OGX hair products. 

My hair has suffered so much over the years from over-processing on photoshoots, damage from scuba diving, years of bleaching…. 

I’ve recently had my roots slightly darker, fading down into the blonde really really subtly so that I can grow my roots down and avoid the damage of bleaching! Now my mission is to treat my hair the best I can to make it grow luscious and thick again. This includes avoiding brushing as much as possible and washing only every 2-3 days so my hair can rest and create natural oils! I found this picture which is my ultimate hair goals at the moment!  

 A while ago, my mum bought back some shampoo and conditioner that had been recommended to her. After looking at it, I realised it was the same brand as the coconut milk oil I had been using for years! I just remember being out shopping once and my hair felt dry so I randomly bought some pretty cheap oil (partly because I love coconut!) to stick on whilst I was out. And I actually fell in love. I do swear by it now and use it after every wash and between washes on dry hair if I need it, despite that not being on the instructions. 

  
OGX coconut milk anti-breakage serum  contains coconut milk (obvs) and we all know that coconut is hailed as a massive beauty saviour. Also, egg white proteins – if they’re good enough for my diet, they’re good enough for my hair. 

Ive now tried three of the different shampoos/conditioners they have on offer and my FAV are the  anti-breakage Keratin Oil ones. The keratin proteins and Argan oil leave my hair feeling luscious – not to mention the amazzzzze smell.  

  
I do like the Argan Oil and Brazilian Keratin Smooth versions also but the pink is my ultimate. 

There’s a whole massive range and you can find them in your local supermarkets, Boots or Superdrug and I’m sure many other retailers. All products are around £6-£7. 

What hair products do you love? Swear by? Can’t live without? Let me know in the comments or tweet/Instagram me @heliemac1 

Hels X 

 

Honest Forever Aloe Vera review from a non-distributor. 

I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent a Sonya Skin Care Collection plus a Forever Aloe Scrub for me to trial and give an honest, genuine review. I have not been paid for this review and all of the views inside are truthful and formed from my own opinions. 

The kit contains the Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator, Purifying CleanserBalancing Creme, Refreshing Toner and Nourishing Serum. The booklet within claims that the formulation of aloe Vera, fruit extracts, white tea and moisturisers will help to rejuvenate and moisturise the skin ‘like never before’. I’m going to put these claims to the test! 

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve long been skeptical about distributor companies such as Forever as my first thought is always ‘you would say it’s good – you’re selling it!’ But I genuinely have heard some great things about Forever, which made me instantly agree to try the range out. Plus I have an obsession with all things skincare, so that helped! 

My first impression based on packaging is very positive. The collection is very well presented in a fold over box with delicate purples and a chic, simple design. 

I’ve decided the best way to really see how good the individual products are is to try each product separately as well as altogether. 

Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator 

This is the first product I’ve tried from the Sonya Skincare Collection. I’m heading off to Egypt tomorrow, and always love to give my face and body a really good scrub before I go abroad to help with the tanning process. This product can be used on your face AND body which is great because it saves on cost (and luggage space!). I squeezed a walnut size amount of the scrub onto my hand thinking it would just be enough for my legs, but it easily was enough for my whole body which was a pleasant surprise! It’s nice and rough which I like in a scrub and doesn’t leave behind a residue like a lot of scrubs do! So far, so good! This product will definitely be coming abroad with me to assist with clearing my skin of salt from diving, sun cream etc. 

Aloe Balancing Cream

This was the other product that joined me on my trip to Egypt. The Balancing Creme has such a fresh citrus scent that it instantly feels fresh from the moment you take the lid off. It had a very smooth and light texture, almost more like a thick serum than my usual creamy moisturisers. When abroad, it’s important not to overload your skin since you already ply it with suncream and get clogged up with sweat, chlorine etc. This moisuriser worked perfectly for just a light, fresh feeling moisturiser that didn’t feel overly heavy. I do tend to get quite dry skin in the autumn winter months so I won’t be carrying this particular product over into my winter routine as it’s just not heavy enough. However I would definitely use it over the summer months and recommend to those who don’t need a luxurious moisturiser in the winter. 

Aloe Purifying Cleanser, Aloe Refreshing Toner and Aloe Nourishing Serum

My skin was so bad upon returning home from Egypt, that I decided to throw in all of the products, in an attempt to clear up my breakout. The Cleanser is creamy and again has that fresh citrus scent which instantly leaves you feeling clean and refreshed. It claims to help remove makeup and impurities from the skin which I do agree it does. It’s slightly annoying you have to rinse it off with water after using it, because id rather go straight into the next steps (having washed my face before the cleanser) but all in all, a good product. 

The Toner doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry like most others I’ve tried. If I’m totally honest, I generally don’t use toners even though I know I should. I’ll definitely continue with this one as I feel confident it won’t dry my skin out this A/W season. 

