Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask |Review|

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Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask Review

Working in a hairdresser’s part time has made me determined to try and know as much as I can about products available for dry and damaged hair. Particularly conditioning masks. I am often in contact with dry or damaged hair and know the value of a good deep conditioning treatment. Not for other’s hair but my own too. While I wouldn’t classify my own hair as overly dry or damaged I like to use products aimed at this hair type to keep my own in good condition. Years ago I stopped using a normal conditioner and instead replaced it with an intensive mask. I know this might seem a little extreme but I find it is the best way to condition, strengthen and care for my hair.

Now you know what I’m working with, let me introduce you to Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask. This is a ‘rinse me out’ conditioning mask aimed at very dry and damaged hair.  It invites you to “Step this way to hydration heaven… Give me 1 minute to do my stuff, and rinse me away. For best results, let’s get together 2-3 times a week”.  I have steadily been using this product now for a month and as with all Herbal Essences products I was sold on the smell alone. An intensive but light coconutty smell greets you once you unscrew the plastic lid of the tub.

The mask itself is a light blue-white colour which ties in with the blue packaging, which I quite like. While the initial smell promises so much I find that it doesn’t leave hair as intensely scented as the product in the tub. The best way to get the smell to stick is, once you are out of the shower, squeeze the water out of your hair and blow dry immediately. I found that towel drying or air drying hair for a while before blowdrying takes away whatever little scent has transferred to my hair.

The product claims to leave you with soft, shiny, conditioned and hydrated hair and it delivers these well. I find my hair is definitely soft and hydrated when I use this mask. This softness usually lasts for about a day, maybe a day and a half, all depending on what I’m doing. I haven’t noticed my hair that much shinier but like with the scent, this product delivers best when the freshly treated hair is blowdried. As far as value for money goes, you get a tub of 200 ml of product from around £2.50 – £4.39. I bought mines in ASDA, where recently I seem to be buying all my beauty products, on offer at 2 for £4.

This is a good mask for under a fiver and I have started a second tub. I used to use Herbal Essences products in my early teens but stopped because I found they were leaving too much residue on my hair. This is the first product in their extensive range that I have really enjoyed using and would recommend. Although Herbal Essences Hello Hydration is not the most nourishing hair mask I’ve ever used, for the price and promises of soft, hydrated hair, it is a great mask and definitely worth a try.

Let me know if you have tried this or any other products and what you made of them. I’m always looking for new ones to try!

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Beauty Edit: Travel Sized Cosmetics

Travel Sized Cosmetics Collection

Travel Sized Cosmetics Collection

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, a week holidaying in the sun, or an over night at a friends house, nothing is handier than having a pre packed a cosmetics bag that’s ready to rock’n’roll. Many of the products I’ve mentioned below are available from your local Boots, Superdrug or ASDA. Keep an eye out for special offers, especially in ASDA where most of their travel sized goodies are 3 for £3, a compete bargain. All of the products mentioned below are under 100mls or 100mls on the nose so they are suitable for hand luggage if you are catching a flight.

Hair Care

The TRESmme Luxurious Moisture shampoo is designed specifically for dry or damaged hair. The formula is thick and works well to cleanse the hair. As you might expect from the name, it is moisture heavy so not the best for those of you that have oiler hair. For conditioner, I recently bought the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisture and Shine conditioner. I had never used this product before, and as you might expect it smells amazing! I’m a sucker for anything with coconut… Again, the formula is thick and creamy which is excellent for those of you with dry and split ends. It leaves hair soft and smelling fantastic. Next in the lineup is a mini Batiste dry shampoo. I use the Tropical scented one but there are so many different scents to chose from and different versions of this product for darker and lighter hair. I can’t survive without this product on a weekly basis, I have two of the larger bottle on hand at all times. I find that with this scent I don’t get sick of it compared to some of the other scents I tried. A mini dry shampoo is an essential, especially if you’re going on a short stay to a city and want to cram loads in and haven’t time to wash your hair every morning.

