With the run up to my sisters wedding I’ve been blitzing through products to make sure I look my best on the day. No easy feat when I’ll be almost 7 months pregnant!
Predominantly, the last two months have consisted of hair products and skincare. Whilst I have been wearing makeup and trying new makeup, it’s been too hot to bother with a full face so I just haven’t been using as much – hence why there’s so little beauty products here and mainly hair care!
A little note before we begin; my hair is balayaged which means that the bleach is concentrated to the ends, lifting the colour whilst leaving my natural colour on the roots. It adds a little dimension to an otherwise flat colour without putting your hair through the continual stress of dying and re-dying it. However, I am concerned that this process will eventually ruin the ends of my hair, so I go through a LOT of hair masks trying to protect and nourish it.
L’Oreal Triple Active Moisturising Night Cream (£7.49, Boots)
I’m a big lover of night cream and I go through a lot, so I’m always looking for different ones to try. This has a really thick consistency and takes a while to sink into the skin, but leaves my skin hydrated and softened. It did have a slightly greasy texture to it though, so probably not the best for any oily skinned lasses.
Would I repurchase? No. As much as I liked it, there are others I prefer and I’d rather spend my money on them.
Naobay Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner
This was a Glossybox inclusion from around a year ago, that I’ve finally gotten around to trying! As my hair is coloured I’m very conscious of it getting dry and brittle, so I tend to go through a lot of hair masks and conditioners! This left my hair very soft and smelt lovely, but I wouldn’t say it was as stand out from anything else available on the market.
Would I repurchase? Maybe, but I can’t be arsed with ordering it from the internet. If I could get it in a high street shop I’d definitely consider it again.
Maria Nils Luminous Colour Masque
Another Glossybox product! I wrote a review on this a few years ago, and I stand by everything I said there. This is my second hair masque, and I think it does a fab job at conditioning the ends of my hair whilst preserving the colour.
Would I repurchase? Have done in the past, and would definitely in the future. It is more pricey than some high street masques, but you only need a tiny bit and can use it sparingly with other cheaper products if need be.
Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Mask (£6.99 from Boots)
I’ve been an avid user of Lee Stafford for years, so it comes to no surprise that I’ve tried a lot of the Coco Loco range too. As I said above, expensive hair masques can be used sparingly when you alternate between them and something cheaper, and this is my go-to high street hair mask. I bloody love this stuff! It’s always on offer for 3 for 2, and I highly recommend stocking up! It smells like a beach holiday and leaves any dry ends hydrated and supple. I completely put the condition of my hair down to this.
Would I repurchase? Most definitely.
Toni & Guy Damage Repair Mask (£7.99 from Boots)
Another hair mask! This was brought on offer with a few other bits for summer to try alongside the other hair products I’ve listed above. I did like this product, although I can’t say I noticed a tremendous difference despite it being marketed as an ‘intense reconstruction’. Again, left my hair soft but so do many other products.
Would I repurchase? Maybe, but only if it was on offer.
OGX Argan Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner (£6.99 each from Boots)
I’ve spoken about this range before, and I’m still using it over anything else out there. These shampoo and conditioners are amazing! They do a number of different types, but I think this one may be my new favourite. I’ve had so many compliments about how healthy my hair looks, and I 100% credit this shampoo for that. It is a little more pricey but you get twice the product, and there usually is some form of 3 for 2 offer on.
Would I repurchase? Already have done, many times over.
The Abnormal Beauty Company Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (£6.00 from BeautyBay)
I need my own personal supply of this stuff, because I simply cannot fault it! Whatever your opinions on The Ordinary, their skincare products absolutely nail it and this product is my absolute favourite from everything I’ve tried. I cannot get over how hydrated and plump this makes my skin feel, without feeling heavy or greasy. I’ve been trying various products with the idea of perfecting my skincare routine, and this product is heads and shoulders above the rest.
Would I repurchase? Already have done; I’m on around bottle 4 already.
Dermal Sheet Masks, various (£13.67 for 16, Amazon)
I first came across this brand in a Korean Sheet Mask subscription box (The things I do for blog posts!) and really liked it. I rate them amongst my Tony Moly Sheet masks which you all know I love, and when I found you can get them via Amazon I brought them immediately! Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s something very soothing with a good Sheet Mask, and I do go through quite a few through the course of a month. This particular range do all sorts of scents and essences to fix a multitude of issues; olive, snail and platinum to name a few! I find these a lot more scented than Tony Moly, so do be careful if you have sensitive skin.
Would I repurchase? Already have done; just stocked up the other week.