Christmas Gift Guide Series 2021 : Beauty & Haircare

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Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!

Beauty & Haircare

Colour Me Beautiful – The Warm Collection

£75 for the set, it contains the following which can be purchased individually:

Colour Me Beautiful – Cream Lipstick

Shade Red Velvet

£14.90

Colour Me Beautiful – Refillable Compact (Empty)

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Blush Powder Refill

Shade Salmon

£8.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Lip Gloss/ Cream Blush Refill

Shade Sunset Glow

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Highlighter

Shade Golden Sand

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Intense Eyeshadow

Shade Olive

£8.25

Colour Me Beautiful – Eyeshadow

Shades Cocoa, Smoke and Melon

£7.95 each

This is a really beautiful set of different complementing warm shades. They have so may other shades to pick from so you can build your own set depending on your colour preferences and you can create a unique set. Colour Me Beautiful’s refillable make-up compacts make perfect gifts and contain everything you need to ensure that mistakes in your make-up bag become a thing of the past. Available in either Cool or Warm each set comprises 4 eye shadows, 1 blush powder, 1 highlighter and a multi-purpose cream blush that can be used on cheeks or lips. Each compact also comes with a festive red lipstick, designed to complement the shades in the make-up palate, Red Carpet for the Cool and Red Velvet for the Warm collection.

ink Skincare – The One With Everything In It

£44.95

This set includes:

ink dip – cleansing face wash 100ml

This wash is easy to use and it cleanses your face without drying it out. I love the simple packaging of this range and it would be a great gift for anyone into skincare looking to try something new.

ink drop – face lotion with CBD 50ml

I like the way this feels when you apply it to your face and it soaks in well without leaving your face feeling greasy. It smells really good too.

ink spot – breakout balm with CBD 15ml

-anti inflammatory
-repairs and restores
-calming and soothing
-suitable for all skin types

This is great at calming any problem areas and is handy to keep in your bag.

ink wipe – cotton exfoliating cloth – pack of two

The cloths that come with the set feel really nice to use and they wash well.

FrizzBombUk – Microfibre Hair Wrap

£14.95

Available in purple, blue or pink

Microfibre Hair Wraps are so good for your hair if you are trying to prevent damage and frizz. Using one of these instead of a towel makes your hair smoother whilst it dries.
It also allows hair to soak in its moisture after washing and is so much better for your hair. Surprising how noticeable the difference is!

Seekology – Kind 2 – The sensitive one shampoo bar

£12.50

This is gentle and shine enhancing solid shampoo bar for dry, flaky or itchy scalps.  It is100% plastic free and lasts for 60 washes which is equivalent to 2 bottles of liquid shampoo. It lathers well and I cant believe how long it lasts! Doesn’t take up much space either if you find a nice little box to store it in between uses.

Splosh – Luxurious Shampoo

£3.45

This luxurious shampoo will leave your hair soft and shiny. It’s packed full of moisturisers including coconut oil, while the naturally derived ingredients will give you a refreshing and revitalising wash. It’s the world’s first liquid shampoo that you mix at home by adding water – so it’s a small revolution in a beautiful bottle. By refilling this way you are cutting down on transport and cutting out plastic waste. Really impressive!

Splosh – Moisturising Conditioner

£4.95

Prepare to be impressed by Splosh conditioner – with so many naturally derived ingredients your hair will be left feeling soft and shiny. It contains ingredients to moisturise, detangle and soften your hair. These include argan oil with its high content of vitamins and nutrients, shea butter to help repair split ends and castor oil to keep your hair shiny and glossy.

This unique cruelty free formulation was created after months of testing and is the world’s first conditioner to be refilled by a concentrate – just add water and shake.

Splosh – Shower Gel

£2.95

Their luxurious shower gel is rich in lather and packed with natural moisturising ingredients. Natural essential oils add beautiful scent and its available in three different scents. Best of all, the bottle is refillable so you’ve cut your plastic waste. For for a shower gel of this quality, it’s excellent value. This product is cruelty free, vegan friendly as well.

Neve’s Bees – Bee Happy Body Oil

£20

I am a massive fan of the brand and haven’t been disappointed with this body oil. 

It is a beautifully nourishing, lightweight body oil for soft, supple skin that glows with natural health. Enriched with a bright and cheerful citrus blend of pure natural essential oils to bring a smile to your face. Our blend of natural oils for skin care is suitable for all over body use and great to use after a bath, shower or dip in the great outdoors on slightly damp skin.

