Posts tagged Hair

Old Wives Tail Jojoba & Clove Organic Oil Hair Treatment

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Over the last few months I’ve been trialling a hair treatment from a small hair care company called Old Wives Tail.  Old Wives Tail specialise in luxury organic hair treatments, all of which are handmade, vegetarian and vegan, and free of gluten, parabens and sulfates.  They’re also animal friendly and aim to eradicate animal testing in the beauty industry, so 10% of their profits go to charities which save animals from being tested on.

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The treatment I’ve been using is the Jojoba and Clove Organic Oil Treatment, which retails for £13.99 for a 100ml jar.  The treatment is described as a ‘hydrating, natural and balancing hair treatment for dull, thinning, brittle or broken hair’.  My hair is quite unusual in that, though it can get quite oily at the roots, the ends get very dry and split easily, especially during colder months, and the overall look is very limp, lifeless and damaged.  I opted for this particular treatment as, according to the Old Wives Tail website, ‘jojoba oil gets to work at penetrating every hair follicle to add strength, volume and texture to weak, lifeless hair’, which is just what I want.

The treatment has a very strong aroma of cloves, which hits you as soon as you open the jar, but it isn’t too overpowering as it is offset with a slight sweetness.  It’s also quite a dense treatment, with a slightly waxy texture, but as it warms in your fingers it melts into a smooth oil that glides through damp hair incredibly easily.

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The directions for use say to massage the product into your scalp, and to leave it on for one hour before washing out with shampoo and water, and conditioning the ends of your hair.  As a ‘wash and go’ kinda girl, an hour is quite a long time to wait, so this isn’t a treatment I would use on a daily or weekly basis, but it’s great for a fortnightly or monthly pamper session at the weekend.  Especially as it gives quite an intense treatment.

I’ve used the treatment a few times now and the results are brilliant.  A little goes quite a long way, so though the jar is small, it will last a good while.  The product massages in nicely and feels lovely and soothing on the scalp.  When I first used it I was slightly worried that, being an oil, it would leave my hair feeling greasy, but it washes out well with shampoo, although I find it takes a little while to wash out completely.  After blow drying and straightening my hair, the difference is really noticeable.  It leaves my hair looking silkier and fuller, and the result is also long-lasting.

Unfortunately, as I’ve had an incredibly hectic couple of months, I haven’t yet managed to get any before and after photos of my hair, but I will be updating this post within the next week or two, so check back soon.

All Old Wives Tail products are available online here, and they cater for all hair types.  They offer free worldwide delivery on any order too!

Naomi x

*This Jojoba & Clove Organic Oil Hair Treatment was sent to me by Old Wives Tail for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

miamoo travel goodies

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As a sufferer of dry, sensitive skin, I am always on the lookout for delicate skin care products that may be able to help me, so when I discovered miamoo via Twitter I was keen to give them a try.

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miamoo is the brainchild of ‘The Apprentice’ runner-up and TV personality Saira Khan, who herself struggles with very dry and sensitive skin.  After spending years trying (and failing) to find high street products to suit and soothe her skin, Saira took it upon herself to create a range that eliminated the chemicals that made her condition worse, and miamoo was born.

All miamoo products are formulated especially for those with dry, sensitive skin, and are 98% natural; only using synthetic ingredients when absolutely necessary.  As such, miamoo is free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, SLS, Synthetic colours and fragrances, and PEGS, as well as other nasties that can irritate sensitive skin.

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I was recently lucky enough to receive a miamoo travel goodies set to try out.  The set contains miniature versions of six miamoo products, and a lovely cotton wash cloth which is kind on the skin.  One thing that stood out to me about miamoo is the packaging.  It’s simple and soft-looking, and also very cute with the little cow drawings, and though it looks like it’s aimed towards children, the products are suitable for any age group.  Granted, the miamoo website says the travel set is ideal for mummy-to-be’s hospital bag, and can be used for both mum and baby, but that just shows how gentle the products are!  If it’s good enough for baby, it’s good enough for my delicate skin too.

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Together, the travel goodies form a 3 step skincare routine that not only moisturises dry skin, but also keeps it clean and clear.

