Scalp Care SOS.

John Masters just gets me, y’know?

My scalp is always playing up and just when I think I’ve gotten it under control with a great product, it starts flaring up again. When I got my hair bleached a couple of months back I specifically went for a look that was an ombre sort of style (I don’t have a clue what I’m talking about with hair styles so please bare with), so that the bleach wouldn’t touch my scalp. I would LOVE to bleach my hair all over and dye it purple, but alas, I know the weeks after with a seriously irritated scalp would make me cry. Just the process of having to have my hair bleached and then coloured, brushed, pulled at, blow dried and washed several times in about 5 hours left me with a really, really sore scalp for days afterwards.

About a month after having my hair done I decided to order some John Masters products for some scalp TLC. I’ve used the ‘Bare’ Shampoo in the past and loved it, but decided to specifically go for the scalp care shampoo this time to see if something more targeted would help. I also picked up a hair rinse and smaller sizes of conditioner and a scalp treatment to trial before committing to a full size. It’s been just under 3 months now, and having nearly used everything up I thought a review was in order!

Organic Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo (£19)
I was dubious how long this 230ml bottle would last, but 3 months with 2 people using it is pretty good going, right? There’s even about an inch left to go yet. This minty fresh shampoo leaves my hair feeling clean without being too squeaky. It contains a host of astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing and strengthening ingredients. My hair feels soft, shiny and still in great condition after being abused. My scalp is still a little flaky but it has improved a lot, and hasn’t been itchy or sore since introducing this bunch of products.

Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner (Mini £8)
Nobody ever finishes their conditioner at the same time as their shampoo, surely? So im glad for this mini size, as I might just run out at the same time as the shampoo.
This is one of those conditioners that has an immediate effect on the hair, as soon as you apply it your hair turns silky soft and detangles immediatly, and the effects continue after you rinse it out too. The ends of my hair have felt so soft and conditioned since using this, it’s really, really good, guys. I was going to repurchase as I thought it was vegan after reading the ingredients on the Love Lula website, but they seem to be wrong as my bottle and everywhere else lists honey as an ingredient. Beauty products are the one thing I keep forgetting about and slipping up on in this whole new vegan world!

Herbal Cider Hair Rinse Clarifier (£17)
An every-other-wash sort of deal, I was sold when I read that this helps restore the PH of the scalp. It cleans away buildup and environmental residue, including lime from hard water, leaving hair super shiny, with apple cider vinegar, lemon oil, flower and herbal extracts.

  • apple cider vinegar – removes sebum and product buildup on hair shaft
  • lemon oil – alleviates oily scalp; antioxidant; antibacterial; antiseptic
  • nettle – makes hair shiny and thick
  • rosemary – stimulates hair growth; adds volume and shine
To use I just add 1-2 capfuls into a jug, dilute with about 1 cup water and pour over clean wet hair. You can leave this in but I prefer to quickly rinse after a minute or two to get rid of the vinegar aroma (though I know this doesn’t linger if you decide to not wash it out). This isn’t a miracle product, but it’s a nice treat for the hair and scalp and I’ve enjoyed using it. Not sure I would repurchase, though.

Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment (Mini £7)
I know I want to purchase the full size of this, the mini size didn’t last very long at all for me as I probably used too much each time. I don’t know if I can give a decent enough review for this reason, but my initial thoughts were good; it felt so cooling on the scalp and I didn’t have any issues whilst using it! No greasy roots, not itchy at all, just a fresh normal hair and scalp. I need to use it long term to see if it doesn some of the other things it claims, so will try and pick it up asap!

What do you think of John Masters? Have you used the brand before?

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M·A·C How-To: Coloured Smoky Eye Holiday Look

1. Curl lashes.
2. Apply a light veil of Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder under the eyes to help catch any fallout.
3. Using a 268 Brush, line the upper lash line with Fluidline in Blacktrack, and blend the colour upwards over the eyelid with a 217 Brush.
4. Apply Eye Shadow in Performance Art from the Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact with the fluffy side of the 213/214 Brush, also from the palette, to the centre of the eye and blend outward.
5. Using a 224 Brush, apply Eye Shadow in Absurdly Pretty, also from the palette, to the crease, inner and outer corners of the eye, connecting the colours and blending through the crease in circular motions.
6. Line the waterline with Eye Kohl in Prunella and gently apply along lower lash line.
7. Using a 219 Brush, blend Eye Shadow in Absurdly Pretty along the lower lash line.
8. Apply Eye Shadow in Sugar Plum, also from the palette, with a 266 Brush to the outer corner of the upper lash line, then blend with a 224 Brush. Repeat this step on the outer corner of the lower lash line.
9. Tap Pigment in English Gilt from the Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments and Glitter Kit to the inner corner of the eye, using a 219 Brush.
10. Contour the face using a mix of Powder Blush in Blunt and Sincere with a 168 Brush, focusing under the cheekbones and around the hairline.
11. Using a 129 Brush, apply Extra Dimension Blush in Pleasure Model from the Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact to the cheeks and above the eyebrows to give a lift to the face.
12. Highlight the face using Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt from the same palette, applying to the top of cheekbone with a 224 Brush.
13. Apply In Extreme Dimension Lash to the upper lashes.
14. Fill in the brows using a 263 Brush and Eye Shadow in Concrete. Brush out the brows using a 204 Brush.
15. Finish the look by adding Vamplify in Tuned In to the lips.

