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I thought I would do a little haul for today’s post as just before Christmas I ordered several products from The Body Shop. Some of the products I picked up were repurchases of some of my favourites such as the Moringa Shower Gel, Moringa Body Yogurt and the Strawberry Lip Butter, so I won’t be talking about any of them as I've talked about them all before. Instead, I will talk about the products that I’ve not tried before. I also have an exclusive 20% off code to share with you at the end of this post! 

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In today’s post, I’m sharing three must-have beauty products that are under £10 that I literally can’t be without. Two are products that I’ve used for literally years and one is a product I discovered this year.

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I thought I would do another beauty wishlist but this time I’m just focusing on luxury beauty. I’ve made sure to select a variety of products for the post and there are also a couple of brands that I don’t think I’ve featured in a wishlist post before. 

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I thought I would share my go-to hair care products in today’s post, some of which have been favourites for a long time now and a couple of them are more recent finds that have quickly become a staple in my hair care routine. Everything bar one product is unintentionally drugstore priced as well so if you’re looking for some affordable hair care products then look no further! 
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In today’s post, I’m going to be reviewing the Bellissima Steam Elixir Hair Straightener RRP £149.99* which I was very kindly sent by Influenster for review purposes. I was excited to try the Bellissima Steam Elixir Hair Straightener* as I did actually own some steam hair straighteners many years ago and I remember I really liked them at the time. I’ve been using the Bellissima Steam Elixir Hair Straighteners for both straightening and curling my hair for around two weeks now and here are my thoughts… 

A Beauty Wishlist

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I haven’t done a beauty wishlist for a while so I thought I would change that as there are quite a few beauty products that I’ve got my eyes on at the moment. I am however being more mindful these days about what products I already have in and whether or not I really ~need~ to buy whatever it is I’ve got my eyes on but I obviously also like to treat myself to new beauty products here and there. 

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Kristin Ess Hair offers luxury hair care products at an affordable price and their cruelty-free products are available from Boots both in-store and online. I’ve been trying out three products by the brand over the past couple of weeks and I’ve discovered a new favourite product in the process. Keep on reading for my overall thoughts and to find out more info about the must-have product… 

alberto balsam affordable shampoo bar
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I think most people these days are trying to be more environmentally friendly and well, if you’re not, then you should be. I even did a blog post a while ago on how to be more environmentally friendly and what affordable swaps you could make, which you can read here. One of the things I’ve been wanting to switch to using is a shampoo bar, but I just haven’t found one that works for me. So when I found out that Alberto Balsam have released their own affordable shampoo bars, I was definitely interested in trying them and doing a review on here, especially considering they’re only £2.50-£3 each depending where you shop and available at places such as Asda, Tesco and B&M. They're also completely plastic free and you can get up to 70% more washes than what you would get from a normal shampoo bottle! 

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In today's post, I'm reviewing the Scalp Restore range from Umberto Giannini which is aimed at people who suffer from dry itchy scalps and/or dandruff. The range is colour-safe and also cruelty-free and vegan like all of their other products. Umberto Giannini are a haircare brand I'm already familiar with as I've been using some of their products for literally years now. Their "Milk" Frizz Control Miracle Styling Milk and their 60 Second Smooth Pre-Shampoo Treatment are some of my all-time fave hair care products.

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Handmade in California, Fat & The Moon whose products are available to buy from Live in the Light produce herbal body care for those who are seeking natural and effective alternatives to chemical-filled products made with age-old ingredients and recipes. They're also cruelty-free and make sure to use reusable and recyclable containers for their products. I love that they are all about healing as well as believing in self-care and self-love. I'd say the main thing that made me want to try some products from Fat & The Moon is the fact that they are natural and all about healing, as well as their cute, unusual packaging which is just packaging goals really, isn't it? It kind of reminds me of LUSH but well, better in my personal opinion.
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 I recently received my February Roccabox* and I've got to say straight off the bat, it's a good one! Containing 7 products with a value of £80+ the box has a good variety of products to try. Although I'm already familiar with a couple of the products, the box still excited me when I opened it which is always a good sign. So here's what you get inside February's box... 

