Sunday, 24 June 2018

Neutrogena visibly clear

My skin is being super unhappy right now. It's the combination of workload (Stress and not enough quality sleep) and the hot, humid weather. 

So I have treated myself to the Neutrogena visibly clear light therapy mask. It wasn't even that pricey.
Why haven't I done that before? I love gadgets and devices!


It gives out blue and red light. The blue lights in the mask kills the acne-causing bacteria and the red light reduces inflammation.
I rarely get acne, but I do get a lot of redness and irritation from having sensitive skin. I guess it can't hurt to kill some bacteria without using a product though? But it's a shame you can't reduce or increase one light over the other.
There are more advanced masks out there (Even some where you can adjust what wavelengths/colours you want the mask to do), but this one was available on a website where I have successfully ordered skin and hair stuff from before. 

I hacked this incredibly wasteful product to get a lot more uses out of it:


The hack is really simple. You just solder a piece of wire between two points and done.


I found some other guides where you do some more advanced work on the device and hook it up to a USB for power instead of batteries. However, then you have to have a USB power source nearby when you use the mask.


Here's a guide for those who don't have a soldering iron:
I haven't tried this one though, so I can't say if it will actually work.


Hacking the device will however turn off the 10 minute timer and the display.

And here is my skin in it's current "Mad at you!!"-mode....


The mask is sort of warm(ish) and relaxing on the face, and it makes me want to use its warmth to make a sheet mask penetrate better. But I guess that would reduce the effect on the light quite a lot.

Pros
  • It's a product free tool. Which means no risk of allergic reactions or intolerance or cross-reactions (Big plus for me!). It can just be tossed on top of your already established routine with no risks of screwing the routine up.
  • Although it's not actually comfortable as such, it's still not something that is so irritating or disrupting to your life that you would shy away from using it. I use it in bed before going to sleep. It's a nice and relaxing little ritual actually.
  • Easy to hack.

Cons
  • Not actually that easy to do other things with the mask on. The light aiming right into your face makes it hard to read and I found there was a big difference in how easy I could follow something on a screen. My tablet was the worst and Mr. Igor's gaming monitor was the best.
  • You can pretty much only see straight ahead and slightly upwards (Might depend on the shape of your nose as the "glasses" underneath the shield holds the mask in place) I walked right into the garbage bag that Mr. Igor had put out in the hallway and was a minute away from taking outside. Yuck. I can't recommend wandering around too much wearing it. 
  • Cannot be combined with wearing glasses.
  • Extremely wasteful product if you don't hack the activator. You're supposed to toss the activator with batteries and all when it reaches 0 and is programmed to turn off forever. Come on, Neutrogena... At least put in some smaller batteries or something? Four AA batteries to power this for 30 uses? Not cool. 


I expected Mr. Igor to joke about my desire to "put weird things on my face" or something like that, but he actually thought it looked pretty cool. I sort of agree. It's like a weird sci-fi welders mask (Yes, I can actually weld and I'm a bit proud of it). It's just missing the joint so you can tip down the shield over the attached glasses. 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Rope braid

It doesn't happen very often that I'm impressed with a hairstyle tutorial. Usually I find them overly complicated, potentially extremely damaging (So much backcombing and products and heat!) or just that the time spent results in something I can whip up similarly in 5 minutes or less.

But this tutorial impressed me:


I've been trying to rope braid my own hair before with zero luck. But this looks like something I could, with time and practice) actually make work with my own hair.
He makes it looks clean and simple, and the time spent creating the style seems absolutely worth it.

So I talked a coworker into letting me try on her hair.


For my very first try at this, ever, I'm impressed. Obviously, I need to practice some, but the basic pattern is there. Some more experience and less uhm'ing and errh'ing at the attempt, and I think this could be really pretty.

Also, I think that putting the rope ends up in a bun might eliminate some of the messy sagging at the neck and create a cleaner, neater rope.
Hmm!

Monday, 18 June 2018

The Starfleet Science Insignia in action


I doubt anyone could recognize the symbol "in the wild"?
Embarrassingly I have to admit I didn't even recognize it myself when I bought it, so that's one point off my nerd card....

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Matte Quattro i action


Okay, the matte effect is a little more discrete once it's in the bun, but I like that it doesn't "outshine" my hair!

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Quattro's are here!

Yay! The feel really strong and awesome. 
Especially liking the matte one in the foreground.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The cutlass in action


I like it!
The stick-part was is very smooth and hairfriendly and the topper-part is a fun little detail.
Too bad it almost drowns in my massive braided Chinese bun.


Later at work, I tucked the length of the braids into a full infinity-shape instead of the Chinese bun.


