I love trying new shampoos and conditioners, I don't think I've ever bought the same kind twice just because I always think the grass is greener with another brand!
That's not because I haven't loved shampoos before, I have, but for me the shampoo just has to smell nice because they all really do the same thing, it's the conditioner that's the deal breaker.
The conditioner is the one that, for me anyway, makes all the difference to my hair.
I'm convinced I could use Fairy washing up liquid to wash my hair and it would perform the same as most shampoos!

So in the spirit of trying something new, when Schwarzkopf offered to send me their Diamond Color range I jumped at the chance!
This range is fronted by the ageless goddess that is Claudia Schiffer, and if I was to take hair advice off anyone it would be off her, she is a living Rapunzel!

The packaging is nice and simple, nothing very special but it doesn't offend my eyes at all so that's good, plus the bottles don't take up much room in your bathroom because they're quite slim.

They smell really lovely and ''clean'', that's the best way I can describe it (eloquent I know), it's also quite a sweet smell which appeals to me.

The shampoo is, like I said before, just a shampoo.
It gets my hair clean and lathers up really well, so it does its job! 

You also can also get an illuminating oil from this range, you get loads of product which would last you ages because you only need a very small amount.
The oil is very nourishing on the ends, I've got very short hair so oils like this can be tricky to use if they're too runny but this one is a great consistency, not too runny but not too tacky either.

The conditioner is the real gem in this ranges crown though! 
It's a thick conditioner that's extremely hydrating, but it doesn't weigh my short hair down when I use it on my roots either so it's the best of both worlds.
It leaves my hair feeling SO shiny and glossy (like a diamond, ho ho ho) and like it has really been repaired!
I know nothing can repair split ends, but this conditioner seems to mask mine and make them less noticeable, probably because it smooths my hair so much.
I've got fine hair and I've found this conditioner nourishing but also lightweight enough for me.

Schwarzkopf Diamond Shine products are available at Boots and Superdrug, instore and online, with prices starting from £4.99.
I think everyone struggles to review perfumes because we can never pinpoint the actual notes in a perfume without copy and pasting a blurb from a perfume site, I just like what I like and don't know what perfumes actually smell of!
So this should be an interesting review....

Apparently the main note of this perfume is iris, along with some jasmine and orange blossom at the heart.
It opens quite fruity and has a warm base with distinctly powdery, gourmand notes due to the vanilla, praline and patchouli. 

I can attest to the fact that it's a very sweet, gourmand fragrance, it smells good enough to eat!
I don't get a lot of the floral notes coming through when I smell it, but that might just be my nose, the powderiness (that's not a word is it? Let's just roll with it) is definitely apparent though, especially on the dry-down.

It's a really strong fragrance, a couple of spritzes will do, and it will last for hours on your skin.
Personally I like to spray perfumes on my clothes because it makes the scent last longer, this might be a bad method that will make perfume aficionado's gasp with horror, but it works for me!

The bottle is a thing of absolute beauty too, it's thick glass so if you drop it (like I have several times, butterfingers) it will most likely withstand the fall.
I love the gauzy piece of fabric that's wrapped around the neck of the bottle, it reminds me of a glamorous movie star from the 40's with her scarf trailing in the wind behind her!
The box is also gorgeous, sparkly and feminine, this would make a perfect gift for someone, I found it hard to actually part with the box it was so pretty!

I would recommend this perfume to lovers of Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb and (on the cheaper end of the scale) Britney Spears' Fantasy, to me it seems to have a lot of similar notes to these two fragrances, which are two personal favourites of mine as well.

If you want to see a more in-depth analysis of this perfume, and any other perfume you might be thinking of buying, then check out Fragrantica, I love this website for finding out about different perfumes and seeing which perfumes are similar to ones I already own.
It's an absolute must if you buy perfumes online so don't get the chance to smell them first!

La Vie Est Belle by Lancome is available from AllBeauty for £38.95, link here.


Not all pictures my own, some taken from Google Images.
All reviews 100% honest, whether they were sent to me or bought by myself.
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