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I’ve never actually owned a pair of GHD’S (sad, I know!) So I have always wondered what all the fuss is about.  Everywhere I go the number one straighter always seems to be a GHD! I was more than happy when I was sent one to trial.. if anything it has really helped out my overly curious mind as to why these straighteners are so special!

The GHD Deluxe Midnight Collection is one of those Limited Edition sets that are always released by GHD this time of the year! It’s a very Chique set that comes with plenty of accessories and add on’s including a cute little hair dryer. It is the perfect Christmas present!! *cough, cough GHD.. you can pay me later*

Right so now.. Shamefully may I add I am going to show you what I have been working with! I will probably have the piss taken out of me something chronic for showing you guys this, however I have to be honest! Here are the straighteners I use-

A very old pair of Morphy Richards straighteners. The ceramic plates are non existent and after using the GHD’s I have released these take FOREVER to sort my barnet out!! Usually when using these it takes at least 20 mins to do my short hair! Can you imagine what I went through when I had hair down to my ass?? OMG!! 

Moving on, I love the sleek design of these GHD’s, all black with gold ceramic plates.

So.. How did I get on with them you ask? well… I am now starting to understand the hype which surrounds these Iconic straighteners! When it comes down to my hair, I’m rather lucky. I have overly thick wavy/curly hair which can be worn either straight if I straighten it or curly if I let it dry naturally and slap some product on it. However, having thick hair can be a right pain in the ass when you need to straighten it. Using these straighteners was a breeze, my styling time was cut down to half compared to my Morphy Richards Irons but what confuses me the most is im not sure how and why these are so good. After turning them on and getting the two beeps to go ahead and start styling I honestly thought they were broken, there was no heat coming off them at all! When I placed my hair in them the ceramic plates were so smooth that it felt like the straighteners hadn’t even gripped my hair and almost felt like my hair had slipped right out of them, I was surprised to look in the mirror to find a perfectly piece of straight hair which did NOT need going over again unlike my Morphy Richards, which I have to use 3 times to even get a straight piece of hair! In all very impressed. You cannot feel the heat at all nor is there steam which escapes from the straightener, these straighteners are indeed magic. I think it’s the time and effort that goes into the technology that makes them so special.

Here’s a pic of my very shiny and smooth hair-

Get your’s online at http://www.Ghdhair.com Buy from the site and get a 2 year guarantee. These make an amazing Christmas present, but be quick as they are a Limited Edition set! I really want one now (Hint, Hint GHD)

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The magic of Dr. Bronner’s is its affordability and versatility. Famous for its 18 uses from 1 bottle this liquid soap at £4.99 per 236ml bottle is worth a try.

So for me, being more of a lover of shower gels and creams, I was quite dubious whether to try Dr Bronner’s Bottle of Magic. Like many others, soaps have a tendency to leave the skin feeling dry and almost leather like, which is a horrible feeling after a soothing bath, when you should be feeling like silk….but here goes… 

 

Check out Dr Bronner’s “18in1” uses as listed on his products…..Impressive!

  1. Shave
  2. Shampoo
  3. Dental
  4. Soap bath
  5. Peppermint is nature’s own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!
  6. A drop is best Mint Toothpaste; brushes Dentures Clean!
  7. A dash in water is the ideal Breath Freshener & Mouth Wash!
  8. Peppermint Oil Soap for Dispensers, Uniforms, Baby, Beach!
  9. Dilute for ideal  Body Rub
  10. Foot Bath
  11. Douche
  12. Hot Towel-Massage the entire body, always towards your heart.
  13. Pets
  14. Silk, wool, washing clothes and dishes
  15. Body tingles head to toe – keeps cool!
  16. 3 dashes in water rinse most Sprays Off fruit & vegetables!
  17. 1/4 oz in qt H2O is Pest Spray!
  18. Dash, no rash Diaper-Soap!

It comes in 8 main varieties, the original being the famous tingly peppermint – followed by Lavender, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Almond, Rose, unscented Baby Mild and Tea Tree which can even be used to treat minor cuts. Dr Bronner’s Pure Magic Soap has NO synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes or whiteners. The soaps are made with certified Fair Trade and organic ingredients sourced from India and its packaging is completely biodegradable.

