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And The Winner Is …

As some of you may know, we announced a contest on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. When we reached 600 subscribers we were going to give away a prize pack. We reached our goal fairly quickly. When we rolled over to 600, I went to Random.org. It’s a website that will pick a random number for you That number was 560. The 560th subscriber was Jacque Stanford. We sent out an email and got a response from Jacque about where to mail the prize packet. This will be going out in the next day or so:

Jergens Natural Glow, Ceravae Hydrating Cleanser,The Skirt Girl Super Lotion, EoS Lip Balm, Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo

Jergens Natural Glow, Ceravae Hydrating Cleanser,The Skirt Girl Super Lotion, EoS Lip Balm, Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo

These are some of my favorite items from past blogs, Favorites,, Suddenly Sensitive Skin, Adventures in Hair Care Products.  And I also enclosed a repurposed ketchup bottle filled with The Skirt Girl Super Lotion.  My mother even made a cute, little label to go on the front of it.  You know…that’s what moms do!

We were having so much fun with this giveaway, that we decided we would do another soon.  When we reached 500,000 views that would be a number to celebrate.  A milestone.  When we started the 600 subscriber contest we were at about 460,000 views or so.  I thought we would get our 600 subscribers and have a couple of weeks to gear up and push the half million contest.  But only a couple of days after we reached 600 subscribers, and before Jacque had even responded to our email, this happened:

504,211

504,211

 

We burst through the half million mark!  We were all so excited!  At this point, I should tell you who I’m referring to when I say “we.”   I have family and friends who are my cheering section. They have all been so supportive. My best friend, since we were five, has been, not only the cheerleader, but the encourager, adviser and the person to tell me to snap out of it when I don’t know what to do next. She’s the one who says “yes you can” when I’m saying “I can’t.”  When we started talking about doing a giveaway, she said “Let me help!” She has shared and shared and shared on social media. There is no doubt in my mind that the half million viewers would have never happened without her. I have several other friends who have jumped in and offered advise and counsel to me, during this learning process. And whew! I have needed it!

So, you might ask, what is next for The Skirt Girl? Well, my answer would be….a LOT! We are working to streamline the website and make it more user-friendly for you. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m not a web builder. At. All. So, I’m getting a little help…ok …a lot of help. Seriously, I’m being saved! Someone who does know about web building is working on it for me! The Skirt Girl is getting a makeover. But don’t worry, it’s still me! We are going to be having some more giveaways. Maybe when we hit 750,000 in views. Or, perhaps, 1,000 subscribers. And I intend on some surprise giveaways along the way. I’ll be letting you know here, but you can also like The Skirt Girl on Facebook to keep up with daily news and tidbits for fun!

Thank you all so much for commenting on the posts. I love that you do that. I welcome any tips that you have to offer, on any subject that I post. We can learn from each other and make this a better source of information. You have probably figured out that I don’t take myself too seriously. I want to be helpful. I want to give good information but I also want you to have fun when you read The Skirt Girl.  Life is serious. Very serious. So, even if you don’t learn one thing from reading my blog, if you smiled just once, then it’s worth it.

I hope that all of you will stick around. Like The Skirt Girl on Facebook. Share on social media. Subscribe, if you haven’t already, that way you’ll be ready when the next giveaway happens. This is going to be FUN!

 

Subscription Boxes, a Cute Puppy and Hot Pink Metallic Bubble Wrap

I declared 2014 as the year of “trying new stuff.” I tried new and different skin care, beauty, hair care and cosmetics. You can read about some of those products in my blog Suddenly Sensitive Skin or Adventures in Hair Care Products.  I devoted time to finding healthier food alternatives and snack options.  My plan for 2015 is to share with you things that I love or hate, as the case may be.  And to give you tips, recipes and an occasional “heads up” on some things.  One of us needs to try stuff and report back.  So I’m volunteering.  It could save you time, money and headaches.

