Project 10 Pan

6 comments

I've been a bit of a naughty blogger lately with my terribly long and busy days but the start of March brings lots more goodies for your reading pleasure, starting prematurely with...

 

I love the whole notion of the Spring Clean.

It's a chance to rearrange and reorganise your wardrobe, room and beauty collection, and what better way to approach that mountain than with a simple Project 10 Pan. There are lots of interpretations of this, I think the name originated with Laura aka Lollipop26 back in the day when she Youtubed, but my self-imposed rules are:

1. Choose 10 products you're not in love with but want to use up.

2. Stop yourself from buying more products until you've "hit pan" on those 10 products.

Simple.

My items originate from having upgraded to higher end products (oops..) but I hate to be wasteful so need to use them up. And here they are:


1. V05 Hot Oil Treatments: These are really not bad for the price, but at the moment I can't get enough of L'Oreal Elvive's Fibrology Masque (full range review here) and the Macadamia range.

2. Boots Botanics Ultra Calm Serum: Another good product, very soothing, moisturising and hydrating but I've lent towards the Laneige Water Bank Serum (review here) which is just too good to resist.

3. E45 Dry Scalp Shampoo: I can't say that this lived up to expectations but as my scalp has been feeling irksome in all this changeable weather, it's a good time to use it up.

4. John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum: This is a "re-find". It spent a good time in the drawer but thanks to Project 10 Pan, I've rekindled my love for it.

5. The Body Shop Aloe Vera Toner: I really want to use this up so I can allow myself the Pixi Glow Tonic! I've been stopping myself from buying it for ages and the temptation is becoming too much!

6. The Body Shop Vit E Lotion: I don't like this for my face but it makes for a decent hand cream.

7. Garnier Wake Me Up Moisture Match: A good gel-texture for those who don't like the feeling of heavy creams on their face, this lotion has become somewhat redundant and lost amongst my rapidly growing collection. A current fave is Moisturix (review here) Time to bring it to the fore and use it up.

8. and 9. The Body Shop Seaweed Day Cream and Facial Wash: I like something more rich and emollient as a cleanser (or Bioderma of course, review here) and the day cream has unfortunately fallen foul of the same fate as Garnier's moisturiser.

10. Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads: These smell very strong. Is my major observation. And I have since picked up the Nip and Fab Glycolic Pads, on which a review shall be coming up shortly!

Let's hope I can get through these at a timely rate so I can buy lots more things! to clear some space in my house!

A Week In The Life Of #2

5 comments


A potentially uneventful week with sprinklings of excitement. Here are some things I've been up to:


1. Lunch at Sakura, Mayfair. It's so unassuming but I love this place. Fresh, delicious food and preposterously good value. I got the Sakura Set Menu (aka that great big tray in the foreground!) for around £20.

2. Treated myself to a Krispy Kreme oops. But I counteracted that bad deed by getting a box for my friend who can't get hold of them! Poor soul. I don't know how she lives!

3. I've been loving using the L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology range (review here with Before and After's!) My hair feels spritely, resilient and full of body.

4. Found this on 'colour_me_creative''s Instagram. I wish I could draw like that! I'd give myself some amazing henna.

5. Popped into Anthropologie. I loveee the store, it's always so eclectic and beautifully dressed. Their Crisantemo dress took my fancy...

6. ...and this Celeste Wrap ring.

7. After parading around Covent Garden in search of somewhere we fancied, we settled for a super-casual mealtime jolly at Fire & Stone out of 'imminent starvation'. We got the Bruschetta, Arancini and Mushroom Strips before pizzas (I got the San Sebastian) and were pleasantly surprised with the fare! I'm not generally a fan of pizza chains (well, namely Pizza Express) but I'd recommend this place; delicious and super inexpensive.

8. My best friend got engaged and I'm Maid of Honour! I could not be more proud of her! These are just some flowers she received as I don't think she's told everyone everything yet and I don't want to spoil anything!

9. Out for a country run (okok, jog at the most..) and almost literally ran into these 3! The joys of the Surrey countryside, there's always something to see!

