November/December Favourites & a Disappointment

Where have the last two months vanished?
I’m not particularly keen on New Year’s Eve (except for Jools Holland’s Hootenanny and the films that can be on) – the enforced celebrating just makes me feel exhausted, even thinking about it. Especially, after a full Christmas, where the house is bedecked decorations. We are talking made for TV American film levels of decoration; Love Actually has nothing on us.
However, Christmas is magical – I still get the same feeling of excitement as I did when I was younger. I just wish it had been a bit colder.

I hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year, whatever you might be doing.

Now to the favourites – hair, beauty and the disappointment.

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September/October Favourites

Having two months in one (no photos as the house is upside down) –

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The Raconteur & Patch Testing

A couple of weekends ago in The Raconteur special reports supplement, there was this article from the CTPA (Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association) who started ‘The Facts About’ about patch testing. Read the whole thing here http://raconteur.net/lifestyle/be-safe-and-always-do-the-allergy-alert-test

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Hair Dye Allergy Reactions | September 2015

Hair Dye Allergy Reactions | September 2015

I can’t figure out everything about the future, although I worry a lot about it. However, I know I have the ability of making it easier to do a skin allergy patch test. One of the things I have done, is a independent survey about hair colourants and how many people do a patch test. Nearly half of people never do a patch test when using a home hair dye kit. Continue reading

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Cleanser Jasmine & Osmanthus

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I’ve been using Liz Earle products for about 15 years since I was introduced to them by my auntie. I have always known Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish hot cloth Cleanser would remove whatever I put on my face – whether it was after a full face of sparkly make up from a 6th form Ball, after a morning of not sleeping to revive my skin, coming out of a post migraine fog or after a day without wearing any make up. It is one of several cleansers I do use but I tend to use it daily. Continue reading

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Wella Elements Lightweight Renewing Conditioner

Wella Elements Lightweight Renewing Conditioner – Zero Parabens (Tube on the right)

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The conditioner smell is just like the shampoo, it is very green with elements of melon, apple and it’s a bit herby with a sharpness to it as well. The texture is light but quite creamy so you really feel moisture is going into the hair and plumping it up.
Using this conditioner after the Wella Elements Lightweight Renewing Shampoo, my hair felt strong, clean and my scalp felt clean and not tight. I used the conditioner over the ends and mid lengths first, then what remained on my hands I massaged onto the roots and scalp.
After I had left my hair wrapped in a towel to remove most of the water, I found my hair was easy to brush through using my Wet Brush which doesn’t tug my hair.

Leaving my hair to air dry I found my hair was soft and very shiny. I also blow dried my hair and the shine was impressive and was very sleek.

Ingredients:- Aqua, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Sodium Benzoate, Quaternium-80, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Creatine, Parfum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Trideceth-12, Glycerin, Benzyl Salicylate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Fraxinus Excelsior Wood Extract, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate

Like the matching shampoo it contains Fraxinus Excelsior Wood Extract (Ash wood) which is skin conditioning.

Like the shampoo it can easily be found online but I found it competitively priced at Toni and Guy for £11.76.

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Wella Elements Lightweight Renewing Shampoo

Wella Elements Lightweight Renewing Shampoo – Zero Parabens, Zero Sulphates (Bottle on the left)

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The scent of this shampoo is very green with elements of melon, apple and it’s a bit herby. There is a sharpness to it as well. I initially liked the smell and after washing my hair the smell stayed fresh. The texture of the shampoo is quite light and isn’t as gummy as traditional shampoo.  It left my hair and scalp feeling clean and the skin not tight.  It also foams up easily without the usual sulphates.

This is my first sulphate free shampoo that I have tried and I was would not have been able to tell the difference apart from my hair feeling lighter after I had dried it. You don’t need to use as much as a traditional shampoo so it is quite economical to use.

Ingredients:- Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin,Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Panthenol, Sodium Benzoate, Tri Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Polyquaternium-10, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Benzyl Salicylate, Sodium Glycolate, Sodium Hydroxide, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Fraxinus Excelsior Wood Extract, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate

The Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate is derived from Coconut and isethionic acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine ( alsofrom coconut) which cleanses the hair and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate from coconut fatty acids is a surfactant which creates the foaming action. It also contains argan oil and ash wood extract which is skin conditioning.

It can be found at several online shops but I have found it at Toni and Guy for £9.76 for a bottle of 250ml.

 

 

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Make Up – What I use

Make Up – What I use
Make up, like hair can make you feel a bit better about facing the world. Whether it makes you feel in control and confident going into an important meeting or happier because you are wearing a new lipstick. This is quite a long post.

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Eyeko

I have been using Eyeko for many years when it looked like this, the tube on the right.

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New Website

Welcome to the new website for MixEz.

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This blog is help highlight the importance of performing a skin allergy patch test and how to do a patch test using different at home, hair dye brands.

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Making a directory of salons who offer a skin allergy patch test.

I hope to share MixEz, the invention, in the coming months – to make patch testing easier to do.

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