I have moved!

I had been meaning to make a fresh start, but it never seemed like the right time. It took quite a while to get our lives back in order after transitioning out of the military.

Please visit my new blog

I plan to continue in a similar direction. Products, No Poo, etc. But I also plan to be talking more about other projects and endeavours of mine. I’ve been doing a lot more crafting, and am also on a weight loss journey with plans to start a family after I’m in more of a healthy place.

I’ve done a little house keeping, but I plan on leaving it here for the time being and will likely continue to link back to this one where relevant as I don’t plan to merge blogs.

No Poo Heaven

My latest No Poo update, so wonderful!

Even though using boiled water didn’t help during my No Poo Disaster, I decided to give it a try from the get go when I started fresh. Such a world of difference!

Using boiled water (after it has cooled) is something recommended for those with hard water.   You boil the water, and add some BS, which will fizz up like you just dropped some seltzer in it.   I didn’t really measure how much water, somewhere between 3-4 quarts, and I added 1/3 of a cup of BS.  When the water was cool it was slick.  It might seem weird that I’m describing water as slick, because all water could technically be called slick. However if you try this, or have done it, you’ll see the difference.

I keep it in a gallon jug (which is now clearly marked that it’s not for drinking or to be given to the cats, haha!) So I made enough to last a while. When I was using filtered water in the beginning, I figured out fast that pouring ice-cold water on your head is not fun. A “duh” moment really, I was just so focused on all the No Poo details when I was doing it for the first time that the fact water from the fridge was going be very cold never even crossed my mind. After the first time I started filling up a jug to leave sit so I’d always have room temp water.

Because some sort of chemical reaction happened when I added the BS to the boiling water, I still add about the same of BS as I had been to the water before I wash my hair.  You want the BS to react with your hair, and I think it’s safe to assume that the BS added to the boiling water was good for the water, but no longer any use to my hair. I haven’t experienced any dryness or itchy scalp, so it seems that using the same amount is a good call.

I also changed up how I was doing the actual washing.  It’s essential to really scrub up, like the kind of scrubbing you get from a salon. I thought I had been doing it adequately, but I’m hesitant to blame all the build up on the water. Best to make sure that I’m really scrubbing up well enough, and rinsing thoroughly.

There’s no limpness, my hair is not heavy.  Interestingly, during my week of shampoo, I only washed my hair 3 times. The day I washed it to battle the build up, I washed it again the next day because it was still a little sticky.  It was perfectly clean after that, and I went 3+ days before excess oil became a problem.  And it was 3+ days before it needed another wash, which is when I switched back to BS/ACV.  Now I think using the L’Oreal Evercreme  Sulfate free shampoo and conditioner really did jump-start the process and make for an easy transition. So I think my previous need to wash at least every other day was more of a water/washing issue, rather than still transitioning.  3+ days is good enough for me, I’m okay with washing my hair twice a week.

Photo updates to come soon! Crossing my fingers that I’ve got it figured out this time.  I like my hair better when it’s amazing and fluffy rather than frumpy dumpy.  Who doesn’t?

Boscia BB Cream, MyGlam Bag reviews?

Aaaah the Boscia BB Cream, I returned that promptly but postponed the update as I was dealing with a seriously grimy No Poo issue for a few weeks.

I couldn’t really get any good swatch photos of it.  Self adjusting my foot I’d say!

I’m pretty pale.  Not porcelain though, I’ve got freckles and a reddish tone. (or would it be considered pink?)  I did not experience any outright “Orange” but it did look like I’d just smeared self tanner all over my face.  And it would not blend. When I first applied it to my entire face, stopping at the jaw line (sometimes my neck is more sensitive to new things than my face) I had the dreaded line. I tried to blend it on down my neck, but it just wouldn’t. Where ever I tried to spread it, all I did was move the line.

And it sparkled.  A lot.  More like headed out to a night club body glitter than a Fresh faced daytime shimmer.  Setting powder did not diminish it, I don’t have a lot of experience with glittery makeup, the most dazzling I tend to go is a shimmer eye shadow, which setting power will tamp down a few notches if I want.

