Hair

Can we talk about something frivolous for a minute? I realize in the grand scheme of things my hair is not exactly a pressing matter but I need hair help. I need suggestions. I need advice. I need someone to tell me what to do.  

This is my hair: 

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This is also my grumpy morning face.  

My hair is very fine and is also thinning thanks to kids and cancer and wonky hormones. I haven't had it cut in 8ish? months. The last time I had it coloured was April of 2016. 

I have a hair appointment scheduled for Saturday. Normally I would just show up and my amazing stylist would tell me what she was going to do, she'd do it, I'd love it, end of story. But my amazing stylist has left the hair world (SADNESS) and I'm going to someone new. Cue panic.  

I had virgin hair when I started seeing my old stylist so she was able to do my foils using "high lift" (I don't know anything about hair but this excited her). Do I continue highlighting my hair? Do I go darker? Do I chop it all off and start new? Tell me what to do. 

I wear my hair up in a messy bun pretty much every day. I have a lot of postpartum regrowth creating a fuzzy halo around my face and nape of my neck. The regrowth is about 50% grey because bodies are the worst. My hair is wavy and gets curlier the shorter it gets. The picture above is after I blow dried it without product. If I let my hair air dry it's a frizzy, wavy mess. 

I am not adverse to longer, sideswept bangs but my hair can't do blunt bangs. I cannot do a lot of layers or the frizz gets out of control. I am toying with attempting the Curly Girl Method to see what happens (but I'm also so very tired so probably I'll attempt it in 2019).

So! What should I do with this mop? Bonus points for links and pictures.  

LVL Lash Lift and Tint

A few weeks ago, I asked for mascara recommendations on my Facebook page. I use mainly tarte cosmetics, and have used their Gifted mascara for years, but I was looking for a change. A friend suggested I try getting my lashes tinted. 

As fate would have it, one of my favourite bloggers, Janette from Ava to Zoe, posted a review and giveaway for an LVL Lash Lift by Stefania Lash Bar...and I won!

Truth time: I had no idea what an LVL Lash Lift even was. Stefani does LVL Enhance by Nouveau Lashes.

LVL Enhance straightens your natural lashes at the root, creating the appearance of longer, thicker lashes. Plus the added lash tint creates a mascara-style effect, so your lashes are perfect from the moment you wake up. No extensions, no adhesive and no need for mascara!
— https://nouveaulashes.com/lvl-enhance-the-natural-lash-lift

I don't have a lot of time to fuss with my face (understatement!). I like that the lash lift uses my own lashes and after the first 48 hours I have no restrictions or special care instructions. The tint makes it look like I'm wearing mascara, even though my eyes are completely free of makeup. 

Stefani's home studio is cute and artistic, and her table was so comfortable I almost passed out during the hand and arm massage (while your lashes set, she does a hand and arm massage with locally made lotions). The entire process took less than an hour, was completely painless, and there were no harsh smells. The products Stefani uses are vegan and cruelty-free. 

I was a little concerned that I would wake up with irritated eyes this morning but I was pleasantly surprised. When I fall asleep without removing my mascara (BAD, HILLS) I wake up with angry red, itchy eyes so I was expecting something similar this morning. My eyes were totally fine this morning. No pain, no discomfort, no itch, just beautiful lashes that made me look like I'd already spent some time in front of the mirror. I'm thrilled.

So! Who wants to see the magic Stefani performed?

Disclaimer: I won this service in a giveaway so I did not pay for it. I am not required to write, nor am I being compensated for, this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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A Harried Mom's Skin Routine

I don't have much of a skincare routine because I'm fortunate enough to be a natural beaut-haaaaa, sorry, I can't even finish that sentence. I'm fortunate enough to have inherited my mom's skin. My mom has amazing skin. My mom is a natural beauty. And so far, I've been able to float through life without a complicated skincare regimen.

Until now.

Hormones, lack of sleep, anxiety (picking!) and forgoing drinking my usual buckets of water and replacing with coffee have taken a toll on my skin. Not to mention that my current skincare routine looks something like this:

  • Wake up. Shower, if I'm feeling fancy (and the kids allow it). If no shower, splash cold water on my face to wake up.
  • After Poppy's last diaper change of the evening, use a (CLEAN! I'm not an animal) baby wipe to wash my face. After her eczema cream application, smear whatever's left on my hands over my face.

That's it. I truly am that gross.

Funnily enough, my skin has suffered.

I need to make a change before I go from just feeling frumpy to feeling absolutely terrible about myself (true beauty comes from within, I know, but sometimes a gal just wants to look good, okay?). I've cut back on my coffee intake, and replaced it with water, and it feels like a positive start. I need to start taking better care of my skin though, especially as we head into summer and there's a possibility (slim as it may be) the sun will make an appearance.

What's your skincare routine? Do you love specific products? My skin is: sensitive and somewhat dry so moisture is a big concern for me. I also try to keep my products as "healthy" as possible (I use this as a guide when choosing products). I use the kids' sunscreen on my face and body but I think I should probably start using a face-specific one to prevent the pore congestion I notice every summer. What I need is someone to tell me exactly what I should buy and how I should use it. Help?