I’m setting myself a hard limit of under 900 words for this blog post. If I don’t restrict myself I could ramble all day about my recommendations – I really love writing these Friday Faves round up posts as it means I get to natter about things other than beauty.
If you follow me on instagram, you may know that at the beginning of the year I joined the GoodReads reading challenge: I’m aiming to read 52 books this year and the first item on this instalment of Friday Faves is book #13: Educated by Tara Westover. It is by far the best book I’ve read this year and I’m bereft now that it’s finished. The story is absolutely fascinating so much so that when I wasn’t reading it, I found myself thinking about it and making excuses to talk about it to others.
I truly hate washing my hair. Hate it. So it goes without saying that dry shampoo is a big part of my beauty routine. I’ve been a Batiste girl for a long time – giant cans, a lot of hold, and would probably soak up an oil spill. But it’s a bit heavy-handed: it leaves a film on the hair and scalp and never really gives you a ‘clean’ feeling. I’d heard people raving about Living Proof ‘Perfect Hair Day’ Dry Shampoo (Gifted) but the price put me off a bit – £18 for something Batiste can do for a fraction of the price? Not on your nelly. But then I tried it. And I am eating my words. This dry shampoo genuinely leaves your hair feeling like you’ve washed it. It can turn 3 day old hair into day 1 hair, it smells incredible, and it gives a little bit of texture without mattifying the hair. I have absolutely no issue in paying full price for this (and will continue to do so after this mini runs out), although Batiste still has a place on my dressing table. If I want grip and bulk (perhaps for a braid or up do) or if I’m just putting my hair in a ponytail and don’t need it took look super clean, I’ll stick to Batiste. But for my fringe, for those days when I need to look a bit more put together, Living Proof PHD has totally won me over.
Another hair product I wanted to include in this Friday Faves post is Clairol Colour Booster in ‘Copper’ (Gifted). I had my hair coloured about 3 months ago and I fell hard for my newly copper locks. But as most faux red heads will tell you, it’s a hard colour to maintain. So this product was a very timely addition to my routine. It’s a cross between an intensive conditioner and a temporary hair colour and is designed to be used every time you wash your hair to top up your colour and add shine. It has no ammonia and no peroxide, smells lovely, gave my hair such a glossy shine, and it has definitely prolonged my colour, as you can probably see from my recent selfies. There are options for blonde and brunette hair as well and can be used on coloured or natural hair. The one negative is the packaging which is very hard to use once the product gets into the last 25%, but I’ll definitely be replacing this once it’s run out.
Before Christmas I ordered a box of wax melts from Pick ‘n’ Melt. I have used tons of wax melts in the past and actually prefer them to candles now, but had never tried this brand before. What originally caught my eye was that they do scents based on famous perfumes, and I found one based on my favourite (and now discontinued…sob!) Jo Malone perfume, Blue Agava and Cacao. It smells EXACTLY like it – it’s divine. I’ve also fallen hard for Black Coffee & Tobacco, Lime Basil & Mandarin, and Feng Shui Fire. I got the Little Wax Melts, but in my next order I will get big ones of my faves. Also, my original order got lost and the customer service was so wonderful when I emailed them, they even popped a few extra wax melts into my order as an apology!
My husband has released a card range with Ohh Deer and they are BRILLIANT. Obviously I’m enormously biased, but hopefully you’ll agree with me! There are eight in the current range but fingers crossed for another series if these are popular. The ‘golden retriever’ one is a particular favourite… (also Ohh Deer currently have 3 for 2 on cards… just saying…)
And the last item in this Friday Faves post – I finally got the Heimish Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patches from Beauty & Seoul, which is a great website to get lost in if you’re a fan of Korean beauty. I pop these eye masks on if my eyes feel tired or look a bit lacklustre and they perk everything up. I wouldn’t say eye masks are a ‘must have’ but if you like a pamper then these are flipping lovely.
I hope you’ve liked this Friday Faves update. What bits and pieces have you been loving lately? Let me know (/enable me) in the comments below!
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