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I Added Sugar to my Shampoo for a Month & Here’s What Happened

Posted in Beauty
on March 20, 2017

Girl say whaaa? 

Yes, you heard me. Shampoo + Sugar = Beautiful Hair. Who knew? If you’re interested in seeing how you can transform your hair in a month, keep on reading! I promise this one addition to your hair-care routine will be life changing!

With all the crazy, inconsistent weather and not taking care of my hair like I normally do—my hair was in desperate need of a little extra TLC. It was dry, damaged, and needed help ASAP. And you know me, you know that I’m not one to spend a lot of money on special hair treatments, products, etc. because I’m not about that life. I like to keep my beauty routine short and sweet.

In all honesty, I should lay off the dry shampoo a little more. I notice that even though it’s one of two products I use in my hair, it doesn’t help keep it healthy. Sure, you don’t need to wash your hair every day. But I have taken this a little too seriously and by Thursday my hair is 99 percent dry shampoo and one percent hair. I was out looking for a way to treat my hair and reverse some damage over the last few months.

One night I was 150 pins deep on Pinterest when I found an article about adding white sugar to shampoo to help exfoliate it and help treat the damaged parts of your hair. Needless to say my mind was BLOWN because I use sugar to create my own lip/face/body scrubs, so why wouldn’t I think to do the same for my hair? I was ready to try this the same night and create my own experiment to see how it would change my hair after a few weeks.

The perk of using sugar is that it dissolves easily while still giving all those benefits for your scalp. When I realized that I could incorporate this into my hair-care routine, I got to work. Since I wash my hair every other day, I thought that exfoliating my hair once a week would be acceptable. I simply added a tablespoon of sugar to my shampoo, lathered up, rinsed, and conditioned as normal. I recommend really taking your time when you shampoo your hair to work the sugar and shampoo all over your scalp. Take your time since you’re only going to do this once a week.

While exfoliating my hair for the first time, I immediately noticed how good it made my scalp feel. TBH it was a mini massage, which felt incredible. When I finished washing my hair, it felt even more clean and pampered than normal. It was an extra treat for my hair. The next day, styling my hair felt like a breeze. I don’t know if this was because I was having a good hair day or, or if it was from exfoliating—but I’ll take it! You know when you exfoliate your face, and it feels soft and free of any excess dryness? That’s exactly how my hair felt after my shower and the following day. Needless to say, I was hooked.

After three weeks, I noticed that my hair wasn’t shedding as much when I shampooed my hair. I know it’s completely normal to shed hair throughout the day, but it helps keep the drain clean and doesn’t make me panic like when I used to see a cat-sized mound of hair on the shower wall. (I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way, right?!) Also, I noticed that my scalp was less oily. I learned that when you stimulate your scalp more, it helps to remove excess oils to keep your hair healthy. This was  a huge perk for me because it helps me use just a little less dry shampoo than I normally would on my no-wash days for my hair.

All in all, I have noticed that this once simple addition to my hair routine has shown a huge difference in my hair. Like exfoliating your face, body or lips, your hair deserves to reap the benefits of exfoliating, too!

Have you ever tried this beauty hack before? Would you consider it? What other tips to you have to treat your hair in winter? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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Refresh Your Beauty & Makeup Routine For Spring

Posted in Beauty
on April 13, 2016

I don’t know about you guys, but I love that spring is here. Although, last week was very disappointing with unplanned rain and snow, the weather is finally in spring mode. In honor of the lovely weather, I decided to revamp my beauty and makeup routine for spring with newer products for my hair, skin and makeup! Be sure to keep reading if you’re looking to refresh your beauty and makeup for spring, too!

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Hair:

Moisturize Your Hair: After using the same shampoo and conditioner for five months, I thought it would be time to change things up for the season. I’m not going to lie, I find hair products to be unnecessarily expensive. I would rather invest in products for my skin rather than my hair. However, I have found that this shampoo and conditioner combination from Pantene has helped to restore my hair from its dry and damaged state from the long winter. It has been replenished with moisture, and I’ve been using these product regularly for a few weeks now. I’m hoping to add a hair oil and more hair treatments in my routine, so if you have recommendations, leave a comment!

 

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Skin:

Find A Quality Moisturizer: I’ve honestly used this skincare routine from Estée Lauder since high school, and I swear by it to this day. The products are extremely hydrating and refreshing on your skin, which is exactly what my skin needs after winter. This serum and moisturizer combo treats my skin each day with vitamins C and E, which keep skin looking young and healthy. Also, make sure your moisturizer has SPF! It’s a necessity for protecting your skin.

