Curly Hair Don’t Care

My daughter recently got a perm and for someone who is pretty much a minimalist when it comes to styling her hair (she’s been a big fan of the ponytail), it has taken some getting used to.

My one condition before agreeing to the perm was that she had to do a better job of brushing her hair in the mornings and that likely she would need to wet it down every morning.

You can see why….


This is how she wakes up (some mornings it doesn’t include the smile)

You can see that the curls not only need brushed, but also need revived. We’ve tried mousse and gel and both seem to work about equally. I typically help her apply the product so that she doesn’t get globs of it in one spot.

What might we find in there?!

When I had the opportunity from Brandbacker to sample products aimed at curly hair, I jumped at the chance. Especially, when the opportunity featured hair care products specially designed for kids.

We received Curl Conditioner, Curl Leave-in spray, and Curl Gel Cream all from SoCozy. SoCozy not only are tailord for kids, offering salon-quality hair care products developed specifically for kids’ hair, but they also cater to busy moms. The products are multi purpose and streamline the process. Oh, and I should mention that they smell DE-vine. The gel and the conditioner are scented like sweet cream — yummy!

This is our after photo. We were in kind of a hurry after her shower, so her hair is still a little damp, but you can see that it did revive her curls. It also kept her hair managable and without frizz for the entire night. 









SoCozy prides itself on pure and safe products, therefore they are made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol. Free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.

SoCozy products are available at Target, CVS, and Walgreens and if you purchase any of their products from now, through mid-February, you can register your receipt into their sweepstakes for a chance to win an all-expense paid 5 days, 4 nights, deluxe family vacation for four! Visit their website for details!

Do your kids have curly hair (natural or permed)? I’d love to hear your tips on how to keep the curls vibrant!

Until Next Time,

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As always, all opinions are my own 

Do I have to choose between acne and wrinkles?

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As you might remember, I have suffered from acne nearly my entire life and lately, though I’m not going to share my exact age, I’ve been faced with the challenge of dealing with acne prone skin at the same time as trying to fight the early signs of aging. There are not many products that are effective in targeting both (though, there are getting to be more out there).  Many acne products, geared towards adolescent acne, are just too harsh for aging skin. There has to be a happy medium, right?  One of the most effective ingredients in anti-aging formulas as well as acne topical treatments (remember Retin A?) is Retinol. One of the things that you have to be careful of when using Retinol products is over drying sensitive skin — even acne-prone and oily skin.

As most of you know, I am a beauty product fanatic. I love to try the latest makeup, skincare, hair care, nail products, you name it! So when I had the the opportunity to sample Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum through my affiliation with BrandBacker, I jumped at the chance.

Thimg_0355e great part about this Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum is that it also contains things like Vitamin C (for absorption) and vitamin E to replace moisture. I stillfound that I had to alternate nights when using this product as it tended to dry out my skin on my cheeks.

I’ve been using this product for about 3 weeks and am very happy with the results. Short term, my skin feels smoother and I can tell a difference in my forehead “frown” lines. **There isn’t a big enough difference (yet) to merit before and after photos.** With long-term use, I am hoping to see improved coloration, more even skin-tone, and continued diminishing wrinkles.

You can get this product (plus many other great skin care products) on the Valentia website or at Amazon for $35.

**This is a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker. As always, all opinions are my own.**

Review: Vibrance by Eu Natural for Healthy Hair Growth

As you know, I am a beauty-product fanatic. I love to try the latest products and even more than that, I love to be able to share my experience and opinions.

Recently, BrandBacker announced a campaign working with Eu Natural on a vitamin to support healthy hair growth. As you may not know, I cut my long hair last fall and, while it needed it and I have enjoyed the change, I very much am longing for my hair to be long again. So, I jumped at the chance to sample this product in hopes of rushing the re-growth process along a little.

I received a full-size bottle, which is a 30-day supply (retail value of $29.99 on Amazon). While I am not yet finished with 30 days, I have noticed a difference. I haven’t measured my hair growth, but my hair does feel healthier overall. I am pretty rough on my hair. I shower daily due to my running, I use a hair dryer and straightener on a regular basis, so the damage is definitely occurring. After 3 weeks of using Vibrance my hair feels thicker and is shinier.

