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L’Oreal Steampod Guide – What It Is & How It Works

Our L’Oreal Steampod guide talks you through how the product works and the effects you can expect to see.

Q. What makes the Steampod different from other straighteners? A. The Results!! Until you’ve used the Steampod, you can’t really appreciate the difference it makes. For those with thick, wavy or coarse hair it’s a godsend, but the Steampod is for anyone who wants a straightening solution that’s fast and effective and gives results that last.

Created over four years ago, the Steampod has evolved to the cutting edge piece of technology we have today. Now slimmer and lighter than the original Steampod and offering 50% smoother hair. Featuring 5 temperature levels from 140C to 210C, you can expect to see mirror shine, anti-frizz and straight hair that lasts up to THREE days (for best results use in conjunction with the Steampod smoothing creams).

“The softest, silkiest hair we’ve ever had” – Vogue Beauty Team


Steampod Guide: How Does It Work?

The Steampod is like any pair of straighteners, however, the secret is a separate compartment into which you add water (see the image above). An in-built filtration system means only crystal pure steam is released (after around 30 seconds, from the holes visible in the image). Once the straighteners have contact with the hair and the plates are closed, the steam is released. Simply use the pod in the same way as your usual straighteners. Hair is left super-smooth and dry, leaving a silky finish that normal straighteners just can’t match.


Steampod Guide: Hair Types

The Steampod is absolutely for all hair types. Those with fine hair can use it to create soft waves with a mirror shine. And those with thicker to afro hair can also get smooth, straightened locks.


Steampod Guide: Shop The Range

To shop the range of L’Oreal Steampod and accessories at allbeauty, just click here.

We Review Hugo Boss Selection For Men

We review Hugo Boss Selection – this lesser-known aromatic fougere for men has spring written all over!

We chose to review Hugo Boss Selection as it’s a favourite of allbeauty staff that doesn’t always get the limelight. If you’re a fan too, let us know what you thought of our review.

Review Hugo Boss SelectionCreated back in 2006, Selection was nevertheless the 19th fragrance from the house of Hugo Boss. While other Boss fragrances such as Boss Bottled, Boss in Motion and Boss Red have stolen the limelight, Boss Selection remains a popular favourite for lighter everyday wear and for holidays. Super-smart and sophisticated, it’s for men of all ages but especially those who identify with the sharp grooming of Hugo Boss couture.

We Review Hugo Boss Selection: Official Description

Boss Selection begins with a lively, bright top of fresh green notes, fizzy hesperidic grapefruit and mandarin, infused with spicy pink peppercorn. At the heart of the fragrance, the traditional and refined fougere theme has been reinterpreted to create a modern new identity, the aroma of geranium and cedar leaves, enlightened by star anise and petitgrain, expresses a clear and distinctive masculine character. The magnetic woody dry down of patchouli, vetyver and facets of cedarwood, is rounded by the softness of heliotrope and modern musky notes creating a smart, authentic signature.

We Review Hugo Boss Selection: Fragrance Notes

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, Mandarin Orange, Pink Pepper, Lime
  • Middle Notes: Star Anise, Cedar, Geranium
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vetiver, Musk

Fragrance Family: Aromatic Fougere

We Review Hugo Boss Selection: Packaging

Heavy shaded glass with silver metal detailing. No plastic here, this is a quality piece.

We Review Hugo Boss Selection: Official Advert

The advert for Boss Selection features German actor Thomas Kretchmann and is typical ‘Boss’ – stylish, smart and intense!

