Umberto Giannini incredible body review

Umberto Giannini review

On a ritual trip to Boots to get my lunch (I am a firm believer that the Boots meal deals are the best in this country), the clearance section caught my eye. Rummaging about, I found a host of hair care products, in particular, this trio from Umberto Giannini.

I have recently promised myself to look after my hair a little better and treated myself to a cut at the Popham salon on the North Parade in Summertown, Oxford. My lovely friend Anna has recently began working there and her positive comment ensured I could not resist getting my hair restyled. It desperately needed it.

I must admit, I was rather gleeful (and a teeny bit smug) about my hairdresser Shaun’s comments on the condition of my hair, which I incidentally, lost a ton of. I am terrible for hair maintenance, and I am the type of girl to crawl out of bed and never make much of an effort when it comes to styling.

Umberto Giannini incredible body review with @Stephmulz

So, what did I think of the Umberto Giannini set?

Shaun completely restyled my hair, ensuring I got my choppy (easy maintenance) layers all over. Having made this promise to spend more time and effort when it comes to my hair, the Umberto Giannini trio was a great place to start. The travel sized set included the Volume Shampoo, Volume Conditioner and Volume Blow Dry Spray for ‘Big Hair’.

The ‘Incredible Body’ collection is suitable for all hair types in need of a volume boost in a bid to gain ‘Hollywood’ hair. I loved the subtle clean fragrance and lovely creamy texture of the shampoo and conditioner, both leaving my hair soft and manageable. Big and messy hair brings me joy.

Leaving my hair to dry naturally overnight, I used the spray the following morning (although advised to apply to damp hair before blow drying, rules are made to be broken). Applying to my roots, I used my paddle hairbrush to subtly build volume, finding it to really bring out my layers.

What attracted me to this set (other than the bargain price) was the beautifully regal coloured packaging in purple and gold, offering a little princess treatment for my hair. The ‘Incredible Body’ collection has since been repackaged to look even lovelier (with the addition of gold caps) and the collection is available here.

Have you used any new hair care products lately? What are your favourites?

Stephanie xox

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Lee Stafford: AS RuFF AS YoU LiKE review

Oh, don’t you just love the fluorescent pink packaging of Lee Stafford products?

I just knew the Lee Stafford As Ruff As You Like Clay would be just perfect for guys hair. I have never had a need to use clay products and tend to go for mouse or hairspray to add a bit of volume to my hair.

This clay works to give the beloved messy hair look and can be used upon dry or wet hair depending on how extreme you want your styling. It has a nice fragrance, texture of a putty, and is suprisingly the colour of actual clay!


What I really like about this product is the inclusion of  both palm oil and Shea butter to treat the hair. It makes the clay easier to work with, giving you that perfect look with a wonderful matte finish.

After washing and towel drying , I applied a small amount of the clay and styled as usual. My decision was unanimous, the clay was really easy and nice to work with – and doesn’t leave your hair greasy like other clay products.

Giving a messy look without leaving lots of residue in their hair. Lee Stafford promises that the clay will give the hair “texture, definition and control” and I indeed found that it did. It provides a rough and ready, just-got-out-of-bed style, and an impressive hold, what more could you want?

Have you tried any Lee Stafford products? What hair products do you use daily?

Stephanie xox

The Macadamia Hair Luxury Travel Kit review | The LDN Gal

Macadamia Hair Luxury Travel Kit review

Macadamia Hair is a unique hair care company. Using the oil from the Macadamia nut and the rare Argan seeds of Morocco they have created a collection from nature that benefits not only the hair, but the mind also. These rich resources have been used throughout time for their goodness and healing nature, making Macadamia ‘the secret to healthy hair’. 

So, what did I think of the Macadamia Hair Luxury Travel Kit?

