Sunday, May 31, 2015

Haircare Product Empties

I bring you, Part Deux (don't forget to read Part 1) of my seriously huge empties saga...Hair Products!

So, I'm not all that high maintenance with my hair. I reverse shampoo every 2 to 3 days, then let it air dry. My hair isn't particularly oily, but it isn't dry either. It is fine, but I have a lot of it. I'd also classify it as naturally wavy.

What the BLEEP is "reverse shampooing"? It is when you condition your hair BEFORE you shampoo. I'm sure that this will be a controversial topic, but hear me out. I was on Accutane (or the generic form of the drug anyway) about a year and a half ago, and because everything was so dry, I was able to go almost a week at a time without washing my hair. It was glorious! Since then, I have found that I don't need to shampoo as often as everyday, but I certainly can't go almost a week. I read about conditioning your hair and THEN shampooing about 6 months ago, and thought I'd try it. It works for me, and I find that it allows me to go longer between washes.

I've tried tons of shampoo/conditioner combos, and none have ever really wowed me. I generally go for whatever is either on sale or whatever I have a coupon for. Because I condition my hair BEFORE I shampoo, I need my conditioner to be thick and nourishing. I always leave it on for about 5 minutes before shampooing so that it has time to really penetrate. I find that the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle - Moist is alright in the warmer months and is super cheap, but during the dryer months I do like something thicker like the Davines Ol Conditioner with Roucou Oil. The only problem with the Davines Ol range is that the smell is just WAY too much! It has a VERY strong perfume smell to it that I just can't get past. If that doesn't bother you, this would be great for dry or course hair. I did try the L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask because it has Hyaluronic Acid in, but it left a weird filmy feeling in my hair and didn't really seem to give much moisture. I did love the smell of it though! The last conditioner I used up was a sample of the Amika Nourishing Mask (I would repurchase this.). This stuff was amazing! It was thick and left my hair feeling nourished but not weighed down. The scent of these products, Sea Buckthorn Berry, is absolutely lovely! I'd love to have body products in this scent :)

After I rinse out my conditioner, I go in with the shampoo. You can see I have 2 bottles of the OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo - the whole family likes this stuff. Caroline Hirons, skincare goddess extraordinaire, goes on about this brand and I have to agree with her. This shampoo is creamy and leaves my hair feeling clean, but never stripped. It does have a subtle coconut scent, but if you don't like that sort of thing, it isn't overpowering. I have loved everything I've tried from this brand! I did try the Davines Ol Shampoo with Roucou Oil, and although it was a nice shampoo, it was a bit heavy for my hair and...that smell...just can't do it.

Because I condition my hair and then shampoo, I do sometimes find my hair to be difficult to get a comb or pick through after my shower. I have found that if I use a leave in conditioner - it isn't a problem. I tried this sample of the Davines Natural Tech Replumping and Compacting Fluid and really liked it. I actually really liked the shampoo from this range too. It was light enough not to weigh my hair down, and unlike the Ol range, this one had a natural herbal scent to it that I didn't mind. If you don't like overly scented products, this may not be the brand for you - everything I have tried does have a strong scent.

On the days that I don't wash my hair, I use dry shampoo to keep things fresh - and I love the volume they can give. I may not be too bothered with my hair, but I do like volume and texture. I haven't found my Holy Grail dry shampoo yet, but I have tried a fair few. So far, the top runner is the Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo. It does leave a white residue, but it goes away once you work it in with fingers or a brush. This one seems to do the best at making day old hair feel fresh, smell good, and it adds a bit of volume and texture too. It is also the most readily available to me. I hated the Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray. It was too wet and felt more like hair spray than a dry shampoo. I didn't find it to soak up oil or give any volume. It just made my hair feel more gross than it already did. Sorry Oscar Blandi :( The last 3 I tried were OK, not great. The Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo and Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo (can we just agree that the Amika packaging is adorable) both smelled great, and the Klorane Extra-Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk did make my hair feel fresh - but just didn't do too much in the way of volume and texture.

That's all for Part 2! Thanks so much for hanging in there with me! Stay tuned for Part 3 which will be Bath & Body Products!

