Sunday, December 27, 2015

♡My Fantasy Hair Review 2015♡

Hi loves!

I wanted to come on here and write an updated review of all of my My Fantasy Hair extension sets! I wrote a review a couple years ago and I will have that linked here so you can check it out:
http://samyrae7.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-fantasy-hair-review.html

For me, everything I posted in that review still stands true to this day, but I wanted to give some updates on some older sets that I have, how my older sets have held up, some experiences I have had and so on!

You may or may not know, that I am now a promoter for MFH, however, have been purchasing from this company from I think 2012. I have tried so many other brands between then and now and have just been underwhelmed or just completely disappointed in other brands quality! I always go back to My Fantasy Hair!

So let's talk quality first:
-I cannot get over the quality of this hair! Sets that I have had since 2013 or even before, are still holding strong! Clips are still working great, no loose threads or falling apart wefts, and the hair is still in great condition! I do take VERY good care of my extensions so they do last me a long time! Some of my older sets I have cut but that's what makes these great! Once a set is at the end of its life, or isn't as manageable years after you first got them you can either cut them into a shorter style, or use them for up-dos and styles!
-All of my sets aside from one have either come in the color "jet black" or have been dyed black. They have taken the color very well and even my older sets have not had to be re-dyed from their first coloring, even after many washes.
-The hair is very soft when you first get it but remains soft as well! I find that it does plump up and get thicker when you wash it right out of the pack, which I always do. Most extensions come with a coating on the hair that makes them really smooth and straight; I like washing the hair before wearing it because it gives it more texture, a slight wave and it matches my hair better as well as making it into its full thickness.
-I love using the MFH hair care line on my extensions which you can find here:
http://www.myfantasyhair.com/product-category/hair-care/
-The hair also doesn't get matted, from my experience and that is with everyday wear. Now, because it is thick it will still tangle; tangling comes from having thick long hair, but I just keep a small brush in my handbag and don't have any issues with major tangling. I like my hair smooth though so I give it a brush maybe once while I'm out all day.

Here are some photos of some of my sets and how I wear them:

9pc  18inch Colossal Set in "jet black" custom cut (my newest set)

Older set of 14 inch "butterscotch" dyed black

And one of my oldest sets that I cut to thicken up my hair at its current length!




Next onto customer service:
-I can't express enough my LOVE for the MFH team and their customer service!!! I just love how quick they are in replying via email anytime I have a question or concern! I give them a double thumbs up, 5 stars, 100% : all of the above in their customer care! They respond right away, answer any questions, give tips and advice, and really help you out when you need it and I love that about the MFH team!

Options of hair:
-I'm not going to go through all of the options that MFH has now, but compared to 3 years ago they have SO MANY OPTIONS! They have an assorted number of lengths, thicknesses, colors and you even get to choose the ends of your hair now! This is a feature I really appreciate now compared to the first set I ever purchased. I love the "natural ends" selection compared to the "straight ends" which are a blunt cut. The natural ends just really eliminate me from having to texturize the ends of the hair myself, so it's a big plus in my book. 
-The color selection is amazing and for me the "jet black", which is one I always go back to, is the blackest of black! I have also tried the "butterscotch" and "strawberry blonde" both of which were still the same quality and both of them held dye really well.

Price Point:
-For the amount of hair you get (in grams), and the options of hair you can choose I feel that for the QUALITY of hair you get the prices are fair! There are other brands that charge the same amount if not more for hair, and they either aren't as thick or the quality is below amazing. 

I do have a discount code to share for 5% off your order: "samantha"
The code can be used on anything on the site!

Final Thoughts:
-I am so happy to be a part of the MFH team now and I am so glad I made my first purchase years ago! My love for hair extensions is immense, but these hair extensions are ones that I will remain loyal to because it is not only a brand I trust, but one that I know will never lack in quality ever! 
-Three or more years later and I am still in love with every set I have ever gotten! This is by far the best extension brand I have ever tried, and that is my honest opinion. The quality has me so hooked that I'm not sure I will ever try any other extensions!


