Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

With the long summer holidays just around the corner, I thought I’d focus on my favourite holiday hair care heroes. We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the damaging affects of the sun, however our hair is often overlooked. Have you noticed how dry, frizzy and generally damaged your hair can look and feel during the summer months? This does not need to be the case. To keep your hair shiny, healthy and colour rich during the heat of summer you just need to offer it some TLHC (tender loving hair care). Here are five of my current favourite summer hair heroes…

Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

L’Oreal Professionnel Solar Sublime After-Sun Protect Shampoo (£11.50) and After-Sun Nourishing Balm

As you’d expect from their names these duo protect and nourish your hair after prolonged sun exposure. I have highlighted hair and these duo stop it from getting dry and straw like after too much sun. They’re also great to use after swimming (in the sea or the pool), as the shampoo gently clenases your hair of chlorine or salt and the nourishing balm leaves it feeling soft and healthy. I absolutely love these products and can’t recommend them enough, especially if you’re going on a beach holiday.

Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

L’Oreal Professionnel Wild Styles Beach Waves (£15)

I’m a big fan of L’Oreal Professionnel products but this has to be up there as one of my absolute favourite products. It gives amazing texture and volume in a matt spray that leaves your hair looking effortlessly tousled and bouncy. A little goes a long way with this one, I simply tip my head upside down and spray the product into the ends, then bring my head back up and run my fingers through the ends to finish the look. Also this spray smells incredible and which now reminds me of summer.

Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

Mythic Oil – Nourishing Oil (£16.50)

You want you hair to stay glossy and healthy during the summer months? Try this bottle of gorgeousness! Mythical Oil is the perfect name for it because it really will transom your hair from frizzy and damaged to healthy and shiny. I normally take two or three pumps of the oil and rub it between my palms before running my hands through my damp hair, then dry normally. The results speak for themselves.

Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves (£6.99)

This one’s an oldie but a goodie! I must have been using this product off and on for the past fifteen years and although I’ve now progressed to the L’Oreal Wilde Styles spray (which I mentioned above) I do also love this as an alternative. This tends to be the  version I’d take with me to the beach or the pool. Again, a little goes a long way, it’s very easy to over do it and spay too much product into your, which can leave it sticky and looking matted. It’s best to spray a little at a time and manipulate your hair using your fingers for the best result.

Enjoy the summer!!

I’ve been a massive fan of Pixi by Petra products for a few years now. Pixi was launched back in 1999 at their flagship shop in Soho, London and thanks to their cult make-up and skin care products have become a big name within the beauty industry. Each product is designed to give you a naturally radiant “just had a good night sleep” look.

I love that founder Petra Strand says that Pixi products are all about multitasking, flaw-fixing and youth-enhancing for women with no time to spare. As a busy mum of four (Yes, 4!), she knows that ‘us mums’ need all the help we can get when it comes to fast beauty fixers.

I was super excited to receive some of Pixi’s most iconic and renowned products recently. Let me tell you all about them and why they’re all on my beauty heroes list.

Glow Tonic (250ml) £18

This is where Pixi started their skin care journey. The now iconic Glow Tonic is a ‘toner like no other’, it instantly refreshes, brightens, tones and conditions your skin after cleansing. It’s enriched with 5% glycolic acid, which gently exfoliates and dissolves dead cells to reveal the healthy, glowing skin that lies beneath. Aloe then soothes and hydrates your skin to gradually reduce signs of sun damage, fine lines, scarring and other imperfections. This little bottle of beauty elixir really does it all and is suitable for all skin types. I’m a little obsessed! Can you tell?

Flawless Beauty Primer (30ml) £24

If you’re after a skin-brightening primer that creates a flawless base for make up, then look no further! This tube of pearly cream unifies your skin tone and gives your complexion a gorgeous ‘lit-from-within’ finish. With this product Petra wanted to create a product that replicated the look and feel of the skin she had in her 20s and this, as she says “is as close as it gets”.

This is another beauty hero that’s suitable for all skin types. It can be worn alone on ‘good skin’ days, or underneath your favourite tinted moisturiser or foundation for a gorgeously dewy, airbrushed finish.

Rose Oil Blend (30ml) £26

This is a youth-boosting serum that packs a punch and is again suitable for all skin types. It’s infused with a powerful complex of oils to enhance your skin’s elasticity and leave it glowing with youthful health. The cocktail of sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed and rose geranium oils also smells amazing!!  Which makes this oil an absolute joy to apply.

It’s a gorgeous treatment ideal for anyone with dehydrated, dulled or sagging skin. Pass me the bottle!

Lip Lift Max £12

I’m not normally a fan of plumping lip products but this one, well this one I like. It has a glossy formula with soothing aloe, conditioning jojoba oil and calming chamomile. The fresh minty flavour leaves your lips tingling (in a good way) and looking smooth and full. I know that nothing is going to give me Angelina lips but I love the dramatic affect I get from this conditioning plumper. I have the clear ‘Petal Ice’ shade but it’s also available in pink ‘Sheer Rose’ and nude ‘Honey Sheen’ if you prefer some colour.

Endless Silky Eye Pen £12

Now I know eyeliners! I literally wear eyeliner every day (due to my non-existent eyelashes) and am constantly on the look out for a new favourite, so when I say this is the ultimate long-wearing liner, you know it’s good. This Silky Eye Pen is a creamy, indelible gel-crayon that glides on easily and ‘sets’ in seconds. Basically, it’s the perfect black eyeliner. There’s nothing more to say!

