Garnier Fructis Citrus Mint Product Review

Remember I mentioned this earlier? Let’s talk about it some more.

My roommate was using this for a while, but stopped because her boyfriend didn’t like the minty smell, so she had me help her finish off the bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Personally, I am in love with the smell, as is my boyfriend. I had to stop using Garnier’s products a while ago because they were too damaging to my hair. But what I didn’t know until just recently was that they removed the silicones and parabens! I was stoked.

Garnier Fructis Citrus Mint

This product is great for oily hair, to begin with. I have a lot of trouble with oily everything, my body just hates me! Even though I shampoo twice every time I shower, I can feel almost all of the oils gone from my hair after just one, and it immediately feels lighter than with any shampoo I have ever used. After the second my hair is silky smooth and honestly, I don’t need to use conditioner, but I do anyway! The conditioner makes my hair super soft and amazingly, after a day or two, my hair doesn’t look greasy. I can’t use conditioners due to the fact that by day two my hair looks like a grease factory, so I used to substitute for oils or serums.

My boyfriend used just the shampoo and his thick, coarse hair was so soft when it dried. Honestly, I’ve never used a shampoo that feels quite like this. The smell is invigorating and is a great way to wake yourself up in the morning, and boy does it last! My hair looks and feels soft and shiny and I haven’t had frizz problems like I usually do when my hair grows out.

To sum it all up, I’m a pretty happy camper. When you consider cost and result, it is definitely worth your time and money. It works better than a lot of natural products that I have used and I love it even more than the Green shampoo they had released a few years ago, which didn’t give me remotely similar results. I’m sold, and I’m going to be using this from now on!

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DIY Dry Shampoo! + Prodct Review

I thought it would be fun to share some of my observations with you all on some standard dry shampoos versus a very simple DIY one that I read about a few months back! First, let’s review a product.

Dove's dry shampoo.

Dove’s dry shampoo.

I’ve used various Dove products in the past with both good and bad results depending on the type. I absolutely love their moisturizing body was (especially the blue fig and orange blossom one!), so I figured I’d give this a shot. Frankly, I am disappointed, but my roommate had the greatest results with it! I’m baffled. I myself have very thick hair with a lot of oil, and when I applied this to my hair 24h after I showered, visually, it was better. It looked good enough that I could go to my job interview without having to wash it again. But as far as the texture goes, my hair felt heavier than before I applied it, it felt greasy and chalky to the touch, and the perfume! Oh dear, the perfume! With the amount I had to spray on my hair to get a satisfying result, the entire apartment was like a toxic wastefield! I had the windows open for a good half hour to get rid of it all.

On the other hand, my roommate has very thin, very straight hair that doesn’t look greasy for at least 3 days. She ended up being the one to use this product until it was completely empty. On her hair, it took very little spraying to get a good visual result and considering she kept touching her hair, I would say it probably felt nice, too. She loved the smell, and that’s probably because she had to use so little. On my hair, I get a better result from flipping my hair upside-down, spraying it with volumizing hairspray, brushing it out, then fluffing a little. And this isn’t the first dry shampoo I’ve used, oh no! Let’s look at one I used while I was in university last year!

Trèsemmé dry shampoo.

Trèsemmé dry shampoo.

*sigh* This product gives me mixed feelings. I bought it because I hated having to wake up at 6am so I could shower and make it to my morning studio class on time, and one of my profs recommended it. Visually, I like the effects of this one better than Dove’s. The texture is marginally better, too, and it took less. The smell is a little more citrus-y, so when I sprayed a lot it wasn’t quite so brutal on my nose. On the other hand, my hair felt even heavier than when I used the Dove product. And this one required a lot more shaking, otherwise I would only get slightly damp air from the nozzle. I had to shake it after every two spritzes. I wouldn’t buy it again, and the same with Dove’s dry shampoo, uh uh. I’d recommend it if you have thin hair, or very short hair, because when my hair is very short, both of these work great.

Now for my super easy DIY dry shampoo!

I stumbled across this solution on Pinterest and I was skeptical. If it was really this easy, why are we all wasting our money on dry shampoos like this? This dry shampoo is as simple as straight baking soda, and I kid you not. If you have corn starch, mixing equal parts of these works even better, but I didn’t have any so I tried just baking soda.

