October Drugstore Product Reviews For Frizzy Hair

Hey, gorgeous! I know how it feels to have unmanageable, frizzy hair. My kinky locks are so frizzy and fried, I look like I have an afro in the morning. I have put my hair through so much by overprocessing it with bleach and styling tools. This month, I wanted to share with you guys what I do to tame my mane. I have made it my goal to eliminate heat from my hair care routine. By the way, thanks for taking the time to read my blog! I’d love to find out what products work for your hair. Let me know what you think in the comments, where all the great conversation starts.

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Herbal EssencesBlowout Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner

First of all, this shampoo and conditioner has a heavenly floral scent. I would wear a perfume that smelled like this all day long. Even though the product claims to sustain hotter temperatures, I would still use a heat protectant if you are planning to use a blow dryer or straightener. This has been my go-to shampoo and conditioner for the past month. I do notice my hair feels softer as soon as I rinse out the conditioner. It helps to reduce the frizz and static in my hair for a sleeker, yet still voluminous look.

 

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Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioner

I did a previous blog post about this awesome leave in conditioner. I’ve used it almost every time I got out of the shower last month. The consistency of the formula is thick and creamy, so a little goes a long way. It makes my hair soft and easier to style. I highly recommend this for ladies with frizzy or curly hair.

 

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Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk

Since I’m trying my best to go “heat-less” for the rest of the year, I’ve been trying to find creams and leave-ins to put in my hair and air dry. I’m actually almost out of this smoothing milk. It controls flyaways and is lightweight, however, I wish this came in a bigger size. The downside is I have to use a lot because I have thick, coarse hair. This smoothing milk does a pretty good job at locking humidity out and sealing moisture in.

 

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L’Oreal Total Repair Extraordinary Oil

You can use this serum on damp or dry hair. I squeeze a few pumps and rub it between the palms of my hands to warm it up. Then, I put it in my ends and throughout the shaft of my hair (once while it’s damp and again when it dies). It does a great job at calming any lingering frizzies or flyaways that my leave-in condition doesn’t get. It keeps my hair moisturized and never feels greasy. This extraordinary oil is perfect for dry and brittle hair.

 

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Tresemme Tres Mousse

I have been using this lightweight mousse for like 3 months. It gives me a strong hold that lasts all day without making my locks feel heavy. It’s a little drying, so I recommend using extra hair oil if you have dry hair. I just squeeze a handful of mousse in my hair and scrunch it upwards. The result is soft, natural curls. I also like to put some in my hair before I throw it in a braid or bun. The next morning when I take my hair down I get beautiful waves.

 

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Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

I bought this texturizing spray on a whim, but I’m glad I did. I have never used a spray like this before, so I guess it’s great for beginners. Days when I don’t want to wash my hair, I just wet it with a water bottle and then spritz this bad boy on. It doesn’t make my hair feel hard or weighed down. This texturizing salt spray also has a clean scent and makes your hair look like you just walked off the beach. The best part is that it does not contain alcohol, which can be very drying to the hair. I’d buy this again for sure.

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Tresemme Tres Hair Spray

Finally, for the hairspray. This can is ridiculously large and I don’t use this product often, so it’s lasted  for 6 months (or more). If I need a little extra help taming the beast, I simply spray a tiny bit of hairspray in. It helps calm down frizz and doesn’t make my hair crunchy. It also rinses out a lot easier than most hairsprays I’ve used.

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Drugstore Makeup Favorites

Hey, it’s Heather and I wanted to share with you guys my drugstore makeup favorites. These are some cosmetics I’ve been using on a daily basis for the past month or so. I have hit pan on a few items, but will be repurchasing them this month.

The best part about this list is that the products are affordable drugstore cosmetics. You can find them at Wal-mart, Target, CVS, and online for between $2-$8. Disclaimer: This post does contain affiliate links.

 

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 Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer-

This is by far the only concealer I ever use. I’m about to buy my 4th tube in a row. I had heard so much about this product from other reviews and my roommate actually started using it before I did. Needless to say, I took the plunge myself and I haven’t looked back. This concealer doesn’t crease or look cakey on top of my foundation, which is a rarity. The formula doesn’t set in my pores or the scars on my forehead. It blends smooth instead of clumpy and is great for covering acne and around the eyes.

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Elf Eyebrows

I have the hardest time trying to find a great brow product. The lightest color is usual still too dark and the waxes are hard to work with. But, this is my current favorite eyebrow makeup. Wow. I buy this in the color light for like $3 at Walmart. The brush is actually the perfect size for my eyebrows so I can get a sharp look. I apply this by mixing the wax and powder together on the angled side of the brush. I do have to reapply every 4-5 hours, but you should expect this with an e.l.f. product. Fortunately, it’s compact enough I just bring it with me when I need a touch-up.

