The Best High-End Co-Wash You’ll Need

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I think I’m forever searching for the best cowashing conditioner that suits both my hair and Bear’s. Bear has super curly Type 3 hair and I bounce between Type 4A and 4B, with some dabbles in 4C.

Keeping Bear’s hair moisturized and conditioned is an Olympic sport within itself. Not that it’s always been easy but when he becomes more active, well, I also become more active in keeping his head clean.

I was at my local Blue Mercury when I stumbled on Bumble & Bumble. I’ve heard of the brand but never thought about trying it. And I can see why – at $34 a bottle, Bumble & Bumble is not a brand one can spend a little money on. It’s also not a brand one will want to spend money on a lot if it doesn’t work.

The Curl Custom Conditioner claims it can be used three ways: as a leave-in, rinse out, or as a co-wash. Most conditioners can only one of those, yet BB was claiming it can do all three?

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I was willing to give it a chance. I figured, if it didn’t work, well, that’ll be the last time I’ll be spending close to $40 for a bottle of cowash. If it did work, however, I will have to figure out $40 a bottle into my budget.

Bumble & Bumble claims the Curl Custom Conditioner can work on all hair types. I’m always weary when companies say that because 99% of the time, they mean only color-treated or curly hair. They don’t include coily, Type 4 hair in that.

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Still, I was willing to give it a shot. Of course, I always have to try it on my guinea pig, Bear. I figured if it doesn’t work on his hair, it’s probably not going to work on mine.

And I’m sooooooo glad it worked on his hair!

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It really made his curls pop.

Here’s another look:

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All of that definition, yo.

You’re probably wondering how it looked on my hair?

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It really wasn’t my intention to look all shocked and serious, and yes, I know I need to smile more. But the purpose was to showcase my hair. The conditioner also made my curls pop and kept it very moisturized throughout the day and next. I’m a new fan.

Now we know the player, how did they score?

Pros:

  • It works. Point. Blank.
  • Bumble & Bumble is a trusted brand.
  • It’s available at Blue Mercury, Ulta, Sephora, and online at the Bumble & Bumble store. Some hair salons and beauty supply stores might also carry the brand.

Cons:

  • It’s hella expensive, y’all. $34 a bottle and if you have a lot of hair? Whew, chile.

Overall, I do recommend it, however, you will probably need to buy a couple of bottles at a time. So, be prepared to spend close to $70 dollars.

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Baby Girl Finds at Target

Just putting it out there – I’m not pregnant. Not yet.

However, my neighbor’s twin sister is pregnant and due any day. I recently attended her baby shower and I picked up some super cute baby girl clothing. I spent much more than I’d intended, but I couldn’t help it. Shopping for babies is so much fun!!

Anyway, if you’re having a baby, just had one, or knows someone who is about to have one, check out the finds I copped:

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Who can resist tutus? Come on! To purchase, click here.

I’m a big fan of buying multiple outfits at once. And I really love how Carter’s can include a couple of outfits in one set at a super dope price. This was just too cute to pass up!

*I couldn’t find this particular set online, but go visit your local Target to see if they have it.

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Bear actually picked out this outfit. I have to say, my son has great taste!

To purchase, click here.

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Cloud Island is a new baby brand at Target but I have to say I was rather impressed with their items. They seem to have really good quality so I encourage you to go check them out.

To purchase this blanket, click here.

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Once again, Bear has excellent taste. Technically speaking, these are boys’ shoes but I think they can be unisex. And come on…Bear picking out bears? Can’t get any cuter than that!

To purchase, click here.

 

Patagonia is #TeamCozy

So, one of our close friends hipped us to Patagonia. Maks was complaining about how he goes through so many jackets because he uses them for everything – photography, casual wear, rainy wear. No matter how cozy the jacket is at first, it doesn’t last very long.

We picked up this nice jacket for Maks, but I wanted to talk more about the blue vest we picked up for Bear. Now we’re on a budget; I don’t like spending more money than I absolutely have to with the occasional splurge. But with Patagonia, I can’t help it. I’ve heard way too many good things about the brand to pass it up.

For one, they’re environmental activists, which I love. They care about the planet and the issue of climate change. They’re very conscious, and they constantly give back. Win-win for everyone.

Maks and I decided to up Bear’s warm wardrobe a bit. He already has a rain coat and a few hoodies but he can always have one more. We usually shop at Target or Wal-Mart for his needs (sometimes, Macy’s). We decided to splurge this once.

Bear decided on this down vest in blue. We loved how warm and cozy it is, but also stylish. We love a stylish Bear.

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Let’s see what the inside looks like:

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Nice!

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100% recyclable! Not sure how I could recycle this but I’m sure once Bear grows out of it, I can resell it. That’s recycling, right?

So again, this was a bit of a splurge but for the super cold weather across the country, I think it was worth the price.

