I love trying hair care products but there are a lot I don’t try as they are aimed for shorter hair/different styles to what I have so my husband has been trying the new Structure by Joico range and is sharing his thoughts:

GLUE “for a fierce style that lasts” – better suited to shorter hair, sold and robust hold and easy to apply.

SHAPER “subtle, natural looking textured style that holds yet remains flexible” – soft texture, easy to use and you can reshape through the day without leaving residue.

BEACH “tousled salty beachy waves” – the opposite to the glue, better suited for longer hair that wants the wavy beach look. It is quite light and leaves the hair soft and manageable.

STYLEMAKER “soft, shapeable touchable hold and a style natural shine” – easy to apply as it sprays on and you can reshape it. It leaves your hair flexible and durable.

PASTE “just out of bed, lived in firm style, matte finish” – firm long lasting hold and leaving the hair in position for over 12 hours.

My favourite one to use was the shaper and I will definitely buy another one when I finish it.

Nick

I have really been trying to improve my hair over the last few weeks as I plan on re dying it and fitting extensions in the next few weeks so I wanted to make sure my hair was in a better condition.

I have tried the Shea Moisture brand before and was really impressed so decided to give their Superfruit complex a go. This range is suitable for all hair types and aims to:

  • Age defy
  • Color protect
  • Hydrate
  • Nourish
  • Soften
  • Anti-stress
  • Deep condition
  • Revive body
  • Strengthen
  • Shine

I have been using the shampoo and conditioner every other day as this is how often I wash my hair and then I have used the masque every few washes, so usually once a week. I have noticed a difference as my hair feels a lot softer and the ends don’t look or feel so damaged. I really love the smell of the range and I love doing a hair masque, it really makes a difference to the texture of my hair.

Naturally my hair is quite frizzy and it is very damaged from all the bleach and hair dye I use so it is important to find hair care that can help with this and I have been really impressed with this brand.

Have you tried any of their products?

Sarah x

I have been trying out a few hair products from Merlin. I struggle a lot with knowing what hair care to use as my hair gets greasy quickly but then the ends are so dry and damaged from too much bleach and hair dye!

The system I have been using is:

Caltron protein daily body power shampoo

Centra; balance weekly combination treatment pak

Nourish plus stabilizing daily colour power sealer

I ideally needed something to prolong my un natural dyed hair but at the same time to cleanse my hair properly to eliminate grease and something that would nourish and protect the ends.

I have been using the shampoo every time I wash my hair which is usually other day. It is specially designed for dyed hair and helps to give your hair the protein it needs to rebuild any damage whilst cleaning your hair. It has helped my hair feel clean and look shiny, whilst taming the frizzy ends. I use this combined with the sealer every time I was my hair. It helps to smooth out the cuticles of your hair and seals in your colour.

Using both together has made my hair a lot more manageable when I brush it and the ends don’t look nearly as damaged as they did so it has helped to tame the hairs whilst making sure my dye doesn’t fade as quick.

The treatment pak is a great product too, I use this once a week as an added protein boost for my hair. My hair always feel extra silky and soft and looks healthy after using this.

I am really please to have found these products and I never realized how important it was to use protein products on your hair if it is damaged.

You can check out their full range on www.fabriah.com

Sarah x

Since adapting to a vegan diet I have also been more interested in trying to use more vegan or cruelty free products. It is always hard to know where to start with looking at ingredients and is so much easier if something is clearly labelled “vegan”. I was lucky enough to receive some vegan hair products from Biosthetique to try out.
You can view their range at HairCareShop online here. There are three main ranges you can select from: Gentle, balancing and intense.

Gentle

To give gentle and mild care using ingredients such as ginko and lavender.

Balancing

Free from perfumes the balancing range is especially gentle for your skin and hair. Using ingredients such as ginseng and jojoba.

Intense

This will inject some energy into your skin and hair care routine with energizing ingredients such as mint and lemon to lift and revive.

The products I tried were:

Balancing shampoo – this is great as I suffer with greasy roots and dry tips. It helps to balance the natural oils in your hair and is great for sensitive scalps. I always find that products designed to re-balance your hair or skin are a great addition to your bathroom.

Gentle conditioner – this is a leave in conditioner which works great on my damaged and dry ends. I always condition my hair when I wash it but always want to give it that extra moisture and leave in products are great. This doesn’t weigh your hair down and gives it the moisture needed.

Intense mask – I try to do a deep conditioning treatment or mask at least once a week as my hair is very damaged from dying it so much. This one only needs to be left on your hair for ten minutes and it really does make my hair feel more manageable and softer.

I also received some gentle tea which was really good 🙂
Sarah x

BEAUTY/SKINCARE

I have put together some beauty/skincare ideas for Christmas gifts this year:

Ingenious beauty ultimate collagen

£75

These capsules are clinically proven to reduce fine lines by 26% and can be used for:

Smoother and firmer skin

Stronger nails

Thicker hair

Improvement in your body’s overall vitality

I think these are great for anyone that wants to look better as we all know your hair and skin is affected by what you put in your body as much as what you put on it. Collagen is great for your skin as well as your hair and nails. I think it is great you can buy something to help you from within. I know a lot of people that would love to try something like this!

