Review: Davines NouNou Shampoo and Hair Mask

IMG_1206Davines (pronounced da va ness) is a family run company in Italy founded 20 years ago. I was first introduced to some of the products in this brand about 10 years ago when I worked at Realhair Chelsea. The products have since evolved and the packaging has become much more eco-friendly, I’ve fallen in love with them all over again.

I was lucky to be sent this set to try out (thanks Peter) specifically targeted to my hair type. When I opened the box the inside of the lid has the inscription “we are so thrilled to be in your hands! Nice to meet you!” I thought it was a nice touch, I’ve not seen that before.

NouNou is a nourishing shampoo and hair mask for highly processed (coloured) and brittle hair just like my fine hair is. The packaging of the individual products are simple and effective without unnecessary packaging such as boxes/plastic wrappings. The brand boasts zero impact products which of course are all paraben free. What’s really good is the “no fuss” little pot the mask comes in can be up-cycled as a plant pot, succulents look really cool in them! (well they do on the shelves in the window of Liberty Beauty Hall)

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The smell of this shampoo and mask remind me of the smell of the Glamglow Youth Mud Face Mask which is a good thing, I LOVE that smell.I can’t really describe the smell you will just have to try it!

The shampoo lathers up well and rinses out easy, my hair feels smooth when wet before applying conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling very clean yet moisturised (not sqeaky) without weighing my fine hair down.

The mask unlike most deep conditioners has a very satisfying texture much like that of a really good quality body butter. It makes it easy to scoop out just the right amount without over-loading your hair. It glides through my hair with ease. After 10 mins you rinse it out and voila…beautifully nourished hair that’s easy to manage.

I love these products and happy I’ve been re-introduced to them they are absolutely perfect for my hair the result is shiny healthy looking hair with ends that look like they’ve been freshly trimmed (horray as I’m dodging a cut to grow it a little)

Davines is only available at Davines approved hair salons or retailers, I of course will be repurchasing mine at Liberty of London Beauty Hall Next to try is my Melu Hair Shield to protect my hair from the heat of the hairdryer and hair irons…review coming soon.

You can read more about Davines here

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Have you tried any of the Davines hair products?  I’d love to hear about them.

secondblonde x

Pay Day Wish List at Liberty Beauty Hall November 2015

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The Liberty Beauty Buying Team are always on top of their game selecting special products for their beautiful Beauty Hall and Bath House Edit’s. Here are a few of my favourite picks to add to my November pay day wish list.

All of these products are available to buy in store at Liberty (free gift wrapping) or purchase online where you can use your Liberty Loyalty Card to gain valuable points that turn into reward vouchers. I’ve included links to each product so you can read about them in detail, I’d love to hear from you if you already love these products or if they are on your beauty wish list too!

  1. AESOP REVERENCE AROMATIQUE HAND BALM 75ML £19 view here
  2. JIN SOON TULLE NAIL POLISH £15 view here
  3. HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT PALETTE £65 view here
  4. KORRES ALMOND AND LINSEED SHAMPOO 250ML £10 view here
  5. EMMA HARDIE AMAZING FACE CLEANSING BALM 100ML £38 view here
  6. DE MAMIEL ROSEY LIP BALM 10ML £13 view here

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review: oribe bright blonde shampoo & conditioner for beautiful colour

Being a bottle blonde I like to keep my blonde hair looking bright and sparkly. I use a tonning shampoo and conditoner a couple of times per month to keep my colour looking it’s best. Oribe (pronounced or-bay) if you didn’t already know is a Session Stylist from Miami based in New York, he’s a pretty cool dude you should look him up, anyway on to the products…

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Oribe’s Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Colour do exactly what they say they will do. The packaging is their iconic bottles (designed by Versace) and the smell of these violet hue products are of course Oribe’s signature scent “Côte D’azur” which you can buy as a hair perfume aerosol or as an Eau De Parfum to wear on your skin.

This shampoo and conditioner has the same performance as their amazing Beautiful Colour range but with added violet pigments to cancel out yellow or brassy tones to blonde/grey or brunette hair restoring it to it’s most brilliant self. Of course it is free of sulphates, parabens, sodium chloride, gluten and animal testing.

After using theses my hair is instantly hydrated and sparkly bright blonde. I tend to use occasionaly however, you can use as your regular shampoo.conditioner as they contain clever technology that prevents pigmentation build up.

They are luxury hair products on the inside and out which reflect the price point starting from £39, in my opinion they are totally worth it and look stunning in your bathroom or on your dressing table. Just to add they are packaged in beautiful embossed cream boxes which look pretty but not really necessary. Oribe

What have you tried or fallen in love with from Oribe?

