Thursday, 30 October 2014


I have enough indigo for several treatments for the ends, even though I only bought tiny little sample packs. So I placed an order for more cassia and more Indian henna samples at Hennabutiken.

They have cassia in 4-packs now, so that’s pretty sweet.
Hennabutiken sent me a sample of Jamila henna for free too. Cool!
I wonder if it’s a hint: “Here, try this too!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Today’s hair: Knotted, bunned braids

Continuing my experiments with knotted updos.

Dual French braids knotted together and wrapped up in a bun. Got slightly lopsided and looks rather messy, but none the less I thought it looked cool!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Smackdown: Leave in conditioner with SPF

I just realised I have four leave in conditioners boasting of having SPF properties standing around.  
Time to do a comparison! 

I found a very nice site for analysing ingredients.
You simply copy + paste the ingredient list and it spits out a partial analysis of the product. It lists the function of each ingredient in the product, if the ingredient has a SPF effect, if the ingredient has any acne or irritant-issues and if the ingredient has any safety issues from agencies or studies.

I haven’t entirely figured out how the “acne” and “irritant” is graded though.
The general “safety” is on a simple scale of five.
The UV factor also seems to have some sort of grading system: A pie-chart looking kind of marker for UVA and UVB. I guess the important thing is if it contains SPF or not.

Anyways. I like the site. My lack of understanding of it aside, it’s a whole lot easier than to look up the ingredients one by one and sorting through the information. 

Schwarzkopf Bonacure Hairtherapy Sun Protect Soft Ends Fluid

Looks and image
Nice and handy little tube bottle. Brown and orange “sunny” colours.

Sort of warm and nice.

Very thick, almost butter-like consistency. I think this is the first time I felt a product was too thick and it was slightly irritating to distribute in my hair.

Rinse ability
Had no problems getting this off my hands again.

Very good hold.

Price and value
75 ml.
Bought for 39 SEK at
0,52 SEK per 1 ml

Aqua, dimethicone, polyquaternium-37, distearoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium methyosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, mica, parfum, quaternium-91, panthenol, isomyl p-methoxycinnamate, methylparaben, tocopheryl acetate, cetrimonium methosulfate, lactic acid, linalool, limonene, citronellol, benzyl salicylate, alpha-isomethyl ionone, hydrolyzed keratin, elaeis guineensis oil, CI 77891.

Ingredient breakdown
23 ingredients.
Acne: 2 ingredients has a marker (8%)
Irritant: 1 ingredient has a marker (4%)

Full green: 2 (8%)
Part green: 9 (39%)
Yellow: 10 (43%)
Part red: 0
Full red: 0
2 ingredients without safety-markers

Almost half the ingredients with safety-markers are in yellow. The other half is in green.
Looking at the screenshot, you can easily tell how many yellow markers are on the list.

The SPF is the very last ingredient on the list. Hmm! I wonder how much that adds up to? Close to nothing?

Honestly, how much SPF could possibly be in this? Not cool. I know SPF contents in hair products isn't regulated, but still? You would expect it to have an actual effect, right?

Matrix Biolage Sunsorials UV Sparkling Lotion

Looks and image
Tube bottle. Clean white and orange colours.

Clean and warm scent. Reminds me of some sunscreen I used once.

This had a thick, almost Jello-like consistency when I squeezed it out, but it was still easy to distribute. I could see the "sparkle" in the product when I squeezed it out but it disappeared when I put it in my hair.
Didn't get weird or sticky or anything during the day.

Rinse ability
Good. My hands were clean again after just rinsing with water.

Good hold.

Price and value
150 ml.
Bought for 69 SEK at
0,46 SEK per 1 ml
Best value of all 4, but barely.

Aqua/water, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethiconol, propylene glycol, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, polyquaternium-37, PVP, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, PEG-150/steryl alcohol/SMDI copolymer, parfum/fragrance, methylparaben, mica, helianthus anuus seed oil/sunflower seed oil, PPG-1 trideceth-6, limonene, CI 77491/iron oxides, alpha-isomethyl ionone, geraniol, benzyl benzoate, hydroxycitronellal (F.I.L. D43924/1)

Okay, here is the big glaring, obvious problem: This "UV sparkling lotion" containss no sunscreen ingredients. None.
Matrix, no. Just... No. 
No. No. Bad company. Much misleading. Very fail! 
Just no.

