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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Donate Your Hair!

It's summertime! SO HOT AND HUMID! (or dry, depending on where you live...)  Cool off by getting a hair cut! To make sure your precious hair doesn't go to waste, you should donate it to Locks of Love!

" Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need."
Locks of Love donates to children, but there are also many other organizations that that are for adults with cancer. Check them out!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Johnson and Johnson PURPOSE Gentle Cleansing Wash Review I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this face wash. It's my favorite! I know it looks cheap, and you're probably thinking, "Johnson and Johnson? That baby company??" Yes, that baby powder- producing company. But if this wasn't so good, how could it win Editor's Choice Award for Allure magazine in 2008? Trust me, it's soap-free and hypoallergenic and leaves your skin as smooth as a baby's bottom. (= I admit, I like it a lot partially because it makes me nostalgic, because I used the Johnson and Johnson Baby Wash as a child, and this smells the same, BUT this product is truly good.

It removes excess oils form my face without leaving it dry, like normal soap does. I can't stop touching my skin afterward because it just feels so soft! Gentle Cleansing Wash can also be used as a makeup remover, especially for eye makeup because this is soap-free; thus no irritation. This FOR SURE will not clog pores because it is 100% oil-free (even though, it itself looks like oil).
I usually hate washing my face with products because my skin gets dry and itchy if I do, but Johnson and Johnson PURPOSE Gentle Cleansing Wash is really perfect for me and probably all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 5 out of 5 stars! Woohoo!

Buy this product at local drugstores or Ulta. 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Biosilk Hydrating Conditioner Review

To be honest, I am extremely disappointed in this conditioner. I really like the Biosilk Silk Therapy, so I thought I would like everything from this line. I needed a new conditioner after my mom used up my Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner, which I absolutely LOVED (the conditioner, not the fact that my mom used it all up -____-), so I decided to try this "Hydrating" Biosilk Conditioner. Unfortunately, unlike the Giovanni, it really didn't mosturize or hydrate or really do anything to my hair, even after I used globs and globs of it. Even on a regular basis, I like using A LOT of conditioner, because it makes my hair silky smooth, less tangled, and is especially healthy for bleached/dyed hair like mine. However, I don't get any results with the Biosilk unless I use three times the amount I use for Giovanni. And that's an insanely large amount.

Hydrating System replenishes dry or damaged hair with essential moisturizing agents, botanical extracts and herbs, leaving strands soft and supple.
  • contains essential moisturizing agents, botanical
    extracts and herbs to nourish dry hair
  • improves softness and suppleness
  • silk proteins penetrate hair to condition and create incredible shine
  • UV filters protect hair from damaging UVA/UVB rays
  • ideal for dry or damaged hair
...Or at least that's what the website says.

Maybe I wouldn't be so disappointed if this weren't a Biosilk product, made by Farouk, the creator of CHI. I guess I expected much better. 2 out of 5 stars. Harsh =/ .

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Conair Infinity Nano Tourmaline Ceramic 1" Curling Iron Review

I was deciding between this and the regular Conair Instant Heat Styling Iron ($14.99) on my latest trip to Ulta. Although this one is $5 more expensive, it has a Tourmaline Ceramic barrel instead of the regular chrome barrel. There is still no real scientific evidence to back this up, but "experts" say that tourmaline ceramic plates or barrels reduce heat damage to hair by spreading out the heat and "locking in" moisture, which eliminates frizz. I don't know about that, but I LOVE this curling iron! 

  • Tourmaline Ceramic™ technology emits ions to eliminate frizz
  • Infrared energy protects hair's natural luster
  • Doesn't snag hair at all
  • Powerful ceramic heater. I learned this the hard way, but basically it gets REALLY HOT, REALLY FAST.
  • Uniform heat recovery maintains constant temperature
  • Ultra-high heat levels 310-395°F
  • 30-second instant heat-up
  • Protective heat shield for safe, easy storage. Kind of cool!

  • Auto shutoff
  • LED temperature settings
  • Extra-long 9-foot professional-length cord
  • Limited five-year warranty 
  • If you look closely at the picture, there is this black plastic thing on the bottom between the barrel and the blue handle that prevents your index finger from sliding onto the HOT barrel, and burning yourself. 
  • The temperature setting buttons don't get in the way (=
  • I wish the handle/thumb part was longer; my thumb slides up the handle sometimes, and gets really close to the HOT HOT HOT metal part connected to the barrel.
  • I burned my thumb!!, and then I had to go to piano class with my throbbing finger and be expected to play a Beethoven Rondo perfectly. That is why I have been emphasizing how HOT this thing gets.
  • The black plastic joint on the tip of the curling iron is where I hold with my other and when I curl my hair, and unfortunately, it gets kind of hot as well. Of course, it doesn't heat up as much as the metal, but just be careful.
Overall, I like this curling iron a lot. The Conair Infinity was definitely a wise choice in purchasing a curling iron. 4 out of 5 stars! 

BY THE WAY, this is usually $24.99 on the Conair website, but I guess it was on sale at Ulta (but not available on Ulta's website =/) for $19.99. Go buy it! 

TOKIDOKI just got an email from about the current $5 flat rate shipping!! They will ship anything of any size, shape, or weight right now for only $5! WAHOOO <3 and there is also still free shipping on orders over $100.

Although it still doesn't change the fact that I can't afford any of it, I hope someone else can use this limited-time shipping offer. =/ how I love Latte., I wish I had this journal!