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The Ultimate Satin Bonnet!

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I discovered the Qhome Satin Headscarf while searching for comfortable, breathable head wraps for my mother who is a breast cancer survivor. When I saw that these satin bonnets have a bow feature, I was immediately smitten and purchased 8 of the 10 available colors! Because there are so many colors and patterns, there is a style for the ultra feminine, the stylish classic, and the bold bohemian alike!

Here are the 10 styles (see pic above): FIRST ROW (across from left to right) — (1) wine-colored solid bonnet, (2) rose pink floral bonnet, (3) black and red rose bonnet, and (4) beige floral bonnetSECOND ROW (across from left to right) — (5) sapphire blue solid bonnet, (6) leopard bonnet, (7) navy grid bonnet. THIRD ROW (across from left to right) — (8) black solid bonnet, (9) black amoeba bonnet, (10) black polka dot bonnet. The only two styles I didn’t get was the navy grid bonnet (it was sold out at the time of my order) and the black amoeba bonnet (because it was a little too Kitschy for my tastes … lab techs, it’s all yours)! 

I love that these bonnets can be tied in a myriad of different ways. If you have long hair or are prepping your tresses for a voluminous hair style (think roller sets), then you may want to tie your bonnet in the back. See images below for detailed pics.

 

These bonnets can also be knotted and tied in the front on top of your head or off to the side. It really just depend on your hair style and personal preference.

 

These sleep bonnets are so soft and comfortable. They are also very durable. I have owned mine for several months now and have washed them with ease. None of the bonnets degraded or came apart in the wash. They are also very well made. The quality of the workmanship at this low of a price point is pretty phenomenal. I have seen satin bonnets of similar quality sell for 4-5x this price! Granted this is not double-sided or reversible but, at this low price, I don’t much care! LOL. In fact, that’s why I purchased almost every color before they sell out! And, I think it would be wise for you to do the same. Stock up! These adorable satin bonnets would make great gifts for yourself or loved ones.

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Quick Tip #23: Get Some (Nail) Therapy!

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Kocostar Nail Therapy

Have broken, damaged nails? Are your nail beds splitting and peeling? Don’t fret! Everyone experiences periods of stress or sadness about their personal appearance from time to time. If you’re feeling more grief than normal, it may be time to get some therapy … nail therapy, that is!

My sister gifted me some therapeutic intervention a while ago, and I never seemed to have time to sit still and actually use this unique beauty tool! When I did, I was blown away by how well it worked (and felt shameful about not utilizing this treatment sooner)! After peeling off my gel manicure (don’t judge!), my nails were left weak and damaged. After only ONE 30-minute application of this nail therapy, my nails looked shinier and felt much less fragile. It soothed and moisturized my nail beds while providing much-needed nutrition and strength to my overall nails. And, my skin (e.g., the tips of my fingers) felt baby soft. And, the best part? The results are immediate and lasting!

This intense, soothing treatment contains loads of botanicals and vitamins that protect and repair stressed nails while strengthening nails against splitting and peeling. If you are an excessive nail art lover, this nail therapy is a must for you! If you’re the busy, multitasking type who’s always short on time, don’t worry! You can treat your nails and still use your smart devices at the same time. For instance, while using the treatment, I was still able to check my emails on my iPhone with ease … For added protection during the week, I also used Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Hardener (in natural tint). Talk about a power-packed nail protection duo!

 

Ingredients:

Aqua/ Water/Eau, Glycerin, Paraffinumliquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, ButyrospermumParkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera alba, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, CaprylylGlycol, IlliciumVerum(Anise)Fruit Extract, Soluble Collagen, AscorbylTetraisopalmitate, Ceramide 3, Milk Protein Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus AurantiumSinensis (Orange) Fiber, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit, Citrus Grandis(Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA

Directions for Use:

Peel open each pack and place a mask on each finger. Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Massage remaining liquid from mask into the fingernail area (e.g., onto finger tips and finger nails) after removing the mask from each finger. Use as needed.

Storage and Handling Measures:

Keep product out of reach of children. Store at room temperature. Keep product away from direct light. Use immediately after opening.

Precautions:

Stop using product and consult a dermatologist or physician if the following occurs: swelling, red (strawberry) marks, itchiness and burning effects due to indirect or direct exposure to light.

PROS

  • Vitamins C, E, and ceramide provide shine and elasticity to nails
  • Milk protein and collagen protect nail roots
  • Portulaca extract and shea butter nourish and moisturize cuticles
  • Aloe vera and silk soften skin
  • Includes 5 packages (Only $4 per treatment)
  • While you care your nail, you can use your smartphone, i-pad, etc.
  • Great stocking stuffers or additions to gift baskets for the beauty enthusiast

CONS

  • This may be a first … ABSOLUTELY NONE!

 

Want more at-home spa treatment? The same company also has a foot therapy wrap made to exfoliate and soothe stressed feet! Check it out!

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Silk Elements MegaSilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment

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 MegaSilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Isopropyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Disodium EDTA, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Hydrolyzed Silk, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate

Directions

Apply thoroughly to clean, damp hair, making sure ends are treated. Leave on 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Can be used twice a week to help maintain hair health.

