Get Unicorn Hair with oVertone!

Have you heard of oVertone? Maybe you haven’t, but I’m sure you’ve heard of the unicorn hair trend! oVertone is a pigmented conditioner that deposits color into your hair every time you use it — so you can get unicorn hair (or galaxy hair or mermaid hair or whatever your heart desires) without the commitment! The brand carries eight colors (all vivid) that each come in three levels: Pastel, Vibrant and Extreme. This is a game-changing discovery for a lot of people who are looking to create and maintain these looks!

@chrisfairhead shows off gorgeous shades of vibrant blue, vibrant silver, vibrant pink and vibrant purple from oVertone

These are conditioners, not dyes, but their staying power is equivalent to a semi-permanent. If you stop washing with oVertone, the color will gradually fade out. And some colors fade easier than others. The conditioners are also vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, ammonia-free and paraben-free. While the conditioner rinses out, the pigment is meant to deposit and stay in hair longer.
oVertoneMy friend Brittany tried the Vibrant Pink Deep Treatment. I am so obsessed with her results! Check them out below.

Peek-a-boo pink subtle shades in my friend Brittany's hair

Peek-a-boo pink subtle shades in my friend Brittany’s hair

Would you try oVertone to get unicorn hair? Comment below with what shades you would like to try!

Thanks for reading!

XO

~Angela~

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3 Must-Have Gadgets you Need in your Kitchen

It’s no secret that I don’t love cooking — but that I LOVE to eat. I’m not one of those people who is happy to spend hours in the kitchen, but I AM one of those folks who will slap a meal together if it’s convenient… and I’ve discovered 3 items that I believe you NEED if you want to elevate your kitchen game!

Spoon Buddy

1. The Spoon Buddy. This is one of those things you didn’t realize you needed until you saw it, and thought, “GENIUS!” It prevents your stirring spoon from falling into your pot. Do you know how many napkins I’ve wasted by putting them on my stove so my stirring spoon would not dirty up my stove top? This is a great invention! It even has suction on the bottom, so it won’t slip off.

2. The Instant Pot. I purchased this pressure cooker after reading tons of Facebook comments about how much people loved theirs. I caved in and got one, but it sat on my counter for a few weeks before I finally mustered the courage to try it. Now that I’ve figured it out, it has saved me tons of time! I most recently made my mom’s Filipino “arroz caldo” with it, after she did a YouTube live video with me teaching me how to make it. I will confess that my Instant Pot version did not taste as good as my mom’s does. It must be the love she puts in it. 😉 Seriously, though, do yourself a favor and get an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot3. Debbie Meyer’s Green Boxes. They will save your produce and make the fresh items last SO much longer, at least twice as long! I let my neighbor Michelle have one of the boxes to try it for herself, and she came back to my house raving about how much longer her cilantro lasted. It’s saved me probably hundreds of dollars over the years by helping fresh fruits and veggies stay good for significantly longer.

Do you have any must-have kitchen items to recommend? Comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading,

XO

~Angela~

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Function + Fashion: Aerosoles Review

The busier I become, the less I want to wear uncomfortable footwear. Yet I still want to look stylish, so what’s a beauty blogger to do? Turn to Aerosoles! I’ve rediscovered this brand of footwear, since I am always seeking shoes that will help me go from dawn ’til dusk.

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles
Photos by Mackenzie Morrell

As a plus size would-be fashionista, I look for supportive soles that are hidden beneath an attractive exterior. I tend to get tired feet easily, but these really help alleviate that issue. Back in the day, you’d worry that you would have to wear shoes that might feel good, but look not-so-cute. Nowadays, you can find different styles that would look appropriate as footwear for even the most forward-thinking fashion blogger!

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles

Obsessed with these shoes!

I already have several pairs of Aerosoles that I adore, and the company sent me to a new fall style to review. It’s the Flower Girl, and they are SO versatile. Love me some metallics!

Aerosoles

Perfect for fall

It’s an embossed snake leather ballerina flat with scalloped edges. Mine are in gun metal, but you can also get them in pink metallic, or black snake embossed leather. I need footwear that can run errands with me but go from day-to-night from my office job to a night out on the town, and these flats truly go with everything.

Form plus function? Yes, please!

According to the company, each Aerosoles shoe is packed with comfort technologies and features to enable you to do more with every step:

**Heel Rest Technology – Custom design distributes weight toward your heel and away from the ball of your foot.

**Stitch N’ Turn – Soles so flexible they twist and flex. No break-in required.

**Diamond Pattern Sole – Impact absorbing with every step. Feels like walking on “aer.”

**Memory Foam Foodbed – Cushy memory foam footbeds provide incomparable softness and comfort.

Work the shoes, work the shoes…

I have found these comforts to be crucial, so much as that I am unwilling to wear any other shoes that are not as supportive. Would you give Aerosoles a try? Comment below with the styles you think you would like the best!

