Stocking Stuffer Beauty Event With Kroger!

The Holidays is just around the corner! I swear it was just August. Right? Time sure does fly when it’s warm outside! haha.  Today I’ve teamed up with Kroger to share their Beauty Event and how I’m using it to my advantage to purchase some great stocking stuffer must haves for my girlfriends. Below you will find a sneak peek at what my girlfriends will be receiving as gifts. I’m lucky that my friends also appreciate a killer sale and beauty products!! It’s a win-win!

Kroger is the perfect one stop shop. I pick up my grocery needs and then I’m also able to shop their wide variety​ ​of​ ​beauty products. I’m able to find all the brands that I love and need! In my most recent trip I was able to save some extra money because of their coupons. Over $20 in savings with the digital coupon you can download! (Coupons are a one time use.)

I grabbed 3 of each product:

Nexxus Frizz Defy Finishing Spray 

Nexxus​ ​-​ ​Save​$3.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​any​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Nexxus​ ​Hair​ ​product​ ​(excluding​ ​trial​ ​and​ ​travel sizes)

Purchased the Nexxus Frizz Defy Finishing Spray – perfect hold for your Holiday get togethers!

Revlon​ ​Youth​ ​Fx​ ​Foundation 

Revlon​ ​-​ Save​ ​$2.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Revlon​ ​Youth​ ​Fx​ ​Foundation,​ ​Concealer,​ ​or​ ​Primer.

I purchased the Revlon Youth FX foundation. My girlfriends and I have been wanting to try these!

Jergens Lotion 

Jergens​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Jergens®​ ​Moisturizer​ ​10​ ​oz.​ ​or​ ​larger​ ​(Excludes Jergens®​ ​Natural​ ​Glow®​ ​Products​ ​and​ ​Trial​ ​&​ ​Travel​ ​Sizes)

I purchased the Skin Firming, Hydrating Coconut and Soothing Aloe.

CoverGirl 

CoverGirl​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$3.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​CoverGirl​ ​Mascara​ ​or​ ​Eyeliner​ ​Product

I purchased 3 of my favorite liners – Perfect Point Plus in Black.

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s​ ​Bees​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.50​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Burt’s​ ​Bees​ ​facial​ ​cleansing​ ​towelette!

I purchased the Cucumber & Sage, Peach & Willow Bark and Pink Grapefruit. 

All of the products and coupons you can shop: Nexxus​ ​-​ ​Save​$3.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​any​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Nexxus​ ​Hair​ ​product​ ​(excluding​ ​trial​ ​and​ ​travel sizes) ● Noxzema​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​any​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Noxzema​ ​product​ ​(excludes​ ​trial​ ​and​ ​travel sizes) ● Suave​ ​Hair​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Suave​ ​Professionals​ ​Shampoo​ ​or​ ​Conditioner 12.6oz​ ​or​ ​larger​ ​OR​ ​Suave​ ​Treatment​ ​product​ ​(excludes​ ​trial​ ​&​ ​travel​ ​sizes) ● Vaseline​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​any​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Vaseline​ ​Intensive​ ​Care​ ​Lotion​ ​(excluding​ ​trial and​ ​travel​ ​sizes) ● Revlon​ ​-​ Save​ ​$2.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Revlon​ ​Youth​ ​Fx​ ​Foundation,​ ​Concealer,​ ​or​ ​Primer ● CoverGirl​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$3.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​CoverGirl​ ​Mascara​ ​or​ ​Eyeliner​ ​Product ● Garnier​ ​Nutrisse​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.50​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Garnier​ ​Nutrisse​ ​Hair​ ​Color​ ​Product ● Schwarzkopf​ -​ ​Save​ ​$2.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Schwarzkopf®​ ​Hair​ ​Product​ ​(including​ ​got2b®, Keratin​ ​Color​ ​and​ ​GLISS®) ● Jergens​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Jergens®​ ​Moisturizer​ ​10​ ​oz.​ ​or​ ​larger​ ​(Excludes Jergens®​ ​Natural​ ​Glow®​ ​Products​ ​and​ ​Trial​ ​&​ ​Travel​ ​Sizes) ● Live​ ​Clean​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$0.75​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Live​ ​Clean®​ ​Shampoo​ ​or​ ​Conditioner​ ​(any​ ​size, any​ ​variety) ● Shea​ ​Moisture​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$2.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​SheaMoisture​ ​Product ● Burt’s​ ​Bees​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.50​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Burt’s​ ​Bees​ ​facial​ ​cleansing​ ​towelette!

