Poncho and Suits: Walmart/Time and Tru

On my recent visit to small town America, I had the pleasure of staying under five minutes away from a Walmart. As a New Yorker living in one of the five boroughs, this is unheard of (except Queens). There is is Walmart at the Green Acres Mall in Queens, NY. Needless to say, I visited everyday, with my mother (who is more obsessed with Walmart than I am) in tow.

It is almost the end of summer so it is a perfect time to snatch up swimsuits and coverups on sale. I managed to score some real classic pieces for under $20 per piece.

I purchased two swimsuits and swim coverup pictured below, all by Walmart’s “Time and Tru” Line. The pieces fit well and the fabric holds up well in the water. I’ll definitely be sporting these pieces next summer as well.

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Time and Tru Swimwear

Carol’s Daughter “Black Vanilla” Line: My Favorites

So this one time on Instagram my cousin and I won a Carol’s Daughter and Walmart collab giftcard and I balled out haaaard at www.walmart.com. I couldn’t have the Walmart in-store experience since, well, there aren’t any Walmart stores in Brooklyn, New York. The online shopping experience was great however. I was able to browse the products very easily and even got a few extra things other than hair products because the prices were that great. I was able to get a watch for my daughter for about 4 bucks. I bought myself a black jumpsuit for under 20 dollars and a microwave egg cooker. Don’t ask me why I got it because I don’t cooks eggs in the microwave but I had about 5 bucks left on my giftcard and I had to pick something up before checking out online.

My hair goodies (and misc goodies) all shipped and were delivered in about a week! Wow! This online shopping business is quite expedient. I have to admit that I am not much of an online shopper. I really like to see the goods that I’m buying. I cannot stand buying something online and have a certain expectation of what the product looks like and then it’s delivered and I’m stuck on sadface. Well, it did not happen here. Walmart delivered!

The Carol’s Daughter products were a real treat. It was great to have the full line and I can’t wait for shampoo days. I’ve used a majority of them before so I am a fan.

Let’s dig into my favorites:

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The championship lineup. I made sure to order a shampoo, conditioner, leave in treatment, detangler, curl creme and hairdress. A full line is really essential for styles that are well defined and long lasting.

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I have tried the “Hair Milk” and love it but have never tried the “Styling Pudding”. I live for a great curl pudding. I’m not sure how my curls survived before the invention of a good pudding. 

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Now THIS “Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner”, I really enjoy using. I spray it directly onto my scalp when my hair is braided or onto my hair when I’m wearing it curly for moisture, shine and just overall healthy hair. It is a staple of mine. 

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I’ve tried the “Black Vanilla Shampoo” but this is the first time that I’ll be trying the “Black Vanilla Conditioner”. Did I mention how amazing the Black Vanilla line smells? Yeah, it smells amazing. These two will leave your hair smelling great but not overly perfumed. 

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I received a small sample of this “Combing Creme” in an Essence Beauty Box and fell in love instantly. I normally detangle my hair and my daughter’s hair with spray detangler. You know the kids detangler you get from the drugstore. That was my staple but now I have a new one. This creme literally melts the tangles away. It makes combing through freshly washed hair so easy. Great for kids wash days.

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This is so nice that I had to list it twice and look, there’s a wuttle baby version! I have been a fan of the “Mimosa Hair Honey” since Carol from Carol’s Daughter was selling her line out of her Brooklyn storefront. I tell you no lies. This pomade and I go way back. This pomade does not leave your hair dry and lackluster after use like most pomades that I use in my daughter’s and my hair. The shine and smoothness that it adds to the hair is incredible. Cruly hair is prone to drynesss but a little bit of this everyday goes a long way and helps to ward off the dryness. 

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Bae.

Have you tried this Carol’s Daughter line? How do you like it and what are your favorites?

Vacation Curl Care Courtesy of @Curlbox

The July Curlbox was curated with Walmart and the products inside of the box were all chosen with a summer beach vacation in mind. The box was the perfect thing for me to choose a few products from that I wouldn’t normally use for my beach vacation wash and go style. The box was chuck full of goodies but I pulled the Aussie 3 Moist Minute Miracle Conditioner and the Herbal Essences Hair Milk. The two products worked great together. The conditioner hydrated my curls instantly and the hair milk eased all of the tangles out of my washed hair. All I needed to do was finger comb my curls and go.

The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner

The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner

Herbal Essences Hair Milk leaves hair super luxe feeling and detangles curly hair with ease.

Herbal Essences Hair Milk leaves hair super luxe feeling and detangles curly hair with ease.

 

Photos: http://www.blog.curlbox.com

The proof is in the pudding so take a peek at the curls.

The combo left me with non greasy, no product feel which is necessary for the balmy beach weather.

The combo left me with non greasy, no product feel which is necessary for the balmy beach weather.

During the day I kept my hair in a low ponytail and wore my hat religiously to help protect my face and mane  from the sun's rays.

During the day I kept my hair in a low ponytail and wore my hat religiously to help protect my face and mane from the sun’s rays.

 

Photos: http://www.johnricard.com