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Home Hair Care with Osmo

The very first thing I'll be doing when this coronavirus crisis is over is booking a hair appointment. There are LOADS of salons at 5pm, so treat yourself now to gift vouchers, and get pick up a deal when we're all back up and running.

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Beauty Kitchen Launch Subscribe & Save Service

Scottish brand Beauty Kitchen is making sustainable beauty even more attainable with its brand new subscription service – Subscribe & Save. Beauty Kitchen aims to save 100 plastic bottles a year per household from ending up in landfill with this new initiative. It’s available exclusively from the Beauty...

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Pink Hair Don't Care - 5pm Hair Deals

I’ve had pink hair since December. It’s my second foray into the #pinkhairdontcare brigade, and I love it. If you feel like a bold colour change, then make an appointment here at 5pm Spa and Beauty and become the hair colour you should be! I was also just kindly gifted this conditioner and shampoo duo...

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Face Mask for Men with Beards!

Sometimes beauty products land on my desk that seem a bit absurd. This was one of them – the New Skinbuddy mask for men with beards. Granted it does look a bit mad, but there’s method to the madness! Facial sheet masks are one of the most popular and effective treatments to help improve the appearance...

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Christmas Beauty Crackers

Christmas Crackers are getting a bit of a name for themselves this year, for being wasteful. But hopefully, there isn’t too much in these lovely beauty crackers that isn’t recyclable or reusable. And all of the plastic cracker pieces I have used here are vintage ones I purchased to make into jewellery...

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Christmas Beauty Baubles

If you need a cute little gift for the beauty fan friend or relative (or cat-sitter, or Secret Santa!) then how about a cute beauty bauble? Festive fun with beauty benefits – you can’t go wrong. AND…they won’t break the bank. These lovely little gift sets are a token of affection, and some of the baubles...

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Eco-friendly, ethical hair care from Ireland and Scotland

I’ve been trialling some new haircare in the last few weeks – both independents, one Scottish, one Irish, and both eco-friendly and ethical. Moo Hair is Edinburgh-based, founded by mum and daughter team, Suzie and Olivia Gillespie, and We Are Paradoxx is Irish-based, founded by Yolanda Cooper. Both ...

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End of Summer Beauty MOT with 5pm Deals

The clocks go back this weekend, marking the official end of summer, and sometimes it can be a bit depressing thinking about all those dark nights, and winter weather ahead. So, pamper yourself! Give yourself a treat. Think of it as a wee MOT for the new season – change your hair colour, paint those...

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New Autumn Hair Colour? Grab a Deal with 5pm

Autumn is the most colourful of the seasons – all those gorgeous rusts, ochres, yellows, oranges and reds. Are you feeling dull yet? Maybe it’s time to bring some autumn magic to your hair with a new colour? You might fancy a full head tint, a peachy surprise, an auburn change, or you might want to ...

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Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Range from Shea Moisture

If your hair needs a bit of help after summer, and perhaps thanks to over-zealous bleaching and colouring, and use of heat tools, then here’s a new range from Shea Moisture to try. I really love this haircare range, and this new stuff smells delicious! But then I love yoghurt and honey, so much so I...

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Fringe Benefits with 5pm

Forget the crowds, the flyers, and the sore feet at the Edinburgh Fringe, which is in full flow now – the only fringe I am interested in is one of the hair variety! I’m currently sporting my hair in a curly style – see this previous post – complete with a curly fringe. Fringes come and go from year ...

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Curly Hair 5pm Deals

Curly hair. It’s back. You heard it here first. You will be heading for a perm by the end of this year, mark my words! I touched on this in the Beauty Trends post the other week, but with the return of 80s-tastic Stranger Things this week, curly hair was at the forefront of my mind. And on my head. ...

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L'Oreal Serie Expert Solar Sublime range

If you don’t take different haircare products on holiday, then, tut-tut. You really should. Especially if your hair is over-processed. (hands up over here!). The sun will fade it and dry it out, and the chlorine in your pool, and/or the sea water, will do its own particular type of damage. The NEW ...

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Fight The Frizz - Treat Your Hair with 5PM

I was recently sent four IGK products to beat my particular type of Frizz – Frizz at the Ends. According to IGK there are four types of frizz, and they have all the products you will ever need to tame them. Perhaps. But we always find popping into salon for a conditioning treatment and/or a blow dry...

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Cute little beauty bits from REX London

I was kindly gifted some cute little beauty bits from the newly launched range at online store, Rex London – formerly dotcomgiftshop. If you are a lover of all things cutesy, kitsch and kawaii, or you have a tweenie who is, then this new range is perfect for little gifts- and the bunny bits are brilliant...

