Today I’ve got a Massive Rave for you. To begin at the beginning, a year ago my hair was like this:
If you regularly read my blog you’ll notice that my hair has been getting lighter and lighter thanks to my fab hairdresser Laura. It was beautiful warm tones but I’ve been wanting to try taking my hair cooler for quite some time, I’m cool toned anyway so I just wanted to know what it’d be like and last week Laura came round and took me the lightest I’ve been with a gorgeous balayage colour but it was still pretty warm. Cooling the tone down was up to me so I hit up Boots and decided upon the Bleach London Silver Shampoo and Conditioner in order to take out some of the yellow and warm tones in my hair.
So here’s how my hair looked the morning after it was recently done. Sorry, it’s not styled!
Silver shampoos and conditioners work by neutralising brassy tones, and so the products are violet. In the case of the Bleach London products the shampoo is incredibly vividly coloured, it’s hard to believe it won’t leave your hair purple, while the conditioner is a much more pastel shade.
The recommendations are to use the shampoo every other wash, but I have been using it every single wash, and I’m using the conditioner once a week but using my normal conditioner at every other wash. The silver shampoo feels a bit odd to use, it doesn’t seem to distribute easily through my hair, its not terrible but its a bit of effort, but I would say that it leaves my hair very clean, but it also seems slightly drying. Not a concern, my hair feels like silk after I’ve conditioned. The conditioner is creamy and smooth and works as well as my usual conditioners.
After the first wash I didn’t notice any difference in my hair, but after two washes it was markedly cooler. I am amazed!
It’s now a couple of weeks on and my hair is amazing. Alright, the next photo has an instagram filter on it, but my hair is so blonde, so soft and I love it so much I want more blonde!
The Bleach London Shampoo and Conditioners are £6 each for 250ml bottles and I was worried that as I have such thick hair I’d get through the product really quickly but its lasting really well. The scent is light and inoffensive but the results are incredible and speak for themselves! My hair also feels amazing which is pretty important when you’re bleaching your hair!
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. I purchased mine from Boots, but you can also purchase from BleachLondon online.
*products purchased by me with my own money!
I’ve never quite “got” dry shampoo…however, in recent years I’ve taken to having a can around, just in case. I’m not a huge fan of the smells of any that I’ve tried and I often find that despite brushing through, I can still feel product in my hair and it still feels dirty.
But. I adore every single thing I’ve tried by Aveda, many of which are staples for me now, so I was pretty pleased to give their newest product a try. Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo.
The Aveda Shampure range hasn’t let me down yet and I love the shampoo and conditioner, they smell amazing, so this is a welcome new addition to the line up. It’s a 99.8% naturally derived powder formula, with ingredients such as Cassava and oat to absorb oils and 25 pure flower and plant essences for the beautiful signature scent. Rather cleverly, this is not an aerosol. In fact, what you have a little hole at the top, that is covered, but when you twist the lid and expose the hole, all you have to do is give the bottle a light squeeze and the product shoots out just like an aerosol.
It’s so easy to use, simply section your hair and apply to your roots, and then massage in, you can then brush through and style. It leaves my hair smelling freshly washed and the scent lingers for me, and it leaves my hair feeling clean too. Not freshly washed clean, but certainly much cleaner than before use. More importantly, my hair looks clean and I can dispense with the need to scrape my hair back into a ponytail. It also works well to revive a style, great if you have layers, just add to your roots, massage in and hey presto, volume and definition. I know its an expensive product, but it really is in a different league altogether from cheaper brands I’ve tried, the fresh scent alone is a huge selling point for me. Definitely recommend this one.
The Shampure Dry Shampoo is £22 for 60ml and a refill is £18 for the same amount minus the spray top available now from Aveda.
*Product received free of charge for review purposes
Osmo is a hair care brand I wasn’t familiar with at all, however, I had heard the name. It’s surprising really that I’m not more familiar with the brand as they have just celebrated their 15th Anniversary so they are not a small brand, in fact, as a professional brand, they are known and loved the world over but professionals and their clients.
To celebrate the anniversary, the 1st of June saw Osmo relaunch with new look packaging as well as having been busy creating new products to compliment their existing lines.
