END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

Now that summer is sadly coming to an end I thought I would do a round up of some of my favourite products I’ve been using this season.

With the colder days starting to creep in its time to switch up our skincare routine to adapt to the upcoming season. For me this means introducing products that can keep my skin hydrated against the harsh conditions winter can bring – my skin definitely needs an extra bit of TLC over the cooler months!

The past couple of months I’ve tried so many new products and brands, some with success, others not so much. My skin can be temperamental at times so I’m always on the lookout for new products that work for me to add to my line up.

So, what made the final cut this summer?

Ouai Matte Pomade – when I first tried this product I wasn’t really a fan. I had high expectations of the brand and they fell short. However after working with it for a bit I have found that I’m using this almost daily now. Whilst it may not be ‘matte’ it’s easy to use and gives just the right amount of hold.

Maison Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ – I had been wanting this for some time so when I got it for my birthday I was over the moon. It’s long lasting and has a nice modern fragrance with hints of vanilla, rum and tobacco.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – this is a real life saver when your having a bad skin day. I apply this every morning and fine it helps keep my skin under control. The active ingredients help to reduce redness and irritation and over time reduces the appearance of fine lines – something I’m a lot more conscious of after hitting 30!

Glossier Moon Mask – this super hydrating mask is one of my favourites. I had heard a lot of good things about glossier but was reluctant to try them at first. However this face mask does exactly what it says on the tub and is a must!

Anthony Facial Moisturiser – during the warmer months I go for lighter moisturisers to stop my skin becoming oily. This Anthony formula is perfect for during summer. It’s smells great, easily absorbed and gives me just the right amount of moisture I’m looking for.

Origins Active Charcoal Face Mask – another face mask, but another must! The active charcoal mask from Origins helps to visibly remove blackheads and reduce blemishes. I have used this a couple of times now and although slightly messy, my skin always feels so clean and healthy afterwards.

So there you have it, a quick round up of some of my favourite products I have been using this summer. Have you tried any of these? What has been your go to this summer?

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OUAI HAIRCARE

OUAI HAIRCARE

“I created OUAI to bring a breath of fresh air to the haircare market”.

If you’ve never heard of Ouai before let me give you a brief introduction to the brand. Ouai Haircare is the brain child of celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin, the woman responsible for taming the locks of numerous celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Gigi Hadid and most notably the Kardashians, appearing alongside the family in numerous episodes of the show.

The range consists of numerous products from the standard shampoo and conditions to styling products and hair treatments, but what makes them stand out from the rest? Ouai Haircare combines accessibility and luxury with nourishing ingredients and a fine fragrance…not to mention the Instagram worthy packaging and branding.

I recently picked up the Pomade and Wave Spray from the brand and thought I would see for myself what the fuss was about.

Matte Pomade – “A matte pomade that gives both long and short hair picky texture for the effortlessly cool look”

Hmm, matte? Really? I found this product to be quite greasy. I understand pomades are supposed to achieve a more slick look so I wondered how a matte pomade would work. I have quite dry hair so I don’t mind products that are a bit more on the slick side but I wouldn’t say this was a matte product at all. After I worked it into my hair I found that it did achieve the style I was going for but I wouldn’t say it was ‘effortless’. The hold is also what you would expect from a pomade but I’m not convinced how much texture this product could give you. The smell for me is overpowering. It’s not a bad smell, but after a while it did become a bit much. It’s not a bad product but I don’t think I will be switching from my everyday pomade just yet.

Wave Spray – “A weightless texture mist for effortlessly chic, undone hair.”

I’ve tried this a few times now – on wet hair, on dry hair, on clean hair and on unwashed hair but have had little results. As someone who has naturally wavy hair I expected it would form the curls and give a slight hold, however I have found little difference using this to if you leave wet hair to dry naturally. I’m quite disappointed as I have been looking for a good wave spray for a while, however this isn’t the one. Luckily I only bought the travel-sized spray. It’s not all bad news, it does smell nice and doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy, sticky or dry. Has anyone had a different experience using this product? Let me know your tips for use in the comments below.

Whilst Ouai might be fast becoming a cult favourite, for me, the products failed to live up to the hype which is always disappointing. Sure, it looks nice, but that’s about it for me. Hopefully some of the other products in the range have better results and could change my mind!? Let me know your favourites below.

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Fish Soho Hair Products Review

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When it comes to hair products, knowing what works for you or what doesn’t can be the difference between a good or a bad hair day. Everybody’s hair is different so what you use can change based on how long your hair is, what style you want it in, and what type of hair you have.

Over the years I have tried many products in a bid to find what works best for me and have stuck to the same couple of products ever since. So, when it comes to trying out new products I find it hard to step outside my comfort zone. I was recently contacted by Fish SOHO to see if I wanted to try out some of the Fish range.

