Monday, 26 March 2012

John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner Review

At last a haircare range aimed specifically at heated appliance lovers that actually works. John Frieda’s Full Repair range consists of a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, heat protective spray and a serum. Using Inca Inchi oil, the haircare range targets dry, heat-damaged tresses and helps to not only repair hair, but to protect it too.

Packed full of omega 3 and 6 and vitamin A and E, Inca Inchi oil is found in the Peruvian amazon and known for being one of the most beneficial and nutrient-rich oils around. The oil works on repairing hair both internally and externally to leave it feeling softer and smoother.

While all of the Full Repair range haircare products contain Inca Inchi oil and work wonders on tresses, it's the Full Repair Deep Conditioner that really stands out. With a lighter, looser consistency, the hair mask is easy to spread and comb through hair. Although the instructions recommend leaving the mask on for just 2-5 minutes, if your hair is feeling really dry and damaged leave it on for a least 10 minutes. Comb the mask through you tresses from root to tip and massage it into your scalp to get the most out of the formula.

After rinsing hair thoroughly and drying it, you'll feel a difference instantly. Hair feels softer, smoother and sleeker after just one use.

John Frieda’s Full Repair Deep Conditioner is £5.99 from

Rating: 10/10 - Whether you've got fine or thick tresses you'll feel the difference after just one wash with John Frieda's hair mask. It's one of the best affordable haircare products available at the moment and you get a lot of bang for your buck. 

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Espa Pink Hair And Scalp Mud Review

If you’re looking for luxury then you’ll find it with Espa’s Pink Hair and Scalp Mud Mask. If keeping with the name it will come as no surprise that the mask is pink, but what is very pleasantly unexpected is the light fruit scent that comes with this haircare product courtesy of the apricot kernel oil.

As well as the scent, apricot kernel oil also works as a moisturising and softening ingredient and helps improve your scalps elasticity and resistance. Watercress extract is another key component in the formula and gives yours a deep cleanse without taking away the moisture.

The rich creamy texture makes Espa’s hair mask feel like an at-home spa treatment.

For the best results if you’re suffering with a dry scalp or want to give your tresses a moisture boost, spend at least three-minutes really massaging the mask into your scalp. Comb the product through the rest of your hair using your fingers to ensure an even coverage and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.

Espa’s hair mask might be too rich for finer hair, so use sparingly and leave it on for a shorter amount of time otherwise hair can be left feeling flat.

Espa’s Pink Hair And Scalp Mud is £18 and available from

Rating: 6/10 – It’s a luxury hair mask, but it does come with a matching price tag.  

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Max Factor Fantasy Fire Nail Polish Review

If you haven't already heard Max Factor's 'Fantasy Fire' nail polish has become one of the most coveted shades of 2012 so far. So much so it's been reported that six months worth of this specific shade sold out within three weeks and one customer even purchased fifty at one time to ship off to friends and family around the globe.

Why the sudden craze? 'Fantasy Fire' is almost identical to a discontinued Clarins' nail lacquer and beauty bloggers have been going crazy for it.

From the bottle it looks like any glitter-flecked, metallic burgundy nail polish, but when you apply it comes out like a bluey purpley with glitter. With more of a watery consistency you will need to use at least two coats of polish to build up a solid shade. Some bloggers have experimented and this shade can also work as a top coat over different colours.

While the colour is definitely interesting, unfortunately the formula itself doesn't live up to its description on the bottle and even with two coats, it does chip easily.

Max Factor's 'Fantasy Fire' Nail Polish is £3.99 from

Rating: 5/10 - If you love the colour you probably won't feel too let down by the formula, however if you're someone who only likes to paint your nails once or twice a week this isn't the nail polish for you.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain Review

Finding the balance between a gloss, a stain and a lipstick is no mean feat, but Yves Saint Laurent might have just nailed it with the new Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain.

With the colour effect of a lipstick, the finish of a lip gloss and the longevity of a lipstain, this is beauty product is revolutionary and definitely one for your make-up bag, especially if you want to tap into the bright lips beauty trend for summer.

The consistency is like a gloss, but smooth and stick-free. While the glossy finish doesn't last much longer than your standard lip gloss, the colour does and lips are stained for the majority of the day. The formula isn't packed full of nourishing ingredients, but lips don't feel or look dry and cracked at the end of the day. Interestingly, unlike some lipstains YSL's has a fruity, almost raspberry flavour, which definitely adds a little more luxury to this beauty product.

On first glance the beauty product could be mistaken for a nail polish with the boxy packaging, however the wand gives it away. The flat, slightly slanted brush with a pointed tip makes application quick, precise and easy to do while you're on the go.

At the moment there are 18 different shades ranging from statement plums and classic reds to soft, feminine pinks. Compared to standard lipstains, the price is relatively reasonable for what you get, but the key is choosing a shade that you will definitely wear.

Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain is £22.50 and available from

Rating: 9/10 - As lip products go this is definitely one to invest in if you like having colour on your lips without having to constantly reapply.