Showing posts with label Hair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hair. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 February 2014

February Favourites

In the blink of an eye another month has flown by and once again we all say the cliché "I can't believe how fast this month has gone by". Cliché or not, its a saying that oozes with truth. Tomorrow is March and I still relive New Years 2014 like it was yesterday, yet its the third month of the year already and technically the beginning of Autumn in the South (even though the heat says something different). So while I reminisce, here are my favourites from February to keep you occupied in the "here and now"...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

LUSH Rehab Shampoo

In November sometime I ordered from LUSH and got a few things like soap and a face wash and two hair products, one of them being the Rehab shampoo - R85. This has got to be my most used and most favoured products from LUSH that I've ordered. It works so well and my hair feels and smells better than ever.

Friday, 20 December 2013

A Mini LUSH Haul

If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram you would surely know how excited I was when my LUSH order arrived on Tuesday - so much so that I nearly hugged the delivery guy when I saw what he was carrying. I thought I'd show you what all I ordered and get you excited (hopefully) about reviews on each one of them soon.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

November Favourites

Who would think that its already the 3rd of December already? This year has flown by at a highly fast pace, hardly even have time to blink without the months just whizzing by. With that said its time for another monthly favourites and it felt as if I had just put up my October favourites just last week.

Monday, 4 November 2013

October Favourites

My October favourites this month isn't very many products and its mixed between skin care, hair care and makeup. I've been trying out my fair share of products lately so heres what made the cut...

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Dove Intensive Repair Deep Repair Treatment Mask

Dove Intensive Repair Deep Repair Mask - R52.99

I think our hair definitely defines us and if your hair looks dry and dull; you're not going to give off a very good first impression. Although I'm not saying don't embrace messy hair if messy hair is your thing but at least have healthy looking messy hair.

Monday, 10 June 2013

May Favourites

So today I'm doing my May favourites, there's not too many products that really stood out to me last month but these are definitely the winners for May and every other month. It's a real mix of all products ranging from hair to skin to nails, I love it when that happens!

Anyways my favourites for May are:

Clarins Cleansing Milk
Catrice Cosmetics Infinite Matt Makeup in 010 Light Beige
A Beauty Blender dupe (see full review here)
Avon Speed Dry+ in Vamp It Up (see full review here)
Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick
Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula (mini size)
Tip Top Protein Base Coat

I've been using the Clarins Cleansing Milk for about two months now and I can really feel a difference in my skin. It hydrates my skin but not too much that it makes it oily and it removes excess makeup and cleans your skin. My skin hasn't felt so soft and hydrated in a long time and I'll be doing a full review once I'm completed satisfied.
The Catrice Infinite Matt Makeup is the perfect shade for me. I've also been using this for about two months and I'm completely sold. It's so easy to apply and its matte so it doesn't make my t-zone shiny but its also not that matte where you skin is flaky and visibly dry, it still provides hydration. I would say this is medium coverage and is definitely buildable and I find that it covers dark circles like never before while also brightening the eye area. It covers redness and blemishes (with a little help from concealer) but it still looks natural because it allows your freckles to show through it. I find I get the best look out of it when I use my Beauty Blender dupe which has also made it to my May Favourites without hesitation. It blends foundation out so well and almost gives it a sheer, dewy effect when the sponge is damp.
The Avon Speed Dry nail polish is my favourite colour and I love that it really does dry in 30 seconds, I just wish it would last longer.
The Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick is a no brainer. These lipsticks are so soft and hydrating to your lips and provide such a nice colour on your lips.
Advance Techniques conditioner is a conditioner that I don't think I'd be able to live without anytime soon. This make the ends of my hair so soft and shiny and manageable that I can't stop playing with my hair after I wash it. And paired with the shampoo these two are a killer team.
The Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula is one that surprised me. I really don't like the smell of a chocolate cream, nor do I like smelling like chocolate, for some reason I find the smell quite nauseating. Anyways like I said this surprised me. I thought I wouldn't like it just based on the smell but I reach for it all the time because of how soft it makes my skin during these cold days and I've gotten used to the smell now. My skin is visibly smoother and I'm definitely getting a bigger sized bottle though.
The Tip Top protein base coat is my favourite. It doesn't allow coloured nail polish to stain my nails and it makes nail polish last for longer. I've worn this on its own too and it has an incredible shine too while making your nails feel stronger. Repurchase again and again.

So those are my favourites for last month and I can't wait to see what this month brings for me!


