Anti Dandruff shampoo from Percy & Reed | gifted

Beauty

The latest launch from Percy & Reed is the I’m No Flake Shampoo. This is anti dandruff shampoo to add to your collection. I’ve never suffered with dandruff but that will not stop me from using this, as with all Percy & Reed haircare it truly is my favourite.

The shampoo contains Aloe Vera and Chamomile to help soothe the scalp and relieve irritation and dryness. It contains Pro Vitamin B5 to strengthen and restore the hair.

The thing I love most about Percy & Reed products is the smell, every product smells divine, I’ve noticed when I use their shampoo and conditioners by hair is also so much more manageable and brush-able after washing making it a much more enjoyable experience.

Check it out below

https://www.percyandreed.com/products/anti-dandruff-im-no-flake-shampoo?variant=30384549855328

Percy & Reed is also vegan friendly & gluten free.

*This product was gifted*

My hair care routine

Beauty

Hair care is not something which I take too seriously, I would much rather spend my money on skincare, than my hair. Luckily for me brands like Percy & Reed and ESalon keep my hair looking good. I am very lucky to be able to say all these products are gifted and sent for me to try out.

I use the Percy & Reed shampoo and conditioner , the packaging is just so luxurious and they smell amazing so it’s always lovely being able to use them. I have very long thick hair, so washing my hair is the least favourite part of my beauty routine, I tend to only wash it about two times a week which is more than enough for me. Having great products make washing my hair so much nicer.

After I have washed and conditioned my hair I bung it up in a towel and leave it dry as much as it can do before attempting to brush it. Before I brush I apply some of the ESalon Leave in Conditioner which helps add some more moisture to my hair and makes it easier to tackle.
The brushing is the worst part, no matter, my hair gets extremely knotty! I use either my Wet Brush or Tangle Teezer to battle the millions of knots.
After I have brushed it out, I like to apply a couple of pumps of the ESalon oil, just to help smooth out the ends and prevent any breakages.

Unless I am going out and need my hair to be styled a certain way I just let my hair dry naturally, although recently I have been loving curling it!

Once my hair is dry, the morning after the wash, I like to add in some of the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm, this acts as another leave in conditioner and helps tame it through the day. If my hair is looking a bit on the dull side, then I LOVE adding the shine & fragrance spray from Percy & Reed, this adds shine and makes it smell amazing, which is also great for when you havn’t washed your hair.

New Hair Products | ESALON {gifted}

Beauty

I have recently just been gifted all these lovely hair products, as someone who refuses to spend money on their hair and would much rather spend money on skincare, I really am excited to give these a go.

At £13 a bottle for the shampoo and conditioner I can definitely say this is the most luxury product my hair has had, and probably will have.

My hair is pretty ok most the time, but occasionally it does get a bit dry, so the moisture shampoo and conditioner will be great for locking in the moisture, especially in the hotter months.

I am a huge lover of leave in conditioner, this one provides moisture and stops frizz all day long, another product perfect for the summer. Along with the leave in conditioner, I was also sent some hair oil, I love oil in the summer, when I’m on holiday and I’m doing minimal hair styling, it works so perfectly to tame my hair and make it look healthy.

You can check out their website here to get products suitable to your hair.



My haircare saviours

Beauty

I have been super lucky to be approached by a wonderful haircare brand, Percy & Reed, and I shall be working with them for the whole year which is super exciting! Each month I will be sent different products to try out and photograph. For me, I personally love just being able to take photos of products, testing them out is just an added bonus. Before this I had only ever tried one of their products which came in a subscription box, now I have a whole selection and could not be happier!

As you can see, the team at Percy & Reed have been super generous and I LOVE receiving these like parcels monthly.

So far, favourite has to be the overnight recovery, this is a hair mask which you can leave on for hours and hours. I tend to do mine every Sunday when I wake up if I have no plans for that day. I then let it work it’s magic the throughout the whole day. What’s great about this mask is that you only have shampoo your hair, no need for conditioner, so it totally speeds up the whole showering process (especially when it’s cold outside).

As I havn’t had these products for long I still havn’t had a good chance to try them, although before I went and took some outfit photos, I sprayed on the shine and fragrance spray which 1. smells amazing and 2. it actually made my hair look amazing!

And that’s all I’ve tried so far…

Happy Healthy Hair

Beauty

In May I was given the opportunity to try out the Lydia Hair Supplement which promotes healthy strong and longer hair.
I feel like for the purpose of photos and Instagram, my hair is my life, I always feel so much more confident when my hair is down and looking healthy, this supplement has helped promote the healthiness of my hair in just over a month.

My Hair

My haircare routine is pretty simple compared to my 10 step skincare routine every evening, for my hair I simply wash, condition and put an oil in. I rarely dry or style my hair, I just let it air dry naturally (like in these photos). I have found that since I stopped using straighteners the ends of my hair have been so much more healthier and have less breakage.
My hair is bleached, but I literally get that done once a year so the damage is minimal and when I do the bleach doesn’t go on the ends, just on the roots.  

The Product

I was sent a one month supply of the supplement, when I first read the flavour of the it I was a bit put off, orange & carrot flower, but actually it tastes just like orange squash. I have been using it as squash, after my dinner I mix it two cap fulls with water and drink it.
The main ingredients which promote healthy hair are biotin, zinc, millet extract & MSM and so many more amazing vitamins. I definitely do not get my daily allowance of vitamins from food so I am really grateful to be able support my hair (and skin) by using this supplement.