First up is the SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins* (60 pieces - one month supply) which if you bought on their own they would cost you £23.06 so you're already making a saving by buying February's Roccabox. I have tried SugarBearHair vitamins before and I do think they helped make my hair feel and look healthier, I didn't see a massive difference in how much my hair grew in the first month but I did like them and I feel like it's a good way to make sure you take some vitamins too. They taste so nice because they are berry flavoured so they literally taste like sweets! They're also vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free, soya-free and cruelty-free. 

You also get another product from SugarBearHair which is their Luxury Shower Cap RRP £15.34*. It has an adorable print all over with their bear logo, lollipops, sweets, doughnuts and some slogan words. It also has a high-quality waterproof exterior and plush terry lining on the inside which has been added so that any steam and humidity absorbs into in the terry lining instead of damaging your hair. The shower cap is also latex-free and silicone-free which is always good to know and if you don't want/need to use it as a shower cap then you can use it to prevent bedhead hair by wearing it to bed (it has a super comfortable elastic band which keeps it in place) or you can use it when you do a deep conditioning treatment.

I was excited to see the Popmask Starry Eyes Warming Eye Mask RRP £4* in the box as I am already familiar with warming eye masks and I think they are great when you've got a banging headache that won't shift or when you have bad eyestrain. I don't really use them for sleep purposes if I'm being totally honest just because I'd need them every night if I got to used to using them and it would turn into an expensive routine. But I am a fan of warming eye masks in general!

You also get a full size MONUSKIN - Revitalising Moisturiser RRP £29.50* which is aimed at combination skin. It's so nice to see a moisturiser aimed mainly at combination skin in a beauty box because normally any creams/moisturisers in beauty boxes are aimed at either normal skin or dry skin types and my skin is more oily in the t-zone area and normal/dry everywhere else. I've never heard of MONUSKIN before but I'm a big fan of this moisturiser. It smells gorgeous because it contains Cucumber, Elderflower, Mallow and Arnica and it's just a really lightweight formula which hydrates your skin nicely. Love it!

I'm already familiar with Dr. Lipp's Superfood Sweet Potato Pigment RRP £6.99* because I actually already use it, as well as their Elderberry pigment with is more of a plum toned tint. It's a really nice, comfortable glossy lip tint that also hydrates your lips too. You can also build the colour up on your lips by applying a little more tint but I tend to keep it pretty minimal for everyday wear. 

Next up is the Danielle Creations - Lifting Peptide Sheet Mask RRP £1.60* which I haven't actually got around to trying out yet but the mask is apparently all about firming and lifting your skin whilst tackling signs of premature ageing. I definitely need to start using more products for premature ageing and fine lines and wrinkles because I turn 26 in a couple of months and I'm very aware that I'm getting some slight signs of ageing (bit depressing really, isn't it?).

I love that they also included a Teapigs Cold Brew Tea in either Lychee & Rose or Apple & Cucumber* because I actually forgot how much I love cold brew tea. Last year I loved drinking them in the summer as opposed to normal hot tea and this has reignited my love for them. I got the Apple & Cucumber flavour and it's so refreshing and a great way to up your daily water intake too!

Another thing I love about Roccabox is that you are pretty much guaranteed to get some exclusive discounts from some of the brands included in the box. So if you find something you love then you have a discount code at the ready when you repurchase (depending on when the code runs out). Talking of discounts, I also have an exclusive discount code which Roccabox have kindly given me to share with my readers. Use the code KIRSTY20 to get 20% off your first monthly box, making it just £8 +p&p! (this is not an affiliate code).

Are there any products in this month's Roccabox that you like the look of or have tried before? 

