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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Review: Kerastraight KS Ultimate Treatment

Before & After KS Ultimate Treatment

Last month, I was invited to Salon International to try out the Kerastraight Ultimate treatment. Although I didn’t have the KS treatment applied in a typical salon environment, I was impressed with the results and wanted to share my experience.

You may remember last year I reviewed the Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment and I loved the results! My hair stayed frizz-free, smooth and manageable for just over 4 months. However, I found the after products irritated my scalp so after 2 weeks I stopped using these and used my normal sulphate-free products instead, which I found worked fine. My hair grew in length and looked and felt healthier after the treatment as I didn’t need to use as much heat on my hair.

KS Ultimate Treatment promises to transform frizzy, unmanageable hair and dramatically reduced your hair styling routine. This multi-award winning semi-permanent hair repair and smoothing system provides unrivalled condition, strength and shine to all hair types including dry, damaged, coloured, chemically treated and even Afro-Caribbean hair! I was excited to save precious minutes to my morning routine, bidding farewell to frizz and waking up to management, silky smooth and healthy looking hair.

The treatment involved having my hair washed with a pre-treatment shampoo, which was left on my hair for 5 minutes to open up my hair cuticles ready for the Keratin treatment to be applied. KS Ultimate Treatment was applied to my hair in small sections and wrapped in a plastic cap and left to work for 45 minutes. The treatment simply feels like a conditioning treatment has been applied and contains no harsh chemicals, so doesn’t burn or sting like some other Keratin or Brazilian Blowdry treatments. The treatment was rinsed for 30 seconds and a conditioner was applied but again just rinsed for 20 seconds and not fully washed out. My hair was then blow-dried and straightened to active and seal in the treatment.

After my hair was blow dried, it felt silky smooth and soft, the product is so light in texture that it was impossible to tell that the treatment had been dried into my hair. The whole process took around 3 hours, you are able to shampoo your hair after just 30 minutes and there’s no growing out period, the results naturally fade away. The real test was when I left the venue it began raining, normally my hair would become frizzy and curly yet it stayed straight and smooth! I found the treatment does take some washing out after the process. I would recommend rinsing well for and shampooing your hair twice to ensure the product has been completely removed. 

Since having the treatment I am pleased that my hair needs minimal styling and heat, I can even leave to dry naturally without my hair becoming frizzy and unmanageable. I'm excited that the results can last up to 4 months and it is recommended to use the after care products to maintain the treatment. If, like me, you suffer with frizzy unmanageable hair then I would definitely recommend this treatment especially since its safe and formaldehyde-free. 

KS Ultimate Treatment costs from £150. For more information and to find your nearest salon please visit: Have you ever thought about trying a Keratin Hair Treatment?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Esthechoc - the World's First Beauty Chocolate!

National Chocolate Week (12th-18th Oct) is coming up I thought I would share an exciting world’s first! Esthechoc is the first ever anti-ageing functional beauty chocolate created by Cambridge Chocolate Beauty.  

Distinctively intense and with a velvety taste, Esthechoc boasts incredible skin enhancing properties. A daily portion increases the level of antioxidants in the skin, improving its microcirculation, raising its oxygen level and preventing ageing.  

After 10 years of extensive research and medical trials, scientists at Cambridge Chocolate Technology have developed the world’s first functional dark chocolate that promotes healthy, smooth and luminous skin. Esthechoc is suitable for all skin types and is clinically proven to work in three weeks! This special chocolate offers a different approach towards skincare - a daily 7.5g portion of Esthechoc increases the level of antioxidants in the skin, improving its microcirculation, raising its oxygen level and preventing ageing.  

Esthechoc chocolate contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10kg of raw seaweed and more polyphenols eliminating free radicals than cocoa and 100 grams of dark chocolate. A daily dose helps the skin to regain its firmness, radiance and luminosity, and when regularly used, it protects skin against the ageing process. Esthechoc is a food supplement and should be taken every day alongside daily meals, and not used as a substitute for a varied diet.  

Skin ageing is a natural and long-term process that is sped up by various external and internal factors, such as stress, environmental pollution, UV radiation, smoking or poor diet. These factors can cause the skin to lose resiliency and firmness that in turn results in malnutrition and hypoxia of cells and tissues, and a slowing down of skin regeneration. All these processes may be effectively inhibited by exposure to the right amount of Epicatechin Polyphenol and the strongest antioxidant known to science: Astaxanthin.

