De…Lush-ious Hair

It all started with me searching for a new shampoo to improve my rather difficult thin, partly oily, partly dry hair and I stumbled over the beauty blog of the wonderful Louise (sprinkle of glitter) talking about the lush liquid shampoo “rehab”.

http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.be/2010/05/lous-reviews-lush-haircare.html

Rehab

Now, I have tried already different high street/drugstore shampoo brands but none of them have really made a difference for me.

But well, I always love to try new things in the beauty world and after takeing a sniff at the shampoo in the lush store ( it smells amazing, a bit fruity and a bit minty) I dropped it into the basket. This shampoo has really done it for me. My hair felt so much softer, stronger and just cleaner and the shampoo really lathers nicely. It also did not make my scalp itch (something i did not think was possible).

I actually combine it with the “I love juicy”.

juicy

The people in the store looked at me funny since those two are for two opposite hair types (rehab is for dry hair and “I love juicy” is for oily hair). However, it works for me. I use three times per week the rehab and once per week “I love juicy” to really clean my hair. I further use the “veganese” conditioner. Now they are a bit more pricey then the drugstore shampoos (about 7,95€ for “I love juicy” and 8,50€ for “rehab”; 6,50€ “veganese” (for the smallest size)), however, you also need to use considerable less, so it becomes slightly less pricier if you look at it.

One thing I really appreciated in the lush store, is that they offered me to take home samples for free which contained enough product for about 3 hair washes, so that I could try them out before I purchase them. This is something I can just recommend. No one product fits everyone (beside maybe carmex lip balm but that’s for another story :P). And well I actually returned and purchased a bigger size bottle, so this strategy worked.

Now I am eager to try out their hair masks and maybe also still another conditioner. But I am sure I will repurchase this shampoos.

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cupcake table name cards

So i thought i share my first recipe with you. I made them for my Master party and they were really a huge sucess. It is a really basic recipe and i thought its perfect to start with for my blog.

for 12 cupcakes:

-280 g flour

-3 teaspoons of baking powder

-1 knifetip of salt

-120 g of white caster sugar

-a few cherries (from a glas)

-2 eggs

-250 ml milk

-6 tablespoons of oil

– a few drops vanilla aroma

Fill the flour, salt and baking powder into a big bowl. Mix the chocolate chips and the sugar into it. Stirr the eggs together with the milk and the oil in a seperate bowl and then add it to the mix. Add then a few pieces of chopped cherries. There is really no definite amount. It depends on how juicy you want your cupcakes really. Now stirr all ingredients until its mixed. Do not stir to long. A few lumps are not a problem.

Fill the dough with a spoon into little muffin paper forms and put them for  20 mins in the oven.

Allow to cool down.

The decoration:

I bought pink and white marsipan in the store. I then put a clump of pink marzipan in between two layers of plastic bag (you can cut it open so you can remove the finished decoration easier). You then go over it with a baking role until you have a nice flat and even piece. You then add little balls of white marsipan on top of it and roll over it briefly again. You end up with a pink sheet of marsipan with polka dots. You can then cut out circles in the size of the top of your muffins and carefully transfer them with the help of the plastic bag (freezer bags worked the best for me). You can also add little rectangular pieces of white marsipan to write names on it. I found pens to write on cake in the store in different colors.  Obviously you can make them in different colors and i am sure alot of you will manage a bit more even polka dot pattern. This ones were my first try :). They really work great as little presents. I used them as table name cards.

The art of knowing when to stop!

So now i am writing on my proposal for the PhD grant. This is probably the most important piece of text i have written so far in my life. And it sounds like….shit. The problem at hand here is for sure that you always see yourself over critical. Then again, on such an important piece, you wonder if there is any way to be too critical. Beating yourself up about things you can not do better is not going to help though either. I sent it now for corrections and i am waiting for a reply. The whole thing is really freaking me out. I have to fill out 1001 forms and i have no idea how and i am terrified of doing it wrong. It also bugs me out that i do not know if i am going to get this job or if i am going to be unemployed without financing next year. I also feel guilty towards my fiance for wanting to get married without bringing money to the table. Its scary times…..