Thursday, March 13, 2014

Paula's Choice Review



 
About:
 
Shrink enlarged pores with this leave-on exfoliant that removes old skin cells both on the skin's surface and inside the pore.
 
  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Keratosis Pilaris, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • For All Skin Types
  • Creates radiant, even-toned skin
  • Reduces redness & builds collagen
  • Unclogs & diminishes enlarged pores
 
My experience:
 
 
I have pretty sensitive skin that tends to dry out really easily. I was happy to see that this exfoliant did not dry out, or break out my skin. I have been using it on my acne and have seen some improvement in the past week. Yep, at 36 I still get acne sometimes! Boo!
 
 
Most ace products I have tried seemed to be geared towards teens and they are also much too drying for my skin. This product doesn't feel harsh like the others did. I am really looking forward to trying other products from this line!!
 
 
Of course this is cruelty-free and not tested on animals!!!
 
 
 
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I received this product to sample, free from BzzAgent!
 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Voxbox from Influenster



 
Yay! I got my first box from Influenster today. It's the J'adore box! So excited!
 
What I received:
 
Hershey Kisses
 
I am a vegan but these do smell so good! My family is surely enjoying the family sized bag of kisses. And what a great way to get some extra chores out of them...LOL "sure I'll put the clothes in the dryer for a few KISSES" ;)
 
 
RedRose Tea
 
Umm yes, what a wonderful way to relax. Both these flavors of tea (Lemon Chiffon ad Crème Carmel) are delicious. I can't decide which one I like better. The Lemon Chiffon is decaffeinated so it makes the perfect end of the day treat. I add a little soy milk and just a tiny pinch of stevia to make a sweet treat!
 
Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Spray
 
I have naturally wavy hair that I can do two things with, either gel it and use a diffuser or curls or flat iron it straight. On a special night out I like to go with straight. Frizz ease takes my hair that would ordinarily look a little frazzled by ironing and smooths it all down so it looks shiny and healthy! This product is meant to keep your hair straight until your next shampoo (within 3 days)... which for me is not really an issue because I need to shampoo everyday or my hair looks oily. I am thinking of trying a dry shampoo on my roots and seeing if I can get a couple days of straight wear out of it. I will let you all know ;)
 
Botanics Iconic Clay Mask
 
 
I am really surprised at the consistency of this clay mask. In the past every clay mask I have used has had a mud-like consistency but this product it very watery. There wasn't much of a scent except for an herbal type scent. You need to be cautious when applying this not to drip it all over since it is quite thin and runs a bit when applied. Apply a thing coat!
This mask did dry nicely and made my skin feel nice after rinsing off. My skin felt really clean and smooth without feeling dry. Not bad! :)
 
 
 
Kiss "looks so natural"
 
This Valentine's day I decided to try lashes, I used some I was sent by another company and tried them on. They were so thick and so heavy and looked horribly fake. I ended up pulling them off and really felt like I was done with lashes. These Kiss lashes however, are so much lighter and more natural looking. I am very impressed. The ends are tapered like natural hair is so there is not a strong blunt edge. I like these a LOT! I will definitely use these in the future!
 
 
Vaseline Men Spray Lotion
 
I am so jealous! I have been wanting to try the spray lotions from Vaseline but this one is meant for a man. My honey was more than happy to try it out. It was so easy to apply, leave a nice mist of lotion without feeling greasy. It smells like a fresh, clean men's cologne. Soon my son was begging me to get him a bottle too! Definitely like this... I can't wait to try the women's version for myself!
 
 
 
 
 
I received these items for free for trial purposes from Influenster!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Slip Detangler Review

 
 
from Curly Hair Solutions
 
About:
 
 
Curly Hair Solutions™ Slip™ Detangler is a silicone free detangling leave-in conditioner that will instantly loosen hair knots, lock in hair color and eliminate flyaway hair. The conditioning ingredients of Slip™ will leave your hair soft, smooth and shiny without ever over-moisturizing the hair. Slip™ has the strength to adjust the pH balance of your hair to give you strong healthy hair without adding any weight.

Slip™ will shut the hair cuticle locking in the new curly hair color making the hair feel soft and smooth again. Spray Slip™ onto your wet hair immediately after your color application. As with all other CHS products, Slip™ will never build up in your hair and can be used daily as part of your regular hair maintenance routine. Slip™ is a natural hair product that is safe to use on children’s hair. Say goodbye to the pain of tangles for all curly hair types.
 
