Thursday, June 28, 2012

Zoya's Summer Sizzlers Trio

I made my first Zoya purchase, thanks to Good Morning America! No, really! If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (which you really should be), then you saw the  awesome deal I learned of (and shared) on Good Morning America's Deals and Steals segment: 7 sets of custom selected nail polish trios from Zoya for $12 each with a flat shipping rate of $4! I had to jump on it! I ordered a set on Friday morning and it arrived Tuesday afternoon...

I chose the Summer Sizzlers Trio which included Paz, Lola, and Pippa (don't you just love those names?!)...

CGC: Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Product Description: Curling Custard gives moisture and curl definition, hold and brilliant shiny hair! An all in one product that will simplify the styling process and provide you with the best value for your dollar! This high-performance product is very concentrated so a little goes a long way. It reduces bulk, defines and elongates your curls, helping them to 'hang' better. Curling Custard will bring out the natural curl or wave pattern you never knew you had! It is an advanced botanical formula made with all natural ingredients that nourish and strengthen the hair. Utilizing the humectant properties of the agave nectar, Curling Custard will give weight to your hair, define your curls, remove frizz, provide long-lasting hold and shine without ever being greasy, crunchy or drying.

Ingredients: botanical infusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, nettle and marshmallow, organic aloe vera juice, agave nectar extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), pectic, citric acid, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, organic, protein free, glycerin free, animal friendly

My Take: This was the curly girl jump off product for us! We use this in London's 4a/b hair and are huge fans! We've tried other products, but nothing promotes and holds her drinking straw width ringlets like the Curling Custard. It leaves her hair shiny and with a subtle scent. The best part is, as long as she wears a satin cap to sleep, we don't have to worry about even touching her hair for at least 3 days! This is one of those products that we just can't live without!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CGC: Sunny Isle Organic Pimento Oil with Black Castor Oil

Sunny Isle Organic Pimento Oil with Black Castor Oil (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description:  Sunny Isle Jamaican Organic Pimento Oil is blended to promote Rapid Hair Growth as it includes Grape Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and Peppermint Oils. Peppermint is antibacterial and antiseptic so this is a self-cleansing blend that eliminates bumps and other scalp issues. The Pimento Oil stimulates the blood flow to the hair follicles and nourishes your hair. Massage into your scalp and edges to address traction and other types of alopecia. Use as a hair dress to moisturize and seal dry, breaking and fraying hair ends. 
Ingredients:  Jamaican Pimento Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Grape seed Oil, Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil

silicone free, paraben free, protein free, glycerin free

My Take:  I really like this as an overnight or hot oil treatment. It feels tingly on the scalp and smells slightly of peppermint. The applicator makes it easy to apply so it is very user friendly and there is minimal mess. It's thicker than coconut and argan oil, but thinner than the other castor oils I tried, which is just perfect for me!

PS- Product was sent for the purpose of review by NaturallyCurly.com and Sunny Isle. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Face & Body

I'm kind of ashamed to admit it, but I know I'm not alone, so here goes: I really like TV. And I really enjoy "reality" TV. In fact, I think Bravo may be one of my favorite channels. For me, it started with the first season of Top Chef and just exploded from there. So I actually remember the first season of Real Housewives of New York, when Bethenny Frankel stood out as the lone "non" wife in the cast. She also didn't talk like the other wives, or live the same lifestyle (or on the same side of town). She was easier to relate to, because her story, her life, mirrored other women's life in a way that the other cast members just did not.

I also remember the sense of happiness I felt for her to see her business ventures flourish (did you see the Bethenny Ever After where she and her hubby visited the Skinnygirl bottling plant? And have you seen the commercials for Skinnygirl cocktails lately? There's 4 vodkas, 5 cocktails, and 3 wines now!), we were pregnant at around the same time, and to see her tie the knot and live and learn the challenges of being part of the partnership that is marriage. 

