New from Garnier – Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo & Conditioner


Me 1996

Me 1996

My hair used to be my “crowing glory.” I had such thick, lush, wonderful hair when I was younger. Fast forward decades later and my poor hair has changed so much. It’s now thinner, dry, dull and turning white and silver. Sigh…

My daughter, thankfully, has been blessed with thick, lush, beautiful hair – the kind of hair I used to have.

When it comes to my hair I make it a point to use hair care products (shampoo, conditioner, serums, styling products) that benefit my hair in some way.

My husband and son use the most basic shampoo. They cannot understand why women need to use different shampoos and conditioners. I guess because most men don’t care about their hair – most especially my husband and son who have crew cuts.

Garnier is a brand that I purchase from frequently. I use a lot of their beauty products (I love their Clearly Brighter Brightening and Smoothing Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15). I also use Garnier’s hair coloring (either Olia Light Auburn or Ultra Color Light Auburn).

Me now (natural hair color - not auburn like I normally color it)

Me now (natural hair color – not auburn like I normally color it)

Garnier offers consumers several hair care products, including several different shampoos and conditioners.

Garnier has added a new shampoo and conditioner to their hair care line – Garnier Fructis Grow Strong.

The new shampoo and conditioner helps to fortify your hair as your hair grows. This helps your hair to be stronger, look healthier and even give your hair some shine. This is exactly the type of hair care product I need.

I was sent a bottle of Garnier Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo and Conditioner to try out for myself.

First and foremost I love the scent. It’s NOT a powerful scent. Its very light and you only smell it in the shower (I wish the scent would last all day). First thing in the morning when I am not fully awake it’s nice to have a pleasant scent greet you in the shower.

A little bit of both the shampoo and conditioner goes a long way. I have course, thick, shoulder length hair and I didn’t need a lot of the product to get the job done.

It’s important for me for a shampoo and conditioner to rinse out well. I don’t like products that force me to stay in the shower longer than I need to. I like products that rinse out fully with no problem and not residue afterwards. Both Garnier Fructis Grow Strong shampoo and conditioner rinsed out easily with no problem.

I should note that I have sensitive skin. Sometimes products trigger my Eczema, which I get on my face, scalp and neck. This shampoo and conditioner didn’t cause any outbreaks, so that is also another thing I like about it.


Even after the first time I used the the product I noticed that my hair was super soft. In fact, I was surprised at how soft it felt after just one use. Usually you have to wait days or weeks for results. I never anticipated feeling the difference after just one use.

I can’t tell you if my hair is stronger, but I do notice that I have less breakage when I comb/style my hair. I also notice less hair sitting on top of the shower drain. The conditioner also seems to help with knots (I have less knots/tangles than I normally have).

I know my daughter is using the product because I am running through both bottles quickly. We have a closet full of shampoos and conditioners (my husband stocks up on them when they are on sale) so for her to keep using these two bottles (shampoo and conditioner) she must like the results too.

My hair feels really clean after I use both the Garnier Fructis Grow Strong shampoo and conditioner. It also seems to look cleaner longer too. I wash my hair every other day due to having thick, course hair. My hair seems to look cleaner than it does with other shampoos. Sometimes the next day my hair doesn’t look as clean. The Garnier Fructis Grow Strong shampoo and conditioner keep my hair from looking dirty/greasy the next day compared to other shampoos and conditioners I have tried.

I still have split ends, but I also haven’t had my hair cut in months. I don’t think these products repair hair. They are more so to prevent damage from happening to your hair.

So far I am very pleased with my experience with the new Garnier Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo and Conditioner.

If you would like to learn more about the Grow Strong line you can visit he Garnier website, www.GarnierUSA.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Look for Garnier Grow Strong products where ever hair care products are sold.



*I received free products to review. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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New ChapStick 100% Natural Lip Butters


Reading labels

When was the last time you read a label on a product you use often? If you haven’t done it in a while, you should.

Even products that you think are better for you often contain mystery ingredients. Why? If something is suppose to be natural you should understand what the ingredients are.

Admittedly, some ingredients are written in their scientific terms. That might make them look like they are a synthetic and/or man-made ingredient when it’s really not. For example – butyrospermum parkii is another name for Shea Butter and rubus idaeus is another name for raspberry.

I think these natural ingredients should be listed using words we are familiar with (such as shea butter). I’m just saying…

I try and use the most natural products possible – both on my person (bath and body products) and at home (cleaning products, the foods that we eat…). It’s not always easy, but I do try and read labels and make better choices for me and my family.

