Blogger’s Beauty Brawl 2017 – Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Blogger’s Beauty Brawl! If your unsure what the Blogger’s Beauty Brawl is then go ahead and check out my previous post which was a little introduction to what this is all about.

Day 1 of the Blogger’s Beauty Brawl is Liquid Lipstick so without further ado let’s jump in!

The Product I have chosen in the Liquid Lipstick Catogory is the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Liquid Lipstick in the Shade Quiet Riot. I received this brand new in my May Look Incredible Box and saved it for this very day!


I really like the colour of this, it’s a gorgeous pink toned red – perfect for the coming summer months. The formula of this Liquid Lipstick is not my favourite, I found that although it is relatively long lasting it is quite drying and for that reason I have given this an overall score of 65.


I love the packaging of the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy. It looks so luxurious and expensive – well it is a high end brand! I love the blue and gold, they go together so well. I also love the little see through window on the side of the tube as well, perfect for letting me see the colour of the lipstick I’m choosing from in my acrylic storage. I have given the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy a score of 87 for the catogory of Packaging.


The Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Liquid Lipstick costs £21 direct from I think that is quite expensive when you consider the fact that (in my opinion!) there are better formulas out there that cost much less. For that reason I have scored this a 45 for Price.

Now head over to and see what Kim chose and what she thought of it!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to pop back tomorrow for Day 2 of the Blogger’s Beauty Brawl 2017

Rachel xoxo

With thanks to Emma Drury, who has very kindly provided all the graphics and branding you will see throughout the Brawl.

Blogger’s Beauty Brawl 2017 – Introduction

I’m very excited to announce that this year I have been invited to join the 2017 Blogger’s Beauty Brawl. What is the Blogger’s Beauty Brawl?! I hear you ask. Well let me tell you! 

The Blogger’s Beauty Brawl is where a group of bloggers from around the world get together and review a series of products. For 10 days we will be reviewing different items on certain days and putting them all off against each other Top Trump Style!

Each item will be given a score out of 100 for Product, Packaging, and Price. 

Here’s what you can expect to see for the next 10 days :

  • Day 1 – Liquid Lipstick
  • Day 2 – Brow Product
  • Day 3 – Eyeliner
  • Day 4 – Make-up Remover
  • Day 5 – Nail Varnish
  • Day 6 – Face Mask
  • Day 7 – Primer
  • Day 8 – False Eyelashes
  • Day 9 – Hand Cream
  • Day 10 – Bronzer

The rules are that the item has to be new to you and you shouldn’t have used it before so you will literally be reading our first thoughts and impressions on a brand new product each day. 

And that’s it! I would love it if you would come back each day to see what I’m reviewing next & also as this is in conjunction with the other bloggers I will include a list of their blogs below so you can head over and take a look at their posts as well.

Beth Mahoney:

Natalie Williams:

Emma Drury:

Kim McPherson:

Melissa Jayne Porter:

Viki Howe:

Vicki Jayne Harrison:

Cheryl Totten:

Kimberly Lousie Bake:

Becky Russell:

Kara Elizabeth Kibbee:

Tione Rodney:

Natasha Hudson:

Also a huge thanks to Emma Drury, who has very kindly provided all the graphics and branding you will see throughout the Brawl.

Rachel xoxo

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo & Conditioner Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely lady from the John Frieda PR team and asked if I would like to try out any of their products. Of course I said yes and explained that I struggle with volume as I have quite fine hair naturally. A few days later a little parcel arrived containing a shampoo and conditioner from the Luxurious Volume Range and some Biore Pore Strips. 

The Luxurious Volume Shampoo is an almost clear formula and is relatively fragrance free. I have medium length hair down to my shoulder blades (picture above for reference) and I didn’t need to use a huge amount to get a nice lather going. After using the shampoo I didn’t feel like it had left too much residue in my hair and my hair felt nice and clean. 

