Battle of the Dry Shampoo's

30 Aug 2012

After hearing so many good things about Superdrugs own dry shampoo I thought I would give it a go. I have tried mutiple dry shampoo's now and find myself always going back to Batiste, but many have said this was even better than Batiste, so my expectations were high!

I bought these a few months back on offer for buy one get two free, costing me around £1.99 for all three - I couldn't go wrong I thought! After spraying my roots with 'Spirit of the Carnival' I looked into the mirror and did not see any I sprayed some more! This time there was a change, but not for the better - my hair appeared to look more oily and damp looking! I thought maybe I had a faulty bottle, so I tried the other 2 and suffered the same problem. Rather than spraying a fine looking powder, it just appeared to spray clear like a hairspray - which is not what I want in a dry shampoo.

As you may be able to tell, I do not recommend this product at all. I am really quite disappointed after hearing such great things and to find it is actually one of the worst dry shampoos I have tried. I honestly do not think you can beat batiste. I cannot comment for brunettes, or those with darker coloured hair, but for blondes they are perfect to use on those days when you can't be bothered to wash your hair and are looking to freshen it up.

Has anyone else tried Superdrugs dry shampoo? If so, what did you think?

Love Carissa XXX

España here I come

27 Aug 2012

Ok is it just me, or does everyone else find packing a very stressful task. I had it all planned this weekend to get packing out of the way so I could write some blog posts to schedule for whilst I am away. But no, it wasn't that simple. I spent most of my weekend tidying, washing and packing leaving me with little time to write posts!
I therefore need to apologise that whilst I am on holiday there unfortunately will not be many posts on my blog :( I am currently writing this post at 1am when I should be asleep, however I didn't want to leave you guys wondering where I had disappeared too.
As you can tell from the title I am off to Spain for 10 days and I honestly cannot wait for this well earned break!! I am taking quite a few products with me to try out, so will be reviewing them when I get back. In the mean time, make sure you enter my giveaway to win an OPI mini set :)
Also, for future reference does anyone have any tips on how to make packing as un-stressful as possible?
Love Carissa XXX


100 posts Giveaway!

21 Aug 2012

So, it is that time of the year :) I said a while ago that once I reach 300 followers I will do a giveaway to thank all you lovely followers for being so great and I also decided that I would announce this on my 100th post, so here it is :)

I have literally spent all week contemplating what prize to have as my giveaway, so I decided on something that I love and rate and hope you will like too! I decided on OPI nail polish and I thought a mini set would be a great. As everyone has different preferences for colour I thought I would give you the choice between 4 different sets :

The Amazing Spiderman collection:
Holland Collection Dutch Treats:
Vintage Minnie Minis:
New York City Ballet:
This giveaway is open for a whole month, and for some of the entries you can come back and do them every day to earn more entries! So, all you have to do to enter is fill out the following Rafflecopter. Please also read the Giveaway Rules below.

Love Carissa XXX

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Rules:
1. This giveaway is international.
2. You must be over the age of 18, if you are younger please ask your parents permission to enter.
3. There will only be 1 winners for this giveaway.
4. The winner will be picked at random through Rafflecopter and notified by email on or around the 19th September 2012. This is when I shall ask which set you would prefer.
5. Giveaway starts 21st August 1st and ends 18th September at 8pm GMT.
6. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.
7. The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.
8. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.
9. I am not responsible for any custom charges in your country, nor am I responsible for the package once it has been sent.

NOTD - MisCellaneous

14 Aug 2012

It has been a while since I did a NOTD blog post, but I painted my nails last night and really liked the colour, so thought I would share! I just picked a random colour out of the drawer, which happened to be Missguided - MisCellaneous, and painted away. MisCellaneous is a lovely beigy pink colour and is perfect for a nude nail with a difference!

I always like how Missguided nail polishes apply, smoothly and evenly. I only had to apply 2 coats (although I could have got away with 1!) to achieve a perfectly opaque colour that usually lasts quite a few days.

Whats your favourite nude nail?

