Dry hair solutions

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Guys, it’s full blown winter here. I snooze my alarm at least twice in the mornings just to lie in bed a teensy bit longer before getting up, making coffee and getting ready for work. I hate getting out the shower or bath since it’s even colder then and my skin is even drier than usual.

But it’s not just my skin that is complaining about the dry icy cold, it’s my wavy colour treated hair as well.

I have quite a difficult hair texture to deal with. It’s thick, wavy, a bit coarse to the touch, has a frizzy element to it and also has a mind of its own. I wash it once a week (my hairdresser’s recommendation) and I spray dry shampoo on the roots in between washes to keep it from becoming an oily mess.

Not washing it that often and not using any heat treatment on it has helped a lot, but it hasn’t kept my winter woes at bay.

Normally I use silver shampoo but I’ve discovered an amazing new shampoo that I use during the winter and I promise you I’ve never looked back. If you have wavy or curly hair, it makes your curls softer yet more defined and it quenches thirsty hair quite a bit.

Another plus is that it’s paraben and sulphate free. WOOHOO!

The downside, it’s pricey.

I’ve had my bottle Hask Macadamia Oil shampoo for a while and if I remember correctly it goes for about R110 a pop at Clicks. I haven’t purchased the conditioner yet since I make use of my silver shampoo’s conditioner to keep my blonde ends from going brassy.

Here what I do to my hair after working up a lather, rinsing and repeating:

  • I let my hair air dry or if it’s particularly freezing, I walk around with a towel on my head until my hair is damp
  • I work about 3 drops of TreSemme’s hair oil into my strands and leave it
  • When my hair’s almost completely dry, I gently comb it through with my bamboo comb from The Body Shop.

And voila!

My hair is soft and shiny.

Do you have any holy grail hair products?

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XO Carina

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Granny hair, don’t care

Through the past few years we’ve seen some really cool and bizarre hair trends like sombre, ombre, mermaid hair, platinum blonde and now quite literally granny hair.

Personally, I love it, but I can just hear my dad asking me where my grandchildren are and it would seem that all the models sporting this look are quite tanned, which I’m definitely not even if I try.

So what do you think? Love it or hate it?

XO Carina

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Stocking stuffer ideas: For her

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A few days ago I did a stocking stuffer ideas for him post, which you guys seemed to really like so here we have exhibit B, stocking stuffer ideas for her!

Personally, I find it much easier to buy gifts for girls, because something like strawberry and vanilla cinnamon scented Bath and Body Works shower gel might be completely lost on a guy, but a girl friend will love it and that is why this post is crammed full of more ideas.

Let’s begin!

Travel size perfume

You can go for a standard size perfume bottle as well, but if you’re planning on stuffing a stocking to the brim, rather go with mini bottles. They’re adorable!

Eos lipbalms

Yes I’m obsessed, but for good reason. How sweet will a couple of those in fun colours be in a stocking?

Jewelry

Unless it’s an engagement ring, you can never go wrong with giving a girl jewelry for Christmas. Personally, I really love those infinity rings. Mr. S gave me one for our anniversary and I wear it every single day. See? It’s a win!

Too Faced Melted lipstick

I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. I’ve heard great things about it and if the girl you’re giving a gift to is a make up junkie, she’s sure to love getting make up.

Phone covers

I love phone covers. I only own one, because to be honest, you don’t really need more, but the covers that come in cute shapes are very hard to resist. I mean if I saw that popcorn one, I would definitely buy it. No questions asked.

Hair accessories

With it being the festive season and all, you can’t go wrong with a sparkly hair accessory.

Chocolate

‘Tis the season to be jolly and eat a lot of chocolate so give in to temptation…

Nail polish

Easy to find, easy to purchase and easy to fit in a stocking. ‘Nuff said.

Lush Santa lip scrub

This lasts forever and is a bit of Christmas in a jar for the rest of the year.

Scarves

If you’re celebrating Christmas in a cold part of the world, scarves make perfect gifts. Where I live it’s hot as hell this time of year, but when it does start getting nippy (basically April or May) a scarf will come in handy.

Snow globes

You get huge ones, but a smaller one will be perfect. If it’s Christmas or Disney themed? Even better. Just make sure you wrap it in a bit of bubble wrap so that it doesn’t break easily and make a mess.

Cute Christmas ornaments

It’s Christmas after all, why not get a cute extra ornament to hang on your tree?

XO Carina

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Poll time! Help me pick a new hair colour!

I’ve had my hair ombre´d for almost two years now and I think it’s time for a bit of a change.

The only problem is I can’t decide which way I want to go. I love auburn hair, but I also really love white blonde hair.

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So help me make a decision below:

Thank you for voting!

Xoxo Carina

Terrific tips: Bridesmaid dress fittings

So as you probably know by now, I’m going to A LOT of weddings this year and one early next year.

One of my dearest friends is getting married the 17th of October and I’m a bridesmaid.

Next week Tuesday I have to go for my first fitting. I am quite nervous about it as I don’t really know what to expect since this is the first time I’m a bridesmaid where my dress actually was tailor-made, and not bought. I did some Google-ing and decided that these are the best tips or things you need to know if you’re in the same boat as I am:

Don’t go for a fitting directly after a workout

You haven’t even worn the dress properly so don’t get it dirty, and dry cleaning ain’t cheap.

Buy your undergarments before the time and take them with/wear them to the fitting

It’s just easier to see what your dress will look like when you’re wearing the proper undergarments already.

