28 Aug 2013

Conditioners of late

Over the past month or so I have managed to try a few more conditioners on my quest to build a CG repertoire of hair products.

So in chronological order....

Herbal essences Totally twisted and dazzling shine conditioner. Totally twisted is the USA version of tousle me softly here in the UK but our UK formula seems to have a non CG ingredient. I bought the totally twisted bottle in Discount UK and as you can see it had to be imported from Belgium. I've tried every type of CG herbal essences conditioner and have found them useless during the heatwave. The only thing they seem to do well is make my hair smell nice. In the past I have watered them down to create a leave-in spray which worked well and gave me reliable results. I decided I didn't want to waste something that was CG so I used the conditioner as a leave in straight from the bottle. My little sisters always used to rave about leaving regular conditioner in their hair after washing but I was never keen on the idea. Now I wish I'd listened too them sooner because it works better than the current Kanechom styler I've been using which does almost nothing to control frizz or define my curls.

Herbal Essences in general are great for detangling because all the conditioners have a lot of slip. Sometimes I struggle to work thick conditioners through my hair so maybe detangling under the shower head with herbal essences first then rinsing would be a good idea before going straight into the deep conditioning step???

This surprised me as I never used to like Pantene Pro-V. in the past I thought that their conditioners felt cheap but were still pricey to buy. I guess they've changed over the years or I'm just more aware of how conditioners work. This one felt slightly thicker than the herbal essences but still had enough slip for de-tangling. If I had to choose a multi-purpose conditioner for co-washing, detangling, deep conditioning, and leave-in, I think Pantene Pro-V would be my first choice, however I am yet to try it as a leave-in conditioner.

And finally, the Naked gentle conditioner for a sensitive scalp. I don't have sensitive skin but my little sister does so I thought that it would be a good idea to try this out with her in mind. The conditioner it'self is extremely thick and I actually found it slightly challenging to work through my hair and into my scalp. I can't say whether it was any good at conditioning or not but my hair seemed less frizzy after towel drying. I only have one huge problem with this conditioner which seems to be a common issue with a lot of Naked care products. 


It wasn't god damn awful but it certainly wasn't pleasant. I know that these products are all natural and organic but I refuse to walk around with hair that smells like dirt or wash my hair with something that smells like burnt dirt, no matter how good the product is. Therefore, it is crossed off my list of CG conditioners, 

you are the weakest smelliest link conditioner goodbye.


25 Aug 2013

Flat-Ironing my hair with new products

I actually straightened my hair weeks ago but haven't found the time or the motivation to do a post about it.  It's such a long process and once you leave something for a while it's difficult to get back to it.

But here I am determined to get this done even if I have to power through with just bullet points, but no doubt I find a way to ramble on about something.

First I detangled in the shower with my shower comb and trusty tangle teezer. I would have preferred to do this over the bathtub using the shower head to save the hassle of getting wet and having to moisturise afterwards.

I then shampooed and deep conditioned with the Naked Smooth and silky range. The shampoo smells gorgeous but I'm not too keen on the conditioner. It's not as thick as the other Naked conditioner's I've tried but it was decent enough compared to the herbal essences conditioners which don't do anything for me when the shower cap is on.

When I deep conditioned I put my hair in a shower cap and put a turbie towel over it. These two together keep all the heat, moisture, and humidity in. This helps to open the pores in the hair and lets the goodness sink in. I deep conditioned for 2 hours and then rinsed my hair with cold water to close the pores and seal it all in.

After I rinsed my hair I squeezed all the excess water out and gently dried it by scrunching my hair upside down with a microfibre towel (the purple thing underneath my shower cap above). After that I sprayed some of the TreSemme salon sleek spray with argan oil on my hair in sections. I think I was pressed for time so I used the heat protector straight away then left it in under a shower cap for an hour. But ideally I would have let each soak in for an hour seperately.

I have used the argan spray before and it makes my hair so smooth and shiny. The Tresemme heat protection spray I had to order from the US because the UK version has Phenoxyethanol which is so annoying but the US version smells so fruity and lovely I don't mind paying £10 for it being as though I won't be using it very often.

It's been weeks since I flat-ironed my hair and I can't see any heat damaged so I guess it has done its job.

