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A Few Items Added To My Beauty Collection

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Recently I decided to increase my make-up collection. Believe it or not, I have products from 11 years ago, way back during my beauty pageant days. I often wonder if I should keep or toss the Tarte eye shadow and blush palette kit? The colors are just as pigmented as they were when I purchased them, and I know the make-up rule says toss them, but I wonder… They still work.

To increase my collection I have shopped at ULTA and Sephora and I am a quarterly subscriber to Vegan Cuts Make Up Box.  Here in Albuquerque there are only three ULTA and two Sephora stores. Folks from larger cities are probably cracking up right now. I have had a lot of fun giving my money to these places in exchange for some really cool all-natural, vegan, organic, cruelty-free make-up that makes me feel glorious and look beautiful. The entire process has been therapeutic. Trust me. It’s what I needed. Below are just a few items.

ULTA

PUR Chrome Glaze High-Sine Lip Gloss in (L-R) Squad; Neutral Red, Smarty Pants; Coral, Arm Candy; Strawberry and Rebel; Dark Plum.

These lips glosses are thick, shiny and lasting. I love the way they look on my complexion.

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PUR On Point Lip Liner in color Vamp Brick Red. This lip liner is so pigmented you can wear it by itself and still be fashionably in-sync.

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SHEA MOISTURE Creme Concealer in color Hazel. For my dark circles I couple this concealer with Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in color Rich. The two have been doing the trick to make my dark circles less noticeable.

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SHEA MOISTURE Lip liner in Pencil Light. During the summer I often wear light lip colors and a light brown lip pencil is a perfect blend for all the colors I wear.

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SHEA MOISTURE Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils in colors Navy, Brown and Gold. The Gold is my summer favorite.

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Winter Wonderland – Vegan Cuts Make Up Box

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

I waited for the winter Vegan Cuts Make-Up Box to arrive with great anticipation. I sort of held off on buying make up because I didn’t want to purchase something that might be in the new collection.

I thought about this make up box a lot before I received it. I planned to write a post ASAP upon its arrival but it arrived too close to Christmas and I just got too busy.

However, as usual, Vegan Cuts Make-Up Box did not disappoint. I adore the items in the winter wonderland collection and below is a briefing on each item.

Juice Beauty phyto-pigments cream shadow stick. Y’all know I love Juice Beauty. This cream shadow can be used as a stand alone shadow or eyeliner. $22

Ofra Cosmetics Rainbow Lips Ritz Gloss. The product is an entire wheel of five lips colors that contains six beautiful shades to suit all skin tones. $24

Thrive Causemetics Triple Color Stick in Olivia. You can apply this intense color directly to your cheeks and lips. I used it on my cheeks. For my skin tone it works best as a highlighter. The stick is infused with age-defying vitamin C and evening primrose oil to brighten and hydrate skin. Comes with a built in brush. $36

PHB Ethical Beauty Organic Eyeliner. I never experienced an eyeliner that went on smooth, fast and easy. $9.95

 

 

 

Top 3 Hair Growth Vitamins

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The list below was compiled by experts. It reveals this top hair vitamins for potency ingredients that are clinically proven to work and for user satisfaction.

#1: Hair La Vie by La Muse Beauty

La Muse Beauty is number one and here’s why:

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  • It contains 20 of the clinically proven active ingredients that healthy hair needs to be repaired and grow. More than any other on the market today.
  • These ingredients include the vital 5000mcg of biotin, Saw Palmetto, organic kelp and folic acid.
  • They have absolutely NO synthetic fillers, binders or artificial ingredients, even their capsules are made of vegetable cellulose.
  • Hair La Vie has many positive user reviews and user experiences.
  • Their customer service team is knowledgeable and easy to contact.
  • They stand behind their product with a strong, 90 day no-hassle money back guarantee.

#2: Viviscal Hair

Viviscal missed out on being number one and here’s why:

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  • Viviscal is a well-known, popular brand but user reviews show a recent formula change
  • This only offers 120mcg of biotin, way under the daily recommended dosage for hair growth.
  • It does contain shark powder but does not have any Saw Palmetto or folic acid.
  • They have many synthetic fillers including, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and maltodextrin.
  • They use tablets that may not dissolve properly instead of all-natural, quick dissolving veggie capsules.

#3: Brock Beauty’s Hairfinity

Unfortunately, Hairfinity came in third place and here’s why:

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  • Hairfinity is a very popular brand but they only contain 12 of the active ingredients mentioned above.
  • Consumers have reported terrible breakouts and hair thinning after using the product.
  • This product does not contain Saw Palmetto or kelp.
  • It is not all-natural because it contains the cheap filler magnesium stearate.
  • Hairfinity does not have veggie capsules, their capsules are made with beef bovine gelatin (which is not included on their label). SHOCKER!
  • They only offer a short 30 day, conditional guarantee.

Vegan Cuts Makeup Box – Fall Collection

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Since I am a vegan when I first heard about Vegan Cuts I had to investigate. “What is this some sort of new frozen food-to-go?” Then I realized what I was hearing about was a makeup box filled with full-size samples of vegan and cruelty-free make up that matches the season. I love natural make up brands and only purchase products that do not possess harsh chemicals. So signing up for Vegan Cuts Makeup Box for $39.95 every quarter just seemed like the right thing to do.

