mainelement:love Shea Smoothie Review

Shea_Smoothie

Shea Smoothie by mainelement:love is part of our Toddler Hair Care Staples list for sure!  My 21 month old daughter has a few different types of hair but in the back it is a little more coarse and very dry.  If you remember our number one goal in the toddler hair care regimen is to increase the moisture.  I recently tried mainelement:love Shea Smoothie on her hair and I was very impressed.  I knew I had to do a review because the first time I used it for her I was blown away.

These days she has been rocking the typical toddler hair style, cornrows in the back and two puffs up front.  To minimize damage from the rubber bands, I take them off the puffs nightly and moisturize and seal the hair then in the morning I re-moisturize and seal again before putting new rubber bands on.  I used the Shea Smoothie and it was very easy to get through from root to tip because of the thin consistency.  Once it was totally applied I noticed that her curls were easy to finger detangle, felt moist and had loads of definition.  The main ingredients in the Shea Smoothie are:

  • Water
  • Organic Aloe Vera Juice
  • Shea Butter
  • Emulsifying Wax
  • Palm Stearic Acid
  • Almond Oil

shea smoothie

Her hair absolutely loves this product and I’m so happy that I kept it.  I was sent this product for review a while back (when I was still relaxed) and it didn’t really work well for me but for her it’s fabulous.  The Citrus Fusion scent is very fragrant but in a good way.  Not overwhelming and not annoying scented, I like the scent.  It’s a win for us!

Find it here: mainelementlove.com

Carry On Travel Essentials

Carry-on Essentials

We just got back from Atlanta.  We went for a long weekend to go to a wedding, without the baby!  We both packed everything we needed in two carry ons.  The hardest part was narrowing down the list of liquid products, but when it comes to beauty products, so many different brands have TSA approved sized packaging.

Here are a few of my Carry On Essentials!

I’m really loving Murad’s Travel Essentials, especially the Balancing Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 | PA++ (1.7 FL.OZ.—Full Size) – Lightweight hydration with powerful antioxidant protection that defends against damaging UVA/UVB rays, Hydrating Toner (0.5 FL.OZ.—Travel Size) (6.0 FL.OZ.—Full Size) – Refreshes skin by replenishing moisture loss that can occur as a result of traveling it’s a spray too so that’s great, and Clarifying Wipes (1 count – Travel Size) (30 count—Full Size) – Pre-moistened, ultra-soft wipes that can be used for quick touch ups and help keep skin clear by removing dirt, bacteria and excess oil.  The clarifying wipes are great because they don’t count as a liquid and do not have to be in the tiny clear bag.  Another great product to have for travel is the Murad Transforming Powder Cleanser and exfoliator because it’s not a liquid and does a wonderful job of cleansing the skin.

Postpartum Body Changes

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As I sit here typing this, I’m wearing my waist trainer.  I have this love-hate relationship with this thing and I definitely don’t wear it enough for it to actually make a difference, so why bother right?  Who knows, but what I do know is  I want to chat about my post-baby body.  Although I’m back down to my pre-pregnancy weight (actually, I’m a few pounds lighter) my body is different.  My pre-pregnancy clothes, although they all fit, they fit differently.  To say I’m not happy with my post-baby body wouldn’t exactly be the whole truth, because I’m overall content but I’m not overly excited about it.  Does that make sense?  Anyway, I want to make some fitness and health changes that will ultimately lead to a ‘better’ post-baby body.  Generally speaking, I want to slim down my belly and waist area, tone up the rest of my body and feel stronger.  Since I’ve said this before and not really followed through with it, I’m putting my goals up on the blog and I’ll check in and chat about what I’m doing to help me stay on the right track.  Anyone who wants to join me, feel free and drop a little line in the comments section.

First things first, I think I’m going to bite the bullet and join a gym and actually go a few times a week.  To keep myself from aimlessly wandering around the gym with no plan I’m going to browse Pinterest and get some ideas of what to do at the gym, because truth be told I have no idea what to do.  Once I’m consistent in going to the gym, I’ll consider linking up with a trainer to help really get the most from my gym sessions.

Along with this, diet!  Not diet in terms of limiting, restricting, counting, and straight up avoiding certain foods but diet in terms of what I’m eating.  I’m just going to increase my vegetable, fruit and water intake because my diet is not awful and I know I can actually accomplish these three things easily.  Once the fruits, veggies, and water intake are on the right track I’ll consider changing things up a bit more.  But food is my weakness, I love a great meal.  Whereas the hubs eats because he has to eat to survive, I eat because I enjoy the experience, the flavors, etc. and I refuse to cut certain things out entirely.

 

Sunblock for Where?

nios shield

If you aren’t apply sunblock to this area you could be putting yourself at risk!  Take a guess and see if you can guess the body part I’m talking about.  The SCALP!  Think about it, when is the last time you put sunblock on your scalp?  That area is vulnerable, especially if you part your hair and plan to be in the sun.  On the beach, during a hike, or any other time you plan on being out in the sun.  Nios SPF 15 Leave-In Conditioner SPF 15 – Nios is serving an unmet need in hair styling by offering all the benefits of haircare with Argan oil, wheat protein, Vitamins B & E, and SPF 15 protection all in one product!

Other areas of the body that are often missed are the tops of ears, back of neck, and tops of feet.  Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to these areas while you are at it.

 

Raising the Bar on Soaps

I’m #TeamWashcloth and I happen to love bar soaps, even though these days I typically use body washes and creams.  But lately, I’ve been on the hunt for some great bar soaps and I had to share a few with you guys.

I love felted soaps because you don’t necessarily have to use a washcloth because the whole soap is enclosed in felt.  They feel great on your skin, give a little bit of physical exfoliation and look great.  Click the image above to order, FYI it’s an affiliate link.


These soaps that look like beautiful stones are so pretty you won’t even want to use them.  Keep a few in the guest bath for a beautiful surprise for your guests.  

biore bar soap

Don’t leave your face out of the bar soap equation.  Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar features a dual action formula to exfoliate while deep cleaning pores. Made with Natural Charcoal – known for its ability to draw out and trap deep-down impurities – this cleanser draws out and binds to deep down dirt and oil for 2.5 times cleaner pores than a basic cleanser. With jojoba beads and peppermint, the formula gently exfoliates and leaves skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

algae soap

A bar soap to help with cellulite? Um, YES PLEASE!  Wilma Schumann Algae Contouring Soap promises to do just that.  The algae helps with micro-circulation to help eliminate fat deposits, add this with a little working out and  you’ll be bikini ready in no time!  Sounds like a dream right?

What do you think?  Would you consider making the bar soap switch?