We Review Hugo Boss Selection: What We Thought

The top notes of ‘Selection‘ include grapefruit and pink pepper and they’re the overwhelming scent on first spray. Very much a citrus fragrance, it also oddly has a hint of lavender – despite not actually containing it! Selection has been described as ‘soapy’ (we think unfairly) however it’s definitely a very clean scent and perfect for daytime / warmer weather. In fact, there’s certainly something of the Mediterranean about it – you could imagine wearing the fragrance as you travel along a dusty track in Greece, in search of an olive grove to rest under. The patchouli is in there, but very much masked by the citrus notes that stop it from becoming heavy or cloying. We tested the fragrance on allbeauty Design Team member Ryan and even after the dry down the top notes of grapefruit and mandarin orange were still in evidence, along with a spicy edge. Soft, clean, summery and exotic, Selection is one of our favourite men’s fragrances. We would buy this for men of any age, who prefer lighter, fresher scents with an edge.

If you like Hugo Boss Selection…

1177036-david-beckham-beyond-forever-eau-de-toilette-spray-90mlYou’ll also like David Beckham Beyond Forever – SHOP HERE

 

 

Shop Hugo Boss Selection

You can shop ‘Selection’ at allbeauty here, with worldwide delivery available.

We Review label.m Matt Paste | For Texture & Hold

Our label.m Matt Paste review covers the A-Z of the well-loved bestseller. For matt texture and hold, it’s our – and your – number one product.

Our label.m Matt paste review covers the basics of the bestselling product. You can shop all label.m at allbeauty here.

Did you know? label.m is the official haircare product of London Fashion Week. When a haircare product performs well under hot lights in front of the world’s media, you know it’s going to be good! If you’re looking for hold and texture, Matt Paste is your winner every time. Suitable for men or women, Matt Paste gives separation, texture, definition and hold.

The following styles were all created by label.m using Matt Paste:

label.m matt paste reviewGet the look: watch the video label.m matt paste review

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Get the look: watch the video

 

matt paste reviewlabel.m Matt Paste Review: What We Thought

We asked an allbeauty guinea pig to try Matt Paste and give us their thoughts. Our tester (Peter) told us:

“The product wasn’t at all greasy which I really liked. It had a great consistency and left no residue on my hands after use – no annoying sticky palms! Also, my hair wasn’t sticky after use and it was really easy to wash out. I loved the all-day hold, texture and definition it gave to my hair, with a sleek, matte finish.”

 

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label.m Matt Paste Review: What’s Inside

Malachite and Rhodochrosite minerals and Ozokerite (a natural wax) actively detoxify and protect hair. Matt paste contains the exclusive Enviroshield Complex which shields hair against UV rays. A combination of Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Barbados Cherry and a powerful UV filter, the Enviroshield Complex optimises shine and protects the hair against heat styling, colour fade and harmful UV rays.

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created by Toni & Guy
using label.m Matt Paste, via Pinterest

label.m matt paste review

created by Toni & Guy
using label.m Matt Paste, 
via Pinterest

label.m matt paste review

created by Toni & Guy using
label.m Matt Paste, via Pinterest

 

matt paste reviewlabel.m Matt Paste Review: How To Use

Work a small amount into damp or dry hair and work into shape.
Rub the product between your palms quickly until it almost disappears. Then work it into the roots and use a little on the ends for definition.

To see the product in action, watch this handy video by Toni & Guy.

 

label.m Matt Paste Review: YouTube’s Verdict

the one product I will forever, ever use… the one product I know will work every time I style my hair
YouTuber James Welsh

James reviewed label.m Matt Paste over on his YouTube channel – watch the video below for his thoughts on the hero product:

Shop label.m Matt Paste

You can shop label.m Matt Paste here at allbeauty, with free worldwide delivery available.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Review

Our Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male review lifts the lid on the iconic fragrance for men.

Our Le Male review looks at the best-selling scent from the house of Gaultier, released after the famous Classique.

It was the #1 most wished for Father’s Day fragrance of 2016 and the #1 most wished for Christmas fragrance for men 2016. Created back in 1995, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male was the second fragrance (after Classique) from the Gaultier scent collection and remains a bestseller today. Famous for its tin can packaging and inspired bottle, it continues to win awards.

