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Haircare series: Oils #1 – MOROCCANOIL treatment 100ml

MORROCANOIL treatment (for all hair types) 100ml, £19.99

“Moroccanoil® Treatment’s versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time. This treatment for hair completely transforms and repairs as its formula transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection. It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage.” (www.moroccanoil.com)

How I apply this: I take half a pump and warm through my hands and apply to wet hair from chin-level down – due to breakout paranoia…- and then run what remains through hair near the crown to minimise the frizz the rain has been helping my hair fashion!

How I have got on: having used this for two weeks now and, honestly, I can say this oil gives my hair the best finish. It makes my hair glossy and silky smooth, BUT on the days I don’t use this I have noticed my hair has become drier and drier at the ends. I haven’t been using Moroccanoil long enough to form a reliable opinion – I will update this post in a couple of weeks – though for the meantime I am addicted to the shine it imparts!

Other hair oils I have tried are L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil , Ojon Rare Blend™ Oil Total Hair Therapy, Charles Worthington Salon Miracle Repair Elixir Oil, Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Mist; all of which will be included in this series.

I am using Moroccanoil as a heavy conditioning oil for now, to make my hair look healthier, although I anticipate once I have my hair trimmed this oil will become redundant and I will turn to lighter formulations once again.

Have you tried this? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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Skincare series: Serums #1 – Olay Regenerist Serum Fragrance Free 50ml

Serums are my favourite skincare product and as such I felt it befitting to start this skincare series with a serum I have in my skincare arsenal. There is no way anyone needs as many serums as I have, but I like to try new products and to have ye-old-favourites at hand, it’s a comfort thing I suppose.

First up, and the most repurchased of my unhealthy (although I do believe having a good serum is healthy 😉 ) serum collection is Olay Regenerist serum fragrance free 50ml, £24.99

“Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating Serum uses our exclusive amino-peptide complex combined with Olay moisturise. Our formulation visibly helps regenerate skin’s appearance and leaves skin feeling velvety smooth. perfect for normal skin, dry skin and combination skin. Add it your skin care routine to:

• Soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles instantly
• Hydrate for skin that feels visibly firmer and more elastic” (olay.co.uk)

How I apply this: one pump smoothed over the face and neck after cleansing, but before moisturiser.

My thoughts: I love how this serum calms redness and helps accelerate healing of pigmentation marks left from breakouts.

Negatives: When I get to the last quarter the pump can no longer get to the product as the tube normally sits in one corner and the serum isn’t liquid so doesn’t settle back down but instead clings to the edge of the bottle, I use a thin spatula to get the last dregs.

Positives: High performing, basic, with out any frills or fancy claims and, most important for me, fragrance free.

The serum line-up to follow: Caudalie, Imedeen, Yves Rocher, Ole Henrikson, Hydralauron, Elizabeth Arden & YSL.

Currently the Olay regenerist line is included in the 3 for 2 offer at boots.com.

Have you tried the Olay Regenerist line? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments, suggestions for serums & thank you for reading!

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L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil 30ml & Oil-Cream 50ml

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L’Oréal Age perfect Extraordinary Oil & Oil-cream

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil 30ml, £19.99

Extraordinary oil is a pleasure to apply, it has a distinct spa massage oil scent, feels quite luxurious for the price and is comparable to higher end face oils I have tried in the past.

How I apply this: taking a few drops in the palm of my hand, warm through my hands and then press the oil onto the face, being careful not to rub.

If I want to do a face massage after a relaxing bath I will take 5-6 drops, press first onto my face and gently massage – I like doing this when I feel tension in my face – as I have a awful habit of frowning when I am working on my computer.

I have replaced my Josie Maran argan oil and Trilogy oil with this for 2 weeks now and am very happy with the results this oil has provided. My skin is much more hydrated, looks less dull and I have found that my base makeup is applying better too. Another bonus for me is that I can use this during the day time as it is much lighter in texture than the face oils I have used before.

