Updates on products I’ve been trying:

GoW skin friendly cleanser – I’m telling you, if this line wasn’t as close to all natural as possible, I’d be buying everything under the sun and stocking up. I LOVE Garden of Wisdom! My skin has changed dramatically ever since I started using Markey’s products! What I’m really liking about this cleanser is that

  1. it doesn’t sting my eyes
  2. it removes all traces of makeup
  3. it doesn’t make my face an oil slick by midday – rather, its a healthy glow
  4. it seems to be clearing my pores pretty darn well!

I’m currently using it in conjunction with GoW’s Vitamin C serum, veggie base cream as an all over moisturizer and eye cream, 5% salicylic acid at pH 1.9, marityme antioxidant serum, autumn berry hyaluronic serum, and rice bran oil. I also rotate between their AHA tonic and mandelic acid as a nighttime exfoliant and apply rosacea serum when there is the random spot. My skin is brighter, glowing, and has a nice, even tone and texture. I couldn’t be more thrilled about this skincare line!

Kiss My Face upper management gel – I think there’s still a bit of a learning curve with this one. On Tuesday, I had fabulouswaves and thought it could be duplicated on Wednesday. Much to my chagrin, this was not the case. I really believe that the ingredients are playing a major role in how my hair behaves with is. Because it contains hyaluronic acid, which helps retain water, it acts as much like glycerin by drawing moisture out of the air. However, I found that it didn’t suck the moisture out of my hair when the air was dry. Wednesday’s frizzy hair was due in part to the misty morning, drizzle in the afternoon, and high humidity. It wasn’t as godforsaken awful as Monday’s disaster but it definitely was not like Tuesday’s hair.

I do like that it rinses VERY well and doesn’t seem to be building up in my hair. It’s light (for being surprisingly thick and sticky out of the bottle) so it gives me good volume and doesn’t weigh down my hair. I want to keep working with this gel but the fact that it’s so temperamental may not warrant a repurchase. We shall see. I’d like to find a gel that works in both humid and dry conditions, but then again, I also want a million dollars. Yeah, not gonna happen.

Suave Professionals Extra Hold styling gel (a Sebastian Wet dupe) – This is an alright gel. It’s thick like the KMF, but not as sticky. Also, it distributes well and was absorbed by my hair much like angell. Ingreds: Water, proplyene glycol, VP/VA copolymer, VP/dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate copolymer, peg-12 dimethocone, isoceteth-20, carbomer, triethanolamine, polyquaternium-4, fragrance, diazolidinyl urea, tetrasodium EDTA, methylparabe, propylparaben, panthenol, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch. The bolded gives me the jeebie heebies. I found out my hair DOES NOT like too much protein after my disastrous encounter with Rusk Sensories Calm Guarana & Ginger Nourishing Shampoo and the matching conditioner. Looking at the ingreds, the shampoo probably wasn’t so bad but in conjunction with the protein-laden, moisture lacking conditioner, that did not make for good hair days. Incidentally, it was my experience with the combo that led me to find NC.com. My hair was looking and feeling like a haystack and after bemoaning the loss of my waves (although they weren’t really there to being with since I shampooed with SLS), I stumbled across NC.com after googling “how to care for wavy hair.”

Back to the Suave. So far, my hair doesn’t look too bad. It was a little stringy when I took it out of the plop this morning, but it doesn’t seem to be weighing my hair down, and it doesn’t have an overpowering scent. There are couple of crispy bits but I did use about 4 quarter blobs of the gel. Also, I used my sisatas place sample of Long Lovely Locks’ Coco Light as a leave-in rather than KY, zerran, or shea m.

I wasn’t too impressed with the coco light. It’s pretty runny and didn’t seem to add much in the way of moisture. The ingredients sound like something I could make if I wanted to (virgin coconut oil, purified water, glycerin, aloe vera, proprietary essential oil blend that contains lavender, fragrance) and for less than 1/2 the price, I’m sure. I don’t have much frizz, so that’s where it may have come into today’s hair equation, but I’m not sure I’d want to spring $20 plus shipping on something when target brand KY jelly works just as well for controlling frizz. Plus it has more than one use!

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