Step one seems like the goal is to bring the oil to the forefront of the pore to be removed later. Yep, it did that. I had one pore that looked perfectly fine until this step (20 minutes later) and a huge gross oil worm appeared. It was gross.
Step 2 is like the biore strip pad... but it hurt worse. OW! I wasn't impressed with what was on the strip. (picture below)
I have icky white heads around my nose and on it. My mom used to walk up to me a squeeze my nose up to get the out and man did it hurt! It worked mostly, but there has to be a better way! So I googled and found Egg White Perfect Nose Kit by Skinfood at Ulta for $4. It claims (mostly in a language I can't read) to clean up all the icky and cure your nose of the horror. For $4 I doubted that it worked but hey, its $4. So it's 3 different steps but they all involve placing a little white strip that kinda looks like the typical biore thing, but only step two is like that.
Overall it was alright. I did notice my nose pore change. Some were increased in size due to step one but if you're looking to get the nose nasties in the little creases on the side of the nose like I really wanted to, then this is better than the biore pad alone, but don't expect to be mind blow by it. I mean, it's $4. Skip Starbucks and check it out...or not. What's your favorite nose nasties cure? I'd happily try it for my nose. I'm plagued with them.
So it's the first month of my year long healthy hair challenge. It's where I'm trying a new hair line each month and only that line along with protective styling and care to improve the health of my hair.
So today I started using Camille Rose Naturals and can I say it smells like heaven? Like I can't stop inhaling to sniff my hair. Tonight I washed my hair and used the deep conditioner. Even though it's cocoa mango, the deep conditioner smells like vanilla cake... and it even has the consistency of cake batter. I love it just for that. (Y'all know I like heavy products)
Here's my hair before using anything on it. We will use this as the before photos for the challenge.
Here's the deep conditioner from heaven. (Or at least the bakery because it smells edible)... its feels super thick and heavy but when it gets on your hair it feels nice and light. The ingredient list is beautiful: from vitamin e, to peppermint oil, shea butter, coconut oil, hemp seed and many other awesome ingredients. With all that in a jar how can it not be wonderful? I've read other Naturals get hooked after one week.... maybe I shouldn't have tried this line first? But I digress....
I washed my hair and slicked it back into a low pony and tied it up for the night... Yeah I left the deep conditioner in, I know I know I'm supposed to be taking better care of my hair, it's the first month, give me a break! Lol
So I've recently found myself with a little extra time on my hands (what?!? How? I need some too) I know right? But that's another story. But I'm always buying buying buying hair products, but with all the mixing and build up, how do you really know which one is working for your hair? Which line (if any) is perfect for you?
Well, that's what I'm going to figure out! Over the next year I'm going to try a new product line each month and only that line. I'll look at my hair's moisture level, curl pattern and overall look to see which products and lines I love and which ones maybe aren't for my 4a hair. I'll try my three main styles (wash n go, high bun and twist outs) with each line and maybe a few other styles too (if I'm not lazy. I'll be washing my hair with the line weekly and ensuring to keep it moisuturized by using a hair milk or something of the sort every other day and spraying it with water daily. Let the games begin!
Month 1: Camille Rose Naturals (August)
So while at America's Beauty Show I kept hearing about products to air dry hair. My thought aren't all natural hair products to be used for air drying? I got the Pureology Hudrate Trio. I don't think it's technically for curly hair but I'm told it works:
But I tried it out! I washed my hair and conditioned it with the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo really lathered with just a little and the conditioner had a nice minty feel to it. (I love love love the mint in my conditioners)
The "hydrate" air dry crime felt very very light when I put it on, unlike many other wash and go products. So how did it work?
Its winter so I don't do the traditional wash n go, I wash, bun, sleep and go, meaning I put my hair in a top bun after I apply the product. No brushing no combing, just hands. This way it also stretches the bottom for better length retention. In the morning I take down the bun and hopefully my hair is still a little damp, add more product shake and go.
Once it dried, here's the final look:
My hair feels bouncy but and free but not as conditioned as I like. (I really like heavy products). I think this would be really good for type 3 curly hair but I don't hate it.
UPDATE IT DOES WORK -- with time.
According to Vegalash: the "hypoallergenic formula gives you longer looking lashes but also provides greater density, creating a bold, voluminous look as fast as 15 days."
The left picture was 15 days ago. Do you see a difference? If you don't it's ok, I don't either. The website also says "This hormone-free, latex-free, hypoallergenic serum is comprised of a natural, vegan formula for safe and effective results and is gentle enough for sensitive eyes." But it irritates my eyes and I am going to send it back and get a refund. So I give this product two thumbs down... my eyes/eyelids are itchy and my lower eyelid looked very puffy yesterday. I don't know exactly what's in it but I'll stick with castor oil instead.
A two month supply of vegalash is $79 however they do run sales! If it works for you, let me know!
UPDATE as of May 8th
So I didn't send it back haha! Lazy! But eventually the irritation went away and I have noticed a difference! The pictures are one month apart naked lashes.
My 9 month old, Baby Dallas 🤗, was recently diagnosed with eczema (pretty much a dry skin condition) so I had to bid farewell to those lovely smelling baby lotions! The fragrance in the lotions were making his skin look and feel horrible! I tried every "sensitive" baby soap and lotion I could find but nothing was working. I use Dr. Bronners soaps myself so I was overjoyed when I came across Dr. Bronners fragrance free Castile baby soap! 🙌🏽. Now I just need a lotion for him...I bought some Eucerine lotion for my oldest who also has dry skin so I decided to give that a try on the baby. I bathe him like I normally do every night and twice a day I lather him down with the the thick, creamy Eucerine and within the first week his skin improved drastically! Although I do miss that baby scent, I'd rather my little guy have soft baby skin!
Omg, if you're having a sweaty, hot day in the summer (I live in Texas, so that's almost everyday for me) this soap will chill you right off! The peppermint smell isn't overwhelming and it leaves you cool and tingly! And it's organic and that's always a plus!
You can find this wonderful soap near the bath soaps at Target for about $16.99
Meet the Authors
Bowie & Aviyah are two "High Yellow" girls with curlz in a world of weaves, waves and witches.