So ……with my bottle of the original Dr Bronner’s Peppermint liquid soap in hand, I took to the bathroom to test 2 of its recommended uses!!

Soap bath – standing up and washing at a sink is not my idea of relaxing so I moved this method from the sink to the bath! Adding just 3 drops to hot running water the fresh peppermint scent masked my bathroom! “Breathing deeply” as advised on the bottle I laid back, relaxed, inhaled and exhaled and was instantly relaxed. Almost like a decongestant, Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap opened up the sinuses, and made my nose tingle. This would be great natural product or clearing the mind if you have cold/flu symptoms. But…enough about relaxing and onto the cleaning! This magic liquid soap has a surprisingly rich lather for such a thin and initially watery product due to its very high coconut oil content and again just a few drops of the liquid onto a loofah, sponge or into the palm of your hand is enough for the entire body.  It cleans the skin effortlessly leaving body feeling fresh and tingling. With so many cleaning powers for the body and your home the soap is in no way abrasive as maybe expected. In fact its the complete opposite. Importantly for me it did not leave my skin dry or leathery. I wouldn’t say it was as moisturising as shower creams etc, but for a formula that is a soap and not promoted for its moisturising properties, my skin was surprisingly soft and the tingly sensation lasts once dry.

Shampoo  – I would recommend using Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap as a shampoo for cleanliness only.  It lathers well on hair and cleans just as well as any other shampoo. Being an “18in1” bottle it would be great for those travelling with the need for minimal luggage or those of you who place no emphasis on having silky/shiny hair. But for those who like to replicate that salon feeling, unfortunately I would not recommend this as a shampoo. It did the cleaning job, but it left my hair feeling dry and brittle which was not a good feeling. although my hair smelt fabulous, it was not so fab to touch.

Check out Dr Bronner’s magic Soaps at www.drbronner.com There is a wide range of goodies to buy! Feel free to contact me on Deeheartsnutri@gmail.com Twitter: DeeHeartsNutri

Dionne

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I used this range all throughout my holiday and I to be honest I can’t say im too impressed. It has a distinctive smell which reminds me of my favorite child hood sweets.

The formula is MUCH better than your typical high street brand however for me it did not compete with Liz Earle’s Naturally Active Haircare Range.

The Aqua Boost Shampoo– is formulated from certified organic extracts, oils, vitamin B5 and wheat protein to nourish dry hair.  Unfortunately for me I didnt see the WOWZA results I wanted to. Maybe I’m being a little harsh but in comparison to the Liz Earle range this didn’t even come close. The shampoo is priced at £7.79 for 200ml a big difference as the Liz Earle Shampoo is priced at £7.50 and does a whole lot more for your hair. I found I needed to use a large amount for my hair to feel cleansed and sometimes I even needed to wash my hair twice whereas the Liz Earle shampoo promises clean hair using less than 7ml per wash and you only EVER  need one wash and your done.

The Aqua Boost Conditioner- is formulated from the same ingredients as the shampoo, I find this very odd, surely the whole point of a conditioner is for that extra boost for your hair so wouldn’t it be better if different ingredients were used?? The Aqua Boost Conditioner is priced at £8.76. Sorry Organic Care Systems, for me you’re a little too pricey! Liz Earle’s Botanical Shine Conditioner stays at the same price as its Shampoo at £7.50 also.  However I would choose Organic Care systems over most Haircare products you see sold on the high street but the prices need lowering!!

Check out the range at www.organiccoloursystems.com

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Hi all, I’m very sorry about my delayed post on announcing the winners of the Liz Earle Hairecare Prize Draw, I have just returned from a fabulous week away in Greece :).

The Lucky winners are:

Mr Mike Bromley
Mrs Eugenia Skliar
Mrs Nicky Johnson
Mrs Brigitte Prior
Mrs Pamela Kerr

Congratulations to you all, you should have already or should be very soon receiving your Liz Earle Haircare products. I would love to hear feedback from you all of how you got on with the range and your thoughts. Stay tuned for more Prize Draws. If you wasn’t fortunate to win and are eager to get hold of the Hairecare products please visit the LizEarle site.