Stockings are now stuffed and my wallet is too! haha Thank you Kroger for a great sale!! I hope you find something perfect for the person your making a stocking for. Make sure to use this offer before it ends on 12/30!!! It’s always a great day when you’re able to accomplish some Holiday shopping and save some money as well.

xx, Tonya Michelle.

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Day 1 Shu Uemura Art Of Hair x Gallery Of Style Tokyorama

I was honored to travel to Tokyo with Shu Uemura Art of Hair for their Gallery Of Style Tokyorama finalist contest. I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words this amazing experience. Can I be honest? It’s hard! Learning about Shu Uemura, meeting with the team & the finalists, exploring Tokyo was incredible. Below I will go through some of my favorite moments, products and explain a little background about the legend himself on DAY 1! Day 2 and 3 will be separate blog posts – more in depth on the Gallery Of Style completion and their designs, so keep your eye out and enjoy!!!!

Waking up this view didn’t get old. Tokyo reminds me of NYC but bigger and calmer. haha – Not kidding. I only heard one horn being blown during our entire stay. Can’t lie, I appreciated it.

Day 1: We toured the city, 100% acted like tourist and we had a blast. Below you will find our photos from the Senso-Ji Temple, Ueno Toshogu Autumn Dahlia Garden and us enjoying sukiyaki!!

The entrance to the Ueno Toshogu Autumn Dahlia Garden, one of our favorite places! It was such a gorgeous experience. Some of the dahlias were taller than me, no joke!! I wish I could of taken some with me.

Had to stop and take a stunning photo of a few Shu Uemura products! The morning we left for our day I used cleansing oil shampoo gentle radiance cleanser for normal hair and scalp and after blow drying, I added a dime size of their essence absolute nourishing protective oil. I then used my straightener and my hair stayed straight ALL day. No joke. I got so much feedback and questions when I posted on my insta-stories. It’s true. I’m officially hooked. You need to add this to your “must have” list for hair products. Trust me! Nothing worse than your hair curling or getting frizzy when you’re trying to have silky smooth hair.

We then started to walk to the Senso-Ji Temple. When we first arrived it wasn’t busy and I was able to truly just take a minute to appreciate my surroundings. I even called my grandma (3am EST) and luckily she was awake! I was able to share some of this experience with her which was a great feeling.

It’s almost like playing “Wheres Waldo?” but “Wheres Tonya?” — it was packed within 5 mins! People of all cultures and backgrounds swarmed the area, taking photos, all wanting to feel the history. Being around so much culture and history made me realize how small we each are in such a bigger picture. It’s life changing.

By now we’re all starving and sukiyaki is calling our name! Luckily, Carl and I aren’t strangers to this. Our neighbors made it for us before and we loved it. Below you can view the process and after. Yum!

Day 1 was amazing — as you can see. We had a blast enjoying Tokyo. Day 2 and 3 will be coming this week on my blog. Stay tuned for some amazing hair creations and my top 5 products!!!

Mr. Shu Uemura himself, the legend.

“Mr. Shu Uemura is recognized around the world as a true master of contemporary beauty. He took a revolutionary path to polarize the art of makeup. With an unwavering passion, he has built a global brand synonymous with artistic expression, purity and quality. In August 2007, Shu Uemura Art of Hair was launched in the United States, expanding Mr. Shu Uemura’s mastery of beauty from face to now include hair. Today, Mr. Shu Uemura’s unique vision of eastern beauty combined with the sophistication of western glamour continues to inspire professionals around the globe.”  – Shu Uemura The Art of Hair 

Top 10 Shu Uemura haircare products – click HERE.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Do’s and Don’t of Tape-In Extensions With Glow Studios In Ashburn VA

If you know me, my hair is MY thing.

I love having hair extensions. I’ve had them all, I swear. With that being said, my favorite MOST NATURAL looking hair extensions are the tape-ins I got done at Glow Studios here in Ashburn, VA.

Below, I will be showing you my before, during, and after photos, as well as how they have held up the last 4 weeks. It’s very important to know how to take care of your extensions, so you’ll also find some tips and things I have learned along the way! Would love to hear your thoughts as well and if you have any questions please email me: tonyamichelle26@hotmail.com – I’m an open book!