Skin Care

I’m a big fan of the Simple skincare range. I use their products on a daily basis in my normal skincare routines so it made sense for me to include them in my mini cosmetics stash. As a facewash/cleanser I use the Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. As with all of Simple’s skin care their products are chemical free and scent free, great for sensitive skin but tough enough to remove makeup. I also use the Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. The only negative I have regarding this moisturiser is that it wasn’t rich enough. I brought this with me to Paris in January, combining the cold Paris air, false indoor heating and aircon/heat on the plane, the product wasn’t strong enough to repair the serious dryness I developed whilst I was away. So while this is a great product I wouldn’t recommend it totally if you have very dry skin as I found it wasn’t as rich and moisturising as suggested.  For eyemakeup remover, I’ve included a mini Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Eye Makeup Remover. I think I got this product free in a set one Christmas when I bought a Doll Eye’s mascara. The formula isn’t overly oily, as the name suggests, but it manages to remove all traces of waterproof mascara and eyeliner without being harsh on your skin.It is also suitable for sensitive eyes. A little goes a long way with this product, which I love, so thumbs up for that Lancome.

Body Care

Included is the Dove Go Fresh deodorant in pomegranate and lemon verbena scent. This is a spray on deodorant which smells unreal. Personally I prefer the energising grapefruit and lemon grass scent, but they had no minis of it available. This product leaves underarms feeling so smooth after a few uses. I really noticed a difference in my underarm appearance after using this product. A word of caution though,  the cucumber and green tea scent goes on very cakey compared to the rest of the products in this range. I found that if I over spray it, it will clump and leave marks on my clothes. The other two don’t do this so it might be something to do with the formula. Either way I really like this deodorant and use it on an everyday basis.

I realise that the body care is a bit lacking in this collection. I need to replace my mini Dove body washes and find a suitable body moisturiser. Whilst I was in France I used my friends Soap and Glory products, which I liked but I can’t say much about because I only used them for a few days.

I’d love to hear your suggestions, thoughts and opinions on any of the products mentioned (or not mentioned) in the comments below!

The Best of YouTube: Hair

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Did you know, 1 Billion of us that consult YouTube on a monthly basis?
When it comes to all things beauty, celebrity, cooking and lifestyle, knowing the best channels to watch, trust and rely on, can be a challenge. As part of  a new mini-series, The Best of Youtube, I will highlight and profile some of my favourite Youtubers from each category.
This week it’s the Beauty Community, starting with Hair.

LetsMakeItUp1 aka Kaley

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This girl sure knows a thing or two about hair! Kaley is the hair-extraordinaire, uploading videos since 2010, LetsMakeItUp1 focuses on easy, elegant, modern hairstyles for the average girl.  Her tutorials are step by step guides, usually inspired by redcarpet hair, TV shows, Pinterest pictures or music videos. Ranging  from Caual Updos , Formal Updos to Casual non-updo hairstyles. To make the most out of Kaley’s channel, I would advise that you have good knowledge of your own hair and what works and doesn’t work for you. She does her best to advise which hairstyles suit a particular hair type or length in the intros to her videos. I would suggest that you try out and practice these tutorials before you plan on wearing them, especially if it is for a formal occasion or big event. The videos are really easy to follow and understand, but some of the styles are quite intricate and require practice. She also features videos on products that cater to a vast range of hair types and styles.

Lilith Moon

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Model turned YouTube hair guru ace, Lilith Moon, features tutorials for all occasions. Her styles focus mainly on medium to long hair lengths. Time and time again, I can consult this channel and learn something new. Lilith also uses clip in hair extensions and features extensive guides and FAQ videos on how to achieve the perfect look.  If you want to learn how to create a knotted braid  , an interesting, intricate side braid or something effortlessly chic, LilithMoon is the channel for you.

Cute Girls HairStyles

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This channel is best for those of you who wish to learn the basics or wish to expand on your basic hair knowledge. It’s also a great channel for a Mother or Father with little hair styling knowledge. Compared to the other channels I’ve suggested, most of the tutorials are carried out on a model. Mindy, the founder of the channel, is a mother herself and the modelsshe uses are her own children. My favourite tutorials are the winding lace braided ponytail, the Dutch lace headband and their 3D Plait ponytail. All of the videos on this channel are really well put together and simple to follow.  Perfect if you’re just starting out and love to braid!

Bebexo

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Bebexo is an excellent channel for anyone interested in hairstyles thats quick, quirky, and deviating from the norm. Each video is stronger than the last. Her latest one minute back to school hairstyles video is  brilliant for every day, even if you’re not going back to school.  A lot of hair videos on YouTube can be confusing and full of waffle. Bebexo’s tutorials are concise and informative without losing the effect of an effortless style. Be sure to look at her blog aswell  for more advice and all things beauty, including product and style reviews.

Hopefully you like these channels as much as I do. Remember, a lot of the styles featured in these videos take practice. Don’t give up if they don’t work for you the first time! As always, let me know your favourite YouTube Hair gurus below.