Beat the frizz!

Does anybody else get crazy frizzy, fluffy hair this time of year? Not quite Summer, but still not quite Autumn – my hair goes absolutely crayyyy. My hair is naturally wavy, and can sometimes look half-decent without even having to do anything to it, so this time of year means I actually have to make an effort with my hair and do something with it.

I have tried so many different shampoos, conditioners and hair products and nothing has seemed to help me beat the frizz. That was until the lovely people over at John Frieda sent me some of their Frizz-Ease range. At first, I did think that it’d be the same as other products I have tried in the past so I didn’t have massively high expectations, but I was so, so pleasantly surprised!

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There was a pre-wash treatment that I put on my hair before I shampooed and conditioned. I apply the 10 Day Tamer to dry hair, brush it through with my oh-so-trusty Tangle Teezer, and leave it on for about 10 minutes, before jumping in the shower to use the shampoo and conditioner.

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The shampoo lathers really nicely and makes my hair feel super clean and thoroughly cleansed of any products it had in it previously, which is something I really look for in shampoos. The conditioner is really nourishing, leaves my hair silky soft but without it looking or feeling at all greasy! I love the combination of these together.

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Once I have gotten out of the shower, and towel-dried my hair, I use one pump of the L’Oreal Mythic Oil oil and run it through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair and leave my hair to air-dry. I use this oil religiously, and is amazing at adding a bit of shine to your hair but also really helps with the overall condition of my hair, particularly the ends.

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The combination of all these products really help to tame my hair of any frizz, and has also helped keep it from looking too oily and greasy. I try not to wash my hair too much, but I do have naturally oily hair, and with the help of these products, I manage to get it down to every 2-3 days! I would definitely recommend these products if you are somebody that is prone to a bit of frizz!

That is my transitional hair-care routine, and how I beat the frizz!

Let me know if any of you have tried anything from this range yet!

Disclaimer;

Products marked with a ‘*’ are PR samples, however all opinions are my own.

Shop the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Range here.

Products mentioned;

John Frieda Frizz-Ease 10 day Tamer*

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo*

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Conditioner*

Tangle Teezer

L’Oreal Mythic Oil, Oil

 

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Space NK Haul & First Impressions!

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As most of you know, Jake and I went to Brighton for a couple of days last month to celebrate our five year anniversary.

So, while we were there, it was only right that I went to Space NK. I actually went in twice, once on the first day, and again on the second day to buy the things I was too indecisive to buy the day before. I bought a bit more than I was intending to, but I am super happy with all of my purchases.

So, the first thing I picked up is something I have wanted to try for ages now, but nowhere near me stocks it and I didn’t want to just risk it and guess my shade. This is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. Everybody has been raving about it, so I couldn’t wait to finally get my hands on it and try it out. There was a Makeup Artist from Laura Mercier in store this day, and I’m sure his name was Hugo and he was super nice! He matched me up to the right shade, told me the best ways to apply this and how to make it last the longest. Is there anything better than good customer service? Anyway, on to the actual product.. this creates the perfect base, especially for the warmer months, plus it has SPF 20! It evens out my skin, giving a lightweight, glowy base which is something I am really into at the moment. I’m not really enjoying using foundation on my skin, so I have been reaching for BB creams, and tinted moisturisers instead and it just seems to be working much better with my skin. So far, I am loving this tinted moisturiser. I find it applies best when I use my fingers, finishing off with a slightly damp beauty blender.

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The next thing is the OUAI Wave Spray. I mentioned this in a recent post about how I achieve messy, beachy waves, here. I wanted to pick up one of the full-sized bottles, but they didn’t sell it, so I picked up the travel-size instead. I have heard such good things about this brand, and I can see why! This product has really helped with the way I style my hair and makes such a difference! I spray it through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair after I have curled it, and it gives it the most gorgeous wavy texture, without leaving it feeling sticky, or crunchy like some others do. And, it smells INCREDIBLE. There a few other things I have my eye on from OUAI, like the Dry Shampoo Foam, Hair Oil and the Texturising Hairspray, so I will definitely pick these up when I can!

