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Hello, my lovelies!
During an impromptu trip to Walgreen’s this evening, I discovered the Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Treatment I raved about in my last favorites video is on sale, buy one, get one free! Making it an even bigger steal, several of the boxes have mail-in rebate coupons attached offering up to $7.99 back – the actual cost of the product. So not only did I get one bottle free, but I’ll also get back the money I paid for the first bottle, making both of the items FREE.
I use this oil as a styling serum pretty much every day, as it keeps my hair shiny and moisturized. Once a week, I use it as a nighttime treatment as well, saturating my hair with it before bed so my curls can absorb the nutrients overnight. Not only does it leave my hair looking splendid, but it doesn’t even stain the pillow cases!
According to the Walgreen’s circular, this sale ends Saturday, so stock-up now!
Hello my darlings!
I know I’ve been absent for a bit, but this flu season has struck me with a vengeance so it’s been hard to keep up with my beauty blogging duties. I’m back to 100% now, so expect an onslaught of posts in the coming weeks as I get caught up on the pile of products that has taken over an entire corner of my already teeny apartment. Up first, however, is the matter of my favorite products for the month of January. A few of these will come as no surprise to you as I’ve been raving about them incessantly (L’oreal Total Repair 5, perhaps?), so check out the video below and see what made the cut!
Products mentioned in this video:
Disney Cinderella Collection Storylook Palette
Get it: Sephora.com
L’oreal Total Repair 5 System
Price: $4.99 (shampoo & conditioner), $7.99 (Damage Erasing Balm), $7.99 (Restorative Dry Oil)
Get it: Drugstores
Mariah Carey by OPI Nail Polish – A Butterfly Moment
Get it: Ulta stores
Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Brightening Facewipes
Get it: Drugstores
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
Get it: Benefit, Sephora, Ulta
Rarely do I say this about a product so soon after purchasing it, but OMFG I am in looooooove with the L’Oreal Total Repair 5 collection. In all the time I’ve been in Curl Rehab – about 3 months now- my hair has never been this healthy and amazing. So amazing in fact I’ve been swinging my tresses around all day like Kelly LeBrock in the old school Pantene commercials. Or Beyonce in, well, any music video she’s ever made.
I bought this instead of my usual Pantene Pro-V the other night for the sake of trying something new, but I have to admit my expectations were low. My hair is pretty picky and tends to reject anything that isn’t Pantene Moisture Renewal, but as I showered yesterday morning I quickly realized that would not be the case this time around. Since Walgreen’s was out of the shampoo, I started with the Restoring Conditioner ($4.99). This may sound strange to some of you, but I tend to only shampoo a few days a week and use just conditioner the rest to retain the moisture in my already dry and damaged curly hair. After using the conditioner and leaving it in for three minutes as indicated on the bottle, I immediately noticed my hair felt softer. I then moved on to the Damage Erasing Balm ($6.99), that’s so rich and creamy it feels more like body lotion than a hair treatment.
By the time I applied my product and dried my hair, it looked much shinier than it had when I stepped in the shower. The ends even looked smoother and healthier. Best of all, my curls looked almost completely back to normal! *cue Beyonce hair flips*
Check out the video below for more info and stay tuned for updates as I continue on my healthy hair/curl rehab journey!
Update: I found the Restorative Shampoo and Multi-Restorative Oil tonight at Ulta, so I’ll have a separate review of those items up soon!
Since my last hair video a few months ago I’ve been in total curl rehab mode. I think the years of effortless, perfect spirals spoiled me a little but I know realize if I wanna get my hair back to where it was, it’s gonna take some work. So I’ve resolved to focus on the following things:
1. Protection- If I’m going to grow healthier hair, I have to start by protecting the hair I have now. I’ve started using the “Pineapple Method” before bed to keep my hair safe from friction and frizz. For those of you new to curly hair talk, this involves piling all the hair on top of your head in a bun, then securing it with a scrunchie, being sure to tuck in all the ends and stray hairs. I’ve also started using satin scrunchies as I find they tug less at my already damaged strands when I put my hair up.
2. Conditioning- This has always been an important part of my routine, but even more so now. I condition every day (using shampoo only twice a week to preserve moisture) and use a weekly mayonnaise/olive oil hair mask to give my hair the protein it needs to heal.
3. Regular trims- Taking off an inch every six weeks or so has been helping a great deal, as it slowly but surely removes the processed hair without me having to cut too much at once.
For a detailed explanation of my hair recovery as well as more of me acting like a jackass, check out the video below =)
Since Influenster sent me these products for review, I’ve been a little on the fence about using them for several reasons. First – Head & Shoulders treats dandruff, which I don’t have and second, the few times I used it in the past (I’m talking like, yeeears ago) it was very drying. I decided to give it a go anyway since the formula is supposed to be great for damaged hair, which I’ve been dealing with since the color correction I had a few months ago. Plus, all the handy dandy literature that came in the box was pretty convincing.
I (reluctantly) used both the shampoo and conditioner this morning and was surprised at how good they smell more than anything. I generally associate dandruff shampoo with smelling very medicinal, but this smells like peaches. I’m also surprised by how creamy and moisturizing the conditioner is – I almost forgot it was Head & Shoulders for a minute. While I like what I see so far, the information card says hair is noticeably stronger and healthier after four uses, so that remains to be seen,
I’ll keep you guys posted, but so far so good.