When fresh flowers meet French braids (plus a light, translucent summer makeup look.)

Friday, July 20, 2012

What happens when you mix oh-god-keep-it-off-my-face braids (also known as “partial French” or “cascade,” but really, where’s the fun in that) with a Crown of Thorns that constantly thinks it’s dying?

Apparently, the answer is festival-floral hair, to match your face daisies, because why not. It’s thirty degrees and the heat is killing you, so you may as well put some of those panic-flowers into your braids, right?

(Backstory; the plants in our house are constantly flowering, and I’m convinced it’s because they think they’re going to dehydrate & are feeling the need to spawn before it’s all over. Poor things.)

It starts with a braid, 

Adds in some flowers, 

And ends something that might not actually be all that terrible. 

I don’t get terribly excited about hair (love cutting it, love colouring it, love braiding it — but only on other people,) so I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping this isn’t extra-boring for all of you. I can’t even remember the last time I used the hair tag, so I suppose it just goes to show how infrequently it crosses my mind.

And, well for those of you who do like hair:

Check out the full tutorial of the look here.

And hey, about that face…

The makeup in this post is pretty basic, but I did take a few [more] shots of it. Any interest in the product rundown/more photos? I know you’ve already seen it twice (this post, and the storybook daisies one), so I think I’m just going to sit on the photos for a rainy day — but let me know if you want to see more of it, and I’ll get a post up sooner.

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Silicone-free at the drugstore | Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Clear 2 in 1 Shampoo review, photos

Friday, March 23, 2012

The product: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Clear 2 in 1 Shampoo

As those of you who have gone ‘cone-free will know, finding silicone-free haircare for under $20 apiece can be… well, difficult, to say the least. More often than not, formulas (particularly conditioners and styling products) will rely on silicones to give hair that smooth, slippery feeling, and the ‘cone-free ones come with price tags around $50 (plus hours of your time on the silicone-free hunt) for the duo.

On top of all that, I’ve been itching for a 2 in 1 for those I’d-rather-be-sleeping mornings – so, finding out that Garnier just put out a new Pure Clean shampoo + conditioner? It was a bit like waking up (very groggily) from a good dream.

The clear, slightly greenish formula (a lot of that super-green colour is from the plastic, not the product) contains no silicones, parabens, or dyes, and comes packaged in a 50% recycled material PET plastic container – which is the most recyclable form there is, for those of you who (like me) would rather research polish than plastic. I’m not huge on the drugstore fresh! scent, but at just over $5 for a 384ml bottle, I can’t really complain.

As for how a clear 2 in 1 is for the long term? I’m not sure yet, but things have been going pretty well so far. The clear, super-sudsy formula has had me a bit on edge, though, so I figured I might as well have a look at what’s inside – a lot of conditioning agents will make products go milky or opaque, but maybe Garnier’s found the magic formula to keep things clear and conditioned.

Let’s talk ingredients…

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(Just ten months too late)

Monday, February 27, 2012

For those of you who don’t already follow @theNotice on Twitter: I finally, finally got a haircut! Have yet to decide how much I love it, but you’re welcome to pass judgement on my behalf…

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“Velcro,” for your hair | Dariya Hair Pad review & giveaway

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The product: Dariya Hair Pad (Magic Hair Pad dupe)

So – hair pads? A little strange. But at the same time, you kind of look at the pad and go “huh. Why hadn’t anyone thought of this sooner?

For those of you who haven’t heard of them before, hair pads (or “fringe holders”) are pieces of velcro-like material designed to keep your hair out of your face. It’s so simple, but for whatever reason, they just haven’t really taken off the way that hair elastics and headbands have!

Unlike elastic-based hair accessories, they don’t squish your hair to your head – so if you’ve, say, already curled your hair, they won’t wreck your curls. I use mine when I wash my face, but they can also be used for things like putting on your contacts or doing your makeup; anything that you’d need to hold your bangs or front layers back for, really.

The Dariya pads are $4.99 for a pack of two (reg $7.99) through AJHairPad.com, who were kind enough to send these in. Each piece is 6.5x10cm, and features little bristle-like hairs: unlike velcro, there aren’t hooks and loops, so they slide into and out of your hair with ease (but have just enough hold to stay in while you’re using them). I think they’re probably best for shorter layers or bangs, but they do a more than decent job in my long layers, too.

Win it

The Dariya pads aren’t too costly to begin with, but we do have a pack (in pink) to give away! You have until next Saturday at midnight to get your entries in, and we’ll contact the winner by email during the week of the 27th.

This giveaway is open internationally, and will be opened to comment entries in one week’s time. Good luck!


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I know it’s hard to believe, but I have not in fact died.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

So, I guess I like, went and got really ill and returned to school and started Remicade and blah blah blah, which sort of led to our posting schedule getting shot to hell. (Remember the good old days, when I used to post, like, fifty times in a month?) (… yeah, I don’t remember them too well, either. Everything’s kind of a blur.)

Anyhow. Let’s fix this neglecting thing, yeah? :) Here’s what I’ve been up to.

A tangent about… hair

For starters, I went and put a bunch of black lowlights into my hair. Which is exciting! (Be excited, dammit, it’s exciting.) I mean, you’d assume that my hair would already be pretty black to begin with (what with the being Asian thing and all), but it’s actually quite light – light enough that my natural colour is now functioning as hilights.

(Just how light, exactly? Check out my hair in this postthat’s how light.)

I wasn’t sure about it at first, but now I’m certain: I love it. I love it a ridiculous, ridiculous amount. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner!

A tangent about… closets

And then there was a closet redo. I forgot to take “before” photos, because I’m ridiculous and forgetful, but here’s a quick photo of the “after.” I’ve long been a fan of built-in shelving (it just feels so roomy!) but – well, let’s just say that I’m inordinately pleased with this as well.

(Yes, before you ask, I’m a bit of a clothing minimalist. This is in part due to the fact that I feel uncomfortable about extraneous items, but honestly? It has more to do with the fact that I absolutely abhor shopping.)

A tangent VERY RELEVANT SEGMENT about pretty shoes

One of the things I found while cleaning out my closet was my favourite pair of heels: my “goal shoes,” if you will. One of these days, I’m going to be well enough that I can wear them again, without having to worry about MTP swelling or spinal support or ankle joints.

This is the plan.

It’s going to be fantastic.

And, lastly, late at night:

Hope you’ve all been well!! xxx

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