Sunday, 20 July 2014

BackBliss Lotion Applicator

Here's a review I wrote for brownbeautytalk.com, enjoy;

Caroline Wagstaff came up with the idea of the BackBliss Lotion Applicator, while on holiday with her partner, she had forgotten to ask him to apply sunscreen on her back before he went off to play golf and as a result spent all afternoon on her back. After placing a sponge to the end of a coat hanger to apply after sun in her hotel room, she came up with the ingenius idea of a lotion and cream applicator. Dragon's Den fans might remember Caroline as she appeared ont h show pitching the idea.  
My initial thoughts on hearing about this product was that it was a bit of a gimmick, but I hadn’t realised that only 20% of the population can reach the middle of their backs, who knew I was in the minority. If you’re not so fortunate, or have a bad arm or shoulder, then moisturising your back can be quite difficult, along with ensuring sun screen or medicated creams are evenly applied.

The product comes with one lotion applicator, two washable applicator pads and a swivel suction hook to hang it from. The backcliss lives upto the hype and does exactly what it says on the tin. Will I be reaching for it daily? No. But then I can reach the middle of my back, however it wil probably get a lot of use as a back scratcher - my poor husband will be relieved.
The BackBliss Lotion Applicator is priced at £11.99 for a single pack and £19.99 for a double pack. For more information please visit the website.
This article was originally published on brownbeautytalk.com.
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Simply Beautiful Collection (SBC) Vitamin ACE Day and Night Cream

Here's a review I wrote for brownbeautytalk.com of this gorgeous cream I am still using on a daily basis;

I had heard the brand SBC banded about but never tried anything from the brand or even paid it much attention. Until now when I recently got the opportunity to try the SBC Vitamin ACE day and night cream. My initial thoughts were, how can one cream cater for both day and night? Surely it’ll either be too light or too rich.
The cream contains a combination of tomato seed oil (rich in Omega 6), olive oil (powerful antioxidant), fennel oil (soothing and anti-inflammatory), Vitamin C (brightening), Vitamin E (moisturise, firm and brighten), Vitamin A (anti-ageing). SBC states that this product contains the latest in Oxysomes technology in advance delivery systems. Apparently normal topical application of vitamin C can require 6 hours for maximum penetration into the skin, but oxysomes deliver this within the first hour and increases absorption by 85%. These translucent acid resistant oxysomes are liposomes which deliver vitamins E and C quickly and effectively, with a membrane engineered for stability even in low PH environments (i.e. the natural PH level of skin).

Now I don't know the ins and outs of Oxysomes but I do know they are the little round pink balls in the moisturiser, which completely disappear upon application. I love how hydrating this moisturiser is without being too heavy or greasy. It has a light fragrance, that is not too overpowering. This product is effective  for day and night, although those with oily skin may prefer a lighter lotion during the summer months. I would say dry, normal, combination skin types can use it for both.
The moisturiser is a little on the pricey side, but it is a 100ml tub, so will last a while and if you’re using it day and night you won’t need to shell out for a separate moisturiser. I certainly think it is worth the £29 due to the ingredients, effectiveness and size.
I will definitely be exploring the rest of the Vitamin ACE range due to be released soon on their website.
Have you tried anything from this brand? 
 
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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Fountain Beauty; The Hair Molecule.

Fountain have released a myriad of liquid food supplements, this one supports hair growth from within, claiming to promote strong healthy hair full of shine and is exclusive to selfridges.com. It contains 10,000ug of silicon, 200ug of biotin and hyaluronic acid, it cost £34.99 for 240ml and you take 2 teaspoons (10ml) daily meaning the bottle provides 24 servings. It can be taken neat or mixed with juice or beverage, even though the bottle says this is berry flavoured, it has quite a citrus taste to me, initially reminding me of sherbets.

 
I've taken a few hair supplements over the years, especially since going natural 2 years ago and Biotin is contained in most products designed to promote hair and nail growth, it can also help those who suffer with a dry scalp, 10ml of this provies 400% of your RDA. We've all heard by now how essential hyaluronic acid is for plump hydrated skin, so why not for hair. Fountain state that it regulates and preserves moisture within the tissues and delivers nutrients into the cells, enhancing tissues water retention capacity, we also have an abundance of silicon when we are young, but as we age we lose this.

Now this is a little pricey, because if you take it at the recommended dose it will only last 24 days, I try to take one teaspoon twice a day as I feel spreading out the dose gives the body 2 optimum times to absorb the nutrients. I mostly take it neat, but did try it in my coffee once and was shocked that I could still taste it, I've been using this for about 2 weeks now so too soon to notice any difference, but will update the post accordingly.

I'm interested in trying the energy molecule next, have you tried this or any other molecule from Fountain.

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-rich Cleansing Conditioner.

Here's a review I wrote for brownbeautytalk.com, enjoy.

Co-washing, the art of using conditioner as shampoo, has gone commercial and is no longer reserved for the natural haired girls. With all the talk of sulphates being bad for your locs, companies have not only been churning out sulphate free alternatives, but are now dipping their toes into the idea of using conditioner as shampoo.
 
 
Ojon have released their take with the Rare Blend Moisture-rich Cleansing Conditioner, the founder of the company discovered the native Ojon tree in the tropical rainforest in Central America. In one year each tree produces less than 8,000 nuts, which only produce 3 cups of ojon oil. As you can imagine it is not cheap (£18.50 for a 250ml bottle), but not that expensive either, considering the oil is extracted using traditional eco-friendly methods and referred to as nature’s golden elixir. It is said that this potent and pure oil have a natural affinity with hair, restoring radiance, suppleness, bounce, body and volume to even the most damaged hair.

As you can imagine I was intrigued to see how it would work on my kinky, natural and dry hair. To start with it smells amazing and contains a blend of 7 oils including pure ojon oil, palm kernel oil, kukui seed oil, coconut oil to name just a few.  It’s sulphate and glycerin free and is geared towards those with curly, wavy, dry breakage prone hair. I was surprised at the gentle lather this produced, despite containing so many oils. This walked the fine line between cleaning my hair without stripping it, despite it being overloaded with product come wash day, but not weighing it down. Ojon also state there is no need to use a separate conditioner when using this, so great if you’re short on time, washing in between wash days or washing more frequently than usual.

As my first dip into the Ojon brand I was definitely impressed with how my hair felt even after only one use, my hair felt clean, hydrated and nourished. I have definitely incorporated this into my hair care routine, and am intrigued now to try other products from the range. I will of course still be including sulphate free clarifying and hydrating  shampoo’s intermittently to prevent product build up, especially on the scalp.

Have you tried anything from Ojon? Are you happy that co-washing is going commercial and no longer reserved for brownbeauties with natural hair?

 

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