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Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste review

I was first introduced to Christophe Robin by Lookfantastic after a gorgeous luxury sample arrived in one of their beauty boxes. It was the most beautiful shampoo that not only felt gorgeous to use, but also felt like at n aromatherapy experience too with the alluring fragrance. Not so long ago, I received another product from Christophe Robin inside one of my Lookfantastic boxes – this time, it was the Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts. 

I’d never used a paste on my hair before so I was really intrigued to see how this would work out. I wasn’t convinced that I’d get even three applications on my hair after seeing the paste either – I was sure it would take some real work to lather it up and have my hair feeling clean once again. Oh, how wrong I was!

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste review | Rachael Divers

First of all, the paste comes inside a little plastic tub and once opened, the first thing you’ll notice is the wonderful scent of the rose extracts. This smells exactly like the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Balm which I’m a huge fan of. The paste is a rich browny-red in tone and has lots of small crystallised pieces inside.

The information on the tub states “This 85% of natural original formula brings immediate volume and thickness to fine hair without weighing it down. Apply on wet hair, massage into scalp, emulsify then rinse. Apply…on lengths if needed. Hair is left with incredible volume and body at the roots, while feeling full and light.”

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste review | Rachael Divers

I followed the instructions and I was absolutely amazed to find that the tiniest little scoop of paste emulsified gloriously on my scalp. As I have quite long, thick hair, I was really expecting to have to use a lot more product to get a clean, fresh feel, but this wasn’t the case at all. As with my last Christophe Robin shampoo, this really feels like an aromatheraputic experience too. I know that people are quite divided when it comes to the scent of rose – some love it, and some can’t stand it. I used to be of the latter, but in recent years my tastes have certainly changed and now I absolutely adore the scent. It reminds me of Valentine’s Day and of luxury and decadence so as I’m sure you can imagine, the scent is heavenly to me!

The paste left my hair and scalp feeling fresh, light and indeed, pretty volumised too.

Before emulsifying and after emulsifying | Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste review | Rachael Divers

I save this paste for special occasion hair washing as it’s just so decadent and lovely that I can’t bear to waste it just for the everyday use. If you’re looking for a truly beautiful hair shampoo with beautiful ingredients that are effective and smell divine, then this is definitely for you. It also currently comes in a beautiful gift set that would make the perfect Christmas present too. 

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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How to remove your Halloween makeup safely and easily

The spooking season has begun and it’s time to paint our faces and scare the heck out of our friends and family! Special effects makeup or just plain old Halloween makeup can be a little tricky to get off of our faces once applied, so here’s my guide to getting that blood and gore off without damaging your skin. Just remember, be patient and remove your makeup gently so as not to damage your skin or cause irritation.

Liquid Latex and Silicone
Liquid latex and silicone can usually be gently peeled away from the skin without much fuss, however, when layered up it can tend to be a little tougher to remove. To help me remove such materials, I like to use a wondrous little product called Isopropyl Myristate. In short, it’s an emollient that’s used in our cosmetics already and helps the makeup to slide right off. I use a little on a cotton pad to saturate the area, then gently and slowly begin to peel the makeup away. You can always apply a little Isopropyl Myristate to a cotton bud and push it under the liquid latex or silicone to help it slide on off of the skin if it’s still a little tough to remove.

How to remove your Halloween makeup safely and easily | Rachael Divers | Halloween Makeup in Barnsley

Prosthetic Pieces
Prosthetic pieces like chins or noses can be gently peeled away from the skin. Use Isopropyl Myristate for the tougher to remove pieces followed by an oil based cleanser.

Greasepaints and Cremes 
Greasepaints and cremes can be a little more time consuming to remove as they tend to repel water. The best way to get this type of makeup off is to use an oil based cleanser. The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is brilliant for this, but Coconut Oil from your kitchen cupboard will work great too if you don’t want to splash your cash on a fancy oil cleanser. Simply apply a little oil to your dry face and work it in with your fingertips to massage the makeup away, remove it using a soft, wet muslin cloth and repeat the process until the makeup has disappeared.

How to remove your Halloween makeup safely and easily | Rachael Divers | Halloween Makeup in Barnsley

Fake blood
Some fake bloods are easy to remove with a little oil cleanser and water, but some are specifically designed for ultra long wear and require a specific remover. Some brands will have their own remover that you can buy along with your fake blood. In the case of stubborn fake blood stains or coagulated blood, I tend to rely on my trusty Isopropyl Myristate to gently cleanse the blood away.

Spirit Gum & Scar Wax
Spirit gum is easily removed with Spirit Gum remover followed by your cleansing routine. I love the Mehron Spirit Gum Remover as it’s really gentle on the skin. As for Scar Wax, I tend to use my metal spatula to scoot the majority off followed by either Isopropyl Myristate or my regular cleanser depending on how much is left on my skin.

After removing your makeup thoroughly, it’s great to follow with a proper skincare routine to replenish the moisture and surface oils that have just been cleansed away. If you have the time, treat your skin to a soothing face mask before following with a nourishing moisturiser to keep your skin happy and healthy. I really rate the Starskin Red Carpet Hydrating Coconut Bio Cellulose sheet mask followed by something like the Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Gel Cream or the Caudalie Overnight Renewal Cream. Don’t forget to add a slick of your favourite lip balm to rehydrate your lips too!

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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October 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing

Hello my beauties and welcome to my October 2017 lookfantastic Beauty Box unboxing! My box was a little delayed this month so as soon as it arrived, I sat down to film my unboxing and edited as fast as humanly possible to get this out for you all. It’s been such a crazy month already with the Halloween madness starting early. I’m working at one of our local scare attractions with their fabulous team to provide gory makeup artistry for the live actors, so a beautiful box filled with products to pamper myself with was just heavenly to receive.

It seems like forever since I was able to sit down and film an unboxing video so it felt great to get back into the swing of things once again. My gorgeous little Lily joined me for the video today so you’ll no doubts spot her little face popping up to have a little nosey at the products as we go along.

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Subscribe to the Lookfantastic Beauty Box
Lancer Skincare The Method: Polish
MONU Firming Facial Oil
Bean Body Coffee Bean Scrub
Ciate Wonderland Mascara
Model Co Instant Radiance Concealer (exclusive to the lookfantastic Beauty Box) 

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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