28 Apr 2013

Boots essential curl cream

This stuff is DA BOMB !!! and I'm not even joking. A little miracle in a 250ml tub for £1.29, total bargain! It may look small but trust me you do not need that much.

It does have a thick sticky consistency and is somewhere between a gel/wax or a cream and the fact that it is pink is just even better :) <3

I apply it to damp hair after using a bit of leave in conditioner. I rub a small amount between my fingertips and smooth it down my hair in sections. No twisting or manipulating just smoothing it down and maybe a bit of finger de-tangling, and oh boy are my curls defined!!!

I have never had a product that makes my curls look so lovely without even trying. I get lovely little ringlets so effortlessly which would otherwise require me twisting small sections of hair bit by bit for hours. 

It does leave my hair crunchy but after a few hours of goofing around like I usually do or even sitting down the crunch disappears. I can also get rid of the crunch by diffusing or simply fluffing my hair a bout with my fingers.

It may look flat at first but my hair always manages to volumise by itself after an hour or so. This product does not weigh my hair down and does not dry it out however it doesn't seem to have any moisturising properties. This is a product purely for styling. However I must say that this probably isn't suitable for curl patterns in the type 4 range or anything looser than 2b. This product enhances the natural curl pattern and won't magically make 4a hair look like 3c or 2a look like 2b. What it does is help kinky patterned hair  clump together and form ringlets/spirals 

I've also noticed I have less frizz on the first day. Usually I have a fluffy halo forming around my head but with this product my curls stay put until I naughtily sleep on a cotton pillowcase :S

Even after that my curls are decent for another two days and I refresh them by putting in some leave in conditioner and whippin' ma hair back 'n' forth. Or I could just finger detangle and reapply which I haven't really done too many times because I prefer to co-wash and have fresh hair to work with.

Does what it says on the tub and more...

Boots Essentials Curl Creme is a natural looking control and defining creme to smooth away frizziness and hold your curls.

Product Attributes: definition, shine, frizz control, anti-humectant, sun protectant

I am not sure about the shine attribute as my hair has a healthy but subtle sheen to it anyway. Whether this is due to my conditioner/leave-in or this product I do not know.

Not only that but the ingredients are totally curly girl friendly...

Aqua, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, PVP/VA copolymer, phenoxyethanol, polyquaternium-10, parfum, benzophenone-3, citric acid, sodium hydroxide, C1 14700

Ingredient Attributes: silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free, glycerin free

The product does not build up because it is free of silicones and it also won't be giving me cancer any time soon because it is free of parabens. It can also be used all throughout the year in dry and humid weather because it is free of glycerin.

This product is just too good. The only downfall is the crunchiness and lack of moisture but I will be continuing to use this as nothing else has reliably kept my curls under control and looking so fabulous!! xxxx <3

22 Apr 2013

Argan oil Conditioner

Due to my somewhat recent obsession with argan oil this brown bottle caught my eye and for just £1 I had to buy it. It isn't however a very big tube, only 150 ml but who's complaining at that price.

I love the packaging, the brown colour makes it look so earthy and natural and the shiny gold touch just made it look sooo promising. I mean who doesn't like a bit of shimmer every now and then?

The smell is nothing like usual conditioners. there is no perfume in the ingredients so I imagine it has no scent at all. What it does smell of is probably just the blend of oils and other typical ingredients of a conditioner which seems very natural to me.

The consistency is creamy but very light with a bit of slip. I personally hate slippery conditioners but this one has just about as much slip as I will tolerate. I left it in for at least 2 hours and it did not go crispy on my hair at all.

I'm not sure if  it has made any difference to my hair but it hasn't done anything bad like coating it with silicones or any other product. My hair does however seem very soft, shiny and moisturised. I used the boots essential curl cream to style afterwards so I don't know if that has made any contribution or is masking the effects of this conditioner.

As you can see the top half the ingredients is packed with lots of oils that have all been shown to have benefits towards healthy hair. Also there are no parabens or any other unfriendly ingredients. The only thing that caught my eye was PEG-10 diemethicone but since that has PEG in front it is water soluble and won't cause build up.

There was a matching shampoo and oil treatment which I have recently reviewed but I din't bother to purchase the shampoo as it had sulphates on the ingredients list.

So far there is nothing I do not like about this conditioner and the ingredients alone are enough for me to keep buying it. On the front in gold letters it says the cleansing but I don't know if this applies to the conditioner or is just there for show. If this is a cleansing conditioner then that would make it even better for co-washing.

If you live in the UK you can find this conditioner in Discount UK or poundworld. It seems to be slightly  more expensive online but this conditioner is a total bargain for just £1. I've noticed similar products in Superdrug that are based around argan oil but these are much more pricey and are probably no different to the cheaper one I have bought.

21 Apr 2013

Sensodyne Toothpaste

As I am now petrified of all things that contain sulfates/SLS I decide to change the brand of toothpaste that I use.

I tried to take a picture of the ingredients but they were too small.
I am certain though that there are no SLS in this toothpaste.