Weight Loss Journey: Week 6 Update

6 comments



Today, instead of a recipe, I thought I'd do my first, all-encompassing update on my weight loss journey to date. Slightly rambly but a lot more personal.
I started exactly 6 weeks ago and although I've eaten out a lot, had copious amounts of naughty food, and eaten so well it hardly feels like a 'diet' at all, as of this morning, I've lost a good few inches and a nice, steady 3lbs a week or 18 lbs! 

I actually think it's much more helpful to go by what body percentage you've lost rather than numerical pounds, as losing 1lb if you're 300lbs or 140lbs, although both an achievement, are quite different things. I'm not (yet) going to share with you my %'s but I'm very happy with them! Maybe once I'm at or near my target weight I'll do one great big post with all the numbers and methods of diet and exercise I used to lose the weight! (Do comment below if you'd like to see that)

One of the things I've struggled with most are my own expectations. I used to be the crash-diet-girl, to the point where I'd lie about what I'd eaten and worry my friends silly with my ridiculous and unhealthy weight loss methods. But however unhealthy, they worked. I dropped weight fast (quite possibly to the detriment of my health!) and as this is the first time I haven't crash dieted, I'm getting frustrated with how comparatively slowly I'm losing the weight! I just keep having to tell myself that losing weight quickly is extremely bad for you. In fact I'll show you.


This is me practising makeup for an event. At the time I thought "Excellent, I've lost x lbs!" But looking back,  even with a full face of makeup on, I just look tired in the eyes and a bit ill. And not to mention, not even that thin.

Looking weight too quickly makes you eat into muscle, you dehydrate yourself, you put pressure on your organs and for the vain among us, there's a good chance you'll end up with loose skin, if you have more than a little weight to lose; which for me at least, would be disastrous. I think, if I'm honest, it's vanity and fear that are keeping me from succumbing to my old crash diet ways. And I'm ok with that! It's about utilising whatever you have in your arsenal and making it work for you.

Here are some things I have eaten: (omitting the naughty things, I couldn't face recording the evidence in high resolution!)


 Chicken, mushroom and broccoli rice pot: Ping Pong Soho



Figs, brie and parma ham on toasted sourdough



Sunset plums



Smoked salmon and avocado on toasted pumpkin seed bread



California hand roll: Yo Sushi



Pulled ham hock, chilli and ACV dressing on a chopped salad



Charred chicken breast with roasty garlic mushrooms, broccoli and peas



Graze Box: yum!



Berry smoothie 


And here is the most adorable idea and one that I shall be pinching:

1
1 2 3 4
I'm going to fill mine with little glass pebbles but you can use anything; shells, marbles, corks, pegs, sticks etc.
And be creative with the labelling! I love these Jabba the flab to bikini body and Baggy black sack to bikini ideas!

Q&A with a Skincare Expert

5 comments

Skincare can be overwhelming at the best of times. Add in the daily bombardment we receive from the media in the forms of skewed marketing and photoshopped images and it's no wonder we can feel a bit lost and confused!

I've been ever so lucky lately to be able to speak to a dedicated skincare professional, and quiz her about many of our skincare woes!

Doesn't her skin look incredible?


Dr. Vanita Rattan, Consultant Aesthetician, holder of 2 medical degrees, daughter of PharmaClinix founder Shashi Gossain, and head practitioner of a Harley Street clinic, specialises in hyperpigmentation, uneven skin and Fitzpatrick 3-6 skintones, but was kind enough to bestow her years of wisdom and expert advice upon us, now of which I'm pleased to say I can share with you! So let's get going:

How did you get into the beauty/skin industry?

My mother, Shashi Gossain, developed a range of cosmeceuticals called PharmaClinix in 2006 which has since grown to 30 countries worldwide and is sold in over 10,000 retail and beauty outlets. Seeing her enthusiasm and inroads into this sector made me realise that hyperpigmentation treatments for ethnic skins needed more awareness and advice. My own hyperpigmentation during my pregnancy inspired me to start working on this challenging epidemic. Being a medically qualified Doctor also helped me in my research work.