The range is huge, there is something there for everyone, whether you’re looking for shampoo, conditioner, treatment masks or styling products. Whatever your hair type, there’s something suitable.
I received the Osmo Colour Mission Silverising Shampoo, Silverising Violet Mask and the the Violet Protect and Tone Styler to try out. The range is designed for highlighted, bleached and blond shades, as well as silver and grey hair, and aims to tone your colour, neutralising yellow, without stripping. Actually, the range isn’t ideal for my hair as I want to keep my warm tones and I was afraid to really try it out in case I lost the warmth, but I tried them out anyway, just a couple of times so I could see how my hair felt.
Just to give you the low down on my hair, its very very fine but I have a lot of of it so my hair appears to be incredibly thick. It’s also quite dry thanks to the blonde, and very prone to frizz. I can tell usually on the first use whether a product is good for my hair or not by the way my hair feels while the products are in use, if they are not moisturising enough my wet hair feels like dreadlocks, and its awful when its dry. The Osmo products are sulphate free and this too can have an effect on my hair, making it feel dryer and creating more frizz.
I’m pleased to report all of the above products passed the test on my tricky hair. The Silverising Shampoo is not a new product, it’s just had a new design. Its a glorious purple colour and left my hair clean and soft, while producing a lovely lather. The Violet Mask is a beautiful product too. Apply it to your towel dried hair and leave on for 3-5 minutes, or, if your hair is particularly dehydrated, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse out.
These two products felt so gorgeous on my bleach damaged hair, and left my hair soft, clean and manageable. Perfect. The Silverising Violet Protect and Tone Styler is another new product, essentially it’s a leave-in conditioner, that tones your hair too. It protects against heat damage and unwanted brassiness. I have a love hate relationship with leave-in conditioners, they often make my hair feel unclean, or give me spots on my scalp, this however didn’t. It just left my hair soft and manageable again.
Although these weren’t the perfect products for my hair, and I won’t continue using them, there’s no denying the quality, or how gorgeous my hair felt after use. So much so I will now look into the other products and purchase something from Osmo that is perfect for my hair. I’m thinking perhaps the Colour Save line, or the Blinding Shine line or even the Deep Moisturising products.
OSMO Colour Mission Silverising Shampoo £7.90
OSMO Colour Mission Silverising Conditioner £7.90
OSMO Colour Mission Silverising Violet Mask 100 ml £3.00 300ml £7.95
OSMO Colour Mission Violet Protect and Tone Styler £8.80
*Products received free of charge for review purposes.
I’ve had my beady eye on Fortune Cookie Soap for a long long time. I never quite got round to placing an order, being afraid of the shipping charges and possible customs fees.
Eventually I managed to buy some products from a UK fan and try them out and I was hooked. I’ve since placed three orders and today I’m going to blog about my latest.
I watch a huge amount of TV, American TV in particular, and I’ve especially loved Black Sails, Battlestar Galactica and Sons of Anarchy. Without question, my most enduring favourite is Game of Thrones. I don’t know what it is about it but I know I’m not alone. And when I heard Fortune Cookie Soap (FCS from here on in) were releasing a Game of Thrones inspired collection I knew I’d have to partake.
I’m going to start with a little gripe, but it is my only gripe so I hope I’ll be forgiven, and thats the shipping. It’s extortionate meaning I have to very carefully limit what I purchase as the shipping increases with each product I add to my basket. I buy a lot from overseas and am very much used to a flat rate shipping fee, buying as many clothing items as I like from Black Milk in Australia for free, or make up for flat rates of $10.90. That said, I do appreciate that shower gels and jars of body lotion, are considerably heavier and as I say I really don’t know what the actual cost would be to say whether the charges are fair or not, but I do know I’d buy a lot more if my basket didn’t go up by $4 each time I add a body butter. In fact it’s the scrubs and body creams that seem to increase shipping the most so I can’t really afford to buy them.
Enough, when I do order, I do so knowing what I am paying in shipping and budget accordingly. There are also UK Group Orders done once or twice a year for the bigger launches so they are worth looking out for (try facebook).
Sooo the products I ordered.
