Influenster Vox Box Review

Hello Passionista,

Today, I have a special #curltreat to share with you. I received another Vox Box from Influenster,that is all about CURLS and treating yourself to healthy styles.

What’s in the box?

This Vox Box includes Garnier Fructis Curl Treat Leave- in stylers: Hydrating Butter and Defining Soothie.

Y’all know I love a good hair product and these styler came just in time for the holidays. I decided to do a flexi rod set using both the Hydrating butter and Defining smoothie. I normally don’t purchase Garnier Fructis products for my hair because honestly I didn’t think it was a brand for ethnic natural hair. Now that I’ve tried these curl treats I will be purchasing these products and exploring what other good styling products Garnier Fructis has to offer my thick natural curls.

Both the Hydrating Butter and Defining Soothie formulas are thick and feels very rich. You only need to apply a little bit to each section of hair.

When styling my hair with the flexi rods, I wet my hair with a spray bottle of warm water, them added the Hydrating Butter from root to ends. Before starting to roll each section of hair with the flexi rod, I used my finger to rub the Defining smoothie and a small amount of curl gel to the ends. Once my entire head was rolled and twisted in the flexi rod, I let it air dry over night then sat under the hair drier the next morning for 20 mins (just to make sure my roots were completely dry)

Natural Hair Tip: Make sure your hair is COMPLETELY dry when doing twist out, rod or roller set before untwist or unrolling. It makes a huge different in the final look and how long it will last.

I am amazed at the finished look of this flexi rod protective style. Like I said, I never thought Garnier Frutis products were for my type of hair. There advertisements always have white women with straight hair, I don’t fit that audience so I over look the brand. I would like to see more women of color with different types and styles of hair in their advertisements.

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Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes.

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BLOGMAS | DIY Hair Clip Ins

Hello Passionista, 

I’ve taken my DIY skills to a whole new level. I made some hair clip ins using 14 inch Itlian Wavy bundles by LM Tresses

I’ve been wanting to do something different with my hair but I’m picky about my hair. I have so many bundles of hair from my sew in days, I thought about making a wig. As I was looking for tutorial to make the wig I came across a tutorial for clip ins. Clip ins are much easier than a wig. Plus, I’ve never wore a wig before so that would have been a gamble for me. 

The process of making the clips ins was simpler than I thought. Since I already had the hair, I only had to purchase thread, needle and clips ins from the beauty supply store. All of this was $10 (max). 

The Finished Product 

BLOGMAS Day 17 | Winter Hair Routine + Rice Water

Hello Passionista, 

Now that it is Winter, I have changed up my hair wash routine a little bit. I’ve been seeing all the hype about rice water and the benefits it has on your hair. I am always looking for good products and natural remedies to do to my hair so I’ve decided to join in on the  rice water trend. 

Prepping Rice Water

After watching a few youtube tutorials and scrolling through blogs on Pinterest , I decided to do a rice water deep conditioner before my wash routine. You can also do a rice water rinse, which I plan on trying on the next wash day. To deep condition with rice water, I took some plain rice from the pantry and rinsed it with cold water. Then I took a glass jar and filled the bottom with the clean rice and added water. I closed the lid on the jar and let it sit for about 12 hours. I read that the longer you let the rice water sit the better. But what I was not prepared for is the SMELL. This shit smells horrible. I can’t even explain the smell. It’s legit horrible. I was almost about to throw it away and not use it. But I started reading comments that explained rice water stinks. So I went with it. 

I drained the rice from the rice water and put the water in a spray bottle. I sectioned my hair in small parts, and sprayed each part from root to ends. Then, I put a plastic shower cap over my head and let it sit for over an hour. 

Washing my Hair with Love  Beauty and Planet Shampoo & Conditioner

Coconut water is known as a lightweight hydrator, with the mix of the mimosa flower you get great volume in result. 

Love Beauty and Plant is a fairly new brand to the market. I think I first seen it on shelf in Target. When I saw the packaging I was like, ” This cute I want to try it” but it wasn’t in the “ethic” (black girl hair) haircare section. So I thought it may not be a product for my type of hair. I wasn’t in the mood to buy some shampoo and conditioner that I wasn’t sure about —so I stuck to my regular Cantu products.  But to my surprise, I received samples of the Coconut water & mimosa flower shampoo and conditioner in my Target Beauty Box. Gladly, I tried it and Loved it! It smells amazing and left my hair feeling soft and easy to comb out. I didn’t have to do much detangling but I think that’s also a result of the rice water. 

My Winter Hair Wash Routine

Step 1: Deep Condition with Rice Water

Step 2: Rinse Rice Water out with cold water

Step 3: Condition Hair + Rinse 

Step 4: Shampoo Hair + Rinse 

Step 4: 1- Minute hair mask + rinse 

After washing my hair, I always comb it out and 2 string twist it (if I’m not doing a specific style). Here is what I have been using to style my hair lately…

Cantu Natural Hair Wave Whip Curling Mousse

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Strong Roots Spray 

Dark and Lovely Naturale Anti- Shrinkage Clumping Curl Creme Gel

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Yes To Shampoo &; Conditioner | Use & Review

Hello Passionista!!!