I blow dried my hair as straight as I could using the Tressemme hot air volume styler. I did a bit of research about these hot air stylers before and this seemed to be the best one. It's ceramic and also has that ion air feature. There are three settings that go from cool to hot but the speed increases with the heat so you can't control it separately which is the only downside. I used the cool shot setting to dry my hair but I think I could have got straighter hair with a hotter setting however I didn't want to heat damage my hair any more in one day. In my opinion the cool shot setting should be called the lukewarm setting and I would like the lead to be longer. Other than those three downfalls this tool is great because I don't have to bother with a hair brush and strain my arm trying to angle the hair dryer. It also gets to the roots much better, I've used an older, rustier hot air styler and was amazed with how easy it was to use and because this one is more modern (and pink!!!) I am totally in love with it.

I straightened my hair with the babyliss pro advanced ceramic styler straighteners. 
They're ceramic, 
round - so good for curling, 
can control the temperature settings really well,
and they're pink!!! <3

The lead is also very very long :)

Here's my set up with some section clips from superdrug/claire's accessories which are the best I've come across. The heat proof mat came with the straighteners. I like to chase the comb down my hair with the flat-iron so my hair is as straight as possible. I used it at 210 degrees Celsius and it took about 3 passes per section of hair.

To trim my hair I used the crea clips. If I'm careful enough I can use them to hold my hair in place and bring it forward to trim. This makes it so much easier to trim my hair evenly and lets me see what I'm doing.

Sometimes it's difficult to get to my roots and baby hairs with a full size flat-iron so these mini ones were perfect for getting them straight. They're also good for touch ups in the morning and when travelling. These ones cost about £15 from amazon and have an auto-sense control that keeps them at 210 degrees Celsius. I could have had some mini babyliss straighteners but I didn't know If I could control the temperature with more than just an on/off button.

When I'm completely done styling I spray some of this on my hair, It looks greasy at first but sinks in after half an hour and helps with frizz.What I love about this spray is that it isn't sticky like raw cold pressed oils and smells so much better than virgin coconut oil.

 I really don't straighten my hair often so I only do it when my hair needs some desperate trimming. It was somewhat upsetting because my hair had grown soooo much but it was uneven with thin, wispy and dead ends that hat to be cut off so my hair is barely any much longer now. I would have postponed this had my ends not been so bad, I blame the heatwave (pulls grumpy face).

I hope you enjoyed reading this and maybe found something useful.

9 Aug 2013

Sleek foundation tester kits

Crème to powder foundation tester kit (left hand side) and  the skin revive liquid foundation tester kit (bottom right). Shades go from light to dark from left to right on both tester kits.

I bought both from amazon but you can order them directly from the sleek website for £2.99 each. I ordered both kits in the light range however there is a light/fair tester kit for the skin revive foundation. There really isn't much choice for lighter skin tones with sleek colours however there's so much for medium-dark skin tones.

I have talked about the crème to powder test kit before in an earlier post but I thought I'd give it a more thorough review. It basically gives a bit of coverage but I still find it difficult to cover red spots and my under dark eye circles, I think a proper concealer is needed to give enough coverage in those areas. It does make my skin look so much better and using a mix of the right colours I can get a reasonably natural finish with it. Both foundations are quite light however the crème to powder foundation gives more coverage. On both kit's I'm torn between the colours sand and calico. Sand suites my skin tone perfectly but can look too pale in certain places, especially when I add powder to finish. Calico gives me a lovely sun kissed tan that looks very natural but is too orange compared to my pasty neck and décolletage.

I like to use the crème to powder foundation as a concealer so when I use the skin revive foundation on top of it it seems flake off by the end of the day. this does not occur on places where I haven't applied the crème to powder foundation so I'm guessing that the two don't like to be mixed together. I am yet to try the skin revive foundation on its own without using the crème to powder as concealer. I also haven't tried the crème to powder foundation on my entire face. 

The skin revive foundation lasts much longer than the crème to powder which has somehow disappeared from my face by the end of the day. However the crème foundation is better for oily skin than the skin revive foundation and gives more coverage with a less shiny finish. Both foundations are easy to apply and spread/blend in, which is great compared to the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation which is so thick and difficult spread with a brush.

I may give an update when I finally try these again but so far I am pleased with the fact that they suite my skin tone nicely and aren't difficult to work with. I've struggled for over a year trying to find the right shade for my skin and have been trying the colours "sand" or "beige" from multiple high-street brands. Sand usually looks okay on me but I guess it's the sand from sleek that looks the best. My next mission is to find a concealer and powder that is the right colour for me. This will prove to be an even more difficult task since these have even fewer options of colour, but the shades from sleek seems to look more promising. I currently have the darkest shade in the stay Matte powder by Rimmel and it's still too light for me.