Starting with the Valyrian Steel Body Wash $12.99 (£8.53 for 201ml)
A blend of Italian bergamot, yuzu, fresh Meyer lemon and verbena perfectly blended with notes of olive leaf and sweet florals, finished with faint notes of patchouli, white musk, and cedarwood. It is BEAUTIFUL. I’m well used to the Body Wash formulas and they are highly lathering and heavily scented. A really fantastic product with the most stunning perfume.
Unsullied Shower Oil $12.99 (£8.53 for 201ml)
A warm arid blend of patchouli, sandalwood, and citrus with juicy notes of white peach and red mango. I’m delighted with this again. I’m so pleased with this collection, not only because of the Game of Thrones theme, but also because of my love of patchouli and earthy scents. This one is a touch lighter than the Body Wash thanks to the sweet fruit. It smells exotic and beautiful.
Take the Black Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Bar & Tin $9.99 and $4.25 respectively. (£6.56 and £2.79)
Although Shampoo bars and Conditioner bars are not new for FCS, the combined bar is. The top layer is shampoo and the bottom layer is conditioner. I’m not new to the concept of solid hair products having tried Lush’s offerings, but they always turned my hair to crap, and I’m told FCS’s products are so much better so I’m excited to try this. Again, the scent couldn’t be more up my street, inspired by Jon Snow, this is a beautiful combination of Leather and Amber. Cannot wait to try this. The tin was just the obvious choice to store it in between uses.
Keep it in the Family Perfume Oil (1 dram is $5.99 (£3.99) and 2 drams are $8.99 (£5.99))
Saving the best til last in my opinion, this is glorious. I’m also totally annoyed I didn’t buy the larger bottle. I did have a little leakage, but it was well wrapped and my bottle seems full enough so I’m no inclined to complain, although I do hear that the FCS customer service is excellent. As a consequence of the light leaking, I got this on my fingers as I unwrapped it a few hours ago. Clearly you don’t need much as I can smell it so strongly still, much to my joy. Burgundy roses, carnations, and white florals with nuances of burgundy wine, sandalwood, and a hint of musk. I can smell it all, but I suppose overwhelmingly its musk and rose, it’s just, well stunning. Absolutely thrilled.
So all in all I’m absolutely chuffed to bits with this order. I’d like to go back and make another order for the larger Perfume Oil, the Mother of Dragons Whipped Cream, the No Middle Ground Hydrate Me (my favourite products – a solid bar of moisturiser to be used on wet skin) and The Imp Mist Me, inspired by my favourite character Tyrion, it promises a rich blend of fresh black cherries, white wine, mahogany and teak woods, and a spicy note of freshly grated black pepper. I don’t get on with the Mist Me’s (body sprays) too well, finding the scent doesn’t last on my skin too well, I don’t even care, this sounds amazing.
So, despite the heavy shipping to the UK, I would highly recommend Fortune Cookie Soap products. innovative, unusual, functional and whimsical, who could resist!
Look out for the Soap Box subscription and the Alice in Wonderland themed collection due for Spring. I cannot wait.
At last, an idea so simple you wonder why it’s not been done before.
Okay so the deal is that you can have your own personal shampoo mixed, that will be geared exactly to your tastes/hair.
It’s simple, Pick your shampoo scent, the choices are Lemon Verbena, Bakhour (incense), Rosemary & Mint and Black Pepper Citrus). Each shampoo base is the same, enriched with essential oils, vitamin E, Pro Vitamin B5 and each is free of parabens and silicone and also contains an ionic system which means detangling, anti-static and frizz free hair.
Then you, the customer choose two out of the eight Superserums, (Back to your Roots (caring for your roots and scalp), Beautiful Brunette, Curl Me Up, Gimme More Moisture, High Definition Blonde, Ravishing Red, Thermo-Straight and Turn Up the Volume). They are then added to the base, shaken like a cocktail and sold to you for £14 each. It means you can tailor your hair care in many ways and it’s ingenious. Then there’s a Creme de Concoction Conditioner in Cashmere & White Lily (£16)
I wouldn’t have chosen the Rosemary and Mint Shampoo myself as I’m not keen on the smell, and I wouldn’t have chosen the Volumising Serum either as my hair has volume in abundance but the High Definition Blonde superserum I definitely would have chosen for my blonde highlights. Still undaunted I gave it ago. Not a massive fan of the Rosemary & Mint scent as I already mentioned but there’s no doubting this is a fantastic shampoo. On my hair it sort of enhances the volume rather than sending my hair crazy with volume thank goodness, but then that’s partly to do with how I style it. Other than that it leaves my hair completely tangle free (which isn’t often the case with silicone shampoos!) and very very soft. It’s very impressive. Plus it lathers beautifully too which I always like in a shampoo.
