OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

OGX Kukui Oil Haircare

OGX is a brand I have used quite a few times & never been disappointed with a product. They seem to deliver on quality every time.

I’ve been using a new release from them for just over a month now & have been excited to tell you all about it since the first use. The OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo & Conditioner* have been formulated to deliver hydration & eliminate frizz, sounds like a win win to me! This range centres around the oil from the Hawaiian Kakui Nut Tree & the Hawaiians have been using the oil from this tree for centuries. It has so many uses such as waterproofing wooden goods & surfboards, soothing dry skin & burns and also as a hair oil.

This natural nut oil is so hydrating and locks in moisture as well as leaving the hair glossy and lightweight. Both the shampoo & conditioner are quite thick but they don’t weigh down the hair. I have been using these twice a week and my hair looks healthy and feels clean, bouncy and silky smooth. This is a great duo if you suffer from the dreaded frizz & flyaway hairs.

This range doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils but instead protects the hair from free radicals & the elements locking in much needed moisture. The essential fatty acids found in the Kakui Nut Tree also make it a wonderfully hydrating product for dry rebellious hair.

The shampoo does lather up nicely and both products are easy to rinse out. There is a scent to this range but its not too overpowering & I think it smells quite sweet and calming.

You get a lot of product for you money (385ml in each bottle), a little goes a long way so they will last a very long time. I will say that they’re best used as a duo as the conditioner just adds that glossy sheen to the hair and makes it look so much more healthy. These are both SLS free & ideal if you’re looking for a gentle (if you have a dry or irritable scalp) but effective shampoo & conditioner.

Let me know if you have tried this Kakui Oil range from OGX or if you have any other recomendations from this brand.

OGX products are available from Waitrose & they’re currently 1/3 off

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Dr PawPaw Balm

Dr PawPaw Balm

Dr PawPaw* is a British made multi purpose balm with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The main ingredient in their balms is fermented Pawpaw, which is the fruit from the plant Carica Papaya. The Pawpaw has been found to have many soothing properties for our skin and hair, making it a real ‘go to’ product.

Dr PawPaw’s ingredients & benefits are

Carica Papaya (PawPaw)

This nutrient-rich fruit is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamins A and C and acetogenins which, when applied externally, helps in aiding skin repair, adding moisture and smoothing and tightening the skin.

Olive Fruit Oil

Olive oil has a variety of benefits for skin and hair due to its vast amount of antioxidants. Olive Oil contains Vitamin A and E but the most potent compound is Hydroxytyrosol. This rare antioxidant prevents free radical damage on skin cells and is absorbed deeply into the skin. It has many anti-inflammatory properties and is great for dry skin and hair.

Aloe Vera

Retains and restores moisture to lips, skin and hair. ‘Bathes’ skin cells and helps promote skin regeneration. Helps minimise appearance of pore size and is an excellent ingredient for skin cleansing and toning.

Dr PawPaw Balm

Dr PawPaw Colours

These balms come in handbag friendly squeezy tubes and are perfect for taking with you on the go. I love the bold colourful packaging and think they’re functional & look cute too. I also like that they’re fragrance free.

I’ve been using the Original Balm mostly as a lip treatment (as my lips are so dry this Winter) and I also like to massage it into my cuticles at night to help keep them soft. The formula is non greasy and easily absorbed. It has quickly become a staple in my routine now & sits on my bed side table.

The Tinted Peach Pink* & Tinted Ultimate Red* Balms are pretty worn alone on the lips as they give the lips a subtle wash of colour and they also hydrate, protect and soothe the lips. I do also like to layer these on top of a lipstick to add more colour & a little shine. They’re so good for having in your handbag & applying throughout the day as a treatment & a lip colour. I’m never without mine & in particular I love the Peach Pink, its such an easy colour to wear. I have also read that people use these tinted balms on their cheeks, I will be trying that out & think the peach shade will look cute.

You get 25ml of product in each tube and that will last you a very very long time as a little goes a long way. The original balm is an excellent multi purpose product & the tinted options are fantastic lip colours, which not only give your lips a fresh glossy colour but they also have the same great formula as the Original Balm which will protect your lips all day long!

These balms are a hit with me & I’m currently trying to keep them out of my mums reach as I know she will pinch one from me.

