29 June 2012

TRESemmé Split Remedy Puts An End To Those Split Ends In Just A Few Uses! + Review

Ever since going natural, I have really enjoyed the versatility of my hair. I love that I can wear it curly or straight as often or as little as I choose to. One thing that I'm a stickler for is maintaining healthy hair and that starts with taking care of it. TRESemme has a line of products that are specifically formulated to strengthen, revitalize, and reduce up to 80% of split ends within just three uses. I have to admit that I've always been an advocate of simply trimming dead or split ends off because that's what I've always been taught. Though I was curious to see just how well a product like this could actually improve and possibly cut down on a few of those dreaded meetings with the scissors!

The TRESemme Split Remedy Collection includes:

  • TRESemme Split Remedy Shampoo: The shampoo has a light moisturizing formula that gently cleanses and strengthens the hair to keep it healthy and manageable. 
  • TRESemme Split Remedy Conditioner: Moisturizes each hair strand and binds up to 80% of split ends, resulting in healthy, smooth and polished looking hair. 
  • TRESemme Split Remedy Leave-In Conditioning Spray: Helps to detangle wet hair and reduces friction between hair strands resulting in less damage from brushing. 
  • TRESemme Split Remedy Leave-In Conditioning Treatment: Protects hair from damaging effects of styling inclduding breakage, frizz and dryness. It has a light weight formula that leaves your hair smooth and shiny.
  • TRESemme Split Remedy Split End Sealing Serum: Helps maintain style, seals in shine and reduces frizz. 

Glow: The first thing that I noticed and loved about the Split Remedy products is that they have such a clean, fresh and lovely scent. The shampoo lathers really well and the conditioner makes my hair feel instantly smooth. I have naturally oily hair so I'm always worrying about using leave-in products because most of them tend to weigh your hair down but that's definitely not the case with the Split Remedy leave-in conditioning spray and treatment. They both have a light weight formula which absorbs into my hair without leaving it feeling heavy or greasy. I also really like the Leave-In Conditioning Spray, every curly girl knows that a good detangler is a must-have and this one definitely delivers. I was able to detangle my curls effortlessly. I applied the Sealing Serum on my damp hair just before drying and styling, after straightening I noticed that my hair had tons of shine and my split ends that usually fly out were tamed and smooth. 

Glare: None! I'm just amazed that these products have the ability to produce such noticeable and effective results in such a short period of time! I look forward to continuing using them and I can't wait to see just how much more awesome my hair looks and feels in a few more weeks ^_^

Would I Recommend It? I sure would! After only 2 uses I have already noticed a big difference with my ends. My hair sheds less and my ends are easier to manage and doesn't get as frizzy when I'm out in the humid summer temperatures. I love that I can get salon-like results in the comfort of my own home. What I love more is that I've finally found a great set of products that will help me stretch out some of those salon visits. I mean what more can you ask for? ^_^

Where To Buy: TRESemme Split Remedy products are super affordable (all under about $6 each) and are currently  available at various retailers nationwide. To purchase or to learn more please visit http://www.tresemme.com/Products/Split-Remedy/ 

NEW Split Remedy, from TRESemmé, repairs up to 80% of split ends in just three uses. And with continued use, repairs further damage as it occurs.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by TRESemmé via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of TRESemmé.


25 June 2012

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics| Summer 2012 Collection | Swatches + Review

Happy Summer! Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics has been making a lot of upgrades including a brand new website and recently introducing their new summer collection which features seven Mighty Shiny Lip Gels and 2 new shades of their Luminous Creme Blush. I was first introduced to Youngblood a little over a year ago. They offer a full line of mineral based cosmetics that cater to the skin, face, eyes, and lips. All of their products are cruelty-free and don't contain petroleum, fragrance, or mineral oil. I recently got the opportunity to try out a few goodies from their summer collection so check out my first impressions below. ^_^

Mighty Shiny Lip Gel
in Stripped and Bared

Check out all that glitter!! Stripped is a clear gel packed with iridescent shimmer.
Bared is a sheer, soft peach.

