This was one of my clearance Target finds, and I finally used it yesterday, so I wanted to review it for you guys. Since I'm SO BEHIND on blogging, I'm trying to catch up before I start my new job.
I think hair masks are great to use once a week or once every two weeks, no matter the season. I only put mine on my ends, which is where my hair splits and breaks. I never put it on my bangs or scalp, because they get greasy enough as is.
A little background on my hair: my hair is thin, but I have massive, copious amounts of it. For that reason, my hair tangles and knots almost immediately. It is colored, I have bayalage on my ends. Any coloring can damage hair. I only use high end products on my hair, because I'm vain and I'm a woman and I like my hair to look nice.
I shampooed as usual. Then applied this to my ends. It was probably on there for about 5-7 minutes, while I did the rest of my shower stuff. I always rinse out my conditioner last.
As a side note: I will say I feel like they could've filled the tub more. It's like half full, maybe a little more than half. The texture is thick but not too thick to spread, and it soft, if that makes sense. It was easy to apply. The scent was light and natural. There's a lot of beneficial ingredients in this mask, as you can read above, and you get subtle notes of each. It was easy to rinse too. Some masks literally take forever to rinse, and then you still feel like you have some left in your hair, not this one.
I also think it would make an excellent option to shave your legs in a pinch too. Not only would it moisturize your skin, but you'd get a close shave with minimal tugging. So, that's an added benefit.
Overall, I'm happy with the results. Brushing my hair was a breeze, with very few tangles. It's soft and shiny, even now, the day after, it still looks and feels soft. I can't remember what I spent on it, somewhere between $4-$7, so it was definitely worth it either way. I'll probably be using this every week to refresh my hair. If there's any left on clearance at your local Target, pick one up!
NLCA was having a sale back in February, and I purchased a few things. I got two of the nail files, one in black and one in red. I loved the dagger design so much, and the fact that it's glass, so it should never get dull. I got one for Amber for Galentine's Day, plus the "Paint your f*cking nails!" polish as well. I've used two of the three polishes, plus the nail file.
The nail file, as I said, is adorable. Unfortunately, the black design files off as you file your nails. So, you end up with black under your nails. Also, I've used other glass files and they've been amazing, this one was sub par.
The polish I used on my toes is the bottom right, Model Behavior. It's a dark cream brown, almost black, but definitely not black. I liked it more than I thought I would. I don't wear brown, so I decided to try something new.
The other color, Hey Sailor!, is the white with black chunks of glitter. Black and white is my jam (see above flip flops), but I was disappointed in the wear of this. There's a lot of black glitter in the bottle, but rarely does it actually apply to the nails. Not just that, I needed like three coats for it to apply evenly, which was too thick, especially after a base and top coat, so it cracked quickly. The glitter pieces chipped off, causing more of the polish to chip. I didn't take a photo, I honestly forgot, but I was pretty disappointed.
The other color I haven't used yet. It's called Cosmic Candy, and it reminds me of an oil spill, that kind of color. I might use that on my toes next. Spring is finally starting to occur, and I'm thrilled. I hate wearing socks and shoes, so anytime I can wear flip flops, I'm excited. Summer can hold off though.
I'll make sure to do another post, with pictures, of the other polish when I use it.
For the record, I do like NCLA's polishes, but maybe there's a reason these ones were on sale? I haven't had issues in the past, that I can recall, and I own a few other shades of theirs. Overall, I'm not mad I spent the money, since they were affordable.
There are 3 holidays that I celebrate, not including my birthday which is, in fact, a holiday but also is on Labor Day this year, so it’s actually a real holiday.
The first and most important is Halloween, anyone who knows me knows this. Another is St. Patrick’s Day, because I’m an Irish girl, which reminds me to make Vegan Irish Potatoes this week. The last is Easter. I absolutely adore Easter. It’s so cute. There’s bunnies and chickies everywhere. One of my favorite traditions was dying eggs. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve dyed eggs because, as a vegan, why would I want to participate in that? So one of my favorite activities I had to give up, until this year. While strolling through Target to buy unnecessary things with my mom, one of my favorite activities, we went to the Easter section and my mom found these awesome dyeable plastic eggs! It contained 3 natural dye tablets, and 6 plastic white eggs: 2 shaped as bunnies, 2 shaped as chickies, and 2 plain ones. The brand is called PAAS, and they’re about $4. I snatched them up, excited to dye eggs again!
