Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil – the best hair oil EVER!

I know what you’re thinking. “Seriously B? Another oil-based product?” It’s no surprise that I love me some oils. I know oils are all trendy and whatnot, but honey, I grew up slathering myself in oil. They are far from a trend for me and I love incorporating them in my life. Several beauty blogger friends of mine have recently been raving about the Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil and when I was offered the opportunity to give it a whirl, of course I jumped at it.

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Far from your cheap bottle of hair oil that you may spot at your drugstore, Darshana will set you back a good $38 but if you’re already griping over the price, please know that you get what you pay for. And when it comes to healthy skin and hair, I don’t mind making the investments. Especially when I get a good return on said investment.

Darshana Oil

At first glance, Darshana’s appears to be like your everyday blend of oils. The website lists some of its properties which include…

  • Moisturizes, conditions, and smoothes hair
  • Contains Antioxidants, Omega 3-6-9, and Vitamins A-B-C-E
  • Makes hair appear, softer, shinier, and healthier
  • Absorbs quickly and controls frizz
  • No mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, silicone, artificial color or animal testing
  • Fresh citrus scent
  • 6 fl. oz

What isn’t mentioned on their website, that I think should be mentioned, is how incredibly lightweight this oil feels. It reminds me a lot like maracuja oil in that a little goes a long way and but it doesn’t feel heavy and greasy like many oils do. I’ve been using this daily for the past few weeks on both my hair and body and wow, I’m impressed.

Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil can be used many different ways but from what I’ve gathered on the site, it is best used as a pre-shower treatment. You slather it on your hair for 30 minutes (or overnight) and then you wash out. You’re left with softer and shinier hair. And…it’s true! My hair has been so much softer since using this. I’m not sure if it’s the oil alone or if it activates something in my conditioner that makes my conditioner work better, but whatever it is, I don’t want to stop using this oil. It keeps my curls so so soft and shiny.

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Of course, oils work differently for everyone and some people feel that their hair may be too greasy for oil altogether and I get that. This oil also works beautifully all over the skin. I’ve been using it after showers and it’s just divine. I really have no complaints about this oil and if you Google it, you’ll see all of the raving reviews from women of various hair types talking about how fantastic this oil is. And it really, really is.

For more information about Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil and to purchase it, visit the website here.

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.

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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.

Weight Watcher’s Simple Start…I’m ready!

Well, here we are again. This is my second attempt at trying Weight Watchers. Attempting to start a weight loss plan 6 months after a baby just wasn’t ideal for me. I was trying to get into the groove of going back to work and breastfeeding had my hormones doing crazy thangs. But now, I’m weaning from the pump, and I’m ready!

Through Socialstars, I was given the opportunity to try  Weight Watcher’s Simple Start plan and I couldn’t be more excited. Nervous? Well, yeah. I don’t want to fail again. I want to be successful. I want to be one of those women who when I tell you I lost 50 lbs, you look at me in amazement. I want be an inspiration to others.

And uh…excuse my vanity a bit, but seriously…I NEED to drop this post-baby weight. Not because I’m in 2 weddings this year. Not because I feel so uncomfortable in my skin but because I’ve got a little one who is becoming more observant.

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A great deal of parenting is leading by example and now that Elle is eating food, I want to make healthy choices for the both of us. It just makes sense.

And I want to feel confident again.

I always joke that red lipstick is confidence in a tube, but I truly feel confident when I am happy in my skin. Lately, I haven’t been happy. I can acknowledge this with ease because I know that the real work comes with FIXING this problem. And I can do it because I’m ready to love my body again. Ultimately!

