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Mandirito’s Beauty Testimonials: An Ulta Haul for the Ulta-mate Hair! – Product Review

Recently, I’ve rediscovered the dangerous territory that is the Ulta clearance section, but also Ulta itself. It’s like the world decided to take all the beauty supplies I love and desperately need and jam them into one crisp, cute, not-so-little beauty emporium, with a clearance section better than the entire Walmart when it comes to beauty savings. I used to be a Walmart shopper for my essentials, and I’m not promising that I’ve completely sworn off Wally, but the products that I find myself looking at longingly always end up in the back corner clearance section of Ulta for me to scavenge. And so I did. I scavenged, spent an ungodly amount of cash on some beauty tools that I am certain I’ll be using for years to come, and if it weren’t for the cashier going b*tch mode on the customer that followed me about her “poor preference in hair setting spray”, my trip to Ulta would’ve been picture perfect. Aesthetic puns, hah. But seriously.

Without further ado, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the products that I purchased! This trip was basically all about the maintenance of my hair. Coming back to the university, I was more prepared than ever to battle the everyday Florida heat, and the suffering that would occur from walking back and forth across campus. I wanted to test out a few different styling products as well as products that would allow my hair to maintain its composure throughout the day, and I ended up purchasing three new products to take for a joy ride: Got 2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Studio Size Hairspray, Got 2b Guardian Angel 90% Humidity Defense Hairspray, and Bed Head Totally Baked Hair Meringue.

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Got 2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Studio Size Hairspray:

Pros:

  • The first time I wore it was during my very first week back at school, last week, during a high-ninety-degree streak. I had put my hair up in a calculated messy bun for a class that I walked quite a distance to get to from the bus stop. I realized how hardy this hairspray is when I managed to keep my hair intact with only minor flyaways from wind exposure for a good 3-4 hour period.

Cons:

  • I’m not a fan of my hair getting crunchy with hairsprays, so obviously it bothered me that it got more rough when I utilized this product, but once you wash your hair, the rough texture goes away. It’s not permanent, but it bugs me, even when I have my hair out of my face.

Verdict:

  • 9/10.
  • Would you buy it again? It’s highly likely. I am always looking for deals and the first time I bought this was during a Got 2b buy-one-get-one-free sale at Ulta, which ended with me getting this volume hairspray as well as the anti-humidity hairspray. It’s not unaffordable when it’s not on sale, though, so if I were to get it again, it wouldn’t break the bank.

You can check it out and buy it here: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6470156

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Got 2b Guardian Angel 90% Humidity Defense Hairspray

Pros:

  • My hair is smooth and sexy! Yes, both! I would recommend this for all you lion-maned girls out there. We need to stick together, and this product was made for us. It’s practically begging to be used!

Cons:

  • Reference the brittleness comment above. This one makes your hair less brittle, but I still don’t like the plastic-y feel that accompanies the use of hairspray. It’s just a personal preference, really. If that doesn’t bother you, then the subtle aftermath of this product will not deter you. You will simply only reap the benefits of smooth tresses! Congratulations!

Verdict:

  • 9/10.
  • Would you buy it again? Yes! I have pretty decently long hair so this was an absolute must try! Often I find that my hair gets poofy and frizzy when I’m in the sun too long, so I’ve been generally looking for something to tone it down when the heat rises. I liked that this product kept my hair as “under control” as I’ve ever gotten it for an extended period of time. It works well!

You can check it out and buy it here: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6470158

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Bed Head Totally Baked Hair Meringue

Pros:

  • My hair is accepting of styling products, and I had never used a meringue before this product. With that being said, I don’t have much prior experience with similar products. However, I thought this product gave my hair natural, pretty waves. I used this with a little bit of the anti-humidity hairspray and they work together like a charm, but it works wonderfully on its own too.

Cons:

  • I particularly enjoy the beachy smell of this product, but if you don’t like strong-smelling products, this might not be the one for you. I don’t usually like to smell really strongly (I leave the scents to my perfumes!) but this one didn’t bother my nose as much as I thought it would. It does have a very strong smell, and if you’re not into that, I could imagine that this product wouldn’t be worth the price because then you’d have to smell it on yourself all day long. It’s your call, really. If you don’t like smelling like a beach, maybe give another one of Ulta’s meringues a go!

Verdict:

  • 8/10.
  • Would you buy it again? Maybe. It’s somewhat affordable ($15.95 at Target), it smells nice in my opinion, and it provides a subtle, pretty wave to my hair on days that I don’t have time to show before class. I would recommend this one to anyone who has hair, like mine, that sometimes just needs a little push to gain some volume.

This one I could no longer find on the Ulta website, but they sell it at Target at the following link:

http://www.target.com/p/tigi-bed-head-totally-baked-volumizing-prepping-8-5-fl-oz/-/A-14721340?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=google_pla_df&LNM=14721340&CPNG=Unassigned&kpid=14721340&LID=13pgs&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=14721340&kpid=14721340&gclid=Cj0KEQjwveufBRDlsNb3kb-twMIBEiQASNH0xofSHTeJdsU_nYTUW5TxOEgQ5lo23eZK-EpGE1W8dlYaApwO8P8HAQ

Any questions, comments, or concerns?

