The Body Shop Beautifying Oil

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What is it?

An all purpose moisturising beauty oil that can be used on the face, body and hair.

 

The Review:

This oil comes in lots of different smells varying from fruity ones to floral ones. It’s a really deeply nourishing mixture of nut oils that are all responsibly sourced and can be used on the face, body and hair.

I personally have not used it on my face for two reasons – the first being that anything that is fairly strongly scented I get nervous about putting on my face and the second is that I have combination skin so I don’t want or need to be putting anything that’s oily on it. If I had dry skin then I would definitely give it a go though as this oil sinks in beautifully and doesn’t just sit on the skin and leave you feeling sticky.

This product is amazing on the body, it moisturises the skin without leaving that annoying greasiness that I hate so much! I can apply the oil and put my clothes straight on without it being uncomfortable or staining my clothes and for once they don’t get stuck to me either yay! It sinks in so quickly and smells AMAZING! There is definitely a scent for everyone.

This oil also works on the hair really nicely too, helping to nourish and protect it from frizz. I like to put a really small amount in towel dried hair, focusing on the ends and find that this really helps it look smooth and frizz free. You can also use this on dry hair but be VERY careful with this. The first time I did this, I used too much and the ends just looked greasy 😦 You need a TINY amount on dry hair which you should rub between your hands first and spread evenly through the ends. I have discovered you can use this oil as a hair treatment by putting it into dry hair and sleeping it and washing it out in the morning, or just leave it in for 30/45 mins and wash out the same evening. This achieves super healthy, shiny, smooth looking hair.

 

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Worth the Money?

100ml is £9.00 and this product has so many uses! I feel like it is absolutely worth the money and a little goes a very long way so the bottle will last you a long time. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Cannot fault.

Available online and in The Body Shop stores :

I have the Satsuma one – http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/bath-body-care/body-moisturisers/satsuma-beautifying-oil.aspx

Alpha H Liquid Gold – Skin Saviour

 

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What is it?

This is basically a chemical exfoliator, it contains Glycolic Acid which breaks down the dead skin cells and as a result it leaves your skin looking amazing! It smoothes, firms and freshens the skin whilst helping with break outs too – yay!

 

The Review:

My skin looks so much healthier and happier the day after I use it and it really is an overnight transformation.

I tend to use this two or three times a week, I put a small amount on a cotton pad and apply it before I go to bed after removing makeup and washing my face.

You can also wait for it to dry on your face and use your moisturiser as normal for a gentler treatment, however I prefer to really go for it and skip my moisturiser on days I use this.

I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in the overall quality of my skin. Break outs are few and far between, my skin is less dull and more glowy.  I feel it has dramatically reduced the number of breakouts  I get as well as speeding up the time it takes for any small active break outs to heal.

 

Worth the Money?

The price of this product varies depending on where you buy it, I bought mine for £42 plus postage from amazon for 200ml so shopping around a little is a good idea.

I think it’s a fair price for a large quantity of product that is going to last a very long time. You can get just 100ml of product for around the £30 mark and I realise that’s not cheap either.

However, if you have dull, lifeless skin or very problematic skin this stuff is amazing! Bearing in my mind my skin is pretty good, I still feel it’s makes a massive difference and the only way to really understand it is to see for yourself!

I got mine from Amazon, so here is a link to 100ml :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alpha-H-Liquid-Gold-100ml/dp/B0018ME4SS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357485627&sr=8-1

 

Lookfantastic also have 200ml for £44.95 – much better value!

http://www.lookfantastic.com/alpha-h-liquid-gold-200ml-supersize/10359744.html

 

L’oreal Triple Resist Range – Hair saviours!

 

 

What is it?

A range of hair products containing Arganine – an essential amino acid vital to the hair fibre.

L’oreal says: ” You put your hair through daily torture and sometimes it can lack essential nourishment. Weakened, your hair has a tendency to break and fall out. Introducing new Elvive Triple Resist range enriched in ARGININE + PROTEIN. The formula provides a triple action: reinforced, nourished from root to tip and stronger. ”

The range has a shampoo, conditioner, 60 second treatment masque and a ‘reinforcing treatment’ in the form of a root spray.

 

 

The Review:

I ran out of the shampoo and conditioner I was using and decided I would just buy the whole set of products from this range … I figure this was justifiable as to get the maximum benefits, like most brands say, you should probably use the whole set of products in conjunctions with each other… also J-Lo looking super hot in the ads was perhaps also a contributing factor …

Just as a side note, I am not particularly into super expensive shampoo and conditioners, I would prefer to spend more money on hair treatments and oils and tend to buy shampoo and conditioners that are readily available in Boots or Superdrug.

