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Swell Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo Review

 

Swell Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo review

In general, I cannot really say that dry shampoo is one of my favourite beauty products out there. But as a “proud” owner of very fine hair that goes greasy on the second day after washing I pretty much don’t have any other choice as to use it all the time. After a few failed research experiments with totally white roots and straw-like hair (I am sure any reader who has tried dry shampoos before will totally get what I mean here), I finally found my one and only perfect hair match! Let me introduce you to Swell Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo.

Swell haircare was on my wish list of brands to try for some time and after reading all the positive reviews I decided to finally give their dry shampoo a go. My only concern was the price of £20 for a small tube with just 14.5g of the product. But as it turned out this dry shampoo is extremely economical and it is more of long-term investment than I initially expected. I had been using my first tube once every two days and it had lasted me for more than 4 months! Also its compact size makes it a perfect product to carry around in your handbag or take with you while travelling.

On top of being a very economical product, Swell Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo performs really well! First of all it does not irritate the scalp or makes it flaky, second it tackles greasy roots like no other dry shampoo I’ve tried before. It leaves my hair so fresh and soft and I cannot actually feel the powder on my hair when I touch it. This shampoo also gives plenty of bounce and volume and it is super easy to brush the hair afterwards without any nasty residue left on the brush. And now to the main bit that lets most of the other dry shampoos down. Swell Dry Shampoo doesn’t leave any white residue on my dark brown hair after application. This is a true winning point for me! 

Swell Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo results

I usually spray Swell Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo in the morning all over the roots when I don’t feel like washing my hair and massage it a bit. It gets absorbed really well and after a quick brush my hair is ready for the day. This shampoo comes as a white powder that is dispensed as a very fine mist that goes directly to the hair rather than all over the bathroom. I think the spray is what makes this dry shampoo so economical as only a small amount of product is released each time. I need to shake it well before each use and then it dispenses really well. However, it becomes nearly impossible to use it once only a bit of the product is left. But you can remove the spray top and sprinkle the powder directly on the hair or using a brush.

In terms of ingredients, Swell Dry Shampoo has a reasonably clean list with rice starch, magnesium carbonate and botanical oils and extracts. Rooibos, Red Mandarin and Calendula look particularly attractive to me. But bear in mind that it also contains many essential oils and talc which some people might be sensitive to. I personally don’t react on any of its ingredients, but it might be a good idea to do a patch test first. This dry shampoo washes out really well too and doesn’t have any scent (at least not the one I can feel).

I have a few other Swell hair care products on my wish list. Have you tried any Swell products before and if so what are your top picks?

Lovely Day Botanicals Natural Skincare

Lovely Day Botanicals Skincare Review

The world of natural skincare never seems to stop evolving and I always manage to discover something new, exciting and truly unique. Lovely Day Botanicals was one of this pleasant discoveries and I felt that I need to share my thoughts about this brand in a bit more detail and write a brief review.

I found this Germany-based brand on Instagram and it’s minimalist packaging and beautifully coloured formulations won me over to place an order. In addition to good looks, Lovely Day Botanicals products are created with very clean ingredients and I failed to find anything on their ingredients list that would concern me. I ordered everything directly from their website, most of the info is in German so the Google Translate option becomes very handy! The EU delivery charge is 8 euros, but I am not sure if they ship internationally outside of the EU.

Another great point is that you can buy samples and travel size for most of the products on the Lovely Day Botanicals website.

I ordered three products: Hyaluron + Bloom Tropical Hydration Nectar (29 euros for 30ml), Skin Rescue Problem Skin Oil (39 euros for 30ml) and Hyaluron + Bloom Face Toner (18 euros for 50ml or 28 euros for 100ml).

I enjoyed using all three and already finished everything apart from the oil that I find to be very economical.

My favourite Lovely Day Botanicals product would be Hyaluron + Bloom Tropical Hydration Nectar. The nectar has the same consistency as a face serum and I think it will work for most of the skin types. It is certainly suited my oily skin as it’s super light and absorbent, yet it’s really nourishing and hydrating too. The nectar has a light pinkish colour and a herbal scent, it’s enriched with such skin beneficial ingredients as Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B3, Chamomile and Hibiscus extract. The nectar will work well for both morning and evening applications. For me it was moisturising enough to be used on its own, but it will work well with an addition of face cream too.

One of the strongest benefits of Hyaluron + Bloom Tropical Hydration Nectar is that makes skin look really radiant with healthy glow. It is one of these very reliable face serums that you know will make your skin feel and look good no matter what. I also think that it helps to balance skin and to sooth breakouts. Overall, I am very impressed with this product and will surely repurchase.

