May, 2013

May 13

Bumble and Bumble Straight Shampoo

I’ve always heard good things about bumble and bumble (Bb); the range is a firm fixture at Fashion Week and was used at the Burberry Prorsum show last year.

Bb Straight Shampoo is the first ever sulphate-free cleanser from bumble and bumble. Sulphate is known to irritate the scalp, strip the essential oils from hair and cause the hair to dry out which can lead to breaking and damage meaning it isn’t very good for colour treated and /or Afro hair.

Bb straight shampoo

Bb Straight Shampoo is a mild formulation that helps to reduce frizz and flyaways. Better yet, it is paraben free so perfectly safe for use on coloured or chemically treated hair.It contains patent-pending Concern-straight Technology which unfurl sand calms hair, increase manageability and reduce frizz.

I love this shampoo. I often find sulphate free shampoos so very different from ordinary ones; they do clean the hair but they don’t leave it feeling as soft and smooth. I know that’s not necessarily a bad thing and that it’s probably chemicals leaving a nasty film on my hair but sometimes I do miss the soft feel of an ordinary shampoo.

Bb Straight Shampoo is so moisturising I had to check I hadn’t used the conditioner instead. That’s how good it was! While it doesn’t lather as much as a shampoo with sulphate, it does bubble, a little goes a long way and it leaves the hair clean but not stripped and so deliciously soft. It also smells good.

Bb Straight Shampoo is part of the ‘Straight’ range which is comprised of a conditioner and a blow dry cream.


Bb Straight Shampoo - £23/250ml



May 13

Summer Beauty Favourites

Look outside the window; summer is officially here.

With that in mind I am throwing caution to the wind and preparing myself for warmer days and balmy nights. Like me, your body has probably been cocooned under jumpers thick tights and a winter coat. It’s time to shake off the shackles of winter, and prepare your body for some exposure. This is a list of what I am using in the hope that summer will be hot and long:

Bioderma Sebium Micelle Solution
Bioderma is the product of the season; beauty bloggers, fashion editors and beauty editors and make-up artists all rave about this product so I was anxious to try and see if it lived up to the hype. It does. After washing my face instead of toner I use this product and I’m surprised at the amount of dirt on the cotton wool pad. It gives your face an extra clean without stripping away any of your natural oils and as I use the one for combination skin, it has a great job of keeping my T zone oil free. There’s a reason a bottle of the solution for sensitive skin is sold every six seconds worldwide.

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalising Mask
This mask contains antioxidant multivitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene which will help to maintain the health of your skin. It sloughs away dead skin and leaves you with a bright and clean complexion. Use it once or twice a week on clean dry skin, leave on for a few minutes and wash off for baby soft skin.

Cath Collins Lily Fandango Eau De Toilette
Summer calls for a light fruity fragrance and I really like the citrus and green notes in this perfume. It’s sweet without being overpowering or sickly and its oriental base notes add a slight sultry sophistication.


This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm
Summer calls for flip-flops and sling backs and as your feet have probably been stuck in boots for the past six months, chances are your heels are cracked and your feet are dry. Get your feet ready for exposure with this rescue balm. For best results, exfoliate your feet first and then massage the balm into your heels and all over your feet before bed.

L’Occitane Summer Cherry Moisturising Gel
Once the Sun is shining your limbs in particular are going to be bare, so get them ready by slathering this moisturising gel all over yourself after your bath or shower. It smells great, is easily absorbed and leaves your skin feeling hydrated.

Barry M Textured Polish Range
These colours shout summer and pastels are all the rage this season. In my opinion they aren’t as textured as the nails inc ones, but at only £4.99 a bottle, they are cheap and cheerful and do the job well enough.


LCN Polish Strip Off Base
Using this reminded me of being a teenager; does anyone else remember when peel off polish was all the rage? Simply paint on instead of basecoat, apply your usual nail polish and when it comes to removing simply peel it off. It really is that easy. It even works underneath textured nail polish which even with normal remover can be really difficult to get off.

Tresemme Platinum Strength Leave In Conditioner
This leave in conditioner is perfect when you’re washing your hair in a hurry. Instead of using my usual conditioner I just washed my hair, added a generous amount of this leave in conditioner and styled as usual. My hair felt healthy strong and shiny. If you are one of those people who washes your hair in the gym, or washes your hair frequently during the week this leave in conditioner will help speed up your routine.



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