22 May 2015

John Frieda Beach Blonde Range Review

John Frieda Beach Blonde Range
Onto my next trial of new shampoo and conditioner, in the efforts to find the best ones for my hair extensions (thick, voluminous and heavy, human hair weave by Beauty Works).  

These three Beach Blonde products from John Frieda are a re-launch after around 10 years away due to an online petition, so it’s nice to know they take their customers’ requirements into consideration.  Although I don’t think I used them the first time around.  I have blonde highlights and blonde extensions and if they’re designed to restore blonde hair after being in the sun and sea I thought ‘why not give these a go’!

John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo (£5.99)

I’m not usually a massive fan of John Frieda’s shampoos apart from the Frizz Ease range as my hair doesn’t seem to be that nourished and can end up a bit dry.  I do like this shampoo however, my hair feels really clean without feeling stripped of moisturiser and it gives a really nice lather.  

The smell is great, like a minty mojito cocktail and I definitely think this would be good after the beach or using a lot of hairspray or product to remove build up and leave your hair silky soft but nice and clean.  The shampoo feels really nice on my scalp and leaves it a bit tingly which is nice as you feel really fresh, it’s great for use in the mornings.  I like the packaging as it is easy to use and there is no spillage as I have sometimes when the lid is on the bottom of the product.  I especially think this would be a really nice shampoo for men as it doesn’t smell girly.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner (£5.99)

I wouldn’t say this is the best or most detangling conditioner that I have used, it’s not that I was  disappointed by this product exactly, but after reading so many amazing reviews I was more excited before trying it than after, if you see what I mean!   I think my hair and extensions are a bit too dry and need a more nourishing conditioner than this, my hair needs a lot of moisture and while you might assume that a product designed for post-beach use would be a great choice, I think I need something stronger.  If you have thinner hair than mine or yours isn’t so dry or long then I imagine this would work a lot better for you.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Kelp Help Deep Conditioner (£6.29)

I have to say I was quite disappointed by this product. I work and live in varying parts of London, I am not on the beach or exposed to salt air daily, or sun, or anything  beachy that would frazzle my hair.  My hair is not damaged by bleach although it is blonde, and while it is dry, I would expect a deep conditioner to do something.  This deep conditioner doesn’t seem to do the job at all.  

After rinsing it off I felt that my hair was just as dry as before I had conditioned.  The second time I tried this it was exactly the same, to the point where I had to use a different conditioner after as I couldn’t deal with my hair being like straw, as it was the first time I had used it, and that was even after trying to salvage the dryness with some extension hair oil from Easilocks.   While this might be conditioning enough for someone with short thin hair, it definitely does not deep condition. Another bugbear was that this tub of conditioner lasted two uses.  Which isn’t very economical.


I like the idea of these products more than the reality.  I like the scent, the packaging is cute and I really like the shampoo.  For my hair type I found both conditioners were under par, and were not detangling or deeply conditioning enough. 

I recommend the shampoo but neither the Conditioner nor the Deep Conditioner.   From the recent shampoo and conditioner ranges I have trialled it does seem that ‘you get what you pay for’ is quite true with hair products, these products are quite economical and have had a fairly poor review, whereas the products that are double or triple the price have been much better.  

What is your favourite deep conditioner?

18 May 2015

A Rambled Update

It’s been quite a while since my last rambled post.  Shocking really as I always used to use my blog as a way to clear my mind and get things out, but let’s be honest, the more time that goes by, the more people read your blog and these days that includes friends, colleagues, family etc.  

Basically it’s like when your mum follows you on Facebook, you feel like you're being watched! 


I’ve become addicted to Estee Lauder’s Matte Perfecting Primer.  I was wary of a matte primer as my skin is very dry, but this stuff seems to be the equivalent of an airbrush.  I have also loved the Estee Lauder Double wear Concealer under my eyes, despite the lady on the counter when I bought it repeatedly telling me not to use it for that, she was horrified.  

I really do get quite tired with counter staff at makeup stands, the poor woman’s skin and makeup was terrible and she was a good 30 years older than me I somehow doubt that we have the same aims when it comes to cosmetics! I managed to convince her to sell it to me finally and we have been inseparable ever since (the concealer and me…just to clarify).  I’ve also been using Urban Decay’s naked concealer over the top and down my nose to highlight, and that is brilliant as well, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to purchase.


Seeing all of the new 10 day nail varnishes that don’t need a UV or LED lamp to cure them has intrigued me.  I have bought the Jessica Phenom polish and topcoat, the Barry M Sunlight polish and topcoat and CND’s Vinylux polish and topcoat, so I am currently working my way through trialling those to give you a review on which is the best, and if any of them can replace the need for Shellac and Gel Polish.

