Lush Caca Noir Henna For Hair

My mother managed to find my mobile a few days ago,  and as I decided since my hair looked a bit dull I thought I would record my henna routine.  I’ve been using Lush products for years,  so when I was younger and wanted to dye my hair every colour under the sun my mother asked me to try a natural alternative before using anything damaging,  and I chose Lush’s Caca Noir henna block.  I think I’ve been using the Caca Noir for around two years,  so although it gave me a nice dramatic colour change initially,  I now only use it for the maintenance of my colour and the added condition and volume that I get from the product.  Retailing at £7.50 for six blocks I think it’s pretty purse friendly,  with hair my length all six blocks are needed but for shorter styles less can be used and the remainder carried over for the next treatment.

You will need a large bowl,  a grater,  a pair of gloves,  a block of henna,  and if you want, some coffee as I find it gives a nice shine to the hair.  As the henna comes in a block I find grating it into a powder gives a smoother final mixture,  it takes a while to grate but the mixture is much easier to work with.  The gloves are needed to prevent staining of your hands when you’re working the henna into your hair,  if like me you forget you’ll end up with hands reminiscent of a cursed Dumbledore.  Henna is infamous for being a messy process so to keep your bathroom as clean as possible I would recommend cover the entire floor with old,  dark towels.

I add about two teaspoons of coffee to the henna powder.  I was instructed to add enough water so that it was the texture of thick yoghurt,  I find that there should be a little resistance when being mixed but it must be a definite liquid,  in short, easily spreadable but not runny.

About half way through the process of applying the henna I always found that it would become too cold and stodgy to easily smooth through my hair,  it tugged painfully,  so I had a brain wave and this time I used the ban marie method  (suspending the bowl over a second bowl of boiling water)  to keep it nice and warm.  I think it’s best to separate off the layers of your hair then concentrate on the under layer first,  as just “winging it” can make application really unnecessarily difficult as the layers will stick and clump together.   For a hint of red to the final colour wrap clingfilm over your hair but for the indigo in  the Caca Noir to really shine through leave the hair open to the air,  but be prepared for a bit of fallout!  I leave the henna in for 8 hours but it’ll still work if you leave it in for as little as 2 hours.

This is my hair before,  it was dry,  had fly aways,  and was quite lacklustre.

This is my hair now,  I find it thicker,  shinier,  and the frizzy bits smoothed.  Although the picture doesn’t show it,  my hair has actually been darkened especially at the roots.

For someone who is looking for a natural change this is a great option as it won’t create that boring monotone look you get with a chemical hair dyes,  you’ll get beautiful highlights.  It also has the added bonus of being a vegan non-animal tested product!  I’d give Lush’s Caca Noir 8/10 and since I love the results so much the only reason why it doesn’t get full marks is because of how time consuming the whole process is and how potentially messy it can be.

My Wishlist on a Budget

Okay I’m sorry that I haven’t posted any more reviews but my phone has been missing for two weeks and without my phone I can’t take any swatch pictures for the reviews.  Right now I’m climbing up the walls trying to find the damned thing because I have so many goodies I want to share with everyone,  and they’re just sitting on my dressing table waiting to be swatched.

Anyway,  just for a quick little update I decided to compile a beauty wishlist that I thought may surprise some readers,  as my regular choice in beauty products are quite highend and some of the products I’ve been lusting after recently are on a 4 for £5 deal at Boots.

1)  Natural Collection blush in pink cloud, £1.99 .   I’m not usually a fan of blusher but I thought the colour seems fairly delicate and it’s a similar shade to my pinky undertones.

2)  Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara, again £1.99!   When it comes to eyelashes,  it’s all about length for me so I’m dying to give this a try.

I think a lot of people give Natural Collection the brush off because it’s low-priced and assume it to be poor quality,  but I’ve heard rave reviews about the brand and at such good prices it’s not going to break the bank by trying a few things from the range.

Again,  sorry about the lack of reviews but the hunt for my mobile continues,  it has been missing in action for about two weeks I think…

My Vital Statistics

I just thought I’d make a quick post about my “vital statistics” so you can decide whether or not the products I review or swatch will have similar (and hopefully) satisfactory results.