Esthechoc - Cambridge Beauty Chocolate contains 70% cocoa and combines two antioxidants that contain the strongest anti-ageing properties: cocoa flavanols and astaxanthin carotenoid. The anti-ageing properties of cocoa have been known for centuries, however, to provide our bodies with a sufficient amount we would need to eat 100 grams of dark chocolate every day, which may result in significant weight gain (100 grams is equal to over 500 kcal!) One Esthechoc bar of 7.5 grams (38 kcal) is enough. This amount contains the same amount of Astaxanthin as 10Kg of raw seaweed. It slows down or stops the process of free radical formation inside the skin and, therefore, curbs the ageing process.                      

Esthechoc is available exclusively at Harrods priced at £35 for a 3 week supply. What do you think to this new beauty chocolate supplement?

Friday, 12 June 2015

ZEEK App Review - buy gift vouchers below face value & get £5 FREE!

ZEEK is a new app for smart shopping that helps you to both sell on unwanted gift vouchers for cash and save money by buying vouchers for below face value. The ZEEK App is available to download here for free on both iOS and Android. 

Selling your unwanted gift vouchers

We all have unused gift vouchers around the house that we may have forgotten about or it could be that you would rather have the cash. Selling on ZEEK is really simple - download the App and list your gift voucher for sale. You will need to provide a photograph of the voucher and enter details such as the face value and expiry date. You then decide how much of a discount you want to offer - the bigger the discount, the faster your voucher will sell! It's worth bearing in mind that Zeek charge a £3 processing fee for selling your voucher, but before you submit your voucher for sale you will see exactly how much money you will be walking away with. As soon as your voucher has sold, you will need to send this to the Zeek team and they post on to the buyer. 

Buying vouchers for less than face value

I discovered the App today and found it simple, safe and extremely quick to use. I purchased two vouchers from TKMAX with a total face value of £58 for £50 (minus £2 admin fee) so I gained £6. Whilst the savings aren't huge, you can easily save anything from 4% by purchasing your vouchers from Zeek. It seems that you can get a better deal when you purchase a higher the value of voucher. There are lots of high street vouchers to choose from on the App such as IKEA, Boots, Apple, Zara, Amazon, Topshop, Sainsbury's, Cineworld and even Starbucks! If it is a shop you shop regularly at then its worth buying vouchers. 

Simply choose your voucher or store and find the face value and deal that suits you. You can use your free £5 code (2zxuac) to receive £5 off your first order. Electronic vouchers are delivered immediately and physical vouchers are posted out to you within 7 business days. 

FREE £5 Code

If you are interested in trying out ZEEK, I have a free £5 code towards your first purchase once you have downloaded the app, enter code '2zxuac' to get £5 added to your account for free! This voucher can be used against any voucher, but Zeek charge a £1 admin fee, so it is better to go for something with a higher face value to get a better deal. What do you think to the ZEEK App?

Friday, 5 June 2015

Win £200 with Legal & General

Legal & General have asked me if one of you would like to win £200 – of course you do! That’s £200 to treat yourself to something new ;)

To enter their prize draw they would like to know about your life, share with them your proudest achievements so far and let them know your ambitions. Entering is really simple, answer 8 multiple choice questions below and don’t forget to leave your name and email address in the text box at the end of the survey. If you prefer you can click here to view the survey questions. 

The survey is open to everyone living in UK & Ireland. One random winner will be picked to win £200 and the closing date for entries is midnight 20th June 2015. Good luck!

Create your own user feedback survey

Thursday, 14 May 2015

bkr Water Bottles

bkr is a beauty essential that will change the way you drink water forever. This high-end and chemical-free water bottle is a staple backstage at Fashion Week and loved by A-list celebrities. The world of beauty is filled with expensive treatments, product innovations and the latest skincare revolutions. However, beauty’s most important element - and the real secret to flawless skin is WATER! 

No product you’re using is going to work if you’re dehydrated. It is recommended that you should drink at least 2 litres of water daily. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t drink near enough water so I’m going to try the 30 day bkr challenge - I’ll report back next month! I will attempt to drink 2 litres of water daily (4 bkr bottles) for 30 days and see if I notice a difference to my skin. 

bkr is the solution to staying truly hydrated and helps to create the canvas for a gorgeous complexion and should be the first step in any beauty regimen. These beautifully designed bottles are not only this season’s brand new, must-have beauty accessory, but they will also motivate you to drink more water. bkr has already been adopted by a dedicated celebrity following including: Blake Lively, Giselle, Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba. bkr has now launched in the UK exclusively at Selfridges.

