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Danielle Creations Konjac Sponge
If you’ve been following us for some time, you might recall when we reviewed our favourite face brushes. I used mine religiously every night and though it was battery-operated, it would last a while. I think I replaced the batteries once a year. Anyway, the thing conked out on me not too long ago and I had gone without anything to exfoliate my skin because I didn’t want to purchase a replacement. It was as good a time as any to find alternatives.
Enter the Konjac Sponge:
It is made from konjac fibers and 100% natural/Eco-friendly. There were other options, but I went with the charcoal. When it was first purchased, it was hard and shriveled (in vacuum packaging) and void of any moisture. I didn’t know much about the product prior to this purchase, but figured how hard could it be? It’s a sponge – wet it and use it.
Once it has been thoroughly wet, it expands as expected of a sponge to almost twice the size:
From just looking at it a pumice stone comes to mind, but the fibers are much softer and gentler than that for use on the face. Once wet and expanded, it has the texture of a soft loofah. The surface is ever so slightly rough; enough to remove any dirt and oil (you know, the fun stuff) from the pores and leave the skin feeling very soft. Once it has been used, all the moisture must be squeezed from it and hung to dry in a well ventilated area.
When I read reviews on the sponge, it has a Japanese origin with a lot more benefits than just exfoliating. It is said to eliminate excess sebum, hydrate and balance pH, remove blackheads along with the dirt and oil, and because it is 100% natural it is biodegradable. You can soak it in hot water for a few minutes to disinfect it and apparently must not be twisted when being squeezed dry. Well, it’s a good thing I got a nice compact one or there’d probably be some twisting ha!
So basically this little sponge on which I spent $6, comes with the same benefits and perks as one of the fancy brushes. My skin feels just as refreshed and my pores are as clear as when I had owned the brush. I can tell that it did a good job exfoliating, because my skin glows after use. The results are even more noticeable the following morning. On top of all that, it is MUCH more cost-effective and better for the environment since no batteries are involved!
As I mentioned, I got mine for about $6 (at Winners), but the price varies and can go lot higher. This is the cheapest I’ve seen but depending on the brand, they can also come a lot larger which would contribute to the jump in price (up to $20 at Sephora). But Hey! It is still cheaper than a brush.
This little guy is a definite GET IT!
Okay guys, I have really cut back on my hair product junkie ways since cutting my locs. It was bad – I know a lot of you get where I’m coming from! I subscribed to Curlkit and abandoned ship after only 3 months. It was getting hard on the pocket and storage space wanting to try everything. Now, when I find a product my hair likes – get this – I stick with it.
I have a ride-or-die leave in conditioner – Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioning repair. I’d finish it and simply buy a replacement container without a second thought. It WORKED for my hair and if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it.
But see… what had happened was…. I went to buy a replacement and the word MANGO jumped out at me from a shelf. In true island girl form, I was drawn. Elasta QP is one of the old school brands that makes great products and I wavered to give it a try.
I like to use leave-in after my hair has air-dried from a shampoo and/or deep condition party, then a few times a week to help maintain the moisture. This product not only moisturizes, but it leaves my hair feeling soft even days later and does amazing job at detangling. I usually apply it to dry hair and work it all the way through before using a large comb to get out any knots with very minimal breakage. It works like buttah, even my dry ends are softer and less angry. I also like that I started using it during the colder months, so I get to see how well it can really hold up against the elements. So far, so good.
I got the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In at my local hair store for an affordable $6.99. It is not to say that I’ve abandoned my ride-or-die but this is a GET IT!
Happy New Year, friends. New year…new products. But we did find some good ones in 2015, didn’t we. Here are a couple I ended out the year with.
I am going to go ahead and call 2015 the year of the liquid lipstick. This formula certainly was all the rage , and I know why. Easy application, longwearing and velvety matte finish are some of the selling points for me.
