Friday, February 21, 2014

Curls Sample Kit Review

This is my review of a few Curls items that I purchased in a sample Kit. I bought the kit at Target and I've learned that this was a Target exclusive.  The kit retails for $19.99 though I accidentally got it for about $15. There were four 3oz products in the kit: Creamy Curl Cleanser, Coconut Curlada Conditioner, Lavish Curls Moisturizer, Cashmere Curl Jelly. I was able to use the entire kit twice and I used a few of the items more than twice. Plus I still have some product in a couple of the bottles.

 Here are my thoughts on each of these items. And please let me know if you've used this line.
Also, I have a few pictures below. I accidentally deleted some of the photos on my camera before uploading them to my computer :(

I have also listed the ingredients to all of the products. And although, at first glance, these ingredients look like potential harmful chemicals, they actually fare pretty well on EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
This database rates the possible harmfulness of products and ingredients on a scale of 0-10 (low harzard to high hazard). Though I could not find individual Curls products on this list, I was able to search ingredients - most of them averaged a 3 or lower.

After using the entire line - nice definition but felt pretty dry


Creamy Curl Cleanser
Water, Sodium Cocyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Steric Acid, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Certified Organic Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil, Certified Organic Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Certified Organic Aesculus Hipocastanum (Horse Chestnut) extract, Certified Organic Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf extract, , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Caramel

Coconut Curlada Conditoner
Purified Water, Cetyl Alcohol (derived from coconut) Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol (derived from coconut), Polysorbate 60, Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Hucifera), Panthenol, Certified Organic Arnica Flower Extract, Certified Organic Chamoile Flower Extract, Certified Organic White Tea Extract, Monoi de Tahiti, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance,Caramel

Lavish Curls Moisturizer
Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Silk Amino Acids, Certified Organic Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Certified Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.

Cashmere Curl Jelly
Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Lactamide MEA, Acetamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 80, Cashmere Extract, Cerifiied Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Certified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Certified Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,PEG-40 Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10, Certified Organic Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Polyquaternium-11, Lactic Acid, Bean Tree Palmitate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ulta Beauty Haul - Nyx, Smashbox, and more

I've gone beauty shopping at Ulta couple times and I thought I'd share what I picked up. I was armed with a gift card and a few coupons so I was able to stretch my dollar a little. Check out what I got and let me know what you think.
Do you shop at Ulta? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bzzagent Buzzkit Unboxing Neutrogena Triple Repair Hair Care

I love trying products! Especially when they're free. Thanks to Bzzagent, I'll be testing out the Triple Repair Hair Care line by Neutrogena. If you're not familiar with Buzzagent, it's a social marketing company that matches products/services with consumers and gets a conversation going. Check out the video to find out a little more. And signup, for free, HERE.

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 2014 Birchbox + US Weekly Unboxing - Step and Repeat

Check out what I got in the February 2014 Birchbox. And this month's box is in collaboration with US Weekly to celebrate awards season and the red carpet. Don't forget to subscribe and please comment and rate the video!
Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What'd you get this month?
If you're not a subscriber you can join HERE to start getting beauty samples and racking up points. I think I'm up to $40 in points so it might be time to cash in at the Birchbox Shop.

From Left to Right

ElevenSkin Refresh Cleanser (2 oz travel size) the 4oz full size retails for $30

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara  - Jet Black (0.14 sample) the 0.38  full size retails for $19.50

OPI Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coat - Be Magentale With Me (1/8 oz sample) the 0.5 full size retails  for $9.00

Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow (10 shade sample card) the full size palette retails for $49.00

Agave Healing Oil Treatment (0.1 oz sample) the 2oz  full size retails for $24

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dr. Sponge Konjac Cleansing Sponge Review!

Have you heard of Konjac cleansing sponges? They're suddenly all the rage in the beauty/skincare world, though they've been around for some time. What are they? Well, they're cleansing sponges made from the  Konjac root  and they're noted for their gentle but effective cleansing and exfoliation.

I first saw these sponges a few years ago on an Asian beauty site. And though I was intrigued I didn't buy them. Then, last year sometime,  I was browsing on and Dr. Sponge konjac sponges were on sale (about $6.99), so I decided to give them a try. There were several varieties including original, aloe vera, lycopene, charcoal, green tea, pearl powder, and lavender - I chose aloe vera.

Once I got my sponge, I used it for a couple months according to the instructions. Please check the video to hear my thoughts about this product. And let me know if you've used this product before and how you liked it.