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Elf Volumizing and Defining Mascara

The first thing I noticed was how big the tube was. You really get a lot for a $2 tube. I was surprised at how lightweight and smooth the liquid felt. It didn’t feel crunchy or heavy at all. I noticed it defined and lengthened my lashes but didn’t really make them appear fuller. Sometimes I have a problem with clumping, but this mascara was completely smooth going on. Although the wand of the brush felt flimsy, the bristles separated each of my lashes perfectly. I did have to apply a few coats and touch it up throughout the day. The formula is gentle and light for ladies with sensitive skin.

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NYC HD Eyeshadow

As a 23-year-old woman, I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know how to properly apply eyeshadow. Part of my 2016 resolution was to learn, so I bought this cheap little trio. The color is very sheer, which as a beginner I don’t mind. As long as you are careful to use separate brushes, the colors don’t get muddy or run together. The colors blend well and last for a few hours.

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Rimmel Match Perfection

This foundation gives you a light coverage but is buildable. The formula isn’t drying, which was perfect for the hotter months. The finish is very dewy so I usually apply a little powder for a more matte look. I honestly will be trying a different foundation soon because I wasn’t overly impressed. It never broke me out or anything, I was just looking for a fuller coverage. I have very pink undertones in my skin and needed something to correct the color. I would recommend this foundation to you if you have combination or dry skin and want a lighter coverage.

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Elf Eye Liner

If I don’t bother to put on eyeshadow, I try to add a simple line on the top of my lid. I love the old Hollywood glam look. Mascara, red lips and eyeliner. I saw this little guy was like $1 or $2, so I decided to take him home. I’ve used it off and on and it’s lasted me well over a month. It lasts for several hours and is easy to apply. The formula hasn’t dried out like how cheap liquid eye liners typically do. It’s still smooth and will be buying this again to keep in my purse.

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Wet N Wild Blush

I don’t wear a ton of blush, but with this, you definitely don’t need a lot. I am so impressed with the pigmentation. When I say a little goes a long way, listen to me. Not that I’m complaining. I have super pale skin so a pop of this blush and I don’t even need bronzer. It’s also very blendable and gives you a soft look. I am nowhere to hitting pan yet, so I will probably be buying this again if I even run out.

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Product Review: Garnier Fructis Leave In Conditioner

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 Product Review: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream

Garnier Fructis is a popular brand so I’ve decided to do a little research and share with you guys what is exactly in some of the products you buy on a regular basis. Not everyone will see the same results as me because I most likely have a different hair type than you. I simply wanted to share my experience with you! Let me know in the comments if you have any beauty products you like or want to try.

About My Hair

I have shoulder length curly hair, which has been over processed by heat and dye. It tangles easier than a 6-year-old girl’s hair. Not to mention it breaks A LOT. Anyone who comes in contact with me will always have a piece of me with them..because I shed worse than a dog. Having wavy or curly hair means my locks are prone to frizz.

All About The Product

This leave in conditioner claims that it locks in moisture and controls dry and unmanageable hair. It contains oils that hydrate all hair types. The directions explain to apply the conditioner to hair from roots to tips after shampooing.

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Cetearyl Alcohol – An emulsion stabilizer that is made from vegetable or synthetic material. Used to prevent the oil and water from separating. 
  • Amodimethicone – A silicone-based synthetic molecule used as a hair conditioning agent. This ingredients can also be found in some processed foods.
  • Cetyl Esters – Acts as a lubricant to the hair or skin.
  • Behentrimonium Chloride – A hair conditioning agent that conditions, softens and strengthens the hair shaft. It penetrates the hair without weighing it down and can be used as a preservative.
  • Fragrance
  • Apple Fruit Extract
  • Isopropyl Alcohol – Used to decrease the foam of the product as well as the thickness and prevents the growth of bacteria.
  • Trideceth-6
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Niacinamide – Skin-repairing ingredient that helps to brighten and improve the texture of your skin or hair.
  • Pyridoxine HCI – Water soluable vitamin that works to improve metabolism.
  • Hexyl Cinnamal – A fragrance ingredient that smells similar to jasmine. People who experience allergic reactions to fragrances and perfume should consult your doctor before trying this ingredient.
  • Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride – Odorless powder that is used to make and preserve beauty products.
  • Citric Acid
  • Cetrimonium Chloride – Conditioning agent that reduces frizz and flyaways.
  • Sugar Cane Extract
  • Benzyl Alcohol – Synthetic preservative that has been known to cause allergic reactions.
  • Linalool – Occurs naturally in flowers and plants.
  • Amyl Cinnamal – A liquid with a floral scent that is used to make beauty products.
  • Yellow 5
  • Yellow 6
  • Lemon Peel Extract
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

 

Price

$3 for 10.2 fl oz

 

Where To Buy?