My first big adventure in “trying new stuff” came in the form of a subscription box.  Have you heard of these?  You subscribe and then once a month they send you various items.  I subscribed to a couple of these boxes in 2014.  I’m going to be fairly brief about the first one. I have no pictures to share because, at the time, I didn’t have a blog. There was no need to document things.  And since I didn’t like it very much….I didn’t keep the subscription long.  It’s called NatureBox.  For $19.95 a month, they send you five “full-sized bags” of healthy snacks.  Supposedly, you can pick from their dozens of snack options. I found that some of the snacks were not available when I tried to choose them and they would send some random replacement. If you wanted them to just surprise you with snacks of their choice they were happy to do that. A friend had ordered NatureBox and she seemed to love it. I decided, since it was food, that I would not pay for a full year but rather do this month by month. When I got my first box there was, indeed, five snacks. Full sized? Well, I guess that is relative, right? The bags ranged from between 4.5 ounces to about 6 ounces. They were filled with things like flavored nuts, granola, grains, rice puffs, cookie and cracker crisps. Each bag said that it held 3-4 servings. The servings were tiny. Microscopic. The snacks were not memorable. They weren’t awful, but come ON! $20 a month? For rice puffs and bird seed? I even wondered about the freshness of some of these products. That being said, the company states that for every box they deliver they provide one meal to feed the hungry. So, if you are looking for a good charitable company, they may be great for that. The snacks are not organic but appear to be non GMO and reasonably nutritious snacks. When I saw the recommended serving size was tiny and the bags were not that big, I knew that I could not be trusted to sit down and eat 3 snack crisps, or 4 rice puffs at a time. So, I broke all the bags open and portioned them out into snack bags. This is a good tip for anyone who has…umm…portion control problems. This is what I do when I go to the grocery store. I break down everything, that might be a portion control issue for me, to serving size. I keep snack sized ziplock bags on hand at all times. It just makes me a little more aware of how much I’m eating. When I broke these NatureBox snacks down to recommended portion sizes…seriously…it was barely enough to get a taste for what the snack was. So my recommendation for the NatureBox…womp womp womp….don’t bother unless you are doing it as a charitable act to feed the hungry. If you like NatureBox and you’ve had a great experience with them, comment! Or if you were disappointed with some part of them report in! I welcome your feedback. The more people who comment the more accurate picture we can get on each product. NatureBox certainly wasn’t HORRIBLE and I’m sure that some others will have had a wonderful experience. I cancelled my subscription, after about 3-4 months. They were good about the cancellation. They didn’t give me a hard time about stopping.

The other box that I subscribed to in 2014 was Ipsy. Ipsy is, basically, a beauty bag. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed questionnaire about what you are interested in. Do you like more skin care, hair care or makeup? Do you like natural colors? Do you like bright colors? Do you wear makeup at all? It gives a whole big ole list of products and you check the ones that you are interested in trying. You can go in and change your answers every month, if you want. And they will adjust your bags. They send you five products in the cutest little makeup bags. Sometimes the products are full-sized, sometimes they are large sample sizes. It’s $10 a month, if you pay for the full year at once. Which, this time, I did. I subscribed in October. I got waitlisted. What? Waitlisted? Who gets waitlisted? What they SAY is that they are so popular and busy that they can’t handle all the orders, so, you have to wait. They don’t charge you until your product ships. Then, after they tell you that you’ve been waitlisted, they tell you that can get off the waitlist if you go into your social media accounts and share the information about Ipsy. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They have a cute little message all set up.  It says something like “Oh…looky I got off the Ipsy waitlist.” Well, it doesn’t say EXACTLY that. But sort of. As I typed that line, I had the most irritating voice in my head saying it. I HATE sharing stuff like that on my Facebook account. But it was about 3am (yes, insomniac) and so….I shared it…and then I deleted it. I know…I know…I feel kinda bad about it but I kinda don’t. It’s not really dishonest to post it and then delete it. Is it?  I believe it’s just a marketing tactic for them. I don’t think that they are so busy that they need to make people wait. It bugged me that they would blackmail people that way. Don’t tease me with cute bags, and product and then WAITLIST ME! From what I saw on social media, people were waiting several months. Anyway, my sneaky little plan worked. I got off the waitlist immediately and I got my first bag in November.

