I have short blond lashes. I have tried what seems like every mascara out there! There have been some I really liked and some not so much but, I have never been completely blown away by any of them...until now!
I had heard a lot about the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes from Younique from friends and many YouTube beauty guru's. I agreed that their lashes did look good but, I figured they probably had a lot better looking lashes than me to begin with. I figured, what can a mascara product possibly do with my short blond lashes?!
I decided to give it a try:
my before look:
(please note my original "before" shot was deleted so I had to take another the next day
which is why I have different eye shadow)
I followed the three step instructions from the website (it also comes with a little instructional booklet)
1. To prepare your eyelashes for optimal results, first apply one thin coat of your own regular favorite mascara and let it dry. Then, apply Moodstruck Transplanting Gel to your lashes.
(I used my black Mary Kay mascara, just one thin coat)
2. Immediately following, and while the gel is still wet, apply the Moodstruck Natural Fibers.
3. Reapply the Transplanting Gel a second time to secure the natural fibers onto your lashes.
Robin also let me know that you can use this product by itself without a pre-coat of a different mascara! That's even better!
The fibers cling to the ends of your lashes and make them look soooo very long!
Can you even imagine?! It looks like I am wearing lashes, though you can clearly see that I am not!
I am very impressed! I think my lashes look much thicker and much longer! The look lasted all day until I took it off with oil in the evening. I had no issues, it was simple to use and I really like the results!! It's much easier than putting on fake lashes and definitely more comfortable!
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http://www.thredup.com/r/CRBLGF Use this link for a free $10.00 at THRED-UP an online store with brand name and designer second hand clothing, starting at $5.00! Low shipping too! Awesome site!! Women's, Kids, Shoes, Purses, Accessories. I have used this site and love it!
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I recently ordered an art print from Fulcrum Gallery from their African American Art collection. When I saw the piece by Gregory Myrick entitled “Grandma and Me” I immediately had to have it. It depicts a grandmother reading a newspaper on the porch while her granddaughter braids her hair. I love this piece because it reminds me of time spent with my grandmother as a child. I also have a natural hair blog and I am crazy about hair so, this piece really was a great fit for my home.
There is something very special about taking time to do a love one’s hair, it’s an expression of love that is captured so perfectly in this piece. The little girl in pink it just so sweet with the bow at the ends of her braids. I bet grandma just finished doing her granddaughters hair. Grandma patiently sits and reads her paper as her granddaughter plaits her hair. So sweet! Read more about Art.
Once I had picked a piece it was really easy to order. I chose Plexiglas since I have very active teens in the home and didn’t want to take the chance of it being broken. My living room is done in deep red and gold colors so I chose a gold colored frame. I like the fact you can preview the matting and framing right on the web page so you know exactly what you are getting. I loved playing with different matting and frame until I found just the right look for my home.
The picture shipped very quickly and arrived in perfect condition. The piece was wrapped very well. When I opened it I was shocked and very pleased to see how large it is. The picture is even more beautiful in person.
Customer service as excellent, I was kept informed through every step of my order. Fulcrum Gallery also has an awesome 30 day, no questions asked, return policy!
Thanks so much to Fulcrum Gallery for allowing me to review their beautiful art!
All opinions are my own, this was not a paid review!
Natural Curl Cleanser (SULFATE-FREE) is a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo for natural hair.
Gentle cleansing shampoo Soy Bean strengthens the hair
High quality natural ingredients provide moisture and softness
Emits an excellent shine Ideal for all curl types
This is one of those products I love that can be used for different curl types. I am a type 2b/c, parts of my hair are very curly and parts are nearly straight. Milah is closer to a 4 b/c, like me she has different curl types in her hair. We both can use this awesome sulfate free shampoo on our hair types and have our curls come out looking lovely and moisturized.
Very Nice Clean Scent.
(for more on curl types see Design Essentials hair chart Here)
DE Natural Almond & Avocado Leave-In Conditioner is a lightweight, non-sticky moisturizing conditioner with nourishing botanicals and Vitamin E for hair health and detangling. Penetrates quickly. Instantly soften hair and smooth the cuticle for easy detangling. Natural oils improve manageability and provide luminous shine.
