Review: Pantene Products

IMG_1643It’s not really fair to give anyone less than 2 weeks to give feedback on any conditioner and shampoo. But I know from being a product tester, quick results are wanted. I purchased Pantene products I’ve been wanting to use for a while but never really tried.

I was given a $20 Walmart gift card from SheSpeaks/Pantene to purchase the best Pantene shampoo and conditioner for my hair. I was left disappointed and confused as my local (Akron) Walmart’s shelves were as usual not stocked and things thrown about. This is the default state of Akron area Walmart and I’ve even spoken to the manager (six months ago) about it. She claimed to be fixing that issue so I didn’t really expect any problems when I went there nor when I offered to complete this review. It took me a while to decide how to complete this review with the limitations of choices as well as types of shampoos/conditioners offered. I have all types of hair so one bottle type of what was offered of liquid shampoos and conditioners DID NOT CUT IT.

There are several things to keep in mind when reading my review. Your hair is not mine, and you may not have anywhere near the results I did. I have naturally wavy, very long, color treated, dry, thick hair. I use oils to help smooth, control, condition, shine, and protect my hair. They are magic and I’ve been using them since about 92.

I love dry shampoo because my hair is over three feet long, and thick and without blow drying takes two days to dry. So when I saw Pantene actually had dry shampoo, I grabbed both types. I don’t really like results dry shampoo gives but after my surgery I saw the blessings and possibility they provide.

IMG_1644Pantene Root Reboot Dry Shampoo was one of the types I purchased. It smelled pretty good. Made it look dry which dry shampoos do because they are powder.

 

IMG_1645Pantene Original Fresh Dry Shampoo. Darn near impossible to spray and having Lupus made it even harder. I’ll be calling to complain as I think the bottle might be broken or something. (Disappointing to not be able to really use it for a review FOR Pantene!)

 

IMG_1647Because I don’t need simple conditioner I didn’t buy it. Instead I purchased Ultimate 10 BB cream. Ten because it’s meant to fix 10 issues with your hair. Smells great and did make my hair easier to comb after I washed it. It took about 8 pumps. It can be used on Dry hair or wet.  I liked using it both ways. Results were pleasing thus far.

 

IMG_1646Pantene Pro-V Overnight Miracle. You put this on your hair and night, it works while you sleep and you are meant to wake up to great hair. I found almost instant results with this if you comb it through.  It made my hair HUGE and dry. I hated it. After two days I went back to my oils! I was pulling out handfuls of hair every time I put a comb through it!

 

IMG_1648Pantene Weekly Rehab Crème. Instantly renews hair with lasting smoothness. Designed for color treated hair. Deep restoration complex.  This flattened a lot of my natural wavy hair. It did make it easier to comb though. But I love my waves. For those who don’t love your wavy hair, this is for you! Also there are NO directions on the bottle itself. So be sure to read the box before you enter the shower!  (see last photo for results of this.)

I got several different types because that’s my hair, as I said it’s over three feet long, so it’s got ALL hair types. Healthy, near the scalp, dry near the ends. And until makers of shampoos and conditioners clue in to that they will try to trap us all into boxes we don’t fit! If my hair at my scalp was like my ends, I’d need repair for my hair. Makers of foundation finally clued into not everyone’s face is all the same, we have a T zone and everyone’s is different. The same applies to hair. Unless you have really short hair, don’t color your hair, don’t use any heat on your hair, don’t get air or sun on or through it. Chances are you fit into their target boxes. ENJOY! I remember those days well.

I enjoyed being a part of this Pantene product test via SheSpeaks. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Pantene. My own thoughts and ordeals!

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Remove Yourself from Spam Quickly! (For Free!)

I recently tested a new program for removing spam. Because I wasn’t sure how safe it was, I used it on a spam account that gets about 95 email spam messages a day. I didn’t care if I lost it, but if the program worked, it would be awesome! And it indeed works.

The following email unsubscriber only works with AOL, Yahoo, or Gmail accounts. (USA ONLY.) Click here to try it yourself!

The great thing is, you click on sign up, you don’t enter any information such as your password. You simply link it. It creates a unsubscribe folder and then though it says to NOT move your spam messages into their box, DO SO! In ONE day my spam messages dropped to less than 10!