This one cost around £2 from Superdrug and you get 75ml which for one person is okay but for the entire family is not purse friendly at all. My family of 6 go through an average tube of toothpaste every week or so.

However compared to any other brand this toothpaste has a few benefits that I have not experienced before.

What I noticed immediately was that it didn't sting my tongue!!!! :D lots of points earned there. Sometimes when I brush my teeth with other brands particularly Aquafresh I feel like I might as well of burnt my tongue with a hot curry.

This toothpaste also didn't froth as much which is great because I get so uncomfortable when there's too much and having to spit it out just causes a mess (no innuendo)

With all those benefits this toothpaste still cleaned my teeth well but doesn't leave any minty freshness, which I guess is a bonus if you want to actually be able to taste your breakfast and orange juice in the morning.

I don't have sensitive teeth so I can't really say anything about whether it helped or not in that sense but I would recommend this to anyone who wants a milder toothpaste that's free of SLS.


19 Apr 2013

Oops I did it again.....

I went Shopping !!!!! :)

Now I didn't just buy these products alone but I'm sure you don't want to read about the cotton buds, soapboxes and boring hand washes I bought.....

From left to right: Sensodyne toothpaste, Lush sex bomb bath bomb, Lush lettuce face mask, Boots essential curl cream.

Now my reason for buying the Sensodyne toothpaste is that It does not contain SLS therefore I am one more step away from an SLS free lifestyle, I am yet to find a hand wash and it's so annoying because there are so many pretty looking bottles of hand wash out there. I thing I will eventually turn towards some lush soap to supplement hand wash but this would be rather pricey :( 

I think this toothpaste cost me around £2 in Superdrug although I could probably get it cheaper in discount UK if they sold it. I like how it comes it a more personal sized tube. All my beauty and care products are almost separate from the ones my family use so there's no point in me buying family sized toothpaste when it's going to take me forever to use and take up space in my wash bag. Funnily enough the smaller tube was more value for money than the bigger tubes of the same brand.

Next the Bath bomb, XD

This was my first time ever purchasing anything from lush and the shop was practically empty which is worrying since I've heard rumours of my most local one closing down :(. But never the less I was absolutely mesmerized by the smell and presentation of the place when I walked in. It honestly felt like I was in a christmas/gift shop and toystore all at once, It was magical.....

 Even though Easter is over I wanted to have the Easter egg bath bombs simply because it was still April but they stopped selling them so I went for the biggest baddest, (and closest) bath ball I could see. 

The SEX BOMB !!!!
this is definitely are more mature lady's smell which isn't really my thing as I prefer more girly youthful scents even with perfumes. My family however really loved the smell of it. Maybe it will smell different in the bath but this big ol' ball was £3.20. and let me say it was a tremendous effort to breake it up. I had to use a small electric chain saw thing (which I can only describe as something scary out of my dad's toolbox) To cut it in half and then a hammer to break it into more pieces so I could use the bomb more than once. I was rather upset at the pink dust I managed to get everywhere but I managed to recover most of it into the paper bag.

Next the Lettuce Love face mask. 
this was given to me as a free sample and I thought wow I got something for free !!! until I smelt it :(......I think I would've rather not have it because it looks like an ugly green monster was blended and put into a pot. I'm not to keen on the smell either but my sisters rather liked it or didn't notice it. I must have the nose of a hormonal pregnant woman because I am so picky and seem to sense things differently to others. 

Finally the boots essential curl cream
Bought it for £1.29 and as far as I can tell it's pink :) smells decent and has curly friendly ingredients. The tub was not as big as I expected but the consistency seems very thick and after all, £1.29 for a curly friendly product is a pretty good deal to me. I do hope I like it as this is probably my last try at finding a styling product for curls that has CG-friendly ingredients and does the job nicely.

I will be trying out all of these products over the weekend and should have my reviews up soon. <3 

16 Apr 2013

Less than impressed

So I have recently been having a beauty breakdown after doing some reading on the web and finding out about all the unfriendly chemicals that are in my favourite products.

I have been aware of sulphates for quite some time and have been trying to avoid them. I have also been slightly aware of silicones but never really acted upon it.

As of yesterday I have decided to stay away from sulphates, pure silicones, parabens and aluminium chlorohydrate (found in deodorants)

If you want more info on these you should search the web but here are the brief reasons why I avoid them

  • Sulfates - strip hair of natural oils and dries it out, also does the same for the skin,
  • Pure silicone - (water soluble silicones are okay) these sit ontop of the hair shaft and prevent water from entering the cuticle thus drying the hair out.
  • Parabens - linked to breast cancer, mimics hormone oestrogen, can affect male reproductive system
  • Ammonium chlorohydrate - damaging to nerves, linked to Alzheimers 

More info on  sulphates and silicones:

After looking at the ingredients of my currently in use products and the ones on my wish list I was appalled to find out that most of them have these unfriendly chemicals on their ingredients lists.