It was only a couple of  years ago that Bethenny was single and struggling to pay rent on her 750 foot apartment in New York. When she was on the Real Housewives of New York, she quickly became a sensation because she is relatable – she tells it like it is! Women across America reacted to  her being herself and being honest. Now, Bethenny Frankel is a reality TV star, mother, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and talk-show host!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

CGC: Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description:  All-natural hair dressing moisturizes hair and imparts a shine and bounce to curls. Nutrient rich vegetable butters condition hair, restoring moisture, body and shine. Enhances curls, minimizes frizz and provides curl control. For thick, curly hair. Adds moisture, definition, and shine.

Ingredients: De-ionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter)*, Macadamia Ternifolia seed oil, Mangifera Indica (mango) seed butter*, Persea Gratissima (avocado) oil, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil*, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, silk protein, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) seed oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbitol Esters, essential oil blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract and Tocopherol (vitamin E). * these ingredients are certified organic.

silicone free, paraben free, organic, glycerin free

My Take: This product is the first I've used from Shea Moisture and I was truly impressed by the results we achieved using the Curl Enhancing Smoothie! I used it immediately after washing and conditioning my 3b hair, as a leave in conditioner and detangler. My curls were nicely defined and my hair was soft, shiny, and beautifully fragrant. It resisted humidity induced frizz and though I used no other product after applying the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, my 2nd day hair is gorgeous as well! We also used the product on Lo's 4a/b hair and had great results with her as well. In fact, my husband refuses to use anything else in her hair! We are definitely fans and will continue to use this product and look forward to trying more items within the Shea Moisture brand.

A Match Made in Heaven: Angels on Bare Skin and My Clarisonic!

First let me say, I use my Clarisonic every night, regardless of what cleanser I use, and it's kind of life changing (well, skin changing to say the least).  Lately, I'm loving it even more when I use Angels On Bare Skin facial cleanser from LUSH...

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now! Use Me! Products

I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and used this line for the title of a giveaway way back when, but I think that it will be the recurring title of all giveaway posts, so remember this!

You may recall my review of Use Me! Cleanser and Moisturizer for Fine Hair, as well as the Curl Up & Shine Cream, in my inaugural CGC (Curly Girl Chronicle). If not, you can refresh your memory here! Well the lovely people at Use Me! enjoyed my review so much, they not only have a link to it up on their website, they want to give one of you lovelies your choice of one of their four styling products!

Monday, June 25, 2012

CGC: L'Oreal Paris Ever Sleek Super Sleek Intense Serum

L'Oreal EverSleek Super Sleek Intense Serum (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description: Say goodbye to stubborn, unmanageable frizz with EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System Super Sleek Intense Serum. This smoothing serum, infused with Argan, Sunflower and Olive oils, helps control rebellious and unruly hair without the weight of heavy silicones. Hair is left shiny and stunningly sleek. Silicone-free 48-hour frizz control.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Steareth 100/PEG 136/HDI Coloymer, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG 15 Cocopolyamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Courmarin, F.I.L. D48778/1

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free

My Take: As far as serums go, it's okay. For me, it falls short of expectations; it just leaves something to be desired (probably silicone). I think this is perfect if you are anti silicones, as it does give a nice sheen and provides some frizz control. I can't see using it again for myself for curly hairstyles, but I will use it to prep my hair for straightening. I also like to use it for added shine in my daughter's 4a/b hair. 

