Custom Made Shampoo by YOU

*This post is in collaboration with Formulate. I received the products mentioned for free to review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you know me then you know I hardly wash my hair, not because I don’t want to but about 6 years ago I’ve noticed that when I would wash my hair a lot, I’d lose a lot of hair during a comb through. So, because of that not only do I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week, mainly 2 lol. I am very picky about what shampoo brands I use. Especially since I have colored hair, I don’t want to ruin $200 worth of a salon appointment for some cheap shampoo that will strip my hair color and leave residue.

So when Formulate reached out to me, the whole idea of “customizing” your shampoo to account for your natural hair, your hair goals, where you live, and your lifestyle. I was all in!

First and foremost, before you get your masterpiece you have to go through a series of questionnaires (that’s the scientist part/you customizing the shampoo). Once you’re done answering all the questions of what kind of hair you have and what kind of shampoo you want for instance; preventing split ends, lessen the amount of oil in the roots, etc… you end up with the “formula”.

Here’s mine.

As you can see everything about the ingredients are natural. And they are also preservative free, sulfate free, paraben free, and cruelty-free. AMAZING I KNOW!

Sometimes trying to find a formula that works best for you can be hard, so if they can’t get it right for you on the first formulation, they will work with you to adjust your ingredients and ship you a new formula FREE of charge! And if for any reason you still aren’t satisfied and wish to discontinue, they will issue a full refund, So there really isn’t anything to lose here.

Now let’s get to the fun part, the before and after.

In the before photo, I used a very popular drug store shampoo which actually smells amazing and cost me about $8 a bottle. In the after photo, I used the Formulate shampoo which is $49 for both the shampoo and conditioner and let’s keep in mind that it’s a custom shampoo. Both photos were taken on the first use and air dried. What I mean by “on the first use” is, I went to go buy this generic shampoo and after the first use, I let it air dry then about 4 days later I used the Formulate shampoo and TADA!!!!

Now, I’ve been using it for 3 months straight and I absolutely love it! It was confusing to me at first just because when I used it the first time I did not get any foam so, I thought maybe I didn’t use enough shampoo but right after speaking to a representative she stated “it’s actually totally normal for sulfate free shampoos to not have a ton of lather. It’s because of the lack of harsh, stripping chemicals! Ours are very gentle but should clean quite well 🙂 “.

Oh’ and another thing, your hair can feel like you have some kind of wax on your hair if you use too much conditioner. I definitely think I’ve been using too much conditioner because I’d cover my whole head with it, but you’re only supposed to put it on the very ends of your hair. “

Other then the minor complications I had there at first, surely you can tell that this shampoo is pretty awesome! On another note, the team over at Formulate is great enough to let me host a giveaway for one of you to win your own custom bottle of shampoo and conditioner! Just click here, to enter my giveaway and Formulate will be picking the winner. Go sign up now and you’ll also get $5 off your order after entering even if you don’t win! “.

If you want to try out Formulate, CLICK HERE and get $5.00 off your purchase. Ayyyyy!

XO,

Milly

My Smoothie Recipe for Kids + Twistshake

This post was sponsored by Twistshake, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

To keep Noah healthy, I am all about giving him really beneficial healthy ingredients in a way that tastes like a treat that he will actually enjoy. So, a few times a week or on a really hot day, we make a power smoothie either for breakfast or afternoon snack (to switch it up)! To ensure that he is getting all the important nutrients he needs.

The thing about smoothies is, it’s of course thicker than any other liquid because I am actually getting real fruits and veggies and blending these ingredients myself. So, what I LOVE to use when I make these smoothies is the Twistshake Sippy Cups. It has this awesome cap that prevents clogging and it’s super easy to just take apart and clean. It is also BPA-, BPS- and BPF-free which I am all about! You can read more about it here.

Here’s a look at the breakdown of the components of the Twistshake

Use code: michaellemilly20 for $$ off

 

Scroll down to see recipes you can do at home and photos!

PB&J Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter, plus more for garnish
  • 1 c. skim milk
  • 2 tbsp. fresh strawberries, chopped

Directions 

  1. Combine frozen strawberries, banana, peanut butter and milk in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with peanut butter and fresh strawberries.

Sunshine Daydream Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen peaches
  • 1 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/2 c. coconut water
  • 1 fresh strawberry, for garnish

Directions 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish each with half a strawberry.

Razzle Dazzle Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • 1 c. frozen raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 c. Frozen Mango
  • 1/2 c. pineapple, plus more for garnish
  • 1 c. coconut milk

Directions 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with more raspberries and pineapple.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 fresh banana, peeled
  • 1 cup milk (I prefer almond milk in this one)
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 tablespoon honey, if needed to sweeten

Directions 

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and pulse until combined. Serve immediately.
  2. (If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk. If it is too thin, add more fruit and/or ice

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Photography by Diana Rubio for Mybelle

Xo,
Michaelle

The Tooth About My Smile

Statistics say that the first thing you notice in a person is their smile.

