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I’m super excited to share with you a few products from a company that I’ve been loving lately.  Have you ever heard of Grace Eleyae?  If you’re a curly haired gal and you haven’t heard of this brand before, I definitely suggest checking it out.  I’ve used various hair bonnets and satin products over the years, but the ones I have tried from Grace Eleyae are now my favorites to protect my curly hair with.

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As I mentioned previously, I have used various satin lined or satin caps and other products to help protect my curly hair, but recently was introduced to Grace Eleyae.  Said to be the “Home of the original satin lined cap”, the Slap (Satin-Lined Cap) was created to help fight dry hair, bedhead and time-sucking/inefficient hair processes.

Grace’s goal is to provide women with confidence by offering these solutions for the busy multi-taskers who want to look and feel confident while investing in being their best, most beautiful selves.

Why satin?

Whether you have curly hair or straight hair, long or short, healthy hair needs adequate moisture.  Satin is a material that does not absorb moisture like cotton or other types of fabrics.  Satin allows your hair and skin do basically do what it was created to do – produce it’s own protective moisture to keep itself healthy and strong.

Using satin protects your hair from the moisture absorbing materials and also helps to protect against harsh weather and conditions – sunlight, snow, dry heat, freezing winds, hair dye, heat from straighteners and blow driers.  Basically, anything and everything that can dry your hair out.

Using satin can help to keep your hair moisturized (skin too) while limiting breakage and combating frizz.  I especially love that it helps to prolong my hair style (more time in between washes) and it preserves my curls so that my hair looks shinier, healthier and I have a lot less tangles.  Satin allows your hair to repair itself, so whatever oils or deep conditioning you use, your hair can truly fully absorb the healing properties to it’s fullest ability.

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I’ve been using the Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined cap, satin pillowcase and satin scrunchies for the last few months now.  Each of these products have been essential in keeping my hair looking fresh while also preserving all of my curls and eliminating frizz.  They are essential in my nightly sleep routine and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Because of Grace Eleyae products, my hair feels softer and I love that I have less tangles.  Since my hair is so long (passed my buttocks), I use the scrunchie to pull my hair up in a pineapple. Then I use the Slap to protect it.  Since I move around a lot in bed, I sleep on the satin pillowcase to help eliminate frizz.  My skin also loves the satin pillow and I love that it’s cool and comfy to sleep on as well.

“My hair feels and looks so healthy now that I’ve been using Grace Eleyae Satin products.  It’s definitely a game changer.” 

Satin-lined cap (slap) – retail:  $20.96

Satin pillowcase, Full/Queen size – retail:  $28.96

Satin scrunchie – retail: $5.59

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I highly suggest trying out Grace Eleyae products to protect your hair.  They offer fashionable pieces that you can use while out and about or during the night to protect your hair styles.  I’m loving them, and I think you’ll definitely enjoy them too.

Interested in checking them out for yourself?  Stop by their website and see their entire collection of satin products:  https://www.graceeleyae.com/


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If there is one thing I absolutely love when it comes to brands and products, it’s when a brand I have used for years bring something new to the table.  BioSilk is a brand I’ve used for over 20 years, first being introduced to them in 1996.  The original Silk Therapy was recommended to me when I was in high school and needed to tame and moisturize my crazy curly hair.  Now, years later, I was given the opportunity to try out the BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil.   And, today – I am sharing all of my thoughts on these products with all of you.

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BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil:  Just like the BioSilk Silk Therapy, the Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil is a Leave-In treatment that can be used for both hair and skin.  BioSilk says that this light-weight leave-in treatment offers superior moisture replenishment while fortifying weak strands.  It helps to control frizz and flyaways while preventing split ends for smooth results with incredible  shine.  For the skin, it can be used as a light moisturizing oil to relieve dry skin leaving it soft and smooth with a subtle glow.

After using this product for several weeks, I have absolutely been loving it as much as I love the original.  If you have ever tried the BioSilk Silk Therapy products, you will know exactly how they feel.  They have slip like regular oils but they leave your hair feeling moisturized without the heavy oily feel.  The Silk Therapy with organic coconut oil soaks into the skin and leaves it soft and definitely moisturized.  My hair just drinks it up and I love it.

Retail:  $26.80 (5.64 oz)

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Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil 3-in-1:  I am not one to gravitate to a 3-in-1 (shampoo, conditioner and bodywash), but I think they are definitely something perfect for travel or for those that don’t want all the product clutter.  This versatile and gentle cleanser not only removes the impurities from the body and hair, but it adds essential moisture to the hair and skin.  This 3-in-1 conditions while providing balanced care for the hair and skin and I love that it also helps to maintain and preserve your hair color.  Hair and skin is left soft, smooth and nourished.

A 3-in-1 is definitely a time saver and so far I’ve been enjoying this product.  It leaves my hair feeling soft and my body too.

Retail:  $10.40 (5.64 oz)

As I mentioned before, I love when a brand re-invents or does something different to their products and it works.  Adding organic coconut oil definitely added great benefits to their original products and I’ve been absolutely loving them.  Honestly, these products can be a bit costly, but I think they offer such a great range of solutions for all hair types and it’s worth checking it out soon.

Have you had the chance to try out this new Organic Coconut Oil line from BioSilk?  If not, have you tried the original Silk Therapy line and if you have, what do you think?

You can purchase these products at:  https://biosilk.com

 

 

 

 


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About two months ago I received a fun package in the mail.  In the package was the Sleep Styler in Large.  Let’s just say I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try it out.  She Sleep Styler was featured and backed by Lori Greiner from ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank.  Now, I watch Shark Tank so you can only imagine how gitty I was to try another product from Shark Tank once again.  What made me more excited to try this out, is that I actually watched this episode of Shark Tank when The Sleep Styler was featured and I was definitely swooning over the product before it landed at my door step.

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The Sleep Styler was invented by Tara Brown.  As a mother who also worked, her goal was to be able to cut down the drying time and styling time for her hair so her routine wouldn’t be as lengthy.  The Sleep Styler curls your hair while you sleep and helps to save an hour of styling time.  You can achieve beautiful styles with effortless work and it’s perfect for heat free styling.  Each roller is marshmallow soft with a  memory-foam core that makes it comfortable to sleep in and each microfiber material holds 4-5 times its weight in water, drying the hair super fast.

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If you’ve been reading my blog or stopping by now and then, you know that I have naturally curly hair.  My curl pattern ranges between a 2c 3a and on a good day, 3a 3b if I have been caring for my hair properly.  It’s taken me a while to get my hair back to where I want it and I’ve finally embraced my curls, but that also means that I try to use as little heat on my hair as possible.  I really became excited about this product when I find out that it was a hair styling system that not only saves time and money, but it doesn’t cause any damage to the hair.

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Using this product means that I truly need to take my time learning how to use it.  The first time I used it, I tried to take my curls and make them straight.  My hair at the time was past my buttocks in length and it was near to impossible to get all of my hair onto two of the rollers (stacked on each other).  I had parts of my hair (my lengths) that looked straight, while other parts still had curl and frizz.

After trying that and knowing that I just couldn’t make it work with my long hair, I figured I would test out the curly method.  Large barrel and voluminous curls are great for that glam and beachy look so I figured I would test it out and see how it worked for me.

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It was interesting and you can see me put on the rollers in this video demo here.  

Putting the Sleep Styler in my long hair was a challenge, but I love that the product itself is lightweight.  The rollers are really soft and while I struggled to sleep with it the first time I used it to curl my hair, I tried it again and it worked well (so long as I didn’t use my CPAP mask).  I also cut off about 7 inches from my hair last week and found it to be much easier than when I tried to curl my hair with it originally.

