Monday, 25 March 2013

Ashley Roberts Braided Hairstyle Using OSiS+

A couple of weeks ago ImmediatePR were looking for 3 girls to re-create Ashley Roberts Braided hairstyle from the Dancing On Ice Semi Final using Schwarzkopf OSiS+ products. I was one of the 3 girls that was chosen to re-create the very pretty hairstyle. The products I was Sent were Osis Freeze Pump strong hold Spray, Osis Curl me Soft curl cream, Osis Magic anti-frizz serum and Osis Sparkler shine spray.

Image from Ultimate Ashley Roberts 

I will admit that i found this very difficult to do by myself. I think some extra help from a friend or my mum would of made a big difference. However I haven't been able to take the time out to go to my mums house for help so I had to make do. This hair style is extremely difficult to do with clip in hair extensions so you will need to have fairly long hair naturally to do this. The products themselves are brilliant and I have been using them for other hairstyles to give them a good testing out. 

Step 1, Apply OSiS Curl Me Soft cream to damp hair and leave to dry. Use tongs or rollers to add bounce.

Step 2, Part your hair straight down the center to the nape of the neck

Step 3, On one side french braid the hair from the nape up to the front of the hair line and then carry on braiding until you run out of hair. Repeat this on the other side and finish the plaits with a small amount of OSiS Freeze spray

Step 4, Cross over the two braids at the front and pin them into the already french braided hair.

Step 5, To make it more edgy, gently pull and loosen the braids to give a less perfect look.

Step 6, Run some OSiS Magic serum through the hair to stop any frizz and then finish with OSiS Sparkler spray for a red carpet look. 

This is a really pretty hair style and would be perfect in the summer with a little summer dress to keep your hair off your face in the heat. It's hard to imagine the summer with all this cold weather but it will be here soon (i hope). This hairstyle would also be lovely to wear to a wedding or christening. 

Monday, 11 March 2013

NARS Sheer Glow Review

I have finally caved and bought NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. After seeing Tanya Burr talk about it so much and including it in a few of her favourites videos (alongside a few of my favourites) I decided that I needed to add it to my collection as it's seemed to tick all the right boxes. I have the colour Santa Fe which is a little dark for me but I actually prefer to have a slightly darker foundation that I can blend into my neck and chest as I am usually more tanned on the rest of my body anyway.

It is easy to be put off this simply because of the name. It is not at all sheer and the 'glow' doesn't leave you looking shiny, glittery or greasy. It is a medium coverage foundation and I have been using my Real Techniques expert face brush to apply it. NARS recommend that you apply their foundations with your fingers as the warmth makes the foundation blend into your skin better but it is really down to personal preference. I always powder my foundation as I have combination skin but over the course of the day the powder wears in a bit more and leaves my skin looking radiant with a lovely finish. It also doesn't oxidise once applied.

I was pleasantly surprised with the staying power of this, being a big lover of Estee Lauder double wear all other foundations have a lot to live up to when it comes to lasting power. Working long shifts and having no time to even look in a mirror let alone touch up my make up means it needs to stay in place, which it definitely does. Granted, after a 10 hour shift it doesn't look like it did first thing in the morning but it still has the lovely finish and coverage it had first thing.

For me the packaging is a bit of a let down. The lid gets dirty really easily which doesn't look attractive on my dressing table and it doesn't come with a pump. I always feel like I'm wasting a lot of the product when I have to pour it out instead of just using a couple of pumps. You can buy a NARS pump for £3 but since buying my Sheer Glow over a month ago it has been out of stock. 

Overall NARS Sheer Glow is up there in my top 3 favourites. As always with a high end foundation the price tag is a little scary costing £30.50 for 30ml but it is worth the money. I also love that it doesn't contain SPF so it's perfect for nights out when there may be flash photography. I'll definitely be buying this in a lighter shade as well so I have the option of wearing it when i'm not as tanned. 

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