Thursday, September 27, 2018

Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.


IGK 1995 2-in-1 Shampoo.  I always hesitate to recommend this because you will love it or hate it.  There is no middle ground.  It does exactly what it says it will do, which is this: cleanses and 'gives hair grunge texture' and 'deposits clay powder on hair to create texture and density.'  If you don't want that, if you're all about that silky, smooth, pantene commercial hair, this is not the shampoo for you.  But if you love 2nd day hair, if you love using dry shampoo for the texture and body it gives, if your hair is otherwise fine and lifeless and you like more oomph, this is the shampoo for you.  It feels a little gritty in the hand, that's the clay that's in there.  So you put it in like regular shampoo and while it's in and when you rinse, it will feel like there's still something in your hair - there is.  But once you're out of the shower and the hair dries, it feels clean while still having volume.  No conditioner needed.  That said, I do not use it every time I wash my hair, because I think it would be too drying.  I use it when (a) I want to curl it right away and (b) when I know I won't wash it for a full week because the clay soaks up oils later in the week and I don't need dry shampoo.  So basically, ever other wash or every 3rd wash.  Oh and you must use as the package directs - tiny amount (even on my long thick hair, actual quarter sized amount), leave in for two minutes, rinse out, no conditioner.  So yes the price tag is steep for the tiny bottle but it lasts a really long time.  If you feel like you want to try it, I suggest Sephora, so you can return if it's not for you.  But dedicated dry shampoo users?  You're gonna like this.


Stackers Jewelry Box.  John is absolute rubbish (I love that word) at keeping secrets or hiding gifts.  He got me this for my birthday.  If you're thinking 'why, Stephanie, your birthday isn't until 11/20, like all your social media handles say,' you would be absolutely correct.  He ordered them because they were back ordered until some time in October but shipped early and he didn't even try to wait, he handed me the box when the mail arrived.  It's just what it looks like, stacking trays for organizing jewelry, and it comes in various colors and sizes.  Mine is from the Container Store but there are more colors on their own website.  I have 3 of the bins, and only the top lidded one I use for jewelry.  The others I use for makeup - the 3 compartment divided one for daily makeup and the large single compartment for weekend/special occasion makeup.  I love that these stack and the top has a lid, so I can keep them out and it doesn't look like clutter (like my open makeup storage system did.)  It also makes it really easy to move around, because I usually like doing my every day makeup on the couch in the living room while I have coffee and watch something on Netflix, but I don't want to store it there.  The tray makes it much more convenient.


Wilson's Apple Orchard.  This is in Iowa City, and I insisted to John that we stop there before meeting up with Tara.  I have always loved Wilson's in the fall, we went there so often in college.  I'm glad we made it again this time, when we got apple cider donuts, apple pie, apple turnovers, apple cider... I went a little overboard.  If you're in Iowa, get over there.  If not, I hope you find an apple or pumpkin place near you - it's worth it!

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