I was so excited when I saw that my first bag was on its way! It felt a little like I was giving myself a present. I’ve gotten it for three months now and I STILL feel that way. They send them out around the middle of the month and they send you an email telling you that it’s shipped. Then, you race to the mailbox everyday and hope that it’s there…even though you know it’s going to take at least 3 days. They send out little teaser messages giving you hints at what might be in your bag. Finally, you go to the mailbox and this is waiting:

Hot Pink Metallic Bubble Wrap

Hot Pink Metallic Bubble Wrap

I am not even kidding you! Hot pink metallic bubble wrap! When I saw that, I knew that this was going to be my favorite day of the month for the next 12 months. I tore into that hot pink metallic bubble wrap envelope. The November theme was sparkle…and there, to my absolute delight, was the cutest, little, sparkly makeup bag ever. I love little bags for my purse, for travel or just for storage.

Ipsy November Sparkle Bag

Ipsy November Sparkle Bag

I loved this little bag, but what about the contents inside? I am very picky. My look is very natural. I don’t wear bright colors. I was a little nervous about the whole “sparkle” theme. But, I thought, the bag is cute and even if there were only a couple of products in the bag that I used, it would be worth $10. I know that no one is going to be 100% sold on every product every time. But I loved the excitement of wondering what I might get. When I opened the bag, this is what I saw:

Delectable Handcream, Tumptu S/B highlighter, NYX Butter Lip Balm, Clarisea Sea Salt Face Exfoliant, Starlooks Eyeliner Pencil in Ultra Olive

Delectable Handcream, Tumptu S/B highlighter, NYX Butter Lip Balm, Clarisea Sea Salt Face Exfoliant, Starlooks Eyeliner Pencil in Ultra Olive

A couple of words about each product without getting too lengthy. Love the hand lotion. It’s not The Skirt Girl Super Lotion but it wasn’t bad. Creamy and a not too overpowering lemon scent. The Temptu S/B hightlighter…meh. It seems fine. It’s a liquid and you put a few drops on your finger tips and it gives you a shiny glow to…whatever you want to glow. My face can be a little on the oily side, so it kinda glows already. I’ve used this a couple of times. It didn’t overpower or make me look like I’d just eaten a pork chop, so it was good. The NYX Butter Lip Balm, seems good. I’ve not used it a lot yet. But, when I have, it has a smooth texture and light scent. It has just a little sheer color in it. It didn’t rock my world but it’s worthy to be put in the bag. The Clarisea Sea Salt is a granulated powder the consistency of …well…sea salt.

Clarisea Sea Salt Solutions Radiant Glow Exfoliant- Face

Clarisea Sea Salt Solutions Radiant Glow Exfoliant- Face

You add it to your favorite cleanser to give it some texture for exfoliation. As I said in Suddenly Sensitive Skin I use and love Ceravae face cleanser. I’ve used the Sea Salt in it a couple of times and it really is a good mild exfoliant.  I wonder if you could just add ACTUAL sea salt to your cleanser? Hmmmm…anybody know? I looked at the Clarisea website and I didn’t see this exact product available. But their products look like they run anywhere from $14 up, depending on what you get and the size. I’m thinking regular Sea Salt is cheaper. But, I’m sure this has stuff in it that regular salt wouldn’t….right?

The last thing out of this bag that I want to talk about is the eyeliner pencil. Probably, the only thing in this bag that I will never use. Ever. I don’t wear eyeliner but if I did I would NOT wear this color.

Star Looks Eyeliner in Ultra Olive

Star Looks Eyeliner in Ultra Olive

I’m sure that for some people’s skin tone this color works.  Someone out there can probably totally rock the olive-green sparkle. But, honestly, even testing it on my arm, it looks like a bruise. And,  in this picture…kinda like a caterpillar landed on my arm.  No, thanks. Overall, though, my first Ipsy bag was a win!

