Feb 28, 2013

The 9 Hair Myths

We all want healthy and fab hair, but with all these do's and dont's it's super easy to get confused. There are so many haircare myths out there causing headaches. Let's clear a few things out.

1. Frequent haircuts make hair grow faster and thicker

Nop. Your hair won't grow faster nor thicker no matter how often you go to the hair salon. Hair growth  is standard and you can't change it no matter what.

2. Hair products tolerance

Many claim that we should change our haircare routine from time to time because hair gets used to it and doesn't respond as well as it used to. Not gonna happen.

3. Grey Hair: Don't touch it, don't pluck it.

This myth has survived throughout the years. Nothing is going to happen if you pluck one grey string of hair. The old saying "don't pluck your grey hair, or you 'll get 5 in the same spot" is just science fiction.

4. Last cold rinse = shiny hair

Rinsing your hair with cold water before you get out of the shower will not guarantee shinier hair. Either hot or cold, is just the same.

5. Frequent hair brushing is good

Many say that brushing is good because you transfer oils from the roots to the ends. Mmm not really. Even some hairstylists are wrong here. Philip Kingsley enlightens us by saying that dry ends don't need oils from the scalp to be moisturised. Nobody wants greasy and oily hair. Just make sure you condition your ends well. Also, hair brushing weakens and sometimes breaks the individual strands of our hair. Bottom line ? Less brushing is the best. 

6. Olive oil and mayonnaise do wonders

This is partially true. These two do wonders IF your hair is thick and dry hair. If your hair is fine, don't even bother, you will end up even more flat and greasy. 

7. Oily hair = No need for conditioner

Natural hair oils won't condition your hair instead. Nop. Oily hair is a result of sebum overproduction. So instead of skipping conditioner, why not try washing your roots with a deep cleansing shampoo and treat your ends with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner ?

8. Serums and special products will fix my split ends (or damaged-dead hair)

The biggest myth ever. Split ends (and generally dead hair) can't resurrect. No matter how many serums, oils, anti- damage control masks you use, your hair will stay the same. You will definitely notice your hair being smoother and much softer when using these special products, but that's just temporary. After a few hours split ends and damaged hair will be back for good. So don't get fooled by special keratin shampoo's and masks. Companies just want your money.

9.  Frequent washing dries your hair out

Beauty bloggers go like that when they hear that you wash your hair everyday : 

And yet not. Your hair is not damaged only because you wash your hair every day or every other day. It's because of all the hundred other reasons 
(heat, styling, chemical treatments etc). If you use the correct type of shampoo for your hair type then you will have no problems at all. Other washing techniques are :

a) Dilute your shampoo : Mix some water in your shampoo (preferably in a new -spray- bottle) in order to make its consistency lighter. This is great if you feel your shampoo is too harsh. 

b) Wash with conditioner only: Ideal for curly and course textures, as they need lots of moisture.

Feb 9, 2013

FamousX First Date Blusher

FamousX First Date Blusher

 I've had these babies for a long time, but i think now is the best time to review them! These limited edition cuties are a huge bargain and top quality.

Colour Range : There are 5 different shades available (Penelope, Charlize, Angelina,Keira, Scarlett) All blushes are named after celebrities as you can see.

Texture : They are smooth and velvety while blending amazingly well into the skin. They might be a bit chalky but the overall quality and pigmentation is insane. The two shades i'm reviewing have a satin finish while only Keira has visible shimmer/glitter.

Lasting Power: They last pretty well even on oily skin and don't break down.

Packaging and technical: You get 7.5g of product for 2.49 which is amazing. The packaging is super well made, a hot pink case and a huge mirror. There is no scent. 

 These blushes are by a brand called FamousX, a high street/drugstore UK brand. They are available online here only for 2.49£ The ship worldwide at low shipping cost.

I would definitely recommend this range. 

+good quality
+cruelty free

 (FB Beauty owns MUA and Vivo Cosmetics)

xx Anastasia

Feb 3, 2013

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick

There's no doubt that valentine's day is almost here. Smashbox released a special collection for spring with flirty names and tones. I was really drawn to their lipsticks and especially the Tempt Me Lipstick.
Here are my thoughts.

" Developed to match artist Curtis Kulig's signature colors, our creamy formula makes your pout pop like a work of art! Plus, it's packed with vitamins C & E and shea butter for major moisturization."

The Packaging : Heavy and sturdy packaging. Adorable engraving on the lipstick bullet.

The Color : This is quite hard to describe. I would say it's a watermelon- coral shade. It's really brightening on the face.

The Concistency : Semi-glossy, without visible shimmer. Contains vitamin C & E and shea butter. It's super moisturising (but of course with all bold lipsticks you have to have moisturised lips).

Lasting Power : Lasts quite a long. The sheerer the application the less it lasts. A full coat of lipstick lasts about 5 hours on my lips (nothing lasts on my lips, I eat all lipsticks)

+ Smashbox is cruelty free
- You can get it only online if you don't live in US/Canada/UK (I buy mine from here)
+ 0.1 oz - 3 g for 19$

Definitely recommended if you are looking for a bright but down to earth lipstick. This lipstick is just the perfect hue. Coral enough but no so orange.The formula is phenomenal. It brightens every look, even if applied lightly. I think this shade is unique and worth giving it a try.

What's your favorite lipstick ?