Take your shoes with

It makes adjusting the hem so much easier for the tailor and you’ll get a sneak peak into how everything will look together on the actual day.

If you’re clumsy, ask the tailor to make a long dress slightly shorter

Nobody wants to become a YouTube sensation for tripping and ripping off the bride’s veil…

Tell the tailor if you’re going to change your physical appearance drastically

Meaning a boob job, crazy diet etc. It will obviously affect your measurements and the size of your dress.

If the tailor recommends a change, there’s a reason

Tailors work with fabrics daily and they’ll know what fabrics will work best for certain styles.

Don’t move unless you’re told to

This one is tough for me. I always fidget, but I’m going to have to force myself to stay still so that my dress doesn’t end up looking lob sided.

When the tailor says you can move, do so

Swish around, sit down etc. to see how your dress looks and how you feel wearing it.

Final fitting

Your final fitting should be about two weeks before the big day. In that two weeks, try not to go on an eating binge because you’re the only single one out of your friends or not to go on some crazy fad diet that’ll make you lose 10 kilograms either.

A sneak peak of how I wanted my dress to look:

My dress will be mint, not lavender. Photo: Pinterest

My dress will be mint, not lavender.

And another sneak peak of how I want my hair styled on the day:

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

 

The big day is your friend’s afterall and she chose you to share it with so behave! 😉

Xoxo Carina

South African beauty and fashion trends

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It’s full blown winter and icy cold here. Please note that icy cold to me is 20 degrees and that’s quite warmish for a winter day and I still freeze to death.

I’ve been paying attention to what the girls are currently donning on the streets. No, I don’t mean prozzies, I mean like street style like what my colleagues wear and what girls wear at the mall for example.

Beauty

In general most South African girls are quite chilled and you won’t easily see over the top Barbie doll looks. Most of us seem to be happiest in our flip-flops and cute t-shirts.

So it comes as no surprise then that what I’ve been noticing is a serious no make up, I-woke-up-like-this trend. Not when it comes to hair though, but definitely the make up. Big lashes with lots of coats of mascara, no eye shadow, a teensy bit of blush and nude or clear gloss is the way to go.

Girls seem to be wearing a lot of high ponytails as well. They straighten their hair until it’s pin straight and then throw it back into an effortless, slicked back ponytail. Another hair trend I’ve noticed is having one streak of blue, purple or green in your hair. I’ve also seen a seriously cool pink dip dye, but the most popular colours are blue, green or purple. At least the old ladies have now stopped doing that, because that was just sad.

Fashion

Like I said, it’s winter and still I see morons wearing shorts. Seriously, go home and put on some jeans, and stop wondering why you keep getting a cold! But I digress.

Thick woolly scarves seem to be the in thing. Thinner and lighter ones have taken a backseat although I still wear mine all the time. I just love patterns and bright colours.

With regards to tops, I’ve been seeing a plainer colour palette like lots of black and white. Jeans, especially skinny jeans, are a must and I haven’t been seeing a lot of leggings or tights. For that matter, I haven’t been seeing girls wearing skirts or dresses with tights either. Jerseys/sweaters are always in style during the colder months, but the jerseys aren’t chunky at all.

Pumps and boots have always been the thing to wear in winter. We don’t really get a lot of snow in SA, especially in my neck of the woods, there’s no snow. Just freezing cold winds coming in from the Cape so people still wear pumps in winter. Girls don’t wear sneakers all that much in winter, but the guys do. Any ballet pumps go and the boots are usually up to the knee or slightly lower. You very rarely see people wearing ankle booties.

With regards to accessories, girls wear thicker scarves like I mentioned earlier, but earrings are kept quite simple. No chandelier earrings or anything crazy. No crazy bracelets either.

The overall trend seems to be less is more, which I have to say, is quite refreshing.

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Which trends have you been noticing?

Xoxo Carina

Travel Bunny: DIY leave-in conditioner

As you may know, I’m leaving on a jet plane for Abu Dhabi soon. The climate there is considerably different there than here in South Africa, but it’s not just the climate difference, it’s the cold, dry airplane air as well. Also, I tend to over pack so taking a clunky conditioner bottle and a tub of hair mask with just won’t do.

I came up with an extremely simple way to give your hair protection and moisture that it will need regardless of the weather.

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What you’ll need

Conditioner/ Hair mask or treatment

A teaspoon

A small spritz bottle (preferably one that comes with a cap)

Water

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What you’ll do

Take the spritz bottle and unscrew the top, then fill about half of the bottle with water. You can use luke warm or cold water.

Take a teaspoon and scoop up some of the hair product of your choice. I’m using my L’Oreal Expert Intense Repair Mask so I’ll be scooping mine up. If you’re using standard conditioner then you can obviously just squeeze some product from the bottle.

Put the product in the spritz bottle with the water in and replace the top. Make sure the top is on screwed on tightly and give the bottle a good shake to make sure the water and product mixes properly.

If the water and product didn’t mix properly, unscrew the top again and fill the rest of the bottle up with water.

If you want a formula that’s lighter and won’t weigh your hair down, make sure that the mixture is about 60:40 water to conditioner. If you want a thicker formula, make sure the ratio is about 40:60 conditioner to water. The best would of course be 50:50, but it really depends on which consistency you prefer and how dry your hair feels to you.

I’ve tested this out before and it really helped me. Be aware that you can’t take any fluids with you in hand luggage onto a plane so when you get your luggage, whip it out and spritz away!

Xoxo Carina