So, I’m not the type to use the same shampoo and conditioner every time I wash my hair. I like to try different products and brands. So I want to share my experience with Yes To shampoo and conditioner detoxifying & deep cleaning / ultra moisturizing charcoal.

Disclaimer: My thoughts and opinions are strictly my own based from my usage experience. I have only used these products one time.

Where to buy: Target ($7.99 each)

Yes To charcoal detoxifying & deep cleaning shampoo

Yes To charcoal detoxifying & ultra- moisturizing conditioner

Pros:

  • This is really a deep cleaning shampoo, it’s great for clean hair with product build up
  • The formula is creamy. For some reason I thought the formula would be thicker than the average shampoo but it’s not.

Cons:

  • It really strips your hair of everything. A hair mask / treatment is needed after use.
  • The conditioner is hard to wash out of thick hair. The color helps determine if it’s all washed out or not

Final Thoughts: this is not a product I would use often cause I wash my hair on a weekly basis. But I feel this is a perfect product duo for when I have lots of product build up from gels and creams in my hair. I plan on keeping these products close by for those special occasions.

Before wash:

After Shampoo and Conditioner (set in hair for 1hour +):

After washing the conditioner out, I did restore my curls with coconut oil.

Have you tried this shampoo and conditioner ? If so, tell me what you thought of it. What other Yes To products should I try ?

Get Ready with Me |Natural Hair Style

Hello Passionistas!

This is my first “Get Ready with Me” type video. I am still getting the hang of this editing stuff. A lot of what I filmed had background music that I had to mute for copyright purposes😩. But check out this video and let me know if you wanna see more in the comments box below.

My Hair Wash Routine

Hello Passionistas!!!

This is my 1st Hair Wash video. I love washing my hair, but I hate styling it. So here’s how I do it…

 

Products Mentioned:
Maui Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
Has Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner
Curls Unleashed Curl Creme
Shea Moisture Anti Frizz Styling Mousse
Cantu Anti Friss Argan Oil

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February’s Natural Hair Products

Hello Passionistas!!!!!!!

It has been so long since I have blogged. I have been extremely busy and all over the place but that is no excuse. I really have to revisit my weekly schedule to make more room for blogging.

I want to share the hair products I recently purchased. These products have been apart of my go to essentials lately.

Here’s what I purchased:

img_1195I love the OGX Coconut Oil. I have been using this product forever (seems like). I purchased it from Target but you can find it many places like Walmart, drug stores or your local hair store. It’s a lightweight oil spray that hydrates your hair without being to greasy. I wear my natural hair in a wash-n-go style or a flexi rod set. So each morning I need to refresh my curls with some hydration. The bottle is so small that I often take it on the go with me. Just put it in my purse and hydrate as needed during the day. I go through a bottle of this like every other month. Honestly, as much as I use it, I’m surprised it lasts that long.

img_1196I’m not a big fan of Shea Moisture, but I will purchase it and use it from time to time. I was in need of a hair mask and ended up getting the Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Strengthening Shampoo, Conditioner and Masque. I have used in once and right now I don’t have any complaints. I like it better than the Coconut & Hibiscus line, which I have mentioned in blogs before. The Hibiscus line is for anti-frizz, moisture and shine, that’s what I thought my hair needed but it don’t like how it makes my hair feels. So, I decided to give this Yucca & Plantain Ant-Breakage product a try.

img_1194I also purchased Hask Coconut Oil Hair Mask & Hask Argan Oil Hair Mask. These are also re-purchases. I have come to learn that deep conditioning is a major key to healthy hair. So I like to deep condition every chance I get and these are my cheap but quality mask go to products. I think these little packets are like $1. I could buy the full size product but I like the convenience of the packets; just open, use the product, then throw away.


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My 1st Ipsy Bag

Hello Passionistas!

I thought it would be fun to sign up for the monthly ipsy bag. Last week, I received my first bag and it’s super cute. If you don’t know about the ipsy bag, it is a $10 monthly subscription of 5 beauty products hand picked for you. I am a major product junkie, and I love make-up and cosmetics so this is perfect for me.

The cloth cosmetic bag is really chic and perfect for my “On-The-Good” make-up bag for my purse.

This month I received a:

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  • Nail Polish by Trust Fund Beauty
  • Chia 5-in-1 defining curl cream by Trissola
  • NYX Whipped Fouette for lips and cheeks, in the color “Cocoa Bean”
  • City Colors Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow, in the color “Cheers to Life”
  • Skone Cosmetics eye waterproof liner, in the color “Jet Black”

I often purchase NYX products, but all of the other brands are new to me. YAY !!!

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I have to admit I never buy nail polish, I just pick from what they have at the nail salon. But I think I will most definitely take this to the nail shop for my next pedi appointment.

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Surprisingly, I have never came across this chia product before. It has mineral oil and it’s paraben- free. So I am excited to try it on my natural curl .

