Friday, June 27, 2014

You Ask, I Answer

It's been a while since I've done one of these, so here goes. Either you've emailed these questions to me or asked on Instagram or Facebook. 

What products do you use on your hair?


First of all, my hair is naturally straight and fine, but, I have A LOT of it. By coloring it, it actually roughens up the cuticle, so it styles better. As a kid growing up, it was corn silk. It would slip out of a braid, wouldn't hold a curl, etc. 


These days, I wash it at night and let it air dry. I rarely use a blow dryer on my hair, which I think keeps it pretty healthy. When it's wet, I throw a few products on it. Because it's not freshly washed the next day, I also think it styles a lot better. I haven't needed to use any hair spray on my hair since moving to Kuwait and switching to showering at night, but I also live in the desert, where it's really dry. Humidity = hair killer. It might be dry, but it's windy as fck. How it survives the wind, I have no idea.



Detangler 
Right now I'm using this by John Frieda. It's alright. If anyone could recommend a better one, I'd appreciate it.

I swear by this stuff. Just a little goes on a long way. Gloss and shine and healthy looking ends.

Shampoo 
Clairol Shimmer Lights. It's a purple shampoo that keeps the brassiness out of blonde hair.

Conditioner 
 I need something really hydrating. Surprisingly, I love this 1-Minute Hydra-Recharge from Garnier Fructis. 

What products do you use on your skin?


I actually have really bad skin! The filters on IG save my life, hah.

 I am plagued by adult acne. I used to be on all kinds of medications for it, to no avail. I cut them out when I moved to Kuwait. When I moved to Kuwait, I also couldn't find my usual Fage Greek Yogurt that had become a staple in my diet. I decided to just cut dairy out then, since I'd always wondered if I was slightly allergic to it. And wow, my skin problems diminished by about 900%. Slightly allergic, you say? No shit. I still have the random pimple, but nothing like the deep, cystic-type acne I'd get on my jawline. When I eat ice cream or indulge in cheese, just give it 2 or 3 days, and I'll ALWAYS break out.

I also recently added Proactiv into my regime 3 months ago, and my skin has cleared up even more. I still have scars and dark spots, but as for new acne, it's much, much less.
 
 What makeup to you use? And do you work out in it?

Most of the time yes, I have makeup on. Is it full face make up? No. Did it used to be? Yes. Again, my skin is just REALLY bad, and I was always so self conscious of it. Now that it's cleared up and it's mainly just scars and dark spots, I'm a little more revealing. 

There are many days where I go into work with just a little mascara and shimmer blush on, and maybe a tiny dot of concealer on a spot or two. It feels SO good wearing less makeup. But it took almost 10 years for me to find that confidence. 

My one and only no-makeup selfie. 

As far as makeup that I use. I use almost all Bare Minerals. I really like the powder finish, its more natural looking than creams or liquids, and it just feels better on my skin.

Where is your bathing suit from?


 This bathing suit is old! I think I bought it 5 years ago at Nordstrom. The brand is Roxy.
 
I love your blue pants! Where are they from?


They're Lululemon Wunder Unders, of course! I'm a size 6. I'm 130 pounds and about 5'2, if you're thinking about ordering a pair. 

Do you take pre-workout?

No, I don't. I have a hard time having anything in my stomach when I'm training, and pre-workouts really give me a stomach ache. If I need a pick me up, I'll order myself a shot of espresso before training.


And that's all folks. To all my male readers, I know adored this post, you've been dying to hear what products I use in my hair.

xo,
Courtney

5 comments:

  1. The Beauty Protector "Protect & Detangle" and the Pureology 12 Benefits are great Detangler/Protection products. I have hair like yours and I swear by them daily. If you love checking out new products, you really need to look up Birchbox.com. I found both of the above from this site.

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  2. RE: Diary and acne. Same here! Took me over a decade to figure it out. :-/

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  3. I've heard SO many times that dairy is a huge cause of adult skin problems and have been reluctant to try cutting it out. But after hearing you say it helped you, maybe I'll finally try it! It's so weird to think that that would be the cause though. Glad it helped you!

    I use the "CHI Luxe Wonder Leave-In Conditioner", but I can't find it very many places anymore. It takes about 2 minutes for me to brush my hair with it vs almost 10 minutes without it. It's a little expensive, but I stopped using a normal conditioner to help with the cost and my hair seems the same. "It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In" is also a good detangler, but I find it can be a little greasy and it's way more expensive, but worth a shot if you don't care about the price.

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  4. I love posts like these! Its always fun to see what products other people use. I used to have bad skin as well and then I found Nerium. I have been using it for the past year and a half and haven't had this good of skin since before college. I would love to tell you more about it! check out my website if you are interested and send me a message: www.aimeedavis.nerium.com

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