Current Beauty Favorites 


Hey guys,

So I been getting in the mood for spring and loving these products: 
1. Opi Fiji Collection: I don’t know about you guys but the weather influences my polish choices … so when I saw this beautiful spring color I had to grab it…it is a vivid blue with a satin finish.


2. NYX Butter gloss : This grab and go lippie is the perfect touch of color and gloss to keep lips moisturized, and its super adorable! 


3. Maybelline Matte and Poreless:

This stuff right here ! OMG it’s so great and really keeps my my skin from getting shiny! It’s a must have as we go into warmer weather.


4. Maybelline Nudes Pallete : the variety of shimmers and Matte shades make this super affordable pallete worth every penny! 


To see the rest of my thoughts on these products and others check out my favorites video here: http://bit.ly/2npGgXx

Product Review Mielle Organics : Curl cream and styling foam 

Hey guys ,


So unless your under a rock you’ve heard of or seen the brand Mielle Organics. The brand has seen tremendous growth over the last few years and they recently decided to expand there product line with 3 new products. Today I’ll be talking about 2 of the items, the curling cream and styling foam.

These products feature Babassu Oil , among a cocktail of other exotic oils that are designed to help naturally textured hair and relaxed hair hold on to moisture. Increasing the moisture with in the hair helps , to define curls while maintaining health the of hair. These two products are specifically formulated to work hand in hand together. When styling I followed the directions to apply the curl cream and then follow up with the styling foam.

Right away I could tell the cream was very rich and moisturizing, the styling foam was light with a nice citrus scent and the two paired well. I didn’t experience any flaking or white residue on my hair from layering the products. I will say that this combo in particular the curl cream left my hair a little sticky to the touch but it was definitely gave my hair lots of definition .

Final Recap:

  • I would re-buy and use the foam on its own, I’ve already done so for several curl sets and gotten great results.
  • Avoid using to much curl cream so your hair doesn’t feel sticky or weighed down.
  •  For the price point these products are a great addition to your natural hair stash.
  • These are a great fit for ladies that have VERY dry hair.

You can see a full demo using there products over on my Youtube channel : Mary Gaskins

Deva Curl Build Up Buster Review 


Hey guys !

I’m back an super excited to be sharing and reviewing this product from Deva curl!

So I was  super interested in this new product from Deva curl which uses Micellar water  for the hair to gently remove build up from products, hard water , and the environment.. with out stripping moisture that’s essential to curly hair…cool huh ? But I wondered if this product would really live up to the hype…

After using Build Up Buster I have to say I’m impressed. I’m very sensitive to product build up, and my hair acts pretty crazy when it’s not properly cleansed so this gem here is definitely a unique product. I don’t get to say that often since so many products on the market honestly are similar to something I’ve used before, no one is really trying to reinvent the wheel when they launch a product.  After putting this newbie cleanser to the test I have to say nothing I’ve used before compares to this. The cleanser’s texture is like washing your hair with a styling serum, or D.I.Y flaxseed gel (watery and slimy /runny in texture) it’s weird feeling but once you rinse you can tell your hair is completely cleansed. I noticed a diffrence in how easily my curls defined right away, and in how my hair responded to deep conditioning. The removal of any build up to me allowed my conditioner to be more effective and penetrate the strands. Sooooo the big question would I rebuy this product? Yes without a dobut! Have your guys tried this new product yet? You can find a demo and more in depth review of this product on my Youtube channel here: bit.ly/MaryGYoutube

The Best Curly Hair Products of 2016


Hey y’all it been a while but I thought I’d wrap up 2016 and head into 2017 blogging. So here are my faves in no particular order.
 1. Mielle Organics  Almond Mint Oil –

I use this oil to add sheen after styling, to seal in moisture, for hot oil treatments and scalp massages to promote growth. This stuff never lets me down!


2. Mielle Organics white peony leave in –

This leave in is so moisturizing and plays well when being layered with other stylers. I used this for almost every wash n go I wore this summer as my leave in. It’s a keeper!


3. Mielle Organics Edge Gel –

Let’s just say …. this is the ONLY EDGE GEL I USE! 


4. DevaCurl Heaven in Hair –

This stuff feels like HEAVEN in my curls for real! It leaves my curls popping and soft if you haven’t tried it your missing out.


5. DevaCurl Supecream-

I used to be a die hard gel fan until I meet cream stylers like this. It gives the perfect combo of definition, volume, and moisture. Even Day 1 hair is bomb!