One of our favorite brands, ChapStick, has a line of natural lip butters worth checking out.


We’re long time fans of ChapStick. I’ve been using the lip balms since I was a young girl. My husband too. In fact, my husband is NEVER (and I do mean that literally) without Cherry ChapStick. For Christmas I usually stuff his stocking with Cherry ChapStick – enough to last him an entire year (or more). It might sound like a lame gift idea, but he loves it. He keeps one in his pocket, in his wardrobe, in his car and at his desk at work. That’s the reason why he has such soft, kissable lips.

ChapStick sent me some of their all natural lip butters to try out for myself, as well as some “sweet” treats in the form of fresh fruit. Just like ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters , fresh fruit is also all natural.

If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you might have seen the photo I took of one of the ChapStick All Natural Lip Butters with some farm fresh blueberries.


Sadly, I can’t find the photo I snapped of a ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters with some AMAZING cherries from The Fruit Company. For the life of me I can’t find it and I know I have it on my computer somewhere.

ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters are made from ingredients that most people can understand (and appreciate).

Take for example the Green Mint Tea variety. Here is the product label.


As you can see, it’s made with a lot of natural ingredients (given in their scientific names). There are a few ingredients I don’t really understand (tocopheryl acetate) but I looked it up. It’s another name for Vitamin E.

I think it would be easier for things to be written in the common names we know they by.

ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters are available in three different flavor/varieties – Green Tea Mint, Pink Grapefruit and Sweet Papaya. Pink Grapefruit it my favorite.

The lip butters have a nice, mild taste to them. They are not overly sweet or candy like. I’m not a fan of candy like lip products. I don’t like having that taste on my lips all day long. I like the more natural, subtle taste of these lip butters.

The lip butters work wonderfully. They keep your lips soft, smooth and hydrated.

With the cooler weather upon us, my skin tends to try out very bad. My lips will split and crack open when they get too dry (especially the corners of my lips/mouth). That is why is super important for me to keep products on hand that I can use to prevent that from happening. ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters are a great choice.

If you would like to learn more about them, visit the ChapStick website at www.ChapStick.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

What do you think about ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters? Have you tried them yet? Which flavor do you think you’d like the most?



*I received free product samples and three months of fresh fruit to do my review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty is BACK!



Oh my goodness! I almost missed out on Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Event! It started on September 4th, but thankfully there is still a week left. The event doesn’t end until the 24th of September (2016).

I have written about Ulta’s 21 Day Beauty Events in the past. Each day for three weeks (21 days), Ulta offers consumers special deals and offers on popular beauty brands and products. The special deals are available both online and in stores with extra deals available for online and in store shoppers.

The deals are only good for a 24 hour period. After that the deal is over.

To make sure I don’t miss anything I bookmark the special 21 Days of Beauty Event webpage, www.Ulta.com/21Days.

The beauty event is a great way to stock up on your favorite products, as well as try out new products.

Check out this week’s deals.

Sunday, Sept. 18th.


Monday, Sept. 19th.


Tuesday, Sept. 20th.


Wednesday, Sept. 21st.


Thursday, Sept. 22nd.


Friday, Sept. 23rd.


Saturday, Sept. 24th. 


A few of these products I have tried in the past and love them. The Mario Badescu acne cleaner is a product both of my kids used a few years ago. They also have a pink liquid that helps to dry out pimples which worked great too.

I also had the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. Loved it!

I’m also a big fan of the Benefit line of products.

In addition to the daily deals there are extra deals to be found. Simply visit the Ulta.com/21Days webpage and scroll down to the bottom to find other daily/weekly deals.

I love shopping at Ulta.com. We don’t have a store locally or I would shop in person so I could see all the goodies they have available.

Every year for Christmas I like to purchase gifts for my daughter and friends from Ulta. My daughter loves make-up and she enjoys trying out different brands and colors. I love to fill her stocking with her favorites (and a few new ones) from Ulta.com.


BUXOM 6 Degrees Below Sexy Plumping 6 Pc Mini Full-On Lip Polish Collection


It Cosmetics Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette


LORAC Alter Ego Dynamic Duo Set

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette

Tarte Styled By Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Styled By Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette

When it comes to my friends I love to gift them bath and body products like Philosophy, The Body Shop and Mr. Bubbles. Believe it or not, Ulta.com has A LOT of Mr. Bubbles products. The brand is not just for kids.

