Finally, an oil for fine hair!
I’ve tried and tested multiple different oils for my fine yet frizzy hair over the past few years and had almost given up my search until I tried this. The Liz Earle botanical shine nourishing hair oil is extremely lightweight and can be used either before blow drying to minimise drying time and protect against heat, or after to help tame fly away and smooth the hair. I personally like to use it prior to drying as I feel it is most effective at keeping my hair looking sleek, but if i notice any fly aways afterwards i’ll use it to help with those too.
My hair has honestly never felt so healthy and strong, and along with doing my coconut oil hair mask (which I mention in my haircare routine for long hair) once a week I’ve noticed a huge reduction in split ends.
Why not give it a go and see how it works for your hair type?
Whats your holy grail hair product?
These are a selection of my most used/favourite products in April!
Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Cherry Me’
I had been desperate to try out the baby lips line for months after reading fantastic reviews, I finally got round to it in April and was not dissapointed. The formula is extremely smooth and moisturising and the colour I got leaves a subtle red tint on the lips. Perfect!
Max Factor ‘Masterpiece’ Mascara
This mascara is fantastic at giving volume, length and separating lashes without clumping. It also lasts all day without flaking or smudging.
Bare Minerals ‘READY’ Foundation
I’ve been using (and loving) the loose powder version for years and when I ran out at the start of the month I decided to give this one a try. It works identically to the original, but seems more convenient and less product is wasted (by me spilling it everywhere!) as it is compact.
Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
I found this when looking for a more affordable dupe of Benefit’s porefessional primer. It works brilliantly at smoothing pores and helping makeup last all day long, and it costs less than half the price of the benefit one, bargain!
Aussie Three Minute Miracle ‘Take The Heat’
I’ve tried this deep conditioner before but rediscovered it this month. It smells divine and leaves my knotty hair smooth and manageable. It also helps to protect against heat styling which is a huge bonus.
What were your favourite products in April?
This easy hairstyle is perfect for everyday wear. Simply french braid your hair, twist the ends into a bun and secure in place with pins.
This simple fishtail braid is great for keeping your hair out of your face and adds detail to a plain look.
Just grab the front section of your hair, braid it and secure it with an elastic band.
I’ve been wearing this fishtail braid a lot recently as it’s extremely convenient when your in a rush and can be done on damp hair. This is great as it means no heat which is good for your hair, and no fussing with the hairdryer in the morning. It also gives really pretty waves when you take it out which is a bonus!
It does look quite complicated but I promise you it’s not, just follow a tutorial on Youtube and once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to do it in a matter of minutes.
Do any of you have an easy, fuss free summer hairstyle?
I’ve finally found the perfect hair routine to suit my long, straight oily yet dry hair so i thought i would share it with you all.
Shampoo and conditioner
Lets start off with the basics; shampoo and conditioner.
I like to change up my shampoo and conditioner a lot; this is not only because I’ve heard your hair can get used to them and they wont work as well, but because I just love trying out new products. The ones i am using (and loving) at the moment are the Tresemme moisture rich shampoo and conditioner. These smell lovely and leave my hair feeling really clean and soft, and they’re a good price too at £3.59 for a 500ml bottle at Boots.
Once a week i also like to use my Lush solid shampoo bar in ‘new’ which i have a review of here (http://youniquechic.com/2012/02/review-lush-new-solid-shampoo-bar/) to give my hair a deep clean and remove any build up.
I try to do my Tresemme Keratin Smooth hair mask once or twice a week to give my hair a deep condition. This treatment leaves your hair feeling gorgeously soft and healthy and is extremely convenient as it can be left on for a few minutes in the shower after shampooing then rinsed out.
If my hair is really feeling awful and just needs a really deep moisturise i like to slather coconut oil all over it and leave it in for an hour or so to sink in then wash it out. This also gives amazing results but takes a lot longer than the Tresemme option so i only do it if i have time to spare.
I don’t really use styling products regularly, and haven’t found my holy grail heat protectant product yet so i have nothing to reccomend on that front. However, after shampooing i really like to use the Tresemme split remedy leave in conditioner to help smooth my ends and help me to comb through my knotty hair.
I recently purchased a tangle teezer brush and have absolutely no idea how i lived without one for so long! It brushes tangles out of my hair extremely gently and doesn’t pull out any unnecessary hairs. It can also be used in the shower and is the perfect size for carrying around in my bag, all around amazing brush i couldn’t reccomend it enough!
I created these soft curls/waves using the ‘headband curls’ method i found on Youtube. It’s extremely easy and heat free, so try it out for yourself by following this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLeSKaPaUOA
Dry shampoo is an absolute necessity to me as i’m quite lazy when it comes to my hair and try to wash it the least amount i possibly can without being completely disgusting. Although this is essentially quite a good habit to get into as it improves hair health, it can be an absolute disaster if i don’t use a good dry shampoo to banish any oil from my roots.
After trying out dozens of dry shampoos from various brands, i can honestly say that Batiste dry shampoo in ‘Blush’ works the most effectively. It removes all of the excess oil from my hair without leaving any sort of residue (and i’m a brunette) whilst giving a fresh, subtle, floral scent. It also doesn’t dry out my hair and washes out extremely easily.
The price ranges from around £2-4 depending on where you get it.
Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.
My favourite this week is Charles Worthington Front Row Rough and Tousled Salt Spray.
When I was abroad I loved the effect the sea had on my hair, so when I returned back to England I wanted to find something that would do the same thing. After searching through a lot of reviews I came across Charles Worthington’s Front Row Rough and Tousled Salt Spray and thought I would give it a try.
I’ve been using it almost every day since; all I do is spray it through damp hair, tie it up into a messy bun and wait until it dries. Then viola; gorgeous, wavy, natural looking hair.
It also only costs £5.49 at Boots which is great as you don’t need to use a lot.
Have any of you tried it? What are your thoughts?
I’m going to share with you 5 of my absolute essential skin and hair care items for these hot summer months.
My lips always get extremely dry and cracked during the summer, so I always make sure that I use a good quality lip balm with SPF in it to not only stop them getting chapped, but to protect them from the sun too.
One of my favourites at the moment is Carmex cherry lip balm as it lasts for ages on my lips, smells amazing and has SPF 15.
It’s also extremely important to protect your skin from the sun, so I use Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock.
I’ve got a review of this here.
Coconut oil is absolutely brilliant. It can be used as a hair mask twice a week to help promote healthy growth and leaves your hair feeling so soft! All you do is apply it from root to tip, then leave it for at least half an hour and wash it out. It’s also a brilliant moisturiser to use on those drier areas such as your elbows and knees.
Having oily skin in the summertime is awful, it just seems to look ten times worse. However, changing my moisturiser during the summer to Neutrogena’s visibly clear oil free moisturiser helps to stop my skin getting as shiny throughout the day. The extremely light formula also helps to prevent breakouts.
BB cream is a great alternative to foundation during the summer as it covers up any imperfections whilst still being extremely lightweight and natural looking. I use Garnier’s BB cream, you can find a review here.
I hope i’ve given you some tips or ideas.
What are your summer essentials?