Shine Hair Group Blogger Event


A couple of weeks ago I attended the Shine blogger event. If you haven’t heard of Shine, it’s a great hair and beauty salon found in Brighton’s North Laines on Gloucester Rd and myself along with some other amazing bloggers were invited along for the launch of their Shine Shampoo Bar. I unfortunately couldn’t attend the event for very long as my lovely fiancé surprised me tickets to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Royal Theatre Brighton on the same night but I was able to stick around for 45mins.

After being greeted by Lisa and the lovely staff at Shine when I arrived with the wonderful Holly from (we went for amazing hot chocolates before the event), I was treated to a lovely hand massage by Tracie who is one of the beauty therapist. It was sooo lovely and relaxing, especially after a day at work. Tracie was really lovely and she informed me about all the beauty treatments which Shine have to offer, which I might need to find out a little more soon.


Steve, the stylist at Shine then demonstrated some key hair looks for autumn/winter. I was only able to stay for the first look but  Steve showed us how to do a gorgeous knot braid. It looked really fab and it didn’t take very long at all. I’ve been having a practice on my own hair, and once I get the knack of it and can do it as beautifully as Steve did, I will share a photo.


When I had to leave, I was given a gorgeous goody bag which contained the newly released Shine Shampoo Bar. This bar was created by Jonathan who is the owner of the Shine salon and has after 30 years experience in hair. I’ve not used a shampoo bar before, so I’m really excited to try this out. It smells great with Ginger and Lemon scents and also comes in the biodegradable packaging, which is really refreshing to see. As the packaging is so easy to travel with, I’m saving to use this bar on my next weekend away. Along with the new Shine Shampoo bar, there were also some Aveda goodies – Aveda Botanical Kinetics skin toner and some more hair treats with Aveda Invati products.

Thank you for the invite Lisa (@lisaven)

What are you favourite Autumn/Winter hair looks?

Another Boots Haul…

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Why is it that when you go into Boots for just one thing, you end up coming away with a lot more than you intended?! Classic example happened to me last week when I popped into Boots on my lunch break to pick up the Sleek Cream Contour Kit which I had my eye on for a couple of weeks (did you see my beauty wish list? Find it here), but all of a sudden I had my hands full with all sorts of beauty goodies. Here’s what I ended up picking up –

Sleek Cream Contour Kit & Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette – As you know if you saw my beauty wish list a couple of weeks ago, I had my eye on this for a while so as soon as pay day hit I picked it up. When I reached the Sleek section in the makeup aisles, there was an offer of buy one product, get one half price – well it would be rude if I didn’t take advantage wouldn’t it?! As I was picking up a contour kit, I wanted to get some sort of blush palette however they had all sold out. Instead I opted for the Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette. Bit excessive on the contour products I know, but I thought this was a really nice little kit which has a powder contour, highlight and blush all in one – perfect for travelling!

Soap & Glory Pillow Plump Lip Gloss – I have a lot of matte lipsticks in my makeup collection which I love, but sometimes I’m looking for something a bit glossier. Rather than buying new lipsticks, I can just add a clear gloss over the top on matte lipsticks for the same desired effect. Now, I haven’t brought a clear lip gloss since I was at school (remember the days where you could only get away with wearing clear lipgloss at school – ha!), but fancied trying something that could maybe enhance my lips. I therefore opted to give the Soap & Glory plump gloss a go. These glosses have something in the formula which makes your lips tingle and buzz to make your lips appear more fuller. I’ll let you know if it really works…

Ecotools Precision Blush Brush – I picked this up as my Real Techniques expert face brush fell apart for the third time…really not happy, but more on that another day! So I needed a similar style brush but wanted to trying something from another brand. I then found this down the makeup brush aisle.  Its similar to the expert face brush – same kinda of density, fluffiness only it’s more of an oval shape rather than a rounded brush. It does however do the job of applying my liquid foundation which is great but I think the shape of this brush will also be perfect to use with my cream contour palette too!

Denman Dressing Out Brush – I used to have one of these brushes years ago when it was really popular to back comb your hair (think Amy Winehouse beehive days!) and although I’m not looking to massively back comb my hair, my hair is currently looking for flat as its due for another haircut. I thought I would pick another one of these brushes up again, just for those days when I’m looking for a tad more volume.

Have you tried any of these products before?

REVIEW: TRESemme Beauty Full Volume Range


As you might of guessed already, I’m a sucker for a new shampoo & conditioner! All the big brands always seem to be releasing the new found hair treatment to cure your hair troubles whether it be for; dry ends, protecting coloured hair, less fizz, more volume – there is something for everyone down the hair aisles of Boots or Superdrug. And yes I know 9x out of 10 it’s all the same stuff in pretty bottles and it’s all in the marketing (trust me, I work in advertising!) but I’m an adman’s dream when it comes to hair. I’m that girl that will always think, what if it actually does change my hair and give me amazing volume like Beyoncé? And when they offer a new shampoo and conditioner for an introductory rate in Boots, I might as well give it a try – right?!