I hope this updated review was helpful to you! I know that sometimes with reviews, a person can be ecstatic about the hair when it is first purchased but you don't know what happens after that. Given my timeline I hope that with years of experience with this hair you have a better idea of how great it is and won't hesitate to purchase if you were thinking about it. I absolutely love this hair and stand by it 100%! 

I hope if you try it out you love it too!

If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave me one or email me at:
samyrae7@yahoo.com 
and I will be more than happy to get back with you!

Thanks for reading loves!

xoxo

Samy Rae



*FTC: This is not a sponsored blog post. My discount code is an affiliate code, but other than that all opinions are my own and honest ones! xoxo

Saturday, December 19, 2015

♡Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara Review♡ Influenster Voxbox♡

Hi loves! 

I'm back with a review! I received the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara complimentary from Influenster to try and test out. I wanted to try it right away because it is a volumizing mascara that claims to have a velvet finish, and the brush and formula seemed really nice as well. 




Here are a couple photos of me wearing the mascara :





This mascara definitely gives me volume and some length as well! I didn't experience any flaking with this mascara, but it does get a little clumpy if you're not careful. It seems to have little fibers in the formula which help build volume, but they didn't seem to cause issues with flaking like I said. The only con I found was in the pictures you can see that my lashes aren't super curled. When I first applied the mascara they were holding a curl well, but this was about 2 hours after wear and my curl was falling. It still maintained some curve, but not as much as I like usually, which I get from a waterproof formula. 

Overall I love this mascara! It builds up super quick so if you're in a hurry to get your makeup done, this is a great go-to mascara! I think it builds enough that I can wear it on natural makeup days, because it gives enough lash to my look. 

4 out of 5 stars for me! Price is a bit high for mascara in which I can find similar at the drugstore that give me the same volume, but the mascara is amazing. Pricey, and doesn't hold the greatest curl for me, but the volume, length and drama I get outweigh those and I would purchase it! Love it and would recommend!

xoxo

Samy Rae


*The Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara was sent to me complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes, however my opinions are my own. I would definitely recommend this mascara!

FTC: I WAS NOT COMPENSATED FOR THIS POST; HOWEVER, I AM CREATING THIS POST AS PART OF A CONTEST



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

♡My Fantasy Hair Coupon Code♡

Hi loves! I just wanted to come back and share again my coupon code for My Fantasy Hair!

Use code "samantha" for 5% off your order at http://www.myfantasyhair.com  

I am a MFH Promoter and wanted to share this code with you all so you can get a discount on anything on the site, whether it be their amazing extensions or their new hair care line which is also great! I have posted this code within other blog posts but wanted to give it one on it's own so it's easier to find!

I hope you enjoy! Leave any comments or questions below as well :-)

xoxo

Samy Rae


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

♡Loreal Feria Power Copper Review | Before & After♡

Hi loves!

I recently dyed my red hair (natural color, but dyed to my "natural" from black), to a brighter red. I wanted a more orange-based red rather than a red-red, so I decided on the Loreal Feria Power Copper C74.



I made sure to take several after pics with and without flash and in different lighting so you can see the color it pulls. I initially wanted to use henna on my hair but haven't fully decided whether I want to or not. This gave me a bright color and I am overall impressed with it, but we will see how long it lasts. I did get a semi-permanent dye from Ion (the Ion Color Brilliance Neon Brights in Blood Orange) to mix with conditioner to use as a "color deposit" for when it starts to fade. My hair has been previously bleached, so it doesn't want to hold onto color all that well, so I figured a semi-permanent for touch-ups might help!

Here are the before and afters of my hair. The "natural" color was a medium auburn that had faded over about 2 months, which is basically my natural grow in color, just for reference. Keep in mind all monitors are different as well. No filters were used on these, just camera flash and without flash. 


BEFORE





AFTER







I hope this helps you out! I will post again on my final thoughts, how I maintain the color and so on! Let me know if you have any questions!

xoxo 

Samy Rae








Sunday, September 27, 2015

♡My Fantasy Hair Extensions: Strawberry Blonde + NEW MFH Hair Care Line♡

Hi loves!

I wanted to share with you my new set of extensions from My Fantasy Hair before I cut and color them, as well as their new line of shampoo and conditioner!

I got the 16 inch set of extensions in "strawberry blonde" 160 grams.

