Posts Tagged: Bumble and Bumble

Oct 13

The Beauty Edit: Bumble & Nivea

Central heating is playing havoc with my hair so I’m trying out these new products from Bumble in an effort to bring some life back to my tresses:

Bb Quenching Masque – £30
This bad boy is not for those with limp or fine hair; it packs a serious hydrating/conditioning punch! Use it once a week, leaving on for ten minutes, to help restore natural moisture and bring softness and strength back.

Bb Shine – £22
One of InStyle magazines Best Beauty Buys 2013, this lightweight finishing spray addd sheen and shine without weighting your hair down or makingit look greasy. It’s great for finishing off a blow dry/straighten but I like to use it between washes when my hair is looking a little dull.

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I’m changing tack a bit here and mentioning the new cleansing mousses from Nivea. I’ve been using the product for normal/combination skin to cleanse my skin without stripping away any of the essential natural oils. Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Mousse contains almond oil for dry and sensitive skin and Vitamin E for normal/combination skin to help protect against environmental pollution and UV damage. And they are a pocket friendly £4.99.

Aug 13

Hair Loves From Bumble, Ojon & Caribbean Essentials

Products for curling, straightening and treating your tresses:

Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Range – from £18.50
Whatever your curl type, Bumble has a product for you. The range is made up of:
smoothing shampoo and conditioner, nourishing masque, defining crème for fine curls, calming crème for tight curls, holding foam and reactivating mist.


I use the shampoo, conditioner and nourishing masque when I’m going to wear my hair curly and simply wash condition and treat; comb through my wet hair with a tangle teezer and then apply generous amounts of the calming crème for tight curls. I then let it air dry and I’m on my way. If my hair starts to frizz or droop I apply a little reactivating mist to spring them back to life. The holding foam is like a lightweight mousse; it won’t leave your hair tough and crispy but it will make your curls frizz free and defined. Like all Bumble products they leave your hair looking, smelling and feeling wonderful. I think Bumble is my new favourite hair care range.


Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment – £23
Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment is a two phase, pre-heat styling spray for protection against styling-induced damage. It contains honey, ginseng and lemongrass to nourish dry hair and seven multi-benefit oils. Hopefully you can see in the picture that the treatment has separated; the bottom phase helps condition, detangle and nourish making hair more manageable and easier to style while the top phase help prevent breakage that can occur from heat styling. Both phases work together to protect and restore hair.


When I first applied to freshly washed and towel dried hair it felt like I was just spraying water but when I had finished blow-drying and heat styling, my hair looked, felt and smelled so sleek and soft. I’m a huge fan of the Ojon Rare Blend Oil and this pre-heat styling treatment is just as good.

Caribbean Essentials Intensive Replenishing Scalp Oil – £18 
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. This blend of basil, bay laurel, castor, rosemary, clove and coconut oils will help refresh, clarify and stimulate the scalp. If you (or better yet, someone else) can massage the scalp oil direct onto the scalp and leave overnight you will be stimulating blood flow to the scalp, helping heal the surface of the scalp which can minimise dandruff, itching and flakes and condition the hair. The oil contains bay rum which when inhaled (not drank!) helps improve memory and relieve headaches. Use it the night before you wash your hair and over time, the condition and health of your scalp and hair will improve.


Jul 13

The Beauty Edit: July

The last few weeks have brought so many lovely new releases it’s been hard to narrow it down to these six:


Bumble & Bumble Crème de Coco range – from £18.50
These products smell so good! In fact I was in the lift (elevator) and the lady behind stopped me to ask what I had used on my hair as the smell was so lovely. It’s not just the smell though; the range makes my hair look and feel nourished and moisturised and the masque left my hair smooth, silky and glossy. It’s very moisturising so it’s not suitable for those with very fine hair but everyone else (relaxed, natural, coloured, dry etc) it’s perfect.

Boots Eye Drops – from £9.49
If you wear contact lenses and work in an office, around 3pm your eyes probably start to feel dry and uncomfortable. My optometrist recently told me my eyes don’t produce enough tears (common with lens wearers) so I’m using these Contact Lens drops from Boots which have been specially formulated for use when wearing lenses. The Brightening Eye Mist helps reduce redness and puffiness so perfect before a night out while the Irritated Eye Mist is good if you suffer with hayfever.

