Saturday, August 29, 2015


There's this myth that people of color don't tan. That's just it--a myth. I've seen many women of different ethnicities use tanning services and products to achieve an even glow. When I was in high school, I would use Jergens Perfect Glow. It would give my legs some shine but, it was a bit too shimmery for someone who doesn't like glitter/shimmer.

That brings me to Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs. Influenster sent me a trial sized product to try out. For me, my main concern are the scars on my legs. Unfortunately, the product did not cover up the major discoloration that I suffer with due to my reckless running on concrete.

The first time I used it was in preparation for dinner and a night on the town with friends. My left leg is what my leg looked like without the product and the right is it after I applied Airbrush Legs. What I noticed is that my skin appeared shinier and lighter. My shade was medium but I honestly think it was a bit too light for me. I might have been more satisfied with a medium-deep shade. 

I wore it again when I went to school to see what it was like in the daytime. A drawback I would say is, if you scratch your legs, the makeup will end up underneath your fingernails. My legs do look good if I do say so myself though.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dessange Review!

It's been a long time since I've written anything here on HauledUp! but I am back! This time, Influenster has sent me a new hair care product line. Dessange's Oleo Miracle Replenishing line come with a shampoo, conditioner and oil to give your hair a healthy blend of Argan, Camelia and Pracaxli oils. Here's what Dessange says about their product line:

"DESSANGE Paris introduces Oleo Miracle Collection, a hair care line infused with nutrients from nature's most precious oils. Bolstering delicious notes of orange, gardenia petals and sandalwoor, the reparative collection works to help transofmr hair suffering from thermal, chemical, and environmental damage for a  visibly softer, healthier look. Offering intense nourishment, the formulas are infused with three kay natural oils: Argan Oil, Camelia Oil, and Pracaxi Oil, leaving hair smooth, bounce and manageable."  -Dessange
So without further adieu, lets get into the review!

Here are the three products I received complimentary of Influenster! From left to right: Oleo Replenishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil.

Here's what my hair looked like before I used the Dessange system on it. A hot mess, I know lol. 

Two shots of my hair after washing. I loved the smell of the product right off. I for one am a person who won't use a product if it doesn't smell good. What I noticed was that some curls that disappeared came back to life in the front, hey you!

Chaka Khan came out to play. I blow-dried my hair with the comb attachment. My hair is feeling pretty soft at this point. 

I flat-ironed my hair and I actually loveeeed how my hair looked and felt. My hair is currently pretty damaged due to heat and coloring. It hasn't looked the same for a while. I love the way my hair looked--very shiny, flowing and the color was poppin!

Later on, I rewashed my hair in hopes to leave it natural and see what would happen. 

This was the first day and to be honest, I didn't enjoy the same results the first time. This is not a product I would recommend for those who wear their hair natural and like to just do a wash and go. This product, in my personal opinion, is one that would be best used with some sort of heat application to really lock in the oil. I'll stick with my wavy/curly haired products for when I want to wear my natural hair but for the times when I want a sleek look, I'll be reaching for the Dessange system. 

Learn more about Dessange here.
You can purchase Dessange at Target

Thursday, May 29, 2014

LEGS. Influenster Venus® Snap with Embrace Review

It's spring time, but in Texas it means it's the start of our summer. It's hotter than a jalepeno 75% of the time here in Houston and when it's that other 25% we just don't know how to act. But being that it's always hot, it means that we're always required to wear shorts, skirts and dresses to let our legs breathe in this 90 degree weather!

You can't have short skirts and shorts without smooth legs. I shave frequently because you never know where life is going to take you and where you're going to need to show off your legs. Influenster sent me for review the new Gilette Venus "In a Snap" razor. It's a portable razor that comes with a cute little carrying case easy for you to just slip in your purse, overnight bag or whatever.

This little baby came in handy this past weekend after I got dressed in some short shorts and noticed that there was some stubble. There were two options: Change into pants or shave my legs!  I broke the razor out and went to town. I mean I couldn't go to a Crawfish Boil in long pants, not in this Texas heat. It got the job done, FLAWLESSLY!

