Product Review: Clear Intense Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner

I’ve been branching out a bit lately in what I use to clean my hair, and I’m liking it. I find that my hair performs best when I mix things up a little bit, so I’ve been using one brand for half of the week, and another for the second half. My ‘second half of the week’ hair routine revolves around this magical little duo from Clear. I have fine hair but a lot of it, and it’s been more prone to dryness than oiliness lately (which I assume is due in part to us slowly making our way out of winter – or perhaps it’s yet another sign that I’m getting old). This duo is the perfect combination for my type of hair. It cleans and moisturises my hair without weighing it down or making everything feel a bit too heavy, which some ‘hydrating’ products have been known to do. The scent is light and fresh and leaves the hair with that lovely ‘clean’ smell that I adore. The Clear Intense Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner retail for $9.50 and are currently half price and available for purchase from Priceline (note: this product was sent for consideration for review).

What’s in my beauty bag? (weekend away edition)

One of my favourite things to do when planning any sort of holiday is to put together a packing list. Naturally, my favourite list to write contains the selection of beauty products I plan to take with me. The best beauty-packing trick I’ve learned over the years is to take as much travel-sized loot as you can. This saves so much space and is far more convenient when lugging things in and out of your suitcase. Also, if you manage to finish up the whole product while you’re away, you can just toss it out. Unless of course you’re a beauty blogger, and you have to pack your trash to bring home with you for a future empties post. Here is a selection of the products I took with me for a 4 day weekend away –

paula’s choice hydralight moisture-infusing lotion, jurlique chamomile soothing mist, nivea fragrance-free facial cleansing wipes, pure fiji hydrating body lotion (coconut infusion), and tresemme moisture rich shampoo & conditioner

If you’re heading away on a holiday anytime soon, or are like me and just love using travel sized beauty products, be sure to check out MiniBarCo – an online store that specializes in travel sized beauty products. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Herban Essentials towelettes, because anti-bacterial wipes seem to come in handy a LOT when traveling.

Product Review: Pantene Iceshine Shampoo & Conditioner

If you’ve never stared wistfully at this picture of Zooey Deschanel and wished you could wear her hair as a wig, we have absolutely nothing in common. Zooey was recently announced as a brand ambassador for Pantene, which was enough to reignite my interest and inspire me to try some of their new products. When I saw that they had released a range with no added silicone, dye, or parabens, I was curious to check it out. I’ve been using this shampoo and conditioner duo every week for over a month now, and my hair is loving it. Both have the typical Pantene “clean” scent to them (which I adore), and it means that my hair always smells delicious after I’ve use any Pantene products. FINE BY ME. After using the shampoo my hair feels clean without being stripped or tangled. The conditioner is light to medium weight, and it nourishes and conditions my hair without leaving it feeling weighed down with product. I’d say that out of all the Pantene products I’ve used in the past, these are up there with my favourites. The Iceshine Shampoo & Conditioner retail for $7.99 each and are available for purchase from pharmacies throughout Australia (please note: product was sent for consideration for review).

Product Review: Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo

If I had to pick only one shampoo to use for the rest of my life, it would be this. This is the shampoo that I go back to time and time again, the one that I’ve repurchased at least five times since first discovering it, and the one that never lets my hair down. It cleans my hair thoroughly without leaving it feeling stripped or dry, and it has a lovely fresh scent that lingers on the hair for quite a while after rinsing. I wash my hair every day and this is gentle enough shampoo to use that often and it always leaves my hair feeling soft and silky. If you’re worried about the price point trust me, I feel you; but a little bit of this product goes a long way so I wouldn’t be too concerned about getting your money’s worth. I use the number 1 version of this shampoo (for normal to slightly sensitised hair), and it is also available in number 2 for dry and sensitised hair. The Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo retails for $39 and is available for purchase from StrawberryNet.

Product Review: Clairol Professional Sparkle Shine Spray

I love shiny hair. The shinier the better. Granted there is a risk when using a shine spray or serum that your hair can look quite greasy but if you can avoid this; shiny hair is the best. I’ve tried a variety of shine products in my time, and I find that the best way to use them is to apply the product directly to the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and then distribute it evenly through my hair. The Clairol Sparkle Shine Spray doesn’t warrant me doing this, as the mist is fine and the product so lightweight that I can apply it directly to my hair. This makes styling my hair a much neater process in the mornings as I don’t end up with grubby little greasy palms. The smell is subtle and pleasant, a gentle perfume-y scent that I am clearly not doing a very good job of describing. The Clairol Sparkle Shine Spray retails for $19.50 AUD, for stockist information please visit the Clairol website. (note: this product was sent for consideration for review)