Sunday, September 21, 2014

Get Your Healthiest Hair Ever from The Inside- What Foods Are Best??

Healthy hair grows from the inside out. It doesn't matter what miracle oils, conditioners, butters, pomades, and treatments you put on your hair - without proper nutrition, they mean nothing for your hair. No, that doesn't mean you need to drop your current nutrition plan and go vegan or paleo...although those are totally viable options if you so choose. The idea here is that what you put into your body is what you get out of it. Without certain vitamins, minerals, and other elements, your hair and body cannot be in optimal condition and health. 

Continue reading my article on naturallycurly.com HERE and find out what foods I suggest you be eating for your most healthy hair ever!

<3 Diane

My Skincare Routine ~ September 2014

My skin care routine is very important to me. Our skin is our largest organ and we wear it every single day (just like our hair) and I want it to look the best it possibly can!  I have combination, acne prone skin that also gets shiny very easily.  For the past few months, I have perfected a routine that works extremely well for me featuring products from TATCHA and Proactiv+ as well as a few others.

I actually started using good moisturizers and eye creams since I was 13. I saw my mom always using them and I wanted to. Thanks mom. However, much to my regret now there was a year or two in my high school days that I LOVED tanning beds and tanning outside. BAD!! But  I didn't know better. At least it wasn't any longer than that but I know I have that past damage I have to deal with and work to correct. Every single day now, rain or shine, summer or winter I use SPF30 on my face now. 

"Beauty Tool" wise I simply can't be without my clarisonic or NuFace. I use my clarisonic every single night to rid my face of makeup and environmental toxins that build up throughout the day. Seeing the brush head turn from white to makeup color at the end of my cleansing is extremely rewarding, as silly as that sounds. If there is a rare night I don't use it, my skin honestly doesn't feel as clean.

The NuFace Microcurrent face lift device has truly helped the tone and contour of my face. I use it between 3 and 5 days a week for 20 minutes, depending on my week.

Check out my video before for details about the products I use and order I order them below:



<3 Diane




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sephora Give Me More Lip Collection Holiday 2014 Live Swatches & Pics

Last year I absolutely loved the Sephora Give Me More Lip Collection (see that video here) so when I saw this year's go live on Sephora.com I ordered immediately!!! Being a self proclaimed lip product junkie, I needed this.

This kit is an incredible value- $192 worth of products for $59!! (plus I got 8% cash back on MrRebates!) and is a great way to try all different brands, lip colors and formulas.



The kit has about four products each in the red, pinks, nudes and berries shade families. Even if you are like me and don't wear a certain color (red for me) you can gift them and the value is still great and you are left with a lot to play with!


(the list below is from Sephora.com)
This set contains:
-bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Speak Your Mind (bubble gum pink)
-Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
-Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino (vibrant magenta)
-Buxom Mini Full Bodied lipstick in Menace
-Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment
-Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
-Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw
-Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Blush (medium rose brown)
-Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Armour
-MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil
-Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia Lip Tar: Matte Test Tube
-Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion
-Stila Stay All Day® Vinyl Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl (medium pink nude)
-Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody
-Tarte Lipsurgence Power Pigment in Flush
-Too Faced Cosmetics La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Naked Dolly
-Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Liquefied Long Wear lipstick


To compare this year to last years the main things are that last year had more full sizes (4 vs I think 2)
and this year has more products (16 lasy ear vs 17 this year)


I am not going to type out everything about every formula here, but if you check out my video review below I tried on all of the shades except the four reds. I'm sorry. I don't wear red lipsticks so they are being gifted and had to stay new for that purpose. Not only do I live swatch them all, but I do talk in detail how each one feels, how I like them and more. I also included the pictures below in the video too.




Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Posie Lip Balm

Too Faced Cosmetics La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Naked Dolly

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Speak Your Mind

Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Blush

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody

MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil

Buxom Mini Full Bodied lipstick in Menace

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino

Tarte Lipsurgence Power Pigment in Flush

Stila Stay All Day® Vinyl Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl

Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Liquefied Long Wear lipstick

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia Lip Tar: Matte Test Tube  

 Disclaimer: the products in this blog and video were purchased with my own money. I am not endorsed or sponsored by any company and receive no monetary compensation for my reviews. All opinions and words stated are my own truthful thoughts, as always.

