Review: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Souffle

This is another product I first heard about while reading one of my favorite beauty blogs,  Nouveau CheapHer review piqued my interest since she and I seem to have similar hair types.  I have fine hair that is wavy/curly.  It’s not overly oily or dry.  I hardly ever use heat tools on my hair (hair dryer, flat-iron, etc) so I have little to no heat damage.  I do not regularly color my hair, although I will try something new from time to time.  Overall, my hair is very healthy and strong.  It was not always this way.  For years I would try to tame it into submission with drying and flat-iron or curling irons.  But a few years ago, I just decided it wasn’t worth it (I’m limited on time and would rather spend my “getting ready” time on makeup, go figure!) and now I pretty much just let my hair do its own thing.  I’ve embraced the “Messy Hair Look” and it works well for me.

But enough about me already, let’s get to the product at hand!

Pros:

  • natural
  • affordable – I got this on sale at Walgreens for $7.99 for 12oz!
  • smells wonderful!
  • adds shine and definition to my curls without weighing them down
  • tames frizz
  • doesn’t leave hair feeling “crunchy”
  • Silicone Free

Cons:

  • can leave hair looking a bit greasy if too much is used

Conclusion:  I LOVE this stuff!!!!  LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!  Did I mention that I kinda love it?  This stuff has a different texture than most products I’ve tried, it’s like a big tub of clear jelly.  The first time or two I used it I definitely used too much and it left my hair looking greasy and feeling a bit heavy.  A little goes a long way for sure!  But once I learned the right amount for me, I loved the results.  I apply this by swiping my fingers across the surface, then rubbing my hands together to distribute the product, then work it through my hair and scrunch.  I’ve applied this to wet hair, damp hair, and dry hair and found that it works well in all applications.  Oh, and the scent!!  This smells so good – just like the name suggests, a combo of coconut and hibiscus flowers – very tropical.  I am so happy to have finally found a product that adds definition to my curls, while taming frizz and without weighing my hair down, with a fantastic fragrance and is affordable as well!  Thanks for the recommendation, G!  This one is a keeper!! 🙂

Plain hair – No Product

After using Curl Souffle

 

Cherry Picking!

I know I haven’t posted much lately, my mom came out for a visit and we have been super busy doing fun stuff and enjoying summer!

Yesterday, my kids and I had the opportunity to go cherry picking!  A dear friend has an enormous cherry tree in her backyard and was generous to let us come and pick as many as we could carry!

I have never seen a cherry tree when its ripe for harvest and I was struck with just how beautiful it is!  Everywhere we looked there were branches heavy with crimson berries just waiting to be picked!

I asked my friend how she kept the birds from eating all her cherries.  She told me they have a deal:  they are free to eat as many as they can off the top, and the bottom is hers.  And it’s worked for years!  🙂

We had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to try making some things with all these delicious cherries!  I am so grateful to my friend for sharing her bounty with us!

Did you know that cherries are a natural treatment for inflammation?

The Beauty of Green Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea is an antioxidant powerhouse!

Stick with me for a minute, we’re going to have a mini biology lesson today….

I’ve mentioned several times the importance of antioxidants, but why are antioxidants so important?  Because they are what fight the free radicals inside our bodies.  Free radicals come from everything – from the foods we eat to sun exposure, even the air we breathe!

But just what are free radicals??

In a nutshell, free radicals are molecules within the body that have become unstable.  Unstable molecules do not function properly.  Our bodies will naturally try to stabilize or combat these unstable molecules.  The trouble comes when we are generating free radicals at a faster rate than our bodies can handle.  A buildup of free radicals within the body can lead to things like inflammation, premature aging and a weakened immune system which can leave us vulnerable to sickness or disease!

Our best defense against free radicals and the damage they cause is a diet high in antioxidants.

But just what are antioxidants?

Simply put, antioxidants are molecules that stabilize free radicals.  Antioxidants are found in colorful fruits and vegetables.  They are also exceptionally high in green tea.  Every time we drink of cup of green tea, it’s like sending in a bunch of ninjas to put the smack-down on free radical damage!

Green tea is also anti-inflammatory and can help soothe skin issues like acne and eczema.  It may also help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke!  For more info on the health benefits of green tea, check out this article.

When used topically, green tea sends antioxidants straight into the skin that can help even out skin tone, fade sun spots, even heal a sunburn!  My DIY Toner recipe contains green tea for a great way to give your skin a healthy boost every day!

Drink up!

Green tea is easy to make, just grab your favorite cup and add:

Let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then remove the tea bag.  It’s now ready for drinking!

If you like, you can add a bit of honey to sweeten it.

If you want it cold, you can pour it over ice for a refreshing treat!

However you enjoy it, you can feel good knowing you are doing something that is not only great for your skin,but also for your health!

Enjoy!

The Importance of Sun Protection

The weather is warming up and that means more time outside!

But before you venture out, make sure to take a moment to do something good for your skin!

Sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging and wrinkles – not to mention skin cancer!  Yikes!

For more information on skin cancer, check out this article.

It only takes a moment to protect yourself by applying a good sunscreen to your face, neck and décolleté.

There are two types of sunscreen:  physical and chemical

Physical sunscreens create a physical barrier between your skin and the sun that block and/or deflect the harmful UV rays.

Chemical sunscreens absorb the harmful UV rays to keep them from penetrating the skin surface.

Check out this chart for a side by side comparison of physical and chemical sunscreens.

Here are the two sunscreens that I reach for most:

Badger Damascus Rose SPF 16 Sunscreen

This is a physical sunscreen that also contains antioxidants that will help nourish the skin!  It goes on a little sticky, but absorbs nicely into the skin after a few moments.

Kiss My Face Oat Protein SPF 30 Sunscreen

This product contains both physical and chemical sunscreens, and has added oat protein for extra protection!  It absorbs quickly, it’s water resistant and paraben free!

Take a moment to protect your skin before heading outside this summer, your skin will thank you!

WINNER ANNOUNCED! – Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask Giveaway

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!  I really appreciate each and every comment!  There were some great ideas for upcoming posts that I am excited to share with you!

And now, without further ado…….

The winner is………….(insert drumroll)……….

#35 – Brooke  A

Congratulations, Brooke!  Check your email for a message from me!  You have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear back from you by then, a different winner will be chosen.

Thanks again, everyone!  I can’t wait to offer another giveaway!