Tuesday, 22 July 2014

LUSH: No Drought - Dry Shampoo | Review

LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo

I've been on the hunt for a cruelty free dry shampoo for ages so I was excited (really, excited) when I saw that LUSH did one. 

LUSH's dry shampoo comes in a bottle rather than a spray can. This does make it a bit messier because it can be hard to judge how hard to squeeze the bottle. However this 50g bottle is perfect for putting in your bag. 

It's a white powder that smells fresh and citrus-y, which is never a bad thing when you're half asleep trying to make your hair look presentable. 

No Drought does a brilliant job of making your hair look clean again and it does add a bit of volume.

You don't need to use a lot of product to get a good result. I've had this bottle for about three weeks now and haven't used that much at all. 

I get through cans of dry shampoo fairly quickly but I think this is going to last me much longer. 

In terms of price it's about the same as a can of Batiste but I know that for me this 50g bottle it will last longer than one of the big cans of Batiste. 

Another bonus is that because it's not an aerosol it won't count as a liquid in your hand luggage. I was told by Monarch that powder products are fine if they're in their original packaging. That may not apply to all airlines but what I'm saying is, hopefully they won't think it's something illegal. 

In short: A fresh, clean smelling dry shampoo that revives your hair and keeps it looking fresh and clean. 

Price: £3.75 for 50g / £6.75 for 115g

Is it cruelty free: Yes, LUSH do not test on animals. No Drought is also vegan friendly. 

Would I repurchase / recommend: Definitely to both. 

Have you tried LUSH's dry shampoo? 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Time for a book buying ban

Over the past few months I've bought a fair few physical books only to have them sit on my shelves unread. I have no idea why because I don't do that with ebooks. 

Physical books are usually more expensive than their electronic counterparts and I probably have about £80 worth of physical books sat unread. 

The next few months are going to be pricey with hotels, flights and travel things to book for a few races and mine and Tom's holiday so I need to cut down on spending and get saving. 

Plus last week my car showed an accelerator fault before resetting itself and the garage informed me it will cost £250 to fix if it happens again :|. So I need to get some more money in the kitty. 

I am imposing a book buying ban (both physical and electronic) on myself until either the end of August or until I get through all of those books. Whichever comes first. I'm fairly sure it's going to be the end of August that comes first. 

There are two exceptions: I can acquire ARCs or free eBooks. 

There is no reward (other than y'know, being able to afford things) it's just something I need to do. 

So the big question is: who's in? Let me know in the comments and we can all slap each other's wrists when temptation arises. I'm thinking of using the hashtag #bookbuyingban so we can talk about it on Twitter, what do you think?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Jousting + falconry at Kenilworth Castle | Photos

My Mum got Tom and me a joint English Heritage membership for our birthday's. Tom loves jousting so when we heard about the jousting event at Kenilworth Castle there was no doubt we were going to be there.

They had a whole medieval camp set up, with some brilliant musicians, a jester and a falconry show on.

Friday, 18 July 2014

The One (The Selection #3) - Kiera Cass | Book review

Contains spoilers about previous two books.

Description from Goodreads: The Selection has changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illea, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen -- and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice...and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Now down to the final four girls the selection is heating up and it's become more than just a reality show, there are bigger things at stake. 

Throughout The One we find out a little bit more about the other three girls, one in particular who seems to grow up and becomes a bit more likeable. It was nice to see that and it left me with a bit of a warm fuzzy feeling. 

America faces a few dilemmas throughout The One and I really felt her pain and found myself wondering what I would do if I were in her shoes. The issues she has to overcome helps her grow more than she did in the previous two books. 

Of the three books in the series this is the most action packed. Cass managed to fit a lot into 300 pages and kept me turning the pages. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub | Review

I grew up loving Sanctuary Spa. My Mum always used their products and would let me sneak a bit occasionally so to me I associate their products with being a pampering treat.

Their salt scrub was one of those products I would sneakly use occasionally. It's a salt scrub in an oil, so it exfoliates your skin while leaving it soft after the oil soaks in. 

It does the trick and exfoliates without feeling too harsh like it's shredding your skin and the oil soaks in quickly to leave your skin feeling nice and soft. 

This is by far the best exfoliator I have ever used and though I love other products like The Breakfast Scrub,and will repurchase them, to me this is still the best one out there. I've never found a rival product that will exfoliate and leave your skin feeling this soft. 

At £11.25 it's not the cheapest exfoliator but I think it's worth it as a nice treat every now and then. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Awaken (The Soulkeepers #2) - Lori Adams* | Review

Spoiler free! 
Title: Awaken (The Soulkeepers #2) 
Author: Lori Adams
Pages: 288
Genres: Paranormal, young adult, romance
Release date: 15th July 2014
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, Flirt (Thanks for the ARC!)

Description from Goodreads: Sophia St. James has every reason to be happy: she survived the kiss of death from the seductive Demon Knight Dante and is free to be with Michael, her sexy Guardian Angel. She eagerly begins her Awakening to become a Spirit Walker and help lost souls cross over. But her training is fraught with setbacks, and Michael begs her to stop. The life of a Spirit Walker is far too dangerous, and he won't be able to protect her. 

Then Dante returns, threatening to drag Sophia to Hell so they can finally be together. Terrified of losing everything she has worked for, Sophia turns the tables on Dante, luring them into a deception that may get them both killed. The stakes climb even higher when Dante's ally, Wolfgang, emerges from Hell with one order: kill Sophia. Will Michael once again be Sophia's saving grace or will the Awakening giver her the power she needs to save herself?

Earlier this year I read Forbidden (review here) and loved it so when I saw the sequel was coming out I had to get my paws on it. 

Awaken picks up shortly after the end of Forbidden. It's winter in Haven Hurst and the world building is wonderful. It's a little weird though reading a book set at Christmas time in the summer, makes me miss the cold weather even more. (I'm useless in the heat)

In general the world building is great. It's done well so that you have a good idea of what everything looks like but the descriptions don't intrude and take over the story. (You know what  I mean, when an author uses a billion descriptive words and you kind of have to hunt for the story?) 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

LUSH: Jumping Juniper - Shampoo Bar | Review

I picked this up out of curiosity (a bar of shampoo?) and because it said it was for greasy hair.

Occasionally I get a greasy patch on the back of my head that Frank Gallagher would be proud of and I hoped Jumping Juniper could tackle it. 

To me, this shampoo bar smells like a LUSH store (but not quite as strong); fresh, fizzy and of lavender. 

You lather it the same what you would a bar of soap and then rub it into your hair. I was surprised at how much it lathered and it produces a thick lather which feels like you're getting a nice deep clean. 

After I washed it out my hair felt quite dry but once I'd used conditioner it didn't feel dry at all - it felt clean and it completely got rid of any grease. 
09 10