Beauty, My Life

Glossier

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I did mention way back when that I would do something of a review when it came to Glossier and well, here it is.

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When Glossier launched in the UK in October I kind of knew that I would succumb and find out what all the hype is about the Boy Brow and the Cloud Paint. What I didn’t expect to do was then fall into the skin care section and lose a lot of time in the skin care section. But that is because it came at a time when I was experiencing a lot of breakouts and I had come to the realisation that my skin was plateauing and I needed to make a change and this place was giving me an option for change. And offering it to me in set that means that I can get it cheaper…And also I needed a new sunscreen when I started looking that wasn’t going to make my skin look like an oil slick like the one I was using was doing, and I remember hearing somewhat good things about it so I bunged it in my basket.

So, this is going to come in two sections, my first impressions and then what I think of it now. A tad over a month later.

First Impressions

Milk Jelly Cleanser – Okay, so I’m used to a balm like, oil based cleanser that I rubbed onto my skin dry and then wiped off with a damp cotton wool pad and that was that done. I’ve used creamy cleansers before and I’ve alway fallen out with them. This can be applied to dry or wet skin, the first time I used it I did it both ways. On wet skin in the morning and then on dry skin in the evening.

The first thing is, this doesn’t foam. Which I guess in my head was weird because when I think of cream based cleansers I think of foam. It also means that it’s kind of hard to tell whether it’s cleaning your face or not. I don’t wipe off the residue with a cotton pad and see the work, I just rinse it off and hope for the best. It went on really nicely and felt super conditioning as well. I think it’s kind of the same on both dry and wet skin. One thing it did make me realise was that I needed to invest in a separate face towel that a bit less harsh than my other one. I haven’t had to think about that for nearly 2 years. But yeah, it did feel like it cleaned my skin without leaving it too dry and also it helped with the shiny T zone.

Priming Moisturiser – This is quite a light moisturiser, but it applies really well and it does feel hydrating. My initial thought was that it felt a bit too light to be a night time moisturiser, but they do have a rich version of this that seems a bit thicker, so I might give that a shot. But I might not, this does hydrate and my old moisturiser wasn’t super thick and that worked fine for months. I also like that both of these products don’t have any overwhelming scents, I only like that for my shower gel, my hair products and my perfume.

Balm Dotcom – I got this in mint because I love all things mint (plus the packaging is a hella cute pastel colour). It felt really hydrating the first couple of times that I used it and the smell was good but not overpowering. It’s a bit easy to get carried away with the squeezing of product though.

Invisible Shield Sunscreen – I’m suspicious of all sunscreens. I’m convinced that they are going to make me look ashy and take forever to blend away. This was not one of those. It went on clear. It’s a slightly cloudy colour which initially worried me, but it went on like a dream. And it didn’t leave me super oily like my last one. Yes, there was a bit of shine by the end of the day but it was nothing compared to what it used to be.

Boy Brow – Okay, I understand the hype when it comes to this product. It’s good. It’s not dissimilar to any of my other brow products because when it comes to them I am very particular and also I don’t trust myself with anything like a pencil  or a gel, my eyebrows are naturally quite thick and I play to risky a game by trying to go in with those product at the moment. This one adds just the right amount of colour and coverage and just makes my brows look a little bit neater and a little bit bolder without being too OTT.

Priming Moisturiser Rich – The pop up Glossier store showed up near Regent’s Street towards the end of the month and I just had to go. Mainly to get a better idea of this product, because I got to a point where I knew I needed a richer moisturiser for evenings and reading the reviews they were a bit hit and miss. First of all the scent of lavender with this one is way more pungent then the lighter one. But it is thick and creamy and it did make my skin feel like it was getting a greater injection of moisture through it to get through the night.

Skin Tint – This was also something that I considered buying online, but I wasn’t sure what shade to get it in and so the pop store came at the perfect time. I found my shade (Dark) and this is very much a ‘your skin but better’ kind of thing when it comes to coverage. The only problem with that is that I have hyperpigmentation issues and so I kind of need a bit of a stronger coverage. Also, and I don’t know if this is just my skin  or the way that I applied it (with a beauty blender) but my skin looked really shiny after just a few hours and it looked like it was starting to fall off my face.

Stretch Concealer – Again, this was a product that I needed to just double check my shade for, it’s the same as the Skin Tint, but I just needed to check. This is a great concealer. It’s really creamy and applied really well, it blended down into my skin great. However, this is also a relatively light coverage concealer so it’s not too great at dealing with my more stubborn skin issues, like breakouts and scarring.

Impressions Now

Milk Jelly Cleanser – This stuff is still amazing. It’s so gentle and it does get all the dirt of the day off. I’ve worn make up a couple of times in the past month and I typically take off most of my make up with a face wipe and then go through my routine as normal. I did find that when I did that it didn’t get all of my eye make up off 100% and therefore I did wake up the next morning with panda eyes. I decided to do a little experiment and when I had a full face of Glossier on I didn’t remove it with a face wipe first and just went straight in with this cleanser and it did work a treat. But I had no eye make up on beyond my brows so it’s not quite equipped to do that just yet.

