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MAC Heroine A74 Matte Lipstick REVIEW


              Happy Fall everyone! I hope the month of September is still kind to you. I bought this mac heroine lipstick almost a year ago. I know. I should've gotten rid of it already. But what had happened was, I lost it a couple of weeks after I bought it. But to my surprise, it was in one of the drawers in my bathroom the whole time. I was shocked when I found it about a week ago. I thought somebody had borrowed it for some reason. I first saw  the Mac Heroine on a fashion blogger. The color looked so pretty on her I almost asked her if I could have it. But I went to the MAC website and  got my own. The cost was about $16.00. I love purple and I wanted to experiment with different shades.  Although this is a pretty shade, I don't think I will ever get my money's worth because I am about to throw this lipstick away without wearing it as often as I should have.




The packaging is fine. The shade does not show through the tube. But I like the chubby tube nonetheless.

The formula changed over time. I remember getting a matte finish the first time I tried the lipstick, but now I get a creamier, more moisturizing finish. The stick got thinner and sweatier too.

The pigmentation was great when I bought the lipstick, but it kind of changed a few months later. Now I have to swipe more than once to get a darker shade as opposed to when I first used it.

The staying power was more powerful almost a year ago. I did not have to reapply the lipstick over and over. But now that it is a little on the creamy side, it leaves stains on the glass when I try to drink something. No good!





              The picture before the last one was taken a week after I bought the lipstick.  And the last picture was taken this week.  I will definitely buy this lipstick again because I love the color. I will try not to lose it next time. What are your thoughts on MAC lipsticks?




STYLE | Floral Prints and Hot Pink


               Hello everyone! Happy new week!! Fall is in the air. Can you feel it? I hope everybody had a safe weekend. I did not do anything special last week. It's the same rat race for me around here. I was not able to get a product review post ready, so I am doing an outfit post today. Floral prints are always in style. I love them and I can wear them all year long. But this year I cannot wait to wear my turtlenecks under my long dresses. Fall means layering because you never know when the weather will turn on you. I'm doing a little layering today, although my blouse is on the sheer side.
 Are you the kind of person who buys something only to find out you have nothing in the closet to pair it with? I know I am. I bought this top about a year ago. I love the color and the prints. I tend to play it safe and not take any risks  when it comes to colors that's why I did not wear it sooner. DSW had these shoes on sale for $30. I'm not a big fan of bright colors when it comes to footwear, but  my shoe closet was looking a little boring; so decided to mix things up. I think they pair well with the floral prints on the top. What do you think about the outfit?





I wish you a great week ahead! 

Dove Refresh + Care Detox and Purify Dry Shampoo REVIEW


             Happy new week loves! I'm  reviewing Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo today. I received  it from influenster to try, but all opinions  are my own. This is my first  dry shampoo since I started  my hair journey. Can you believe it? I'm not sure which company  came up with the idea to create a dry shampoo, but it seems like they  are popping up everywhere now. I'm  glad I tried  this one. It was quite  an experience! 

HOW DOVE DESCRIBES THE PRODUCT

On days when you don’t wash your hair, it can be oily limp & weighed down. Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo's weightless formula cleans and refreshes to transform your hair from lifeless to bouncy. With just a few quick sprays, your hair will be fresh, clean and full of healthy-looking volume and body even when you skip your regular wash.
• Refreshes by instantly removing oil, leaving hair clean with volume and fullness between washes
• In between washes, dry shampoo is a convenient, quick way to refresh & revive your hair
• For clean, voluminous & soft hair
• Refresh & revive hair without water
• Instantly absorbs oil
• Freshly-washed scent




Ingredients:
Isobutane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butane, Fragrance (Parfum), Isopropyl Myristate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane.
Allergens & Warnings:
Flammable until fully dry. Do not use near heat, flame or while smoking. Can cause serious injury or death. Avoid inhalation. Avoid spraying in eyes. Contents under pressure. Do not puncture or incinerate. Do not expose to heat or store at temperatures above 120 ° F/50 ° C or in enclosed places that could overheat. Do not use on broken skin. Stop use if rash or irritation occurs. Keep out of reach of children. Use only as directed.



            It was very  easy  to spray Dove dry shampoo on my hair. I did not spray it on my scalp because I was afraid that it would cause shedding, but I did distribute it evenly when I brushed the hair.  Keep in mind that brushing the hair is not really necessary  with this product because the white film disappears quickly after  it's  sprayed  onto the hair. This dry shampoo has a very pleasant  scent. It refreshes the hair and leaves it feeling  so clean. It did add some volume  to my hair. Nothing major. One thing I noticed  since I have been using  this product  is that my hair  also felt  very dry. It felt  thinner than usual after I washed it. For someone  whose hair always needs moisture, I don't think  this product is for me. I will not be spending  money  on another can any time soon. But if you have oily hair, it can definitely  save you time and energy.

STYLE | What I Wore to Church


            Happy end of the week Darlings! Another week has gone by. And summer as we know it is almost over. I am not mad at all because I love fall. While looking for a nice pair of shoes for the wedding a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon these kitty heels by NINE WEST. This is my third pair of shoes from this brand this year. I know. I am a little crazy. But these are so beautiful. Don't you think?
After dancing the night away last Saturday, I was late for church the next day. So,  I grabbed this dress and threw a cardigan over it. I take covering my shoulders at church very seriously. Well, my bra straps were showing; a cardi was necessary. LOL!  And I can wear cardigans all year long. I love them. These are my first multi-colored shoes. It's true. I am glad I bought them because they saved the day. They pair well with almost everything.