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Black Friday Beauty Offers

It’s Black Friday this week – and there are all sorts of deals out there, on all sorts of products,from all sorts of brands. It’s a bit overwhelming, and who knows if it’s really worth it? Or are you just buying because you get caught up in the hype? I’ve had loads of info sent to me for beauty offers...

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New Season, New Hair!

We change our wardrobe, and not just because the weather changes – it’s always good to buy new clothes, right? We change our makeup, and we should change our skincare, but what about your hair? Stuck in a hair rut? Fancy something new? Maybe even a colour change? There are loads of deals on 5pm Spa ...

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AVEDA'S CHERRY ALMOND COLLECTION & ADVENT CALENDAR

MY husband gave this new AVEDA CHERRY ALMOND COLLECTION the thumbs up for the smell alone. I, on the other hand, have an aversion to all things marzipan-y, which is what this smells like. If you are a Bakewell fan, you are going to love it! The new collection is 98 per cent naturally derived, silicon...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Beauty Buys

It’s October again, and in the beauty world that means a plethora of pink products for Brest Cancer Awareness Month. It seems a little low-key this year. Maybe I’m just not getting the right releases. It’s not only Estee Lauder Companies that run breast cancer charity initiatives in October, but it ...

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SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection

I get A LOT of products and I like to try to sometimes feature brands that are a bit different, or have a story to tell. SheaMoisture certainly does. It’s the legacy of the brand owner’s grandmother, Sofi Tucker. Grandma Sofi was widowed at 19, and, to support her family, made and sold her handcrafted...

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Ibiza Hair Brushes

I was given this HUGE hairbrush the other week. It’s from a company called Ibiza Hair, which has been around since the 1950s. Who knew? Not me, so it’s always nice to discover a new-to-me company. There are LOADS of brushes. Most of them have these brilliant cork handles, and are made with boar bristle...

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Get the latest 'Glass Hair' trend

So, here’s the latest Hollywood hair trend – Glass Hair. Yep, Kim Kardashian has it. So does Jourdan Dunn. So what the heck is it? Er, a shiny bob, I think. It’s definitely shiny. Very shiny. And mostly bobbed. It’s probably not that attainable for many of us. Look at my latest Instagram image – bottom...

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Fringe-tastic!

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full swing, and it got me thinking about fringes of the hair variety. It’s been a while since I had one, and in the summer sun they can be a real pain. But, come the autumn and winter, a fringe can be a cute thing to hide behind – and it always covers those frown ...

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Summer Hair

I don’t know about you, but the summer is a great time to play about with your hair. I’ve just had my hair dyed bright orange – why not? (I’ve popped my insta pic at the bottom of the post). Of course, summer is also a difficult time for our hair. If it’s coloured it will fade, we might have to wash...

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(Royal) Wedding Prep

There’s a wedding this weekend, did you know? Some ginger guy is marrying a TV star. Yep, it’s finally here – the Royal Wedding. Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in Windsor Castle this Saturday. I’ve had TONS of press releases about the wedding for the last ooh, seems like a lifetime, and lots ...

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Catwalk inspired beauty deals

Beauty trends come from the catwalk, and last September, fashion week makeup artists and hair stylists created all the beauty – and hair – trends you’ll be wanting to wear now for the SS18 shows. So, if you want to get ahead of the crowd, here are a few of our favourite – and where to book in for offers...

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Paul Mitchell NEW Neuro hair range

Are you a heated hair tool addict? Join the club! I love nothing more than wanding and straightening my hair. It can be a little friend, thanks to that and the fact it’s over-processed and dyed. So I was delighted to give Paul Mitchell’s new NEURO Liquid range a try. I’ve been using it for a couple ...

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Aveda Earth Month x WaterAid Pledge

April is Earth Month, and Aveda supports the charity initiative that raises money to support access to clean water projects for communities in need across the globe. Try to imagine not having clean water, on tap. Aveda UK has been supporting international development charity, WaterAid for eight years...

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Lee Stafford CHoCo LoCKs haircare

This new range from Lee Stafford is powered by chocolate, and, trust me, the Butter Cream Treatment smells unbelievably chocolatey, and good enough to eat. It’s one of five products in this pretty in pink range, which uses chocolate to help your hair. Chocolate is naturally rich in antioxidants, minerals...

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NEW Aveda Invati Advanced haircare range

Aveda launched their Invati range six years ago (wow, I’ve been writing about beauty for a LONG time!). The Invati Solutions for Thinning Hair range became the brand’s best-selling global franchise in super-speedy time, putting the spotlight on thinning hair in women. It’s still a consistent award-winner...

