Friday, 29 July 2016

Today's hair

Two stacked, braided buns. I can barely squeeze my hair into two XL Flexi 8!

Strangely I found that the night owls are just a tiny bit smaller than the dreamcatchers, so I couldn't close the night owls over the buns. I never noticed that before?

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Today's hair

Two braids split horizontally to make two stacked braided buns tomorrow.
It always amuses me a little just how far up I have to split it to create two evenly thick braids: The hair on the very top of my head is a lot coarser and grows denser than the rest.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

I need a hug

I generally try to keep my private life and especially my private friends out of my blog, but I really need to talk about this.

Biochemist friend and I spent the day shopping and hanging out Thursday. She has a job interview coming up next week and wanted some help finding appropriate job interview clothes.

Biochemist friend and I met many years ago at a Swedish for beginners-class and although we have both been busy a lot, both with work, studies and family issues, we have always tried to be there to do something together with regular intervals.

Now she's moving back to her native Germany with her boyfriend to work.

I just don't know when it will fit in our schedules to see each other again and I can't shake the feeling of sadness.

I feel really lonely.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

This week in hair

It suddenly hit me that I only have two weeks of vacation left. Uh-oh. So if I were to make any progress, I'd better get started on my reading list.

I ended up giving up on One Second Later a few days ago. Made it to page 55. It's a shame. I loved the idea: An EMP goes off and for the most part, life just goes on. No power? Ugh, so annoying. But it will probably be back soon. With no way of knowing how extensive the power-outage is, you have no way of knowing what had happened or when help is coming. Unfortunately it has that oh so American-author syndrome where it describes every little stupid detail in great detail and goes into equally great detail about the characters past to a level that is completely unnecessary and totally frustrating. I always end up getting so irritated with that writing style and want to shake the author while screaming "Why? Whyy??" at them.

Instead I get started on Ready Player One. It's basically a love-declaration for nerd culture and the 80es. Unfortunately I think I'm just exactly too young to really get the (many) references, so maybe I should get Hubby to try it?

It's about time to get back to work, I'm getting tired of being a housewife! I'm almost through my to do-list with things like cleaning the fridge and sorting all the cupboards and such, so it's beginning to get boring.
Also, I find myself putting more and more effort into Hubby's lunches just to entertain myself. Today he is getting an enormously thick  pork chop I found in Copenhagen the other day, baked vegetables and whiskey sauce. Spoiled Hubby!

I spend the evening looking around for a new K-beauty show to watch. Beauty Bible spring/summer 2016 finished its season around two weeks ago and I need something else to watch.
Again I find myself wishing I knew the basics of Korean. So...
.. I signed up for Korean lessons for beginners! 
After having finished the sign up and paid and everything, I had a moment "What the [bleep] did I just do??". On one hand it's unbelievably dumb, because it's 3 months and I don't even know if it will fit my work schedule. On the other hand, it's something I've been thinking of doing for a very long time.
We'll see. I start on September 12th.

I play around with my hair and use the hair-lasso for like the first time ever. It wasn't exactly a success.

Today's hair is one of my favorites: The twist-beginning five-stranded braid.

I have a specific reason to wear it again: I need to fix it up in a bun tomorrow, where I have a job interview! I ended up sending out two applications a week ago and already have a call back. Of course this leads to an "uh-oh", because I have something else I will start on in August.
But since the other job is project-based and 3-4 months, and this is something potentially permanent, I have to priornitise.

I then proceed to have a "minor" meltdown when I go through my work wear to find something for tomorrow. Out of 15 pairs or so of nice office wear pants, I can't fit into any of them!
Holy crap.
I know my weight has slowly piled on the last 7 years or so (I blame Hubby! Typical relationship gut!), but that I can't fit into any of the nice pants is just humiliating. I guess I didn't realise the problem in it's full extent since I've been in a "jeans and T-shirt" kind of work environment for many years now.
Time to take the dieting more serious!

