Empties Squad|Edition 2

Hey Squad.Hope you guys are keeping well!Welcome to my second edition of empties squad. These posts are where I chat about products that have hit pan and say whether I will repurchase it or not in the future.

product empties

Hand and Nail Product Empties:

I have been very much into nails lately and have been using so much hand and nail products as evidenced here lol.

Maskscara products:

Here we have nail prep products ;

Cleanser(R75) -used to clean oils and dust from your nails after you have filed your nails,you can also use it too wipe the tacky layer from your polygel once cured or if you are using a wipe top coat.

Pr0-10 bond(R120) – used t ohelp the product bond to the natural nail to prevent lifting

Dehydr-8(R120) –  this product is used to dehydrate the natural nail to allow for a nice clean surface to paint on.

These products have been a game changer for me when doing nails. It helps the product too last longer on my nails because it enables me too do proper prep when applying the gel polish to my nails. These are products I will definitively repurchase all the time and  have already repurchased.

African Secret Hand Sanitiser and cuticle oil:

This is no doubt the best hand sanitiser(R50) that I have used. I will be repurchasing, check out my review of this product here. The cuticle oil(R65) is also the best i have used thus far, it comes in a cute roller applicator so it is very hygienic as well

Hand Lotions: 

The pink cosmetics hand lotion was very nice,I got the smaller one in the pink Cosmetics influencer box,but if you purchase it,it will be the 200ml bottle(R145).

Lentheric hand lotion(R50) – the smell is absolutely amazing,when applied the tropical smell follows you all around.

Bionike Proxera(R99) is great for those times when you have extreme dryness and really just need to get that extra hydration to your skin.

Skincare:

Mineraline Vitaserum(R295): This is a very good vitamin C serum ,if you are just starting to introduce serums into your skin care routine.

My Abby Range body oil(R299) – awesome body oil, i specifically like to use it after I have shaved and lotioned to lock in all the moisture

Cosrx snail mucin(R375): You know I love my K-Beauty products, and this product absolutely didn’t dissapoint. I used to use it as a night time serum- I will recommend this for purchase as it does a great job.

skin empties

Have you used any of these products before,share your thoughts with us. If you would like to your thoughts to be shared in our next post ,submit your pic and review to us -via email,facebook messenger or instagram dm and we will feature it for you.

Until Next Time

Peace and Love

Coco

Cerave Brand Review

Cerave

Hi Guys. Last year August one of our group members headed to Vegas(thanks Jolene)and generously offered to buy me some skincare.I will be forever grateful to her walking in the middle of the night to Walgreens to get my fix of the Cerave range.?

What attracted me to Cerave was the hyaluronic acid and ceramides in their products.  There products are fragrance free and affordable. I think I paid just under R1000 for these 4 products and the bottles are huge!

Cerave

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DIY Protein Treatment – Part 2 Rice Water

DIY Protein Mask After

Welcome back squad!I finally had the motivation to post another blogpost,this is part 2 of my rice water treatment /DIY Protein Treatment tests.

Lockdown has zapped all my motivation but today I have a burst of inspiration and looking to put it to good use :)I

If you read my previous post, you will know I was extremely happy with the results. In that test I used the rice water before my wash routine. Now I will take you through my process for this second test. I roped Zoë in as well just so that you can see the results on 2 different hair types as well.

Instructions on how I make my rice water is also in the previous post linked above. Please note my rice water contains some salt which is fine as it helps with volume but too much salt can be drying,fortunately I only do the rice water treatment once per month.

Rice Water Treatment

Lockdown has had both Zoë and myself in a hair funk so let me show you what it looked like before.

 

THE DIY PROTEIN TREATMENT ROUTINE:

This time I shampoo’d using my Intrinsicurly me gentle cleanser and then saturated our hair in the rice water and immediately applied the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Deep conditioning treatment to our hair, we then covered it with cling wrap and wrapped in towels for 20 mins.

 

 

THE RESULTS:

I have seen some growth again, its not as much as the last time but more than the normal 1cm per month. My hair is so shiny and defined after I do my protein treatment and I got the same results again this time. My hair was not as crunchy after as previously.

