Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Urgent wash day

I have been beating myself up for not doing something cool and fun with my hair for a while. Keeping a blog really shatters your illusions about how often you do things with your hair!
So I had planned to do double Dutch braids, wrapping one around my head like a headband and then seeing if I could secure it with the second braid in the form of a Nautilus at the neck. I thought maybe my large Flexi 8s would be the right size for holding a braided Nautilus done on only half my hair.

Well, I still plan on trying that…

But I woke up to a spontaneously itchy and flaky scalp. What the heck? Where did that come from? I’m mystified. There have been no signs of my hair greasing up or getting irritated at all, it was like an unprovoked night-time attack of the flakeys!

Is it the winter cold kicking in messing with my sebum? Too much time spent in hats maybe? Something I ate??

So instead of doing something fun with my hair, I had to go for an emergency wash. Eh, yeah, that’s just as fun. Not.

Towel drying a bit after having scrubbed the scalp with three handfuls of the blue VO5

Sexy Smurf!
Note the sexy hint of cling wrap at the neck and the oh-so-seductive extra big hump from the heat pack and three old hats, yummy!
Testing out the new smaller self-warming hearts and the Schwarzkopf ultimate repair conditioner for deep conditioning. A little creativity with a bandage and you can be surprisingly mobile while doing the SexySmurf: I gave the kitchen a much needed cleaning. Then rinsed and did a quick ACV dip.

Doing something “fancy” on freshly washed hair always spells disaster for me, so it went in a simple English braid.

The Ultimate Repair conditioner seemed pretty nice. My hair is left shiny and easy to manage. Feels thicker too. It felt a bit “slick” or something that made it hard for me to judge when it was rinsed clean. I can’t say I care much for the scent though. Hubby likes it but I’m a bit… Meh. About it.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Slightly scary…?

I got both Biologist and Chemist friends hooked on the Flexi 8s. Especially Chemist friend who ended up ordering from them three times and has a collection with 4 different sizes and 10 different designs. (Hm, that’s more than me!)
Seeing her collection made me itch to buy some XLs to see if they fit better for a figure 8 bun since the megaflexi doesn’t hold as tight as I wish. But then again, I do still think the completely rude reply I got to my suggestion makes them owe me a big fat apology before I spend more money there…

When I took my megaflexi out and down to take a picture, it just looked a bit odd…

An extra small Flexi 8 fits inside my Megaflexi

And a mini is completely dwarfed by it

Monday the 8th of November

I went shopping with chemist friend and had a blast. She is really awesome to shop with: Just girly enough but not so much she would spend hours fussing over which plum shoes are plum enough for the winter trend. Hah. Just like me.

I wasn’t going to get any new conditioners since I still consider the bathroom to be stocked after we went to Öob some weeks ago. Yet I slipped when I spotted this Schwarzkopf Gliss conditioner. Usually when they add ingredients to hair products they boast of something like “Wild bamboo seed extract” or “Moisture tech repair enzyme” or “Rose petal extract” or something else equally impressive sounding but nonsensical. This one boasted of keratin. Lots of it too. Interesting!

Now that I think about it, I also spotted some Tresseme at an Ica (Supermarket) that was being unusually specific about being cone-free. Are we finally moving away from the hair product ingredients that sound “pretty” and impressive, but are still nonsensical and un-scientific? Of course I’m not making the best case writing this when I’m dealing with a conditioner named “Ultimate repair conditioner”, hah.

I’m not entirely sure if hair is actually able to bind keratin into its structure, but it seems more promising than yet another product with Cute and Exotic Extract #294.
It doesn’t happen a lot that I’m genuinely interested and excited about trying a new product so I have moved the conditioner in question way up on my to try-list.

My little re-usable heating heart leaked a bit a few days ago so I tossed it out. I’m really glad the liquid inside isn’t poisonous, but it still felt a bit weird. I have never had one that actually leaked before, but it is after all only fused plastics so…
Turns out I was a bit of a moron though. I found a pack and bought it without thinking twice about the front displaying two hearts. Yep, there were two smaller ones inside instead of the large one I thought it would contain. Oh well, it might even work better this way.

I needed to replace two of my foundation products, but it turned out that they don’t have the Maquicomplet anymore. Oh the horror! When I started asking the salesgirl about other products that would be really good at covering redness, she started giving me a speech about some product that was good at covering all ”…Also under eye circles”. Argh! I got out of there quickly.
Since I’m feeling chatty, allow me to explain…

Under eye circles runs in the violet-ish colour, so to cover them, concealers will have yellow pigments to cancel out the violet tones. Anti-redness products will contain green pigments to cancel out the red. Throw some green pigments on your violet-toned under eye circles and what do you end up with? Yea, not pretty. Same reason why concealers shouldn’t be used on redness.
A makeup sales girl making such a statement simple doesn’t know what she is taking about, which is a bit scary since its hardly rocket science. Maybe this is why women like Chemist friend don’t wear foundation or anything since “I can never get it to look natural”. Yea, I wonder why with crappy advice from “trained” sales people like that?

I’m going to fill the old foundation leftovers in the little black container so I can keep it in my bag. And then keep my eyes open for a replacement of some sort but not bother to ask the staff again.

Meh. I swear, just like with stylists, it’s never a good experience when you ask a salesgirl. Actually that’s a little harsh. I’ve had one good experience with someone who actually genuinely knew her makeup and respected what I was interested in without pushing products I didn’t want (Which is why 90% of my stuff is Lancôme) where as I’ve had zero good experiences with stylists.