Priming Moisturiser – This moisturiser is super buildable and as the weather gets all the  colder I’ve found that it is still really hydrating my skin which I am appreciating massively. I have noticed that my skin is doing that thing when it becomes like an oil slick by the end of the day sometimes and I don’t quite know whether it’s this or the sunscreen. Or just my skin. I don’t use any mattifying products because I cannot be bothered but that might help now that I’m not using a moisturiser that lends itself a bit better to oily skin like my last one

Balm Dotcom – This product is long lasting when I slick it onto my lips just before heading of out the door to work. I’ve also noticed up until last week when it got really cold that I don’t have to apply lip afterwards as frequently as I usually do, which can never be a bad thing.

Invisible Shield Sunscreen – Like I mentioned up above, I cannot figure out if it’s this product that’s sometimes making my skin really oily or not. I’m not very good at keeping proper track of what affects my skin and what doesn’t. I mean my diet has also taken a slight turn so that might also be affecting it and making me break out a bit more and not my products. This is also super lightweight and I am still such a fan of the fact that it dries so well and doesn’t me a lifetime to blend in until all the white is gone. I clearly like all of these products enough that I have now repurchased the above again over Black Friday weekend.

Boy Brow – I remain in understanding over the hype of this product. It does great things and you don’t need to much the get the job done.

Priming Moisturiser Rich – This has been such a lifesaver in terms of making sure that my skin gets a really got injection of hydration overnight. This product also really soaks up my Vitamin E oil and I really feel like it’s penetrating deep and making everything just a little bit softer and more supple.

Skin Tint – This applies better when you use your fingers and not a beauty blender. I learnt that last weekend. It allows a better coverage and it’s also easier to build it up over problem areas, for which my cheeks house a lot. I think it’s because it’s so liquid-y and so it doesn’t just get super absorbed by the sponge. This product is super hard to get out of the bottle and I find that I do need  lot in order to get a decent coverage on my face. I know it’s supposed to be one of those ‘your skin but better’ products but seriously, I want some coverage. I feel like I might need a setting powder for this, I mean I need one in a general sense as well, but this fell off my face by the end of the day basically.

Stretch Concealer – I love this concealer, it blends so well and it’s pretty solid in terms of coverage as well. The colour is great and it hides the discolouration on my face pretty well. Again, it’s one of those products that you need to apply with your fingers to get the proper coverage. I’ve sort of switched over to liquid concealers more recently because they have more coverage I’ve found but this has tempted back to the side of cream based ones. And I kind of love it.

Look, if it wasn’t obvious at this point I am 100% a Glossier convert. I love them. I love the packaging. I love the simplicity. I love the quality of the products. I love the whole look of the website. I loved the vibe of the pop-up store. I love them. I would recommend them. So much. I will be honest, the prices are a bit skew wiff. I mean the sunscreen is pretty expensive for the size, but I’ve used it everyday for a month and it’s still going strong. In fact all of my initial purchases are at most halfway done and I use them multiple times a day so it’s not crazy excessive for the length time of they last. I only bought replacements for them because they were on sale, not because I was in dire need.

I love it. I’m so glad I gave into the hype.

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Conditioners

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I’ve quite liked going a bit more in depth with some of my goals for the year. I did it last week with my skin care and I’ve gone on a bit about my exercise routine (which may actually need updating…or I might do another version…or something. We’ll see) and also how that has really helped to change my mindset and made me feel better about myself.

I have also done a couple of posts about my hair, because I have become one of those people that just will not stop talking about my hair. That mainly comes from the fact that I borderline hated it for most of my teen life and into my early 20s and now I finally love my hair. And I am going to continue in that vein again today and talk a little bit about my new best friend.

Conditioner.

The bathroom is heaving with a lot of my hair products these days (which means I am on a hair product buying ban until I’ve run them all down…) and most of them include the word ‘conditioner’ in some way. I’m a little obsessed. I like to know that my hair will be well moisturised at all times and with whichever product I happen to grab in the morning.

So, this is a list of all the ones I own and what I think of them.

Starting with the actual conditioners, there is only one that reigns supreme in my life and that is:

American Cream: This product is my everything. It’s so thick and creamy and it has great slip. It makes detangling my hair a total dream as I rake my fingers through it to get rid of all the major knots after a week of doing very little of that. It’s also super hydrating which is really good and makes a nice base to the deep conditioning mask that I then put on once I have rinsed this out. I used to find the smell a tad overwhelming. I mean it was nice but it always felt like a bit too much, but over time I got kind of used to it and it’s been something like a year now and I quite like the reassuring aroma that comes with flipping the lid come wash day. I finished this beloved product of mine yesterday and so it will not be in my life again until I finish my other conditioner.