The great thing is it asks if you have multiple accounts.

Privacy policy states: “We want you to be fully informed about the information we collect as part of this service. Behind the scenes, anonymous data about how people interact with commercial (not personal) messages helps us improve email, stop spam, and prevent phishing attacks.”

I hope this program helps you lead a cleaner inbox as well!

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How to Set your Default Thumbnail in The Free WordPress

WordPress for free users is very, very limited. You don’t have the ability to add on extras or edit the source code to make it see properly the thumbnail you wish to have set. It’s most annoying because Facebook often takes things unrelated to your WordPress entry as the thumbnail. Even if you have an image in your article the right size for Facebook, it still goes ignored.

I did a lot of research and kept coming across the paid version of WordPress users how to set your default thumbnail. As useful as that is, not everyone has the paid version of WordPress. In fact very few of my friends do. So I know I’m not alone when seeking the answer to this most annoying problem. And hopefully I can help you out.

I felt I was getting no where fast with my research to this thumbnail problem. I edited images I had linked in the hopes the Facebook Debugger http://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/ Would do the trick and pick up the right image. No luck, everything but what I wanted as my WordPress thumbnail was coming up! Talk about annoying.

Nearly at the end of my rope with WordPress and attempting to face the disappointment of never having a default thumbnail of my choice I started poking around in my own WordPress Dashboard seeking somehow to change this option. I clicked on settings at the bottom left. And found “Blog Picture / Icon” I thought to myself, could this be the default thumbnail I’ve been looking for? Could it really be this easy?! Sure enough it was!

So that’s the answer, really that simple, yes? You can set your default thumbnail in the free version of WordPress by going to Settings, and changing your Blog Picture /Icon to whatever you want! They will allow you to crop it as you see fit. Remember thumbnails are of equal height. So make it 200 by 200 or 150 by 150. I wouldn’t recommend going any smaller for your thumbnail.

After you have changed your default thumbnail in WordPress be sure to toss your blog link in the Facebook Debugger so it can update across the board. This should remove the cache issue with the other images. This will now ensure when others share your WordPress latest entry, it’s shared with the thumbnail you wouldn’t mind! I find selecting your banner image is best. This way others know its you right away by your thumbnail.

I figured this out myself, because as I shared above, nothing was on the internet about the FREE version of WordPress, only the paid version. If you have the free version of WordPress and this works for you, please let me know how useful this was for you.

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How to Design Eyebrows

There are several things you will need when designing eyebrows and one of them is not a razor. A razor will take off entirely too much as well as provide little, or no design control. You will need a good pair of tweezers, and possibly a small pair of scissors. You don’t have to be afraid of taking off too much hair because any mistakes you may make can be fixed with eye shadow, eyeliner, or eyebrow pencil. I mention all these things because sometimes you have to use what you have on hand.

In high school Cosmetology, and still today I design clients, and friend’s eyebrows. God has blessed me with great eyebrow arches just like my mothers. Don’t loose hope if you aren’t blessed with any eyebrow arches. I will provide you with tips to achieve eyebrow arches you never knew possible.

If it’s your first time designing your eyebrows, and you fear pain, you may want to stay away from using tweezers. I recall the first time I used them I thought I was going to die. My eyes watered, my nose ran, and my eyebrow skin turned bright red, and even bleed. Yes, it can be painful the first few times, but you don’t feel anything after a while. You are meant to stretch your skin nice and tight before you pluck, I don’t on myself but I do on others. It makes the pain a lot less. Also, when you pull the hairs, pull them as fast as possible in the direction the hair grows.

Before you begin plucking away those hairs lets cover some of the common eyebrow mistakes people make. Worst eyebrow mistake people make is making their eyebrows a very thin line with no “meat.” If you look at models, actresses, TV news anchors, and any magazine of such as Redbook, you will see no one has these types of eyebrows. Why, because it’s not flattering to any face. If you’ve never really study eyebrows before they are plucked, trimmed and designed, they are a shape of a bushy comma turned 90 degrees counter clockwise. Don’t design the eyebrows though to be exactly like a comma though. Whitney Houston was made fun of in tabloids for having “comma eyebrows.”

