Monday, November 20, 2017

My take on green smoothies.

Okay so you know green smoothies? Those annoying things you spend forever making to feel healthy in the morning? So I am going to try to give you some insight on my take on these healthy staples.

I am the lazy.

I hated the time it took to measure stuff out and blend it, and its was just a hassle to be honest. I'd spend 15-20 minutes including cleanup and it was to much time. So here is my hack. I pre-measure EVERYTHING and I have a few go-to combos.

I keep little containers in my fridge with these three juice combinations in them in them:
- 1/2 C of Pomegranate Juice + 1/2 C Orange Juice (tropical berry juice)
- 1 C Pomegranate Juice (berry juice)
- 1/2 Orange Juice + 1/2 C Coconut Juice blend (tropical juice)
   I either use the pomwonderful coconut drink or the Bia lime and coconut drink

I also pre-measure frozen fruit into snack sized ziploc baggies. I buy the Walmart Great Value brand "mixed fruit" which has strawberries, pineapple, peaches and mango. I also like to buy an off brand berry mix (like the Great Value Triple Berry Mix which is Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries) and a few kiwis. I usually have some of each set of fruits in little baggies and I will cut up the kiwi and put a lot of them in several of the mixed fruit bags. Kiwi has a strong flavor that is great in these smoothies!

Then all I do is choose my combo and dump. I also usually have some sort of green powder or veggie mix too. I love the It Works Orange and Berry powders. I get the "on the go" kind because they are SUPER easy to use and already measured out for me! Yay! You can pick those up here!

My favorite combinations are:
Berry Juice + Berry Fruit Mix + Berry greens!
Tropical Juice + General Mixed Fruit (with extra kiwi) + Orange Greens!
Tropical Berry Juice + General Mixed Fruit + Orange Greens!
Tropical Juice + Berry Fruit Mix + Orange Greens

I have also had some friends freeze kale in their fruit baggies. Guys I spend like 5 minutes on these and they are GREAT!

Monday, November 13, 2017

REVIEW: Matrix Wild Boho Air Dry Cream

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 5 (excellent)
Hydration - 4 (very good)
Longevity - 6 (incredible)
Body - 5 (excellent)

Texture - 5 (excellent)

This is easily my new favorite texture cream! For those who don't know my hair is normal in texture (the strands are not fine or coarse) and normal in density (I don't have a ton of hair so it's not thick, and it's not sparse/fine either). My hair has natural wave that is sometimes flat and inconsistent. Certain areas curl better than others. A good texture cream can help to make your waves beautiful and easy curls. This one also cut down on dry time and is meant for air drying!

The packaging is super cute. I casually don't love bold colors on my packaging but this has a chic bohemian vibe to it that I love. The scent is light and crisp and fresh and goes well with anything else because it isn't overpowering. It' not particularly hydrating, but it doesn't dry me out at all which is rare for air dry texture creams to be honest. My hair had a lot of body and texture and my curls looks AMAZING. But best of all? I had to use hardly any product. Usually I use two quarter sized amounts of my current favorite air dry texture cream, and with this I used less than half that! I am blown away! I highly recommend this product!

Monday, November 6, 2017

What's up with that color changing hair from the viral video?

I have had a couple of these questions come in as many videos have begun to circulate again now that the product has actually released. First I want to thanks my loyal readers for sticking with me. I go through periods of craziness in my life where I don't post as often as I should. It's been a few weeks since you've head from me as I have transitioned to a new salon (as well as done some holiday prep and helped my childhood best friend move over to the state I live in) and I appreciate your patience for new content as I deal with all of the craziness that comes with that kind of change!

So now I will address these videos. Let me just answer the questions I keep getting in my inbox.

Is it real? Yes it totally is!

What is it? It is a product called Vivids Mood Color from Pravana. They are a well known brand that makes great vivid fashion hair color along with amazing professional hair care products and a full classic color line for stylists.

How does it work?  So basically it is a direct dye put on your prelightened hair. It has a base color and a "mood color". The mood color will come out when the hair comes in contact with heat. This CAN work on a hot summer day outside, but only on a very hot summer day with prolonged sun exposure. It mostly works with hot tools and hair dryers.

How long does it last? So the actual color changing aspect lasts for only one wash. I know it is a bummer. The technology lies in a color coating, so you can definitely feel the product on your hair. It is not a long effect and will literally be gone withing 48 hour or after one shampoo.

Anything else I should know? I have never used this myself, but have many stylist friends who have. It is fun for parties and festivals but you can totally feel the product in your hair, o to me it is not practical for every day or regular use.  Regardless I think it is incredible what kind of things science can do! This is an incredible innovation in the hair color industry and I am excited to see what is next! Hopefully this leads to longer lasting color changing products that don't leave your hair feeling sticky!