Only Curls

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It has been a while since I did a post about my hair and so here we are. I got new toys to play with in mid-April and I moved away from my trusty hair products for the first time in well over a year. Which was kind of a risky thing to do because when I started to try these products it was because I had run out of my beloved Shea Moisture duo and so if I hated them or they did shitty things to my hair I had to live by that until they run out.

The good news is that they didn’t do that.

The brand that finally took me away from my Coconut and Hibiscus dream team was Only Curls. I saw them on an Instagram story one day and the branding looked kind of interesting and I was in the mood to shake up my hair products because I have been using the same products for so long now and my hair was running the risk of getting bored with them, my hair was slowly spending more and more time tied up because I was so bored of them.

They were exactly what I needed it turned out.

I’m gonna break this down into two sections, they are first impressions and then where I’m at with them now.

So, first impressions:

I have always been kind of skeptical about the word ‘gel’ due to a lot of bad experiences with them making my hair feel hard and crunchy and smelling a bit weird and so I was wary of making one of my main styling product a gel. Turned out that I didn’t need to worry about that because the gel product is actually quite liquid-y.

But when applying them it’s creme and then gel. The creme is so light and almost refreshing if that makes any sense. I’m kind of iffy about the smell, on a couple of mornings in that first week that I started using it I kind of liked it and then on some others I really didn’t. The gel is also kind of light and it does help with the definition of my curls quite a bit which is always appreciated.

The first time I used this was on freshly washed hair (well from the night before) and I also used my Denmann brush once I had scrunched all the products through as I usually do to get more defined curls. The results were good, I liked what they did to my hair. The problem that day was the fact that it was windy and so it kind of messed my curls up a bit whilst it was drying. I’ve mentioned this before but once I’m done styling my hair I can’t touch it, or move it. So that skewed things slightly, also when I went to tie it up later that day for my workout the curl pattern basically left my hair.

I’m also one of those girls who has rinse her hair out every single day that I want to style it and reapply product, which is another reason why I spend a lot of time not bothering doing it in the mornings. It does however mean that I get to start fresh each day which is kind of useful because if I hate it one day then I get a re-do it the next day. So, the following day I started again.

I didn’t use the Denmann brush this time and actually I think I liked the way that my curls dried and the definition they had a bit better than when I did use it. So I didn’t use it again for the rest of the week (and also stuck a question mark as to whether I would ever use it again for my styling…). I was still trying to figure out what the correct amount of products was on my hair to try and make it look good and not feel greasy so while I liked the results there was still some areas of improvement to really get my curls popping.

And I made my breakthrough on Day 3 and 4. My curls looked so good and in the most surprising turn of events they actually dried beyond my shoulders. This is a rarity for me. My hair dry has existed at my shoulders for over a year now regardless of what the wet length is. It never fails to make me a little sad. But it dried beyond there. It felt like a breakthrough

And then I got a haircut at the end of May.

Oh my god. The way this makes my hair look now is incredible.

I am obsessed and in love. I’ve spent a lot of time this past year and a bit trying to actually love my hair and not just fake it and I’ve made a lot of progress with that over the past year, especially since summer. But the past few weeks have been insane. I have truly been living when it comes to my hair and the combo of these two products have done wonders for that.

They leave my curls thriving and looking incredible. They are super lightweight and don’t leave my hair feeling too heavy with the perfect amount of spring and bounce in the curls. I mean some credit has to go to the fact that I have had a haircut and therefore have cut some of the deader weight removed which means that it’s gonna spring back better anyway, but these two products have also been a major game changer for me and a risk that I am glad I took.

A slight negative, I can get through the cream real quick. I think for every gel I get through, I get through 2 creams.I don’t really know that quite yet, I do know however that in this instance I am coming to the end of one bottle of gel and the end of a second bottle of cream.

Oh and also, I bought a microfibre towel from them and I love how much it just soaks up water from my hair, it’s arguably a little too good at it sometimes if I forget how long it’s been on my head. However it did not accommodate for my hair all that much when it was longer and a lot of it was hanging out before I got a haircut. It’s not a huge issue because I just clip it in the back anyway but yeah, it’s not necessarily for longer hair so I don’t know how much use it will be to me when I get the length back. It will probably just be to scrunch any excess moisture out as opposed to wrapping it up and letting it dry that way, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

All in all, I am super happy with these products. They are so good and they do such great things to my curls and they came at just the right time when I was reaching some kind of point with my hair.

Also I love the totes that you get with a delivery over £30. They cute.

