Beauty

My Yorkshire Blow Dry Experience

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I get to visit some pretty awesome places courtesy of this little online empire of mine but an hour and half of my time spent on leather seating staring back at my illuminated reflection is without a doubt the most elated I’ve been to get home and write up all the positives that made last Wednesday a cheery day indeed. I was lucky enough to be booked into Yorkshire Blow Dry – a brand new blow dry bar exclusive to Leeds, located slap bang in the heart of the city – readily available to treat you to the ultimate pampering experience for any occasion. As I was already in town for a later food tasting event (which was another exquisite encounter may I add) I decided it’d be the perfect opportunity to have my mane tamed, refreshed and transformed before I head off to eat my own body weight in Mexican food. Pure bliss!

 

 

Greeted by two lovely ladies (Leah and Megan), plenty of smiles and a real VIP ‘let me take your coat’ moment – I instantly felt at ease with a warm, friendly welcome; which for me and my rather reserved soul makes life ten times easier… because is there anything worse than an awkward hairdressing ordeal? Thankfully, my afternoon at Yorkshire Blow Dry was the complete opposite. With no fuss involved I was lead straight over to the centre of the room on the feature chairs to choose my desired style but I eventually let Leah – my stylist for the day – decide what she wanted to do with it because A) I’m not the expert here and the experts know best and B) it takes a strong person to tackle and maintain control of my unruly locks so she rightly deserved to hold charge. There’s six blow dry options; the signature Yorkshire Blow Dry creating bouncy and effortless curls, Straight Laced for straight up and down sleekness, Beachy Waves for the messy beach hair that is playful and carefree, The Uptini for mixing things up with a no nonsense up-do of your fancy, The A Lister for that glamorous and voluminous hair and finally Be-You-Tiful, allowing you to lead the way with your ideas put into action. Both Leah and I agreed on some beachy waves which actually was an instant favourite look of mine BUT what I loved about the menu was how receptive it was; you name it, they’ll perform wonders!

 

 

After the initial surprise of the length and the thickness of my hair, combined with some apparent hair envy and some reassurance from me that often enough long hair can be a bane in life – Leah got to work her magic in the shampooing and conditioning process. Obviously, this took longer than your average do so I did suffer with the ol’ stiff neck over the sink effect but it was made entirely better by the most amazing head massage I’ve ever received – much less rough than some of my previous stints. Her hands sunk right into my scalp back and forth in a super gentle movement, repeated a couple of times and I swear my relaxation levels increased by a high almighty amount. If falling asleep was acceptable, I totally would have done without a doubt. She obviously knew just how to balance the positioning to create such euphoria.

 

 

I was taken back to my seat with a freshened feeling once the washing of my hair was done and whilst being made comfortable, hair brushed through and pinned in sections to make it easier, on went the hairdryer along with the barrel brush swiftly gliding. It’s been a long time since I’ve blow dried my hair as I can gladly leave it to dry on its own at home but I was reminded just how therapeutic it can be. In the duration it took to get through every part, we chatted about everything from blogging, to family, food and of course hair itself – that is along with more gushing compliments. Both girls made sure to remind me to always appreciate my blessing of naturally long hair and essentially, I did start to remind myself my hair is an attribute I can savour – especially after I’d seen for myself how beautifully advantageous it can be at the hands of a talented stylist.

 

I knew from the moment I walked in that I was in for a treat but the end result definitely exceeded expectations. Leah was so driven, determined and passionate enough to keep texturing my hair with both the tools and the products until she shaped a satisfied masterpiece with a luxury, classy appearance. With a few more sprays, subtle back-combing and some delicately handled oomph, my mini makeover was complete and I was thrilled – the hues in my hair entwined and the ends of my hair to the point it looked like quality extensions. I don’t think I’ve ever been in awe of my own hair since my wedding themed up-do last year. I just couldn’t stop gazing at the perfectly tousled spirals falling both over my shoulder and down my back and it seemed others felt the same as I walked the streets and posted my mirrored selfie over on social media. It was bouncy curls meets loose waves with a vibrant colouring and beautifully smelling products which also worked wonders on my hair. Not only was my hair indulged, it lasted me a good three days afterwards until I needed to wash again and it stayed softer than ever which for me is a complete breakthrough. Now I need to discover the secret! I can only wish I was as intelligibly qualified.