First things first: I get the job! Yay! I'm very happy with it. It seems like my new colleges and I are a good fit, so I'm really looking forward to starting there.
I don't start until September though, so I have a month at the other place first.

I don't exactly enjoy the conversation of having to call the first place and tell them I have to cut my contract short, but they understand I have to prioritize.

I make lasagne in the evening, using the minced soy.

My lasagne recipe for 1 kg of meat and a lasagne kit:
  • 50 gram of minced soy
  • One pack of diced bacon
  • Small red onion
  • A bit of garlic
  • A few regular or pickled chililes
  • One large, shredded carrot (Works wonders for a dish that has a tendency to become too dense!)
And extra cheese of course!

I do a deep conditioning and to use up some of the Dark n lovely ultra cholesterol that had such a bad ingredient list and the Welcos Argan-gold that had such a weird effect on my hair. Mixed with some of the good Welcos-conditioners, it has a nice effect.

I really can't keep a straight face with this thing on!

Ever stumble on something in your hair stash and you seriously go "WTF?" over it?
I do over these hair sticks. Not only are they ugly and look like a child made them, they are rough too. I immediately toss them, but still wonder where and why on earth I got those things in the first place.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Hair food: Minced soy

I'll be honest: This tastes like cardboard.
But the protein to calorie ratio is amazing and if you mix it with spices and vegetables or meat, you won't notice the cardboard taste.

I like to mix with with minced beef for meat sauce or lasagne.

But no more than 1:10 in ratio or the cardboard taste comes through anyways.

For a lasagne with 1 kg meat, I usually use 50 gram (1 dl plus a bit) of the dry soy. It swells up a lot once you add water.

100 gram minced, dry soy:

  • 265 calories
  • 64 gram protein
  • 19 gram fibre

Since protein is 4 calories per 1 gram, this is almost pure protein (64 x 4 = 256 calories)

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Today's hair

I found this thing when I was looking for something else.
When did I even buy it?
I don't think I ever used it...?

Well, it took some serious pulling (And some curse words) to make this braid. I guess it just wasn't made for my quantities of hair! So I doubt I will use it again...

Monday, 18 July 2016

Sheet mask hack

A quick trick to make Korean sheet masks fit better to your face. Sheet masks just never fit really well, so this might help.

You need
  • 1 sheet mask
  • 1 scissor

  1. Fold the top of the sheet mask down to fit your hairline better 
  2. Smooth over forehead to get the mask to hold
  3. Adjust eye-area, especially if it has those little "flaps"
  4. Smooth over cheeks to hold mask to face 
  5. Take loose strip over lips and cut 
  6. Fit the masks sides of to the nose and fold the strip over
  7. Smooth over cheeks and down to jawline 
  8. Cut part under lips and smooth over to fit chin 
  9. Fold cut part up to make smooth 
  10. Cut excess part off and fit over lips 
Finish with a Daiso Japan Reusable silicone mask cover to keep essence from evaporating and mask from slipping if you want to sit up while wearing a sheet mask.

Headband: Etude House My Beauty Tool Lovely Ettie Hair Band

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Today's hair

Yesterday's "Literally every girl on Pinterest"-style pinned up.

I quite liked it actually: The "tilt" of the Dutch braids made it easier to lift the bun off my neck.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Today's hair

About time I tried the "Literally every girl on Pinterest"-boxer braid style. I don't see that style a lot in the wild, but it sure is popular online!

My main worry with this was the center part. I parted it ever so slightly to the side to avoid elongating my face and bringing too much focus on my chin.

The front part got a bit too big, so I lost some of the "crown" effect.

I didn't manage to braid tightly enough, so it sagged a bit instead of being as tight as I wanted. Also, it would have looked nicer with the braids placed further back towards the parting.

The parts got a bit too small on one side, so it ended up sagging at the neck too.

It was surprisingly hard to "tilt" my normal braiding pattern: I felt I had to think about what I was doing a lot, instead of just going on muscle memory.

Well, overall for a first try at a new style, I'm fairly happy with it. I think "I don't hate it" is well enough for a new style-attempt.