Another common eyebrow mistake is people don’t allow the eyebrow to flow. They pluck or even shave with a razor, everything but a thin line, and leave a ball shape where two eyebrows part in the middle of the face.

Yet another mistake is they forget to remove the hair in the middle of the face where the two eyebrows part. You don’t want to do a wonderful job, and forget to do the trim. Always remove the unibrow!

If your eyebrows are as the above mentioned I mean no personal insult, and I’m sorry if you felt, or feel that way. That’s not the intention of this article; it’s to merely explain a few things.

Trimming eyebrows can be a very hard job if you wear glasses, or even need them and don’t wear them. You will miss certain angles, and aspects you would normally see if you had 20/20 vision. Example, say you have great vision in your right eye but horrible in your left. When you are designing your left eyebrow you will not be seeing as clearly as you do out of your eye right as you will be looking at your left eyebrow with your left eye.

One piece of advice I received from a Mary Kay consultant, and Cosmetology teacher I have proven to be wrong. She said to never trim the top of the eyebrows. I don’t know if she was old schooling it, or if she believed it to be fact. But I can tell you, if you never trim the top of your eyebrows you will never achieve the eyebrows of your dreams. People who have Jack Nicholson eyebrows need to trim off the points so they don’t appear to be “evil” or “angry” all the time. Those who are born without great arches will have to trim the top of the outer edge thus lower the eyebrow to create the eyebrow arch.

Designing your eyebrows or anyone else’s will take some time looking at the angles of the face, and of course, you will need to be in a very well lit room.

The end of the eyebrow should be from the edge of your closed mouth on either side, going diagonal upward and away from each corner you should find the end of your eyebrow.

To locate the starting of your eyebrow, and separation of the two to go the edge of your nose nostrils, going upward on both sides you will find what you have to trim in the middle of your face. You have also now found where the eyebrow begins.

To locate your eyebrow arch, once again go back to your nose nostrils, in a diagonal upward and away from each nostril you will locate where your eyebrow arch should be.

Now that’s the basic layout of any eyebrow. If you wish to give yourself a hard edge look instead of a softer look, at the beginning of the eyebrow you trim it to be a corner of a square. If you wish to give yourself a softer look you would round the top just by trimming off a few hairs, approximately three or four, just enough to give you a soft rounded curve.

Since eyebrow styles change throughout the years as well as hairstyles, you will need to work out what’s best for you. To achieve a well-defined arch, trim the top of the eyebrow just before the arch, leading the hair in a slight angle upward to create your arch. Now under the eyebrow on the inside after the arch trim. Keep the hairs neat and tidy, all grouped together. Be careful to not create a ball effect at the start of the eyebrow. You will also need to trim the underside of the beginning of the eyebrow for lose hairs, and providing the eyebrow with a more flowing effect upward towards the arch.

Eyebrows much like eyes – don’t have to match, but don’t make them so different that it looks odd looking at your face. If you look very close at several top models, and actresses you will notice an ever so slight difference between their two eyebrows. Why? Because each eye is different and in order to for the face to look more uniform you need to make the eyebrows flatter the eyes.

 

**Previously published on Yahoo! Network.

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How to Shape Your Fingernails

indexShaping one’s fingernails is a lot like shaping ones hair style to fit your face. I’m a nail technician for Rose’s salon, and can’t tell you how many times people ask me these questions. It really depends on several different aspects. There is personal style, professional style, and of course person choice which doesn’t have to be the same thing as personal style.

The first thing we need to do is learn a few terms in order to understand what I’m going to explain.

Take your hand and place it palm side down, looking at your fingernails the bottom part of the nail, we are going to use the term “nail base” and near that is the “cuticle” which should be the skin you push back off the nail. The edge part, we will be referring to as the “nail tip”. These are three terms that will be repeated over, and over as we speak of styles and shapes.

Fingernail file shaping has several different styles. When I was originally in Cosmetology our teacher tried to tell us that ALL fingernails should be shaped the same as the nail base. Meaning, if your nail base is round, so should your nail tips, if your nail base is square once again so should your nails tips.

I don’t agree with this assessment, and I have yet to meet another nail artist that does. Many people prefer fingernail tips that are shaped like a square because square tips are stronger than round. But I’m jumping ahead. So let’s get moving on finger nail shaping styles and shapes.

Looking at your fingernails, both the tips and nail base. Sometimes fingernails will grown in their natural shape, so no shaping is necessary, you would simply need to make sure they remain in that shape through out. Most likely, that shape of the nail tip will be rounded.

Professional style is square tip fingernails. The reason for this is, as we previously mentioned square nails are stronger than round nails. Your personal style may be round as you like the feeling and even the appearance of the round tips, plus added to that, you may not have time to file your nails and may end up letting them be natural.

The pictures that will hopefully be attached: one will be my thumb nail, the base of the nail bed is square, but the nail itself is round. My finger between the pinky and the middle finger the tip is square but the nail bed is round.

The other is my index finger which is a round tip and a round finger bed. I’ve attached these pictures so you can get an idea about shape differences. I normally keep my nails much longer, and square tipped but shaped them for examples for this article.

You can shape your nails in the round tip shape, by taking the nail file and filing inward, never a back and forth motion. This causes more damage then it does good. File inward on both edges of the nail to achieve the rounded nail tip style.

You can shape your nails in the square tip shape, by taking the nail file and running it in one direction only across the tip of the nail, either left to right, or right to left. You continue to do this until you have a level straight line which gives you the square tip appearance.

For the natural growth shape, you simply run the nail file across its edges to keep it smooth. Remember though to only do it in one motion, not back and forth.

 

**Previously published on Yahoo! Network.

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Review: Xlear Care Kit

I received a basket full of products via Mom’s Meet their Xlear Care Kit.

  • 2 packs of Spry Dental Defense gum – Stronger longer Xylitol 100%! 12 count natural peppermint sugar free.
  • 1 pack of Spry Xylitol  peppermint toothpaste.
  • 1 pack of Spry Gem mints Spearmint.
  • 1 pack of Spry mints Cinnamon.
  • 1 pack of nasal spray Xlear.
  • 1 pack of 3 nasal spray Xlear.
  • 1 bottle of Spry oral rinse spearmint with a Earth friendly tooth brush connected.

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Everything says Xylitol on it. Xylitol is not natural and can cause stomach and GI issues in large amounts. It’s disappointing how many aren’t even bothered to address this but jump on the fact that it’s “all natural”. I don’t and many others don’t consider Xylitol all natural. I am not a supporter of Xylitol, even though so many are. The Xylitol toothpaste isn’t even FDA approved! Xylitol causes basically a laxative effect. I support sugar as it actually IS all natural.

I’d like to share this article with you: http://www.crunchybetty.com/xylitol-should-we-stop-calling-it-natural It’s a shame so many abuse her for sharing what she found out. I happen to know many who agree, it’s not natural when it’s made with man made chemicals.

So in light of all this I was not overly pleased to be testing Xylitol filled products. But I did at least parts of it anyway. I wasn’t about to shove nose spray with this crap in it straight to my brain! Thank you very much! I had thought SOME of the products would be Xylitol free but sadly that wasn’t the case. But I was thrilled to be a part of this program.

The gum was okay, I’ve had better that contained Xylitol, same with the mints. My teeth felt no cleaner with the toothpaste, and mouth wash. But if you are interested in using these products that contain Xylitol this is for you. I’m sure the prices will be slightly higher than regular products though, sorry.

I’m pleased to have been selected to do my first blog review for Mom’s Meet, even if I don’t agree or support Xylitol.

You can purchase the Xlear Care Kit, valued at $65, for only $25 now through June, 30th 2015. Click here to take advantage of this special offer. code SAVE50

When I applied for this kit, this is the information supplied:  Xlear has an entire line of health-enhancing products that are made with xylitol, a healthy and natural sweetener.* Xylitol has a wide variety of uses and benefits, from improving oral health to maintaining upper respiratory and sinus health. The Xlear Care Kit is equipped with everything you need to naturally care for your oral and sinus health, including Xlear Nasal Spray, Spry Toothpaste, Spry Oral Rinse, Spry Gum, and Spry Gems.

* – Manmade products are not considered natural.

 

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