So maybe I should make a list of products that I love, but only at the risk of developing some sort of disease:

  • Dove nourishing oil range - silicones, these worked great first time but I decided to ditch the shampoo and co-wash to avoid the sulfates, This however led to a build up of silicones on my hair and scalp which looked like dandruff and dried my hair to the point where it was getting slightly frizzier
  • Twisted sista range - also packed with silicones
  • Most of the Aussie hair products - packed with parabens
  • Simple skincare range - also packed with parabens
  • Clearasil rapid action treatment cream - best spot treatment I have come across but has parabens
  • Body lotions - Vaseline cocoa radiant lotion and Garnier 7 day body lotion, both have parabens
  • Dove pomegranate Deodorant - Aluminium chlorohydrate
  • Superdrug anti-age hand cream - parabens
  • Quite a lot of my makeup has parabens :(
The bad news is that these unfriendly chemicals are almost unavoidable unless you're willing to spend 3 times as much money for paraben free products and make-up

Luckily about half of the products I already own are free of these chemicals and are not too pricey either:
  • halos and horns bathtime range
  • Most of the herbal essences products
  • Femfresh deodorant
  • Simple baby wipes
  • Superdrug feminine wipes
  • Johnsons baby oil
  • I love... body and hand lotions
  • Rimmel stay matte foundation
  • Dove heat defence range (has the odd silicone here or there but most are water soluble)
  • Aussie take the heat collection (except for the leave) in spray
I do make an exception for silicones when it comes to heat styling as they protect hair from heat damage but most of them in the Aussie and Dove range seem to be water soluble which is great :)

Any products that I review in the future I will mostly be free of these chemicals and if not I will probably mention and have a reason why I'm using them.

I currently feel like throwing out all of the "bad" products I own and starting afresh but that would be very wasteful and I do not have enough money to restock my beauty regime with new products so I guess I will have to wait :(

There are quite a few lush products that look promising but it's important to read the ingredients as I have found that two thirds of the products on their website seem to have sulphates in them :/

Although most "friendly" products can be pricey I think the Naked range is the closest you're gonna get to natural products for a reasonable price. I will definitely be ordering a few things from their range and I think it's worth checking them out if you haven't already xxxx

15 Apr 2013

Argan oil hair treatment

So I saw this brand In Discount UK and the shampoo, conditioner and this 25ml treatment were all £1 each

Until I looked at the ingredients.....
The shampoo had a sulphate at the top of the ingredients list and this little treatment oil had cyclodimethicone and dimethicone. I did not find out about the silicones until after I bought it thus I was rather peed off :( This is such a shame as the rest of the ingredients is a blend of lovely oils and the product itself smells rather pleasant.

Now I wasn't silicone concious or paraben & polyquaternium concious until recently (i.e yesterday)

The conditioner seems to be curlygirl safe so I am yet to try it. I am currently at a point were I am trying to use up all my products that have non-CG ingredients so I can move onto a full force CG method.

Anyways....on with the review!!!!

First I applied some Aussie leave in conditioner (as seen in the back right of the picture) to moist any dry curls and redefine them. I then went In and applied more than a few drops to each section which Is not what the directions recommend as they suggest to only use a few drops for the entire head of hair . How that works I do not know as I have rather thick medium length hair. Besides I needed to use it up anyway.

It did not feel sticky and was extremely easy to apply and work into my hair, without being to slippery either, just the perfect consistency. Usually when I use styling products such as the twisted sista cream in the left of the picture, my hair feels crispy and crunchy. But using this product before applying the cream helped to keep my curls soft and crunch free. The downside however is that It increases air drying time and I can still feel some oily residue after about an hour or so. Still not sticky however and I'm sure this can be combated with a diffuser.

A little does not go a long way as I have already used half of the 25ml bottle but maybe if I was more conservative with my pouring skills I could make this little bottle stretch to four uses.

Over all this is a lovely affordable little treatment which would have been even lovelier had it not been for the silicones. If they were water soluble then maybe I would continue to use the treatment but I when I finish this bottle I will have to say...

farewell forever :'(

Vaseline cocoa radiant lotion

I've never been interested in Vaseline too much until decided to sniff a bottle of this purely out of curiosity.  I almost overdosed on the chocolatey scent and decided I couldn't live without trying some of this cocoa goodness.

So how did it fair?

It wasn't too sticky like some products I have tried in the past but I still found it difficult to get a pair of leggings on. Not as absorbent as the Garnier 7 day lotion which I would put at a 4.5 out of 5. Therefore I give this product 3 out of  5 on absorbing into my skin.

It is definitely a rich creamy moisturiser but not as heavy as a night cream or body butter. Me and body butters don't get along very well :( but this one was just rich enough for me. You see, although my skin is usually dry and dusty it  has a hard time absorbing anything even water!! So anything too rich will just sit on top or end up on my clothes instead.

