Sunday, 25 October 2015

Restoring your colour with Colour Excellence Hair Detox

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Colour Excellence launch party where I had this amazing caricature picture drawn of me and learnt about the new Colour Excellence hair product range. It consists of three products, one Hair Detox, Highlights Brightener for brunettes and redheads and another one for blondes.

As someone with coloured hair, I'm very aware of the damage that can happen to my hair if I'm not careful and I try and keep it as strong as I can and really limit heat styling were possible. As my hair is super fine, it gets greasy very quickly and styling products weigh it down, making it dull and lacklustre. So I was pretty excited to try the Colour Excellence Hair Detox* as it's designed specifically for colour treated hair. It deep cleanses the hair and scalp but without damaging colour, which is a combination that's hard to find. I do use clarifying shampoos once every couple of week's to help remove buildup but they do strip my colour out, so for me this is a great alternative.

To use Colour Excellence Hair Detox you simply mix the vitamin C powder sachet into the bottle and shake it up and apply allover to towel dried hair after washing. After rinsing I added conditioner and air dried my hair. Once dry my hair felt so soft and bouncy, which considering how lifeless it usually is (darn you fine hair!) was pretty impressive. This is one of the benefits that I think really sets Colour Excellence Hair Detox apart from clarifying shampoos. My scalp felt really comfortable and not at all stripped and my  hair colour more vibrant and copper toned than usual.

I'm off to New York tomorrow which is mega, mega exciting, so once I'm back I'll be testing out the Colour Excellence Highlights Brightener to see how that measures up and removes all the smog and pollution out of my hair so look out for that one :)

Hope you have a great week and I'm sure there will be some hauling when I get back!


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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Feel Good Gift Ideas

Whether its a gift for someone else or the a 'to me from me' kind of present (the best, obviously!) I always like to buy something that's going to put a smile on your face. With Christmas coming up in something crazy like nine weeks now is the time to get your thinking caps on! It's so hard to buy for other people unless they've been hinting at something specific for ages so a nice little thoughtful always does the trick. I've been feeling less than great recently, mainly due to house buying stress (a story for another day), so I picked up a few feel good gifts to help lighten my mood. It was a bad few days ok!

Lush do the cutest little gift sets which often have a bubble bar, bath bomb and a shower gel in but I really like to make my own little gift sets. Whatever you pick is guaranteed to go down well and let's face it, who doesn't want a sparkly bath?? I picked up The Experimenter which is a new addition to Lush's bath bomb range. When added to your bath it explodes into rainbow colours and smells really dreamy and relaxing. It's got popping candy in it so the show is all over a bit quick but it's worth it!

I also picked up the Karma bubble bar as Lush's bubble bars are the best. I'm saving this for a Sunday pamper session but I'm really excited about this one. This gold-tipped little pyramid smells really relaxing but it also has some quite uplifting scents in it such as orange and patchouli so I'm intrigued to crumble this one into my bath.

I always buy candles as gifts. They're so versatile and I'm yet to meet someone who doesn't like a candle! Especially if you know some fairly fussy people. Candles are so uplifting, no matter how bad a mood you're in a candle is a sure fire way to put a smile on your face. I was recently sent this Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck candle* from I Want One Of Those and I absolutely love it. The description of a cozy night by the log fire could not be more fitting. It's a gentle fragrance but it's so gorgeous and manages to fill the room. It's not on their website at the moment but there's lots of others to choose from and at £8 it really won't break the bank.

I totally picked this little cute jar of bath salts up on a whim as it's so dinky and, well, cute! It's from East Of India at Queen Bee Home in Canterbury and the lavender bath salts inside are really relaxing. I'm so into bath salts at the moment but I think they make perfect gifts too, especially when they have lovely little messages on like this one. Queen Bee is one of my favourite homeware shops. They sell really lovely antique furniture and lovely cushions, blankets and home trinkets.

What's your ideal feel good gift and what do you think of my picks?


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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

A Simple Lush Routine For Stressed Skin

Lush skincare review

Whether its the colder weather or just bad luck, my skin has been stressed out of late. My routine has been fairly solid for a while now, with the odd new product coming in but it's not cleared up the sore under the skin blemishes that have been making their presence known for a few weeks. So I decided to add in some fail safe gentle bits from Lush to work their magic. It's been a while since I used Lush's skincare range so I'd forgotten how good it really is. I'm usually in there fighting my way through the school girls to get to the bath bombs and bubble bars!

I picked up an old favourite of mine, the Lush Ultrabland Cleanser. It's a thick and creamy cleanser which gently but very effectively dissolves makeup and leaves your skin clean yet comfortable. Almond oil helps hydration levels while leaving skin super soft and comforted. It also contains rose water which calms stressed skin and helps soothe it at the same time. There's also honey which acts as an antiseptic, clearing away any nasties and starting the healing process. This is definitely a first evening cleanse for me as it is relatively heavy and I like to massage a generous amount in and leave it to work its magic for a few minutes before removing with a warm flannel.

The Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub caught my eye as it's designed for both face and body. The name clearly gives away the key ingredient - salt, of which it contains rather coarse chunks to whisk away dry patches and leave your skin silky smooth. It's a bit more abrasive than what I'm use to, so certainly something to bear in mind, however it's cocooned in creamy avocado and coconut oil which are both rather nourishing and comforting to stressed skin.

Whenever my skin is stressed out I always raid my arsenal of face masks so I've been reaching for the Lush Oatifix Face Mask. This mask aims to hydrate skin and leave it soft and comfortable. It's a rather odd consistency and feels a little like you're smoothing cold lumpy porridge on your face but if you can get over that it will leave skin moisturised and happy. Oat actually acts as an antiseptic so it helps calm breakouts while banana adds a boost of hydration. It's one that needs to be kept in the fridge so the cool paste further extinguishes any irritation too.

What do you think of Lush's skincare range?


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