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My curls directly after removing The Sleep Styler from my hair.

As you can see from the photo above, it left my curls quite smooth and larger in size from my smaller and tighter natural curls.  I loved that it locked in the fragrance I had on my hair from shampoo and conditioner and my hair was left shiny and had a lot less frizz.  The Sleep Styler’s 100% micro fiber materials absorbed the moisture in my hair while remaining dry to the touch and it is perfect for bombshell curls that are voluminous and full.

My natural curls

 

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My curls after using the Sleep Styler overnight

While the longer rollers are meant for long hair, I did notice that it still left the hair near the crown of my head a bit bare.  I used one and a half packages of rollers on my hair but felt like I could have used it differently or used some of the small rollers on the top of my head for maximum coverage.

Overall, I think the product is genius.  I have been using it on nights when I just don’t have the time to let my hair sit and dry naturally.  It’s been awesome just for drying my hair, but it also works really nicely to help smooth out my hair length so it’s not as frizzy.  When I want an easy style without the fuss, I will use this to help with a no mess, no heat look.  I’ve been using this product now for about two months (the video demo was filmed about 3 weeks ago) and have found what works and what doesn’t.  Of course, I can’t use my CPAP mask on nights I have the Sleep Styler in, but I find that I can still get lots of use out of this product and I’ve been enjoying it so far.  I think my nieces would love this as well as my sisters and it’s perfect for those who are always on the go.

Head on over to my demo here or check out the video embedded for a look at how I put on this product to create curls for the first time.  Plus, I get real with all of you as we chit chat about how it worked for me.

You can check out all the details on this product and purchase your own at https://www.thesleepstyler.com

Have you checked out or tried the Sleep Styler before?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If not, do you think this may be something you’ll sneak a peak at?


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Happy Aloha Friday.  I figured that I would stop in today and share with you some info on a product I’ve been using over the last month.  I don’t use heat on my hair often, well – honestly, it’s a rare occasion.  But, I have been showering late at night lately since my schedule has me out later in the day and to keep from going to bed with wet hair, I have been using a dryer to help a sistah out a bit.  Today, I’m going to be sharing with you the Conair Infiniti Pro 584NP-6 Hair Dryer, so let’s get started, shall we?

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The Infinity PRO by Conair comes with Conair’s lightest weight professional AC motor.  Retailing for just $59.99, it is a 1875 Watt hair dryer that offers you 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings for the perfect control over styling  your hair.  Ceramic technology provides infrared heat to protect your hair from heat damage and a true cold shot button to provide you with a burst of cold when you  need it.  With concentrator and diffuser attachments and a removable filter so you have all the tools on hand for your favorite hair styles and to dry your hair.

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The hair dryer is quite lightweight and has been comfortable for me to hold in my hands, even with my carpal tunnel syndrome.  I also have very long hair and love that my hands, arms and wrists don’t feel like they just had a workout after using the dryer.  With it’s Ionic Technology – you will get up to 75% less frizz (compared to hair dryers with  natural ion generation) and I love that it dryers my hair quickly, without causing my hair to feel dry or brittle.

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The Infinity PRO by Conair is definitely powerful considering the weight of the dryer.  My hair is long (as I mentioned previously), but below my waist, so drying my curly hair can be a pain in my behind.  With this dryer I find that I am able to dry my hair quickly which is wonderful.  Besides the Ionic Technology, the Infinity PRO also has Ceramic Technology to provide infrared heat to help protect your hair from heat damage.  Since I have curls, I want to be able to dry my hair without the added frizz and without the damage, especially since my hair is so long.  This dryer has definitely been a great addition to my hair game.

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So – now that I gave you a bunch of the details on what it does to my hair and how it works, let’s talk about the gorgeous look of this hair dryer.  The beautiful champagne color with rose gold accents makes a great addition to any beauty lovers vanity.  I am loving how this looks and I was beyond impressed with the packaging overall.  It’s also very durable considering how lightweight the dryer is.  I have dropped this on my tile flooring at least 5 different times and it’s held up extremely well without breaking.  Of course, I don’t suggest you doing that.

“Lightweight yet powerful, perfect for precision styling.”

While I’m not big on using heat on my hair often, when I do, I always want to make sure I’m using something that will not add any additional stress to my hair.  Living in Hawaii in general already takes a toll on my hair because of the humidity and warmth, not to mention the fact that my hair is curly and long – all things that contribute to my hair being so finicky.  A good styling tool is always a great thing to have in my beauty arsenal.  Considering the cost of this dryer and how it easy it is to use and how it works, I definitely would recommend it to anyone.   This dryer is definitely a spring and summer beauty hack – leaving you with dry and styled hair in shorter drying time.  I definitely suggest anyone checking it out.

You can purchase this product and learn more about here.

So what about you?  Can you see adding this hair dryer to your hair routine?

Signature Honey


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I am so excited that it’s getting warmer here in Hawaii.  Well, don’t get me wrong… Winter is still my favorite time of year, but summer in Hawaii is like spending the season at the beach, literally.  Because of the beautiful weather most of the spring and summer season, my family and I tend to hit the sand and the waves quite often between April and August.  But, being “beach ready” isn’t no easy task.  While many stress that a beach body is essential, for me, I like to make sure I got everything I need to feel good while enjoying myself.  The last thing I want while sun bathing on the sand is to have my body hair stealing the show from me.  So, getting beach ready for me means getting rid of the hair.  Have you ever shaved the day before stepping into the ocean?  Ouch!!  It’s painful and burns so usually I have to make sure that I shave days before hitting the sand.  But, with Emjoi’s Epi Slim+ e18, I don’t have to worry about any of that.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Emjoi epilators this year because they have made things so convenient for me.  While I did have IPL hair removal on my legs several years ago, I still have strays and I still have underarm hair that grows.  The use of an epilator allows me to quickly and effectively remove my hair from my body (or my face) with little to no discomfort.  I love that Emjoi literally has an epilation model for each and every woman’s needs and expectations.

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The Epi Slim+ e18 (retails for $34.95) is a perfect on-the-go device.  It’s ultra portable and compact, which makes it easy for me to reach areas like my underarm and bikini line (my most sensitive spots).  The results can last up to 6 weeks time, I find I’m using it every 3 weeks (but my hair grows fast) and I think it’s great that it can remove that unwanted hair as short as 0.3mm from the root.  With 18 patented 3-disc tweezers that remove the hair quickly and efficiently – leaving me without the hair and skin irritation.

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The Epi Slim+ e18 is battery operated which makes using it very easy.  I have an Emjoi that requires a plug in and this way – I can reach all my “hard to reach” areas without a cord tripping me up.  With built-in Erase Glide Technology to glide your device back and forth or circular over your hair to leave you with smooth, hair free skin in a matter of just seconds.

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The disc of the unit opens at an optimal 14mm and operates at 540 strokes per second so that these tweezers eliminate the majority of hair at the first pass and by lifting the hair and removing it quickly.  It’s such a convenient little device because it allows me to remove my hair so easily.  Honestly, I have never tried an epilator till this past year and I don’t know why it took me so long.  My underarms would get so irritated from shaving and with the epilator, now I don’t have to worry about irritations because there are no razor cuts or burns.

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Like I stated before, going into the ocean after shaving your legs can really burn your legs or leave them itchy.  But I can use my Epi Slim+ e18 by Emjoi the day before or the day of and I won’t have any issues.  My skin is smooth and hair removal is a breeze.  I’m really enjoying this product and have already taken it on a short trip with me.  It’s so convenient and worth every penny.

