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Month: March 2016

My Hair Care Routine

My Hair Care Routine

Hair care is a little beyond my realm of comfort, but a conversation on an Instagram post a couple months ago clued me in that normal hair care routines can vary much more widely than I realized.

Shampoo – 250ml, Conditioner – 200ml. Why do you do this, Germany?! If anything the conditioner should be the bigger one! #haircare #rant

A photo posted by Jennifer – The Faultier (@faultierbeauty) on

While this seems like an absurd shampoo/conditioner ratio to me, apparently it isn’t really here. I would really appreciate it if people left an overview of their routine in the comments so we can compare!

A note as well, after watching this video by Julia Graf, I decided to minimize silicone in my hair care products. While I don’t think silicone was damaging my hair, I think having it in my regular shampoo, conditioner, and all my styling products weighed down my hair. I’ve notice a change in volume since I switched, and if you feel like your hair is really flat or weighed down, it may be something to try. I still will use products with silicone occasionally as styling products, but they are not longer part of my regular routine.

The Routine

I’ll get into the specific products I’m using now in the next section, but I just wanted to go over the typical structure of my routine. I wash my hair every other day or so. Back when I washed my hair daily, it would get greasy incredibly quickly. It took a few weeks for my hair to get used to an every other day schedule, but I think it’s much happier and my second day hair doesn’t look much different from freshly washed.

When I do wash my hair, I use 2-3 products and which type of product I use varies a little based on how my hair is feeling. I have five primary products that make this routine.

  1. a “daily” shampoo
  2. a “daily” conditioner
  3. a deeper-cleaning shampoo
  4. a hair mask
  5. a leave-in conditioner

For most washes, I use my “daily” shampoo and conditioner. When I shampoo, I focus it primarily on the roots and then work the excess through the ends and rinse immediately. I do the opposite with the conditioner. I apply it from the middle of the hair down – imagine pulling your hair into a ponytail and applying it right above where the band would be down to the ends – and then work the excess left on my hands through the roots. This process helps to remove the oil and sweat at the scalp without stripping all the moisture from the ends. I also won’t rinse out the conditioner right away. I put it up with a plastic clip and let it sink in for the rest of my shower. If my ends feel a little dry after rinsing out the conditioner, I will also add a bit of leave-in conditioner. I have very low tolerance for “dry” hair. I doubt my definition of dry is the same as most people!

I’ll use the hair mask instead of my regular conditioner once every week or so, or if I’ve used my deeper-cleaning shampoo. I only break out the stronger shampoo if I’ve used a lot of additional product in my hair or have gone a bit longer than normal between washes. I always pair it with the hair mask, because as I’ve said, I’m very sensitive to dry hair.

I usually wash my hair at night and sleep on it wet. In the morning, I’ll spray some water on it to make it behave and brush through any bumps, like the cowlick on the back of my head. If it refuses to behave, I’ll put half of it up, but that’s about it.

The Products

My “Daily” Shampoo and Conditioner – Balea Professional Pures Volumen Shampoo and Spülung (Conditioner)

Balea Professional Pures Volumen Shampoo and Spülung
Balea Professional Pures Volumen Shampoo and Spülung

Growing up, my family almost never had matching shampoo and conditioner, but when we did, I would get a little excited to use them. I think that why, now that I’m in charge of my shampoo shopping, I try to match my regularly used products. It’s probably silly, but I think they are made to work together! Maybe one day I’ll upgrade to a whole matching line!

Balea is a drugstore line from the German store dm, and as such, the products are pretty inexpensive – the Professionals shampoo and conditioner are 1,35€ per bottle, and the regular ones are only 0,55€ per bottle. So far, I’ve been very happy with all the Balea products I’ve tried, even thought I have to buy two bottles of conditioner for every bottle of shampoo, but if you’re traveling in Germany, I would highly recommend.

While, I don’t think the Pures Volumen products give me 3 times volume (that would be pretty difficult, I think), I have noticed my hair being a bit fluffier since using them. They’re marketed for fine, flat hair without any volume, and I do think they work well with my hair. They also claim an anti-static effect, but I hadn’t paid enough attention to the static in my hair before to notice a comparison. As with every product it seems, these contain two super-special ingredients – phytokeratin and cotton-extract. I don’t know if they make a difference, but if you want those things in your hair, go buy this!