As for making my skin look radiant I can't really say whether it did any of that. My skin is naturally quite shiny as well as my hair. Immediately after application I do notice my legs start to behave like mirrors and reflect things here and there but hours later there is no such radiance to be seen. Although I must say that my skin is now exceptionally smooth and soft which is difficult to achieve when your legs are dryer than the sahara desert (maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration)

For £4.69 this moisturiser may seem a bit pricey but I have only used this product twice and the 400ml tube looks like it's going to last me for a good while. If you only use moisturisers after bathing/showering like me then it will possibly be 2 months until I investigate another brand. If however your interested in buying this I would hurry if I were you because this 400ml tube is now on offer in Superdrug for less than £3 which is another total slap in the face for me. I always seem to be buying products before they go on offer.

13 Apr 2013

Twisted Sista: twisted feelings

Left to right: different strokes serum, blow dry cream, shampoo, conditioner, curl activator cream , and 30 second curl spray

This brand had been around for a while and I've probably seen it in stores for around a year but it's only recently that I've decided to pay attention to it. I was browsing superdrug online as you do and all of these products except the shampoo and conditioner were on offer for 99p each. They're usual price is 1.99 each which isn't bad but you can still get all of these in discount uk for 99p except for the 30 second curl spray. So these products are pretty darn cheap. 

Up until seeing these products on offer I had ignored the brand and cast it off as a poor attempt a Caucasian business man is trying to pull to be a part of the curl revelation going on these days. Little did I know that the man who created this line is a man of colour who has carefully spent years trying to create products that will work for almost any curl but specifically mixed raced crurlies. 

I guess I wasn't sold by the packaging as the cartoon girl just doesn't look very realistic. Had she been designed with brown eyes and a broader nose I may have been more likely to try the products sooner. You just don't come across people of that skin tone with those eyes very often so guess my subconscious was telling me no because she didn't look anything like me or any other mixed girls I've ever seen.

Anyways back to the actual stuff inside the bottles. I didn't bother trying the shampoo because it had sulphates in it therefore I was not interested. When using these products my first impression was WOW I cannot believe products as cheap as these can get my curls poppin' like this !!!! but That was only after using the cream and the spray. Everything else in this line is a different story.

None of the products gave any moisture to my hair. ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THEM !!!!
to which I was very displeased. The smell is very fruity and is more suited towards little kids but the scent fades quickly. There are barely any natural ingredients in these products  which are full of chemicals I can't even understand and I did A-level chemistry !!! 

let me break down what I did and didn't like about each product to give a more detailed picture

The conditioner
  • Slippery, which is probably good for detangling but to be honest I hate slip
  • does not absorb into my hair and does nothing in any way of nourishing/moisturising
  • After rinsing this out my hair does most feel as smooth compared to other conditioners I have tried
  • Does not feel very high quality and looking at the ingredients I'm not surprised
The blow drying crème
  • Smells like nail polish (very strongly)
  • Smooths down my curls for when I want to keep them curly but it feels very sticky
  • As for blowdrying straight it did not do anything to help
The serum
  • after straightening it gives my hair shine for about and it goes dull again after swished it round a bit
  • very thick and sticky and difficult to work with I have put it in wet hair curly hair and straight hair and to be honest it just makes my hair less manageable
The Curl activator cream
  • THE BEST STYLER EVER......nothing has ever defined or made my curls look as lovely as they are with this product. I honestly think the creator of this line has performed a miracle with this one but there are a few tiny teeny weeny few issues which I have solved simply by the way I use the product
  • After washing and putting in the 30 second curl spray or a leave in conditioner spray, I quickly smooth my hair with this cream whilst it is still damp. If I leave it to air dry it can seem a bit crunchy but that goes away after a few hour or with the use of a diffuser.
  • If I diffuse until my hair just the slightest bit damp then the remaining water seems to get rid of the crunch and soften my curls.
The 30 second curl spray
  • I think it should've been called the 60 second curl spray but regardless of what state my hair is in I know I can use this spry and the activator ream to get perfect curls whether it's second day, third day or fifth day hair.
  • This spray Is good as a leave in or a quick pick me up when my curls need a boost of life
  • I think this spray moisturises my hair a little but not by much
over all I think that most of these products are just packed with silicones and chemicals that coat my curls into a perfect mould rather that actually nourishing them.

I am yet to try the actual leave in conditioner an the thermal heat protector of this range but since they are not available to buy in the UK at a low price I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for them.

The only things I would repurchase are the 30 second curl spray and the curl activator cream because when used together they are like the curl miracle I have been waiting for. I can get decent curls with these two every time and all of the products from this range Have UV filters which is an added bonus as my precious locks can now be protected from the sun :). If these two particular products had more natural ingredients and were more moisturising then I would actually consider them to be the perfect curl products but that is not the case so they only hold a place as my favourite stylers.

12 Apr 2013

Trip to London: Victoria's secret

 If you live in the Midlands you will know that sometime in march there were lots of train delays because of some surprise snowing that occurred  Because of these delays my mom was given free tickets to London by the network people to make up for the inconvenience. Thus me and a few sidekicks decided to do some shopping in London just in one day.

Baring in mind we live in the West Midlands getting there was no easy task.