Emjoi was presented the Customer Choice Award from QVC, year after year.

You can learn more about the Epi Slim+ e18 and other Emjoi products at: www.emjoi.com

How about you?  Have you tried an epilator before?  Have you tried this one from Emjoi?  What are your thoughts and how do you like it?

Signature Honey

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With news articles and stories all over the internet, I’m sure you’ve heard the words:  “Sea Buckthorn berry” before, I know I have and over the last few months, it’s become quite popular.  Dr. Oz calls it the “Miracle Berry” and others rave about how it’s a power-packed super fruit that should be on everyone’s radar.  So – what is this berry and why is it becoming so popular?  Today, I’m going to share with you some sea buckthorn products from SeabuckWonders and hopefully I can share with you a little more on this product so you are armed with some information.

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The sea buckthorn berry has over 190 phytonutrients and fatty acids (ALL the omegas: 3, 6, 9 and the rae Omega-7) that help to protect against many diseases (including breast cancer), but it also provides soothing relief to many.  Many breast cancer patients use sea buckthorn products to reduce the negative effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments and there are a variety of different uses for this berry in general.  For those that are looking for an improvement in your skin – sea buckthorn if filled with antioxidants, vitamins A, E and beta-carotene.  With a treasure chest of nutrients, sea buckthorn has been a secret beauty aid in Eastern Asia for over a 1000 years to provide the lasting and necessary benefits for ever-lasting beauty.

Seabuck thorn berry oil is not only high in Omega-7 which helps to moisturize the cell membranes, but the anti-inflammatory properties can have a hugely positive effect on blood levels.  I was especially intrigued by this particular miracle berry because of the recent health issues I’ve been experiencing and sea buckthorn berry is known to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels while reducing  inflammation, dry-eye symptoms, vaginal dryness and dry skin conditions.  It can also assist in hydrating the digestive tract and internal organs and I love that it’s great for the skin and nails – which for me take a beating during the colder months.

So – now that I’ve given you a little information on this miracle berry – I’m going to share with you a brand and their products that I’ve been using over the course of the last few months.  I’m excited to share these with you because I love products that are affordable and easy to attain.

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SeabuckWonders is the first company that brought Sea Buckthorn products to the United States.  The sea buckthorn berries that they harvest are exclusively harvested from the prestine Tibetan region where high altitude and harsh environment have equipped the sea buckthorn with extraordinary biodefense mechanisms with numerous life-giving nutrients such as the rare Omega-7.  The SeabuckWonders 100% pure Sea Buckthorn oil contains up to 30-35% Omega-7, the highest concentration known in the natural world, that provides the best results possible.  All of SeabuckWonders products are made of 100% Pure, USDA Certified Organice Sea Buckthorn Oil, are Kosher Certified and are also Non-GMO Project Verfied and Gluten Free.

I tried four products from the line and have my eyes set on a few others that are on my wishlist to pick up.  The first I’m going to talk to you about is the Ultimate Hair, Skin and Nails Supplement ($34.97 – 60 vegan softgels / 500 mg each).  This supplement helps you to go below the hair, skin and nails to the root of any problems.  By combining biotin with the cell membrane nurturing properties of sea buckthorn oil, the blend offers the best support for strength and beauty.  As I mentioned previously, winter takes a toll on my body (especially my hair, skin and nails) and I make it a point to take a daily supplement to help with this.  The SeabuckWonders Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails supplement (with Omega-7 and Biotin) have helped to keep my hair stronger than usual while keeping my scalp moisturized so I don’t experience dry, itchy or flakiness.  I noticed after about 2 weeks of taking this supplement that my nails grew faster (my nails naturally are long and grow, but they are at their strongest during the summer months and tend to be brittle during winter).  They not only were growing faster but also stronger without treatment of my cuticles.  My skin is not as dry as it usually is during the winter which to me is probably the biggest plus to see.  Normally – my skin is so dry I am lathering layers of moisturizer to combat my Eczema.  This is the first winter in a long time since I’ve experienced an Eczema flare up thanks to my skin being so hydrated.

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  •  Cell membrane nurturing Omega-7
  •  5000 mcg of Biotin
  •  Vegan
  •  Gluten Free
  •  Available in 60 vegan softgels/500 mg each

This is the first winter in a long time since I’ve experienced an Eczema flare up thanks to my skin being so hydrated.

The SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser ($16.97 – 4 fl.oz / 120 mL) has also been a welcoming part of my skin care routine.  During the winter my skin is so dry that I often layer on different types of moisturizing products but it can also cause my skin to look and feel dull while also causing me to breakout.  This exfoliating facial cleanser has been awesome to use the last several months because it not only deep cleans my skin but boosts my skin’s vibrancy.  It’s gentle and doesn’t strip my skin of it’s natural oils (which I definitely need) but still exfoliates my skin, leaving it smooth and clearing up my complexion.  This is a facial cleanser that is ideal for all skin types because of it’s nutritional properties and leaves my skin feeling clean, balanced and just awesome.

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  • Enhances skin tone & texture
  • Gently exfoliates & detoxifies
  • Made with certified organic Sea Buckthorn
  • Vegan; Non-GMO
  • Paraben-free; Leaping Bunny Cruelty-free
  • Dairy-free, Wheat-free and Gluten-free
  • Naturally scented with essential orange oil
  • pH-balanced for all skin types

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Vegetable Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Coco Glucoside, Carrageenan, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Phenylethyl Alcohol, Sodium Phytate.

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The SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream ($19.97 – 1 fl.oz. / 30mL) has also been a great addition to my skin care regimen.  This product includes all the great ingredients that the others do like the Omegas (including Omega-7) and packs a lot of moisture for my dry skin while still keeping my skin in balance.  Absolutely lightweight and applies like a breeze, my skin drinks this facial cream up and stays moisturized and rejuvenated all day long.  This facial cream helps to minimize my fine lines while smoothing and softening my complexion.  I also enjoy the added benefit of it protecting my skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environmental pollutants.

  • Moisturizes and rejuvenates
  • Supports skin cell functions
  • Protects against visible signs of UV-induced stress
  • Enhances skin tone and texture
  • Made with certified organic Sea Buckthorn
  • Vegan & Non-GMO
  • Paraben free & Leaping Bunny Project Certified Cruelty-free
  • Dairy-free, Wheat-free & Gluten-free
  • Naturally scented with essential orange oil
  • For all skin types
  • 1 fl. oz. (30ml)

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Shea Butter, Essential Herbal Blend (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Cornflower Extract, Roman Chamomilla Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Essential Orange Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Pro-Vitamin B-5, Allantoin, Vitamin E, Ethylhexylglycerin.

SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion ($14.97 – 6 fl.oz. / 180 mL) was also a hit for me.  It was awarded the Delicious Living Beauty & Body Award in 2013 and I can definitely see why.  Filled with a potent infusion of Omega 3, 6, 9 and the powerful skin-healing Omega 7, SeabuckWonders Body Lotion provides nourishment with age-defying properties for soft and healthy skin.  I think this product will easily be a favorite of mine for years to come, especially during the winter.  It’s intensely moisturizing without feeling oily/greasy or sticky.  When applied to the skin, it soaks right in while leaving my skin and body feeling touchable soft.  With a high concentration of sea buckthorn oil, this lotion allows for superior moisture retention while protecting the skin from various signs of aging and effects of exposure to the sun.  My knees, elbows and feel LOVE this lotion and I love the light orange scent.  It’s amazing!