The Macadamia Hair Luxury Travel Kit is brilliant for those on the go, containing everything you need to replenish and satisfy your mane. Not only does it contain five luxurious products, but also a wide-toothed and oil infused comb that works with your hairs natural oils. The kit includes:

Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo (60ml)
The shampoo was the best item in the collection in my opinion. I only used a small amount, about half a teaspoon(!) and it lathered into a lovely foam straight away. It left my hair with a silky coat of protection and feeling conditioned instantly. Having somewhat damaged hair, this really impressed me, it was almost like a moisturiser for the hair.

Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse (60ml)
This moisturing conditioner was not as impressive as the shampoo. It did not give the same immediate silky feel. As advised, I left it on for a minute and quickly began to see the difference. After drying my hair I soon discovered how soft it had become! Disappointingly though, the small 60ml bottle size led to a great amount of difficulty in getting the product out! It did not change the quality of the product whatsoever and this conditioner is a fabulous counterpart to the Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo.

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque (30ml)
The Macadamia Deep Repair Masque was mousse-like in texture. I applied it for seven minutes as instructed and it began to create what felt like a wax coating upon my hair. Afterwards, my hair felt deeply nourished, and the treatment even surpassed that of the conditioner! I put it down to the additional ingredient such as algae extracts, tea tree oil, chamomile oil and aloe.

Macadamia Nourishing Leave-In Cream (60ml)
This leave-in cream really helped to control fly-a-way hair and kept it looking neat!

Macadamia Healing Oil (30ml)
The Macadamia Healing Oil really sealed the deal, leaving my hair soft and smooth with a real salon quality.

Macadamia Oil Infused comb
This comb is truly brilliant. Infused with oil and sealed with resin, it glided through my newly cleansed hair with ease. This really impressed me as I have dyed, and therefore tangle prone hair! It is also recommended that you use it often to treat the hair, which is just fabulous in my opinion!

The Macadamia Hair Luxury Travel Kit is certainly impressive. It made my hair radiant, improving the colour and is amazing for those on the go and in need of smaller products. The ingredients help to protect against the elements, creating stronger hair without the need of harmful or overly perfumed ingredients.

Have you tried Macadamia Hair products? What is your favourite?

Stephanie xox

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Twisted Sista shampoo and conditioner review

Twisted Sista review

Twisted Sista is a London brand with an aim to glorify your hair and bring out the best it can offer: ‘Celebrating curls, farewell to frizz… honor the poker straight’.

I was lucky enough to try out the de-frizz shampoo and conditioner. I found both products to be a lot thicker than conventional shampoo and conditioners that I have used before. I had to rinse my hair quite a few times to be totally sure the product was out.

Saying that, my hair felt full, less tangled and had a lovely watermelon scent to it, definitely a fresh and fruity first for me!  The bottle design has a somewhat younger teenage appeal, with bright lime green exterior alongside sleek and sophisticated illustrated women.

So, what do I think of Twisted Sista?

The shampoo made my hair feel great, I usually have to deal with a tangled mess before I start the chore of conditioning but this was not the case, and it had a lovely frothy effect as I lathered it up.

This range specifically targets those with curly and unruly hair, so it was fabulous for taming my frizz and left my hair feeling soft and clean. It is also perfect for summer time as it contains UV filters, protecting you from sun damage and leaving your hair hydrated and shiny.

The pearlescent white conditioner was ridiculously thick, almost like an intensive hair mask, deeply conditioning and rich. I paid particular attention to the ends of my hair and although I had to rinse like a madwoman, it left my hair soft and tangle free. I have been using it over the past week and my hair is shiny and noticeably nourished.

Overall, these are pleasant products to use and make the perfect pair, really complimenting one another. The shampoo gently cleanses as the conditioner hydrates and repairs damaged hair. The smell and design are sweet and cute but perhaps not as appealing to an older market.

However, don’t let the pretty design fool you, this combination is brilliant leaving you with a hint of that delicious fruity scent, sleek hair and the perfect wake up call!

Have you tried Twisted Sista products? What is your favourite hair care product? 

Stephanie xox

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This shampoo and conditioner set was exchanged for an honest review