I also had a sample of Too Faced BB Cream, but it was too dark.  It was “Nude Glow” which is the 2nd darkest shade, and way too dark for me since I’d need their palest option “Vanilla Glow”

If the comparison helps, The Boscia BB Cream was as dark on me as the Nude Glow.    I don’t know if that means that it’s better suited for darker/tanned skin tones or what, none of the reviews I read specified a skin tone. It did get a better match on my arms than on my face. My arms are more tan than my face, I’m the queen of Uneven Tans. I always protect my face, neck, etc, but never my arms if I’m not actually intending on being outside for long, so over many years my arms are just a bit darker.  But I don’t think I’m jumping out on a limb here to say that if you’re pale, you should probably stay away from Boscia BB Cream.

I did exchange the Boscia for Too Faced in Vanilla glow and as far as color goes it matches perfectly.  I haven’t noticed any immediate ill effects, but I haven’t had a chance to use it much yet, as I was going nowhere with the grimy hair, and I don’t wear make up around the house.  A plus is that is has SPF, but doesn’t smell like sun block, and most SPF moisturizer I like still smell like sun block.   It does have a shimmer, but it’s more like the aforementioned Fresh Faced Daytime Shimmer, than like I dipped a powder puff in glitter and assaulted my face with it.  It’s actually not very noticeable, and I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m betting setting powder (which, in this hot weather especially, I always apply before going out, even if all I did was moisturize) would make it nearly non-existent.

In other Boscia news, I socked away 50 bucks so that as soon as the Antioxidant Recovery Treatment C becomes available again I can nab it.  I’ve been wanting to try it for so long! Every time I could afford it, it was out of stock, every time it became available, I wasn’t prepared to buy immediately and missed out again.  Looking forward to finally getting my hands on it!  I don’t know if there’s just limited quantities of it general, or if it’s just so awesome they can’t keep it stocked. It’s out of stock on Boscia’s own website as well!  Their hit or miss BB Cream hasn’t really affected my overall view of their other products. As a skin care line it’s excellent, they just seemed to drop the ball on something that’s kind of skin care as well as makeup.

Speaking of limited quantities, I’ve been getting MyGlam Bags for several months now. I started it when I was frustrated with my limited beauty fund, before I decided to go No Poo save on the hair care fund.  This next one is supposed to have 6 items! I may do a reveal type blog when I get it in a couple of weeks. There’s a wait list, so you should always sign up ahead of time if you’re thinking about it, I’m not sure if it’s too late to get in on the August bag.  If it is, then at least you’ll be in line for September! They always charge at the beginning of the month, and I did not get charged until I was officially “subscribed.” So the first month I got charged, I got that month’s bag.

I’m pretty pleased with the service in general.  I don’t always like every single thing that it’s in, but I get to try a lot of things that I probably wouldn’t otherwise!  They also seem to be starting more “either/or” products, (as in some people will get one thing, and some people will get a different thing) which I believe is random right now, but they’re working on making it a bit more tailored to people’s quiz profiles. Which is not easy I’m sure!

I dislike seeing people on their Facebook page get all grumpy about something.  It’s a grab bag, and you don’t get to pick what’s in it. I knew that when I signed up, so I’m not  going to be upset if I get a lip stain and I hate those, or I get a hair treatment that I’m not going to use, or a lipstick shade that doesn’t suite me.

I can give what I don’t like to friends who do.  I may not use the hair stuff but reading and researching ingredients (to check if it’s No Poo compatible) teaches me things. I don’t recall getting any hair product in a Glam Bag until just when I’d started thinking about going No Poo, go figure! A lipstick shade may not suit me, but I can still test how it wears, it’s consistency, etc and give myself a better idea of if I’d like to try a different shade of the same brand.  In July’s bag I got a bright yellow nail polish (it was either yellow or white for everyone)  I didn’t like wearing it, but I still got to see how the brand wore, how it applied, whether it chipped quickly, how opaque it was.  I’m not likely to use it on its own, but I could use it as an accent, or in marbling or something.