Sunday, Kevin and I finally dyed them, and I just can’t wait to share our experience and photos with you! The instructions are simple. Drop a tablet into a plastic cup, add some vinegar, let the tablet dissolve, add half a cup of water. Dye complete. I didn’t fully read the directions, and was mad they kept floating! I’m like, well how is this gonna work? So, Kevin tried filling them with water, but it wasn’t enough, and they kept floating. It wasn’t until AFTER that fact that I actually read the back of the bag that said to split the eggs in half, and dye them that way. That was much easier, and they fit in the cup better too.
Once I was happy with where the colors were, I took them out, just using my fingers because everything was natural, and laid them design side up on some paper towels. I let them dry while I cleaned up the table and did some Easter decorating. Then, I simply took a paper towel, dried out the inside of the eggs, closed them up, and even took some more dye and splashed it on the paper towel so it was tie-dyed almost, and used that as a filter for my vase where I stored my eggs.
I love them SO MUCH! I had so much fun dying non-eggs. Putting up my decor, and making it springy and festive, in between all my Halloween stuff. Cute and creepy, that’s my life! The optimal time for color saturation is 5 minutes, but these plastic eggs color faster than I thought! I did some one shade, I did some mixing, and one of my bunnies turned out near perfect and it’s my favorite. I have named him Augustus.
Isn't he so cute?! I couldn’t recommend these faux eggs enough. They’re easy and fun to use. They get you excited for the holiday and for spring in general. I’m gonna grab a few more packs in case they decide to stop making them one day. I’ll stock pile them, because I don’t want them to run out. My advice is you go to Target and do the same!
Of course, I'm gonna add my Easter decor photos, because I love them.
The candles and the candle accessories are from Yankee Candle, and I got them a few years ago on clearance after Easter. The bunny Hallmark plush, named Clovis is from Giant, and when I saw him I just had to take him home. The bunny and chickie mats, and bunny table cloth, are from Kohls, which I also got a year or two ago on clearance after Easter. As you can see, I reused a vase from one of my customers as my non-egg holder and I think it looks great. You can kind of see the tie-dye paper towel I used as my filler if you look close. Lastly, my most favorite are those tiny green bunnies. They're only a few inches, and they're fuzzy. I found them at Michaels on a whim like 3 years ago and they were only $1. Bargain shopping is my specialty. I also hung up a vintage "Happy Easter" sign on my front door. I'm a "hoppy" girl! =)
Pocahontas has always been one of my absolute favorite Disney princesses. She was strong, fierce, and stood by her beliefs. She was a great role model. Sure, like all Disney princesses, she fell in love at the drop of a hat, but she was at least a little more cautious that your average princess!
Words can't describe how much I loved Meeko as a little girl. When I was going through pictures for my mom's 50th Birthday Memory Box, there was so many pictures of me as a little girl with Meeko stuffed animals and toys everywhere. I've always loved raccoons, and Meeko was so cute, always stuffing his face... I just loved him.
So, naturally, when Danielle Nicole released yet another Disney collection (just take all my money lady!), and it was Pocahontas themed, I needed all the things. I got two (for now) lol. For Valentine's Day, Kevin bought me the Pocahontas crossbody bag (that I kindly sent him the link for, you know, to be helpful), and I ordered the Meeko makeup bag. There's a Percy pouch that I'm just dying to get, but I'm waiting for a sale, which seldom happens, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for one soon.
How beautiful though? Seriously. Colors of the Wind is basically my anthem. It's about connecting with animals and nature in a way most people no longer do. It gives me feels. So this bag was a must. Did I necessarily need another bag? No way. Do I care? Nope. Had to have it! It was too beautiful to pass up. This was $68.
Now, my Meeko makeup bag, that was my Valentine's Day present to myself, which I actually got for 20% off because they were having a sale for something. President's Day maybe?
Are you in love or are you in love? Because I'm in love. The multilayered glitter adds depth and dimension, the colors are great, the details are perfect, and it's actually quite roomy. I have to get a new bag for work (since I got a new job!), that's not my Disney Snow White backpack, because it's a more professional setting, but I'm gonna use this to carry my essentials in, that way, a part of Disney will always be with me, even if it's not so in your face. I'm like a Girl Scout, in the sense that I have everything anyone could possibly need in my bag. First aid kit, variety of medicines, tampons, rollerball perfume, deodorant, nail file, brush, pocket mirror, etc... This bag will fit all of it. I actually don't carry makeup with me, but it'll fit all of my other products perfectly fine. I'm essentially, in love. This was $38, I think I paid $28 total with shipping when it was on sale.
