Wednesday, 29 October 2014

What Cat Did: Kerastraight at Salon International


A few weeks ago I had the chance to try out a new brand and my first hair care treatment with KeraStraight! KeraStraight is a brand that focuses on ridding your daily haircare problems. They offer two treatments, the KS Ultimate which is a treatment that lasts up to 4 months which is perfect for super duper curly hair - this treatment will help define your curls and also make it heaven to straighten! The second treatment is the Instense Boost which lasts up to 30 days and focuses on the condition of the hair repairing it as well as adding shine and a silky soft touch to the hair. I personally suffer from dry over-heated hair, that's also frizzy and hard to brush through when wet, and when KeraStraight told me about the Intense Boost Treatment, it sounded right for me! 

^^^ BEFORE & AFTER ^^^

Image Credit: KeraStraight - Thank you for letting me use the photos! ♥

There are two Intense Boost treatments: one that focuses on putting protein back into hair, and one that focuses on putting moisture back into the hair, and of course I went for the moisture boost treatment. I had the lovely Kymberley treating my hair that day, and I don't think I realised what was going on until I got to Salon International - which I forgot to mention is a absolutely huge and buzzing convention for all things hair and beauty! The treatment was done on a stage as a live demo show and there was a lots of people watching as three of us at a time got our hair treated! I was buzzing from the atmosphere and feeling right in the centre of it all. The team at the KeraStraight stand that day were absolutely amazing in taking care of me and made me feel so comfortable - bearing in mind I had a huge hangover that I was masking!

Back to the treatment! The treatment only takes about 30 minutes overall but with how busy all the stylists were it did take a little bit longer. First of all my hair was washed twice with a cleansing shampoo to open up the hair cuticles and then towel dried. I was then taken straight to the stage where Kymberley applied the Intense Boost Moisture Treatment and then brushed it in well. Before that, there was a little talk where the lovely woman (whose name I cannot remember!) asked people to touch my hair to feel the condition of the hair, and boy... people were honest! They said how it felt dry and straw-like and not nice to tough in general, but then the woman explained that this wouldn't be for long, and that just got me more excited than I already was for the end result. After the treatment was brushed in, it was dried in on a low heat until my hair was completely dry. She then rinsed it all out and took me back to the stage where she then styled my hair leaving me with super-soft bouncy hair! It was honestly as simple as that - and all that in about 45 minutes!
You can see from my before and after the difference in my hair, but it's no comparison to how it feels. Two and a half weeks later and my hair is still really soft and silky and so so easy to manage. The results were so beyond what I expected! I'm seriously SO impressed, especially after almost three weeks after having the treatment done.
KeraStraight were so nice that they even gave me an after care kit to keep my hair at it's best at home. I received the KeraStraight Straight Maintain Shampoo & Conditioner and then the KeraStraight Ultimate Oil, which I have to say feels amazing on the hair.



I had such a great experience with KeraStraight and Salon International was amazing! I did have a walk around and really liked it. I took a peek at Tangle Teezer's stand and they had a good sale going on! I did actually vlog most of the day, but kinda gave up towards the end because I had train troubles and I was feeling a bit weird from the night before but I still did it! If you'd like to see that then let me know, because I'm in the middle of editing it and I'm cringing at the sound of my own voice and the fact that I can't look at the camera lens properly! Eurgh.
All in all it was such a great experience, and if you have hair similar to mine and you'd like something that will help the condition of your hair I really recommend it! I heard that the Intense Boost treatment is actually not that expensive too, I've seen a couple of salon's pricing it around £25-35 but I'm not 100% as all Salons charge different prices! It's a good little pick me up for you and your hair if you're feeling the need to fix it up a bit ♥


CAT xo
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

What Cat Wore: Tartan Bow


Tartan Headband - River Island
Crop Top - Miss Selfridge
Jeans - Topshop

Okay, so I did originally take pictures of this outfit - but they didn't come out too good, so I didn't bother! Sometimes that's the way it turns out - and with such minimal natural lighting available to me either in the morning or the evening of my days I don't get the chance to take any of my photos. I kinda don't want to invest in a soft box light yet since I don't feel the need for one, but I do want one - it would be a little useful!
I wanted to show off my new headband from River Island more than anything. If you know me well, you know I'm a tartan/check girl at heart - totally obsessed! Just today I was in HomeSense eyeing up a tartan throw for my bed. Boyfriend dragged me away from it before I picked it up...
I bought this headband last minute in the queue at RI, and I originally picked up a headband with tartan cat ears, but then saw this! I changed my mind because instantly I thought of so many ways to style my hair with it. You know it's worth investing in when you can think about all the different ways to style something - if there's more than three - go for it!
I honestly love me some check and tartan... What's your favourite fashion print?

CAT xo
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Review | Faith In Nature Pineapple & Lime Shampoo & Conditioner


Faith In Nature - Pineapple & Lime Shampoo & Conditioner *

So I'm not often one to venture into different brands of shampoo. I tend to stick to the basic brands such as Tresemme or Herbal Essences and then go for one of their damage repair or hydration shampoos since my hair can get quite a bit of breakage at times as well as getting too dry for it's own good from all the styling. So when Faith In Nature asked me if I'd like to try one of their shampoos and conditioners I thought it would be a good change and something different to try on my problematic hair.
Faith In Nature pride themselves on being a locally produced brand and only using the best in their products. They have a list on their website of things they use in their products and why and as well as that a list of things they don't use in their products so you know what you're buying.

Firstly - I'd like to mention the smell. Ohhhhh YES. This smells exactly like what you'd expect it to - pineapple and lime. I adore it, and the best thing is that after washing your hair smells just like this too, so prepare to smell like a walking tropical fruit basket. It's honestly one of the best smelling shampoos I've ever used - I'd buy it again or any of their other many shampoos at that just to smell amazing. Imagine smelling like the chocolate shampoo.... Oooooh.
Washing my hair, the shampoo left my hair feeling very nourished and clean. I know it sounds weird to say clean, but that clean feeling is important to me. I really don't like it when shampoos don't foam up, because to me it doesn't feel like it's doing much but this foams up really well and you can really feel it working into your hair. And also I don't like it when you have to use more than you'd like to cover all your hair so I was impressed that a little product here indeed went a long way.
It's the same story with the conditioner; I now use the Splash Tangle Teezer to comb in my conditioners for an even coverage and a little of this really goes a long way to cover the hair. I leave it in for 5 minutes and my hair feels as smooth and soft as it should be!

If I had to put this product into three words it would be: Fruity, Foamy and Clean!
I definitely would buy Faith In Nature shampoos and conditioners again and they come at a great price for what they are and how much you get at £5.50 a bottle for 400ml. Maybe I'll try the Chocolate or the Coconut one next time.
Have you ever tried the Faith In Nature shampoo & conditioners? Which scent would you go for?


CAT xo
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