Not Your Mother’s: Beach Babe Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner #Review #NYMbeachBabe

I’m always game in trying out a new products for my hair because the more I tend to try, means I usually find something better than what I am currently using. I am not faithful to any brand but I will stick it out if my hair improves or I notice significant changes in how my hair feels. Having really long hair means I need to make sure what I use leaves no build-up and/or damages my hair because I’m already pretty good about how much heat from hair styling devices I expose it to.

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NYM Brands, known as Not Your Mother’s hair care products, offers high quality products with the idea that they remain affordable. They want consumers to experience “on trend” products to everyday cleansers and conditioners, but again at a fair price point. I can respect that because price tag does not always equate performance.

I was sent two bottles from the NYM Beach Babe collection, a conditioner and a shampoo to try out.

Retail Price Point: $7.00 for each, so if you purchase the duo, it’s $14.00. Pretty fair price point!  You can also find the duo on Amazon for $16.85 shipped free with Prime membership

Verdict:
What makes it a beach babe was my first inquiry? The duo features ingredients like sea kelp and coconut oil, two products I am familiar with and currently use. The shampoo and conditioner is suppose to allow the user to achieve a beach tousled waves look but without depleting the hair from nutrients. Many volume adding products dry out your hair, so you may have gorgeous waves that are swept beautifully by the breeze, however your hair is left starving. The more you use the volumizer product, the more the hair dries out. Not with NYM and this is because this Beach Babe collection offers moisturizers. Your hair actually improves the more you use this product, do to the softening agents (oils) in the formula. Coconut oil is something I already use on my hair, eyebrows and lashes and I am very familiar with the benefits. I love them! It goes beyond the scent but what I love about this oil, is it cleanses out causing no build-up when washed and a little goes a long way when it comes to seeing results.

The Shampoo– Easy to achieve a lather and you just wash like with any shampoo, making sure to clean the scalp and being softer as you reach the end of your hair. After rinsing, my hair felt clean but remained soft to the touch. I love the scent and it was both welcoming to my hair and a little aromatherapy (because it made me smile) why I washed my hair.

The Conditioner– You leave the product on your hair for 2 to 3 minutes to achieve the best results. Again the more you use the products, the better the results with time. After I rinsed my hair from the conditioner, which comes out easily, my hair now feels ultra-soft.

I was kind when drying and I use a micro-towel to absorb the wetness out and I use a soft squeezing method, never rubbing hair strands against hair strand. I then allowed my hair to air dry a little before using a hair dryer for 5 minutes. My hair was soft and zero frizz due to the wonderfully balanced moisturizers in NYM’s products. I love them and love the price tag too.

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Premier Protein Bars: Yogurt Peanut Crunch #Review #PremierSelfie

Most protein bars that are geared towards females have great flavors but low protein numbers. I want energy just like everyone else and if I want less, I prefer just eating half a bar and holding the other half for later.

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Retail Price Point: $1.99 per bar with 30 grams of protein

Ingredients (as listed on their website)-
Premier Protein® Bar Protein Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Whey Protein Concentrate), Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Sugar, Partially Defatted Peanut Flour, Water, Peanut Butter (Dry Roasted Peanuts), Palm Kernel Oil, Inulin, Contains 2% or less of the following: Tapioca Starch, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Salt, Yogurt Powder, Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Nonfat Dry Milk, Peanut Extract, Caramel Color, Sucralose.

Verdict:
As I mentioned, flavor matters and the Premier Protein bars come in an array of flavors from White Fudge Raspberry to the Yogurt Peanut Crunch I was sent to try out. Each bar provides 30 grams of protein and are decent in size, so you nip that craving or hunger when it hits. The bar is gluten free and no funny stuff like fillers or trans fats, corn syrup, plus they are a great source of not just protein but fiber too. Each bar is 290 calories, so again a pretty decent exchange when it comes to the what makes the bar.

The flavor of the yogurt coating resembles white chocolate and it’s almost described like eating a peanut butter rice crisp treat that has been dipped in it. Very different and no nasty aftertaste, plus I did get enough energy to finish grocery shopping and my groceries resembled the list I went out to get. Many times my cravings tend to influence what I am buying and I then come home with more snack foods than I planned too. So, I not only save my waistline but also when it comes to my checkbook!