 
Our Experience:
 
Slip is one of those products that can be used on my whole family. I have fine blond hair and my daughter has 4b/c hair and we both really liked the way Slip feels in our hair.
 
My hair is wavy and gets easily tangled. If I wash it and don't mess with it too much the curls pop out ad I can wear my hair curly. If I have to do a bunch on detangling to my hair the curls end up getting smooshed down and my hair ends up looking frizzy and I end up having to straighten it. When I was my hair and apply the Slip de-tangler I can easily finger comb my hair, it easily de-tangles my hair and makes it feel really soft. My hair does not looks greasy nor is it weighed down. My blond hair which tends to be oily looks greasy so fast I really need to be careful what I use so I was really happy that this product did not make it look oily at all, it was completely invisible but felt really great!
 
J's type 4b/c hair tends to be dry and gets very tangled. This light conditioning de-tangler really helped me to de-tangle J's hair and added softness to her hair as well. This is a really good de-tangler and unlike many other's I have used, it does not take a lot of product to work!!
 
Definitely recommend!
 
 
 
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Thanks to Curl Hair Solutions for allowing me to review their product!
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Studio Gear Cosmetics Review

 
 
About:
 
Hydrating CC Cream transforms and enhances your complexion in an incredibly light, smooth formula. This foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish.

Key Benefits:
- Prevents fine lines and wrinkles with collagen-building ingredients
- Restores skin elasticity by promoting moisture retention
- Brightens and illuminates skin with a non-oily, complete coverage application
 
My Experience:
 
When I first squeezed the CC Cream onto my hand I was shocked to see that it was grey, I thought something must be wrong with it. lol But after smoothing it onto my face I realized it changes color on your skin.
 
I really love the way this looks and feels on my skin. My skin feels so soft and not heavy, though it has really good coverage. I have light skin and normally use an ivory and the natural was perfect on my skin. My teenage son ever commented that I finally found the right color of makeup. He said when it was on my skin, you can't even tell I am wearing makeup but that my skin looks better. *blush* I didn't know my makeup had been that visible before. lol
 
I honestly really like this CC cream and plan to make it my go-to foundation from now on! I love how it makes my skin look and feel when it's on my face and even when I wash it off I have noticed a difference I my skin. Love it!
 
 
About:
 
Affirmation Multi-Effect Eye Gel works day and night to help reduce and prevent under-eye puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. Simultaneously, skin’s elasticity is improved, moisture retained, and protection from free radical damage is employed.
KEY BENEFITS
  • Eyeliss: Increases circulation and decongests fluid around the eye to eliminate dark circles and puffiness.
  • Algisium C: Protects from free radicals, improves skin elasticity, suppleness, firmness, hydration, and collagen production.
  • Haloxyl: Significantly decreases the appearance of dark circles and inflammation

My Experience:
 
I have been using this twice a day as directed to reduce my dark eye circles and puffiness. I have always been pretty self-conscious about the dark color under my eyes. I am super prone to puffiness when I don't get enough sleep or when I am feeling stressed.
 
It goes on really easily, just a tiny dot goes a long way and it is very easy to put makeup over.
 
I have noticed a bit of improvement in the week I have been using this eye gel. I plan to keep using it and see what results I can achieve. So far it seems like really good stuff!
 
 
About:

Prime Objective Eye Primer visually diminishes discoloration and surface imperfections that may be present on the lids. Eye shadows and eyeliners apply and blend easier and wear true to color.
 
My Experience:
 
This is my first eye primer and before using it I really never saw the point of an eye primer before. After using it however, I notice a difference in the color and the wear of my eye shadow. I really like the color of the natural primer, it's a light pinkish color that I love! I am definitely won over and have been using this daily since it arrived!!
 
 
 
About:
 
Color Studies 3:1 Harmonic Eye Shadows provide the perfect highlight, contour, and accent shades for the perfect eye palette. Each trio color was carefully studied in relationship to the others to arrive at a perfect harmony of hue, color temperature, color intensity and color value.
 
 
My Experience:
 
I have this trio in Warm Mocha. The colors are so delish and vibrant. I am in love with the light pink color. Seriously I could wear it every day. The brown are both really nice...the dark brown is darker and more intense than it appears to go lightly with it and build it up to the color you want to achieve.
 
