Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Beauty Empties | TIGI S-Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum

I have seen this hair serum in some salons before but never used it, until I came across it on sale at Escentual. This 250ml bottle of serum lasts me a very long time, although I have to admit that I use other hair serums/products simultaneously. Here’s what I think of it:

- I actually like its packaging, simple white and red with a dispenser. The thing about dispensers is that I can never totally love them nor hate them. They are convenient, but at times they can be pretty annoying.

- It has a rather interesting lightweight texture, definitely smooth, yet also a bit sticky and slippery.

- It’s also strongly scented, it smells like apple or pear, fruity and fresh. I’m actually fine with its fragrance, but if you’re not a fan of heavily scented things, consider yourself warned.

- The fact that I have used up this big bottle shows that it certainly does its job. Not only does it tame and soften my thick long hair, but it also works amazingly with my friend’s fine hair. It builds moisture and gives a bit shine to my hair and brings a silky smooth finish without flat iron.

This serum is not greasy at all, at least not until you use too much of it at once, which I think would probably happen with any other serums. And once I was silly enough to waste so much of it on my hair that I had to wash it off as it got a bit greasy and totally weighed my hair down. Bad example here, please do not copy.

I use it on both wet and dry hair. I rub a reasonable amount between my palms and work it through my hair. I like that it provides protection against UV and heat damage, because after it’s been applied to my hair, I can simply use a blow-dryer to create a straight and smooth finish. On dry hair, I use a tiny bit of it through the mid-length to the end of my hair for added shine and lessened fizziness and protection against humidity during the day.

This S-Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum from TIGI seems to serve everyday purposes, but it just misses a WOW factor in my opinion. I would use it till its last but I can totally live without it.

That being said, I possibly will repurchase it in the future on Escentual. Why Escentual? Only because this serum seems to always be on offer for less than £10 for 250ml on theirwebsite.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Must-have Cream Eyeshadows

Want something long lasting? Desire saturated vibrant shades? Wish for one-stop eye makeup? Or are you simply longing for something amazing that doesn’t cost too much? If so, these Maybelline Color Tattoo cream gel eyeshadows grants all of your wishes.

-Appealingly smooth texture;
-Strikingly concentrated colours;
-Various shades for you to choose from;
-Help to create simple but gorgeous eye makeup;
-Fantastic base for a stronger eye look or added drama;
-Long lasting water resistant formula can really stay on for a whole day.

Maybelline New York Color Tattoo gel-cream eyeshadows are definitely not new in the beauty world. But after having tried many other similar products (from luxury brands to high street/drugstore brands), I have to stress that they absolutely have the highest price-performance ratio, which means they perform extremely well considering their low price tag.

They have been my go-to cream eyeshadows since I tried the first time. It is not only because they function beautifully, but also due to their £4.99 retail price and are very often associated with offers (like the 3 for 2 offer at Boots right now).

The following are the shades I favour the most from Maybelline. From left to right, there goes 55 Immortal Charcoal, 20 Turquoise Forever, 35 On and on Bronze, 70 Metallic Pomegranate, 65 Pink Gold and 05 Eternal Gold.

You can choose to use makeup brushes to apply these cream eyeshadows, or simply use of your fingertips, swipe over the eyelids and blend. For an everyday (daytime) look, I normally go for 35 On and on Bronze, 65 Pink Gold or 05 Eternal Gold. The 35 On and on Bronze is no doubt my all time favourite.

If you haven’t tried these Maybelline Color Tattoo cream gel eyeshadows, you definitely have to try them out, because they are absolutely worth it. How many of you out there love these little pots as much as me?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Things About Travel -- Flights

I recently visited Cyprus, as you may know if you follow me on instagram or twitter, I have been updating photos there. It was a rather prompt decision to go. Decided on Wednesday, bought my flight tickets on the same day, packed on Thursday night and off to Cyprus on Friday morning.

Honestly, I did not have much time to prepare. However, I think my trip turned out to be pretty enjoyable. I think it’d be nice to share my experience with you, I’m hoping that it may help some of you with your travel planning.

The first chapter is all about flights!

My current favourite website/app to explore flight tickets is www.skyscanner.net . This travel search site compares flight ticket prices across different airlines and anytime of the year. It’s definitely a great help to find the cheapest/most suitable deal or simply to explore potential travel destinations. I always book my tickets directly with the airlines or travel agencies linked on the website.

For budget flights, besides Skyscanner, I normally browse Ryanair, Easyjet, Flybe, Cheapflights, Travelsupermarket, Lastminute, etc. for good prices or sales/promotions. Although you do need to pay attention when you book with these airlines, because there may be some sneaky hidden fees. For example:

- There may be hidden charges for VAT, airport duty and airport fees, etc. So, never assume the price they advertise is the final price.

- There could be additional charges for luggage (except hand luggage, though there’s specific requirements of size and weight for it being free).

- Some airlines may have check-in charges or boarding pass printing charges. Definitely make sure you have read the terms and conditions and be prepared.

- There could be a charge for food, drinks or even something as simple as a blanket.

I always use a comparison website to make sure I get the best deal. Budget airlines are not always the cheapest, especially when it’s not their sales/promotion period. For long haul journeys, like flying from the UK to China, I also like to use KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa, Omegatravel, etc.. Mostly I would visit the airlines’ websites depending on which part of the world I am traveling to and from. Specifically for flights from the UK to China, my favourite airline is KLM.

KLM is a Dutch airline operating flights globally. The price you see on their website normally is the final price you pay. When they have sales/promotions going on, you may find yourself the best bargain ever for long haul flights particularly. For example, their offer this year for return tickets from the UK to China started from only £399. The main reason I prefer KLM to the other global airlines is because of my own travel routine. I have found that they have the best connecting times and routes for my needs. Not only is their service always tiptop, but also they give you a free blanket and a pouch full of some basic essentials in it for long haul passengers. Of course, their various entertaining TV channels are always great companions in the sky.

For my recent trip to Cyprus, the flights I took were with Monarch airways’. It was my first time travelling with Monarch.

-First of all, if you want to check-in online you will also have to pay to pre-book a seat. If you don’t want to pay for a pre-allocated seat, you can check-in for free at the airport, but you will be allocated a seat at random.

-The free hand baggage allowance is 5 kilos and no bigger than size of 56 x 40 x 25cm. You can carry a small duty free bag from the departure airport too. You can also choose to upgrade your tickets with hold luggage, breakfast and etc..

-Monarch airline doesn’t allow alcohol on board to drink from duty free, other than the ones you buy on the plane. (Not like this is critical to me, just in case someone wants to know).

-From my experience, priority boarding does not make much difference at all. Monarch can definitely do better at managing boarding for passengers.

-Cabin crews were polite and nice.  

-However, Monarch may need to pay more attention to their inventory management. Many passengers were sneezing after being on board in the low temperature set on the central air conditioner for a while and they did not even have enough blankets to sell to the passengers in need.

In conclusion, I don’t mind flying with Monarch again, yet I do hope they will improve.

P.S. to help find the best possible seats on planes, seatguru is normally the one I use.