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TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo Review

I was stuck in a bit of a dry shampoo rut and needed to try something new. This was on offer in Superdrug so I thought I'd give it a go - and I'm so glad I did! 
First thing I noticed was the smell. It's lovely and fresh rather than being really strong and perfumed. It's actually something I've had compliments on so that's always nice.
The spray works really well, not leaving much white residue and it's completely unnoticeable once you've ruffled it into your hair. The shampoo feels nice and light, rather than being dusty and heavy like some can feel, which helps it work wonders on greasy hair.
It's described as a volumising dry shampoo but don't expect any volume over an above what your hair is naturally capable of.

It costs a bit more than I was used to paying but I'd definitely buy it again. I'll be on the lookout for it on offer and stock up - you can never go wrong with a supply of dry shampoo.

Thanks TRESemmé for letting me be lazy!

Are you a dry shampoo addict?
Which brands are your favourite?

Summer Must Haves: Colour Pop Scarves

So often I rely on a scarf to complete my outfit. I tend to want a bright colourful scarf to help brighten up a dull outfit and this summer is no different. I've been on the lookout for some scarves that are perfect for adding a pop of colour to a plain maxi dress, or monochrome outfit.

What's your must have accessory all year round?

Holiday Must-Haves & Essentials

My girly holiday to Tunisia is fast approaching and I'm getting so excited. I can't wait to lie in the sun, sipping on cocktails, relaxing after a tough 4 years at uni in preparation for my first year as a teacher. I'm quite an organised person so packing started quite early, with lists being written left right and centre! I thought I'd share with you my holiday must haves and essentials just in case packing is last minute and hectic for you.

Travel Documents
  • Passport - you'll be going nowhere without it.
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Booking confirmations & flight information/boarding passes/tickets
  • The correct currency, some change (for tipping) and some GBP for duty free purchases or any trips your planning through your travel company.
  • I won't need if for this trip but a European Health Insurance Card is a must have for travelling in Europe.
  • Not a document but make sure your suitcase stands out - a bright luggage tag or ribbon so that you know it's yours as soon as you see it on the conveyer belt.

  • A bikini which fits well and is comfortable - there's no point taking bikinis that you've never tried on! I'm away for 7 days but am only taking 4 bikinis, I'll be able to mix and match.
  • Sunglasses - they don't have to be expensive but make sure they have the correct UV protection. Remember a case too to keep them safe.
  • A maxi dress - a must have which can take you from on the beach to out for dinner.
  • Comfortable flip-flops - you might end up walking a lot so don't wear flip flops that look nice but rip your feet to shreds.
  • A travelling outfit - there's nothing worse than landing in the UK to rain and wind and your left shivering in your shorts and t-shirt showing off your tan.
  • A cardigan - a light cover up for night time.
  • Underwear! You might be spending the days in your bikini but you still need underwear for the night times!
  • Comfortable, lightweight clothes. This is for if you're planning to go on any excursions in countries where lots of flesh on show isn't acceptable. If you're visiting other places you have to respect their cultures.
  • Beach Bag - you'll need a decent sized bag that can carry your essentials down to the beach or pool.

  • Suncream - you need to protect your skin even if getting a tan is your holiday mission
  • Aftersun - an essential for soothing sunburn.
  • insect repellent - as essential as suncream!
  • paracetamol - you never know when a sore head will creep up on you.
  • Plasters & anti-septic cream - you need to be prepared.
  • All your usuals - toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, deodrant,  razor, cleanser, moisturiser. I prefer to get the travel sized ones or put them into the travel size bottles (£1 from Primark) but it might be worth sharing with whoever your travelling with.
  • I'm keeping the makeup minimum as it's a beach holiday rather than a party holiday - a light foundation, waterproof mascara, lip balm, bronzer & powder for nights.
  • Heat defence, argan oil, leave in conditioner, clips and bobbles - don't want the sun & sea to cause straw hair.