Lastly, while I don't have this (yet), I just wanted to share the photo from Danielle Nicole's website so you can see just how perfect this Percy pouch is.
Percy is removable, and if I could just buy him as the keychain, I'd be happy, but they're not sold separately. I'm waiting for a sale because this is $58, and I've been doing really good on not uselessly buying things I don't need. So, I'm trying to be good and wait for a sale. Or hope she eventually sells them separately. But seriously, how adorable is this?!
There's also a bigger tote bag version of my crossbody bag as well. Check out her website, because if you're a Disney fan, you might fall in love with everything. She's also done collaborations with Harry Potter, Rugrats, and most recently, Looney Tunes. The Looney Tunes collection is also really high on my "need to have it but don't really need to have it" list. Enjoy!
Way way overdue on this post, but the plus side is, I've had plenty of time to try them time and time again, so this review is going to be thorough!
I'm an avid fan of having a protein shake for breakfast, and a protein bar as a midmorning snack. I have protein powder, and I've made tons of smoothies in the past, but really, sometimes I'm just completely too lazy to even do that. That's when these handy ready to drink protein shakes are perfect. Shake, open, and drink. Perfect for on the go! Or for when you have to power through a Power Point and you need some energy to keep you going because you absolutely hate creating Power Point presentations. Whatever your deal is, this shake is for you.
20 grams of protein is a great way to start your day, add that with 10 grams of fiber... and you're really off to a great start. I've tried several different vegan proteins, and this is one of my favorites. Some of them give me belly aches and some of them taste awful. This is sweetened with Stevia, combined with the fact that is it is protein shake, and there is an after taste, but it's not terrible and honestly, I've gotten used to it. There are other flavors you can try. Me personally, I'm always partial to vanilla and that's what I stick with. The other flavors are: Toasted Almond and Mellow Mocha. I tried the Toasted Almond, and it was okay. I didn't try the Mocha, but I don't think it would be my personal choice. So for me, vanilla it is. The protein choice for this line is pea protein. They have these ready made shakes, full canisters of power, and smaller single serve packets. Here's the nutrition facts for the ready made shakes:
I appreciate the limited ingredients, the calories and sugar are low as well. Overall, this is probably my favorite protein shake I've tried. You can find them pretty much anywhere. I get mine at Target, and they're $7.99 for 4 of them (plus my 5% Red Card discount). My food store has them for $8.99, so they're a little pricier there. Lastly, I think Walmart has them for around $7.84, but that small amount of change saved doesn't balance out the aggravation I get walking into Walmart, so I'll pay more and I'm okay with that. They're averagely priced for what they are, since most other products of the same variety cost about the same. When I like something, I'll pay for it anyway, I don't care. My life has become so busy that some days I don't even remember to eat breakfast, so these really are perfect for me. I recommend them!
It's occurred to me that I've mentioned about a bagillion times that I'm going to school, but I don't think I've ever even mentioned the details of it. I'm going to school to get my Bachelors in Psychology in Addiction, and presently attend school online at Kaplan University. Kaplan is one of the few school I found that offered a BA program in the field, and was accredited by the state. I've seen a lot that offer Masters, but I'm not there yet.
I've always wanted to help people, like literally my entire life. I have a bleeding heart for everyone and everything. It's a curse, because I get hurt incredibly easily, but I'm using that curse to my advantage, and turning it into something constructive. I went to Widener University fresh out of high school, for Psychology, but financially and emotionally, I wasn't able to finish. There was a lot going on at the time, and I had to drop out about 2 years in. But it's okay, because it all happened for a reason. At that age, your life is only just beginning, and you barely have a foot in the adult world. Now, nearing 30, I'm an adult with both feet firmly planted in the adult world. I'm like a sponge; always excited to learn new things. Over the years, I was able to narrow down what I wanted to do with helping people and my degree, and I realized that I wanted to be an Addictions Counselor.
