Quick Update: 5 days of ‘No Poo’

It is now day 5 post wash using the no poo method and I must say I am happy with results!

My hair isn’t greasy at ALL! I am wondering though if my lack of transition period is either a fluke – so that when I do wash imminently I will be inundated by a MASSIVE transition period and be in grease-city OR if in fact, my lack of transition period is because I had already stopped using sulphate shampoo and conditioner before stopping shampoo altogether? Either way I CANNOT believe that my hair is not, only NOT greasy BUT it is still soft and manageable as though I had only washed it yesterday!

I have also noticed that I am not needing to use as much air product AND that my hair is VERY soft after I’ve popped in the hair product and doesn’t have any ‘crunchy’ feel. I’m also finding that it is still holding my curl really well + giving me even more body/volume than I usually would have (without a volumising spray at the roots) which i am liking a lot. There was quite a bit of ‘breeze’ over the weekend and I loved the movement/having the wind in my hair and then seeing that my curls still looked really nice (usually they’d be looking all over the place)! I am also noticing that (as I’m using a lesser amount of product in my hair) my hair itself seems lighter in colour.

Day 5 and still happy with the results…

The ‘No Poo’ Wash…

So it’s been the 2nd “no poo wash” (NPW)  for me – I feel that when I did it the first time that it didn’t really count as I did still use conditioner between ‘steps’ as I needed some help to detangle my curly mess. This time around I stuck to the theory but added a little more apple cider vinegar to my ‘conditioning’. This means that it is 1 tablespoon bi carb soda to 1 cup (tap) water (which popped into a bottle) AND in another spray bottle 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (ACV) to 1 cup water.

This time around I ‘poured’ the bi crab concoction around my hairline and then through parts of my hair (keeping as close to the scalp as possible). I rubbed it in a fair bit and found that I managed to get that ‘slippery’ feeling and was able to run it down the rest of my hair. I left it in for a couple of minutes (so I could apply body wash + shave legs) and then found that this helped me to be able to comb my hair (with my trusty afro comb – every curly haired gal’s best friend I think!). After washing that out I liberally sprayed the ACV creation at the roots of my hair and a few bursts through the mid-lengths and ends. Again, I left that in (I usually cleanse my skin at this point so that lets my hair ‘condition’) for a couple minutes and then washed it out. Just before getting out of the shower, I turn off the hot water and turn up the cold and pop my hair under the (shower) head – I’ve been doing this for yyyeeearrrs and find that the quick burst of cold water adds extra shine to hair and (as I air dry) makes it less ‘boofy’ once it dries!

Once I towel dried my hair I applied my usual styling product but slightly less than usual  – only because I am getting to the bottom of the bottle and haven’t got my back up bottle yet). This morning (yes, I wash my hair at night a few hours before going to bed – after I’ve put missy moo to bed!) I was surprised to see how lovely my hair looked! I was totally expecting it to be all limp/oily/not quite right. Instead I find my curl is MORE defined!!

So far so good people!

Today’s Youth

You know that signs of aging are occurring when you find yourself lamenting at the incompetencies of today’s youth… and then you laugh at the sentence you just wrote thinking about how today youth may not even comprehend the MEANING of “incompetencies”.

Last Friday I bought a few lip glosses in the same brand in numerous different colours. I went home and tried a few and surprisingly found them better than expected (especially for the crazy cheap price paid!) and wanted to exchange one of the clear ones for a pigmented tube one….

I went to a different store after reading the receipt that said that they only refund faulty products but that they exchange within 14 days with a receipt + the product in original condition.

I must first say that whilst I should not stereotype, I am usually the queen of stereotyping my own (people) so I stand firm in my own personal allowance to stereotype others! in saying that this girl was NOT blonde – she did look somewhat “vacant” in the eyes and she would have been ion the 15-17 age group.

