PLATINUM SNAIL ANTI-AGING COLLECTION FROM KENRA PROFESSIONAL

Kenra Professional just launched their new Platinum Snail Anti-Aging Collection and I was lucky enough to get the whole set and I’m so excited to share it with you guys! It’e the FIRST professional hair care product infused with snail essence which is a highly concentrated blend of proteins proven to awaken the youth in hair. It’s a very popular and fast growing anti-aging Korean beauty ingredient that they use in skin and hair care so I had extremely high hopes when I started using these products. Their website claims the collection will help with dulling, thinning, breakage, frizz, dryness, elasticity, porosity, scalp irritation, un-manageability and coarse texture. I’ve only been using them for about a month and they’ve already changed my hair for the better, I’m so in love with the line so far. The minute I opened everything up I was already in love because the packaging is so stunning. Everything matches in silver and blue and it just looks so sleek and luxurious which is awesome.

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The first thing I tried out was their Platinum Snail CC Creme. I was a little confused because I’ve never heard of a CC creme for your hair! I’ve used CC creme foundations before, but I had no idea how to use a hair CC creme. It says on the bottle that you just apply a little bit evenly through damp or wet hair so it’s similar to a hair oil in that sense. Here’s some of it’s claims on their website:

  • Fight all 10 signs of aging hair.
  • Lightweight creme without styling hold.
  • Restores & prolongs youth in hair.
  • Enriched with Snail Essence, a highly concentrated blend of proteins.
  • Formulated without sulfates & parabens.

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So the first day I just immediately ran it through my dry hair because I was so excited to start testing. My first impression was that it smelled AMAZING!! I can’t place the scent exactly put it’s very floral. It smells like an expensive perfume, I love it. I would later find out that all of the products in the collection smell the exact same which I LOVE because mixing hair scents is not my favorite thing to do so it’s nice that there’s one consistent scent throughout the entire collection. I also just can’t get enough of it! Multiple times I day you can find me sniffing my hair and even my friends have been commenting on how good I smell and I haven’t changed my perfume, laundry detergent, or deodorant so I know it’s because of this! Anyway, I really do love the CC creme. It’s one of my favorite products in the collection because it’s super simple to use and it just makes your hair look smoother, sleeker, and overall more healthy every time you use it. I like to use it after a shower, of course, while my hair is drying. But I also love to apply it at the middle or end of a long day because it just brings back a little life into your hair.

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The next night was hair washing night (I only wash my hair twice a week because it’s so dry so yes, I have hair nights!) and I finally got to test out the shampoo and conditioner. Before I get into it, lets read the claims:

I would 100% agree with each and every one of those claims. I am SO picky with shampoo & conditioner so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this but I really do. I would say that these two products are some of the best pieces of the collection because they have totally changed the look and texture of my hair. If you can only get one or two products from the entire line, get these and thank me when you do! First of all, they obviously smell great, just like the CC creme and feel just as nice. They have a nice, thick consistency that I definitely prefer when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. They don’t irritate the skin on my scalp at all which is a MUST because I have a sensitive scalp that is prone to dandruff. The shampoo lathers really nicely and I feel like it does a great job at cleaning my hair unlike a lot of other high-end shampoos that tend to feel like lotion for your hair. The conditioner is amazing, honestly. It’s my new favorite conditioner, I’ve even started using it as a hair mask because it works to well. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and it looks so much healthier and shinier since I’ve been using it. I’ve naturally got pretty dry, damaged hair. I rarely use heat tools, I don’t color my hair, and I take extra precautions with showering and products to ensure that my hair retains as much moisture as possible but no matter what I do it still looks a bit dry and frizzy, that’s just a fact of my life and I was really used to it until I started using this system. I honestly thought there was nothing more that I could be doing to improve the look and feel of my hair but this HAS changed it. It looks like I’ve barely got any dead ends, my hair is almost never frizzy anymore. Everything feels so soft and beautiful. It honestly looks like I’m wearing a wig, it’s unreal. I couldn’t be happier with this pair of products, you HAVE to try them!!