Grapefruit – “the ultimate party starter” and one of the most popular citrus oils in aromatherapy, with its uplifting and zingy fragrance that never fails to bring a welcome boost to the senses
Sweet Orange – adds a touch of cheer and help to create a positive, invigorating atmosphere
Bergamot – uplifting and calming, we’ve added it here to help with anxious and sad feelings
Jasmine –one of the most popular of all floral oils used in aromatherapy today. The divine rich, floral, and slightly fruity fragrance of Jasmine Absolute is wonderfully uplifting to the emotional system
Rose – the ultimate comforting oil – a perfect base note to this uplifting blend

Mindful Extracts – CBD Bath Bombs – 3 pack

£23.99

I am a massive bath bomb fan but hadn’t tried any CBD ones before so was excited to try these. Really impressed with the quality of the scents and how long lasting they lingered.

Their bergamot and lemon CBD bath bomb is a little ball of good vibes.

Their eucalyptus and peppermint CBD bath bomb is great for easing aches and recovery.

Their lavender CBD bath bomb is the ultimate ingredient for a good night’s sleep.

Mindful Extracts – CBD Lip Balm

£5.99

Infused with 50mg of full-spectrum CBD, this natural lip balm helps soothe dry, flaky, and cracked lips, and the high vitamin A, C and E content of hemp promotes healthy skin and helps fight natural ageing. Organic extra virgin coconut oil and organic shea butter nourishes the lips leaving them feeling smoother and softer, while the essential oils work their magic on your lips and taste amazing. Really handy to keep in your bag.

Wildefruit – Bright Spark Enzyme Oil

£15

Bright Spark Enzyme Oil helps to balance oily skin, reduce breakouts and soothe irritation to leave a bright and clear complexion.

British hempseed oil is high in linoleic acid which helps to soothe and balance oily skin. Enzymes from upcycled papaya seeds reduce breakouts and brighten the skin. Strawberry and blackcurrant seeds upcycled from the production of jam and juice, nourish and support the skin barrier helping to reduce inflammation and leave your skin with a dewy glow.

It feels so nice when you apply it to your face and really does help to plump your skin and keep your face hydrated.

Sofia Latif –  The Mini Edit

£35

The Mini Edit comes in a gift box containing:

  • Award-winning Face oil, 5ml
  • Multi award-winning Under-Eye oil, 5ml
  • Nourishing Body Oil, 20ml
  • Soothing Scalp Oil, 10ml

Suitable for all skin types, except those sensitive to essential oils and nuts.

This is a great way to try out the range without commuting to full size bottles. I love the design of the bottles and they are easy to use. I have really been enjoying the body oil as you only need a small amount and it leaves you really soft. It would make a really good gift idea.

Good Wash Day – Organic Jersey Cotton Hair Towel

£25

The good wash day towel is made from a really soft cotton almost like a t-shirt material and is to be used instead of a regular towel to be kinder to your hair. After using it you can notice your hair dries a lot less frizzy and its softer so I would recommend making the switch. It comes in a really good range of colours too.

Facepack Spa Facial

From £21.95

Give your skin the boost it deserves on top of your daily routine with a 10 step facial routine, complete with instructions and a step by step online video to follow that will leave your skin glowing! Each Box also contains some self-care treats too. This is a great idea and would make a really lovely gift, I love the added extras as well as the skincare, makes it feel really special.

Embryolisse Beauty Oil

£24.99

I have been obsessed with body oils this year and find them so much nicer to use than moisturiser as they lock in the moisture better. This one is enriched with active vegetable oils, this Embryolisse Beauty Oil moisturizes, nourishes and beautifies skin and hair. It is absorbed quickly leaving a non-greasy, satiny veil with a sweet floral scent. Multi-purpose care, for daily application on the face, body and hair. On the Face, Body & Hair, deeply nourishing dry areas, toning your complexion, drying with a non greasy stain finish. I love how it can be used on your hair too if you have dry ends.

Proverb – Scented Hand Sanitiser

£19.95 for 250ml

This sanitiser cleanses hands or equipment while creating an amazing aroma without leaving a sticky residue.  It is ideal for those who clean hands frequently, want a better sanitiser at work, suffer with irritation to most sanitisers or use yoga mats and gym equipment. It is made with natural anti-bacterial and cleansing wild peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender and geranium essential oils. It smells so good and it can be refilled to reduce plastic waste.

RUBIS Tweezers

£29

I love my pair of Rubis tweezers and they are my favourite ones to use as they are sharp and precise as well as being easy to use so I would definitely recommend this brand. They are made from rustproof stainless steel and are tested individually for balance and performance.

