Thursday, November 17, 2016

Reverse Hair Washing - Day 1

Before I start off with the main topic of this post, let me just say that wow! It's been nearly 3 years since I posted anything here. Man how time flies! To those of you who really enjoyed my blog posts before: I'm sorry. I simply got busy. And I won't lie, I kind of forgot about it. But now I've remembered and I'll try to do better. Now that that's out of the way, on to the subject at hand!

So the other day I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and I found a post about reverse hair washing. The post was geared toward girls with thinner, more oily, and flatter hair. It claimed that if you condition your hair BEFORE you shampoo it, your hair will come out looking fuller and less oily. I have always struggled with the issue of needing conditioner in order to simply brush my hair after washing but then looking like an oily mess after conditioning. So, tonight I decided to give it a try.

I've always had the problem of having oily, lifeless hair.
Exhibit A:
After trying the reverse hair washing method just once I can see a difference. 
Exhibit B:
(Ignore the color difference, please and focus on the fullness/oiliness)
That's a pretty big difference. 

I realize that before I make any real decisions I need to give this a try for about a week or so but here's my pros and cons of the reverse hair washing method after the first try. (And I'll try to make another post after the first week to tell you if anything has changed). 

Pros:


  1. My hair is noticeably fuller and less oily. 
  2. My hair actually feels lighter weight. (possibly due to the fact that conditioner residue weighs hair down). 
  3. It's convenient. I didn't have to go buy all kinds of special, expensive products. I simply used my regular shampoo and conditioner. (For those who are wondering I use L'Oreal color vibrance)   
Cons: 

  1. My hair was harder to brush after showering. (Though not nearly as bad as if I hadn't conditioned at all). This leads me to believe that it will also be more prone to tangles.
A couple more notes that I can't really place as cons:

  1. My hair takes a ridiculous amount of time to blow dry and I was hoping this would speed it up somehow, but it did not. 
  2. My hair is not quite as soft as it before but it's still pretty soft. 

So that's it for now. Stay tuned next week and I'll tell you what I think after trying it for a whole week...that is provided I remember!



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Back to Life: a Review

Before I begin my post about this book, let me first apologize to the author. I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to finish reading this book. I started it back in the fall of last year. But then I got so busy with school work and being a mother that I had to put it aside. But since I am officially out of school, I finally got the chance to pick it back up (and I then had trouble putting it down!)


Back to Life (Book One of the Zombie Apocalypse series)
By Kevin Jade Lowe
(There is no current cover as what I read was actually a manuscript)

It's going to be hard for me to summarize this book without giving away too many details so I will quote the author's summary:
The lives of three young men get turned upside down as they and their friends may be the only ones capable of knowing how to stop the outbreak of a virus that is bringing their loved ones back from the dead to feed on the flesh of the living.

Before I begin my review, let me just say that zombies are not my thing. I don't usually particularly care for anything involving zombies. Every zombie story seems to have the same old boring "oh no, the people in our town are infected with something and now they're trying to kill us. we should run" storyline. But not this one. This one is different.

It was an excellent read. It was very entertaining. It had just the right amount of pull on all of my emotions. Happiness, sadness, frustration, horror. They were all there.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes zombie books and movies. And I even recommend it to those who don't care so much for zombies but like the horror/suspense genre. And, not to give anything away, but the ending will definitely leave you anxious for the sequel!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Language barriers


I hate the argument that "We in America speak English." Not only does America stretch over two different continents and the majority of the countries in those two continents speak Spanish (followed by English, Portuguese, French and all of the many Native American languages). But also, the United States does NOT have an official language.

I agree that some people today (who were raised to speak English) need to learn better proper English, but that does NOT mean that we shouldn't learn other languages or that "the government cares more about illegals".. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Terrible Beauty: A Review


"No one has ever escaped from the notorious penal colony in Fremantle, Western Australia...but that is about to change.
Mary Claire O'Dwyer, transported to Australia with the rebels she supports will find that nothing is as it seems when she sets her mind to springing the captives. Even a Royal Marine's scarlet coat can be nothing more than another deception...
From the failed Fenian Uprising in 1867 to the Easter Rising of 1916, author Katie Hanrahan presents the single-minded effort of one family to bring freedom to Ireland."
 That quote was taken from the back of the book, it is the best way that I know how to summarize the book without giving too much away. So, now that I don't have to write a summary myself (haha, I'm lazy tonight.) on to the review...

I liked this book...for the most part. I have a few negative and a few positive things that I can say about it, and I will try my best to do so without spoilers.