So, December came and I got the email saying it was on its way. I began checking the mailbox religiously, as soon as I got home each day. Finally, there it was. That fabulous pink metallic bubble wrap envelope! Yaay! This time I got this lovely, little, black, satin bag filled with these five products:

Ipsy December: Bumble & Bumble Straight Blow dry, Cailyn eye polish in Orchid, J Cat Wonder Lip in Mad Splatter, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 mascara and Crown Infinity duet brush

Ipsy December: Bumble & Bumble Straight Blow dry, Cailyn eye polish in Orchid, J Cat Wonder Lip in Mad Splatter, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 mascara and Crown Infinity duet brush

As you can see I haven’t used any of these products yet. It wasn’t as good a fit for me as my November bag, but still….I love it. Maybe one day I’ll have an Ipsy bag giveaway. Hmmm….What do you think? Cute bag and any untouched or unopened Ipsy products! I don’t know…maybe not.

The final bag came just a couple of days ago. Still loved taking that pink metallic bubble wrap from the mailbox!! January looked like this:

Ispy January: Pacifica Natural Beauty Shadow in Treasure, Hikari Mechanical Eyeliner pencil in Storm, Manna Kadar Sheer glow, Eco Beauty Good Day Moisturizer and Malin & Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

Ispy January: Pacifica Natural Beauty Shadow in Treasure, Hikari Mechanical Eyeliner pencil in Storm, Manna Kadar Sheer glow, Eco Beauty Good Day Moisturizer and Malin & Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

You can’t see in this picture,  but the bag on one side is blue, the other side is white and it has an orange zipper. It’s about the size of the November bag. I only got this two days ago, so I haven’t really tested any of the products in it either. I did use a bit of the moisturizer on my hands. It made them soft and  silky and it had a very faint, light, cucumberish smell.  Five minutes later I put on The Skirt Girl Super Lotion because my hands felt dry. I’m so spoiled. Nothing ever measures up to my lotion. I also slapped on some of the lip balm. So far so good with it. My lips feel moisturized and buttery. I like the texture. It’s not sticky or heavy. And there is no scent or burn, even though my lips are a little chapped right now. I’ve had it on for several hours now and it’s long wearing.  My lips still feel soft and smooth. It might be a keeper.

Overall, I would recommend the Ipsy bag, just for fun. It feels like a little gift to myself each month. And even though I gave it, I still get to be surprised! It’s the little things in life that make me happy. Even if I hate the product, I got to try something new. I get a cute little bag and that pink metallic bubble wrap in my mailbox can sure make my day a little brighter. Well, worth $10 a month!

The last subscription box that I want to talk about is BarkBox. I am not subscriber. Goldie would love for me to do this, but she already thinks that anything that comes into the house, in a plastic grocery bag, has something in it for her. But I do have a very good friend who has been subscribed to BarkBox for over a year. She has a sweet Schnauzer named Willie Nelson and he adores his BarkBox.

Willie Nelson loves his BarkBox

Willie Nelson loves his BarkBox

So, according to Willie Nelson’s mom, here’s the scoop on BarkBox. It is $19 per box, if you do a one year subscription. You can do a shorter amount of time for $21 per box. A portion of the proceeds for each box goes to the animal shelter of your choice. I like that they give and I like that they let you choose the shelter. I have many friends that are involved with shelters and who foster dogs waiting for placement.  So, I hear firsthand the plight of animal shelters.  It’s a charity that is close to my heart.

Willie Nelson loves when the box comes in. He gets super excited. His mom always wants to take a picture but he just wants to hurry and get it open.

Willie Nelson opening his BarkBox

Willie Nelson opening his BarkBox.

There are usually two toys, a bully stick and two bags of dog treats in each box. When you subscribe, you fill out a questionnaire about your dog, so that they send the appropriate sized toys and treats.

Willie Nexon with all his BarkBox stuff!

Willie Nelson with all this BarkBox stuff!

My friend said that everything that Willie Nelson has gotten from BarkBox has been made in the USA. She was very impressed with the company because, in one of the boxes, the toys seemed of very poor quality.  So that is what she told them on their monthly survey. They emailed her back, immediately, asking her about Willie’s favorites. They sent three replacement toys that he absolutely loved! So, I’d say that Willie Nelson gives BarkBox two paws up!

