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Overall rating:
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18th July, 2018 at 8:41 pm
L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Coconut Regime Reviews
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Gives Me Beautiful Hair!

This is a fabulous range and has made my hair look so healthy and beautiful. I am in love!

SHAMPOO: I was excited to trial this range so when it arrived I was straight in the shower. It came in a large bottle which surprised me as the other Elvive shampoo I have is considerably smaller. I like that it has a flip top lid which makes it easy to open and you can stand it on the lid to get the last bit of shampoo out.

It is a lovely thick consistency and man it smells devine! Beautiful coconut scent which I really loved. A little bit definitely goes a long way, it lathers up very well and washes out easily.

It didn't leave my hair feeling dry or knotty at all. The only negative thing I found was the amount of colour that washed out when I was rinsing. I know it is not a colour lock shampoo but I was shocked to see how much come out.

Overall it is a lovely shampoo which made my hair feel clean and smelling like coconuts!

CONDITIONER: Like the shampoo this comes in a great sized bottle with a flip top lid. I love how you store it standing on the lid which helps get all the conditioner out.

It is lovely and thick! I have very long hair but you don't need to go overboard with this as it spreads so well. It has the same amazing coconut smell as the shampoo, sooooo yummy!

I leave it on for a few minutes then rinse out. It leaves my hair with no knots and my comb runs through it with ease. After blow drying and straightening my hair looks transformed. So soft and shiny, my frizz is tamed and my hair looks fabulous. The coconut scent lingers all day which I love.

A beautiful conditioner that I am loving. I do not get any colour wash out at all from this unlike the shampoo.

MASK: I have not used a lot of hair masks before so was keen to see what results this would give me. It comes in a tub with a screw on lid which makes it easy to scoop the right amount of product out.

It is very luxurious and thick which I love and has the most incredible coconut smell which lingers in my hair all day, I love getting wafts of it throughout the day.

It seems like it can be used in a few ways, I tried a mask, overnight treatment and leave in conditioner. I like it all 3 ways! When used as a mask I shampoo my hair then leave this on for about 5 minutes then rinse, as a treatment I used it on damp hair as it was easier then popped on a shower cap and left it on overnight, as a leave in conditioner I put a tiny amount on my mid lengths and ends. My hair was never left feeling heavy or greasy. This really is a lightweight mask and my hair was left feeling so soft and hydrated with each use.

Definitely a winner for me and I would recommend for anyone wanting to give their hair a boost of hydration. Love this!

Continued below......

Tips: OIL: I love a good hair oil and this one was really great! It comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a pump. It holds 100ml of oil which will last ages as you only use a little bit each time.

The oil itself is very lightweight, I use 3-4 pumps, rub my hands together then apply to damp hair, it does not leave any greasy feeling at all or make my hair feel limp and heavy.

After blow drying my hair is smooth and frizz free, it has a beautiful shine and smells incredible. I really love this oil!

I have also used it on dry hair to tame any Flyaways and it did a fantastic job, you only need a little bit, it is so effective.

Overall this is a beautiful hair oil which I will gladly keep using and would happily repurchase when it runs out. Love it!

I highly recommend this entire range. It will leave you with beautiful hydrated hair and smelling like coconuts!

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awesome review and I am now really keen to try -Thanks

Definitely want to try this out.

Overall rating:
2.7/5
13th July, 2018 at 9:54 pm
Garnier Fructis Hair Food Banana Reviews
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Smells so good I want to eat it!

If you like banana smoothies, you'll love the smell of this product! If you use it as a conditioner or hair mask, washing it out afterwards, you still get a pleasant lingering smell. The smell is a lot stronger if you leave it in.

As a conditioner, I would rate it about average in effectiveness, in comparison to other supermarket brands. My hair didn't feel any softer than usual, even when I used it as a mask, but nor did my hair feel as dry as when I don't use conditioner at all.

As a leave in treatment, I was worried it would be greasy and stain my pillowcase, but actually it wasn't too bad. But it was a little too oily and smelled too strong for me to leave in during the day.

