Friday, May 23, 2014

Juicing and Hair Growth

In 2012 I did try the juice detox diet. I lasted on the diet for about a month. Here is a video where I talked about my juice diet experience:

The first time I tried the green juice diet it was very hard. I had headaches and my skin broke out. From what I have learned it was the detox phase.

Since I run a hair and beauty youtube channel a lot of my subscribers want to know how my hair responded to juicing. Did you get any growth? Did your hair get stronger? To answer the question.... Well somewhat. The first time I juiced my hair was in braids so I didn't notice much with my hair. The second time I gave juicing a try my hair was in it's naturally curly state and I really wanted to see what juicing really did for my hair.

After about 3 weeks of juicing my hair started to have this luster to it. It had a nice sheen and looked and felt stronger. Yes, I followed my normal hair care routine and wasn't trying any new products at the time. I wanted to see what juicing did for my hair using my normal HG and Staple products. I ended up attending a natural hair event and I bumped into some friends and right away they noticed my hair seemed "different".

As far as growth, well, my natural fine thin 4a hair doesn't grow fast. I may retain less than 1/4th of an inch a month. I guess I'm one of the rare ones. No matter what I do, eat, drink, protective style, or use on my hair, growth isn't in the cards for me. My hair grows very slowly and primarily only in the spring time, I live in Los Angeles, and it hibernates all of the other seasons. So I didn't get any major growth spurts by juicing, sorry. I did have stronger hair and I believe that if I can juice for more than a month next time I may see some growth benefits because the stronger my hair is the less likely I will have breakage. I don't have any major breakage but if i can hang on to what I have then the better my hair is.

Juicing was a challenge also because I really only like 2 recipes and I tried so many. Here is the recipe I followed:

Recipe 1
2-3 cups of Spinach
4 stalks of Celery
1 Green Apple
2 Carrots
1/3 a Cucumber
1/2 small Green Chayote (Mexican Green Squash)

Recipe 2
2-3 cups of Spinach
4 stalks of celery
2 green pears
2 carrots
1/3 a cucumber
1/2 small green Chayote (Mexican Green Squash)
Sprinkle of Ginger to taste

I tried so many other recipes for juicing and it just didn't suite my taste buds. I stuck with these 2 recipes as my only meals for almost a month of this detox challenge. To slowly get back into eating solid foods I started eating spinach salads and fruit for snacks. My body felt good and my hair did benefit from it. Right now I do this challenge 2 times a year but I will be doing it more often beginning this summer. You would be amazed at how much money you save on food by juicing and how much better your body feels.

Hope this information helped.

XOXO,
J


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fun Beauty App from GlamST



What an amazing concept! I get to try on makeup on my computer before I decide to buy it!! I don’t have to feel pressured from any sales person, I’m not rushing to the shelves to fight over the last concealer in my shade, no lines, no fuss and I can do this from my own home. Using GlamST by uploading my photo and just trying on top brands of makeup is awesome. You can upload a nice picture of yourself and just figure the points of your face, like the shape of your eye and face, using the GlamST site and then begin playing in makeup. For the best results, upload a picture of yourself in daylight, pull the hair out of your face, have no makeup on, and SMILE!

The feature that I like the most is the foundation part. I have freckles and there are sometimes that I want to hide my freckles and times that I want to show off my angel kisses. Using the foundation feature I can see which foundation would give me the most coverage to cover the freckles in the picture.


Here I used Becca and I really like the results.

Can you believe the makeup in this photo is all from the computer!!! Amazing!! I used the NARS Super Orgasm blush that I never heard of before plus a NARS Concealer too!! I was even able to pick my shade!! I am floored!!

You can change the eye shape area to create different looks too. I think it's cool for use with tight almond hooded eyes to be able to play around with that feature. 

Love this app and can't wait to upload more pictures and try on more makeup. Best thing is that I dont have to worry about breaking out in acne from trying on so much makeup LOL.

XOXO,
J

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I let someone TOUCH MY HAIR

Yes it is true! After 4 1/2 years of doing my hair at home and me being the only person to touch my hair it finally happened! I LET SOMEONE TOUCH MY HAIR!!!



Recently I attended a press event on behalf of blogger Monica of My Life Is A Journal. While attending the Mommy Blogger Press Event for #Blended the Movie, with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, there were 2 vendors there to pamper the moms. One was Flower Beauty, Drew Barrymore's cosmetic line that's sold at Walmart, and a local Beauty Salon braiding women's hair and putting curls in it. Now you know I'm a makeup girl and I was dead set on getting my makeup done but the both was always booked with women ahead of me so I missed out. I started to mingle and eat snacks but one of the ladies from the hair booth snagged me and got me to sit in her chair. Immediately (as a Natural 4A girl) I'm thinking oh please hair God's above hear my prayer, don't let this woman give me heat damage, cause any SSK (Single Strand Knots), or cause any breakage. She ended up doing a large flat twist on my stretched out curls and put it into a tucked away protective style. 

This was the 1st time in a LONG time that I let someone anywhere near my hair. Now that I had the hand in hair experience I am considering going to a Natural Salon here in Los Angeles. I actually miss the head massage, the deep conditioning treatments, and my favorite.. Beauty Salon Gossip, lol. Here are the local natural hair salons that I am considering:






I think I am leaning towards I Love LuLu but after reading the reviews on Yelp.com about the parking I am a little hesitant. 

XOXO,
J

Arvazallia Argan Oil product



Now as a natural girl with fine thin 4a hair I find it’s hard to find products that work with my hair styling wise and also because my hair hates wheat protein. 2014 marks my 4th year naturally curly hair anniversary and I decided I would begin to alternated from curly to straight. When I do straighten my hair I look for products with silicone, so that it locks in the moisture and helps prevent heat damage. I look for products with small amounts of protein, something not in the wheat protein family or else my hair will dry up and break off. 

