March H2BAR Box Review


I can't believe that it's already the end of March and I haven't posted anything this year. Where has the time gone?! Since it's the end of the month, I have another H2BAR Box review. This months box was an all-natural box. There were some amazing products and some products that I did not like at all. Let's get to the review

 Earth Science Naturals: Ceramide Care Hair Pack

Description: Restores moisture, prevents splitting and breaking. Fortified with Rice Protein. Sulfate Free, Vegan, Gluten Free.

Review: I love this shampoo and conditioner so much that I went to Whole Foods to look for them. Sadly they didn't have them at my Whole Foods but they did have it at the Whole Foods close to where my sister lives. Being the nice big sister that she is, she bought them for me. I've been using these every time I shower. They make my hair feel so soft and it isn't frizzy. These samples retail for $3.

colorpHlex: Leave-In Treatment & Detangler

Description: Maintain your red ( natural or "by choice") while Sunflower Seed Extract protects your color from UV damage & fading!

Review: This really does work. I haven't had many tangles since I started using it and my hair feels much softer. I can't say much about if it protects your hair from the sun since we haven't much sun here in Kansas. This sample retails for $5.50.

re:BEAUTY: Full Size reCHARGE Mask

Description: Perfect for sensitive skin! Anti-aging complex with the following key ingredients: Vitamin B, Plankton Extract and Seed Oil.

Review: I did not like this mask. I used it once and it turned my face bright red. I have very sensitive skin and this is definitely NOT perfect for sensitive skin. If you don't have sensitive skin and you want an anti-aging mask then maybe you should try this out. This retails for $46.

Tree to Tub: Travel Size Body Wash Soapberry

Description: Give this berry a rub to produce a rich lather. Also works as a organic laundry detergent! Read instructions on how to use. Vegan.

Review: This was honestly the worst body wash that I've ever used. It says that it is unscented but that it far from true. When I got out of the shower I thought that I smelled a skunk. Turns out it was because I had used this body wash. I do have  fabulous sense of smell though so that might be why I had a hard time even tolerating this smell. This travel size retails for $9.

Fresh Wipes

Description: Gentle for personal areas. Free of sulfates.

Review: I didn't really notice a difference between this and other wipes that I've used in the past. This retails for $2.

LUSETA Beauty: Keratin Conditioner

Description: Smooth conditioner locks in moisture while repairing damaged red hair. Sulfate, phosphate, & paraben free.

Review: This conditioner smells so good and made my hair feel very soft. There wasn't much of it though so I only was able to use it once. Since I only got to use it once, I can't give too much of a review. When it comes to hair products I think you need to use the product more than once to notice a difference and give a good review. This retails for $5.

Bedrock and Bloom: Whitening Sample

Description: All natural and organic! Most teeth whiteners are high in harmful chemicals, and most redheads can be very sensitive. This product whitens, cleans, detoxifies and strengthens teeth!

Review: I'm obsessed with this. At first I was terrified to try it. I mean charcoal on my teeth! No thank you! After I tried it I noticed a difference in how white my teeth were. I've used this every day since I received the H2BAR box. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to try a teeth whitening product! This sample retails for $3.

Mineral Fusion: Lip Color in "Vine"

Description: Made with Cocoa Seed Butter, Avocado Oil & Shea Butter. Gluten free, vegan, cruelty free, and paraben free.

Review: I tried this once and it dried up my lips. I also wasn't a fan of the color. It just didn't suit me. This retails for $11.

Serious Serum

Description: AHA/BHA Ingrown Hair Eliminator and Skin Exfoliant. Made with green tea, aloe vera and chamomile.

Review: I didn't use this product. I don't have any ingrown hairs so I didn't have any reason to use this product. This retails for $6.

November H2BAR Box Review


Hi everyone! I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving. I can't believe that it's already December! This year has gone by so fast. It's that time again where I tell you my opinion about this months How to be a Redhead subscription box. The November box was taken over by Paul Mitchell. They were promoting their new line, NEON. NEON is an anti bullying line. It's about being yourself and encouraging girls to embrace their individuality. I personally love this message and I love the line. Instead of coming with a card that explains all of the products, this box came with a pamphlet that described the products, the NEON line, and Adrienne and Stephanie's (the founders of How to be a Redhead) own story about their experience with bullying. Now let's get to my review.