Sprinkle either the mixture or the straight baking soda into one palm, rub it on both your hands, then rub your hands through your hair. Repeat this until you have gotten some on all of your hair, give it a little shake, comb/brush it out and see how you like it. Depending on how greasy your hair was when you started, you might have to give it a second go. I usually do two or three run-throughs of the baking soda just so I’m thorough. When I’m done, my hair is light, it feels considerably better than when I use dry shampoo, and it looks fresh. Any smell that might have been on my hair before is completely gone. When I’m satisfied with the look, I spray a little bit of a light hairspray (I’m a fan of Garnier Bamboo hairspray for this), and I’m good to go! Plus, that way my hair has a nice light scent to it.

Now, just so you know, if you scratch your head you will end up with baking soda under your nails. When you brush out your hair, just take a quick peek all over that there’s not a spot that you missed that still has baking soda on it. Fluffing it with your fingers is usually enough to get rid of it.

Product Review – Rainforest Moisture Shampoo

I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop products. Huge, huge, huge fan. I’ve tried a wide variety of shampoos on the market; natural ones, salon ones, standard drug store ones. They have a wide variety of effects.

The Body Shop's Rainforest Moisture shampoo.

The Body Shop’s Rainforest Moisture shampoo.

I picked this product up a little over a month ago and have introduced it into my showering routine. Even though I don’t like the smell of coconut at all, I can’t help but enjoy the subtle scent mixed in with the others of this shampoo! The shampoo is very thick and pools nicely in the palm of my hand. I don’t have to worry about spilling it off my hand when I put the bottle down like I do with drug store products. I strongly recommend you follow the simple instructions on the back if you want good results. Between working at The Body Shop and reading reviews of the product online before I bought it, I’ve heard mixed opinions, and now that I’ve used it, I see why. If you simply pour the product into your hand and try to work it into a lather in your hair, you will miss spots and your hair will not feel clean at all. It’s frankly disappointing. Don’t stop here! On the back of the bottle (I don’t read instructions, so I didn’t notice this when I bought it), it says to work into a lather in the hands first and then work through your hair. This is they key to making this product work for you. Even if you have a lot of hair and have to use a lot of product, you don’t have to worry about wasting it thanks to its thickness. It will stay on your hands as you lather and once it starts to foam on your hands, work it into your hair from root to tip all over.

On days when my hair is particularly dry I like to leave it in the second time I wash my hair while I was my face, then rinse them both off, just so I get a little more of the moisture effects in my hair.

Here’s an important note! If you’ve never used a natural product like this before, you might think it’s not working because you’re not getting a big bundle of soap in your hair when you lather it. On days when my hair is particularly oily, I might only have the foam from my hands for a second before it goes away visually. Don’t get me wrong, it still cleans your hair wonderfully like that! The reason why it doesn’t lather is because it’s not filled with artificial products and chemicals that cause that foam to happen. Just because it foams, doesn’t mean you’re cleaning effectively! In fact, products that do foam a lot tend to strip your hair of their natural oils and leave them dryer than before, so even though it might feel clean, you’re actually damaging it quite a bit.

Moving on! You really don’t need a lot of this product to make it work. For the amount of hair I have (and boy is it thick) I use about a toonie sized amount the first time and a quarter size the second time. That might sound like a lot considering how short my hair is, but when I use drug store products like Garnier, Herbal Essences, or Pantène, I’m almost filling my palm the first time and using a toonie sized amount the second time to get the same cleaning effects.

I used this product on my boyfriend’s hair the last time he was over, and his hair is usually pretty dry. It feels rough, and it’s quite thick for being short. When his hair dried, he kept touching his hair because he was impressed by how soft it was, and he only washed once and didn’t use conditioner at all c:

Overall, I am quite happy with this product. I know I can’t convince people who have already used it (believe me, I’ve tried while at work!), and that’s to be expected. But if you follow the label on the back and buy this during one of the constant sales going on at the shop, you’re getting a great product for a great price.

New Hair Goal!

So as you might have read, I went a little crazy and cut all of my hair off in a fit of frustration. No amount of regular trimming, vitamins, healthy foods or water could stop the ends from getting horribly dry due to all of the stress I was feeling from work.

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A few days after I cut it all off and coloured it red.

So here we are now on the first day of February and I’ve managed to not freak out and cut all my hair off again (yes!) but I admit, I do need a trim desperately. I did some research and found a haircut for hair my length that will let it grow out at a nice rate so it won’t look stupid (like it does now) as it gets longer and longer. Once I have some money, I’m going to get it it done. Here’s what it looks like right now!

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Me, right now! I usually clip the back up so it’s out of the way. It’s all the same length.

