I’m Currently Digging These 3 Haircare Products

Friday April 26, 2013 | Product Reviews

Hello my loves! So I’ve got a closet that overfloweth with beauty products and I know that I’m really behind on writing my reviews on them.

And since I’ve got a lot on my plate this weekend and with an upcoming road trip next week to Amsterdaaaam!!! (oh yeah!!) I’m going to have to keep this one as short as possible! (I can hear some of you cheering to that…)

But I really do wish I could give each one an in-depth review because they’re all so wonderful!

So today, we are going to have a quick look at…

My Haircare Routine

1) Aroma Zone’s Base Lavante
2) Beliflore’s Restructurizing Hair Mask
3) Phyto’s Secret de Nuit

Aroma Zone Base Lavante

AROMA ZONE BASE LAVANTE

The literal translation of Base Lavante is Basic Washing. This is a ph neutral, stripped down cleansing formula.

You can use this to wash your hair, your face and your body. This formula is so basic that you could use it as a base to create your own shampoo or bodywash formulas.

I alternate between this base lavante and my regular shampoo. Because this is such a basic and gentle cleanser, using this as a substitute for regular shampoo helps reduce product build-up in my hair.

There’s nothing in here to moisturize, strengthen or repair hair. It just gently and effectively cleanses. Which is sometimes all I want out of a shampoo.

I discovered the Aroma Zone Base Lavante through the recommendation of a french haircare blogger Edelweiss Haircare.

It’s composed from organically sourced plant ingredients. I bought a 250ml bottle for 4.5€. And you can buy up to 2.5 liters (that’s A LOT) of this stuff for less than 30€. Not too bad, I’d say.

Beliflor Restructurizing Hair Mask

BELIFLOR RESTRUCTURIZING HAIR MASK

This is an incredibly moisturizing hair mask for dry, brittle hair.

It’s made with bamboo extract and ceramide, though it lists a lot of other ingredients before you even get to the bamboo part. I wish I had time to delve into each ingredient. But…

For now, I’ll just say that this mask smells wonderful and does a great job of moisturizing and keeping my hair soft and shiny.

I use this mask twice a week. The only annoying part is that you have to leave it in for at least 10 minutes. So in between the shampoo and the final rinse, I find myself sitting around wearing a shower cap and waiting for the mask to set in while my dry skin becomes uncomfortably dry.

I bought this mask from my hairdresser, who used it on my hair the last time I went to get my hair cut. He sold it to me very persuasively at 17€ for the jar. And then later of course, I found it in a natural foods store for 12€.

*Slaps forehead* Never buy products from your hairdresser!

Phyto Secret de Nuit

PHYTO SECRET DE NUIT

This is the star haircare product in my cabinet.

Phyto’s “Secret of the Night” received Votre Beauté magazine’s 2013 Gold Medal Award (alongside the Kiehl’s Magic Elixir which I still use and love)!

This is a leave-in treatment that works to hydrate and regenerate your hair at night while you sleep.

I’m not sure why sleep is a prerequisite for this to work… hmm, methinks that’s just another marketing ploy. But nevertheless!

I do prefer to use this at night and wake up in the morning with really soft and well-bodied locks. 

Actually will someone please explain to me what people are talking about when they say hair has a lot of “body” ? Because in this context, when I say that this product gives my hair a lot of “body,” I mean that it helps define and shape the natural waves of my hair. But I could be wrong, maybe that’s not what people mean when they say hair has a lot of “body.”

Anyway, I use this product twice a week. You can find it in many french pharmacies. Although Phyto isn’t an organic brand, their products have a high content of plant-derived ingredients.

Also, I need to mention that this is a really pricey product! One 75ml bottle costs me 27€. So you have to be efficient at using this. The best way to apply this is to use a wide-toothed plastic comb to distribute the cream throughout your hair.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

So these are some of the hair care products that I’ve currently been helping myself to.

I’m curious to know from my readers if you’ve found a basic cleansing formula that’s the equivalent of the Base Lavante. I think this one deserves to be a staple in my haircare routine.

As for the Beliflore mask and the Phyto treatment, they both work very well at moisturizing my hair and keeping it soft. And I love them for it.

But I’m going to be on the lookout for alternatives. Hopefully ones that are a little easier on my budget.

What about you? What are your haircare staples and magical hair treatments?

I Spy Beauty – My Beauty Shopping List

Friday March 1, 2013 | Beauty

March already! And this is my beauty shopping list for this month. Ok, you’re right.

This is probably more like a wish list…

I Spy Beauty - My Beauty Shopping List

First up on the list are two skin care products by Mad Hippie. A brand whose name made me jump up and say “Hey, I’m a Mad Hippie!” You’d think that this little infatuation of mine is nothing but branding and marketing. You would think that. But no. It’s not just about the name which stirs something in every secret hippies’ hearts. These skin care products are serious. And they are packed with crazy amazing ingredients.

The next pair on the list is a makeup stipling brush by Makeup Geek and a makeup highlighter by Benefit Cosmetics. If you know me, then you know that I am still feeling my way around when it comes to makeup. I’ve really been eager to play around with highlighting and contouring.  But these two products can be easily replaced if I can find a better alternative for them.

Next up is Secret de Nuit by Phyto. This is a hair serum that you leave on overnight. It’s supposed to moisturize and regenerate your hair fibre in order to leave the hair feeling very soft. I am really looking forward to trying this one.

I think I am just into any product that has the word Magic in it. Egyptian Magic‘s All Purpose Skin Cream is one of those cult beauty products that I’m so curious to try. And just as it says, you can use it to moisturize anything. The skin on your face, your eyes, your lips, your hair, your nails. From what I’ve read, this is actually more like a balm than a cream. And the ingredients list is so basic: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Honey, Propolis, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly.

Now my questions for you are:
1) Have you tried any of these products?
2) Do you have suggestions for better alternatives?
3) What is your beauty shopping list like for this month?