I have been dying my locks for a good few years now and i'd never really thought about the repercussions that it has on my hair. I have oodles of long thick hair that can pretty much take a beating without really suffering too much. Then when i started to cut out chemicals like SLS and parabens i realised i should probably do the same when dying my hair. As it turned out my favourite colour got discontinued and i thought i may as well just take a break from dying it. Six odd months later and my roots were down by my ears and people were starting to get fed up of me moaning about them!
In an epic turn of perfect timing I was contacted to try out a lovely natural hair dye brand called Naturtint from Natures Dream that promised to give amazing full coverage with a natural clean formula. You can imagine i jumped at the chance!
I chose the permanent hair colour range and using their extensive colour guide took my pick from an amazingly wide and beautiful range of colours and tones and settled on the beautiful Light Golden Chestnut (5G). What is even better is you can actually mix the colours together to create your perfect shade, a guide for this is also provided!
The formula is free from an amazing list of chemical nasties. No: Ammonia, Resorcinol, Parabens, Silicones, Paraffin, Mineral Oil, Heavy Metals, SLS, Formaldehyde derivatives or artificial fragrances. WOW! Plus it is enriched with Sunflower extract and other amazing natural nutrients and oils (all organically certified too!)
I enlisted the help of my ma and off we went to eradicate those bad boy roots. There are several methods for different types of dye jobs, but mine was a simple dye all-in-one-go job. So, just like other brands you simply mix two solutions, give it a few a hefty shakes and away you go!
Firstly to mention is the scent, while it isn't the most prettiest of smells it is by no means unpleasant and I actually quite liked it as it smelt 'earthy' and 'raw'- an odd way to describe it but you know. Blissfully due to the ammonia free formula there was zero acidic tart eye watering smell that you get from typical brands of hair dye and it seriously made the whole experience immensely better, not once did i think -gee i need to crack a window!
Next point to mention about this is the wonderful SLS free formula. SLS is a foaming agent and often dries out the skin and can often cause irritation. With Naturtint i noticed pretty quickly that my scalp wasn't and didn't sting or itch during the whole process which again was such a blessing and a bonus. Seeing as my ma was the one pasting the solution onto my locks (and having been dying her hair for a good 30 odd years, a bit of an expert) I asked her how it differed from using a traditional dye kit. She said she was impressed because as it didn't foam up it was a whole lot less messy and splashy than other brands and therefore much easier for her to control. This meant that A) my nice white bathroom stayed white and B) my ears and neck remained mostly unsmeared, while my hair got the full amount of coverage. Also when it came to cleaning what bit of me had caught a bit of dye, it washed off my skin really easily and didn't require an of the usual vigorous scrubbing with a rough wet flannel or makeup remover!
So once we had slapped two boxes worth (i have A LOT of hair, but two was plenty) of dye on I left it to process for 30 mins then washed out with the lovely shampoo provided and then conditioned with the amazing colour fix conditioner! This conditioner is heavenly, my hair was smooth smooth smooth! It smelt wonderful and there was enough in one tube for several washes even with my heap of hair.
So the final result? Well I am 100% loving it, my hair has full deep gorgeous glossy coverage, no patches, no dryness and no lingering smell. The colour is rich and intense and absolutely beautiful. I have had so many compliments on my new colour and even after a few washes it remains rich and glossy and soft. I has lightened ever so slightly after 3 or so washes but nothing drastic and in actual fact the washes helped bring out even more shades and tones to the hair colour. It's amazingly natural and multi-tonal.
I literally cannot fault this hair dye in any way. I will definitely be purchasing this for myself when i need to re-dye it, it is a bit pricey at £9.99 a box, but for healthy hair that has such incredible natural colour it's seriously worth it! I actually enjoyed dying my hair, which is really something!
The only slight issue i would mention is that the colour that is shown on the box is pretty different to the colour chart on the website and very different from your actual result colour. I chose my colour online and my hair has turned out just how i expected and looks like the colour shown online but my box looked really different and at first i was a bit worried, but it turned out perfect. So just a note, judge by the online colour chart, not the box.
