L’Oréal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about L’Oréal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo & Conditioner. These products claim to provide weightless moisture to make hair feel ‘velvety soft and as light as a feather’. In addition, these products promise to make hair extra shiny by smoothing the hair surface to boost light reflection. Alrighty! Now let me tell you if this hair care combo is any good.
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L’Oréal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo is the prettiest shampoo ever. It’s a clear gel that shimmers and sparkles. It looks gorgeous! I think this shampoo cleanses my hair and scalp nicely. However, for some reason it causes my hair to tangle up which isn’t the best prep for a conditioner…

L’Oréal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Conditioner is an average conditioner. I think it’s not good enough to detangle the knots that the matching shampoo causes. No matter how much conditioner I use, I always end up with at least 2 messy knots, so I have to double-condition those knots, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to detangle them at all…

All in all, I think these two products are just OK. I don’t think that my hair looks shinier than usual, and I also don’t think that my hair feels smoother. Saying this, I’m happy that these two products don’t grease up my hair.

Will I buy these products again? Yes – because I want to do an experiment! L’Oréal’s Nutri Gloss Luminiser products made my hair feel super soft and silky. However, they made my hair go greasy rather quickly. So they did the opposite of what the Nutri Gloss Crystal products did. Because of this I want to find out if the Luminiser shampoo + Crystal conditioner and the Crystal shampoo + Luminiser conditioner would be better match-ups.

L’Oréal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml each for £4.50 each. But they’re almost always on special (half price, BOGOF, 2 for £5, etc.) somewhere. I always (!) wait for half price or BOGOF offers! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Masque

Hi there! Today’s post is about a product that I’ve been using once a week since early May – L’Oréal’s Fibrology Thickening Masque. This product promises to expand hair from within, thus increasing the diameter of every single hair. L’Oréal also says that the thickening effect is long-lasting and buildable. This sounds fantastic! But does it work? If you read on, I’ll let you know.
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This mask is easy to use. It’s supposed to be used instead of a regular conditioner – you just need to leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing it out.

I’ve used this mask several times, but I’m not impressed because this mask feels like ‘product’ in my hair even after it’s rinsed out. I also don’t see or feel any immediate thickening effect. The only thing I can feel right away is that, as soon as my hair is blow-dried, it feels crunchy.

But whilst there’s no immediate thickening effect, there is, without doubt, a delayed thickening effect which seems to kick in after about 18 to 24 hours. Unfortunately I can’t appreciate the delayed thickening effect because I wash my hair every day, so I won’t benefit from products which (claim to) start working after 24 hours.

I will continue to use this hair mask because I can hardly give it away now, and I don’t want to be wasteful, so I won’t throw it away. Maybe I should treat my husband to a thickening hair mask every now and then! 😀 L’Oréal’s Fibrology Thickening Masque is available as 300ml for £5.09. I paid £2.49 (better than half price offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Gliss Satin Relax Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about Gliss Satin Relax Shampoo & Conditioner. I’ve already finished this hair care combo a few days ago (well, I finished the conditioner, and I have passed the leftover shampoo on to my husband). So let me tell you how I got on with Gliss’ Satin Relax products.

First of all, these two products are aimed at people with rebellious or frizzy hair. And they promise to tame hair, to prevent frizz even in humid conditions, and to make hair smoother and shinier. Sounds great! Now onto the review!

Gliss Satin Relax Shampoo is really nice. It’s clarifying, but it feels creamy and gentle. I’ve enjoyed using this shampoo. Gliss Satin Relax Conditioner isn’t perfect, but it does the job. The conditioner is quite thick, but it conditions and detangles my hair just fine.

And I think these products work! OK, my hair doesn’t really frizz, and I’m pretty sure that’s because I use conditioner after every wash. However, I’ve used other ‘taming’ hair products before, and all of them flattened my hair – whilst Gliss’ Satin Relax products kept my (frizz-free) hair in shape. I also think these products smell quite nice. The fragrance is similar to the Gliss Liquid Silk fragrance – albeit stronger and without that cute powdery cotton note.

