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Review: Juicy Leave In Conditioner

19 Apr

I will be the first to admit that I have no idea how to style natural hair. It’s the reason why I wear lacefronts so much. I’ve tried to do twist outs (fail), braidouts (major fail), or flat twist outs (hit or miss), and it just doesn’t work for me, so back to the wigs I go. I can do wash and goes because…you just wash…and go :-/ The problem with that is I often get fairy knots when my hair is out for too long. What to do? Going back to the creamy crack is not an option. I may not know what to do with my hair, but I can appreciate the healthy state it’s in AND I actually like my hair.

So, needless to say I’m constantly on the hunt for that one hair product that is going to make styling easy peasy. Well guess what? I found it!!! I’m so friggin excited! Naturalista Cosmetics has a product called Juicy Leave in Conditioner. I am always hella skeptical of products, so if I can buy a trial size, I do. That’s just what I did with Juicy. I bought a 2oz trial size. Now I sit here sighing wondering why I didn’t get the 16oz size instead.

This stuff is everything. My hair has never been softer and my twist outs have never come out this fantabulous! I simply followed the steps that were posted on the naturalista facebook page:

I wish I would’ve taken pics the first day I tried the product, but I didn’t. I say this because the first time I tried it, I let my hair dry for two days. That made a big difference. When I manipulate my hair when it’s still slightly damp it gets frizzy, which is what happened the second time I used Juicy. However, I still love my twist out so much that it doesn’t even matter! Lol. Plus my hair is shiny! I haven’t had shiny hair in forever! Did I mention how soft it leaves my hair? *swoon*.

If I had one gripe about this product, it’s the smell. Some may find it pleasant. For me the smell is annoying. It’s like a body moisturizer that is heavily scented in a scent that aggravates my nose. It’s strongest when I first put it on, so by day two I can’t even remember what it was about Juicy that annoyed me.

I’m so beyond satisfied with this product. I’m a believer. The search is over!

You can buy Juicy here. The prices are as follows:

2oz – $7
4oz – $12
8oz – $22.50
16oz – $35

Happy shopping!

~ACG

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Product Review: The Fragrance Shop

19 Apr

One thing that has become very much apart of me in the past 2 years is a love for fragrances. I blame this on Luna Bleu. This was my first experience with having fragrances customized just for me and I instantly fell inlove. Since finding luna bleu I have purposely not looked for new smell good companies because I do NOT need to get caught up. My wallet tells me as much. However, there’s a group of women, I won’t name any names (this time) that always seem to stumble upon new fragrance websites and sends them to a group of us because we’re not already product whores *rolls eyes*. I of course eventually fall victim, but this is yet another time I’m happy I did.

The Fragrance Shop is a website where you can buy pure oils. No alcohol or extra stuff added, just oils in their purest form. They have one note scents, designer fragrances, special blends…anything you can think of! I.am.in.love my friends! To top it all off, I ordered on Friday, it shipped on Saturday and I got it Monday! How awesomely fast is that???

So here’s what I ordered, the notes they contain per the website, and whether it received a yay or nay from me:

Poppy Type for Women
· Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Freesia, Cucumber
· Middle Notes: Jasmine, Gardenia, Waterlily, Rose, Sweet Accord
· Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Vanilla, Marshmallow
Normally I would see Mandarin Orange and Cucumber and go the opposite direction, but this really works well with all of the other notes. It is a luscious, sexy scent that is also light and girly. Definitely a yay!

Blue Nile
Mandarin, Lime, Liliy, Balsam, and Musk, a slightly masculine fragrance.
Not an everyday scent for me, and I’ll probably pair it with something else, but I say yay!

Rain
Our own classic, a beautiful blend of fresh green notes, and soft Lily of the valley. Clean musk and precious woods, artfully blended with with Gardenia, Carnation, Lily, Magnolia, and Jasmine, and more. Our most popular floral fragrance.
Yay! I love it. It makes me happy.

Black Coconut
The scent of toasted coconuts.
It’s “Ok”. Mmm I give it a yanay lol.