According to the company, most results are visible around 60 days of use. Another great tidbit about Eu Natural — they have a 90-day money back guarantee with no questions asked! I love when a brand stands behind their promise with a guarantee like that.

Another perk: I’ve really noticed a difference is in my fingernail growth. My nails are stronger and longer than they have been in years!

Each soft capsule is packed with 23 vitamins, minerals, and herbs, including Biotin and OptiMSM®, that revitalize your hair from the inside. The vitamins are gluten, wheat, and dairy free and are packed with pure and natural ingredients (no junk or fillers!)

I’ve ordered a second bottle in hopes of maximizing the results and will check in with you later with my results!

PS: Want to try it for yourself? Grab a bottle here for only $5!

Do you have any tips on growing your hair quicker? I’d love to hear them!

Until Next Time,

This is a sponsored post. I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Busy Mom’s Manicure

I received this product from Brandbacker for review purposes. I was in no other way compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. 

I love to have my nails done just as much as the next gal, but let’s face it, I don’t have time to paint my nails every other day (that’s about how long painted nails last without chipping on this busy mom) and I certainly don’t have the money (or time) to go to the salon for a gel manicure every two weeks.

When I got the opportunity through Brandbacker to sample imPRESS Press-On Manicure products, I said “YES” wholeheartedly.

They sent me two different colors of pre-painted nails. One set is hot pink and the other is medium beige. Both sets came with the option of having a sparkly accent nail. I decided for my first attempt with the nails to try the beige set. They are super easy to put on. The adhesive is already on each nail, so after laying out the correct size for each of my nails, the whole process took about 6 minutes. Plus – no dry time! It never fails that after I paint my nails, I end up smudging the polish because I can’t sit still long enough for it to thoroughly dry!

To apply, you simply peel off the plastic backing, line up the nail with your nail bed, and press on the nail for about 30 seconds. That is literally it — super easy, no mess, quick application and I have a salon quality manicure for less than $8!

I’ve had the nails on for 4 days without losing one nail. That is 4 days of washing dishes (twice per day by hand), 4 showers, 15 miles of running, one football game, one volleyball game, playing with my kids, using the sewing machine and other crafts, and typing on the keyboard. They are still shiny like a gel manicure and chip-free, of course.

I added sparkly to the remainder of my nails rather than keep the accent nail since it would only fit my pinky finger.

The only thing that I would complain about would be the size choices of the nails. I think my fingers are pretty average and I had trouble finding nails to fit them (most were too small). As you can see from the picture below, the thumb nail that I chose was too small, while the only other option was huge and would have extended over onto my skin. There were tons of small nails to choose from, but little middle ground. In fact, I had to use the accent nail on my pinky since it wouldn’t fit on my ring finger or pointer finger. *I ended up adding sparkles to all my nails with a polish that I already owned rather than keep the pinky as an accent.  
When I’m ready to change out my manicure, I only have to gently peel the nails off — no acetone soak process necessary and no damage to my natural nails! These nails come in a variety of colors and options from french manicures to on-trend colors and patterns. You can pick them up at Walgreens and Walmart.






Overall, I would say that the value of this product is very good. For about the cost of a nice nail polish, you can have a salon quality manicure that lasts in only a few minutes!

Until Next Time,

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Dandelion Root Tea: Product Review

I had heard that you could use dandelions for various ailments but had never tried them for anything. You can actually use the dandelions that grow in your own yard! Since this is my first experience, I’m glad that I let someone else do the growing, picking, and preparing. Plus, who doesn’t love tea?!

I received some Organic Dandelion Root Tea from Kiss Me Organics to review and I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, not to judge a tea by its name, but dandelion roots? Not exactly appetizing!  In addition to the dandelion roots, the tea also contains hibiscus and cinnamon. The tea is subtle and not overpowering. I can taste the cinnamon, but it blends well with the other flavors. I even tried this tea iced and it was good! 

There are so many health benefits to such a variety of teas that are on the market today. What is that saying? A few of cups of tea a day keep the doctor away. Okay, that isn’t actually how it goes, but you have to agree that you have heard many claims of health benefits of drinking tea.

