Review: Superdrug Colour Effects in Warm Chocolate Brown

Superdrug Colour Effects in Warm Chocolate Brown

Does anyone else the good old days of shaders and toners? I used to love them temporary and subtle colour that left your hair feeling, soft and shiny. There’s been nothing like in on the market since unitl the Superdrug Colour Effects range launched a few months ago, all natural tones which is perfect if you want a colour refresh that isn’t out there. I recently picked up the Ice Blonde for my mum, and for myself the one I am reviewing here is the Superdrug Colour Effects in Warm Chocolate Brown.

This range promises to: “Wash in wash out Colour Effects Honey Blonde conditioning colour adds gentle golden tones to blonde hair. Use on natural hair for subtle tones or on coloured hair to boost colour and prevent fading. This easy to use formula doesn’t damage your hair and leaves it in great condition.”

There are two ways of using this, and I will admit within this review I have only tried the traditional method for now. And I forgot to take a before shot because lets be blunt I’m a dumbass. If you wish to develop a stronger colour you can apply to dry hair and then wash out, I took the toning route washing my hair normally before applying. I squeezed a small about on my hand applying it in small sections at a time, making sure everything had an even coat which worked best for me due to having thick long hair. I was apprehensive at first as it the product is very coppery and I was concerned I would end up ginger, and red colour just seems to stick to my hair. Anyway I worked it in from bottom to top and then set my phone timer for 5 minutes. When it came to washing it out, it didn’t seem to talk too long for the water to run clear it is just making sure it all comes out.

Now as for the colour change I cannot say that there is a huge difference, maybe after a few uses or applying to dry hair you may notice a change but it is meant to be subtle. My natural blonde streaks have definitely been toned to a light brown but other than my overall hair has not changed. The biggest change is how my hair feels, it’s just silky, smooth and amazing so if you want a little toning and soft silky hair I’d definitely pick this up.

I will do an update when I try the alternative method, however I feel like it offers a little colour change but it nothing else it’s a good hair mask so weigh up what you want. The product costs £1.99, but it is currently on offer for buy one get one free where I picked up a blonde one for my mum. So essentially at the time of posting it is essentially £1.00 a throw which is good value for money if you ask me.

Let me know if you have tried one of the Superdrug Colour Effects and how you found it in the comments? What is the pay off if you apply it dry.

Gwen

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Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Balm

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Balm

With all the summer fun or sun, sea and waves we tend to forget to take the time to look after our hair, and as summer arrived I decide to try out a new hair mask in order to keep my hair silky smooth.

The Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Balm promises to:

“Tame dry, frizzy hair with our intensely soothing balm, blended with rich coconut oil and cocoa butter. Our rich nourishing formula, with its velvety balm texture leaves frizzy hair feeling nourished, looking super smooth and frizz free even in damp weather.”

 

It is really quite simple as all you need to do is put it on your hair for between 1 to 5 minutes, apparently depending on how much moisture your hair needs. Personally I like to leave a mask on at least 5 minutes and use them once a fortnight to once a month. So how well does it work?

Personally I find it just okay, my hair initially didn’t feel dramatically different and it took a lot of rinsing to ensure that all of the product is removed and nothing is left. My hair felt smoother by looked hardly any different and I was highly disappointed by this fact, I by no means expect miricles but I do respect my hair to come out looking better than before using.

I feel like with this product I am simply setting my expectations of treating by dehydrated hair and putting back in moisture, my hair is not badly damaged and just lacks moisture. This may simply not be the product for me either due to hair type or this is not the masking conditioning balm I want it to be. The directions say 1 to 5 minutes and this makes me think that although marketed as a mask this may simply be a great option in order to replace your current conditioner if you have dry and damaged hair.

So unfortunately I would recommend you save your pennies and try an alternative hair mask/balm, I have loved the tresemme ones in the past and I may return to this once this product has been used up. What hair masks do you recommend let me know in the comments below.

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What’s In My Shower

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Something a little bit random today, but I kinda love these posts/videos as I am just so damn nosy also I like knowing what products people like using day to day. I’ve done one of these before when I was back at university which you can check out here .

Tresemme salon silk

So most of the time simply due to the size my shampoo and conditioner live in my bathroom cabinet, and I get away with washing my hair twice a week as it doesn’t get greasy as such and this is the best way to keep it happy and healthy. If you’ve read my blog for a while my shampoo and conditioner will not come as a surprise it’s the TRESemme Salon Silk Shampoo and Conditioner, my ultimate favourites as I love how they leave my hair and I’ve been using them what 6/7 years now. TRESemme also offers great value for money with the sheer size and regular offers.

