I was recently given Monat’s Global Rejuvenique Oil Intensive for consideration. I’ve used argan oil in the past and am very happy with the results from it. I don’t get split ends nearly as much. In fact, I was able to go almost a full year without a hair-cut! I was excited to try out this new oil.
Monat’s Global Rejuvenique Oil has over 11 unique ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids – they all mimic the body’s natural oils. The formula claims to reduce hair thinning, prevents oxidative stress and adds volume, repairing the hair with instantly visible, long-lasting shine without the damaging effects of silicone.
The oil can be used in multiple ways to improve your skin and hair. So far, I’ve only tested it on my hair. As a pre-shampoo treatment, you can apply a generous amount to your dry hair and leave it in for 15 minutes and then wash as usual. I’ve done this a few times and didn’t notice any dramatic results. My hair feels a lot softer from using conditioner. However, I’ll definitely keep trying to use it as a pre-shampoo to see if I notice any difference in the future. You can also put it in your hair and place a warm moist towel around your head and leave on for 30 minutes and then wash. I haven’t tried this as it seems like a hassle and it’d probably be really heavy on my head. I don’t even wrap my hair in a towel to dry. Lastly, it can be used as a finishing treatment. All you have to do is apply a small amount to your hair, concentrating on the ends. A little goes a long way. The first few times I did it, it looked and smelled great. The oil has a slight citrus scent, which could be preferable over the smell of argan oil. However, one time I think I put too much in as my hair ended up looking super greasy and felt too oily.
Let’s talk about the packaging. The oil comes in this sleek-silver container and contains 1oz of oil. I love the unique way the dropper is incorporated in to the lid. All you have to do is press down on the button on the top of the lid to draw some of the oil up in to the eye dropper and then press down on the button again to dispense.
At $99, this oil can be pricey for a lot of people. I haven’t used it long enough to determine if the oil is worth the price. For more information or to purchase your own, visit their website here.
I love receiving my VoxBoxes from Influenster. It’s like a mini Christmas every few months! This month, I received the FrostyVoxBox. My FrostyVoxBox included a Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner (in black), Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea, Boots No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED serum, McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme, Fruit Vines Bites (strawberry flavor), and an EcoTools Styler + Smoother hair brush.
I’ve actually purchased the Candy Cane Lane Green Tea by Celestial Seasonings before. I am in love with Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea and wanted to see if the Celestial Seasonings tea was similar. While it is a great mint tea, I love the aroma and taste of the Trader Joe’s brand more.
I really like the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner that came in my FrostyVoxBox. I usually prefer to use self sharpening eyeliners as I don’t like the hassle of having to sharpen things. Also, I remember using pencil eyeliners when I was younger for ice skating and how much it hurt. I hated having to put it on. However, this eyeliner goes on so easily. You barely have to press down on your eyelids at all. I haven’t had to sharpen it yet though. It really is waterproof and kind of comes off in the shower. Using the Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover really helps to take it off. I would definitely consider purchasing the eyeliner for myself when I run out.
I had high hopes for the EcoTools Styler + Smoother hair brush as I love all EcoTools products and kind of need a new hair brush since mine is pretty gross looking. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan. It pulls at my hair and hurts. I liked the curve design of the head of the brush as it mimics a round brush for blow drying though.
To be honest, I’ve never used thyme before in my cooking, but I will have to now. I’ll be sure to try out a new recipe using thyme and will share it with you guys.
I’m going to do a review for the Boots No7 ADVANCED serum in another blog post so be sure to check back on my thoughts about it.
The Fruit Vines Bites in strawberry is quite tasty. It tastes similar to fruit snacks and is soft and chewy. It’s similar to Red Vines (they’re from the same company) but comes in bite sized pieces. I’m not a big sugar candy person so I don’t know if I would necessarily buy it again for myself.
Overall, most of the products were a hit. I can’t wait to see what VoxBox I get next time!
In this post:
Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover | Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner | Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea | Boots No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED | McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme | Fruit Vines Bites Strawberry | EcoTools Styler + Smoother
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I’ve been on a bit of a macaron baking kick lately. People always ask if they’re hard to make. I don’t think that they are, it does take some practice to get the cookie part just right though. The recipe that I always use can be found here. I like that it doesn’t include anything fancy and is pretty basic. I’ve seen some recipes that are pretty complicated. I’ve always used parchment paper when baking macarons and find that it works pretty well. However, when I was given the opportunity to test out a non-stick silicone baking mat, I couldn’t wait to make my next batch of macarons with it.
BakeitFun’s Baking Mat is a non-stick silicone mat with measurements. It’s oven and freezer safe and certified FDA approved. The mat fits perfectly in a 13″x18″ pan. I like how the mat comes with circle guidelines on it already, it’s the perfect shape for a macaron cookie.
