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  • My experience with the new Garnier Fructis line and a quick hairstyle
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  • Rethink the way you pick your floral skirts when going to an event.
  • Foods that you have in your kitchen that can save your hair.

Birthday Outfit And Celebration


                 They say age is just a number, but I was watching a show the other day that says otherwise, it is a 3-letter word. A word that scares the Jesus out of us sometimes. As we grow older, we become more conscious of time. We want to slow it down. We think about all the things we should have done, but never did. I was really depressed when I woke up last Thursday, June 25th. Turning 38 scared me for a moment. I could not stop thinking about the things that I was able to do when I was in my 20s. I thought about how easy it was, and how I was able to go wherever I wanted whenever I wanted to. I did not have to hire a babysitter or thinking twice about spending all the money on myself.  But that Thursday, I forgot that I also wanted to get married and have children in my late 20s. Everything in life comes with a price. I always say that freedom is never free. I was able to pend all the money on myself because my mom had to work hard to pay for the mortgage. Now I am the one paying for the mortgage, with my husband, of course, so my children can enjoy what they think is free.
                   At 38 years old, I am doing exactly what I should be doing! I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I have exactly what God knows is best for me. If you are in your 20s and you are reading this post, you are doing exactly what you should be doing. May it be hanging out with friends, splurging on what makes you happy, taking college seriously while partying hard on weekends. That's exactly what you should be doing in your 20s. Because once you get married and start having children, you can only think about what was and leave it where it belongs, in the past.
                    Now I am looking forward to my children going to college, living their own lives away from my basement, and enjoying the rest of my life. Mama is not going to have a 35-year-old living in her basement! Lol

Birthday outfit


           There is something about my birthday that makes me want to wear pink. I kept the look simple and let the bag do all the talking. She is loud, isn't she?


              My husband made me laugh so hard while taking those pictures, I could only find a few good ones where I was not drooling or holding my stomach with both hands. Now you know why my son is the one always taking my pictures. I cannot believe he can still make me laugh so hard after being together for 12 years. Check out exhibit A below.


A 3-course meal at Olive Garden


Birthday present to myself



I am becoming slightly addicted to ideel.com



             If you are into beautiful clothes &  shoes and don't want to break the bank, you have to check them out. They have designer clothes and shoes at up to 90% OFF sometimes. You have to check often because they go fast. These stiletto pumps by Charles Jourdan are $155 originally, but I paid $28.62. That's with tax and free shipping. They were on sale for $29.99, but I got a 10% off discount because it was my first purchase. I also bought 2 dresses on eShakti.com for my birthday. I am waiting for them to arrive. I had a wonderful birthday!!


              THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO CELEBRATED WITH ME ON INSTAGRAM and my other social media platforms. Thanks to my sister who bought the best cake from Publix and did not forget the wine:-)  Special thanks to those who stopped by the blog to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You guys are good friends!
 

chicfromhair2toe.com 500,000 PAGEVIEWS + $50 PayPal Cash GIVEAWAY


            HAPPY NEW MONTH, Darlings! If you were born in June like I did, you must be excited! I have two things to be excited about this month. First, I am turning 38 on June 25th and I only have two strands of gray hair. Now how special is that? And second, chicfromhair2toe.com just reach 500,000 page-views about two days ago. DJ drop the beat!!!!!

         Now before we start sipping champagne and eating caviar, let me tell you a little bit about this blog's background. When I created chicfromhair2toe.com back in 2013, my vision was to be able to share my imperfect  hairstyles, hair care routine,  and my outfit ideas with other women around the world. The blog had  a completely different name and it was only about hair in 2012. As fate would have it,  I lost the previous domain name and was forced to create another name. I came home  from work one morning and told my husband that I wanted my new blog to be about hair and fashion, and I also wanted him to pick out the name. The only requirement was that the name had to contain one of two French words because of my French background. To make a long story short, that day chic from hair  2 toe was born because my husband wanted the word hair to be included in the title. And today, we have thousands of readers around the world.

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                One of the things that I think I did right with blogging was following my followers. I walk on the platforms where I have my followers and I CONNECT with them. I spend time where they spend time. I copy their recipes and add my little  twist to it. When I use the word WE on this blog, I mean you and me. I do the research, I type the words, but you are the one who spread the words. Thanks for your continuing support!!