Ingredient breakdown
21 ingredients.
Acne: 1 ingredient has a marker (4%)
Irritant: 0

Full green: 3 (13%)
Part green: 7 (30%)
Yellow: 9 (39%)
Part red: 1 (4%)

Full red: 0
1 ingredient without safety-marker

Approximately half the ingredients are in green or part green, the other is in yellow or red.
Looking at the screenshot, you can easily tell how many yellow markers are on the list.

Let me just repeat again: This "UV sparkling lotion" has no sunscreen ingredients. Totally uncool.
Approximately half the ingredients are in green or part green, the other is in yellow or red.

L'Oréal Paris Elvital Extraordinary Oil, Coloured Hair

Looks and image
Heavy glass pump bottle. Obviously trying to look luxurious with the real glass. I dislike the glass bottle immensely: It seems very unsafe and impractical in a bathroom that could be damp, when using it in combination with wet hair.
This product is still all over in the media. The ads are quite difficult to avoid if you read anything remotely “girly” actually. The ads have greatly annoyed me: They seem to be the textbook example of “fluffy jargon” about the luxurious and exotic oils it contains.

Has a sort of sharp ,alcoholic smell but it disappears once I put it in my hair. It reminds me of a perfume, but I can’t remember the name.

Very thin and runny, waterlike product.

Rinse ability
I needed soap to wash this one off and even then I felt I had residue left. Definitely wouldn't recommend using this alone and undiluted.

The heavy glass bottle is such a minus. I’m seriously waiting for myself to just watch this thing slip out of my hands and shatter on the bathroom floor.
The shine is a bit too heavy for me with this.
It has no hold, which is a big minus for me: I like my leave in products to offer some hold. 

Price and value
100 ml.
I bought it for 65 DKK in a supermarket in Denmark, so 81 SEK.
0,65 SEK per 1 ml.
Worst value of the 4.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denat, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol,iC12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Chamomilla Recutita Extract/MatricaralFlower Extract, CocoslNucifera Oil /Coconut Oil, Ethylhexyll Methoxcinnamate, Nelumbium Specosum Extract / Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Linalool, Linum Usitatissimum Flower Extract, Caprylic/CapriiTriglyceride, Gardenia TahitensislFlower Extract, RosalCanina Flower Extract, Bisabolol Glycine SojalOil/Soybean Oil, Parfum/Fragrance.

Ingredient breakdown
18 ingredients.
Acne: 2 ingredients have a marker (11%)
Irritant: 2 ingredients have a marker (11%)

Full green: 3 (16%)
Part green: 4 (22%)
Yellow: 3 (16%)
Part red: 2 (11%)

Full red: 0
4 ingredients without safety-markers

The SPF ingredient is number 8 on the list. Not too bad actually.

The ingredient breakdown has the safety markers quite a bit all over the place.
It has 3 ingredients in total that are known for having acne or irritant-issues. For me personally, any coconut oil is a quick way to get my skin to be irritated and break out.
2 ingredients are also in red.

This product seems to be cones, cones, and then comes the oils.

What use is this product aimed for? Glossing up dull hair to make it appear healthier?
I would never use this product alone as it offers no hold. Diluted in a creamy leave in conditioner, I guess it would function as a gloss-booster for me, but nothing else.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair repair color protect

Looks and image
Pump style bottle. Dark red colour.

Sort of warm and nice.

A little thick and slimy, but still easy to distribute in my hair.

Rinse ability
Pretty easy to get off my hands again.

The pump action was pretty irritating. I found I wanted a little extra product in my hair after the first dose, but with wet and slimy hands it was pretty irritating to work. Especially when the little bottle is wet and slippery. I would want to empty it into my usual Sunsilk bottles. At least then I can get exactly as much product as I want out of it.

Price and value
100 ml
I bought it for 39 DKK in a supermarket in Denmark, so 49 SEK.
0,49 SEK per 1 ml.

