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Amazon Haul: Hair + Face Masks + Foot Soak

I haven’t done a haul post in quite a while! So here’s what I recently ordered from Amazon.

In August/September time I’m always plagued with shedding hair. When I wash, brush, touch or even look at my hair, it sheds. I saw these Watermans Shampoo and Conditioner in a review and I thought they seem interesting. They seem to be advertised for growing fuller, longer hair but I’m just hoping that it will reduce the shedding. While I was on that Amazon page, Amazon also recommended that I get the hair stimulant oil that you can massage onto your scalp before shampooing. I’m also just interested in reducing the shedding with this.

Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner by Watermans

Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner by Watermans and Hair Stimulant for Growth & Strength

Since it’s pedicure season and I give myself frequent pedicures during summer, I picked up this cute foot soak by The Foot Factory. This is a cheap and cheerful product with very cute packaging but I tried it last night in my foot bath and it doesn’t seem to do much 🤔

The Foot Factory Foot Soak Lavender and Chamomile

The Foot Factory Foot Soak Lavender and Chamomile

Finally, I couldn’t help myself with this pack of Tonymoly sheet masks. I love Korean skincare, I love using sheet masks because they’re so easy, and these sheet masks are usually about €5 each from anywhere I’ve seen them in Europe. So £10.58 for the full set of 11 of them sounds like a good price for me. Can’t wait to use these 🙂

Tonymoly I'm Real Skin Care Facial Mask Sheet Package (ALL - 11 Sheets)

Tonymoly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Mask Sheet Package (ALL – 11 Sheets)

If you’re interested in buying any of these, here are the links 🙂

Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner by Watermans http://amzn.to/2wUXFes 
Hair Stimulant for Growth & Strength http://amzn.to/2w1STiZ
Tonymoly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Sheet Masks http://amzn.to/2vvciYm
The Foot Factory Foot Soak Lavender and Chamomile http://amzn.to/2vvfdjG


That’s all for now!

Besos xx

MYTH BUSTED: Pantene Smooth and Sleek DOES NOT DAMAGE your hair!

Pantene Smooth and Sleek

Today I posted a photo of these Pantene products on a Facebook group and a lot of girls told me that Pantene DAMAGES hair and that hairdressers have told them that the ingredients in these products damage your hair.

I don’t mess around with my hair and I’ve used this Pantene line and never had a problem with it. That said, I wanted to see what and why hairdressers say that these products damage your hair.

I totally geeked out and listed all the ingredients in the Pantene Smooth and Sleek shampoo. I looked up each ingredient on ewg.org, the cosmetics database and checked out whether any of the ingredients are actually damaging to the hair. You can read my conclusions about each ingredient down below but I’ll give you my summary of what I think of these ingredients here.

In the hair industry, there have been companies and people who warn against the use of silicones in hair products. Silicone is used to make the hair look shiny and to block moisture (therefore your hair won’t frizz in humid climates). Since it blocks moisture, it may also dry out your hair. But, what some companies fail to mention is that these silicones are very easily washed off and rinsed out of your hair with a clarifying shampoo. If you ever feel like your hair is getting too dry because of silicone use, simply wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and switch to a silicone free shampoo to see how you get on.

The short version

Most of the ingredients that are listed are very low hazard… The worst they can do is cause an allergic reaction. Of course, as with any other thing in life, if something causes you an allergic reaction STOP using it immediately. From what I understand these allergic reactions are rare because these ingredients are very commonly used in hair products.

There are two ingredients that may be of concern. Cocamide MEA is a safe ingredient but it is sometimes contaminated with Cocamide Diethanolamine and Cocamide Diethanolamine is not safe for use because it’s a known carcinogenic. If it is present in this shampoo, it will be a trace and it’s not known to damage the hair.

