I’ve always been a leary of dry shampoo. Having natural African-American hair means that certain hair trends and products really aren’t for me. I thought that dry shampoo would leave my hair looking a little powdery, and ruin a perfectly good blow out by making my roots twist up. I was pretty bummed when I opened my Influenster Violet VoxBox to find Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo. I thought about tossing it out right away, but I decided to give it a shot. I purposely waited till the day before I was going to wash and blow out my hair, so if it did any damage I would only have to live with it for 1 day. It actually did the trick, my hair smelled fresh, had a renewed glow and it felt softer to the touch. The more I use it the better I get at applying it. The bottle clearly states to spray generously on the roots and brush to diffuse powder. I found that holding my hair taut and give the locks a full spray gave a bit of body to my doo. When you spray out the powder don’t freak when you see the white coating your hair. Give it a few minutes to work it’s magic, before brushing. For those of you with kinky or curly hair you don’t have to brush it out, a wide tooth comb gets the job done. My hair like my skin tends to be very dry, so Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo isn’t going to be a daily thing for me. It is however, a new weapon in my beauty arsenal. My places only carry the larger 7 oz spray, I personally love the 1.6 oz spray. The smaller size fits into most travel cases and desk drawers, perfect for the busy girl on the go!
My favorite part about influenster is coming home and finding a random little package at my doorstep. I make a point to never read about what I’m getting, or watching any of the unboxing videos. I like to be surprised. This month I received the following items
Goody Athlétique Headbands - Goody Athlétique provides hold and comfort so you can be physically active and strong in body and mind.
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color - New Triple Shine™ Nail Color! Daily defense from water and wear. Get ready for the shiniest nails ever! Water to workout, day in and day out, nothing will dull these nails. Available in 30 shades.
SOYJOY - SOYJOY is an all-natural, gluten free snack bar made with non-GMO soybeans and real fruit pieces. Between 130-140 calories, SOYJOY is a great on-the-go snack or it can be enjoyed warm (unwrap and microwave for 8-10 seconds for a "fresh-baked" experience!) with coffee or tea.
Montagne Jeuness Clay Spas - Join the Revolution and start a new weekly skincare regime with the Clay Spas from Montagne Jeunesse. These natural bamboo fabric masks are infused with clay for a cleansing experience that is better, quicker and easier than ever before.
Goody Quikstyle - Goody QuikStyle™ lets you go from wet to beautifully styled hair faster than ever! Super absorbent microfiber bristles remove water as you style. It's like a towel and brush in one.
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo - I know you’re busy keeping up with that social life! So don’t waste precious time in the bathroom, just use Clean Freak. Get that perfect hair (and the perfect guy!) before all the other girls. Expect more room on your social calendar because this salon formula dry shampoo will have you and your hair ready for a night out on the town.
Out of all the items I received the SOYJOY bars were the most surprising. I didn’t think I would enjoy the Dark Chocolate Cherry, because it did not look appetizing and I find that most “health snacks” that feature chocolate end up tasting like chalk. SOYJOY really knocked it out of the park, so much in fact I picked up a few boxes at target.com.
The Goody Quikstyle didn’t really work with my hair, but Iggy loves it for his post bath brushing. The microfiber bristles help dry his coat quicker than toweling him off.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak was a bit of a disappointment when I first opened the box. Once I tried it I was pleasantly surprised. It won’t become part of my daily beauty regime, but I like having it in my arsenal. For a full Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak click here!
Montagne Jeuness Clay Spas, Goody Athlétique Headband and Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color were products that I already owned, but having a duplicate is great. Montagne Jeuness is a brand that is budget friendly and really works. When I say works I don’t mean that it works well for the price, I mean that it outperforms products only found at the fanciest of beauty counters. If you want a detailed review on Montagne Jeuness and their newest Glacial Clay Spa head on over to my full review. The Goody Athlétique Headband will keep your hair dry while you work up a sweat and Sally Hansen Triple Shine is a one coat wonder in the hottest shades.
If I had to pick just one product from this VoxBox to take to my desert island I would go with the Montagne Jeuness Glacial Clay Spa.
My hair, a lot like my skin is dry, and summer hasn't done it any favors. Summer may be everyone’s favorite season, but it can wreak havoc on hair leaving it dry and rough. This summer with the horrible combination of extreme heat and humidity plus a chlorine and salt water your hair could be feeling a like more like straw.
