Thursday, June 30, 2011

Product Review: Organix "Ever Straight"


Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner

I've heard good and bad reviews of Organix products. Most users with bad experiences complain about how the products leave their hair dry. My last experience with Organix was while using the Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner, and I did like it, but I can see how your hair can feel slightly drier after using the product. Keep in mind, it does remove the constant build up of other shampoos and conditioners, so the drying effect may not be a bad thing, or a lasting thing. 

I wanted to give the "Ever Straight" line from Organix a try, and purchased the "Ever Straight" Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and conditioner.  According to the labels the products contain a rich blend of cocoa nut oil with keratin proteins to build strength, avocado oil and cocoa butter soothe the cuticle of the hair and adds a beautiful glow and luminescent shine to the hair.  It sounded amazing, and besides all that good stuff, knowing the product is sulfate and sodium free pushed me immediately into "MUST HAVE" mode.  

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a dangerous substance that can be found in many shampoos, soaps, and everyday products.   It can be very irritating to human skin and hair, causing fuzzy hair and damaged ends over time. In the most extreme cases, it can lead to scalp issues, itchiness, damage to the hair follicle, and sever eye irritations, to name a few. The question is..."If this chemical is so dangerous...why do companies put them in their products?" The answer is very simple...it's cheap. 


Quoted from Organix:
Why We Love It... 
It's an amazing keratin therapy originating from the Amazon rainforest.
Why You Want It...
This rich formula of Brazilian cocoa nut oil and keratin proteins to smooth and strengthen your curly or wavy tresses.
What's In It For You...
Transform your hair into silky smooth locks with this exclusive blend of organic cocoa nut oil, rich keratin proteins, avocado oil and cocoa butter.
What It's In...
Organix® bottles are eco-friendly, manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. All labels are printed utilizing environmental inks and compostable label film made from annually renewable resource corn, not from petrochemicals. 
Sulfate & Sodium Free.  Not Tested On Animals.
Made in USA
Back of conditioner bottle.
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Back of shampoo bottle.
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After using the shampoo and conditioner for the first time I absolutely loved the smell.  It smelled similar to the Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner, so it turned my shower into a tropical experience.  After shampooing, I did notice that my hair wasn't very soft to the touch, and in fact felt stripped of its nutrients, but reminded myself that it was probably because all of the build up from previous products have been removed from my hair.  After conditioning, and waiting the 3-5 minutes as directed from the back of the bottle, I felt as if my hair was "naked". I didn't know if it was a good or bad thing at the moment, but decided to wait until my hair was dry to give a verdict for my first try using this product. 

After stepping out of the shower and letting my hair dry a bit on its own, I noticed my hair looked very shiny and soft to the touch.  I began to blow dry and noticed my hair was straighter, and much more manageable than with I use other shampoos that are truly drying.  

I don't want to say that Organix has transformed my hair, because it hasnt...it just provided my hair with the proper ingredients to be able to reach its full potential in shine, manageability, fullness, softness and overall health. Since using Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy shampoo and conditioner more often, I have found the need to use heating and styling tools less of a necessity, therefore I am doing less damage to the health of my hair. Where other shampoos and conditioners may take away from my hair, I feel like Organix has given my hair something back, and in return, have created a loyal customer in me for a long time!

This certainly goes down in my book as one of my TOP 5 all time favorite shampoo and conditioner combination along with top brands such as Biolage, Nexxus, Aveda, and Bumble & Bumble.

Product: 4.5 out of 5
Packaging: Product size could be bigger. 4 out of 5
Scent: 5 out of 5
Price: $7.99
Where to buy?: Walgreens, Walmart, Amazon, Organix website.
Overall: 4.5 out of 5
Would I buy again?: Yes
xoxo,

Friday, June 24, 2011

Caress Fine Fragrance Elixirs - Sheer Twilight



I love Caress, and I was so excited when I found out that they have introduced a new line of body washes! Caress Fine Fragrance Elixirs Sheer Twilight is a combination if black orchid and juniper oil contained in fragrance pearls. The body wash smells divine and lasts long after your shower. 

The deep purple color gives the body wash an enchanting look, similar to its fragrance name - Sheer Twilight. The purple gel looks pretty in the shower and immediately has your shower smelling of exotic blooms at the peak of their bloom. If you see these on shelves in stores, it will be hard to look away, but one smell will have you hooked!

xoxo,

Disclaimer: This post contains a sample product that was sent for consideration courtesy of PR.

Monday, June 20, 2011

World Cup


My dear friend, Suzanna Mansour (click to follow her on Twitter!), sent JJ an adorable official FIFA soccer jersey for his 2nd birthday.  I put his jersey on him today and we went out to run around on the grass.  I brought along one of his mini soccer balls with no expectation that the boy would know exactly what to do with it, but he was kicking the ball around like a pro! It was priceless to watch him run around kicking the ball, laughing, and having a good time!





GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!


xoxo,

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Turquoise


Just a quick outfit post...

I brought out my favorite Michael Antonio espadrille wedges today to match with my turquoise romper from Forever 21.  I have these wedges in the silver/turquoise and the gold/gold, they are so comfortable and stylish, I had to have them in both colors.


I'm working on a post featuring JJ's top 20 favorite children's apps on the iPad.  I have searched high and low through the App store and I think I found a great variety of fun, educational, and attention grasping apps for children ages 1 - 3, so hopefully some of you mamas find this upcoming post useful!

Tomorrow Jerrid and I are heading off to spend the weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina paid for by ViSalus Sciences to attend and be a part of the ViSalus Convention, with special guest, Hulk Hogan!  I'll be taking tons of photos!

xoxo,

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Blushed and Flushed


Blush is a summer necessity.  It gives your face a healthy, livened look while contouring and emphasizing your cheekbone structure.  Choosing blushes that come in peach, pink, and berry shades add a freshness and glow to the skin and are a universal choice for all skin types.  

I have been looking for a deeper peach blush that doesn't come on too drastic for my skin tone and I found MAC Peachykeen blush.  It's a perfect blush for a day or night look, giving a sheer, deeper, more natural peachy/berry tone to the cheeks when applied. The blush contains the slightest hint of shimmer.

As for the rest of my makeup, I used a few silver shades from my Sedona Lace 88 metals palette along with MAC eyeshadow in Deep Truth. I have Lorac Baby Doll on my lips and MAC Peachykeen on my cheeks.



xoxo,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Joshua Tree


Today was a muggy, rainy day, but when the sun finally peeked out, it was time to scurry outside and enjoy the fresh "after rain" air.  I wore my new Current/Elliot skinny cargo pants that I bought from Hautelook along with an adorable pair of Naughty Monkey platform wedges.  

The shoes are Naughty Monkey's "Joshua Tree" wedges and they've been flying off of shelves.  The shoes are adorned with studs and have touches of Spanish roping.  The heightened platform give your arches a little rest while the strapping secures your foot within so the shoe is extremely comfortable to walk in.  I wore them all day with no problem. They retail for around $85 and can be found on Zappos and Amazon as well as on the Naughty Monkey website at www.naughty-monkey.com.




Layered tank tops : H&M
Cargo Pants : Current/Elliot
Belt : Wilson's Leather
Shoes : Naughty Monkey "Joshua Tree" wedges

xoxo,

Disclaimer : Shoes were sent complimentary of the company.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

How Blue You Do


It was a nice day, some overcast clouds with the sun occasionally peeking out.  We headed out to grab some lunch.  I threw on my navy blue romper, a recent purchase from Forever 21, and paired it up with my Michael Antonio wedges which I am obsessed with. There is nothing like a pair of hot shoes that are also very comfortable to walk in.  I grabbed a bag that I bought from Target a few days ago to match with the shoes that I have been buying. Tan is in for the summer, and I'm loading up! The outfit came out to be cute and affordable! Double whammy!



Romper : Forever 21
Shoes : Michael Antonio
Necklace : Forever 21
Bag : Target

xoxo,

Urban Decay - The Quinceañera Bag

I walked into Sephora yesterday with no intention of leaving with anything in a bag but I couldn't resist myself when I laid my eyes on the Urban Decay Quinceañera bag.  It caught my eye with its glittery glory, and I had to make it mine. 

The bag is spacious, sturdy, covered with a wipeable PVC and also has an easy to clean 15th anniversary print lining to keep makeup from making a mess in the bag.  The glittery exterior tickles my fancy, I'm all about the bling bling!  It's a pretty big bag, measuring 8.5 x 3 x 6".  The bag comes with a clear compartment within for easy storage of smaller necessities. It fits plenty of makeup for travel and is secure and sturdy enough to trust in any suitcase. 

The bag is priced at $26 and can be found at Sephora stores, or online at www.UrbanDecay.com.




From the Urban Decay website:

Spacious, fun and lined with our limited-edition 15-year anniversary logo! The three-sided zipper makes opening easy, and interior gussets hold your stash in.

In honor of our big 15, here’s a makeup bag they named after the 15th birthday extravaganzas thrown for girls in Latin American cultures. Large but not huge, its open shape holds plenty of makeup. The interior features a clear zippered pocket for your most sacred items. A double gold zipper opens on three sides so you won’t spend forever rifling through your bag, and satin inserts keep your makeup from falling all over the place. You don’t have to be 15 and primping for the object of your desire to appreciate its sparkly purple-ness or cool 15-Year Anniversary ticking pattern on the lining, but whipping it out might make you feel as blissed out as if you were. It packs easily into just about any suitcase, so take it with you on your next adventure.

