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Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Haircare | 3 comments

Naked – Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner

Naked – Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner

Those of you who are regular readers of Beauty Best Friend will know that I suffer from a very sensitive, itchy scalp and I am constantly on the hunt for haircare products that are natural and non-irritating but that also treat my hair well and leave it feeling soft, shiny and clean. So far my experience has generally shown me that natural, SLS-free shampoos and conditioners do not irritate the scalp as much as their chemical filled cousins, but that they do not always clean the hair as well and can leave it looking and feeling greasy, sad and lifeless. One of the first SLS-free shampoo and conditioners that I tried, back in 2013, was Mild Shampoo and Gentle Conditioner from Naked. The relief that I got from my itchy scalp was almost instant, but I did find that it didn’t remove grease and oil from my hair too well, and I had to wash my hair a lot more often. Since then I’ve tried lots of different SLS-free haircare...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Haircare | 2 comments

Neal & Wolf – Glow & Harmony

Neal & Wolf – Glow & Harmony

When I was asked to try out hair styling products Glow* and Harmony* from Neal & Wolf I was very excited as it’s a brand I have read a lot about recently but have never tried. The brand is all about enjoying a little indulgence every day and this is reflected in their beautiful shimmery premium packaging. Neal & Wolf, the brainchild of Neil Capstick who has worked in the hair industry for over 20 years, has concentrated on bringing out just a small number of products but with the very best ingredients and they are only sold in specially picked salons. The first of the two products that I tested out was Harmony Intensive Hair Treatment which is a conditioner suitable for all hair types. This product has been developed without containing any parabens or sulfates and has not been tested on animals, and I think it’s really great to see more haircare brands shunning some of the nasty ingredients that we find in our cosmetic products. Harmony...

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Haircare | 0 comments

Boots – Natural Collection Mango & Papaya Hi-Shine Conditioner

Boots – Natural Collection Mango & Papaya Hi-Shine Conditioner

I bought this sachet of Natural Collection Mango & Papaya Hi-Shine Conditioner from Boots ages ago and then put it in the bathroom cupboard and forgot about it. I found it last week and thought I would try it out as my hair was in need of a little bit of TLC after being out in the cold weather. I don’t really think that sachets are a cost-effective way of buying beauty products (this one cost £1 for just 10ml) but they are a good way of trying new products. Plus I really like putting together a little pamper box as a gift, made up of lots of different bodycare and haircare sachets (Sanctuary do a good range) plus a mini bottle of wine. Mango & Papaya Hi-Shine Conditioner is an intensive conditioner that contains revitalising extracts of mango & papaya to help leave hair shiny, smooth and healthy. You just apply it to hair after shampooing like you would with a regular conditioner then leave it for 5-10...

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Skincare | 1 comment

Clarins – HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase

Clarins – HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase

I know I post a lot of reviews of Clarins products, but that’s because I’ve been using them for a long while and I really like them. Today I am talking about a sample of HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase that I received the last time I ordered some Clarins products, however I have also purchased and used this in the past. Serums are big news at the moment, offering to give your skin that extra moisture or radiance boost. This one aims to help your skin restore lost moisture, keeping it moisturised, comfortable and plump.   A couple of weeks before Christmas I was in bed with a virus for a few days, and without my normal skincare regime my skin felt dry and tight. After 4-5 days of applying HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase before bed at night, followed by my regular moisturiser, my skin was back to normal. The serum should be applied once a day, either morning or night, to cleansed skin, then followed up with your...

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