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My hair has changed a lot over the last few years, it used to be a vibrant red however as I have gotten older it has darkened into a red/brown mix, which I love, but I do miss the good old days sometimes.

About two months ago I took 3 inches off of my hair, mainly because I hadn’t had it cut in ages and it looked crap but also to switch things up a bit. Now it is about 2 inches past my shoulders and it looks so much bouncier, healthier and easier to manage.

While a good haircut is key for good hair maintenance, the products that you use are extremely important and it has definitely taken me a lot of trial and error to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

I usually wash my hair twice a week after a swim and I use a couple of shampoos and conditioners to ensure that it is at it’s healthiest.

I try to only wash my hair after a swim as it ensures that I exercise and it also means that I can wear my conditioner in the steam room to give it some ultra hydration.

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I like to alternate between a nourishing and a clarifying shampoo each wash so I get the best of both worlds per week. For the former, I use Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo which is an absolute dream, it contains olive oil, avocado oil and lemon and is both hydrating and moisturising. A little bit goes a long way with this and it smells absolutely divine, it is an absolute godsend when my hair is a little starved of moisture of has been in the sun for too long.

The other shampoo that I use, and swear by, is Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday which is pretty much my favourite shampoo of all time, you barely need any to create tangle free, ultra squeaky clean hair and a refreshed scalp. It’s a hair’s dream come true in a bottle. As it gets hair so squeaky clean, I wouldn’t recommend using over twice a week (I go for once) as it may strip the natural oils essential for healthy hair.

I’m rarely one for matching my shampoo to my conditioner which is reflected, both conditioners that I use are ultra hydrating and leave my hair feeling delicious. I use Kiehl’s Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Conditioner which completely moisturises hair, it is perfect for holidays and times when you overdo it with the GHDs. It leaves hair feeling light and hydrated and completely rejuvenated.

The second was a Christmas present from my friend Lauren who had given the brand rave reviews and they completely stand. Davines SU Hair Mask is an aftersun nourishing replenishing mask for sun exposed hair and it is amazing! With citrus extract it smells refreshing and revitalises hair, leaving it light and completely nourished. I use this all the time, not just in the sun as it makes my hair so manageable and it’s so nice and shiny. As mentioned earlier, after my swim I go and shampoo and apply conditioner before sitting in the steam room for 10 minute to give my hair the extra boost and time for conditioned to sink in.

Full details for each product can be found by following the links and all are available at the wonderful Liberty.

I’m always on the look our for different products to try so if you have any recommendations, pop them in the box below.

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During a spot of Christmas shopping in Liberty last December I happened upon some bright green bottles of shower gel with an array of the freshest sounding flavours. Naturally I picked up a bottle to try and it has since become my favourite shower gel. Ever.

There are many reasons, besides the great scents, that I love this shower gel. It is very reasonable (£6.50 for 500ml) and a little goes a long way, a bottle will last for three months before showing signs of stopping. It also leaves my skin feeling extremely nourished; Soaper Duper promises at least 93% of naturally derived ingredients with every bottle.

Soaper Duper support WaterAid and Clean the World, both Charities aim to provide better hygiene to the poorest parts of the world where so many people’s lives are threatened by dirty water and bad sanitation.

Soaper Duper’s scents include: lemon (with fresh aloe and lime oil), ginger (with almond and lemon oil), green tuberose (with shea butter and coconut water), vanilla and shea and yuzufruit and fig (with shea butter also). Tuberose is the perfect pick me up in the morning and lemon (my favourite) leaves you feeling so fresh and so clean and is a glorious post workout/sweaty tube home fragrance.

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Next on the list is the ginger and sea salt body scrub because a) it sounds delicious b) I LOVE ginger in anything and c) it’s on offer in Tesco.

 

 

I am one of those people who doesn’t handle the heat too well, in a way this has been blessing in life, I am always well hydrated, loaded with sun cream and stick to the shade. On the other hand, in the Summer months I am usually a sweaty mess; make up during the day is pretty much a no go, so I have to ensure that my pores aren’t clogged with sweat and London air so that I am at least mildly presentable.

As today is the hottest July 1st on record, I thought now would be as good a time as any to tell you my essentials for keeping cool (or a little below boiling).

My favourite choices for sunscreen can be found here.

Kiehl’s Hydro Plumping Re-texturising Serum Concentrate keeps skin hydrated and looking great, it also feels incredibly cool on the skin when applied in the morning and evening which is ideal in this weather.

I always keep a bottle of Aloe Vera lotion in the fridge, not only is it a lifesaver for sunburn but it also helps you cool down after a shower and has a very refreshing smell. You can buy it for around £5 in Boots and it lasts for ages.

When it comes to make up I keep it minimal as chances are it won’t stay on for long so I use a Nars Radiance Enhancing Primer with SPF which gives my skin a nice pearlescent glow and then Benefit’s The Porefessional which covers shine like an absolute boss.