 

It wasn’t just my hair I was admiring, however, it was the whole atmosphere of the setting. A simplistic scene with minimal interior, oak accents, and a gorgeous chic grey/white colour scheme with a backdrop of their label. As you’re sat having your hair tended to, you can see everything that’s going on around you with the open plan of the salon and it just makes everything feel that more homely. Not only that, but they also offer other cut, colour and extension services ranging in prices, along with packages, group bookings and even HD beauty related add ons. I couldn’t recommend Yorkshire Blow Dry’s express and superior service enough, I’ll definitely be back there for when my hair’s suffering in the need of professionals. As their slogan states: bad hair day, ain’t nobody got time for that. Thank you so much to the team for allowing me to feel a million dollars!

 

Have you ever visited an independent blow dry bar before?

 

Bridie x

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The Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Palette: A Red Toned Makeup Look

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I enjoy make-up. My expensive tastes are arising which means I don’t always have access to the cosmetics I’ve saved in the note section of my phone from the influencing vloggers but experimentally enjoying make-up and aiming to improve my amateur skills is a canon fact. My everyday make-up usually consists of the same products, maybe an eyeshadow colour switch up here and there but ultimately, I’m a plain Jane throughout the week. That’s why when on the extremely rare occasion I go out, I like to up the glam level and really spend time making an effort; bring out the high quality stuff and feel a million dollars (opposed to the trashy look I’d secretly like to be rocking whilst sat at home in my pjs).

 

There’s nothing like a staple red to set off a certain make-up theme, it’s the traditional colour that just about anyone can pull off. I know some can hide away from the boldness but for me, it’s very wearable and brings out my pale complexion and blue in my eyes. With me just getting my hands on the beautiful Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp palette, finally purchasing MAC Ruby Woo and pulling out an open shoulder red dress for party celebrations, it was inevitable that I’d choose to work my appearance round these three inanimate objects. I don’t often photograph my face but I was originally planning and hoping to bring more beauty to my blog and when SMEi got in touch to inform me of their Create The Look Competition it was the perfect excuse to find inspiration and get creative. After-all, although I’m no expert, everyone’s in with the same chance, right? So, without further ado, I’ll tell you how I achieved this glowing meets fiery look.

Starting off with the base I used the latter end of my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to even out my skin and help with the build up of oil as I find this product is the most reliable in providing a smooth, velvet feel that lasts for the period of a night out. I’ve been struggling with heavy breakouts over the past few months so decided to ditch the foundation and switch back to BB Cream. Ever since I discovered Jane Iredale Glow Time (in shade BB5) at a blog event I was hooked. It gives the full coverage a build-able foundation would deliver but with the natural minerals that are more gentle on sensitive skin. I applied this with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and followed on with the last of my Bobbi Brown Corrector and Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (a combo that is an absolute saviour for daunting dark under eye circles and any pesky blemishes) – setting this all with my Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder.

For the brows I’ve moved over from my usual MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme, to the popular ABH Dipbrow Pomade in the shade taupe; a transition that at first proved difficult with my sparse hairs and oddly grown shape but what worked out well in the end. Once that was done, it was time to focus my attention on the eyes, paying close attention to detail…

Before I started anything, I primed with a sample of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion which I absolutely love. Using the Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Palette alone along with a neutral matte from my Naked Palette and a Kiko Cream Crush Eyeshadow in shade 01 to finish off, I began by applying the matte powder all over the lid and up into the brow bone, layered with the shimmer prime shade of the CT palette for a settled base. Then, taking a brush of colour from the enhance shade of the CT palette, I dusted a pop of colour into the outer corner, slowly blending and increasing the hues, then repeating this for the inner corner to achieve the halo precision. Whilst doing so I took the same brush into the crease to outline and slowly pulled into the v shape of the outer corner. With a tapered brush I took the darkest smoke shade to sharply compliment the outer corner and achieved this with a gradient style; a subtle, lighter colour in the centre, working my way to a deeper colour in the very far corner. Once again I did the same for the inner corner and this time spread from the upper lid to the lower lash line with a pencil brush, complete with a tip of the prime shade aligning into the middle of the lash line. With a fresh space in the centre of my upper lid, I used my fingers to dab the pop shade of the CT palette, mixed with the Kiko Eyeshadow for the last bit of extra glitter and used a small (damp) brush to apply the glitter faintly into the tear duct corner. I also used a clean fluffy brush during and after appliance to fuse harsh lines and keep it soft. I’ve just about got the hang of a sturdy blending technique and it’s super easy to create a defined eye by going with the flow to attain the desired result.