Me: hi – I just wanted to swap this (at this point I take out said clear tube lipgloss) for this one (picking up coloured tube of gloss) – I have the receipt in the bag

Counter Staff: um – yeah – sorry, but like; we don’t do refunds here

Me: Yep – that’s fine; I did read that on the receipt but it says you can exchange within 14 days – I got this (*pointing to gloss*) yesterday and its still all sealed…

Counter Staff: oh… oookkaay (*VERY uncertain look on her face*), I’ll just need to check with my manager to see if I’m like able to do that

*the girl then goes to chat with a similar looking looking girl who looks about the same age… after a minute of chatting (which is fine) they both walk over to me*

Store Manager: So, um what was the problem with this gloss?

Me: nothing – I just want to exchange it for this other one as I wanted this colour instead

Store Manager: yeah – so, like we don’t do refunds here… it says so on the receipt….

Me: yep (I am still chatting to her as normal) – I don’t actually want to refund anything – the receipt says I can exchange. So I am exchanging this gloss for this other one which is exactly the same brand and price – just a different type…

Store Manager: oh ok then… (*looking at other girl now*) – just exchange it on the system

Anyway; it took the girl well over 5 minutes to figure out how to do it on the computer… at which time I stood there patiently wondering what has happened to the female youth and what possible hypothesis could be generated from their clear inability to do things that I am CERTAIN I could do (along with other staff I worked with at the time) when I was in the retail industry…

It led me to wonder about the possible options as to why I am finding this occurrence more prevalent:

1: Are standards to mental capacity AND ability to converse dropping within the recruitment process? Could this be because now all applications are all done online and that even then you are essentially just filling in boxes with your details? Therefore the HR department cannot properly glean that this person is in fact as alert as a pretty zombie?

2: I have noticed that girls are wearing makeup (as well as dyeing their hair) A LOT sooner these days and I am wondering if in fact all that bronzer we wear starts to permeate into our forehead and starts to kill off brain cells? This also helps to explain the mental capacity of the people in Jersey Shore, Geordie Shore and that show called Essex Style (all of which I adore watching as they all make me laugh!)

3: Is it all the hair product that girls use these days? It may be a ploy by large manufacturers to ‘dumb us down’ so that we are more susceptible to marketing mechanisms and therefore will spend more money… All that hairspray MUST affect more than just the ozone!

4: Does the movie “Clueless” have a lot MORE to answer for than we realise? Aside from the stereotype that Alicia Silverstone played let me TRULY clarify the idiocy of this: we in Australia do NOT sound like Americans… we have our own rather distinctive accent –WHY are our 15-17 year old girls sounding as though they belong in the valley? Can these girls PLEASE stop saying “like” SO much? Is that, like, possible? Like, at all?

I am not saying all those within this age group are over bronzed/tanned, too accessorised and don’t understand the concept of what a skirt is ACTUALLY meant to be about – nay; I have had and met some exceptionally articulate young individuals who are clearly going to make it beyond the perfume counter and are ACTUALLY willing to help… the sad thing is I find the ‘other’ variety far, far more depressingly prominent…

if this is the future of my yet to be conceived female children I can only think that I hope that unlike their mother they DO marry a petroleum engineer!

Makeup Madness

Of late I have found my current purchasing obsession is makeup… and not the ‘buy at your local Priceline store’ kind of beauty items…

It all started before the wedding – where I commenced my desperate search to attain a shine-free face that did not need me to have a compact permanently attached to my hand! Alas my oil-slick face meant that the then Garnier, L’Oreal, Red Earth and Bourjsis mis-match had to be examined as clearly they were not meeting the desired result…

So first came the Clinique Dramatically Different Gel – be STILL my heart this thing was AMAZING! One application and I literally could feel my skin mattify! A quick look in the mirror confirmed that this product was WORTH every dollar paid!

Then came the matching Clinique cleanser and Clarifying Lotion – I was a little worried to try this thing that they don’t call a toner as I had heard VERY mixed reviews! BUT it paid off – my skin looked and felt fantastic! Don’t get me wrong – its not matte ALL day long BUT normally I am constantly either having to touch up or not caring to touch up which results in more oil on my face than there is in the Arabian Gulf!

BUT with this regime I only needed to touch up 2 times…. Fantastic!

