Beauty

My Staple Hair Products (Drugstore Edition)

MY STAPLE DRUGSTORE HAIR PRODUCTS| Moments with Millie

Finding quality yet affordable hair care products can be quite a feat. Products geared towards us natural (coily/kinky) hair girls can be very expensive. I’ve tried my share of products and have found so many gems in the drugstore. Below is a list of some of my favorites. What are your favorite drugstore hair products?

  1. ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo
  2. Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
  3. Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner
  4. Suave Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner
  5. Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner
  6. Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-IN1 Renewal System Conditioner
  7. ORS Replenishing Conditioner
  8. Pantene Truly Natural Deep Conditioner
  9. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist
  10. Camille Rose Curlaide Moisture Butter
  11. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler
  12. ORS (Curls Unleashed) Curl Defining Creme
  13. Eco Styler Gel
  14. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  15. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Beauty, Health

DIY Hair & Body Oil

DIY HAIR & BODY OIL| Moments With Millie

I was in the process of whipping up a batch of my hair and body oil and thought I would share my recipe with you. As you may know,  I have dry hair and skin. 😦 I have tried so many products to help alleviate the dryness. For me, there hasn’t been one item that has completely eradicated the dry skin. I find that I have to use a combination of things to see results. I often use the oil for hot oil treatments, to moisturize my hair, to moisturize my skin, as a cuticle treatment, etc. Do you use oils to moisturize your skin? Let me know which are your favorites.

35%  Olive Oil -(Adds moisture to the scalp and skin, makes hair soft and shiny, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight off common scalp and hair problems).

25%  Coconut Oil -(Naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, an excellent moisturizer, and can penetrate hair better than many oils and smells great).

20%  Sweet Almond Oil- (Rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, excellent moisturizer, and also smells great).

10%  Jamaican Black Castor Oil* (Moisturizes, thickens, strengthens and rapidly increases hair growth. JBCO increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles)

10%  Jojoba Oil (The only oil that closely resembles human sebum, it is anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Jojoba oil is an excellent moisturizer and emollient).

* I use this interchangeably with Haitian Black Castor Oil when available.

 

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Rapid Review: Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water| Moments With Millie

Hi Everyone! I am back with another Rapid Review. This time I am reviewing the Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water. I featured this in my New In: Spring Beauty Goodies post. As you may have noticed cleansing/micellar waters are all the rage this year. I was really skeptical about them however I decided to give them a try after I stumbled across this particular one. Since Caudalie is a well respected skin care brand I figured I was in good hands. Below are my thoughts. Have you used any cleansing/micellar waters? What are your thoughts on them?

  1. Price-  $4.97 (Nordstrom Rack)
  2. Use(s)- This soap-free cleansing water effectively removes make-up from face and eyes, as well as cleanses and tones skin.
  3. Product Claims- Make-up Remover Cleansing Water soothes, moisturizes and softens skin. With a gentle Micellar cleansing base, make-up is easily removed without rubbing, and face and eyes are left thoroughly clean. The improved formula is now more natural, more effective and gentler on skin. Fresh fragrance includes orange and lemon blossom, watermelon and mint leaves. Make-up Remover Cleansing Water is non-irritating to even the most sensitive skin types.
  4. My Thoughts- I really like this cleansing water. It is very gentle yet effective at removing face makeup. I would say it is not the best at removing mascara and eyeliner. Although I am not vegan, I do love that it is a plant based product.

P.S. I hope you enjoy this format for product reviews. You can review my previous Rapid Review post here.

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Favorite E. L. F. Products

I learned about Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics while reading a beauty magazine back in 2007. I believe their products were only available online at the time.  I was really intrigued by their products because of the rave reviews they had received. At the time, I was low on funds therefore their low prices was a real draw to me. I believe the first product I purchased from them was their cream liner. I was hooked ever since then. Although I’ve had to pass on some of their items, I have found some real gems. In no particular order, below are some of my favorite Elf products. What are your favorites?

Favorite E.L.F. Products|Moments With Millie

  1. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner (in Black and Coffee)
  2. e.l.f. Lip Balm Tint (in Berry)
  3. e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
  4. e.l.f. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer
  5. e.l.f. Retractable Kabuki Brush
  6. e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush
  7. e.l.f. Powder Brush
  8. e.l.f. Angled Eyeliner Brush
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New In: Spring Beauty Goodies

Spring Beauty Goodies

 

Hi Everyone-

I have been doing a little shopping. There are so many skin/makeup products that I would would like to try. However as a recovering beauty product junkie I must learn to resist the temptation. Listed below (clockwise) are the products that I’ve recently added to my arsenal. Have you added any new beauty products to your regime?