Step 1 – Cleanse

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Fresh Locks Shampoo

‘bursting with lavender and geranium’

My thoughts: This shampoo has a sweet, fresh scent which is nice and soothing.  It’s also a pleasure to use as, unlike chemical-laden shampoos, it doesn’t cling to the hair.  As such, it leaves hair feeling soft, clean and bouncy rather than heavy, and doesn’t make my head itch at all!

Splashy Wash

‘brimming with lemon oil & aloe vera’

My thoughts:  The lemon oil in miamoo’s splashy wash gives it an invigorating citrus scent which is ideal for a refreshing morning wake up.  It has quite a runny consistency, but it foams up incredibly well and a little goes a very long way!  A lot of shower gels make my skin feel tight and dry after use, but this one does the opposite and actually leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised.

Spritz and Wipe

‘overflowing with lime water & minerals’

My thoughts:  spritz and wipe can be used to cleanse away dirt, moisturise the skin, or even just refresh and cool the skin, so it’s a fab little product to carry with you when you’re out and about as it covers all bases.  I personally like to use it to remove my make up and it does a pretty good job.  It doesn’t have much of a scent, but it does what it says on the bottle which is ultimately what matters.

Step 2 – Moisturise

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Huggy Lotion

‘crammed with sweet almond oil & marshmallow extract’

My thoughts:  The huggy lotion is my favourite product from the whole set.  It’s light and pretty much scentless, but it’s intensely moisturising, and also has a slight cooling effect on sore, sensitive skin.  It’s non-greasy and easily absorbed, but seems to create a protective barrier which is just what I need in the harsh winter weather.  This one gets five stars from me! 

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Cheeky Cream

My thoughts:  Cheeky cream is another favourite of mine.  This one has a thicker consistency than the huggy lotion and perhaps doesn’t massage in as easily, but it has a lovely softening effect and is very gentle.  I’m not sure I’d use it in the morning as I found it didn’t make a very good base for make up, but it’s an excellent, rich night-time moisturiser.

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Step 3 – Massage

  Baba Oil

‘infused with lavender & sweet almond oil’

My thoughts:  Baba oil is another versatile product as it can be used on the skin, but also as a hair treatment.  I like to use this one at night as it has a calming lavender scent which helps me to relax before I go to sleep.  The oil warms up nicely in the hands and feels amazingly silky on the skin.

This little set would be the perfect way to try out miamoo’s products and see whether they suit your skin, and it would also be great for travel – just throw it in your suitcase and off you go!  I’m really impressed with the quality and effectiveness of the products, and am considering buying full-size versions of the huggy lotion and cheeky cream.

miamoo’s travel goodies set costs £15, and can be purchased here.  You can also view the rest of the miamoo range here, and if you use the code ‘blog13′ at the checkout, you can get 10% off all products!

Naomi x

*This miamoo travel goodies set was sent to me by miamoo for review purposes. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Beauty Stocking Fillers for £5 and Under

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This year seems to have gone incredibly fast, and Christmas is almost upon us.  I’m sure by now we are all well into our Christmas shopping (I’ve been extremely organised this year and only have a couple of bits left to get!), but I thought I’d put together a few festive themed posts over the next week or two to help with that last-minute rush.  I have spent a while lately trawling the shops and internet for stocking filler ideas, so today’s post features my pick of the best beauty stocking fillers for £5 and under.

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Clockwise from Top Left:

Orly Nail Polish £3.99 from Fragrance Direct / Lacura Aqua Moisture Cream £1.99 from ALDI / SuperDrama Mascara £5.00 (was £10.00) from Avon / Halo Futuristic Nail Glitter £4.50 from ASOS / Denman Small Styling Brush £4.99 from Fragrance Direct / Ginger Sparkle Hand Cream £4.00 from The Body Shop / Momiji Mini Gift Set £5.00 from M&S / 3 in 1 Nail Art Pearl Gem Pen £4.50 from Claire’s / MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer £3.00 from MUA / MUA Luxe Glitter Palette £4.00 from MUA / Montagne Jeunesse Strawberry Souffle Face Mask £0.99 from New Look / Snow Fairy Shower Gel £3.50 for 100g from LUSH / Metal Eyelash Curler £3.25 from John Lewis

I hope you all find this edit helpful!  If you have any £5 or under stocking filler ideas to add, please comment below as I’d love to see what you’ve come across.