The fuji green tea shower gel

Going for consistency at the moment with washing scents so I’m not an odd mismatch, so I’m using The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel, I’m so in love with the smell of this range. It’s so fresh and really wakes you up in the morning without been overpowering, perfect for a weekday morning. As well as my shower gel I have The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Exfoliating Soap, which was in my January favourites. I find it’s great to use instead of a body scrub way less hassle as there’s no faffing with the tub and it really does scrub I tend to use it on my legs or areas I have dry skin.

I know face stuff in the shower seems a little bit random, but I like to multi task in the morning so I do use a face wash in the shower. Some people are funny about it but I don’t see the harm, plus the people that tend to criticise this practice don’t work a ‘normal job’ where your showering at 6:30am and don’t want to do a 30 minute skincare routine. My current face wash is the Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial wash, I love the scent and it seems to do the trick. I also keep my P.S. Love Facial Cleansing Pad, which you can read my review here and i try to use it every other day.

The fuji green tea shower gel

Finally I have a Mini Body Shop Bath Lilly from a Mango Gift set, I initially started using it as I was too lazy to go and buy another one and thought it would do for the time been. Turns out the mini body shop ones aren’t half bad, not as good as there big ones but on par with the ones you get from wilkos etc and as part of a set you might as well use them. I also have whatever razor I am currently using

What is in your shower? Do you have go to shower gels or do you mix it up.

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Products Mentioned: Tresemme Salon Silk Shampoo (Tesco), TRESemme Salon Silk Conditioner (Tesco), The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel (The Body Shop), The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Exfoliating Soap (The Body Shop), Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Wash (Boots), Body Shop Bath Lilly (The Body Shop).

Review: Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

There are always those days when you really cannot be bothered to wash your hair or simply want a more voluminous style dry shampoo can be your savoir. I’ve tried a lot of different dry shampoos from batiste to colab and various own brands, and although I prefer the smell of the colab dry shampoos I find that batiste definately works better the powdery dry shampoos are much better at absorbing grease ect. I just often find the batiste smell is overpowering and clingy.

So here enters the TRESemme Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo, which is something that I am so surprised that I haven’t bothered trying in the past as if you didn’t already know I am such a Tresemme hair junky. Pretty much everything else I use is Tresemme as it is great value for money and is amazing on my hair I never bother to mix things up. Also like everything else my Tresemme it has that same refreshing smell but it doesn’t cling like other dry shampoos it simply refreshes your hair so you can last that extra day.

Although this is a powder dry shampoo the powder is definitely finer than other dry shampoo, so although you may need to add a little more there’s no risk of ending up with random white patches in your hair and it can easily be brushed out. It sprays evenly and effortlessly and is definitely going to be a permanent part of my dry shampoo collections. I think I will still opt for Batiste for those heavy duty occasions as I feel as though it is more heavy duty but this is definitely a nicer one to use.

The TRESEmme Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo is available from all good retailers, RRP £5.25 but like most TRESemme products is regularly on offer.

What dry shampoos are your favorites, and what would you recommend trying.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Review: The Body Shop Rain Forest Moisture Hair Butter

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Hi Everyone,

Another review for you guys today and its hair related this time, something where I tend to stick with what I know and love but the other day I ran out of my TRESemme hair treatment mask which has lasted me ages, and thought I’d try something new. I then popped into The Body Shop Outlet to pick up a few things and saw these, I picked up the smaller sizes as hair masks seem to last ages.

the body shop rain forest hair butter

I’ve tried it twice since I brought it and I think I have learnt how best to do it as a lot of the reviews online said oh it disappears as you rub it in and oh it leaves you hair sticky with a residue. The first time I used loads like I usually do with a hair mask smothering the ends of my hair and kept it in for the 5 minutes and like the instructions says. This left my hair feeling awful like I hadn’t fully washed it out although I know I thoroughly washed it out which was really weird. So I made sure when I washed my hair I used a clarifying shampoo to make sure it was fully clean.

The second time I used it I literally used the amount of 2p added a small bit of water and ran it thoroughly through my hair and brushed it through with a wet hair comb before clipping all of my hair up on the top of my head. This time I left it for twenty minutes while I did some household chores, then washed it out. I had no remaining residue although initially my hair felt no differently however, once dry it was a lot shiner and looked better, it just didn’t feel any better.  Which is a major disappointment especially for a body shop products which are usually amazing that this was so-so, I will continue to use it as I hate for these things to got to waste but I would’t repurchase it or recommend it to a friend.

