23/04/2015

UMAE EXPO - MUST READ FOR MAKEUP ARTISTS

*I try very hard for this blog to be about education for the masses as well as makeup artists, so apologies for the exclusion but this post is only relevant to makeup artists.*

 

Demo's by Paul Merchant & Joey Bevan for Kryolan, Mac Pro, Kenny Myers for PPI, Vincent De Monfreid, 
Bloody Marvellous and Daniel Parker for PAM London 

If you're a makeup artist and you don't know about UMA Expo that is entirely possible since it only had it's 3rd annual show last week in London. UMAE is an annual, UK based, professional show for makeup artists and if you've been to IMATS it is nothing like that; there are no huge crowds stopping you from reaching the stands or the talks you want to get to. I will admit I haven't been to an IMATS show in maybe 8 years, the last one I attended was crazy busy, difficult to circumvent and was impossible to reach the stands to see or purchase anything as the crowds were so thick. Last weeks UMAE was a completely different experience, it's like
 the grown-up responsible show that's a pleasure to attend. It is much smaller and not excessively busy, very easy to walk around and easy to get in and out the classes and demo's back on to the main floor. The brands on sale are only brands that professionals use and it's a fantastic opportunity to buy kit supplies at very good discounts and get to see products being used and ask lots of questions from knowledgable people who have time to answer you. The best part of the show is that it really is only frequented by professional makeup artists who are working in the industry, you are very likely to be standing next to Catherine Scoble the BAFTA winning makeup designer of This Is England or Mark Coulier, Oscar winning makeup co-designer for Grand Budapest Hotel, also shopping and chatting with friends and colleagues.

Chris McGowan, the lovely guy who started UMAE, is really big on education and you can see that throughout the show. The education over the weekend was another level, a truly fantastic opportunity to really watch and learn from some of the best working artists in the business, as well as getting full demo's from suppliers themselves who actually make or supply the products. There were continued classes going on all through the weekend by the main pro brands; Mac Pro had various pro classes and workshops by senior pro artists. Kryolan had various classes including a red carpet contouring class and demos by Paul Merchant with incredible styling by Joey Bevan, as did Illamsqua, House of Glamdolls, Tattooed Now and airbrushing classes by Mistair/Sterex. There were workshops held by brilliant makeup artists who regularly work in Film and TV; Brian Kinney for Full Slap FX ran two different classes on flat silicone moulds, Stuart Bray had a painting skin tones on silicone prosthetics class and Mandy J Gold demo'ed a fab avant grade medieval makeup. Also among the plethora of speakers talking was Oscar winning master makeup artist Greg Cannom. The classes and talks were additional to the fantastic demo's taking place at the stands on the main floor (the amazing Kenny Myers, Stuart Bray and Dan Gilbert at the PPI stand (where I like to hang out), Shaun Harrison at the PS Composites stand, tattoos by Daniel Parker and burns by Rob Crafer at PAM London, and body painting by JT Makeup Studio to name just a few). The speakers and classes were extremely well thought out and I wanted to go to all of them.

  

Demo's by Shaun Harrison for PS Composites, PJ Merchant for Kryolan, JT Makeup Studio, Rob Crafer for PAM London, Stuart Bray for PPI, and Screenface

What UMAE offers over its two day weekend is incredible and I can't really stress how much I enjoyed it, and the very chilled out crowd factor played a major part. There are brilliant demo's happening at nearly all the stands and it's so great that you can actually stand right up close and watch them happening and ask the artist questions. There are a lot of makeup 'masters' at the show, especially (always) at the PPI stand, who are genuinely lovely people and happy to talk to you and answer questions. There is literally no other place or time in the world you can talk to the legendary Stephanie Kaye and ask her about wigs (google her).

It's only UMAE's third year and while I love the size it is now I'm sure it will continue to get bigger and busier every year. My advice to all professional UK hair & makeup artists.. if you are interested in education, learning and getting great discounts from brands you can only get from the professional stores such as PAM, Screenface, Charles Fox, Love Makeup, MaqPro and Guru then it's worth the trip to London to do your shopping at the show and soak up the ridiculous amount of knowledge that is in that room. I've never been anywhere that is so completely dedicated solely to professionals and it's utterly at your fingertips to take as much from it as you want to.

Also, while I have your attention, UK hair & makeup artists who work on screen, please, please visit and join NASMAH.

Ps. Check out my 'Meet The Artist' interviews, a great learning resource 
and really interesting readings with brilliant artists whose careers go back decades.