Check back soon for my next Christmas post, featuring Spend and Save Christmas Gift ideas.

Happy Shopping!

Naomi x

Interview Review: Superdrug Colour Rewind Hair Colour Remover

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Unlike myself, my younger sister Freya is extremely experimental with her hair colour.  She’s been every shade of red and brown you can imagine, but a couple of months ago she dyed her hair a shade she now regrets – black.  At first she loved it, but when her roots started to show the problems began, and no amount of touch ups would cover them properly.  So, after being told about Superdrug’s Colour Rewind Hair Colour Remover by a friend, she decided to give it a go and get rid of the black for good.  Colour Rewind is designed to remove permanent and semi-permanent dark hair colours but, quite unusually for products such as this, it does not contain any ammonia or bleach.  I personally find the product intriguing and have been wanting to know whether it works for a while, so I’ve decided to do something a bit different for this post and review it in the form of an interview with my sister.

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Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the contents of the box, but it contains a 60ml bottle of activator, a 60ml bottle of remover, a 60ml bottle of after treatment buffer, a pair of gloves and an instruction leaflet.  The instructions, in brief, are as follows:

  1. Empty the contents of the activator bottle into the remover bottle and shake for 30 seconds to mix.
  2. Separate the hair into sections with a comb and apply the mixture evenly, section by section.
  3. Leave the hair to process for 60 minutes.
  4. Rinse out the mixture with warm water for 5 minutes (10 minutes for longer hair).  Apply half the buffer, massage in for 1 minute then rinse for 5 minutes.  Apply the rest of the buffer and rinse for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Dry hair thoroughly.

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I spent the afternoon last Friday watching and helping my sister use the product, and afterwards I asked her about the experience, and here are her answers…

How easy to use was the product?

Colour Rewind is just as easy to use as a home hair dye kit, but takes slightly longer.  However, I think it is better to get someone to help with the application if you find it difficult to separate your hair into sections around the back!

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How long did the whole process take?

Including the application, I reckon it took an hour and a half.  The main solution has to stay on for one hour and the rinsing process takes a good 15 minutes, but it’s all needed to get the best results.  I don’t think it took too long… all I can say is make sure you have something interesting to read or watch during the wait though.

What did you like about the process/product?

Firstly, I liked the fact that this product actually exists!  I thought the only way to get rid of unwanted colour was to spend loads of money at a salon getting it stripped!  The product itself is not only affordable at £7.99 on this occasion, but does not contain ammonia or bleach, which reduces the chance of hair damage.  I also liked the fact that I got to wear a hat made out of a plastic bag (not necessary, but keeps the solution warm for better results).

What didn’t you like about the process/product?

I can honestly say that the only thing I did not like about the product and process was the eggy smell.  Saying that, I was expecting a full on volcanic sulphur eruption when opening the bottle, but it was bearable!  I may have smelt like an omelette for a bit, but there were no other negatives.  No burning, no itching, no hair loss like some may expect.

Are you pleased with the results?

I am so impressed with the results!  I thought my hair may turn out quite ginger, since I have dyed it red numerous times and had read that it could affect the results, but it turned out pretty much the natural colour… maybe slightly darker with a slight copper tint, but that doesn’t bother me at all.  To be able to get rid of the black has made me happy enough!

Have the results lasted?

Well the black has certainly disappeared, but I’ve noticed that since washing and drying it a few times, it has darkened quite a bit!  Initially it was a light brown, slightly copper colour (almost natural), but now it’s a dark brown/dark mahogany colour.  I don’t particularly mind as I’ve dyed my hair a similar colour before, but I think that it’s important to know that the initial colour after the process does not stay as light.  I don’t know whether this has anything to do with the heat from the hairdryer or if the initial results just seemed lighter because of the dramatic change.  Either way, the unwanted dye has definitely been ‘rewound’.

How many out of 10 would you give it?

At first I would have said 10 out of 10, but after a few days I will now give it 8 out of 10.  It is a rather magical product, but the fact that my hair has darkened slightly takes the points off.

Would you recommend Colour Rewind?

Yes, definitely, especially if you can’t afford to go to a salon for treatment.  I would consider using it again myself.