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Veganuary beauty

Yes, I know, every time I mention the word ‘Veganuary’ my husband’s face contorts. It’s fair to say annoys him, this constant marketing of months! But it is what it is, and if you are going vegan for January you might want to extend it to your beauty regime. This new brand – Utopia – is a vegan and ...

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Gem Lites by Celeb Luxury haircare

I’ve tried almost every silver shampoo and toning product since I went ashy blonde last year. One that I tried late in the year came from US brand, Celeb Luxury – called Gem Lites Colorwash. These toning shampoos have actual colour in them, and will keep your hair colour looking fresh, vibrant and healthy...

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John Lewis and M&S beauty advent calendars

It’s not Christmas without a beauty advent calendar now, is it? There are SO many of them, it’s impossible to keep track. But, I am lucky enough to have two of the best to open this year – roll on December. First up is the John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar. The retail giant hasn’t had a beauty advent...

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Aveda launch Pure-Fume Hair Mists

I’m not sure how I feel about this latest launch from Aveda – the Pure-Fume Hair Mists. There are three of them, from three different corners of the globe, and all making your hair smell lovely, as well as adding softness and shine. I just don’t know if I want my hair to smell. I used a new shampoo ...

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Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Campaign Box

If you love a beauty box, then here is one packed with goodies that will make you feel good inside too. The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign Beauty Box is packed with iconic products from some of the EL brands. For every £25 box bought, £15 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research...

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GHD Breast Cancer Now charity products

I had a pair of pink GHDs for years – they were brilliant. My husband trod on them and cracked them a few months back. Time to show him this blog post maybe and get a pair of this year’s Pink Blush Platinums? It’s October, it’s breast cancer awareness month, and the long-standing collaboration between...

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NEW Aveda Texture Tonic

After my holiday the sun, sea and swimming pool have taken their toll on my locks. My hair is over processed, and has gone a bit flat, to say the least. So, I was delighted to try Aveda’s new Texture Tonic this week. I love the tousled, undone, effortless look – who doesn’t – and this spray will try...

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Being Blonde - how to care for fair!

I’ve been blonde for a month or so now, and I have been trying out all sorts of new products for my ashy locks. It’s not the first time I’ve channelled my inner Marilyn and reached for the bleach, but I’d like to look after it properly this time around! So, I’ve been trying to find a good shampoo, a...

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Beau-TEA-ful! Afternoon Tea Week beauty

This week is Afternoon Tea Week – and there are lots of lovely afternoon tea offers on 5pm – but, if beauty if more your thing, then how about these tea-inspired beauty products! Tea, as a beauty ingredient has all sorts of antioxidant properties, and it comes in everything from moisturiser to shampoo...

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Hydration Heroes

Hydrating your skin is hugely important all-year round, but in particular when it’s too hot, or too cold. I tend to suffer from bouts of dehydration these days rather than all year round dryness. There are a few products I can’t live without – my Hydration Heroes – and a few new ones I have thrown into...

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Sort the curls with Bed Head by TIGI

Another new range of products for curly/wavy/frizzy hair lands in my office, and I promptly look at them and consign them to the ‘maybe later’ bin. I just can’t deal with my curly hair! The new products from Bed Head by TIGI are all Wimbledon purple and green and have ridiculous names like Calma Sutra...

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Strawberries & Cream Beauty

Are you watching Wimbledon? It’s such a British institution we can’t ignore it, and so today’s post is all about a Wimbledon favourite – strawberries and cream! Well, sort of! I’ve rounded up some strawberry and cream beauty products to get us in the Wimbledon mood! (Come on Andy Murray!) Paul Mitchell...

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Get to the root of it with Aveda's Pramansara Scalp Care

I am the first to hold my hands up and admit that whilst I am rigorous in my beauty routine, I am lacking when it comes to giving my poor hair the same treatment. And having dyed, bleached, straightened and tonged my hair (with wanding my newest obsession!) for around 30 years, I really should know ...

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Loyally Blonde - with Fudge

Any blondes out there? Fudge Professional’s recent survey reveals some interesting truths about you! And it seems, if you are blonde, then you definitely do think blondes have more fun, and want to stay that way! A massive 81% of blonde-haired British women are completely loyal to their hair colour....

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Natural World Haircare

My hair is high maintenance – always has been, whatever colour it has been. I dye it, I bleach it and I use heated appliances. I tend to favour salon shampoos and conditioners, but I am not averse to trying new, more budget ranges. I like Natural World products, because they contain 95% natural derived...

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Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle

I have never washed my hair every day. Probably because I have dyed or bleached it since I was 14 – that’s 30+ years – and I want to avoid fade as much as possible. There’s a big debate on the haircare world just now about whether it is good for your hair or not. Hasn’t there always been a debate? Who...