I stopped using liquid eyeliner on a regular basis purely because I’m too lazy on a morning but for that charming cat eye I think winged eyeliner is always necessary. The Stila Stay All Day Liner is my go to product for making life simpler in the eyeliner department! As is my trusty Lash Sensational Mascara to add great length and separated volume to my already long lashes – so of course, they were my immediate choices.

 

Going back to the skin now, I used my NARS Creamy Concealer in Custard combined with my E.L.F Undereye Concealer and Highlighter to contour and highlight under my eye, onto the upper cheekbone, in a triangle shape between my brows, above my cupids bow and along the pivot of my chin and using my damp Real Techniques Sponge I blended the two entirely which instantly radiated the key areas. In an L shape along my lower cheekbone, top of forehead, chin and jawline I seamlessly contoured the rest of my face with both contrasting shades of my Illamasqua Sculpting Duo using a pair of Zoeva angled and flat brushes – finalising with the LA girl Concealer in Beautiful Bronze along the bridge of my nose and the lighter E.L.F concealer through the centre. To fulfil that healthy glow, I used a fan brush to lightly cover my face in the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, bronzed my cheeks with my highly pigmented KIKO Masterpiece Bronzer and highlighted the sculptured bones (brow bone and cheek bone) with the gorgeous Topshop Glow Pot and just a smidgen amount of my Mary Lou Manizer brushed over the top to emphasise the brightness.

And FINALLY (honestly, I don’t think you realise how much make-up you own/wear until you have to write a step by step tutorial down in words, yikes!) I used an Illamasqua Lip Pencil in Lust to define my lips and balance out the creamy to matte texture with MAC Ruby Woo – a standard, versatile red – smothered all over the lips as the main, stand out feature. It’s hard to capture the full intensity of the look with the lack of professional lighting and using only a camera but I hope you get an idea of what I was trying to achieve. It probably seems like a lengthy process but actually it should only take you about half an hour. Well worth it!

What’s your go to evening look?

 

Bridie x

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Leeds Lush Spa Event: Tales Of Bath and an introduction to Spring

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It’s no secret Lush blogger events are my ultimate favourite pastime on a hump day night; with the VIP feel, the welcoming warmth of the staff and uncountable opportunities to worship the array of colourful and irresistibly influencing bath, hair, body and skin collections. SO, when another opportunity arose to attend my second Lush Spa therapy insight for their new treatment ‘Tales Of Bath’, as well as awing in the #LushSpring range, how could I possibly turn it down? (truthfully, that ain’t ever gonna happen).

 

The last time I had the privilege of visiting the Lush Spa – the concealed paradise down the stairs of the Leeds Commercial Street store – I was surprised at how heavenly the entire vibe was and it’s something I’ve craved to experience fully ever since. Unfortunately little old me who tries but fails to save up cash hasn’t ever been able to afford to attend officially so I’m always switching to excited child in a sweet shop mode when I’m ushered down to catch a glimpse of the magic remedies the skilled ladies perform.

 

 

Like my previous visit to the Lush spa, we were given a brief introduction and an open vision into what treatments there are to offer – only this time I got to take a peak into two different treatments AND have a trial for myself (but more on that later). Of course, with the event based around the focus of Tales Of Bath, in groups of 5, we were shown the process and informed of all the benefits and practicalities. As you can probably guess by the title, the treatment is very water orientated – allowing you to feel the freedom of the pearly ripples but in preparation, it goes a little like this: have a storybook of effective sounds and poems read out, pre-bathe in solitude with the most homely dimmed candlelight, spacious tub, a more than average sized yoga bomb scented bath bomb and a goblet drink of choice, lay down in a fetal position on a specialised table with a restful cushion beside you (this particular treatment is ideal for pregnant women or those who find it easier to lay on their side), have an in depth shoulder to body massage and most probably fall asleep (seriously I’ve never seen anyone look so reposed, unwound and vacant and it’s pretty inevitable with the darkened, surrounded environment, really). Royal pampering at its best! 