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In today's post I'm going to be talking about my holy grail hair care products as well as some hair care tips I've picked up along the way. I've always had quite damaged hair ever since I picked up my first pair of hair straighteners when I was about 11 or 12 (RIP to my hair). After I started using a lot of heat on my hair, every time I visited my hairdresser she would tell me to put the heated hair tools down and give it a break. But because my hair has always been quite frizzy and not "perfect" I'd still attack it with the hair straighteners every day as well as the hair dryer after I'd washed it too.

This continued until I started doing a hairdressing course after I finished school and even though I didn't love doing hairdressing itself, it definitely helped me understand hair more and how to look it after it properly. From making sure you give your hair a break from heat, getting it cut often to make it look and feel healthier, using the right shampoo and conditioner and pointing the hairdryer nozzle down when blow drying to close the cuticles and make your hair feel softer and look shinier.

I also think you should treat your hair to some TLC often because making your hair look better instantly makes you feel better, right? You can do this by visiting a Top Hairdresser in Manchester, popping an intense hair mask on once or twice a week or using a silk pillowcase to try and minimise breakage and any damage. It's kind of like self love but for your hair.

I've definitely found some products that I swear by and repurchase time and time again. I'm always recommending them to my friends and family so I thought it was time I'd talk about them in a blog post as well.

First up is the Umberto Giannini "Milk" Frizz Control Miracle Styling Milk which I've been using for a while now, it must be easily over 18 months and it's honestly so good for my naturally frizzy hair. It smells nice with a light floral scent and it isn't heavy on your hair either so it doesn't weigh it down or make it get greasy quicker. Plus it's super affordable and easy to pick up from Boots. 

I really like the Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener* and I like that it's a leave-in conditioning treatment which also protects your hair from heat. Another thing I like about it is that I personally think it smells kind of like Love Hearts sweets and it also lasts for ages even if you use it multiple times per week. I've also been using the Cake Beauty The Mane Manager* recently which is new to the UK. It smells like cake as you've probably already figured out and I found that it works well and reduces frizz.

Lastly is basically just a shout out my all-time fave hair masks which are the Lee Stafford ones. They're affordable, they smell lovely and there's something for everyone. I'm currently using the Keep It Clean Replenishing Mask and I think it's my favourite one out of all of the ones I've tried. The range is aimed at hair that gets oily at the roots quickly. The whole range smells absolutely gorgeous and the mask just makes my hair so much more softer and more manageable, especially when I pair it up with the UG Milk product. I cannot recommend it enough! I tend to apply it to my mid lengths and ends as that's where my hair is most damaged and frizzy and let it work its magic for around 10 minutes.

What are your fave hair care products or tips?

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 Although I have a fair amount of hair care products which have been my favourites for a while, I'm always up for trying out new products and different brands to see if they work for my hair type which is basically a bit of everything - it's quite thin although it doesn't look it really because I like my hair to be cut quite blunt to make it look thicker and it's also frizzy and dry but my roots get greasy quickly. So it's really hard to find products which work for everything. In today's post I'm writing about five products I've been trying recently and whether they worked for me.

I was planning to write and upload this post before Christmas but everything got a bit much and I ended up leaving a few blog posts I'd planned to have up before Christmas and wait until after Christmas when everything had calmed down a little. So here is my review of the Hairburst Chewable Vitamins - 1 Month Supply £19.99* and Hairburst Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum RRP £32.99*. I think I started to use both around October/November time (it's definitely been over a month, I know that!) and I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on whether I think they worked and if I'd recommend their products. 

Natural Charisma are a new UK based natural beauty brand who have just launched their first product line. I really like that they care about fair trade and have chosen Moroccan farmers who pay their hard working Berber women a fair wage. The seeds are imported from Morocco and then they press the oil under the highest UK and EU standards in the UK and then mix it up into shampoo and conditioner in London.

All of the products they offer are cruelty-free and free of all toxic chemicals (parabens, SLS, SSL) which are used in most of the cheap shampoo and conditioners which are easy to pick up in places such as Superdrug and Boots which quite frankly, aren't great for your hair.