The mothers final verdict? 'I think it's superb!' High praise indeed from the queen of hair dying!
Naturtint range also includes Nutrideep Multiplier (conditioner), Nutrideep Shampoo and Reflex non-permanent colour.
Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter ~ Mint £2.99
I am a complete self confessed lip balm fiend! I love getting my mitts on all and any lipbalms that I can find and my collection is pretty much overflowing! Yet despite my overly healthy stash of lip balms, butters, moisturisers, serums, scrubs and gels I still always look for the next wonderful product to try.
I have been a big fan of Yes To for a long time now and have dabbled in many products and worked an item from each range into my stash at some point. Carrots, Tomatos and Cucumbers are all there and i'm sure the Blueberries will work their way in too!
I actually got this in a Yes To travel set from TK MAXX and was pretty excited for the lip balm alone! There are several flavours of this lip balm, including carrot, but mint has to be one of my all time favourites, so it was destiny for me to get it.
At first I honestly wasn't too sure or keen on the mint taste of this balm. It's isn't quite as fresh as others, but i actually really really enjoy it now, it tastes a much more natural minty taste instead of that artificial minty taste that some products get. After application my lips sometimes tingle ever so slightly and feel quite cool, which i absolutely love.
As you can see this balm is 95% organic and is paraben free etc and as the name suggests is packed full of vitamin C, coconut oil, jojoba oil and of course peppermint oil , among loads of other maazing ingredients, which is super nourishing for the lips. I always have dry lips as i'm a habitual lip biter and this beautiful balm calms and soothes my sore lips when i've had a nibble and keeps them soft and hydrated. This balm also lasts quite a long time on the lips and doesn't feel slick or oily at all. It gives a subtle sheen but doesn't add any gloss effect.
Singularly I think this balm and other flavours are around £2.99 which is a great price for a natural and organic balm as they tend to be a bit pricer than their highstreet traditional counterparts.
Yes To products have really been booming in the beauty world and are now available online at feelunique, beautybay and even ASOS! as well as all great natural and organic online retailers including naturalisimo and mypure etc. I love it when natural brands become more widely sold as it makes it so much easier to get them on a regular basis.
After loving this mint flavour one, i'm definately going to be trying out the others, especially berry and pomegranate. The Yes To lip balm range also includes SPF lip balms in several flavours and pretty tinted balms in a range of shades. Tempted?
NB- I think Yes To have redesigned the lip balm packaging and this one is the old style, the new style looks much brighter and more colourful!
|Zoya Polish in Julie - £10.50|
So you might remember a few posts back I showed you the beautiful Zoya polish that was included in the March Amarya Beauty box. Zoya nail polishes are free from toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP (phthalates) and camphor and have a wonderful range of shades, seriously gorgeous!
This polish colour is Julie and it's as you can see a soft blue toned lilac with silvery blue pearlescent shimmer particles, they are super tiny so not a glitter effect but still add depth and an extra dimension to the colour. It's is just such the perfect colour for spring!
The formula is beautiful, it goes on really easily with literally no streaks or gloopyness. The brush is quite large which for me is perfect as i can definitely be a bit cack-handed with nail polishes (you know that old joke of getting polish up to the knuckles - that is truly me, i kid you not!) As for opacity I was suitably impressed, it only took two coast to get it to this opacity and it still looked great with only one coat for a more subtle sheen of colour on the nail.
Chipping is always an issue with me, i chip nails as soon as i paint them, i don't know how, but i do. However, this polish was pretty hardy and lasted me up to 5 days before I thought, yep time to get the polish remover out. Without a top coat this is pretty darn good. With a top coat i'm sure it would be even better, but i'm currently sans topcoat as i'm still dithering about which 3 free brand to try top coat wise.
I do think that at £10.50 Zoya polishes are on the more pricey side as polish prices go but i find that this is something that is more common with 3 free formulas like Butter London polishes which also retail at around this price.
You can get your mitts on more pretty Zoya shades on the Amarya website and other natural/organic online retailers.
Have you tried out Zoya polishes yet?