Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Top 10 Favorite Shower Items



Top 10 Tuesdays is back with a vengeance and this week we are bearing all and getting down and dirty with our top 10 favorite items in our showers!  Now as much as I'm sure you would like to see a picture of my actual shower, I am in it too much at the moment to get a photo. It's damn hot here, I find myself showering 2 times a day No time for photos!  So let's look at the collage of awesome treats for my shower.


In no particular order:

Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme
I wrote about this gem a while ago. Not only does it make my hair super silky soft it smells amazing.  In the summer, the palm oil is liquid, so it's easy to douse my hair pre-shower. In the colder months,  I have to set this in a sink full of hot water to liquefy the oil. You can read my review HERE.

Klorane Peony Shampoo
This is a new product I am testing out and so far, so good. My face may be an oily mess, but the rest of me, especially my scalp is dry as the Sahara.  Itchy and dry. The Klorane Peony Shampoo is supposed to stop the itch and irritation as well as condition the scalp to behave better over the long run.  So far I have only used it twice. My scalp is less itchy, and I don't have that awful medicinal smell that I get from other shampoos.

c. Booth Ginger Scrub
Every once in a while you need to scrub the world off of your body.  While Karen Silkwood had the right idea with her showers, the c.Booth Ginger Scrub is far less harsh, but almost as effective in ridding what can only be the weight of the world from your back...and arms...and legs...and anywhere else you want to scrub (not your face please)  I wrote a cheeky review HERE.

Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
I have not reviewed this cleanser on the blog, but I must say that this is the nicest soap free cleanser I have used in a long while.  My face is never dry once I rinse off this film free cleanser, and I do not break out or experience any redness from use.  It's perfect for sensitive skin and also for acne prone. It's also fragrance free which is a big plus in my book!

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser
I received this as part of a gift with purchase from some company. I cannot remember.  I don't normally use scrubs on my face, but this one has won me over.  The  sugar in the scrub acts as an exfoliant both physical and chemical. (AHA acids from the sugar help the manual action of scrubbing) The sweet lemon scent is relaxing and makes me feel calm and centered. I normally use this scrub once a week and allow it to foam up in my hands and pat it on my face.  I let it sit there while the sugar melts and then gently massage what's left onto my face.  Once I rinse it off my face is super soft, well hydrated and glowy.

Clarisonic
Of course,  my favorite exfoliator is the Clarisonic brush.  I only use this in conjunction with the mild Eucerin cleanser and never with other scrubs because I don't want to gunk up the workings of the brush nor do I want to remove a layer of skin from my face!  My love of the Clarisonic is long and well known.  However I'm testing another cleansing tool that may rival the ubiquitous brush. You can read my Clarisonic review HERE.

Kérastase Chroma Chroma Reflect Masque
I'm not a natural red head, and while it pains me to admit that, I hope that my confession can save others from having their precious colored hair fade.  The Kerastase line is Expensive$$$ But a little goes a long way, and anything I can do to keep my locks looking as red as they did when I left the salon is worth the money to me.  Plus it makes my hair super soft!


Kérastase Chroma Sensitive Cleansing Balm
This low/no foaming cleansing balm is used sparingly and only for 3 to 4 washes after I get my color done.  Not only does it keep my color form fading it also cleans my hair without harsh sulfates. It also keeps the strands of my hair "cushioned", so I don't cause any undue stress on them causing the fragile dyed and processed hair to break.  Since I only use this a few times every 4 months, a bottle lasts me almost a year.


amika Color pHerfection Shampoo and amika Obliphica Hydrate Conditioner
OK. I'm cheating by combining my amika Shampoo and Conditioner as one item. But hey, it's my blog, I can cheat if I want.  The amika Color pHerfection Shampoo and amika Obliphica Hydrate Conditioner smell amazeballz! They also treat my colored hair like a queen and keep my dry hair and scalp in a happy place. Sure the stuff may cost a little extra, and it may be harder to find amika shampoo and conditioner for sale, but I love the stuff and the way it makes my hair feel and look!
I am addicted to all things honey. My beloved Kings & Queens (From Korres) Nefertiti Honey body wash has been discontinued I am on the hunt for my next honey scented body wash. I am using up the rest of my Perlier Miel Honey body wash, but plan to find other products that will give me that same honey scented bliss I long for. I am not a monogamous body wash user...I'm OK with that. You can read my review HERE.

