Bumble and bumble. Surf Shampoo – The Review

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Bumble and bumble is a well-known hair care brand. A lot of beauty bloggers and vloggers rave about their products so, as always happens, I was excited and curious to try them.

The first time I approached one of their stands I was inside Liberty, in London. I already had an idea about all the ranges of the brand and so on. I was interested in the thickening line as I have very fine hair, but when I looked at the prices I was a little taken aback. I was not expecting that price for that little product. Even my mother – who was with me and is a consistent Kérastase buyer – said it was a bit too much (and it was in pounds!). So I left, a bit annoyed, without buying anything.

Last summer, though, since I had a LookFantastic discount code, I decided to purchase their famous Surf shampoo – as you can see in one of my first blog posts.

The Surf shampoo is part, of course, of the Surf range that started with the even more famous Surf spray. Bloggers and vloggers went crazy for this line, but here is what I think.

1. Let’s start with the packaging. It comes in a thin plastic bottle that you are supposed to squeeze to let the product come out from the cap. As you are reading this, you are probably thinking “what’s new?”. Well, you really need to squeeze hard after you have already used it a few times: the plastic is too thin and it doesn’t come back to its original shape. Do not let the bottle sit upside down because the shampoo will leak through the cap. In general, low quality packaging.

2. Bad packaging doesn’t necessarily make a bad product, right? The shampoo itself smells good, not heavenly, but it does smell like clean (it’s the best way I can describe it, you know what I mean!). It has a gel-like consistency, it’s not watery at all, so you’d suppose you would need less. Actually, it’s the opposite. As I was massaging it into my hair I felt like I needed more and more because it wasn’t cleaning well my hair.

3. The result. I was expecting wonders from this shampoo, but mostly clean, textured hair, which is what it claims to do. Unfortunately I couldn’t see anything extraordinary. My hair was clean, yes, but not squeaky clean. I couldn’t see any texture whatsoever. And, honestly, my hair didn’t even have the typical good shampoo smell that freshly washed hair have.

In conclusion, I won’t repurchase it, of course. It was a pain in the bum for me to finish this product up. There are far better shampoos out there for a quarter or less of the price. But if you want some advice on high-end hair care, I advice you to try brands like Kérastase or Redken. A bottle of one of their 1L shampoo doesn’t cost much more than a small 250ml Bumble and bumble shampoo.

Have you tried any Bumble and bumble products? Are you loving them? Please, let me know what you think!

Diorskin’s Newest Star?

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I was browsing trough the aisles at Sephora when I spotted Dior’s, or better Diorskin’s, latest foundation. Curious and always eager to find the next best base, I asked for a sample and tried it at home this week.

I was matched #030 by one of the girls that work there which is one of the neutral shades (even though my skin has got more yellow undertones, so it doesn’t match perfectly). If you didn’t know, Dioskin foundation shades generally variate from the lightest #010 to the darkest #070. The ones that end with a zero (i.e. #020) match neutral undertones, the ones ending with 1 (i.e. #031) match yellow/warm undertones, the ones ending with 2 (i.e. #022) match pink/cool undertones and the one ending with 3 (i.e. #023) match peach undertones.

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It’s called “Diorskin Star Studio Makeup Spectacular Brightening Weightless Perfection with SPF30”. As the looong ass name suggests it claims to be brightening, perfecting and weightless.

“Inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of its makeup artists, Dior offers its first brightening foundation. This weightless fluid makeup is capable of recreating the spectacular and perfecting light of Dior’s studios. Infused with hollow silica beads that capture and diffuse light in a correcting halo that doesn’t leave skin looking shiny, the color-filter pigments neutralize skin tone imbalances, and the anti-“light-trap” skincare ingredients help reduce the appearance of dark areas, pigment spots, and redness.”

It has a beautiful and elegant glass bottle with a pump that’s very similar to their Forever foundation, very pretty on a dressing table but not so practical to travel. It smells good, very perfume-y which is something that I always appreciate. Now, onto what are my thoughts on the actual product.

I applied it a couple of times with my fingers, a couple of times with Real Techniques Expert Face brush and it immediately reminded me of the Diorskin Nude foundation. It has a medium coverage and – thanks to its light diffusing properties – it evens out the skin tone for the most part. I have to say, though, that I’m not having major issues with my skin right now apart from some dark spots (souvenirs of some nasty blemishes) which are still visible. It’s very luminous, indeed, which on my oily skin looks good at the beginning then it turns into a shiny, patchy mess and I feel like it emphasizes pores in the centre of my face. Not the foundation for me, but I’m sure somebody else will love it.

Hope it was helpful!