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Garnier Fructis Full & Plush First Impression Review + Hairstyle



           Howdy y'all! Is your summer getting better? I love using my free samples that I get from various websites during the summer because I tend to wash my hair more because of the heat. Today I used the Garnier Fructis Full & Flush line. Nothing about this product line says it is for my hair because it is designed to add fullness to the hair. My hair did not look plumped until I added the blow out treatment, which felt and looked like a hair gel. My hairstyle is very simple today because I kept waiting for my hair to dry, but it never really did because ........ you guessed it, the gel just sat on top of my hair. That's what I get for thinking all hair products are created equal.

#WashDayExperience

The Wash Day Experience
  • {1} Overnight treatment with Castor oil


  • {2} Shampooed with Garnier Fructis Full & Plush shampoo

  • {3} Conditioned with Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Conditioner, which was not even enough. I added a little bit of Alberto V05 to make ends meet.

  • {4} Leave-ins: Garnier Fructis blow out treatment + Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Spray + my oil mix

  • {5} Twisted the hair and let it dry

Hair of the week




              The Garnier Full & Plush shampoo felt great on my hair after the oil treatment. My hair felt soft and not stripped. I could easily run a comb through the hair  if I wanted to. I have to admit that I did add a few drops of peppermint oil and tea tree oil to the shampoo. I still think it was great for a sulfate shampoo. The conditioner was okay. I just cannot understand how you can blow your hair out after applying something that feels like a gel to it.  I guess what really matters is that it does add fullness to the hair. My wash day was very interesting! How was your wash day?

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Maple Holistics Assuage Mild Styling Hair Gel REVIEW

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Product Information

Harsh hair gels that contain saturation and other follicle-damaging ingredients populate the market and contribute various deficiencies in maintaining proper hair health. For those looking to fashion their hair in a safe way, Assuage Hair Gel is the perfect product. Not only does it provide soft and safe styling capability, but it also wields a special formula that enhances the mobility and durability of the gel while contributing natural compounds which promote hair health.

  • Gentle hypoallergenic gel is great for both men and women of all ages.
  • Contains soft and nourishing ingredients including Ginseng Root Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Golden Jojoba Oil, and Bergamot Oil.
  • Like all Maple Holistics products, Assuage Hair Gel contains no artificial fragrances, no artificial coloring, sulfate-free, made in the USA, cruelty-free, no animal-derived ingredients.
  • Mellow hair fashioning ingredients help reduce hydral fatigue.
  • Note that due to the nature of its ingredients, this is a mild styling gel, and may not be effective for heavy hair types.
  • 100% Money-Back Guarantee. If, for any reason, you are unsatisfied with the product/results, you are entitled to a hassle-free refund in its entirety. Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority.

Formula and Benefits:

Ginseng Root and Sage Leaf Extract: The forefront of the formula wields these two powerful agents of nature to overall protect, strengthen, and promote healthy hair.
Bergamot: 100% Pure Italian Bergamot essential oil aromatically enhances the hair gel with its sweet, fruity aroma and soft floral qualities. Bergamot also hosts an impressive amount of naturally anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties. Golden Jojoba: Pure and unadulterated Golden Jojoba oil helps moisturize the hair while effectively reducing hydral fatigue, which is the swelling and shrinking of hair as it gets wet and dries. Hydral fatigue can damage the hair follicle over time, and is a common occurence that can be a side effect of unhealthy haircare products. Jojoba is a primary component towards decreasing hydral fatigue while repairing and nourishing the hair in a positive, healthy manner.

Indications
Choose whether to style with a comb or use your fingers. Generally, using a comb will result in a hairstyle that is sleek and structured, whereas using your fingers results in a wavy, natural look.

Ingredients
INGREDIENTS: Signature Mild Hair Gel, Ginseng Root Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) Oil.

Directions
A little goes a long way. Dispense a small amount, apply to hair and style accordingly. Make sure to first pick a direction before applying the hair gel. Most hairstyles have a primary direction - straight down, forward, back, up, or to the side. 

