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TRESemmé, tea tree and tidy hair: beauty musings of a non-beauty blogger


This is a sponsored post in collaboration with TRESemmé.

I’m definitely no beauty blogger. I can’t do eye makeup, I struggle to cover the freckles on my nose and don’t ask me to help you paint your finger nails. It’ll be a disaster! As terrible as I am with beauty and hair I absolutely adore attempting to get my girly girl on and I’m a sucker for a hundred and one beauty products. I’m one of those girls who has about five different body washes, shampoos and moisturiser pots on the go because firstly I can’t stop shopping and secondly I just want to try everything. My go-to is bright red lipstick, but I am willing to give anything a go, as long as it isn’t black lipstick (but never say never)! I’m frequently asked who and what I’m wearing when I do get my girl on, so why not share my current beauty and hair loves with you all?

1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser

If I need an instant skin pick me up I can not go past The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Pore Minimiser. Now when I initially started using this product I was a little iffy about putting tea tree on my face, because the first thing that pops into my head when I think about or smell tea tree oil is nits! My mind is taken straight back to the nit infested days of primary school when Mum would drown our hair in the pungent oil to deflect the naughty little critters. My head is itchy just writing about it. It has taken me a long time to differentiate between bug murder and skin healing, but I’ve finally come to terms with my predicament. This product smoothes and mattifies the skin and visibly shrinks pores. Dynamic!

2. TRESemmé Vibrant Naturals Nourish and Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner

Since I’ve had to dye my hair a couple of times in the last few months (stubborn greys have come out to play), as shiny and lovely as my hair looked post-dye it has not felt as soft, smooth or natural as it previously did. Enter the new organic TRESemmé Shampoo and Conditioner combination. My initial reason for trying out this duo was because it is made with a combination of avocado oil and aloe vera. Avocado is wonderful for hair and skin (remember my DIY avocado face mask back in the day?) so obviously something so good for you on the inside is going to do the same on the outside. The shampoo and conditioner is light, smells lovely (non of that artificial chemical smell) and is so very gentle that it is absolutely fine to use on freshly dyed hair – no need to worry about it stripping the colour. Certifiably organic, the duo is silicone free with no added colour or parabens. Because who wants to show off their fresh dye job if it is looking limp and unloved? Not me!

3. Bartholomews Organic Lip Balm

This little beauty was discovered on our roadtrip to Denmark all those months back for Paint The Town Ford. Being typical tourists E and I popped into Bartholomews Meadery to taste test the wine and mead. But being the girls we are we ended up walking out with a few different skin products and candles, plus the mead! You can’t take me anywhere! This lipgloss is so organic it only has about ten ingredients, and if you knew their secret recipe you could probably attempt to make it at home yourself. Beeswax based (it was made at a meadery afterall) the balm is so soothing to dry lips. It is slightly sticky, but leaves your lips looking glossy and lovely. My favourite thing about this balm is it actually tastes like honey (not that I’ve tasted it or anything)! If you’re ever in Denmark you need to get down to this little haven.

4. Elizabeth Arden Colour Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Pink Pink Shimmer

I love presents. And my boss at work is one of the best gift givers ever. She bought this lipstick for her self recently, and unfortunately she didn’t think it suited her complexion and lighter hair so she passed it onto me. Score. I’ve never purchased an Elizabeth Arden lippy before, but I’m a brand new fan. It slides on so easily and there is none of that clumpiness you find with some lipstick brands. The slight shimmer is pretty and feminine without looking like you’ve just stepped off the front of a 90s album cover.

5. Kmart Polka Dot Hair Bow

I have more bad hair days than the rest. Getting up early for work is hard enough without having to try and fix my early morning birds nest! I purchased this hair bow as well as three others at Kmart a few weeks back because I loved the polka dot print and I knew it’d be a fun and easy way to pull the focus from effortless hair styles. This bow came in a two pack with a denim look bow – and we all know how on trend denim is this season.

Now it’s your turn to help me! What is making you tick in the beauty and hair world? Suggestions please!

E x

All opinions are my own.


  1. twenty says

    Mega Advertising Spectacles are one thing but for me reading about a product from an ordinary (although obviously talented) person is far more realistic and encourages a person to really want to try the products mentioned. This is the great thing about the local blog world. Real people. Real thoughts and comments. Looks like I’m off to buy and try all of the above !!

  2. I’ve been loving Maybelline’s BB cream lately now I’m over my cake face foundation obsession! Evens skin tone without being too thick or oily. And I can’t go past MAC’s matte lipsticks. Love a good retro look and they stay on all day and don’t move at all. I’m working up a little collection, cycling through Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, Russian Red, Diva, Flat Out Fabulous and Heroine. Obsessed? Definitely. Worth it? 100%. x

    • BB cream def a winner, i’m loving Garnier’s one! The names of those lippies are to die for! I like the sound of lady danger x

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