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… before and after pictures!

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My thoughts…

Having been there when my sister used the Colour Rewind kit, I must say that it is fairly fuss-free and easy to use.  At £9.99 (currently on offer for £7.99) it is also extremely affordable and a lot safer than using ammonia or bleach to strip your hair.  It might smell, but it is still an impressive product, and is BUAV approved which is also important.  I have noticed that Freya’s hair has darkened slightly over the last few days, but it still looks a lot lighter than it did when it was black.

Superdrug’s Colour Rewind Hair Colour Remover can be purchased in store or online.

Have you ever tried this?  What did you think?

Naomi x

PS. You can check out my sister’s art blog here!

biOrganics Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil

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I recently came across a hair care brand who attracted my attention for a very specific reason – they’re BUAV approved.  I am always on the look out for cruelty free hair products as they are surprisingly difficult to find, so when biOrganics offered to send me a sample to review I was keen to try them out.

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biOrganics was founded in 1991 as the first professional organic hair care brand in Europe.  The brand claims that their products give salon results, and everything is made from natural and organic ingredients wherever possible, so they’re free from nasty parabens and synthetic chemicals.  As mentioned earlier, biOrganics are BUAV approved, meaning they do not test on animals under any circumstance, and are also endorsed by the Vegetarian Society.

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The sample I received is a 12ml bottle of biOrganics’ Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil.  The oil itself is colourless and has a base of organic Argan Oil and Ylang Ylang, and can be used to smoothe frizz, add shine, and protect hair from heat.  It is also said to strengthen and repair dry and brittle hair, and reduces blow-drying time.

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My experiences with the oil so far have been mixed, but mostly good.  The bottle says to ‘dispense 1-3 pumps into palms, rub hands together & apply directly to clean, towel-dried hair’, which is where I initially went wrong.  Unfortunately, the sample bottle does not come with a pump spray, so I had to guess how much to use.  I ended up applying a coin-sized amount to my hair (to the ends and mid-lengths as suggested), but after blow-drying my hair looked and felt greasy, and I had to wash the oil out again.  It turns out I used too much oil for the length of my hair, but after being given some advice by the lovely folks at biOrganics I tried again with a smaller amount of oil (about a little fingernail amount), and it worked a LOT better.  This time my hair did dry quickly, looked and felt incredibly soft, straightened easily and, most importantly, stayed straight all day!  I usually end up with slightly frizzy locks a few hours after straightening, but biOrganics hair perfecting oil solves this problem.  The lesson here is definitely LESS IS MORE!

I’ve also used the oil on dry hair.  The bottle says to ‘Use sparingly on dry hair for extra smoothing prior to heat-straightening’, so I applied a very small amount to the dry ends of my hair.  The oil seemed to create a protective layer between my hair and the heat, so rather than breaking and looking dry after straightening, my hair looked smooth and sleek.

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Overall, once you learn how much oil your hair needs, this is a very good product if you want straighter, sleeker hair that lasts.  The oil costs £3.99 for a sample bottle or £12.99 for a 50ml pump spray bottle, so it is very affordable, especially for a natural, cruelty free product, and I’d definitely recommend it.  biOrganics Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil is available online here, and they also sell a range of shampoos, conditioners, brushes and other hair care products.  Or, if you’d prefer to buy from a local store, you can also find your local stockist.

Naomi x

*This biOrganics Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil was sent to me on behalf of biOrganics for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and based on my own experience.*

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

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I have long, straight hair, but despite my efforts to keep it looking sleek and smooth, it always tangles into straggly knots at the first sight of water, wind or my pillow!  I have tried many things over the years to keep it neat and tangle-free, and after experimentation with various hair products and brushes, I think I finally have the answer…  The Tangle Teezer!

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I have heard many good things about Tangle Teezer over time, so when I was kindly gifted a Tangle Teezer Compact Styler by LookFantastic a few weeks ago, I was keen to give it a try.  The Compact Styler is a smaller version of the original Tangle Teezer, so it is the perfect size to carry in your handbag or overnight bag for gorgeous hair on the go.  The Teezer I received is Gold Rush – a stunning metallic gold colour on top and black on the bottom, and it is ergonomically shaped to fit snug into the palm of your hand for easy grip and use.  It also features a secure click-on cover to protect the brush teeth whilst you’re out and about.