A lot like my quest for the perfect lotion, I'm always on the hunt for a conditioner that will actually condition my hair, and if I'm lucky, it will smell great too. When BlogHer was giving people the opportunity to try Dove Advanced Conditioners I jumped at the chance. Anything the claims to provide nourishment to repair dry and rough hair, is making a trip to my shower.
Dove Advanced Conditioners comes in two forms. The first one is a Daily Treatment Conditioner.
Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner
- Dual-phase treatment
- Gold stripe contains Weightless Nutri-Oils and deeply nourish without a greasy feel
- White stripe contains conditioners that seal cuticles, smooth frizz
Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner
- Thick, rich formula
- Provides a luxurious treatment feel to restore softness and smoothness in the time of a daily conditioner
- Treatment with Fiber Actives: penetrates deep inside to help rebind damaged proteins without weighing hair down.
Next up is the Conditioner with specific hair needs in mind with Patented Micromoisture Serum targets damage, repairing the surface of hair by sealing lifted cuticles
Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner
- A unique blend with non-greasy natural almond and mineral oils that are so fine, they are rapidly absorbed to deeply nourish and replenish essential nutrients. It’s next generation nourishment for beautifully smooth, soft, shiny hair.
- Smoothes dry, rough and frizzy hair
Intensive Repair Conditioner
- Leaves hair strengthened and resilient to future damage
- Fiber Active technology penetrates deep inside the hair strand, helping rebind damaged proteins.
Daily Moisture Conditioner
- Helps protect hair from further moisture loss
Color Repair Conditioner
- Strengthens surface layers of hair, to keep color radiant
- Leaves hair with vibrant color that lasts without weighing it down.
- Fiber Active technology penetrates deep inside the hair strand, helping rebind damaged proteins
Now that you've seen all of the conditioners let me tell you about the ones I've used. Up first is The Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner. While I loved the thick creamy texture of the shampoo, it didn't really do much for my hair. While it did leave it soft, it wasn't by a larger margin than any other conditioners that I've used. Even though it didn't wow me, it did make me head out to Target and pick up the Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner.
The Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner did wow me, for the price and the fact that it really kept my hair soft for two whole days. The smell was slightly more subtle that the In Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner, and it didn't leave my hair feeling greasy. Neither conditioner was a magic cure all, but to be honest I don't think any conditioner out there is really going to solve all of my hair problems.
*Editors Note Project Gadabout received the imPress Nails for free. All opinions are our own. We endorse Blog With Integrity.
I have a confession to make.... I’m not great at nail art. I’ve tried, really I have. I’ve spent countless hours attempting different nail art tutorials, only to end up grabbing the cotton balls and nail polish remover. Aside from painting my nails a solid color or doing simple polka dots, I’m at a complete loss.
When I’m looking for a nail art fix I opt for the nail stickers. They are easy to use and quicker than painting my nails. Normally I use Sally Hansen's Salon Effects. Recently I received the imPress Nails by Broadway in the mail and gave them a try. Unlike the Sally Hansen Salon Effects these are true press on nails, imPress adds length and are much thicker than the Salon Effects.
Application: imPress nails come with everything you need to apply these nails. I do recommend reading the instructions and following them for best results. In the kit you get plenty of nail sizes to choose from, buffing pad, and cleaning cloth. Once you’ve laid out your desired nails in order, you can begin to apply them starting with your pinky first. I have slightly wide nails, so I did find myself running into a bit of trouble when in came to my thumb, middle finger and ring finger. Most of the nails were a bit small for my thumb, and my middle finger and ring finger needed the same size nails. Aside for a little nail size drama, the application was a breeze.
Designs: According to the Sally Hansen site they have 40 designs available, while imPress says they have 36. For both brands I rarely see more that 10 to 15 designs in stores. imPress has about 14 solid looks while the rest feature designs or a classic french manicure. I recieved Space Cadet; which features black pebbles with a pearly white glitter path in between. The pattern was really cute without being overdone. It felt more like a fall look than a almost summer look though. My major complaint about the design is, it wasn’t smooth. I normally buy they Salon Effect Gold Glitter as it is smooth to the touch on my nail. With the imPress nails you feel the glitter and the ridges outlining the black pebbles. For some this might not be a big deal, but it drove me nuts.
