Good evening, lovelies! What’s crackalackin’?
I struggled for a good couple of hours when I got home today as to how to start this post. You know what, though? We all like being a little nosey, especially people in the beauty community. I’ve noticed that, for some reason, my interest in a video or a post rises when I get to see what’s in a purse, or a makeup bag. I also really like seeing into showers, because you get to check out the products that are actually being used at the moment, and I also get a cheeky little peek into someone I admire’s life, or at least their decor. I remember when Ingrid Nilsen aka missglamorazzi‘s first “What’s In My Shower” video went up, it was so exciting, because it was like she was opening the curtain of her personal life just a little bit, and it was almost as if I felt privileged to be seeing into the shower of THE Ingrid Nilsen (I’m clearly a big fan).
Though, now that I type that out, it just sounds extremely creepy.
Anyways, today I thought that I’d share with you a glimpse of what’s in MY shower. I’ve done a video like this on my YouTube channel before, but I thought today, I’d bring it to the blog. This way, you can see what I’m using, and read what I like, what I don’t, etc.
Let’s commence, shall we? 😀
I like to keep my shower organized. I don’t shave my legs — which, by the way, sounds SUPER gross, but I promise you, I have a freaky, abnormal lack of leg hair, I guess I’m just lucky in that regard — and I don’t brush my teeth in the shower, something about it is, ugh, gross to me for some reason *shudders*. That being said, I only have 3 rows: The Hair Row, The Face & Body Row and the Miscellaneous Row.
The Hair Row
In this row:
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo
I have pretty dry, brittle, finicky hair, so I only use this as a clarifying shampoo. It’s a fairly new bottle, but I’ve used this product before and I like it. Despite what the bottle says, I definitely wouldn’t recommend using this more than once every 2 or 3 weeks and I wouldn’t “repeat” after the first use. It strips all of the grease, dirt and residue that builds up in hair through daily use of different products, but what I like about it is that it doesn’t leave the hair feeling stripped to the bone. I can use this and know that all I will get after use is squeaky clean hair, without having to deal with more fallout or breakage than usual.
L’oreal EverStrong Reconstruct Shampoo & Conditioner
This shampoo and conditioner set is awesome. Made with rosemary and juniper/mint botanical oils, this set is perfect for people with dry, tangled, frizzy hair (it might as well say “Made for Siobhan” on the bottle!). I bought these in the States when I was there for my Dad’s birthday weekend last year, but I was trying to finish off other shampoos and conditioners before I got to these. When I saw these in Target, I freaked, because it was in April, which was the peak of my major hair loss state, so I knew I had to get them. When I got home, I did a little research and, while most people like these, some didn’t like the amount of grease produced on their scalp after use. I was a little worried to try them, but I’m very pleased to say that I love these bad boys! I don’t usually have any problem with hair grease, because I have exactly the opposite problem (my scalp is too dry), and this shampoo and conditioner doesn’t change that. My hair feels clean and refreshed after shampooing, and feels soft and replenished of nutrients after conditioning. There is a mild tingling that happens on the scalp after using the shampoo, but that’s due to the rosemary and juniper/mint embedded into the formula. Trust me, it’s nothing crazy or even close to painful, it actually feels good. Oh, and the smell! WOWZA. It smells SOOOO good, and you’ll be smelling your hair all day long (oh yes, it lingers. Cha-ching!). Overall, these perform really well and I’m super happy I gave them a chance.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner
I’ve already raved about this product before, so I won’t go on about it too much. I will say, though, that I’ve tried plenty of deep conditioners on my dry hair and none of them perform as well as this one does. All this needs is 3 minutes on your hair and it will feel silky smooth and soft. It’s inexpensive, but it acts like it costs MUCH more than it actually does. The only thing I don’t like about this product is that I cannot, for the life of me, find it in Canada! However, because I love it so much, I have a pretty big stash saved up in my bathroom cabinet, so I’m essentially covered until the beginning of next year, haha!
The Face & Body Row
In this row:
Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm for Dry/Very Dry Skin
If I could choose a word to describe this cleanser, it would be “meh.” It’s neither here, nor there, meaning I don’t particularly hate it but I certainly don’t love it. I started using it awhile ago after picking it up in the States because I was looking to try a reasonably priced gentle cleanser for dry and sensitive skin. While it doesn’t strip my skin of every natural oil and doesn’t make my face break out in a rash or acne, it doesn’t really clean my face exceptionally. I kind of just feel like I’m applying a cream onto my face and then washing it off, hoping for a couple of pores to be cleansed. However, I do think that it would perform a bit better if I used it with a face brush, but who knows. I also want to note that, while inexpensive in the US, this stuff is fairly expensive over here, especially for a “drugstore brand.” I still have about a quarter of this left, so I will use it up like a good girl, but trust me, it’s a slight struggle to use something that you don’t really think is doing anything for your skin. Hence, I will not be purchasing again when it does finish. Sorry, Boots!
