Thursday, January 15, 2015

Best of 2014

Hey Loves, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you had a wonderful 2014 and I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015!

It's that time again... Time to post my favorites of 2014, which is going to include makeup, nail polish, and maybe even a recipe or two! LOL!

I'd love to hear your favorites as well, so feel free to post and let me know about your best products for 2014!

Without further ado... Here we go!

Favorite Shampoo - WEN Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner

Favorite Hair Product - Crack Hair Cream

Favorite Hair Tool - InStyler Rotating Curling Iron

Favorite Thermal Protectant - Tigi S Factor

Favorite Hair Serum - Matrix Exquisite Oil

Favorite Drugstore Polish Brand - Sinful Colors

Favorite Salon Polish Brand - OPI

Favorite Indie Polish Brand - Elevation Polish

Favorite Indie Polish Color - Smitten Polish - In October We Wear Pink
(Photo by xoxojen)

Favorite Indie Polish Collection - The Secret Agent Collection by Chaos & Crocodiles

Favorite Cuticle Remover - Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

Favorite Cuticle Balm - Sunny's Miracle Balm
(Photo by Cosmetic Sanctuary)

Favorite Cuticle Oil - Sunny's Intensive Cuticle Oil
(Photo by Cosmetic Sanctuary)

Favorite Topcoat - Ain't Nobody Got Time For That by Digital Nails

Favorite Basecoat - Poshé Nail Strengthening Basecoat

Favorite Polish Remover - Zoya Remove+

Favorite Hand Scrub - Sunny's Hand Sugar Scrub
(Photo by Cosmetic Sanctuary)





Favorite Hand Cream - Sunny's Hand Cream
(Photo by Cosmetic Sanctuary)


Favorite Body Wash - Nivea Creme Soft

Favorite Body Wash - Tone Petal Soft Pink Peony & Rose Oil

Favorite Indie Skincare Brand - Sunny's Body Products
(Photo by Cosmetic Sanctuary)


Favorite Makeup Remover - Ponds Deep Cleanser & Makeup Remover

Favorite Facial Cleanser - Alpha Hydrox Foaming Facial Cleanser

Favorite Lip Balm - Sunny's Lip Saver
(Photo by Cosmetic Sanctuary)

Favorite Foundation - IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation

Favorite Concealer - Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer

Favorite Primer - M. Asam Perfect Teint

Favorite Eye Primer - MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

Favorite Mascara - Estee Lauder More Than Mascara

Favorite Eyeshadows - MAC Crystal Avalanche, Wedge, & Soft Brown (Crystal Avalanche not shown)
(Photo by Vampy Varnish)

Favorite Eyeliner - Lancome Gel Eyeliner in Brun

Favorite Blush - Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Blush in Natural Beauty

Favorite Bronzer - Benefit Dallas

Favorite Lip Color - Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Red

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There you have it folks, all my faves of 2014! Hope you enjoyed this list!
XOX
Jini

Friday, December 5, 2014

Beauty Blogazons $350 Visa Gift Card Holiday Giveaway!


Another holiday season, another Beauty Blogazons giveaway! Wouldn't it be nice to win a $350 Visa gift card to finish up your holiday shopping? Would you get me something if you win? ;)

Please enter using the widget below. Good luck!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Help for Winter Dry Hands & Lips

SERIOUS HELP FOR WINTER DRY HANDS, NAILS & LIPS

The change of weather has really taken a toll on my hands and nails - not to mention having a new kitten who is scratching, biting and shredding my poor hands. 

My friend, Anne, recommended that I try hand/nail products by Sunny's Body Products (formerly 365 Days of Color).  She has sugar hand scrubs, solid moisturizers, cuticle balms and oils and her lip balms are da bomb!  There are literally 100's of scents to choose from and everything is packaged in the most adorable prints. Her site is set up so that you can pick your own scent(s), or customize a kit,

She also offers seasonal "boxes" which are truly a work of art.  I am totally addicted to them. 

My cuticles were so dry, rough and disgusting from changing my nail polish so often and having to use pure Acetone to get the glitter off.  Sunny's products are truly life altering/game changing products folks!!  I feel a need to mention (at this point) that this is not a paid endorsement and that the products I am describing in this post were all paid for by me. 

I bought 2 of her Halloween boxes because the scents she chose for that box were amazing and I was lucky enough to receive a 3rd box as a gift in a Halloween Swap.  Each box usually comes with 6 products and some candy all themed out for that season. 

The Winter boxes will be releasing on November 21, 2014 and Sunny is introducing a new "body" product; Body Balm!!  I cannot wait to try it...I am so excited for its release. 

I'll let you in on a little secret...but don't tell anyone...she is also working on a body spray! 

The Winter Box may also be purchased without the body product so you will only get the hand/nail and lip products.   The box with the two new body products has 8 products total and the box without the body products has 6 products total.  You cannot go wrong either way!


