After doing my skincare routine video a few weeks ago, I got some requests to show what is in my bathroom. So I thought we could do that today. 2019 is the year where I want to try some different skincare. After some years of diligent skincare use, I decided it was time to try some products that make me feel a tad nervous. I have since acquired some of these product and am talking you through everything as well as my haircare and bodycare shelves. I hope you enjoy!Read more
Colab has finally made its way to The Netherlands! This dry shampoo was developed together with Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends and had been out in the UK for some time. Now I’m not a massive lover of dry shampoo. My hair is quite dry to begin with and other dry shampoos that I had tried just made my hair look poofy and brittle. Think a Poodle that hasn’t had its hair cut. That look. Not cute. Nor pretty. So I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this.
Colab Dry Shampoo Paradise
I’m quite loyal to my haircare products: once I have something I love, it takes quite a bit of effort to deter me from using it again. The easiest way to dissuade me from using your product? Discontinue it. And so it happened with my favorite L’Oreal Studioline texturizing spray. From one day to the next, *poof* it disappeared from the shelves and is now nowhere to be found. I tried looking for a replacement and find the Invisi Fix products and gave them whirl.
L’Oreal Studio Line Invisi Fix
Precise gel spray
I love a good leave-in conditioner. My hair is dry and brittle and I simply cannot go without a good hair conditioner. It prevents my hair from looking like a Poodle just had a blow out. For yonks I used the Gliss Kur Oil Nutrive Serum spray. But then I ran out one day and decided to try this: Dove Advanced Hair Series Ultime Nourishment Supreme Creme Serum. Quite the mouthful, but I received it in a goodie bag and thought: why not?!
Dove Advanced Hair Series Ultime Nourishment Supreme Creme Serum
Haircare brand Bumble & Bumble seems to be loved by many people, but I hadn’t yet tried any of their products yet. Sephora just so happened to sell minis of almost every product in their line and so I picked up a few to try some out and see how I get on with them. I will be giving you my opinion about the Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode hairspray, Thickening Dryspun Finish texturizing spray, Prêt-à-Powder dry shampoo, and Don’t Blow It (h)air Styler.
I try out many different beauty products. From make up to skincare and from hair products to bodycare: I love trying new things and am always in for trying out new lines. Despite all those trials and loving every minute of it, there are a few products that will always stand out for me. Those are the products I will always come back to no matter what and that I always repurchase or keep back ups off just in case: my tried and true.
Soap & Glory Handfood
We’re starting off this post with my all time favorite hand cream. This smells nice, nourishes my hands and is absorbed quickly. Such as shame I only buy this when I’m in the UK. I wrote a full review on it here.
Decubal foaming face wash
You know a product is a long time favorite when you first mentioned it in a blog post almost three years ago and still use it. This foaming face wash is very gentle but gets the job done. I wrote a full review two years ago.
Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze hair mask
I am not much of a haircare person and from all beauty products I tend to change them up the most. I am not too loyal to any haircare brands in particular and when it comes to my hair anything that does not require heat is fair game. The first ever haircare product that I tried that I felt really made a difference for my hair is this hair mask by Lush. I reviewed it last year.
A classic beauty product I cannot live without is Nivea cream. Just the plain variety. I pretty much use this for my every day run of the mill skin issues. I love using it as a cuticle cream and any dry patches on my knees and elbows in winter time. Whenever I am traveling I always make sure to take a mini because this cream can double as a hand cream, foot cream, body lotion and what else you might want to use a cream for. I never reviewed this yet but I’m pretty sure you all know what this does and it smells heavenly.
The Body Shop Aloe Vera Calming Toner
My favorite toner in the whole world is this one by The Body Shop. I used this for years on end until I discovered micellar water which I now favor over this. However, I still keep a bottle on hand, just in case the entire micellar water hype is phased out and the products start disappearing from the stores. I reviewed this product along with the facial cleanser.
Lush Flying Fox shower gel
Of course my favorite shower gel should not be left out of a tried and true products post. The smell of this is not for everyone I guess, but I love using this for night time showers. I always sleep like a baby after using this. I reviewed this about a year ago.
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer
When it comes to skincare I am very picky. I have sensitive skin and thus allergic reactions are always a possibility whenever I try something new. I bought this and after it ran out immediately repurchased it. This is so refreshing on the skin and a great morning moisturizer as it truly wakes you up and gives you that extra morning boost. I have not yet reviewed this as I didn’t have a chance to take any good pictures before and currently I am working on using up other skincare products first. But you can be assured that the minute I open up this new jar, I will be writing that review.
Lush Angels on Bare Skin
One of the very first reviews I ever wrote was on this product. I use this cleanser only a few times a week for a bit of a scrub. I have found this really cleared up my skin and when I use this I get fewer spots and zits. The review for this is by now almost 4 years old. Perhaps I ought to redo it?
Dove Invisible Dry deodorant
Deodorant is a bit of a boring product to talk about, but it took me ages to find one I liked. I used this spray on deodorant by Dove for ages before switching to a different type altogether. However, I still keep this around, but no longer use it on the daily. This now lives in my gym bag and at work, for those quick spruce ups in between.
The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover
Finally I would like to show you a cleanser that I am currently trying to find a cheaper alternative for. I used to love the Sephora waterproof make up remover, but then Sephora left The Netherlands and they took my favorite make up remover with them. I found a great alternative in this one by The Body Shop, but at €12 per bottle I find it a bit steeply priced as it is twice as expensive as the Sephora one. I am currently trying out one by Kruidvat which is super cheap and I am about to try one by Garnier.