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Tangle Teezer

It’s 10 years since Shaun Pulfrey – or Shaun P – left the Dragon’s Den with nothing. Now, his hairbrush company, Tangle Teezer, turns over around £30 million a year (2015 figures) and he sells all over the world. Until last year, I had never used a Tangle Teezer. I don’t really brush my hair, so Ithought...

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So L'Avoly The Special One (for your hair)

I love a multi-use product, but this stuff – it’s just having a laugh with the amount of things it can do! The Special One – So L’Avoly Styling Cream, from Paul Mitchell boasts not one, not two, but TEN brilliant benefits. Detangling Split end prevention Shine boosting Frizz control Heat protection ...

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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Range

Paul Mitchell introduces a new range next year – the Scalp Care range, an anti-thinning range suitable for both men and women. It’s a colour-safe, daily regimen infused with the brand’s exclusive Regeniplex botanical blend to promote optimal scalp health and encourage healthy, thicker hair. The blend...

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Beard Oil for Santa!

Santa Claus is getting ready for the biggest night of year, but we wonder how his beard is holding up. The original and the best, today’s bearded hipsters have nothing on Santa’s big white beard. So how does Santa look after it? What beard oil does Santa like best? We let him try a few and let us know...

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Beauty Crackers

I love a Christmas cracker, but let’s be honest, the contents can disappoint. A tired old paper hat, a rubbish joke, and another useless keyring/plasticring/puzzle are not things we need. But the contents of these fabulous beauty crackers – now we’re talking! There are loads out there, and whilst they...

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Paul Mitchell goes POP for Christmas

I love this year’s Christmas Gift Sets from Paul Mitchell, so I am sharing them all. And they do good as well, with every gift set supporting BABY2BABY charity, providing low-income children ages 0-12 with nappies, clothing and other necessities. The pop-art inspired packaging is fantastic – and you...

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Stocking Fillers

Stocking Fillers! What are they? Little things? Or big things? Maybe your stocking will be filled with novelty treats, or maybe just one or two choice items, stocking filler-sized. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite beauty stocking fillers, from the cheapest novelty items to a few more expensive pieces...

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Davines Wax and Pomade

I love a good hair product, and I am also a sucker for cute packaging – these have both! Davines have these lovely new haircare products all wrapped up in pretty paper – perfect festive gifts! The products are More Inside Shine Wax, and Forming Pomade. The Shine Wax is creamy, yet light, and makes hair...

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Umberto Giannini relaunches

British hairdresser Umberto Giannini died in 2001, but his name has lived on through his salons and his product line, which has recently been completely revamped. The Birmingham hairdresser – once British Hairdresser of the Year, and a celeb’s favourite, with Madonna, the Beckhams, and Leo DiCaprio ...

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Beauty Advent Calendars

There was a time when there were just a few beauty advent calendars out there – now? There are DOZENS of them. It’s actually almost impossible to collate them all. So, I have picked 15 for you to have a look at, with varying prices and designs. Bear with me, this is a LONG post! First up is this year...

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October Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty Launches

It’s not just the Estee Lauder Companies that campaign and raise money and awareness for breast cancer charties in the beauty world. GHD annually launch limited edition pink versions of many of their tools, and have so far raised £9 million for breast cancer charities across the globe and this year ...

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New Additions to Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil range

New hair products! I do love a hair product. My hair needs them, after all the grief I’ve put it through most of my life with constant colouring and bleaching! Bumble & Bumble are brilliant – I’ve used lots of their products and I’ve never come across any yet that I really don’t like (apart from one...

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Sunshine Yellow Beauty

The sun’s been shining for the last few days, and how happy does it make us? I love yellow – so, because the sun is now disappearing again, I thought we’d have some fun with some sunshine yellow beauty! Here’s a few beauty products -yellow, or in lovely yellow packaging, to bring a little bit of that...

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Linda Lusardi launches Hair line

Sam Fox is in the Celebrity Big Brother house – and is a favourite to go all the way to the final. But let’s focus on another former Page Three girl from the 1980s – Linda Lusardi – and her newly launched haircare line. The Page Three girls were huge celebrities back in their day, and most of them moved...

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Get Fully Loaded with TIGI Bedhead

VOLUME is where it’s at with hair. We all seem to want our hair to be bigger and bigger, and it’s not that hard these days with a plethora of volumising and thickening products on offer. The latest I’ve had a look at is the new Bed Head by TIGI Fully Loaded range. Addressing the growing trend for messy...

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Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer is here! For a few days at least, so get those summer beauty essentials bought! You might need them again this year, and we should all be changing up our beauty routine in the summer months anyway. For Face, Body and Hair, there are loads of fab products you should try – these are just some of...