Durability: They really do last a week. I actually got 9 days out of my nails. Not only do they last, but you can shape and cut them. Even though I received the shorter of the nails they offer, It was way too long for me. I like short squared nails, so about an hour of applying the nails I trimmed them to my liking. In the picture above you can see how long they originally were and below you can see how I trimmed them.
Feel: Since these are true press on nails, you are little more aware of them, especially the first few days. Like I said before, I was only hyper aware of the glitter and ridges in the design.
Removal: This is where the nails really impressed me. They peel right off and they don’t damage your nail. I was amazed at how easily you can take them off, and yet they stay on for over 7 days without a single incident. If you run into trouble you can dab a little nail polish remover around the edges to the get the bond moving.
Price & Availability: These are cheaper than the Salon Effects and can be found at most drug stores and at Wal-marts in Canada. They are not currently stocked at Target which where I do the majority of my shopping. For me my locally Walgreens had the greatest selection of nail designs, but Wal-mart had a better price.
If you are looking for a true press on nail, I wouldn’t look any further than imPress nails. They are quick, easy and come in plenty of designs. If you want to stick with your natural nail, Salon Effects or regular old nail polish are going to be better for you. For those of you looking to give the imPress nails a try, check out their imPress Nails Site for a $1 off coupon.
*Editors Note Project Gadabout received the imPress Nails for free. All opinions are our own. We endorse Blog With Integrity.
My hair is a lot like my skin... it’s super dry.
African American hair can be a bit of a challenge. Whether you are wearing it relaxed or natural, the one thing they both have in common is, it’s not easy. About 18 months ago, after one too many bad hair days I made the decision to just chop it off. It’s been a bit of a learning experience. On one hand, my hair is super simple now, and on the other it’s like this problem child I’m still trying to figure out.
The hardest thing to figure out is, which products work best for my hair. I feel like I’ve tried so many products, all promising to make my hair soft and super manageable. Only to be left with dry and brittle hair, that easily gets tangled.
First up in a series of products is The Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural. What I like about the Pantene Pro-V line is that you have two options, Truly Natural or Truly Relaxed. Each one formulated for you hair type. For those of you wondering about the Truly Relaxed, check out Courtney of CourtneyLuv.com’sTruly Relaxed Review.
I’ve found that most products geared towards African American hair, left my hair heavy. Almost like there was product that didn’t rinse out. My goal is to make my hair soft and manageable, not greasy and tangled. When the opportunity came around to try the Pantene Pro-V line, I was pretty skeptical. I tried their old line before and was underwhelmed. Since this has a new formula I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.
The Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Collection
Pantene Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo - Pantene® Truly Natural Line is a line of products designed to help manage your natural hair. Pantene Pro-V® Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo is designed to gently cleanse your hair’s unique structure and remove buildup—leaving it shiny, clean, and refreshed!
Pantene Truly Natural Deep Conditioner - Pantene® Truly Natural Line is a line of products designed to help manage your natural hair. Pantene Pro-V® Truly Natural Deep Conditioner is an oil-enriched conditioner that moisturizes and detangles natural hair. This conditioner can provide up to 72 hours of moisture, leaving hair so healthy it shines.
New Pantene Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner - Pantene® Truly Natural Line is a line of products designed to help manage your natural hair. Pantene Pro-V® Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner instantly cleanses, conditions, and detangles hair in one easy step without stripping the hair’s natural moisture. This low-lathering formula refreshes unmanageable curls and helps control frizz, leaving hair soft and shiny after use.
Pantene Truly Natural Defining Curls Styling Custard - Pantene® Truly Natural Line is a line of products designed to help manage your natural hair. Pantene Pro-V® Truly Natural Defining Curls Custard works with your hair’s unique structure to define curls and control frizz up to 24 hours, even in humid weather. This styling custard leaves curls manageable and feeling soft.
Pantene Truly Natural Shine Serum with Argan Oil - Pantene® Truly Natural Line is a line of products designed to help manage your natural hair. Pantene Pro-V® Truly Natural Shine Serum with Argan Oil is a daily serum that provides intense moisture and a long-lasting brilliant shine. It leaves your hair soft, smooth, and protected and ready for any natural do!