Sugar Cleanse Shampoo & Sugar Rinse Conditioner

Sugar Cleanse Description: Obsessed with clean! This total clean freak has a one-track mind: leaving your red hair fresh and ready for anything (without killing your color). Sweet side, a little sugar goes a long way for your best hair day ever. Now that's BFF material.
Sugar Rinse Description: The sidekick that helps you out of any jam, from tangled tresses to frazzled red frizzies. Fine hair, don't care! Red hair, don't care! It's so lightweight that it'll never steal your bounce. Gimme sugar. A daily dose leaves hair ultra-shiny and super soft. How sweet is that?
Review: I loved both of these products. They made my hair feel so soft and they smell AMAZING! After using these products my hair had hardly any tangles left. Ever since I received these products in the November H2BAR box, I haven't stopped using them. I would definitely repurchase these. The shampoo retails for $9.99 and the conditioner retails for $10.99.

Sugar Twist Tousle Cream & Sugar Spray Texture Spray

Sugar Twist Description: Effortlessly cool. Your free-spirited pal with the model-off-duty vibe. Piece out. When you want surfer-girl waves, this piece, beauty cream takes you there in an instant. Text(ure) me. Scrunch it in for looks that won't fall flat.
Sugar Spray Description: Always amped, this body-booster's ready with a pick-me-up whenever you need it. Makes waves -- and plays it straight. Enjoy lush body, no matter how you style.
Review: I can't say that I liked these two products. After I used them I felt like my hair grew in size which is something that I don't need or like. I have curly hair and it gets frizzy quite easily so texture isn't something that I really need. All of my texture comes from my curls. If someone is looking for texture and volume then I would recommend these products. If you have very curly hair then I would stay away from these. The sugar twist cream retails for $11.99 and the sugar spray retails for $10.99

Sugar Cream Smoothing Cream & Sugar Confection Working Spray

Sugar Cream Description: Has it together, this smooth operator will keep your red strands from straying so your look stays sleek. It's moisture-rich to give your hair plenty of shine. A little bit twisted, amazing for braids, twists and knots.
Sugar Confection Description: Totally in control, has what it takes to keep up-dos up and every hair in place. Work it. Flexible hold lets you style, spray, and style some more. Seal the deal. A few final spritzes will keep your style going strong.
Review: I am obsessed with these products. Just like the shampoo and conditioner, they smell amazing and kept my hair feeling so soft. My favorite thing about these was that they kept my hair in place. I had no frizzies to deal with and my hair has had a great shine to it since I started using these two products. If you're not in the mood to deal with your frizzy hair, then you should definitely buy these products. They are also great for styling. After I run out of these I'll be running to Ulta to buy them again. The sugar cream retails for $11.99 and the sugar confection spray retails for $10.99.

I hope that you all found this helpful. If you've seen these at Ulta or anywhere else and have thought about purchasing them, I say go for it. They are such a great investment and considering that Paul Mitchell is a more expensive brand, these products are a steal. 

Face Masks


Lately I've been trying out quite a lot of face masks and I have definitely become obsessed with trying more. Last week when I took a trip to Ultra to buy some more of my Soap & Glory sugar scrub, I came across two more face masks that I decided to buy. I decided to compare those two face masks to one of my favorites, the PCA Skin Revitalizing mask. Here's my review on these three masks.

PCA Skin Revitalizing Mask
I've reviewed this mask before and it is definitely one of my favorites. It's a very hydrating mask, but it has caused one dry spot on my face which I have to say is quite annoying. The best thing about this mask is that it's great for sensitive skin. I have super sensitive skin and this mask hasn't caused any breakouts. Another great thing about this mask is that you only need to have it on for 2 to 5 minutes and you only use it once a week. If you want to try a face mask but don't have much time, I would recommend this one. This mask is more pricey at $56.

Tony Moly Mud Mask

Tony Moly is a great brand. I love their snail mucus face mask and their bubble face mask. Because I've had such great experiences with their other face masks, I decided to give this one a try. The directions suggest that you leave this mask on for 40 minutes. Once it hardens, you take it off. I wasn't surprised that putting this mask on was quite messy (that's how most of the Tony Moly face mask applications are). I was disappointed that it took much longer than 40 minutes to dry and it hardened very slowly. The good thing is that it did help clear up a lot of my redness and my skin felt very refreshed. When I used this mask I had a few blemishes and after I took this mask off, they didn't feel as big as they did before. This is another mask that I would recommend for people with sensitive skin. This mask retails for $6.50 at Ulta.

