Friday, 29 July 2011

I ♥ Frédéric Fekkai hair products!

Frédéric Fekkai himself!

Continuing on my with last blog post on keratin treatments, I thought I would write about my new favourite hair care range! I normally like to use the products for at least a few months to really see how they work with my hair, which I have done in this case. I normally use a shampoo for blond hair (I have highlights) so tried out the Frédéric Fekkai Advanced Silky Straight Ironless Conditioner, which promises to smooth hair from the cuticle and helps keep out humidity for silky straight locks. This silkening conditioner is the optimal second step to transform hair into beautiful, sleek and shiny locks.

Obviously I have had my keratin treatment so my hair is frizz free anyway, however I have found that this conditioner made my hair extra sleek and soft, and I really noticed the difference when using it for the past few months. I keep this conditioner in my gym bag for an extra special treat, as my hair can be a lot drier after being in chlorine. Although it's pricey at £20 a bottle, it's well worth trying, along with the serum if you have thick hair like mine and crave soft hair you can run your fingers through.

Has anyone else tried Frédéric Fekkai products and what do you think?

Friday, 22 July 2011

Keratin treatments update!

I thought I would write an update on my campaign for sleek, smooth hair over the past few months. I had another Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy treatment in May at Haringtons in Southampton. The first treatment I had was back in September (Read my in-depth review here) and I found it lasted much longer than the suggested 4-6 months so 8 months in total which was amazing. I definitely recommend using the aftercare products (the Keratin Complex shampoo & conditioner) and trying not to wash your hair every day to ensure the treatment is effective for as long as possible. The second Keratin treatment I had a Haringtons took significantly less time to do (my hair wasn’t such a tangled mess after the cleansing wash!) and consisted of a new formula which doesn’t contain formaldehyde. The first time I had the Keratin treatment my eyes ran so much I had make-up all down my face, so this was a welcome alternative! 

Here is a photo of my hair after the initial treatment – very straight! 

I also found this time leaving my hair unwashed for 72 hours was SO much easy the second time round, my hair didn’t get greasy at all! I definitely recommend to have a follow up Keratin treatment as it’s much easier and quicker second time round. My hairdresser has also noticed that nearly a year on my hair is stronger, no split ends (I used to suffer BIG style from them) and much healthier because of the keratin. I may sound dramatic but it literally has changed my life being able to wash my hair and not having to battle with the frizz if I got wet/sweaty/caught in the wind. I can also wear my hair wavy if I want, so it's never poker straight unless I blow dry it like that. Going on holiday in May to Spain was also a breeze as I didn’t have to fight a frizzy, tangled dry mess! Thanks to Haringtons for providing me with the treatment and for transforming my hair!

If you can’t afford a Keratin treatment as it is fairly costy at around £200 (but well worth the money don’t get me wrong!) then try out John Frieda’s 3 Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray (£6.99). The spray is a good way to try out Keratin on your hair for under £10! You can transform curly, frizzy hair into a straight, smooth style that lasts up to 3 days.

It’s designed to work with your hair straighteners and contains heat protection which blocks out frizz as you straighten. The blend of polymers with keratin protein wraps each strand, sealing in a straight style for up to 3 days. Obviously I can’t really comment on the success of this spray as I don’t straighten my hair anymore but my sister who has wavy hair tried it out and said it worked really well on her hair. Definitely worth trying out for £6.99!

I hope you have found my Keratin treatment updates useful! I really believe this is the long term solution for my hair and will keep having the treatments for as long as I can. I’m interested to hear about other straightening treatments anyone has had? Are there other alternative solutions out there I haven’t tried? Let me know!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I know this is old news and lots of bloggers revealed the announcement last week, but I don't care as I am excited ha ha! I'm a huge Liz Earle fan, even more so as they are a local Hampshire company and have the most beautiful Head Office on the Isle of Wight! Liz Earle are dipping into colour for the first time in September and launching a Sheer Skin Tint. I hope the tint will smell yummy like their current skincare products and be as soft on my skin. Let's wait and see!

I've copied a few more details below that I was sent and you can sign up for more info here!

This September, discover the next step for natural-looking, beautiful skin as we launch our Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint – the exciting first step into Liz Earle Colour! For many years our customers have been requesting this product and for the past three years we've been perfecting it. Our exciting new launch will be everything you would expect from us!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Holiday and update!

Sorry it's been such a while, I have been away on a lovely two-week holiday to Spain and started a new job as a social media manager so have been very busy and so tired in the evenings I haven't had my spare time! Anyway I had an amazing holiday and came back nice and tanned so thought I'd write about a few of my sun protection essentials from new products out this summer available in Boots, Superdrug etc! I'll also be writing a post on my hair products I used on holiday, including some budget Keratin products!

Boyfriend and I on holiday!

New SPF15 Lypsyl lip balms (£1.49)

This new range contains Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and SPF 15 for sun protection, which is essential in the sun as lips burn too! The yummy new flavours include Watermelon Burst and zingy Pineapple Passion flavours plus Cherry Blossom and Strawberry Polka-Dot which have a colour tint. The best news is they are only £1.49 from major supermarkets and pharmacies. The packaging is also really cute - I love the strawberry polka dots which is bang on trend this year!

 Piz Buin In Sun Ultra Light Sun Spray (£15 but currently BOGOF in Superdrug at the moment)

Piz Buin In Sun Ultra Light Sun Spray with advanced UVA/UVB filters helps to protect the skin from the sun. Enriched with a strong anti-oxidant, it helps to prevent sun induced premature skin ageing. The ultra light, non greasy and non sticky formula absorbs instantly into the skin without leaving white marks. It hydrates the skin, keeping it soft and supple during sun exposure. What I love about this spray is the lovely light texture that is so easy to rub in. I can't stand suncreams that are thick and take ages to rub in, so this is a dream for your skin.

Nivea Protect & Bronze Sun Lotion SPF 30 (£15 but also BOGOF in Boots)

 This latest launch from Nivea combines reliable protection with a natural looking tan without containing any fake tan (wooo no orange hands!). The product contains a natural plant extract which helps support the skin’s own melanin production for an even and natural looking tan. Melanin is produced naturally within the body and is responsible for protection and tanning your skin. The extra light formula is non-greasy whilst moisturising for the skin and contains highly effective UVA/UVB filters that protect your skin immediately on application.

I always go nice and brown on holiday regardless of what factor suncream I use, but for a short break this is a great cream to test and see if you get a better tan, without compromising on the level of protection (which we all do!). Personally I wouldn't go below SPF15 at any point of the year, even in the UK where I find the sun causes you more damage as you aren't aware of the strength. 

Let me know what you think and your essential sun protection products!

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