HAIR & SKIN FOOD, TRIED & TESTED
By Eleanor Dunne, 16 August 2019
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger Tumeric Mask
Next up, I tried the Aveda cherry and almond shampoo and conditioner. In keeping with our food theme, it’s got coconut-derived ingredients, babassu and almond oil, all of which injected my tresses with a dose of moisture. The ingredients are 98% naturally derived, which means there isn't a sulphate in sight. The result is shiny, soft hair that is seriously bouncy and smells delicious. I'll be bringing the travel essentials kit on my next hol – it comes with a handy texture spray as well.
The Yes To Cucumbers eye kit is supposed to remove eye bags, so naturally it was the first thing I reached for in the morning after a late night out. It comes with two masks; the first decreases puffiness and smoothes the eye area, and the second banishes dark circles and brightens the skin. Afterwards, I look like I’ve had 12 hours sleep instead of four. Ideal...
Garnier Ultimate Blends Vegan Hair Food Banana 3-in-1 Dry Hair Mask Treatment
Anti-ageing products can leave my skin feeling tight and looking blotchy. So for something a bit kinder, I tried out Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum. It contains lots of gentle nourishing ingredients like lemon peel and mandarin oil, plus raspberry and coffee extract. The best part? It sinks in straight away so I don’t need to wait for it to dry before I put on makeup in the morning. When applying it in the evening, I use a few drops of Elemis Superfood Oil to really give my skin a proper five-course meal. Whether or not I’ve found the elixir of youth remains to be seen, but my face feels smoother and looks plumper after a few uses.
Coco & Eve's Coconut and Fig Hair Masque comes in a fancy box with a handy de-tangling comb, making it great gift for someone (especially yourself). After shampooing, I use the comb to spread it evenly on my hair, leaving it in for 10 minutes before washing out. Or I’ll keep it in for a couple of hours if I'm having a self-care Sunday moment – or even overnight and wash it out in the morning. My mane feels stronger and sleeker and my split ends appear to be getting better. Not quite a replacement for a hair cut, but a good way to keep my locks looking healthy between visits to the hairdresser.