Formula 10.0.6 Keep It Cool Mask

I was very skeptical about this mask but I'm happy to say that it didn't do any damage to my skin. I had read some reviews before I bought this and there were a lot of mixed reviews. I would say that this is another good mask for people with sensitive skin. I was afraid that it would cause my skin to break out, but thankfully it didn't. It smells so good! You leave this mask on for 15 minutes and once it's dried, you take it off. I thought that it actually dried pretty quickly. In my opinion, 15 minutes might be longer than you need to keep this mask on for. I think that I would actually buy this mask again. This mask retails for $6.99 at Ulta.

Overall I would say that my favorite of these three masks is the Tony Moly Mud mask. This doesn't surprise me at all because Tony Moly is such a great brand and their masks work wonders. In the comments below, tell me what your favorite face mask is or if there are any face masks that you think I should try.


H2BAR October Box


Hi everyone! I know that I haven't posted anything through the month of October, but I have a good reason. I've been trying out the products in the How to be a Redhead October box. I have fallen in love with these products and I am so excited to be writing this post. When this goes up it will be November 1st, so I hope that you all have a wonderful Halloween and enjoy this post!

Box Description: Red leaves bloom and fall, replicating the many beautiful shades of red hair. There are approximately ninety days of fall, so let's put the season to use in the best way possible. It all starts with soft red locks; glowing, healthy skin, and bold beautiful redhead brows. It's our time to shine.

Zuii Organic Primer

Card Description: Certified Organic. Apply to face & neck prior to your makeup application to create an even canvas for your applied foundation.
Review: This primer had a very nice scent to it and it did help my foundation last longer. I was actually quite surprised that it wasn't hard to apply and it wasn't clumpy at all; however, it did make my face look a bit oily after a few hours. Overall, the pros really outweigh the cons with this product and I won't be surprised if I end up purchasing it in the future. This sample retails for $2.

Miss Spa Under Eye Mask

Card Description: Silky paper mask is pre-treated  with a skin-illuminating serum. Infused with fruit extracts rich in vitamin C.
Review: Aside from the messy application, I don't have any complaints about this product. It did exactly like it said by brightening my dark under eye circles. When I had these on there was a bit of a tingly feeling after a while that was actually very relaxing. This retails for $3.

Just for Redheads Brow Stick

Card Description: If you've been a subscriber for the past 6 months, this is the 3rd (& final) product received from JFR!
Review: This brow stick is in the shade Ginger Auburn. I really like the color of the pencil, however it is a product that you should apply with a light hand. It went on nicely and is very red. Consistency wise, it is very powdery. This retails for $14.

InstaNatural Sample Vitamin C Moisturizer

Card Description: Vitamin C is proven to prevent and treat ultraviolet induced damage & in an anti-agains superstar.
Review: I have to say that this is the best moisturizer that I've ever tried. Moisturizers and I have never gotten along very well. Most of them cause me to break out or even turn very red, luckily this one didn't do their of those things. This moisturizer left my skin hydrated and smooth, it didn't feel sticky or heavy when I applied it, and it has a nice fruity scent to it. If you are looking for a great moisturizer that doesn't cause breakouts, I strongly recommend this one. This retails for $5.

Philosophy Eye Gel Cream & Gel Cream

Card Description: Redhead Season is all about change; a reboot. Give your redhead skin love with the best! Use the Gel Cream to moisturize & smooth skin. Dot the Eye Gel Cream around the eyes.
Review: I haven't stopped using these ever since I received them. I use them every night before bed and they have made such a difference. They both are so lightweight, moisturizing, and cooling on the skin. I'm so glad that the box came with two sets of these so I won't run out too fast. The eye gel cream retails for $42 while the gel cream retails for $14 - $40.

Jojoba Oil

Card Description: A must for every redhead! Use this organic, cold-pressed oil in the following ways: hair, skin, makeup remover, cuticles, stretch marks, etc.
Review: This jojoba oil was alright. It made my hair more curly and did add a certain shine to it; however, it had a bit of a funny smell to it (kind of a butter smell). I will say that it was very hydrating though. Overall, I don't think that I'll be repurchasing this after I run out. This retails for $5.

Nelson J Moisture Healing Mask

Card Description: Has the sun caused your red hair to fade or become damaged? You're not alone. This 100% Argan Oil derived moisturizing treatment will do the trick, in scents: coconut and pomegranate.
Review: I decided to try the pomegranate mask first. It smelled so good and so did the coconut one. I can now say that I'm obsessed with these masks. They made my hair feel so much softer, it wasn't tangled afterwards, they smelled great, and they were very lightweight. I'm 100% going to be purchasing these again. These both retail for $8.

