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Hello lovelies,

 

Sometimes, but not very often, there is a truly great beauty product or tool that I simply must try and even though it's not from the nail polish world I still think you should know about it too. I am talking about VOLOOM, volumizing iron! Since the first time I saw it on Facebook I knew that is exactly what I need. I've been living with long, heavy and flat hair my whole life and no matter what I tried I could never achieve a lasting volume. The problem was that I live in the UK and VOLOOM ships to US & Canada only. So I've decided to reach out to VOLOOM directly and ask if they would like for me to do a review for them. Want to know if and how it really works? Then keep reading...

 

My Review & Experience with VOLOOM - Hair Volumizing Iron + Before & After Pictures
My Review & Experience with VOLOOM - Hair Volumizing Iron + Before & After Pictures

 

 

For those of you who haven't seen VOLOOM before, it is a hair volumizing iron that is designed to add volume to the hair and it promises great results. I couldn't write it better than it is on their website so here is more info:

 

"The secret to VOLOOM is in the patent-pending plates. Used in the under-layers of hair, VOLOOM creates hidden volumizing structure – or “volume pockets” – that lift the top layers up and away from the scalp. By lifting and separating individual hairs, VOLOOM creates that sexy mane of hair you’ve always wanted.

VOLOOM is actually healthier for your hair than your regular routine. Here’s why: VOLOOM is designed to be used only on the hair near the scalp that is rich in natural protective oils – your own natural heat protection. Unlike other hot tools, it is never pulled through the hair or used on the ends of hair most prone to damage. Plus, VOLOOM has protective ceramic-coated plates, as well as ionic technology that helps seal the hair cuticle and protect it from damage."

 

My Review & Experience with VOLOOM - Hair Volumizing Iron + Before & After Pictures
My Review & Experience with VOLOOM - Hair Volumizing Iron + Before & After Pictures
My Review & Experience with VOLOOM - Hair Volumizing Iron + Before & After Pictures

 

 

VOLOOM iron came in a branded box with many before and after photos on the back, foil-lined pouch for safe storage & travel, handy hair brush and three hair clips. I would just like to point out for those in the UK that the power cord has US end so you'll need a converter for that.

 

What surprised me straight away was the quality of the iron. It is heavy, well-made and it's mostly made of metal, none of that shoddy plastic casing that most of my hair tools have. It has ON/OFF button with a temperature display and +/- options to change the temperature as required. It also has a lock/unlock switch so you can keep the iron safely closed. The 'magical' plates that make the volume happen almost look like a 'waffle' pattern and they fit snuggly into each other which I've tried to show in the following GIF. The iron creates that 'waffle' pattern on the hair which makes them voluminous. I found it heats up very fast and when used properly (short clamps), it doesn't damage my hair and most of the volume lasts the second day as well.

 

Now about the accessories - the black pouch is lined with what looks like aluminium lining and has a pocket which I use to store my iron in. Then there is the teasing brush with a pointed handle for easy hair separation. The bristles are very hard and ideal for light teasing if you want even bigger hair. Last but not least - VOLOOM comes with three very peculiar-looking hair clips. They look like none others I've tried and they hold better too! The last part of the clip is moveable and with waved edges for better grip.

 


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How to use VOLOOM:

Before you start, make sure your hair is dry. VOLOOM is not supposed to be used on wet or damp hair, the heat could damage it. It is good to use a heat protecting spray but let the hair dry or quickly dry it with a hairdryer.

 

  1. Brush your hair and get rid of tangles. Then part the hair where you want the parting to be (I've tried two different partings in the photos below).
  2. Start on one side of the parting and using the pointy end of the brush, section off thicker layer of your upper hair. This layer will later cover the texturized hair so make sure it's thick enough (it might take few tries to get the right amount of hair). Flip it over the original parting and secure it with the hair clip.
  3. Section off a thin layer of hair except 2-3 cm in the front (near the face) and clamp the hair near the scalp with VOLOOM iron for 1-2 seconds. You can repeat this once or twice more towards the ends of hair. More 'clamps' you the more volume overall there will be but if you want the volume just at the roots then do it once. DO NOT slide the iron in your hair, only clamp and release.
  4. Flip the freshly volumised hair over the parting and repeat the same process as many times as you'd like. Once you're happy with the number of layers you've done flip the hair back and cover the crimped hair with the top, untreated layer.
  5. Repeat the same process on the other side of the parting

 

If you're a better visual learner, HERE is video you can watch.

 

Temperature settings recommended:

  • Fine, damaged, or chemically treated hair: 320-350F
  • Normal hair, medium, healthy hair: 350-370F
  • Thick, coarse or curly hair: 370-390F
     

OK, this is finally the time when I'll show you myself and how VOLOOM worked for me...

