Label.M Jean-Pierre Braganza Colour Stay Shampoo & Conditioner

As part of their Christmas collection, Label.M have teamed up with Jean-Pierre Braganza to release some specially designed products.

I’ve just finished up the Colour Stay Shampoo and Conditioner which comes in a lovely box with a Jean-Pierre Braganza design and festive ribbon at the top. The shampoo and conditioner come in gorgeous long, sleek bottles which are easy-squeezy (my pet hate is when you can’t get the product out!).

I have ombréd hair, and I’m aware that bleach can leave hair not looking all that great so I try my best to use moisturising products for it. The Colour Stay range is ideal, as it’s formulated for coloured and chemically treated hair to keep it strong, moisturised and shiny. The shampoo contains soy and wheat proteins which strengthen, Enviroshield Complex which protects against heat styling and UV rays, and amino acids to enhance shine and add moisture. The conditioner contains aloe, echinacea and currant extract which softens, detangles and hydrates your hair. I can say that everything it’s claimed it would do – it’s done! My hair has felt soft and manageable, and my ends haven’t looked straw-like!

The shampoo and conditioner and both fairly thin in consistency and smell of watermelon – I’ve really enjoyed using them. The set costs £18.50 (worth £23) at HQhair, and they have a special offer of a free Label.M clutch bag when you spend £25 too!

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner GIVEAWAY!

John Frieda have recently developed a secret weapon for blondes, ensuring their colour stays fresh and bright for longer leaving blondes feeling salon-fresh. Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Shampoo  and Conditioner containing safflower oil and bergamot extract, will maintain the bright colour
and smooth texture of first day coloured hair for up to 12 weeks (based on 3 washes per week).

New John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner can be used on all
shades of colour-treated or highlighted blonde hair. Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director at John Frieda says, “Colour treated blondes look and feel their best when their hair is freshly coloured  but maintaining that vibrant ‘day 1’ colour can be a real challenge. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner  are an instant solution, both containing a revolutionary colour locking formula to preserve and protect your brightest most beautiful blonde for up to 12 weeks.’

John Frieda have very kindly given me 10 sets of the Shampoo and Conditioner to give away to my readers so you can experience it for yourself. All you need to do to enter is leave your details in the Rafflecopter Widget below. The ten winners will be drawn at random on Monday 1st July – good luck!

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Things in my Bathroom

My bathroom is very much a zesty and moisturising place at the moment. Five things on the bathroom rota at the moment that I’m loving are these….

Origins Drink Up Mask


Now I am on Roaccutane, my skin is even more dehydrated than ever – Origins Drink Up Mask is the perfect remedy. It’s designed to be worn for 10 minutes then tissued off, but I have been wearing it as an overnight mask a couple of times a week. It feels instantly soothing to apply and the skin on my face is soft, plump and moisturised in the morning. It’s perfect for skin that needs a moisture boost – whether that be as a mask 10 minutes before you apply your make up for an evening out, or overnight. There is another, richer version of this, but because of my strange skin I thought this would be the safest option – and luckily it hasn’t caused me any breakouts. I’m so pleased that I will continue to use this product for ever. Amazing.

Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Curls – Shampoo & Conditioner


My hair is naturally wavy yet I’m for ever buying products to help to straighten it. I thought it was about time I embraced the movement – if I leave my hair to dry naturally, it does wave – but with a frizz – not wearable by any means. These products have definitely helped to tame the frizz and give me more of a defined curl. They have a fresh, clean, floral smell to them and lather up just the right amount. Since I started using Beautiful Curls my hair seems to hold a style more too – whether that is straight or tonged.

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Light Body Lotion


This kind of weather means bare limbs may be on the cards soon – so preparation is key! No one wants to see crusty knees or elbows – and my Roaccutaney skin means body lotion is a must. This light body lotion is exactly that – it’s really lightweight yet moisturising and sinks into the skin straight away. It’s ideal for after a morning shower as by the time I’ve got to my clothes, it’s absorbed. My skin isn’t left feeling sticky or clammy so I know I’m not going to get London Grime stuck to me. Rich, heavy body creams definitely have a place in my routine, but they’re best left for bed time. The Fresh Ocean smell is very citrusey, with a hint of peppermint – every little helps in giving me my morning wake up.

ESPA Zesty Lemon, Ylang Ylang & Crushed Tonka Beans Hand Wash & Hand Lotion


Earlier this year, spa brand ESPA expanded their range to include some more every-day, affordable yet luxurious products, including hand wash and lotion. Again, my Roaccutaney skin means hand lotion after washing is preferable – and I feel oh so swish having both at my sink, especially when it looks and feels as luxurious as this. They are fragranced with 100% natural fragrance made from pure essential oils – the smell is delicious and is loved by me, the kids and even my boyfriend – we can be a pretty hard bunch to please as a foursome but these hit the spot.

