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Happy Hair Days

Three months after giving birth, my hair started falling out faster than you can say “hair loss”. I guess the hair Elliot’s scalp has been sprouting recently has had to come from somewhere ūüôā

Previously I’d been using the Redken Extreme shampoo & conditioner in the hope that it’d work wonders on my hair. Well, it hasn’t. In fact I think it’s pretty crap, as I’ve spent every morning after the shower, desperately combing through my wet hair trying to detangle it before Elliot got bored of sitting in his bouncy chair.

So now I felt like treating my quickly receding hair line as gently and naturally as possible – no need to nuke the last remaining strands with parabens.

What I needed was a powerful de-frizzing shampoo and conditioner and when I spotted the Happy Hair Days products during my online shopping spree at Sainsburys I was intrigued. I love the quirky bottle designs and the fact that the products don’t contain parabens, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) or SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate).

And the price, oooh the price is just fine: £3.99 per bottle. I chose the Blueberry & Pear smoothing shampoo & conditioner and it smells great. But there are many other cool combinations, like the Marshmallow & Coconut one for coloured hair, or the Rosemary & Mint thickening one.

I couldn’t find a website for the Happy Hair Days brand, but you can find them in Sainsbury’s and Boots.

Favourite product: Naked orange blossom shower gel

I was browsing the shelves at Boots yesterday, looking for a new and less expensive shower gel that could replace my now empty Weleda Wild Rose Shower Cream.

Boots don’t stock too many skin & eco-friendly natural products, but I already knew where I was heading: to the shelf with Naked body care products. All their products are 97% natural and free from parabens, SLS and¬† petrochemicals. And they’re very affordable.

I was just about to grab their Love Me Naked rose body wash, but then I smelled this one for sensitive skin called Take Care and had to buy it.

It’s scented with orange blossoms and the delicate smell instantly took me back in time to ages ago when I was working as an au-pair in Paris. When I prepared strawberries or cr√™pes or for the kids I would always sprinkle them with l’eau de fleur d’oranger – orange blossom water. Pure nostalgia. Price ¬£3.99.

Naked make loads of other products (unfortunately most Boots only stock a small selection). So far I’ve only tried their shampoo + conditioner for coloured hair, which I didn’t exactly love. But the shower gels are great. The next thing I’m going to try out is their witch hazel toner.

Click here to check out Naked’s whole product range (they do free UK delivery on orders over ¬£20.

My favourite toner: Neal’s Yard Rose Water

Let me introduce you to my favourite toner: this one from Neal’s Yard Remedies.

The British company, known for their lovely blue bottles, specialises in organic, herb-based products for face, hair, body, baby etc. They don’t believe in animal testing, synthetic colours, parabens etc. and their products are still quite affordable. They have shops all over London and you can find them here.

I use the rose water in the morning after the shower and in the evening after removing make-up. It also comes in a lavender version.

Neal’s Yard Rose water, ¬£9.75. Buy it online here.

Organic Surge – beautifully cheap skincare with a conscience and without any nasties

I’ve been filling my shopping basket with award-winning Scottish brand Organic Surge’s facial creams the last two times I’ve been to Boots as they’ve had a very generous ¬†2 for ¬£8 offer going on. Normally the creams cost an also reasonable ¬£8 each.

I love everything about this brand: from the very low prices and aesthetically pleasing packaging to the gentle ingredients that are mainly organic and natural and free from parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate, synthetic perfume and other nasties.

What I also like is that they don’t test on animals and support charities. Every time you buy a product you contribute to support a vulnerable child in Africa.

Apart from the facial creams, which are really really good (and rose-scented), I also love their shower gels (£3.99). And they also do a range of shampoos and conditioners that I want to try out.

In the UK you can find Organic surge in Boots and in shops like Whole Foods, Waitrose and Fresh & Wild. And if you’re in Denmark you need to head for your nearest Matas, Coop or Helsam.

www.organicsurge.com

Favourite product: Wigo Europe hair dryer

Nu vi er ved h√•rliret, s√• m√• jeg lige skamrose min Wigo h√•rt√łrrer. Jeg k√łbte den for en 4-5 √•r siden efter at have l√¶st et tip i et dameblad.

Foto: Mette Bassett

Her var nemlig et personligt r√•d fra en h√•rstylist, som mente, at alle burde investere i en professionel h√•rt√łrrer. Jeg k√łbte min hos Stuhr i K√łbmagergade for omkring 950 kr., men der er tit gode tilbud online. Og jeg knuselsker den. S√• meget at en af knapperne er kn√¶kket af (burde ikke ske til den pris). Det tager kun 5 minutter at t√łrre h√•ret og det bliver l√¶kkert luftigt og fyldigt. Jeg kommer aldrig til at g√• tilbage til billige h√•rt√łrrere.

