3 Nov

Beauty Review: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil

I’ve had a bit of a beauty fiasco this week.  In an attempt to do a dramatic ombre effect to my hair, I basically went blonde instead.  (Oops!  This is exactly why I refused to experiment with my hair before the wedding!)  This is the only blonde-haired photo I’m willing to show…

Needless to say, I’ve dyed over the blonde and gone back to my brunette roots (pun intended).  But there’s still a whoooole lot of bleach under all that brown hair.

Fortunately, a good friend (who bleaches her hair a gorgeous blonde, unlike mine) recommended Kendi Oil to keep my newly-damaged locks looking healthy as ever.  And let me tell you… this stuff rocks!

It’s made from bamboo, so not only does it keep your hair soft, silky, and strong, but it’s made from a renewable resource!  I just run a few drops through my hair after a shower and either blow it dry or let it air dry.  By the look and feel of my hair, you would never know that it had all been bleached!

If you’re suffering from an over-processed mane, I’d pick up a bottle of Kendi Oil a.s.a.p.

Have you used Kendi Oil before?  Got another hair treatment you swear by?  Any of you struggling with super-damaged hair?  Share in the comments!

4 Aug

Beauty Review: The Best. Hairspray. Ever.

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this with you ladies yet, but a few months ago, I discovered an awesome everyday-use hairspray!  Introducing: Rusk W8less!

What I love about W8less is that it holds really well (I even used it on a bride’s hair and it held up all night), but you can’t really feel it in the hair.  This is what makes it especially great when you’re wearing your hair down or half-up and you still want it to move around freely.

The other bonus: this stuff smells amazing.  By far the best smelling hairspray I’ve ever used.

Granted, it’s a little more expensive than your run-of-the-mill drugstore stuff, but if you’re a hairspray user, I guarantee you… it’s well worth it!  (If you’re interested, you can pick it up here.)

Have you heard of Rusk W8less?  Have you tried other Rusk products?  Do you use hairspray very often?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

28 Mar

Video Beauty Review: Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips

Have you tried the Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips?  Did they work well for you? What do you like/dislike about them?  (Send photos if you have ’em!)

3 Feb

Beauty Review: Kiss Everlasting French Nails

Fake nails are a fun way to jazz up your look, but if you don’t have the time or the budget to visit a nail salon, there’s always another option.  Check out Kiss Everlasting French Nails:


At-home nail kits aren’t what they once were.  I have distinct memories of wearing nails just like this ten years ago and watching them pop off an hour after I applied them.  But Kiss nails have a super strong glue that will last a week!

Want to see how they look?

Not half bad for an at-home job, huh?  No, they’re not as good as the nails you’d get at a salon, but for $5.99 I wouldn’t expect them to be.

Applying them was super easy and took about 30 minutes from start to finish (and that’s mostly because I filed down the length significantly after I put them on.)

So, if you’re heading to an event or looking for a mood-booster, pick up a pack of Kiss Everlasting French Nails at your local drugstore and enjoy!

Have you tried at-home fake nails before?  Are there any specific brands or styles you’re fond of?  Or do you think this look isn’t too hot?  Let me know in the comments!

And don’t forget: today is the last day to enter the Shutterfly giveaway!

16 Sep

Beauty Review: Maybelline Define-A-Line

One of the requirements for cosmetology school is to come to class with our hair and makeup done everyday.  Understandable, since we’re going into the beauty industry, but still frustrating when all I want to do in the morning is sleep in an extra fifteen minutes.  I’ve been looking for every trick I can find to speed up my morning routine, and I definitely found a helping hand with this great product.

Maybelline Define-A-Line comes in a pencil that twists to expose the actual eyeliner.  It goes on very easily and doesn’t require excessive layers, which saves on time and creates a clean, defined line.

Not into the super-crisp look?  The other end of the pencil has a small sponge for smudging— perfect for those early mornings, when drawing a straight line through bleary eyes is impossible!

And the best part?  This awesome eyeliner is just $4.49!  Try it out and tell me what you think!

Have you ever used Maybelline Define-A-Line?  What did you think of it?  Do you have another favorite eyeliner?  What products do you use when you’re trying to look good in a pinch?  Tell me all about it in the comments!