My Go To Hair Products

Monday, 27 February 2017

While I’m amazing at hoarding skincare products and doing my very best to ensure my skin stays in tip top condition, I’m awful when it comes to maintaining my hair. It pains me to say that I can’t do a thing with my hair other than straighten it and messily curl it. I can’t do cute hairstyles and I refrain from visiting the hairdressers out of fear they’ll shave my head (why do hairdressers not understand what “just a trim please” means?). That being said, when my hair does reach the stage where it’s drier than the Sahara and probably could do with being shaved off, there are a few products I use to sort the abomination on my head out.

Hair essentials

Let’s start with the thing I use multiple times a day and can no longer imagine my life without. I live in the hills of Scotland so naturally, I deal with constant rainy and windy days and my hair is usually a massive knot as a result. Conventional hairbrushes cause my hair to snap and clumps are often pulled out but thanks to the Tangle Teezer, I can brush through the bird’s nest that is my hair with total ease. It has actually made my hair that little bit healthier as I’m no longer destroying it every single time I try to brush it.

Raise your hands if you’re prone to drying your hair as quickly and as lazily as possible! I’m with you on that one. If there’s a hair dryer that can eliminate the damage I do to my hair with my lazy drying ways then I’m all for it. Fortunately, the Panasonic hair dryer was meant for all the people who resent drying their hair as much as I do. It has a “healthy mode” which allows for quick drying while also leaving the hair shiny and manageable. The quick dry nozzle also assists in drying the hair rapidly by separating the hair strands using strong and weak airflows. It also contains a slight acidity which is a similar PH to the human scalp making it perfect for people with sensitive skin.

Hair essentials

I usually don’t have the patience for a hair mask but when my hair needs one, I’ll use the Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer. This was actually bought as a last minute purchase before going to Iceland since I was aware the Blue Lagoon was probably going to destroy my hair (spoiler: it did). Garnier hair products and I aren’t the best of friends so I was rather apprehensive about this hair mask doing anything for me but what do you know, it completely saved my hair from looking and feeling absolutely disgusting. I don’t use it as often as I probably should but when I do, there’s a huge difference in my hair.

Hair essentials

I have a habit of switching up my conditioner a lot but there’s one I keep going back to and that’s the Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee conditioner. Coconut scented shampoos and conditioners are my thing and I adore the way this one smells. It also does a great job at keeping my hair in check and at £1 per bottle, it’s a total steal!

Finally, we have the only Lush product to feature in this entire post. I know, me with just one Lush product, it’s madness! R&B isn’t exactly designed for my hair type but I use it anyway as it’s such a great product. My hair can be a little frizzy from time to time but R&B helps fight that frizz and it leaves my hair smelling incredible. I do tend to favour the Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Balm over R&B as R&B is a little bit too heavy for my fine hair.

So there you have my go to hair essentials. I really need to implement a haircare routine to rival my skincare routine but that will probably never happen. Maybe one day I’ll learn how to make my hair look as sleek and as healthy as possible but until then, I’ll just keep trying to maintain the current health of my hair with as little effort as possible.

Disclaimer: This post features sponsored products. All opinions are my own and are not affiliated with any company.

Lush Empties

Friday, 24 February 2017

I am extremely good at hoarding all of my empty products but I’m dreadful at getting round to writing posts on them. There’s a whole drawer full of empty bottles waiting to be photographed and recycled but, so long as I don’t open the drawer, I forget all about them. It’s reached the stage where I’m breaking my empty products down into 2 categories: Lush and non-Lush. There are a lot of Lush empties lying around but, to avoid gushing about every single product and sounding like an overly sponsored moo, I’ve picked some I love and some I hate to show off in this post. It’s all about balance people!

Best Lush products

Lush Ice Blue: This was an impulse purchase after I noticed it was available in the Lush Kitchen. Any shampoo that’s blue and minty belongs on my head! Ice Blue smells like mint and hardware stores when you’re applying it to your hair which I resented but it left behind an amazing, subtle mint scent once rinsed. If this was a permanent product, my bank account would be in serious danger.

Christingle: Why is this only a Christmas product? It is one of the best moisturisers I’ve ever used. Christingle is really a body conditioner but I always forget to use it in such a way because who actually remembers to rub blue gunk on themselves while in the shower? This did such an amazing job as a moisturiser but a warning to all the females in the world, if you get this in the wrong place, it burns like hell!

Best Lush products

Pot O’Gold: Who keeps letting me buy Lush shower jellies? I can’t stand them but I keep buying them because I think they’re a good idea. I didn’t really like Pot O’Gold, the smell just wasn’t really my thing and the majority of it went down the shower drain without actually washing me beforehand.

The Comforter: – The Comforter is the best bubble bar Lush has ever created (I am willing to fight anyone who disagrees) so to have it in shower cream form makes me so happy on so many levels. I used to be a Dirty Springwash kind of girl but now I’m all about this gorgeous blackcurrant scent.

Best Lush products

Dirty: This wasn’t used by me but I’m going to keep going on about it because every male should use it for shaving. My fiancĂ© loves Dirty and I like how his face smells after he’s used it. Everyone should get to smell a man’s face after they’ve used Dirty (don’t smell a stranger’s face though as that weirds people out).

Don’t Rain on my Parade: – Why oh why did I buy this? Some people love it, some people hate and I fall into the “this makes me want to throw up” category. The description checks the right boxes for me but the actual product, well, let’s not even go there.

There are a lot more empty Lush products lying around (I’ve built a rather impressive tower out of them) but at the risk of this turning into an essay on Lush products, I think I’ll stop at 6. Now please excuse me while I resist the urge to buy far too many things from Lush while simultaneously campaigning for Christingle to be added to the permanent collection.
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