I have spent a lot of money and time trying to find the best balance when it comes to conditioning my hair because even though it is oily, it tends to dry out fairly easily. It’s a delicate dance I play with chemistry.
I decided to try Motions brand leave in conditioner. It’s under $4 a bottle and can be found in most beauty supply places. I haven’t seen it in stores like Target or Walmart.
Results? I’m not crazy about it at all. My hair feels stiff and straw-like and doesn’t have the shine that I like. There are other products that I like better as a leave in that give my hair life and make it soft, shiny and beautiful.
Recommend? I’d skip this. It’s inexpensive but the results aren’t worth it.
Here I am sans makeup after using the product during my hair routine.
Every so often you hear the phrase, “30 is the new 20” or “40 is the new 30” and so on. It annoys me because it is simply not true and shows how youth obsessed we are as a culture. This year, in December, I will be turning 30 and you know what? I’m glad it won’t be a repeat of my early 20s. I have grown so much as a person in the last 10 years and frankly, I don’t ever want to return there. I had a great time over the last decade and where I am now, and am going with my life is more of an adventure to me than feeling as though I can “restart” at some point in my life.
My body has changed in all aspects. I can see some lines being drawn on my face by time, I can feel a difference in my skin, my hair, teeth – everything and I am okay with it. I respect the flow of life and events and have adapted to what I currently have. Something I found that helped keep my mind level was creating smaller goals for myself and sticking to them. Currently, I am aiming at losing another 40lbs of fat. I started lifting weights last December and a few weeks ago started Zumba (which is amazing). I am not doing this to fall into what is “beautiful”; I am doing it for me and my family. I’m in this life for the long haul, God willing. I want to make a difference in others’ lives and I want to be an example for my son to start healthy and stay healthy as an adult, in mind, body and soul. For everyone else, whatever age you are, be that age, have fun and learn from your mistakes. I remember the 16 year old me, the 21 year old me and now the 29 year old me and they are so different that if they were in the same room together, they wouldn’t know each other. It’s a good thing and can only go up from here. I’m not afraid of failure and know that around the next corner I will find my success as will you.
As I enter the next decade, I hope to make many more new friends, open my life up to numerous new and exciting opportunities and do more traveling. For those worried or hoping to be 20-something again, find inspiration in your current 20,30,40,50+ something. Each decade brings us closer to that true enlightenment. Each new line, wrinkle, or gray hair is a mark that we lived our lives fully and completely. Embrace it!
Me at 29
Me at 18
For those brave enough to wear full face of makeup in this nasty weather I commend you. For everyone else, here is a quick tip on looking fresh even if you aren’t feeling fresh.
Face: Cleanse twice a day with a very mild cleaner. Getting some cold water on the back of your neck will help cool you down as well. Hold off on the foundation and everything else since it’s so warm (unless you are in the AC all day). The heat is only making you sweat which means your makeup is clogging your pores even easier. This time of year, let your skin breathe.
Eyes: Hold off on the mascara and eye liner and shadow. My liner (even the waterproof stuff) runs into my eyes on hot days like this. It’s annoying and pointless.
Lips: You lipstick is going to crack and come off faster due to how much more water you are drinking due to the heat. Stock up on some lip stuff with SPF in it or use Vaseline. I swear by that stuff and always have a small jar of it in my bag. It keeps your lips extra smooth for smiles and kisses.
Hair: Throw it into a bun. Invest in some cute accessories from the dollar store but put it up and get it off your neck. Headbands, clips, pins – you name it, try it! For those ladies with short hair, rock those awesome accessories while us with long hair look at you with envy for the next 2 months. I will be back to styled, shiny hair in no time. I can barely wait!
Stay cool, drink plenty of water and go easy on the booze. Never forget to be you, and rock your natural beauty!