What are your tried and true beauty products?
I regularly change up my shampoo and conditioner. Pretty much every time I run out, I buy them for a different brand. Only when I really really like a brand will I go back to repurchase them. So it had been a while since I last tried Aussie haircare products, but the minute I started using this shampoo and conditioner combo, I remembered why Aussie is among one of my favorite haircare brands. These products left my hair feeling soft, smooth and frizz free, which is exactly what I want from my shampoo and conditioner.
Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo & Frizz Remedy deep treatment
Most of the time, I purchase my shampoos and conditioners on sale. I always have 2 sets as back ups and when the products in my shower have run out, I replenish my stash with a set from a brand I haven’t tried yet. This gives me plenty of time to stake out stores for interesting sales and it allows me to try many new products. Aussie products retail for around 10 euros a piece, but I’m sure I paid less for this combo, because I got it on a 1 one, get 1 free sale or something or other. So not the cheapest products you can find, but I usually find that the super cheap brands do little to nothing for my hair, so I’m willing to spend a little bit more.
Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo for hair that’s dry/ damaged/ a bit unhappy
First up, I’m showing you the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo. I am always looking for shampoos that promise to nourish my hair. My hair is dry, easily damaged and just difficult to manage. Since I’m blond, dry frizzy hair quickly leads to the dreaded ‘poodle look’ which I despise. So any shampoo that remotely promises to leave your hair looking shiny and healthy and I’m game.
The promises on this bottle offer just that: Macadamia Oil to put some moisture in those dry ends, while cleaning your hair at the same time. The packaging is simple: a cream colored bottle made of sturdy plastic with a pop up cap that is easy to manage in a shower. The shampoo contains 300 ml and that is a decent amount for a shampoo.
On the back there are more promises and some directions on how best to use this. I only use shampoo on my scalp as it usually dries out my ends too much. Aussie products have a particularly sweet smell that I find very pleasant and I’m usually not one for sweet smelling body products. Sweet is often too sweet for my taste, but this shampoo smells lovely.
The shampoo contains SLS and SLES. There are people who try to avoid those as they can be irritants for your skin. For me, they form no problem, so I dont mind them being their. The promised Macadamia oil is in this products, but it almost at the bottom of the list. Aloe Vera juice is actually a little bit higher up on the list. Perfume is fairly high up as well, so if that’s an ingredient you’re allergic to, then this is again a product you may want to avoid. The ingredients at the top of the list are all ingredients of which I have no clue what they do. But if you’re looking for a shampoo that is natural and harmless, then this is not for you.
Since I’m not too picky about my shampoo ingredients, for me it’s all about how it works. The texture of this is very thick and creamy. It foams up but not too much I find. It lathers up nicely without it being too foamy and remains feeling creamy when you start massaging it into your scalp. I’ve been using this shampoo for the past few months, in fact it is nearly gone, and all this time this shampoo has done nothing but good for my hair. I have noticed no change in my hair becoming dry, breaking faster or getting greasy or any other negative effects. This is a shampoo that works for me.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy Deep Treatment for misbehaving, frizzy hair
Since I always buy and use my shampoo and conditioner as a set, I decided to buy one of Aussie’s deep treatments again. I find they work better than their regular conditioners as it is a mini mask for your hair every time you use this. Since my hair gets frizzy easily I figured this might work better than the Miracle Moist conditioner and I believe that when I picked these up the conditioner was also no longer available as it had sold out.
The deep treatment contains Aloe Vera and Jojoba seed oil which again should help with keeping your hair looking shiny and smooth. It should replenish moisture mainly and again that is what I am looking for in my hair products. The packaging I find really handy. After you remove the sticker on the bottom, you are left with an easy to use squeezy tube that contains 250 ml of product. That is less than the shampoo, but I find I need less of this product to get the results I want so I find that these products go hand-in-hand really nicely.
Who doesn’t want luscious, shiny hair? I do so I use this every time I was my hair. I use a small dollup, rub it between my hands and apply it to my ends. I try to avoid my roots as that would only lead to greasy hair on day 2. I then tie up my hair and go about the rest of my showering business while I let this soak in for at least a good 5 minutes. I know it says that it is supposed to work within 3 minutes, but I always leave in my conditioner until I’m nearly done and all that’s left is rinsing out my hair.
Ingredient wise this product is as ‘bad’ as the shampoo. The main ingredients are different types of alcohol and perfume is high on the list. The ingredients promised to help nourish your hair are almost at the bottom of the list, so I cannot vouch for how well this product works based on the ingredient list. But that does not mean this product does not work. Again, my hair isn’t all that special needs, so this works for me just fine.
As you can see this product is a lot thicker than the shampoo. Where the shampoo is a tad runny, the deep treatment is like a thick gel like substance. It again has that typical Aussie smell and rubs out into a very creamy lather of which a little goes a long way. That’s one thing I like about this: because you only a need a little, I feel I am not wasting product. It is very potent and I use about half of regular conditioners that I have tried. Like with the shampoo, this deep treatment has not changed the texture or look for my hair: it has maintained its healthy look and that’s what matters to me most.
I can conclude that Aussie is most definitely one of my favorite hair care brands out there. It smells nice and the products do for my hair what they promise to do. They are at the higher end of the drugstore specter price wise, but I think these are well worth the money. Since the ingredient list is not the best I would not expect miracles from this. But if your hair is pretty fuss free and you’re looking for a shampoo and conditioner combo that will infuse your hair with moisture and leave it looking healthy, this is a no fail buy.
What shampoo and conditioner do you use?