I’ve been making a real effort to use up my stash of beauty products recently – I’d love to be a bit more minimalist, and certainly not to have a great big storage box of toiletries taking up space! I’ve gotten on really well (you can see my ridiculous number of empties from last month!), but there’s been a few products that just seem to be endless! I’m not entirely sure there’s not a pixie refilling some of these in the night… Anyway, I thought I’d do another Project 10 Pan to make sure I’m using these as much as I can, and show you which products I’m currently trying out!
So, even though I already did my empties for September, I managed to sneak in a few more use ups in the last week, and I refuse to move what’s effectively rubbish back to college with me! I’m off to Oxford today, so you might have to bear with me for posts for a couple of days while I get myself unpacked and sorted – I’ll be back soon, though!
I had to have this shampoo and conditioner scent as soon as I heard about it – I’m a big Herbal Essences fan, and a big honey fan, and my hair is still very damaged from two-year-old bleach. This couldn’t be more made for me, and I have not been disappointed. I love Bee Strong!
I’m not one for buying particularly fancy or branded shampoo, but I got this bottle of Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day shampoo in my big pink tote bag a couple of Christmases ago, and I’ve only just decided to break into it rather than keep it for ‘special occasions’. I realised that was a bit silly – what special occasion are you going to need to wash your hair on? Before, maybe, but meh. I’m glad I finally started to use this! Continue reading
Just a couple of little additions to my hoard! I helped a very lovely friend rearrange her room a bit over the weekend, and had a really fun time doing so. Unexpectedly, this led to my favourite kind of thank you – Lush things! Continue reading
I used to use nothing but John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette range when I was about 15, so I was excited when my mum said she had some spares of the shampoo that she didn’t want! I went and bought the matched conditioner so that I could get back into the whole range, and I’ve been using these now for a few weeks (hence the half-empty bottles).
Empties! Hurrah! (Many of these are minis or travel sizes, that’s just how it panned out this month…)
N-Spa Vanilla Crème Brulée Shower Gel, 100ml. This is a really lovely wintery scent, and the gel itself was nice and thick (too thick for the non-bendy bottle!). This was from a little gift set bought before N-Spa’s product redesign, so they don’t make this anymore!
Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Intensive Mask, 200ml. I’ve featured this a couple of times before – my go-to intensive conditioner, and I’d definitely buy it again if it was on offer.
A warning: this is a new area of my stash, all accrued in the last week or so, and so it mostly consists of samples. Without further ado, Lush hair care!
I spent an incredibly fun couple of hours in Lush last week, chatting to the very lovely assistants. They drew my attention to the hair care range that Lush does, which I’d never considered before, being a) quite loyal to Aussie for shampoo and b) a bit scared of the high prices!
However, the prices aren’t too daunting, because of how generous Lush is with samples. I love this attitude because you really get a chance to try things before you splash out. I ended up taking home lots and lots of haircare samples to try, and this is what I thought…
1. Blousey shampoo (the tub on the right). This looks really strange, because it’s made from bananas, so it’s a glossy, silvery brown. It smells incredible – it has the same scent as Flower’s Barrow, the perfume I fell in love with last week, and I just can’t stop sniffing it. I actually cheekily got two samples of this, and the first little pot did me two washes – I usually use loads of shampoo, so I was very impressed. This doesn’t lather very well, which is an odd feeling, but it left my hair impressively clean and soft and shiny! I would like to buy this, but at £18 a 240g pot, I don’t know if I can justify it, however little I use. Perhaps a birthday list item.
2. Retread conditioner (second from right). This is a smooth, white conditioner that smells like Parma Violets. I haven’t used it yet, but it smells delicious and is apparently great for damaged hair. This is slightly cheaper than Blousey, £9.95 for 245g, but I use even more conditioner than shampoo, so I need to test how much of this I have to use.
3. Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze (second from left). This is a conditioning mask – you put it on your hair 20 minutes before you wash your hair. I have enough here to do the ends of my hair, but I’m putting off using it because I’m not a big fan of the smell… I’m not sure why, because I love jasmine, but this just smells too sharp for me… Working up the courage!
4. R&B styling cream (on the left). This is a much nicer jasmine smell. It has the texture of butter, and works into the hair really nicely to kill fluff and frizz, without being heavy or sticky or crispy. I’ve used about a quarter of the amount I was given, using it on the end of my hair every day just to tame the ends, and I love it. This is £10.95 for 100g, but I reckon that would last forever, so I’m seriously considering repurchasing this!
This last product is not a sample, but I will admit it was a freebie. I visited some friends last night who work in Lush (hello!) and they were incredibly sweet and gave me a pot of Hair Doctor mask, saying they had trouble using up all their freebies (it is a bit out of date, but I didn’t think it was any less effective). It’s so lovely! It smells herbal-ish, like Olbas Oil, and I couldn’t stop sniffing it on the way home – cue weird looks on the bus. I used this tonight, and I love it.