I admire the attempt at producing something that's based on natural ingredients, although just because something is natural doesn't mean it's good for you. The ingredients list has a lot of healthy sounding items in it, alongside a list of chemicals that have 'vegetable origin' or are 'perfume or plant derived'. This is where I get cynical and don't buy into the marketing, as everything is made up of chemicals and originating from plants doesn't necessarily make them safe! But kudos for appearing to try.

I think this would be a good product for children and young adults in particular, due to the fresh, sweet smell and possibly healthier ingredients list. I can imagine myself loving this as a child,

Tips: Add a small amount to your hair before going to bed, to give it an overnight treatment.

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I did the Goji trial for coloured hair and loved it too-awesome product.

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5.0/5
10th July, 2018 at 6:42 am
Garnier Fructis Hair Food Goji Reviews
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Hair Food for Thought

Let's start by saying that during winter my hair and skin become very dehydrated. On my skin I use a lot of hydrating products and on my poor coloured hair I need to step up my game. A recent convert to hair masks I had actually dropped and cracked my one, so the timing for this one was serendipidous.

Firstly the packaging is HUGE! You get a lot or product in here. I liked that Garnier were straight up about this not being 100% natural, but very close to. I really respect the transparency there.

The smell was very sweet, but I like it, especially first thing in the morning when you're feeling a little less fresh, having something so fruity and fragrant is lovely on the senses.

The product itself is white, thick and creamy. You can use this as a conditioner, a mask or a leave in conditioner. I used mine as a conditioner and mask. I really liked that there was a lot or product because I could really cover my long hair from root to top and make sure all the goodness covered everything. And because it's sulphate free I didn't have to worry about it stripping my hair of colour.

The result was that my hair was soft, silky and smooth. I found I didn't need as much hair oil to tame the frizz which is awesome and has left my hair a lot lighter in weight.

It definitely does what it says, and for a drugstore brand I'm really impressed. Garnier really came to the party!

Tips: Cover all your hair with a generous dollop, massage it in making sure the products covers all of you hair. Get a shower cap, put it over the top and take 15 mins to put your feet up and read a good book! For extra oomph you can wrap the shower cap in a hot towel and really lock in that moisture. Then rinse and enjoy those locks!

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Good tip -I left on 5 mils but shower cap for 15 mils excellent

Overall rating:
5.0/5
7th July, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Schwarzkopf Hair Mascara Reviews
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Exceeded My Expectations

The hair mascara packaging is super sleek and luxurious. I have naturally dark hair that has been highlighted to a medium blonde. I also have a few grey hairs that need to be blended in. I was a bit weary about the concept of the product. I was worried that it was going to look like I had painted hair. But the result was nothing like it. I was amazed at how it gave 100% coverage,but it didnt look caked on or painted on. It looked so natural! Just like any mascara, the applicator wand is just as, if not more important than the formulation in the bottle. And this one doesn't disappoint. The wand is silicone one, with very short stubby silcone bristles. They are nice and firm to help you "comb" on the product. I have a dark blonde, that I use to covers stray greys and regrowth. I am actually quite keen to get a dark brown to try a more regrowth/lived in colour look. A sort of balayage effect.

Tips: You dont have to restrict it to just the hair on your head. I found it looks great on my eyebrows! Giving them definition and texture. Love it!

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I am really impressed with the product but please note on instructions it says not to use on eyebrows so possibly too close to eyes.

Ohhhh I never thought about using it on my eyebrows...great tip!

Overall rating:
4.7/5
30th June, 2018 at 4:19 pm
Remington AIR3D Hair Dryer Review
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Remington AIR3D Hair Dryer - Review

When I received an email inviting me to trial this I was super excited, thank you so much BR for all the incredible trial opportunities and the work you put into this site! I was even more excited when I saw the package on my doorstep, and quickly opened it to find the beautiful box that this hair dryer comes in. It is black and rose gold, and absolutely beautiful! In the box, you get a storage bag, two concentrator attachments and a diffuser. It claims to use '3D Airflow' and 'Smooth Conditioning Technology' to help style, reduce frizz and create a smooth finish - which is definitely something I'm into! This hair dryer retails for $299.99, which is rather steep for a hair dryer, however I think it could be worth it depending on your hair type and needs.

