Sunday 16 April 2023

Haircare | A Review of Briogeo's Nourishing Haircare Products

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I’m back today with another haircare brand overview, this time it’s Briogeo’s turn! Before being sent these products, I had only tried sample sizes of some of their masks before and we know those don’t tend to last too long so it’s been a treat to try the full sizes! Briogeo are a “clean” at Sephora brand and their products are vegan, sulphate and silicone free, cruelty free and vegan.


briogeo scalp revival review

Going straight in with my favourite of the bunch and the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal and Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo* / $54 Sephora CA / £36 Sephora UK has really impressed me as you might have seen from my Best Beauty Discoveries 2022 post! I am a sucker for a scalp scrub and have tried quite a few over the years. Although I have an oily scalp, I sometimes get dandruff, and, as a big user of dry shampoo between washes, I love scalp scrubs to reset my scalp and help remove build-up. Ingredients wise, Scalp Revival uses vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators to remove dead skin cells and build-up from the scalp to support a clean, balanced, and healthy scalp. It also contains Binchotan charcoal to draw impurities from the scalp and hair follicle, a cooling blend of peppermint and spearmint oils (so you know it also smells so refreshing and minty!) to reduce scalp itchiness and tea tree oil for anti-septic and healing properties that reduce scalp irritation and inflammation. Coconut Oil provides superior moisturization to the scalp to combat and prevent dryness and flakiness and panthenol, provides essential nutrients to strengthen the hair roots and shaft.


The micro-exfoliators are very fine and gentle and this isn’t the “scrubbiest” scrub I have tried. In fact, the first time I used it, I was convinced this wasn't going to clean my hair properly and it was still going to be greasy after I got out of the shower as there is no lather but I couldn’t have been more wrong! I tend to use this once a week and it makes my hair look and feel the cleanest and softest it’s ever been and my scalp feels invigorated! I am obsessed! 


briogeo texture scalp revival

Next up, one of Briogeo’s other bestselling products, this time from the dry and damaged line – the Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask Mask* / $50 Sephora CA / £33 Sephora UK. Another one that’s a weekly treatment and one I use along with the scalp revival! It contains rosehip oil to hydrate and control frizz and split ends, B-vitamins to restore nourishment to hair damaged by heat or chemical treatments, almond oil to enhance the shine and luster of dry or weak hair and algae extract which rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that protect from damage.


This mask is clinically proven to boost hair strength, shine, and silkiness and improve the long-term health of damaged hair. It’s a much thinner consistency than other hair masks I have used but I don’t find I have to use too much to cover the lengths of my hair (I have long but fine hair). I leave it on for 10 minutes while I shower and it rinses out easily not leaving my hair weighed down. My hair feels hydrated, soft and manageable once it’s dried and the tub is lasting me forever! It has a very subtle, enjoyable scent too!


briogeo scalp revivan don't despair repair review

Next, the Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner* $33 / Sephora CA / £22.50 Sephora UK. This contains rosehip, argan and coconut oils, and claims to effectively fight frizz, detangle and restore hair's softness, strength, manageability, and moisture levels, while acting as a barrier against humidity. It seals the hair cuticle to lock in moisture, restore luster, and diminish frizz without leaving behind product buildup. I find this lightweight and it helps smooth my hair but I don’t think it detangles as well as my Sol de Janeiro leave in conditioner or smells as good as my OUAI leave in and it doesn’t offer heat protection (as far as I can see) so while I will use this up, I won’t necessarily rush to repurchase it!


Lastly, the B. Well Vegan Omega 3, 6,9 + Biotin Supplements $85.95*. This blend supports healthy, strong hair and it is recommended to take 2 a day. I stopped my other vitamins while I took these and while I felt my hair was healthy while I was on them, they are so expensive! Not in my budget to repurchase and I didn’t find a vast difference between these and my usual supplements other than the fact it's handy to take just 2 instead of a concoction of a few different ones!


Overall, I have really enjoyed trying this brand and the products that stand out to me the most are the Scalp Revival and deep conditioning hair mask - they are cult favourites for a reason! Have you tried anything from Briogeo before? Let me know if there is anything else I need to try!


If you liked this post you might also like my other haircare reviews!


Philip Kingsley




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Monday 10 April 2023

Skincare | Niche Beauty Lab Review ft. Theramid and Transparent Lab


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Last year I was sent a few products from Niche Beauty Lab, a Spanish company with a science-skin approach – they develop the products in their own lab and bring them straight to the customer. Products are formulated with innovative active ingredients and Niche Beauty Lab is a bit of an umbrella for the five brands they produce - Theramid and Transparent Labs (which I will talk about today), Acnemy, Hyalulip and Hairvest. I received two products from each Theramid and Transparent Labs and since all four are now almost finished, I thought it was about time I did a review! 


niche beauty wirth the hype? theramid tranparent lab

Theramid is the pricier of the two brands and the most eye-catching with its very aesthetic colour coded glass bottles! I’ve already talked about the Ceramide Treatment RRP £32* a couple of times on the blog, most recently in my Best Beauty Discoveries of 2022. Containing ceramide, ectoin and cica this has been my go-to on nights I’ve been using retinol to keep my barrier supported! It’s a thick serum that feels more like a lightweight moisturiser and it works so well to keep my skin hydrated and protected. As the serum is so thick, I struggled to pump it out once I got about halfway through so I just unscrew it and use a cosmetic spatula which works fine. Nonetheless, I absolutely love this product, and if you ever suffer from a compromised skin barrier, it's a must-have.


Next up from Theramid is the Derma-PeptidesRRP £30*, a multi-peptide serum containing a mix of Matrixyl’s and bio peptides to improve visual signs of aging, boost collagen and elastin, reduce fine lines and encourage smoother looking skin. This is a much thinner consistency than the Ceramide treatment and while the results are subtle, this is another serum worth having in your stash! My skin feels smooth and supported with consistent use! 


theramid and transparent lab review

Moving onto Transparent Lab now and this is the more affordable range, think Deciem and NIOD/The Ordinary. I have the PIH Sun Spot Fading Treatment RRP £15*, a serum for hyperpigmentation due to scarring, hormonal episodes and exposure to the sun. It’s a gel formula and contains a powerhouse of brightening ingredients including tranexamic acid, azeloglicina, niacinamide, kojic acid and lumina granatum and works a treat on scarring from spots. I had a small break out about a month ago and once it started healing, I really ramped up my usage of this product and the scar went from bright red to faded within a matter of a couple of weeks. The fading has slowed now but it’s much less noticeable and I’m confident I won’t even notice it in a few more weeks, it’s so impressive!


Finally, I have the Protect + Correct Serum RRP £17* an antioxidant serum containing Vitamin A, C, E, Ferulic Acid and Resveratrol. This aims to improve the overall appearance of the skin while helping to prevent the appearance of new wrinkles. I am a big fan of antioxidants and while you can’t always see their effects straight away, I am confident they are working in the background and protecting my skin! With consistent use my skin looks and feels more even and both this and the Derma-Peptides fit easily into either my AM or PM routine as they both contain glycerin so I use them to hydrate aswell. The only negative is that the pipette on this doesn’t work the best unfortunately as the serum is a thicker consistency!


niche beauty lab review

Overall, I can’t recommend these products enough! All the serums work well with my other products and don’t cause pilling. The products are designed with innovative active ingredients and are formulated to target a range of skin concerns. Whether you're looking to support your skin barrier or fade hyperpigmentation, Niche Beauty Lab's range of products has you covered!


Have you tried anything from this brand before? Let me know if you like the sound of anything here!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

See my full disclosure here. 


theramid and transparent lab skincare review

Danielle xx


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