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My Blogging Goals | 2018

My Blogging Goals | 2018

2017 was the worst of my 3 year blogging career (passion would be more appropriate). I had (and still have) health problems in my entourage – my mom and stepdad are dealing with serious illnesses (Brain Tumor, Skin cancer & Alzheimer) while personally, I’ve unfortunately been dealing with endometriosis/fibroids – I will have an operation early January and my continuing battle with insomnia. On top of that, add 2 plantar fasciitis just to make sure to finish me off. All in all, it’s easy to understand why I have been MIA for months in 2017.

That being said, my 2018 Blogging Goals are probably more realistic but in some way, BIGGER than they’ve ever been.

Grow

I’ve said it repeatedly, blogging will never be a career! I don’t care about numbers and becoming popular but still, I want to know where my passion will take me and for that, I need to be more efficient. Jeez, I’m still on a WordPress hosted platform. Early in 2018, I’ll move to a self-hosted blog! Siteground here I come…

Reach Brands

I’ve recently made a media kit to send to PR companies and brands I really want to feature and partner with on CurlySpringBlossom. I’m NOT and will never be interested in sponsored posts, just traditional reviews or giveaways.

Skin Cancer Awareness

Having spent a lot of time in the Dermatology/Oncology department with my stepdad for his ongoing battle with a Melanoma, it gave me a purpose: to share and educate as much as I can about the importance of protecting our skin. I want to talk about ingredients, review as many sunscreens as I can and if it saves one person from having this deadly disease, it will be worth the time and money I’ll put on these posts.

Have a Schedule

With my work, workouts, BeardMan and my family to care for, I’ve decided that 2 beauty posts per week should be the best posting schedule for me. If I have time, I’ll try to add a “Lifestyle” one on the weekends, and maybe some french ones too. More than that is unrealistic and I think consistency is key.

Be More Active on Social Medias

I will mostly focus my social media exposure on Instagram (Integrating Instagram Stories) and Pinterest. Twitter will serve for occasional purposes and Facebook will only be used for my actual blogging groups like Canadian Beauty Bloggers.

Become a Better Photographer

I LOVE photography to the point that if I discovered that passion earlier in life, I would have made it a career. It may be too late for a career but I want to master it and have fun doing it. My favorite subject is by far nature and outdoors, and if my feet could get better, BeardMan and I would even like to start vlogging on our best hiking experiences. That being said, I will probably invest some serious $$$ to add some critical equipments to my arsenal, but it’s worth it.

As you can see, I don’t have unrealistic goals when it comes to the blogging part of my life. If I reach every goals on this list, I’ll be very happy. I will take you along for the ride and try to share, in all honesty, the challenges faced along the way. I want to be as transparent as possible,  a voice to the blogging world, and share how much I’ve spent on blogging, my numbers, the brands I’ve reached and if at the end of the year I failed, you’ll know all about it. Nobody seems to talk about these subjects; it looks all glamour but I want to share what is going on behind the scene! Transitioning to cruelty-free have also been an heart warming choice and it’s been really fun to try new products. To be honest I should have been CF from the beginning. With all the great options out there, no animal should suffer for our vanity! I’ll try to inform the beauty world on CF alternatives without preaching or moralizing.

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Kariliss Hair Products | Cruelty-Free

Kariliss Hair Products | Cruelty-Free

Recently, I had the chance to try Kariliss Shampoo & Conditioner. I fell so in love with the way they treated my hair that I ask if I could review ALL its product line. Thankfully, they sent them right away.

♥♥♥ This is not a first impression post; I have tried and tested these AMAZING products for a while now. I can only applaud this brand for making these products for women with dry, curly (frizzy) & mostly damaged/over-processed hair.

Kariliss

Proudly Made in Quebec (Canada) – Cruelty-Free 

The Kariliss line, created by the beautiful Amina Gerba, “consists of six essential products to help restore vitality, flexibility and beauty to your hair, while moisturizing the scalp. These products with floral and fruity fragrance, and also vanilla, coconut and jasmine fragrance, are essential and complementary to revive the hair thoroughly”. (The scent is  very ADDICTIVE!)

“A super moisturizing line entirely composed of natural active ingredients. Kariliss products do not contain  parabens or petroleum jelly, silicone or other chemical element clogging the pores of the scalp, which would have the effect of slowing hair growth”.

Main Ingredients

Shea Butter – Argan Oil – Baobab Oil – Black Cumin Oil

Kariliss Hair Products | Cruelty-Free

Moisturizing Shampoo

15.99$CND (350ml)

This shampoo does every thing I need it to do. It lathers gently (which is something I like) so my hair and scalp feels clean without leaving a greasy feeling or frizzy mess. It’s so soft, it’s great for your daily use. A little goes a long way.

Nourishing Conditioner

15.99$CND (350ml)

It untangles my hair very easily and mostly, IT SMELLS RIDICULOUSLY YUMMY (Banana candy yummy).  I’m already into my second bottle.

Both the shampoo & conditioner have made my crazy hair feel soft, moisturized and lightweight. Additionally, they don’t make my scalp itchy like so many other products do. This duo cleans so well that I can add one more day to my usual “2 days before washing my hair again” regimen. Alleluia !

