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Tyme - Upstaged Thermal Protectant

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At The Amazing Blog we’ve collectively bought dozens of hair oils, masks, leave-in conditioners in an attempt to treat our heat damaged or coloured hair. Whilst some these products have helped in reversing the damage of hair dryers and hair dye, it’s great to discover just ONE product, that does what all! Step this way the creator of the revolutionary TYME Iron, who have now delved further into the world of haircare, by releasing their one-stop Upstaged Thermal Protectant. This spray that not only protects the hair it also helps to improves hair strength, shine and softness.  

TYME, is US based haircare company, whose mission is to '…create a hair care line that will perform its best.’ As someone who has dyed, straightened and curled their hair, those words sounded like music to my ears. It’s difficult to find products that help with my combination of damaged, fine and sometimes frizzy hair without weighing it down. However, I’m impressed with TYME’s Thermal Protectant spray that has really ‘upstaged’ my daily haircare routine.  

In addition to being heat resistant up to 300° C, Upstaged Thermal Protectant is also gluten, paraben and sulphate free so it doesn’t weigh down or cause unnecessary build up in the hair. The spray protects from heat and UV rays while giving hair volume, texture and shine in the process. Whether you have coarse, thin or even extensions in your hair, this spray will leave your locks looking pumped-up and shiny. A sulfate and paraben-free formula,  the key ingredient is extracted from the baobab tree, the hydrolysed adansonia digitata seed extract which is then infused into the heat protectant spray as the all-in-one repairing, strengthening and moisturising agent. Added Aloe Vera provides the shine and softness while additional polymers keep hair from feeling stiff and greasy. For optimal results, TYME recommends using the Upstage Thermal Protectant spray on towel-dried hair and comb through. After evenly distributing the spray, style as you would in your regular styling routine. So you can now reduce the number of products in your bathroom cabinet, but not forfeiting the results towards getting softer and stronger hair. See here to purchase your Upstage Thermal Protectant at £18.99 for a 120 ml bottle. We think you won’t be disappointed.

Friday Favourites for Effortlessly Perfect Eyes

Eye make-up was, for many of us, the first exploration into the world of beauty. Looking at advertisements and movie stars with the perfect smokey eye, or lashes that fluttered coyly, we realized that we wanted to look like that. Before all the other little tricks such as contouring, highlighters and lip-liners entered our world, it was eye makeup that made a statement and had the power to transform your identity for the day. While our tastes may have grown more subtle, definitely an improvement from the over lined lids of our youth, we still find a well done eye can lift an entire look. Therefore, The Amazing Blog has pooled it's collective knowledge to create a step by step guide for the perfect day to day look with minimal effort. After all, just because you are in a rush doesn't mean you can't look your best!

 

The first step for perfect eyes is to create a smooth and dark circle free surface to begin working with. To achieve this, we would recommend using Orphica's Pure Advanced Eye Renewal Serum which moderates wrinkle formation, banishes dark circles and puffiness, and nourishes the delicate under-eye area. The skin under your eyes is especially sensitive, which is why it needs special protection from external stressors, such as oxidative stress. Key ingredients such as Abyssinian oilVitamins A and E and snail secretion leave skin soft, smooth and soothed.

We are big fans of Orphica, which is why they feature again in the final step of this look. The reason we like this brand so much is that they draw inspiration from nature, incorporating the wonderful properties of plant extracts and the natural processes of the human body to create remarkable and effective products. 

Just apply the serum once daily before applying makeup. Purchase it here for £62.

 

The second step is a quick way to create long term effects. if you are like us then you have probably longed for longer lashes most of your life. Well, the people at Eye Care Cosmetics have granted us our wish with their Infini-Cils Mascara & Liner. It is an innovative lash growth activator which consists of a unique blend of nutritional ingredients to nourish the hairs. The active ingredient TDC (Tetrasodium Disuccinoyl Cystine) stimulates keratin which is the key composit for stronger, longer lashes. Biotinyl nourishes the lashes, promoting faster growth. Last, but not least, is organic Silicum and Panthenol, which are moisturising and strengthening ingredients. Importantly, the serum is hypo-allergenic and so those of you with sensitive skin and eyes are still able to use this wonder-product. It seems we're not the only ones who think this, as it was 'highly commended' at the 2016 Pure Beauty Awards.

This is an easy way to improve your lashes, you simply apply to makeup free eyes using the dual applicator. A fine liner applies product along the root of lashes and a mascara brush coats the length of the lashes.

Purchase the Infini-Cils Mascara & Liner from this UK stockist here, for £18.

 

 

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Now you have prepared the skin we are ready to move on to cosmetics. We firmly believe that eye Shadow is the best way to make eyes stand out, look bigger and help enhance your natural eye colour. We would recommend one of Lin & Lo's Mineral Eyeshadow Sets. They come as perfectly matched trios in an array of natural or vibrant colours. We were able to try the Natural trio and the Plum trio, the latter being ideal for green and hazel eyes. We recommend the Sahara trio, with the amber and rust hues to help blue eyes shine. Play up brown eyes with bronze tones to bring out their depth and dimension using the Mordore trio. 

The formula of the shadows are made of pure pigments with a silky touch that are easy to blend and only need only a single layer for maximum impact. Lin & Lo is a brand focused on using natural ingredients in their makeup line. They offer professional-quality makeup that acts as a skin care treatment at the same time, containing vitamins (C and E), antioxidants and natural ingredients such as Jojoba Oil, Roman Chamomile and Shea Butter. This eye shadow will leave your delicate skin left healthy and beautiful. The line consists of anything from foundations to lip pencils. What's more, the products are great for sensitive skin. They are hypoallergenic and free from synthetic preservatives, chemical dyes, artificial fragrances. Lin & Lo want women to feel confident and safe which is an ethos we can get behind.

