Beauty Blast: TRESemmé Flawless Curls Conditioner

Conditioner for natural hair

I was in CVS a few weeks ago taking advantage of a sale on one my favorite brands.  Because it was so popular I was only able to get shampoo.  So I kept strolling down the aisle and came to the TRESemmé section.  I’ve heard a lot of buzz about their conditioners on natural hair blogs but never had the chance to try them out.  I saw the big bottle of their Flawless Curls Conditioner for only $5 and snatched that up quick, praying it was just as awesome as everyone said it was.

A part of the Flawless Curls hair collection, this conditioner is formulated with vitamin B1 to help moisturize hair where it needs it the most, while helping to detangle and tame frizz. I loved the consistency of this conditioner, pleasantly surprised at how thick and creamy it was.  It gave me so much slip, my detangling session a breeze, even without oil rinsing.  My hair stays soft and moisturized well after rinsing it out, my curls looking fabulous even before my styling products.

I honestly haven’t been this impressed with a conditioner in really long time and the fact that I get so much conditioner for my money is another big plus.  I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I haven’t even touched the halfway mark (that’s music to a product junkie’s ears!).  Besides the conditioner, the collection also has a shampoo, Curl Locking Styling Spray, Extra Hold Mousse, and Lotion Crème.  I have my eye on the shampoo and lotion crème!

Have you tried any products from TRESemmé?  Which ones do you like?

 

Photo courtesy of Walmart

FTC Disclosure:  Product mentioned in this review was personally purchased by me.

Beauty Blast: Spring Bands from Mixed Chicks

Mixed Chicks

While Mixed Chicks is widely known for its hair products that cater to curly girls like me, they sell more than just cleansing and styling products.  They have the tools that we need for our hair like paddle brushes and spring bands, which is what I’m talking about on today’s beauty blast.  These springy, plastic hair bands promise to keep your hair up and out of the way sans the tears and tangles that fabric ties can cause. You get five in a pack and are available in five fun colors (the light aqua is my favorite!)

At first glance they remind of those key chains I used to wear on my wrist back in the day.  I would’ve never thought to wear those in my hair but in this case, you would be crazy not to!  Tying up my hair was absolutely effortless!  You see, my hair in the back has very, very tight curls which are hard to stretch out to wear up in a ponytail.  Even when I tie up my hair at night I would have to make two ponytails instead of one.  Because the bands are so stretchy I’m able to tie up all of my hair without pulling the back too tight.  As a matter of fact, my hair didn’t feel tight at all, which is something my tender head can’t take much of. Just using the bands once around your hair is enough to get those curls out of the way. You also get some nice curly, poof action, especially if you gel down your edges or wear a pretty scarf (like I did here!) I didn’t realize just how often I wear my hair up – during my morning workouts, wash days, before bed, running errands, and, most recently, these past few days when I was too sick to do anything with my hair.  They were a real lifesaver, keeping my hair (and my appearance!) pulled together!

As for the tearing, there were some minor breakage but nothing super crazy and tangles were practically nonexistent.  I did notice that over time the bands do stretch out on you, especially if you wrap them around your hair more than once.   I also wouldn’t suggest using them on super wet hair because you will get some minor breakage when you take them down.

Have you tried any of the accessories from Mixed Chicks?

 

Photo courtesy of Mixed Chicks

FTC Disclosure:  Products used in this review were received as free samples.  All opinions are my own.

Beauty Blast: Organix Moroccan Argan Crème Sheer Hydration Leave-In Mist

Organix Hair Products

Ya’ll know how big of a fan I am of Organix hair products and jumped at the chance to try their Moroccan Argan Crème line.  The name alone just screams moisturizing creamy goodness, with Moroccan oil mixed into a lavish cream promising to deliver super soft and shiny hair.  All the products in this line are safe for all types of hair, including those of us who are rocking color without any of that sulfate business.

For over a month I’ve been using the Sheer Hydration Leave-in Mist.  It can be used on wet or dry hair as a detangler, heat protectant, and an anti-frizz spray.  The word mist is very misleading, the moisturizer more of a lightweight cream.  It smells amazing, like a creamy cocoa butter scent.  I used it as a daily styling product, giving my curls the moisture and shine they need to start the day.  It also left my hair super soft¸ not weighing it down or feeling greasy.