You apply this mask to dry hair half an hour before washing it. In order to cover my hair well, I used about 2/3 of the pot, and I’ve saved just about enough to do my scalp and the ends of my hair another time. It feels very cooling and tingly (partly from the peppermint, partly because it’s a fresh mask that has to be kept in the fridge). Then you wash it out with shampoo and conditioner (I used Blousey and then the end of a Herbal Essences conditioner) and let your hair dry – voila! I didn’t even feel like my hair needed washing once I’d rinsed the Hair Doctor out, it was so soft and nice (even though it was wet…). My hair takes ages to dry, but already it looks a bit less tired than it did, and it is so soft. If I only get one and a half uses out of it, this is a little bit expensive to buy regularly, at £6.95 for a 95g pot, but if used as a scalp treatment, I could probably get 3 uses out of it, and I would certainly consider buying it as a restorative treat every three months or so, perhaps as an end of term pick-me-up so I look a bit less shattered.
So, that’s my thoughts on my foray into Lush hair care – have you got any Lush holy grail hair products?
I’m a poor student, so a lot of my make-up is from high street (drugstore) brands. I do favour Urban Decay for eyeliner pencils and eyeshadow, but apart from those, I think the majority of the make-up I wear costs under £10. So, in no particular order, here are the 10 high street products that I think really hold their own.
1. L’Oreal Matte Morphose Foundation (I wear Golden Ivory, which is a tiny bit too dark). This is a really nice foundation, very soft and blendable, with a fairly good range of colours for pale girls. It costs £10.29, but there’s often a 3 for 2 on L’Oreal in Boots. When I’m broke, I go for Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Porcelain, which is £7.69, and is slightly less soft, but still a similar texture.
2. Collection 2000 Super Size Fat Lash Mascara. I picked up two of these when there was an offer in Boots for 200 points on any mascara – these retail for £2.99 each, so really, I only spent 99p on each of them. I wasn’t expecting much, just needed something cheap to keep at Boyfriend’s house, but this hasn’t disappointed. It’s a really thick mascara, very lengthening but not clumpy. Far better than the similarly priced Natural Collection mascaras.
3. Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint (I have Royal Plum). This is a deep, pretty, dark pink/red stain that lasts for a couple of hours. The colour payoff is excellent, and the application with the felt tip is very easy. This doesn’t dry out my lips as much as I was expecting, but I do like to keep a slick of lipbalm over the top. This retails for £6.99, but is on 3 for 2 at the moment in Boots.
4. Collection 2000 Colour Pout Lasting Lip Stain. Now this has very cheap-looking packaging, but the product itself is comparable to the Max Factor Lip Tint (#3). I have this in Pucker, a very bright blue-based pink which is very flattering. Application is very easy with the felt tip, but this is slightly more drying than the Max Factor. This costs £4.99, and Superdrug are currently offering a free felt tip eyeliner with it.
5. Bourjois Levres Contour Lipliner in Rouge Soyeux. This is such a pretty bright red, with a full on colour payoff. I fill my whole lips in with this, and top either with clear balm, or with #6 for even more colour – it’s far too drying to wear alone. This currently costs £4.99.
6. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. Apart from being the most stupidly titled product, this is one of my favourite things. It’s a sheer scarlet tint in a pen-shaped lip balm, something like the Clinique Chubby Sticks, which at £16 I cannot afford! This costs £7.99. Since I’ve bought this, I’ve rarely worn anything else on my lips – it’s such an easy red to wear, very flattering, and it’s so easy to apply. I find I’m not such a fan of the colour it stains your lips after the balm has worn off, so I keep this topped up.
6. TreSemme Freeze Hold Hair Spray. If only for matters of economy – I bought a massive bottle four years ago, and it’s still about half full! It does exactly what it’s supposed to, holds hair tight until brushed out, and it smells nice (chemically, but nice). It does crisp hair rather a bit, but that’s not usually a problem for me because no one is touching it, and it doesn’t look crispy! A very large bottle (500ml) costs £4.79.
7. Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo. You can normally pick this up on one special offer or another, so it’s not worth buying for more than 3 bottles for £10, although it normally costs £5.99 for 500ml, or £4.49 for 300ml. This smells like bubblegum, and is a really lovely texture; it makes washing your hair a pleasure. I first used this on a school trip, when I’d forgotten my shampoo and borrowed a friend’s, and it instantly became my favourite shampoo.
8. Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Intensive Mask. Again, buy this only on special offer, you should be able to get it for around £2. This is a rich, raspberry scented thick conditioning mask, which I often use in place of normal conditioner, so knotty is my hair. This smells lovely, and really seems to have a moisturising effect – I can tell when I’ve used this, as my hair is softer for the next couple of days.
9. Johnson’s Daily Essentials Nourishing 24hour Day Cream. Long name, little pot. I’ve written about this before, but suffice to say it’s a lovely moisturiser, and very cheap, retailing for £4.07, but I picked up my last two pots in Superdrug at the bargain price of two for £3.99.
10. Nivea Visage Pure and Natural Regenerating Night Cream. I had some samples of this, and was instantly won over by the smell – it’s so fresh and floral, I love it! This is a much heavier moisturiser than the Johnson’s day cream, and my skin feels better in the morning when I’ve remembered to put it on. This normally costs £5.35, but is currently on offer in Superdrug for £2.99.
So, have any of these impressed you? I’m always on the look out for good, cheap lip colour, but I’m not a fan of sticky lipgloss. Have I missed any brilliant finds on the high street?