I don’t think my smile is one of my BEST features. Best feature is a little further south! Lol I am very self conscious about my smile. I don’t want to go into specifics, but just know that I’m still working on my confidence in that area.

BUT besides the gaps, chips and other dental imperfections going on in my mouth, teeth whitening was something I knew would be affordable and could add a little more improvement to my smile.  

I had tried whitening strips before and TRUST ME, they DID NOT work. They would easily slide off and weren’t stable at all- which was super annoying. The whitening toothpaste well… that’s was a   N E G A T I V E. Straight up!

So when  Smile Brilliant reached out to me and asked that I try this “at home teeth whitening kit”, I was instantly interested. After I partnered up with Smile Brilliant my kit was shipped to my front door very quickly and it included everything I needed to get started.

The kit comes with two impression trays, as well as three sets of base and catalyst material (in case you need to re-do your impression).  

First I brushed and flossed my teeth. Then I mixed the catalyst and base paste together (one tray at a time) until the putty became a solid blue color.

Next, once the materials were thoroughly mixed together I placed the impression material in the tray and then placed it in my mouth. This was held in place for approximately 2 1/2 minutes. I repeated these steps for the lower impressions. Leaving the impressions in the trays I let them harden overnight. I then mailed the impressions in the pre-paid envelope back to the lab.

About a week later I had my impression trays delivered to my doorstep.

After about a week and a half later of using these trays every day I was able to see a noticeable difference in my teeth. I am SO pleased with the results, if I wanted more drastic results I could’ve continued the treatment for a longer period of time. But I have plenty of whitening gel left over, so I will save the gel and the trays to whiten my teeth again in a few months. The trays will last for years and Smile Brilliant sells the gel on their website, should you find yourself in need of more gel.

 

YAY! TO BRIGHTER TEETH!

 

Get your teeth whitening kit here: www.smilebrilliant.com

Let’s Talk Brazilians

The dreaded Brazilian wax. We all want it (cause we NEED it), but we all HATE it. Why God? Why us? Why do we have hair in places we don’t want? I know we have eyelashes to “protect” our eyes, and nose hair to “protect” our nostrils. But why must we need hair in our special places? I’m sure there’s some super important medical explanation, but it’s just such an inconvenience.

Most girls will start shaving their legs between the ages of 13-15. It’s inexpensive, discreet, and painless. It takes 2 seconds to quickly get rid of a few bikini hairs and our moms didn’t even know because we’d just sneak the razor in and out of the bathroom (#RememberWhen).

There’s nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to hair removal. We’re all human beings and we all have hair down there, believe it or not, you’re not the only person who wants it all gone. Of course, shaving will get the job done, but then the inevitable itch comes within 4 days. You know that itch when the hairs start to grow back? It’s blunt, coarse, and ITCHY.

So what do we do? Shave it again, again, and again…until you get to the point where you think to yourself, “OMG. I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m just gonna wax it off!”

Luckily, this year Depil Brazil reached out to me and wanted me to check out their services, I went ahead and said count me in lol. Rachel T. was my aesthetician, when she was ripping out all my hair that I noticed my legs weren’t twitching and I wasn’t bleeding like I usually would. Something about going to a brazilian waxing studio to get a brazilian makes so much more sense as to why it didn’t hurt as badly as going to the waxing studio by my house. I mean it’s basically their expertise if it’s in their name right? Well come to find out it’s no secret that the reason why I wasn’t in much pain or bleeding was because of the special ingredient in their wax. Which is an oil from the brazilian rainforest and even the CEO is from Brazil so, everything just clicked to me at that point.

TIP 101

The most important thing you have to do before your scheduled appointment is to stop shaving. The hair has to be a certain length for waxing to be effective. 2.5-3 weeks growth from the last shave, or if we are getting technical, 1 centimeter of growth. If you go to your appointment with premature hair it’s very possible the wax will not grab the hair properly and all that pain will be for nothing.

Before heading into your appointment you’ll want to make sure you are nice and clean. Take a shower before you go, and if you don’t have time to shower at least carry some baby wipes with you and wipe off really well. Be courteous to your esthetician. She would absolutely appreciate a clean area to work with.

I know Brazilians can sound scary but I tell myself that it will only be painful for a slight second and it will all be done. Plus after all this work, you should find yourself feeling smooth for 2-3 weeks (varies per person). Two full weeks of no hair? Now that’s a lot better than shaving, am I right? On average, Brazilians should be done every 3-4 weeks, and as time passes you’ll find your hair slowly starting to grow back finer and sparser. Stick to a consist schedule, and you’ll find yourself taking on Brazilians like a champ!

