Thursday, February 20, 2020

Snow Maybe?

Hello Everyone!


The weather has been all over the place in South Carolina. One day it's hot and humid, but this past week it's been cold and rainy. I heard on the news the news yesterday that some areas of South Carolina may get snow. A small chance of snow, but still a chance for snow. 


It's been rainy and cold here lately, but here's a beautiful sunset over Lake Murray last week. If you remember, I mentioned that Lake Murray is one of my peaceful places. Look at that sunset, isn't it gorgeous?


Is it ever too cold for a milshake? A cold milkshake on a cold day? Yes please lol :) Arby's ran out whipped cream, that's why there's minimal whipped cream.
I recently tried an Arby's Vanilla Milkshake, and it's quickly become my now favorite occasional treat. Notice that I said occasional treat!



Sunday, February 16, 2020

Winter Hair Wash Day Routine: Feat. Curls Blueberry Bliss Collection

Hello Everyone!


* Disclaimer: This posts contains PR Samples from Curls. Thank you Curls for sending these products for review. All opinions are 100% my own. Product and brand information provided by curls.biz


During the Winter, I try to take good care of my hair. My hair is frizzy, so TLC is needed to prevent dryness and breakage during these colder months. Today I'm going to share my current Winter Wash Day Routine feat. Curls Blueberry Bliss Collection. If you haven't checked out my review for this collection, CLICK HERE 


Before I start my wash day routine, I gather my essential products for my hair.
- Reparative Hair Wash
- Reparative Hair Mask (see below)
- Reparative Leave In Conditioner
- Control Jelly
- Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment


I haven't washed my hair in two weeks. My hair isn't that dirty, but I like to really lather my hair if i skip a week washing my hair. I used a little extra shampoo this time when I washed my hair. I love using this shampoo because the formula doesn't strip or make my hair feel dry.


After I rinse the shampoo out of my hair I use the hair clamps to part my hair into sections and add the hair mask onto my hair. I usually let the hair mask stay on my hair for about 5 to 10 minutes and then I rinse my hair.


While my hair is still damp, I add leave in conditioner. My hair is thick, but this leave in conditioner is very moisturizing so I don't have to add a lot to my hair.


To lock in moisture I oiled my scalp with this blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment.  This oil is great to use relieve an itchy scalp. This oil also helps prevents my hair from breakage.


To finish my hair I use the control jelly to control my edges and to help give my hair volume. I'm still on a journey to get my hair healthier so I skipped doing a twist or braid out. I went for an afro. I forgot to take a picture,(see last month's photo, my hair looks similar) but I love how voluminous and defined my hair looks!

Curls products are sold online at www.curls.biz and exclusively at Walmart. Also, don't forget to check out my review for this collection, Curls Blueberry Bliss Collection: Grow & Slay The Blueberry Way


Friday, February 14, 2020

Curls Blueberry Bliss Collection: Grow & Slay The Blueberry Way

Hello Everyone!


* Disclaimer: This posts contains PR Samples from Curls. Thank you Curls for sending these products for review. All opinions are 100% my own. Product and brand information provided by curls.biz



Today I'm going to share my thoughts about Curls Blueberry Bliss Collection. To continue my journey towards healthier hair, let's get started with reviews!




Description

Rich and creamy sulfate free cleanser guaranteed to soften the driest kink, hydrate the driest curl and encourage healthy scalp and hair growth. Formulated with certified organic Blueberry Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, and Chamomile Extract clinically proven to REPAIR, PROTECT, RESTORE and GROW your curls.



My Thoughts

As I used this shampoo, my hair felt cleansed and moisturized, but the shampoo left my hair feeling a little dry. Thankfully the shampoo didn't dry out my hair completely, but it did make it frizzy.





