Product Review: Curls & Brows!

I’ve decided to start sharing my thoughts on beauty/hair products more often since I can’t stop buying them and can’t say no to free products (that are relevant to my type of hair.) I want to try them all! I bought this little kitchen cart from Ikea to use to hold haircare product overflow and each hair washing day is like Christmas, with new products addressing quality of curl, moisture and blonde correcting. I’ve been using NYX’s brow pen since it’s so easy and looks natural, but I decided to give Essence’s version a try.
Essence sent me their How To Make Brows Wow make up box and I love that it has mini tweezers and a shimmery highligher. I tested out the Love Blondes color on the left and the Love Em All next to it with the conclusion that the Love Blondes, though lighter, looks more natural and blends better with my naturally light eyebrows. I also love the highlighter–it created more definition with my brows, especially since they’re a bit overgrown at the moment.
I’m very loyal to Matrix Biolage Gelee, but I find Deva Curl’s Light Defining Gel just as amazing. It doesn’t make my hair all stiff and weighed down, but it’s also heavy enough to actually control my hair. It’s a tough balance with thick, dense, curly hair. I switch between these two gels now.
Dove sent me the Quench Absolute Intense Restoration Mask. It’s a more budget friendly option compared to Ouidad’s 12 minute deep conditioner. Directions say to leave on 3-5 minutes, but I left on for 10 and my hair felt soft and less hay-like. Speaking of soft, nice hair, I need a shine serum post shower. I float through different types because most seem to work for me, but Toni and Guy’s classic shine gloss serum smells SO GOOD. Even Kyle complimented me on how great my hair smelled and I owe it to this tiny little product fighting to keep the frizz at bay.
As always, open to product suggestions! Any hair product that I should try that you recommend?!
And here’s my original step by step hair routine

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  • Nikki Williams
    February 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    i've been looking for a brow kit! that one sounds perfect!
    xx nikki

  • Lovely Words
    February 4, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I swear by OGX Kukui Oil Hair Cream for my wavy, frizzy, dry hair. It doesn't weight down my waves like other products do but always leaves my hair shiny, soft, and sweet-smelling. Plus is definitely limits the frizz! Like you, I have many products geared towards curly hair…I probably have 20+ products in my closet that are just curl creams and curl serums! This is my current favorite and very reasonably priced. When I want extra shine, I use Aveda Brilliant shine spray. A little goes a long way, it smells wonderful, and it's extremely effective. I tend to use it a lot more in the humid summers, as in the winter shine isn't such an issue for me.

  • Lera
    February 5, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Haven't tried any of these products but the lipstick colors really caught my attention!

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  • samferina
    February 6, 2015 at 5:27 am

    I use marc Anthony curl cream and I use to wear kinky curly stay in conditioner but my strands got use to it so I had to switch it up! so far I'm liking marc Anthony plus the 6 dollar tag I got for it gives it extra points kinky curly is a bit more expensive I purchase at whole foods but I think target also sells it

  • Mona L.
    February 9, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Hey Andrea- We emailed a few years back about curly hair. If you're ever in NYC, a cut at Devachan is a wonderful experience. A can't miss! Curl Power.