Today I shampooed with my generous sample of Hoity Toity’s sheer satin shampoo in the yummy red apple fragrance, conditioned what was left of my bottle of KBB milk and added a bit of Inecto’s pure coconut oil conditioner (which smells delish!), and scrunched in about a nickel of afroveda’s curly custardfollowed by CVS’ generic curl gel after scrunching out some water. I topped it off with gel-les’s and princess glaze after plopping and prior to diffusing. There was a bit of frizz after drying under the hard hat but a bit of kbb cream rectified that. I had tried the afroveda cc + cvs curl gel once before on a stay at home day and was impressed by the curling I saw in the shower. Needless to say, the combo came out great! I see nice waves, definition, and good hold without the dreaded dry feeling from a protein-laden gel. Even with the dewpoint at 57 right now, may hair is looking pretty good.  As for the shampoo, it didn’t seem to strip my hair. Yes, there was a squeaky feeling during rinsing but the feel of my hair was akin to gvp nexxus aloe rid – clean but not rough like the way the organix shampoos found at target make my hair feel.

Skincare wise, I’m still REALLY liking avalon organics’ wrinkle defense for my eyes. It’s moisturizing, reduces lines and doesn’t clog my pores. I truly see a difference with this eye cream…even over the PSF cranberry eye gel I liked so much. As for skincare combos, I’ve found that  GoW lemony mint cleanser mixed with the skin friendly cleanser makes for a phenomenal face wash. On their own, I found both cleansers to be a bit mediocre but combined you get the great skin clearing aspect of the lemony mint but without the slick, not-really-clean feeling that a non-sudsing cleanser has and the moisturized, foaming action of the skin friendly without the feeling of not having truly gotten down into your pores.

I’m having great success with my sample of Camellia Rose’s nilotica synergy butter. All you need is 1/2 a pinkie nail sized dollop mixed with the hyaluronic acid of your choice, some distilled water for spritzing and you’re set for good moisture and hydration.

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I spent the weekend at my SO’s mom’s house and took my VO5 cowash, kbb milk, kbb super silky, curls princess glaze and sebastian hi contrast gel along for the weekend away. I’ve only used the princess glaze once before and without a hard holding gel on top so I was interested to see how it would hold up. I’ve never really tried too hard to make my hair look good when I’m away since enjoying the time with family or sightseeing is the main goal. SoCal weather has been pretty dreary as of late and the past weekend was no exception. We had a bit of drizzle on the way over and grey clouds pretty much defined the weather for the entire weekend. With gloomy weather and knowing that I don’t have much luck with good hair days away from home, I was pretty much anticipating blah hair days.  Well, luck must have been on my side because this combination worked very well! I had great boosting, definition, NO frizz, and great wave definition!

In skincare news, I’ve been using GoW’s lemony mint cleanser in the mornings and have to say that it’s just alright. It’s a non-foaming cleanser marketed for the oily, blemish-prone  gals and while I haven’t experienced any breakouts, I can’t say that I’m bowled over either. I purchased another sample to figure out my true feelings about the product and I still feel like it’s a good cleanser but not a great one.

My last order included a sample of the base cream sans wax and I must say it feel pretty nice. I spritz my face after applying my serums and HA+oil, spritz my hand holding about 1/2 dime’s worth of the cream and apply. My skin absorbs this cream quite readily and without any greasy feeling. My current oil blend is a mix of squalene and cranberry seed oil. I’m not sure how I feel about the squalene oil; it doesn’t appear to be clogging my pores but it still feels a bit heavier than I’d prefer. My mix is probably a 9:1 ratio of squalene to cranberry so I think the next time I use squalene, I’ll use a lighter hand.