Since the weather is supposed to cool down significantly this weekend, I decided to celebrate early with white Boots creme. I poo’d with orgnx re:balance, rinsed with ACV, conditioned with regis vivid satin, applied a dollop of KY to soaking wet hair, emulsified a dime’s worth of Boots, and topped it all off with two half dollars of the wet look gel. I diffused, shook the roots and bit and sprayed with the suave spray gel, diffused a bit more and then clipped to dry. Initially I wasn’t impressed with the stringy looking waves I saw after taking my hair out of the plop. Nor did the waves look much fatter after diffusing the second time. I was resigned to a updo day and just headed to work.

Once I arrived at the office, I scrunched the crunch and just let my hair be. About 6 hours later, I checked out my hair in the ladies’ room and was pleasantly surprised to see nice, tight, boosted waves, a little bit of livable frizz (I probably need to do a DT because of the dye…although maybe the poo contributed?), and even some little half ringlets. My roots feel nice and there is a good amount of body and wave. I wonder if the ACV did something?

In other news, I’ve ordered some KBB samples and organic soap bars from a very nice curly over at NC.com. I’m really quite excited to see if going all-natural may boost my wave pattern.

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Last night I dyed my hair with Garnier Nutrisse permanent hair dye. Yes, I’ve dyed my hair before both professionally (years ago when I went for an almost auburn look) and at home (mostly with Bigen). Since I have yet to find an asian supermarket here in Rancho and it’s a 45 minute driva back to my parents’ house in Eagle Rock, I strolled through the hair dye section of Target to find something that didn’t contain loads of silicones and had some natural ingredients. I didn’t go by my usual routine of checking the reviews on MUA beforehand so I’m pleasantly surpised to find that this line has the best reviews of the other hairdyes. Yay. I picked up a box in the Soft Black color thinking the dark brown was a shade too light for my hair. It’s been a while since I’ve had to dye my hair (damn you sneaky grey hairs!!!) so I’ve forgotten how god awful it smells and how messy dyes other than Bigen can be. Needless to say, I ended up with dye on my arms and all over the counter. After waiting the 25 minutes and rinsing it out, my hair is a solid black (read: darker than my normal haircolor). Poo. I really had no idea that my hair is more of a brown; I figured I’m asian and my sisters have dark hair so why not? Oh well, I’ll get used to it.

I used the l.a. looks wet look gel today with sheam and a dollop of SAMY get curls re-energizing potion. I’ve been tinkering with this product off and on. Some days I feel like it could be potential KY/CK substitute and other days it seems to weight down my hair, most especially at the roots. Today is one of those days where I’m agreeing with the latter sentiment. My hair looks really flat at the roots and there isn’t much bounce to my waves. Granted I did do a water wash so the loss of volume might be due to that, but the rest of my hair has no excuse.

The SO and I finally finished the V05 sun kissed raspberries and have moved on to an old ass bottle of Suave peach essence conditioner that I found stashed under a sink in my parents’ house. It’s runnier than the Suaves I have stashed away (coconut, tangerine, and a couple others) and my boyfriend is only tolerating it so far until I break open one of his beloved V05 washes. I’ve also finished my bottle of Pantene curl scrunching gel. I found it to be mediocre so I won’t be adding this to my repurchase list; it’s not that it was bad, it just wasn’t that great. It would be fine in a pinch, however.

Today’s hair routine was: water rinse/scrub, peach essence cowash, regis vivid satin condish (this is nice but the floral scent is starting to get to me…and I don’t feel like it’s really doing much in terms of nourishing my hair), gdli, and l.a. looks wet look gel. I scrunched the crunch with Suave professionals healthy curls spray gel (I’m liking this!) The result?

Not bad eh?

I decided to break this gel out for three reasons:  1) my SO was out of town for the weekend and I was bored, 2) it gave me amazing waves/curls when the moisture content in the air wasn’t high, and 3) I’ve been on a slight experimentation kick and figured, why not?

I cowashed, rinsed out regis vivid satin, and applied two ribbons of sheam, and a blob of ky. WOW! My hair looked great! The clumps were forming in the shower as I was applying the gel and once I diffused and sprayed in some tightly wound, I was set for a fabulous hair day. Unfortunately, the 100 degree weather wasn’t much into working with me so I wouldn’t have to put my hair up. About 3 hours later I was forced to break out a hairstick and bind up my amazing waves and curls. I will definitely keep playing with this gel!!

Let’s start off with my Pixi review…

From amongst my makeup splurge purchases, I picked out Pixi’s sheer cheek gel in natural and Pixi’s lip blush in purity to try today. I love makeup that will last throughout the day after just one application so both products seemed to fit the bill.

The cheek gel is really light and only a dot or two (I’m talking literally a dot. No 3-D pea-sized dots. I mean, squeeze the minimum out of the tube) is enough to provide good coverage. The color is nice peachy pink and compared to my Tarte stick blush, the staying power is quite impressive. It’s already almost 11 hours after application and I can still see it. I definitely plan on trying it out as a lipstain. The con? At $20.00 it’s not exactly steep but not your usual Target prices. I imagine that since such a minimal amount is necessary to see results, it could last me some time thereby making the cost not seem as daunting.

