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Review: Hair Culture Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner

A: I have been debating on whether or not to write this post for a while now, but I feel like I owe it to you all to tell you these amazing products. They aren’t your usual brand though and actually come from Aldi – not a shop at the top of every beauty bloggers list!

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About a year ago, I spotted their shampoo and conditioner, which is in look-a-like Tresemme packaging, and I decided to buy them for my boyfriend; he usually steals my favourite shower products so I thought I’d let him have the cheap stuff and I could carry on using my expensive products… But one day I gave them ago and was so surprised by their quality for the price you pay. The Hair Culture Professional Quality Shampoo and Conditioners are just £1.99 for a whole litre of product. A massive bargain! They are so lovely to use because they have such a clean and light texture – I do find that some shampoos with lots of nice smells and extra products to boost shine can leave my hair feeling a bit lank and heavy. These do the total opposite and make my hair super soft and shiny, without any crazy added volume (deffo don’t need any help with that). They also smell so good, without being too overpowering – just fresh and clean. The shampoo is super sleek but doesn’t make your hair greasy at all, and the conditioner is lovely and creamy – but not heavy. Also, the package is perfect. No whistles and bells, just easy to use flip lids that let you use all of the product.

I can’t talk these products up enough, and I really would recommend you heading to your local Aldi to give them a go, you can’t go very wrong with £1.99 each, and they have one for coloured hair too for the same price. I use both of these as my long-term hair care products, and they have saved me a fortune! Plus my boyfriend really likes them too, proof that although they may not be amazing for every hair-type, they are so good for both of ours – and our hair-types are very different from eachother.

Have you tried either of these before? #twolittleowlsblog

The Original Mint Julep Mask

A: So Chloe and I posted about this a couple of months ago (find it here) and I’ve decided to do an extra review because although I use this as a face mask once a week, I’ve discovered a new use for it which has made it even more impressive.

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I’ve had some serious hormonal break outs recently. Like so serious that the thought of leaving the house makes me want to hide under the duvet forever – and we all know how that feels, so I knew I absolutely had to share this product with you.
Chloe mentioned using this as a spot treatment, so I gave it a go by applying it directly on the spot at night in a thick layer, after the rest of my night time routine and then leave it until the morning. In the morning I wash my face with warm water and ta-dah! It’s like a small miracle has happened. My spots have calmed down so much and aren’t as angry, and once the mask is washed off, I’m always left with really smooth skin to apply my moisturiser and make-up. It is a little drying but that’s totally expected, I just take extra care with my applying moisturiser. This is a bargain – I can’t recommend it enough. It’s amazing to use as a weekly fave mask but as a spot treatment, it’s the best I’ve used. My
spots were beyond horrendous last Thursday but they are already seriously improved after using this every night since. Once I’ve got make-up on, the blemishes can’t be seen at all. This cost me just £2.68 from Amazon. Go buy some now!

Have you tried this face mask? Do you have any spot treatment recommendations? #twolittleowls

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Embroylisse Lait-Crème Concentrate: a review

A: I received this in my June Birchbox and I thought it was about time a shared a review with you all.

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So what do Birchbox say about this product?

“Take a peek in any make-up artist’s kit and you’ll spy a well-loved tube of Embryolisse’s cult Lait-Crème Concentre. Since we’re just as picky as the pros, you’d better believe we’re fans too. This velvety moisturiser is rich without being heavy and gives skin the ultimate silky finish, thanks to generous amounts of soothing shea butter and aloe vera. It absorbs quickly without any residue. Plus, it doubles as a makeup remover, post-shave soother and all-over body lotion. Who says beauty isn’t practical?”

I’ve been using this for just over a month now and I’m quite picky about moisturisers so this is pretty good going. It has a really thin texture which I like in a moisturiser and the shea butter keeps my skin super hydrated throughout the day and feels lovely, plus it acts as a primer so for those everyday make-up looks, you don’t have to use product after product and can let your skin breathe throughout the day. My sample was pretty small so I couldn’t use it as an all-over body lotion like Birchbox suggest, but I did use it to remove my make up once or twice and it worked really well which I was surprised about – we all know how stubborn ‘they’re real’ can be!

I was hoping it would help with my break-out situation that seems to be going on and on forever. Although it hasn’t reduced my break-outs, it hasn’t made them worse either –  I have had a pretty stressful month with exams so I’m inclined to forgive it of this one. But I do have sensitive skin and this has been really good for soothing because it’s scent free and doesn’t cause any irritation = happy Annie!

Overall, I’m really happy with this as a moisturiser/make-up remover/primer – Birchbox have done good! I hadn’t heard of this brand before and it is renowned as a cult classic in virtually all of it’s reviews so I’m really excited to have discovered it.

It’s priced at £12.99 for 30ml on the Birchbox website, which I think is pretty reasonable for such a multi-use product. I’m pretty sure it’s helped me decide on what to spend those lovely Birchbox points on!

What do you think to this beauty must-have?

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The Tea Tree Range from The Body Shop: first thoughts

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A: firstly, apologies for the picture but it was too funny to not use. Ted was not impressed with me for trying to use the last of today’s sunlight to get a photo, I had to move him from his favourite sleeping place. Anyway, on to the serious business.
I featured these three beauties in haul post earlier this week (see it here), and I thought I should give you my first thoughts because I’m super happy with these purchases.

I’ve used tea tree oil before, because it’s anti-bacterial, it’s a well known aid to help healing those pesky blemishes. I hadn’t ever used any other tea tree products but The Body Shop had a flash sale on last week with 40% off – practically free, so I decided to take the plunge.
I chose the facial wash, the exfoliator and the blemish fade night lotion.
I’ve been using the facial wash morning and night now since Wednesday and I can see a difference already in my skin. My pores look smaller (whether they are or not I don’t know….) and my face feels fresh and clean. The tea tree is fairly strong in this product, but I like that because it feels like I’m giving my skin a really deep clean without drying it out. After I’ve used the wash in the evening, I use the blemish lotion. This is a perfect accompaniment to the facial wash as it is like a soothing gel which sinks into your skin instantly. The tea tree is mild in this and acts in a cooling way, rather than harsh like some other tea tree products. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturised – perfect.
Lastly, the exfoliator. I have only used this twice – it isn’t something I would use more than twice a week because it’s what I’d call a ‘super exfoliator’. The tea tree is really strong in this and it can feel a little harsh, but it does make your skin feel like you’ve removed every last scrap of make up and virtually brand new and squeaky clean.

All in all, I am SO happy with this range. I really struggle with break outs but (not wanting to jinx it) this seems to be keeping them at bay, so fingers crossed! I love buying stuff from The Body Shop too because it makes me feel good, and like I’m supporting a company that looks after the planet.

Have you tried the tea tree range from The Body Shop? #twolittleowls

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