Milah smoothed this through her hair and found that it made detangling with her wet brush much easier! This leave in conditioner makes the hair feel so soft but it's light so it doesn't weigh hair down. It smells a bit like sweet tarts to me... I can't quite pinpoint it but it smells great!
Natural Defining Creme Gel defines curls in natural styles for wavy to tightly curled hair types. Lightweight Gel Defines and separates curls
Botanicals provide excellent moisture and control frizz
Strengthens hair with a radiant shine Provides a medium to firm hold
This stuff smells like pudding to me, so delish! Milah did not want to wear twists this first week of school but I did do some twists in the back just to see how this Crème Gel would work and it does make some really pretty soft twists. It's not super heavy or to sticky so it would be perfect for a twist-out or braid-out or Bantu knots.
DE Natural HONEY AND SHEA Edge Tamer is a moisturizing, firmer-hold edge control gel designed for curly to coily hair that securely lays down the hairline.
Honey and Shea Butter add nourishment
Adds Brilliant Shine
Longer lasting, firm hold
We have affectionately nicknamed this "hair magic"! Milah has some short hair around her edges but she LOVES to wear a high bun. Till now we had never found anything that really would hold her edges and also help the very front and back of her hair stay slicked down. I use this to help slick some of her hair back and also lay her "baby hair" or edges down. It works so well!! WE LOVE IT! Our jar is almost gone and we will be purchasing more I the near future! We liked all of the design essential products we tried but I have to say this one was our favorite!!
Provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock. Organic Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cells, CoQ10, and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil--high in Omega 7, make up our patent-pending Triple Moisture System. Pumpkin Seed Oil --high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, adds shine. Hair repair with serious flair. Safe for color treated hair.
I have been using this shampoo for a couple of weeks now and I really like it! It smells like sweet almond oil, which I LOVE. It cleans my hair really well and it's actually good for my hair! I love that it's full of natural ingredients to nourish my hair!
Triple Moisture Repairing Conditioner For Normal to Dry/Damaged/Curly Hair
Provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock. Safe for color treated hair. Organic Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cells, CoQ10, and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil--high in Omega 7, make up our patent-pending Triple Moisture System. Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil --high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, adds shine. Locks in moisture, repairs damage, strengthens follicles, and vacuums your house. Okay, maybe it doesn’t vacuum your house. But it does repair your hair!
Features color safe vegan gluten free sulfate free paraben free phthalate free cruelty free
Must have conditioner to accompany the Moroccan Argan oil shampoo! Smells like the same sweet almond oil and makes the hair so soft and shiny!
Awesome company with awesome products I can feel good about using!!
We always say “create with your conscience”. Our deep commitments to the environment and our community drive us to create safe, natural and effective products that meet our stringent standards of Quality Assurance. We are always on the lookout and studying peer reviewed science to ensure that we are on the cutting edge of technology and meeting or exceeding global standards for cosmetic product cleanliness.
The Acure Pledge is our commitment to our customers to be transparent in how we conduct business. It helps us lead responsibly into the future. The values we bring to our business are honesty, integrity, courage and respect. We have created a great place to work that welcomes innovation, values our diversity and nurtures the individual.
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Hey friends I wanted to share with you a couple opportunities to save some money with back to school shopping... A little different from my normal posts but I know this time of year can be very stressful, especially with teens!
The first site is called Twice Clothing. It's a second hand store that only sells name brand and designer clothing that is in excellent condition. I have ordered from the a couple of times now and each time the jeans we bought were like new and Milah Loved them!! When you use my referral code to sign up you will get a free $10 credit on your account. Since items start at around $10 that means you can get a pretty nice pair of jeans or shirt for free!!! PLUS when you refer your friends and they make a purchase you receive $10 each!! Awesome company, quick shipping and very reliable!!
The Second site is called Rue-La-La. Someone gave me their link and I got a free $25 credit for signing up. They sell upscale, brand name and designer clothing, new! I found a pair of Lucky brand jeans that were originally $100 on sale for $25. I used my credit and paid only shipping for a $100 pair of jeans!!! Also when you refer friends you will get a free $10. How can you beat that? Sign up now and get a free $25 credit!