Wal-mart
Target
Amazon


My Review

I use this product after I shampoo and condition my hair, then I dry my hair with a cotton t-shirt. Like I mentioned before, I have thick and curly hair so I use double the dosage. You can apply the product to wet or dry hair, but I’ve found it’s easier to work with on damp hair. I distribute two-quarter sized amounts of conditioner evenly throughout my hair with my fingers while it’s still damp.

This product has a thick texture so I recommend adding a little water to dilute the conditioner. I’ve noticed if I skip this step or use too much product, my hair feels crunchy. If you have oily to normal hair I would use this product sparingly because it could make your hair look greasy. You can also use a serum to tame flyaways and seal your split ins like argan oil. I like to create beachy waves by scrunching the product in and finishing the look with mousse. Using the leave in conditioner alone makes my hair softer and easier to manage. It helps minimize frizz and static.

 

Do I Recommend It?

I don’t recommend this product to people with thin or oily hair types because the product is so thick. However, I feel like it would be great for thick, curly, wavy or frizzy hair. Just keep in mind this product is not natural and contains ingredients like dyes and fragrances, which can be toxic to your health over time.

 

Sources Used For Research

http://www.ewg.org/
http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/
http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary
https://www.drugs.com/
http://ethicalfoods.com/citric-acid/
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/curlchemist-what-is-cetrimonium-chloride/

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Create A Natural Full Face For Under $25

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How To Create A Natural Full Face For Cheap

Personally, I would rather splurge on quality cosmetics knowing I will get the most beautiful results. However, I don’t always have the funds to fuel my addiction, much like many women. In today’s crazy world, it’s more important to focus on surviving. Fortunately, there are inexpensive cosmetics on the shelves that still perform. I’m sure you’ve heard about e.l.f. Cosmetics. They are a cruelty-free makeup brand and very affordable. I’ve come up with a list of 7 amazing beauty products that you don’t have to tap into your savings in order to achieve a complete, natural look. It’s possible and easy to create a natural full face look for under $25!

Foundation: e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation $6

This foundation helps to even out skin tones for a smooth complexion. The non-greasy and lightweight formula blends seamlessly on the skin and won’t cause breakouts and clogged pores. Although the liquid is difficult to layer, it already gives you a nice medium to full coverage. It’s great for covering fine lines and wrinkles without creasing or looking cakey. The formula also contains SPF 15 for mild protection from sun exposure.

Concealer: e.l.f. HD Concealer $3

This high definition concealer contains soothing properties like Green Tea and c-vitamins, which helps to improve skin tone and texture. The formula is thick enough to hide imperfections such as blemishes and hyperpigmentation, but light enough to blend naturally in the skin.

Mascara: e.l.f. Eye Enhancing Mascara $3

The wand is sturdy and is easy to separate each individual lash for a defined and natural look. The formula enhances thick and full eyelashes without clumping together. Although it’s not waterproof, it doesn’t smudge. A fair warning to future customers: There isn’t a lot of product in the tube and it starts to dry up after a few weeks. But considering the low price tag, you get what you pay for.

Brows: e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit $3

I personally have rebought this eyebrow kit. The compact and the brush it comes with are worth the $3 itself, but the powder and wax are surprisingly high quality too. I have super fair eyelashes, so this product helps me to achieve a natural thick eyebrow look. I can layer it to create a dramatic and bold look or tone it down for during the day. For a tip, I mix the wax and powder together and apply it with the brush.

Eyeshadow: e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Trio $4

Peach Please is the best trio color for ladies with blue eyes. All 3 colors blend well without looking dirty. The pigmentation is high quality. However, I prefer matte but they only have shimmery shades. Since these eyeshadows are baked, you can wet your brush for best results.

Lipstick: e.l.f. Matte Lip Color $3

I love these lip colors in the shades Praline and Tea Rose. The affordable price allows you try out all their colors! Even though they are matte textured, the color slides on smooth and isn’t drying to the lips. There’s even a sharpener that comes attached to the stick.

Lip Liner: e.l.f. Lip Liner & Blending Brush $3

This pencil really does amp up your lips. The defined tip gives you an enhanced and full pout. The color stays on the lips a long time for a $3 lip liner. This liner also comes with a brush attached to the end to blend the color through your lips. You could even smear it out and wear the liner as a lip stain.

I hope this list of inexpensive products help you achieve a soft and natural full face. Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree. I’d love to know what makeup products you use for a natural or “no makeup” look. For high-end product reviews click here. xo!

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