Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I just want to say hi to the wonderful people who are reading my blog, and giving me a chance...thank you so much!!!

Also, of course, Happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day filled with family, friends, lots of love...and candy! :-)


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Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: Nexxus ProMend Leave-In Treatment Creme

Imagine my delight a few months ago, when I heard that Nexxus was coming out with a new line of hair products that targets sealing and getting rid of your split ends. My hair is very curly, very thick, and pretty darn damaged, and I have always had a problem with split ends. So, I was extremely excited about this ProMend line, and thought (as usual) that this was the product that was going to help me get rid of those pesky things.

I waited until right before I got a trim at my salon and then went in search of this product, only to find that it would set me back about $13. Quite a bit to spend on some hair creme, but I vowed to give it a shot. So, I bought it, got my hair cut, and started using the creme as directed after every hair washing (which is about three times a week).

After the first week, my hair still had that fresh cut look and feeling, and I didn't notice many split ends. Thus, I continued on with the product.

After the second week, I started noticing more split ends, but not a whole lot, so I thought "Hey, this stuff might actually be doing what it is supposed to".

Then, we get to the third week...and all split end heck broke loose. I had not been using styling tools on my hair during the past few weeks (i.e. curling irons, straighteners, or even my hair dryer), so I have nothing to blame the emergence of the split ends on anything except for the fact that my hair is just difficult like that. Hence the reason I tried the stuff. But when the ProMend claims that by using the creme, it will instantly seal split ends, and over time eliminate 92% of them, I do not expect split ends to come back in full force three weeks after a haircut. Alas, they did.

I decided to use it for one more week (making it a full month to give this product a chance), but I still saw no improvement, and even more split ends popped up. The ends seemed to be sealed right after I applied the creme, but when my hair dried, they were in full split glory. Throughout the day, my ends continued to be split and dry, and my heart sank at another product that doesn't do what it claims (for my stubborn hair, at least).

Now, let me just say that, No, I did not use the ProMend Shampoo, Conditioner, and Overnight Creme during this time frame. I stuck with my usual moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and used my deep conditioner once a week like I always had. I wanted to give this one product a try before trying the rest of the expensive line. Also, normally, after I get my haircut, it takes almost six weeks for bad split ends to show up with my usual haircare routine.

So, for my hair, using this product seemed to speed up the appearance of split ends. It is very unfortunate because I was really rooting for this treatment to work! But, no dice :-(

I am not saying that this product might not work on hair that does not have a tendency to show dryness and damage. In fact, if your hair is in fairly good condition, and you are worried about the occasion split end, this creme might actually work. But for you all out there who just can't seem to find a way to get rid of those split ends, and deter them from coming back, this is not the product for you. (Sorry, Nexxus)
Verdict (for my curly, dry, damaged hair): Fail

But, to give Nexxus a fair chance, below is the link to the product's website, so you can find out information for yourself:

I have seen the full line of ProMend products at mass market drugstores, such as Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc., so if you do want to try it for yourself, it should be fairly easy to find. It will probably run between $10 and $14 (I have seen this range of prices in the stores surrounding my area).

If you have tried this product, please leave a comment and let me know how it worked for you! I know that my opinion is not the be-all, end-all, so please feel free to share your might just help out someone else! :-)

Thanks so much for dropping by and reading!

*By the way, all products mentioned were bought with my own money, and all opinions are completely my own. Not affiliated with any companies mentioned. Thanks for reading this far down ;-p *

Sunday, April 17, 2011


...And welcome to my blog! Thanks so much for stopping by <3

For my very first post, I just want to let you all know a little bit about why I started this blog. Let me put it all on the line now: I am a Makeup and Hair Product Junkie. Throughout the years I have tried sooooooo many hair and makeup products simply because the packaging was pretty, or the company claimed it was the new "miracle product", or one magazine or another told me that celebrities who had my skin coloring or hair type use a certain product. And I always buy into it. Every Single Time. It seems that I am always on the hunt for the one -or five- products that could actually work for me like the company says it will.

However, before I buy a product, I will almost always search for a review and swatches of said product, to see if actual people have used it and what they think of it. While I have found some awesome bloggers who do wonderful and thorough reviews of products I am interested in, I never seem to find someone who has my skin coloring or my crazy hair type, and most of the time, I am back to Square One because of it. I'm going to be honest; I feel that my skin coloring is very hard to match because of skin issues/blemishes/uneven skintone/it's-a-Monday-and-my-skin-just-won't-cooperate/etc. My hair has such a mind of its own that it probably should start writing a blog as well. And I have yet to find anyone whose lips are pigmented like mine are, so the usual "this color works on all skintones" never works on mine.

And so, here I am. I thought that maybe by posting swatches and reviews of products that I have tried, someone else out there (who might have the same experience in unlucky cosmetics shopping that I have) might benefit. Plus, discussing hair and beauty stuffs can just be downright fun! So, if you have wandered to this site after searching for a no-holds-barred opinion on a certain product, then I truly hope I can help! :-)

From time to time I'll probably post on other random things as my doggies or books (I am also a Book Junkie yay!). This blog is a work in progress, so please bear with me as I tweak it and (hopefully) improve on it. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email me or leave a message below :-)

Have a great day, and thanks for reading!
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