Growing Out a Short Haircut

Growing out your hair is excruciating. I have no patience whatsoever, so waiting for something that depends on biological cycles and time is really hard for me.

I’ve gone through phases of all colors and cuts. But, for the last five years or more, I have had medium but closer to short hair. My hair was a short bob for a while, and then I decided I wanted to commit to growing it. I have wavy hair…so…I knew I had to have an end goal in mind to not get fed up with the process and chop off the hair. My goal: Zooey Deschanel. Besides being perfect, she has incredible hair. Totally crushing on her.

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Her bangs are so bold; her hair is the perfect length. This was my goal.

So, it’s been a while since my hair was shorter than my chin. I would say it took about two years. I have had it trimmed and re-shaped along the way. This is what takes so long, evening out the layers. Pinterest was helpful, I found this cool guide to growing out hair.

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One tip I can give for people growing out their hair is to have a goal in mind. Find a picture of someone, celebrity or otherwise and remind yourself every time you feel like you are getting too annoyed. It’s a process for sure. But when you get to the moment you’ve been waiting for. It feels sweet!

From here on out it is all just maintenance and growth. I feel grown up and put together. This hair is definitely encompassing where I am in life right now.

Until next time, plant nothing but love.

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Why I Stopped Exfoliating My Lips

No, I am not a dermatologist.  Not even close.  This is just my story and why I stopped doing this.

As mentioned in the past I love lipstick of all shades and finishes. I read somewhere about how it was good to exfoliate your lips several times a week.

Before I go on, let me explain my lip type. I use chapstick often, but my lips are not really dry. I do not struggle with flaky lips unless I am sick or struggling with the cold (which to be honest is rare since I live on a tropical island). I have other skin issues, but I am lucky to say that flaky, dry lips is not one of them.

With that being said, I read how exfoliating the lips can be a good habit for anyone and, honestly, I didn’t do my own research to validate this. So…I got some lip exfoliators. I tried one from lush and one from E.L.F (picture below). DSC_0057The point of these exfoliators is to scrub the skin off leaving with fresh new layer.  In the picture below, note the texture.  It is rough, these both use sugar (I believe). The E.L.F one has great packaging, making the application easy.  The Lush one, you have to use your finger to pull product out of the pot to apply.

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But what you don’t realize is how dependent on this routine you will be. At least with my experience, I noticed that after using these products for a few months I was experiencing dry and chapped lips like never in my life. If I missed a day or two, my lips would burn.  They were flake, painful and did not look good. Once I made the connection that it could be the exfoliating causing the recent problem in my lips…I stopped immediately. It took months for my lips to recover, but I will never use them again.

I found this article called, “the do’s and don’ts of exfoliating your body.” Here is what is said about why you shouldn’t exfoliate your lips:

“Step away from exfoliating lip products. As a mucus membrane, lips only have a thin top layer of skin cells that is naturally smooth and sensitive. “Exfoliating causes damage and chapped lips, even if using a physical exfoliant like a toothbrush. Instead, stick to lip sunscreens and moisturizers,” Dr. Schultz says.”

Just goes to show, that not everything is for everyone.

Do you exfoliate your lips?   Share your story below!

Until next time, plant nothing but love.

Samples

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  1. Smashbox Primer – I like this primer.  Seemed to work well, no reactions from the use.  This is a cult favorite, but I guess there are other primers I tend to gravitate to…  Sample was good though!
  2. Bosica – Didn’t like this for one simple reason: it applies warm. I read the back and it is supposed to feel that way, but I don’t like that.   I washed this off immediately.  Anyone else hate that?!
  3. Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara – Why does this mascara have to be so amazing? I love the length and volume this gives, such a pretty penny for the full size. The hype is real about this one! Might be better than my all time favorite, They’re Real by Benefit.
  4. Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Crème – This was such an elegant moisturizer. The full-size retails for almost $200 a pop. I got one use out of this sample, so it is hard to tell if it is worth it. With my one use of the product I can tell you it smelled lovely and felt super soft.
  5. Benefit the POREfessional Primer – I like this primer, even though I do not struggle with large pores. My issue is more that of dryness, so I tend to lead towards other primers focused on hydrating or brightening. Nice to get a sample though!