Then there’s the Cashmere &White Lily Conditioner which is again very beautiful and does lovely lovely things to my hair. I’ve recently gone a bit blonder and I find the blonde stays looking bright and shiny with this range and you can’t ask for more than that.
You can go to the main Beauty Hall in Selfridges to have your products mixed for you and you’ll be asked to leave your name and email address so you can go online and order your own blend easily. But this is only until the 8th August I believe and thereafter you can purchase from either Concoction.co.uk or Selfridges.com.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
I don’t like volume on the top of my head. My hair just looks weird when it’s high. I do however like my hair to look voluminous everywhere else where possible and thanks to HER Haircare Rituals products I’m seeing some fantastic volume in my hair, as seen above!
Firstly I love the packaging of the products, the simple black and white and the stylish logo.
I’ve been using the Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner regularly since I received them and can give them a massive thumbs up despite a shaky start!
A little bit of info about the brand. The brand was co-created and is co-owned by John Barrowman. Seems a bit random, but who cares, it’s a great brand. HER is based in Italy’s Veneto region and the surrounding areas have inspired the bottles and scents of the products.
The Volumising Shampoo is enhanced with sweet almond protein to strengthen and fortify the hair which in turn gives more volume and more softness. The Volumising Conditioner feels like rubbing a face cream into your hair, it’s a strange sensation for someone so used to the slip of silicones! The reason it feels that is that it’s made with shea butter, then there are passion flower and acai oils along with rice bran an wheat germ oils and a dose of ginseng.
So about that shaky start I mentioned. Me and my hair love silicone and most forays into silicone free shampoos and conditioners and the Her shampoo and conditioner are both Silicone free to say my hair objected is to put it mildly. My hair reacted by turning itself into a massive clump of tangled hair as I shampooed. It was painful to try and get the conditioner through it with a wide tooth comb. However, once I was out of the shower my hair was soft and clean feeling and definitely volumised. So I persevered. Next wash I used the same, wide tooth comb at the ready, teeth gritted. Nothing. The shampoo lathered with no tangling, the conditioner slid through my tangle free hair with ease. And that’s how it’s been every wash since. I’m sold. I can only assume that I had some build up of something that the HER products removed but that there was some kind of initial clash of products or something. Who cares anyway, now it’s lovely. It smells gorgeous, fresh and clean and it leaves my hair soft and volumised.
And then there’s the Volumising Powder. The pot feels as though it has nothing it it, and to be honest I’m not sure how much is in there but you need very little so we’ll just have to see how long it lasts, but this powder is more than your average backcomb dust (which I usually avoid since I don’t like height on my crown). The powder adds body and texture but it does more. It gives the volume of a mousse, has the texture of a clay without being at all heavy, it controls like a hair spray and and can be reactivated, meaning you can just restyle without having to redo from scratch. It also cleans and refreshes. So versatile. I apply this to the roots of my hair, around the top, but avoiding the very crown of my head so that the volume is at the sides. Works like a charm.
Volumising Shampoo £15
Volumising Powder £14
Well here’s a range for coloured hair that boasts quite the pedigree. Colur Wow was developed by Gail Federici and John Frieda and formulated by Dr Joe Cincotta, the scientist behind many of the Federici and Frieda products.
The range is designed to help keep your hair looking exactly as it did the day it was coloured and it’s a small but perfectly formed range.
I’ve actually had the range here waiting to be tried for quite some time but my hair was already quite faded so I was hanging on until I had it coloured again to give the products I have a road test.
So to start with, the Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner.
