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Pureology Smooth Perfection hair care system review

Whenever I go to the hairdresser, they always exclaim “gosh you’ve got so much hair! wow, you have such thick hair!” I have always had a lot of thick hair, which is great, but with that comes a propensity towards frizziness. I have spent my life in pursuit of the holy grail product that will make my hair a little bit less “Hermione”, seeing as I don’t seem to have magic powers, much to my disappointment. To further complicate matters, I colour my hair blonde which can cause a little bit of damage and therefore, more frizziness.  Then I was sent the Pureology Smooth Perfection hair care system, and that magical moment may have come through at last. I have trialed four products from this range, and have written a full review of it all.

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Lush Tangled Hot Oil Treatment – review and tips for use

Lush is always a fun store to visit, with so many interesting  products. I recently made a trip into the city to stock up on Snow Fairy shower gel, and whilst I was there I discovered their hot oil hair treatments. They come in a solid bar and you mix them up to use at home, which sounded like fun to me. There are three different types, for different hair conditions –  Tangled, Kinky, and Damaged  (you can make your own jokes here). I chose Tangled, becase in recent months my hair has been a nightmare to brush, even with my beloved Tangle Teezer. Read on for more information about how to use the Lush Tangled Hot Oil Treatment, as well as my thoughts on how it worked.

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Hair treatments – OGX, Sebastian, and Lush

Ever since I drastically lightened my hair, it has been needing a bit of extra help with hydration to return it to its former glory. So, I wanted to share my thoughts on the three different hair treatments I have been using lately. They are the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco intensive treatment (formerly Organix), Sebastian Professional Hydre Treatment, and Lush Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment – so at three varying price points, and made of different ingredients. Keep reading to see how I use them, and what I like about them.

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OGX Vitamin B5 + E Hair Products

Shampoo and Conditioner are products where I like to change it up regularly. I currently have four different pairs in my shower, and the ones I’m talking about today are the OGX Vitamin E Shampoo and OGX Vitamin B5 Conditioner. I was sent these products, along with the OGX B5 Weightless Oil Mist, to share my thoughts with you all. Read on to see what I thought of them!

Far Botanicals Verde Oil Supreme

A little while ago, I received an email from Far Botanicals, asking if I would like to try their handcrafted, silicone-free natural hair serum, Far Botanicals Verde Oil Supreme. I was very interested, as I love using oil in my hair and have ranted about ‘hair oils’ that are mainly silicone many times (including in a blog post). Shortly afterwards, I received this package on my doorstep, all the way from the USA. This is the Far Botancials Verde Oil Supreme 8 scent sampler set, and is made of a blend of botanical ingredients that are good for hair such as Cassia Auriculata, Indian Gooseberry and Bhringraj extract and various oils including Peach kernel oil, tea seed oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil. The eight scents are: Cocoa & Rum, Vanilla Narcotique, Lavender Absolute, Rose Rapture, Temple Hymn, Blood Orange & Patchouli Musk, Lilikoi (Passion Flower), and Low Scent  – so it’s more like seven scents plus no scent but lets not be picky here!

April empties – part two!

I used up so many products during April that I had to make two posts for my empties! In this post I’ll be telling you what I think about Frank Body Scub, Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Shampoo and Conditioner, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter. Like I said in my last post, I’m very impressed with how many full sized products I managed to use up during April.

Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle

I’ll start by saying that I think Pantene calling this product miraculous is a bit of a stretch! Brands seem to be throwing that term around a lot, the hyperbole is going crazy in the beauty world. While the Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle might not be worthy of a bible story, I do really like what it has done for my hair. I first heard about this treatment from a friend, who had raved about the good things it did for her hair, and when I saw it in a shop I knew I had to take the leap and buy it – and I’m glad I did.

Empties!

This post has been a while in the works- because I have sooooo many beauty products and like to switch around what I use, it takes me forever to use things. However, I have finally used up enough things to warrant a post. I like reading empties posts because if someone has used an entire product they must have a really clear idea of how it worked, and what they thought of it – much more in depth than a first impressions post. I have 6 products to review today, so let’s get to it! MAC Face and Body N2 – $60NZD I bought this just as I was getting into makeup – it was a nice way to start getting used to applying a full face of foundation. It’s not a very heavy coverage, but when combined with some spot concealer – usually MAC Pro Longwear concealer it was great for me. I usually applied it with a basic foundation brush, it’s a bit too runny to use just with your fingers. I only ever wore it on my face, not my body, but you have the option to, apparently! I don’t have any high quality photos of me […]

Treat your hair with coconut oil

To continue on my series of posts about oils, I’ve got a how-to post of coconut oil hair treatments. I like to use coconut oil treatments on my hair every few weeks, or just whenever I feel like it, to make it silky smooth. There are multitudes of recipes for them on pinterest and the like, but the way I do it is very simple. There are a lot of different varieties of coconut oil, different levels of purity and the like, but for the purpose of using it in your hair I don’t think it’s particularly important what kind you use. I use Olivado Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, purely because it’s what I found at my local supermarket, and it was around $10. I put some coconut oil in a mug – a couple of tablespoons because I have a lot of hair, but scale it up or down depending on the length/thickness of your hair. Then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so – wattage may vary. You might need to do this a couple of times, but you want it to be runny and warm, but not hot. If it gets too hot, wait for […]

What’s really in your hair oil?

Using oil in your hair is something that is becoming much more mainstream. Lots of brands have been releasing hair oils, and I’ve even bought some of them. However, they aren’t all exactly what they seem. The thing that you need to watch out for is that most of them are not pure oils, but silicone-based products with a small amount of oil in them. I was fooled by this and bought an Organix Macadamia oil that turned out to be mostly silicone, which I was not happy about.  What silicone does is smooth hair, but it can also really weigh down the hair. It coats the hair, as opposed to actually adding moisture to it, and this coating isn’t easily washed out. Silicone can make it difficult for hair colour to adhere to the hair, so I try to avoid using it in my hair unless I really need to smooth it out, and definitely avoid using it in the weeks leading up to a hair colour appointment . It’s not terrible to use, but it’s important to be aware that you’re using it, as opposed to pure oil. Probably the most popular, or at least the most talked about, […]