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.
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
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.
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
Posted in Advertising, Hair, Look of the Day, Reviews
Tagged avocado, bzzagent, campaign, damage, dry, fructis, garnier, hair, miracle, moisture, oil, olive, product, protection, shea
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.
Posted in Advertising, Hair, Makeup & Beauty, Reviews
Tagged after, asian, avocado, before, brazilian, brown, butter, cocoa, coconut, color, conditioner, dark, dye, feria, hair, havana, keratin, l'oreal, medium, oil, organix, protein, results, therapy
Hey, guys! How’s everything going? I just wanted to do a quick review on three new products that I’ve added to my morning routine since last week. Because I recently ran out of mascara and was pleased with the Rimmel Lash Accelerator several months ago, I decided to pick up a tube of Rimmel Volume Accelerator.
This mascara does absolutely nothing for my lashes. If anything, it’s only useful for making them look blacker. I find it hard to apply multiple coats – mostly because the formula takes so long to dry, and because the asymmetrical brush shape is just for show. It doesn’t give me the eye-opening effect that other mascaras do, either. In essence, this was a total waste of money. :'( Hopefully, I can finish up this tube quickly, and move on to another brand of mascara to try.
Next up, I was in desperate need of a new black pencil eyeliner. For those days and nights where I feel like putting on a more dramatic look, you know? :P The L’oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Carbon Black caught my eye in Target, and I just had to buy it. Thankfully, I really like it. It’s much creamier than the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner that I had previously been using. It glides across my upper lids like a dream, makes the perfect cat-eye, and there’s minimal smudging throughout the day. My only issue is that it could be a darker shade of black.
Lastly, since the weather has been getting windier and colder, my skin has been suffering the consequences. I always get really dry skin around this time of the year, especially around my eyes. And I do have a prescription cream from my dermatologist that I use sparingly to treat the severe spots. But I was in need of a new everyday lotion to keep my face moisturized. Since I’m already loyal to the Aveeno brand, I decided to give their Creamy Moisturizing Oil a chance.
I immediately recognized that this formula packs way more moisture than the Daily Moisturizing Lotion that I had previously been using. Which concerned me at first, because I have incredibly acne-prone skin. But this stuff doesn’t make my skin oilier than it normally is, which is a relief. The scent in pleasant, but it stings the area around my eyes if I apply too much. Otherwise, it’s a great Fall/Winter alternative to my normal lotions. :P
On a final note, I just wanted to tell you guys about my friends at Roamans, who carry a wide selection of plus size fashion for women. Although I myself am not plus sized, I know how difficult it can be to find stylish clothing that fits when you’re not part of the target audience that many mainstream stores cater exclusively to. So if you’re interested, check them out. :) Until next time! ^.^
Posted in Advertising, Makeup & Beauty, Reviews
Tagged accelerator, aveeno, black, carbon black, creamy, eyeliner, infallible, l'oreal, lotion, makeup, mascara, moisturizing, never fail, oil, pencil, review, rimmel, volume
A couple weeks ago, a good friend of mine said she was putting together a care package for me – I’ve been excited for it ever since. Mia and I went to high school together, but don’t see each other very often – since we both have very busy schedules, and I dorm at a university that’s almost two hours away from her for most of the year. I’m so glad that we’ve managed to keep in touch over the years. If you want to check out her blog, click here. : )
Anyway.. this afternoon, I received her package in the mail!
When I picked up the parcel from my campus mail room, the first thing that came to mind was, “Damn, this is pretty heavy!” When I actually opened it, I was overwhelmed. I could only imagine the amount of time, love, care, and money that this girl put into it! What’s even better is how well she knows my tastes. <3
So without further ado.. WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
First up: A $20 gift certificate to Give a URL. This means I can finally host this blog under its own name! I’ve already bought the domain name – all I need to do is pay for the domain mapping via WordPress for an additional $12, which I’ll do sometime this week. : ) Also included was a copy of Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi – Mia has mentioned this book several times to me, so it’s great to have my own copy after being recommended to me for months. Third was a journal with super adorable maidens printed stationery-style on the inside. :D
Next up: A butterfly notebook, Sweethearts candy, and two Hershey’s Symphony bars! For those of you who have read some of my older posts, I think it’s become common knowledge that Symphony is my favorite brand of chocolate. The fact that she remembered makes me squeal with delight! :3
OMG, HELLO KITTY ALARM CLOCK?! Indeed. I love the design – I can’t wait to brag about it to my brother, who also owns something similar. The color matches with my iPod touch case, too! A girl can never have too much Hello Kitty, after all. ; ) Because it’s a traditional-style alarm clock, it will definitely wake me up in the morning for my earlier classes – I’ve been turning off my digital alarm clock in my sleep lately and waking up late. >.<;
Mia also sent me three different makeup kits by Victoria Jackson! The first two (pictured above and below) are eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, and lip cream palettes. And the third (pictured further below) is a 12-piece mini lip gloss set. I can’t wait to try them all out! :D
Posted in Books, Movies, TV, & Games, Cute Stuff, Food & Cooking, Makeup & Beauty, Personal Life, What's In My Bag?
Tagged adorable, alarm clock, anorexia, blotting, book, care, certificate, chocolate, cute, de rossi, E.L.F., eyeshadow, friends, gift, giveaurl, hello kitty, itsonlymia, journal, kawaii, kit kat, lip gloss, love, makeup, mia, oil, package, portia, present, redeem, robert frost, sheets, stickers, sweet, symphony, victoria jackson
Hello, I hope you’re all having a great New Year’s Day! Now that it’s the beginning of a new month and year, I’m really proud of how well this blog has been doing. Thank you all for being supportive. : ) Click to enlarge, and check out the stats!
Today, I just wanted to share with you guys how I make one of my favorite Filipino desserts, turon. Traditionally, it consists of deep fried plantains in a spring roll wrap. When I made it this afternoon, though, I used bananas and white sugar as substitutes – mostly because I was lacking ingredients. If you plan on making this, use plantains and brown sugar instead! Nevertheless, this was still delicious. : )
YOU WILL NEED:
-spring roll wraps
-lots of cooking oil
-vanilla and pandan extracts
1) Slice your plantains according to how big your spring rolls wraps are. Since mine were small, I sliced my bananas into quarters the wide way, then quarters again the long way. After you’re done cutting them up, put them in a bowl of sugar.
2) Make sure the sugar is evenly distributed among the plantains. Now spread them out on a clean, flat, surface. Sprinkle some vanilla and pandan extract!
Posted in Food & Cooking, Tutorials
Tagged asian, banana, blog, brown, deep, delicious, dessert, filipino, food, fried, graph, jackfruit, langka, lumpia, oil, oily, pandan, plantain, spring roll, stats, sugar, sweet, turon, unhealthy, vanilla, wrap
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^
Posted in Hair, Look of the Day, Personal Life
Tagged bed head, canola, cheap, damage, damaged, dry, dumb blonde, easy, expensive, fix, hair, moisture, natural, oil, olive, overprocessed, protein, rapeseed, reconstructor, repair, snow, soft, split ends, tigi, treatment
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. : )
Posted in Hair, Reviews
Tagged 82, asian, avocado, blonde, brown, champagne, color, cvs, damage, dye, garnier, hair, light, nutrisse, oil, olive, orange, palty, shea, yellow