Hair accessories

I work in an office and dress business casual but I still like to be an individual, Me. I am very into my accessories or “bling” as my husband calls it lol. I have been posting some of my jewelry I have gotten from Lia Sophia or you might even catch some of my bling if I do full face shots. I love my shoes, my hair accessories,  etc. Today, I have some new fabulous pieces to show you.

The name of the shop is Emvious Boutique and her name is Emily. Emi and I actually went to school together back in the day. Due to the wonderful world of Facebook I saw that she had opened up a boutique on Etsy earlier this year. I love Etsy, and I loved her accessories so I ordered from her right away. I got a black on white polka-dotted bow, a white on black, more recently I got the two below. Check out her awesome shop, she is super friendly, very fast, and has the cutest stuff! She sells mostly bows and also does custom pieces, (I am getting a few pieces customized now) 😀 Check her shipping policies out here: , while you are there check out her fabulous shop!

Here are my two recent bows I got in from her shop:


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New hair :)

I got my hair done today, I got some highlights and lowlights to freshen me up for the Fall. I also decided to get my hair cut in a such a way that is again out of my comfort zone and I think that I am happy with the results.. I certainly and absolutely love the color! ❤ What do you guys think?





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CLEAR Scalp & Hair Therapy Review

For those of you that read my VoxBox post , you saw that I received a shampoo and a conditioner sample of “CLEAR’s (new) Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care” line. The website says “Formulated with an advanced moisture complex or vitamins and nutrients, gently cleanses and nourishes and helps restore scalp’s natural moisture balance.” The back of  the bottle also reads “Stronger, more beautiful hair in just 7 days” Well it’s been 8 so let’s see how it held up.

What I love:

  • I love that it has somewhat of a fragrance, not an overpowering fragrance, a more mild one. I don’t like products (body and hair) that do not have smells. This is one of those shampoos that leaves your hair smelling light and fresh still at the end of the day, you still smell that “shampoo hair”.
  • I blow dry, then straighten my hair every day for work… I know. Bad, Bad! Some days I go in with wet hair and clip don’t worry… In any event on the days that I do my hair, I use “It’s a 10’s Miracle leave in plus Keratin”  before I straighten. I have very wavy hair and this tames it, without making my hair greasy and helps to soften and tame the frizz as well. I can tell you that while trying this new shampoo/conditioner duo I have not used any products and what a difference, in a good way! It has been over a week now without other products and my hair feels soo silky, smooth, and not frizzy at all.
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Scalp Review:

I was a little bit skeptical at the directions. The directions say to massage the conditioner into your scalp and all throughout your hair. Now I honestly have never read directions to shampoo or conditioner before, to me it’s just one of those things I guess I take for granted. With that being said, I do not know if other conditioners have the same instructions or not. What I do know is that any beauty article that I have read especially for people with greasier hair, they say Not to put all the way up to your scalp, just your tips and middle of hair. This product even though I was massaging all throughout did not make my hair greasy at all. I also felt that my hair felt stronger just in that short time.

What I dislike: None.

Overall: so far in the trial period I would give this product an 8/10, only because sometimes when you test out a product and then buy the product and continue the prolonged use, you may find different results, however I don’t think this is one of those products. My hair was never weak I always had healthy hair, but I still could notice a difference in the strength and the shine using this product.

Where to Purchase:, Walmart, CVS,, Walgreens, Target, 

The price: The price on my VoxBox says $4.99-$5.99 for 12.7oz and 12.9oz bottles. Prices may vary so please check your local listings and above sites.

*Disclaimer: this product was given to me review however the opinions are solely my own.

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Summer 2012 VoxBox

Influenster is a website that bloggers can sign up for to review products, earn badges, and possibly be picked for a VoxBox. If you are a lucky enough to to be picked they ask that you take pictures of the products, honestly review them on your blogs, YouTube videos etc, and then, finally you will be asked to complete a survey about those products. The companies have signed up to have you test out the products, review them, and get the word out on up and coming new products.

The Summer 2012 box included:

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30: $8.99 for 6oz bottle, Available in SPF 12, 30, and 50. “With this ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion Sunscreen nourishes an pampers skin while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and 12-hour moisturization when out in the sun.”

Tampax and Always Radiant Collection: prices vary per box “Tampax and Always have come together to premiere the all-new, stylish Radiant Collection, a complete offering of premium tampons, pads, liners and wipes that meets all of a woman’s feminine care needs. With designer packaging and wrappers, these products are must-have accessories for that time of the month.” (It will be a while before I review these, as I am on Seasonique and I’ve got almost two months to go)

Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Nut Bread: $3.29 for package of bars “Made with real bananas and almonds, Quaker Soft Bars in Banana Nut Bread flavor have tasty ingredients to help provide fuel to start your day. 5g Fiber, 20% of daily value of 5 B Vitamins and 6g of protein!

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color: $9.99 “NEW! Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color is summer’s hottest nail trend that allows you to create a gorgeous 1-D nail art effect in just seconds! This unique formula was specially developed with metallic particles – just hold the built-in magnet over wet polish to reveal a unique design on the nail.”

 Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Hand Cre’me: $5.99 for full size bottle. “Made with shea butter, the Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Cre’me softens hands, smooths cuticles and conditions nails. Active Moisture Complex formula with Ceramides helps to lock in nutrients so hands maintain their ideal moisture level. Offers 24 hour moisture and lasts through hand washings!

Based on demographics, select Influensters also receive: 

CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY: $4.99-$5.99 for 12.7oz and 12.9oz bottles. “Did you know 99% of hair’s natural strength comes from the scalp? Introducing CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY, a new line of shampoos and conditioners that nourish the scalp, and create that right foundation for strong, beautiful hair from root to tip. Wash your way to stronger hair in just 7 days!”

