Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

As anyone with fine hair will tell you, dry shampoo is quite simply a lifesaver. Not only is my hair limp and flat without a little extra help from styling products, it's prone to greasiness too. Dry shampoo is the perfect solution - it soaks up any excess moisture, mattifies the hair and acts as a bit of a root booster, too. I was sold on the concept of dry shampoo before I was even aware of it's existence - from the age of about eleven, on my mum's advice, I would shake talcum powder onto my roots between washes to keep greasiness at bay. A few years later when I realised that this thing had a name and came in spray form in handy cans, I quickly became a Batiste convert. It's cheap, cheerful, and does the job. So what made me shift to Lush's old school, talcum powder-esque bottle of dry shampoo and eschew the Batiste? Well, there are three main reasons... 

Value for money. I bought the small, 50g bottle of No Drought a couple of weeks ago, setting me back just £3.75. Since then, I've used it every few days and you honestly cannot tell I've opened it. In fact, the girl who served me in Lush told me she'd had her 115g bottle for almost a year and it was still going strong! Aerosol cans of dry shampoo are, as with all aerosols, packed with air, meaning they run out pretty quickly. No Drought is pure, concentrated powder, so you only need a tiny amount rubbed between the hands and then worked into the roots of your hair. It's much more environmentally friendly than an aerosol, too!

Effectivity. No Drought does a fantastic job of getting rid of greasiness, and doesn't leave my hair feeling at all heavy or sticky like sprays have a tendancy to. It's also a great thickener - it gives my hair that extra bit of oomph that it needs sometimes, and is perfect for days when I need a bit more grip in my hair in order to style it.

Scent. I love the smell of Batiste dry shampoos, but this stuff is just so much better. Containing grapefruit and lime oils, it's citrusy and seriously fresh. Mmm

The one downside - it's messy. The first time I used this I applied it straight from the bottle and managed to get white powder all over my shoulders and chest - not the best look for someone who likes to wear a lot of black! Since then, I've taken to applying it with my hands and using a tiny amount at a time. It takes a little adjusting to when you're used to the ease of applying from a spray can, but I think it's definitely worth making the change. In conclusion - amazing value for money, gorgeous scented, 100% natural alternative to the usual high street offerings. Definitely recommended.

Wishlist #3

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lately, I feel like half my life is spent online "window shopping", compiling lists and creating Pinterest boards filled with items I just have to have. It's a nice little form of wish fulfilment and a lot better for my purse than real life window shopping, where I always seem to inevitably cave and make a purchase. Give me an overly friendly sales assistant or an enabling shopping partner and I just cannot say no! Above is a small selection of beauty bits that I've been coveting from behind the safety of my laptop screen...

What's on your wishlist at the moment? Have you tried any of these products?

Instagram #18

Hugo / Celebrating my boyfriends birthday / Payday treats - perfume mists and face mask from The Body Shop, L'Oreal Makeup Remover and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush / Hugo naps in some strange positions / Rekindled my love for Lush - Ultrabland Cleanser and No Drought Dry Shampoo / L'Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash in Juliet / Hugo and I / Missing Paris / Another L'Oreal lippie, which I found for around £2 in a discount shop in my hometown - result!

It's been quite a while since I did one of these posts - the first couple of photos are from late December! I tend to go through phases where I get pretty lazy with Instagram and forget to photograph things. I'm definitely going to try to rectify this 'cause I love looking back through old Instagram photos every now and then - it's like a pretty little visual reminder of what I've been up to. 

As always, feel free to follow me on Instagram at @_andkatie

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club: 5th Edition

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club is one I've seen doing the rounds on the beauty circuit lately. Slightly different to your regular beauty boxes, it's a quarterly box costing just a fiver, packed with perfume samples with a nifty little discount booklet included. Instantly, I know that a lot of people's reaction to this box would be to scoff that these are samples readily available in stores. Now, I don't know where I'm going wrong but I just don't seem to have these samples thrown at me every time I enter a department store. On the rare occasion, usually while making a rather pricy purchase, I'll have one popped into my bag, but on several instances even with lots of sweet smiling, chatting and a genuine desire to properly sample a scent, I've been told they don't have or give out samples. Any advice or tips on obtaining these elusive samples would be greatly appreciated! Ha.

So, while I'd obviously love it if this box contained miniature bottled samples, I don't think 9 vials of perfume is anything to turn your nose up at. Plus, if you decide you love one of the fragrances, The Fragrance Shop have included £5 off vouchers for every scent in the box, meaning if you make a purchase you make your fiver back and the box works out free! I think this would make a really lovely gift for a perfume fan, especially someone who lives in a quieter area - I know I'd have really loved this box when I lived in my hometown and had to travel at least twenty miles to reach the nearest Debenhams! 

The 5th Edition box focuses on classic scents rather than new releases, and includes samples of Gucci Guilty, Nina by Nina Ricci, Very Irresistible Givenchy, Jean Paul Gualtier Classique, both Angel and Alien by Thierry Mugler, and for the gentlemen - L'eau D'issey Pour Homme Sport by Issey Miyake, and Boss Bottled and Hugo Man by Hugo Boss. It's a really nice and nostalgic selection of scents. I like to save vials of perfume for special occasions, so these have gone straight into my little dressing table drawer ready for the perfect occasion to be tested out. I'm going to Paris next month (so excited!) and I'm planning on packing a few of these rather than a hefty bottle of perfume like I normally would -  it means I get a brand new perfume to wear each day, and saving suitcase space means more shopping in French pharmacies when I'm there. Win win, right?! 

What do you guys think of this box? Does this sound like something you'd be interested in? 

*Box sent by The Fragrance Shop for consideration. Views remain completely my own.
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