Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Percy & Reed No Oil Oil (oil)

One of my friends used to work for a famous consumer magazine and, like many journalists, is not the richest person. So, for my birthday, she gave me a big bag of beauty press samples that she'd saved up. This was actually better than any present she could have afforded to buy as I got to try a whole range of great brands that I normally wouldn't pick up. Among the products was this Percy & Reed No Oil Oil.

Percy & Reed No Oil Oil (R.R.P £14)

It took months before I actually got round to trying it as it got lost in the depth of my bathroom cupboard. However, when the serum I normally use ran out, I rediscovered it and decided to give it a go. I find about two pumps is more than enough to condition the ends of your hair and I am a total convert! I have long hair so it's important for me to make sure I keep split ends to a minimum. This is actually the 'fine hair' version and I most definitely have thick hair but it still works amazingly. I'd like to know what the difference is actually, so if you know, let me know!

My hair is looking really healthy at the moment and I'd like to think this hair oil has something to do with it.

Have you tried any hair serums recently that you want to shout about? Comment below!

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

French beauty products from Yves Rocher

Hi everyone!

So a couple of months ago I found myself in the city of Nantes in France on my own. To cut a long story short, I started a summer job, terminated the contract early and was then stuck there for a week and a half with nothing to do while I waited for the other half to arrive (he had already bought very expensive plane tickets). It was not ideal and cost me a lot of money on hotels and just generally entertaining myself.

Luckily I meant a lovely girl called Lucy and we wondered aimlessly round Nantes together. On our travels, we developed a small obsession with the French botanical beauty brand Yves Rocher. I guess it's like the French equivalent of Body Shop in the UK except Body Shop is more expensive there and Yves Rocher is more expensive here.

Two of my favourite products from the Yves Rocher range are the almond moisturising lotion and the hydrating toner. The moisturising lotion smells absolutely divine and, despite having quite a creamy consistency, actually rubs in really quickly and easily. It also lasts forever as you only need a small blob to moisturise an entire leg.

The toner is even better. It's rare for me to find a product which is genuinely refreshing and moisturising at the same time, but this ticks all the right boxes. It smells gorgeously fresh, feels cool against the skin, but also leaves it feeling pampered and hydrated. This hydrated feeling also means that you need to use less moisturiser which is always a plus for me as my skin is quite naturally oily.

Yves Rocher Nourishing Lotion 3 in 1. R.R.P £9.90

Yves Rocher Hydrating Toner. R.R.P £8.50

As I mentioned earlier, unfortunately Yves Rocher is more expensive for us Brits. However, the good news is that they offer free delivery on all orders over £25 on their website ( I will definitely be trying out some more products come pay day.

Have you tried any other Yves Rocher products before which you would recommend? Or know any other beauty brands which are not widely sold in the UK but which are worth checking out? Let me know in the comments below!

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