Winter Tag 2017 // BLOGmas Day 1

It’s December! I love watching Vlogmas videos on YouTube because it gets me so ready for Christmas. This year, I am going to attempt to blog everyday for 25 days! I will center it around the holidays, hopefully I can add a giveaway too!

I am in a group called BossGirlBloggers on Facebook that connects other bloggers together for collaborations, advice, etc. the created I the group put together a super fun tag I knew I wanted to be apart of!

You can check out her answers here.

1. What if your favorite holiday tradition?

Growing up, just about every Christmas Eve my sister and I would watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday movie! But it has to be the Jim Carrey version because he makes the movie hilarious.

2. What is your favorite go-to lippies?

Im still in search of a good red lip. I just don’t know what brand really earns that title for yet but I did find some other colors that I love for this time of the year.

Lipsense and I have a love-hate relationship. I love it because it stays on allll day and I hate it because it’s expense lol. I mean, the gloss is $25! But it really does have amazing staying power. The shade is GlamDoll which is a mauve-y brown-y plum-y shade. So pretty I love it. Then I have NYX Butter Gloss in Gingersnap which is a dark brown gloss. NYX has the best glosses, I want like every color.

Left: NYX Right: LipSense

3. What is your favorite winter scent? (Candles, perfume, etc.)

Perfume wise, I love my trip from B&BW. Winter Candy Apple, Vanilla Bean Noel, and Twisted Peppermint! Twisted Peppermint gives me a cotton candy vibe. I switch between these tree during the holidays and I spray generous amounts lol.

For ‘candles’ I love my Christmas Spirit essential oil from YoungLiving. I add a couple drops to my diffuser for a calming citrus scent.

I’m like so into oils right now I have Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon, and Orange right now. I’m seriously considering purchasing their entire starter kit thing!

4. What’s your go-to winter fashion trend?

Scarves and boots. Always. I have a pair of really adorable black heeled boots I am dying to wear! Ugh and don’t get me started on scarves I wear a different one everyday. If I get scarves for Christmas I would totally be okay with that.

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5. What is your all time favorite holiday movie?

I already mentioned it! But to add another on the list, it would have to be Elf. I love comedy holiday movies if you haven’t noticed.

6. What is your all time favorite holiday Tune?

All I want for Christmas is youuuuuuu baby! Mariah Carey of course!

7. Do you prefer to travel or stay home for the holidays?

I prefer to stay home. I like to enjoy the holidays in a cozy environment and I don’t know for some reason traveling is stressful for me.

8. What is your favorite winter skin care must have?

I have eczema, so I religiously use Aveeno products. One of my faves for the face is the Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer. I love the feeling it gives my face. And when the cold air hits it doesn’t feel dry and cracked.

9. What is your favorite winter hair care products?

I finally got around to trying DevaCurl! I am amazed by their products. My hair lasted for 5 days without washing. It is super moisturizing and defining to my curls which is perfect for winter. I use the Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel Define and Control and the DevaCurl Styling Cream Touchable Curl Definer. These are travel sized but believe me I am buying the full sized ones from Ulta very soon.

Other staples would be my OGX Coconut Curls Conditioner and the Garnier Fructis Whole Blends Monoi Oil & Orange Blossom Shampoo. Both are amazing!

10. What is your favorite winter activity?

I love baking cookies for santa every year! Sugar cookies with egg nog mmm the perfect combo. I also love playing with the snow. Fun fact I never ever built a snow man. I’m hoping this year I will be able to.

11. What is your go-to favorite winter beauty product?

Glitter shadow! You can’t go wrong with a nice shimmery shade during the holidays. Or even for New Years. I love to jazz up my look during these months because everyone is so festive and I am constantly going to different events.

I have this shadow from an ipsy bag and I have yet to use it. I was going through my collection and I was like hey that is a really good shadow!

12. Do you love to hate the snow?

Growing up I wished for snow every winter. Now that I live in Montana, I dont ave to wish. When it snows here, I’m excited but not when I have to drive anywhere. I will get really bad anxiety.