I’ve purchased the cheek gel in all 4 colors: flushed, natural, sun-kissed, and rosy. Yesterday I tried sun-kissed and found it to produce an odd mix of results; it was too light to see on my cheeks but it came out too dark on my lips. It would be nice for a bronzer, but I don’t really use bronzer. Back to Target it goes!

I’m really liking the lip blush. It’s exactly like a marker but for your lips. I used a light hand to apply it since it’s one of the darker colors; it ended up looking like a nice brownish-red on my lips. I applied a dab of MAC lipgelee in saplicious on top and I was good to go. Compared to my Vincent Longo lip and cheek stain and LORAC sheer wash, I’m surprised to admit that this $20 Target purchase has more staying power than either one! My lips didn’t feel dry at all nor did the color ball up (as with LORAC) or bleed into the lines of my lips and camp out making my lips look zebra striped with color (as with Vincent Longo); it stayed right where it was and it looked fab until lunchtime. I ate cajun creamy pasta so the oil rubbed it off of course. However, my lips don’t look corpse-like like they usually do without any color; there’s the smallest hint of color remaining. Not enough to make it look like I’m still wearing something, but more like a MLBB (my lips but better) look.

I’m really impressed with the Revlon colorstay eyeshadow quad I purchased (well, one of the four I purchased and have tried so far). There’s enough pigment, it feels silky and not grainy, and the powder isn’t creasing in the folds of my eyes by midday. Nice!

Today’s hair is courtesy of a shampoo with Dove Cool Moisture in cucumber and green tea, regis vivid satin rinseout, two blobs of sheam, two dimes of KY, and two palmfuls of Joiwhip. I read on NC.com that some curlies were impressed with the gentle shampooing they experienced with the Dove Cool Moisture. Unfortunately, I can’t hop on the ‘loving it’ bandwagon. Compared to my sulfate free shampoos, I found it to strip my hair a bit more. The first time I tried it, my hair actually squeaked. Not a good thing. Luckily, I didn’t have to drop much money on this shampoo and hope to off it onto my SO. Thank god for Target travel sizes!

I know that some curlies have sung praise for Joico’s Joiwhip mousse before, and I had purchased it based on the glowing reviews, but I still hadn’t tried it out. Since the weather is warming up a bit, I figured I’d give it a shot. After scrunching sheam and ky onto soaking wet hair, I flipped over my Joiwhip can and squirted some out. It’s hard to give exact amounts with mousse since it expands so I’ll just say a palm’s worth once it expanded. After seeing clumping upon gel application, I was expecting to see the same thing, but alas, such was not the case. I blindly applied the mousse wherever I felt like it needed to go, scrunched with my curlease, and plopped. I wasn’t too impressed after taking out the plop; my waves looked skinny and didn’t look boosted at all. I figured I’d probably toss it up in a bun if it looked too bad so I diffused, spritzed in some loreal tightly wound, diffused some more, and clipped.

By the time I arrived at the office an hour later, my hair was pretty much dry. When I started scrunching, I noticed some thick clumps and boosted waves that stayed after the crunch was out! It’s now almost 12 hours later and there is absolutely no frizz, nice definition, a yummy scent, and to top it off, my hair doesn’t feel producty. I feel like I can tousle my hair and not cause any frizz. It’s still my first day using it but I must say that I’m quite impressed with this can of mousse.

I’ve been away from my comp for the past few days and for good reason; my older sister gave birth to her first son (and my parents’ first grandchild) this past Wednesday. I’ve been visiting her every day so blogging has been far from my mind.

I’ve been enjoying the slip and results from NG rose and persimmon condish so I stashed it away to try out a new condish. I pulled out Regis Vivid Satin Conditioner and have been in love with the results! I didn’t expect to get suck great results with a condish that doesn’t have as many natural ingreds as the NG persimmon. I’ve been seeing more spirals and body and it’s just amazing!

I also switched out my KMS pepper gel. I wanted to see if the clumps and body were solely due to that gel. I used Pantene’s curls scrunching gel with sheam and ky and my hair looks great! If I weren’t so tired I would definitely load a picture. The definition, spiraling, body and feel is surprising.

I’m starting to suspect that my experiment of drawing all the water out of my hair before applying product was a contributor to my craptastic hair days for the two months prior. I guess my hair just likes having my product-laden hands squish out the water. I also haven’t been using the zigazaga method; I’ve just been finger combing my soaking wet hair before product application and it’s been working quite well.

Another thing I’ve changed in my routine is my clipping method. After diffusing, I’ve been using 5 big clips and getting more volume than I ever before…and it’s SO much easier to boot!

In other news, I splurged at Target and bought a crapload of Pixi makeup at Target. I purchased some eyeshadow palettes, all her cheek gels, all her gel eyeliners, and a couple of her lip stain pens. I also nabbed some JK Jemma Kidd items: two i-tech liquid liners and the color adapt lip gloss. I didn’t pick up anything from the NP Set line; it didn’t really grab my attention. I’ve played with almost everything I’ve purchased from the two lines and I’m really quite impressed. Yeah, I spent a pretty penny for the items but I think I’m good on makeup for, oh, the next millennium.