I received the 75ml bottles for review purposes which will set you back a hefty £9 each, which for what are essentially travel bottles I think is really extortionate. I have also found that they haven’t lasted long enough for me to really put the claims to the test (particularly the conditioner as I need so much on my thick tangly hair). So here’s my thoughts, firstly, these are sulfate free, and normally for me this is disastrous, but on this occasion I managed to get a rich lather which spread through my hair with ease. It has a variety of scientific sounding ingredients and technologies to help protect your colour, none of which I understand, but what I can tell you is that after colouring, in the few washes afterwards I usually lose some colour, before it settles down and stops… I’ve not noticed any colour fading or loss at all with these products. Granted, I’ve probably only got about two weeks worth of use from these bottles (or rather, just the conditioner, I’ve still got plenty of shampoo left), but I’m impressed. The products I’ve been using are for normal to thick hair but both products are available for fine to normal hair as well. My hair is soft and shiny and really quite lovely. Oh and the conditioner rinses out with ease too. I still think that these are very expensive, (£9 for 75ml and £16.50 for 250ml per bottle), but if colour loss is something you struggle with, it’s well worth checking the range out.
The other item I’ve been trying out is the Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac (£14)
This gorgeous iridescent serum is designed to coat the hair with a protective layer to make colour pop. It seals cuticles to lock the colour in and keep dryness at bay. I’ve been using this religiously and in conjunction with the shampoo and condition and as I say, so far I’m not spotting any fading at all, in addition this adds shine and as an important bonus it has a UV filter to help prevent colour fade. This is a fabulous product. I also find this to be reasonably priced since you need so little. The only complaint I do have is that I’d appreciate a guide to how much I should use. You can apply to wet or dry hair but I have no idea how much, so I’ve tended to just use a very small amount as I would with any serum. I’ve not seen or felt it’s presence in my hair, so no greasyness or added weight. Very nice!
The range is available from www.colorwowhair.com and is certainly worth a look if you colour your hair. I’d be especially interested to know how it fares on those shades that traditionally fade fast, like reds!
Other products in the range include Root Cover Up powders which I’d be very tempted to try if they weren’t £28.50 each, but they do sound ideal, especially as my grey roots come through so fast, there’s also a styling cream and mousses for banishing brassiness.
I’ve been aware of Posh Brats for a long long time now and lusted after many of the products but for some reason I hadn’t got round to placing an order. All products are made in their own workshops in Cheshire and products are all cruelty Free, responsibly sourced and make use of natural ingredients from UK suppliers. And lets not forget the scent list. Good lord, I think maybe actually that might have been one of the reasons I’d not placed an order, I couldn’t decide what to try from the lengthy and quite frankly amazing scent list.
I was absolutely delighted when they got in touch and asked if I’d like to try out some of the products. Oh yes you bet I would. I was asked what kind of scents I like but given the problems I have make making decisions I decided to leave it up to them what they sent!
And here’s what arrived.
Tuscan Olive Castile Shampoo, Butterfly Nectar Body Creme (sample size), Shakespeare’s Quill whipped sugar scrub and pineapple smoothie fizzy bath bomb. All in all, a good sample of the different products and scents available.
I’m going to start by talking about the Shakespeare’s Quill Whipped Sugar Scrub £7.
Oh my god. I die. This is amazing. Certainly this scent won’t be for everyone, but it is for me! Firstly, the scrub is formulated with moisturizing butters, natural scents, british sugars and exotic oils. This is not harsh and it doesn’t leave you coated in oil either. In short this is perfect. It lathers gently and and moisturises and leaves skin smooth. But the scent. Described as Aged Parchment, dust, old wood, red wine, black pomegranate and ancient book leather. For me I get leather and wood, not so much red wine or pomegranate. It is divine. Makes a wonderful base for Jo Malone’s Earl Grey and Cucumber Cologne I might add.
Next up, the Tuscan Olive Oil Castile Shampoo £5. Unfortunately this wasn’t for me. Designed for dry hair, but apparently suitable for all, this just wasn’t my cup of tea, scent wise or performance wise. I’m not put off though, I’m rather fancying the sound of the Poison Apple Vitamin Shampoo and Raven Moon Vitamin Shampoo. I think it was the Olive Oil I wasn’t so keen on.
Next the Pineapple Smoothie Fizzy Bath Bomb £2.25. Gorgeous. Gorgeous! Bright yellow, fizzy and pure sweet pineapple scent. Farewell Lush. I found a cheaper more fabulous brand thank you very much. I rather have my heart set on trying out the Pistachio Gelato Bath Bomb!
