Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: Aviva Hair Revitalizer’s Advanced Growth System

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Ciao darlings!,

        This is my first week not having class after work a couple days a week! Yay!  So not I have one less thing to worry about and a little more time to blog!  The first thing I’m excited to share with you all is a hair vitamin supplement I’ve been taking for just about a month.  It’s called Aviva Hair Revitalizer’s Advanced Growth system.  Let’s start off with a bit of an explanation from Aviva about what their product is and does. 

What is Aviva Hair Revitalizer’s Advanced Hair Growth System?

“Unlike other hair supplements, AVIVA uses a proprietary dual complex of Pentaplex HGF and Tetra HHL that works with your hair’s natural cycle to stimulate healthy growth from within – up to 6mm beneath the scalp’s surface – enriching and enhancing stronger, thicker and more beautiful-looking hair. Even if you aren’t experiencing any hair issues, AVIVA can help make your hair even more beautiful and healthy! Other beneficial ingredients include vitamin B5, folic acid, vitamin H (biotin), silica, iron, zinc and iodine -- all DRUG-FREE, all-natural, fish-free ingredients to help stabilize strong and healthy hair.
A must-have supplement for your beauty routine, AVIVA provides the valuable nutrition that supports hair regeneration. So no matter how you feel about your hair right now, we believe that everyone can have beautiful hair. Get hair-happy with AVIVA Hair Revitalizer!” (taken from a promotional Beauty Stat/Aviva email).  They also claim that you should start to see results within about 30 days, but that for best results, you should use the product for 3 to 6 months.

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So, why is having longer, stronger, thicker, and more beautiful hair important to me?

       First, let me tell you a bit about why I wanted to try this system.  As you all know if you’ve been reading my blog I absolutely love having long, pretty hair.  It’s always been important to me to have nice, long hair.  It goes along with the whole princess thing…ha!  My sense of beauty has always been a bit tied to my hair.  If my hair looks good, I feel good.  It’s a girl thing I suppose.  You might be thinking that I already have really long, thick hair…so why did I want to try this?  Well, I did and I do, but after coloring my hair a few times, heat styling often, and not getting a trim in 2 years, the ends were getting a bit brittle and splitting.  My hair also seemed a little bit thinner than usual (still thick according to most people’s standards, but not as much as it usually was).  I have tried many conditioners, deep conditioners, and other hair products to help with the ends, but they couldn’t help it grow any faster after I got a hair cut finally!  So, I probably should have gotten a haircut right before starting to take these vitamins, but I didn’t do it until about the middle of the month.  I’m going to wait until my follow up 2nd month review to comment further on the hair growth effects a bit more.  Anyway, I was excited to try this product because after my haircut, I wanted to grow my hair back to where it was (about 2-3 inches longer) and more.  I love super long hair.  I also wanted to have thicker (super thick) healthier hair again.       

First Impressions!

        I started taking these vitamins (2 a day) almost a month ago.  They are a bit big if you have issues swallowing larger supplements, but they’re soft gel tablets and are easy to swallow, in my opinion.  It’s easy to just add these to your morning regimen, just don’t forget them!  I started noticing after about the third week, that my hair did feel and look healthier.  It seems a bit fuller/thicker, as well as shiny, and voluminous.  I’ve also noticed less breakage, so I think the vitamins have made my hair a bit stronger as well.  Because I cut my hair halfway through the month (I had to..it’d been 2 years!), I’m not quite sure about the growth part just yet.  My hair does naturally grow a bit faster than some people’s hair, and it has grown a bit since I cut it, but I’m going to comment on the growth again in my next update post in a few weeks, just to be sure.   

Before using the Aviva Growth System: (and getting a haircut…)

My hair looks nice but if you look at the ends, you can see they look dead and brittle and just not nice.  Only I can probably tell it’s a bit thinner/less healthy, but you can trust me. 

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After using the Aviva Hair Growth System (and 1-2 weeks after a haircut):

I think my hair looks healthier, bouncier, thicker, and the ends look so much nicer.

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        So, I would definitely recommend this vitamin supplement to anyone who wants stronger, healthier longer hair.  I am very satisfied with my results so far and am anxious to see how it keeps working in the next month.  If you’d like to try them, here’s a coupon code: Use code AVIVAbstat14 to receive a 20% discount and FREE shipping on a 30-Day Supply product purchase of AVIVA Hair Revitalizer at www.avivahair.com.  Be back soon, dears!

This item was provided for review courtesy of www.beautystat.comSmile

                                                                                                 ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Influenster Uni Voxbox!

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Ciao dears,

        I’ve been super busy lately, as always, I know.  I’ve missed blogging and talking to you all.  I’ll be done with my graduate classes after this Thursday though, so after that I’ll have one less thing to keep me from having time to blog.  I’m intending on making it a priority after that (Sorry, school, work, and life had to come first.)

        So, the purpose of today’s post is to show you guys some awesome products that I was sent in a Uni (University) Vox Box last month to review.  Although I’m not an undergraduate college student, I’m guessing they chose me for this box because I’m still in college/university as a graduate student.  All of these products aren’t really specific to college students anyway, just useful products for women/girls. 

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1.) NYC Cosmetics: Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia

        This was one of my favorite products. I wore this lip color quite often and will continue into the rest of spring and summer. It’s the perfect bright pink shade for these seasons! It also stays on really well and even stained my lips for a few hours even after it started to wear off or was wiped off.  It’s also very smooth and easy to apply.  Here’s a couple pictures of me wearing this pretty shade.

