HASK Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner

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I recently tried a sample of the Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo and the Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Conditioner.  There are several things that I like about the products and one big thing that I don’t.

I have color treated hair so I do like that both products are non-staining and safe for all hair, natural or dyed.  The scent is nice, light and citrusy, and not overpowering at all.

This is a purifying shampoo and conditioner that uses a combination of charcoal (derived from coconut shells), lemon and grapefruit oils that is designed to cleanse, clarify and eliminate impurities from your hair and scalp.  I like that it’s does that but is gentle enough for daily use and is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors.

After all that, what is there not to like?

Glad you asked!  I don’t like how my hair feels after using the shampoo.  It left it feeling really dry and very tangly.  Like super tangly.  I’m assuming that it is because the shampoo did it’s job of purifying and clarifying my hair.

I of course thought that the conditioner would correct that but it didn’t help.  I did leave it on for several minutes to see if that would help.  Good thing that I had my wet brush (that thing is a lifesaver!) to detangle my hair because it felt like a hot mess back there.

hugs –lisa

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DIY – Makeup Brush Cleaning Board

I want to show you how I made a super quick and easy DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Board. You just need a few things:

* I also created a template to guide me as I glued onto the clipboard

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I know that I need to be better at regularly cleaning my brushes but for me it was always so messy and time consuming because I didn’t have a tool to help me.  I saw a DIY on Facebook one day and then I watched several videos on YouTube and thought, “I can make that!”  So I did!

I glued dots, squiggly lines, spirals and zig zag lines onto the clipboard.  I let it thoroughly dry and then cleaned my brushes using baby wash.  It worked really well and it was easy to use.  A lot less mess than me doing it by hand.

Here’s my video showing you how I did it!

 

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Bonita VoxBox | July 2016

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I received my first ever VoxBox from Influenster and it was full of goodies!

This particular box was called the Bonita VoxBox and it included the following:

  • A full-size bottle of Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel
  • A sample and coupon from Revlon
  • An individual serving of Fiber One brownies
  • A generous sample of Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment and Deep Conditioning Masque
  • A full-size bottle of SinfulColors nail polish

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I’ve tried the Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel hydrating toner and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not oily.  The only thing that I am not happy with is the scent.  I can’t describe it but I was expecting a mint scent maybe?  Something fresh and light?  But this toner is great so I will definitely use the entire product.

Next was the sample from Revlon.

I’ve already tried both colors and they both felt moisturizing but they stayed “wet” feeling and I’m not a super fan of lip gloss.  It did come with a coupon so I may buy one of the lipsticks but probably not the lip gloss.

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Marvin and I shared this single serving size of Fiber One Brownies.  Marvin didn’t care for them.  He said that they lacked flavor.  I thought they were alright.  I mean it’s not like a for real brownie with all it’s fatty goodness.

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When we unboxed this in the video I thought it was a face mask and I was like, eh.  But it turns out that it is a hair masque and I’m all about trying that!!  I will be trying it soon so watch my blog for my thoughts on this.

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The last product from the box was this full-size nail polish from SinfulColors.  I really liked the color.  I have tried this and had it on for almost 4 full days and so far it is holding up well!  I’m doing a separate blog post on this as well so stay tuned!

Did any of y’all get this VoxBox?  If so, link your blog below so I can check it out!

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

 

*I received these products complimentary for testing purposes.

We’re All Matte Here | SinfulColors Nail Polish

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I received this bottle of SinfulColors Limited Time Porcelain Matte nail polish in my recent Bonita VoxBox and so far I am loving it!  It’s a great summer color and usually retails for $1.99-$2.99 in stores.

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Thursday night I painted my nails.  I first started with a base coat of Bonder by Orly.  I then applied two coats of the SinfulColors polish in We’re All Matte Here and ended with a topcoat of Essie Gel-setter topcoat and it wore very well!

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When the polish dries it has a flat or matte finish, and it is part of the porcelain matte line so that makes sense.  When I added the Essie gel-setter top coat it gave it a really great shine and helped my polish to last longer.  I haven’t tried the polish without a gloss topcoat yet but when I do, I’m sure I’ll mention it on SnapChat or my IG or something.

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Here’s how my nails look after 4 days.

As you will notice there is some wear but overall I think it lasted well.  Especially considering a manicure at the salon usually lasts me about 2-3 days before chipping etc.  Since it wore so well last night I added another coat of polish and gel-setter topcoat and my nails look fresh and ready to go for a few more days!

Have you tried any nail products that you’d like to share about?  Link it in the comments below!

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

**I received the SinfulColors nail polish complimentary for testing purposes.

 

 

 

Heading to NYC

It was time for our big trip of the year!  We were heading to NYC and I was super excited! 

Maxi dresses are very comfortable for traveling.  I bought this super cute dress at JCPenney and they even had it in a petite size!  High 5 for clothes for short people!

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Here we are, getting ready to take off!  Traveling is so much fun when you have a great travel buddy.

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We LUV flying on Southwest Airlines!  Just wish it flew into Rapid City in South Dakota and the Pasco Airport in Washington.  Can someone make that happen for me?! 

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One of my favorite parts about flying is the people watching and reading through the magazines in the seat pocket in front of me. 

And of course the snacks…haha!!

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You can learn some cool stuff from the Spirit Mag such as it used to take 27 hours to make a Peep!  Who knew?!  Well…now I do!!

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And this kind of stuff just cracks me up.

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After a brief layover in St. Louis we FINALLY arrived at our destination. 

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Now to take our first taxi cab ride in NYC. 

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The taxi ride from LaGuardia to Times Square was around $57.  That included the toll and tip.  You can pay with a credit/debit card which made it super easy.

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The East River – we hear about this a lot when we watch Law & Order.

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:: SPOILER ALERT ::

In NYC there are “characters” on Times Square that you can take pics with.  They of course want a tip but more on that later.  Sad to say but they are just humans dressed up as those characters.  What a let down.  

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But seriously, I wish they would stay “in character” in case a younger kid might see them walking down the street. 

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But I won’t let that get me down because WooHoo!!  We are in NYC baby!

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Now time to freshen up, head to dinner and have some fun.

Have you ever been to NYC?  What was your favorite part? 

Stay awesome!! ~lisa