If you have time, a flick of your favourite eye liner pairs beautifully with all Lin & Lo eye shadow. You can buy the Mineral Eye Shadow Sets here for £35.50 each.

 

 

Bookending our routine is Orphica's Up Mascara which gives instantly longer lashes. The ergonomic wand effectively works to separate the lashes and coat each lash evenly, adding the much-desired volume. The mascara was designed to give you that seductive look, and so you are left with natural but fluttery lashes. The formula is top-notch; it is highly-pigmented and pitch-black, it doesn't flake, smudge, clump or weigh down the lashes. the mascara remains in place through out the day and finishes off the look. This mascara is so good, in fact, that we forego the eye lash curlers making it a time-saving and effective product. 

Purchase the mascara here for £30.00, with free delivery on all orders.

With these three products in your makeup bag you are guaranteed to finally have the eyes you dreamed of as a child. All of the products are easy to use and are the perfect accompaniment to the girl on the go. 

Natural World - Chia Seed Oil Haircare

Here at The Amazing Blog we are always searching for this soft, beautiful and voluminous hair effect that lasts all day long. Luckily, this is not a hard task with the Chia Seed Oil products from Natural World.

Let’s be honest, how many hours have you spent in front of the mirror trying to fix your unruly mane? Too flat?, No character? From now on, you don’t need to dream about the voluminous hair that celebrities usually show on the red carpet. This range of shampooconditioner and oil is designed to boost volume and strength whilst providing a shiny and silky texture, giving us a bouncy and considerably fuller- looking hair.

The creamy Volume & Shine Shampoo is 95% natural and it is infused with Orange, Lemongrass, Cedar Wood, Rosemary and Ylang-Ylang oils that will leave your hair exquisitely soft and nourished. It also provides volume by effectively removing the dirt and impurities that weigh down your hair and make it limp. The Volume & Shine Conditioner is also infused with the same 5 essential oils and has a smooth, creamy texture. We know that the biggest enemy for limp hair is often the conditioner; it might be too heavy and add extra weight, but the Natural World conditioner and its Chia-extract formula helps remove impurities revealing a healthy, non-greasy hair while moisturising and detangling at the same time. The Volume & Shine Anti-gravity Treatment Oil gives the final touch to the whole process. This oil is ultra-fine and it quickly absorbs providing a voluminous hair that will last all day long. The entire line of products is gluten, phosphates and parabens free; making it suitable for sensitive skin.

Here you can check and try out the whole range for a very special price of £12.72.

 

Label.M - Brunette Texturising Volume Spray

Here at The Amazing Blog, we're constantly looking for ways to give our hair that 'done' look with minimal effort. Recently, we got our hands on the Brunette Texturising Volume Spray from Label.M professional hair care, and have finally found the 'get up and go' product that we've always craved.

As the official haircare sponsor of London Fashion Week 2015, we already knew we were on to a great product. After all, if it's good enough for the catwalk, who are we to say no. The brunette-friendly spray was added to the collection after the brand's original Texturising Volume Spray was a roaring success. Launched last year, it became a popular product so quickly that the founders decided to develop a brunette-specific version to give a lift to darker roots.

Utilising the same concept as a dry shampoo, the spray is the perfect way to give brunette barnets a bit of oomph. I simply sprayed through my roots, and after a bit of finger work, I found that I had the perfect tousled style with a dose of extra volume in no time at all. It also has the same hold as a hairspray, so you don’t have to worry about your hair flying everywhere in the unpredictable London wind. A hairspray/dry shampoo hybrid could potentially have devastating effects on the texture of your hair, but I'm pleased to report that my tresses were neither crispy nor powdery after use. It's a great product for giving you hair and mood a necessary boost when you're feeling a bit deflated.

Each spray costs £12.95, so stock up on the backstage favourite here and say a fond farewell bad hair days.

Magnetic Lash

If I could only choose two products from my make-up bag, that would be concealer (no one has perfect skin, huh?) and mascara. My eyes are naturally quite big, but as a glass wearer, they tend to appear much smaller and I really dislike that - so in order to make my lashes look fuller and longer I used to apply a few coats of mascara, making my eyelashes look clumpy and spidery (which I confess I love, but not for everyday). Being as picky as I am with mascara, I was more than pleased when I came across Santhilea's Magnetic Lash - a simple 3 step application system that makes your eyelashes look full and flirty. Even though the application may sound as a mission, it's quite fast and easy once you get used to it: firstly, apply Magnetic Lash in the usual way, as you would do with a mascara; while the lashes are still wet, dab gently Lash Builder evenly from base to tips and let it dry slightly. Finally, reapply as desired Magnetic Lash as a top coat. Magnetic Lash is not a heavy paint, and despite the three steps, it's easier to remove than ordinary mascaras as it won't smear across your face.Magnetic Lash holds the curl beautifully and keeps your lashes in good condition - its formula contains Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E to nourish and condition, supporting natural lash growth.

At The Amazing Blog we've never tried such a great lash product - it delivers volume and length, it doesn't budge or move and holds the curl like nothing else. Magnetic Lash is truly super-volumizing and lengthening.

Magnetic Lash retails at £24.99 and can be purchased through their website.  If you're used to buying your mascara from the high street, we understand that the price tag might scare you, but at The Amazing Blog we highly recommend this amazing product, you won't look back!