Monday, 20 October 2014

Pantene Dry Shampoo - A Review

Hello Lovelies, 

If you've been reading my blog for a while or you watch my You Tube videos you'll already be fully aware that I suffer from oily or greasy hair, I never had a problem with greasy hair until I had my youngest daughter, and I think a change in my hormones must have had some sort of effect on my hair and I started to suffer quite badly with greasy roots and needing to wash my hair on a daily basis. 

Anyway I digress (as usual) over the past few years I have tried so many different dry shampoos I have become a bit of a connoisseur and up until a couple of years ago when it was discontinued, my all time favourite dry shampoo was the Charles Worthington Balancing Act, which can still be purchased from e-bay (link here) but is expensive. So since the demise of the Charles Worthington I have been on the hunt for another holy grail dry shampoo. 

As I said I have tried so many different dry shampoos it's ridiculous and a few months ago I discovered the Dove dry shampoo and I fell in love with it, it didn't leave any powdery residue and my hair didn't feel too gross either, is it me or does anyone else hate the way dry shampoo leaves your hair feeling? 

A few weeks ago I was in Boots with Simon and I needed to pick up some hairspray and also a shampoo one of my subscribers had recommended to me (more of that to come on the blog soon) hair care was on a 3 for 2 promotion, so I picked up the shampoo and hairspray and thought I'd pick up some of the Dove dry shampoo I like but then I saw the Pantene Dry Shampoo and was curious, I'd never seen it before and thought I'd give it a go since it was a free item. There were 3 different types of the Pantene dry shampoo, the Colour Saviour, Instant Refresh and Volume Booster, I chose Colour Saviour as the name intrigued me. 

My Thoughts

My initial thought when I first used the dry shampoo was that it smelt really nice, it smells like an expensive hair product or a hair product you'd find at a salon if that makes sense? I used the dry shampoo as directed and found it didn't leave my hair looking white or grey it brushed out well but my hair didn't look greasy, on first impressions I was impressed. 

I was curious to know why it was called Colour Saviour and my daughter Lissy thought that the product was actually for blonde's and wasn't going to use it, we share hair products as we have the same hair type but she thought the dry shampoo was for blonde's only and as she's a brunette wasn't going to use it, but when I looked into it further there aren't really any colour saving properties and it is meant in the way of it being colour saving because if you washed your hair and didn't use dry shampoo your coloured hair would fade faster, but if you use the dry shampoo you're not washing your hair so it's saving your colour, right ok, moving on....

Overall I do really like this product and it does exactly what it says on the tin, well maybe not the colour saving thing but hey ho, but it does make my greasy hair look refreshed and not greasy, and it doesn't leave any kind of white or grey powder in my hair giving me that old lady look some dry shampoos can give. It smells lovely too which is a bonus and you don't need to use a lot. It does leave my hair feeling like it has product in it because it does but it doesn't leave it feeling really gross and if you wanted to use the product to give your hair some texture this would be great, it gives me a lot of volume and texture when I've used it but I do use it mainly for my greasy roots problem. Overall I am really impressed with it and would definitely re purchase it. I just wish it was cheaper as I thought £3.99 for 180ml was a little expensive but like I said I didn't need to use a lot so swings and roundabouts as they say. 

The only bad thing, apart from the price that I found about the product and this isn't really the product but the packaging was when I had just under half of the dry shampoo left, my spray nozzle broke and I couldn't press it down anymore meaning I couldn't use the dry shampoo any more either, so I was left with almost half a can of dry shampoo that I couldn't use. I did ring the customer care number on the back of the can and the lady I spoke to offered to send me a voucher to reimburse me for my purchase which she did and a £5 voucher arrived a few days later but I was very disappointed in the packaging for that reason, but it hasn't put me off buying it again, just something I feel you should know, as you know my reviews are always 100% honest so I wanted to let you know about that too. 

But broken nozzle aside, I really do like the Pantene dry shampoo and would recommend it if you are a regular user of dry shampoo for the texturising properties or because like me you have greasy hair, it combats both issues really well and smells great, I would just rather it be cheaper but I guess a girl can't have everything can she? 

If you would like to pick some of the dry shampoo up, you can find it here for £3.99 per 180ml where it is currently on a 3 for 2 promotion. 

Have you tried the Pantene dry shampoo? What are your thoughts? 

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

Monday, 6 October 2014

Q&A With What Laura Loves

Hello Lovelies,

Today's post is to let you know that I have uploaded a video to my You Tube Channel, the video features someone very special to me, my lovely friend Laura. Some of you may already know Laura from her blog and she has featured in videos with me before and on she features on my Instagram quite a lot too.

Laura came to visit me, well I say me but really she came to visit us, as she is very close to Simon and the girls too, and we thought it would be nice if we filmed together as Laura recently started a You Tube Channel. We thought a Q&A would be nice so I asked on Instagram for some questions and we got quite a lot so we decided to film the video in 2 parts, half for my channel and half for Laura's channel. We had so much fun making the video and laughed so so much, I have included some bloopers in my video so you will see how much fun we had filming the videos.

