Friday, April 30, 2010

Review: Maybelline Color Pearls Marbleized Duo Eyeshadow

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April Favorites (non-beauty related)

So each month on YT I do a video about my monthly favorites: beauty related only. So I decided to start posting about my favorites that are not beauty related:-) So here is what I'm lovin' this month!

VIVIAN GREEN'S NEW ALBUM
The 31 year old singer finally released her third album, Beautiful, this month (April 6th) and I was so excited. She is the ONLY artist that I have made the effort to buy all of her albums in their entirety. The album comes out after a five year gap since her second album, Vivian.

I will admit it isn't my favorite of her three albums, but everything she puts out is nothing short of great. My favorites songs from the album are: "Beautiful", "Better Man", "I Know How", and "Too Intense." The album is great, especially if you are in a loving place in life (I'm not, but it would hit the spot if I was lol)

TWITTER
Now I've been on Twitter for awhile now, but recently it has become more interesting. From the people I follow to the news I receive, Twitter has become the new Facebook. I make more of an effort to check my Twitter than my Facebook.

FOLLOW ME: http://twitter.com/chrystynsview


DARK CHERRY MOCHA AT STARBUCKS

I'm usually not into the new drinks at Starbucks, I like to stick with what I know. However, one day I had a "what the hell" moment and decided to order it. It is really good! The cherry is very subtle but gives it enough of a kick that it isn't your typical mocha coffee. I have ordered it EVERY time I've been to Starbucks this month.

TRIDENT LAYERS GUM (WILD STRAWBERRY + TANGY CITRUS)
I've been lovin' this gum! It is a thick piece of gum and that is great for me because I often find myself having to chew two pieces. This gum is thick enough where one piece is good enough. But the best thing about the gum is that the flavor is great and it lasts a looooong time! It is even sugar free for those out there who are caught up on the sugar free train. This is always in my purse!

To see my beauty favorites for the month, click on the link!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcw8RzH8bYQ

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

10% OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE @ ACW!











Every time I shop Sephora.com, I always check for discount codes. There is one site I always go to and I recently joined their emailing list. They emailed me about a new code for ACW (which is rare). Below is the code and the link to Retailmenot. This site has codes for everything (clothes, groceries, etc.) but you know I am a beauty whore, so I only check it for makeup:-)

Discount Code:
ACW10

Discount Code Site:
http://www.retailmenot.com/

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review: Dr. Miracle's Temple & Nape Gro Balm (Regular)


So I have tried Dr. Miracle's products on and off for years. I was somewhat sucked into the "Feel It" formula but was often discouraged that many of the products have mineral oil or petroleum listed in their ingredients. However, after my last visit with my childhood hair dresser, she suggested my mother use the Dr. Miracle line since her hair was breaking off at an alarming rate. So I decided to give two of their products (2 in 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner and the Temple & Nape Gro Balm-Regular) a try and be consistent with my usage and here is my report.

My YouTube video on the 2 in 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqeTCwcXM7Y

Dr. Miracle's Information:
Benefits
Dr. Miracle's Temple & Nape Gro Balm is the prescription to help promote growth in the temple and nape areas.

* "Feel It" Formula's tingling sensation supports strong growing hair and healthy scalp.
* Thermaceutical™ complex pinpoints scientific ingredients directly in the areas that need it most.
* Balm stimulates blood flow to the scalp in the temple and nape areas and continues to work even after you stop feeling it.


How To Use

Use twice a day for 30 days and evaluate your results. Massage into the temple and nape (back of your head) directly into the scalp. Now experience my "Feel It" Formula. May be used on your hair as a finishing touch. Leave in. Style as usual..

Temple & Nape Gro Balm is our family's secret for the problems with your temple and nape... Now it's yours! For amazing results, use my entire range of Dr. Miracle's hair care products. You'll be glad you did.


Ingredients
Thermaceutical™ Complex (Aqua, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Cetyl Acetate (And) Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simethicone, Polysorbate 80, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Zinc Ricinoleate), Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Oleth-10, Oleth-20, Dea-Oleth-3 Phosphate, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Menthol, Parfum, Caramel, Fd&C Yellow #5, Fd&C Orange #4, Dm Dm Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHA


*This product comes in a sensitive and super formula as well

My Thoughts:
I was hesitant to pick up this product because it did contain mineral oil, but I went with my mom's belief (which may hold no truth), that the lower the mineral oil was on the list of ingredients, the less there was in the product. Also, I figured if the product really did work, that a little mineral oil wouldn't kill me.

