CoSaMo Hair Color Review!

The nice folks over at CoSaMo were kind enough to let me try out one of their hair colors! Thanks CoSaMo! :-)

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I used Textures & Tones Flaming Desire almost 3 months ago to complete my color. It came out very close to the color on the box!


As much as I love my new color, we all know that red is always hard too keep so this time around I wanted to actually use products to preserve my color longer.  Usually when I color, I just go with it aka I just let the color fade, grow out, & do what it wants. lol, I'd never tried to proactively keep my color longer.
So when Cosamo reached out to me, I thought it'd be a great to refresh my color with their Love Your Color, #780 which is the Auburn hair color. The color came right on time!






The kit came with a bag for my head! Never seen this in a temporary hair color box. Nice surprise. #baglady


This is a temporary color so it lasts a few washes (6-12). Temporary hair colors are an excellent way to add a quick dose of brightness to faded hair color! Although this says don't use on hair that has been lightened, I used this over my hair. So use at your own risk. No peroxide & no ammonia in it so I wasn't scared. lol
It was also pretty easy to apply. No crazy smell. Because of my unbelievably stubborn gray hair, I left the color on for 45 minutes which is recommended in the instructions for hard to color gray hair. I used 1 bottle & then 90% of the 2nd bottle.

And here are the results! Look how big K is!
3 weeks later.....(pic taken yesterday)
Overall, CoSaMo's Love Your Color Auburn provided a good experience for me. It was easy to apply & it did just what I wanted it to: gave me brighter auburn hair! I would love to try a brighter, more orangey auburn just to compare to this one. If you've tried them, what did you think? How do you spruce up your permanent hair color? Thanks CoSaMo!
Check them out on Facebook: facebook.com/CosamoUSA & on their site at CosamoUSA.com
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Are Hair Extensions Right For You?

In my early 20s, I got my hair professionally cut into a cute bob. I LOVED IT. I wish I'd taken more pics of my hair back then. : \ I don't really have any pics of that cut. After I got bored with that, I soon found a girl to install half-a-head weaves aka hair extensions into my hair. One of my friends even said to me, "So you cut your hair JUST to put a weave in it??" What can I say! I get bored very easily with my hair. Ya'll know this! And I'm impulsive. If I want to change it, that's exactly what I do. I have fun with my hair! For me, it's just another accessory. :D 

The weave game sucked me in. I got tired of having to chase my "weave installer" around, so I learned how to sew the hair in myself. I prefer sewing because in high school I had a very bad experience with hair glue. I ended up losing A LOT (to me) of hair. Lesson learned. I had an unhealthy addiction to weaves because it was my access to long hair which at the time I thought I would never truly have. If you've been following my blog, you know those feelings are a distant thing of the past. ;-)

Quick Tips if You're Considering Hair Extensions 
 
1. Have fun with them! There are so many styles to choose from. 
2. Don't become attached to them. Think of them as an exciting, but temporary change. 
3. Genuinely get to know & love the hair that's growing out of your scalp. A weave will never replace that.


Weave days....



So how do you find the right hair extensions? Find out the Philip James way. Read on!

 

A Guide To Hair Extensions
There are many things that you can do with hair extensions as they can serve many purposes in regards to your hairstyle. Hair extensions not only add length and volume to your hair, but they also provide a means for experimenting with different looks and styles for your hair. There is a wide variety of different types of hair extensions that serve different purposes and made for certain types of hair, so it is important to figure out which hair extensions are the best fit for you and your hairstyle.
The hair extensions experts at Philip James Salon in Chicago have created this guide to hair extensions that is a visual resource that helps to identify the different types of hair extensions and why they might be the right type for your hairstyle. I like how you can see the breakdown of the different types of extensions side by side to really compare the different options you have in regards to choosing hair extensions.  Below is some of the more interesting information that I found useful from the graphic below.  
What information did you find to be most interesting?
  • There are so many options for hair extensions including fusion, micro link, braidless sew-in, skin weft and clip in and clip on extensions. 

  • There are hair extensions that are meant for long term use that can range anywhere from 2-4 months and there also hair extensions that are not advised for everyday wear.
  • All hair extensions require some sort of maintenance.  Most require some sort of daily brushing where others require a higher degree of maintenance to ensure they last.

