I tried the Beautiful Brunette version of this dry shampoo a while ago (see review here) and I decided at the time that I wouldn't buy another one because this range is nowhere near as good as Batiste's other dry shampoos.

Unfortunately, though, I'd already bought this one in Divine Dark, so I knew I would have to use it at some point and I finally opened it a couple of months ago. As with Beautiful Brunette, it's ok but I don't like it as much as Batiste's other dry shampoos so I wouldn't buy it again. More on that below.


Batiste claims/product details:

  • Coloured formula revitalises darker hair with a shot of colour
  • Doesn't leave any greasy residue or white marks, ensuring that hair looks vibrant and never dull
  • The perfect fix for great-looking hair, even between washes
  • A few quick bursts instantly transforms your look
  • Your hair will look clean and fresh, with added body and texture, no water required
  • The perfect way to extend your blow dry, free up time in the morning or give your hair a new lease on life - whenever, wherever it needs it
  • Available in Divine Dark and Beautiful Brunette
  • RRP $12.99 AUD for 200ml or $19.99 AUD for 400ml, but do shop around


If you're interested in seeing my reviews of some of Batiste's other dry shampoos, see eg my review of Wild here and my review of Eden here.

I just find that the above formula above works a lot better than this one, and it comes in a variety of scents so you're sure to find one you like. My favourite is Original (reviewed here) because I can live without the fragrances - which admittedly smell a lot like cheap deodorant - but of course it all comes down to personal preference.


Verdict

This is an ok dry shampoo and I'm glad I've tried it, but I wouldn't buy it again. Reason being, it's not as good as the Batiste range I've linked above and I'll be sticking with that from now on.

It's a standard dry shampoo with a faint, hairspray-like scent that's not overpowering (nor does it linger for very long) so it doesn't bother me.

While I do think it works reasonably well as a dry shampoo, it's nothing like the other Batiste formula. What the other formula does is make my hair look and feel cleaner and fresher, plus it adds body and texture to boot. It also works on product build-up and has a detangling effect.

As for this one, it soaks up some normal 'human' grease so it's fine for a one-time use (I can only get an extra day from this before I need to wash my hair again) and it also adds some body and thickness to my hair, but it doesn't do the other things.

That is, it does nothing for shine and it doesn't deal with product build-up (eg, if I've added too much leave-in treatment to my hair). Plus it's a useless detangler and it doesn't make my hair feel softer - if anything, it makes it feel a little powdered and coated after use.

Do note that the coloured aspect doesn't do much for me either. I'd hoped that it would conceal the random greys in my hair, but that of course was wishful thinking. If I direct the nozzle towards the patches with more grey hairs in them, some of them will look a little less grey but most of them will look the same. Hoh well. One of these days I'll dye my hair to take care of that issue ; )

One thing to note is that, if you touch your hair after using this, your hands will feel a bit powdered and they'll also look a little black - but that doesn't bother me because, with young kids, I have wipes on hand to deal with that immediately. However I've seen from the online reviews that this aspect does bother some people, so I wanted to mention it anyway.

Overall this product is ok and while I don't think it's awful, I don't recommend it. Indeed, I'm looking forward to finishing this so I can go back to the originals. 

Not my favourite from Batiste.

Hello and welcome to another Project Pan mini update for the year!

I'll keep this one short because I'm hoping to put my son down for a sleep soon, so then I can get another month of tax done (fingers crossed).

Over the past ten days I've finished three more products, all of which were finished before the fifteenth (when I was due to post this month's full update). I'm now hoping to photograph everything for the update post on Wednesday and finalise it by the end of the week. We'll see. It's been a tough month.


First up, I finished my Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 in Beige. I was using this as a mixer (it was too dark for me) and for an extra boost of sun protection over my usual sunscreen.

As you can see, it took me four months to finish this and I'm glad it's done so I can start working on something else. It was fine for mixing, but it wasn't a good tinted moisturiser because it barely had any coverage.


Next, my Alpha-H Liquid Gold Cleansing Resurfacing Cream. I didn't hate this product but it wasn't right for me because it was too much for a cleansing cream (I have enough active ingredients in my skincare routine as it is), and although it may work well for some, it's just not a product I personally need.

It took me four months to pan this too; it's just that my other markers are hidden because I cut the tube open. Not a bad product, but I'm glad it's gone.


Last up, my NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait. I really enjoyed this gloss and I would absolutely buy it again because it's not as bright as the colour suggests and instead just gave me a natural, more polished look.

You can see my nail-polish marker towards the end of the tube. I was mixing this with another gloss that was too cool-toned for me, and once I couldn't get any more product out with the wand, I used a clean makeup brush to remove the leftovers at the bottom and top, adding that to the other tube so I could clear this one out.

I'm glad that I've finished this gloss and I'm looking forward to finally getting my PP update done this week.

That's all from me! Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

I wanted to check in quickly because I've been rather slow with blogging for the past month and some friends were asking me about that over the weekend, so I thought I'd do a quick update now while I have some time.

Long story short, everything's ok - it's just that our household has been sick and it's one of those illnesses that's hung around for almost a month now. So while the worst of it is gone, I for one am feeling very run down and I can see that my husband is too (the kids bounced back around a week ago).