I had the privilege to get my hair done by the one and only Kristen Shehadi. She is the owner of Glow Studios! Funny story, when I used to work in the corporate world, my boss and 2 co-workers all had been going to Kristen for years!!! Wish I would have listened earlier. haha!

Let’s jump right into getting tape in extensions. 

I’ve been trying to grow my hair out and this is my current length: 

I like my hair to be 20-24 inches long. It gives me the room to have long loose curls or tight curls. I love how tape-in extensions provide extra thickness for me as well. Even if my hair was longer I would still add a few pieces for the thickness. I know a lot of my friends do this. Plus it’s fun to play with! 

Consultation: You will have a consultation with the stylist to determine the color, length and thickness you’d like. This appointment usually takes around 15-20 mins. Super quick and easy!

Install Time: Once the hair is ordered and delivered to Glow Studios you will set up your second appointment to install your extensions!! This is the FUN part. The time it takes will depend on how much hair you’re getting and if you need them layered and styled. This will be determined during your first appointment.

Do’s of Tape-In Hair Extensions:

1. Always brush your hair / hair extensions before washing. Shower or bathe. When you brush your hair before shampooing, you’re brushing out any knots or tangles you might have. You want to make sure you massage your hair when you shampoo, as well. Use your fingers as a brush in the shower.

2. Always hold the top of the hair extensions with your hand when brushing. Imagine that you have a pony tail in, holding it in place and then brushing. You don’t want to pull or tug on your hair, this will make them loose. The less stress you’re adding to them, the better they will be and the longer they will last! Remember, this is an investment.

3. Always use the shampoo and conditioner your stylist recommends. They know the ins and outs of which products won’t break up the tape holding in your hair. Their advice is key!! They will also tell you which products NOT to use.

4. Always  use a heat-protectant spray before styling your hair. Remember to treat your hair extensions as if it’s YOUR hair. I always say, if I buy it, it’s mine. haha! So, every time you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair, use a protectant spray. This will obviously make the hair last longer, which is what you want.

Dont’s of Tape-In Hair Extensions:

1. Don’t go the cheap route. Make sure you always let your hair stylist order the hair for you. It’s hair they have used before, it’s a company they trust, and they know you will be happy with the product when it’s finished. You want your hair extensions to last and look great—and you also want to make sure they don’t damage your natural hair. Well-made hair extensions applied by a professional are the way to ensure all of the above.

2.Don’t wash your hair everyday. Even if you don’t have extensions, you shouldn’t be washing your hair every day. It’s best to wash every 2-3 days. Dry shampoo will be your best friend and you will notice how the natural oils in your hair will do their job. The more you wash your hair, the more the tape will start to loosen up and move down.

3.After getting your extensions installed, wait at least 24 hours until you wash your hair. They may be tight at first but within 2-3 days they will loosen up to where you don’t even feel them. At least for me, I don’t feel mine at all. They are super light and feel natural! Do NOT use conditioner on your scalp, this will break up the tape extensions. Only use conditioner on the ends of your hair.

This is my hair after:

Isn’t that crazy?! I was SO excited when I was finished. These extensions are perfect for a quick turn around, if you have an event coming up, wedding, etc. They look and feel VERY natural. If you’re looking for a thicker look, they also do Mermaid extensions which I will also be trying out in the next few weeks after using my tape-ins for a little longer.

Kristen layered my extensions to blend in perfectly with my hair. I am SO picky with who I trust with my hair cause I’ve had and seen horror stories. It’s huge for me to say I trust Kristen with any service she provides. I left for NYFW a few days after this and no one believed that I had extensions, thats how well these blend in and sit flat with your head.

Why I love Glow Studios and why you should check them out:

It’s also very important to have a stylist truly listen and understand what you’re trying to achieve in the service you’re asking for them to provide. I wanted a natural look for my extensions and thats exactly what she gave me. I’ve had them now for exactly one month and in the next week or two I will go back to get them moved up and then discuss the mermaid hair.

I’m also really excited to find a salon that is more than your average salon. Glow Studios is truly about the experience and being your one stop shop for what you need. You can get your hair needs taken care of, get a facial, a massage and MORE. There are even more exciting services that will be added soon and I can’t wait to share those with you as well. Make sure you keep your eyes open on their social media accounts and mine as well. Glow Studios Instagram account: @glowstudios

It’s ALSO about the experience they give you and it’s not your normal salon. I’ve been to a lot of places where you just feel like a customer and that’s it, no personal touch or friendship. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with a smile and a “We will be right with you” — my biggest thing going anywhere is how they treat you. Whether there isn’t anyone in the place or you’re slammed, just a simple hello to acknowledge that I’m there is huge to me. I loved how everyone was friendly and wanted to chat. It’s somewhere you feel welcomed and more than just a customer.

