John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo & Conditioner Review


A few weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely lady from the John Frieda PR team and asked if I would like to try out any of their products. Of course I said yes and explained that I struggle with volume as I have quite fine hair naturally. A few days later a little parcel arrived containing a shampoo and conditioner from the Luxurious Volume Range and some Biore Pore Strips. 


The Luxurious Volume Shampoo is an almost clear formula and is relatively fragrance free. I have medium length hair down to my shoulder blades (picture above for reference) and I didn’t need to use a huge amount to get a nice lather going. After using the shampoo I didn’t feel like it had left too much residue in my hair and my hair felt nice and clean. 


As you would expect the Shampoo was swiftly followed by the Luxurious Volume Conditioner and I have to say this definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. Normally you would expect your conditioner to have a creamy, milky consistency but the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Conditioner is a completely clear, firmer formula and to be honest I was a little bit dubious when I first squeezed it out of the tube. None the less I gave it a go and I was pleasantly surprised, of course it felt a bit….well weird at first to use a conditioner that was such an unusual consistency but once I had smoothed it all over my hair it didn’t really feel much different to any other conditioner I would use. As always I left the conditioner on my hair whilst I washed the rest of my body and then rinsed it off a few minutes later. After blow drying my hair I definitely felt like it wasn’t as flat as it usually is and it was smooth & soft as it usually is. I will say that after 3/4 times of using this I did notice that my hair felt a little bit drier than usual so I used a clarifying shampoo inbetween the 4th and 5th wash to get rid of the product build up (it’s worth mentioning that I DO use hairspray everyday so that contributes to the build up as well and not just the shampoos and conditioners that I use) then after that I went back to the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo And Conditioner and my hair was back to being smooth and soft. If you purchase these products I definitely recommend that you use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove any build up that you may experience. 

My overall thoughts on the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range are quite positive – I think it has definitely improved the volume in my hair, it left my hair feeling smooth and soft, the size of the tubes lasts for quite a while and I would be very happy to pay the £1.99 each for the Shampoo and Conditioner. 

I also noticed as I was researching the price of these that they do a 7 Day Volume Treatment from the same range for £9.99 and I would definitely be interested to try that out and use in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner to see how they work together. 

Have you used anything from the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range before and how did you find it? Let me know in the comments below. 

Rachel xoxo

Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer Review


As you know, I often get sent items to review and it’s very important to me to make it clear to anyone who takes the time to read my posts that although I have been sent an item free of charge I will still give an open and honest review because I myself read other people reviews when I’m trying to decide on an item to buy and I would hate for someone to buy something and hate it because I had lied and said it was amazing when in actual fact it wasn’t so great. So now I’ve said that let’s get to the item in hand…..

So as you should have guessed from the above statement I have been sent the Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer in exchange for an honest review. This hairdryer comes in a cardboard box and inside it is wrapped in plastic. The plug is fully attached to the item and literally all you have to do is pop the nozzle on the front of the hairdryer, plug it in and your good to go. My first impression of this hairdryer is that I absolutely love the colour, a beautiful, bright Ruby Red. It’s so vibrant and fun and yes in the grand scheme of things I know that’s not particularly an important factor in choosing a hairdryer but in my opinion it’s nice to see something different from the generic black that you usually find. 

The Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster & Nourish Hairdryer features 2 speeds and 3 heat settings and also a cool shot button which I feel is pretty standard on most hairdryers these days. In my opinion the hairdryer has 2 unique selling points – 1. A 3m extra long swivel cord and 2. The main focus of the hairdryer – and I have taken this straight from the website – ‘The ionic conditioning leaves your hair superbly smooth whilst the Argan hair oil infused grille nourishes your hair and encourages a stunning natural shine’ or more simply put an Argan Oil infused grille which when the hairdryer is switched on will infuse into the air that is blowing out of the hairdryer and onto your hair to nourish and condition. Now I am a huge fan of using Argan Oil on my hair, usually in the form of a conditioning spray, because it really does improve the condition of my coloured hair so I was very intrigued to try this hairdryer out. 

One thing I will say is that I found this hairdryer a little heavier than the one I was previously using, it wasn’t an issue when using it but I just thought worth mentioning. The buttons on the handle of the hairdryer are in the perfect position to easily use and the cool shot button does exactly that, delivers a burst of cool air when you need it. My hair does feel smooth and soft after use although I’m not sure if that’s from the hairdryer or from the products I use as I do already have quite soft hair. In my opinion this is a great hairdryer and I do believe it did dry my hair quite quickly.

A few days after I had receive this I let my mum use it and although she liked the hairdryer – and funnily enough she DIDN’T find it heavier than her usual hairdryer there was one thing that niggled her. On her hairdryer at home when using the cool shot button there was no pick up in pace – meaning that it didn’t sort of ‘rev’ up in speed whereas this one does. Now as I said above (or more accurately didn’t say above!) that didn’t bother me in the slightest. To see if this would bother anyone else I decided to then let a friend use the hairdryer and asked her to let me know how she got on with it just to see if she was annoyed by the cool shot button but again, like me, it didn’t bother her. 