I did look into multiple similar services, Birch Box, Little Black Bag, etc.  I could only do one, and I like MyGlam the best, it seemed to have more of what I was looking for. So choose carefully if you can’t do more than one.  Something I just heard about a few days ago was My Conscious Box, I’m tempted, strongly tempted.  Even if I only do it for a few months before unsubscribing.  Knowing for sure now that we’re not going to re-enlist means even more than ever before we need to save, save, save, the transition out of the military is not a time to be under prepared financially!

Onward with life! Trying new things, getting ready for our next big adventure!

To brush wet hair, or not to brush wet hair?

“Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet!”

That’s something I’ve heard for a long time.  Since I was a little kid and my older sister tried to explain to me why she didn’t brush her hair when it was wet, because it snapped like rubber bands.

I’ve never had that problem, and do always brush my hair when it’s wet.

It seems like something out of a “Long Hair Bible.”  It’s one of the big “do nots” of long hair.

So I wanted to get to the bottom of this.

The fact is, Yes, your hair is weaker when it’s wet. How much damage that happens to your hair if your brush it wet seems to depend.

If your hair snaps like a rubber band when you brush it wet, then by all means, don’t do that, haha!

You also shouldn’t rip through your hair at anytime when you brush it.  Learn to be nice to your hair.

Brush, brush, brush.  Do not #2 usually seems to be to use a comb and not a brush.  This is something I still don’t understand.  If we’re talking about a comb vs a bristle brush, then of course a comb is going to be far less potentially damaging.  But I don’t see much difference between a comb, and whatever you call the kind of brush with the plastic teeth covered in plastic nubbies.

Everyone’s hair is different. Before you adhere to the Do’s and Don’ts of what is or isn’t good for your hair, pay attention to your hair first.  Evaluate if what you’re doing is actually damaging your hair or not. If you’re not sure, or can’t tell, go ahead and give something new a try. Don’t be afraid to go back to what you’re used to if you don’t see results.  Remember, when it comes to results it could also take a while to see them, especially if you’re trying to discern whether or not your hair is being damaged less.

My hair is thick, I’m tender headed and I don’t like combs. I always brush my hair very carefully because I don’t enjoy torturing myself.  I’ve never personally experienced the rubber band snapping thing. My hair is damaged for sure, but I’d blame it more on the past 2 (ish) years of putting junk in my hair, trying to curl it, straighten it, get more waves, and so on.  Not to mention not taking well enough care of my self in general. Frump girl had frump hair, haha!

That’s my  take on the hair brushing when wet issue.  My hair is not exceptionally long at the moment, and I want to keep it this length until next summer, but I do intend to grow it out again eventually.  I prefer longer hair, but I think it will be easiest to keep track  of any changes that occur due to No Poo if I keep it at the same length for a while.

My No Poo adventure will begin again either tomorrow or Friday.  Depends on when my hair needs a wash.  I’ll be glad for it though, I’ve been finding the strong smell of shampoo/conditioner a little repugnant.

My No Poo Disaster

(for starters, wheeeeee new theme.  I’ll probably switch it again soon, but I just could not look at the freshy theme one moment longer! This is something with a bit more pop while I look for something I feel is more in tune with myself)

It’s been a few weeks since my last No Poo update. I wish I could say it was because things had been going well!

My last mention of No Poo I had said I would update in a few days to see how I tolerated going more than 48 hours without washing.  However I washed my hair again the day after because of some weird oily spot that was only in one spot. I had thought that perhaps I had not been thorough enough in the previous wash.  It was only a little improved.

(more inconsistent lighting, I really need put day light bulbs in my bathroom!) 

On 07/07 is when I said I’d wait a few days before washing. I washed the next day instead, and there is still some weird oily heaviness at the back of my head, despite making the extra effort to be thorough. You can see in the bottom left area especially, the stringy parting just under the top layer.

Despite the problem area, the rest of my scalp and hair is in excellent shape on 07/08, I had even started seeing more waves.

Before a wash on 07/11 my scaalp and roots are oily all over. Although not as bad as the first time I went 3+ days.