Let’s talk about what I loved first. The Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo, was hands down amazing. Shampoo has been the hardest thing to find. A lot of shampoos just strip my hair of any natural moisture and leave it smelling lovely. This shampoo actually cleansed my hair and left it feeling softer. The only problem is, it comes in one size. Most shampoos come in two sizes, but this only comes in one. I would love to get a jumbo size of this. Quick note about the bottle design, the lid is a flat top. This means you can get the most out of the bottle.
The Truly Natural Deep Conditioner didn’t smell great to me, but it did its job pretty well. My hair felt softer without feeling heavy. I have a few problem spots, where my hair just chooses to grow in tangled, and it was much easier to get a wide tooth comb through some of these spots. For the spots that it didn’t fix, it made them easier to work with.
Once out of the shower I indulged in a little Defining Curls Styling Custard and Natural Shine Serum with Argan Oil. This stuff was great. The Curls Styling Custard, gave my locks a nice little spring and took away a lot of the frizz. The Serum gave my hair a lovely smell and shine without it feeling greasy. My main complaint with the serum is the teeny tiny bottle. If these products want to be my go to, they need to be available in a larger size.
My favorite thing about these products is that they leave my hair feeling great for about 3 days. On the third day I opted for the Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. This stuff is amazing! One it comes in a larger bottle, and it 3-in-1. The Co-Was cleanses, detangles and conditions, perfect for midweek up keep on my hair.
- Adds Shine Not Grease
- Under $7
- Hard To Find
- Small Bottles
For those of you who to try out these products for yourself. Aliah of The Get Fit Diva is hosting a giveaway. You can enter for a chance to win chance to win one Pantene Pro-V Collection of the winner’s choice (either Truly Relaxed or Truly Natural)! MSRP of the prize is $20 for the Truly Relaxed Collection (4 products) and $25 for the Truly Natural Collection (5 products). Good Luck!
Fall is finally here. That’s right you can bust out your wooly sweater, drink copious amounts of hot cider and carve up every pumpkin in sight. September is amazing since it is filled with promise. Fresh notebooks, new fall looks and plenty of trends to try on for size.
Last week we talked about gadabout Ryann’s favorite fall look aka The Bold Red Lip (There is still time to enter the giveaway and win Mary Kay® NouriShine™ Plus Lip Gloss in Rock ‘n’ Red and a Mary Kay® Lash Love® Mascara in I ♥ black) and while that is one of my favorite looks, today we are going to take a look at the Fresh Face Basic Beauty. This is my go to look, because it so simple and goes from day to night without the blink of an eye. Perfect for those of you looking for something that can get you through your 9 to 5, but still work for drinks with the cutie two cubicles over. Below is a step by step guide on how to create this look.
Beautiful Basic Step By Step Guide
- Apply Golden Vanilla mineral eye color to brow bones. Sweep on Lavender Fog mineral eye color all over the eyelids. Add Truffle mineral eye color to the upper creases and outer eye areas.
- Line eyes with Black eyeliner, smudging top and bottom lash lines.
- Apply Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara in Black to top and bottom lashes.
- Sweep Shy Blush mineral cheek color to contour beneath cheekbones and lightly on the apples of cheeks.
- Line lips with Neutral lip liner , then fill in entire lip area.
- Lightly apply Toffee creme lipstick to top and bottom lips. Add a dot of Café au Lait lip gloss to the center of the bottom lip and blend for a glamorous shimmer. For those of you looking for something a bit bolder try out Black Cherry or Merlot.
Hint for finding the right foundation
- Yellow-based foundations work well on almost everyone. Foundations with a little yellow will even out almost every complexion. Yellow minimizes red, which may be inherent in skin’s coloring as a result of tanning, aging or broken capillaries.
- Test a shade on your jawline or cheek. The correct shade should literally disappear into the skin and blend with the skin tone of the neck rather than the face.
- When trying a new shade, it's best to test in natural light. Also be sure to allow a few minutes for the foundation to adapt to your skin before making a decision on the color.
Mary Kay has 9 other ways for you to reinvent vintage Hollywood glamour. While the Fresh Face Basic Beauty is my personal favorite, I'm thinking I might have to give the Elegant Allure a try. What fall look are you leaning towards? For those of you looking for more amazing looks and the products show here check out Mary Kay Tips & Trends.