My opinion

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           When Maple Holistics contacted me about reviewing one of their products, I got so curious about their Assuage Gel that they sent me two products instead of one. It's not everyday that you find a gel that's made with mostly natural products and keeps the hair protected. A hair gel that I can safely use on my daughter's hair. The gel has a clear, watery consistency. It goes very light on the hair and does not weight it down. It is hard to escape the scent coming from the ingredients in the gel. You can tell that the product is made from natural ingredients because of its natural scent. It is so easy to wash the gel out from the hair because it is not heavy at all. This gel provides a light hold while keeping the hair shiny and very strong. It takes a lot to give my curls a good definition, but when I used this gel after using their Silk18 Conditioner, my twists came out looking shinier without any flaky residue.

Pros
  • Provides shine
  • No flaky residue
  • Does not weight the hair down
  • Easy to apply and wash out
  • Strengthens the hair
  • Works as promised
Cons
  • Not a big fan of the packaging.

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The bottom line
          
             I think this product will work great on your hair if you have loose, type 2-3 hair. I think it is a miracle in a bottle if you are a big fan of  just washing your hair and going about your business. It is also a good product to add to the hair if you are going to let it air dry while it is braided or twisted. Like I mentioned before,  my twist-out definitely looked better after using that gel. But my 4c hair type could only hold the curls for one day.  If you are looking for a gel that's going to give you a maximum hold, this is not the right gel for you. But if you are looking for a hair gel with a light hold that will also keep your hair strong and shiny while protecting it against Hygral Fatigue, then you've found the right gel. My problem with the packaging is the fact that it is hard to squeeze the gel out. It is probably due to the hole being too small. Other than that, I'm very satisfied with the product itself. 

Additional information 

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*This product was sent to me to facilitate my review, but the opinion expressed here is 100% my own*
 

Picking The Right Floral Skirt For Different Occasions With Zaful

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                Summer is the season when we swap our favorite pair of  pants for something lighter and more feminine. Whether you are going to a wedding or a birthday party, floral skirts are so versatile for such occasions. They are also easy to pair with any blouse, tank tops, or dress shirts. Floral skirts come in different shapes, colors, and length. We all have different taste when it comes to length, patterns, and colors. Some of us like big bright flowers while some of us like to keep it simple. Whether you are a minimalist or someone who likes to go all out, the event that you are attending can also play a big role in determining how long or short your skirt should be.

Picking the right floral skirt for different occasions

                 Pencil skirts that hit right at the knees are perfect for work or a funeral. Depending on your company's dress code, you may have to keep the flowers to a minimum. The same goes for a funeral too, as it is a very sad event.  I love this pencil skirt from zaful.com. The color makes it perfect for both work and a funeral. The flower prints are not too overpowering and the length is just right for these occasions.


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             A-line floral skirts with different color patterns can be worn with a blouse that matches the dominant color on the skirt If you are going to an outdoor event like a wedding or a birthday party.
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                  Some floral skirts also come with a matching top. Whether they are maxi or mini skirts, they are great for festivities like a BBQ or  outdoor concerts. 



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               Floral Midi skirts hit just below the knee to mid-calf. They are classy and you can dress them up or down to fit your style. The length makes them perfect for a church wedding or just a Sunday service. The one pictured below is just perfect if you like to keep things simple.


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Wash Day + Hair Crush: The Jumbo Braids Side Bun


               Sometimes you stumble upon a hairstyle that just takes your breath away. So is the case for the hairstyle that I tried to copy below. It is absolutely stunning! I am using a new deep conditioning this week. It is part of my quest to find the best deep conditioner for my hair type. I have tried a lot, believe me! I paid $8.00 for this one. Hopefully next month I will let you know if it is worth every penny. I already love the scent and the packaging:-)


#WashDayExperience


{1} I did my overnight oil treatment with Jamaican black castor oil  again like I did last week. I will keep doing it until summer ends. So far it is helping me with shedding and split ends.

The Wash Day Experience

{2} I washed my scalp with a mixture of Heads & Shoulders moisture care shampoo + tea tree oil + peppermint oil.

{3} I went straight to deep conditioning with Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair deep conditioner. It felt like a protein treatment on my hair with absolutely no slip.


