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Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil

As a BzzAgent, I’m able to test out new products released by brands that I already love! In this case, I was sent a free bottle of the new Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil. I’m already a long-time fan of their hair dye line and have also recently started using their straightening heat protectant spray, so being picked for this campaign was a pleasant surprise. :) Marketed as an everyday multi-purpose product for hair, body, and face, this weightless formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily residue. It combines three different oils: olive, avocado, and shea.

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Olive oil moisturizes, protects, and replenishes your dry hair, improving its strength and elasticity. You face and body benefit from antioxidants that help protect against skin damage. Avocado oil is loaded with Vitamin E, and protects against dryness while locking in color and moisture to keep your hair looking radiant and silky soft. The oil’s natural hydrating abilities promote soft and supple skin, too. Shea oil is known for heaving unique healing properties. It rejuvenates damaged hair and leaves it with a healthy shine. It’s also a great moisturizer that helps improve elasticity in skin. –Garnier Fructis

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Since I’ve been embracing my natural hair lately, and choose to air-dry instead of blow-dry, I could always use some extra moisture. After using this product every morning for a week.. I noticed that it was shinier, my waves were more defined, my dry ends didn’t feel as brittle, and my locks were overall softer.

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TIPS:

1) Do not apply directly into your hair. Especially your bangs. The product is very heavy and soaks in really quickly, so it won’t get distributed evenly and you’ll just end up looking greasy. If you have medium/long hair like me, two spritzes into your palm will be enough. Rub your hands together, and run them through your damp hair at least three inches from your scalp in a downward massaging motion. Once your hair has dried and you still think it could use some extra moisture or softness, do not use more than one spritz to touch up. A little goes a long way!

2) If you have oily and/or acne-prone skin, do not apply onto your face. Not for extended periods of time, at least. I didn’t even risk it, since I know that I break out really easily. If you have dry skin on other parts of your body, though, I highly recommend this. It’s a lot more lightweight than other similar oil-based products, and gives a healthy glow. Since I love showing off my legs in the warmer seasons, I can imagine myself using a little bit of this to accentuate them in shorts/skirts/dresses. :P
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L’Oreal Féria: 50 Medium Brown (Havana Brown)

There comes a time when I become curious about other hair dye brands – when the sexy woman and her shiny hair on the cover of the box actually convinces me that I can in fact look like her. So despite knowing that Garnier Nutrisse is not only cheaper but also works with my hair type, I caved in and bought a box of L’Oreal Féria in Havana Brown anyway.

I haven’t used this brand since early high school, when I was still obsessed with having bright red hair. So I figured that stepping outside of my brand name comfort zone just this once wouldn’t hurt. After leaving the mixture in for about a hour, here are the results:

Maybe it’s because I had recently dyed my hair dark a couple of months ago that the color came out uneven. But it’s really not that bad. My roots lifted to a warm medium brown, while the length of the back turned a light golden brown. My bangs are still dark, though, which is disappointing. But I guess my previously bleached hair from last spring exaggerated the dye’s “multi-faceted” promise.

My hair also isn’t as “shimmering” as I would like. Garnier Nutrisse definitely makes my hair shinier – and this is from years and years of experience, btw. So although I don’t mind the color gradient, I think having four different shades of brown on your head looks careless if not styled. Ultimately, I’m probably not going to try L’Oreal Féria again anytime soon.

In other news, I was at BJs the other day when my mom pointed out this conditioner to me. I had heard of and seen the Organix brand before in drugstores, but never made a purchase. The promise of straighter hair is always appealing to me, though. The four main advertised ingredients in this product are coconut oil, keratin proteins, avocado oil, and cocoa butter – all of which are known to be great for your hair. The fact that it smells deliciously like cocoa butter is a huge plus for me, too.

And although I’ve only used this conditioner three times, it has already made a significant difference in the texture of my hair. Not only is it softer, but it feels healthier and smoother. Unfortunately, it isn’t straighter when I air-dry it. But I’m assuming it takes continued use to take effect.

On a final note, have you guys heard of the NoMoreRack scam? Personally, I have had no experience with the website. I do admit that many of the deals seem too good to be true! But after doing a bit of research, several other bloggers have had no negative experiences with them at all. You can even read NoMoreRack reviews with a quick Google search if you’re still not convinced.

Kumo Japanese Sushi & Steakhouse

Today, Michael and I went out to eat at a newly opened Japanese restaurant in our area called Kumo. We decided to go when we found out how inexpensive their lunch special was, costing only $8-$10 for hibachi as opposed to the $17-$20 we would have paid for the same thing during their dinner hours. It was relatively empty inside when we arrive at 11:30am.

There were actually four different seating areas: hibachi, dining, sushi bar, and bar. I was actually impressed with how clean and contemporary the atmosphere was. Although we were seated in a well lit area, the other rooms in the restaurant were dimly lit with occasional neon lights to guide you to the restroom or bar, and there was ambient lounge music playing the entire time. : )

First, we were both served green onion soup and salad, along with a bowl of really good miso soup to share. The dressing on my salad kind of looks like melted cheese in this next photo. :P

We then ordered two rolls of sushi: crunchy yellowtail (left) and tuna avocado (right). Although both were really great, I think I preferred the tuna avocado roll because the tuna had so much more flavor than similar tuna sushi from other restaurants that I’ve eaten at in the past.