 

 

As well as Tales Of Bath, we were once again shown around The Sound Bath (I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of testing out the equipment; the tuning forks and ear candles – it’s such a bizarre but amazing sensation) and an unfamiliar but now another favoured treatment – The Good Hour. With the laid back theme of sea-shanty, a whole ah-oy! pirate aura with music from the envisioned ship, a deep tissue massage, and anchoring hands awaiting, it’s the perfect relief from ached, dull muscles. THEN (wait for it) with a small but mighty squeal and indecisive incision from me, we were told we were able to have a demonstration of a mini treatment of our choice. There was a choice between palm reading (which is part of The Planets treatment), a hand massage with moisturising serum or a head massage with snippets from the sound bath/tuning forks. I eventually decided on palm reading as the room of twinkling lights, my inner sceptical side and tantalizing friendly faces (of what I could see) drew me in. The Lush spa palm reading is meant to be light hearted, not a ‘this is what will happen in the future’ full forced reading, but more of a reflection on your persona, your traits and characteristics. I was eager to know what would be discovered from my palms alone. Apparently my left was much more stubborn than the right, which indicated I vary between being carefree and care too much. I was also told I like to analyse, am an adventurer, a teacher, hold deep love for my family and thrive on writing of which I was nodding along in agreement. I went into it hesitant but came out pleasantly surprised by the accuracy!

 

 

The atmosphere within the spa creates such instant peace and tranquillity; it isn’t just the array of pretty flowers, Alice In Wonderland inspired vintage wooden interior, individually labelled bottles of restorative, fruitful cures, relaxing and inviting sit down areas and cosy striped pyjamas waiting for you at a spa party, it’s the calming, chilled out essence, the comforting music, the way your imaginative streak runs wild behold each treatment room. You can really feel the bouncing energy, the revitalized sensitivity within each carefully handled touch. I’m so lucky to have been able to watch first hand the beautiful, luxuriated journey of a stimulated mind, body and soul and I truly think (well no, I know) it’d be the be all end all cure to a miserable day and a pessimistic mind. The passionate staff are there to ensure you have a one of a kind experience!

 

 

Back up to the shop floor, it was the return of the live singer guitarist, all dinky cupcakes, prosecco, uplifting scents and experiments galore. There was a make your own comforter station on hand (which was harder than it looked, let me tell you), we were shown the adorable Easter range, the left over Mother’s Day range and I was left to roam alone to admire the displays and the rest of the wondrous cosmetics (pretty dangerous move I must admit).It doesn’t matter how many times I enter a Lush store, I’ll always find something new – especially when it’s in the form of a Humpty Dumpty and Bunch Of Carrots, and a blooming Flowering Tea Bag creation (oh, aren’t they just the best?!).

 

 

There were also more subtle experiments on the other side of the room to initiate the Tales Of Bath, dry ice meets hot water in action to gently scent the air, a few chosen products selective to their participation in spa treatments, a medieval feel of wooden boxes, books and cacti, and a hyped up, camera filled and gorgeous blogger atmosphere to go with it. Not only did I have a good catch up and meet some new faces but I also once again, rampaged with my snap happy hands because let’s face it – Lush is possibly the most photogenic store on earth.

 

 

I couldn’t leave without picking up a couple of bath bombs as I am getting low on stock now, and I was so very kindly gifted an enormous amount of randomly picked products for myself to indulge in and enjoy, too. I was taken aback by the generosity of the fabulous Lush Leeds Spa team (and of course, the lovely Urika) and I will forever thank them for producing an event I know will never fail to get me happily pumped on fun.

 

Oh, and just to end a heightened post on erm, a high… I fell over, yep in front of everyone down at the spa as I stepped back attempting to capture a photo at the right angle, forgot about the table behind me and tumbled over, just about managing to balance myself on my knees. Just as I thought I could remember this night without any cringe worthy, despairing moments, I went and ruined it all.

 

Have you ever visited a Lush spa and/or had any treatments? Hopefully without a small embarrassing incident to go with it! 