6. Bekekoa Be Moist Conditioner-

A Favorite of mine since I first tried this brand, this conditioner melts away tangles and blows my mind everytime I use it!


7. Bekekoa BeHold Ultra Light Defining Gel –

This styler literally gave me 8 day I repeat 8 DAY hair …. it’s my  summer wash n go Favorite! 


8. Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner- this super thick mask is AMAZING, made with natural ingredients and from a female / black entrepreneur!  I mean what more could I ask for ?

9. Soultanicals Hair Kink Drink –

This leave in and style refresher spray is AMAZING and smell like juice and berries …. for real! I’m normally not a fan of refresher sprays but this converted me! 

10. Heritage 1933 OMG Hair growth oil-

This brand is so great plus this oil is bomb… I love using it for scalp massages which help promote growth and hair health, it also makes a great pre-poo on days when I feel my hair needs a bit extra.

11. Ouidad Curl Recovery Meltdown Mask-

This Elasticity treatment has been bae for a long time now and yet again it’s is on my favorite list for 2016, how can you not love a mask that feels like silk, and that promotes length retention and super healthy curls.

12. Ouidad Superfruit Clarifying Shampoo- Clarfying is super important . Product build up can lead to all kinds of issues so finding a shampoo that clarifies with out stripping is like finding gold. This gem does just that leaving you with clean soft curls.

13. Ouidad curl immersion co – wash

This wash had so much slip but dosen’t disappoint when it comes to cleaning the hair! I think this line is awesome especially for dry tight curls. 

14. Ouidad Cleansing Oil-

This products was one I had to grab after seeing it featured on Mo Knows Hair’s channel. It is super concentrated so a little goes a long way and the lather is so luxurious.

15. Camille Rose Curl Maker – 

I love CRN and this product is one of the reasons why! It defines and add moisture which is why it is one of my Go -to stylers.

16. Camille Rose Cleansing Rinse-

This product is a great dupe for the Ouidad Cleansing oil. With ingredients like Castor Oil it really leaves hair feeling moisturized and curls popping. 

What are your fave products? 

5 tips to get a flawless curl set 


         Hey guys I’m starting off strong this year and working to give more consistent content here on my blog! I recently got tons of questions on how I achieved the great curl set pictured, so here are 6 tips I’ve compiled after tons of trial and error with Curl sets. This will work for perm rods, flexi rods, and traditional roller sets.

1. Start off on CLEAN hair:

I find that clean hair styles and dries better for curl sets, it will also help avoid flakiness which I’ve experienced in the past when starting off on old (previously styled hair). I also feel that clean hair that doesn’t have heavy products on it dries smoother and quicker in my personal experience.
2. Conditioner + Thoroughly detangle :

I find conditioning always helps prep my hair for styling but when heat styling I find it best to use a lighter weight conditioner to prep my hair. I choice Bekekoas Be moist conditioner to infuse moisture but avoid weight to make sure my results have lots of body. I also make sure my hair is completely detangled. This is important as it helps when sectioning and rolling hair later, and ensures hair with be smoothing when being rolled. 

3. Use a Microfiber towel to dry:

Using the right towel (preferably a microfiber towel) helps prep the hair. These towels help to avoid creating frizzy hair keeping the hair smooth in preparation for a smoother curl set. I also love that these towels REALLY help absord extra moisture which means I won’t be waiting an eternity for my hair to dry! Whoo hoo! 

4. Section Hair: 

Working in sections helps me make sure I don’t miss any bits of hair, and keeps me from getting overwhelmed. I also make sure to section hair in the way I want my hair to fall to make the end styling a fluffing easier.

5. Use enough rollers: 

Now although it’s tempting to cheat and put a whole heap of hair on one roller it will set you up everytime. If you have very low density you might be able to skip this tip, but otherwise take my advice. Hair is able to  be more smooth and set properly when you don’t have too much hair on one roller. This tip will also keep you from hair wet hair a day later especially if you choose to air dry.

Check out the link below to see these tips in action on my YouTube channel! http://bit.ly/MaryGYoutube

Getting Back to Blogging ❤️


Hey guys so it’s been way to long since I’ve posted ! This September as we head into fall I’m getting back into my blogging routine. I have so much to share with you guys, from healthy living to hair I’ve got so much to share on my blog! 

One thing that’s helps me is being Organized and with some many stores having back to school supplies I stock there have been so many office supplies and cute office goodies on sale! I scored some great pieces at target, and marshalls (don’t sleep on marshalls).