 Luminous Creme Blush
in Pink Cashmere

Pink Cashmere is a lively, matte carnation pink

(l-r) Luminous Creme Blush Pink Cashmere Mighty Shiny Lip Gel Stripped and Bared

Glow: I'll start with the lippies, I really do love lip gels and the Mighty Shiny Lip Gels come in a variety of summery-sheer shades. The formula is really rich, glossy, and goes on super smooth. I also like the design of the tubes, they're sleek, easy to apply and don't create a mess. This was my first time ever trying a creme based blush. I've heard great things about creme blushes but just never ventured out in trying them. I must say that my first impression was definitely a good one. While I probably would've chosen something a bit darker for my skin tone such as their Plum Satin shade, Pink Cashmere is undeniably gorgeous. The blush is creamy, smooth, and blends well. It also lasts much longer than any powdered blush I've tried in the past.

Glare: I have to be honest, I've never been a huge fan of sheer glosses and even though the gel is lightly tinted with color it still goes on pretty clear over my lips. What I do love about these glosses are the high shine, so instead or wearing them alone I can see myself using them more over lipstick for an extra bit of pop!  

Would I Recommend It? I would!  If you're into high shine glosses then these gels are definitely for you. They'd go great paired with your favorite lipstick and they last! The blush is beautiful though Pink Cashmere would probably be more complimentary on fairer complexions :-) Overall, I'm impressed and can't wait to see what else Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics has in store!

Where To Buy: The Mighty Shiny Lip Gels are currently available and retail for $25.50 and the Luminous Creme Blush retails for $27. To purchase or to learn more please visit http://www.ybskin.com.

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16 June 2012

Summer Fun In The Sun | Beachwear That Suits Every Body

This post is underwritten by Old Navy. Whether you're looking for a tankini, bikini or a one piece,Old Navy has you confidently covered at a great price.

It's been well over a year since I've stepped foot anywhere near a beach and I'm thinking it's about that time for another mini getaway! If you're beach bound this summer and looking for the perfect suit, Old Navy has a great selection of swimwear. What I love most about Old Navy is that they carry a variety of trendy swimsuits guaranteed to flatter any shape or size. Whether you're looking to bare a little skin or want something more conservative that controls your problem areas Old Navy has the solution.

I'm a plus size girl and I personally like a suit that's going to control my tummy and flatter my hips which is why I would definitely go for Old Navy's Control Max swimsuits that feature built-in support, paired with one of their bright chiffon cover-ups to keep me comfy and chic! Bold color is definitely in and one trend that I'm currently loving is color blocking! Old Navy also has tons of swimwear separates so if you want to go for something that makes a statement; try mix and matching two contrasting colors together for that extra pop!

Some of the main things that I consider when shopping for beachwear are comfort, versatility, and style. After skimming Old Navy’s swim collection I found a few must have beach items.

I've fallen completely in love with this one-piece purple Control Max Swimsuit. I love the tab back look and it puts a twist on such a classic style. It also provides coverage and control for a comfy chic fit!

Another must have item that caught my eye are these trendy Aviator-Style Sunglasses. While getting your sun fix and lying out on the beach, you can protect your eyes with a pair of stylish frames.

Some people take lots of stuff with them on their trips to the beach but I prefer to pack light. This Striped Graphic Beach Tote is perfect for carrying the necessities and won’t weigh you down!

What are your favorite beachwear styles?

Thank you again to Old Navy for sponsoring my post. I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all my own.


14 June 2012

Priceless Style | Six Fashion Essentials Every Girl Should Splurge On

As I get older I'm discovering a lot about myself when it comes to my personal style. I've never been the type to overdose on labels but I do appreciate good quality fashion and I'm definitely willing to splurge on pieces that I can wear over and over again without feeling dated. I believe that there are classic essentials that every woman should have in her closet. The key to a well balanced wardrobe is versatility. See what made the list on my top six timeless fashion picks.

