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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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Aussie Hair Insurance & Bad Teacher

I haven’t had a haircut in over a year. All the salons near my campus are just way too expensive! But because hair grows faster in the Summer, I decided that now would be the best time to get rid of all those gross split ends. I was getting really tired of my hair always getting in my face, too, so I asked my stylist to angle the front (so that it frames my chin better) and layer the back. ; )

I know it doesn’t look much different from before, but I didn’t feel daring enough to go for bangs like I had wanted to. >.<; Anyway, I got it done at the same salon that I’ve been going to since I was about eight years old. It’s called Touch of Class, and they’re located on 252nd st. & Union Turnpike in Bellerose. I was actually lucky that they had a $25 Tuesday special on wash-and-cuts, because I had no idea. XD

Also, because I’m desperate to keep my hair healthier this time around, I picked up a bottle of Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner at CVS. I actually happened to buy it on sale for only $3 , when it’s usually $7. Win! :D

It smells lovely and exotic, almost like piña colada. The main ingredients (after water) are aloe, silk extract, ginseng, and amodimethicone. How can you go wrong with those? :P After applying into damp hair and then air-drying, it really defines my natural waves. And apart from combating humidity, even after blow-drying and flat-ironing, it leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft and protected. <3

In other news, I watched Bad Teacher with a few of my friends the other day at the College Point Multiplex! Kirsten wrote a more in-depth review here on her blog. : ) To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the movie from to start with. In fact, I was almost sure it was going to be terrible. So imagine how surprised I was when I found myself laughing throughout the entire thing!

Although I’m not a huge fan of Cameron Diaz, she did play the role of “superficial, manipulative, half-assed teacher” well. And who knew that Justin Timberlake can actually act? Not me, that’s for sure. Jason Segel had the wittiest lines in the entire movie, though, and I’m not surprised. I loved him in Forgetting Sarash Marshall. <3 And although there were a lot of unrealistic scenarios throughout the movie, I didn’t mind very much since it was still hilarious. =)

I can’t say that it’s worth your time and money to see in theaters, since my sense of humor might be completely different from yours, but definitely try and watch it when it comes out on DVD or Netflix. : ) Before I go, here’s a group shot of me and my friends in the parking lot of the multiplex. It’s kind of obvious that we used the self-timer on the back of someone’s car and hoodie, isn’t it? But it’s capturing moments like these that make me glad that I carry my camera with me wherever I go. Until next time! ^.^

Emergency Denim Run

Since I successfully lost ten pounds over winter break, half of my jeans were about a size too loose on me by the time I came back to school. And because of the weather, I’ve been wearing jeans daily. So I decided to buy a new pair last night! :D Of course, I was on the hunt for my most recent favorite trend: denim leggings. The bad news: my budget was only about $25 or less. Luckily, Aéropostale was having a sale and a promotion – 50% off all denim, and an additional 25% off if you donated an old pair to homeless teenagers through Teens for Jeans. But when I arrived at the store, they were all sold out. :'( I donated my old jeans anyway, because I’m a good person. :P

Luckily, I found a nice pair of denim leggings at Forever 21 for only $8.50!!! I dropped from a size 29 to a 27. : ) The waistband is elastic, instead of button-and-zipper, which I don’t really mind. Most of my shirts and tops fall below that point, so it won’t really be visible. The shade is very dark, almost black, and I really hope it won’t fade or shrink in the wash. >.<;

I then went to Target and spent the money that I just saved on deep conditioner and bleach for my hair. Since my roots are getting longer, I plan to lighten my hair sometime this week, so I might as well prepare with some sort of treatment. Since I’ve heard great things about the Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask, I decided to try it out.

When I got back to my room, I immediately took a shower just to sample it. ; ) It made my hair feel so incredibly soft and healthy afterwards! <3 Which is a huge deal, since the ends are pretty damaged. I plan on only using it two or three times a week, though. I would definitely recommend, especially since it’s so cheap (about $4).

Michael and I were also planning on eating at TGI Friday’s or Chili’s, too, but both were really packed. So we ate dinner at Lake Grove Diner instead! This was definitely the best turkey burger I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. The portions were huge! It was a great way to start of the semester with him, since we both love eating at diners. : )

Stay tuned for my next hair dye post this week! ^o^

Canola Oil Hair Treatment

Hey, guys! It’s been snowing here in my part of New York. The forecast predicts that we’ll be getting 14 inches – yikes! Here’s the view outside the front of my house earlier today, just as the blizzard was starting. I hope everyone shovels their sidewalks by tomorrow afternoon, as I’ll be going out. >.<;

Since my last coloring the other day, I’ve been really worrying about the state of my hair. It’s been feeling really dried out, and my ends are beginning to split. I remember the last time I fried my hair, I bought Bed Head’s Dumb Blonde Reconstructor and it was absolutely amazing.

I remember its delicious pineapple scent, and the way it saved my hair with its thick protein-packed formula. Truly a godsend. Unfortunately, quality damage repair products don’t come cheap. A mere 6-ounce tube of it costs $16! As a poor college student, I really can’t afford to be spending that kind of money. Thus, until I find a cheaper drugstore alternative to Dumb Blonde, I’ve been using some of my mom’s canola oil that she uses to cook. (Mostly because we currently don’t have any olive oil in the house.)

You don’t need much – just measure about an eighth of a cup of canola oil, and microwave it for a few seconds until warm. I apply the oil to the lower half of my hair only, and leave it in for about fifteen minutes before jumping in the shower. The effects are very nourishing, and make my hair soft without being greasy, since canola oil is lighter than olive oil.

It’s a little difficult to tell, but here in this photo that I took for my boyfriend, you can kind of see that the damage has been reduced since my last hair post – it doesn’t look like straw anymore! : ) I accidentally deleted the original picture, though, so I’m sorry that it’s in black and white.. :X

I don’t plan on using canola oil for too long, though, since there are a ton of hair products that  want to try out and review for you all. ; ) Until next time! ^o^

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. : )

Olive Oil Treatment

It’s no secret that my hair experiences damage on a regular basis. I dye it every 2-3 months, and blowdry/straighten/curl it almost every day. So it’s no wonder that it gets really dry sometimes. After reading through some beauty forums that I’m a member of, many people in the same situation recommended an olive oil hair treatment! Supposedly, olive oil has nourishing properties that will restore health and shine to your locks – making it a great deep conditioner!

So this morning, I took 1/4 cup of olive oil and warmed it in the microwave for 30 seconds. I then used my fingers to saturate my hair with it, layer by layer. I mixed the leftover oil with some vinegar, and applied in onto my face. (The vinegar is known to help discoloration, and the olive oil moisturizes your skin.)

I then went about my own business for half an hour before I took a shower to shampoo and wash it all out. Although this was my first time trying it out, I could already feel the difference after blowdrying my hair. It felt so full and soft! After straightening my hair, it still felt soft, not to mention shiny. : )

People recommend doing this once or twice a week, but I’m not sure I could continue once school starts. I don’t want to weird out my new roommate with my beauty routine so early on in the semester. XD And although I didn’t use very much today, olive oil is most expensive kind of oil at my supermarket, and I don’t think it’s necessary to do this treatment too often. Once in a while (when I find the time and extra oil lying around) is a treat, though!

In other news, H&M has announced that they’re lowered their already-affordable prices for this Fall! Read the details here at College Fashion. ; ) And speaking of Fall fashion, these lovely finds at Charlotte Russe make me impatient for the season to start! <3