Aqua, polyquaternium-37, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, dimethicone, prunus armeniaca kernel oil, benzopenone-4, quartz, panthenol, cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed keratin, hydrolyzed keratin, amodimethicone, mica, phenoxyethanol, parfum, PPG-1 tridecth-6, sodium methylparaben, polyquaternium-10, citric acid, polyquaternium-11, propylene glycol, trideceth-12, linalool, limonene, geraniol, coumarin, CI 77491, CI 77891.

Ingredient breakdown
27 ingredients.
Acne: 3 ingredients have a marker (11%)
Irritant: 0

Full green: 3 (11%)
Part green: 13 (48%)
Yellow: 6 (22%)
Part red: 2 (7%)
Full red: 1 (3%)
1 ingredient without safety-marker

The SPF ingredients are number 6 and 27 on the list. Not bad at all.

The ingredient breakdown has the safety markers quite a bit all over the place.

Contains some oil, sun screen, panthenol and keratin, which is surprisingly good ingredients.

It offered a good thickness of the product and good ingredients in it, but the little pump-bottle is a bit annoying. Otherwise, I think this is my favourite product out of the 4...

Sunday, 26 October 2014

I won’t cut my hair

Oh man. Such a blast from the past.
The song embedded below is all the way back from 1987.
It’s by a Danish band originally named Disneyland after Dark, until Disney threatened to sue and is now usually shortened to D-A-D or D:A:D.
I have 6-7 of their albums. Haha.

Lead singer Jesper did maintain an impressive mane for many years. Bass player Stig have always had those wonderfully blonde curls as far as I know (Jealous. Hmm).

Anyways. My boring comments aside… Here. Enjoy!

I got hair in my ears
I got hair in my nose
I got hair on my back
And between my toes
When the time comes and my hairwash is due
I'm gonna use one ton of shampoo
But don't give me those sentimental eyes
'Coz I'm proud and my hair is nice

It's not fair when people they stare
I love the colours I wear
I wont cut my hair
I wont cut my hair
Oh no, I wont cut my hair
'Coz I'm proud of my hair

It's like in the funny fairytale
I dry my hair the Rapunzel way
You just climb up the six floors
To my hairy home
And I'll fix u a smoke in the blend of my own
Yeah, I'll make you a hot pot of tea
Take off your clothes and feel free
And get down in my hair
And make me insane
Lets get airborn on a window-pain

It's not fair when people they stare...

I'll diiiiie without my hair

Yeah right I play in the band
And I would love to be your private disneyland
I'll be your own amusement park
Then you can ride me
And ride me after dark
If they send me to the rows of death
For having illegal dope
I will order my last meal
Before it's the chair
Hamburger french fries'n'coke

Take those scissors away
I wont cut my hair

'Cause I'm proud and my hair is nice
I love my hair
I'm in love with my hair

I'm in love with my haaaaiiiir

Friday, 24 October 2014

The henna project, length shot

Time for a length shot and a check of my barely-there henna and indigo.

Weird: I thought my hair was more calf length and less knee length?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Baobab oil

Does anyone know how this is supposed to smell?

I received this all the way back in July from a Memebox, but it has been stuck in the back of my cupboard ever since. I suspected it is baobab “oil” like how Moroccan Oil products are Argan “oil”. ( = Cones, cones, more cones and they accidentally spilled a drop of argan oil in there somewhere)

But this thing just smells odd. Like alcohol to be honest.
I wish I could find an ingredient list somewhere, but it has proven impossible.
Yea, that’s the problem with ordering a product with an ingredient list I can’t read.

I think the idea of a baobab oil is super cool though. I mean have you seen what the trees look like?? 
It’s like it came from another planet!

Anyways. Can anyone tell me anything about this product?

Even the tiniest little thing would be helpful! 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Memebox Special #38 My mask box

Cool, another box without any paper stuffing.