My day started at 4:30 in the morning and I groggily got up and started my morning routine with little to no sleep. Because it was so early i din't feel like breakfast so I had to wait until we got all the way there to eat.

We caught a bus into the town centre at 6.15am but when we got to the train station we found out that we could only use London midland trains that stopped at a billion other stations on the way. Those fancy smancy direct virgin trains were out of the option and although the tickets were free I was less than amused about this.

We ended up catching a train at around 6.53  instead of 6.45 to Birmingham and then changed to another train that went from Birmingham to London and stopped at almost 20 other stations along the way. As we went at a slow pace I envied those posh direct virgin trains speeding past us at regular intervals.

We were going so slow that we had enough time to get tired, hungry, and in need of the loo.

If that wasn't enough to get us down the weather wasn't very pretty either but it warmed up throughout the day

This is my cheeky face when I'm taking pictures of people sleeping, I seemed to last a lot longer than my sidekicks :P

When we arrived at london we all made a quick run for the loo and I was shocked to find out that we had to pay to get into the toilets. Who would've thought that having a piddle would cost you 30p !!!!! OUTRAGE!!!!!

After that we got our tube tickets for the day and my sister was appointed captain of the team thus she navigated us to everywhere we needed to go. She was very good at it and had I been there without her I would've got lost.

Our first stop (after going to the loo) was Victoria's Secret however we did not know what to buy and were rather hungry so we backtracked ourselves to Starbucks were we refreshed ourselves with some drinks. I had a large hot chocolate and it was delicioco :)

Whilst we were there we devised a plan of which shops we were going to visit, where and when to have lunch and how long we were going to stay in London.

We went back to Victoria's secret and all of us bought some knickers on a deal for 5 pairs for £20 which considering the brand and the quality of the items was a bloody good deal. I also bought two bra-lets for around £20-25 each. I was under the impression that it was 2 for £24 but that was not the case when I got to the till. I bought them anyway because they were so pretty and I will probably never be able to shop in that store again or in London for a very long time. 

I would put pictures of what I bought in there but I don't think it would be appropriate to put pictures of my panties on the internet :) One of the bra-lets was bright sea blue with a bit of mint green on-top and the other was a light mint green that seemed to glitter and shimmer in the light. Both were rather lacey and looked very lovely on.

I can rest assured that I will probably never find anything quite as pretty in any other store or on-line  And not only that but I saw some gorgeous night dresses/gowns and some very glittery bras that made my mouth water. One In particular was almost £200, it was a light dusty pink colour and was adorned with many sequins and other things the shimmered. 

If I was a billionaire I would definitely have a collection of lingerie from Victoria's secret although it would be rather difficult to have any excuse for a panty parade. But it's true that having nice underwear makes a woman confident on the outside (even if she has no one else to admire them)

 I also have to say that their fragrances are lovely and one that caught my eye or should I say nose was a very fruity perfume called Fabulous for £42. It is going straight on my wish list along with many other things

We then made our way to Gilly-Hicks and Hollister which to me is always the worst shopping experience ever. Now I don't mind a shirtless hunk every now and again but it has to be in the right place in the right time, i.e. in a  magazine, on the TV, on a dance stage, in my sexy folder on my laptop, or preferably in my bedroom. But the people there just aren't helpful. One of the staff was a rather talk, dark, and uselessly handsome French guy who couldn't answer our questions about the body sprays. The shop is always dark and overcrowded and I have heard many a story of people buying the wrong item or reading the price wrong because they couldn't see properly.

But I somehow managed to buy a body spray called solana beach. I was originally going for one called crystal cave (or cove idk?) which was very fruity and lovely but when I got home I was not happy to hear my mom say that the one I bought smelled like alcohol so I am rather reluctant to use it :(. Which kind of sucks considering I spent £10 on it. There was a deal of 3 for £24 but two of my sidekicks did not have enough money to pay £8 so me being generous paid more for mine.

We also had a quick browse in lush which I have never had an interest In until a lady demonstrated one of the bath bombs to us and let us smell a face mask that could have passed for a chocolate paste. Thus I was hooked and I have a very long wishlist of bath bombs and soaps I want to try. However my list is not terribly long ans a lot of their products contain sulfates and since I avoid sulfates like the plague it was easy to narrow my choices down. Some of the things in there seem a bit pricey but the fact that I can find almost natural sulfate free cleansers makes them worth it to me, but I'll wait until I try a few before I say anything....

I got these earrings from Top Shop and they were originally a set of three but the third pair were rose gold which I am not a fan of since it blends into my skin tone too much and I didn't like the shape. Thus I gave the pair to one of my sidekicks

I also got this cheeky par of skeletons which I believe are meant to be dancers although they do seem to have different styles

To the left we have a jazzy skeleton, and to the right we have Saturday night fever !! :D

This bracelet is very cute and it was only £1.50, how could I say no !! I love ethnic/cultural jewellery and find it difficult to spot any that don't look tacky but these seem perfectly innocent and somewhat religious.