English: I just wanted to tip you about the one hair product that I can’t live without. 4-5 years ago I read about the Wigo Europe professional hair dryer in a women’s magazine. This personal tip from a hair professional caught my eye and I decided to go for it.

The Wigo hair dryer cost around 100 pounds and I bought it from a salon (you can also find realy good online deals). And I just love it, so much in fact that one of the buttons broke (that really shouldn’t happen at this price). But it still works and I use it every day. It only takes 5 minutes to dry my hair and leaves it feeling very voluminous.

Favourite Product: DuWop Cheek Venom

Foto: Mette Bassett

Det lyder giftigt, men amerikanske DuWop’s Cheek Venom er, lige som deres legendariske Lip Venom, fri for skadelige tils√¶tningsstoffer og ikke testet p√• dyr. Jeg foretr√¶kker creme-blushere, da de holder hele dagen og i selv den v√¶rste sommervarme, og da jeg ogs√• er fan af koral-farven (bl.a. i form af den fantastiske MAC lip conditioner) r√łg denne Lip Venom i farven “Diamondback” straks i kurven.

Jeg elsker den fine, lidt glimtende farve, og cremen dufter dejligt spearmint-agtigt, kildrer og k√łler lidt p√• kinderne, og skulle efter sigende b√•de pleje og pifte dem op. Og s√• varer den simpelthen for evigt. Den f√•s ogs√• i farven Sidewinder, der er lidt m√łrkere og mere nude. Pris 24 dollars. Kan k√łbes p√• nettet her eller p√• ASOS. Og s√•dan ser den ud “in action”:

English: I prefer cream blushers as they stay on the whole day, even in the worst humid summer heat. My absolute favourite is American Duwop’s Cheek Venom in the coral pink “Diamondback” (looking for a great coral colour for the lips to go with it? try this). DuWop are famous for their legendary lipglosses and plumpers called Lip Venoms. The products are, despite the dangerous name, free from any nasty additives and not tested on animals.

Last but not least, this product simply lasts forever – I bet you’ll have to throw it away not because it’s empty but because it’s getting to old. The blusher also comes in the colour “Sidewinder”, described as a “gorgeous nude flush”. Costs around 24 dollars. Buy it online here. Here’s how it looks on the skin:

Foto: Mette Bassett

Yndlingsprodukt: MAC lip conditioner

Foto: Mette Bassett

Det har¬†taget¬†mig¬†over et √•r¬†at n√•¬†ned til bunden¬†p√•¬†min f√łrste¬†b√łtte MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner i¬†farven¬†‘Gentle Coral’. Jeg¬†har¬†allerede¬†k√łbt¬†en ny, der st√•r¬†klar¬†i¬†kulissen, s√• god er den.

Jeg er ikke¬†den store fan af l√¶bestift, da jeg¬†i¬†forvejen¬†har¬†ret farvede¬†l√łber.¬† De fleste¬†lipgloss¬†synes¬†jeg¬†er for klistrede¬†og skinnende, s√• for mig¬†er denne¬†farvede¬†l√¶bebalsam¬†den perfekte¬†middelvej. Den g√łr¬†l√¶berne¬†dejligt¬†bl√łde¬†og beskytter¬†mod udt√łrring,¬†selv¬†i¬†vintervejr, har¬†solfaktor¬†15 og dejlig¬†let duft¬†og smag. Og s√•¬†pifter¬†den ansigtet¬†op med lidt¬†kul√łr¬†uden¬†at overd√łve. F√•s¬†i¬†6 forskellige¬†nuancer. Pris 10.50 pund. K√łb den her.

In English: I’m just about to finish my little pot of MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner ¬†in the ‘gentle coral’ colour. It has taking me more than a year to get to the bottom of it and I’ve already bought a replacement, that’s how much I luv it.

I’m not really a lipstick person as my lips are already quite dark and too much colour doesn’t really suit me, neither does yucky sticky shiny¬†lip gloss. So this is the perfect alternative. It soothes¬†and moisturizes¬†your lips and protects them from the sun (spf¬†15), smells and feels lovely and leaves¬†just the perfect amount of colours on my lips.

I comes in 6 different colours and costs 10.50 pounds.  Buy it here.

