Tuesday, 7 February 2012

L'Oreal Expertise Ever range...

Last month I was invited to L'Oreal's launch of their innovative Hair Expertise range of hair care at the Mayfair hotel.

I  was greeted by the lovely press girls and led through to the temporary salon, mojito in hand.

The 'Ever' range claims to: "Treat hair like cashmere and gently bath it in luxurious high foaming creamy shampoos and rich conditioners concentrated in caring ingredients which envelop the hair. Aromatic oils energise the senses for a true at home hair experience"

There are three hair programmes to choose from- EverPure for coloured hair, EverSleek for frizzy hair, and EverStrong for brittle hair. I tried out the EverSleek shampoo and conditioner for frizzy hair. I have battled with Jackson 5-like frizz all my life, so anything that claimes to reduce my afro gets the thumbs up from me!The shampoo smelled fresh and fruity and left my hair squeaky clean. The conditioner was not too thick and had a contrasting aromatic scent. It felt like I was having a real head massage.

All the products are sulphate free - sulphates being the foamy lather inducing chemicals which aren't too good for your hair. Non-sulphate is big news at the moment but it often means compromising the bubbly lather - which I'm sure you'll aggree is the best part of a shampoo!

However, the clever sciencey peeps in the L'Oreal labs have got around this and EverPure all foam nicely for that extra clean feeling, without the nasty sulphates.

Now for the real, test, what would it look like dry?

I usually rough dry my hair then reach for the GHDs, but my sytlist assured me she could make my hair sleek and shiny with a hairdryer alone. She wasn't lying! My hair was perfectly styled and glossy before she even switched on the straightners. I have had hundreds of blow drys in my time and this was certainly up there with one of the best!

It usually takes a vat of shine spray and serious straightening to get that a-list gleam, but my locks looked lucious without any extra help.

I was genuinely impressed and was looking forward to trying it out at home - the real test without the professional stylists! Not wanting to wash out my beautiful blow-dry, I waited three days to try it out and I am happy to report that my hair is still looking shiny and sleek after my DIY job!

The range is very reasonably priced. Some of you may remember L'Oreal's old Expertise products which ranged between £10-£15 and came in small bottles, only available in salons.

This new range is between £5-£7 and even better it is available in Boots from February 1, so you can pick up those points when you purchase!


TRI-ENZYME FACIAL at Spa Intercontinental

I’m desperate to keep the wrinkles at bay and cling onto my youth and if like me, you fancy peeling away the years, then the Tri-Enzyme facial is just for you.  The Elemis Tri-Enzyme facial is a resurfacing treatment.  This treatment helps to leave the skin brighter, smoother and more radiant after just one treatment.  It helps the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates cell regeneration, reduces pigmentation and acne scarring and it is deeply cleansing.  My therapist told me this treatment is especially popular for people after their holidays looking to undo the damage the sun has done to their skin whilst away.
During the Tri-Enzyme facial your therapist will cleanse your skin with the Tri-Enzyme Facial Wash, a daily treatment that speeds up the natural cell renewal cycle of your skin. This product leaves a newly cleansed complexion and allows maximum benefit from the rest of the resurfacing products. Your therapist will exfoliate your skin with the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, using fruit enzymes to exfoliate away the dead skin cells. Your therapist will then give you a wonderfully relaxing hand and arm massage while this product does its work.
Three different serums are used along with the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Lotion throughout the treatment. Your therapist will apply the three serums at different times throughout the treatment.
The first serum is for underneath the Tri-Enzyme peel-off mask. This quick-setting mask provides the skin with a deep cleanse and gentle exfoliation, and helps restore moisture levels.
The second serum is then applied by your therapist, before a soothing cream mask. While both masks are on you will relax with a neck and shoulder massage and scalp massage.
Your therapist will then apply the third serum and leave it on your skin. This is left on as it reduces the likelihood of any aggression to the skin. To finish the treatment, your therapist will choose the moisturiser most suited to your skin, and then apply it along with Liquid Layer, which is an SPF cream to protect the skin.
After the treatment my skin felt deeply cleansed, extremely soft, radiant and smooth with any imperfections appearing diminished. You will see the clinically proven results after just one treatment. There is up to 75% resurfacing and up to 32% increased skin smoothness. Great if you want to relax but also see instant results. Not only was this facial relaxing but the products used didn’t leave my skin red or irritated, just fresh and soft. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
THE INFO -  Elemis Tri- Enzyme lasts 60 minutes and costs £90. For bookings, please contact Spa Intercontinental on 020 7318 8691 or visit their website at spaintercontinental.com
Aylin Akin - special guest writer
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