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WARNING: Please excuse my non-makeup face; I just wanted to get these done and out of the way!!

My latest Bloom Ambassador Box featured a variety of fun products, several of which were hair care items. I’ll be reviewing the following items:

  • T’eez Bounce Me Styling Cream
  • T’eez Build Me Volume Spray
  • Sundari Hair Treatment Oil

I apologize in advance for the photo quality, but I will be as descriptive as possible in order to give you the best idea of how these products worked for my hair. First up, the styling cream & volume spray!

I received a full size Bounce Me Styling Cream ($22.99) and a sample size of Build Me Volume Spray ($19.99). These products can be worn alone or in conjunction, which is how I chose to use them for the purpose of this review.

I rarely blow dry my hair, but we all know that air drying can often cause frizz and other weird hair issues. My hair is already pretty frizzy and fine, so I was hoping these products would remedy that situation. After showering, I towel dried my hair and applied the styling cream from mid-shaft to the ends of my hair, scrunching gently with my fingers to help bring out my hair’s natural texture. Then, I sprayed the volume spray on my roots to help lift and volumize. I used a comb to help tame flyaways and frizz on the top of my head, then waited for my hair to dry and these products to work their magic.

As you can see from the photos below, my results were pretty impressive – at least to me! The styling cream helped bring out the natural wave in my hair and held it there all day without making my hair feel sticky or crunchy. The spray also made my hair appear fuller – my hair has never looked this way with any product before, and I have tried a LOT of volumizing products.

As you can see (Especially in the first and third photos,) my hair has little flips and curls that, I assure you, were NOT there before I used these products. Also, ignore the dates – I am using a super old camera and have no idea how to change the date, haha! I’m not much of a hairstylist, but with these products I don’t have to be. I can have soft, full hair with a natural-looking wave without touching a styling tool. If it weren’t for the price, these would be definite must-have’s in my book.

Pros:

  • Light scent, not overpowering at all
  • Non-tacky or sticky
  • Great volume at roots
  • All-day hold
  • Helps bring out hair’s natural texture

Cons:

  • Price – it’s definitely more of a splurge product for me, rather than a necessity

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars

Next, I reviewed the sample sachets I received of Sundari Neem and Coconut Hair Treatment Oil ($34). I was really tentative about using this. Hair oils on my fine hair tend to leave me with greasy roots, but because this is rinsed out I was hopeful I wouldn’t have any issues. The directions state to apply to hair 30 minutes before showering, or to leave on overnight for the best results. I decided to leave it on overnight to avoid sitting around for half an hour with oil on my head.

The scent was super strong, but it wasn’t entirely unpleasant and faded quite a bit by the time I woke up in the morning ( it’s a bit medicinal smelling). As soon as I hopped in the shower and felt the water hit my hair and scalp, I was amazed – my hair literally felt like silk. I shampooed and conditioned as normal, and when I went to style my hair I found that it was incredibly manageable and didn’t require any styling cream or other hair potion like usual. Plus, it even seemed to cut down on frizz (which as you know, I have a huge problem with.)

Pros:

  • Leaves hair feeling SUPER soft
  • Cuts down on frizz
  • Makes hair more manageable for styling

Cons:

  • Price – it’s way too expensive for every day use
  • Messy application – since it’s a thin oil, it can be a bit of a pain to apply
  • Smell – While the smell didn’t bother me, I can definitely see how it can be overpowering to some people.

Overall: 4/5 Stars

I really love the condition of my hair after using this oil treatment, and wish I could afford to regularly keep this in my medicine cabinet when I want soft, shiny and manageable hair. If you feel like splurging, I totally recommend it.

All of the products featured in this post can be purchased at Bloom.com. Have you tried any of these before? Do you agree or disagree with my reviews?

Disclaimer: All products mentioned here were provided to me free of charge for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by compensation, monetary or otherwise. Post contains an affiliate link, which rewards me when you make your first $50+ order on Bloom.com.

As a Bloom Ambassador, I am sent products each month to rest and give my 100% honest feedback on. This month, we received a TON of goodies – so be prepared for a slew of review posts over the next week or so! Today, I am reviewing the Kaia Bamboo Cleansing Cloths, which are 100% biodegradable and ideal for all skin types.

Before I get to my review, here is the official product information, including an ingredients list and benefits:

Who It’s For: Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive or rosacea-prone skin.

