Saturday, 22 December 2012

Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo¦ XXL Volume

I'm sure most of you reading this have either bought Batiste or have heard of it before. If not, it is a Dry Shampoo! What it does is, when we're having those days where we either don't have time to wash our hair or it needs a little freshening up, spray Batiste onto your hair, and you will be left with hair that is freshened up, like you've washed it! It does the job for the odd day here and there, but is not to be used all the time!!

Batiste XXL Volume

I have been super busy lately- preparing for Christmas, baking Christmas goodies, shopping, pampering my skin etc, that I have had to skip washing my hair for a day, every so often. When this day comes, where my hair is slightly oily, needs a wash, but I have no time to do the above, I call on Batiste!

I had been using the original one the odd day, here and there, but was not too keen on how it worked for me. Since then I have discovered another product in their range called "XXL Volume". This product I have loved more than the original one, as it smells really fresh, and gives something we all are guilty of liking... a bit of VOLUME!!

The Dry Shampoos from Batiste refresh your hair and get rid of any excess oil in your hair. I mostly apply it to the roots of my hair and then spray a little all over my hair. At first, this product does leave a white residue on your hair, but you need to brush through your hair and style it with your fingers to remove this residue. I assure you, you are not left with any white or grey residue on the hair if you ruffle through your hair with your fingers and brush through it after. Make sure not to apply too much as you could be in a bit of bother then!! There are more detailed instructions on exactly what to do on the back of the bottle, so if you do buy it, make sure to check them out prior to use.

The difference this one has, compared to the original is that this one provides volume to your hair. You will not be left looking like you have a lion's main, but rather a slight lift and bounce to your hair. It is really what I have been looking for, on those days in between washes. Whether I have straightened my hair or it is naturally wavy, the little bit of volume on top, does it for me. I then have a bit of volume on my roots, clean freshened hair, to take me through or tie me over till the next day when I wash it.

 One thing I will say is that, using Dry Shampoo, you are left with a slight 'textured' feel to your hair, which is not the most pleasant. It definitely doesn't feel 'clean' like it would after you washed it, but if you are willing to put up with the feel of your hair, until the next day when you wash it, this is an essential for your dressing table!

Batiste have numerous stockists around the UK and Ireland and all over the world. From your local supermarket to your local chemist/pharmacy. Also check out the whole product range here. They do Dry Shampoos for different coloured hair if you didn't want any volume, and you will not be left with any white residue if you use these particular ones. 

Dry Shampoo is a really great product to have on your shelf for those days and is great value for money also (approx. €3 a bottle!!) They now also have mini travel-sizes for your handbag! 

Have you tried Batiste? Have you tried the XXL Volume one? Let me know your thoughts!


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Review: Bio-Oil

After all the hype, here are my thoughts on Bio-Oil...

Some facts...
  • Bio-Oil has been proven to have beauty benefits aswell as the known benefits for stretch marks.
  • Many celebrities have tried and love this product:
 Kim Kardashian "It prevents wrinkles around my eyes and stretch marks over my body"

 Tess Daly "One of my can't live-without beauty staples is this super-hydrating Bio-Oil..I wouldn't be without it"

  •  Bio-Oil is preservative-free and is not tested on animals *bonus!*

I have used Bio-Oil as part of my skin care regime for a few months now. I wanted to give it a proper trial and see what my thoughts were. I have used it on my face and all over my body. Once a week, I applied it to my face (a thin layer) in place of my regular moisturiser. Then about twice a week I apply it all over my skin, after a shower. 

It can be used for stretch marks, dehydrated skin (especially during winter), aged skin, scars and uneven skin tones. 
Bio-Oil contains Vitamin A and E and absorbs really easily (bonus for when you're in a rush). 
Bio-Oil absorbs easily and dries within a minute. It is non-greasy, which to be honest, I was worried about! A friend of mine who was away in the sun for some time, and tans very easily, uses it after her showers or baths to prolong her tan, and she told me it has worked for her. Her tan has lasted and she is home 10 weeks!

Bio-Oil can also be used on cracked or dry elbows or on your cuticles. 

For best results Bio-Oil should be applied twice daily for a minimum of 3 months.

Bio-Oil, for sure, has become a staple in my beauty and skincare regime! If you are interested in trying some out for yourself, it is available from Dunnes Stores, Superquinn, Boots, and pharmacies nationwide. 

For more information on this product, check out the Bio-Oil website.

60ml RSP €9.99
125ml RSP €17.99
200ml RSP €22.99