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In Beauty, How to, Travel on
24th December 2015

Long Haul In-Flight Essentials + printable .PDF!

flight

Tomorrow morning we are setting off bright and early back to AUSTRALIA for Christmas! Can you tell i’m excited? Every time I’m getting ready for a long haul flight, I always find myself frantically watching YouTube videos and/or reading blog posts on what I should pack in my carry on. The following is not only some tips for all of you, but a note to self about what I need to remember to pack. There is nothing worse than forgetting an essential on a long 13 hour (or 24 hour, if you’re heading to Australia like I am) flight. Read more

In Beauty, Hair, How to on
17th December 2015

The truth about Shampoo

shampoo

I’ve brought this post back because I still have a lot of questions about hair – particularly shampoo and conditioner – on a regular basis. Excuse the blatant post recycle! I’ve been hairdressing since I was 16, and I’m 26 now – so i’ve been in the business for about 10 years now. One conversation I find myself having with clients and friends constantly is the Shampoo & Conditioner ‘chat’, if you will. Cheap drugstore, pharmacy or supermarket products… or the expensive shiny brand name products?

A dead give away of somebody who uses shonky shampoo is being able to smell it(you can always smell the cheap ones – but damn do they smell good!). ‘So… what shampoo have you been using lately?’ would be my next question. Generally the response is along the lines of ‘Uuum well normally I use *high-end-product* but at the moment i’m using *cheap-and-nasty* because I ran out’. Ladies, please.

After careful consideration i’ve decided writing this post was imperative to explain exactly why you should be spending a little extra cash on that fancy high end product. I’m no expert, I can only tell you what i’ve learnt first hand in the biz.

#1: Silicone
I’m sure many of you have heard it before, cheap shampoos and conditioners have Silicone in them. This is what cheap products have that expensive ones don’t a lot of the time – that silky smooth amazing feeling hair. As lovely as this feeling is you are coating your hair. Silicone build up actually prevents essential nutrients from penetrating the cuticle of the hair.
The most alarming part about Silicone is the effect it has on colouring. One of the first things you learn working in a salon is the effect bleach has on silicone coated hair. I have witnessed a woman’s foils actually steaming as she had so much build up in her hair. The foils get extreemly hot, and the hair starts to swell. In many cases the hair actually begins to break down. If you have ever had your hair chemically damaged – you know that chewy elasticised hair you get from over colouring – chances are you were using a crappy shampoo from down your local.

#2: Protein based products
This goes for cheap and high end. You need to be extremely wary of high protein products. They may be required if you have chemically damaged or dry hair, however you need to pair with a moisturising product such as a mask or leave in conditioner. Too much protein can cause the hair to become brittle and prone to snapping. Pretty much any product marked ‘Repair’ is packed with protein.

#3: Sulfate
You know that amazing foaminess you get when you lather up? If you’re experiencing this on the first shampoo, it’s likely to be loaded with Sulfate – another name for a grease cutting detergent that helps the foaming of soap. This point is probably my fave. To begin with, a quick lesson in washing your hair. It’s easy right? A quick wash followed up with conditioner and you’re done. Wrong wrong wrong. Generally I wash my hair three times as I only do it once or twice a week, you might only need to do it twice… but TWICE is the minimum! The first shampoo opens the cuticle and the second shampoo actually cleans your hair, thoroughly.

I’ve had a lot of clients complain about high end shampoos because it ‘wont lather’. Chances are they have only tried shampooing their hair the one time. Sometimes your hair may be so dirty you might need to wash it three or four times, but you need to if you really want to get in there and get the hair looking squeaky. Sulfate also aids in stripping the hair of nutrients and the colour you just forked out half your wage for. A known hairdressing trick is actually to add a little head & shoulders to your bleach and water – that’ll strip the colour right out!

So those are really my main points. High end products are exactly that… high end and expensive. However if you plan on colouring your hair – most of us do – and would like to keep it as beautiful, healthy and voluptuous as possible, dig a little deeper. You wouldn’t wash your face would detergent… would you?

 

Sally xx

In Beauty, Wellbeing on
13th October 2015

Skin Care for Non Skin Care lovers

skincareA quick disclaimer: the products above have been well loved – as you can see! They may not be squeaky clean and full anymore but I needed a photo so that’s all I could manage i’m afraid. Now I’ve never really been through a ‘bad skin’ period, I certainly count my blessings! Obviously when i’m not getting enough sleep or not eating well I might get a couple of blemishes, but i’ve never had a big breakout. My skin is, and always has been, normal to dry. I only started thinking about my skin more when I finally realised that i’m over 25 and not getting any younger. I also remembered that once some lady told me that dry skin gets wrinkly much quicker than oily skin does. Though I have stopped washing my face with soap (Cringe!), I still have a very simple skin care routine. In my opinion there are only 5 steps required to maintain what you have going for you a little longer in life.

