As a lifelong member of the naturally curly hair club, I’ve picked up a few beauty tips over time that have been hair lifesavers. Literally, they are the key to curly hair sanity! Don’t believe me? Just take a peek at my high school senior photo, aka, a trip down memories lane to frizz-ville.
That photo is one I LOVE to show off when ever I review hair care products. It’s hilarious. And yet it’s not. And yet, that’s exactly how my hair looked for so, so, so many years of my life. Large. Unruly. Unnecessarily layered. Just say no to unnecessary layers on curly hair, kids. However, there’s one photo from my youth I haven’t shown on Painted Ladies. Curls, gloriously defined, non-frizzy, non-layered curls.
This was taken a mere three years after the first photo, and in that time span I managed tinker with my hair care routine and gain decades of curly hair sanity. There are 3 easy steps to my routine that give curly hair the TLC it needs and deserves.
Step 1: Embrace natural oils.
Using natural oils on my hair was the key for taking my hair from frizz to fab. I like to use oils like the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil which contains Argan Oil, Vitamin E, and Macadamia Oil, as a pre-wash treatment. When I apply some to the ends of my hair and comb out with a wide-toothed comb, it prevents breakage and gives my dry ends added moisture.
The Macadamia Professional Nourishing Oil is also great to use as a pre-heat treatment and to spritz on your hair periodically as needed.
Step 2: Wash sparingly with moisture-rich products.
What my curly hair needs more than anything is moisture, moisture, moisture and to be left alone. I wash my hair every other day and sometimes stretch it to every three days.
One of the reasons I love the Macadamia PRO Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner is the fact that they’re free from sulfates and parabens, and rich in nourishing Omegas 7’s that work to repair hair from the inside out. The ingredients are rich with hair enhancing goodies, that include Macadamia Oil, Argan Oil, and Mongogo Oil, which is rich in lineolic acid. My curls can tell the difference!
Step 3: Dry your hair with a t-shirt.
As funny as this sounds, wrapping my wet hair with a t-shirt eliminates so much frizz! I haven’t used a regular towel in years and will never look back. The soft knit of a t-shirt absorbs water quickly and doesn’t rough up your hair the way a terry towel does.
The results of my 3-step approach? Complete curly hair sanity. It’s a good thing!
I’m truly enjoying the Macadamia Professional Hair Care products that I’ve been using the last few days. As I mentioned, they are chock full of Omega 7, more than any other hair care product on the market. The reason Omega 7 is so great for hair is that it’s the closet oil to hair’s natural sebum and helps to transform the natural texture of hair. Expect to see a whole new level of easy-to-manage hair with shine and bounce!
My Final Thoughts: The Macadamia Pro line of hair care products are definitely worth checking out for all hair types. My curls are really loving the Omega-rich shampoo, conditioner, and oil and I’ll be back for more!
Over the past couple months, Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener has become an essential part of my day-to-day life. In fact, I can’t imagine my day without Zing™! It’s been over a year since I made a complete lifestyle change. What I’ve learned over time is that my body is at its best on a low carb diet and I’ve made changes accordingly. In addition, I’ve also resolved to add natural sweeteners to the mix, and have to say Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener is just what I was looking for. Zing™ initially impressed me with its incredible taste. Made with only real ingredients — nothing artificial, it has the sweetness extracted from Mother Nature’s stevia plant. Zing™ tastes sweet to the point I can hardly believe it has zero calories or artificial ingredients. Zing™ is available in boxes with 40 packets for around $3, which is a great deal. The packets are perfectly portable and go so well with my morning, afternoon, and evening coffee. I just love coffee. Now, here’s a little secret I have to share about my cooking skills. They’re minimal. Sure, I can throw down a mean lemon chicken dinner when the time avails itself, but for the most part I’m all about tossing things together, and the quicker and more convenient the better. A chia seed pudding is so easy to assemble and it really satisfies my needs for dessert. I eyeball the amount of chia seeds I use, typically just a palm-full. Hydrated with unsweetened almond milk and half a packet of Zing™ in the mix, it’s a similar to tapioca only with health benefits attached and tastes SO GOOD! Chia seeds are rich in fiber, antioxidants, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. If I’m needing a little more sustenance, I’ll make a quick quinoa cereal. Typically I’ll match protein-rich quinoa with more savory ingredients, but I’ve found a bit of Zing™ with about a 1/4 cup of quinoa and sometimes some almond milk is super satisfying. Really, it’s a morning dream come true! I’m a huge fan of Zing™ and highly recommend looking for it in the Sweetener Aisle at mass merchandiser and grocery stores nationwide. If you’d like to try new Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener for yourself, visit www.zingstevia.com to request a Free Sample of Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener, plus a $1.50 coupon, which is a great deal! One lucky Painted Ladies reader will be entered to win a $100 gift card! To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment letting me know how you’d use Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener. Good luck!
