A little late but better late than never! As I mentioned before I’ve been busy the last 2 months. There was a lot of celebrations and I also made a trip back to Philly to see my cousins and their families. I stayed there for almost a week and it was a blast! My eldest cousin also gave me a bunch of barely worn and new clothes so I’m set. I won’t have to shop for clothes for a long time (she did that the last time I visited too). Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag.
Now, this bag speaks to me a lot! I’m a snail mailer and this is perfect to hold some of my snail mail items on the go. 🙂 First item that caught my eye is the Grace & Stella Co. Dead Sea Mud Mask. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E mud masks and I’m very excited to try this soon! Next item that caught my eye is the Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick. The shade I got this in is Intimacy. Others got the shade called Spicy. Then we have the Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask. I’ve been using the Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner and Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Detangler on my hair faithfully for the past few months (for every few days) that I’m ready for a change. Next we have the tre’StiQue Mini Matte Blur Stick. I find this item very interesting and it’s supposed to minimize the appearance of pores so I’m trying it out soon. Last up is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. I’ve used products from this brand before and they’ve ranged from being okay to good. I’m hoping for better things with this one.
So not bad at all still! I hope ipsy continues the trend with sending me products that suits my preferences. I’m looking forward to next (this!) month’s bag now!
Hey guys! It’s almost the weekend! Again, I’m SO looking forward to it. It’s been a crazy time the last few weeks that I just need a day to do nothing at all and get bored of that. Today’s post is on something I got from my ipsy December 2015 Glam Bag. Here’s my take on the Marc Anthony Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Treatment.
What I love about this product? I like the scent of coconut in general so I find this pleasant. The scent isn’t too strong and only a hint of it is left on my hair after use. The product comes in a tube type of packaging with a flip top cap like some shampoos and conditioners from other brands. The texture is rich, gloopy and white in color. It’s what I expect from a conditioner. It’s definitely more conditioning than a regular hair conditioner but it falls a little bit short compared to other deep conditioners I’ve used. The difference is very minimal even though it’s there. I love how it helps my hair stay untangled for hours especially my hair by the nape of my neck area. Those tend to tangle more.
What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. I find the price point of this product to be quite fair but being the bargain shopper than I am I’d probably just pick this up if there’s a coupon or if it goes on sale.
Listed on the back of the tube indicates this product is carried by ULTA and Walgreens. Products from this brand is carried in other retailers too as seen in a list here.
Hey guys! Happy Thursday! I’m so glad it’s Friday tomorrow! I’m ready for the long weekend already. Today’s post is on a product that I’ve used a few times recently and am eager to share with y’all my thoughts on it. Here’s my take on the Clairol Hair Food Moisturizing Hair Mask.
What I love about this product? I got this from my recent Target Summer 2015 Beauty Box #2. It’s a full-sized hair mask that I got really excited about to try. The scent is Honey Apricot. I only applied this to my hair from the ends to avoid the roots. My scalp tends to be on the greasier side so I try to avoid conditioning it unless it’s my used-to-be-weekly deep conditioning with coconut oil. The product comes in a squeeze tube and is very light caramel in color. I leave it on for a few minutes and wash it out. It does the trick in detangling but I feel like it does weigh my hair down a little bit after I wash it out and let my hair air dry.
What I don’t like about this product? The scent. I hated the scent on first use. I actually thought right then that I will never use this again as the scent is something I just can’t stand. It sounded really good but it just smelled so wrong to me on so many levels. It made me think of spoiling milk or dairy product. I decided to give it another try the second time around so I concentrated when I sniffed it. My first thought was it smelled lightly of the cereal Fruity Pebbles or Fruit Loops but there’s a note to it that just didn’t sit well on me. I also thought of an old woman’s perfume for a split second before detecting the light scent of honey — but it’s not the sweet honey I have come to expect from most bath products. I don’t know. I’ve looked this up online to see what other people have said about this in terms of the scent in particular and most of them love it while a few of them disliked it like I did. I even thought maybe it’s because my beauty box was sitting in the mailbox for a few hours under the hot sun the day it was delivered but none of the other products in the beauty box changed in terms of scent (none of them smelled off). And a lot of beauty products are made to withstand such temperatures as they anticipate this during their product research and testing. In addition to that, I don’t really feel that it’s any better in conditioning my hair than other conditioners or hair masks I’ve used and that’s disappointing since I really liked the Clairol Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo from the same line.
