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I recently visited ULTA beauty to get some products to jumpstart my professional makeup kit… I ended up spending $263 and luckily, I also walked out with a ton of free samples! I got a Brit beauty bag from Pop Sugar, two skincare items from Benefit, and a Mini Ribbon lipgloss from Pop Sugar. I decided to do this review because this gloss has the ultimate moisturizing ingredient: jojoba oil! I’ve mainly heard about this oil being used on hair, but because of the great reviews I decided to try it.

So when you open it up there are three “ribbons” of gloss: one is red, another pink, and the last is a champagne color. My tin is called Peony Pink. The smell kind of reminds of the hairgrease my mom used to use on my when I was younger, but no worries… It doesn’t taste like that! You’re supposed to apply the gloss with your finger, but make sure you are aware of WHEN you’re applying it. Your hands always have germs on them so wash before application or throwaway the gloss within a month or so. Overall, I give this product a 4/5. It doesn’t make me want to throw my Chapstick, but it’s giving it some strong competition!

Check it out here.


I went into Sally’s a while back to get, I don’t know… something random probably… and when I went to cash out the cashier asked me if I used Dr. Miracle’s.  I said no, it makes my head feel dirty sometimes, but she gave me some samples anyway.  I could have sworn she said that the samples were from the same company (maybe she was confused), but this line is called Perfect Results.  When I saw the packaging, I’m thinking that it looks like something generic.  It’s really simple, not too many colors, and even kind of looks like it doesn’t cost much (not that that is a con).  I never tried it, actually it stayed in my hair basket for 6+ months.  Since I use a different shampoo and conditioner every time I lather my locks, I figured I’d give it a shot.  No risk, I didn’t pay for it!  What was to lose?  I HATE when I buy a product and it’s not worth a dime, especially when I had to pay 37462787498 dimes for it.

So I tried it and fell in love!  Well, my hair did at least.  I love when I find a shampoo that doesn’t make my hair feel like paper WHILE under water and a conditioner that makes my hair feel like silk once it’s rinsed out.  So the name speaks for itself, PERFECT RESULTS is exactly what I got.  I was so surprised, pretty much because the packaging threw me wayyy off (don’t judge a book by it’s cover).

I used the Triple Silk Moisturizing shampoo and the Triple Silk Deep Penetrating conditioner, although they have several other products.  The shampoo that I used contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate which is a harsh detergent that can cause hair loss if used in excess.  Am I saying this shampoo with cause you to go bald? NO.  I just wanted to throw that out there: we need to watch the levels of SLS in shampoos. They clean the hair very well, but overuse can be detrimental for you, your hair, and your boyfriend.  I’m just saying… Why do you think companies are opting to make sulfate-free shampoos?

Regardless of the SLS levels, I still loved the shampoo.  I haven’t gone to get a full-sized bottle yet, mainly because I need for the other 27 bottles of shampoo to run low first!  But this will definitely become a staple in my hair regimen!  I have ZERO complaints!

Look at the selection!



I don’t know why I have the urge to try EVERYTHING whenever I walk into the beauty supply or a drugstore.  Recently I’ve been itching to try Olay facial products… but because of their advertising, I thought it was mainly targeted toward older women and women with wrinkly skin. I decided to go ahead and try it, since I just couldn’t resist…  I got the Olay Foaming Cleanser, and it’s AMAZING… it puts Aveeno to shame!  It comes out of the pump like an actual cleanser as opposed to the Aveeno, which comes out as a foam.  Olay has a rich lather, and provides a deep clean.  You’ll be able to tell as soon as you dry your face…

Unlike other washes, this cleanser really leaves your skin supple and minimizes pores!  It’s definitely becoming a staple in my regimen!  I suggest everyone go out and try it… it’s good for anyone with normal skin.  I also use the Equate Beauty lotion with it (it’s the generic Olay lotion from Walmart).  Both work great and keep my skin glowing.

If you remember my earlier experiment with the Imitation Garnier Fructis masque, then don’t be nervous.  This project was a success!  I wanted to concoct a scalp lotion to help manage my super curly newgrowth and stimulate the scalp at the same time.  While killing these two birds, I’ll be making my newgrowth more softer and encouraging blood flow to the scalp which will hopefully promote hair growth.

**There are no specific amounts to put into this lotion, just make sure that your lotion stays at a consistency as such.

I used:

ORS Olive Oil Hair Lotion

1 crushed up Biotin vitamin

5 drops of Peppermint oil

Shea butter

3 Vitamin E capsules

Coconut Oil

I mixed everything together in a color applicator bottle for easy application.  If the mix isn’t slightly warm, then it solidifies and it’s a little harder to get out of the bottle.  Put it in a cup of warm water for 10 minutes before you use it.  Make sure to massage to encourage blood flow : D. Enjoy!

