Zotos All About Curls Review

Hello Loves,

Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start. I wanted to write tonight to tell you about some products that I was gifted recently. I probably know what you’re thinking, another blogger about to tell me how obsessed they are with a product and how I can’t go another day without it in my life blah blah blah. Well, that is exactly the opposite of what I’m about to tell you.

As I consider myself a real modern woman and want to use this platform to speak to other modern women, I want to keep it 100 with all of you. Instead of proclaiming fake love just because I was gifted some things doesn’t make me a blogger, that would make me a fake and I like to think I am anything but. I want to test out products so you essentially don’t have to and don’t waste your hard earned money and if I genuinely love them, well then that’s fantastic and I will shout it from the rooftop, but if I am not a fan, well then you will know.

Growing up, I usually downed my vibrantly natural curly hair. It was frizzy and often times a mess. I hated it and wanted nothing more than to have naturally straight hair. I envied those girls all throughout grade school, sometimes even to the point of tears. I was ashamed, but my mom told me one day I’d be thankful for my curls. Today is that day. I love having the versatility of curly hair. I love feeling free when I wear my hair in its natural state. It’s like putting on a new sweater or trying a new accessory. It adds different levels and aesthetics to your outfit. When I was notified that I’d be receiving some products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and that all of the products were supposed to help maintain my curls, I was ecstatic. It wasn’t until I tested them that I was disappointed.

Courtesy of All About Curls, I received samples sizes of their Bouncy Cream, High Definition Gel, No-Lather Cleanser and Daily Cream Conditioner. I will say that I have tried all four of these products. Not all are terrible, but also not my favorite. I have provided my honest review of all four products below. I’m interested in knowing, have you ever been gifted or bought a product that ended up being a disappointment? Comment below as I’d love to know!

Bouncy Cream:

Let’s start on a positive note. Out of all the products I received, this one is hands down my favorite. The best part is that a little can go a long way. I loved that it made my hair feel hydrated. Whether I wore my hair naturally curly or styled it with curls, I would add a dime size amount in my hair and brush it through with my fingers from mid-length to my ends, NOT at my root. In my opinion, this stuff is way too heavy to put on your scalp. It will make it feel oily and your hair will feel greasy the next day, perhaps even that afternoon. This is the one product I would consider purchasing on my own.

High Definition Gel:

In general, I am already not a huge proponent for gel products. It makes me think of that time in middle school where we all used too much gel and our hair ended up crunchy. This gel was fine. I personally used it right when I got out of the shower on my wet hair. After my natural curls air dried, I did think my hair felt a little stiff. It wasn’t a desirable consistency to the touch. I think next time I would forego the gel entirely.

 No-Lather Cleanser:

I’m sorry but this was my least favorite from the bunch. I will give this product the stamp of approval in that it is a “clean” shampoo. No sulfates, silicones or parabens (in any of these products actually) and that is a win in my book. Where this product lacked for me was in the “no-lather” department. After using it in the shower, it literally didn’t lather. I personally like lather products because to me that means my hair is clean. Then I used it again and still no later. After the third time of using it in the shower, still no lather, my hair still felt like it was not clean. When I went to go style my hair after the shower, it felt heavy and already greasy. This may be one of those shampoos that you have to seriously train your hair on, but for me, it was a hard no.

Daily Cream Conditioner:

This conditioner did exactly what it needed to do. It thoroughly conditioned my hair and made it feel very moisturized. The issue I had with this product is that, in combination with the no-lather cleanser, it made my hair super weighed down. Perhaps if I were to use this with a different shampoo, I would really like it, but I still don’t think it’d be the first conditioner I would reach for on the shelf. I did like the consistency and how thick it was. I think this product would be best used 1 maybe 2 times a week just for an extra moisture boost.

I hope this helps if these products were on your radar. I don’t mean to totally bash these hair products and I am so thankful that I was chosen to test them out, but my mission is to be open and honest with you and sometimes the truth isn’t always going to be great news. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a note or comment on my latest Instagram post. Have a great night!

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Sincerely,

Amazon Swimsuit Review

Hi there,

Summer is here and, contrary to many people’s beliefs, I think it’s here to stay for a while. Thank goodness! You may think the time to buy a new swimsuit is over BUT think of all the pool parties, Labor Day Weekend celebrations and inevitable Christmas vacations still to happen this year. For me, I approached buying new swimsuits this season in the most economical way I could think, Amazon! I have seen so many bloggers I follow buy and do try-on hauls with some amazing Amazon finds, so I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about. The best part about ordering from Amazon (especially with being a Prime member) is that I ordered my three new suits on Monday April 15 and, I’m not joking, they were on my doorstep Wednesday April 17th early in the morning. It was so fast; I was already super impressed. Off to a great start!

Below are the three swimsuits I ordered! I thought since consumers are still so skeptical about ordering clothes from Amazon, it would be beneficial, for anyone considering, to provide my honest review of the three pieces I bought. Read on as I rated all three on a scale of 1-5.

Gingham Print Two Piece

The first one I tried on was the gingham print, two-piece. The quality felt alright to the touch, but when I started to put on the bottoms, I heard the elastic stretch what sounded like a little farther than it should. I was so nervous that I had ordered the wrong size, a size too small. After putting the whole swimsuit on, I didn’t mind the fit of it, but it was far from perfect. The bottoms fit like a glove, slightly cheekier than I am comfortable with, but the top is what was really weird for me. The straps felt way too loose even after tightening them all the way, and I felt like I could lose the girls at any moment, if you know what I mean. On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this one a 2. Don’t spend your hard-earned money here.

Red, White and Blue Pom Pom Two Piece

The next one I tried one was the red, white and blue, pom pom two-piece. I cannot rave enough about this suit!! The fit is absolutely perfect, the colors are so cute, and I love the pom poms as a fun touch. The high-waisted bottoms hit in exactly the right spot on my stomach to cinch in my waist giving the perfect hourglass affect, and the top is adjustable to completely fit your needs. I ordered my true size, and it was 100% true to size. It is all around a GREAT swimsuit. I was actually so mad that I only ordered this suit in one color. I will definitely be going back to order at least two more of the different prints in this exact style. On a scale of 1-5, this one was a 5!

Pink Leaf Print One Piece

Last but not least, was the pink and green leaf print one piece. Another great find if I do say so myself! Not only is the print so colorful and poppy, which is great for Summer or a tropical vacation, it also fit me perfectly. Again, on this one I ordered my regular size and it was true to size. I also loved this one because it has the same appearance of a bodysuit, which would make it great to pair with jean shorts or a skirt to wear out (I did this already, as seen above). The straps are adjustable, and the quality feels like a typical Target swimsuit which is where I normally buy my swimsuits from. This one was hands down my favorite so on a scale of 1-5, I would give this one a 10!

For my first-time buying swimsuits on Amazon, I was pretty happy with my purchases. Two out of three were complete successes and made me want to be a repeat customer. If you are considering buying a swimsuit from Amazon, I highly recommend doing your research, reading reviews and studying the size chart. It can be a little daunting since there are so many options and you don’t get to physically try a piece on, but I hope this post gives you the confidence to take the leap. I am definitely looking forward to wearing these swimmies for the rest of Summer!

Sincerely,