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An NYX glitter smokey eye masterclass

Earlier this week I attended an NYX glitter smokey eye masterclass at Boots in the Oxford city centre.

After some juice and chocolate nibbles, I sat down in order to have two different looks demonstrated on me by the ridiculously talented Suzie Law.

One look was created with the In Your Element Fire palette, the other, with the In Your Element Wind palette before being finished with Glitter Brilliants – I will leave you to guess which palette is which.

Smokey eye masterclass NYX | In Your Element Fire look | In Your Element Wind look | The LDN Gal

In Your Element Fire and Wind palette review

Let me tell you, both of these palettes are incredible in their own right, highly pigmented and easily blendable for some incredibly bright and dramatic looks if so desired.

The In Your Element Fire palette offers a combination of 12 shades, some truly striking alongside warmer transition shades. You can really go wild with this Autumnal palette, fabulous both in the day or evening – my boyfriend has since invested in the palette for me, cutie. 

The In Your Element Wind palette offers 12 shades also, with a selection of silky shades that include whimsical blues, stunning grey and even purples hues. The perfect go-to palette for a traditional smokey eye and the addition of the other shades really allows you to get really creative.

The In Your Element collection is quite simply incredible, with a colour palette to suit everyone. It may just encourage you to be bold and try something new.

Have you tried any of the NYX In Your Element palettes yet? Which is your favourite? 

Stephanie xox

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Umberto Giannini incredible body review

Umberto Giannini review

On a ritual trip to Boots to get my lunch (I am a firm believer that the Boots meal deals are the best in this country), the clearance section caught my eye. Rummaging about, I found a host of hair care products, in particular, this trio from Umberto Giannini.

I have recently promised myself to look after my hair a little better and treated myself to a cut at the Popham salon on the North Parade in Summertown, Oxford. My lovely friend Anna has recently began working there and her positive comment ensured I could not resist getting my hair restyled. It desperately needed it.

I must admit, I was rather gleeful (and a teeny bit smug) about my hairdresser Shaun’s comments on the condition of my hair, which I incidentally, lost a ton of. I am terrible for hair maintenance, and I am the type of girl to crawl out of bed and never make much of an effort when it comes to styling.

Umberto Giannini incredible body review with @Stephmulz

So, what did I think of the Umberto Giannini set?

Shaun completely restyled my hair, ensuring I got my choppy (easy maintenance) layers all over. Having made this promise to spend more time and effort when it comes to my hair, the Umberto Giannini trio was a great place to start. The travel sized set included the Volume Shampoo, Volume Conditioner and Volume Blow Dry Spray for ‘Big Hair’.

The ‘Incredible Body’ collection is suitable for all hair types in need of a volume boost in a bid to gain ‘Hollywood’ hair. I loved the subtle clean fragrance and lovely creamy texture of the shampoo and conditioner, both leaving my hair soft and manageable. Big and messy hair brings me joy.

Leaving my hair to dry naturally overnight, I used the spray the following morning (although advised to apply to damp hair before blow drying, rules are made to be broken). Applying to my roots, I used my paddle hairbrush to subtly build volume, finding it to really bring out my layers.

What attracted me to this set (other than the bargain price) was the beautifully regal coloured packaging in purple and gold, offering a little princess treatment for my hair. The ‘Incredible Body’ collection has since been repackaged to look even lovelier (with the addition of gold caps) and the collection is available here.

Have you used any new hair care products lately? What are your favourites?

Stephanie xox

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