Review: Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo – a non-aerosol dry shampoo

This is a review of the Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo. I bought this when I went to New York.  This product is called ドライミー (“Dry Me“) in Japan.

This product comes in a powder form, which you are supposed to take in your fingers and massage into your hair.

What it does: (from lushusa.com)
Finally, after many customer and employee requests, at long last a dry shampoo! No Drought gives your hair an extra day without washing. Just massage it sparingly into your scalp and through your hair, and then shake it out (if you’ve got long hair, you might need a quick brush to make sure you’re covered). Corn flour and talc absorb excess oil and leave locks soft to the touch. Lemon, grapefruit and lime oils will give your hair a fresh and fruity fragrance too. No need to wash; just go! 

Price: 6.50 GBP/110g, $12.95/4.6 fl oz, 1200 JPY/115g. At today’s exchange rate, this product is about $15 in Japan and $10 in the UK. Please remember that all prices in Japan include taxes..

Pros:

  • This is the first time I’ve seen a non-aerosol dry shampoo
  • This product smells like citrus, which I like
  • This is the first dry shampoo available in Japan. All other “non-wash” shampoos are basically alcohol sprays to keep your scalp feeling fresh
  • After using this product, I had a lot of volume at my crown
  • The powder is VERY fine. Even if it gets on your clothes, it can easily be brushed off
  • The price may seem pricey, but this is A LOT of product

Cons:

  • This product will leave white marks in your hair
  • This product did not absorb all the oils in my scalp. It was still pretty oily
  • Applying a powder to your scalp is very difficult to do without getting powder everywhere

Notes:
If you have access to dry shampoos, you probably won’t like this. There are other products which are better (I personally liked Suave).  However, it is impossible under current TSA rules to fly with aerosol products.
This isn’t to say that this is a bad product. I usually buy and try a dry shampoo whenever I’m in the US or Europe, and this does perform better than several brands I’ve tried.

The powder is hard to use. I put some of the powder into a spray bottle and added some water. By spraying this mixture into my roots, I get the benefit of this product without the mess. If you try this, remember that you must shake the bottle well before spraying – talc does not dissolve in water.

Would I repurchase?  Yes, as long as dry shampoos aren’t available in Japan.  With this product, I can shampoo every other day!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Godiva solid shampoo – a conditioning solid shampoo

This is a review for the Lush Godiva solid shampoo.  I bought this when I went to London last year.  This product is called レディゴダイバ (“Lady Godiva”) in Japan.  Interesting, since the brand Godiva Chocolates is pronounced “Go-dee-va” in Japanese, but this shampoo is pronounced “Go-dye-va”

What it does: (from lush.co.uk)
Solid shampoo bar with added conditioner for a richer lather. Godiva uses our patented solid shampoo base with a sexy jasmine fragrance and a host of ingredients to give a more conditioning wash. Cocoa Butter, shea butter, camellia oil, jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, extra virgin coconut oil and cupuaçu butter will feed the hair and moisturise the scalp. Great on dry or long hair that needs a creamier wash. 
The heady fragrance lasts on the hair all day and, if you are lucky enough to have long hair, you’ll find it perfect for swishing about to create your very own cloud of allure. This shampoo bar shares the same sensual jasmine fragrance as our Flying Fox shower gel.

Price: 6.00 GBP in the UK, $10.95 in the US, 890 JPY in Japan.

Scent: This shampoo smells exactly like the scent of all Lush stores – that herbally scent that you get every time you walk within 100 feet of a Lush store. I’m not sure if it smells like Flying Fox shower gel (which I also have a review on) as it says on Lush.com since I haven’t smelled the two together.  I like the scent, but as always, I recommend you go to the store to sniff it yourself.  The only times I have disliked a Lush scent is when I ordered online and didn’t go to the store to check it!

Pros:

  • This product was less drying than other Lush solid shampoos that I’ve used 
  • This product does not strip my hair of moisture, and I can rinse it out smoothly
  • Lush says that this product is vegan
  • Minimal packaging
  • Does not contain silicone

Cons:

  • I still needed a conditioner with this shampoo
  • This product has a lot of small pieces of jasmine flowers that I would not like to have stuck in my hair. Be sure to either rinse your hair extra well, or avoid rubbing the bar directly on your hair.
  • Like all of Lush’s solid shampoos, this will easily melt in the shower. Remember to store it in a dry place

Notes about Lush solid shampoos:

  • Lush solid shampoos have a lot of air incorporated in them. They contain less product than soaps of the same size.
  • They melt very quickly in warm or damp environments.
  • This product lasted me 35 days. Compared with bottled shampoos, they do not last very long.
  • Solid shampoos in general are a little difficult to use. I like to rub them in my hands and then rub the lather into my hair. 