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The next few things I went back the next day to pick up because there was so much I wanted to try out but knew I had to be a little bit sensible with my spending! Kiehl’s is a brand I have always wanted to try out, but there aren’t any stores near me that sell it, and I’m one of those people that wants to try out a bit on the back of their hand before they buy it. I picked up the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, the Ultra Facial Cream and the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I won’t ramble on too much about these products, because I’m gonna do a proper review on them in a separate blog post. But just know they’re fab, made huge differences to my skin and I LOVE them all!

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I already know that the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is going to be a firm staple in my evening skincare routine. It has the most gorgeous Lavender scent to it, making it perfect to apply before bed. It isn’t greasy, and I wake up with the most luminous, glowing skin.

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I had conjunctivitis not too long ago, and since then my eyes have been extremely dry and my makeup just hasn’t sat the same under and around my eyes since. That was until I tried the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado – GAME CHANGER.

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The Ultra Facial Cream is the perfect moisturiser to use in the mornings as it keeps my skin so incredibly soft and hydrated all day long, and is the perfect base for primer and makeup. These products have now made me want to try soooo much more from this brand, particularly the Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil, Daily Reviving Concentrate and the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.

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I hope you enjoyed that little haul. Let me know if you have tried any of these products, and what you think of them, also if you have any other recommendations for me?

Meg x

Links and Prices;

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser £34

OUAI Wave Spray Travel Size £10

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate £38

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado £22.50

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream £24.50

 

How To: Messy, Beachy Waves!

Hello everybody!

Recently, I have had my hair chopped. It isn’t massively short, but compared to what it was, and what I’m used to, it was a huge deal for me. I have never really had short hair, but I’ve always wanted longer hair, and as soon as it actually started growing and got to a certain length, I decided it wasn’t really for me. So, I got the chop. And honestly, I do not regret it in the slightest and I even want to go just a teeeeny bit shorter! Whilst I was having my hair cut, I did have the initial thought of, “sh*t, what am I doing?!”. But I could not have been happier with going through with it, and I now wish I had done it sooner! My hair feels much thicker, and in a much better condition. I find my hair much easier to style, and it looks a heck of a lot better too!

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My go-to style for this length hair is loose, beachy, textured waves. When my hair was longer, I achieved this look with my GHD Platinum Copper Luxe straighteners. However, since cutting my hair, I found it more difficult trying to wave my hair with straighteners. I also think that messy, beachy waves look a lot better on shorter hair. I found that when it was longer it still looked very neat, which wasn’t really what I was going for. So, I decided to get a curling wand to make it a bit easier and to get the look that I really wanted to achieve. It took me a while and I did try about 3 different stylers before I bought the GHD Curve Creative Wand. I have only ever used GHD’s, so I don’t know why I didn’t buy these straight away. These curlers are perfect for all hair types and lengths, but I find it to suit the length of my hair perfectly. Once I’ve created this look, it lasts me around 2 or 3 days with the odd touch-up.

Step 1:

The first thing I do when I want to create this look is wash my hair. Recently, I have been using the L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil shampoo and conditioner. This makes hair feel incredibly soft, and makes it look super healthy and shiny. I love these products and they have made such a difference to the quality of my hair and I can’t wait to try out more from the range!

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Step 2:

Next, I towel-dry my hair and spray it with the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Heat Protection spray. I have used Lee Stafford for years and they do some amazing products and I can really tell the difference when I don’t use this! I then partly dry my hair with my Lee Stafford hair dryer. Although, I have had this FOREVER and I am about due for a new one! While my hair is still a bit damp, I spray on some sea salt spray. My favourite is the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray which is incredible, and doesn’t leave any residue or leave my hair feeling all crunchy and stiff, like some others do. This helps give my hair that beachy, fresh out of the sea kinda vibe, which I am totally digging right now. It also makes it a lot easier to curl and helps it to stay in for longer. I find curls never seem to stay in when my hair is freshly washed as it is too soft and silky and the curls just seem to drop out, so this is a life saver!

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Step 3:

Now that my hair is dry, I clip up the top section of my hair. Focusing on the bottom half, I take large sections of hair and wrap it around the curling wand, holding it for 5-8 seconds, leaving out a little bit at the ends to give it a messy, tousled look. Each time I take a section of hair, I wrap it around the wand in different directions. This avoids the hair gathering together in one big curl. When I get to the top section of my hair, I do the same and for the pieces at the front, I curl these away from the face as I feel it gives a bit more structure and frames the face a lot more.

