Sephora Favourites - Ready, Set, Style - $29
Believe it or not I actually had a shopping list for Sephora - I know this is very hard to believe coming from me, however I did near enough stick to it. After browsing the website prior to going to New York, there was one set which stuck out to me and had to be mine. Sephora Favourites - Ready, Set, Style set contains five travel sizes of some of their cult brand products all for $29. To put the set into context, the Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish would have set me back $15 (excluding tax) for the same size bottle. Personally for me I was desperate to try that and the Ouai Texturizing Hairspray - so it would be foolish not to buy this set.
Luckily for me I managed to find this in Times Square and made what was a bit of a strange ordeal for my first Sephora experience that little bit better (don't worry there's a post on that coming). Anyway for this post, I thought it would be fun for me to give you my first instant thoughts and whether I would buy a full size version.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish (40ml) - I do find that this does dry my hair out, however if I'm going for a messy hair day, this is the spray I go for. If you're looking for extra hold, this wouldn't be the product for you. Would I repurchase? Probably another bottle this size, maybe not the full sized version.
Ouai Texturizing Hairspray (40ml) - Hands down this lives up to the hype. I was gutted that I couldn't find a full size bottle of this, however Selfridges stocks this as well as Space NK. If I were to describe this, I would say imagine the hold of Elnett hairspray with texturising elements thrown in. It adds just enough hold to you hair, but also you can easily brush it out. I'll be repurchasing the full size of this once I'm in London (and off the spending ban - post on that to come).
IGK Down and Out Dirty Spray (75ml) - IGK is a brand which is completely new to me and I don't know whether I'm using this wrong, however every time I use this, my hair looks greasy. Greasy as in, I've stuck my head in a chip pan. Personally I've put this to one side and refusing to even use this. Would I repurchase - no chance.
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo (40g) - Again another brand which I've heard people rave about. To me this reminds me of a posher Bastiste - it refreshes your hair, yet it's nothing spectacular. Considering this is a higher end dry shampoo, I was comparing this to my beloved Paul Mitchell and Redken dry shampoos and unfortunately this just isn't up to par. As much as this is a good dry shampoo, I'd rather save my money and stick to Bastiste or Co Lab for a daily dry shampoo. Saying that, would I repurchase - maybe if money was no object as a treat.
Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray (99ml) - The last two times I've had the opportunity to get things from Sephora, I've always had a Living Proof set on my list, however then always taken it off last minute. This may be due to the fact that this is widely available in Marks and Spencer. This is a good hairspray when you use it on dry hair and it keeps your style in place. However Elnett does the exact same job and its a fraction of the price. Would I repurchase (or recommend) - nope.
Can you recommend any texturising hairsprays or products? Styling short hair is a pain in the backside...