I know I have been on the missing list! Life has been demanding of late. But today I found myself oohing and aahing over a much-loved hair product. Yesterday I was covering myself in a new foundation thinking I really need to get back online and have a rave about this. The day previous I almost electrocuted myself with a beauty appliance and my first thought was blog rant! In short, I am missing you guys something terrible. So I’m back. Back to ranting and raving and my usual waffle. Man I’ve missed it!
Let the raving begin…
Oh holy silky hair heaven! A hair product I have obsessed with lately at the moment is the Matrix Oil Wonders Indian Amala Strengthening Oil. I needed to try it well because, well my hair was a mess of breakage and dryness. It is supposed to invigorate and renew weakened hair leaving it feel 4 times stronger and if anyone needs stronger hair it’s me *sobs into hands after removing giant wad of hair from brush*.
I won’t beat around the bush today, holy shamazingness! This stuff is just made for my hair. I was using it before I had my extensions put in and have continued using it from mid-length down with my Gold Fevers. My own hair has been falling out due to hormone imbalance and stress over the past year, it was damaged and brittle but because it was so fine most hair oils were a little heavy. My hair would look great on the day I washed and styled but then it would look a holy show the following day.
With this oil I use one tiny squirt and disperse from the mid lengths down and at the ends of the front layers, then I style my hair like normal. A lot of my hair loss was in the top and I will be following up with the products I used to disguise that thinness, by God I’ve tried mountains of them. If my hair was very parched of moisture of frizzy I might use a teeny tiny smidge after styling but just at the ends. As with any hair oil, a little goes a very long way.
It left my hair silky and soft, styling was a doddle. No greasiness, no heaviness, no limp hair. And it only costs €12.50, which I have just looked up online and can’t believe. So if you want stronger, longer hair I would highly recommend it.
I have about 6 hair oils but if I ever do run out of this I will be straight out to buy another. As for the rest of them? Dead to me, ha ha!
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of luxury hair brand Kerastase. My experience with their products has been limited to shampoo and conditioners mostly. I was delighted to try their new designer range. I have been testing three of their styling products, and rather enjoying the experience. Is there really something exceptional about the products? Continue Reading
I seems like only yesterday that I was dreaming of a white Christmas and now hear I am dreaming of a week in the sun. Holiday beauty packing is probably my favourite kind of packing. I put a lot of thought into what I bring with me. Top of my list is always hair care. The combination of heat, humidity, chlorine and sea salt has the potential to ruin my locks. My usual hair care products will Continue Reading
It is so hard to find the perfect shampoo for your hair type. I have lost count of the mountain of products I have tried over the years. Most were dismal failures, some were great but I hadn’t found anything that rocked my world. That may have changed. Continue Reading
Now if you are a regular reader of my waffle you know how I can’t resist hair care products. If a product claims to make my hair softer, stronger or more manageable I buy it. Yes I have wasted a tremendous amount of money but beauty products really are my only vice. Continue Reading
My has been going through a bit of a dry spell lately. I blame hormones. Of course, I blame those on just about everything :) As you can gather I spend a lot of money on hair care products but I did wonder if I could revert to my old ways and use something from my kitchen to improve the quality of my hair.
I settled on this recipe and have been delighted with the results.
OLIVE OIL AND EGG HAIR MASK:
4 Tablespoons olive oil
Apply to dry hair. Leave on hair for at least 15 minutes (I waited 30 minutes). Then wash you hair as normal.
I tried this three times over the past week and my hair feels soft, shiny and manageable. It’s not greasy or dry. It’s just right. It’s almost like the mask normalised my hair.
As you may already know I’m mad about notebooks and lists. My longest list by far is my make-up wish list. No surprise there but there are usually a handful of products I’m on the urge of buying but am reasoning with myself for whatever reason. Here are a few I am lusting after, and am considering buying. Let me know what you think of these – if you think they’re worth it or not.
Let’s get started!
Sleep-In Rollers I saw these in the window of my local Nail & Beauty Bar the other day and was intrigued. I googled them as soon as I got home and I discovered that they are huge amongst the desperate scousewives community – I’m afraid I’m out of the loop on this one as I have never seen it. I was very interested in waking up with big hair though. They cost €21 for 20, apparently that’s plenty for even thick hair. Not an issue for me – I’ll probably have some left over. I’m off to check YouTube for videos on how to put them in. Majorly sexy obviously.
Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star Amber Diamond Powder
This has been on my list since last November. I had evey intention of buying it at Sephora in Chicago but the sales assistant talked me into Too Faced Pink Leopard Highlighting bronzer instead. I love highlighters but I have quite a few. I’m not sure if this is going to stand out enough to warrant the purchase. It’s €40.25 on Debenhams website with free delivery to Ireland at the moment. It’s usually €44.73. I’m finding it hard to resist. Do I need it?
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF15
This one is top of my foundation wish list. I filled in the questionnaire on Chanels website to see which foundation was most suited to my skin type and this one was recommended. I have been meaning to try it out anyway so I’m delighted it suits my skin – medium coverage for combination oily skin in need of a radiance boost. That’s me. Have you tried it?
The Balm Nude Tude Palette
I was talking about buying this on Twitter and Facebook last week. I actually ordered but found out the following day that my order didn’t go through. I held off on ordering again, I’m not too sure why. I suppose it feels like a complete over-indulgence to buy something you have so much of – neutral shadows! Let’s face it, I need this like a hole in the head. Yet, I haven’t forgotten about it. It’s the matte shades that really appeal to me. The shades seem quite unique when I checked out the swatches too. Of course I may be just justifying myself :) €33.8o from Feel Unique.com.
What should I splurge on? What’s on your Lust List?
Why does a haircut have the power to make us feel brand new?
I was in desperate need of a haircut! I had extension put in in November so there has been no trims or highlights since then. When the extensions came out my hair was in great condition but it badly needed to be trimmed and shaped.
After a visit to lovely Mammy….
I had a few highlights and a semi of low-lights done. I love low lights for richness and texture. I had an inch of two trimmed off the ends and had some layers added through the back and to frame my face.
Today was a minimal makeup sort of a day.
Revlon Colorstay in Natural Beige
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
DH Brows – Taupe
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
Cargo Lip Gloss – peach
Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer
Make Up For Ever Aqua Kohl Liner
Benefit High Beam
A note on the extensions I removed – They were amazing. It was like having perfect hair every morning. The best things was having no glue. My hair is growing at about three times its usual growth rate so I found they grew out quicker. I would definitely get the again when my hair goes crappy after baba is born. I had them done at issoni.ie. I couldn’t recommend them more!
You know me, hair extension addict. I swore I wouldn’t go semi-permanent again after my glue-ins but when I heard about the arrival of glue free Micro Interweave to Ireland I couldn’t resist. I had them applied at Issonni and I couldn’t be happier. Here is a video documenting my experience and a review. There’s also more info below.
Here is a little before and after shot (my hair appears to be a different colour in the second image – I blame the Christmas tree lights!)
My hair extensions were applied by hair extension expert Emilia Ogoo. Her studio is based Kimmage, Dublin. She also stocks her own brand of hair care products designed for natural hair extensions – the Moisturising Balm in particular is amazing. Emilia has been in the hair business for years. She offered me great advice and was a well of knowledge. I have heard so many hair extension horror stories, it’s definitely worth investing in someone with experience. I love my hair!
And her fabulous studio…
One month on… I still love my hair. It’s easy to manage and style. I don’t have to wash it as often because it’s not as thin. I was surprised at how easy it is to wash and dry the extensions. I have also has so many compliments. I don’t want to go back to my aul’ hair!
This week I have been road-testing the new Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher Spray by John Frieda.
The spray is designed to give you a freshly styled, full bodied bit of ‘oomph’. It does just that. When I first saw it I thought it would be the same as Batiste Dry Shampoo and although it does the same job there are a few differences. This products is primarily designed to refresh your style, increase volume and mop up oils. For me it adds textured volume without bulk. I love batiste in an emergency if I didn’t get to wash my hair and it needs one but it’s a little too drying to use as a styling product for me. The John Frieda spray also feels lighter than Batiste, less powdery. It’s easier to rub in to my roots. I find that when I use Batiste I have to spend ages rubbing it in to get rid of the white powder. It’s usually still visible, and I’m a blonde – must be harder for those of you with dark hair. That being said, it’s a blessing when you need your highlights done!
I quite like the scent, fresh and clean but what I like most in the cold, clean feeling on my scalp after application. I also only had to use a very small amount to get the desired results. I have been using it to revive my hair on the day after I have washed it. If you have flat, limp hair like me it’s definitely worth a try.
The bottle is medium sized, small enough to fit in a larger handbag. Although a larger size would be great for my dresser and probably more economical for me since I fly through products like these.
Each bottle contains 125ml and costs £5.49. They’re sold in all the usual places – Boots, Superdrug, chemists, supermarkets…basically John Frieda products are widely available :)
* John Frieda fans can win 1 of 10 John Frieda Luxurious Volume Ommph packs worth £100 over on their Facebook page.