The concept is really simple. bkr replaces ugly, cheap plastic bottles that are not only harmful to the environment but nasty chemicals can leak from the plastic into the water that you are drinking! The bkr bottle is made from glass, holds half a litre of water (500ml), is re-usable and comes with a coloured soft silicone sleeve. 

Each season bkr releases collections inspired by runway trends in New York, London, Paris and Milan – with colours ranging from bold brights to soft hues. It features a small opening for no spill sipping, no-leak seal, is BPA-free and phthalate-free and is even safe to use in a dishwasher. 

bkr Water Bottle with silicone sleeve (500ml) costs £25 and the limited edition heart design is £28 are available exclusively from SelfridgesWhat do you think to the bkr concept?

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is the UK’s first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-wrinkle results that get even better over time. An industry first, these groundbreaking results come from a 12 month clinical trial and have been scrutinised by the UK’s advertising industry advisors at the highest level.

Last year No7 launched the next generation of its much loved and best-selling serum, No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum, clinically proven to produce even better anti-ageing results than the original. A year on, No7 are excited to reveal an exciting beauty industry first Results, claim…

‘No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is the UK’s first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-wrinkle results that get even better over time.’ 

Encouraged by the exceptional results after 6 months product use, Boots skincare scientists decided to continue the trial to 12 months, driven by the fact they wanted to see how long the results would continue to get better.

The clinical trial took place over 12 months with two groups of volunteers. One group applied the new No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum on one side of their face and the original No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum on the other (double blinded). The other group applied No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum on one side and applied nothing on the other side. Crows feet and under-eye wrinkles were then graded by a dermatologist every month.
No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum costs £24.95 for 30ml from

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

My Little Box X L'Occitane

My Little Box have collaborated with L'Occitane for their May box 'MY LITTLE Provence BOX. Mylittlebox is a hand picked and beautiful designed box of fashion, beauty and lifestyle surprises. With accessories, products and other goodies created exclusively for you and based around a different theme each month. 

My Little Box costs £11 plus £3.95 (the postage is expensive because it is shipped from France!) and you are able to opt out of the subscription at anytime. This month's Provence theme brings a lovely selection of best-selling mini L'Occitane beauty products, some cute fridge magnets, a DIY bracelet and as usual a magazine, illustrations - all beautifully wrapped up.

L'Occitane En Provence Mer & Mistral Shower Gel (worth £3.42)
This is the perfect little mini to take on your travels or try before you buy the full size. It's scent is described as 'Summer Holiday in a bottle' which is spot on, it smells exactly like a mix of sand, sea and fresh air!

L'Occitane En Provence Roses et Reines Hand and Nail Cream (worth £1.86)
This mini hand and nail cream is enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, to help nourish, soften and protect the hands while helping to strengthen the nails whilst delicately leaving a rose scent.

L'Occitane En Provence Verena Body Lotion (worth £2.40)
This citrus fresh mini body lotion smells amazing and good enough to eat! It contains organic verbena extract and ultra nourishing grape seed oil and sinks in quickly without being sticky or greasy.

L'Occitane En Provence Verbena Leaf Soap (worth £1.50)
Mini soap in the same delicious citrus scent as the Verbena body lotion. It's shaped like a leaf and it not only cleans skin but acts like a scrub and moisturiser too! It contains crushed verbena leaves to exfoliate skin gently and eliminates dryness.

The Amazing Pencil (£9)
A metallic bronze creamy eyeshadow crayon that promises to stay put all day, and has a neat rotating end so no need for a sharpener.

Magnetic Provence (£6)
This is a cute - Mix and Match Dress up My Little Doll fridge magnets! I'll be surprising my niece with these magnets - she will love them!

The Sunny Cuff (£15)
DIY accessory for summer is this embroidery gold cuff bracelet. It comes with two different coloured blue threads and a tutorial to create your own unique bracelet.

This box is a lovely mix of the best of L'Occitane En Provence beauty, fashion and lifestyle. The products are worth £39.18 so for £14.95 is good value. I can't recommend My Little Box enough as I think it offers fresh brands I adore the packaging and the fashion and lifestyle element. Check out to find out more and to order your box! 

What do you think to My Little Box?