I don’t agree with the reviews on the body shop website, you just have to use it in a different way to other mask masks its much thicker and stickier. It smells amazing and I love the thicker texture of the hair butter thus feeling much more substantial than most other hair masks but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. So leave The Body Shop for all of its other amazing products and I love the other hair ranges too like the banana shampoo but if you see this just skip it and spend your money on something else.

The Body Shop Rain Forest Moisture Hair Butter is available in 50ml and 200ml, priced at £3.00 and £8.00 respectively at The Body Shop.

So have you tried The Body Shop Rain Forest Hair Butter’s what did you think of them? What hair butters/masks are you loving as I really want to try a new one.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

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First Impressions: Umberto Giannini Miracle Worker with Argan Oil

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First and foremost I wish to apologise about the typo(s) in the picture but at this point I am way to lazy to fix it, especially as the editing software I used isn’t on my laptop.

So I got this in the Boots after Christmas in a little gift set for £4.00 down from £8.00 with some hair bands and stuff. The size of the oil is 125ml so full size and retails for £8.00 on its own so really its a bargain in the set. The packaging in the Christmas set that I have is slightly different although the product is identical, its obvious the were marketing it slightly differently for Christmas pushing it as a ‘miracle’ hair product rather than specially for frizzy hair.

So this is my first experience with hair oil as I’ve always wondered whether they are worth the price and due to the amazing offer I thought why not. I’ve tried this out a few times and I thought I’d give a bit of my first impressions.

So I followed the instructions on the back putting it on wet hair before I styled it or blow dried it essentially. It says to use as much or as little as you want depending on the frizzyness and how much your hair is damaged and I’ve found that two pumps works best. I just work it in with my fingers then I brushed it through just to make sure before I start styling.

I couldn’t believe the results after the first time after blow drying and straightening my hair it instantly felt silkier a clear improvement. I’ve tried it a few more times and even my boyfriend noticed that my hair looked different but ‘good different’ as he put it, he also enjoyed the smell. I can’t quite describe it and even after straightening the smell remains which is so nice have sweet smelling hair.

So would I recommend it? Yes I would, even at full price its totally worth it as it works amazingly well and its a good sized product so it will last you ages so it is very cost effective if that is what you worry about when considering if and what to try in regards to hair oils.

Umberto Giannini Miracle Worker with Argan Oil is available from Boots for £8.00.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

The Body Shop Banana Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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So recently I’ve been struggling from a dry and irritated scalp which I think is due to the weather as my skin is suffering too, I also know it wasn’t caused by a change in hair products as I’ve been working my way through my massive bottles of TRESemme. My friend recommended these as they’ve done wonders for her hair.

First up the smell, they’ve hit the banana scent on the head but I think it could be a bit hit a miss with some people as they are quite full on so take a sniff before purchasing as it can be a bit like marmite in that sense.

So on to actually using it, they are both quite thick formulas so it does take a while of working it into your hair to create a lather however, it does ensure your hair is thoroughly clean. The conditioner is lovely and smooth and despite reading reviews saying it doesn’t do anything my hair is left silky and smooth I just love it. I still much prefer my TRESemme combo but these are great and my scalp is no longer feeling irritated or dry, so definately if you’re scalp is suffering in the winter months go and pick some up.

I also realise that mine is different in colour and look to those on the website so I don’t know if I have a new or older formula of it as my local body shop down the road is an outlet one so these could easily be an older formula, if any one knows let me know.

Another thing to mention is the price each bottle costs £4.50 for 250ml compare this to by good old trusty TRESemme costs £4.99 for 500ml and is often on offer. Saying that I got mine from the outlet where you save 30% on two items ect, so buying them both together actually cost £6.00 rather than the usual £9.00. They do work and it has worked wonders for my scalp but would I repurchase I don’t know. I would not switch to these permanently as they are a bit on the pricey side especially as I have thick hair so they might not last overly long which is a shame really.

I have enjoyed using it and will continue to do so for a while before switching back and will just keep using as and when a problem flares us.

Both the Shampoo and Conditioner are available from The Body Shop for £4.50 each.

Have you tried either of these and how did you find them?

Love
Gwenllian Branwen
xox

Aussie Leave in Conditioner Review

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So I did the haul for this a while back which you can read here, and I thought I’d finally get round to writing a review for it as I feel like I have definitely used this long enough.

