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Hair Update: Living Proof

February 21, 2017

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Hey guys! So if you will remember, about 2 weeks ago I started a hair trial using Living Proof products. To refresh your memory, you can check to post out here. I was looking for a solution that would keep my hair shiny and vibrant so that I could stay camera ready for all of my blog pictures. I used the complete system of the Restore line including their all new Restore Perfecting Spray. The Perfecting Spray is to be used after you’ve washed & conditioned your hair (while still wet) and is the final touch to strengthen, smooth and provide body to your tresses. Just spray on from root to tip and comb through with no tangles!

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So I gave it a try and tested these products out for two weeks and I must say that I love it! This is me after I’ve already used the products a few times so that’s why I have a smile on my face. :)

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The first thing that I noticed was the smell. It smells heavenly! I probably overdid it on my first use because I didn’t want the smell to go away (haha).

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I use a lot of heat products when I’m styling my hair. Most of the time I do not have the luxury of letting it air dry because I am always in a hurry so I have to blow dry it. Then I follow that up with a hot comb (women of color definitely know this step) to get my roots straight and smooth. Then I style it with either a straightener or a curling iron depending on which way I choose to do my hair. In summary, that’s a lot of heat and heat can damage your ends and leave them feeling dry (not cute).

I can honestly say that I saw a difference very early on. When blow drying my hair, it felt so soft already and by the time that I got to curling it, I knew for sure that this product was working. The Restore Perfecting Spray uses “a blend of a cationic detangler and a slip-enhancing polymer” that when combined, provide easier detangling. The formula also includes UV and thermal protection and is sulfate-free, silicone free, oil-free and safe for color and chemically treated hair. I’d say that covers it all!

Camera ready? Approved!

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I would highly encourage anyone to give these products a try. You can get the Restore Perfecting Spray here and the full line of Restore products here. It will be in my regular hair care routine and I’m excited to have found new products that work. Thank you Living Proof!

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*This post was sponsored by Living Proof. All opinions are my own

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Hair Trial with Living Proof

February 8, 2017

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Great hair is essential to any outfit that you can put together. It is an accessory and can enhance and elevate your style. After all, your look is a complete package that includes everything from head to toe, not just the clothing that you put on. So while it is great to keep up with the latest trends and designs, it is also important to maintain healthy, vibrant hair.

So I’ve teamed up with Living Proof to try out their Restore line of hair care products particularly their brand new Restore Perfecting Spray. You all know that I take a lot of pictures. I am constantly shooting for either my blog or brands which means that I am constantly styling my hair. I like to change up my hair styles along with my looks but that doesn’t always leave my strands feeling their best. With continuous heat styling, exposure to the sunlight and other elements, I need a hair care line that will keep my tresses from drying and provide a smooth, natural shine. From curly to straight to everything in between, I want to be able to continue to be versatile with my hair while also keeping it vibrant and protecting it from damage. After all, I have to be camera ready at all times!

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I’m trying out this regimen for 2 weeks and will report back with a hair update. As you can see, I will be using the Restore Shampoo & Conditioner, the Restore Mask Treatment and Instant Protection and of course the Restore Perfecting Spray.

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I am particularly interested in the Restore Perfecting Spray because it seems like it will be the solution I need for my busy life. It’s a featherweight detangler that you spray on your wet hair after washing and it boosts hydration, conditions and has a heat protectant. All of Living Proof’s products have what’s called OFPMA, which is their patented Healthy Hair Molecule that repels dirt, eliminates frizz and protects your strands. They also have PBAE which is their patented thickening molecule to create voluminous, full hair even on finest of textures. All of those qualities in one spray will seriously help to save time on wash days!

Have you ever used Living Proof before? If so, how did it transform your hair? Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for the results. Also, you can try out the products with me and find them here.

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*This post was sponsored by Living Proof. All opinions are my own.

My Morning Routine w/ Neutrogena

January 26, 2017

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Skincare is a vital part of everyday life. Fashion and makeup products are great but quality skincare will allow you to have the best skin possible to accentuate your entire look. As I get older, I am much more mindful of what products to use that are suitable for my evolving skin. So that’s why when I was introduced to Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream, I knew that I had to try it and incorporate it into my morning routine.

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My days are somewhat hectic as I’m sure you all can relate to. So in the morning when I first wake up, I try to adapt calming habits that set the tone for whatever the day may bring. One of the ways that I achieve this is with a great smelling candle. There’s nothing more peaceful than lighting a candle in the quietness of the early morning. I also try to read something inspirational or motivational even if I can only fit in a page or two.

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I hang quotes and sayings all around my room to serve as constant reminders of who I am and what I strive to be. I love these prints that I picked up because they are so reminiscent of my personality – a sassy, faith filled woman with dreams!