Dr PawPaw Multi Use Balms £6.95 each & available from www.drpawpaw.com

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

Blogs I Love To Read #5

Love and Liquor Blog

Love & Liquor

Is a blog I have read for a while now – Laura is a fellow NW blogger & I love to read her reviews of makeup and skincare & is great at taking beautiful product shots which make you want to purchase everything she writes about (so bad for my bank account). Laura also posts OOTD & has great style.

Carrie Brighton

Carrie Brighton

I LOVE Carrie’s blog, its such an uplifting creative space. She has great taste in everything from makeup to home wears, its one of the blogs I like to check daily whilst having my morning cuppa. If you’re looking for a new lifestyle blog to read you have to add Carrie to your list!

Temporary Secretary

Temporary Secretary

Sarah is utterly gorgeous & has great style – her outfit posts are some of my favourite. Sarah’s style is so fun and on trend. I also love to read her product reviews & have bought so many products from her recommendations. Also look out for her cute pets, they’re adorable.

Keiko Lynn Blog

Keiko Lynn

Was one of the first blogs I ever read, so many years ago. Keiko is a stunner & her life in Brooklyn looks wonderful. She is another blogger with amazing style & always looks gorgeous. I love her Makeup Mondays, Keiko is a pro at applying makeup & does easy to follow step by step guides on how to recreate her looks. If you like fashion, travel & makeup then this is one blog you need in your blog roll!

I’d love to know if you already read any of my favourite blogs or of you have any blogs you love to read. Make sure you click through and show all four ladies some blog love!

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Ready To Wear Makeup Review

Ready To Wear Makeup Ready to Wear Mascara and Eyeliner

I have been using two products from a brand called Ready To Wear Beauty which as of this January is being sold on Ideal World TV. Its an American makeup brand which I had never heard of before. They seem to have quite a selection of natural wearable makeup and I was kindly sent a Mascara and Eyeliner to try out.

Ready To Wear Beauty Precision Eyeliner in black*

This eyeliner has a very fine nib, as the name suggests its really good for achieving that thin & close to the lashes precision liner. I like to wear eyeliner most days but don’t always want a dramatic thick liner look so I tend to use a liner that has a precise nib. I found with this liner that the nib wasn’t quite long enough for me, I prefer a little more length so I can lay it flat along the lash line & almost print on first where I want to draw the line & that was hard to do with a short nib.

I did like how precise the nib was & that it didn’t blunt or go soft. The liner glided on & didn’t drag but I did find the product sunk into the wrinkles / creases on my eyelid (so it didn’t sit very well). If you go back over with the liner a few times it helps but if this is meant to be a ‘Ready To Wear’ eyeliner I would have liked it to apply a little better first time round.

Also I wouldn’t say this eyeliner was an intense black, if like me you like your liner to be jet black this isn’t for you. It does last all day without transferring or smudging so thats a plus. I just wasn’t won over by the liner, it has a few great things about it but it just didn’t sit very well on my eyelids & the colour wasn’t black enough for me.

Ready To Wear Beauty

Ready To Wear Mascara*

This is perfect for achieving natural fluttery eyelashes. This isn’t a mascara that will make your lashes look fake or give them length but it does coat each individual lash and gives the illusion you have thicker lashes. Its quite a wet formula and it doesn’t clump or flake throughout the day and you don’t get crispy lashes. It was also good at holding a curl which I really liked.

The wand was quite big & picked up every lash, it was easy to work right down to the bed of the lashes. I have really enjoyed using this & its been in my makeup bag for a few weeks now. So if you’re looking for a black mascara that looks quite natural & which you can wear on a daily basis this is a winner.

No eye makeup

With no eye makeup other than a touch of cream eyeshadow & in the after photos below I have the eyeliner & mascara on. I need to get better at perfecting my cat eye flicks.

With eyeliner & mascaraReady to wear eye makeup

So I loved the Ready To Wear Beauty mascara but I would say to give the eyeliner a miss unless you have youthful eyelids with no creasing or wrinkles. Let me know if you’ve heard of this brand or have tried anything from them. I would love to hear your recommendations.

I have my eye on their lipstick trio and think the colours look subtle & pretty. Right up my street.

Ready To Wear Beauty is available to purchase online from idealworld.tv

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.