Le Male Review – Official Description:

Intensive and sensible, modern, and comfortably warm, masculine and gentle… Le Male is magnetically attractive fragrance which seduces with its uniqueness; it is built on contrasts: traditional and bold, fresh and mild, strong and sensual, in one word: absolutely irresistible for women. Fresh mint is a symbol of strength; the tradition is represented by lavender; vanilla gives warmth and tenderness. The top notes are composed of mint, lavender and bergamot. The heart is composed of cinnamon, cumin, and orange blossom. The base contains vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood and cedarwood.

Le Male Review – Notes:

  • Top Notes: Artemisia, Lavender, Mint, Bergamot, Cardamon
  • Middle Notes: Carraway, Orange Blossom, Cinammon
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Amber, Vanilla, Cedar

Scent Type: Oriental Fougere

Le Male Review – Packaging:

Le Male is packed in the incredible ‘tin can’ packaging (it simply unscrews, no can openers needed!). The bottle is heavy frosted glass with silver metal detail, in the shape of a man.

Le Male Review – Advertising:

Here’s the official Le Male ad from Gaultier, packaged alongside Classique – does anyone else do advertising like Gaultier?! #genius

And who can forget the classic Le Male print ads!

Le Male Review – What We Thought

Clean and fresh, yet with a wonderful warmth, this fragrance is incredible! The opening notes are vanilla, lavender and mint but to be honest it doesn’t change that much in the dry down; maybe a hint of cedar and tonka bean, but the fragrance overall remains warm and smooth. The vanilla is warm and soft (and slightly syrupy) against a minty tang, buffered by relaxing lavender. It’s creamy, it’s clean, it’s minty, it’s soft. It’s utterly sensational. We asked the guys at allbeautyHQ what they thought of the fragrance: our straw poll returned a verdict of “clean, warm and not unlike a vanilla cocktail!”. Very French and utterly sophisticated, this is a scent for a man who likes to smell clean but stand out in a crowd. Completely individual and totally unique, we rate it 5 stars. It’s hard to imagine who wouldn’t enjoy this scent, but the only ‘negative’ we had from our testers was that the fragrance is a little softer and more feminine than they’d usually wear, so bear that in mind if buying for a gift.

If You Like  Le Male You’ll Also Like:

Le Male ReviewJimmy Choo Man Intense

 

 

 

Shop Le Male

You can shop Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male online at allbeauty, with worldwide delivery available.

For more information on Gaultier fragrance, visit our brief guide on the blog.

Bio-Oil Review – What Is It & How Does It Work?

Our Bio-Oil review lifts the lid on the best-selling product. We explain what makes the oil so effective and how to use it.

Bio Oil Ingredients

BIO-OIL Review InfographicContaining very few ingredients, Bio Oil is actually a powerful blend of essential oils and vitamins.

The roles of Vitamin A and Vitamin E have long been known when it comes to skin care. Vitamin A is essential for normal skin health and also the repair of damaged skin. Vitamin E has known wound-healing abilities as well as other skin benefits such as reducing inflammation and moisturising the skin.

Lavender oil has long been used to heal wounds, and is especially effective on burns. Calendula oil comes from the marigold plant and has countless benefits, including soothing and moisturising skin, and stimulating healing.  Rosemary oil helps to moisturise and is antibacterial. Chamomile oil is anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin.

The added ingredient is PurCellin Oil. This ingredient is a synthetic oil that thins the formula and it’s this ingredient that makes it easily absorbed into the body.

Bio Oil are members of Beauty Without Cruelty, the oil contains no animal derived ingredients and the oil is not tested on animals.

 
 
 
 

Bio Oil Review

Opening a bottle of Bio Oil, the first thing you notice is the beautiful scent. With so many essential oils in the mix, that’s hardly surprising! The over-riding fragrance is rosemary, but it’s a soft and very appealing aroma. The oil itself is coloured a soft rose-pink and it’s packaged in a recyclable plastic bottle. Forget conventional oils, when you apply Bio Oil to the skin it feels soft and silky and absorbs fast (the key to its appeal and effectiveness). Also, a little goes a long way. One drop is enough to cover the hands or face, just a few drops is enough to cover the abdomen.