What product are you most proud of in the PharmaClinix range?

I would say that the Lightenex Max Peel (available at Vanita's Harley Street Clinic in London) has been the most difficult and challenging product in our range. The difficulty stems from the fact that Asian and darker skin types often respond badly and unpredictably to acids which are necessary for effective exfoliation.

What is hyperpigmentation (uneven skintone) and why are Asian/Darker skins more susceptible to it?

Hyperpigmentation is a condition where more pigment (melanin) is produced in specific patches of skin, thereby making this area darker than the surrounding skin.

Asian/darker skins are more susceptible to these patches because they have bigger melanin-producing cells (melanocytes). Due to their size, they are much quicker in producing melanin than those with fair skins.

The Hyperpigmentation Clinic specialises in removing this hyperpigmentation safely and effectively using a Mandelic acid peel which also contains skin brighteners. On average, we reduce hyperpigmentation by between 50-80% in one treatment.

What one skincare item could you not be without?

I would say that a good 24 hour moisturiser with sun protection is essential.
I'm a huge fan of Moisturix (reviewed here) which has an SPF of 25.

What are some key ingredients to look out for in skincare products?

Vitamin C forms: L-Ascorbic acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbly tetra Isopalmitate.
This is because Vitamin C is the first line antioxidant in skin.

Retinoids: Retinaldehyde, Retinol, Retininyl Palmitate.

Skin Brighteners: Kojic acid, Kojic Dipalmitate, Alpha-Arbutin, Beta-Arbutin, Azelaic acid, Phytic acid, Octadecene-Dioic acid, Ferulic acid, Licorice extract, Niacinamide, N-Acetyl Glucosamine.

Exfoliants: Glycolic acid, Mandelic acid.

Anti-inflammatories: Rutin extract, Arnica, Bromelain (found in pineapple and papaya: check out my DIY remedy for this!), Salicylic acid.

Hydrators: Hyaluronic Acid, Urea.

Anti-acne: Dioic acid, Salicylic acid, Niacinamide.

Healing promoters: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane (Silicones)


Should our morning skincare routines differ from our evening ones?

Darker skins must wear sun protection at all times. Any skin brightening/whitening or antioxidants are advisable to be worn during the dark hours. Extra rich creams should be applied at night.

What is the best prevention/cure for spots?

A combination of the anti-acne ingredients as mentioned above. Acnex contains 2% Dioic acid (50 times stronger than Azelaic acid in destroying acne-causing bacteria), 4% Niacinamide (already has USA medicines license called Papulex for inflamed acne) and 2% Salicylic acid (an excellent bactericidal and anti-inflammatory). This particular product is oil free and does not cause irritation.

What are the causes of stretch marks and how can we remove them/improve on their appearance?

Stretch marks are basically tearing of the skin, resulting in the formation of a scar. This usually occurs when the skin is put under tension due to rapid loss or gain of weight e.g pregnancy, puberty or during muscle-building exercises.

Stretch marks can be easily treated when they are red in colour. They respond well to a combination of silicones, peptides, Camelia Sinensis (green tea) extract and antioxidants. These can all be found in Stretchex (on which I have a review coming up; very excited!)

When these red marks become white or silvery, it means that the scars have matured. In this case, derma rolling, laser therapy or carboxy therapy are effective treatments to varying degrees. Personally, I find the results with derma rolling to be the best.

What is the importance of Collagen and Elastin?

Elastin forms 5% of our Dermal Matrix. Collagen is 95% of the scaffolding of your skin. In between these collagen fibres lies the Hyaluronic acid, which is a powerful humectant (water-binding) molecule. The tightness and firmness of skin comes from the turgidity of this water-filled space between the collagen fibres. Elastic's function is to stretch the skin without tearing. Using a combination of silicones, polypeptides, antioxidants and Camelia Sinensis extract would prevent this tearing.

What is your skincare routine?

