L’Oreal Superior Preference Mousse | $14 at Ulta (use a $3.50 off $10 coupon!!)
WEN cleansing conditioner | $30 at Sephora
Lavanila deodorant | $14 at Sephora
Smith’s Rosebud Salve | $6 at Sephora
Oscar Blandi pronto glossing creme | $21 at Skinstore
I don’t know anyone else who’s so picky/frustrated with her hair as I am. I always HATE it. Not hate it, hate it, but I definitely go through phases where I like it, and then I really really hate it. I never really LOVE it. Right now, I’m hating it. Less after I covered my roots, but still. I decided I’m going to grow it out quite a bit longer (it’s been a long time since my hair was long, I’d like to try it again) – at least to my collarbone or beneath. And I think I’d like to color it darker now that I’ve been lighter for more than a year.
Anyway, my hair grows incredibly fast, which is both a blessing and a curse, because well, it grows fast, but then, my roots need touched up more frequently. And my natural hair color right now is a mix between silvery strands and an ugly dark brownish gray. The money situation being what it is, I don’t have the ability to get my hair colored as often as I used to, so even though I saved and made an appointment for a root touch-up on Friday, I wanted to try doing it myself. And as luck would have it (haha!), I found a little bit of wisdom in this month’s Lucky magazine I thought sounded easy. Even for me.
Basically, the beauty editor suggested using hair color on a comb to touch-up roots, which sounded pretty simple, and no-fail. I was intrigued by the new L’Oreal reusable hair color, so decided to try that (she also says to use that in her article), and went with color 630 (lightest golden brown) and got a rat tail comb at Ulta.
I did my root touch-up last night, and generally I’m happy with the way it turned out, and how easy it was to do. Happy enough I can cancel my appointment and hold off until I can save enough money to make a bigger change. I did only the top of my head, which is what bothers me the most, and the color blended in quite nicely, looking “natural.” There are still some golden/silver strands that refuse to take color, but that always happens. I did neglect around my ears & my temple because those areas were harder to get to, and I was nervous about how the color was going to turn out, but I’m going to do those today. (you can really only see those when I put my hair up in a pony tail)
Anyway, I feel like this was a good temporary solution for me, and might work for you too if you’re looking for cheap & easy (but overall the hair color does NOT get good reviews on ulta), and since the color is reusable, I can do it as often as I like. The only thing that bothers me about that is the chemicals in the color. But that’s another thing altogether…
WEN cleansing conditioner
On to the other hair products I tried. First, the WEN cleansing conditioner. I did like this, but I really don’t see a dramatic difference in my hair from using it for a little over a month. I used less than it recommends (as per Monica’s suggestion), and that was enough. I also only wash my hair every 3-4 days, so it lasts quite a while. I do like the smell, and it goes on and rinses out well, but so does my Fekkai stuff, and again, I haven’t noticed any significant change, so why stick with it? The spray that comes in the kit is interesting, and I love the scent, but I’m not sure what it does.
Oscar Blandi Glossing Creme
I do LOVE the Oscar Blandi pronto glossing creme though; I’m definitely going to buy another tube when this one runs out. I’ve had this for a few years actually; Oscar Blandi’s PR team sent me some products to review about 3 years ago, but I only really started using it regularly recently. My hair on the ends is very dry and frizzy from the bleach, and this is really the only stuff that makes it look remotely NOT dry and frizzy, and honestly it’s the only thing that’s saved me from getting the ends all cut off. I use it when my hair is damp and then again when it’s dry, and I don’t notice that it weighs my hair down at all, which is usually a problem with any product I use. I highly recommend this creme (and Skinstore usually has coupons, so you can get it for 20% off) if you have dry hair.
I bought the lavender-vanilla Lavanila deodorant over the summer to try since my beloved Lush powder deodorant didn’t seem to be holding up to the 100+ degree heat and multiple trips outside once we got Dagny. I think it was generally effective, but then again, I did use it a few times during the day. I do like the smell of the vanilla lavender one, and I really don’t like vanilla, but it does leave marks on clothes. Once it cools down, I’ll switch back to my Lush powder deodorant, because it never leaves marks on clothes, and I thought it worked in cooler weather. Overall, it’s a good “natural” or at least aluminum-free deodorant to try if you haven’t yet, but I’ll keep it mostly for summer use.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve
I’ve used Smith’s Rosebud Salve for years (I have 5-6 tins in my bag/around my house at any given time), but discovered a couple of new uses for it recently that make it absolutely essential. First, Dagny gets quite overzealous at play time, or upon waking up in the morning (she’s not yet a year old) and will scratch me quite frequently with her nails. Mostly on the face, but never actually breaking the skin. One morning I had particularly bad marks on my face, deep & red, and didn’t know what else to put on them so I tried the salve. And literally, the marks were gone, like they never existed, within an hour or so.
I also read recently in Into the Gloss that someone (I don’t remember who, or the article I read) uses rosebud salve as a luminizer/moisturizer after long flights. I thought that sounded intriguing, but didn’t want to use it all over my face (too heavy, I think), so I tried it just a bit on my cheeks and the bridge of my nose and I was pleased with the slightly dewy look I had. I do also have the RMS living luminizer, which I love, and is slightly different, more shimmery, but don’t use much, because I want to save it for “special” occasions (*rolls eyes* – why do I do that??), but see this as a much more affordable and multi-tasking option if you’re so inclined.
And now a request. I have noticed, on the eve of my 42nd birthday, that my skin does seem to be getting a bit “droopy.” Do you have any suggestions for “firming” or lifting products to try? That actually work? I love that my skincare routine now is so streamlined (I probably don’t do enough), so I don’t want to really add a lot of steps, but if I can use a serum or something to just lift a little, I’d love some help. I did try a sample of the La Mer lifting stuff a while a go and thought it seemed to work, but I can’t spend that much!!
What have you tried and loved, or not loved recently?