Meet my new power duo (that I will have to switch up soon so my hair doesn’t get complacent, but that’s not a hurdle I’m facing right now).

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Native

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At some point during April I was just watching a YouTube video about someone’s favourites and they mentioned this deodorant. It’s all natural and all that good stuff and if you hadn’t guessed it is called Native.

Now I don’t really pay all that much attention to deodorant for whatever reason, I just work on auto-pilot and spray it on every morning because I finally found one that works for me and that’s pretty much it. However I pretty much only shower at the gym on weekends and I have become acutely aware of the fact that I am spraying a fair amount of deodorant in a confined space usually surrounded by a few other women and it’s annoying me so I imagine it might be annoying to others. Which basically sent me on a path of low key searching for another deodorant that was the foreboding words ‘a roll on’.

I have not had the best of luck with roll on deodorants which is why I have been using the same spray one for about 4/5 years now. I finally found one that works and I was apprehensive to make the switch.

But it was a change that kind of needed to happen I guess. As I become more aware of the products that I put on my body I realized that maybe I should try and make my deodorant as natural as possible and well I didn’t have anywhere to go with it and so this seemed like a good place to start.

So I placed the order, the shipping was quick and easy which I was impressed by given that I live in the UK and this ships from the US. I ordered a sample travel pack at first so that I could try all the ones available and see which one I liked the best. They arrived in mid- April and I then realized that I had a small stockpile of my usual deodorant so I pushed back starting to use them until I had run that down a bit more and also so that I could start of the first of the month, meaning that it was easier for me track my progress (as it were) with them.

So the 1st May came around and I looked back at the sample pack that I ordered what felt like many weeks ago and selected the Lavender and Rose one.

As usual when I do beauty based things I am going to split it into 2 sections, first impressions and impressions now.

First impressions were that it really wasn’t that much of faff. I scrubbed my armpits within an inch of their life the first time that I used it (that sounds like I’m not always thorough, I am, just more so on this particular day). I then just followed the instructions that they gave. It was kind of weird. It didn’t feel like there was anything there and I swiped under my arms 3-4 times (which is slightly more than suggested, but there was no obvious sign that I had applied too much so it felt fine) and then put the cap back on and threw it in my bag just in case.

It was kind of put through it’s paces quite quickly in the week that I started using it, one because on day 2 I did what is typically my sweatiest workout of the week and also the weather in the UK decided to go from winter to summer pretty much overnight. I will say that when I was doing my workout on the Wednesday night I noticed that the pit stains were way more prominent then I think I am used to. But I guess that just served to remind me that this is not an anti-perspirant, it’s a deodorant. And also, they may not have been worse than usual I might have just been more aware of it than usual. On the Thursday I was also very aware of it and there were some pit stains on the shirt that I was wearing but I think that shirt is just susceptible to that shit, again I don’t really know I was just super aware of it on that day.

Then come the Friday I just kind of let it be. I stopped thinking about it so much and I think for the most part after that it kind of just felt like normal and I wasn’t overly aware of there being any kind of B.O scent come the end of the day, even with the slight rise in temperature.

So where am I at now roughly 6 weeks into this new little experiment as it were?

I think I’m finally over the detox period.  I’ve kind of stopped worrying about it at all and am just letting it do it’s thing.

Don’t get me wrong I think it has taken at least these 5/6 weeks for the detox to be fully over and I feel like some scents worked better for me than others, but I’m at the point where I am no longer paranoid, even when considering the fact that I work out quite a lot and that the humidity right now is so damn real.

So that’s a good thing.

The scents that I know I like, the Lavender and Rose, once I got over the faint smell of lavender following me around, I grew to like. I also liked the Eucalyptus and Mint one, which while is technically a male scent according to the site, was one that I found fit in with who I am as a person. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Citrus and Herbal Musk because that was just a bit too musky for my liking (again a man’s scent though). I also wasn’t a huge fan of the Unscented one just because I was still in the depths of the detox and it felt like a lot of faith to put in something and I didn’t really have that for the most part. Controversially I was not a fan of the Coconut and Vanilla even though it was touted as the most popular scent, maybe it was the timing of which that I used it or maybe it just was not for me. I do not know.

I do know that I won’t find out what my deal is with that for a while because I’ve just moved onto the seasonal spring pack and my current one is a Lychee and Goji Berry scent which I’m liking. But the main thing I am happy about is that the detox appears to be over.

Seriously the detox process was real and it was kind of hard and I haven’t been so paranoid about my armpits since I was like 11 and this whole thing first became an issue. But I’m over it now.