Superdrug Hydrate and Shine Conditioner with Coconut Water: Which is this one. I’m gonna be honest, I’ve never actually used this conditioner as part of my wash day process. I bought it to take with me to Greece, one just in case I did need to go through the whole wash day process while I was out there and two to take with me to the beach and rake through my hair once I got out of the sea. Because the sea is dehydrating as hell and my hair likes moisture. So I used it for that, and it was my hair’s saviour, for real. It was hydrating and kept my curls in check in all their salt water drenched glory. I’ll find out on Sunday how it actually works in my wash day routine, but I imagine it will be fine.

And those are the conditioners. Onto the deep conditioners, for which I have many. An alarming amount. It almost overwhelms me how much choice I have when it comes to putting one in my hair. Most of these have instructions that say to leave them on for 15-20 minutes. I promptly ignore all of those and just leave them on my hair for hours. I tend to just rake them in, tie my hair up in a bun and live my life for a bit. Sometimes I run errands, sometimes I go work out, sometimes I just watch some stuff on Netflix. My hair doesn’t seem to mind it.

Superdrug Hydrate and Shine Conditioning Mask with Coconut Water – I think I’ve used this once so far. It was fine from what I remember of it, but it’s never been one that I reach for come Sunday when it reaches that time. Honestly, there is no real reason for this, I prefer others to it. Next weekend I’m going to finally use the whole Superdrug Coconut Water range for the first time in conjunction with each other (I own the shampoo as well) which will be a first for me.

Shea Moisture Jamacian Castor Oil Grow and Restore Masque: I love this mask a lot. It’s really thick and again has good slip which makes detangling a total dream. The smell is a bit odd. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I feel like it is a bit medicinal and sometimes it smells just fine. Also my hair drinks this stuff up so much so I use a lot of it, but even though I use loads in one go, the tub lasts for quite a while. But to be honest that may be because it takes me a while to cycle back around to it in amongst the others that I use.

Olive Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak: I always forget how good this stuff is to my hair. The slip is insane. It is so good at detangling my hair as a result of that. I used it yesterday and left in my hair for around 4 hours and as I was detangling with a wide tooth comb my curls looked so good and revitalised. So many of these masks are really thick and I like that. This one is also really light. I put so much of this stuff in my hair and you wouldn’t even really know until I was combing it out and it all starts to collect on my ends. It also smells really good and is very, very hydrating.

As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner: I have slowly fallen harder and harder in love with As I Am these past couple of months. This deep conditioner is everything. Again, it’s so thick and my hair just drinks it up. The tub doesn’t look that big, but it has a solid 6/7 uses in it and that’s taking into consideration that I go real hard with the application of any and all deep conditioners. It coats my curls so well and again also has really good slip. I love anything that makes detangling easier. Bonus for this one, it smells ah-mazing which is in and of itself enough reason to totally love it. I think this one is my current fave, but I only have one treatment left of it, so I’m reluctant to pick it up because when I do it will be gone until I run out of them altogether…

Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner: This came in a sachet that I used the day I got back from Greece, because my hair was crying out to be washed as it had been over a week by that point. I picked up a couple of Hask deep conditioner sachets before I left just to throw one in my suitcase just in case a wash day was required. It wasn’t, but I had them and so I decided to give one a try. Oh my gosh, this product was incredible. I do not know if you’re supposed to get more than one treatment out of this sachet or not, maybe if your hair isn’t as thick as mine you can. I could not and so I squeezed every last but of product out of the sachet and let my hair soak that shit up. Which is exactly what it did, my hair on that particular day loved this product. It smelled amazing, didn’t feel too heavy and left my hair feeling so hydrated after a week in the sun, sea and sand. It was also very hydrating. I have a charcoal (surprise, surprise) one of these also knocking about my house somewhere which I am looking forward to trying just to see what that does to my hair and whether I will have found another charcoal product to add to my obsession…

Once I have detangled, rinsed the deep conditioner out and wrap it up in a micro fibre towel for about 10 minutes I then apply a leave in conditioner and tie it back in some kind of bun situation (sometimes I plait it). I then come back to leave ins on days when I cannot be bothered to wear my hair loose and need to know that my hair is still being moisturised while it is tied away out of sight. I’ve also ended up with a lot of these, and I have repurchased one of them because it is my absolute fave and also quite a key component to one of my styling methods so being without it was not an option.