Which made me think that if I could get this result from changing my skincare regime, imagine the possible change I could experience if I did an overhaul of the makeup!

Behold the commencement of my MAC-(a)ddiction… this one I will blame on Mr A; he was the one who said I should “give it a go” and decided to start me off by actually buying my first Studio Fix compact… damn him and his generosity! I promised myself that this would be a ‘special occasion’ compact – that I would use is sparingly when we were going out or when I needed to feel particularly put together…

Two weeks later and all my Mineral Powder & Foundation had found a new home at the back of my makeup drawer as my MAC (NC 35) took centre stage…

1 week later I ran out of ModelCo primer and bought Prep & Prime – I have looked back…

2 weeks later I purchased my first bottle of Studio Fix liquid foundation – which when used with the powder provided the MOST perfect looking base… it literally looked like my face had been airbrushed!

Then came the foundation and concealor brushes… the travel-size retractable Kabuki brush and MAC’s Blot Powder…

But is doesn’t end there…

2 weeks ago I bought Napolean’s blusher and bronzer… and love them

And today I just paid for my first Benefit “Realness of Concealness”…

Oh… how I wish I had never known how good these products were…

Thankfully I have not been game enough to actually tally the price difference between what i WAS using to what i am NOW using… i am CERTAIN that in this case ignorance IS bliss!

My next item I’m looking for? The PERFECT nude lipcolor… any recommendations?

Oh how things (unknowingly) change…

This afternoon Mr A took a candid photo of me getting ready in the bathroom – it was purely him being a tool and not something i want the blogsphere to see. BUT in saying that, i scarily noticed the “slight” shift in what was on my bathroom table.

I – like most girls like to look my best. I (as a rule) do like some luxuries – some, not many – just a few to make me fell a lil special and let Mr A feel like his with a lil princess… without being high maintenance. I love MOR’s body butter – i am completely and utterly devoted to their Pomegranate line and insist that NO OTHER BRAND DOES IT BETTER! Every other day i apply the MOR butter on my entire body – i alternate between that and Nivea Q10 Body lotion (simply because i like it – yes, i may have been suckered into the marketing about Q10 but it is grossly cheaper than the MOR body butter). I cleanse (with Garnier Pure – i have oily skin), tone (with Lush tea-tree mist) and moisturise (Olay Special Effects – i mean they DO say that it fights the 7 seven sign of aging – who am i to argue with these statistics??) twice a day. I include a primer (because it is a crime NOT to prime) into my morning repotire (Model Co/Rimmel – I alternate) and bless the person that came up with powder mineral foundation! On nights out i ‘luxe’ it up a bit and use Bourjois’ Mousse Matte mineral liquid foundation….

And then things slowly started to change… In the search of trying to find make-up that would keep my shiny face NOT being shiny without having to touch up every other hour I scoured the web and makeup artists I knew to see what they recommended. I trawled websites for hours and reviews from http://www.beautyheaven.com.au/ to http://www.makeupalley.com/, Bubblegarm and ever so simply Googling “great photography make-up”. My quest led me to try and locate online stores that sold these products so that I could do it all at the touch of my fingertips – I went into Myers and David Jones on the hunt for new products – I was so ardent in my search that I am still unabated until I am certain that I have found the perfect combination that WILL render me speechless… as well as flawlessly oily-less.

And this is what I noticed… I am now no longer a mid-range gal.

Priceline was my one stop shop – it was my fortnightly essential location… now, whilst there is still a strong desire to go there regularly I notice I am racking up less points… First it was the discovery of MAC’s Prep & Prime… SOOOO much better than the Model Co and the Rimmel – alas those 2 sit now in the back of the drawer. Then came the end of the little pot of MAC Matte Gel which they gave me to sample… I begrudgingly had to admit defeat and proclaim that I DID like it… and had to buy said tube. Next was my change from Olay Special Effects moisturizer to Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – my heart both soared and plummeted as it mattifed my face to pure perfection and required only ONE touch up at the end of my work day!!!! And then today came MAC’s Studio Fix… with the quiet intention of me returning to the MAC counter next week to get the matching liquid foundation! I forgot to mention that I am secretly hoping to try MAC’s “Mineralize” Oh the shame of it all… that THIS is what I have become now… That whilst I lament at the additional costs that i KNOW that this will create i am inspired by the sheer awesomeness of said products! That even as i type this i am wondering when i will next be able to steal a moment and try Smashbox’s Photo Finish Light as i hear it is fantastic for photos!