I love how the cookies turned out with the silicone baking mat. The clean up is so easy too, all you have to do is rinse it under hot water with soap.
I also baked something with salted caramel sauce yesterday and it spilled out of the dough and got on the baking mat. Even though the caramel was burnt, it came off the baking mat easily and didn’t stain or ruin the baking mat. I highly recommend this baking mat. I like that it’s reusable so you’re not wasting parchment paper. It’s also super easy to clean, almost just as easy as throwing away parchment paper. You can purchase your own silicone baking mat on Amazon here for $17.97 (totally worth it). Happy Baking!
I was recently given a $60 gift certificate to Savers with the challenge of putting together one or more stylish looks for less. With $60, I was expecting to be able to put together just one outfit. However, I was soon proven wrong once I stepped inside and saw the price tags! To be honest, I’ve only gone to thrift stores in the past when looking for pieces that would make up a costume, never for “everyday” clothes. Although there is one small thrift store in the L.A. area that I love to go to as I always find quality pieces for almost nothing due to the area it’s located in.
The Savers that I went to was really large with racks and racks of clothing. I found the store to be easily organized with the women’s clothing toward the first half of the store and the men’s in the back half. I love how they hang their jeans. It makes it really easy to see what size and brand they are. Away I went trying to put together an outfit. The first time I went, I picked up a cute Liz Claiborne blouse for $5! It normally sells for $9.99 however that day, all purple price tags were an additional 50% off. A similar style shirt retails for $45 (found here). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any bottoms that I liked/fit. The next time I went back a few weeks later, I found a pair of MOTHER Jeans that fit me just right for $7.99. Yes, that’s right, only $7.99 for a pair of designer jeans that normally retails for almost $200 (found here). I also found a cute Nike athletic sleeveless polo that is perfect for golfing/tennis for $9.99. A similar style retails for $70 (found here).
If you have the patience, thrift stores are great for finding great deals. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to look good. The look above was put together for less than $15 (shoes not included)! Had I paid full price on these 3 items, it would have cost me about $300. All the items I purchased were in great condition. The key is to look for the name brand pieces. Not because they’re name brand, but because they’re typically of higher quality so you know it’ll last you a while even if it’s been worn before.
With the changing of the seasons, I’ve decided that it was time to clean out my closet to make room for new clothes. Since I’ve moved to Arizona 3 years ago, I still have pieces that I haven’t worn. I finally decided that I no longer need to hold on to those pieces just in case. I think after not wearing something for 3 years means that I most likely won’t any time soon. I enjoy shopping and frequently changing out my wardrobe. By purchasing pieces that are on sale or at a lower cost from places such as TJ Maxx or from thrift stores like Savers, I don’t feel as bad for not wearing something after a year or two since I didn’t spend that much to begin with. All donations to Savers benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (if you’re shopping at a Savers located in Arizona). Find your local Savers here.
What is your favorite find that you’ve found at a thrift store?
I know I’ve been MIA for quite some time. Life’s been a little busy but I’ve been testing out lots of products and can’t wait to share them with you. First up, my new obsession with Yes to Coconut products.
After seeing the Yes to Coconut Polishing Body Scrub in a magazine, I knew I had to try it out. The scrub is 98% natural and uses nearly all of the coconut (even the husk) to exfoliate your body. Virgin Coconut Oil helps to keep your skin hydrated while the Coconut Husk gently exfoliates to leave you with clearly and smoother skin. The scrub feels so luxurious and smells amazing.
It’s gently enough to use every day and I’ve already went through my first jar. It retails for $7.99 and is worth every penny.
The next product I picked up because I was so happy with the scrub is Yes to Coconut Head-to-Toe Restoring Balm. With the weather getting cooler and dryer, I knew I had to get something to keep my skin hydrated. To be honest, I thought the product was going to be like a shea butter. I guess I should have known better with the word “balm” in the name. I was surprised when I opened the lid and found what looked like a large waxy lip balm. Using the included applicator, I applied the balm to my heels (they’re also dried and cracked) and my elbows. The product does feel a little greasy but is absorbed right away. This product is also 98% natural and made with Virgin Coconut, Sweet Almond, and Avocado Oils. A little goes a long way! To be honest, the card board divider between the foam applicator and the balm does soak up the oil as you use the applicator more and more and is a tad messy. I’ve been using it every day and have hardly made a dent. I have a feeling that this will last me a long time. It retails for $9.99.
Overall, I’m loving the Yes to Coconut products I’ve tried so far. I purchased the above products at Target and Walgreens. They also have several other products in their line-up and you can even get an in-store coupon on their website here. Have you tried any of the other Yes to Coconut products or products in the other Yes to line-up? I’m curious to try out some of the others.
In this post:
Yes to Coconut Polishing Scrub, $8.99 | Yes to Coconut Head-to-Toe Restoring Balm, $9.99