Black Woman
Bergamot, Frankincense, Patchouli, Magnolia, and Carnation are combined in this complex scent.
This scent is too many things and most of them aren’t good. To top it off it has left several of our throats itchy and scratchy. It’s too much, like a bothersome inscent. Just say no. Nay.

Bamboo Flower
A sweet blend Coconut Milk, Bamboo flowers, Kafir Lime, and star fruit.
Not for me. There’s something in it that doesn’t smell strong enough to compete with the other scents. It’s like it leaves the fragrance feeling a little hollow. I don’t know what it is, but if it were deleted I would like this scent a whole lot better. Nay.

Pink Martini
Cranberry, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Musk.
Reminds me of a fun, summer day. Light and summery with a slight bite. Love it! Yay!

Pink Sugar
Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig, Lily Of The Valley, Anise, Strawberry, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood.
Dead.On. The BEST Pink Sugar I’ve ever smelled. The men love it! I’ve already received many compliments. Yay!

Zen Garden
Inspired by exotic Japanese gardens, this fragrance is a blend of heady Florals, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cedar, and Sandalwood.
I’m sold. Yay!

Have you ordered from the Fragrance Shop before? Plan on ordering now? What have you bought/what do you plan on buying?

~HG

Product Review: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque

11 Apr
Jackpot! I think I’m inlove!

This product is the best thing that has happened to my hair since going natural, period. Ok, so for months now I’ve been complaining about the state of my hair. “It’s thirsteeehhh!” You could often hear me scream. Nothing seemed to come close to quenching it except for the mixed chicks detangling deep conditioner. It does a good job of making my hair feel moisturized, but it still wasn’t 100% what I needed. It is still a staple product in my hair regiment though. Anywho, whenever I would cry for help a sista friend, Lisa, would say try Shea Moisture. So finally I ordered the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque from amazon.com last week and used it for the first time this weekend. Oh.My.Good.God. I’m totally inlove.

The consistency of the product isn’t super duper thick, but it’s not runny either. This satisfied me in two ways: 1) This made it easier to work through my hair and 2) It was thick enough that I felt like it was going to really moisturize.

The smell is so fantabulous! I kept waking up all night wondering who was wearing perfume and where could I buy it lol. Now, it’s not heavily perfumed by any means…It’s more like a mixture of different oils that smell great!

Now, I didn’t use this product as a deep conditioner, but rather as a leave-in conditioner (it states on the package that it can be used in such a way) and my hair thanks me for it. I cowashed my hair, towel blotted, then added the Shea Moisture throughout. Loves it! Later in the day I was randomly pulling at my curls and thought man! My hair is super duper moisturized and soft! Even my husband commented on how soft my hair was. Now, I used it with an Aubrey conditioner and…well, that’s another review in itself. Next I want to buy the Shea Moisture shampoo. The routine for next time will be:

Shampoo
Deep Condition with Mixed Chicks
Use Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque as a leavein

My guess is that my hair is going to be so moisturized and fantabulous that I’m not gonna be able to take all of the lusciousness!

Ingredients: deionized water, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), argan oil, cetyl esters, sea kelp extract, panthenol (vitamin b-5), ammonium salt, essential oil blend, avocado oil, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and lonicera japonica (japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, tocopherol (vitamin e), hyssopus officinalis extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf and equisetum arvense extract, soybean oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil.

Available at amazon.com and Target for $9.99

~HG

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway here!

Product Review: Revlon DoubtTwist Mascara

10 Aug
“Revolutionary brush combines traditional bristles with innovative defining bristles for luscious volume and remarkable definition.”
Umm, yeah, no. I hate hate hate this brush! It was super hard to use, and the mascara clumps! Worst of all, I’ve only had the mascara on for 30 minutes and oh, what is that I see in the mirror? Could it be flakes? Why yes, yes it is. Also, you pull up so much mascara when you pull the wand out that you immediately know that you are wasting a lot of product, and for what? Clumpy lashes? Ugh.
Any mascara where I have to twirl the wand in order to make any headway is just not worth my time.
Before
After 2 coats
Product: 3/10

Pricing: 6/10
Packaging: 9/10

~HG

Maybe She Was Born With It… Yeah, that must be it.