As the summer vacation approaches (although I'll still be at work throughout the week) this razor is going to come in quite handy for those weekend trips to Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and to the beaches in Galveston and Corpus Christi.

Kudos to you Gilette for creating such a cute little razor that fits perfectly in my small hands and gives me a great shave! Woo-hoo for Summer! #INASNAP

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                                   Gillette® Venus® Snap with Embrace

Friday, April 25, 2014


Wow. It's hard to find a lip product with great pigmentation and long lasting power for such a low price. It wasn't that hard for me when influenster sent me the NYC New York Color Expert Last Color. The super, packed with pigmentation shade I received was "Forever Fuschia" and what a fitting name. 
It's a fun, hot pink color that will look amazing on any skin tone. I've been wearing mine out a lot and it lasts for a long time. It's super creamy and it is not drying which is a plus. I'm excited to try some of the other shades of this lipstick! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Broadway imPRESS Nail Review: The Remix

As you all already know, I'm a proud member of the website Influester! If you don't know, Influenster is a website where you give reviews about a plethora of products and they even send you a box of items to review when you qualify, for free!

I've gotten my first box of the year and it's the Uni VoxBox (post coming soon). In the box I received an item that I got from a previous box. I was a bit disappointed that I got the same exact color but hey, you can't really complain when it's free right? So, I put them on with no hesitation ready to get the same experience that I had last time.

As you can recall, last time they lasted about a week. This time, two nails popped off not even 24 hours in. I was devastated! I was out in public missing nails! I don't know what it was this time but it just wasn't right. I'm not exactly saying I would never use them again because I've had a great experience with them the first time around, but I am saying, be verrrrry careful when putting them on. Make sure you are firmly pressing down when applying them so that water and lotion (like they did to me) won't get in-between your nail and the press on.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Being Mary Jane presented by Revlon Event!

Everybody who knows me knows that I love Mara Brock Akil, her epicness and everything that she creates and touches is gold! She's hit another goldmine with Being Mary Jane, BET's first original scripted drama.

BET teamed up with Revlon and created a promo tour that everybody should do now! They traveled across the country giving out free mini-manis, chances to win great prices and most exciting of all FREE MAKEUP! Yeah, I know, what can I do with more makeup? But it's so exciting that I couldn't pass up the offer. My friend Cheyne' and I went to support Akil Productions and to check out the event.

New Shea Moisture Products! + a Braid Out.

Shea Moisture has this new line out that I had to try. One, because I love Shea Moisture. Two, I was looking for some new shampoos and conditioners to try out and three, this stuff smells soooooo good. It's the Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni and Monoi Smooth & Repair line. 

I purchased three of their products: The Conditioning Shampoo, Rinse-Out Conditioner and the Weekly Treatment. 
Oddly, the Weekly Treatment is a before you shampoo type of thing. You also have the option of doing it on dry or wet hair. It just seemed weird to do it on dry hair so I wet my hair up and applied it throughout my hair.

 I really don't know if I have heat damage or not because I don't know what my hair looked like wet when I was little. My mom was always quick to blow-dry my hair and flat iron it. It wasn't until I was in high school and started doing my own hair that I noticed I had a slight wave pattern. So this picture below is what my hair looks like wet. 

 After about 40 minutes of being under the dryer I got from up under that thang! This is what it looked like after wards. 

 Then I went in with the Shampoo and Conditioner and once again this is what my hair looked like. 

 Then I went through a dilemma of whether or not I was going to flat iron my hair. I decided I didn't want to and to just do a braid out. A lazy braid out might I add. I don't have the type of rollers that you can put at the end of a braid so I just let it go free lol. This is actually the morning after...

 ...and this is what I got! 

I wasn't really feeling it but my family all came over that day and were complimenting me on my hair so I guess it wasn't too bad. Usually if I want to do a braid out I'll just cornrow my hair back so I decided to try something new. 

Until next time....

<3 -B.