This hairdryer looks like something out of a space movie - it just looks so futuristic! It's triangular, with a hole through the middle, and mesh at the back where I believe air is sucked in to blow dry with. This mesh means that there is no way for your hair to get sucked into the back, which has happened to me multiple times in the past and is always a huge pain. The hairdryer has good weight to it, but it is balanced well so is easy to manoeuvre while in use. The attachments included in the box easily pop onto the hollow head of the hairdryer. It also has a very long cord (3 metres if I remember correctly) with a loop to hang the hairdryer if needed. It has 3 heat settings, a ‘cool shot’ button, and 2 speed settings. I found that there wasn’t much of a difference between the lowest heat setting and the cool shot setting.

When I used this hair dryer I was amazed at the speed it dried my hair, it only took around 10 minutes compared to around 30-45 minutes that my old hairdryer took - keep in mind, I have very thick, frizzy curly hair! Using the diffuser attachment took longer, but gave me even better results - my curls looked smooth, and they weren’t frizzy, plus my hair was nice and soft with lots of volume! I used it by ‘cupping’ my hair in the attachment and holding for a while, repeating every minute. I think the ‘Smooth Conditioning Technology’ actually works, which I was very impressed with. With the other attachments, my hair took a bit less time to dry, but my hair wasn’t as curly, instead it was more wavy-straight, which is good as I am able to get 2 different styles without the use of a hair straightener at all.

Overall, I love the experience I have when I use this hair dryer - it looks good and performs great! It has lots of features that make it just that little bit better, such as the included attachments and storage bag, and many settings to choose from. It gave me amazing results, even though I have thick, curly, frizzy hair. The price tag is steep though (and that is why I have rated it slightly less than 5 kisses), so that is something to consider if you’re thinking about buying this hair dryer - it is sure a good one though! Thanks again to the Beauty Review Crew!

Tips: If you have curly hair, use the diffuser attachment - it means less air is blowing your hair around everywhere, therefore reducing frizz!

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Eeee $300 is pricey alright. Its worth it if it reduces frizz though - that's a big problem to deal with.

Good review - bit pricey but sounds great.

Great review! It sounds fantastic, but the price tag will be keeping me away...Hopefully they are a sale on at some stage!

It sounds wonderful. I agree the price tag is huge . One day hopefully

Overall rating:
5.0/5
29th May, 2018 at 9:38 am
Schwarzkopf got2b Fresh It Up Extra Fresh Reviews
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My First time

So as you may have guessed from the title, this was my first time using dry shampoo. Now this wasn't because I didn't know what dry shampoo was, this was because I didn't like the sound of it and the thought of sticky, white residue in my hair had put me off. I finally decided to give it a shot and luckily made the cut to be receive a sample to review - boy was I converted!

Firstly, I LOVE the way this dry shampoo smells. It has a lovely fresh scent that lasts all day and sure does make you feel good, especially if you're like me and forget to wear perfume some days coz you're in a mad rush!

Much to my surprise there was no sticky white residue. There was no stickiness at all - it was a cool dry mist that seemed to mop up my three day old oily hair. There was no residue, not even the slightest bit which was great.

The dry shampoo was easy to apply and the instructions were clear and simple - easy enough for a first timer to follow.

The can was cool and funky, it had me intrigued and made me want to try it.

Once applied, the dry shampoo was very effective and lasted all day.

Like I said I am converted and will definitely be buying more of this.

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Lovely review -I have not been a dry shampoo fan but this one seems sp much better than other's on the market and priced well too.