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The teeth of the brush are soft and pliable, but also extremely strong, so they flex to the shape of your head for comfortable brushing.  As you can see in the picture, they alternate in length, with every other row having longer teeth which burrow deep in to your hair to reach every tangle with ease!  The styler can be used on both wet and dry hair, and the results you get really are quite incredible.  I mostly use this on dry hair throughout the day, but it’s great for sorting out post-shower tangles too.

As I’m sure many of you know, brushing out tangles can be painful, and what makes the Tangle Teezer special is that it is absolutely painless!  Every time I use it I am amazed at how easily it moves through my hair without pulling or tugging, whilst effortlessly removing all  tangles, leaving nothing but beautifully soft locks behind.  And it’s quick too!  It also works on tough tangles…  My fiancé has very curly hair which knots up easily into tiny little dreadlocks.  I managed to convince him to let me have a go at his hair with the Tangle Teezer, and though I wasn’t expecting positive results (metal combs have failed to detangle his hair in the past), I was astonished to find that it works just as well on his hair as it does on mine!  He didn’t moan about it hurting much either, which has to be a good sign!

Just to give you an idea of the results the Tangle Teezer can give, here are some pictures of my hair before and after a quick brush…

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I don’t think I could be without a Tangle Teezer now I’ve tried it.  It’s a quick and effective way to give hair a smooth appearance and long-lasting shine in just a few painless brush strokes.  What’s not to love?  I might even invest in the larger size to keep at home, so I can carry this little Compact with me at all times!

If you like the look of the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, it is available to buy now from LookFantastic.com, and costs an affordable £12.25.  You can check out their full range of Tangle Teezers here!  LookFantastic offer FREE worldwide delivery on all orders too, which is a fanastic deal.

Naomi x

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*The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler was sent to me by The Hut/lookfantastic.com for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

New Hair for the New Year

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When it comes to hair I’ll admit that I’m not usually very adventurous.  Throughout my teens and early twenties I have always had it long and straight, and kept my natural colour, adding a few curls, flowers or lowlights here and there, and I’ve been happy with that!  However, a couple of weeks ago I found a photo of myself as a child with blonde, bobbed hair, and for some reason it made me want to change my current style.  Today I finally took the plunge and I had my hair done this afternoon.  I asked for a long bob, shorter at the back and graduated to a longer point at the front, with a few layers.  The hairdresser mentioned that the front of my hair wasn’t quite long enough for the style I wanted, so for now I’ve had it a bit longer at the back than I’d hoped, and in a few weeks time when the front is longer I’ll have it cut into a more defined bob.  She still removed a good four or five inches though!

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What do you think?  People keep telling me the style suits me, and it’s nice to have all the split ends removed – my hair feels so much lighter!  I’m definitely happy with it and I can’t wait to have the full bob put in now.  I didn’t get home until after dark so I had to use flash to get a clear photo, so I’ll take a few more tomorrow in the daylight, from different angles, to give you a better idea of how it looks.

Naomi x

OilArganic Multi-Use Moisturising Dry Oil

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Back in August I reviewed TanOrganic’s Sunless Tan, and was incredibly impressed by how natural and subtle the light brown false tan looked on my skin.  In that post I mentioned that TanOrganic also sold a skin oil to compliment the Sunless Tan, which I was very keen to try, so today I will be reviewing just that – TanOrganic’s OilArganic Multi-Use Moisturising Dry Oil.

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TanOrganic are an Irish company and all of their products contain 100% natural and organic ingredients, and they are vegetarian friendly and BUAV approved.  To continue their ethical ethos, TanOrganic also use glass packaging rather than plastic, which just so happens to make their products look a lot classier than most too.

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OilArganic is a dry oil spray which contains nine different plant oils, all of which were carefully chosen to benefit the skin with their moisturising, restoring and soothing properties.  These oils are: Argain, Borage, Rosehip, Macadamia, Orange Peel, Avocado, Jojoba Seed, Hemp Seed and Sweet Almond.