I'm a huge fan of argan oil (and coconut oil) for my hair as it's quite dry and frizzy most of the time, so when I got the opportunity to work with Natural Charisma I was excited, I love hearing from new brands which have products which really interest me. 

I've been trying out their fair-trade organic Argan & Baobab oil shampoo and conditioner* and in today's post I'm sharing with you my thoughts about both of the products. 

So what's inside and why are the chosen natural ingredients good for your hair?

Organic Argan Oil - incredibly hydrating, nourishing and good for your hair because it's full of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega 6 Fatty acids and Linoleic acid.

Baobab Oil - Prized for its unique ability to prevent the formation of harmful free radicals and can cause damage to your hair. It helps to keep your natural oils and also protect your hair from any environmental threats.

It also contains Pomegranate Extract which makes the Shampoo & Conditioner smell gorgeous and fresh and it also helps to make your hair stronger and just all around healthier. They also contain Pro-Vitamin B5 which prevents hair loss and adds thickness and volume to the hair. Lastly, it contains Roman Chamomile which is an effective and natural solution for hair lice and dandruff and relief from scalp irritation.

My thoughts on the Organic Argan & Baobab oil shampoo & conditioner -

First of all, like I've already mentioned both the Shampoo & Conditioner smell lovely which I think is down to the Pomegranate Extract. The scent also reminds me of something from when I was younger but I can't remember what it's from which is really annoying. But they both smell nice and fresh and I think most people will like the scent.

The shampoo which comes in a 300ml bottle and it feels very lightweight and easy to use, it lathers up well which I really like in shampoos. I have recently started to double shampoo again but with this, I don't find the need to as the shampoo really does give my hair a good cleanse with the first shampoo and I don't have to do a double cleanse. I leave it to sink in for a few minutes just to let it get to work and deeply cleanse my hair and then rinse it out.

The conditioner comes with a pump which I do like and personally prefer because it's just easier to use and you can also lock the pump if needed too. The conditioner is on the thicker side but a little goes a long way which is always a good thing. I also have found with most thicker conditioners they do weigh my hair down a lot but this doesn't and it makes my hair lovely and shiny. 

I've found both products together really help to control and tame my frizzy hair and because of this, I haven't had to style my hair with my curlers or straighteners  because my hair has just been behaving and easier to manage and basically doesn't look like a bird's nest (like usual lol). I think because you don't have to use a lot of the products to make them work to their full potential, they are worth picking up because they will last you a while.

You can pick up the Natural Charisma Shampoo & Conditioner bundle at £24.95 here

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I'm going to get straight to the unfortunate truth about my hair, it's everything you don't want... It's frizzy, dry, flat and pretty thin, I know poor me lol. So when the Lee Stafford BiGGer, FATTer, Fuller Hair range* dropped through my letterbox, I couldn't wait to try it out and see if it would work wonders on my hair.

I received the BiGGer, FATTer, Fuller Shampoo, Conditioner and also the Plumping Cream. First of all which I was really happy about it that they smell the same as the AirDry Range I reviewed a few months ago, I'm rubbish at describing scents but it's not too floral but not too masculine, it's just somewhere in between and I really like it - like I said in my AirDry review, if it was a perfume, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Obviously, the first product I tried is the BiGGer, FATTer, Fuller Shampoo*. I have started to shampoo my hair twice again (like how you're "supposed" to) just because I can see a difference when I shampoo just the once and when I double up on shampoo. So I've also been double shampooing whilst using the BiGGer, FATTer, Fuller shampoo, it lathers up really nicely and feels nice. The one thing I will say is to not go overboard on the amount of product you use because like other shine-adding shampoos it can make your hair look too shiny and almost a little greasy if you apply too much. 

The BiGGer, FATTer, Fuller Conditioner* is a nice consistency as it's not too creamy but it's creamy enough if that makes sense. I only leave it on for about 2-3 minutes and my hair already feels like it's had a good conditioning after rinsing out the product. It's definitely a good one to use if you're in a rush. 

