Ziaja Açai Berry Antioxidant Face and Neck Serum*

Hi beauties,

Today I have Ziaja Açai Berry Antioxidant Face and Neck Serum. Eva from Love Little Prices on eBay very kindly sent me a package with various products in and this was included.

I tested it at the same time as the Antioxidant Tonic I was sent too, the Face and Neck Serum is for lifting and firming. I found that the serum was lovely for hydration but I didn’t notice any particular difference in lifting or firming of the skin.

The serum has quite a siliconey feel to it, it’s not unpleasant at all, it makes your skin feel smooth and was very good at filling in lines under my eyes which are the bane of my life! This serum did make a difference here.

Ziaja Açai Berry Antioxidant Face and Neck Serum is also great value at £3.46 from Lovelittleprices on EBay. A good starting serum if you are new to skincare but didn’t quite deliver on the lifting and firming aspect.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Dr Organic Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Haircare

Hi beauties,

More from Dr Organic today, I’m sure you all know my love for this brand and recently the Argan Oil part of the range was Holland and Barrett’s Big Deal and it was half price.

I hadn’t tried the Argan hair care so I picked up the Shampoo, Conditioner and the Restorative Treatment Conditioner.

The shampoo is sulfate free which is I always look for because of the psoriasis on my scalp. This shampoo foams up well and makes your hair feel clean without making it squeaky or your scalp tight. The Conditioner is silky and light, but not heavy. My hair is naturally quite dry and coarse so I need something that is hydrating but not something greasy.

My favourite of the three and a definite repurchase is the Restorative Treatment Conditioner. This is amazing, has made my hair softer, with significantly less breakage. It’s also so easy to use, you only need 5 minutes! Dampen you hair, apply the treatment and wait 5 minutes. After that shampoo and condition as normal and that’s it.

For me it’s on a par with Philip Kingsley Elasticizer which I love. I get the same results with Dr Organic and of course the spicy, warming fragrance is absolutely beautiful. I’ve converted my Mum to this Argan element of the range, and she is always wary of new things, however she has fallen in love with the scent like I have!

Such good value too, I’m going to stick with this system. The Shampoo and Conditioner are £6.39 each for 265ml and the Restorative Treatment Conditioner is £8.99 for 200ml. The range is often on offer, either half price or buy one get one half price at Holland and Barrett, but saying that full price isn’t extortionate. Another winner from Dr Organic!

Till next time,

Lucy

Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer

Hi beauties

Today I have Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave in Conditioner, this was a bonus for gold members of the You Beauty Box and I have been testing it since I got it. I don’t test a lot of haircare, if I find something I like I tend to stick with it for example my shampoo and conditioner by Kind Natured. 

I have a hair confession: I don’t like my hair, I never have. I have a lot of it and it grows like wildfire so I frequently look like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards. It can be coarse and wiry and some if it is fine, its kinky and wavy and now a LOT of it is grey – how rude, I am FAR too young! I also have psoriasis on my scalp which drives me absolutely crazy so with all of those issues, haircare products have a lot to live up to.

Due to the coarseness and wiry texture I like using leave in conditioners, that and they are so quick and speedy to use so if you are in a rush in the mornings they can cut down a wee bit on shower time. Hair Healer is a gel-like texture, I use a pea sized amount on my collar length hair. It has Argan Oil in it which I find works well for my hair, leaving it softer and more manageable and Hair Healer definitely does both of those things. It doesn’t make your hair greasy or oily even though it has silicones in, its easy to apply and the fragrance is beautiful.

I will get a bigger tube when this one runs out, I especially like to have a leave in conditioner in winter time when I am using my hair dryer (I don’t tend to use it much in the summer, I let my hair air dry) so it doesn’t get too frazzled. A full size tube is £5.99 for 200ml which is great value, this would be a brilliant addition to your haircare routine if you have hair like mine.

Til next time,

Lucy xxx

Oils of Heaven Organic Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil

Hi beauties,

Today’s post is Oils of Heaven Organic Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil. I chose this from a You Beauty Box as I had wanted to try this brand for a while. 

Oils of Heaven have got many oils as part of their range Cacay, Argan, Moringa, Rosehip and Baobab Oils. They source them from local suppliers in a sustainable way from women’s cooperatives.

