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Osmo Professional Hair Products Review

Osmo is a brand I hadn't previously heard of. However, as I've got quite dry hair I'm always eager to try out new hair products. I recently received a couple of products from Osmo and have been testing them out over the past month. 


Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask

As I mentioned, my hair is quite dry - especially after getting it balayaged earlier this year.  I find that conditioning masks can make a huge difference to the way my hair looks and feels and the Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask is no different. The product has been specially formulated for over stressed, heat traumatised and chemically abused hair - which is (unfortunately) a pretty accurate description of my hair. This contains Jojoba extracts, Patchouli Oil and Ylang Ylang, which together tame frizz, add shine and restore moisture to the hair without weighing it down. The mask has a rather thick consistency, so a little goes a long way, and it smells AMAZING. It is recommended to leave this on your hair for 3-5 minutes, and an additional 7-10 minutes in the case of severely damaged hair before rinsing it off. I found that leaving it for the maximum recommended time made the most impact on my hair, and left it feeling softer and more manageable.

Osmo Dual Action Miracle Repair

The Osmo Dual Action Miracle Repair is a nourishing leave-in treatment which claims to repair the hair without weighing it down. It is recommended to use the product directly after shampooing and towel drying the hair, without having to use any additional conditioning products, and then leaving it in without rinsing. It contains Pataua Oil and a Keratin Complex to replenish lost moisture and repair the hair without weighing it down. I don't tend to use leave-in treatments on their own as I find that they're not usually enough to combat my very dry hair. However, I have been using this after conditioning and I have noticed a difference in my hair as it feels softer than it normally would after washing it. This also adds a lovely summery coconut scent to my hair which I absolutely love!

Have you tried any Osmo products before?


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Osmo Professional Hair Products Review

23 April 2017

Osmo Professional Hair Products Review

Osmo is a brand I hadn't previously heard of. However, as I've got quite dry hair I'm always eager to try out new hair products. I recently received a couple of products from Osmo and have been testing them out over the past month. 


Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask

As I mentioned, my hair is quite dry - especially after getting it balayaged earlier this year.  I find that conditioning masks can make a huge difference to the way my hair looks and feels and the Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask is no different. The product has been specially formulated for over stressed, heat traumatised and chemically abused hair - which is (unfortunately) a pretty accurate description of my hair. This contains Jojoba extracts, Patchouli Oil and Ylang Ylang, which together tame frizz, add shine and restore moisture to the hair without weighing it down. The mask has a rather thick consistency, so a little goes a long way, and it smells AMAZING. It is recommended to leave this on your hair for 3-5 minutes, and an additional 7-10 minutes in the case of severely damaged hair before rinsing it off. I found that leaving it for the maximum recommended time made the most impact on my hair, and left it feeling softer and more manageable.

Osmo Dual Action Miracle Repair

The Osmo Dual Action Miracle Repair is a nourishing leave-in treatment which claims to repair the hair without weighing it down. It is recommended to use the product directly after shampooing and towel drying the hair, without having to use any additional conditioning products, and then leaving it in without rinsing. It contains Pataua Oil and a Keratin Complex to replenish lost moisture and repair the hair without weighing it down. I don't tend to use leave-in treatments on their own as I find that they're not usually enough to combat my very dry hair. However, I have been using this after conditioning and I have noticed a difference in my hair as it feels softer than it normally would after washing it. This also adds a lovely summery coconut scent to my hair which I absolutely love!

Have you tried any Osmo products before?


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I never thought I'd be dedicating an entire blog post to a hand sanitizer. However, the Dr Bronner's Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer is much more than just a hand sanitizer and is most definitely a product that deserves more hype!


If you've read any of my previous posts, you'll probably know just how much I love lavender. In fact, some of my all-time favourite beauty products all contain lavender - the Lush Twilight Bath Bomb and the L'Occitane Terre de Lumiere are both examples of lavender-based products that I love, and you can find out how I use lavender to help get a good night's sleep here.

Dr Bronner's Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer is a natural, vegan hand sanitizer that instantly kills 99.9% of bacteria without all the chemicals and nasties that are normally found in hand sanitizers. In fact, the only ingredients contained in the product are Alcohol, Water, Glycerin and Lavender Oil, which leaves your hands smelling wonderful. Lavender Oil is renowned for its calming properties, as well as its ability to reduce headaches and aid sleep. It is also a great insect repellent and can be used on skin irritation and minor burns so it's definitely a great product to keep in your handbag! I find this particularly helpful when I'm having an anxious day as it also doubles up as a stress relief spray!

