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

 

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Purple People Eater!

Do you remember that song?  It’s an oldie, but that’s what I thought of when I saw this color! 🙂

This is two coats of Revlon ColorStay Amethyst (240) topped with a coat of Wet N Wild The Crown is Mine (33827) as an accent on the ring finger and finished off with a layer of Poshe topcoat over everything.  Amethyst is not as blue as it shows in the photos.  It’s a true purple with a slight pink micro shimmer.  This is my first ColorStay polish and I really wanted to love it.  Although the color is beautiful, it goes on so goopy that I’m not sure I’ll buy another.

This photo shows The Crown Is Mine better.  It’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!  Loads of multi color glitter in various sizes, with a pink/purple undertone!  I loves it!!  I think I will be looking for the other colors in this collection as well!

What is your current polish?

FOTD: Date Night!

Hooray for Date Night!  I love spending time with my hubby, especially when it involves sushi!  Yum!

Lauren Brooke Creme Foundation in N3

Lauren Brooke Creme Concealer in Warm Light applied under eyes

Silk Powder from TKB Trading

Sula Blush in Forget Me Not

Maybelline Color Tatoo in Tough as Taupe, applied to lid and blended out into crease and lower lash line

Wet N Wild eyeliner in Charcoal (only $.69 at Walgreens through the end of April!) – smudged on top lash line and applied to waterline

Jetsetter eyeshadow from the Prestige Indulge Me Palette (see my review here) smudged on top of eyeliner to set and blended out

L’Oreal False Fiber Lash Mascara in Black

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Bunny

Product Review: EcoTools Limited Edition Beautiful Expressions Kabuki Set

When I first heard about these back in October on Nouveau Cheap (LOVE that blog!! Check it out!), I was determined to find them for myself. I am a big fan of Eco Tools brushes! They are affordable, good quality, easy to find, super soft and eco-friendly! What more can you ask for?

What was that?

You want them to be pretty too?

Oh, look!

THEY ARE!!

I loooove the little designs on the handles! These brushes are incredibly soft and easy to work with. Each of these pint-size peanuts are shaped differently for a specific purpose:

Conceal

Conceal – this brush is pointed and very dense. It is great for blending concealer under the eyes, around the nose and other areas that need heavier coverage.

Contour

Contour – this brush has a soft dome shape that is great for applying and blending blush to the cheeks as well as contouring the cheeks, temples and jaw line.

Bronze

Bronze – this angled brush is not as dense as the others, which is exactly what I look for in a bronzing brush! It achieves the sun-kissed-glow look, not the sun-smacked-you-in-the-face look.

Buff

Buff– this little flat top brush is great for applying powder foundation and to set makeup with finishing powder. It gives a fabulously even finish.

All of these brushes are quite small which can be a little awkward at first, but also makes them great for travel. I keep them in my kit in a separate travel soap container.

Ready for travel!

I have washed these babies multiple times and they have not shed one hair!

From the top – Conceal, Contour, Bronze, Buff

These are limited edition so I’m not sure how long they will be available, but I have seen them in my local Walgreens and Kroger affiliate stores just this week, so they’re still out there. They can also be purchased online from Amazon.com.

Conclusion: I love these little bundles of soft, makeup blending, eco-friendly goodness! They retail for $14.99, but I bought these at Target in January when I found them half off! Sweet!! I love a good deal! But even at full price, I think they are a good bargain for great brushes.

What are your favorite brushes??