Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Shower Power Review

*These products were bought with my own money and I was not in anyway sponsored or paid for this review or opinions by any of the companies.*

As you may know, I love Nair's brazilian spa clay wax, so when my cousin Teems told me about the Nair Brazilian Shower Power cream I had to try it. As a rule I don't mess with the hair removal creams because they burn me, don't work well, and stink no matter how much scrubbing I do. But she said it wasn't a bad experience and worked very well for her with little smell. She also had negative experiences with various hair removal creams and I trusted her opinion. I went to Duane Reade to get it because they still have that banging 30% off on the whole Nair Brazilian spa clay line (most locations are running it until the 29th!) I was always a little curious about the shower creams, but skeptical all the same. It is a little more on the expensive side, but in my opinion, after seeing it in action, it's worth it. You don't need to use a lot of product either, so I know this bottle will last a while.

nair shower power
nair shower power

Now I know I said I love the wax and wouldn't give it up for anything, but the caveat to this is that the wax works wonderfully, but only when my hair is long enough. It doesn't catch the hairs as well when they're shorter. And in this heat that we've been having, I can't do that. I don't have the time to dance around with pants and planning my outfits while I'm waiting for my hair to grow long enough to wax. Off to the shower cream we go!

Pros:
- works fast
- easy to use
- no overpowering smell
- smell does not linger
- stays on while in the shower
- pump has a cap to close it

Cons:
- still need a good scrub to wash it all off
- the sponge is not good for application

While the directions were pretty straight forward, I didn't follow them to a T, but the product worked fairly well anyway. I had varying lengths of hair on my arms and legs (gross I know!) and figured this was the best way to test if the cream was going to get all the hairs, even the short stubbly ones. The sponge was pretty useless during application and I thought it unnecessary. It felt like it was swallowing up product and it was messy. After I few swipes I just put it to the side and used my hands. I put a thin layer on my legs and arms with about 4-5 pumps of the product and the bottle barely felt like I touched it. I washed my hands and jumped right in the shower. While you aren't supposed to have the stream of water directly on the cream, it didn't wash completely off when I turned on the water and forgot to angle the shower head away. Oops. I didn't wait long to start wiping it off with the sponge, maybe 2 mins tops (not counting the application time) The sponge definitely is much better for wiping the cream off. The hair came out easily enough, no double wiping necessary. I did need to scrub a little to get the feeling of the hair cream off. It does still feel a little slimy and slick on the skin, even with washing off with soap and water. My legs and arms were hairless. There were a few ingrown hairs that stayed behind, but that was expected. I wasn't entirely smooth when I ran my hand over my legs. There was some stubble in a few areas, but I chalk it up to me doing a thin layer and not waiting long enough. For sure in the future I will make sure to leave it on a minute longer.

Now this product is a hair removal cream, so it doesn't smell like flowers and candy. But it doesn't have the over powering chemical smell that a lot of creams have straight out the bottle. Over time as it sat on my skin it did develop a mild chemical smell, but nothing compared to the original Nair. My bathroom did not smell like a chemical lab, and my shower was free of the Nair residue with no lingering scent. My skin didn't hold on to the smell either, so Nair must be doing something right with the Brazilian spa clay line.

nair shower power
not the best pic, but the cap snapped shut

The pump on the cap is a good addition for storage, but it won't help if you accidentally push down on the pump. Just make sure to clean it off before snapping it shut. Don't want any product drying up and sealing it closed.

You can find the Nair Brazilian spa clay line at local pharmacies (Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Walgreens, CVS, etc), Target/Walmart, most supermarkets, or wherever you buy your beauty supplies from.

Anyone else dare to Nair?

- L

Monday, June 24, 2013

Music Mondays

Even though everyone seems to hate them, this is the first song the Mister ever shared with me. And to this day has remained true. :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Confession: I'm a Shopaholic

And I can't seem to stop. I need a serious intervention. I swear I was doing so well, I was saving and paying bills and then I snapped. It's funny that the less money I made, the better I was doing. Now that I have a salary and I know the money is steady....... It's a different story. I try to rationalize it by saying that if I managed to make it work on such little income before, I have more than enough money to buy what I want. I went long enough without spending on myself that I went batshit crazy. And I just realized how much I screwed up when I looked at my credit card statement. It's time to reign myself in, but I don't think I can do it. I mean don't get me wrong, I'm not neglecting my bills or household duties, but I am neglecting my savings. I have a small rainy day fund, but it won't last too long if I don't keep adding to it. I'm trying to figure out what I spent all my money on and I can't put it on anything tangible. I have so much stuff that I don't need, don't and won't ever wear/use. It's ridiculous. I bought all these shoes, for what? I still only wear the same 3 pairs everyday. I don't wear heels because of my ankle, but I bought some anyway. I said I was over sneakers, but I got those Reebok classics and some Keds anyway. That at home gel kit I bought? Used it 3 times and it's sitting there. I have a drawer full of makeup I don't wear, nail polish I don't use, and countless beauty products I haven't even touched.

