Olaplex Haircare System. Is It Worth The Hype?

Hello bees, I hope everyone is well. How is it the start of August already? In today’s post I want to talk about the well known hair care brand Olaplex as I’ve been testing a few of their products for the past two weeks, before we get into the good stuff let’s talk about my hair type and condition.

Let’s go back to July last year, my hair was nearly at the bottom of my back and was in great condition. I had been colouring it black for a few months but had started to get bored with it (typical Gemini) so decided to strip my hair to a dark brown using a colour corrector. I then bleached a large portion of my hair to a dip dye, this was the worst decision I could have made. I ended up damaging my hair and it was breaking off so I made the decision to cut all my beautiful hair off to shoulder length. Since then I’ve been growing out my hair as I want my natural colour and I trim it every month to get rid of any dead ends. I still have some left over blonde in my hair that does tend to look dry and frizzy when I don’t use product.

I have heard lots of great things about Olaplex from my hairdresser friends and other bloggers who rave about its restoration properties for damaged hair. In salons they use No. 1 & 2 when lifting colour from the hair to ensure it doesn’t get damaged, this is only available to salons and those who trade as hairdressers. However there is a bunch of at home maintenance products for us do it yourself/every day folk with the same ingredients. I picked up their No. 3, 4 & 5 system and No. 7 to see if my hair improved.

The first product I picked up is the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector. This is a pre shampoo treatment that claims to strengthen and repair the hair by building the bonds that have been damaged by chemical or heat activity. I picked up the 100ml bottle as it was my first time trying but they do sell a larger 250ml bottle. The product itself has a thin conditioner like consistency, with a lovely sweet perfume scent. I find this easy to spread onto my hair and a little does stretch a long way. I apply this onto damp towel dried hair, to the scalp and through to the ends making sure everything is fully covered and let sit for a minimum of ten minutes. I like to wear this for longer for maximum effect. After rinsing off I noticed how much smoother my hair feels and after following the next steps have noticed that my hair looks healthier and has stop shedding so much. I will definitely be repurchasing this in the bigger size which will last me ages as you only need to do this once per week or twice for really damaged hair! The 100ml costs £26 and the supersize 250ml costs £52 and can be found here .

The next step after rinsing is shampooing the hair and I picked up the Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. This claims to nourish the hair while using patented technology to re link broken bonds for those with damaged or brittle hair. Whilst cleaning the hair without stripping its moisture and providing a salon quality glossy finish. This shampoo has a surprisinly thick consistency for a shampoo but does lather extremely well and as I learnt the hard way the first time I used, a little goes a long way! It has a pleasant sharp grapefruit scent and I love how squeaky clean this leaves my scalp. I will definitely be repurchasing this at a later date, its the best shampoo I’ve used so far. This costs £26 for 250ml and can be found here.

After cleansing the hair I always like to go in with a conditioner, some people skip this step depending on their hair type but I always get fly away’s if I don’t use it. I picked up the Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner which claims to make the hair more manageable whilst providing the hair with daily hydration and repair damage from colouring and styling. This has a very thick mask like consistency, and I find that you only need a small amount to cover a large amount of hair. This has the same grape fruit scent as the shampoo and leaves my hair feeling so silky. I can run my fingers through my hair without any tangles and this doesn’t weigh my hair down with that heavy greasy feeling. This costs £26 for 250ml and can be found here.

To finish off my hair I picked up the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil. There is another step which is a Bonding Cream but I didn’t want to put too much product in my hair so didn’t pick that up. I get on really well with oil products to finish the hair and this was no exception. This claims to provide highly concentrated nourishment to the hair whilst adding a glossy shine to your tresses. It has a very light consistency but is so hard to get out of the bottle which is a downside! A little goes a long way with this oil and I love how light this feels whilst on the hair and I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in how smooth and shiny my hair looks when using this. I apply this to the ends of my damp hair before drying for some protection against heat and then use a tiny amount to finish the ends of my hair. This costs £26 for 30ml which does seem expensive but a little bit really does stretch a long way with this.

Overall I’m so pleased that I took the plunge and started trying the Olaplex hair care system. I have noticed how much stronger, manageable, soft and shiny it is than before. I have a lot less breakage and it just looks so much better than it did. I will definitely be picking all four of these products again when I’m finished this lot!

Have you ever tried Olaplex? What are your favourite products to use for damaged hair? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Spring/Summer 2020 Makeup Trend: Colour Clash

Hello bees, I hope you’ve had a great week, I’ve been busy creating lots of content for my makeup account and trying to soak up as much sun as possible whilst on my daily walk!

Disclaimer– This post contains affiliate links but as always opinions are honest and my own.

I’m back today trying another makeup trend for Spring/Summer 2020. It’s nothing new that bright colours are used in the warmer months but the current colour clash trend gets me excited! It’s super simple to achieve, choose a bright colour for the eyes and then a constrasting bright colour for lips for the perfect clash.

If you know me then you will know that I’m a sucker for bright, eye catching colours. I love working with bold colours and I decided to go full on with my look but you can also tone it down with a a coloured eye liner and clashing lip. The most important thing is to have fun experimenting! Below is a step by step on how I created my look as well as some fun colourful products on the market that would suit this trend perfectly.

