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When to Save, and When to Splurge: The Sequel

20 Feb

Some things are worth the extra dough, and some are such a steal it’s unbelievable!!

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Product Picks: December

25 Dec

And here are Decembers Product Picks of the month!

First one goes to Aveda and their ‘pure abundance’ plumping potion. There are many powder type hair volumizErs on the market, but this one takes the cake. The reason I recommend this product over others is the way it makes your hair feel. Other powder volumizers give volume, but not without leaving your hair like you dumped a bottle of glue in it. With other products, you would be lucky to get a comb through your hair once the powder is in it. Pure abundance gives you the volume, without the nasty feel afterwords. It is light, and does not leave hair sticky or dirty afterwords. I am most definitely not one to splurge on spendy products when they are available in other brands for less, but this stuff is definitely worth the extra money.  Available where Aveda products are sold.

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My second pick is E.L.F. Studio HD powder. I have used both this brand and Make Up Forevers version of the product and I can tell no difference. E.L.F. studio HD powder is a perfect setting powder. Once your foundation and concealer is on your face, and dry, use this product last on your face to set your make up. With oily/combination skin this REALLY helps to eliminate the oil slick you might get on your forehead after a couple of hours. I also use Studio HD powder for touch ups, just a few blots on my t-zone and my make up looks freshly applied again. Not bad for $6.00!  Available at Target.

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Last, but not least is Revlon Just Bitten lip stain.  I am a HUGE, and long time fan of stains.  You get the color, without the ‘other’ (by other i mean the waxy buildup that transfers to everything your lips touch).  Applied once, a stain with last all day, and depending on how many layers you apply, you can achieve different colors.  My go-to all purpous stain has been Benetint.  It comes in a rather small jar with a brush tip applicator and can be used on your lips, and cheeks.  While this is all good and well it poses a problem for applying on the go.  I have also found the lip application to be not so precise.  With Revlon lip stain you get it in a felt tip pen like applicator, so your lines are perfect, and smooth; also perfect for applying on the fly!  Available at Target and walmart (and other mass retailers).

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Help for some seriously fried locks!

21 Dec

A couple of weeks ago I had a pretty bad hair mis-hap. Not reading he box, and looking into what the product really was (chemical hair straightener), I picked up Suaves new Keratin Infusion treatment, and gave it a whirl. Keratin is good stuff, right? Yes, it is what covers the outside of our entire bodies, the basic structure of our hair, and nails. So WHY on earth would a product with Keratin in it NOT be good?! Because it’s straight up chemical hair relaxer probably not even good for people with ethnic hair. Whatever you do, do not, I repeat, DO NOT use Suaves Keratin Infusion treatment. Why should you not do this? It will melt your hair off. The directions indicated I should leave it on for 20 minutes, it was on my hair for about 8 before I washed it out, and I ended up with mushy melted hair, that if I would have pulled on it, would have snapped off without hesitation. It was so bad, I could not even get it to dry. Those of you who do hair, or are very familiar with hair know this is bad. Those of you who aren’t familiar do not even want to know; it is a hair catastrophe. recommendations from stylist and salons? Chop it off, there is no saving it (which was not an acceptable answer for me!).

I have long loved Bumble and Bumble products. Though they are pretty spendy, their products work miracles on hair. I had not yet used their Mending line of products until it was absolutely necessary, but within two weeks it has done some serious damage control on my hair that was on the verge if falling out/melting off!! While it’s not 100% yet, and won’t be until it grows out and I can trim the damaged bits off slowly, it is now salvageable hair that can be dried and styled. This stuff is freaking amazing….

Points to take: DON’T USE SUAVE KERATIN INFUSION!!!

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Bumble and Bumble Mending products are the sh*t ❤

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