Friday Favourites - Hair Care

Today, there is such a wide range of Branded Hair Care Products that it can become confusing as to which are the best. Here at The Amazing Blog we want to narrow it down for you; we know the importance of great hair care and have tried our share of different brands. We love products that are pleasing on the eye and nose, but ultimately we are most concerned about effective results. We hope you love our choices as much as we did.

I think most would agree that the toughest forecast for hair is humidity. OGX have created a Kukui Oil Haircare range, hallelujah. They promise to hydrate and waterproof hair to leave curls beautifully defined with luminous shine and most importantly, frizz free. The Kukui Oil, an ancient Hawaiian secret, is of course the star of the show. It is a totally natural ingredient found in the nuts of the Kukui tree, or ‘the tree of light’, well it certainly brightens up our day. The oil contains essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, all of which help our hair to repel humidity whilst sealing in the moisture. These are the kind of results we have all been waiting for, and to think all of this is achievable through a hair wash. The Kukui Oil Shampoo and Conditioner are perfectly paired with an anti-frizz hydrating oil, with these in your haircare collection say goodbye to frizz for good. Get your hands on them here for £6.99 each.

If you are looking for a natural remedy to dry, lifeless or even oily hair then NOAH is the brand for you. The ingredients used in each product contain concentrations of pure essential oils; these are extracted from plants and flowers in the most traditional way possible. Finally, we can be certain that we are avoiding harmful chemicals that are found in most shampoos and conditioners. NOAH products are tailored to each problem area; our favourites are the Regenerating Shampoo with Argan Oil and Nourishing Conditioner with Mango and Rice Proteins. The regenerating shampoo is designed to relieve dry, overworked and treated hair, while the nourishing conditioner detangles and moisturises every hair type. Our hair can not only breathe a sigh of relief, but also smells incredible due to the plant and flower extracts. A must have in our opinion, if you think so too get them here for £9.90 and £13.50.

On those days in which our hair needs some extra TLC, we reach for the new Label M Honey and Oat Mask to both hydrate and strengthen our hair in one. Label M is an award-winning professional haircare brand that even caters for London Fashion Week. The Honey and Oat Treatment has an exclusive Hydra-5 moisture-regulating complex means it prevents damage, moisturises and strengthens. Key ingredients within the mask include two types of high-grade honey, Plum Kernal, African Myrrh, and Baobab Oil to give intense moisture and truly long lasting results. It is to be used around once a week in addition to conditioner, leave it in towel dried hair for 1-5 minutes and rinse with cool water. Whether in need of a pampering session or quick fix in the shower this mask is perfect for you. It feels light but luxurious and indulgent, while the use of honey leaves your hair with a divine scent. If you want silky smooth hair that smells so good you could eat it, order yours here for only £15.75

Now that we have kept our hair healthy, we want a great styling product to show it off, this is where Affinage comes in. Affinage is a professional hair care brand with unique, technology-driven products guaranteed to give effective results; our favourite styling product is without a doubt their award-winning Air Loader Ultra strong Hairspray. Not only is the packaging exciting and edgy, but it’s designed with a micro-atomizer to give a super fine spray with incredible hold and volume. Like any other hairspray, hold the Air Loader at arm’s length and apply on dry hair as needed, however unlike any other hairspray your hair will keep its shine and hold throughout the whole day. If you want extra volume you can reapply the spray as much as you want, the quick-dry, lightweight formula doesn’t weigh hair down. Remarkably, at the end of the day it brushes out easily and the product doesn’t feel as if it has drenched your hair in product. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of hair styling, pick yours up here for only £5.40.

Helen Dewdney - The Complaining Cow

Gone are the days that complaining is a pastime for the miserable, here at The Amazing Blog we have learnt how to complain positively and effectively. Helen Dewdney is the brain behind The Complaining Cow,  and she firmly believes that complaining needn’t be a difficult feat if done correctly.

Dewdney gives the reader guidance throughout the book, covering just about every situation you could think of from finance issues to booking holidays and even dealing with noisy neighbours. This is certainly a read that appeals to all consumers out there, she promises to get you refunds, redress and results. If followed efficiently the book will surely pay for itself, it includes various template letters, legal explanations and clear worked examples to help us on our way.