PS- Product was sent for the purpose of review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

Unbreakable Bond

I was not even prepared for how much I was going to like this fragrance! Like, I was floored, shocked and appalled. If I could swim in a pool of this everyday, I would. Me, Ms. "I'm a Perfume Slut," who can never commit to a single scent at any given time; I think I have found THE ONE. While I am fully open to having dalliances with other fragrances on a case by case basis, I think that I can officially call Khloe & Lamar's unisex scent, Unbreakable Bond, my signature scent

I've always been a fan of unisex scents; one of the first fragrances I owned was ck one and I was even more enamored with ck Be. Unbreakable Bond holds the same appeal for me but to an even higher degree. At first spritz it's rich, thick, woodsiness enveloped me and I was entranced. Initially, I thought that maybe it was more suited for a man, it's strong and in your face like a cologne, but not in an obnoxious way. But I couldn't stop smelling the wrist I sprayed it on, somehow it has a sparkling effervescence to it that makes it just soft enough to be worn by a woman. It's literally like a sweeter version of Dolce & Gabbana for men, one of my all time favorite scents, EVER (literally, I have a visceral reaction to that scent).

Here are some more official details about Unbreakable Bond:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Day In the Life: Batman Edition!

Originally, the hubby had a client scheduled for Saturday morning, so I thought I'd spend the morning at home with the lil bits, cleaning, scheduling and planning for the upcoming week, and catching up on some TV. Well, late Friday evening, said client called to reschedule, freeing up our Saturday to have some family fun. The forecast said that it was going to be 92 degrees out, so going back to Piedmont Park was definitely not an option. While we were contemplating what to do, the hubby got a call from a friend, and you'll never believe what we got the chance to do...

Um... yes. That is the actual, factual Batmobile (the one from the Chris Nolan movies, obvi)

CGC: U R Curly Loose Curl Enhancer

U R Curly Loose Curl Enhancer (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description:  Our Loose Curl Enhancer gel is alcohol-free, rich with Glycerin and Soy Protein and enhanced with Provitamin B5 and Echinacea which work to moisturize your hair. Whether you wear your hair long or short, the friendly ingredients found within our weightless U R Curly Loose Curl Enhancer gel activator formula formula will revive and stimulate your curls and waves while defining their shape, controlling the frizz and leaving it shiny and soft to the touch. Our Loose Curl Enhancer delivers lasting curl memory, reduces breakage, nourishes damaged hair – helping you reach your hair goals.  Adds definition.

Ingredients: Artesian Water, Glycerin, PPG-5 Ceteth-20, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG Silanetriol, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil (Abyssinian Oil), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Echinaecea Extract, IodopropynylButylcarbamate 

silicone free, paraben free  

My Take:   I kind of want to like this more because unlike most gels I've encountered, this one did not leave a bit of crunch in my hair at all. The scent was very pleasant (more so that the shampoo and conditioner in this line in my opinion), but I have to settle on saying this was just, meh. While my curls were pretty decently defined, in all honesty I don't need styling products to define my curls (or form them for that matter), I need products to provide frizz control, and this just doesn't seem to be doing that. I didn't leave the house after using this, and it wasn't at all humid but when I looked in the mirror, I there was frizz. No bueno. But... I do think I will use this for up do's and such, because there is a lovely sheen to the hair that hasn't gone poof... 

PS- Product was sent for the purpose of review by NaturallyCurly.com. i was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :) (There is also and Tight Curl Enhancer available from U R Curly)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

CGC: U R Curly Quinoa Conditioner

U R Curly Quinoa Conditioner (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description:  Our Quinoa Conditioner is free of alcohol, parabens and sulfates. It is made with quinoa protein and enriched with Abyssinian Oil, Lavender and Aloe. Whether you wear your hair long or short, the friendly ingredients found within our weightless U R Curly Quinoa, pronounced “KEEN-wah,” Conditioner will moisturize and detangle your hair leaving it shiny and soft to the touch. Our unique formula is designed to reduce breakage, nourish damaged hair and help promote hair growth– helping you reach your hair goals. 

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated, Castor Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, DMDM Hydantoin, Menthol, Leaf Oil, Crambe, Abyssinica Seed Oil (Abyssinian Oil), Fragrance, Aloe, Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Flower/Leaf/Stern Extract, lodopropynl Butylcarbarrate.

