Product Review: Pantene “Repair and Protect”

926182_449273181875914_1812983449_n I recently got a sample of Pantene’s “Repair and Protect” in the mail.  I figured I would give it a shot because I love trying new products.  I know some who love Pantene too.

It did give my hair a shine, which is nice.  My hair is naturally oily to begin with, so within a day of using this product, my hair is already flat, and blah.

 

 

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This was the after picture after I dried my hair and straightened it.  A full bottle of each product retail around $4, which is reasonable.

Would I purchase this?  Probably not.  My hair felt  crunchy/dry after I dried it not soft like I’m used to, and I really don’t like the fragrance of their products.

 

Happy Shopping!

Remember Those Little Things

I often read articles about cleaning different items in your home and life.  It’s the usual list on how to maintain the dirtiest areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and possibly the laundry room.  What about the items we use every day?  The computer keyboard, mouse, TV remotes, door knobs, handles around the house and at work, common areas?  Do we forget to clean them in our routines?  it happens to the best of us.  Don’t forget about your phones and tablets either!  They are covered in bacteria, and possibly fecal matter (YEP!).  Even if you have the cleanest house, the bacteria on those surfaces can be transmitted to your body making you or loved ones sick, or sicker.  Not to mention, that acne breakout you are suffering through might actually be caused by using a dirty cell phone.  It’s true.  Below is a quick guide on when and how to maintain cleaning the little things.

 

  • Phones & Tablets:  Pledge makes a great multi surface product that cleans without damaging your devices.  Read the instructions carefully, and wipe them down once a week.
  • Computer accessories:  Canned air is your best friend.  I can’t stress that enough.  It is important to spray some in your keyboard once a week, and sometimes you can spray a little into the mouse, and tower (if you still use a desktop).  It does help remove any food particles or excess dirt or dust that can lead to malfunctioning or overheating.  Also, remember to wipe down the keys, and the mouse.  I’m sure you are aware of how often you are touching the keys then touching your face.  This is especially important to remember to get a jump on flu season.
  • Remotes:  We all use them, love them, and probably couldn’t live without them.  Remember to clean them once a week.  Don’t forget to wipe around the buttons too.
  • Door knobs & other various handles:  Antibacterial spray works well on these items every other day.  You do not have to buy a big name brand if you don’t want to either; they all work as well as each other.  One thing to keep in mind is these sprays can double as an odor eliminator.  I am not a fan of Febreeze because I feel like it just masks odors, and doesn’t eliminate them.  I’ve had dogs and that product never helped aid in removing the smell, but the antibacterial sprays did make a difference.  I actually spray some on my mattresses when I change the sheets, and a lot of other various items too.  I love it!  I do not recommend spraying it into your cat’s litter box.  It may confuse your cats, or using too much may poison them.
  • Blinds & Curtains:  I take my blinds down once a year to wipe them down.  They are usually covered in dirt and dust.  I use dawn dish soap and warm water to clean them.  It’s safe, quick and effective.   I also want to note, my blinds are the basic white ones.  If you have a better quality, or they are wooden, et cetera, follow the cleaning instruction that came with them.  Wooden blinds would be best with a quick wipe with Pledge cleaner.  The Venetian style blinds can be vacuumed every so often as well.

What works for me is to create lists or make notes in my day planner about what needs to be done when.  I understand that we are all very busy, and barely have time to breathe.  It is important to remember the little things, because they add up the fastest.  Your health and wellness is vital, and should be protected from inside and out.

What are some of your favorite household tips? 

Product Review – Leave in Conditioner

I have spent a lot of money and time trying to find the best balance when it comes to conditioning my hair because even though it is oily, it tends to dry out fairly easily.  It’s a delicate dance I play with chemistry.

I decided to try Motions brand leave in conditioner.  It’s under $4 a bottle and can be found in most beauty supply places.  I haven’t seen it in stores like Target or Walmart.

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Results?   I’m not crazy about it at all.  My hair feels stiff and straw-like and doesn’t have the shine that I like.  There are other products that I like better as a leave in that give my hair life and make it soft, shiny and beautiful.

Recommend?  I’d skip this.  It’s inexpensive but the results aren’t worth it.

 

Here I am sans makeup after using the product during my hair routine.

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From Caked to Cupcake

Sitting at your vanity, calmly applying the face you want to wear with the perfect light highlighting your visage  – Does this really happen to anyone?  My usual makeup routine is sandwiched between the other million things I have to do before I’m out the door.  That goes for any time of day too, even if I’m going out for the evening.  I specifically want to mention eyeshadow.  I absolutely love eyeshadow and using various colors to create a new shade or new look to compliment my outfit.  I’m a true artist and use my face as yet another pallet.  Does this mean everyone should have animal print eyelids?  No.

First things first, remember your audience.  What does that mean?  Is it a wise idea to cake on the makeup, go heavy on the lids for an important meeting or meeting new clients? No, not at all.  For most, if not all, work settings, it is truly best to stay as natural as possible, when it comes to your eyes.  Save the bright blues and coppers for a night out on the town.  A simple soft shade,  liner and great mascara go a long way versus trying to “express yourself.”   Even if your boss is more lax and encourages you to express yourself; still play it safe.  You never know who you will encounter and what new connections / networking can be made.

What about that night out?  Again, know your audience.  Are you going on that first date?  Play with colors but stick to something low key that enhances your natural beauty.  I don’t think he or she would appreciate dating a Monet painting – they should be getting to know you.  What if you’ve been married for what feels like forever?  Break out your colors and play around until you find a combination you love.  Spice things up, have fun – be someone different that night.  Just remember that too much really is too much and caked on isn’t cute.  I call it the “Cupcake” alternative.  It is just enough without being too much.

Also, don’t break the bank in search of the best eyeshadow.  The prices vary from very inexpensive to very expensive, and now there are brands that claim to last longer than 5+ hours on your face without issue.  I don’t recommend wearing the same makeup longer than 10 hours.  Your skin needs to breathe – but that is another topic altogether.  Do make sure you test products out to find out what works best on your skin.  I haven’t found that expensive brands work better than inexpensive ones, so don’t feel the need to splurge (unless you want to).  Don’t be afraid to try new colors either!  Mix, match and be fabulous!  The same rules apply to the brushes.  I find my cheap brushes do their job well and clean very easily so I don’t waste endless q-tips (I call them Q-Tip$) in the process.

Take a risk, beauty, don’t always be on your guard.  Life is too short to go along with the crowd.

Stay beautiful!  xox