Choosing hair products

Hi there,

I've got two questions for you. 

1. Are you usually checking a list of ingredients on hair care products to find out whether a product contains an ingredient you wish to avoid? 
2. Do you know what shampoo ingredients you want to avoid?

Since I am a big fan of cosmetics, I had an idea to share with you guys the main criteria for choosing hair products. Ok, I accept that chemicals are a part of our life nowadays and we can't avoid everything. But I think why not to read the fine print on the bottle (some of the ingredients can do more harm than good) and pick out the right shampoo or conditioner?

  • PARABENES 
Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics- they are used to prevent the growth of microorganisms. They've been found in low concentrations in tumours (yes, this sounds terrifying, I know). 
These preservatives can also irritate your skin + they can affect you hormonal balance too. 

Check out: Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben

  • SILICONES
Silicones work by covering your hair with a thin waterproof coating- they lock out humidity and leave your hair feeling smooth. But at the same time, it means that products which contain silicones will prevent other moisturising ingredients from penetrating into your hair (#thismakessense).
They can also lead to hair loss and dry or itchy scalp. 

Check out: Endings: -cone, -thicone, -thiconol, -siloxan, -silane

  • SULFATES 
Sulfates are used as surfactants in shampoos, which means that they should degrade the surface tension for liquids. And yes, this is exactly why you can spread around your shampoo so easily. 
They have a potential to be an irritant and they can also dry your hair out, because they can take essential oils from your hair. 

Check out: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate,  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) (p.s.: you can easily identify them since you'll see ,,sulfate" on the ingredients label:))

Side note, I asked my 10 classmates and only 1 of them is checking the ingredients on the products. 

What about you? And I'm also curious which hair products do you recommend, so please
let me know:)

Have a beautiful day!

Bea

My library essentials

Hi there!

At first I need to admit- the second year of med school is literally crazy. It is supposed to be the worst of the 6 years of medical school here. Studying anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and histology is sometimes killing me. I am just trying to find some strategy (skipping some lectures means some saved time which I can use for studying or sleeping) and to do my best. 
I wanted to write a new blog post for ages, but I didn't have enough time or energy (ok maybe I had, but there are always these days when you are too lazy and don't want to do anything right?:))

And finally I decided to share with you guys a ,,what's in my school bag" article. I would like to show you things I use to carry in my bag when I study in the library, so I hope you'll enjoy it:). 


  • Bag

I don't have one specific bag which I always carry with me into the library - choosing the bag depends on my mood (or my outfit, of course). 

  • Water/ Caffee/ Herbal tea 
One should drink at least 2 litres of liquids per day. I usually drink about 2,5 litres of water (No Coke. No Fanta. Pure water please.) + I need some caffeine while studying too.

  • Phone/ Laptop/ Laptop sleeve/ Chargers 
For electronics, I do have my phone and my laptop with me. I always carry a charger in my bag in case if my battery runs low. 

  • Pencil case /Nail file / Lip balm /Hair ties 
I couldn't study without all my highlighters and color pens, so I use to put it in my beautiful Ted Baker pencil case which I bought this summer in Toronto. I always do have a nail file, a lip balm and some hair ties in it. You know, just in case..



  • Cosmetic bag
My cosmetic bag is from Ted Baker too. I do not take too much stuff with me into the library, but I always use to have my perfume and my lipstick with me.

  • Books/ Notebooks
I'm not the biggest fan of studying anatomy in the library, since I have to carry an enormous amount of heavy books with me. But except my anatomy stuff it is not such a big deal to carry my books around. P.s.: A beautiful notebook is a must. Taking your notes will make much more fun, I promise!:)

  • Sunglasses/ Wallet/ Keys 

I have a pair of sunglasses in a side pocket all the time. I love wearing them all year long!



What about you? What are your library essentials?

Have a great day!

Bea