DAY MOISTURISER

At the moment i’m using Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser. It’s from Boots so it’s technically ‘drugstore’ but it’s not cheap and nasty like some others. The main thing I look for in a day cream is SPF. Lay out in the sun all you like without sunscreen on but at the very least protect your face! Even in Britain I insist on wearing it daily. Your face is the only face you’re going to have the rest of your life – look after it! I got the recommendation from one of my fave bloggers Viviannadoesmakeup and 3 months in it’s still my perfect daytime companion!

NIGHT MOISTURISER

I’ve been using this stuff a little longer and i’m addicted; it’s the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense. I never really warmed to Clinique because the ladies in their white coats kinda put me off. I decided to give Clinique a go after I tried another brand and wasn’t satisfied. I was not disappointed! Like I said my skin is normal to dry and this cream feels nice and light in texture, not greasy at all for a product that claims to be a tall glass of water for your face. Hot tip: don’t forget your neck when applying your night cream – i’ve been told it’s one of the first places many people start showing their age!

EXFOLIATER

While we’re on the topic of Clinique, since I was so happy with the night cream, I went back with another question for them. ‘My forehead sometimes gets flakey so I need some stronger cream for it.’ ‘Do you exfoliate your face?” Asked the lady in the white coat. ‘No. I don’t want to make my skin drier.’ Oh dear. I had no idea about skincare! Needless to say I left the counter with Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream. I use it in the shower every other day to get rid of that dead skin, and my flaky forehead is no more!

CLEANSER

This is another one i’ve been using since I came to the UK and discovered the beauty world – Philosophy Purity made simple. I started off with a small bottle but now I have a large mama size because it’s amazing. This is just a really simple product. You only need a small amount and it gets off just about anything I put on my face. I don’t tend to wash my face in the morning because I don’t feel like I need to, but most nights i’ll use either this or an oil cleanser to make my makeup off in the shower.

EYE CREAM

This one is optional but I think it’s something that shouldn’t be pushed aside. I have always struggled with dark circles, and applying layers upon layers on concealer certainly shows my under eyes are on the dry side. I pop on the Kiehls Avocado Eye Cream after my night cream and after 12 months of using it, it seems to be doing the job. It doesn’t really combat my dark circles but my eyes are definitely not as puffy the mornings after I use it.

Though skincare is one of those things that just seems to cost money and doesn’t show you immediate results, I think it’s really something worth investing in. Your face is going to be on show for many many years so the earlier you start, the better!

 

Sally xx

In Beauty, Lifestyle on
5th September 2015

Skin Care for Non Skin Care lovers

skincareA quick disclaimer: the products above have been well loved – as you can see! They may not be squeaky clean and full anymore but I needed a photo so that’s all I could manage i’m afraid. Now I’ve never really been through a ‘bad skin’ period, I certainly count my blessings! Obviously when i’m not getting enough sleep or not eating well I might get a couple of blemishes, but i’ve never had a big breakout. My skin is, and always has been, normal to dry. I only started thinking about my skin more when I finally realised that i’m over 25 and not getting any younger. I also remembered that once some lady told me that dry skin gets wrinkly much quicker than oily skin does. Though I have stopped washing my face with soap (Cringe!), I still have a very simple skin care routine. In my opinion there are only 5 steps required to maintain what you have going for you a little longer in life.

DAY MOISTURISER

At the moment i’m using Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser. It’s from Boots so it’s technically ‘drugstore’ but it’s not cheap and nasty like some others. The main thing I look for in a day cream is SPF. Lay out in the sun all you like without sunscreen on but at the very least protect your face! Even in Britain I insist on wearing it daily. Your face is the only face you’re going to have the rest of your life – look after it! I got the recommendation from one of my fave bloggers Viviannadoesmakeup and 3 months in it’s still my perfect daytime companion!

NIGHT MOISTURISER

I’ve been using this stuff a little longer and i’m addicted; it’s the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense. I never really warmed to Clinique because the ladies in their white coats kinda put me off. I decided to give Clinique a go after I tried another brand and wasn’t satisfied. I was not disappointed! Like I said my skin is normal to dry and this cream feels nice and light in texture, not greasy at all for a product that claims to be a tall glass of water for your face. Hot tip: don’t forget your neck when applying your night cream – i’ve been told it’s one of the first places many people start showing their age!

