I Am Loving the Laila Ali Line of Styling Tools

Hair is a serious matter. And it really doesn’t even matter what your hair texture is. Chances are if you are a gal, you have invested some time and money into hair care products, services and treatments. I am no exception. While on a limited budget, I try very hard to pick products and tools that are fitting to my hair type and my routine. Luckily, the very talented and amazing Laila Ali has made my hair routine 1,000 times easier.

The Laila Ali line

A few months ago I was sent some very cool products from Helen Troy’s Laila Ali line. Can you say perfect timing? I feel like when the summer rolls around, I am in need of new hair care goodies. And talk about a surprise! I had no idea that Laila Ali partnered with Helen of Troy to give us those serious about good hair care tools some cool things. It’s no surprise, though. I wish I could wake up and have hair (and skills) like Laila Ali. Getting the chance to test drive the Sonic Styler Dryer and the Ceramic Curl Stick.

All reasonably priced at under under $30 for each tool, I found these to work exceptionally well on my relaxed and color treated hair. I don’t like to use heat on my hair every day, but when I do I want to use products that maintain the health and integrity of my hair. The Laila Ali line has been wonderful! First, let’s chat about the Sonic Styler Dryer.

Sonic Styler Dryer

Blow dryers have always freaked me out a little bit. Nothing says “HAIR DAMAGE” more than a blast of hot hair on your tresses. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this dryer didn’t dry my hair out like many dryers do. The setting not only has 3 heat settings but they are also giving us a cool temperature setting which is fantastic for blow drying the hair without heat. I found myself using that button more than once and even though I didn’t use hot air, my hair was still dry! Doing this made for softer and more manageable hair opposed to dry and brittle hair.


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The pik attachment was great for when I really wanted to focus on blow drying certain areas of my hair and overall I thought $22.99 is a great value for this dryer.

Ceramic Curl Stick

I’ll be honest. The Ceramic Curl Stick through me for a loop when I first laid eyes on it. Call me old fashioned but I absolutely thought my eyes were playing tricks me on me when I noticed that there wasn’t a clamp on this curling iron. My mind was blown and I had to call a hair stylist friend of mine to really get tips on how to figure this out. My hair is short and I didn’t find much use for this until I get some extensions installed. Even then things were still a little tricky so I think this Curl Stick is best suited for those with long hair and for those who have great hand control. I just had a really hard time wrapping my hair around the stick. I think it’s a pretty cool idea, though! If you can figure out how to use it, you’re left with clamp-free curls. It also comes with a Head Protective Glove which is more than useful for clumsy gals like me. The Stick retails for $24.99

I am so impressed with The Laila Ali line and I am so glad to see such amazing products at reasonable prices. Next on my list to try is the overhead Ionic Hair Dryer. I’ve been needing an new one for almost a year now and so I’m saving my pennies for The Laila Ali one. I can’t wait to get it! For more information about The Helen Troy Laila Ali Line, visit here.

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Color Secrets Professional goodies

Emerald Green and Fuschia Pink

I recently received some Color Secrets Professional products and I have to say…I really like them.

Color Secrets polishes

Color Secrets Polishes are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and Big 3 Free. They have a great shine quality to them so if you do not have time to put on a top coat these are perfect for you. There will be 144 colors available for you to love and purchase for only $3.99 a pop.

Color Secrets lipglosses

When it comes to lipgloss I am as boring as you could get. I stick with the clears  and maybe a light shimmer. The shades didn’t have colors on them, but I loved them all! The pink adds a great pop of color that will brighten up any outfit and the shimmer has a subtle sexiness that highlights your lips. I carry these two with me everywhere. They are a tad sticky for my taste but still perfect.

Color Secrets mascara

Mascara is one of my favorite beauty products and something I will not leave the house with. I love mascara so much that I have a emergency tube in my car just in case I forget to put it on at home. Color Secrets Professional Rich Jewels Color Mascara is a lot of fun and something you will definitely want to purchase. I used the Fuchsia Pink and Emerald Green and I love it. It is not something that you would wear to work or during an interview, but it something fun to add when you are going out on the town. As much as I loved it, it is not the greatest lengthening mascara. My suggestion is put on your favorite mascara first to get your length and then put on the color mascara to get your color and length. The rich jewel mascara comes in 6 hues and they are only $3.99 each.

Eggplant and Emerald Green

Along with the colorful mascara Color Secrets has rich jewel gel eyeliner which is gorgeous. I am just now learning how to use gel eyeliner and I love how smooth and easy this is. At a price of $5.99 this might turn into my go to gel eye-liner.