 
I plan to do a youtube video with these products and show how I put a look together with them, Stay Tuned!!
 
 
Thanks so much to Studio Gear for allowing me to review their products!!
 
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Pure Healthy Hair





I have never really tried any vitamins for hair before but when the opportunity to try Vibrance Vitamins for Hair Growth by Eu Natural came along I was excited to try them!!


Details:

  • Natural Herbal Extracts & Drug-Free Ingredients Researched to Promote Faster and Healthier Hair Growth
  • Extra Strength Pure Formulation Includes OptiMSM & 37 Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs for Hair Strengthening Nutritional Support
  • 100% Vegetarian Capsules Free of Gluten, Wheat, and Dairy with Zero Fillers, Zero Binders, and Zero Artificial Ingredients
  • For best results, use for a mimimum of 3 months.
  • Recommended shelf life is 2.5 years after manufactured date
  • Made in the USA to Strict FDA Standards by cGMP Certified Laboratory


  • Benefits of Vibrance Hair Vitamins:

     
    OptiMSM, a natural compound containing sulfur, feeds your hair with the building blocks it needs to grow. When you take a supplement like Vibrance which contains this compound, your hair grows much more rapidly.
    Biotin, this vitamin makes your hair more elastic. The more elastic your hair is, the less brittle and breakable it is. Biotin strengthens your hair, and keeps split ends from forming.
    Other key ingredients in Vibrance include vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin B complex, iodine, selenium, copper, horsetail extract, green and black tea extract, gingko extract, and more. Please see Product Details for full list.


    Our Experience:

    We have been taking these vitamins for about a month now. I was very happy to see that they are vegetarian since J is vegetarian and I am newly vegan. I had no issue with taking these vitamins unlike some others I have tried in the past that had upset my stomach.

    I know it says it can take about 3 months to see maximum results but I really feel like my hair already seems to look better, fuller and more shiny and it seems to have grown a bit. J's hair also seems to have grown and looks healthier than it did just a month ago. I also notice that our nails seem to be growing also!

    I will keep you updated as to our progress with the Healthy Hair Vitamins from Eu Natural!





     
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    Sweet Slumber Pillow From Reverie



    I love pillows. I really love pillows. On a regular night I sleep with about three or four pillows and I have never been able to sleep with less than two. I usually just grab a pillow from a local mess retailer and don't think too much about it. I pretty much figured all pillows are pretty much the same. It seemed like no matter which pillow I bought, or how nice it felt brand new, it would soon end up deflated and pretty much useless.

    When my Sweet Slumber Pillow from Reverie came in the mail the first thing I noticed was the weight of the box. I had this huge white box and it was so heavy I was starting to wonder if it was really just a pillow inside. It was! I was a huge pillow with a great weight and I could not wait to go to sleep. lol.

    The pillow is stuffed with Shredded natural Latex so it's hypo-allergenic and dust mite resistant. It's 100% cotton quilted and the removable cover is machine washable! As a vegan, I am very happy to see there are no animal products, such as feathers, in these pillows!

    When it was time for bed I decided to check out a movie from bed, this pillow was so thick and supportive I only needed one pillow under my head and I comfortably watched a movie and then drifted off to sleep. Now normally I am all over the place at night, flipping my pillow many times because it gets hot and feels flat but with the Sweet Slumber Pillow this was not the case at all! I was surprised when I woke up in the morning, I felt refreshed and I hadn't tore up my bed from moving all over the place. I only needed this one pillow! The Sweet Slumber pillow just feels so good, so soft and yet supportive and didn't get hot like other pillows. (I don't even think that was a special feature of the pillow, but I observed that it stayed much cooler than my regular pillows.)

    I definitely recommend this pillow! I LOVE it!! I plan to buy one for the rest of the family!


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    Monday, January 20, 2014

    Happy MLK Day!



     
    “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
     
    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

    Can U Dig It???​ review


    I met Michelle,the owner of "Can U Dig It," years ago on YouTube, where she has a series of videos on various topics. I had commented on a video, then ended up adding her to facebook... she is such a fun person and I have always enjoyed her videos and tutorials. I was so excited when she came out with her own line of natural products for skin and hair!!

