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Ouai haircare treatment masque review

I purchased a hair treatment box from Sephora a while ago, which had a variety of hair masques to try out. Included was a small tube of Ouai’s hair care treatment masque. I saved it for last, and am pretty glad I did so. Keep reading to find out why!

While maintaining my blonde tresses, I’ve managed to do a hair treatment weekly. I purchased a sample box, because I wanted to do a trial before committing to a full size bottle. (If you are searching for a hair masque/treatment I highly recommend doing this). Within my box came a small 1 oz tube of Ouai’s hair care treatment masque. 

The sample lasted me three treatments. (A little bit goes a long way). I tried the treatment both on wet and dry hair, but felt it worked better on my hair when applied to pre-shampooed, damp hair. The first time I used it, it definitely left my hair feeling silky while the masque was on, when I washed it off my hair felt as though it had a protective silicon barrier, though it is a paraben-free formula. The second time I used it, the jasmine scent really hit me. And I loved it! I’m not sure why I hadn’t noticed it the first time around, but if you are a fan of floral-smelling hair masques you will love Ouai’s. You get the scent while applying it, while the treatment is on, and it washes off to a very faint remain. My third trial had me hooked. This stuff not only smells great, it also helps your hair feel soft and manageable days after you use it. When you have damaged hair, manageable hair days-after is a great thing. 

My only issue with Ouai’s haircare treatment masque is that the full size product comes in packs instead of a bottle. You get eight 3 oz packets for $32, which are nice if you travel often but I’d much rather have a bottle or jar of this stuff. I feel like you have to cut the little packets and wipe them on your hair to make sure you get your money’s worth. Besides that, I would definitely repurchase Ouai’s hair care treatment masques or try other products from the line. 

Have you used Ouai’s masque before, what was your experience with them? Not one product works for all, so your thoughts are appreciated 🙂 


Daily Goodie Box May review

April’s Daily Goodie Box came with all the cool samples below. 

This month had a nice variety with products I hadn’t yet heard of, and a few from companies I already knew about. 

Ona cookies 

Ona cookies brownie tasted delicious. They were soft, but had a nice texture with the chopped nuts added in. It’s a nice snack, especially when looking for healthy and clean products. Would definitely buy these to satisfy cravings. Check them out here!

Viter energy caffeinated breath mints

I had no idea caffeinated breath mints existed, thank you Daily Goodie Box for introducing them to me! I got a wintergreen flavor pack and it was very yummy. Nice way to freshen up your breath, and get a kick of caffeine. Try tthem out for yourself here.

Natralia eczema body wash & shampoo

 I had previously tried this brand from a lotion in a previous Goodie Box, and loved the fact Natralia aims for natural products you can trust. Especially when it comes to products for your kids, you want to make sure you know what goes on their skin. I tried this as body wash and really liked the fact it didn’t have overpowering scents, as well as the active ingredient being colloidal oatmeal. It had a lotion-like texture and left my skin feeling smooth. Definitely nice to keep around if your kids have dry, itchy skin,  or in case rashes happen. Check out this and other great products from Natralia here.

Volo vitamins energy sticks

Grab a stick and go! Nice pick me up to keep in your purse for when you are low on energy. I liked the citrus flavored one a little more than the berry, simply because I prefer lemon flavored drinks. Not too sweet when mixed with a good amount of water, and even more refreshing with ice. I like this type of energy drink over others that overstimulate the body. Check them out here.

Tiger Balm pain relieving patch

Oldie but a goodie! If you have ever used Tiger Balm for pains or sprains you will probably remember it’s scent and goopy texture, and now they offer a quick yet effective alternative with these patches. Ladies who suffer from back pain from pms, you seriously need this. Tried and loved it. Relieves the pain, without the mess or harsh scent. Stock up on these convenient and effective Tiger Balm patches here.

Kicking horse coffee

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I love coffee! My daily coffee ritual started after having my first baby, and it’s still going strong after my second born. With that being said, I was soooo happy to receive this full size sample of Kicking Horse coffee in a dark roast. This was the first thing I tried out of my Daily Goodie Box.  I love the packaging, and even more the fact this dark roast is describedas “sweet, smoky, audacious”. I brewed myself a cup and tried it black to get the actual flavor, it tasted good. Smooth, you get a subtle sweetness, and I actually didn’t mind drinking the full cup with nothing added to it. Coffee lover? You can’t pass this one up, look for Kicking Horse’s various roasts here.