5 Aug

If you haven’t noticed this about me from my various LOTD, when I find a product I love it take me a long time to try something else. This is especially true when it comes to mascaras. I am completely loyal to products that make my features do what it do. However, every once in a while if a product is on sale, or I’m just feeling sassy that day, I try something new (new to me anyway). So while I was standing in Ulta last week I pickede up L’Oreals Extra Volume Collagen Mascara.

“The luxurious, buildable formula infused with collagen creates breathtaking volume instantly. Glides on smoothly and lasts all day, with 12x more impact. No flakes, smudges, or clumps!”
Le sigh.
I should’ve known that a product that swears to do something by 12x would fail me.
Before
After
Me no likey. I feel like the mascara added length to my lashes, but I’m looking for this 12x more volume that it promised. I don’t see it! As for no clumping, well, you be the judge.

The other thing I despised about this mascara was the wand. It didn’t get a good grip on my lashes, so I couldn’t apply it like I normally would.

For me this mascara was a fail. I can’t even use it as my backup mascara. I keep using voluminous for that. However, if you’d like to try it, you can buy it for $8.99 at Ulta.

Product: 4/10
Pricing: 6/10
Packaging: 9/10

~HG

Product Review: Model Model Human Hair Deep Bulk

15 Jul
Above is the curl pattern of the Model Model Human Hair Deep Bulk braiding hair. I saw it and fell inlove. Two weeks later, I’m completely out of love. In fact, this hair reminds me of a fly that keeps buzzing around my head and just won’t die already!
How is it possible that I’ve only had this hair in for two weeks, and it’s already napping up? The ends are dry and frizzled. I have to keep cutting away and dry little balls in the hair. Ugh. This is disgusting. I can already see that I will have to buy more hair and try again next month.
My advice? If you walk past this hair and fall inlove, please recognize it as a con artist and keep on walking. It’s not worth your money at.all. I can promise you that.
~HG

Product Review: So She Cosmetics

13 Jul

I was super duper uber excited when new cosmetics company, So She Cosmetics, Inc., a company based in Chicago, IL, presented me with the opportunity to review their products! What a treat! Here’s what they sent:

Velvet Veil – $15.00 – Velvet Veil is a super soft and light face primer. I was really impressed by the smooth texture of the product.  According to SSC you can use Velvet Veil on your boy and on your hair for extra shine and silkiness. Although I didn’t try it on my hair I did try it on my face and I can promise this will be the next primer I buy. It contains Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Licorice.

Gold Lip Sparklette – $12.00 – The consistency of this gloss is really nice. It doesn’t leave your lips feeling gritty or sticky. However, my one beef with this product is that you have to reapply constantly. When paying $12 for a gloss, I’m use to it staying on through me eating say, a piece of fruit. As soon as I finished eating my peach, the gloss was finished as well. For the price I would like to have some staying power. The color is a great everyday color though, and I can definitely see myself wearing it with any makeup I want to enhance with a gloss that has a sparkly gold tone to it.

Gold Candle Glow Bronzer – $11.50 – I really like this bronzer! The texture is so light it feels non-existent on the skin. It’s not oily or heavy, just a great creamy texture. I truly did not think the color would go with my skin tone, but it did! It gives me a nice, subtle glow, not over-powering or heavy at all. I would definitely buy this product for my kit because I think my clients will love it.

Gold Bronze Eye Shadow – $12.00 – This loose shadow is a nice pigment, not too light, not especially heavy. I think my one gripe with it is you definitely should order samples before buying it. Depending on the lighting, this shadow came off really light gold for me, not bronzy gold. Also, although it’s a pigment, so not oily at all, it kept migrating to my crease, so definitely wear a base under it. I’m also a little disappointed in the color selection. Most of them seem to have a bit of a frosty texture to them, and I am not a fan of frosty eye shadows. I look forward to So She Cosmetics coming out with new colors for me to try and play with. The verdict is still out on this one.

Overall I think So She Cosmetics is on to something really good. With a few tweaks they could have something really great! As the company grows and acquires new products I really believe people will naturally gravitate to their cosmetics.

~HG