Thursday, 5 May 2016

KORRES Almond Cherry Collection

Launching on May 11th is a very scrummy collection from Korres.

For sweet smelling product lovers this one is for you- meet the new Almond Cherry collection.

Within these bottles is the yummy aroma of sweet almond and fresh juicy cherries, inspired by long spring getaways and fully blossomed gardens.

And yes, it smells a lot like cherry bakewells. Mnnnnnn!

You’ve got a lovely creamy and frothy showergel (£8) and a body milk (£10) which together will leave your skin feeling soft and clean and smelling good enough to eat!

The Showergel contains skin loving wheat proteins which form a protective film on the skin helping to maintain its hydration level while the body milk offers the perfect amount of moisturisation without feeling heavy.

The milk is enriched with vitamins, almond oil, Aloe, provitamin B5 and shea butter to provide long lasting nourishment while enhancing your skins suppleness.

It’s a luxurious milk which is absorbed really quickly leaving behind the delicious scent of almond and cherries which I find really addictive!

You’ll be able to get your hands on this delicious duo from May 11th from M&S, Debenhams and John Lewis.

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb is one of my favourite scents. It is sophisticated, addictive and unquestionably, beautiful.

Imagine my sheer joy then when I stumbled across Flowerbomb Extreme, a darker, richer, deeper more intense version of the original scent.

Flowerbomb Extreme features the same multifaceted shaped bottle only this time the bottle is almost the colour of an amethyst, gorgeously violet and crimson and rich.

The fragrance itself features some of the same signature floral notes as Flowerbomb however the intensity of the essential oils have been heightened to create a longer lasting, deeper and warmer experience- this is definitely more of an evening or winter scent, for example.

 Top notes of Manderin and grapefruit replace Flowerbomb’s Bergamot and Tea before familiar heart notes of Sambac Jasmine, Freesia and Orchid are introduced also to Rose.

Base notes of Essential Oils, Patchouli and Amber create a stunning, powerful and warm well rounded scent that is as equally addictive and recognisable as the original.

I love Flowerbomb Extreme. I adore being able to smell a fragrance for hours after its been applied and I’m a fan of powerful scents so this is right up my street.

On a more basic and superficial level I also really love the pretty purple bottle too!

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme is available now and costs £80 for 50ml.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Boost Your Locks with GHD

My hair is quite ‘glassy’ in texture, which means it is pretty silky, shiny and straight.

Sure this sounds great in theory, but when it comes to doing anything with it other than wearing it straight, it makes it nigh on impossible.

Because it is so ‘glassy’ it means it lacks any real texture, which in turn means that getting any kind of volume or style into it is really hard work, frustrating and usually ends in failure.

Lucky for me then that GHD have a brilliant range of products and styling tools available designed to help inject some va-va-voom and lushness into your hair!

This super-hero trio have really helped me to style my hair in a way I’ve been unable to since forever with very little effort and fuss, plus they are all really reasonably priced and easy to use too.

First up you’ve got their Root Lift spray (£12.95). One of the hardest things for me to achieve is voluminous roots which in turn help to create big, bouncy hair.

This spray helps to create a firm foundation for your style and can even be used to boost styles that have become flat throughout the day or slept on.

Its really easy to use and though it can be used on both dry and damp hair, I find I get best results when my hair is damp.

Section your hair off and apply 1-2 pumps to the underside of each section concentrating on the roots as closely as possible then simply blow dry as usual for hair that now has visibly more lift at the roots without feeling sticky or crispy.

Obviously, a decent product is only half the solution when it comes to creating the perfect style and a top notch brush is going to be needed too.

I’ve found GHD’s Ceramic vented radial brush in size 2 (£15) is brilliant at helping to produce a full bodied, smooth look when blow drying.

Because its ceramic it retains its heat to allow for a faster blow dry and its sleek handle and gentle bristles work their way effortlessly through your locks.

The best way to use this brush is to dry your hair until its 80% dry and then work on small to medium sections, place the brush into the root area and direct the head from the hairdryer at the barrel. Keep the tension as you move the brush through your hair and continue to direct the head at the barrel.

I’m pretty rubbish (and impatient) when it comes to styling my hair but with a bit of practice this brush really does make a big difference to the overall finish of my style and when used in conjunction with the root lift spray, I can really see a difference in the volume of my hair which is great!

So now I’ve managed to inject some volume and pizazz into my hair which is fabulous, I now also want to ensure that it stays looking smooth and silky.

Their Straight and Smooth Spray (£12.95) is a super lightweight spray that not only helps to create smoother, straighter hair but also protects against heat damage.

Again, this can be used on damp or dry hair but this time I prefer to use it on dry hair once its been blow dried and prior to styling with my straighteners.

I spray about 4-6 pumps evenly across my hair before using my styler and find that my hair feels  softer and stays straighter with less kinks, for longer.

So, if you too are after bouncier, more volumised hair that is also straight and smooth then you know where to go!

All three of the GHD products shown are available now from the GHD website.
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