9.27.2016

Solution for Dry, Frizzy Hair

See that title above? Dry, frizzy hair? That's me. And it's always been that way. Now, my hair is color-treated and heat styled to add even more to the dry/frizzy combo. 

And y'all, the dry frizziness only gets worse in the colder months, so I am always on the hunt for something to help my hair. Enter a few products from one Suave’s newest 2016 collections: Coconut Milk Infusion line. I picked up the line from Walmart. It works as well as salon brands but for a fraction of the price!

So what makes this so special? Coconut Milk Infusion is infused with coconut milk (lots of nourishing benefits) so even the driest hair gets that deep moisture. Hair is so soft and no longer frizzy or dry. 

Here's what I've been using:


First I wash my hair using the Coconut Milk Infusion Deep Moisture Shampoo, which is a gentle cleanser, just right for my color-treated hair, and then I follow up with the Coconut Milk Infusion Deep Moisture Conditioner. This line smells SO good, y'all.




Weekly I use the Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse away. This gives that deep moisture dry hair needs. Hair is softer in just one use--it penetrates hair to deliver 10x more moisture vs. non-conditioning shampoo. 




To show how well it works, for this pic only, I chose to air dry my hair and use NO styling products--two things which normally lead to a frizzy disaster if I avoid them. But not here! My hair is soft and moisturized. I just used a curling iron and Suave's Coconut Infusion line.



Still not convinced? I spend a lot on my hair at the salon. There is NO WAY I would undo that expensive work and let money go down the drain without using something that was actually good. And the Coconut Oil Infusion line works! Salon results but not that at salon prices--it's a great value.

9.26.2016

A Quick and Easy Way to Beautiful Skin (Plus Giveaway)


For every expensive skincare brand I use, I am always on the quest to find something affordable that works. I mean, who wouldn't love to save some money when it comes to beauty products?

People are always kind of surprised to hear this, or even know this about me, but I have freckles, which I find adorable on everyone but myself. I always try to hide them with foundation, but as I get older, I don't want to use thick makeup, especially in warmer months. And in Atlanta, that's majority of the year. I want my skin to look healthy, and not serve as a constant reminder of how I never wore sunscreen as a kid. I shudder about that now--I never leave the house without that now.

Couple that with uneven skin tone. Could I find a product that would work to address these issues?

 I know a lot of you have uneven skin tone and dull skin like I do, so I thought you'd be interested in this.

I took the Garnier Clearly Brighter Challenge and tried Garnier SkinActive® Clearly Brighter™ Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. And I'm loving what I'm seeing y'all.

 What Is It?
  • daily moisturizer
What Makes It Special?
  • There are tons of moisturizers out there, so what makes this one special? Antioxidant Vitamin C 
  • Evens skin tone
  • Skin looks brighter and smoother-looking in just 1 week*
  • Oil-free
  • Lightweight
Where Can I Get It?
My Experience:
 Here's a before and after--makeup-free! The after is from 2 weeks of using. I tried to replicate the before pic as closely as possible with lighting, time of day, camera settings, etc. It was a brighter day in the before pic though. 
I can see some brightening and while it's kind of impossible to see smoother skin, my skin feels smoother.
I had no breakouts and while it's oil-free, my dry skin loved it: just the right amount of moisture without being greasy or too heavy. It's been nice using it at the end of summer and heading into fall. Plus it has SPF 15, so it's been easy to apply in the morning before I put on my makeup.

 And here I am in natural makeup--I used to be uncomfortable leaving the house without makeup, and now I can go without or keep it really light, like I am here. I'm wearing Garnier SkinActive® Clearly Brighter™ Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, a light foundation, clear lip gloss and mascara. How quick and easy is that?



*In a clinical test
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9.22.2016

Extra Elle: Happy Fall, Y'all!

So I had another posted scheduled for today (you shall see it Monday) plus I am going to be spending the night at work, so I went ahead and posted this now! I'm going to go ahead and tell you--due to that scheduling change, there will be 3 sponsored posts next week. All products I loved, or I wouldn't have agreed to them in the first place. But back to the blog:here's what's been going on with me lately:



I am so excited today's the first day of fall! Even though it doesn't really feel like fall, let's just pretend it is! Fall is my favorite season--it's so spectacular that it has 2 names. And I will not apologize for it. Goodbye summer, it's been real!


The dark nail polish has come out--that's how I know it's fall. I've been wearing Essie Gel Couture Spiked with Style and everyone has been asking me about it. If you follow me on social media, you've seen it's appearance on there. I was able to get a good week out of it. I've talked about this line before and I still like it!

I've only put up a wreath but have gotten all of my fall decorations out. And then I proceeded to head to Michaels and buy more crafty stuff. And then I ordered candles.

Another fall thing--football season! I pull for UGA and they've been winning...but barely! And by unranked teams, so I'm hoping they get in a groove.



I got my first Iphone (yes, you read that right) last Friday! It's been a little adjustment, coming from only Droid phones, but I've been enjoying it. I haven't thrown the thing out yet. Where do you get your cases? I am looking for one!

This week I had another Hello Fresh box. I think this is maybe my 4th one? I like them, but I still don't like cooking. I posted my escapades of my trying to cook on my Insta (ellesees) and was glad I was able to crack a few of you up.


I think that's everything new with me--what's new with you?
See y'all Monday!

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