Monday, March 31, 2008
The strand Test
You pull a strand of hair, (or just take a strand that is in your comb) and tug on the strand. If it breaks immediately this may be a sign that you hair is a little weak and it can use moisture. If you hair stretches and stretches and stretches, this may be a sign that you need protein to strengthen your hair. If your hair stretches a little before eventually breaking you may have a well balanced head of hair. Notice I use the word may when discussing the strand test because many other factors can come into play and have an impact on the strength of your hair.
After using this product a few times I felt like my hair was harder to break but not so hard that it needed moisture.
I will certainly buy this product again but I think it works best with continued use and I have too much of a product wondering eye to stay focused. If the scent pleased my nostrils I would stay put but since it doesn’t hit the spot, my search continues.
Which conditioners strengthen your hair?
Friday, March 28, 2008
I am already into buying all sorts of products, but if you couple a good product with great story, I'm sold. Do you know a company that can sell a product and tug at your heart strings all at once? Introducing the Ojon Restorative Treatment produced by Ojon.
This product is 100% pure Ojon palm nut oil which is used for restoring luster, health and beauty to hair, especially damaged hair. You can use this product as a leave in treatment, deep conditioning treatment, or just rub it over your hair to get a little shine going on.
When you get your restorative treatment you will see, as shown in the picture, that the product is hard but it melts so easily. You can run the oil between your hands but it will probably melt before you begin rubbing. I have used this product as a leave in treatment and I felt like it did make my hair softer. I would just be mindful of the amount used because it is an oil and using too much will just leave your hair a slick mess.
The scent is not delightful, it almost smells like burning wood which is why I no longer use this product as a leave in treatment. I now use it as a deep conditioning pre shampoo treatment. Some people sleep with it on their hair overnight, but I just put it on my roots and the length of my hair for about 20-30 minutes. The results? I don’t know what it does, I use so many great products that I can not honestly attribute additional shine, health or bounce to the restorative treatment alone. However, I do see a difference when I use it on my dry hair so I would like to think that it is also doing something to my hair when I use it as a deep conditioning treatment.
The story behind the product
First you will see the Ojon founder, Denis Simioni, in pictures surrounded by the little children who live deep in the rainforest of Mosquitia. Some of his pictures make me think of those commercials "with just a dollar a day you can save this child", so already the little faces draw you in. Next I learned that they have been using this Ojon palm nut oil on their hair for many years and now I can use it in the comformt of my own home. Ok here is the kicker a special contract has been developed only allowing the Ojon company to use the Ojon palm nut which only grows in that region of the world. The indigenous people are employees of Ojon and they are used to harvest the palm nuts which gives them steady employment. Scholarships are also given out to the people so that they can continue their education. When I first learned all of this I was thinking- I get to have great hair, use products that are exclusive to this line and send a kid to school.....I was sold!
You can purchase the small jar (1.35 ounces) for $21 or the large jar (5 ounces) for $55.
What is your favorite hair treatment?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I should also mention that sometimes my lips tingle maybe I am imagining this but I feel something from time to time, maybe it is trying to change color...who knows.
Your lips will be shiny after using this lip gloss.
$18.50 is all you need to allow your lips to express your current emotion.
What is the most interesting lip gloss that you have purchased?
P.S. I hope to take a pic of my lips later so you will see what it looks like.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
$12.50 will get you an 8 oz bottle.
Which shampoo would you like to try next?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The level of moisturization that your skin will get from this cream is about a 3 on a 5 point scale but the scent lasts much longer.
Which scents do you like for your body creams?
Monday, March 24, 2008
$12 is all it will cost to get this lip treatment from the store counters to your favorite purse.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Priced at $5.99 (or cheaper )
These shoes cost $245 but if they work I say wonderful the price is worth it. Just taking a walk in these shoes is like a workout, wearing them to the grocery store etc. Can you imagine doing a real work out in these shoes, it's like double the workout.
Word to the wise- I have read and heard that these shoes run extra small so if you decide to pick up a pair bump your size up at least 1 shoe size.