DIY Protein mask
APRIL 2020

I prefer the outcome of the previous routine much more than the way it came out this time, but my hair is looking so good since I have introduced the protein masks into my routine.

MARCH 2020

 

I have 2 more tests to do before I can give my final thoughts on the rice water, but I am absolutely loving it. Have you tried the DIY Protein Treatment yet?

DIY Protein Mask After DIY Protein Mask after

 

Intrinsicurly Me is currently having a 12% discount on their products,so if you would like to purchase any products from them you can click here

 

Until Next Time

Peace and Love

Coco

*we receive a small remuneration for all purchases made via the intrinsicurly me beauty squad link

 

Rice Water Treatment: Round 1, visible hair growth in under 2 weeks, can this be true?

Rice Water Treatment Growth Comparison

The past few weeks the rice water treatment/rinse has been doing the rounds on social media. I have been very vocal when it comes to the fact that nothing can make your hair grow, except strong healthy hair.

You will often hear people say that their hair doesn’t grow fast or their hair isn’t growing at all, but that is simply not true. Hair generally grows about 1-1.5cm per month regardless of health or hair type. Due to damage to our hair it tends to break off or split and then we have to cut more off regularly and thus we don’t get to see any growth. Your hair can be damaged in many different ways eg;

  • Heat Damage (excessive heat from hairdryers or flat irons)
  • Chemical Damage( straightener,relaxers and hair dyes)
  • Products with harsh ingredients

So, this brings me back to what I believe, if you are using good quality products with gentle ingredients, limiting heat exposure and chemical treatments/hair dyes, your hair will be healthy and strong therefore it wont be breaking and then you will actually be seeing the growth.

As you guys know I did a big chop last year October and immediately started using my Intrinsicurly me products.I then had a trim in January, I noticed that I then needed to add some protein to my hair routine and thoughts what better time to usher in this rice treatment than when my hair needs protein the most.

HOW I MADE MY RICE WATER TREATMENT:

There are many different ways to make this rice water treatment all of which I will be trying in my next for experiments.

For this round however, all I did was take the left over water from the pot when straining the rice after I cooked it, put it in a jar and then placed it in a dark cupboard for about 30 mins.

HOW I USED IT:

I used my rice water as a treatment/pre-poo, so I applied it to my hair and then covered it with plastic and then a towel to generate some heat so that it can soak into the cuticle very well. I left it on for about 25 min and then rinsed it out.I then continued with my normal routine of cleanse, conditioner and curl creme.

Here are some pics of before:

before rice water treatment

IMMEDIATE RESULTS:

When I rinsed off the rice water treatment, my hair immediately clumped!This got me super excited because that means stunning spirals. My curls super defined but my hair was a bit crunchy for the first day or two, it could mean that it was a bit too much protein for my hair and that I would need to dilute it a bit more for future treatments. I will however only dilute it once I am done with my testing.

My first wash day after, the shedding of my hair was also significantly less than usual.

Rice Water Treatment: Immediate results

 

SO?WAS THERE GROWTH  FROM USING RICE WATER TREATMENT:

So, I have to admit. I was super impressed with the results. I still don’t believe that anything can make your hair grow but daaaaamn, it definitely grew just under 2 cm in under 2 weeks… here are some sides by sides from before I did it and 10 days later.

rice water treatment before and after wer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see that the curl is much more defined and hair is longer

 

 

 

 

Rice Water Treatment side view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair is curlier and more voluminous

 

The shape/style it was cut in is also more visible too

CONCLUSION:

I’m very happy with the results of this treatment. It’s the first time I have done a protein treatment on my natural journey, so I am not able to compare it to a store bought treatment. Which protein treatment do you use? It’s budget friendly because you can find it in your kitchen cupboard or pantry.

I noticed that my hair seems to be protein sensitive so I will be doing the treatment once per month only.My next round I will do round about the 6th of April.

If there is anything more you would like to know, please let me know in the comments and I will try to answer them in my next post.

 

Until Next Time

Peace and Love

Coco