In the morning, I wash my face with Lightenex Face Scrub and Wash, which is a gentle wash which exfoliates and polishes with skin whitening/brightening beads.
I then apply Moisturix, an all day moisturiser with sun protection.
At night, I wash my face with hypoallergenic cleanser followed by Anti-Agex Serum and Lightenex Gold Cream on alternating nights.

What at-home remedies do you recommend for those on a budget?

Make sure that the body is always well moisturised and hydrated. The easiest way to check this is by making your urine is always white/clear not yellow; your kidneys are the water gauge of your body, if your urine is yellow then your kidneys are conserving water which is a sign of dehydration.

I'd also recommend stopping smoking, drink alcohol moderately and drink plenty of water. It's also important to exercise at least 3 times a week so you'll sleep well.

Any oral supplement of vitamins is useless as it does not reach the skin in high enough concentrations to make any difference. Instead, freshly squeezed orange juice will give 5% L-ascorbic acid to skin, to help collagen growth and clear acne and sunspots.

What beauty philosophies do you live by?

You only have one skin. It is the largest organ of your body so take care of it and don't do things to age it prematurely. Also, follow a regular skincare regime religiously!


Thank you so much to Vanita for letting me share her expert knowledge, I hope everyone finds this as useful as I did!







Even Healthier Sushi | Kimbab : wlw #5

4 comments


I. Love. Sushi. 

And it's Korean cousin Gimbab/Kimbab possibly even more so, which has less of the raw fish, more of the multitude of vegetables and meats. The girls and I went out for sushi last week and I've been craving it again, so I decided to rustle some up last night, the recipe and know-how of which I shall now share with you!



Both sushi and gimbab are pretty healthy already but brown rice, raw veggies and avocado up the health-credentials without even hinting 'diet food'. This recipe involves a fair amount of prep, or mise en place, and has what looks like a very long of ingredients, but such little cooking that it's more of an assembly than a recipe. I like to make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for snaffling later, it'll last a couple of days.

For the rice/outer, you will need:

♥ Sushi seaweed (Nori in Japanese, Gim in Korean; this comes in sheets and is readily available)
♥ 100g each of brown and sticky white rice. (I'm using Korean sticky white rice and Tilda's microwave wholegrain basmati: if you use all brown, it'll fall apart!)
♥ A teaspoon of sesame oil, vinegar (any vinegar will do, I'm using cold pressed Apple Cider Vinegar) and toasted sesame seeds. (If at all possible, get the brown ones as they taste nicer! If not don't worry, you can get white sesame seeds anywhere.)

The fillings are totally up to you, and you can really add whatever you feel like in whatever quantity you like - its more by eye than measured. I'll be doing a California Hand Roll in the style of Yo Sushi and a traditional Korean Vegetarian Gimbab.

For the California Hand Roll, you will need: 

♥ Sliced avocado
♥ Around 6-7 seafood sticks (You can substitute for raw salmon or tuna but make sure it's super fresh)
♥ A tablespoon of mayonnaise (I'm using Hellmann's Lighter-than-Light to keep the calories down, but Yo Sushi use something like Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise which you can easily pick up)
♥ Pepper for seasoning

For the Vegetable Gimbab, you will need:



♥ A small carrot
♥ A 6cm section of cucumber
♥ Pickled daikon radish (If you can't get this, I'll share some alternatives down below)
♥ 1 or 2 medium eggs
♥ A handful of spinach
♥ Toasted sesame seeds
♥ A dash of soy sauce and sesame oil

Ok, I know that seems long but bear with me! After you've got everything together, the cooking is easy. 

Let's start off with the rice.

Toast off your sesame seeds (around a tablespoon in total) in a dry pan until they start to pop and jump about, empty out into a pestle and mortar and give them a little grind to release the oils and flavour.

Cook your rice according to the instructions, tip out into a bowl and leave to cool. Add the vinegar, sesame oil and around a tsp of the sesame seeds to the rice, mix and set aside: rice done.


For the gimbab, blanch the spinach for a few seconds, drain off the water and add a dash of sesame oil, soy sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. 
Julienne the cucumber, carrot and daikon, ideally, as thin as you can but realistically, whatever you can do! If you can't get hold of daikon, you can make your own pickle by adding the cucumber or carrot into a mixture of vinegar, sugar and a little salt. Alternatively, you can use little baby cornichons.