This item is available in various drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.
Everything came in a black reusable sturdy cardboard box. For $7, this is a steal as the estimated retail value of everything here is $35. Being that I loved the past few boxes, I am very pleased with this one.
I am very thrilled with the Clairol Hair Food Moisturizing Hair Mask and Fekkai Pré-Soleil Hair Mist. Those alone made the box worth it for me. As usual it does come with a $3 off $15 coupon on beauty items to use at Target.
Hey guys! I haven’t done a Curtain Call post in a while. I’ve been struggling to finish some items I have open in the shower and my bathroom counter. I’m sure some of you can relate to that. This post is on a product I got from my ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag. Here’s Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask.
At 60 ml / 2.03 fl oz, this retails for $12 at their online store and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores where it is sold. The entire tube lasted me for almost 3 months. Keep in mind that I have long hair that goes down my back. The back of the tube reads the following:
“The Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan Oil nourishes and revitalizes, while Keravis Protein drastically increases hair’s strength and elasticity. The results are hydrated, soft and manageable hair.”
Verdict? I love it. I notice the difference more on first use, but it works pretty well until this morning as a deep conditioner I use about once a week. The directions listed on the back instructs you to us this either as a weekly treatment or an everyday conditioner. I use a generous amount enough to coat my hair from the tip to close to the roots but not touching it. I wait for 5 minutes usually and rinse thoroughly after. It kept my hair smooth and soft. The color is a creamy white and the texture is just like what I would expect from a conditioner. In fact, both color and texture reminds me that of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Conditioner with the texture part just a little bit more firm/less viscous compared to that. The scent is more on the warm side for me like what I would think of with sandalwood. My co-worker sister Renix thinks it’s pretty close to sandalwood. It’s a bit pricey, but if you end up really liking it I don’t see a problem dropping the dough for what you get. $12 isn’t too, too bad really for a once a week product that lasts for months. For me, I’ll pick more up if it goes on sale or clearance for a good price.
This product can easily be purchased at the online store here or at various retail and drugstores such as Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Kohl’s, ULTA, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.
Summer brings the heat and heat is not necessarily kind to your hair. I’ve been focusing on taking care of my hair more since the weather started warming up. We have a hot tub and I wanted to make sure that my hair survives all the damage the chemicals can bring to my long hair. I’ve been doing the coconut oil treatment every other week now and in between treatments I use this: Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Hydrating Keratin Masque.
The front of the product packaging states the following:
“A creamy blend of cocoa butter and keratin proteins drench each strand with moisture while avocado oil and coconut oil reduce frizz, add illuminating shine and lasting smoothness.”
Description and directions located on the back of the product packaging are as follows:
“Why You Want it… The rich Brazilian coconut oils and fortifying keratin give a luxurious, salon-style deep conditioning treatment that smoothes, straightens and adds sensational shine.
What You do… Apply once or twice a week to clean wet hair. Let soak for 3-5 minutes. Rinse in cool water. Warning: Avoic contact with eyes. For best results use in conjunction with other Organix products.”
What I love about this product? It smells so luscious and decadent — what a treat in the shower! The scent lasts on my hair all day and I get compliments for that. The product itself is solid gold. I grab a little bit of it with my fingertips and apply to wet hair after shampooing. I leave it in for as long as I can and rinse it out. It’s as simple as that. I barely get any tangles after I rinse it all out. It leaves my hair so shiny, soft and smooth. It’s the perfect product to use in between my deep conditioning sessions with coconut oil.
What I don’t like about this product? None! I’d buy this even at full retail price. I got this for about $2 at a CVS clearance sale end of last year. What a score!
This retails for around $7.49 and is available at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide as well as on various online stores. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, click here.
Happy Friday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend already! I got my ipsy May Glam Bag 2 or 3 days ago, but recent things such as work, dishes with long prep time and a new car purchase with my husband took up a lot of my time. I finally got the chance to take pictures yesterday while I was reheating my turkey lasagna (which my husband ended up liking a lot — YAY!). Here’s everything from my ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag.
