Sunday, 24 April 2016


Lee Stafford, let's say, it breaks the bank but I am thankful for all these offers. So recently, I wanted to try out this Hair Growth line and so I got a few for christmas, then I saw a 3 for 2 offer in Boots and so I bought 3 more products. Let me tell you about each product in more detail - and of course the prices. Besides the prices and the really small shampoo and conditioner bottles than honestly last you about 3 weeks or less, I love how all the Lee Stafford products have 9 different product ranges as you see in the photo below. (screenshot from the boots website)

So back to the products that i have..

Hair Growth Shampoo - 200ml £7.49
This shampoo is a protein based complex to fertilize your follicles which creates a healthy environment on the scalp to help hair grow faster and reach its maximum potential length. After using this product joined with the Conditioner, your hair smells amazing and also feels so soft and nourished. All of that is great but you have to keep using this product until your hair grows out to your wanted length and this means that you may have to spend a lot on this to get your through it. This 200ml bottle lasts less than around 3 weeks.

Hair Growth Connditioner - 200ml £7.49

So similar thing, these two product need to be used together to get the maximum potential out of this process. The shampoo and conditioner really leave your hair feeling really nice and soft but it doesn't weigh your hair down.

Hair Growth Treatment - 200ml £8.49
This treatment is like the cherry on top to the Shampoo and Conditioner, but instead you use it in between those rather than on top. Yeah I make no sense. This is the product that works the most wonders, you lather on an 'egg sized' amount and massage your scalp with it for around 5 minutes. It's the most daunting task but the most effective. Now that both my shampoo and conditioner ran out a while ago now, this has still helped me out. "If the earth's not nourished, you'll never grow beautiful flowers" is the philosophy behind Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment

This is another treatment that you can optionally use after all of the others. You don't wash this product out so it is continuously working on stimulating and strengthening from within. To use this effectively, you towel dry your hair and then spray evenly throughout roots to ends and brush through. 

If you want to get your hands on this collection - well only 3 different products - then head over to Boots because its on sale so it's a great opportunity to get a whole batch of them for less!


Sunday, 17 April 2016


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This is the short but sweet and to the point guide for hair. I don't know about you, but in the summer when it's hot I don't feel like doing anything particularly great with my hair. So here are the three great products that will help you out.

This isn't like any other dry shampoo that I've used in the past, you know when you have that horrible dry shampoo feeling in your hair and you can't bare to touch it or put your hands through it. Those make your hair feel dirtier than it was before you put it in your hair. So unlike other ones, this one leaves movement in your hair and also masks excess oils. It is very weightless and fine but one downside to this product is that it doesn't volumise your hair to the maximum - but if you needed that you'd buy an actual volumising product. This product just lifts your hair slightly but still manages to keep your hair feeling fresh. This Instant Refresh Collection comes with three different products that suit best for you. There is a Cleansing, Translucent and Volumising one.

Any lazy hair girl out there? This is what you need. Wash your hair, put this foam in your hair, plait two dutch braids either side of your head, sleep, wake up and you're ready to go. Overnight heatless curls have been a life hack for girls since I can remember. But no one really put anything else in their hair when they did that. This product will keep the curl in your hair for about 2-3 days. It will also leave your hair with a natural shine but not greasy or oily looking - it is very subtle. I love to use this because it never leaves my hair feeling crunchy and I found many products like this one that always feel hard and unnatural. 

Do you ever look at photoshoots on a beach and you see a girl with amazing wavy hair - sort of a beach vibe. Well this will kind of help with that in minutes. This product creates texture and body with light to medium hold so unfortunately it won't be intense and looking as if you just curled your hair and messed it up slightly. You can use this on damp or dry hair and it will leave your hair looking, lets say, 'beachy'. You can use this on the days where your hair is looking particularly dull and just boring.

natalia x

Sunday, 10 April 2016


As promised, here is the beauty part of this Guide. I could've put all of these into one whole post and just titled it "your ultimate guide to summer" however it would be extremely long and I doubt that anyone would want to sit and read over 1,000 words of my rambling. So this part of the guide is about body sprays and face creams etc. Keep on reading to find out what I think are some of your summer essentials.

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Part 3 - Hair (available on 18-04-16)

I've really been enjoying wearing this scent for Spring, but before I try describe how this smells, I'm just going to copy and paste the description from the Debenhams website: A lush and fruity floral, Daisy eau so fresh delight edition puts a twist on the original with an enticing rush of blood orange flourished with exotic tiare tahiti, mingled with the sweetness of raspberry. Velvety apricot leaves a lingering impression. Have you pictured the scent yet? I like how its not too over powering or too sweet, it's the perfect fresh and fruity scent.

This is another refreshing, wake me up product in the morning or just throughout the day, however it has the benefits of making your skin better. You can spray this directly onto your face and then let it dry or wipe away with a cotton pad. Alternatively, you can spray it on your cotton pad and then apply to your face to help remove any left over makeup or cleanser. I like to use this because it has Tea Tree which is antibacterial, anti fungal and antimicrobial, which in normal words means it keeps away the bacteria that can cause spots. 