If you’re a newcomer to Depil Brazil Waxing Studio just let them know I sent you, so you can get any of the services mentioned below, and then you’ll be able to feel exactly what i’m talking about and leave your old wax studio for Depil Brazil (#NewYearNewAesthetician).

Free Bikini Wax or $35 Brazilian Wax

Males $50 Brazilian Wax

AND

15% off any other additional service or 15% off any products

If you’re under the age of 18 don’t worry babe, just bring in your guardian with you and you are set to go!

 

If you have any questions about Brazilians comment below!

Turn Heads with JORD Wood Watches

Kiss summer goodbye and embrace the cooler temps, cuddle weather and wardrobe change that fall brings!

As you start to bring out the sweaters, boots and scarves JORD watches are the PERFECT addition to your fall wardrobe. They are elegant, sophisticated and tasteful.

Your JORD watch can easily tie an entire look together with its beautiful natural tone . It’s not everyday you see a gorgeous wooden watch, so roll up those sleeves and flaunt your JORD! You’ll be surprised just how many compliments and questions you’ll be getting.

“Is that wood?” “Where did you get your watch?” I can hear those compliments already!

If you’re reading this and thinking, “I don’t even wear watches” DO NOT STOP READING!!

Maybe watches aren’t for you, BUT they could make an awesome gift for anyone. And Christmas is literally sneaking up on us!

When hubbs found out I was partnering with JORD, he immediately started to scope out watches telling me which ones he liked best. He didn’t waste NO TIME letting me know which ones he wanted! I mean, that’s how awesome their selection is. Take a look at their beautiful watches and you’ll have a pretty hard time narrowing down your list of favorites.

So hubbs isn’t the only one who can add beautiful watches to his collection. You can too! With my partnership with JORD you’ll be able to enter my contest and win $100 to use toward your favorite JORD watch!

And right now I am super jealous because they just released a new style of watch called Cassia and I can hear it calling my name! No joke though, this would be such an amazing gift. Even if a birthday isn’t coming up, just hold on to it till the day comes. This IS NOT a contest you’d want to pass up.

ALSO, if you enter this contest and DO NOT win YOU STILL receive $25 off any purchase just by entering!

This is, without a doubt, the most exciting contest because I love everything about JORD. Everything from the packaging to the smallest detail about the watches is so unique and beautiful. When you receive your watch it comes in a cool wooden box including two cloth wipes and a wood cleanser.

When you purchase your watch please tag me using @Michaellemilly and @JORDwatch so we can see which one won your heart over!

WELCOME TO THE WWG (Wood Watch Gang) ← yes, I totally just made that up.
Enter contest by clicking HERE   |   Link to my watch click HERE

Link to men’s shop : HERE   |   Link to women’s shop : HERE

This contest will end on Oct. 15th at 11:59 P.M.

As always, please please please share this post with your friends and family. Help spread the word so that they can spruce up their fall wardrobe with these awesome watches using the discounts as well!

OUTFIT DETAILS (click photo to be directed to site)

XOXO,

Michaelle

Cleansers, moisturizers, masks, Oh my!

Cleansers, moisturizers, masks, Oh my!

Today’s post is all about the importance of skin care and making sure that taking care of your skin is a part of your everyday regimen. I know I talk about this a lot, but I am a strong believer in creating habits that will help not only the health of your body, but your skin as well.

I’ve teamed up with Saranghae in hopes of spreading the great news of this brand, I’ve come to love and use on a daily basis. To make sure that this review is effective and honest I’ve been using all of these products twice a day every day for the past month and a half. As one of my followers, I hope that you know that I don’t support giving a company a positive review unless I’ve tested out the product for myself and feel that it deserves a great review and I definitely wouldn’t give a product a positive review if I didn’t think it was great at all.

Saranghae is said to heal, regenerate and protect your skin for youthful and lasting beauty. Now let me just tell you what Saranghae has done for my skin. One thing I thought was really cool is that the name Saranghae, means “I love you” in Korean, how clever and rad is that?! And what’s even better is that is exactly what this skincare brand is all about. Saranghae is an award-winning Korean anti-aging skincare routine, and claims to heal, regenerate and protect your skin by way of everyday events.

Something I do want to share is that I had my mom try the products in this collection with me because just like everyone else we’re looking for our life-changing product that actually does what it says. For me, the collection worked well under my makeup and made my skin feel very moisturized which is what I need after the shower/face wash. But, when my mom used the product it did burn her eyes a little and caused her eyes to water. I could blame it on her sensitive skin but her skin didn’t show signs of irritation. It could possibly be that the chemicals in the product may have been too harsh for her eyes since the product is all over the face.