Another way to score BIG savings is on Facebook. I am surprised at how many people did not know that Facebook has Buy/Sell/Trade groups in EVERY town! (at least in the U.S.) Just search your town or county name and key words like "buy, sell, trade" "resale group" "online flea market" etc.. Teens and Parents are getting ready for back to school and they are selling last years clothing, some of it is brand new with tags! You can get awesome deals and get rid of some of your unwanted items to make money for more school clothes (shoes, book bags, electronics)!!
Do you have any back to school savings ideas? I'd love to hear them...Just comment below and let us know how you save money in back to school season!
This shampoo is made for natural black hair, especially hair that tends to get frizzy, like Milah's. First thing we noticed was the fresh citrus scent, it smells so nice without being overpowering and would be great for either male or female!
Milah loved the way this shampoo made her hair feel. She said it made her hair feel really soft. I noticed her hair was more shiny and had less frizz after shampooing.
I feel really good about using this on her hair, I mean look at the ingredients!! There are no chemicals, waxes, perfumes, just natural ingredients to nourish and pamper her hair!
The chemicals in many conditioners sit on your hair and scalp and
eventually may cause problems.
Some chemicals do penetrate your hair and scalp. But is that
something that you really want?
The natural fruit oils, butters and herbal extracts in our natural
conditioner will penetrate your scalp and hair to the deliver vitamins,
minerals and proteins for beautiful naturally healthy hair.
This creamy natural conditioner for hair is unlike anything that you
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Aloe Vera Hydrosol, Babassu Oil, Horsetail Extract, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Jojoba Protein, Sandalwood Essential Oil, Fenugreek Extract, Rose Hip Fruit Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Rice Protein, Avocado Oil, Calendula Flower Extract, Olive Oil, Essential Oils of Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Coconut Oil, Vegetable emulsifiers, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Vanilla Fruit Extract, Vitamin E.
Really great leave-in conditioner! Milah went through this pretty fast! She loves the way it makes her hair look and feel. After shampooing or swimming, she would smooth this through her hair, then de-tangle with her fingers or a wide tooth comb. It really made her curls pop, while softening and protecting her hair. Her hair looks shiny and healthy after using this leave-in. Love it!!
About Just Natural
Let me just talk about this company for a moment. It's not everyday you come across such an awesome company!
Just Natural products are:
Made in the USA
Natural & Organic
Here's a little about their Philosophy:
We believe that nature provides us with all the ingredients to
achieve effective and beautiful skin care.
The world has been sold and marketed personal care products
made from synthetic and animal by- products for years. Yes, they
can be effective, but many times they can also do damage to your
body and health.
We use no animal ingredients in our products or do any animal
testing. We use the best vegetable oils, butters, botanicals, essential
oils, and more that nature has to offer. Our products and
packaging are friendly to the environment.
Mother nature offers ingredients that when carefully crafted to
make personal care products are effective and satisfying.
Experience our products for your body and mind. Live without
compromise, enjoy the best of what nature has to offer in our
products. Just Naturally, of course.
These are values that are important to my family and I love that there is a company like Just Natural that shares those values!
They have so many awesome products for just about every hair and skin type or need!
I test and review a lot more skin care products and makeup these days. I love trying lots of products and new makeup looks but from time to time it gets overwhelming for my skin. A few weeks back I started breaking out. I thought it would just go away as usual but it got worse and my face (especially my left cheek) was pretty badly broken out.
Whenever my skin starts getting stressed and breaking out, I immediately start stripping away products and go back to basics. The first thing I did to get my skin clear is give myself a break from makeup. If I went out I would put on the least makeup I could stand, which for me is Mascara and lip gloss.
I looked at a bunch of youtube videos and reviews about skin care and decided to try a couple of products from The Body Shop. Please note, I am not working with The Body Shop, this is not a sponsored review and I did purchase these products on my own.
Here's what I have been using:
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
This daily-use facial wash for blemished skin gives clearer-looking skin when used as part of a regular regime.
Removes excess oil without over-drying skin
Helps remove impurities
Gentle enough for daily use
I love the clean tingly feeling of this face wash. I really makes my skin feel clean and does not dry out my skin at all! My skin has almost completely cleared up in the couple of weeks I have been using this face was in combination with the toner! Love it!
