Do you want to know the best feeling? Knowing something was made just for you!! That's one of the reasons why I LOVE Formulate's custom shampoo and conditioner. Because it's a product made just for me! Well, for my hair…
[Okay, so you might already know you want to enter my GIVEAWAY to win a free custom made shampoo and conditioner set from Formulate. You can do that HERE . For everyone else who needs to know more, keep reading. Xoxo]
So, you probably figured it out but just in case you didn't, Formulate is a custom shampoo and conditioner company. They create a sulfate free, paraben free, dye free, preservative free, and cruelty free product based off of your hair needs that's perfect and JUST FOR YOU! Who doesn't want that?!
What I LOVE about their product is that to get to that perfect formula was super easy. I answered a series of straightforward questions about my hair 'AS IT IS NOW' and where I 'WANT MY HAIR TO GO'. They even let you choose your scent ( I chose "At Dawn" because it smells like roses, green apples and pear. It's the perfect thing to smell first thing in the morning when I'm washing my hair!).
Let me show you what I mean….
As you can see I shared exactly how my hair is now. The only thing that was weird for me was my hair texture. I chemically straighten my hair and there was not really an option for that. So I chose to choose kinky because that 'I GUESS' was my closest texture because it's not really that either.
As you can also see, I chose five things for where I wanted my hair to go. Deep Conditioning, Hydration, Glossy Hair, Thermal Protection, and lengthening my hair are very important to me (Yes, I like to keep my hair short but I don't want it to break when it does grow. Why I chose this option). They have other things you can choose though too if you wish!
Now I'm sure you're wondering, how does Formulate actually work?! Well, here's how it worked for me…
Shampoo #1 - I didn't notice much of a difference.
Shampoo #2 - I started feeling something different happening to my hair.
Shampoo #3 - My hair felt SOO GOOD after washing it.
Shampoo #4 - My hair felt good and looked shiny!!
This was roughly over 2.5 weeks. I started off washing every third day for first three washes then slowed down because I was losing my hairs natural oils. Basically it was feeling SUPER DRIED OUT but I quickly realized that was user error after I stopped washing so frequently.
Sooo moral to the story, if you think it's not working keep going!! One wash isn't going to change what was happening with your hair before you started using Formulate. AND if it's honestly not working, let Formulate know. They will do their best to fix it!
And, now I'm sure you're wondering how much Formulate cost, because custom can often times get expensive right?!
I have to say it's not horrible.
$49 for a 14 oz set or $19.95 for a 4 oz set
BUT you can totally save a few dollars by trying to win your first set through my giveaway which you can enter HERE. You'll also receive a code for $5 off if you don't win. BUT I'm crossing my fingers for you to win.
I definitely recommend Formulate and hope that after you try it you'll LOVE what it does for your hair like I'm LOVING how my hair feels.
Don't forget to enter the giveaway HERE and even if you don't win. Let me know when you do try it!!
P.S. This post is sponsored by Formulate, but all opinions are MY OWN!
One of my favorite things about traveling is that you get to explore things unique to that country. Food, museums, architecture, the SHOPPING! Some of you know that I visited South Africa in November and had the BEST time. (Don’t forget to check out my articles The Single (And Not So Single) Girls Guide to Exploring Cape Town Solo and The Single (And Not So Single) Girls Guide to THE BEST Instagram Photo Spots in Cape Town) There just wasn’t enough time though to see everything I wanted in that country let alone all of the places I wanted to visit in Africa in general. Sooo, when I heard about WER in Venice, California I was very excited.
WER is a clothing and lifestyle boutique store in Venice, California that sells products from Africa. AND let me tell you, all of the products are VERY unique and well curated. From clothes you can wear to products you can put on your face to FABULOUS accessories you can incorporate in your daily life everyone will find something unique in this store to fall in love with.
Some of my favorite products in this store were their purses, they had SOO many unique ones with different stories. These two below are my favorites.
The above purse is made by a designer named Ndozi who lives in the Congo. At this time he’s the only one in his village who can make this purse that takes about to 2 days to craft! Ndozi is currently teaching these skills to other in his village so that the craft can be kept alive and more of these beautiful purses can be made.
The above bag is made by a designer named Otinguema, a Gabonese brand made in Morocco. Fun Fact, this purse is called the LouLou and is named for Loulou de le Falaise, a close friend to Yves Saint Laurent and well known for her originality, style, attitude, and joy. All of which is showcased in this ADORABLE bag. It just has the best attitude to it!