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So now back to the skincare which is the next step in my process. I make it a point not to sleep in my makeup (I use these Neutrogena makeup remover wipes faithfully) and to cleanse my skin daily. That provides the perfect canvas for my moisturizer to follow. As my skin continues to age, I am starting to use the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream as an added step in my routine. Skincare is all about prevention! So while I do not have visible wrinkles now, it is important to make sure that it stays that way by using products to combat that early on. The Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream has retinol which is a super moisturizer that nourishes and plumps up your skin. It’s fast acting with results showing in as little as one week. SIGN ME UP FOR ALL OF THAT!

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Can you tell that I am just tickled pink about great skin?! To try out this product for yourself, be sure to get it here!

*This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions are my own

Holiday Gift Guide w/ Stylewatch

December 8, 2016

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With really only 3 weeks left until Christmas, the gift getting frenzy has officially ensued. I don’t know about you but I sometimes find it difficult to find the perfect gift for each of my loved ones and it can leave me stressed to the max! Going store to store at the last minute only to come out with nothing can be incredibly exhausting. Luckily for you and for me, People Stylewatch Magazine has selected some of their top picks for holiday gifts that your friends and family are sure to love. The best part is that you can purchase these online so no need to fight for parking and wait in long check out lines. See the list below!

Kipling Paolo Velvet Backpack

This super smooth velvet backpack is great for someone who is often on the go but still loves to be stylish going from point A to B. A great mixture of fashion and functionality!

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Outfit details: Sweater | Skirt

Marc Fisher Factor2 Two Piece Velvet Sandal

Continuing on with the velvet trend, these glitter heel sandals are a great gift for someone who knows how to get the party started. With New Year’s Eve right around the corner from Christmas, this will be an item that your recipient can start to enjoy immediately! Also, they come in 2 additional colors.

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Quay Australia Sunglasses

These ultra stylish yet surprisingly affordable sunglasses will serve as an impressive gift. With quality on par with high end designer brands, no one will be the wiser that you spent less than $60!

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Color Therapy Sally Hansen is a system that includes a color coat and top coat. But this just isn’t any nail polish. This system promises to “care while you wear”. With argan oil infused in the products, it provides nourishment for healthy looking nails.

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Ban.do “Back Me Up” Mobile Charger

We all have that one friend of family member whose phone is always dying. If you knew me personally, that person would be me. That is one of the reasons why I love this phone accessory so much. It is a compact phone mobile charger so that you don’t ever have to worry about your phone dying when you are out. Also the cute details of the pink and gold are a great feminine touch.

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Spring Lipstick Shades for Darker Skin

May 13, 2016

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Today I am doing something a little different on the blog. Although I love fashion, I also love to dabble in beauty, particularly lipsticks. Lipsticks are such a great way to get an instant pop of color. They can be the perfect accessory to your outfit by complimenting your color scheme or being the contrast that you need to really make your look shine. The best part is that lipsticks are easily accessible to everyone and different shades can look great on a myriad of skin tones. This post, however, is dedicated to my brown girls since I am a brown girl myself and I wanted to test out some new shades for the Spring/Summer seasons.

Lipstick Color: ColourPop Mars

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So I finally got on the ColourPop train. I have been hearing about this brand for so long and how they have great quality products for inexpensive prices. I almost thought that it was too good to be true. With these matte lipsticks for only $6/each, I thought there has to be something wrong with them, right? I was pleasantly surprised with this bright coral color that is the same texture and consistency of some of my $20 lip shades. Needless to say, I’m a believer!

Lipstick Color: Stila Cosmetics Como

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This is probably my favorite lipstick shade. Every time I wear it, I get SO many compliments. Although its a bright color, it complements my skin tone well. A mixture of a pink and purple, it gives off a flawless shade that is sure to get you noticed. Best thing is, its versatile. I originally saw this lip color on a blogger that was white and fell in love with it on her. After heading to my nearest Sephora and trying it on for myself, I knew that I had a winner.

Lipstick Color: Coloured Raine Electric Raine

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For my bold girls, this color is for you! This orange colored hue is one that will definitely get you noticed. “Electric” is actually the perfect name to describe this lipstick. Although it is a vibrant shade, our melanin can surely handle it. The warmth and richness of our skin tone offers a great balance that not many have and serves to enhance our face, creating an overall glowing look. P.S. – Coloured Raine is a black owned business.

Lipstick Color: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Prom Night

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I love a good pink lipstick. It is my go-to for a lot of looks because its a great pop of color that is noticeable yet can also blend in. This shade from Jeffree Star screams all things Spring. It is fun, vibrant and totally girlie (sort of like me). A classic Barbie pink that is matte and lasts all day? Sign me up!