Bio Oil Review Sarah BerrymanWe asked Blogger and Mother of two Sarah Berryman (@iamfabulicious) about her experience with Bio Oil. Sarah told us

Bio Oil is affordable and reliable and it kept my skin nourished, supple and soft through two pregnancies, and despite the weight gain I didn’t get a single stretch mark.

How To Use Bio Oil

Bio Oil ReviewYou can use Bio Oil to both prevent and treat.

Stretch marks: if you’re pregnant and looking to prevent stretch marks, the best way to use the oil is to apply after a shower, while the skin is still wet. Simply massage into the skin anywhere on the body where stretch marks may be a problem. You can also add the oil to body butter or any other skincare product you’re using. Use around a tablespoon for the whole body or more if your skin feels tight and dry.  If stretch marks are old and you’re looking for improvement, apply twice a day to the area and massage in well. Remember that it takes the skin 30 days to renew itself, so keep up your routine.

For anti-ageing: apply a few drops of oil to your skin at night, before you apply your night cream. The oil can be used all over the face including the delicate eye area. Pay attention also to your neck and decolletage and mix a little with your hand cream.

For scarring: apply the oil twice daily, massaging in well. Again, remember the skin takes 30 days to renew, so give it time and keep up the routine. If you’re using it for acne scarring and still have the odd outbreak, Bio Oil is safe to use as it’s non-acne forming.

As a moisturiser: a few drops underneath makeup or added to your handcream are enough to keep skin lovely and soft. Or add a few drops to a basic body butter for an extra moisture boost.

More About Bio Oil

Created in 2002, Bio-Oil is a combination of highly effective essential oils and key vitamins. When combined, these ingredients are powerhouses for the skin.

Dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic and non-acne forming, the oil can be used all over the body. It can be used to prevent and improve stretch marks, to improve the appearance of scars, to improve skin texture and elasticity and as a general moisturiser.

Bio Oil is 100% safe for pregnant women and has been used by thousands during and after pregnancy to both prevent and treat stretch marks.

Bio Oil Results

Since before and after shots can be graphic, we haven’t included them here. However, a Google search brings up impressive before and after shots, like this scar reduction, this abdomen stretch mark improvement and this leg stretch mark reduction. Over on Instagram, there are equally effective images (please note: these images are not ours, we have verified them as far as possible).

Shop Bio Oil

You can shop Bio Oil online at allbeauty and expect to save around 40% off the RRP. To see our range of Bio Oil please click here. Worldwide delivery is available (see site for details).

We Review Kérastase Aura Botanica + GIVEAWAY

The newest range by Kérastase has been a runaway hit! So we asked 2 members of the allbeauty team to review Aura Botanica and tell us what they thought.

We asked allbeauty Team members Nicola and Fiona for an Aura Botanica review.
To learn how to perform the Aura Botanica Ritual yourself, click here.

Nicola’s Aura Botanica Review

NicolaI’ve got fine hair that has recently been stripped and dyed, so this range is fantastic. For one it smells gorgeous, the smell when you are in a spa!

Aura Botanica reviewNicola told us: I used the concentrate as an overnight mask, which in retrospect wasn’t the right thing to do for my fine hair as it’s a little heavy. However, in the morning I used the shampoo & conditioner. The shampoo is sulphate-free and the sulphates have been replaced with ‘natural origin surfactant agents‘. In plain English, that means the shampoo doesn’t contain the usual chemicals that make it lather.  Having said that, I did find it created lots of foam when I used it which goes to show the natural ingredients work just as well.

Aura Botanica Review Before AfterIt took less time to blow dry my hair (a big thumbs up in the morning!) My hair is super shiny, feels soft to the touch right down to the tips and feels really conditioned. My hair has definitely benefited from the range and I’ve had so many positive comments from the Team – and all after just one use!

