I have recently used up a whole bunch of products and through I would share my thoughts on them! Personally I love reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos on products other people have used up and hearing mini reviews on them as if someone has used up an entire product they have a good idea of how the product works and what they like/don’t like about it.
So keep reading on if you want to know how I liked these products!
Batiste Dry Shampoo 150ml –
So if you’re a beauty lover and ready blogs and/or watch beauty videos on YouTube then I’m sure you have already heard about this dry shampoo a hundred times! This one is the 150ml bottle in original, they do have various scents which I have tried most of them as well as ones specifically for blonde or brown hair which I have not tried.
Now I have a love/hate relationship with this dry shampoo…
So if you don’t know what a dry shampoo is, basically it is like a powder that usually comes in an aerosol can (sometimes in just a bottle but I don’t like those because its messy) and it is used to soak up an excess oils in the hair to make it look clean again and also can be used to give the hair a little volume. This dry shampoo does exactly that, it makes my hair look and feel clean again without making it gunky and gives the roots a nice little lift of volume.
The powder comes out white so can give your hair a white cast if not rubbed in properly or if you have really dark hair (in which case you should probably try the dark hair one). I personally like the slight white cast and am not too fussy with rubbing it in entirely because I do colour my hair blonde so I find this helps with making the roots look lighter to match the lengths of my hair especially when I have a little re-growth.
My hate with this dry shampoo is that it has really irritated my scalp and I have had dermatitis on my scalp ever since I started using it. I am now trying a world of different treatments to try and get rid of the dermatitis including prescriptions from the doctor. A family member has also had the same issue since starting to use it. My hair dresser said it’s likely from the alcohol contained in the product which would be drying out my scalp.
I used to wash my hair every single day because I couldn’t stand the slightest amount of grease in my hair and of course this was very damaging for my hair. The only way I was able to train myself onto only washing my hair every 3 or so days wash with the use of dry shampoo in between, so it’s kind of a catch twenty two, damaged hair from washing it every day or damaged scalp from the dry shampoo…so annoying!!
I am currently trying a different dry shampoo and my hair dresser also suggested to try baby powder instead so Ill trial those and see if I can find anything that works as good as this dry shampoo at cutting the grease without the damage to my scalp. I have already re-purchased back-ups of this dry shampoo but will hold off on trying them for the moment until I sort out my scalp issues. Despite the issues it causes me, I love it so much I will probably continue to re-purchase it and use it…silly I know!
Faulding Epsom Salts Magnesium Sulphate 375g –
Ok so Epsom salts are not really a beauty product but they are kind of part of my beauty routine so I thought I would include them. Epsom salts are supposed to be really good for detoxifying the body and for relaxing sore muscles, and this is exactly what I use them for! I will always continue to re-purchase this product and keep it on hand.
I like to put around a cup full into my bath water and then soak for at least 20 minutes so help relax sore tired muscles and I find it really works. I highly suggest trying this in your bath if you have issued with sore muscles or just to help with detoxing the body, works a treat!
Essence Clear Brow Gel 9ml –
I love this brow gel! It’s from the brand Essence which is a German brand that can be found at Target and Priceline. This is a great affordable every day brow gel. I think it only costs around $4.00 or less and it’s great for brushing through your brows to help hold them in place all day.
As you can see there is still some left in this tube but near the end it gets very gunky from the brow powder getting on the wand and mixing with the gel and do it doesn’t apply as nicely so it’s time to toss it. I have re-purchased this many times and I also always have at least 1-2 backups on hand.
Gillette Shave Foam in Lemon/Lime –
I have purchased this shave foam a few times, mainly just because it’s cheap and is one of the only ones available at my small local store. It’s not a bad shave foam but it’s nothing to write home about either. It does have a slight citrus fragrance but still just smells like regular shave foam and works just like a regular shave foam and is not very moisturising.
I really don’t have much to say about this product, I’m still trying to find the perfect shave foam/gel. Would I repurchase it? … I guess if I was desperately in need of some and had to go to my local store with its limited options then yes, would I go out of my way to get it again? Definitely not.
Goldwell Colorance Soft Colour 10-P Pearl Blonde 100g –
Ok so this is a toner I use every 2-3 weeks to brighten the blonde in my hair and get rid of the brassy tones…and I love it!
My hair dresser used this on me one day to tone me hair and then gave me the rest of the bottle to take home because I was complaining that I couldn’t find a toner I liked and that most purple shampoos I had tried didn’t do much for removing the brassiness from my hair. This is a foam that you put all over wet hair after shampooing it and leave on for 5-20 minutes depending on the results you want, I leave mine on for about 15 minutes.
It will help to give a more ashy tone to the hair and remove any brassy/orange tones. I use bore water where I live and I find it’s quite harsh on my hair colour and turns the blonde brassy very quickly. I hate this because I like a quite ashy tone to my hair so I need to tone it every couple of weeks or so to keep the colour how I like it.
This is the best product I have tried for this purpose, it doesn’t dry out my hair or irritate my scalp and my hair dresser said I would get around 4-5 uses from the bottle (I have an insane amount of hair!) but I managed to get around 8-9 uses out of it and I used to lather it on! Obviously if you have a normal amount of hair you will get more uses out of it. I’m not sure what stores stock this as I purchased it from my local beauty supply store where I get an industry discount but I think you can get Goldwell from some salons and most hair supply stores.