Description

Deep penetrating, intensive, reparative deep conditioning hair mask guaranteed to prevent breakage, repair damage and enhance growth. Formulated with certified organic Blueberry Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, and Chamomile Extract clinically proven to REPAIR, PROTECT, RESTORE and GROW your curls. Soften, detangle, moisturize, condition and hydrate your curls while repairing damage, protecting against breaking, and encouraging hair growth.



My Thoughts

Finally a hair mask in Jar! A girl with thick curly hair dream! If you have frizzy/dry hair then you know your hair is prone to breakage. The hair wash made my hair frizzy, but this hair mask help reduce the frizz. I've used this hair mask twice so far, but it's very moisturizing and hydrating on my hair. I noticed that there was minimal breakage and I was able to detangle my hair with ease. I'm looking forward to seeing how my hair will progress as I continue to use this product.



Description

Repair, restore, and condition your overworked curls with this uber softening leave in conditioner. Formulated certified organic blueberry extract, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and mango butter. Clinically proven to repair damaged hair, encourage hair growth, and prevent breakage


My Thoughts

I like that this leave in conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized. Usually I have add a lot of leave in conditioner on my hair, but not with this conditioner. A little conditioner goes a long way. I use this conditioner on my hair every 2 to 3 days.




Description

Looking for the perfect product for the perfect twist/braid out? Look no further....Blueberry Bliss Twist N Shout Cream adds the sheen, moisture and definition you crave.


My Thoughts

I've done both a twist/braid out on my hair with this twist and shout cream. The cream lives up to it's claims. I noticed that my hair had sheen, moisture, and definition; however, my hair did look a little frizzy. I'm not to worry about the frizz. Even though my hair is still frizzy, it's not as frizzy like before I started using this cream.




Description

Define, Defrizz and Hold Your CURLS in one snap! Your New Go to Styler... Formulated with organic blueberry extract, and raw castor oil, Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly will define, defrizz and hold your curls in place.


My Thoughts

I like to use this control Jelly on my hair after a wash and go. I used to hate doing a wash a go because other products would leave my hair looking and feeling frizzy. The control jelly keeps my curls defined and my hair isn't frizzy! My curls looks so voluminous!




Description

Formulated with organic blueberry extract, argan oil (proven to encourage hair growth) mango and shea butter, argan oil, Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste smooths and slicks down unruly edges, creating the most luxurious sheen! Use this super sculpting pomade to enhance, define and hold your curls.


My Thoughts

The paste has to be my favorite out of all the products! The scent smells so fruity! My edges are controlled when I use this paste. This paste gives my hair sheen without looking or feeling greasy. My curls hold throughout the day. By the end of the day my hair still looks fresh.




Description

Formulated with certified organic blueberry seed oil, corn mint and coconut oil proven to enhance hair growth, soothe and refresh dry, itchy scalp, and relieve itching. NO sulfates, silicones, parabens, artificial oils, or fragrances.


My Thoughts

The scent of mint hair products is starting to grow on me. This scalp treatment does smell like mint, but the blueberry scent helps balance the both scents. I love using this oil on my hair because it helps reduce dryness and my hair feels so moisturized.

Curls products are sold online at www.curls.biz and exclusively at Walmart. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

IGXO Cosmetics

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* Disclaimer: This posts contains PR Samples from IGXO Cosmetics. Thank you IGXO Cosmetics for sending these products for review. All opinions are 100% my own. Product and brand information provided by IGXO Cosmetics

Lipstick and eyeshadow are two of my favorite makeup products. For today's blog I'm going to focus on lipstick from IGXO Cosmetics.


I was asked to choose two products. For my two selections, I went with one of my favorite YouTuber's Nitraa B's lipsticks in Mauve Sugar and Rammer Jammer. IGXO sent over #SAVAGE and #SEXYAF. Let's get started with the reviews.


About IGXO Cosmetics



We never tests on animals—and never will. We are
officially certified by PETA’s Beauty Without
Bunnies Program.

We believe in only using the highest quality
products with formulas produced and
manufactured in the USA.

Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free & Vegan. All from an
environmentally friendly company that wants to
make you smile


Lipstick Swatches

Mauve Sugar


This sweet mauve is designed to be so versatile, you can dress it up, or dress it down, pair it with glam, or accent a soft, subdued look. With taupe rose undertones, this stunning shade is a must-have for everyday makeup or when you want to go full-out fashionista.


Nitraa's ultra-comfortable, ultra-long lasting, non-transfer Matte Liquid Lipstick offers a luscious color with a blend of antioxidants including vitamins A & C to help hydrate, nourish and condition your lips. While this is a long wearing formula, it does not dry down on your lips, remaining moisturized and comfortable with high intensity pigmentation. All vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free & made in the USA.

My Thoughts


This is a beautiful color! I love wearing a mauve shade that I can wear all year round. I've been watching Nitraab for years and I was happy that she developed a Lipstick since she wears so many different beautiful shades of lipstick in her videos etc. The lipstick is very comfortable to wear and kiss proof. Wear time is pretty impressive. I wore this lipstick the other day for about 8 hours.


Rammer Jammer


A deep twist on a crimson red. This rich burgundy is perfect for jazzing up a simple makeup look, putting some pizzazz into an every day nude face, or spicing up your style for a special date night. Always matte, but never drying, this long-wearing formula, keeps lips moisturized and comfortable with high-intensity pigmentation.


This non-transfer Matte Liquid Lipstick offers a luscious color with a blend of antioxidants ~including vitamins A & C~ to help hydrate, nourish and condition your lips. While this is a long wearing formula, it does not dry down on your lips, remaining moisturized and comfortable with high intensity pigmentation.

All vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free & made in the USA.


My Thoughts

Honestly I think Nitraa B did an amazing job with this lipstick as well. I like how she choose to create a light and a dark shade of lipstick. I'm all about a Vampy red lip during the Fall and throughout the Winter and this crimson red is perfect for the colder months. This lipstick is also comfortable to wear on lips and kiss proof. I wore this lipstick for about 6 hours without the color fading.



#SAVAGE


Some call it the most perfect red lippie, ever.

#SAVAGE is your party favor to getting the perfect “It Girl” look. Lavish your lips with a silky feel that won’t dry out your pout! Ultra-comfortable, ultra-long lasting, non-transfer Matte Liquid Lipstick that offers a luscious color with a blend of antioxidants including Vitamin A & C to help hydrate, nourish and condition your lips.


My Thoughts

If this isn't the perfect lipstick, it's pretty close, and this lipstick has slight sweet bakery scent that I like. I haven't had a red lipstick like this one in a long time. I usually have a hard time finding a matte liquid red lipstick, but this color is gorgeous and the formula is long lasting without drying my lips.


#SEXYAF


All vegan, cruelty-free & made in California.

You know you're sexy, so let the world know.

#SEXYAF is your party favor to getting the perfect “It Girl” look. Lavish your lips with a silky feel that won’t dry out your pout! Ultra-comfortable, ultra-long lasting, non-transfer Matte Liquid Lipstick that offers a luscious color with a blend of antioxidants including Vitamin A & C to help hydrate, nourish and condition your lips.

All vegan, cruelty-free & made in California.


If you're looking for a everyday nude lipstick, this lipstick is one to consider. This is a beautiful subtle nude lipstick that can be worn day or night. I'm not too fond of mint scented lipsticks, but I can overlook the scent because the color is so beautiful. This lipstick doesn't dry my lips after hours of wear. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Emotional Decisions

Hello Everyone!


A few months ago I was watching something on TV (I can't remember the name of the program), but the topic discussed focused on how people tend to make decisions based on emotion rather than logic. It made me stop and think, do I make more emotional decisions? Nobody is pefect, but for the most part I try to make decisions based on what is right for my overall wellbeing.