  • A universal adapter is essential or else you'll not be able to use anything you take with you.
  • I take an extension lead as well to make sure I can charge different things at the same time
  • Phone charger, Camera charger, Kindle charger (and your phone, camera with accessories and kindle obviously)
  • Hair dryer (if the hotel doesn't have one), straighteners and curlers

What a list!  Anything you think I'm missing?
Are you jetting off anywhere this year?

Nail Art Inspiration

Which is your favourite? 
What nail art designs do you always rely on?

Kodak Catch-Up #14

 Finally got to see The Great Gatsby - amazing! Can't go to the cinema without getting an iceblast, There is hope- checking the Coca Cola website, TGI's June Bug.

 Wedding dress shopping, gorgeous accessories and gorgeous decor, girly night out.

Matt black nails with a bit of shine, resisting tiffin and millionaire shortbread, huge bun, the most exciting letter I've ever received - Hello p4 teacher Miss Sutherland.

A fantastic gift to receive, Fajita feast, Packing for holidays, Packing for graduation!

Photobooth Photos*

Back in September I joined the grad ball committee and finally it's just around the corner. 

Throwing a party or event is so much fun, though at the same time, it's so much effort. If you are the hostess (or the committee in charge), it's your responsibility to see that everyone has a good time, which can be a lot of pressure. You have to supply food, drinks, music, and you also have to make sure the party gets photographed properly. One of the great pleasures of going to an event is looking back at the pictures afterward. That's what we have to remember. Our photos are what document our lives. You can do the standard photographer doing the rounds and making portrait shots of everyone, but now there's a new way of doing it, and that's with a self directed photobooth for guests from a place like Treasured Mems. With a photobooth you will surprise your guests a little but with something fun and different and your pictures of the night will show your guests enjoying themselves, which is something great to look back one. 

We've decided to have a photo booth at our graduation ball to inject some extra fun into the celebration. To give people the chance to have a laugh and create amazing memories with people we might not see for a very long time. There are plenty of other things to worry about in throwing an event, so it's good to know that you have photos taken care of. We don't have to worry about what the background looks like, the lighting or even added extras like props. The photobooth has it all covered and we're all guaranteed to have a fantastic night!

Well Done Class of 2013!

Have you been to an event with a photo booth?
What's your favourite photo booth theme or prop?

Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin

The Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion* - marketed at being suitable for sensitive skin- costs only £2.99 for 200ml.  With a price like that it's an affordable cleansing option. As for scent, although it's strong and chemically, it's fresh and clean. Both these factors are well associated with Clean and Clear - a skincare brand I've been using since being a teenager.
I have to dispute that it's suitable for sensitive skin purely for the fact that it was painful on my skin as I could feel it stripping away the little oil that my skin had. Perhaps my skin was just too dehydrated for it's powerful formula. If that's the case it proved to be quite helpful in oil-fighting. Unfortunately I wasn't able to use it long enough to test it's spot preventing ability but I did use it to dry out a blemish quite successfully.

Whilst trying out this liquid cleansing lotion I was really impressed with how quick and efficient it is to use. I'm guilty of being lazy at the end of the day and wanting the cleansing process to be quick. A quick glug of lotion on a cotton pad and you're good to go. It's great at removing makeup and cleaning your skin just avoid your eyes unless you fancy crying for the rest of the night with how much it stings.
This review is of a product I just didn't get on with. As someone with dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin it's not easy to find skin care products that don't cause problems and actually help. The range of skin types is extremely vast and for that reason I didn't want to slate this product because I genuinely believe it would be a "Holygrail" for someone else - just not someone with skin like mine.
Have you tried Clean and Clear's Deep Cleansing Lotion?
What kind of cleanser do you prefer - cream, foam or liquid?