Deeper Cleaning Shampoo – Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Glanz (Shine) Shampoo

Garnier Clearly Naked Glanz (Shine) Shampoo
Garnier Clearly Naked Glanz (Shine) Shampoo – DE, UK, US

This bottle is empty, but I still have some in a travel bottle floating around somewhere. While this is not technically a clarifying shampoo, that’s how I use it. Herbal Essences definitely conveyed the message of clear and cleansing with their packaging and I went for it, but it does work quite well for that purpose. It leaves my hair pretty squeaky clean and can be a bit drying if I don’t use a heavier conditioner, but it gets everything out, so two thumbs up there.

It’s special ingredients are white tea and mint extracts, and it smells quite fresh and minty.

Hair Mask – Garnier Wahre Schätze Tiefenpflege-Maske (Deep-Care Mask) Argan- & Camelia-Öl

Garnier Wahre Schätze Tiefenpflege-Maske (Deep-Care Mask) Argan- & Camelia-Öl
Garnier Wahre Schätze Tiefenpflege-Maske (Deep-Care Mask) Argan- & Camelia-Öl – DE, UK
Garnier Wahre Schätze Tiefenpflege-Maske (Deep-Care Mask) Argan- & Camelia-Öl
Garnier Wahre Schätze Tiefenpflege-Maske (Deep-Care Mask) Argan- & Camelia-Öl

This line from Garnier has different names everywhere. The name “Wahre Schätze” translates to “True Treasures”, but in the UK the line is call “Ultimate Blends,” and in the US it’s “Whole Blends.” The US line doesn’t seem to have the Argan and Camelia Oil products, which is a shame.

I know I’ve already made fun of the “special” ingredients twice this post, but I’m a sucker for Argan Oil. If it says Argan Oil on it, I believe it’s going to be full of moisturizing magic. This mask does not disappoint. Like I said in my routine section above, I’ll apply it in place of conditioner when I think my hair needs extra moisture, and it works wonderfully. It will rinse out completely and leaves my hair soft, but not greasy. I highly recommend it if you’re trying to kick up your hair’s moisture.

I’m tempted to try the other products, but I’m worried that it would be too much moisture for my hair if I used that many deep moisturizing products on it.

Leave-In Conditioner – Balea Feuchtigkeits Haarmilch (Moisture Hair Milk)

Balea Feuchtigkeits Haarmilch
Balea Feuchtigkeits Haarmilch

And back to Balea! I picked this up right when I made the switch to silicone-free products and assumed that my hair would feel drier without the protective barrier of silicone. It did at first, and I used more of this product then, but as my hair has adjusted and I’ve figured out a balance of other products, I don’t need it as much.

It’s got peach and coconut in it, which I don’t think does much, but it smells delicious! I’ll massage a pump or two into wet hair when I think I need it and it adds a small softness boost without weighing my hair down. It claims an anti-dry effect and that it’s meant for damaged and dry hair. With occasional use, I think it’s best for those who just want a little extra moisture, but I think that when used with other moisturizing products, it could really help dry hair.

That’s my hair routine! I don’t use heat styling often, so I didn’t include a heat protector on the list, but I will use the Garnier Fructis Schaden Löscher Wunder-Öl Hitzeschutz & Pflege (Damage Extinguisher Wonder Oil Heat Protection and Care). I can’t find this product on the UK or US sites, but I would also recommend the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray (assuming they haven’t changed the formula in the past few years). Neither of these are silicone-free, however, so if anyone has silicone-free heat protector suggestions, please leave them below!

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The Worst German Food – Mett

The Worst German Food – Mett

Mr. Faultier has told me that my transformation into a German will be complete when I try Mett for the first time. I’m afraid that I will never become German. Thankfully the Ausländerbehörde doesn’t not require Mett consumption to get a residency permit.

For those who don’t know, Mett is raw, minced pork that for some reason people like to consume without cooking. I’m not completely against raw meat. I’ll eat raw fish and rare steak. Heck, I even like my burgers with a bit of pink in the middle. But something about uncooked, ground-up pork turns my stomach.

Mr. Faultier eats it on breadrolls with some chopped onions.

Mettbroetchen
By Nize (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
I know it’s meant to be safe, because butchers have to prepare it the day of if it’s not prepackaged. Our fancy butcher keeps it wrapped up in plastic, but other places I’ve gone to just have an open pan of it sitting out. Exposed to air. And flesh-hungry bacteria.

Even better, often times at parties, Mett is served shaped like a hedgehog with onion spikes.

