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Haircare series: Oils #2 – LOreal Elvive Extraordinary oil for All Hair types 100ml

LOreal Elvive Extraordinary oil for All Hair types 100ml, £9.99

This oil is similar in to the original Morrocanoil I reviewed but lighter in texture. I haven’t tried the lighter version of the Morrocanoil, so can’t comment there – though it is on my next to purchase when I have finished my current bottle.

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. I can also use this as a smoothing product for fly-aways after blow drying, something I couldn’t do with Morrocanoil.

How I have got on: this oil gives my hair the best finish after blow drying. It makes my hair more manageable and tidy looking, BUT I have noticed more and more static in my hair lately, so switched back to Moroccanoil for wet hair, L’oreal for dry and problem solved… so not sure what that’s all about as ingredient-wise these two are similar. I am quite liking this combo for now, though I do feel a little high maintenance with the number of hair oils alone occupying my bathroom shelf at minute … lol.

Other hair oils I have tried are Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy, Charles Worthington Salon Miracle Repair Elixir Oil, Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Mist, Bumble & bumble Hairdressers invisible oil, Josie Maran Argan oil hair serum; all of which will be included in this series.

I can happily use this as a light finishing oil for now, as in the winter months with central heating etc it helps to keep my hair looking smooth, although with it being problematic for wet hair I don’t think I personally will be repurchasing this one as I have achieved better results with other products.

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

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Sephora Haul :)

A trip to the US usually leads to a Sephora pitstop (*ahem* plus pre-trip orders!). I wanted to share my purchases and finds. Once I have tried the new items I will post reviews as I work my way through 🙂

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List of products and, where possible, links to Sephora product pages:

Sephora Favourites Beauty Oils Essentials $58, can’t find this, there were only two on the shelf in store…  – SORRY!

Josie Maran Matchmaker set in Light/Medium $68.

Laura Mercier Flawless Radiance Beauty insider gift – no longer available online – again, SORRY!

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Pallete $36, no longer available online – similiar here – I managed to get this in store.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light 15ml $16 – I picked up this smaller size for travelling.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist sample, Full size is $25 here.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base sample, Full size is $25 here.

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar sample, Full size is $25 here.

Ole Henriksen truth serum Vitamin C collagen booster sample, Full size is $48 here.

Ole Henriken skincare ranging from $8 Truth to Go face wipes to $45 skincare kits, available here – I am really liking this line at the moment.

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment $69 – a must have once a week mask, one pot has lasted me 5 months!

Fresh Sugar lip treatment SPF15 mini size trio (available near checkout in store), Full sizes are $22.50 here.

Kat Von D  Lock-it Tattoo Foundation samples, Full size is $34 here (FYI: M53 seems to match me well, I am Beige clair 53 in Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation and NC25-30 in Mac)

Hope you enjoyed reading about what I got, and I would love to hear from anyone with Sephora recommendations – as shopping in their stores can be a little overwhelming-!

 

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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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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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