Wednesday 29 July 2015

Speed Review: Bumble & Bumble DeFrizz

It's been years since I used a serum on my hair. My previous go-to method of controlling frizz (John Frieda FrizzEase being my most purchased) was quickly forgotten upon discovery of hair oils and I haven't looked back... until now.

I've recently been trialling Bumble & Bumble DeFrizz and whilst I can't say that I'll be rejecting my beloved hair oils anytime soon, I'm impressed.

Bumble & Bumble hair products are a joy to have in my bathroom. I tend to store all but my most reached for hair products out of sight in a cupboard under my sink but I'd be happy to have any Bumble & Bumble product on display- the packaging is effortlessly cool, as is my perception of the brand overall and Bumble & Bumble DeFrizz is no exception. What's more, the flip top lid makes for easy & controlled dispensing of the product.

The serum was easy to use. It's a clear, silicone based gel which was easy to work through my hair. I was unable to detect any obvious scent. A little goes a long way so the generously sized 125ml plastic bottle will last and last, which goes some way to justifying the high price tag of £22.50.

It may have been psychological but I felt as though my hair dried more quickly than usual when I applied this to damp hair. I'm not sure that frizz was diminished any more than with my usual hair oil but it certainly wasn't worse. My hair was left feeling unbelievably soft yet still manageable. It wasn't weighed down with product and I didn't notice any product residue in my hair once it had been dried & styled.

I've also used this on dry hair and was impressed that just a small drop visibly helped to tame frizz. What's more, it delivered a mirror-like shine.

I feel that Bumble & Bumble DeFrizz delivers on the claims and is a worthwhile investment.

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Speed Review: L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner


I usually favour high end, salon brands when it comes to choosing hair care but L'Oreal is one exception to that rule. I've enjoyed using their hair masks, oil and of course, the iconic Elnett hair spray, to name just a few. So when I recently saw L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner on offer in Boots, I decided to pick up a bottle to try.
The packaging isn't anything special but it is functional, with a flip bottom which releases the conditioner in a controlled manner.
L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner has a pleasant scent which reminded me of salon brands. The lightweight formula was easy to work through my hair and I was impressed at how easily it rinsed out.
Following use, my hair was left feeling soft, looking shiny and with frizz noticeably dimished, I feel that it delivers on claims. At just £3.99 for a generous 400ml bottle (which will last & last), I feel that L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner offers fantastic value for money and I'd highly recommend checking it out.


Monday 20 July 2015

Speed Review: NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow in Opal Coast


It's been some time since I last reviewed an eyeshadow here on Skin Deep but I felt inspired to write today's post after trying the NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow in Opal Coast.

Originally introduced as part of the Holiday 2014 collection, NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow in Opal Coast is a stunning iridescent white powder eyeshadow. The instantly recognisable NARS black packaging features a design which is reminiscent of a shatter pattern. There's a full sized mirror in the lid and 2.2g of product inside.

I was pleasantly surprised by the soft and smooth application- the shadow is not chalky. It's by no means an every day shadow and nor does it claim to be. I noticed one of the reviews on the NARS website described Opal Coast as "like glistening Christmas snow" and I have to agree. The shadow is intensely iridescent and gives a high impact shimmer. The glitter particles are fine, not chunky, meaning that it's a grown-up way of wearing glitter. I particularly liked wearing this around the tear duct to add light to a dramatic smoky eye.

I have to admit that despite my love of NARS, I would struggle to justify the £18 price tag however, if you're looking for a pretty pigment without the mess of loose shadow, this could be worth a look.

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Speed Review: Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner


Bumble & Bumble is one of my favourite hair brands so I couldn't wait to try out the bestselling Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. The products are based on a blend of six featherweight oils including Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Safflower Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil.

On first impressions, I liked that the shampoo & conditioner are easily distinguishable from each other in the shower thanks to different packaging. I always think of Bumble & Bumble as an effortlessly cool brand which I'm happy to have on display in my bathroom and the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil products in their bright neon packaging are no exception. What's more, I liked being able to tell how much product is remaining.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo is a pearlised gel presented in a functional bottle with flip top dispenser. It has an incredible, comforting, milky scent. I was impressed at the generous, soft & silky lather which was produced, especially considering that the formula is sulphate-free, and as a result, a little goes a long way. As a shampoo, I found it inherently easy to rinse out.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Conditioner is presented in a functional tube with clear directions. Despite the thick cream formula, I found it easy to work through my hair and noted that it felt indulgently silky. The conditioner has the same incredible scent as the shampoo- although, sadly I couldn't detect it in my hair once I'd dried & styled it. I was impressed at how easy it was to rinse out the conditioner, particularly considering the thick formula.

Following use, my hair was left looking shiny and feeling incredibly soft yet still manageable so I feel that the products deliver on the soften & silken claims which Bumble & Bumble make. My fine hair had movement and wasn't weighed down. Whilst Bumble & Bumble claim that the products will help to tame and defrizz, I wouldn't say that frizz was any more diminished than with my standard products but nonetheless, I'd highly recommend Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. At £23 for 250ml Shampoo and £25 for 200ml Conditioner, they're undeniably pricey even compared to other salon brands but I feel that the quality of the products justifies this.

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