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free 

My Take:  As far as conditioner goes, it was ok. Nothing extraordinary, but it did adequately perform it's duties. It was nice and thick in texture and it provided enough slip for me to detangle my hair in the shower. I left it on for about 5 minutes (as directed to on the bottle) and my hair felt nice and soft once I rinsed it out. I did like the nice cooling/tingling effect it had on my scalp as I left it in my hair in the shower. London, on the other hand, kind of freaked out over the cooling sensation, so think twice about using it on little ones.

PS- Product was sent for the purpose of review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :) 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Melvita Extraordinary Water

I'm not going to wax poetic on how much I love Birchbox (again), and though I do feel a bit indifferent about some of the items in my Jetset themed box this month (Band Aids designed by Cynthia Rowley?), I am very pleased with the rest of it (John Vavartos cologne for the hubby, a full size Eyeko liquid eyeliner, theBalm Stainiac lip and cheek stain), especially the gem pictured below...

Melvita Rose Floral Water

CGC: U R Curly Soya Shampoo

U R Curly Soya Shampoo (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description:   Our Soya Shampoo is free of alcohol, parabens and sulfates. It is made with soy protein and enriched with Abyssinian Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Echinacea and Aloe. Whether you wear your hair long or short, the friendly ingredients found within our weightless U R Curly Soya Shampoo will clean and moisturize your hair leaving it smooth and soft to the touch. Our unique formula is designed to soothe your scalp, reducing breakage, nourish damaged hair and help promote hair growth– helping you reach your hair goals. 
Ingredients: Artesian Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Taurate, PEG 150 Distearate, Polyquat 10, Menthol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Polysorbate 20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinine

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, glycerin free

My Take: I was kind of on the fence about this shampoo based on my first impressions, mainly the scent (which is not bad; you can definitely detect the menthol and tea tree oil that are listed in the ingredients) and the texture of the product itself (it comes out of the bottle like a thick gel but when you rub it together it feels very sticky and kind of off putting). It also took quite a lot of product to cover my hair. But... once I got it in there it lathered decently and left my scalp tingly. The package says to leave it in for 2 minutes (which is a bit odd for shampoo I thought), but I listened and I'm so glad I did. When I rinsed the shampoo out, my hair felt like silk. I was shocked and amazed and pleased! Definitely an unusual product and it might not be for everybody, but I will definitely be using it again. 

PS- Product was sent for the purpose of review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stay Photo Ready Even in the Heat With Smashbox Cosmetics

Smashbox Cosmetics was built from the dynasty of Hollywood legend Max Factor to meet the needs of women constantly in the spotlight and in front of the camera. No wonder they've developed an ingenious product to help ladies (who don't have access to an all star glam squad) look chic and camera ready, no matter the humidity or heat index!

Meet the Be Discovered Cream Cheek Trios...

CGC: L'Oreal Paris EverSleek Finishing Creme

Product Description:  This lightweight cream, infused with Argan, Sunflower and Olive oils, helps seal split ends and control frizz. No heavy silicones. Just shiny, manageable and stunningly sleek hair. Silicone-free and 48-hour frizz control. 

Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Triethyl Citrate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Courmarin, F.I.L D49067/2 

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free

My Take: I don't know about the 48 hour claim, but the cream did smooth my second day hair quite nicely. It is surprisingly lightweight, so it's best for when you just need an extra little oomph, but nothing too dramatic. It has a light, pleasant scent. I definitely like it for second day hair, but I don't think it's strong enough to help 3rd day hair. It also didn't do a whole lot for my daughter London's 4a/b hair. But I'll keep using it for sure! 

PS- Product was sent for the purpose of review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

The HBA 2012 IPDA Awards Winners Are...

(via Beauty Press)

HBA Global Expo today announced the winners of its annual IPDA (International Package Design Awards) competition. Hundreds of beauty and packaging professionals gathered at the end of the opening day of HBA Global Expo for the big reveal of the winners. These prestigious awards honor the year’s most innovative packaging in several categories including cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, skin care and sustainability. Categories for Sampling/Travel Size products and At-Home Devices and Tools have also been added to the program.

