25 March 2011

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger

My hair is shocking. I won't go into detail here, because frankly I've ranted about it enough already. Let's just say I'm always on the look out for products that will breathe life back into my stressed, frazzled locks.

This new range from Paul Mitchell promises to do just that. The key ingredient here is the awapuhi, which is a type of ginger plant found commonly through India, Polynesia and Hawaii. Hawaiian women squeeze the juice from the flowers to use as a shampoo and conditioner - and oh if only my hair looked anything like a Hawaiian ladies....

To give them even more clout, these products also contain 'KeraTriplex', Paul Mitchell's own Keratin blend, and as we all know, keratin is vital for strong, healthy, shiny hair.

I tried the Moisturising Lather Shampoo, Keratin Cream Rinse, Keratin Intensive Treatment and Styling Treatment Oil.

I really love this shampoo. It's a struggle to find a shampoo that's kind on dry hair, but doesn't leave you with greasy roots, but this is perfect. It's also got a fab scent - a bit like ginger beer, perfect for waking you up in the shower.

The Keratin Intensive Treatment is recommended for use weekly, and the first time I used it I had good results - with my hair feeling softer and smoother than it had in ages. Next day (yes I have to wash my hair daily, mainly as it dries out over the course of 24hrs), I moved onto the Keratin Cream Rinse, and unfortunately this wasn't enough for the really dry areas of my hair, so from that day on I've used the Cream Rinse all over, and the Intensive Treatment on the areas I know need extra care.

As for the Styling Treatment Oil, you can apply to towel dried hair, but this method didn't work for me, leaving my hair a little heavy. However it does work really well as a moisture top up through the day, disappearing into my hair but leaving it more manageable.

Now we're not talking miracles here. My hair is still shocking. But it's less shocking that it was a week ago, and we can't expect miracles overnight can we? And other than my trusty combo of Kerastase Bain Divalent Balancing shampoo and Macadamia Deep Repair Mask, I've not found anything else that can even get me through one day without literally wanting to tear my hair out. 

The lovely people at Paul Mitchell tell me that with time the overall condition of my hair should improve, but of course as I started from such a bad place, this will take a while!

Moisturising Lather Shampoo 250ml £15.95
Keratin Cream Rinse 250ml £17.95
Keratin Intensive Treatment 150ml £22.95
Styling Treatment Oil 100ml £24.95

The range also includes a Texturizing Sea Spray, as I to look messy and windswept at the best of times this wouldn't be for more, plus there's a Shine Spray and Finishing Spray.

All products are available from Paul Mitchell salons.

17 March 2011

A chance to meet Space NK's founder!

We all love Space NK. I never fail to get a little bit excited when I visit a store, and I know most of my readers share that feeling, so the chance to meet the founder is a great opportunity.

Nicky Kinnaird, founder of Space NK, is visiting the UK to make some rare public appearances at selected Space NK stores over the next few weeks....and what's better she'll help you make sure you're buying the very best products for you!

Appointments to meet Nicky need to be booked (contact your local store), and cost £60, but the price is redeemable against products in store. So if you’re heading out to buy beauty products anyway it's a no brainer, you'll be spending £60 on products that you can be sure are right for you.

Consultations with Nicky last for 15mins, and as an added bonus you’ll also get a 30min make-up lesson with a professional.

17th March - Loughton – 10-2pm
18th March - Kingston 10-2pm
23rd March - Glasgow - 10-2pm
24th March – Edinburgh, George St - 10-2pm
25th March - Cobham – 10-2pm
31st March – London, Northcote Rd – 10-2pm

2 March 2011

What do I want for mothers day? Frontcover Rainbow Eyes

Mothers day presents aren't always up to much. I know, I know, it's the thought that counts. And yes, I AM an ungrateful mother, but how many jewellery boxes made out of old tissue boxes does a woman need?

If you want to truly impress your mum this Mothers Day (yes I mean you Bonnie, I know you're reading this), then pop down to Boots and buy her the Rainbow Eyes Reborn set. It's 25 eye colours in one set, yup 25...plus applicators and Shadowline which cleverly turns any eyeshadow into an eyeliner. Oh and it's half price for Mothers Day at only £15. I know you only get £2.50 pocket money, but I'm expecting Daddy to pay.

I do, however, love a handmade Mothers Day card.

Find out more at www.frontcovercosmetics.com