Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Best Products of 2013

Hi Loves,

I wanted to make a list of my favorite products for 2013 to share with you.  You will probably note that some of them haven't changed from 2012.  I love to try new products but, the truth is, if I love it, I always go back to my tried and trues. 

I'm doing it a little different this year, though.  I'm going to do my top favorites in each category, rather than just listing my top 10 products.  There are just too many products that get me thru the day that I think deserve to be named.  I hope you like the new format.

Top Products of 2013:

Hair:

1.  WEN Conditioning Cleanser (tied between Fig and Pomegranate)
2.  Tigi "S" Factor Heat Protectant Spray
3.  Crack Hair Cream
4.  Matrix Exquisite Oil (Monoi Oil Blend)
5.  Instyler Rotating Iron (hands down my favorite styling tool ever made!)
6.  WEN Remoist

Nails:

1.  Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover
2.  OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil
3.  Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Balm
4.  Rejuvacote Nail Treatment (Base Coat)
5.  Poshe (Top Coat)
6.  Plastic Polish Soakers (the clip kind for removing glitter polish)

Hand/Body:

1.  Simple Sugars (Coffee Face and Body Scrub)
2.  Dr. Jonathan's Berry Works CranMagic Hand Cream
3.  Tamanu Oil (mixed with any lotion to hydrate skin)
4.  Nip & Fab Detox Blend Body Lotion
5.  Dove Exfoliating Body Wash
6.  Ponds Cucumber Cleansing Cream & Make-Up Remover

Lips:

1.  MAC Riri Woo Lipstick and Lip Glass
2.  Maybelline Baby Lips (Lip Balm)
3.  Revlon Color Pencils
4.  Homemade Sugar Scrub (White Sugar & Olive Oil Blended)

Make-Up:

 1.  M. Asam Perfect Teint (Primer)
 2.  Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation (Liquid and Powder)
 3.  Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
 4.  Benefit POREfessional Shine Free Finishing Powder
 5.  MAC Powder Eye Shadow (Crystal Avalanche, Wedge, Soft Brown)
 6.  Bobbi Brown Powder Eye Shadow (Hot Stone)
 7.  Nars Eye Paint (Gel Eyeliner in Mesopotamia)
 8.  Lanc├┤me Gel Eyeliner (in Brun)
 9.  Too Faced LashGasm Mascara
10. Benefit Boxed Blush/Bronzer (in Dallas)
11. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (in Natural Beauty)
12.  Jurlique Rose Water (Finishing Spray)

Skincare:

Daytime:  Skin Ceuticals Foaming Cleanser, Isomers Vitamin C Serum, Eye Serum & Moisturizer
Evening:  Skin Ceuticals Exfoliating Cleanser, CE Ferulic Serum, AOX Eye Gel & Eye Balm, Avon Clinical Treatment


Honorable Mention:  I use the Simple Sugars Coffee Facial Scrub 2x per day after cleansing.  It really moisturizes and softens my skin without leaving it greasy.

Fragrance:

1.  Jo Malone Tangerine Blossom & Honey
2.  Essential Oils (blended)

Noteworthy Others:

1. Essential Oils for Weekly Deep Hair Conditioning:  Cranberry Seed, Argan, Grapeseed, Monoi, Macadamia Nut, Jojoba, Shea, Avocado. Use any one of these or a blend of several.  Saturate dry hair and place in a plastic cap for as long as you can...even overnight.  Then cleanse the oil out and style.  I purchase my oils from www.camden-grey.com

2. Vaseline Spray & Go (spray lotion)

3.  Ott Lite Make-Up Mirror

4.  Sally's Emory Boards & Acetone

5.  Sonia Kashuk Make-Up Brushes (Target)









Thursday, February 13, 2014

Giveaway @ Pretty Polished Pointers

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Organo Gourmet Black Gold Coffee

Okay...so y'all know that this is not just your average beauty blog.  I like to discuss everything from beauty and polish to baking and life. 

Before the holidays, I was sent some products to review that are not beauty related. It has taken me a ridiculously long time to test and review the products and, for that, I have to apologize to the gentleman that sent them to me, Byron Whitman.  Byron...so sorry!

Today, I bring you a review on Organo Gold Gourmet Black Coffee, which contains something called Ganoderma Lucidum. 





What is Ganoderma Lucidum you ask?  You can read all about it and it's amazing health & healing benefits here.  Do not fall for cheap imitations of Ganoderma. 

I am really not a big coffee drinker...I do love my iced coffee though and I often bake with coffee. 

I was sent a one cup sample package to try.  Instructions said to add 6 oz. of boiling water.  I found it to be a little too strong for my liking with just 6 oz. of water, so I added a little more.  I also added some powdered creamer and 2 packets of Equal.  OMG...so yummy, so smooth...and the best part...it's non-acidic and Organic!!  I shared a little with my co-worker, Debbie.  She absolutely loved it and she is an avid coffee drinker. 

