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September’s Glossy Box

My September Glossy Box arrived last week and I have been dipping into its contents already. By the way, if you haven’t heard of Glossy Box basically you sign up, pay £10 per month and you’re sent a box of five themed goodies each month (link to my blog post).

Here’s a look inside Septembers box…

Here’s a breakdown…

1. Spa Magik Salt Brushing (x2) – These are gorgeous. It was great to exfoliate my skin after my holiday. They smell lemony and refreshing.


2. Plum by Mary Greenwell sample – described as a contemporary chypre, blends top notes of peach, blackcurrant, plum, bergamot and lemon. Harmonious heart notes of Gardenia, tuberose, orange flower absolute, rose absolute and jasmine absolute. Followed by Dry down of woods, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Amber, and White Musks. Unfortunately this one’s not for me.


3. Neal Wolf Glow – This is a gorgeous hair shine spray. It smells beautiful and doubles up as a hair perfume for me. I have used this the most. It doesn’t weigh my hair down and leaves  it shiny and smooth.


3. Fruitful Nights by Green People – this is an organic night cream. It left my skin smooth and soft without clogging my pores. Best of all, it’s gunk free.


5. HD Brows – this is a great product, one that I would have gone out and purchased alone. There are 4 shades and a  mini angled brush (that’s actually useable). Love.

I’m delighted with my Glossy Box samples this month. Wonder what lies in store for October, love the surprise element. Here’s a link to the site if anyone is interested. (link)

Haircare / Styling

Major holiday hair issues…

I’ll get straight to the point. My hair is a holy state.

I blame the humidity, the sea, the chlorine, the sun and the fact that I haven’t allowed my mam to trim my hair since it was last cut – an attempt to cling to every millimetre of hair. Whatever the reason, my gruaig has been so unruly that I have resorted to slinging it in a knot at the top of my head.

I know I shouldn’t complain.  This time last year I had about a third of the hair I have now. I should be thankful for my crazy mop of hair.

As far as packing went I decided to leave the usual mammoth size bag of hair products behind and be ‘sensible’- this is not a word one uses often in relation to Amy Dillon let me tell you. Anyway, I settled on a bottle of Redken shampoo and a mini pot of Wella hair mask. The Redken Colour Extend Sun is great. It contains a UV filter to protect your hair and your colour. It also smells yummy – the main attraction I must. The Wella Brilliance mask is great at home but not intense enough for the sun.

Problem one, where is the conditioner? Problem two, where is the humidity spray? Problem three, where is the sea salt spray for nights when I just can’t be bothered? Problem four, where is the heat protection spray to use with the crapest hair straighteners on the plane? On the shelf at home in the name of sensible that’s where!

I also brought one of those rubbish travel hair dryers that blow your hair in every direction except down. The Corioliss Pro straighteners was lobbed in my suitcase with the aim of using it to both straighten and create waves. It was a bit much to expect from it apparently, it just drags through my hair instead and leads to breakage.

I was on the hunt for a miracle.

I stumbled across a bottle of Palmolive hair conditioner and a small bottle of Frizz Ease yesterday. They seem to have tamed the beast for now. My hair isn’t exactly silky or anything but at least I doesn’t look insane.

Note to self – don’t be sensible next time you travel, be realistic. Oh, and buy a new hair straighteners for the love of god!

What hair products do you like at the moment?

Favourites, General, Haircare / Styling

Current Hair Care Favourites

It’s no secret that I’m as fickle about hair care as I am about skin care. But I have found a little system that really works for me lately. It’s a little bit of a pick n’ mix brand wise.

Products that have made it into my favourites list

  • John Frieda Go Blonder
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Days Straight
  • Redken Clear Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Wella Brilliance Mask for Fine hair

I’m absolutely in love with Redken Clear Moisture. I have worked my way through all of their shampoos over the years and have finally found one that’s not too heavy for my fine hair. I love the fresh scent of the products too. My hair is like silk after using these but I still get to keep what little volume I have.

I picked Clear Moisture up from Hair Matters in Clontarf (they have a buy one shampoo get a conditioner free offer).

The Wella Brilliance mask is for fine hair too. I have never found a hair mask that’s light enough for my hair. It conditions the hair very well without leaving a residue or making hair greasy. Love.

Go Blonder – I recorded a video review on this one. It’s excellent for root blending. I’m going a little longer between highlights now.

3 Day Straight – Great stuff and easy to use. Spray it on and dry your hair. I get three days free from the dreaded ‘humidity hair’. Video review will be up on this one later this week.

What are you current hair care favourites?

Haircare / Styling, Organic / Natural

Organic Irish Shampoo & Conditioner from Voya

Tis no secret that I’m a fan of Voya – it’s Irish, it’s organic, it’s made from hand harvested seaweed but most of all it’s just top notch.So I was excited to hear that they now have a shampoo and conditioner.

I have had a mare of a time finding a shampoo and conditioner that are organic and work well with my hair. I have had more success with conditioners but for some reason I have yet to find a decent shampoo.

I love the names of these products. The shampoo is called Silky by Nature and the condition is Forget Me Knot – I love it. The smell lovely – natural without a hint of essential oil.