As I Am Leave In Conditioner: This is the repurchase in question. It is so moisturising and so delightfully good to my hair. I have finally got the ratios right with this and the second styling product that I use (which is currently the As I Am Doublebutter Cream) which gives me perfect results each and every single time now and makes my hair look so good. This product is also great for when I just can’t be bothered, although I’ve been running low so I had to look at other products for that, which is why the repurchase was required. It also smells incredible. Like oranges, which I happen to like the smell of but I know not everyone does. It’s citrusy but not too in your face with it. It’s my fave.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner: I haven’t been reaching for this one as much recently, although I do still really love it. I think it just has a bit too much slip for day to day wearing for me and that means that if I put too much in by accident (which is easy to do when you scoop it out of the tub) it collects in my ends in a really big way and you have to spend more time removing all the white product out of the ends. Again also the smell is a bit hit and miss, I’m currently in a phase where this particular tub smells really chemically and not like the peppermint-ish smell that it previously has had. I’ll probably reach for this a bit more when a couple other of my go-to’s run out.

Shea Moisture Shea Detangler: This is a more recent purchase just so that I could give it a try. I don’t really know how I feel about it. On the one hand I do think that it is very moisturising and it’s great to put through my hair after I’ve gone through the whole washing process (which I did yesterday). I don’t feel like it helps with detangling anymore than other products I use. Also if it goes on slightly dry hair then it takes a while to soak into my hair and I spend a lot more time raking it through to make sure there are no white streaks then I would like to. The smell is nice and neutral though which I like and it leaves my hair feeling soft. I’ve used it in conjunction with another styling product once and hated the results so I may have to give that another try on hair that isn’t going on 10 days old.

R&B Hair Moisturiser: I gotta be honest, I forgot that I had this product until the other day when I remembered suddenly that it existed. I haven’t used it in so long. It’s just not one that I reach for all that often. I don’t even really remembered how it reacted in my hair. I know it used to do great things when my hair was really awful, but what it would do now? Haven’t a clue. I used to just coat my ends with it after the gym to keep a bit of hydration in it but it never really went beyond that. I mean, at some point I am going to have to return to it, but I think I just fell a bit out of love with it because at one point it was the only thing that worked in my hair and now there are so many other products that do such great things and so it’s fallen a bit behind.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Milk Dry Hair Mask: This is a 3-in-1 product that i have only every used as a leave in. It’s super nourishing, smells really good and is really thick. It doesn’t have too much slip which I guess is a by-product of the fact that it can also just be used as an outright hair mask, but that isn’t too much of a problem and I tend to just rake it through and then tie my hair up. This is a product that is best used when hair is damp, veering towards wet, as opposed to damp, veering towards dry as it applies better. Or at least it does in the case of my hair.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Sleek Restorer Balm: I think I impulsive bought this and I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be used as a hair mask but it has the same consistency as the other one and so I use it as a leave in. It’s not my fave, it dries in my hair a bit weird and makes my curls feel crunchy, which is probably the strongest indicator that I should really rinse that shit out instead of leave it in for 24 hours at a time. It also doesn’t smell all that nice, which is weird because it has both cocoa butter and coconut oil in it and independently they both smell lush. I’m not gonna rush to repurchase it and I’m wondering why I did so in the first place.

And those are all (I think) the conditioning products that I currently own and where I stand on them. I’m currently running them all down and then sticking to a two of each rule only (except for with actual conditioners because we all know which one rules the roost there). And I say two of each because I need options and to make sure that my hair doesn’t get complacent and start getting unruly.

And also, I’ve just written nearly 2,500 words about conditioners, so congrats to you if you made it this far!

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Skin

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As you may be aware, one of my goals this year is to try and improve the overall condition of my skin. It’s not bad per se, it’s just seems to have plateaued a little and my skin is experiencing a lot more break outs and because of the breakouts and because I am spot picker I am then left with some scarring which means in turn that I have some hyperpigmentation issues.

Which wasn’t bothering me all that much, I mean it was a massive issue 4/5 years ago and it sort of cleared up on its own when I got into a better routine with my skin care, which I strived to do while I was at uni. So I knew it would clear up eventually and didn’t pay much mind to it. And then I went to see a doctor (about something unrelated to my skin) and he mentioned that he could prescribe some medication to deal with the scarring and to prevent any future related acne breakouts.

Now, I don’t have acne but he seemed to convince me that going on medication was a good idea. I lasted all of a week, if that. The serum that was prescribed made my skin super irritated and caused this rash like thing to happen right on my cheek and I kept forgetting to take the tablet first thing in the morning and I realised that I didn’t care that much. I did a bit of reading around it and apparently sometimes skin can react that way, but seriously, I do not care that much.

Once I stopped using the serum it took nearly 2 weeks for the red to go down and become this almost scab like thing and then it faded away to something akin to my normal skin colour. It was grim. I hated it. It made my skin worse. At one point it actually burned to just use my everyday skin care routine so it all seemed to rather redundant. And then after that debacle I sort of just lived my life and kept it as it is, because for the most part it was working.

Until I just would not stop breaking out and I started to look for solutions. The obvious one was Tea Tree Oil and then I started looking at what ones were available and in the end I just picked up Grease Lightning from Lush because the rest of my skin care is from Lush so I trust them, and also I was in there picking something else up so it was a full on impulse buy. For the most part it is helping with drying out breakouts and they don’t stick around for as long, and that means that I have less chance to pick them so there isn’t so much new scarring. Always a bonus.

