Whipped Cream Intense Moisture with Milk_Shake

Picture this: Whipped Cream, a delicious Vanilla Milk Shake….and extreme moisture for your hair. Is that even possible you say? Well, read on…

For those of you that don’t know, I am a huge fan of the Milk_Shake brand. I find it offers the ideal hair care range for those who have thick, dry, damaged or colour-treated hair. I am telling you, these products get the job done.

The very first product I ever tried, which is also my all-time favourite leave-in conditioning product ever, is the Milk_Shake Whipped Cream Leave-in Foam.

Milk_Shake's Whipped Cream Leave-in Foam

Milk_Shake’s Whipped Cream Leave-in Foam

Packaging: A 200ml can that contains the same type of nozzle that a can of whipped cream would have. This will last you for quite a few months even with regular use.

Scent: The majority of the Milk_Shake range smell great, but this one really seals the deal. A super sweet and intense creamy vanilla milk shake kind of scent. It can be a bit sickly for some, but for me, it’s a burst of deliciousness! That being said, the scent eventually wears off once applied.

Texture: Just like a regular whipped cream, this come out light and fluffy. Yet a small amount is enough to cover a good amount of hair so you need not apply too much.

Milk_Shake's Whipped Cream Leave-in Foam

Milk_Shake’s Whipped Cream Leave-in Foam

Application: Give the bottle a good shake first, then press the nozzle gently. A lot of product can come out quite quickly, and the product does grow once sprayed out, so press with caution – you don’t need so much at a go. Also, as this is so moisturising, it may be best to avoid the crown of the head to avoid oiliness too quickly – leave it for the ends. Best applied on clean, damp hair.

Cost: Locally, I can get this for about €12 from my hair salon. Given the length of time this lasts, and how effective it is for nourishing dry hair, I’d say it’s definitely one worth trying out.

Verdict: This product is advertised for all hair types, however it is extremely nourishing so I would imagine that it might make very fine hair get greasy quickly. That being said, if a small amount is applied then this can probably be avoided.

Containing milk proteins, this helps to improve the hair structure and leaves it feeling deeply conditioned. It also claims to help preserve hair colour. However, as I have bleach highlights and not dye, I cannot comment on this.

That being said, it most definitely makes the hair feel extremely soft and healthy. I’ve seen a big difference in the condition of my hair with this. I do have some dry parts due to the bleach and this has improved them immensely. It’s also great at eliminating any tangles effortlessly. Definitely a great buy!

Have any of you tried this or any other Milk_Shake products? What are your thoughts on them?

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Silver Shampoos: L’Oréal & Milk_Shake

I love my silver shampoos  (or purple/blue as some prefer to call them). With all my light blonde highlights, I find them a necessity to have. They keep my hair colour looking fresher and more cool toned which is just the way I like it.

Yet, I haven’t experimented much with these type of shampoos and I’ve come across these two that I really love. However, I’m set on trying some others I’ve been eyeing so that I can decide which works best.

My two current favourites: L’Oréal’s Serie Expert & Milk_Shake’s Silver Shampoos.

Purple Shampoos - L'Oréal & Milk_Shake

Silver Shampoos – L’Oréal & Milk_Shake

L’Oréal Serie Expert – I’ve been using this for many many years! After having tried their purple shampoo for blonde hair, I opted for this as it was a lot more intense and more effective.

This 250ml bottle retails for around €15.00 and packs a serious punch when it comes to its product colour. A very deep purple shampoo with a texture that is a lot thicker than the Milk_Shake one, and removes brassiness and yellow tones quite effectively.

It’s important to point out that this product recommends carrying out a test patch before using.

Purple Shampoos - L'Oréal & Milk_Shake

Silver Shampoos – L’Oréal & Milk_Shake

Milk_Shake – Having been loyal to L’Oréal for many years, I decided to try this as I needed an alternative that was sulfate free due to my kertatin treatment. After loving the silver shampoo from L’Oréal for so long, I now was impressed to find one that was even better and more effective.

This 300ml bottle retails for around €12 and has a very smooth and light texture in comparison to the one from L’Oréal. Its colour is a little bit lighter and resembles a royal blue a bit more than a purple per se.

This just seems to work a lot better on my hair – it brightens it even further and really leaves my hair with a nice crisp ‘clean’ looking blonde colour. If you leave in too long (a couple of minutes – 3-5mins or so), you can get a slight blue tint but that doesn’t bother me as its not permanent and I don’t mind that look at all.

