Friday, 22 February 2013

CLEAR: Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy

Hi lovely people, just thought I'd share my thoughts on a product I decided to give a try
      I've been seeing this product advertising a lot on cable, and did not give it much thought until my usual month end venture into Pennywise where it was on display, at the shampoo section. The  sales rep was busy speaking of its virtues to another customer who was interested in one of the full size bottle ...she had also seen the commercial on TV..
     Anyway this is a sulfate shampoo, and seems to have a lot of mixed reviews, but here's my experience with it.

       This sample/travel size item came with 2 shampoos, 1 conditioner
 I don't have dandruff or an itchy scalp, just had a bit of shedding and was planning to do a tea rinse eventually..


Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance (Parfum), Dimethiconol, Sodium Chloride, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Zinc Pyrithione, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, DMDM Hydantoin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Tallow Acid or Palmitic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Glycerin, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Sodium Isethionate, Poloxamer 407, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PPG-9, PEG-9M, Panthenol, Lysine HCl, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Niacinamide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 33 (CI 17200)

Water (aqua), cetearyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, dimethiconol, fragrance (parfum), behentrimonium chloride, dipropylene glycol, lactic acid, zinc pyrithione, DMDM hydantoin, zinc sulfate, sodium chloride, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, PEG-150 distearate, tocopheryl acetate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, panthenol, lysine HCl, hydrogenated coconut oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, glycerin, , Methylisothiazolinone, Niacinamide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Red 33 (CI 17200)

 I like the fresh scent of this product, and it smelled great in my hair!
 It did lather quite well and my hair felt clean and not overly stripped.
The conditioner did have some slip to it, so it worked very well in my hair for de-tangling.
 My intial experience.. hair was air dried and because I had to rush off to work, did not have the available time to apply moisturiser and sealant (just a quick towel dry and wig placement) until I returned from work that hair felt soft ..  my hair is coarse in texture and usually dry out quickly
Today as I'm posting this, I've had four complaints..

Would I repurchase?...Yes, I would like to try the Clear Ultra Shea
Would I make it my staple product?..Hmm if it came in an economical size jar like Tresemme, but I'm slowly gravitating towards sulfate-free or even natural products once they're easily available.
Did I experience excessive shedding? No, nothing more that I usually get after de-tangling.

Sulfates are surfactants  which in simple words are detergents (it creates the suds in your shampoo) that are used in shampoos to help cleanse the hair.

Here are some examples of sulfates:
Considered Harsh in a moisturising shampoo but effective for Clarifying

  •   Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  •  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Considered to be Strong but can balance out well if other moisturising ingredients are present

  •  Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Considered to be mild and is much preferred for those desiring a gentle shampoo 

  • Sodium Myreth 
  • Tricedeth Sulfates

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Simple Valentines Day look..

     So its Valentines Day tomorrow, for some its time to celebrate with that special someone for others its a time recovery, while there are also the few who are still searching...Regardless of where you stand in the mix of things, love and appreciation should not only be shown for one day in the year,but celebrated daily in the simple things you remember to do for your loved ones, without being asked...

 Usually, I don't wear much makeup on a regular, but thought that it would be cute to try a new look for that day and share this color combo

     Touch of pink, and I did mix it a bit with the darker pink to give it a deeper pink look

   Used a touch of the burnt orange along the crease area

       Added a touch of chocolate brown to the outer V

      Brow bone was highlighted using the pale yellow...

This look was done using my old Sacha fourteen colour palette, but feel free to use whatever similar colours in your own palette,  presently the packaging has changed up a bit for Sacha and seems only available locally, because it did not show up on there website..

Finished  look

Hope you like the look
wishing everyone
Happy Valentines

Sunday, 10 February 2013

My simple Carnival Look

Hi, lovely people! It's carnival time on Monday(Tuesday I'll be working) so I've been practising my makeup look and thought I would share...still working on the "how-too" of applying eyelashes. Anyway, enjoy :c)

Applied my Elf primer, then applied NYX white base,
 used yellow throughout my movable lid then applied a bronze/red shade to my crease

Applied the black shimmery shadow to my outer corners, using in a V-shape..

Then applied a softer shimmery silver/gray shadow over the black ,
applied a shimmery beige shadow to highlight the brow bone and just out-lined my eyes using a liner, then softened the look by smudging with some black eye shadow.

So this is my final look

Products used:
 LA Colors mineral pressed powder MP312 Toffee
LA Girl water resistant mascara MS611
Revlon Colorstay Whipped 405 Caramel
Jordana lipliner 20 Cherry
Jordana Fabuliner liquid eyeliner 01 Black
NYX eyeshadow base White
Arista lip gloss Frost Me Plum
Arista blush Sahara
Arista  eyeshadow Fawn ( for my eyebrows) 
Black Opal total coverage concealer foundation Truly Topaz (my highlighting concealer)
BH PartyGirl Palette

Just need some,lashes, glitter and gems to go...!
            Happy J'ouvert &
 Carnival Chippin'

Thursday, 7 February 2013

What's a girl suppose to do?!!

