L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil | Product Review

Between dying my hair red earlier this year (here), and exposing it to intense sunlight a couple of weeks ago (here), it is, unsurprisingly, pretty dry. Whilst I'm grateful it's not quite become a hot mess of frizz and split ends, yet, it definitely felt like time to start being a little kinder to my locks, and that's why L'Oreal's new(ish) 'Extraordinary Oil' caught my eye on a recent shopping trip.

I have to admit, I was a little wary, when I first picked this one up; a lot of hair oils and serums have tended to leave my locks feeling a little greasy, in the past, but my hair was crying out for moisture, so I gave it a go, and I am so pleased I did! I use this both on just-washed hair, and every other evening, on the ends of my hair, before bed, and have had none of that nasty product-y residue that I always associated with these products. Instead, my hair is softer, smoother, and much healthier-looking, and I've even had compliments on how good this stuff smells. I honestly can't think of a downside to the product, and even the price point is budget-friendly.

Would I recommend it? Yes, a thousand times. I can only really vouch for its success on dry/damaged and coloured hair, but it does claim to tame frizz, too, and it definitely smells incredible. I can't remember the last time my hair looked this healthy, and the results are pretty immediate, too.
I'd recommend applying it on wet hair, first, and then running a small amount through any dry patches every couple of days, before bed, for the best results. 

What's your take on hair oils? And how do you go about treating damaged hair?
L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil retails for £9.99, and can be purchased from Boots stores nationwide, or their website, here.
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Kefalonia Island, Greece | Travel

the wing of a thomson plane as it descends into kefalonia the beach of katelios, kefalonia, greece, with a palm tree and several sun loungers
Occasionally, I do things that make my close friends wonder (out loud) whether or not I've completely lost my already-loose grip on reality. Group-calling them on Skype in the middle of packing up my university accommodation for the final time to enquire whether they felt like going on holiday with six days' notice was one of these times.However, for reasons I can't quite comprehend, my friends love me enough to put up with my excessive acts of impulse, and last Tuesday, five of us found ourselves on a flight to the Ionian island of Kefalonia for a week of sun, sea, sand, cocktails, and my poor attempts at remembering my Greek.
a view across the ocean from kefalonia
We booked our trip last-minute through Thomson, and whilst the price was pretty impressive for such a spur-of-the-moment trip, I'm afraid I can't much recommend the company as a whole - as those who follow me on twitter may have seen, I experienced quite a few problems with them on my return date  - and those were just the tip of the iceburg, unfortunately.
a picture of a girl with bright red hair lounging on a sun lounger, in a bikini a picture of a girl's very tanned legs as she lays on a towel by the pool in kefalonia, greece
Despite all the drama, however, it was an amazing trip, and I can't recommend Kefalonia enough for a quiet girls' trip; unlike some of the larger Greek islands, it's not got much of a night club scene, but is perfect for cocktail bars, traditional Greek tavernas, plenty of gorgeous pools to lounge by, and a lovely beach.
two cocktails on a table moussaka, grilled fish, and bread, on a table
In fact, the gorgeous cocktails and traditional cuisine have inspired me to delve a little more into my heritage, and I'm going to be featuring some more Greek recipes on the blog in the near future - exciting!

What's the most impulsive thing you've done, lately?
The holiday package we selected cost around £200 per person, including flights and transfers, through the Thomson website.
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Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter & Scrub | Review

Summer's here!
Whilst there's still the occasional thunderstorm shower here in England, our weather's been pretty impressive, lately, and that, to me, means one thing - pre-holiday sunbathing - and, therefore, it's the time of year when I start to take my bodycare routine a little more seriously, in an attempt to get ready to (hopefully) catch a little colour.
The Body Shop has released quite a few new scents and products, recently, but I feel as though the raspberry range was the one which got most coverage in the blogosphere, and for good reason; promising the aroma of freshly-harvested raspberries, it's one of the best-smelling product lines that The Body Shop has released, of late, and I obviously couldn't resist picking up some of the products when I was recently in-store.
The raspberry body scrub is, by far, one of my absolute favourite purchases, of late. Real raspberry seeds make up a good portion of the formula, and the consistency is almost as thick as jam, which means that a little goes a long way. I'll admit I was a little concerned that it wasn't quite exfoliating enough when I first used it, but my skin was so silky smooth when I rinsed it off that I needn't have been concerned. I'd really recommend it for those of you who use fake tan, too, as it does an amazing job of getting rid of that dead skin.
Whilst it's obviously clear that the body scrub was my standout product from the duo, however, I do have to a serious special mention to the raspberry body butter; it's just as rich as The Body Shop's regular formula, but leaves nowhere near the amount of greasy residue that I used to get from their Shea/Brazil Nut varieties, and leaves a gorgeous raspberry scent on your skin for at least four hours. 

Overall, I'd seriously recommend you add the raspberry body scrub to your current bodycare routine, to  prep for your summer holiday/fake tan/gradual tan. You could probably skip the body butter, but honestly, I'd recommend it for the scent alone.

What're your must-haves to prepare your body for the summer months?
The raspberry body scrub retails for £12.50 on The Body Shop's website, here, or in-store, and the raspberry body butter is available online, here, and in-store, for £13.
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