As the product doesn't contain any nasties, it can be used in a number of different ways. Apart from using it on your hands to kill any bacteria, you can also spray this over your body throughout the day to freshen up or help calm you down - making it an absolute essential when travelling, especially if you're an anxious traveller! I have also been using this on my pillow before going to bed at night and find that a few spritzes on my pillow adds a lovely lavender scent and helps me drift off to sleep.

Best of all, a 59ml bottle costs just £4.49 and will last for ages

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A (Multipurpose) Handbag Essential: Dr Bronner's Lavender Organic Hand Santizer


I never thought I'd be dedicating an entire blog post to a hand sanitizer. However, the Dr Bronner's Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer is much more than just a hand sanitizer and is most definitely a product that deserves more hype!


If you've read any of my previous posts, you'll probably know just how much I love lavender. In fact, some of my all-time favourite beauty products all contain lavender - the Lush Twilight Bath Bomb and the L'Occitane Terre de Lumiere are both examples of lavender-based products that I love, and you can find out how I use lavender to help get a good night's sleep here.

Dr Bronner's Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer is a natural, vegan hand sanitizer that instantly kills 99.9% of bacteria without all the chemicals and nasties that are normally found in hand sanitizers. In fact, the only ingredients contained in the product are Alcohol, Water, Glycerin and Lavender Oil, which leaves your hands smelling wonderful. Lavender Oil is renowned for its calming properties, as well as its ability to reduce headaches and aid sleep. It is also a great insect repellent and can be used on skin irritation and minor burns so it's definitely a great product to keep in your handbag! I find this particularly helpful when I'm having an anxious day as it also doubles up as a stress relief spray!

As the product doesn't contain any nasties, it can be used in a number of different ways. Apart from using it on your hands to kill any bacteria, you can also spray this over your body throughout the day to freshen up or help calm you down - making it an absolute essential when travelling, especially if you're an anxious traveller! I have also been using this on my pillow before going to bed at night and find that a few spritzes on my pillow adds a lovely lavender scent and helps me drift off to sleep.

Best of all, a 59ml bottle costs just £4.49 and will last for ages

Available from here


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This week, I'm challenging myself to try out some of the beauty trends I would normally avoid - whether that's because they're out of my comfort zone or I simply haven't quite mastered the skill yet! Today's post is definitely a case of having not quite mastered the skill yet as I have attempted (badly) brown smokey eyes.


[Note: This post almost didn't make it online as I admit, I'm just not great at smokey eyes!]

I love the look of brown smokey eyes - they can look super sexy and great on nights out. However, I'm not a qualified makeup artist. I love beauty and trying out new makeup products and techniques, but there are definitely some techniques I am better at than others. In fact, give me a winged liner look over a smokey eye any day! 


The trick to a great looking smokey eye is lots of practice, as well as lots and lots (x100) of blending, which I should have definitely done more of for this look! I started out with some winged liner (BIG MISTAKE, NEVER START A SMOKEY EYE LOOK WITH WINGED LINER #stupididea), then I started building up my eyeshadow using a range of light brown, mid-brown, bronze and gold shades, each time blending the eyeshadow out until there was no visible eyeshadow line (or so I thought, until I had a look at the photos).  I also blended some of the eyeshadow beneath my lower lash line and I applied some black eyeliner in my waterline (a look I was a big fan of in secondary school!).


Although I wouldn't consider my attempt at smokey eyes to be a success in this case, I did learn one very important lesson in the smokey eye world:

"When you think you've blended your eyeshadow out enough, blend it some more."


...Oh, and don't start off with winged eyeliner!

Are you a fan of smokey eyes? Have you mastered the technique?

Makeup Trends I Wouldn't Normally Wear | Smokey Eyes #RachelTriesMakeup

20 April 2017



This week, I'm challenging myself to try out some of the beauty trends I would normally avoid - whether that's because they're out of my comfort zone or I simply haven't quite mastered the skill yet! Today's post is definitely a case of having not quite mastered the skill yet as I have attempted (badly) brown smokey eyes.