{4} I rinsed it out and added a moisturizing conditioner to my hair and left it on for about 10 minutes.

{5} After rinsing out the moisturizing conditioner, I towel dried my hair for just a few minutes.

{6} I added my Scurl activating moisturizer and left it on for a few seconds before adding my Shea butter mix ( Raw Shea butter, Sunflower oil, Extra virgin olive oil, black astor oil, Tea tree oil, coconut oil, and Peppermint oil)

Hair of The Week



     
                 I saw this hairstyle on Elle.com, and I couldn't help but copying try to copy it. The hair itself makes me think of a stewardess' hat, but the models make it look so lovely. They are wearing Mosaert's debut collection. I think the hair is a piece of art. What do you think?

 {{Pictorial}}

 How was your wash day?
 

Get Your Closet Summer Ready With eShakti

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           Hello Fashionistas! Happy first day of Summer!!  I know how long you've been waiting for this season. I am personally not a big fan of this season because I live in the south where the temperature can get to 105 degrees. But after the brutal winter that we had,  I am ready to trade my coats and sweaters for some sexy tops, shorts, and summer dresses. To celebrate this beautiful season, I am collaborating with the new eShakti.com to give you an opportunity to revamp your closet. 

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            eShakti also  did a little revamping themselves by changing the look of their website, which makes it easier for their customers to navigate through different pages and view more items on one page.  My favorite feature of the site's layout is how easy it is to get to each category.  Their size chart is very accurate, and checkout is super fast. eShakti is very blogger friendly.  I have collaborated with the company before and absolutely loved the quality of their materials. I like their customer service and how fast my package was shipped to my house. Now they offer new categories like jumpsuits, Pants, and Shorts, giving you more choices and different styles for your summer wardrobe. These trendy pieces come in sizes 0-36W. And don't forget, you can always customize your pants, skirts, or any item on the site to fit your shape, size,  or style.

            eShakti is giving you a $35.00 OFF coupon to get your closet summer ready. If you are not sure where to start, I suggest you take a look at their Gingham styles, one of the most popular spring 2015 trends.


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Outfit of the Week | Double Flared Sleeves


             Hey fashionistas!! My pictures have been out of control lately. I am not sure if it's because of the location. Anyway, I will find myself a different location next week. I was cleaning my closet yesterday when I found this top. It is an old top that I haven't worn in years. I am so in love with the color.  I paired it with my blue skinny jeans and completed the look with my super-new-super-cute shoes. I am not sure which direction my hair was going. But in my defense, the wind was blowing. Lol!






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Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Caramel And English Toffee Crunch Ice Cream Bars REVIEW


            A few weeks ago, I received two coupons from influenster.com to treat myself to some serious Weight Watchers desserts! Summer is only a few days away; and if you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn't indulge in foods that contain too much sugar, right? Weight Watchers understands that. That's why they create ice cream bars that will satisfy your sweet cravings while keeping your body bikini ready.  Normally, when I hear diet foods, the first thing that comes to mind is tasteless foods that are hard to swallow. But Weight Watchers really shut me up! I went to my local grocery store and made sure I got Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Caramel and English Toffee Crunch Ice Cream Bars with my coupons. The funny thing was that my son was so eager to try the ice cream bars. They really looked delicious!  After taking a few pictures, I let him try the English Toffee Crunch Ice Cream Bar. He loved it so much that he asked his dad if he wanted one. Now how many eight-year -old(s) you know love diet foods?


 Weight Watchers  English Toffee Crunch Ice Cream Bars


                 You've made the commitment to a healthier lifestyle--Weight Watchers has made the commitment to help you get there. To make their products easier to shop, they have improved the packaging, placing the key nutrition information on the front panel where you can quickly find it. Their products still have the same incredible taste and premium ingredients, but the packaging is dressed up with a whole new look. Treat yourself to all of the scrumptious Weight Watchers flavor varieties, made with real ice cream, now in the blue and white box. Enjoy Weight Watchers English Toffee Crunch Ice Cream Bars.
Weight Watchers English Toffee Crunch Ice Cream Bars:
  • 100 calories
  • 0g trans fat
  • 10g sugar
  • 3 PointsPlus value per bar
  • Kosher
Ingredients: 
Low Fat Ice Cream: Milk, Skim Milk, Sugar, Polydextrose, English Toffee (Sugar, Palm Oil, Butter,