Money Saving Vouchers -

Since moving back home from Edinburgh my shopping posts have increasingly become "online hauls". The internet has so much more variety than the shops here and the good thing about online shopping is the money saving vouchers that you can use. I don't even know the last time I paid full price for something online. I always have a look for something to make it cheaper even if it's just 10% off or free delivery. There's loads of websites out there but one that's fast becoming my favourite is

Not only do they have loads of vouchers they've made it even more easy to find something your looking for, whether you know it or not. They've invented a lovely new widget which now lives on the sidebar of my blog (it's pink!) to let you know about the latest beauty brand savings. Very handy if you're already shopping but even more so if you spot a saving for a review you've just been reading - it'd be rude not to order then wouldn't it?

Are you a saver or is it too much effort?
I'd love to know if you find a good voucher on the widget, they're different for different people!

Silky Sexy Hair Conditioning Styler Lite Review

(150ml) £7.85*

After trying the Sexy Organics shampoo and conditioner (review here) I was quite eager to try some more from the Sexy Hair range. Hairtrade has loads of the products and their all at a reduced price from the RRP so it was quite difficult to choose. I opted for the conditioning spray from the Silky range because I frequently need to use conditioning products on my long, dyed, heat attacked hair.

It's marketed at fine/normal hair but I certainly wouldn't say it's limited to those hair types. Mine is verging on thick hair and I really like this spray. Because it's for fine hair it's lightweight doesn't leave your hair greasy as easily. I've put it to the test by using it on my roots after getting out of the shower (I've got to help my tangle teezer some how!) It doesn't weigh my hair down and helps condition. Overall, it's fantastic for adding softness to otherwise dry or brittle hair. 

I can't finish this review without a comment about the scent and packaging. Standard SexyHair product by the smell of things- it's delicious! I love the purple/silver combo of the extremely skinny bottle. Much bigger thumbs up than the brown organics. The spray seems to work well, but if you don't leave enough distance the product can come out like a creamy rather than a light mist. 

Have you used any products from the Sexy Hair range?

Phone Case Wish List

This post is a bit premature. I've chosen all iphone phone cases and I don't even have an iphone! I've got a Samsung Galaxy SII at the moment but my contract is about to run out and I'm finally going to join the iphone club. I was tempted to go for the Samsung Galaxy S4 but with a macbook an iphone seems like the more obvious decision.

All the cases I've chosen are really cheap and a total variety. 

What kind of phone cases do you prefer? Plain ones, ones with a bit of sparkle?

The Procrastinating Beauty Bloggers TAG

I've read quite a few Procrastinating Beauty Bloggers Tag posts and shamefully I read them whilst procrastinating during my dissertation. Surprisingly I stopped myself actually doing the tag at the time and finally I've got round to joining in too.


1. You must copy and paste these 'rules' onto your post when you write it, it doesn't take long!.

2. You must state that this tag was created by 'The Beau Bow' and link

3. You must thank the person who tagged you at the start of your post (link their blog as well) - follow them if you're feeling nice!, and then at the end of your post state who you tag, and then comment on their blog on their latest post to let them know you tagged them, and link your post so they can see what to do.

4. Title this post 'The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG' so everyone knows what it is about.
5. Have fun!


Exfoliating and moisturising my body. There's no excuse for not exfoliating regularly but I can't stand getting out of the shower and standing freezing cold covering myself in creams or oils and then feeling all sticky and like you can't put clothes on. I'm trying to overcome this laziness by using some lovely new products and then hopefully when I do fake tan it'll be a nicer finish.


I try. I'm not good at doing deep cleans as regularly as I should but I do spot clean (sometimes) with my ELF brush cleaner.


I don't like chipped polish at all but I don't instantly remove it. If it's my shellac I normally  peel off the rest within the next 2 days.


It's not often that I run out of something and don't have a back-up. I normally buy a new product anything from a week to a month before it runs out.


I'm going to have to say not leaving blemishes alone. I know how bad it is but still it doesn't stop me doing it. Yuck.