Shortly after, our hibachi chef rolled in a cart and positioned himself behind the grill in front of us to cook our meal. He was super friendly and looked really professional at what he did!

The best part was probably when he made an onion volcano! :D

I ordered salmon, which was seared to perfection and incredibly delicious. The butter and glaze made both the fish and the vegetables all the better!

Michael ordered chicken with fried rice. I had a bite, and it was also good, but I liked mine way better. ; ) It was also really interesting to watch the fried rice being made, especially since I make mine differently when I’m at home.

For dessert, we ordered Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake. SO HEAVENLY. The chocolate mousse on top was really fluffy and almost mint-flavored. The middle layer wasn’t as dense as I was expecting, which was great because I always end up feeling sick when I eat cheesecake with too thick of a consistency. And the chocolate crust was amazing, too! I can’t stand whipped cream, though, so I had Michael eat all of it. XD

When the check came, I was actually surprised that it all came out to only $40. Which we split, of course. :P If we had ordered the same meal during their dinner hours, we would have spent over $70 plus tip. Overall, I’m really glad we decided to eat at Kumo. Especially since the service, food, and atmosphere were great! I would definitely recommend trying it out if you live in the Stony Brook area, or are just passing through. ; )

Domo Sushi

I love sushi. When I found out that a Japanese place called Domo Sushi had recently opened up about a mile off campus, I wanted to go there asap. Michael and I had a lunch date there today, and I have to get the word out that this place is extremely affordable and delicious! Their lunch specials are especially cheap, too, as far as sushi goes. Check out the menu on their website. : )

Today, we ordered a Salmon Teriyaki lunch box. Apart from salmon teriyaki, it also came with a California roll, rock shrimp kakiage, rice, and miso soup. My favorite part had to be the kakiage – it reminded me of tempura. I could have eaten an entire order of it! Maybe next time. :P

We also ordered the lunch special of a three-roll combo for $12. In this case.. we had Salmon & Avocado, Crunchy Spicy Tuna, and Eel & Cucumber. I was very impressed with their sushi. The sauce on the eel roll was delectably sweet, and there was so much avocado in the salmon roll! <3 The ingredients tasted super-fresh, too. Upon sampling one of each, I had already made up my mind that I’m definitely coming back here again.

Afterwards, we ordered Green Tea Ice Cream Tempura (aka Fried Ice Cream) for dessert. Neither of us have had it before, despite hearing great things from other people, but we’re always willing to try out something new. ; ) Our waitress lit a small amount of rum on fire with a lighter, then poured it over the dessert – resulting in a crackling, flaming presentation. Unfortunately, the rum didn’t burn out completely, so the fried ice cream tasted a little bit like it. It was crunchy and lathered in raspberry-chocolate syrup on the outside, and so sweet and cold on the inside!

I would definitely recommend Domo Sushi to anyone who lives in the area. Compared to other local Japanese/Sushi places, it’s the most affordable. For two people, the bill came out to only $30. I have absolutely no complaints with the food, either – I left completely satisfied. : )

[All photo credit goes to Michael Mandrus.]

Garnier Nutrisse: #82 Champagne Blonde (Champagne Fizz)

While waiting for class to start today, I was flipping through my planner and realized that it’s been six weeks since the last time I colored my hair! Thus, I headed to CVS and bought a box of Garnier Nutrisse in Champagne Fizz. It was on sale for only $6, too. :D I was aiming for a lighter color without bleaching the life out of my medium-brown hair. Since I haven’t been heat-styling for the past three weeks, I figured it would be healthy enough to lighten a few mores shades. : )

My boyfriend Michael applied the dye for me, since it comes out much more evenly when someone else does it for you. Believe me. >.<; I left it in for about 40 minutes. After rinsing it out, I followed with Garnier Nutrisse’s new-and-improved conditioner that comes in the box. It supposedly infuses your hair with avocado, olive, and shea oil! :o My hair was so soft afterwards. I wish they sold this formula by the bottle in stores. :<

Of course, I wasn’t expecting my naturally black roots to lighten to the color indicated on the box. If anything, I was pretty happy with how it came out! My new color must be at least two shades lighter than my last, with no traces of damage at all. I swear that it’s lighter and less orange in person than it is in these photos. I can’t wait to see how light it looks in natural sunlight! :o

Slowly, but surely, I’m working my way towards the blonde hair of my dreams. *sigh* If it’s even possible for my hair to handle. Asian hair is so different from Caucasian hair – the texture, cuticle thickness, etc. It’s much more difficult for the tint to penetrate the strand. Sure, I’ve thought about using Asian hair dyes like Palty. They’re proven to be less damaging AND more effective on black hair! But not only does a single box run for about $15 because it’s imported from Japan, they don’t give enough product so I would have to buy two boxes. :X Until I can come up with that kind of money, I’ll have to deal with ineffective American drugstore brands. It still turned out pretty good today, though. : )