Whisk up the egg and dry fry in a nonstick pan on a medium hear for minimal colour. Roll it up and slice into little strips.


For the california hand roll, cut each seafood stick in half, shred, mix with the mayonnaise and season with pepper. Slice up the avocado. 

And that's the cooking and prep all done, time to make some sushi!




If you're making traditional sushi (a maki roll), you'll most probably need a sushi rolling mat. Arrange your ingredients like the above photo, roll and slice!

If you don't have a sushi mat, hand rolls are perfect.


Take a sheet of seaweed and cut into two. Spread a thin layer of rice onto the right half and lay on the filling diagonally, from the center to top right corner. (Crucial that you do it in this arrangement for it all to roll up nicely!)
Take the bottom corner and fold up and across, then carry on rolling round until you get a cone shape.

And ta-da!
I served mine with a kelp and courgette broth and some soy sauce for dipping. At around 400 calories for 2 handrolls and a maki roll, this delicious, healthy sushi is full of wholesome, antioxidant-filled ingredients that really hit the spot!


My Go-To Beauty Bargain

14 comments


Everybody is on the hunt for that elusive, miracle beauty product.

Although I haven't come yet come across it, this less-than-£10 jar of natural, untainted magic is the best beauty secret I've managed not to keep...

I've been using unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil for around a year in many different ways; it's definitely the most multi-purpose beauty product I can think of and works exceptionally in all the areas I've tried it.



Uses, Benefits and How I Use It

 Hair mask: Coconut oil is glorious for your hair. I sweep it onto my mid-lengths and ends and leave it from anything between 30 minutes and overnight before washing it out. The results? Lustrous, "touchably soft" hair that L'Oreal adverts speak of. And no chemicals; 100% natural and good for you.

 Scalp mask: It might seem counterintuitive to rub oil into your scalp but coconut oil makes for an amazing scalp treatment and encourages healthy hair growth. I massage it in when my scalp is feeling dry and irksome and it works wonders.

 Moisturiser: This is my latest favourite. After a relaxing, hot bath, I use coconut oil as a body moisturiser and it keeps my skin so plump and baby soft. It's less viscous than other oils so absorbs readily. If you've got dry or troublesome patches, coconut oil really moisturises and soothes.

 Makeup remover: If you've heard about using olive oil to remove mascara, it's the same principle. I often wear devilishly stubborn waterproof mascara and a sweep of coconut oil melts it clean away with no irritation to the eye.

 Diet: It's an amazing oil to cook with and eat raw. The high smoke point means it's much more stable for cooking at high temperatures, and therefore better for your body. You can use it for salad dressings, mixing into smoothies or just eat it off the spoon. It's a Miranda Kerr favourite and who wouldn't want to look like her?!
Healthy fats are an essential component of good skin, healthy brain function and, providing you're sensible with exercise and what you're eating, can go a long way to help you lose weight. 

What I love most about it? 

Not only is it one of the best things I've tried for my skin, hair, scalp etc, but it's 100% natural. I know I'm not smearing on cheap chemicals that might even exacerbate any problems!

It's a fail safe winner of the beauty world.

Low-cal Chilli Chicken Wraps | Weight Loss Wednesdays 4

10 comments

If you're trying to eat more healthily and shift some pounds, lowcal-but-you-wouldn't-know-it food is the best kind.

These wraps come in at under 400 calories yet hit all the right spots, they're full of goodness and a great dish to rustle up when in need of impressing friends (or a date!) with some healthy, streetfood-style finger food. 
My healthy Girly Slaw would be a great accompaniment!