Focus on the feet!

Thanks for reading!

XO

~Angela~

Aerosoles provided complimentary products for review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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THE SLEEP STYLER: Hot or Not?

If you have been following my Instagram stories, you probably already know how much I have been using The Sleep Styler. It took sooo long for it to come in, because the demand was high and production was slow. So while I was waiting, I created this DUPE video where I achieved the look I wanted from The Sleep Styler with kitchen dish sponges.

Meantime, I finally got both the Original and Mini Sleep Styler products in, and I have been sleeping in them nightly with no problems. I love the way they curl my hair, and I use both of them – the Original on the lower half of my hair, and the Mini on the top half with bobby pins pushed underneath so they don’t flop over.

If you use them, I do recommend putting some form of hairstyling product in your hair and blow-drying the roots. You don’t have to fully dry your hair, I leave dampness in it, but I noticed that when I didn’t use product or a blowdryer, that my hair was limp and tended to get greasy at the root.

I recommend the Saints and Sinners Diving Styling Potion – it made my strands really smooth, and the curls are lasting longer.

Check out my YouTube video review of the product to show the before and after!

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Let me know in the comments below if this is a product you would like to try. Do you love heatless curls? I know I sure do!

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5 reasons why you should protect your skin from sun damage: Coppertone Whipped

I’m pretty religious about applying some form of SPF to my face on a daily basis. I believe that’s why I don’t have very many wrinkles – despite the fact that I’m in my 30’s (bonus points for you if you thought I was younger). It always troubles me when people I know and love don’t protect their skin, because it’s more than just for cosmetic reasons: you want to avoid cancer!

According to Dr. Wendy Roberts, here are the top 5 reasons why everyone should wear sunscreen:

1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.

2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise, and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.

3. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.

4. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.

5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.

I was excited to attend the Simply Stylist x Coppertone pop-up event in Miami, because the theme was all about protecting your skin. South Florida is the perfect place to promote the new Coppertone products, as we see sunshine ALL YEAR! I loved seeing all the beautiful bloggers/vloggers milling around, enjoying the sunshine — and highlighting sun protection.

Best of all, two lovely bloggers that I adore, Becky Boricua and Annie A to Z, unexpectedly popped up in the pop-up event! Stay tuned to my YouTube channel, because I plan to do a vlog of the good times.

Becky is so good at selfies! She took this pic 🙂

I’m really passionate about convincing you to take protecting your skin seriously! I enjoyed trying on the new Coppertone CLEARLY Sheer Whipped Sunscreen (SPF 30) because it wasn’t greasy, and it absorbed immediately into my skin. My favorite thing about it was that it has a citrus scent.

Let me know your thoughts about the importance of sun protection by commenting below!

Many thanks to Coppertone for the complimentary samples of these products. All opinions are my own.

XO,

~Angela~

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DIY tutorial: MAGNETIC LASHES! How to make your perfect magnetic eyelashes

In my latest YouTube tutorial on my channel Beauty News with Angela Cruz, I teach you how to make your own perfect set of false magnetic lashes that you will want to wear every day!

This video shows you how to make your most PERFECT magnetic eyelashes on your own, based upon the One Two Cosmetics magnetic false eyelashes.

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I have a couple of complaints about the One Two Cosmetics magnetic lashes: 1. They are too straight, with no curve. 2. They are only half lashes. This video solves these problems, and I have been loving wearing the ones I made!

Click here to watch my in-depth review and how I put on the One Two Cosmetics “original” magnetic lashes.

Click here to read my blog post about these magnetic lashes.

Comment below with whether you would be interested to try these lashes!

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Loving Yourself, at ANY Size! Try Dia&Co for $20 off

#iheartmybody

Growing up, I never saw people on television or in movies who looked like me: I’m bi-racial, since my mother is Filipina and my father is Caucasian. Thankfully, that’s changed, and we now see far more diversity. However, I still feel that our society has some work to do when it comes to celebrating #RealWomen with #RealBodies and portraying them in advertising campaigns. I love that young girls can now see models like Ashley Graham and Alex LaRosa, who are making a splash and proving that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

To say that my weight has been a struggle my entire life is an understatement. In fact, the first word I learned in my mom’s native language was “tabachoy.” I won’t publish the literal translation from Tagalog, because it’s not flattering — and it was the first word people would say when they met me as a child.