Beyond the normal day to day services they also provide an amazing day for children with special needs. This hits close to home in my heart and I was blown away by this. Sensory Sundays! What’s that? If you have a child with special needs, this day is catered to making them feel comfortable while getting their hair cut. To me, this just shows the type of business they are. They not only care about providing amazing services to women, but also to their children. If you have any questions about Sensory Sundays or want to attend, reach out to Glow Studios. They would love to fill you in on what they provide and  also answer any questions you might have!

Glow Studios

44025 Pipeline Plaza #115

Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 723-0900

hello@glow-studios.com

 

This post was in exchange for services. All opinions and thoughts are 100% mine.

Professional photos by: @carlingzhouphotography

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Dove DermaCare to the rescue!

I can’t be the only person who goes a few days without washing their hair and has issues with a dry scalp and even flakes! YIKES! Right? I’ve tried other products and they all still left me with a dry scalp. I finally hit the jackpot when I tried Dove DermaCare Scalp series of shampoos and conditioners. At least for me, I need a shampoo and conditioner that will leave my hair feeling moisturized while I go a few days without a wash. No one wants to be that person with flakes, I mean, come on, that’s not very flattery or comfortable.

I’m also big on scents, I tried the three different kinds below and they all smell amazing but the one I loved the most was the Invigorating Mint, smells like mint & cucumbers to me, which is my favorite!!

I even bring these in my gym bag so when I shower at the gym, I don’t go without.

Invigorating Mint, linked here.

Quenches dry hair with a refreshing mint effect while leaving hair smooth and free flowing.  Ph  Balanced.

Pure Daily Care, linked here.

Fresh rosemary scent, provides strands with a burst of freshness and nourishment. No visible flakes with use. Ph Balanced.

Dryness & Itch Relief, linked here.

Coconut and shea butter formula that helps hydrate a dry scalp, relieves scalp irritation while leaving hair smooth. Ph Balanced.

I tried the shampoo and conditioner out for a week and it’s made my hair feel nourished and fresh. I think having soft, freshly scented clean hair has to be one of the best feelings when getting out of the shower. With the NEW Dove DermaCare Scalp series you will get 100% flake free* hair, 100% nourishment, zero compromise!

I know we all need to take a little time out of the week to pamper ourselves, make sure you don’t forget to pamper your hair as well. It’s something everyone sees and at least for me it’s so important to me for my hair to stay healthy and for my scalp to stay moisturized!

For more information on what Dove offers and provides for you and your hair care, click here:

Dove.com

This post was sponsored by Dove but all options and thoughts are 100% mine. I’ve used Dove products for years and will continue and someday pass down to my children. I truly love how all Dove products make my skin, hair and body feel! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you try their New DermaCare Scalp series soon, you won’t regret pampering your hair and scalp — trust me!

Tonya Michelle

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February Box Reviews

I’ve been really meaning to do this blog post for awhile now and finally am! I am going to review my 3 beauty boxes I received this month. I subscribe to Sephora Play, Ipsy and I sometimes purchase Target’s Beauty Box.  Below you’ll find my reviews of some products and my overall thoughts on the boxes themselves!

Ipsy Glam Bag

$10 monthly; Click here to sign up.

(When I was typing this, it kept trying to make Ipsy into Tipsy which I think Ipsy is Tipsy when making their last couple bags)

What I received this month:

Trust Fund Beauty Nailpolish – I’m not a fan of nail polishes in my bag, personally I get my nails done and I’ve always said not to give me these, lol. It’s a gorgeous color tho but again I wish a color would be sent that would fit more people, not everyone can pull off a light blue nail polish. I just know I’m so hard on my nails and I use gel.

Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush in Flush: I loved this blush! I will be doing a swatch soon. Juice Beauty is always for the win.

NYX Professional Makeup Butter™ Lipstick in Ripe Berry:  I need to try this color on, it looks like a dark brown which really isn’t my color but I’m willing to try. It would be good for Fall. I wish they were sending more Spring colors.

VENeffect Skin Care Anti-Aging Lip Treatment: I’m a sucker for any sort of lip treatments, this has a little bit of plumper in it without the annoying feeling which is good!