When it comes with all trends on the catwalk, they always opt for clean fresh glass like skin. This is my favourite to do and I’ve somewhat perfected this kind of base over the past few years. I started by moisturising the skin well with the Dermalogica Prisma Protect and priming with the Essence Fresh & Fit primer.

For a light but full coverage base, I’ve been loving the healthy dew finish of the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream in shade ‘fair’ and applied this with a buffing brush. Next I added a small amount of the Glossier Stretch concealer in shade ‘G10’. To add some colour back into the cheeks I used blush, bronzer and some natural highlight. All from the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm palette . To set the undereyes, around the nose and the chin I used the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores setting powder

Moving on to the eyes I only used one product and it’s my favourite for a bright yellow, the Mac Cosmetics single eyeshadow in shade ‘chrome yellow’. This is such a rich striking colour. To contrast the yellow I thought a red lip would be fun and is there a better red lipstick than the Mac Cosmetics Matte lipstick in shade ‘Ruby Woo’?

To finish this look I wanted some natural looking brows so that the focus remained on the eyes and lips. To do this I simply brushed some glycerin soap through my brows to create a natural looking bushy brow.

1. NYX Ultimate Brights eyeshadow palette

2. Colour Pop Creme gel colour

3. C.Y.O Swipe Once Butter Glaze liquid

4. Illamasqua Powder eyeshadow

5.Revolution Beauty Maxi Reloaded palette Monster Mattes

6. Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick

What do you think of this trend? Are you bold enough to wear bright colours? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Let’s talk SPF ft the new product launch from Dermalogica

Hello Bees, I hope you’re all keeping safe and well during these stressful times of Covid19 and the self isolation. In today’s post we will be talking all things SPF and reviewing the newest product that Dermalogica kindly sent my way.

Disclaimer– This post contains items that were sent to me for free to test. As always my opinions are honest and my own.

Before I started really getting into skincare and actually researching what the effects of the ingredients in the products I was buying were, I just assumed that SPF was only for use in the summer months when the sun was present but that couldn’t be far from the truth. As the damage is done from UV rays from the sun which is present all year round.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for sun protection factor and its use is to prolong or prevent the time it takes to get burnt from the sun. This often comes in cream form or in a lighter liquid spray bottle and is used by applying and rubbing into the skin.

Why is it important to use an SPF?

If you go outside without using an SPF a process called photo aging starts, the skin reacts to sun exposure by making melanin which is how we get that gorgeous looking tan in the summer. Too much exposure causes stress to the skin which breaks down collagen which is a protein that keeps the skin strong. Loosing its strength will cause the skin to wrinkle and therefore make you look older quicker than the normal ageing process. It can also cause brown spots to appear and after chronic sun exposure cause DNA damage to the skin cells which can eventually lead to skin cancer. Those with darker skin are more naturally protected, whereas those with lighter skin are less shielded.

When should I be applying it to my Face?

SPF should be applied to the face daily when venturing out. I wouldn’t worry about applying any if you’re not going to get into direct contact with the sun. I like to apply it before I apply my foundation and currently use the Dermalogica Prisma Protect which is a moisturiser with SPF included. It is important to wear it under makeup as makeup doesn’t act as a barrier for light damage, and yes that includes a more full coverage base!

Now onto the new Invisible Physical Defence cream that Dermalogica kindly sent me to try. I already love quite a few of their products and the 2 in 1 product I mentioned above is my favourite. This claims to be suitable for all skin types, weightless and blends easily into the skin leaving it invisible rather than a chalky white cast that some sun creams/SPFs give. The main ingredients include:

Ultra- Sheer Zinc Oxide that provides invisible protection against UVA/UVB rays and blue light.

Bioactive Mushroom Complex that helps soothe the skin and reduce UV induced redness and dryness.

Antioxidant Green Tea that helps fight free- radical skin damage.


I really like the simple packaging and the addition of the colour yellow on the front, it really adds to the fresh sun vibes and matches the product inside. This comes in a squeezey tube with a flip cap lid and contains of 50ml of product inside. This is gluten and paraben free, contains no artificial fragrances and colours and is vegan and cruelty free! This comes with a lofty price tag of £49 which is definitely aimed for those with a larger budget but is an average price for Dermalogica skincare.

After squeezing out a small amount of product from the tube I noticed this had a medicinal smell with a hint of lavender. If you have tried or owned the Dermalogica Sleep Cocoon then it’s a great comparison scent wise, once blended however the scent does fade to almost nothing. Now onto the consistency, this cream comes out quick thick but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it feels very thin when applying into the skin. A little goes a long way with this product so not much is needed. This melts into the skin and I’m pleased to say that their claims of no chalky white residue are correct. It’s also worth noting that it dries quickly and leaves a matte finish which made my skin look nice and smoothed out in the process! I also found that it didn’t change the way my foundation, concealer or powder looked when applied underneath and didn’t change the wear or longevity either which is a huge plus.

Although it’s definitely on the pricey side I definitely give my approval of this SPF. I love Dermalogica in general but I’m just so pleased how fast it dries, making it super easy to apply and get on with your day without having to waste time to sit and air out. It’s also a huge deal for me that it doesn’t leave a white cast to the skin as most cheaper alternatives leave. Now we just need this annoying but necessary lock down to lift so we can all go and get our much needed summer! Do you use a SPF? If so which one? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.