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For those of you subscribed to my YouTube channel, you may have seen my recent Get Ready with Me, where I spoke about how much I have been loving the Nicky Clarke Supershine range. The lovely people at Nicky Clarke are kindly giving on of my blog readers the chance to win the whole Nicky Clarke Supershine range; that’s the blow dryer, hair straightener and tong!

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hair careI’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about my hair and hair care, it’s often something that’s a little neglected here on ALO as I don’t have the greatest hair but since you’ve got to work with what you’ve got I thought I would share the bits I have been loving.

Shampoo is something that just doesn’t excite me, their either average or bad but rarely do I fall in love but the Davines Prep shampoo and conditioner really took me by surprise. The packaging is pretty which is great as it looks nice on the bathroom shelf but more than that my hair loved this shampoo! The Davines Prep Shampoo is for ‘all hair types’ and the Prep Mild Cream Conditioner is for ‘fine to medium’ so since I have fine hair I wasn’t sure if it was going to do a lot for my hair but I found that it was great for rebalancing my hair. I usually have quite dry ends and greasy roots but I found that this kept my ends hydrated and my roots cleared for longer than any other shampoo. Day two hair is rare for me as my hair is usually super greasy by then, but with this I didn’t even need dry shampoo day two. It is quite expensive but I think really worth the money as I had to spend less time washing my hair! I’m currently trailing a different shampoo but will probably be putting in a little Cult Beauty order for some more Davines products soon!

I was also recently send the Kardashian Beauty hair range which I thought might be a bit gimmicky but I actually have fallen in love with the Volume Foam in particular, it isn’t too heavy or sticky but still adds a great amount of volume and hold to the hair. I have been using the Blow Dry Cream too, which adds a bit of shine to the hair and more importantly has heat protection.

In terms of tools theres nothing new really; I love my ghd blow dryer which is definitely worth the investment, I use to go for a blow dryer every few months but this one has lasted ages and dries my hair quickly. I rarely straighten my hair but I do always have a ghd styler too just in case, I currently have the new one from the Azores collection which is beautiful. I curl my hair quite often and for that I love the Babyliss Boutique Soft Waves, I find it to be the perfect size and my curls last all day with it too.

I also just wanted to mention that I did used Olaplex last time I had my hair coloured and I think that it helped my hair massively. I don’t know too much about Olaplex but the next time I get my hair coloured I’ll be sure to tell you all about it.

What hair products have you been loving?

Whilst away on holiday in August I decided to try out the new Remington PROtect Range and their Switch and PROtect challenge. Although I used products to protect my hair whilst in the sun and applied lots of masks, I wanted to ensure that my blow dryer and straightener weren’t causing damage too.

I was particularly excited to try the Remington PROtect Dryer as I use a blow dryer daily. It has thermacare technology to dry hair faster with less heat and therefore causing less damage. I usually dry my hair using the highest setting on my blow dryer but found using the second setting rather than the third was perfect for mine finer hair. I’m impressed by how light this blow dryer is which made it great to travel with but more importantly it left my hair looking really shiny.

Although I don’t often straighten my hair I think on holiday it’s a really quick and easy way to ensure your hair is styled. The Remington PROtect Straightener has hydracare technology, which combines a cool mist with the optimum heat to deliver shiny, healthy, less damaged hair. I love the slightly wider plates on this straightener as I was able to straighten my hair quickly.

I was really happy to have taken the PROtect on holiday with me and it couldn’t have come at a better time. My hair is shiny, hydrated and feels healthy despite all the time spent in the sun and using heat on it daily.

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When it comes to doing my hair I always start with by giving my hair a quick wash and blow dry. Although I don’t tend to be too picky about shampoo, I have to use some sort of volume spray and start by drying it upside down. I’ve recently been using the Babyliss Diamond Radiance Blow Dryer as it has three heat and power settings which I think is an essential for an at home blow dry!

I’ve also been giving the Babyliss Curl Secret a go, after looking at it for a while I’ve finally had a chance to try it and it’s completely unlike anything I have ever tried. If you don’t know how the Curl Secret works you slide a section of hair into the tool, press the sides together and the hair will then get sucked in (it’s not painful!) and beeps when the hair is ready to be realised.

I thought it was going to be a little difficult to use but it is actually the easiest tool I have ever used to achieve curls. The curls you get are quite tight and I don’t feel that you have quite as much control as a tong or wand but it’s so easy to use that I simply don’t find myself reaching for anything else. It’s great if like me, you always burn yourself with a tong and it makes curling the back of your hair particularly easy in comparison. It also has a few different heat and time settings to help you get the curl you want but I still don’t think I’ve mastered it.

A great alternative to a hair tong especially for beginners or someone looking to get perfect curls quickly and easily. It is quite expensive but no more than you would pay for highend straighteners so worth looking into if you curl your hair regularly.

I’m sure I’ll be using it over the weekend

It seems it is the products I use the most that I never mention on my blog, these are the products I use (almost) every single day and couldn’t live without. They’re not overly exciting and I may change from brand to brand sometimes but I though I would share what I am currently using. 

When it comes to deodorant I am not too fussy over which one I use as long as it smells okay, that said I do prefer a roll on and have been using Nivea Pearl & Beauty for a while. As the glass bottle isn’t very travel/handbag friendly I also use the Soft & Gentle Orange Blossom & Grapefruit Spray deodorant which lasts all day and smells great.

After washing my hair  every morning I couldn’t live without my GHD blow dryer… I love it! I have been using it for years now, it has all the settings I need and is powerful, helping me dry my hair as quickly as possible. I’ve also been loving the Airmotion Hair Brush to untangle my hair both whilst wet and dry. My only other hair essential would be Batiste Dry Shampoo which I think I have been using to close to ten years, I have never been so loyal to anything! 

When I don’t have time for a professional wax I usually just use a disposable razor and find the mens ones to be much better than the women’s. My favourite is the Gillette Mach 3 Disposable Razors as it never irritate my skin and I find it to be good quality for the price. For my eyebrow I adore the Tweezerman tweezer and can’t believe it has taken me so long to get a pair! I’ve also been using the SweetEase Face Waxing Kit for my upper lip as I find them to be easier to use then most at home wax strips. 

The biggest essentials are, of course, a toothbrush and toothpaste- I have been using the Professional Whitening Toothpaste and matching toothbrush from White Wash Laboratories. Although I don’t think there is a huge difference between toothpaste and toothbrushes, I have actually really been enjoying these two and would say my teeth are looking a little whiter. 

What are your beauty essentials?