Keep in mind, that colors may vary on screen but I didn't add any filters to the pictures so you could see the true color. The strawberry blonde has a slight strawberry hue, so if you want more saturation you can color them.

You can also use the coupon code "samantha" for some money off your order! 





They are quite similar to the MFH "butterscotch" shade, which I have had in the past.
Other than that, great quality as usual and I am excited to cut and color these new extensions so I can wear them! 

As for the shampoo and conditioner: I haven't tried these out yet but am excited to and will keep you posted! They smell really nice, kind of like a soft vanilla lavender scent, and the packaging is sleek. I also love that they are cruelty free and sulfate free! You can use them for your extensions or for your own hair!

So be sure to check out the My Fantasy Hair website to see their colors and check out their new hair care! I love these extensions and highly recommend them! 

http://www.myfantasyhair.com

If you have any comments or questions leave them and I will get back to you! Thanks loves! =)

xoxo

Samy Rae



*My Fantasy Hair occasionally sends me free products for promotional purposes, however it is a brand I have been purchasing from and supporting for years now. Feel free to use the coupon code above (samantha) to get a discount! xo

Saturday, September 19, 2015

♡YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks | #YSLRougePurCouture : YSL Voxbox♡

I want to share with you all these GORGEOUS YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks I got complimentary from Influenster! I got the shades 9 (mauve nude) and 19 (hot pink) and they are so pretty! The nude is perfect for fall, and the hot pink can be a great pop of color anytime! 

I tried them out as soon as I was done with my photoshoot (lol). They are so buttery smooth and creamy, and very pigmented; definitely comfortable on the lips! I would highly recommend these no doubt about it! I am going to check out the other colors and might possibly purchase one myself because I am really impressed! My first YSL lip products. =)




I hope this helps out if you are thinking of purchasing these new lippies! The packaging is gorgeous and definitely luxury, and so are the lipsticks! You can find great affordable lipsticks of course, but if you want to splurge on some high end ones I would recommend these. 

xoxo

Samy Rae

*YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks were sent to me complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Friday, August 28, 2015

♡Turn a Pixie Cut into A Long Bob with extensions! ft. My Fantasy Hair♡

Hi Loves! I'm back with another hair post!

If you've been following me a for a long time, or even just for a while you would know that I love hair extensions, and always wear them. Back in May I decided to do a super short pixie but since it has grown out a bit! I also have been wearing my My Fantasy Hair extensions now that it has grown enough to hide the tracks. (They were previously 14 inches long).

However, my set is a little old, about 3 years (still super soft!) but it was time to trim them. Instead of just giving a small trim I decided to turn my hair into a long bob which has been trending for a while now!


Since I have a pixie and would love to just have a "lob" RIGHT NOW, I thought it would be fun to give my extensions a cut and wear them short! Perfect change for my shorter hair until it grows and I need a longer set. =)

Here is my before and after of my now pixie cut, with my extensions chopped! 



My extensions were previously the "butterscotch" blonde color, which I dyed an auburn, and also 14 inches which I cut to about 12 inches. My Fantasy Hair has a great selection of lengths though and they offer a 12 inch set so if you are looking for extensions and have short hair, 12 inches would be great to follow this trend! 

So be sure to check out the My Fantasy Hair website to see their lengths and colors, and take on this trend, even if you have super short hair! I am loving the long bob and I think I'll be keeping it for a while!


My Fantasy Hair: http://www.myfantasyhair.com

If you would like some money off of your order, use code "samantha" 


If you have any comments or questions, leave them and I will get back to you! =) Thanks for reading lovelies!


xoxo

Samy Rae



*My Fantasy Hair occasionally sends me free products for promotional purposes, however it is a brand I 100% stand behind and have been supporting for years. Feel free to use the coupon code to get a discount on your set of extensions! xo


Saturday, July 18, 2015

♡Influenster YSL Voxbox Unboxing - #YSLToucheEclat♡

Hi loves! I just wanted to share with you what Influenster sent to me to test out! MY FIRST YSL PRODUCTS!!!

