Monthly Archives: May 2014

Quick Tip #8: Use Epsom Salt for More than Just Soaking Your Feet!

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Epsom salt is one of those miracle ingredients that can do more than merely soothe tired, achy feet.

Have fine, limp hair? Apply a 50:50 ratio of your fave conditioner and Epsom salt to create a volumizing hair mask. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and let your hair air dry for thicker-looking tresses.

Want Instant Beach Waves? Use some Epsom salt to make your own texturizing spray to add volume and beach-like waves to your hair. It robs less moisture from your hair than expensive sea salt sprays. Still too drying? Just add a little bit of your fave oil or conditioner to make it more moisturizing.

Have itchy or bug-bitten skin? Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt  in a ½ cup of water. Lightly spritz your skin or apply a wet compress.

Have rough, patchy skin? Smooth skin is only a dash away! Add a smidgen of Epsom salt to your daily facial cleanser to create an instant skin exfoliator in a pinch!

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Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub

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I’ve been wanting to try something from the Mario Badescu skin care line for a while. My sister was given the strawberry face scrub, but she is allergic to strawberries! Needless to say, she immediately gave the scrub to me. (Thanks, sis! ;)) Appropriate for all skin types, this face scrub is made with real strawberry seeds that are supposed to gently remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and prevent blackheads. I was a little skeptical at first. I’m not one to use food-based hair or skin care products, yet I was very curious whether this product would work for me. Surprisingly, it did!

INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Stearic Acid, Strawberry Extract, Seamollient, Propylene Glycol Dipelargonate, Polyglycol Ester, and Myristate DEA.

After cleansing my face with black soap, I lightly splashed my face with water. Then, I applied a small amount of the face scrub. A little goes a long way … I probably only used a ½ teaspoon for my whole face. Seriously! So, one 4 oz. jar should last quite a while. And, all I did was gently massage the scrub onto my skin with light, circular motions.

I have VERY sensitive combination skin. So, I have to be pretty careful when choosing skincare products. I have a very vivid memory of a so-called “gentle exfoliating cloth” that I used in the past that agitated and completely removed my top layer of facial skin! It took months for my face to recover from that innocent mistake. My skin was so irritated that I couldn’t even wear makeup. I still think of that memory and cringe sometimes.

Usually, even with facial scrubs that I like, my face is left slightly red and blotchy. Not so with this product! This strawberry scrub was truly gentle. It had a creamy, almost whipped, consistency. It wasn’t gritty like a salt or sugar scrub, yet it worked effectively to buff away the dry patches of skin I have near my cheekbones. I could really feel the strawberry seeds work their “magic”! The scrub balanced my combination skin perfectly without leaving my already oil-prone T-zone super slick. My skin felt so hydrated and soft after I rinsed the scrub off that I almost forgot to moisturize my face!

After just one use, my skin was left with a smoother, baby soft texture that I had a hard time not touching … and touching … Even sans makeup, my skin looks much healthier and more radiant. Any product that can do that to my skin without having to highlight and contour is worth its weight in gold! I will definitely be buying another jar when this one runs out. And, I love that this scrub is gentle enough to use two to three times a week. And, the scent? It is absolutely heavenly! It smells like strawberries and champagne. It’s like decadence in a jar. What more could a girl want?

The only criticism I have is that, over time, I had to remind myself to gently rub the scrub into my skin. The product worked so beautifully that I sometimes got a little overzealous during the application process. However, I think that is less of a con about the product and more of a self-reminder not to mistreat my sensitive skin.

Application while face scrub is still wet ...

Application while face scrub is still wet …

What the facial scrub looks like after it dries for a minute or two.

What the facial scrub looks like after it dries for a minute or two.

Still searching for something to get Mom? Pamper her with a Mario Badescu strawberry face scrub. Or, better yet, serve up a scrub for two!

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Wild Growth Hair Oil

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When: April 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014
Coverage: Scalp & Hair
Frequency: 3x each week
Starting Length (FRONT): 10.50″
Starting Length (CROWN): 12.75″
Starting Length (RIGHT): 10.50″
Starting Length (LEFT): 10.25″
Starting Length (BACK): 9.75″
Ending Length: My hair grew 1.5″ in my crown & front of hair; 0.50″ on the sides of my hair; 0.25″ in the back of my hair.