This is my experience with subscription boxes. I think they are a great way to experience new products that you might not, otherwise, be exposed to. Unless you are pretty sure that you are going to like something about the box, I wouldn’t recommend paying for a full year’s subscription in advance. I did that with Ispy and I don’t think that is a choice that I’ll regret But if I’d been stuck for a year with NatureBox, I would have been unhappy…and kinda hungry. Have any of you had experiences with these or any other subscription boxes? Please share in the comments section. We all want to know the good, the bad and the ugly.

For the record, I do not have any affiliation with any of the products mentioned in this blog. I paid for my subscriptions myself.  And Willie Nelson’s mom paid for his subscription.  These are just my opinions and my experiences.  And…well.. Willie Nelson’s.

Thanks again for reading the blog. I love hearing from you all, so comment and let me know what you are thinking! Don’t forget to subscribe, if you haven’t already. In case you haven’t heard, we have a giveaway coming up, when we reach 600 subscribers. As of this writing, we were at 589. I expect to be mailing some goodies off to one lucky subscriber this week! I’ll announce the winner on the blog, and on The Skirt Girl Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

If you enjoyed this blog you might also enjoy The Skirt Girl’s Green Smoothie or Favorites.

Adventures in Hair Care Products

Life is ever changing.  We have to adapt.  We have to be willing to make necessary changes in order to grow.  Right?  My career, what I do 40 hours a week to keep Goldie in doggie kibble, is all about change.  I never get too attached to a process, policy, law or procedure because it will change.  Quickly.  In my personal life, I am the queen of routine.  I find something that works for me and I stick with it.  My furniture has pretty much been in the same place since I moved into this house.  I do the exact same thing every night, before I go to bed.  I get up at the same time every morning. I get dressed in the same order every morning.  I take the same route to work everyday.  In my blog Suddenly Sensitve Skin I talk about how I decided to change things around with skincare.  I’d used the same skincare products for years and years.  But, as I aged, my skin had changed and I knew that I had to make some changes with my skincare routine.  Let’s face it.  What works in your 20’s for your face does not work in your 40’s.  Change!  Scary for skincare, right?  Guess what?  Your hair changes too.  I know. I know.  You young’uns probably did not want to hear that but it is true.  My hair is so different now than it was in my 20’s that it’s like it came out of a different head!  I know that this blog started out all philosophical and you probably thought that I was about to go somewhere super deep.  And, maybe it’s not deep, but your hair is important.  I’m going to talk to you about the changes that occurred with my locks over the years, what I have done to adapt my routine and the products that I am using currently that I think are working for me.

First a bit of background. My whole life my hair has been long and classified as oily.  I was an every morning shampooer.  I have never been one to use a lot of product.  My hair product list consisted of shampoo that had conditioner in it, a dot of gel in wet hair before styling and a few pumps of non aerosol hairspray.  Eventually, I even dumped the gel and the only thing that I was using was shampoo and hairspray.  That’s what I had done for years.  Pantene.  It had always worked just fine for me.  Then, it happened.  The hair change.   Suddenly, the texture was quite different.  It was not as thick.  Downright thin, even.  Brittle.  It was dull.  Frizzy.  I knew it was time to do a product search.

I started with shampoo.  A friend recommended this shampoo that she had gotten from QVC.  She said it was different from anything she had ever used and she loved it.  At this time, I’d not heard of it.  Now, it is all over late night infomercials on TV and you can even buy it at Sephora.  Wen Cleansing Conditioner.  She brought me a bottle to try.