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17/04/2015

SANCTUARY SPA ILLUMINATING MOISTURISER - BEST OF THE CHEAP CREAMS



As much as Creme De Lar Mer is wonderful (it really is) it's also way out of my price range, and probably a lot of peoples. I personally don't buy in to the more money something costs the better it is (see my list of amazing and cheap all natural products here) and this Sanctuary Spa Illuminating Moisturiser is definitely one of those cases. I used to religiously use this moisturiser in my 20's, I don't remember why I stopped but I had forgotten all about it until the lovely people at Sanctuary Spa let me raid their cupboard a few months ago and I've been using it ever since. It's just as great as I remembered, it sinks in really well and never looks greasy, I really love the radiant glow it gives me. I It makes my skin look healthy and smooth and I find it's a great base for makeup. I also think it's really good for combination on the dryer side and for sensitive skin as this never bothers my skin, and everything usually bothers me. It has a good basic SPF 15 sunscreen but you should still use another one, even in winter (these are my favourites for applying under makeup). I love this moisturiser, I've got nothing but love and good things to say about it, plus it's a massive bargain at £13.50.

*Boots have a great deal at the moment buy one and get any other Sanctuary Spa product half off.

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07/04/2015

MEET THE ARTISTS - DAVID DE LEON

Currently working as Ellen Degeneres makeup artist on The Ellen Degeneres Show David has a very long and impressive CV. He has worked on huge movies including Meet the Fockers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Memoirs of a Geisha, Star Trek: Enterprise, and as personal makeup artist to many a hollywood legend including; Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Racquel Welch, Shania Twain, Cybil Shepherd, Molly Shannon, Portia De Rossi and Tippi Hedren. David kindly took time to speak to me and share his career stories, and as always I asked him to share some of his pro tips.


David De Leon

MANW: How did you start your career and what was the progression it took?
DDL: I actually started doing makeup in high school when I did the makeup for a school production of Our Town! In my early twenties I was an esthetician/makeup artist in salons and I gradually made the transition to film and television through theatre and no/low budget and student films.


MANW: You mainly work in TV and fillm, did you ever want to work in fashion or beauty?
DDL: The bulk of my work has been television and film but I love fashion and take a lot of inspiration from the print world. I'm also lucky that a lot of my clients will request me for print and red carpet jobs.

MANW: Do you have a preference for the type of jobs and make-ups you like to do? Do you prefer designing films or being personal to one person and straight makeup over effects makeup?
DDL: On my resume you'll see a big cross section of work, from personal to dept. head and effects, to beauty. I do think at this stage though I am primarily sought out for my beauty work which I love!

MANW: What is your process of creating character looks and how much say do you have in the designs? 
DDL: As far as designing a character every production is different. Some directors and show creators have very specific ideas on the look of their characters, some rely totally on my creativity and discretion. A fun example that differed from the norm was Pushing Daisies; Bryan Fuller wanted a total fantasy world that included Old Hollywood and classic 60's mod! Every character was designed by myself and Todd McIntosh with specific film, television and fashion references from Bryan.

MANW: You have worked on some fantastic shows and films with some true legends like Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Cybil Shepherd and Racquel Welch. Can you tell us about some of the stand out moments of your career? 
DDL: There have been so many stand out moments for me; Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, Angel and working with my Idol Barbra Streisand. Right now I'm having a fantastic time working with Ellen Degeneres!

MANW: You've been in the industry a long time, how do you think it has differed and what advice would you give to new artists starting out?
DDL: The qualities that a makeup artist should have remain the same; great skills, good listener, punctuality and a professional physical presentation (from your kit to your clothes) are all crucial elements to a makeup career. The industry has become less localised and more global in nature, but being in the right place at the right time and being ready for when the opportunities arise is also crucial.

MANW: All artists have 'the wish list'; a face they would love to work on or a show or film they would have loved to have worked on. I would have loved to have worked on Sons of Anarchy, the tattoos and effects by Tracey Anderson were excellent but my current one is Nashville and Connie Britton's hair.  Who or what are yours?
DDL: I would love to work with Meryl Streep but she has thankfully been devoted to her one makeup artist for her entire career so I guess I'll just continue to enjoy their collaboration like the rest of the world does. There are so many amazing faces I have yet to paint, I couldn't name them all.

MANW: On to the good stuff, what are your tricks for flawless looking skin?
DDL:  Flawless looking skin is really a marriage between deft painting and blending and good lighting.

