Products I Don’t Use Anymore

It’s definitely one of those weeks where I’m not really sure what I want to talk about on this here blog. I’m still recovering from the party/BBQ my family and I had last weekend and I think I still have liquor brain or something. I’ve been getting my life organized as well and developing daily routines to keep everything simple for myself.

As I was writing this I came up with an idea for a blog post today. Who says you can’t get things done under pressure? I randomly thought about products that I don’t use anymore and said to myself “hey that would make a good blog post.” So here I go!

I feel like I’ve done a ton of reviews on here and I can’t honestly say that I still use each and every product that I have reviewed. A good portion of the products that I LOVED at the time didn’t last like I thought they would.

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The first one the list is the Facial Radiance Pads! Ok so I technically didn’t stop using these, I just had to take a break from them. In fact, I took a break from most of the products containing any sort of acid. I felt like acids were causing my face to be inflamed which of course caused acne. I had to make my routine a little more gentle. At some point, I will incorporate acids back in, but I may not have to apply them as often as I was.

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I know! I was obsessed with the Herbivore Lapis Oil. In fact, I’m still obsessed, but my skin isn’t. My super sensitive skin started to react negatively when I used the oil. It would cause redness and it hurt to touch my skin, but only in certain spots like my chin or my cheeks. I tried to incorporate it back into my routine, but the same thing would happen. However, it did not go to waste, because my mom has it at the moment.

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I was really excited to use this trio since I adore Josie Maran’s argan oil. What had happened was, the cleansing oil broke me out SO bad. Oddly enough, argan oil is a non- comedogenic oil so there must have been something else that irritated my skin. The sunscreen and the oil didn’t break me out though.

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As much as I liked the Leahlani Skincare line, I just couldn’t see myself repurchasing the Honey Love or Champagne Serum again. The products specifically seemed to be more for dry skin, not sensitive combo skin. The Mermaid Sea mask will always be on my repurchasing list though!

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I’m not completely sure if ever reviewed this Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser  but I’m sure I’ve mentioned it. This did a great job at brightening my skin, but it never really kept the acne to a minimal. Having glowy acne is a different approach. I may repurchase once I for real get the pimples under absolute control.

So, I guess this was a “where are they now?” type of post today. Also, these all ended up being skin care products…I guess those are the only items I actually buy. Hopefully Thursday I will have some actual material even though this wasn’t too bad! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Products I Don’t Use Anymore

Good Hair Day and OOTD

It seems like I’m always trying to get my hair to do right the majority of the time. Most of the time it sits just fine on top my cute little head until about Day 4. At that point, it gets dry, tangled and dull looking.

I’m aware that all I need to do is add moisture back, which I typically do but for some reason, it just never truly gets moisturized. So, I’m not going to make this all long and drawn out, but last night I did an Ayurveda oil pre-poo and then I conditioned just like normal. When I was drying my hair it was soaking wet and continued to drip water as I was braiding it….this never EVER happens. My hair is usually dry within 15 minutes after washing. This is when I realized that my hair wasn’t retaining moisture like it should be and was literally sucking up any moisture that it possibly could. I will expand on the Ayurveda world in another blog post.

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Anyway, this is my hair (spot the tiny feather) today as well as my outfit of the day. These Madewell shorts are everything to me. I was getting real sick of denim shorts riding up in the hot, humid weather.

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They’re not too loose but not too tight and they sit perfectly just below my natural waist. I love how lightweight the cotton/viscose fabric is and it’s just great to wear in this hot summer weather.

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The coolest part is that the shorts have these ties on the side that give the shorts a little more oomph. The only thing is, I wish these had pockets!! Pockets are always welcome in my wardrobe!

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I paired the wonderful shorts with a bodysuit, which I did on a whim because I need to wash my white shirts. I actually like the look of the bodysuit almost better than a regular white tee. I think I may need a white bodysuit…

Well, that’s it for today. I promise I will give an update on the Ayurvedic hair treatments because that is something I NEED to talk about. Catch me on Wednesday for another post about something!

ChelsiKay

 

Good Hair Day and OOTD

Beauty & Skincare Restock

Don’t you hate it when you slowly start running out of your beauty products? It’s like you definitely know that you need to restock, but you keep putting it off for a number of various reasons. I made this mistake and now I need everything it seems…a moisturizer, some cotton pads, brow tint, and a facemask. I would also like to buy some fashion accessories as well as a new outfit for my upcoming birthday. All together, that will cost me a pretty penny.