Even better, it’s sodium laureth sulfate free – bonus! Also containing milk proteins and fruit extracts I find it leaves my hair feeling a lot softer and conditioned than the other one.

Purple Shampoos - L'Oréal & Milk_Shake

Purple Shampoos – L’Oréal & Milk_Shake

Both shampoos are great however after having tried the Milk_Shake one, I think I’ll be sticking to this for a while.

Side Note: These type of shampoos are not only formulated for blonde hair but also for hair that is grey. They neutralise any brassy tones and leave the hair looking brighter and more vibrant. They have been said to dry out the hair with frequent use and so should not be the only shampoo you use. I do use regular shampoos but personally, have not found these to dry out my hair.

Do you use silver shampoos? Which are your favourites?

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L’Oreal Professional Serie Expert’s Liss Unlimited Hair Mask

Hair care is a bit of an obsession for me. Having grown up with very difficult hair, as the years went by I became more and more fussy with hair care and hair products.

I’ll start off by saying that my hair is quite long and has a bit of a wave to it. The hair itself is very fine, yet I have a lot of it, if that makes sense. This all means that it’s prone to tangling and frizziness. To add to this, I have tons of bleach in my hair. That being said, it’s in very good condition, yet constant care is needed to ensure it stays that way.

Throughout the years, I used numerous products, but this has remained constant for as long as I can remember and I just can’t imagine myself not ever using it.

Introducing to you, L’Oreal Serie Expert’s Liss Unlimited Hair Mask:

L'Oreal Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Hair Mask

L’Oreal Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Hair Mask

Packaging: These come in either a 200ml or 500ml tub. As I use so much of the stuff,  I always end up buying the larger one! It’s also more cost effective!

Scent & Texture: The smell of this is just lovely! It’s a bit difficult to describe but its got a nice subtle cream-like scent that’s just heavenly. Being a hair mask, the texture is rather thick and a little really does go a long way. In terms of looks, it’s rather pearl-like in colour and shine.

Application: To be applied after the hair has been cleansed. I try to squeeze out as much of the water as possible and apply it from just above my neck till then ends, avoiding the scalp unless very knotted. I leave it seep in for about 10 minutes and then run my fingers through my hair to get rid of any knots without stressing the hair too much. Then rinse out and pat dry! Even though this is a mask, due to the bleach I have, I still apply a leave-in conditioner later on.

For extreme moisture, this can be left on overnight. Just place your hair in a shower cap whilst you sleep and rinse out in the morning.

L'Oreal Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Hair Mask

L’Oreal Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Hair Mask

Cost: The 200ml tub retails for approximately €14 and the 500ml tub for €18, which is why I always go for the larger one (apart from the fact that I use of lot of this stuff!) As mentioned, a little goes quite a long way so it’s well worth it in my opinion.

Great Stuff: It’s obvious that I love this! It’s also probably the hair product that I’ve been using the longest so far. What’s great about this is that it leaves the hair feeling so soft, smooth and shiny. It also very easily gets rid of knots and acts as a barrier against humidity as it really helps calm down frizz and static.

It also contains Incell which helps with strengthening and conditioning the hair as well as Polymer AR that tames unruly hair with Argan and Olive oils, which is what helps reduce the effect of humidity.

Good to Know: You can also find the shampoo and regular conditioner that form part of this range.

Have you tried any of these?

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Milk_Shake’s Integrity Nourishing Shampoo

If you don’t already know, I’m a huge fan of Milk_Shake’s hair care range. It all started a couple of years ago when my hairdresser used the mousse leave-in conditioner on my hair. From then on, I was hooked!

In my quest to try out as many products from the range as possible, I have now tried out another one of their shampoos – Milk_Shake’s Integrity Nourishing Shampoo.

Milk_Shake's Integrity Nourishing Shampoo

Milk_Shake’s Integrity Nourishing Shampoo

Packaging: A 300ml white plastic bottle, with a screw cap on the top.

Product Features: This is a nourishing shampoo for all hair types and contains organic Muru Muru Butter to gently cleanse, nourish and hydrate the hair. It claims to help eliminate frizz and leave your hair feeling nice and soft.

Bonus: This product is free of any parabens, sulphates and sodium chloride.

Scent: The smell of this is just heavenly (like most Milk_Shake products). It’s a beautiful combination of banana, papaya and mango (in my opinion). It’s so delicious and fruity, I could eat it! 😉

What I Love: Apart from the gorgeous smell, this lathers up beautifully and really does feel nourishing and moisturising on my hair. It makes it feel thoroughly cleaned, yet not stripped of any moisture and leaves it smelling beautiful. Also, as it’s moisturising, it’s great for getting out any knots that little bit faster and perfect for anyone with dry or coloured hair.

