Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Perfect Smooth Curls? Hello Mr.Frieda!

When you've got natural curls like me, that tend to tangle and your mane needs some taming; you're always on the look out for something to keep the beast at bay. I've always been impressed with John Frieda as a brand. So when I was approached to test some products to use I couldn't say no!

I received full size products: John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Shampoo and Conditioner - both retailing at £5.99 each at Boots. I also received the John Frieda Dream Curls Enhancing Oil - which at Boots retails at £9.99. I've always thought highly of John Frieda products and I was sure that with these I wasn't going to be disappointed...

Initial thoughts?

Upon first using the shampoo and conditioner I was rather impressed. You didn't need to use much shampoo to create a lather and upon using it, it didn't leave a heavy residue after. The conditioner was also something we didn't need much of to cover my hair from mid-length to ends. It left my hair feeling soft and feeling more hydrated. The smell of my shampoo/conditioner is something that's important to me, so I was pleasantly surprised with this. It smells rather luxurious... It's hard to describe, but it was fruity or young and has a nice sleek shine to it...

The dream curls was a shocker. I'm ALWAYS sceptical about products that claim to tame curls. But It had quite an instant change. My curls were slightly more defined than usual and any frizz was definitely tamed. The oil felt really luxurious to apply to my hair. It was thicker than a usual hair oil. Think the thickness of macadamia or argan oil', but along with being thick it drag down my hair or add any heaviness; it in't a sticky oil and felt lightweight on my hair.

After a couple of weeks?

After using it for a few weeks there was definite improvement in my hair. It felt smoother and I found the needs to adjust the curls the straighteners after drying less necessary! To sound cliche my hair does feel healthier. Plus theres lots of less flyaways when styling my hair. I've also noticed that my dip-dye hair is less coarse than usual - even without a serum applied after washing. It's seriously hydrated my hair since using - also I've found that I my hair doesn't get greasy as easily in between washes... Highly impressed....

I would definitely recommend these products for someone that has wavy, curly or frizzy hair and needs it tamed. I also tried the dream curls it on a friend who has naturally straight hair and was wanting curly hair on a night out; she was impressed how she felt it helped keep the curls for longer, rather than dropping. The lightweight feeling of the products was one of the best things. it meant that curls have more of chance of maintaining without dropping under the weight.

Will I repurchase?

Definitely! It's been a treat, I've still got LOADS left, so it's good value for money. It seems like a really high-quality product, that could be on any high-end shelf along with the likes of Bumble and Bumble or Ojan, but with a fraction of the price - so great for bargain hunting students like myself!

So if you're looking for either natural or created perfect smooth curls, with high-end quality, but for drugstore prices, John Frieda is definitely something I'd recommend for you to try!

Have you tried any of these John Frieda Products? 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Instagram Life Catch-Up: Y(ou)O(nly)L(ive)O(nce)

Well, I have to finally admit summer is over and Autumn is here! I can't say I'm too disappointed - mainly because I'm in love with all the A/W13 trends, so I'm eager to rock them! Also I get to go see my uni babes again! So I thought I'd show you all a few photies for the transition into autumn... But this is also kicking off a monthly life catch-up post featuring some Insta photies!

So here's a couple of photo's from the past two weeks...
1, defo going to miss sunbathing under my sunflowers.
2,
Possibly THE best book I've ever read.
3, Months pass by and I still miss my best-friend, my mam.
4, I'm a domestic goddess, these sunday lunches were all from scratch and perfect.
5
, The first thing my mam taught me to bake was Mars Bar Cake - so I taught Liam!
 6, My (now) famous 'Death by Chocolate' cake. One sliver was MORE than enough for even my chocoholic sister.
 
1, I snag 5 mins now an then for a face mask eeek
2, Defo my favey bag for life, a life saver when you do a family shop every week!
3, Two Brothers in the last of the summer sun with Stella - never on the job!
4, Jumping on the Bandwagon and ADORING all of them!
5, Me with my lil man on his birthday, took him for an awesome shop, his dinner and WATER WORLD!
6. Blackite (or blackberry for the rest of you!) picking during a run with my sister!
1, Had to put this in, because I love this flexible horse!
2, A minute to myself with diabetic home-made cookies and a MASSIVE cuppa - which is needed for any Au Pair!
3, So proud of my wonderful Robert for not just launching his own business and releasing his own supplies.
4, Body Shop, yes, Body Shop asked me, yes ME! To create a how to with their products. I created a smoky eye - Bang on for AW13.
 5, Me with one of my MANY massive cuppa's!
6, Metallic bronze nails - another bang on trend for AW13!
 This summer however has been interesting to say the least: My Mam passed (suddenly on May 11th at age 47), with my dad working, I packed up, moved home (temporarily) and became the Au Pair for my 6 year old brother... I've also decided I want to take my motorcycle licence (yes, I must say 'YOLO' my mum made me realise you really only live once), have been planning my wedding (eeeek) and I having spent the longest amount of time in my hometown in three years, I've come to realise, I love this place, but sometimes it's too small. Everyone know's everyone's business - which is not always as fun as it sounds!

This is also my first proper lifestyle post in a year about me being home, as honestly I've been too scared since getting my blog hacked I strayed far away from them! But once again 'yolo' (urgh I know, but it pretty much sums up how I'm feeling!) I'm definitely going to do more, I stopped because someone hacked my blog and I ended up building it back up better than ever, so why let it beat me? But recently I got an awful comment on my blog about my Mam - Yes, my deceased mother. Then some person who text me months ago calling 'himself' 'Michael' popped up on my Snapchat with a rather suspicious girls name - so I've decided even if people want to sink down to awful levels, it's not going to get me down!

So tell me what you think of my new blog feature of 'Instagram Life Catch-Up' and sorry for imposing 'YOLO' on you all heheh!! Have you all had a good transition into Autumn?

Rachael
x

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