Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Long Hair Don't Care (Hairfinity vs. Biotin/MSM)

Hairfinity, what is it?

Hairfinity is a vitamin supplement. Along with all the good stuff you would expect to find in a typical multivitamin, Hairfinity also contains higher doses of Biotin, MSM (not typically found in multivitamins), and a special complex of amino acids – said to promote healthy hair growth. Hairfinity boasts that use will promote a healthy scalp, increased hair elasticity, increased hair strength, and overall hair health.

Did Hairfinity work?

During the fall of 2013 I decided to embark on a “Healthy Hair Journey” and integrated Hairfinity into my healthy hair regimen (if you’d like to know more about this comment below).  I used Hairfinity for approximately three months, during which I experienced hair growth of about a ½ an inch per month. Using Hairfinity, I also noticed my hair appeared healthier, stronger, and thicker. Although I was happy with my Hairfinity results and excited to see my hair growing faster, I realized this could be equally attributed to a healthy lifestyle change (healthy diet and regular exercise) – also proven to improve hair health and increase hair growth). In addition, I hoped to find a cheaper alternative as Hairfinity sells for a not so cheap $24 a bottle . . . spendy considering my law student budget.

Alternatives . . . 

MSM, what is it?

MSM (methylsulfonylmethan) is an organic form of sulfur, found naturally in several foods such as milk and green vegetables. You may also find MSM as a supplement in the aisles of your local drugstore or health food store. As a supplement, MSM has been used to promote hair growth and reduce hair shedding. So how does it do it you ask? Well, sulfur is needed to produce the proteins that make up our hair and MSM has been said to lengthen the growth phase of the hair cycle . . . VOILA faster growing, longer hair!

Biotin, what is it?

Biotin is a naturally occurring vitamin also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H. Biotin can be found in foods such as green leafy vegetables and egg yolks, or as a supplement in the aisles of your local drugstore or health food store. As a supplement, biotin has been used to boost hair growth and promote stronger, healthier hair. Additionally, biotin has been proven to improve production of keratin, the protein that makes up our hair . . . so yes hair growth guaranteed!

Did Biotin and MSM work?

After 3 months on Hairfinity, I switched to using a combination of 5,000 mcg of Biotin and 1,000 mg of MSM and yes, it worked! I found my results using the combination of Biotin and MSM comparable to those I experienced using Hairfinity Not to mention I was able to find both supplements at my local CVS for $8 a bottle. Oh and not to mention, there was BOGO deal on supplements at my local CVS . . . ding ding ding ding I WIN!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

What's This About A Teatox?

When someone says “detox,” I’m immediately struck by hunger pangs – think stomach roaring from starvation.  However, I’ve recently learned that detox doesn’t have to mean deprivation and suffering. In my attempts to embrace a healthy lifestyle – clean  (or sometimes not so clean) diet and exercise, I’ve also come to embrace the new (or not so new) teatox craze. Also referred to as skinny tea or detox tea, the teatox has been said to boost metabolism, increase energy levels, aid weight-loss, reduce tummy bloat, diminish cravings, clear skin and the list goes on. The kicker . . . ding ding ding ding . . . you can EAT while you teatox – and for anyone who knows me this is an obvious plus!

I’ve always loved tea, and after seeing these teatoxes all over Instagram, I decided to give them a try. I started with FitTea’s 14 Day Detox, which I drank once a day before breakfast for the full 14 days. FitTea’s loose-leaf tea was light, tasty, and naturally sweetened. I was able to stay away from the coffee and saw a significant decrease in tummy bloat right from the start. Combined with healthy eating and exercise, my stomach also appeared flatter. I loved FitTea so much I ordered it again, and can say that it was just as great the second time around.

Just last week, I decided to give MateFit a try. MateFit’s herbal teatox comes with a Metabolic Boost tea, for mornings and lunchtime and a Detox tea, for use every other night. I’m currently on day three and liking what I see. If you’d like a review at the end of my MateFit 14 Day Teatox or you’ve tried a different teatox you’re loving comment below!

*Content not sponsored – Just my thoughts!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Help me! I'm SHINING! (Products for Oily Skin)

Is your skin slicker than a skating rink? Does your face look like you've used vaseline as a facial moisturizer? Your pores making you look like you're sweating butter (giving butter face a new meaning)? Trust me I've got oily skin jokes for days . . . but the truth is I've been "blessed" with oily skin, and for those of you like me, know that you're not alone. 

Though I love to shine bright like a diamond (literally and figuratively speaking), I prefer to keep the oil slicks at bay. I thought I'd share with you, some of the products I use and love for combatting the greasy. . . 

Even with oily skin, I've learned that moisturizing is extremely important. After cleansing and toning, I make sure to moisturize. Used alone or under makeup, this moisturizer fails to disappoint. Not only does it keep me shine-free all day, but it also works as a sunscreen . . . badabababa I'm lovin' it!

After moisturizing and before foundation, I always use a primer. Trust me when I say that BECCA's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is AH-MAY-ZING! For a night on the town, I use this primer to keep my skin matte and looking flawless (like Beyonce of course). Yassss, now you know I love that! 

For everyday wear, bareMinerals Prime Time is my go-to primer. Paired with my bareMinerals Matte Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15, this light primer helps keep me matte for hours. FABULOUS!

Oily skin and makeup can be well . . . vewy scewy, but with Clinique's Stay-Matte makeup fear not! With this foundation I don't have to worry about breakouts and not only is it oil-free, but it keeps me oil-free for hours. Great for a night out or when I'm looking for a full-coverage look. FACE BEAT!

Last but not least is this little gem! I actually picked up this Matte Finish Spray as a last grab at my local Nordstrom Rack (also available at ULTA), and I love it! Not only is it affordable, but it keeps my makeup in place with you guessed it . . . a matte finish! Perfect for ALL THE TIME! 

Last Words . . . 

Stay beautiful and remember, you'll be thanking the powers that be for your oily skin when you're 80 with no wrinkles! But until then I hope this helps :)