Hey friends! I did it! 30 days (well, technically 40, bc I forgot to take my ‘before’ pic until ten days in…. so I had to restart my count) without using any heat on my hair – no blowdryer, no flat iron, no curling wand, nada. I’ve noticed a huge difference in the health of my hair, which definitely motivates me to continue using little-to-no heat on my hair. I think if I keep this up, drink my collegen powder, and get regular trims I’ll have some pretty long hair by this time next year 🙂 Well, long by my standards at least…. Read The Post
I turn 25 in less than two months, and I finally think I’m starting to feel like an adult. Or, more accurately, I think people assume I am an adult. It’s weird.
One day I was looking in the mirror and looked a little closer… then a little closer….. and realized. My eyes are starting to get a little wrinkly. GREAT. Now I’m just a 24-year old adult who’s getting all old and wrinkly. I decided it’s time to start taking a little bit better care of my skin. Gotta keep the moneymaker looking fresh, amiright?
Hello friends! It’s been a fucking minute, hasn’t it? My apologies, it’s just that winter is stealing my soul and with it all my inspiration and ambition. I am 100% absolutely ready for Spring. One thing that’s been inspiring me so much lately, though? HAIR. All the hair. My hair is something of a hot mess right now, but I’m feeling very hopeful about what the future holds for my hair and how I’ll get there. This past year, I’ve made a few (beautiful) hair mistakes, which only makes me reflect on the past 10 years’ worth of (not always beautiful) hair mistakes and finally, what I’ve learned. Mostly what-not-to-do’s. I think we all have a few of those, am I right?
My hair journey has been colorful, damaging, and impulsive. I love dying my hair, I love bright colors, I love it all, but back in 2007-2011, I wasn’t super familiar with how it all works and why was my hair falling out??? Since then, I’ve learned a lot about bleach, toner (what an amazing thing, that you don’t have to bleach the literal shit out of your hair to get it that blonde??), and more. I’ve decided to quit bleaching my hair for awhile, as heartbroken as I am not to be bright and beautifully blonde anymore, I know I need to do it for the health of my hair. I’ve also decided to quit using any heat tools on my hair for a while; 10 days into my no-heat plan and my hair is already looking so much healthier.
Have you heard of New Wash yet? It’s a new way to “wash” your hair without the use of any detergents (SLS or other foaming agents) and instead uses aloe vera and essential oils to clean the dirt and sweat from your hair without drying it out. Since New Wash doesn’t strip your hair of all its oils, there’s no need for conditioner after. Ooh, that has me QUITE skeptical. It also claims to be appropriate for all hair types, from thick and curly to thin and flat to color treated to natural. Hmmmm.
This is what I’m dealing with in terms of hair: fine and thin, bleach damaged, flat on top with frizzy, poofy ends. You can read my whole hairstory here for more detail. My hair has been pissing me off and is not in good shape. I’ve cut quite a bit off, but unless I go back to a pixie cut (plz no) there’s going to be some damage which I’ll slowly grow out and trim. I’m ready for a life-changing product, as New Wash claims to be. The packaging tells me it can take up to two weeks for your hair and scalp to adjust to New Wash vs conventional shampoos, so I used New Wash for ten days to get a good taste of how my hair reacts to New Wash before sharing my review. Here’s how New Wash worked for me!
Hello hello! As my search for the best of natural and organic makeup goes on, there’s a product I haven’t seen much of: color correcting concealers. As someone who deals with breakouts, flushed red skin, and dark undereye circles, I can certainly use a little help. A quick google search for ‘natural green concealer’ brought me to Glory Boon Wholesome Cosmetics, an organic and natural makeup shop on Etsy. Glory Boon creates safe and detoxed cosmetics in small batches, and for natural makeup, the price is pretty dang good.
The hardest part about buying cosmetics online, whether organic or conventional, is not being able to try it before you buy it. Is this color going to look weird on me? Will this foundation match my skin tone perfectly? Will the texture be completely wrong for what I need? These are all concerns I’ve faced when seeking out organic and natural cosmetics. It’s hard to find them in store, unless you’re at a specialty shop. And considering I live in a tiny town without even a Trader Joe’s (gasp, I know, the horror), I don’t think I’ll be finding any organic makeup anywhere nearby. So into the cycle of buy-try-repeat I go.
It’s been several months since I started transitioning to natural and organic makeup, and I started with the brand 100 Percent Pure. They use only natural and organic ingredients, don’t include any artificial fragrances (huge for people with sensitive skin!) or colors, and all products are cruelty-free. They dye their makeup with fruit! I think that’s awesome. Now that I’ve (mostly) settled into a good, toxin-free makeup routine, I’ve been stepping up my skincare routine to do the same. I’ve been replacing my toxin-laden scrubs and body washes for more natural and friendly versions, and found myself back on the 100 Percent Pure website for the millionth time. Last month, they had their Friends and Family sale going on, and I knew it was time to scoop up a few more goodies to try out!
Have you heard of 100 Percent Pure? They are an organic cosmetics company based in California providing makeup and skincare products free of artificial colors and fragrances, as well as chemical-based preservatives most makeup brands use for all of their products. As someone who is slowly becoming more and more conscious of what goes into my body (or on it), all I can say is hell yeah. My skin is pretty sensitive and acne-prone, and a lot of the artificial crap most brands put in their products causes me to have itchy skin and eyes, breakouts, and redness. I don’t wear much makeup because of this (and the laziness, I’ll be honest), but looking through their website I want to buy literally everything.