 

Bridie x

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The Body Shop British Rose Collection: Celebrating 40 Years

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There’s two event emails that raise my excitement levels to an extremity, and that’s Lush and The Body Shop. This time it’s the latter (although next week is the first option, eeek). Last Thursday, The Body Shop on Leeds Briggate were holding an evening of cosmetic cheer and showcasing to parade their brand new British Rose Collection and to celebrate 40 years of their face, body and soul foundation – and I was luckily invited down, along with plenty of lovely ladies and gents! Greeted with some chocolate nibbles, prosecco, lots of cameras and eager bloggers in their natural habitat, we were left to wonder round until the others arrived and were then given a short but sweet consultation and demonstration of the freshly exclusive products.

 

 

It was almost guaranteed I’d love the range if the pretty pink packaging and blooming blossom filled displays were anything to go by, and it certainly didn’t let me down. I can’t say I’m a huge rose-scented lover (I often describe it as the old granny smell – shh) but this one was far from your typical fragrance; certainly not in your face overpowering opposed to a strong floral but soft, subtle and refreshing. Grown in an 100% organic justifiable British setting, the line includes everything from your shower gels and your bath foams, to body butter, hand cream, body scrub, and exfoliating soap. Then there were the more sumptuous of the selection (and my three favourites); the absolutely gorgeous Instant Glow Body Essence that left a natural, glowy shimmer on the skin, the Eau De Toilette perfume which was a lovely, uplifting scent and the Eye and Cheek Palette packed with captivation. Once again, The Body Shop split their products into separate rituals; cleanse, bathe, exfoliate, moisturise and glow, fragrance, and finish – meaning there are plenty of treatment choices and ample gift sets. The collection was actually originally released for Mother’s Day but as that’s been and passed, it now makes perfect sense to validate a splurge in time for Easter!

 

Not only were we introduced to the British Rose Collection, but the specialised skincare and makeup experts were also on hand to provide us with some interesting, insightful presentations into their overall skincare, bodycare, and makeup. Split into three groups, we were ushered over to the skincare section first and were shown the top rated products intended to create a six step routine. Our guinea pig blogger (Jamie from www.jamiesowden.com) proved the extra time is worth it, as you could seriously notice a difference in terms of radiance and a clearer complexion (and neck; we were given confirmative advice not to neglect the neck) within that short time frame – and it’s made me eager to introduce some of those recommended into my own regime!

There were some general discussion about The Body Shop products we’d previously used and loved (fyi mine were the trusty Tea Tree, Seaweed, Vitamin C and Vitamin E) but we were blessed to hear about some newbies and take a sneak peak into the future launches hitting the stores very soon. The flourished demos were the Drops Of Youth and Drops Of Light, along with the fancy Oils of Life (and word is – the genius addition to their makeup range – the Shade Adjusting Drops that transform your foundation will also be on their way to a local store near you). We sampled them all and I was thoroughly impressed; nice texture, no heavy residue and a healthy shine concluded.

 

Next up was the makeup guide, where there were rapid but glam makeovers as the MUA’s took over with their skills, putting the products into action. Not before we were acquainted with the the British Rose Palette I’d fallen head over heels for at first sight, however. The palette has six gentle, eyeshadow shades and two cheek blushes, a mixture of rose tones and smoky hues to match the timeless harmonies in the general British Rose collection. Along with the Shimmer Cube Palette, the looks devised were an opposite contrast – one for a dramatic, smoky, darkened, night-time look and the other for a more daytime, neutral, nude look proving along with the Shimmer Cube Palette, that this is bound to be a staple, multiple purpose palette ideal for any occasion. It retails at £20 which in my eyes is an absolute bargain for something that does the job without the need to multi-task.

On top of the eyes, we were ventured into the world of face and lips. I made it quite obvious I was a huge fan of the Instablur but I never get bored of trialling the cooling and smoothing paste and hearing how much of a dependable primer it is! The paired BB Cream struck a cord with me as an ideal light base, especially as it adapts to your natural skin tone which would be exemplary for a holiday (ooh did someone say summer?!). The Lip and Cheek Stains were also a hit with our group which made me want to take the time out to have a nosy over at the other lipsticks (as well as Dei from www.sunnydei.com receiving her fetching nude lip makeover). With all three available in a variation of colours from bright to dusky and promised a pigmented finish, I’m dying to give them a try and add yet more lippy to my ever growing stash.

