Does Dry Shampoo Really Work?

I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to hair and beauty products that claim to have amazing results – like BB cream – and dry shampoo.

But it turns out, dry shampoo really works!

Here’s the proof:

1. Before: Au Naturale

Greasy, limp hair (and no makeup too). Such an attractive look – NOT!

2 - start with dirty hair

2. Here goes …

I’m looking a bit anxious here. Will it really work?!

3 - spray with dry shampoo

3. After: Dry shampoo really works!

I would (and did!) happily go out in public after salvaging my dirty hair with a blast of dry shampoo :-) .

4 - after dry shampoo

Have you ever tried dry shampoo – or are you a skeptic like I was?!

Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

What do you get a Girl for her 18th Birthday?

What to get for an 18th birthdayWhy is it birthdays always seem to sneak up on me?

Miss 17 will celebrate her long-awaited, much anticipated, 18th birthday next month. We’ve been updated on the countdown nearly every week for months – I believe it’s now only 29 days to go!

We’ve arranged a family dinner at Miss 17’s favourite restaurant on the actual night, and I believe her friends are spoiling her with a weekend in a posh city hotel.

Which brings me to my current dilemma: what do you get a girl for her 18th birthday?

Now she’s working and has her own income, Miss 17 doesn’t really lack for anything she wants or needs (except maybe a car, and I’m afraid that just ain’t gonna happen).

Plus, it needs to be something a bit special, that (hopefully) she will remember always.

Pressure, much?!

I’m leaning towards continuing a bit of a family tradition. You see, when I turned 18, my Mum gave me a lovely garnet ring (garnets being the birthstone for January) which I treasured – right up til the day Miss 17 discovered it when she was much younger, played with it, and promptly lost it. (Yes, I have forgiven her!).

I’m pretty sure Mum did the same for my two sisters (though my memory’s not so great, I will have to confirm that).

What I do know, is that my sister in turn gave a ring to her daughter for her 18th earlier this year … the first in the new generation for this family tradition.

Miss 17 likes the idea and has specified something dainty with a red stone. This was her favourite when we went shopping on the weekend:

a ring for our daughter's 18th birthday gift

*Big sigh of relief* from me … until the relatives began asking me what she would like.

The short answer is: I don’t know!

(The long answer is: Are you for real?! It took me months to figure out what WE would get her, how on earth can I give YOU any inspiration?!)

I’ve started making a bit of a list of possible ideas:

  • a bottle of Chanel No 5 – because every woman should own it at least once in her lifetime (though I’m 47 and still waiting … )
  • “18” jewellery – eg Pandora charm, necklace. Even if the snooty sales assistant in one jewellery store told me it was an “outdated” idea, when I was looking for an “18” key necklace for my niece!
  • An “18” wine glass, photo frame, or similar.

After that, my brain is all dried up.

Can you help me with any ideas of what to get a girl for her 18th birthday?!

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

Practising what I Preach

Do you ever find yourself challenged to practise what you preach?!

One of my regular clients is a beauty salon. Not only did I create their website, I also write content for it on a regular basis.

This month, it was all about the benefits of massage.


practising what I preach: time for a massage!

I Must Confess – it’s one of those things I know with my head: a regular back and shoulder massage is not just about being pampered. It’s also good for my physical wellbeing, especially when the bursitis in my shoulder is playing up.

And yet … I can go months between appointments.

You’ll be happy to know that I’m finally practising what I preach – and going for a massage every couple of weeks.

Funnily enough, it’s also a recommendation in the Business Plan I’ve prepared as part of my Cert 4 in Small Business Management. When we did a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats), one of my main areas of weakness is my body. If the bursitis in my shoulder gets worse, or spreads to my left side as well – basically, I’m stuffed. So I need to look after myself, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because my very business and income relies on my continued health and wellbeing!

No longer do I have to feel guilty about booking in a back and shoulder massage every other week. It’s not a luxury, it’s essential ;-) !

Do you have any “essentials” in your life that others might look on as “luxuries”?!

Linking up with My Home Truths because I love a Monday confession.