L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner and Thickening Booster

Is it just me or do most of you like to switch up your haircare products?  I know as with any skincare or makeup product, we tend to find our “holy grails”.  I haven’t really found my HG in the haircare department and I don’t know if I ever will, but in the meantime, I’m open to trying new things!

Having fine and thin hair, I tend to look for haircare that claim to thicken or volumize. I had heard that L’oreal came out with a new hair thickening line – Elvive Fibrology – so I thought I’d give the products a go.  Lucky for me, I purchased these on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for only $3.99 Cdn each, so a very good deal.

(All photos shown from lorealparis.ca)

L’oreal claims:

L’Oréal Laboratories have created our 1st haircare range to give thicker looking hair wash after wash. 

Specially developed with Filloxane, the shampoo formula together with the conditioner, thickens the look of hair and provides deep cleansing.

The Thickness Booster contains an intensive thickening formula with our highest concentration of Filloxane (5%), specially developed to give thicker looking hair. FILLOXANE: A patented technology proven to help thicken the look of hair, with more body and bounce.

First off, I really like the smell of these products. They smell slightly “salon-like” if that makes sense — I can’t quite describe it as it’s not your typical fruity/earthy/fresh/etc. kind of scent. It has a sophisticated smell, with a hint of mint or eucalyptus maybe?

The shampoo is good — it lathers well and leaves my hair feeling clean, without feeling stripped. Nothing too extraordinary about it.

I used the thickening booster along with the conditioner (applying a dime-size amount of the booster before applying conditioner, waiting a few minutes, then rinsing out).  My hair felt very conditioned, but to the point where it felt a bit greasy and heavy, like it never really felt like I could completely rinse it out. I’m not confident that the booster did any “boosting” in terms of thickening my hair than if I had just used the conditioner alone.

Also, I ended up using just the conditioner with another shampoo for another five days in a row and noticed that I had a TON of breakage!  Rinsing out my hair, I had never experienced so much breakage of my hair than ever before — not a good thing at all.

Once I stopped using the conditioner the breakage of hair stopped almost immediately!

Did I see/feel a difference in the thickness of my hair after using the products for about 2 weeks?  No, not really.  And even if it would’ve made my hair feel/look thicker, I really don’t think I would’ve continued on with the conditioner (at least) because of all the hair breakage I experienced.

I will probably continue using the shampoo just so I don’t waste it.  I will not use the thickening booster or conditioner — that’s actually going in the trash (I don’t even want to give it away to anyone I know at the risk of them finding their hair breaking too!)

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed with this line — just didn’t work for me (might work for others!).  It’s too bad because I’m a big fan of the L’oreal Total Repair line and a few of their sulphate-free products. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

I give the L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo: a SHOULDER SHRUG

I give the L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickeing Conditioner and Booster: both a THUMBS DOWN

Have you tried these products?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!



Monthly Favourites: August

Hi Pretties!

It’s that time again — monthly favourites!  Here is where I share ONE product that I’ve been loving in August from each of the following categories: skin, face, body and hair. And as a bonus, I shout-out to one random non-beauty favourite as well!

August Faves: Nip+Fab Glycolic Facial Pads; Herbal Essences Tousling Mousse; Dove go fresh cool essentials deodorant; and L'oreal True Match Blendable Liquid Foundation

August Faves: Nip+Fab Glycolic Facial Pads; Herbal Essences Tousling Mousse; Dove go fresh cool essentials deodorant; and L’oreal True Match Blendable Liquid Foundation. Oh, and my EVERYDAY favourite over there in the background, Gracie!

SKIN:  Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads

I bought this and used this religiously quite a few months ago and I put it aside as I was trying out some other products. I started using these pads once a day in the morning again for most of August and I was reminded of how much this product actually makes a difference in my skin! The AHA exfoliating properties (i.e. glycolic acid) gives me a more even-toned, less red appearance. After cleansing, I use one pad all over my face and it refreshes while doing its’ exfoliating duties. I’ve finished this container and need to pick up another very soon!