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Step 4:

The last thing I do is run my fingers roughly through my hair. This helps to loosen the curls. I then apply a small amount of the OUAI Wave Spray through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair and this just gives my hair a bit more hold and volume and gives more of a messy, edgy feel to it, which I LOVE. I bought the travel-size bottle of this spray and it has become an absolute staple to my hair routine, so I will definitely be picking up the full-sized bottle!

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And that is how I create loose, beachy waves for shorter hair!

I hope you enjoyed this post. It is my first ‘How To’ post, so let me know what you think and if you would like to see more! I may also do a YouTube video to accompany this post, so again, let me know if this is something you would like to see!

ALSO, thanks to Jake for taking the photos for this blog post even thought it is his least favourite thing to do!

Don’t forget to like this post and follow my blog!

Links below;

L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil Shampoo £11.34

L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil Conditioning Masque £15.15

GHD Curve Creative Wand £120

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Heat Protection Spray £5.99

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray £23

OUAI Wave Spray £22

 

Boots/Superdrug Haul

I didn’t actually intend on buying THAT much to end up with me doing a haul post. My aim was to buy one or two drugstore foundations because I feel like I have so many high-end foundations and not enough drugstore. I also feel like I get stuck in a bit of a rut in terms of foundation, so I wanted to experiment and venture out of my comfort zone a little bit. I ended up buying four, yes, four foundations… amongst other things.

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First of all, I went into Superdrug as I was after the new Bourjois City Radiance foundation. However, Bourjois had a buy one, get one half price, so of course I HAD to buy something else. Because I was purposely after new foundations, I picked up the Air Mat foundation as well. I have heard such great things about Bourjois foundations and I have been trying these out over the last few days and I am really enjoying using them so far.

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Also from Superdrug, I picked up the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette. I wasn’t necessarily looking for one of these, but it looks such good quality and I hadn’t got anything else like it in my makeup collection so I thought I’d give it a try. Makeup Revolution is such an affordable brand and this palette cost just £8! MUR is also supposed to be really good in terms of dupes and cheaper alternatives for more expensive products. I am really impressed with the packaging of this product and from doing several swatches, the powders seem really pigmented!

Now, onto Boots. I wasn’t planning on buying any more foundations, BUT, Rimmel had a 2 for £10 and I couldn’t resist. I knew the formulas of these foundations had been improved and I have heard amazing things from both of these products so naturally, I wanted to try them out. The foundations I picked up were the Lasting Finish and the Match Perfection. The Lasting Finish has a much higher coverage and the Match Perfection’s coverage is a lot lighter, so I thought it would be good to get both as they are completely different formulas. Both of these foundations have SPF 20 (bonus!), and I got them both in the shade 100 Ivory.

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The next thing was a repurchase. This is the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer in the shade Light. This is so similar to the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, however the L’Oreal version has slightly more coverage, but also works lovely as highlighter. If you don’t want to splash out on the YSL version, I would definitely recommend this as a cheaper alternative! I tend to use this to brighten up my under eyes and to highlight the tops of my cheeks.

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Something else I didn’t need, nor was I looking for, but I came across the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit. Seventeen isn’t really a brand that I have thought of or paid too much attention to before, but as I was looking at the stand, they seem to have some really lovely products that are so affordable! This product caught my eye in particular as the packaging looked luxurious and the compact appeared very NARS-like as did the inside of it. It has a big mirror and the powders look really good quality and seem to be quite finely milled so they wont appear too heavy when applied to the skin. I also like the fact that the highlighter is matte as opposed to shimmer, which I do prefer. I got this in the lighter shade.

I have never really been a massive fan of lip gloss. I just find that so many of them are sticky and uncomfortable. However, my friend recommended these two to try. The darker shade (401 Amen) is matte and the lighter shade (103 Protest Queen) gives a creamy, satin finish. Both of these products are so comfortable on the lips and the lighter shade looks great alone or on top of nude lipsticks!

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On to hair products. I have seen these products all over YouTube and other blogs and I was dying to try it out! This is the new Tresemmé Beauty-Full range. The thing that intrigued me about this, is that you condition before you shampoo. The idea of this is that it keeps all of the volume in your hair and doesn’t weigh it down; step 1 is the Pre-Wash Conditioner and step 2 is Shampoo. I am so excited to start using this and it was buy one, get one free!