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2.) Rimmel London: Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation (Shade: Light Porcelain)

        I have been using this foundation everyday and have loved it as well!  It does definitely keep your face staying matte all day long.  I chose the lightest shade because I generally need very light foundation because I’m so pale, but this one might have been a tiny bit too pale.  I have mixed it with another foundation a few times to darken it a bit, but it’s my fault for choosing the shade.  It’s fine on it’s own though as well.  It’s very light and doesn’t feel too heavy.  It stay smooth and lasts all day, keeping my skin shine free.  My only issue with this was that sometimes it got a bit drying and got clumpy under my eyes.  I still like it though,, I just need to use concealer under my eyes instead.  I’m also wearing the foundation in those 2 pictures above,

3.) Broadway Nails: ImPRESS Press-On Manicure 

        I gave these pretty purple nails to my mom to wear because my nails are currently pretty long and I didn’t want to put shorter ones on top of them.  They were easy for her to apply and stayed on for a few days, about 5.  I’m not a big fan of press on nails personally, but they’re nice if you want quick nails or if yours are short. I’m sorry I forgot to get a picture of these on her.

4.) Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen

        This pen was bright white with fun bright orange details.  Who doesn’t love a pretty pen?  The point of the pen was very sharp and easy to use.  I’ve been using this pen often at work as a teacher and it’s lasted a while so far. 

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5.) Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons

        I asked my 16 year old niece to use these and review them for me because I don’t use tampons ever.  ( I use pads, and have just never wanted to use tampons for personal reasons).  Her first reaction when she opened the box was something like “Oh my gosh, it smells like flowers!!”  So, I ‘d say if safe to say they smell pretty and floral. Smile  She is also a dancer at an arts high school as well as on a soccer team and she didn’t have any issues with them leaking or anything.  So, these are great for sports or dancing as well.  

6.) Red Rose: Real Tea Premium Water Enhancer

        I loved this stuff!  I’m always drinking some kind of diet/low calorie water enhancer or iced tea mix, so this was perfect for me.  I added it to my water bottle every day and it was so tasty!  Unlike some other similar drink mixes, this one has no dyes or colorings and is made from real tea.  You can really taste the difference, it tastes just like homemade fresh brewed tea, not the powdery stuff.   

 

P.S. These products were received courtesy of Influenster

♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Easy Salon Straight Hair: Coolway True Smooth Spray Review!

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Ciao dears!,

        I’ve missed you!  I posted a bunch of posts in the beginning of March and then got super busy, as always.  I still have a ton of new posts coming soon, so keep checking back!  Today’s topic is a review of a hair product I know lots of girls would love: Coolway’s True Smooth Spray!  It is basically a straightening spray that also strengthens your hair, protects it from heat and prevents breakage.  How awesome is that!?  I love products that don’t damage your hair but protect it while styling it, especially since I have so much hair.  Here’s a quote from a Beauty Stat newsletter to further describe the spray:

“True Smooth™ contains °Coolway’s groundbreaking Amino Lock MAB molecule, which is activated by your own blow dryer to hold your style from the inside of the hair as you are drying it. You’ll get the same smooth, frizz-free results you would get from a flat iron without the damage and actually using one. True Smooth™ customers are calling it “a blow-dry bar in a bottle.” It is even clinically proven to strengthen hair up to 4Xs and reduce breakage by 75%!”

Here are a few key points about True Smooth Spray as well (from the Coolway website):

  • Look like you just stepped out of a salon, everyday
  • Get flat iron results with just your blow dryer
  • Fast and easy! Blow Dry to smooth in half the time
  • Clinically proven to: Strengthen hair four times
    reduce hair breakage by 75%, and reduce frizz by 50%
  • Safe and effective for all hair types

        Sounds great right?!   The question is…does it really work?    I tested it out twice to find out just that.

Before: For reference, this is what my natural hair looks like if I blow dry it and let it be wavy/curly on it’s own without and kind of iron.

It’s super wavy/curly and frizzy and pretty much the opposite of straight and smooth.

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After:

Trial 1:

        Here’s what my hair looked like after the first time I tried the True Smooth spray.  After washing my hair, as it was very damp, I sprayed 45 sprays throughout my hair and combed it through.  It was recommended by BeautyStat/Coolway that you shake the bottle then apply either 25 (for short hair), 35 (for shoulder length hair), or 45 (for longer hair) sprays evenly throughout hair.

        It did make my hair pretty straight and smooth, not really too frizzy, as my hair tends to be.  If I try to blow dry my hair straight without any product, it’d be huge, poufy, frizzy, and in need of a flat iron, BUT when using the True Smooth spray, it’s much better looking.  I could use an iron to get a super straight look, but this is more voluminous and looks more like you just came out of a salon. Smile  Another awesome benefit of this spray is that it shortens your drying time.  I generally avoid blow drying my hair straight very often because it takes me about an hour, maybe a few minutes more.  Using this spray, it only took me about 35 or so minutes.  Keep in mind my hair is super thick, so of course most people would need a much shorter time.   

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Trial 2:

        I tried the product a second time, as was suggested by Beauty Stat.  It worked pretty much the same, but maybe a bit better.  My hair was again smooth and straight and frizz free.

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        Overall based on my results, I would definitely recommend this product.  If it works pretty well for my thick curly hair I’m sure it will work well for any other hair type as well.  If you’d like to buy and try out this spray for yourself, you can use the coupon code: BeautyStat14 to receive a 10% discount on all°Coolway purchases at www.coolwayhair.com (not including shipping revenue and taxes) or you can try it with a 30 day money back guarantee at getcoolway.com.  It sells for $24.95 a bottle.

P.S. This item was provided for review courtesy of BeautyStat.com.

                                                                                   ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella