RSS Feed

Tag Archives: Beauty

L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Review

Posted on

L'oreal

Hello!

I’ve been using this new range for about a month and have been pleasantly surprised by the results, so here’s a quick review!

 

The Fibrology range is L’oreal Elvive’s latest scientific breakthrough for hair. ’17 years of research, 8 years of testing and 1 patented technology’ has gone into creating a range of 5 products that promise to give you thicker hair by increasing the individual strands diameter, they are designed to give a cumulative effect, making your hair thicker each wash.

I was a bit sceptical as I am with any product that promises amazing results, I’m also not keen on Elvive as a brand, but I am quite concious of how fine my hair is so I thought I’d give them a go. Initially I just bought the shampoo, conditioner and ‘Double Serum’ as the thickness booster and masque had sold out within a few hours!!!

For the first week I didn’t notice any difference at all so was feeling a bit glum about wasting my money. However, the following week Boots had the remaining two products back in stock, so I gave Fibrology the benefit of the doubt and snapped them up. Next wash I combined the thickness booster with he masque, and left them on for 1o minutes so it could fully penetrate. As I was drying my hair I was surprised that my hair actually felt a bit thicker, nothing major, but definitely different.

So for the last 2 weeks I have been using the range every other day and my hair really is getting thicker! My ends aren’t looking as sparse and my ponytail feels much fuller even without any styling products. My friend that only see every few months even commented that my hair looked thick hand healthy which really proved I wasn’t imagining it!

Overall, I would recommend the range to anyone who’s not happy with their fine hair. It’s not going to deliver a miracle but it will make you hair thicker if you keep using it.

If you fancy trying it for yourself, Fibrology is currently on offer at Boots.

Has anyone else had good results with this range? I’ve seen a few bloggers criticising it so I’d love to hear your opinions!

Ali x

Advertisements

My Current Hair Care Routine…

Posted on
I'm a chronic lid-loser!

I’m a chronic lid-loser!

Hello!

I’ve had a couple of lovely emails off girls this week asking what my current hair routine is and the best way to start a hair growth journey, so I’m going to try and give you all the advice I can over these next couple of posts! Today I’ll start with my normal hair routine…

As a hair blogger, I hope you agree that it is understandable I have a ridiculous amount of hair products! My parents certainly don’t. However, this doesn’t mean that a good quality hair routine needs lots of different lotions and potions, quite the opposite in fact, it’s about finding the products that are right for your specific hair type. I have fine hair that is relatively healthy, so I try to stick to volumising/thickening products and balance them out with deep conditioners and oils to prevent damage. Unfortunately, this list is subject to change as there are very few hair products that I’m loyal too, but the ones I do are my holy grail products and I will use them every single week without fail; I would highly recommend everyone to add them into their routine!

1. Shampoo & Conditioner

So I’m currently using the Bodyshop Banana shampoo & conditioner, which I have reviewed on my previous post. I like them a lot, but I imagine I will be very bored of the scent by the end of the bottles so I will be switching them up when I have finished. The only shampoos & conditioners I have bought twice are the Redken Extreme range ones, when I was nursing my hair back to health from a dip dye disaster. These are fantastic products and I would recommend them to anyone with damaged hair, and if I don’t get my hair trimmed soon I’m going to need to order myself another lot!

2. Deep Conditioner

My hair mask of the moment is the new Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair  which I bought on offer from superdrug for £4.97. I am actually really impressed with this deep conditioner, it boldly claims to restore two years worth of damage in 2 minutes and although I can’t technically test this, my hair does feel stronger and my split ends just seem to disappear when I use it which is fantastic. I’m normally a bit of a snob when it comes to hair masks, opting for Kerastase or Redken but I think it’s highly likely I will buy this again.

3. Leave-Conditioner/Detangler

So I’m still using my Joico leave-in conditioner and detangler, it seems to be lasting a really long time which makes it great value for just £11. I use it each time I wash my hair after towel drying and it means I cause minimal damage during the drying process, you can read my full review and tutorial from a few months ago here.

4. Hair Strengthener (Holy Grail Product)

This is my absolute favourite hair product of all time and I must have repurchased it at least 5 times in the last 2 years. It’s the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment, a protein and ceramide lotion that penetrates the hair shaft to restore and fortify it, protecting it against any further damage, and it really works! I honestly can’t swear by this stuff enough, I hardly ever see any visible damage to my hair and I believe this is product is the reason.