Also 07/11 pre wash. Hair is noticeably weighed down.  You can see the weirdness going on at the back of my head still. 

Despite another wash on 07/13, the area on the back of my head gets larger and worse, spreading down the length of my hair (and apparently not washing out) while the rest of my hair isn’t much affected.

 

on 07/20, it’s not the best photo ever, but even the top layer of hair is oily now. And tacky, sticky. Even just after a wash, it would not go away. 

At its worst on 07/24. My hair is dry here. It is stringy everywhere. Tacky everywhere. Heavy, limp, gross 😦

 

On 07/27 I decided to use actually shampoo to fix my hair. I had read a bit about using natural bristle brushes to ensure that you’re removing all the buildup from your hair. I don’t have such a thing (yet) so I found my husbands smallest toothed comb and had at it. That white stuff was coated in my hair! and when I actually looked at my regular hair brush, the tacky substance was also all up in that as well. Super gross! 😦

 

Now I did try to trouble shoot through out these weeks.  More BS, Less BS, More ACV, Less ACV. Lime juice, lemon juice, boiled water, spending longer to make absolutely sure I was thoroughly washing AND rinsing, ACV, Lime juice, Lemon juice rinses only. You name it, and I tried it.  I never washed my hair more than once a day during this process, and a lot of the time I still went every other day, which is why it got so bad before I finally bit the bullet and used shampoo.  No matter what I did it still steadily got worse and worse.

After double checking my Sulfate free shampoo and conditioner I used prior going No Poo to make sure it didn’t have any ‘cones (silicone, dimethicone, etc) I washed my hair with it.  There was so much build up in my hair that while it improved greatly, there was still a lot of stickiness at the scalp and roots.  I washed it again the next day, and there’s a lot less stickiness, but it’s still there.   I’m not sure whether or not this shampoo/conditioner has any silica based ingredients, I don’t know much about those yet.  I’ll continue to use it for at least a week probably though.

I think at least part of the problem was that I wasn’t adequately removing the buildup, but it was getting on my brush and I was also slowly spreading it all around. Why I was having problems with that one random area on the back of my head being especially oily I don’t know.  I threw away the brush.  I tried to clean it.  I pulled all the hair out (which I am admittedly lazy about doing in general) it was all coated in the white tacky waxy sticky stuff.  I washed it with hot soapy water.  I soaked it in straight ACV overnight.  I coated it with BS and sprayed with ACV.  Scrubbed it dry in between each attempt and there was still gunk on it.  It is forever cursed as far as I’m concerned!

So far I have read things like not washing  the BS out entirely will cause stickiness.  But then it comes down to the question of how could I not rinse it out well in just one small spot? (compared the rest of my head)  It started at the rear of the crown of my head. (is there a special word for that?)  Just that spot, below it on down to the hair-line was fine when  this started, but slowly spread down, and then started moving down the length of my hair and so on.  I still don’t have a definitive “I did ____ wrong, so in the future I’ll do _______.”  I don’t believe it was a “transition” problem either, mostly because of its localized nature.  And because just prior to this fiasco starting, my hair had gotten perfect.

I plan on ordering a sample or two of Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars.  After I’ve used the Sulfate Free shampoo for about a week, (to make sure there’s absolutely no tacky residue left) I’ll go back to BS/ACV.  At the first sign of trouble I may see what a shampoo bar can do for me.  (trouble similar to what just happened, not any adjustment that may happen from having used shampoo/conditioner a few times, which I sort of doubt there will be) Otherwise I’ll continue the BS/ACV routine to see if it if this problem pops up again.  I’m also giving thought to investing in a natural bristled brush.  I need to read up on how you’d clean one first.  It seems like in the event of similar build up, it would be harder to clean even if I cleaned it more regularly.

I’m not concerned about the price of Shampoo Bars if I do switch.  At 7-8 dollars for a full bar should last several months,  possibly up to 6. As opposed to $12+ each for shampoo/conditioner at least once a month, usually the conditioner more often.  A box of Baking soda is $3 max, but I’m not sure how much I’d spend on it in the long run since I haven’t had the chance to use it consistently for a longer period of time, I think I would probably have to replace it sooner than 6 months for sure, unless I could settle into only washing my hair once a week.

