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The End Of Straightening?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Tresemmé Philips Pro Ceramic Diamond HairdryerApparently straightening is sooo last month and the latest craze with celebs such as Eva Longoria is the shiny blow-dry look. This fab new Tresemmé Philips Pro Ceramic Diamond Hairdryer is perfect for adding that bounce back into your locks, and the best part … the diamond coated airvents react with your hair to make it fabulously shiny.

Personally I don’t know if I’m quite ready to hand over my straighteners just yet – the shiny blow-dry effect will take some getting used to after years of ironing out any imperfections in my hair! But if you’re braver than me this new hairdryer’s for you!

Available from Amazon for £25.

Maximum Shine Serum

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Maximum shine serumCharles Worthington really does some great products; this Maximum Shine Serum has got to be one of their better buys. Ever feel that even though you’ve just washed your hair it doesn’t have that shine you were after? This serum not only adds a glossy shine but keeps those fly aways at bay as well. It also has a built in UV filter to protect your locks from the sunshine.

As part of the new Salon Shine range, the Gloss Polish and Gloss Spray are both recommended to use for better results. The bottle is small enough for you to pop in your handbag, so you can top up whenever you feel you need a bit of added shine. Available from the Charles Worthington website from only £3.99.

Clari Tweeze

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Clari TweezeFor me waxing is a no-no, so I stick to my trusty tweezers. But I just never feel as though they have been done properly. With these magnifying and illuminating tweezers, we should all be able to do as good a job as any beautician. They have a built in LED light and two magnification lenses to help spot those stragglers and also come with a carry pouch included in the price.

Available from boots or JMLdirect.com at just £7.99 these have got to be one of my new favourite products. Advertised as The Genius Tweezer! That says it all. Some A listers prefer a thick statement brow but they still need grooming. I think these are a wicked little invention, I know how frustrated I get when I’m trying to do my eyebrows in broad daylight and I still can’t see what I’m doing properly!

Bronzed Straightners

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Babyliss Bronzed StraightnersLooks like we are not the only ones getting bronzed this summer; Babyliss have blessed us with the Babyliss Pro230 Elegance straightner in, wait for it, bronze! It is the latest must-have accessory that you will be proud to leave on your dressing room table.

It is with no doubt the most fashionable straightner on the market with its very own metallic bronze pouch! It not only looks good but delivers high performance too! The ceramics heat up to a whopping 230 degrees and are ready to use in 30 seconds and if that doesn’t impress you how about its titanium ceramic plates combined with ionic conditioning to give you a smooth frizz-free, high shine finish every time! You can find this straightner at your nearest Boots store or online for £75.

What's The Best Hair Smoothing Balm?

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

I love the tried and tested sections in magazines where they have a few different products and they rate each one out of 10. Firstly it saves me having to buy the products to test out myself and also they prove that it’s not always the most expensive brands that come out on top. This week in Mcelebs – the Sunday Mirror supplement the four products in the experiment were Lucinda Ellery Exceptionally Restoring Treatment Hair Balm (£18.50), Charles Worthington Dream Flawless Finish Balm (£5.49), Lee Stafford Babe Wave (£4.99) and Tony & Guy Smoothing Balm that I mentioned in the previous post (6.99).

Lee Stafford Babe WaveEach product is designed to reduce frizz, lock in flyaways and make your hair feel smoother and look shinier. Rated last with 5/10 was the cheapest product Lee Stafford Babe Wave, it can be sticky if you apply to much but works well if the right amount is used, another comment made was that results didn’t last very long but overall it was OK.

Charles Worthington DreamIn third place with 7/10 was Charles Worthington’s Dream Flawless Finish Balm. Testers mentioned good results with noticeable smoother and shinier hair and less flyaways but again not perfect. The packaging is pretty cute though! Superdrug are currently selling this product on offer for just £3.99.

Lucinda Ellery BalmThe most expensive product Lucinda Ellery Exceptionally Restoring Treatment Hair Balm came in 2nd place, testers seemed to love the packaging and design of the product, said results were great and hair even stayed frizz free in the rain. The product is much more expensive than the others but you only need a tiny amount for it to work well.

Tony & Guy Smoothing BalmIn first place was Tony & Guy Smoothing Balm from the ‘Straight’ collection I mentioned earlier. Awarded 9/10 for results and price, testers said it smelled great, helped make hair more manageable and kept locks frizz free throughout the day. At only £6.99 there’s no reason why we all shouldn’t test out this product!

So there you go, Toni & Guy’s smoothing balm won the overall experiment but all products received good comments from testers.

Protect Your Hair Properly This Summer

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Before you start your hardcore sunbathing sessions this summer, think about your poor hair before you step outside and let it sizzle. We wouldn’t lie on the beach in 30 degrees heat without protecting our skin so why is it that so many people forget about their hair? Obviously the consequences of skin damage are much more severe than hair damage but if you want to keep those locks looking luscious then you should really consider protecting it with a high moisture replenishing treatment.