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I am in burgundy eyeshadow love with Sugarpill Countess. It’s definitely going to be one that I reach for frequently. For this look I paired it with a shimmery bronze and a pop of lime green on the lower lid.
Keep reading for more photos and to find out what products I used for this look!
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Countess is my latest acquisition of the new loose shadows recently released by one of my favorite indie brands.
I’m slowly making my way through the nine new shadows that were introduced for 2015, and had my heart set on Countess for quite some time.
A burgundy shimmer with flashes of aqua blue microglitter, Countess won my heart over with it’s compatibility on brown eyes. I love burgundy and purples on brown eyes – it’s a surefire way to enhance your peepers.
In a way, Sugarpill Countess reminds me of one of my favorite burgundy standby colors, MAC Sketch. However, Countess is more like the artsy, funky totally cool cousin.
My Final Thoughts: Burgundy eyeshadows are totally underrated, and if you’re looking to expand your shadow collection in this direction, I’d highly recommend Sugarpill Countess!
Late last week I received the Walmart Beauty Box for Spring 2015, and I have to admit I totally forgot I had signed up for this $5 subscription box until the shipping notification arrived in my email inbox.
A quarterly service, a $5 flat fee covers the cost of the products you receive as well as shipping.
I’d heard about this box through the beauty grapevine and decided to give it a go after seeing that earlier boxes included full-sized makeup items. I cannot say no to the potential of full-sized beauty items for under $5!
The first Walmart Beauty Box I received was the Winter edition and it was a pretty great value with a mix of skincare, makeup, and coupons. The Spring 2015 box is purely skin and hair related samples, with nary a full-size to be seen but with coupons and sample packets galore. The Walmart Beauty Box I received included the following items:
L’Oreal Total Repair Shampoo and Conditioner
Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion
Lady Gaga Fame Perfume Sample
Caress Adore Forever Shower Gel
Burt’s Bees Renewal Serum
Coupons and a few sample packets
While I’m not overly thrilled with the makeup-less contents, I’m not complaining and will farm out the samples to friends.
My Final Thoughts: So, is the Walmart Beauty Box worth keeping around? For $5 every 3 months, I think it’s worth the gamble, so I’ll give it another try!
Price: $5, every three months. You’re charged when the box is shipped.
As my son and I were rushing through the mall on a mission to get to Cinnabon, we passed by a small beauty salon that had the City Color Contour Effect Palette featured right and center in the window display.
You see, a Cinnabon cinnamon roll is a treat my son looks forward to every couple of weeks. There isn’t one very close to us (thankfully), so when we visit family members an hour away we’ll stop by a mall that has all kinds of hidden treasures, including a store with a large variety of the budget-friendly beauty products we Internet beauty folk love and usually have to order online.
From City Color, J. Cat Beauty, Violet Voss glitter, and L.A. Girl concealers and lip products, the little store had it all. It was a beauty geek’s dream come true! Having seen the City Color Contour Effects Palette featured on blogs and Instagram, I had to make this palette mine.
The City Colour Contour Effects Palette contains three generously-sized matte colors: A contour color, a bronzer, and a highlighter.
While these are powders, the texture is creamy and I found the colors to be easily to blend and layer. The colors are long-wearing, and I appreciate the fact that the packaging includes a contour guide. If contouring is something you find puzzling, make sure to check out the Breaking Down Beauty post where I take you though this beauty technique step-by-step.
