DIY At Home Facial

Giving yourself a facial at home is a great way to keep your skin both looking and feeling it’s best; I love to treat myself once or twice a week to keep any spots at bay.

The first step I take is to remove any makeup I have on using the Soap and Glory ‘drama clean 5-in-1 micellar cleansing water’ (£4) on a cotton pad. This ensures my skin is being properly cleansed in the next step.

Next I cleanse using Murad’s ‘environmental shield essential-c cleanser'(£26) which washes away daily environmental aggressors and infuses skin with moisture.

I then remove any dry patches and brighten my skin using the Guinot ‘Facial Radiance Gommage Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel'(£30). I use a pea sized amount and massage it into my face for a few minutes until it warms and turns into an oily texture, then I rinse it away and I’m left with soft, glowing skin.(Sample size)

After this I apply the Liz Earle ‘Deep cleansing mask'(£17.50) to my t-zone and on any blemishes to reduce oiliness and draw out impurities; I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse.

The last step is to apply Origins ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'(£25) all over my face and 111skins ‘space defence bright eye lift gel'(£110) to my under eyes. When I wake up my skin looks radiant and clear and my dark circles are banished.

(Sample size)

Whats your at home facial routine?

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Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray

As a girl with extremely fine, long hair I always struggle to keep volume at the roots. I’ve tried numerous products claiming to help hold my hair and stop it falling flat, but instead I was left with crispy looking, limp hair. I had honestly given up and was either just embracing the lack of volume – or just tying my hair up until I could get some of the length chopped off. Then I saw the advert for Dove’s oxygen moisture line on the TV and was intrigued – what difference does the oxygen make?

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I decided to give it a go and bought a bottle when I was in Boots a few weeks ago and I couldn’t believe the results! I sprayed it all through my roots, massaged it in then brushed through my hair to disperse it. On this particular day I didn’t blow dry my hair and it still worked! I could see instantly that my hair just looked thicker and my roots looked lifted – and best of all my hair didn’t feel like I had put any products in it at all! Since then I’ve used it and blow dried my hair after – and the results are even better. It lasts until the next wash too which is great if you choose not to wash your hair everyday, as it stays lifted so your hair doesn’t look as flat or greasy.

For £6.99 I would definitely give it a go and see how it works for you!

Have any of you tried the Dove oxygen moisture root lifting spray?

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Tresemme Treatment 7 Day Smooth

The Tresemme 7 day smooth treatment never really appealed to me as I didn’t think that it would do much for my fine hair; however after receiving a sample with a Miss Selfridge order I decided to give it a go.

All you do is apply 8-10 pumps onto towel dried hair, avoiding the scalp, and blow dry. Once your hair is completely dry, straighten it in small sections repeating around 3-5 times on each section. This does make your hair extremely soft and manageable, however it was extremely time consuming to go through all of my long hair. For this reason I don’t think that I would repurchase the treatment as it just isn’t worth it for me as my hair is quite straight anyway, although I can definitely see how it would work brilliantly on coarser, curly hair.

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What are your thoughts on the product?

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How To: Easy Overnight Waves/Texture

When searching the internet for easy ways to get curls in my hair overnight I came across this extremely easy trick to add gorgeous curls into any hair type! My hair is long, straight and flat so it can be a challenge to get any sort of texture in it without using hot tools – which takes forever! However, since I started twist braiding my hair while it’s damp I haven’t had to curl my hair for weeks and just wake up with amazing natural volume and casual soft waves.

All I do is part my damp hair into two sections and then tightly twist braid it and put it into two buns at the nape of my neck. If you aren’t sure how to do this, follow this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsGuWokn47A

The next morning all I need to do gently undo the braids and buns and add some hairspray, brilliant if you’re in a rush!

The waves also look amazing thrown into a high ponytail (as seen below).

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Do any of you have any heatless ways to add volume and texture into straight hair?

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Haircare Routine For Long Hair

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.

Deep treatments

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.

Styling

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.

Brushes

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!

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