Apivita Lip Care with Chamomile, Organic Beeswax & Olive Oil


I’m sure you’re sick of me telling you… but I’m on Roaccutane now! Lip balm is now my best friend – having one at arms reach at all times. The lip balms from Apivita are paraben free, mineral oil free, and silicone free and contain lots of lovely lip-loving ingredients. As a predominantly beeswax based balm, it isn’t greasy and doesn’t leave the lips glossy. I’ve found it’s slotted nicely into my morning routine before make up – lipstick goes over the top with ease, and doesn’t bleed which can be the case with other, more liquidy balms.

Moroccanoil Shampoo, Conditioner & Treatment

I recently realised that there a lot of things that I consider to be my ‘favourites’, which I have never blogged about. I want to try and rectify that, so here I begin with my favourite range of hair care products to date – Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Treatment Oil.
I mentioned them in my Shine On feature in ELLE Canada last December – saying that the Treatment Oil is an essential of mine, and when teamed with the Shampoo & Conditioner they come together perfectly to create my ultimate dream team!
The Oil is something that I have continued to use ever since my first bottle – I’ve been using it continuously for the past 3 years – as soon as one bottle is nearly empty, another has to be bought (it can often be found on Buyapowa so when I see it there I stock up as I know I will end up using it). I apply it into damp hair, then brush it through – firstly it smells absolutely amazing, and secondly it seems to magically and massively reduce frizz. It can also be used as a pre-wash treatment, or on dry hair as a serum, although I stick to using it before I dry my hair. If I choose to let my hair dry naturally, it is extremely wavy – the Moroccanoil really makes the waves much more defined than the big frizzball mess I would otherwise be left with.
The Shampoo & Conditioner are products I love using, but I rarely buy as I have so much hair, I get through so much product that I just can’t afford it (they are each £15.85 for 250ml)! I was given these ones at the recent Handpicked Media London Fashion Week Suite, and using them for the first time again reminded me just how much I love them. Again, the smell – yumtastic (ya, ya) if you haven’t seen that episode of Undateables then you must! They really lather up well but not too much – I hate overly foamy products – with these you can feel exactly where you have cleaned which is great. My hair is left soft and smooth and this trio together make my hair dry quicker, straightening is quicker and much much easier using the Shampoo & Conditioner too. I’ve recently discovered they do giant salon sized bottles so I must investigate as these seem to be the perfect products for my thick, massive head of hair!
All of the Moroccanoil products I’ve tried have left my hair feeling smooth, shiny, healthy and nourished. I would love to try their Hair Mask and Glimmer Spray next as I’m fairly confident those too, would become favourites.

Holiday Hit & Miss

Finally, I managed to get a card reader, so, “hello!” here I am again! It feels so long ago now (was only a couple of weeks ago but hey, you know how it goes), but when I went to Spain, I decided to travel light, and just take hand luggage. One of the things which made that a whole lot easier was the label.m Mini Airliner set – a set of 50ml bottles of all the hair essentials you will need while you’re on holiday.

The Gentle Cleansing Shampoo & Conditioner smelt absolutely amazing with a hint of coconut, and just like a holiday – my hair was left amazingly shiny after using them, which is normally a problem for me while I’m away somewhere hot. There wasn’t enough for my thick hair to last the week, but they were perfect to keep me going for the first few days until we got to a shop.

I used the Protein Spray after washing and before going out in the sun to stop it getting frazzled, and it really helped to keep it in great condition. The Sea Salt Spray claimed to make hair appear ‘thicker with a matt effect’ – I have quite thick hair anyway so didn’t use it until the day before we left, but I wish I’d have used it sooner. It gave fab texture to my hair, kept my waves in place, without feeling big and bushy. I was also wary it would leave my hair in a big matted mess, but that wasn’t the case at all.

The set is £12 from selected label.m salons, and Toni & Guy and essensuals stores – you can choose any shampoo & conditioner, and any two products from the ‘mini create’ range. It comes in a waterproof pouch and you get a free booklet on holiday hair – I’d definitely recommend picking one up if you’re going away.

So, that’s the hit – now for the miss…

As I was going with my mum and my kids I decided I wouldn’t wear make up and would give my skin a bit of a breather. All I needed was a waterproof mascara and I’d be sorted. Ok, so maybe I did sneak in a bit more for the evenings, but I did stick to just mascara during the day.

No I’m not a skank, it’s just a very sticky bottle from the security labels on it!

I am happy with using a non-waterproof mascara at home, so I needed something cheap that would do me for the week – so when I popped in Boots and saw Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara was on special offer, I decided to give it a go. I’ve been impressed with other Max Factor mascaras, and as it said it would give me 300% more volume than bare lashes, I was sold. Fat lashes was what I was after, and it sounded like this would do the trick. Only it didn’t.

