L'Oreal Elvive New Extraordinary Oil

Pardon me for being a little late on the bandwagon but I've finally gotten my hands on the now cult-favourite L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil and I have to say, I love it! I've got the one for damaged, coloured hair and this one for all hair types and surprisingly, I'm loving both equally. No comparisons between siblings here!

So if you haven't read about this in the newspaper headlines yet, I'll give you a little insight into it - from what I thought of it of course. The magical emulsion is great for those with unruly, frizzy hair. Flyaways do not disappear with Summer and can be extremely annoying in the winter, especially when sticking to your scarf, beanie and all things wool, making you look like one hot mess.

My advice, pile this baby on starting from the ends of the hair dispersing it when reaching upwards. If you have limpy hair that can easily feel sticky and unwashed, then strictly restrict this to split ends only. If you're like me on the other hand where your hair cuticle is dying to absorb any trace of liquid or oil you slather on it, then you're in luck and go ahead and use a teeny tiny amount around the crown area to flatten those baby hairs.

My next favourite way to use it is as a pre-treatment prior to a hair wash. On days when you feel you sorry for your heat damaged, overtly styled, recently ombred tresses, layer this on from the ends to the roots followed by a covering of hot towel. This will ensure the product gets absorbed into your locks better. Wash off the concoction with your usual shampoo and conditioner routine and voila! End result, seriously shiny hair that displays vibrant colour and optimum health. Must try! Put it on your Sunday beauty to-do list right now.

If you have got a perm or are lusting after a brazilian blowdry, try this out as it will work wonders at taming a perm, separating the curls and making them look healthy while keeping moisture for longer in your tresses to postpone your desire for a keratin treatment.

Nonetheless, my go-to way of popping this on my locks is as a heat protectant before curling/straightening and as a finishing product to seal the style and add an instant kick of gloss.

I got mine from thesalonlook.com.


L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee - The Freida Nude

L'Oreal have come up with a collection called Collection Privee which consists of a shade of nude lipstick for different skin tones. Using celebrity ambassadors for L'Oreal worldwide, it has catered a range of skin tones as we all know how difficult it can be to find that perfect shade of nude lipstick. I honestly haven't found one till date and if you've been a long time reader of the blog, will know that I cannot pull of nude lippies for the life of me. They make me look like a zombie or a corpse and no thank you, I quite like looking human.

I am pretty tempted to try out other nude lipsticks from the Collection Privee range but so far, I am quite impressed with the shade I have namely - the Frieda Nude. I absolutely adore Freida Pinto. From what I've read and seen of her, she seems like a genuinely lovely person. And let's not forget her flawless skin tone and ethereal features. Albeit not a typical Indian face, she has a fashion forward, global aura about her and I'm actually ecstatic the lipstick is named after her.

For caramel, golden brown skin tones, Loreal have kept the base of the shade to a mauvey lavender with a generous shot of finely milled silver shimmer sprayed all over it. It applies really well and coats the lip in pigment almost instantly, although sheerly. You can build it up but in my experience, I found that it becomes more glossy looking as it's built up in intensity. The only con I have regarding the shade is that if you have even the slightest of grey in your undertone or pigmentation around the mouth area, it tends to exaggerate that.

Besides that, it has the right amount of lavender to counteract dull, sallow skin tones and the right amount of pink to avoid a nude lipstick from looking too 'beige' or concealer like on darker skin tones. The formula of the lipstick is also quite hydrating and long lasting in the sense that even if it wears off, it does so gracefully without leaving behind patchy blobs of colour or chapped skin.

I like L'Oreals take on the cult favourite, decades old lipstick phenomenon that has always occupied the minds of ladies globally. Frieda Nude not being a typical nude lipstick shade, I feel the brand has been brave to remind women again that one-size-fits-all does not really work when it comes to a good shade of lipstick, let alone a nude one and that experimenting outside your comfort zone to find a flattering colour is a must.


DKNY Be Delicious Skin Fragrance

Do you remember how DKNY's Apple Shaped fragrances took the blogging and shopping world by storm? Almost every website was talking about them and almost every vanity in the country had them displayed on their dresser. If that wasn't enough as I'm sure those dinky round bottles are still the most popular amongst the designer clan, DKNY have come out with a toned down, easily wearable version of their cult favourite perfume namely 'Be Delicious Skin'.

Why the added 'skin' you ask? Because it contains skincare ingredients that are meant to nourish and hydrate your skin so you smell amazing and have silky smooth skin at the same time. The ones I have are named 'Fresh Blossom' and '100% pure New York'. Fresh Blossom is nice and sweet yet fresh and woody at the same time. I can definitely smell a bit of Jasmine, Apricot and Grapefruit.  It's got hints of fruity and citrusy notes but nothing too dominating.

Be Delicious Skin  in Pure New York is rather zesty and crisp. It's not as strong as it's original version but just a little more diluted shall we say. What makes the product different to it's counterparts is it's atomiser spray which dispenses the fragrance more widely and continuously, just like a body mist. It covers a larger surface area of the skin so you don't have to spare an hour to spritz your entire body. Because it's not as strong as the original formula, it works well at coating the skin delicately with the scent.

As for the hydration part, I felt although skin felt a little more quenched, you can't expect it to work wonders like slapping on a full on moisturiser. If you're looking for that glowing, sun kissed finish to the skin, like the sheen you usually spot on models - this is perfect to achieve that effect. I can see it amplifying the effects of a tan so well. Holiday must-have ladies!


Organic Surge First Class Mask

Now this beauty is truly first class.

Face Masks are like life's little pleasures. A manicure, a movie night in with popcorn and a weekend noon nap with some of this smothered all over the face whilst you catch up on your beauty sleep.

I'd usually opt for a straight on hydrating mask or a clay based deep cleansing hero but I also like those in betweeners that are perfect for 'get me my rested face back will you!' kind of an effect. This baby by Organic Surge hits that criteria just right.

I say that because the creamy texture and dreamy face cream like consistency makes it hydrating enough but the skincare gem contains Lemon Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Aloe Vera that has a tonne of detoxifying, pore cleansing and dull skin combating properties. Apparently the mask also claims to give a good kick to that sluggish lymphatic system so your skin looks healthy and hydrated like it's meant to.

A perfect at-home brightening treatment for exhausted skin that needs a day out in the spa. My skin literally drank it all up and at the end of 15 minutes, there was not a speck of the concoction on my face. The results were quite stunning really as skin felt so much fresher, more awake, thoroughly cleansed and most importantly, well rested.

I am usually dubious of products that have 'suitable for all skin types' plastered all over them but for this particular product, I can safely vouch it would be a one-size-fits-all for most skin types.