Love Carissa XXX

PS. This is my 99th post - that means, the next post shall be a giveaway! I am still deciding on the prize so it may be a few days, but I shall get it up asap and it shall be worth the wait. So keep your eyes peeled :)

Tangled hair no more

12 Aug 2012

I don't know about you but everytime I wash my hair it is a big knotted mess. I spend what seems a life time brushing out the tangles, whilst ripping out small bits of hair. After searching for detangling products and trying out many that to be quite frank, did nothing, I have now found what I find is the perfect combination of products to helps ease this process as much as possible.

First off I find that a leave in conditioner really helps. The Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance is one of my favourite - it smells delicious! I do not use this everytime, however if my hair feels particulary knotty after washing, I will give it a little spritz and this helps to soften the hair allowing the brush to slide through easier.

Secondly, I always use a hair detangler. Yes I know these are meant for children, but they do exactly what they are meant to do and that is it helps to tame those tangles. It says you can use this on wet or dry hair, however I have only used this on wet hair. As this product is aimed at children it does not have the most pleasant smell (very sweet pear), but is does not linger and it does the job. This is the only hair detangler I have been able to find so far, so if you know of any others please let me know!

Lastly, and I believe most importantly is the tangle tamer. Even if you do not use a leave in conditioner or a hair detangler, this is the product that will help get rid of those tangles the most. When brushing your hair, start at the bottom and work your way up towards your root as this will help to get rid of those tangles quicker and ease the pain.

What are your tips at detangling hair?

Lots of Love

Carissa XXX

Paris -Some of the best bits

8 Aug 2012

This post is long over due, but hey better late than never! So in May my boyfriend and I went to Paris for 4 days. We flew over really early on the Monday and back late on the Thursday, which left us shattered when we got home! This was the first time my boyfriend had visited Paris, and I had been 2 or 3 times before but I was only young and could only remember so much. I have always loved Paris though, so I was looking forward to visiting with my boyfriend.

The view from our hotel

We found that 4 days was enough to do most of what we wanted to do, but saying that I could spend weeks there! Paris is small enough that you can get by walking from one attraction to another, however after a few days of this we did tend to opt for the metro to save our tired legs. We did the usual tourist attractions, along with exploring some not so well areas - I thought I would share with you my top 8 things that we did in Paris (in no particular order).

We did 2 free walking tours (Paris Landmarks and Left Bank) with Discover Walks which I would highly recommend. Both guide were extremely friendly and provided us with so much information that we would never have found out just walking around by ourselves.

At midnight we went to the Eiffel Tower to watch it sparkle! I wasn't expecting it to be anything special but I ended up really enjoying the view - it was so pretty. This happens every hour on the hour in the evening.

We explored Montmartre which is very different to the center of Paris. It has lovely little windy roads with lots of artists and windmills dotted about.

This is not the restaurant, I forgot to take a photo!

After reading up on places to visit in Trip Advisor, we took a visit to Little Breizh which does the most amazing Crepes in Paris! As soon as we arrived me knew it was going it be good as it was full of Parisians. Very good value for money too :)

Sainte-Chapelle is home to some of the worlds most amazing stained glass windows. They really are beautiful.

Whilst walking up the hill to the Sacre Cour there is a chocolate shop on the left which is filled with the most amazing chocolate sculptures I have ever seen! It is also filled with lots of delicious looking sweets, I just wish we had purchased something there!

We visited Disneyland for the day which was a lot of fun. My boyfriend wasn't quite as excited as I was, but he ended up loving it. We both agreed that Space Mountain and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster we our favourite rides.

Lastly, I couldn't go to Paris without visiting a French Pharmacy. We went to the one recommended by Pixiwoo and I definitly did not expect it to be quite so mad! It is definitely worth it though as it is so much cheaper than other Pharmacies, where Bioderma can be up to 4 euros more for just 100ml!

Paris is definitely a place you need to visit, it is such a beautiful city. There is definitely alot more I would like to see and do so I am sure we will be back sometime in the near future. Having said that, there are 2 things I do not like about Paris. 1 - it is so expensive! Both accommodation and food will take up the majority of your holiday cost, so do bare this in mind. 2 - there were a lot of pick pockets and beggers about. Now I know this is a problem in many cities, however there did seem to be an abundance of them in Paris and some try to distract you into signing a petition whilst they pick pocket, so do be careful! But do not let this put you off, as long as you use your common sense you will be fine - I never felt unsafe walking about.

What do you love most about Paris?

Love Carissa XXX
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