Wen Cleansing Conditioner

Wen Cleansing Conditioner

If you have seen the infomercials on this product you probably know that it is not a normal shampoo. It is a “cleansing conditioner.” That is a pretty accurate name for it. When you pump it out in your hand, you are going to notice that it feels like conditioner. When you goop it on your hair, you are going to be weirded out by the fact that it does not lather. At. All. I pumped a few pumps in my hand and slathered it on while in the shower. As you work it through, your hair feels like silk. You are supposed to leave it in a for a few minutes before you rinse. So I kept a clip in the shower. I’d clip it up after I got it on my hair, and then continue with my showering routine. When I was ready to get out I rinsed and I rinsed and I rinsed. I wanted to make sure that all this product was out of my hair. It felt all wrong to have no lather.  It all just felt weird.  As I combed through my wet hair, there were practically no tangles.  When I dried and styled, my hair was soft and smooth and shiny.  My boyfriend even noticed.  So, I thought, this is a winner!   I will never use anything but this stuff!  Then….the let down.  My hair looked fabulous for about a week or two.  After that, it started to feel oily faster.  It was so silky it wouldn’t hold a curl.  It had no body to it at all.  And my hair is typically full of body and is naturally wavy.  So, I realized, this is not a miracle product.  It is a great thing to use occasionally.  But not great for daily use or regular shampooing.  It is also expensive, for daily use. Very expensive.  You have to use a lot.  Several pumps. At Sephora, $32 for a 16 ounce bottle.  Ouch! You can get it through the Wen website for $29.95, with free shipping and handling on the first order. But they are going to make you enroll in auto-ship.  The website says they will send you an “extra large supply” every 3 months after the first order. They do not say the number of ounces of the “extra large supply” only that they start adding $8.99 in shipping and handling after the first month.  I’ve mentioned before my loathing of auto-ship.  It is an underhanded way to make you order more product and get you locked into something, most of the time.  If you don’t mind the $32 and you are desperate to try something that might help your hair, go to Sephora and buy a bottle.  It could help.  You might fall in love.  Or, it might be good as an occasional treatment. Or you might hate it and use it only for the dog.

So, when things didn’t work out with me and Wen, I went back to my Pantene and I just added the separate Pantene conditioner to the shampoo.   Last year, I started having a lot more thinning and it was a lot dryer.  I stopped washing every day and became an every other day girl.  I started my quest again to find something…a shampoo, a conditioner, a spray, a gel….something.  IF you are reading my blogs regularly then you have probably figured out that I love Walgreen’s.  I could spend hours there browsing.  I love drugstore products.  Skincare, haircare, cosmetics…I just love looking at all the things that I could try.  Ok.  I don’t just look.  I buy.  And one day, this shampoo and conditioner caught my eye:

 

OGX thick & full biotin and collagen shampoo and anti-breakage keratin oil conditioner

OGX thick & full biotin and collagen shampoo and anti-breakage keratin oil conditioner

OGX Beauty Pure & Simple is a brand that has been around for a while, I guess. It says on the back of the bottle “formerly Organix Beauty Pure & Simple.” Like “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.” Weird. Biotin, collagen and karatin oil are all supposed to be good for your hair…right? So I decided that, even though I had never heard of this product or brand, I was going to give it a whirl. The shampoo smell was not great but tolerable. Lathered well. Rinsed well. Then, I opened the conditioner, dumped some in my hand and put it on my hair. I was enveloped in what I can only describe as “old man cologne” smell. And it was not just a little “old man cologne.” It was “Grandpa has a hot date” smell. It filled the bathroom. As I dried my hair, the smell did not subside. I mean…it’s a big smell. But I continued on. I liked how my hair felt, I liked how my hair looked. I used it a few times because I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. My hair seemed soft yet it still held a curl. I did have a few people remark that my hair smelled good, so I know that the scent was sticking with me. I just couldn’t take it. I had to stop with the conditioner. I continued to use the shampoo and reverted back to my Pantene conditioner. When the shampoo was gone, I went back to Walgreen’s. I remembered that they had many different formulas of this brand. This time I sniffed before I bought. This is what came home with me:

OGX repairing awapuhi ginger conditioner and shampoo

OGX repairing awapuhi ginger conditioner and shampoo

I should probably tell you that I have no idea what awapuhi is but it smelled nice, both the conditioner and the shampoo. No old man smell here. And as you can see on the bottle of conditioner “50% more FREE.” I’m in!! By the way, at Walgreen’s the shampoo and conditioner costs about $7.49 each for a 13 fl oz bottle. It has an odor but it did not offend or attack me in the shower. I really liked how it lathered and rinsed. My hair feels clean but never loaded with product. I don’t feel the need to use some sort of stripping shampoo with this. My hair was getting healthier as I used it. But I have to be totally honest and tell you that at the same time that I started using this shampoo I also started taking these:

