Friday, July 6, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Woodland Creatures Stationery

I was in Micheal's yesterday looking for some random craft items when I discovered a few bins full of this adorable stationery. There are gift cards, note cards, magnetic tablets, note & pen sets, and mini post-its (not pictured). Not only is everything super cute, but each of these items only cost $1.99!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Which is best: Ion Keratin Smoothing Masque vs Enjoy Hair Mask

I'm broke.  I've been trying to save money for my two week vacation this summer and because of this switching from my salon hair products to similar or knock off versions.  I purchased Ion Keratin Smoothing Masque $8 in an attempt to replace my Enjoy Hair Mask $28.  The Enjoy Hair Mask had been recommended to me by a friend as a remedy for my over processed blond hair.  I love the Enjoy Mask.  It's thick and it really does wonders for my hair when applied with heat.  As you can see, these two hair masks/masques have very different ingredients.
Ion: Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-6 Dioleate, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitol, Glycol Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Dmdm Hydantoin, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis(Sweet Almond) F , Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal.

Enjoy: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Tricedeth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Keratin Amino Acids (90-150 M.W.), Cetyl Esters, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Both of these products work well. The texture of the products are similar with the Ion Masque having a bit more fragrance.

The Verdict: If you are looking for a deep conditioner of the drug store variety, you should go to Sally's instead and try Ion. If your hair is really damaged you should skip Ion and go with Enjoy. While the Ion product is good, it's really worth it to pay more and get the amazing results the Enjoy Hair Mask produces.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Which is best: Organix Argan Oil vs Moroccan Oil

I had my hair dyed (well, bleached and dyed) blond and it ended up fried and coarse. It was pretty terrible. So much so, that my mom actually gave me a bottle of Moroccan Oil and suggested I use it. MOROCCAN OIL IS AMAZING! It absorbs instantly into my hair, smooths it and some how no matter how much I use, it doesn't make my hair oily. I love it and was really upset when I ran out, since a tiny bottle costs $30-$40.

 In an attempt to find a knock off, I purchased Organix Moroccan Argan Oil at Target for about $9.  Is it worth it?  No!  Organix Argan Oil is nothing like Moroccan Oil.  First of all, Organix Argan Oil is not organic.  Funny, huh?  Secondly, the Organix version does not react the same way in my hair.  When I apply Moroccan Oil to my wet hair the water instantly starts to slick off my hair.  My hair feels soft and flexible.  The knock off is sort of sticky and should you accidently apply too much, your hair will stick together in greasy clumps.

The Verdict:  I've heard that there are good argan oils out there comparable to Moroccan Oil, but Organix's version is not one of them.
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