EXFOLIATER

While we’re on the topic of Clinique, since I was so happy with the night cream, I went back with another question for them. ‘My forehead sometimes gets flakey so I need some stronger cream for it.’ ‘Do you exfoliate your face?” Asked the lady in the white coat. ‘No. I don’t want to make my skin drier.’ Oh dear. I had no idea about skincare! Needless to say I left the counter with Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream. I use it in the shower every other day to get rid of that dead skin, and my flaky forehead is no more!

CLEANSER

This is another one i’ve been using since I came to the UK and discovered the beauty world – Philosophy Purity made simple. I started off with a small bottle but now I have a large mama size because it’s amazing. This is just a really simple product. You only need a small amount and it gets off just about anything I put on my face. I don’t tend to wash my face in the morning because I don’t feel like I need to, but most nights i’ll use either this or an oil cleanser to make my makeup off in the shower.

EYE CREAM

This one is optional but I think it’s something that shouldn’t be pushed aside. I have always struggled with dark circles, and applying layers upon layers on concealer certainly shows my under eyes are on the dry side. I pop on the Kiehls Avocado Eye Cream after my night cream and after 12 months of using it, it seems to be doing the job. It doesn’t really combat my dark circles but my eyes are definitely not as puffy the mornings after I use it.

In Beauty, Hair on
31st August 2014

THE TRUTH: Shampoo & Conditioner – you get what you pay for

I’ve been hairdressing since I was 16, and I’m 25 now – so i’ve been in the business for a few years now. One conversation I find myself having with clients and friends constantly is the Shampoo & Conditioner ‘chat’, if you will. Cheap drugstore, pharmacy or supermarket products… or the expensive shiny brand name products?
If it’s a client it usually starts off with me being able to smell the shampoo (you can always smell the cheap nasty ones – but damn do they smell good!) and then posing the question ‘So… what shampoo have you been using lately?’. Generally the response is along the lines of ‘Uuum well normally I use ‘high-end-product’ but at the moment i’m using ‘cheap-and-nasty’ because I ran out’.

Ladies, please.

After careful consideration i’ve decided writing this post was an absolutely necess so I can explain exactly why you should be spending a little extra cash on that fancy high end product. I’m no expert, I can only tell you what i’ve learnt first hand in the biz.

#1: Silicone
I’m sure many of you have heard it before, cheap shampoos and conditioners have Silicone in them. This is what cheap products have that expensive ones don’t a lot of the time – that silky smooth amazing feeling hair. As lovely as this feeling is you are coating your hair. Silicone build up actually prevents essential nutrients from penetrating the cuticle of the hair.
The most alarming part about Silicone is the effect it has on colouring. One of the first things you learn working in a salon is the effect bleach has on silicone coated hair. I have witnessed a woman’s foils actually steaming as she had so much build up in her hair. The foils get extreemly hot, and the hair starts to swell. In many cases the hair actually begins to break down.
If you have ever had your hair chemically damaged – you know that chewy elasticised hair you get from over colouring – chances are you were using a crappy shampoo from down your local.

#2: Protein based products
This goes for cheap and high end. You need to be extremely wary of high protein products. They may be required if you have chemically damaged or dry hair, however you need to pair with a moisturising product such as a mask or leave in conditioner. Too much protein can cause the hair to become brittle and prone to snapping. Pretty much any product marked ‘Repair’ is packed with protein.

#3: Sulfate
You know that amazing foaminess you get when you lather up? If you’re experiencing this on the first shampoo, it’s likely to be loaded with Sulfate – another name for a grease cutting detergent that helps the foaming of soap.
This point is probably my fave. To begin with, a quick lesson in washing your hair. It’s easy right? A quick wash followed up with conditioner and you’re done. Wrong wrong wrong. Generally I wash my hair three times as I only do it once or twice a week, you might only need to do it twice… but TWICE is the minimum! The first shampoo opens the cuticle and the second shampoo actually cleans your hair, thoroughly.
I’ve had a lot of clients complain about high end shampoos because it ‘wont lather’. Chances are they have only tried shampooing their hair the one time. Sometimes your hair may be so dirty you might need to wash it three or four times, but you need to if you really want to get in there and get the hair looking squeaky.
Sulfate also aids in stripping the hair of nutrients and the colour you just forked out half your wage for. A known hairdressing trick is actually to add a little head & shoulders to your bleach and water – that’ll strip the colour right out!

So those are really my main points. High end products are exactly that… high end and expensive. However if you plan on colouring your hair – most of us do – and plan on keeping it as healthy and voluptuous as possible, dig a little deeper. You wouldn’t wash your face would detergent, would you?

xx SBB