Windy Lux Diamond Complexion Powder in Medium: it’s way too sparkly, I would only use this under my eyes and then put my foundation powder over top.

In the summer months is when I love my Ipsy bags more, I tend to feel they send better selections and colors during that season. Ipsy is one of the best with customer service and anytime I needed something they respond very quickly. I am looking forward to their Ipsy event they will be having this summer – I missed it last year and was bummed out. If you’ve been leave me a comment cause I heard its amazing and so fun meeting other brands.

I won’t cancel my subscription ever with Ipsy even if sometimes I don’t like my bags – the products I don’t like I give to friends who love or I make cute mini travel gift bags which is great to give to someone as well. For the $10 it’s worth it in the end.

 

Sephora Play

$10 a month, click here to sign up.

What I received this month:

NARS Velvet Lip Glide; Rose Pink: Ok, um I’m in love – Anything NARS — yes sign me up. Not only is the packaging so sleek, the color is STUNNING.

Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream: This literally works right away and is worth the $30 for the full size. It 100% wakes up your eyes and gets you going in the am, which for me…is needed!

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy; Nude: A lot of people had an issue with saying this burnt their lips, you have to make sure you’ve exfoliated your lips first. I personally like this product and will be trying it out in the other colors.

SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara: Haven’t tried this yet but I’m always a huge fan of getting mini mascaras in these boxes for when I travel.

CLINIQUE Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer: it’s supposed to help those with oily skin. I’ve only used it twice so far but it’s helped. I noticed my skin half way through the day wasn’t as bad as usual and didn’t need to powder so much. I’m going to give it a few more days but so far I’m happy with it! Clinique always produces killer products, no questions asked.

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Divine Decadence:  This fragrance to me is best for Fall/Winter, it has a woody yet floral smell. Marc Jacobs never lets me down!

I personally believe Sephora Play has the best monthly box, for $10 you get well known higher end brands to try before you purchase the full size. Theres only been 1 month out of the last 6 that I didn’t really care for my items. One month I was missing one but luckily it was something I didn’t want to try anyways.

Target Beauty Box

This box is something that goes lives usually the first couple days of each month. Their boxes range from $7-$14 depending on what kind of items are in the box. I tend to purchase this one every 2-3 months. They do a great job on adding a little bit of everything into this box. Usually a shampoo and conditioner, lotion, face mask or wash, some sort of lipstick. I also use these products when I travel.

Masque Bar Hydrating Peel Off Mask:
A skin-moisturizing sheet mask that gently removes impurities and dead skin cells as it hydrates and soothes your skin with cucumber extract, aloe, collagen and vitamin E.

Raw Sugar Raw Coconut and Mango Body Wash:
Gently brightens and soothes your skin while locking in all the good oils, vitamins and enzymes that skin needs to look and feel amazing. It smells delicious, too.

Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity Face Wash:
A non-drying, easy-rinse formula that smoothes and purifies your skin, leaving it super clean, fresh and bright. Made with superfruit yuzu and ultra-soft scrub beads.

Gliss Ultimate Repair Shampoo:
Infuses your hair with keratin to repair, strengthen and restore damaged hair from the inside out, preventing future breakage and leaving hair shiny and smooth.

Gliss Ultimate Repair Conditioner:
Infuses your hair with keratin to repair, strengthen and restore damaged hair from the inside out, preventing future breakage and leaving hair shiny and smooth.

Sun Bum Sunless Self-Tanning Towelette:
An easy-to-use, clear formula for the face and body that exfoliates, moisturizes and works with the proteins and amino acids in your skin to produce a natural sunless tan.

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Pro Mascara:
Creates bold, nourished lashes with pure mineral pigments and a botanical blend. A unique brush lengthens each lash and delivers just the right amount of product, preventing clumps.

L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask:
A super-charged, pure clay mask that removes impurities and soothes your skin in just 10 minutes using natural ingredients for a spa-like experience. I’ve heard amazing things about this mask so I’m looking forward to trying this.

(info for these products were taken from Target.com, I haven’t tried some of the items yet but wanted to give you more details on what they do.)

 

xo, Tonya Michelle

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T3 Micro Wand Tutorial & My Favorite Products.

Hey Ladies, Hope everyone is having a fabulous day! Today I wanted to show you how I use one hair tool to get two different size curls as well as the products I use to keep my hair healthy in the process.