My only complaint is the packaging.  Because it’s not a mist, if you spray it directly on your hair it goes on as a strings of cream, taking forever to evenly distribute it through your hair.  I had to spray it into my hand first and apply it to my hair in small sections. With this hair, you can imagine how long that takes! The nozzle gets clogged quite frequently too, so you have to make sure you clean it off when you’re done.  An easy fix for that is putting this leave-in in a  pump bottle or a jar, like their masques.

The next on my list is the shampoo.  I bought it at CVS the other day when they were having a sale on their Organix products.  It was one of the few shampoos they had left so you know this girl was happy!

Have you tried any Organix products?

 

FTC Disclosure:  The product mentioned in this review was received as a free sample for review.  All opinions are my own.

Photo courtesy of: Organix

 

Beauty Look of the Day: The Liner Is Doing All The Talking

makeup tips

Natural Hair Daily

For today’s look I went to my Pinterest boardagain for some much needed inspiration.  I’ve been playing it safe and I needed to do something super different.  And let me tell you, this was way different for me!   I chose this pin  because it’s one of my all time faves!  Besides the fact that I’m loving her attitude in this pose, what caught my attention right away was the aqua blue liner.  Putting it on the lower lash line makes the whole look pop!  It’s not something you see every day.  She also doesn’t keep the rest of the look low key either, with thick black liner, rosy cheeks, and super sweet purple lip color.

makeup

Face

  • Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation
  • Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer*
  • Stila Covertible Color Cheek Cream in Poppy

Eyes

  • To make the inner corners pop, I applied the gold shimmery shadow from Maybelline’s Eye Studio Give Me Gold Palette with a pencil brush.
  • Now for the bold liner!  With a thin, angled paint brush, I lined my lower lash line with Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in Pastel Blue*.
  • I went over the blue with Avon Glimmersticks in Aqua Flash*.
  • For the upper lash lines I used Rimmel London’s Gel Liner*.  it’s my go-to product for a dramatic eye look.
  • To lighten up my eyes, I swept the light brown shadow from the Give Me Gold palette on my brow bone.
  • I finished up with Avon Super Extend Mascara* on both my upper and lower lashes.

Lips

Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss in Crimson*

 

type 4 curls

Hair

I’m rocking my normal wash and go but I’ve incorporated a new technique to my washing routineoil rinsing.  What you do is apply your favorite oil right after shampooing.  You can rinse it out and then condition, or apply your conditioner right after, which is what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. My oil of choice is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I noticed a dramatic reduction in single strand knots and the amount of hair I lose on wash day.  Detangling is so much easier and the dryness I was experiencing is a thing of the past.

Another thing I’ve been doing not so much for something different but out of necessity is using my blow dryer.  With a toddler my days are super busy and the only time I get to wash my hair is at night.  So after applying my leave in from Cantu Shea Butter, I spritz on Frizz Ease Heat Defense Spray, and blast my hair with the blow dryer on each section of hair for no longer than a minute.  I lightly pull on my hair while I’m blow drying it so it can stretch the curls out. Then I continue on with my Shea Moisture’s Curling Smoothie, seal with olive oil, and apply a little bit of Shea Moisture’s Curling Souflee to hold my curls in place while they air dry the rest of the way.  It cuts my drying time in half and I have bigger hair on wash day.

 Have you done anything adventurous with your makeup lately?

 

*FTC Disclosure:  This product was received previously as a free sample for review.

 

Fierce Hair How-To: The Twisted Side Ponytail from the Rodarte Runway

Fall Beauty Trends

Oh Monday….

On crazy days like this talking about fun things (like hair!) can make the day brighter!  So today is the perfect day to share with you this awesome side ponytail from the Rodarte’s Spring/Summer 2014 runway show.  There’s was a lot of beauty coverage from Fashion Week and this one really stood out to me.  It looks so easy yet sophisticated, a style that can go from the runway to real life.  Ready to try this at home?  Let the experts from John Frieda show you how!

Fall Beauty Trends 2013

 

What do you ladies think?

 

Photo courtesy of John Frieda