Electric Hair P-4 Preparation Spray – £15.50
This leave in conditioner is perfect for protecting, detangling, softening, enhancing and priming your hair before styling. If you have curly/afro hair and you like to blow dry it straight, chances are parts of it dry out before you get round to them so use this spray to re-hydrate and condition. The range was formulated by hairdresser Mark Wooley who has worked on Sienna Miller’s hair. He said: “Great hair starts with good foundations so it is vital to focus on preparation. For hair that looks and feels luxurious from the inside out, you need a miracle product that de-frizzes effectively yet doesn’t leave behind any residue.”


Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter – £12.50
Online natural supermarket Big Green Smile has recently started stocking Greek range Korres. Using the finest quality organic herb extracts and natural ingredients and avoiding mineral oils, silicones, parabens and propylene glycol, each product details its natural formulation. I tried the Japanese Rose Body Butter which has a slightly whipped finish and leaves a very subtle shimmer on the skin. It is 93.6% natural so is good for use on even young skins.

Nanogen Hair Growth Factor Treatment Serum – £29.95
This light moisturising serum contains a powerful clinically tested formula that maintains natural hair growth, restores hair condition and protects the scalp from damage, creating the perfect environment for hair growth. It’s part of the new patent protected Nanogen Thickening collection (serum, shampoo and conditioner) which, in trials, gave noticeably thicker hair in 88% of 200 women who followed the regimen over 1 month. I’ve been using the serum for just over a week and my hair does feel slightly thicker already.

Origins Gin-Zing Energising Moisturiser – £23
This day cream/gel hybrid is perfect for waking up tired, dull skin. Ingredients include:
• Panax Ginseng: Known to help strengthen and eliminate visible signs of fatigue.
• Caffeine: A powerful anti-irritant derived from coffee beans
• Chestnut Seed: Desquamates dull surface cells.
• Olive: Provides oil-free hydration and creates a translucent “glow” to skin.
• Grapefruit Oil: Uplifting aroma that imparts clinically proven anti-irritancy benefits.
• Spearmint Oil: Known to encourage energy.
• Lemon Oil: Helps dispel mental fatigue and increase concentration and awareness.

It left my skin feeling smooth and smelling great.

Jun 13

Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme

I love that undone, matte, beachy mussed up hair look that girls with Caucasian hair seem to easily pull off but I’ve never been able to quite get the look on my own tresses. Even when my hair is blow dried straight and/or flat ironed, it seems to veer between big and poufy or straightened to within an inch of its life.

In an attempt to achieve the look, I tried out the Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme. It has received mixed reviews online with some claiming it doesn’t do anything and others saying it makes their hair too greasy.


Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme was specially formulated for ‘colour-treated hair, and calming coarse, curly or African American textures’ – in other words me! The Creme contains a blend of Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Safflower and Castor Oils and gives a nice subtle satin finish to the hair.

Simply add a 10p size amount to damp hair and blow dry and usual. I used BaByliss Big Hair and twirled each section as i dried to get the choppy ‘lived in’ finish I was after. my hair dries very quickly so some sections were semi dry before I got round to them so I re-hydrated them with Bumble and Bumble Tonic; water mixed with a blend of herbs, vitamins and Tea Tree Oil to replace moisture, soothe and detangle.

I really liked the finish Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme gave to my hair; it didn’t weigh it down at all, it smelled pleasant and it left a matte, textured look to my hair; not too neat and flat but not too big and crazy either. As it was especially formulated for thick, curly and afro hair, i find a great way to make my blow dry look a little more interesting.

Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme – £21/150ml

Jun 13

Exercise Beauty Favourites

I am currently two weeks in to a 60 day exercise programme called Insanity.

Created by ex-dancer Shaun T it is intense interval training and it’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done (yes, worse than spinning) but it drops the fat like nothing else.

