Thursday, 9 October 2014

Why I LOVE Kerestase Elixir Ultime

I am an extreme floozy when it comes to hair products, I am never satisfied with the shine or texture of my hair and I constantly seek to better its appearance. However, when my Kerestase elixir oil runs out you can bet your bottom dollar that I will have a new bottle waiting in the cupboard ready to go!

So, what is it about this product that keeps me wanting more? Firstly, this multipurpose oil can be used as a pre-wash treatment, an overnight treatment, a smoothing treatment for dry hair and an after-wash treatment before blow drying. Essentially, it is amazing! I have tried other oils but none have come close to impressing me in the way that this one does and that is why I am on my third bottle of the stuff!

The Loreal Mythic Oil is a lighter version of this and Moroccan Oil is much heavier, making this a very happy medium for my fine but damaged hair. My favourite way to use the elixir is after washing, blowdrying and straightening/curling my hair, I rub half a pump into my hands and apply it to the ends just to smooth it down and give it some shine. I highly recommend this for anyone with dull hair that is searching for radiance or those frizzy haired gals that need some taming! Yes, this is pricier than the Loreal option but it is definitely worth it as you use less product and it gives a much better result. On a final note, this smells incredible!

Love, Catrin xo

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Best Fake Tan Ever?!

This is a huge claim I know, but hear me out! Firstly, let me tell you I am almost as pale as it can get and whilst I love the look of myself with a slight tan, I can very easily look orange and I also cannot be bothered with the hassle each week. As a result, I usually just apply a bronzing cream like the Jennifer Hawkins Shimmer Lotion on visible skin when I want to look slightly glowy. That was until this beauty popped into my life!

With the Spring sun peeking it’s head around the clouds this week, I got that fantastic summer feeling and when I noticed Bondi Sands on sale at Priceline I thought, why not! Well boy am I glad I purchased this. Not only is this the most pleasant smelling fake tan I have ever used that barely has that signature ‘biscuit’ scent, in fact it smells more like yummy coconuts, but it also leaves the most beautiful bronzed glow without a hint of orange. One layer alone produces a natural tan that is easily mistaken for a real kiss from the sun! It is definitely more green based, which I love, and it is easily build able.

 Straight after applying 1st layer
Straight after applying 2nd layer
 The next morning after a shower

Here is my new and improved fake tan routine:
  • The day before I want to tan, I shave or wax the appropriate areas and exfoliate my entire body.
  • The next morning, I exfoliate once again to ensure my skin is silky smooth and prepped for application.
  • I apply Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner to my ankles and wrists when in the shower to make sure the tan won’t cling to those areas.
  • With a tanning mitt, I liberally apply one pump to each area of my body and leave it to dry.
  • This is usually sufficient but if I am preparing for a special occasion I will apply another layer an hour later.
  • The next morning, I shower and thoroughly moisturise with Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
  • This tan sticks around for just under a week (if maintained properly by exfoliating and moisturising each day), by which point I’m ready to exfoliate once again and repeat the process!

The light/medium tone is perfect for my pale skin but there is a dark option for those naturally darker skin tones too. Overall, i really do think this is the best fake tan I have ever used and I am really enjoying using it! Which fake tans do you recommend?!

Love, Catrin xo