I liked every single thing I got with this month’s Glam Bag. The only thing I think I’m passing on is the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo. I just have too many eye shadows right now, but I’m sure I’ll either include this in a future giveaway or add it to my ever-growing pile of small gifts I like to hand out to my husband’s nieces. Mine came intact but I have seen some mention that theirs came broken up during shipping. The one I got is Duo #1 (Celestial & Opal). These shades look perfect for maybe even using it as a highlighter in some instances. I have the Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50 on my bathroom counter right now, but opted not to use it just yet. I’ll put it to the test this weekend since I’ll be out in the sun for a decent amount of time. I’m glad to get this item as it’s perfect for summer. The item I loved getting the most in this month’s offering is the Revlon ColorBurst™ Matte Balm in Elusive. I own 2 shades before this one, Striking and Standout. I wanted to get Elusive, Shameless, Sultry, Unapologetic and Audacious at the very least. I was so glad that I got this in a shade I don’t own yet. Saves me a trip and purchase! The first thing I ended up trying is the derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub. Holy cow! My main tip for those that haven’t used it yet is to go gentle and slow at first to gauge how much pressure to use on your face with this. I personally loved this but can easily see that it might be too abrasive for those with sensitive skin. I started off not thinking much about it and realized that I need to go slow cause I was being too rough with it on my face. After I got the hang of the right pressure I’m comfortable with when massaging it on my face, it was heaven. I can almost say 100% that I will repurchase this item. Lastly, the Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask is an item that immediately ended up in my shower. I used it this morning and so far — pretty good! It will take more testing for me to give a thorough review later on in another blog post. I thought this month’s makeup bag is cool, but it definitely looked better on the ipsy site. I didn’t think it actually have that recycled look and feel to it, but I’m glad that I didn’t log on to ipsy to see it first as I wouldn’t have liked it as much I think.
Overall, one of the best to date! I’m kinda scared now that next month’s bag will be a disappointment since I’m not quite sure how this month’s bag can be topped. But we’ll see I guess!
Hey guys! It’s Friday again! I hope the week is going well for all of you. Brr! The weather got really cold fast and I’m sporting my furry Russian style hat already. I worried about making my hair flat but comfort won of course. Anyone who knows me well knows that I enjoy staying really warm. Today’s post is a detailed review on something I’ve been trying for months now. Here’s INOVA Professional Silk Keratin The Miracle Mask.
The mask comes in a tetra pak-like packaging with a white plastic twist open cap. The back of the packaging states the following:
“Formulated with avocado oil, keratin protein, silk protein and white carnation oil to provide intensive nourishment and hydration. The Miracle Mask repairs split-ends and other symptoms of dry, weak, and damaged hair, while simultaneously detangling and improving manageability. Hair will be healthier, luxuriously smooth, and with brilliant shine.
Use as a weekly treatment. cleanse hair with Silk Keratin Smooth Protection Shampoo. Rinse thoroughly, then towel dry hair to remove excess water. Using fingers, apply The Miracle Mask evenly to hair, comb hair to ensure even distribution. Let the mask sit for 20-30 minutes. To boost penetration, apply moderate heat. Rinse hair with lukewarm water. Follow up with Sheer Magic to seal and style your hair. Caution: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes.”
What I love about this product? I initially thought it would be a hassle, but it turned out not that bad after all. I followed the instructions and just put my hair up after application and went on to do some house chores for the time recommended. Just start out with a little bit as a little goes a long way with this product. It rinses out pretty well and it left my hair smelling great and feeling super soft. No tangles at all. The scent reminds me a little bit of bananas. The effects of this product lasts for a few days through a few washes. Hair is smoother and more manageable. I love using it as a deep conditioning weekly treatment for my hair.
What I don’t love about this product? If I had to be super picky, the price. But even when the product retails at $48 for 17.6 fl oz / 500 ml, I feel like the quality and the results I get justifies the price tag. This easily lasts me for at least 6 months with the amount I use each time.
INOVA Professional products are available on their website and at various salons. I’ll have the review of one last product from this brand that I’ve tried up in a few days.
*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*