 I can’t wait to get back into my blogging routine and I thank you all for your support of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram ! 

The Perfect Wash n Go Combo PT.1


So as summer heats up I love being able to rock care free wash and gos. I have to admit however that finding the right set of products that give me the perfect balance between definition, volume, and elongation. So I’m determined to find the right techniques and products that will give me that combo before the summer is out! First up I used Mielle organics leave-in and Bekekoa’s styling gel. Check out my results below :


See the full video here: http://bit.ly/Washngocombo

Summer Style Switch Up with PSH

 Summer Style Switch Up with PSH


As we roll into summer its a great time to experiment with new Hairstyles. I got the chance to switch it up and go from curls to long and sleek, using PSH (Private Stock Hair) extensions. I was long over due for a trim to opted to straigten my curls and while straight i decided to mix it up using PSH hair in the Yaki Texture. I used 2 bundles of 12 and 14in hair to add more density and length to my hair.
So how’d it hold up? Well I did everything with this hair, shower, sweat, work out etc. and it’s still so soft. Here are some fast facts about the hair:

  • Did you get lots of shedding? Shedding was very minimal with this hair, particularly since I cut the wefts.
  • Was the hair prone to tangles? No I had no tangles with this hair.
  • Does this hair hold a curl? Yes surprisingly because sometimes straight textures sometimes struggle in this area. 
  • How does the hair feel ? Very soft!
  • Does the hair have a smell? No, it arrived to me with out any smell and when i washed it took on the scent of the products used.
  • Does this blend well with natural hair that has been straightened? Yes even the lustre of this hair is realistic and matches well with natural hair.


For more details on my thoughts of this hair and a up close look at the exstensions check out my You Tube review, coming soon! Click here to subscribe: http://bit.ly/MaryGYoutube
 

New Series: “Healthy Hair Eats” Eat your way to healthy hair!


          Hey guys I’m super excited about this new series I’m staring on my Blog, “Healthy Hair Eats”! So many of us are aware of the latest products, treatments, and supplements to keep our hair, skin and nails on fleek but what about our diets ? 


What are out eating habits like? Is our water intake sufficient? Are you more likely to hit up Mc Donald’s than Wholefoods ? You may not have realized it but in addition to a poor diet affecting your weight and health it has an impact on your overall wellness including Beauty. That’s right the food you eat can give you glowing skin, and thriving hair.

 

This isn’t some crazy wild claim, what we eat has just as much impact as the products we use. But what good are best? And how can clean eating be made easier? Well, I got you covered on the easy part, I love using green chef to send my gorcieries to my door, and it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money, plus it’s way cheaper than eating out. Now I know you thinking which food help with hair and skin? I’ll talk more about that in my next installment of this post.
You can get 4 free meals for 2 people from Green chef meal prep services here: http://bit.ly/HealthyHairEats

True by Made Beautiful : Product Review 

Brand Spotlight: True by made Beautiful   
Hey guys so I’m finally back with a new blog post! I’m going to be reviewing the true by made made beautiful line so let get right into it!
First impressions: 

This is a well thought out line with a range of products that includes 

– Shampoo

– Co-wash

– Hair Mask

– Leave-in 

– Stylers ( gel like styler, and hair butter)

– Curl refresher spray 

I also think the suggestion of which curl types would best suited for the product are helpful for those that use hair typing.
Smell and Price 

All the products have a great tropical smell.

Price point ranges from $9.99-$12.99 
Availability:

These products are currently sold online and in Sally’s Beauty Supply.
My favorites:

I have some stand out favorites that I would recommend and repurchase:

The Co-wash: This is a great Co-wash. It does a great job of cleaning the hair gently and had slip to aid in detangling hair. 

  
The Hair Mask:

This jar of deep conditioner is very thick and truly leaves my hair feeling moisturized. It has the same great sent as the rest of the line and is definitely worth giving a try.

  
The leave in Conditioner:

I’m normally not a huge fan of leave in’s but I was pleasantly surprised when I got to try out this product. It gives curls a instant shine and lots of definition.

  
Products I didn’t like:

While the rest of the line was just average in its performance, I did dislike one item. The curl refresher spray from this line was not a winner in my book. It left my hair unbearably sticky I personally wouldn’t recommend or repurchase this item.
So guys that’s my thoughts on the True Line … Have you guys tried these products before?
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