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Empties #2

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Another empties post!! There is no greater feeling than squeezing that last little bit of product out of the bottle, so having such a large pile of empty bottles is like Christmas. And I get to share with you everything I’ve used up, loved, and whether or not I will buy them again!

Hair:

Clairol CC Colorseal Conditioner – Colorseal conditioner for recently died hair. I used up this little tube after using a Clairol hair dye. The colour worked for me, but I think I need to start sucking it up and paying to get my hair professionally coloured. If you want to use from a box, the Clairol Foam works best.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Shampoo – I picked up this little bottle in Ulta as a sample size to test of the shampoo while I was on the road. Great sized bottle for travelling, not sold on the shampoo though. (NOPE)

Clairol Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo – I finally found a great and cheap hydrating shampoo here. I’m not fond of spending the big bucks for shampoo since I seem to go through it so fast. But Hello Hydration is amazing for hydrating my frizzy hair. Curly hair needs a great hydrating shampoo like this. And I will definitely be repurchasing. (YUP)

Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Breakage Defence Conditioner – This one wasn’t my favourite. It was an impulse ‘I’m on the road and forgot my conditioner’ buy. It did the job. (NOPE)

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Shampoo – I was given a stash of John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoos and Conditioners and I really do love them all. This was the first of the bottles that I got through and I’m still using the rest, so I must like it! My hair isn’t really ‘coloured’ at the moment, I really need it coloured. But this does a great job sealing in that colour for weeks! (YUP)

Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier – How many times have I raved about this one before? This has been the only hair product that I have gone back to, for about 10 years in a row now. They’ve more recently changed the packaging, this is the old packaging. And the product has delivered non-stop. I have tried others, and always end up going back to this to fix what the other products have done (or not done). Great curl product (YUP!!)

Body:

The Body Shop Amazonian Wild Lily Shower Gel – I love The Body Shop’s body washes, but I didn’t really love the scent of this one. I bought this one as an obligation one day when I walked into The Body Shop and broke a bottle of perfume. I thought it was only right that I spend a ton of money after that. So as much as I love the body wash, don’t love the smell (NOPE)

The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Shower Gel – I think I have used this one almost every Christmas since I remember knowing what The Body Shop was. I love their cranberry line at Christmas time, it reminds me of the holidays!! I love putting it the bath and relaxing in the christmassy cranberry scent!! (YUP)

The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter – If you’ve followed my posts for awhile now you’ll understand my love of the Vitamin E line at the Body Shop. LOVE! I’ve never finished a body butter before, but this one was just amazing and I slathered it on every day since I bought the little sucker. Already repurchased, and continued love (YUP!!)

Face:

Lush The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask –  I just started using Lush face masks recently and I really love them. But I’ve never been able to get through the whole thing before the expiry date. This one was wheatgrass, green tea and papaya and smelt amazing!! So refreshing and relaxing. I love sitting in the bath with a face mask, or getting together with my girl friends for face masks and wine! Best feeling ever (YUP)

Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask – See above explanation of Lush face mask love. This one is of course made with seaweed and really cleanses and softens the skin. Even more relaxing. Beautiful!!! (YUP)

Biotherm Biosource Tonifying Exfoliating Cleansing Gel – This was a great face cleanser and has such a relaxing smell. Great night-time cleanser. I love the packaging for travel. The tiny micro beads are great for daily exfoliating and not too harsh. Its even great for sensitive skin. I haven’t yet repurchased, but I most likely will. (YUP)

Make-up:

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation – Out of all budget drug store foundations this has been the best!! Its such an amazing match to my skin and such a great formula. The bottle is only about $10! And has already been repurchased!!! (YUP!!)

And thats it!! I think it’s a little obvious I like my hair products! Have you used any of these products before? Don’t you just love empties?!

A Curling Game: The Starting Lineup

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Curly hair can sometimes be a pain in the butt to deal with. I’ve fallen in and out of love with my unruly locks, and it has taken me a long time to figure out how to properly deal with it and how to care for my hair in a curl specific way. I used to think that I could use the same products as everyone else and style my hair the way other girls do. After many upsets, years of fuzzy hair and bad haircuts, I’ve come to realize that curly hair is just not the same – it needs special care, cuts and products. I still go back and forth between a few of the good ones, but right now my hair-care line up deserves an A+! I’ve been getting some good compliments lately even though I’m in desperate need of a haircut.

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#1: Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration: It is extremely important to use a hydrating shampoo with curly hair. Once curls get dried out they tend to get frizzy and nothing is worse than a head of fuzzy hair. So a good hydrating shampoo is a must. It’s also important to wash your hair minimal times a week. As little as possible. I wash my hair once every two days, so about three times a week – just cause it’ll look dirty otherwise. Some people suggest washing curly hair only once a week. If your hair can stay clean looking through that then I bow to you.

#2: Pantene Pro V Restoratives Breakage Defence Conditioner: I go back and forth between a lot of different conditioners. I condition my hair each and every day so I find that it’s important to get a good conditioner. Since I don’t comb my hair every day, I find that I get a lot of damage and breakage at the bottom of my strands. This anti-breakage conditioner has been doing a great job restoring the damage at the ends of my curls.

#3. Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifying Cream: I have definitely talked about this one a lot before. I have used this curling product for about 8 years now. For awhile I hated it, mainly just the smell started to get annoying, but with the right combination of other products this really is the best one on the market. I’ve asked many hair stylists before which curling amplifier they would use and this one is always their answer. The packaging has changed and now comes in a dark grey bottle with some turquoise writing and can be found at some Shoppers or Trade Secrets. I don’t think I’ll be switching to anything else for quite a while still.

#4. Deva Curl Set it Free Moisture Lock: This product is a recent find of mine. While wandering around Ulta in Amherst a few weeks ago I discovered this whole line for curly hair: Deva Curl. I bought two of the products to try out – the moisture lock and a curl revitalizer. After I put my curls rock product in my hair I spray this all over. It locks in the moisture, flattens the remaining fuzz, and allows my curls to get even fuller and more defined. The great thing is that it is not full of salt like other curling sprays (or beach sprays) are, which dry out my hair like crazy. I’m excited to try out more products from Deva Curl and I’m very happy that I’ve incorporated this spray into my starting lineup

So there you have it. My current curly hair lineup. Have you used any of these products before? Do you have any curly hair products that you love or can suggest? Let me know via Twitter @clnwfr