Voluminous Curls are Just a Diffuser Away With The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™

Blow DryerWhen I started my natural hair journey over four years ago, my goal was to have big, gold curly hair. It’s what got me through the rough transition, the awkward length stage and even now in the “I’m-getting-kinda-bored stage”. I’ve been having a love/hate relationship with my hair lately – the shrinkage in particular. Letting it air dry takes days of stretching before I get the big hair that I want and taking a blow dryer to it spells frizz central, no matter what I do. Even blowing it out caused more flyaways that made the hour it took to flat iron it a complete waste of time. I love my curls but want to show off the length i.e all of my hard hair-work over the years with the same definition that air drying gives me. Can using a high quality blow drier with a diffuser attachment deliver the hair I want?

Taking The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ for a test drive was the perfect opportunity to find out!

Hitting store shelves this past September, it boasts a brushless motor technology that reduces drying time by up to 70% (when compared to the T3 Dryer Model 83808). It also does so much more quietly than the previous 3Q dryer. It comes with a concentrated nozzle perfect for blowouts and a diffuser attachment made for these curls. It also has two heat settings, a cool shot feature, as well as three different speeds.

After washing my hair, deep conditioning it and adding my styling products, I set the Conair 3Q to low heat on a high speed. I wanted to dry my curls fast without frying them to death. Flipping my hair over, I let my curls fall into the diffuser cup and pressed it gently against head. I let the lift and dry my curls for about a minute before moving onto the next section. It took about 20 minutes to get my hair 90% dry.

The results?

Diffusing Natural Hair

I had second day volume on wash day which is completely unheard of for me. Even better, there was minimal frizz and plenty of curl definition to go around. I had a cute curly fro in no time! My hair was super soft too. As the week went on, my hair just got bigger and better! I loved the fact that it cut my drying time by a whole day without killing my strands. Finally, the answer to my hair boredom!

You can find The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ in more than 15,000 locations, including Target, Walgreens, Ulta, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVC and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

 

Photo courtesy of Conair

FTC Disclosure: This item was provided for review courtesy of www.beautystat.com

Going Old School With Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser

Skincare

With my freelancing life taking me out of the house and requiring makeup every day, I needed something effective yet gentle to wash the day away the day. While my favorite cleanser does the job, sometimes I need something quick and moisturizing at the same time. Luckily, there was a jar of Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser in my Q-Tips box of Halloween goodies I received last month. This cleanser has been around a very long time, the little black dress of the skincare world. And after using it for a few weeks, I clearly understand why!

It’s Part Cleanser

It has the right ingredients to get skin beautifully clean before bedtime. It’s even gentle enough to use as an eye makeup remover, eliminating the need to use a separate product. You don’t need to wet your face before you use it either. Just slather it on, enjoying the creamy texture while its breaks up all that dirt and makeup. It’s even tough enough for waterproof mascara. With a wet towel, you wipe all that gunk away (rinsing is totally optional).  Just to make sure it got rid of everything, I followed up with toner and there wasn’t a trace of any dirt or makeup on that cotton ball.

It’s Part Moisturizer

While you’re cleansing, Pond’s classic formula infuses your skin with crazy moisture and keeping it there long after you rinse. The first time I used it, my skin felt so silky smooth I swore I hadn’t taken all of the cleanser off. After rinsing a few times, my skin was still soft to the touch. There was no reason to follow up with a moisturizer, which made my nighttime beauty routine even simpler. I seriously look forward to washing my face before bed.

Have you ever used Ponds Cream Cleanser?

 

 

Photo courtesy of Ponds

FTC Disclosure: Product was received as a free sample for review. All opinions are my own.

Q-Tips Makes Halloween Makeup A Lot Less Scary

Halloween Costume

I’m not going to lie, Halloween has gotten to be fun again since having my daughter. She’s the perfect excuse to splurge on a costume (we have to be coordinated, right?) and really have fun with my makeup. I get to go out and get candy instead of sitting at home handing out, ‘making sure’ my daughters candy is tasty and delicious before she gets her share. This year is no different, tonight filled with tons of festivities. Not only does my makeup have to look good, it has to stay that way.

Since she’s a big Doc McStuffins fan¸ I’m going as my little girl’s nurse. I wanted a fun and super girly makeup look but wasn’t exactly sure where to start. So when the folks from Q-Tips reached out to me with their own box of tips, tricks and treats, this girl was totally onboard, not sure what to expect. When my magic box arrived, not only did it have beauty goodies for Halloween night and beyond (reviews to come!) I had my own supply of Q-tips Cotton Swabs and Precision Tips as well as a handy booklet with great costume makeup ideas.