Friday, 8 May 2015

Hair Super Foods - Eating for Hair Health

The old saying goes that beauty comes from within and to a certain extent it's true. Eat well, avoid junk food and don't drink too much and you'll probably exude a healthy glow. But did you realise this even holds true for your hair and there are certain 'hair super foods' that can contribute to strong, glossy locks? Include foods rich in the following nutrients regularly in your diet to keep your hair in tip-top condition. 

Nutrients for Healthy Hair 

Vitamin E - this fat soluble vitamin will protect your hair from sun damage and keep it strong and healthy by ensuring a good supply of blood to the scalp. You can boost your intake by eating nuts, leafy green vegetables, avocados and seeds.

Iron - this essential mineral contributes greatly to a healthy head of hair and people suffering from anaemia are often plagued by hair loss. If you have too little iron in your body, the nutrient rich blood supply that your hair and scalp depend upon will be compromised. The best sources of iron are red meat, poultry and fish, and you can increase the availability of iron to your body by eating these along with Vitamin C at the same time. Vegetarians can get iron from leafy green vegetables, sunflower seeds, nuts, whole grains and, amazingly, dark chocolate.

Omega 3 - these fatty acids are essential for healthy cells throughout the body and they contribute substantially to keeping your scalp healthy. Without an adequate supply you run the risk of dry hair and an itchy scalp. The best source is oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and herrings. Vegetable sources include walnuts, avocado, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Protein - this is the basic building block of your hair, so you'll need a diet containing sufficient high quality protein if you want luxuriant hair growth. The tell-tale sign of poor protein levels are dry, weak, brittle hair—or even in extreme cases, hair loss. The best quality proteins come from eggs, poultry, fish, dairy products, nuts and pulses.
Biotin - you need this B vitamin for strong hair and a deficiency of biotin will make itself known with weak, brittle hair. Choose whole grain bread for higher levels of biotin and eat eggs, liver and other offal, legumes and chocolate.

Zinc - a lack of zinc causes dull, fine hair and premature greying, along with dandruff problems due to a dry scalp. Good sources of zinc include oysters, red meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, nuts, eggs, whole grains and dairy produce.

Selenium - this important mineral is a growth booster for hair while being at the same time a potent weapon against dandruff because of its anti-fungal properties. Eat plenty of lean meat, seafood, Brazil nuts, legumes, eggs and seeds.

Vitamin C - you already know that Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant but one of its other main roles in the body is to assist with the absorption of iron. Vitamin C is critical for the production of collagen, which is an important factor in growing strong hair. You'll find Vitamin C in a wide range fruits, including strawberries, oranges, blueberries, kiwi fruit, papaya and black currants, along with sweet potatoes and red and yellow peppers. 

NiceHair is a hair loss prevention specialist website featuring tips, tricks and advice on hair loss prevention, interviews, healthy eating, delicious recipes as well as beauty tips, reviews and lists a number of best vitamins for hair growth. For more information please visit What are your top tips for Healthy Hair?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

GLOSSYBOX The Iconic Hollywood Edit

GLOSSYBOX is launched the Iconic Hollywood Collection on April 14th 2015. The box is a collector's edition box and is available in 4 different colour ways inspired by the golden age of glamour and the Hollywood greats. 

GLOSSYBOX has captured the allure of Audrey, the marvel that is Marilyn and the wonder of Grace Kelly to curate the Iconic Hollywood Box. The classic red lipstick, the essential black eyeliner and a warm nude nail polish take over this months box. GLOSSYBOX have hand-picked the best in beauty to help you capture the look of your timeless favourite Hollywood beauty heroes.

Lord & Berry Lipstick Pencil in Kiss (*full size* worth £10)
I have tried a few items from the Lord & Berry range and all have been excellent quality and well pigmented. This lipstick pencil is described as the 'perfect Marilyn Red'. This modern take on a classic pillar box hue is ideal for Spring. It is in pencil form making the application easier than ever! The lipstick pencil is long-lasting and softening, with a matte finish. 

POP Beauty Kajal Eyeliner Pen (*full size* worth £6.50) 
I have tired a few of POP Beauty nail polishes but I haven't tried any of their makeup before. Elizabeth Taylor's iconic cat eye has never been easier to recreate thanks to this sooty black kohl pencil from Pop Beauty. Create a flicked wing with one swipe thanks to the high pigment and it's soft texture means its super easy to blend for a smokey effect. 

Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream (worth £19.50)
This cocooning cream quickly replenishes skin, enhancing firmness and boosting luminosity for that sought-after red carpet glow. Any lines and wrinkles appear softened, and thanks to the inclusion of strengthening probiotics, it will keep your skin protected and nourished. I am really happy to recieve this product as Darphin is a high-end luxury brand with an expensive price tag and this is a product I have not yet tried so I have high hopes. This is a really generous sized sample and is perfect for travelling.

Color Club Barely There Nail Polish (*full size* worth £4.10)
Nude nails are a key trend for this spring, which also has roots in the Hollywood era. This is one of our favourite shades for the coming season and complements any skin tone for a glossy and sophisticated finish. Although I like the nude shade I am not a fan of this brand as I find the polishes chip quite easily. 

Nougat London Soothing Bath Pearls (worth £3)
These bath pearls smell gorgeous and are described as an indulgent pre-event or party treat. These pearls lace the bath with a delicate fragrance and have a very subtle shimmer which stays on skin, creating a limb-lengthening sheen. 

Bonus Products: Stella & Dot Earrings and Bracelet (*full size* worth £59)
There are two bonus products in this box from Stella & Dot. The tropicana-chandelier earrings are worth £40 and would jazz up any outfit with tropical pops of hot pink and spring green. These earrings are versatile chandeliers can be worn various ways as studs, drops or chandeliers. 

The earrings are a perfect match with the 'Colourblock Cuff' which is worth £19. Colour blocking will never go out of style, and it gives this delicate cuff bracelet the right amount of boldness. Hand wrapped threads are accented with metal studs, allowing this stackable cuff to brighten up your arm party. These jewellery items are one of the best added extras I have seen in Beauty Boxes and they have made my day receiving them as they are perfect for summer. 

I love the hollywood art work on this limited edition GLOSSYBOX and it contained five full sized products and the two added bonus items from Stella & Dot are AMAZING! I have totted up the value of the products and it comes to a whopping £102.10 which for £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) is fabulous value! You can find out more and order your own GLOSSYBOX here. Looking for the perfect monthly treat? 

Indulge yourself with one of GLOSSYBOX subscription offers. Choose from a three, six or twelve-month subscription, or why not purchase it as a gift for a beauty-loving friend? What do you think of this special edition box?

Saturday, 2 May 2015

My Little Dream Box April 2015

My Little Box aims to delight and surprise you every month. I would say that My Little Box is definitely the best subscription box to subscribe to as it full of cute surprises, little added details such as illustrations and is a complete delight to receive! Some beauty boxes contain the same brands and it can get a little boring after a while but My Little Box keeps it fresh and I love discovering french brands! 

My Little Box has a different theme each month and costs £11 plus £3.95 (the postage is expensive because it is shipped from France!) and you are able to opt out of the subscription at anytime. The box is filled with must-have beauty products including ones from their own beauty range 'My Little Beauty', unique fashion & lifestyle accessories, and Illustrations from Kanako. 

April's My Little Box has a Dream theme and the box is beautifully packaged with the illustrations and little touches which feels like a lot of time and effort has been made to ensure everything is perfect! It contains My Little Box Magazine which looks like a good read and this month as an added bonus a stuffed cloud which when you open you are surprised with a designed inspired gold and red cord necklace 'Bonne Etoile Locket'  by jewellery designer Delphne Pariente (£20). The necklace could also be made into a bracelet if the cord was cut down a little which is what I thought it was originally! 

The lifestyle piece was a cute stamping kit with a large 12 message rotatable stamp with sweet phrases such as 'Made with Love' and 'Merci Beaucoup' and a small ink pad (£8). In the small printed canvas bag I found a solid soft perfume in the scent 'Copacabana' by Sabe Masson (£15), which smells gorgeous and is a lovely fresh perfume for summer. I am excited to discover this brand since the perfume is alcohol-free, paraben-free and contains natural ingredients and its handy packaging to carry around or use when travelling. It also came with a repairing hair mask for dry ends from My Little Beauty (£7) and a non-drying lip and cheek tint by Lip Balm Loved by Lou Lesage (£8).

This box is a lovely mix of beauty, fashion, lifestyle and I adore everything! The dream box was a complete surprise and I delighted with the content along with the packaging and illustrations and attention to detail. This month's products are worth £58 so for £14.95 is amazing value. I can't recommend My Little Box enough! Check out to find out more and to order your box! 

What do you think to My Little Box?
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