Georgia Grinders creamy peanut butter

If I could describe Georgia Grinders creamy peanut butter in one word, it would be balance. It tastes like you took some peanuts, lightly salted them, and grinded then to a creamy spread. I’ve had various peanut butter brands, and this one ranks as probably the most natural-tasting. I’m sure that’s exactly what they were aiming for, mission achieved. You have to knead it before squeezing it out to ensure it has that soft and creamy texture. Are you looking for a natural and great tasting peanut butter? Then get your own Georgia Grinders peanut butter here.

Andalou face cream

This sample couldn’t have come at a better time! I was literally looking for a new face cream since I had just finished the one I had been using. The sample I received from Andalou was a hyaluronic DMAE lift & firm cream. The job of this cream is to give you a lifted, former and more youthful appearance (who doesn’t want that right?!) It’s vegan, and most importantly, cruelty free. It had a very light fruity scent and left my face feeling soft and clean, with no added weight or oils. I could definitely see myself purchasing a full size of this one, mostly because of that tight, clean feeling it left. No redness, dryness or breakout after using it for well over a week. Try out Andalou’s creams and check out their various products here.

Swago cologne

The hubby was a little hesitant on helping me out by trying this Swago cologne, mostly because it was a wipe 🙂 I wasn’t sure what to expect from a cologne wipe either, but surprisingly it had a nice scent to it. To best describe it, it smelled like a clean man’s cologne. Not too musty, more on the freshly showered side. Be sure to only do a few dabs of these wipes so as not to overdo it. Never had I heard of cologne wipes, yet they seem like a perfect addition for a guy on the go. Keep some stashed in your car, or at the office. Grab some Swago cologne wipes for your favorite guy here.

Prince of Peace ginger candy

I’ll admit, when I saw these in the box I wasn’t too excited. But once I opened one up and realized it was a chewy kind, my first impression changed. I have tried ginger candy before, but a chewy kind was a first for me. I tried four the first time, because I couldn’t stop after the first lol. They are coated in powdered sugar, which is a nice offset to the ginger. The chewy texture makes this ginger candy stick out from others I’ve tried. If you are pregnant or want to get something to keep around for when you have an upset tummy, get these! You not only get the great health benefits ginger provides, but it’s a nice little gummy treat. Buy some here.

How To Break The Lather Habit: A Review Of WEN Hair Care Products

You might be used to dumping a large dollop of shampoo on your head and lathering up in the shower. WEN by Chaz Dean turns that idea on its head.

That thick lather is often produced by sulfates. Sulfates are cheap detergents that are harsh and can strip your hair of moisture and color. You may be damaging your hair as you cleanse it if you use a sulfate-based shampoo.

What Is WEN?

WEN by Chaz is a line of hair care products that doesn’t contain sulfates or harsh chemicals and its star product is the Cleansing Conditioner. This 5-in-1 product cleanses and conditions your hair. You simply massage it into your hair and scalp and then rinse. There’s no need to use a separate conditioner. If you do need additional detangling, you can add more Cleansing Conditioner to your strands at the end of your shower.

WEN also offers a few styling products that can be used after the shower. Nourishing Mousse helps provide volume and protection from the elements. Anti-Frizz Styling Crème goes further than the leave-in Cleansing Conditioner to keep your hair looking sleek. The Moist Intensive Hair Treatment offers more concentrated protection.

Strengthen Hair Naturally

The WEN hair care line provides multi-use products that don’t contain harsh chemicals. When you use these products, you allow your hair and scalp to naturally balance themselves out. Many users report having much softer, shiner hair even after using WEN only once.

Are you used to having squeaky-clean hair after shampooing? While your hair may seem clean, it can also feel frizzy and dry. Instead of stripping your hair of its natural oils, WEN uses natural botanicals to protect your hair. This leaves your hair shinier and less prone to frizz.

As you continue to use the product, your scalp will get used to the new type of cleanser. After using regular shampoo, your scalp might go overboard, producing more oil to try to moisturize your locks. After using WEN products, your scalp may begin to create less oil, letting you go longer in between washings.

For more information, visit WEN Hair Care on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Washing Your Hair Without Suds

So many beauty product advertisements make us believe that a thick lather is the key to proper cleansing. When you begin to use WEN hair care products, you might be surprised by the lack of suds. It can take time to get used to the process.

However, the gorgeous hair that results from using this product will help you quickly adjust to your new, streamlined shower routine. You’ll no longer need to use several different products to make your hair look clean, healthy and perfectly styled.

Daily Goodie Box February review 

My February Daily Goodie Box arrived in the mail, and did not disappoint with all the goodies included! Check out all the “samples” they shared below. 