Remove Your Makeup—Always: I cringe whenever my friends tell me they sleep with their makeup on each night, but they complain about their skin. You need to remove your makeup, and cleanse your skin at night! Sleeping with makeup is such a horrible habit you need to break this spring. I’ve been obsessed with the cleansing water from Simple because it’s hydrating and refreshing on my skin when I remove makeup. I definitely recommend investing in this product. Leave it next to your bed with some cotton rounds for when you’re too lazy to get out of bed.

Scrub Your Skin: After winter, my dull, damaged skin is in desperate need of some TLC. I always purchase a body and face scrub each spring to exfoliate my skin twice a week. That way, I can remove any dead skin cells, and make up my skin is prepped for all the lovely dresses and skirts I’ll be wearing now that the weather is beautiful and warm! I love Ocean Salt from Lush because it not too intense on my skin. It’s soft and moisturizing because it contains sea salt and coconut cream.

Oil Up: As much as I love my Bath & Body Works products, sometimes I need to kick it old school with skin therapy oil from Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula. What I love most about this is that it smells like summer, and it helps to if you have scars in addition to dry, damaged skin. I’ve also read that many people use this if they have Keratosis Pilaris, which I have, so I’m hoping this helps treat that as well. It’s also a great formula if you’re looking to reduce the signs of stretch marks. For $10, this product will last you a very long time, and can replace a body lotion in your beauty routine.

 

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Makeup:

Refresh Your Foundation: I like to lighten up my makeup routine for spring. I pack away any makeup made for winter. Typically, I don’t wear heavy foundation because it never sits well on my face. BB creams and CC creams have been my life saver. I love CC creams for spring especially because they don’t weight my skin down and they’re hydrating. This one from Stila has been my go-to for a few years now. It’s lightweight, but still covers any redness and evens out my complexion.

Lighten Up Your Lips: Don’t get me wrong, I love dark, matte lips as much as the next girl. But for spring, I love to bring out light pinks to incorporate into my routine. I’ve also been loving the combination of pairing liquid lipsticks with glosses. I’ve been reaching for my YSL glosses a ton to mix with the melted liquid lipsticks from Too Faced. My favorite combination is Metallic Bubblegum from Too Faced and Rose Orfèvre from YSL. It’s perfect for spring.

Highlight Your High Points: This past fall and winter, I rarely wore blush or highlighter. Maybe I was a little lazy with my makeup, but it never felt right to use these products on my skin in winter. Now that spring is here, I’ve refreshed my makeup with light pink blush, highlighter and a neutral bronzing powder. I focus the highlighter on areas to like my cheek bones and then with bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks. The Bronze Goddess from Estée Lauder is the best product I’ve ever used. It’s natural looking on my skin, and it lasts for a long time.

I’m curious to know how you refresh your beauty and makeup routine for spring. Make sure to leave a comment below with your favorite products for the season!

Ki Signature

 

 

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March Favorites 2016

Posted in Beauty
on March 28, 2016

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Did I sleep through March?

This was the first month of the year where I felt like it went by quick, but it also went by slow. You know when so much happens in such a short period of time, it feels quick, but then you realize it happened over four weeks, and you think, “Well I guess that was a long time.” I’m not sure if that makes sense, but hopefully you know what I mean.

Anyway, I have a few beauty favorites to share with you guys. Two of them were from two of my last Birchboxes, so I’m excited to share some products I’ve been loving from that as well. Leave a comment below telling me what your beauty favorites are for March, so I can try them out.

Paris Candle: Bath & Body Works

It’s no secret that Bath & Body Works candles are my secret obsession. But when I discovered this scent, my obsessed became too strong. In the month of March alone, I burned through two of this Lavender Macaron candle, and I couldn’t be more in love. I love the mix of sweet and floral scents in this candle, which is probably why it made its way into my favorites this month.

Que Bella Face Masks: Target

I decided to take a break from sheet makes and kick it old school with the Que Bella face masks from Target. I have tried one mask from this brand, and it didn’t work well for my skin. But I decided to try a different mask, and loved it. If you’re looking to save some money, treat your skin to a little TLC with these (especially the skin brightening mask). You won’t regret it!

Hibiscus Guava Fresca: Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Works never fails me with their fruity, tropical scents. Whenever their collection comes out for spring, I am first in line to smell all the scents. I personally love fruity, exotic scents because they mentally take me to a beach in Hawaii. And who doesn’t want to daydream about Hawaii when they’re stuck in New York? I’ve been carrying this in my bag all month and using it constantly.