MANW: What are your top 5 holy grail kit products? 
DDL: Beauty blender sponges, urban decay eyeshadow palettes, skin illustrator palettes, Armani cream foundation and Evian spray.

MANW: What's your best make-up artist tip to give women?
DDL: Keep it simple and find what works for your face and be open to adjusting for age and fashion. 

MANW: Finally, false eyelashes - the longer the better or enough already they look ridiculous?
DDL: I personally loooove lashes, but they may be a bit much for daytime. Lol!


For more info on David visit his website here or follow him on Twitter here.


If you liked this interview and would like to read other leading industry makeup artists stories have a look at the rest of the series here.

03/04/2015

BUMBLE & BUMBLE PRET-A-POWDER - BIG HAIR DON'T CARE!


Last year I named Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish as the greatest product EVER and I still stand by that but their Pret-A-Powder is a pretty strong equal. Also known as magic powder (by me) this little beauty is equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volume that you powder on to the roots (the bottle is like a talc powder bottle). It's the perfect product for all types of hair and texture who want more body and texture, particularly ideal for fine or oily hair and hair between shampoos. It works equally great at extending the life of a blow dry as it does for creating big (or just bigg-er) textured do's.

Use on dry hair when styling, shake powder gently at the roots and massage in to create instant lift, a good tip is to really massage it in properly as the more you massage it in the better it works. It leaves no residue or sticky feeling (as some styling powders tend to do) with a nice and fresh fragrance that's not an overpowering or sickly smell like a lot of dry shampoos. It's also a great packaging size, so much better than a large aerosol can and very portable. The small handbag size is great.


This powder is so much better than a regular dry shampoo spray, it's as much a styling product as it is a volumiser or dry shampoo. I love it, well worth the money. A great tip for braid wearers is to shake the powder down the braid length to give them more texture and look bigger, just shake and pull the hairs apart to widen the braid.



*To buy in America go here 

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01/04/2015

MONSTERPALOOZA - SFX MAKEUP


Makeup demo's by Eryn & Mike Mekash, Dan Gilbert and Kenny Myers..


..Cale Thomas and Joe Badiali, Richard Redlefsen and Scott Ramp at Monsterpalooza

Last weekend I went to Mosterpalooza in Los Angeles which is like a small Comi-Con for horror movies, and if you love monsters or special effects makeup there's no better place to be. In the centre of the convention centre stands PPI's booth which is where all the magic happens. PPI Premiere Products are the number one makeup products for special effects makeup artists, every makeup artist has Skin Illustrator palettes in their kits and their booths at IMATS, and other makeup trade shows, are well known for their incredible demos and education, Monsterpalooza being no different. There were some incredible demos as you can see in the photos above, including Eryn* and Mike Mekash's American Horror Story Freak Show characters, the amazing Kenny Myers created his character 'The General' and the lovely Dan Gilbert did a brilliant self (self!) application of Black Beard. Other excellent demos at the PPI booth where 'The Relic Hunter' by Cale Thomas and Joe Badiali, Richard Redlefsen's 'Armageddon Rat' and Scott Ramp's 'The Soul Eater'. All incredible artists and so wonderful to watch in action.

Anyone interested in special effects makeup should follow all these artists on Instagram*, and any London based makeup artists don't forget to visit UMAE Professional Makeup Artist exhibition in Islington next weekend (12/13th April) and stop by the PPI booth where there will be demo's running all weekend. Lots of well respected artists will be hanging out and doing demos all weekend (including Stuart Bray and Dan Gilbert) where you can watch their work from start to finish and chat to them in person. I'll be there on the Saturday afternoon, come say hi.


* I've linked to everyone's Instagram under their names and you can follow PPI on Instagram here.
* You can read the lovely Eryn Mekash (American Horror Story makeup department head) "Meet The Artists" interview with me here, a great read for everyone especially makeup artists and AHS fans.

You can follow me on Twitter here and Instagram here (@anniemakeup).

10/03/2015

CLINIQUE HIGHLIGHT/CONTOUR CHUBBY STICK & MY 'HOW TO CONTOUR' VIDEO


Ahh contouring, people are obsessed. My personal (and professional) opinion is that most people don't need contouring or sculpting but for the Kim Kardashian fans these new Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby sticks couldn't make it any easier to do, they're so great and completely fool proof. Just suck in your cheeks and using the contour stick draw a line along the hollow (not coming down too far) and either soften the line with your fingers or a brush and that's it. If you want to use the highlighter chubby stick draw another line just above the first line you made (above the hollow) and blend the same way.