I took a cue from their evil queen tutorial and went for some color blocking eye makeup action – using nothing but Q-tips.

Halloween Makeup

The cotton swabs are perfect for sweeping color across the lids, picking up the right amount of shadow. The wide tip helped me spread on the color smoothly and evenly. All I needed was one tip, one end for the pink and the other end for the blue.

The Precision tips were like mini eyeliner brushes with a sharp tip that allowed me to line my eyes for a smokey look sans smudging.

Makeup Tips

A coat of mascara, some serious pink blush and lipstick and this sassy nurse is good to go!

Whenever you’re in a makeup bind, remember that Q-Tips makes the perfect makeup applicators. You check out all of their beauty tips here!

PS: Curious about the hair? Check out Wednesday’s post!

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

Relax On A Budget with the Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection

CVS Beauty

With the holidays getting seriously close, life is about to get crazy. Between holiday shopping, costume parties, holiday dinners and after parties, being able to relax at the end of the day is super important. The good thing is, you don’t have to spend a fortune (gotta save up for Black Friday you know!) because Essence of Beauty has you covered. They’ve launched a body care line exclusively at CVS that has everything you need – from hand creams to body oils with nothing over $10. With three different scents to choose from, the Lavender with Rosemary Oil collection is the one you want if you’re looking to relax and wind down for the night. These natural ingredients were made for that and not having unsafe ingredients like parabens, sulfates and artificial dyes in the way, you’re sure to get nothing but the naturally best.

After a long stress-filled day, I start out with the Botancial Body Wash, a gel cleanser that’s infused with good stuff like pomegranate and goji berry. You won’t get a fruity scent thought, the lavender the only thing you can smell as it cleans away the day, leaving behind super soft skin.

Next is my favorite part, the Nourishing Body Oil. Since using this one, I’m totally hooked preferring it over lotion any day. The only caveat though is it has to be just as moisturizing. Luckily this one doesn’t disappoint. Rich with antioxidants and restorative oils, it goes on easy and absorbs quickly carrying the same earthy scent as the body wash. Did I mention that my skin stays crazy soft well into the morning?

Because my feet need extra moisture attention, I lathered them up in the Body Butter. This ultra thick, hydrating cream is full of great butters like shea and cocoa. It’s awesome in the hydrating department though I wish I wasn’t so thick, making it a bit tedious to apply everywhere. But for my toes, it’s perfect!

Other products in this collection include a Sugar Scrub, Shea Butter Bar Soap, Foaming Bath Soak and even a Hand Cream if you need to relax on the go. It’s available now at your local CVS store, so the next time you’re on a shopping run, pick some up!

What are your favorite beauty products to relax with after a long day?

 

Photo courtesy of: CVS

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

Bringing My Curls Back To Life with One N Only’s Argan Oil Hydrating Mask

Deep Conditioning MaskI was seriously late to the deep conditioning party and honestly I didn’t know what I was thinking! Every since I started incorporating it into my natural hair routine, I’ve noticed a huge difference. My hair stays so moisturized that I don’t even need to apply styling products throughout the week. My curls are healthier and I can count more good hair days than bad. A great deep conditioner is crucial to say the least, setting the beauty tone for the rest of my hair week. I’ve used some great ones that leave my hair so soft it should be a crime and others that did a so-so job?

So where does One N Only’s Argan Oil Hydrating Mask fit in the scheme of things?

Two words: Ah-mazing!

Just like their styling mousse, I was floored by how well this hair mask performed, especially since it doesn’t require any type of heat. Formulated with Moroccan Argan Oil, this rich conditioning treatment restores hair to its healthy and moisturized glory, improving elasticity and protecting it from free radicals. All it takes is five to seven minutes and a quick rinse and you can see an immediate difference. My hair is crazy soft when I step out of the shower and seriously stays that way until wash day the following week. I don’t need to apply any moisturizing products whatsoever (just a little gel for these edges cuz girl…that fuzz is not cute!). When does come time to wash my hair again, my strands are much easier to detangle giving great slip and shedding is kept to a minimum. Even the little fairy knots that plagued my beauty life for the last few weeks were nowhere to be seen.

I can go on but honestly I would just be repeating myself. This hair mask is amazing and perfect for a busy girl like me who doesn’t always have time for a major deep conditioning session.

Are you a fan of One N Only?

 

Photo courtesy of Ulta

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