 

Finally, we wrapped it up with bodycare where we were lead over to the beautiful Spa of The World range. Of course, I don’t need to delve too much into it as I attended the introductory event last year but it certainly confirmed how luxurious and heavenly it still deemed to be as the products were shown and passed around to test (the Japanese Camellia Cream is to DIE for, I swear!) and how I need to purchase the Dead Sea Salt Scrub and Egyptian Milk and Honey Bath quicker than you can say soon.

 

As much as I’d have loved to have splurged with the discount on the night, surprisingly (and sensibly for my poor bank account) I left empty handed, with all but a lovely white labelled box packed with goodies that I was kindly gifted with. I can’t thank The Body Shop Leeds Briggate enough! I think I’ve been to around three or four The Body Shop events now but I can honestly say this one was the most fun, interactive and busiest. The detail and thought put into how the team can occupy our thriving minds was super in depth, not to mention the staff were absolutely brilliant in all areas (including warmth and friendliness!). My hands were drowned in enough products to lose count of but they had a great beautification and I can’t wait to head back for more, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Have you been to a TBS event lately? Have you tried the British Rose Collection yet?

 

Bridie x

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Beauty: the garnier micellar water round up

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I’m taking it right back to the start today! Garnier Micellar Water was a compelling discovery made by myself a good few years ago now (yes, right back when face wipes were my only form of cleanser, yikes). Despite its cost effective price, it was an absolute life changer and I believe the simple purifying method is an important must in a daily and nightly skincare routine. If you’ve been reading my blog since the start (and if you pay any attention to my frequent complaining) you’ll know I have extremely oily, troublesome skin that’s prone to breakouts most of the time – which takes me on to a realisation of an updated version on the micellar water. Pure Active has been around a while but for slack old me, it took a TV advert to bring it to my attention that there could be an even more beneficial form for my skin type.

 

I wouldn’t say there’s much difference between them (apart from the colour of the bottles, and even then I don’t know which one I prefer or whether I can part with that pretty pink). They’re both distinctively gentle, free from harsh chemicals and fragrance, great for sensitivity and work the same way – with a quick but efficient swipe across the face removing the first layer of makeup (although it erases that grimy, build up feeling, I would recommend a second follow up cleanse to ensure full clarification). I did feel the pure active was stiffer, like you need to press harder to see vanishing results but it wasn’t any less effective than the normal kind. With the ordinary solution being such a staple, I wasn’t put off with swapping to the pure active. They both provide that refreshed, squeaky clean after effect and soothe my complexion with the natural, lightweight consistency and without weighing my face down without residue and any vast irritation. Luckily, both are suitable for my reactive skin!

 

I’ve only been using the pure active mix a week or so but I have noticed I am less greasy waking up on a morning which lasts mattifying throughout the day, opposed to the duration I’ve used the previous type. I’m getting compliments on my glowing cheeks and apparent ‘healthy appearance’ and I haven’t changed up anything else so I’m convinced the extra ingredients do touch on the surface. I’m just hoping it contributes towards curing this awful, angry cluster of spots I’m currently sporting across my forehead by reducing the amount of clogging oil my skin produces. If anybody has any tips to get rid fast please hit me up!

 

Have you tried anymore versions of the Garnier Micellar Water?

 

Bridie x

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Salon Success Styling Society Box: No Animal Testing

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Back in January, I was sent my first ever Styling Society box joining with my most trusted haircare brand, the prestigious Paul Mitchell. This blogger based programme means I am one of the members lucky enough to receive a bi-monthly box of products designed and specially picked to my specific requirements ready for me to test and share my thoughts with you all. Sounds exciting, right? When I opened my carefully wrapped package to be greeted with various welcoming messages and a novelty biscuit (which I’m yet to devour), I knew I was in for a treat. I’ve had an absolute ball pampering my hair with some luxury and have really noticed a vast difference in the past month!

