Saturday, 24 May 2014

Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo Review

I use a load of hair products in my hair so I can more or less roll out of bed and not have to worry too much about how it looks; but lots of products can lead to lots of build up in the hair (there's a reason my Tangle Teezers haven't found themselves photographed and on the blog!) so I like to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to take everything back to square one. I'm slowly but surely upgrading my haircare routine and investing in more expensive products to keep my hair in tip top shape and this is one I'd been umming and ahhing over every time I was stood in front of the B&B stand, and I finally cajoled myself into the final purchase.

Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo retails for £17

For hair reference, I have fairly thick, long, straight hair with colour treated ends (yes - I'm still rocking that ombre in 2014 and loving every minute of it!) Whenever I shampoo my hair, I shampoo it twice, once at the very front of my head (fringe girl problems) and the other, flipped upside down and on the back of my head for the grease I don't see and for added volume. This shampoo lathers up really nicely and whilst in the shower is a joy to use. I tend to follow up these types of shampoos up with a deep conditioner or mask to give it the moisture it needs. This shampoo doesn't feeling stripping on the hair whatsoever, it leaves it feeling well cared for and clean.

The main (and frankly, only) issue I have with this product is the grease factor. Day 1 hair is perfectly fine, but whenever I've used this I've found myself reaching for the dry shampoo earlier in my shampoo cycle than I would with even daily shampoos, which is particularly odd for a detox shampers. Trust me, I've tried to make this work for me, using it in conjuction with my regular shampoo, switching out the wet styling products I use just to see if they're a bad match - but no - the result is always the same and I always end up with a premature greasy mop. For a product that's almost touching the £20 mark, these measures shouldn't even have to be taken, and especially to have no avail. As you can see from the photo, I'm around the halfway mark with this one, and it's a massive bummer because on paper this shampoo sounded perfect for my routine. I am going to use this up - I don't have the heart to let this pretty penny sit on the wayside but I won't be shelling out for it again as I've found drugstore alternatives which work better for me at quite literally a third of the price. It could just be a bad match with my hair type and may work better on finer hair, but for me the juice just isn't worth the squeeze!

Have you tried Bumble & Bumble?
Do you have a favourite detox shampoo?

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Oribe Dry Texturising Spray Dupes!

By sheer principle, I haven't taken the plunge and bought the famed Oribe Dry Texturising spray. I know, I know I've heard all the amazing things too, but the amount of hair I have and the amount I would use I think it just isn't cost effective. So, these past few months I've been on the hunt for something a little more purse friendly which does a similar thing, and I thought I'd share my findings! Emma has already reviewed V05's offering - which you can read here.

This I bought because I needed a dry shampoo ASAP and I started work in 15 minutes. Some dry shampoos give the added oomph of volume anyway, but this one is particularly formulated for even more volume. I found when I used this though, it did give me volume but also that windswept and interesting look and a bit of life to my greasy locks. This is primarily a dry shampoo - don't forget that - and you will need a hairspray to hold the look in, but the next time you need to stock up on a dry shampers, maybe splurge the extra pound and see if this does anything for you.

This one I've got to admit, I wasn't that impressed with it. Right after styling it looked nice but I found it fell out rather quickly in comparison to others I tried. I must admit I tried solely the spray and not the other products in the texture range, and this may have performed better in conjunction with the other products. On it's own I just found it a bit nothingy!

This is the personal favourite of mine out of the bunch, and it even found itself a place in my April Favourites. It makes everything piecey and beachy and lovely and it stays that way too. I find even with the copious amounts of hair that I have, I don't need to use too much which is a massive bonus. A day at the beach in a can, but minus the sunburn.

This is a close second to the Charles Worthington version, it adds lift to the roots and texture to the ends and smells really nice too. The only place where this falls short is in order to keep the style the way you like it, you need to use another product, as on it's own it gives you a few hours before you need a top up!

I've definitely found a purse friendly alternative for me for now, maybe some point in the future I'll be possessed to buy the real deal, but I am perfectly happy with what Boots is currently offering up. I am however inching closer to Oribe's Surfcomber Mousse and Bumble & Bumble's Surf Shampoo for the ultimate summer hair - we'll see how long I can hold off before caving and splurging on those two.

Have you tried the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray?
Have you found a good dupe?

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A Day Late, A Buck Short.


Why hello there strangers!! I've been a rather busy bee with uni hand-ins and missed my little Instagram update to check in with all of you! I handed in yesterday and was planning on filming a video but my camera charger has gone AWOL, so the search continues. I usually do these posts on a Monday once a month and a 'real' post on a Wednesday - but I'm shaking up a bit and will be posting this very Friday (oooh, exciting!)

So! What have I been up to? Other than pulling my hair out for my hand in, I've been celebrating a serious amount of birthdays (3 so far and a fourth this weekend!) one being the lovely Emma who I write this here blog with! I've also been seeing a lot of bands, been on a spa day and writing letters! Now I'm all done with uni for this academic year, you'll be hearing a lot more of me on here, my YouTube channel and my various social media outlets! I give you full permission to be a bit of creeper and see what I'm up to! If you're looking forward to a month of exam prep - I wish you all the luck in the world! And stop procrastinating - I'll have a heap of content ready and waiting for you once you're free to enjoy your summer!!

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