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Ojon launch Thickening Styling Mist

There has been a huge trend in the haircare world of late for thickening products. Not volumising, but actual thickening, where the hair shaft is actually expanded, and volume isn’t just added to the hair. Ojon are the latest to launch one – the Damage Reverse Thickening Styling Mist for Volume & Lift...

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Paul Mitchell Yacht Club Collection

I love a bit of nautical fashion – it’s so clean, and crisp and summery. So, I love Paul Mitchell’s new Yacht Club Collection. The campaign visual makes me want to drop everything, and head off on a yacht – I can dream! The collection includes brushes, styling tools, and special product sets. The Yacht...

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Travel Sets and Minis

There are SO many good things about holidays, but sometimes the cosmetic limit isn’t one of them. If you only have hand luggage, and are a beauty junkie, it’s a nightmare. Likewise if your hold luggage limit isn’t that high – what do you leave behind? Luckily, there are now travel versions of pretty...

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New from Paul Mitchell - MirrorShine and Marula Oil

Over a lovely dinner, bloggers and press were introduced to the latest launches from haircare brand Paul Mitchell a few weeks ago. I’ve been trying a lot of new haircare brands of late, but Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger is my go-to haircare range. So, I was thrilled to see one of the brand’s new launches...

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Your Hair Assistant from Davines

There are so many haircare brands out there, that I am discovering new ones every month it seems. Maybe because I have recently revamped my hair, I seem to have had loads and loads of haircare land on my desk. The latest one is from Davines, a brand I had never heard of until now, and the collection...

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Fudge Paintbox Rainbow Colours

When my hair was bright red (which it was for six years, until February this year), inbtween salon visits I would top up the colour with Fudge Paintbox Hot Chilli. Bizarrely, a few weeks after I stripped the red from my hair, Fudge launched their newly revamped Paintbox range of semi-permanent colours...

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PK Prep - Philip Kingsley new haircare

I seem to have been focusing heavily on haircare of late. I think it’s because I changed my colour and cut, but I am a little obsessed with new haircare lines, so here’s another one! This time, it’s from Philip Kingsley. PK Prep is a new luxury styling range that is “scientifically formulated to build...

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Swell Ultimate Volume Haircare

I’ve always had ‘big’ hair. Because it’s curly, it sort of grows out the way and not down the way. But, after years of bleaching and colouring, straightening, and well, just generally mistreating it, my hair can be a bit fine, a bit ‘breaky’ and a bit lacking in volume in the right places. I was sent...

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Bumble And Bumble Curl Care Collection

Having wrestled with curly hair all my life, it’s still strange to me to celebrate the curl. Which is ridiculous, of course, because curly hair ROCKS! Of course, that’s not always been the case. There was a time in the 1990s when new curly hair collection launches might have been laughed out of salons...

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Charles Worthington's New Instant Root Concealer Powder

When I first saw these root concealing powders, what, a few years ago, I was sceptical. I couldn’t try them either, as my hair was scarlet red, and they tended to just come in more natural shades. But, since my hair makeover last month, my hair now falls into the more ‘normal’ category, so, when I was...

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Paul Mitchell Cruelty Free 2016

Paul Mitchell is well-known as a cruelty free brand, and that’s probably because they make a point of continuing to shout about it. It’s part of their identity, says their latest campaign, with the tagline ‘Never have done, never will’ Founded in 1980 by friends Paul Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria, ...

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New brands at M&S beauty for 2016

Marks & Spencer Beauty has been a big hit, and this year seems more brands launch into M&S beauty halls across the country, and even more online. Josh Wood, Coriolis, Pulsaderm, Micro Pedi/Nail, Amerliorate, Magnitone, Eyeko, LGFB Make up brushes, Fillerina, and Alpha H are all new to M&S. So, who are...

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Smart Beauty Express Hair Colour

Having dyed hair really is a heck of an upkeep, right? I don’t know about you, but between salon visits, I love to give my locks a bit of a pick-up. Sometimes I use a semi-permanent hair dye, other times I use something like this – a sort of hair colour/conditioner hybrid. There are a few on the market...

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Lily James's Golden Globes hair

WOW. Lily James looked anything but Cinderella-like at the Golden Globes on Sunday night in Hollywood. She also looked so far removed from her Downton Abbey Character, Rose, she was hardly recognisable. She looked beautiful – ethereal, feminine, with a proper edge about her. Her pared down neutral makeup...

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Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler

When I was a teenager I loved a beauty gadget, and, in particular, anything that would aid with the removal of the curls from my hair. A big ask, yes, but crimpers, rollers, tongs, etc, all had varying degrees of success, so I had them all. Later in life, when curls were more acceptable (and GHDs were...

