These are honest thoughts from a 40+ beauty lover who is also a mom, wife, and full-time government employee. Join her as she peruses the beauty aisles of her favorite stores, buys makeup, applies cosmetics, and shares her experiences.
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Hi Makeup Maniacs! This week's video gets a little more on the "serious" side as I delve into 7 things I wouldn't live without. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you create a video or blog post of your own regarding this subject if you are a content creator.
Hi Makeup Maniacs! As some of you know, I am always on the hunt for new and effective products that will help maintain my long, wavy, frizzy hair. I recently tested out some hair products by Monat and wanted to share my experience.
Monat's products are sold through the company's "Independent Market Partners". So, it's kind of like Avon or one of the various other social marketing companies that exist in this day and age. One of the Independent Market Partners, Lisa Stubbs, was kind enough to send me some samples; however, she stressed that the samples were just so that I can get the look and feel of the products, as Monat is "a long term solution, not a short term, magical fix". These hair products are supposed to maintain moisture balance and reduce hair thinning. All of the products do have a 30 day money back guarantee, so if they do not work, you can get a refund.
BEFORE using products
AFTER using products
Well, my first experience with these samples proved to be a long one. I was instructed to shampoo several times. According to directions, the last shampoo should produce a lather. My first 2 shampoos did not produce lather, but the 3rd one did. My first shampoo was with the "Monat Black 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner" ($38 for 8 oz). This product is supposed to be their most clarifying shampoo product, even though it also has conditioning agents in it. I used this shampoo first to clean up any residue left behind by past hair products. I actually liked the way this shampoo smelled and it made my hair feel clean, even though my hair did not lather up upon using it.
My second and third shampoos were with the "Monat Renew Shampoo" ($35 for 8 oz). This shampoo is supposed to increase your hair's brilliance and strength. It is free from sulfates and with long term use, the company claims this shampoo will reboost the hair's natural balance. I honestly did not like the smell of this shampoo. It had a milky consistency that felt good, but when I was done washing, my hair honestly felt straw-like even while wet.
After all of that washing, I used the "Monat Replenish Masque" ($50 for 5 oz). I left this on my hair for 5 minutes while it penetrated. This product smelled good and made my hair feel nice after using it.
And if that wasn't enough, I used a conditioner after the masque. The "Monat Revitalize Conditioner" ($47 for 6 oz) is supposed to be a gentle conditioner that helps give the hair volume. I liked it.
And finally, I put a little bit of the "Monat Rejuvenique Oil" (sold for $99 an ounce) on the ends of my hair. I usually put coconut or argan oil on the end of my hair, so I was used to this step. And the Monat oil worked similarly. However, the company's website states: "Nourish and energize your scalp with an invigorating blend of 11+ unique molecular ingredients –including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids – that replace the body’s own natural oils!" so perhaps it's worth the high price tag???? In my opinion, no.
Final thought: I really do think you have to use these products for at least 30 days to see any changes, including improvements.
I'm very happy I had the opportunity to try these products. I am not enthused by the high price tags, but I have read many testimonies regarding these products being quite good. If you've tried any of these products, let me know what you think in the comments section. If you're interested in Monat, check out this site at http://sweethair.mymonat.com/ . Hope to see you here again. 'Til next time...
Makeup Maniacs today I posted a haul showing a few items sent to me by different beauty companies. Rest assured that my video was not sponsored. I'm just giving my honest opinion about these products by Oenvy, Nudu, and VII Code. Check out my video :-)
Makeup Maniacs today I wanted to share some tips when it comes to looking younger. As we hit the big 4-0 and beyond, we definitely don't intend on making ourselves look older than we actually are. Unfortunately, some of us will find ourselves doing exactly that. Here are some Do's and Don'ts for our age group.
Do - shape your eyebrows as thick and naturally as possible. Natural, full eyebrows balance out the face, allowing for a fresher, more youthful appearance.
Don't - tweeze your brows so thin that they look like whiskers. Thin eyebrows bring attention to the lower part of the face, which ultimately makes the face appear droopy.
Do - use a flesh colored eyeliner in the waterline. The nude liner makes your eyes look bigger, brighter, and more vibrant.
Don't - use black eyeliner in your waterline if your eyes are small. This will make your eyes look smaller and draw attention to the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Do - plump up the skin by lightly exfoliating, moisturizing , and using a face primer. These tricks will make your skin look soft and supple. The primer will fill in pores and fine lines, which will create a smooth canvas for foundation and concealer.
Don't - forget to exfoliate and moisturize. Dry skin looks dull. Makeup products will stick to dry areas and appear "cakey".
Do - use highlighters. Highlighters and illuminizers lift the face and give a dewy, youthful look to the skin.
Don't - skip highlighter because you feel like a disco ball. Apply highlighter at the tops of the cheeks and bridge of your nose.
Do - use lip gloss to help make lips appear fuller. As we get older, we lose collagen and our lips thin out. Lip gloss will give lips shine and fullness.
Don't - forget lip gloss.
Do - keep makeup simple. This gives you a natural look. Less is more in this time of our lives.
Don't - overdo it with makeup. Going overboard just doesn't fly.
I hope you found this blog post helpful. And remember, these tips are just part of my itty, bitty, humble opinion.
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Hi Makeup Maniacs! I just wanted to "chat" a bit today. On August 10, 2014, I uploaded my very first YouTube video. So, it's been almost 3 years since I started my YouTube journey.
I honestly thought I'd have more than 2.4 K subscribers after all this time. I am grateful for my loyal followers, as many of them never miss one of my videos; however, I feel like I haven't gotten very far considering the time and effort I put into my channel. It really sucks when, in one day, I'll lose quite a few subs. I'm like, WTF? I have seen other beauty channels that started out at the same time as mine, grow very large. I'm talking 12 K, 35 K, 140 K! I thought the same thing would just naturally happen to mine as well. NOPE.
Sometimes I want to give up and just go away knowing that YouTube wouldn't miss me at all, but another part of me wants to continue because the thought of giving up on yet another hobby really grinds my gears. Besides, it really is kind of fun. I enjoy thinking that I'm helping people by sharing my experiences with the beauty products I've tried.
I have a 12 year old daughter and you all know how honest kids can be at that age. She told me that I am "too boring and need to expand my YouTube horizons". LOL! What the hell does that even mean? Well, I know what boring means. Maybe it's because I don't go on fabulous outings and vacations, go on major shopping sprees, or even do anything really exciting on my channel. Or perhaps it's because my videos aren't highly edited, sponsored or produced.
Basically, I'm trying to figure out where I fit into the grand scheme of things on YouTube. I am one of a BILLION beauty vloggers on the network. Hell, when I first started there weren't very many beauty vloggers who were over 40 years of age, but now, there are a plethora of those as well.
So, what is a woman to do? My plan is to stick it out another year. Let's see where this road leads me. Thanks for "listening".
Here's my first video, in case you're interested :-) Compare this to my latest video and give me your constructive feedback.