I’ve heard a lot about Wild Growth® Hair Oil. Mostly complaints concerning the awful smell and the one thousand and one ways to cover it up! But, I also read a great deal of buzz about how effective this product is as a hair growth aid. So, after about a year and a half of going back and forth over whether to buy, I finally decided to press the “purchase” button! Wild Growth® Hair Oil is an all-natural, non-hypoallergenic product that is great for all ethnicities and hair types. It promises to condition the scalp, reduce hair breakage and split ends from root to tip, and turn dry, tangled, and hard-to-manage strands into softer, fuller, and healthier hair … that grows.

According to the instructions on the bottle, the hair oil should be used three times per week plus after washing hair (up to 4 times per week) for a hair growth boost. Persons with type 3 (curly) and 4 (coily/kinky) hair should apply the product sparingly to their scalp with the applicator tip. Then, hair should be divided into quadrants and a quarter-sized amount applied to each quadrant. Those with short hair should use less product.

Persons with type 1 and 2 hair should only apply 5-15 drops of the hair growth oil directly to their scalp. The product should be used on damp hair (after every hair wash) and then allowed to air dry. Many straight- and wavy-haired consumers recommend leaving the oil on for a few hours (or overnight) and then washing or rinsing hair later that day or the following morning.

The hair oil comes in a 4 oz. bottle with an applicator tip. I applied the product three to four times each week (usually only three times), massaged my scalp for 2 minutes, and then prepped my hair for bed/the next day. After 2 weeks, I did an unofficial mini-length check to see how the product was working, and it didn’t appear that my hair had grown at all! But, to be fair, I decided to continue to use the product until the end of the month so I could see how well the oil worked within a month’s time (a full 30 days). I never missed any of my applications.

The oil is a deep amber color with a light, citrus scent that I adore. Not sure what all the hullabaloo was about with the many posts I read about the horrible fragrance, but I think the negative feedback concerning the smell of the product is grossly exaggerated. It smells amazing to me, and it isn’t overpowering in the least. In addition, the oil has a good consistency, not thin or thick … a happy medium in between the two that makes application quick and easy.

The first few times I used the oil, I noticed how the product soothed my scalp. I did, however, have a hard time gauging whether anything was coming out of the applicator tip. Several times, I stopped to check to make sure that it was. In the future, when I use this oil, I think I will just pour it into my Roots Only bottle to ensure more even scalp coverage. I never have any problems knowing whether any product is coming out whenever I use my Roots Only bottle!

I spent $8 for this oil, but depending on where you live (and where you go to buy this product), it sells for between $8 and $14. For 4 ounces of oil, that seems a little pricey unless it delivers. But, after a month’s time, I still have half the bottle left. So, this isn’t a bad hair growth investment. After all, that’s two months’ worth of use for only eight bucks … That’s not bad at all!

After using this oil for 4 weeks, my hair grew 1.5″ in my crown and in the front of my head (where my 3C curls are), 0.50″ on the left and right side of my hair, and 0.25″ in the back. As my hair gets longer, I have definitely started to notice a trend among the three different hair types on my head: My 3C curls grow at an above-average rate (0.6″ – 0.75″/month without the use of a growth aid). My 4A coils grow at an average rate (about 0.50″/month without the use of a growth aid). My 4B kinks grow below average (about 0.25″-0.30″/month without the use of a growth aid). Nevertheless, considering how much the hair in the front and crown of my head grew, I am happy with my results. I am also interested to see how well this oil would work long-term or when used with my Roots Only bottle.

Watch the vid below for the length check I made prior to using the Wild Growth® Hair Oil as well as to see my final results.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, during my second month of usage, I had to discontinue my use of this oil as I started to develop an allergic reaction to it. I had gifted a bottle each to my mom and sister, so I checked with them to see how they were faring. My mom didn’t experience any side effects. But, my sister, before I could barely get out the words “Wild Growth® Hair Oil” said that the oil made her scalp itch like crazy. She said she had to rinse it out of her hair after only a couple of hours. When she tried to use the oil again, she experienced the same extreme unbearable itching. So, if you have sensitive skin like we do, you may want to do a skin patch test first. It’s such a shame because I really liked this oil a lot (in terms of smell, consistency, and results). Sigh.

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