Methylisothiazolinone is the last ingredient on the list meaning that there is very little of it. Methylisothiazolinone is a chemical that’s possibly neurotoxic but that said, exposure to the ingredient is very low while washing your hair and you do rinse it off in the shower. I would prefer if my shampoo didn’t contain methylisothiazolinone but back to the question on whether it is damaging to your hair… it’s not.

So all in all… Although some ingredients may cause an allergic reaction and there’s a possible trace of a carcinogenic ingredient and an ingredient that’s neurotoxic at a high exposure, Pantene does not contain any chemicals or ingredients that actively damage your hair. I’m going to go ahead and bet that hairdressers who say that Pantene is damaging to your hair are trying to sell more expensive hair products that they carry at their own salon by scaring customers off from the cheaper alternatives that actually also work. This of course, is my humble opinion and you should take it for what it is 🙂

Read the rest of this post if you really want to know more about the Smooth and Sleek Shampoo.

Besos!

On to the ingredients… (the long version)

Aqua: Some water… no harm there.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This is a very common ingredient in shampoo. In very rare cases it’s an irritant but if you’ve been using most shampoos all your life and never had any problems, it’s likely that this ingredient won’t irritate your scalp.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: This is a contraction of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and it’s used in a similar way.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a chemical found in many personal care products, including shampoo, toothpaste and body wash. The chemical is derived from coconuts and is used to make products produce more foam. Because cocamidopropyl betaine originates from coconut oil, even some personal care products labeled as natural still contain it. Although the government regards the ingredient as safe, some people do have negative reactions after exposure to it.
Glycol Distearate: The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel reported no human skin irritation or sensitization from glycol distearate. The concerns with this ingredient are probably mostly focused on allergies, in that if you’re allergic, it’s best to stay away.

Dimethicone: This is a silicone and there is some debate in the beauty industry about whether this is good for your hair or not. If you’re concerned about silicones, this shampoo isn’t for you. My personal opinion? Silicones wash off with a clarifying shampoo, should you later decide that you’re not comfortable with silicones in your hair simply give your hair a wash with a clarifying shampoo.

Sodium Citrate: Cosmetic manufacturers use sodium citrate to adjust the acidity of a product. Citrate, in the form of citric acid, is also found in citric fruits and juices.

Cocamide MEA: This ingredient in itself is synthesised from coconut oil. There are some concerns about this ingredient being contaminated with Cocamide Diethanolamine and this ingredient is not FDA approved because it’s a carcinogenic. That said, a contamination means that there is very little traces of it so whether that’s a concern or not is up to you to decide.

Sodium Xylenesulfonate: This is a salt that has very low safety concerns. This may cause irritation in high doses and the doses found in shampoos and conditioners are not high enough to be an irritant.
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: This is another low hazard ingredient that’s used as a conditioning agent.

Parfum: Perfumes may be an irritant to the scalp but if regular perfumes do not irritate you, it’s unlikely that this will.

Citric Acid: Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products. Citric acid is naturally found in citric fruits and juices, providing the characteristic acidic taste. As long as there isn’t too much of this ingredient in a shampoo, your hair will be fine with it.

Sodium Benzoate: This is a preservative that’s commonly found in cosmetics.

Sodium Chloride: An inorganic salt (also called table salt).

Glycerin: This is commonly used in cosmetics and it’s actually great for getting makeup to stay on your face and it’s also moisturising. Glycerin (also called glycerol) is a naturally occurring alcohol compound and a component of many lipids. Glycerin may be of animal or vegetable origin. This ingredient is listed in the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide as a byproduct of soap manufacture which typically uses animal fat.

Tetrasodium EDTA: This is a moderate hazard ingredient, depending on its usage. Tests done by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (which are not corroborated) found that Tetrasodium EDTA is not a dermal irritant or a sensitizer, and is not absorbed by skin easily.

Linalool: Linalool is a colorless liquid with a soft, sweet odor. It occurs naturally in many essential oils, such as ho wood oil, tangerine, spearmint, rose, neroli, mandarin, lemon, lime, lavender, cypress, grapefruit, cinnamon, chamomile, palmarossa and ylang ylang.

