Monday, 30 October 2017

The versatile blogger award

Recognition is always good

Been having a few domestic problems at home recently - nothing that can't be fixed but all a big pain in the side.

Went on holiday - that was good, warm and sunny Majorca.

Came home to find that the majority of the electricity at home was off, so that meant no heating, no hot water, no internet!!!

Long boring story but the majority of things have been sorted but I was unable to get online for a good week.  So when I did get back on line to find that Abbie from What Abbie Says had nominated me for The Versatile Blogger award it made things a lot better.

I write my blog for lots of reasons but of course one of them is for others to read it, so when they do and take the trouble to leave lovely comments it really means a lot.

The versatile Blogger award

This is a very simple concept, not sure if there is an actual award at the end! But it is about thanking other bloggers, letting people know a bit more about yourself and sharing some of your favourite blogs.

The 'rules' are :
  1. Thank the person that nominated you 
  2. Share 7 'facts' about yourself
  3. Share/nominate 15 other blogs that you enjoy
So here goes:

7 new wonders from BeautyBoo!

  1. 44 is not my age -  it was my Dad's lucky number.
  2. If I like you I will call you Boo, and if I love you it is likely to be BooBoo!
  3. I have a dog, and he's called Bunny.  If other dog walkers ask me how he got his name I usually say my husband named him! (he didn't it was all ME πŸ˜ƒ)
  4. Before Bunny I had two cats - Sean and Curtis, my pet naming convention has no logical explanation!
  5. Both my parents were artists - for more info click Philip Lambert Paintings
  6. If something sparkles I want it.πŸ’«
  7. I would like to swim with manatees.  I hope to look one in the eye and find out the meaning of life!!
And the blogs I always enjoy reading (mixture of beauty and foodies) are :

Happy reading.





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Monday, 23 October 2017

StriVectin now its about your Hair

StriVectin

I first came across the name StriVectin in 2005.  Back then they called themselves StriVectin-SD and there was a lot of hype around a stretch mark cream they made that was also said to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles...

Ever curious I purchased some, but only the once so I can't have noticed any difference. Whilst I can't remember anything about the product I did remember the name, which I noticed recently whilst looking for a UV hair protector spray.

Which lead me to purchase NIA 114 Color πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Care UV Protection Spray.

err NIA 114?

Not a very catchy name for a product is it?

StriVevctin (they have dropped the SD from their name) now have a hair care range and NIA 114 is not the name of this product, but the patented molecule that they use in all of their products.

To be correct this product is actually called UV Protective Spray (for colour πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ treated hair) and that is why I purchased it.

Ingredients

Quite a long list of ingredients, but StriVectin focus on two trade marked names -  NIA-114 and Multi-Shield Antioxidant Complex, which all seems very... confusing.  They do clear things up on their website, and I quote:

"Formulated with NIA-114™ and Multi-Shield Antioxidant Complex™, it protects hair from harmful UV rays, free radicals and oxidative stress while helping preserve keratin for stronger hair strands. Soothes and hydrates scalp while improving overall hair health..."

I understand the above and it is what I am after.
(also free from parabens, sulphates)

Sun, Sea and Bleach

Holiday hair - I have a lot of friends that see the positive affects of hot and sunny climes for their hair.

It can be great for adding some natural highlights and you might find the change in water (i.e. soft v hard) beneficial, or the fact that you take less time drying and styling your hair.

Not the case for me.  My hair is *sigh* dry, frizzy, colour treated (and I'm talking bleach) plus I like to (have to) blow dry it and often curl it or straighten it.  And then, (help me)  I like to keep it long and still try and grow it!  So add sun damage on top it is just.... Noooooooo 😱

StriVectin UN protection spray

I purchased my 150ml bottle in Boots in the UK, StriVectin have a US website but they don't currently ship to the UK.