This is why shopping at the Ulta 21 Day Beauty Event is great to do – Not only can I buy my favorite products (or products I’d like to try) but I can also stock up on great gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

I would recommend signing up for Ulta’s email so that you know in advance when their 21 Days of Beauty Event are happening so that you don’t miss out. I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to notify readers sooner, but hopefully you can still enjoy some great deals.

If you would like to learn more about Ulta visit Ulta.com (or Ulta.com/21Days for their beauty event page). You can also find store locations on the brand’s website.

Are you a fan of Ulta? Do you ever take advantage of their 21 Days of Beaut Event?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Head back to school with ChapStick


AIRBAC backpack

Summer is almost officially over. Fall starts in just a few days (although it’s hard to tell by the hot and humid temperatures).

By now everyone is back into the swing of things when it comes to school. Our school district is on it’s second full week of school.

My kids are in high school and college. Even though they have both been back to school for over two weeks now, they are still coming home with wants and needs for the new school year. Thankfully I stock up on the essentials so we always have what they need on hand.

There is one product that should be considered a staple when it comes to skincare – ChapStick. ChapStick is America’s favorite lip balm, and a perfect must-have addition for any backpack.


My husband is one of the biggest ChapStick fans that I know. He has been using Cherry ChapStick sine he was a young boy in school. Fast forward 40 years later and he’s still a fan of Cherry ChapStick. I don’t know if he originally started off with Cherry, but I know he’s been using it every day since we’ve been together (20 years). He is never without Cherry ChapStick. I can ask him for it at any time – year round – and he’ll always have one in his pocket.

He loves it so much that for Christmas I buy him several packages for his stocking.

My own kids have been using ChapStick for as long as I can remember (at least since Elementary school). It’s the best way to keep your lips smooth and moisturized.

Our son doesn’t care what flavor he uses. Our daughter likes to try different flavors all the time.

Personally I like the mint one and often the limited edition seasonal ones like Candy Cane.


Did you know that you can now purchase ChapStick on their new online store. Their store carries a nice variety of products included tinted ChapStick products, the classics and other assorted varieties. Please note: There is a minimum quantity requirement of 3 items in order to proceed with checkout.

I received a cute little lunchbox full of ChapSticks. My whole family was anxious for me to take photos so that they can open up their favorites and take them. Right now my entire family has ChapStick tubes. My daughter keeps her’s in her purse and in her room. Our son has his in his backpack and another in his room. My husband took ALL of the Cherry ChapSticks (LOL) and I keep one on my desk, one in my car an one in my purse.


While you are picking up a few last minute school supplies, be sure to stock up on ChapStick for your student and for your whole family.

For more information about ChapStick you can visit the official website. You can also follow the brand on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Would you consider ChapStick a “must have” back to school supply?

What is YOUR favorite ChapStick variety?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free product samples and a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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5 Natural Teeth Whitening Tricks You Can Easily Do at Home



A lot of people aspire to have whiter teeth. Unfortunately, however, professional whitening procedures aren’t only costly, but they can also take much of your time. If you are looking for natural alternatives, here are a few tricks you can try:

Baking Soda with Lemon Juice

Baking soda has a mild abrasive agent that can gently scrub away any surface stains on your teeth. It’s also alkaline in nature, which means it can balance the pH level of your mouth. This helps prevent bacteria from proliferating in your oral cavity. Lemon juice, on the other hand, has an innate brightening effect.


Take a few teaspoons of baking soda and put it in a clean bowl. Add enough drops of lemon to create a paste. Expect the mixture to chemically react and form bubbles. Before actually applying the paste on your teeth, wipe off excess saliva using a paper towel. You can use a spare toothbrush or a cotton swab for application.

Coconut Oil Pulling

Although the idea might make you cringe, oil pulling is actually an effective teeth whitening trick. Coconut oil works by pulling off the stains on the surface of your teeth as well as the bacteria that are making them yellow.

This trick can be a bit time consuming, especially if you prefer to melt the coconut oil before placing it inside your mouth. If you are thinking of adding it to your dental hygiene routine, it’s best if you can set aside enough time for it. This method is best done in the morning to get rid of the bacteria that have build up during your sleep.


Take a good amount of coconut oil and place inside your mouth. Swish it around for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to pass the oil through and around your teeth. Spit it out and rinse with water. You can brush your teeth after oil pulling.



You might find turmeric staining most of the items in your kitchen. However, contrary to this, it actually carries a potent whitening effect when it comes to teeth. Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties on top of acting as a mild abrasive agent.


