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Hair and body products – latest finds

Yesterday, I watched a haul on cosmetics and general drug store items. And I came across quite a few things which I have never even seen in the same store…. how odd is that?

Heat Protection Spray

10727995-1360768245-236155Firstly, there was a recommendation on a great heat spray. I must admit, I totally bought into the natural cosmetics brands which are out there but the heat spray which they so trustfully advise you on definitely lacked in performance….at least on my hair. Whilst it smelled great, my hair got fried. And I mean in a bad way. I even had to stop blow drying my hair completely to give my hair some time to recover. So I was quite interested to get a recommendation on a heat spray which actually works. These bottles are not cheap, and since I bought many the wrong ones in the past, I now truly rely on tried and tested reviews. So I bought the Elnett Heat Protection Spay (Straight, 3 days). I actually didn’t read that this was a spray which helps keeps your hair straight, but all the better. It works wonderfully. When applying it, my hair immediately felt like satin. It was manageable during a low heat blow dry and felt nourished and soft afterwards. Not that frizzy fly away and dry feeling which my hair usually was left with after drying. Even the next day, it’s still very smooth. So I am definitely putting my faith in this spray and am so grateful to have found one that actually does a great job.

 

Shower mousse

Whilst I’m conscious that the next brand is not readily available in all countries, I still have to mention it and you are sure to find a similar brand/product where you live.

71DNr-4O5iL._SL1500_I haven’t ever tried a shower mousse. When I take a bath, or a shower, I usually use body wash or sometimes even just soap. I did find however, that the soap dries my skin out in a bad way, so I am staying clear of it at the moment. This doesn’t go for luxury soap, like Roger Gallet, just general soap.

So anyway, I always thought that this shower mousse or shower foam, however it’s called, business is really just another way of advertisement and body wash is body wash so why bother with another product? I did find a recommendation though of a particular mousse that intrigued me. The company is called Kneipp, broadly available where I live, and I thought I will give it a go. Kneipp is a German company and they have the most luxurious bath items. The companies philosophy goes way back and is all about body/mind/fitness. Herbalism is a great part of it so you will find a lot of nature’s best healing herbs in their products.

Now on to the actually product. I bought the Kneipp white hibiscus and sheabutter shower mousse as my recommendation was for this particular one. Since the products are airtight sealed you are not really smelling much when you open the bottle, so I just sticked with my initial advice. I have to admit that using a shower mousse is a total different cleansing feel than with normal body wash or soap. I felt my skin got really hydrated and was lovely smooth. In fact, my skin felt so fresh that I totally forgot to put on moisturiser afterwards, which I always do, always. When I realised it, I checked my skin for dryness but it wasn’t, so I actually can get away with not moisturizing after using this shower mousse. This is a definite plus for me as sometimes I am really stripped for time and one step less in any beauty regime is very welcome in my eyes.

If you haven’t tried a shower mousse yet, please give it a go….you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

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Simple elegance….Soap

I came across this in the most innocent way…so let me tell you the story.

A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctors in the morning. I only needed to pick up a prescription so it shouldn’t take long and I therwaiting in lineefore crammed this errand in before I drive to work. So every minute counts. Thankfully the lady at the reception is a proper multitasker and had the 6 people ahead of me cleared in no time. With this added bonus I thought it would be even more of an achievement if I not only picked up the prescription but also to run to the pharmacy and get it filled. So off I went. Out of the stuffy practice, rushing down the many flights of stairs and into the already humid morning sun. By the time I got in the car which was stuffy and hot I was sweating. Not good. I break a sweat easy and it’s absolutely not on to be sweating before 9am. The only solution in my mind was to get a bar of soap and freshen up in the bathroom at work. I live in a village, so supermarkets and drugstores roger gallet soaponly open after 9am which doesn’t work for me as this is when I have to already be at work. Then I had a mind flash….I still had to stop at the pharmacy, this is my only stop before work and it has to be my saviour. Decision made… I would buy soap there….problem solved. I went in to the pharmacy which is highly impressive considering it’s a village where I live. They have separate sections for make up, all the good medical stuff, baby products and luckily for me a whole shelf unit for super pricey body care products. There was only one brand but they had different kinds of soaps to choose from. There was no price list and since I was in a bit of a hurry I decided to stick with my original aim of just getting a bar of soap, not a body spray or body wash as I knew it could be quite expensive and since this was an emergency buy I didn’t want to spend a whole lot. Now, the smell of just the bars or soap was amazing. Never in my life have I smelled any soaps as pungent in fragrance as those by Roger & Gallet. Yes, they are more expensive than your usual bar of soap BUT they are well worth it.