I find the actual contour color in this kit to be a bit intense, so I use it mainly along my jawline. The bronzer color is perfect for my typical contouring under my cheekbones and down the center of my nose. It’s not a bad palette at all, but I honestly think the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is a better, if more expensive, option.
Is this palette a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit? Nope. Not at all. The Anastasia Contour Kit contains 6 powders that have a completely different texture and color. However, the City Colour Contour Effects Palette is very similar to a generic contouring palette I picked up on eBay a while back, and I suspect they are one and the same, with the exception of the bronzer color which is missing in the eBay variety.
My Final Thoughts: In terms of texture and the variety of colors available, I have to say I favor the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit as my contour palette of choice. The City Colour Contour Effects Palette is definitely a cheap treat with blendable powders, but I’d recommend saving up for the higher priced option.
The tagline under Jordana Cat Eye Liner is “Beauty’s Best Buy”, and considering the luck I’ve had with the Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks and now this liquid liner, I thoroughly agree.
Drugstore makeup has come leaps and bounds in recent years quality-wise. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find items you love at any price point these days, and it’s always such a treat to find budget-friendly makeup wins. I really needed a new liquid liner, so I gave this new Jordana liner a try. At $2.99, I figured I couldn’t go wrong, and my gamble paid off.
The liner itself comes in several colors, including brown, purple, blue, and green. For this initial foray into Jordana Cat Eye Liner, I stayed with my tried and true, Black Leather. The applicator is a thin brush that is flexible and easy to apply. I found it easy to adjust the width of the liner as desired and love the fact that it wears all the live long day. It won’t come off until you decide it’s time to remove your makeup, a plus!
What I really like about this liner is that it dries fast, which eliminates any possible smudging. That’s a huge relief – haven’t we have all been there with a highly smudge-able liner situation? It’s a major annoyance to fix liner that’s unexpectedly migrated to the upper regions of your eyelids!
Now, the first time I wore this liner I removed it to apply another eyeshadow look only to find that my lid was patchy as all get up. It was so patchy, I couldn’t get eyeshadow to stick to certain parts of my lid! I suspected an allergy to Jordana Cat Eye Liner was the culprit, but I’ve used the liner several times since and haven’t had a problem at all.
My Final Thoughts: In terms of budget beauty buys, Jordana Cat Eye Liner is a win amongst wins. For $2.99 you can’t go wrong with this fast-drying liquid liner that offers dramatic, long-wearing results. I’m really enjoying this liner and will make a point to pick up the other colors that are available.
Whoever created the Living Proof Curl collection gets it. I mean, they really get the specific needs of naturally curly hair and for that they deserve some kind of gold medal or other prestigious award. I mean it!
Curly hair has special needs, and the Living Proof products I’ve been using for the past few weeks address those needs in a brilliant way. With a lifetime of dealing with finicky curls, the Living Proof Curl Collection is unlike any traditional hair care system that includes the standard shampoo/conditioner/styling treatment.
This system does not include a shampoo or conditioner, but instead you cleanse your hair with a Conditioning Wash and then follow up with a Detangling Rinse. The key ingredient is a cream leave-in conditioner which you top with a styling cream or mousse.
The Living Proof Curl products I’m using and loving are:
While the prices are a tad higher than I’m used to paying for curly hair products, I’ll be repurchasing because the results are that spectacular!
Whether I use the styling cream or mousse, the leave-in conditioner is the key to hair success. I find my hair is more structured with use of the mousse, but I have no complaints about the styling cream and don’t find myself having to add a gel to make it work well.
If you have naturally curly hair, you understand very well the challenge of maintaining the integrity your curls past a couple of days after being washed. Frizz happens and most often you’ll find your hair morphed into curls/frizz/who knows what after three washes. Maybe that’s just me, but needless to say it’s a surprise to see my curls looking good and lasting three days post wash. If that’s not living proof of a good set of products, I don’t know what is!
My Final Thoughts: My favorite phrase, “happy curl, happy girl”, has never been more sincere than with the use of Living Proof hair products. Living Proof, which is co-owned by Jennifer Aniston, offers hair care products that are top notch, top of the line, and an unique way of addressing the special requirements of naturally curly hair. I’m a new, long-term fan! For great curly hair tips, make sure to visit the Living Proof website.