As you would expect the Shampoo was swiftly followed by the Luxurious Volume Conditioner and I have to say this definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. Normally you would expect your conditioner to have a creamy, milky consistency but the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Conditioner is a completely clear, firmer formula and to be honest I was a little bit dubious when I first squeezed it out of the tube. None the less I gave it a go and I was pleasantly surprised, of course it felt a bit….well weird at first to use a conditioner that was such an unusual consistency but once I had smoothed it all over my hair it didn’t really feel much different to any other conditioner I would use. As always I left the conditioner on my hair whilst I washed the rest of my body and then rinsed it off a few minutes later. After blow drying my hair I definitely felt like it wasn’t as flat as it usually is and it was smooth & soft as it usually is. I will say that after 3/4 times of using this I did notice that my hair felt a little bit drier than usual so I used a clarifying shampoo inbetween the 4th and 5th wash to get rid of the product build up (it’s worth mentioning that I DO use hairspray everyday so that contributes to the build up as well and not just the shampoos and conditioners that I use) then after that I went back to the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo And Conditioner and my hair was back to being smooth and soft. If you purchase these products I definitely recommend that you use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove any build up that you may experience. 

My overall thoughts on the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range are quite positive – I think it has definitely improved the volume in my hair, it left my hair feeling smooth and soft, the size of the tubes lasts for quite a while and I would be very happy to pay the £1.99 each for the Shampoo and Conditioner. 

I also noticed as I was researching the price of these that they do a 7 Day Volume Treatment from the same range for £9.99 and I would definitely be interested to try that out and use in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner to see how they work together. 

Have you used anything from the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range before and how did you find it? Let me know in the comments below. 

Rachel xoxo

Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer Review

As you know, I often get sent items to review and it’s very important to me to make it clear to anyone who takes the time to read my posts that although I have been sent an item free of charge I will still give an open and honest review because I myself read other people reviews when I’m trying to decide on an item to buy and I would hate for someone to buy something and hate it because I had lied and said it was amazing when in actual fact it wasn’t so great. So now I’ve said that let’s get to the item in hand…..

So as you should have guessed from the above statement I have been sent the Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer in exchange for an honest review. This hairdryer comes in a cardboard box and inside it is wrapped in plastic. The plug is fully attached to the item and literally all you have to do is pop the nozzle on the front of the hairdryer, plug it in and your good to go. My first impression of this hairdryer is that I absolutely love the colour, a beautiful, bright Ruby Red. It’s so vibrant and fun and yes in the grand scheme of things I know that’s not particularly an important factor in choosing a hairdryer but in my opinion it’s nice to see something different from the generic black that you usually find. 

The Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer features 2 speeds and 3 heat settings and also a cool shot button which I feel is pretty standard on most hairdryers these days. In my opinion the hairdryer has 2 unique selling points – 1. A 3m extra long swivel cord and 2. The main focus of the hairdryer – and I have taken this straight from the website – ‘The ionic conditioning leaves your hair superbly smooth whilst the Argan hair oil infused grille nourishes your hair and encourages a stunning natural shine’ or more simply put an Argan Oil infused grille which when the hairdryer is switched on will infuse into the air that is blowing out of the hairdryer and onto your hair to nourish and condition. Now I am a huge fan of using Argan Oil on my hair, usually in the form of a conditioning spray, because it really does improve the condition of my coloured hair so I was very intrigued to try this hairdryer out. 

One thing I will say is that I found this hairdryer a little heavier than the one I was previously using, it wasn’t an issue when using it but I just thought worth mentioning. The buttons on the handle of the hairdryer are in the perfect position to easily use and the cool shot button does exactly that, delivers a burst of cool air when you need it. My hair does feel smooth and soft after use although I’m not sure if that’s from the hairdryer or from the products I use as I do already have quite soft hair. In my opinion this is a great hairdryer and I do believe it did dry my hair quite quickly.

A few days after I had receive this I let my mum use it and although she liked the hairdryer – and funnily enough she DIDN’T find it heavier than her usual hairdryer there was one thing that niggled her. On her hairdryer at home when using the cool shot button there was no pick up in pace – meaning that it didn’t sort of ‘rev’ up in speed whereas this one does. Now as I said above (or more accurately didn’t say above!) that didn’t bother me in the slightest. To see if this would bother anyone else I decided to then let a friend use the hairdryer and asked her to let me know how she got on with it just to see if she was annoyed by the cool shot button but again, like me, it didn’t bother her. 

All in all I think this is a great hairdryer and if I had purchased this with my own money I would have been very happy to spend the £29.99 it costs. 

Rachel xoxo