Beauty, Natural Beauty, Reviews

My At-Home Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening/Smoothing Treatment

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My At-Home Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening/Smoothing Treatment

Remember when we were warned about the dangers of keratin treatments? It is a real danger the way they were being done in many cases. The chemicals were causing more damage than good and then formulas changed. Brands like Nutree found a way to give you the same straightening and shine using Hydrolyzed Keratin and Antioxidant properties of the Acai and Cocoa, natural extracts from Amazon – Brazil.

You DO NOT have to leave this treatment in for 3 days. This is a one-step process from wash and treat to rinse and dry in one session. You DO NOT have to make a salon appointment and leave your home. You WILL NOT pay over $200 like in salons for the same treatment type. You WILL HAVE shinier and very silky hair you can’t stop running your fingers through.

Here is my starting photo. I will say that it does have that treatment smell but it is pleasant. You still want to be in a well ventilated room as in a large bathroom and wear the provided gloves while applying the solution. However, I was able to remove my gloves after step 2 to get the hair cool-dried and straightened so I didn’t have to work with awkward gloves. You will want good clips to keep sections of hair you are not working with out of the way.

I jumped into the shower and used the Anti Residue Shampoo. Because this is my first treatment I washed twice with it leaving it on 5 minutes each application before rinsing. Once out of the shower I blow dried my hair about 85% dry and used hair clips to create 6 sections.

On each section you do a Treatment application (with gloves), cool-air blow dry and straighten per the guidelines included.

Here is the result of my first section.

After all 6 sections are treated, dried and straightened you need to hop back in the shower or you can sink rinse with the third bottle of Intensive Repair Mask. Coat your hair real well and let it sit the 3-5 minutes before rinsing.

Now you can blow dry like normal so you can immediately feel that dry, silky hair of yours! It’s that easy and in your own home which saves you so much money! I have very fine hair and I still have a second treatment left. At $50 a kit that means my at-home treatments cost me only $25 each! Nutree Professional Amazonliss Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening/Smoothing Treatment Kit is available on Amazon in most countries!

Beauty, Earth Friendly, Giveaways, Healthy Living, Infant Toddler Products, Natural Beauty, Open Giveaways, Parenting, Summer

Natural Baby Summer Essentials – Babyganics Giveaway

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Natural Baby Summer Essentials - Babyganics Giveaway

Sunscreen, swim diapers and insect sprays! Did I cover most of the the summer essentials for baby? Doesn’t bug spray and sunscreen sound scary when it comes to products you need to apply to baby’s skin? The chemicals and mists can’t be good. Babyganics was made to protect baby from harsh chemicals found in many essential products while also protecting them from the sun and bugs (it doesn’t hurt to lather up your own skin too because baby is as close to your skin as they are their own most of the day).

Babyganics asked if I would offer a giveaway to all of you and I was sure you would all love the chance to win your summer essentials. Products are available at Target stores near you.

Babyganics Sunscreens

  • All mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) & a combo of mineral & chemical sunscreens (zinc oxide, octisalate and titanium dioxide)
  • SPF formulas provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and range from 30SPF – 50+SPF
  • Glides on smooth- effortless application
  • Non-allergenic and tear free
  • Also contain Neo-Nourish and all are fragrance free

Swim Diapers

  • ​The only swim diapers with sun sensing scenery*
  • Provides UPF+ protection for covered areas**
  • Won’t swell in water
  • Water resistant soft cover
  • Pull-on design and comfy fit
  • Tear-away sides for easy removal

Natural Insect Repellents

  • Formulated with: essential oils—Citronella, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass & Geranium
  • Formulated without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes
  • Plant and essential oils help keep mosquitoes away
  • A DEET Free Choice
  • Non-greasy formula

The Babyganics Giveaway 

1 lucky reader will win a bundle of essentials from Babyganics. Open until May 30, 2018 and US only. Good luck!

This giveaway is part of the Come What May & Love It Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaTheFox.comAfter you enter this giveaway, hop on over to the other links below to enter more fun giveaways hosted by fellow bloggers!