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The oil itself smells absolutely beautiful.  It has a very strong scent of orange, which has a sweet undertone of what smells like honey, but since there’s no honey in it, the sweetness must actually come from the rose and almond oil.

OilArganic is described as being ‘multi-use’, and it really is an all-round miracle in a bottle!  The bottle states that it can be used on the face, body, hair, nails, scars & stretch marks, but it can also be added to the bath for a relaxing, moisturising pamper session, or used after applying TanOrganic Sunless Tan to help prolong the tan and ensure even fading.  I haven’t yet used the oil in all of the above ways, but I’ve tried it on my body, nails and hair and can definitely vouch for its versatility!

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The oil is applied using a basic pump spray, however, the oil tends to come out in a stream rather than a fine spray, so if you aim wrongly it can make a bit of a mess.  In the bottle, the oil has a slight yellow tinge to it, but once on the skin it looks completely clear.  It is also quickly and easily absorbed, so it doesn’t take much massaging in.

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On the skin and nails, OilArganic has a brilliant moisturising effect.  It soothes and smooths any dry patches, and leaves your skin feeling lovely and silky for the whole day.  When I used this on my nails I focused on my cuticles, massaging them gently, and was amazed to find that they were instantly left softened.  After a few days of use, I found it a lot easier than usual to push my cuticles back, and they are already looking and feeling a LOT healthier.

I have used the oil on my hair several times too, both when wet and dry.  When wet, I rubbed a coin sized amount of oil into my hands before running them through my hair and blow drying as usual.  This gave my hair a gorgeous sleek, shiny appearance, without leaving behind any greasy residue.  On dry hair, it is fab for sprucing up lank hair by ruffling a small spray of oil into the roots.

Overall, I am really impressed with OilArganic.  It’s an amazingly high quality oil, does exactly what it says on the bottle and is made all the better for being so versatile.  It smells great too, which is always a bonus as some skin and hair oils can smell quite disgusting.  I’m keen to try OilArganic on my scars, as well as after applying TanOrganic, so expect another post about this when I’ve done so!

OilArganic is available to buy via the TanOrganic online shop, and costs €24.99/£20.26/$32.61 for a 100ml bottle, and it’s worth every penny.

Naomi x

*I was gifted this bottle of OilArganic by TanOrganic for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Chocolate Treat Week: Hair

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Hello everyone!  Today’s Chocolate Treat Week post will focus on chocolate coloured and scented hair care products.  I have spent a lot of time recently trying to improve the look and feel of my hair, as it tends to switch between being dull and dry or lank and greasy depending on the weather and how often I wash it.  In my search for products suited to my hair I happened to discover two fantastic ones which are also chocolatey, and as such are perfect for this post.  Allow me to share them with you…

Wash with… Toni & Guy Chocolate Brown Colour Reviver Shampoo

I’ve always been somewhat thrifty when it comes to shampoo, but when I found this Colour Reviver Shampoo by Toni & Guy I decided to invest as it looked and sounded too good not to.  This particular Colour Reviver, in ‘Chocolate Brown’, is intended for use on natural or dyed brown hair, and claims to ‘extend the richness and depth of tone’.  As a proud brunette, I like to accentuate the colour of my hair as much as possible without the use of hair dye, so I was keen to try it out.

The shampoo itself has a very thick consistency, and is speckled with bronze and golden glittery deposits, which cling to the hair to give it that ‘depth of tone’.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t smell like chocolate (it has a fairly standard shampoo scent) but I suppose that makes it suitable for those who dislike strongly scented hair products.

Due to the thickness of the shampoo, it is slightly difficult to work into the hair at first, but with a bit of persistence a nice lather can be built up.  The bottle says to rinse the shampoo out thoroughly to avoid staining, and that it can be used for every wash on natural hair and every other wash on dyed hair.

I use Colour Reviver with my usual Avon conditioner, and then blow dry my hair as normal.  After using the Colour Reviver, my hair always has a rich, intense colour to it, is fantastically soft and shiny and moves fluidly…  Almost like melted chocolate!  I couldn’t get a photograph that shows just how nice this shampoo makes my hair look, but you can clearly see how shiny it makes it!  It really is quite impressive.  The results are hardy too…  I washed my hair before going swimming today, and even after getting it wet in the pool it still looked great after it dried.