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Usually after I shower and apply my products, I let me hair air dry. I try to avoid using a blow dryer (or any heat) at all cost because I don’t want to damage my hair any further. When I let it air dry it tends to develop these nice, beachy waves that I like to keep in place all day so I use a hair spray to lock in that style every time I dry my hair. I tried out there Shaping Spray for this and it worked out really well! Some of the claims for this spray include:

  • 1st Professional Alcohol Free Hairspray
  • Max Moisture Retention
  • Optimal Working Time
  • Extra Firm Hold & High Shine

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I’m usually pretty nervous to try out new hairsprays because I don’t want my hair to come out feeling crunchy or dry but this didn’t do that at all even though it’s an “extra firm hold” hairspray. Normally I don’t use high hold or extra hold because those tend to leave your hair feeling unhealthy but like I said, this didn’t do that. My hair looked just as soft and shiny after applying it as it did before so I’m really loving that! It also did a phenomenal job at locking in my natural waves so I’m really excited to keep using this daily, it’s definitely become one of my go-to hair products.

The Kenra Platinum Heat Block is very similar but also keeps your hair safe from the high heat involved in using hair straighteners and other heat tools. Like I said earlier, I use heat tools as little as possible but if I’m going out I’ll definitely straighten or curl my hair and when I do I NEVER go without a heat protecting spray, it’s essential. Some of the claims for this spray include:

  • Multi-benefit styler provides heat protection up to 450 degrees F and finishes with a high hold.
  • Enriched with Bee Propolis for unparalleled heat protection
  • Allows for clean release from styling tools

It works very similar to the Shaping Spray so I’m really enjoying it. My hair looks and feels great after using it, even after using a hair straightener which tends to dry out my hair and make it appear frizzier later in the day. Since I started using this, that hasn’t really been happening. (And if my hair does start to look a bit dull at the end of the day, I just run some of the CC creme through it and it’s back to looking great!) Both sprays in this collection have really great nozzles. You know how some hairsprays have really inconsistent sprayers that leave some of your hair DRENCHED in hairspray and some of your hair dry?? It’s like you can never control the amount you want to use and some parts of your hair ALWAYS turn out crunchy and gross and the rest was left patchy and untouched? (I’m looking at you Aqua Net! The collective nightmare of all of our teen years, haha) Well these definitely aren’t like that. They both spray a fine, even mist so it’s really easy to control the amount of product you’re applying and I love that.

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As you can probably tell, I’m in love with this collection. I wouldn’t have a single negative thing to say about it even if I tried REALLY hard to be critical. Obviously I’ve only been using the system for about a month so I’m not sure if my hair is going to continue improving as I continue to use it but let me know if you want an update on my progress after I’ve at least finished the bottles of shampoo and conditioner and I can definitely write up a quick update for you guys! Also, since I’ve had such an amazing experience with this collection, I’m really interested in trying out more from Kenra Professional. Have you ever used any of their products? If you have, let me know in the comments which of their products is your favorite so I can try them out!

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For more information, visit their website at KenraProfessional.com. If you’re interested in trying out any of these products, you can find them at www.ulta.com/brand/kenra-professional

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Sprayable Sleep | Topical Melatonin from Sprayable

I was really excited when I got this bottle of Sprayable Sleep to try out because I use some sort of sleep aid almost every night and I’m always searching for something better. It came on time, nicely packaged, and looked exactly like the pictures online. I have had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep since I was a teenager. I’ve talked to my doctor about it and been prescribed so many different medications for sleep but I never liked any of them because they either didn’t work, worked too well (knocked me out so quickly and hard that I would fall asleep sitting up or not change positions all night and wake up sore), didn’t keep me asleep all night, or made it REALLY difficult to wake up in the morning. Plus, a lot of the pills and supplements I’ve tried are HUGE and hard to swallow, not to mention they tend to taste really gross. This sleep aid is different because it’s (as far as I’m aware) the first topical sleep aid. You don’t have to swallow it at all, you spray it on your neck before you go to bed and it helps you fall asleep!