So I’m only trying to stick to TWO New Year’s resolutions:

1. ATTEMPT to make it to work on time


2.  Use a significantly less amount of heat on my hair (I can’t handle the heat, so I need to get out of the kitchen).

I’ve noticed a lot of random breakage in my hair over the last month because of: LAZINESS.  When I’m late for work, I’m quick to slap the flatiron or the curling iron in my head instead of doing my hair in a heatless style the night before.  Desperate times call for desperate measures… I haven’t even had a perm since August, so I have no idea how I’m going to completely pull this off.  However, during the summer when I went a month without heat, I noticed an inch of growth 😀 .   How bad can it be?

Sooooo… I have three textured styles that I need to do for the month of January: Bantu knot out, twist set, and roller set.  I’ll be starting out with a Bantu knot out!

This is what the prep looks like:

And the results:


Should I go ahead and introduce myself to my newgrowth?

*I’ll have a video soon on how to create this look, but here are some quick instructions:

Section your hair into at least 12 parts.  If your hair is shorter, more knots will give you better defined curls.  I have medium length hair so I try to do at least 12 knots.   I split my hair down the middle, and then in half again in each section.  I do four knots in the innermost part, and two knots in the outermost part.  I also seal with Hollywood Beauty’s Castor Oil before doing the knot.  THIS STYLE CAN BE DONE BY WOMEN WITH ALL TYPES OF HAIR.  If you hair is fine, I would suggest using a leave-in conditioner or a serum to apply before doing the knot.  If your hair is course, I would suggest doing a moisturizer or a leave -in conditioner.

To do the knot, just take the hair and twist it inwards toward your CENTER part (the one in the very middle of your head).  Make sure that your twist is tight so your curls are defined.  As you twist your hair out to a good length, start to wrap it around into a knot.  Make sure the hair is twisted TIGHTLY all the way through.  Don’t twist it so tight that it breaks, but the twist needs to be evident.  I’ve noticed that if you twist the whole length of the hair first, and THEN wrap, your curls won’t be as neat.

Try it out!  Good luck!

I’ll introduce you to my newgrowth next month  😀

Let’s face it:  today’s economy is gradually improving, but our glamourous guilty pleasures aren’t getting any cheaper.  I’m a total beauty junkie, and keeping a low bill at the register can sometimes be an impossible task.  Luckily, Ghada from SmallWorldBeauty reached out to me with an opportunity to write a piece about staying chic without being reluctant to whip out that wallet!

We’ll stick to the basics here, nothing is better than a natural beauty.  One of my favorite moisturizers is drugstore brand Vitamin E cream.  I always make sure to pick up a jar from the local drug store because it’s super cheap, and it hydrates the skin thoroughly.  Vitamin E is great for reducing fine lines and dark spots that may have been the result of acne.  Not only is it cheap, but it will leave your skin feeling soft and is even better after using an exfoliant. 
And now that I’ve brought it up, exfoliating gloves are also a great spa accessory to own .  There are so many pros to owning this product:  you get a spa treatment as often as you like, your body is left as soft as silk, they’re CHEAP… Must I go on? Once again, your reliable drugstore is the place to snag this steal.  It’s way more effective than a loofah or a regular washcloth.  For skin that is even more supple, try slathering on some baby oil gel before you dry yourself off after a shower.
For a more glam approach to being frugal, E.L.F. cosmetics is a great way to go!  I’ve always heard good things about this line, but I’ve always passed it up simply because I assumed it was expensive (it’s sold at Target).  However, I was convinced to take a look at the collection when I found a 10 piece brush set for 10 bucks… can’t beat that!  Nothing in this collection at Target is more than $3!  Foundation, lip stains, concealer, and even FALSIES are unbelievably inexpensive.  I was convinced that this line was a scam, so I tried out one of the lip stains and I have absolutely  no complaints!  It actually worked better than some of the more expensive models because it STAINS your lips as opposed to acting as a gloss.
Aveeno has a Clear Complexion skincare line that is to die for! Not only is it inexpensive, but it contains ingredients that don’t contain harsh chemicals and promote healthy skin.  One of my favorite products is the Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, partly because it’s a light foam that gently removes makeup and debris from the face without all the extra irritation that some other cleansers may contain. 
And I love getting manicures, but sometimes relaxing in the spa takes a little too long and becomes just a tad bit too relaxing if you know what I mean : D .  I always get caught up and spend way too  much time and pay for services that I probably don’t even need.  A frugal way of keeping your nails looking looking flashy is to get nail foils.  They’re a great opposition to Minx nails, and just a bit cheaper.  The technique to apply them is the same,and they last for an adequate amount of time. A good brand to get is Blixz Nail Foils.  Only $17.50 for a mani that lasts a month?  That’s a deal that’s not to be turned down!
Of course there are several other products that would make my list, but I wanted to tell you of my absolute favorites!  Trust me, if I had time to go on and on about my favorite beauty steals, you’d be sick of me by the end of my ranting.

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