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In the final installment of my Haircare Series, I thought I'd show you the products I'd like to try at some point. Unlike with skincare, I tend to be a little more experimental with the hair products I use, mainly because it's rare for me to find something that really works. Generally, I have three rules when it comes to products:


  • They have to soothe my scalp, or at least not irritate it
  • They have to cleanse/style my roots without making them greasy (shampoos/volumising products)
  • They have to moisturise the ends of my hair, without weighing them down

I don't ask for much, do I?

Without further ado, here's a list of the things I'd love to try:


The Haircare Series | Products I'd Love to Try



The Haircare Series: Products I'd Love to Try

In the final installment of my Haircare Series, I thought I'd show you the products I'd like to try at some point. Unlike with skincare, I tend to be a little more experimental with the hair products I use, mainly because it's rare for me to find something that really works. Generally, I have three rules when it comes to products:


  • They have to soothe my scalp, or at least not irritate it
  • They have to cleanse/style my roots without making them greasy (shampoos/volumising products)
  • They have to moisturise the ends of my hair, without weighing them down

I don't ask for much, do I?

Without further ado, here's a list of the things I'd love to try:


The Haircare Series | Products I'd Love to Try



I mentioned in previous posts that I am extremely lazy when it comes to my hair, and that extends to styling. Usually I just let it dry naturally and then run a bit of serum through it but there are occasions when effort is required, and that's when I break out the heat styling tools and the following products:

The Haircare Series: Styling Products

The Haircare Series: Styling Products

I mentioned in previous posts that I am extremely lazy when it comes to my hair, and that extends to styling. Usually I just let it dry naturally and then run a bit of serum through it but there are occasions when effort is required, and that's when I break out the heat styling tools and the following products:

The Haircare Series: Styling Products

I've read so many rave reviews about cleansing brushes like the Clarisonic, and I'm tempted, but the simple fact of the matter is: I can't afford one. I have a student budget and, frankly, I need to eat. So when I saw Soap & Glory's Face Massage Mini Mitt on Gemma's blog I decided to try it out. I think I can spare £4! 

Soap & Glory Face Massage Mini Mitt

Soap & Glory Face Massage Mini Mitt

I've read so many rave reviews about cleansing brushes like the Clarisonic, and I'm tempted, but the simple fact of the matter is: I can't afford one. I have a student budget and, frankly, I need to eat. So when I saw Soap & Glory's Face Massage Mini Mitt on Gemma's blog I decided to try it out. I think I can spare £4! 

Soap & Glory Face Massage Mini Mitt

I did it! I successfully completed my spending ban! Here's how the last week was for me:

Surviving the Last Few Days

The last couple of days were definitely the most difficult. There was part of me that was like 'You don't have long left, why not end the ban early?' and part of me was like 'No! You've made it this far, stick it out til the end!'

Ultimately, I made the full four weeks without buying any beauty products, and I'm proud of myself. I'm not gonna lie though, I will be having a shopping trip pretty soon! But it'll be a shopping trip for products I need, not just any old thing.


Body Lotion vs. Body Oil

Remember that lovely, fruity Soap & Glory body lotion I was raving about a few weeks ago? I used the last of it, boo. I rummaged around in my stash and found a bottle of Coconut Beautifying Oil by The Body Shop. I usually just use oil on areas like my elbows and knees because it takes so long to sink in but it does feel very luxurious so I can't complain!

Shopping My Stash

I squeezed the last drops of my faithful Una Brennan Clay Mask from the tube, and I must say it was a sad occasion. On the bright side, my skin is a lot less congested than it was a few months ago, and now I'm looking for something a bit more hydrating. 

Next week will be my final spending ban update, and I'll be sharing my post-ban wishlist with you!

The Spending Ban: Update #4

I did it! I successfully completed my spending ban! Here's how the last week was for me:

Surviving the Last Few Days

The last couple of days were definitely the most difficult. There was part of me that was like 'You don't have long left, why not end the ban early?' and part of me was like 'No! You've made it this far, stick it out til the end!'

Ultimately, I made the full four weeks without buying any beauty products, and I'm proud of myself. I'm not gonna lie though, I will be having a shopping trip pretty soon! But it'll be a shopping trip for products I need, not just any old thing.