[Note: This post almost didn't make it online as I admit, I'm just not great at smokey eyes!]

I love the look of brown smokey eyes - they can look super sexy and great on nights out. However, I'm not a qualified makeup artist. I love beauty and trying out new makeup products and techniques, but there are definitely some techniques I am better at than others. In fact, give me a winged liner look over a smokey eye any day! 


The trick to a great looking smokey eye is lots of practice, as well as lots and lots (x100) of blending, which I should have definitely done more of for this look! I started out with some winged liner (BIG MISTAKE, NEVER START A SMOKEY EYE LOOK WITH WINGED LINER #stupididea), then I started building up my eyeshadow using a range of light brown, mid-brown, bronze and gold shades, each time blending the eyeshadow out until there was no visible eyeshadow line (or so I thought, until I had a look at the photos).  I also blended some of the eyeshadow beneath my lower lash line and I applied some black eyeliner in my waterline (a look I was a big fan of in secondary school!).


Although I wouldn't consider my attempt at smokey eyes to be a success in this case, I did learn one very important lesson in the smokey eye world:

"When you think you've blended your eyeshadow out enough, blend it some more."


...Oh, and don't start off with winged eyeliner!

Are you a fan of smokey eyes? Have you mastered the technique?


This week I'm challenging myself to try out some of the makeup trends I wouldn't normally try in my #RachelTriesMakeup blog series. Today I'll be going bright, pink and glittery with bright pink glitter lips!


As I've mentioned before, I am a nude lips lover, and I stick to pinky nude lips pretty much every day. In Monday's post I decided to try out some super bold matte lipsticks, but today I'm going one step further with bright, glittery lips. Glitter lips are a BIG trend this spring/summer, with some brands even releasing glitter lip top coats which can be worn over lipstick or even on bare lips.

In order to try out this glitter lip look, I dived into my makeup collection and came across the Topshop Lip Bullet in Double Rainbow - a super bright pink lipstick with iridescent blue glitter. Unfortunately the camera couldn't quite pick up just how glittery this lipstick is but trust me, it is super glittery and super bright! 


As this lipstick is so bright and sparkly, it's not something I would normally ever wear out. Although I think the colour looks quite pretty I couldn't really imagine wearing this on a daily basis. However, I believe that this trend would be absolutely perfect for adding some sparkle to your makeup look at a summer festival!

If you don't own a glitter lipstick, you can re-create this trend by applying a lip gloss to your lips then pressing on some glitter pigment onto your lips - although I wouldn't recommend this if you're going straight out to a meal!

Would you try glitter lips? Or is it just a step too far?

Catch up on my #RachelTriesMakeup blog series here.


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Makeup Trends I Wouldn't Normally Wear | Bright Pink Glitter Lips #RachelTriesMakeup

19 April 2017


This week I'm challenging myself to try out some of the makeup trends I wouldn't normally try in my #RachelTriesMakeup blog series. Today I'll be going bright, pink and glittery with bright pink glitter lips!


As I've mentioned before, I am a nude lips lover, and I stick to pinky nude lips pretty much every day. In Monday's post I decided to try out some super bold matte lipsticks, but today I'm going one step further with bright, glittery lips. Glitter lips are a BIG trend this spring/summer, with some brands even releasing glitter lip top coats which can be worn over lipstick or even on bare lips.

In order to try out this glitter lip look, I dived into my makeup collection and came across the Topshop Lip Bullet in Double Rainbow - a super bright pink lipstick with iridescent blue glitter. Unfortunately the camera couldn't quite pick up just how glittery this lipstick is but trust me, it is super glittery and super bright! 


As this lipstick is so bright and sparkly, it's not something I would normally ever wear out. Although I think the colour looks quite pretty I couldn't really imagine wearing this on a daily basis. However, I believe that this trend would be absolutely perfect for adding some sparkle to your makeup look at a summer festival!

If you don't own a glitter lipstick, you can re-create this trend by applying a lip gloss to your lips then pressing on some glitter pigment onto your lips - although I wouldn't recommend this if you're going straight out to a meal!

Would you try glitter lips? Or is it just a step too far?

Catch up on my #RachelTriesMakeup blog series here.


