Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hair Care

Hello lovelies,
I had a couple of requests to do a post on what I use in my hair, so your wish is my command! My hair care routine is pretty basic, no secret tricks here! The most important thing about hair care and your overall health is good nutrition and adequate water intake. I try to eat well (most of the time) and I only drink water (besides my morning coffee which I drink black). I also take a multivitamin every day and a Biotin supplement. The Biotin supplement has really made a difference in my hair and nails. When I first moved to Chicago I felt like my hair was falling out! But after starting the Biotin, I've found that I'm losing A LOT less hair in the shower and my hair feels healthier. My nails also grow a lot faster now and are much stronger.
Ok, now onto what I use in my hair......
1) Herbal Essences Body Envy shampoo - I love the way this smells and it really gets my hair clean. I don't notice any extra volume though.
2) Tresemme Anti-Breakage conditioner - LOVE this stuff! Makes my hair so soft and I have noticed a reduction in split ends since I started using it.
3) Moroccan Oil - I can't say enough about this stuff! Smells amazing and cuts down on drying time. Also, a little goes a long way, I use only a nickle-sized amount for my whole head. Makes hair soft and shiny.
4) Got 2B CrazySleek - I alternate this with the Moroccan Oil. It makes my hair very easy to straighten.
5) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - I use this as a hair mask once a week. I apply it to my whole head, pile my hair up on my head and put a shower cap on to trap the heat in. I usually leave it on for 30-40 minutes and then wash it out. Makes hair very soft.

I should also mention that I only wash my hair every 3 days so that I don't strip it of its natural oil. I also let my hair air dry after I wash it and only heat style it twice a week.

Does anyone have any special tricks or tips for keeping hair soft and shiny?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My Trip to the CCO!

Hello lovelies,
This past weekend I took a trip to the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora, IL because a friend needed to do some early Christmas shopping. I went with the purest intentions to only help my friend shop and not buy anything myself. However, me + outlet prices = helpless. Especially when we reached the Cosmetic Company Store. I had previously only heard tales of this magical place, where brands like Clinique, Estee Lauder, MAC, Origins and Bobbi Brown were discounted at least 25% or more. I had no idea how amazing this store really was! Needless to say, I ditched my friend and spent a good 45 minutes trying on makeup and finding some really great deals!

 I needed a new fall lip color that was a dark neutral, and this one is perfect! Amplified is my favorite kind of MAC lipstick because its so creamy and moisturizing. I snagged this lipstick for only $10.25!

This "Look in a Box" was on sale for only $41.75! The total store value of all the products individually is around $90 so this was a total steal, especially because all of the products are FULL SIZE! The kit contains a Beauty Powder in Rose, Mineralize eye shadow in Lovestone, a matte blush in Desert Rose, a lipglass in Loveshild and a Zoom Fast Black mascara. 

I'll be posting a FOTD soon with all of these products as well as review on the mascara because its AMAZING!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October Birchbox

Hello lovlies,
My October Birchbox finally arrived last week, I felt like I had been tracking it online forever! The Columbus Day holiday really slowed things down.

I'm really happy with this month's box. I've tried everything except the mascara, which I'll probably use tomorrow.
The Redken shine spray is amazing! I will definitely purchases the full size product when this one runs out. It gives my hair a natural shine without looking greasy.
The Befine lip exfoliator was ok, I didn't find that it really exfoliated my lips at all. My olive oil and brown sugar homemade scrub does a better job I find.
Same goes for the Pangea face scrub, its a very gentle exfoliator, so its probably best suited for sensitive skin types. Personally, I like scrubs to really scrub my skin since I only exfoliate once a week.
The Mintea mints were gross. They have a weird smell and a strange taste. Definitely didn't feel like they freshened my breath and they don't taste like a mojito at all!

Did anyone else get something similar in their box this month?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

FOTN: Welcome to the Jungle

Hello lovelies,
My cousins were in town this past weekend and we decided to hit up a comedy club and then do some dinner. The comedians were ok, I didn't die laughing but got a few chuckles in. Dinner was amazing though! We went to a mexican restaurant in my neighbourhood and had the most amazing chicken enchiladas! YUMMMMM!!!
Anyways, before I start drooling, here's how I did my make-up:

*NARS Sheer Glow in Barcelona
*Hard Candy Glamoufage in Tan
*MAC blot powder in Dark
*MAC blush in Equilibrium

*UD primer potion
*UD Naked palette (gunmetal on lid, virgin as highlight)
*MAC carbon to darken outer corner
*MAC fluidline in blacktrack
*L'Oreal voluminous million lashes
*Covergirl Lashblast

*MAC lipstick in Half n half
*MAC plushglass in Nice Buzz

I also got to attend a taping of the Rosie O'Donnell show recently! She's taken over Oprah's studio here in Chicago and I think her showed premiered this week. The guests that were on the day I went were Henry Winkler (aka the Fonze) and Josh Kelly performed. I lucked out and got to sit right in the front row! It was awesome!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Want your face to sparkle like a Twilight vampire?

Then try Laura Mercier's Illuminating tinted moisturizer!

I recently picked up a deluxe sample size at Sephora as a 100 point bonus with my Beauty Insider account because I had been interested in trying a tinted moisturizer for some time. The SA assured me that this would work with my skin tone and give me a healthy glow. More like glow-in-the-dark! Seriously, this is so shimmery! I tried to matte it down with my MAC blot powder and it still shimmers! I'm going to try mixing it with my Mac Face and Body and see if that works to decrease the shine. Or I might just have to use it as a highlighter only on my cheeks. Highly disappointed in this product, but I still may go out and try her other tinted moisturizers, sans sparkle.
 Just call me Edwardina!
 It looks pretty good right?
 Slightly blended out - starting to see some sparkle
BAM! Shimmer city!
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