 

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Now this whipped fouette has my interest. I wouldn’t put it on my cheeks tho. But it creamy and soft on my lips. I love this nude-ish color of it. It’s great for my daily office make-up look. I literally wear it every day and only reply it after lunch.

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I love natural toned shimmer shadows for my daily office make-up look. It not to dramatic and gives me that natural glow with the help of a little eyeliner and mascara. I apply  it with my NYX eye shadow primer and I don’t have to worry about it rubbing off during the day. This is definitely my favorite product from this month’s selection.  

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I still have not mastered a perfect liner wing for my eyes. But I have been watching YouTube tutorials practicing with the NYX felt eyeliner pin. Now that I have this Skone Cosmetics eyeliner, I’m excited to do my eyes every morning. It’s easy to hold and the thin felt point helps me get the fine line that hard to do with the creamy sticks.

I am anticipating next month’s bag!!! Stay tuned for more Ispy reviews.

Also, follow my blog instagram account @passionlocked to my daily #productoftheday.

 

Until Next TIme,

XOXOXO

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Embrace Your Beauty

Hello Passionistas!

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I recently found out Walmart offered a seasonal beauty box. And it’s only $5.00… so you know I had to sign up. I am a product junkie!!!! I love trying different brands and trendy beauty items.  I shop at Target and Kroger over Walmart, but a beauty box just may win me back over as a customer. Although! I hear Target has a beauty box as well, but its not a subscription service, you have to buy it online each month. So I’m not interested!

 

But back to what we are hear for…. The Spring WalMart Beauty Box!

This month box is filled with …

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Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair with Liquid Keratin Ultra Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I have never used this product before, honestly I’m not sure if its for black girl hair. But I’ll willing to try it since wash day is coming up. I mean if I don’t like it I can just rewash my hair. The packaging says it for dry to stressed hair, my hair is not stressed but can be a little dry at times. So I’m going to give it a shot.

I’ve never tried any of the Biores products before, but this seasons box has the Biore’ Baking Soda Acne Scrub in it. So I think I am going to try it. I love the fact that it has baking soda in it. I don’t have acne issues but I think it will be cool to try whenever I fill a pimple coming on.

I have used the Dove advanced care cool essentials deodorant before. I liked it. I don’t particularly like Dove body wash but I do buy the deodorant from time to time. I’m not loyal to a particular brand or scent deodorant, as long as it gets the job done, I’m cool.

I’ve been wanting to try the Colgate Radiant White, but I can never catch it on sale. So I will be used every bit of the sample.

I’m not big on face oils because I sweat a lot, I have tried one before. I was not in love with it so I never repurchased it. But I am open to trying the Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil. I think it would be best for before putting on my make-up or after taking off my make-up and cleansing my face.

Lastly, I am looking forward to trying the John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner. Again I’m not sure if this brand is for black girl hair but if it helps with frizz, I’m willing to try. So the next time I straighten my hair, I’m going to try this product.

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Be sure to follow @passionlocked on Instagram to see if I make any of these products my #productoftheday

 

 

 

 

This spring, show off your fabulous self! #walmartbeautybox

 

 

If you want your own beauty box , Sign up at www.beautybox.walmart.com

 

XOXOXO

Sunday is Hair Day !!!

Good Day Passionistas! Sunday is hair day, so today I wanted to share with you my current wash day routine. I have been natural for about 5 years, and try to make it a habit to wash my hair every week. Depending on the style I wear my hair will I skip a week . Today I will be using the following products: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Haor Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave in Conditioner repair cream, Hask Keratin protein deep conditioning mask and hair oil, and lotta body styling foam.

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I start by washing rinsing my dirty hair with warm water, then applying the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Conditioner. That’s right! I condition my hair first. There is not no specific reason why I do it. I just dont see the point of user a conditioner to wash out then applying a deep conditioning mask. So to hydrate my freshly rinsed hair, I use conditioner first. After washing out the conditioner, I then shampoo the roots of my hair making use I massage the shampoo throughout my entire hair. Then I rinse out all the shampoo, at this step be sure to rinse out all shampoo. Once all the shampoo is rinsed out of my hair, I like to use a cottong t-shirt to pat my hair dry and apply the Hask deep conditioning mask. I use a healthy amount of this product and let it sit on my hair for at least an hour. After letting the product sit, I rinse it all out with cold water and apply a small amount of leave in conditioner repair cream.

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This week I will be using my flexible rods to curl my hair while it is wet. To complete this style I comb out and section my hair in four parts and work on rodding one section at a time. Most people like to sit under the hair dryer, but I try to do away with applying heat to my hair, so I let the rods sit overnight to air dry. Yes, the rods can be a little uncomfortable to sleep in, but they look good in the morning. In the morning I take out rod one by rod and separte the curls with my hands. I use a dime sized amount of the Hask hair oil to add shine to my curls. This style is easy to accomplish and usual last me up to 4 to five days before recurling.

 

img_5584Have you ever tried this curly look before? Please share your wash day stories…