Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Subscription boxes ordered

So, being super busy means I often forget about self care.
Being busy just seems to force self care way down my list of priorities. Sigh.

My priorities list right now goes:

  1. Work #1
  2. Sleep
  3. Finding time to spend with hubby
  4. Self care
  5. Work #2 (Project based, so can be squeezed in whenever)
  6. Social life and other things in that area 

So I figured it might be a really good idea to find some sort of subscription service for beauty stuff.

My requirements:
  • A focus on full sized products: If I get a sample and use it maybe 1-3 times, it doesn't tell me if I actually, truly tolerate the product. As you know, my list of sensitivity-issues is ridiculous, and I need to try a product for a while to see if it works or not. I can't read that from the description, ingredient list or reviews, no matter how thorough. I will probably not buy the full sized product based on how I like the sample. However, if it turns out I empty a full sized product and still tolerate and like it, chances are very high I will order it again. Samples are nice of course, but I don't want them to be the focus for the subscription box.
  • Being able to pay the main bulk of the subscription in one go instead of a recurring monthly subscription, no matter how easy you can cancel it. I'd like to see it more as a one-time expense than a continuous subscription. Having to pay for the shipping on a monthly basis is acceptable though, that's not the main expense.
  • Low level of customization. Weird, I know! But I don't want to have to pick my stuff every time: It spoils the surprise aspect. I will place my own orders at my own time for the specific products I want. A subscription box like this should be so I "have to" try new stuff and explore other products than I would normally order. See # 1: I have to try a product to tell if it works for me or not and often the description puts me off from trying it.
  • And of course there is the issue that not all subscription boxes ships internationally.
I thought those four requirements were simple enough, but it left me with only one option!

Weird, I was fairly sure Mishibox would be like that (Which is why I bookmarked them, I guess?) but no. You have to pay every month there.

So I have signed up for Beauteque which has both a mask and a mixed beauty bag month subscription.
The BB bag promises 6-8 full sized products in each bag.
The Mask Maven bag has 9 nine masks in each bag.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Holy crap has it been this long?

Funny how "Meh, tomorrow..." turns into "And four months later..."

Long story short: Been busy. Also kind of ended up having a lot of energy/enthusiasm for blogging.

Now I think I'd like to get back to blogging, just maybe at a lower frequency?
I do think I set my desired update-rate too high for my current workload. Hmm.

Anyways, I'm fine: Just busy. And my hair is fine too, been maintaining at fingertip length, so it's happy and healthy.

Funny thing about hair: It really does grow when you're busy making other plans. And it really loves low maintenance, benign neglect routines.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Nightblooming haul

Edited because Blogger ate most of the post?

Rusalki Herbal Hair Color and Conditioner 
Eilistraee Colorless Herbal Hair Conditioner 
Genasi Herbal Hair Color and Conditioner 
Devas Fairy Herbal Hair Color and Conditioner

These should be good for boosting my red tones!
I did however ask Nightblooming if I could add extra conditioner afterwards (Both to get enough treatment volume to cover my hair and to make sure I got a weak enough watercolour effect and not actually a dye). Nightblooming says I can add my chosen conditioner to the mix after I have finished mixing the treatment according to instructions, yay!

Sunlit Meadow Herbal Rinse for Light Hair
Forest Glade Herbal Rinse for Dark Hair
Miruvor Long Hair Herbal Tea

I'm really looking forward to trying a good final dip/rinse! They can work wonders for adjusting acidity and adding shine.

This cassia smells so yummy! It has a completely different smell from any other cassia I've ever tried: More like peas than that sort of "dusty" smell I've had so far.

Ostara's Hair Salve
Freya's Hair Salve
Panacea's Hair Salve
And at the bottom Thriae Scalp Scrub
I could not manage to open the scalp scrub for the photos, lol!
Neither Hubby or I could get it open, but luckily Nightblooming is awesome at answering questions and said "Sounds like some of the sugar and honey gummed it up a bit. you could try running warm water over where the lid meets the container or give it a soak in warm water (the labels are waterproof, but I'm not sure how well they take to soaking)".
It's now open and it smells heavenly!

Ostara's Hair Salve This one has a sort of herbal smell. I guess it's the horsetail and thyme?
Freya's Hair Salve Lavender yum!
Panacea's Hair Salve I can't really place the smell. I guess it's the Rooibos infusion that is unfamiliar to me?

I'm really picky with my teas, so I only got the sample size of the Miruvor long hair tea.
But I will definitely get more: This thing is great!
It has a herbal flavour with some sweetness to it. Really good, just the kind I like.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Life and such

Autumn is becoming winter up here in the north, so now my scalp and skin is upset over the changing temperature and humidity.

Winter season also means a lot of (bullshit) social obligations. I don't know why winter/Christmas approaching means that every single person you barely saw the rest of the year suddenly wants to see you.
This little introvert does not approve.

One cool thing I've found though: The Royal bun actually goes well for both work and parties.

I simply add some leave in conditioner to the loose strands to give them more structure and make them look deliberate, and some false lashes and I'm fairly good to go.
Saves me lots of time!

Just to demonstrate: False eyelashes on my left side (Viewers right) 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

You know you're a vaguely creepy endearing weirdo when...

..When you recognize a fellow longhair's favorite conditioner and just have to get it.

Thank you for introducing me to this one, Charlaine. This really is good stuff!

Sincerely, Buckethead

PS: Still loving my heat cap!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Hair book disappointment

Strangely, I didn't get sick at all from the influenza vaccination.
I'm strangely disappointed actually: I had prepared and stocked up and gotten books from the library amd everything.

I had hoped this book on braids and updos could at least inspire me a bit, but it just disappointed me. I had a funny "WTF" moment though, where I recognized so many of the pictures. It turned out it's written by the bloggers at Hairromance.

But it felt a lot like "Backcomb and it's a totally different hairdo!" or "Add a detail and it's a totally different hairdo!" and had a strange focus on adding fake hair to any style.

This is more the things I had expected: "Do this to create an unique new style", and it didn't teach me anything new. Meh.

Maybe Nightblooming would be interested in writing another book and creating a healthy hair-trilogy?
*Hint hint* *Nudge nudge*

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Today's hair

I had my influenza-vaccination yesterday, so I fully expect to get mildly sick or sluggish at least the next few days. So I took some time off.
Time to wear a lazy braid and do nothing around the house for a few days.

Sunday, 30 October 2016