Olay Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Skin Scrub
Firstly, can I just comment on how ironic this name is!? When I was growing up, I watched my mom use products on her skin while she got ready for work or to go out, and one of those products was a then-popular eye cream from a little company called Oil of Olay. In 1999, the founder/CEO of the company decided to take the corporation in a different direction, and one of the things he did was unify the name. Thus, Oil of Olay became Olay! It’s kind of funny that I’m using something “oil-free” on my face from a brand that apparently came into being after the founder decided to put lanolin and other similar ingredients into skincare products after having good luck in the testing stages. Too funny. *chuckle*
Anyways, tangent over. This is a great scrub that I’ve literally been using for years and have gone through countless tubes of. It’s great for exfoliation every week or so, and it truly makes my face feel clean, rejuvenated and exfoliated with its little micro-beads. My dry, sensitive skin loves the stuff and it’s become a part of my “Sunday Spa Day” routine. Plus, the tube lasts FOREVER, so you really get your money’s worth. Little tip, though, do not go near your eye with this!!!!!! One day, I wasn’t really paying attention and accidentally got a little in my eye…OHHH the PAIN!!! Holy cow, they are NOT kidding on the bottle, this stuff is murder. My vision went temporarily blurry and it stung like a biatch. We’re talking baaaaad. So, if/when you ever use this, be careful! 🙂
Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Vanilla Bean Noel
Yea, I’m the cool dude who’s still using holiday themed shower gel…and by cool, I mean super lame. Oh well, you know what? I love the smell of this shower gel (it honestly smells like someone just sprinkled the inside of a vanilla pod onto fresh baked sugar cookies!!!) and it always does a good job cleansing my skin. I’ve been using the Bath & Body Work shower gels for years, and I don’t think the end is in sight, as they are pretty much the best I’ve used. They aren’t drying, they smell sooo good, they’re reasonably priced and did I mention, they smell good!? Plus, there is a plethora of scents to choose from. Personally, I like smelling like a vanilla scented cookie and I will be sad when it finishes (even though this is my second bottle this season, granted, the first was almost finished…hehe, oops!).
The Body Shop Limited Edition Body Polish in Vanilla Bliss
…and the trend continues! Can you tell I like sweet scents, yet? Yes, folks, I like to smell like the sugar aisle and yes, I am using another holiday body product…le sigh. I heard about the Body Shop’s body polishes in the summer and decided to give them a try because they are supposed to make great body exfoliants, and they did not disappoint! I love the Strawberry body polish but when I saw that they came out with a limited edition holiday scent that fuels my sugar scent obsession, I was sold. I have only good things to say about this (and the Strawberry one, too), as it’s course enough to slough away all of my dead skin cells but it’s not too harsh. Plus, it doesn’t dry out your skin (there seems to be a theme here, I don’t like when things dry me out!) and it smells like vanilla…or did I already mention that…? Either way, this stuff is the bomb.
The Miscellaneous Row
This is the row where random things go, for example, if I’m using a bar of soap from LUSH, it goes here, or if I have any face or hair samples to use, they go on this portion of my shower caddy. At the moment, it’s currently empty, but it doesn’t usually stay that way for long. Directly below the bottom row are a couple of little hooks that I keep my shower cap, exfoliating glove and loofah on. I use my shower cap most days of the week, as I now only really like to wet my hair once or twice in a week at the most. My exfoliating glove, which I love, by the way, is something that I use on my most luxurious “pamper myself” days, and I love that I can use it with the shower gel or the body polish and it diffuses any residual areas of dry or flaky skin I might have. They come in all sorts of colours, can be found in pretty much any drugstore and are super inexpensive. They are something that I’ve raved about before and will continue to do so, as I think that they are really worth your time and your money. I totally recommend! As for the loofah, I use that on more of an everyday basis, though, on days that I’m in a rush, I just skip it. I go through loofahs quite quickly, and I expect that I’ll go through this one even quicker, because…well…it’s white. However, they are inexpensive and make my skin clean and refreshed everyday, so I don’t mind having to continually find a new one. 🙂
Alright, so that is it…you now know what is in my shower! I usually change up the products per season (or sometimes month), so let me know if/when you want to see an updated post in the future! Until then, I am going to go and try to find some other way to get waaaay too personal and totally creep you out! 😉
PS – Is it as bitterly cold where you are as it is here? We have warmed up to a balmy -5 degrees Celsius (but it feels like -12 with windchill), and ironically, that’s warmer than it was when the sun was up…strange.
Anyways, I’m cuddled up near the fire, a cup of Peppermint White Hot Chocolate in hand, ready to tackle life’s biggest problems, or you know, an episode of Downton Abbey (I’m kind of obsessed). 😉 Here’s hoping you have a lovely evening! 🙂