So, my lashes were slightly thicker, but definitely not 300% more volumised. You could tell I had mascara on, but it wasn’t anything amazing. It was also really hard to apply – for some reason I ended up with it all over my lids every time I put it on. That’s not the only place it ended up either… by lunchtime I had panda eyes every single day. I wasn’t using an oily suntan lotion so all I can put it down to is the waterproof mascara not being so waterproof! If anyone else has used this mascara I’d be interested to see if they have had the same problems.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara is currently £4.99 from Boots (usual price £7.99). I wish I’d stuck to the L’Oreal Lash Architect I’d used last year.

I’m off again to Majorca for my best friends hen do this month, so please let me know your hits and misses 🙂

Four Reasons Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Like me, you may not have heard of Four Reasons before. Although they are absolutely massive in Finland, the country they hail from, and have won Cosmopolitans Hair Care Product award in 2011, they have only just been launched in the UK and are are just beginning to emerge.

I was sent some products to try out from the brand, and today I’m going to talk to you about the Repair Shampoo & Conditioner.

The first thing that that I noticed about the products is the design – which I adore. It’s funky and modern and I can see it being very eye-catching on the shelves. It plays on the ‘Four Reasons’ – giving lots of reasons all over the bottles! The green and white work really well together, giving a zesty, but not too bright, look to the packaging.

Once I got in the shower, I discovered the second thing I love about the packaging – I was expecting it to open like all other bottles that look like this, but looks are deceiving! When you push down the top, it disappears into the bottle, rather than each piece coming out at a slant (I do hope you know what I mean!?)… it’s the quirky little points that are making me like the shampoo and conditioner before I’d even tried them.

The shampoo and conditioner have the scent of crisp green apples, which is lovely, and compliments the green on the packing nicely. It has that kind of ‘professional hair brand’ smell to it which is always a luxury when washing your hair.

I have very thick, highlighted hair, and lots of it… I had to use the same amount of product as I would with any normal shampoo and conditioner.

My hair didn’t seem any shinier or more manageable after using these products – and for the £9.95 and £10.95 that these products cost, I would expect my hair to be a bit more ‘wow’. Howevvvverrrrrrr…. I am a serial split-end-picker… when I’m bored, or watching tv, I will find a chunk of hair, detect the split ends and pull pull pull. I have definitely noticed that there seem to be less split ends for me to pull – particularly around the front of my hair which is most colour-treated since I started using the Repair Shampoo and Conditioner.

Although I’m pleased with the fact my hair has been repaired, I’m not sure I would buy these particular products again merely for the fact there’s no big visible difference, and for that price, I would want an all-in package. I realise that these products have done what they’ve promised, and so I am very keen to try out some other of their shampoo & conditioners to see if they suit me better.

If you’d like to check out the range, you can do so by visiting www.fourreasonshaircare.com

Had you heard of the brand before? Do you love the packaging as much as me!?

Liz Earle’s Botanical Shine Treatment

Liz Earle recently launched their Botanical Shine Treatment, an intense conditioning treatment for frizzy, dry, or very coarse hair.

I have very thick, coloured hair, and lots of it! I am constantly on the look out for products that will help to keep it well conditioned and make it more manageable when styling it, as it’s one hell of a job to do!

You use the Botanical Shine Treatment in place of your conditioner, so to start with, shampoo as normal. I
have been using Liz Earle’s Botanical Shine Shampoo which for an
SLS-free product I was extremely impressed with. Every SLS-free hair
product I had used prior to this just didn’t lather up no matter how
hard I tried. This it was a different story – you’d never know it was
SLS-free unless you’d read it on the packaging.
You then apply the Botanical Shine Treatment to your hair and leave it for 10-30 minutes while it does it’s magic.
It is a thick white cream-feeling conditoner which has a refreshing citrus smell, and a slight hint of tea (I’m pretty sure there’s no tea in it, but it smells like that to me!). It has naturally active ingredients of red algae, sumac wax, blue seakale and extracts of cotton, apple and orange. I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know what the benefits of those ingredients are, but the squeezy tube claims that it will leave hair frizz-free, shiny, tamed and manageable.
On rinsing the conditioner out I could instantly feel how much smoother my hair was. Brushing my hair was a dream – normally it’s a tangled mess after a wash but when I use this treatment my brush just glides through.
I would normally add Moroccan Oil to my barnet at this point, but for the purposes of trialling this product I decided to see how it managed on it’s own. 
I dried my hair off with a hair drier, then straightened it using GHD flat irons.
My hair was frizz free and smooth, but best of all, it felt in fabulous condition. It didn’t feel sleek enough for me to wear it down – it was a bit too big, so I tied it up after taking these photos but found I have been constantly touching my pony tail as my hair just feels so silky and nice!  
My best swish…
…teehee, I don’t really know how that came about, but I kinda like it!
So, in conclusion, if your locks need a bit of TLC then this would be the perfect little treat for your tresses. If your hair is lacking in condition – this will come to your rescue! It’s available from lizearle.com or John Lewis for £14 for 150mls.
Have you tried any Liz Earle hair care products? What do you think of them? What do you use to get your wild hair under control!?