a concealer.

For the price I am impressed with this concealer it does cover really well than other concealers I have tried, it is lightweight and provides a natural finishing look. It provides super coverage you can use your fingers, concealer brush or a blender to blend the product out. For people who have got dark circles that are really dark it would be something average for them and someone who has got light to moderate dark circles I think this would be perfect as it will cover up perfectly.

I have dark circles that are really dark so I was kind of impressed with this because it was better than other drugstore concealers I have tried, even though it doesn't completely cover you can see the shadow slightly from underneath it does make a huge difference and I preferred applying this with a concealer brush rather than a blender because I felt the blender would wipe away most of the product.

This product reminds of the Sleek concealer and corrector palette as they also have a corrector colour to apply then concealer on top and this is what I do with the LA Girl concealers, but the texture is different, sleek is a thick cream texture and this is a liquid texture concealer so you can blend out the product well and have more control with it.

Overall, I think I will buy this product again but next time a different colour because I still don't feel completely happy with the colours I purchased, natural is too light and almond is too orange for me so I will probably need to trial and error again with another colour until I find the correct one. Next time I think I will go for creamy beige which will hopefully be right.

There is also a description for all the concealers on their website which can help you understand which shade may be suitable for you. You can purchase this from the LA girl website

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Colab Dry Shampoo Review

Thursday, 27 April 2017

I noticed Superdrug had a lot of offers going on that is what encourages me a lot to buy from there and try new products, so I ordered these 2 Colab dry shampoo sprays, I have never used dry shampoo before so this was the first time using it. I have seen a lot about it and really wanted to try it because I don't wash my hair every day only twice a week and from what I knew dry shampoo gives you that extra moisture and cleanliness without having to wash your hair.

I purchased this for £1.73 whilst it was on offer but the normal price is around £3 I think, prices at Superdrug can change so check for the offers. This dry shampoo is not something I would spray on every day, at the moment I use it two or three times a week.
I really like the tropical dry shampoo smell, it smells exactly like the name tropical fruity with a hint of floral to it. I prefer the tropical dry shampoo to the paradise one mainly because of the scent the tropical one has a more perfume type of scent to it whereas the paradise one smells sweet like coconut which I don't mind but would prefer more something like the tropical dry shampoo. You definitely won't need any perfume after spraying this as it already has quite a strong smell which can be smelt easily.

These dry shampoos are in an aerosol spray, there are others as well which you can get that are just in a powder form but all of Colab dry shampoos are aerosol, because this dry shampoo is in aerosol spray when you first spray it out it does feel like all aerosol sprays the smell just tries to get into your nose and mouth and that is something I am not fond of and dislike, so I would highly suggest you keep your mouth and nose closed when spraying and after for a few seconds until the spray absorbs into your hair rather than inside you.

When you spray and see white residue don't worry because this happened to me just shake well before you use it, and if white residue does appear you can just brush the white residue and it should disappear. When spraying onto the hair it does give you that coolness feeling which feels funny but in a good way.

Overall, I think I would buy the tropical dry shampoo again but not the paradise one as I prefer the scent of the tropical dry shampoo much more, they both do the same job but have a different smell. As I can't apply this to every inch of my scalp it can't help my whole scalp be cleaner but where I can spray it I have noticed the after look looks good my hair feels smoother and fresher.

If dry shampoo is something you are considering then give it a go, you may like it you won't be able to know until you don't try it out. The most popular brand is Batiste but from what I know it leaves white residue and Colab does not.
You can purchase these dry shampoo's and in other varieties from Superdrug here.

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Makeup Brushes Tips & Tricks

Monday, 24 April 2017

These are hacks which include using makeup brushes, these tips and tricks can help you with your makeup brushes and tools, it can save you buying, but also show you good techniques so you can apply your makeup well.
  • If you do not have a fan brush but do have an extra fluffy brush you can turn that into a fan brush just using two bobby pins and placing them towards the end of the brush to flatten out the brush and use it as a fan brush, a fan brush is used for applying highlight it allows you place the highlight in a straight line using a fan brush.
  • If you have a spare foundation brush you can use that for applying face masks or face creams, using a foundation brush to apply it on will help you to apply an even layer but also save your fingers from getting filled with the product, meaning you will be wasting less product and using most of it on your face.
  • If you have extra lip liner and precision brushes you can use them for nail art designs they are thin so you can easily make patterns and different designs with them and then clean it off with nail polish remover or water to use different colours, rather than having to buy nail art tools.
  • This tip is to help you apply your eyeshadow even eyeliner and your whole face makeup. Use makeup setting spray I use the Mac Prep + Prime fix spray in travel size it is only £10 and it does a good job in making the eyeshadow more pigmented and helps your makeup last longer making sure it does not smudge, or even water can help to make eyeshadows pigmented, but I recommend this spray.
  • You have an eyeshadow brush but it has leftover eyeshadow colour still on the brush and you don't want to wash the brush, this tip can help. Use the back of a sellotape, so the sticky part and pat the eyeshadow brush onto it and you will see the eyeshadow coming off as it is sticking to sellotape. After doing this will remove all the eyeshadow so you can go ahead and use the colour you want. 
  • This tip is for your hair using an eyeshadow brush, if you have hair missing at the front or just want your forehead to look fuller on your forehead you can easily hide this using eyeshadow the same colour as your hair, so black eyeshadow for black hair and so on and just fill in the area with eyeshadow lightly you will see a massive difference your hair will look more fuller.
  • This tip is to help look after your makeup brushes and clean them, I prefer this makeup brush cleaner as it has different patterns on and I feel the spots pattern cleans the brushes more better. You can use smaller brushes on different areas and bigger brushes differently. These are really affordable online you can get them for £1 on online e-commerce websites like eBay and Aliexpress.
  • The last tip is using a makeup tool which is an eyelash curler to make your eyelashes stay curled for more longer, by curling your eyelashes with heat using a hair dryer on the eyelash curler can definitely help because when we straighten our hair with hair straighteners it only works with heat without heat it would not work, same with eyelashes. But make sure you are careful only a few seconds of heat is needed and before you apply your mascara. You can also purchase heated eyelash curlers that stimulate heat itself this is the one I have and it works well.

I hope these tips and tricks will help you using your makeup brushes and tools.

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