You too can sample this fabulous coffee, FOR FREE, by clicking on this link:  http://good4you.goldcoffeesample.com/fz/index.htm?ogp=131

I would love to hear your feedback if you have already tried this coffee, Ganoderma Lucidum or plan to order a sample. 

If you decide you love it  or happen to be looking to make money from home, there is a marketing opportunity you may be interested in.  Click here to find out more out about this fantastic opportunity.

Until next time loves...xoxo

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Liquid Sand, Texture Gradient

It's a miserable, rainy day...and I'm not feeling all that well. 

What a great day to spend some time doing my nails.  I thought I would do a water marble, then I thought I'd practice stamping, then I thought about working with tape...decisions, decisions, decisions.

So I took a look into my polish drawers (I have 2 Alex's from IKEA filled to the brim and I desperately need a 3rd).  I always get so overwhelmed when I look at my polish...so many pretties...it's so hard to decide which one(s) to wear.  It's not just trying to figure out which color, it's also which finish and texture.  Often I just sit there and stare into their little bottles (creams, holos, glitters, glass fleck, jellies, crellies and more)...trying to get one of them to speak to me.  LOL. 

I had the whole China Glaze Summer & Texture collections sitting on top of my polish cabinet.  No room in the China Glaze drawer for them.  I decided to do a texture/liquid sand gradient with some sort of glitter topper. 

I pulled out several of my textures from China Glaze, OPI and Zoya and started pairing up 5 sets of 2 colors.  I decided to sponge the color on.




Clean up was a bit of a nightmare because I waited until the very end to clean up all my nails at one time, rather than do each nail individually as I sponged.    I wound up having to use a large brush first and then a small one to get in close.  I felt their was too much glitter residue, so next time I will clean up each nail after applying polish.  On one or two nails, I think I got too close and actually removed some of my polish.  Oopsies!




I love gradients, but I think they look so much more finished with some sort of topper or design.  I opted for Polish Me Silly's "Surprise Me".  Polish Me Silly was formerly Lush Lacquer.  I did have to fish for some of the larger round glitter pieces, but they came out pretty easily with a toothpick.





I really like how this one turned out. I'd love to hear your thoughts!



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Parnevu Tea Tree Oil Hair Products

                                                                                                                 (Press Samples)





Today loves, I will be reviewing Parnevu Tea Tree Oil hair products. 

Now, those of you who know me, know I tend to have dry, coarse, frizzy, wavy, fuzzy, color-treated hair and unless I am reviewing a product for a company, I pretty much only use the conditioner cleansing method.  Having said that however, I have previously used the Parnevu Extra Dry line, including the Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-in Conditioner and Hair Mayonnaise...all of which I loved.  They work beautifully and smell amazing.  My 12-year old daughter uses the line exclusively and it's my "go-to" choice when I am not using the conditioner cleansing method.

My 15-year old daughter, Demi, and my 17-year old niece, Victoria, both have the most greasy, oily, flaky, itchy, scaly hair/scalp I have ever seen on human beings. Even shampooing every single day, their hair still looks dirty, flat and flaky.  These kids literally pick and claw at their heads constantly...it drives me insane.  We have tried everything imaginable to rid them of their scalp issues, including high-end pricey shampoos and prescription shampoos.  Nothing works.  The products that work a little better than most smell awful...medicinal...and the girls refuse to use the products because they smell so bad.  They are teenagers and they want to smell good, not like a hospital.


Victoria


So, I had them both try the Parnevu Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Tea Tree Oil Leave-In Conditioner.  Initially, they were concerned that the products were intended only for African Americans.  This is not true.  The products are made for specific hair types, not ethnicities.








Demi
 
The girls both loved the products.  Not only did their hair come out squeaky clean, shiny and healthy looking, but it smelled wonderful.  This is a huge thing!  These are the only products that I have found that actually work and keep the oil and flakies at bay. 




Victoria - Look at all that body & shine!!


I also use both products once every few weeks as a clarifying treatment for my hair.  I use about 2 tablespoons of the Hair Mayonnaise weekly in my oil deep conditioning treatment.  This is to maintain the health of my hair as well as to keep it soft, shiny and bouncy.

The third product we tried was the Herbal Grow.  The description on the jar says that it helps stimulate growth, prevent dandruff and treat dry scalp.  This is a pomade-like consistency and is meant to be distributed throughout your scalp and left in.  It smells heavenly...like coconut or vanilla and maybe lime?  We did not follow the directions for use on the jar, we used this as a conditioning treatment instead - smearing a healthy amount all over our scalps and leaving it on with a plastic cap for about an hour, then we shampooed it out.  It really does help eliminate the itch and flakies very well.  I don't think that I, personally, would be able to leave it my hair and go about my business.  I much prefer to use it as a spot treatment instead and so do my girls.  My hair was super fluffy after using this.











Don't be fooled into thinking these products only work for African Americans.  They work beautifully for all ethnicities and all hair types.  Be sure to "Like" Parnevu's Facebook page and check often because they are always posting coupons and specials.  They have wonderful customer service too!


Me...pardon my gray roots!


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