OPERATION GLAM

In a mission impossible style, I managed to sort out my most used products onto my desk, and into the draws. I like to think of this chapter as #OperationGlam.

Please note that the products for my clients are in a travel suitcase since it’s always on the go, but when home lives under my desk, but close enough.

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My desk slots in under the window but just before where the door to the back garden starts, so it has quite good lighting.

It’s amaazing not having to share it anymore, when my partner used to sleep over he would take up nearly all the space with his laptop, and my poor lipglosses would be pushed aside or lost under wires. Having a gamer bf also meant stupid fights for example “I want to do my dailies” VS “I need to do my hair/makeup“… when ever we needed to leave the house.

Now his happy in his man cave, and I am basically organising the rest of the house 🙂

Eventually id like to change my vanity corner to something more modern, I have seen some awesome photos on Pinterest.

But you know what they say, good things come to those who wait.
Are you ladies planning any diy glam renovations for the coming year?
I would love to hear about it!

Big kisses
Steph x

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OLAPLEX HAIR TREATMENT

Hey there!
So yesterday I treated myself to the Olaplex treatment, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about…

If you don’t know Olaplex is:
“free of silicone, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, and is never tested on animals. Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. Hair bonds are broken during thermal, mechanical and chemical services.” – Olaplex

It’s a revolutionary product that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before. That means you can push boundaries, hair can be made lighter without causing damage. It can be mixed with bleach, with keratin, it’s even compatible with perms!

I love to really take care of my hair, and I have always done regular cuts and salon colours, with the house stuff going on I haven’t actually cut my hair since FEBRUARY <sad face> and swapped to box colours <crys>. I felt like my hair really needed a bit of a treat since my ends are a little dry.  I found a salon doing a promotional offer and decided to book myself in…

Here is my hair straight after the treatment:

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I feel like I should be in a hair advert, super soft, super healthy, it feels like its never been coloured. If you get the chance to try it out go for it! The photos show my hair without a blow dry, no filters, just pure gorgeous healthy feeling hair 🙂

You can find out more about Olaplex and the local salons on the Olaplex Malta facebook page: HERE 

I am a very happy bunny!
Love Steph x

TRESEMME KERATIN SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Yesterday I desperately needed to buy shampoo and conditioner, mine had finished and I had all of about 5 mins to browse the isles in the pharmacy and make a choice, so I hurried to the shampoo section. I have been hearing good things about TRESemmé from some of the other Maltese bloggers so I decided to give them a go.

I had tried TRESemmé before when I still lived in London (maybe 10 years ago) but at the time it didn’t do so much for my hair, I am so glad that I gave the brand a second chance because instantly I felt a difference in my hair’s condition. I wouldnt normally write a post for the first use but my hair feels super soft, and silky. I couldn’t stop running my fingers through my hair all afternoon and I like the way it smells.

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Want hair that’s smooth, straight and easy to style? Use the shampoo specifically formulated to leave your hair gorgeously sleek and manageable. The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner system transforms your hair, making it gorgeously sleek with less frizz, smooth and easy to style.” – TRESemmé

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When used with TRESemmé Keratin Infusing Shampoo, this salon-quality conditioner nourishes each strand to leave hair smooth, shiny and manageable. The system transforms your hair, making your hair gorgeously sleek with less frizz, smooth and easy to style” – TRESemmé

I plan on writing up a full review later on each product once I have used them a few times, but so far I am a very happy bunny. And the best thing for 500ml they are in the 5e mark so its beauty on a budget!

What haircare are you girlies using?
Love Steph x

Product Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo

I think you will think I am a little late to join the Dry Shampoo revolution…

Well I tried dry shampoo in the past a few times and I never really found a brand I liked, for various reasons it just never became part of my routine and after trying 2/3 different brands I gave up. I thought I was doomed to look like my hair had been dunked in a chip pan the day after I washed it forever.

I have unbelievably oily hair which I need to wash max every 2 days, every day would be ideal but I ain’t got time for that! Even a hairdressers blow dry never lasted me more than 1 day.