I’ve always loved the effects of melatonin because unlike other sleep aids, it kind of lulls you to sleep. It doesn’t just knock you out or wear off in an hour and leave you up at 2am because it helps you STAY asleep AND get a deeper, more restful night’s sleep which is amazing. After you use it you start to really calm down and your mood changes and then you start to get tired enough to sleep, it’s not an immediate knock out so I really like that. The best thing about it is it’s easier to wake up at a reasonable time without feeling super groggy all day. So far I’m really loving it! I haven’t been using it long enough to find out if you eventually build up any resistance to it but I’ll check back in once I’m finished with the bottle to update my review if there are any changes in my opinion.  The only downside is that it smells BAD. The smell goes away once it soaks in and dries down but I can’t even wait that long. Instead, immediately after I spray it on my neck I follow up with a couple spritzes of perfume and it completely eliminates the scent so now it’s not an issue. It’s worth it for the results, too, even if I wasn’t able to mask the scent lol. Like I said, so far, I’m loving it and I highly recommend it to anyone with sleep issues!!

You can find this spray online at the link below:

Amazon.com/Sprayable-Melatonin-Asleep-Transdermal-Deprivation/dp/B01GIXHPSW/ref=sr_1_18_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1502825776&sr=1-18&keywords=melatonin+spray

BeLive Activatedcoco Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder

This is my third container of the Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder but my first time trying the Coco charcoal from BeLive and I’m really loving it so far! It came on time, nicely packaged, and looked exactly like the pictures online. It doesn’t have a scent at all and I really can’t taste it either which I really love because I remember being worried about the taste before I tried charcoal for my teeth the first time. Be careful when you open the cap on the inside of the container for the first time because this stuff has the tendency to puff out on you, so consider yourself warned!! It’s a very fine, black powder that doesn’t stain but it will leave you with an annoying black smudge on your clothes if you’re not careful, lol.

I like to use this once or twice a week for teeth whitening and it really does work, you can see a noticeable difference after the first use which is awesome. All I do is dip my wet toothbrush inside so that a little bit gets on the bristles and then brush my teeth like normal! Your mouth gets all black which is fun but it rinses out really easily, it’s not any more difficult to get out than toothpaste. Then, I brush my teeth with my regular toothpaste and I’m good for the night! It’s really easy and quick to use which I appreciate because I don’t have time for most whitening products. It also makes your teeth feel SUPER clean. I wouldn’t use this with your electric toothbrush on, though, because the vibration would send black charcoal flying everywhere so make sure to keep your toothbrush off while you use this.

It also included two free whitening strips inside the box! I wasn’t expecting that at all so that’s really cool. I’ve never used a whitening strip before so I’m really excited to try them out! Anyway like I said,  I really love this stuff and the way it makes my teeth look and feel soI would DEFINITELY recommend it to anyone looking to whiten their teeth!

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You can find this powder online at Amazon.com/gp/product/B072JTT4N1

 

Focus Shampoo & Conditioner with Argan & Hemp Seed Oil 

I just got this new shampoo & conditioner from Focus Hair Care that’s supposed to help with hair loss and I’m really excited to be testing them out! They came on time, nicely packaged, and looked exactly like the pictures online. First of all, I want to say that I LOVE that these are sold as an affordable set. I always thought it was unfortunately that you have to buy shampoo and conditioner separately, especially if they’re supposed to be a “system.” Anyway, I don’t have any bald spots or anything like that to worry about, but my hair is definitely thinner than it used to be. I’ve been looking for products to help with fullness for a long time and these seem to be like something that will definitely help with that. On the website the description says it’s:

  • Enriched with biotin, Argan oil, Hemp seed oil and Ginseng Root extract to improve scalp condition and promote thicker, fuller hair
  • Builds body and volume in fine, thinning hair, encourages hair growth and activates dormant hair follicles
  • Strengthens hair strands and boosts volume which leads to easy hair management
  • Paraben free, Sulfate free, Gluten free, Cruelty-free. No animal testing

It has great packaging, it smells great, and doesn’t irritate the skin on my scalp at all. It smells very natural and cinnamon-y, like a rich cinnamon scented candle, I love it. The shampoo lathers really nicely and I feel like it does a great job at cleaning my hair. The conditioner is amazing, honestly. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and it looks a lot healthier and shinier since I’ve been using it. I haven’t been using this system long enough to see any dramatic differences but I’m excited to keep using it! Let me know if you want an update on my progress after I’ve been using it for a longer period of time!