  • Hair extensions like micro link extensions and sew-in extensions fit just about all hair types. If you have damaged or over processed hair be sure to try fusion extensions

 
 

           For more information, visit http://www.philipjamessalon.com
             The chart & guide can be found here:

 
     
    This is a sponsored post & I was compensated. As always, the opinions are my own.


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#DemoDiaries: My Work Week Featuring U By Kotex! (Sponsored)



"This is a sponsored post for U by Kotex through The bLink Marketing Network. U by Kotex provided me products to review. You can get a free sample from U by Kotex too at www.ubykotex.com/get-a-sample and Do the Demo. All opinions shared are my own."


Let's talk periods! LOL. Seriously, I feel like I've been waiting my whole life to talk about my cycle. I was actually excited when I was offered a chance to try out U by Kotex. I actually told my husband, "Finally, I get to talk about my period!" There's not a month that goes by that I'm not talking my husband's ear off about my cycle. He knows everything about it, but I always want to talk about it! lol, Aunt Flo & I have had a love-hate relationship since I was 10. That's the age she came into my life for good. I went to the bathroom to pee before church one morning & wallah magic. There she was.

At 31, I'm still not acclimated to having a period. Crazy right? I honestly don't think I'll ever be all the way adjusted to loosing insane amounts of blood every month accompanied with unbearable cramps, attitude, bloating, attitude, well you get the point. Not even after 21 years.  In a way, they have become easier for me to handle though. I don't hate her visits like I did as a child. I don't look forward to them either! But, I have realized that she's not as bad as she seems.


Good Things About My Period
1. Khloa, my baby girl. :-) She came from my unwavering ability to menstruate each month.
2. My husband gives me period presents! I usually forget so it's like an unexpected surprise.
3. They're become shorter as I've gotten older. #YES


(last week's period present :D)


Ok so I started my cycle on a Monday morning this month. Oh, joy. The beginning of the work week.

When choosing my protection, I opted for the U By Kotex Sleek Super Plus Tampons. Super Plus tampons are vital for me on the 1st couple of days of my menstrual cycle. Extremely heavy flow time. It's important for me to have something that I can depend on & that allows me to move around. A normal day at work consists of me moving around a lot so I can't afford to have any accidents. Besides, I'm too old for that. Although, I use both pads & tampons, I'm definitely more of a tampon girl. They definitely provide me with better mobility than a pad. Let's check out the packaging!


I really liked the box. So cute & tiny.

Cute, discrete packaging

Easy grip middle. It keeps you from dropping it & aids in correct placement!

I'd never seen this before. This was the easiest tampon I'd ever opened. Just follow the arrow & tear off the top.

I loved the sleek ;-) design of the plastic applicator. Never tried the cardboard ones so I can't compare. Minimal trouble inserting. It was a little uncomfortable at first. The Sleek tampons enabled me to keep my tampon in longer during my heavy flow days. I kept going to the bathroom to check for possible spotting & I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't any. (Note: I wear a pad with the tampon on my heavy flow days for double protection.) The protection was incredible! In turn, I didn't have to use a lot of the tampons for a regular day at work. I normally go through a bevy of super plus tampons in one day.


Also, this tampon demonstrated great absorbency too. My heaviest flow was  completely absorbed by the Sleek as opposed to the extra "flow" just sitting on top of it. That alone made a HUGE difference in the take out process. Where has this tampon been all of my life?? A big step up from what I'm used to. I'm happy I was able to try something new & the icing on the cake is that it actually works! This turned out way better than I expected. I will definitely be buying some for my next cycle. They're truly great tampons. Thumbs up for U by Kotex. #DemoDiaries
Other Tidbits About U By Kotex Sleek Tampons
·         A full-sized tampon with PerfectTouch Grip that’s easy to hold on to for “just right” placement
·         Slim size applicator with smooth tip for your comfort
·         Available in Regular, Super and Super Plus absorbencies
*Wanna try it out for yourself? Just click on the link below to get your free sample!*

Check out U By Kotex at these links!
·         U by Kotex website – www.ubykotex.com
·         U by Kotex site’s request a sample page - www.ubykotex.com/get-a-sample
·         U by Kotex Facebook page – www.facebook.com/ubykotex
·         U by Kotex Twitter handle – www.twitter.com/ubykotex


I wrote this review while participating in a content series through The bLink Marketing Network on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.
  