Weight Watchers #SimpleStart challenge

So about this Simple Start deal… My Mom was the first to tell me about Simple Start and I think it’s a fantastic idea for those new to Weight Watchers. Starting any lifestyle change is challenging but Simple Start allows you to sloooooowly make your way into to selecting healthier food options. It takes the guesswork out of what many people find challenging…finding eating healthy meals to eat. And the best part? I don’t have to worry about portion sizes just yet. I just use the app, select menu options, make it and boom…eat it. The menu choices can be as easy as grilled chicken on top of a salad to as gourmet as pasta primavera. And if you’re like me and your chef of a husband is working late and you’re too lazy to do something fancy, you can build your own meal from their options. Like a spinach and tomato omelette.

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Cool, huh? Simple Start will last for  2 weeks and then I’ll continue on with the regular Weight Watchers program. I like the ideal of taking baby steps. Jumping right into Weight Watchers with the point counting can be a bit daunting so I really appreciate the flexibility that Simple Start provides.

Wish me luck! I can be pretty hard on myself so I REALLY want to succeed this time. If you’ve got any tips, thoughts or advice for me, let me know. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

 

 

I was given a free one month subscription to Weight Watchers to try their new Simple Start plan and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.

Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL Flamed Out mascara

COVERGIRL Flamed Out mascara

I can’t believe I am just now reviewing this mascara. I know. Bad mascara blogger. I’ve received a sample of this many moons ago and somehow it got lost in the shuffle. Ah well. These things happen. But, here we go!

CG Flamed Out

Cute wand, right?

Price: $8-ish from Drugstore.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Flamed Out mascara gives you maximum volume for a flamed out lash look. Volume Igniter brush is specially designed to add volume to every lash for bigger, thicker and fuller lashes to help maximize volume.” (source)

The Truth: I’ve definitely had better from COVERGIRL.

What I Loved About It: The formula is nice. It isn’t too thick or too thin.

What I Didn’t Like: The tube is far too large and you end up with a very messy wand.

Overall: I usually have good expectations for COVERGIRL mascaras. After all, Clump Crusher was a game-changer for me. And if a brand gives me one good mascara, I want nothing but good mascaras from that point on. Consistency is a good thing, yo. I needs it to be at peace in my life. But alas, Flamed Out is not what I thought it would be. And that doesn’t mean that I’ll never try a CG mascara again, but I certainly hope they notice the errors in this mascara and give us something better. Much better.

Formula-wise, it isn’t terrible. It was a nice and workable formula that isn’t too thick or thin and coats the lashes nicely. And my issue with this mascara isn’t with the wand.

CG Flamed Out mascara wand

COVERGIRL calls this their Volume Ingiter Brush and it’s supposed to coat each lash. Which, I guess, would be effective if there was more mascara on the brush. And the reason why mascara has a hard time attaching itself to the brush is because of this huge hole that the wand has to come out of.

Ahhhh yes. This is quite reminiscent of another brand’s issue. Said brand rhymes with Tevlon. I’m not sure when the geniuses behind cosmetic packaging will figure it out but I hope that it’s in 2014. While there is a stopper to prevent you from pulling out a ton of mascara, the stopper actually removes too much mascara. What you’re left with is a lightly coated wand. The lightly coated wand then transfers very little to the lashes. So boo. And double boo. This makes it very difficult to see any results when applying mascara. I applied 3 coats and still didn’t get much. Womp womp. I’ve had fellow mascara lovers tell me the same thing so it appears that it’s a common issue. Oh no. But I have faith in COVERGIRL. I know that they’ll make up for this. They just gotta!

Bare Lashes



Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

 

 

Mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: Nope. You’re better off playing with one of the many siblings in the Lash Blast family.

Makeup Wars: 5 Beauty Resolutions That I BETTER Stick To In 2014

Beauty Resolutions

I’m not the type to make annual resolutions (I’m a fan of smaller weekly and monthly goals) but when my girls thought of the idea to do beauty resolutions, I just couldn’t pass this one up. Part of me wants to blame my laziness and frugality on being a new mom but dude, my babe is almost a year old. I can’t use this “I’m a new mom and don’t have time for anything” spiel forever, can I? Soooo, here are some things that I blame to change and institute in 2014.