Negative:
1 - HUGE gaps of time are missing from the storyline. I was baffled when, in one chapter Eireann is 18 (or close to 18, if memory serves me correctly) and the next chapter she's in her 40s. I would like to know more about her and how she was molded into the woman that she became.
2 - The second half of the book read more like a textbook for a government or history class. And far to policital for my taste. That's great if you're a history buff who enjoys reading a book for the intellect, but it's not for me. I found it difficult to continue reading at times because I would lose interest. (This negativity, however, is completely dependent on my personal interests and views and if someone were interested in reading about the Fenians or the Irish Republican Brotherhood or even the Irish Revolution I would recommend this book. I do realize, though, that this book is a work of fiction but the author is dead-on a lot of the facts found within it).

Positive:
1 - I devoured the first half of this book. I loved reading about Mary Claire and her trip on the Hellebore and later her life in Fremantle. I would have loved to read more about Eireann and her childhood, though.
2 - The ending was superb. It wrapped up some of the details I was anxious to know about.
3 - It was well written; excellent grammar, spelling, etc. The author definitely did her research.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would definitely recommend this book to those who read for intellect more than for entertainment. But for those who read more for entertainment purposes, I would say that this book is definitely worth the experience at least once, so my answer is still yes.

I give this book 3/5 stars.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rantings of an Annoyed ...Well...Me, Whatever I am...

Okay so...

This girl (who isn't even on my friend list) randomly comments on my status with:"Did Andy rape you?" (No idea who Andy is..) so I go to her profile and see a status that says "andy is mowing my yard and its sexy"...the following conversation took place in its comments.

Me: "You let a rapist mow your yard?"
Her: "Andy aint a rapist"
....another person chews her out. tells her to leave her friends alone...
Her: "F*** u"
Me: "Learn English."
Her: "I dont have she u ugly b****"
Me: "If you think I'm going to be insulted by verbal attacks on my physical appearance then you should go back to elementary school.."
Her: "No I dont b**** ur retarded just like ur friend"
Me: "I'm retarded? I graduated high school with honors and am currently one semester away from earning my bachelor's of science degree in psychology. I know correct grammar and can spell correctly. I currently have a gpa of 2.89 and an IQ of 102. Considering someone who is retarded wouldn't have an IQ over 70, I'd say I'm not retarded."

...I let the conversation end there.

At the same time, someone on my friend list posted a picture of a guy with an attitude (only way I can describe it) sitting in one of those power-wheelchaired carts at Walmart (What are they called? ah..doesn't matter). With a caption that said "Lmao! Old f**** be like move b****! I got my Social Security." on which I comment with "Wow. That's disrespectful."  My comment of course resulted in this person cussing me out and telling me that he will "say whatever I want whenever I want to whoever I want".  I refrained from saying "Um, I think you mean 'whomever'."

Do people not even go to school anymore? Do parents not raise their kids anymore? I don't understand. I was raised to respect my elders and be kind. But I also learned how to spell and use proper English. It just really irritates me that today's youth act as if they've never been taught a single thing their entire lives.

Look, I'm not one to get offended by insults, but I think if you're going to act like you know everything or like you're better than everyone else, you should at least get an education first.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

These feet are made for Walking. Starring Stormi Skye

I just wanted to make a post and brag on my daughter. She's started walking!!

Please, enjoy this video of some of her first steps:
video

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's only Rock & Roll ....a review of Jackie Collins' Rock Star

I have wanted to keep blogging but have found it difficult to find things to write about as I don't really find my life to be  very blog worthy. So, I decided that I would like to start doing reviews. As I rarely watch new TV shows or movies, I thought reviewing books would be an excellent idea (though I'm sure the majority of these books will not be new). So I will start with the book I have just finished.



 It starts in the year 1987.  Kris Phoenix, Bobby Mondella, and Rafealla -- three of the biggest recording artist at the time-- have been asked to perform at the biggest charity event anyone had ever heard of.  The hostest of the event was none other than the love, mysterious Nova Citroen. Unfortunately, they all hate her husband, Marcus Citroen, who just happens to be the major label executive for Blue Cadillac Records -- and their boss. Little do they know that this night will change their lives forever...Maxwell Sicily, son of the infamous mob boss Carmine Sicily, is also attending. And he's planning the heist of a lifetime.

The book flashes back from time to time to tell the individual stories of the three superstars.  Their lives are all intricately woven together throughout the book. Jackie Collins does a marvelous job transitioning between characters and time periods.

This is not the type of book I usually read, but I found it to be very enjoyable. I love the way the author was able to transition between characters. When the book spoke about the goings-on of one character, the writing took on the tone and attitude of that character.

I found a few parts of the book, including the ending, to be a bit predictable but it did not take away from my enjoyment of reading it. I would definitely recommend others read this book. However, it does contain a great deal of profanity (language, sexual and drug content, etc) so if you prefer not to read books that contain such things I do suggest you leave this one alone. I personally was able to get passed the profane language and content and still enjoy the story. After all, it's only rock & roll. :)

Rating: 4/5 Stars