To me, the Serum feels very similar to the moisturiser, but of course it performs a different function (targeting the lower layers of skin). It again is consistent with the fresh smell and feel as the other Sonya products which I love. However, similar to the moisturiser, I’m not entirely sure it would be luxurious and thick enough in winter for my own skin type. It is a lovely product that I’d recommend if you don’t need a whole lot of moisture. 

I’ve decided to continue the trial for a few more days whilst my skin calms down, so I can get a more clear idea of how good the products are for me.  

Extras 

Whilst in egypt, my lovely roomie Hannah gave the aloe scrub a go to remove the impurities left behind from a hot day of diving and suncream etc. She was really happy with the product and said it was up there with some of the bigger brands she has tried. 

I decided to treat my boyfriend to a little facial (he loves a pamper!) and I used all of the products on him. He liked how his skin felt after and also liked the scent as its not overly feminine like others. 

You can purchase all of these products as a set which comes in the beautiful box I received. This comes in at around £130 which when you break it down, isn’t a lot considering all of the products that you can inside it. You can order here.

Forever also offers a range of supplements that I’ve not personally tried, but do come with amazing reviews. In particular, the C9 Cleanse which has seen people losing pounds and stones! Also, bee pollen supplements and aloe drinking gel. You can check out these products for whatever suits you here.

New health craze: TreeVitalise

There’s always a new health craze on the go, most of them… Questionable. So it’s always great when you find a product that not only tastes AMAZING but is also really good for you. 

The post man bought me this beautiful little package this morning with 3 bottles of TreeVitalise Organic Birch Water – lemon, mint and original. 

  
Birch Water has been hailed as the new health and beauty saviour, topping the coconut, aloe, cactus ‘super waters’ that we all rushed out to snap up. 

It comes from a tree commonly found in British gardens – the birch tree and the naturally sweet water is tapped from the trees without damaging them. 

There’s claims that birch water can treat all sorts of ailments from flu, headaches and dandruff, to eczema, cellulite and liver disease. However, the most common benefits are hydration, improved immune system, and it’s antioxidants and diuretic properties allow it to flush out toxins, uric acid and excess water. 

The drink is widely used across the world, particularly in America, Eastern Europe and China but it’s now becoming available here in the UK thanks to TreeVitalise

As my readers know, I’m a big health lover and like to try anything that can contribute to my health and well-being. So I was DELIGHTED to receive this package today and it’s SO prettily packaged with sky blue tissue paper on a bed of matching shredded paper. Each bottle tied with string and a little heart for good measure. 

  
They’re so nice to grab from the fridge after a workout and my favourite flavour (lemon) will be accompanying me to Yoga tomorrow! All three are delicious and refreshing and of course guilt free at just 4 calories per 100ml. 

Check out TreeVitalise at www.treevitalise.com and follow them on Twitter/Instagram @TreeVitalise. 

  
  

Estée Lauder New Dimension review 

Estée Lauder are always updating their current products and introducing new ranges to keep our skin looking and feeling smooth. It’s been a long time favourite brand of mine for skincare. The newest range is ‘New Dimension’ which involves a serum, contour kit and eye contour kit and expert liquid tape. The products are designed to contour the face and give a more sculpted, firm look. 

  
I always take care of my skin (mainly Estée Lauder products) so wasn’t exactly banging on selfridges door trying to grab this product, but when I was walking through, I spoke with my regular EL consultant and she handed me a sample of the new serum (she knows I love to try new products and tend to purchase them!). She told me that the product has exfoliating properties and exposed the fresh layers of skin, therefore not to use for a week before holiday sun exposure. I’m heading out to Egypt in a week for more diving, so I’ve only been able to use the product for a couple of days but already I LOVE IT. I can’t wait to start using it again! 

  
The website states that the serum transforms the skin, leaving it plumped, smooth and more refined – with a good majority of those who tested agreeing. It can be used day and night, and I’ve used it for 2 days and 2 nights. Already, my skin is feeling silky and fresh and looks radiant even without makeup. I would go as far as to say it’s a ‘must-have’ product. I currently use the Enlighten and Night Repair serums but after sampling this, I will be swapping over! 

At £62 for 30ml or £88 for 50ml – it’s pricey. But if your skin is a priority then go for it. I’d say it’s great for any skin type whether you’re dry or oily. For dry skin, it will hydrate and remove dead skin cells. For oily skin, it will leave it feeling refreshed and smooth. Obviously speak with your local EL consultant whether it’s right for you, but I do love it! 

  
I’m yet to try the rest of the range but I have a particular interest in the expert liquid tape. It’s used before any other skincare products, on clean skin and does pretty much the same as the serum with tightening and encouraging collegen in the skin to promote a firm, contoured look. Go into your local counter and they’re always more than happy to try the products out on you and give you samples so you can be sure you love your products before you splash out! 

Happy shopping X