Personally, while the transition felt kind of long it also felt kind of worth it. On some level I do actually feel better for no longer spraying a ton of aerosol around in the morning and when I’m in the gym and stuff. Is it a little weird to sometimes have to rub product into your underarms because you’ve applied too much and you can see white in public? Yeah. Do you get over it? Also yes, no one gives a damn about what you’re doing they’re focusing on themselves. Another thing that I will say is that this tracks white marks sometimes like you would not believe. I am kind of used to it happening when you’ve just put deodorant on and are then pulling a t-shirt of whatever over your head, but that is usually the only time that I’ve experience that. With this it also sometimes happens when I’m putting on a sports bra. I do that fairly far into my day when I’ve been wearing deodorant for hours at this point and so that can be a little annoying as this product is a little harder to rub away then others.

Overall, I’m a convert to this natural deodorant life. And I’ve got two more scents left to try when I get through my current one (also currently tracking just how long a full sized one lasts, the sample sized ones I got through in about a week each). Would I recommend it? Sure, if using a natural deodorant is something that you want to do, this brand will get it done. Just beware that the detox process might last longer than the suggested 2 weeks.

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Skin Update

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I feel like I talk more about my skin this year than I did last year when trying to get it to something remotely related to being in check was one of my goals for the year. But I’m taking it about 50% more seriously than I actually did last year because this was the year that the hyperpigmentation of my skin finally started to drive me a little mad.

I was annoyed when it was the only thing that a doctor chose to focus on when I went to see him for something completely different and I hated the fact that he prescribed me all these drugs but did nothing to actually help me with the very anxiety I went there for. In fact he may have made it worse, because I wasn’t even thinking about my skin and the scarring on it until he brought it up. And so I did think about for about a week, but it made my face go really red and made a rash come out on most of it and it really stung almost all of the time and I kept forgetting to take the tablets that I was prescribed so I gave it all up. And ceased to give a shit about the scarring.

Until I sat in a mirror in MAC to get my concealer matched and wow do those mirrors and that lighting bring out all the issues with your skin. Just my gosh. I mean I am aware that it’s not necessarily the best, I’m a spot picker and so the scarring is real but it’s kind of tamed down since my late teens and so I don’t really notice it as much. Until this day where the concealer did all kinds of wonderful to things my face and made it look almost blemish clear and then I decided that it bothered me a little again. This happened in January of this year though. I wasn’t bothered about the appearance of my skin until this year.

To be fair I’m kind of still not that fussed by my skin, I mean I spend most of my days make up free because it’s effort. But yeah, there is a part of me that would like to go back to having clear skin as well as it being super smooth and also very soft (thank you Glossier).

Now I already started making changes to this when I added Solution to my skin care routine at the tail of January and well we’re coming up to 3 months with it now and I talked about it felt like I did definitely feel like there was some improvement with my skin within the 6 weeks that I had been using it at the time of posting.

I also mentioned in that post at the beginning of last month that I was thinking of maybe adding some kind of serum to my life. Well I did so that. It just isn’t currently a Glossier one. I used to use a Vitamin E Oil after I’d applied moisturiser at night which meant that I went to bed with a little bit of a sheen and also to be honest I was never really 100% sure whether that was truly being absorbed by my skin before I went ahead and put my face all over a pillow, but I stuck with it because it’s cheap and on some level it did actually help.

But I was in the market for a serum and I still hadn’t figured out which Glossier one would be right for me (I just know I don’t need all of them) and as I was about to just buy another oil I noticed that Superdrug now do a Vitamin E facial serum. And so I picked one up. You apply it twice a day, so I apply it after I’ve toned in the morning and used Solution in the evening and then I moisturise (and put sunscreen on in the morning). And I’ve been using it since St Patrick’s Day, which is where the second part of this skin update comes in.

The continued use of Solution is continuing to make a difference to the skin on my face. It is really making a difference with the dark marks on my face. They are fading. The process is slow don’t get me wrong, but I never expected it to me quick. I am aware that it may only take mere days for the scar to appear but it will take a fair while for them to fade. So this is doing some of the work. Also, I mentioned in my last post that it seemed that Solution had a shorter shelf life than my other Glossier products. That may have been a premature assessment. I still have the same one that I had when I wrote that post, I subbed it out for a full for the week I was in Amsterdam just in case but it’s lasted a lot longer than I thought it would when I just did it by eye.

The addition of the serum currently feels like I am just adding an extra boost of hydration into my skin. It really adds to the softness and overall texture and appearance of it. It doesn’t target a particular skin issue as such but it does keep it hydrated, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I won’t lie, I did just pick up because there was a part of me that just couldn’t choose a Glossier one.