    Her products are always made with natural ingredients....no additives or preservatives whatsoever (with the exception of fragrance oils). She currently has Lip Balms, Body Butter and Hair Oils and is working on candles!! (I am very excited about those I LOVE candles!)

    Check out her shop and her pages....









    Strawberry Dig It Lip Balm is made with all natural Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E, and is scented with Strawberry Fragrance Oils. This balm glides on silky smooth and smells like a fragrant Strawberry patch.  Keeps your lips kissably soft all thru out the day ;)



    My Experience:
     
    Very good lip balm! I love the strawberry scent and it made my lips feel sooo good. I have probably the world worst lips lol they are dry and they crack so easily and it hurts to laugh and smile at times. This lip balm just soothed my lips and made them feel so much softer.
     
    $3.00 It's a STEAL!!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Whether you suffer from dry, itchy skin, chapped hands and feet or no irritating skin issues at all, Dig It Body Butter will help nourish your skin and keep it silky smooth. My combination of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Avocado Butter, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil, and Vitamin E, will heal, soften, and moisturize any problem areas. Dig It Body Butter absorbs beautifully into your skin. 100% all natural ingredients and not just for the Ladies!  Gentlemen have also benefitted from using Dig It Body Butter to keep their skin soft and smooth.
     
     
    My Experience:
     
    This is a very good body butter made with really good quality ingredients. I didn't notice any scent so it would be great for people with scent sensitivity, sensitive skin and can be used on the whole family. (Love products like that!!) Smooth on your skin or melt some in your hands for a nice massage... think Valentine's day ;)
     
    Very well priced at $3 for a 1oz jar and $10 for a 4oz jar!!
     
     
     
     
     
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    Saturday, January 11, 2014

    Christmas Presents 2013

    I have seen sooo many people on Youtube making videos of what they got for Christmas and of course they are not meant to brag but more like the Haul and Favorites videos they give you ideas of gifts and things you might like...

    Here are a couple of my Christmas presents I thought I would share!

     
    Ulta Makeup kit, Mascara, Olay Face wash, Olay make-up removing wipes, Concealer and I got the silver animal print bag filled with all kinds of goodies free with purchase!! It had a sample of Prada Candy which smells delish! I got all kinds of tested and a Bare Minerals lip gloss that I LOVE!

     
    All the Holiday hand washes, Cinnamon Pumpkin body wash which I was pretty surprised at the scent... I was expecting pumpkin pie and it was much different that expected but I like it!!
     
     
     
    Merry Marshmallow and Vanilla Bean Noelle lotion... I am in LOVE with Vanilla Bean Noelle and wish I could get it year round! The merry marshmallow smelled nice but nothing like marshmallow to me... what did ya'll think?
     
     
     
    Love this candle "Marshmallow fireside" not too sweet.... it smelled like a fire side with a hint of sweet. Awesome!
     
     
     
    The Hand washes, all smell good! Sugar Plum is my least favorite and Gingerbread and Vanilla Bean are my favorites.
     
     
    Make-up brushes! No more finger tips and cotton balls!! LOL
     
     
    These are just a few bath/body related that I thought I would share!!!

    VinylEloquence Review & Giveaway

     
     
     
     
     
    why can't you get a teen to smile? lol
    Jamilah is wearing a size M "Naturally Fabulous" t-shirt
     
    Rock your natural hair style while rocking one of our fabulous natural hair tees. They feature a woman with an afro or twist out.

    They have a few designs to choose from one with a full body or one with just the head
     in sizes small to xxl.
    They can add text to our shirts as long as the text/phrase isn't trademarked.
     
    I don't know what it is about this shirt but I have noticed it doesn't get glitter all over like glitter shirts she has had in the past, which is AWESOME!!
     
    I think this could be casual or you could dress it up with a silver earrings or necklace and maybe roll the sleeves...very cute and versatile!!
     
     
     
     
    It's so pretty!! In Pink too!!
     (Made from Heavy Cotton )
     
     
     
     These earring were JUST ADDED to the store!! Love them!!
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
    Out-takes he he he.....
     