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

 

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Beauty, Earth Friendly, Healthy Living, Natural Beauty, Summer

Your Sunscreen May Be Harming You! Goddess Garden Offers Mineral Sunscreens

I am a Goddess Garden Ambassador so I am sent product. All opinions are my own

Your Sunscreen May Be Harming You! Goddess Garden Offers Organic Sunscreens

A favorite summer brand of mine has become Goddess Garden. I am so in love with their products that I signed on to become an Ambassador this year with them. I love finding quality, effective and affordable skin products that are natural and safe for mine and my family’s skin. Goddess Garden has products like sunscreens and perfumes made for all skin types.

Even Baby can be safe lathering up with Goddess Garden natural mineral sunscreens. Natural minerals reflect the UV rays and aren’t absorbed into the skin, they are much less likely to cause irritation. This makes them great for those with sensitive skin or anyone who wants to avoid synthetic chemicals. This is why chemicals do more harm than good and why Goddess Garden gave great thought to that in creating their sun products.

Another favorite is the Goddess Garden Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm. Collect all the varieties so you can have them in your car, purse, bathroom and wherever else you keep a stick of lip balm. I keep them everywhere! Even my son has the Raspberry one in his backpack.

I love visiting the Goddess Garden blog because I can find a lot of articles on sun safety such as this favorite: Give Chemicals the Bird: Chemical vs. Mineral UV ProtectionI also found this great infographic there about the scary facts about chemical sunscreens.

Did you hear the recent news that some Hawaii beaches will be making certain sunscreens off limits in their area? Coral Reef damage is very real and is becoming very problematic in our own United States as well as other nations. It is fairly fascinating yet concerning. Here is a video to help you understand more.

Once you suddenly want to make sure you are set this summer with the correct sunscreen, start at Goddess Garden!

Beauty, Gift Ideas, Mother's Day

Classic Spa Gift Basket for Mom

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Classic Spa Gift Basket for Mom

Mom’s are busy. We can’t always get to the spa so sometimes we can only dream of a spa coming to us. Fat Chance! Well, perhaps GourmetGiftBaskets.com has the next best solution. With products including bath soaps and wash from the San Francisco Soap Company Mom can indulge, well if the kids give her some alone time behind her bedroom and bathroom door.

Inside the Classic Spa Gift Basket for Mom you get:

  • Body Wash in Pomegranate & Passion Fruit by San Francisco Soap Company
  • Terry Cloth Slippers
  • Wooden Soap Dish
  • Triple Milled Bath Soap in Pomegranate & Passion Fruit by San Francisco Soap Company
  • Wooden Foot Brush
  • Foam Sea Sponge
  • Bath Pouf
  • Loofah Disc
  • Wooden Pumice Brush

GourmetGiftBaskets.com has many Mother’s Day gift baskets you can order and gift or ship directly to Mom or that special other figure in your life!

Beauty, Healthy Living

Simple Skin Care Products from Theraplex – Review

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Simple Skin Care Products from Theraplex - Review

As winter ends, how is your skin? It is fairly dry, isn’t it? Mine is and I need more than just hand lotion to get deeper into my skin to nourish it and moisturize right now. I am using 3 Theraplex products at once right now to rehydrate my skin.

Theraplex products have finally made hydrating your skin simple. When I buy lotions they are either greasy or I have to reapply so often throughout the day. Theraplex moisturizers have uncomplicated formulas which are noncomedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance free and non-irritating to sensitive skin.

I keep these 2 in the shower. The Theraplex® Clean ‘N Treat Cleanser is a combination of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids to gently exfoliate and slough away dead skin cells leaving pores clean and free of oil and cellular debris. It works great for sensitve skin It cleans oils, dirt and debris from your face without drying out the skin.

The Theraplex® ClearLotion Moisturizer is an oil mositurizer spritz on after my shower and before towel drying. It works with the water on your skin to seal in moisture and while the water and soap tries to wash away natural oils, this will protect that from happening when you dry off. And natural jojoba oil helps to provide added protection against moisture loss and prevent dryness without irritation.

Once I am dried off I follow up with Theraplex® HydroLotion Daily Skin Moisturizer. I really rub into my hands and elbows most and it is light enough to use on the face too! It is also an ideal moisturizer for individuals with acne-prone or sensitive skin; it is also perfect for use under make-up.

