I think we all know by now that I am an absolute sucker for anything that smells pretty, so when I was sent the Shampoo, Conditioner and Shine Mist from Herbal Essences New Clearly Naked Shine Collection I was eager to get them on my head.
Herbal Essences have never been afraid of a bit of innuendo but the Clearly Naked refers to fact that the products in the range are free from parabens, silicones, or dyes. It promises to be “Full of all the essentials and nothing else, the lightweight formulas are designed to thoroughly cleanse while captivating the senses with heady aromas of fresh mint, grapefruit and white tea.”
There are three products in the Shine range, a shampoo, conditioner and shine mist, all containing white tea and mint extracts to combat dull and lifeless hair. After using all three my hair feels thoroughly clean with no oily residue. It’s also soft and well moisturised by the conditioner, it’s easy to comb through when it is still wet. I used the shine mist after drying to see if I could notice any difference and it does indeed make my hair shinier. My hair is left lightweight, bouncy, swishy and shiny. Best of all it smells gorgeous. What more could a girl ask for?
The price point is really good on these as well; the shampoo and conditioner are €3.09 for 200mls or €5.39 for 400mls. There are two other ranges in the collection; Volume to pump up flat hair and Moisture to repair damaged hair. Have you tried any of the Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Collection?
Garnier Ultimate Blends range has been around for a while now but I hadn’t gotten around to trying any of the products out. When I spotted that the shampoo and conditioner were buy one get one free in Tesco a few weeks back I figured I would give them a go. There are six different blends in the range to suit different hair types and concerns and I decided to try the Colour Illuminator blend since I have colour treated hair.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Colour Illuminator is a blend of Argan Oil and Cranberry extracts to prevent fading and keep colour looking vibrant. I hate to look of my hair when my colour starts to fade, I can usually use plaits and twists or even curl my hair to hide and disguise my roots when I am trying to hold off on getting my colour re-done but when the colour is faded and looking dull and yellow there is nothing that can be done to make it look better. So with this in mind I usually always try to use shampoos and conditioners that will help to prevent my colour from fading.
The Colour Illuminator Shampoo and Conditioner are absolutely lovely to use. The scent is subtle and gorgeous, I find myself sniffing my hair like a weirdo all day. They leave my hair soft and easy to comb through. My hair is very fine and straight so it’s important for me to find products that don’t leave a heavy residue that weighs my hair down and makes it look flat. These two don’t weigh my hair down at all so it’s lovely and swishy. My hair looks shiny and healthy after using The Colour Illuminator Shampoo and Conditioner for the last three weeks. I would definitely repurchase these two and I will be picking up the 1 Minute Treatment next time I am shopping. I have been hearing good things about the Silky Smoother Dry Shampoo so I’ll also be keeping a look out for that.
Have you tried any of the Ultimate Blends?
Have you been following “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here”, has it left you envious of Amy’s long and luscious mane? I certainly would love thicker and fuller hair. A few weeks ago I told you about Pantene’s Youth Protect 7 range, which I really liked. Then I was sent the Age Defy range to try, which coincidently coincided with the TV debut of the massive bouffant that belongs to Amy. Whether you think anti-aging hair care is a gimmick or that you are too young to need it, forget about the name; what’s important here is the promises it makes and whether it delivers on those promises. So the range is a four step regime comprising of Age Defy Shampoo and Conditioner (€7.49 each), Advanced Rejuvenating Masque (€8.79) and Advanced Thickening Treatment (€12.79). This four step process promises to fight the thinning of hair by “thickening existing individual hair fibres” to leave your hair with weightless volume.
The shampoo and conditioner form “a protective layer to help reduce friction and leave hair with moisture and movement”. I like using these, they leave my hair clean and moisturised and smelling nice. More importantly they don’t weigh my hair down, so it is light and swishy.
The Advanced Rejuvenating Masque is like most hair masques in that you leave it on for two minutes and then rinse. This promises to “intensely nourish, reduce breakage, tame unruly hair and reduce split ends”. It doesn’t weigh my hair down; it actually leaves it smooth, shiny and bouncy.
The Advanced Thickening Treatment is a bit different from anything else I’ve used. At first I thought it was a serum but it’s nothing like a serum. You spray 15 pumps at the roots, message in and leave; no need to rinse. Hair feels thicker after one use but after fourteen days use hair reaches maximum thickness, which is maintained with continued use.
Well does my mane rival Amy’s? Ah no, I would probably need a couple grands worth of extensions to achieve that. No topical solution could ever achieve that lusciousness. However, this does make my hair feel fuller, bouncier and swishier. So all in all a good result and the range is definitely worth the price tag, especially since Pantene is often on offer. Do I prefer it to the Youth Protect 7? I would equate them, I’ll definitely repurchase but I’m not bothered which range so it all comes down to which ever one I get my hands on first.
Have you tied either range?