Age typically comes wisdom and growth. I don't see life the way I did at 24 as I do now at 34. Sure I view a few things the same, but I also view things differently.

I ask myself quite often when it comes to decisions how will this effect my future or how will this better my future etc. If something or someone is not going add something meaningful to my life then I need to stay clear of it. I made a promise to myself that I would protect my inner peace more.

In the past I stayed in relationships and friendships long beyond their expiration date. It's okay to outgrow friendships. Some relationships should have never developed in the first place (only speaking for myself), but I'm sure someone reading can relate.

Emotional decision making can lead to negative results. For example if you're mad, you may say something out of anger that you don't mean and hurt someone's feelings. If you were to take the time to cool of you may have chosen to handle the situation differently. Honestly I think it's hard not to make some decisions without being emotional involved. We're all human, but I try not to let my emotions get the best of me when making decisions.


Monday, February 3, 2020

Coastal Scents Haul

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*Disclaimer: This posts contains PR Samples from Coastal Scents. Thank you Coastal Scents for sending these products for review. All opinions  are 100% my own. Product and brand information provided by coastalscents.com

I'm super excited to share today's post! It's a makeup haul! What better way to start the month off than to talk about makeup? I recently had the opportunity to choose a few items from Coastal Scents.


About Coastal Scents


Founded in 2005, Coastal Scents emerged on the cosmetics scene, and is now recognized as a premier cosmetics brand. The best quality makeup, with the lowest price and the best customer service is what made Coastal Scents stand out since more than a decade ago.

With more than 800 affordable beauty products, Coastal Scents provides a complete selection, from eye shadows, mascara and blushes to concealers, makeup brushes, lipsticks & more.




Coastal Scents has a very large selection of Hot Pots Single Eyeshadows. The individual shadows I chose are very pigmented, and when I used my brush to swatch the shadows I notice very minimal fallout.


You can use the shadows in empty palettes such as Coastal Scents, Z Palette etc to create your own eyeshadow palette.



I have always wanted to customize my own palette. As you may know customizing your own palette can be costly depending on the brand you choose. I really love that Costal Scents has affordable shadows that I can create my own dream palette.


To customize my Palette I went with a neutrals, blue shadows, white shadows, and pastel shadows. The shadows have a magnetic base to place inside the magnetic palette. The second eyeshadow slot on the top row is a dud. The magnet won't stay in the pan so for now I'm using tape and the shadow stays in place.



Stay tuned for looks I plan on creating with my new palette!



I've heard so many good reviews for the Eclispe Palette. A good concealer is a must have in my makeup routine and for my makeup clients. I typically use individual concealers, but I like this palette that has a variety of cream shades all in one place.



The packaging is durable, but I noticed the black part around some of the concealers was lifted from the packaging.


The concealers are in good condition, so I'm not too worried about the small issues with the packaging.



This brush set is absolutely gorgeous, and the brushes feel soft! The pearl handles make these brushes look so elegant. I always wash new brushes before I use them and the bristles don't shed and seem to be very durable.


These brushes are normally $40, and they're worth the price. You can always wait until these brushes go on sale to get them cheaper. I decided to get another set to use for bride makeup clients. I think these brushes can will add a nice touch while doing a bride's makeup on her special day.



Buffer brushes are one of the main staples I keep in my brush collection and I use frequently in my makeup routine. The bristles on the brush are so soft. At first I thought this was a travel brush, but it's slightly smaller compared to some of my full sized brushes.

I can't wait to see how this buffer brush works with blending my foundation. This brush didn't shed when I washed it and like the Pearl Makeup Brush Set, this Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush seems durable.



Overall I'm happy with my selections from Coastal Scents. The shipping process took about a week, but in all fairness I think the delay was due to Christmas. I order these products the Friday before Christmas. Everything came in tack and packaged securely in bubble wrap.


Snow Maybe?

Hello Everyone! The weather has been all over the place in South Carolina. One day it's hot and humid, but this past week it's ...