As the longest running and biggest package design awards in the beauty industry—major brands, niche players and indie companies, have all won HBA’s IPDA awards for excellence in package design and engineering achievements.

Judging for the IPDA was done by a “Committee of 100” made up of industry professionals, designers, suppliers and members of the media. IPDA submissions were evaluated on the following: originality, design concept, creative use of new materials, components and decorating processes, technical competency and effective brand messaging. 

And the winners are...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Who Knew I'd Never Leave the House Without My Avon?!?

It's true! Avon has made one of the most beautiful, versatile, and useful compacts I've ever owned: the True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Nocturnal (Q907)...

Avon's True Color Quad in Nocturnal (top row: celadon and nocturnal; bottom row: suede and tempted)

CGC: Cantu Shea Butter Creamy Hair Lotion

Cantu Shea Butter Creamy Hair Lotion (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description: This hair lotion will soften, moisturize and detangle your curls, leaving them light, shiny and bouncy. Made with 100% pure shea butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients. For natural hair. Restores your real, authentic beauty and conditions curly, kinky or wavy hair. No mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicone, phthalates, gluten, paraffin, propylene glycol, PABA or DEA. This finished product is not tested on animals. 

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Canola Oil , Cetearyl Alcohol , Ceteareth-20 , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Fragrance , Stearalkonium Chloride , Glycol Stearate , Cetyl Alcohol , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond) , Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba) , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera) , Mangifera Indica Seed Butter (Mango) , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot) , Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia) , Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean) , Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle) , Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract (Sage) , Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (Grape) , Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle) , Silk Amino Acids , Phenoxyethanol , Ethylhexylglycerin

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, glycerin free, animal friendly

My Take: I was almost shocked by how much I like this! I used it initially to work through the tangled, matted mess that was London's 4a/b hair. She is tender headed, and worse than that, a total drama queen and she has a THICK head of hair! Using this made an impossible task way easier for both of us! Not only did it provide the necessary slip to get through the tangles, it was rich and creamy enough to add a beautiful sheen, visibly improved the texture, and sealed the ends of the two strand twists I put in her hair. What's more, while most products that work for her hair tend to be too heavy for my own (3b) hair, this worked beautifully in mine too! I use it at night and wake up to soft, shiny, bouncy curls. AND it smells so good! 

PS- Product was provided for review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

Carol's Daughter: Transition 1-2-3 featuring Solange Knowles

Remember the sneak peek for the Carol's Daughter ad featuring the new Transition 1-2-3 Kit and Solange Knowles? Well, here is the full length version (via Sephora's YouTube Channel)...


Solange is swiftly becoming one of those ladies that I look forward to seeing on the red carpet at events and in magazine spreads. She's fashionable, quirky, authentic, and embraces her individuality-all things that I find admirable. I think she is a perfect fit as a spokesperson for Carol's Daughter!

What do you lovelies think of the ad? Are you transitioning? And if so, will you be trying out the Transition 1-2-3 Kit from Carol's Daughter? Have you tried it already? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Until next time...

Ciao, XxO


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sally Hansen's "Show Your Colors" Cheerleading Competition

(I just heard about this, so I thought I'd post it quickly so that you lovelies would have plenty of time to enter!)

Sally Hansen knows that you’re a nail color fanatic. Now you have the chance to celebrate your obsession and let your colors shine through an exclusive cheerleading competition. Sally Hansen is joining forces with leading cheer authority Varsity to host the “Show Your Colors” cheerleading competition, inviting fans everywhere to submit an original cheer featuring Sally Hansen and upload a video of themselves performing the cheer.

