What’s In My Shower – Spring 2016

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – I’ve been using this as a standard body cleanser for years now, but lately I’ve reverted back to using it as a face cleanser as well. I’ve had some issues with dermatitis this winter, so I went back to basics in my skin care routine so I could figure out the source of the problem.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser – This is my all-time favourite cleanser, and one that you can guarantee I’ll always have sitting on my shower shelf. I’ve gone back to using this on a daily basis now that I’ve figured out it’s not a culprit in ‘dermatitis saga 2016’, and my skin is much happier for it.

Paula’s Choice Pore Normalizing Cleanser (sample size) – I picked up this sample sized cleanser the last time I placed a Paula’s Choice order, with the intent of my partner Sebastian using it to help keep his clogged pores at bay. I’ve been “borrowing” this to use as a spot treatment cleanser whenever I can feel a breakout brewing. A few of my friends have told me this is is a strong ass cleanser, and can be quite drying on the skin but I think because I only use it occasionally I haven’t seen any of the negative effects.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a long-time favourite of mine, and I use it every couple of days as a manual facial exfoliant. I alternate between using this or my Eve Lom muslin cloth, depending on my mood.

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion – I’m dipping my toe into the world of self-tanning this season, and I thought a gradual tanner would be a good place to start. So far I am liking this product, although the fact that you have to leave it on in the shower for three minutes has restricted my use of it to evening showers (which I rarely have), and weekend use. Due to that, I am not yet a bronzed goddess… But watch this space.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – This is one of my favourite shower products, and one that I’ve repurchased quite a few times now. It feels like such a little luxury when I use this, it’s so luxurious and smells amazing.

Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub – I have to admit, body scrub is probably my least used shower product. However, considering I’m trying out different self tanners this season it’s become something of a necessity. This is another of my favourite products, and if you’re into gourmand scented body products it’s worth picking up for the scent alone.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner – This is my go-to inexpensive hair cleaning duo, and one that really works wonders on my hair despite the low price point. I always return to these products when I’m at a loss with what to use, as they’re my old faithfuls and they’re guaranteed to leave my hair looking and feeling soft and smooth.

LUSH Big Shampoo – If you haven’t yet tried LUSH’s Big shampoo, what the hell are you waiting for? I try to use this one a week to deep clean my hair and give it a little bit of extra bounce and shine.

Product Review: L’Oreal Everstrong Shampoo & Conditioner

It’s been a long time since I posted a good ol’ fashioned product review, but this shampoo/conditioner duo has changed my life and I thought I’d share my thoughts with you all. Here’s a little description of my hair to give you an idea of what I’m working with: I have straight(ish), very fine hair, and a lot of it. My hair is generally prone to oiliness at the roots and dryness towards the ends. I’ve learned to live with most of my hair quirks, but my biggest issue with my hair lately is how tangled it gets after I wash it. Having to painfully comb through knotty wet hair at 5:30am when it’s freezing cold and I just want to be warm and dry is certainly not ideal. This shampoo & conditioner has made a world of difference, and I no longer need to use a detangler before I brush through my wet hair. I feel like it’s also made a difference to the quality of my hair day to day, I’m finding that I have less flyaways and generally it feels a lot softer and smoother. I love the smell of both products and I like that they don’t smell the same as each other. The shampoo is a Rosemary + Juniper scent and the conditioner is Rosemary + Mint, which is one of my all-time favourite hair product fragrances and makes for a great pick me up in the morning when I wash my hair. I’m raising this duo up to the top of the leader board of favourite drug store shampoo & conditioners. The L’Oreal Everstrong shampoo and conditioner retail for $15.95 AUD each, and are available for purchase from Priceline.

Product Review: Tresemme Cleansing Dry Shampoo

I’ve always been a “wash my hair every day unless I don’t need to leave the house or see anyone who doesn’t already love me a lot” kinda gal. Lately however, I’ve become time-poor in the mornings (cold weather = me not wanting to leave the bed) and it’s thrown a spanner into my daily hair washing routine. I’ve been forced to become an every-other-day washer. I know, right? Who even am I. Anyway, not washing my hair every day has left me with a flat and oily hair situation. I work in a professional environment, and I can’t afford to look completely disgusting when I rock up to the office. Which is a pretty accurate description of how I look when I don’t wash my hair. Enter DRY SHAMPOO. I’ve tried quite a few dry shampoos in my time, but honestly this is the best I’ve come across so far. It smells nice, it helps (to a point) control oiliness, and it adds a decent amount of much needed texture to help battle the flatness of my annoyingly fine hair. Another plus is that when you spray it into your hair and rub it into your roots, it doesn’t leave you looking like you’ve got a bad case of dandruff. It’s also budget friendly, which for me at the moment is hugely important. The Tresemme Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo retails for $10.99 and is available for purchase from Priceline (please note: product was supplied for consideration for review).

Product Review: Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that colouring my hair is one of my biggest burdens in life. I realise that if this is one of the biggest burdens in my life I’m doing alright, but grey hair is something I’ve been dealing with since I was 17, and it’s a real pain in the you know what. When I heard about the Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer I knew I had to try it out, because it could be a real game changer. And guess what? It is.

This product will not replace having to dye your hair (at least not if you have as much grey hair as I do), but I’ve found that it can stretch out the time between colouring for an extra couple of weeks. I use the shade ‘Brown’, which could be slightly too dark for my hair by the time it’s ready to be coloured (it tends to fade quite a bit), but I can still get away with it. The Root Concealer also comes in the shades Light Blonde, Dark, Blonde, and Dark Brown. To use, you simply shake the can, hold it 20-25cm away from the hair, and spray slowly and steadily to cover the grey areas and roots. Because my grey areas are quite small, this was a bit tricky for me – especially as a lot of the area is close to my forehead. The spray itself is not as precise as I would have liked for this particular area of my face, but it’s easy to remove any ‘spillage’ on the skin with a face wipe or a bit of makeup remover on a cotton pad. Because I need to spray it so close to my forehead I shield my face with my hand, which usually end up looking like this afterwards (which is fine because it washes right off with soap):

I use the spray after drying and styling my hair for the day, and on weeks where I don’t wash my hair daily, it stays in place for a full two days. Just don’t scratch your head, because your nails will come away brown. Yummy. The Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer retails for $17.99 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline (please note: product was supplied for consideration for review).

December Giveaway #2 – Clear

It’s time for the second December giveaway! Who’s excited? I know I am. One of my favourite hair care discoveries in 2014 was the Hair Therapy Intense Hydration range from Clear, and what better way to celebrate this new discovery than to share it with you? This week I’m teaming up with Clear to give you the chance to win one of five Clear Hair Therapy Intense Hydration shampoo and conditioner packs. All you need to do to enter is simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite hair care discovery of 2014 was. For an additional entry, feel free to share the giveaway on social media (just be sure to link me to your post once you’re done). Please note that this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Entries close at midnight on January 7 2014, and the winners will be announced on January 8, 2015. (PS: if you haven’t already entered our Natural Supply Co. giveaway, you can do so here) Good luck!