Walking around London in a silly tight pair of shoes is not a good idea but luckily boots were selling plasters at buy 1 get one half price so I got some normal clear ones and some cushioned ones which were so soft they stopped any chance of my poor heel from forming a blister.

 After almost breaking the bank we finally decided to go home and the train journey back was just as bad if not more unpleasant than the journey there. We were confused as to which coach to be on since the train was going to split at a certain stop. After going through almost every coach we ended up sitting on the floor as there were no seats which made the long, almost 2 hour journey back almost unbearable.

One of my sidekicks however was still comfortable enough to fall asleep

Hehe :) xxxx

Hope you enjoyed reading this and if you're ever think of going to London be sure to book tickets in advance. It might seem like more hassle but it'll be much easier in the long run.

11 Apr 2013

Dove nourishing oil

Left to right. shampoo, express treatment conditioner, regular conditioner

I got a free sample of the conditioner around a year ago and used it to co was. I absolutely loved it and when I saw it in-store a year later with argan oil as on of the ingredients I was sold!!

The Shampoo
  • Although it contains sulphates it felt as if my hair was not stripped dry and still quite manageable afterwards. 
  • The best sulfate shampoo I have come across and felt luxurious as I lathered it into my hair.
  • Cleaned my hair without stripping it completely
The conditioner
  • Not too slippery, actually quite creamy but then not to thick so detangling was not a problem.
  • Like the shampoo it felt luxurious and I noticed such a difference when I I finished styling my curls.
  • Made my hair more manageable and shiny

The express Treatment Conditioner

  • Did not feel much different from the regular conditioner
  • supposed to be a deeper treatment but the regular one felt much better to me
  • I have only used it once so maybe it needs a few more goes to have an effect but it pretty much feels the same
  • was thicker but still easy to work through my hair
  • My hair did not seem moisturised when I'd finished styling and drying it
Nourishing Oil Care Leave-in Conditioning Spray
The Leave in conditioner
  • Had an overpowering smell
  • Didn't do anything for my hair other than make it more shiny which I couldn't care less about since I have frizzy dry curls anyway 
  • What I needed was moisture which this product didn't give

* any conditioner that I use I leave on for at least an hour or so
* the leave in conditioner I used on damp and dry hair and either way it did not do much

You can buy the shampoo and regular conditioner in poundland/poundworld or for £1.29 in discount uk. In boots each product in the range is over £2-3 to which I kicked myself when I saw them cheaper in other stores. I didn't bother with the hair mask as the ingredients were pretty much the same as the conditioner and even less value for money as the pot was smaller and more expensive. I had no idea that the leave in cream or oil treatment existed but if I see them for cheap I will definitely buy them.

Overall I think the shampoo and conditioner are the best I have probably come across  and are my favourite regular shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo of course I would only use once a month for clarifying my hair because it contains sulfates but until I find anything better for the same price or less I will continue to use it aswell as the conditioner.

10 Apr 2013

Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protectant

Well first of all I have to say that this is a snazzy bottle!!!

I don't think i need to explain why I bought this. Obviously I did not want to fry my strands with the flat iron and this was 2 for £4 online so I went for it not even knowing anything about the brand. This was awhile ago when I think these first came out and hadn't reach the store shelves yet. They are now over £4 in Superdrug

The shape of the bottle made it very easy to hold so applying it wasn't too difficult. the main thing that always bugs me about spray bottles is that my hands get wet from handling and the bottle slips out of my hand faster than a sliding penguin. So 2 points for packaging :)

Also it lasts a long time despite the slim appearance.

I have no doubt that it protected my hair but it did not smell pleasant. I think it might have been the alcohol-based ingredients or something else giving it a strong scent. It wasn't horrid but it was too overpowering to me. Also it did not help in the way of combing/detangling or blow-drying. if anything it felt like the product was making the job more difficult.

I also felt like the product was just sitting on my hair and not doing anything else. It was like I could feel it drying but not being absorbed into my hair or nourishing it in any way. I know that's a tall order from a heat protection spray but I just find that the dove heat defence mist protected and nourished at the same time.

So because of the smell and the uncomfortable feeling on my hair I would have to give this one a thumbs down, especially now that it's over £4. I din't even finish my two bottles and ended up giving them to my sisters who love them. Unlike me they are easily pleased!!!

Fantasia straightening hair polish

I was on the hunt for a serum and the ones in superdrug were too pricey for my liking
But then I waked past this lovely little pink bottle in the hair supply store at £4.99 for 175ml which to me was a wholelotta serum!!!

Not only that but it smells gorgeous. It is also packed with silicones which I know aren't good for natural hair but in this case i'm straightening and silicones are what protect from heat in the first place so that was good. It dries very quickly as I can see product flaking off as I comb through it but I think it melts into place during flat ironing. 

I use this on towel-dried/damp hair in combination with a heat protection spray but I don't bother using it after flat ironing as it gives my hair shine for about 2 seconds until it flakes off. Also it's a serum so it's difficult to work through dry hair anyway.

