December empties

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This month I have come to the end of some great products, all of which I recommend! (hence the rose petals)

Klorane Shampoo with Flax Fibre for Volume and Texture £6.80 (400ml) HERE

Klorane is a brilliant French pharmacy brand that unfortunately isn’t all that easily available in the UK, but most of the range is available on escentual.com, except this particular product!? But I have found it at a great price on the link above. I have issues in general with most volumising shampoos – you will know I wasn’t the biggest fan of L’Oreal Fibrology – see post HERE, as I feel that generally they don’t have much of an effect. This shampoo however does deliver on the promise of texture. I can definitely feel that my hair has more grip after use (if that makes sense), it’s less silky and slippery and is easier to style – so for me it’s a win. The smell is also AMAZING, and it’s a total bargain!

NUXE Body Contouring Oil for Infiltrated Cellulite, £23.50 at Lookfantastic.com

It’s incredibly difficult to assess the abilities of cellulite busting creams and potions. There are so many other factors that play a role in cellulite proliferation and reduction, including diet, exercise, massage and body brushing (I highly recommend the body brush from ELEMIS, £21) – it’s often hard to isolate what is working. I would suggest going all out with oils/creams/brushing as well as trying to drink loads of water (why not?). The problem is I think booze has an unfortunate negative effect on cellulite – so at the end of the day, if you like a drink like I do, it may be impossible to completely resolve or keep at bay.

Regardless of all that negativity, I really have enjoyed using this oil. It is quite thick in consistency and makes massaging in a real pleasure – you can really have a go! The smell is also really nice and refreshing (grapefruit and cedar), and it leaves the skin feeling toned and moisturised. My only slight reservation is that it doesn’t contain caffeine, but if that is essential for you, you could also try the NUXE Contouring Serum which does – note I haven’t tried this one.

Sanctury Spa Body Butter, £10 at Boots (300ml)

I love the smell of this range, and also use the shower gel and bath foam – LUSH! The body butter is light, but really hydrating (its contains both shea and cocoa butters) and sinks in without leaving too much oiliness on the skin. The texture and fragrance make it feel like a much more expensive product – love.

Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing oil, £30 at Selfridges

Cleansing oils have been part of my routine for the past 5 or so years, and I couldn’t imagine my bathroom without one! Shu Uemura cleansing oils for me have always been the original oils, and I have loved this oil right to the last drop. Their oils are expensive, but I find them to be incredibly light and emulsify into a beautiful milk, without leaving traces of oiliness or tightness behind – excellent.

I find that cleansing oils are especially fabulous if you have accidentally slept in your makeup (shame on you), or after a particularly long day of wearing make up and sunscreen, as a perfect pre-cleanse.

I am actually going to be trying a new cleansing oil next from South Africa, called Lipodol. The whole skincare range is oil-based, which is a first as far as I know, and will be launching into the UK soon. What is also interesting is that the range is from the makers of Bio-oil, so I have high hopes – I will report back soon!

NOTE that both Shu Uemura and Lipodol are based on mineral oil. For a cleansing product I see no harm in mineral oils being used, although they have recently, and unfairly I think, received a lot of bad press. If you are interested in the mineral oil debate, you can find lots of contradicting info online, but I have put a link here to a piece on Paula’s Choice Beautypedia in case you are interested: Is Mineral Oil Bad for Skin? But that’s only one side of the argument – it’s up to you!

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo/Conditioner/Mask

I was jumping out of my skin with excitement to try this product when I heard it was coming out – I literally bought it the first day it hit the shelves. I have always had fine, limp hair that I have found endlessly frustrating. Curls fall out, product just adds weight and brushing is a nightmare.

L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology

Image courtesy of L’Oreal

I bought myself the shampoo, conditioner and mask (I must admit that I haven’t used the other 2 products in the image above). All their products contain a revolutionary new ingredient Filloxane. Filloxane is meant to penetrate the hair fiber while it’s wet, and then expand on drying – so when the hair dries, the Filloxane dries inside the hair shaft and expands. The result is thicker hair.

Unfortunately, although the process seems logical, it really didn’t work for me. I used the shampoo, conditioner and mask for over 4 months, with little to no difference. It must be said it’s not a bad shampoo, it smells nice and my hair felt healthy, but just not thicker.

I have read many good reviews on this range, so maybe my fine hair is just beyond help – this was just my experience.

I have now moved onto the French brand Klorane and their Flax Fibre range for fine hair, which is unfortunately not available in the UK (most of their haircare products are available here on escentual.com, although this specific one doesn’t seem to be), but you can buy it from Farmaline for €8.23. So far I am enjoying this range more – I will post about it after a bit more use.

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology range is available from Boots with prices starting from £2.99, although based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Bumble and bumble – Spray Chalk: Blush

Hair chalk has been around for a while in various forms, from actual chalk sticks to liquids (see L’Oreal hair chalk liquid), and is seeing a bit of a revival at the moment with pastels being huge for spring/summer ’14. Bumble and bumble recently released their spray on version that  is easy to apply and easy to wash out.

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Overall the colour doesn’t look quite as pastel as it does on the packaging, but that could be due to my rather brassy colour at the moment. I’m not sure how often I would realistically use this, but if I ever wanted to, this spray is quick, easy and effective, and not half as messy as chalks or liquids.

Other colours available are: Cobalt (blue), Mint (green), Lavender (purple).

Buy it here from Boots.com for £15

For other colouring options, check out lookfantastic.com, who have a good range.

L’OREAL Luminize Code BB Cream SPF15

L'OREAL Luminize Code BB Cream SPF15

This BB cream is by far the best that I have ever tried. I have typically dehydrated skin, and its rich formula works perfectly for me, sinking straight in and leaving my skin hydrated, supple and dewy. The coverage is much fuller than other BB creams that I have tried with the exception of Skin Food Aloe Sun BB Cream, (most Asian BB’s seem to have higher coverage), and that works for me, as the bare faced look is more than I can bare! I am usually not a BB fan because of their sheer coverage, but this one I wore to work without any foundation on at all (and received a few compliments too!).

The L’OREAL Luminize Code BB is indeed very illuminating, the shimmer is very fine, not glittery at all, and has a subtle highlighting effect. The ‘Liquid Light Technology’, although not well explained does seem to add luminosity. For me, this affect made my skin look fresh, young and hydrated.

For my skin type and tone, this product is fantastic – and the Clair/Fair is the perfect colour. It is £9.99 at the moment at Boots (1/3 off regular price), so get it soon!