The sticks only come in one colour which will suit most Caucasian skin tones, except for the very pale (go here for the perfect bronzer for pale skin). They are oil free, long lasting, extremely easy to blend, like all Clinique Chubby sticks they swivel up so no need for sharpener (genius) and they are super easy to throw in a handbag without the need to carry a dirty brush as you use your fingers to blend the edges. Other than the lack of shades (which, knowing Clinique, more will probably follow soon) these are a big thumbs up for a perfect product.

You can also use the sticks the same way to contour your nose to re-align a crooked nose or make it appear thinner, and along your jawline and forehead. This is unnecessary for most people but a good trick to do if you feel you have a large forehead or wide jawline.

You can watch me demonstrate all the ways to contour on this short contouring video, if the video doesn't load you can watch it here.




*To buy Clinique Highlighting and Sculpting Contour Chubby Cheeks in America go here.

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06/03/2015

KIEHL'S RE-TEXTURIZING MICRO-DERMABRASION - EVERYONE NEEDS THIS!


I truly thought nothing would ever take place of my Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (one of the best products ever made), for many it will always be the holy grail product but sometimes some people need something a bit more. As a daily user of the Daily Microfoliant I didn't think the Keihl's Micro Dermbarasion would do anything for me, how much more could there be to exfoliate when I exfoliate every day? Apparently there was because this product is incredible, it really makes a huge difference, even if you are already exfoliating every day it gives you incredibly baby soft and smooth skin. For someone without much of a skin problem a go with this once a week would be amazing for your skin, a real treat. For others with issues.. such as dry skin or ingrowing hairs causing spots on the face (yes, it's a thing and be grateful if you don't get it) this product is indispensable. 

I can't really rave enough about this product, it does an amazing job and the packaging is great. It's small enough to travel easily and it's extremely cost effective; if you're using it once a week I imagine it'll last somewhere between six months to a year, and if you're using it every couple of days you'll use such a small amount that again a tube should last equally as long. Regular use will really see a remarkable difference in marks on the face, discolourations and pore size, plus a huge reduction of any ingrown hair related spots. Skin texture will be incredibly soft and smooth, way more than any other exfoliator you might use, and if you don't already use one this may well change your life. I put off using this for ages as I thought it would be too harsh for my fairly sensitive skin but it's not at all, it's perfect and will be with me forever.

To buy in America go here.

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22/02/2015

MEET THE ARTISTS - ALYN WATERMAN

As makeup department head on many huge british hit TV dramas and comedies Alyn's work has certainly been seen by the masses. From the groundbreaking and incredible Queer as Folk, the massive hit Footballers Wives, four series on the huge hit Hustle, My Mad Fat Diary, Fat Friends and the brilliant The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (one of my favourite shows, go see it) Alyn has designed on a succession of fantastic British shows. Currently working on the third series of My Mad Fat diary, while also working as Joan Collins personal hair stylist, I am thrilled Alyn took time to speak to me and share his career stories, and as always I get him to share some of his pro tips.
A snapshot of Alyn's long career

MANW: How did you start your career and what was the progression it took?
AW: I started my career by practising make up on myself.. in the late 70s and early 80s punk and new romantic bands had these very iconic looks which inspired me to experiment with makeup and hair. I also became involved backstage with school plays and fashion shows. There were very few makeup courses or schools when I completed my A levels, I trained at the Dawn Cragg School of Film & TV makeup for 2 years and I loved every minute of it. Dawn was very forward thinking with her training (I learnt airbrushing there) and she was made an MBE for her permanent makeup skills which she pioneered in the late 80s. After the course I spent most of my first year testing and building my portfolio in Manchester and after working successfully in fashion and advertising I returned to the school to teach short courses which is where I met Linda Davie who gave me my first break in television working on Brookside.

MANW: You are an accomplished hairdresser and make-up artist. Which path did you start on and do you see yourself as either a hairdresser first and make-up artist second?
AW: I always wanted to be a makeup artist first however, after completing my first year of makeup training, I was told by agencies that a hair qualification was needed. It wasn’t my original plan but I’m really glad that I did my City and Guilds hair training, I think it’s really important to know how to cut and style hair if you want to work in television drama. But I am always learning and adapting my talents, I often take courses to learn new skills and refresh existing ones. Creative Media Skills and Nasmah offer very good courses taught by professional and established artists.