 

I’ve been using these lovelies for about 3 weeks now and I’m loving them!

The whole range smells yummy but it’s not overpowering. The shampoo lathers up nicely and feels like it gives my hair a really good clean without making it dry or weighing it down.

The conditioner left my hair ridiculously smooth, shiny and manageable, again, without weighing down my hair.

The 60 second treatment leaves my hair even shinier and lovely and smooth. It also made my ends look dramatically better and i love the fact that it’s such a quick treatment. For an extra treat I have wrapped my hair in clingfilm and left it on for half an hour a couple of times, also with great results.

The reinforcing treatment was a weird concept to me at first, you can use it on wet or dry hair and spritz it into your roots. You then massage it into your scalp and can use it up to 2 times a day. I have been using it on towel – dried hair and noticed that my hair has been feeling healthier, although I can’t say I’ve noticed anything  else.

I did read a few reviews on this range prior to purchase and a couple of people said that there was an issue of these products leaving residue, making their hair look dirty and one person who had used the root spray said it had made their scalp sore.

I have had none of these issues but would suggest making sure you wash out the conditioner and masque properly and go easy on the treatment spray!

 

 

Worth the Money?

I really like this range and will be repurchasing it. If you have fragile hair then this will be great for you and when the prices are so reasonable and the products readily available on the highstreet or supermarkets I don’t think you can really go wrong. They come if quite big sizes too so they are definitely gonna last fairly long time.

The shampoo and conditioner are £3.99 each, the masque is £4.99 and the reinforcing treament (root spray) is also around the £5 mark – I couldn’t find a definitive price for you! It is generally much cheaper to shop around a bit as different shops have different prices on these items.

These products can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets and the L’oreal Paris website:

 

http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/haircare/women/elvive-triple-resist/reinforcing-shampoo.aspx

 

 

Moroccan Oil

 

What is it?

‘A unique ultra-light formula rich in antioxidant argan oil that instantly absorbs into hair to immediately enhance manageability, shine and deliver long term conditioning without leaving residue.’

 

The Review

I cannot fault this product on anything but the packaging – which is glass and therefore impractical for travelling. It does however come with a screw top lid AND a pump which is great.

The product itself does exactly what the bottle says, its absorbs immediately and leaves my hair moisturised, shiny and soft.

I wash and condition my hair as normal then towel dry it gently before squirting 3 pumps in my palm. I then rub my palms together and run them through the mid section to ends of my hair. I then use my Tangle Teaser to brush through my hair and leave to dry naturally.

If the ends look a little dry after it’s dry I will use another half pump just on the ends.

This product has honestly been a complete miracle worker. My hair has been bleached, highlighted and dyed very dark then lifted to my natural colour again. It is also consistantly abused by straighteners, curling tongs, heated rollers and the dreaded backcombing brush which unfortunately cannot really be avoided in my line of work.

Moroccan Oil is something I just can’t live without and is perfect if your hair is dry or damaged and needs some extra love.

Worth the Money?

I bought mine for £30.45 from my local salon and bearing in mind I use it every day, it lasted me just over 2 months and for the results I get it’s worth every penny!

This product is available from most good salons and a host of websites including the official Moroccan Oil site :

http://moroccanoil.com/

 

Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask

Ok, so I will admit I have gone a bit crazy over Liz Earle products but as  full time model, my skin absolutely has to be in good condition and this is one of the many amazing products that I just can’t live without.

What is it?

This is a creamy brightening mask made from all natural ingredients that instantly brightens dull, tired skin.

The Review

On application this is a creamy white mask with a similar consistancy to the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser with a pleasant and by no means overpowering scent. The mask does tingle a bit but I like it because this way I feel like it’s definitely doing something – and boy am I right!

I left it on for 5 minutes and promptly washed it off with a dampened muslin cloth (the kit comes with this) to reveal a beautifully fresh looking new me.

It left my skin soft and fresh faced and definitely gave me a glow. This mask is perfect for perking skin up in the morning or even as a quick ‘skin hangover’ fix after a night out.

Worth the Money?

It’s got to be a yes really hasn’t it?! Just £14.25 will buy you the starter kit which comes with a muslin cloth and a 50ml pump bottle of this amazing stuff.

Obviously though there are various other sizes and also tubes available if you prefer this to a pump. Brilliant!

As with all Liz Earle products, this is available from some department stores or the website : http://uk.lizearle.com/