That day I was most taken by the lime scented soap, it’s called…..wait for it I have to look it up….”Fleur d’Osmanthus”…which means something to the effect of “Chinese Garden of Eden” but I only know that it smells divine. So I bought it which felt almost like giving a present to myself…that’s how taken I was by it. The soap comes wrapped in lime green silk paper and the one I purchased even had a travel box. So that’s an added bonus and makes me happier about the price. It’s still affordable and since bars of soap are kind of dying out I am glad I found this brand and will buy more.

I have since tried out the fig scented body lotion…do you want to know the French name for it?…..”Fleur de Figuier” which is a whole ‘nother level of a pamper treat and again I can’t stop raving about it.

I find these beauties would make an absolute statement when given as a gift. Sometimes you only need a little something to give, please consider this brand. They are amazing.

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Hairy lesson

Somebody…I don’t know who…… but anyway, somebody once told me that your skin complexion works best with your natural hair colour and by that I mean your true fro3m birth given hair colour. “God given” you might allow me to say. I must admit, I was slightly miffed when I first heard that because my natural hair colour is some kind of mousish brown….so what kind of “no exchange” decision was that? Seems like God wasn’t too bothered. It’s not a flattering colour so I used to bleach over it. Blonde always looks better ….or does it? Because after years of being blonde I was soo fed up with it. The constant upkeep of maintaining my roots got a bit too time consuming and I switched back to a light brown colour which I found soo much easier to deal with. It did however make me look a bit harsh…as my mum told me 2 years after the fact…. Thanks Mum! Anyway, she doesn’t know what she is talking about, so bless her. So the dark colour made me a bit washed out, I agree mum, and I therefore gradually highlighted my hair. I now have brown hair with blonde highlights. It does work a treat if I say so myself. Getting highlights done is probably the most time consuming treatment you can choose when you go to your hairdresser but it’s totally worth it for me and my hairdresser is superquick, so I can’t complain.

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Which reminds me about my latest resolution. Next timeand on from there onwards I will not….I repeat, I will not let them blow dry my hair. Some basic info, my hair is long, I think anything that goes past your shoulders is classified “long”. My hair is 3 inches past my shoulders, so I have to pay the highest price when it comes to colouring, blow dry and styling. Now, it obviously depends on where you go to get your hair done but my hairdresser is too quickwhen it comes to blow drying. She’s not even fully drying the hair….I mean?? I obviously did mention that to her and she did a bit more of blow drying but the result is sometimes not even as good as when I do it myself and where’s the point then? In my opinion the hairdresser does the most amazing blow dry which lasts you for days. Sadly, not mine but anyway, when thinking about it, they have a few obstacles to work with. First they use a treatment when washing my hair. That’s fine by me but it does make my hair rather lank. They then use mousse or some styling agent to really set the blow dry which would make perfect sense if your goal is to make a perfect blow dry but…..yes. I don’t want to fault them too much, I admit that I look rather nice when I get out of the salon but from there on it’s bad. So bad that the next morning I wake up looking like I haven’t bothered washing my hair in 5 days. So on I go and wash it and blow dry it myself although I just paid good money not even 24 hours before to get it done professionally. ERGO … no more blow dry at the salon. Complete waste of time and money.

 

For those of you who think why I won’t just go to another salon? duhu… I still have some good reasons to stick with this one. Firstly, they do an amazing job with the colouring. Fast and efficient. Appointments are always on time and even if my usual hairdresser is 23not available I can trust that another of her colleagues is equally as efficient. Service and politeness are top and they don’t bother you with chit chat if you don’t feel like it. I hate it, actually, I loathe it when hairdressers go on and on and tell me all kinds of anecdotes and snippets from daily life. If I would know them personally, then that’s nice but I don’t know them, so they feel obliged to talk to me to come off as friendly and make me feel at ease when, quite frankly, it does the opposite to me. I don’t have time for that. I am a mother of a 3 year old. When I go to the hairdresser it’s like an alcoholic going to a bar. Well not quite but I do enjoy getting a couple of hours away and not having to be responsible. All I’m saying.

The other main fact is that I have tried out quite a few different hairdressers in my days and I’m totally over the search for a new one. I had hairdressers who did a rubbish job cutting, or colouring or being to chatty, one even was rude, another couldn’t even be trusted to just brush my hair. He used such force that I wanted to run for the hills right there and then. So I’m not looking for another salon just because they don’t do a proper blow dry.

Next time, no blow dry, and no blow dry charge. Done.

When you get older you get wiser and by that I mean you find the quickest solution with the least effort on your part.

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