Beauty on a Dime: Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Products

Posted On Monday, February 25th, 2013
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

natural hair care I rarely post beauty reviews and on the site {I typically leave brief recommendations for Instagram: @LookingFlyonaDime} but I had to change that up for a few reasons. I had a few of you comment on the mega bun I rocked during my last Today Show fashion segment. Some said it looked super moisturized and others just wanted to know how I managed to make it so big. I followed an easy tutorial on essence.com for the look. But as far as products, it was all about the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

My hair is ultra dry but I’ve been using the smoothie for a while now on freshly washed hair or parched locs that need some extra TLC. It makes my hair manageable and sleek enough to put in a bun.

While I’m a serious Shea Moisture convert when it comes to hair products {their Moisture Retention Shampoo and Deep Treatment Masque is also great}, it was only recently that I tried their body products.

Budget Beauty: Mood Struck Color Changing Polish

Posted On Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

During my first Adventures in Thrifting last weekend, we dipped in to Forever 21 after we hit up three thrift stores. Since I’m on my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge and can’t shop for clothing, I immediately went to the beauty section.

I was immediately struck by a bottle of sparkly purple polish. And after reading the label, I realized it was a heat activated polish that changes color. How cute! At only $2.80, I grabbed a bottle of Mood Struck.

The sticker on top of the bottle shows the purple and light lavender hues the polish changes to.

Budget Beauty: Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Posted On Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

I’m a sucker for an awesome mani and bold polish but I refuse to pay upwards of $50 for treatments like Minx or CND Shellac.

Last year I tried Sephora’s DIY version of Minx, Chic Prints, and I loved them but they only lasted a few days. So I was super excited when I came across the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. I heard of them but could never find them in stores until I finally snagged one of the last boxes at Duane Reade for $10.

The strips come in more than 20 designs {sparkles, leopard, denim, etc.} and are adhesives that fit over your nails. So say goodbye to drying time. Unlike similar products that require you to peel the sticker off of your nails, the Salon Effects come off with nail polish remover because it’s actual polish! The kit contains 18 strips, cuticle stick, emery board and instructions.

I tried “Booty Camp,” a pink camouflage print.

Beauty Review + Giveaway: OPI Black Shatter **Closed**

Posted On Monday, February 28th, 2011
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

I’m sure you guys have heard of OPI’s Black Shatter polish. It’s the awesome new lacquer that gives nails a cracked or shatter effect. You just paint your nails as usual, layer the Black Shatter over them and before you know it, you have a fun, funky look.

Since the polish is so popular, it’s been crazy trying to find a bottle anywhere. However, I came across an entire rack of OPI Black Shatter while at Duane Reade {i went there for toilet paper and let with beauty products}. At $8.50, it’s more than your typical drugstore polishes, but I had to try it and I’m glad I did. What’s great is you can use any color you want underneath it. I opted for Sinful Colors’ 24/7.

{step 1: apply polish as usual and let dry}

L’Oreal Double Extend Eye Illuminator

Posted On Monday, February 21st, 2011
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

I’ve been seeing commercials for L’Oreal’s Double Extend Eye Illuminator and I finally tested it out. The mascara is intended to brighten your eye color with its 2-step process.

The first side of the wand lengthens while the second side is infused with “light-reflecting pearls” to highlight your eyes. The mascara comes in four different shades depending on eye color {black copper for blue eyes, black bronze for green eyes, black quartz for brown eyes and black crystal for all eyes}. I had a hard time finding the black quartz, but after a visit to Ulta, I finally lucked out!

At just $9.99, I was looking forward to testing it out. I’m not a huge fan of makeup but my wispy lashes need some serious help.

I can’t say that I’m really loving it. Though it was clump free and smudge free, that’s where the KTTKT stops. I guess I was expecting something different {what, I don’t really know} but I just felt like my $10 was wasted.

Blah, not impressed! The volume was non-existent.