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Outfit of the Day | Isles of Scilly

I love my gorgeous new kaftan by MyaBlueBeach - it's light weight, comfortable and the hand printed gold motif is beautiful. I took it with me for my late summer holiday in the beautiful Isles of Scilly where I had visited earlier in June, to wear over my swimsuit by the pool. 

MyaBlueBeach was founded in 2009 and offers an effortless holiday wardrobe with collections of beach kaftans, tunics, holiday dresses and beach ponchos. The British designer brand focuses on exquisite cut, great fit and comfortable breathable fabrics. Every part of the design process is lovingly undertaken by British in-house designers - hand painting and selecting ideal cotton fabrics to perform in the hot sun. The team understand a woman's body and the importance of movement within each garment and as a result, truly unique, desirable investment pieces are created. 

I wore my kaftan on a warm sunny day by the pool to avoid sunburn when lounging reading my book! But what is great about this design is that it's short enough to work great teamed with jeans and sandals on an evening with cocktails. Each kaftan takes several hours to create, making them a beautiful, long lasting investment. 

Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Going #Bronde with Schwarzkopf

I recently teamed up with Schwarzkopf for their #BRONDE campaign and was kindly invited to their amazing central London salon to have my hair recreated by their fantastic Schwarzkopf Professional stylists - Suzie McGill and Dylan Brittain.

I actually found the whole experience pretty inspiring and insightful! Before now I've only ever gone to my local hair salon and asked for simple things like a "full head of blonde highlights". But Dylan was telling me about how 'bronde' and colouring hair in general should be bespoke as everybody's colourings is different. I found this pretty interesting and it made me realise that all of these local hair stylists I've been going to for the past 21 years actually don't have a clue! So from now on I think I'll definitely be visiting top salons only and asking for more bespoke colour rather than a simple "full head of highlights" etc. Here are some piccies of the salon and of my new bronde hair!

Receiving my bronde hair was the perfect opportunity to try out Schwarzkopf's new BC Colour Freeze range. The products have been created for ultimate colour protection that lasts.

During colouring, the outer and inner hair structure are loosened up so that colour pigments can penetrate the hair, but until now the structure hasn't closed up again fully. The pH 4.5 Balancer Technology reinforces the internal hair structure by bringing the hair to the optimal pH level - meaning it essentially "freezes" colour pigments in the hair. This takes place directly after colouring, and then every day as part of a normal haircare regime! This is the first time this brand new technology has been seen in hair care products. Pretty cool right? No more colour fading for us! 

The BC Colour Freeze range includes shampoo, conditioner, spray conditioner, gloss serum, cc cream and a treatment masque. Yes, CC cream for hair and yes, a SPRAY conditioner. I'm pretty impressed already. After washing my hair twice with the Sulfate-Free Shampoo and conditioner I admit that I did not notice any colour fade whatsoever so I can't fault the products at all. 

From left to right: Sulfate-Free Shampoo, Spray Conditioner, Conditioner, CC Cream, Gloss Serum, Treatment Masque.
Sulfate-Free Shampoo, £10.55
This gentle shampoo worked well and has a pleasant healthy spa smell. I had no problems with this product and would definitely use it again.

Conditioner, £11.85
This lovely conditioner is pink which is always a winner for me! It's rich and creamy, leaving my hair super soft after using with the shampoo. 

Spray Conditioner, £11.85
I haven't heard of spray conditioner before but I think it's a brilliant invention! It was super easy, you just spray onto damp washed hair and leave in. I guess the only downside is that I wasn't sure how much to apply, but I sprayed quite a few times around my whole head which seemed enough. It's lightweight, detangled my hair whilst adding shine! Much quicker than using proper conditioner in the shower. 

Treatment Masque, £13.25
When I tested this product my hair was so dry and was in desperate need of some serious conditioning. I left the creamy formula on for about 5 minutes and rinsed out. Once dry my hair was very, very soft and felt so much healthier. I would definitely use this product again!

CC Cream, £13.25
This CC Cream is the collection's hero product - a must have for people who use hot appliances on the hair regularly as this product is great for protecting from heat damage. I am lucky enough to have naturally straight hair so I rarely use hot appliances, however I do occasionally like to use my curling tongs when I go out on an evening so the CC cream is ideal to use a day or two before to protect from the heat. The application is really simple - just work into towel dried hair and leave in!

Gloss Serum, £13.25
The serum is definitely long lasting and produces a lovely mirror-like shine. Meanwhile reducing split ends, frizz and visibly smooths the hair surface too. It is super quick to apply in the mornings making it a handy product to have whilst doing wonders for your hair. 

SO needless to say if you have coloured hair then you definitely need Schwarzkopf's Colour Freeze range in your life! I really enjoyed testing the products and would highly recommend them. 

© Gemma Carey

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