Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Knitting and Use It Up Challenge Review

Hi everyone!

You may remember that one of my New Years Resolutions was to learn to knit, and I am pleased to say that I now can (well, sort of!)
I went along to Leeds Market and bought some lovely chunky wool and a set of needles, loaded up a basic 'how to' tutorial on Youtube as soon as I got home (as I was too impatient to wait until I went to see my Grandma) and away I went! I was as happy as a child in a sweet shop when I had done my first few rows!

I decided that a basic knit-one-purl-one scarf might be an easy project to start me off, and although the wool is lovely and chunky, and grows quickly as you knit, I am taking my time as i'm not 100% sure what to do if I drop a stitch yet, so im going so slowly that the scarf may be ready to wear in time for next winter!

Use It Up Challenge:

I have also been using up some odds and ends of products as mentioned in a previous post, and thought I would do a kind of mini review after each product, so here are the first lot I have finished up:

                                     Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner
 About my hair:

I have dry/damaged hair that is subjected daily to heat damage (straighteners and hair dryer) and is also coloured on a regular basis. I find that my hair is sometimes frizzy, sometimes static and sometimes greasy for no apparant reason, so I also use endless products trying to counteract this!
I wash my hair every other day, and despite not having sensitive skin some shampoos and/or conditioners leave my head itchy and full of dandruff (despite rinsing well) so I am constantly on the lookout for products that dont, and that leave my hair clean, shiny and healthy looking!

The Review:

I used the Dove Intensive Repair shampoo and conditioner in conjunction with each other, every other day for over a month.
Because the products are classed as intensive repair, I thought that regular use of them would leave my hair dull and greasy, but I couldnt have been more wrong.
Both shampoo and contitioner felt thick and creamy (especially the conditioner) and both had a pleasent fragrance.

The shampoo lathered up really well and after washing (I massage in a small amount of the shampoo, rinse, and repeat, before moving on to conditioner) my hair and scalp felt clean and my hair was smooth and knot-free.
Whilst applying the conditioner, I could immediately 'feel' the moisturising effect, and this was still the case after rinsing. Both of the products were easy to rinse out, and left my hair knot-free.
My hair, after drying with the hairdryer, felt soft, silky and looked shiny and healthy, although a tiny bit 'flyaway'.

I wouldnt recommend using these as an everyday shampoo and conditioner if you have fine hair, as they may be too heavy for you, but definately as a weekly pamper treatment or mask, but I wholeheartedly recommend these to anyone with dry or damaged hair.

I am definately going to buy these again, they were certainly worth the £1 each that I paid (they were on offer when I bought them) and I would buy them at full price of around £2.65 each.

I hope this review helps, have you used Dove Intensive Repair?


  1. Well done on the knitting front! It's looking good.

    Haven't tried Dove Intensive Repair but then my hair is so thick and coarse that nothing I've tried seems to tame it - boo hoo!

  2. Good job getting cracking on the knitting. Keep us posted with your progress. I'm quite tempted to get my needles back out, it's been ages.

    Haven't used the Intensive Repair range.


  3. Note to self: Must learn to knit this year.

    I have always feared it and I don't know why, I never thought I would be able to master it, but I will give it a shot :)xx

  4. reminds me that i haven't knitted in a while! I love chunky wool, actually looks like its going somewhere! And i've made it my new year resolution to use up the things i have. I have way too many creams and make up. x

  5. Wow, great knitting project! I want to learn to knit some day!
    XOXO from a new follower here,

  6. I need to learn how to knit!!
    Just to let you know, I gave you a blog award - http://lilaloves.blogspot.com/2011/02/versatile-blogger-award.html

    Check it out!
    Much love, Joanna xxx


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