Moroccanoil Colour Complete Protect & Prevent Spray review

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Isn’t it the most frustrating thing ever when your fresh hair colour fades out of existence? For me, my non brassy blonde generally will last around one week before the colour would start to dull. Cue the massive exodus of dry shampoo (as its white) and purple toners to try and desperately revive my former colour.

This dullness is caused by external environmental factors, such as UV rays and pollutant damage. Taking this into consideration, I knew on my recent trip to Croatia that my hair was going to suffer. Lots of sun, lots of drying chlorine.

A couple of weeks prior to flying out to Croatia I was at LFW at the Aadnevik show; on the back of this the PR’s had sent me some Moroccanoil hair products to try. These were used throughout the show, and I know the products are used in salons.

This is where the Colour Complete Protect & Prevent spray comes in. It is designed to shield against environmental aggressors, this prevents oxidation and it also protects against thermal damage. The spray uses ArganID micro-encapsulated technology to repair and seal hair cuticles to lock in colour. It’s almost like this spray was designed for me to take on holiday!

How did it perform?

Across the entire range of Moroccanoil products I have been testing there is a real salon, professional feel. They all smell magnificent, and leave your hair feeling not only soft – but healthy.

The Colour Complete spray really did help to maintain my hair colour. And I knew it would be a challenge, years of peroxide has altered my hair to become very porous; and colour fade is something I have learnt to accept over the years. However armed with this spray, I managed to minimise damage and enhance my colour. I love the fact you just spray it through your hair, as you would with any heat protection spray.

My hair colour below after a few days in the sun:

I’d highly recommend this to anyone. It’s not just for those with coloured hair, external damage occurs mainly from environmental factors. Living in London with a huge amount of pollution affects not only our health, but our skin and hair too. I think it’s important to raise awareness of products that protect against this damage. Just because you can’t physically see the damage, doesn’t mean it isn’t occurring all the time!

You can purchase the Moroccanoil Colour Complete Protect & Prevent Spray here, £22.65 for 160ml

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Why you should visit Croatia in October

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It may seem like a pretty random time to jet off to a beach holiday, but October in Croatia is literal perfection. It’s the end of their holiday season, which means you can have free reign of the pool, sun loungers and all associated excursions. The temperature at this time of year is comfortable, ranging from 24-26 degrees on average.

My friend Elizabeth and I have just returned from spending one week in Makarska, Croatia. Makarska is a town located around an hour and a half drive from Split airport, it is on the Adriatic coast line and very scenic. You get the ultimate combination of mountains, forestry, plus a Mediterranean style coastline.

I have visited many countries all over Europe, but I must say Croatia really impressed me. Here are the main reasons why you should visit (any time of year really, but October is exceptionally good):

1. Weather

Although the official average for October is between 24 – 26 degrees, it feels much warmer than this. I sunbathed on a day where the temperature was 26 degrees, and developed a bronze tan in under two hours! The sun is intense and there is almost no humidity (nothing like the UK summer sun). The October sun is great as it isn’t too over bearing, don’t get me wrong you can still burn (I have the itches to prove this). But it’s comfortable, especially when sleeping at night.

2. Culture

There are thousands of Croatian islands and I would recommend visiting even a handful when you visit. We did a boat tour to the islands of Brač and Hvar, and each island has unique qualities to offer. Hvar was rural, and it was fantastic to see the locals selling a myriad of Lavender produces (grown naturally on the island), plus many herbs and chillies grown there. The architecture is beautiful, as much of the island contains limestone, buildings and houses are pale which provides a lovely contrast to the deep blue of the sea, and the palm trees.

The island of Brač is the longest Croatian island and has an amazingly beautiful coastline; the length makes it a paradise for divers and water sports fanatics.

(Below – View of the Adriatic Coastline from the Island of Brač)

And here are some from Hvar island:

Not only does Croatia have fantastic produce to offer, there is an array of wildlife on each island too. When travelling between islands we spotted many dolphins, and our tour guide informed us that there are also whales and sharks in the Adriatic Sea. Many of the islands have lizards, snakes and wild cats!

3. End of season

Despite October being the most perfect heat in Croatia, it’s also grand to visit in October as it’s not too busy. There are still plenty of excursions you can experience, but it’s not heaving with tourists. I think that this enhances your experience and allows you to really take in the views and culture (and of course the all important sun bathing!).

If you have ever considered visiting Croatia, and you were on the fence about your decision. Let me make it for you. Go to Croatia, you will have your breath taken away. It is rich in culture, hospitable, and stunning to look at. I may have just found paradise on Earth…

I’d like to give a special thanks to TUI and the TUI Sensimar Adriatic Beach Resort. The TUI representatives and the hotel staff were more than accommodating, they went above and beyond. They each made this trip one in a lifetime.