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Pantene Clarifying Shampoo

I was sceptical to try this shampoo because Pantene as a whole just does not do amazing things for my hair. I was surprised by this shampoo though as it does what it says it will. Generally a clarifying shampoo is used to clean your hair of left over hair products that weigh your hair down and makes it look greasy.
You definitely don't use this shampoo as an every day shampoo because your hair will feel like hay its so drying. I use this every month or so when I can feel my hair is weighed down and oily.
It literally leaves nothing behind but hair that looks fuller and cleaner. I try not to put conditioner on all over my hair - you're not supposed to anyways- I just put conditioner on my very ends. You don't need to use a lot of shampoo, a tiny dollop in the palm of your hand will go a long way. I will say though that I don't like how dry it makes your hair but I understand why since its a clarifying shampoo. But still...

Also I noticed you can use this product if you've dyed your hair a certain colour and maybe its gone too dark. It almost strips some of the colour away which for me is perfect since I dye my hair brown but it comes out way too dark. So that's an added bonus to this product.

All in all its a thumbs up from me and I'd definitely repurchase it.


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Daily Hair Care

My hair, like my skin, goes through stages of being dry and then oily. At the moment my hair is quite dry because I recently dyed my hair. I usually match my hair products to whatever "mood" my hair is in. We all know hair is dead so whatever you do to your hair, it is only improving the outer layer of your hair.

With that being said I'm going to share my hair products that I've been using recently to combat my dry hair and if you know me you'll know that my pet hate is washing and styling my hair. That is why I've got my hair down to two washes a week - bonus!

Left to right: Dischem Heat Protection Spray - R34.95, Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo - R45.95, Batiste Dry Shampoo Spray - R35, Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner - R19.95, Trevor Sorbie Ultimate Moisture Mask for Thick Hair - R99.99
Dischem Heat Protection Spray - I use this before I blow dry or straighten my hair. I try not to apply any heat to my hair as my hair is quite thick and it frizzes so easily and heat makes it worse unfortunately. When I have to blow dry my hair this heat protection spray really does the trick. It leaves my hair soft and my hair doesn't frizz as much as it normally would. I was surprised as it was so cheap. Definitely will repurchase this when it's finished.

Avon Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo - Leaves my hair so soft but manageable. I didn't even feel the need to put conditioner on that's how soft it was. Really a bargain and will definitely repurchase this again

Batiste Dry Shampoo Spray - This stuff is a real little beast. It soaks up all the oil and when you rough your hair up to get the white, powdery residue out your hair. It leaves your hair looking like you have washed it and not an oily slick - sounds gross when I put it that way. I bought the small bottle first because I wasn't sure if it really would work. Definitely going to buy the bigger bottle when it finishes.

Avon Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner - I applied this on the tips of my hair and my word this stuff is great. My ends of my hair are very dry and this conditioner smoothed those ends out and made them soft - best conditioner so far!

Trevor Sorbie Ultimate Moisture Mask for Thick Hair - I'm in love with this mask. Usually hair masks make my hair limp and oily and just dead looking but not this mask. My hair was shiny, straight and soft. Don't apply this to your whole head though as it will make it oily. Only apply it to the ends of your hair and leave in for 3 minutes.

What's your hair routine?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Michel Mercier Professionnel Detangling Brush

In my recent post today about my mini haul (which you can see here) that I did yesterday, I mentioned the Michel Mercier Professinnel Detangling Brush. I have used it last night, this morning (when my hair is at it's worst!) and throughout the day today and I must say I am impressed.

Michel Mercier Brush - R98.95

I first saw this brush at the local Dischem store when my sister pointed it out to me and I thought it was a load of rubbish - just another hairbrush that claims to do wonders when it really doesn't do anything of the sort. I left it and didn't think about it until I saw it on Lily's blog. She gave it good praises so I thought I should go out and try it.

The Michel Mercier brush comes out in colour codes for three different hair types: Fine hair in pink , Normal hair in green and Thick hair in blue. I got mine for normal hair because I wouldn't say my hair is course and thick.

This brush really detangles your hair and makes it smooth with no yanking in your hair. There was little breakage or damage to my hair. The beauty of this brush is that the bristles are strategically placed all over the brush with short and long bristles to grab hair all over head properly. The handle is also very comfy to hold because of the grip you get on it. I'm glad I saw Lily's post about it and she says shes glad she bought it, well I'm glad I bought it too. Thanks Lily!

Brushing my hair has been such a breeze even though I've only used it for a day. But if I can be impressed in a day then this will be the perfect brush for me for a couple good... years. I recommend this brush for sure if your hair and your hairbrush have daily fights with one other!