Which brings me on to the next product that I have also introduced to my night time skin care. Vitamin E oil. I use a Superdrug one, which I kind of picked up on a whim when I was picking up some other bits and pieces but was also on the hunt to finally see if that whole putting oil on oily skin thing actually works. Firstly, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling even oiler which is great, in fact I think it is actually controlling my T-zone which used to become super shiny by lunchtime, if I was lucky. It’s also very light and doesn’t require that much per use, which is great. In fact I think I’ve been using the same 30ml bottle for about 6 weeks and it’s still going. It cost me less than £3, so that’s great to.

Beyond seeming to keep the T-zone in check, it does appear to helping to clear my skin up. I mean I wasn’t expecting overnight results or anything, and I made the mistake of not truly capturing what my skin looked like before I introduced the two new products so I don’t have a direct comparison, but it does appear to have freshened and cleared up my complexion a bit.

Which was confirmed to me earlier this week when someone at work said that my skin was looking so much better. So clearly it’s doing something, whether I truly notice the changes or not and it can only really be down to them because I’ve not made any other drastic changes. I mean I’ve increased my caffeine intake and have upped my fruit and veg consumption but none of them have been as sustained as the night time skin care routine.

So, I would definitely credit it to them on some level. And also, I have gone back to genuinely not being fussed by them, if I was then I would take the time to wake up a bit earlier so that I can put some foundation on and cover it up (which I can now do because I have finally lost enough of my tan to be able to use by secondary foundation) and I don’t do that. In fact I’m mildly annoyed that I let it get to me in the first place, because I did for no real reason.

I’m just gonna keep going with what I am doing. Maybe. I also feel like my skin has sort of plateaued again and I’m trying to figure out whether I want to switch it up again…Glossier is released here soon and I’ve heard good things about their skin care products and I always like trying new things. Although, I am also partly of the belief that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

We’ll see.

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Subscription Madness

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I’m sticking a similar vein to yesterday’s post, just because that is the kind of mood I am in and I am still trying to digest my thoughts on Nevernight before I post my review which will come tomorrow, so for now we have this.

I am terrible at remembering to do things that need changing or replacing or whatever, which is why I just signed up for VITL (a vitamins subscription) and stopped relying on myself to remember when things were running out and they needed replacing. I now get them delivered to me just as they run out on a monthly basis, it’s great. And so I am all for just leaving things to automated subscriptions so that I can’t forget about them, and as yesterday suggested I am very easily influenced on occasion.

So when I ended up deep in a Buzzfeed article spiral I ended up with two new subscription services under my belt.

And they were for razor blades and toothbrushes. Both of which I never remember how long I’ve been using for and when I need to replace them, so outsourcing it is just great all around for me. So here is just a short summary of my thoughts of them as I’ve been using them both for a few months now (one for longer than the other).

Friction Free Shaving

I’m guessing the title gives it away as to what this one is for. I have always been terrible at remembering to change my razor and my legs don’t really like me for it. And what with it being summer now and all that jazz it means that regular leg shaving season has officially descended. And well this site offers four fresh new razors either monthly or bi-monthly for £8 (if you get a 5 blade one, the 3 blade one is cheaper). I’m on a bi-monthly one because I don’t shave my legs that often that it would be required for me to change the blade every week, so I change it every two (and even then I still almost forget sometimes). I noticed the difference almost instantly, I literally always forget the difference that a new blade makes in the whole process and now I get that often it’s wonderful. Although I do still somehow manage to take giant chunks out of my legs regardless. I’m a fan. Oh and also the customer service team were great. So wins all around.

Quip

Aka the hipster toothbrush. Mine is black. Super sleek, doesn’t require daily charging and is light. And I love it. I mean it’s an electric toothbrush. It’s not going to reinvent the wheel or anything and nor is it claiming to. But it’s a gentle kind of electric toothbrush. It also helps me to pay attention to where I am actually brushing my teeth and for how long for. It also makes it a lot easier for me to just feel like I’m getting a deeper clean each morning and night. This toothbrush in conjunction with my toothpaste leaves my teeth feeling super clean. The best part is that in 3 months a new battery and brush head, I don’t quite remember how long I’ve had it for, but I know it’s not been 3 months, I think it might have only been 1 so far. I have also been converted to this one as well.

And those are my current two subscriptions that I currently partake in (actually it’s 3, but I only talked about two) which I am currently loving, if only mostly for the fact that it means that I no longer have to think about replacing them because they are just delivered directly to me. And that’s always fun.

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Styling Products

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I am talking about my hair again. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done that, so I’m doing it again. It’s been 4 months now since I got a hair cut and completely revolutionised my attitude to my hair (I’m getting another one at the end of the month) and in doing so I also gained a new appreciation for all things product.