Overall rating:
4.3/5
30th May, 2018 at 3:39 pm
Schwarzkopf got2b Fresh It Up Extra Fresh Reviews
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Handy Spray for Instant Freshness

I’m the type of person who washes her hair every day because of oily hair/scalp when I wake up in the morning (I know it’s bad but I just can’t get myself to skip a day!). However since I started going to gym I felt the need to use dry shampoo because I don’t want to wash my hair more than once a day. Luckily I was able to get the Schwarzkopf got2b Fresh It Up Extra Fresh from BR to try.

The instructions say you’re to spray it to the roots (20cm away from head) and massage with your fingertips before combing it down your hair to get maximum freshness. I followed the instructions and found that it works fast and effectively at getting rid of the grease, especially for mild grease or gym sessions where your hair would get greasy but not wet. After you spray on to your roots, leave it on for a few seconds to let the product work its magic before massaging.

I have short and fine (colored) hair and most of the grease, including the white residue, easily gets dissipated once I massage the dry shampoo onto my scalp. I’ve had trouble getting rid of the white residue from other dry shampoos I’ve tried so this is very convenient as I am often on the go. For me since I have short hair, I only had to comb it down with my fingers a handful of times and my hair looked clean and fresh already. Most of the freshening up gets done when you massage it to your scalp. For moderate workout/grease though, while it freshens up the look of the hair it starts feeling a little bit heavy on my head after about 3 to 4 hours. The hair still looks fresh though so it could be psychological on my part.

I like the smell of the shampoo. My husband even commented saying that it smelled fresh. It has a fresh and slight fruity scent but not too strong which is good for people sensitive with smell like me. I was also flaking when I tried this product and I don’t feel like it had any effect at all in this aspect. Don’t spray too much though. As with most products, it can be too drying to your scalp if you spray too much. What I do is I part about 2 to 3 inches of my hair and spray, massage, then comb. And if I feel that some areas are still a bit more greasy, I part the middle of that area and do another spray of the dry shampoo. Don’t over spray at the get go.

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Love the review and sounds really positive.

Overall rating:
3.7/5
26th April, 2018 at 10:32 pm
Honey Babe Range Review
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Oh Honey!!

I was so excited to receive the Honey Babe baby range by Wild Ferns to review! This will be my first time using anything from Wild Ferns. In this package I reveived a Shampoo & Wash, a Barrier Crème and a Massage Oil.

As for the packaging; the cream and massage oil came in beautiful cream, orange and gold embossed boxes. Its got a picture of a baby on a manuka flower floating on honey. The soap just came by itself. The 100g cream came in a tub with twist top and so did the oil which was 120ml. The soap was 140ml and had a pump bottle. They are convenient size. Easy to travel with and pop in the diaper bag.

Now lets get on to the products: firstly the shampoo & wash has a no tears formula so thats gonna make bathtime so much more fun. It has a mild familiar scent (that for the life of me I cant recognize) and is easily dispensed. 1 pump is ok to wash hair and face but if like me you want lots of lather than by all means use 3-4 pumps for the body. Skin and hair was left soft with a lingering mild scent.

Now for the Barrier Crème; its creamy and very luxurious and thick. I just needed a little bit at a time as it spreads easily on skin and leaves an oily residue ( in a good way!). Its got a mild scent-nothing overpowering. Works okay but need regular application because the cream rubs of easily.

Lastly for the Massage Oil. Where can i start? I just love this product. It will always be my favourite from the bunch. Its easily dispensed. Got a stopper on top which allows only drips to come through so no wastage. Its a little bit thick and has a very pronounced scent. Absolutely delicious which is dangerous cause you dont want to go about biting your baby no matter how sweet he smells! Spreads and absorbs easily on the body leaving a healthy sheen ( note to myself: use on legs after shaving). And also washes out easily. I have used it on my hands before sleeping and its so calming and soothing. And the skin is left soft and supple.

I would recommend parents to give this range a go. They might just find their new favorite. If you only want to try one product than give the massage oil a go. You wont be disappointed.

P.s baby boy didnt react to any of these products and when i asked him his view he said: bababababa pprrrrrrr!

