Tuesday, November 19, 2013

→ High-End Hair Care Products You Should Try ←

I'm a college girl. Naturally, I'm financially "burdened." In a world where shampoo can cost as much as a textbook, I try to stay away from buying too many high-end or salon name brands due to the price tag. I work at ULTA, though, so this is completely impossible to pass up on the good products my stylist recommends every now and again.

If you're like me and are on a tight budget, here is the start of my growing list of high-end products you should try!

Real Control Crema Care Daily Nourishing Styling Treatment

 I use this right after I get out of the shower, and it makes my hair incredibly manageable. Without this in my regime, I'd be doomed to walk around with a frizzy afro all of the time. I love the way this product nourishes my ends! It can get heavy really quick, but I just use a small amount at a time because this is a heavy cream. 

Despite that fact, I do really love this stuff. I have really think, dark, and curly hair and this truly is my holy grail hair care product. It also protects against heat damage!

Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Serum

I recently tried this! I received it after helping out with an event at my store's salon for free, but this truly is a tremendous product! Kenra is a brand where price is thrown to the wind. Their products are expensive! I think this small bottle would retail for about $23. Yikes! 

Despite the hefty tag, I do notice a tremendous difference on my hair when I heat-style my unruly hair. It seals my hair with a natural and pleasant scent, too!

Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream
I also got this product after helping a salon event, but I've had my bottle for about five months, and I'm only about halfway through! At least $20, this product seems quite small, but be warned: it's freaking fantastic! It's texture is unlike anything I've experienced before. Nothing too goopy or unpleasant, but also nothing too thin and messy! It has the perfect consistency and wears nice without weighing my hair down! It's perfect for frizz!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Blogging 101: Essential Blogger CSS/HTML Codes {part 1}

Blogger offers less than sufficient templates for its users (in my opinion, of course) with a lack in any real potential for customization outside of changing the font color and background photo. I'm not a professional coder, so I didn't know how to make my blog from scratch; yet, I am not a newbie to CSS/HTML whatsoever! I precisely wanted a clean design that could be changed if I ever decided to change my theme!

So, here is my series on basic blogger CSS codes you should utilize to enhance the physical appearance, usability, and smoothness of your blog--all codes you see on this blog! Most of these codes would take you at least a few hours to scour down yourself (that's what I did!), so here is the growing list of codes to enhance your blogs! Get coding, Internet!

Centering Your Header Text & Image
.header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important;} #header-inner {text-align:center !important;}

Eliminating Dropshadow & Borders on Images
.post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container, .Profile img, .Image img, .BlogList .item-thumbnail img { padding: none !important; border: none !important; background: none !important; -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important; -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important; box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important; }

Centering Tab Links & Pages
.PageList {text-align:center !important;} .PageList li {display:inline !important; float:none !important;}

Customizing Sidebar Titles With a Side Border
sidebar h2 { background:url(URL OF THE PIC); background-repeat:no-repeat; background-position:top-left; padding-left: 1px; text-transform: lowercase; padding: 1px; border-left: 17px solid #COLOR CODE HERE; color:#COLOR OF TEXT HERE; font-size:20px; font-family: FONT FAMILY HERE font-weight: bold; margin:0 0 0 0px; letter-spacing: -1px; padding:4px 0em; line-height: 18px; text-indent:2px; }

Styling & Using Blockquotes
.post blockquote { max-width: 400px; width:auto; padding: 7px; margin:0 auto; background : #COLOR CODE HERE url(URL HERE) no-repeat right bottom; color : #TEXT COLOR CODE HERE; border:1px dashed #BORDER COLOR CODE HERE; border-radius:50px; }