These shoes are available at Bliss Spa (the link will take you to the MBT section) and other locations.
Spring is here everyone so happy fitness!
There are so many companies that have similar products, so don't you ever wish you knew before your purchase which product you should buy? I purchased Shinylicious lipgloss by Maybelline and Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers by Covergirl. Both promise to give you endless shine, so let's look at what each product offers.
- Undeniably both products will make your lips glisten.
- Both glosses are smooth and glide on effortlessly.
- When I went to apply some of the Maybelline gloss, I actually had to get a tissue to wipe off all of the petroleum that was dispensed before any color actually left the tube. This did not happen once or twice it happens almost every time I attempt to use this product.
- On the other hand Covergirl Wetslicks pumps out color each time you squeeze the tube (you may get a very tiny amount of petroleum oozing out but no where near what Shinylicious pumps out).
- Maybelline offers Shinylicious is 18 colors, while Wetslicks is only available in 12 colors.
- Wetslicks lasts longer, smells better and tastes better (you know I had to sample it)
Winner - Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers by Covergirl priced around $5.50.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Which masks have you tried and hated?
This scrub contains real brown sugar- how great is that? So you have real brown sugar, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernels (though you can't tell that it includes apricot kernels), ginseng and a few other natural ingredients. The grains are a bit hard but the oils help to soften the blow. If you do not emerge from your bathroom with silky soft skin after using this scrub, I just don't know what to tell you. This is a natural product and it smells sweet too. What more could you ask for?
Before I give you the price let me tell you that the jar is pretty big (14.1 oz), and remember it is a natural product so it is worth the $62.50 price tag.
Which scrubs do you love?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Have you ever noticed that pimples seem to surface at the most inconvenient time? If you are looking for a pimple treatment, you may want to try Ka-Pow! by Benefit Cosmetics. This creamy 2% salicylic acid, pimple fighting formula, is contained in a slender tube that is dispensed as you twist the middle nozzle. I can not stress this enough, only put this treatment on the pimple not your surrounding skin. This product is supposed to be used when you are getting ready for bed and the next day you will awaken to "clearer skin" as the company claims.
If you have Mt. Everest on your face, it will still be there the next morning just a slightly smaller version. If you are looking to get rid of your blemish by the next morning, this is not the product for you, but if you are merely looking for a reduction each morning then give this a try. I hate to sound like a broken record but I would recommend trying one of the regimens from Dr. Susan Taylor's line Rx for Brown Skin(click the link to see my post on this product).
Ka-Pow will cost you $20 for .08 oz.
What do you use to fight blemishes?
So today say something nice to someone, and remember to focus on all of the good things going on in your life.
Have a great day beautiful!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I purchased the $8.00 tube because I wanted a tiny product that I could tote around in my purse, instead of the huge vats of lotion I usually pull out of my bag. My hands are moisturized but the glow leaves after about 20 minutes which isn't so bad for 8 bucks.
Which hand cream is in your purse?
I was standing in front of the mirror all excited over my new purchase, I pulled off the cap and glided the liner across my lid. With just a single swipe of the eyeliner I looked like I used a black crayon on my face. It was way too heavy and it smudges like you would not believe. If you have ever seen the old movie "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" or Homey the Clown (In Living Color) you have an idea of what I looked like.
Unless you are aiming for the bozo the clown look, this product was made for the "SKIP IT" files.
Monday, March 17, 2008
For $65 per jar I would like to see more product and less jar, the bulky container and lid take up so much space leaving the customer with much less product than necessary. The overall presentation of the product is enjoyable, your jar will be tucked into what looks like a miniature potato sack with a straw twist tie. I would not go out of my way to buy this product again but my experience with the Tawaka Rejuvenating Cream was pleasant.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Through email I told many of you that I would begin discussing the journey to healthy hair on the blog so today is Day1.