Being Fashionably Early: Attending a Friend's Wedding


               My husband leads the usher team at our church. We did not only feel honored when we got invited to one of his ushers' wedding, we felt privileged. Not only because our daughter was the flower girl, but also because both my son and my daughter were the only children  there at the wedding. And my husband being the only Haitian I know who is always, always on time, decided that we would leave the house early, not even giving me enough time to do my makeup. So, I did my makeup in the car. But guess what? We got there almost an  hour early. At that point, the only logical thing to do was to take some pictures because the location was so beautiful. 

                Hey guys!! To say that I have been so busy lately would be the understatement of the year. I don't even want to get into it. But do you remember that verse from 1 Corinthians 13? "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." Have you ever been so in love that nobody can tell you nothing? So in love that life makes no sense without the other person? That's when you know it is time to tie the knot. Hubby and I just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary last month. We got married in a Catholic church, but I went to a Christian/Pentecostal school as a young girl and got baptized in one when I was 22 years old. The Priest gave each of us a brochure to read and a long questionnaire to fill out to find out if we were compatible with each other. And I will never forget one of the quotes that I read from that brochure, "Love is not the butterflies that we feel in our stomachs. It is what is left after all the butterflies are gone." Can I get an Amen? Come on now! When you feel that you are not being understood or listened to, the first thing to do is to think about the reasons why you got married in the first place.  Don't be afraid to hurt his feelings, because the truth does hurt sometimes. But if you don't tell him, how else would he know? Don't just assume that he does. After all, he is a man. And men are clueless 90% of the time. LOL!  
             

I look totally different here.


Aj styling and profiling


Me wearing  Nine West dress and shoes


The flower girl


The bride finally arrived


            I don't know what our pastor said to the groom that made him smile and calmed his nerves, but he is one the shyest people I know. Although we got there early, everything was on time. The ceremony started on time. We danced until midnight,  and we were late for church the next day. I cannot wait to show you what I wore to church. Hint: look at my shoes. What have you been up to?

Treasured Locks HydraCap Deep Hydrating Conditioning Cap REVIEW


























           
           
            I am  slightly obsessed with deep conditioning my hair with heat. The reason is because my hair comes out softer and it stays moisturized for a very long time. Imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a plastic cap that does not let any air out when deep conditioning my hair with heat! Treasured Locks HydraCap Deep Hydrating Conditioning Cap promises to lock in the moisture, retain body heat, and help penetrate the deep conditioning treatment to the hair follicles. Who does not want that?  I received this product to try and review, but the opinion expressed below is 100% my own. 

How Treasured Locks describes the product:

The HydraCap shrinks to fit your head using the hot air from an ordinary hair dryer. Hot air blown directly on your hair dries the hair out. By shrinking the Hydra-Cap to your head, you capture moisture and heat and drive the deep conditioning treatment into the hair itself. All you need is the conditioning treatment or hot oil and an ordinary blow dryer to shrink the cap to fit your head.  It's the snug fit that makes it so very different from an ordinary conditioning cap.
The Hydra-Cap is economical and easy to use.
  • Locks in moisture
  • No drips
  • Less Mess
  • Easy hot oil treatments and deep conditioning in your own home
  • Affordable- less than $1.00 per treatment!

INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Saturate and mask hair with conditioners or hot oil treatments.
  • Secure hair with butterfly clips or hair band.
  • Place cap over the head and pull it over ears and forehead.
  • Do not pull below eye level or over the face.
  • Heat cap with hair dryer, starting with the edges from front to back, and then proceed all over cap. Don’t miss any spots.
  • The cap will start shrink to a snug fit.
  • On average, keep cap on for 15 to 20 minutes. The conditioners will start penetrating conditioners into the hair follicle.
  • Remove cap gently and rinse excess conditioner or oil from hair
hair.




My opinion


            Treasured Locks HydraCap Deep Hydrating Conditioning Cap is very easy to use. The package contains six caps that you can only use once. They can be used for any deep penetrating treatment. Unlike regular conditioning caps, the HydraCap keeps the heat inside once you shrink it using a hair dryer. My first experience with the Deep Hydrating Conditioning cap did not go too well. I was sweating a lot and I could not get the cap to hug my forehead while applying the heat. I decided to use it a second time before doing my review. After applying my deep conditioner, I added a little bit of coconut oil to my hair, then I put the HydraCap on. I had a better experience the second time around. I got the cap to shrink around my edges first. Then I used the dryer to shrink it on the top of my head. I wrapped my head with a towel and waited for the cap to work its magic. Twenty  (20) minutes later,  I removed the cap to rinse out the conditioner. All I could say was holy softness! My hair felt 10 times softer and my towel did not get messy. The best thing about this product is that my hair stayed frizz-free for a full week. 

The bottom line

            This cap is not for everyone. If you worried about using too much heat while deep conditioning your hair, then it is not for you. But if you have low porosity hair and you need help getting your cuticle layers to lift up for a deeper penetration, this cap will do your hair some serious good. You can also benefit from this cap if your hair is severely damaged due to heat styling or harsh chemicals.  I will definitely buy this product in the future. And I highly recommend it. 

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