Having been a natural hair guru for over 4 years now I am well versed on which silicones are water soluble, with oils benefits my thin and fine 4am hair the most and so on. After dividing my hair in 4 sections I clarified my hair using my mud wash. I then conditioned my hair with my avocado conditioner and detangled my hair. After rinsing the avocado conditioner out of my hair I applied the Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask. Upon application the product did smooth my cuticles, well considering the silicone in it closed them and sealed in the moisture. I left the product on for about 10 minutes and rinsed it out. There was some slip to the product but I am use to having a little more slip factor. After leaving the shower I followed the LOC Method, (Liquid, Oil, Cream) and applied a liquid water based leave in, oiled with the Argan Oil Treatment, and used a hair butter on my ends as my cream.

After I finished my LOC Method I let my hair air dry for 24 hours. The following day I took my braided dry hair down and applied a light heat protector, I flat ironed my hair and then I applied just a little more Argan Oil Treatment to my hair, about a dime size amount. I then wrapped my hair with a satin scarf and I didn’t remove my scarf until Monday morning when it was time to go to work.

On Monday morning my hair was so SOFT. It had shine and bounce to it. I received so many compliments on how healthy and strong my hair look. The following week it was time for me to go back to Naturally Curly. I am always a little scared of heat damage so I made sure I followed my normal back to curly routine. I pre-poo with a protein treatment, I clarified with a clarifying shampoo, deep conditioned with my Holy Grail deep conditioner, used a heating cap, rinsed and guess what… My curls came back, no damage.


All in all I am very happy with Arvazallia Argan Oil products. I am in love with the Argan Oil Treatment the most because a little goes a very long way and it did make my hair feel so soft for days.


Hope this information helped!

XOXO,
J

Thursday, May 8, 2014

FYI: MILANI COSMETICS ANNOUNCES “WHAT DO YOUR LIPS SAY ABOUT YOU?” CONTEST




MILANI COSMETICS ANNOUNCES “WHAT DO YOUR LIPS SAY ABOUT YOU?” CONTEST
ENLISTING WOMEN EVERYWHERE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (May 6, 2014) – Milani Cosmetics, the leader in multicultural color cosmetics announces its first ever nationwide contest, “What Do Your Lips Say About You?”, empowering women everywhere to express themselves through the art of cosmetics.  Understanding that customers and beauty mavens alike use makeup as a creative avenue of expression, Milani Cosmetics encourages women of all ages and ethnicities to embrace their ingenuity and inner-artist to design a bespoke lip-look that speaks to their unique personalities.  Each applicant will have the chance to win the grand prize of $2,000 in cash and $1,000 worth of Milani swag to inspire any makeup fanatic’s look beyond imagination.

The contest is separated into two rounds with the first round kicking off at 12:00 AM EST on May 6, 2014, asking women to enter photos of their lip-fashion while describing what their lips say about them using an eloquent self-expressing hashtag.  Entries will be accepted until 11:59PM EST May 25, 2014, and the first 500 entries will receive one of the most celebrated Milani Cosmetics products, Color Statement Lipstick.  Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick is just one of the many cutting-edge luxe formulations available in a versatile range of shades made for women to accessorize their pout during any occasion.

“Milani Cosmetics provides every woman with the tools she needs and wants to express herself without limits,” says Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Bijou.  “Our colors and products do not discriminate.  They are made for every woman no matter her ethnicity, age, or personality.  In fact, we are dedicated to developing innovative superior cosmetics that not only inspire women to take pride in what makes them unique, but enables women to convey their own personalized message to the world in any situation without saying a word.”

A qualified panel of Milani appointed judges will choose 12 lucky finalists to enter into round two based on the originality of each contestant’s lip-voice as well as quality in skill.  Each finalist will receive $150 worth of Milani product and be asked to create a full lip-focused look using Milani Cosmetics.  Cosmetics provided will include Color Statement Lipstick, Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, Baked Blush, Even Touch Powder Foundation, Cream to Powder, Liquid Eye Eyeliner, Runway Lashes, Eye Tech Extreme and many more!

On June 30, 2014, the 12 finalists will release their very own Milani lip-inspired makeup look and the voting will be passed on to the general public allowing one vote per person per day.  The winning look will receive $2,000 in cash and $1,000 worth of Milani cosmetics, while the runner-up will receive $500 work of products.

Initial entries for the “What Do Your Lips Say About You?” contest will be accepted on www.mymilanilips.com, as well as on www.facebook.com/milanicosmetics, Twitter and Instagram using #mymilanilips.  All finalist entries will be available for public voting within the Contest tab/application at https://www.facebook.com/Milani.  Winners will be announced on July 14, 2014. For more information on the contest, visit www.mymilanilips.com.



ABOUT MILANI COSMETICS
Founded twelve years ago, Milani is the destination brand for women who love color, love to experiment with new looks and shop for makeup in better drug stores and mass merchant retailers. These women seek innovative products, in richly pigmented colors, that are formulated to work together on a range of ethnicities to complement all skin tones and ages. Milani is the multi-cultural brand that delivers specialty store quality, at value pricing, in hundreds of shades, using technologically superior formulas, in lips, nails, cheeks, bronzers, face, brows, liners and more.  Inspired by Milan, Milani is distributed internationally in over thirty countries. Ralph Bijou, CEO and Laurie Minc, President have a twenty seven year track record in building strong brands, including Milani, both domestically and internationally. They are passionate about the cosmetic industry and are deeply committed to innovation, quality products and sustainable, long term growth.

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