Wednesday, 18 September 2013

What's In My Travel Bag?! (Hair Care)

Heyy guys!
Today I thought I'd share with you the hair care bits and bobs I recently took with me on my holiday. I went to Cape Verde, which is probably one of my favourite places in the world! I haven't really updated you on my current hair situation, but I have braids again surprise surprise. I didn't really want to have to deal with my hair too much whilst on holiday so I installed braids the week before I flew out. Even though my hair was away, I still needed to look after it and so I packed the above items into my toiletries bag. I think I did pretty well to condense all of my essentials down to what you see above, if I do say so myself. The fact that I only took two full sized products is a record for me. Generally I'm not a light packer, I tend to overpack lol. But I think that having my hair in braids helped free up some suitcase space.
So, I've split my hair care items into four categories: Moisturisers, oils, cleansers and styling.

Moisturisers

As the temperature in Cape Verde tended to be 35°C + I knew that I didn't want to be moisturising my scalp with a heavy, creamy moisturiser, and so I opted for a spray instead. I took my trusty Aloe Vera juice and water mix and the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave in H2 Conditioner. This is a new product I've been using lately which has worked great when I've had my braids in as it's light and doesn't create build up. Not the best on my actual hair when it's out though as I prefer the heavy, creamy stuff. Oh and if you're wondering why mine has a red spray top instead of black, it's because I dropped the original top on the floor the day I purchased it and broke the spring. That'll teach me for leaving it on the edge of the table!

Oils

I could've got away with taking just one oil but the reason I took two was because I was doing the castor oil challenge, so I obviously needed to take that to keep up. (Oh and little update- I've decided to redo my castor oil challenge as I sorta flopped this time around and wasn't fully committed to it. So I started afresh on 1st Sept and will apply three times a week until 1st December. Wish me luck!) Anyway, I was on top of it whilst away but because I wasn't applying it daily I needed something for the remaining days of the week. The oil on the left is a mix of coconut oil and olive oil. My hair absolutely loves this mix! That's with braids and without! And it smells lovely! It actually smells of Nando's carrot cake and cream. I know that's so specific lol but yeah that's what it reminds me of.

Cleansers

I am like a fish in water when I'm away. I absolutely love swimming! I knew that i'd be doing a lot of it so it was essential that I packed my shampoos and conditioner. I took them both in diluted forms and I also packed my dry shampoo, which I previously wasn't that keen on, but I'm currently giving it another chance.

Styling

The styling accessories I took were pretty basic. I brought hair bands and bobby pins to keep all my styles in place. I also took edge control to tame my edges... Turned out to be a waste of time as it melted off during the day lol.
Before venturing out for the day I would spritz my hair with a heat protector for added protection against the sun. I chose the Tresemme Heat Defence Spray. It smells lovely and doesn't dry out my hair.

So as I promised in my last post, here are a few scenic snaps from my holiday :)
LtoR: View from submarine, Neptunus (Submarine), Souvenirs, Mirage in the dessert land, View from submarine (Our rep feeding the fishies), More souvenirs, Evening bbq on beach accompanied by african drumming, The lovely palm treed path to breakfast.

So guys, what's in your travel bag? If you've done a similar post feel free to leave a link.
Take Care.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Attention All List Lovers!

Heyy guys! Remember me? I wouldn't blame you if you didn't lol.
I'm finally back from my holiday, which was amaze! Pics from my trip will follow shortly.

Today I thought I'd let you guys know about this app I've been using for ages now called Wunderlist. If you are a list lover like me then I know this'll be riiight up your street. I am constantly making lists as my memory resembles that of a goldfish at times, and I have to write things down. Just to give you an idea of how bad my memory can be I have walked into a room and totally forgotten what I went in there for. 'Not really painting myself in the best light, but I know I'm not the only person this has happened to lol. Anyway, I find that making lists (in partic. my daily to-do lists) keeps me a lot more organised and less forgetful. 

With Wunderlist you can create categories for your lists, create lists within lists, set reminders/ alarms for each task by date and time, create sub-tasks and sub-notes for each listed item, and you can cross off each task as you complete it (my fave part). I love the sense of achievement it gives when you know you're closer to/have completed all your to-do's. 
So the main reason I thought i'd share this app was because it may benefit those on hair care 'journeys'. You could set reminders for important hair care tasks such as when you're due your next relaxer. You could also set schedules for things such as your next hair trim, when to use heat on your hair, when to do your next length check, and the list goes on. Terrible pun, Rebecca.
As you can see I use mine to keep all hair related stuff in. I have all the dates of my hair milestones and anniversaries, details of my next protective styles and my shopping list to take along with me when I go to the hair shop (beauty supply store). As well as that I also use the app for other things non- hair related. I make my other shopping lists on there and as you can see I need more hair products than food lol. I type out any blogging ideas I get on the go and any important event details or reminders.

So I should mention now that I am not affiliated with Wunderlist at all, just simply wanted to share one of my favourite apps. You can get it free from the app store of your smartphone and you can also access it on your computer.
Check out their website: https://www.wunderlist.com/#/login
Also check out the description and reviews on itunes here.

Have any of you tried this app? Let me know if you decide to download it and feel free to share your thoughts!
Hope you're all well. Take Care

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