Have I convinced you to want to step inside Africa but in WER in Venice, California yet?
If not, maybe their SUPER CUTE and INSTAGRAMMABLE wall will help you out.
Oh, and they’re a FEMALE OWNED Business.
So, if you can’t make it to Africa anytime soon, definitely make it to WER a clothing and lifestyle boutique store in Venice, California. You’ll feel like you took a flight to Africa (minus the actual over 24 Hr flight it could actually take! lol) through all of the pieces that tell a story about a different part in Africa. And just like visiting Africa, you’ll leave wanting to go back again and again because of all the beauty the store has to offer and the people who tell you the stories about all of the beautiful pieces.
You can find WER on instagram here and visit them at this address: 1915 Lincoln Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90291 .
Which purse was your favorite? Or are you going for the wall?
Everyone knows that I’m all about having GLOWING skin. I LOVE wearing highlighter literally all day every day, and wearing it as blush it’s definitely one of my signature looks. BUT how do you get that look without the make-up? The key is making sure you take care of your skin. That is why I was soo excited when Divante Laser MedSpa in Studio City, CA invited me to get a Microdermabrasion Facial.
So what is a microdermabrasion facial? Basically, it’s little crystals doing a deep exfoliation. The crystals take off the top layer of your skin leaving your face with a natural glow. And who doesn’t want a natural glow?
When getting any sort of treatment such as microdermabrasion, make sure you’re going to an accredited facility. Divante Laser MedSpa is definitely that if you happen to live near or around Studio City, CA, everything about this place is great! Walking into the MedSpa was like walking into spa heaven. Everything was so clean and bright but felt relaxing at the same time. To me that’s SOO important when going to any MedSpa. Especially the cleanliness as they are working with your skin.
Not only was the facility great, but so were the people who worked there. When I was greeted at the door I felt so welcomed, and Kira (the lady who did my treatment) was so nice! She immediately made me feel comfortable which is also so important when having someone working so closely with your face. She also left me with some great tips on how to keep your skin hydrated during the wintertime.
Read below for three quick tips!
Now, a little bit about the the treatment itself. It was SOOO relaxing!! The room itself is soo calming and the treatment was fun! It was kind of an interesting feeling having the crystals run over my face.
Quick Fact: There are no set amount of times for going over your skin with the crystals. It’s all dependent on how your skin looks after each pass. Your esthetician should be watching to make sure not too much skin is taken off and your face is not too red after the treatment.
After the microdermabrasion part, I got a facial as well! The treatments are sold separately but I feel it’s important to do the facial after as well. And their products are amazing! Everything felt so great and smelled so nice against my skin. This also gives you another reason to stay in your treatment room for as long as possible. Trust me, you’ll want to it’s soo relaxing!
On a whole, my time at Divante Laser MedSpa was WONDERFUL. I would definitely come here again and I’m now SUCH A FAN of microdermabrasion. It left my skin looking so fresh with a natural glow. All things that are so important to me. And I’ll definitely be using the tips from Kira to make sure I maintain that glow by keeping my skin hydrated.
Red Lipstick and Mascara.
The only two things in life a girl needs…Until Eyelash Extensions existed of course!!
Ladies, I am in LOVE with my eyelash extensions, and let me tell you why.
But a couple of things you should remember when getting your extensions done.
So now I’m guessing your wondering why you should get them. I would too especially if you have to worry about going to someone who is accredited.
So...I specifically got them for traveling. One less thing to do while on vacay. Yes, mascara is such a little thing but with these extensions you’re always “Camera Ready”, and who doesn’t want that? I don’t want to have to worry about make-up when on vacay. And literally the only thing I’ll need to put on is red lipstick (and sunscreen if you’ll be in the sun). Also, the holidays are coming up, there’s no better reason to make sure you’re looking top notch then while you’re having to explain to your Grandmother, Uncle, Aunt, Cousins, Dad…. (lol) why you’re still single or haven’t gotten that promotion at work. At least they’ll know its not because you don’t look good girl. #workit
If you live in Southern California and are looking to support a female local business I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND Vanessa Masters of The Lash Masters (The SoCal Blogger Babes tipped me onto her. THANK YOU!!). Her prices are honestly just right.
$80 for hybrid full sets (what I have. they make you look slightly more glamorous.) $60 for classic full sets and fills for $40.
Her contact info is on her Instagram that you can find HERE. Check out how FLAWLESS her work is and FALL IN LOVE please. AND she’s super nice, she’ll make you feel right at home. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want someone touching me that I don’t feel comfortable with.
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