I would recommend these Gliss Satin Relax products! If you want to try Gliss products, there are many bargain stores that stock them for 99p or £1 each. The shampoos are 250ml, the conditioners are 200ml.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Extracts Grapefruit & Papaya Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Whilst I love reasonably priced hair care products, I’ve never tried Superdrug’s Extracts hair products – until just a few weeks ago. So now let me tell you if Superdrug’s Extracts Grapefruit & Papaya Shampoo & Conditioner for fine hair are any good.

I think the shampoo is average. It cleanses alright, it feels OK on my head and in my hair… and that’s basically it. The conditioner is perfectly mediocre too. It’s not a good conditioner, but it’s also not a bad one. If I use a generous amount of product, I can detangle my hair without too much trouble. However, this conditioner doesn’t make my hair feel very smooth – and I haven’t noticed any other benefits.

I will continue to use these products. I think they’re OK for as long as they last me. But I won’t be buying the shampoo or the conditioner again. If you’re looking for great hair care products that smell lovely and cost next to nothing, try Alberto Balsam!

Superdrug’s Extracts Grapefruit & Papaya Shampoo & Conditioner are vegan and cruelty-free. They’re BUAV-approved and they carry the Leaping Bunny logo. Superdrug’s Extracts shampoos and conditioners are usually £1.99 each for 400ml. I paid 89p each (promotion)!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Daily Defense Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner With Keratin

Hi there! A few months ago I bought 2 Daily Defense shampoo and conditioner combos, and I’m revieweing one of those combos today. Now meet Daily Defense Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner With Keratin!

To be honest, I’d never heard of this brand before – but I was interested because the products were made in Canada (Hello blogging buddies from Canada!) and they’re cruelty-free! 🙂 I’ve been using these two products for a few weeks now, so I’ve had the chance to form an opinion. Now let me tell you how I like these hair products!
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I think the shampoo is really nice. It’s a little runnier than L’Oréal or Pantene shampoos, but that’s OK. The shampoo claims to be low in sulfate, but it still lathers up well. However, the shampoo is really gentle, and I’m sure it would be amazing for people with dry hair and / or sensitive scalps. The conditioner is fairly nice too. It helps me detangle my hair in the shower and it makes my hair feel very soft. I love it!

And now, let me compare these Daily Defense hair products with other brands! I think this shampoo & conditioner combo is even better than my favourite Pantene combo (= Breakage Defence), and it’s almost as good as my two favourite L’Oréal combos (= Colour Protect and Triple Resist). On top of that, these two Daily Defense hair products smell absolutely fantastic! Scent-wise they’re in my all-time top 5!

If you’d like to try Daily Defense’s Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner With Keratin, swing by your local bargain stores! I bought these two big 473ml bottles for £1 each (Poundstretcher), and I’ve also seen the shampoos in jumbo bottles (probably around 900ml) for £1.49 at Home Bargains! Now go, buy and try! I’d love to hear what you think about these Daily Defense hair products! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Samples Stash – John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner & Anti-Frizz Primer

Hi there! Today’s post is about John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner & Anti-Frizz Primer. I received these products as samples (2 x 8ml shampoo, 2 x 8ml conditioner and 2 x 3ml anti-frizz primer) some time ago, but I’ve only tried them now. That’s because, just like every other person, I hate having to cut open sachets while I’m in the shower…

But I wanted to see if these John Frieda products were any good. So I tried the shampoo and the conditioner (and nothing else) on day 1, and I used the anti-frizz primer (after a different shampoo and conditioner combo) on day 2. Yes, I wash my hair every morning! But now, let’s get to the actual product reviews!
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I found the Frizz Ease Forever Smooth shampoo OK. It lathered up well, but it didn’t feel very clarifying. I guess it’s OK if you wash your hair very frequently (like my husband who showers and washes his hair first thing in the morning – and he showers and washes his hair again in the evening when he comes back from the gym).

The Frizz Ease Forever Smooth conditioner was disappointing. It wasn’t very conditioning, and because of this it took me quite a while to detangle my hair in the shower. I used both sachets, but I think I would have needed at least another two sachets (that would be 32ml for a single use!) to get any conditioning ‘benefits’ from this product.

Whilst the Frizz Ease Forever Smooth conditioner isn’t as bad as Naked’s Colour Conditioner or Naturtint’s ‘Protective’ Cream, it’s definitely the worst conditioner I’ve had in quite a while. I’m pretty sure that if I had a full-size bottle or tube of this Frizz Ease Forever Smooth conditioner, I’d complain about having to double-condition!