Sundown Naturals Prenatal Vitamin & Mineral Formula

Sundown Naturals Prenatal Vitamin & Mineral Formula

WAIT!! PLEASE KEEP READING! I am not pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant nor will I ever be. I just want to make that clear. But, I saw a friend that I had not seen in a month or so and her hair looked beautiful. It seemed to have grown a foot since I’d seen her last. Well, not really a foot. But it was very definitely longer, shinier and more healthy looking. I told her as much. She said that she had been taking prenatal vitamins, and then, immediately, informed me that she was not pregnant. She said that they had done wonders for her skin and nails within a couple of months. That was all she needed to say. I went to the drugstore and tried to sneak out without anyone seeing that I had these in my shopping cart. I live in a small town and that is how rumors start! The texture of my hair has changed, yet again. It is softer, fuller, shinier and I am having less go down the drain during my shampoos. I’ve been taking these since the end of summer and only in the last month or so am I noticing a huge difference in my hair. I have still not seen any improvement in my nails but here’s hoping that change is a-coming! As always, you should check with your doctor before you start or change your vitamins. And when a medical professional asks you what medications you are taking, include these. It’s just a good idea.

So that is what I’m using as far as regular shampooing but I do have another product to talk to you about today. Dry shampoo. Have you used this stuff? I had never. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I’d always thought of dry shampoo as something … well….weird. But, these days, all the YouTube beauty and hair gurus are talking about it. It can bring life back to your hair in between shampoos. But the thing that had my attention was giving your hair texture, to help with volume and styling. I looked at some brands in Sephora but I just couldn’t commit, at the time. Once again, I was in Walgreens and I saw this:

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing dry Shampoo

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing dry Shampoo

It was $5.79 for this 7 oz aerosol can. So, yet another Walgreen’s impulse buy. I had no intel on this brand. I didn’t use it for a while because, frankly, it scared me a little. Finally, I did it. First, I used it as it was intended. To…umm…refresh my hair. Now, we all know that is a sweet way of saying my hair was dirty and I overslept. So, I sprayed a couple of spritzes. Conservatively at first. Then I became bold. The directions say to spray generously at the roots and through out hair and brush through to diffuse the powder. It really did, absorb any oiliness around my scalp, It seemed to give me great volume. My hair really did look…well…refreshed…if not clean. It lasted throughout the day. Oddly, what I did like about it was the same as what I didn’t like about it. My hair felt…well…dry. It dried the oil, but it also made my hair look dry. It took the shine out along with the oil. I have since used it on clean hair to volumize. I used it sparingly on the underside of my hair, to give it some lift. You know, as a southern woman, I like a little height to my hair. Overall, I like having the option of a dry shampoo, when it’s necessary. It is not something that I care to use often. However, this brand is the only brand that I have experienced. Is there a brand that you use? What has been your experience with dry shampoos. Please comment. I’d like to know more about this!

The last thing that I’m going to discuss has absolutely nothing to do with hair products or hair care. It’s just something that I can’t do a whole blog about but I wanted to share with you. In my Skirt Girl Super Lotion and in Suddenly Sensitive Skin  blogs we discussed Vitamin E cream and oil. I use both in my lotion. And, at night, I put vitamin E oil around my eyes. Many of you have made comments in those blogs about Vitamin E and how you use it and many other things. I have loved hearing from you. I wanted to share something that happened to me last week. We’ve had several days of cold and windy weather here. I felt like my lips were getting chapped. In Favorites I talked about my EOS lip balm. I love it. But something wasn’t right. I woke up on the second day of 2015 with what was the beginning of a fever blister. I have never had a fever blister in my life. It was just a dot on my lower lip that felt dry chapped and tingly, but it was definitely becoming a fever blister. Never having had one before I had nothing in the house to treat it with other than my EOS lip balm. But on a whim, I decided to put some of the Vitamin E oil on my lips. I kept applying that over the EOS all day and then right before going to sleep that night. I am not even kidding when I say that when I woke up the next morning that dot on my lip was almost gone. The tingly feeling I had was totally gone. My lips still felt chapped but what was, the day before, definitely the beginning of a fever blister, you could barely see. I just had to share this with you. I don’t know that it will work for everyone, but it sure worked for me.

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