Overall, I liked the effect.
Not bad for a first attempt!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Welcos conditioners compared

It's not often I have three conditioners from the same brand and line to review, so I thought it could be more interesting to compare them to each other in a review. It should make it more useful and interesting instead of talking about them separately?

I'm going to compare them on a few different factors:
  • First impressions
  • Effect: Shine and manageability
  • Ingredient analysis and interesting ingredients such as "actives": Oils, fruits, keratin, sunscreen

First impressions

Welcos Confume Baobab
Baobab. That's pretty cool! Those trees look seriously alien, so it automatically ups the cool-factor.
The product is white with a slightly fruity scent.

Welcos Confume Argan
I'm highly biased here because I've tried it before and know it's a great product. It makes my hair seriously soft!
But argan oil is really mainstream by now, so it doesnt really get any "cool" points.
This product is also white, but has a strange scent I can't really place. Wooden maybe?

Welcos Confume Argan Gold
There is actually gold in this! Now that is seriously cool.How decandent!
The product is vaguely yellow and has a scent that seems to be a mix of the other two: Fruity, but with something wooden in it.

Ranking for first impression:
1st: Definitely the argan gold for sheer showing off
2nd: Points for the cool and alien baobab tree
3rd: Good old argan oil


Welcos Confume Baobab
The baobab conditioner is really good for sure. Nice shine and good softness. I would have been a lot more impressed with it if the argan one hadn't been just that little bit better though.
But make no mistake: This is a really, really good conditioner.

Welcos Confume Argan
What can I say? This is a seriously awesome conditioner. One of my favorites for sure! No other product has ever managed to make my coarse hair this soft. It doesn't disappoint, even though my expectations were really high from past experience.

Welcos Confume Argan Gold
My love affair with the cool and decadent gold-conditioner ended as soon as I had to rinse it out again. It had a horrible effect once the product was halfway washed out: My hair felt sticky or glued together and stringy. The effect lasted even until I thought I had rinsed it completely clean. I rinsed it for a bit after that, but it kept feeling odd. The weird feeling stayed even after drying it off and only partially disappeared after I had added some serum to it. It kept having an odd stickiness to it for days.
The strange glue-sticky effect reminded me of the Palmers coconut oil fuckup from when I was new to haircare. Not a pleasant association.
However, it did seem to really boost my copper tones. Does it deposit gold into your hair? I just don't know. But I will try mixing it with another conditioner next time.

Ranking for effect
1st: The argan oil is amazin
2nd: The babob is really, really good
3rd: Uff. Argan-gold for sucking.

Ingredient analysis

Welcos Confume Baobab

Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone,  Behentrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Laureth-5, Adensonia Digitata seed oil, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed keratin, Butyrospernum Parkii (Shea) butter, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) seed oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Macademia Ternifolia seed oil, Helianthus Anuus (sunflower) seed oil, Camellia Japonica seed oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Stearic acid, Glyceryl citrate/Lactate/Lineolate/Oleolate, Ceteareth-20, Ceramide 3, Phytosphingosine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut oil), 1,2-Hexanediol, Portulaca Oleracea extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) leaf extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) flower extract, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) flower extract, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) flower extract, Camellia Sinesis leaf extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Interesting ingredients:
  • Adensonia Digitata seed oil. That's the baobab oil. And fairly high up the list too!
  • Hydrolyzed keratin
  • Butyrospernum Parkii butter. Shea butter
  • Simmondsia Chinesis seed oil. Jojoba oil
  • Persea Gratissima oil. Avocado oil
  • Olea Europaea fruit oil. Olive oil
  • Macademia Ternifolia seed oil. Macademia oil
  • Helianthus Anuus seed oil. Sunflower seed oil
  • Camellia Japonica seed oil. Camellia oil
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil. Argan oil
  • Cocos Nucifera. Coconut oil
  • Portulaca Oleracea extract. Common purslane, also known as verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, red root, pursley, and moss rose
  • Salvia Officinalis leaf extract. Sage
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis flower extract. Rosemary
  • Lavandula Augustifolia flower extract. Lavender
  • Chamomilia Recutita flower extract. Matricaria
  • Camellia Sinesis leaf extract. This is the plant used to make tea, so... there's basically tea in this?
  • Aloe barbadensis leaf extract. Aloe vera

This is a lot of oils and extracts...