<< Nicola’s before and after shots show the amazing transformation to her hair, using the Kérastase Aura Botanica range.


Fiona’s Aura Botanica Review

Redken Mega Mask ReviewI’ve always wanted to get into Kérastase. I love the idea of elevating haircare products to skincare products and the focus on scent & texture. However I’ve struggled to find the right range for me. In terms of skincare I favour natural brands but with a focus on science/results, so on paper the Aura Botanica range seems ideal (and who doesn’t want hair like Toni Garrn…)

Fiona told us: Following the instructions for all hair types I applied the Concentre Essentiel as a pre shampoo, leaving it in for ten minutes before getting into the shower, I then shampooed twice with the Bain Micellaire. On the first shampoo the treatment came out fairly easily but there was very little lather, on the second it lathered beautifully which was pleasantly surprising given the sulphate-free formula. I followed up with the Soin Fondamental which went on easily, rinsed out easily and left my hair feeling smooth and tangle free. The scent was divine, spa like, uplifting and citrusy – a good way to start the day 🙂

After towel drying I spritzed with the Essence D’Eclat before combing through. My hair was relatively tangle free and felt smooth to the touch. I followed up with my usual cursory blow dry before smoothing on some Elixir Ultime and pulling into a top knot for half an hour to create a bit of wave.

Fiona’s Verdict

Aura Botanica Review FionaMy hair looks and feels great. It really does feel light, and has a good glow which brings out my highlights. Of all the Kérastase ranges I have tried this is definitely the one for me and will become my hair care regime of choice! If I had to say anything negative … I’m not sure what the Concentré adds for my hair type so will leave this out next time and perhaps use it infrequently as I would a hair masque.

 


Aura Botanica ReviewAURA BOTANICA GIVEAWAY

We’re giving away a complete set of Kérastase Aura Botanica to TWO lucky winners!
Just enter your details below for your chance to win. We’ll pick two lucky winners from all entries (UK & EIRE entrants only please). Entry closes Midnight on Monday 20th March 2017.

 

Thank you to everyone who entered, this competition is now closed. Winners were Jacqui Seal and Katie McGinn.

You can shop Kérastase Aura Botanica online at allbeauty – to see the full range click here.

Redken Mega Mask Review: Tried & Tested By allbeauty

Redken recently unveiled a set of Mega Masks, offering extra help to stressed out hair. Being good sports we decided to try them out – here’s what happened…

Brand new for February 2017, Redken unveil three new ‘Mega Masks‘. These promise to provide intense benefits in just 3-5 minutes and can be used every third wash or whenever intense conditioning is needed. Our Redken Mega Mask Review is by Katrina, Fiona and Claire, members of the allbeauty Team. 

Claire tried Redken Extreme Mega Mask
For a maximum strengthening and repairing effect to soften hair while fortifying hair fibres, and give health benefits for up to three washes.

Redken Extreme Mega Mask ReviewI chose the Extreme mask because my hair has been very coarse, with a fair amount of breakage after every wash (I blame the weather). The instructions were pretty simple – apply the mask to shampooed, towel-dried hair and leave for 3-5 minutes. The only other direction was to press the ‘button’ in the centre of the tube so the 2 formulas inside mixed evenly.

The mask felt like applying night cream to my hair (in a good way). Rich and silky, with a soft scent that reminded me of coffee cremes. Application was easy and the product smoothed onto my hair really well. With no information on the amount to apply, I went with the usual amount I’d use for a mask and finger-combed it through my hair, starting at the tips then working to the roots.

Redken Extreme Mega Mask Review
Not even my jazzy pyjamas can cheer up that ‘before’ frizz!

Around 5 minutes later I rinsed out the mask, towel-dried and left my hair to dry naturally. I did notice my (usually very tangled) hair was not tangled at all and my hair felt super-soft. I couldn’t see any broken ends either, yay! Next morning I brushed my hair and gave it 2 minutes with a flat iron. It was noticeably softer, with no tangles. The ends look healthier and there’s no smell at all to the hair which I love. I didn’t use any styling or finishing products in the picture for a fair comparison.