I call them “samples” because some are pretty much full size, and I am not complaining 😉 

Coffee Blocks better butter coffee

I have been anticipating my Goodie Box, because I heard this was included this time. A cup of coffee is part of my daily routine, and I love trying out new coffee related things. Coffee Blocks are pretty much what the name states, a compacted block of coffee, mixed with clarified butter, coconut oil, coffee, egg yolks, and organic pure vanilla extract. At 210 calories a block, it’s almost a meal all on it’s own. Here is a picture of what it looks like prior to mixing with hot water.

Don’t be fooled by that! It mixes into a frothy, creamy cup of Joe.

And it pretty much tastes like coffee with coconut oil, in a good creamy way. It is not overpowering and left me full, and fully caffeinated. It is a great blend, and the coffee is a good strength. It gave me a good boost, and I love the fact egg yolks and butter were part of the ingredients. A good source of protein, fat and my favorite meal of the day- coffee! Buy coffee blocks  and try it for yourself, highly recommend them and will definitely buy a pack myself. 

Nature’s Bakery Raspberry Fig Bar

Nature’s Bakery Raspberry Fig Bar is made of stone ground whole wheat, and it’s pretty much a healthy version of a fig bar. It tasted very good and two small bars came in a package, at 90 calories each. I had both bars and was full after eating them, which make these a great snack to toss in your purse, in case you need an energy boost on a busy day. These bars are cholesterol free, dairy free and kosher, so you know you are getting a snack from a company that is doing their part on creating a high quality bar. Awesome alternative to a standard bar for you to try. Check them out here!

Just chill sparkling calming beverage 

This beverage is made to provide you a burst of energy, but in a calming nature. It’s made to support a calm and focused mind, while reducing stress. First off, the taste is very good. A nice sparkling berry flavor, not too sweet or carbonated, which made it a nice blend to enjoy. The aesthetics of this beverage are nice on its own, and yes some people do care about the packaging when choosing a drink. 

I am not big on energy drinks, but I liked the fact this beverage was what it promised.  A chill drink. No jitters, a nice kick of energy that helped me get through that midday slump,  without the sluggish crash or shaky jitters. Relax and grab your own Just Chill beverage here.

Jack N’ Jill raspberry natural toothpaste

This is a mother tested, kid approved toothpaste! I was so excited to get this goodie in my box because I buy natural toothpaste for my kids already, and was actually contemplating this brand a few months ago. 

So, I gave it a go with my toddlers and asked what they thought of it, as compared to their current toothpaste. To simply put it, my eldest was asking to brush again with the raspberry toothpaste the next day, and the day after! I used it also to see what it was all about, you definitely get that raspberry flavor, in a good way, not an artificial taste at all, and a light subtle kick of it. It leaves your teeth and mouth feeling clean, and most importantly the kids loved it. I might have found a new permanent toothpaste for my little ones thanks to my Goodie Box 🙂 Buy a tube for your kiddies here.

Aloha Daily Good Greens

This chocolate blend whole food powder surprised me in a good way. I was expecting a not so good, chalky powder, but thankfully that was not the case. I made this blend on an afternoon where I was needing a nap, but had a ton of stuff to do. I mixed it with only water, because I wanted to taste the actual blend. You definitely get the hint of chocolate,  no yucky aftertaste,  and I sipped it instead of downing my drink to avoid the taste. Thumbs up to Aloha on making a good tasting whole food powder. And yes, I did get a kick of energy to get through the rest of my day! Get your own Aloha Daily Good Greens packets here.

Gorilly Goods

This Forest dark chocolate, fruit and nut snack by Gorilly Goods was too good to be considered a healthy treat! They are organic, gluten free, raw, vegan non- gmo, and cholesterol free. The whole package is 250 calories and the cool part about these snacks is 2% of profits go to the Dean Fossey  gorilla fund. As they say, “helping people. saving gorillas.” 

Gorilly Goods tasted like a cluster of chocolate and fruits and nuts. The thing I liked most was that each cluster tasted different,  you get the banana taste, the various nuts, some tasted like coconut. A yummy treat that is raw and organic, and should make you feel good since you are also helping gorillas with each purchase. So nourish yourself with a healthy snack, and help save gorillas along the way by clicking here and getting some Gorilly Goods for yourself 🙂

Xylichew

Xylichew gum in spearmint flavor is dedicated to providing a chewstasic experience, without the extra additives found in most gums, which can actually be bad for you and your teeth. They use birch xylitol, which might help reduce the risk of tooth decay. As you can see from the image above,  it is vegan, no soy or titanium dioxide found in it amongst other great things. And, I love that warning they put “not for pets”! Though xylitol is good for humans, it can actually kill our doggies, so please don’t leave this or any xylitol product near your pups’ reach. 

