Testin’ out products: Batiste dry shampoo

I’m starting a new category about testing out different products, so you don’t have to!

Today, I’m trying out Batiste dry shampoo. I bought the travel size to fit into my handbag. It cost £1.49 at Boots. I chose the scented version, purely out of curiosity.

It turned out it was a good job I was having a gross day today and decided not to wash my hair, as it meant I could try this out straight away! Here’s my hair before:

As you can see, it’s kind of flat on my head; the roots are a little greasy, and there’s this weird clingy curl on my face.

Then, I applied the dry shampoo. On the bottle, the directions say to “Keep nozzle 30cm from hair, spray into roots. Massage through, brush and style.” I sprayed some into my parting, under my hair and beneath my fringe. I then rubbed my fingers through my hair, which gave me more volume, then brushed out the excess! My hair felt much cleaner after! The smell was a little overpowering, but not horrible. This is my after shot:

My hair has much more volume on top! It looks fresher, and almost as if it was washed today! Not the perfect replacement to a real shower, but at least it lasted! I went out in the wet and wind, and it didn’t frizz out at all; just looked the same as it did when I first applied it. It’s the perfect thing to take with me when I go on my trip to Europe this month, as long journey between destinations on a coach mean I won’t always have time to wash my hair each day.

Value for money: 5/5

Packaging: 4/5

Performance: 4.5/5

Application: 4/5

I highly recommend this product!


Imaginary shopping spree: summer expedition style!

Many of you this summer may be backpacking somewhere, sampling a bit of culture, widening your horizons. I am! So, to give you an idea of some things to wear, I’ve made a list!

The first item is a dress from Fredflare. I’ve only put one dress on, as I thought it’s not always easy and practical to travel in a dress.

The next couple of tops are Urban Outfitters tops, which I thought would make light and comfy additions to your backpack.

The next couple of pairs of shorts look nice and hard-wearing, so you could wear them multiple times on your trip. They are also from Urban Outfitters.

Leggings can be an extremely comfortable alternative to trousers, especially when the weather is a little cooler. These cost £24 from Urban Outfitters.

A swimsuit is a must-have on this trip, as is a large backpack. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a useful item in Urban Outfitters. It’s perfect for your luggage!

It’s good to protect yourself from the sun, which is why this straw hat, which is squash-able and these sunglasses from Urban Outfitters are handy additions.

Dr Martens are pricy, yes, but they’re also the kindest shoes for your feet when you’re on them all day!

This waterproof from ASOS is light and ideal for when the weather turns sour.

At some point, you’re likely to need a jumper, which is why this ASOS one is great!

I was pleasantly surprised by the price of those Juicy Couture pyjamas (£40, I think) which can be scrunched into your bag easily.

A couple of pairs of smart shorts will always come in handy. From ASOS.

A light camisole can beat the heat!

A blouse can be awkward to pack, as it creases easily, but this one is quite sheer, which will forgive the creases.

I love those t-shirts, from ASOS and River Island.

Vest tops can help you top up that tan, and I couldn’t resist the watermelon one from ASOS. The stripy one is from American Apparel.

A hoodie is always a handy addition when it gets cold at night, and this one from Forever 21 is quite light, so it won’t take up too much space in your bag.

3/4 length leggings are something I can’t live without in the summer, and these from Forever 21 are a bargain, at £3.75!

I thought this maxi skirt from Forever 21 would be great for lounging around on the beach, or for discovering markets!

I know these trouser are linen, but screw creases! They’re really comfortable for spending long periods of time in! From Forever 21.

Flip flops are an essential for a summer holiday, and these espadrilles are perfect for airing your feet on lighter-walking days. Both from Forever 21.

I hope these inspire you to know what to pack, and good luck for your trip!

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