11 Dec 2014

Tell Me Whose Side You're On

I'm a bit of a dry shampoo addict and as I don't wash my hair everyday Batiste is my best friend its looking a bit greasy. It's been a while since I tried any different brands and with quite a few newly launched ones around at the minute I thought i'd write a collective review of the ones i've tried.

Aussie Mega Dry Shampoo - £4.49 for 180ml
I'm a big fan of the Aussie hair range and swear by their 3 Minute Miracle so it seemed obvious to give their new dry shampoo a go. This is the best smelling dry shampoo i've ever tried and it would probably make a nice perfume! I found the product to be more of a wet formula rather than powdery like Batiste, which seemed to work quite well initially to banish any greasiness from my hair but i'm not sure that it lasts long without having to re-apply. My main criticism is that i've only been able to use it a couple of times as the spray bit at the top is broken and no matter what I try it no longer sprays! I'm so disappointed as I loved the product but i'm a bit reluctant to buy another incase it happens again as it's such a waste!

CoLab Dry Shampoo in London - £3.49 for 200ml
This product has had a lot of hype but like a lot of blogger and celebrity ranges, I was sceptical about whether people were just buying it because of the name and not because it was actually a good product. I didn't really like the scent of this as it wasn't very 'fresh' and was more like an Impulse body spray. Again I found that it had a more 'wet' formula which resulted (even after shaking it up a lot) in my hair still looking a bit greasy. After a few hours it didn't look much different to what it would have if I hadn't used the product and even after trying it out a few different times and applying it in different ways I just couldn't get it to work for me.

Pantene Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo - £3.99 for 180ml
I bought this after reading Gemma's review and found that it smells really refreshing and a lot like the normal Pantene shampoo range which I really like. Even after an hour I could still smell it on my hair but it was similar to the CoLab dry shampoo in the sense that it was more of a wet product rather than dry. Again I found it just wouldn't work for me and my hair didn't look much better after applying it. The scent is the only good thing about it and for the price it's not something i'll be repurchasing.

After trying all three i've gone back to using Batiste. Yes, I prefer the scent of Aussie and Pantene but none of them actually banished the grease from my hair as well as Batiste. If I was buying them to make my hair smell nice then things would be different but my personal preference is still Batiste simply because for me, it works the best and is the most long lasting. I have quite thick hair so I'm not sure if the others would work better on thinner hair - if anyone has any further recommendations for brands I should try please let me know :)

14 Nov 2014

Hold Your Head Up High

At the minute all I seem to be doing is uni work. Final year isn't easy and i've got so much work to do and not enough time to do it in! I know I shouldn't wish my life away, but i'm counting down the days until I can start working full time again. Having evenings and weekends to myself with nothing work or uni related to worry about was such a luxury during my placement year and i'm missing it so much! Here are a couple of my recent favourites:

I find it really hard to stop thinking about all the work I have to do and having it playing on my mind 24/7 isn't doing me any favours. Last week I decided to treat myself to an afternoon off so I went to Primark and bought a few bits from their winter range and spent the rest of the day reading blogs and listening to music. Perfect! The stag print bedding was only £12 and has made my flat a bit more festive which I love!

I've also been indulging in the new Malteaser chocolate spread and i've shamefully eaten it out of the jar a few times! I can't decide whether I like it more than than the Lotus biscuit spread though!


24 Oct 2014

Always Have You Right Here To Follow

I rarely write about perfume so I thought i'd share the three of my recent favourites. I've become a bit obsessed and spend far too much time in Boots choosing new scents to add to my Christmas wishlist. 
Marc Jacobs Honey - I got his perfume for my birthday last year and i've been trying not to use it too much as I don't want it to run out! I love the iconic Marc Jacobs packaging and the sweet scent which made it my go-to perfume this summer. 

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy - I'd heard lots about this perfume and couldn't resist treating myself to a bottle when I saw it on offer. Similarly to Honey it has a really sweet scent and it lasts all day which I love. Juicy Couture has never been a brand i've been interested in before but this perfume has changed my mind as i've had lots of compliments when wearing it.

The Body Shop Vanilla - This perfume is perfect to keep in your bag and has a really vanillary scent that lasts quite a while which is great considering the price. There's always a discount code around for The Body Shop so i'd recommend this if you're looking for an affordable new perfume or secret santa gift idea.