Xylichew gum had a nice spearmint taste to it, not too overpowering,  and had a nice texture that didn’t harden up over time. The spearmint flavor didn’t last too long, which I didn’t like too much, but my husband did. Left you with a clean taste in your mouth afterwards, and it’s good to know chewing these might help your teeth in the long run, not just a temporary bad breath fix. Spearmint and cinnamon are my favorite gum flavors, and I definitely see myself purchasing  Xylichew next time. Grab yourself a pack here

Dream Water sleep powder 

I had tried Dream Water in my previous Goodie Box. I liked the fact you do feel refreshed the next morning.  On occasion I wake up with aches and feeling like I got no sleep, but after trying Dream Water twice, I can say it helps with that. Check out my last Goodie Box review for my last review on this sleep powder, or if you are ready for a restful nights’ sleep, check out Dream Water products here

Vermont smoke and cure 

Vermont smoke and cure beef and pork sticks have no antibiotics, added hormones and are gluten free. I got this cracked pepper flavored stick in my Goodie Box and shared it with my hubby. The flavor was very light, I would have preferred a bit more of a pepper kick to it. However, I liked the fact the meat has a nice chewing texture to it. You can tell this is a higher grade beef stick than others because of that. I have had other jerry sticks that have a tough, chewy almost gritty texture, Vermont smoke and cure had none of that. If you enjoy these type of snacks, I definitely recommend you giving Vermont smoke and cure almost try. Find this cracked pepper stick and other of their products here

Nellie’s All-Natural laundry soda & Wow stick 

Nellie’s All-Natural laundry soda and wow stick are products made in Canada and are leaping bunny certified, which means they do not test on animals. On top of that these products are committed to providing natural ingredients that do not leave behind residue, and leaves clothes soft and clean. 

That pesky little stain has resisted a previous wash, so I put the wow stick to the test. Mission accomplished! The wow stick removed that stain and the laundry soda left my kids’ clothes clean and soft. Most importantly, I don’t have to worry about their sensitive skin, or any harsh chemicals left behind. Check out more of Nellie’s products here, and read the pretty cool story about what inspired the Nellie’s brand of Better, and natural cleaners. 

Also included were coupons for 25% of Gorilly Goods products and 20% off Aloha products. As well as a pamphlet to further explore Jack N’ Jill products:)

Overall, I am very impressed with the February Daily Goodie Box. I feel they put a lot of thought into selecting quality items from companies that care about making natural, top notch products. 

Ciate chisel eyeliner review 

I love me a good liquid eyeliner, and have been a big fan of Kat Von D’s lately, but I decided to give another brand a chance. Ciate is comparable in price, and it had pretty good reviews at Sephora.com so I went for it. 

I liked the packaging, very nice metallic geometric design, and classy with the black and white theme. I was super excited to try it out, until I realized the chisel tip wasn’t as awesome as it flaunts. It was difficult to create a straight line with this liner due to smudging, and the fact you have to wait for it to dry. I felt the tip was too wet, and if you don’t hold the liner at the correct angle, too much product comes out.

A bit wobbly, but the color is a nice, intense and rich shade of black. The most important tips when working with this eyeliner are: to apply while holding the liner at a 90° angle, and not applying too much when lining the inner eye, since that’s where the smudging usually occurs. Holding the liner at a 90° angle is a must with this eyeliner, otherwise it makes a huge mess. 

As I mentioned, the color is nice and intense, it does stay on all day without further smudging and comes off easily when washed off. However, if I am paying $20 for an eyeliner, I expect it to dry quickly without having to wait with my lid closed, and to be able to draw a straight line without a hassle. Will I be buying it again? Nope, a bit disappointed since I have purchased drugstore brands that work better than this one. Think I will stick to other liquid liners for a while. Check out a few of my favorites below.

Have you tried Ciate chisel eyeliner, did you like it or was your experience similar to mine?

Daily Goodie Box review

Monthly subscription boxes are everywhere nowadays. But how cool would it be to get a monthly box of samples for free?! 

Very cool,right?! Thanks to Daily Goodie Box, this is now a possibility. No catch, no “you have to pay for shipping”, all you have to do is sign up at their website, and when available they will send you a box. All they ask for in return, is for honest reviews on the items received. Seriously,  that’s it! 

Lucky for me, they were able to send out my first monthly box, filled with all these goodies!

