Obsession of the Week | It’s a 10

On my never-ending quest for silky smooth hair, I’ve found one more product that helps achieve TV commercial-quality hair.  A few weeks ago my friend Chelsea told me about a product that she started using in the hopes of restoring her hair’s healthy shine and sleekness.

So, last time I ventured into Safeway and saw it in the beauty aisle I said to myself, “why not? It’s not like it is going to make my hair look MORE dry.” Well, I’m glad I took the plunge, my hair looks and feels drastically better. So what is this miracle hair product? It’s called “It’s a 10” Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin.

As it turns out, It’s a 10 has lots of products in their hair care lineup. I haven’t tried any of the other items, but I would definitely suggest the leave-in plus keratin. It couldn’t be simpler — spray it all over your hair after a quick towel dry. I’ve been using it every time I wash my hair for the last week or so and I’m definitely loving the change.

I think one of the greatest aspects of this is the product acts as a heat protectant in addition to nourishing your hair, so I’ve been using just one product (not counting the finishing touch of hairspray) instead of layering on creams, mousse, etc to achieve the look I want during styling.

As for where to purchase this (or any of the It’s a 10 line) I’ve seen it at Safeway, CVS, and Peninsula Beauty, therefore I assume it’s available wherever you normally purchase your hair care products. I believe I paid somewhere around $15 for the smaller bottle (4 oz I think).

If you’ve tried any of the It’s a 10 products, let me know what you think and if I should try any of them!!

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Fun Finds | Organix Moroccan Argan Oil & Coconut Oil

Happy Labor Day — hope everyone is enjoying a nice BBQ, sunshine, or at the very least a day off of work! (that’s what I’m enjoying!)

Today I’m bringing you a 2-in-1 Fun Find post and it’s all about hair care. Ladies, we all know that shiny, healthy looking hair is one of our top priorities. Unfortunately most of the time, hair that looks like a Pantene commercial is unachievable. I personally have pretty healthy hair, but as I’ve gotten older it has become a little drier — probably due to the daily wash and blow dry and occasional straighten or curl.

For months now, I’ve been reading hair blogs, pinterest links, etc. about how amazing different oils can be for your hair. So in the last few weeks I’ve purchased Organix Moroccan Argan Oil intensive treatment and coconut oil.  People seem to complain about how expensive coconut oil is, but I lucked out an found a little container of De La Cruz Coconut Oil in my local CVS for about $2 and the Organix treatment was only about $6 on sale.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil

De La Cruz Coconut Oil

Between the two of these products, my hair has been looking fabulous lately. The coconut oil is really intense! If you don’t have extremely dry hair be careful about over doing it — I had to wash my hair 3 times just to get it all out!

Basically my routine has been put coconut oil in my hair about 20 minutes before a shower (only  on the bottom — my scalp isn’t dry) and put it into a clip.  Theoretically you should put your hair in a shower cap and heat it up with a blow dryer to open up the follicles, but I’m not that dedicated in the morning.

Then instead of using the Organix product as a “treatment” that you wash out, I use a dime-sized dollop and use it as a heat-protectant after my shower and before I blow dry. I focus on putting this underneath my hair where I get some wicked ringlets and at the ends, then use the little bit left over on my hands and run it through the rest of my hair.

Clearly I am not a pro-blogger, as I haven’t taken before and after pictures of my hair, but just trust me that it looks much shinier and feels great!

I’d love to hear what all of you lovely readers do to keep your hair in tip-top shape, so please share in the comments section!!

The Product Aisle | Nars Lipgloss

Many months ago I bought a Nars lipgloss based on a video on YouTube featuring Makeup Geek’s Marlena. She had used the shade Belize.

I thought it looked great on her so I went out and bought it. I’m on my third shade now and I’ve got to say Nars is the best lipgloss I’ve ever used. It’s smooth and sheer with just a hint of shine.

Never sticky, never gooey, never clumping, very long-lasting without looking like my lips are dripping with gloss. The shades I’ve used (Belize, Dolce Vita and Stella) have all been great shades that are complimentary to a variety of skin tones.

In the past with other brands I’ve had to combine two colors together to get just the right shade or consistency and I’ve found plenty of combinations I like. But now, with Nars, I just need one swipe per lip and I’m good to go. I love this gloss so much I don’t see any reason to ever wear another lipstick or gloss again.