Phew! Big update.

Small note on the Boscia BB Cream. I couldn’t use it, period.  I had to return it, that story is for a future update though!

Sulfate free does not mean Surfactant free

I recently went through a No Poo disaster. I kept up with taking the photos for the most part, up until this past week because there was a lot of traveling going on, on top of my hair not really changing.  Update coming on that soon.  I also need to do a little more research to try to figure out precisely why it happened in the first place.

I had been reading a little on shampoo bars and other No Poo methods beyond BS/ACV.  So I started looking around at the ingredients on certain products.

Lush shampoo bars ALL have SLS, for example.  Other things I looked at had ingredients that seemed very similar to SLS, like Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, and Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate.  Both are Surfactants, but are considered more gentle than Sulfates.

What does that mean? Well it depends on what you’re after. If you want to avoid detergents in your shampoo, something labeled “Sulfate free” likely isn’t going to cut it.  Sulfate free it will be, but it will probably have a less harsh detergent instead.  If you just want something more gentle, but not as “extreme” as going totally No Poo, then a Sulfate free shampoo is probably for you.

Of course there are Shampoo bars that are more natural, Chagrin Valley is one I’ve read a lot about. I may give them a try. Depends on what I find from trying to figure out my No Poo fiasco, if it was some sort of error on my part or just this method not turning out to be so ideal for me in the long-term.

Time for more research!  I love research if you hadn’t noticed, haha! I am not discouraged. There are many No Poo methods, what works for some, won’t work for others.  I don’t view having to possibly switch methods as a set back.

🙂

Urban Decay Palette, Boscia and Too Faced BB Cream

I got a little carried away when I went shopping! I considered it my No Poo reward, so yay!

I’ll start with Urban Decay. This post will be mostly about the Urban Decay Palette it’s self, as I certainly don’t have the skills to be trying to show other people how to do make-up, and it takes more then a few minutes out of the box to judge pretty much any kind of skincare product.

I’ve been lusting after this palette since it came out. (not that long ago, but several weeks at least) I don’t wear very much make-up in the way of eye shadows, liners, etc.  So I don’t need (or have) a lot of it. Urban Decay is a Cruelty Free company, they do not test their finished products on animals, they do not pay other people to do it for them.  They also make sure that all the raw materials they use to make their products have not been tested on animals.  Some of their products are Vegan, but not all.

(Disclaimer: I have zero professional photo equipment or skills)

The additional eye shadows I purchased.

Pretty packaging, they’ve done a lot of updating since the last time I purchased UD.

The lid is full of mirror, plus a view of the S&M and Roach shadows.

The new design makes it super easy to transfer to the palette, however this seems magnetic, so that it won’t just pop out when you don’t intend it to.

This is just a matter of pushing it into place, this is not magnetic, but rather just a snug fit. They are very secure though, and harder to pull out of the palette then it was to remove from its original case. (if there’s a special word for it, I haven’t learned it yet)

Will my older Urban Decay eyeshadows fit in the palette?

I have never done such a thing before. I tried a butter knife which was a mega fail because I accidentally dug a trench into the eye shadow when it slipped at one point. Then a pen, no go! Then a kitchen knife, which worked, but sharp blades are dangerous, be careful!

And it fits! Took a little bit more force, although I was careful not to apply so much force as I might damage the palette or the eye shadow. I can tell that I probably won’t be popping this one in and out at a whim, it would just be more effort than it’s worth.

Full size Boscia BB Cream, and a Deluxe sample of Too Faced BB cream. Both are oil free, and both have SPF. Boscia’s comes in a “self adjusting” tint, and Too Faced has several shades, unfortunately I didn’t have a choice in the shade and I took a gamble.

I will be using the Boscia for a few weeks and then posting a new blog about it.  The Too Faced may be too dark for me, if it is, perhaps I will give it away or something.