The Little Black Dress
A black dress is definitely a must have for every closet. Aside from the fact that it's been around forever and a day; over the years it's evolved into something not so predictable and I love it! Today's little black dress has lots of character including shape and style. What I love most is that the black dress doesn't have to be so...well, black anymore. Essentially black has always been a signature color but now I'm seeing a trend in neutrals such as navy, grey, and tan. The idea is to pick a style and color that can be versatile and paired effortlessly with other pieces. 

Investing in a great pair of curve hugging jeans can bring sexy back to any wardrobe. My favorite pair of denim is a dark rinse sleek pair that can easily be dressed up for date night or a casual chic look for an outing with the girls. 

The blazer is no longer a boring suit jacket strictly for business. It's become a versatile piece that can be paired with virtually anything. A tailored fit blazer can be figure flattering and serve as a staple when you're having one of those "what should I wear with this" moments. 

Every woman should own a pair of heels that make people flock when she enters a room. I like to call these "head turners". A great pair of heels can really flatter any outfit. Try a pair of bright heels and pair them with another bold piece to create a color blocking effect.  

Another style necessity is a versatile handbag! I've literally lost count of how many purses I own but one of my most memorable and useful purchases has been a classic leather handbag that I've had for years now. 

You don't have to be a rockstar to sport a banging pair of stylish sunglasses. To me, shades are one of the most complimentary accessories a girl can own. A sturdy and trendy pair of shades is essential for the girl on the go, so don't be afraid to splurge on your perfect frames.

What are some essential items that you've splurged on?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fifth Third Bank via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of my own and are not indicative of the opinions of Fifth Third Bank.

11 June 2012

Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face and Body Lotion Review

It's almost the official start of summer and as it heats up it's an absolute must that we make sure our skin is protected. May is national skin cancer awareness month and although it just ended there's a way you can still raise awareness year round. You can start by putting the health of your skin first. Eucerin has been a pioneer in the skin care industry for over 100 years and is still recognized as one of the leading and most trustworthy therapeutic brands by both pharmacists and dermatologists.

Eucerin's Daily Protection Moisturizing Lotions help to protect skin from UVB- and UVA-induced sun damage and are great summer options since they serve as a daily lotion and SPF. The Face Lotion is non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores and can be easily applied before putting on makeup.


Glow: I've used Eucerin for years so it's no surprise that they're still producing great quality products. I absolutely love the Moisturizing Body Lotion and what I like most is that it's extremely lightweight. This was my first time trying their new lightweight formula and it took me by surprise because I'm used to the heavier textures of some of their other products. The Daily Protection line is perfect for warm weather because it's not greasy and it absorbs into the skin smoothly and effortlessly without feeling heavy. I love that I can apply it right out of the shower and instantly feel moisturized and refreshed! It also lasts throughout the day which is a huge plus ^_^ The Moisturizing Face Lotion is also lightweight and ideal for even the most sensitive skin.

Glare: For me, the only con was with the face lotion. I first applied it after my normal routine of washing and cleansing my face and it seemed a little tight and on the dry side. I have oily skin and the lotion almost has a matte like finish. I was worried about my skin possibly drying out but fortunately that wasn't the case at all. Once it settled into my skin my face looked balanced and felt good. But if you have dry skin you may need to try something a bit more moisturizing for your face. The good thing is that Eucerin has a solution for every skin type so just make sure you buy based on your skins needs. 

Would I Recommend It? I would! I really like the lightweight formula of both products. I know for me, during the scorching summer months sometimes it's a challenge to even want to wear lotion because of the heat but that's not the case with these. They absorb fast and the body lotion kept my skin nice and smooth. 

Where To Buy: Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face and Body Lotion are available at various retailers nationwide. Their products range from about $6-14 dollars. To purchase, learn more, or to find a location near you please visit http://www.eucerinus.com. If you're interested in trying out Eucerin Daily Protection they are currently offering a promotion where you can receive two free samples. All you have to do is Like their Facebook Page and follow the instructions on how to take the Eucerin Skin First Pledge.

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