August 14, 2015

100 Days of Empties

If you follow me on Instagram you've seen the #100daysofempties hashtag that I started using a few days ago.  I decided this might be a good way to keep my new spending ban in check.  Spending ban?  Yes, again I felt a bit overwhelmed by my product junkie ways and Sandra at Beauty Balm and Ana at Ana Goes Green are participating along with me.  Like diets spending bans are always better with friends.

 Another winner from #acureorganics. During the summer it was hydrating enough by itself. During the winter I would mix in a few drops of either #arganoil or #marulaoil. This 1.75 oz. product lasted quite a while although as a #greenbeauty blogger I do use various types of products. 

For myself it's less about saving money (although an added bonus) and more about not wasting products that are already in my beauty stash.  I am only one person and only can use up so much in one day.  I do not know if I will ever make the minimalist conversion, but one day I would like to see my product junkie ways downsized a bit.  I will forever love trying new products but once you find that affordable holy grail product why try an expensive one?  If you find that perfect mineral foundation why keep trying new ones?  If you find that perfect facial oil why keep trying others.  It seems like a vicious loop one gets stuck on.  Sometimes the grass is not greener on the other side.

Because I live in a smaller city in a less populous state I somehow convinced myself that I needed to stockpile products.  Like the UPS driver was somehow going to forget how to deliver products to my residence.  Like the online shops that I love were somehow going to forget how to fulfill my orders.  What was I thinking that I was the little squirrel saving up nuts for the winter?  No, I was this beauty blogger/beauty consumer stashing up products for the "rainy day" that never was.

And I bought it on sale is my favorite personal excuse.  Guess what, there is always another sale around the corner.  If a product expires on you then how much did you save?

It's 2015 and this sort of thinking is not needed.  Order what you need when you need it.  Order what you want when you know you are going to use it.  Otherwise you are wasting resources both yours and the earth's.

I'm not judging anyone but myself in this post.  I need to change how I behave.  This is my own challenge.  The "I" and "you" are all directed at me.

August 5, 2015

Mid-Summer Edition Empties: Hair Care

*PR Sample/**Giveaway Win

The empties continue...

Mud Puddle Hair Wash*: A "no poo" method of washing hair.  Unfortunately this was extremely time consuming and did not work out the one time I tried it.  May have been "operator error" but I did not want to try again.  I found the product difficult to wash out.  Did leave my hair with a lot of volume but that is typically not a goal of mine.  Not purchasing but if a non-shampoo is your goal it might be worth trying.

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo* (travel size) Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner* (travel size) Was neither overly impressed or disappointed at the functionality of the products.  I mainly did not care for the scent.  Will not purchase.

Balance Guru Scalp Detox* recommended for "tired scalp".  I don't get this product at all.  I used it a few times and did not notice anything at all.  Maybe I don't have a tired scalp.  This seems unnecessary for me.  Will not purchase and only used a few times.

Acure Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo* (1 PR sample, 1 at my expense, and 1 travel size sample).  Obviously my holy grail shampoo.  You've seen this product over and over and over again.  I will never turn down a free one and will buy it again and again.  Highly recommend and after years of use my hair has never tired of it.  Recommend.

Acure Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Conditioner (1 full size and 1 travel size sample).  As with it's matching shampoo counterpart the conditioner is a holy grail product for me.  Both my daughter and I use it.  Best conditioner for my hair type out there.  Recommend.

Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo* This shampoo has a lot of love out in the blogosphere. The directions claim that if used as directed many times a separate conditioner wouldn't be necessary.  Personally I needed a separate conditioner.  I tried without and I was a tangled mess.  As for the shampoo itself it is very gentle and if you have a sensitive scalp I do recommend it.  The shampoo does not lather very much at all.  It has a gel like texture.  For post medical treatment I found the product most useful, but when I had normal scalp days I did not find it necessary.  I recommend it for those with sensitive skin/scalp issues otherwise this may not be the shampoo for you.

Sante Natural Form Styling Mousse* If you need a styling mousse with light hold I do recommend Sante's Natural Form Styling Mousse.  It helped with getting a bit of style into hair that otherwise has none.  That said it will not give a firm hold so it is best for soft and natural looks.  Recommend for light hold.  

Have you tried any of these products/brands?  Any similar experiences?

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