Sunday, 24 March 2019

The quest for "healthy"

I started back at university again this month. Not that I needed more on my plate right now, but I went for it anyways. Even though I often cursed my decision for going back to school last year, I am really happy I did. being able to put last years course on my CV is just plain showing off at this point and I love it. I assume the same will happen again this year: Sure I will be tired and cranky a lot, but in the long run I will forget I was ever tired and appreciate the extra ECTs points and diplomas. 


Overall, I'm very happy.
Tired, but happy!

I do my "trampy toes" thing even more than usual. I'm not sure I can explain why, but having dramatic and colourful toenails makes me very happy. It has a good effort vs. effect ratio and it makes me happy every time I notice it. Maybe because my "seen" aesthetic is so natural and muted, it feels good to have a hidden, colourful secret that only Mr Igor and I see in person.


I even started going to the gym in December last year. It seemed like a good idea since my job is so sedentary. I didn't think I would enjoy it, but now I go with Mr Igor, Engineer Friend and Sociologist Friend at least once a week! It's actually been quite fun and I enjoy going as a group like that.


So, the only thing missing in my life right now?




My sleep is still lagging. 
I just don't get enough sleep, period. And when do I try to sleep, it isn't easy to fall asleep and it doesn't feel very satisfying once I wake up. I guess I can blame my genes for this one?


I purchased and will experiment with some sleep aids. Maybe I can find something that will help. At least I guess it won't hurt? It's probably not easy to tell for sure if something helps or not.

Also... I love the utter nerdiness of this packaging!

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Biolage conditioners

Heh, I just bought two conditioners based exclusively on that they were massive. 2 x 1 liter. 
But hey, I usually buy my conditioners based on "Whatever is on sale and doesn't contain aloe vera", so...


Matrix Biolage Fiberstrong Conditioner
Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Parfum / Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Esters, Lauryl Peg/Ppg-18/18 Methicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trideceth-6, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Dodecene, Poloxamer 407, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hexyl Cinnamal, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Citric Acid, Linalool, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract.

Matrix Biolage Full Density Conditioner
Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Parfum / Fragrance, Amodimethicone, Benzyl Benzoate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Menthol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Trideceth-6, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Biotin, Safflower Glucoside, Zinc Pca, Limonene.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Today's hair

Braided Nautilus bun because I felt lazy.
This is basically my "workhorse" bun.
Hair looks shiny today!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Weaponized hair

...Or something.
Sadly I don't think anyone would be able to tell this was a hair axe holding my figure 8 bun up without me telling them?

Sunday, 10 March 2019

My favorite leave in conditioner


My absolute favorite leave in-conditioner is from the Danish chain Matas.
It has that perfect textured balance of adding slip, yet grip to my hair. It makes it smooth and shiny, but also adds some hold that makes my hair easier to work with and put up.


It has a really nice and creamy, soapy kind of scent. Fresh and nice, really.
The product is relatively thick, but easy to distribute.


The pump gives out a good amount too. Not too little and not too much.


Ingredient list
Aqua
Cetearyl Alcohol
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter
Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
Behenoyl PG-Trimonium Chloride
Dimethicone
Cetyl Palmitate
Glycerin
Quaternium- 87
Bis-Cetearyl Amodimethicone
Cetrimonium Chloride
Panthenol
Propylene Glycol
Butylene Glycol
Tocopheryl Acetate
Behentrimonium Methosulfate
Helianthus Annuus Seed Extract
Hexylene Glycol
Parfum
Sodium Gluconate
Citric Acid
Lactic Acid
Phenoxyethanol
Sodium Benzoate

COSDNA says:
Two  ones's and two two's for acne.
One one and one two for irritant.
Mostly one's and nothing scored above a four for safety.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Braided Chinese bun variation


Usually when I put the stick for a braided Chinese bun through, I put it around base of skull-height. 


But what if I placed it higher?
In the theory, that should "force" the bun to go more round, go higher to get around the base of the braids and the stick.


The effect wasn't that dramatic, but I think I see a difference.


It also exposed the hairstick more because the braids weren't wrapped as tightly around it.


It did flatten and "heighten" the bun some. I could especially tell from the front.
Not the last time I do this!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Weird little regrets

I brought a Garnier masque home from Tenerife and was planning on using it some day when I needed a reminder of sun, dramatic landscapes and vacation (And that they confiscated my Ron Quattro. Booh!) and since the weather still sucks, I used it today.


Now I regret it. It was a nice little reminder of a good vacation. Pout.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Spring

Today is the first official spring day. I'm looking forward to more and more sunlight for each day and increased energy. I start obsessing about SPF in my haircare products around this time of year. And also for that first day where I don't freeze my ears off going outside without a hat on!

Hopefully my irritated scalp will calm down soon too.


I did some spring cleaning and gave some stuff away to Nurses Assistant-friend. There was a lot!
Basically lightly used skincare products I don't tolerate, skincare products I don't dare to use because I didn't tolerate products in the same line, makeup I already have similar items of, makeup I honestly can't be bothered to learn how to use and things that smells really nice without opening the packaging, so it's definitely too perfumed for my skin.
(Hubby was not impressed by how much I had accumulated) 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Post-henna colour check

Pre-combing picture of my hair after having been left alone in a braid since the henna. I gave it a few drops of coconut oil and it left a beautiful curl-formation at the ends.
As far as I can tell, the henna didn't change the colour at all. Perfect!


As usual when I ask Mr Igor to take pictures for me, I find a lot of pictures I didn't ask for in my phone... Unfortunately, he often catches a cool sequence, so it's hard to dissuade him from doing it because he sees I use them!




Post-combing fluffiness!


My hemline looks really uneven in this picture!
Mr Igor was pretty upset, because he is my designated trimmer and he thought he had messed it up. But after a shower and having damp hair, it looked pretty even, so I guess it was just the braid/curl formation that created that effect?