If you’re blonde, like me, chances are you have a few dry shampoos tucked away in your hair stash somewhere. I love how handy they are if I’m just popping out for a starbies or the gym, and can’t quite face the hairdryer. Even when my hair is freshly washed, I usually give my roots a bit of a blast just to give me some volume and texture.
Colab has just released a brand new ‘Active’ dry shampoo that’s just perfect for getting rid of post-cardio ick. As someone with naturally dry, wavy hair, I pretty much write-off my hair after working out. It’s usually big, pouffy and a bit damp. Not exactly what you’re after, but now the gym has installed a whole range of GHD dryers and straighteners, I don’t need to look like quite the sweaty mess I’ve looked like in the past. Instead, I give my roots a good blast from the dryers, mist the dry shampoo into roots, massage in, then run the straighteners over everything. My hair looks soft and fresh, and I’m not left with any sort of residue. It means lunch-time workouts are now actually a possibility!
Colab Active Dry Shampoo is priced at £3.99 and is available here
When it comes to packaging, I’m not sure that there is a brand that out-glams Burberry’s beauty line. Filled with graphite coloured compacts and etched in subtle checks, pulling out my Summer Glow bronzer is an absolute joy.
It’s one of those products that causes friends to grab it out your hands to have a closer look, and then hop on the internet and order one for themselves!
The joy of my Burberry bronzer isn’t just in the packaging though, thankfully it’s a product which I’ve been absolutely loving, and it even made it into my top 3 bronzers post!
The powder itself is pressed into the iconic checks, and it’s beautifully silky soft. After a light application of foundation, I use a big fluffy brush to apply it to the apples of my cheeks, temples and chin. It gives a really beautifully natural glow, and it never looks too powdery or warm. There are four available colours, 04 is the deepest, but it never strays into the dreaded orange territory! Instead you’re left with a believable bronze which lasts all day!
Burberry Warm Glow Summer Glow Bronzer is priced at £31 and is available here
As a blonde, I’m pretty much constantly debating whether my hair is getting too brassy or too ashy. In a perfect world I’m aiming for a natural-looking creamy blonde, but toners, shampoos and daily life can take it’s toll, and that’s why I love brands like Pro:Voke. On the mornings where everything is looking a little too warm or yellow toned, I reach for their iconic violet shampoo, but mornings where everything is looking a little blah and washed out? Now I reach for Liquid Blonde.
Described as a Colour Activating Treatment Shampoo, ~Liquid Blonde is all about leaving hair looking brighter and blonder, and it’s been specially designed for highlighted blonde tones. It’s great if you’re in-between hairdresser appointments too, as it really revitalizes colour, making it look salon fresh! The best bit though, might just be the price!
Pro:Voke Liquid Blonde is £4.99 here
I feel like this summer has been the summer of hydration mists. I can’t get enough of them, and I find myself using them at least twice a day now. After cleansing, a light mist leaves skin feeling cooled and calmed, a spritz over makeup sets my makeup, and during the day, a light spray wakes everything back up. I even use it before heading to bed, so my cleansed skin is primed for my night oil. So, it’s probably a good thing that I’ve ended up with two bottles of Kiehl’s newest offering – one very kindly sent by the brand, and one tucked into my Kiehl’s goody bag from this rather wonderful event.
Packaged in one of the brand’s signature spray bottles, I love the bright green bottle. It’s so pretty and cheery, and it means it’s also impossible to lose in my stash! Also, the spray that the bottle gives is nigh-on perfect. Skin feels cool and calmed, but not wet, and when I use it over makeup, it doesn’t mess up or speak what I’m wearing.
The formula feels wonderfully lightweight, and it smells absolutely heavenly. The blend of Lavender, Geranium and Rosemary essential oils means it smells absolutely glorious, and it’s the perfect way to feel a little fresher throughout the day. Cactus Flower and Tibetan Ginseng are included in the formula, which help skin retain moisture, as well as keep it super smooth and soft.
Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist is priced at £18 and is available here.
It’s Sunday, which, in my house, means that I look out a face mask or two to get my skin ready for the week ahead! There’s something soothing about slapping a mask, sitting back for a little bit, and just feeling like you’re treating yourself. So, when I got the chance to try Scottish skincare brand Ishga’s Exfoliating Face Mask, I had to give it a go!
Packaged in on of the brand’s signature screw top jars, the mask just looks like it will do you good! After washing my face with a foaming cleanser, and patting until my skin is just damp, I apply a generous layer of the mask, then leave to dry. I love to use the mask when I’m multi-masking too! When I use a seriously deep-cleansing one to my nose and chin, I apply Ishga’s all over the rest of my skin. It’s an incredible pure formula, made up of only Kelp Seaweed Powder, Hebridean Water and Rose & Geranium Oils so it’s super gentle on sensitive skin. It takes around ten minutes for the mask to dry, and I remove it with a warm hot flannel. After using it, my skin feels so soft and smooth, and it looks so much clearer too!
Ishga Exfoliating Face Mask is priced at £35 and is available here.