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There must be a stash of products which we buy on a whim but never end up liking them. I always wonder what do people do with such stuff especially when those beauty products turn out to be very expensive or at least cost enough that we can not simply donate them. What do you do? How do you use products you do not like? Do you toss them or use them in an alternate way? What do I do? How do I use the products I do not like?
How do I use the products I do not like?
Cleansing Milk, Face Washes and Toners
Cleansing milk is something which I run out of every time so mostly I end up using them. There are really very few cleanser products I do not like. I do have Vichy miceller water which I am using as a final wipe after using the cleansing balm to remove the final sunscreen residue and follow with a face wash.
For face wash products I do not like, I double them up as body washes for travel purposes and use them up. It works both ways for me. And, for toners, I use them to dilute my cleansing milk so they get finished up pretty well.
Finally, I am doing the hair diary series. It has been exactly a year since I have done the last one! And, my hair has undergone a lot in this phase. It went from good to bad to worse to better to doing well now. Regular care and maintenance is so important for hair that a day’s slip up can mess its texture. So, lets see what hair lessons I learned.
Using Good Products
After I switched from deFab to Kerastase, my hair went for a toss. The shampoo-conditioner duo were so horrible for my hair. Price is not quality necessarily so next time you would like to try out a shampoo, get a trial sachet or sample first. I am afraid of switching to anything else now!
And, do using the same hair products really cause buildup if we use clarifying shampoos once in a while? Things to ponder upon.
Importance of Hair Oil
Okay, nothing can really help your hair as well as the shampoo-conditioner. But, if you are using the right shampoo and conditioner and handling your hair gently, a good hair oil will go a long way in keeping your hair in great condition.
Well, basically, if we see oiling really helps only the scalp and not the hair length. But, we are so used to the ritual of oiling the hair heavily that it is more of a spa session that anything else. Not sure how much it really helps hair but as long as it is relaxing, who cares? I would say go for it as much as possible.
Hair Cuts and Spas
I feel like getting my hair shaved off in quest of great hair growth sometimes! Well, hair cut is very important so make an appointment once every three months and commit to that routine. Save if you have to but going for hair cut and spa is not an indulgence but necessity in this lifestyle where we hardly eat properly neither save our hair from external pollutants and agents like sun and wind.
I used to this earlier but in between I had simply stopped taking care of my hair and scalp. So, I decided this is the first thing I should incorporate in my routine. I simply roll on the headache rollon on my entire scalp. It is easy and takes very less time. The rollon has rosemary which is great for relieving stress and helping hair growth. Seems like it has been discontinued now as I can not find it on their website. Sad!! I also use Blue Nectar migraine oil sometimes which works equally well.
Also Read : How to take care of your scalp?
Vinegar for Product Buildup
This is probably the most important step in hair care. Once a month at least, everyone should do a clarifying hair cleanse whether you use hair products or not.It just helps to revitalize the hair and remove even the oil buildup if it has been caused. Just a table spoon of vinegar with shampoo and you are great to go. Avoid baking soda as it is drying and grainy in texture so tends to stick to the scalp. And, a final rinse with honey mixed water makes the day!
Also Read : DIY Ginger-Vinegar Hair Clarifier
Hair Oil – Blue Nectar Brigananatadi (Buy Here)
Scalp – Soulflower Headache RollOn (Buy Here)
So, this was my hair story for the last month. Hopefully, it would be better in the next few months. For this next hair cut, I am thinking of trying out the Warren Tricomi salon. Any recommendations? Have you been to the salon? Apparently it is one of the luxury salons so I am hoping it would be a good experience. Fingers crossed!
This is not a beauty post but more of an introspection. Very personal to me.
Wow! This year is a milestone year. So many changes, so many milestones, so much of transformation. I have entered 31 now. Feels like yesterday when we were freshers in the college or school going students. When did we grow up. When I look around, my friends are all handling babies and one of my cousin has a kid of 8 years and she is just a year older than me. I have yet to have one. I am not even sure what exactly to feel about it.
Finally, we have moved into our own house. That is an achievement. There was indecision, panic, torture, cribbing, frustration, anger and probably whole gamut of emotions except contentment till now. Now, there is just that. Contentment and satisfaction. That everything is over and done with and we have moved.
I enjoyed the last one and half week of euphoria. The packing, the closure of one phase and the beginning of the other, the finishing up of all the pending tasks, everything. It is an experience which belongs to me solely and I am so glad for it. The maximum I have shared is with my mom but that was just on phone. But, this entire experience was all so different. I finally learned a bit of patience. Not much but small steps.
In fact, last 5 years have really taught me how important it is to have a supporting parent. I have no idea how I would have survived otherwise. It is quite funny that when I was a kid, I had a disagreeable, and it is a very mild term, relationship with my mom. We did not even realize when the paradigm shift took place in our relationship. It instantly converted into more of a friendship since I went college and the first tragedy happened with me 😀 So, yeah, mum for that! Reminds of the Chanakya neeti on parenting.
For five years, one’s son should be pampered. For the next ten years, he should be disciplined. Once he turns sixteen, he should be treated as a friend.- Chanakya
I can not even imagine how people can live without parental support, it is just like a rudderless boat swaying here and there on water without any shore! The funny thing is she never really taught me anything specifically but I learned a lot through observation and it scares me that how much we pass on to future generations just by doing stuff. Thanks to everyone in my life who had made me realize the importance of supporting parents. And, I am so grateful that I have such people around me who constantly remind me of this standing wall behind me.
Why oh why did not I try St. Ives ever before? I ponder yonder on this mystery and go crazy! Okay, I am in absolute love with St. Ives replenishing mineral therapy body lotion and if you have not tried this brand yet, you actually are missing out on one of the most amazing products in the market. I feel like getting all its body lotions right away. They all are so tempting. So, why do I love it? Lets see.
St. Ives Replenishing Mineral Therapy Body Lotion Product Review
Price : Rs 590 for 621ml
Comes in a pump bottle which makes it so easy to use the product. You can have a bottle everywhere, in your kitchen, by your sink, in your bathroom, by your bedside table and you do not have to worry about it spilling or getting wasted or anything at all. Just pump and rub. Done! And, you are good to go. Once we shift, I am going to buy multiple bottles for multiple rooms so I do not have to shuttle with one everywhere.
With all the house finishings and roaming around, I am being extra careful about my skin. In the last two months alone, I have used up almost four best sunscreens so you can easily imagine how much quantity of sunscreen I apply. Well, I am happy to share that winters and aging has helped control the grease and oil and my face has not been looking like an oil pan.
The real test of sunscreen happens only in summers though. So, I decided I would do a good amount of research and find out the best sunscreens that really work and pass the requirements like not getting too oily on skin, giving adequate protection, easy to apply and remove, not making the skin dull and many other things.
I usually prefer lotion and cream sunscreens which come with protective packaging. Spray sunscreens are not my type since there is a lot of wastage and the smell and fumes are usually very strong. Have you ever tried a spray sunscreen? Did you like it?
On a side note, remember the news I shared about us buying a house and shifting this month end. Life has been crazy last month but this month is even worse. The dealing with laborers is a job best left to experienced people but then there is always a first time, right? I just hope we can stick to our shifting schedule otherwise we are in suds!! No roof over our heads. Anyways, let me start with the least expensive and my favorite sunscreen.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock Spf 50 PA+++
Price : Rs 549 for 88ml