On top of that, I've had a bit of work to contend with lately and I've also started working on my tax, which is making it even harder to sit down and blog. This means I'm behind on things like empties posts and Project Pan updates, and it will likely take me a little while to get on top of everything again.

It's probably worth mentioning too that my son decided to turn into a threenager well ahead of time back in March (he wasn't even two and a half), so we've been adjusting to that and things at home have been more intense lately.

Otherwise everything is fine, we're just chasing our tails and it likely won't get much better for a while. It's just a matter of riding out the storm and waiting for a routine to settle back in.


Anyhoo. That's all from me. 

I just wanted to quickly let you know that everything's ok, and to bear with me while I keep trying to get myself organised over here. It'll happen eventually, it might just take me a month or two.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x



* All images courtesy of unsplash.com

Hello and welcome to another monthly positives post!

While I do have review posts that need writing and I'm yet to even photograph my next Project Pan update (which was due a few days ago), I've decided to write a positives post today because I've been sick for a while now, so I'm very tired and it's feeling rather difficult to blog at the moment - meaning I'd rather do an easier post.

Let's get straight into it.


It's election day

Gosh it's time for a change in this country. Our political system has been a joke for a while now (we can't even hang on to a Prime Minister in Australia), and the major parties haven't been doing enough towards climate change - meaning we're behind on things like renewable energy and we really shouldn't be.

But it's election day today and I have a feeling that things are going to shift. Although Australia perhaps isn't quite ready for a big upset that uproots both the major parties, I'm expecting to see not only a change in government, but also a record number of Green votes. Fingers crossed. It's time.


The kids are staying with my parents tonight

We have a 40th to attend tonight so my parents have offered to take both kids overnight. Woot woot! This will be the first time they've had both of them (although they've taken my daughter on her own before), so it's a big night of freedom for us and one that we haven't had since my son was born.

Hopefully both kids will sleep well so my folks won't be too exhausted tomorrow, and also so they'll be happy to take them again hehe. We'll see. I'm sure they'll be fine: the kids are pretty well behaved and they're both good sleepers now, and it's only for 24 hours so it shouldn't be too taxing for the grandparents. Fingers crossed again.


We're picking up some furniture this weekend

I haven't bought furniture for years, and whenever I have bought it, I've gone for op shop stuff or secondhand things from friends and family, so the furniture I do have is all over the place and isn't necessarily stuff I would have chosen for myself.

But my husband was away for a long weekend in Sydney for Mother's Day, and I was given the green light to buy myself something in the Ishka clearance sale. I bought myself two bedside tables that I've had my eye on for years, and I'm super excited because I hate the bedside tables I currently have: they don't look good and they're not that practical either. We're picking up my new furniture this weekend and I'm excited. It'll be nice to have the bedroom looking a little nicer.


We're going out for dinner tonight

Not only do we have a 40th to attend tonight so we'll be able to catch up with lots of people we haven't seen for a while, but we're also using our freedom tonight to go out for dinner on our own beforehand.

We don't often get a chance to do this (if we go out for dinner, it's usually with other people) so it will be nice to try a new restaurant and take our time, without having to worry about getting out before the kids start cracking it or worrying about the babysitters at home. Small things like going out for a quiet meal become so much harder when you have young kids, so it will feel like a luxury.


My spending ban lifts in less than two weeks

As you may know, I'm currently on spending bans for both makeup and skincare - and I have been for almost six months now. While I have had to buy a couple of replacement items during this time (I'm allowed to replace things I don't have back-ups for), I have stuck to my guns and this means that my stores have dwindled significantly so I'm running out of skincare in particular and I do need to buy a couple of items immediately.

It's also my birthday in June and I'm looking forward to investigating what's out there and creating a wishlist. I don't plan on buying a lot, but I will be buying some stuff and I'm excited about it.


In sum

That's all from me. My mum will be here in half an hour to pick up the kids, so best I check that I've got their bags ready for her before she arrives.

After that I'll likely put my feet up for a while to get some rest before dinner and the party, because I do feel pretty exhausted and I need to recharge.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x


* All images courtesy of unsplash.com

Hello and welcome to another Project Dent update post for the year.

While I stopped using this product a few days ago, it took me a while to get progress shots taken because it's been so grey here lately and I needed sun for those, but I was finally able to do them yesterday so here we are.


For the past fortnight I've been denting this Urban Decay bronzer in Sun-kissed, which I only ever use as a blush and indeed I bought it to use as a blush because it's too pale for bronzing on me. I do really like it and the colour is perfect for everyday wear: it's one of those nude brown/peach shades that I love. If you're interested, I've reviewed it here.

Let's get straight into progress shots. 

Here's how it looked two weeks ago:


And here's how it's looking today:


Below I've enhanced the above two shots for clarity.

Two weeks ago:


Today:


It's getting harder to see progress on this because I've smoothed out the surface of the powder now, but at least we can see that the surface markings have changed over the past fortnight. The dip in the centre is a little deeper, the brush marks have changed and the original latticed pattern is all but gone.