What else? I also didn’t like how my hair felt and looked. My scalp started to grease up after less than 12 hours (Yuck!) whilst my ends felt and looked ratty. Forever Smooth? Absolutely not! I even wore my hair up for the evening because I didn’t want to scare my husband!

Now onto the anti-frizz primer! My initial review (which I rewrote a few times – and then I deleted it) contained many words – many words of disbelief, anger and disgust. But in the spirit of keeping things positive and funny, I’ve decided to share a few “highlights” only. 🙂

First of all, the anti-frizz primer feels gross and sticky. After I had blow-dried my hair, I had to wash my hands twice – because the tacky anti-frizz primer residue wouldn’t budge! And right after that I had to wipe down my hair-dryer. The handle was covered with icky anti-frizz primer residue and it bothered me that much that I couldn’t even leave it for later.

Once the hair-dryer was taken care of, I went back to the bathroom to check my hair. Since I knew that my hair felt very greasy, I knew it wouldn’t look great. However, when I actually looked at my hair, I was shocked. It looked… sensationally greasy and sweaty, dull, flat and lifeless. I’d describe the look of my post-anti-frizz primer hair as that of a tennis player after a three-hour match in sweltering conditions.

I was lucky that it was a home-working day, and that I didn’t have to leave the house. So I spent the first few hours wearing my hair up and trying not to think about it. However, the next time I looked in the mirror, I decided to take action. What did I do? I had another shower and I washed my hair again! And then I threw the (unused) 2nd anti-frizz primer sample in the bin. Life was good again! 🙂

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 250ml for £7.99 each. The Anti-Frizz Primer is available as 100ml for £9.99. I think these products are completely useless and I wouldn’t use them again – not even if you paid me. And I wouldn’t recommend them either.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Making Products Work For Me – L’Oreal Fibrology & Alberto Balsam

Hi there! It’s been a while since I used L’Oréal’s Fibrology hair products. Back then I had to say that these products weren’t right for my hair type. In summary, the Fibrology shampoo turned my hair into a tangled mess. And the Fibrology conditioner (I think it’s too thick) wasn’t good enough to detangle my hair – and it took a lot of time, effort and product to tame my mane.

Because of this I thought it was unlikely that I’d buy the Fibrology hair products again. However, not too long ago I went through my stash and I found another set of Fibrology products. Ah, the joys of beauty & toiletries hoarding!

But since I had a spare Alberto Balsam Mandarin & Papaya shampoo and a spare Sunkissed Raspberry conditioner (they were 50p each at Sainsbury’s, and these two were the only ones left – so I just bought them), I thought I’d see whether they’d work with the Fibrology products. I’ve been using the two L’Oréal and Alberto Balsam combos in a rota for a few weeks now. Read on if you’d like to know how it’s going!
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L’Oréal’s Fibrology Shampoo is definitely unique. It expands – almost like builder’s foam! Whilst I love this effect, this is the reason why my hair gets tangled up. And, as I said before, the Fibrology conditioner isn’t good enough to undo the damage.

So for the past few weeks I’ve been using the Fibrology shampoo with Alberto Balsam’s Sunkissed Raspberry Conditioner. And this combo really works! I had my doubts because the conditioner doesn’t look very conditioning, and it’s quite thin. However, it detangles my hair with ease. I’m really surprised that these two products work so well together – and I’m certainly not complaining. 🙂
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Even though L’Oréal’s Fibrology Conditioner didn’t really play well with the Fibrology shampoo, I didn’t think it was lost cause. So I’ve now teamed up the Fibrology conditioner with Alberto Balsam’s Mandarin & Papaya Shampoo.

This shampoo is wonderful. It’s clarifying, but it’s not harsh at all, and it smells lovely! In addition, it doesn’t turn my hair into a rat’s nest! This in turn also means that it’s much easier to detangle my hair with conditioner – and the Fibrology conditioner does a great job! So yes, these products are great together!

Whilst I usually don’t like to ‘mix’ shampoos and conditioners from different collections, let alone different brands, I must say that I’m very happy with these two L’Oréal + Alberto Balsam combos. I went from “Oh dear, I gotta use this stuff!” to “Yay, this is fantastic!” in a matter of days.

Do you like to mix things up in the hair care department? Feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde