Bella Mechelle Beauty

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!

 

 

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I’ve been really caught up on this whole exfoliating thing lately… mainly because it makes your skin super soft and more touchable.

A simple nudge on the warm always generates a great response… I love it!

In all honesty I can say that there really isn’t a lotion that I use to make my skin soft and plush.  Actually, scratch that… baby oil gel works wonders right out of the shower.  Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with exfoliating different parts of the body other than the obvious.

First, try exfoliating your LIPS.   Your lips always get dry, especially during the winter, and sometimes can leave them looking crusty and unattractive (even with your alleged lip hydrant).  Dry skin can sit on the surface, and who wants to kiss that?  Mix a little brown sugar and water until it gets to a pastes’ consistency.  Slather onto your lips, rub together and rinse for smoother lips.

You can also exfoliate your ARMPITS. I know personally, that scrubbing with a washcloth doesn’t get rid of a darkening pit.  My absolute favorite exfoliant is Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Scrub (it’s not discontinued, but any sugar scrub works just fine).

Exfoliating your ELBOWS also helps to cut down on darkening.  Same goes for the knees.  Sloughing away that dead skin can help to reveal the radiant skin underneath!

Give it a shot, you honestly have nothing to lose.  When you exfoliate it’s kind of like shedding skin.  A newer you comes out of the shower looking better than ever!

Sephora also has a Sugar Scrub that will be in my bathroom soon!  I’m an exfoliating FREAK!  If you think I’m crazy, think again.  It’s a cheap spa treatment and leaves you skin more supple than a newborns.  Try it!

Just playing around in my makeup…  this is what I came up with!

**There are no head on shots because honestly, I just look weird on camera like that sometimes… 😦

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.

I probably absolutely NEVER do my nails for two reasons:

  • I never have time
  • and I’m always bartending… when I wash the dishes it makes my polish chip and dries my hands out

BUT I finally promised myself that I would start doing them more and since my son has been at home with the flu, I finally have time.  I did a glitter mani this week, and surprisingly, I’m already itching to try another color!  This week is Maybelline’s Grape Time and Sinful Colors in Pinky Glitter.  And I used my DIY spa manicure technique :D.  Feels good to pamper myself!

I also wrote about this mani for IndieCoututre NYC fashion blog.

Affordable nail care is pretty easy to find right now, but sometimes you may not always have the most satisfying experience.  For years, Asian-owned nail salons have been my place of choice for a simple nail job until a little light bulb went off in my head and I discovered that I could do it myself.  I have tons of nail products anyway so the deed was as good as done.  To be honest though,  I’ll never completely give up on my girls because they always do a great job, but nail maintenance in between visits is especially vital.

I have five products in my regimen that target specific problems.

Problem: Dry cuticles

Prescription: Cuticle oil and Revlon cuticle remover

Problem: Dry hands

Prescription: True Blue Spa Just a Minute Hand Scrub

Problem: Weak nails

Prescription: Nicole by O.P.I. Vitamin Plus nail fortifier

 

Problem: Slow growth

Prescription: Sally Hansen Maximum Growth top coat

Color is always optional in your regimen, it surely never hurts!

I perform a quick manicure on myself that lasts for days.  The routine is really simple, and can be repeated every few days or as needed.  I try to do mine every four to five days because the polish starts to look dull.

First, I apply the Revlon cuticle remover to the cuticle and the sides of the nails.  This helps to soften the cuticles and remove the dead skin.  Rinse.

This next part is important because it keeps your nails in tact.  I use the True Blue Spa sugar scrub to exfoliate my hands and in between the fingers. I also take the scrub and place it over the cuticles and gently scrub away any excess skin.  I did this after four months of missing a manicure at the nail salon and my cuticles looked so fresh afterwards.

Next, I dry my hands off and apply a light coat of lotion.  You can use your judgement to figure out what works for you.  I personally use any body cream or butter that I may have.  I apply two coats of the nail fortifier and finish off with the clear maximum growth top coat.  You can apply color of course, but sometimes I opt for healthy and simple looking nails.

Finally, you’re just going to apply a little cuticle oil to the cuticle after the polish dries.  This helps to lubricate the cuticles and lock in moisture.  Use moisturizing gloves to lock in the oil.

This regimen will only take out a few minutes of your day and it’s well worth it.  DIY nail care is always affordable and worth it, especially because salon visits can become costly.  Try it out, it works wonders for my hands!

 

 

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!

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