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New York Color’s (NYC): Smooth Skin Bronzer #Review #NycSmoothSkin

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Beauty does not always need to cost so much and New York Color is proof of that. You can pick-up a lip stick to a bronzing powder for a fair price that will still yield positive results, so in the act to save a buck……really just saves you a buck and you still look fabulous!

Retail Price Point- $2.99 for one compact and you find the product at mass retailers like Target and Walmart.

Ingredients (as listed on the website):

Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Kaolin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)].

Verdict:
I don’t use blush often because it tends to make me look over colored due to my fair skin. I have tried all colors and ways of application but because I tend to sometimes get a flush over my face, what may have looked good 2 hours ago, looks kind of clownish later. I then found bronzers and at first I thought they were going to look as bad as a fake tan would but when you find one with the right highlights and tones, I found that I could get that tint of color that played nice with me no matter how pink or pale I get. My favorite one I was using before this one is by NYC and to give you an idea, the NYC performed better than a $40 one I had purchased and later returned. The colors just seem to play nicer with my skin’s tone and when it came to lasting, the formulas behaved identical and actually I give the NYC an edge because the highlights did not glitter-fy like the $40 formula. Hard to really argue when you see the results and walk out the door spending under $3!

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Boots: No7 Beautiful Skin Normal/Oily Night Cream #Review #No7BeautifulSkin

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When it comes to beauty creams, sometimes you want just a simple moisturizer and I tend to add one after using serums and lighter textured formulas. My skin is temperamental and can’t make up it’s mind, so some days my T-zone will be oily and other days normal. I tend to always purchase products that will satisfy both because I am not buying a cream just for my T-zone that may or may not be used ever day.

Ingredients (as listed on the website)-

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Xanthan Gum, Ethylparaben, Alcohol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium PCA, T-Butyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Dimethicone, Potassium Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Manganese PCA, Simethicone, Potassium Sorbate.

Retail Price Point- $14,24 for a 1.69 ounce jar via Target

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Verdict:

I am a fan of Boots products and No 7 is part of that family brand. I received a sample of the No 7 Beautiful Skin care line, which offers night creams for all types of skin (i.e. oily, dry, normal, ect.) and is also hypoallergenic. This is a simple cream that is lightweight in texture but provides enough moisture for the (hopefully) 8 hours you will be sleeping. The moisturizer helps rebalance oil production while you rest, so you don’t wake up an oily mess and at the same time nourishes. Oily skin is not fought by depleting it because then your pores will kick in on over drive, and produce more of the stuff you don’t desire (oil!). Skin is funny that way. The Boots No 7 skin night cream I found to be the perfect simple moisturizer that does not have anti-aging properties but addresses my everyday needs like a too shiny chin!

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Suave Skin Solutions: Smoothing with Cocoa Butter and Shea #Review #BeautyByMe

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I was able to score a VoxBox from Influenster and part of the Fiesta VoxBox included a Suave Smoothing lotion bottle. The scent was so intense, that it permeated the box and it’s content. This would be a bad thing but this lotion smells divine, so it turned into a good thing. As much as I love scents, many perfumes and the such tend to aggravate my skin but so far all Suave branded products have been kind to me from hair to lotions, and even the leave-in serums.

Retail Price Point: $2.29 for a generous 10 ounce bottle

Verdict:
We established the scent factor is strong with this one but so is the moisture the lotion provides. The formula is very silky and smooth, so it tends to distribute a good barrier that is both nourishing to your skin and you notice a visual change immediately. I was concerned about feeling like their was an oily film and thankfully my skin seemed to welcome the lotion so much, which it absorbed every last drop but still left me with a soft touch when felt. I applied it after shaving and experienced zero issues when it came to things like clogged pores and/or irritation. The price for the amount of product is also fair and with Fall being here, that means I need to start preparing my skin in case we have a very cold Winter season. I will not only love how my skin feels, but that scent is just intoxicating…….but in good way!

 

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