Product Dimensions:  8.5 x 3 x 6”







This bag is definitely a must have for all Urban Decay enthusiasts!

Stay tuned to learn how to WIN your very own 
Urban Decay Quinceañera Bag during my giveaway!

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xoxo,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Product Review: Clarisonic Mia

I've heard incredible things about Clarisonic, I had to see it for myself.  Clarisonic has released 4 different sonic systems, the mia, the classic, the plus and the PRO. The classic and plus feature two brush speeds, the plus includes an additional body mode.  I did my research and found that many users preferred the size of the mia in comparison to the other sonic systems because of how comfortable it felt in hand and how much easier it was to handle. I also agreed to purchase the mia because of how reasonably priced it was in comparison to its competition.

I was lucky enough to come across a sale on QVC in which the Clarisonic mia was up for grabs at $124, or 3 easy payments of $43.00! The coolest part about it was that the Clarisonic mias that were featured on the QVC sale came in the most adorable colors and patterns. I snagged one up in hot pink and it was delivered to me in no time.  It also came with 3 gentle cleansers and 1 replacement brush head.



I love the way it feels against my skin. The Clarisonic massages my face and leaves my skin feeling as soft and as smooth silk.  I have also read that it allows your skin to absorb moisturizers better since its gentle sonic vibrations unblock clogged pores as well as clear away dirt, residue and dead skin cells.  Removing all that gunk from your face gives you an instant refreshed look. Skin looks vibrant and awoken.

From the Clarisonic Website:
Mia is the new, go-anywhere Sonic Skin Cleansing System in a great compact size. The one-button, one-speed Mia fits your active lifestyle for beautiful, glowing skin wherever life’s adventures take you. All the great benefits of the Clarisonic Classic in a new, smaller size. The perfect compact cleansing system for use at home or on the go.

Directions from Clarisonic Instruction Booklet : 
Prior to the first use, charge the Clarisonic for 24 hours. If you wear makeup, remove eye makeup by hand. Wet your skin and the brush head with warm water. Liberally apply cleanser to your skin or to the brush head. Push the power button to turn your Clarisonic on and gently move the brush using a small circular motion, beginning on the forehead, then moving to the nose/chin area and the cheeks at the T-TIMER prompts. Pressing too hard will impede the gentle sonic vibrations of the mia.

The mia uses a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, according to the product literature. The mia also comes with a built in timer that is set to 60 seconds, which is plenty of time to remove 6 times more makeup and 2 times more dirt than washing with your hands alone.


The brush head is gentle, and feels soothing and massaging to the skin on the face. It is also the same size as the brush head on the classic. The charger is a pLink charger that magnetically attaches to the handle of the brush. 1 charge can get you up to 20 uses, each at one minute.


The Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing system is a very effective way of cleansing your face.  I would recommend Clarisonic, and would encourage anyone to make the investment. It helps with skin turnover, cell regeneration, and removal of dead skin cells and dirt.  I just recently received my Clarisonic and I am addicted to it, I don't think I can live without this little beauty must-have!

Price : $124 - $149 depending on where you buy
Where to buy : QVC / Sephora / www.Clarisonic.com
Packaging : 5 out of 5
Product : 5 out of 5
Overall : 5 out of 5

xoxo,

Disclaimer : The product featured in this post has been purchased by me for my own personal use. All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Breeze


I visited Forever21.com last night and stormed through all of the rompers.  I bought a few, and it wasn't hard to choose from their large selection of adorable rompers.  Rompers are very trendy and comfortable during the hot summer months. They're perfect for an outfit that can be put together in minutes. 

I wore one of my rompers today.  Another cute one from Forever 21 which I own in two colors.  I paired it up with my Asos wedges which are as comfy as can be. 

As for my makeup, I wanted to use shades that remind me of a summer sunset.  Yellow, orange, and pink, a perfect summer combination. I used my Sedona Lace 120 1st Edition palette to create this look.  It's my go-to palette when I want color. 

I teased my hair, locked the waves in with L'Oreal Ellnet hair spray and headed out the door to enjoy another hot day running around town with Jerrid and JJ. 




What I wore:

Romper : Forever 21
Shoes : Asos


My makeup:

Face: 
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Facial Primer
Revlon ColorStay #330 Natural Tan

Cheeks:
MAC blush - Peachykeen

Eyes:
Sedona Lace 120 1st Edition Color Palette
        4 colors used - Yellow, muted orange, orange, and metallic deep pink.
Sedona Lace 88 Warm Palette 
        1 color used - light peach as a highlight and under the brow bone.
CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara
L'Oreal Lineur Intense felt tip liquid liner - Black
Avon eyeliner - blue green. Used on waterline

Lips:
MAC Lipstick - Jazzed
MAC Lipgloss - Sock Hop


xoxo,