Tips: To get decent lather, I recommend 2-3 pumps of soap on a wet washcloth.

There will be a more in depth review of each product tomorow:)

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This would be an aesome present for a new mum -great review

Overall rating:
5.0/5
10th May, 2018 at 9:43 pm
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Rose Hip Oil Elixir Reviews
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Schwarzkopf Extra Care Rose Hip Oil Elixir

I was quite excited to be a part of this trial because I have been looking for a new, more affordable hair oil for my super fine and straight hair! Pretty much anything I put in my hair weighs it down. This product claims to be lightweight and also moisturising.

I have used this every day since I received it. I wash my hair almost every day as it does tend to lean a bit towards the greasy side towards to end of the day. After styling, I would take a full pump of this, distribute it between both hands then put it through my hair. I concentrate it towards the ends and make sure nothing gets on the scalp. I have mid-length hair so one pump is all that is needed. I found that even though this oil is very lightweight, my hair would still start to feel quite greasy towards the end of the day as usual – I am assuming this is just my scalp and cannot be attributed to the oil!

The condition of my hair is damaged because I heat style it. By using this product, I have noticed a change in the way my hair feels. It has become softer and I can run my fingers through it without my fingers getting caught in it. It has also become a bit more manageable as I noticed it isn't as frizzy as it can be after a shower. All this in a week!!

The oil comes in a sleek, clear bottle with an easy to use pump. The rose scent may be a bit strong for people that do not enjoy that scent but I think it smells delicious! The scent does last a while. I can smell it for a good part of the day.

The consistency of the product is a bit watery. I found it to be quite messy when I pump it into my palms. I did find that it would splash a bit. I think this is to be expected with such a lightweight product though so it wasn't a big issue for me.

Overall, this is a great hair oil and I would easily repurchase this again. Schwarzkopf are onto a winner with this magical product!

Tips: Careful when pumping this product out - consistency is quite watery so may splash a bit!

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We have the same hair type! Maybe I'll give this a go too. :)

Good review - I missed out on this trail as i was too slow but good to see it will be worth buying

Excellent and helpful review! Thanks for the tip.

Overall rating:
4.7/5
18th December, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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Dream Cream

Packaging is semi attractive, a glass jar with a screw top lid nice and basic, I do like glass it’s clean.

This cream is very light and doesn’t feel heavy enough in texture for my dry skin, it comes with a light fragrance reminds me of lilies semi pleasant a little cheep dare I say it, first sniff was like oh ok lets see if this is worth trying.

I stuck with my usual skin care routine and used this in place of my moisturiser (my more expensive one) nothing compares to it ha ha well so I thought

It took my skin a few days to get into the swing of this new product that I do use quite generously (a small broad bean size), I was double dipping the joys of dry thirsty skin, I gently smooth all over my face and neck followed by a gentle pat to push products in ha ha a habit I’ve gotten into and it’s worth trying I even wipe my hands on the back of my neck a very neglected area. Anyhow it soaked nicely in without leaving me shiny or feeling tacky. Ive been left moisturised all day with no dry patches, I can even wipe my face with a wet cloth ( when I’m working in dirt) and I just top up with sunscreen no need to remonstrance that’s a biggie for me.

I have noticed an improvement I’m definitely more hydrated all day and with that I can see a small improvement in my smaller lines. Softer skin that doesn’t slurp up the next product I use the old faithful sunscreen as this moisturiser doesn’t contain any and I’m fine with that as I don’t mind sticking extra sun cream on and BB or foundation sits nicely on top even powder glides on.

As the weeks have gone on a definite improvement to the point I will be saying cherrio to my more experience cream and pop this little beauty in its place

Will I purchase this for sure some of us old girls need a helping hand. I’m liking this very much who says you can’t mix and match brands. Not only will I save my skin it will save some dollars.

Tips: Give this cream a good pat on your skin to push it in, cleanse serum cream follow with sunscreen I didn't use the same range and got a great result.

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Thanks Julieal xxxx

Love your review