Not Your Mother’s® NATURALS

Beauty, Hair Care, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity

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

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Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask Review

Beauty, Natural, skincare, Uncategorized

Sorry for posting so late today you guys, I’ve been having problems with my eyes and needed to give it a rest from the screen. However, I wanted to get this post up because…well it’s on the to-do list!

It’s about time that I finally did a review on the Blue Tansy AHA+BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask! I wanted to use it for a few weeks so that I could give a full honest review and not just a first impression.I don’t really do reviews on products that I don’t like because I am purchasing these products myself. Okay, keep reading if you want to know more about the Blue Tansy Mask!

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Here’s a little blurb from the Herbivore Botanicals website about the key ingredients that are included in this beautiful blue mask.

Key Ingredients

White Willow Bark: A natural beta hydroxy (BHA), it is high in salicylic acid which works by gently shedding the top layer of skin in order to decongest and unclog pores.

Fruit Enzymes: Natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), including papaya and pineapple, work to gently exfoliate and rid skin of dead cells to leave the complexion smoother, softer, and fresher.

Blue Tansy Oil: Naturally high in Azulene, which in addition to giving the oil its beautiful blue color works as a powerful anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin.

Aloe Leaf: Naturally contains salicylic acid and works to gently unclog pores and soothe the complexion.

I’m sure you see some familiar words like salicylic acid, which is known to help, get rid of acne.

About three weeks ago I walked into Sephora looking for a mask to purchase. I had my eye on the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask for awhile now, but then I noticed that they held Herbivore Botanicals and I changed my mind very quickly. They had the Lapis Oil, the Rose Hibiscus Face Mist and the Blue Tansy Mask. Obviously, you guys know that I picked up the Blue Tansy Mask and literally couldn’t wait to get home to try it out.

So the directions say that you can apply the mask for three consecutive days and then begin using regularly – about one to two times a week. Well, that is exactly what I did and my skin has been in love ever since.

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The mask is a gel like consistency that you can apply with a plastic applicator that comes with the mask or with your fingers. You don’t need too much; only a thin layer is necessary. After washing the mask off, my skin feels so soft and smooth. After a few hours, my pimples are shrunken and almost non-existent.

I will be honest, though, more pimples started surfacing and that did worry me for a bit. Also, my hyperpigmentation became much more noticeable. I then realized that my skin was well…shedding dead skin and all the impurities were rising to the surface so that they could be rid of once and for all. I have never experienced a mask do this before and was quite surprised.

 

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Once the third week approached (this week,) my hyperpigmentation started to fade and my complexion looked so much more clear and even had fewer pimples. Of course, I still have a while to go before I start seeing more drastic results, but so far I do like what I’m seeing.

The smell of the mask is a mixture of mint and floral, which I believe is the blue tansy. It can be an overwhelming smell, but it does die down after a few minutes. I will advise to keep it far away from your eyes because of the strong fragrance.

I love how gentle yet effective this mask is so that you can use it every day if you must. I don’t really have anything bad to say about this mask at all. For some reason, Herbivore Botanicals just gets it when it comes to natural products that actually work. I absolutely adore this brand!

I could go on as always, but I’m going to leave it at this! If you have any questions about the Blue Tansy mask feel free to comment down below! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay