Updated Haircare Routine

I’ve written a couple of these posts in the past but have changed most of the products in my routine since as my hair has changed from flat and oily to a more dry and frizzy texture.

Shampoo & Conditioner

The shampoo and conditioner I use still changes quite often but the ones that I have been loving at the moment are from the OGX coconut milk range. My hair is left feeling extremely soft and nourished yet not weighed down.

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Mousse

To give my hair some volume I like to use the L’Oreal Paris Elnett satin strong hold mousse, it smells absolutely divine and stops my hair falling flat for days without leaving that horrible sticky feeling.

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Oil

The L’Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil is my favourite as its extremely lightweight and leaves my hair looking sleek and smooth. I usually use it on wet hair but if my hair is feeling particularly dry or static i like to rub a little bit between my palms and run it over my ends to help tame them.

Hair Mask

The only thing that hasn’t really changed in my haircare routine over the past five years is coconut oil; I slather it all over my hair once or twice a week, leave it in overnight and then wash it out in the morning. It helps my hair to grow long and leaves it both feeling and looking healthy.

Brush

To brush my hair I’m still using my Tangle Teezer as it’s so gentle and isn’t too rough on my scalp. When my hair is wet I use a wide tooth comb to avoid breakage.

Dry Shampoo

I like to use the Batiste dry shampoo to keep my hair looking clean between washes; I spray it into my roots the night before so it soaks up the oils overnight.

What’s your hair care routine?

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L’Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt Mascara

After running out of the third bottle of my beloved Kiko ‘ultra tech curve’ mascara I was looking around in Boot’s to try out something different. I decided to buy the L’Oreal Paris false lash sculpting mascara because it was on offer and the brush looked quite intriguing.

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The sculpting brush is said to ‘line the waterline for a tightlining effect with no gaps and sculpts out lashes, defining them to reveal sculpted looking lashes from every angle.’

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At first I wasn’t sure as the plastic brush looked like it would leave my straight, limp lashes looking clumpy but with just one coat they were left long and thick. It’s also very buildable and lasts perfectly all day – the photos above were taken at around 5.30pm and I applied it at 6am! I will definitely be repurchasing.

It retails at around £7.99

Have any of you tried it?

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Hair cut!

After having long hair for a good few years I decided to have a nice change and chopped off around 6-7 inches of hair! I thought I would share some photos with you incase you’re looking to get a shorter ‘do! Stayed tuned for some hairstyle ideas for medium hair in the coming weeks!

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I realise this is still quite long to some people – but after having hair down to your waist its a huge difference and feels so short to me. I’m hoping to get it a little shorter too as I love it so much!

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What do you think? Have any of you cut your hair off lately?

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Benefit Roller Lash – Worth The Hype?

After writing about this mascara in my ‘Makeup/Skincare Wishlist’ post I decided to finally give it a try! I’ve been using it for the past week and can honestly tell you that it definitely is worth the hype. It curls lashes perfectly, meaning there is absolutely no need for an eyelash curler unless you’re going for a really dramatic look (as seen below). I put two coats on which leaves my lashes looking long and thick – but if you like a more natural look one will suffice.

Benefit claim that the Roller Lash mascara works so well due to the ‘Hook n Roll brush’ which is said to grab, separate, lift and curl (using the same idea as hair rollers)…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. I can vouch that it really does last that long; I put my makeup on at 6.30am and when I get home at 6pm this mascara hasn’t budged at all! Perfect for when you need your makeup to last all day.

It’s a little more than I would usually pay for a mascara at £19.50 from Boots, but it really does what it claims to and is definitely worth a try if you have limp, hard to curl lashes like I do.

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Have any of you tried Benefit’s Roller Lash?

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Updated Haircare Routine For Long Hair

I did a haircare routine back in April 2013 but since then most of the products that I used have changed; so I decided to create an updated post informing you how I maintain my long, fine hair.

Shampoo And Conditioner

I tend to switch out my shampoo and conditioner quite a lot, but lately i’ve been using the L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology line and I’m loving it! It makes my hair look so much thicker and volumised whilst still feeling smooth and sleek.

Hair Oil

After running out of my beloved Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil I decided to try out the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil as it is slightly more affordable at £6.99 from Boots. It claims to ‘penetrate the hair shaft restoring shine and softness whilst strengthening’ the hair. I’m not 100% sure about the strengthening part as I’ve only used it for a few weeks, but it does make your hair soft, shiny and manageable without leaving any sort of residue. All is spread a small amount (about the size of a 20p piece) throughout the lengths and ends of my damp hair and then  comb it through to distribute. Then when I blow dry my hair it’s left both feeling and looking glorious.

Root Lifting Spray

I recently started to use the Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray to add volume to my roots, read what I think about it here.

Heat Protection

I use the Avon advance techniques heat protection styler if I’m going to blow dry, straighten or curl my hair, which isn’t very often. This spray is light, affordable and smells lovely which is always a bonus.

Hair Mask

I use coconut oil weekly to  help keep my hair and scalp healthy. Read about how I use it here.

Brushes

As for brushes I’m still using my tangle teezer which you can read about in my last haircare routine post.  I also use a wide tooth comb when my hair is wet to avoid any unnecessary breakage.

Tips for growing long hair

  • Cut down on washing your hair. I’ve got extremely fine hair and I found this step hard when I was growing out my hair as I always felt like my hair looked so greasy on the second day! Just use some dry shampoo (batiste is my favourite) and try and make the time between washing longer, after a few weeks you’ll start to notice that your hair doesn’t look as greasy on the days after washing and you’ll notice huge amounts of hair growth  after a couple of months, trust me! I only wash my hair twice a week now and it has never been so long and healthy.
  • Do coconut oil hair masks. Coconut oil is absolutely amazing for your hair, saturate both your scalp and ends in it, cover with a shower cap and sleep on it. Yes you’ll look crazy but it’s honestly worth it! When you wake up, shampoo your hair twice and it will be left feeling like silk. It will also help with growth as it’s keeping your scalp healthy too.
  • Stop using hot tools! Using straighteners or curlers on your hair daily makes it brittle and more likely to break, meaning your goal of long hair will never be achieved. I’m not saying never use them, just try and cut it down to once or twice a week.

What are your favourite hair products?

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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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Review: Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara

I’ve always struggled to find a mascara that will hold my limp straight lashes in place all day without flaking or smudging, and even ones I thought I liked dried up after a few weeks of use. I recently decided to try out Max Factors Clump defy extensions false lash effect as it was on offer at boots and I was pleasantly surprised.  The brush is curved to coat every lash, and its plastic too which I find causes less clumps. The formula also holds my lashes in a curl perfectly and stays in place all day without transferring under or above my eyes.

 If you want long, thick, separated lashes it’s definitely worth giving it a try.

It retails and around £12


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What’s your favourite mascara?

 

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

This weeks favourite is Yankee Candle in ‘Black Cherry’

I received this candle for my birthday back in February and have been using it constantly since. It smells absolutely amazing even when it isn’t lit and is quickly becoming my new favourite scent over red velvet cake.

What’s your favourite Yankee Candle scent?

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Hair Of The Day

This simple fishtail braid is great for keeping your hair out of your face and adds detail to a plain look.

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Just grab the front section of your hair, braid it and secure it with an elastic band.

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