 

My Review & Experience with VOLOOM - Hair Volumizing Iron + Before & After Pictures
My Review & Experience with VOLOOM - Hair Volumizing Iron + Before & After Pictures

 

 

TADAAAAH! What a difference! To me this is a massive improvement that took like 10 minutes to achieve with no hair sprays or mousse. I could create even bigger volume if I wanted to by doing thinner layers, lightly teasing he hair etc. but this was enough for everyday wear. I am so happy VOLOOM agreed on a review because now I will have the perfect volume in my hair for my holiday (and wedding)! I will definitely be trying it together with my curling wand and see if I can finally have some enviable hair style.

 

Final thoughts:

For me, this is a life saver for my hair and I'm not joking here. I have wanted something like this for years because I am just sick and tired of my flat hair. Even though this product has been sent to me, after trying VOLOOM few times now I swear to you, I would buy a new one without hesitation if this one broke. I love the quality and all the thoughtful features and extra accessories and most importantly - the volume it gives me that lasts not only whole day but the next day as well. The hair is not as big as the first day but there is still considerable volume. For me, this is definitely worth investing into but of course, make up your own mind!

 

VOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron is available at their website for $129.99 (free shipping). You can also find them on Facebook. I hope VOLOOM will soon expand to Europe and other continents so all the other women like me can get this product easily. Consider yourself lucky, US & Canadian ladies ;)

 

Next post will be about nails again so stop by soon! Lucie x

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Hello lovelies,

 

Today's post is very special! Not only I have re-done my Pink Pastel Galaxy Nails and done a new video tutorial but I've also done this in collaboration with The Body Shop! One March Thursday morning I got into my car and three hours later I was in The Body Shop HQ in Littlehampton in the south of England. It was very charming everywhere around and the HQ building was built in the Japanese style. I thought that was very cool! Unfortunately as I was in a rush to get in I didn't take a picture and when we finished it was starting to get darker.

 

I've taken pictures of the nails the next day at home so you'll get a bit more than just a video tutorial ;) All products I'll be using are from The Body Shop, including their Colour Crush nail polish range:

 

Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot

 

For this look I've used The Body Shop:


Top and Base Coat

Frosting Fancy

Oh Petal

Cupid Pink

Crimson Kiss

Professional Make-Up Sponge

Lipstick & Concealer Brush

Sweet Almond Oil Nail Varnish Remover

Nail Art Pen (Dotting Tool)

 

All of these are available at www.thebodyshop.co.uk and at The Body Shop in your country.

 

And now the promised video tutorial! I am very shy in front of the camera and it took me a while to gather my courage so I hope you'll enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

I also want to share with you my experience at The Body Shop HQ. To me it looked like such a cool place to work! After checking myself at the reception desk I was seated in a circular waiting area with comfy sofas, soft plush rugs and a view to a small inside garden. Shortly after I was greeted by lovely Antonia who you might know as @nailsandpolkadots on IG. And then it was straight to work in a small office. I passed two walls covered in Body Shop products and an inside store that was being built. The will have a replica of a store in their office!!! How awesome is that?!

 

The videographer was already waiting and doing last preparations and after a short brief we began to film. I did two nail designs in total so there will be another video in the future!

 

In the middle of the working day we were treated to some lunch in their retro American-style diner! Yes you heard right - they also have an American-style diner WITH JUKEBOX! Of course I snapped few pics for you as well:

 

Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot
Pastel Pink Galaxy Nails TUTORIAL with The Body Shop! + Report From The Videoshoot

 

 

At the end of a long day (with hours of driving home still ahead) Antonia treated me with a generous goody bag of The Body Shop products. By now I've already tried some of the products and some are worth mentioning:

 

  • Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil - a great alternative to my night cream combining serum an oil. My dry skin loves this product and for £13 (28ml) it costs much less than high-end serums. Also I adore the limited edition Union Jack packaging. I already own few products from the Vitamin E range and love and use them all.
  • Strawberry Body Sorbet - this is very unusual product to me but it's really good, especially for hot months. It's so light and cooling and it absorbs very fast, leaving silky smooth and not at all sticky skin. The best thing about is the smell though - so yummy!
  • Wonderblur - you'll probably love this product if you don't want to wear makeup but still want to have a nice skin - it does the same thing as Clarins Lisse Minute and it feels the same as well. It feels silky smooth and smoothes out lines and pores in your skin. I wore it under makeup like a primer as well but for this it needs to be evenly spread everywhere otherwise you might get patching. Nonetheless it costs third of the price of the Clarins product so thumbs up from me!

 

So these are just some of my picks and the experience from The Body Shop HQ and of course the nails! I truly hope you've enjoyed the video and the post, don't forget to share, give it a like and follow Lucy's Stash and The Body Shop on YouTube ;)

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x