Enjoy

BeautyWowza 🙂

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After 15 year’s of being a leading and highly regarded skincare brand Liz Earle has finally Launched ‘cleanse and polish’ for hair. The new haircare range launches on the 2nd sept 2010.‘Botantical shine shampoo’ is a revolutionary plant based formula that suits all hair and scalp types. The amazing blend is packed with over 89% naturally derived ingredients and a very special cleansing agent derived from coconut. leaving your hair feeling and looking like you have used a salon professional shampoo, whilst being SLS and SLES free, gentle enough to use on the most sensitive of hair and scalp types, a shampoo the whole family can enjoy. Liz Earle also introduces 3 high performance, colour safe ‘Botanical shine conditioners’ which work in force with the shampoo to give you the best results, leaving your hair detangled, shiny and ready to be styled. The formula contains over 95% naturally derived ingredients, each conditioner is formulated with special botanical ingredients tailored to your hair type to deliver the very best of results.

Like the iconic ‘Cleanse and polish’ that works for all skin types, ‘Botanical shine shampoo’ has been formulated to do exactly the same. Some of the ingredients include natural vitamin E, aloe vera, west african shea butter, apple and orange extracts. All working together to gently cleanse and restore shine without stripping.

The ‘Botanical shine conditioners’ work in harmony with the ‘Botanical shine shampoo’ for maximum results. The conditioners are tailored to your hair types and each different conditioner has key ingredients to target your hair type. Kenyan Yangu oil being a rare and main ingredient. Kenyan yangu oil is known for its moisturising properties, It is hand pressed from seeds which are hand collected by local tribes. Liz Earle naturally active hair care range is both beautiful and appealing. Local tribes that assist with the collection of these seeds are benefitting through earnings that contribute towards food, water supplies and schooling for children.

I attended the press event yesterday (18/08/2010) at the Liz Earle flagship store in Sloane Square, Kings Road. It was a lovely afternoon and brilliant to meet people who are so passionate about the brand they work for. Jennifer who does all the plant research explained about all the hard work that goes into choosing ingredients for the products, it was great meeting individuals who are really involved in the process. I also met Liz Earle herself, who gave her insight into the brand and the story behind launching a hair care range. As some of you may know, the Liz Earle brand was launched because business partners Liz and Kim wanted to find a skincare range for their own skin types. Liz having dry eczema prone skin and Kim being the opposite with oily skin. The hair care range came about due to customer demand  and Liz wanting a range that would suit her hair as it suited her skin.

As soon as I got home from the press event I had to try the samples, The shampoo is so soft, the more water you use the more it lather’s. You don’t have to use large amounts, 7ml per wash is the recommended amount (this is for long hair types) if you have shorter hair you can use less. I was also surprised at the fact that you only need to wash your hair once with this shampoo. I find with other conventional shampoo’s I have to wash my hair 2-3 times.

Now I know I have only used the shampoo once and you are all probably wondering why I am singing its praises already but I can honestly say that I could feel the difference when washing my hair. The texture changed the moment I lathered up my hair. It felt so soft and clean and the smell is to die for. The conditioner is also amazing, as soon as it was applied I was able to run my fingers through my hair, something I could not do with normal conditioners.

I will be reviewing the range over the next few weeks and will do some in depth write ups on how different my hair looks and feels. If your Liz Earle fans or even new to the range and looking for a new shampoo, pre order yours at www.lizearle.com/Haircare. The price range is very affordable for what you are get in return at £7.50 for the Botanical shine shampoo and £7.50 for each conditioner. Usage at 7ml means this shampoo will last you 29 washes.
complete bargain is what I say.

Check out the full Liz Earle range at www.lizearle.com or go check out the store in Sloane Square, Kings Road, Chelsea.

Let me know how you ladies get on when you have tried it 🙂

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Baptiste Dry Shampoo

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I get extremely excited when I discover good hair products at a decent price range, I have very dry frizzy hair so obviously not good to wash it on a regular basis (So my fabulous hairdresser tells me). On days when I wake up and my hair isn’t looking at it best and could do with a spritz of freshness I reach for the Baptiste Dry Shampoo. It works wonders and is a great ‘pick me up’ for your hair when it’s looking a little limp and needing some life to it. Best thing about this product is the price at around £1.30 its a total bargain. It also comes in different scents, currently im using ‘blush’ they also do a ‘tropical’ scent which im eager to buy.

Baptiste Dry Shampoo – £1.30

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