The only thing I don’t like about this product is the packaging, but that’s personal choice…  I’m just not that keen on the flip lid design!

Toni & Guy’s Chocolate Brown Colour Reviver Shampoo retails at £5.80 for a 250ml bottle, but is currently on offer on Amazon for £4.06.  It’s hard to find this shampoo in shops these days so the internet is probably your best bet if you want to try it for yourself!

Freshen Up with… Superdrug Chocolate Brownie Dry Shampoo

I usually wash my hair every day, but sometimes I don’t have the time or I just can’t be bothered, and that’s when dry shampoo becomes an essential.  In the past I have used Batiste dry shampoo, but to be honest I never really got on with it…  It didn’t seem to make much difference to my hair, other than leaving behind a white residue.  So, when I picked up some of Superdrug’s Chocolate Brownie Dry Shampoo instead, I was very happy.

Like Toni & Guy’s Chocolate Brown, Superdrug’s Chocolate Brownie is for use on brunette hair as it is lightly coloured, and as such doesn’t make your hair look powdery and white!  The spray has a very strong chocolate scent which doesn’t smell at all artificial – it literally smells like warm chocolate brownies in the oven!  Delicious.

To use the dry shampoo you just need to spray it onto dry hair from about 30cm away, then gently brush it through, et voila!  Freshened hair.  A word of warning with this one though…  The spray is VERY strong.  I have asthma and used this in my bedroom last week with the windows closed and could barely breathe afterwards, so make sure you use it in a well ventilated area!

Superdrug’s Dry Shampoo makes unwashed hair look less greasy and gives it a bit of volume, and the results last a good few hours before you need to tse the spray again.  I actually bought this on offer recently at three cans for £2.99, which is an absolute bargain as one 150ml can lasts for ages.  If you’re quick, you can take advantage of this offer too as it’s still running, but even at £1.99 full-price it’s amazing value for money.  Chocolate Brownie Dry Shampoo can be found in Superdrug stores, or online here.

The Last Rolo…

The Last Rolo is where I hand over the last few words of each Chocolate Treat Week blog post to another blogger.  In the run up to Chocolate Treat Week I asked five of my favourite bloggers a couple of questions about their favourite chocolate treats, and today’s answers come from Tianna of Storybook Apothecary.

Can you recommend any chocolate scented, flavoured or themed beauty/fashion products?

Intrinsic Organics has a chocolate mint lip balm that is lovely! I also love using cocoa powder and honey as a face mask to get glowing skin, does that count? Lol.  I’ve posted about the lip balm on my blog here.

What is your favourite chocolate treat to eat, and why?

My favorite chocolate is Godiva dark chocolate with raspberry sauce filling. It is sooo good. The rich bitter flavor of the dark chocolate with sweetness of the raspberry is to die for!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, and thanks for reading!  Do you use any chocolate scented or coloured hair products?

Naomi x

PS. Please don’t forget to check back tomorrow for my next Chocolate Treat Week post, which will focus on makeup!

Introducing Chocolate Treat Week!

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For the past few weeks I have been planning something a little bit different for my blog that I hope you will all enjoy.  Starting tomorrow and ending on Friday I will be running a chocolate themed week, called Chocolate Treat Week, and will be sharing my favourite chocolate scented, flavoured, coloured and themed beauty and fashion products.  Each post will cover a different area of fashion and beauty, including skin care, bath and body, hair, make up, nails and clothing and accessories.  I don’t know about you, but I think chocolate is the best kind of treat, so the aim of my posts will be to show you that there are plenty of ways to carry a love of chocolate through to your beauty regime and relax and pamper yourself with a chocolate treat that isn’t the edible kind.

There seems to be a divide when it comes to chocolate beauty products, so everything I recommend has been thoroughly tried and tested and only the best will be featured!  I will talk about a variety of products, some for the hardcore chocoholics among us, and others for those that like to keep it subtle, but I can almost guarantee that there will be something suitable for everyone – even the haters!

I’ll also be including a tutorial or two along the way, and a few chocolatey words from some of my favourite bloggers at the end of each post.

Now that you know what it’s about, I hope you’re all looking forward to Chocolate Treat Week as much as I am!

See you tomorrow,

Naomi x

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