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DHC gift set

£19.95

You will have seen me mention DHC before on my blog and I love their skincare. This set contains: deep cleansing oil and mild soap

I am a big fan of the iconic deep cleansing oil and I think this set is great to try this and the soap. Cleansing oils are so on trend right now and I am starting to prefer to use them rather than my usual cleansers.

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Ooharr dead sea cooler face mask

£1.20

Male or female, everyone loves a good face mask. It has so many great ingredients that are kind to the skin like argan oil, tea tree, sea salt. It would be great if you wanted to put together a few small items to create a “pamper pack” kind of thing. They also do a few other masks that are worth checking out.

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Lab2 green tea make up brushes

£17.99

I have always been impressed with this brand for make up brushes. I have tried them out before and really loved them. They are cruelty free and the bristles are infused with green tea so the brushes stay fresher for longer. The kit includes: crescent brush, flat contour brush and angled kabuki brush so is a great staple set and it is the brushes you will need to create that flawless base for your make up. I like the handles on these as they are quite big and easy to use.

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Sensational express gel

£10

I recently tried the new peel off base coat here, so I got myself a couple more products from the brand to try. With the express gel you don’t need to use a base coat or top coat or anything it is just the one polish which you need to cure under an LED lamp so I used the lamp from my it. They are so easy to use and it is quick, with no drying time. I only needed two coats for a good coverage and I am really impressed with this brand. These would be great if you know someone that already has a kit/the lamp.

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Design me power dry me

From £9 depending on size and where purchased from.

This fab spray is designed to be used on damp hair to reduce blow dry time. If you spray it on to damp hair it can reduce your hair drying time by 50%. It conditions your hair too and can be used as a heat protector so all in all a hair lovers must have.

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Amphora Aromatics Sage & Ylang Ylang liquid soap

£5.94

I love Amphora Aromatics products. I have always been a massive fan of their candles and now I am trying a couple of other things from them. I love the smell of this hand soap, apart from lavender, I think ylang ylang is one of my favorites. It reminds me a bit of Molton Brown but a lot cheaper! This hand wash lasts ages and is a really great price. I love the simple packaging on their products too, so it will look great next to any sink!

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Ren Love gift set

£38

This set includes:

Moroccan Rose Body Wash, 200ml
Moroccan Rose Body Lotion, 200ml

This body wash is an all time favourite for me. Teamed with the body lotion it leaves you so clean and soft and smelling amazing. This is such a luxurious gift and it works out cheaper to buy this than to get them both seperatly and it comes in the beautifully kikki K designed box! What I like most about the Ren body range is that a little goes a long way and their products last ages.

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Ren Moroccan Rose handbalm

£15

This is the perfect stocking filler or tree present with the little ribbon to hang it up by. This is Rens iconic scent and everyone loves a good hand cream so you can’t go wrong with this! It is a non greasy formula and soaks in quickly and leaves your hands smelling so good. I love the kikki K designed packaging too.

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£11.99

Bomb cosmetics always have a great range of bath products and it is really nice to see this set specifically designed for men. It contains five products so is great value:

  • 1 x The Distinguished Gentleman Body Lotion (200ml)
  • 1 x Man Grenage Bath Blaster (200g)
  • 1 x Dapper Chap Soap (100g)
  • 1 x Wave Hello Shower Gel (200ml)
  • 1 x The Big Blue Soap (100g)

You can smell how lovely it is before even opening it. I came across this when scrolling through www.findmeagift.co.uk, they really do have something for everyone!

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Benecos beard oil

£8.95

This a good idea for any beard lovers, a little less expensive than other beard products I have seen and something more simple to buy. The oil is naturally formulated to absorb quickly and wont leave your face oily or greasy. It also will prevent the beard from itching and calm down any skin issues underneath.

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Soap & Glory – Glitz the girl

£8.50 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

This cute little make up set contains:

Spectaculips Matte-Allic – Metallic Matte Lip Cream In Pink Charming
Crazy Sexy Kohl – In Smoulder
Goldy-Luxe – Golden Face Glitter Gel

This is great for any S&G or any make up lover. The gold gel is so pigmented and I mean, who doesn’t love glitter on their face, especially around Christmas time? The is great for any age and their make up is always such good quality and well priced. It is always worth checking out the 3 for 2 offers on at Boots.

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Soap & Glory – Merry kiss-much

£6 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

I love the little ribbon so you could hang this on your tree! It contains:

Sexy Mother Pucker – Lip Gloss In Plums Up
Crazy Sexy Kohl  – In Smoulder

These are two of S&Gs most famous make up products. Their black eyeliner is a staple for any make up lover and their lip plumping lip glosses are always popular and come in a variety of shades. Plums up is a lovely shade and will suit anyone.

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Soap & Glory – Wash come true

£16 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

The set contains:

1 X Clean On Me™ Creamy Moisture Shower Gel
1 X Sugar Crush™ Fresh & Foamy Body Wash
1 X Rich & Foamous™ Shower & Bath Body Wash
1 X Foam Call™ Shower & Bath Body Wash
1 X Clean, Girls™ Body Wash
1 X Calm One Calm All™ Bubbling Bath Soak
1 X Best Washes™ Limited Edition Spiced Body Wash

I love S&G body washes, I think they are my favourite of their body products and they have so many great scents. Something like this is a great way to sample all of their scents or if you are not sure what someone likes then this is a great option. My favourite is the sugar crush one.

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I hope I have given you some ideas 🙂

Sarah x