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African Pride #FreeToBeMe Giveaway!

I'm back! This time with a giveaway. Which ya'll know I love! I've teamed up with African Pride for Black History Month to gift 2 winners a full set (3 month supply) of either the African Pride Olive Miracle or the African Pride Shea Butter Miracle collection by telling us how you embrace freedom when styling your hair. Ya'll down? ;-)
Just tweet the hosting media outlet, @myafricanpride & me @thehairgurl and use the #FreeToBeMe hashtag on how you embrace freedom when styling your hair. More info below.
African Pride:www.african-pride.com
 facebook.com/MyAfricanPride
Twitter/IG @MyAfricanPride


The last day to enter is February 28th!

Good luck ladies! :-)
About African Pride Family of Brands:  
African Pride Hair Care helps provides moisture and nutrients the hair & scalp desires, because it helps replace the moisture and elasticity lost to styling and environmental factors. Naturally rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants,African Pride Deep Conditioning Hair Care products helps restore and retain hair and scalp's health, vitality and natural luster. African Pride's Family of Brands consist of: African Pride Olive and Shea Miracle formulas, Dream Kids Olive Hair Care and Back to Natural Hair Care Products. Each brand in the African Pride family of brands will put you on the right path to healthy tresses with a silkening, feather-light formula containing the finest oils and African herbal extracts used to strengthen and protect www.african-pride.com
  

About Strength of Nature Global, LLC:
Strength of Nature Global is the choice manufacturer of innovative hair care solutions that specifically address the critical hair care needs, styling, and desires for consumers of color. The company's brands including African Pride, Elasta QP, Soy OYL, Profectiv, Relax & Refresh, GrowthRenew, MegaGrowth, SmartPerm, Soft & Beautiful, TCB, and Pro-Line Comb-Thru Professional are sold primarily at beauty supply stores and leading food, drug, and discount retailers. Strength of Nature has offices in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. For more information visit www.strengthofnature.com. 
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Modern Design Tungsten Ring Review!

I'm baaacckk! This time with a Modern Design review. "Modern Design is an independent jewelry company based in Los Angeles. We've been a manufacturer and wholesaler of diamond jewelry since 1978
and we're a proud member of The Jewelers Board of Trade."

A few weeks back Modern Design contacted me about doing a tungsten ring review. I went on over to their website to check out their selection & I liked what I saw....except tungsten rings are generally advertised as mens rings. I immediately thought of my husband! :D So I asked Keith if he'd be interested in reviewing a tungsten ring. 

Him: "No. I'm not really into rings like that."

Ok, granted I figured he wouldn't be interested because like me he only wears his wedding band. But I thought it'd be cool for him to try something different! I knew he would look good in whatever he chose too. ;-)

So he FINALLY agreed after me asking him over & over (lol) & after perusing their selection, he picked the Black Men's Wedding Bandhttp://www.moderndesigninc.com/mens-rings/tungsten-rings/titanium-ring-160.html


Face timing with Khloa while he was in Austin for a conference. He received it the day he left & he wore it the whole time he was there. He really likes it!


Here are his words about the tungsten ring: 
I really like the ring. As I told you at first I had to get comfortable with it, and now I am. It appears to be easy to clean, and looks really nice on my finger. Even though it appears easy to clean, I find it easily attracts 'white stuff' to it, but can easily be wiped off. The picture on the size was a great depiction of seeing it in person. It's smooth, slightly heavy, which is good, with just enough shine but not too flashy. If I wanted to buy a similar ring in the future I would definitely consider the same site.-Keith
There you have it! He still hasn't take that ring off ladies. My work here is done! ;-) #upgradinghim

Check out Modern Design's tungsten rings here: ModernDesignInc.com
Like them on Facebook here: Facebook.com/ModernDesignInc



Note: This tungsten ring was sent to my husband for free from Modern Design, Inc. However, the opinions are my husband's. 

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