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Christmas Beauty Gifts

Christmas. Just another 15 sleeps to go! And that means only 15 shopping days left too. So, if you’re still looking for gifts, then here are a few for the beauty fans in your life – no matter what type of beauty fan they are… Lets start with THE HOME LOVER. We all know one of these – candles and diffusers...

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Cult Beauty - Paul Mitchell The Originals

Whilst it’s always great to celebrate new launches in the beauty world- and there are more than enough of them to do that on this blog every week – there are some cult beauty products we just love to celebrate. Classics that have stood the test of time, maintained their best-selling status, and products...

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Beauty Advent Calendars 2015

Forget the chocolate, or the even more retro pictures behind the windows of your advent calendar – we want beauty products! And full-size ones too! Where there used to be just one or two beauty advent calendars to choose from, there are now, well, loads! Here are eight of the best! Clarins Beauty Advent...

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Winter Skincare

The clocks go back this weekend, signalling the end of British summertime. Of course, any ‘summer’ we had ended a while ago, right? But have you changed your skincare routine accordingly? What you use in the summer is probably not good enough come the shorter nights and colder days of the autumn/winter...

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Niche Brands New Beauty

There are more beauty ranges and lines that I could ever possibly list, or even imagine. So, it’s not surprising when new (to me) brands land on my desk every week. This week I’ve been playing with three new products, two of which come from brands that are totally new to me. First up was Swell Ultimate...

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Pink Out Loud with Paul Mitchell

As we all know, every October the beauty industry goes pink for breast cancer in Breast Cancer Awareness month. Various brands and companies give to different breast cancer charity and Paul Mitchell will give to the CoppaFeel! charity this year for the second year running. Kris Hallenga was diagnosed...

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Thicker/ fuller hair with Charles Worthington

Thicker, fuller hair. It’s what we all want, apparently. And hair thinning is a real problem for many women. If you have spent a lifetime bleaching and colouring you hair, like me, you might need a little help from time to time with giving your hair a bit of a boost. So, take Charles Worthington Thicker...

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Joyride with Bedhead

I can remember when TIGI launched the original Bed Head product, which was (and still is) ‘a hairstick for cool people’. I think that was about 12 years ago, and since then Bed Head has developed from just one wax stick to a whole range of all sorts of products for your hair. The latest product is JOYRIDE...

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Sophia Webster & TONI&GUY

We buy our beauty and hair products on how they work, right? But sometimes, we are drawn in by the packaging. We all love a bit of pretty packaging, and are drawn to products on the shelf because of it. So, prepare to throw away your old shampoo etc when you see this fantastic Sophia Webster for TONI...

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Not Just a Hairspray....

I had a little laugh when this information landed on my desk – all these uses for hairspray. Many of them are familiar, but I can’t say I have ever used hairspray to hold my clothes in place before… Hairdtrade.com have done some research into all the wrird and wonderful things we use the humble can ...

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Paul Mitchell's Ultimate Color Repair

Quinoa. What is it with this stuff? Gillian McKeith (her that flaked out on I’m A Celebrity creating some of the best TV ever) extolled the virtues of quinoa years ago on that programme she did on Channel 4 when she looked at people’s poo. Then we all started eating it (the quinoa, not the poo!). Except...

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Label.M Honey & Oat Mask

Hair masks. Or masques, depending on brand. They really need to be my friend. If you have coloured wrecked hair like mine, then don’t do as I do (forget to use them!), do as I say, and make hair masks your friend. Start with this new one from label.m, the latest addition to their Honey & Oat range, ...

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label.m Therapy Rejuvenating Oil Mist

This is someting new! Hooray! label.m have added a Rejuvenating Oil Mist to their Therapy range – that’s their haircare for hair like mine – totally ruined! This new Oil Mist is a really ultra-fine, illuminating Oil treatment, based on their best-selling Radiance Oil, but just a super-light version....

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Aveda launch Be Curly Masque and Co-Wash

Aveda launch two new products into their Be Curly range in the next two months – Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque and Be Curly Co-Wash. The Co-Wash comes first, in July, and here is another one of those products that slightly baffles me. A co-wash – any co-wash, there are quite a few out there now...

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Pantene UV Protection Spray

Summer can play havoc with your hair. Not the summer we’ve been having, right enough, although the rain is a heck of a frizz-causer. But ACTUAL proper summer, can cause havoc with hair. We all know the sand gets in it, the chlorine and the salt water can damage it, and strip the colour from it. But ...