This time I picked up the TRESemme Beauty Full Volume combo. This is a ‘new’ concept brought to the hair market by TRESemme, the idea being that you use the pre-wash conditioner as the first step, then follow in with the shampoo. But is this really a new-found idea? I’m sure I remember reading this tip years ago in one of the female glossy magazines as it’s known that conditioners always tend to weight down your hair, therefore they suggested that if you want to keep the volume in your hair – swap the order you use shampoo and conditioner around. Did I try it, and stick to that method…no! Anyway nevertheless TRESemme was clever enough to come to the market first with this ‘marketing genius’ idea – for all I know it could be their usual volume shampoo & conditioner is new packaging! But speculating aside, what did I think?

I actually really like it! I’ve always been a fan of the TRESemme ranges, and I’m always eager to get more volume in my hair. When I first used this in the shower, I’ll admit it felt a little strange and I did have to think twice on which I needed to use first. As I mentioned before in a previous hair review (see it here), I suffer with greasy hair and after getting my hair wet, then applying conditioner it didn’t feel quite right. After brush the conditioner through my hair and rinsing, my hair still felt heavy and almost like I hadn’t quite managed to get all the conditioner out. I then followed with the shampoo and rinsed, and my hair was left feeling clean.

Moment of truth came however when it came to blow drying my hair – I think we’ve all been there and tried out a dodgy hair treatment in the shower, gone to dry your hair and it still feels as dirty as it did before you got in shower…I was however really surprised! My hair felt super soft and light-weight. I can’t say I noticed a difference in volume (but I do have to caveat that my hair is in desperate need of a cut and layers putting back in) but it was definitely a lot my lighter than usual and I was able to style my hair a lot better to gain a bit more volume. So all in all, I would give it top marks! 
I do wonder however if I would get the same effect with any type of shampoo & conditioner if I swapped them around though…here’s to the next experiment!

Have you tried the TRESemme Beauty Full Volume shampoo & conditioner yet? What are your thoughts? 

First Impression: L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Range

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When I heard about the L’oreal Clay range I got really excited – “A treatment, shampoo and conditioner range combats the excessive oil production at the roots but also any dehydration throughout the lengths and ends.”

I get so frustrated with all the shampoos and conditioners on the market as everything is made for dry and damaged hair, generally because in this day an age everyone is using excess heat on their hair or dying their various colours. Although I tend to use heat on my hair, I don’t colour my hair due to being allergic to most hair dyes so my hair is actually in a good condition but I do suffer from oily hair. I sometimes find myself so envious at those lucky people who could leave washing their hair only once or twice a week. It’s quite the opposite with me, I have to wash my hair 4-5 times a week and on those in-between days I will nearly always need to wear my hair up to avoid my hair looking dirty or lifeless. And what with needing to blow-dry my hair every time because it takes so long to air dry, washing my hair is a lengthy process and quite frankly a pain in the arse!

The main products in the range is the pre-shampoo clay mask, shampoo and conditioner –

L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre Shampoo Treatment – this is a bit of a strange concept to get your head around. It’s a blue clay-like liquid (similar to a clay face mask) which you rub into your roots whilst your hair is dry, leave for 5 minutes and rinse well. For me, this sensation feels a little gross as your hair feels gungy, matted and I can’t wait to rinse it out and give my hair a proper wash. It also (unsurprisingly) smells very clay-like, just so you’re warned in case you don’t like the smell.

L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner – To be honest, not a great deal to write home about for these – they are just a normal shampoo and conditioner, however I was interested which products really made the difference?

I’ve used the products now about three times, twice using the clay mask treatment beforehand and once without and just using the shampoo and conditioner. My first impression is – the mask makes all the difference! When I used the shampoo and conditioner on their own, I still needed to wash my hair after a couple of days and I actually also felt it left a strange residue in my hair – nothing too drastic but my hair did feel like there was almost some product build up. Using the shampoo and conditioner with the mask however still left my hair feeling the same but my hair definitely lasted an extra day without washing, so the feeling of slightly residue is a feeling I can definitely live with if it means I can leave washing my hair for an extra day!

My next experiment will definitely be to try using the mask and maybe using another kind of shampoo and conditioner afterwards to avoid the residue feeling, although I am worried it won’t have the lasting effects of not needing to wash my hair as frequent.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Have you tried the L’oreal Clay Range yet? What are your thoughts?