Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Beauty With a Conscience: Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo

Ultra Hydrating Shampoo

Happy Thursday, Mommies!

Time to talk hair!

So recently, I decided to stop relaxing my hair and embrace my inner curly girl. It was a huge step for me because I've always had a little bit of an aversion to haircare. Relaxing my hair ensured that I didn't have to think about it much, and it made my hair care routine extra simple. Strange disposition for a product junkie, but I just can't seem to bring my self to care about it that much, and I still don't, actually!

I do, however, care about my Lovebug. Her texture is kinky/curly (type 3 in the front, type 4 in the back) and really thick. It was while researching products for her natural hair (more on those later) that I decided to stop relaxing. I began to wonder what kind of message I would be sending her by stressing the beauty of her hair texture while suppressing my own. Needless to say, it was time for a change!

During my research I discovered that shampooing is a big faux pas in the natural hair world. Apparently they're very drying and have a tendency to strip the hair. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm not giving up my shampoo! Never! Thankfully, I came across Ojon.

Monday, May 24, 2010

All Purpose Beauty: Josie Maran Argan Oil

Lately I’ve found myself much more intrigued by natural beauty products than I’ve been in the past. I mean, the thought of them have always been kind of nice, but in the back of my mind I’ve always doubted that I could actually get results.

Yea I know. Really stupid, right? Especially considering my newest beauty acquisition: a bottle of organic  Argan Oil.

I was actually at Sephora to return the Tarte Natural Lipstain Pencil I bought (Ugh, epic fail! I don’t even want to talk about it.), and  I was just planning on grabbing a bottle of C.D.’s Hair Milk for my Lovebug when I spotted the Josie Maran Argan Oil while waiting to check out. The small 0.5 oz bottle retails for $14, but considering its good reputation and Sephora’s no hassle return policy (I returned my Tarte Lip Stain sans receipt!), I decided to give it a whirl.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Smooth Move: Origins Modern Friction for the Body

Last weekend I had the pleasure of embarking on a child free trip to the mall (Thanks, Dad!), and I was like a kid in a candy store. Now I remember why childless people do so much shopping. My hands felt utterly empty in their child-free state so I decided to fill them with beauty goodies!

I popped into the Origins store with the intention of purchasing their Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask (nice addition to the at-home facial arsenal!), and I realized that I had never set foot in the store before. I've always been somewhat intrigued by Origins products but I'd never taken the dive for one reason or another.

When I got into the store the associates immediately offered their assistance, and upon starting a conversation with skincare-loving associate Ana, I was introduced to the Modern Friction buffing paste for the face. Ana quickly turned on the water in one of the gleaming chrome sinks and spread the concoction onto the back of my hand and launched into an explanation about the ingredients and benefits of Modern Friction. The gist: rice starch for skin refining, and lemon oil for brightening, and all of the benefits of microdermabrasion treatments without the irritation.

Anybody who knows me can tell you I love a good exfoliator, and I've definitely been through my share. But when Ana rinsed my hand it was moisturized, brighter, and positively smooth, something I've never experienced with a scrub before. I was hooked!

But alas, I'm still working on my bottle of Microdelivery Scrub, so I decided to hold off and snatched up the Modern Friction for the Body. Microdermabrasion for my body? I'll take it! 

The $34.00 price tag may scare some of you budget-conscious Mommies out there, but you only need a tiny amount of this product at a time, so you'll get more mileage, and more dramatic results than your traditional body scrub. Pack your lunch for a week and hold off on those new shoes! Your skin is worth it,  Mommies!

Summer's coming. Wanna look good in those short shorts and tank tops? Then go 'head and scrub, girl!

Stay Smooth!

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