(Bandage on my neck is due to a staple somehow getting stuck in the strap of my work bag and it scratched me up pretty bad. Ouch. Annoying location for an injury.)

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Product showdown

This product showdown is slightly different, because this time I'm not trying to determine which product I already own that I will buy again. This time, I've bought two tiny sized products and will see which one I will get in full size.

L'Anza Healing moisture Moi Moi hair masque
L'Anza Healing moisture Kuikui nut conditioner


First impressions
L'Anza Healing moisture Moi Moi hair masque
The little bottle itself smells vaguely and deliciously coconutty. 
L'Anza Healing moisture Kuikui nut conditioner
This bottle also smells sweet and good.

Effect
L'Anza Healing moisture Moi Moi hair masque


L'Anza Healing moisture Kuikui nut conditioner


Ingredient analysis

L'Anza Healing moisture Moi Moi hair masque
Water (Aqua/Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycereth-26, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycol Distearate, Silicone Quaternium-3, Polyether-1, Dimethicone PEG-8 Benzoate, Keratin Amino Acids, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,  Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tahitian Tamanu Oil), Gardenia Tahitensis Flower, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Ceramide-2, Glycerin, Dimethiconol Meadowfoamate, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, Sodium PCA, Magnesium PCA, Zinc PCA, Manganese PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine, Alanine, Creatine, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Magnesium Aspartate, Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Steartrimonium Chloride,  PEG-4-Ceteth-20, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Trideceth-12,  Urea, BHT, Mannitol, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopentyldiol, Phenoxyethanol,  Fragrance (Parfum), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

Okay, here is something interesting: This little "sample size" conditioner has a different ingredient list than what I find on the full sized products online?
For this one, it was a lot of the same ingredients, just a different order of them. 

Applying the Beauty Brains "First five ingredients rule"

Based on the first five ingredients on the list

Interesting ingredients



22 ingredients in total
2 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger. 9 %
1 marked as a "5" for acne-trigger. 4 %

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

15 marked as "green" for safety. 68 %
5 marked as "yellow" for safety. 22 %
And one marked as "green-yellow" for safety. 4 %

L'Anza Healing moisture Kuikui nut conditioner
Water/Eau (Aqua), Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Keratin Amino Acids, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (Hawaiian Kukui Nut),  Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil (Hawaiian Macadamia Nut), Saccharum Officinarum (Hawaiian Sugar Cane) Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin (Sea Kelp), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Dimethicone PEG-8, Meadowfoamate, Sodium PCA, Magnesium PCA, Zinc PCA, Manganese PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium-71, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Steartrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Buteth-3, Propylene Glycol, Tributyl Citrate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyether-1, BHT, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial), Limonene, Linalool.

This one also has a different ingredient list than what I find on the full sized products. Odd.
Where the Moi Moi conditioner had a lot of the same ingredients just in a different order, this one was very different from the full size ingredients list I found online: The full sizes have more silicone and qauterniums, and the small size is missing featured ingredients like Tahitian Sea Water and Chlorella Vulgaris Extract. It's no loss for the defect to be missing Tahitian sea water (But... why? What benefit could this possibly have?) or sea kelp extracts, but it is a little odd to pick that out of the ingredient list.

Applying the Beauty Brains "First five ingredients rule"

Based on the first five ingredients on the list,

Interesting ingredients





27 ingredients in total
1 marked as a "1" for acne-trigger. 4 % 
2 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger. 7 %
1 marked as a "5" for acne-trigger. 4 %

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

17 marked as "green" for safety. 62 %
6 marked as "yellow" for safety. 22 %
1 marked as "red" for safety. 4 %
And one marked as "green-yellow" for safety. 4 %

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Throwback Thursday


For a long while, while my hair was short (Well, that's subjective I guess), the double braid was the best and only way to secure my hair at night.
it's still one of the most comfortable ways to contain my hair, but at it's current length I need to put it up in some sort of bun for work and cooking.



Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The AKCWoodworking sticks are here

These sticks are really smooth and hair friendly!
I like the fun and quirky topper-designs and how the length of the stick is the perfect kind of pointy, yet rounded. Not the last order I will place at AKCWoodworking for sure.
Looking forward to try them!


(Thanks to PostNords totally weird, inconvenient and uneven service, the Quattro's that I ordered the day before probably won't be here for at least another week or so. Hmpf.)

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

That new-hairstick-love


I love the new WoodArtJewelry stick!
It's so smooth and pretty.
The curve follows my skull while still having room for the updo around the edges for it, so nothing gets pulled or pinched. So comfortable! More hairsticks should copy its shape...