For hair that wants to polish up its act

Wannabe starlet? Well hair that shines is good place to start. Give your hair an encore and spritz this nippy miracle straight on,
for hair that just got its lustre (and its mojo) back.

So Aussie have a wide range of leave in conditioners but due to the moisture recharge one been out of stock I bought the Aussie Miracle Recharge Shine Leave in Conditioner, and I really wanted to try a new leave in conditioner for a while but it wasn’t until my hairdresser used this on me and I loved it. I’ve often found that creamy traditional leave in conditioners are way too heavy so this was a nice change.

I don’t often find aussie products worth the money especially when I’m so happy with my TRESemme which lasts ages but I’ve loved the aussie smell I just find the hair products so so for the price but this is amazing. Lightweight, smells amazing and really does work, and it leaves your hair smelling amazing it throughout the day.

So when and how do I use it? I tend to use it throughout the week maybe once in between washing especially if it is a week in which I use a lot of heat or after swimming as chlorine is quite damaging to hair.

I just love they fact that this isn’t a heavy leave in conditioner it leaves my hair feeling sshinyand soft and has drastically improved the condition of my hair. So have you tried any of the Aussie Leave in Conditioners or do you have any leave in conditioner recommendations?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Day 81: New Free From Frizz

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So the other day I saw the launch of the new Free from Frizz products in Superdrug on Instagram, apparently they are already available in Boots but I have personally never seen them in store. Today I’m going to talk about the products, what they do, how they work and would I consider giving them a go.

The official website states that:

Welcome to the biggest breakthrough in anti-frizz technology – the patent pendingFree From Frizz system.

Free From Frizz is unique; our patent pending bond softening treatment works within the hair shaft, smoothing out frizz leaving hair soft, shiny, manageable and Free From Frizz for up to six weeks.

Enjoy Free FromFrizz – whatever the weather

How it works is that initially you follow the different steps and serums involved with the treatment process and you have to seal it with heat aka straightners on damp hair. Also in order to maintain the results you need to use the Free From Frizz shampoo and conditioners.

The treatment/haircare comes for two hair types both with delicious sounding scents, for fine to normal hair it is watermelon and for thick/coarse hair the scent is mango. Therefore it should be fairly enjoyable to maintain the keep up with no chemically scents and you hair smelling amazing.

I’m in love with the idea of of it set aside an afternoon and then have amazing frizz free silky hair for the next month or so as I’m lazy or during term time when studies stack up I much prefer to spend my spare time sleeping that fussing with my hair.

All of the reviews on the official website are highly positive however, those on Boots are highly mixed and tend to lean towards the negative end. This at home treatment is a cheaper alternative to salon treatments however, often these cannot match the salon versions and with people not taking proper time, following steps and lack of technique therefore salon quality results cannot be expected.

I am highly likely to try this out at some point but its the near £30 price label that is putting me off at this stage, I might wait for a few more people to try and weight it up again. Do you think this is worth a try?

Complete sets are available from Free From Frizz for £26.97, also available as individual components at Boots and Superdrug. Shampoo £5.99, Conditioner £5.99 and Treatment £14.99.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Day 78: Amazing Voluminous Hair Trick

So the other day I was watching Glam Life Guru aka Tati, videos on youtube and I watched the Amazing Shampoo Trick Video and thought I’d have to try it out for myself.

So the basics of it is to switch round your shampoo and conditioner, leading to more volume and silky smooth locks. So I thought I would put it too the test as there is no harm it costs nothing extra as you can use your normal shampoo.

I tried it out while still down at my boyfriends, thankfully I could still use my fail safe Tresseme Salon Silk as his sister also loves it. So you just get in the shower and I have to say it is really weird doing everything kind of in reverse, applying the conditioner first then going on to do all the usual bits you do in the shower while you are leaving your conditioner to soak it. Then you wash out your conditioner and use shampoo rinse and you’re done.

So I tried it and once my hair had dried it definitely was soft and more voluminous. A simple trick with no heat, extra product or damage to your hair, so if you want to add volume I seriously suggest giving this a go as it is so simple and really works.

Would I do it again? Yes, I probably would if I can remember but its not that easy to brake a hair washing routine that you’ve done for pretty much your entire life. Also I have thick hair so I don’t always want volume but I think I will do it especially if i want more volume for certain ocassions/looks/styles.

How do you create volume with your locks? Have you tried this trick?

Love
Gwenllian Branwen
xox