  1. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (in Amande)
  2. Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder (in Deep)
  3. CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets
  4. Maybelline FitMe Matte & Poreless (in Coconut)
  5. NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil (in Espresso- love this!)
  6. L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation (in Cocoa)
  7. L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Spray
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  9. Michael Todd Beauty Charcoal Detoxifying Mask (found mine at Ross at a great price)
  10. L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder (in N8)
  11. Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water (They’ve changed the package. I got mine from Nordstrom Rack)
  12. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick (in Fresh Brew)
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Spring Ready

Photo courtesy of: www.miometeo.com/206/03/20/

Each year winter seems to stick around a little longer. And everyone knows that a long winter means more time inside (and more time in dark/heavy clothing). Although I love the holidays I am always happy when this time of  year comes around. The weather warms up and we get to shed some layers. It’s springtime and below are my tips for getting spring ready.

  1. Update  your wardrobe. Freshening up your wardrobe does not have to cost a lot of money. Purging your closet of items that no longer fit is a no cost way to get ready for spring. It also gives you an excuse to go shopping for a few new items. 🙂
  2. Switch out your skincare. Our skincare needs change as the weather gets warmer. Now is a good time to change out your heavy moisturizer for a lighter one. If you have not done so already, purchase SPF (a separate one for your face and body). Lastly, toss  any expired beauty products.
  3. Purchase a nude or pink lipstick. Dark lips are very chic during the winter. However spring is a great time to rock pretty pinks and nudes.
  4. Add new home decor. I am a huge believer that your home is your sanctuary. You would be amazed at how changing out linens, throw pillows or adding fresh flowers can change your overall mood.
  5. Change up your hairstyle. Now is a great time to try out that new hairstyle, color, cut, etc. you’ve been coveting. I am currently obsessed with the ever so popular bob/lob. It is so chic!
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Skin Care Tips (Oily Skin)

Hi Everyone-

If you are anything like me, then you know the frustrations of having oily skin.  Despite my best efforts I would look a greasy mess by mid-day. Now that I have a better understanding of my skin, I am better equipped to care for it.

Oily skin is caused by sebaceous glands that are over-active, producing excess sebum, contributing to a shiny looking face and skin concerns such as acne, blackheads, enlarged/clogged pores, etc.

Now that we’ve discussed the science behind oily skin, let’s take a look at how to manage it. Let me know if you have any tips to add to list.

  1. Products. It is important that you use products that are formulated for our skin type. Look for products with benzoyl peroxide and at least 2 percent salicylic acid. These products help break down oil in the pores without over-drying the skin.
  2. Hydrate. Water helps us to flush out the toxins in our bodies. Drinking an ample amount of water helps to keep our skin clean and hydrated.
  3. Wash Your Hands. Our hands collect germs and bacteria that can be transferred onto our skin. Therefore it is important to always wash your hands before touching your face.
  4. Remove Your Makeup. We are all guilty of falling asleep before removing our makeup. Although sleeping with makeup on our face is a no-no for everyone, it is especially true for us oily girls. Dirt and oil can seep into our pores over night (resulting in acne). Be sure to at least use a makeup wipe before you go to sleep.
  5. Exfoliate. It is imperative to exfoliate regularly. It is recommended that we exfoliate at least 1-3 times a week. Excess sebum has the tendency to collects in our pores (a contributing factor to acne). It also creates dead cells on the skin surface  (dull-looking skin). Exfoliating clears our pores and renews our skin’s surface. In other words, exfoliating = clear and radiant skin. You can find my natural face scrub recipe here: DIY Face Scrub.
  6. Washcloths. Be sure to use a clean washcloth each time you wash your face. Washcloths (especially wet ones) are breeding grounds for bacteria.
  7. Use a Mask.  Applying masks to the skin helps draw out oils and cleanses pores. Charcoal masks and clays are great for those with our skin type.
  8. Sunscreen. The fear of looking greasy often causes us to skip this essential step in our skin care routine. Sunscreen prevents brown spots, hyper-pigmentation, protects the skin from the sun’s rays, etc. Try looking for a product that is formulated for your face, is oil-free and has a SPF of at least 35.
  9. Moisturize. Contrary to popular belief, oily skin needs moisturization. Stripping the skin of it’s moisture will only lead to the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Experts recommend that we use an oil-free, water based (non-comedogenic) moisturizer.
  10. Change Your Pillowcases. Pillowcases can absorb oil and dirt while we sleep. Be sure to change your pillowcase at least once a week to avoid redepositing the oil on your face.

 

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