Damaged Hair Tips

Hey guys! As some of you may know, over the past few months, I’ve dyed my hair ombre, then pink, then ombre again, and finally back to dark brown. Obviously this excessive amount of bleaching meant that the ends of my hair were pretty fried, so I had to alter my haircare routine to help revive it.

So today I’m sharing my tips on how to combat and assist damaged hair.

Trims | I know, it’s something of a taboo to mention nowadays, but honestly, after you’ve bleached your hair, I think it’s so beneficial to cut the ends off. It helps seal the ends of your hair, especially if they are split and particularly fried. I also think that it keeps your style fresh and feeling super-soft.

Washing | After the second time bleaching my hair in just over one month, I knew that I’d need to change my shampoo and conditioner from a colour protecting focus, to a duo that focussed on hydrating. I really recommend this John Frieda duo, because the formula of the conditioner is slightly thicker than most conditioners, so you really feel like it’s repairing your hair.DAMAGED HAIR TIPS 2Post-Washing | Another tip that we’ve all heard all too often in regards to improving the condition of our hair; stay away from heat. Now I have learnt that I can’t really let my hair air dry, as it turns all too frizzy, all too quickly. So now I make sure to use a cream heat protectant, and then leave it to air dry, but once its completely dry, I straighten it, as I find that the cream heat protectant, combined with heat, actually improves the shininess and sleekness of my hair.

Touch Ups | This is actually what inspired me to share this post, because I’ve only recently learnt about these products, and the condition of my hair has been drastically improved ever since. Touch up cremes and leave-in conditioners have been around for a long time now, but I never really understood how to use them. My favourites are John Frieda’s Perfect Finish polishing serum, which is an oil, and Secret Agent touch up creme, which is like a leave-in conditioner. I love both of these products because they are applied to dried hair. This means that even if you’ve washed, air dried and styled your hair, and it’s still looking dull and dry, these products bring shine and smoothness to your hair.


That’s it for my damaged hair tips, I hope these tips help you out if you’re struggling with the condition of your hair, if not, drop me a comment and I’ll try and help you out!

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Battle Of The Hair Mousse

When it comes to having long hair, you seem to encounter a daily battle: limpness. Since I grew my hair longer, I realised that the weight of it had started weighing it down, and that meant that the roots didn’t have any lift, and my hair just looked pretty lifeless.

So naturally I wanted to try out some volume-boosting mousse to boost my roots and give my hair some more lift and movement. Mousse Comparison 2Nicky Clarke Texture Rebuild Volume Mousse | This mousse boasts having ‘kerastrength’, which means that it contains keratin, a fibrous protein that constitutes the main structure of hair. This means that when applied to the hair, this product boosts the roots of the hair with the very protein that would otherwise naturally occur in hair, to create thickness and strength.

I found that this product worked incredibly well the first time I used it, it gave me a really impressive lift at the roots, and the hold was incredible, although it did give my roots quite a rough texture that meant it was difficult to pass a hand or brush through it, but I half expected and understood that because of the impressive hold it had.

But after using this product every other day for about a week, I found that it had lost that lift that I initially had, and instead it was just weighing down my hair, and making my roots greasy, a really annoying by-product of applying a hair product directly to your roots. Therefore I stopped using it, and I’ve been weary of using it ever since.Wella Shockwaves Volume Mousse | Since I became nervous of using the Nicky Clarke mousse, I wanted to try a cheaper alternative because I’d already splurged on the Nicky Clarke one, and I didn’t want to be disappointed again. So I decided to pick this one up because it usually retails for a maximum price of £2.99, and it had some pretty decent reviews.

Once again, the first time I used this mousse, it gave me an incredible lift, but the hold was significantly less strong, it was still incredibly soft, but the lack of hold was really apparent, as halfway through the day my hair did start to loose volume. I also noticed that this mousse didn’t smell as nice as the Nicky Clarke one, but I did kind of expect that because it is a much more affordable alternative to higher end other mousse products.

I think I’ve realised that any product that is intended to be applied directly to the roots is bound to cause slight greasiness if it isn’t fully washed away, or if it’s applied too frequently, your hair may become accustomed to it, meaning that the same amount of product just won’t do the job any more.


That’s everything for my comparison of these hair mousses, let me know if you’ve tried either of these products out before, and what you thought of them!

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I recently was in desperate need for some dry shampoo, so when I was out, I scoured the shelves, looking for the perfect product. I’ve used dry shampoos before, and I did like the various scents that Batiste offered, but I did find that with my dark hair, it took far too much ‘working’ into my hair, for it to not look powdery, and by the time I’d finished working the product into my hair, it look just as greasy as it did when I started out.