Enjoying my good hair day today!
You really should too!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Favourite Shampoo & Conditioner's

Shampoo and Conditioner have to be one of the most important task of all for your hair. As I'm sure most of you know you're actually not supposed to wash your hair every night or every second night even. You're supposed to wash it twice a week according to some hair specialists. Personally I wash mine every second day and if I can't help it every third day. It's healthy for your hair's natural oils to nourish your hair instead of shampoo's and conditioner's.

My hair routine would be to wash my hair thoroughly with shampoo that suits my hairs needs and then condition it. I don't condition my whole head as it leaves it oily, flat and just weighed down. I only apply conditioner to a third of the way down my hair targetting the tips of my hair.

I'm going to review two shampoo's and two condioner's that I've been using lately for my hair.

From Left: Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo, Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo, Aussie Frizz Miracle Conditioner, VO5 Gloss Me Smoothly Conditioner (Please excuse the blurry images - my camera is giving SUCH problems! Sigh...)

 Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo - was on special when I purchased it for R39.95.

This shampoo has got to be the best shampoo under the sun. I've never really been a fan of Avon (don't ask why because I have no clue) but lately I've been taking a chance and ordering from them and I must say Avon has some real gems in their product line and their prices are real good too! The shampoo feels like you don't need to even apply conditioner to your hair because it leaves it SO soft, its just a dream. It smells clean but almost floral-like too. Its a pearly white formula that spreads everywhere, it'll last forever since you don't have to use so much product. When I woke up in the morning after using the shampoo my hair wasn't a frizzy, unruly, dry, thick, damaged (blah blah) mess that my hair usually is (I definitely can't pull off the sexy bed head look...). My hair was tame and soft and it looked shiny. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that suffers from hair like mine and since it's moroccan argan oil you'd feel a bit exotic usuing this. Usually moroccan argan oil is crap expensive and for Avon to sell it at such a good price (I think the normal selling price is R60...don't quote me on that cause I really don't know) its a must have for anybodys hair routine. I hope I convinced you with the price! :)

Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo - R95.99

I don't have bleached blonde hair just to clear the air but I just want to get one thing straight and that is shampoo or conditioner for blonde hair is NOT only for blonde hair! Brunettes can use it too! Hooray! I find my dark brown hair sometimes has a bit of brassy, redish tones to it which I think makes my hair look unwashed and greasy because it just doesn't look right with my hair. I bought this when I had ombred my hair and I didn't want brassy tones in my blonde ends. Needless to say after I bought this shampoo I dyed my hair back to brown much to my bank accounts dismay (even though it wasn't expensive but still...) This stuff works! And I mean seriously! Okay I'll admit it's very drying on my hair but an extra dose of conditioner does the trick. I wouldn't recommend using this as an "every day shampoo" because of how drying it is. The shampoo is a lovely dark purple that has incredible smell that I really can't describe. All in all it gets rid of the brassy tones like it should but you can work around the drying effect it leaves your hair with.

Aussie Frizz Miracle Conditioner - R 69.95

Now this conditioner has saved my hair. I always leave my conditioner in for 3 minutes or so for it to actually work and "sink in". As I've said before my hair is frizzy and unruly. This calms my frizzies down very well and softens my hair without weighing it down. It's a beautiful minty blue colour and it smells great. Aussie use all the natural products from Australia and I must say Aussie has done very well. There isn't really anything bad about this product although I do find it dificult to get the formula out the bottle and when I eventually do get it out I use more than I intended as it just pops out.

VO5 Gloss Me Smoothly Conditioner - R59.95

I've never used VO5 before so I don't know how good their products are. I did however buy this conditioner because my sister recommended it and also because you just don't go shopping with my sister as you come out with more than you intended to buy and with your bank card worn out... With that said she persuaded me to get this and I will say I wasn't blown away by it. To be honest I'm just using it so I don't feel bad about wasting money on it. That sounds harsh... Anyways this product does work by taming frizzy hair and it definitely "glosses you smoothly", a little too smoothly... It weighs my hair down and it makes my hair feel a bit greasy and you can feel the conditioner sitting in your hair even after washing it out. On the other hand it works wonders for my sisters hair and her hair looks healthy and smooth. Maybe it works for some peoples hair but it definitely hasn't worked for me. I literally use a tiny amount so that it doesn't make my hair greasy. If you like a strong perfumed smell in a conditioner then that's a plus. The smell is quite strong and floral based. Not my best buy.

Have you tried any of these hair products?
What's your hair care routine?