Jeremy Loops
Life Update

It’s been quite a musical month, I went to see Jeremy Loops for the second time, this time was at the Islington Assembly Hall.  I love his music and his concerts have such good energy.  Doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty hot as well.  In the same week I went along to my first Prodigy concert, which was definitely a far cry from Jeremy Loops!

Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that people have really got the wrong impression of you? I definitely think some friends/acquaintances of mine think I am a bit of a delicate flower! I gauge this by the way people reacted when I said I was going to this concert.  It does amuse me, as I am not like that at all.  I'm not suggesting that I am hard as nails by any stretch of the imagination, just that people's perceptions of reality are quite different to how things really are, a lot of the time. 

The Prodigy Concert Crowd
The concert was good,  I can’t say Prodigy’s music is my favourite as I like music with a message or some feeling (unless perhaps I am missing some deep and meaningful message behind Smack My B*tch Up?), but it was good to go and I love live music.

On the home front I’ve been buying a few more bits of furniture, a marble topped coffee table and some new lampshades with hanging crystals, a Kelly Hoppen vase and some new cushions.  One of these days my flat is going to feel like a home but it does take a long while to get things how you like them.

I watch very little television but, after a shaky start (well I thought it was crap to start with) I have really got into Game of Thrones, about 3 years after the rest of the population.  I’ve got to series 4 now finally. I am team Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister (I’ll probably find out they’re dead in the new series now)! I wonder who everyone else's favourites are?

A book I have been reading that I really recommend is called SuperFreakonomics, it’s a follow up to the book Freakonomics and is basically more of the same. Random trivia, things you never knew or had never thought about, it asks a lot of questions about the world and is just generally has knowledge about a myriad of topics such as – what causes crime to fall (it’s not what you think) why does this cause this, and why do people do that, it’s very interesting but in a funny way.

Other than the above I haven’t really made any wild purchases recently apart from a proper DSLR camera which arrived this week.  I went for the Nikon D5300 and I aim to use it for Blog posts when I get the hang of it, and for holiday photos. I’ve never had a proper camera before so I am a bit wary of it but hopefully it will take great blog photos and I can learn a new skill.

Coming up this weekend we are going away to Hamburg for a few days and then the weekend after I am running the Pretty Mudder obstacle course for Cancer Research, which I am completely not looking forward to, but I figured I should do something for the charity one of these days as my mum and grandad have both had cancer. 

Sorry this is a bit long! What have you been up to lately?


Another month, another beauty box! This time I am talking about Love Me Beauty’s monthly subscription box.  Each month the Love Me Beauty subscription is worth 6 credits and you ‘spend’ those  by choosing the items you want in your box, on their website, from a variety of different products on offer.  There are plenty of different types of products on offer from hair to nails to makeup.  Most of the items cost 1 or 2 credits. It is really quick to make a profile, I think it took me just a few minutes;  you fill in your personal details such as hair colour, skin type and what kind of products you like.  The price of the box is £10.00 Plus £3.95 P&P and the average value is around £40-45.00.

My previous problems with beauty boxes were that things just came at random, 90% of which I was unimpressed with, mostly cheap rubbish, the boxes were ugly and everything looked so tacky.  Now beauty box companies have really improved and the Love Me Beauty box is the best one in my mind, the box is good quality and pretty, so much so that you can easily re-use the box to store nail varnishes or similar and the drawstring bag the products come in is perfect to use when travelling to keep clean/dirty clothes separate and, more importantly, the contents of the box can be chosen yourself!

The items in my box are:

Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Bruton Lane
Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in #2 Rome
ModelCo Power Lash Full Size Mascara
Malin + Goen Grapefruit Face Cleanser Mini
ModelCo Cream Blush

My Overall Opinion

I’m really happy with my selections this month, I  especially like the Mirenesse Lip Rouge, I’d never heard of the brand before but I love it, it’s a liquid lipstick with a matte satin finish and the colour is absolutely spot on.  The cream blusher colour didn’t really end up suiting me but it was a good opportunity to try it out for much cheaper than it would normally be.  I love the mascara and the face wash will be great for my upcoming weekend away. 

I love that I can decide what is in my own box,  some people might prefer to be surprised, but I hate surprises and much prefer full control of what I am getting!  

I’m looking forward to seeing who Love Me Beauty have available to pick from next month.  If you want to sign up to the Love Me Beauty Revolution you can sign up today and use my exclusive code SARAH20 to get 20% off your first box.


*Item sent free for review.  Honest review as always.