Have you used any of these products and have something to add? Comment below!

 

Playa Chac Mool: A Little Joint with Huge Character

Tonight I had the privilege of eating at, by far, one of the best authentic Mexican food joints I have ever encountered. My first impression was that every item on the menu looked like something that I would be interested in eating, which speaks volumes about the restaurant itself. Everything looked great. I ended up with the Burro Nohoch, which came with fried beans, the burro (containing steak, tomatoes, lettuce, and some sort of special sauce), and rice. The family that owns the joint were so sweet to us, and the father of the family was generous enough to serve us with a huge smile and a song he sung and played on his guitar. It was hard not to feel right at home. I would recommend this joint to anyone in the vicinity, as it is an experience that I will not soon forget.
Thank you for your kindness, hospitality, wonderful service, and incomparably delicious food.

Awakened by Thunder that Shook my Walls

Long before my alarm had gone off this morning, a storm had hit that left me wide awake, shaking from the shock of the booming thunder. Usually I can sleep through rain, but this is not just a gentle rainstorm. The skies are angry and stirring with the ferociousness of one that had been pushed around one too many times, and I don’t see a possible end to this anytime soon.

There’s also something very comforting about being cuddled up in warm blankets, watching the rain pass over your window. When the lights are all off and you’re tucked away, it feels a lot like camping, which is probably why I loved these kinds of storms growing up!

Am I the only weirdo that waits for these kinds of angry rainstorms? They’re the best coffee-drinking weather!

 

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Silhouettes of our Past Selves

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We stand against the rising sun, a strong sense of a fulfilling journey ahead of us.

Don’t let the struggles along the way blur your vision for the future.

The Short on Shorts Shopping: Are Our Bodies to Blame?

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Curves on a woman’s figure used to be celebrated as a feminine trait. I guess the party is over because every store that I’ve visited for shorts shopping has quite the unrealistic standards for my hip to waist ratio. Today, I tried on over twenty pairs of shorts, ranging from short shorts to those that are closer to cut offs to embellished shorts, each with its own proportions to ensure that I’d find a pair that didn’t feel too loose on the top, but definitely didn’t squeeze everywhere else. I ended up with one pair that hugged me just right, which ultimately left me happy and confident. I do have to wonder, though, how those who believe that it is their own fault that the clothes they are interested in don’t fit them, end up not in a ball of tears after what feels like millions of failed attempts. It can be hard to take the blame off of ourselves when we feel like we have physically deviated from the “look” that is force-fed to us at an early age. Our society promotes the standard that being thin makes a woman most beautiful (think “delicate”, “pretty”, “soft”), while being curvy or larger (muscular, thick) makes her less beautiful on the spectrum. When it comes down to it, curvy figures are hardly accommodated. I felt this deeply today. I felt like every single rack was mocking the fact that my body could not fit perfectly into the structured sizes provided to me. I don’t blame my body, though. I exercise regularly, eat healthily the majority of the time (my Chipotle fix is not going away anytime soon), and refuse to believe that the type of body that I have maintained and carried all through my life is at fault when the products that I, as a human, am meant to clothe myself with don’t provide me any bit of coverage, comfort, or dignity. This is the product of a society that wants me to squeeze into whatever mold they’ve got for me, and I’m not going to do it. I don’t blame my body for not being a size 2, or for having muscular, thick thighs that feel choked in cut offs. I won’t apologize for the way I am comfortable living and looking, nor will I apologize for not giving in to the belief that my body has to be different to be good enough to wear what’s being sold. I’m good enough and I deserve to wear clothes that look as great as they feel. If this means that I have to cut full-length jeans to make into shorts that aren’t going to leave my a** on display, then that’s what I’m gonna do. It’s bad enough to be shamed for your shape, but even worse when all that is available to you are pieces that exemplify what it means to have a body that is “acceptable”.

10 Things You Should Try If You Haven’t Already

* I don’t take credit for the pictures *

1. Painting with your hands on canvas. Bring out that inner child. I swear, you won’t regret it. We secretly all love making a mess.

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2. The “Wreck this Journal” series. It broke me out of my composed ways of creating and challenged me in ways that I didn’t realize it could. It’s always been difficult for me to “destroy” things, and that’s the whole basis of the series!

Heres a tip: It’s best to do when angry. Or stressed out. Unleash your wrath upon those pages!

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3. Hot sauce. On everything. At least once. You’ll never go back. You’ll never be the same.

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4. Write a love letter than spills your guts forcefully. Let them know exactly how you feel and don’t leave out any of the mushy details.

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5. Attend an arts festival. They’re probably one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been, and the artists are always great to talk to. I’ve met some colorful characters out there.

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6. Devote yourself to a series of something and see where it takes you. Whether it be creating, reading, writing, tv series, whatever. Stick to it until the end.

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7. Volunteer for the sake of volunteering. Not for your resume, or to graduate high school. Do it for you, and do something that you care about.

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8. Make a youtube video showing something that means something significant to you. Tell a story, do a tutorial, document a moment in your life. Share with the world.

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9. Try something you’ve failed, all over again. Practice makes perfect.

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10. Approach a stranger and give a genuine compliment. Think specific and heartfelt.

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