Pantene Pro-V have launched their new Youth Protect 7 range and I have the Shampoo, Conditioner, 2 min Rejuvenating Conditioner and BB Crème to tell you about. I know what you are thinking; anti-aging and BB crèmes for hair, give me a break. I’ll admit, I’m spending more and more on anti-aging skincare, but I haven’t given anti-aging hair care a single thought until these were sent to me to try. But think about it for a minute; shiny, full and bouncy hair really does give that youthful glow. There is no point in spending lots of money on expensive skincare if dry, brittle, thin and damaged hair is going to give the game away. Pantene’s Youth Protect 7 range is the first to bridge how we care for our hair with how we already care for our skin.
As for the individual products:
The Shampoo is a light weight formula that cleanses hair and strengthens it to protect it from breakage. (€3.45)
The conditioner nourishes and repairs damage while also strengthening from breakage all without weighing it down. (€3.45)
The Rejuvenating Conditioner is a 2 minute treatment which delivers intense nourishment to the hair. (€5.69)
And then the BB Crème, I know we may be feeling a bit BB, and CC’d out at the moment but we’ll forgive this for its name because it is a great product. It’s a light weight leave-in formula that gives hair a shiny and silky smooth finish. It also protects hair from damage and styling. (€8.99)
In the interest of research for the blog I used all of the above products together to see how my hair would turn out. I was afraid my hair would end up greaser after, than it was before. I needn’t have worried. I was surprised by how full and bouncy my hair was after using all these conditioning and nourishing products. Those words usually mean your hair will be shiny but flat. My hair was really lifted at the roots for me styling it myself. All I did was the usual blow-dry my hair upside down and then turn the ends in. So the final result is shiny swishy hair that smells really pretty. Me likes, me likes a lot.
Do you plan on starting an anti-aging regime for your hair?
As someone who has always had naturally straight and fine hair, I have bought lots of volumizing products over the years and if there is one thing I have learned it’s that a shampoo won’t give me big hair. Big hair requires serious styling products combined with specialist styling technique that requires a good stylist. However, being the sucker that I am I bought the Aussie Aussome Volume shampoo and conditioner a few weeks ago in Tesco as part of a two for something deal (sorry I don’t remember the actual price. Tesco, being the evil geniuses that they are, stick yellow deal stickers everywhere and some of us just buy things we don’t need without really considering if it even is that good of an offer at all). Back to the shampoo and conditioner, the promise is that the “Australian hops extract” and “unique formula, with extract of Australian hops, leaves you hair with body and fullness from root to tip. Bring on the Big Hair” yea bring it on because I’m still waiting.
Ok so I’m not left with a massive bouffant but it’s not all bad news. The shampoo does leave your hair squeaky clean, literally my hair squeaks while I’m rinsing the shampoo out. Luckily the conditioner adds back the moisture and leaves my hair soft and easy to comb through. I wouldn’t like to use the shampoo alone, there would be no way in hell I would be able to comb my hair after just using the shampoo. The conditioner doesn’t leave hair weighed down in fact even though there isn’t any noticeable volume as such; my hair is left lightweight and actually bouncy and swishy. In the photo below you can see the definition in the layers of my hair which shows how light weight the layers are left.
If I am honest, I would buy these two for the scent alone. It is quite a sweet smell that some of you will hate but I like it. I love that I can still smell it in my hair for ages after. Have you tried these? Are there any volumizing products that have worked for you?
The Hair Expertise range from LÒreal is relatively new to Irish shores. The selling point of this range is that it doesn’t contain sulphates. Finding products with less chemicals may be a major concern from some of you more natural beauties but unfortunately I will lash anything onto myself in search of beauty in a bottle.
Last summer I wanted to try the range out because it was new, the packaging was shiny and other reviews were looking good. I brought Ever Pure with me on holiday, and that was what I was looking to buy again recently, but they only had the Ever Sleek in the shop and I was too lazy to go somewhere else. Ever Pure is for colour treated hair, whereas Ever Sleek is for frizzy hair, which is not really me but hay ho I gave it a go anyway, coz I’m a rebel. I loved how silky Ever Pure made my hair when on holiday and I wanted it again now because my hair is a bit frazzled lately. My hair is colour treated and usually poker straight. I’ve been growing it out from a bob over the last year or more and have been dying for it to be long enough to curl it, without ending up looking like Shirley Temple. Now that it is long enough I have become BFFs with my hair wand and have been curling my hair loads, a la exhibits A, B, & C below.
Lately when I wash my hair it is actually wavy when wet and an absolute nightmare to comb through, even though I use loads of conditioner. I’m also noticing lots of broken and split ends. Hence I went looking for something to sort it out. Enter LÒreal Hair Expertise Ever Sleek.
I have been using this for about a week now but the results were noticeable from the first use. After washing, my hair is back to being straight when wet and the comb practically falls through it, no mangled tangles. When blow dried, my hair is silky, straight and shiny. It feels so lovely that I just keep running my hands through my hair, and I’m probably starting to look like a bit of a bimbo, swishing my hair all over the place.
I highly recommend trying these for yourself, they are great products. They retail at €8.99 but I’ve seen them on offer. Have you already or will you now be tempted to try any of the range?