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  • Moisturizes and protects
  • Supports skin cell functions
  • Protects against visible signs of UV-induced stress
  • Made with certified organic Sea Buckthorn
  • Vegan; Non-GMO
  • Paraben-free; Leaping Bunny Cruelty-free
  • Dairy-free, Wheat-free and Gluten-free
  • Naturally scented with essential orange oil
  • For all skin types
  • 6 fl. oz. (180ml)

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Essential Herbal Blend (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Cornflower Extract, Roman Chamomilla Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Essential Orange Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Pro-Vitamin B-5, Ethylhexylglycerin, Vitamin E.

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I have my eyes set on a few other products to try from SeabuckWonders, especially the supplements.   As I mentioned previously, I have been dealing with a plethora of health ailments, so adding some new supplements to my regiment will surely help.  I’m beyond impressed with the products I’ve tried so far and I am definitely interested in picking up and ordering more that SeabuckWonders offers.

Like I mentioned previously, each product is reasonably priced – in fact, it’s quite affordable when you think of the benefits.  SeabuckWonders products were the first I’ve tried with Sea Buckthorn Oil and my experiencing has definitely been a positive one.  I know this was a lengthy review/feature, but I wanted to make sure you had as much information as possible to be able to make a decision on whether or not you wanted to try these.  As I say with anything I talk about here, my experience with one product may be different from those that you may have.  It’s important to make an informed decision before trying anything obviously, but I love sharing products I’ve been enjoying.

You can purchase these products or learn more about SeabuckWonders at: http://www.seabuckwonders.com/

So how about you?  Have you heard of Sea buckthorn oil or berries before and have you used it or products that include it?  What are your thoughts on this “supposed” miracle berry?

Signature Honey

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Ah, Hair Care is probably one of those holiday gifts that you don’t expect under the tree.  Let’s face it – hair care really has to do with an individual personal taste, hair texture and overall likes.  But, it’s always a fun thing to receive – especially if you’re not born with luscious locks and love trying new products.  I’m always thankful to get new hair care under my Christmas tree because I go through hair products like I drink water.  This holiday gift guide of hair care goodies is the perfect solution for that holiday stocking stuffer or something fun for your loved one that’s a complete  hair addict.  Good hair day, anyone?

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Styling, Nourishment and Overall Hair Care – Macadamia Professional Hair Care has long been one of my favorite hair care lines.  I remember using the brand years ago because I was taking the steps to enhance my natural curls and embrace them.  You can find Macadamia Professional Hair products at many retailers now a day – vs only at the Salon which makes it such a convenience.  Some of my favorite hair products come from the Nourishing Moisture and Natural Oil lines.  If you are looking for a great masque, I highly suggest checking out one from either of those selections.

Price:  $20 +

Available at: http://macadamiahair.com or at select retailers that carry the brand.  If you are purchasing for the Macadamia Hair Website on Cyber Monday – take advantage of CODE:  GIFT25 to get 25% off all Macadamia Professional Products.

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Hair Treatment For Daily Use – Marula Light Hair Treatment & Styling Oil is one of my favorite hair care products and brands.  It’s no secret that I’m a lover of oil for everything – face, skin and nails and body.  But, since my hair can drink up moisture consistently, I’m always looking for a product that I can use daily without worrying that it will cause my hair to be greasy.  Marula’s hair products are favorites of mine and while they cost a pretty penny – they are luxe treatment for my long locks.  The Light Hair Treatment and Styling Oil is a favorite because it offers my hair gorgeous shine, helps fight frizz and leaves my hair feeling soft and looking great.

Price:  $46.00 (90mL/3 fl.oz.)

Available at:  http://marula.com

** If purchasing on Cyber Monday, get 30% off all products site wide.

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Moisturizing Hair CareAlba Botanica  Drink It Up Coconut Milk Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioning Mist:  Get your hair over the summer hump and help rinse out the chlorine, salt water and help with sun exposure.  Alba Botanica Drink It Up Coconut Milk line is perfect to hydrate and nourish those locks back to life and get rid of brittle and dry hair.  The Coconut Milk Collection transforms your hair leaving it soft and silky while still maintaining its lightness and bounce.  All products are pH balanced and contain 100% vegetarian ingredients, are made without animal testing, artificial colors, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium myreth sulfate.

Price:  Shampoo / Conditioner – $10.50, Leave-In Conditioning Mist – $8.99

Available at: Target.com or Target Stores

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Repair and Moisture for Dry Hair – Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Mask and Arvazallia Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment:  When my hair needs love, especially during the colder and winter months, Arvazallia is the brand I turn to.  I have been using Arvazallia products now for over 3 years and have raved about it here on Honeygirlsworld.com on more than one occasion.  The Hydrating Argan Oil Mask is by far one of my favorites to help restore my hair, adding shine and hydrating my hair after the summer months.  These products literally help repair and strengthen my hair and they smell great.  The mask is especially perfect for anyone with thin hair like I have, it doesn’t weigh your hair down.

Price:  $16.99 (mask) and $18.99 (hair oil treatment)

Available at:  http://arvazallia.com

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Nourishing Hair Care – HASK Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Oil and Mask.  It’s no secret that HASK is one of my favorite hair care lines found at the drugstore.  The line is affordable and I have tried almost all of the products they have for sale, but the Monoi Coconut Oil line is quite possibly my favorite.  The Nourishing Conditioner works wonders for me with co-washing my locks and when I need a good clean, the shampoo is definitely the one I enjoy because it cleans my hair well without stripping all of its natural moisture.

Price:  $4.00 – $8.00 (depending on the location) for Shampoo & Conditioner, $2.00 – $4.00 (depending on location) for the Hair Oil and Mask

Available at:  http://haskbeauty.com/ or select retailers like:  Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS.

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Affordable Hair Care for All Budgets – OGX Hair Care Lines:  Oh, I’m a huge fan of OGX and consider them a brand worth checking out at the Drugstore.  With product lines to suit every single hair concern, you can easily find something you’ll enjoy.  My favorite line from OGX is the Quenching Coconut Curls line because it truly helps to quench my hair, leaving it soft and hydrated, while enhancing my natural curls.  But, I have tried over 15 products from OGX, many of them of which are favorites.  OGX is a line that offers a variety to choose from:  Bamboo Fiber for Full Hair,  O2 to boost your hairs vitamins and minerals, Niacin & Caffeine, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, B5, Coconut Curls, Tsubaki Blossom, Cherry Blossom, Eucalyptus Mint, Brazilian Keratin, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Sea Mineral Moisture, Kukui Oil, Lemon Highlights, Biotin & Collagen, Keratin Oil, Macadamia Oil, Awapuhi Ginger and Teatree Mint.  There is a HUGe selection of different products available for your hair and hair type.

Price:  $5.00 – 8.00 depending on location.

Available at:  http://ogxbeauty.com, Ulta Beauty, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and select retailers.

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Easy Hair StylingCharlie Curls:  I’m all about simplicity when it comes to hair, especially since my natural hair is curly.  Recently I came across a cool product that I thought anyone could enjoy – long hair, medium length hair, you name it.  Developed by Kris and her daughter Ciera – CharlieCurls is a one-piece hair curler that takes 30 seconds to put in.  Simply bend over, roll it up and forget it.  Leave it in for a few hours to see beautiful waves or all night for impressive curls.  There is no heat or tedious hair rollers required that take forever and these are so easy to sleep on too.

