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.

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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…