Previse Skincare SunSheer Sunscreen Moisturizer

Card Description: Blocks both UVA & UVB radiation. It's recipe includes multi-action antioxidants and licorice root.
Review: I haven't actually used this product yet because I haven't been outside for a long enough amount of time to tell you if it actually if effective or not. I will tell you though that I did smell it because I wanted to find out if it actually does smell like licorice and it really does. When I do use this I hope that I'll be able to smell that licorice scent. This retails for $38.

Overall I loved this box. The skincare items were spot on, the makeup products were nice, and the hair masks were fabulous. I'll definitely be repurchasing some of these items in the future.







Snail Mucus Sheet Mask?!


Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. A few weeks ago I decided to try a snail mucus sheet mask. I've used many face masks before but I'd never used a sheet mask. I was actually very excited about using a sheet mask. I was going to buy either a 24k gold sheet mask or the snail mucus sheet mask. As you can tell I decided on the snail mucus.

I was a bit grossed out when I first opened the mask. It was very slimy and a bit messy so I decided to put a towel down so it wouldn't get all over my bathroom sink. Unlike a regular sheet mask this one was not paper, it was actually a weird gel. I had a bit of trouble putting it on at first but once I got it on it stayed in place. I was so nervous that it would somehow slide off, but it didn't. You would think that it would be hard to get past the fact that I had snail mucus on my face, but surprisingly it wasn't. After about five minutes I completely forgot that I had something pretty gross on my face. The mask had to stay on for 30 to 45 minutes so I just laid down on my bed and watched Law & Order: SVU.

Overall I actually enjoyed the mask. It didn't clog my pores and it didn't cause any breakouts. It was surprisingly very relaxing. I would definitely recommend this mask if you're looking to try out an extreme sheet mask. As you can tell from the price tag, this sheet mask retails for $8.00.

Alex and Ani Bracelets

Hi everyone! I'm sorry that this post is going up on Thursday instead of Tuesday, but there's a very good reason for that. I was in Iowa over Labour Day weekend spending time with family and I had forgotten to write this post before I left. So here I am writing this on Tuesday. I will definitely be back on track next week.

Todays post is going to be about one of my favorite things: Alex and Ani bracelets! My sister was actually the one who got me interested in Alex and Ani bracelets (thanks sis). In this post I'm going to talk about the bracelets that I have. I also have some Alex and Ani necklaces so if you want a post about those then comment down below.


Sister

This was my first Alex and Ani bracelet. My sister gave this to me for my 19th birthday and it's one of my favorites. I'm pretty sure that this bracelet has recently been redesigned so this specific charm isn't available anymore. The new Sister charm is also really pretty though. 

Unicorn

Alex and Ani Description: Magic | Innocence | Healing. Unicorns have long been celebrated for their divinity and magnificent healing powers. These mystical creatures have appeared in both religious lore and children's tales for centuries as protectors of the innocent. Let their magic awaken your soul and inspire your spirit.

My parents bought this bracelet for me back in February as a Valentine's Day present. I actually picked it out though. This bracelet is my favorite one. As far as I know, this is still available.

Big and Little Dipper

Alex and Ani Description: Constant | Haven | Brilliant. There comes a time in everyone's life when they need someone to lean on, someone who will protect them and keep them on the right track. The Big Dipper, like a safe haven, watches over the Little Dipper, symbolic of the unbreakable bonds we share. Across the expansive sky, these beloved groupings of stars are constant reminders that we're never truly alone.

The Big and Little Dipper actually come as a set. The blue charm is the Little Dipper and the purple charm is the Big Dipper. I got these as a present from my parents for my 20th birthday. Purple and blue are my two favorite colors so it's no surprise that I instantly fell in love with these. 

Key To Life

Alex and Ani Description: Breakthrough | Destiny | Create. Life is a series of experiences, leading us on a path that ultimately defines us as individuals. When we realize we have the power to unlock our destiny, we hold the key to life. Use positive, conscious thinking and the decisions you make will express your personal power.

My sister bought this for me for my 20th birthday (can you see the trend here). I had been looking at this one for quite a while so I was so happy that she bought it for me. 

Comment down below telling me your favorite Alex and Ani bracelet!

My Life In 8 Photos

A few years ago I saw a post on Zoellas blog called "My Life in 8 Photos" and I thought that it was a really great tag. She wrote the post back in 2009 and I thought that I'd like to do it too. So here are 8 photos to describe my life. Join in if you'd like!