All in all I think this is a great hairdryer and if I had purchased this with my own money I would have been very happy to spend the £29.99 it costs. 

Rachel xoxo

Roccabox April 2017

This month a new beauty box subscription service called Roccabox was launched. It retails at £10 a month plus £3.95 shipping and it includes 5 makeup, skincare or hair care products. Each month every box is put together by a social influencer and this first box was the turn of Pretty Ugly Blog owner Gabriella Pisani, fashion writer for Hello magazine. Roccabox does not offer a beauty profile for you to fill in so your box is tailored to your needs, everyone simply gets the same 5 items. Let’s jump in and see what was in this months box.

  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 effects serum (worth £6.99 on Feel Unique).
  • Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy Cream (£8 from the C&E website).
  • Kure Bizzare – The Natural Pedicure Ritual (£4.50 from the John and Ginger website).
  • Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in the Shade  St James (£15 from the Nails Inc website
  • Smith and Cult Diary Of A Beauty Junkie Lip Lacquer (worth £23) 

If we add all that up that is a box value of £57.49 which for a £13.95 spend is not all that bad! I’m quite happy with the contents of this box and will use everything except the Frizz Ease because I don’t get frizzy hair so I will be giving that to my mum. 

What beauty boxes did you get in April? 

Rachel xoxo

February 2017 Empties

This months Product Empties features quite a lot of makeup and beauty items because I didn’t do a January Empties as last month was so busy, so I saved them all up and have put them all in February’s post. I hope you’ve got a brew and a snack – your going to need it!

Here’s the products that I’ve used up over the last 2 months –

Unani Il-luminate Milk Cleanser

This Cleanser was from my January Glossybox and I’ve absolutely loved using it, it’s so creamy (as you’d expect from a milk cleanser!). It removed my makeup with ease – even my eye makeup, leaving my skin feeling clean, smooth and fresh. Sometimes I find cleansers can be quite drying to my skin but that’s not that case with this one. Disappointingly though I have been looking to purchase another one of these and I can’t find a UK website to buy one from although on the Glossybox website it does tell me this would retail for £13.60.

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation

This Foundation has to be one of my all time favourite drugstore Foundations. I had this in the shade Vanilla Clair, although in all honestly I could probably have done with going one shade darker – I don’t know why but for some reason I went through a faze of thinking I was paler than I am!! However that being said it was easy enough to darken it up with some bronzer. This is a light/medium Foundation but it is easily buildable if you like something heavier. It’s non greasy, doesn’t oxidise and it applies evenly. I buy mine from Superdrug and it retails at £10.99.

Decleor Hydra Floral BB Cream

My mum actually gave this to me about a year ago from out of a QVC TSV she bought. The thing I love the most about this is the frangrance, it’s literally like summer in a bottle! It’s so floral and pretty, I just love putting it on. This is a BB cream so your not going to get a super heavy coverage like you would from a foundation, but this is just perfect for a hot day when your looking to brighten up your skin but you don’t want to feel like you’ve got a full face of makeup on. You can purchase this from the Look Fantastic website and it is £22.05 (what a funny price! Why the 5p? Are they sending it in a carrier bag?!).

Bee Good Firm And Plump Moisturiser

Now I know this post is supposed to be for products that I have used up this month but I do have a couple of things that I just don’t want to use anymore, and this is one of them. Unfortunately this is just not for me, mainly because of the overpowering Lemon scent. I just can’t bare it! It’s too strong and I always end up washing it off! For that reason this is going in the bin. The Bee Good Firm And Plump Moisturiser can be purchased from the Bee Good website and it is £9 for 15ml.

Caudalie Mosturising Sorbet

I’m not going to say much about this one because I have reviewed it before. I have literally got about 5 or 6 of these little tubes because they’ve been in various beauty boxes over the past few months. This is a tube that I had sitting on my bookcase and I used it everytime I couldn’t be bothered to walk upstairs and get my main moisturiser lol! I quite like it, it does the job! The full size of this will cost you £23 from the Naturisimo website.

Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara

This is another one that is not an actual Empty, it’s just something that I don’t rate. I found this just went clumpy on me. No matter how I applied it, it just clumped up. Luckily this was just a sample sized Mascara that I got from Love Me Beauty before I unsubscribed. The Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara retails at £19 from Debenhams.

Molton Brown Dewy Lily Of The Valley And Star Anise Bath And Shower Gel 

This was a sample that I got in my Tili Box and I have absolutely loved it. It smells so gorgeous! It lathers up beautifully. There’s not much else to say about this except it’s just lovely to use. The full size is available from the John Lewis website for £18. It’s a bit of an indulgence but totally worth it!