Lipstick Color: ColourPop Trap with Revlon Super Natural Gloss

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Ok raise your hand if you are a brown skin girl who has had the hardest time finding a great nude lipstick? (insert raised hand emoji here). It is such a struggle right? If they are not making your lips look completely ashy, they are just non-existent altogether. I just so happen to stumble on these two products and I am so thankful that I did. When placing my order with ColourPop, I decided to purchase multiple shades because, hello, only $6! I didn’t want to go through the hassle of paying for shipping twice and thought that it was worth the risk. So I purchased “Trap” which creates the base of this nude look. When I tried it on, I was pleasantly surprised but knew I was missing. I remembered that I had received this Revlon gloss in a gift bag and thought, “I wonder if that would look good with this?”. And BOOM! With a slight tint of color, it adds the shine to this matte nude shade and creates a simple yet flawless appearance.

Hope you love these shades as much as I do!

Hugs & KISSES,

Kristine

Silky Hair with Moroccanoil

January 26, 2016

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Today I am doing something a little different on the blog. Although I mainly highlight fashion, I wanted to explore some other areas that can enhance your overall look as well. After all, style does not begin and end with fashion but it is the entire presentation. So today we are talking about hair care. I’ve had the privilege of trying out the line of Moroccanoil products and I must say that I am quite impressed. If you are not familiar with this brand, they are the first to have Argan oil-infused beauty. With much of the country experiencing the harshness and dryness of Winter, argan oil can help bring back that luster and shine into your tresses. An added bonus is that their line extends to skincare as well so no matter your hair or skincare woes, Moroccanoil’s extensive range of products can help you through.

My normal hair routine is like many others in that I wash it with shampoo and conditioner, blow dry it and then style it however I see fit whether that be curly or straight. What I decided to do was simply replace my normal products with the Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner and then straighten my hair with the Moroccanoil treatment.

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These products are color safe, sulfate, phosphate and paraben free which is so important to the health of your hair. The shampoo & conditioner left my hair feeling very clean from root to tip. It was different type of feel than my other cleansers. After blow drying my hair, this is what I look like. Real attractive, I know, BUT it gets better.

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Ok so are you ready for this transformation? Look at the shine and vibrancy that my hair has?! With one pump of the Moroccanoil Treatment, my hair immediately came to life! I normally don’t apply any products before straightening  which leaves stubborn fly-aways that I have just learned to live with. After using the oil, I felt like I has just stepped out of a salon. Not one hair out of place. It was SUCH a difference.

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Can you tell that I am in love? In all seriousness, I truly saw a difference in my hair after using these products and I’m excited to try the skincare as well including the Shimmering Body Oil pictured below on the far right. This oil gives you glowing and radiant skin that is nourishing as well. You can see the full line as well as information here.

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*This post was sponsored by Moroccanoil. All opinions are my own

Beauty…Your Way

September 16, 2015

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Beauty and fashion are closely intertwined industries. Both allow you the ability to present the best version of yourself based on your own style and aesthetics. It’s a way of self-expression and shows a glimpse into who you are. Traditionally, we as consumers have been influenced by what is highlighted in mainstream media. The latest trends and newest crazes all stem from what brands decide that we should flock to. But what if we had the power to decide for ourselves?

Let me introduce you to Volition Beauty. Volition is a new cosmetics line that is changing the beauty industry as we know it by giving the decision making power back to consumers. What does that mean? At VolitionBeauty.com, you have the ability to tell the company what products you want made instead of it being the other way around. Members can browse through their site to discover products that they would like to vote on. Once a product campaign gets enough votes, Volition creates the product and anyone who voted for the product can purchase it at a discount (up to 40% off!) – just for voting! Volition works with the top labs and cosmetic chemists, the same ones that formulate for leading luxury brands, to make their community member’s product ideas a reality. So essentially, you will be getting name brand quality at cheaper price (where do I sign up?).

I love the idea of taking matters into your own hands and deciding what products to create so I had to try it out for myself. I was drawn to the Instant Mattifying Mist from their product collection because of my oily-prone skin. I was looking for something that would keep me matte and smooth all day. As soon as I sprayed the product on my skin, I instantly became a believer. I could immediately tell a difference and could feel my skin tightening to close up my pores. I was compelled to vote and that’s just what I did. You can do the same! Head over to VolitionBeauty.com, sign up and vote on a product you would like to have. You could be a part of the start of a beauty revolution!

As an added bonus, I’m giving away an amazing CoCreation Collection filled with 4 deluxe sized samples of current product campaigns so that you, too, can try these out for yourselves. I wish that I could hold on to this myself but I love y’all too much not to share. To enter to win this gift is simple: browse through the product campaigns on VolitionBeauty.com, vote on a product and tell me what you voted on. That’s it and the prize could be yours! Be sure to comment on this post below.

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*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own