If you want to read a more in-depth review I did on this product, click HERE!

I give the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads: a STANDING OVATION

FACE:  L’oreal True Match Blendable Liquid Foundation

I bought this mid-August and it’s completely made its way to — dare I say it — holy grail drugstore foundation status. I know this range by L’oreal has been around for ages, yet I don’t know why I waited so long to try this out!

I have nothing but pure love for this foundation. If you want to know how much I love it, click HERE to read my review!

I give the L’oreal True Match Blendable Liquid Foundation: a STANDING OVATION

BODY:  Dove Cool Essentials Deodorant

Who likes clean smelling armpits?  I do! I bought a travel size of this Dove deodorant back in July and ended up buying a full-size in August because I liked it so much. The cucumber scent is fresh, light and so nice for summer. The formula is in a solid, unfortunately not invisible (watch out for those dreaded white marks on your clothes!) but despite this drawback, I still really like using this on the scent alone.

I give the Dove Cool Essentials Deodorant: a HIGH FIVE

HAIR:  Herbal Essences Tousling Mousse

I’m not a big fan of hair mousse generally, however, this one is a gooder. It doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or sticky and it smells great (as do most Herbal Essences products do).

I give the Herbal Essences Mousse: a SHOULDER SHRUG

RANDOM FAVOURITE:   Gardenia scented candle

dw Home Fresh Cut Gardenia scented candle

dw Home Fresh Cut Gardenia scented candle

I picked this up from Gordman’s on a day trip to the U.S. for a steal of a deal at $5.99! I’m not much a lover of floral candle scents (except for lavender!), but this candle gives off such a wonderful fresh, almost soapy smelling scent, with only a hint of gardenia. I’ve been lighting this almost every day to give our place a dose of fresh-smelling goodness!

I give the dw Home Fresh Cut Gardenia scented candle: a HIGH FIVE

There you have it! I can’t believe how quickly August has come and gone!

Thanks for stopping by, Pretties!


PART 3 – Taking a Trip: What’s in my bag? — Makeup and Hair Essentials!

Hey Pretties!

This is part 3 of 3 of Taking a Trip: What’s in my bag? and today is all about the make-up and hair!

I tried to keep my make-up choices very simple, very basic as I am wholly anticipating that there will be no critical need for me to get all doll-faced on a 4-day train trip! But, as us Pretties do, I still like to look like I put some effort into my face!

Me and my sister have one full day and a half-ish off the train, so these products can carry me through our time gallavanting through our desintination — while we’re shopping, lunching, sight-seeing or beer-drinking!

My make-up choices consist of: a BB cream, a concealer, a mascara, a couple lipsticks, a blush and a setting powder.

In addition are a couple tools to apply all this stuff!

My Makeup Travel Bag!

My Makeup Travel Bag!


  • L’oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in 814 Medium
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Medium
  • Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara in Glam Black
  • Essence Beach Cruisers Blush in 01 Summer Break
  • Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in 030 Medium
  • NARS Sheer lipstick in Dolce Vita
  • The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in #110
  • Sephora Eyelash curler (I forgot to include this in the photo! Gah!)
  • e.l.f. Kabuki Brush
  • e.l.f. Blush Brush

For my hair essentials, honestly, not much going on here! And in case you were wondering… shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo and hairspray were in my bath essentials bag already!!

My Travel Hair Stuff!

My Travel Hair Stuff!

  • Hair clip
  • Hair elastics
  • Hair bandana
  • Hair brush
  • Living Proof Thickening Cream

So there you have it! All my travel essentials! If you missed my bath essentials and skincare essentials, click HERE and HERE to see what I’m bringing along!

What are your make-up must haves when travelling?

Thanks for reading Pretties! I will meet up with you again after my trip, so see you and have a great week!!