Friday 3 January 2014

REFLECTION: My Top 10 Skincare and Hair Care Products of 2013!

2013 has been a year of discovering new products, I was stuck in a routine with my skincare and hair care and to be honest I was pretty happy! But then I started trying new products out, my eyes have been opened to the effects different products do have on your body. I thought I'd put together a list of my favourite products of 2013 and ones that I'll definitely be repurchasing throughout 2014!

Hair Care
1) Naked Brunette Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner (£4.19 each from Boots) - I absolutely love these for creating glossy, healthy looking hair. The fact that they are 97% natural is a massive bonus, I know that I'm not putting on any harmful chemicals into my hair, which is reassuring! My hair has never been so shiny and easy to style - I've almost run out of these so I'll definitely be repurchasing them early in the new year. See full review here.

2) Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protecting Spray 200ml (£2.99 from Superdrug) - I recently had my hair cut relatively short compared to how long it was. I hadn't had my hair cut in a very long time, so I needed all my split ends cut off. I also wanted to have a sweeping fringe cut back in (I last had one in 2010 but found it very annoying constantly covering my eyes!). After getting my hair cut I always feel like I need to look after my new 'do', so I start using products that I've neglected. I've had this heat protecting spray for a while and it's so good for protecting my hair without being greasy or heavy. I've found that some heat protecting sprays make your hair feel like it has a lot of product in, which I personally don't like. This is a light but effective spray that I'd highly recommend.

3) Tangle Teezer Salon Elite Detangling Hairbrush (£11.99 from amazon) - I actually won this earlier in the year and it sat unused for a while. I'm not sure why because I had heard amazing things about Tangle Teezers and had wanted one for ages! When we moved house I rediscovered it and have used it everyday since. When I had long hair I was really struggling with how knotted my hair was getting, the Tangle Teezer was the only hairbrush that would remove the knots without breaking my hair badly.

4) Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush (on offer for £1.45 from Superdrug) - why did I not know about dry shampoo earlier?! Tom's sisters use it all the time and it was them I learnt all about the wonders and convenience of dry shampoo! It's great for giving your hair a refresh and volume and it can mean you don't need to wash your hair everyday, which we all know is so bad for our hair! I've recently had a sweeping fringe cut, so this dry shampoo is perfect for revitalising it! 

5) Denman Ceramic Hot Curling Brush D74 (£8.79 from Boots) - since having my hair cut shorter and a sweeping fringe cut back in I have needed to blow dry my hair everyday with a curling brush. I don't actually curl my hair with the brush I just use it to give a bit more volume at my roots. This curling hairbrush is ideal because I found that cheaper hairbrushes prickles just melt under the heat of the hair dryer! The Denman Ceramic Hot Curling Brush works with you to help create extra volume! 

6) MyChelle Deep Repair Cream (£24 from MyChelle website) - if your skin struggles in the winter with being dry this is the moisturising cream for you! It has a really luxurious feel to the cream, which is absorbed quickly. This cream not only rehydrates but also restores and repairs - ideal combination for the cooler months. See full review here.

7) St Moriz Medium Instant Self Tanning Mousse (£2.99 from fragrancedirect) - I'm not sure if this should really go under 'skincare' but it does go on my skin! This self tan is amazing and I'm pretty sure you will have either heard of it or tried it yourself! At only £2.99 you can't really go wrong, it gives an instant colour which makes applying it easy. It will then develop over time, I tend to apply it at night and by the morning I'm lovely and tanned. Although this is an 'instant' tan it does last longer than a day. Once you've washed the colour guide off (I actually prefer it with the colour guide on - it's a darker colour) you are left with a lighter tan. You can build this up over a couple of days if you do like a darker tan. They also do a 'dark' Instant Self Tanning Mousse too.

8) Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Cleanser (currently in the sale for £18.96 from Beauty Bay) - I was given a sample size of this product on the VIP evening at Eden Spa (see post here), I couldn't wait to try it out. Mainly because I had heard such excellent things about Aromatherapy Assocaites products but also the rose scent reminds me of the most relaxing steam room at Eden Spa that smells of rose! This cleanser is so luxurious, it quickly and effectively removes make up, while deeply moisturising. I've tried some cleansers that leave your face feeling 'tight' as it's been dried out. After using this product my face was moisturised and clean!

9) nspa Brightening Detox Scrub (£4.50 from ASDA) - I use this scrub everyday in the shower, it's a light scrub so it's ideal for everyday use. I can get patches of quite dry skin sometimes so it's important I exfoliate regularly. I love the scent of this product, as well as how long the product lasts for. I've had my tube for about 4 months now and I'm not even half way through it, despite using it everyday! See full review here

10) LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask (£5.95 for 75g) - I became such a big fan if lush late last year, I used to be put off my the smell in the shops being overpowering but now I love it! As there isn't one in my local town it's such a treat when I do get to visit one.  I've also just made a rather large order from the lush sale, I'm so excited for it to arrive! This face mask has to be kept in the fridge, which actually makes applying it even better due to the contrast between the cold mask and hot bath. If you like chocolate then you'll love this because that's exactly what it smells like! I have to be honest I do mostly get it for the smell, although it does also leave my skin very soft and cleansed too. 
Which products have been your favourite throughout 2013?
Feel free to leave me a comment :) 


1 comment

  1. Oh wow I have to try the cupcake face mask! Sounds incredible! I used to be the same with lush, it smelt too strong for me!

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