L’Oreal Elvive Anti BreakageWhile reading through my weekly magazine I came across four intensive hair treatments to help protect hair from the heat of the sun. The cheapest product was L’Oreal Elvive Anti Breakage Nutri-Repair Masque. The treatment is specifically designed for dryer hair and helps prevent split ends/breakage, leaving it feeling softer and healthier. At only £4.99 this is definitely a product worth testing, available at auravita.com.

Trevor Sorbie WrapNext up is Trevor Sorbie Professional Replenishing Thermal Wrap. It is a creamy treatment that you leave on for ten minutes or so under a shower cap and allow to soak into your hair thoroughly. It works really well with curly locks and helps manage frizz, only £5.99 from Boots.

Label M Intensive ConditionerToni & Guy’s Label M Intensive Conditioner was next in the line up – a highly moisturising conditioner for chemically treated hair such as colouring or perming. It helps hair become silkier meaning less knots and an overall healthier appearance. Label M is available for £9.95 at Toni & Guy.

Kerastase Soleil MasqueThe most expensive product in the group but the one I hear recommended all the time is Kerastase Soleil Masque UV Defense Active. The treatment is designed for coloured hair and has a UV barrier to help protect the colour from sun damage. It also leaves hair softer, silkier and shinier. If you’ve just had your hair done and you’re off on holiday this product could be a life saver. My hair dresser highly recommended this product, available at HQ Hair for £16.65.

Mark Hill Gorgeous Brunette

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Mark Hill Gorgeous BrunetteWhenever I pick up a magazine I always look for the beauty news section to see what other people have recommended. This week in the Sunday Mirror Magazine I found some really great tried and tested products that all had a score out of 10. One of the columns was entitled Shampoo & Conditioner Sets For Brunettes and Mark Hill Gorgeous Brunette (£5.49 each) came out on top with a score of 9/10. Competitors included Andrew Collins Brunette Salon (£4.49 each, 6/10), M&S Brunette (£3.50 each, 6/10) and Davines Alchemic System Chocolate (£11.90 and £14.50, 8/10).

Mark Hill Gorgeous Brunette is described as a luxurious shine reflective shampoo and conditioner for highlighted or full colour dark brunettes. The tried and tested user claimed it transformed her hair from the first application leaving it smooth and silky.

Let me know if you have tried Mark Hill Gorgeous Brunette, is it as good as it sounds? Available at Boots.

Nicky Clarke Conditioner Wins Grazia Award

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Nicky Clarke Smooth ItNicky Clarke’s Optimum Condition in 60 Seconds has won the Grazia Hair Award for ‘best budget deep conditioner 2007’. The conditioner is part of the popular Smooth It range where all the products are dedicated to keeping hair straight and frizz free. The product is a high shine moistening treatment that conditions deep into the roots ensuring your hair is always perfectly soft and smooth.

The treatment also helps protect hair against heat styling such as blow drying, straighteners and curling irons.

The product only costs £4.99 for a 150ml tube, this is one of the reasons the product was chosen by Grazia – because it offers customers great value for money. Available on the Superdrug website.

Mark Hill Salon Sexy Curls Conditioner

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Mark Hill Salon Sexy Curls ConditionerI haven’t actually used this conditioner but a couple of my friends absolutely rave about it, if you’re a fan of Mark Hill products yourself then please let us know your opinion of this conditioning product.

This specific conditioner is for you lasses and lads with curly hair, the product helps define curls while nourishing the roots and helps to repair damaged hair. You should apply the conditioner after you have shampooed thoroughly and leave it in for 5 – 10 minutes if you have time. This will really help soften then hair and make it appear shiny and healthy. It also helps to control frizz if this is your problem area.

Mark Hill Salon Sexy Curl Conditioner is currently available at Boots for just £5.49.

BaByliss BEliss Hot Air Styler

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Babyliss Beliss StylerIf you have short hair and find it difficult to style then the BaByliss BEliss styler could be your new best friend. Apparently Sarah Harding from Girls Allowed swears by it and uses it to control her newly chopped bob. As all of us who’ve had short hair in the past probably realised, short hair is harder and can take longer to style.

The BEliss is deigned specifically for shorter styles, it dries your hair quickly while straightening and smoothing at the same time. This is also an excellent product if you are too lazy to spend the 10 minutes or so drying your hair then 20 minutes straightening afterwards!

On first glance it just looks like a big purple brush but if you look at the styler closely you’ll see that the teeth of the comb actually have ceramic plates against them enabling you to brush, blow dry and straighten at the same time – pure brilliance!

Available at Amazon.co.uk for £25.