Keeping Straightened Hair Straight

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

There was a time during my teens that polka straight hair was so in. Hair had to be straightened to within an inch of its life and kinks were a big no-no. Even now, I think this looks fantastic on some people, but on me, it just looks a little harsh. I like to curl mine under slightly at the edges. Even so, I like to keep the lengths of my hair straight so I thought I'd round up a couple of products that I use to keep my hair straightened hair straight.

Invisibobble - £3.75 for three - // HERE
It's so frustrating wanting to tie your hair up, but not wanting the bobble to leave a huge kink/bobble mark. That's where the Invisibobble is quite possibly one of the best inventions for freshly straightened hair. It works by leaving differing amounts of pressure around the base of your ponytail. All I can tell you is that they work. However, like normal bobbles and hair grips I ALWAYS seem to lose them! I don't know if it's just me, but I always seem to be buying a never ending supply of hair bobbles and pins...

TreSemme 7 Day Smooth - £6.99 - // HERE
I've mentioned the TreSemme 7 Day Straight before (click here), but I had to include it in this round up as I've found it massively helps with frizziness and helps to keep my hair looking polished when I use it properly. It's a heat activated treatment so you apply to the lengths of your hair. The heat from straightening then ensures your hair will stay super smooth for days. 

Moroccan Oil Large Barrel Brush - £16.15 - // HERE
I used to roughly blow dry my hair all over, but I've found that using a large barrel brush when blow drying massively helps to tame my hair before I straighten it. The Moroccan Oil Large Barrel Brush is HUGE which is perfect for my thick, coarse hair as it can pick up quite a chunk of it in one go. 

What products do you use to keep your hair straight?

A Moisture Jelly?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Am I the only one that thinks that this is a bit of a weird name for a moisturiser? I can't help but snigger, it sounds very inappropriate to me, but then again, I do have the humour of a 14 year old. I do think my immaturity is justified in some way though. I typed 'moisture jelly' into the Boots website and guess what the second result was...? (I'll leave you to have a little search yourself). Anyway, name asides I have to say that so far I'm very impressed with the latest product from Indeed Labs.

I really, really like Indeed Labs. What they've done is very clever. They've essentially cut the clutter and seem to consistently deliver great, innovative products that actually work. It's no different with their latest launch, a moisture jelly (yes, I'm still grinning), that provides skin with a hit of hydration in a light gel-like format. So far things I like about it are:
  • It sinks easily into the skin and leaves a non-greasy finish. Oily skinned girls can rejoice as it means you can now get your moisture boost without loading your skin up with plant oils.
  • It has less than 20 ingredients. This tells me that what's in there is the bare essentials which I really like. 
  • The dispensing mechanism is fantastic. It's so hygienic, you simply press down the top of the jar and dispenses the exact amount of product you need per application.
  • My skin feels more hydrated after 4 days use, some pesky dry patches I had have totally disappeared. 
  • There's no tackiness once it's soaked into the skin. Skin feels very comfortable and moisturised, but isn't sticky in the slightest. 
  • It works really well with its predecessor, Hydraluron Serum, as you'd expect it to. 
The only thing I don't like about it is the price. I think when it's on offer (like it is at the moment - here) it's a very good price, but full price, I think it's just a little pricey so my advice would be to grab it whilst Indeed Labs is on offer (which my Indeed Labs stalker tendencies tell me is about every three months or so). Other than that, I'm really impressed with the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly and can see it's going to be a summer staple of mine.

*PR Sample

Formula X 'Pedal To The Metal'

Friday, 11 July 2014

Last week I reviewed the Formula X System Kit and promised that I'd show a few swatches from the polishes I picked up. Here's the first one - Pedal To The Medal. As soon as I saw the Formula X stand in Sephora this was the shade I immediately gravitated to. It's completely up my street - dark, purple, a bit of metallic sheen. Basically, it ticked all my nail polish hoarding boxes.

Two coats of this bad boy is all that's needed to reach opacity. The Formula X brushes are nice and thin meaning you can get a precise application. I've recently been sandwiching it in between the Formula X Base Coat and Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat to give me at least 3 days without a chip or flake in sight.

Verdict? An extremely flattering shade that has been my go-to polish for my digits over the past three months. Now if someone wouldn't mind giving Sephora a nudge to bring Formula X over here that would be lovely ;)