2 Aug 2013

My first sugar scrub

Usually I use something in the form of a stone pumice to exfoliate my skin which is perfect for bath time but not so easy to use balancing on one leg in the shower. I was previously using a body scrub by Marilou Bio but it didn't have the greatest smell and also had alcohol at the end of the ingredients list.

I decided that I did not want to repurchase it so I browsed on beautynaturals.com to look for an alternative as every drug store body scrub seemed to have SLS or some sort of paraben.

I bought this on offer for £3.00 but I think it's usually £4.00

When I first tried it I thought, oh my goodness this is actually sugar!!! The stuff that you buy from the grocery store!!! I pondered for a while thinking how I could make a home-made sugar scrub and if it would be cheaper but then I remembered that this one has almond oil and other oils that would be to much trouble for me to get a hold of and mix together. Besides, I don't have the time or patients to do home-made things, I prefer to just buy it ready made in a pretty bottle or tube.

This sugar scrub smells lovely compared to the last one which is probably because pomegranate is my favourite scent. It isn't any better or worse at exfoliating my skin but when I get out of the shower my skin isn't dry at all. I was also surprised to feel the sugar to dissolve as I scrubbed it into my skin, but I guess that's how we make tea so I should have expected it.

Although using a stone pumice exfoliates better than any body scrub I feel that using a body scrub is much more gentle and more convenient to use in the shower. Its easier to us my hands to get into all the nooks and crannies that are a bit awkward to used with a rectangular rock.

I absolutely love this sugar scrub and the fact that pomegranate is my favourite scent makes it even better. The one I was using before lasted me quite a while, definitely over 2 months but this tube is even bigger so it should last me even longer. Will definitely be buying again even if it is £4.


1 Aug 2013

This little piggy went to the drug store....

.......and came all the way home with waaay too much stuff!!

As you read this post you will gradually realise how much of a greedy little piggy I can be, unfortunately I'm a common breed of girl who likes pretty things, therefore I can't help it, until my bank balance hits zero :( but that won't stop me from posting as you will see at the end of this post :D.

Ethics bag, boots £1.99, choice from three designs of three different girls

This is my favourite side of the bag which makes it so much more stylish than those other eco bags that have a corny saying on the front or some sort of company advertisement.

I spent quite a bit of time in superdrug debating which colour I should have of the sanitary towel case that comes free with a pack bodyform sanitary towels. In the end I purchased three so I could have all three designs. One for each handbag I guess??

This was desperately needed otherwise I would have to spend the rest of my days using my not so sterile fingers to squeeze my spots and pores. This tool is a much safer, cleaner, and less painful way to get some of the gunk out of clogged pores. I've already used It once and think it is much easier and less painful than using my own hands. This is now part of my weekly facial session and I make sure to rub some of my witch naturally clear blemish gel onto the tool before using it. The gel is pretty much and alcohol gel with a bit of with hazel so I use it like an antiseptic before and after using the tool. I bought this from Boots for £10 and I know that picking at spots isn't the best idea but this is the most effective and quickest way I can un-clog my pores.

I know what your thinking, there's a heatwave going on in the UK and she's buying a jacket!!
I'm actually hoping to save this for the autumn months when it's colder. I want to start jogging and so far I'm not doing a great job of it. I haven't ran outside since I was in secondary school but it's turning out my last resort since I have no space/privacy to do any dancing/yoga/wii fit like I used to. But before I go jogging I feel like I need to have the right kit so the flab I've managed to put on isn't jiggling about in a pair of flimsy leggings from Primark. This jacket probably isn't thick enough for the winter but it is very figure-hugging and was only £7 from Peacocks. They also have the same one in black

I'm hoping that with a nude tank top underneath this will be suitable for work. I really want to cover up my arms and keep them protected from the sun, but without overheating. What I really like is that the flowy see-through material at the bottom which adds a bit more class and elegance. A bit pricey for £14.99 from Tk Maxx but it's what I'd expect for something as pretty as this.

What you are seeing now are not recent purchases but products I have probably bought well over a month ago and have stashed away in a special box full of hair products. This particular line up is what I'll be using the next time I flat iron my hair. I scheduled to do this a month ago but keep pushing it back and now the weather is far too hot to put any extra heat on my hair so it may have to wait until September.

In chronological order, these are the conditioners I will be trying out in the future so if you've been wondering what hair products I'll be reviewing for the next few months then ponder no more.

I think I have enough conditioner to last me through the rest of the year because this isn't even all of it.

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