I know it sounds crazy to think of beauty products when you are camping, but brands definitely make products that you are going to covet when you are miles away from civilization. So make sure that you pack these products in your duffel bag:
KMS Hair Play Makeover Spray – You probably won’t be spending a ton of time in the shower, so your hair might need a refresh while you are away. Dry shampoo is essential for feeling fresh, especially if you are heading in to town for the day. This little spray is perfect for feeling refreshed even in the deepest woods. Bonus is that it smells great, so you will smell refreshed too.
Alba Botanica Spray Sunscreen – This spray sunscreen has been a staple in my summer beauty bag for the past two years. The light spray of the SPF 50 doesn’t feel like much, but it gives surprisingly reliable coverage. I’ve wore it to the beach all day long without any burn. Just remember to reapply, the same way you would with any sunscreen. It’s vegetarian and doesn’t use animal testing, so you can be proud to use it on your family too.
Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Insect Repellent Towelettes – It might seem weird to have bug spray on a beauty blog, but this is an essential purchase when you’re getting your next Avon order. This isn’t bug spray, these are towelettes with bug repellent. One bag has 8 individually wrapped towels. One towel goes quiet a long way and can work on numerous people. I took these with me while I was camping and I can saw that they saved me from many bug bites.
Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion – It may not be new, but I just rediscovered the power of Gold Bond this summer. It’s great for a whole bunch of summer skin issues. First of all, it’s great for bug bites and the itchiness that come along with it. It’s also perfect for sunburns because it is full of aloe vera. It’s great on super dry or chapped skin and rashes, it’s good for all of those wear heat rashes, skin rubbing or other awkward and uncomfortable skin issues that you don’t want to talk about. If you have it nearby, you don’t need to worry about it or talk about it.
Thanks to going on vacation and Passover, I’m super behind on a lot of my posts but now that things have slowed down, I have a lot of new products that I’m using on a regular basis and in April, these ones were used more than most.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Lotus
Before I cut my hair in March, using a dry shampoo was a tricky thing for me but if I used one, it was generally Batiste related. We received a couple new scents just in time for me to start using dry shampoo on a regular basis and Lotus is hands down my favourite Batiste dry shampoo yet. The description is pretty and opulent but all I can say is that it smells completely amazing. It’s a little fruity, a little floral and I really want to use it as a room spray (but I won’t waste it). It also works at giving me major volume, while freshening up my roots.
Vichy Idéalia Smoothness & Glow Mattifying Sorbet-Cream
I loved the original Idéalia line, but Vichy recently reformulated and added new products to it. While, I’ve noticed most people pick the Night Peeling as their favourite, mine is this lightweight moisturizer. Smoothness & Glow Mattifying Sorbet-Cream is pretty much the perfect description for it. It comes out really soft and refreshing like a sorbet, melts into your skin instantly and keeps me pretty matte. It also gives me a really nice, subtle glow and has the same gorgeous almost raspberry like scent that I associate with the Idéalia line. This is going to be a great moisturizer for my combination skin this summer.
Garnier Fructis Moisture Lock 10-In-1 Rescue Leave-In Detangler
Now that my hair is shorter, it’s much easier to style, especially since I generally let it air dry. But it’s still curly and frizzy and this leave-in treatment from Garnier Fructis helps me detangle it gently and starts to minimize frizz. I do use other styling products with it but I can use it on it’s own and still like how my hair looks. The matching Moisture Lock shampoo and conditioner are good too but I like this detangler the most of the three. Using it on dry hair to refresh my curls also works, but if it’s too close to when I have to wash my hair, it gets a touch greasy.
Yves Saint Laurent Kiss & Blush Duo Stick in From Prude To Nude
I’m really a big fan of multi-tasking makeup and the Kiss & Blush Duo Stick from YSL gives you a ton of options. The YSL website alone has twelve suggestions for cheeks and lips, not to mention you could totally use this as eyeshadow in a pinch. From Prude to Nude is a rose nude/mocha nude combo that combined gives me both a nice blush shade and a great nude lip for my complexion but I generally use it as a blush. It’s super tiny but you really don’t need to use a lot and it’s so easy to throw in your purse for touchups. And you’ll probably need a couple touchups in the summer because of the super creamy formula. The price is a little steep at $40, but not surprising considering it’s YSL, but you can get a ton of uses out of it, so it might actually save you from buying a couple other things in the long run.
Cake Beauty Rush Brush Dry Shampoo Powder Volumizing Brush – I love dry shampoo, but I have always been more drawn to spray shampoos over powders. I’ve used a number of powder dry shampoos, but I always had a big problem with applying powder to my hair. The Rush Brush fixed that. This powder has a brush attached to it, so that you can brush it into your hair. The powder has a bit of a sweet smell and a little golden shimmer, but nothing that will be irritating or change the colour of your hair. I am having so much fun with this powder. Bonus it’s small and easy to travel with!
No 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum – I’m not a huge fan of serums, but No 7’s advanced serum is more than just your average serum. My main issue with serums is that the request too much dedication. This serum has more going on than just long term effects. This one also gave my face serious moisture when I applied it. It absorbs really quickly and leaves my skin feeling surprisingly smooth. My skin felt amazing just days after using it.
Biotherm Aquasource Everplump – When I do turn to a moisturizer, this is one of the ones that I always keep close at hand. Biotherm makes one of the best moisturizers on the market. Their gel moisturizer actually changed the way I think about my skin. It doesn’t surprise me that I love the Everplump variety of one of my favourite moisturizers. From the new plumping formula to the smoothing feel to the pine scent, it all combines to leave my face looking beautiful and feeling great.