     While doing my own little research on the ingredient listing on a few items I recently bought, I happened to come across this site THE STORY OF STUFF and felt that there information, though dated in 2010 I felt it was still relevant and would be worth sharing..

     So whether you agree or not with the opinion expressed in the videos, I just felt its always good to be aware of the things that are happening around us

I may not necessarily agree with everything said in both videos,(I'm not about to throw out my stuff just like that!! Hey,need to check the claims of both videos *duh!*) but it certainly gives food for thought and assist me in "trying" to making wiser choices. 

Stay Blessed  everyone<33

Friday, 1 February 2013

Basic skin care - Know your skin type :}

It would be such a cool thing if I woke up on a morning
with smooth flawless skin *sigh*
 I'll start by saying that I don't have perfect skin, but in my quest to be healthy and to look and be the best that I can be in body, mind and spirit. I've noticed that the first thing people usually comment upon is your face, so this is just me sharing my thoughts on some of the stuff I learned from reading and chatting with friends (Disclaimer: I'm not a cosmetologist or dermatologist!So for adverse skin problems please seek the advise of a doctor or dermatologist who was trained to analyse and care for your specific skin problem)

Having good skin is generally a combination of eating a healthy diet,exercising, proper cleansing both inside and out, and drinking lots of water. The first step to caring for your skin is knowing your skin type.
In fact there are four main skin types

  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Combination
Added to which any of the above could also have Sensitive Skin or Mature/Ageing Skin

The brightly colored paper is really just to give an idea of
placement ;c)

One of the simplest way to determine skin type is taking a good at your unwashed face on a morning using natural light and a magnifying mirror to determine the visibility of your pores, skin texture and perhaps placing small squares of tissue paper upon the forehead, chin, nose and cheek area and check to determine areas of oiliness or dryness on your face, unfortunately it may not be totally accurate depending on how much moisturiser you packed unto your face the night before.

Another similar but more accurate method to determine skin type is to cleanse/wash your face with a mild face wash, do not apply any moisturiser to your skin and look at your face in an hour or so later. If your face looks red and irritated its sensitive, to determine specific skin type take the squares of tissue or grease proof paper and place/swipe each one upon your forehead, both cheek area, nose and chin.

This is the skin type most of us yearn to have for the simple reason that skin care is relatively simple,products seem easily available and the last time some of us ever had that skin was as a newborn  baby .(lol)
Anyway this skin type usually remains feeling supple, without the noticeable pores and when doing an early morning oil test would not show major shine. In fact for women who wear makeup this skin remains fresh with little to no sheen for the longest period.
On this skin the paper square will show very slight moisture or oil and has no transparency to the paper.

This skin type is likely to show a lot of shine throughout the face. The pores are very visible and if not cared for in a proper manner is prone to have a lot of blackheads, whiteheads and even cystic acne. The texture of the skin tends to be a bit thick and coarse, but this skin type tends to age well and takes longer than other skin type to show wrinkling. For those who wear makeup by midday most of the look has faded and touch ups and blotting is definitely needed.
On this skin the tissue or grease proof paper will be very oily and transparent.

After washing this skin type usually looks and feels tight, if left without moisturiser it takes on an "ashy" appearance, skin texture can feel very dry and "crepey". Pores are very fine almost invisible to the natural eye and it has very few breakouts.
On this skin type the tissue or grease proof paper will be dry and possibly flaky.

This skin type can be normal or dry with a few oily patches in some distinct areas. Commonly oiliness is usually displayed on the T-zone.
Wondering what is the T-zone?
This area involves the forehead, nose and chin which is generally oily in combination skin, whereas the under eye and cheek area are usually dry or could even display normal skin type.
But there is also the less talked about Reverse T-zone, where oiliness is usually manifested in the chin, jaw line, and temple area, but dry or normal elsewhere.(really looks like a u-shape?!!)
On this skin type the tissue or grease proof paper will come away very oily and transparent in the t-zone area and will be dry to slightly moist in other areas.

Sensitive Skin
This can happen to any of the above skin type, usually the the skin can become red and irritated with the use of various products, such as strongly perfumed soaps and cleansers. Even simple manipulation of steaming, face mask and exfoliating can cause reactions of itching or burning. For those with sensitive acne prone skin it would be advisable to see a Dermatologist.

Maturing Skin
As we age our skin tend to appear dehydrated(due to the loss of collagen) and to lose its elasticity(due to the loss of elastin), the surface of the skin also appears dull in colour and there is a marked appearance of fine lines and wrinkling. Use of heavy makeup can sometimes result in makeup settling into fine lines. At this point there is a need to look into skin products that are cater to ageing skin.

For sensitive skin attention to ingredients in products are very important, reading the labels of cosmetic items and researching common allergens can all help in minimising irritation and breakouts.Read

  For further simplified reading on collagen and elastin. Read

Hey, hope everyone is having a great weekend!