The Fall collection box includes the following make-up:

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip – As you guys know I am a big fan of juice beauty skin care products. Therefore I was extra excited to see their liquid lip in the box. This plant based phyto-pigments liquid is combined with cold-pressed oils to lay down a vivid lip color and create a shiny finish. very pigmented indeed. $24

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Au Naturale Organic Creme Eye Shadow – I was looking for a new ivory color eye shadow. But now I don’t have to look anymore. This long lasting color and rich textured eye shadow nourishes the skin with essential oils. The versatile creme shadow can be used as a stand alone shadow, a base or eye liner. $20

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Ofra Cosmetics Blush Stripes – Allows you to create the high check bone look with a natural bronze glow. This product can also be used as a four-colored eye shadow powder! $35

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Bellapierre Cosmetics HD Makeup Primer – Okay I was looking for a brand new primer and this box fulfilled that request as well. Treat dryness, fine lines, excess oil and enlarged pores with this mineral-infused formula. This primer provides a one-of-a-kind smooth complexion and is amazing at holding in make-up to cover blemishes and dark circles. $75

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I immediately realized I really got my money’s worth with the Vegan Cuts Makeup Box. I paid $39.95 (free shipping in the US) and the products total value is $154.00. I feel good about this and can’t wait for the winter collection to come in December.

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Shea Moisture – Low Porosity Protein-Free Line

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Now that I know my hair is low porosity I recently started to use Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Protein-Free products. This line includes a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. For about four weeks I have used this product and have not experienced hard, dry, brittle hair. Before it was soft and manageable only just after using certain products. Now, at any given day, when I touch my hair just to feel if the softness is still present, to my surprise it is. Because I live in New Mexico that is a very big deal!

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I apply the leave-in conditioner after I shampoo and condition my hair and also to twist my curls and when I wear an Afro. My mother can’t believe the change. She said now your hair is going to grow. I hope so.

While applying the product the softness isn’t there but when my curls are dry the moisture and softness is noticeable.

I didn’t want to write a post about this line right away because I wanted to wait to see how my hair would respond to the new line. Overall I am pleased and happy my hair is finally happy.

I hope this is it regarding trying different hair products.

When You Reach A Certain Age…

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Now that I have reached a certain age I am making sure I use anti-aging products to look youthful and wrinkle-free for as long as possible.

As you may know I use Juice Beauty skin care products. At one point the Green Apple line was anti-aging. Now it’s changed a bit. Green Apple still offers anti-aging ingredients but it now focuses on making the skin look bright and healthy.

The Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Skincare is Juice Beauty’s new anti-aging line. Well it’s not really new. It’s been around for a while. However now that I am of a certain age this is all I plan to use for everyday skin care.

As always Juice Beauty doesn’t disappoint. The products feel rich and creamy. I am happy with everything I tried.

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My Favorite Natural Hair Care Products

Monday, May 11th, 2015

I have used several natural hair care products in my quest to find the perfect product. But now I am over experimenting. I discovered doing less is more and keeping it simple helped a lot. So out of all the stuff I tried I put together a (short) list of my favorite natural hair care items. Check it out below.

Qhemet – My hair enjoyed this vegan and vegetarian product line. Qhemet left my curls manageable and soft. Some of the products are vegan and for me that was truly a plus.

Kinky-Curly – This line’s leave-in conditioner “Knot Today” is fantastic. I had soft conditioned curls for days.

Raw Eggs – Yup raw eggs! I use at least two raw eggs with each shampoo to provide a natural source of protein. Because my hair is dry I apply the eggs to my hair with a conditioner. If I don’t the eggs will stick. And I never leave the eggs on for penetration purposes. As soon as the eggs are applied and swirled around I rinse them out. Eggs will stick to your hair and it is hard to remove.

Castor Oil - My hair loves thick oily castor oil. First, when applied, it stretches the length of my hair so I like that. It offers moisture and shine that lasts. It may build up faster but that’s okay. A simple rinse while in the shower will do.

Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil - My hair loves every product in this entire line. Moisture, condition, softness, shine, curls you name it, this line provides. Fantastic!

Castor Oil

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Since I transitioned and have tried several natural oils, I discovered that my 4 a/b hair type truly loves the feel of only one oil, and that oil is, castor oil. As a little girl my grandmother (father’s mother) used to chase me around the house with a spoon full of castor oil when I told her my stomach hurt. My mother said her Native American grandmother used to do the same thing. I did not like swallowing the oil and quickly learned to sit and suffer with a belly ache than tell my grandmother anything about a pain. So because of that experience I shied away from using castor oil for anything and never even thought about applying it to my hair. But recently (a few years back) I realized that my hair loves castor oil. I tried olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, you name it oil, on my hair but castor oil is the only oil that conditions, moisturizes and softens. It is thick, and gooey, and once applied, my scalp sighs with relief. I use a quarter size every day.

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Castor oil is a vegetable oil derived from the castor bean seed in its purest form. Cultivators of castor beans remove the hull of the seed, before pressing it to obtain the oil. This oil has been used internally and externally before Christ due to its wonderful health benefits. Since it can strengthen the immune system, castor oil is considered a great remedy to treat the following major illnesses and ailments:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hair loss
  • Pain from Arthritis and Rheumatism

It has also been found to help with many everyday problems such as:

  • Yeast Infections
  • Constipation
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Acne
  • Sunburn
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Ringworm
  • Skin Abrasions
  • Inflammation

And, the most interesting to me is that, castor oil has been known to induce labor. So pregnant women should always consult a doctor before using it. WOW!