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One of the things I miss dearly about having long hair is the low maintenance around it. I’m so hell bent on straightening my (now mid-length locks) that I forget it is naturally wavy. So as I’m in the process of growing my hair long again, I’m at that stage where it is nicely forming into loose curls, catapulted by the high humidity cycle going on right now.
This week Bumble & Bumble is launching a limited edition Surf Travel Kit which includes their Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, Surf Creme Rinse conditioner and their best seller cult favourite Surf Spray to recreate ultimate beachy wavy curls. It’s the beach bottled up for surburbia and a quick spritz over wet or dry hair will have you looking like you just spent the day at the seaside.
Unfortunately I cannot use the shampoo and conditioner as they contain sulphates which are poison to my hair extensions but I did make full use of the Surf Spray after the London Underground sabotaged my straightened hair recently which took all of 30 seconds to do.
A mixture of sea salt, minerals and marine extracts lets this spray add body (great for fine hair like mine) and gives a lovely texture for a natural tousled look AND it smells divine. But for £20.50 it is pricey for a small bottle. Having said that, it’s a product to be used sporadically, and unless you’re fortune enough to live on the beach front, the next best thing for a beach babe look.
I much prefer this to a dry shampoo which does nothing to mask my greasy roots and I am going to embrace the waviness more. Anything which ensures I get more beauty sleep is a sure-fire winner in my books.
Bumble & Bumble’s Limited Edition Surf Travel Kit will be exclusively available in Boots stores from 18th July.
Recently I wrote about converting to a sulphate-free shampoo. Well, I’ve got another one and it’s by NYC salon stylists Bumble & Bumble.
Once confined to being purchased online from selected e-retailers, Bumble & Bumble has become so much more accessible since being taken on by Boots but examining the contents on their shelves has left me flummoxed many times so I was glad of some help from the experts at their recent event with Smashbox Cosmetics.
I’m using sulphate-free shampoo to maintain my hair extensions and Bumble & Bumble are one of the brands which caters confidently for this preference so I was recommended to use their Color Minded duo which also protects colour and crucially is sulphate-free as well.
So come shower time, off I went with the shampoo (£23/250ml) and conditioner (£25/250ml). I always look forward to trying new hair products. There’s a kind of excitement and hope of having nice, clean and shiny hair to look forward to – never gets tiresome.
Well the first major surprise with Color Minded was the shampoo lathered up generously from a small amount. It feels wonderful to work it through your hair and you honestly feel thoroughly ‘cleansed’. The conditioner needs no further explanation though I use a small blob from mid-length to the ends.
The second surprise? Soft, shiny locks with sheen(ie) and I do believe my hair appears more vibrant despite the fact it has not been coloured in three months. This is a good sign if colour is preserved as too many other colour protecting shampoos don’t work.
I also spritzed their Prep spray (50ml/£5.50) all over my damp hair, massaged into my scalp and then blasted the hair dryer for a smooth finish. I have been advised to try the best-seller thickening spray to add volume, which I’ve since bought (available in two sizes – £21.50 for 250ml and £7 for 50ml) and this can be used together with the Prep spray for ‘the ultimate blow dry’. We shall see about that.
I have been washing my hair with Color Minded for about 10 days (yes, I wash nearly every day or every other day) and so far, I am really impressed. The price tag is a bit steep so I think only those who are concerned about haircare (like me) will invest. If it prevents me from getting greasy roots and dry ends, I am happy to pay it. Besides, this stuff will last me ages! Looks like I’ve been stung by Bumble & Bumble then… (excuse the pun!)
Well it’s been a very busy week for Just Nice Things and one special event which I have to tell you about was an evening hosted by Smashbox Cosmetics and haircare extraordinaire Bumble & Bumble.
Joined by a few blogging girlfriends, we had our hair coiffeured, make-up done rounded off with a cheeky photo shoot with top fashion photographer Mike Blackett (whom some of you may remember papped me at a previous Smashbox Click, You’re It event).
Smashbox is launching some lovely new products next month and we had a sneaky peak at their luscious Mega Tints, a cross between a lip balm and lip stain though as you can see from the swatches, they are very pigmented and have a consistency similar to matte lipsticks. The Mega Tints are soft to apply, have staying power (as I discovered while trying to wipe them off with a piece of tissue) and they also don’t dry and flake. (Damn, I want that red!)
There are also two new mineral blushers from the Halo Long Wear Blush range (the coral Peachy Dream and the pink In Bloom) and these, along with the Mega Tints will all be available in Boots stores from 3rd April but online two weeks prior.
I will bring you my thoughts on the latest new products in a separate post but for now, let’s chat styling and photo shoots!
So what did the crew do to me? Well my usually sleek Cleopatra bob (which is long overdue a cut and colour) was given a messed up look thanks to Jose using Bumble & Bumble’s Thickening hair-spray (£21.50) and Does It All Styling Spray (£21.50). It didn’t long nor did it require much effort and the simple products Jose used gave my tired locks a much needed lift.
I’ve been very curious about Bumble & Bumble but felt overwhelmed at their display unit in Boots (which has now started stocking B&B) and clueless about what I would like to try so having the chance to see how some of their products would work with my hair was fantastic. It strikes me as an exciting range that delivers on its promises and I like their quirky approach to hair styling as well as their packaging AND THE NAME TOO. I love it! It makes me think of bumble bees!
Then it was onto make-up artist Emma White Thurle who added some glamour with Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow on my eyes (I think it was shade ‘icon’), a thick line of Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner AND she gave me some cheekbones too before I had to perch on a stool before Mike’s lens and strike a pose. Terribly. I swear I’m too old for this posing malarkey – I could only manage a few standard expressions.
But it was so much fun and you can see how good and accessible the Smashbox and Bumble & Bumble products are in completely transforming a look into something good.
There was also time to be snapped with a couple of my favourite blogging beauties – Fei of Peonies & Lilies and Polly of er, Hello, Polly. Don’t you reckon we could be the new faces of Benetton? Both Fei and Polly are wearing the new Mega Tints by the way.
Smashbox has got to be the brand that excites me the most at the moment – they’ve clawed their way from the back and are seizing the crown with their refreshing approach and attitude plus their products aren’t half bad either. In fact they’re pretty perfect.
Have you managed to get yourself down to a Smashbox counter in Boots? And if you’re a fan of Bumble & Bumble, what products would you recommend I try? I’d love to know your thoughts.