Sunny's Body Products, Exclusive Christmas Box
Photo Courtesy of Lisa from The Cosmetics Sanctuary

If you decide to try any of Sunny's Body Products, please come back and let me know what you think. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blogazons Sephora Giveaway!

Hello beauties! The Blogazons are pleased to present to you another fabulous giveaway! 
Up for grabs is a $200 Sephora gift card which you can use to buy yourself some fantastic treats for the holiday season!


Please enter using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Giveaway featuring Jindie Nails!


Hey everyone! I have a special Halloween giveaway for you today.
I've teamed up with Jindie Nails to offer this fun prize! The winner will receive three limited edition Jindie polishes: Midnight Dancer, Freaks at the Fair, & Flowers in the Attic.
But that's not all! The lucky winner will also receive a $40 gift certificate to Jindie to pick out whatever pretties their heart desires!

This giveaway is open internationally and will run until next Friday, the 24th. Please enter using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beauty Blogazons Summer Giveaway!

Hello lovelies! Here's another fabulous giveaway from The Blogazons for you! Best of luck :)


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XO
Jini 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

IsThere Help for Excessive Hair Loss and Thinning Hair? Yes!


Hi loves!

You all know that I love my WEN...been using it for years and years.  I heard some people complain that they think it makes their hair fall out. 

I started experiencing excessive hair loss when I would cleanse my hair in the shower.  I lost so much hair that the drain in my shower would clog every single time I washed my hair....just from the hair that fell on the floor...I still had hair wrapped around my fingers and on the walls of my shower...so much hair!  I thought I must be going bald.  So, I stopped using the Wen and I switched over to sulfate free shampoo.  I did a 3-month trial.  If anything, I lost even more hair (from it being so knotty), not less...so it could not be the Wen.

I take very good care of my hair.  I do weekly deep conditioning oil treatments/scalp massage, I use Wen Remoist, I only wash/style 2x per week, I use good hair products and thermal protectants on it.

I started talking to the girls in my beauty/nail groups and doing research...and I came to the conclusion that the culprit was medication I take for either my hypo-thyroidism and/or my high blood pressure.  Some friends told me that I needed to start taking Biotin.  So, I bought the lowest dose (1,000 mcg) and started taking it every morning.  Within one month I saw a difference...a big difference.  By the third month, I was jumping for joy.  But...I was still experiencing some measure of hair loss while cleansing (I went back to Wen and will never leave again). 

So...I bought a stronger dosage of Biotin...I skipped over the middle dosage (5,000 mcg) and went straight for the maximum dosage of 10,000 mcg.   Three months later...WOW WOW WOW.  I cannot believe what a difference it has made.  Life changing.  I kid you not!  I have virtually no hair loss now.  You have to see the pictures to believe this. 

I have to warn you that they are graphic...and a bit on the disgusting side.,.however, it's the only way for me to show you first hand how dramatic the difference is.  I'm saving the pictures until the end of this post...to give you a chance to not have to look at them, if you are squeamish or think they might upset you.  LOL.  The reason for this warning is because I posted about this on my Facebook page awhile back and some woman reamed me out for posting the pictures and not giving any warning and she "unliked" me because of it.  So...I want to make sure that doesn't happen again...by giving you fair warning.  I honestly didn't think the picture was a big deal, but I figure better safe than sorry.

Biotin is not only good for your hair to make it grow faster, longer and stronger... it's also good for your nails.  My nails have always been strong and hard, but the Biotin makes them grow like crazy.  Even my nail guy can't get over it.  I broke a nail below the quick...it was a really bad tear...and it was grown out in less than a week.  I have a pic of the break I'll show you.

If you are on medication, for anything, talk to your doctor about taking Biotin for your thinning hair and hair loss.  There are many shampoos and conditioners on the market with Biotin in them.  While I have never personally used any of them, I did buy several different brands for my oldest sister to experiment with, as she suffers from thinning hair.  None of them worked for her.  I've been trying to get her to try the Biotin supplements, but she refuses saying she takes too many pills as it is. 

If you do decide to try the Biotin supplements...please post or email me to let me know how you like it...and be sure to document your hair loss by taking pictures before you start and throughout your experiment. 

I use the Natrol Biotin which I get at iherb.com for about $8.00.  If you spend $20+, you get free shipping.  I love this brand!!



This was just what was wrapped around my fingers and on
the walls of my shower.  The drain had even more hair.
Notice the giant clump of hair at the bottom of the picture...that's what scared me the most!



This picture was taken tonight after my shower.  This was what was wrapped around
my fingers.  Nothing on the walls and I didn't see any on the floor of the shower.
BIG DIFFERENCE!!
 
This is my hair now.  I changed it from red to brown with
blonde highlights. Still loving my InStyler!!
 
This was the nail that broke - Actually it ripped clean off.  That hurt!!!



This is after about 10 days.  Sorry for the blurry picture - but you
can see that it's completely grown out and I can file it, polish it, etc.
I thought it would take months to grow out.