Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Better than MoroccanOil? Garnier Ultimate Blends ♥

Vain as it is, my hair is extremely important to me and recently I've been doing as much as I can to get it in the best condition possible.

Colour wise I have a full head of foils (just on my roots) with a high lift tint (12.1) and bleach alternated. The bleach means that my hair used to be extremely dry and unruly and I really struggled with it. I would regularly spend more than £30 on morrocanoil and found it really helped but always thought it was quite pricey.

Recently, Garnier released their ultimate blends range and it included two hair oils, one for dry, dull hair called The Marvelous Transformer and one for dry, frizzy hair (pictured above) called The Sleek Restorer - they retail at £9.99 but my beloved Boots had them on offer at a third off so I paid just over £6 which was fab! Another (albeit small) bonus is that the bottle is plastic, I'm doing a lot of travelling at the moment and had taken to wrapping my moroccanoil in a plastic bag to avoid smashes/spillages - with plastic I don't need to worry about any broken glass :)

I've been using the oil for about a month so far and I'm amazed by the performance and results. The only difference I personally find between this and morrocanoil is the smell... The Garnier one smells far nicer because it contains coconut oil!!

This leaves my hair smooth, glossy, frizz free and smelling amazing. I don't even straighten it anymore day to day, preferring to apply the oil, rough blow dry then split into two sections and dry with a brush, and leave it. Never in a million years did I think my hair would be that well behaved whilst it was blonde. It's also grown quite significantly as well which thrills me because I don't have to wear extensions as much, if at all anymore!

It really isn't often that you come across products at high street prices that perform just as well as the high end ones so this comes very strongly and highly recommended by me. It's an easy 10/10 ♥


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

My 5 favourite perfumes ♥

It's not often that I speak about perfume, simply because I'm utterly pants at describing scents. Grade A rubbish at it to be exact. That said, I quite fancied writing about my favourites as I don't seem to be picking up any others in my collection.

I feel like Paco Rabanne Lady Million has fast become a hit and a complete classic over the last couple of years. I have no idea how to describe it apart from to say it's feminine, yet sophisticates and glamorous at the same time. In my personal opinion it's perfect both for day and night wear, it's fruity and definitely has a hint of honey to it. I couldn't be without a bottle these days.

The name English Pear and Freesia pretty much sums up this beautiful Jo Malone Cologne. It's the only Jo Malone fragrance I own and when I chose it, I wanted to avoid the classic Blackberry and Bay and try something different. This is fruity and completely grown up, I save it for super special occasions because the price tag is a little eye watering ;)

I've been wearing Prada Candy for a few years now and thankfully the name has stuck in my Dad's head - he keeps me well stocked when he goes through duty free! In-keeping with the general theme running through my perfumes, this is super sweet and super girly. It's quite spicy when first applied but (fun fact!) the bottom note is caramel so this soon settles into a gorgeous, feminine scent. I originally bought it as Prada described it as "an excessive fragrance with too much of everything" which I thought was me all over!

My 'cheapy but goodie' of the bunch has to be Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction - the price varies depending on special offers but I've never paid more than £11. Similarly to the Jo Malone above, this contains freesia. When I'm wearing it and people ask what it is they're astonished to discover it's a perfume costing less than £20. Pure Seduction is my favourite line from VS, I regularly use the shower gel, body lotion, body spray and eau de toilette ♥

Last but absolutely not least is my beloved Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb - I actually avoided this for years because I thought it was over hyped, over priced, and over worn by most of my friends. For years on end I would smell it in shops or at airports and turn my nose up. I'm not sure what changed but roughly two years ago I fell in love with it and asked for a bottle for my birthday... I have never looked back! I went through a phase of dousing myself in the stuff and half choking all of my friends and family but hey, it just smells too good! This is sweet and fruity but also really refreshing, the perfect summer scent for me. ♥

What are your favourite perfumes at the minute? If they're similar to mine do you have any recommendations for me?