As a Mom to a very talkative and energetic 2-year old, I love my me time, y’all. And it doesn’t have to be fancy. Shoot, a trip to CVS alone is considered a vacation to me. It happens often considering I’ve got a 3 CVS locations in a 10-mile radius. So when the fine folks at CVS/Pharmacy reached out wanting to do a little collaboration, I was like “Definitelyyyy!”
My Makeup Wars girls are coming together again to share some of their favorite Go To beauty products. I’ve got a list, y’all. And I mean an incredibly lengthy list. Since I’m forever trying new products, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I probably have more Go To goodies than the average beauty lover.
But for the sake of time, I have chomped this list down to 5 items that I go to just about every day and use alllllll the time.
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Don’t forget to add some beauty resolutions to the list. I don’t just focus on the usual “exercise more” or “eat healthier.” I try to make resolutions for all aspects of my life, including beauty. If you need some help, steal some of my resolutions and we’ll all have a beautiful new year.
Use Better Beauty Brushes
I’m so guilty of using my fingers for everything or using the wrong brushes for my makeup needs. This year, I’m making a point of buying a set of beauty brushes that include brushes for foundation, concealer, eye shadow, blush, powder and anything else I might need. I’m also planning on buying brush cleaner to keep my brushes in the best shape possible. Hopefully, the end result is a more flawless look than ever before.
It’s a been a lil’ minute since I’ve talked about hair care. Many years ago, I started a blog called Loc Rocker and it was all fun up until I went and chopped my locs off in postpartum rage. And since then I’ve been rockin’ several different styles of short cuts. But when I think about Motions, I think of the good ole’ days. I rocked Motions back when I was in high school and college. I was in Walgreens a few days ago, sniffed a bottle of their shampoo and giiiiiiirl, the memories started a flowin’. Since Motions has just gotten back on my radar, it appears that I have been living under a rock because they’ve done some amazing things to their products since I last tried them.
Oh hey! It’s me again. Don’t mind me. I’m just over here bragging about Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil. Yes again.
And seriously? How is it already Fall? OMGGGahhhh!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
I just realized that I never wrote Elle a letter last month. I am severely slacking. Oh well. Not stressing it. Because that’s my new mantra in life “To not stress the small stuff.” So what if I didn’t write her a letter last month. That doesn’t make me a bad mama. Just a busy one. Whatever yo.
Last week was a crazy week. Between Matron of Honor duties, a sick Elle and lots of work at work, I didn’t have much time to run or sleep. But I’m hoping things are a little better this week. I’m attempting to take it one day at a time. Just one day. I think I’m going to start doing a list of weekly goals. Y’know…just a list of attainable, practical and simple goals. I NEED to feel accomplished at the end of each week.
I’ve also got wedding brain! Esposo and I eloped and I think it was romantic, and fun and cheap but I don’t know…after being in my cousin’s wedding, I’ve been thinking about how I too want to a rock a gorgeous dress and have all our family members surround us as they support our love. But I don’t want to plan anything. I kinda just want to show up and have a beautiful affair. For free. Doesn’t David Tutera do pro-bono work? Ha! A girl can dream.
Here’s hoping to a great start of the weekend! I’m totally missing that hour of sleep but I’m going to tryyyyyy to go to bed early tonight.
Oh and I shaved my hair off again.
Esposo wasn’t happy. But girls, I ROCK the short cut. And it feels good to literally wash and go. I think I’ll keep it until the end of the summer and then grow it out…*sigh*
Let’s see if I can crank out 2 posts this week. I have SO much that I want to share with and I hope that I have the time to get it out.
Have a fantastic upcoming week!
Well helllloooo GLOSSYBOX. I got this box in the mail a few weeks ago and I’ve gotten into a nice little habit of just letting those pretty little boxes sit nicely on the beauty shelf before I even dive into them. The boxes are just so pretty. And I was so excited to see what kind of cool things GLOSSYBOX had for us this year…
Like always, your box will contain a little leaflet giving you a rundown of each product and its specs. I love this. I tend to rummage through the box and then go back to read the leaflet to get more information about the products.
Like always, I judge beauty boxes by the quality and diversity of their products. And like always, GLOSSYBOX doesn’t let me down. This was a stellar box with awesome high-quality and luxe products.
I haven’t heard of the brand Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream but what a wonderfully decadent moisturizer this is. I’ll be tossing this in my travel bag for my trip to NYC. Good timing with this, GLOSSYBOX. The weather is cooler and a moisturizer like this will be well received by many.
This Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose is lovely. I’m not a mineral makeup user (lazy + clumsy = naw) but I think Desert Rose is a nice and wearable shade for women of all complexions. Plus, the sample size will certainly go a long way.
The BEAUTYBLENDER Pure Beauty Blender is huuuuge in the makeup world and considering it’s almost $20, I would say that this product alone exceeds the value of this month’s GLOSSYBOX. I am so excited to use this. I haven’t yet owned one and I’m going to be putting this baby to good use.
GLOSSYBOX usually always gives us hair care products and while they have never been geared towards my hair type, I can still appreciate the inclusion of hair products. TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray looks like it’ll be nice for my girls trying to add some volume to their tresses.
Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash is a wonderfully smelling body wash. I love that the brand uses essential oils over fragrances. Y’all know how I feel about fragrances.
Such a fantastic box! There’s a little something for everyone and the sample sizes are large enough for users to get a nice try out of each product. Way to go, GLOSSYBOX!
Purchase yours here for $21/month.