I really like this mist too as an addition to the perfume throughout the day as a touch up. Again with the bad scent descriptions, here is the description from the Hollister website: Juicy watermelon and California poppy come together to create a brilliant, playful scent. I definitely think that this scent is watermelon, poppy and sugary woods combined into one. This scent isn't sickly or too sweet but it's more fresh and enlightening. Since this is a mist, it won't stay on as long as a perfume would so bare that in mind that it doesn't last very long. 

This is the best deodorant that I have ever used and I mean it. I've repurchased this about 3 times now - it's also good to mention that it lasts a fairly long time e.g. it doesn't dry up or run out. You know when you feel like you really need to reapply your deodorant through out the day. Well, now you won't because this will keep you smelling fresh all day - or 48hours as they say. You will no longer have to worry about if you're the one that smells really bad.

This is a new and recent purchase of mine but i've really been liking this demagogically tested moisturiser. It is suitable for normal to dry skin and it hydrates any areas of your skin that are dry. This claims to be a 3in1 moisturiser in the sense that..
1) it has a SolaSheerTM technology with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection SPF15 gently protects the surface of your skin from daily incidental UV exposure. 
2) It has many nourishing vitals such as B3, E and Pro-V B5 which help strengthen your skins natural  moisture barrier
3) The 24 hour moisture hydrates your skin 7 layers deep to let your inner glow come through.
Now, if that doesn't tick all of the boxes of a normal simple moisturiser with all the benefits that you need then i don't know what else will at the price of only £4.99 (on offer now as of April '16 - costs £9.99 when it isn't)

Stay tuned for the last part of the guide next week :)
Natalia x


Monday, 4 April 2016


Hello Spring! It's finally time for the warm weather, colourful clothes and lipstick, and of course my guide to Spring/Summer. I'll be doing a guide which consists of three different posts, them being Makeup, Beauty and Hair. As you can tell the first one is all about makeup that prevents meltdown in the hot weather. Keep on reading to see what I think you need to buy for Spring and Summer...

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Part 3 - Hair (available on 18-04-16)

So gurl, I feel your pain when it's hot and your mascara is literally running down your eyes, slowly melting hour after hour. I have you covered! I love the Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara and I know (seriously, I know) that I talk about this mascara as if it's the only one i have - it's basically the only one I swear by. You can read a full review on this mascara if you click here. All I'm saying is, if you curl your lashes and you need the curl to hold all day, and at the same time you don't want your mascara melting in the summer then buy this now!

This product prevents makeup meltdown and it controls oil. Even if you don't have oily skin, you can still use this product during summer since you will usually have more oily skin during summer than other seasons. An alternative to this will be the Original Setting Spray by Urban Decay which will just help hold your makeup in place. I like this product because it helps your makeup stay on for longer than without it, also, it feels really cool and refreshing when you spray it on your face.

When I was gifted my Naked 2 Palette, it came with all 4 primer potion testers. So far i only opened 'Sin' and 'Eden' and I really enjoy using both. Unfortunately 'Sin' has been reformulated to a more sheer finish so it won't be as opaque as the old one, and that shade was in fact my favourite one because you can use it on it's own to create an easy eye look when you didn't even put a lot of effort in. The shade 'Eden' has the same consistency as a concealer and it's got a fair skin tone shade. Firstly, this helps your eyeshadow to stay on longer and look more vibrant. It also prevents your eyelids from creasing, which is a must for summer.

You can probably find better Eyebrow gels that are waterproof but I chose to mention this product in this post because it is only £4.99 and it works very well i.e. it acts as if it's made to be waterproof. So as i said, it isn't waterproof but it has a smudge proof formula that seals the brows in place - it won't come off easily unless you use a makeup wipe or when you take your makeup off. I find that this keeps my brows in place throughout the whole day until i take it off.

I've been really loving this powder recently because it absorbs oil and locks makeup in place. My one is in the shade 'Original' which is just simply translucent and it even claims to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays since it has a SPF25. I really like this powder because it doesn't build up more texture on your skin after you applied foundation etc.

This product is so far the best one I've come across yet in the sense that stays on you eyes without creasing or smudging all day. My one is in the shade '07 Golden Beige' which is just a golden champagne shade with undertones of pink/purple. It is water resistant which makes it great for hot summer days and even for going in the pool. All you need to do it swipe this on your eyelid and blend it out on the edges to create an effortless but pretty eye look. I struggle sometimes to take it off with only a makeup wipe for waterproof makeup. You might need to invest in the Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover to take this off without hurting or pulling too much on your eyelids - it takes it off completely! This product is offered in 32 different shades and around half of them are vibrant shades like blue, pink and even green so you have a variety if you like to play around with crazy eyeshadow colours. However, they also offer a range of golden and browny shades if you like to have neutral eyeshadows.

Stay tuned next week for my next Beauty Guide!

Natalia x