Top left, outside box
Tosowoong Help Me Neck Patch
This is a bio cellulose neck mask for dry and sagging skin around the neck. I have started placing extra sheet masks down my neck/chest when doing facial masks, but a real, actual neck mask is new to me. I’m looking forward to try this! I received two, so yay.
Its kind of funny: When I first starting really caring for my hair, I started noticing when peoples hair desperately needed some love and attention, now where I have put an effort into my skin, I really notice when people have sad-looking skin. Some times it’s obvious that women don’t care for skin past their facial contours and the skin on their neck or chest (Depending on neckline) is miserable, wrinkly and parched.
I have the same “I don’t get it” reaction to that too. My benign neglect-routine for my hair is just as easy as most peoples “normal” routine, and extending your skin care regime to your neck and chest really, truly isn’t an extra hassle.
But I guess that’s the classic reaction when you care about something?
Anyways. TL;DR: Yay, a neck mask!

insobeau Beauty Secret Step Up Bust Mask
Hehe, this pack totally looks like Jessica Rabbit! Well, if it gets the girls to behave like hers, I won’t complain!

I wonder how many guys around my age got their first warm and tingly feeling in their stomach because of this character?
Bad jokes aside: This actually sounds very interesting. You put the mask on your boobies and can even sleep on it. I think I will do just that.

Top right, inside box
Purederm Wrinkle Reducer Gel Patches
Under-eye, anti wrinkle masks. 6 pairs, not bad. Strangely, these say you can also wear them overnight and that you should rinse off with water after use!
I wonder if these "work" because they keep the skin under your eyes from wrinkling up when you sleep? 
(I sleep on my sides and always wake up with this funny line under one eye, from the last side I slept on. Guess my cheek gets squished upwards or something? It disappears something like 10 minutes after I've been awake and upright. An overnight patch like this could probably keep it from happening.)

Milky Dress Aqua Sleeping Pack
I’ve never entirely understood the difference between night creams and sleeping packs. My skin responds well to not always sleeping with cream on, so this doesn’t entirely make me excited. Also, I feel like this isn’t exactly a “mask”, so yea, I’m a bit disappointed.

Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack
A “jella pack” which I guess is just another sleep pack?
Hmm. Slightly annoyed at this. This isn’t really a “mask” in my book, you know?

Below box
Pro You Pore Control Facial Mask 
This is a cleansing pore mask. It contains aloe vera. Booh! I might give it a shot anyways though, since I don’t have a lot of cleansing masks.

Pure Smile Mask sheet
5 masks randomly selected from Mayu, Sake, Citron, Placenta, Pearl or Honey.
I received mine in honey, which I gotta say is probably the second least interesting possible option. Hmpf. I would have liked to try one of each more than a pack of 5 though.
Pure Smile is a brand a lot of bloggers complain about receiving in the boxes because it’s a cheap brand and some feel its just “filler”, but I really don’t mind.

The product information sheet

A sample of Milky Dress the white platinum whitening… cream?
I guess it’s a cream of some sort. In the back of the sample, it says to apply it “after base skin care”, but no hints to whether it’s an emulsion, essence, cream, sleep pack or anything.

I like the mix with under eye masks, neck masks, bust mask and regular masks.
But I’m disappointed in receiving not one, but two sleeping packs. Sleeping packs are not masks!

I want to see how many masks I can pile on in one go: Bust mask, lip mask, hand mask, foot mask, neck mask, nose mask, under eye mask, spot treatment masks? Stick a normal sheet mask on top of it too? lol

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

There and back again, now with more skin stuff

As I complained about previously, I can’t do my deep conditioning at the seminars anymore.
So I’m bringing this instead to treat the skin on my body instead:

  • Exfoliating Hello Kitty-gloves
  • A gold and pearl (lol) body cleanser
  • A light body essence toner (Was the only hit from the Hair & body 3 box, but I really do love that one!)
  • A rich body essence
  • A handful of serums that came for free with the Finco body products
  • A mist that was too heavy and sprayed too unevenly for the skin on my face
  • A fabric perfume to spray my stuff with since my pillow and stuff often ends up with that… summerhouse-y… smell from being in my locker for so long without being used.

I think I’ve done my best to continue my little “spoil myself” routine. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

More Memeboxes

I received the 3-pack today: My cute wishlist 3, K-style 3 and OMG 3.

Something smelled in one of the boxes because I got a weird whiff of something as soon as I opened the grey cardboard box it all came in. It lingered around the apartment, but I haven’t been able to determine for sure which one item gave off the weird stink.

