Give a little, Get a little

Hey everyone, so today is the last day to enter my blog’s GIVEAWAY that I’ve organized together with Polished Boutique! It’s super easy to enter, all you need to do is follow this link!

I also wanted to share the exciting news of me winning a giveaway here on wordpress! It was arranged by an amazing blogger Beauty and the Best of the Rest from the UK! Who was also willing to ship it all to the US! Here is what I got:

So Giveaways really work! Don’t miss out on mine!

xo,

Z

The Ж (A review of the Kardashian Kollection for Sears)

The following post is going to be my personal, and very subjective opinion on the Kardashian Kollection for Sears. It should be pretty entertaining too! So sit back and enjoy the post!

Yesterday Sam and I were at the Mall of America. We mainly went to get some shoes for him. We totally lucked out at Nordstrom Rack! So if you are ever at MoA – check it out!

Then, passing by Sears, I dragged Sam in, to check out the Kardashian Kollection. I was really eager to look at some of those pieces, especially because the logo for their line reminded me of the first letter of my name when you spell it in Russian – letter Ж!

Being aware of their Armenian past, I think there might be some coincidence there!

Now about the collection – a lot of black, white, animal prints (mostly cheetah), at least from what was available at that Sears. The jackets have the famous Kardashian shoulders, the ones that are curved up.

I honestly think they make you look evil, it’s almost like having horns on your jacket 🙂 The other jacket that drew my attention was the sequin jacket, which Sam said looked like it was meant for a hooker, and should only be worn by someone who works by the side of the road.

Now I think that was too harsh! I could actually see myself wearing that jacket over some solid colored dress to a dinner party or a club!

Of course I had to check out their dresses. This one stood out to me the most:

I love the white/black combo, and the illusion it creates – making the dress look like an actual outfit – a dress, a top and a belt. But I don’t really have anywhere to wear this to, so on with the observations.

Some of you know that I have been out on a hunt for some skinny jeans, since I only have 2 pairs left, and I am not ready to give in to the $19.95 offer at H&M yet. The KK didn’t have any pants, at least not at the MoA Sears, but it had some seriously trashy looking pants/leggings. I can see a lot of Russian women wearing those in RUSSIA! So maybe the entire K Klan (clever, right?) should go to the former USSR and launch their collection there! I guarantee – it will be a success! The strange thing about the Kollection is that some of the pieces that are in the store aren’t on the website! I knew I should’ve taken pictures myself! Well next time!

Jewelry was pretty cool! There is more at sears.com than there was at the store. I really liked this ring:

But I still prefer my statement rings to be more colorful than this. The bracelet was too big, but if you know me, you know how small my wrists are, as well as ring finger size. So I guess next time I should shop at “dainty and small” shop, not the KK, especially knowing how big Khloe is!

And last but not least – the lingerie. I have only one thing to say about it – Sam wouldn’t let me get it! Shucks!

One more thing that weirded me out the most (and I can’t find a picture of it anywhere on the Internet) was a plastic silver colored shopping bag with fabric handles that had the K trio on the front. They put Khloe in the middle in she looks like a giant compared to her two sisters. But to each it’s own!

Over all the KK has it’s hits and misses. There are great pieces, and then there are the not so great ones. I also like the sarcasm around the advertisements and the commercials: “Hey ladies, you look lovely in those sweat pants, NOT” We all know that everyones’ style is different, but it’s all better than wearing sweatpants and shirts with MINNESOTA written across your chest in bold letters!

The other great thing about Sears is their make up counter, it has never even crossed my mind to check it out, but once I did, I know where I will be buying my husband’s favorite shampoo (Burt’s Bees) and some new products for myself (the Say Yes To line is a lot, a lot cheaper there, than any other store!)

So go ahead, check your local Sears, and let me know what you think!

Zhenya H

PS. Sears didn’t pay me to write this review or advertise them on my blog. This is my personal opinion that I am sharing with you, because one great find is always worth sharing with others!

Haircare Products that Worked for Me or My Hair History

Once, an old friend of mine said that he can tell what year it is by looking at a picture of me, because I had different hair every year, sometimes, every season.

I first got highlights for my HS graduation, and it has been going on ever since. I only grew out my natural hair color once, kept it for two months, hated it, and went back to highlights! After all the DIY DYE jobs, highlights from the box, and color enhancers, I decided to finally outgrow my natural hair color in the summer of 2009, and it only took me a little over a year!

Now throughout that year I tried all possible and impossible growth enhancer, store and home made hair treatments, gave up hair products containing SLS, and walked around Manhattan with what I believe to be the worst hair out there!

My other reason was – my wedding, I wanted to have great hair for the BIG DAY!

Now these are the products I have been using, that have done the job, this is what my hair looks like now!

My friend Brianna and me a couple weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have tried the following homemade remedies:

-Honey water

-Olive oil

-Eating certain hair foods (avocados, a lot of vegetables, eggs, salmon, nuts)

I have also taken some hair vitamins, my advice – buy them on sale!

These are my fav hair care products to this day!

1. Burt’s Bees

I fell in love with these and got my fiance hooked on the shampoo and conditioner too. The scents are amazing, especially the Avocado mask! And there are 4 different kinds of shampoos for all different hair types. Now a lot of people complain that Burt’s Bees shampoo doesn’t lather up, it won’t give you as much foam as a regular SLS containing shampoo, but it will wash out all the grease and dirt in your hair. Do you know how to check if your hair is clean? It should squeak when you give it a little pull near the roots!

2. Whole Foods Brand Shampoo and Conditioner

I bought the big bottles of both for only $ 4.99 each! Personally I think this is an amazing alternative to Burt’s Bees, if you are trying to save, but still want to be nice to your hair. Of course I ran out of conditioner faster than shampoo, but it’s not a big deal, always happens! I used the Mint scented shampoo, because my hair is greasy, I have also tried lavender scented body lotion and citrus body wash. So far the citrus is the only one I wouldn’t try again. Again, the shampoo doesn’t lather up as well, but gets the job done!

3. Nature’s Gate Conditioner

I bought a 32 oz of this conditioner at     TJMaxx for $7.99, and couldn’t have been happier. It is for color treated hair, but worked just as fine on mine! Another advice on buying haircare products that are pricey – check out discount stores, they usually have a great selection on both Salon Brands, and Natural Products.

4. Say Yes to Carrots Mask

Smells great, feels great, the only thing is that I didn’t like as much – having to keep it in for about 12 minutes. I usually prefer hair treatments that need to be kept in for 5 minutes tops. I know that some of you might disagree, and I knew a girl who would deep condition her hair for an hour every other day. If you have that spare hour – do it, unfortunately I don’t.

5. Organix Instant Repair Treatment

I bought this one, because it was on sale. But the smell, oh the smell alone, I have never regretted this purchase again. It worked great, because this is a repair treatment, and I was using it when I have already outgrown my natural color, but had bleached ends. Now why didn’t I just cut the ends off? The hair cut would’ve been too short for me, and I always felt comfortable with longer hair!

6. This last one isn’t organic, and unfortunately contains SLS, but it really makes your hair shine!

I freecycled a giant bottle of Nexxus shampoo, and even though it contains SLS I feel comfortable using it on my hair now, because I feel like it has completely recovered and because I also believe in freecycling, and using something up instead of throwing it away. Now when you freecycle body and hair care products always check the expiration date! The last thing you want to do is ruin your hair even more!

And finally, I just wanted to show you what my hair looked like in the beginning!