Gym Bunny Beauty

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.

A Skin Thing

I don’t do much to the skin on my face. In fact, I find the less I do, the better condition it’s in. One basic I always stick with though is a good cleanser in the morning to get my face nice and clean. Already a firm favourite of Dr Nick Lowe’s skincare products, I thought I’d give the Purifying Foaming Cleanser a try…

The product has quite a clinical smell, so you know it’s going to work. The anti-bacterial foaming face wash pumps easily out of the bottle, and after a quick lather, it leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh without that ‘tight’ feeling you often get with other cleansers. It keeps my skin well clear of spots, without drying it out.

This is a great product, although at £10.49 per pop it’s not a cheap buy. I feel I must mention at this point that another fantastic option is Boot’s own range of Witch Oil Control Foaming Face Wash and Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash. I’ve used this range for years, they’re equally as effective at keeping your skin in top-notch condition, they’re gentle on the skin so excellent for those of us who suffer with sensitive faces…and at under £4 per product…they’re very purse friendly! Oh the options…

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!