I thought that I knew which one I was going to pick when it came to them for when this current one runs out and then our hotel room in Amsterdam came with really good bathroom lighting and I learned that my skin is kinda red in places, which a whole new skin issue that I didn’t even know I had and also means now I am back to questioning which one would be best for me.

Generally speaking though, my skin is starting to really improve and I can really tell that it is in a better condition than it has been in the past. Even the oiliness that was making a real strong comeback over the summer has started to be less aggressive.

I mean I am saying all this the week that my skin decided to revolt against me because I wore make up every day for a week and also when the hormonal spots have decided to make their appearance so currently my skin looks awful, but for the most part and in the long run, it has really improved and Solution remains a great addition to my skin care routine.

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One Year

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Over the past year I’ve spoken about my hair quite a bit because I decided to start giving a shit about it and my first haircut in 4/5 years at the beginning of March last year. And well we’re coming up to a year since then and my hair continues to make me feel some kind of way and that kind of way is now going to make it’s way into a post.

Firstly, it currently needs another trim so the ends of it are just being problematic because they are super broken and damaged and are kind of doing occasionally dodgy things to my hair. Look it’s nothing major, but over the past year I’ve gotten used to having healthy hair and so I notice shit like this acutely now. The problem is going to my hairdresser is a damn trek and I can’t be bothered (which is not actually the same issue that I had the last time, but yeah, it’s a new kind of problem).

Secondly I kind of forgot that what I had done to my hair is on some level considered a ‘big chop’. It kind of felt like not a lot of hair was cut off when it happened and I was so tired of dry, easily matted mess of hair that I also wasn’t all that attached to it so I didn’t really register that it was being cut off. But hair was down the middle of the back by the time I got it cut and then when that was over it fell just above my nipple. I had like 5/6 inches cut off.

In the past year it’s now at the base of my bra strap. Wet. Dry it remains around my shoulders. It has been around my shoulders the whole year. The wet length has changed. The dry one has not.

And there is a part of me that is finding it frustrating.

The reason that I didn’t get it cut for so long is because I wanted long hair and I knew cutting it would make it go out and highlight just how real shrinkage is. And I didn’t want that. But I also knew that if I wanted to get length with healthy hair then I kind of needed a reset. So that’s what I did.

And now I’m just frustrated (like I literally just mentioned). The problem is that I am not necessarily all that patient. When it comes to my hair. Or maybe I am but the main problem is that I’m bored with my hair.

It does very little.

I can wear it down and I can tie it up. Those are pretty  much my only options. I can put it in a bun, I can put it in space buns. I can kind of ponytail it, but I have to treat that as if I’m wearing it down and I always reach this danger point where once product has gone for curl definition I kind of can’t touch it until it’s mostly dry. Touching it tends to make it frizzy, so pulling it into a ponytail is a risky game. Oh, I did bunchies once whilst I was in Greece because it had dried all the way and we had just got back from somewhere and I was hot and needed to get it up but it was too big to make a decent looking ponytail and so I split it.

And currently the weather is so fucking grim and windy that the idea of actually putting effort into it sounds super unappealing. And so it currently just lives it’s live in a bun of some description because it’s just easier and I’m gonna level with you my hair is too thick for me to be bothered to want to contend with it to get it into some kind of braid. My arms get tired, my shoulders are too tight, I’m not very good at it and it never really looks all that good anyway because my hair is so damn thick it all just looks clunky.

So it does very little. It also doesn’t move. Seriously, once it’s dried when it’s down it cannot be moved. Which is annoying I can’t lie. It’s also boring. There is no flexibility and it means that I’m bored. I straightened it before Christmas and it felt kind of wild. It moved. It did what I wanted. I could do more than one thing with it. Some styles were finally possible and they sat right with no frizz. It also didn’t require being soaked through each day. It shook things up and then also made me feel so much more in love with my curls when they came back (all be it a tad heat damaged…).

But the novelty of getting the curls back wore off real quick and now I’m just bored. I’m bored of having shoulder length hair and I’m jealous of my hair when it’s wet. Because when it’s wet it’s everything that I want it to be and more. But that lasts for all of five minutes and then it’s anybody’s guess as to what is gonna happen.

And I know that the key to growing out curly hair can basically be summed up by the word patience. Which is actually something that I have. In most areas of my life.

