You know how Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is gentle enough for little ones? Well, forget that bold claim because there is so such thing as gentle when it’s filled with sulphates.
Love Boo is a new and natural, family-friendly hair range of skin care and hair care products. They are proudly void of all the nasties and perfect for children and grown-ups alike.
I was sent their Natural Soft & Shiny shampoo and conditioner as well as their Natural No More Knots Detangling Spray to try. While this range is designed with the delicacy of babies and mamas, it’s no reason why this big kid can’t enjoy it too.
Delightfully, the products smell of baby powder with cute packaging and it is very reasonably priced for a sulphate-free range (£8.99 a bottle). Love Boo prides itself on natural ingredients that include argan oil, fig and coconut to cleanse, soften and leave hair manageable, and if you or your little one has a sensitive scalp then this will be right up your street.
If you’re not familiar, sulphate-free shampoos do not lather up – certainly not with the first wash so I always go for round two which isn’t a bad thing since the product is not loaded with chemicals. A common misconception is a shampoo that lathers is properly cleaning your hair when really it’s the bubbles. I also find sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners last longer because you don’t need as much as you think you would.
Parents will love this – not just for their kids but for themselves and looking at the Love Boo website, I do wish I had discovered it sooner as there are some gorgeous things I would have loved to get for my friend’s baby shower a few months ago.
I started running outdoors six weeks ago to improve my well being and strength and although I don’t have a fondness for exercise, the reason I’ve kept going (ha!) is motivation from fellow runners. I am part of a local running group and I run a couple of times a week with a few work colleagues. To think when I started, I could only run for a minute. Now I’m up to nearly 3 miles in half an hour without stopping.
When I visited Clarins spa for my massage, I was recommended to try their Energizing Emulsion on my legs. It’s an absorbent lotion infused with herbal extracts of camomile, basil, sage and cypress to help revive and relax tired legs. To give its full list of ingredients, this lotion is made up of natural plant extracts, essential oils, camomile, basil, petit grain, St John’s Wort, mint, cypress, witch hazel, wheatgerm and sweet almond oil.
It can be applied through stockings too so there is no stickiness and it has an immediate cooling effect. By no means is it a sports product for athletes, but it’s recommended to anyone who may be on their feet all day and for pregnant women looking for some respite.
I use it on my calves as those are under more pressure when I’m running though I am interested in exploring other options as I increase my distance and time, and I suspect this product will be too gentle for that level of exertion. It is comforting to use just before going to sleep especially if you’ve been walking from one end of Oxford Street to another or indeed in the middle of the day when you want a little pick-me-up. The only downside is the refreshing feeling wears off quickly.
Clarins’ Energizing Emulsion costs £26 for 125ml.
I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there. If you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back….this new foundation costs £75.
This is By Terry’s exciting new serum and foundation in one. It claims to smooth, illuminate and mattify the complexion. It also controls wrinkles so encapsulated with these powers it’s basically the Ferrari of foundations.
By Terry is a carefully nurtured, luxurious niche brand. If you use By Terry products, you won’t bat an eyelid at the cost. The most I’ve spent on a foundation is £37 for Chanel (the Perfection Lumiere) which I was horribly disappointed with. Thankfully Terry de Gunzburg’s wondrous potion doesn’t falter where Chanel did. A 6 hour wear foundation? There aren’t 6 hours in the day!
There are two more factors that work in the favour of By Terry’s Terrybly Densiliss (which can I add is not a great name): firstly it’s a serum and foundation in one so you don’t need the former on its own and secondly, the amount you need to cover your face is as little as two little blobs. Honestly, the coverage is pretty phenomenal and this is a first for me as I normally use a few more pumps from other foundations. With that in mind, £75 doesn’t look as ‘terryfying’.
There are 10 radiant shades in total, and I’m an accurate match for number 8 – Warm Sand. The foundation has a soft, almost airbrushed finish that is not too matte and not too dewy – it’s perched nicely in the middle and is totally different to any other base I’ve worn. It applies beautifully and blends in seconds. The moment it sinks into my skin I get an instant glow. My face appears less tired and more bright and perky instead, and I would even say it masks the fine lines for a radiant, youthful look.
It smells so nice and feels weightless. I would say this offers a medium coverage. I use Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil to prep my face as I’ve found it is a universal primer that works amazingly across all the foundations I have tried and it compliments By Terry’s latest foundation.
As for how it performs? I haven’t had to retouch through the day and I tend not to so I do prefer a foundation with long-lasting results. I’ve worn this nearly every day to work where I clearly spend the most time and it’s served me superbly.
In Ron Burgandy’s world, this is very classy (I did want to say “it’s the balls”…oh wait, I just did!) but it costs £75. Did I mention it costs £75? It sounds excessive for a foundation but you are getting two products in one. A decent serum will set you back at least £40 and a good foundation is about £30 on average. Besides when so little product is needed, this foundation looks likely to outlast my regular one.
I won’t dispute the fact there are far cheaper, alternative serum foundations on the market for a fraction of the price. I should point out this product is aimed at mature skin (I hope it’s OK to start taking care of mine now) so the results are likely to be more effective than on younger looking skin. Well, I’m in love.
Terrybly Densiliss is available exclusively at Space NK in-store and online.