I don’t know why my camera is acting up like this today. None of the pictures I took were very sharp or good. It looked good on the display but once I transferred them, they were all bad.

Memebox superbox # 61: My cute wishlist 3
On the pamphlet it says it’s a superbox but it isn’t. Stuff like that annoys me more than it should. This box is supposed to contain the cutest of the cutest in packaging and products. I only do limited amounts of “cute”, so I was a little worried this would be a pointless box for me.

Hope Girl tinted lip balm in 03: Hot cherry
Okay, first of: The packaging isn’t cute. It’s tacky. Pink leopard print? Yea: Tacky.
Second: I hate lip balms that without any kind kind of applicator. Am I supposed to just dip a finger in there? Or have a lip brush with me as well?
Colour me unimpressed. Since I’m pretty much stocked up on lip products at the moment, this will be stuck in my sell/trade/gift-pile for now.

Shara Shara Fairy’s make-up synergy sun cream SPF 45 PA ++
Eh… I think the cardboard box is actually cuter than the plastic bottle. Also the bottle itself is just too big for just 30 ml of product!
It will go into my sell/trade/gift-pile and hopefully I can find someone with a daughter of the right age to take it. If not, I will probably empty it into some other container.

Ddung Family foam cleansing cream in 02: Family milky foam
Okay, I realise I’m difficult here: I think this looks like an ordinary K-beauty product and it doesn’t impress me. But the more “done” packaging like the sun cream above annoys me because it seems to try too hard to be super cute. Eh. Yea, I’m difficult.
But I guess it really is difficult to find “extra” cute products when Korean products are often cute by default.
I’m happy receiving a foam cleanser though. I’m stocked up on all sorts of moisturising products but I only have the charcoal cleanser I got in the Earth&sea box.

Shara Share kissing sugar lip scrub
A lip scrub. Eh. Into my sell/trade/gift-pile with it.

Youngwoosa Oh! It’s lovely and soft cream
This packaging just isn’t cute. At all. The cardboard box has a childish pharmacy thing going on and jar itself is boring white with some seriously fugly art on it. Not. Cute.
Also I suspect that this is the product that stunk up the box. I tried it on my dry shins and even though it doesn’t smell 100% like the smell from the boxes, I think this is the source. It has a smell like hoof oil, not actually unpleasant but not pleasant either. It’s just odd. Like a hint of tiger balm in there or something. Hubby says he thinks it smells like when you walk into a beauty store and you have a million odd smells going on at the same time.

Tonymoly Red cheeks girl’s patch
This is for soothing dry, red patches, especially the cheeks. I think it will be good for winter.

Hmm. Yea, not impressed with the My Cute Wishlist box.

Memebox special # 43: K-style 3
I considered opting out of this one, but in the end I decided to get it too. Usually my makeup consists of foundation and some blusher and on fancy occasions concealer, foundation, blusher, white eyeliner and mascara. But now I feel I would be up for experimenting a bit more.

Secret kiss face fit strobe cream
So this is a makeup base but can also be mixed with foundation and also be used as highlighting?
Alright. “Made from 6 kinds of gemstone powders” it says. It came in a funny plastic bag that seriously looked like it had come for free with some magazine.

Vella Flower flower BB
This seems to be a perfect match for my skintone. I’m seriously weirded out by this! This is the third foundation-type product I’ve received through Memebox and the third time it’s been a perfect or seriously-close-to-perfect fit!
I am 1/16th German, 1/64 Spanish and thus 92% (Plus a bit, but who cares about decimals when it comes to this) Danish and yet standard Korean foundation products fits my skin?

Tonymoly 7 days tattoo eyebrow 02 dark brown
First thought: Eyebrow pen, yea, that’s a waste on me.
But then I figured I could use it for eyeliner. It has a fine brush tip that will probably be perfect for tightlining.
It says it can stay on for up to 7 days, but it washed off 95% after just swiping it with a wetwipe, so… lol, no. Not that I complain about that: It would creep me out if it had that crazy much staying power.