5. Styling

This is probably the hardest one to write about because it changes pretty much every week dependent on what I’m doing, what new products I have found on the market, and sometimes I have a detox and don’t use any at all! I’d say my favourite styling product is Redken Thickening Lotion which really makes my actual hair strands feel plumped up and voluminous, great for nights out. If I’m using my rollers I find the Treseme Root Booster Spray is very effective and keeps the volume for a full day. If I’m curling my hair I will always use the L’oreal Techni Art Constructor as this is very effective heat protector and keeps my curls in place all day whilst adding texture, I get mine from my local salon for £10, but I’m pretty sure LookFantastic.com sell the range too.

6. Hair Oils (Holy Grail Product)

Another product I am fiercely loyal to since its launch is the L’oreal Extraordinary Oil.  This product really delivers for such a reasonable price tag and for me, is far better than the over-hyped Moroccan Oil. It leaves my hair glossy and smooth, concealing any split ends. Just make sure you use this after any heat styling or you will cook your hair like frying food in oil, ouch! It also comes in new formulations for coloured or fine hair now, very similar to the Kerastase oils range. Would highly recommend.

So yep, that’s most of the products that I’m currently using on my hair, from time to time I substitute in natural alternatives like coconut oil or rosemary water, it just depends on my mood. If I was to write this post again in 6 weeks I’m sure it will have drastically changed so I may start doing a traditional beauty bloggers ‘Monthly Favourites’ type post so I can keep a record.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and you found it informative, next post I will discuss the best way to start a hair growth journey and give you a proper update on how mine is going as I haven’t talked about it for a while.

Bye for now,

Ali x

 

 

Review : Body Shop Banana Shampoo & Conditioner

Posted on

bodyshop

Hello! Just wanted to do a quick review of my latest shampoo & conditioner combo as I am absolutely loving it!! So I’m currently using the Body Shop’s banana hair care range, I just picked this up on a bit of a whim really, but as soon as I smelt it I had to buy it. I have been really underwhelmed with the brands hair care in the past feeling it never delivered the results is promised. However this is a stand alone shampoo and conditioner combo, and isn’t part of the main line ‘rainforest’ range, which has had a lot of slating on the beauty blogosphere.

The two products are designed for all hair types, offering gentle and nourishing cleansing and conditioning. I find that the two together leave my hair feeling very soft and shiny without any weight.to great lengths

However I don’t think they are massively nourishing or gentle, to me they feel more like a clarifying shampoo and volumising conditioner. So if you have fine, and relatively healthy hair like me, these will work perfectly for you, if you suffer from coarse, damaged hair, I would avoid these as they will not benefit you. The best thing about these two are the smell, it’s a real pick me up in the morning, it’s so fresh and mouthwatering, I just wish the Body Shop would make more of these fruity shampoo’s and conditioner’s, I’d love a satsuma one to match my body butter!

In terms of consitincey they have a typical gel like texture, I find they lather well and you need very little product. The bottles are quite small but I reckon they will last me a good couple of months. I like to switch up my shampoo and conditioners regularly , but I’m sure they will become a staple in my bathroom and I will definitely be going back to them when I want my hair to smell like banana’s, and who doesn’t want that!!

You can check the BodyShop’s hair care range out here , the banana shampoo and conditioners are £4.50 each which I think is very reasonable for the quality. I hear Lush do a very good banana conditioner too, so I might give that a try in the near future, has anyone else tried it?

Love Ali x

Holiday Hair Care Review

Posted on

Charles Worthington Takeaway’s

If you’ve read my post from last year ‘My Holiday Hair Sins : Confession & Redemption’, you will be aware of how much damage I did to my hair on our 10 day trip to Ireland, through lack of organisation (didn’t pack any toiletries!) and a bit of a careless attitude towards my hair. I mean really, how much damage can you actually do in just a week? Well, sadly, the answer is a lot.

Me and Dec at the Atomium, Brussels.

Me and Dec at the Atomium, Brussels.

So to prove I had learnt my lesson, I made sure to go out an do a little holiday hair haul in Boots. I knew the weather would be freezing in Belgium, and that we would come home to a very warm centrally heated apartment; a combination that always leads to parched and frizzy hair. As my hair is fine, and I want it to look its best on holiday I opted for a volumising shampoo & conditioner to give it a bit of bounce, and to try and counteract the hat hair look I would undoubtedly experience. To hydrate my hair I chose the Charles Worthington mineral mask which I would use halfway through the holiday, and most importantly of all, a ‘Strength & Repair’ heat defence spray. I normally avoid any kind of heat on my hair, but if there is one time you are going to let yourself commit a small hair sin, it might as well be on holiday, just make sure to protect it!

Here’s a quick review of the products I bought:

IMG_1667[1] Charles Worthington Salon @ Home Takeaways

Volume & Bounce Shampoo and Conditioner – £1.99 each at Boots

I’ve always been a big fan of the Charles Worthington range, in terms of mid-range hair care brands like Umberto Giannini and Trevor Sorbie, this is definitely the best. The first thing I love is the packaging, it’s so simple and effective, each colour targets a specific hair so it’s easy to find what your looking for and the bottles have a sophisticated unique shape that I like to keep on my dresser.

