Friday, 4 August 2017

Summer Beauty review roundup

We all religiously stock up on sun cream every summer to help protect our skin from the sun's harmful rays, but what about our poor hair, equally under attack from not just the sun, but also often repeated contact with salt and chlorine ? Baylis & Harding sent me through their Great Hair Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner Duo Set (RRP £11.99), also available with argan oil extract, to help me keep my locks in tip-top condition. Both argan and coconut oil are heralded by celebrity stylists and international hairdressers as the best ingredients for the ultimate shiny, smooth hair. The two big 500ml bottles contain coconut extracts and natural Betaine to moisturise, Vitamin E to protect and repair, Pro-vitamin B5 to nourish and Keratin to strengthen and add instant shine. They left my hair feeling beautifully soft and smooth, and I also love the lovely tropical, summery coconut scent. Top marks.

What with prickly heat, insect bites, chemical-filled swimming pools and extra sweating, the summer can often be a trigger for skin flare-ups. If your little ones are prone to suffering during the hot weather, be sure to stock up on Epaderm Junior, the newest addition to the highly effective Epaderm family, specially developed by dermatologists. The Epaderm Junior range offers complete emollient therapy and includes Epaderm Cream: a 2-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser and a skin cleanser, and Epaderm Ointment: a 3-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser, a cleanser, or added to a bath. The lighter cream might be preferred during the day and the heavier ointment at night. If you're heading off on holiday with kids in tow, definitely throw some in the suitcase as a precaution.

Strappy sandals are a summertime essential, so it's time to give your toenails some TLC, as well as your fingernails ! Renunail Nail Strengthener is an intensive nail treatment which leaves you with longer, stronger nails in just 28 days. Day 1: Apply two coats of Renunail Nail Strengthener onto clean nails, avoiding the cuticle area. Day 2-6: Continue to apply one coat of the Nail Strengthener daily for the next five days. Day 7: Remove all product from the nails with nail polish remover and repeat this process for another 3 weeks. RRP: £17.50, Stockist: Tesco Beautyworld Stores

After skin, hair and nails, what's left ? You got it - teeth ! As she likes wearing brightly coloured lipstick, Sophie is always complaining about her teeth looking yellow and wanting to try teeth whitening products. I bought her some whitening toothpaste but I've always had a preconceived idea that teeth whitening strips and powders must be bad for your teeth. I was therefore very intrigued when Smilelab got in touch, and told me all about their new strips that use the latest teeth whitening technology to help remove plaque and bacteria to help keep your teeth not only whiter but also cleaner than ever. The strips are easy to use - just apply them to teeth for half an hour then peel them off, brush or rinse and you're good to go - and promise to give your smile a noticeable makeover in 14 days (although we could already see a difference within a week). The strips work to remove old and new discolouration from the surface of your teeth, as well as reducing plaque and harmful bacteria. We were impressed with the ease of use and noticeable difference in colour, as well as the dental hygiene aspect that I'd never even considered. The strips are £38 for a 15-day kit, exclusively at Boots (currently 1/3 off, £25.33). Perfect for your handbag is the SmileLab Flash Advanced Teeth Whitening Brush Pen, which takes just 60 seconds to give you a whiter smile. (RRP £25, currently £16.66)

To complete your dental hygiene routine, Dentek have a range of products to help get to those difficult to reach areas -  we tried the Complete Clean Floss Picks and the Easy Brush Interdental cleaners, which are ideal for removing food and helping fight against plaque and bad breath. Keep them in your desk drawer at work and you'll never need your emergency chewing gum or breath mints ever again !

Disclosure : We received the products in order to write an honest review.


  1. You have reviewed some lovely products I would love to try the nail strengthener xxx

  2. Love the idea of the teeth strips! Great post

  3. Love the idea of the teeth strips! Great post


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