On the other hand, the great thing about this company is, if you buy the product and aren’t satisfied you are able to get your money back within the 30 days of your purchase. It’s a win win situation and I love it!

Ready to find out about each product in the collection? As mentioned before, there are five and they are each unique in function and awesomeness!

They are:

1. Saranghae Nourishing + Moisturizing Cleanser: Clean your face morning & night

2. Saranghae Deep Radiance Essence + Serum: Penetrate deeper into dermis layer to deliver nutrients to skin cells

3. Saranghae Firm & Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream: Moisturize + Hydrate + Rejuvenate

4. Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Cream: Restore vitality, diminish wrinkles, visibly lift & firm and brighten the appearance of dark circles around the eyes

5. Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask: Kick back, relax and enjoy a luxurious spa experience right at home

Any how, I have loved this product so far! It can only be found on their website atwww.lovesaranghae.com , so check it out and experience the results for yourself!

Take care of that skin, we only get one!

Thanks for following, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Glitz & Glamour

Hey Belle’s and Beau! I hope you guys have had a great weekend so far, if not I hope you have an awesome week. I know Monday’s can be a bit dreadful but hey, our dreams and goals can’t become reality if it’s not for our weekdays. Today I want to talk to you guys about two ladies a makeup artist and a hair stylist who teamed up to now be called MissBellaMari.  These girls helped me look and feel absolutely fabulous and I want you guys to feel this way too whenever you have a special night out whether it’s your wedding day, quinceañera, birthday or even just a regular girls night out day.

When it comes to hair the only thing I can do is straighten my hair and curl it and that is as far as my hair skills can go, now makeup on the other hand  I am an eyebrow expert BUT eyeshadow you can count me out that’s why you will never see me wear eyeshadow and eyeliner it’s not because I don’t want to it’s because I don’t know how to apply it without looking like someone just punched me in the eye. Thankfully, MissBellaMari are life savers. 

IG: @MissBellaMari

Facebook: MissbellaMari

XOXO

MIillyMichaelle

Shades of Cool

Whether you’re shopping at home or in stores I want to share this awesome box subscription company SolTheory.com with you guys today.  I am a sucker for sunglasses, so I was pretty excited when I heard about being able to receive sunglasses every month. The cool thing about this company is it doesn’t just have to be sunglasses and what I mean by this is yes you get the sunglasses but you can also get other items in your box as well such as a makeup product and/or jewelry pieces.

Here, let me get more in depth about this.

There are 10 subscription options to choose from. Boxes are flat rate plus shipping.

1. HERS Single Pair Box $12.99

2. HERS Two Pair Box $19.99

3. HERS Single Pair + One Jewelry Accessory $19.99

4. HERS Single Pair + Two Jewelry Accessories $26.99

5. HERS Single Pair + Three Beauty Products $19.99

6. HERS Three Pcs Jewelry Accessories $24.99

7. HERS Elite Single Pair + Three Beauty Products $37.99

8. HIS Single Pair Box $12.99
9. HIS Two Pair Box $19.99

10. HIS & HERS Box $19.99

This is how it works:
1. Sign up
-Create an account
2. Order
-Select your favorite box.
3. Discover
-Each month, unfold your eyewear and strut; all eyes on you!

Once you place your first order, you will be charged for that month’s box. Following months will be charged on the 1st of each month. Sales tax may apply to your order and shipping is $3.99 per month/box for the US and $9.99 for Canada. They do offer international shipping which is a flat rate of $11.99. Deliveries are sent out on daily basis depending on the queue of your order. Once your box is shipped, you will receive an email with its tracking information. The carrier will deliver your box with no need of signature confirmation.

Members may cancel their subscription at any time by emailing a request to (info@soltheory.com).

Please note: the month you cancel, your subscription may have been already charged, may have already been placed, or the box may have already been shipped. In this case, cancellation will be effective as of the following month.

USE CODE: EMILLY36 

for money off your first subscription.

Here are some photos of the sunglasses that we the Diaz family received.
Outfit Details: Below

Outfit Details

Mama Bear

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Coat: (sold out) purchase similar here

Pants: purchase here

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Purse: (color is no longer available: purse style is Linda) purchase similar here

Sunglasses: SolTheory

Papa Bear

Shirt: purchase here

Coat: (discontinued) purchase similar here

Pants: purchase here

Shoes: (discontinued) purchase similar here

Sunglasses: SolTheory

Baby Bear

Shirt: purchase here

Coat: purchase here

Pants: purchase here

Shoes: purchase here

Sunglasses: SolTheory