Clinique City Block Purifying Collection – I have loved the new Clinique charcoal clay-based collection this fall. There is a cleansing gel and a mask + scrub and both have a fun black colour that are fun to use. The gel cleanser is for everyday use. It’s really thick and, well, gel-like in its consistency. You will need a lot of water to get a good lather and texture on your face. I found it easier to use in the shower. The payoff is great, because your face feels clean and soft. For a deeper clean try the scrub. This one is great to use as a mask, because you can feel it working on your skin as it dries. I don’t know about you, but nothing beats a good clay mask in my books.
Bosley Healthy Hair Rebalancing & Finishing Treatment – This bottle of hair oil doesn’t look pretty or fancy. That’s why it took me so long to use it. Once I read the bottle I was impressed by everything it claimed to do. You can use it on damp hair, dry hair or your scalp. I’ve had scalp issues for months, so I knew I had to try it. And now I will never go back! Rubbing this oil into my scalp after a shower helped my head stop being so dry and itchy after just two uses. I have been suffering for months and the solution was in this little bottle. The bonus is that I can use it on the rest of my hair to make it smooth and shiny. Thank you Bosley!
Batiste Deep And Dark Brown Dry Shampoo
Batiste dry shampoo inspired a new love and respect for dry shampoo this year. It will always be the standard for the product in my mind. I became obsessed after I started using the all new Batiste Dry Shampoo (Dark & Deep Brown). This new version of original is made for different shades of hair. Honestly, I don’t find it all that different from the original. It makes my hair look amazing days after my last wash. It is slightly darker than other dry shampoos available. You don’t have to worry about trying to work a light powder into dark hair, which is a nice change. Now that I’m hooked on dry shampoo, I tried a few others to see what else was available. Let’s see what else I tried after Batiste inspired me to a new trend in hair…
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Apparently Klorane has been making dry shampoo since 1971, which is amazing considering I am just discovering them now. I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for. If I was on the fence about believe in dry shampoo before, this one would have cured me of all of my questions. The powder spray is quite heavy. I almost panicked when I saw it in my hair. It all just sits on top of your hair to start. When I finally brushed it through, my hair was left looking perfect. It’s extremely absorbent. Sometimes I even had to use oil on my hair afterwards to put some moisture back in. I wouldn’t call that a bad thing.
Wella Professional Dry Me EIMI Dry Shampoo
While this dry shampoo looks like many others, it’s actually very different and unique. Unlike most other’s this one is cool. By that I mean it’s actually cold on your head. I never thought about the temperature of dry shampoo until the first time I sprayed this one. Because of the temperature, it also doesn’t feel very dry. It does do its job, but in my head it just doesn’t feel right. Wella’s Dry Shampoo does give amazing volume. You don’t have to do much to your hair to get a boost right at the roots, which nice when your hair is feeling limp and oily.
L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni-Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo
Some dry shampoos help keep your hair looking good for a few hours, but this one from L’Oreal lasts all day. It’s also light enough that I feel confident using a bit more than I normally would. The only downfall to L’Oreal’s Fresh Dust is that it leaves a bit of residue on my hair. Luckily, I should probably be washing my hair anyways.
I’m going to try very hard during this whole review to not make a single pun, because I am serious about this Herbal Essences Naked Collection.
I have tried hundreds of new products over the years. The shelves in my bathroom have been filled with shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gel, hair masks, mousse, oils and so much more. I tend to switch out the products in the front of the shelf regularly. It’s hard for any product to remain in the front of the shelf. How long a product stays in the front of the shelf is often how I measure the merit of a product.
The Herbal Essences Naked Collection has been on the front of my shelf for years. I just had to share my passion for this line with the world!
My favourite part of this hair care line is not the shampoo, which leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean. It is also not the conditioner, which replaces that moisturize without weighing down my hair. It’s the additional products in the line that I love. The Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo is light and airy. The Volumizing Souffle is a mousse that doesn’t leave my curly locks feeling hard and crunchy. The Flexible Hold Spritzer is a light spray gel that holds down flyaways, while my hair is still bouncy and light.
I love the Herbal Essences Naked collection because all of the products are light on my hair. At the end of the day, my hair always still feels natural. It feels like my hair.
It’s also a very affordable line! We all know that Herbal Essences products can be found in your local drugstore at a great price. It’s so rare that good products are also very affordable too!
What are you waiting for? I know I said no puns, but come on, it’s time to get naked!
I’m a big fan and promoter of Cake Beauty. They are Canadian. They create wonderfully smelling bath products. Their products have a touch of fun and whimsy. Some of their products are on my all-time favourites list. So I was disappointed when their Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo didn’t wow me.
Before reading any further, I have to admit that unlike some I’m not a big fan of Dry Shampoo. I think if I didn’t have thick, curly hair I might be more of a fan. I love the idea, but I find the application itself faulty.
Cake’s dry shampoo smells amazing. Like other Cake products, it’s got that sugary sweet smell that brings out my inner teenage girl.
Cake Dry Shampoo feels really light when you spray it on your hair. Most dry shampoos are light, but this one is even lighter than others. The thing is, I feel like it is too light. Unlike other dry shampoo it doesn’t feel like it is absorbing the oil. After spraying, my hair looks almost the same. With the “brilliance boosting prism-shine technology” part of me feels that my hair looks even shinier than before.
So while I want to love Cake’s dry shampoo, I will stick to my tried and true favourites!