The Only Downside: The product itself is super thick! It’s more of a conditioner type of texture than a shampoo one. That’s fine really, however the problem is that it can be quite hard to actually get any product out. You really need to shake the bottle hard to get the product to the bottom (cap) and squeeze hard to get a good amount out.

Cost: I got this off BeautyBay for about €15.50, however this also includes a shipping fee.

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Babyliss Pro Argan Oil

Argan oil really has improved the condition of my hair tremendously. As it’s full of bleach it definitely needs a lot of care and I’ve found that Argan oil is one of the best things I can use for this.

Always on a mission to find the best possible product that works best for me, I tried the Babyliss Pro Argan Oil after the one I was using finished. This is said to be derived from Moroccan Argan Trees.

Babyliss Pro Argan Oil

Babyliss Pro Argan Oil

Packaging: A 100ml reddish-brown plastic bottle that comes with a black screw cap on top.

Scent: The smell of this is just incredible! An intense smell of a delicious blend of cocoa, vanilla and exotic spices.

Texture: This oil is relatively thick so only a very small amount is needed when applied on the hair.

Application: It’s best to start off with a very small amount and then slowly build up if need be. I put a small drop in the palm of my hands and distribute it evenly at the ends of my hair and in any dry areas.

Too much and this will quickly make your hair look greasy an weigh it down. It’s not recommended to apply this on the scalp unless you have extreme damage or dryness.

Cost: For Argan Oil, a 100ml bottle costing €15 (including shipping) is quite reasonable. Also, as such a small amount is needed, this will last for quite a long time. This was purchased from BeautyBay.com.

Verdict: I like this, it’s a very good product, however it’s not my favourite Argan Oil that I’ve tried so far. I don’t like that it can leave a greasy look and feel if you’ve applied too much, and although it does moisturise effectively, I still won’t be replacing it with the Milk_Shake Argan Oil. That being said, it definitely is worth trying out of you’re looking for an effective, yet affordable Argan oil.

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Tips for Beautiful, Healthy Hair (Part 2)

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend 🙂

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post on tips for beautiful and healthy hair. When I was very young, I never cared much about my hair and this led it to becoming very difficult to manage and I spent years trying out different things to improve its condition. As I got a bit older, I ended up becoming so obsessed with my hair, and today, I can finally say that my hair is in relatively good condition.

These are some additional tips for my other post – hope you find some of them useful 🙂

#1: Take it Easy with Shampoo: We all need to wash our hair, but do we really need to wash it as often as we do? Now obviously this depends on your hair type, but if it’s normal then try stick to washing it no more than twice a week. Dry hair? Try every 7-10 days, and if it’s oily, 2-3 times a week as opposed to everyday. If this is too difficult to do then try using a good amount of dry shampoo in between washes.

Why so? The more frequently we wash our hair, the more of our natural oils we are stripping away. In the long run this can cause our hair to get dried out and damaged, so by just cutting back on too many washes will actually keep it healthier.

#2: Careful when Shampooing & Drying: Ok, so you’re washing your hair like you normally do. Are you lathering up your shampoo with your entire head of hair stacked upon your head? Stop!! This can cause so many knots and tangles which will make it so much harder to brush out, and the more you brush hair when wet, the more likely you are to break and damage it. Instead, try lathering up your shampoo gently whilst still leaving your hair lying flat down your back or brought forward in front of you.

The same goes for drying your hair right after you’re done. Don’t ruffle it up with your towel on top of your head. Gentle pat away the excess water and you’ll be drastically reducing your knot untangling time. Remember that your hair is at it’s most delicate when wet so be kind to it 🙂

How NOT to lather shampoo

How NOT to lather shampoo

#3: Hands off! This is one that I really struggle with! If at all possible – leave your hair alone! Stop playing with it! No twisting, twirling, running your fingers through it… let it be! The more we touch our hair, the more oils we’re taking away from it and drying it out. All the stretching and twisting really does not do it any good in the long run, so it’s really best to try keep your hands away.

#4: Use Sun Protection: Just as the sun is extremely damaging to our skin, it also wreaks havoc to our hair. Invest in a good sun protection spray or cream and apply generously when going out in warm weather. Just like sunscreen for your skin, this should not be applied only when going to the beach, but even if you’ll be running about during the day. 