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That is everything from my Boots/Superdrug Haul. Let me know if you have tried any of these products or if you can recommend anything you think I would like!

Links and prices below;

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation £9.99

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation £9.99

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette £8

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation £7.99

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation £7.99

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer £8.49

Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit £5.99

L’Oreal Lipgloss’ £6.99

Tresemme Beauty Full Pre-Conditioner £4.99

Tresemme Beauty Full Shampoo £4.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Favourites

I cannot believe that we are in 2016 already, 2015 has absolutely flown by!

So, here are the things that I have been loving throughout 2015.

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First, is something that I have been using every single day for about 6 weeks. This is the L’Oreal Infallible 24H Foundation. This is a medium to full coverage foundation and blends beautifully. The pigmentation is great and it really does last all day! I find that I don’t have to powder as much when I use this foundation and I think it is a really good, cheaper alternative to NARS Sheer Glow. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!

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My next favourite is something that goes alongside the L’Oreal Infallible Foundation, and this is the L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer. I have only been using this for a week or so, but it is such an amazing product that I had to include it! I find it really hard to find a product that helps control oil and shine, and this is absolutely does the trick! You only need to apply a small amount; a little really does go along way!

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Something else that I have only been using for around a week, is the Liz Earle Radiant Skin Classics gift set. This gift set includes the oh-so-famous Cleanse and Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer and the Superskin Moisturiser. I have been using the Cleanse and Polish every night to remove my makeup and to freshen up my skin in the mornings, and even after a week, I can honestly say that I can notice the difference. It leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated and this has now become a staple in my everyday skincare routine and I will 100% be repurchasing! I don’t know how I ever managed without it! The Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer is also amazing; this really wakes up your skin and makes you feel refreshed and awake. The Superskin Moisturiser has become my go-to moisturiser. I really struggle finding a moisturiser that I like and that suits my skin, and I have finally found it! I have been using this morning and evening and along with the other two products, it has a very fresh and refreshing, almost minty scent to it. I will most definitely be repurchasing all of these products!

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Another thing that I have been loving this month is the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner. I have used this before and loved it, but it seemed to have lost its way among the many other eyeliners that I have. This eyeliner is so easy to use and is very pigmented; a lot of eyeliners tend to fade and lose their colour but this one stays the same throughout the day. As you have probably already guessed by the name of the eyeliner, its main purpose is for the cat-eye look. This is something that all girls have struggled with at some point (if you haven’t, you’re lying) and this product just makes the process go a lot smoother and simpler. I find that it doesn’t smudge and lasts me all day. This product is an absolute must!

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Two products that I have been loving are from The Body Shop. These are the Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate and the Nutriganics Smoothing Serum. I have been using these products morning and evening for around 6 weeks now and they have made such a huge difference to my skin. The eye concentrate really moisturises and hydrates around my eyes, reducing the amount of puffiness and making my eyes look a lot more awake. The serum has also helped revitalise the condition of my skin and I use it as a pre-moisturiser. I mainly bought this to help fight the first signs of ageing; I know I am only 18, but I have always been told to start this early! Both of the products are now a staple in my skincare routine and I will be repurchasing these along with other products from the same ranges!

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A lipstick that I have been wearing pretty much everyday for the past month, is Mac’s Velvet Teddy. I love this lipstick as it is a matte shade and it does not dry out lips as some others tend to do. It is a lovely nude shade with a warm, brown undertone to it, making it the perfect colour for the colder months and it goes with almost everything! This has become my go-to lipstick and I am already thinking of buying a back-up!

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I have also been loving the Urban Decay NAKED 2 palette. I have been wearing this palette every day since I bought it around 4 months ago. It has a mixture of matte and shimmer shades, making it perfect for every occasion. The eye shadows are so pigmented and they blend like an absolute dream, lasting all day. I have very recently got the original NAKED palette and I have been loving it so far. I haven’t had chance to try it out as much as I would like, but if NAKED 2 is anything to go by, I am guaranteed to love it!