I've also decided now that although I really enjoy this blush, I don't need to keep it in my collection forever and I may well pan it next year. We'll see. If I can pop it out of the packaging and put it into one of my custom palettes so I start using it more, that would be good too.

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Hello and welcome to another Project Dent update post for the year!

I've now been denting this highlighter palette for two weeks, so it's time to check back in and let you know how much progress I made over the last fortnight.


As you may know, I like this palette but it's not my favourite because I find that these highlighters are so intense they can emphasise texture (unusual for Hourglass) and I also think they look a little dry on my skin, so this is a palette I'm more likely to use on the eyes.

Nevertheless, this palette does work beautifully to finish off an eye look and I go for pale highlighter shades every day when I do my eyeshadow anyway, so I know I'll get plenty of use from it and I've enjoyed playing with it again.

If you're interested, my review of this product is here.


Here's Absolute Strobe Light, as it was two weeks ago:


Today:


Below I've enhanced the above two shots for clarity.

Two weeks ago:


Today:


It's hard to see much progress on this particular pan because I use it the least of the three shades, but I can see a slight flattening of the product's surface so that's something.

While I do think it's a really pretty colour, I have a warm skintone so I tend to opt for golds and bronzes more than I do pinks - meaning this shade doesn't get much use from me. However I do really enjoy it when I need a cooler highlight shade to complete an eye look.

Next, Pure Strobe Light, as it was two weeks ago:


Today:


Two weeks ago, enhanced for clarity:


Today, enhanced for clarity:


This shade is showing the most progress, which isn't surprising because gold is my favourite colour for facial highlighting (and also for finishing off eye looks), so I've used it a lot over the denting period.

There's a nice little dent in the centre of this pan now, and I do expect it to be the first shade I finish - if in fact I ever do pan this thing!

Last up, Lucent Strobe Light, as it was two weeks ago:


Today:


Enhanced for clarity, two weeks ago:


Today:


You should be able to see that there's now a little dent opening up in (roughly) the centre of this pan, and I've indeed used this shade a lot over the past two weeks as an all-over lid shadow because I really love it for that. It gives a nice wash of shimmer that's not too intense so it doesn't scream makeup, and it's the kind of shimmer that's soft and office-appropriate.

In sum

That's all from me.

It's been a reasonable round of Project Dent and I have made some visible progress on this palette, but there's a long way to go before it starts to look more well-loved. And although I do enjoy it, I'm looking forward to putting it aside now and working on my next items for Project Dent, which I introduced a few days ago.

Anyhoo. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Hello and welcome to my next round of Project Dent.

While I still have to wind up my last two rounds, I'm introducing my next item now to keep things moving because I haven't been able to take progress shots over the last two days - I've been too busy chasing the kids around. Seems to happen a lot these days!


I've decided to dent this Hourglass Obscura palette next because it's only a quint so it won't compete too much with the eyeshadows I'm panning via Pan that Palette, and also because it's on the shortlist of palettes I may pan next year - so I want to have a play and work out whether it's next on my hit-list. 

If you're interested, my review of this palette is here - although note that these Modernist palettes have now been discontinued so you mightn't be able to get your hands on them anymore. Long story short, I love the shimmers in this quint but can live without the other shades so I don't plan to keep it in my collection long-term. I do however hope to find dupes for the shimmers before I pan it.

Anyhoo. I digress!


Here's how my palette is looking today, 14 May 2019:


Same shot, enhanced for clarity:


As you can see, I've made some progress on this palette but not much. My aim over the denting period will be to expand the pan on the bronze shimmer and (hopefully) hit pan on the cream. I'd also like to see more progress on the centre shimmer and the brown to the left of it (which I can use on my brows), but I'm not expecting to use the brown mattes much because neither shade blends well so I won't be using them on the eyes.

I also hope to decide over the denting period whether or not to pan this palette next year. Watch this space!

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Hello and welcome to another round of Project Dent.

While I do need to wrap-up my last denting round today, I need some decent sunlight for that so I can take progress shots - meaning I'll need to wait until the sun's out.

Nevertheless, I can introduce my next item now. I've picked my Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette, partly because I haven't used it since I last dented it in September 2018 (oops), so I can use my progress shots from the last Project Dent update post. Happy days.


If you're interested, my review of this palette is here

While I do really enjoy it and it's up to Hourglass' usual standards, I prefer the original Hourglass blushes because they're not as shimmery as these ones.

Nevertheless I've been lucky with the individual pans in my palette because I can focus my brush in particular areas and get both a blush and a highlighter from each pan. This means it contains six different powders in practice, which can only be a good thing!


There's how the palette looked when it was new, direct sunlight:


Let's look at the progress now on each individual pan as of today, 12 May 2019.

Incandescent Electra:


Enhanced for clarity:


Brilliant Nude:


Enhanced for clarity:


Euphoric Fusion:


Enhanced for clarity:


So you can see that I've used this a bit but not a lot. While I know that I won't be able to make a huge amount of progress over the denting period because Hourglass powders don't show progress easily, I'm hoping that we'll at least see some movement over the next fortnight.

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x
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