So when I saw this particular can offered a ‘hint of colour’ geared towards brunette hair, I thought I should give it a go.IMG_2095So the other day when I was styling my hair, I decided to finally give this product a go. I made sure to thoroughly shake the can, then lift sections of my hair and spray this directly at the roots, from roughly 30cm away, as instructed.

I was really pleased with the results, I didn’t even have to work the product into my hair, because as soon as I had sprayed it and let go of the section of hair, it looked fresh, and perfectly blended in.

I can honestly say that this is my new favourite dry shampoo, because it takes the least amount of effort to create a finished look, and it’s a reasonably sized can, so it’s definitely worth picking up, because it’ll last you, and it’s affordable.


I am so glad I finally found a suitable dry shampoo for darker hair, let me know if you have used this dry shampoo before, or if you’re going to try it out now!

I want to change up what I’m posting in the future, so be sure to let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more beauty, cooking, lifestyle or fashion posts, I’ll be sure to listen!

John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Serum

Hey guys! The other day I was wondering what kind of blog post I wanted to write, and I was trawling through my makeup while crying over how I couldn’t do an OOTD post because the weather was so awful, when I realised that for quite a while now, I had kept a secret from you all.

That’s right, I know.

I saw a product that I’ve come to adore, because it was everything I was looking for, and it delivered so much more than I expected from it, and I realised that I’d never even mentioned it. It hadn’t appeared in a favourites post, I hadn’t even mentioned how awesome it is on Twitter. It had sat, on my bedside table, helping me out every day. Almost like something so perfect, I didn’t want anyone else to know.IMG_1869Enough of this mushy love story, I am of course, as you can tell by the title of this post, talking about John Frieda’s Frizz Ease ‘Perfect Finish’ Polishing Serum.

I had been suffering from dry hair (especially on the very ends) for quite a while, as the lack of humidity during the winter months might be good for keeping my curls from going out of control, it’s actually really damaging to the lengths of my hair.

I had previously tried Vitapointe Leave-In Conditioner, and gotten on with it quite well, but I knew that I still wanted to try out an oil treatment that I could use for both a quick fix of moisture once I’d finished styling my hair, and an actual treatment on my hair.IMG_1870I actually found this Polishing Serum when I was picking up hair dye a few months ago because I thought it sounded like the perfect thing to put onto my hair once I’d dyed and blow dried it, as it might need a little moisture rescue.

To be honest, it was everything I expected when I first used it, but I highly overestimated the amount that I’d require. And as my hair is reasonably long now, that’s definitely saying something. I used two pumps (as the directions recommended adjusting the amount used for longer/thicker hair) but when running it through the ends of my hair, I realised it was too much because it started to sit and make them look a little bit greasy.

Overall, this product is ridiculously hydrating, and like I mentioned before, perfect for a finishing touch to your styled look, or for a hydrating mask before washing your hair. I also really like that it’s an affordable product because it’s recommend to be used ‘sparingly’, it lasts for much longer than other leave-in conditioners.


That’s it for my quick review of John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Serum, have you tried this product before? Let me know in the comments!

Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

We’ve all got them, our ‘go-tos’, our ‘staples’, well today I’m calling them ‘Beauty products I can’t live without’ (simply because “Beauty Products That I Really Adore But Could Probably Live Without But I Would Rather Not Imagine That Existence” isn’t the catchiest of titles, so here we are.) and I’m sharing my most used and favourite products with you all!

IMG_1734Basics

Obviously a primer is a a sensible staple for everyone, because without a good base, your makeup just isn’t going to last. I consider this particular primer from Makeup Revolution a staple because it’s light, does the job for your entire face, and it’s incredibly affordable.

This Stay Matte pressed powder has also become a staple for me, because it’s perfect for matte-ifying any foundation or concealer, and it works wonders for oily areas, keeping them matte for up to 12 hours!

Collection’s Illuminating Touch Concealer is the only concealer for me, it’s so easy to use, and it has the perfect amount of coverage for me, it’s definitely a medium coverage, but it can be built up or worn very sparingly.

I also can’t imagine applying my makeup with anything but a beauty blender now. I know a lot of people rave about them, and there is this insane amount of hype around them, but they really do live up to it all. Whether you like to use it wet or dry, applying your foundation with this tool makes your base look so much more flawless and ‘airbrushed’.

If I could only use one tool and absolutely no makeup, I would choose an eyelash curler, without question. I think that if you’re having a lazy day or you just don’t want to do your makeup, just curling your lashes really adds something to your eyes, making you feel and look fluttery and gorgeous.

IMG_1737Hair & Body

For my hair my holy grail products are this Salon Professional hairspray, and Vitapointe leave-in conditioner. This hairspray is a perfect mix between being lightweight and still having an incredible hold, and it actually smells really nice, which is rare to find in hairsprays. I also really like this leave-in conditioner because it’s perfect for smoothing dry ends and adding a sleekness and shine to straightened hair.

