Okay, so I hate covering several products in one post; it’s not great for my SEO but hey. I’ve taken on so much mag work this week I actually feel a bit panicky and hysterical. Still, despite the fact that my face is tingling with stress, I’m still going to manage to get my pretty on thanks to a host of hot new beauty goodies that all deserve attention.
Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultimate Oil Elixir
Schwarzkopf Gliss have launched their new Ultimate Oil Elixir range. Ingredients-wise, you’re looking at nourishing argan oil, gold particles to add shine and lots of hydrolized keratin to fortify brittle, damaged , straw-like locks. The kind of uber droog, straw-like hair you end up with after you hit the ghd or bleach batch a li’l too hard.
Knowing this, I thought it would be waaay to heavy for my hair but perfect for those dealing with the aforementioned dramz but – surprise surprise – it’s actually working for me. I’ve been using the spray on conditioner, regular conditioner and mask on my lengths and it leaves them feeling silky, looking shiny and very easy to brush while wet. The shampoo doesn’t make my hair feel greasy either and cleanses so gently that I don’t have to use conditioner in my scalp area.
If you’re hair’s in a bad way and needs lots of TLC, this is no Kerastase Masquintense (the ultimate nightmare hair situation saviour) but it’s definitely one of the best inexpensive non-salon solutions on the shelf. I also like the way it smells; like creme brulee!
Oh! One last thing; if you’re torn between the shimmery oil and the leave in conditioner, consider this; the former is quite silicone so it adds shine but doesn’t hydrate half as much as the latter which is why I actually prefer it.
Garnier PureActive Intensive charcoal scrub
Garnier has a new facial wash scrub on the shelves and this one’s a real goodie. I’ve tried a couple of their scrub-washes and find they’re not really scrubby enough to give my face a regte exfoliation; the kind that actually helps to remove facial self-tan.
This new one, however, has a nice concentration of scrubbies. If you use it on a slightly damp face as opposed to a wet one, it’s actually pretty fierce which I like. Aside from oil and impurity-absorbing charcoal, it also contains zit-zapping salicyclic acid.
Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Anti-Spot & Pore Refining face mask sheet
On the topic of spots, Skin Republic (formally known as Skin Logic) have added a new spot-busting mask to their range. It contains loads of glycerine to help hydrate your face while astringent witch hazel tones up your pores. The mask also includes antibacterial tea tree oil (but not enough to irritate sensitive skin), salicylic acid to exfoliate deep inside your pores and collagen-encouraging gota kola extract.
I used it last week and liked that it left my skin looking plump yet taught. Also, thanks to the inclusion of chamomile extract, it helped soothe a bit of redness around my chin, the result of an overzealous exfoliation session not related to Garnier’s charcoal scrub, promise.
Clicks Argan 5
Clicks have added yet another exclusive new brand to their portfolio; Argan 5, a range of argan-oil infused products that hail from the UK and are currently flying off the shelves at Boots.
I got to try Argan 5 Precious Oil Elixir for skin, hair and nails. I really liked that this product wasn’t just a blend of silicones with just a dash of argan oil thrown in. It lists argan oil as its very first ingredient along with these guys:
- Baobab Oil – contains vitamins A, D, E and F as well as Omega 3, 6 and 9.
- Kukui Seed Oil – rich in Omega 3 and 6.
- Moringa Oil – rich in antioxidant collagen-encouraging vitamins A and C.
- Sacha Inci Oil – contains vitamin A and high levels of Omega 3 and 6.
If you’re a fan of multi-tasking oils consider using this one; the formulation is fab.
Sally Hansen Maximum Shield
Struggling with weak, brittle nails? New Sally Hansen Maximum Shield has a dual aldehyde formula that bonds to your nails to make them harder, tougher, more durable.
To explain, the more layers on your nails, the more fortified they’ll be. A good example of how this works is to use the paper plate analogy; it’s easy to bend or break one paper plate, right? But if you stack ten together you’re going to have a tougher time in bending them or ripping the stack in half.
Anyway, as far as base coats go, this is great. I like that it dries in a flash and the finish is shiny enough to be used as a top coat too. Bonus!
Seen anything you’re dying to try? Bought any of the above? Chat to me in the comments section.