Percy Nobleman 1806 Beard Oil Christmas Cracker

£7

Celebrate this festive season by gifting the gentleman in your life a Percy Nobleman Christmas Cracker, perfect for under the tree, in the stocking over the fireplace, or next to your spread on the dining table. Percy Nobleman 1806 Beard Oil is a fantastic choice for gentlemen of all skill levels, fragranced with the fresh scent of Citrus, Musk and Amber. Inspired by Percy’s forefather, this Beard Oil is light and silky smooth, the perfect companion on new adventures and explorations to keep you looking sharp and nourished, wherever you may roam.

Percy Nobleman Beard Grooming Kit

£27

This Beard Grooming Kit contains travel-size versions of Percy’s best-selling products:

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Conditioning Oil 50ml RRP: £12

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Wash 50ml RRP: £12

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Balm 20ml RRP: £10

1 x Miniature Beard & Moustache Comb RRP: £6

Bought separately: £40

Their products are always great quality and smell really good. This is the ideal set for anyone with a beard.

Pietro Simone – Rescue Recovery and Repair

£65

This brand are eco/ethical and sustainable and this range was recently featured as 1 of top 5 ethical skin care products in The Guardian in the ethical checklist.

This bio-gel recovery complex gives intense healing and comfort while balancing out an over-stressed and compromised epidermis.

It is so lovely to apply to the skin and really helps with any redness as well as helping to heal any blemishes and reduce any scarring you may have. You only need a small amount and it’s easy to dispense.

Transformulas – Marine Miracle The Skin Discovery Set

£80

Includes:

Marine Miracle EyeZone Advanced Eye Concentrate 10ml

Marine Miracle Crème Signature Moisturiser 50ml

30 Days Results

Day 1: With one application, skin is drenched in moisture, super boosting hydration levels for an immediate softening and plumping effect.

Day 7: Skin appears more cushioned, fine lines and wrinkles are less visible. Face is fresher looking.

Day 30: Skin is firmer, lines and wrinkles are minimised, skin appears plumper, more youthful and healthier looking.

Thos is a great set for anyone into skincare and looking to help with ageing and dryness. I have been a fan of this brand for a while and love trying their new skincare releases as I am always impressed.

I hope I have given you some inspiration 🙂

Sarah x

Can You Dye Wet Hair?

Collaborative post:

When dyeing your own beautiful hair at home, the instructions usually urge you to apply the color while still in the shower; however, when coming to the salon, the color is typically applied after the hair has dried completely.

What is the reason behind this? And what exactly is the distinction? It all comes down to the sort of color we’re utilizing in the final analysis. When it comes to dyeingour hair, wet or dry hair is a little issue that is easy to forget about.

Image credit : Unsplash

To be honest, there are certain advantages to applying dye to wet hair.

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Can You Dye Wet Hair?

Yes, you can color your hair while it’s still damp.

Wet hair application is totally accepted in many situations, including those in the salon, but is frequently not known by the general public.

Once your highlights have been completed, you will be taken to the shampoo bowl, where your foils will be removed, and bleach will be rinsed. The remainder of your color will be applied while your hair is still moist in the shampoo bowl.

Simply said, our hair color is applied to damp hair more often than we think, and we may not even know about it. So, what exactly is the difference, you might wonder?

The Advantages of Dyeing Your Hair While It’s Still Wet

There are a few advantages to using it to wet hair that should be noted:• Economical and effective: The extra moisture from the added water enables the color to spread evenly. When dyeing dry hair, on the other hand, you’ll need to pay much closer care to make sure you’ve completely soaked every strand with the coloring solution.• Protection: A squirt top bottle and a mash of all of our hair together until it lathers in the shower is far less time-consuming than the accuracy necessary for a brush and bowl application of hair color.• Convenience: When it comes to so many at-home hair color products, it’s a bit of a relief when the instructions say to apply to damp hair. 

The Drawbacks Of Dyeing Wet Hair

These are some of the disadvantages of applying makeup on damp hair:• Inconsistent color distribution: While the extra moisture may aid in the distribution of color, the result is a less accurate color application. It is preferable to devote more time and effort to a comprehensive dry hair application if you want a more dramatic difference in the end result.• Water could potentially dilute your color: If your hair is really dry and damaged, it will be parched and in desperate need of moisture, which might potentially dilute your color. This is because your hair may have absorbed so much water that there isn’t enough area left for the dye to reach the cortex of your hair in this situation. That doesn’t rule out the possibility of success, but your results may not be as vivid or long-lasting as you had planned.• Prone to more other damage: If your hair is damp and delicate, you should avoid using heat, harsh brushing, and towel drying. These are just a few of the little measures you can take to assist give your hair a little extra tender loving care (especially after doing a color treatment).