November Favourites

There’s a bumper skincare crop in this month’s favourites, as promised. Not as bumper as it could be, but my legs had completely fallen asleep during the making of this video and then I got to that stage where the blood starts to flow back in and it’s impossible to decide whether the sensation is a) orgasmic or b) the most painful thing you’ve ever experienced.

Anyway, lots to be getting on with – I do love the thick, rich Avene cream for these bitter, wintery days, and the Clarins Repair Concentrate is a Godsend if you’re feeling chapped and sensitive. I’ve also included the Chanel red-eye dupes in this video, so apologies if that’s a little on the repetitive side for you regular readers (proper post here) but I don’t like anyone to miss out. I’ve actually found another brilliant reddish, coppery shadow in the Estee Lauder Sultry Nudes palette, if you’re interested – I wore it last week a few times and though it’s not as edgy as the proper matte, brickish rouge, it still gives that warm, sultry sort of glow. You can peruse the shades in that palette here – all incredibly wearable and easy to blend.

Right, eyeballs at the ready for my November Beauty Favourites – press play, or if you can’t see the video screen then please click here. All of the products mentioned are listed below.

Icy Cut Crease Makeup Tutorial

products used:
-smashbox photofinish primer
-marc jacobs foundation
-nars radiant creamy concealer
-laura mercier translucent powder
-maybelinner super stay powder
-benefit hoola bronzer
-smashbox LA lights blush and highlight palette
-becca champagne pop highlighter
-sanias brow bar mechanical brow pencil
-benefit give me brow
-ABH clear brow gel
-makeup geek- creme brulee,mango tango, bitten eyeshadows
-tarte in the bloom palette
-toofaced glitter glue
-alexa persico concealer
-furless depraved loose pigment
-lancome liquid art liner
-backstage lashes chelsea lashes
-makeup forever 2C lipliner
-nars raquel lipstick

Sunday Tittle Tattle: Best Beauty Buys

amazon luxury beauty box

Oh, we’re knee-deep in this whole headache-inducing Black Friday business, which seems to now start on a Wednesday and last until a Tuesday, but still manages to fill me with excitement because: DISCOUNTS. Discounts are basically my downfall – give me any kind of voucher code or “special VIP coupon” and I simply must use it, even if I don’t need anything. It’s an affliction. The only saving grace for me this year is that I look like a snake after it’s eaten a football and so I can’t shop for clothes. Baby clothes, different matter, but they tend to be cheaper… (Baby GAP have 40% off everything here. Thank me later.)

Anyway, I’ve done a round-up of the best beauty deals just in case you’d appreciate having them all in one place. If you’re after codes for the online beauty “supermarkets” then LookFantastic have one on their homepage (on Friday it was for 25% but it supposedly decreases over time) and FeelUnique have 15% off everything with the code MAKEITMAGIC.

amazon beauty box gwp

The following section contains a video with an advertorial for Amazon UK.

If it’s a great GWP you’re interested in then may I direct you to the video that I worked on with Amazon? (It contains an ad, just so you’re aware before you watch it!) The Luxury Beauty Box is free if you spend £50 or over on beauty products (ones sold and dispatched by Amazon) and has a value of over £100, including products from luxury and niche brands such as Rodial and Merumaya.  If you fancy a brilliant way to spend fifty quid on skincare then go for the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (£22), L’Oreal’s skin-plumping Laser Renew Night Cream-Mask (£11.99) and Merumaya’s Melting Cleansing Balm (£16.50). You get a little tube of the cleansing balm in the Beauty Box, but – trust me – you’ll want a tube for home and one for travel! Here’s the video if you fancy seeing all of the contents – the beauty box is online.


Next in the line-up of great beauty deals, a blanket 30% discount across all Omorovicza products.

omorovicza skincare black friday discount

If ever you were tempted by this brilliant luxury brand then now is the time – prices don’t really get any lower. The discount takes one of my favourite products ever, the Queen of Hungary Mist, down to £33.60 for the large bottle and the amazing, lightweight hydrator Elemental Emulsion down to a slightly more affordable £63. (It should be £90.) You can browse the sumptuous things on Omorovica’s virtual shelves.

pai skincare black friday discount

Pai also have a blanket discount, incredibly rare for them so a great time to stock up if you have a few favourites. They’re offering 25% off everything online – the code is BLACKPAIDAY and will work until tomorrow night.

darphin value set

Darphin’s Healthy Hydration set is rather a perk for Darphin lovers – with a value of £107, it contains the following luscious products:

–          Cleansing Foam Gel with Water Lily (125ml)

–          Hydrating Kiwi Mask (75ml)

–          Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum (5ml)

–          Hydraskin Light Gel Cream (50ml)

–          Rose Aromatic Care (4ml)

All yours for a (much) reduced price of £45. You can find it, while stocks last, at Darphin online. Though if it’s just the quenching Hydraskin Light Gel Cream moisturiser you’re after then Escentual have it for less than half price this weekend. It’s £17 down from £35 and you get an extra 10% off if you use the code BLACK10.

laura gellar makeup set reduced price

There are some brilliant bargains at Escentual, actually – Vichy’s amazing Aqualia serum (great for powerful hydration pre-moisturiser) is £11.25 instead of £22.50 with an extra 10% off if you use the code BLACK10. Same code can be applied to the Laura Geller Perfectly Pink collection, pictured above – it’s reduced, quite ridiculously, from £45 to £19.95.

laura geller baked foundation

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