Wet your toothbrush and dip it into your turmeric powder. Apply it evenly on your teeth, making sure you have everything covered. To get the best results, allow the powder to sit on your teeth for around 15 minutes before rinsing and brushing.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal has the ability to pull out toxins. It’s also capable of lifting off stains that are making your teeth dull. A lot of shops, both online and offline, actually sell activated charcoal powder so you wouldn’t have a hard time finding one for your teeth.


Dip your wet toothbrush in your activated charcoal powder. Be careful with this process as the charcoal can easily stain your sink. Brush the powder all around your teeth while keeping your mouth closed to minimize spillage. After you’re done brushing, you can rinse it off and proceed with how you’d normally brush your teeth.

Strawberry Paste

If you’re struggling with coffee and tea stains in your teeth, one of the best natural teeth whitening solutions you can try is strawberry paste. This fruit contains malic acid that has a potent stain-dissolving property.


Take a teaspoon of baking soda and add it to two mashed strawberries. Using your toothbrush, apply the mixture on your teeth with gentle circular motions. Take your time when brushing with this paste to get the best results. Be sure to rinse with water thoroughly and brush and floss out any remaining strawberries that can get stuck in between your teeth.

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Author’s Bio:

Promoting health and wellness, Sophia spends most of her time writing about inexpensive ways to achieve optimum health. Her latest work includes electric toothbrush reviews.

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Top 5 Recommended Beauty Routines for Extra Sensitive Skin



Sensitive skin can be tricky to manage. Incorporating any wrong product or ingredient in your beauty arsenal can result in a lot of uncomfortable reactions. Just think about rashes, redness and irritated skin.

If these ideas make you cringe, then here some of the most recommended routines and products you can use for your extra delicate skin.


When washing your extra sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to stick with a twice daily routine. It’s recommended that you wash your face in the morning and evening to make sure no debris and pollutants can clog your pores.

Choose a cleanser that’s mild enough to not cause irritation, but good enough to make sure your pores get cleaned. Although it’s tempting to buy products marked with a hypoallergenic label, do not get blinded by the hype. Test a product first to make sure that it really doesn’t cause any adverse reactions. You can try it on the inner part of your arm or the area behind your ears.

When drying your skin, avoid rubbing vigorously. Instead, you should dry your skin using a patting motion.


Exfoliation is necessary for all skin types. However, for extra sensitive skin, sloughing off dead skin cells can be a bit tricky.

To avoid irritations caused by harsh chemicals and ingredients, it’s best if you can resort to using DIY and homemade scrubs instead. Since you’ll be making your own exfoliating product, you can be sure that its ingredients are safe enough to use on your delicate skin.

One of the simplest exfoliating scrubs you can use is baking soda. Simply combine it with your cleanser to make a paste and gently rub it into your skin using circular motion. Rinse with water and pat dry your skin after.

Use of Moisturizers

People with sensitive skin tend to have a weak skin barrier. This means that their skin can easily get penetrated by highly irritating ingredients.

To combat irritation, one of your best solutions is to fortify your skin barrier using moisturizers that have ceramides. This component is a type of lipid or fat that works to seal in moisture in your skin.

Another key thing to remember when moisturizing sensitive skin is to avoid fragrances. This, however, can be tricky since most companies do not directly advertise that they use scents and aromas in their products. To stay safe, it’s a good idea to read the fine prints at the back of your moisturizer.


Not all people are aware of the benefits of using skin toners. In fact, a lot of people skip this step in their beauty routines.

Toners are essential for sensitive skin since they help bring back the moisture that has been stripped away by washing. They can also provide your skin with a deeper clean by removing makeup residues and dirt.

In choosing the right toner, make sure that the one you are picking doesn’t contain any alcohol, menthol or astringent. These ingredients aren’t only irritating, but they can also be extremely drying for your skin.

Sun Protection

If you have sunspots or you want to prevent them from forming on your skin, you should invest in a quality sunblock. For sensitive skin, one of the best ingredients you should look for is niacinamide. This component is a B vitamin that offers a lot of anti-aging benefits. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which make it extremely good for sensitive skin.

To ensure protection, sunblocks should be used on a daily basis, even if you won’t be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Since some types can degrade when washed or when you perspire, keep in mind to reapply as necessary.


Author’s Bio: 

Sophia is a self-confessed beauty enthusiast who’s extremely passionate about spreading proper skin care awareness. You can find more of her tips and tricks in www.MissShaveALot.co.uk.

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