I took a break from my usual hair care routine and decided to give them a bash last night. Today my hair is soft and manageable.

As I mentioned, the products are made from seaweed. One would expect that there is a tiny amount in each tube but it is in fact listed second in the ingredients after water. I’m impressed.

Some of you were asking me where you can buy Voya products. They’re available from the Voya website.

Have you tried any decent organic shampoo’s and conditioners?


Haircare / Styling

Home Kit Brazillian Blow Dry – STR8 Forward

I read about STR8 Forward by Scott Cornwall in a magazine recently (can’t recall which one). A reader and a beauty editor both rated the product highly. When I heard that it only cost €14 in McCabes I thought it would make an ideal blog experiment so I bought a pack yesterday. I chose the extra conditioning formula which is for people who have colour treated hair. There is another version for virgin hair.

Let me start off by saying that this product is Formaldehyde free – before anyone freaks out.

It says the kit can keep hair relaxed for up to 3 months. I always use the word ‘ relax’ rather than straighten because that’s really what it does – smooths down the hair follicle.

The kit comes with Keratin, Straightening Gel and Fixing Cream. I read the instructions, which was a challenge in itself, and it would appear that this is quite a long process and that there may be a lot of faffing around. Now, if you know me at all, you know I’m not one for faffing when it comes to beauty procedures – I’m think of the two hours I spent trying to glue on individual semi-permanent eye lash extensions and ended up in a huff with bits of eye lashes stuck all over me!

There is a little before and after picture of the results you can expect at the back of the box…

I’m a little sceptical but we’ll see. I want to wait two weeks before I try it out since I just had my highlights done 2 weeks ago and this product will probably encourage fading since it opens the hair follicle.

I have my doubts about this product and I’m quite sure it will be more work that I initially imagined but I’m keeping an open mind. I’ll get back to you with a review and before and after photos soon.

Have you heard anything about this product?

Favourites, Haircare / Styling

My Hair Care Arsenal – what are you using?

I thought I would post some pictures of my favourite hair care and styling products at the moment and talk you through how I use them. I did record a video on the subject last week but I didn’t provide enough information on the products, how I use them and why I love them.

Unlike my make-up addiction I tend not to be so fickle and faddy when it comes to hair care. I find a routine that works and generally I stick to it until the day it stops providing the results I’m after.

I’m using Pureology shampoo which is organic, sulphate free and it stops colour fading. This is hands down my favourite shampoo ( I bought it at Hair Matters in Clontarf). I originally bought it for use after the 12 weeks blow-dry / keratin treatment but I fell in love and it has become a firm favourite. I don’t bother with conditioner any more. It was once a necessity but since the chop there is no need.


I have also been using Wella High Hair Soft Clay to mould flicks into my hair. I never used products like this when my hair was longer but now that it’s shorter with lots of layers this is the way forward for me. I use the tiniest amount imaginable on my finger tips and use it to texturise the ends of random pieces of hair. I apply it only to the very ends of my hair, otherwise it will look greasy the next day. Although I like this putty I wouldn’t necessarily repurchase. My mum also informed me that the green label Wella clay is better. I will probably just buy whatever putty is on offer since I have no experience with clays.



I love the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion. I turn my head upside down and spray three pumps worth, I then work it in with my fingers. It makes my hair look thicker and healthier. It also makes my hair manageable and easy to style. This was in my Christmas stocking from my mum and I will definitely be repurchasing. It’s cheap n’ cheerful and does exactly what it says on the tin. (I’m assuming you’ve all seen the Ronseal ad!)


I have been a fan of Catwalk by Tigi Root Boost for a few years now. It’s designed to give texture and lift. I use it only at the roots. I don’t use it every time I wash my hair but usually at the weekend. It’s doesn’t make my hair greasy or sticky which is important. I do hate the nozzle. It’s supposed to be directional but it’s just annoying.I end up squirting some into my hand and using my finger tips to massage the products into the roots. I bought mine on Amazon since it was so overpriced here in Ireland. The bottle last absolutely ages though.


What hair products are you using at the moment?

Haircare / Styling

Hair Extention Options

I have made my piece with my shorter hair. However, there are some days that I’m really not feeling the cut. On those days I would love to have the option of hair extensions. It might only be once a week or so but I miss the variety that same with having longer tresses.

My clip-ins take too long to put in on a daily basis now because I have to focus so much on hiding the short hair underneath. I also only own one pack, which was perfect when my hair was long and I just wanted to add some thickness but now one pack won’t cut it (pardon the pun).

I’m not sure what direction to head in so I added some information in on the types of extensions I’m considering. Opinions and advice are very welcome!


One-Piece Hair Extension


I googled ‘one-piece hair extentions’ and came across the ones above, there from

And the Jessica Simpson version…



Jessica Simpson Pony Tail

The pony tails cost less than €30 if you buy online (again, I just googled places that sold her range). They’re not made of human hair so styling isn’t an option but it looks fun for occasional use.


