The Beauty Basics: shampoo starlets

Written by on August 7, 2012 in Beauty, Body & Mind - Comments Off on The Beauty Basics: shampoo starlets

My beauty ritual is fairly inexistent, unfortunately. Although often I wish it were different, somehow I just can’t seem to find (or make) the time to do more than what is an absolute necessity. In my case, that means shower, put on some day cream with a hint of concealer, roll the mascara brush up and down my lashes, brush my teeth, put on lip balm and spray a bit of perfume behind my ears. Sadly, that’s it. No every other day scrub, no soaking in the bath, no cucumber under my eyes and certainly no monthly visit to the beauty salon. On a good note: it does mean I am ready in 30 minutes, which adds time to my oh so needed sleep; and.. there are no horrible surprises for my partner when I take of my make-up at night and unveil my true face.

This poor excuse for a beauty ritual does need the right equipment to avoid real disaster. Let’s face it, if you only put on one cream, it better not be orange or flaky. So, for those of you who have just as little time as I do (mums, I hear ya), I will share with you my best finds. For the record, I am always, almost obsessively, looking for even better products (it’s a Kaizen thing I have), and I hereby promise to share these with you if I do find them. That is what The Beauty Basics is about. And please, share your best tips, let’s give our sisters a hand here!

Just like the right pair of jeans, the right shampoo is a big thing to me. I have rather thick hair with a natural wave. Sounds nice, except that the wave is not really doing what I want it to do. It tends to frizz. And when I say frizz, I mean that if I let my hair dry by air, I pretty much resemble a poodle (pre dog hairdresser). I’m not exaggerating, really. So, a good shampoo and conditioner are essential in my book. In this first The Beauty Basics post, I will let you in on my shampoo starlets.

A really nice and soft cleansing shampoo is Aveda Shampure. Smells great too.It’s probably not the most nourishing shampoo, but it cleanses your hair softly. As a conditioner, I’ve tried the Aveda Smooth Infusion conditioner. Works pretty well, but I think the Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener even did a better job. I use this before blow-drying my hair.


The shampoo and conditioner that nourish my hair well, are the L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner for dry and damaged hair. They make my hair soft and manageable. The scent is good, but very ‘natural’, if you know what I mean. A bit of grass in there. Might take some getting used to for some people.


The Macademia Straightening Balm from The Bodyshop is a great styling product. Smells good and does the trick. It protects your hair from the heat when straightening and makes it softer and shinier.



Hope this helps. Please share your tips with us!




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