Finally the Butterfly Nectar Body Creme Sample. For a sample this is very generous, especially given how little product you need. The formula is beautiful. It spreads easily, you need very little, it’s strongly scented so you can still smell it on your skin hours after application, but it doesn’t leave you greasy. This isn’t on the site at the moment sadly, but there is a Whipped Sugar Scrub in this scent. The scent is beautiful. Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean, apricot, ginger flowers and plumeria blossom. It’s glorious, but very very sweet. Almost the exact opposite of the Shakespeare’s Quill scent.
All in all, shampoo aside, I’m so delighted with everything I’ve tried. So delighted I’m filling a shopping basket to place an order as I type (flitting between blogging and shopping). There’s going to have to be some editing of my basket though because so far I’ve got BooBoo Baby Cakes Whipped Sugar Scrub, Bubblegum Boudoir Whipped Sugar Scrub, Butterfly Nectar Whipped Sugar Scrub, Dea Lacrimea~Goddess Tears Whipped Sugar Scrub, Fudge Ripple Ice Cream Whipped Sugar Scrub, Lupercalia Whipped Sugar Scrub, Pistachio Gelato Whipped Sugar Scrub, Magic Mushroom Whipped Sugar Scrub, Ocean Mist Soap Cloud, Old West pine tar Soap, don’t even get me started on the fragrance oils, or the fact that they stock the fabulous Villainess products (if you’ve not heard of them, google!).
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one that will without a doubt have me returning time and time again for more gorgeous smellies. There’s certainly a scent for everyone and the products are good quality.
Highly recommended. Do head over and have a look at www.poshbrats.com.
*Disclosure – Products were provided free of charge for review purposes*
I have to confess I’d not heard of Yuko hair products before now but I’m well and truly sold, this shampoo and conditioner are absolutely wonderful.
Yuko are a Japanese brand, created in 1996 by Yuko Yamashita and I understand the brand’s speciality is Straightening. Yuko worked together with Phiten, a Japanese sports, health and beauty company to create a range of products. I’m not sure how long the range has been available in the UK, but I’m surprised not to have heard of them before now as the products are so great.
I’ve been using the Phitenbella Shampoo and Phitenbella Treatment which are the products designed for dry/chemically treated hair and they contain both collagen and keratin. I note both products contain silicones. I must stress as always that I don’t mind one jot about silicones, and I think my hair really needs them, most of my adventures with silicone-less shampoos have resulted in fly away, frizzy and eventually dry hair. I only mention silicones for those who prefer to avoid them. Personally, I actively look for them in my hair products 😉
I’ve been using these regularly, and these alone, for several weeks and my (which is quite processed) is soft, shiny and silky smooth. I don’t feel any product build up and an essential thing for me, it rinses away with ease so I don’t ever feel I have product in my hair.
Highly recommended. You can purchase from http://yuko-london.com/ where the Treatment and shampoo both retail at £12.50.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
First of all I must apologise for the stock image there…I could have sworn I’d taken photos of the actual products…turns out I hadn’t and now they’ve all been used up…so I could stop this post there, the worlds shortest review, can there be any better review than “so good we used it all up”….
Anyhow, I’ll start at the beginning. Childs Farm is a truly British brand of bathtime goodies for children. The products are affordable, organic and free-from, with beautiful packaging that really appeals to kids. This is the first kids’s range to include argan oil and my little monkeys both have lovely soft shiny hair as a result (actually they had lovely soft shiny hair in the first place, but dare I say it, they look a bit softer and shinier).
We tried out the shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath and all were given the big thumbs up by Chloe and Lola. They were both particularly taken with the scents… the shampoo and conditioner are both Strawberry & Organic Mint…. it’s definitely more strawberry milkshake than mint though, and the bubble bath is Organic Tangerine and gave us a lovely amount of bubbles (with sodium coco-sulfate as the foaming agent.
All in all this is a jolly good range and I should add that both of my girls suffer with eczema, one considerably worse than the other, and the products didn’t seem to affect the skin condition in any adverse way.
All the products are £4.69 and as well as the shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath there’s also a body wash in Organic sweet orange. Yum
Also available are various gift sets.
The range is available from John Lewis as well as www.childsfarm.com
*Dislcosure – PR Samples*