Just visit sallyhansencheer.com to submit your cheer, then share the video with friends to get the most votes and win the grand prize: $1,000. Three runners up will also receive a bag filled with Sally Hansen products, giving them one more thing to cheer about

Will any of you be entering? $1000 is nothing to laugh at! I'm just imagining all the makeup I could buy with that, LOL! Until next time...

Ciao, XxO


Worth a Flour Bomb? True Reflection by Kim Kardashian

Remember way back when (in other words, March), when Kim Kardashian was flour bombed? I think the press over that was so big, it sort of overshadowed the event she was present for, the West Hollywood launch of her latest fragrance, True Reflection.

True Reflection by Kim Kardashian (photo via  fragrantica.com)

True Reflection joins Kim Kardashian, Kim Kardashian Gold, and Kim Kardashian Love as the fourth scent in her growing perfume coffret. Now I'm not going to lie, I tend to stay away from celebrity fragrances, but I was willing to give True Reflection a shot because the original Kim Kardashian fragrance is very reminiscent of my beloved Michael Kors, with it's slightly musky, gardenia soaked notes. True Reflection is a sophisticated, feminine scent with top notes of plum, peach and Italian bergamot, floral notes of lotus flower, night blooming gardenia, and chocolate orchid, and a woodsy base comprised of musk and patchouli.

Smashbox Faves

Ever since getting the Smashbox Click You're It Holiday Eye Palette from Sephora before Christmas, I've been obsessed with the brand! The eye shadows are so finely milled-they actually feel creamy and they are so pigmented (so a little goes a long way). In addition to the shadows, the palette included a mini Photo Finish Lid Primer and 5 of their spectacular cream eyeliners. They are perfect for tightlining and in the water line because they DO NOT BUDGE! I love it!

Since I was so pleased with everything in the palette, I had to see if I would be similarly impressed with other products from the brand, and boy was I ever! Here is just a sampling of some of my faves:

CGC: Arrojo Gentle Shampoo

Arrojo Gentle Shampoo (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description:   Sulfate and sodium-chloride free. Repairs and nourishes, with natural and organic ingredients. Lightly scented with fresh verbena. 

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl, Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Polyquaternium-7, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Honey/Mel/Miel, Polyquaternium-10, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Amodimethicone, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Propylene Glycol, Agave Americana Leaf Extract, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, C12-14 Sec- Pareth-7, C12-14 Sec- Pareth-5, Panthenol, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Fragrance/Parfum, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, d-Limonene, Linalool.

sulfate free, paraben free, organic, glycerin free

My Take: I was surprised with how watery it was when you squeeze it out of the bottle, and perhaps because of that consistency, I feel like I had to use a lot of product to thoroughly cover my head. That being said, I really like this shampoo. The scent is light and wonderful and it lathers like a dream. I used it after spending the day at the pool and it effectively removed all remnants of chlorine (and sweat) from my hair and scalp. I will definitely be using this all up! 

PS- Product was sent for review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

THE Concealer: Evie Evan Part One

I've already shared my affection for subscription services with you lovelies (here and here), among the hits (New Beauty Test Tube, Birchbox, and Julep Maven) there has been a miss (I'm talking to you Beauty Box 5). I don't want to even get into what's wrong with that whole operation; let's just say, if you want to check it out, do so at your own risk. I'd advise that you spend your money elsewhere, but that's just my humble opinion. 

The one shining light out of my 3 months with BB5 (well, one of the two, the full size Rosebud Salve was pretty cool) was a skincare sample from a company that I had never heard of, Evie Evan. Included with the sample was a product menu/business card, and I can't even describe how stoked I was to see that the phone number was local! 

CGC: Karen's Body Beautiful Butter Love

Karen's Body Beautiful Butter Love (photo via NaturallyCurly.com)

Product DescriptionMade only from rich, thick butters and luxurious oils, Karen's Hair Butter conditions, softens and adds sheen to fragile, stressed hair. Great for natural, relaxed or pressed hair. Use twice a week on hair and scalp or more as needed. (Works best on dry hair.)  Adds moisture and shine.

