Laura Loves: February’s Must Haves

This month I’m thinking of ways that small changes in our beauty regimes can make a big difference to how we look and feel. Top to toe, little tweaks in grooming can have a big impact. Let’s start….

In colder months we all need extra hydration for the skin. Come Spring, we want radiant skin that looks healthy. Between now and the warmer months two beauty buys will give you all your skin needs. Nivea’s Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer is a quickly absorbed hydrating layer for dry or sensitive skin, €6.09. It provides a smooth base before makeup and acts like a buffer between your precious skin and the wind chill outdoors.

94158011_0_640x640FaceD Luronics CC Cream (€19.90) is a colour correcting skin care makeup that provides SPF 20, evens out discolouration and plumps with hyaluronic acid. The finish is natural, sheer and radiant. Two products, endless benefits.

4052338_FACED_D_LURONICS_CC_CREAM_LIGHT_40MLAnother two tricks can totally change your appearance, changing your eye makeup or brightening your smile. Hands up who wears the same shadow week in, week out. Switch shades to suit the season, a new shade makes all the difference. Keep it easy and inexpensive with Rimmel London’s ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks. These chubby pencils of long wear colour are so simple to apply, remain in place all day long, and come in lots of great shades. Priced at €5.99, they are available 3 for 2 this February.

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A regular scale and polish will keep teeth and gums healthy, in between sessions you can keep food and drink staining at bay with an at-home remover. Pearlys Teeth-Brighten Weekly Powder contains green tea and sodium bicarbonate that effectively lifts away external stains. Wet teeth, dip your toothbrush into the powder and brush. Simple. Use 1-2 times weekly for a brighter smile, €14.99.

weekly-teeth-brighten-powder-display_nf1To finish our February transformation let’s talk tan and hair. All over tan in Winter/early Spring isn’t necessary, but the upper body can benefit in a lift in colour. To save on moisturising and dressing time, choose a rapidly absorbing tan like TanOrganic Self Tan Oil, €24.99. Applied with a mitt the tan is hydrating on the skin no need for lotion. You can dress immediately after, and within a few hours have a super golden glow. It’s the perfect way to tan in colder weather.

TanOrganic_Oil_Arganic_Multi_Use_Dry_Oil_100ml_1416406413Finally hair, don’t let windy weather give you a bushy old barnet, especially if it’s coloured. Protect from wind, UV damage and heat styling with L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo will restore hair strength, give it shine, and most importantly make your locks feel super soft and hydrated. €4.99 each.

l_oreal_shampooWritten by Laura Bermingham.

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L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Shampoo & Conditioner

I’m always dubious when a new product arrives on the market claiming that it can give me thicker or bigger hair. Usually I notice no difference and I regret wasting my money. The newest contender on the market is the L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology range.

lorThe Shampoo and Conditioner are a reasonable €3.49 each and its tagline is “Hair looks and feels thicker, with visible body & bounce”, so far, so good. But did it live up to the hype? I’ve been using both the shampoo and conditioner for the last few weeks and I like the results so far. I will continue to use it as the Filloxane in it is designed to continue to thicken the hair wash after wash. It also claims that once you discontinue use that your results will last for up to ten washes with normal shampoo.

While they weren’t exactly life changing products, as the bottle would lead you to believe, I did notice a difference.They left my hair with a nice clean, fresh smell. Not that shampoos and conditioners normally don’t, I just noticed it a lot more with this one and I much preferred it to the ones I was using previously. It left my hair with a nice healthy shine to it and a noticeable boost. My hair doesn’t look as flat as it did before I started using it and there is more volume to it.

All in all I’m pretty happy with this shampoo and conditioner. It’s certainly far better than its predecessor and I’m intrigued to see if it keeps getting better with every wash considering I’ve already noticed a definite difference.

I started using them with low expectations but was pleasantly surprised. If you are looking to give you hair a bit of a boost then L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Shampoo and L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Conditioner are the products for you.

Written by Saranne