MANW: Do you have a preference for the type of jobs and make-ups you like to do? Designing characters for TV dramas or do you prefer being a personal and working with just one person?
AW: I’m just happy to be busy and loving what I do. I like the variety of working in lots of areas of makeup and hair, whether it’s working with just one person like Joan Collins, with a team on a television drama, or at my studio with clients.

MANW: What is your process of creating character looks and how much say do you have in the designs?
AW: The process begins with the script and then the casting and it’s a really exciting process tracking a character through a story with makeup and hair changes. Usually the actor has the most input into how their character looks and then you have to blend these ideas with direction from the writer, producer, director and costume designer.

Queer As Folk was a really exciting and groundbreaking drama to work on, Davy Jones designed the first series and I looked after Charlie Hunnam (Nathan) and Carla Henry (Donna). Carla was great. she let me have free rein with hair designs and I received a lots of great feedback as at the time afro hair in drama was rarely more than just tied back. I then designed the second series which was my first big job as a designer and it was the perfect way for me to step up.


MANW: How much does logisitcal issues come into play with character designs, were there any ever limitations on something you wanted to do?
AW: Budgets and time seem to get tighter with each production, nobody wants to wait ages to see how clever you can be adapting a cheap wig to look amazing. I think as a designer you have to be both strong and honest to a production about what is achievable with the time and the money available.On Hustle it would have been great to do more disguises however the schedule rarely allowed this to happen.

MANW: You have worked on and designed some legendary shows like Footballers Wives, the ground breaking Queer As Folk and one of my favourite shows The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. Can you tell us about some of the stand out moments of your career?
AW: Oh thank you, the shows you mentioned were all great to work on. I worked on a Lottery funded film “PURE” with a group of young adults and to see them put together their own film with the help of an experienced crew, and the positive effect that had on their lives, was really rewarding for me. Other highlights were shooting a promo with Zoe Lucker In LA for Footballers’ Wives which was great fun, and also working for Spanish Vogue with Joan Collins last year. 

MANW: You've been in the industry a long time, how do you think it has differed and what advice would you give to new artists starting out?
AW: When I started out there was no internet, no mobile phones and product choices were limited, the industry is very different now. As one makeup artist said to me, “Anyone can pick up a bag of MAC and a brush and call themselves a makeup artist these days.” I think it’s a bigger and more exciting industry; the internet and social media provide a great platform to show your talents and network. I would advise new artists to practice and absorb as much creativity as possible; not everyone will be the next Pat McGrath. However, I think there is enough diversity in the industry for someone to find their niche, never give up on your dreams.

MANW: All artists have 'the wish list'; a face they would love to work on or a show or film they would have loved to have worked on. I've been obsessed with The Rocky Horror Show makeup since I was 3 and my current obsession is Nashville and getting hold of Connie Britton's hair. Who or what are yours?
AW: Toyah Wilcox, and Richard Sharah's makeup designs on her, were a huge inspiration at the start of my career, I would still love to do her makeup. I love Kevyn Aucoin's work, to work on the Supermodels would have been amazing. Audrey Hepburn’s hair in My Fair Lady was beautiful and inspiring and I also love all the Bond Girl styles, especially from the 1960s.

MANW: On to the good stuff, what are your tricks for flawless looking skin?
AW: When you work with an actress over a period of filming you really have to be on top of her skin care regime without becoming too dictatorial. I try to introduce good habits slowly, if she gets a breakout it will be you the production will look to for solutions. I think good skin prep before you start make up is really important, I have used Dermalogica products for years. I also use airbrush makeup which gives great results for television drama.

MANW: What are your top 5 holy grail kit products?
AW: You will always find MAC and Dermalogica in my kit, they have supported my work for a very long time. I always use L’Oreal Tec Ni Pli to set hair and The London Brush Company Brush Shampoo is fantastic. Bourjois is a fabulous brand that I have used for years and Bare Minerals is my favourite brand for sensitive skin and bridal work. I may also appear slightly biased however the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range is really great, I especially like the bases and concealers. Joan has used cosmetics and beauty products for years and written four beauty books, she was determined not to put her name to anything she did not like herself.

MANW: What's your best make-up artist tip to give women?
AW: Happiness is the best beauty tip and also lots of sleep. 

MANW: Finally, false eyelashes - the longer the better or enough already they look ridiculous?
AW: I think it depends entirely on the project and the look you are trying to achieve. I really like the false lashes from House of Glamdolls but I’ve seen some beautiful makeups ruined by thick heavy lashes. 