     
     
    She would be so mad at me for this...lol
     
     
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    Briogeo Review



    Be Gentle, Be Kind Cleansing Shampoo

     
     
    sulfate-free cleanser for all hair types.
    Richly cleanse and refresh your scalp and hair with Be Gentle, Be Kind™ sulfate-free shampoo.  This award winning shampoo is fortified with green tea antioxidants, nourishing and shine-enhancing bamboo & palm extracts, soothing aloe, and vitamins B5 & E to give your hair the healthy boost needed to look its best.  Naturally-derived cleansers leave your hair soft, clean, and manageable.  Cleanse your hair with love -- Be Gentle, Be Kind.
     
    Our Experience:
     
    Love when a shampoo can be used on the whole family....since we have very different hair types in our house. I used this on Jamilah's 4b/c and on my fine blond wavy hair and it worked great! Sometimes I find that I have to use a ton of sulfate-free shampoo to get the desired effect but that was not the case with this shampoo. I really like this and would definitely use it on a daily basis! Ohh and really nice light scent too!
     
     
     
     
    deep conditioning mask (5.25oz)

    repairing mask for dry, damaged, or chemically-treated hair.
    Repair and treat dry, damaged and/or breaking hair with Don't Despair, Repair!™ deep conditioning mask.  Fortified with ultra-hydrating avocado, sweet almond & argan oils, strengthening keratin protein, power-conditioning rosehip oil, soothing aloe, and super hair-essential vitamins B5, D, A, E and biotin.  This unique complex of targeted ingredients helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength.  From hot tools to chemical treatments, we can all use some hair TLC, so Don't Despair, Repair!


    My experience:
     
    I have oily hair so I used this product just from the middle to the ends of my hair. I used it through-out Jamilah's hair. Very nice softening, repairing conditioner. I would definitely use this once a week or twice a month to repair damaged dry hair.
     
     
     
     
    hydrating curl definer for curly to wavy hair.
    Define, de-frizz, and enhance your curls with Curl Charisma™ conditioner, specially formulated for curly to wavy tresses.  This super-conditioner is fortified with frizz-deterring rice amino acids, ultra-hydrating rosehip & sweet almond oil, moisturizing shea, and shine-boosting rosehip oil.  Mollis leaf and tomato fruit extract help to ensure consistent curl formation and highlight the texture and form of each curl, boosting the vibrancy and liveliness of your hair.  Treat your curls to naturally-enhancing performance ingredients that bring out your own Curl Charisma!
     
    My Experience:
     
    Jamilah used this on her 4 b/c hair and really liked it. It was detangling and softening and she said it smelled really nice. I did notice her hair looked shiny after using this conditioner and had less frizz. Great Conditioner for the curl girl!!
     
     
     
     
    volumizing conditioner
    thickening and volumizing conditioner for fine to limp hair.
    Enhance your hair's volume and thickness with Blossom & Bloom™ conditioner.  This powerhouse conditioner is fortified with plumping collagen, thickening building-block vitamins B5 & biotin, hair follicle stimulating ginseng, and shine boosting argan & sweet almond oil.  Maltodextrin (yeah, sugar!) coats and separates each strand to increase the volume and fullness of the hair without sticky or stiff after effects.  Leave thin & limp hair behind as you Blossom & Bloom!
     
     
    My experience:
     
    Okay. I have fine hair and it tends to be dry so I normally have a choice, the have it frizz free and flat or volume but not conditioned. I was so surprised to find I could use this conditioner and still have volume in my hair! YAY!! Definitely a good option for fine, limp hair!
     
     
     
     
    My overall impression is that Briogeo makes very high quality hair products that are not only good for the hair but they do what they are supposed to do and do it well!
     
     

    Callio Fragrance Review & Giveaway




     

     
    Juicy, sweet blackberries and soft, red roses blended with a hint of sweet vanilla; Adele is the perfect scent for you if you love slightly sweet fragrances.
     
    (Fragrances are phthalate-free, never tested on animals and made in the USA.)
     
    This smells so nice....I can definitely smell the blackberries and the roses and sweetness...OMGoodness it smells so good!!
     
     
     
     
     
    
     
    Do you love the aroma of baking almond cookies? If so, this is the fragrance for you! We've blended notes of notes of almond paste, vanilla bean and a hint of lemon to create this decadent treat.
     
     
    My Experience:
     
    I liked all three Callio scents but this one was probably my favorite. I wore this on Christmas and smelled so delicious. It literally smells like fresh baked almond cookies! SoOoO good!!
     