But apparently it is wearing thin when it comes to this particular aspect of my life. I went a little bit down memory lane earlier this week and I found a bunch of pictures of when I had long hair. By the time I had it cut last year it was super long. It was unhealthy as hell, but it was long. That took 4 years to get to. So in theory it is possible that it can happen again. I don’t know what it’s actually going to look like should I ever get it to that length again with healthy hair, but I do know that it is possible.

But it’s the kind of long game that apparently I don’t currently want to take part in. Or I want to make it a super long game and cut all my hair off and then just start all over again.

I’ve reached that point with it all. I reach that point once or twice a year. I’m probably not gonna do it.

What I am going to do it get another hair cut next month and then keep on growing it out.

And I’m probably going to keep low key complaining about the fact that it’s still do damn short and shrinkage feels the need to mess with me. And also hate the fact that I once heard ‘it grows out before it grows down’ because apparently that shit is accurate.

Real accurate.

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Glossier Update

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Now as we all know I became a full on Glossier convert during the last quarter of 2017. I remain one. Then in mid-January they launched a new product.

Solution.

The second it went live on the UK website it went straight into my basket, along with a new Boy Brow because I was running out (and so I also got free delivery, go me) and then two days later it was in my hand.

It promises results within 4 weeks and well I have had since the 20th January and therefore we are have reached that 4 week mark (well, it’s actually closer to 6)  so naturally I am going to talk about it and whether I think it is working for my skin.

First of all I use this at night, You can use it at any time of the day as long as you use it only once so I picked end of day, just because I think it has a bit more of a chance to truly put some work in while I sleep.

Within the first week or so I noticed that my face broke out. There were whiteheads galore and they really helpfully all collected in the same place so patches of my face were just spot only zones. I think that was mainly just my skin adapting to it though as once they had all cleared up my breakouts sort of settled back down to normal. The thing that I’ve noticed about all my spots in my time using them is that they seemed to scab over and reach that really juicy state where they are ripe for the picking a lot quicker. Which I guess is a good thing for the life span of the spot on my face, but is a bad thing when you’re prone to spot picking like I am. It’s the spot picking problem that is causing all of the hyperpigmentation issues (for the most part) on my face that I am trying to get rid of. So it gives and it takes there.

Also I learnt that you really need to heed the warnings when it comes to sunscreen application. I already do put sunscreen on on the daily, but it’s just one my face that I am super on top of. I sweep this over my face and also down my neck and in the first few days that I neglected to apply sunscreen to my neck the skin got suupppeerrrr sensitive. Nothing too major, because it’s winter right now and I live in a scarf that protects it from any potential sun exposure, but enough for it to be very uncomfortable. It only took a couple of days of application for that to go away, so yeah. Sunscreen is important.

The thing that I have noticed in a big way is that my skin is super soft. The cleanser had already gone some of the way of making my skin feel super soft and this just seemed to increase that immensely. Honestly my skin is so soft and smooth.

I kind of made the mistake of not taking any proper progress photos when it comes to this. I am super critical of my skin and super aware of just how many little scars there are and am not convinced that they are actually going anywhere. But when I am not being hypercritical my skin has actually cleared up a bit. Also whilst I’ve been using this I have noticed that my Vitamin E oil has just been absorbed all the way in. And so is my moisturiser so yes, this does help make other products work better. The oil problem hasn’t been that bad for a while and it has now settled down again but there was a week about 2/3 weeks ago where my skin just went to being a straight up oil slick, so I definitely felt like my skin need to adjust to using acids for the first time, but once it did it’s all been moving smoothly.

This is £19 which isn’t super cheap, but also is an investment that is sure for sure worth I feel, it has improved the overall appearance of my skin. However, I do have a slight issue with the length of time it lasts for. I got a new cleanser in November last year and I think started using it at the beginning of December, I’ve only just bought a new one and I’ve still got at least a week left in my current one meaning that it has about a 3 month shelf life. My Priming Moisturiser Rich was bought around the same time and I’ve still got a couple of weeks left with it, I’ve got a couple of months left with the Priming Moisturiser before I need a replacement. I’ve been using this for 6 weeks and am already 3/4 the way through. It kind of only amounts to a month difference I think between the products, but I only use it once a day like the two moisturisers so I was slightly surprised by how quickly I was moving through it. But it’s a small gripe for what is otherwise a damn great product.

It’s been a very much welcomed addition to my skincare routine and there is a part of me that is still itching to try one of the serums and see what they might add to my routine as well. I’m waiting until I get closer to finishing my Vitamin E oil before I make a more considered decision about which one I’m going to try, but I imagine in a few months time there will be another one these updates…

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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.

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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

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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