These are just 3 of sevral products your skin can benefit from at any time of year. Visit Theraplex skin products to learn more.

Beauty

Why You Should Finally Grow Out Your Hair

It’s probably safe to say that having considerably long hair can sometimes prove to be quite the chore. Of course, it can’t be that bad if people still do it, it’s just that objectively speaking having short hair is much easier. People often cite things like “taking much less time to wash and dry your hair”, or “It doesn’t get caught up in various things when you’re trying to get something from deep within a cupboard where you have to dive in face-first”. While those may not exactly be wrong, having long hair is its own reward. Of course, we are not exclusively talking about being more attractive to others or anything along those lines, although that’s been cited too as according to the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, men prefer girls with long hair. There are actually several much more tangible reasons which can be felt straight away, on a day-to-day basis by just about anyone who decides to make the switch. If you’re still listening, and looking for that one reason or excuse you needed for a while to finally stop cutting your hair and grow it out, then keep on reading.

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Practicality

Despite the previously mentioned arguments against having long hair which bring up practicality, there are also practical reasons to have long hair. One of them being rather obvious, and is the fact that longer hair will keep you warmer. Yes, newsflash, long hair does actually protect you from the cold, it’s there for a reason.

If music is not something you can live without and having to take off your headphones for just about any occasion during the day seems like an intrusion on your human rights, then worry not, because long hair can save you from that too. If you wear in-ear headphones then simply letting your hair down can cover your headphones rather effectively, and you can bet that nobody will randomly try to lift your hair to check if you happen to be wearing headphones, because that would be rather strange.

If you’re feeling crafty, then you could always turn your presumed disadvantage, into an advantage by simply flipping the argument on someone. If your friends or family are pestering you into going out somewhere but you’re not really feeling up for it, you can always just say that “My hair is wet, and you know how long that takes to dry.”, or “Sorry I just put conditioner on my hair and I am not willing to wash it off right now just to go through that effort again.”. Relatable, and understandable for just about anyone who had to deal with it.

Despite being the supposedly more “practical” option, short hair usually has to be styled in order to look effective. Now, looks aren’t everything, but if you could have the option of looking good purely because you brushed your hair in the morning, wouldn’t you take it?

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Feeling good about yourself

Sometimes we don’t really need any more reason to do something other than the idea that it makes us feel slightly better about ourselves. Whether it’s a new cardigan or some new socks that nobody even knows you have on other than yourself, we’ve all been in that situation where our day is made simply because of one seemingly random reason. Your long hair could possibly be one of those mysterious reasons.

Having long hair is often associated with being healthy and youthful, as long as it is kept in good condition of course. Fortunately enough, it doesn’t really take too much to keep long hair in good condition, as long as you don’t skip out on your usual routine maintenance.

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Long hair can not only look good, but give you a sense of feeling rather luxurious. No matter what way you look at it, having something so flowing, shiny, and pleasant to the touch constantly around your head and neck is bound to feel good no matter what.

Unlike short hair, long hair fits just about any face shape and build. Perhaps that’s due to the versatility of long hair in itself, but that does not discredit it in any way. While only some people look good with short hair, just about anyone can look good with long hair, the only reason people bring up anecdotes on how “their friend looked weird when they grew their hair out” is because they are most probably just not used to it. If that was how they were when they initially met, it would be the opposite, and they probably could not imagine them with short hair.

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Versatility

Speaking of versatility, the more hair you have, the more real estate you have to work with. You can get as creative or as lazy as you want, and whether you just tie your hair back into a simple-yet-effective ponytail or go out of your way to get something much more elaborate done with your hair if you so desire.

It doesn’t take a genius to style long hair in a way where it looks effective, while anyone with short hair has to look up guides online on how to style a pixie cut. Of course, if you wish, you can always look up how to do various hairstyles with long hair too, and you most definitely will have more options that way. In fact, some pixie cuts themselves require a bit more than a few inches of hair, so if you have mid-length or slightly shorter hair then that’s always a possibility.

If you don’t really know where to get started on your newfound journey to long-haired enlightenment, then worry not because there are several places online which are willing to help you with that. There are a plethora of resources for both caring about your hair, and styling it. If you need to look up some hairstyles, you can get started here or with a simple google search, and for some long hair care look no further than this website.