Monday, November 23, 2015

Natural Hair Black Friday Wish List #2 (Liter Sizes)


Now that I have my healthy hair regimen down to a science and I know what my hair likes, the do's and don'ts and when to use certain hair products I now prefer to buy in liter sizes. The best time of year for me to buy is either Black Friday or Easter for the best deals. Here are some of my Holy Grails that are in liter sizes


Shampoo/Cleansers:
Oyin Handmade Honey Wash (Original Scent) $35
Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner $56


Conditioner:
Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp $38
Curl Junkie Curl Rehab (Strawberry Scent) $68
Jessicurl Too Shea Conditioner $50


Other than liter sizes there are a few items in 16oz sizes that I like to stock up on during the sale times.


Moisturizers:
Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream $35

Conditioners:
She Scent It Avocado Conditioner $15

Gel:
Uncle Funky's Daughter (Original Formula) Curly Magic $25

Normarly companies like Curl Junkie, Oyin Handmade and SheScentIt will offer anywhere from 20-25% off. This year I have noticed a trend of 25% off at places like Oyin, CurlMart and Hattache. I'm hoping to catch these larger sizes at a good rate with free to cheap shipping. I live for these products and these deals. How about you?


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Farmacy - New Day Gentle Exfoliating Grains






This stuff is incredible. The bottle is very sleek looking and comes very beautifully packaged. The contents are in powder form. When you use a little bit of water it suddenly hydrates and foams in your hand. It's not as messy as it sounds, and the grains aren't fine enough to blow all around everywhere .The larger granules/cranberry seeds are nice. I do like these cleansing grains.  The texture is initially very soft and rich and pleasurable to massage onto the skin.Normally larger granules can be a little harsh, but in this one they aren't. Once I spread this onto my face, it applied like a cream.

My face looked brighter and afterwards my skin feels SO soft. If you are acne prone, have way too visible pores, want smoother and softer skin then this is the product to try. My pores have drastically shrunk, my skin isn't oily, and I have no more dry patches. 


About the Product
A potent, all-inclusive skin care treatment, the grains cleanse, exfoliate and clarify in one step for fresh, clear skin.The Innovative cleansing grains transform into a gentle, foaming exfoliating cream with the addition of water.

Natural Cranberry Seeds provide a deep clean to lift away surface debris and promote skin clarity.

Rice Bran Powder loosens dry skin cells and absorbs excess oils and surface impurities.

A complex of White Willow Bark, Carrot, Green Tea and Marshmallow soothe, protect and calm the skin.
Learn About the Brand
Powered By Echinacea GreenEnvy™. A unique patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™ contains the highest known concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. Cichoric Acid also normalizes the skin pigmentation process to promote a more evenly toned complexion.

Mark Veeder is the pioneer plantsman behind the discovery and patenting of Echinacea GreenEnvy™, a unique variant of Echinacea Purpurea. He has partnered with farming expert Robert Beyfuss to cultivate the plant in upstate New York. Together, they are creating jobs and changing lives in their local community.

The scientists and lab behind Farmacy are innovative experts in cosmetic formulation and research, and seek out nature's most novel yet effective ingredients.

Echinacea GreenEnvy™ is transported only two hours to the lab, where it undergoes a cold pressing process, similar to cold pressed juices.

Learn more by watching the brand's video here: https://vimeo.com/139715427

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

LA COOKIE CON AND SWEETS SHOW


Click here for tickets



A Cookie Con and Sweets Show is a foodie heaven for those who love creating - or simply enjoying - anything and everything in the world of sweets. Your ticket gives you access to:

Sample hundreds of delicious sweet creations from local and national brands alike. Plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, too!

A packed culinary celebrity guest lineup from the stars of Masterchef, Next Food Network Star, Chopped, The Cooking Channel and YouTube. Our Saturday headliner is Chef Ron Ben-Israel, world famous "King of Cakes" and star of Food Network's "Sweet Genius"!


Our Sunday headliner is Rosanna Pansino, the superstar host, creator and star and author of "Nerdy Nummies".

Hands-on cookie and cake decorating classes. Expand your skills with fondant, buttercream, sugar flowers, blown sugar, candy apple making, chocolate modeling…

Baking demos and classes from your favorite TV and blog personalities on topics such as Traditional Baking and Vegan Treats. Then, sample everything afterward! YouTube star Sugarcoder will be on hand to teach her kawaii macarons. Our programming partner New School of Cooking will present classes and demos for all to enjoy. More demonstrators and teachers will be announced weekly.

Decorators’ Showcase to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with local cake, cookie, cake pop and cupcake decorators showing their most intricate creations.


Amazing Fun & Activity Zones for the Whole Family
Our Kids Zone with toddler and big kid play zones, crafts, snacks, games and activities, plus cookie decorating by Baking With Melissa and face painting by Urban Sitter — all free.

Two VIP Rooms for our VIP Weekend Pass ticketholders, press, professionals and celebrities. VIPs enjoy early entry to the show both days of the show, free massages by the National Holistic Institute, and an exclusive selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic sips and bites, plus an exclusive collectible canvas swag bag filled with coupons and samples.