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Jojoba Butter, Aloe Butter, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils, Grapefruit Seed Oil & Vitamin E

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free, glycerin free 

MyTake:  This butter was soft and rich and gave my daughter's 4a/b hair great sheen without being greasy. However, while the Lavender Vanilla scent is nice, it is also very powerful and my scent sensitive hubby found it to be a bit... cloying. I like it though; I just recommend not using this in conjunction with other products that have any discernible scent as I could see that being a tad overwhelming to the senses. But as far as how the product itself performed, I was very pleased. I will be using it for myself when doing up do's and to smooth down my edges and for both of my daughters (to seal the ends of 2 strand twists after detangling and to smooth edges).

PS- Product was provided for review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Day in the Life: Piedmont Park (Again)

We headed back down to Piedmont Park with the lil bits. We didn't quite make it for the Farmer's Market (sigh), but it was a gorgeous day nonetheless and we enjoyed a delicious picnic of fried chicken, cole slaw, and potato salad (it was my cheat day, and I only had a spoonful each of salad and slaw, and I NEVER eat the skin on my chicken and ALWAYS only have one breast piece). We didn't walk around the park as planned, but we enjoyed watching the girls run around (and around and around) with each other...

CGC: Entwine The Manipulator Creme Jelle Styler

Entwine The Manipulator Creme Jelle Styler (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description:  Designed with real-world technology, perfected with natural Honey, Safflower Seed Oil & Vegetable Protein for limitless, re-definable styling for natural and transitioning. Adds definition, provides frizz control.

Ingredients:  Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Oleth-20, Polyacrylate-14, Candilla Wax, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Behenyltrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth 25, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (Hair Strengthening Complex), Ethyl Hexylmethoxycinnamate, Fragrance, PEG-90M, Aminomethylpropanol, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate Phenoxyethanol

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, glycerin free 

My Take: I really like the packaging on this product. That alone had me intrigued. It has a very light, pleasant scent, but a very unusual, almost chunky texture. I used just a little bit to smooth down the edges of my 3rd day hair and while it worked fairly well at that (my edges didn't look as dry and it definitely tamed my mane in front, which is what I was looking for). However, I am skeptical to use this all over, as it felt a bit waxy and sticky and was actually kind of difficult to remove from my hands. Let's just say I'm not looking forward to the task of having to wash it from my hair. After I test to see how easily (or not) it washes out of my hair, I think that it will be perfect to use on London's 4a/b daughter, to seal the ends of 2 strand twists and to smooth her edges as well as Peyton's (who has transitioning 4b/c hair). 

PS- Product was sent for review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

CGC: Alikay Naturals Bentonite Me Baby %100 Pure Bentonite Clay

Alikay Naturals Bentonite Me Baby 100% Pure Bentonite Clay 

Product Description: Bentonite Clay is a natural clarifier, used to purify your skin, hair and entire body. Its healing properties are activated once clay is wet. Bentonite safely pulls the impurities out. Use as a hair mask for defined curls and clean hair. Product adds definition.

Ingredients: Pure Bentonite Clay

silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free

My Take: I'm not going to lie, I had this for a while before I got the courage to use it. It's in powder form and you have to mix it (the instructions suggest using olive oil and water, but I've seen it mixed with aloe vera as well), so I was a bit worried about concocting it correctly. But then I was motivated by a YouTube video to go ahead and give it a shot, and I'm very happy I did! It will probably take another use or two for me to get the whole mixing process right (it was a bit too thick and chunky and a little difficult to thoroughly apply all over my hair) but the results were so good, I'm definitely going to continue to use this on a regular basis. It left my scalp feeling fresh and clean and my hair was so soft afterwards! I opted to use some (light) oil after rinsing it out and the overall results were excellent!

