Howdy lovely, happy 2017! How were the holidays? I hope you had a safe and fun season and are ready to join me in kicking 2017 off in the right way. 🙂
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First Impressions & Review: Sephora’s 2015 Birthday Gift & Ruth Crilly’s COLAB Dry Shampoo
Hello, hello sweet friends, how are you today? 🙂 I hope you’re doing well and happy hump day! 🙂 So, I don’t know if you are aware of this, but I’ll be celebrating my 24th birthday this Friday (YAY!), and thus, I’ve been doing a little bit of beauty shopping. I shouldn’t be really, because there are numerous bigger budget items that I would like to/need to save for, but hey…a beauty addict’s gotta do what a beauty addict’s gotta do. 😉
About a week ago, I received the most lovely email from Sephora, saying that it was time for me to pick up my annual birthday freebie. This is, no joke, one of the best emails I receive in the entire year. In case you don’t know, Sephora has a dollar-for-point rewards program, so basically, that means that every dollar you spend will earn you a point. You can bank and use these points to redeem various rewards throughout the year, valued at 100 points ($100), 250 points ($250) or 500 points ($500), but another special little perk of being a “Beauty Insider,” (join here if you aren’t one already!) regardless of the amount of money you spend in Sephora, is the birthday gift . Now, it’s always a small gift and it varies throughout the world, but still, every year, on your birthday, you will get a little gift from Sephora on or around your birthday! How nice!
This year, I’ve heard that the gift is pretty good from friends who have celebrated their birthdays earlier in the year, so, naturally, I couldn’t wait to try it for myself! Well, I picked up my mini NARS lip pencil duo towards the end of last week (you know, in the midst of my beauty
hoarding shopping), and while I haven’t given them a “full” try, I wanted to share my preliminary thoughts, a mini review, if you will, with you today, as well as some thoughts on a dry shampoo that I picked up on Friday night that seems to be quite hyped at the moment. Question is, does it deserve the hype that it’s been getting? Hmmm…let’s find out, shall we!? 🙂
I’m just going to get it out of the way right now – this was only two products shy of being a “What’s In My Shower” post. That’s right, folks, everything other than face wash and deep conditioner that I am using at the moment is pictured above (plus some extras that obviously do not belong in the shower), and do you know what that means? I’ve officially gone cuckoo for coconuts.
Everything about coconuts is alluring – their smell, their taste, their hydrating qualities, the fact that you can only find them on the most tantalizing of tropical islands -so it shouldn’t be a surprise that when you combine them with beauty products, there’s not much left to be desired. What is a surprise, however, is how deep in love I’ve fallen, and how against being rescued I am. Seriously, just leave me and my coconut addiction to it, I’ll be fine.
Today, I thought I’d show you my current coconut must-haves and why they’re so highly coveted in my beauty arsenal at the moment. Let’s crack that coconut!
Pack It Up: My Overnight Getaway Essentials
Happy Monday, gang! 🙂 How was your weekend? Mine was…well, to be honest, pretty sucky. I wasn’t feeling well all weekend, but *sigh*, the week has begun so it’s time to get crackin’!
Last month, my mother & I had the good fortune to accompany my father to Toronto for an overnight trip to the Westin Harbour Castle. He had some kind of presentation to give the next morning, so that’s why we decided to stay. It was a fantastic weekend, filled with fun, laughter and good ol’ fashioned good times with my fam. I took a fair share of photos, so I’ve been filtering them through for the last couple of weeks in preparation to share them with you (look for a travel diary of sorts later today!), but first, I wanted to compose a kind of “overnight essentials” packing guide for you.
A [Hairy] New Chapter
That’s it, y’all. I’ve made the leap over. I’m going to rock my natural hair. For a while.
Okay, okay, so I was technically always “rocking the natural hair,” the only thing small caveat is I wasn’t wearing it the way it naturally sprouts out of my head. In fact, I haven’t worn it natural for months. Literally, the last time I wore it natural was in the photo above, which was taken in September. After that, I can’t remember the last time (and I don’t think there was a time after that). And as I’m sure you all know, battering your hair with heat day after day does nothing but harm to your tresses. Thus, my hair has dramatically thinned (and I’ve never had a thick head of hair, anyways, so just imagine what it’s like now) and it breaks SUPER easily. So, I’m going on a little bit of a hiatus. A #naturalcation if you will. Giving my hair a break and treating it right. The goal is to grow it considerably and to give it some elasticity and strength in the process. It won’t be easy, but it’s worth it.
Check out some of the tips and tricks I have for strong, healthy tresses:
Absolutely NO HEAT
You might think “Well Siobhan, you’ve already mentioned this one, and I already know how bad heat is for my hair,” to which I say “Fantastic!” Only thing is, we need to take this a step further. That’s right, turn down the heat of that water stream when you shower, and you will see a world of difference. It’s completely uncomfortable to stand in mild water as you clean your tresses, but trust me when I say that heat, of any form, is terrible. Most people don’t even consider the near-scolding hot water they stand in as they shower a form of heat, but oh, friend, it is. I noticed a huge difference when I started exposing my hair to cooler water temps. Oh, and if you can take it, turn it down even further, to the point that it’s actually cold water pouring out of your shower head when you rinse out your conditioner. Yes, it’s a torturous 30 seconds, but you can thank me for your hair’s incredible shine later. 😉
FEED your hair
It sounds super cheesy and cliche, but eating the right foods is an essential part of growing strong hair. Any nutrient packed foods added to your diet are going to do great things, but foods such as salmon (which is very high in omega-3s — which are good fats for your body to consume), sweet potatoes (which are packed with beta carotene, what makes this popular potato orange, that your body will convert into vitamin A, which is great for your hair), and eggs (more specifically, egg whites, which are full of protein) are even better. Also, don’t forget water! Getting 8 glasses a day of H2O is a great way to keep everything in your body functioning smoothly and easily, including cell reproduction, which aids in hair growth. Drink up, friend!
Reserve TIGHT for your clothes on a Friday night
I feel like this is almost pointless to say, but it’s something that I was doing and was completely unaware of: back off the tight ties! That’s right, nothing good comes from triple and quadruple tied dos, you want to keep your buns and ponies loosey goosey! Not only does it reduce the amount of headaches you’ve been having lately (cue the simultaneous “ohhhhhhhh” across the world, YEA, it didn’t occur to me, either!), but it will allow your hair follicles to breathe and won’t cause as much damage! Plus, messier hair is trendy now, anyways. Ride the wave, girlfriend, ride the messy hair wave. 🙂
Want more of these hair-saving tips!? Good news for you — I made a whole video on the topic after my previous hair ban, a video which you can view right here.
As for the current ban? I just started last week, and we’ll see how it goes, because it’s really hard whenever I see girls with pin straight hair or beautiful waves walking down the street (my goodness, I sound like an addict, haha). However, for now, I plan on laying off the blowouts for at least 6 months, to (hopefully) restore strength, shine and structure to my hair. In a bit, when my hair has gained some volume, it’ll be nice to wear my hair down with all of its natural curl and shape, but right now, I’m living in braids (a topic on which I may or may not cover in a post soon ;))! I’ve grown to like it, though, and with all of the cold weather we’ve had this winter, I feel like I am Elsa. Hehe! Ice queen or not, wish me luck, because I will need it, and if you have any braids inspiration or ideas that you’d like to share, go for it, I’d love to hear!
Until next time,