The ‘Volume & Bounce’ range is packed full of collagen, which penetrates the hair strand and pumps it up, like a plumping lipgloss (or botox!!!). I’m always a bit worries when using volumising shampoo’s and conditioners that they will dry out my hair and I’ll end up with kind of swishy split ends than a voluminous moisturised mane. I was very pleasantly surprised by how soft my hair felt when I was beginning to dry it. The conditioner was really rich and creamy, but somehow it had left my hair feeling super lightweight and swishy! I hadn’t bothered to buy any styling products, but I didn’t miss them as my hair definitely felt thicker and  bouncier with just the shampoo & conditioner. The effects didn’t last all do, and the winds and rain did manage to batter my roots down to their lifeless selves, but I would highly recommend these products if your getting ready for a night out or date, I will definitley be buying the full sized versions next time I’m in town.

I’m planning on doing a battle of the volumising shampoo’s & conditioner’s post in the next few weeks as I have tried out so many, some much better than others, keep your eyes peeled!

Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque Sachet – £1.99 Boots

‘This rich, intensive spa-inspired treatment, enriched with Argan oil, marine minerals and conditioning proteins, helps to restore dry and damaged hair. It penetrates the hair deeply from root to tip for a super moisture boost. Hair is left revitalised, silky soft and with added shine.’ http://www.CharlesWorthington.com
I like to consider myself a bit of a hair masque connoisseur, I must have bought dozens of different ones over the last few years. It’s hard to find any that really ‘Wow’ me, I’m a big fan of Kerastase Nutri-Thermique and Redken’s Extreme strength builder, but they are very pricey. I felt like this Charles Worthington one was okay, it definitely made my hair a bit softer than when I was using the normal conditioner, but it didn’t give that veil like feeling you get with premium products, I also wasn’t overly keen on the scent. I don’t think I can really give this a fair review as a sachet only contains a single wash’s worth, but I doubt I will be buying the full size version. I’d always recommend either making your own with coconut oils and eggs, or splashing the cash and buying a really good quality deep conditioner.

Strength and Repair Heat Defence Spray
I’ve been using this product for a couple of years now, it’s my go-to heat defence spray and I just cannot fault it. I have the full size bottle which I keep at uni, and two travel sized ones that I keep at Dec’s and my Mum’s because I just can’t be without it. This is the only heat defence spray that I find leaves no residue or build up on my hair, and it leaves is feeling really soft once I’ve styled it. It also works fine on dry hair, whereas others can leave it feeling sticky. It smells great too! For the price, I really can’t rate it enough!

Hopefully this year me and Dec will be going on a nice sunny summer holiday, hot weather will require a completely different approach and another holiday hair care haul!
What are your travel essentials for when your away? I’d love some recommendations!
Ali xx

My holiday hair essentials….

Posted on

MY holiday hair essentials....

Off on holiday tomorrow (woohoooo) looking forward to reviewing these mini’s when I get home next week!

Hibiscus for Hair

Posted on

D.I.Y hibiscus shine spray & shine boosting mask

DIY Shine Spray

Like rosemary, hibiscus is a great natural ingredient to incorporate into your hair regime. The hibiscus flower is mainly used in herbal teas, but not only is the tea healthy and delicious, it can also work wonders on your hair! Although there has been very little scientific research into the beauty benefits of the flower, it has been used by women for centuries, in cultures all over the world. For me, the best thing about using hibiscus on your hair is the fantastic shine it gives, especially to red and brunette hair, and it couldn’t be easier or cheaper to prepare!

Step 1

Cut Hibiscus

The first thing you will need to do, is buy some chopped hibiscus. I get mine off ebay here for £4.25 for 200g (This will make 20 bottles of shine spray!!). Make sure your hibiscus is dry and fine cut.

 

Step 2

Hibiscus

Measure out 10g of chopped hibiscus. Add this in a saucepan to 500ml of boiling water. Leave to brew on a low heat for about 10 minutes (or up to half an hour if your patient).  The water should turn a lovely deep shade of pink. Also, your kitchen will smell AMAZING!