My first thought about some of the items was, these are samples?! So excited to share my thoughts on each item below, so please keep reading 🙂

Beanfields nacho flavored chips

Beanfields is a family owned company which makes bean and rice chips. My Goodie box included a bag of Nacho flavored chips. They are vegan, gluten free, and yup, you guessed it, made of a black bean, navy bean and brown rice blend. They were delicious, crispy, and very full of flavor. My husband could taste a slight bean flavor, but I didnt catch it until the aftertaste. My three and one year old practically ate the whole bag! Awesome alternative to other chip brands. I 100% would recommend and buy this brand of chips again after trying them out. 

Gary Poppins lite popcorn 

First off, 90 calories per bag! Simply sea salt flavored and literally the only ingredients are: popcorn, coconut oil,  sunflower oil, and sea salt. The popcorn tasted as it should, I didn’t taste much of the sea salt flavor,  however it is supposed to be a lite option so it makes sense. This one wasn’t my favorite ouf of all the snacks in my Goodie Box, but honestly I am not big on popcorn in general. It definitely seems like a good alternative to other popcorn if you are looking for a low calorie, more natural product. 

EmPact protein & energy bar

Maple-liscious flavor. This bar is seriously summed up by the flavors name, DELICIOUS! It tasted like a maple/brown sugar mix, more like a candy bar than a protein bar. I had never heard of this brand before, but I am glad to have discovered it in my Goodie Box. It’s made of chia seeds and pecans, and that mixture created a delicious and filling bar. It has 10g of protein and 150 calories per bar. It is a much smaller bar than other protein bars I have tried, but it is so much more tastier and seriously fills you up. I am very impressed with this bar and will be keeping a lookout next time I’m at the grocery store. 

Raw Rev Glo protein bars

At first glance, it doesn’t look too appealing. My first bite reminded me of a typical protein bar, but then something magical happened. Gooey chocolate was hidden in the middle of the bar, and it completely changed up this protein bar’s game! This one has 11g of protein and 180 calories. I could definitely taste the chocolate and peanut butter, but not so much of the sea salt. The ingredients are a big plus on this bar, consisting of: Raw Rev superfood blend ( peanuts, pea protein, brown rice protein, raw organic hemp protein, raw organic coconut oil,  raw organic Chia seeds, raw organic sprouted flax seeds), prebiotic fiber from tapioca, organic Italian dark chocolate chips,  and sea salt. Awesome, organic, quality ingredients, plus the gooey chocolate surprise within the bar sets Raw Rev Glo protein bars apart from other protein bars companies. 

Dream Water Sleep Powder

Dream Powder in snoozeberry is a powder meant to do just as the name suggests, help you sleep. However, it states to be drug free thus avoiding dependency as with other sleep aids. It works within 30 minutes of taking and it recommends avoiding caffeine, television and your phone prior to sleeping. The flavor is ok, not my favorite, however I can definitely say I got a much more relaxed sleep than I normally do. Woke up feeling good, not groggy or feeling like I needed more sleep ( with two toddlers that’s pretty much the norm nowadays) ! I am not big on sleeps aids, but this one seems to be a good alternative. 

Älsa energy mix sticks 

Efficient sustained energy mix in a variety of flavors. After having kids, I traded  energy drinks for a nice cup of coffee. But I did give these convenient mixes a try one afternoon on which I much needed an energy boost. I tried the three citrus one, the whole packet is only 30 calories. I poured in half into a full cup of water as I was expecting a too sweet taste. Surprisingly,  I ended up pouring the full mix in since the taste was not at all sweet, even with the full stick. The taste was of citrus, not overpowering and not too sweet. It 100% gave me an energy kick so I could finish up my day, and I did not experience the typical fatigued crash when the drinks’ kick ends. That’s a plus for this mix since most energy drinks give you a jolt of energy and then drop you down when it ends. If you like energy drinks, don’t skip this one. I think it’s a much better option than what is out there.

Natralia anti-itch soothing cream

Natralia anti-itch soothing cream is an Australian brand lotion for fast acting relief from dry itchy skin. The ingredients listed make this a pretty safe lotion to use if you have sensitive skin, with colloidal oatmeal and menthol being the main ingredients. I didn’t have a need for this lotion while trying it out, so I lathered some on my arm and elbow to test it out. You immediately get the scent and a cool tingling feeling from the menthol, but it is not overbearing. It left me with soft skin for the whole day. I can definitely see how it can be a fast acting relief for itchy or dry skin from the menthol itself, plus oatmeal is well known for it’s soothing effect on skin. 

I enjoyed my Daily Goodie Box for the month of January, my favorite item was definitely the EmPact protein bar. This subscription box is a cool and FREE way to discover new products before you buy. Sign yourself up here!