Clip-Ins: As I mentioned before, I have Pink Label hair extensions which have one major flaw for short haired girls – there are 3 wide wefts (that don’t reach the full way around my head) and one small for the nape of the neck (sell below). This means you have to be very creative about layering them to hide short hair. It takes far too much time. If I buy more clip ins I will opt for a pack that contains 8 wefts, a few of which are narrow. In retrospect I would also only buy single row extensions as my hair is fine. Thick hair extensions may look amazing in the pack but they don’t suite fine, thin hair – you’ll see the top.

Halo / Flip-Ins: Ok so this is a bit of an eighties phenomenon but it has been revived. I couldn’t find any images of the halo / flip-in I’m afraid but a salon sent me their before and after picture (below). They are basically one hair piece on a wire, the wire sits on the front of your head like a halo. The good thing about these is that they’re easy to pop in, they also go ear to ear which is good for those of us with short hair. I’m just a bit dubious about the wire sliding off my head as you move around. I’d love to hear your experiences.


So what do you think?


Haircare / Styling, Tutorials

Video Tutorial – Easy, Pretty, Waves with Conical Wand

I recorded a little tutorial on how to create soft, pretty hair using the Babyliss conical wand. Here’s a picture of the finished look, the video is below it.

Here’s the video:


Some more pictures…



Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to hit the Facebook Like icon below if you enjoyed :) x

Haircare / Styling

My New Short Hair… finally!

As you know I had my hair chopped off in early December. I’m going to be completely honest with you, I cried for a solid 24 hours after the chop. I know that sounds a little dramatic, I didn’t realise how attached I was to my long hair.

I had hundreds of requests to show you some photos of the cut and I kept putting it off. The time is now :)

Here are some photos of me in Chicago (5 weeks ago)

After 9 hours in the airport…


Squinting in the Estée Lauder make-up chair at Macy’s, Water Tower…

And the back (styled it myself and made a mess of it)…


Scoffing gross airplane food, but scoffing it regardless…

Here is how it looked last week (one month on):


I’m in a state of hair grief but I don’t hate the cut.  After a month of growth the shorter layers became much easier to manage. If I could turn back time I would still get it cut to this length but I wouldn’t ask for such short layers. At least it looks healthier (I’m reaching now!).

What do you think? Be gentle :)

Haircare / Styling

Because sometimes cheaper is better!

I am waiting and hoping that my flight leaves for Dublin without a hitch tonight. In the meantime I decided a spot of blogging would be ideal!

If you read my last post you will know that I picked up an emergency hairspray at Target the other day. My hair was flat as a pancake and for some reason the water in the Chicago is making my hair limp, not a hint of the texture I usually get from washing in the water at home (could be the cold too).

I usually use Silhouette Hair Spray in Medium or Super Hold or Wella. I love both and came away without packing either of them.  I tend to go for fine mists rather than spritz type sprays, which I usually hate.

I settles on a mini bottle of cheapy Tresemme hairspray which I planned to use for the duration of my trip. (I bought the 4 star hold)

Rather surprisingly, I love this stuff!

This is definitely more of a spritz, rather than a mist.  It’s asy to direct to specific areas, for me that’s my roots and the tips for texture. It has a nice smell,  not too over-powering and longlasting hold.

It’s also cheap and there is less fume inhalation thanks to spritz versus mist.

I find that mists are good for all over fine setting, maybe the spritz is the answer to directional / specific volume. I don’t think I would spray this all over my hair to set it, it would be too much so I’ll still need a  fine medium hold mist for that.

I’m converted. Full size bottle here I come!

What hairspray do you use?

Haircare / Styling

My hair is getting the chop & Hair Extentions – the aftermath

I’m finally biting the bullet and getting my hair cut tomorrow. I got such a huge response from my post on bedhead bobs Most of you thought I should go for it whilst a few of you, my sister included, pleaded with me not to.

Well, the choice has been taken away – the only way is snip!

This weekend I had my semi-permanent hair extensions removed. I loved them, they were great but it has been a month since I was supposed to have them removed or replaced. I had decided to give my hair a little rest for a few months and have them removed…but I dilly-dallied (‘delayed’ for those of you who speak proper English).

They were perfect for 4 months but in the last month I have caused a bit of a mess.

The result of this one month delay in removal? Well, matting, tangles, roots and worst of all some keratin bond melting – all self inflicted I might add. The latter was caused by my mashing a few bonds with the hair straighteners whilst in a hurry. Silly, silly girl! The mess I caused made removal, which is usually straight forward, more of a challenge.

Anyway now that they’re  finally out I have to say my hair is in pretty good condition. Since having the extension in I use heat rarely so my hair is a lot less fried. My hair had also grown a lot but I had my mum cut my hair with the extensions in a few weeks ago so I can’t really show the growth.

Condition aside, here’s the downside. I forgot how thin my hair was! The stylist who put in my extentions at Contours of Mind said that I would feel like crying when I saw what my hair is really like after months of luscious lock. She was right.

The last inches of my hair is so thin that it looks ridiculous! A hair cut is necessary at this stage to ensure future hair health.

My mother dearest will be cutting it this afternoon so I will be back with an ‘after’ shot this evening. For now I leave you with the dismal before shot.

Look at the thinness!

Fingers crossed for me!