Price:  $24.99

Available at: https://charliecurls.com/

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Hair Care for your Fur Baby – Isle of the Dogs CocoClean Natural Xtra Clean Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner:  I know this may not be a traditional product to list in a gift guide.  But, I didn’t say this guide was specifically just for humans.  If you put presents under the tree for your fur baby like we do, I think these products would be a great hit.  Ikaika is our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and he is part of our family.  He is not a fan of taking a bath, but absolutely loves CocoClean products.  First of all – these products smell great so we as a family enjoy them and second, these products leave Ikaika’s coat feeling so soft and manageable.  Since Ikaika has long hair, it’s important that we keep his tangles at bay and these products not only keep him smelling great, but leave his hair so soft which makes brushing a breeze.  If you are looking for something new to gift your furry friend this holiday – I definitely suggest checking out this line, it’s awesome.

Price:  $8.99 – $10.99

Available at:  https://iodogs.com/collections/cococlean

Looking for more ideas for your holiday shopping?  Be sure to check out the following links for my guides and inspiration: (this list will be updated periodically as new guides become available)

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So, what about you?  Are you hoping to get some hair care products under your Christmas tree this year?  Have you tried anything from my list of Holiday treats?  Comment below and let me know what you think.

Happy Holidays! xo

Signature Honey


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When it comes to wearing my curly hair down, I tend to go the easy route, easy peesy and as little work and effort as possible.  Let’s face it, I have really long hair so my arms enjoy the freedom of allowing my hair to air dry if at all possible.  The problem with air drying (especially during the Fall and Winter months) is that it can take literally ALL DAY LONG if my hair is left to dry naturally.  I’m not about that life, seriously – who’s got time to wait around for your hair to dry.  Since I don’t use heat on my hair most of the year – I try to keep it to a minimum during the colder months – but I also rely on products that work and that I can trust.  The Dura CHI Hand Shot Hair Dryer has been my new best friend, or shall I say my Curly Hair’s new companion lately.  It allows me to dry or style my hair easily without the fuss and today I’m going to share this interesting and fun product with you.

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The Dura CHI Hand Shot Hair Dryer was launched this year (2016) in August.  I have had this product in my possession now for a few months and have been giving it a good run for trial and error.  This tool helps and aids in  time constraints of hair styling by providing efficiency and comfort through its cutting-edge design, even allowing for hand-free use.  Since there is no conventional dryer handle, the hand shot dryer allows for consistent control over the dryer to produce a multitude of styling techniques with ease.

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The Dura CHI Hand Shot Dryer helps to cater to all hair types since the dryer also features a state of the art, touch sensitive control screen that offer numerous head and speed setting combinations to deliver optimal results.

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Key Features of this unit include:

  • Hands-free drying stand enables the dryer to stand alone on a flat surface.
  • Handle free design for a more balanced and efficient drying angle that allows for the wrist to sit in a more comfortable place.
  • Touch-Sensitive Screen that regulates temperature and speed levels.
  • 1875 Watts of power that allows for consistent heat from ceramic heat technology.
  • Non-slip, soft touch grip that provides optimal control and molded finger groves for added comfort and support.

Retail:  $144.99

Unit includes:  The Hair Dryer, Blow Drying Attachment and Diffusing Attachment.

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So – with a hefty price tag, you must be wondering what my thoughts are overall on the product.  There’s the thing – I really like it.  I have several diffusers and a blow dryer that literally just died on me and since my hair is soooo long, my arms and wrists get tired quickly with a traditional hair dryer or diffuser.  I’m not saying that my arms didn’t get tired while using Dura CHI, let’s be real here… if you had to dry my hair (which is past my buttocks), your arms would be tired too.  But as someone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel syndrome, I found that I was able to adjust how I hold the unit to accommodate for the achy pain in my wrist.  You can’t do that easily with other dryers because holding anywhere other than the traditional handle will literally burn your hands.

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I absolutely love the fact that this dryer has a hands-free drying stand which helps with the drying process of my hair as well.  I can literally sit the dryer up on a flat surface and just let it dry on it’s own without using it.  It dries my  hair quickly, consistently all around and I LOVE how it feels in my hands when I’m diffusing my hair.  It may not seem traditional to many – but having long hair and being able to grab the length of the blow dryer to diffuse the lengths of my hair, is much easier with this unit.

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The unit itself is heavy – so if you are accustomed to a light weight blow dryer, you may not like this particular one.  I find that it is not heavy for me because it allows me to control how I use the product fairly easily.  It offers balance when diffusing the lengths of my hair and again – holding this while catching my entire hair hasn’t been a struggle.  If you are a hair dresser and  do blow outs, the ease of use of this unit may be something you’d like – because blow drying someone else’s hair for me was really comfortable and easy to control.

With a touch sensitive control dial and LED lights display to help provide you with an easily adjustable temperature and speed levels with a single touch – the Dura CHI offers you great ease of use.  You can adjust the temperature settings using the right control panel and change the temperature range from Cool to Hot.  There is also a screen locking feature.  Lock the screen during use to prevent accidental temperature or speed changes by pressing the Lock button on the unit.

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The price of this unit is a bit on the high side, but you are paying for a brand name that offers quality products, while getting all the cool features that this dryer provides – soft touch grip handle for non-slip control, ceramic heater 1875 watts of power and a touch sensitive screen.  With my curly hair – I am very particular with the tools I use on my hair – mainly because it has taken me years to get my hair to the state it is and it’s a work in process consistently.  So, I really wanted a product that offers awesome technology, ease of use and that would still work for my hair.  the Dura CHI has offered all of those things and I’ve been enjoying it.

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I’ve used my fair share of hair tools on my hair over the years and I have to say – I’m totally crushin on this one.  Yes, again – it’s costly, but after years of throwing my hair around like it was some unused toy – I realized that I really needed to invest in some good things to keep it looking great.  If are looking for a little help in blow drying or styling your hair and find the traditional blow dryers a little uncomfortable to hold as I did, you may really like this one from CHI – I do!

You can purchase this unit at: https://www.loxabeauty.com/chi-dura-chi-handshot-dryer or http://www.farouk.com/

What about you, do you think this hand shot dryer is worth checking out?  Have you tried anything like this before and if so, what are your thoughts?

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Today I’m gonna start my blog post off with a little story, so grab you something to drink, sit tight and read on.  As a child, I absolutely hated my hair, among other things that most girls are not very happy with on their bodies.  I developed my woman parts earlier than most so they stuck out and I had to use a bra before other girls did, my hair was difficult to manage and to top it all off – I came from a family that lived paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet.  Growing up was a challenge, as it is for most girls – but for me, I not only dealt with bullying, but I had to fight for my right to be who I am.  I later realized that I needed to truly love myself in order for others to see who I was and that bullying (while wrong and a terrible thing for anyone to go through), happens more times than not.  My story (the very short version of it) was shared with you today because it offers me a connection between my life and that of Vanessa’s Essence.  This natural and organic hair care line was was developed by a mother who reacted to her child Vanessa’s experience of being bullied and she was inspired to do something positive for other girls.  The gap in availability of natural hair care products for girls can be a challenge to find and the companies goal is to not only encourage young girls to love themselves and be who they are naturally, but to also stop the bullying by starting conversations that raise awareness of the serious consequences of bullying.  Today – I share with you Vanessa’s Essence.

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Vanessa’s Essence is a hair care line that offers a variety of products that are geared to help young girls with wavy, curly, coily and afro-textured hair and assist them in understanding their hair and loving what they were given naturally.  Vanessa’s Essence worked with experts to develop a special line of natural hair care products just for girls.  The finest natural and organic ingredients were formulated to create products that work best for thick, curly, coily, kinky and wavy hair.  The products are compliant with US Food and Drug Administration Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards and come with nourishing ingredients that you and your hair will love.

