11 Nov 2018

Shea Moisture: Natural, Organic and Cruelty-Free Haircare

If you've been reading my recent posts, you know that I've been on the hunt for more natural products. Discovering skincare is one my current favourites at the moment but I realised that I've also used a haircare range that ticks all the boxes: natural, organic, cruelty free and many many many other things.

I introduce to you Shea Moisture! So I've used Shea Moisture for a while - the Raw Shea & CupuaƧu range is great for frizzy hair and I've already mention the Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner in this blog post. But the brand has a new range out and I knew I had to share it on the blog.

The Manuka Oil and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo, Conditioner & Hair Masque* is made for those with dry & damaged hair, aka me.

In the shower, I shampoo first and let the product sit in my hair for a bit before rinsing off. I then pop the conditioner on and keep that on for a few minutes also. After washing & drying I noticed an instant difference in my hair. It was so soft and felt very replenished.

The three main ingredients in the shampoo and conditioner are Manuka honey, mafura oil and fig extract. They bring in moisture, controls damage and contains the antioxidant, vitamin C, which protects the hair and keeps the hair looking vibrant.

The hair masque is my favourite product in the range because it isn't your typical hair mask. You can either pop it on for 5-10 minutes and wash it off as a quick treatment or leave it in, put a plastic wrap (or shower cap) on your hair and apply heat for up to 30 minutes for a luxurious treatment. The Manuka honey in the ingredients acts as a humectant, which draws moisture into the hair. It sounds a bit like the haircare version of hyaluronic acid!

As well as being hydrating, the range is also free from sulphates, paragons, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic colour and petroleum - which is a-ma-zing.

I also really like the back story to the brand, which is on the back of their bottles, so I thought I'd share. Sofi Tucker started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside.


Have you tried Shea Moisture before?

*PR Sample

7 Nov 2018

Current Lifestyle Favourites

Can we just talk about how we are almost in 2019? I know that everyone is probably saying that but I'm actually so surprised how fast the year has gone by. I love the New Year - it's a chance for a fresh start, new beginnings and an opportunity to start over. I definitely want to plan some posts around New Years, planning and organising for it and other 2019 related content - if you have any ideas, let me know!

Anyway, I've found that I've accumulated some favourites from the past few weeks and months so I thought I'd share the current lifestyle bits I'm loving...

Something kinda boring but really excited me is the Nuxe Deodorant*. I was on the hunt for a natural deodorant as I've heard they can be really harmful for you and came across this one on Notino. It is really good  and also does not contain any alcohol but unfortunately still has aluminium - which is meant to be one of the most harmful ingredients in deodorants.

I bought the men's version for my other half and oddly, that one is free from aluminium so I might just purchase that version for myself next time!

Another Notino* find (that website has all the good stuff!) is the Woodwick Candle in Oudwood. As it gets darker earlier and the weather is colder, I love making our bedroom feel cosy and more hygge with candles. The Mr isn't so keen on my feminine fragrances and throughout the summer I've been lighting coconut scented tea lights so to switch it up, the Oudwood fragrance is perfect.

So I bought the Maybelline Lash Sensational Serum about two months ago and have been using it as much as I can - definitely not twice a day like he recommended amount - but I've definitely seen some results with it. It has made my lashes a little longer but mostly strengthened it. It claims that you see results within 6 weeks of using as per the instructions and I definitely noticed the length at the point but I most definitely didn't use it morning and night.

You pop the product on as you would a normal mascara rather than lining your lash line with it like other lash growth products. It's very easy to use and I definitely recommend it!

At the end of September I attended Little Old Goose's brush lettering workshop. I saw the post pop up on Twitter and thought I'd try something new so I booked in. I really enjoyed the class, she is really talented and I got to grips with the techniques really quickly. You don't have to have neat handwriting or be creative, you just have to be patient. If Lucy is coming to your hometown for a workshop, I highly recommend attending!

This is probably a forever favourite but I've really been into more regular pamper evenings over the past couple of months. I've been treating myself to a pamper evening at least once a week, whether it is at the weekend or mid-week, whatever day it is, it really makes me feel good. The J.One Black Jelly Pack mask is one of my favourites at the moment to use too. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious I recommend spending some time to yourself to have a little pamper and relax.

What have you been loving lately? 

*Notino kindly provided me with a gift voucher to purchase these products. All opinions are my own as always.
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