Sœurs de Luxe


Monday, December 04, 2017

Winter Hair Care Routine

I love the idea of winter so much- cosy jumpers, candles, thousands of blankets and all the trappings of the Christmas season give me all the feels. I am less of a fan of the toll the weather takes on my hair and skin.

I think its probably a combination of constant central heating, wind and all the extra heat styling during party season but my hair this time of year is awful. I do not get my hair cut nearly as often as I should, but my split ends are usually fairly under control so it is usually the overall state of my hair that requires special TLC during winter rather than just needing a little more salon maintenance.

My hair type is a girl's worst nightmare, curly/wavy coarse and somehow both dry and greasy simultaneously. I usually manage this badly, and get caught up in cycle of over-frequently washing my hair with shampoo that irritates my scalp and conditioner that I like the smell of, but that does nothing to nourish my hair. I'm getting my act together this winter with my trusty hair care routine, especially in preparation for the fairly drastic colour change i'm hoping to undergo later this month.

I start by using the trusty Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, leaving it on for at least 20 minutes after working it through damp hair section-by-section. If you want to go for an extra-deep conditioning I would recommend giving your hair a little blast of heat with a hairdryer whilst the Elasticizer is working its' magic. The next step is shampoo and conditioner, and right now I am loving the L'Oreal Mythic Oil Souffle d'Or Shampoo followed by Herbal Essences White Grapefruit and Mosa Mint Conditioner.

The hard work really begins out of the shower, I rub a little Bumble and Bumble Bb Repair Blow Dry through the mid-lengths to ends of my hair as this really helps me achieve the sleek blow-dried look without the parched effect regular blow-drying can give. My most regular arm workout comes in the form of a bouncy blow dry: I section my hair off, and using the Lee Stafford Rainbow Shine Hairdryer*, work my way through the layers with a large barrel blow-dry brush to get a bouncy, sleek and light curl.

If I am being really lazy and have no need to face the public outside of the office, I will only rough dry my hair and stick it in a bun. It took me a long time to get to grips with blow drying my own hair, it is long and thick and still takes me ages, but the finished effect is so much better and less damaging, than half drying it with a hairdryer and straightening it for 45 minutes like I have done for most of my adult life. The best way to avoid frizz is to seal the hair cuticle quickly and the Rainbow Shine hair dryer is great for this because it has multiple heat settings and an attachment that allows me to concentrate the airflow straight onto my barrel brush. If you are on the look out for a hairdryer upgrade, definitely add the Lee Stafford Rainbow Shine dryer to your Christmas list. To finish off I use a small dollop of Lee Stafford Ubuntu Oil Treatment on my ends and Aussie Miracle Hairspray Shine + Hold to give me the perfect shine and light hold to my finished style.


Sunday, November 05, 2017

Beauty Fail | Soap & Glory SUPERCAT Liner


The Soap&Glory SUPERCAT Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen is probably one of the first products (especially from S&G) I can say I definitely won't be buying again. 


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why we're abandoning pods to grow our following

You will all have heard about the horrible, not-so-recent changes to Instagram with its algorithm of doom. For many this has been disastrous for engagement and we have seen lots of you on Twitter talking about how your following growth rate has died and influencers have reported massive drops in likes and comments. The non-chronological feed is certainly a prime culprit, and there is little motivation to post and even keep up with new content when you cannot even be sure you will see your fave account’s most recent pics on your feed. It is so demoralising, and as Instagram is reluctant to revert to how things were we explored alternative methods of growing our following and improving engagement and joined some Pods.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Soeurs de Luxe Turned 6!

As if it's been 6 years! Just last month we celebrated our 6th year bloggiversary. How better to celebrate than with a personalised cake, delivered straight to our door?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

How I Got My Smile In Time For My Wedding

You will have read my post on my ceramic adult braces, so you'll know just how long I have wanted straight, white teeth. For years I felt ashamed of my smile, not just because it was wonky and my front teeth stuck out, but also because they were a bit yellow and it just meant I never smiled - like, ever.

I'd tried pretty much every teeth whitening trick out there, from Crest strips to a Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda paste, but nothing gave me quick enough results or long-lasting enough whiteness.


Thursday, August 03, 2017

Introducing Beefeater's Summer Menu | Stevenage

This post has been a long time coming, and it's mainly due to our super incredibly busy schedules what with the wedding, holidays, new jobs, uni etc. So our backlog is getting crazy! This post for example was due to go up about 2 months ago! Such bad bloggers we know! Rather than admitting defeat and accepting it won't go up in time, we feel like this one really has to as the food was just so damn good!

I'd never been to Beefeater before this, that I know of. A branch opened 2 minutes from my house over a year ago and I still didn't go, for literally no other reason than not being able to find the time and it was always booked up whenever we did decide to go. I mean, the idea of a restaurant dedicated to beef, literally sounds like my kind of heaven, so when Beefeater* told us about their new Summer menu, we jumped at the chance to sample it!


Saturday, July 29, 2017

How I Chose the Perfect Wedding Ring

I can't stop looking at it now the wedding's over. It all went by in a bit of a haze and I kind of feel sad that I've not got the wedding to look forward to anymore. What am I going to do with all my time now?

If you read my post on Buying an Engagement Ring on a Budget, I outlined the 4 C's of diamond buying - Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat. All are very important when finding the perfect ring for your big day and also need to be taken into consideration if you're looking for a wedding band with stones in. Of course, the 4 Cs only really apply to Diamonds, so if you're just getting a plain band, don't give yourself the added stress!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Photo Diary and Things To Do | Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Croatia

You know you are a terrible travel blogger when you literally go on 12 trips in 12 months and don't write up about a single one. I get so caught up in planning my next trip that I never sit and reflect about the adventures I have taken and I suffer terribly with wanderlust and holiday blues that I don't like to bask for too long in the memory of the beautiful places I have seen because it makes me kind of sad.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Places to Visit | London's Hidden Gems

Growing up in London was great, we learnt common sense, street smarts, navigational skills and independence. But as we were so young, we never got to explore the city the way you can when you're a bit older. We moved to Hertfordshire back in 2006, when I was 13 and Kirsty, 15. The time for exploring the capital and our home city came a bit later, but as tourists - sadly.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fixing my Skin with Bee Venom

shills hya-derma bee venom mask

In this heat there is nothing more soothing than putting my feet in a bucket cold water and chilling with a face mask. My skin is all over the show at the moment and it seems to be in that icky stage between acne and ageing where i only a few short days a month without some sort of problem area on my face and given the current temperatures the last thing I can tolerate is heavy full coverage make up. I am riding the wave of making an effort with my skincare regime and I have really gotten into masks recently, sheet masks are an absolute staple because I am lazy and they are very easy to apply and don't require any clean up afterwards.
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