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Winter Survival Kit Part One: Sally Beauty Supply Purchase

Winter Survival

One thing is for certain, Pittsburgh Winters are cold! My hair and skin really take a beating. This time around I made a couple of changes to my Winter hair routine.

Winter Survival 2              Last year I got great results using the Ion Repair Solutions Reconstructor.   In the past I would suffer from breakage during the Winter months. I wasn’t conditioning my hair enough. I use the Ion Repair Solutions Reconstructor as a weekly treatment for my hair.

Winter Survival 3This is actually the second bottle of the Jamaican Mango & Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Rosemary I purchased. I massage my scalp with this castor oil. I will be using this Jamaican black castor oil with rosemary to seal my ends as well.

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Shea Moisture released the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore collection last year. I picked the leave-in conditioner as something to try from this collection.

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How I Survived This Past Fall

It was a typical Fall in the City of Pittsburgh. In the beginning there were still some nice mild days. Pittsburgh Fall weather can get pretty cold too. I found myself having to adjust my beauty routine for colder weather. At least I had a preview of what my Winter beauty routine might look like. Here are the items I reached for on a regular basis.

  • Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser
  • Nature’s Shea Butter Organic Argan Oil
  • Scarves
  • MAC Polished UP Lipstick
  • Ion Repair Solutions Effective Care Treatment
  • MAC Sable Eyeshadow
  • MAC Handwritten Eyeshadow
  • MAC Wedge Eyeshadow
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

Brush Cleaner        I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser. I had to clean my brushes more often since I’ve been doing the NFL Teams Makeup series. It’s nicer to work with fresh clean brushes. This cleanser cleans my thoroughly without drying them out.

Argan Oil                    I use the Nature’s Shea Butter Organic Argan Oil underneath my regular moisturizer. It absorbs into my skin without feeling greasy. The argan oil gives my skin an extra layer of protection against the cold weather.

ScarvesNot only are these scarves fashionable, I wear them to protect my hair from the cold and windy weather. These are the scarves I mainly wore throughout the Fall.

Polished Up LipstickThe Polished Up Lipstick from MAC was easily an everyday lip color for me. It looks very natural.

Ion Deep Conditioner            The Ion Repair Solutions Effective Care Treatment is actually a back-up deep conditioner for me. I used this deep conditioner when I’m now on my Ion Repair Solutions Reconstructor.

MAC EyeshadowMAC eyeshadows in Sable, Handwritten, and Wedge have been my go-to combination for the Fall. This combination comes in handy when I don’t have a lot of time to apply makeup. This combination is not only great for work, but for an evening looks as well. All I need to do is change up the eyeliner and lip color.

Shea Moisture Shampoo ConditionerShea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Shea Moisture Raw Shea butter Restorative Conditioner have been a haircare staple for me. My hair has a tendency to on the dry side.

I Actually Bought Something I Needed from Sally Beauty Supply

I went to Sally Beauty Supply recently to new my Beauty Club membership. I am usually tempted to buy a bunch of nail polish. This time I stuck to my store list. LOL!

Sally Purchase

Bobby pins always disappear in my house. I plan on hiding these bobby pins from my daughters. 😉

Sally Purchase 2

Normally I buy the Jamaican Black Castor Oil from the brand Tropic Isle Living. When I heard Sally Beauty Supply starting carrying the Jamaican Mango & Lime ™ brand, I decided to give it a try. There were four kinds to choose from: original, lavender, coconut, and rosemary. I chose rosemary since rosemary oil stimulates the blood vessels when massaged regularly into the scalp.

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I also received a free haircare product for renewing my membership. I choose the Ion Repair Solutions Effective Care ™ Treatment. I use this as a deep conditioner. I usually buy the packs though. This should last me a while.

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Still Using My Winter Beauty Routine

The calendar may say it’s Spring, however; Winter hasn’t quite let go in my neck of the woods. I live in the northeast section of the United States. This past Winter was listed as one of the coldest on record. There were even some below zero days and a lot of snow. Pittsburgh, PA has had some warm days but that weather hasn’t lasted.

Winter is extremely hard on my skin and hair. Here are the products I used.


  • Ion Reconstructor
  • Shea Oil
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner Repair Cream
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter
  • Carol’s Daughter Tui Leave In Conditioner


I used the Carol’s Daughter Tui Leave In Conditioner to add extra moisture to my hair. The dry air makes my hair feel crunchy. This leave in conditioner eliminated that.


I used the Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter as a part of the LOC method (leave in, oil, cream) in my hair routine. This cream is the last step of that.


The bitter cold caused dry patches on my face. I used the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from Trader Joe’s to remedy that.


The shea oil was a part of the LOC method in my hair routine. I used to use castor oil to seal my ends. I like the shea oil much better.


I hardly used traditional lotion during the Winter. My skin wasn’t ashy at all when I used the shea butter.


I’ve gotten in the habit giving my hair protein treatments. That’s why I use Ion Reconstructor as a deep conditioner.


I’ve read some really positive reviews on the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner Repair Cream. This is the first step in LOC method of my hair routine.

I will probably make some adjustments to my beauty routine once the weather warms up. One thing for certain I am keeping the products for the LOC hair method and the Ion Reconstructor. They seem to be working.

First Sally Beauty Supply Haul of 2014


To make sure I continue to take care of my hair during the Winter months, I went to Sally Beauty Supply. I decided to try another conditioner from the Ion Repair Solutions line. The Intensive Therapy Protein Rebuilder is a reconstructor for weak and damaged hair. Winter does stress out my hair so this conditioner is worth a try.


I also purchased bottles to make it easier for me to use the natural oils I purchased from Coastal Scents. I plan on making my own hot oil treatments too. 😉




Sally Beauty Supply Haul: Featuring China Glaze and Ion

Let the Holiday Shopping Season begin!


This past Friday I stopped by Sally Beauty Supply. Being a creature of habit I bought some China Glaze nail polishes. They always seem to have nice collections for the Holidays.


I bought the Dash of Dazzle and Touch of Twinkle sets. These sets were $7.99 each with my Sally Beauty Club Card.



(L-R) Mingle with Kringle, Bells Will Be Blinging, So Blue Without You




(L-R) Just Be-Claws, Be Merry, Be Bright, Santa Red My List


I also purchased some deep conditioner for my hair. I’ve added the Ion Repair Solutions Effective Care Treatment to my hair routine. I made a promise to myself that I would take better care of my hair. In the past my hair would break off during the cold weather months.  I’ve made great progress this year and I want to retain my length.  The Ion Repair Solutions Effective Care Treatment packs were 99 cents each.