Tuesday, 19 September 2017

HAIR: MY HERO HAIRCARE PRODUCTS FROM PHILIP KINGSLEY


I have to start by apologising that this blog post is well overdue. I wanted to review the latest 'Summer solutions' offering from Philip Kingsley hair care during my holiday to Portugal. However, a mix-up with the parcel delivery and a house move caused me to not get my mitts on these new products for quite some time. Luckily, I have just been away to the Greek island of Zakynthos for a week, which made the perfect excuse to give them a whirl. I hope you still find my thoughts useful if you are looking for some hair care specially formulated for those occasions when your hair is subjected to extreme climates.

"Developed with over 60 years in hair and scalp health, 'Summer Solutions' guards against UV, salt, and chlorinated water damage."

My hair is coloured and really takes a battering on holiday. What, with the sun, salt, chlorine and...sweat I have to wash my hair daily after a day on the beach, or by the pool. I was super excited to see that Philip Kingsley has brought out a range of products that target the individual hair complaints that come with a week or two under the scorching sun. You'll have to forgive me, my bottles look a little worse for wear and are covered in sand - proof that they all joined me in my beach bag last week. If you like the look of any of these, you can find Philip Kingsley products online at lookfantastic.com or in store at Marks and Sparks. 


Sun Shield UV Defence - £18.70 This was the product I was most interested in as I've always believed in the need for a 'sunscreen' for your hair and scalp. I applied a generous offering of the light mist throughout my hair every day before hitting the beach. It isn't greasy in consistency and settles nicely. The formula contains sunflower seed extract and UV filters to help diminish the damage and dryness caused by the sun, the ocean or the pool. What's even better, is that the mist also helps with frizz control which is especially sassy in humid environments. 


After sun scalp mask - £17.00 No matter what I do, whether I rock my straw hat or a cute head wrap, I always catch the sun around my hairline and boy is it sore. This calming scalp mask was an absolute gem for applying and leaving on for 20 minutes or so before rinsing off. It is super soothing and cooling thanks to the chamomile and aloe extract. You can use this all year round, so don't reserve trying it just for a holiday because it leaves your hair super, soft and shiny and your scalp feeling zingy. 


Elasticizer Coconut Breeze - £19.50 It was the original Elasticizer that turned me on to Philip Kingsley products, having received a sample of the now, cult hair care product in a Glossybox. It really is a brilliant product that works as a pre-shampoo treatment to deep condition, add shine and reduce breakage and snapping. The latest iteration of one of my hair care staples includes a lush coconut, jasmine and almond scent that smells like holidays. It's also available in tub form rather than a tube which looks pretty cute in the shower. For my damaged hair, this product is a hero and if you try one thing from Philip Kingsley, try this.


Swimcap - £12.75 Originally created for the US Olympic synchronised swim team (wow) the Swimcap is a cream formula that guards against chlorine, salt water and UV damage - all while hydrating the hair. I applied a generous helping of this heavenly scented product every day and found that it helped make my hair less tangled and dry after a day sunbathing. I've heard that this beauty also helps prevent blonde hair from turning green. (Put the ketchup aside ladies) I can't say that my colour was any better extended after only a week of using this product however, the condition was certainly improved.


Instant Beach - £18.70 We all strive for those sexy, tousled waves that come with a day at the beach. I try to emulate them myself with a waving wand, but always end up with a Medusa style frow. Step forward the Instant Beach spray which is possibly the best 'beach wave'  spray i've tried (and there's been a few) It is salt-free, believe it or not, and contains elastin and meadowfoam to create bouncy, tousled waves without drying out your hair and leaving it crispy.

Which is your favourite Philip Kingsley product?

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Friday, 8 September 2017

STYLE: NEW SEASON PRIMARK HAUL - SEPTEMBER 2017


Whenever I walk passed Primark, I am a weak woman. I recently popped in for basic items such as a new pack of knickers (sorry, definitely not fancy here) and some leggings however, I left with considerably more items in my basket.

When you read this, I will be on holiday in Zakynthos therefore, some items were bought for that very occasion, and others well, Autumn init - almost. I found some pretty nice things in there despite a shift in the season.

New from Primark - Transitional Summer/Autumn 2017...
Oversized Stripe Shirt - £10

I would never describe myself as a blue and white striped shirt kind of gal. However, I recently bought a new pair of white skinny jeans and wanted to work a nautical, fresh and polished look. This oversized, roll sleeve shirt is so nice to throw on for comfort and style. I like to wear it with skinny jeans and loafers/pumps.


Yellow Printed Shift Dress - £10-£12 (Can't quite remember which)

I took this gorgeous canary yellow dress off a mannequin. Sue me. Yep I undressed a mannequin in the middle of a HEAVING Primark. I had to buy this in a size smaller than I would usually wear, so the arms are a little tight but the dress itself is pretty oversized. I was really taken with the print and ruffle detailing - not to mention the charming Autumn inspired botanical print. I will be wearing mine this season with black, opaque tights and ankle boots.


Velvet Embroidered Loafers - £8

Faux velvet, sea breeze shade, bee embroidery. SOLD. I saw these loafer pumps in both the turquoise and burgundy for £8. I opted for the blue as it was just so mesmerising. They're pretty rigid so take some breaking in before they wear like an old pair of slippers. I have been wearing mine all week and despite a few pinches and niggles, they look super dreamy. Perfect for this time of year when the weather has yet to dramatically change.


Satin Pyjama Set - £4.50 each

I am a sucker for pyjamas. I bought this satin duo with my pending holiday in mind. Obviously, when it's hot you just want to wear something cool and loose. I believe the whole set was £8 with the items sold separately. Perfect for throwing on when you're getting ready after a shower and the ditsy floral print is super cute.



Mustard Scarf - £6

Finally, I found myself magnetised to the new season scarves. This super snuggly mustard number really caught my eye! I love oversized scarves at the best of times and I am secretly excited for wearing this one with my oversized, fluffy coats when the air begins to nip.


Have you spotted anything exciting in Primark recently?

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

BEAUTY: NEW PURCHASES + BEAUTY IN MY BAG


If you were to reach under my desk and grab my handbag, you'd find your arm drooping under a rather weighty bag filled with both the neccisary elements and a bucket load of beauty products. It's true - My handbag seems to be the place where cosmetics congregate.

I recently took it upon myself to have a thorough clear out of my 'weekend bag' the prized and much loved Mulberry 'Roxanne'. By some mastery, I managed to whittle the beauty content down to a select few pieces.
Beauty in my bag...

I love scouring the reduced shelf in Boots - take it from me, you can quite often find some gems. Last week I found the L'Oreal Mega Volume 'Collagene 24h mascara' for about 3 quid. It's not the best mascara i've ever tried - but it certainly isn't the worst either. The formula is a little smudgey and tacky but the feathery brush digs deep into the lashes and irons out any clumps. I throw it in my bag anyway - anything has got to be better than droopy lashes worn out by meetings and computer screens.


The idea of a lip palette never really crossed my mind until I found 12 lipsticks in the bottom of my handbag. Also hanging out on the 'reduction shelf' is the L'Oreal Color Riche La Palette Extravaganza. The palette includes 6 x 1g of lipstick in a variety of sassy colours! I am a big fan of the Color Riche lipsticks and this palette includes some of my favourite bold shades to wear. Perfect for on-the-go. My favourite shades include the orange and the burgundy (Very reminiscent of MAC 'Fresh Moroccan.'  


Obviously I have to have a scent in my handbag for all those occasions when you need to give yourself a little pick-me-up. My perfume of choice is L'Aimant by Coty.


What beauty bits do you carry in your bag?
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