Below you will see how I transform my hair from straight to wavy and kinky curls!!

Just blow dried my hair straight and now ready to start the fun!

Above I’m using my T3 Micro Whirl Convertible (say that 3 times fast, I dare you!) You can achieve two different sized curls from this wand! If you want more loose curls, you start curling your hair from the bigger end of the wand to the smaller end. If you’re looking for kinky / smaller curls you can simply curl your hair all at the smaller end of the wand. I did two different size curls below so you can see the difference. The Whirl Convertible is my favorite size they have, I’m always switching up what size curls I want and this wand gives me both! You can click here to purchase and find more of their wands!

Below is my loose curls.

If you run your fingers or a brush through them, they will loosen up even more.

Below is my kinky/small curls.

I always feel super sassy when I do smaller tighter curls, I love them! ha

Now, below I will show you some products I use to help my hair stay healthy and also some that I use to add volume or to style. I’m not paid by these brands, I just like them and it’s what I use. I also do change up my hair products every other month or when they run out. I like to try new things and I believe its the only way you really know what you love and what doesn’t work for you!

So above are the current hair products I use while my hair is either wet or when it’s styled.

  • Philip B – Jet Set Hairspray : I use this daily. #heavensent #1
  • It’s a 10 – Miracle Dry Oil Spray: I use this when my hair is frizzing & not listening to me, a little goes a long way! I’m almost out though! #2
  • Umberto – Lifting Powder: I use this when I want some major volume at my roots, no joke, use the TINIEST bit! This is something you want to build up gradually, if you use too much you will need to wash your hair again, lol. Trust me — been there. #3
  • L’Oreal -Frizz Taming Serum: I also use this for frizz, I switch between this and the “Its a 10” #4.
  • Goldwell- Kerasilk Color Protective Blow-Dry Spray: I use this daily to protect my hair before I curl it. It goes on your hair before or after, I use it after, right before I curl my hair. #5.
  • RedKen- Satinwear 02 Blow-Dry Lotion; This is a gel. I personally use this every other day but I need to remember to use it everyday. This also protects your hair from heat. #6.
  • It’s Miracle De‑frizzing Gel: I use this a lot in the summer, humidity doesn’t like my hair. #7.
  • Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner- I use this to help my hair feel soft after day 2 of dry shampoo and not washing it! ha, who’s with me? #8

** I have micro- link extensions, they were done by Gina;  @glamyourhair in Maryland, I love my hair and I’ve had them now for almost 2 months, no complaints so far and these are my favorite kind. I’ve had them all — just ask, these haven’t damaged my hair. If you use her services, you can get $50 by telling her you were referred by me. It’s good towards installation.**

I hope you liked my hair post! I will be doing YouTube videos soon, so be on the look out! My youtube channel is link here, feel free to follow.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Fit Fab Fun Winter Box + Coupon Code!

I received the @FabFitFun winter box last week and I LOVED every item in this box! Below I will be giving you more details on every item, (Note: I did receive the Butter London Mega Volume Mascara but my mother-in law wanted some new mascara during winter break, I wasn’t able to take a photo, haha but I will give details on it below as well). With every item they include in the box, they give a tip on how to use the product! What a great touch!!

This months Winter Box collaborated with their charity; Starlight Children’s Foundation.  

For more information on the Starlight Children’s Foundation click here.

You can donate $25 and give a child a “Starlight Brave Gown” Click here to learn more.

D.L. & CO Candle; I received the Bergamot Woods in Silver, it smells so good that I don’t even want to light it. haha Has that happened to anyone else before? It retails for $45.

Their Website is linked here & their Instagram here.

They are currently have a hug sale on their website! Some candles are up to 50% off.

TIP: The intricately designed candle holder makes a gorgeous centerpiece. Fill it with a cute succulent once your candle burns out.

GORJANA Necklace; I received the Kiernan Double Pendant Necklace in Silver. You can mix and match this necklace with any other necklace and it would look perfect! This will help anyone shine in their NYE outfit. It retails for $75.

Their website is linked here and their Instagram here.

TIP: This bauble is made to amp up and LBD during the holiday season.

Marie Mae Company Thank You Card Set; Who doesn’t love receiving a “Thank You” card? or even a “Thinking of You” card? I know for me it’s the smallest gestures that mean the most! You can a gorgeous 10 pack in this box! These retail for $24.

Their website is linked here and their Instagram linked here.