By Boris Kumicak + Kai Namslau (Studio Kumicak+Namslau) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Boris Kumicak + Kai Namslau (Studio Kumicak+Namslau) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
He might look cute, but my food safety senses just can’t handle a raw minced pork hedgehog sitting out for hours and being consumed without cooking. I wash my hands after touching raw pork, why would I eat it?

I know I’ve gone full American with this post, and I shouldn’t be so judgmental about another culture’s food. But I just can’t get behind this one. Sorry Germany. I’ve even tried Fleischkäse, so while I don’t like it, I can at least give it a go, but I just can’t with Mett. Call me back in five years, but I still don’t think that will be enough time.

Preparing for Spring – Drugstore Shopping

Preparing for Spring – Drugstore Shopping

Winter has really been bringing me down – the cold weather, the darkness, getting the flu – it’s been rough. But now the sun is back out and staying up, and I’ve got some great things to look forward to this Spring, including my honeymoon and an exciting career change!

To prepare for the seasonal shift, I picked up a few new things from the drugstore in some pretty Spring colors (a lot of pinks and purples), mostly from essence and Catrice, but also a few things from dm’s lines.

essence

all about Vintage eyeshadow palette, mono eyeshadow 03 rosie flamingo, i love colour intensifying eyeshadow base
all about vintage eyeshadow palette, mono eyeshadow 03 rosie flamingo, i love colour intensifying eyeshadow base

I’ve actually been eyeing the all about vintage eyeshadow palette for a good while now. I’ve swatched it several times, and each time I was impressed with how nicely the medium and dark shades turned out.

essence all about vintage eyeshadow palette swatches

The light shadows aren’t bad either, but they do turn out similarly. In the first column, you have a shimmery white highlight and a satin cream highlight. The bottom highlight looks pink in the pan, but that doesn’t really translate onto the skin. The second column has a shimmery pale green and a shimmery ivory shade. I will have to play around with various bases to see if I can get the tones to come out of these – they’re just a bit too bright to look much different than the highlights on their own. Next we have absolutely lovely mid-tone shades, and olive and a bronze. And the last column has a deeper olive and a deeper bronze.

I’m generally drawn toward cooler tones, so it will be interesting to see what looks I can do with this palette. And I think the greens will pair quite nicely with some of my pink and purple shadows for Spring.

The other essence eyeshadow I bought, I fell for online, and for reasons I don’t understand, I didn’t swatch in the store when I bought it. That was a mistake.

essence mono eyeshadow 03 rosie flamingo
essence mono eyeshadow 03 rosie flamingo

Really, I should know better. While there are some great essence eyeshadows, some are duds, and 03 rosie flamingo is a dud. I was expecting a lot more pink and, well, actual color. But all you end up with is a pinkish-golden sheen. It would work quite nicely as a highlight, but I already have a pinky golden highlight I like – the satin touch highlighter in satin beam from p2.

In good news, however, essence added a new eyeshadow base to their collection.

essence i love colour intensifying eyeshadow base
essence i love colour intensifying eyeshadow base

This one is not orange like the i love stage eyeshadow base, so I’m pretty excited. I don’t know how well it intensifies shadow, as it matches my skin tone when it’s blended in, but I haven’t noticed any creasing when I’ve used it so far.

essence i love colour intensifying eyeshadow base, i love stage eyeshadow base
essence i love colour intensifying eyeshadow base, i love stage eyeshadow base

Catrice

Catrice Absolute Eye Colour 560 I Like To Mauve It, Absolute Eye Color 790 I Wear My Plum Glasses At Night, Multi Matt Blush 020 La-Lavender, Ultimate Stay Lipstick 060 Floral Coral
Absolute Eye Colour 560 I Like To Mauve It, Absolute Eye Colour 790 I Wear My Plum Glasses At Night, Multi Matt Blush 020 La-Lavender, Ultimate Stay Lipstick 060 Floral Coral

I really enjoy my purple-taupe eyeshadows, so much so, that when I got home, I realized I had an exact dupe of 560 I Like To Mauve It in an old p2 palette.

Catrice Absolute Eye Colour 560 I Like To Mauve It Swatch
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour 560 I Like To Mauve It

I have a justification for this, however. First of all, this shade is the most used of that palette, so repurchasing as a single would have been a good choice. Secondly, p2 doesn’t make this particular palette anymore, so I wouldn’t have been able to rebuy anyway!

The second single shadow I got from Catrice, 790 I Wear My Plum Glasses At Night, I thought would be a dupe for Nooner from the Naked 3 palette, but when I got home, I realized it was much cooler.