I knew I had purchased a good product when I saw lots of other girls on Youtube using this serum for when flat-ironing. My sisters were also very jealous and tried to get there mucky hands on it but I now keep it under lock and key because I love it so much. I will probably keep using this until I find something better or it gets discontinued. That being said I don't straighten my hair very often so it barely gets used. I still have over half a bottle even after spilling some in my beauty stash box

Body lotions and Hand creams

This is a summary of all the moisturisers I have tried over the past year or so
Cranberry and pomegranate lotion from Superdrug
cheap: under/around £1
smells okay but not really as nice as other products that smell of pomegranates 
(i.e. dove body washes and deodorants)
Felt sticky and did not absorb into my skin quick enough 
(putting my clothes on was a challenge as they clung to my skin)
Sta-Sof-Fro cocoa butter
Less than £2 from beauty supply store
I could definitely smell a hint of coconut with this product but I soon became bored and fed up with the smell
Product was sticky and again made my clothes cling to my skin
I noticed a minor difference in how my stretch marks looked but nothing absolutely major

Betty and Walter Hand cream
Was given to me for Christmas by an auntie and thank god they did because this was lovely
It smells lovely and floral, maybe a bit to mature or grannylike for some young girls but I only used it at home and it really moisturised my skin
My only problem was that when it had finished being absorbed into my skin it felt like there was a thin layer of film all over my hands that made them feel dry and slightly irritated but they looked perfectly fine.
Smells lovely but maybe not for extremely dry skin like mine.

Superdrug anti-ageing hand cream
Cheap: around £1
I bought this simply for the fact that the tube was purple and would look good in my bag
Little did I know that low price product was a great hand cream that made my skin look instantly younger and protected from UV sun rays.
Doesn't really have a scent so I guess guys wouldn't have to worry about smelling like a flower with this product
Unless I find something else that protects from UV rays, ageing, and smells lovely I will repurchase this to use outside

Garnier 7 days body lotion (£3.99) and hand cream (2.99) both in mango
I chose mango because it smelt the nicest out of all the other selections.
I cannot give these products enough praise in terms of moisturising.
All the other body moisturisers were sticky and kept my skin hydrated for about half a day by then it would feel dry and look dusty again.

These Garnier lotions however keep my skin hydrated until I wash them off which for my body is every other day and very often for my hands. Over time I have noticed an improvement in my skin and it feels smoother and slightly stronger.
Although these two products seem a bit pricey they last a lot longer because you don't have to apply them that often. I sometimes have the same hand cream for months and still can't finish it even with daily use.

The body lotion I only use after each bath/shower because I am quite lazy and do not have the time or effort to apply to my entire body twice a day. Even then It does the job and smells nice.

It also lives up to the advertisement of being absorbed quickly into the skin. By the time I've applied the lotion to my legs and worked my way up to my arms it has pretty much been absorbed into my legs and I can put clothes on without them clinging.

The Garnier hand cream however doesn't quite live up to the advertisement of keeping the skin moisturised after one wash as the creases of my hands were dry and flaky after washing. But the rest of my hands seemed fine.

If these products had UV protection then I would probably stick with these forever but I am still on the hunt for something that is as good as these two and protects from the sun as well as ageing.

I have to mention that regardless of what hand cream you use, how much you apply and how it spreads determines whether it is sticky/greasy I find that most things will absorb into my hands quickly and if there is too much I wipe my palms on anything nearby, hopefully a towel and not a person lol, that would be very inappropriate, unless it was a  very attractive male, then wipe away!!! :)

8 Apr 2013

Battle of the body oils

So its probably been a year since I tried to use some of these therefore I am going to do a sonic speed bullet point review because I honestly can't think of how to review these in detail

I have stretch marks

And no I'm not pregnant or a mother and I've never been overweight

but yet I still have them...........all around my hips/cheeks (yes THOSE kind of cheeks)

I think it happened when I was 10-11 years old and my hips and booty started getting bigger. I had quit gymnastics as a hobby so I was no longer exercising, thus I began to gain weight. I must have mistook them for clothing marks and it wasn't until years later that I realised that they were actually stretch marks. By that time it was too late to get rid of them completely and the damage had been done. But that didn't stop me from trying. I've never been insecure about it because I knew no one would ever see them unless I had an excuse to be naked in-front of someone. But it still bothered me and I felt like a freak. I used to think "why has this happened to me?". Years later my younger sister has now hit puberty and now has the same problem on an even worse scale. Hers go down the the top of her inner thighs as well and after asking around she told me that almost all of the girls in her class have the same problem. After hearing this I no longer felt like a freak and was glad to know there are plenty of other girls on the same boat.