Kevin Murphy ANGEL.WASH 250ml

So I won a competition recently via Kevin Murphy’s UK Instagram account. I don’t normally do competitions and therefore never win anything, so you can imagine how excited I was…Eeek!!!!

IMG_8467.JPGThe prize was a generous selection of full size products of some of their best sellers:
angel wash (shampoo)
angel rinse (conditioner)
anti gravity spray (weightless volumiser)
hair resort (beachy hair styling) powder puff (dry shampoo/volumiser)

The packaging design is simple neat and the pastel colours look cute and girly.
IMG_8439.JPGI’ve been using the shampoo and LOVE it! It’s perfect for my fine coloured hair and it smell like sweets! Well it’s actually the combination of tangerine peel and geranium to name just a few of the gorgeous smells you get when applying.

Here’s the science bit:
A delicate recovery shampoo for fine, dry or broken hair. Aloe, Milk Proteins and Olive Esters gently protect the hair in a low foam formulation. Designed to cleanse without stripping your hair. Angelica Root extract and essential oil of Grapefruit gently cleanse stressed out hair and controls frizz on fine, dry hair.

IMG_8584.PNG Although it’s a low foam formulation it lathers up to a satisfactory foam. My hair is hydrated and static free but not weighed down, it’s easy to comb through and my hair colour looks fresh and bright. Hair texture is soft but full of volume and looks healthy and shiny. I will definitely re-purchase this shampoo. Can’t wait to try out the rest of the products.

Has anyone tried any Kevin Murphy products?

Would love to hear your thoughts. You can buy this shampoo here

secondblonde x

PUREOLOGY® Strength Cure – serious colour care!

Woking in a salon I’m lucky to get the odd freebie from time to time. Last week we were all treated to a Pureology gift bag set for our efforts in selling retail. If I’m honest the gift bag itself isn’t really my thing, but the actual product inside…well let’s just say I’m in LOVE!

IMG_2937.JPGThe smell is gorgeous the colour is a bright pinkish colour. The smallest amount foams up a treat
(I know shampoo doesn’t have to foam to clean the hair but it’s oh so satisfying when it does) it contains antifade complex and treats micro scarred or damaged colour treated hair (my hair is all of the above, so I may of found my match)

IMG_7360.JPGHere’s a clever idea, the lid for the shampoo is at the top of the bottle and the lid for the conditioner is at the bottom of the bottle. So although the bottles are the same shape/colour they are easy to work out while your in the shower and not quite awake yet!

IMG_7359.JPGImpressively these products are 100% vegan and sulphate free. Here’s the science bit…

The shampoo; Gives your hair strength, reduces breakage and brings softness to every hair on your head. It will strengthen the fibre in your hair and remove dull residue.
Featuring Pureology’s Antifadecomplex and Asta-Repair, the Strength Cure rich foam cleanser controls the look of frizz, whilst helping to repair and strengthen micro damaged zones.

The conditioner; Working to detangle, strengthen, and condition it is the ideal product to look after your hair. With its opulent Pureology Antifadecomplex and Asta-repair formula, the conditioning product helps to improve hair’s shine and softness, whilst protecting colour radiance between every wash.
Aiming to improve body, smoothness, and suppleness the conditioner helps repair the micro damaged zones by enveloping strands in a smooth coating of Strength Cure conditioner.

The Verdict
I’m totally sold and would definitely purchase these products, though they are rich and seem like they will last forever they do not weigh down my fine straight over processed blonde hair. They do the opposite and give my hair fullness and bounce with a shine.

My Conclusion
I’ve been using these for one week and yes ok I’ve had a few inches cut off my hair which helps, but I can definitely feel and see an improvement with the condition of my hair which is often ironed flat each morning to remove my crash helmet kinks before I start work.

Anyone else tried any products from the fabulous pureology range?

Oribe Hair Care Brings Luxury To Everyone

Session stylist Oribe (pronounced Orbay) brings a little luxury to your home hair care. This product range looks so luxurious in your bathroom and feels/smells luxurious. I haven’t purchased the stunning bottles as of yet but been lucky enough to try out some testers.

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Sachets of “Signature” Shampoo and Conditioner and “Beautiful Color” Shampoo and conditioner.

The Signature range is rich, weightless and a high performance cleanser great for every day use. Does not contain any parabens and is colour and keratin treatment safe! It smells so gorgeous I can’t explain it you just have to experience it, and it leaves my hair feeling moisturised but not heavy.

The Beautiful Color range extends the life of your hair colour with high tech ingredients. It moisturises and repairs leaving your hair feeling silky and smooth. A great weekly indulgence that smells devine and looks stunning in the bathroom.

Check out Oribe’s award winning range of hair care here Oribe

Add a little luxury to your hair care regime.