There is one negative… the bottle is clear and so I have been keeping it in a dark area on my vanity to keep it from spoiling. I will continue to purchase the Trilogy oil as I like the renewing effects it gives but most likely stop buying the Josie Maran oil as I feel Extraordinary oil does the same job but at a lower price point.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil-cream 50ml, £14.99IMG_6936

I have been following Extraordinary oil with this oil-cream and have found it to be very rich and, again, with quite a luxurious, albeit stronger, spa massage oil scent. Very little goes a long way as there is a lot of slip to the texture of Extraordinary oil-cream, and after using this for 1 week I must say that it is too rich for my skin and left my face feeling like a oil-slick. I also have had a few breakouts, being breakout prone this is something I experience with many products and does not mean this would cause breakouts in everyone, but if you are prone to breakouts I would say it may be best to try the face oil alone first.

Using the oil on its own I have found this to be enough moisture for my PM skincare routine. My mum has already expressed that she would like to give this line a try, so I will be passing the cream on to her to try hoping she will have better results.

Samples provided by boots.com.

Have you tried this? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Booster & Conditioner

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When I first heard about this I started mentally editing out my hair and pasting in the locks of a lady who is THE L’Oreal haircare girl, you know the one in the Elnett adverts… I have heard that mousse, hairspray and texturising/dry shampoo products can give us Victoria Secret-esque hairdos… BUT now L’Oreal claim the Fibrology line – sounds like science fiction, and makes me suspicious – is able to thicken hair by simply using their in shower products and to find out if it was true I tested the line out on my straight-straight-straight hair :).

A bit more about my hair type… I have very fine, straight, flat, long (reaches to the middle of my back) hair – using more product or layering products makes my hair flatter, usually, so I try to use lighter conditioners and less product where possible.

L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner & Booster

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner & Booster

I have used all the products on three occasions now and listed each in order of use:

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo 400ml

The shampoo smells very fresh, foams up very well, and I didn’t find I needed much at all to give my hair a very good cleansed feel (even for my long hair I only used a 10p sized amount).

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Booster

The booster is a weird product which has no scent, is difficult to distribute evenly in wet hair as you can’t tell where it has been applied (doesn’t have a slippery feel like conditioner just feels like water). The booster is to be used after the shampoo but before conditioner from the same range. You are supposed to use the same amount of this product as conditioner and apply from root to tip. I think I ended up using around 1/5 of the tube; so you would need to either use this less often -instructions on frequency of use are not on tube – or add it to your weekly shop!

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Conditioner 400ml
The conditioner smells very fresh (same scent as shampoo) and for my long hair I only used a 10p sized amount, and this was more than enough.
Verdict
After towel drying I found my hair felt very rough and coarse, which was very odd and not how my hair normally feels at all. Using a wide tooth comb I always comb through my hair before blow-drying and found this took much longer than normal as the knots had a grippy feel to them so I tried to be a little more gentle as my hair felt worryingly brittle to touch. After blow drying I noticed my hair was lighter and more volumised/fluffy but this was temporary; after 1-2 hours my hair went back to its natural straight, flat self 😦 . The only major benefit I found with using this line (I usually use the Ojon Volumising line) was that I could go an extra day without washing my hair (I next washed my hair on the 3rd day instead of 2nd)! Also, I had curled my hair and usually the wave would completely drop out by day 2, but I still had waves the next day! This line is worth a try as the products are very reasonably priced. Also, apparently the Filloxane technology is something that is also using in windscreen sealant so it took me a few days to build up the courage to use this!
Summary
Healthy finish but no “thickening” effect seen, and gives me a extra day between washes, saving time.

This line is available at boots.com.

Have you tried this line? If so, can you let me know what you thought of it and if there is anything I can do to “Thicken” my do?  – besides teasing it into a great big knot – 😉

Samples provided by Boots.

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