The claims with this tea are that it helps support a healthy digestion and aids in liver and kidney detox. It also can aid in stabilizing blood sugar, regulating blood pressure and cholesterol, and is full of antioxidants.  I can’t tell you if it’s doing any of those things for me or not, but I can tell you it is a very delicious tasting tea and I will continue to drink it. The health benefits are just icing on the cake!

In addition to learning about how you can use dandelion roots to make tea, I also learned that you can cook with dandelion root. Now, if you’re a little worried about picking a dandelion out of your back yard and then adding it to whatever you’re cooking, you are not alone! The good news is that Kiss Me Organics have a book of recipes, including this one below for Avocado Mayonnaise, using dandelion root tea (you just cut open the tea bag and dump it in)!

dandelion tea

Whether or not I have convinced you to give this tea a try, at least I might have convinced you that dandelions are more than just an annoying weed! If you are interested in trying it out, you can purchase it on Amazon and Kiss Me Organics has a 100% money back guarantee!

I received this product through BrandBacker from Kiss Me Organics to sample and review. I was not compensated in any other way besides a free product. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Product Review: Hyperbiotics ProDental

Hyperbiotics Pro-DentalThere is a lot of buzz about probiotics and how beneficial they are to your health. While I’m not a skeptic (I’m sure they are helpful to the digestive system) I am also not a trend hopper. I didn’t run out and stock up just because of all the recent news. However, when I recently had the opportunity to sample Hyperbiotics ProDental tablets that are formulated for oral health, I jumped at the chance. In general, probiotics are considered “good” bacteria. The primary health benefits are that they help to lower the amount of “bad” bacteria in your gut and the claim is that they help fight off infection. There has also been research that shows how probiotics have helped with other ailments not related to the gut, such as eczema. Pro-Dental targets issues related to the mouth such as bad breath, sensitive teeth, allergies, etc.

I have been using the chewable tablets for a week and have not noticed a major difference, however I do suffer from tooth sensitivity so I plan to continue to use the tablets in hopes that they will help with that. The tablets are chewable, but I recommend just allowing them to dissolve rather than chew them. I don’t care for the taste of them when I chew them. That being said, they do take a while to dissolve, so I take mine in the morning after brushing my teeth and let it dissolve on my way to work. You can take 2-3 tablets each day. The website claims that results can happen as soon as 7 days with consistent use. I might up my dose to see if I have better results. I will keep you posted!

Until Next Time,

 I received these products complimentary through Brandbacker from InstaNatural for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Anti-Aging Blemish Fighting Serum

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As many of you know, I have struggled with acne nearly my entire life. My first visit to a dermatologist came at 14 and my most recent visit was at age 35 and yes, it was for acne.  I have had some good periods in my life where I’ve been able to stay off medications or prescribed topical treatments for months at a time, but I always have a re-occurrence and it is almost always severe enough to have to undergo prescribed treatments. About 2 years ago, my dermatologist recommended Acutane (it’s called something different now, but that is what it is most commonly known as). I was fearful of the side effects, but decided to give it a go. It is one of the best things that I’ve ever done. Since that treatment, I have not had any ongoing acne-related skin issues. I am able to experiment with products (which you all know I love) and I’m actually able to work on my next issue – combating the effects of aging. 

That brings me to InstaNatural’s Age Defying Skin Clearing Serum, which I received through Brandbacker to sample and review.  Along with the serum, I also received the Vitamin C Facial Toner which targets tightening pores and reducing the signs of aging.

The products have a strong citrus scent, which took some getting used to. If citrus is not your thing – these products may not be for you because it is pretty strong. In terms of helping with skin issues: I have used the products for 7 days in a row and did not experience any breakouts (which is still big deal for me when trying a new product, even one geared for reducing acne). I use the serum just once per day as it does have retinol in it and that can be drying on sensitive skin. The Serum is focused on reversing the signs of aging while at the same time treating acne and hyperpigmentation. It is packed with a great line-up of proven acne and anti-aging ingredients. Besides retinol, the formula also includes acne champions sulfer, salicylic acid, niacinamide for redness, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to repairing damaged skin.  The toner, I used twice each day. It is so refreshing! I have come to like the invigorating citrus scent.


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I received these products complimentary through Brandbacker from InstaNatural for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own.