I used the product for a little over a month. I like the "Feel It" formula but I don't know if that honestly means anything or is more of a ploy to suck women into their products. When I applied it to my nape and temple it made my hair feel like it was wet and was a bit drying on my hair (almost clumping the hair together). Before you wonder why I put it on my hair, it dues suggest that you put it on your hair before styling.

VERDICT: I did see a bit of a difference with my hair, mainly in the nape area (where I have had a lot of hair loss). I really don't like how it makes my hair feel and will do better to apply it only to the scalp. I will purchase another container of this product and see if I see more of an improvement. While the growth is not life changing it is enough that I personally notice the growth. I do recommend you try this product.

This product is available at drugstores, Target, Walmart, and various beauty supply stores. Prices range from about $7.99 to $8.99.

Now, if your heading to Target, make sure you check out Bargain Life for possible coupons.

Dr. Miracle Website:
http://www.drmiracles.com/index.php

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vitamins for the Hair

So if you watch my youtube channel, you will see that I have talked about the treatment of my hair a few times. However, I have always spoken about what I was doing externally and not what I was doing internally.

Your hair is much like the rest of your body. You can make it look healthy with various creams and lotions, but it all starts from what is inside. This blog post is going to show you 3 vitamins that I take specifically for my hair (one is not so much just for my hair, but I started taking it because of my hair).

After scanning the internet and speaking with a couple of doctor's, I've come down to these three vitamins: Biotin, Flaxseed Oil, and One A Day Vitamin.


BIOTIN
So the first time I started taking biotin, I didn't even know what I was taking. I had wandered into a pharmacy looking for something else and found these pills meant to improve hair, nails, and skin. So of course I purchased a bottle. Eventually, I learned that the overpriced product was nothing more than Biotin. But what is Biotin?

What Wikipedia Says
Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. It plays a role in the Citric acid cycle, which is the process by which biochemical energy is generated during aerobic respiration. Biotin not only assists in various metabolic reactions, but also helps to transfer carbon dioxide. Biotin is also helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Biotin is often recommended for strengthening hair and nails. Consequently, it is found in many cosmetic and health products for the hair and skin.

Deficiency is extremely rare, as intestinal bacteria generally produce an excess of the body's daily requirement. For that reason, statutory agencies in many countries (e.g., the Australian Department of Health and Aging) do not prescribe a recommended daily intake.

Biotin is widely distributed in a variety of foods, but most often at low concentrations. Estimates are that the typical U.S. diet provides roughly 40 mcg/day. There are only a couple of foods which contain biotin in large amounts, including royal jelly and brewer's yeast. The most important natural sources of biotin in human nutrition are milk, liver, egg (egg yolk), and some vegetables. The most important natural sources in feeding nonruminant animals are oilseed meals, alfalfa, and dried yeasts. It is important to note that the biotin content of food varies and can be influenced by factors such as plant variety, season, and yield (endopserm-to-pericarp ratio).

What I think...
So if you research Biotin, most sources will tell you that Biotin is used to help brittle nails, promote healthy skin, and increase hair growth. Sadly, there is no hard core evidence that Biotin is the main source for those improvements. If you ask your doctor, they will tell you to take a good multi-vitiman which includes Biotin. I buy my Biotin from Walmart for about 6 dollars. You can get them other places but I find they are often more expensive. I also buy the super potentcy one, which means I take only 1 pill a day as opposed to the smaller ones that you have to take 5 times a day. Biotin doesn't stay in your system either, so you should take it every day. I don't know if the pill has truly helped with my hair (but given certain circumstances, I will have to let you know in a few months). But I do notice a difference in my skin (face) and nails and I like what I see:-)


FLAXSEED OIL
I orignially heard of flaxseed oil from several hair blogs and online forums. Women posted that it would bring new life and moisture to my hair. So of course I ran to the story and purchased a bottle of the gel like pills. But what is flaxseed oil?


What NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) Says

Flaxseed is the seed of the flax plant, which is believed to have originated in Egypt. It grows throughout Canada and the northwestern United States. Flaxseed oil comes from flaxseeds. Common uses include:
* Flaxseed is most commonly used as a laxative.
* Flaxseed is also used for hot flashes and breast pain.
* Flaxseed oil is used for different conditions than flaxseed, including arthritis.
* Both flaxseed and flaxseed oil have been used for high cholesterol levels and in an effort to prevent cancer.
Possible Side Effects/Cautions:
* Flaxseed and flaxseed oil supplements seem to be well tolerated. Few side effects have been reported.
* Flaxseed, like any supplemental fiber source, should be taken with plenty of water; otherwise, it could worsen constipation or, in rare cases, even cause intestinal blockage.
* The fiber in flaxseed may lower the body's ability to absorb medications that are taken by mouth. Flaxseed should not be taken at the same time as any conventional oral medications or other dietary supplements.
* Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.