Sephora Lotus Sleeping Mask

A lovely friend brought me this back from New York last year. Although it’s quite a small little pot it actually goes a long way and I got 4 full face uses out of this. I applied this once a week after my night time cleanse and it was such a treat for my skin. In the morning when I woke up my skin was so soft and plump and it felt really hydrated. This was from Sephora and a quick look on the website tells me it was $4, which is around £3.25.

Milani Easy Brow Tinted Fiber Gel

In a nutshell I hated this. I just did nothing, I’m not even convinced I could ever get any out of the tube. I purchased this from Beauty Bay because I absolutely love all the other Milani products I have in my collection and I was expecting the same level of quality from this but sadly that wasn’t the case. So in the bin this goes! This is on the Beauty Bay website for £9 but honestly save your money – it’s absolute rubbish!

N.4 Restore and Repair Oil

N.4 Restore and Repair Oil is basically a conditioning oil that you apply to your hair after you have washed and towel dried it. It is VERY concentrated so you only need to use the tiniest amount. I found that this made my hair quite greasy so I used it as an overnight treatment and washed my hair in the morning. Using it like that made this product work for me, I found my hair was softer, smoother and it wasn’t as fly away as it normally would be. This retails at £18.60 for 60ml and you can find it on Birchbox.com.

La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes

This was a sample sachet that I got from the Feel Unique Pick n Mix service. I got about 5 uses out of this altogether but to be honest I wasn’t that impressed – I found it really greasy. I’m glad I got a sample before I thought about purchasing the full size product. If you want to buy the full size product it will cost you £20.80 from the Escentual website.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

I bought this because I already use the Dipbrow Pomade and I love it, so I thought that for when I don’t have as much time to do my makeup I would try this. Sadly it just doesn’t live up to the Pomade. I got it in the shade Blonde and I just couldn’t get any payoff from it at all. I was pressing on it so hard I was worried I was going to snap it! £15.50 most definitely not well spent! I’ll be sticking to my Dipbrow Pomade.

So that’s it! Those are the products that I used up (or threw away!) in the months of January and February 2017. What have you been using?

Rachel xoxo

Birchbox February 2017

I was super excited from the start this month to receive my February Birchbox because I knew that there was a full sized Spectrum Eyeshadow brush in this months box and also because we got the chance to choose the colour of our boxes as well. I chose this pretty green and white leaf design because I liked it the best, the other option was a blue background with pink leaves. 

In my Birchbox this month I received a Keeome Hydration Therapy Mask, a Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Trio, the Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator from Vasanti, a leave in conditioner spray from Beaver and of course the full sized Spectrum Eyeshadow brush. 

Overall I am quite happy with this months box and I will definitely give everything a try. 

Rachel xoxo

Look Incredible January 2017

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few weeks, then you will know that I have been rather disappointed with the Beauty Box Subscriptions that I have recently received. Both Glossybox and Birchbox’s January boxes left me feeling slightly underwhelmed so I decided to have a look and try and find another subscription service that could possibly be better. I came across the Look Incredible website and thought that it looked good – it seemed to suggest that it would have a good mix of makeup and beauty products from better brands and always full sized products. At £18.99 plus p&p it is a little bit more expensive than Birchbox and Glossybox but I decided to give it ago. 

My first impressions of the box wern’t good, the box itself is just a bit plain and boring looking and my one was a bit scraped and scratched so that left me a bit anxious to open it. However, when I did open it I was pleasantly surprised! Aside from the poor excuse for shredded paper I found inside (literally a small handful, what’s the point ?!) I found 5 full sized products and I’m actually quite happy with them!

Inside my box was the cutest Too Faced Brush (it’s so soft, I can’t wait to use it!), a Rosie for Autograph Mascara (I’m excited to try this as I’ve never had a product from this brand before), a Bee Good Honey and Camelina Facial Exfoliator (I’ve had this before and really like it), a Bare Minerals Daily Recovery Concentrate and a Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Eyeshadow. So as the saying goes – never judge a book by its cover – I was actually quite excited by what I found inside January’s Look Incredible Box and for now I will be staying subscribed. Can’t wait to see what’s in February’s box.

Rachel xoxo

Birchbox January 2017

Yesterday I received my January Birchbox and I feel pretty much the same way I did about Glossybox when that arrived – underwhelmed. In fact the only thing stopping me from cancelling my subscription to Birchbox this month is the fact that in next months box there is a full sized Spectrum brush. So that means you’ve got one month to buck your ideas up Birchbox! 

In this months Birchbox I received a Lord And Berry Crayon Concealer (which looks too dark for me), a Whish Shaving Cream (which feels virtually empty), a Monu Refreshing Spray Mist (meh!), a Merci Handy New Waves Hand Cream (seriously Birchbox how many Hand Creams do you think a girl needs ??!) and a Nuxe Oil Sample (the only thing I’m happy to receive). So we will see what happens next month but I dare say I may soon be cancelling my Birchbox subscription. 

Rachel xoxo