If you'd like to make your own, here's what you will need: (serves 2)

2 chicken breasts, sliced into long strips
1-2 tsps honey
1 tsp oil of choice (you can see my favourite below!)
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp chilli paste
1-2 tsps harissa paste
0% fat greek yoghurt (I like Total)
A squeeze of lemon
Half an avocado
A bunch of rocket
Half a red and yellow pepper, thinly sliced
A handful of small tomatoes (I'm using baby plum)
Wholewheat tortilla wraps
Sea salt and black pepper
Bicarb of soda (Baking soda)

Minimal cooking skills required, the effort predominantly goes into the chicken so let's get started with that!

First of all, to get restaurant-tender chicken, try this simple trick; sprinkle 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda onto your sliced chicken breasts, squidge evenly so all the surface is coated and leave for 10 minutes. Wash the chicken thoroughly to remove any bicarb and pat dry. You can use this for any chicken breast dish to get super tender and delicious chicken!



Pop the chicken into a bowl along with the chilli flakes, honey, chilli paste and oil. (If you're a little afraid of heat, add less at this stage, we'll be tasting and correcting later!)
Mix well, season and leave to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours if you have the time, 30mins-1hour if you don't. 



My favourite oil to use of late is Carotino's Healthier Cooking oil. It's full of antioxidants and has a high smoking point, essentially meaning it won't break down and become unhealthy when you cook with it at high temperatures. Don't be alarmed at it's colour, (it's bright orange!) it tastes of very little. Coconut oil is a good alternative.



With the oven roughly at 200°C (400°F/Gas Mark 6) pop in a few skin-on garlic cloves with a drizzle of oil, in an oven-proof dish, or better still, chop the top off a whole bulb and place cut side up; any you don't use today will make for the best garlic bread in the world!



Intermission: go for a run, indulge in a facemask, phone up a chum

Once the chicken has steeped in it's spicy bath, it's time to get out the griddle. Get your pan smoking hot before laying in your chicken strips. 




Top Tip: Give your chicken a chance to form a nice, charred crust before turning; this combined with a very hot pan will prevent it from sticking too much.
If you have a cast iron griddle pan like me, once the chicken is scored with burnished bar marks, your pan will be equally singed, so transfer your chicken out to a plate and pop a frying pan on a medium heat. 

Add the chicken to the frying pan along with the sliced peppers. Saute for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes, whole. Now's your chance to check if it's hot enough! I like my chicken spicy (the cooling elements will come later) so add 2 tsps of harissa paste, you can add just 1.



Decant into a serving dish and that's all the cooking done. 

For the accompaniments:

Mix a couple of tablespoons of greek yoghurt with a generous squeeze of lemon, sea salt and black pepper.

Take the garlic out of the oven; it should be suitably soft and roasted.

Slice your avocado.

Gather together the rocket and wraps.

To serve:

Squeeze out and spread a garlic clove onto a wrap, top with the yoghurt 'dressing', chicken ensemble, slices of avocado and rocket. Wrap up and tuck in!





The idea is that, on their own, the chicken should be a little too hot, the fire-extinguisher yoghurt a little too sharp, the avocado perfectly natural and voluptuous, and that everybody dives in and helps themselves; a simple, sociable affair of a supper. 
(And healthy too. But shh, that's a secret!) 






January Favourites 2014

8 comments

This month has oddly been full of products that are reappearing into my daily collection, a somewhat remembering of old favourites!


John Frieda Frizz-Ease: I did have a spell of trying to go completely natural with my hair, including sulphate-free shampoos and silicone-free conditioners, but my hair craved silicones and tangled up into a hot mess! This serum (I have the extra strength version) is full of the stuff and smoothes everything out deliciously.

Stella McCartney Stella: I have 3 signature scents and Stella is one of them. It's slightly more sultry than my other 2 but I just cannot get enough of the scent! This 30ml limited edition bottle is a great size, completely handbag-friendly.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact: The best setting powder in my opinion. It's been a bit lost in my collection but this month has proudly made it's way to the forefront. It's incredible fine and wears beautifully, without a hint of visible 'powderiness'. I use this for evening looks when I'd like to keep shine at bay.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream: The Advanced Night Repair serum is glorious, and I think everyone knows it! The eye cream is no less wonderful, the serum-gel texture is a dream to sweep effortlessly under the eye as part of my night time skin routine.