Ingredients like: Organic Coconut Oil infused with Grape Seed Oil, Capuacu Butter, Organic Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Mango Butter, Manuka Honey and Yucca Leaf Extract help to keep your hair moisturized, frizz free and easy to manage.

I had the opportunity to the try the following products:  Lovely Locks Hair Milk, Clean my Koils 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, Knot Dry Revitalizing Moisture Cocktail and Let’s Hear It For The Kurls Hair Jelly Curl Definer.  I’m going to share with you each product and let you know how each one worked for me.

Lovely Locks Hair Milk $17.39 / 8oz – nourishes your curls by locking in moisture and giving it a gorgeous shine.  It’s perfected to style 3 and 4 type kinky curls in need of a light twisting styler and adds the much needed moisture your hair craves.  It’s a creamy leave-in conditioner that I apply after my shampoo/conditioner and hair mask while my hair is still damp.  I also apply on dry hair when I need a little extra something but rather use it when my hair is wet.

Formulated with Organic Aloe Juice that acts as a natural conditioner to help nourish your hair follicles, while rice bran oil stimulate hair growth and help prevent split ends if used regularly.  Shea Butter helps to sooth, shield and protect your hair from dust and heat and keep your hair silky soft and smooth.  The Lovely Locks Hair Milk smells great too and I love how my hair feels after using it.

Klean My Koils 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner $19.00 / 8oz – Of course a good clean for our hair is always a wonderful thing.  Ideal for dry hair types – this product helps infuse your hair with hydration while cleansing with a light lather.  I have noticed that after using this product my hair feels light and has so much shine and luster.  My hair feels clean, looks fabulous but it doesn’t sacrifice my curls while drying out my hair like other cleansers can do.

The core ingredients used in the product accelerate hair growth and heal damaged hair. They include Organic Aloe Juice, Shea Butter and Peppermint Leaf Extract, which alleviate dandruff and dryness. Yucca, Horsetail, Nettle and Melissa Leaf Extracts help in addressing hair loss. The Soybean Oil helps the nutrients absorb more fully into your hair. Distillates of Sour Cherry and Grapefruit act as a deodorizer, cleanser and detangler, strengthening hair follicles and stripping hair of damaging chemicals. Another core ingredient, Witch Hazel Distillate (Witch Hazel Distillate is a clear, colorless botanical extracts prepared from the recently cut and partially dried, dormant twigs of the Hamamelis Virginiana Linne plant) delivers bounce and volume, Pro Vitamin B5 locks in the moisture and Pomegranate Seed Extract adds luster to dull hair. The high antioxidant and vitamin content of Pomegranate Seed Extract helps to increase the blood circulation in the scalp, strengthen blood vessels and thereby promote healthy hair growth. You can experience the results over the long-term.

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Knot Dry Revitalizing Moisture Cocktail $16.95 / 8oz – this product has easily become one of my favorite hair care products.  My hair tangles all the time because of my curls, the weather and of course, because I can’t figure out whether to wear my hair up or down.  I’m always looking for something to help detangle my hair while leaving it feeling soft and silky too.  This product provides my hair with much needed moisture to help with handling and detangling so that detangling my hair doesn’t hurt and a can run my fingers or a comb through my hair easily. It provides hydration to my hair while leaving it looking glossy (not greasy) and offering shine.

The enzymes, vitamins and minerals in the Organic Aloe Leaf Juice promote growth and condition from within, and Honey heals damaged hair.  Coconut Fruit Juice improves blood circulation in the scalp and enhances the density of hair and strengthens the hair follicles, which prevents it from breaking.  Organic Green Tea has antioxidants, and its anti-inflammatory properties help to stop hair loss and promote the growth of new hair.  Knot Dry also Organic Cranberry Extract which is known to be good to grow long and lustrous hair.  It also promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.  The Vitamin C and Vitamin A in cranberry increases the growth of hair and keep the hair strong. The anti-fungal and antiseptic properties of cranberry helps to prevent the formation of dandruff. There is a light fragrance to this product, but it’s not overpowering at all.

Let’s Hear It For The Kurls Hair Jelly Curl Definer $18.00 / 8oz. – This product is a favorite among girls with 2 and 3 type curls/hair.  It helps to accentuate and enhance your natural curls so you can embrace and love the hair you’re born with.  This hair Jelly is one of my favorite products as well since it helps to condition my curls, leaving them looking like they have been revived and brought alive.  I find that this is perfect to add to my hair after I have just washed it or when I need to revive my curls and twist them up some.  It helps to tame my frizzles without adding stiff, crunchy hair and it is not sticky at all.  You get medium hold that you can still run your fingers through.

Agave Nectar and Manuka Honey help define and condition your curls, prevent split ends, fight frizz and remove build up on the scalp. Vitamin B5 minimizes hair loss and promotes hair growth. Combined together, the ingredients strengthen hair follicles and nourish hair from root to tip.

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I have come a long way in this hair journey of mine.  While my hair is not perfect, I can honestly say that after years and years of hating it and hating how curly it was – wishing for straight locks like my friends, I’ve finally embraced my natural curls.  I can only hope that my love for my hair will increase over time and that I’ll love it even more.

I can honestly say that after using and testing out Vanessa’s Essence Hair Care products over the last several months, in combination with some of my other hair care faves, I’ve fallen in love with them.  When you try a product and immediately notice how different your hair feels and looks, you know that it is something good and great and you must hold onto it.  I will be a lifelong customer of Vanessa’s Essence and can’t wait to replenish my product stash with more.  The products are costly, but I have used SO MANY hair products in the past with similar price tags and even heftier ones that haven’t nourished and moisturized my hair the way these do.

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As an adult, I have learned so many great and inspiring things – like how to love myself.  Things like that are not taught, but have to be learned when you come to terms with who you are and figure out how to embrace it.  I love that Vanessa’s Essence strives to work with young girls so that they can love their natural beauty because I know that young Honey could have used something like this many years ago.  Sometimes, just a few words of encouragement, a smile and great hair can go a long way.

Check out Vanessa’s Beauty products on their website: https://www.vanessasessence.com/

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I have a love hate relationship with my lashes.  Let’s face it, in the age and time where beauty is all about the lashes and I have none, it can be a bit disappointing.  I have tried many many products over the years that have helped my lashes grow and condition them, but nothing is a fix all or cure all kind of thing.  So I’ve learned over the years that I need to just protect these sparse looking hairs and hopefully they’ll decide to love me back one day – lol.  All kidding aside, I do have short and thin lashes.  I attest that to my Filipino and Chinese heritage, but it’s sad to admit that my siblings all have long lashes and I was left out of the gene pool.  My brother’s lashes are so long that as a kid, he hated being told he was so cute because of them and tried to cut them off… but that’s a different story.  Over the last month and a half (more or less), I’ve been using the Wink Lash and Brow Oil and I feel I’m finally comfortable sharing my thoughts with all of you.  Let’s get into it, shall we?

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The Wink Lash & Brow Oil is a natural solution for regrowing lost lashes and brows that retails for $40.00.  Each bottle you receive for that price is a 2 month supply of the nourishing oil which can be used on both your lashes or your brows.  Amalie claims that you will receive visible results at 2 weeks and full results at 8-12 weeks.  As I mentioned before, I’ve been using this oil for just over a month and apply it each night to help restore the strength of my lashes, thickness and to help with length.  This hypoallergenic beauty oil should give your lashes and brows a more lush, full appearance, enhancing your natural beauty.