 

Step 3

Use a sieve to pour the tea into a measuring jug, wait till it is fully cooled and pour into an empty spritz bottle. And Viola! It’s that easy. Use liberally on damp hair before drying and you should see a visible difference in shine. You will have a lot of left over hibiscus in the sieve, but this doesn’t have to go to waste. Here are a few ways you can recycle the left overs :

  • To create a shine boosting mask, combine with a table spoon of coconut oil and apply all over wet hair. Wrap hair in a warm towel and leave over night. Wash thoroughly with a light shampoo and conditioner. Warning  this is messy, apply the paste in the shower or over a towel/sink.
  • To create a natural moisturising face wash, combine the left over leaves with some olive oil. Don’t be alarmed at how pink this is, it won’t dye your skin.
  • Keep the leaves in a ceramic bowl and put on top of a radiator to fill a room with their relaxing fragrance.

HibiscusAli x

Blowpro Review

Posted on

blowpro products

Like many girls, I find the proccess of blow drying my hair to a professional standard almost impossible. How do our hairdressers make it look so effortless? The fact is, it’s always going to be easier to blowdry someone else’s hair than your own so don’t be disappointed if you can’t exactly recreate your salon look. Fortunately for us Brits, a brand new range of products have landed in from New York designed especially to make blow drying, and life, that little bit easier!

Exclusively available at Superdrug, the Blowpro range is a professional haircare and hair styling line designed to give better blow dry results at home. The brand is extremely popular over in the states, and was the first blowdry bar in the world! There are 17 products available in the UK range, but here is a quick review of my favourites. Keep an eye out for my next post which will be an easy blow drying tutorial using some of these products.

Ready Set Blow

Express Blow drying lotion £10.99, http://www.superdrug.com/hair-styling/blowpro-ready-set-blow-express-blow-dry-lotion/invt/813459

Ready Set BlowReady Set Blow is hands down my favourite product in the line. If you like to keep your hair regime simple and want a product that can multitask and save you time, then this is perfect for you.

What it does

  • Guaranteed to deliver an easier, faster blow dry every time.
  • Plumps hair, shaping body for noticeably fuller, longer lasting styles
  • Smooths the cuticle, locks out humidity, improves manageability
  • Eliminates frizz, static and flyaways.

The reason I love this product is how much it cuts down drying time. Without using this, it takes about 15-20 minutes to fully dry, but with, this is reduced to less than 10. Now I don’t know the science behind this, but it is definitely a miracle in a bottle for ladies short on time. It also has a similar consistency and texture, and gives an almost identical result, as my favourite Redken Thickening lotion, plumping the hair shaft to make it feel much thicker. I will definitely be switching to Ready Set Blow as it offers much more than the Redken Product for the same price.

 

Textstyle

Dry Texture Spray £10.99, http://www.superdrug.com/hair-styling/blowpro-textstyle-dry-texture-spray/invt/813957

TextstyleI like to wash my hair a maximum of three times a week, so for me it’s really important to use productson the ‘inbetween days’ that can keep my hair looking good without using heat. I have been using Redken’s wool shake for a while, but Textstyle is a really great, and much lighter, alternative for second day hair.

What it does

  • Versatile formula allows you to set textured style in just seconds
  • Quick dry dispense provides dramatic definition that works to not only build up desired texture but controls grease and oil build up.
  • Brushable blend of ingredients and Lasting-flex Technology with built in memory allows you to recreate your style the next day.

I spray this on my previously blown out hair, and scrunch to have a messy/beachy texture, leaving no residue or weight like many other texturising products. This is really great of you want to wear your hair sleek and smooth the day you blow dry it, but want it to look a bit more edgy and textured the day after, without having to wash it or do any lengthy restyling.

Faux Dry

Dry Shampoo £9.99, http://www.superdrug.com/shampoos/blowpro-faux-dry-dry-shampoo/invt/814357

Faux dry

I am a bit of a dry shampoo junkie, I’ve tried so many, but never loved any until now! For me the best thing about the product is the packaging and the way it dispenses. I have never seen dry shampoo like this before, and I am very impressed. Unlike products such as Batiste, Faux Dry is not an aerosol,  which means you have much more control when using it, and you wont end up with any unsightly white patches. Another thing I love, which is down to personal preference, is that it has no smell! For me, regular dry shampoos always have quite a sickly, synthetic smell which I don’t like, whereas blow pro is completely neutral.

What it does

  • Instantly removes excess oil and build up without water.
  • Re-energizes blow dry style so that it last an extra day or two.
  • Adds volume at the root of hair where it tends to retain the most oil.

Although this product is considerably more expensive than batiste, I feel it is much better quality, and will last longer as the nozzle wont clog, which is a common problem with aerosol dry shampoo’s. The little translucent ‘poufs’ that come out absorb oil instantly without a residue and you only need a tiny amount for it to be effective.

For more info on the range, check out their website here, there’s also lots of useful tips for recreating professional blow dry style at home. The range is currently on 2-for-1 offer at superdrug, which you can take advantage of here.

Ali x