 

Each Styling Society box will have a theme, and this month it’s based around Paul Mitchell’s commitment to providing a revolutionary hair care system free from animal testing. Paul Mitchell has been cruelty-free ever since it was founded 36 years ago and they have affirmed a strong and passionate ethic ever since. This year, the sales of all their retail bags will go to Cruelty Free International to help end unnecessary animal suffering which means they’re not just expert hair professionals but their charitable efforts are also recognisable. Just as I couldn’t praise them enough. I firmly believe we can look good without experimenting on and harming animals but I also fully admit, I’m certainly not aware of which brands do or don’t which is why I was open to learning about, and seeing for myself, just how important it is to change your attitude towards the environment.

 

The box contained three lots of product ranges, Forever Blonde Duo RRP £26.00, The Conditioner RRP £13.95, and the Super Skinny Daily Treatment/Super Skinny Daily Shampoo combo. Although the array of products each have a different purpose, I loved how all five worked on my hair individually and in time, when paired together, helped to renew the balance and nourishment.

 

I’m a huge fan of Paul Mitchell because of the quality they give, but also because the various scents airing from their products is never far from utterly divine. Both the Forever Blonde Shampoo and Dramatic Repair smell heavenly – if I was to describe a summer’s day beside the pool, this would be it! This pair of products were the first to be tried out and they’ve remained a staple favourite since. The shampoo is super gentle and generously lathering – you only need the smallest amount to feel the soothing effects. Not only does it bring out the highlighted colouring in the hair to a sleek, bright shine, it richly cleanses to a fresh, squeaky clean feel with that soft, swishy desired look and the wash did last me a day or two more than it usually would!

 

The dramatic repair is a leave in spray product that I use directly after the shampoo (or with any other shampoo I decide to use) once I’ve slightly towel dried my hair. It has the exact same motive as the shampoo, to restore health and vitality to hair that may have been damaged due to bleaching. I first thought it’d be one of those occasional products but it’s so lovely, I’ve been using it regularly! It doesn’t weigh my hair down, leaves it tantalisingly silky and best of all, makes my hair easier to handle and naturally style whilst contributing towards de-tangling. Even though my hair is in relatively good condition, switching hair colours across the years has brought on lost moisture and minor fragile damage. The safflower oleosomes, macadamia nut oil and exclusive KerActive protein in the Forever Blonde duo restores and replenishes the strength and health by holding onto every strand to prevent breakage. These two products alone are enough to solve the problem of dry split end and weakened hair-mares without any added defeaters!

 

 

The leave in conditioner was a stand out product for me. I usually struggle with leave in products because of how heavy they leave my hair feeling (along with the almost instant greasiness) but this one shone through immediately. It is a dense consistency but is lightweight, spreads evenly and penetrates efficiently. Despite not rinsing the product – although I feel it would work just as well using it as a regular conditioner – it didn’t cause any stiffness to my hair, in fact it was the complete opposite! It is highly hydrating and holds the moisture in place whilst preventing and protecting against harsh dryness, especially during the brittle winter months (and in my case, that time duration where you haven’t had a haircut in a while). The day after I’d applied this to my hair, I noticed how less fly away and frizzy my hair was. It had a soft, lifted volume and a subtle bounce to it, instead of my typical flat, lifelessness. It definitely improved the texture of my hair meaning I’ve now had a few stress free mornings when it comes to achieving the effortless style I aim for. Having long, thick hair can be problematic and be unmanageable at times but this leaves me with happy hair!

 

Coincidentally, the smoothing skinny line from Paul Mitchell is something I’ve had my eye on for a while so you can imagine my delight when I realised I’d been gifted both the shampoo and the daily treatment! Once again, it didn’t disappointment – the only slight problem being when my hormones were raging it didn’t do justice for my oily hair and I did have to wash my hair again the night after the day before (although this was just the one time, the next time was absolutely fine and no different from my usual experience). I use both products when I need to add some oomph to my hair, when it’s lacking zest and is relatively dull and it does the job of taming to well behaved hair that doesn’t budge. It purifies without stripping and minimises any severe breakage, leaving my hair in wonderful condition. It’s often overly soft but nothing I’d complain about – it’s so pleasant to touch and to say I can’t stop running my fingers through it is an understatement.

 

I’m so pleased with my first styling box and can’t wait for the rest! Watch this space.

 

Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any Paul Mitchell favourites? 

 

Bridie x

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