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
This refreshing toner freshens and removes the last traces of make-up, dirt and oil, leaving skin feeling soft, fresh and ready for moisturizing. The shake to activate formula allows skin to benefit from mattifying powders, while ingredients including Community Trade organic tea tree oil, tamanu oil and white willow bark extracts ensure skin looks matte, without drying.
Removes traces of make-up, cleanser and impurities
Mattifying powders leave skin shine-free
Clinically proven to give clearer-looking skin
I love this toner! I use each time I wash my face and sometimes I just use it as a quick refresh. It is a bit tingly but it makes my skin feel so clean and yet, it has not felt dry at all since I have been using these products. I just shake really well and squeeze a little onto a cotton ball and swipe all over my face. I am surprised at how fast it has cleared up my face without making it feel dry!! I have had a lot of products that clear my skin really well dry my skin out so badly that I have had to stop using them, not the case with the Tea Tree line! LOVE IT!!
**As for Moisturizer, they were out of the lotion for this line when I ordered so I have been just using a bit of pure Argan Oil. I take a small drop in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and pat the Argan Oil onto my face! It's a great basic moisturizer!*
I plan to purchase the other items in the Tea Tree line from The Body Shop. There is a body wash, blemish stick, face wipes, lotion and more. I want the whole line!!
Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast.
Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, , toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa.
Some people add it to bath water to treat cough, bronchial congestion, and pulmonary inflammation.
BA*STAR is prefect Makeup for Cheerleading, Dance or Stage Makeup!!
These colors are very dramatic and pigmented for going out, performance wear or for someone who just enjoys a spicy dramatic look. I found the 1st color in the palette, which is a creamy champagne color can be used for everyday and looks really pretty all by itself.
Adds Metallic Quality to Star Dust, Depth to Eye Shadows
Package Contains Applicator. Safety Sealed for Freshness.
Whether for everyday use or for performance, if you want your eye makeup or glitter accents to stay put you need BA*STAR Glitter Base! I put this under my eye shadow in the morning, went all day (including a nap lol) and my eye shadow looked the same at the end of the day. That has never happened to me before!
These are very inexpensive, long wearing products!
I have been getting IPSY now for a few months and I LOVE it! This month I was not to thrilled to hear I was receiving a can of water...lol.... I was surely surprised when I ended up loving the product!
*This is not a sponsored review in any way. I paid for this product and am sharing my honest opinion*
What the website Says:
Known for its long history in treating atopic dermatitis, the Avène Thermal Spring Water is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits. Its unique composition is proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin. Avène Thermal Spring Water is recommended by dermatologists worldwide.
Spray onto the skin in a fine mist. May leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, and then gently pat dry. Ideal for use after cleansing, shaving, exercise, sun, to soothe diaper rash and set make-up to help keep it fresher looking longer.
When I sprayed this mist on my face, I loved the cooling refreshing feeling! It felt so great! It's already up to 90 in Florida, ugh! I hate feeling hot, especially my face. This mist just instantly cooled my face and made me feel refreshed!! I will definitely be purchasing another can for an up-coming road trip I'm taking.
By the way, if you are not subscribed to IPSY, where have you been? You can get a beauty bag full of 4-5 products every month for $10 no shipping or hidden costs, just $10 a month. I don't know how they do it but I am so happy they do!! I feel like I get at least $40+ worth of products a month and have tried products that I would not ordinarily have tried. It has expanded my beauty regime and introduced me to some awesome new products!
Formulated to Smooth the Skin, Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Treat Dark Spots.
Potent Antioxidant Blend Featuring Organic Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Herbal Extracts.
Stimulate Collagen Production for Radiant and Youthful Looking Skin.
I have been using this product for about a month now. After washing my face, I pat it dry and apply a bit of the Vitamin C. It's very light feeling so it does not add any heaviness of greasiness to my face. A little goes a long way so this small bottle will last you quite awhile. I have been noticing small lines up to the sides of my face near my eyes and I have a dark patch so I thought maybe this product would help. I have noticed a little improvement in the past month and will continue to use it!
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