Dry Shampoo on a Budget

Hello, dear readers! As a bit of a segue to our usual fashion-related broadcast, I’d like to introduce to you a product that any fashionista should not–nay, cannot–be without.

Dry shampoo. (Specifically, cheap dry shampoo.)

Today I want to show off two of the cheapest varieties that I’ve found and discuss what I like (and don’t like) about them.

GIRLZ ONLY Party Nights Dry Shampoo 150ml – Target, $2

Target GIRLZ ONLY Dry Shampoo RangeThis is hands-down the cheapest dry shampoo you will find in Australia, and it is  not uncommon to find these even further reduced in Target specials.

What I particularly like about this variety, besides from cost-related benefits, is that it does not leave a white powdery residue in your hair and gives your hair a great volume boost. This variety is ideal for dark-coloured hair and comes in several different scents and varieties. In addition to the shampoo, all of these varieties also have “dry conditioner” counterparts.

The downside to this product is that it doesn’t last too long. It’s ideal for situations where your hair needs a quick refresher, but that’s all it will be–quick. The scents are also quite strong–I tried all three scents and found that the most tolerable one is Party Nights.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo 150ml – Reject Shop, $4

Batiste Dry Shampoo RangeI’ve seen these in Priceline before for around the $10 mark and I was unwilling to budge on my budget for this kind of product until I spotted the same product in the Reject Shop for a heavily discounted price.

This is my favorite for long-lasting results. If I use this product, it’s about the exact equivalent of a wash and it will last until the next day. Like the Target counterpart, it also leaves the hair clean and voluminous.

What I dislike about this product is that it leaves a lot of white, powdery residue. If I’m going for a quick fix, I’ll use the Target variety because it doesn’t leave the residue, but if I’m using this product to replace a wash, I’ll use Batiste and let the residue fade overnight.

So far, I’ve only seen the original Batiste in the Reject Shop, but the smell is acceptable so I don’t mind all that much.

Directions

Once upon a time when I was first using dry shampoo, I used to think that you sprayed it all over and then brushed it out after a few minutes. What you actually do is spray into the roots and give it a thorough rub, in the same motion that you would use to wash your hair. Then you brush out the excess product, which transfers it throughout the rest of your hair as well, and style as desired.

Obviously, this method has given me much better results, and since my hair has grown out, I cannot do without dry shampoo anymore. Excessive washing is quite damaging to the hair and actually encourages oil production, so I often alternate between spraying and washing to keep my hair healthy and clean.

I have had quite the success with budget-friendly beauty products from Target and the Reject Shop, and I’ll be blogging about both in the upcoming months–I’m really excited to share what I’ve found. What would you like to see first, readers?

Hello Sailor!

I’m obnoxiously delighted with my latest purchases. Have you ever bought something on a whim only to later discover how much you love it and consequently wear said item as though it’s going out of fashion? (No, only me?)

A little while ago, I was strolling through the Chandler Markets with Danny and we came across a darling little tent selling some very nice boutique-inspired apparel (for very reasonable prices as well, I only lament the utter lack of changing rooms in the establishment). Before leaving, I had a glance at their jewelry table, and among the usual assortment of Chinese-made wares that make appearances in stores such as Diva, Lovisa and AliExpress, I came across an utterly beautiful brooch. To say I am partial to insect jewelry is a bit of an understatement–I couldn’t bear to leave without it.

Long story short: you’ll be seeing a lot of this giant insect brooch from now on. Can any budding entomologists hazard a guess to the species? Danny says cicada, but my guess is some kind of wasp–I honestly can’t tell.

Another purchase I’m particularly proud of is this nautical-themed short-sleeved jacket from the Salvation Army. Greedily I snatched it from the sale rack like a bling-starved Smeagol with not a clue on how to style it, but I knew I had to have it.

Here’s the rundown of my outfit:

  • Giant Insect Brooch – Chandler Markets, $5
  • White Pleated Blouse – Target, a gift from MA
  • Brandless Nautical Short-Sleeved Jacket – Salvation Army, $8.50
  • Wine/Gold Pyramid Bangle – Myer, $3.50
  • Gold Watch – AliExpress, $6 (Available in different colours)
  • Wine Patent Waist Belt – Kmart, $3
  • Belted Shorts With Turn UpASOS, $22 (they had a crazy 20% off Christmas special)
  • Patent Wine MaryJane Heels – Zu, $30

Total: $78.00

This may be a bit of a stretch, but styled with matching shorts and a corporate blouse with a belt cinching my waist, I almost feel like I’m wearing a vintage-feel Chanel-inspired Summer suit, and I love it. This would be something I would adore wearing to work, alas, if they only allowed me!

That’s something new, by the way–I’ve recently obtained a job at one of my favorite shoe stores, Mascotte.

Yep, I’m back into retail.

I will go into further detail in a future post, but for now, it’s suffice to say that the design industry was wearing me down to the bone. Work is now an absolute pleasure for me–There’s never a dull moment, and I find the overall experience far more rewarding than being cooped up in frigid office environments with little more to do than stare at a blank screen for hours on end.

I may return to my design roots, I may not–I may one day find a way to combine the two (that would be the best of both worlds), or maybe I’ll be a shop girl for the rest of my life. I know this is not what I’ve been planning for through all those years of studying in uni, but what can I say? I just want to be happy, and I don’t care what anyone else has to say about it.

February Favorites

It’s been ages since I’ve been motivated enough to do one of these posts. But I actually have things on my wishlist now! Mostly Winter items, which is more than a bit unusual (when I wake up in the morning as of late with the ever-looming threat of my face melting into my neck), but nonetheless, here’s what I’m lusting after!

If you don’t follow me on Facebook, let me preface this post by saying that I’ve recently accepted small sponsorship from Sammydress, hoorah! I mulled it over for quite a while before I accepted. I browsed their website, and I’m satisfied that the prices of some of their Winter coats, dresses, and blouses, with some items (shipping included) are cheaper than what I could find on AliExpress. As with everything, it’s always a good idea to check both sources if you see something you like. Compare and contrast! I have been looking for the perfect yellow/mustard coat for some time now and I think I found a great contender on Sammydress, so let’s kick off the list with that one!

  1. Yellow Double-Breasted Woolen Coat – Sammydress, $35 (Also available in pale blue)
  2. Houndstooth Dress w/ peter pan collar – Sammydress, $22
  3. Elf Sack Cat Embroidered Shirt – AliExpress, $17 (Also available in maroon)
  4. White Patent Leather Belt – AliExpress, $2.50 (Many different colours)
  5. Duck Collar Clips – eBay, $4.50
  6. Gold Watch – AliExpress, $6 (Available in different colours)

I’m cheating a little with the watch; I already have this watch but I’ve been looking for a high quality band replacement. The watch is perfect and it’s quickly becoming a true favorite of mine to wear, but the white PU band is getting a little dirty around the edges, try as hard as I may to stop it, so I’m set on finding a 6mm white patent leather band (patent because it’s harder to dirty) with a gold buckle. Let me tell you–it’s not easy, and I’m still looking. Wish me luck!