Anything chore like - washing dishes, changing my bed, even putting away my clothes!


I hate being late so I definitely don't leave getting ready to the last minute. The thing that stresses me out the most, though, is choosing what to wear. If I left it to the last minute I'd be totally late.


I survived a 100 day spending ban. I'm not sure I'd do another one but it's definitely improved my spending habits and I know I can go without.


My makeup is kept in drawers, seperated by type. I've got concealers, foundations, lip products, eye products, blush/bronzers and powders. It's kept quite organised but only just manages to fit everything in. I don't want my makeup to get out of hand so I'm determined not to buy anything bigger. My nail varnish is quite organised with brands all grouped together - but I have a box full of nail varnish that has gone untouched for well over a year!


I first started my blog during a summer holiday from university. As soon as I returned to the reading and deadlines my blog totally suffered and I probably went a month or more without a blog post.

I'm not tagging anyone in particular but I'd love to read your post if you get round to doing it.

Benefit They're Real Mascara Review

Possibly the most talked about product by Benefit? They're Real mascara has been so widely talked about, being described as the perfect mascara by many but unfortunately this doesn't come cheap. I put off buying it due to the price, even with all the rave reviews, and wish I hadn't.

The mascara wand is great for reaching all your lashes, even the teeny tiny ones. With a ball of bristles on the end along with a not too big straight wand it's quite easy to use. The mascara is quite wet but not so bad that you get black marks all over your lid.

There's no denying my eyelashes look totally transformed and even better they managed to stay like that all day with no smudging and no flaking. One coat looks quite impressive and perfect for everyday. Two coats starts to add volume to the length and that's when it starts achieving the false lash look. I was really impressed with the results especially as there's no clumping but plenty of length and volume - it's not often you can achieve both and not have spider lashes.

Dramatic length and volume? Check
Base-to-tip curl? Almost
Visible Lift? Check
Long- Wearing Results? Definitely

The only downside is it's a nightmare to take off. Don't think you can hop in the shower and have no mascara by the time you come out, you just end up looking like a panda with stubborn black circles. You definitely need a waterproof eye makeup remover for this one.
But I still think when this sample size mascara runs out I'll be splashing out on a full sized version, begrudgingly handing over nearly £20.

Do you love They're Real?
Is there any rival mascaras that don't have as much hype?

Style Crush: Lauren Conrad

This isn't my first Style Crush post dedicated to Lauren Conrad but I can't help love her effortlessly put together and girly laid back look. Putting these pictures together made me realise just how much my wardrobe is similar to hers - blouses galore, skater style dress and the colours are almost identical!

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint: Lychee

A nail paint which promises to provide an extra glossy finish in just one coat and likens it's self to gel nails has a lot to live up to. Thankfully I've had quite a good experience with the Hi-Shine polish in Lychee. It's a gorgeous beige-neutral colour that leaves your nails looking clean and 'polished'. I think this is the perfect colour for in the office as it's not garish but it still couldn't be described as boring.

Even with a light colour like Lychee the nail paint was a thick and glossy enough consistency to cover my nails in one coat and quite rightly could be described as looking glossy. I think the nail paint suits the name gelly rather than hi-shine as I don't find the lasting effects to be super shiny.

Overall this is a lovely, long lasting polish which doesn't chip easily and is good to go with only one coat. It dries quickly and has a nice coverage. Not bad at £3.99!
Don't expect a polish that's as hard and lasts as long as gel though - you've got the wrong product!

Which of the other colours would you recommend? Wishlist

After getting my graduation dress from a few months ago (a post all about it will be up soon) I've been browsing the site thinking up excuses to make a purchase. Cherry Cherry has a fab range of clothes to suit girly, classy and simple styles - right up my street! With affordable prices and free delivery over £50 it won't be long 'til my wardrobe is updated courtesy of CherryCherry!

Have you bought anything from
What other websites do you love that are still growing?