When I was young girl I did not have long hair, my unrelaxed hair was often in chunky little braids. My mother washed my hair regularly and slathered DAX grease on my scalp. Although I knew my hair was growing it was difficult to really see growth until I would get my hair pressed, which was not very often. Fast forward to my early teenage years and I received a perm from a stylist who was pretty good at taking care of my relaxed hair. During that period I wasn't doing anything too special with my hair, just basic wraps. My hair was growing a little so I was pretty pleased however my stylist was like a nomad, moving from place to place. My family and I followed her several times to her latest hair salon until we could no longer keep up with the commute. It was then that I began going to a new woman, a pimple popping scissor happy stylist. If you dared to get into her seat with a pimple you better believe she was going to put down the hair supplies, adjust herself on her stool, angle your head and proceed to try to pop any pimple she found. Disgusting I know, but she eventually got it straight when I explained that I did not want a facial, just the hair care. However, that did not stop her from answering the phone or tending to other clients as she left the relaxer sizzling on my head!!!
Anyway my hair never really seemed to grow during this period in my life. I was told that trims were needed to make my hair grow....it didn’t quite make sense to me but gee whiz that’s what every stylist claimed so it had to be true right? *Cece later moved to get married and I was off to find another stylist’s chair to call home. This time I found a woman who really cared about hair, in fact she is still my stylist. Quick side note...later in life I ran into CeCe and she said "WOW your hair has grown so much" I guess she wasn’t use to seeing me without the trademark Dutch boy haircut she had left me with for so many years.
I later tried a hair care system from a popular woman online who claims to help you grow your hair to new lengths by following her techniques. While following the program I did not like all of the products, one seemed to do nothing while another seemed too heavy for my hair. I must say that I didn’t follow the system to a "T" which may be why I experienced extreme breakage on one section of my head. I was devastated and knew that I had to find a way to get my hair to a good and healthy state so I began reading articles, book, and surfing the net in search of reasonable answers to my hair questions.
To begin the hair journey lets start be doing the following:
1)Read as much as you can about proper hair care. Not everything that you find will work for you and there are still many false statements floating around but it is at least good to see what is out there. Also as you begin working more and more with your own hair you will see what works best for you.
2) Assess your own hair to see if it is damaged in any way by asking yourself:
Do I have many split ends ? (if you click on the text "split ends", it will take you to the K.I.S.S. blog where Tracyee recently posted a picture of a variety of split ends. The link to K.I.S.S. can also be found in my blogroll.)
Are you experiencing breakage? When I comb my hair am I seeing many broken strands?
Do I have any hair issues that I would like to resolve in the near future.
For now, let’s keep this as simple as possible, so in stage 1 access your hair to figure out what problems may exist.
We will continue this hair journey together until we cover this earth with healthy hair, starting with one strand at a time.
Do you have any hair horror stories?
*The name of this stylist has been changed.
So you already know I couldn't leave with just one product right? Pictured on the left is the Amlika Leave in Conditioner. The label states that it will provide "intense moisturization with amlika berry extract to add shine". I didn't really care for the ingredients list but I decided to give it a try because it was also a very light treatment...and it was inexpensive. This treatment is supposed to be applied to wet hair so I wet my hair and applied the product. The next morning I did see a shine, not a remarkable shine but the level of shine you might expect from this $8.00 product, and my hair felt pretty good. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it is also supposed to reduce breakage and split ends. On a slightly negative note, I didn’t like that the ingredients list consisted of fragrance, lactic acid and other ingredients that I had to look up to understand. I always like it when a product is comprised of mainly natural ingredients.