So now, I’ll have to buy all of these items a little at a time. I also may have to forgo my normal purchases like my Boy Brow from Glossier and my Leahlani Mermaid Mask. The reason I’m sharing this with you all is that now I have to plan out my purchases and truly think about them and also I want to keep you guys updated.

I did bite the bullet and purchase a moisturizer this morning to get that out of the way. I ordered from Tula.com where they sell the new popular probiotic skincare. I thought I would give it a try, so I ordered the travel-sized version. Expect a review in the upcoming weeks!

The next step is to go into Sephora and wish myself luck and hope I don’t try to buy things I don’t even need. I’m going for those amazing Shiseido cotton pads and something nice and affordable for my eyebrows…or lack thereof. As for the facemask, I think I can get away with making my own until I get around to purchasing the Leahlani Mermaid Mask again.

So that’s all I wanted to share with you all since I have no products to review or any outfits to share. Hopefully, this was still equally as enjoyable. Thanks for reading =D.

ChelsiKay

Beauty & Skincare Restock

Back at it again with the CLEAN EATING

Ever since I’ve gotten back from Miami, I’ve been eating not so clean. I haven’t been eating extremely bad either just not as clean as I normally do. I’ve been going out a whole lot more than usual since the weather is warmer. What can I say? I love rooftop bars!

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It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t great for you and neither is most bar food. So, today I took it upon myself to go to the grocery store and buy whole foods. That’s not to say I won’t be going to the rooftops anymore, but I am going to be a whole lot more mindful of my intake of well anything again.

Before Miami, I was eating more salads, drinking more water and eating frozen and canned vegetables. Now, I’m taking it a bit further and I plan on eating fresh veggies that I can eat raw, steam, or sauté. Of course, I’m still going to be eating salads, but I want to start eating more of them more often.

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As for meat goes, I’m already a chicken and seafood girl and only indulge in red meat very rarely. As I’m typing this I am eating a salad that has lettuce (duh,) green onions and cucumbers with some salt and pepper and homemade honey mustard dressing.

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One cool thing I noticed while shopping today, the vegetables (lettuce, green onions) smelled extremely fresh like they were pulled straight from the dirt earlier this morning.  I am very much here for that!

Also, it might as well be Summer now because I found a really fresh watermelon that is so sweet! Look for black spots on the melon. This shows that bees have pollinated the watermelon, which gives it that sweet flavor! Fun fact!

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Well, that’s all for today. I wanted to get back on my clean eating game and include you guys in it. So, I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Back at it again with the CLEAN EATING

Not Your Mother’s® NATURALS

As most of you know, I have naturally curly hair that more often than not, gives me the blues. Over the past couple of months, I fell into a routine that I really liked for my hair. I would wash it with conditioner, put in all my styling products and then braid it up for the night. The next day I would usually take down the braids to reveal crinkly curls that last about 3-5 days. I’m a very lazy natural because I do this every week and leave it alone until it is time to wash it again. Occasionally, I do re-braid it, but I mostly just put it up into a big ‘ol puff.

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I noticed that my hair wasn’t really maintaining length even with my super simple routine and products that contained little to no protein. I realized that my detangling method was the problem, which you can read about here. Two weeks ago I did my six month trim that I so desperately needed and ran across a natural hair care line that really took me by surprise.

I am not a hair care junkie by any means. When I find a product that really works for my hair, I will stick to it and repurchase it. I do wish that I was good at making my own products, but I’ve tried and my hair does NOT respond well whatsoever.

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Anyway, the product line that I ran across was Not Your Mother’s® Naturals line that has a nice variety to choose from. Sometimes, you have to choose them all though. Every product is only $9 and every now and then Ulta has a buy one get one 50% sale. I’m not much of a bargainer, but that’s a steal!

Initially, I chose the Coconut Milk & African Marula Tree Oil Smoothing Cream and the Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Combing Cream. Yes, I know…such a mouthful! I’ve never actually been in love with a hair care product until I tried these products. My hair stays moisturized for at least three days and doesn’t even frizz up too much in the humid weather. NO natural product has ever been able to do that for my hair EVER!

What I love most about these products is that you can use them together without getting a white cast on your hair or crazy product build-up. I try to use at least two together and that gives me the best styles I’ve ever had. Also, my hair is starting to retain length again AND even getting longer.