How It Works:

  • Bamboo is naturally able to eliminate bacteria, stays fresher and odor-free for longer and is more hygienic and healthier than any other fiber. In China, bamboo fiber is used to make medical gowns, as it is naturally antimicrobial and perfect for a sterile environment. The bamboo used in Kaia Cleansing Cloths is unbleached to keep it free from chemicals.
  • Grapefruit oil tightens puffy skin, reduces enlarged pores and removes impurities.
  • Lemon oil is a powerful astringent and antiseptic.
  • Lime oil has astringent and antiseptic properties and boosts skin circulation and clears congested skin
  • Bergamot oil has antiseptic and antibiotic properties.
  • Mandarin oil has good antiseptic and cell rejuvenating properties.
  • Orange oil nourishes skin and improves skin tone for a healthy, smooth look.
  • Spearmint oil is has antiseptic properties and can prevent pimples and acne.
  • Tangerine oil increase circulation to the skin.
  • Canadian organic honey is an emollient and nutrient with antioxidant and anti-microbial properties with the ability to absorb and retain moisture.
  • Sunflower seed oil is a rich emollient high in linoleic and oleic essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
  • Sodium lauroyl oat amino acids, derived from oats, is an extremely mild cleansing agent.
  • Panthenol is a moisturizer, derived from vitamin B5, with humectant-like properties that aid in skin absorption.
  • Salicylic acid gently exfoliates the skin, reducing sebum build-up.
  • Acacia gum, derived from the acacia tree, is soothing to the skin.

Suggested Use: Getting the most from your cleansing cloth is important as the cloths are packaged to last you an entire month: Use both sides of the cloth.

  • Step 1: Remove your facial makeup first.
  • Step 2: Then flip the cloth over and remove lipstick and eye makeup last.

For this review, I started with a full makeup face – foundation, concealer, eyeshadow/liner/mascara, blush and lipstick. I was tasked with cleaning one side of my face with a cheap cleansing cloth or washcloth and the other side with the Kaia Bamboo cloth. Unfortunately, I do not have a working camera at the moment so I am unable to show you before and after pics – but I can assure you, the results were very different!

On the right side of my face, I used a Biore cleansing cloth. These work okay, but they don’t take off my stubborn gel eyeliner and they leave my skin feeling a little tight. On the left side of my face, I used the Kaia cloth and it took off EVERYTHING – and I do mean everything! The Kaia cloths are unbelievably soft on my skin, and I don’t feel that I have to really work at getting the makeup off. It slides right off easily with no tugging or pulling. The bamboo really does help take off my eye makeup too, especially my mascara – usually, I have leftover mascara on my lashes and I have to scrub to get it off. Not so with the Kaia cloths! Plus, the scent is light and not very noticeable, unlike my Biore cloths which have a very perfume-y scent to them. PLUS, it didn’t irritate my eyes. My eyes are really sensitive, so I have to be careful about what I use near/on them – but these cloths took off every stitch of makeup I had on without making my eyes red, sting or burn.

While I am super impressed with the performance of these cloths, the price – $17.99 for 30 – is a little steep for every day use. However, I would definitely purchase these when I had a little extra cash, and would ration these puppies out so they last.

If you are interested in purchasing these for yourself, sign up for a Bloom account here. They truly do work, and I can easily say they are the best facial cleansing cloths I’ve tried! You will not be disappointed.

Disclaimer: The product(s) mentioned in this review were provided to me free of charge for the purpose of providing honest feedback. My opinions are 100% honest and my own, and are not influenced by free product, compensation or any type of monetary gain.

 

As part of my participation in the Bloom Ambassador Program, I received the Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask to review. My box arrived late, unfortunately, so I’ve only been able to use this mask once. Keep that in mind when you read the rest of my review – I plan on doing a follow-up post once I’ve been able to use this mask longer.

First Impressions

I was very pleased with the generous amount of product I received, and was really happy that this mask contains a lot of healthy, good-for-you ingredients. My skin can be quite sensitive, so finding skincare products that don’t irritate my face is very important to me. Right off the bat, I liked how creamy this mask looked and felt, and the smell was pleasant without being “perfume-y.”

After One Application

You are supposed to leave the mask on for around 15-20 minutes. I went ahead and left it on for the full 20 minutes and eagerly went to rinse my face. Note: This mask WILL NOT harden like some facial masks, so don’t be alarmed – it’s supposed to remain creamy and tacky feeling on the skin.

After rinsing, I did notice that my skin felt softer and redness was less noticeable. Other than that, there wasn’t a heck of a lot of difference. Of course, I’ve only used this mask once and am hopeful it will help with the condition of my skin in the long-term. Only time will tell! So far, I have no complaints and will continue to use this mask twice a week until I see results. At this point, I am glad that this mask didn’t irritate my finicky skin and enjoy the feeling of softness and cannot wait to continue using it. While I didn’t notice my skin getting “brighter” or “glowier,” I’m sure with continued use I’ll know whether those claims are accurate.

Price: $60

Availability: Bloom.com

 

As part of the Bloom Ambassador Program, I receive a monthly selection of products to test and review. This month, I had the opportunity to review the Lashfood Nano-Peptide Natural Lash Conditioner. This non-prescription lash enhancer claims to strengthen lashes while simultaneously helping them grow longer, thicker and fuller with noticeable results in 3-6 weeks. Plus, it’s natural and should not cause any side effects.

First Impressions:

When I first tried Lashfood, I was skeptical. You apply the serum nightly to clean, dry skin just like you would eyeliner. Simply sweep the brush across the lid and wait for the magic to happen. My lashes are already naturally pretty full, but I do experience lash fallout pretty frequently, so I was hoping this product would help combat that while giving the appearance of thicker fringe.

After One Month:

I faithfully used Lashfood every night for 4 weeks straight, and was severely disappointed. Not only did my lashes not look fuller, thicker or longer, but about halfway into the one-month trial I noticed that the product would start to gunk up on my lashes. I’d wake up with white, crusty flakes that were a pain in the butt to remove. I’m not sure how this happened, as you don’t apply this product to your lashes – somehow, it ended up migrating down and clumping up.

The ONLY reason I would give this 2 out of 5 stars is because the one difference I noticed was that I wasn’t experiencing hardly any lash fall out. In that sense, I suppose you could say that Lashfood helped strengthen my lashes – but I would not pay $80 for the privilege of stronger lashes. I’d rather deal with fallout!

To be fair, Lashfood states that it may take up to 6 weeks to notice visible differences. I will continue to use it for another two weeks and update you if I’ve noticed any changes. At this point, however, I cannot honestly recommend Lashfood based on my personal experiences.

Price: $80

Availability: Bloom.com

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge via the Bloom Ambassador Program for testing and review purposes. All reviews are 100% honest and not affected in any way by any type of compensation, monetary or otherwise.

DISCLAIMER: This product was provided to me free of charge via the Bloom Ambassador Program. My review reflects my 100% honest opinion, and is not influenced by free product or monetary gain.

Through my work with the Bloom Ambassador Program, I was able to try Winks by Georgie false lashes. I’ve tried many brands of faux lashes in the past, but always the drugstore variety. I was very excited to try a higher quality lash product, and was hoping to achieve good results.

First Impressions:

The lashes are nicely packaged, and come with their own compact and mirror. I broke my purse mirror recently, so these lashes came at the perfect time! When they are no longer wearable, I’ll be able to use the compact as a mirror – definitely a bonus. The lashes look very high quality, and are actually both all-natural and eco-friendly.

Since my experience with falsies has come exclusively from drugstore brands, I was eager to give these a test run. I didn’t have any special events planned, so I tested these during the day to see if they were suitable for daytime wear.

First Wear:

These are no more difficult to apply than other types of falsies. In fact, they were a cinch – even for faux lash novices. Simply apply your eye makeup as you normally would, then hold a lash up to your eye to see if it fits. Luckily, I didn’t have to trim these down, but if they are too long for your eye shape just take a small pair of scissors and trim the ends.

Now, unfortunately I was unable to use the lash glue that came with my lashes. I think I received a dried up tube. Luckily, I had glue left over from a previous set of falsies so I was able to apply these normally. Simply apply a thin strand of glue onto the lash band, then bend the lashes into a “U” shape for about 60 seconds to allow the glue to get tacky. Then, all you need to do is place the falsie as close to your natural lash line as possible, starting from the center of your eye and pressing outwards. Voila! Instant glam.

These only took me one try to apply perfectly, but if you are a beginner don’t be afraid to reapply a few times until you get the look just right. They really are simple! Removal is a cinch, too; just gently tug them off. I used a little baby oil to get rid of the lash adhesive residue, but you can also use makeup remover as well.

Overall:

I have tried these a few times since receiving them, and I am pleased to report that while they look a little dramatic in the case, these definitely work for daily wear. They blend nicely with my real lashes, and provided you don’t put mascara on them they will last for several wears. Just make sure to  put them back in the case when you’re done to help them retain their shape!

I would definitely recommend these lashes to anyone looking for high-quality, eco-friendly falsies that work for day or night. While it’s unfortunate my lash glue was dried up, I am sure this is just one of those one-off things. It didn’t detract from my overall experience with Winks by Georgie, and I can’t wait to try other styles from the brand!

Rating: 4/5

Price: $28

Availability: Bloom.com

 

 


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