If you haven't already seen the videos and would like to, you can watch my video by clicking this link and you can watch Laura's video by either clicking the link in the description box on my video or by clicking this link.

We hope you enjoy the videos!

Thank you for reading/watching, much love as always,

Zoe x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Elixir ~ A Review

Hello Lovelies,

The 'Lip Laquer' type lip product has been all over the drugstore/high street for the last few months, with lots of brands all releasing their take on the lip gloss / lipstick hybrid or liquid lipstick. So far I have tried 3 drugstore versions of a liquid lipstick,  Rimmel, L'oreal and Bourjois but I haven't found a formula I love as yet, I found the L'oreal to go patchy, the Bourjois bled like a mofo and the Rimmel just wasn't for me at all and the smell of them is awful. Out of the high end offerings I have tried the MAC Kissable Lip Colours, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque and OCC Lip Tars all of which have been amazing, I loved the kissable lip colours by MAC and wish they would re promote them but so far I haven't been wowed by any of the drugstore options I have tried. So when I was out shopping with Simon and a new product caught my eye I was intrigued.

As I said I was shopping with Simon when I noticed Superdrug were selling the new Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Elixirs, we had been into Boots already and they didn't have them on sale there (they do now) and since I love the colour sensational vivid lipsticks by Maybelline I thought I'd give these a go.

The colours I chose were Signature Scarlet (on the left) and Petal Plush (right) I always seem to go for reds, bright pinks and corals when choosing a lip colour but I decided not to go for the bright pink this time and chose the Petal Plush, a soft pink an almost nude/pink and then as always I opted for the red colour.

Petal Plush

Signature Scarlet 

Swatches Left Signature Scarlet, Right Petal Plush

As I said I love the Maybelline colour sensational vivid lipsticks and was so excited to try the colour elixirs too, when I swatched them they had good pigmentation although the Petal Plush did have a touch of sparkle, something I'm personally not too keen on. 

My Thoughts ~

Firstly I thought I'd share with you what Maybelline have to say about their colour sensational elixirs: 

Fall under the spell of the elixir effect
Hyper-saturated color, ultra cushiony feel
The new hypnotic lip sensation

Why You'll Love It

  • A trio of concentrates delivers the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss
  • Our exclusive smoothing angora brush delivers a polished , even application and smoothing sensation to lips

For Best Results

Apply lipcolor with applicator wand starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip.
I applied the colour elixir in the way it stated on the Maybelline website I tried the Petal Plush first, it was a very pale pink/nude and does have a touch of sparkle, it isn't too obvious so it didn't bother me too much despite sparkly lip products not really being my thing. I found the colour a little too pale, I thought it might be similar to Angel by MAC but it was paler than that and to be honest not very visible, I did photograph it on my lips but you couldn't really see it. I had a drink when wearing the petal plush and chatted to Cole, Lissy and Simon, but I didn't have anything to eat.
Next I tried Signature Scarlet, I love a red lip and was very excited to try this shade, I applied it in the same was as Petal Plush, the pigmentation was really good and it gave a lovely red glossy finish, one I thought that would look great for an evening out. 

It's not the best photograph but you can see how pigmented the product is and the glossy shine it gave. As with the petal plush I made sure I had something to drink to give a true reflection of wear time with the elixirs, I didn't have anything to eat and this time I was home alone so didn't chat to anyone, I was happily editing videos and writing blog posts whilst testing out signature scarlet. I checked in the mirror after an hour and was very disappointed at what I saw, the elixir had bled/feathered badly and looked awful.

1 hour later

As you can see from the photograph the bleeding around the bottom lip is awful and it had started to bleed around the top lip too and the colour was a little patchy too. 

30 mins later (1.5 hours of wear time)

After another 30 minutes the colour had faded even more and the bleeding was getting worse. 

I was extremely disappointed in the colour elixirs to be honest, at first when I tried the signature scarlet I thought it was going to be fabulous because of the pigmentation and colour pay off but as you can see from the photographs it didn't wear well at all, I wouldn't agree with Maybellines description either, in my opinion the colour is not that of a lipstick, non of my lipsticks look so patchy and bleed so much, as I said I love the vivids by Maybelline and thought that since these were also 'colour sensational' products that they might be the same but they're so different and are poles apart in pigmentation and wear time. I feel like I have wasted £10 on these products, there is no way I can use the signature scarlet and the petal plush is barely visible so theres not much point in applying it. 

I didn't think these were too sticky but they are a little tacky, and definitely have that lipgloss feel to them, when having a drink they left lots of product on the glass. I did like the packaging of the elixirs though and the wand was easy to use but those are the only 2 redeeming features I can find I'm afraid. 

Overall I was very disappointed, this is the first Maybelline product I have tried and hated and it is such a shame, I love the brand and won't let it put me off but I won't be buying any more of the colour sensational elixirs thats for sure! 

If you would like to try them, you can find them here for £6.19 each and they are currently on 3 for 2. 

Have you tried the elixirs? Did you like them or did they bleed and go patchy on you? Let me know in the comments. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

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