Today I plan on trying out the Royal Honey and Kalahari Desert Melon Leave- in Conditioner along with the Curl Defining Combing Cream (pink bottle) to see what effect that gives me. So wish me luck!

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If you’re a curly natural too or even have curly/wavy hair then give these products a try because they smell good, they work and they’re inexpensive! If you’re not a fan of heavy creams that may leave a greasy feeling in your hair then I do not recommend this product for you. I prefer it because my hair sucks up everything.

What are some hair care products that you are in love with?

 

ChelsiKay

Not Your Mother’s® NATURALS

150 Followers GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

I know I once again neglected you guys on Wednesday, but here I AM on this lovely Friday!

So it’s time for something special on this here lovely blog! A giveaway! I reached 150 followers on this blog, so I thought hey why not do a giveaway to celebrate?! It took me awhile to figure out what to do for the giveaway, and then it came to me… SKINCARE!

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I’m going to be giving away a First Aid Beauty Faves To Go Kit. The set comes with:

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I’m going to make this super easy for you guys because I know there are a TON of rules for some giveaways. So, here are the rules:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @chelsiiohkay
  2. Comment on this blog post that you followed me on Instagram and leave your Instagram handle so that I can direct message you if you won.
  3. (Optional) Tell me what your skin is like in the comment that you leave with your Instagram handle.

That is all! I am going to be checking if you follow and comment so be sure to follow these rules!

*You must be 18 years or older to take part in the giveaway.*

The giveaway will run until  June 2nd, 2017 and the winner will be announced June 5th, 2017.

GOOD LUCK!! =D

ChelsiKay

150 Followers GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

Just A Curly Girl Problem

Ok, so I’m not sure if you guys know this, but I am completely in love and obsessed with my own hair. I know I know how self-centered am I? Only a little and mainly when it comes to my hair.

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When I was 11 years old, my mom cut all of my damaged relaxed hair out and I was rocking a short cut in middle school. Cue the mild bullying about looking like a boy. In high school, I straightened my hair to the point of heat damage until I got to college. Now, I have some crazy big curly hair that sits on top of my head that for whatever reason I embraced in the last five years.

So technically, I have a pretty damn good reason for loving and being absolutely obsessed with my hair. All I want to do is grow it as long as I possibly can until I get sick of it, which I doubt will happen.

A week and a half ago, I noticed that my hair has been the same length for a while and I wasn’t retaining nor gaining much length. I had those pesky fairy knots and it seemed as if I was losing more and more hair every time I washed it.

Now I expect to lose at least a ping pong ball size of hair…sometimes more but nothing crazy like I was experiencing. I was brushing out at least three ping-pong balls twice a week. I wasn’t freaked out, but I knew something in my routine was causing this problem.

It didn’t take me very long to come to the conclusion that my detangling step in my routine was the culprit. In fact, it’s probably been setting me back for a long while now. Looking back on it now, I was pulling actual full strands out rather than shed/dead hair. At the time I was religiously using the Tangle Teezer, which apparently is not at all the best for my type of hair. Oops. My other detangler of choice was the Denman Brush…another fail on my part. The Denman Brush is just as bad if not worse than the Tangle Teaser.

This WHOLE time I was pulling my hair out without even realizing it. I mean, I realized it but I thought it was perfectly normal at the time. Silly me!

Last Thursday, when I refreshed my hair I opted for a comb rather than a brush and the comb wouldn’t go through my curls. The comb’s seams caught onto my hair and were causing that problem.

FullSizeRender 2IMG_5602I searched for a comb that I used to use when I first started wearing my hair curly and was elated that it didn’t have any of those seams!

I began at the ends and worked my way up to my roots and saw that there was minimal hair in the comb. YAY! I deep conditioned my hair on Sunday and used the same comb and glided through my hair yet again. I will say my hair does have a little more frizz than when I detangle with my Tangle Teezer, but frizz doesn’t really bother me that much.

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I recall the Tangle Teezer and Denman Brush working in the past, but maybe it caused the fairy knots and then began yanking my hair out. I’m glad I know this now and I hope to retain and gain some length now. So if you’re experiencing some excessive shedding or breakage while detangling, it could be your brush or even comb.

What do you guys detangle your hair with?

As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

Just A Curly Girl Problem