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Review – Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Fresh Rinse

6 Dec

Hello Lovelies!

I was trying to think back to all the concoctions I’ve put on my head over the years, and I honestly do not recall ever using a rinse before.  This was my first!

We all want shiny, healthy hair.  We all want to look like this:

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 But we end up looking like this:

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It’s a constant quest.  One product that promises to bring back the shine to your hair by removing residue and sealing cuticles is the Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse.

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From Beautiful Nutrition:

Rinse away product buildup, frizz and
dullness in an instant

Restart the clock on healthy hair. Over time, product buildup causes hair to look dull and lifeless. Lemon Rinse™ Gentle Clarifying Treatment returns hair to its natural glory with active lemon extracts that gently cleanse and tone, rapidly restoring weightless body and shine.
My thoughts:
This smells so amazing!  Like fresh squeezed lemons!!!
Does it make your hair shinier?
Yes, it doesn’t give you POW! type shine, but it does make your hair shinier.
Does it strip hair color?
It’s marked as color safe, and my color stayed intact after using it.
Does it make your hair bouncier?
A little, but I wouldn’t call this body building or volumizing.
Would I buy?
I think so.  It’s not a bad product to keep around, especially since it only costs $10.00.
Have you tried a rinse?  Do you like it?
Thanks for reading!
~Anna
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Health and Relaxation – Meditation

3 Nov

Yesterday was National Stress Awareness Day.  Stress sucks.  It makes you look like this:

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And it makes you feel ever worse.

I wanted to share how I de-stress and specifically talk about meditation.

Guided meditation is my absolute favorite.  There are tons of videos available for free on YouTube with all sorts of meditations.  There are ones for relaxation, sleep, healing, raising vibrations, etc.

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I prefer meditations with background music, and low pitched voices.  I know that’s pretty specific, but I’ve been at this for a few years now, and I have learned that high pitched female voices actually raise my anxiety, thus having the opposite effect instead of relaxation.

I have two favorite sources for guided meditations, which I am excited to share with you lovelies.

First is Kelly Howell.  She has her own website and her meditations are usually paid.  They do appear on YouTube regularly, and they do get pulled down regularly.  I ended up buying two because I got tired of my favorites being pulled.  The good news is that you can also try it for free through her website.

Second are The Honest Guys.  My top five favorite guided meditations is their Blissful Deep Relaxation session. I love the voice and I love the sounds of the sea in the background.  The sea is my go to happy place thought, so if you hate the beach this may not be your thing.  Their videos are available on YouTube and I’ve  never experienced one being pulled down.  I think I marked the Blissful meditation as a favorite in 2011 and it’s still online.  I still use it too!

So, now that I shared with you my faves you are probably wondering why should I meditate?

It can change your brain.  Check out this article from Forbes.com

Here is what the Mayo Clinic says about the benefits of meditation:

Benefits of meditation

 

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may improve certain medical conditions.

 

Meditation and emotional well-being

When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions

Meditation and illness

Meditation might also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress.

While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation, some researchers believe it’s not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation.

With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems

Meditation got me though one of my most difficult times in my life, my dad’s brain injury in 2011.  It was horrible and stressful and I couldn’t cope.  Then I found Kelly Howell, and my world started to change.

I meditate outside on my lunch breaks (weather permitting).   I love doing this, actually.  I have a park near my work and it’s perfect for a quick session.

There is also no shame in doing it in your car when the weather sucks!

At home before bed or at wake-up.  Both are great.  One winds me down, and the other starts my day in a pleasant and relaxed way.

Of course, I do not go around meditating 3 times a day.  I have, when I needed it.  But, normally it’s a one a day thing.

If you are new to this, it may feel super weird in the beginning.  You may be anxious about not being able to relax enough or be in the moment enough, that your thoughts will race.  They will, and it’s okay.  With time, you are learn to let those thoughts go and get in the meditation zone.  It can take months of regular practice to get there, so don’t get discouraged.

Thanks for reading!

How do you relax?

~Anna

Hair Extension Brand Review – Hotheads

23 May

Hotheads

Hair! Glorious Hair!

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During my journey with hair extensions, I had two different hair brands on my head.  I decided to do a review on the hair for both brands, in case anyone is looking for feedback on the actual product

Please note – hair care for both brands is virtually the same.  