Body Lotion vs. Body Oil

Remember that lovely, fruity Soap & Glory body lotion I was raving about a few weeks ago? I used the last of it, boo. I rummaged around in my stash and found a bottle of Coconut Beautifying Oil by The Body Shop. I usually just use oil on areas like my elbows and knees because it takes so long to sink in but it does feel very luxurious so I can't complain!

Shopping My Stash

I squeezed the last drops of my faithful Una Brennan Clay Mask from the tube, and I must say it was a sad occasion. On the bright side, my skin is a lot less congested than it was a few months ago, and now I'm looking for something a bit more hydrating. 

Next week will be my final spending ban update, and I'll be sharing my post-ban wishlist with you!
I've been using this eye cream for a couple of months so now is the time for a more in-depth review (I included it in my recent Skincare Series).

This is the first time I've tried something from the Yes To brand so I didn't really know what to expect, but I'm very happy with this product.


The skin around my eye area feels firmer, but the main thing it promises is to reduce dark circles, which it does. The difference is definitely noticeable  as you can see in the photos, I've seen an improvement over time.

Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream

Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream

I've been using this eye cream for a couple of months so now is the time for a more in-depth review (I included it in my recent Skincare Series).

This is the first time I've tried something from the Yes To brand so I didn't really know what to expect, but I'm very happy with this product.


The skin around my eye area feels firmer, but the main thing it promises is to reduce dark circles, which it does. The difference is definitely noticeable  as you can see in the photos, I've seen an improvement over time.

Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream

Welcome to the second part of my Haircare Series! Last week I told you about my two favourite shampoos, and today I'm going to show you the conditioners I like to use.

The Haircare Series - Conditioner

The Haircare Series: Conditioner

Welcome to the second part of my Haircare Series! Last week I told you about my two favourite shampoos, and today I'm going to show you the conditioners I like to use.

The Haircare Series - Conditioner

This is the week where things really started to get difficult!

Resisting Temptation

Last Thursday I went into the city for lunch with my friend Dan and then afterwards I had some shopping to do. This was probably my biggest test yet, because I've started to get serious withdrawal symptoms, and I've got a list of things I need to replace.

Walking past Boots and Superdrug was torture, and I didn't even let myself go into Topshop in case their make up stand caught my eye as it so often does.


In the end, to fulfill the shopper's high I was so desperately craving, I settled for buying myself the latest issue of Marie Claire  if I can't buy new beauty products then I will read about them instead!

Moisturiser

The other morning my Una Brennan moisturiser ran out. Luckily, Elle recently gave away a free (Malin + Goetz) skincare set and it included a Vitamin E Face Moisturiser.

It has a light, silky texture and it makes my skin feel really smooth. I'm really enjoying using it and I can't wait to try more from (Malin + Goetz).

Shopping My Stash

Collection's Fast Stroke Eyeliner has been my favourite liquid liner for as long as I can remember but in summer I find myself eschewing the cat eye for something a little more natural.

However, there was one night when I found myself wanting something more 'done' for an evening in the pub and this was the product I reached for. The applicator is so easy to work with and the liner has great pigmentation and staying power. The best part? It only costs £2.99!

I will definitely be buying more of the Collection liner once my spending ban is over! Have you discovered any old favourites recently?

The Spending Ban: Update #3

This is the week where things really started to get difficult!

Resisting Temptation

Last Thursday I went into the city for lunch with my friend Dan and then afterwards I had some shopping to do. This was probably my biggest test yet, because I've started to get serious withdrawal symptoms, and I've got a list of things I need to replace.

Walking past Boots and Superdrug was torture, and I didn't even let myself go into Topshop in case their make up stand caught my eye as it so often does.


In the end, to fulfill the shopper's high I was so desperately craving, I settled for buying myself the latest issue of Marie Claire  if I can't buy new beauty products then I will read about them instead!

Moisturiser

The other morning my Una Brennan moisturiser ran out. Luckily, Elle recently gave away a free (Malin + Goetz) skincare set and it included a Vitamin E Face Moisturiser.

It has a light, silky texture and it makes my skin feel really smooth. I'm really enjoying using it and I can't wait to try more from (Malin + Goetz).

Shopping My Stash

Collection's Fast Stroke Eyeliner has been my favourite liquid liner for as long as I can remember but in summer I find myself eschewing the cat eye for something a little more natural.

However, there was one night when I found myself wanting something more 'done' for an evening in the pub and this was the product I reached for. The applicator is so easy to work with and the liner has great pigmentation and staying power. The best part? It only costs £2.99!