You can find this set online at FocusHaircare.com/focus-hair-shampoo.html

Blackhead Removal Mud Mask from Glam Essentials

I just started using this new mud mask last week and I’m loving it so far, I feel like it’s going to be the best mud mask I’ve ever tried! It came on time, nicely packaged, and looked exactly like the pictures online. The packaging is nice and I have to say.. I LOVE the scent! Most mud masks smell earthy or just strange and chemically but this one smells minty and fresh, it’s AMAZING! The consistency is pretty similar to other mud masks I’ve used and it wears similarly. It’s really easy to get off too which is always appreciated because I hate trying to scrub bad masks off my face. I’ve only been using this mask for a little over a week so I can’t tell you my full opinion on it yet but my skin definitely looks better after using it. I’ve noticed less blackheads and I actually think I’m starting to notice my pores shrinking which is amazing. I’m really loving it so far so I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good affordable mud mask! Let me know if you want an updated review after I’ve used the whole jar!

You can find this mask online at Amazon.com/gp/product/B00OZWEJJ2

All Natural Hair Growth Oil from Rejuvenate Organics

I got this hair growth oil from Rejuvenate Organics about a week ago and I was really excited to start testing it out, you have no idea! I’ve been using it ever since and I really like it so far. It came on time, nicely packaged, and looked exactly like the pictures online. It says it’s supposed to stimulate natural hair growth which is something I’m super excited about because my hair has been thinning out for the last few years and I really want to bring back some of my volume. It’s made out of all natural/organic carrier oils and essential oils, too, so it’s actually just really great for your hair all around.

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It has coconut and argon oil in it, both of which I LOVE to use on my hair anyway. It also has castor oil in it which I thought was interesting (and promising) because I use pure castor oil as a way to naturally grow my eyebrows. The oil isn’t as greasy as I thought it might be in my hands or my hair which I really appreciate. Because it’s not too thick or oily, I’m able to wash it out relatively easily. The smell is great! It’s not overpowering or unpleasant at all. I’m sure it smells like a lot of different things but the most noticeable scent (to me) is the peppermint oil so I think it smells great.

I’ve been using it two different ways. Twice I tried it as a treatment oil and put a thin amount on and left it on for an hour or more and then washed it out and that worked really well, my hair came out a lot silkier and shinier than before it was applied. The other way is completely saturating my hair in the oil before I go to bed so it can soak in my hair overnight. I use a sleeping cap to keep my pillow cases clean and in the morning I take a shower to wash it all out. This has really been improving the look and texture of my hair because it’s basically like a hair mask. I’ve only been using it for a week so I haven’t seen any noticable differences in hair growth obviously but like I said, I’m really loving it so far and I would definitely recommend it because it’s got some amazing, natural ingredients for your hair and my hair is looking great because of it!

You can find this treatment oil online at Amazon.com/gp/product/B06XYTQ7R9

Extra Firm Bath Pillow with Suction Cups from Simply Essentials

So I just got this bath pillow from Simply Essentials and I’m super excited about it because I’ve never actually had one before! It came on time, nicely packaged, and looked exactly like the pictures online. Anyone who’s ever lived with me knows how much I LOVE bath time. I can spend hours in there, honestly. It’s so relaxing..

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Unfortunately, after a while your neck and back starts to hurt from laying on the hard edge of the bath for so long. I’ve thought about getting a neck pillow for years but never did because I’ve only ever seen the inflatable kind and I didn’t think those would actually work, especially since the edge of my bath tub isn’t very thick. With this pillow, you don’t have to worry about that because it has suction cups so it can actually stick to the back of your bath tub without you having to worry about it! It says it’s an extra firm pillow but it’s actually super comfortable. I love using this pillow because it allows me to actually lay down in my bath comfortably to read which is awesome. I’m loving it so far and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves baths as much as me!

 

You can find this bath pillow at Amazon.com/dp/B00MYGYN7O