So let’s talk about the product and how it has worked for me so far.  I mentioned previously that I’ve used a variety of serums and products to help with eye lash grow, so I was quite familiar with what “could” happen when using this product.  Immediately I found that applying the product the first few times lent to be a bit messy for me.  I wouldn’t consider that the fault of the product, but I just didn’t get a grip on application the way I had expected the first few times.  The applicator is easy to use, you simply twist up till some of the product starts to dispense and run the brush dispenser along your lash line taking care to not get product in your eye.  Well, I did get product in my eye – many times… but it didn’t burn my eyes thankfully and I lived to tell this tale.  The oil is definitely oily so you will feel it on the eye lid if you put too much… but I find that that is also a benefit as I can apply a little bit and rub it into my lash line (of course, it took me a few tries to figure that out) and I wound up liking how it felt on my eyes.  I didn’t have any breakouts or sensitivities to the product which was great.

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After two weeks of using the product, I found that the area on my lash line that was sparse or didn’t have much lashes was starting to sprout little hairs.  I also noticed that my lash line looked a little thicker with just a few coats of mascara.  Since my lashes are thin, sparse and short, I liked that I was starting to notice the difference so quickly.  After using the product for about 35 days, I noticed length in my lashes.  Now, let’s be honest here, my lashes are so short, they don’t even protect my eyeballs, so I’m not talking about extreme length.  But, when I apply mascara and actually can see my lashes peeking through – that is a big deal, since they are not normally that easy to see.

I know most lash cycles are about 35 – 45 days and I would like to say mine is at about 35 days when they just stop growing, giving me minimal length no matter what I do.  The Amalie Beauty Wink Lash & Brow Oil actually helped to thicken my lashes (not dramatically, but enough to where I noticed) but most importantly, I enjoyed seeing an increase of little hairs growing on my lash line.  Because of the increase of those little hair grow, I also noticed that my lash line looked thicker and my lashes looked like it had more volume.  I also noticed the length pretty easily, which is a big deal since I don’t have much of it to begin with.  Now – I’m not saying these gave me Kim Kardashian lashes (yes, they are real most of the time – I asked her makeup artist personally… lol), I did notice the length and the growth, even if it wasn’t a lot – it made a difference.

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In this photo I’m using one coat of mascara on lower & upper lashes – no retouching has been done. This photo taken with my phone Samsung Note 4

In my photograph above I take the photo of me using mascara on my lower and upper lashes.  It may not seem like much, but normally I tight-line to create a more defined and fuller look to my lashes and this time and lately I haven’t been doing so.  This photo was taken with one coat of mascara on my upper and lower lashes.  Because I have more hair near my lash line, it gives me a full look without having to tight-line.

Created and developed by friends, one of which removed her lash extensions to find she needed help after she had sparse and non-existent ones (read more about the story here), I was excited to try something new.  I think considering the price point that you can find on some of the lash growth products on the market today, this product is reasonably priced.  Let’s also talk about the comfort factor, these do not burn the eyes if they get into your eyes – which for my sensitive eyes, that is a HUGE plus.  I did notice length, fuller lash line and thicker lashes.  I also noticed that my lashes look healthier and feel nice.  It’s been really nice using this product and I think I’ll continue using it to help condition and strengthen my lashes.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Himalayan Cherry/Dhatelo Seed (Prinsepia Utilis Oil), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil , Punica Granatum (Pomegrenate) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate.

Amalie and Wink also have a very awesome Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.  Every October, for every bottle of Wink sold, Amalie donates one bottle to a cancer warrior, to help regrow their lashes and brows lost through chemotherapy.  Last year Amalie donated just under 1,000 bottles of Wink, setting a new record.  This year they plan to kick their past record’s butt again so if you are interested in trying Wink for yourself, keep this fabulous campaign in mind and help support cancer warriors.

I am a huge believer in natural products and those that do not irritate my body, my eyes or my skin are always a plus.  I’ve been enjoying using Wink the last month and I plan to continue using this a few times a year to keep my lashes looking great.  I’ll follow up in a few months or a year and let you know how my progress goes and I’ll keep you updated along the way.

Check out Amalie Beauty for details on Wink and other products.  I’ll be writing about their Shine Oil soon.  http://www.amaliebeauty.com/products/wink

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I often get asked what I do to my hair to have it grow so long and so fast or how I keep it looking nice.  The fact of the matter is, I have hated my hair my whole life and a few years ago I decided it was time to start taking my hair back, claiming it as my own and embracing every strand.  I use a number of different brands and products and while I do have some of my favorites that I return to time and time again, I have some new loves that I have been thankful for lately.  I’ve been asked time and time again to share my hair care secrets and honestly, I don’t consider them a secret… because they are basic and overall easy tips for keeping my hair looking great.

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Before sharing all the details on the products I use an enjoy, let’s talk about the basics, shall we?  First off, I stopped using heat on my hair.  For years I flat ironed my hair religiously and no matter what products I used to help rejuvenate and keep it healthy, my locks were dry and desperate.  If I do use heat on my hair, it’s a few times a year (literally 3x or less) and other than that I dry my hair naturally (air dry) and wear my hair in its naturally state.  When it comes to maintaining the length, color, etc… well – those are subjects that are definitely individual preference, but honestly – I cut my own hair every 6-8 weeks (a trim to keep my ends healthy, especially since my hair grows so quickly) and I color my own hair.  Let’s get into detail about all of that.

Trim, Cut & Color…

Some people can get their hair professionally cut and colored in a quality salon, but since my hair is passed my waist in length and very curly, an good quality salon and stylist will run me about $325 – $400 for a great color.  That’s quite costly, so I pick up hair dye (if I feel the need for a change in color) and color my own.  When it comes to a standard trim which I do every 6-8 weeks, I will trim myself which is something I’ve done for years.  Once a year I will go into the salon and have a full layer and cut to help restyle or reshape my hair if I feel the need… otherwise, I stick to my normal “self trim” routine.  When it comes to coloring, I normally color my hair 2-3x a year but usually 2x a year is enough for me.  Since I have the natural gene pool to get gray hair early in my life, I do have gray hair consistently so I either color or leave it natural.  Coloring is huge maintenance for me so unless I’m going red or purple, I tend to choose a shade similar to my natural hair color.  I am a medium brown and during the summer my hair naturally lightens at least 2 shades so I try to stick to similar colors so that I don’t have to worry too much about maintenance.  If you want to spend the money on your hair to cut and color and go to the salon, please don’t let this post or paragraph stop you from doing so… that is just my preference.

Scrub a Dub that hair in the tub… cleaning routine…

I wash my hair about 1-2x a week.  I naturally have a dry scalp so over washing causes heavy dandruff and sensitivities regardless of the hair care products I use.  Dry Shampoo is my best friend (if I need it) but most the time 2x a week works out perfectly for my hair.  I don’t get an oily scalp at all, which is a huge deal for me… but I do get a dry scalp with over washing so I tend to stick to that routine.

When it comes to hair care products like shampoo & conditioner (any hair care for that matter), I use a plethora of products from Drugstore to Salon or Salon Quality brands.  It all depends on the ingredients that are listed in the product.  For a long time I have been really trying to find products that promote good hair health and moisture.  My hair drinks up moisture immediately so I need a lot of it.  While the scent or fragrance have a lot to do with what I use (due to my allergies) I like using products that offer my hair some extra love.