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This week I'm challenging myself to try out some of the makeup trends I wouldn't normally try. In yesterday's post I decided to go waaaay out of my comfort zone and tried 3 super bold lipsticks I would never normally wear [link]. Today I'll be test driving a pair of false eyelashes!


I think falsies look absolutely gorgeous, however I never normally wear them. Firstly, I find them quite fiddly to apply, secondly, I hate how heavy they can make my eyelids feel and thirdly, I can't stand when the inner corner starts coming off your eye whilst you're out and you need to keep re-glueing them on. However, as I said I absolutely love the way falsies look! After all, who wouldn't want long, fluttery lashes!?

Since this would be my first time giving false eyelashes a real test drive, I wanted to go for a fairly natural looking pair that can easily be worn during the daytime without looking like you've I'm carrying a heavy weight on my lashes. I decided to go for The Vintage Cosmetic Company False Lashes - Connie Lashes. These lashes are very soft and natural - perfect for daytime. They add some length and a subtle amount of volume to your lashes, whilst the tapered ends are great for elongating the eye. However, what I love most about these lashes is that they've got a transparent band, so they look even more natural!


As a total falsies-newbie, I wasn't quite sure how the application was going to go! I started by applying some liquid liner and mascara to my eyes then applied some of the glue onto the lashes. I then waited for the glue to dry and become slightly tacky and used a pair of tweezers to place the false lashes onto my actual eyelashes and pushed the transparent band towards my lash line. I normally find applying false eyelashes to be quite fiddly, however this was actually really quick! Once the glue had dried, I applied some more liquid liner and my eye look was complete!


As you can see from the picture above, the lashes look very natural and add just a bit of extra length and volume. I did find that I was very aware of the false lashes being on my eyes at first, however as the day went on they were surprisingly extremely comfortable - so much that I forgot I was even wearing them!

Although I'm still not a fan of thick, dramatic falsies, I will definitely be wearing these ones again! They're not too OTT, they're comfortable, and they're great for adding a subtle bit of OOOOOOMPH to your eye makeup!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where I will be trying glitter lips!


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Makeup Trends I Wouldn't Normally Try | False Eyelashes #RachelTriesMakeup

18 April 2017


This week I'm challenging myself to try out some of the makeup trends I wouldn't normally try. In yesterday's post I decided to go waaaay out of my comfort zone and tried 3 super bold lipsticks I would never normally wear [link]. Today I'll be test driving a pair of false eyelashes!


I think falsies look absolutely gorgeous, however I never normally wear them. Firstly, I find them quite fiddly to apply, secondly, I hate how heavy they can make my eyelids feel and thirdly, I can't stand when the inner corner starts coming off your eye whilst you're out and you need to keep re-glueing them on. However, as I said I absolutely love the way falsies look! After all, who wouldn't want long, fluttery lashes!?

Since this would be my first time giving false eyelashes a real test drive, I wanted to go for a fairly natural looking pair that can easily be worn during the daytime without looking like you've I'm carrying a heavy weight on my lashes. I decided to go for The Vintage Cosmetic Company False Lashes - Connie Lashes. These lashes are very soft and natural - perfect for daytime. They add some length and a subtle amount of volume to your lashes, whilst the tapered ends are great for elongating the eye. However, what I love most about these lashes is that they've got a transparent band, so they look even more natural!


As a total falsies-newbie, I wasn't quite sure how the application was going to go! I started by applying some liquid liner and mascara to my eyes then applied some of the glue onto the lashes. I then waited for the glue to dry and become slightly tacky and used a pair of tweezers to place the false lashes onto my actual eyelashes and pushed the transparent band towards my lash line. I normally find applying false eyelashes to be quite fiddly, however this was actually really quick! Once the glue had dried, I applied some more liquid liner and my eye look was complete!


As you can see from the picture above, the lashes look very natural and add just a bit of extra length and volume. I did find that I was very aware of the false lashes being on my eyes at first, however as the day went on they were surprisingly extremely comfortable - so much that I forgot I was even wearing them!

Although I'm still not a fan of thick, dramatic falsies, I will definitely be wearing these ones again! They're not too OTT, they're comfortable, and they're great for adding a subtle bit of OOOOOOMPH to your eye makeup!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where I will be trying glitter lips!


