Books & Beauty: The February Round-Up.

It’s more like BOOK and beauty this month, because:

I’ve also had a reaction to a new SPF, so I haven’t been able to use any skincare. I’ve been making up for this with lots of haircare, so I hope you enjoy this month’s haircare-heavy round-up.


  1. The Six Wives of Henry VII by Alison Wier.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I opted for the audiobook version of this as I’ve been light on reading time this month. I’ve been mainly listening to this in dribs and drabs whilst cooking or before bed. It’s 22 hours long, so by no means a quick listen, but I’ve really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how little is widely known about Henry VII’s second three wives. We all vaguely know the story of Anne of Cleeves. However, I had no idea that she actually lived as Henry’s wife for quite some time. (I got the impression from studying the Tudors at primary school that Henry took one look at her and sent her straight back home. Maybe that narrative was just a little more straightforward for a bunch of 10-year-olds to act out in the school play?). I was also shocked that I knew so little about Catherine Howard, considering that, like Anne Boleyn, she was also killed. All in all, a fascinating read (or listen). The only downside; it’s quite detailed and takes some concentration to follow (not helped by the fact that everyone had the same names!).


  1. Mending Infusion from Moroccan Oil.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Why do these companies make these ridiculously unobtainable claims like ‘seals split ends’!? (I can actually tell you exactly why: They already have a huge range of products with essentially the same core ingredients. To market new products, they need to find a niche that they haven’t already filled with existing products. Nevertheless, frustrating). I actually really liked this product as a smoothing cream, but it does not ‘seal’ split ends. Split ends are permanent damage to the hair shaft and can only be ‘sealed’ by cutting them off. You can temporarily make them less noticeable by smoothing down the cuticle, but there is no real quick fix. If this product had been marketed as a finishing cream/ serum or even a split end preventative, I would definitely have rated it more highly. It is actually an excellent product for taming frizz.

  1. Luxe Oil from Wella’s SP.  

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Just a bit of background; SP no longer exists. It is now System Professionals. All the old SP products were either reformulated or discontinued. However, the brand is still owned by Wella. Luxe Oil is an old favourite. It was one of the reformulated product and is still available in the System Professionals range. I tried the new version when it was first released a few years back, and it’s not quite the same (they never are!). Anyway, this was a bottle of the original Luxe Oil, and I LOVE this product. I was very sad to get to the end of it. It’s on the heavy side as a serum, so best for thicker, coarser hair types. Nothing beats it in terms of smoothing and de-tangling for unruly hair.

(Affiliate link for the original version which is still available on Amazon – Yay!)

  1. Frangipani Monoi Hand & Nail Balm from Elemis.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Those of you that fly with BA regularly might recognise this. I love an amenity kit freebie. I have a little collection consisting mainly of hand and face creams that I’ve collected from my travels. At the moment, I’m getting through tons of hand cream with all the hand washing, so it’s come in handy. This was one of my favs. It smells fresh and light, it sinks in quickly without being too greasy and is nice and moisturising. It doesn’t win the accolade of ‘Most moisturising hand cream I’ve ever used but is still very good. 

  1. Supershine Moisturising Cream from Oribe.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m a huge fan of Oribe as a brand, and this is no exception. In fact, this is probably one of my favourite Oribe products of all time. At £54 a tube, I made sure I got every drop out of it (hence the tube looking like this ^). All Oribe products have the same signature scent, which is divine and lasts for ages in your hair. The instant shine from this product is incredible, and it makes your hair feel so silky, soft and smooth. It’s just an all-round win! This tube lasted about 8 months. You’d, therefore, only really need to fork out twice a year max if you were going to use this product regularly. Still, I’m aware £54 a go is a bit of shock to the system. Let’s just say I’m glad I’ve still got a few sample size tubes left in the draw for now.

  1. Intense Moisture Mask from Living Proof.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Smells okay. The consistency is fine. Did it make my hair feel any softer or smoother? No. I honestly feel like I could have left this mask on for days, and it wouldn’t have made any difference to the texture of my hair. I even tried blowdrying a small amount into my hair without rinsing, and… nothing. This product is more like a light conditioner with the texture of a mask. Maybe that would be great on finer hair types, but if you market a product as ‘anti-frizz’ or “intense moisture”, there is an expectation that it will be effective on dry, coarse hair types. This product categorially isn’t.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s round-up. If you’ve tried any of the above, please do let me know your thought below!

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