41 ingredients in total
1 marked as a "1" for acne-trigger. 2 % 
6 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger. 14 %
1 marked as a "4" for acne-trigger. 2 %

1 marked as a "1" for irritation-trigger. 2 %
2 marked as a "2" for irritation-trigger. 4 %
1 marked as a "4" for irritation-trigger. 2 %
And 1 marked as a "0-2" for irritation-trigger. 2 %

32 marked as "green" for safety. 78%
5 marked as "yellow" for safety. 12 %
1 marked as "red" for safety. 2 %
And one marked as "green-yellow" for safety. 2 %

Welcos Confume Argan

Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Laureth-5, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 19140, CI 15985, Fragrance

Interesting ingredients:
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Oryza Sativa Bran Oil. Rice oil
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil. Argan oil
  • Benzophenone-5. Sunscreen

Short and to the point! I like this ingredient list and I appreciate the SPF.

19 ingredients in total
2 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger. 10 %

2 marked as a "2" for irritation-trigger. 10 %
1 marked as a "4" for irritation-trigger. 5 %

12 marked as "green" for safety. 63 %
5 marked as "yellow" for safety. 26 %
1 marked as "red" for safety. 5 %
And one marked as "green-yellow" for safety. 5 %

Welcos Confume Argan Gold

Water, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Laureth-5, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Citric Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olus, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut oil), Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) extract, Poria Cocos extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf polysaccharide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Gold, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 19140, CI 15985, Fragrance

Interesting ingredients:
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen, 
  • Oryza Sativa Bran Oil. Rice oil
  • Amygdalus Dulcis Oil. Sweet Almond oil
  • Cocos Nucifera. Coconut oil
  • Tremella Fuciformis extract. Mushroom
  • Poria Cocos extract. I had some trouble figuring out excactly what this is, but it seems to be a Chinese herb from a fungus?
  • Aloe barbadensis leaf polysaccharide. Aloe vera
  • Gold. Pretty far down the list, but there's the gold!
  • Benzophenone-5. Sun screen

Well, points for actually containing gold! Seriously, it could easily just have been a marketing gimmick, but this did in fact contain gold and not at the very bottom of the list.

Note: This ingredient list differs from other listed ingredient lists I've found online for the same product!

30 ingredients in total
1 marked as a "1" for acne-trigger. 3 %
3 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger. 10 %
1 marked as a "4" for acne-trigger. 3 %

1 marked as a "1" for irritation-trigger. 3 %
3 marked as a "2" for irritation-trigger. 10 %
1 marked as a "4" for irritation-trigger. 3 %

19 marked as "green" for safety. 63 %
6 marked as "yellow" for safety. 20 %
1 marked as "red" for safety. 3 %
And one marked as "green-yellow" for safety. 3 %

Interesting that there is such a difference between the "actives" in the products. Usually a brand and line just changes the "active" ingredient?

Ranking for ingredient analysis
1st: The argan oil ingredient list is short, sweet and to the point, so the trigger warnings and safety warning gets rather high where just one or two aditional ingredients could lower it significantly. But still. Points to argan oil again.
2nd: The babob is an example of how flawed this kind of statistic is: Because of the high number of extracts, the % of potentially problematic ingredients gets lowered.
3rd: Well, it's not that the argan-gold has a bad ingredient list, but it doesn't stand out positively either.

Lady Igor says
This shouldn't be a surprise by now, but...
  • Favorite, and one of my all-time favorites: Welcos Confume Argan
  • Runner-up and will purchase again: Welcos Confume Baobab
  • Will not purchase again and will not recommend: Welcos Confume Argan Gold