Style Y Soft fit mix&match pencil and powder shadow in 02: Brown liner & peach tip
This is the hit of the box for me. I’ve been considering a similar dual-end product at ELF, right down to the colour. It has a medium brown liner and a peachy brown powder shadow.
The colours and colour combination are perfect for me!

Style Y color fit creamy lip & cheek in 02: Smoothie pink
Wow. This is a new for me. Normally I can’t get my colours light enough, but this one manages to wash out all colour in my face! Sell/trade/gift-pile.

Color World jewellish stick shadow in 05: Twinkle green
I quite like this one actually. Easy to work, easy to build. Glitter flakes are a bit too large for eyemakeup in my opinion, but really not bad.

Swatches all lined up
  • Secret kiss face fit strobe cream
  • Vella Flower flower BB
  • Tonymoly 7 days tattoo eyebrow 02 dark brown
  • Style Y Soft fit mix&match pencil and powder shadow in 02: Brown liner & peach tip
  • Style Y color fit creamy lip & cheek in 02: Smoothie pink
  • Color World jewellish stick shadow in 05: Twinkle green
I'm very happy with the K-style box!

Memebox special # 32: OMG 3
The previous OMG box really failed to impress me, so I actually considered opting out of this one too. But the OMG box feels like a “must have” to see if they would have some whacky exotic stuff to try.

On the Body Makgeolli Soap
Another soap? Ugh. Sell/trade/gift-pile.
What makes this OMG anyways? “Makgeolli is a milky white rice wine made from fermented rice, wheat and water”. Has a lengthy explanation of how you should use it. Eh. Not impressed. Soap is soap. Needing 10 minutes on your skin to work (or whatever) only makes this a bad OMG.

Cleomee Three-Layer Perfume Donkey Oil Mist
Okay, I give. This is pretty cool. Not sure if I count it as OMG or not though. It’s made with donkey oil and donkey milk. Pretty cool. I guess it’s the same as emu oil which I’ve seen in quite a lot of products by now. It actually feels rather moisturising on the skin, but doesn’t leave a nasty residue. I like and I would buy this as a body lotion too.

Migabee Bee Venom & Honey Cream
Bee venom, royal jelly, propolis and honey. Cool. I got a peeling mask from the same brand back in the honeybox. It doesn’t make me go OMG, but I like it.
There’s a weird stink to the jar though. It doesn’t come from the cream itself, but rather from the lid?! Odd! I think the stink must have combined with the stink from the Youngwoosa Oh! It’s lovely and soft cream into a nasty synergy-stink to stink up the grey cardboard box. (4 “stink”s in one sentence. That’s a new one for me. Hmm)

Tonymoly Delight Tint Crayon in 06 Neon Pink
Hah. This is actually pretty OMG: It says the lip stain should glow in the dark. Colour is even pretty cute.

Tosowoong Platinum Total Solution Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack
There’s a cool feeling of quality and exclusivity to this product. Pretty, pretty packaging. “infused with platinum gold powder and tea tree oil”. Hah, what an odd mix! 

I'm very happy with the OMG box!

Not sure if I like the K-style box better than the OMG box, but both are good. Who would have thought I would like a makeup box?

The henna project, day 16

I wasn’t sure how much indigo mix I would need so I doubled the test batch

  • 4 ml indigo
  • 20 gram cassia
  • 80 ml Syoss Silicone Free Repair & Fullness conditioner
Of course it got pretty heavy, but it worked pretty well. I rinsed my hair well, dried it and started braiding it. From around mid back I started pushing the mud into the braid. First a thin layer, then thicker. Then I put a bag over and wrapped a bandage over like my usual Nodosaurus.

After rinsing I used conditioner…

I decided to freeze my leftover henna and split it up in two portions for two more super light henna treatments like I did 3 days ago (Just even lighter). 
Of course this means I have to take precautions!
I love Mr. Igor to death, but for a smart guy he can be pretty moronic. He seems to be under the firm assumption that anything and everything found in the fridge or freezer is a delicious treat made by his loving wife. In 99% of the cases this is the truth, but I have caught him about to poke a fork into my half done DIY hair treatments out on the kitchen counter before, and of course there’s the lemon incident.

So yea, it was necessary to mark the little henna mud bags with “Is uneatable”.