Sunday, June 28, 2015

Video: Product Review | Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

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I'm back on my product review game with a review of the Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. This conditioner is both Curly Girl and Max Hydration Method approved due to being silicone and alcohol free. There is protein and vitamin e in this conditioner but both are super low on the ingredients list and the protein isn't even hydrolyzed. Hydrolyzed protein more easily bonds to your hair.

You'll have to watch the video to get my full views on this product but I can say that it is definitely on my top list of products. It's not quite staple status for reasons outlined in the video.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Five | Eating Good, Paying Well


Friday 5 is a weekly post in which I run down the things that made me smile this past week.

1. Dipped the chip
I was standing in the checkout line at walmart purchasing the Sunday paper when the woman in front of me paid by "dipping the chip" of her credit card into the card reader. I saw that and got all hyped to use the chip on my card too. It's silly but I think this technology is so cool. I now dip every time I hit a Walmart.

2. Started couponing again
I used to coupon a little in high school. I didn't know what I was doing and I didn't have all of the online resources available today. I have gone back to the couponing darkside. My most recent deal was getting over $4 down to .63 cents before I had to pay tax. These couponing sites hardly mention tax but 45 of our United States charge you tax on the pre-coupon total. .63 cents went to .89 cents real quick!

3. Cashed out on ibotta 
I finally took my little ibotta earnings and purchased a Starbucks giftcard. I'm much t0o lazy to regularly go to Starbucks but I go sometimes and I like it to be free! lol.

4. Paid from apps
I paid from some apps and it was geeky fun just like dipping my chip. I enjoyed ordering my Starbucks breakfast before heading out, waltzing in ahead of the line, grabbing my food, then continuing on my merry way. I had a similar experience in Subway. I just wish Subway gave the option to pay in store. People can and do hack these apps and get your card info.

5. Miracle Mashies + Salmon & Snap Peas
I made these two hungry girl recipes and had them together. I was scraping my plate and the whole meal was barely over 300 cals. Yum!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Current "To Try" List

You all know that I follow a regimen called the Maximum Hydration Method. On this method your product choices are limited to products excluding several ingredients. Of these 'no-no' ingredients some just don't bother me so I've compiled a list of some products I'll eventually be trying. I've also noted next to each product why it is not 100% Max Hydration Method approved if it is a rule bender.

Conditioners

  • Alba Botanica Leave In Conditioner (Glycerin, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol)
  • Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Calming Conditioner, Normal to Dry Hair (Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexl Glycerin)
  • GVP Conditioning Balm (Propylene Glycol - humectant!!)
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner (Vegetable Glycerin, Panthenol)


Stylers

  • As I Am Curling Jelly Curl And Coil Definer (Glycerin)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel SoufflĂ© (Glycerin, Panthenol)
  • Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Styling Gel (Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol as preservative)
  • Beautiful Curls Curl Defining Gel
  • Green Tea Curl Glaze

Note that the rule benders are mostly humectants. Humectants cause my style to drop in high dews but never cause dryness in low dews. If you live in a desert climate you may want to avoid all of these humectant containing products as they can cause dryness. The main reason these are no-no'd for MHM is so that you don't have to worry about the climate or dews at all. 
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