Hexyl Cinnamal: Hexyl Cinnamal is a natural ingredient used in perfumes and other beauty products as a fragrance additive. It is derived from chamomile oil and is used as a masking ingredient in many foundations and skin creams.

Panthenol: Panthenol is a form of vitamin B5, used as a moisturizer and lubricating compound. This ingredient is listed in the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide as a substance that can be of either animal or plant origin.

Panthenyl Ethyl Ether: This is a low hazard ingredient. This ingredient is a small synthetic molecule used as a hair conditioning agent.

Magnesium Nitrate: Magnesium Nitrate is an inorganic salt.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone: Methylchloroisothiazolinone is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. If you have an allergic reaction to this product stop use immediately.

Magnesium Chloride: Low hazard ingredient. Magnesium Chloride is an inorganic salt.

Methylisothiazolinone: This is a moderate hazard ingredient. Methylisothiazolinone is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic. That said, there is a very small dose of this ingredient in this shampoo (since it’s the last ingredient) and the time of exposure to this ingredient is very short. It is an ingredient I’d rather this shampoo didn’t have but it’s not known to damage hair.

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo and Conditioner

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo & Conditioner

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo & Conditioner

I recently ordered this shampoo and conditioner from Feelunique and I love them. They’re by the brand Aussie and as far as I know, these are not available in Malta. I used to use this brand while I was living in the UK and I’ve tried much more expensive hair products but somehow I keep going back to this brand.

Last summer I used to like putting hair mousse in my hair and letting it dry by itself without heat styling it. Since I have a lot of hair, it takes a long time to dry and I hate going about with wet hair during the winter. I started heat styling my hair again and my hair can use all the help it can get!

I tried these out and I love how they work. I still use a heat protection spray with them before I blow dry because I can never get enough protection. I’ve been heat styling my hair since about November and so far I haven’t seen any major damage. I don’t (think I) have any visible split ends but my hair is a little bit dry at the ends. This is probably because I haven’t cut it or trimmed it in 9 months.

These smell amazing and they feel like they do nourish my hair a lot. I do have to wash my hair twice a week because it gets oily. I’m not sure whether these are too moisturising for my hair or not because I seem to have oily roots and dry ends. I probably just need a trim.

Although I like these, I won’t be repurchasing the conditioner. This is because Aussie have a 3 minute miracle hair treatment from the same Take the Heat line and I can use that instead of the conditioner.

Besos!

Feelunique’s Description:

As cool as a cucumber (or cute man in shades, whatever)

Phew! Is it us or did it suddenly get hot in here? Better cool down those tumbling tresses with Aussie Take The Heat Conditioner.

A treat for tired tresses

All that styling makes for singed hair. So slather. Soothe. Settle. Stroke. Take the heat. It’s like your hair’s getting a big hug from a bottle (and from a nice smelling one too).

My New Holy Grail Hair Brush | The Wet Brush

Recently, I’ve been seeing some rave review about The Wet Brush being the best detangling brush, even better than The Tangle Teezer. Check out my Tangle Teezer review here. I saw that the brand has a PR contact so I told them that I’d like to review the brush and they sent me two! They sent me the original Wet Brush in a hot pink shade and they also sent me the Speed Dry brush that’s meant for use with a blow drier.

Here’s what these brushes look like from the top and further below you can see what these look like from the side. I also included a photo of my Tangle Teezer at the end of this post for comparison.

The Wet Brush Front

The Wet Brush Front

The Wet Brush Side

The Wet Brush Side

When I first saw these I thought that they’re ordinary brushes that will do nothing extraordinary. I took them out of their plastic boxes and tried out the pink one. My first impression was that I heard static from this brush and wasn’t sure whether this was going to make my hair frizzy. It didn’t.