Redken Extreme Mega Mask Review
The frizz is strong in my before! Still a little frizzy afterwards, but to be fair anti-frizz isn’t one of the Extreme mask’s aims.

Redken Mega Mask Review – ‘Extreme’ Verdict

Overall I’m happy with the result. I can see a definite change in my hair and for just 5 minutes investment that’s a great result! I think next time I’ll apply less product, I *may* have gone overboard when applying the mask, mainly because it feels so good! I’ll be keen to see how long-term use affects my hair.  The good news is there’s still a lot of product left in the tube, so I think this will last me a good amount of time.

 

We also tried the 2 other Redken Mega Masks. Here’s what we thought:

Redken Mega Mask ReviewKatrina reviews Redken Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask
For a maximum nourishing and colour intensifying effect to extend the life of hair colour and give health benefits for up to three washes.

The mask felt smooth and creamy but I wasn’t keen on the smell, a little bit ‘chemically’ for me. I would have preferred a flip top lid too, fiddling around with a screw top cap in the shower is annoying! The button didn’t seem to make any difference to what came out of the tube and I wasn’t able to tell if contents of both tubes were being dispensed, however it was very easy to apply. I didn’t notice any immediate effects in the shower – my hair didn’t feel smooth or silky as I washed it out. However, when I dried and styled my hair afterwards, it definitely felt a lot softer and more manageable.

Katrina’s Verdict:

Although my hair did feel soft and silky afterwards, I wouldn’t say any more so than a good conditioner. I think to see the full effect, I’d need to invest in the whole Color Extends Magnetic range and give it a little longer.

Redken Mega Mask ReviewFiona reviews Redken All Soft Mega Mask
For a maximum hydrating, strengthening, and nourishing effect to soften hair, boost shine, and give health benefits for up to three washes.

The mask felt nice and creamy and was nicely scented – a hint of coconut but not too sickly or overpowering.  The short leave on time was a bonus but I felt the use of the button/dual chamber was gimmicky and possibly unnecessary! The mask itself was easy enough to apply to the hair and not hard to rinse out. My hair was easy to brush after washing (I usually need to apply a finishing product e.g. Pillow Proof to avoid tugging at knots). My hair looked great after blow drying – thick and smooth with less frizz. I have found it feels a bit heavy/greasy around the roots so I would definitely focus more on the ends of my hair next time.

Fiona’s Verdict:

Overall I would say it left my hair feeling better than other oil-based hair masks I’ve used and the short leave on time is a bonus when you are time poor!

Redken Mega Masks – About The Range

Depending on your hair type, three masks are available:

Redken Mega Mask Extreme for Damaged Hair > Containing RCT Protein Complex to treat the hair from the root to the core to the tip. Fortifies hair to be 15X stronger.* Redken Mega Mask Color Extend Magnetics > Captures colour for 4 weeks of vibrancy and radiance* with the power of the RCT Protein Complex. Redken Mega Mask All Soft For Dry Hair > Designed specifically for dry, brittle hair. Provides 15X more conditioning* to restore softness, shine and suppleness.

*when using shampoo, conditioner and Mega Mask

All three masks contain the following active ingredients:

RCT PROTEIN COMPLEX
SOY PROTEIN (helps add structure by sealing in moisture and boosts body)
ARGININE (helps condition hair by stimulating the scalp)
SEPICAP (helps restore the look of ends)

If you’ve tried Redken Mega Masks comment below and tell us what you thought. Don’t forget to tag us in your before and after pics #allbeauty

Sherry Scribbles Guest Blog: Tan Organic Review & Giveaway

Blogger Sherry Scribbles reviews the Tan Organic range: plus we’re giving away a set of products worth £100!

