Anyone that knows me, knows that this week is pretty my my favourite of the year! For me, I just adore the run-up to Halloween – it’s probably my favourite out of all the holidays, and I’ve been known to be a little OTT in my celebrations. When I lived in Dubai I forked out the equivalent of about £50 for pumpkins to decorate my balcony, and I’ve had more Jack-O-Lantern manicures than you can imagine! This year, I’m planning a few spooky-themed outfits, so of course, I’ve been on the look out for the best Halloween accessories available!
I’ve fallen absolutely in love with the Black Widow hair clip from Tony & Guy, which might just be the most glamorous Halloween accessory in my arsenal. The big black jewels are super chic, and I love the tiny little crystals. They glint and glisten in the light, and honestly, I’m just obsessed!
I’m also crushing pretty hard on Tony & Guy’s Pretty in Punk ear cuff. If you’re going for a harder, punkier look for the holiday – this is the accessory for you! It couldn’t be easier to wear either – you just kind of hang the suff around the back of your ear, then pin the chains into your ponytail or updo.
The Pretty in Punk Cuff looks super fun on, and it’s such an effortless way to update your look. It’s not too costume-y either, so I think it would look absolutely gorgeous with a super simple outfit and cute ponytail!
Toni & Guy’s Black Widow hair slide is priced at £16 while the Pretty In Punk Ear Cuff is £12.50. They’re both available here.
I’m not sure about you, but there are a few products which I’ve used for absolutely years, and I can’t be without. When I say I’ve had a bottle of Kerastase’s Bain Satin 1 in my closet since childhood, it’s no lie – my mother used to send me to swim class with a bottle of it in my gym bag! Having thick, wavy hair before straighteners were such a big thing meant that frizz was (and still is) the enemy so using a product which really nourished ends was a must have!
Now, with ends which have been all too damaged by bleach and heat styling, every third or so wash, I find myself reaching for the familiar ivory and orange bottle. The formula is incredibly rich and nourishing, and it foams beautifully. I only need a 10p sized blob to thoroughly wash my hair. I then follow up with a Kerastase hair masque. It’s an integral part of my haircare routine, and I can’t see that changing any time soon!
Kerastase Bain Satin is priced at £17.90 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
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
If you’ve got medium or long hair, I’m pretty sure you know the hassle of blow dries! Since my hair just looks weird if I don’t wash it every morning, I’m well acquainted with numerous blow dry techniques (I can’t even tell you how many big round brushes I own!), but I’m always looking for something to make my mornings easier!
The Arconic Curved Paddle Brush is one of those inventions you wonder why no-one thought of previously. It’s like your favourite paddle brush fused with your favourite barrel brush, and it means that blowing your hair out has never been easier or quicker!
The brush has been designed especially for medium to long hair and as a result, it’s quite a big thing to wield, but the size of the brush head, means that it really gets through hair – detugging like a dream and it’s comfortable to hold, as well as easy to use.
Thanks to the design, the brush pulls hair taught as you blow dry it, and the bend gives hair the perfect amount of bounce. It means that getting a salon-worthy blowout has never been easier, and I swear it’s taken at least ten minutes off my regular blow dries!
The Arconic Paddle brush is priced at £19.99 and is available here.
As someone with hair that’s been somewhat mistreated, I’m always on the lookout for products which are going to undo some of the damage I’ve inflicted. After bleaching, daily heat styling and having frizzy hair to begin with, any product which offers to smooth and hydrate it good for me. So, when Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo popped through the letter box, I knew it was destined to be good!
I’d never tried any haircare from Kiehl’s before, but considering I’ve never failed with their skincare, it was only a mater of time until I did! Packaged in Keihl’s signature apothecary-style packaging, the shampoo was the first part of the range I tried.
Applied to wet hair, it foams beautifully, despite being sulphate-free, and I love the scent. Even before slathering on the conditioner, my hair felt a whole lot smoother after using the shampoo.
After squeezing as much water out of my ends, I apply a generous dollop of the conditioner to my lengths and ends. I then leave it on for as long as possible – just as long as I can hang about in the shower really, then hose it all off. I can’t even tell you how much of a difference this duo makes. Hair is so soft and smooth, and blow drying it is an absolute dream – I hardly even need to look at my straighteners after using it, and it feels so, so soft and shiny!
Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo is priced at £16 and the Conditioner is priced at £19 and both are available here.