There is only one down side, it smells! If it gets on the bottle, or stains anything then you will be able to smell it and it does not smell pleasant! So just make sure you don’t spill, I have been drinking it in my bedroom so it would probably be wise to make your drink in the kitchen where smells don’t matter!

The End Result

I think the supplement has definitely helped support my hair growth and nourishment, it feels a lot softer and a lot easier to manage especially after washing.
I would love to see the effects after taking it for a few more months as I am sure it would increase growth, but as we know all these vitamins and minerals take a while to get into your system so I could still see the benefits even after I stop taking the supplement.

Lydia’s Hair Supplement  1.5 month supply is £27

Thanks for reading xx

 

 

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse 

Beauty


While I was on holiday my hair became unmanageable, in fact it’s like that all the time. My hair is so thick and long now that it takes so long to brush it and it gets knotty so easily. Luckily I had thought ahead and packed a tiny sample size of the NUXE oil and so I deciddd to use that one day to try and tame my locks, and to my surprise and happiness it worked! I started using the oil every day and after I showered and it made my hit so much easier to brush and looked so much sleeker! 

However, that tiny little sample size wa snot going to last me forever. I found a 50ml for £11 on a website and jumped at the chance to get it! 

This oil is a multi use oil, not just for hair but also for your face and body which makes it a really good investment. I cannot believe I didn’t think about trying an oil before hand as it’s made my hair so much better! Before when my hair dries my ends looked awful and wispy but now they look really healthy!

So if you have thick long hair and need something to tame it then definetely have a go with an oil! 

Victoria xx 

Hair Care Routine 

Hair

Over the past year or so I have been so focused on my hair care and trying to do whatever it takes to make it grow! At the minute my hair is the longest it’s ever been, and I used to think it didn’t grow. But it does! I grew up swimming so I think chlorine was the main culprit for the damage and not allowing it to grow. But I also had highlights, so that combined with chlorine was the perfect combination of bad things for your hair. Now I work in a pool everyday but we use minimal chlorine and I can see so much difference in the condition of my hair. 

So here are my tips and what I have been using to help it grow and be healthy. 

Bleach 

My hair is not naturally blonde, a long time ago it was. Which is why I have always stuck with it as my hair colour, it’s more natural that way. I’ve been having highlights for about 9 years now, but as time has gone on I have reduced the amount I get and how often. I try and leave it a long time before I get my roots done, and plus I kind of like the ombré look. If your using bleach then make sure you are using some good treatments to restore the goodness to your hair.

  Heat 

I can count on my hands the amount of time I used heat on my hair last year. Even though I always use a heat protectant I still feel like it’s not doing any good to my hair. I only straighten my hair for very special occasions. Most of the time my hair dries straight anyway if I keep combing it while it dries. I like to also let my hair dry naturally all year long. 

Extensions 

Extensions have been my saviour, I will not have my photo taken without them in. I feel like they add so much to hair and make me feel whole. I have gone through 4 pairs of extensions since I’ve started wearing them. I buy human hair which works out about £70 because of the length. Yes it’s a little expensive but if your not happy with the length of your hair it can help so much! They really are worth the money! 

  Vitamins 

I have been taking Biotin for about a month now and I can really notice a difference. My hair growths seems more prominent and I can see my roots as the blonde grows out. Biotin helps promote healthy hair and nails. I also take cod liver oil which helps maintain your hair follicles so healthy hair grows through. And finally I take multi vitamins to just make sure I am getting enough of everything else.

Hair Ties

For the past few years I have only been using the hair tries which look like ribbon. They are thick prices of elastic which are ties together. They reduce creasing in your hair, so when you tie it up you can then take it down again without having to straighten your hair. These hair ties are also less harsh on your hair and reduce the damage a normal hair tie does.  

Healthy Eatting 

Taking vitamins and minerals isn’t the only thing that is going to help your hair grow, you also need to eat the good stuff. I am the worse for healthy eatting but i manage to get in some nutrients by drinking smoothies and making my own soups. 

Water

In order for your hair to grow healthily you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day as dehydration will affect your scalp and prevent hair growth.

Massage 

Massaging your scalp will stimulate hair growth and get the blood circulating. It also feels really nice, make sure you don’t use your nails though as that will damage your hair follicles. 

  Leave in Conditioner 

Before I comb my hair I use a leave in conditioner of hair oil, this way my hair has less tangles and I am going to cause less damage to it. It also helps style your hair and makes it really soft. 


First Impression: Beauty Boxes

First Impressions

For a long time I have been wanting to sign up to a monthly subscription beauty box so last month I finally did. I signed up to Birchbox and You Beauty. 

  
  
  Above: Birchbox April edition. As this was the first box I received I didn’t really know what to expect but I was quite impressed with it. Getting trail sizes of products is idea for taking on holiday. 

In this box I received a Laura Mercier eye liner, Lola Barcelona nail polish, Number 4 leave in conditioner, Liz Earle cleanse and polish, Korres shower gel and Inner Me energise me tablets. 

  
Above: You Beauty Discovery Box was a lot cheaper than Birchbox but you got to pick what items you wanted. I picked two moisturisers from Deborah Mitchell and you can’t have enough of these to pack into your handbag. This box also came with flaxseeds which I have already eaten in my smoothies: 

 
Above: Mays Birchbox arrived with a lot of good products. There is a bronzer and blush duo from Jelly Pong Pong, a sea salt spray from Jeff Chastain, false nails from Wah London, face mask from Absolution and tinted moisturiser from Claudalie. 

Getting these boxes every month is great, it’s something to look forward and it’s a nice surprise to see what appears in your box!