When I put my mind to it, I CAN lose weight. Last summer, I slimmed down enough to where my father-in-law mistakenly thought I was my teen niece. But the moment I quit dieting, I gained back every pound I had lost, plus 5 extra!

My size directly impacts my confidence level, although I wish I could say it didn’t. I admire my fellow bloggers Sahily with Pretty in Pigment and April with April GoLightly, who are positive body advocates and beautiful role models. But if I’m being 100% honest with myself, I know I’m not mentally where I need to be.

Earlier this month, another blogger friend, Christina with Mascara Maven and More, asked me, “Why haven’t I seen you posting as frequently on your Beauty News YouTube channel?” I told her that I felt my face looks bloated, and she responded, “It makes me sad to even hear you say such a thing.” She was right — we shouldn’t bash ourselves, even in conversations with friends.

One moment that I recall vividly from back in my news anchoring days was when a viewer wrote “Angela has shoulders like an NFL linebacker.” That stung me deeply – it still does! – but my former clothing selections of boxy jackets certainly didn’t flatter my body type like they could have.

Thankfully, I’m blessed with excellent health, a supportive husband who frequently tells me I’m beautiful, and good energy. I’m trying to prioritize a sustainable, healthful way of eating, so it’s a work in progress. Meantime, one of the problems with my perpetual yo-yo dieting is that the costs add up, and I’m not talking about food – having to buy an entire new wardrobe every time I lose or gain weight is expensive. In my closet right now, there are literally RACKS of clothes that I don’t fit.

That’s where wardrobe subscriptions come in handy. Dia&Co is plus sized clothing and wardrobe styling for real women, and when they reached out for me to try their subscription service, I was excited to see what they offered.

I feel so much more confident when I have on a stylish outfit that’s flattering and comfortable – and I’m thrilled to report that the clothing I was sent from my stylist, Ashby, made me feel fierce! I tried on the first item I unboxed, which was a patterned dress I normally would not have chosen. I styled it exactly as Ashby advised, by pairing the dress with a denim jacket and a neutral wedge shoe. When I looked in the mirror, I felt trendy and fashionable.

Information about Dia&Co from the website: “Dia&Co is a body-positive styling service for women who wear sizes 14 and up. You’ll get a Dia Box with five garments hand-picked by your stylist. The $20 styling fee will be applied to any purchase you make from your Box. Keep what you love, send back the rest. Shipping both ways is always free!”

I sent back a couple of items from my first box (you have 5 days to try everything on), but my second box was spot-on for my taste and style. I also loved that Ashby’s personal note referenced a dress she chose for me — she wrote that it would “look great on TV,” which was so sweet! But I loved the colored pants and black jacket so much, I’m actually planning to wear those instead for my appearance next week – so tune in to see how they look on air! Too bad I can’t carry this purse with me to the studio, because it is super-cute. Can we say, “Date Night Inspo”?!

My hope with sharing my story here is because I believe we need to show the next generation that style is style at any size. You’ve heard me say in recent videos that I want to help you “look your best, so you can feel your best.” I know that’s so much more than what we’re wearing; it’s a mindset – and we should be accepting, not ashamed, of all women’s bodies. I want my nieces to see me loving myself on my social media, and that starts with me challenging conventional beauty standards. Let’s celebrate all kinds of diversity!

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Disclosure: Dia&Co sent me complimentary boxes to try their service. This is not a sponsored post, I just like this company. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Curb Cravings with MealEnders – Save 10%

It’s no secret that I struggle with my weight, having been a yo-yo dieter for most of my life. My worst downfall is a penchant for sweets — no matter how full I am, I still want to have dessert. A friend of mine told me to retrain my tastebuds by having a sweet hard candy at the end of of a meal, but I never found one that was truly satisfying. Then I discovered MealEnders, and I’ve been happy with how well they curb my cravings.

Here’s how the DUO-SENSORY TASTE SYSTEM™ works: “MealEnders’ active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge.  First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal.  Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.  You can feel your MealEnder go to work instantly.”

I’ve been using them for a few weeks now. I especially like to have one mid-afternoon around 3 p.m. when I instinctively start walking around the office looking for ice cream (so far, no ice cream has magically appeared in my workplace). I’ve only tried the Chocolate Mint, and I can testify that it is DELICIOUS. The smooth exterior is creamy and chocolatey, while the tingly inside is minty and actually does what it’s supposed to do: it stops me from wanting something else to eat.

I also can’t wait to try the Mocha flavor, because the scent of the inside of the bag is really compelling!