So what are some of your favorite shower essentials?  Share yours in the comments section.  Also, get inspired by the bevy of bloggers with top 10 lists of their own. Just click on a picture to be transported to another stunning top 10 list and enjoy!




13 comments:

  1. I love the C. Booth Ginger Sugar Scrub too, I'm on my second jar. The Amika sounds like it might be worth a try too.

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  2. Ohh look at all your fancy schmancy stuff in your shower. I have that Eucerin cleanser in mine as well even though it's not on my list. I excluded face stuff.

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  3. I need to check out the Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser for sure!

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  4. Kerastase and Leonor Greyl...on the other side of my shower, lol! :) Love your list!

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  5. I love Clarisonic, I'm so mad I forgot about it because it was charging LMAO. I need to check out the C. Booth, I've seen it on a couple of these posts!

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  6. Fabulous list. I only have a Clarisonic but it's on the counter, my Spa Sonic is in the shower. My blog partner loves the Leonor Greyl and Klorane. At first I thought I was looking at her shower list.

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  7. What a lovely assortment of products! I literally want to try everything that you listed after reading your descriptions!!!

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  8. That ginger scrub sounds sooo nice!

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  9. Hi Elvira. I'm looking for some help and guidance with maintaining my hair color. I am a natural redhead but now at age 56, I'm 99% gray. Runs in the family. I refuse to give up my God given red hair so needless to say, I get it colored regularly. I've been paying attention to your hair posts because colored hair is colored hair no matter what you started out with. I would really like to stick to one brand because quite frankly, I'm a dufus and if I start using a bunch of different products from different lines, I'll forget what does what. I've been eyeballing Kerastase for a while now and was wondering what your opinion is on that brand for maintaining the Ginger. Money is not an issue. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Deb. Sorry to respond so late.
      OK. Here we go.
      Kerastase is great for the first few shampoos after coloring and if you color at home, the hair masque after you rinse the initial color is awesome for sealing your hair cuticles. You don't HAVE to use any special brand, you just need to steer clear of certain ingredients.
      Sulfates and sodium in shampoos will strip your color. so look for sodium free and or sulfate free shampoos. Conditioners with loads of silicones will not harm your hair, but with the lack of sulfates in your shampoo you may not be able to fully remove the silicone each time you wash your hair, which means buildup and bleh!
      Color depositing shampoos are great for in between coloring sessions. Watercolors is a brand I like and they have multiple red shades available.
      a weekly treatment of coconut oil applied to dry hair (let it sit in a cap for 30 min then wash out w/ regular shampoo) is also a great conditioner which should keep the color from fading.
      Red fades the fastest so any washing you do will fade the color, even if you are super careful. It's just a fact of life. But taking precautions with using sulfate free shampoos and avoiding any and all sodium in hair products should help a bit.
      Hope that helps.
      -Elvira

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  10. Hi Elvira. It does help and thank you. I already use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner but my hair is not long enough or thick enough for oils and masks. I have my hair professionally colored but I've been doing it so long I'm always on the lookout for the next best thing in maintaing red. And boy are you so right, it is the hardest color to maintain! Great tip about the sodium, that was one I did not know. Also, thanks a lot for the tip on the color depositing shampoo. I've been looking around but have had no luck in finding anything that got good reviews. I will definitely check out Watercolors.

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    1. Look into the pureology ravishing red collection :) also, ask your stylist about demi permanent rinses that can be done between appointments to refresh your color!

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    2. *reviving red. Whoops!!

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