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I have two hair favourites that have been an absolute saviour to me this year. First of all is OGX. I have tried the majority of their shampoos, conditioners and treatments and I love them all. They all seem to have done wonders to my hair, particularly the Coconut Milk. My second hair favourite is Lee Stafford’s Coco Loco Coconut Mask. This has also helped my hair massively, getting it back to being soft and silky after many years worth of damage. Since using these products, my hair seems to have grown, gotten thicker and the condition of it has improved SO much. I think I will struggle finding other hair brands as good as these.

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The perfumes that I have been loving are Marc Jacob’s Daisy Dream and Paco Rabanne’s Olympea. These are two completely different scents but they are both so goregous! I have already mentioned Daisy Dream in a previous post, but it has such a fresh, floral scent to it without it being to overpowering. Olympea is a much more powerful scent and is very feminine and floral with hints of vanilla, but it is just the right amount. I only just got this perfume but I am obsessed with it, so I had to include it! The packaging to both products are beautiful which makes it even better! And of course, Olympea is rose gold…

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I have never really been that into candles but over the last few months I have become obsessed! There’s just something about having a candle lit during Christmas and Winter that makes is so much warmer and cosier. I have been loving the whole Yankee Candle Christmas Collection and I think I pretty much own the whole lot now! I have three small jars; Sparkling Cinnamon, Cosy by the Fire and Sparkling Snow. And many of the votive sizes, some Christmas, some not; Sunlight on Snow, Cinnamon Stick, Snowflake Cookie, Cosy by the Fire (again), Fireside Treats, Candy Cane Lane, Frosted Snow, Vanilla Cupcake, Fluffy Towels, Pink Grapefruit, Champaca Blossom and Snow in Love. I love all of these and even though some of these are Christmassy, I will be burning these all year round!

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And finally, Lush. Lush is something that I have been completely and utterly obsessed with all year round, in particularly, their limited edition Christmas stock. I just find that all of their products are perfect for a bit of relaxation and pampering, especially during the colder months. I think I have enough of their Christmas products to last me until next year. I definitely went just a little bit overboard in their post-Christmas sales – oh well! I am also awaiting two Lush deliveries (oops). I’m not going to list every single product that I love because it would take me forever!

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I hope you enjoyed my 2015 favourites and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2016.

Happy New Year!

XO

 

 

OGX: My Hair Saviour


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For years and years, I have been trying to find the right products for my hair. I found it near impossible to find something that helped it grow and helped restore its strength and shine. The amount of money I have spent trying to find the perfect products is ridiculous, but I can finally say that I have found ‘the one’. This is OGX.

When I started high school, I used that much heat on my hair and coloured it so often that I had to have it cut from almost waist-length, to shoulder-length because it was THAT damaged.

I have tried every product you could ever think of, every hair growth treatment, every vitamin, EVERYTHING.

When I saw OGX, I thought I’d give it a try. But, for £6.99 each, I was a bit reluctant. I bought the Coconut Water shampoo and conditioner first. This smells absolutely amazing and made my hair feel so much more hydrated and silky soft.
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I loved these so much that I then went on to by the Kukui Oil shampoo and conditioner. I bought this because my hair is naturally curly and goes quite frizzy when it’s humid outside, and this helped massively! It smells amazing and really helped maintain the frizz. At the time that I bought these, Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on and I obviously couldn’t resist. So, alongside the Kukui Oil shampoo and conditioner, I bought the Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil to try and strengthen and repair the damage. This made my hair so soft and shiny and really helped reduce the amount of split ends that I had. I have actually lost this product, so I will definitely need to buy a replacement!

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Then, (yes, I did buy even more!) I bought the Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner. This is a thicker formula than the Coconut Water, but it does contain egg whites which are supposed to do wonders for the hair! It has the same scent as the Coconut Water products, but I believe that it this is the product that has made the most difference to my hair.

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Alongside these, I have been using the Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Weightless Reviving Oil Treatment and this is an absolute god send! I use a pea sized amount on towel dried hair and it has made my hair so much stronger and makes it look thicker and fuller. I have been using this product after every wash for the past few weeks and as you can see, it has barely made a dent – well worth the money if you ask me!

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My hair has grown several inches in just three months and so many people have commented on the length and the condition of my hair and how much it has improved! I literally could not be any happier with these products and think they are definitely worth the money and I will be adding more of the OGX products to my ever-growing hair care collection.

You can buy these products, as well as the rest of the OGX range from Boots and Superdrug.