Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hair & Makeup

Product Haul

I thought I'd share some of the beauty products I purchased over the last few days...

First up is this lovely box I got at Ross. I'm not sure what I'm going to put in it yet, but I was thinking of adding it to my vanity and using it to store some makeup. I love the design of it and the fact that it has a definition of faith on the front. Check it out:

Next up is the new paddle brush I got from Burlington Coat Factory. I love paddle brushes because they do such a great job of detangling the hair without ripping it out:

The next few items are hair care products I've been wanting to get for a while now. I've seen several ads, particularly in Essence magazine, for Soft Sheen Carson's curly hair products. Their Mango Oil & Cupuacu Butter Feather Whipped Curl Cream is the product I was most interested in, but when I went to my local beauty supply store, the Mango Oil & Cupuacu Butter Whip Coil Cream was all they had available:

This product claims to be great at conditioning and defining "kinky curls," while providing "just the right amount of hold for twists, braid-outs and TWA's." I've been looking for a product that's heavier than my Bronner Bros. Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion, as it's great for moisturizing my ends when my hair is straight, but doesn't seem to be heavy enough to moisturize and set braid-outs. Since this product claims to be great for braid-outs, I figured I'd give it a try. As you can see from this next pic, the consistency is creamy, and the product doesn't appear to be heavy or thick like grease:

Once I test it out, I'll let you know how well it performed. And for those of you who are concerned about ingredients, you'll be pleased to know that this product is alcohol, mineral oil, paraben and petrolatum free! This 6.1 oz container set me back $8.99.

The next product on the list is...

If you read my Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding Is... post, then you know that the 2oz sample I tried was only enough for an initial impression review, and I therefore wanted to see how my hair would respond to this product if I used it for a longer period of time. Although I'm excited to give it another go, I wasn't too happy about forking over $38.00 for this 16oz jar. Just 'cause it's at Target doesn't mean that you can get it for Target prices!

The last product on the list is actually one that I purchased for my son. I've been using EVOO on his hair and scalp since he was born, and thought I'd try some coconut oil instead. I bought this jar of pure coconut oil from my local health food store:

This 14 oz jar cost $11.49. The oil is in solid form, and the directions say to place the jar in warm water to liquefy. Yet, I simply removed a chunk, rubbed it between the palm of my hands, and it melted instantly! I've already put some on his hair, but will need more time to see if it does a better job than the EVOO at keeping his scalp from itching. As of right now, he's a curly head like his mama, but you know how baby hair is. I won't be able to say for sure what his texture is until he's a little older.

That's it for my beauty haul! I'm sure you'll see updates on these items later...


MzDiimples said...

beautiful! I love that description/detail on Faith!

& cute hairbrush! heheh =]

Augusta7 said...

I agree that hair brush was waay cute! Loved the box too!

Sharece_xxx said...

Can you recommend any products for my 11mo old. Her hair is not growing very fast and is really short. I really want to grow it, have been using the patroleum and found out that can be very drying so any tips?

DPrincess28 said...

@Sharece: I would suggest using a pure oil for your baby's hair. I didn't want to put anything formulated on my son's head just yet. As I mentioned in my post, I've been using EVOO on his hair since he was born, and although his hair has been growing, I find that the EVOO evaporates too quickly, and his scalp gets dry.

I wash his hair with baby shampoo up to 3x a week and brush his scalp while the shampoo is in it. This serves to stimulate blood flow to the scalp (which aids in hair growth) and eliminate cradle cap (which is dry/flaky skin on the scalp). After I rinse out the shampoo, I then put pure cocounut oil in his hair and comb it through. The coconut oil is slightly heavier than the EVOO (It comes in solid form but once I rub it in the palms of my hands, it melts like butter). You may want to give this a try and see how it works on your lil' one.

Just be patient and know that some babies are born with hair, and others are born bald and don't get hair until up to 1 year of age.

Good luck to you!

MochaBelle said...

Hey DPrincess28, I just came across your blog and wanted to let you know that I tried the Feather Whipped Curl Cream and it's pretty good. I wold compare it to Kinky Curly's Curling Custard but less sticky and it dries well. It gives my curls great moisture and is a little crunchy because I probably used WAY too much product since it smells good.

I will do a post showing my results and the product itself.