Programming for Professionals to help you build your business and learn new sugar art and baking skills. Professionals also receive early entry both days of the show.
 
Five Classrooms and Stages just for learning more about baking and decorating!

Get tickets HERE

Black Friday Wishlist #1 (Hattache)


It's no secret that I love me a one stop shop. I love a place where I can get all of my natural haircare needs, has great customer service, and super fast shipping and I'm talking about Hattache. This store started in CA and has moved to the east coast but my love for this store has not left.

This Christmas I need to gift a few items to my mom, she needs cowashes and conditioners. I need conditioner and deep conditioners and maybe a leave in or two. My son needs body products that cater to sensative skin, so as you can see I can get everything I need for the household from one shop, Hattache.

They normally offer around 20% off but this year it will be 25% off with code BF015.


Here is my wishlist from Hattache:

Bobeam Condish (For entire family)
Obia Naturals (For me to try)
SheScentIt  (For entire Family)
Skinnamon (For entire Family and Sensative skin)
Tropical Isle Living (For my grow out challenge)

Lots of these brands are tried and true for me. Bobeam has the best poo bars in the game but I am in love with their Condish, I think I purchased 5 of them the last time Hattache had a sale.

I think that my mom's 3C hair will really like the Twisting Creams from Darcy's and their Conditioners. I think I will get her an oil too.

Jayden has really dry skin and I haven't made body butters for the home in a while so I need to get some for him quickly. I think he will like this brand,

Obia Naturals I have tried a twisting cream from them, thanks to CurlyGirlJess and AshkinCurls for sending me some on their last trip to the World Natural Hair Show in ATL. It was a great replacement for my holy grail Ohm Sweet Hair Pudding which is no longer made. 

SDot Beauty I learned about from BlueOttLisa and I love their body butters but I have heard such wonderful things about their conditioners and leave ins that I just have to try it.

SheScentIt is a store that is packed with holy grails for me, including my favorite Avocado Conditioner. So I will be getting shampoos, cowashes, conditioners, and deep conditioners from SheScentIt for me, my mom and my son. My mom with her 3C hair, me with my 4A hair and my son with his 4B hair all can use the products from this line. Love them.

Skinnamon is a new favorite for me. I have tried their scrubs (on my face) and I'm in love. When I need something with some power and a little rough I turn to this brand. Jayden and I are going to be trying their body wash pretty soon, I have a bottle of Shea Moisture I need to finish and then its all SKINNAMON TIME lol.

Tropical Isle Living has had my heart for years and years. I swear by their JBCO. I have tried over brands and they actually give me sores on my scalp. This brand is perfect, no negative reactions and this year I have gotten so much growth by using a new form of the LOC method and their products. I will be doing a detailed video review on this new found method and how I got 2 inches of growth in a month. I was shocked.

OK I hope my Hattache wish list helps you out this holiday season. Stay tuned for Wishlist #2.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: FoodAHolic Potato 3D Sheet Mask

I purchased this mask from Beauty Net Korea.


(Ingredients: Glycerin, Alcohol, Butyene Glycol, Trehalose, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methyloaraben, Phenoryethanol, Potato Pulp Extract, Fig Fruit Extract, Corydalis Ochotensis Extract, ChenocodiumAlbum Flower Extract, Lactuca Indica Extract, Draba Nemorosa Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA Fragrance.)

(Before Picture)

(After putting the mask on)

(This mask splits in the middle and is made to scoop under the chin, I have a double chin so it didn't fit well)


(The day after, no makeup on)

When using sheet masks there are steps to take. 
1. Clean face with your soap, cleanser or scrub.
2. Use your toner / witch hazel after cleansing.
3. Apply sheet mask and wait 20-30 minutes.
4. Remove mask, apply/tap any left over essence to face and hands.
5. Done.

I followed the normal steps. 

The claim for the Potato Sheet Maskpotato extract that moisturizes your skin through soothing your sun tanned skin and easing stress on the skin. Soothes, Moistures, Comforts Stressed Skin, Relaxes, Nutritional for the Skin, Softens. All Foodaholic Natural Essence Masks keeps the moist hydrationg sense based on silky touch and excellent contact of 3D shape natural pulp mask.

The verdit: I wasn't impressed with this sheet mask. It wasn't as moisturizing as the other masks I have tried. It's about 66 degrees outside which is a little cold for Los Angeles and my skin felt a little dry, if it was New York or other colder areas by skin would be extremly dry and thirsty. Since I have oily skin this would have been great for the summer time or to have the mask on the night before I was to wear makeup. For it to be moisturizing during the winter it missed the mark. I will have to try it again in the summer time to see if I like it then. I didn't see of feel any changes to the pimples on my chin.

Did my face fell nourishing? No
Did my skin feel soft? No
Did I have a youthful impression? No, I look very tired and dry.
Would you buy it again? No. Not in the winter, maybe I will try it again in the summer.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Korean Skin Care Love but a Sheet Mask Guru


I purchase most of my Korean Skin Care from www.cosmetic-love.com or Amazon.

