“ Brand: Lush / Type: Balm „
Lush is my all-time favourite brand and shop and I just love going in and seeing what goodies I can treat myself too after either a hard day at work or just because I fancy a treat. My favourite products are their fresh face masks but they have so many good products that sometimes it is hard to choose what to get. The Shine so Bright balm costs £4.50 for a tiny little pot of it. Actually the pot is so small that I was unsure whether to even try this but after hearing such good reviews from friends I decided to give it a go. It actually looks like a lip balm and even the smell and consistency could be mistaken for balm so make sure and keep it away from your other lips balms as this is actually designed for hair and more specifically for split ends. Now I suffer split ends but usually these are mainly self inflicted from too much styling and blow drying and so this balm is designed to smooth them out and put some moisture back in them and just generally stop the ends of hair looking as though it has been fried. You use the tiniest little amount as any more and your hair will look greasy and just use the tips of your fingers to work the balm in to the split ends. This works great at making split ends look less dry and brittle and if you only put the required amount on it won't go greasy at all. I find that it gives such a lovely shine that I actually also like to put a tiny amount on my palms and then just go over my entire hair. It doesn't make it greasy but it gives it a lovely shine and it also stops it being so fly away without weighing it down with loads of product. I have to say that I don't think this is the best one at actually repairing damage as although it is full of loads of lovely ingredients such as rosewood oil and olive oil this only makes my ends look great when I apply it as when I wash my hair the ends are as bad as ever again. It is like it puts a seal of moisture around the outside but doesn't penetrate and when it is washed it all removes without having done much to repair any damage. I do really like this and as something that will make split ends look great even if it only lasts a few hours this is great. It is just a shame that it doesn't do more for the actual damage.
Shine So Bright This is a fairly new product from Lush and as I was looking at the latest hair products I spotted this tiny little tin of hair balm which is designed to help prevent split ends and is also good for taming frizz without weighing the hair down. This tiny little screw top tin holds 10g only of the balm and costs £4.50 which seems an awful lot but I have had mine since November last year, 2012 and it doesn't look as though I have used any as it is really solid and as you rub your fingers over it you get enough for the hair ends and yet it looks as though you have taken nothing. You haven't heard of Lush? I cannot imagine that anyone reading this has not heard of the lovely cosmetic/toiletry company called 'Lush' that started way back in the 80s as 'Cosmetics to go'. They make the most wonderful smelling and exciting things for pampering and they are very keen to support Fair Trade and eco ingredients. All their products are free from nasty additives and not tested on animals. Lush state : "We believe in making effective products out of fresh fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics, without animal ingredients, and in writing the quantitative ingredient list on the outside. We also believe in buying only from companies that test for safety without the involvement of animals and in testing our products on humans" WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS? I just rub my fingers over the balm until I feel I have enough to rub on the ends of my hair. It doesn't make it greasy but I have found it makes it look a bit shinier. It makes the ends feel smoother and I also think it makes my hair less fly away and frizzy without adding weight and making it look fixed and lifeless. WHAT IS IN THIS LITTLE POT OF SHINE? Extra Virgin Coconut oil used by Lush is extracted from the inner flesh of the coconut bought y from the Indonesian island of Nias, where the coconut groves help a local community at constant risk from earthquakes and tsunamis. It is great for the skin and also a wonderful moisturizer for the hair too in this pot. Shea Butter comes from the nut of the Karite tree. Lush buy theirs from the women who hand-process the butter using traditional methods. This ensures that we get the best quality product and they get the best deal. Shea butter is a moisturising ingredient but also has vitamin A and it has been shown to offer some protection from UVB rays so protects the ends of the hair from sun damage. Candelilla wax is a hard and brittle wax which comes from the wax-coated stems of Candelilla shrubs. It is in many Lush's Vegan products instead of Beeswax. This gives texture and keeps moisture in. Extra Virgin olive oil is well known for it moisturizing qualities and helps fight free radicals as it is a powerful natural antoxidant. There is perfume in this and you can tell as it does have a gentle pleasant sweet floral aroma which is also from the neroli essential oil, grapefruit and rosewood oils and gardenia extract all add to the wonderful smell of this one. I read that this also has free range eggs in it and these are hair strengthening to help mend those split ends. Not sure I like the eggs but I can't smell them so I will cope! WHAT DO I THINK? I do quite like this and find the fact that this is in such a tiny tin. It fits neatly in my bag so that I can rub a bit onto my hair ends when I feel it needs it. I can keep another small tin in the bathroom so I can put it on after drying my hair. It is perfect for travelling as it is so small and yet the lovely nourishing balm makes my hair feel soft and non frizzy and even better it smells lovely so that my hair also then smells lovely and floral and sweet too. It is a lovely little product in a handy size and although it costs quite a lot at £4.50 I have found it goes a really long way as the balm is so hard and doesn't melt easily so a little goes a very long way and you really do only need a little. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username. ©catsholiday .