To be honest I wasn’t bowled over by this Argan Oil. I have tried many and although it’s pleasant to use, I have (I feel) used better quality, cheaper oils. You only need a couple of drops to cover your face and neck, I found this to be slightly thicker than other oils I have used. Being an oily skin type, the thinner the better for me as they tend to sink into my skin a lot more easily.

Although it states it’s a facial oil, it’s still just one ingredient of Argan Oil so I tried it on my hair too, I found that I preferred it as a hair oil. My hair is coarse so it responds to oils well, I only needed a couple of drops in damp hair and then I blow dried. My hair was left soft and shiny and felt easier to manage.

Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil is available from http://www.oilsofheaven.com and is £19.00 for 30ml.

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

You Beauty Box June

Hi beauties

I love You Beauty Box time, it is my favourite time of the month. I always look forward to the 1st when the list is released and you can choose your products for the month. I chose:

  • Nuxe Prodigieux Precious Scented Shower Oil
  • Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Hand Cream
  • Burts Bees Tinted Lipbalm
  • AA Skincare Frankincense and Rose Face Toner 

Gold subscribers also received 50ml of Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave-in Conditioner.

You have three subscription choices, silver, bronze and gold, priced at £6.95 for 2 products, £8.95 for 3 products and £10.95 for 4 products available at http://www.box.you.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy 

Morrocanoil Light Treatment

Hi beauties,

Some more haircare, I haven’t done any posts for ages and then two come along at once! I haven’t tried Morrocanoil Light Hair Treatment before, though I have heard of it, it has become a bit of a cult product.

I chose this as part of a You Beauty Box, I like using oil in my hair as I enjoy the results, more shiny looking hair and it feels softer and more manageable. In this bottle, the ingredients are: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Argan Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Linseed Extract.

As you can see from the ingredients, the first two are silicones. I thought this was a pure oil so I was surpriseed to see them in the inci listing. I don’t really enjoy the feeling of silicones in my hair, to me they make my hair feel and look a little greasy, so I didn’t particularly like this formulation. Also the inclusion of Linseed extract and fragrance reminded me of a floor polish my mum used to use on our dining room floor when I was a kid. Not something that you would want to smell all day! To me this fragrance lingered and clashed with my perfume (I always spray it on my hair as it holds the fragrance all day). Price wise it varies between £28-£32 for a 100ml bottle.

I don’t think it will be a surprise to you to say that I wouldn’t repurchase this, there are so many other affordable base oils you can use in your hair to give you great results, one I have tried and really enjoyed using was The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Argan Oil , a good quality oil for a great price, I would much rather use that.

Morrocanoil Light is available from Look Fantastic for £32.85.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kind Natured Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

Hello beauties,

Haircare today with Nourishing Ylang Ylang and Sage Shampoo and Conditioner from Kind Natured. I found this in Boots and was keen to try it as I was looking for a more affordable option than my Liz Earle that were sulphate free. 

Kind Natured are a natural brand that does haircare and bodycare (I’m hoping they branch out into Skincare too!) they use plant based ingredients so no sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals or silicones. Having dry coarse hair I went for the Nourishing Ylang Ylang and Sage Shampoo and Conditioner.

Ingredients for the Shampoo: Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-6, Coco-Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Dipterocarpus Turbinatus Balsam Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Extract Oxidized, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Leaf Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone.

The Shampoo is a pearlised Gel and for a non sulphate Shampoo lathers so well with very little. I use about a 20p piece size for my hair, and it rinses completely clean with no residue. The shampoo doesn’t strip my scalp either, I struggle with psoriasis so I have to be careful what I use.

Ingredients for conditioner: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Coco- Caprylate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Dipterocarpus Turbinatus Balsam Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Extract Oxidized, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone.

I use more conditioner than shampoo so I use a 50p piece size, it’s not too thick so you can distribute it in your hair easily. The fragrance of these two is also beautiful, fresh but a warm, I really love it!

I have been using this Shampoo and Conditioner for a few months now, both come in 250ml sizes so very generous, I can get around 4-5 months out of these sizes and I wash my hair every day. The price is also excellent at £4.99 each. So affordable and it leaves my hair looking healthy and feeling happy. This duo from Kind Natured will definitely be my haircare of choice from now on. Available in Boots in store and online. 

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx