Thursday, 22 June 2017

Throwback Thursday


Ugh, it is so hot right now.

This is actually a time of year when I can miss having shorter hair: My buns were so much smaller and cooler on my head. Now, even the most compressed bun I can manage is larger than I can span over with my hand...

These little double, knotted buns were really cute!


Monday, 19 June 2017

Haul

My latest Testerkorea haul just arrived!

And... Holy crap, I didn't think I actually ordered this much?
But spread out on the floor, it took up a lot of space. Hmm!

I'm pretty unhappy with Testerkorea right now: It took over a month to show up. of course this is fair enough for such a haul, but it turned out the delay was caused by a single facial mister that had been discontinued. Not out of stock, discontinued. TK didn't know, or react to this until after I contacted them. Sloppy stock-control like that just pisses me off. it's just plain laziness or not having a system implemented.

I think I will try RoseRoseShop next time...


Unfortunately, it turned out I don't tolerate Tonymoly's Goat milk series at all. This is one of the items I was really looking forward to try, but after using it twice, my skin was pissed off and full of comedos. Judging from the "scorched" feeling and reaction, I think the problem was a too high pH and a too heavy formula. I gave it away to a college who was surprisingly happy to receive my leftovers, lol.

I thought this was pretty interesting too: I don't tend to order a lot of haircare products from Korean sites. As superior the skincare products generally are for my skin, they seem a bit more "Meh" compared to western products. But, I did pick up a few ampoules, some scalp scalers, a single leave in conditioner and a few regular conditioners...

Friday, 2 June 2017

Trim

A visit to my parents usually means I ask my mom to trim my hair, haha.
I've been falling behind on my idea that I would maintain my hair at fingertip length for a while. 

Funny how that works: Hair growth is what happens when you're busy making other plans.


Sorry for the slightly blurry picture. It doesn't show the resulting trim very well.
Mom took quite a bit off! And yet I couldn't tell after braiding it again, haha.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Today's hair

I have an appointment with my massage therapist tomorrow. (I highly recommend going to Kana at Frisk o Vacker Hudvård in Lund, should any of my readers be local!) 
My hair always seems to be in the way for her work... So far the best option seems to be a slightly lose single braid, but a single braid seems to be mildly irritating to move around for her too: It's too heavy, yet slippery and won't stay in one place.


So I figured I would try with four little braids.


Then I felt like messing around with the four braids and see if I could get something fun or useful out of it.


Hmm, maybe?


Using the four small braids in a form of Royal buns/Minibuns resulted in nicely flattened buns.


Looked funny with two of the braids hanging lose.


All four minibraids pinned up and bunned. Meh, not that cute.


Using the four little braids to form a braided Chinese bun worked pretty well!


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Charcoal detox

I was sick a lot in April. It was pretty scary to me. First it was bad stomach, then fever, coughing, more fever and more coughing, then more fever and coughing again. 
It was a pretty scary experience, because it felt like whatever I did, I just couldn't shake it. 


There's a lot of "detoxes" out there on the internet, but using activated charcoal to detox seems like a potentially inoffensive idea. One of those "Can't really hurt, can it?"-things. Hubby and I did a quick five day detox using it.
The taste of the charcoal itself brings out a vague memory of faceplanting in sand as a small child (Before being old enough to worry about who or what might have used the sandbox as a bathroom)

But we ended up adding some carrot, ginger and apple which should be good for the liver (Everything is good for something, isn't it? Seems like any fruit or vegetable will be used for some sort of shot) which made it slightly sweet.

It wasn't bad. I don't think it did anything bad for us, but I'm not entirely sure it "detoxed" anything either. We would probably try it again some time though.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Today's hair


Two Dutch braids pulled up and under their "neighbors" base.


Looks pretty cute just like this!
Like a butterfly or something?


The ends of the two braids wrapped around the middle of the "bun" until I ran out of braids,  then pinned with a Flexi.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Current supplement routine

My supplement routine always varies a little according to what I feel like or feel inspired by.