Hyaluron + Bloom Face Toner is a very pleasant facial mist with a subtle rose scent. It is enriched with skin benefiting ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, Chamomile exract, Aloe gel and Lactobacillus Ferment. This toner can be used both morning and evening to prep skin for the serum application. It is very nourishing on its own, making skin feeling refreshed, balanced and hydrated. I think Hyaluron + Bloom toner will work for most skin types.

Skin Rescue Problem Skin Oil is a high potency blend of Argan, Primrose and Blue Tansy oils. It has the most beautiful green colour and very gentle flowery scent. I got a 10ml roll-on one and love to use it topically on the blemishes or any parts of the skin that require a bit of extra care. But it seems that 10ml roll-on is no longer available.

I am a strong advocate of using certain oils for acne-prone skin and this oil blend is definitely one of them. I find that Argan oil is very balancing on its own and helps to regulate sebum production while an addition of Blue Tansy and Primrose oils adds anti-inflammatory and healing properties to this product.

I think Lovely Day Botanicals Skin Rescue Oil will also work really well on dry or irritated skin and I am pretty certain that I will use much more of this oil as the winter approaches. As I mentioned it is a very economical product to use, a little bit goes a long way. I usually use it in the evenings, but as it is so light and absorbs really quickly it can be used in the morning too.

There are couple more Lovely Day Botanicals products that I hope to get as well. These are Hyaluron + Bloom Pink Clay Mask that I saw quite a few times on different Instagram feeds and Charcoal Manuka PHA Cleansing Mask for some additional deep cleansing!

Have you tried any of the Lovely Day Botanicals skincare before?

 

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Laidbare Spot The Difference Treatment Cream Review

Laidbare Spot The Difference Skin Problem Treatment Cream Review

One of the most wonderful things about natural skincare is that you can come across very unpretentious brands and products that turn out to make wonders to your skin. Laidbare Spot The Difference Problem Skin Treatment Cream is definitely one of them! Laidbare is a lovely British brand that creates natural skincare at affordable prices with some exciting ingredients that one would expect in more luxurious products…Star Anis oil, Fennel extract or Japanese Seaweed extract all sound really appealing to me! And all their products come in fun, simple yet colourful packaging too.

I’ve tried quite of few Laidbare products before but for some reason Laidbare Spot The Difference Cream did not looking catch my eye. Because in my mind full of prejudice a product priced at £6.95 for 30ml cannot do much for someone fighting facial acne. Well, I was wrong…

Laidbare Spot The Difference Cream is a white thick cream that has very mild herbal scent. It blends very easily with skin and most importantly, it absorbs really well and doesn’t leave any greasy residue! To be honest, I was a bit surprised that the face cream with such thick texture doesn’t make my skin oily during the day, I would even say that it’s quite mattifying. Therefore, it is fine to use as part of the morning or evening routine. And I love the ingredients too, Spot The Difference Cream is formulated with anti-oxidant rich Caffeine, soothing Horse Chestnut Oil, calming Fennel extract and skin toning Chrysanthemum. It also contains Zinc that is one of the most well-known ingredients to help with acne.

So how does this cream actually helps with acne and blemishes? I should say that I am very impressed with its effectiveness as I didn’t have very high expectations to start with. I think Laidbare Spot The Difference Cream is best suited to treat small multiple blemishes, the ones that make the whole face look kind of red. It will not get rid of big painful zists overnight, but from my own experience nothing will. But it is perfect when it comes to treating small numerous blemishes. It is not drying as many other anti-acne products can be and it is perfect to use as an everyday moisturiser too.

I don’t personally use it everyday, but rather when my skin needs. I usually apply Laidbare Spot The Difference Cream morning and evening straight after cleansing/toning skin and skip the serum as I consider this cream as a treatment on its own due to its powerful healing properties. I use it when my skin is covered with small red bumps that I get before my period or when my diet is not as great as it should be. This cream will help to sooth my skin pretty much overnight! I feel like it is very calming product and definitely helps to get rid of redness as well as blemishes.

So in general, this cream is perfect for small red bumps all over the face that you cannot really treat with blemish gel as this is too large area to cover with such drying products. It can also be used as an everyday moisturiser for anyone with acne prone skin as it is very healing and doesn’t make skin greasy. I think Laidbare Spot Difference Cream is great treatment for small blemishes and red skin on its own, but you can additionally use spot blemish treatments to heal painful and inflamed zits and pimples. Overall, a very handy products if you think that it costs just £6.95 and small amount goes a long way too!