We found it extremely helpful as it helped us dispute a parking ticket with success! Dewdney dispels some of the myths surrounding consumer information to ensure the reader is aware of their legal rights and how to make sure they are adhered to. It’s evident that she knows what she is talking about, the book is even updated anytime a law is changed or altered. Finally a non-fiction author we can have real trust in. We found the book extremely informative and Dewdney’s witty introduction endearing, by the end you will feel as if you could take on the world.

If you want to become a certified complaining cow get your copy here.

Organique - Endorphin Serum and Rejuvenating Serum

Here at The Amazing Blog, we often find ourselves in need of an energy boost midweek. When our skin needs a little rejuvenating, we reach for Organique’s Rejuvenating Cranberry Serum and Chocolate Endorphin Serum. These two products are just the treat our skin needs to get us through a long week.

If you need a bit of relaxation to regain your energy, the Chocolate Endorphin Serum is the perfect solution. Using a complex called Stimu-Tex®, the Serum improves microcirculation and restores the skin’s lipid barrier. A little goes a long way, and the serum absorbs easily into the skin. After a few minutes, the serum left our skin feeling smooth and soft. Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of chocolate? It is hard not to feel relaxed with the smell of cocoa coming from nourished skin.

For a little rejuvenation after relaxation, the Rejuvenating Cranberry Serum is the way to go. This serum uses the ABI Complex to stimulate collagen production and protect skin cells from damage. It also comes with a dose Vitamin C to stimulate skin healing and leave you feeling energised. The Vitamin E in the serum also works for anti-ageing and leaves the skin feeling tightened and strong.

If you feel your skin needs a bit of a boost to make it through the week, Organique’s Chocolate Endorphin Serum is available here and Cranberry Rejuvenating Serum can be bought here for £17.50 each. 

Natura Siberica - Sauna & Spa Slimming Icy Sugar Body Scrub

We are all guilty of wanting to lose a few extra pounds without the workout, and here at The Amazing Blog we are no exception. While this may seem an impossible dream, we were pleased to discover that the Sauna & Spa Slimming Icy Sugar Body Scrub from Natura Siberica can actually help to lift skin and shed some of our extra weight. Count us in!

While we may have been skeptical at first, we were glad to discover that this Body Scrub lives up to its promise of smoother and more toned skin. The scrub is packed full of all sorts of unique Siberian ingredients such as Wild Juniper and Organic Meadowsweet that are super concentrated with vitamins and minerals. The product not only exfoliates, but actually enhances your skin’s natural immunity to toxins. Wild Harvested Milfoil helps to improve your body’s contours and make you look slimmer by increasing skin firmness and elasticityArtic Raspberry Seed Oil and Wild Mint stimulate the skins natural metabolic process and leave your skin rejuvenated. The bright scent of the scrub combined with its relaxing effects leave the skin feeling as if we’d just had a professional spa treatment.

If that wasn’t enough, the Icy Sugar Body Scrub is free from Parabens, Silicones, Synthetic Dyes and GMOs. The wild-harvested Siberian ingredients all hail from local communities. You can use this product with peace of mind knowing that its production support small Siberian tribes.

If you find yourself in need of a spa day that leaves you a bit thinner, the Sauna & Spa Slimming Icy Sugar Body Scrub can be bought here for just £11.59.

ZV2 - Day and Night Serums

Here at the Amazing Blog, as the only man in the office I am often nagged at to take care of myself better. Skincare doesn't tend to be at the top of my list, an attitude that I'm sure is shared by most men. However, I was pleasantly surprised when we received the ZV2 Spray on Serums.

ZV2 have created two advanced serums for both Day and Night, each contain a dose of high powered ingredients. They compact all of this into an ultra-fine mist spritz that simply melts into the skin. Quick and Easy! The perfect product to ease me into somewhat of a skincare regime. 

The ingredient list has a plethora of goodies and vitamins, carefully selected for their intensive action on the skin. The serums use Sensfeel technology, an active ingredient designed to stimulate the male pheromones, increasing his manly attractiveness via a totally natural process – I’m sold! 

ZV2 Day serum additionally provides broad-band AV protection from sun damage and other optimum performance ingredients, whereas ZV2 Night provides lasting nourishment and hydration, as well as fixing the imbalances caused by external factors during the day. After a few weeks of using this, I will admit the ladies were right on this one. I've noticed a big improvement in the look and feel of my skin, no dry patches in sight.  

ZV2 serums retail at £52 each, start taking care of your skin and order yours here. You won't regret it.