I had heard of brand before but with like most hair brands, hadn’t tried any of the products so thought that this was the perfect opportunity to be introduced to them. You never know when you might discover your next favourite product!

If you’re not familiar with the Fish Soho the brand was formed In 1987 by Paul Burfoot, who set about converting a old London sex shop into a salon. While renovating, Burfoot discovered that the shop was once a fishmongers – and so ‘Fish Hairdressing’ was born. Since then the salon has gone on to release it’s own variety of styling and grooming products, which you may have seen in your local Boot’s or high street store.

So, what did I think?

First up I used the Superfish Fiercefish De-Gunk Shampoo. The shampoo is designed with an extra strength cleansing formula to help remove a build up of hair products, which is great if you use various products in your hair. As my hair and scalp are naturally quite dry I thought this may leave my hair feeling dry and course as shampooing can wash away the hair’s natural moisture. However, I was surprised to find that the shampoo actually left my hair feeling soft and squeaky clean. The added vitamin E left my hair feeling strong and looking healthy. Despite the size of the tube, you only need a small amount of product to create a thick luxurious lather. The formula is also designed to avoid that fluffy, just washed look which leaves it looking smooth and defined which makes it easier when it comes to styling.

In terms of styling products I received both the Fish Platinum Fishfingers Shape Defining Wax and Fish Original Fishfingers Shape Defining Wax to try out. The waxes are pretty much identical which I thought was a bit strange, with the only noticeable difference being the fragrance of Platinum wax.

For best results, I found the a little goes a long way and you can always build on it if you need more. For me, I used a pea-sized amount which I worked between the palms of my hands and then applied to my hair. I have short to medium length hair and found that this wax was ideal for the length. I found it easy to apply and work into my hair and in turn create a natural shape and style. It’s not going to keep your hair in position all day, but if you are anything like me and like to readjust and play around with your hair throughout the day, then this product is for you.

Fish Soho haircare products are great value for money and are a good starting point if you haven’t quite worked out what work’s best for you just yet. I would be interested to try some other products in the range to see how these hold up but so far I have been pleasantly surprised with the wax and shampoo. Have you tried any of the Fish Soho hair products?

You can shop complete Fish range here.

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British Barbers Association Review

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When I was first introduced to The British Barbers Association (BBA), I have to admit, I had no idea who they were. It turns out the BBA is the leading association for the barbering industry in the UK and supports barbers, male grooming salons and men’s hairdressers across the country with training and qualifications.

With the aim to stay self-sufficient, 2016 saw the British Barbers’ Association launch it’s very own product range. The proceeds from the products help keep membership free and fund a series of new projects and events which continue to raise the standard of training in the sector.

Cool, right?

The initial range consisted of 12 male grooming essentials and featured everything from hair styling products and shampoo to face wash and a shave oil.

While The British Barbers’ Association may be leaders in the world of barbering, can the same be said about there product range? The answer is yes.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been putting the Moulding Cream, Shave Butter and Post Shave Balm to the test c/o Mankind to see if they stand the test of time in my grooming routine.

First up is the Moulding Cream. When I first opened this I was hit with it’s scent. This stuff smells amazing. For someone who would usually go for a matte wax I was interested to see how I would get along with this and soon came to discover that less in definitely more. The first couple of times I used this I applied far too much of the product which gave a ‘wet look’ appearance which is not what I was aiming for. The trick here is to rub a small amount into your palms just before you start styling your hair into your desired style. As the cream has a natural hold I found that it allows you to restyle throughout the day without leaving any residue or white bits behind in your hair.

For me, the Moulding Cream is perfect for that laid-back style when you’re in a rush and looking to quickly tame your hair. However, if you are looking to create a more refined style, I found this hard to achieve with this product.

I had more success with both the Shave Butter and Post Shave Balm which work as well together as they do as stand alone products. The Shave Butter does pretty much what it says on the packaging. Shea butter provides nourishment to the skin, while dragon’s blood helps to reduce irritation and inflammation which may occur during shaving. The butter also contains cactus which is known for it’s moisture retention properties so your skin is left feeling hydrated.

If your looking to give your skin an added boost of moisture the Post Shave Balm is ideal for  further rehydrating and nourishing of the skinThe lightweight formula contains both witch hazel and dragon’s blood which are known for there soothing properties and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and protected. Like the Moulding Clay, the Balm has a striking masculine scent.

The only negative for me with this one is the colour of the product – I’m really not sure why its brown!

Overall the British Barbers’Association initial launch features a great line up of grooming essentials which I’m sure will have a place in my current line up for the foreseeable future. To see what else the brand has to offer, you can view the full range here.

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