I’ve spoken about this body butter very recently, and it definitely lives up to the hype behind it. It’s softening and light, so it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. Perfect for all over your entire body.

I also really like using any and all Babylips chapsticks, not only because they are highly moisturising and keep chapped lips at bay, but there are so many tinted options available now, that the possibilities are endless!

 

IMG_1740Lips

I thought I’d just quickly share my ‘go-to’ red and pink lip, because I feel like I’ve finally found my all time favourites. Rimmel’s Kate Moss 107 is is a perfect dark red shade, that I’ve found is suitable for all skin tones, and you know that it suits you well enough for you to wear it with confidence. I also really love this shade from Chanel, and I know it’s a lot pricier than your average drugstore lipstick, but this lipstick is definitely worth investing in because the formula is really moisturising and creamy, so it feels really nice to wear, but also, this particular shade ‘432’ is a beautiful and natural looking pink, so again it’s highly wearable.

 

IMG_1742Makeup

I’ve mentioned all three of these products before, so we all already know that I love them and find myself reaching for them constantly, so I’ll quickly run through them all. Collection’s Extreme 24 hour felt liner is my favourite liner on the market. The fact that I know its name without having to read it off of the product itself is telling of how often I not only use it, but talk about it. It’s everything anyone looks for in an eyeliner, and it’s only £2.99, foolproof. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational, I’ve been using this mascara for a long time now, and even recently I’ve been getting comments on how it looks like I’m wearing false eyelashes, only for me to emphasise to everyone that I really don’t have time/can’t be bothered with applying false eyelashes daily, and my look is entirely down to this mascara, I’d recommend it to everyone.

Finally, there’s the Estee Lauder All Over Face Compact, I use this compact in most of my makeup looks, because it contains everything that I need to put a look together, with a nicely pigmented bronzer, and three varying shades of blush, no matter what tone of look I’m going for, I can incorporate this palette.


That’s it for my beauty staples, let me know in the comments what makeup items/tools you can’t live without!

BLOGMAS Day 3 // Winter Hair Care With Aussie

Hey guys! As we near Christmas, and gradually Winter, we all know that the change in temperature and humidity can be tough on our hair, so today I partnered up with Aussie to talk to you about Winter haircare!

During Winter, the cold air causes the follicles in hair to shrink and close, which can cause hair to become dry and brittle, leading it to break off when you brush/wash it.

So the geniuses at Aussie have brought out their famous blend, ‘Miracle Shine’, in a gorgeous, limited edition Winter Miracle packaging!Limited Edition Aussie Winter Miracle (1)This shampoo and conditioner heavily moisturises your hair, from root to tip, meaning it’s stronger and shinier than ever. Even in the Winter months!

This formula is so long lasting and powerful, that you don’t even need to use it every time you wash your hair, you can use it only once a week, and it’s still just as effective. This also means that the bottles will last longer than any other shampoo and conditioner you use, because you won’t be using it as often!Limited Edition Aussie Winter Miracle (2)


That’s everything about Aussies Winter Miracle shampoo & conditioner. Let me know if you’re going to try this out, I really do recommend it because you won’t believe the results after just the first use!

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VO5 Hair Care

That’s right, due to VO5’s range being on offer in selected Superdrug stores, today I am talking to you guys about the fabulousness that are these products.VO5 Hair Care(Is that sea salt spray Corinne, can that mean what I think it means?) You’re darn right my darling reader, I am once again rocking the blonde ponytail. I haven’t touched a sea salt spray since going back to brown. I love little more than a nice tousled blonde ponytail with sea salt spray.VO5 Hair CareSea Salt Spray | As I’ve already said, I really like to use sea salt spray when my hair is a little lighter. (Who knows maybe I’m slightly living some secret dream of being a super cool surfer chick?) This product really is amazing to use if you don’t want your hair to look super-slick, but a little bit messy and with some added texture. As well as having an incredible lasting and holding power, VO5’s sea salt spray also smells amazing, unlike some sea salt sprays that can smell a little like glue, which can put people off of them.VO5 Hair Care Heat Protect Spray | Regardless of whether or not I had anything done to my hair, because I use heat to dry and style my hair, I know I have to use a heat protect spray. The same goes for anyone that even blow dries their hair, if you’re subjecting your hair to heat, you need to be protecting it beforehand.

Frizz-Free Creme | As I have bleached the ends of my hair, I know that it needs a little extra tlc after I’ve washed, dried and styled it, so this product is perfect for just that. Just like a leave-in conditioner, this product is perfect for exactly what it says, taming any annoying little frizzy fly-aways you might have. It really is perfect for just smoothing down your freshly styled look.


I am in love with this range, let me know if you’ve picked up anything, or what your favourite VO5 product is!