Pin-spiration

College is over, and I am actively searching for a job.  However, there is a lot of free time in between job apps.

What do I do when I need a break from typing in the same info all day long? I turn to Pinterest, of course!

Unfortunately that means I’m overloaded with decorating and DIY craft ideas for the apartment I don’t have yet.

So, while I daydream of trendy lofts and cutsie studios I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas and get some input from you (my awesome readers) about projects you’ve done to spruce up your digs on a budget.

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest!

Here are four different projects for four different rooms:

for the bathroom…

Ikea spice racks as hair/make-up holders — what a genius way to make up for a lack of counter space (something all apartments tend to struggle with)

for any room…

Painted vases make for great pops of color in a room. Buy cheap vases and give them a fresh re-do with a coat of paint — SOO easy, can’t wait to do this!

for the bedroom….

another super easy project. create an entirely new pillow with just a little bit of fabric with the awesome knot they show on this blog. fantastic way to change the feel of your bed or couch with minimal effort!

for the living room….

striped drapes are a great way to make up for plain apartment walls. this project doesn’t seem too hard — only a few items and a little imagination will turn plain drapes into designer-inspired ones

The Product Aisle | Wen Hair Care

Today, from “The Product Aisle,” I will be reviewing the Wen hair care product line.
Yes, Wen…the stuff in pop up ads and infomercials.  I’m on day four of using this stuff and my hair just keeps getting better and better.
Day 1 – I was leery. First of all working this product into your hair is a lot like trying to work kindergarten paste in. It’s not at all like other shampoos neither in consistency, application, rinsing nor the feel afterward. My hair felt like total crap. I couldn’t get a comb through it and there is no conditioner to help. After I towel dried I was able to get it combed, but still my hair had a texture as if it had been completely stripped of oil. I was about to send the product back, but then I blew my hair dry. I can’t express how beautiful my hair looked that first day and everyday since. It was so smooth (without a flat iron) and shiny. Because I didn’t have to use a flat iron I had body and bounce. The texture balm that came with the package deal was just the right amount of control to shape my hair and hold it in place. I felt like a hair model walking around tossing my hair about.
Day 2 – About the same as day one, but it was slightly easier to use the product in the shower. However, believe it or not the smoothness and shine were actually amplified after blowing it dry.
Day 3 – So much easier to use in the shower and my hair didn’t feel nearly as bad when wet. I think my hair has hit the maximum shine and smoothness because it looks the same as the day before. However I’m starting to wonder how they can market this product to women with curly hair. The way my hair feels and looks before blowing it out is well awful. My normally wavy hair is stringy and lifeless while wet. This is the reason for not saying anything before. Most of us have natural wave/curl we like or need to work with.
Day 4 – Today I remembered the package came with “styling creme.”  I don’t typically put products in my hair pre-blowout so I hadn’t bothered with this product before. The minute I put it in my hair I knew how they could market this stuff to wavy/curly hair. My waves were intensified. They weren’t frizzy, crunchy, hard, sticky….they were soft and bouncy. Before I stepped out in to the rain my hair was AMAZING. But it’s pouring rain here and I don’t use umbrellas so I got a bit wet. Still, my hair looks better than my most controlled pre-Wen days and it’s still soft. Had I gone out in the rain with my normal products I’d be a big crunchy mess.
So there you have it. Wen…who knew? Totally awesome. Does what they claim. No more expensive than my normal products. It is difficult to use (especially at first), but you do get use to it. If you can try it, I say go for it. Your hair will be improved. If nothing else you can toss your flat iron in the trash because you won’t need it.

Guest Blogging | The Product Aisle

hello blog world!!

I have some big news to share with everyone, that I hope you will like….

 

There will be a few new bloggers ’round these parts.  I can’t quite tell you all the deets just yet, but I can give you a little bit of a teaser.

The fabulous Danielle will be contributing to a new category I like to call “The Product Aisle.”

Her posts will be all about hair and make-up product reviews.  Plus, as a hard-working mommy, all the products she will review will be within reach for any girl on a budget looking for those perfect products!

Welcome, Danielle! (and the crowd goes wild….)

Everyone, stay tuned for future guest blogging information, meganeilers.wordpress.com has big plans coming soon!

If YOU are interested in contributing to the site, please feel free to let me know in the comments section.

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