Once upon a time there was a girl who spent all of her pennies at Space NK, one day, she decided not to buy her 567th lipstick but instead to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a hair oil she did not need! After a few weeks of using this hair oil, she realised that she actually quite liked it...

(Disclaimer: At the time of writing this post, I am very tired and may have spent too much time thinking about how the literacy lessons on my PGCE placement could be improved, so please do forgive me for the fairy tale introduction.)

Oribe, it's not a cheap brand is it? But it sure does smell good and we are all crackers about their Dry Texturising Spray (and their Apres Beach Spray!) so due to their great reputation, their wonderfully scented products and my complete inability to handle my own finances, I decided to purchase their Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil. So let's get to the point, is a 100ml hair oil really worth £45? It kind of is and here are a few reasons why.

1. The ingredients list isn't packed with silicones, it actually contains a nice blend of oils which will actually nourish your hair instead of giving it a short-term silky effect. 
2. It's lightweight. Other hair oils I have tried have left my hair oily, heavy and gloppy when all I want is a sleeker, light as air feel to my hair! Plus, even if you apply too much, it won't leave your hair oily and in desperate need of a wash the next day.
3. It isn't slippy. As I previously mentioned, this isn't packed with silicones so it won't leave your hair with that slippy feel. This is excellent because sometimes we want to style our sleek and shiny hair but after using a silicone laden hair oil, you'll have trouble even keeping your hair in a ponytail.
4. A little goes a long way. This may be true for most hair oils, however the pump dispenses the perfect amount for the hair so there is little waste and the bottle should last you for at least 3 months.

But would I repurchase it? You know what, I probably would but only if I had to money to spend on it. If you have troublesome hair or just enjoy haircare and want to treat yourself, then I would recommend you try this because it is the best hair oil I have used (and I have tried a lot of them).

If this is out of your price range or you are just a sensible person who would never spend £45 on the hair you get cut off every two months but are still interested in this, try asking Space NK to decant you some and if you like it, pop it on your Christmas List! I'm sure Santa will already be dropping by Space NK to pick you up a few other products and wouldn't mind adding this under your tree!

But, as this is so expensive, I'd love to see if there are any hair oils that compare to this and that won't require me having to explain to my boyfriend why he has to pay for the Aldi shop that week.

 Have you ever tried the Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil? If not, what's your favourite hair oil?
 One of my most popular posts is of the Mac Matte Lip Collection (2014 - read here). One of my favourite makeup items is lipstick because I love the colours and the "state of mind" feel they give. They are easy to slick on and immediately make you look like you've made an effort, even if all you've done is curled your mascara. So due to my love for matte lipstick and your love for my lipstick posts, I thought it was only sensible that I purchase some of the most interesting shades from the Mac Matte Lipstick Collection 2015.

The shades which stood out the most to me (in photo order) were Runway Hit - a retro matte light pink with coral undertones, Tropic Tonic a matte light-medium bright coral, Whirl a cool pink/mauve brown and Persistence a cinnamon/terracotta brown.

All of these lipsticks are the classic Mac matte formula which I love as it is comfortable yet a traditional matte in texture and finish - plus it lasts for ages. However, Runway Hit, the only retro matte in the lipsticks that I picked up is one that I am not fond of. The lipstick has the traditional retro-matte texture in that it pulls on the lips with application due to it's dryness. However, it isn't like Ruby Woo in it's powdery feel, it seems to me that Mac has added a lot of silicone into Runway Hit in order to make it more comfortable to wear, however it has just made the lipstick application quite terrible as it skips on the lips and leaves a very patchy look. When you top up the lipstick or just smack your lips together the product will slip and skip on the lips and it leaves a very messy finish.

The shades are wonderful and quite different from most of the permanent Mac collection. Plus, turning the famous Whirl lip liner into a lipstick proves how popular that shade is and that they care for their customers as some found the lip liner too drying. My personal favourites? Tropic Tonic, because I do love a coral and Persistence because it is an incredibly interesting shade and a more flattering brown shade for my warm skin tone. 

Runway Hit                                  Tropic Tonic                                             Whirl                                    Persistence

Alongside these released shades, Mac included more shades in their collection, one including the famous Stone lip liner shade. These are selling out quickly so if you want to get your hands on one, I recommend you move fast.

Which was your favourite shade of the four? And on a level of 1-10, how excited does the thought of Whirl lipstick make you?
As you can see from the photograph, I used this mask and guess what, I loved it... But just because I loved using it, does that mean that the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel Mask is worth a repurchase?

To start with, the mask aims to exfoliate the skin using fruit enzymes. Not to get into the science, these enzymes will eat away at the dead skin cells that lie on the surface of your skin to reveal the clear, plump and bright skin beneath it. I love exfoliating products, I find that exfoliating products and facial oils are complete game changers. When I first used this mask it was an ultimate game changer because I couldn't name a single thing wrong with it. Did it smell good? Like peaches. Did it feel nice? Creamy, almost like peach yoghurt. Did it sting? Not much, not at all really. Did it leave my skin smooth? Like a baby's bottom. Was it good for pre-special occasions? It was reserved for that purpose as it created a flawless canvas for makeup. Did it leave my skin feeling plump? Looking brighter? Less angry/dull/spot-prone? Check, Check and Check again. I know. it sounds like a miracle mask and at £32 it is pricey but you don't need much of this stuff so it will last a long time and it is totally worthy of the price. However, I won't be repurchasing this product. Now, you're probably wondering why? Well, quite simple, because it isn't better than the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I adored every second of using this mask and the experience truly is spa like, as you would expect from an Elemis product but the results aren't quite as amazing as the REN mask which truly does leave you with beautiful skin that will improve with continuous use. If you want to try this mask, I do recommend this as it is delicously good (but don't eat it, yes it smells and feels like yoghurt but do not eat it) but if hardcore results win over experience then perhaps try something else.

The TLDR? Gorgeous mask but it doesn't beat the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

Have you ever tried the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel Mask? What were your thoughts?


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