But I can't get rid of it. What if I need it in the future? I got rid of so many things in the past that I regretted not keeping. What if I get rid of those hot pink cork heels and then there's some event I need them for? They were only $20, so it's not worth getting rid of. Or those Vince Camuto flats that hurt my feet, but they were on sale. I can't get rid of those. I come up with so many excuses to not give/throw things away. It's also bad because let's keep it 100, this is New York City and even in the other boroughs (since NYC somehow is always synonymous with Manhattan) the apartments are small. I don't live alone either, so I feel terrible that all my stuff is taking over and eating up his share of the space. He hasn't said anything about it, but I know its getting bad. 

In the name of saving money and space, I will join Shopaholics Anonymous. And cut up my credit cards in the process. I have come too far to fall behind.

Anyone else coming to the meetings with me?

- L

Monday, June 17, 2013

To Poo or No Poo?

That is the question. I have been noticing my hair is becoming more lackluster and not all that it can be. And trust me I know I have put my hair through the ringer. I've bleached it, fried it, dyed it, all kinda thangs to it. That Baz Luhrmann song comes to mind - "Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time it's 40, it will look 85." I never understood it until now. ::sigh:: Last year when I hit 25 my whole body changed up on me and my hair the worst. Everything I did and didn't do to it caught up to me. I never really understood how to take care of myself other than shower, shave, wash and condition hair. The bare basics. My mom never taught me about skin/hair types and products. I just used whatever she bought and that was that. Even when I moved out, I didn't give it much thought. I used cheap products, or maybe tried a few things my friends talked about, but didn't keep up with it. Only in the last 2 years or so did I start to learn about my hair and take the time to figure out what works for me and what doesn't. But I'm still learning, and its a process.

Throughout my research, I have come across the "no poo" method several times. I've never given it much thought and skipped over those articles and blog posts. I thought I had it figured out. Stop at home dying and make peace with the fact that I will never be a blonde bombshell or have those caramel locks, no matter how hard I tried (and some of you know, I tried HARD!) I started deep conditioning with a whole range of products from the drug stores and beauty stores. Stopped using heat on my hair, locked up that flat iron. I got into the oils for my hair instead of store bought products. And for awhile I thought I had it down, but then my hair said 'sike! I'm not ready to behave.' So now I am back to square one and looking at "no poo" methods.

But there isn't just one, there are several. My head hurts just thinking about it. Condition only method, Honey only method, ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), baking soda.... The list goes on. I'm sure that's not even all of them. I will admit I am willing to give these all a try in the name of finding the best method for me and my hair. It's dry, frizzy, damaged, and tangles easily. I used to have wavy hair that didn't need product to maintain its shine or create those waves. It just air dried perfectly. Now I struggle to make it look decent when it air dries, its neither straight nor wavy, just puffy.

I mean look at that hair!
I am scared of the transition period, but I'm also afraid of all the chemicals in my shampoos and conditioners. I mean at some point it's almost like everything you use will end up killing you. But that doesn't mean I want to go before my time - if I can help it. So it's a toss up. Can I really wean myself off my chemical filled shampoos and conditioners in lieu of all natural ingredients from my kitchen? I mean they smell so good! Why couldn't I have just been a hippie? I'm going to join the commune in Montana...

Do you use the "no poo" method? Any tips for the transition period? 

- L

Friday, June 14, 2013

Lazy Bones

Yep that pretty much describes me at the moment. For whatever reason I feel like I'm in a slump. I drag myself to work and home with no oomph. But I have also been all over the place as well. I have been trying to do too much (again) and probably have overworked myself. I need to take a break. BUT I am taking 2 mini getaways in July and I cannot wait. :D Since my company is so awesome, I get the 4th and the day after off, so I'll be getting out of NY for the extended weekend. The following weekend is the Mister's birthday weekend! So of course we are doing a little something something. I'm sure this will give me my mojo back. I'm just getting tired of the city, the monotony. And I am a little frustrated with the apartment search amongst other things...

On a more positive note, I am learning more about the natural/organic home beauty treatments. I would like to think if it being more beneficial than lathering chemical laden creams, etc on my face and body. Not to be confused with me being all natural or anything. I still love me some processed foods! But I'm working on that too. Being natural is expensive, and out of my budget at the moment. I'm still switching certain things up and slipping a few organic things in here and there. The most important thing is my face. I'm into the clay masks and raw honey right now. My idea is (I'm sure I've expressed this here before) a clean and properly taken care of face will get rid of the redness and acne and glow on its own. Thus cutting out the need for makeup and lessening the money I spend on beauty stuff. I have already been in love with coconut and jojoba oils for the past few months, so adding a few more organic things to the beauty routine that are more beneficial than the store bought products is not a big deal. I'll probably go more into detail on it later, when I have my routine down. I am replacing a lot of name brands with plain old raw honey and some oils!

- L

Monday, June 10, 2013

Music Mondays

Because I did tell you I was experiencing a more country vibe. And this song just speaks to me.



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Confessions... A New Mini Series?

It's something that popped into my head. Random and various confessions, whether it be about a love you can never have, gross habits, things you know you do but shouldn't, or whatever else you (or I) may want to get off your (my) chest. I think it could work! But I must do research.. Anonymous or Acknowledged - it's up to you. I think it could be great. You could write your own, guest blog!

Maybe I'm being delusional. What do you think?

- L

Monday, June 3, 2013

Music Mondays

I never thought I would admit to this... but I actually like a Taylor Swift song. Ha! I heard it on Pandora and didn't even know it was her. Gotta hand it to her though, she has some catchy tunes...