13. What is one item on you wish list this year?

I really want the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume. I ask for it every year for about 3 years now. It’s such a beautiful floral scent I just can’t describe it but it’s me. It’s so me.

14. What is your favorite holiday treat?

Cookies! I love sugar cookies! And I also loved Peppermint infused treats as well lol.

15. Do you finish you shopping before December or are you a late shopper?

I start shopping Black Friday and continue all the way until Christmas Eve. I tend to find things I love and put them up. Then, I get them all out and decide “Okay, who is getting what this year?”

Now it’s your turn because I tag all of you!

My Hair Care Routine (back to black)

Hi, friends!

Finally, I have this post up for you! One of my favorite blog post to read is hair care routines. I’m a product junkie, so I love discovering new ones.

Since dying my hair, I recently changed shampoos. I was using Garnier Fructis Whole Blends Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter shampoo and conditioner but, I wanted to protect my hair color so I opted for Biolage!

Deep Condition

I always start out a wash day by deep conditioning for 15-20 minutes on damp hair. My current (and favorite) deep conditioner right now is the SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System w/ Marula Oil & Biotin. This makes your hair feel SO soft. I repurchased this twice already because it really does repair your hair.

Shampoo & Conditioner

The two products I ALWAYS run out of would have to be shampoo and conditioner. I really want to try the DevaCurl line. After my Biolage runs out, that will be my next review!

But, overall I really like the smell of the duo and as for color protection… I give it a 2. It may be because my stylist used a demi-permanent dye but my hair is fading fast. My hubby said it looks like a fruit roll-up color now LOL.

 

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fruit roll-up hair lol

 

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Styling Products

If you have not tried SheaMoisture, you need to! The Curl Enhancing Smoothie works wonders for my hair. Damaged hair needs a lot of moisture and with this formula being so thick it keeps your curls hydrated for days.

I also use oils on top of my cream to seal it in. Garnier’s new line Whole Blends Smoothing Oil is amaaaazing. I switch between that and this Hair Polisher with Aloe Juice I picked up at Walmart. Both work great and give shine.

To smooth down my edges in the front I use Creme of Nature Perfect Edges. I used other edge controllers but this one actually works for me.

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Refreshers

The next morning, I wake up and take my little silk wrap off and shake my curls around. If my hair is still moisturized, I spray Garnier Fructis Curl Review Reactivating Milk Spray and scrunch away! If my hair is too dry I re-wet my hair with water from a spray bottle and add my smoothie plus oil and I’m good to go! I am a bug fan of air drying, but sometimes I do blow dry my hair after refreshing if I use too much water.

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Thank you for reading! If you use any of these products or have any to recommend, let me know in the comments!

Renae♥

App Designed For Curly Hair? [CurlMatch Review]

Hi, friends!

I recently discovered an app that matches your hair type and recommends select products just for you!

I was pretty intrigued to try it out, I am always up for new hair products. I stumbled upon this app through their Instagram page. I am a product junkie so this just gives me another excuse to by more products… lol!

So first, after you download the app, you create a profile and take a short quiz answering questions about your hair and the condition it is in. The quiz is very detailed and you can catergorize your hair type. Knowing your hair type is very important. Certain products can work for 2c hair but not necessarily for 4b hair, etc. I was surprised to see when I completed the quiz, most of the products I’ve tried before! That means that the app is pretty accurate.

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You get a decent sized list of styling products as well as co-wash cleansers. You have a chance to review + favorite certain products and the app has a catergory for ‘Style Secrets’ where you can read articles and veiw photos and videos all about curly/wavy hair. The ‘Style Secrets’ section of the app requires an InApp purchase which would be a monthy subsciption to CurlMatch. It is only 99 cents!

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Overall, I thought the app was useful. I discovered new products I am willing to try and it is awesome you can leave reviews for other curlies to read. It is a fun little app even if you only want to take the curl quiz and view your products!

Thank you for reading! Have you downloaded CurlMatch yet? Let me know your thoughts!

Renae

Check it out here *this post in not sponsered. I reviewd this app on my own with my honest opinion. I would always give my honest opinion on anything.