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’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.
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.
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.
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!
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
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.
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.
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!”
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!
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!
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 Perfector – I’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.
Have you heard of magnetic lashes? One Two Lash is the world’s first, and they’re taking lash lovers by storm. These magnetic false eyelash extensions are super quick to apply – hence the name “One Two Lash” — and they don’t damage your natural eyelashes. I first heard about these when Allure Magazine named them one of 2016’s “Best of Beauty Breakthrough” products, so I was beyond thrilled when One Two Cosmetics offered to send me complimentary samples. I even talked about these in my WPTV “Beauty News” segment (click here to watch it), and the morning anchor was so happy to try these because she’s allergic to eyelash glue!
Information about the lashes from the One Two Cosmetics website: “Using our patent-pending micro-magnetic technology, One Two Lash sandwiches your natural lashes between two ultra-lightweight fiber strips to create a bold, dramatic lash line in seconds. And our unique, patent pending design makes lashes look long, thick, and luxurious — while looking undeniably natural. This breakthrough solution works for people of all ages, ethnicities, and fits any eye shape. Experience the One Two Lash revolution today!”
The website offers “how to,” but I’ll be honest — at first, I didn’t even read the instructions or watch the instructional video. I didn’t think that I needed to, because these were so self-explanatory — simple for me to figure out and apply.As a disclaimer, please watch the video and proceed gently and with caution, because eyes are a delicate part of your face and must be treated with care.
After I finally watched the instructional video for the “original” lash set, I learned what the microfiber cloth was actually for. I’m a photographer, so I thought, “Oh, that’s so sweet, One Two Cosmetics sent me a nice lens cleaning cloth.” 🙂 You have to go to the “how to” website for yourself to see what the cloth is REALLY supposed to be used for, LOL!
I’m wearing the One Two Lash “original” on both eyes: two sets on each eye, side by side, overlapping
Here are my tips:
1. Practice first! Don’t wait until the day you want to wear them to give them a try. Seriously, watch the video. Now that I’ve watched it, I realize it really does help.
2. Curl your natural lashes, then apply mascara. Let the mascara dry before applying the lashes.
3. To apply the One Two Lash set, simply treat the two ultra-lightweight fiber strips like a sandwich — place the top lash first on your top lashes, then place the bottom lash (marked with a red dot) under your lashes.
4. Let the magnets do the work, and click together into place. BOOM! Easy false lashes in two seconds!
5. Remove them by gently and slowly shifting them apart, without pulling.
Bonus tips: For an easy and quick everyday look, apply one set of the “original” lashes on each eye. To up the drama, apply two sets of the “original” lashes on each eye, laying them out side by side. For the most dramatic impact, go for the “bold” lashes for the most voluminous eyelash look.
The best part is that I have found they don’t damage my natural lashes. It’s an easy way to create a dramatic lash line in just seconds. You can even skip mascara if you want, and forget about messy glue that takes ages to dry. This is saving me time, and also money – I used to spend a fortune in single-lash extensions — lliterally hundreds of dollars a month for several months in a row until I was fed up with the whole two-hours-long application process every 2-3 weeks. Then I tried to save money by doing lash extensions on myself at home, but I always ended up ripping out my eyelashes whenever I removed them. Lately I’ve been trying to grow my lashes with a serum, which is fine, but as a beauty blogger and a YouTuber, I want a more luscious lash look instantly for photos and videos — and the One Two Lash gives me that look.
You can purchase the One Two Lash at onetwocosmetics.com. Comment below if you’ve ever tried these, or if you are curious! I’ll try to answer your questions. Thanks for reading my review!
Opinions are always my own. I was sent these complimentary lash sets for review, but just because they were free doesn’t mean I will lie to you about what I think – y’all know I KEEP IT REAL. 🙂
I have frizzy hair. It shouldn’t be like this – the texture is straight, but it takes #werk to make it look somewhat smooth. That process usually takes a mixture of products, and a blowdrying method that involves a lot of hairbrush twirling around my head.
With this in mind, I felt a little hope when I was sent the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture’s Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Crèmefor review. This product was promised to give me a so-called “Broccoli blow out,” leaving me with shiny hair – but I only eat broccoli slathered in butter or cheese, so you can imagine my skepticism. I was reassured that the green vegetable ingredient in the product, better known as brassica seed oil, acts as a natural silicone alternative.