     
     
     
     
    Willow is the perfect fragrance for vanilla lovers with notes of vanilla bean, dark rich Bourbon vanilla, Mexican vanilla extract and sweet amber.
     
    My Experience:
     
    This is Jamilah's favorite, I really enjoyed fragrance also! I really love vanilla and this was a vanilla fragrance with a kick....so good!
     
    I love all three of these scents!! At $28 a bottle they are a very good deal... or you can get the roll-on scents that are great for on the go for only $7.00!!! I can't wait to try some more scents!!
     
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    Cynnamon Sugar Review & Giveaway

     
     
     
    So last month I reviewed Hair Tea and this Month I am reviewing Body Tea from Cynnamon Sugar!

     
     
     
    Enjoy a relaxing bath or two with a tea bag in your bath water. It helps sooth your skin and relax your body. Filled with herbs, shea butter flakes, & pink Himalayan bath salts.
     Available in various herbal combinations.

    INSTRUCTIONS: Boil tea bag in 1 quart of water. Cool a bit and add to bath. The herbal combination will help soothe the mind, relax your body, & make your skin feel wonderful!


    My Experience:

    I tried the floral bath. I put my bath water on and dropped the tea bag in and went to get my towel, when I walked back into the bathroom I could smell the light, natural floral scent. It has a nice light scent and I noticed it did not color my bath water so I felt comfortable to lie back and not worry about getting my hair in the water. As someone with blond hair I often worry that different colors in the water might pick up in my hair but there were no worries with this bath tea! It was a very relaxing bath and made my skin feel soft but not oily. Over all it was a very nice experience.




    Signature Whipped Body Butter


    Shea, mango, and cocoa butter whipped to perfection to moisturize your body. Scents vary.

    My Experience:

    I tried the almond scent and it smells delish!! This is a very fast melting body butter (in your hand not in the jar!) and smooths so nicely into your skin! 3 great butter make up this body butter so it's good for your skin and smells delish too!



    Hi Maintenance Hair Smoothie

    Cynnamon Sugar's Hair Smoothie is the mixture of several organic oils to give your hair the strength, moisture, & shine it needs. Ingredients include: Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, and our proprietary blend of organic goodies. Excellent for hair health. Consistency varies each batch. Melts when warm.

    My Experience:

    I have read that some users refer to this as "hair crack" I can see why, with all these awesome ingredients to feed the hair. I smoothed this through Jamilah's hair and it felt incredibly soft and well conditioned. It really makes the hair shine and feel soft! A great treat for the hair at a very reasonable price.





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    My apologies!

    Hey everyone! Happy 2014!!

    I am sooo sorry I have been gone so long! If I told you all of the things that have been happening you probably wouldn't even believe it...lol. I have had electrical issues in the house and lost power to half the house and had to have re-wiring done. The family has had bronchitis, the flu and ear infections collectively and never ending colds (seriously it's been like a month!) We also had some other small home issues arise and PHEW! Well the good news is we are all healthy and happy and I'm back...

    I know I need to wrap up some giveaways and pick some winners... I also have some AWESOME items I have reviewed over the break that I need to share with you. So.... Thank you all for being so patient!! You are awesome! Let's get to these giveaways!!


    Blessings~ Jenn

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Treasured Locks Review & Giveaway

     
     
     
     
     
    About:
     
    Our Treasured Locks H2G Awaken Emu Oil Shampoo is a breakthrough product when it comes to hair and scalp health. Emu oil has been shown to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. These improvements to the scalp allow the scalp to grow stronger hair faster. Now get the benefits of Emu Oil in our salon grade Emu Oil Shampoo and Emu Oil Conditioner. For best results, use both products.

    Our Emu Oil Shampoo helps hydrate hair and improve elasticity. These are two things that are vital to Black hair care. Black hair tends to be dry and brittle. That makes it fragile. Anything we can do to improve the moisture balance and to improve the elasticity means less breakage. Our Emu Oil Shampoo is especially beneficial if you perm your hair or use heat on your hair. Emu oil contains an array of Essential Fatty Acids that do wonders for your hair and scalp. That is why we include it in our Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum.
    • Some of the benefits you can expect include:
    • Faster growing hair- improves the health of sluggish hair follicles
    • Shinier hair
    • Stronger hair
    • Reduced bacterial level on scalp (less itching and flaking)
    • Less shedding
    • Less scalp sensitivity
    • Thicker hair

     
     
    Our Experience:
     
    Scent: This smells like fresh apples to me! Great Scent.
     