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Aveda Thickening Tonic

Apparently, when we claim we want volume in our hair, we actually mean thickness. According to Aveda, and lovely expert Bea Watson, who I shared breakfast with the other week, to chat all things hair, thickening is a real issue for many women. Bea explained that, although we think it’s just volume we...

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Estee Lauder's Crowning Glory

Have you had a look at the Estee Lauder blog, the Estee Edit yet? It is lovely. If you are a fan of Estee Lauder, and Aerin Lauder, then I would suggest having a wee look. One of the nicest posts on recently is all about how to create a stunning floral crown, inspired by Lauder’s classic scent, Pleasures...

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Blonde like Kim Kardashian?

So, it wasn’t Kim’s backside that broke the internet, in the end – it was her hair. Yep, it seems that even in 2015, someone bleaching their dark hair blonde is, well, quite frankly, AMAZING. But it’s not really, is it? In these modern times we live in, those hairdressers can work magic. Although, granted...

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Boucleme, Thandie Newton, curls and frizz…

Thandie Newton has frizzy hair. Don’t worry, she’s fine with it. I’m not insulting the actress; actually it’s completely the opposite. Thandie, who runs a fab website with make-up artist Kay Montano, called ThandieKay, launched her #frizzchallenge last year, when she decided to embrace the frizz. “Every...

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Rush to M&S for haircare launch

Marks and Spencer has recently announced a collaboration with southern English based salon chain, Rush, producing Rush The Salon Range, which is available exclusively in M&S Beauty stores from February 15. The range includes nine products, including Silk & Gloss Multi-Use Oil, Body & Bounce Light Hold...

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5pm Staff New Year New Look: Nikki

This week we’ve shared the hair transformations of our 5pm staff members Allison and Jennifer. Today’s we’re sharing our third and final 5pm Staff New Year New Look from our Business Development Manager Nikki. Copper hair Nikki, who has just jetted off on a three week holiday to Australia, had months...

Maureen Mckendry

5pm Staff New Year New Look: Jennifer

To bring in 2015, we’ve given three of our 5pm staff members a new year new look. Our second staff makeover is Jennifer Aryanmanesh, our Spa & Beauty Customer Care Advisor. Turning 30 can do strange things to people. It’s a long way from a mid life crisis. But it still feels like a milestone, a farewell...

Maureen Mckendry

5pm Staff New Year New Look: Allison

To bring in 2015, we’ve given three of our 5pm staff members a new year new look. Our first staff makeover is Allison Kerr, our Customer Care Team Leader. Our Allison has spent the last few years growing her hair. It’s now long and flowing way past her shoulders. But having reached her hair goal, she...

Maureen Mckendry

My 2014 Beauty Favourites

Hundreds of products go through my hands every year in this job. I don’t blog about them all, I don’t love them all. Some I like, some I really don’t; some work for me, and not for others, and then there are those I love! People always ask me what my favourite products are, and although I do have small...

Merle Brown

Hair Drying Hacks!

This is a really funny infographic from those clever people at coolblades.co.uk on hair drying. How annoying is blow-drying your hair? Not at all, after you’ve read this! There are some fantastically cool tips on here that I wouldn’t have dreamed of! Did you even know you could get hair dryer stands...

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Paul Mitchell Christmas

I’m never sure about gifting shampoo and conditioner for Christmas, but maybe that’s just me, because I have such high maintenance hair. However, I would be perfectly happy with any of the gorgeous Paul Mitchell Christmas gift sets on offer this year. Paul Mitchell are celebrating the creativity at ...

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Ojon Haircare Prescription

I was lucky enough a few weeks ago to have a one-on-one with Ojon Treatment Technician, Jennie Roberts, when she did press appointments in Scotland. Jennie could tell just by looking at my hair what help it needed (lots!), and I was given a ‘haircare prescription’ of just the right Ojon products for...

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Do or Dye Hair Academy tonight!

Ever fancied being a hairdresser? Then you must tune into BBC One Scotland tonight at 7.30pm for Do or Dye Hair Academy. Filmed at Glasgow salon group Rainbow Room International’s hair academy, it’s a brilliant insight into the life of a trainee hairdresser. Meet Binky, Angel, Alijah, Austin and Syd...

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Grow Gorgeous Hair!

Grow Gorgeous haircare products are new to me – and I like them! Cute packaging, and revolutionary products, I’m impressed with this range which is, as they say, ‘cutesie, but full of science’. The Grow Gorgeous 11-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner (£17.99) acts as a shampoo and conditioner, claiming to do...

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Hallowe'en Beauty news - Illamasqua and more

Yes, yes, it’s Hallowe’en this Friday, I am sure you are all very aware of that. No matter what you are doing this Hallowe’en – whether you like basic scary makeup, or a full-on Hallowe’en high glamour makeover, or just a subtle nod to the season, there are products out there for you. First up, Illamasqua...