For more info on Alyn visit his website here, on Facebook here or follow him on Instagram here.

If you liked this interview and would like to read other leading industry makeup artists stories have a look at the rest of the series here.

13/02/2015

VIRIDIAN ULTIMATE BEAUTY SKIN REPAIR OIL

Viridian Skin Repair Oil £15.76/$23.96 100ml

Continuing with my 100% natural products search I'd like to tell you about a wonderful company called Viridian Nutrition. Viridian is a UK-based, family owned and run, company with a rather large range of award winning vitamins, minerals, herbs, oils, and speciality supplements. All Viridian products are as clean and pure as can be and guarantee ethical ingredients and manufacturing procedures; they use only non-GM, non-irradiated and 100% active ingredients with no additives whatsoever and no added sugars, no colourings or artificial flavourings, plus there is no testing of any products or ingredients on animals. From seed to recycling bank they maintain an ethical philosophy at every stage. 
They have a lot (a LOT) of great products and I've tried a few, but my absolute favourite product probably in the world (not just from Viridian) is their Ultimate Beauty Organic Skin Repair Oil. It is a delicate, nourishing, very easily-absorbed oil that does wonders for skin. It is made from a very clever blend of soothing, natural organic oils in their purest form, blended together to produce the ultimate topical oil; there are no synthetic fragrances or colourings, just pure ingredients of the best oils known for skincare*. 

It's advertised as a face and body oil to aid in the appearance of stretch marks, scarring and uneven skin tone but I use it solely on my face. I first thought I didn't want to waste a small bottle on my body but I have been shocked how far this 100ml bottle goes. I have used this oil twice daily, morning and night, for 3 months and I have used maybe a quarter of the bottle, probably less. It is fantastic value for money. Considering how cheap it is for  how long it lasts (and how good it works, lets not forget) I wouldn't hesitate to also use it on any targeted areas for stretch marks or scars. I haven't used it for this so I can't comment on it's success but as a beauty treatment there are no better things to use on your face than natural products, or oils, so you will never go wrong with this. Skin is nourished, hydrated, smoothed, more even, glowing and healthy, it smells delicious, it's calming and I love it. I can't recommend it enough for all skin types. If you feel your skin could be better in all sorts of ways I'd always recommend using natural products (fragrances and chemicals are usually the triggers for most skin issues) and this is by far my favourite oil I've ever used, the incredible value for money is an added bonus.

*Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Rosehip Fruit Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Calendula Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifola Oil and Vitamin E Oil.

*To buy in America go here and change the currency.

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10/02/2015

L'ANZA KERATIN HEALING OIL FOR INCREDIBLY SHINY, STRONG HAIR


I recently talked about the best way to grow and fix weak or broken hair, but this post treats the other most common hair problem.. how to fix dry, frizzy and porous hair, or to just have incredibly shiny hair. L'Anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment is fantastic to completely heal and reverse dry, brittle, frizzy hair into a wonderful glowing mane, it will seriously make even the driest and frizziest hair look incredibly shiny and healthy. When I use this I am constantly told how shiny and healthy my hair looks and it feels so much stronger, i
t's probably one of the best products I've ever used. Another major benefit is that, as well as major healing power, it provides thermal protection against heat styling up to 260°c, the heat actually activates the treatment making your hair stronger as you dry it. It also massively (massively!) reduces drying time, which is so great if you have lots of hair that takes ages to dry, and it means you're using less heat which is ultimately the best thing you can do for your hair.

It's supposed to be used 2 ways; 1) regularly as a leave-in treatment then washed out and 2) smooth a tiny bit over hair before blowdrying for a smooth and incredibly shiny, frizz-free blow dry. I can't stress this enough! your hair will be super glossy shiny like you've only seen in the magazines and Chelsea, it's really something. You must only use a tiny amount or your hair will look lank and greasy, which is great as that means a 100ml bottle, which is fairly expensive, lasts forever; I've used mine a lot over 6 months and it's barely reached a quarter way down. As a hair treatment this is far superior to any other healing oil product, like Moroccan or Argan Oil for example (and has played a big part in fixing the awful hair nightmare where I destroyed my hair). As a topical styling product, to make hair look shiny, healthy and eliminate frizz, it is unsurpassable. For dry, frizzy or weak hair, or just thick, dull hair that would love to look shiny, this is a must, must have.

To buy in America go here (free worldwide delivery - change the country to USA for $ price)

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