  • My skin is bizarre,  I’m prone to blemishes but can also get dry skin on my T-zone.  This means facial makeup can often cling to my dry patches.  I think I’m about NC15 in terms of MAC foundations,  and the lightest shade in all others I’ve tried.
  • I have an Ivory complexion and many of you other pale girls will know that finding the correct shade can be incredibly difficult,  but I’m not one to compromise so don’t worry about me recommending anything that’ll make you look tan-tastic.
  • My eyelashes are very dark and dense but unfortunately they’re rather short,  I dream of long fluttery lashes reminiscent of bambi.
  • I use Lush’s caca noir henna in my hair to achieve a natural dark brown colour and to improve its general condition.  My hair is centre parted and inline with the bottom of my shoulder blades,  so not ridiculously long but not exactly mid-length either.
  • I’m on the cusp of being 5″5 but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to reach the 5″6  mark since I’m still growing.  Think tall thoughts.  Currently I’m sitting at around 7.5-8 stone and I’m perfectly happy at that size,  I feel healthy and full of energy.

So I think that’s it all,  I covered everything I could think of but if you have anymore questions just post them below and I’ll try my best to answer them. 

I feel like a bit of an idiot and not too sure if I want to admit this online,  but the reason I haven’t made any new posts in so long is because I’ve lost my mobile.  It’s been missing for 9 days I think,  and I use it for taking pictures since I lost the charger for my camera.  BUT,  when I do find it and I know I will,  I’ll be uploading reviews and swatches for Diorskin Nude Foundation,  Diorskin Nude Glow Complexion Enhancer, MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer,  MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer,  Chanel Coco Rouge Shine Lipstick,  Chanel Coco Rouge Lipstick,  and Burberry Eyeshadow (Rosewood!).  Yes that’s a lot I’ve got to do, but, once I’ve got my phone back that will all be done,  so keep watching.

UPDATE:  Okay,  I’m returning from my family holiday tonight.  So I’ll have a chance to look for my phone when I get home and put those swatches up over the next week.  Also I just had a brainwave, “A trio of eyeliners” I’ve got plenty of them kicking about so I may as well 😀

My Upcycling Addiction

Over the past six months I’m sure I’ve spent hundreds of pounds  in car boot sales and charity shops,  I’ve bought some beautiful bags and shoes but to be perfectly honest the majority of things I’ve purchased would only be described by most people as dust-catchers,  clutter,  and general grannyish trash.  I on the other hand adore the trinkets,  and I’ve collected a smorgasbord of prettiness.  I’ve squirreled away everything from odd pieces of fine china to a mechanised bird-cage clock.

My Favourite Harlequin Tea Set

 Buying a full china set even a second-hand one will be ridiculously expensive,  but by mixing and matching odd pieces you can get a beautiful set that can flow well if you decide on a general colour scheme.  And if you’re a clumsy like me then it doesn’t really matter if you drop a cup,  unlike a matching set which would be ruined.  I paid around 50p for each piece

My (what I think is) Swedish Bear

 

 I just saw this on a stall and thought it was hilarious,  the bear is so chubby and cute with its big bulging eyes.  I paid £2 for him.

My Compacts

 

 I keep one of these in my purse every time I go out,  it feels so much more special to fix your hair in one of these babies. 

My Personal Favourite,  The Bird Cage Clock

 

This may look like junk to some people,  but to me its gentle ticking is incredibly comforting and it’s a piece that makes me so happyand relaxed.

I hope my enthusiasm for my clutter has shown you how fun upcycling can be,  and remember giving the high street a miss and putting the money in a charity shop till can be your good deed for the day.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara, Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara, and Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

The staple of anyones makeup bag will always be a decent mascara,  it instantly lifts your overall appearance and makes you look more awake.  I only use one coat of mascara as more than that tends to clump on my lashes,  and these reviews are just based on my lashes which are short,  dark,  and thick,  so they might come out better on different lash types.  My opinion is based around the main qualities of a mascara;  the ability to lengthen,  curl,  volumise, darken,  and its value for money. 