    Jamilah wet her hair and applied the Emu Oil Shampoo, She lathered it up, massaged her scalp with the balls on her fingers and rinsed. Jamilah tends to get dry scalp and sometimes flaking on her scalp. I noticed after using this shampoo along with the African Argan Elixir her scalp has had no dryness or flaking, even in this cold weather,
    This shampoo does contain SLS so those of you who do not use SLS should be aware of that.
     
    This was the response from Treasured Locks when asked about the SLS content of this product:
     
    Treasured Locks Staff: This particular shampoo is not sulfate free. It uses gentle, salon grade sulfates that are necessary to give it the properties it is known for. We have considered reformulating it to be sulfate free to meet the demand for sulfate free shampoos. But, considering it is our best performing shampoo, we simply don't' want to mess with a good thing. We do offer a sulfate free shampoo, our Treasured Locks Nothin' But Nature Shampoo.
     
     
    I really like this shampoo and I don't think I would let the SLS content keep me from using it. I found it to be a very moisturizing shampoo and easy on the scalp and I am hoping that it will help Jamilah in her quest for growth and hair health.
     
     
     
     
    About:
     
    Treasured Locks set out to produce the best Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner available and we did it! Our highly versatile Shea Butter Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner can be used as a conditioner after shampooing, a daily hair moisturizer and/or to detangle hair. Chock full of ingredients your hair is thirsting for, our leave-in conditioner will condition and soften your hair in one quick and easy step. Treasured Locks Nourishing Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner is the best conditioner available for African-American hair. But, it also suitable for other curly hair types and/or hair that needs extra moisture. Formulated using on the finest ingredients available (just like those big fancy salons use), our conditioner actually delivers on what a conditioner is supposed to do.
     
     
    Our Experience:
     
    Scent: Nice, Clean, maybe a bit fruity, I can't quite put my finger on it but I like it!
     
    I love leave-in conditioners and this one is no exception. I like that it's not too thick so it's buildable, it moisturizes and helps de-tangle without adding weight to the hair. The Treasured Locks Shea Butter Nourishing Leave In Conditioner made Jamilah's hair feel soft and it was so easy to detangle with my fingers or a wide tooth comb.
     
     
     
     
     
    About:
    Treasured Locks is happy to present our African Argan Oil Elixir.  Argan oil is naturally beneficial for both hair and skin, which is why it has been used by the Berber women for centuries.  Argan oil naturally contains essential fatty acids that hair and skin drink up as nourishment making them more elastic and healthier.
     
     

     
    • Argan Oil
      • Smooths hair and gently relaxes curliness
      • Argan oil penetrates into the hair pores or shafts and enhances the elasticity of hair which prevents breakage
      • The omega 3 and omega 9 essential fatty acids nourish the hair and scalp providing faster growth
      • Helps control hard to manage hair
      • Repairs damage from chemical treatments and excessive heat from straightening combs, blow dryers and flat irons
    • Jojoba Oil
      • Jojoba oil is very similar to the natural sebum produced by the glands in your scalp.  African-America hair is often dry because this sebum cannot easily work its way up the kinky hair shaft.
      • Acts as a 100% natural hair conditioner
      • Prevents splits, tangles and hair breakage
    • Sweet Almond Oil
      • Sweet Almond oil has been used since the time of the ancient Romans. 
      • Light pale yellow oil
      • Reduces flakiness, dryness, scaling and itch of scalp
    • Castor Oil
      • Naturally produced vegetable oil
      • Acts as an emollient (softens hair and skin)
      • By sealing the cuticle it makes hair smoother and helps the hair hold moisture
      • Natural humectant (attracts moisture to the hair)
    • Lavender and Vanilla EO Blend
      • Warm soothing fragrance
      • Refreshes natural hair

     
     
    My Experience:
     
     
    I used a rat-tail comb to separate Jamilah's hair about every inch or so and I applied a fine line of the African Argan Oil. The tip on this bottle is excellent for squeezing out a fine line of oil!
    (Jamilah was doing some last minute Christmas shopping online while I oiled her scalp)
    This is a really good oil, it feels good and smells nice too. Definitely a hair food! This is packed with great oils with so many great benefits (listed above).
     