All in all, The Body Shop hair products did not leave me with a hair catastrophe.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Priced at $18 you too can have soft hands and lips and smell like bengay!!!!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
So there I stood in front of my bathroom sink, beginning and ending each day by cleansing my skin with my new facial wash. I have to tell you that during my period of using this product, bumps were HISTORY….do you hear me???? Not one blemish could be found on my face. However, when I noticed that my skin began to feel a little tighter than usual, I used the product less frequently but I never completely stopped using it. The tight skin then turned into itching skin, which progressed to dry skin and then PEELING skin. Yes ladies my skin was literally peeling. I didn’t have any bumps because the glycolic acid was literally tearing my skin to pieces. The product that promises glowing skin left me with a dry dull peeling Face. I was mortified and I had to leave my house armed with Vaseline to combat the dryness and flaking that my skin had become accustomed to. Of course I stopped using this product once the itching began but it continued to worsen and it progressed all the way to full blown peeling. It took about a month and a half to get my skin back in shape. I guess I learned that acid should not go on my face!!!! I hated this company and I never wanted to use another product from this dreadful organization….well until recently when I tried their latest moisturizer….lol
Regarding this $32.00 facial cleanser I say "SKIP IT".
Which facial cleansers put your face through the ringer????
Monday, March 10, 2008
Priced at $15 this cute trio is available at Sephora or wherever Juice beauty products are sold.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Ladies have you ever had your eye on a particular product but you were not ready to actually make the purchase? Instead of using your money only to discover that the product is a dud, find out if your bss has any free samples ---I know I will.
While many women enjoy shopping for perfumes or receiving it as gifts I cringe because they all seem too strong for me. It is as if I can smell the alcohol in the perfumes and it makes me gag. With that said, the Lavender cleansing conditioner almost made me pass out when I screwed off the pump --it is strong! However my hair looked amazing and after your hair dries you really can't smell the scent anymore. I never thought the day would come when the scent of fig would be my favorite because I almost vomited when I smelled the vanilla and fig body wash from bath and body works.
Though I have not given up on Phyto and my other hair babies like Ojon, Wen is definitely a winner in my book. The scent may be repulsive but my hair looks perfect so I have achieved stinky hair perfection.
Oh and I have been using Wen on my dry ends before rolling my hair and ladies all I have to say is please try to find a split end on my head...you will be searching for hours.
Happy sulfate free cleansing
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The consistency of this product is a little thicker than milk so it glides on easily. It is also one of several products from Creme of Nature that consists of certified organic ingredients. The Lemongrass and Rosemary leave in is specially formulated for dehydrated hair.
I used this leave for months and I think it is a pretty good product but using it daily was not an option for me because it would weigh down my hair. Does it detangle - yes, but if you are an "air dry girl" like I am, you may find that your hair will feel crunchy after leaving this product on your hair.
I have a few more bottles left at my home and they will remain in my reserve tank in case I run out of my staples and I need backup.
Oh and I can't forget to mention that the smell gets 4 out of 5 stars.
You can get this leave in conditioner for roughly $5.99 at your local beauty supply store.
If you have tried this leave in, please share your experience.
Priced at $6 this liner is available at Sephora.
I like this product but I can certainly use a lip liner that is much darker color...any suggestions?
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Which store brands deliver quality at the right price?
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I have the shade midnight sparkle, but this eyeliner is available in a variety of shades through Sephora for $16.
Which eyeliner do you use to turn up the volume?
Sunday, March 2, 2008
This product claims to promote healthy hair growth and to restore thinning hair. You are supposed to use this product twice a day everyday to actually see results. I used this product in one area just to test the product, I was a bit skeptical at first and I feared it would make all of my hair fall out so I kept it contained in a small area of my head.
As you rub the product on your scalp you will have to do a pretty good job of rubbing it in otherwise it will dry on your hair and flake. Once applied to your scalp you will experience a cool tingly feeling which is probably caused by the menthol.
I am sorry to say that my final result is somewhat inconclusive because I want to continue testing this product. I feel like my new growth was stronger, much firmer than usual, the new growth was really pronounced. Did I get more new growth that usual? I think so but I did not take measurements so I can't be sure. Even if I did receive more new growth than usual it was not so much more new growth that it was obvious. I should also note that I used this product for only 3 weeks. Currently I am not using the product because I want to keep in my mind the type to growth that I get without the product, then I will begin using the product again after my next touch up.
The Nexxus biotin creme can be found at your local beauty supply store for $12.99
If you have tried this product please let me know about your experience.