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I try not to vary my skincare routine too much as I don’t want to put my skin through too much change. I keep my hair up as much as possible and try and wear an airy shirt as well as the obvious sticking to the shade and drinking A LOT of water.

In this area, all tips are welcome so please feel free to leave them in the comments.

The skin is our biggest organ and it is no secret that I love looking after mine. I’ve written previously on the importance of SPF for protecting our skin and I here are a few of the products that I absolutely adore and use to keep my skin soft, clear and hydrated.

Face.

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Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub is one of my all time favourite face cleansers, I use it every three days (when I don’t use this I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser). It is an amazing scrub, it exfoliates without being too harsh on the face and it smells delicious, I always enjoy using this product and my skin feels smooth afterwards.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream really does live up to it’s cult status, not only does it keep skin hydrated, I have used it in the past as a primer, on my lips, on my hands and it is wonderful. It has quite a thick consistency which I really prefer, it feels more like skin food. With SPF 15 it is also a great protectant.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is an amazing product, I put this on before bed religiously and wake up with the softest most supple feeling skin, it is one of those products that I will use for the rest of my life. Not only does it make skin feel amazing and look younger, just three drops of this repairs skin using essential oils which are also very relaxing before bedtime.

Body.

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Elemis Body Brush is relatively new to my routine however I have already seen the changes, my circulation is better and my skin is looking a lot better by using this everyday before getting in the shower, the benefits also help me feel more awake in the morning which is perfect when I’m feeling groggy.

Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Scrub is hands down the best scrub I have ever used, it is full of nutrients which enhance skin while exfoliating and skin looks and feels amazing after using this product. It smells divine and is pretty cheap, there really isn’t any excuse not to se this wonder-product.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is the brand’s signature product and it is no surprise, this moisturiser is nourishing, smoothing and smells bloody good, a little always goes a long way and there is nothing like getting out of the shower and putting this on. There are quite a few iterations of this cult product, their whipped soy butter is pretty amazing however the original is a product I will be using forever.

Everything else.

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Egyptian Magic Cream is a multipurpose miracle balm which can be used to moisturise, soothe and heal, my favourite uses include relieving sun burn and wearing with gloves or socks overnight for completely moisturised hands and feet.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is my favourite hand cream, I use it all day everyday and it keeps my hands in check year round including the coldest of winter days, it kees my skin hydrated and completely protecting.

Aveda Lip Saver truly saved my lips, it is the perfect lip balm, is it nourishing, healing, lasts for ages and has a fresh zesty aroma. It is the perfect medicine for chapped lips, also being non addictive, your lips won’t completely dry out if you don’t apply it religiously.

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RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream is an absolute miracle. I know you may already be bored of hearing about coconut cream but this is my current favourite product, I am completely in love! I use this product to moisturise, cleanse and much more, my two favourite uses are make up removal (it revolutionised the way I take off eye make up) and as a mask in a hot bath (I apply liberally all over my face and let it sink in for 30 minutes). This product is all natural and will leave skin feeling and looking amazing.

These are just a few of my favourite products which is an ever evolving list, do you use any of these products or can you top them?

Next I am looking for a brightening moisturiser so any recommendations would be fabulous.

As a redhead with very pale skin, I have always had to be extra aware of the importance of SPF, yes I am one of those people who got sunburnt while skiing in the past.

While it is a common preconception that SPF is only needed when the sun is shining, it is important to protect your skin any time you are outside. This protection can prevent sun damage, ageing skin and even skin cancer.

Even if wearing sun cream everyday isn’t your thing, there are many things you can wear with SPF; lip balm, make up, moisturiser and eye cream. Before I leave the house each day I ensure that I’m wearing some form of sun protection and here are a few of my favourites.

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From left to right:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser- Illuminating Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Not only does this provide amazing coverage and last all day, it also has SPF ensuring year round protection.

Sol de Janeiro Posto Protect 30. This has got to be my all time favourite sun cream, it is an oil based spray with staying power, it also smells like starfruit which is delicious, it is out of stock everywhere so I can’t quite tell if it’s being discontinued but if you ever spot it then I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle or three.

Nars Pro Prime Optimising Primer SPF 15++. This is the perfect make up base, it ensures that your skin is luminous and it’s so lightweight that it feels as though you are putting face make up directly only the skin. It’s also perfect as you are already sun protected before make up.

Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray UVA/ UVB 30. This oil spray drys in an instant and is enriched with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Nyamplung Oil which leaves skin nourished and protected, it even works on hair.

Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector for Face SPF 50. This lightweight formula is high protection sun screen, it is oil free which is perfect for the face. In Kiehl’s fashion it also keeps the skin throughly hydrated.

I’m always on the lookout for new sun protecting finds so let me know what your favourites are.