What I think...
I think like with anything suggested to promote healthy hair or growth, you have to take it with a grain of salt. Like with the Biotin, there is no research on the the effects of flaxseed oil on hair.....well not research that is backed by the scientific community and agreed upon. What makes flaxseed a sell on hair growth is that it an oil and has the suggested Omega 3 and Omega 6 that is need to promote healthy hair. I originally started taking the gel capsule form but several blogs suggested that I should take the liquid form because it was closest to its truer form and the body would be able to absorb its benefits. This is not a vitamin that I highly recommend mainly because unlike the Biotin, the reviews on results are so varied. Also, I am REALLY bad about taking it everyday. The capsules were easy to swallow but the liquid is absolutely disgusting. At times when I have been good about taking it on a consistent basis, I feel like a see a bit of a difference in my hair.........but that could just be the placebo effect people refer to.


Multivitamin (One A Day brand)
A multivitamin is one of the most important vitamins to take. I provides you with the necessary vitamins you need for a day to day basis. However, with so many multivitamin brands and so many categories to choose from, it almost makes you wonder what your multivitamin is doing for you. The opinions about who needs what vitamins vary amongst doctors and websites. The two groups of people that usually fall into the category of needing vitamin supplements are pregnant women and vegetarians. However, there is no bun in my oven and your girl is loving her meat driven meals. Vitamins are best found in your food, but when you are a broke college student like myself, you will often find your meals being less than healthy. But what do you need to know about multivitamins?


What Dr. George Obikoya Says
Dr. Obikoya is a Canadian doctor/scientist that specializes in the importance of vitamins and minerals. He has written various articles on supplements and their purpose/effects. In an article for the Vitamins and Nutrition Center, "Vitamins for Your Hair," Dr. Obikoya wrote:
Taking proper, daily vitamins and minerals plays a huge role in keeping your hair healthy. Any nutritional deficiencies can lead to thinning hair or even total baldness. It is a well-known fact that an under-active thyroid can result in frizzy or brittle hair while an overactive thyroid turns hair greasy and limp. The goal is proper supplementation and proper nutritional balance.

In an older person the total number of the capillary loops (blood source) supplying the hair follicles is considerably diminished. This diminution (reduction) of blood supplied to the hair follicle would require either greater blood flow through these follicles or an increased amount of nutrients of various types such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids in order to supple the hair follicle with the same amount of these materials. Since the former is unlikely, as blood vessels are decreasing instead of increasing, it appears that the latter course, mainly supplying more nutrients, would be the most logical way to keep the hair follicle in its “younger” state.

Your hair ultimately reflects the overall condition of your body. If your body is healthy and well-nourished, your hair will be your shining glory. If you are having any health problems or suffering from any nutritional deficiencies, your hair may stop growing or show damage or become brittle. If your body is in good health, you can maximize your genetic growth cycle through taking the proper blend of amino acids and B-vitamins.


Here is the link to the article:
http://www.vitamins-nutrition.org/vitamins/vitamins-hair.html

What I think...
I believe that multivitamins are an important way to supplement missing nutrients (hence the name supplements). Multivitamins are not miracle pills and not regulated by the FDA (no vitamins are). However, they do supply nutrients to the body and healthy hair starts from within. I have taken 4 of One-A-Day's vitamins, 3 which are pictured. Any multivitamin is good, but research the ones that target specific needs and groups. It is suggested that for hair growth, you should find a vitamin that is has biotin, folic acid, and B-6. There is no particular reason that I take the specific brand of One-A-Day other than my mother is the one who suggested it to me years ago. However, there are plenty of reviews about various vitamins and I see One-A-Day topping many lists. According to a few doctor's, you should cut your multivitamin in half and take one half in the morning and the other half later in the day. They stated that the body can not absorb all of that at one time and parts of the vitamin goes to waste. Cutting it in half allows for the body to get the entire effects and helps you from having to swallow a whole, huge pill.

Check out Consumer Search for their review on Multivitamins:
http://www.consumersearch.com/multivitamins/review



Vitamins can have drug like qualities. Don't get caught up in the hype of pills/vitamins promoting hair growth. I was guilty of that and bought any and every vitamin that websites recommended for hair growth. When I spoke to my doctor, he told me that all of that was unnecessary. Problem is that the body can not absorb all of that at one time and consuming so many vitamins can have harmful effects. Consult with a doctor or pharmacist before taking new vitamins if you are currently taking other medications. Some pills and vitamins should not be taken together. Ultimately, a good multivitamin is the main thing I suggest, preferably one with a high dosage of biotin:-)

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