What Hair Dye Works Best In Wet Hair?

Now, this may seem like yet another disadvantage, but dyeing your wet hair does not always result in successful coloring. Permanent colored hair usually have dye applied to dry hair to be effective. This might imply a lighter or deeper shade of makeup.

For the accurate application of bleach, you’ll need dry strands when you want to lighten your hair, which is accomplished with the help of the chemical. Use dry hair while coloring your hair if you’re using permanent color to darken them so that the color may penetrate your hair and affect its state on a deeper level than simply the surface.

That being said, here are some color possibilities for dyeing wet hair that you should consider:• Semi-Permanent Color

Semi-permanent colors do not include any ammonia or peroxide developers, as do permanent colors. These colors are designed to be applied directly to your cuticle.

Given that their primary function is to subtly improve or modify your hair’s tone and offer a more subtle alteration with a shorter life span, the formulas of these products are not significantly impacted by the presence of water. These colors look great on wet hair since they aren’t lifting the hair or considerably changing the hair in any long-lasting way.• Demi-Permanent Color

The primary difference between a semi-permanent and demi-permanent color is that demi-permanent colors penetrate deeper into your hair shaft than a semi-permanent color, which is only a coating.

Demi-permanent color will last you far longer than a semi-permanent color because of the greater absorption of the pigment. Regardless of the presence of ammonia, it is still considered a temporary color, and applying it to damp hair will not have a significant impact on the performance of your color.

Your hair has the ability to absorb more water and less dye than usual, which might dilute your color formulation a little and shorten the expected longevity of your color by a couple of washes. It isn’t something significant, but it is something to be aware of!• Other Temporary Dye Alternatives

It’s true that those fun bursts of bright pink and other highlighter and pastel-hued tones, as well as the toners used to neutralize your highlights at the washbowl, are not considered semi- or demi-permanent dyes. Still,they are classed as temporary dyes and are safe to use on wet hair.

A simple rule of thumb to remember is that as long as the color change you wish to achieve is temporary and not permanent, a wet hair application is a fool-proof solution that offers several advantages.

Conclusion

It is possible to color your hair while it is still moist; it is highly advised. Wet hair application is entirely acceptable in many situations, including those seen in salons, although the general public usually overlooks itin these instances.

Once your highlights are finished, you will be escorted to the shampoo bowl, where your foils will be removed, and the bleach will be rinsed out of your hair and scalp.

If you don’t apply it right, you might be prone to hair dye hair loss.

References• http://paincontrolmasters.com/images/stories/pdfs/fdaconsumer-eyeliner.pdfhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00420-010-0564-9• https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022202X15526559

Sarah x

Scandinavian Biolabs Haircare

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The last few weeks I have been trying out a new brand of haircare, Scandinavian Biolabs. I have been looking for a while for new hair products to out to try and help my hair grow.

I bleach and dye my hair a lot so it has always been really damaged and as I don’t like to cut it much either then it just doesn’t seem to be growing. I am making a conscious effort to trim my ends every month or two and have been using these different products on my hair.

You can buy these three individually or as a set: Hair growth routine for women

The products have the following benefits:

✓ Naturally-Derived & 100% Vegan
✓ Reduce Hair Shed & Stimulate Growth
✓ Strong & Durable Hair
✓ Improve Hair Density
✗ No Sulphates | No Parabens | No Harsh Chemicals

Bio-Pilixin Formula hair strength shampoo

As this is sulphate free it doesn’t lather as much as regular shampoo but it still cleans just as well. It helps to prevent the build up of product without stripping out all of your natural oils and doesn’t coat your hair in chemicals so gives it a chance to absorb your natural oils over the next few days after washing. It smells really nice and you only need a small amount.

Bio-Pilixin Formula hair recovery conditioner

This smells really nice too and feels very rich and nourishing when you apply to the ends of your hair. You only need to apply to the ends of your hair and you don’t need much. It’s advised to leave on for 2 mins but I usually leave it for about 5-10 and it makes my hair really smooth and so easy to comb through.

Bio-Pilixin Formula hair growth serum

This serum is designed to go directly on your scalp rather than on the ends of your hair so it’s great to use on the evening before hair wash day! You only need a couple of drops and you massage it into your scalp to help promote healthy hair growth. it does tingle slightly and feel a little warm but that means it’s working!

I find using all three together I have noticed my hair is a lot more manageable, not as frizzy and does seem to be growing!

All in all, I have been really impressed with the products I have been using and will be buying more when I run out.