My classic combination of fibre, fish oil and multivitamins. I think I have been taking this combination for something like 20 years now! 


For my skin: Inositol (Keeps my dermotillomania down) collagen, hyaluronic acid and spearmint supplements (Inspired by Tracy over at Fanserviced-B to keep androgen acne and breakouts down)


The more or less random stuff: Pro biotics and acai berry supplements. Just some stuff I stumbled upon and though "Yea, why not?".

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

New elastics

I've been meaning to replace my little jar of elastics. It's a mixture of different brands by now, and I keep wanting to replace them with nice uniform ones of identical quality. 


So I did! Glitter has some really nice ones that can actually tolerate oil. 

The print on the little boxes says "Wherever my hair ties go, I hope they are happy".

Friday, 12 May 2017

Today's hair

I didn't really feel like redoing the double Dutch braids from the other day, even though they are getting pretty fuzzy.


I figured maybe I could pull the braids up through their own base and make some small, cute buns a little further up.


Hmm. Maybe it would look cuter on "newer" braids?

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Deep conditioning results

Washed the Elistraee out this morning and my hair felt great: Soft and smooth. Also it seemed to have a sort of "puffing" affect on my hair because it feels very thick today.


The orange eyebrows from the Rusalki treatment has calmed down a lot too. Almost matches my sun-bleached ends now!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Deep conditioning

It's been a while since last I spent a day just deep conditioning and messing around with my hair!

I had some Nightblooming products still left in my stash, so I decided to play around with that.

Eilistraee Colorless Herbal Hair Conditioner
Strawberry Blonde Rusalki Herbal Hair Color and Conditioner


At the time I purchased, the Rusalki samples had been sold out and the Eilistraee conditioner only came in sample-size. I figured I could mess around with the colour for my eyebrows, and do a length-only overnight conditioning of the length.


Directions were about the same:
1. In a bowl add the herbal powder. In a separate container heat distilled water until steaming but not boiling and add, mixing until you have a mud the consistency of pancake batter. Add a few drops of Essential Oil if you wish. Please research your EOs carefully. 

2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set someplace warm. Atop a warm electronic, such as a computer tower works well, or under a warm lamp. Mix occasionally, letting sit for at least 2-4 hours, and no more than 6.
 

3. When ready to use, wash hair but do not condition (or condition very lightly). Section towel-dried hair and work the herbal mud into the hair, making sure not to miss spots. Carefully pile hair atop the head and cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave on for 2-6 hours, the longer you leave it on the deeper the conditioning benefits and the more colored tones that will be imparted. 
 

4. Rinse well with water. If you find rinsing difficult, try soaking your hair in the bathtub or a bucket first, or use a lots of a cheap silicone-free conditioner (like VO5) to aid rinsing


Mixed with water. The Eilistraee has such a beautiful green colour!
Both has a pleasant "fresh herb" kind of smell to them.


Covered and left to develop dye for a few hours.


Some regular conditioner to make sure I have enough product volume to cover the length of my hair.


...And then Hubby showed his silly side.

Now, why is there suddenly a cucumber near the cling wrap, plastic bag and bandage that I was about to use?

 




Because Hubby watches too many silly videos on the internet.


...And I usually run around in my cat ear-headband when I do something like this.

Hah hah. Funny Hubby is very funny.
(I didn't kill him in his sleep, but I will reserve the option for later)


Added a bit of regular conditioner to the Eilistraee treatment.


Checking the thickness of Rusalki to see if it can stick to my eyebrows.
So charming!


Eilistraee treatment ready for doing its magic overnight.
Hubby calls this "mummy hair", but you can't deny that this is a very convenient way to do overnight treatments.


Rusalki on the eyebrows and covered with cling wrap. I managed to leave this for two hours before I got annoyed with it and washed it off my face.


The eyebrows got bright orange! A lot more orange than I assumed it would, so it's good I'm not completely new to this or I would have been pretty sacred.
Still though: Looking forward tot he oxidation to begin.