A Huge Haul – A Bit Of Everything!

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That’s my story & I’m sticking to it! I’ve been pretty good for most of the year, after my birthday in January I mainly bought small bits of make-up or the essentials to keep my skin ticking over. I can’t do without my skincare so getting new make-up didn’t seem as important, it wasn’t like I’d run out of anything! However for a few months I saved up to have one big crazy spend which I’m now hauling for you. Continue reading “A Huge Haul – A Bit Of Everything!”

May Favourites

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I know we are already a week into June & this should be up already but I fail sometimes, usually most times with timing! As for my favourites I’ve really been loving hair products this month which features heavily in this post. Funnily enough except for one product its mainly drugstore buys which have piqued my interest the most in the month of may.

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Dry Shampoo – Which Really Work?

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Dry Shampoo - Which Work

In my world anything that makes life easier is worth having around. Dry Shampoo is a simple concept that can transform how your day begins. A bad one will be sticky, make hair look greasier or even make you age 20 years turning your hair grey. A good one saves your ass when you woke up late, fixes that second day grease & makes you feel like your hair is clean again. Facing the day with signs of unwashed or simply oily hair even at work makes me cringe. Adding body back into lifeless second day hair means you can keep it loose and not automatically resort to it up in a bun. I’ve gone through more dry shampoo than any other product that I’m sure of. These are the five I’ve tried out most recently.

Dry Shampoo – A Good Or Bad Hair Day?

Batiste – Dark & Deep Brown

Now I’ve gone through multiple cans of Batiste but only recently tried the tinted version. Batiste for me is purely to get rid of the grease. I make sure to apply it when I first get up then usually leave it until the last-minute to rub it in. That way you get greatest effect. The tint works pretty well & suits very dark browns more than mousey shades. It hides roots well and helps blend them in. I try to disturb too much of the product right at the root to keep the coverage. My only niggle with this one is once rubbed in you end up with brown powder under your finger nails which looks odd especially on natural nails

Trevor Sorbie – Salon X-clusive

This was gifted to me from my mum because she didn’t like it. I think this is because it’s more of a texture creator than anything else. When you need to get your bounce back spray into the roots or up through layers of hair. Rub fingers into scalp to add extra volume. Now I’m pretty sure that she didn’t pay full price for it as at £9.95 this is expensive for a product I’d run out of often. It feels like this one is almost empty & I don;t think I’ve used it that many times.

Urban Fudge – Crisp Pear & Vanilla

This and Batiste Tropical are easily the best smelling from all the dry shampoo I’ve used. However the Urban Fudge is more like Batiste older sister, a much more fresh adult scent. I’d count this in my top three dry shampoos of all time, I’m nearly out and know I’ll be wanting to get another. This has a very fine mist & creates much less white powder in the hair. It blends in much faster & I feel like this lasts longest throughout the day.

Blow Pro – Faux Dry

Blow pro is a pretty unknown range in the UK and I’m hoping it stays around. A more expensive line than most hair care ranges that Superdrug stocks. This is a well designed products that comes in a fine powder. Rather than a spray can you squeeze the bottle & depending on pressure you apply you can control how much comes out. If Bumble & Bumble had come up with this design than it would make me buy the Pret a powder. I’ve got a full post on the Faux Dry shampoo with photos of it in use. This does both grease & volume but I prefer this for volume. It’s works really well on clean hair as well to create texture . This is £6.99 but I feel like this will take forever to run out as 50 grams is way more than the 150 – 200 ml because of how fine the powder is.

Girlz Only – Party Nights

This is one of those super budget brands which only appear in supermarkets. That’s not to say it doesn’t work but it likely gets’ you to buy the more expensive one because it looks tacky. This suits most for the oily fix but make sure to spray this from a distance. The scent is strong & perfume like but is a little overpowering on first use. Get too close and it’s more likely to make your hair look worse than better. Like Batiste give it chance to settle and really rub this in & check in a mirror as it’s very white on your hair. Maybe suit blonde better as you may get away it if you miss a bit.

Future Dry Shampoo To Try

As you can tell my favourites tend to not be the cheapest always but I do love going back to Batiste on nostalgia alone. I really want to get hold of the Colab dry shampoo by the blogger Ruth Crilly at A Model Recommends as it’s said to be invisible to the eye. It also has a much more adult range of scents with 5 to choose from.

Which would you recommend I Try?

Empties – January 2014

January 2014 Empties

From Right To Left

Lush Tea Tree Water 100g £3.95- This was a but of a meh kinda product for me. It did it’s job as toner fine but there wasn’t any wow factor  where I could see any difference to my skin while using it. It did help get rid of any missed bits of make up or dirt but I think I wanted more from it. Lasted around 4-5 weeks. Already prefer The Body Shop Tea Tree toner but not had it long enough to know by how much.

Botanics Cleansing Toner All Bright 250 ml £3.99 (or 2 for £6 on All Bright range) –  This I had a little left over from before I started using the Lush Let The Good Times Roll with the Tea Tree toner I just mentioned above. I used this for a week extra to finish it up before I picked a new one This is an inexpensive product but I could tell in a morning that I had used it. It really does brighten the face and it was the pick me up that woke my face up before my morning coffee. I would gladly use this again in the future and it’s almost always on offer in boots.Lasted while in use about 3 months so very good value.

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo 400 ml £4.99- Epic coconut smell that is my favourite from the Batiste brand. Does the job well but I think the bigger bottle felt like it ran out faster than it should have. Maybe just me using more because it’s bigger, will go back to the smaller one and see.

James Brown Colour Enhance Shampoo and Conditioner ( Travel Size) – These smell really nice and luxe like how your hair smells after going to the hairdressers. These are the reason I now have the moisturising version in full size from a set I got in the Christmas sale at Boots. I haven’t really spent a lot of time taking great care of my hair but these minis made my hair so much nicer and since I finished these up the Jame Brown collection have made brushing my hair easier and I get less knots.