Would I repurchase?  Maybe. I like the Lush solid shampoos for a change from my regular regiment. I’ve tried 2 other solid shampoos, and I think I like this one the best!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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review: Skinfood Shea Butter Hair Mask

This is a review for the Skinfood Shea Butter Hair Mask!

This is one of the products that was recommended to me in my Korea shopping list giveaway!


What it’s supposed to do: (from the Skinfood Singapore site)
A moisturizing hair mask that protects hair from external irritation such as UV rays and free radicals, its shea butter adds a lustrous coat to dry, dull hair. Also contains polyquaternium-10 to coat each damaged hair, resulting in shinier and healthier hair.

Price: 5900 Korean Won for 100g (a little less than $5)

My almost finished pot!


Pros:
– SUPER cheap! (However, Japanese hair masks contain more product)
– Does a pretty good job of conditioning my hair
– smells faintly sweet and buttery… but not too sweet!

Cons:
– the texture is a lot thicker than Japanese hair masks. It took some getting used to.
– does not spread very well on my hair.

Did I like it? Yes. Would I buy it again if SF were available in Japan? I’m not sure.

This product really took some getting used to. The smell is very different for me since I’m used to the flowery smell of Japanese hair products (if you’ve used Lux, that is a pretty typical scent). The texture is very thick and in the beginning I could not spread it through my hair very well. I did like that it moisturized my hair. I’ve never used shea butter by itself, so this was very interesting!

Hope everyone is having a great week!!!

xoxo, K

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quick love from Old Cow! & FOTD!!!!

Old Cow sent me something!

Aren’t these SOOOOO beautiful?
Wow, I was amazed!
Old Cow makes shiny fings.
Get them at Worship At The House Of Blues!

Being the super generous person that she is, she sent me a lot of stuff!

The box at the front contains the earrings!

She also got me some sheet masks and hair masks!


My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks!


Hair mask samples!

She noticed that I love hair treatments!
Yes, you are sooo right!

Did you see that she put a sweet note into EACH of her packages?
WOW!!! She is SO thoughtful!

Let’s put on the earrings!

Made with sterling silver, Swarovski pearls and crystals!

The purple crystals inspired me to play with purple eyeshadow again!
Wow, a FOTD! It has been like FOREVER since I did one of these!

Here’s what I used!

The Face:
Everyday Minerals Light Olive foundation, Mint concealer, Natural Reflections Light finishing powder
Skin Food Peach Sake powder (I know a LOT of you want a review of this!)
Makeup protector facial mist

The Eyes:
TFSI
MAC Shimmer Time loose pigment
Everyday Minerals Mystic Night Eyeshadow
Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow 8 pan Twighlight Rays
Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner / Liquid Eyeliner (I LOVE this. Even better than K-Palette 24 hr IMO!)
Mascara primer
Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterproof (I WISH I could get another one of these!)
Bipo Eyebrow Pencil & Eyebrow sealant
…and various brushes

The Cheeks:
Main color – EDM Waffle Cone Blush (I find loose blush easier to use if I decant it into the sample jars)
Contour – Celebulous Jewelrina Cheek
Highlight – Milani Beach Sand

And nothing on my lips! (Yes, my lips were cooperating with me today!)

A bit of cam whoring since I never do that!

My new department had a welcome party for me!
I’m the youngest person there! Everyone is in their mid 40s!
I still had a great time, and I got to know them much better!
I got some very pretty flowers!

Our secretary said that she requested orange flowers and a sunflower because they remind her of me!
How sweet of her!!!!
See the bumpy thing in the middle? (It’s right above the word “bihada” in the watermark)
That’s a pineapple!!! How summery!!!

Compare these flowers with the ones given to me at my farewell party (for my previous group):

Orange flowers again!
Apparently people associate me with orange flowers!!

Hope you are all having a great week!

xoxo, K

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