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!

Giles Deacon for label.m – GWP

Legendary british designer has teamed up with label.m for some Christmas loveliness. While he was travelling the world, he started making sketches on his iPad, inspired by the eclectic street style he’d seen in various places – and eventually, turned it into the design that is featuring on the special label.m products.

One of the items within the range is a gorgeous toiletries bag, which is free when you purchase any other two Create or Complete items from label.m. If this was for sale, I’d imagine to look and see a price tag of anything up to £20, so this is a fab little (or rather, quite big!) freebie! It is large enough to house about 6 full sized bottles of product such as shampoo, conditioner, hair treatment, shower gel, moisturiser and cleanser and has a wipe-clean interior.

Consider this your heads up!

The products are available now from www.labelm.com, selected label.m salons, and Toni & Guy and essensuals salons worldwide.

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 🙂

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo

Most standard dry shampoos seem to be a white spray which can cause problems for those with brunette hair. The talcum-powder-in-the-hair look isn’t in at the moment, so the darker haired people of the world are missing out on the power of dry shampoo!

More recently dry shampoos have come onto the market specifically for certain hair colours. label.m, which is part of Toni & Guy, has joined this list with their newly launched Brunette Dry Shampoo.

It comes in a 200ml, sleek looking aerosol spray can which is priced at £10.50. It’s very easy to spray, from all different angles enabling you to get to your whole head of hair.

It can be used to refresh hair or styles in between washes, help absorb excess oil, or give your hair a bit of a lift. I purposely left my hair an extra day without washing to test it out.

The first thing you may notice is that my hair is a slightly different colour – this is due to the fact I’m not totally brunette, and this spray is brown in colour! I sprayed some onto the back of my hand to give you an idea.

I don’t think this caused too much of a problem – as in, it doesn’t look like that’s not my natural hair colour because it blends in so nicely.

I sprayed it on the roots of my hair from the underneath right up to the top, in short, sharp bursts as recommended. I then sprayed all over the rest of my hair. The smell reminds me of spray tans but luckily that doesn’t seem to last! It looked quite wet on my roots once it was sprayed on, but after about 20 seconds it was completely dry and left my hair looking normal.

It definitely left my roots with more volume and my hair
looked a lot less skanky and greasy. Although I still feel like I need to give it a
good wash, it will be useful in emergency situations!

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo is available exclusively at Toni & Guy, essensuals, and specially appointed label.m salons worldwide. For more info check out their website www.labelm.com

Have you tried any dry shampoo for specific hair colours? What do you think of them?