Sarah x

Trying out a facial razor and more plastic free haircare

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I have recently been using a facial razor as well as trying out some more plastic free haircare products.

I have been testing out the No Mo-stache Facial Razor to help shape my eyebrows as well as using it on some peach fuzz on my face. Derma planing has become a big thing over the last year and it’s great you can give it a go yourself at home. Using a razor like this on your face helps to eliminate peach fuzz whilst also exfoliating the top layer of your skin. It’s so easy to use and I think it’s a great price too.

The No Mo-stache Facial Razor is available exclusively at Cult Beauty at www.cultbeauty.com for £6.50

The plastic free hair products I have been using are from Biovene and are £3.99 each:

Biovene argan oil and mint hydrate repair solid shampoo

Biovene argan oil and mint hydrate repair solid conditioner

Solid haircare is easy to use and you would be surprised how little you actually need! The argan oil and mint range contains: Argan oil, Peppermint, Macadamia oil, Beeswax and Shea butter.

This range is ideal if you are looking to improve on the shine of tour hair and all require hydration. Antioxidant-rich Argan oil helps combat hair fall, maintain a healthy scalp and repair damaged hair caused by color and styling.

The bars are suitable for all hair types. They are dermatologist tested, plastic free, pH-balanced, vegetarian – without sulfates, parabens and palm oil and not tested on animals.

Have you tried any of these?

Sarah x

Naturtint

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I have been trying out a shampoo/conditioner bar the last couple of weeks. The Naturtint bars come in three different varieties depending on what you require.

The one I have been using is:

Naturtint shampoo/conditioner bar – strengthening which is ideal as my hair is quite weak at the moment due to over bleaching and I am trying to repair it.

• Naturtint 2 in 1 strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner bar contains 99% natural origin ingredients that strengthen, protect & condition hair. Certified cosmos natural by Ecocert

• Specifically formulated for weak and thinning hair, to strengthen, revitalise and restore

• Plastic free. Environmentally friendly alternative to traditional Shampoo and conditioner, saving at least 3 plastic bottles for every bar. Sls, paraben and silicone free

• Using a naturally derived and powerful base with coconut, cocoa butter and Meadowfoam Seed Oil, the bar gently cleanses the hair and hydrates the scalp with a creamy and luxurious foam

• Slide the shampoo bar through wet hair several times. Massage hair and scalp and work lather through from root to tip. Rinse thoroughly. In between uses, allow bar to dry and store away from water

It is currently available at Amazon with a £3 discount

The bar is easy to use and I can see it lasting a long time as you only use a small amount during each wash. It smells really good and is easy to use. I keep mine in a small box in between uses but you can also use a soap tray or a shelf in your shower etc.

Have you used a shampoo/ conditioner bar before?

Sarah x

Justice haircare

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I have recently been trying out some new hair care products from justice hair care. I am always on the lookout for new haircare products to try as you probably know from reading my other posts, I change my hair quite a lot and my hair is unfortunately quite damaged from doing so.

I have been using the following products from Justice haircare the last month and wanted to let you know how I have been getting on:

Conditioning shampoo

Repairing conditioner

Smooth & groom 

Detangler spray

Argan oil

My hair is really damaged at the moment from too much bleaching and dying, so I gave it a break and didn’t do anything to it for the last month and just concentrated on using a good hair care regime and trying to repair it and allow it to grow.

The problem I usually have is that my roots get really greasy but the ends of my hair are so dry and damaged I don’t want to wash my hair too often to make the ends worse but I don’t really have much choice. I used to wash my hair every other day but I have been trying to do it every 3/4 days and tying it back or using dry shampoo if needed in between.

Since using this shampoo and conditioner, my hair doesn’t get greasy as quick and I have noticed it is growing and not breaking off so much.

I love that the shampoo and conditioner are in pump bottles so they are easy to use. I use 1-2 pumps of shampoo and 2-3 of conditioner depending on what I feel my hair needs. The bottles still have a lot left in them and I am really impressed with how soft they leave my hair and they smell good too!

My hair seems a lot easier to brush after washing since using the detangler and I alternative between the smoothing cream or the argan oil. 

I am really impressed with the quality and the price of the range. Once I run out I will be buying more to use as I really like the smell and how my hair has reacted to the range. It is a lot more manageable and my split ends seem yo be getting a lot better and it finally looks like its growing.

It’s important even if you think you have greasy hair to still treat it with creams and oils especially if the ends are damaged, it makes such a difference to your hair.

What are your favourite hair care products to use at the moment? 

Sarah x