Fake Tan for First Timers & Fanatics

Tan Organic ReviewI’ve never really been one to fake tan, not in my most recent years of attempting to adult anyway. It comes from a long line of spray tans gone wrong and embarrassing streaky legs ahead of a night out that I swore never to touch the stuff again, that is unless a product could prove me wrong. I put Tan Organic to the test to help fight my fears of fake tan and see whether my pale days could finally be over once and for all.

The reason I opted for Tan Organic was purely down to the ingredients. They are certified organic and contain no harmful chemicals which also alleviates that awful albeit obvious fake tan smell. Tan Organic offer both an oil and a mousse depending on which you prefer however, I’d never used the oil before so to give them both a fair review, I did one half of my body with the mousse and one half with the oil. Risky I know but I was hoping they would still turn out the same colour at least!

FirstTan Organic Review things first, exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. I can’t be the only one who has ended up with green armpits because they still have deodorant residue leftover! Make sure you are showered and scrubbed clean from head to toe using the tan-erase ultimate exfoliator glove to remove any product and dead skin. I have to say, this exfoliator glove is fantastic. It doesn’t scratch the skin and leaves it feeling super smooth afterwards. Then when you are dry, you can start applying your tanning product.

Tan Organic Self Tan Mousse

Tan Organic ReviewA mousse based fake tan product is what I assume most would normally turn to on a Friday night, what with its easy application and distribution of the product onto the body, plus I believe they are relatively cheap to purchase nowadays. I applied this using the self-tan applicator mitt  (which is SUPER soft btw!) and whilst it meant I wouldn’t be getting those dreaded orange hand, I found the product didn’t spread as easily using a fabric mitt as it does with a latex one. That and the fact that it left my arm somewhat fuzzy but I feel that is down to the mousse being a little on the sticky side. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of a mousse based product anyway, I always find they are sticky no matter what the product is. It gave a nice even colour however and I must admit it is more of a bronzy glow than an Essex orange. I’m also streak free and I don’t smell! Bonus! What I do really like about this product is the fact it is all natural, it contains no synthetics, dyes or drying agents and contains aloe vera juice to hydrate and moisturise the skin.

Tan Organic Self Tanning Oil

BeingTan Organic Review a bit of a skincare fiend, I was already attracted to the oil a little more than the mousse as I’m all about keeping the skin hydrated and healthy. I found the oil distribution a whole load better than the mousse and it had a lovely citrus scent too it as well. It doesn’t feel sticky or oily, it doesn’t leave me shining brighter than the neon lights in a rave and it absorbs super quick meaning I can do a quick one over application right before a night out instead of having to plan my day hours in advance of tanning. I used the application mitt again for this one and was left with no fuzz in comparison to the mousse so even more time back not having to pick fluff off my body too. My skin was left feeling smooth and glowy with the sweet scent accompanying it. According to the website, I can expect to feel this radiant for up to four days too!

WhilstTan Organic Review both products give an even, streak-free all over tan; I find myself leaning to the oil on this one but that is personal preference. I think Tan Organic can give any brand out there a run for its money due to its ease of use, excellent product distribution and natural ingredients. I have found that the mousse produces a darker colour in comparison to the oil and is a lot more noticeable (note to self: never half and half fake tan again!) However, I can easily apply the oil again after around 6-8 hours to give a darker colour.

Product Removal

One thing I have noticed with Tan Organic is the ability to completely remove it without leaving any stains or streaks simply by washing it off with the exfoliator mitt. This is incredible and means I can tan for a night out and wash it off with my sins the morning after completely hassle-free.

Next time you are planning on fake tanning, give Tan Organic a try. Its all natural ingredients leave your skin healthy with no signs of drying, the products do not contain any chemicals that dye your natural skin and they are so easy to apply and remove – what’s not to love?

Thanks to Sherry for sharing her review – you can follow Sherry on Instagram here or read her blog here.