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OGX products have been a huge hit with me lately.  I love that I can find them in the drugstore and that they work.  I use a lot of brands like HASK and Macadamia Oil as well many others, but currently – I’m using OGX in combination with my HASK.

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The OGX Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil has been an absolute favorite of mine over the last month.  I use pure organic coconut oil in my hair on a daily basis and found that this hydration oil has left my curls quenched and feeling great without leaving my hair feeling heavy, sticky or oily.  It’s a light weight oil and really leaves my hair feeling fantastic.  Using in combination with the Curl Styling Milk to help keep my curls looking great and other OGX products, I have really been enjoying my hair.  I also love that these are so affordable which make keeping up with my hair routine easy on me and my pocketbook.

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Protection, Treatment & Repair…

Of course, a good treatment or mask works well too.  I need a good mask that will leave my hair shiny and looking luxurious.  Recently I was introduced to the JOICO K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock Instant Shine & Repair Treatment.  This product has been so wonderful in keeping my hair looking healthy and keeping the shine, but also providing my hair with color protection that locks in my color for longer lasting brilliance.  I really enjoy this product and have been using it for about a month.  Since I can have coarse hair sometimes, I love concentrating this product on the ends and it treats my hair leaving it soft and shiny.

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The Pineapple & Ginger Ultra-Revive Anti-Frizz Serum & Ultra-Revive Intensive Hair Mask from Giovanni have also been great additions to my hair care this summer.  Both products offer my hair nutrients to help keep my locks moisturized and hydrated.  These products help with the strength of my hair as well as protect from future damage leaving my hair hydrated, soft and feeling thicker.

Styling…

If you have been a reader of this site or follow my YouTube channel, then you know that when it comes to style, I wear my hair as simple as possible.  It’s either worn down in its naturally curly state, pulled up in a bun or worn in a braid.  Sometimes I’ll straighten it for a different look or curl it and sometimes I really add a little pizzazz and twist it up.  But, for the most part – if my hair is not in a bun, I’m wearing it natural.  When I’m wearing my hair naturally curly, I have been really enjoying LA Looks Nutra Curl.  LA Looks is a brand I have used for years (since I was rocking out the tsunami wave – surfs up… back in elementary school)  I recently was introduced to the LA Looks Nutra Curl which I have been loving.  A little of the product in my damp hair helps to keep my curls formed but this gel is lightweight and not sticky.  It provides hold without being crunchy and I’m really amazed at how much I enjoy it.

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I think hair care is an individual thing.  What might work for me may not work for you and my hair care routine and products change up consistently.   As a blogger I have the opportunity to try out many different products – hair care included, so I do change up some of what I use.  But, I also love using many of the ones I currently have in rotation so they are constantly repurchased to replenish my stash and while I may not use them all the time, they are something I will continuously pull for when I need a no fuss, no muss kind of day.

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Since my hair is so long, I like products that will keep my hair looking fresh, while still allowing it to look healthy.  And, while I do enjoy a good highend product, a drugstore alternative is always a great choice in my book too.  I’m simple and because of this I enjoy simple things.  What I have listed here may change tomorrow or next week or next month, but currently these are the products I’m loving and my secret to my hair at the moment.

What about you?  Do you switch up your products from time to time or have a few you pull for that may be your ride or die?  As I always love to say… Do You Boo… and find something that works and roll with it.

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Meet the masters as they make their way to the tropical islands of Hawaii.  This glam event is open and ready for you to sign up to attend, but spaces are limited so be sure to check it out and sign up now while you still can.  Mane University heads to Hawaii this year for the Beauty Retreat and they are bringing some of the best masters in the business.

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Mane University will be in Hawaii with celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic and celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin.  Be sure to head on over to the site for more details and to sign up.  This is an event you don’t want to miss and I’ll be there too so come and stop by to say hi.

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I’ve been told time and time again that I have beautiful long hair and while my hair grows quickly and my hair is long, it sheds A LOT.  After having my twins almost 7 years ago, I found that my hair really took a beating from the rough pregnancy I experienced.  Over the years I have shed a lot of hair and while my hair grows well and grows quickly, it needed something that would really just give it a little extra love and sprinkle some magical fairy dust to get it back to what it used to be.  I take all kinds of supplements and over the years I have taken specific ones for hair strengthening that included Biotin.  I have enjoyed them all – but this one I’ll be talking about today, well – I can honestly say… it’s definitely my favorite tasting.  Today I introduce you to the NeoCell Biotin Bursts, a gourmet biotin soft chew that the perfect dietary supplement for those who are looking for a different way to get their daily Biotin.

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Now, let’s be honest here for a minute… I was immediately drawn to this product because of its packaging… hello – it’s purple.  But, honestly after having tried other products from NeoCell, I knew that I would enjoy these.  You can read about other reviews I posted on products from NeoCell here and here.  These Biotin Bursts are the perfect soft chew for a daily supplement of Biotin which is perfect for hair, skin and nail health and they taste absolutely delicious.

I am all about taking care of your skin and hair so it’s really nice to find a product that can help with both.  The NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delicious chews.  Since Biotin is an important B Vitamin that promotes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as energy support – you’ll get great benefit with this product.  The high potency formula supports the metabolism of proteins in the body creating natural energy, luxurious hair, resilient nails and vibrant skin.  The fact that this product has Acai Berry added for antioxidant support and protection from free radical damage is a huge plus.

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The Biotin Bursts are soy, wheat, lactose, palm oil, yeast and artificial flavor free.  It is Gluten Free!  You basically take one chew daily and let the product do the work.  I take so many different types of medicines due to different health ailments and I certainly am not a fan of taking an additional pill to help with the strength of my hair, so I love that I can have a chew that taste great.  I did mention that before, right?  It really does taste great.  My husband has been taking these with me and we have really enjoyed it.

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Each Biotin Burst is individually wrapped and like I mentioned before, you need only take one chew daily.  They taste like a berry chew and don’t have any chalky or weird after taste at all.  If you are a fan of Acai berry or strawberry and blueberry mix, I think you’ll enjoy the flavors of these because it reminds me of a combination of those flavors.  With 10,000 MCG of Biotin you get enough of that hair and nail supplement for daily intake.  I just love that it’s so easy to take without any funky flavor, pills to swallow or yuck!

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** Other ingredients:  dried cane syrup, rice syrup, maltodextrin, natural flavors, sunflower lecithin, sunflower oil, malic acid, citric acid, glycerin, fruit and vegetable juice for color, stevia.

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Over the last couple of months of taking this supplement, I have noticed that my hair is stronger and tangles a lot less.  There is less breakage and shedding which is something I notice immediately because my hair naturally sheds a lot.  In combination with some of my favorite hair products, I have noticed that my hair has really improved and over the last couple of months.  Summer takes a beating on my hair and leaves it dry and brittle and I noticed with the use of the Biotin Bursts along with my other hair care faves, my hair seems to handle the Hawaii heat nicely.

NeoCell’s Biotin Bursts can be found at a variety of retailers like Vitamin World, Whole Foods & GNC.  I love the convenience of shopping online, but I love that I can find products I enjoy in a store near me so I don’t have to worry about running out and waiting on a shipment.  So it’s convenient to pick up at my local stores like Whole Foods.  The retail for about $13 for a 30 day supply which is an awesome price!  You can learn more about the product or find a location and retailer near you on their website here: http://www.neocell.com

Have you tried anything from NeoCell before?  If so, what have you tried and what are your thoughts?  If not, is this something you think you would be interested in checking out?

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