Morning you! I’ve been promising to start introducing you to the changes in skin care & hair care that I’ve been making in the year 2013 and today I thought I would share with you the latest change. It’s quite a new discovery, I’ve implemented it into my skin care routine for the past few weeks and thoughts its time I share my thoughts on it as it definitely is a keeper.
Hi lovelies hope your okay! If you remember a while back I let you all know that in 2013 I’m changing my skincare and haircare up slightly (I spoke about day cream here) and today I thought I’d share with you a new range called Breaking Hair range that I am trying and testing out for my hair. The range is by Lee Strafford, a celebrity hair stylist, and I’ve really given myself months to fully experience the range and have already repurchased the shampoo!
The range is all about avoiding hair breakage, and helping you grow your hair strong and healthy. It’s aptly named ‘Breaking Hair’ and consists of a hair serum, hair treatment, shampoo and conditioner. I’ve also got a Lee Strafford volumising mousse that I’ve just begun playing around with after using up all my other mousses. As you can see from above the packaging is a really bright eye catching fuchsia pink which I’ve been enjoying having in my shower as I do like bits of pink everywhere! Today I thought I’d talk you through the products I use in the shower, and devote another post to the mousse and serum.
Before I begin I just want to make it clear that I still am a fan of SLS free shampoos and this isn’t an SLS free shampoo. My hair has improved vastly from using SLS free products, I know it’s silly to swap from something that was working for you but I really wanted to use this duo together and I think I was missing the really foamy aspect of using an SLS containing shampoo. Saying that, after I run out my second bottle of this shampoo, I will return to SLS free products just to be extra careful.
Now back to the shampoo, this is the Breaking Hair Shampoo, retailing for £8.99. It contains Vitamin A & E and is aimed at dry damaged brittle and broken hair. My hair had been breaking due to it’s brittle nature and I find that this shampoo is rather nourishing and moisturising. It foams well, cleans my hair really really well (something my SLS free Naked shampoo wasn’t doing) and smells great. Can’t really ask for more except please make an SLS free version and I will be a convert for good! But I do see myself taking a break from SLS free now and again and picking this up again in the future.
Now on to the Breaking Hair Conditioner again retailing for £8.99. This I really enjoy because it really does moisturise my hair, it contains Soy, Amino Acids to strengthen hair and after usage my hair feels really smooth. The one thing that nags me a little bit is the smell, it’s a bit funny and weird, it could just be me. I feel like I can smell the medicinal element of the ingredients? But I adore the smell of the shampoo and wish the conditioner would smell the same. But other than the smell I’m happy with it, it adds gloss and shine to my hair so I’m a happy bunny.
Now onto the hair treatment, the Breaking Hair Treatment, this is my absolute favourite. I tend to take an egg size amount and smother it all over my hair concentrating on the ends mostly. I stick my shower cap and finish the rest of my shower routine off before returning to wash the mask/treatment off. It really is hydrating and I don’t just say ‘it leaves my hair silky smooth’ – it really does. The scent is also really nice and it contains soy and amino acids to help strengthen hair and improve the moisture balance. It’s priced at £10.99 for 200ml and I’d definitely recommend this. Sometimes you can get some really good deals on the treatment at Boots, so keep an eye out for that! Lee Stafford describe this as a ‘luxurious treatment’ and I have to agree. This to me is the winner of the bunch.
You can find Lee Strafford hair range in Boots.
Some of you may already know I am a huge fan of Tom Ford products, and I’ve loved every product I’ve tried. Unfortunately Tom Ford does not come with a budget friendly price tag, and as much as I would love to have many many TF items in my collection I only have a few. That being said, I do thing that the products are worth the money and the luxury quality stands out immensely throughout the whole collection. One item that I do have in my make up collection is the gorgeous 06 Burnished Amber Eye Colour Quad.
How beautiful is this palette? The camera cannot capture just how stunning these shadows really are. Burnished Amber was the first palette I picked up and I did spend quite some time choosing this one. I adored every quad that I came across but this looked a colour palette that I can see myself using quite often, if I’m going to spend £62.00 on eye shadow I wanted to make sure it gets used often. The 4 shades are all shimmery but not glittery or anything distracting, this can easily be an every day shadow palette. It definitely was something that suited my tanned skin tone and I have nothing like this in my collection.
The quad contains 4 shades, a pale but yellow based gold, a burnt pinky shade, a deep pink based plum and a pale copper shade. Honestly I spent ages trying to figure out how to describe the colours, a simple gold pink purple and bronze really doesn’t cut it. They feel very silky to touch which is amazing for blending as the colours glide with each other. Another think I noticed is that there is literally no drop out so you really are making the most of the product. Pigmentation wise, you get great colour pay off and the colours translate straight from the palette to the skin. What you see in the pan is what you get when you go to apply.
There definitely aren’t the brightest shades from the collection, hence why I gravitated towards the quad. I wanted something wearable, and this is it. There is enough colour selection to create a light day time look, and then smoke it up a bit with the plum and copper for evening wear or even a more dramatic look. When I use this palette I tend not to reach for any other shadows at all, except if I want a really deep crease – then I go for a matte brown to add definition.
I thought along with providing swatches for the quad, I thought I’d also show you an eye look I created with the palette. I was really unsure what kind of look to create for the review, do I go for a super simple day look or a dramatic smokey look? I decided I’d for something in the middle, so it could be worn in the daytime without looking over the top and again for an evening out without looking under dressed. Although I have to admit, I hardly tend to stick to day/evening time frames for my make up, I do whatever I feel like doing. I used all four shades for this look, using the gold for the whole lid and then the pink applied on the other half of the lid over the gold. I used the plum on the crease and outer V and smoked it up a bit with the copper colour.
I think I’ve figured out a way to photograph eye looks better so please bear with me, the next eye looks should be better photographed. So just to recap this is the Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad in 06 Burnished Amber and it retails for £62.00. You can have a look at it here. If you’re unsure what colour to go for please do not use the pictures on the website as a guide because it’s such a bad representation of the colours in real life. Pop in stores and have a look before you decide, you’ll understand what I mean when you see them in person. Right now I’ve got my eyes on Sahara Haze which features a green palette which I think would suit my eyes but the only way to find out is when I pop in stores.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, make sure you let me know what you think! Until next time have an amazing day full of smiles – Tanzina x