Fortunately, I myself haven't been plagued with addiction, but that doesn't mean I wasn't set up for it. Both sides of my family suffer with addiction issues, and there is a definite genetic component to addiction. I've got all the right genes to become one, but didn't want to give myself that opportunity. I know the stigma that surrounds addicts; useless junkies with nothing to offer, failures, bad people, etc... The truth is: addiction doesn't care what you look like, where you come from, your socioeconomic status, race, religion, thoughts, or feelings. Addiction is like Uncle Sam and taxes, it doesn't care how, but IT WANTS YOU! I know addicts, and they are not these low lives. Addiction isn't on purpose. No one picks up their first beer and is like "well, let's become an alcoholic!" From what I've seen, addiction comes from a place of sadness and despair, anxiety or depression. Substance abuse covers what hurts, and the person you love turns into their addiction, and that addiction makes them do things they would never do sober.
I see the person under their addiction, because I have addicts in my family that I love. Some are sober, some aren't, but I still love them either way. I don't graduate until 4/7/2020, but that doesn't mean I don't want to start making any difference that I can now. So, I signed up for this:
This is a 1 mile walk, that was free to register for, for Overdose Awareness and to honor those who have lost their lives to this disease. I set up a page on Run the Day to donate, asking for a simple goal of $100, that I will match if I meet that goal. I'll donate either way, but I'd love to be able to donate $200. So far, I have $25 and I just set it up yesterday, so that's pretty darn good if you ask me. I'll include the link, in case you want to donate to, for yourself or someone you love. Click the link below to donate. If that doesn't work, just copy and paste it into your browser. I'm not good at hyperlinks lol:
That's all she wrote. I hope you consider donating to this cause. Thank you!
Yesterday was my half birthday. Do you celebrate your half birthday? If you don't, you should. Treat yo'self! I am now officially closer to 30 than I am to 29, GROSS! #wheresmywalker
While I was browsing through Target, looking at all the things, I found two awesome things I couldn't wait to share with you guys. Let's begin.
Tell me this isn't the cutest shirt ever? I found it in the PJ section, and was just like, so excited. Are people finally starting to realize that without bees we would all die, and that we need to love them?! And the O in love is a silver shiny heart! I think this was like somewhere between -$13-$16, I didn't look, I was too excited trying to find my size so I could put it in my cart lol. Either way, this is the perfect shirt to show some love for bees!
The other thing I found, which I was also incredibly excited for:
It says on the bag that these plastic eggs are suitable for kids with egg allergies, they forgot to mention adults that are like kids and are vegan and won't dye real eggs. My mom actually saw these first, when I was on my usual hunt for the newest Pyrex (I am Pyrex obsessed, no joke), and when she showed me, I was so egg-cited! (Did you see what I did there?! LOL!) What I love is that the plastic non-eggs are shaped like bunnies and chickies. There are 3 holidays I genuinely get excited for: Halloween, which we all know is 24/7/365 for me, St. Patrick's Day because I'm a proud Irish gal, and Easter, because it's adorable. Included are the eggs, the dye, and a marker to draw cute little faces on them.
Yet again, TARGET FTW!
Friends: This is the first time, in the history of my blog, that I didn't even write ONE POST in the month. For that I am sorry, because February was a lot. Like, a whole lot. I'm happy to tell you that I successfully completed my first academic year at Kaplan, and had a 4.0 GPA for EVERY SINGLE CLASS! #thisgirlisonfire
A lot of other things have happened, and there's going to be some big changes up ahead, but I'm going to try my best to keep blogging. Even if it's 1-2x a month, that's better than the big fat zero I had last month. 2018 has been something else, I'll tell you that.
Now, let's talk about what we're really here to talk about. BH Cosmetics Flawless Brow Trio in Medium. I grew up as a teenager in the late 90s, early 00s- when pencil thin eyebrows were the thing. Think Christina Aguilera in the "Genie in a Bottle" video. Let me give you an example:
So, the cool thing about this brow trio is that is has a wax, and two different shades of brown powder, plus a cute little brush. The great thing about this palette is that you really can build your brows up as intense as you want, or just fill them in a little bit to enhance them. So, it's versatile. I also wanna discuss the pencil, which is great for outlining a shape before you start filling them in. Plus, it's got a little spoolie on the other side for taming them. I really only use my trio, but the pencil is great too. It was worth the $2 I spent on them, absolutely.
The wax is brown, and then there's a light shade, kind of an ashy brown, and a regular brown like the wax. My brows are sparse, as I stated before, but I like to enhance them just enough to make them stand out out on my face, and just add to the overall look on my face. Usually, it only takes me a few minutes, and I'm pretty happy with the finished product.
Honestly, for the price, you can't beat it, especially if you're just looking for something basic, nothing super fancy, just to enhance you're look. If that sounds like what you're looking for, look no farther than BH Cosmetics!