PharmaClinix Moisturix (review here): I have been using this product daily, especially for my runs, and I have barely made a dent! The sumptuous, buttery moisturiser makes my skin feel beautiful in the harsh spring air and is complete with SPF 25, what more could a girl want?




L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Review | Before and After

13 comments

Can a bottle really give you thicker hair than nature meant you to have?

L'Oreal certainly seem to think so, with their latest Elvive release.  

Today's post is the follow up to my L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Review Part 1 so click on the link for a first glance and explanation of the collection if you haven't already had a read!


And now onto results. 

The burning question on everybodys' lips: Does it work???

My hair.

My hair is of a fine-medium texture, is relatively long (below the bust), has a slight wave which intensifies the greasier it gets (typical!) and is pretty much all one layer. Pretty dullsville at the moment (I'm due a trip to the salon) but arguably a good base to try a range like this.

What I did.

On the wash before using the Fibrology range, I washed my hair using Pantene's Clarifying Shampoo to rid my hair of any product residue and get it into a clean, 'empty' state, ready to test the range. (I borrowed this at a friend's house and have been hooked ever since, I use it maybe once or twice a month and find it much better than any high-end clarifying shampoo!) No conditioner or products as the silicones can act as a barrier.

On the wash before using the Fibrology range, I washed my hair using Pantene's Clarifying Shampoo to rid my hair of any product residue and get it into a clean, 'empty' state, ready to test the range. (I borrowed this at a friend's house and have been hooked ever since, I use it maybe once or twice a month and find it much better than any high-end clarifying shampoo!) No conditioner or products as the silicones can act as a barrier.

Here's how my hair looks straight after, once it had air-dryed. You can see the fluffiness/frizziness of my hair, it's flyaway nature and how wispy and thin each strand can look.



I followed the instructions on the bottles to the letter, for the purpose of this trial, starting first with a dime sized amount of shampoo and massaging that into my scalp before rinsing. I followed up the shampoo with the same size of conditioner, worked that through my hair before rinsing again. I then applied the masque, which I left for 3 minutes before rinsing out. 
All the products up to here are dense, viscous and creamy in texture, but wash out easily and have a light, pleasant scent reminiscent of beauty products, berries and pear drops. 
The serum can be used on wet or dry hair so I waited until my hair was 80% dry before applying the serum through my lengths and ends. It's texture is of a runny, light-weight silicone that doesn't weigh the hair down.

Here's what my hair looks like 100% dry. It feels a lot softer and, although it doesn't look it, feels a little bit thicker.




And here's what my hair looks like having repeated this routine on 2 more occasions, a couple of days since it's last wash to allow for some waves to develop. Granted, my hair has more wave to it but I feel like the strands look a little more coarse??



Conclusions.

My results were by no means the miracle-1-time-fix (it's not going to make your ponytail thicker and I'm not all that sure it's even too visible) that I was naively hoping for but I'm so pleased to say that my hair does feel thicker! 

I can't recommend the shampoo. It's full of sulphates and I'm sure it's doing my hair and scalp no good. I'm going to be keeping mine to rotate with the Pantene and use it as a clarifying shampoo.

The conditioner is (the dreaded) 'nice'. It doesn't feel like anything special in the shower but I imagine any thickening effects come from using all the products together so I guess it plays it part!

The masque I love. It's extremely thick and gel-like in texture and wrestles my tangle-y locks into submission. If your hair, too, tangles at the first contact of air, you'll love this. Having looked at the ingredients, I can't say I'm convinced of all the "nourishing" it claims to be doing, but it's an extremely good detangling-smoothing-softening mask at the very least!

The serum I also love. It's the much lighter cousin of John Frieda's coveted Frizz-Ease, and smoothes my hair without making it look or feel greasy.

Overall? 
For such an affordable range, it's worth a shot! If not thicker, you'll be sure to get touchably soft, sumptuous hair. 

And there's every chance you'll get both!

Jennifer x




© Barely There Beauty - A British-Korean Beauty & Lifestyle Blog. Design by MangoBlogs.