In my never-ending quest for mermaid hair I try to do as little as possible with it. I don’t faff around with too many products or too much heat and both things help to keep my hair in good condition. However, a side effect of this is that I’ve been using pretty much the same products on my hair for months and months…and I think my hair’s getting sick of the routine. It’s started to look a little lacklustre lately so I was really excited to open a couple of haircare products on my birthday, specifically the Jason and the Argan Oil (best name ever? I think so) solid shampoo bar and American Cream conditioner from Lush.
I’m a big Lush fan (aren’t we all?) but I’ve actually never tried anything from their haircare range, though I’ve heard lots of good things about their shampoo bars. Still, I wasn’t convinced that this little bar would hold together long enough to get more than a couple of washes out of it…Fast forward a couple of weeks and I’ve used this every time I’ve washed my hair and it’s still almost as big as it was when I unwrapped it!
So, how did the products do? When used together they revitalise my hair and leave it soft, silky and shiny – the three s’s I think we’re all after when it comes to hair. They also keep my hair in better condition for longer, as I can now go an extra day without washing it, which is great news as wrangling this mane in the shower is right up there at the top of the list of beauty maintenance I hate. Well, it’s below washing my brushes, of course, but still.
As is customary for Lush products they both smell absolutely incredible. The shampoo bar smells like Ro’s Argan Oil Body Conditioner (or Rose Jam shower gel) and the conditioner is a rich scent of vanilla, strawberries and a tiny hint of Parma Violets – the two lots of scents together make my hair (and bathroom) smell aaaa-mazing.
If you’ve got some leftover Christmas money and you’re looking for a couple of haircare heroes to whip your hair back into shape then I absolutely recommend both of these products. Brilliant value for money, you can buy Jason and the Argan Oil (£5.75) and American Cream (£8.95 for 250g) from Lush stores or the Lush website.
So it looks as though the warm weather of summer is well and truly upon us, hooray! Though, as we’re in the UK it’s more of a cloudy, muggy heat than a bright, sunny day but, well, beggars can’t be choosers, eh?
To combat the humid weather and stay stylish a ponytail is the perfect answer, but they can be a little bit dull, can’t they? For inspire me to jazz up my summer ponytails I scoured Pinterest and found some brilliant ideas, so I wanted to share a few of them with you.
Ah, the humble ponytail. So easy to do and fuss-free, but what do you do when you want to make it a little more interesting? It’s surprisingly simple to make this style look much more chic than just a rope of hair hanging down your back. Adding a hairband, scarf or flower to your hair can really make a difference, or something as simple as wrapping hair around your hair tie can make this look more put-together.
For more ideas and a few daring approaches, have a look below:
I definitely want to try a more textured ponytail like the middle two at the top, as I find mine usually fall a little limp because my hair’s so straight1 I love the idea of the bubble ponytail on the bottom left for something a bit different.
So, what do you guys do to make your ponytails a bit more interesting, and do you think you’ll be trying out any of these styles this summer?
So now summer is approaching I feel like it’s time to change up my hair! As you might know I don’t really get my hair cut in a salon very often. I tend to just trim it at home and take care of it myself but every so often I do go to get it sorted out properly, and that time has come round again.
I’ve been having a think about what I’d like to get done and I feel like a change when it comes to my colour; my natural colour is dark reddy brown and I dye it every six months a slightly darker red, just to deepen things a bit. However, I do fancy something a bit different so I’d like to lighten things up, get some caramel highlights and just lift things a bit.
When it comes to hair inspiration is there anywhere to go other than Pinterest? Nope. I put together a little collage of some pictures that I’ll be showing my hairdresser when I go to get my new colour. Yay! Summery hair awaits!
|I like how red my hair looks in the sunlight!
So, as part of my Day Zero project I want to experiment more with my hair. My hair grows quickly and it’s pretty long at the moment, so I feel like I should make the most of it and style it a lot more than I currently do. And so, here’s my first look, which I’ve dubbed princess hair! I used a shed load of volumising spray and then made loose waves with my Babyliss curling wand. After curling I sprayed my hair with hairspray and ran my fingers through the curls to loosen them a bit – and, hey presto – princess hair!
This style actually stayed in for the next three days, despite sleeping on it, walking the dog in the rain and copious amounts of brushing – so I’m really, really impressed to see my hair can actually hold a curl! Who’d have thunk it?
I wore this look for a date night with my boyfriend and I really like the natural but put together effect it gives. On my eyes I’ve got Urban Decay Virgin on my brow bone and the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze on my lids, plus lashings of YSL Babydoll mascara. To fill in my brows I used a spot of Nars eyeshadow in Bali.
Then on my face I’ve got Rimmel Match Perfection foundation on, with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, plus Benefit Posie Tint on my cheeks. To contour a little bit I used my trusty DuWop bronzer (which I’ve now hit pan on, booooo) and I’ve got Benefit Watts Up on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.
On my lips I popped on a slick of Nars Dolce Vita and a Buxom lip gloss on top for a little more shine. And that’s the whole look!
I’ve been hearing brilliant things about the Philosophy Peppermint Stick shower gel for ages and when I saw this pop up for a bargain £7 in the January sales I snapped up a couple of bottles before it sold out.
I’ve been using it a lot this month and it’s safe to say I’m in love – for real. The scent is heavenly and whenever I use this my skin feels gorgeously soft afterwards. I’ve used this almost every day this month and I’m only a quarter of a way through the bottle so this will last a long time, which makes the price tag a little less painful.
Although I’ve used this primarily as shower gel I’ve also used it as shampoo quite a few times and it’s actually pretty decent. I’ve got long, thick hair and I was worried that this would make it tangle but as long as I use enough conditioner it’s great – it seems to strip a lot of build up out of my hair so I’ve been using it roughly once a week (shampooing twice for an extra deep clean) and so far, so good. I’m always wary of shower gel/shampoo combos but this actually keeps my hair looking lovely and shiny.
I haven’t used this as bubble bath yet but based on the way it lathers so easily on my skin I imagine it would be pretty darn good and, damn, that’d be a great smelling bath!
Big thumbs up for this product. It might seem ludicrously expensive for a shower gel, and I’m not 100% I’d pay full price for it, but I’ll be first in line next Christmas to snap up a few more bottles if they make an appearance in the sales!