The oh so WORRYING thing is that when I mentioned to Mr A how much MORE this up keep would cost I thought he would tell me that I was dreaming; that this would be a ‘one-off’ and that post wedding party my skin and bauty regime would return to my once coveted L’Oreal but no – the guy LOVES it… I cannot believe how strange he is!

For the ladies out there – what is your makeup splurge?

PS I “forgot” to mention that i am slowly (but surely) overhauling my makeup brushes – meaning i have purchased a newer better Kabuki brush and am now aquiring more brushes than you can throw a brush at! Hehe

I’m Back!

We got back on Friday afternoon – it was such a blissful 2 weeks; warm, sunny lazy days spent by the pool. Walking from Seminyak down to Kuta almost everyday and then back to our hotel. We did HEAPS of walking; I cannot begin to tell you how amazed we both were at the amounts of walking we did…

The hotel was FANTASTIC – we stayed at The Breezes, the staff were lovely and friendly and really helpful.

Mr A and I arranged a few activities (meaning Mr A told me what he wanted to do and I arranged the activities!) that involved white water rafting (this was purely a Mr A idea – but by the end of it, although we were all wet and tired I loved it!), buggying (through muddy tracks and through 3 local villages) which I think Mr A was entertained at his “how muddy and dirty can I get my mrs?” challenge! Needless to say we finished this VERY dirty indeed – and by “we” I mean primarily me!

The BEST excursion was when we both went to see (and swim with!!!!!!) the dolphins… in the next couple of days i’ll write more about the antics we got up to and pop on some photos of us and our trip as soon as i download them to my computer (I have scheduled it in for this Saturday!)

Stay tuned folks… and before i forget: THANKS for ALL the wellwishes (for said trip) and your visits here in my absence!

After Chrsitmas Sales

I went to the post christmas sals – aaahh; i love after christmas sales! the mayhem; the excitement, the buzz, the frantic and almost insane buzz you can feel as women stive to get a bargain!

The men who stand far enough away as they must clearly know by now that this time of year women in stores are like crazed animals in heat – especially within the first hour or so. After that you still feel the buzz but it sort of wears off!

Mr A is smart – he handed me my money (eftpos machines have a tendancy to shut down mid-way through the day – i worked in retail when i was in uni and came to understand that by mid-day those poor machines clearly had had enough!), kissed  my goodbye and wished me luck… and knew that it was a far, far smarter option to brave it on my own!

Indeed i must say that being the nimble and agile little short stack that i am comes in VERY handy in these instances! As i duck, ive and weave through the hordes of people; i am able to grab items stelthly between people’s waists. From experience i KNOW that change rooms will become a time waster – as i see the lines in womens clothing sterching past 30 people i am happy that i was wearing a camisole under my shirt and was able to find a “quiet” (read: corner area flooded with LOTS of women around) spot to try on shirts, kaftans and dresses.

Sadly though, i notice upon return that Mr A was the winner in my shopping expedition yeasterday! Granted i did find myself some lovely finds (read: 4 items); Susi will attest that in years past i have proved a marvel in post christmas finding of bargains AND the quantity of items! Mr A last year got but 1 shirt – and even then i must admit it was but an afterthought towards the end of our day… But this year he scored flip flops (leather ones at that!),  knee length shorts (reduced by 70%) – so naturally i bought 2! a Clavin Klien shirt (50%), 2 Ralph Lauren polos (nearly 50% off), one in green and the other a black one and a business shirt! what a stash…

Overall a decent shopping day!

And i do it all again tomorrow with Susi!!

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