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Glasgow Street Beauty 09/10/10

We’ve been out on the streets of Glasgow looking for beauty looks we think are worth sharing. Here’s our roundup for this week. We loved Vicki Anderson’s subtle ombre as well as her lashes and eye make up. Vicki gets her hair down at Paul Allan Hairdressing. Another gorgeous subtle ombre from Eloise...

Maureen Mckendry

Darphin's Revitalizing Oil

This new Darphin Revitalizing Oil is an interesting one. It’s a three-in-one product, at a great price, and is perfect if you want to try a top end beauty brand, but don’t want to overstretch your budget. It’s a do-all oil that will sort out your skin which may have hydration issues, your body hydration...

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Scottish Beauty

Scotland is all over the news this week, and today we go to the polls to decide our country’s future in the Independence referendum. Let’s leave the politics behind, but celebrate our fantastic little country, by celebrating Scottish beauty! Here are a few of my favourite Scottish beauty brands out ...

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Go Blonder with John Frieda

If you’re blonde, and you want to go blonder, you’re going to love this new range from John Frieda. Go Blonder helps you do just that. How I wish this was around when I was blonde! Throw away those lemons, ladies – you can go blonder in a much more easy way with the newly formulated Sheer Blonde Go ...

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Garnier Funshine! Weatherproof Your Beauty Routine

The weather is being classically British at the moment – bright sunshine one minute, rain the next, then overcast and cloudy. Lovely! But Garnier are having some #GarnierFunshine despite this, with products for every type of weather! I’m having a BBQ this weekend, so please let’s have some sun! I have...

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Holly Willoughby for Garnier

Holly Willoughby has been announced as the latest Garnier brand spokesperson. The pregnant TV star’s first campaign – for Garnier Nutrisse Pearly Blonde – will air nationwide from July 4. Almost a third of UK women are blonde, highlighting that British women have a long-standing love affair with blonde...

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Our Gillian meets Olly Murs

Our Health & Beauty Manager attended the Donna Mortimer Ballantyne Charitable Trust Ball on Saturday. She got all glammed up for the star studded event in aid of Kilbryde Hospice. First she got her lashes and make up done at Kiki’s Powder Room. Then she got her hair done at Amy’s Hair Corner. She got...

Maureen Mckendry

Neuro Tools from Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell have recently launched a whole new range of styling tools – including straighteners which I have been trialling for a while now. The new Neuro range are cutting edge in hair technology, if you will pardon the pun! The range includes a Dryer, Straighteners, Rod and Cone tongs, and traditional...

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#3 Andrea's Wedding Looks: Hair & Make Up Lounge

This week we’ve been sharing wedding looks for our 5pm bride-to-be Andrea. Yesterday we told you about the Grecian style from Miss Barton’s and on Wednesday we shared her vintage look from VIP Hair & Beauty. For her third and final wedding look, Andrea visited Hair & Make Up Lounge in Glasgow city centre...

Maureen Mckendry

Brazilian Beauty!

The World Cup starts tonight in Brazil, in case you have been under a rock recently and don’t know this! We’ve all gone Brazilian bonkers, it seems, so we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon and bring you a few bits and bobs of true Brazilian beauty. I’ve had a little look about the beauty world and ...

Merle Brown

Andrea's Wedding Look #1: VIP Hair & Beauty

Yesterday we told you the story of our sales coordinator and bride to be, Andrea. Andrea is getting married to her long term love Martin and to help get her in the mood for her wedding, we thought it would be a fun idea to ask three salons to get her a wedding look of their choice. They had free reign...

Maureen Mckendry

Aveda Shampure Bodycare

More Aveda, this time a really exciting new range with that familiar ‘Aveda smell‘. Do you know the ‘Aveda smell‘? You will if you have ever walked past a counter, or a salon, or used their Shampure range. A potent elixir of 25 pure flower and plant essences, it’s instantly recognisable as Aveda. It...

Merle Brown

Aveda's Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight

My teenage self would have given the world for Aveda’s latest addition to their Smooth Infusion range! Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight is an amazing new miracle cream that turns naturally curly hair into naturally straight hair. Okay, it doesn’t do it permanently, but it does do it for a few...

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Paul Mitchell Stay Strong and Dry Wash

I’ve been wrestling with two BIG cans of spray recently, new Stay Strong and Dry Wash, from Paul Mitchell. They do both come in 50ml travel size as well as the massive 360ml (Stay Strong) and 252ml (Dry Wash) that are definitley NOT portable! But, you are getting a LOT of product for your money, and...

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