Anyways I should probably get on with reviewing these products

  • Smelt like cooking pork
  • oily (obviously but it sat on my skin and was barely absorbed)
  • didn't do anything for my scars
  • Made my skin soft
  • Great to put In the bath :)
  • expensive around £20 for a 200ml bottle like this one

(From Superdrug)
  • Half the price of the bio oil, around £10
  • Made my skin soft
  • Smelt a lot nicer possibly because of the blend of essential oils such as lavender and sunflower oil
  • Didn't do anything for my scars either but would repurchase to put in my bath

  • The best I have ever come across!!!!!
  • just as pricey as the bio oil, £10 for 100 ml
  • Comes in a spray bottle, £15 for 150ml but this doesn't last as long
  • Says you will see a difference in 4 weeks but me and my sister saw a difference in just two weeks. 
  • I tried the 100ml bottle and my sister tried the spray bottle 150ml
  • The 100ml bottle is much easier to apply
  • Product lasted for at least 3 months but depends on how big the area of application is. I only used it on my hips but my sister had her thighs to contend with as well.
  • Smells just like the baby oil, possibly a bit like castor oil which isn't pleasant but bearable. My sister din't notice any smell so I'm probably just being picky
  • However after about 2 months it was like the product stopped working on me an my stretch marks would not shrink any further yet my sister's have carried on to heal. 
  • I think this is because I have had mine  for almost 10 years and they will only heal so far. As for my sister she has caught them when they are fresh so it's easier to get rid of them completely.
  • Well worth the buy and better than anything I have ever come across for my skin.
  • It absorbs really easily and my butt was so soft I honestly felt like a baby again.
  • Was tempted to use this on my entire body and face but that would be expensive
  • Maybe In the future when I start getting wrinkles I will try it :)

  • I did not buy this specifically for my stretch marks but I did try to use it in place of a regular moisturiser after bathing.
  • It did not do anything for my skin as it was still dry the next day
  • It did absorb and wasn't sticky like regular lotions but I could smell more of it on my clothes than my actual skin.
  • I now use this to remove my make-up after using face wipes
  • It is kind of like a deep conditioner for my face and makes the cleansing process more gentle.
  • I have oily skin and putting this on is not a problem for me 
  • I have noticed that using this to remove make-up and the help of a night cream has reduced the fine lines starting to appear on my face.
  • would not recommend for the bodily use but definitely an alternative for removing make up gently.

5 Apr 2013

Dove Heat defence hair products

Left to right; Heat defence mist 150ml, shampoo 250ml, conditioner 200ml, hair mask

I can't pick a fault with these products at all and when I finished straightening with the flat iron my hair was fabulous. I have not seen any heat damage after using these products three times over a 5 month period. I have not tried the mask as I have never seen it in store. I have a feeling it has been discontinued which is unfortunate as it is essential to use a deep conditioner before straightening and this mask would have completed the set. Instead I use Aussie take the heat 3 minute miracle in it's place. You can get most of the dove shampoos and conditioners for £1 in Poundland, Poundworld or £1.29 in Discount UK. In highstreet retailers like Boots and Superdrug these products are usually over £3-4 

So onto the review......

The shampoo
Cleaned my hair and did not feel too stripping/drying or cheap and did not lather to much but it was still easy to work with. Felt luxurious, as do most dove products.

The conditioner
Plenty of slip but not too much, just the right consistency for me to handle and did not go everywhere so it wasn't too messy. I left it on my hair for a while (maybe 20 mins) and it made a hell of a difference. I can tell the condition of my hair even when it's wet and after using this conditioner my hair wasn't as coarse compared to using a regular cheaper brand.

Both the shampoo and especially the conditioner smelled nice and I always feel pampered after using these two.

The Heat Defence Mist
I have to say that this product is possibly the best heat protection spray I have ever used. On the bottle it says it has moisturising micro-serum and my hair definitely felt moisturised after using this. I sprayed this mist onto my hair in sections and applied a bit of serum as I was going along before blow-drying straight. Not only did it protect my hair but it moisturised it as well  which is crucial when using heat appliances as these can dry out the hair strands. I have used Tresseme heat protection spray (protects up to 230 degrees) and the Schwartzkopf Got2b heat protection spray which is supposed to protect hair up to 220 degrees celcius. I also have a bottle of the Tresseme salon sleek argan oil styling spray which is suppose to protect the hair from heat but does not specify a temperature. the Tresseme argan oil spray smells the nicest by far with the regular Tresseme following after it. The Swartzkopf spray had a very overpowering smell that lingered in my hair which led to me giving my remaining bottles to my sisters. This Dove Mist did not leave an overpowering smell lingering in my hair but I also believe that how burnt your hair smells after straightening  depends on your flat-iron and how clean it is. Over all a good spray tat I cannot praise or recommend enough.

In the photo the products say that they protect up to 180 degrees but the ones I bought actually protect up to 200 degrees which means the company has probably tried to improve the products. To get my straightest hair I use a my flat iron at 190-200 degrees Celsius and like I said earlier I have not seen any heat damage so far. I have probably cut off a good 2 inches worth of split ends however which were probably a result of styling and environmental damage.

I am 100% happy with these products and for such a low price they are almost too good to be true. Things like the masks and sprays can't really be found in stores such as Poundland but I am willing to pay a higher price in boots in order to protect my hair from heat.