I recently decided to give it another go and bought one by let’s call it “Brand x”  (I hate bad mouthing products) it was great the first few times I used it. Gave my hair a nice shot of volume. Every time I washed and styled my hair I would give it a quick spritz and go. The next day my hair would be oily but not as oily as usual, but the product didn’t perform on my already oily hair. It didn’t really bother me I was happy with the “Brand x” being used just as a volume product, to be honest I thought that was going to be as good as it gets for my hair… After a couple of uses I noticed that the powder seemed to have run out from the can and what ever I was spraying was leaving my hair feeling limp and sticky.

Sigh, it was good whilst it lasted.

I was ready to give up again and was telling my friend about my hair care problems whilst she was getting her nails done. She told me to try “Batiste” dry shampoo and gave me a travel sized sample.

What the hell, ONE more chance dry shampoo!

I think this product has just turned my whole haircare system upside down, I applied it after styling my hair the same way I did with the “Brand x” and the effect was good my hair had that added volume, but the real shock was the next morning. I applied a little to my hair and wow what a difference. So much so that I took a photo and sent it to my friend (please note I was still with make up half done in a bed robe – I was that impressed).

PACKAGING

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The aerosol can comes really nicely packaged, they have quite a range and the one I have has a “Tropical” scent and the can really brightens up my desk. Bright yellow and green the can is really fun. Since then I checked out a few they have in the pharmacy and I really like the look of the “Blush” which is very girlie and pink.

FORMULA

Well this is a little tricky to answer, as I don’t really know what’s inside it only that it’s been nearly 2 weeks and I only needed to wash my hair on day 5 and today which is day 4. I call that a freaking miracle.

Scents: Like I mentioned earlier mine is “Tropical” and its very beachy with coconut that kind of makes me wish I was somewhere far away. The scent isn’t over powering though, so you don’t have to worry about it clashing with your perfume.
I am looking forward to trying out some of the other scents like “cherry”

APPLICATION 

I apply it in two ways.
On clean hair: I spray my roots so that any excess oil is absorbed by it before making my hair look limp. It also gives a nice umpf to it.
On oily hair: I section my hair and spray between the sections, then a wait a min and give a quick massage to spread the product about. Then I can brush my hair.

I still pull up my hair since I wear my hair tied for work. But it actually looks ok whilst down. I would like to try to find the time to blowdry my hair whilst it’s dirty so I can see how it will look restyled. I feel much neater even if my hair is tied because it still keeps the volume. Normally my thin, fine, oily hair just lays flat across my scalp in a pony tail and the result is far from chic.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I love, no I ADORE this product. For me this is a miracle in a can, so much so I am actually going to share with you the half made up photo I sent to my friend… This is my day 2 hair…

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Can you see the happiness on my face and the shock that my hair looks like it’s just been done? That’s DAY 2 ladies 🙂
I have decided to buy 2 one for my house and one for my bf’s and keep the sample for travelling. Best of all the price they are under 5e!

This product deserves a huge 5 out of 5.

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Have you tried dry shampoo before? and what are your experiences?
Have you got any more tips for me?
Love Steph x 

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#100HappyDays: Days 15 – 21

Challenge week three.

Day 15: Super messy first attempt at water marble. I doubt these will last to the end of today but was a very interesting first time! (Tutorial here).
Day 16: Finally home after a long day and ready for #GoT ♡
Day 17:  A quick break in the shade, I love the garden of Tommy Hilfiger its such a beautiful day… soon back to work.
Day 18: Feeling pretty in coral. I love this lipstick by Givenchy (I bought it).
Day 19Dior makes me happy! (Review to come soon).
Day 20 Where have you been all my life? Seriously I love Batiste dry shampoo! All girls should have one ♡ (Review to come soon).
Day 21: Chilling out with the girls after a blogger event at Coccinelle ♡ Yes that’s an Oreo milkshake… 🙂 (Event review coming up!).

Love Steph x

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