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Favourites So Far, This Year: Hair Care Edition

Staring off with shampoo. My hair is prone to dandruff. Having dark hair, it shows up a terrible amount and with that I tend to get an itchy scalp. For any of you that share the same problem, then I highly recommend the brand Head and Shoulders. I became a lover of the Anti-dandruff shampoo; however, it didn’t stop the itchy scalp I’d get after 2 days of not washing. Until I discovered the Head and Shoulders Itchy Scalp Shampoo. Since discovering this shampoo my scalp and hair couldn’t be better. My scalp no longer feels itchy at all, even 2 days after washing and it still tackles the dandruff. This product is a game changer for me.

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Next I’d like to talk about the conditioner I’ve been using. I was never really a fan of TRESemme products but now some of them are in my main hair care routine, including their nourishing and replenishing conditioner with coconut milk and aloe vera. This conditioner leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and gives it a beautiful shine that lasts until the next time I wash my hair. Aloe vera is good for skin that has broken away (peeling from sun burn), so with the shampoo I use, it gives my scalp a strong hold against dandruff. For the best results, leave the conditioner to sit in your hair for at least 3-5 mins and if you have longer then go for it.

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My hair is very thick and frizzy at the ends which I do not like. My sister recommended an oil/serum to put on the ends after I shampoo and condition. The one that had the best views was the John Frieda Frizz Ease (Original). You apply to wet hair and then dry your hair as normal whether that be letting it air dry or by using a hair dryer. For my thick and frizzy hair, I really notice a difference, it’s definitely tamer now than it was before; however, I have to use about 8 pumps to get this result and these bottles are not big at all which is disappointing.

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I am highly partial to curling my hair a lot, which I know is very bad for my hair but I prefer my hair curly. Before I begin curling I spray the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray. This spray doesn’t make your hair wet or sticky, it glides through and dries into the hair quickly. It says it is a shine spray and I can happily say that my hair is still super shiny even after putting heat to it. This spray is often on special off which is a bonus.

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Sukin Skincare: Thoughts and Opinions

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I just want to have a little rave about this brand I found in Boots called Sukin. This is an Australian brand of skincare and the products are suitable for all skin types. Can I also mention they don’t cost the earth, which is their slogan at the bottom of each bottle.

I’ve tried so many products to help clear my skin but nothing seems to work quite like Sukin does. These products are all 100% vegan and carbon neutral. They are made with natural, organic ingredients. They 100% DO NOT contain fragrances and other chemicals which some skin care products that I have tried in the past have had in.

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I have been using their cream cleanser in the morning and at night. It applies so smooth onto the skin and it washes off so easily as well. It leaves my skin feeling so soft. It really reduces any bumps and spot scars, making my skin appear more even and clear.

After using the cream cleanser I apply their moisturiser. It glides on as smooth as the cleanser does and sinks in so quickly to my skin, leaving my face feeling even more soft and smooth like a cloud. It doesn’t feel greasy at all.

I know this may be biased but I feel like my skin has really improved since using this natural brand and I hope that it could help some of you as well.

Gabby xo

Makeup · skin care

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion: Thoughts and Opinions

If you are like me and you don’t seem to get a very good tan in the sun, you just burn and go red, then you may want to find something to give your skin that sun kissed glow. I’m not a massive fan of fake tan as it is not the nicest smelling product in the world so I’ve been using tinted moisturisers to hydrate and darken my skin. My holy grail tinted moisturiser is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula in Natural Bronze and you see results on your skin in the first couple of days.

I was in my local supermarket and I walked past the magazines when I noticed that Marie Claire had a sample of the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion. I picked it up as I had heard some amazing things about this brand.

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The front of the bottle states that it gives an “INSTANT HEALTHY GLOW.” Is this true?

I swatched it on my arm to test if it was true and sadly it wasn’t. Nothing had showed up and my skin. So, I swatched it again over the top and the faintest mark came up. I’m guessing I would have needed to lather myself in it to get that instant glow they were talking about.

I wasn’t ready to give up on it then, so I continued using it daily for a week and it seemed to show up a little better. However, it wasn’t reaching the same level as the Palmer’s one by this stage.

The one thing I do love about this tinted body lotion is that it smells perfumed and not like fake tan. This is something the Palmer’s one lacks in as it smells quite like fake tan and mixed with coconut it makes a strange smell. I was so hoping this product would work for me and I’m gutted that it didn’t. However, my hat goes off to them for making it smell so amazing as I have yet to smell one this good.

Gabby xo