Posts tagged moisturise
The other day a friend commented on my hair – she asked if I’d had it dyed, saying it looked lighter and brighter. I thanked her and explained that no, I haven’t had my hair done for a very long time, but I had started using a new shampoo and conditioner that is designed to make my highlights stand out.
I’d been using John Frieda Highlight Activating Moisturising Shampoo and Highlight Activating Moisturising Conditioner (for Lighter Shades) for about a week when I had that lovely complement. The shampoo contains Jojoba oil, sunflower and white tea complex which help to bring out highlights for “maximum blonde impact”, and the moisturising formula adds shine without actually adding colour. The conditioner incorporates the sane blonde-enhancing ingredients while gently removing those residues that build up and dull the hair.
Looking at the photo what do you think I’m going to say about the packaging? If you’ve been reading Splodz Blogz for a long time you might remember I have featured John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner, and I mentioned this then. It’s the labelling. The difference between the shampoo and conditioner packaging is so small that if you’ve got water in your face it’s very difficult to see which one is which. John Frieda have used different colours and I think I’ve just about remembered that blue is shampoo and green is conditioner (or is it the other way around), but ideally it should be much more obvious.
I do like this pair of products, they are nice to use and obviously work as I mentioned above. I have found, though, that the moisturising effect of these means by the evening my hair is looking flat and a little greasy. I have very fine hair and have to wash it daily, but if I’m out in the evening I am finding it necessary to refresh using dry shampoo (my favourite ever hair product!). I don’t mind that too much because I think my hair looks better in the daytime than it does with my normal choice or shampoo and conditioner, and I know my hair is very prone to looking lifeless, but it is a bit annoying that it doesn’t last 12 hours.
Yves Rocher is a 50-year-old botanical beauty company who grow the ingredients, manufacture the products and distribute them – quite unusual for a company I think. I have heard of the brand before, I think from being in Germany perhaps, but they are now getting bigger in the UK.
They kindly send me a couple of their moisturising products to try out.
Expert Firming Balm
This really lovely 150ml plastic tub contains a thick, really thick, cream that is designed to leave your skin feeling toned, soft and supple. It comes with a sealed foil lid which when you remove it reveals a pretty solid white cream. I mean solid too – I put my finger really gently into it and made no impression without quite a lot of pressure. I read somewhere a little while ago. before I received the cream, that it reminds that person of cottage cheese (sorry, I’d quote you properly if I could find your review again!), and I can see why they say that.
Yves Rocher recommend that you use this cream twice a day for a month and that if you do that you will really see great benefits. Well I didn’t do that. This blogger is not very good at looking after her skin, which probably explains the state it’s in. I used it most days for about a month, in the evenings before bed. I used on my legs and arms mainly. Despite being thick it does go a long way and rubbed in easily.
It has a lovely fragrance that didn’t linger too long – important when you’re using something and then going to sleep, I don’t want a perfume headache or anything. It smells of shea butter, there was a touch of sun cream flavour about it somehow, but not an unpleasant note at all.
Whether it firmed my skin, well I reckon I probably failed the test because I didn’t use it daily, but I didn’t notice my skin being more toned. I did, though, notice my legs were smoother and nicer to touch, so it did have some effect for sure. No miracle cream, but nice to use.
It comes in at £12.50 for 150ml.
Have you got dry elbows and knees? Other problem patches? The second cream I tested from Yves Rocher was their Repair Lotion for Extra Dry Skin – and boy did I need this! I know we’re in the middle of the wettest summer for ever and ever, but my skin still gets dry, especially my hands. So this looked like it was going to be perfect.
Like I mentioned above, I’m really bad at looking after my skin, but I have got a little habituated with this product, I enjoy using it on my hands and feet. It’s a fairly thick but fluid cream in a tube (not as thick as the firming balm) that soaks into the skin easily. And the smell is lovely, really nice, and it is soft and gentle.
My elbows really liked this, and what I have left is now sat on my desk at work to use as hand cream because I find the scent really pleasant and the cream non-greasy enough to use on my hands and then type away on my keyboard. When it runs out I will be very tempted to buy some more, it’s the nicest cream like this I’ve tried for a long time. I’m not sure if I’ll ever turn into someone who can moisturise regularly, but this certainly makes me want to more often.
The cost is £9.50 for 150ml.
Today’s photo prompt was Pampering.
Use the tag SnapHappyBritMums here on Splodz Blogz to find all the photos from May.
You’ll remember a little while ago I tried Bodhi bath and shower products and reviewed them here on Splodz Blogz.
Recently Bodhi sent me a couple of examples of their brand new range of body moisturisers.
Jasmine Falls Relaxing Body Moisturiser
The scent of this thick cream is supposed to sooth the mind and promote a sense of well-being. And the lavender really does emote relaxation.
Ylang Ylang Incensa Sensual Body Moisturiser
This is supposed to arouse and invigorate the senses. The cream is lovely and soaks in very easily, especially after a bath or shower. I used loads and the whole house was filled with the aroma.
I’d say if you want a strong beautiful smelling moisturiser to follow a strong beautiful smelling bath, then this is absolutely the product you need. They are designed so you breath in deeply while moisturising your skin, the aroma gently looking after your mind while the cream looks after your body. The most potent smelling moisturisers I have ever tried – in a good way.
You can see the full range of Bodhi products on their website, it’s well worth a look, it’s just a shame you can’t get smell-o-vision online!