Monday, April 14, 2014

Yarn Braids Are Back

I have wanted to revisit yarn braids for some time and finally I did! I plan to keep these in for about two months. I want to care for them by moisturizing daily with a water, moisturizer, oil mix and washing every other week.

I usually like to wash my hair more often than that, but yarn braids are a pain to dry! I'll be washing with the crown and glory technique of using diluted shampoo.


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Friday, April 04, 2014

Product Review: Laniege Water Sleeping Mask

Their Promise:
Recharge dehydrated skin overnight. Highly concentrated, ionized mineral water and ceramides deliver intensive doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Aromatic Sleepscent -- orange flower, rose and sandalwood -- relaxes and rejuvenates while apricot and chestnut extracts brighten and purify fatigued skin. The result: skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed. Wake up to soft, glowing skin with Water Sleeping Mask. (source)

After following your regular face routine, apply this product and leave on overnight. Rinse in the morning.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone,Glycerin, Trehalose, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Polyquaternium-51, Mannitol, Arginne, Serine, Sucrose, PCA, Citrulline, Glycogen, Histidine HCL, Alanine, Threonine, Glutamic Acid, Lysine HCL, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate,Calcium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Beta-Glucan, Yeast Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Whey, Disodium Edta, Chlorphenesin, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben,Fragrance, Blue 1, Yellow 5.


My Opinion:
This product has a lot of hype behind it. It was once more difficult to find in the US as it is a Korean product and people would still seek it out and buy it. It is a staple product to many. Honestly...this product was so-so for me. The scent is light and more like lotion than the exotic sleep aiding blend they hype on their label. It also did not leave my face super moisturized or more bright in appearance. Don't get my wrong, this product won't hurt and I will use it until it is empty because I don't dislike it. I just wouldn't drop 23 dollars on a new jar!

♥ of 3 SO-SO

This product was provided by Influenster for me to try out.


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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Zero Length Retention

It was time for the big reveal. I had decided to do my length check "live" on camera instead of taking shots and stringing them into a video with a voice over. I turned around, stretched the length, and...nothing. In 6 months I had retained absolutely nothing. I started on the 10" line and ended there too. From that moment on I decided to put my hair through hair care basics boot camp. I think I have gotten lazy and overly confident with my hair journey.

The Plan

Start off with a trim

I need a trim anyway and had planned a trim before this unfortunate discovery. I will be trimming according to the farmer's almanac. The best days to trim for growth are April 1st and 2nd. Not that I believe too heavily in this stuff, but what can it hurt if I was already going to trim anyway?

Moisturize Daily

I did retain length for a period without daily moisturizing, but over time the moisturizing grew farther and farther apart. I'm cranking it all the way back up to daily like back in the beginning.


I have always been one to take a multi just for health's sake. My parents started me out young with Flintstones vitamins! I have been off my vitamins for some time simply because I eat a little better than the Standard American Diet. However, I'm not only going back to my multi but I'm reintroducing biotin and introducing MSM. I drink enough water to offset the acne that these two can cause.

More Length Checks

6 months is far too long to discover that you haven't retained any length. I will be upping my length checks to every other month--long enough to retain one inch. The key to finding a solution is tracking the process and I intend to do just that. 


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