Monday, 9 December 2013

Daring Dark Lips: Revlon Black Cherry Review.

When it comes to Autumn and Winter we can all get away with wearing darker lipsticks. This year I've been addicted to this particular shade, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry. When you first look at it in the tube it can seem a little daunting. It looks EXTREMELY dark, but when swatched it looks a lot more wearable.

This lipstick is expensive for a lower end brand (around €10.) However, for the amount of use I have gotten out of it so far, I feel this is well worth it. As far as colour goes, it's very close to MAC's Media (so you can save a good bit of money by picking this up instead!) It's a dark red that has a tiny, tiny hint of purple. It hasn't got dominant warm or cool undertones, so it will suit a lot of people. Although the lipstick itself has no shimmer particles, it has quite an evident sheen visible when swatched. I sometimes dust translucent powder over it to make it less shiny and to create a matte finish.

I find that when applied to the lips it really accentuates every dry patch, more so than other lipsticks I own. For this reason, it's very important to exfoliate your lips properly if you want to wear it! It also tends to sink into fine lines in your lips, so if you really hate that then beware. I just rub my lips together if I ever notice this starts happening during the day and it solves that problem. The lasting power isn't anything too spectacular, but not too awful either. It's fairly standard in the sense that if you were to eat a huge burger, you won't have much left afterwards...But most lipsticks are like that. I have noticed that by using a lip liner underneath it helps with some of these issues. Since this lipstick is quite moisturising it is very comfortable to wear and does not try your lips out at all

I would really recommend this shade to anyone who wants to try out a dark lipstick. I swatched the darkest lip colours I could find in Boots one day and this was by far the darkest I could find. Since it's so dark to begin with, you can really control the intensity depending on how heavy you apply it, so it's a really versatile lipstick to have. Wow, that was a lot of darks...

Although I prefer this lipstick applied with a lip liner underneath, for the purposes of the swatches below I did not use anything other than the lipstick itself. I also included swatches of the lipstick applied lightly and with a bit of gloss mixed with it. If I'm not trying to look so vampiric for the day, I'll apply it this way.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo: Worst Shampoo Ever?

I'm one of those people who finds it hard to tell the difference between the results of one shampoo from the other...unless it's exceptionally good...or exceptionally bad. The Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo is one of those types of shampoos for me, and not in a good way.

I received this as a sample in the November Birchbox a few weeks ago and was initially quite interested. Since I recently started dying my hair I was glad to see this was a sulfate free shampoo so I'd actually be able to use it. However, as I've already mentioned, I'm not someone who can physically feel the difference between one shampoo and another. So I didn't really know what to expect. Not this anyway...

The Weleda Oat Replenishing shampoo contains jojoba oil and extracts of organic oat and sage which is meant to be good for damaged or dry hair. Despite the fact my hair is not dry or damaged, I do regularly use products for this type of hair because I find it keeps my hair in the best condition. So that didn't scare me off.

Now as I've previously mentioned on my blog, I've dramatically decreased the greasiness of my hair over the last few months ( post here.) I can easily go four, five or even six days without washing and not a sign of excess oil! I know that might sound disgusting to some of you, but my hair has never felt in better condition and it's great not to have to even touch my bottle of dry shampoo until day three! So for me, freshly washed hair isn't something I get to experience every other day like most people. So when I do wash my hair, I expect it to feel great! This shampoo did the complete opposite.

Last week I decided to try this product out. It has a rather liquidy consistency and smells like washing up liquid. I was immediately put off by this, but to be honest, if it worked I wouldn't have cared. As I massaged it into my hair I noticed it wasn't lathering very well. I rinsed it out and tried again, but there was still no lather. By this point I had used most of my sample up and was panicking due to the amount of red hair dye running down the drain. I decided to give it one more go, finishing the tube of shampoo off in the process but there was still no lather. I was quite disappointed, but I'm aware that some shampoos don't need to lather up to work. So I was still hopeful.

Fast forward a few hours until when my hair was dry and there I was, with hair looking like I'd just applied a hefty amount of oil to it. Well not exactly, but my roots were still visibly greasy and there were still remnants of dry shampoo in it. It literally looked worse than before I had attempted to wash it. I cannot even think of a way to make this shampoo perform more horribly. It didn't clean well, it didn't lather well and it didn't even smell good! To top it all off, it costs £9! That's way above the average shampoo price and it performs terribly. No redeeming factors at all.

I know this shampoo is specifically meant to nourish hair and doesn't boast about it's cleansing abilities. Whether this is true or not, I'm not totally sure. I haven't really noticed a difference in the health of my hair since using it, but my hair was in good condition anyway so it would be hard to see a noticable improvement. However, if a shampoo leaves my hair this horrible, I don't see the point in using it even if it does make my hair healthier. If you think that would suit your needs, and don't mind a shampoo that doesn't clean your hair and instead will nourish it, this might suit you (although a good conditioner is probably a better option to go with). But this definitely doesn't suit the typical consumer.

This product has been a massive let down for me. I usually wouldn't review something based on one use, but the fact that I used up my whole sample in one go means I can't try it again (unless I want to buy it, ha!) I'd love to hear what other people thought of this shampoo. I know all Birchbox subscribers got a chance to try it out last month so if you have, please comment below and let me know what you thought! Maybe it just didn't agree with me?