Gym Bunny Beauty

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Only the other day I was introduced to Boots Sun Swim and Gym Leave In Conditioner by my very own gym bunny mother. Claiming to improve the appearance of split ends and defend hair against the distresses of UV rays and chlorine, I was recommended it as a perfect post swim/gym staple. All you need to do is simply spritz the conditioner into towel dried hair after washing and comb through before applying your hair-dryer…simple and very quick!

I have always been sceptical of leave-in conditioners as some of those I have used previously (Paul Mitchell Taming Spray Leave-In De-tangling Conditioner) have left my hair feeling sticky or greasy; therefore it’s always best to avoid direct application to the roots. However, I’ve found with Sun Swim and Gym, once dry, the formula leaves your hair feeling really well conditioned, shiny and more beautiful on the ends. Not only this, but even styling is made easier with this product in my hair…not bad for £3.59! This product should not be kept for gym-days only.

Best Basics

Mood Board

The summer is finally here, and it’s time to shed the heavy make-up and show off our natural beauty in the sun! With this in mind, I thought I’d throw together a little mood board of all my favourite beauty essentials. They are all basic, low in cost and absolutely brilliant products I could not live without. That’s all.

Cheap Treat

Boots Provitamin
I feel I must mention my latest amazing (and cheap) beauty find…Boots Provitamin Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner. Having used my regular shampoo and conditioner for a while now, I felt it was time to switch it up, as I read somewhere an occasional change was good for your hair?

Similar in appearance to Pantene’s range, Boot’s Provitamin shampoos and conditioners are available in Classic Care, Smoothing, Shine Enhance, 2 in 1 and the one I plumped for…Volumising.

Not expecting much, I was shocked to find my hair feeling thicker as I lathered it in and as soon as I got the hair dryer on it my hair looked and felt visibly more volumous, but also soft and silky. It’s quite possibly the first time I’ve ever noticed a shampoo and conditioner making my hair look and feel better…and at £1.99 per 400ml bottle…it’s a complete bargain!

Elnett gets Hot

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Already a fan of L’Oreal hair products, I treated myself to the new ‘L’Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray’ for Curls yesterday in the hope it’d bring a little spring to my January-hair step. And honestly I was extremely happy with the results!

I gave my hair a thorough spritz from root to tip then combed out before tacking my hair with the hairdryer. I have to admit that halfway through drying my hands felt like I’d coated my hair in glue and I was slightly worried I’d end up with a greasy mess for a hair-do. But, with some resilience I found my hair doing exactly what I wanted it to…and the finished look was a salon looking blow-dry that made my hair look voluminous, curly and as if I’d already applied hair spray…so ultimately the finished look! Even better, there are four different sprays on offer: Curl, Straight, Wavy and Volume so no matter what your chosen style, there’s one for everyone.

Very pleased with this new revolutionary product from L’Oreal, and at £5.99 I’d say well worth the money if it saves you needing a professional blow-dry! Just be prepared to spend an extra 5-10mins more than normal working your hair with your dryer and a good barrel hair brush and you won’t be disappointed.

His n Hers?

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My hair is relatively flat, fine and struggles to hold any style for longer than a few minutes. I’m constantly battling to add volume and a natural looking wave to my hair, but hate an ‘overworked’ or product heavy look. Whilst searching for my next hair product to trial I stumbled across the new ‘Studio Line Matt & Messy’ hair range from L’Oreal, which claims to produce a ‘messed up, natural look with a matt finish’…just what I wanted!

L’Oreal has several product offerings in the range, one, aimed at women, the ‘Salt Spray‘ and for men, ‘Sponge Putty‘ and ‘Fibre Paste’. Already the owner of Lee Stafford’s ‘Sea Salt Spray’ I thought I’d cross the gender boundary and give the ‘Sponge Putty’ a go.

Having tried the product out several times I can say I am pretty pleased with the result. Unfortunately the product doesn’t come with any directions for use, so I winged it…simply rubbed a small amount between my palms after blow drying my hair, and scrunched the ends of my hair to reveal a nice, beachy, tousled look without producing a wet look or sticky feel!

The product smells quite nice, is easy to use and doesn’t dry the ends of your hair out. One thing I would say is that after heading out on a rather cold and slightly damp October day, the style didn’t last too long..you may just need a spritz of hair spray to hold the style!

At £3.57 the product’s definitely worth a go, I may even try the Salt Spray once I’ve finished my own…