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.

March Favourites

01) Bloom Super Glossy Lips in Sheen – I discovered quite a few new lip product favourites after my lip week feature recently, one of which was this gloss. It’s a lovely nude shaded milky gloss and I’ll be featuring a full review of it soon.

02) Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal – As I mentioned in my review, I love this product. It’s the perfect no-fuss lip shade for days where I really can’t be bothered putting in a lot of effort (read: every single god damn day). Also, I’m still not sick of the strong sweet-lemon scent yet, which is good.

03) Bloom Lipstick in Tangerine – This is such a gorgeous shade, and was the perfect colour to wear as a farewell the warmer weather (although summer seems to want to stick around – piss off summer, you’re not welcome anymore!).

04) Terax Crema Conditioner – I’d forgotten how much I loved this conditioner until I started using it again recently. It’s one of the best hair products I’ve ever found and it’s firmly cemented it’s place on my ‘holy grail’ list, after many years of use.

05) Pure Fiji Coconut Infusion Body Lotion – I’ve mentioned quite a few times how much I love subtle-sweet smelling body lotions and this is now right up there with my favourites. It’s a lightweight lotion but as my skin isn’t dry that isn’t much of an issue for me.

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)

Product Review: L’Oreal Sublime Mousse in Pure Brown

Colouring my hair is a massive chore for me. It’s on par for annoyance levels with filling my car with petrol and if I didn’t have hereditary greys I wouldn’t bother colouring it at all. I’ve been dying my hair for around 10 years, and it’s taken me a long time to find a colour that works for me. You’d think finding a decent brown would be easy, but it’s not. A lot of brown shades tend to have reddish or coppery undertones which is not really what I’m after in a hair colour – give me ash toned brown or give me death. I love the L’Oreal Sublime Mousse colour in the shade Pure Brown. It’s glossy and leaves no reddish tones in my hair at all. It’s also a pretty low-maintenance product to use, which gives it about a billion extra bonus points from me. I generally colour my hair using this dye once every couple of months, by which time the colour has faded a bit and my greys are back in full force. The L’Oreal Sublime Mousse in Pure Brown is available for purchase for $14.99 from Chemist Warehouse online.