Foto: Mette Bassett

 

Favoritprodukt: Never A Dull Moment fra Origins

Foto via origins.co.uk

N√•r det g√¶lder morgen- & aftenrutinen med at rense ansigtet, s√• har jeg de sidste mange, mange √•r sv√¶rget til Origins “Never A Dull Moment” gel√©en. Den dufter dejligt, skummer lige s√• dejligt og s√• udt√łrrer¬† den ikke huden, men efterlader den frisk og uden spor af makeup.

Og den svider ikke i √łjnene, s√• er man l√łbet t√łr for √łjenmake-up-fjerner, kan den ogs√• bruges d√©r i en sn√¶ver vending. Plus den er super dr√łj.

In English: My favourite facial cleanser is without a doubt Origins “Never a Dull Moment”. I smells wonderful, produces a light foam when mixed with water, and it removes all dirt and make-up without drying out my skin. Plus it lasts forever.

And it doesn’t even hurt if you accidentally put it in your eyes.

Volume, volume, volume

Mit hår er er fra naturens hånd både glat og tyndt. Det bliver lidt kedeligt i længden, så de sidste mange år har jeg eksperimenteret med diverse hårprodukter, der alle lover volumen af den vilde slags.

Jeg bryder mig ikke om mousse, da det g√łr mit h√•r klistret, s√•¬†¬†jeg har i stedet testet alverdens surfspray/saltvandssprays/hair thickening/root lifting-genren fra Bumble & Bumble, Wella, Sebastian, Kiehl’s, H&M etc. etc…

Foto: Mette Bassett

Min absolutte favorit er for l√¶ngst fundet: det er “Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Spray” from Aveda. Jeg bruger den i r√łdderne efter f√łnt√łrring¬†.¬†Sprayen har f√łrst en¬†ret kl√¶brig konsistens,¬†men¬†det forsvinder, n√•r den t√łrrer. ¬†Og s√• dufter den fantastisk urteagtigt. Her er et fors√łg p√• at vise resultatet:

Da jeg farver mit h√•r, og det i det hele taget f√•r en temmelig h√•r(d) behandling hver dag, har jeg brug for en god balsam. Her har favoritten det sidste lange stykke tid v√¶ret “Redken Body Full Conditioner”, ¬†som redder mit h√•r fra at klaske.

Foto from http://www.redken.com

English summary: My hair often lacks volume. For the last many years I’ve been testing all the beach hair/volume/surf-sprays I could get my hands on. My absolute favourite is “Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Spray” from Aveda. I use it in dry hair and spray it on at the roots and under the hair.

 
I blow dry my hair every day + I colour it so I also need a good conditioner and one that doesn’t make my hair collapse.
 
Once again I’ve found a favourite that works wonders for my hair:¬†¬†“Redken Body Full Conditioner”.

N√łdhj√¶lp til kolde kinder

Minusgrader og vintervejr udt√łrrer huden, s√• jeg var p√• udkig efter en ny, rig dagcreme, der kunne hamle op med kulden. Efter at have l√¶ste en anbefaling p√• classy Liberty London Girl’s blog (hun er en tidligere fashion editor, nu freelance journalist, som seri√łst ved, hvad hun snakker om) smuttede jeg en tur i Holland and Barrett’s og hev Dr. Organics rescue cream med Manuka honning ned fra hylden (7.99 pund).¬† Og smed ogs√• deres body lotion i kurven, nu jeg var i gang (6.99).

Begge produkter er fantastiske og bedre end nogle¬† af de meget dyre cremer, jeg tidligere har pr√łvet. De er n√¶rende nok til at modst√• vind og vejr, men ikke for fedtede, og bliver hurtigt absorberet.

Ekstra bonus: Produkterne er fri for parabener, allergi-testede og proppet med naturlige ingredienser. Duften er meget s√łd og honningagtig.

Læs mere om Dr. Organic og deres andre produkter her.

In English:

I’ve been looking for at new face cream to combat the cold weather that makes my skin dry out. After having read a review of Dr. Organics rescue cream with Manuka Honey (7.99 pounds) on the amazing and very reliable fashion professional, Liberty London Girls’s blog. I decided to give it a try.

The cream is simply wonderful and so is the body lotion (6.99). Rich, but not too greasy, no parabens, hypoallergenic and filled with natural goodnes. The smell is sweet like honey and the price is very, very reasonable.

In fact, this cream is better than any of the much more expensive face creams I’ve tried in my life.

Read more about Dr. Organic and their range here

Buy the stuff online at Holland and Barrett’s