No Mascara

Unfortunately as you can see I have quite short lashes, and in this picture an irritated eye.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara

    

This mascara is the most expensive out of the three, I paid around £21 but I think the price has gone up since then.  This I feel would be a reasonable price for a spectacular mascara that fulfilled all my eyelash wishes,  but unfortunately whilst Chanel Inimitable creates a  pretty,  natural  look I wouldn’t say it’s worth that price.  It lengthened my lashes slightly,  provided a little lift, and did give a my lashes a  deeper colour of black,  which provided a look that would be appropriate for school or work but certainly not one for a night out.  Although the results aren’t anything to rave about I must say I loved the brush;  the short,  spikey,  plastic bristles made for an easy and quick application,  I managed to get it right into the corners my eyes without causing any damage.  Being a clump hater I must always brush out my eyelashes with a Tweezerman lash-comb,  but this mascara didn’t clump on me at all.  It lasted for around 8 hours without flaking or giving me panda eyes, so I would say last a full working day.  Taking all this into consideration (including the scarily high price) I give it 7/10.

Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara

I was actually given this mascara as a present but if you’d like to buy this baby then it’ll cost you £15.  This mascara may not have given me ridiculously curly,  betty boop-esque lashes but it did manage to give them a sweet, feminine flick,  and it also lengthened my mini lashes to decent proportions.  This really is more of a lengthening than a volumising mascara,  so if you are already blessed with long, fluttery lashes you really shouldn’t bother with this product.  This brush in my opinion is great,  it cups my lashes and makes for fast application and doesn’t clog up too badly, there’s only ever a little excess on the end which is easily removed.  Clumping isn’t a big issue with this mascara which means major brownie points from me.  I’ve never really noticed any flaking with this one as the formula doesn’t dry completely,  it remains slightly tacky which means it can’t actually flake,  but don’t worry it doesn’t smudge onto your eyelids.  So,  overall of the three this was my favourite and surprisingly the cheapest and I’m giving it 9/10.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

My opinion on this mascara seems to be a controversial one as most people who buy this love it,  I on the other hand cannot stand it,  so much so I gave it to my mother.  It cost £18 and my first impressions of the product when I took it out the box was how small it appeared,  I thought the ones on display had been tester sized and was incredibly disappointed when I realised it was actually full-sized.  It did do a good job of lengthening,  darkening,  and lifting my eyelashes but considering how light handed I was when I applied it the clumps were unbelievable,  I felt like my lashes were doing an interpretation of a spider.  Even though I despise clumps I can usually just comb these out but this mascara dried like crispy,  concrete so I couldn’t even get rid of them without pulling out a ridiculous amount of lashes.  Another irritation was the whole removal “process”,  and yeah I’m not kidding it was an ordeal to get this stuff off,  it came off in rubbery tubes and gave me panda eyes that would only budge after minutes of scrubbing at my face.  I can’t comment on the wear of this product as every time I put it on I feel so clogged up and crunchy I just attempt to take it off.  Although this product doesn’t work well at all on me it looks amazing on my friend,  so maybe it’s just my lashes and I hope no one gets defensive about this mascara… I just don’t like it, sorry.  So to round up,  this mascara was a big let down for me so it gets 3/10.

A Bit About Me

I’m a sixteen year old British girl,  who strongly believes in a light handed approach to makeup.  Animal rights are very important to me,  I try to do my best when it comes to brand research and I’ve been a vegetarian for three years now (no fish but plenty of dairy),  I’ll never try to convert anyone,  no one likes a preacher.  I’m an avid charity shop shopper,  or if you please an “upcycler”, and I’m also an Anthony Hopkins film fanatic – “Legends of the Falls”, stunning!

I love the fresh faced and dewy look,  so I’m constantly on the hunt for new,  and hopefully,  miracle products.  I have tried a variety of high-end and drugstore items,  I believe there’s quality at every price range and I’ll be doing reviews and swatches  for every budget.  Not all teens have the budget of Miley Cyrus,  but let’s at least have a little more class.