All this exercise means I’ve had to switch up my beauty routine slightly so these are my current favourites:

exercise beauty

Bumble & Bumble Black Hair Powder – £16
This is like dry shampoo in black; perfect for those of us with darker tresses. If your hair gets greasy, use this to soak up some of the oils. The colour was especially formulated for inky brown, Asian, Hispanic and afro hair and I use it post exercise to add fullness to my otherwise ratty ponytail. You can also use it to give a matte finish to your hair, dry cleanse or add volume if your hair is falling flat. Spray carefully; this is like black coloured hairspray and you don’t want it all over your clothes/bed/walls.

Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone & Shimmer – £16.99
Although I am exercising my heart out, every little helps which is why I am using Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone & Shimmer. Not only does it give the legs a subtle shimmer, it contains marine extracts which are proven to target and refine stubborn fatty deposits. For best results use religiously every morning for three months. Massage into dry skin until the cream has fully absorbed. It’s only been two weeks but I’ll let you know if it makes a difference. Worst case scenario I’m left with moisturised and shimmery legs!

Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak – £34.50
Insanity is like nothing you’ve ever seen, high intensity isn’t the word so you can imagine the state I am in by the end of the workout. The first few days I could hardly move which is why I was so happy when the Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak arrived in the post. With extracts of extracts of Birch, Juniper, Clove, Alpine Lavender, Wild Thyme and Blue Chamomile, combined with Mineral-rich Sea Salt a 15 minute soak in the bath does a great job in lessening the strains and aches next morning.

Bioderma Sebium Corrective Concentrate for Enlarged Pores – £14.85
There’s a reason French women always look so fabulous and it’s probably because most of them use Bioderma products. The Micelle solution for sensitive skin is a favourite of beauty editors worldwide but I think the Sebium range has been overlooked. Formulated for combination and oily skins, it clears pores and smooths skin. Excess sebum, stress, smoking and pollution can cause pores to dilate and enlarge but this corrective concentrate improves the appearance of the skin and can be worn as primer. I use it on my forehead, nose and shin before applying makeup.

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser – £3.65
This is a genius product from Nivea; you use your shower gel as usual, rinse off, apply this in shower moisturiser (I used the blue bottle – it contains almond oil and is especially for dry skins) rinse off and you are ready to face the day. Yes, no moisturising your skin afterwards. While it definitely hydrates and moisturises the skin, I’m not ready to say goodbye to a separate body cream totally but it is perfect for the gym, the busy and/or the lazy.

Jun 13

Bb Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

I didn’t think anything could come between me and Moroccanoil but the bumble and bumble (Bb) Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil has made me rethink my blow dry routine.

I’ve waxed lyrical about the wonders of Moroccanoil and rightly so, it’s good stuff. I have noticed though that the scent left behind isn’t always pleasant but it did such a good job I wasn’t bothered. I am ready now to leave my Morrocanoil on the shelf and replace it with Bb Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.

Bb Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

The stuff is amazing! It almost as if you can’t use too much, I have very thick hair so I applied it pretty liberally especially on the ends and at no point was my hair weighed down or greasy. It also smells really, really good. The oil is a blend of a blend of six essential oils and extracts. It reads like a list of hair heroes; argan oil, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and tahitian monoi extract, all working to soften, detangle, help strengthen against breakage, reduce frizz, tame flyaways and add shine. It is the stuff of hair dreams and where has it been all my life?

Bb Hairdresser’s Oil also provides a UVA/UVB filters, and works on all hair types; fine, coarse, curly and everything in between. Since it’s colourless, it won’t add an amber tint that can dull or alter the colour of lighter hair.

You can use it at any stage of hair styling; on damp hair before heat-styling to soften; on dry hair throughout the day to tame flyaways and add subtle shine. I used it before blow drying and was so impressed with how soft and sleek my hair was. I used a considerable amount and my hands felt hydrated and nourished just from applying it so you have an idea of how good it made my hair look, feel and smell.

I am saying goodbye to Moroccanoil and only using Bb Hairdresser’s Oil from now on. They cost the same but in my opinion; the BB product is much, much better.

Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil – £30\100 ml

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



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