Number 4™ Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil: Birchbox

I called this hair oil magical in my March Birchbox Review. I stand by that because although I’ve used many brands of hair oil in the past, this oil has restored my dull, dry strands. I must warn you because one drop will go a long way with your hair. Anymore will leave it greasy. This was another product I didn’t want to purchase from Birchbox because I felt that $26 would be too much. Since a little goes a long way, and the quality is wonderful—and I’ve changed my mind on it!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle: Birchbox

I am obsessed with this product. I had mentioned back in February that it was the product I was the least excited about trying. I don’t love receiving hair products because I typically stick to the same products and brands. However, I love the scent of this protector, and it helps to remove frizz. Before, I was skeptical about repurchasing this product for $21, but now I’m thinking it will be a necessity.

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick: Sephora

You guys have seen so many posts where I talk about this product. I promise this will (maybe) be the last for awhile. I was mentioning how I was looking for a fresh, pink color for spring. After some researching some color options, I felt like the options weren’t working for me. Then, I stumbled into my own makeup and forgot that I had a light pink shade that I had never used yet. I’ve been wearing this all month long, and I feel like I’ll continue to wear it in April.

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Leave a comment below telling me what beauty products you have been loving this month, so I can try them out in April!

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Hair & Makeup | Thanksgiving 2015

Posted in Beauty
on November 23, 2015

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Shop the Look | Makeup Used:

Benefit POREfessional Primer: $31 from Sephora

Revlon Photoready BB Cream: $10.99 from Target

Lancôme Concealer: $31 from Sephora

Elizabeth Arden Bronzer (no longer available)

YBF Brow Pencil: $21 from HSN

Naked 3 Palette: $54 from Sephora (“Burnout” as base, “Trick” on lid, “Mugshot” in crease, “Blackheart” in outer corner)

Lancôme Eyeliner: $30.50 from Sephora

Lancôme Mascara: $27.50 from Sephora

NARS Lip Pencil: $26 from Sephora (Color-Siren Red)

 

Shop the Look | Hair Products Used

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions: $159 (100 grams, 16 inches in medium brown).

Hot Tools Curling Iron: $34.99 from Ulta.com

Batiste Dry Shampoo: $7.99 Cherry

If you guys want to see a tutorial on how I wear my hair extensions, make sure to like this post and leave a comment below!

I wanted to create a fun, but easy makeup look for Thanksgiving because I don’t like spending a ton of time getting ready. It only took me 30 minutes to complete this look. I give the girls props who enjoy spending hours trying different hair styles and tutorials for the holiday.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Irresistible Me Hair Extensions | Review

Posted in Beauty
on November 16, 2015

When do you feel confident? It is when you’re wearing a beautiful outfit, or when your hair is freshly styled? For me, my hair gives me confidence because it’s the first thing I notice about other people. Naturally, I want my hair to look luscious, beautiful and alluring.

Hair extensions have always been popular, and I’ve been searching for reviews and product information on hair extensions. Irresistible Me reached out to me about reviewing their hair extensions, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about investing in them.

I choose the Royal Remy hair extensions: 16 inches and 100 grams in medium brown because I didn’t want to go too long or too thick. Since this was the first time I was using hair extensions, I was overwhelmed by what amount and style I should order. However, their representative helped me along the way, and I can’t thank her enough for her advice and assistance.

When I received the extensions, I was even more overwhelmed with how to put them in. After playing around with the extensions, I learned how to properly blend them in my hair in a natural-looking way. Since I never owned hair extensions, I had a hard time learning how to put them in my hair because there weren’t any guides or how-to suggestions for anyone who had never used them before. I’d definitely recommend they ship a “Hair Extensions for Beginners” tutorial for people like me.

After some practice with styling my extensions, I have grown more confident with wearing them and create different looks with them. Since the holidays are around the corner, you’ll be seeing more hair tutorials on the blog.

Here are the before and after photos. The first shows my hair without extensions, and the second shows my hair with the extensions in. Note, I’m wearing different clothing because I had to retake my “after” photos:

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I will say that I noticed a huge difference in the thickness of my hair. Compared to other hair extensions I’ve researched, Irresistible Me offers a ton of hair in their seven-piece extensions. I also loved the quality of of the hair. It is beautiful, shiny and natural. I will say that I’m most impressed with the quality of the product for the price of the extensions. Other extensions for the weight and quality are over $200, so I love that it’s more affordable for people on a budget.

Overall, I think hair extensions from Irresistible Me are worth the investment if you’re looking for an easy way to change up your hair for the day. For me, I always feel more confident with my thick, shiny locks.

If you’re a pro with wearing and styling hair extensions, I would love to know any tutorials or tips you have!

Do you own hair extensions? How do you style your hair with extensions? Make sure to leave links to posts and your comments below!

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Disclaimer: These hair extensions were provided for review purposes. I have written my honest thoughts and opinions. I was not paid to write this blog post.