Wash my face every night.

It’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I’ve gone to bed without washing my face. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who does this but I’ve made too much of a habit out of it. 9pm hits and the old lady in me doesn’t want to do anything that requires lifting a hand. At the very least I can invest in face wipes to wipe off the makeup IF I’m not going to bust suds nightly. But still…busting suds is better.

Wear a full face of makeup at least once a week.

In the 6+ years I’ve been into makeup, I’ve gone through 2 extremes. I went through wearing makeup every day like my life depended on it to not wearing anything at all. I’d like to meet myself in the middle and at least commit to wearing eye shadow once a week. I don’t want my skills to disappear on account of my laziness.

If nail polish starts chipping, remove it.

I know. I know. This is bad. I really should know better. Chipping nail polish is the worst but I’ve spotted myself rockin’ this like it’s a trend. And that needs to stop. ASAP.

Do weekly hair treatment

I’ve always been lazy in the hair department and for the most part my hair continues to look relatively healthy. But a lil’ weekly treatment wouldn’t hurt. I’m going to check out the natural hair blogs to see what nourishing treatment I can do to help with shine, manageable and all around hair health.

Spend $50 a month on new products

Back in the day, I spent well over $50 a month on makeup. And now I don’t spend anything. My priorities have changed and I was pinching pennies for quite some time but I think I can afford to invest in some new and pretty beauty baubles. Besides, I deserve it, don’t I? I work hard yo!

 

Check out the beauty resolutions that my girls have!

A New View in 2014

I can’t believe that I’m just now doing a post in the new year. In the past I’d be all apologetic about disappearing but meh…I’m starting to think that y’all may be used to my sporadic behavior. And that’s not a good thing. I should really stick to a schedule and not leave people hanging.

Has 2014 been good to you so far?

Pine trees

I love the start of a new year. It’s renewing and refreshing. Granted, I feel like you don’t need to wait until a new year to make changes in your life, but if you do, then hey…it’s all good. Better some change at the beginning of the year than no change at all. I’ve been so inspired by nature this year.

Tree over lake

Every day at around 10am, I walk a mile around the perimeter of my office. I look forward to this walk because it’s my chance to get away from the computer, to stretch and look at the sky. That mile walk is the only exercise I get each day so I make the most of it. It’s my little retreat from work, stress, deadlines and social media. Oh, social media. I am apart of the Overshare Generation and it can be so overwhelming sometimes. I’ve been diving into books more and plunging into the lives of fictitious characters is far more entertaining than the “OMG, my big boy is using the potty!” posts that my friends post on Facebook. Sorry, not sorry.

In beauty news, I’ve been rockin’ dark purple nail polish nonstop.

nail polish

OPI’s Miss You-niverse is just…yas! Far from a unique purple polish, I know, but every time it starts a chippin’, I remove it and apply it again. It’s my signature shade for the season.

Here’s hoping that I can be more active in the blogspace this year. Motherhood consumed me (unapoletically so) last year and like many mothers I struggle to find time to myself to do the things that I once enjoyed. But I’m trying. I suspect that it’ll be far easier once Elle sleeps through the night. Yes. This girl is almost a year old and still wakes up every 4-5 hours to grace us with her gorgeous face. We’re so lucky.

Enjoy your day!

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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Merry Christmas 2013

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Hey y’all! Sometimes I feel so guilty for not being the active blogger that I once was. Life has changed (mainly for the better) and I’m finding more purpose in enjoying life’s moments than blogging about them. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve lost my passion for blogging. Even after blogging for 6 years, I am still trying to find my voice in this industry.

But some days (like today), I’d rather soak up my baby’s awesomeness than write about cosmetics. I’m enjoying the holidays and hope to do some restructuring in the new year. Thanks for standing by me through my many absences.

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Much love to the Clumps of Mascara family and for those that celebrate it…Merry Christmas!