Leave-In Conditioner

12.99$CND (180ml)

I won’t ever be without this product. On the days that I air-dry my hair, it makes a huge difference on my hair appearance: no frizz, very soft and silky. It just doesn’t feel like I have any product in my hair. Contrary to other products, it leaves no stickiness after application. LOVE IT!

Kariliss Hair Products | Cruelty-Free

Fortifying Hair Mask

23.99$CND (240ml)

One of the best hair mask I’ve used so far, especially for that price. Usually, my hair feels DRY, like really dry and frizzy; this stuff is very moisturizing yet, it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all. I really can tell a difference in my curl definition too. Cannot say enough good things about it. You need this product to keep your hair healthy.

Kariliss Hair Products | Cruelty-Free

Hair Stimulating Serum

19.99$CND (60ml)

You won’t get a full review of this Serum since I want to give it a good two months of regular use before I do my final review. 

First impressions: The smell is a little strong for my taste (very woodsy)! It doesn’t bother me since I’ve been using it during my off days but it clashes from their other products. It’s also more “oily” than a serum type formula. It will be interesting to see if I get results with just 2 -3 uses per week.

I was very anxious to try this product. I’ve been dealing with major hormonal problems for the last year or so, and one of the side-effect has been my hair falling out at a panicking rate. I’m praying to see great results.

Kariliss Hair Products | Cruelty-Free

Hair Pomade

5.99$CND (15ml)

I don’t know how I could manage before I found this product. I have a horrible cowlick in my hairline, which makes it difficult to wear my hair back at all. Now, I just put some of this pomade on my hair to smooth it back, apply some hairspray, and voila, it holds all day! I’m thrilled to no longer have to wear tons of pins to hold everything in place (I think that I would trigger the metal detector in an airport). I also use this pomade on the ends of my hair when I wear it down to give some definition to the layers. Perfect amount of hold and shine.

Kariliss Hair Products | Cruelty-Free

I’ve enjoyed every product so far. I may have just found my Holy Grail affordable hair products. The formula and the smell make them so enjoyable and frankly, my hair looks healthier and so much better. One of my best discoveries of the year!

 

Kariliss products are available on their Website, Costco, Walmart.ca  & lots of other retailers (Quebec, Ontario, USA, Africa & Europe)

 

Ingrid 

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Fresh Avocado Hair Mask Solution Box | NaturALL Club

Fresh Avocado Hair Mask Solution Box | NaturALL Club (Curly Spring Blossom)

Fresh Avocado Hair Mask Solution Box | NaturALL Club (Curly Spring Blossom)

Thanks to hormonal problems, I’ve been battling for the past year with some hair lost and a change in hair texture, as if I needed that! So, on top of my usual over-processed (blonde hair will you do this to you), dry & frizzy mop, I’m now an old bag with hormonal problems and going bald. Hence, I happily jumped at the chance to try this avocado, natural deep conditioner from NaturALL Club.

The brand offers both the Fresh Avocado Hair Mask Solution in a convenient easy-to-use kit or the individual Fresh Avocado Hair Masks. I graciously received the kit (in a superb box for that matter) and I couldn’t try it fast enough.

What’s in the Box…

Fresh Avocado Hair Mask Solution Box | NaturALL Club (Curly Spring Blossom)

☀️  Avocado Hair Mask (Ingredients: Avocados, Water, Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Guar Gum, Citric Acid)

☀️  Leave-In Serum (Ingredients: SheaButter, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E)

☀️ Hair Tie & Hair Cap

 

The Steps…

Fresh Avocado Hair Mask Solution Box | NaturALL Club (Curly Spring Blossom)

  1. Use the spray bottle to dampen hair with water,
  2. Apply the Avocado Deep Conditioner throughout your hair (focusing on the ends),
  3. Place the plastic cap over hair (Secure longer hair under the airtight cap),
  4. Leave for 20-40 minutes,
  5. Rinse and wash your hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner,
  6. Once a week, apply a dime-sized amount of the hair serum throughout hair after shower.

Important: You can freeze the mask until you use it and once it’s opened, you need to use it within a week.

 

Fresh Avocado Hair Mask Solution Box | NaturALL Club (Curly Spring Blossom)

My Thoughts & Results…

☀️ The mask is very smooth and easy to apply,

☀️ Scent wise, it’s a natural product scent (mostly a tea oil aroma) but nothing offensive at all,

☀️ I felt a fun little tangling on my scalp during the waiting period,

☀️ After 40 minutes, it was pretty easy to rinse off.

All in all, I got 2 full uses with this one pouch (and I did apply a generous amount each time). Although I didn’t notice a big change in my curly hair, I did however feel that they looked healthier. Like any product, I think that I would get optimal results if I used this for a longer period.

I’m ecstatic that this product is completely NATURAL. I’m way more conscientious about the ingredients I now put on my face, hair and body and more aware of dangerous components used in our daily beauty regimen.

For 30% OFF (Click this LINK)

Thank you NaturALL Club for this experience!

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