What is your Holy Grail Dry Shampoo? Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts on them?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Random & Makeup Empties

Guys/Gals...I ended up with 2 bags (only photographed 1 out of shame) FULL of empties! HOW - and better yet, WHEN - did this happen?!

There I was, just doing my thang one day when my DH shouts from the bathroom, "Why is there a shopping bag FULL of trash under your sink?!" It was that moment that I knew I had to face the music and write a post...or 4.

So...yeah, this is the first of 4 (yes, 4) empties posts coming your way in the next few days. I truly apologize for being MIA for so long, but - as you can plainly see - I have been busy...using up products and such!

This post will cover the few random, makeup, and perfume empties I rounded up.

Let's start with the random bits. There were others, but I tossed them over time and I'm sure they were mostly travel tubes of toothpaste and mini packages of dental floss (I have a family member that is a dental hygienist.). That's pretty boring stuff, and I've already gone on and on about my favorite toothpaste in the past. This Colgate Total is just a standard mint flavored toothpaste. It does the job, but is nothing to write home about. Do people still use that phrase?! Gosh, I'm showing my age here... *sigh*

The other 2 random empties include my beloved Harney & Sons Royal Wedding tea, which is a flavored white loose leaf tea that comes in little pyramid shaped sachets. I've bored the Internet to tears with my endless gushing about this tea, so I will just say that this is what gets me out of bed in the morning and I cannot be without it in my life! Oh, and some deodorant...funny, it's been nearly 6 months since my last empties post and I have only 1 deodorant...This Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant is some good stuff though! I have since repurchased it in the grapefruit scent (this one is in Fresh Vanilla Lemon and I don't find it to smell of vanilla or lemon), but I plan to buy it again. I wouldn't say it is the best if you are a hitting the gym, but for day-to-day it rocks. My armpits have never been happier!

I don't use a lot of makeup on the daily, but I do get through mascara and eyeliner pretty quickly, especially sample size tubes.  I use concealer with some translucent powder to set it as opposed to a full face of foundation - unless I'm going out or doing something a trip to Target. I have been using the Rimmel one for a while now, but I received this sample of the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine with an order from Sephora or something and tried it out. I really liked this. It was very finely milled, so it never looked cakey - and because it wasn't highly pigmented, if at all, it didn't add any extra coverage. I'll probably be buying the full size when I finish the powder I am using now.

When it comes to mascara, I am super picky. I have naturally curly lashes that are a bit on the longer side. I prefer a mascara that gives me false lash length and separation. The Clinique High Impact Mascara was great! It has a big fiber brush with a formula that never clumped and gave the perfect amount of length for day-to-day wear. Even my sister liked this one and we never agree on mascara! I didn't get on as well with the Guerlain Maxi Lash. I found it a bit too dry and the fiber brush was smaller. It just didn't grab my lashes like I hoped. I guess if you are after volume, maybe this would be up your street.

I've recently had an influx of perfume samples from subscription boxes, so I am trying to get through those. Fresh citrusy scents are what I normally go for, but in the last few years I've really fallen in love with florals, particularly rose (ie. Stella by Stella McCartney). Sticking to that line, Chloe is amazing! I will definitely be purchasing the full size of this. If you like rose scents, this one is perfect, and the packaging is beautiful too. Givenchy Very is a sort of powdery floral which feels a bit too mature for me, but was wearable. On the other end of the floral spectrum is Daisy Eau So Fresh - this one is super sweet, and I normally don't do sweet fragrances, but I did like it. Out of the last 3, I'd only purchase the full size of Folle de Joie. This was a very fresh, lovely and bright scent perfect for everyday. It wasn't particularly citrusy or floral...but I loved it! Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal was a very sweet girly scent and Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black was a super musky somewhat masculine scent (with gorg packaging). Two very different ends of the spectrum, and just a bit too over the top for me.

Alrighty, that rounds up Part One of this ma-hoo-sive empties saga...Next up, Hair Care Empties. Keep your eyes peeled!

Have you tried any of these and have different opinions? What have you used up recently...or, in my case, over the last 6-9 months? I'd love to hear! And, as always, I thank you for stopping by to have a read :)