1) be gentle

2) don’t yank or pull your hair too much

3) be careful with pulled back hair styles such as ponytails

4) don’t use shampoos or conditioners with sulfates or alcohol or oil

5) don’t blast your tapes with heat – it will melt your glue

6) listen to all advice your hair care professional will give you

Something else to keep in my mind, your hair will look different based on how your stylist installs them.  Everyone has a different technique on how they place the tapes on the head.  This is a large investment for you, so please pick a qualified stylist.  Also, be prepared to spend a lot of time in her/his chair because your maintenance appointments will run 2-3 hours depending on what other services you are having.  So, I hope you really like your stylist 🙂

Quick plug –  If you are in the Northwest Chicago/Suburban area, my friend Elyse did my extensions both times. She’s an amazing stylist and I would recommend her to anyone wanting awesome, funky, edgy, beautiful, and healthy hair. Here is her website.

On to the hair review –

In the picture above, I am wearing Hotheads Extensions.

Hotheads Pros

 Hair Texture.  – Even though this hair was slightly frizzy, I liked it because it was a perfect match for my own slightly frizzy hair.  One of my favorite ways of wearing these extensions was just wash and go.  They dried in waves and blended perfectly with my own waves.  Overall, I thought it felt finer and softer than Babe brand I had later (that review will be posted soon)

Stylability – I found these extensions held a curl a lot longer and curled better.  My curls were much tighter and would last 3 days with minimal fuss in the mornings.

Hotheads Cons

Color deposit on the hair – Even though we color matched and dyed the extension to match my hair color, the extensions had a slightly pinkier shade than my own hair.

Shedding – Wow, these things shed SO MUCH.  I clogged so many drains, Drano loved me.  There was long red hair all over the house, it was rather annoying.  Also, with so much shedding, the thickness of my hair was visibly affected.  After about 3 months, my hair looked much thinner.

Knot creation on hair at tapes – this goes along with the shedding, the hair tangles around itself, causing knots.  Knots all the time.

Hair appearance start to finish – When it was time to replace this hair, you could really tell.  The bottom of my hair was really scraggly.  It looked DONE.

Would I get this brand again?  

Maybe, especially if they fixed the shedding problem.  I’m saying this because I happen to like the hair texture since it matched my hair.  If you are pretty smooth hair, you would be screaming in frustration with these.

I hope I preemptively answered any questions you lovelies may have.  If you are looking for a review on the extension experience itself, click here.

~Anna

Review – All Natural Deodorant by NorthCoast Organics

4 Dec

Winter is a great time to switch to an all natural deodorant. I know this can seem scary (and stinky) but regular deodorants/antiperspirants have not so healthy ingredients in them. There are products out there that actually work at de-stinky you, it’s just a matter of finding one that works with your body’s chemistry. It’s also good to have a close enough friend who will tell you if you stink.

I personally use Death By Lavender from NorthCoast Organics. Look how cute this is!

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The skull is totally why I tried it, not gonna lie.  “An elite assassin of odor you can trust.”

Their line of deodorants include three scents: Revolver [Cedarwood, Cypress and Clary Sage], Naked [unscented] and Death By Lavender [lavender, duh]. All three scents are totally unisex, although Revolver seems to be the most masculine.

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Does it work? Will i smell?

First things first, I think it smells amazing! I am super biased though because I love lavender scented things. Revolver also smells great, very natural and kind of woodsy.

The deodorant lasts me all day and keeps me smelling fresh. I will admit, I don’t use it on the weekends if I know i’m going to be at a hot club or dancing around, I am just not that brave. Those nights I use regular, nasty ole Secret.

Remember, this is an deodorant not an antiperspirant so you will sweat a little. Although, since baking soda and corn starch are the main ingredients, it does absorb a good amount of the pit moisture. I even wear it working out and don’t find my pits to sloppy.

As I said before, everyone is different.

The one main draw back to this product is that it doesn’t glide on as softly as regular deodorants and I have heard complaints about it causing some irritation for some people as a result of that.

Where can I buy it?

I found it at Whole Foods. They also sell travel sized so you can try it out, or keep one in your purse or gym bag.

You can also find it online directly from the Chicago-based company: CLICK HERE

You can also click here to see the list of other retailers in your area.