Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Strengthen Hair with Suave's Biotin Infusion Line

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® & Suave Professionals but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #SuaveBeliever #pmgSuave

Strengthen Hair with Suave's Biotin Infusion Line 
For more information on these products, click here.

My struggle with breakage:
I've always had a kind of love/hate relationship with my hair. Growing up, I was always told by others that I was so lucky to have curls, but I never really saw it that way. It was an annoyance to put the extra time and money into my hair and still not feel like I was getting the results that I wanted. I was always jealous of those with perfect straight hair. So back then, I decided to try a product that promised to give me that dream straight hair and then wash out in 7 washes. I figured what the heck, might as well try it, what's to lose?

Well, I didn't quite get the hair of my dreams. Instead, my curls were limp, dry and lifeless. I also noticed I started to have quite a lot of breakage and split ends. My split ends even had split ends and those split ends had baby split ends. It just seemed never ending. I spent a lot of time and money just trying to get my hair back to normal. I thought back to the days where I took my curls for granted and just longed to have my springy, bouncy, full head of curls back even if they could be unruly and frizzy at times

Thus started my quest for anything and everything that could help. Years, later I saw some thin patches fill in, some shine, bounce and health return to my hair. However, my hair still is not the same as it once was. This is why whenever I see a product that not only claims to help strengthen hair, reduce breakage and is salon proven, I'm all in. I was even more excited to learn that Suave, a trusted and affordable brand, has a line that can help me! Plus, these are conveniently located at Walmart! Since I know that you probably want great hair at a great value too, keep reading to learn more about the products!

Biotin benefits
  • B7 Biotin is a vitamin known for superior hair strengthening benefits 
  • This luxurious range reduces breakage by 95% for dramatically less hair fall vs. non-conditioning shampoo.  
How does Suave compare?
  • Many of Suave’s collections are "WAWA", meaning salon proven to “work as well as luxury brands. 
  • The Biotin Infusion line is proven to strengthen as well as Pureology® Strength Cure®. 
  • Retails for $4.98!
  • System reduces breakage by 95% vs. non-conditioning shampoo for dramatically less hair fall and full, thick looking hair 
Suave Biotin Infusion Anti-Breakage Serum
  • makes hair is 20x stronger vs. non-conditioning shampoo
I've been using the biotin shampoo, biotin conditioner and serum for about five days now, so I can't yet fully speak to how this has helped with breakage. However, I have noticed my hair to be really soft, full and manageable. I feel like my ends look really healthy right now despite being long overdue for a haircut! I also seem to have less hairfall when I'm brushing or conditioning my hair. I love the scent of these products and the anti-breakage serum adds a nice sheen to my hair. I'm really looking forward to using these in the upcoming months to add some much needed strength to my locks! This whole ordeal overall taught me to appreciate what I have and embrace my curls!

I especially love that anyone can get great hair for a great value. Suave Beauty's newest additions to their Gold line Collection has something to meet everyone's hair and budget needs. Visit your local Walmart to try out all of the new 2016 Suave Professionals collections: Coconut Oil Infusion, Coconut Milk Infusion and Biotin Infusion, while supplies last. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

POPSUGAR Must Have Box September 2016

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try. #MustHaveBox

POPSUGAR Must Have Box is a subscription service that delivers an assortment of goodies to your door monthly. I really look forward to this box because the products inside aren't just from one category like beauty or fashion. I really like getting an assortment that includes household items, beauty, fashion and food. With other subscription boxes that I've had in the past, they tended to be just beauty items and I ended up with a ton of unused samples laying around. POPSUGAR Must Have is a more practical and exciting box for me since I know I can get more use out of the items and I'm always looking forward to see what surprises are in store for me each month.

Each month, you will receive a box valued at over $100 for just $39.95 per month. If you sign up for a six month subscription, you can save up to $25!

For more information, click here:

This month's box contained the following:

Jack & Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
FLINT™ Lint Roller
Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning
The Gluten Free Bites Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites
— Over a $145 value!
I think my favorite item this month was the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. I liked it so much that it's living in my shower and I forgot to include it in the above photo. Sorry! After just one use my hair felt so silky and soft and was really manageable. I really look forward to getting more use out it!

Want to try out PopSugar Must Have for yourself? 
Enter code SHOP5 to get $5 off your first box. Better yet, this code never expires! 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Beauty Blog Coalition $500 Fall Giveaway!

With Fall quickly on its way,  I’ve teamed up with some amazing bloggers for a $500 Fall Giveaway.

There will be two winners!
The first prize is a $500 gift card to either Target or Sephora (your choice)
The second prize is a $250 gift card to either Target or Sephora (your choice) 

To win, simply enter the giveaway in the widget below. There are 150 chances to win total!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Recent Drugstore Picks

 Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smoth in 115, $5
I've been on an exhaustive hunt for the pefect natural looking foundation. Ideally, I'm looking for full to medium coverage that covers my redness, evens my skintone and looks very natural. I would say this foundation is light to medium coverage. It can be built up. There are a wide range of shades available and I found 115 to have the pefect pinky undertone that I needed. I find this foundation to be very creamy and very easy to apply and blend out. I also like the slighly dewy appearance on my skin. For $5 I am incredibly impressed with this foundation and it's been my go to favorite lately. The only complaint I would have about this is that it doesn't quite dry down or set completely and so if you touch your hands to your face during the day, some product will come off. This foundation lasts throughout a work day for me but doesn't have all day staying power.

e.l.f. Studio Illuminating Palette, $6
The last thing I needed was more highlighters, but I just couldn't help myself when I saw this. I've been wearing less and less sparkly highlight type products as I find that as I get older, they are not as flattering as they once were. However, the shades in this palette really spoke to me and they are very subtle when applied.  The only complaint I would have is that a couple of the shades are similar to each other when swatched, however, at this price point it didn't really bother me especially for a highlight type of product.

