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Monday, July 9, 2012

BzzAgent Review: Smooth 'N Shine Semi-Permanent Hair Tamer

Hello everyone!  Today I'm doing a BzzAgent review on Smooth 'N Shines's Keratin Power Semi-Permanent Hair Tamer. My BzzKit contained 1 box of the hair tamer and coupons.  This hair tamer is available in Regular (for fine to average hair) and Super (for average to coarse hair). I chose the hair tamer in Super because my hair is coarse.  My hair is relaxed, so this is a review on how this product worked on my relaxed hair. * This product is not a hair straightener (relaxer) it is a hair tamer.

Front of box

A gentler, more manageable approach to taming your curls and frizz than relaxing. Keratin 4 + Aloe breakthrough chemistry offers lasting versatility, giving you the KERATIN POWER to choose whether you want to wear hair styled straight or "wash & go" manageable curls after one use! Transforms hair with up to 5X less damage than relaxers and *lasts up to 6 weeks on treated growth (or 5 washes)! This treatment is a gentle, semi-permanent taming product that won't damage hair structure by breaking hair bonds the way other permanent chemical treatments do, and will have a gradual and cumulative effect the more you use it! Great for root touch ups (not a root straightener) or taming in between relaxer use.

Back of box

It came with 1 protein Smoothing Treatment, 1 Neutralizing Milk, and 1 Olive and Tea Tree Nourishing Deep Recovery Conditioner. 

Step 1: Protein Smoothing Treatment, with breakthrough chemistry of keratin 4 + aloe that smooths and tames the hair while making styling more manageable and versatile!

Step 2: Neutralizing Milk, contains active sealers to complete and preserve the semi-permanent taming effect of treated hair for up to 6 weeks ( or 5 washes)!

Protein Smoothing Treatment

Neutralizing Milk

Smooth 'N Shine Olive and Tea Tree Nourishing Deep Conditioner 

I used the deep conditioner after I finished step 1 and step 2. It says to leave it on for 1 minute, but I  put on a shower cap and left in on for 10 minutes.

Before and After

*My camera was acting weird the day I took my before photo, so that's why my hair is showing up yellow.   

 My before photo is a picture of my hair before I used the product. My ends are frizzy. I didn't flat iron my hair. The after photo is a picture of my hair after I used the product and flat ironed my hair.


My hair is currently past my shoulders. I get my hair relaxed every 3-4 months with a relaxer from Dr. Miracle's. My mom is the one that does my relaxers.  I had my last relaxer in April. I only flat iron my hair 1-2 times a month, & I either wear my hair straight, curly, or I have it in braids. I wanted to try this hair tamer because it claimed that it tames frizz. My hair has been very frizzy lately due to the heat wave that my state and other states are experiencing. 

I like the fact that there are only two steps. No mixing required! After using this product, I saw that my hair was less frizzy after it dried. My hair usually looks like a lion's mane after I wash, condition, and dry it :) The hair tamer was very easy to use, and I applied it myself. I was concerned that my hair would feel brittle after using it, but that was not the case. My hair felt healthy and it looked shinier. My hair felt stiff while I was washing out the Protein Smoothing Treatment, but it turned back soft when I used the Neutralizing Milk.  The thing that bothered me about this hair tamer was the smell. The smell is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!! The Protein Smoothing Treatment smelled like rotten eggs. I'm very sensitive to strong smells and this smell was overwhelming. Overall, I think that this hair tamer is ok. It states that you'll get better results the more you use it. I'm not sure that I would use this product again because of the smell. 

The suggested retail price of this product is $8.99. You can purchase it at Walgreens,, Sally Beauty Supply and other stores nationwide.  You can visit, where famous stylist and spokesperson for the Smooth N' Shine brand, Larry Sims, will personally show you how to tame curls and frizz at home with ease with a step-by-step instructional video on how the use Smooth 'N Shine Keratin Power Semi-Permanent Hair Tamer. Thanks for reading and have a great day!!

Have you tried this hair tamer? Did you like it?

Disclaimer: I'm a member of BzzAgent which allows me to receive these products for free in exchange for an honest review of the product. I was in no way compensated for this review other than the free products.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil- Mini Review and Giveaway

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil  is made from organic, fresh coconuts in rural areas of the Philippines. Only the highest quality organic coconuts are hand selected for use in our Gold Label brand, and the pure coconut water from inside the coconut is used to extract the coconut milk using traditional methods. Small-scale family businesses produce this oil in small batches, taking great care and pride in their work. All aspects of the production, including packaging, are certified organic according to the strictest standards. This product has been tested repeatedly in laboratories to show that it contains the highest amount of antioxidants available in Virgin Coconut Oil, earning out designation as Gold Label Standard. Tropical Traditions was the first company to export Virgin Coconut Oil out of the Philippines, and continues to set the standard today for the finest quality Virgin Coconut Oil available."

I have been using Tropical Traditions' coconut oil for a few years, & I was happy to receive an 32 oz jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. This coconut oil is very creamy and it has a pleasant smell. I use their coconut oil as a moisturizer for my skin and for my hair. I also use it as hot oil treatment. This oil would be great for those of you with natural or relaxed hair.  * This oil is edible, I just like to use it on my skin and hair :) Please enter the giveaway below to win  1 quart of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.

Giveaway!! Open to U.S. and Canada Only

Tropical Traditions is America's source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil? You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales,  learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil

One lucky follower will win a quart of Tropical Traditions' Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! The giveaway will begin on July 5, 2012 and will end on August 5, 2012 11:59 PM EST . The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another will be chosen. *The winner will receive an email from allthingsnini @ gmail . com 

Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to write a review in exchange for the products, nor was I obligated to write a positive review. The opinions listed here are strictly my own honest opinion of the product. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

July 2012 Sigma Beauty Coupon

Use the code "AP2012" to receive 10% off your entire purchase! 

Get glam with a sample of the season’s hottest hues! Throughout July, Sigma Beauty will be sending complimentary mini eye shadow palettes with all purchases over $30. The mini palette features one color from each of their best selling eye shadow palettes, BareDare and Flare.

The shades featured in the palette are: 

Reveal (Dare palette): A deep rust shade with a pearl finish. Great for contouring the eye as an alternative to brown. Also makes a unique smoky eye.
Act (Bare palette): A neutral, medium brown tint. Great for everyday use for all skin tones.
Oversee (Flare palette): A subtle ocean blue with a gold pearl. Registered & Protected