TIP: Include a photo with a sprinkle of confetti for a festive surprise!

Moleskine 2017 Weekly Planner; Stay on schedule and in style with this planner. It features a diary, planner and notebook pages. You can’t go wrong with a planner that keeps you on task! This planner retails for $20.95

Their website is linked here and their Instagram is linked here.

TIP: Use the stickers in the back of the book to mark special events like birthdays.

Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Mascara; It separates, defines, and lifts your lashes to epic heights! It retails for $20.

Direct link to purchase here.

TIP: Wiggle the wand at the base of your lashes ti create extra volume. Apply the wand vertically for a more natural look.

O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face; This name made me think about what would happen if I put this on my face. But, it’s appealing — lol. You simply spray it on, massage it off and get ready to glow. I will be trying this later tonight and putting my thoughts on Instagram. This retails for $44.

Their website is linked here and their Instagram is linked here.

TIP: Eliminate “cakey” makeup by prepping your skin for flawless makeup application.

Anderson Lilley Beach Butter Body Cream;  Everyone’s skin needs a little extra TLC, especially if you’re dealing with crazy weather conditions! You can apply this to your hands, feet, elbows and any other body part that is prone to dry skin. It retails for $24.

Their website is linked here and their Instagram is linked here.

TIP: Apply to the soles of your feet and wear socks to bed to lock in moisture overnight.

This total box retails for $252.95 and you can get yours for $39.99 and if you use the discount code “TONYA” to get $10 OFF!! The regular price is $49.99!!

You can sign up here.

Feel free to send me an email or direct message on Instagram if you have any questions about any of these products or the box subscription! Happy Wednesday Everyone.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Microlink Extensions By Gina @glamyourhair

I had the best experience with Glamour Hair Extensions Boutique in Wheaton, MD. Gina from @glamyourhair is the owner and who made me go from basic to chic! Being in her chair was honestly such a good time, we laughed, shared stories and was able to connect. I personally love being able to get to know more about my stylist. I think it’s important to not only find a professional who can provide you a great service but also provide a great experience as well.

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Above is a before photo.

I’ve had every type of hair extensions you can think of and the Microlink is my favorite so far. Gina provides the following services: hairtalk ( formerly hotheads) tape installation, brainless weaves, fusion, microlinks, traditional weaves, one step extension & more.

Full head installation includes between 6-8 bundles, we used 7 bundles for my hair! Installations takes about 2-4 hours depending on how much hair you have.

The prices below are based on 20 or 24 inches, she has other lengths as well.
– full install: $599 20 inch with installation
– full install: $699 24 inch with installation
– 20 inch by bundle: $100
– 24 inch by bundle: $120

Maintenance: every 8-10 weeks $250 — Maintenance takes the same amount of time as install. All clips are opened and extension moved back close to the scalp. Clients should shampoo their hair before their appointment so that the extensions are clean and ready for maintenance.

If you mention you found out about her salon from me, you will get a $50 credit on any installation! Take advantage of her offer, she doesn’t do discounts!!!

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Above is a photo of the micro links being installed.

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Installation for mine took about 3 hours, she then layered my hair to the way I requested and then curled my hair as well. I don’t let many people touch my hair since my Grandma and Mom are both stylists but Gina layered my hair perfectly and listened to what my wants and needs were. She did a little at a time and had me check to see how it was laying. I appreciate the little things like that. I’m sure you have had a bad experience when someone cuts too much, lol. Don’t you hate that? Gina is amazing at what she does and I will trust her with my hair in any situation now!

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The finished product, amazing right? I could die!

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I waited a few weeks to write this post because I wanted to test the quality of the hair, how the micro links felt in my hair and etc.

Let’s start by saying the quality of the hair is great, no complaints at all. I’ve had extensions before where they should shed worse than my dog, which is annoying. That didn’t happen with these.

The micro links themselves are a little weird at first because I wasn’t used to them, they are flat so when you sleep it doesn’t hurt. For the first 2-3 days they are a little tight, not to the point of pain though. I also changed up how I treated my hair, you must treat this hair like it’s your baby. Not only because you spent money on it, but you have to take care of it. I also condition my hair every other day now and use hair masks as well. I use a lot of products on my hair so it’s important not to dry the hair out.