The Plumping Cream* is a great travel-friendly product because it's one of those products you can squeeze in your bag somewhere if needed. It's got a pump applicator which I personally prefer. I use about 3-4 pumps and then spread it all over the palm of my hands and then get right in the roots of my hair and then blow dry my hair. It definitely gives my hair a nice natural looking lift. 

Overall I do like the products, I'm still a little on the fence about the shampoo because it's very easy to apply too much and then it makes my hair looks too shiny/a little greasy. The conditioner is nice, it definitely makes my hair feel soft and easy to work with and I really like the plumping cream, it gives me enough natural lift at my roots without having to put any effort in, apart from blow drying which I think is great.

You can pick up the BiGGer, FATTer, Fuller Shampoo and Conditioner for £6.99 each here and the BiGGer, FATTer, Fuller Plumping Cream for £7.99 here.

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Last month I received some of the new releases from The Body Shop. As you may know, The Body Shop are probably my favourite brand of all time. So working with them again and getting to review some of their brand new products is really exciting. 

Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara RRP £12

I'll be honest, I've always found these type of mascaras a bit of gimmick... They don't ever work for me. I don't know if that's because my eyelashes are terrible and short, stubby and don't hold a curl for very long. So I'll admit, I didn't have high hopes for this mascara when I received it. However... after using it for about 2 weeks, I've got to say I'm impressed. It does work, it lengthens my lashes and makes them look naturally long, It does clump a little bit but not too bad. But unfortunately, I do have to go in with a different mascara (well the wand) just to make my lashes curly. So, I would say if your lashes are naturally curly or stay curly for a long time and you are looking for a lengthening mascara to give you some fluttery lashes then you should definitely give this mascara a go! You can also pick it up in other shades too.

Eye Colour Stick - Cusco Pink Opal RRP £8* & Bali Sunstone RRP £8*

I don't usually go for eyeshadow sticks, I don't really know why either. But I've been trying out these ones and they are fab. They as so long-lasting, they literally don't budge, I have to use my oil based makeup remover/cleanser to get them off properly. They also don't crease which is great too and obviously, the colours I was sent are both super pretty and have some shimmer present but not in an over the top way. I have reached for these a lot since receiving them and I will definitely be picking some more of these in other colours because I can't fault them and they have definitely made me consider going for eyeshadow/colour sticks more often. 

Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Purifying Shampoo 250ml RRP £6*

I was really excited to see these in my parcel of products to try out as I was actually going to pick these up on my next haul from The Body Shop, I already know that I love the Fuji Green Tea scent, it's literally one of my all time fave scents in general - it's just really refreshing and great to kind of dust off the cobwebs and wake you up. The shampoo is more on the thick side, which I personally prefer and I found that it lathers really well. Each time I've used it, I've noticed that I don't need to use as much as I do with my usual daily shampoo. The shampoo makes my hair feel like it's had a deep cleanse and obviously because of the scent it not only makes it feel super clean and fresh, it also smells lovely and fresh too.

Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Hydrating Conditioner 250ml RRP £6*

I'm just going to get straight to the point... I really like this conditioner! Again, it makes my hair feel and smell really fresh and it also makes my hair look more healthier and adds a little shine too.It's pretty thick but you don't really have to use a lot in your hair to get the full potential. If you use too much at once, then it may make your hair feel a little weighed down but other than that, I'm a huge fan and will be buying both the shampoo and conditioner again. 


Overall I like the mascara and I've finally found a fibre mascara that works but it's just a shame it doesn't help to curl my lashes but like I've said already, if you do have lashes which are curly and you want some length then I would recommend this mascara. I do like it but I do own other mascaras which work better for my lashes. I love the eye colour sticks, they are both so long lasting, they just don't budge until you want them to. I'm going to try and pick them up in other colours (but the colours I like right now are out of stock, sob). I'm a big fan of the Shampoo and Conditioner and will definitely pick them both up again!