It came with me on holiday to Spain recently, where I applied it every morning on dry hair.
You can apply it to damp or dry hair, it doesn't say that it can be used as a heat protection spray so if you are applying pre blow dry please bear that in mind.  Anyway I wanted to apply it to dry hair and I checked for that before I handed over my £24.

Now back from holiday and pleased to say my hair did not fry and I haven't come back any blonder (or dryer) so I think the spray must have worked - result??

However... I really didn't like one major point about this product and that is (was) the spray action.

The spray was not fine enough.  It is not an aerosol so you don't get the fine mist you do with hair spray (L'Oreal Elnett do a very good UV Filter Hair Spray) however I have had better sprays from non aerosol products.

The way the spray, sprayed was too direct and the concentration of the product too direct.

The only way I could really use it was to spray in front of me and then walk through the mist before it fell (aren't you meant to do that with perfume?)

However now back home the spray is even worse and more like a jet from a water pistol.  I have examined the contents of the bottle and the product is quite thick and sticky so I can only think it has clogged up the spray head.

I have about half a bottle left and am not sure how I am going to use the rest, I expect it is going to languish on the bathroom shelf for a while.  I might get round to trying to replace the spray head or giving it a rinse in hot water.

Conclusion

  • My hair does need UV protection due to its (poor) condition.
  • Using UV hair protection does appear to have worked
  • StriVectin UV protection spray (like the stretch mark cream) is not going to be a repurchase unless they sort out the products packaging, and by that I mean the spray.

To be constructive I am going to let them know where I feel the product has failed as I do think it worked it is just the delivery/application that is poor.

The next holiday

Holidays are over for me this year but I am still on the look out for UV protection sprays so if you know a goodie please let me know.

Thanks for reading and πŸ’‹



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Monday, 9 October 2017

my milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard!

This is a hair care post!

I know the title is a bit misleading, let me explain..

Whilst browsing the haircare aisle in Boots I saw these bright bottles on the shelf and at first glance thought they were something to drink, looked like smoothies/milkshakes to me!
Maui shampoo and conditioner
Maui shampoo and conditioner

Once (glasses on now πŸ€“) I read the label I quickly realised they were on the right shelf and are in fact shampoo and conditioner bottles.   However the ingredients do sound good enough to eat... 🍍

About this range - Maui

I had not heard of the Maui range before but I still went ahead and purchased a bottle of Strength and Anti-Breakage + agave shampoo and the matching conditioner.  They were £8.99 each which is more than I usually pay, but it was pay day so I thought, Why not?

Maui (which is named after the island in Hawaii) have 5 catagories in their range:
  • Curl Quench + coconut
  • Thicken and Restore + bamboo fibres
  • Nourish and Moisture + coconut milk
  • Revive and Hydrate + shea butter
  • Strength and Anti-Breakage + agave (the one I brought)
What is different about Maui (apart from their packaging) is, at the heart of their products is aloe vera juice and coconut water - as opposed to regular products that have water as their first ingredient, and trust me it makes a difference.
Maui shampoo

Also, they don't include a whole range of moisture stripping nasties such as  silicon, parabens, sulphates etc and are as you would expect the products are planet and animal friendly. 🐰🌎

The Shampoo
Maui shampoo

It is very thick and was a tiny bit difficult to get out of the bottle, however thumping the bottle like it was ketchup did the trick.

It has a lovely smell and produced a really luxurious lather, I didn't need much.  I always shampoo twice out of habit really, but I do have long hair so like to make sure I get it all.

The Conditioner
Maui conditioner

I would say the same smell as the shampoo but not quite as strong.

How to describe the smell, apart from very nice and I like it?  As the main ingredient is aloe I guess it smells of that along with agave, coconut, hibiscus oil and pineapple, so fruity, tropical and uplifting!

Again a little bit difficult to get out of the bottle, when I did, I got a good dollop that I applied to the ends of my hair, fringe and then lightly on the rest.