     
     
     
     
    About:
     
    Maximum manageability and shine with a deep treatment and strengthening finisher. Treasured Locks Conditioning Balm is a botanically rich, leave-in conditioning and styling balm that straightens and controls curly frizzy hair while, giving incredible shine and manageability. A fusion of silicones and botanical stylers and conditioners deep treat hair and replenish over time.
     
    Instructions:
     
    Shampoo hair and towel dry. Place a quarter size amount of Conditioning Balm into the palm of your hand and work into hair from front to back. Heat hair to activate (using a heat cap or hair dryer). Hair becomes softer and more manageable with continued use.
     
     
    Our Experience:
     
    Scent: The scent was okay, not my favorite but not bad either.
     
    After Shampooing I towel dried Jamilah's hair a little bit. I don't rub it back and forth, I gently press and blot the excess water. I applied the Conditioning balm, detangled and placed a cap on her hair before heating the hair with a hair dyer (with diffuser). When her hair was near dry I removed the cap and diffused her hair a little more. The first thing I noticed was that her curls really popped with this product! Her hair had a nice shine to it and it kind of felt like she has used a little gel to style her hair.
     
     
     
     
    About:
     
     
    While nothing can give you instantly longer hair, there are ways to maximize the amount of hair you have. By keeping your scalp healthy, maintaining the proper moisture and oil balance on your hair and getting the proper nutrition, you can make sure your hair grows at its maximum rate and does not break off. This is the secret to long and strong hair. Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum is a blend of all natural ingredients scientifically proven to promote longer, healthier hair. Made from the highest quality Emu oil (AEA food grade certified), naturally extracted carrier oils and a proprietary blend of the finest quality, steam-distilled essential oils, our serum is unlike any other on the market. Emu oil and essential oils have been independently tested and shown to reduce inflammation, increase circulation and improve the growth phase of the hair life cycle. Key Ingredients:
    • Shea Butter Oil & Jojoba Oil- Natural oils that provide moisture to the skin, improve skin tone and carry the other ingredients beneath the surface of the skin.
    • Emu Oil- improves skin tone, reduces inflammation, known to stimulate hair growth. Accelerates cell regeneration-including the growth phase of the hair cycle. We use only AEA Certified food grade Emu oil.
    • Treasured Locks H2G Essential Oil Complex- a proprietary blend of essential oils shown to stimulate hair growth. Our essential oils are the finest available imported from the best climates and steam-distilled.
    How it works On a normal head of hair there are roughly 100,000 strands of hair, each going through its own cycle. Hair grows (anagen phase- lasts about 4 years), hair rests (catagen phase- hair follicle regresses) and hair sheds (telogen) phase. Normally about 90% of hair follicles are in the anagen phase. But, the average person sheds about 50-60 hairs per day. Normal hair grows at a rate of about 1/2 inch per month. But, this varies by person (genetics). Hair growth is also effected by nutrition, stress levels, moisture, heat and oil balance. Proper treatment of the hair and scalp along with proper nutrition will allow you to reach your maximum potential hair growth. Studies have shown that Emu oil penetrates through several layers of the dermis, nourishing the skin and accelerating growth. Emu oil has been shown to help promote the growth cycle of hair follicles and greatly reduces inflammation, which many doctors believe is a factor in hair loss. Emu oil is similar in fatty acid composition to human skin. This makes it non-comedogenic (non pore clogging) and allows it to easily penetrate the skin. A double-blind study has been shown that a blend of essential oils can provide significantly faster and better hair growth than just carrier oils alone. The growth was seen with no side effects that are possible with drugs such as steroids which are commonly used to treat alopecia (hair loss). Our serum is also beneficial for mild skin irritations such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Please keep in mind that certain medical conditions will cause hair loss and that we make no medical claims concerning any of our products.

     
    Ingredients:
     
    Shea Butter Oil, Emu Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Treasured Locks H2G Growth Complex, Vitamin E
     


    Our Experience:
     
    Scent: Nice herbal, natural scent
     
     
    Here I am adding (a little too much) H2G Growth Serum to Jamilah's struggling edges while she plays on the laptop again. I added the serum to her whole scalp and concentrated on the edges. It says to add a few drops and I put a little more on her edges, as you can see. I am excited to see if all these great ingredients help her hair to grow.... I will continue to use this growth serum and keep you all updated!!
     
     
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