L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte, $13
I kept hearing about how great this line of foundation was and lately I've been on the hunt for the pefect foundation. Unfortunately, this was not it! I purchased this in 103 which was too dark and too yellow for me. I may try a shade lighter to see if I like it, although I wasn't wowed by the formula. I thought this looked just fine on my skin and I did like the semi matte finish. However, since my Maybelline Fit has worked out so well and is only $5, I will probably stick with that one as far as drugstore foundation goes.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Liquid Eye Chrome in Beige Shadow, $10 

I love Maybelline's Color Tattoo's that come in the glass pots so I was excited to see this product in a different format. The colors looked really pretty as well. However, this was an epic fail on me.  In the bottle, this shade appeared a little more pink to me but applied more brown. I could not get this to apply evenly or with much pigment. I tried to wear this shade alone and it applied sheer and patchy. I also noticed this creased almost immediately. I was so frustrated with it that I haven't tried it again, but maybe it would be okay on the center of the little to add a little shimmer to an existing shadow.  The product promises: "Heavy metal hues saturate your lids in liquid chrome shine for up to 24 hours. Metallic intensity and high tenacity color." I did not find these claims to be remotely true. Definitely a drugstore purchase regret.
       Note: I have read a review where some colors seem to perform better than others, so maybe I     
       would've had more luck with a different shade. 

What are your recent drugstore favorites? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

POPSUGAR July Must Have Box

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try. #Sponsored #MustHaveBox

It's so much fun to get monthly subscription boxes in the mail, however, you can also find yourself overwhelmed with samples that may not be the best fit for you. I use to subscribe to multiple beauty boxes but found I just had too many unused products laying around. That is one of the reasons I like PopSugar's Must Have Box. I find them to have a really great variety of items from fashion items to beauty to household. Check out what I got in my July Must Have Box! This retails for $39.95/month, or save $10 to $25 by purchasing the 3 or 6 month plan. 

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Inspired by our favorite emoji and summery, retro vibes, this playful box is a splendid companion for your days by the water.

About this box:
Saccharin Hair in the Sun
House of Pom Emoji Cocktail Napkins
Michael Stars Porcelain Skinny Scarf
Pintrill Pineapple Pin
Sunnylife® Inflatable Swan Drink Holder
European Wax Center® Oh My Brow!™ Brow Highlighter in Pearl
Joe Chips Classic Sea Salt Retro Potato Chips

Have you tried the POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What are your thoughts? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you! If you aren't subscribed yet or want more information, click here.

Friday, July 1, 2016

June POPSUGAR Must Have Box

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try. #Sponsored #MustHaveBox

Let me just say, I love getting awesome packages in the mail! The one thing I love the most about subscription boxes is having something to look forward to opening when I get home. The one thing I love about POPSUGAR Must Have Box is that it provides a variety of items and it's not just the same ole same ole thing. I love that I get to test out a variety of items that I may not have otherwise known about or gotten in a different subscription box. I'm really loving the variety for June's month. This was definitely a treat to come home to! This box costs $39 and the box for June alone retailed for over $119 so it really is a great deal! 

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This box contains:
  • Hat Attack Neutral Diamonds-Printed Sarong
  • Sisters of Los Angeles "Cheers" Gold Bottle Opener
  • Wild and Wolf Ridley's Games Room "Who Am I?" Quiz
  • NCLA Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer
  • Knock Knock Are You Ready (For Your Close-Up?) Compact
  • Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes
  • Pressels Sriracha
How cute are these?! 

What do you think of the POPSUGAR Must Have Box for June? Are you subscribed

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

1.       For skin that’s fresh and luminous in all your weekend photos, cleanse your face with Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser for a deep clean and gentle exfoliation. This daily liquid cleanser gives you a deep exfoliating clean without being rough on dry spots. Ideal for combination skin, the oil-free formula contains cleansing ingredients that excavate grime and oil from pores so you end up with skin that’s fresh, silky-soft and luminous. ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers)
2.       Keep skin protected all day long with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sunscreen for Face SPF 40. This SPF uses a new generation of mineral sunscreens for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Our 100% Natural SPF 40 Face Cream uses a new generation of mineral sunscreens for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Infused with youth-promoting antioxidants, botanicals and amino acids, this ultra sheer formula delivers daily protection and nourishment. ($28;
3.       Soothe itchy, irritated skin when your outdoors in an instant with CurĂ©l Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray! Uniquely soothing, this formula delivers a mix of light yet potent hydrators — including a proprietary ceramide complex, allantoin and panthenol — to ease parched, itchy skin right where you need it. The Proprietary Cooling Complex feels soothing like a cold compress, lending you instant relief. ($8.99; Drug and mass merchants)

4.       Ban Roll-On Deodorant covers up embarrassing sweat all day while you’re in the sun! Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind, providing an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness! ($4.99, Drug and Mass Retailers)

5.       Make sure you have smooth, sandal ready feet with Look Beauty! PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask is your non-traditional masque that contains a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable socks. Key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks. ($9.99 for one complete pair; Exclusively at Target Stores in the Foot Care Aisle and
6.       After all your fun in the sun, be sure to keep KORRES Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel close by! This is an ultra-cooling cream-gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. ($26;


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