 

The Silk Elements’ Megasilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment is a sulfate-free formula that claims to moisturize, strengthen, and nourish strands while leaving hair soft and full of shine. Although the instructions state that this only needs to be left on for 3-5 minutes, because I have multi-textured hair, I always deep condition my hair for at least 20 minutes. If I have time, I’ll leave it on for 30 minutes.

I love that this contains avocado oil, olive oil, and hydrolyzed silk. Because of the hydrolyzed silk, this treatment could also double as a light protein treatment. Yet, it is still safe for weekly or bi-weekly use. As a result, this makes it perfect for both relaxed and natural hair.

The treatment has the scent of a low- to mid-range perfume. I’m not a huge fan of heavily scented products, especially products that smell like it should be spritzed on my neck or wrists! Thankfully, this has a slight perfume scent that is light and fleeting. NOT my favorite product smell, but thankfully it does not linger and is not obnoxiously strong.

Every time I used this Moisturizing Treatment, my hair was left soft and hydrated. Although it is not watery or liquidity, the product isn’t as thick as other hair masques or hair cholesterols I’ve used previously. In addition, this product did not make it easier or worse for me to detangle my hair. Overall, I think this is a decent deep conditioner for the product size and price (when on sale). While this treatment is not my all-time favorite deep conditoner, it gets the job done.

PROS

    • Sulfate-free (Behentrimonium Methosulfate IS NOT a sulfate; it is a compound naturally derived from rapeseed oil used to thicken, condition and detangle hair)
    • Paraben-free
    • Contains avocado oil, olive oil, and hydrolyzed silk
    • Great for dry hair
    • Perfect for both relaxed and natural hair
    • Gentle enough to use 2x a week!
    • Decent results for the quantity and price

CONS

    • Contains a silicone called amodimethicone (fifth ingredient)
    • Contains isopropyl alcohol (thirteenth ingredient)
    • Not a huge fan of the scent (but it is not overly obnoxious)
    • Not as thick and creamy as some other hair masques or hair cholesterols I’ve used
    • Provided average results
    • Expensive (when not on sale)
    • Open jar

As a side note, I have read that several people (of hair types varying from wavy to kinky) have used this as a leave-in with stellar results. Others have used it as a pre-poo or co-wash. I have yet to try this Moisturizing Treatment in any of these ways. However, I think it is moisturizing enough to work as a pre-poo or co-wash, so I think I might experiment with alternative usage methods.

UPDATE

I finally decided to try Silk Elements’ Megasilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment as a leave-in, and my hair loved it! Who knew? The Moisturizing Treatment left my hair silky, soft, and well hydrated ALL day. It provided me with a super moisturized top bun, and it also gave me one of the best wash ‘n gos I have ever had. My curls were elongated and extremely defined. Thanks for the suggestion ladies!

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iON Keratin Smoothing Masque

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Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Oil, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitol, Glycol Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ceteareth-20, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dmdm Hydantoin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Peg-4 Laurate, Citric Acid, Biotin, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pyridoxine Hcl, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool

Directions

After shampoo, massage ion Keratin Smoothing Masque into wet hair. Leave in 1-2 minutes. Rinse. For excessively dry or damaged hair, leave in 3-5 minutes. Use in place of daily conditioner 1-2 times per week, or as often as needed.

The ion Keratin Smoothing Masque is a sulfate-free formula that claims to replenish the protein, strength, and lost moisture of your strands all while creating more manageable hair. The Keratin Smoothing Masque also promises to eliminate frizz, restore elasticity, and repair damaged follicles. In addition, it can help prep the hair for smoother, faster blow-drys. Although it can also be used to improve and prolong the results of any Keratin Smoothing Treatment, it is a rich, nourishing hair masque that is safe for use on natural or chemically-treated (e.g., color-treated or relaxed) hair.

I love how thick and creamy this Smoothing Masque is. It is super easy to apply (thanks to the convenient pump top applicator). It has a unique perfumey scent that I am neither fond of nor detest. However, the smell does not linger in the hair. Although the directions state to leave the masque in your hair for up to 5 minutes, I use this product as a light protein treatment (due to the hydrolyzed keratin). As a result, I don a processing cap and then sit under my hooded stand dryer for 20-30 minutes. After rinsing the Smoothing Masque out, my hair is left feeling soft and strong all at the same time. No crunchy or hard tresses here! So, if you are not a fan of hard/harsher protein treatments like ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment or Keracare Super Reconstructor (see my review HERE), this may be the hair masque for you!

PROS

  • Improves and prolongs results of any smoothing treatment
  • Replenishes keratin and lost moisture
  • Contains NO formaldehyde
  • Eliminates frizz
  • Strengthens
  • Gentle enough to use 1-2x per week
  • Sulfate-free
  • Safe for any hair type
  • Thick and creamy
  • Pump applicator top

CONS

  • Contains dimethicone (second ingredient)
  • Odd perfumey scent (not horrible but not my favorite either)

Overall, the ion Keratin Smoothing Masque is great as a light protein treatment. I usually rotate this with my deep conditioner (e.g., either my [i.] ion Summer Deep Conditioning Treatment or my ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor). After almost two months of using the ion Keratin Smoothing Masque, the protein:moisture levels of my hair have been a lot easier to balance.

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