Catrice Absolute Eye Colour 790 I Wear My Plum Glasses At Night Swatch
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour 790 I Wear My Plum Glasses At Night

No matter what I did, I could not get this swatch to show up properly on camera. It has purple tones that completely disappear on screen. It’s lovely in person, but I question how well it would look in photographs.

I also picked up on of the Matt Multi Blushes in 020 La-Lavender. I really like the Catrice Defining Blushes, so I wanted to see what their other formulas were like.

Catrice Multi Matt Blush 020 La-Lavender Swatch
Catrice Multi Matt Blush 020 La-Lavender

While it has different strips of color, from a practical stand-point, it’s really difficult to pull out specific colors, especially the darkest and lightest shades. You could possibly sweep just the top half for a deeper shade and the bottom half for a lighter one, but I’ve been swirling all the shades together so far. I like the look; it’s a soft, cool pink that is buildable, which is how I prefer my blushes. You can quickly get a light wash of color without looking like a clown, but you it also doesn’t take long to make it brighter.

And the last item from Catrice is a lipstick, because why not?

Catrice Ultimate Stay Lipstick 060 Floral Coral
Catrice Ultimate Stay Lipstick 060 Floral Coral

Catrice has hopped on the comfortable matte lipstick train, and I really like it.

Catrice Ultimate Stay Lipstick 060 Floral Cora
Catrice Ultimate Stay Lipstick 060 Floral Coral

While this is called Floral Coral, I definitely see it more as a neutral-to-cool pink. I think it’s great for daily wear, though. It’s a bit shiny in the swatch, but the shine wears off after a bit of wear and gives a demi-matte look. I don’t know if I would call it super long wearing from the few times I wore it, but it has okay lasting power, and wears off evenly.

dm – p2 and trend IT UP

p2 Lippenkonturenstift perfect look lipliner raspberry 131, Lippenkonturenstift perfect color lipliner glamour diva 050, trend IT UP Lippenstift Ultra Matte Lipstick 020
p2 Lippenkonturenstift perfect look lipliner raspberry 131, Lippenkonturenstift perfect color lipliner glamour diva 050, trend IT UP Lippenstift Ultra Matte Lipstick 020

I’m sorry, people who don’t have dm, because their house lines are great. I stuck with lip products only, this time. For some perspective, I was with Mr. Faultier when I bought all this, and he is not the most patient when it comes to buying makeup.

I grabbed two different p2 lipliners, one perfect look and one perfect color, because I wanted to see what the big difference was. Clearly the packaging was different – automatic/standard pencil, and the perfect color comes with a brush, but I also wanted to see if the formula of the product was different. I think it is.

p2 Lippenkonturenstift perfect look lipliner raspberry 131 swatch
p2 Lippenkonturenstift perfect look lipliner raspberry 131

The perfect look lipliner went on smoothly, even though it felt a bit dry on the lips. Because of the dry feeling, I don’t think I could wear it on its own, but I think you could get away with just a lip balm. It’s full color and does not come off easily. It hangs on for a few seconds when you start scrubbing before it begins to come off. I have not tried wearing it for a long time, but I am optimistic.

I have my doubts about the other one, however.

p2 Lippenkonturenstift perfect color lipliner glamour diva 050 Swatch
p2 Lippenkonturenstift perfect color lipliner glamour diva 050

The perfect color lipliner seemed to have more shine than the other liner, but clung to dry patches quite a bit. I’m not sure if that was due to the darker color or a formula difference, but it came off a lot less smooth than the perfect look. Even using the lip brush, I couldn’t quite get it even. I will try this out again, though, with some of my berry lipsticks and see if that makes a difference. It was a bit easier to get off than the perfect look lipliner, but as the perfect look liner was downright difficult to get off, that isn’t necessarily a negative. Again, I’ll need to experiment more with this one.

Last but not least, I picked up another lipstick from the trend IT UP line.

trend IT UP Lippenstift Ultra Matte Lipstick 020 swatch
trend IT UP Lippenstift Ultra Matte Lipstick 020

I already have some lipsticks from the trend IT UP line, so I knew what to expect with this one. I’m just trying to build up my selection of neutral-ish shades for day wear, since I’ve gone a bit crazy with the bright colors – as you can see with my other trend IT UP lipsticks. This definitely does the job and wears pretty comfortably. According to Mr. Faultier, I could probably stop buying makeup now for the next three years or so, but I doubt I’m done, even just for Spring!

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