I have already re-purchased this product and will continue to re-purchase it. Love it!
LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub 330g –
This is one of my all time Holy Grail products that I can’t live without! I absolutely love this stuff! This is an exfoliating sea salt scrub from LUSH for the body and I have not found another body scrub that makes me skin as soft as this one. It comes in one of their standard black pots that you can return 5 of to get a free face mask when they are empty so I’ll be saving this to do exactly that with once I have 5!
The product itself is a bright blue colour and it has a really nice fresh ocean type scent to it. It’s made from sea salt that has been ground up which I like because it means it doesn’t feel too harsh on the skin like some chunkier scrubs.
You basically get into the bath or shower and get your skin wet (you can use it on dry skin but will be harsher) and rub this all over anywhere on your body you want to exfoliate, concentrating on drier areas such as feet, elbows and knees and then rinse it off.
This product will leave your skin feeling so baby soft and smooth, it is amazing! Have re-purchased several times and will continue to re-purchase this product, go get you some!
LUSH Whoosh Shower Jelly –
This is another product from LUSH that I have used up and will be keeping the pot to take back for recycling for my free mask.
This product was not one of my favourites. It’s basically a body wash in jelly form, when I seen it at LUSH it really intrigued me and I had to try it. It had a nice scent to it, very fresh and a little citrus like. What I didn’t like about this product was the texture, it is as the name implies, jelly! So of course when you’re trying to wash your body wish this in the shower it is so hard to hold onto and just slides out of your hands down the drain hole all the time and you end up losing half of it!
I have heard something about freezing it and then using it like a bar of soap but honestly that’s too much effort for me, I just want a nice body wash that I can leave in my shower and use easily that smells nice and does the job.
This product was just too much work for me and I don’t think I would re-purchase it again.
M.A.C Fix Plus –
This is an iconic product and I’m sure you have all heard of it before. This is basically glorified water in a bottle that costs around $27 in Australia that can be used for a variety of different purposes. This water contains certain minerals in it and it smells quite nice and fresh.
Some of the uses for this product include;
– Use before makeup to hydrate skin
– Refresh skin and makeup throughout the day
– If you have over done it with your makeup and it looks a little cakey you can spritz some of this on to make your look more natural
– Spray pigments and glitters to help them adhere to the brush and lid better
– Spray in the hair for moisture and shine
The list could go on…
I mostly use this product to spray on if my makeup looks cakey or to spray my brush with before applying pigments to help them adhere and to give a foiled effect. I have tried it for all of the above purposes and it works well. Whilst I do think this product is insanely over priced for what it is I do really like to have it on hand and I have already re-purchased another one.
I will be keeping the empty bottle for M.A.C’s recycling program which is where you can return any 6 empty packages in exchange for a lipstick.
Michael Todd Cranberry Antiox Hydrating Anti-Aging Toner 250ml –
I love this toner! Michael Todd uses natural organic ingredients in their products which I really like so I have tried quite a few products from their line and this is one of my favourites. This is a hydrating toner but I find I can still use it when my skin is being oilier and it is made from cranberries so it has a really nice fresh cranberry fragrance to it.
I don’t really have much to say about this product other than it is a great toner and I have re-purchased it many times and will continue to re-purchase it.
Michael Todd Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliating Scrub 100g –
I have another Michael Todd product that I have used up and this one is another Holy Grail product of mine!
This is a gently exfoliating scrub for the face that can be used for all skin types and it is amazing! It smells like tropical fruit but not in a obnoxious way, its very light and fresh and I absolutely love the scent! This scrub is so gently I can use it every day if I want to but mostly I just use it around 3-4 times per week. I find the best way to use this scrub is to gently rub my face with it and then leave it on for a couple of minutes and then rinse it off, I find I get the best results doing it this way.
This scrub leaves my skin feeling so baby soft and does not irritate it at all. I highly recommend this product! I have re-purchased it many times and will continue to re-purchase it, I can’t live without this!
Moo Goo Cream Conditioner 500ml –
I purchased this conditioner along with the matching shampoo from a health food store months ago when my hunt first started for the perfect natural shampoo and conditioner.
I have to say I really did not like this conditioner or the shampoo, I found their weighed my hair down and made my hair feel kind of dry and prone to knotting.
I did not actually use up either the shampoo or the conditioner. The shampoo is currently being used as a dog shampoo and the conditioner I tried to use to shave my legs with after I decided I couldn’t use it on my hair anymore but it even made my legs dry and irritated so I’ve decided to just toss the remains of it.
I was really disappointed by these products as they were quite pricey (I think around $17 per bottle) and I had high hopes as the lady at the store told me they were very popular. Unfortunately they just didn’t work for me and I will not be re-purchasing them in the future.
So that’s the end of my mini reviews on these products I have used up. I will continue to collect products I finish and will do another post soon of some different products once I have a few empties saved up!
I hope you enjoyed these mini reviews, let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts on them are, I’d love to hear from you.
All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own.