Introducing Cowshed – For Grumpy Cows, Wild Cows, Moody Cows…. & More Cows

Ha, okay that’s one long-a* (or should I say long-cow? hurhur) title but yes… what I am trying to get with that is to show how this Cowshed right here can cater to your every hair and body need be it if you’re a Grumpy Cow, Wild Cow, Moody Cow and even a Horny Cow.

Hmmm.

So anyway…

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For you newbie Cows, here’s a bit of an introduction about the brand and contrary to its very manual (manure, hoho, I’ll stop…) and down-to-earth name, it’s actually a luxury brand hailing from the UK.

Fusing a tongue-in-chic image with natural ingredients and a very simplistic feel, Cowshed carries a wide array of products to keep your skin and hair in tip-top shape regardless of your needs!

The reason for the name, Cowshed, dates back to 1998 (okay, not that ancient but heritage nonetheless!) and dabbles with the origins of the brand which, I kid you not, started at a cow shed in Somerset (The UK county… not Orchard 313).

There is this quote from the brand that I feel really represents them best, in the sense that they can play and joke about with product names and the brand image but what you get when you use the products is not a joke – it’s time, effort and careful consideration all in a bottle (or tub, whichever).

“And while our names might be playful, we take our formulations very seriously; there are thoughtful scents to enhance your mood, truly indulgent textures and body products that really make a difference.”

– Cowshed, Who We Are

Using the very best, their ingredients are Organic, Wildcrafted and Fairly-Traded plant extracts and essential oils so you can be sure that you’re being honest and natural with your skin. This is the best for those with skin woes and concerns over skin sensitivity or exposure to certain synthetic products.

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With that brand talk done and after giving you (hopefully) a good enough idea of this fun brand, let’s talk a little about me now.

So… while Cowshed carries a whole slew of products, what I am focusing on here is mainly their hair wash stuff – more pointedly speaking the Grumpy Cow range.

As mentioned, Cowshed carries a whole range of products for varying concerns, some more obvious than others – Knackered Cow for relaxation – Grumpy Cow, in this case would be for those feeling a little grumpy at how limp, flat and lifeless their hair is!

Case in point, that would be me right now but I would hardly say I am Grumpy.

Really, I’m not.

I just need a little help with keeping up with this hair length as I grow it out. I really don’t want to put a scissors to it anytime soon. Not even to chop in too many layers.

I don’t want to launch into a full-out backstory here but it is important you first understand the condition of my hair, if you don’t already know.

 

Hair Backstory –

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So… for the earlier part of the year, and the year before that, I’ve been both pampering and also killing my hair so that leaves my hair ends rather brittle, dry and in need of nourishing and care.

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It’s been over 6 months since I’ve done anything drastic to my hair so the new hair growth is healthy hair bits that – just like my hair was before they were zapped and fried – are rather fine, flat and limp.

Many would kill me for saying this but… for the most part, my hair is too straight and too neat. Though at the same time there is that dried out and much-better-but-still-fried bottom half of my hair that can tip-toe to being a tangled mess if I don’t give it enough love.

I can’t snip them all off either because that would render me in another short crop which I’m trying to avoid. I really like the length right now so I’d rather keep it, dilemma or not.

That said, I’ve been putting myself on Hydrating hair ranges for a good while (since the first fry) and I think it’s reached the point (and also hair length) that I need to stop because it leaves my hair even flatter and even more limp.

Given that the roots portion are actually healthy hair bits that don’t need that much moisture to weigh them down.

When your hair is all flat and limp, a healthy shine can be misread as an oily shine so… something had to be done.

 

Cue the entrance of Grumpy Cow, the Volumizing range from Cowshed.

My past experiences with Volumizing products left me with the impression that most of these do make the hair fluffier and lighter but at the expense of them being overly ‘static’ and ‘flyaway’ in appearance.

Which means that while your hair is fluffy, it can look a little dry and does not exude that healthy hair shine.

Even with that thought I went all in with using both the Grumpy Cow Shampoo and Conditioner and I would say that I was nicely surprised by the fluffy yet bouncy and full-bodied hair I got the next day!

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Grumpy Cow Conditioner

A quick check on the ingredients list shows that Grumpy Cow’s Conditioner, while a volumizing hair product, is infused with Organic Shea Butter which is likely to be the factor that helps to give the hair (and your scalp) it’s deserving dose of moisture and nourishment. It also contains Vitamin B5 which promotes the growth of your locks!

Nothing like washing your hair and feeding it some vitamins at the same time!

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The Shampoo on the other hand is also nourished with Vitamin B5 and instead of Organic Shea Butter, the ingredient here is Organic Pomegranate. I know you’re probably wondering what this popular anti-oxidant food has to do with hair, so let me tell you. It is enriched with Vitamin C, Vitamin B5 (more, woohoo), Potassium and of course Anti-oxidants to help soothe your scalp.

Cleaning and soothing don’t often go hand in hand but it seems it does this time!

To further explain what this range does, because unlike make-up it’s very hard to really show the difference unless you see me attempting a hair commercial in person *flips hair* the only way is to properly explain what it is stated to do and tell you if it did it for me!

So we’ve got our nourishing, vitamin and scalp soothing boxes all checked, would you like to find out how else Grumpy Cow helps with giving you more volume and also a shinier full-bodied hair at the same time?

Well, it’s simple really, the ingredients to it are Soya Protein (healthier hair), Vitamins (aforementioned, to thicken limp hair), Organic Pomegranate (to create volume and shine) and one we’ve not mentioned prior – Oat Extracts and Horsetail (it’s a plant, see) to support hair regeneration.