 

 

It must be summer because the annual Clarins summer colour collection has landed. As always it includes their coveted jumbo bronzer (that always sells out super quickly), along with a sunkissed themed collection of sunny hues and bright glossy colours. Here are my thoughts on the pretty palm print covered limited editions…

It must be summer because the annual Clarins summer colour collection has landed. Sunkissed

The Bronzing & Blush Compact (£30)

This year’s huge bronzing palette contains three matte bronzing shades and a shimmering coral blusher, which all work together and complement each other beautifully. You can use the bronzers on their own to contour your face or mix them up for a radiant glow. I really love the fact that the bronzers don’t contain any shimmer but still manage to add a beautiful golden glow to your complexion. The coral blush is a lovely addition to this super-sized palette and is perfect for adding a little glamour to your summer look.

The 4-colour Eyeshadow Palette (£34)

These are my perfect summer shades, which were inspired by the colours of a beautiful sunset. The four shades include; beige, gold, orange and bronze, and can be used wet (for added intensity and drama) or dry (for a soft, subtle look). It really is a gorgeous palette with a mixture of matte, satin and pearl finishes.

New shades of Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils (£19)

Clarins have also launched four (I was sent three of them, before you think that was a typo) new shades to their brilliant Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils line-up – which is so exciting! These lip oils have a silky formula that coat your lips and feel so luxurious whilst nourishing them with a blend of hazelnut, mira belle and jojoba oils. These four new colours add a real pop to the current range with shades of Candy Pink, Tangerine, Mint (which contains menthol to give your lips a subtle plump) and Honey Glam (which has shimmering gold flecks).

And just like that my holiday make-up bag is complete!!

With the school holidays fast approaching, many of you will soon be flying off on holiday. Excitingly, I’m flying out to Vegas on Thursday without the children (oh yes!). I literally can’t wait!! I’m even looking forward to the flight because I know I’ll actually get the chance to watch some movies and relax, without being interrupted by bored children. The only downside will be the inevitable jet-lag and dehydrated skin (from the continuous air-conditioning). Have you ever noticed how dry and rough your skin feels after a long-haul flight?

My biggest travel tip would be to pack a hydrating beauty mist in your flight bag, to keep your skin nourished and hydrated as you fly.  My current favourite has to be Institut Esthederm’s Eau Cellulaire Cellular Water Spray.

This Cellular Water Spray basically helps improve the overall quality and vitality of your skin. The concentrated spray contains cellular water, that mimics the water naturally found in healthy skin.  It’s also perfectly balanced in mineral salts and trace elements, providing your skin with the energy it needs to remain radiant, hydrated and healthy.

I’ve seen people get very serious about their skin care routine on a flight, by applying treatment oils and face masks to avoid ‘skin fatigue’ but in all honesty as long as you have a good moisturiser and a good beauty spray, your skin should not be too affected.

Once you’ve spritzed your face with Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Cellular Water, your skin will be treated to an  energy boost, restoring freshness, radiance and vitality – which is just what it needs on a flight!

So why is it my favourite?

For me this beauty spray is so much more that just a ‘water spray’! It’s a super gentle, fragrance-free, dye-free, preservative-free and hypoallergenic hydrating spray that’s perfect to use on the go (and great for setting your make-up). I also love that it’s an aerosol bottle that sprays an extremely fine mist, so you don’t need to worry about the water smudging your make-up or frizzing your hair (which can happen with some other sprays). All you need to do is spray it onto your face and gently pat the damp mist into your skin for a concentrated boost of hydration and moisture. It couldn’t be any easier!

You can buy Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Cellular Water from Look Fantastic, Feelunique and other online retails for £16 (100ml).

Bioderma Sebium Global Cover (30ml) £14.50

As I get older my skin seems to be getting drier and more dehydrated (ooh what a depressing start to a post). What used to be oily/combination skin is now definitely much more normal/ dry. However, I still have a few blackheads on my nose and chin and also get the odd blemish around these same areas. So when I was sent a tube of the new Bioderma Sebium Global Cover to try, I was intrigued to see how it would work on my skin. Would it be too drying?

Sebium Global Cover is a high coverage tinted treatment cream that acts on the root causes of blemishes by using active ingredients, such as; AHA and salicylic acid to clear pores and smooth the texture of your skin.

It’s also said to treat existing blemishes and blackheads to reduce any obvious marks or scars.

The Bioderma Sebium Global Cover works in two ways…

  1. the high-coverage tinted cream evens out your complexion
  2. and the green compact (hidden with a mirror inside the cap) neutralises any sign of redness to conceal and treat any spot or blemish.

Bioderma Sebium Global Cover is a high coverage tinted treatment cream that acts on the root causes of blemishes by using active ingredients, such as; AHA and salicylic acid to clear pores and smooth the texture of your skin.

So what do I think?

If I’m honest, my skin is a little too dry for this product. Having said that the consistency of the cream is light and it’s easy to apply. It definitely covered any signs of blackheads and soaked up any oil. However, my skin felt a little tight and uncomfortable. This is probably because it’s designed for young skin prone to breakouts, excess oil or even acne. The mattifying effect of the cream was way too heavy and drying on my skin but I know that ten years ago I would have loved this product.

If you’re looking for a product that will help cover and treat teenage or twenty-something skin, this is a must-have product. It’s recommended by dermatologists and has proven scientific results to backup its claims. Unfortunately, if you’re in your late 30s (like me) or above, you may want to try a more nourishing product.

Bioderma Sebium Global Cover is a high coverage tinted treatment cream that acts on the root causes of blemishes by using active ingredients, such as; AHA and salicylic acid to clear pores and smooth the texture of your skin.