Pre-hair cut my hair was pretty much a product free zone. I occasionally raked some leave in through it just so it remained marginally more moisturised than the Sahara, but it spent 95% of its time tied up. But now there is a shit ton of products just all collected in my corner of the bathroom. A lot of them are to do with the conditioning of my hair, but then we reach the products that I have tested on these curls.

I do it pairs and I’ve tried 3 pairs of product on my hair now so here’s my thoughts, based on using them for around 3-4 weeks and not just once or twice.

Pair 1

Bb Curl Pre-Style/Re-stlye Primer and Bb Curl Defining Creme

Okay, so initially I quite liked these, mainly the curl defining creme but this was just after it had been cut and it was basically desperate for anything. It was just being cared for and so at first it drunk this stuff up. But then after a couple of weeks it started to really dry my hair out. It was so dry. I couldn’t finish the creme in the end because my hair just does not deserve that. In terms of the primer, I hated the bottle because it was spray bottle and I could never tell what parts of my hair were coated and which ones were, so there were also dry spots and that just compounded the issue. The way you apply the product also meant it didn’t really work as a re-styler either, it might do if you have fine hair, but I do not. I only tried it a couple of times, but in both instances I had to emergency flip my hair over the bath tub and rinse it through to style it again. For the price, I wouldn’t recommend them, high street stores are working far better on my hair than these did.

Pair 2

Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk and Curl Enhancing Smoothie

These two products are my shit. I love them so much. They do such great things to my hair. They help cause some serious definition and they leave my hair feeling so soft. They also work in perfect conjunction with one another. I go so hard with this products, my hair just drinks them up and then lets them do their thing. I think a couple of times it has left my hair a bit dry but that was also more to do with the weather and also the fact that I was pushing wash day back and so what it really needed was a wash. My one gripe is that the milk is a bloody nightmare to squeeze out of the bottle, I spend more time getting it out of the thing then I do raking it through my hair, but that’s it. It also makes my hair smell delightful.

Pair 3

As I Am Leave-In Conditioner and CocoaShea Whip Styling Cream

These are more recent editions to my hair styling life because I am wary of the fact that my hair is gonna get bored of products if I use them for too long and so I need to interchange one with my Shea Moisture routine. I chose these products just because I saw them recommended. I love them. They create good definition, although it is slightly softer than with the Shea Moisture products. They also leave my curls feeling softer, because the leave in isn’t as thick as the styling milk and so they aren’t as weighed down (that’s not the right word for it, but it’s all I can think of right now). My hair is also slightly frizzier when I use these products, but I am kind of fine with that. It’s not all that bad. The styling cream is sooo nice, it’s super thick and it feels super moisturising on my hair. Again, the leave in is annoyingly hard to get out of the bottle, but because it is more liquidy it is easier to get out of the bottle by banging it against my hand. And also as this product is lighter than others that I put in my hair it requires a lot more product to get as much moisture in as the others do, meaning that I am going through it at a more alarming rate then I usually do. I’ve had this product for about 3 weeks and am almost finished with this bottle, which is annoying, but thankfully they aren’t super expensive so it’s not that big a thing. They smell so good as well. I am all for products that make my hair smell and look good.

Shout out to my leave in conditioners that I rake through my hair close to wash day and also just when I can’t be bothered in the morning to spend a lot of time on my hair, which are the As I Am one as mentioned above, Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner and R&B Hair Moisturiser. And then also OGX Coconut Oil Hydrating Mist, which helps with the flyaways at the beginning of the day (which was me this morning when I just could not be bothered).

And those are the styling products that I have used and mostly love. I am low-key always on the look out for new ones to try especially because I am a product junkie these days. That’s happened and I do not know when that became the case, but there you go.

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My Lush Essentials

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It’s been a while since I talked about Lush and that’s mainly because I have stopped buying things from Lush in a bid to stop spending money (which hasn’t worked because I’ve just bought stuff from other places instead and gained a newfound love for Topshop). And also when I say I’ve stopped buying things that’s also me talking a little bit of bullshit, I’ve stopped buying new things. I’ve stopped trying things out to see if I like them or not and I’ve acquired myself some essentials.

Which is the point of this post. These are the Lush products that I can’t go without in day to day life and always have to make the walk to some kind of Lush in order to make sure that I don’t run out.

I switched most of my skincare over to Lush at some point towards the end of last year and although there is a part of me that feels like I need to change my skincare again because I’ve been dealing with more frequent breakouts and also want to do something about the hyperpigmentation issue going on on my face again, the learning curve is long and I don’t feel like my skin has really gotten a chance to adapt to these properly even though it’s months now, so I’m sticking it out.

