Month: December 2015

2015 Hair Recap

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas/holiday season with your loved ones. So here we are at the end of another year. Can you believe that today is the last day of 2015? I feel like I’ve said this at some point literally every month this year, but this year seriously flew by. I’m genuinely excited for 2016 because I want to make some changes, which I will discuss more in depth when I post my 2016 Hair Resolutions.

As for my 2015 Resolutions, I did better than I expected:

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My Top 5 Beauty Products of 2015

So since I just did a list of my favorite hair products of 2015, I figured it was time to do a post for my favorite beauty products of 2015!When I first thought of compiling a list of my favorite products, I really didn’t think I would need one specifically for beauty. But towards the end of this year, my interest in skincare and, to a lesser extent, nails has really been growing while my interest in haircare has been stagnant. It’s not to say that hair topics bore me, it’s just that this is the time of year where I keep my hair hidden in braids, so there isn’t really much to discuss in terms of hair. While haircare will always be a topic on this blog, there will definitely be more beauty posts (skincare/nails/makeup) in 2016 ๐Ÿ™‚

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My Top 7 Hair Products of 2015

So with 2015 winding down, I thought now would be a great time to do a round up of my favorite hair products of 2015. These are products that, although I just discovered them this year, they already hold a special place for me. At first I was going to just do a combined beauty and hair favorites, but then I realized they really needed to be separate posts. I didn’t want a super long post nor did I want to omit things that I genuinely loved this year, so my favorite beauty products will be posted later this week.

So here my favorite hair products in 2015:

feature1. Crece Pelo

This post would not be complete without my Holy Grail deep conditioner. This isn’t my favorite conditioner of 2015, but of my entire six year hair journey period. It’s crazy knowing how many years I ignored this conditioner; I would always see this at my local beauty supply and I even tried the leave in, but never tried thought to try out the conditioner. This conditioner seriously works magic on my hair and, if you haven’t checked out the review already, here it is.

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This is another Holy Grail product I discovered this year. While this has been more of a game changer for my skin regimen, I still cannot imagine conditioning my hair without adding this in. Here is the review if you’re interested

images3. Aloe Vera
I can’t believe I waited so long to try out aloe vera. Truthfully, I don’t remember what prompted me to try it but I’m so glad I did. My hair loves aloe vera and anything containing it (well, almost everything).ย  Let’s not forget aloe vera is also used in one of my favorite hair treatments. I did get some aloe vera gel to try as a styling gel but it didn’t work for my type 4 hair (I will probably try it out again with a different leave in). However I did try it out on someone with fine type 3 hair and it worked wonderfully as a gel; it gave great hold, curl definition, softness and shine.

71mfKkKPoqL._SL1500_4. Avocado Oil
Although I recently got back on good terms with olive oil, avocado oil is still my go to heavy oil. It’s thick but doesn’t weigh my hair down (like castor oil) and leaves it so soft. I also use it on my skin, but definitely use this much more for my hair. What’s funny is this was more of an impulse buy, so it kind of sat around collecting dust for awhile. It wasn’t until I did some research on my favorite oils that I became aware of the amazing benefits of avocado oil.

shea-moisture5. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
I tried this right after I big chopped and remember that while it did leave my hair soft, it didn’t define my curls. Curl Enhancing Smoothie my ass, I thought…so I kinda just threw it in the back of my cabinet. But while researching to attempt my first (successful) twistout,I fell back in love with this leave in. This leave in is awesome for set styles like braidouts, twistouts, etc and is heavy enough for the impending winter. When I moisturize with this and seal with avocado oil, my hair stays soft and moisturized for days. I’m so happy I found this combo because I was really struggling with finding a leave in and oil for my hair this winter.

DSCN79776. Clay
I had been putting off using clay for the longest time. It wasn’t until I tried the Maximum Hydration Method that I really research clay and liked the results on other people’s hair. Despite it’s messiness, I have grown to absolutely love clay and what it does for my hair. To be totally honest, were the regimen not so limited and time consuming, I would return to the Maximum Hydration Method because my hair looked and felt great on it. But I’m just fine with taking away the products that worked for me (Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner and bentonite clay). In 2016, I’m hoping to use it for it’s intended purpose (facial mask) and I may even try another type of clay like rhassoul.

gpn7. Aubrey GPB Conditioner

Admittedly I almost left this out because I don’t use it nearly as much as I should. I really love this conditioner because it is a light protein and has the perfect balance of moisture and protein. Protein conditioners were always a gray area in my regimen because, while I know they are necessary for healthy hair, I was always concerned about protein overload from a too much protein (especially now that I’m natural and don’t need as much). While I do still like Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor, Aubrey’s GPB is slightly cheaper and is silicone and mineral oil free.

So that’s it for this list. Check back later this week for my top five favorite beauty products of 2015 ๐Ÿ™‚

Product Review: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in “Clueless”

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Today I will be reviewing Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in the shade “Clueless”. They retail for $6 on Colourpop’s website but since I only wanted one color, I ordered mine off of eBay for $9.99 with free shipping. I really wanted to review this one because, I guess since this is a newer shade, there aren’t too many reviews on it. The few reviews I did see on people close to my complexion were what ultimately sold me on this shade. (more…)

My Cyber Monday Mini Haul

Just a quick heads up, I created a survey to get some feedback on this blog. I would genuinely appreciate if you took a moment to answer (if you already did, thank you so much and feel free to skip this!) because your responses will help me tailor my future posts more towards what you guys want to see ๐Ÿ™‚
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