As you can see, that explains how Grumpy Cow is able to give you a more volumized, fuller hair look without the static-y flyaway hair effect while still lending a healthy dose of shine and a sleek finish to the hair.

I love how after using this my hair falls, sways and bounces with life around my face. While volumized, my hair isn’t tangled at the ends nor does it feel dry (though I know my ends probably still are).

In fact it’s almost as if I have a healthy head of hair – all bouncy, weighty, shiny and nicely nourished once more, falling perfectly around my face making it feel as if I had just gone for a haircut to layer my hair for added volume.

I can’t stop recommending this hair product because if you, like me, need a little volume in your hair but cannot afford to have it stripped dry like most volumizing hair products would then Cowshed’s Grumpy Cow is the way to go.

Come on over to the Cowshed already!

Thankfully you don’t have to travel out to some far-out farm to get your hands on this because a hefty range of Cowshed is found in the very central Takashimaya Shopping Centre.

Located on the 3rd floor of the departmental store, you’ll be greeted with a whole shelf of Cowshed, along with a couple more littered along the display tables behind it.

If anything, you can browse some Surratt while you’re at it or drift over to Appa Kappa just across the walkway!

 

Thanks for reading!

Cowshed’s Shampoo and Conditioner retails for S$42 at Takashimaya (level 3).

This is permanently found there if not out of stock, that is.

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Sephora Hols 2014 – Sephora (The House Brand)!

Okie dokes.

So we took a bit of a break from the Sephora Holiday mentions to spam up some Vice but now it’s time to resume our program on this, especially when most of the collections will be hitting stores 6th November!

Don’t forget to mark that date down if you’re thinking to swing by Sephora to pick up some festive gifts – almost all brands are rolling out their X’mas goodies then!

 

For today at least, I’m going to be talking about some stuff from Sephora’s house brand (but of course).

While yes Sephora stocks up a mighty mean list of brands to shop from, let’s not forget that the house brand has some pretty good offerings as well, especially where the seasonal range is concerned.

What’s more most things are reasonably priced too so it’s a a good one stop shop if you’re doing a secret santa or looking for some stocking stuffers!

It’s quite a hefty list so… just keep scrolling ya?

 

The Golden Party Range (Makeup)

Sephora 4 Eye Look Books Set, $49

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette, $88

Sephora Color Festival 130 Color Makeup Palette, $69 (as seen here)

Sephora Fresh Beauty To Go, $42

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Sephora Kiss Kiss Universal Pink Gloss, $10

Sephora Makeup Party Box Makeup Palette, $45

Sephora Ornament Lip Gloss in Universal Pink, $8

Sephora Party Color Hit Nail Polish & Nail Art Set, $55

Sephora Perfect Night Out Eye Set, $35

Sephora The Best of Sephora Box, $65

Sephora VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette, $19

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Beauty Toys Range (More Makeup + Nails!)

Sephora Creative Nail Art Set, $29

Sephora Festive Tattoos, $9

Sephora Gold Party Set of 4 Makeup Brushes, $36

Sephora Happy New Nails 6 Mini Nail Files, $8

Sephora Holiday 2014 Beauty Fish Mascot, $19 –– OMG IT’S SO CUTE

Sephora Makeup Bag Trio, $32

Sephora My Manicure Set, $36

Sephora Pinceaux Brushes To Go Set, $24

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Bath Party Range

Last not not least, if you / your friend isn’t quite a makeup person then there’s always some nice-smelling bath stuff to gift! Everyone showers so… everyone needs a little bath stuff, no?

Sephora Bath Party Bath Capsules Set, $24

I really enjoy these bath capsules when I picked them up during their initial launch. It’s a simple concept of 1 (or actually about 2 for me) bath use in a capsule so you can easily bring this along if you’re traveling or maybe hitting the gym, without having to carry a full (or decanted) bottle of product with you.

The scents are lovely too! I can see this being a very practical gift for a regular gym-goer or if you know someone who is always on the go!

Sephora Bath Party Limited Edition Assortment Pouch, $30

Sephora Bath Party Premium Box Assortment, $45

Sephora Cotton Flower Bubble Bath and Shower Gel Set, $28

Sephora Hands Creams Set, $26

Sephora Mini Cotton Flower Bath Set, $17

Sephora Mini Mango Bath Set, $17

Sephora Mini Multicolor Bath Pearls, $10

Sephora Scented Fizzy Bath Bomb Box, $18

Sephora Silver Glitter Spray, $15

Sephora Bath Products (sold individually!). Left to Right – Body Lotion (S$15), Body Scrub (S$15), Shower Gel (S$16), Handwash (S$10).

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So… voila, there you have it! The whole shebang of Sephora’s house brand offerings this festive period!

The prices are reasonable and most of all there is a wide enough range from the nail lover, to the makeup addict or the bath product junkie!

Sephora’s house brand is typically overshadowed by the many many the other brands available but truthfully the house items aren’t lacking too! I’ve swatched a couple of beautifully creamy eye pencils, intense lip colors and more!

If you’re popping in to pick up something from any other brand, don’t forget to just stop by the house brand aisles and give these items a look ;)

Sephora’s house brand Holiday products launches 6th November 2014 at all Sephora stores. Items (packaging or product-wise) are Limited Edition.

Thanks for reading!

 

I’ve got a quick ramble about my recent FAV hair product right now, something my life completely depends upon. So dramatic, I know, but my hair is my life so that lowdown is coming up real soon. Like a few hours soon.

Check back!

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