PS- This product was sent for review by naturallycurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

I Know What I'm Drinking This Weekend! Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur

Yay! We made it through another week, and for me that is always cause for celebration! I don't know about you, but the hubby and I usually kick our weekend off with a cocktail. In fact, he usually comes home every Friday with a little something something for us to sip on. But this week I surprised him (and boy, did he like it)! 

Nuvo Lemon Sorbet (photo via sparklingnuvo.com)

Friday, June 15, 2012

CGC: Arrojo Gentle Conditioner

Arrojo Gentle Conditioner (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description:  Sulfate and sodium-chloride free. Adds luster, shine, and moisture, with natural and organic ingredients. Lightly scented with fresh verbena. Adds moisture and shine.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Honey/Mel/Miel, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Agave Americana Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Amodimethicone, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Curcurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Trideceth-12, d-Limonene, Linalool.

sulfate free, organic, protein free, glycerin free

My Take: This conditioner was thick and rich and made my hair so silky soft. It provided the perfect slip for detangling and restored the moisture that a day in the sun and pool had sapped. It has a very gentle scent, sort of like chamomile or green tea. I love that it is sulfate free and I will definitely be using this light and gentle conditioner through out the summer. (I think I may just throw it in my bag to carry to the pool and use as protection for my hair through the day!) I love that it is organic and safe to use on my girls too!

PS-Product was sent for review by naturallycurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer Essentials Offer from So Cozy

I love the water so much, I was on the swim team in high school! So it should be no surprise that all 3 of my daughters take to the water like fish (even if it's just the bath water). Now that it's  finally the season of sun, surf, and scorching heat, we're all very thankful that there is a pool in our neighborhood. Today, we had the perfect, not too hot, just enough sun kind of day, so we made our first appearance at the pool of the season.

Peyton (who forgot to take off her glasses before getting in the pool), Kenzie (who refuses to make eye contact with the camera), and London (who wants to get in the water , but is petrified of getting her face wet)

We all had a blast, but then I realized that 3 little girls' heads in chlorinated pool water all summer long was bound to be a lot of work for mama, and I kind of wanted to yank them out of the pool until I could get them some swimming caps! But then I remembered some valuable information I found in an email, and I thought I share these hair saving tips with you lovelies as well!

London refused to get off of the stairs. Kenzie, on the other hand, was quite adventurous and wanted to spend the whole time neck deep and splashing in the pool <3 

Remember the posts I did on Cozy Friedman and her book, Cozy's Complete Guide to Girl's Hair?  Well as an authority on children's hair care, Cozy has a few pieces of advice on how to preserve and protect your little one's hair from the damaging effects of chlorine and the sun's rays...

CGC: Matrix Total Results Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil

Matrix Total Results Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil (photo via naturallycurly.com)

Product Description: Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil instantly restores shine and silkiness. Lightweight oil treatment quickly absorbs into hair to smooth and control frizz all day. Provides shine and frizz control.

Ingredientscyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, olea europaea oil, parfum, benzyl salicylate, hexyl cinnamal, butyrospermum parkii butter, linalool, limonene, carrot oil

 paraben free

My Take:  And so my ongoing love affair with oils continues... I really didn't think I could like anything as much as I like coconut oil and Mizani's Supreme Oil, but Silk Wonder has proven me wrong! It's thicker and more viscous than coconut oil (and Supreme Oil), similar in consistency to EVOO. Despite it's thickness, it was not sticky and absorbed quickly in to my dry hair. I used it initially to detangle, and while it worked for that purpose, I think it's better suited as a treatment for fizz control and shine and as a sealer. The scent of it is divine, something like a mix between citrus and the ocean, perfect for the summer time! I love that it is packaged with an applicator tip: it means there's less mess and it's easier to apply to the scalp if so desired. I also like that a little goes a long way, so even though it's a bit pricey (it retails at professional beauty salons for $32/3 oz.), you really are getting your money's worth.

PS-Product was sent for review by NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own :)
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