Here is the scoop on Everlasting Liquid Lipstick from Kat Von D Beauty :
“THE life-proof lipstick that will not wear off! Yes, you can eat, drink, make up, break up and mouth-off knowing your lips are gonna stay flawless through it all! In 28 to-die-for shades, this creamy formula glides over lips like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish. Along with 24-hour wear and high-pigment color, the next-generation formula is packed with natural moisturizers, including Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. All-day wear has never felt so comfortable!”
I have to say that I am generally extremely impressed with Kat Von D products. They all seem to be fantastic quality and pigmentation. The liquid lipsticks are excellent. They are easy to apply, long wearing and sit nicely on the lips without feeling overly dry or tight as liquid lipsticks have a tendency to do.
The Kat Von D liquid lipsticks have been super popular due to this awesome formula. so much so that it has been difficult to find some of their bestselling colours on store shelves. Luck for me, my friend spotted one in Las Vegas and gifted me with it!
So we know I love the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks formula, but how about this shade? Vampira is an edgy dark burgundy red colour that is striking and rich.
I found that vampire applied easily without a lip liner, and gave me a nice opaque finish in two thin coats. Upon application, it looks shiny , but dries quickly to a beautiful matte velvet finish. This shade is interesting. In bright light, or close up it can be a touch streaky on my lips. But oddly, it doesn’t look bad. It also pulls quite burgundy.
However, in low lighting , or from a distance , this colour appears super dark…almost black. Suprisingly, I actually really like this look.
I think Vampira is a striking shade that would be beautiful on a number of different skin tones. I am really enjoying it and will definitely be reaching for it quite a bit this winter. GET IT!
If you follow me on Instagram you are aware that I have addiction issues. You will have seen this picture of my mascara collection after I got rid of some.
Well, I figure there are much worse things to be addicted to than mascara, right?
Anyhoo, I recently complimented a friend on her lashes and she told me that she was really loving the Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara. She said it has replaced They’re Real by Benefit as her fave mascara. Now , I know I have said it a million times here but mascara is one of the most difficult products to recommend. Everyone’s lashes are different and a formula and wand that does wonders for one person may do absolutely nothing for another , depending on their eyelash texture, thickness, curl and eye shape.
But, what really made my ears turn up was when she said it beat out They’re Real. As you may know, They’re Real is a long time favourite of mine. So if something is comparable, chances are I will like it too.
So, I picked up a tube of Lash Domination in Intense Black.
Bare Minerals is one of those makeup lines that is generally off my radar. I have tried a few products from them but nothing very memorable, and I definitely didn’t consider them to be a strong player in the mascara game. Here is what they have to say about Lash Domination:
“Volume you can see. Power you can feel. The be-all, end-all, 10-in-1 volumizing, lengthening, thickening, separating, long-wearing mascara has arrived. The exclusive ProTwist180 Wand is spiraled 180 degree to curve around each lash and coat ALL angles with intense black color. Powered by nourishing minerals and quinoa protein complex for larger-than-life lashes”
This mascara claims to increase lash volume by up to 345 %! Also, can I just mention how amused I am by the fact that my mascara contains quinoa?
I find that the Lash Domination wand is easy to work with and apply. It does distribute a lot of product , but I actually don’t mind , since it doesn’t seem to clump or smudge. the formula is very buildable and stays put through the day.
I was a little skeptical about this mascara and all its volumizing claims because while I like volume, my main goal is separation and definition. Lash Domination did all of the above.
Here is my eye without mascara. Please note that my lash is curled because I have recently had them lifted ( read all about Lash Lift here). but I used this mascara all through December when they weren’t lifted and with an eyelash curler the results were very similar.
And here, with two generous coats of Lash Domination.
I actually really love this mascara for lower lashes as well. It really gives a doll eye effect, applying lots of product without looking clumpy. Here is the product on both upper and lower lashes.
I am definitely pleased that I picked up this mascara. I have been reaching for it daily and will certainly repurchase when it’s done. A welcome addition to my ( too large) mascara collection! GET IT!