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream Candy Bar


                   Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream Candy Bars are decadent at just 150 calories each. They are made with low-fat ice cream for a 4 Points Plus value. They are delicious and taste as good as they look, just like a Weight Watchers treat should .
Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream Candy Bars:
  • 150 calories per bar
  • 0g trans fat
  • 3g protein
  • 4PointsPlus value per bar
  • Kosher
Ingredients: 
Low Fat Ice Cream [Milk, Skim Milk, Sugar, Polydextrose, Flavor Base (Peanuts, Peanut Oil, Salt, Mono & Diglycerides), Maltodextrin, Contains 1% Or Less of Cellulose Gel, Mono & Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Caramel Color, Vitamin A Palmitate]. Chocolate Flavored Coating (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soybean Oil, Chocolate Liquor, Whole Milk Powder, Inulin, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor). Caramel Revel (Corn Syrup,

 My opinion
                 I must say that I was very impressed with both products. I am always dieting, but I tend to run away from foods that have low-fat written on their labels. When I hear words like low-fat, fat-free, sodium-free, all I hear is tasteless ( for the lack of a better word). I am glad I got to try these products through influenster.com. Otherwise, I would have ran away from them, too. The texture of both products was fine. Both ice cream bars melted under my tongue. They both had just the right amount of sugar. They were both satisfying. One bar was all I needed to satisfy my sweet cravings. My son really enjoyed the the English Toffee Crunch, but my husband and I fell in love with the Peanut Butter Caramel because we both love peanuts. I personally love the slogan on the wrapper, "Not just a candy bar. An eye candy bar." It makes me think of Laz Alonso and go yum, or lick my lips like LL Cool J! He is my eye candy. Okay, back to the candy bars! You cannot look at those candy bars and not want to take a bite. They are both delicious and they will not jeopardize your weight loss goal.  You cannot go wrong with less than 200 calories! I give 5 stars to both of them.

Have you tried any Weight Watchers Candy Bars before?

* These products were sent to me in exchange for my review, but all opinions expressed here are my own*

 

Shea Moisture Superfuit Complex Shampoo & Hair Masque First Impression REVIEW | Wash Day


              As somebody who's been wearing her natural hair for almost 3 years, I am so ashamed to say that this is my first time  using Shea Moisture products. And it is not because I have read bad reviews about it. I guess it's because I find their products to have too much protein or coconut oil. I am glad I received a few samples from PinchMe.com. I used Shea Moisture Superfruit  Complex 10-in-1 RENEWAL SYSTEM Shampoo and Hair Masque this week. I must say that I was pretty impressed with both products. I am not a big fan of the scent. Both products smell like tea leaves. I am happy to report that for the first time since I have been using sulfate free shampoos, I find one that does not leave my hair coated. I got a good lather and my scalp was left very clean. Shea Moisture claims that the shampoo hydrates, softens, and moisturizes the hair, but my hair was left very dry and unmanageable. The Hair Masque was great, but it left my hair coated. I liked the thick consistency and how strong my hair felt after rinsing the product out.


#WashDayExperience

{1} Overnight oil treatment with Jamaican Black Castor Oil

The Wash Day Experience{2} I used Alberto V05 Moisturizing conditioner before shampooing my scalp to avoid too much dryness.

{3} Washed with Shea Moisture shampoo.

{4} Did a quick coffee rinse

{5} Applied Shea Moisture Hair masque for about 30 minutes with no heat

{6} I used a T-shirt to squeeze the water from my hair


{7} While my hair was still damped, I added a generous amount of my Shea butter mix to my hair, plus my Assuage hair gel. I twisted the hair and let it air dry.


               I did not get a chance to take pictures of my hair this week, but I promise I will have lots of  hairstyles for you this summer. My overall experience with the Shea Moisture line was good. I have a few cons, but they are not major. I am already planning on buying more of their products, especially the Jamaican Black Castor oil line. Did you have a good way day?




 
 

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