#5: Beware Chlorine & Salt Water: I love how my hair waves up after a day at the beach! However, the salt found in sea water is extremely dying and damaging! Try rinse your hair out as soon as you can. Don’t want to shampoo? Just rinse your hair and condition it instead.

The same applies to chlorine which is also very drying. In this case, it’s best to thoroughly wet the hair with water from your shower before getting into a pool. In this way, your hair will absorb a lot less of the chlorine (and all the nasty chemicals it contains) which will avoid over drying it.

#6: Take it Easy with Styling Products: Styling products are great as they allow you to create any look or style you want. Be it hair spray, gels or mousses – you name it, the choice is endless. However, as helpful as these may be, using too much can cause product build up on the scalp. Unfortunately this will not leave you hair looking good, even after you’ve washed it. Product build up leaves your hair looking flat and dull. It also dries it out as it stops natural oils from coating the hair and scalp itself. If you love using styling products then make sure you use a good clarifying shampoo weekly.

However keep in mind that these can also end up drying out the hair, so don’t use this instead of your ordinary shampoo. Try to also limit the amount of product you use or try different styles that require less.

#7: Strengthen with Protein: Is your hair getting more damaged than usual despite taking reasonably good care of it? It might be a good idea to try out protein shampoos. These shampoos will contain higher amounts of protein in them, generally known as keratin, which is what our hair is also made of, and will help nourish and strengthen your hair from within and make it healthier and stronger.

Caring for your hair

#8: Warm then Cool: Warmth opens up the cuticles and coolness closes them, so try to apply this principle to both washing and drying hair. Warm water opens up the cuticles and cleans the hair most effectively, and cold water will then close the cuticles making the hair look more shiny and smooth. When heat styling with hot air, finish off with cool air to get a beautiful glossy shine!

#9: Don’t Twist It!: Hair is fragile not only when wet so be careful with how it’s styled. Try not to tie it too tightly or twist it in a tight plait too often or for too long. If you’re getting it styled in some way or another, do try remove it before you go to bed to avoid stretching the hair for too long.

#10: Night Time: As much as possible, try to avoid going to bed with wet hair. As already mentioned, when hair is wet, it is at its most fragile state and sleeping on it will cause more tangles and knots to appear in the morning. It also might end up looking a bit frizzy and puffy which is not a cute look! 😉

More Hair Care Tips:

Tips for Beautiful, Healthy Hair (Part 1)

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The ghd Style Heat Protect Spray

Unfortunately I don’t have long, straight hair so I’ve been battling to tame and control it for as long as I can remember! I dream of the day where I can afford to have my own personal hair dresser on call (imagine that…) but until then, I take the hair straightening task into my own hands so I’m always prepared if a last minute event pops up.

Out of all the heat protection products I’ve tried, the ghd Style Heat Protect Spray is definitely one of the best I’ve ever used. My hair is full of blonde highlights so I’ve got a lot of bleach and peroxide going on, which makes it very fragile and sensitive to heat styling. Therefore, using a good heat protection product is imperative to avoid it getting extremely dry and damaged.

ghd Style Heat Protect Spray

ghd Style Heat Protect Spray

Packaging: A 120ml lightweight tube that’s slim and sleek and comes in a pretty black and gold packaging design. It’s a spray product so it has a spray nozzle at the top and comes with a black cap.

Scent: It’s got a nice subtle fragrance that’s quite pleasant when being used.

Application: This spray can be applied to both towel dried hair before blow drying or else sprayed lightly on to dry hair before heat styling. A couple of sprays is usually enough, say 6-8 for long thick hair from the middle to the ends of the hair. Once the product is on the hair, it’s helpful to comb through to ensure it’s distributed evenly for maximum heat protection.

Caution: It’s good to note that although heat protection is being used, it’s best to limit it to no more than once a week, and if possible to not leave the straightening tool on the hair for too long, at too high of a temperature – a protection spray can also do so much!

ghd Style Heat Protect Spray

ghd Style Heat Protect Spray

Cost: I got this from FeelUnique which sells for about €13. Given how long this lasted for me, I’d say it’s quite reasonable. A little goes a long way with this product.

Verdict: As I mentioned before, this is one of my favourite heat protection products to use. Out of all the ones I’ve tried, this left me with the least amount of dryness and split ends. In fact, I rarely recall finding any damage in my hair. 

A high amount of heat protection without the need of using large amounts of product – this is definitely a winner in my books and worth trying it out.