Have you picked up any of the new products from The Body Shop lately?
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My hair is everything you don't want, as I've said many times on my blog already. It's pretty frizzy/damaged due to dyeing it different shades of red/brown and bleaching it here and there since I was about 12. It's also quite thin, it used to be pretty thick a couple of years ago but life happened and it just thinned out, in a way it's a blessing in disguise because it's not as annoying in the Summer but because of the frizz, I rarely ever wear my hair with its natural waves and odd curls. Nope, I spend at least a good hour blow-drying and then curling to try and attempt to make it look like I haven't put a lot of effort in (when I really have), I love the beachy, natural looking waves that everyone else seems to be rocking lately but boy, is it hard to give my hair the lovely natural looking curls and waves that everyone else seems to be wearing.

This is where Lee Stafford's newly released AirDry range comes in - Air (or blow) Dry Cream Lite RRP £7.99* and Air (or blast) Dry Foam RRP £7.99*. Both of the products have to made to help you embrace your natural hair and to soften and control frizziness whilst giving a natural, subtle lift (which is something else my hair lacks, it's pretty flat). I was so excited to try these out and yes, I'm not going to lie, I was silently praying in my head that they would work for me because I've reached the end of my tether trying to find the perfect product(s) to help achieve the hairstyle I want. So here's what I thought of each of the AirDry products...

Air (or blow) Dry Cream Lite £7.99*

"To moisturize, soften and smooth for a polished texture whilst giving subtle lift, for a naturally chic hair'

Following the easy instructions, all you have to do is squeeze the equivalent amount of a Brazil nut into the palm of your hand and then apply to mid lengths and ends of towel dried hair. Then let your hair dry naturally or blow dry and style as usual. I prefer to blow dry my hair just because it's quicker and I don't like to sit around with damp hair either so after applying the cream I quickly blow dried my hair and I've got to say, my hair definitely looked less crazy and less frizzy, I could definitely leave the house without feeling like my hair is resembling a lion's mane. I also really like that it doubles up at a heat protection lotion and it didn't weigh my hair down at all. I also love the scent of the cream too, it's a slightly heavy but is a floral, fresh scent, it kind of smells like something you would pick up in LUSH. Styling my hair was also a lot easier after using the cream and I didn't run into stray frizzy pieces of hair or flyaways. 

Air (or blast) Dry Foam £7.99*

"To control frizz, fluff and flyaways, whilst enhancing and encouraging natural texture. For effortlessly tousled hair in a sexy, undone way"

I was slightly sceptical of the Air Dry Foam, just because other foam products don't usually work for my hair. Again I followed to instructions of applying 2-3 pumps of the product all over wet hair from root to tip (which did worry me because I thought it would make my hair look greasy after I've just washed it!). Then it says to just either leave it to dry naturally or blast dry, I quickly blast dried my hair and followed the handy tip of flipping my head upside down and massaging my roots whilst air drying or blast drying to add extra volume, which worked wonders. I really liked that the foam made my hair feel as if I had no product in it but left it's lovely, floral, fresh scent behind, I definitely think this foam's scent is a little lighter than the cream but they both smell amazing. Another huge plus for me is that the foam wasn't crispy at all, which I usually find with most foam products for hair styling.

The best part is that it gave me some texture to my hair but tamed the frizz and after I added in a few more messy curls/waves with my curlers, I had the beachy vibes kind of hair, yessss. Styling my hair was a complete breeze too because the loose natural waves were already there, I just wanted to add in a few more prominent waves that I know would drop and look nice entangled with the ones the AirDry foam helped to create. 


Overall, I can't fault these products at all. They do just as they say they will and believe me if they work for my hair then they work for anyone's hair. I can't even say which of the two AirDry products I like the most, they both work so well for me and I can finally say I've found some affordable hair product which work for my hair every single time. 

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