I am so excited to try all of these products, I have already done the nail polish of course! I will review that for you tomorrow. Be on the look out for the rest of the product reviews.

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How long to keep your Beauty Products…

So I continue to come across these articles, that repeatedly say to throw out your beauty products, after a month, 6 months, a year, depending on the product and I find (some of) it INsanity!

Some of this stuff is a given… and I can totally see, but others, I just don’t agree… I cannot see spending 50 dollars on an eyeshadow palette to add to my collection, only to throw it away in 3-6 months, NUTS! and nail polish! some of my nail polishes are 10 years or better old as my mom went to nail school and we had a huge collection, guess what they still work just fine. Let me know what you think about the article below…

Many people do not realize that makeup and other beauty products have an expiration on them. Also, there are tons of women out there right now that are wearing expired makeup. Here are some basics on how long you should keep your makeup and beauty products.Foundation and Concealer
Foundation and concealer can be kept for approximately 6 months. Use sponges or brushed when you apply the product so that you do not contaminate the product with your fingers.Lipstick
Lipstick can be kept anywhere from 2-3 years. If your lipstick beads, it does not mean that is has gone bad but rather that the oils are escaping from the lipstick.Eye Pencils
Eye pencils can be kept for 3-6 months. If you develop any type of eye infection, throw away your eye pencil and purchase a new one.Lip Pencil
Lip pencils can be kept for 6-12 months. Sharpen the tip of the pencil before each use to clean away the tip.Mascara
Mascara can be kept for 3-6 months. To prevent contamination, don’t lay the mascara wand down on a counter or table.Powders
Face and blush powders can be kept for up to 6-12 months. Eye shadow powders can only be kept for 3-6 months. Wash any applicators monthly and dry them before storing away.

Brushes and Sponges
Depending on what kind of brush or sponge that you use, they can be kept for 3-6 months or longer. The more expensive brushes that are re-usable can be cleaned and kept for a lot longer if properly taken care of. To clean a brush use a mild dishwashing liquid with a little bit of water. Do not submerse the entire brush in the water. You do not want the metal part of the brush to come in contact with the water. If taken care of properly, brushes can last up to several years.

Lip Balm
Lip balm can be kept for approximately 1-2 years.

Nail polish
Nail polish can be kept for around a year. Do not add nail polish remover to thin out the nail polish.

Fragrances can be kept for up to 3 years. If possible, keep your perfumes and other fragrances in the refrigerator so they keep longer.

Eye Cream
Eye cream can be kept for 6-12 months. Look for eye cream in tubes rather than jars.

Moisturizers can be kept for 6-12 months.

Cleansers can be kept for 6-12 months. Again, try to buy cleansers in a tube or in pump bottles rather than jars to avoid contamination from your fingers.

Sunscreen can be kept for around 2 years. If it does not spread well or it appears to have separated, throw it away. When you are out with sunscreen, keep the bottle out of direct sunlight to make it last longer.

Article courtesy of Tiffany Bell at Yahoo-granted this is an older article, I still see tons of them saying the same stuff.

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Winter Hair Care Tips Article



Winter is, historically, a terrible season for hair. Dry scalp, flyaway locks, frizz – there’s no end to winter hair complaints. So how can you have healthy, luxurious locks without spending a fortune at the salon? Lucie Barry, senior stylist at VAIN hair salon in Seattle, Wash., took a few minutes out of her holiday schedule to share her top 10 inexpensive tips for glossy, manageable hair.

1. Mister Clean
Don’t wash your hair so much. One of the biggest mistakes Barry sees people make is drying out their scalps with too much harsh shampoo.

2. Clear your head
Use a clarifying shampoo once a week. You know all that stuff you put in your hair every day to make it behave? Even if you wash your hair regularly, it leaves behind residue that can make hair dull and heavy.

3. Some like it hot
Baby your hair with a heat-activated deep-conditioning treatment. “Heat-activated conditioners are great to use after you wash with a clarifying shampoo,

4. End game
Speaking of conditioner, you know conditioner belongs on your hair and not on your scalp, right?

5. Chill out
Although you may hate the thought of cold water running through your hair on a cold winter’s day, finishing a shampoo with a cold water rinse is one of the quickest, easiest ways to add shine.

6. Too much of a good thing
While it’s true that heat can damage your hair, there are lots of ways to use blow dryers and flat irons without frying your locks. The most common mistake people make with heat styling, says Barry, is using tools that don’t have adjustable settings.

7. A time for every season
While it may seem silly to have different shampoos and conditioners for summer and winter, Barry says that’s not so. “The skin on your face gets drier in the winter, right? So you switch to a heavier moisturizer. Your scalp isn’t any different.

8. All that and a bag of chips
If you’ve ever been to a hair salon you know how many styling products hairdressers handle every day. But when asked for a product recommendation, Barry didn’t hesitate or waver. “Moroccan Oil. It’s amazing. It’s moisturizing without being greasy, so you can massage it into your scalp and put it into your hair without weighing your hair down or making it look dirty.

9. Take your vitamins
You know the old truism in computer programming, “garbage in, garbage out?” The same goes for your body. The first signs of a terrible diet are dull, dry skin and hair.

10. The brush-off
So what’s the single best thing you can do to have healthier, shinier, thicker hair? Brush it. According to Barry, an inexpensive paddle-brush, used properly, will do more for your hair than all the fancy salon treatments in the world.

So although some of us may have known some of these tips, or we may not have, it’s always good to get a reminder, or to learn it for the first time all together 🙂 Please click to see the article as each section had much more detail on each section. I thought this was a good article 🙂 Enjoy!

Article Courtesy of Amy Leigh Morgan @ MSN Living Read the full article here:


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