Here is the promise: “Acting as a rapid blowdry booster, this crème will reduce the drying process by prepping and detangling the hair for less breakage and tugging. This ingenious thermal styling aid aligns strands for a smooth, easy brush glide that shortens styling times with amplified shine and humidity resistance. Brassica seed provides this smoothness and luster without weighing hair down or creating product buildup. Shea oil further hydrates and deep conditions, never leaving styles looking or feeling greasy.”
Like a good beauty blogger, I followed the instructions:
Section damp hair and apply a dime-size dollop, distributing evenly from roots to ends.
Apply as needed for longer hair.
Blow dry with a flat brush section by section for straight finish.
I did use a bit more than the recommended dime-size amount, simply because my hair is indeed long. The first thing I noticed was that the product was surprisingly lightweight, almost runny – I was expecting a thick, gloppy cream. The good news is that once I started blowdrying my hair, the consistency of the product allowed it to spread evenly over my hair, instead of chunking up on my scalp like some thicker products do. But most importantly, I was quick to discover that it does deliver on a promise – it definitely sped up my drying time! SCORE!!
I am obsessed with short blowout times. Because my hair is so thin and I use a high-powered blowdryer, I can go from wet to finish in 6-8 minutes. Well, with this particular crème, I was able to shave off a couple of minutes from my blowout – so I was able to finish in 4-5 minutes. That’s a hefty percentage off my personal best time!
The end result of my hair was not perfectly smooth. That would take going to a salon and having a professional spend more than 5 minutes working on my strands, or at least a quick pass with a straightening iron to achieve a glass-like shine. However, given how flyaway my hair typically is, it was significantly better than my average – so I am pleased.
Another benefit is that this is one of those “one and done” products that I really enjoy. My favorite beauty multi-taskers are perfect for those quick routines I always seem to need while I get ready for work. For these reasons, this “Broccoli blow out” crème has now been added to my “must have” beauty list!
The home my husband Nathan and I live in is our first-ever purchased house. We did some moving around from Louisiana to Florida for our careers, before we settled down to become homeowners. Now, we live in West Palm Beach, Florida — where the warm weather lasts all year (to my snow-bound friends, #sorrynotsorry, I work in tourism so I love to promote this area, haha!).
You’ve probably realized that I tend to spend on makeup and beauty-related products, but maybe you don’t know that I skimp on home items, like décor and furniture. In the past, when friends and family have come to visit, I’ve been a little embarrassed that our towels were so shabby. The towels were hand-me-downs for the most part, so they were frayed, bleached and worn out so much, they just looked plain ol’ ratchet.
For this reason, I was excited when MicroCotton offered to send me some towels for review. Out of all the home items I felt that I needed, towels were honestly at the top of my list! I am not kidding you when I say that I told Nathan at the beginning of this year, “We need to invest in better towels, ours are ridiculous!”
So it was with much enthusiasm that I opened the box, to see what kind I received.
“Rendered in soft, super-absorbent Annur cotton finished with a clean woven pattern at the hem, the Premier bath towel collection from Hotel Collection provides the ultimate in luxury bathroom appointments. The Hotel Collection Premier Bath Towel Collection is available exclusively at Macy’s retailers and http://www.Macys.com.”
The towels retail for $16 to $67 per towel, depending on the sizes. I received the full range, and I am beyond thrilled! They feel SO LUXURIOUS, just like you are using a hotel towel – the products really do live up to the name. The biggest thing I noticed about these towels is that they are SUPER SOFT. It was surprising, I guess because I was so accustomed to rough-feeling towels that kind of pulled against my skin, if that makes sense.
Nathan said he felt that they could be more absorbent, but I haven’t had an issue with absorbency. They’ve worked just fine, in my opinion, for drying myself off — especially for when I wrap my long hair in a towel turban after I shower. The best thing about these towels to me, though, is the size – especially for the largest towel. I’ve never had one this large, and it swathes your entire body in super-softness when you step out of the shower. Definitely indulgent, and you feel like you’re at a spa!
Mogwai shows how big the largest towel really is
For my review, I can honestly say these are by far the best towels I’ve ever had. I give the Hotel Collection Premier Bath Towels my two thumbs up!