Color Secrets Professional products are available at select Walgreens locations and available online .

 

Do you see yourself using Color Secrets Professional products?

The Unexpected Greatness of Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

The other week I made an unexpected trip to my sister’s house in Orlando. With only minutes to pack before Grand Mama Clumps was ready to get on the road, I forgot just about everything. I forgot face wash, make-up, and lotion. Thankfully I was going to a house that was filled with all 3 of those necessities. Brittany had a sample of Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser and I couldn’t wait to try it.

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I like to use the same face wash ( Cetaphil) because I am always fearful of different products breaking out my skin. I saw the Deep Pore Cleanser and I wasn’t too thrilled about it, but because I didn’t have any other face wash and I could NOT go an entire weekend without washing my face, I took a risk and tried it.

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From the moment I put it on my skin, I was in love. Charcoal naturally draws out all the impurities in your skin and gives you fresh clean feel and look. This is one of those products that I would use after a night of wearing heavy make-up or after a work-out when you are all nice and sweaty.

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It will open up those clogged pores and hopefully prevent pimples. That said, it’s great stuff and I’m so glad that I gave it a try! The Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is available at ULTA, Target, CVS and drugstores nationwide for around $6.

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Do you see yourself using a charcoal cleanser?

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and getting a good work-out in. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

I have always believed that after well polished nails, an outfit is not complete without a gorgeous smile. Thanks to the lovely people at Colgate your smile can become even more radiant. Colgate has introduced the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen which makes brushing and whitening a simple step. I was so excited to receive a sample of this!

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

The toothbrush is designed remove the surface stains from your teeth and the whitening pen contains hydrogen peroxide which helps cleaning beyond surface stains. The whitening pen is right under the toothbrush so it is convenient and you wont have to worry about losing it.

So now the important – question does it work?

Colgate Optic White

YES!  I love this toothbrush whitening pen combo. This is the first whitening product I have used that didn’t make my teeth feel super sensitive and afraid to eat right after using. The whitening gel is a little gritty at first, but it dries in seconds and your teeth look whiter and brighter.

Colgate Whitening Gel

After using so many whitening strips, mouthwashes, and whitening molds this is the most convenient whitening product that I have ever used.  At $14.99 this toothbrush whitening pen combo is available everywhere and a must have in my beauty book.

So…what do you think? Would you use the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen to dazzle your smile?

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Let’s Talk About Everyone’s Favorite Subject…Birth Control!

This post is sponsored by Bedsider.Org  but all the opinions are all my own.

As I started to write this post, I was somewhat perplexed on how I wanted to approach the topic of birth control. I mean talking about birth control can be extremely awkward and uncomfortable. But it is something that needs to be discussed. As I reached the point of frustration, Beyoncé’s Grown Woman played on my iPhone and then I got all the inspiration I needed. Sex is a part of everyday life and sex is how you create life. If you are grown enough to be having sex, you should be grown enough to protect yourself.  The stats for unplanned pregnancies are way too high and if you aren’t ready for  littles ones, take the steps you need to in order to protect yourself. I can barely afford gas in my car so there is NOOOOO way I can afford kids right now.

What people do not know is there are so many methods of birth control and the information is literally at your fingertips. Bedsider.Org is your online headquarters for learning about birth control. Bedsider realizes that talking about birth control is a serious topic, but they make it lighthearted and informative.

The most information I got on birth control came from the movie Mean Girls.

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Of course I knew about the pill and condoms, but I had no idea what fertility awareness was or what and how a sponge worked. Bedsider.Org explains it all. Not only does the site go through each form of birth control, but they let you know how it works and the potential cost. You get to hear real testimonies from people who are using that particular method. I loved hearing the male point of view in the videos because sometimes we forget that birth control is something that both partners need to be aware of.  Another one of my favorite things about Bedsider.Org is that you can sign up for birth control reminders. If you are on the pill, shot, patch, or the ring, you can sign up to have daily, weekly, or monthly reminders to take your birth control. How awesome and convenient is that?

With Valentine’s Day in a few days, you may be planning to get hot and heavy with your loved one, boo, or the hot guy who bought you a drink at the bar, but before you do, make sure you take some time to go through Bedsider.Org  to find out which birth control method is right for YOU and YOUR body.

Make sure to you stop by the website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

Stay Pretty, Positive, and Safe!

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

The Awesomeness That Is Katy Perry’s Killer Queen

Katy Perry Killer Queen fragrance

If  you know anything about me,  know that I love Katy Perry. In today’s music market you have so many people trying too hard. Katy Perry has raw natural talent and I appreciate that. I can put her music on when I am happy, sad and when I work out,  when I’m on a road trip and her music is. Katy Perry came out with her third perfume ,Killer Queen, in August and I am so excited that I received a sample to review.

Katy Perry Killer Queen perfume

So I know you’re reading this and saying “Of course YOU’LL love it, Courtney.” But really…it is actually a good perfume. I own Katy’s other perfumes, Meow and Purr, and Killer Queen is my favorite. It is a more adult perfume than the first two and has a nice floral scent. I love smelling good, but I have to be careful about what perfumes I use because I will get a migraine by the simplest smell. Killer Queen doesn’t give me a migraine at all. Aaaand, it lasts all day.

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Oh, and I have been getting compliments on how nice I smell which is always good. Of all the awesome things about the perfume, the bottle is my favorite. Katy Perry’s first two perfumes were in the shape of cats, but this bottle is fit for a queen. Classy, right?

A 3.4 oz bottle goes for $64 at Macy’s and most big department stores. Spring is coming up soon and it might be time to change your signature scent. Would you give Killer Queen a try?

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Nicole by OPI’s awesome new nail treatments

You would think that as many times as I polish my nails in a given week I would be an avid user of top coats and have wonderful cuticle maintenance. But no. I am actually the worst at applying bases coats, top coats, and taking a couple minutes to give my cuticles the love they need. With the new year here, I am making a resolution to take better care of my nails because they deserve it. The awesome  at Nicole by OPI sent these over to me and  my resolution super easy with their affordable top coats and treatments.

Nicole by OPI treatments

 

The 3-in-1 polish is so convenient; it is a base, top coat, and strengthener which has really made a difference in my nails. The base coat has prevented staining which a lot of dark polishes do and m nails are stronger because of the strengthener. The top coat gives me that great shine that I know everyone wants their nails to have.

The Matte Top Coat gives your nails that awesome matte look and which I feel spices up any outfit for any occasion.

The Quick Dry Top Coat is a life saver. For some reason, I always paint my nails an hour or two before I go to bed. Putting this top coat on has prevented me from waking up and finding nail polish all over my bed sheets. The top coat dries you nails super fast so you don’t have to sit there blowing on your nails forever and it makes your nails super shiny. I have already had people ask me what top coat I am using.

Nicole by OPI cuticle treatment

The Oil to Go is amazing I use it every single day to keep the cuticles on my nails and toes moisturized and looking pretty. It is packaged in a leak proof oil tube so you don’t have to work about it spilling every where. I like to apply it right before I get in the bed that way I don’t have to worry about getting it on my clothes in the morning.

My favorite thing about Nicole by OPI is that it is super affordable these polishes and treatments are only $7.99 and available at places you go everyday like CVS, Target,  Duane Reade and Wal-Mart. You should be able to find these in stores. Start your year off right by making sure your nails look and feel healthy!

 

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Post Holiday Giveaway: Score A Bag Of Goodies From Walgreens and P&G!

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The holidays have come and gone and the lovely people at P&G and Walgreens want to make sure you are on your way to fabulous. Both companies have partnered up with Tim Gunn and the People’s Choice Awards to put together a lovely bag of goodies to make sure you are fabulous during your holiday parties and gatherings. From Pantene Damage Detox Cream to Studio 35 Beauty nail polish remover pads we want to make sure you are looking good from head to toe. The bags is full of awesome things, but here are a few of my favorites that I received as samples.

  • The COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume By Lashblast is an amazing mascara. With its 2-step process, it maximizes your lashes to get them longer and fuller. I usually do not like two step mascaras because I think they are pointless, but this mascara actually works and I have been getting a lot of compliments when I wear it.
  • Olay Regenerist Advance Anti-Aging Cream is the perfect gift for your mother or favorite aunt. Olay says that  “In just one day it reduces the appearance of lines, boost hydration and brightness. By Week 2 your skin is noticeably firmer and skin elasticity is improved.” Nice!
  • Venus and Olay Sugarberry Exfoliate Razor is wonderful. It is just now getting cooler in Florida, but every other day I can sneak in a dress or skirt without wearing tights. Having hairy legs is NOT an accessory that is in style. The Venus & Olay razor made my legs silky smooth and hasn’t dried out my skin like other razors.
  • Delish Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel combines my two favorite things; chocolate and caramel. The touch of salt sends your taste buds on a ride that you will want to get on again and again.
  • Studio 35 Blender Brush is a great blending brush if you are new to liquid foundation. I have just started wearing liquid and the 35 blender brush blends perfect giving my skin an airbrushed look and feel.

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