My go to skincare products are, Ultrabland – this cleanser is good, I’ve just started a new pot and I’m sticking with it even though it’s oil based and I’m still dubious as to how good they are for my combination skin. And I don’t know why I’m remaining dubious about that fact because like I said, this cleanser is good. It gets the job done, it leaves my skin feeling clean. It’s good, it’s why it’s my go-to (I don’t know why I’ve just had to convince myself of that). Eau Roma Water is my current toner, it feels fresh and it smells kind of great without being too cloying which is always a risk with things containing rosewater. I then round it of with Enzymion which is a great lightweight moisturiser. (I had to search the Lush website to confirm the spelling of my moisturiser and as such have just added Full of Grace to my list of things that I want to try because as I said I have some hyperpigmentation issues and also want to introduce a serum-ish kind of product to my routine just for that extra bit of moisture and this particular product seems to tick those boxes. Let’s see how long I hold out for shall we?)

Then we move onto the other products I find I cannot let myself run out of. Any kind of lip scrub is a must, I’m still making my way through Sugar Plum Fairy, but there was definitely an overlap between this and Mint Julips and I imagine that there will be another kind of overlap when it starts to run low. I use it weekly and then if I have a particularly dry lips day I use it then, it’s a good product to have I have found. Rub, Rub, Rub is also it for me. I opened a pot a couple of weeks ago and realised that I had about enough product to exfoliate one leg, it was terrible (I use that term loosely). I am probably a bit too liberal with this product but it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and I don’t like not having it around and so yeah, it’s an essential.

Oh and also I always have to a fresh face mask to hand. I use them weekly and can get a good 5-6 weeks out of one. I think I’ve tried them all, but my faves are definitely Don’t Look At Me, Rosy Cheeks and Prince of Darkness. I especially love the last one but as it’s an Kitchen Exclusive for Oxford Street I don’t tend to get it as often because it requires a trip, but the other two work just as well and I love them also. They really help to reset my face and prep it for the week ahead.

My last essentials are hair related. I remain a firm believer in American Cream so much so that I bought a 950g bottle of it and am still making my way through it. I use so much of this stuff every week and yet I still have a fair amount in this bottle left. At some point I am going to have to repurchase it, I just don’t know when that will be. I also still can’t seem to be without R&B Hair Moisturiser. I don’t use it as much as I used to but it still does wonderful things for keeping my hair moisturised, which I guess could be implied from the name of it. I just opened a new pot of this and I imagine it might last a while, and then I’ll reassess how I feel about it.

For now though, these are the products that I cannot bring myself to run out of at the moment.

Do you have any Lush products that you swear by? (I really shouldn’t be looking to buy anything more from this place and yet I will 100% take recommendations because I am weak and a tad obsessed.)

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My Curly Hair Routine

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I swear I am going to stop talking about my hair at some point, I don’t know when, but I will. It will probably be after this…for a little bit anyway.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but I got a haircut…

And with that haircut came a new found love for my hair. I pretty much just about washed and conditioned my hair each week and then I sometimes bunged some product into it just so it didn’t feel like total straw. It got the job done, I mastered the tying it all up into a bun and leaving it there every single day. Sometimes I would let it loose, but I did that so infrequently that it just got very annoying very quickly and so I would chuck it back up and watch this bun get ever bigger on the back of my head.

But it was not a pretty sight most of the time and it was so very damaged and the curl pattern was all over the place and even though it was super long, it was super long at a cost. And the cost was that it was gross. So I got over my slight fear of the hairdresser’s and got it cut for the first time in over 4 years.

And then I started investing in it. In a big way. And due to that, I have now developed a routine of sorts. It changes on a week to week basis depending on what mood my hair is going to be in after wash day. Sometimes it co-operates all week, sometimes it doesn’t (this week has been half and half), so I’m just going to go through a general idea of what my routine is on wash day and then the various variations that I go through over the following 6/7 days.

Side note, I always work with wet hair, so although I only wash it once a week (yes, really) I (usually) rinse it through with water each morning.

Wash Day

Wash day is a long ass exercise and because of that it currently always takes place on a Sunday. It begins with this:

So I basically started watching a lot of YouTube videos one weekend (and I mean the WHOLE weekend) and took various inspiration from them. The first being giving this products from OGX a try and also introducing oils into my hair routine just for that extra bit of moisture. I start my wash day with OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil. I just massage it onto my scalp after I’ve untied my hair and ignored the day 7 mess that it is and I do that for a couple of minutes making sure that I cover my whole scalp. It smells soooo nice and prepares myself nicely for the arm workout that is about to ensue.