What was your recent splurge?

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Why The Brain Train Adventure Game Is Kinda Dope

 

b0a066_5cd65ed8231d4a21b4e91b778be94bc0~mv2.gifBear loves his apps. And just maybe, I let him be on his games and apps a bit too much as I work around the house and catch up with other things. However, while my son is obsessed with all things Roblox and Minecraft, I do try to get him to do educational apps.

But let’s face it – while ABCmouse is awesome, and some kid-friendly YouTube videos are cool, sometimes Bear needs to think outside of the box. He’s a kid that needs to be challenged a little as he learns.

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Recently, I was approached by Dr. Caleb Leong, the creator of The Brain Train Adventure game app. First, let me tell you – Caleb has great energy! He’s like that kids’ soccer coach who gets the kids pumped up and by association, you get pumped up as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s actually a soccer coach in real life. But I digress.

(I really suggest, btw, to click on Caleb’s video. He has some important information I think every parent wants to hear on how they can help with his kickstarter and how it will ultimately benefit them and their community.)

So, I’m looking at the app, okay? At first, I was like, ‘Oh okay, another kids’ educational app. They’re a dime a dozen nowadays!’ But then I started looking more into the app itself and I kinda want to say it’s Montessori on an intense fitness plan that resembles a professional athlete’s body.

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Something like that.

Not only could your child choose to read on their own or have the adventure be read to them (I love this part because it reminds me of a function Bear has in his Kindle Fire) but there are little tidbits and facts so he can learn as he plays.

For example, I didn’t know mountain goats are not just regular goats.

I’m a visual type of gal and I need all the visuals I can get to understand something. Check out this YouTube video about the app:

So, why am I hyping this app up since it’s not currently available? Well, it will be and I want you to be a part of it.

Click on the kickstarter and donate however much you can. Now, here’s the kicker (oh, I made a punny!): the donating level starts super, super low. I mean, $2. That’s less than my beloved Iced Caramel Macchiatos I get at Starbucks.. And you can go as high as you want.

I know a lot of people  complain about how they would like to donate but they just don’t have the funds but come on…two dollars?? Everyone has two dollars.

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And plus, with all of the super cool perks they’re offering, it’s really a good deal! For those who want to humblebrag, you have the option of your name being included in the credits. For those who just want to support a fantastic idea, you can donate any amount.

I personally think it’s an awesome idea and I really can’t wait for the product to become available. Bear has already expressed interest in it and I hope this will be an added source to his many educational activities. 🙂

For more information on ThinkofMagic Studios, click here.

Cheap Charcoal Mask That Produces Big Results

Lately, I’ve been reviewing the high-end of things when it comes to beauty. Now, it’s time to review some of the cheaper products but I think are worth the money.

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I often see the Yes brand at my local CVS (sometimes at Target as well), and have been meaning to try it for a while. In search for a new mask, I decided to take the plunge and spend the whopping $5. (It was actually $3.95 but I included tax and rounded it up.)

I personally like having peel-off masks because it removes the effort of constantly rinsing off your face like when you’re trying to remove the other masks. Still, despite the easiness and the affordability of this product, I was skeptical.

Could this actually work just as well or even better than some of the other masks I’ve tried?

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Well, before I put anything on my face, I kinda need to know what’s in it:

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As you can tell, there’s a whole lot of ingredients I can’t really pronounce. I recognized charcoal, though I’m surprised it’s listed as the fifth ingredient. I was also very surprised tomato, something the company is proud to include in their products, is listed as one of the last ingredients. (Tip: the order of the ingredients in anything tells you which one was used the most in creating said product. Always pay attention to that.)

After contemplating my life choices and how it ended up I used my college degree to review facial masks, I decided to try it on:

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It doesn’t look pretty, but I’ve yet to see a facial mask that actually looks good. I guess the purpose is for your face to look good, not the mask.

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My face is pretty much how I felt.

Now, this mask only takes 8-10 minutes to set. After it’s done, I just peel it off:

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I have to admit, this is my favorite part of the process. It’s super simple to remove!

And final results:

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Unfiltered.

So, let’s review this:

PROS:

  • It’s hella cheap. Like under $5 cheap.
  • It’s available everywhere, though I got my mask at CVS.
  • The peel-off process is super easy!
  • My skin did feel refresh and I had a glow of sorts, pre-moisturizing.

CONS:

  • There’s a whole lot of ingredients I can’t pronounce. That means there’s a lot of chemicals in this product so buyer beware.
  • Charcoal is listed as the fifth ingredient, not first or second.
  • Tomato is also listed as an ingredient in case you have a tomato allergy.

VERDICT:

I did like this mask, but as I mentioned, I didn’t like there were so many chemicals involved. There were no immediate side effects but I don’t know about long-term use.

I do recommend, but buyer beware.