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Although I love experimenting with makeup, I tend to stick to my bronze/gold eye and nude lips combination on a daily basis. In fact, there are a number of beauty trends that I've never really properly tried - false eyelashes, colourful eyeshadows, and bold lip colours just to name a few. Therefore, I've decided to challenge myself to try out the makeup trends that I would never normally try everyday this week - starting from true, bold lips. Welcome to #RachelTriesMakeup!


I'm quite conservative when it comes to my lipstick choices and I pretty much always stick to nude or pinky-nude lip colours. I was recently sent three matte liquid lipsticks from the Lord & Berry Kissproof Lipstick range which were just a little bit out of my comfort zone - but I decided to embrace this and give them a whirl!


The first shade I decided to try was 'Pink Pop' - a bright pink-purple, which is unlike any other lipstick shade I own. Out of all the three shades, this initially stood out to me as the one I would be least likely to wear, but I was excited to see what it would look like on me. The lipstick is super pigmented and gave me an opaque finish with just one coat. Although it's not a shade I would normally wear, I think the shade actually looked pretty good and very fun! I don't think I'd be able to pull off this one as an everyday shade, however I'd consider wearing this for a fun night out! 


Next, I decided to try out 'Brave Red' - a true bright (and brave) red. Whilst some people opt for a bold red lip on special occasions and nights out, I normally tend to go for a more pink lip. In fact, I don't think I've ever worn a red lip outside before! I was quite surprised when I applied this as I actually quite liked the look of the matte red lip on me, and I would definitely wear this on special occasions (and it would be perfect for Christmas time too!). As with the 'Pink Pop', this lipstick gave me an opaque red lip with just one coat - so thumbs up for the great formula.


Judging from the packaging, I thought the final lipstick would be a wearable nude shade - close to what I normally wear. As you might able to tell from the photo above... I was slightly wrong! 'First Lady' is a deep brown shade, which reminds me of a grungy 90s look (which looks great on some people!). Personally, this was my least favourite lipstick out of the three as it applied slightly patchy and it's definitely a shade I wouldn't wear as I feel it just didn't look great with my complexion! 

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where I'll be trying out false eyelashes!


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Makeup Trends I Wouldn't Normally Try | Bold Lips #RachelTriesMakeup

17 April 2017




Although I love experimenting with makeup, I tend to stick to my bronze/gold eye and nude lips combination on a daily basis. In fact, there are a number of beauty trends that I've never really properly tried - false eyelashes, colourful eyeshadows, and bold lip colours just to name a few. Therefore, I've decided to challenge myself to try out the makeup trends that I would never normally try everyday this week - starting from true, bold lips. Welcome to #RachelTriesMakeup!


I'm quite conservative when it comes to my lipstick choices and I pretty much always stick to nude or pinky-nude lip colours. I was recently sent three matte liquid lipsticks from the Lord & Berry Kissproof Lipstick range which were just a little bit out of my comfort zone - but I decided to embrace this and give them a whirl!


The first shade I decided to try was 'Pink Pop' - a bright pink-purple, which is unlike any other lipstick shade I own. Out of all the three shades, this initially stood out to me as the one I would be least likely to wear, but I was excited to see what it would look like on me. The lipstick is super pigmented and gave me an opaque finish with just one coat. Although it's not a shade I would normally wear, I think the shade actually looked pretty good and very fun! I don't think I'd be able to pull off this one as an everyday shade, however I'd consider wearing this for a fun night out! 


Next, I decided to try out 'Brave Red' - a true bright (and brave) red. Whilst some people opt for a bold red lip on special occasions and nights out, I normally tend to go for a more pink lip. In fact, I don't think I've ever worn a red lip outside before! I was quite surprised when I applied this as I actually quite liked the look of the matte red lip on me, and I would definitely wear this on special occasions (and it would be perfect for Christmas time too!). As with the 'Pink Pop', this lipstick gave me an opaque red lip with just one coat - so thumbs up for the great formula.


Judging from the packaging, I thought the final lipstick would be a wearable nude shade - close to what I normally wear. As you might able to tell from the photo above... I was slightly wrong! 'First Lady' is a deep brown shade, which reminds me of a grungy 90s look (which looks great on some people!). Personally, this was my least favourite lipstick out of the three as it applied slightly patchy and it's definitely a shade I wouldn't wear as I feel it just didn't look great with my complexion! 

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where I'll be trying out false eyelashes!


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