I will definitely be buying more of the Collection liner once my spending ban is over! Have you discovered any old favourites recently?
I saw the Would You Rather? tag on Alicia's blog and really enjoyed reading it so I thought I'd try it out myself. If anyone chooses to do the tag too then let me know; I'd love to read your answers!


Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita


Would You Rather?

I saw the Would You Rather? tag on Alicia's blog and really enjoyed reading it so I thought I'd try it out myself. If anyone chooses to do the tag too then let me know; I'd love to read your answers!


Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita


My hair is fine, curly and frizz-prone. The ends are dry but the roots get greasy quite quickly, and my scalp can get very itchy, to the point where I actually have a prescription shampoo to calm it down. It's taken me a long time to find out which hair products work for me (and which ones don't!) and I still haven't got it completely figured out. 

However, I've reached a point where I'm having more good hair days than bad, so I thought I'd do a series on my haircare routine (a bit like my Skincare Series, which you can read here). I love to spend time experimenting with make up but when it comes to hair I like to make as little effort as possible, so this is definitely a lazy girl's routine!


Lush Shampoo


LUSH Rehab Shampoo, £5.40 for 100g (v)

This lathers like crazy and is brilliant for removing build up  the phrase 'squeaky clean' was made for this product. It contains mostly natural ingredients, including peppermint and juniper, which are said to improve the scalp's condition over time. A little bit goes a long way; I bought my 100ml bottle weeks and weeks ago and the bottle still looks full.     


LUSH Blousey Banana Shampoo, £18 for 240g (v)

Rehab is amazing but frequent use would dry my hair out. This is where Blousey comes in. It's an incredibly moisturising shampoo that also contains ingredients which are good for the scalp and, again, a little goes a long way.

Unlike Rehab, this does not lather at all so it feels a bit weird at first. I've found that the best way to use it is to apply it directly to the hair and massage it in before rinsing.


Afterwards my hair feels soft, but not limp, so don't be put off by the thick consistency. Blousey really is perfect if your hair is feeling a bit dry and damaged. 


I'll be posting The Haircare Series every Friday. Next week: conditioner!


(v) = vegan

The Haircare Series: Shampoo

My hair is fine, curly and frizz-prone. The ends are dry but the roots get greasy quite quickly, and my scalp can get very itchy, to the point where I actually have a prescription shampoo to calm it down. It's taken me a long time to find out which hair products work for me (and which ones don't!) and I still haven't got it completely figured out. 

However, I've reached a point where I'm having more good hair days than bad, so I thought I'd do a series on my haircare routine (a bit like my Skincare Series, which you can read here). I love to spend time experimenting with make up but when it comes to hair I like to make as little effort as possible, so this is definitely a lazy girl's routine!


Lush Shampoo


LUSH Rehab Shampoo, £5.40 for 100g (v)

This lathers like crazy and is brilliant for removing build up  the phrase 'squeaky clean' was made for this product. It contains mostly natural ingredients, including peppermint and juniper, which are said to improve the scalp's condition over time. A little bit goes a long way; I bought my 100ml bottle weeks and weeks ago and the bottle still looks full.     


LUSH Blousey Banana Shampoo, £18 for 240g (v)

Rehab is amazing but frequent use would dry my hair out. This is where Blousey comes in. It's an incredibly moisturising shampoo that also contains ingredients which are good for the scalp and, again, a little goes a long way.

Unlike Rehab, this does not lather at all so it feels a bit weird at first. I've found that the best way to use it is to apply it directly to the hair and massage it in before rinsing.


Afterwards my hair feels soft, but not limp, so don't be put off by the thick consistency. Blousey really is perfect if your hair is feeling a bit dry and damaged. 


I'll be posting The Haircare Series every Friday. Next week: conditioner!


(v) = vegan
This week has been fairly easy in terms of temptation  I've been so rushed off my feet that I've barely had time to do my make up, never mind buy more! The most pesky thing about being on a spending ban is definitely all the emails I get with special offers in them, so I've been deleting them as quickly as I can. Out of sight, out of mind (sort of).

Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Make An Entrance

The Spending Ban: Update #2

This week has been fairly easy in terms of temptation  I've been so rushed off my feet that I've barely had time to do my make up, never mind buy more! The most pesky thing about being on a spending ban is definitely all the emails I get with special offers in them, so I've been deleting them as quickly as I can. Out of sight, out of mind (sort of).

Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Make An Entrance

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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