If you want to try MealEnders for yourself, use the coupon code “Save10” for 10% off your order. Here’s to dessert, made even sweeter by the lack of massive calories!

Disclosure: I was sent these bags to try in exchange for a review, but ironically I had purchased 3 of the flavors on my own a few weeks ago, and had already fallen in love. 🙂 

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TALE AS OLD AS TIME – Review of Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast”

Photo courtesy Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

There’s been a lot of hype – and, let’s be real, a lot of controversy – surrounding Disney’s new “Beauty and the Beast” movie. The headlines are proclaiming that this could be the company’s first $1b movie of 2017, and I could totally see that happening. I wanted to share my review of what I thought of the movie, so this is my opinion! I went with my husband, and we paid for our ticket, so this is not a sponsored review or anything.

My quick review is simply this: IT’S AMAZING, GO WATCH IT! 🙂

  1. This needs to be said, but I won’t go too deep since this is a review blog post: I am a Christian (saved by the grace of God, y’all), and I had no problem whatsoever with any part of the movie. Just had to put this disclaimer here. For any parent who had concerns, all I can say is that you make your own decision, but for me, I have no problem recommending this film at all.
  2. I highly recommend that you watch this movie in 3D, if you can. So many times, it feels like a throwaway to watch something in 3D. But for this particular movie, I believe it justifies the higher cost – there are scenes that just pop out at you.
  3. When Emma Watson first came on screen, I’m like, “Hermione!” But she built a new character of Belle that was totally believable. Not a spoiler – however, I will let you know there is one scene when a white owl is on screen, and my husband turned to me and whispered, “Harry Potter!”
  4. As a bi-racial individual whose mother is Filipina and father is Caucasian, it really made me happy to FINALLY see representation of interracial relationships on screen. Thank you, Disney!
  5. Last, but not least, I had high expectations of the movie, and it 100% lived up to the hype! I was overwhelmed by positive feelings and memories as I watched it. The songs are still nostalgic enough to where you feel like you are watching something familiar – yet fresh. The actors are PHENOMENAL in their roles.

From Disney: “The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.”

Are you planning to watch the movie? Comment below with your thoughts. Thanks for taking the time to read my review!

XO,

~Angela~

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Review of OLAPLEX – and a promo code to try it for free!

Sure, my hair is naturally black (I’m half Filipina), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamed of lighter locks. Back in the day, if you want to lift your hair color several shades, it used to take multiple appointments at a salon depending on how many levels lighter you wanted to go. What if now, you could lighten it dramatically in just ONE visit, with less damage to your hair than ever before? Now you can, thanks to a highly buzzed about product line, Olaplex.

My natural color – BEFORE

This legendary treatment promises to rebuild broken hair bonds. Just looking at the before and after photos on the Olaplex website is convincing. The fact that it protects your hair from the dangers of chemical processing makes this product a game-changer! It dramatically reduces breakage and makes color last longer.

I first heard about it a year ago when my hairstylist cousin, Anjo, insisted that if I go lighter, I HAD to use Olaplex. He said I would need it, because it would be harder to lift my color since I had been using boxed black dye to cover my grays. He even grabbed my iphone, created a new note, and wrote OLAPLEX in all caps so I wouldn’t forget. Since then, I’ve been dying to try it – and when PUREBEAUTY (Aruj Salon & Spa) at the  Dadeland Mall in Miami offered me a complimentary hair treatment in exchange for a review, I jumped at the chance.

The Olaplex system claims to permanently rebuild disulfide hair bonds, which give our hair elasticity and strength. The hair products are so unique, the company has secured 8 patents!

Christina at the salon took great care of me, and explained how the system worked. She also listened to my desires – I showed her a picture of the color that I hoped to achieve, and she said she could do it!

Olaplex No. 3 Hair PerfectorI’ve been using it once a week since then, and I’ve felt that my hair was not frizzy and flyaway like it used to be when I would get it lightened without Olaplex. So that’s already one benefit!

Does Olaplex live up to the hype? I really think so – when I saw my “after” hair, I was impressed with the color. But even more, I was impressed with how my hair felt stronger and smoother, even the weeks after when I would wash it and style it at home.

Have you ever heard of Olaplex, and are you curious to try it? Use my promo code: ANGELAHAIR to receive a FREE Olaplaex treatment with your color service at the PUREBEAUTY Salon & Spa in Miami!

Many thanks to PUREBEAUTY for providing this experience to me, and especially to Christina for making me feel beautiful!

Opinions are always my own. I was provided this complimentary experience for review, but just because it was free doesn’t mean I will lie to you about what I think – y’all know I KEEP IT REAL.  

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