I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions, but for 2018 I have decided to try to be a healthier me. This means a more self-aware, health-conscious, and committed version of myself. To begin my journey I have started paying attention what I put in and on my body. One day while strolling the aisles of Sprouts I saw a little display case which housed Gabriel Cosmetics with two other brands. I hadn’t intended to purchase any make-up that day but something in me said to just browse the options. Prior to my outing I had been scouring the internet researching different brands and trying to shade match myself to photos on company websites and under Instagram hashtags, and based on the available shade descriptions. Green beauty can get expensive with and without shipping, and I was very hesitant to invest not only my money but my time in shipping and waiting for products that may or may not work for me. Anyone who is/has transitioned to green beauty has probably noticed the limited availability of products to purchase in store and color selections, so imagine my surprise when I encountered Gabriel Cosmetics.
Now that I’ve completed my transition to natural hair, it has inspired me to look at other aspect of my life and beauty regimens. Apparently, I was not out here living my best life. Going forward I have decided to work towards a healthier state of living, living today for tomorrow’s satisfaction. This entails taking care of my skin, hair, body, and overall well-being. It would be easiest to stay in the mindset of how I don’t need much to take care of myself now, but the goals is to take such tender care now so that I’m not playing catch-up later. Too often beauty is reactive instead of proactive, so I’ve decided to be proactive in how I maintain my health and beauty.
Upon research I found that there aren’t many of my products that don’t contain something synthetic, chemical, or potentially harmful. So when I know better, I do better.
Ideal for dried out locks but great for all hair types.
• Deep Condition
I must confess that I was skeptical about this at first, even after all of the rave reviews on Instagram and throughout the WebSphere. I bought this product at Kroger’s one day on a whim and have not been disappointed with my hair results since. This product is worth ALL of the hype; it’s inexpensive and amazing quality. Aussie is really worth a try; I would highly recommend spending the $3 to pamper your precious locks.
I had tried too many expensive treatments and conditioners with no results for my curly hair. Even brushing my hair could be torturous, but this amazing little bottle has made my great difference in the way my hair feels since the first use. I was losing too large an amount of hair on wash days as it was very difficult to detangle, and keep it detangled, but now,my hair feels so smooth, silky , healthy and shiny. I have very thick, very dry/brittle hair (naturally), so it needs daily added moisture. I’m talking vitamin E oil, castor oil, hair and hair milks. My scalp drinks everything up usually, but here lately I’ve noticed a difference in its moisture retention level. After using Aussie, my hair days later still feels soft and completely hydrated; I’m finding that less and less oil is needed daily to prevent breakage and to stay hydrated. The product comes out as a sweet-smelling heavy cream; while, in my head it leaves my tresses silky smooth and soft, all while giving my hair its much-needed slip. One thing I do need to mention, which surprised when I got ready to use this, it’s not resealable. There is an open spot on the base where the product pours out when squeezing the sides. I thought it quite odd at first, but now I think it’s kind of quirky and fine. Regardless, of the outward design, this product should have a home on every countertop in America!
Whenever I feel like my look needs a little enhancing, I like to pop on my fave false eyelashes by Kiss. When it comes to my make-up applications, I’ve always preferred the natural, [soft] feminine look. Keeping that in mind when I apply my make-up, I prefer to maintain that look even when I am “enhancing,” so I always keep a couple of boxes of Kiss Natural Lashes in the look Shy (apprx $4.49) on hand. The way I would describe the look of these lashes is soft, dainty, feminine, and natural! I just started really wearing make-up this past summer and the following picture was my first attempt at putting on and wearing falsies.
*These lashes are super inexpensive and are available for purchased at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.