After I massage the oil it’s time to shampoo. I rinse my hair with water (which does nothing to get rid of the oil funnily enough) and then I wash my hair for the first time. I’m never that fussed about shampoo so I was still using Daddy-O from Lush which was working just fine (I am gonna move onto the OGX Coconut Curls one this week though). I massage that into my scalp just to lift the oil out of my hair and then rinse it through, which just basically leads to a lot of purple tinted water making its way down the drain as the oil means that it doesn’t lather. Then once it’s rinsed through I go back in again and massage more shampoo onto my scalp (and only my scalp) and my arms and hands get another little work out as I really work the shampoo into my hair to get rid of a week’s worth of products. It lathers the second time so it really feels like my scalp is getting clean. Then once a month a go in with a clarifying shampoo (which I did last Sunday), the one I’m currently using and quite like is Bumble and Bumble Bb Sunday. It smells nice and my gosh does it strip my hair clean, I’m still not quite used to it and the amount of moisture I need to put back into after I’ve used it.

After I’ve washed my hair, I go in with a shit ton of conditioner. I am still using American Cream from Lush because if I swore by it when my hair was a mess I will definitely swear by it when my hair is healthy again. It’s still great, I’m wary to change it when the bottle that I have is finished so I will keep up with it. I apply this liberally to the middle and ends of my hair and then rake it through and then finger detangle, which some weeks takes no time at all and sometimes takes ten minutes. Once it’s detangled I then rinse that out and then we move onto deep conditioning.

The ones that I am currently using are Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Grow and Restore Masque. I rake this through my hair, do a bit more finger detangling and then I wrap it up in a bun and clip it there and leave it for a few hours. Sometimes I wrap it in a shower cap and a towel and use the heat from that to really get that deep conditioning in and then sometimes I have errands to run and so I leave it in while I go and do that. I am really liking this treatment, the smell I can take or leave but it leaves my hair feeling so soft and moisturised and I really feel like I can take on the week (hair wise). If I don’t use that one then I use Olive Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak which I like and was really good when my hair was terrible, but since I found the Shea Moisture one and that is doing real great things with my hair I’m not reaching for it as much.

Once I’ve left the deep conditioner on for a few hours I then detangling it with a wide tooth comb and you’d think that it would be the final time that I detangle my hair for the day but you would be wrong. I then rinse the deep conditioner out and wrap it up in a microfibre towel and leave it to dry. Once it’s been about 20 minutes I take it out of the towel and then rake the Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner and then detangle it yet again. That’s pretty much it for wash day, I just tie it up and leave it.

Rest of the Week

So the rest of the week differs from day to day. on Mondays I tend to go use the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk and Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I go in with the milk first and just rake that through my hair and then I apply the smoothie, raking it through my hair and then once I have been quite liberal with that I then get a bit more smoothie in my palms and start scrunching my curls up. I do that for about five minutes and then leave my hair to air dry, which can be a bit annoying because it’s mostly soaking wet and once I’ve finished applying product I tend not to touch my hair until it’s mostly dry. If it gets too bad then I just scrunch it a bit more with a microfibre towel and that tends to do the trick with minimal frizz. I also then tend to repeat this process on a Tuesday. Side note though, I don’t know if it’s just this particular bottle that I have or not because it’s the only one that I’ve ever bought, but the milk is soooo difficult to get onto my hair. The bottle is really stiff and I can’t get a good enough squeeze on it and then the formula is really thick and so doesn’t appear to want to leave the bottle…it’s all a bit of an ordeal to contend with, but I have another bottle that I will move onto soon so we’ll see if it’s a one off or not. I hope it is.

Come Wednesday my hair is not quite holding the same way, and it’s usually the point where I start tying it up in some capacity. I usually go back in with the Shea Moisture leave in and then I use the Bumble and Bumble Bb Curl Defining Creme, again I rake it through and then scrunch away. If it’s tied up then I will just spritz OGX Coconut Oil Hydrating Oil Mist on any fly aways and to just get rid of potentially frizzy parts. I usually do that on Thursdays and Fridays as well. Sometimes on Saturday I am handed a random gift and my soon to be washed hair acquires a new lease of life and I can go in with my Shea Moisture Milk and Smoothie again. Mostly I can’t though (honestly the above has happened twice in two months now…) and I just fall back on my good old reliable R&B Hair Moisturiser just so that my hair doesn’t dry out completely.

There are days when I go to the gym (4 of them actually for the most part) but I only really require showering after that twice a week. When I just rinse the product (and the sweat) out and wrap it in a microfibre towel and then once it’s damp and I just spritz it with Bumble and Bumble Bb Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer. I don’t ever actually use this as a primer and I tried to restyle with it once and that just didn’t work so I now mostly use it to put a bit of moisture in my hair before the morning. And then once a week I co-wash my hair with American Cream which works to reset it a little in between washes, but I don’t do that every week.

And then we get back to Sunday and I start the process all over again.

I am currently using the same products at the moment but I know that my hair is gonna start to get used to them and I am going to have shake it up…which means that I might fall back down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos. I am also open to suggestions as to what you find works for your hair, mainly styling products and deep conditioners because I am pretty much fine for shampoo and conditioner?

And that’s my current curly hair routine, which took up a lot of words and also marks the end of me talking about my hair for the time being…maybe.

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