Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Influenster: Join the Fun!

     The new Influenster website is AMAZING! If you are not a member, you should be. In addition to qualifying to receive free products, there are "challenges" you can do to receive "badges" which give you a "score".  The higher you get this "score" the better for you. I am having so much fun doing the challenges!  They have badges for just about every category you can think of from being a mommy to pop culture, dog lovers, cat lovers and beauty queens.  There is nothing you can't earn a badge in!  Each badge has "extra" challenges you can do within that category that helps raise your overall score too.  It can be as simple as liking the Facebook page that coincides with that badge to writing a blog or doing a video.  Depends on what you want to do.  Whatever the case may be, all I know is that I spend a lot of time on there interacting with others by reading and writing reviews about products, t.v. shows, movies, games, food and even dish soap.  In the end how can getting free products to review be a bad thing?  Especially in today's economy, you get to try it before you buy it and avoid wasting money on things you don't like or discover a new product you wouldn't have bought otherwise.  It is a win/win situation.  If you want to check them out, here is the link: . You will not regret it :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Winter Hair Care

     Hi Everyone!  I am going to start posting more stuff on here, since I have been neglecting it.  I am hoping to post at least twice a week.  I am going to talk about things like hair care, skin care, and of course makeup.  I just posted a video on winter hair care over on my You-Tube channel.
     My hair is naturally wavy, super thick and very dry.  I always use deep conditioning products at least once a week, but in the colder months I have to amp it up to two or more times a week plus doing extra stuff like applying DIY hair masks.  In my video I talk about some of my favorite shampoo, conditioners, deep conditioning treatments and hair serums.  There are a ton of great products you can buy at the store, but I find nothing beats an at home do it yourself hair mask with simple ingredients.
     I have four that I use on a constant, rotating basis.  I am going to talk a little about each one and list the ingredients.  You may need to adjust the amount of each ingredient based on the length and thickness of your hair.  The first one I want to talk about is the "Coconut Oil Mask" not only does this one smell amazing, but it is great for a couple different things.  First, coconut oil promotes the regrowth of damaged hair, moisturizes the scalp, gets rid of dandruff, and is also good for getting rid of lice.  I learned the last one the hard way when my daughter came from school with a note about a lice epidemic.  She already had it by then and after doing a quick Google on lice, coconut oil was mentioned a lot. Anyway, back on track, the ingredients in this mask work together to strengthen, nourish, and protect hair against harmful environmental factors like sun and wind.  You will need the following:  1 TBSP coconut oil, 1 tsp grape seed oil, (light hair) 1/2 tsp lemon juice, (dark hair) 10 drops rosemary oil.  Apply to damp hair, leave on 10-20 minutes then wash.
     The next one I really like may not smell good, but it is good for your hair and it is a "Mayonnaise Mask".  Mayo, not Miracle Whip, has a lot of oils and proteins in it that hair loves, but it can be a bit of a pain to get out.  Sometimes it takes a few washes to do it, but the benefits are worth it and you get to smell like egg salad while your doing it.  Okay, maybe that is not a good thing, but your hair will love the L-cysteine, an amino acid and powerful antioxidant found in eggs that can give your hair strength, shine and structure. According to the Health and Body Fitness website, L-cysteine not only makes up 18 percent of your hair, but is a keratin- forming substance that increases the hair shaft and hair growth density.  There are two versions of this mask, a super simple one with just Mayo and one with more ingredients. For the first one all you need is 1 Cup of Mayo.  For the second one you will need the following:  1 cup mayo, 2 egg yolks, 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar, 6 TBSP olive, jojoba, coconut, or grape seed oil.  Massage into damp hair starting at the scalp, then down to ends, leave on for 30-40 minutes, then shampoo as much as needed to remove all traces of mayo then dry and style as usual.
     This next one is the "Olive Oil Mask".  It also has two different versions, one with olive oil and eggs the other with olive oil and honey.  Your  hair has 3 layers to it and olive oil works in the middle layer to give your hair shine, improve color, and to help strengthen it. It also helps to prevent split ends when you do it on a regular basis.  Honey contains vitamins, minerals, is antibacterial, acts as a humectant (attracts moisture), and has incredible healing properties.  Eggs can be a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids (the GOOD kind of fat), as well as vitamins A and D, and calcium, phosphorus, and folate.  For the first one you need:  5 TBSP olive oil, 2 egg yolks.  For the second one:  3 TBSP olive oil, 2 TBSP honey.  Apply to scalp, work down to ends, leave on 15-20 minutes, then wash and style as usual.
     The last one I use is the "Banana Mask" and it is also great for your hair.  Banana's are full of vitamins that are essential for feeding your hair.  They have potassium, iron, B Vitamins including B6 and B12.  You want to be sure you mash the banana up REALLY good, no lumps!!!  The lumps can get stuck in your hair and be a nightmare to get out.  You will the following ingredients:  1 banana (mashed well), 2 tsp honey, 1 TBSP plain yogurt.  Mix well and smooth all over your hair. leave on for 10 minutes, then wash and style as usual.
    I hope you will try one or all of these masks, they are especially good during these months when the air is so cold and dry.  Your hair will thank you...who know maybe every day will be a good hair day!