L’Oréal Paris Elvive Nutri-Gloss Crystal

As I might have mentioned before, my hair is not my best asset.  Thus I’m on a never-ending quest for that miracle hair product that will transform my fine, dull wavy hair to Serena van der Woodsen‘s locks.  Needless to say, in order to accomplish that mission impossible various brands were tried. …  L’Oréal Paris Elvive Nutri-Gloss Light range is the one I seem to return to. So when I came across this new version of my fav shampoo, conditioner and 60 second saviour combo, I was thrilled and got all three. Unlike the original version, Crystal is sparkling, too! What more can a girl ask for?

Hair products or life, chemistry at first sight (I refuse to call it love!) might or might not last…


  •  a very light formula that can be used everyday
  • developed with longer, dull hair in mind
  • makes hair soft and managable
  • ah, yes, and it’s sparkling…
  • relatively affordable


  • does nothing to improve shine – the main purpose of the glitter?!
  • made my scalp a bit itchy

Would I repurchase? Not likely. I’m going back to my long term relationship with L’Oréal Paris Elvive Nutri-Gloss Light . This short affair defeats its own purpose – high on glitter, low on shine! Come to think of it, this could perhaps be true for more than a shampoo!

TIP: If you’re not completely satisfied with your hair conditioner but can’t justify throwing it away, you can always use it as a perfect shaving cream. Guys included – my bf is a convert!

L’Oréal Professionnel Fiberceutic – hair botox?

Hair botox without the dreaded botulinum toxin, that is. In the past two years hair salons are advertising it like crazy. So what’s the hype really about? Of course, it has nothing to do with botox – it’s just a clever  pun.  It’s a fibre-filling deep conditioner really.  Pretty good one, though.  There are 3 products available:

1.) Hair filling serum (IN SALONS ONLY. And online, of course)  – in L’Oréal’s words:

Hair rehab starts here! FIBERCEUTIC is série expert’s first two-step fibre-filling in-salon treatment enriched with Intra-CylaneTM, a water-activated molecule that is able to deposit in the hair as evaporation takes place and it is designed to help reinforce the protective layer of hair. Followed by the special sealer, hair feels softer and looks revitalised.

fiberceutic serum

2.)  Fiberceutic Restorative Hair Sealing Treatment – (IN SALONS ONLY). The sealer is the second step of the process. It’s advertised as ”a weightless sealing treatment for hair. Enriched with Intra-Cylane, a water-activated molecule that sticks in hair when evaporation occurs.Seals hair cuticle while consolidating the protective layer of hair. Restores hair fiber without overloading it.Hair appears fuller, suppler, healthier & more lustrous.”

fiberceutic sealer

3.) Fiberceutic hair masque (for fine or thick hair):  ”This nourishing and replenishing masque, specifically designed for fine hair, helps prolong the effect of the FIBERCEUTIC fibre-filling service at home. Enriched with Intra-CylaneTM, the formula maintains fine hair’s natural volume and keeps it conditioned and supple between FIBERCEUTIC in salon treatments.”

fiberceutic masque


I have tried all three and fell in love with the mask.  The in-salon treatment (first two products) come at around 10 pounds; the effects are meant to last for a month.  I have done the treatment only once, to no visible improvement.  Therefore, I wasn’t really convinced to go back… Perhaps I should give it another go as the hair mask did a lot to help my poor hair recover from dying – in both senses of the word! My number one hair treatment for sure!

TIP:  Apply the hair mask on dry hair before shampooing and conditioning. For best results leave it in overnight and shampoo in the morning.
xx, snm


Joico K-pak Protect&Shine Serum vs L’Oréal Professionnel Lumino Contrast serum

Recently I’ve been experimenting with hair serums – might do a blog giveaway soon as my bathroom is getting too small quickly, so look out for the giveaway 😉

Back to hair serums – got this 2 online, both on sale at Cheapsmells.

JOICO K-pak Shine & Protect Serum  (for official information click HERE)

    1. nice packaging, decent price
    2. very sweet smell (fruity? can’t really put my finger on it!)
    3. somewhat thick, oily consistency, therefore a bit too heavy for fine hair like mine
    4. hair feels soft and nourished
    5. not much improvement in shine, I’m afraid!





L’Oréal Professionnel Lumino Contrast serum  (for official info click HERE)

  1. cutest girlie design!
  2. smart close which prevents leakage
  3. fresh, barely-there smell
  4. truly lightweight yet very nourishing
  5. gives noticeable shine and softness



… and the winner is…L’Oréal Professionnel Lumino Contrast!

TIP: Hair serums are best applied to wet, towel-dried hair, concentrating on the ends!

Gliss kur Wonder Serum

Apparently there are 4 different versions of this little miracle.  Not a big fan of Gliss Kur range, but  I can’t praise this enough – especially the one with Shea & Cashmere.

So, here they are:

Gliss kur wonder serum

So far I’ve tried Oil Nutritive, Total Repair and Shea Cashmere. My favourite? Defo Shea Casmere. Why? Great scent, lightweight but still softening and conditioning, making my slightly wavy hair almost curly. ..  A real bargain for under a fiver!

Oil nutritive felt too heavy on my fine, fairly damaged hair.  Plus, the smell was a tad too much…

Total repair made my hair a bit dry and unmanageable. ..  I’m sticking with Shea Cashmere!

WOULD I REPURCHASE? Yes – but only Shea Cashmere.

p.s. Please bear in mind that I have no other means of trying this hair products (amongst all the other) anywhere but on my own hair  – which is FINE, POROUS, ANNOYINGLY WAVY, MID-LENGTH & STRAWBERRY BLONDE, so take it into consideration when deciding if it might work for your hair type 😉


xxx, your sexnmakeup



John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew review

This stuff doesn’t work for me. At all.

What Mr. Frieda says:

  • The formula, containing Colour-Correcting Technology, neutralises brassy and yellow tones.
  • The formula, containing Optical Brightening Technology, absorbs UV light and emits white-blue light, making colour-treated hair appear brighter and salon-fresh.
  • Results are noticeable after just 3 uses.
  • For all shades of colour-treated or highlighted blonde hair

         What I say:

I’ve been using it for months now, twice a week, and the only thing I notice is that it actually makes my hair duller and brassier…  Have to say I dislike the flowery smell, too. The colour of my hair is what hairdressers describe as ”strawberry blonde”. I’d describe it as a longer Ron Weasley. It’s natural up to a certain degree, the one I reach every 6 weeks when strawberry hue overpowers the blonde. Then I reach for this stuff hoping it would remove the brassiness… Never does.  Do I learn from my mistakes?  Nope. What does the trick? L’oreal Casting Creme Gloss in 1010, which I shall be reviewing some other time.  😉

       Would I repurchase? No. But it might work if you have very, very light blonde hair.