<3 Diane


September 2014 Birchbox & Ipsy


Check out my videos below to see what I got in this month's Birchbox and Ipsy subscriptions! Starting next month, I promise I will take pictures of the actual bag contents for my blog here too ;)

Birchbox:


Ipsy:




disclaimer: products both purchased with my own money. I am not endorsed by either. Clicking the links to subscribe to either gives me points with each respected subscription service but does not give me any money. Thank you


<3 Diane

Friday, September 19, 2014

Does Your Hair Need Daily Moisture?

Many naturally curlies out there swear by moisturizing their hair regularly. Why? Regularly adding moisture to your hair will help it feel softer, become easier to manage and also become less prone to breakage which will allow the hair to grow longer. However, like most things in life, there are always exceptions to the rule. Every single head of hair is different and what may work for some, and even work for most, still may not work for all. Consider the following information to tell if your hair may not need a lot of extra moisturization  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ON NATURALLYCURLY.COM

<3 Diane

Tarte "Magic Wish" & "Kiss and Belle" Lipsurgence Sets Holiday 2014 (review & swatches)

I LOVE Tarte Lip Surgences! In my mind, they were the first brand that ever made a lipstick "crayon" The Lipsurgences are so moistuizing, pigmented and have pretty good to amazing staying power depending on the finish. Tarte usually does such generous Lipsurgence sets for the holidays and this year they switched it up featuring a Lipsurgence Crayon/Lipsurgence Lip Gloss mix mega set! Plus there is a cute little mini duo for only 5 bucks with a gloss and lipsurgence in the most perfect, wearable shade of pink!

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The Liprsurgences contain vitamin C which is antioxidant that gives the appearance of brighter skin, vitamin E which is natural preservative that also acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and antioxidant, peppermint oil which is natural fragrance cools and soothes inflamed or irritated lip and jojoba seed oil which is natural soothing extract that leaves lips soft, supple and smooth.

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I find all the lipsurgences to be very pigmented and moisturizing on my lips. The matte lip tints have longer wear than the original and the original also give off nice shine. The lipsurgence lip glosses are not sticky or tacky and smell
delicious, like vanilla. I personally love that this set is all shades of pinks and berries! Every color is a winner for me and I am happy to see no mud nudes or reds that I will never touch.



The Kiss & Belle Deluxe Lipsurgence Set includes:
• 4 deluxe LipSurgence™ lip tints: dreamy (cool raspberry), alluring (mauve), innocent (warm nude), dainty (pink)
• 2 deluxe LipSurgence™ matte lip tints: eternal (pinky nude), fancy (plum berry)
• 2 deluxe LipSurgence™ lip glosses: kiss (light pink), belle (raspberry)

eternal

dreamy

kiss

alluring

innocent

belle

dainty

fancy


 The "Magic Wish" lip set is a deluxe size lipsurgence and lip gloss. This is an add on on tarte's website. Once you have an item in your cart, this will appear to add it to your order. Both the tint and the gloss are such pretty, wearable shades of classic pink and for five dollars how can you go wrong?


I really am loving the "Sweet Dreams" Theme of the tarte holiday collection this year!
magic
wishful

 be sure to check out my video review too where I live swatch all of the colors and also have a picture slideshow of each shade swatched with and without a camera flash =)




Disclaimer: the products in this blog and video were purchased with my own money. I am not endorsed or sponsored by any company and receive no monetary compensation for my reviews. All opinions and words stated are my own truthful thoughts, as always.

<3 Diane

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What Are Emollients & How Do They Benefit Your Hair?

You may have heard the word "Emollient" thrown around in regards to hair product ingredients. Often, "emollient" is interchanged with "moisturizer" but they are not the same thing. Moisturizers are products where as emollients are a single ingredient which can also be found in the moisturizers.

CLICK  HERE to read my article all about Emollients, why they are beneficial to your hair and the best kind to use over on naturallycurly.com!

<3 Diane