Thursday, February 22, 2018

Healthy Diary 2/22/18

I have actually been doing fairly well. I finally got my ass to the gym! I have been doing pretty good about going three times a week. I do my own cardio and strength work outs on Mondays, Wednesday I take a barre class and finish with a little more cardio, and then Fridays I take yoga and then I do an additional hour of cardio and strength training. I am really proud of myself.

Then last week I went on a little vacation, and my life was just kind of overall hectic. I didn't hit the gym once, I ate out A LOT and I need to get back on track. I am planning on the gym tonight, and I am going to meal plan for the week too! I am excited to get back on track and to keep loosing a little weight.

REVIEW: American Crew Forming Cream

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 3 (average)
Longevity - 4 (very good)
Hold - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 5 (excellent)

This is my favorite American Crew Men's Product. I love the packaging first of all, it's clean, simple and masculine. It smells alright, it's not feminine or strong, but it's a little... powdery. However it is a very weak scent so it's not a big deal. A little goes a pretty long way and it holds very well if you have fine-normal hair. It also has a medium shine that gives shine without looking wet or greasy. I also love the texture of the product, it is pliable and very easy to use. This product is great for achieving "standing up" looks such as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Jimmy Fallon sport. I think if you have thicker hair you should try something a little more heavy duty like Fiber or Grooming Cream.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How Do I Get the Static off my Hairbrush?

This is a super frequent question I get at the salon, so I will answer it here too! It't not uncommon for your hairbrush to create static with your hair. Static electricity can be created by rubbing one object against another object. This is because the rubbing releases negative charges, called electrons, which can build up on one object to produce a static charge. So when you brush your hair not only are there thousands of hair strands rubbing against each other but the bristles are rubbing those strands as well as the paddle of the brush. So the issue of static forming around your hairbrush is not uncommon.

Here are a few things you can do to get rid of static electricity on your hairbrush.

1- Clean Your Hair Brush

The best way to do this is to remove all the hair that may have built up on the paddle of the brush. I like to use the tail of a weave comb (or rat tail comb) to do this, by sliding the tail under the hair and then lifting it up. You can then use your fingers to pick out any left over strands. Then use warm water and shampoo to clean it of debris. You will want to let your brush dry after this.

2- Use a Little Leave-In

Get a good spray on Leave in conditioner a spray it directly on the bristles of the brush. This gives slip to your brush, which eliminates friction during brushing that causes static, and it will help to smooth your flyaways. I highly recommend the Redken Frizz Dismiss  Smooth Force Spray, which is lightweight and smells amazing!

3- Beauty Hack

Dryer sheets have a kind of leave in conditioner on them for clothing. You can use one of these by opening it and just VERY LIGHTLY rubbing it over your hair and brush to help eliminate that static as well.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

REVIEW: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Ease of Use - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 4 (very good)

I am going to be pretty brief in my breakdown of this product. The Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil is supposed to be incredibly easy to use for filing in your brows. It has a gel-like feel to me, but it is super light and buildable.

The packaging is a little bit of a miss for me. Benefit redid their brow line to have this sort of chrome look, which I dig. But then they threw this circus theme to it, that I am not a fan of. Over all though the circus aspect of this product is understated so I gave it a 4. A little goes a long way, and I really do feel like it's easy to use. If you make a mistake you can blend it away fairly easily. Now does it stay all day? If you use a brow gel, it stays longer. I feel like on it's own it fades after about 5 hours, which isn't bad. With a brow gel it is a full day look. Overall this is dynamite product for natural looks and for beginners.

Friday, February 16, 2018

REVIEW: Fenty Beauty LIpstick

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Shade Range - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 2 (not very good)
Hydration - 2 (not very good)
Wear - 1 (awful)

I was so bummed out by this lipstick. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has been KILLING IT. From their insanely amazing foundation (you can read about that here) with it's wide and inclusive shade range, to their stay-all-day stunning highlighters, people have been falling for Fenty. I was skeptical of the brand at first, attributing it's success to hype from RiRi fans. But when I did finally dip my toe in, I was hooked. So I was expecting something amazing from this lipstick too which advertises itself as long-wearing, matte, hyper-pigmented, weightless, and never drying.

When I put this on it was a smeary mess. Feathering for days! It was lightweight, the ads got that right. But I had to put on a few layers to get full coverage so I wouldn't call it hyper-pigmented. And the transfer! It was on my clothes, my chin, my sandwich, my tissues. It was EVERYWHERE! I had to reapply it multiple times throughout the day. So yes, airy and matte-ish (I wasn't a bold matte, it was kind of in between matte and satin), but not a good lipstick. You'd be better off with several other high end brands such as Urban Decay or MAC.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RECIPE: Quinoa Chicken Bowls

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Length - 5 (excellent)
Flake Free - 5 (excellent)
Volume - 3 (average)
Clump - 0 (awful)

I was so stoked to try this new mascara from Benefit Cosmetics! This is a spin off of their classic Bad Gal Mascara, called Bad Gal Bang! It touts that it gives mega volume that is flake free for 36 hours!

So here is the breakdown. I did NOT wear this mascara for 36 hours, I take my makeup off at night, so I wasn't willing to test that factor. BUT I did apply it at about 7:30 a.m. and it is still flake free by 7 pm, so that is good enough for me, and definitely impressive. I love the packaging. It's functional and fun. Benefit is known for their quirky packaging and I am not always in love with it, but this one as a fun feel, while still looking high end. And MAN does it add length!

But it wasn't all good. The fatal flaws with this mascara is its clumpiness and volume. It really didn't make my lashes that much thicker, but I had like 9 eyelashes by the time I was done applying this. It didn't seem to matter if I used a little, or if I layered it on. Even when I used a clean disposable mascara wand to pry my lashes apart, it didn't work. The mascara is also very wet, which meant it got all over my lids and under my eyes. But once it is dry my lashes feel like plastic. So between the messy application and the clumped look, I am going to pass on this one over all. I will continue to use it, and update this is my opinions change after 5 days of we

Monday, February 12, 2018

REVIEW: Kenra Silkening Mist

Packaging - 5 (very good)
Scent - 5 (very good)
Shine - 5 (very good)
Oil Control - 4 (good)
Longevity - 6 (incredible)

I am a little obsessed with this product. It just adds shine, that is all it does, and it is wonderful! Especially after styling my hair with thermal tools, my hair tends to look dry and touch frizzy. This makes it look hydrated and luscious in just seconds! It smells amazing, and a little goes a super long way earning it a 6!