I’ve gotten a question also about how heavy the hair is. This is the lightest my head has felt with extensions. I used to do a lot of sew-ins and it really weighs down your head and hair. I feel like with the microlinks it’s a lot less pressure on your scalp and the hair that it’s connected to. Again, this is just my opinion. All extensions can damage your hair if your stylist doesn’t install them correctly or you treat your hair bad. So remember, find a good stylist aka Gina and take care of your hair.

Another tip on brushing your hair with the microlinks in: Hold your hair at the scalp and then brush, you never want to brush and pull hard on your extensions. They could either loosen up or even fall out. Again, remember – baby these extensions!! I also always brush my hair after the shower and before bed I either put it into a braid or two, or even ponytail it, you don’t want to sleep with wet hair and have a bunch of knots when you wake up.

Feel free to reach out to me or Gina if you might have any other questions about the service! My email is tonyamichelle26@hotmail.com!

Gina’s Contact information:

t: 301-717-6964

e: gina@glamouryou.net

Instagram – Facebook – Twitter

And don’t forget $50 off your installation if you mention my name!

xo Tonya Michelle

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My Favorite Affordable Black Friday Sales

Hey Everyone! I hope ya’ll had a great Thanksgiving – I am going to be sharing my top affordable places I love to shop that’s having a Black Friday Sale!! Everything from clothing to skincare. Also at the bottom of this post is a great $1000 Nordstrom giveaway for you to enter if you’d like!

First up, my favorite boutiques:

1. @shopgraciejames – 20% using code BLACKFRIDAY ; below I’m wearing one of her dresses.

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2. @shoppineapplelace – shop their Black Friday sale category on their website! Below is me in one of their floral dresses which is currently 40%

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3. @happilyeveraften – Black friday sale: $10 off $50 BF10 – $20 off $100 BF20 – $50 off $100 BF50

Photo below of me in their moto jacket!

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4. @jujulaneboutique – 4am-5am 40% Code: EARLYBIRD – 5am-noon 30% Code: BLACKFRIDAY, noon-midnight 20% off Code: HOLIDAY

Below is a photo of me in their teal tunic dress!

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5. @daisyloveboutique – 30% off Black Friday sale using code: BLACKFRIDAY

Below I am wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and booties from their boutique! dsc06570


6. @fashionjunkeedotcom save 10% off entire site with code: PREBLACKFRIDALY – buy more to save more, head to their website for more details! Below I am wearing their black moto leggings.

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7. @shopather

Black Friday (Begins Thursday, Nov. 24 @ 12pm PST): Entire website 25% off + free gift with purchase of $75 or more + free shipping… Promo code: blackfriday

Cyber Monday (Begins Sunday – Monday): Entire website 25% off + free gift with purchase + free shipping…. Promo code: cybermonday

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Now for my favorite beauty deals:

1.  @oseamalibu :  A Free Mineral Hydration Set (Atmosphere Protection Cream + Travel Sea Minerals Mist = $64 value) with any purchase of $135 or more

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2. @tula – 25% site wide with code : TULAHOLIDAY25

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@frankandwhit – 40% using code: BLACKFRIDAY

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4. @flattummytea – 20% for black friday! Must needed after that Turkey Bloat! ha-ha.

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Those are just SOME of my favorite Black Friday sales, I could go on and on but I would love to now let you enter to win $1000 to Nordstrom!

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
a $1000 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for the holidays!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 12/5.
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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Color Reviving Gloss x Tonya Michelle

I’m thrilled to be working with Madison Reed again and this time I’m showing you how I’ve been maintaining my hair color with Color Reviving Gloss. I use the Expresso color, deep smoky ash tones. The color reviving gloss neutralizes any brassiness and adds depth to your hair. Below is a video with some quick steps on how to use the product!

This Color Reviving Gloss is infused with keratin, organ oil, and ginseng extract to gently condition and add some healthy shine to your natural OR colored-treated hair.

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How to use:

Apply directly to dry hair, wait 20-35 minutes, and wash out for a sheer tint that enhances color and adds shine. Use every 2-4 weeks or 6-8 shampoos. Two uses in each tube.

There is 6 different colors available and you’re able to use their online program to choose what’s best for you and what you’re trying to achieve.


For me hair care is one thing that it very important to me. You have to take care of your hair ladies, it’s so important for growth and shine. Taking less than 40 mins every 2-4 weeks is nothing. I love having my “pamper Tonya days” — there is just something about taking a little time to care for yourself.

Click here for more information on how you can get professional hair care at home!

Blog post is sponsored by Madison Reed – all thoughts and opinions are mine.

 

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