Both of these DO detangle hair quite spectacularly. I was very impressed with the tangle teezer when I first tried it, but these brushes are even better. My current preferred brush is the black one (the speed dry). It’s bigger, has longer bristles (than the original) and it’s curved. I also like that it’s all made of solid plastic and has no other materials. This has become the brush that has me losing my mind when I think that I’ve misplaced it.

My hair hasn’t had a trim in 9 months and it is starting to get dry at the ends and it gets tangled more easily than when it’s trimmed and all healthy. Usually, when my hair has tangles in it, I start combing it through from the bottom so that my tangles don’t get tighter and more difficult to take out. I start brushing from the bottom and work my way up to my roots until I can brush from root to tip in one stroke. With these Wet Brushes, I’ve become quite a savage with the brushing and I always trust that it’s going to take out my tangles. Even with really tangled up hair, I can comb from root to tip straight away and this brush detangles my full length of hair right away. It’s quite impressive.

In terms of frizz, I was initially worried that it will make my hair frizzy but I was wrong about that. I have sometimes been heat styling my hair to get some curls in. After I’ve curled my hair I find that it looks too unnatural so I like taking the Wet Brush to comb through my curls once they’ve cooled down. It relaxes my curls and gives me more of the beachy wave that I’m after but without any frizz. Perfect.

Compared to the Tangle Teezer, I like that this brush has a handle and that the bristles are longer. I get the job done quicker with The Wet Brush.

One thing to note, even though the Speed Dry brush is aimed towards drying hair, it’s not my preferred brush for a blow dry. This is because I do like to straighten my hair as much as possible with my blow dryer and that requires pulling my hair firmly while I apply heat. Since this is a fantastic detangling brush, this simply goes straight through my hair and I haven’t figured out how to get my hair to be held firmly straight with this. It is great for drying hair if you don’t need to pull at it though. It lets the air through the brush and it does make for a quicker blow dry than if you were using the original Wet Brush.

All in all this brush is a winner with me. I’m obsessed.

Besos

Tangle teezer & matching nails

The Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer

No Damage Hair Bleaching? — Olaplex

I’m a big fan of Grav3yardgirl on youtube and yesterday she posted a really interesting video on her channel about how she got rid of the black streaks in her hair and went back to her natural hair colour.

Bunny has incredibly long hair and she mentioned that her hair was bleached and toned several times on the same day (she mentions that it was washed and blow dried 10-11 times) and the process took 8-8.5 hrs.

While she was describing this, I was incredibly impressed at how fantastic the condition of her hair looks. It looks better than I’ve ever seen he hair look before. The great job comes down to the LA based hair dresser, Guy Tang and he used a system called OLAPLEX (http://www.olaplex.com/). Check out his instagram for some incredible pictures, including the before and after of Bunny’s hair. Can we just take a minute and appreciate his work?

A photo posted by Guy Tang (@guy_tang) on

I’ve had a look through the Olaplex website and it seems like this is a chemical that you mix in with bleach, a rinse and a take at home treatment. To use the product you simply “add Olaplex Bond Multiplier directly into color or lightener then Bond Perfector after your rinse color from hair. The client takes the Hair Perfector No. 3 home as part of the professional service to use once a week.”  There are two warnings that go with this product.

  1. It dilutes bleach, so to counteract, bump up the developer by one full volume.
  2. Don’t use too much of the product.

I’ve never personally bleached my hair and I’ve never believed that there could be products that would let you bleach hair without damage. After seeing results on Bunny I’m beginning to believe that this Olaplex might actually work. Bunny has a fear of hair salons and prior to her recent visit to Guy Tang, she hadn’t let anyone touch her hair since August 2013. She is incredibly happy with her results and she does claim that her hair is very healthy. If she’s happy with how her hair turned out, I can believe that the results are fantastic in person.

Have any of you ever tried Olaplex? What were your results? Are there any similar damage free systems that you tried? I’d love to know.

Besos