It’s been tough to deal with but my boyfriend and all of his friends agree that I would look really nice with long hair, and I’m determined to try. I am getting pretty bored with short hair; I want to have curls, buns, ponytails, sloppy up-dos and so on. Oh gosh, I’m turning into a girl! Hahaha. Well, I’m going to give you all some reviews on the products I’ve been using on my hair and on my face over the next few days. On my hair I’ve been using a combination of Garnier Citrus and Mint shampoo and conditioner (it’s my roommate’s, she doesn’t like the smell and wants to get through it quickly) and Rainforest Moisture shampoo from The Body Shop. I use the citrus mint shampoo first to tackle the serious oil in my hair, then the Rainforest Moisture, then the conditioner. I like the combo, it leaves my hair feeling fresh and light, and not dry like it used to! But, more on that in the reviews!

I’m back! Please forgive me!

Hey everyone!

I was shocked by the number of hits the blog has gotten since I’ve been away! I know it was sudden but everything’s gone to terrible lately in my life. I moved suddenly in September after being pressured by my friend, and since then we’ve been struggling with money, bills, rent and all that jazz. I didn’t have internet access for a long time that was regular, and once I did, I was so drained I couldn’t even be bothered to take care of myself and I felt like I shouldn’t even check the site. I cut ALL of my hair off at the end of the summer in a fit of frustration. It was barely an inch all over (sadface!)

I had a job for a while at The Body Shop, though I was only seasonal, so come January I was unemployed. I have signed up for welfare and I am waiting for the beginning of March to roll in so I can start my new position with The Body Shop at a new location. I really love working there and I love the products so much. You’re going to be getting some new reviews from me about their products! I also have some new goals, new diy remedies, and some facts to benefit your natural beauty that I can’t wait to share with you all! I’m going to work on a few more posts right after this one, and I really hope you all enjoy them! It’s time to get serious with this blogging.

Product Review – L’Oréal Miracle Blur

I have to say, I went into trying this skeptical. I saw the commercial and thought “that’s ridiculous. Nothing that blurs your pores and whatnot is going to feel good.” And do you know what? I was right.

My mother bought a tube of this just to try it, and she wasn’t too impressed. So, I gave it a try. I showered, washed my face as usual, and then applied this when I was done. The feeling is absolutely peculiar; it feels both chalky and greasy at the same time. I figured I’d let it absorb for a couple of hours and then do my makeup before going to work. Well, a few hours passed and the product still hadn’t absorbed into my skin. I applied my foundation and makeup as usual, and it all smudged off like I’d run a marathon just before doing it.

L'Oreal Miracle Blur

L’Oréal Miracle Blur

 

Don’t get me wrong, it actually did blur imperfections. I have many red marks and scars on my face, a couple of wrinkles here and there, and some rather large pores in places. The product did blur or get rid of them completely, but I couldn’t get over the heavy, greasy feeling. I wound up grabbing a napkin and rubbing off all my makeup during my shift because it felt so gross.

 

Overall, it worked like they promised (the exclusion being that you can’t feel it). My skin did look brighter and smoother after I applied it, but I could get the same effect from concealer and two coats of foundation, with a much lighter and cleaner feeling. My opinion: don’t waste your money on this product unless you can handle the weight, grease and chalk on your skin. It didn’t clog my pores; my skin looked no worse the next day, so that wasn’t a problem.

 

2.5/5 for me.

The Quest for Long Hair! Month 2

I’m a little late posting this! Sorry, everyone! Well, my hair is growing out well and is actually pretty fried. I have to go in for a trim to get rid of the dead ends. Other than the dry, dead ends, my hair feels wonderful and silky. I’ve been staying on top of using Biosilk every time I shower, and skipping conditioner. I’ve noticed with the Biosilk that if I use even a little too much on my hair, it feels like when I have a lot of hairspray in my hair and it gets greasy. It’s really gross.

 

It's a little dark. My hair, month two.

It’s a little dark. My hair, month two.

 

What was stubble is now about an inch long and standing on end. It looks really weird! The rest of it is pretty long. It hangs down just a little under my nose. I can put most of the long part into a ponytail now. Now that I have a steady job, I’m going to invest in some Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins! I’ll let you all know how those work for me. I have new products to review, those will be coming soon. Keep checking back, tell your friends, and spread the love!

 

I’ve been trying scalp massages whenever I remember. It doesn’t help my cluster headaches, but it does make my head feel … almost warm, I suppose. I don’t know if it’s working at all, but it feels good, so I’m going to keep trying! I have a DIY hair mask I want to try that’s supposed to accelerate hair growth (I’ll describe it better when I try and post!)

 

Now, to focus on a regular sleep schedule and drinking lots of water so my hair keeps growing well!