My hair is bleached so definitely chemically treated, which is the exact hair type the Strength and Anti-Breakage range is aimed at.

After about 5 mins I rinsed it off, as it rinsed away it smelt wonderful.

Results
Maui shampoo and conditioner

Ok so however funky a bottle looks, or how fab the label reads the real proof of any product is in how it works for you.

Results from shampoo and conditioner are usually pretty instant - apart from leave in products that carry on working.  I wrote a post about the cumulative affects of leave in hair care products - you can read it here (its quite good!).

After my first time using Maui I styled and dried my hair as usual - but then WHOA THERE what great results!  I was so pleased with my blow dry, how my hair felt and looked plus it smelt fab.

Either I had suddenly become a super top stylist or it is down to the aloe juice.

Woke up the next morning and went out again with bright bouncy happy hair - I even threw in a little swagger as I was feeling that good!!

If you are looking to treat your hair I would recommended you check out the Maui range, I am so glad my impulse buys turned out so well :)





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Monday, 2 October 2017

DermaNatural - Moisture on call*

A change of season and skincare

This is my first post of October which in the UK is Autumn, so it's getting colder with shorter days and longer nights.

Colder weather means the heating is on which tends to result in my skin drying out a bit more than normal - so it needs moisture, moisture, moisture, and also layering up.

Fortunately for me along with the change of season comes a couple of new products from DermaNatural - Gentle Cleansing Face Wash and Skin Hydration Moisturiser aka Hydroboost, exactly what my skin needs at this time of year and going into winter. ❄️

About DermaNatural

DermaNatural create organic and natural skincare, offering salon quality products for home use. Produced in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ their products contain pure natural organic ingredients, 100% vegetarian and of course are never tested on animals. πŸ°πŸ‘

Gentle Cleansing Face Wash

This is a dual use face wash.  You can either apply it as a wash - add water and wash, or you can apply it like a cleansing lotion.
For me these two options are perfect as I like to wash my face in the morning and cleanse with cotton pads at night.

As a wash it foams up well but not too much, and is not at all drying to the skin, like some harsher products can be.

At night I enjoy the ritual of sitting in bed and taking off my makeup and then cleansing my face. To do this I massage this face wash into my face and neck and then simply wipe off the excess with a cotton wool pad and then finish with toner.

However you use it, it does an excellent job and all with the help of some rather lovely friends - avocado, coconut, apricot, tamanu oils plus oatmeal.

The texture is creamy and very very slightly fibrous which I expect is the oatmeal, a really gentle cleanser, super kind to my skin.

Hydroboost

This moisturiser is aimed at dry and stressed skin. Central heating and cold winds do make my skin extra dry so this soft comforting cream is just what I need.

A creamy and luxurious texture, fragrance free and jam packed with natural ingredients to give my skin the moisture boost it needs.

I always read labels, and find it reassuring when not only can I understand the words but then it sounds good enough to eat!!

Hydroboost contains, royal jelly, nut oils, oatmeal, banana to name just a few of the natural ingredients - (all the ingredients for a lush breakfast).

What it also contains, and this is very important when it comes to moisture, is hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a super start when it comes to skin hydration.  Don't be put off by the word acid, it isn't harsh at all, it holds water and therefore helps to plump up your skin.

We all naturally have hyaluronic acid in our skin but, guess what, it reduces with age, so get some in you now!

As I have dry skin I have been using hydroboost morning and night - face and neck.  It is lovely to apply and I find the texture comforting (I do have a crush on applying face creams).

As I am starting to layer up my skincare for the colder months I am topping this off with a face oil from Luna Kloris, as the oil helps to seal in the moisture - and it smells divine!

A change of season is always a good time to rethink your skincare, make up, wardrobe etc.
If you would like to find out more about DermaNatural, their products and how to buy here is the link to their website - www.dermanatural.co.uk

For now keep warm and keep hydrated πŸ‚πŸπŸ’‹


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