COMPETITION

For your chance to WIN the same products used by Sherry (and try them for yourself!) just enter your details below:

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We’ll pick one lucky winner from all entries (UK & EIRE entrants only please). Entry closes Midnight on Sunday 12th March 2017.

Sherry received a set of Tan Organic products for review, opinions are entirely her own.

Fragrance: Calvin Klein Euphoria Review

Prediction: our Calvin Klein Euphoria review may lead to a change of fragrance, with a visit to allbeauty on the cards.

Claire Head of Social @allbeauty Flowerbomb Review

Our Calvin Klein Euphoria review is by Beauty Editor Claire.

Claire reviews Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Parfum 100ml.

Created in 2005, Calvin Klein’s bestselling, award-winning perfume Euphoria is a firm favourite with allbeauty customers. In fact you’ve probably noticed it many times on our site and in our emails. I don’t know about you, but when a perfume is this popular, I need to experience it myself!

Cue one bottle of Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Parfum landing on my desk. Let’s find out what this scent is all about (and expect a lot of purple).

Calvin Klein Euphoria Review
“Provocative. sexy. sensual. experience the mystery of euphoria, an addictive oriental with contrasting exotic fruits, seductive florals and a rich creamy signature” – CalvinKlein.com

Euphoria Fragrance Notes

Let’s cover the basics with Euphoria’s top, middle and base notes. In terms of fragrance family, it’s a Woody Oriental. Think sandalwood, spices and patchouli. Sweetness, vanilla and musk.

  • Top notes: Pomegranate
  • Middle notes: Lotus Blossom, Black Orchid
  • Base notes: Black Violet, Amber, Musk, Mahogany

Euphoria Commercial

The official advert sets the mood, with supermodel Natalia Vodianova and US male model Tyson Ballou, alongside music inspired by Yann Tiersen. It’s haute couture and super stylish, with more than a nod to ‘From Here To Eternity’.

Euphoria Packaging

Calvin Klein Euphoria ReviewThe bottle is heavy glass, with a silver metal lid and silver metal detailing. The liquid fragrance is deep purple, like some mystical elixir. The jury appears to be out on the styling but we love it – it sits in the hand very nicely and feels a little like you’re holding the glass slipper. The box is metallic deep burgundy with silver lettering.

What does Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Parfum smell like?

Cards on the table: when I smelled this in the bottle I thought “nice but not for me”. It seemed heavy and musky and too much of the night. However, on spraying it I did a 180-degree turn. Yes it’s all of those things, but it instantly becomes much lighter, more floral and somehow powdery on contact with the skin. In fact it’s utterly beautiful. 

There was an instant note of pomegranate, followed by the floral mid-notes and a warm, amber musk. My skin smelt amazing and unlike any other fragrance I’ve tried. Make no mistake, this is a woody oriental and that’s what you’re getting. Yes you can wear the scent in the day – sparingly – and at any time of year, but this is a sultry, night time, seductive scent. That’s what Euphoria does and does it incredibly well.

Happily there’s nothing overpowering about the fragrance. Where it could have been heavy and sickly and patchouli-esque, it manages to stay fruity and light, yet with that musky, oriental base. This is a grown up, confident, strong scent and I love it. Euphoria is perfectly named, it lifted my spirits immediately and I just couldn’t stop breathing it in. A few hours later the scent was still there. Still soft and feminine, yet mysterious and spicy. 

Is there a certain bottle of Calvin Klein Euphoria that’s now sneaked into my collection? You bet. I would recommend this fragrance to anyone looking for a sophisticated, statement scent. It’s for anyone who usually dislikes heavy fragrance, but wants something more than a floral or a citrus. It’s a perfect night time fragrance and a daytime ‘notice me’ scent.

Calvin Klein Euphoria ReviewWhere to shop Calvin Klein Euphoria

You can shop the whole CK Euphoria range here at allbeauty, with worldwide delivery available. You can shop all other Calvin Klein fragrance here.

Let us know in the comments what you thought of our review, and if you’re a fan of CK Euphoria, we love to hear from you.

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