Products Mentioned in the video are:
SkinFood Egg White Pore Foam
Daiso Japan Facial Brush
Koiie Son Soap
Holika Holika Egg Soap Set (Green Tea, Charcoal, White Egg, Red Clay)
SkinFood Lemon Tea Salt Mask Scrub
SkinFood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Skin Therapy
Tony Moly Egg Pore Black head steam balm
SkinFood Egg White Pore Mask
SkinFood Black Sugar Honey Scrub Wash Off
Thayers Witch Hazel Natural Remedies Lemon with Aloe Vera
Kiehls Calendula Herbal Extract Toner
Innisfree Bamboo Sheet Mask
Innisfree Lime Sheet Mask
Innisfree Honey Sheet Mask
Innisfree Cucumber Sheet Mask
Innisfree Kiwi Sheet Mask
Innisfree Rose Sheet Mask
Innisfree Blackberry Sheet Mask
Innisfree Shea Butter Sheet Mask
Innisfree Tea Tree Sheet Mask
Innisfree Aloe Sheet Mask
Innisfree  Strawberry Sheet Mask
Innisfree Green Tea Sheet Mask
Innisfree Acai Berry Sheet Mask
Innisfree Pomegranate Sheet Mask
Innisfree Bija Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Aloe Vera Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Blueberry Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Cucumber Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Lemon Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Avocado Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Pomegranate Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Kelp Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Acai Berry Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Red Ginseng Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Olive Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Honey Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Green Tea Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Rice Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature Mung Bean Sheet Mask
The Face Shop Real Nature  Shea Butter Sheet Mask
Etude House Pomegranate Sheet Mask
Etude House Royal Jelly Sheet Mask
Etude House Green Tea Sheet Mask
Etude House Coenzyme 10 1 Sheet Mask
Etude House Collogen Sheet Mask
Etude House Bamboo Sheet Mask
Etude House Rice Sheet Mask
Etude House Snail Sheet Mask
Etude House Lemon Sheet Mask
Etude House Mango Sheet Mask
Etude House Vitamin Complex Sheet Mask
Etude House Olive Sheet Mask
Etude House Acai Berry Sheet Mask
Etude House Aloe Sheet Mask
Etude House Tea Tree Sheet Mask
Etude House Hylauric Acid Sheet Mask
Etude House Honey Sheet Mask
Etude House Korean Ginseng Sheet Mask
Etude House Pearl Sheet Mask
Etude House Mugwart Sheet Mask
Food-A-Holic Grain Sheet Mask
Food-A-Holic Orange Sheet Mask
Food-A-Holic Green Gram Sheet Mask
Tool Cool For School Egg Mask
Sephora Ginseng Sheet Mask
Sephora Pomegranate Sheet Mask
Farmacy Anti Wrinkle
Food-A-Holic Potato Sheet Mask
Food-A-Holic Red Ginseng
Missha Super Berry
Etude House Skin Note Calming and Relaxing
Etude House Skin Note Deep Moisturizing
Boscia Charcoal and Green Tea
Water Drop Sleeping Mask
Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Essence

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: Blueberry Sheet Mask from The Face Shop

I'm new to The Face Shop. I learned about them from my friend Shannon on Instagram (Tamingthebee). She loves all types of sheet masks so I figured I would give it a try.

The Face Shop brand is known for skin care and makeup. In stores the masks are about $2 each but online they were a little cheaper and had free shipping. So I ordered a variety pack on www.cosmetic-love.com, it took a little over 3 weeks to get. The first 1 for me to try from The Face Shop is the Blueberry Mask (Real Nature Mask).




(Before picture)

(How the mask looks on)

(The ingredients: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, blueberry fruit extract, alcohol denat, trehalose, sodium hyaluronatem xanthum gum, hydrogenated lecithin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, phaseolus, carbomer, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, triethanolamine, methyl paraben, propyl paraben, fragrance)

(The next day, early morning)

(After applying eyebrows, blush, and gloss, NO FOUNDATION or CONCEALER)

When using sheet masks there are steps to take. 
1. Clean face with your soap, cleanser or scrub.
2. Use your toner / witch hazel after cleansing.
3. Apply sheet mask and wait 15-20 minutes.
4. Remove mask, apply/tap any left over essence to face and hands.
5. Done.

I followed the normal steps. I did have some redness on the tip of my nose that night. The coolness of the sheet mask and the ingredients helped to calm my pimple issue down. 

The claim for the Blueberry Sheet Mask: A highly nourishing mask containing blueberry extract to help regain skin softness and youthful impression.

The verdit: Although this is not the 1st sheet mask I treid from The Face Shop one thing that I noticed is that the actual marketed ingredient (Blueberry) is high up on the ingredients list, 4th. Other companies have fillers, a lot of filler ingredients, and then have the key ingredients listed so far down on the list, this is not the case with The Face Shop products.

Did my face fell nourishing? Yes
Did my skin feel soft? Yes
Did I have a youthful impression? Well, you tell me, lol. I'm 36, do I look 36 years old???
Would you buy it again? Yes. Blueberry is in my top 5 that I have tried from The Face Shop, although Rice and others are ahead of it.

*Note. I will not purchase anything in store. I was treated rudly in the Gardena CA store by Jyi their cashier and rep that I will not go back. All orders will be online.