I posted this picture on my Instagram of my box when I first opened it:



















They sent the full size YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector, which is a "balm to powder" touch up product you can use under makeup, to set makeup, or to mattify throughout the day! And a deluxe size of the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer, which is a radiance boosting primer. It has flecks of shimmer in it and it blurs the look of pores, and leaves skin soft, more even and luminous. 

I am excited to try these out!! I will feature them in a haul on my beauty channel and let you know my thoughts, so follow my channel and subscribe to stay tuned on that!

Let me know if you have tried these and what you think of them!! 

xoxo

Samy


*Influenster was kind to send me these products complimentary, to try and test out! Sign up for Influenster at http://www.influenster.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

♡How I Keep My Hair Extensions Soft & Shiny♡

Hi Loves!
I know I just posted a products for dry & damaged hair and extensions post (see link below):
http://samyrae7.blogspot.com/2015/02/my-favorite-hair-products-for-dry.html

But I wanted to share the one main product that is holy grail for me in keeping my hair extensions soft and shiny!

I wear human hair extensions and have tried many different brands. All hair extensions have a life span and over time can get pretty dried out with constant heat styling, coloring (if you choose to dye them), every day elements like the wind, and just every day wear. Also, they don't have the oil production and nutrients that our normal hair gets which is why you really have to take care of them.

I have been wearing my My Fantasy Hair extensions for a long time now. I have a newer set that are amazing but because I like a lot of hair, I wear some of my older sets as well, including a quad weft that I love (because it is a super thick piece). All of my older sets of extensions are still in decent condition however, they can get pretty tangled if I don't keep them properly moisturized, especially my quad weft since it is so used and abused, and thick hair which can tend to get tangled more quickly!

I don't want to wash & condition my extensions all that often because washing dries them out, so for over about two years now I've incorporated the One n Only Argan Oil spray into my daily hair routine!



I love spraying this in my natural hair and my extensions everyday before and after styling! When I feel like my extensions are drying out, I just spray some of this in them, brush them through, and they feel amazing, are very shiny, and also smell really great too (which is a plus if you don't want to wash them all of the time). 

I highly recommend stopping and getting this if you see it! (I get mine at Sally's Beauty Supply). It's super affordable and works wonders on extensions!


(Wearing MyFantasyHair extensions in 18 (cut to 16) & 14 inches, Jet Black)

I hope this helped and thanks for reading lovlies!!

xoxo

Samy Rae


Use promo code "samantha" for 5% off your purchase!


*This post is not sponsored by My Fantasy Hair. Some extensions have been sent to me in the past for promotional purposes, but I also own sets that I purchased myself. Just showing you my hair loves and sharing my favorite brand with you all! :)



Thursday, March 26, 2015

♡NARS Contour Blush "Paloma" Dupe♡

Hi loves, 

I wanted to make a quick post on a dupe I found tonight while going through my collection!

I have the NARS Contour Blush in "Paloma" and picked up a Wet n Wild Contouring Palette a couple months back, and realized tonight that they are basically identical!

Here is a picture (I posted this one on my Instagram - link on the side of my blog):

So in the swatch picture; the Wet n Wild Contouring Palette in "Caramel Toffee" is on the top, and the NARS Contour Blush in "Paloma" is on the bottom. (In the other picture, the Wet n Wild is the round pan, of course).

So the lighter colors were a bit harder to get to show up, but the NARS as you can see, shows up a tiny bit, where as the Wet n Wild didn't at all even with a heavy swatch. 

Texture wise, they are both pretty similar, although the NARS feels just slightly more smooth to me. Both pretty pigmented, but the lighter color in the NARS is a tad lighter. 

Overall, I think this is a great affordable dupe if you've been wanting to try the NARS Contour Blush in Paloma!

Hope you liked this, and I will post more dupes as I find them! 

xoxo

Samy Rae

Sunday, March 8, 2015

♡Planner of the Week: March 8-15, 2015♡

Hi loves!

So this is my planner for the week. I figured I would start doing weekly posts just to go over how I organized for the week. I might combine weeks if I feel like I don't have much to show but wanted to post this week because I added a new meal plan feature which has helped me a lot!



I like to focus on my tasks for the week, usually consisting of beauty routines, errands, school, and home tasks such as cooking, cleaning, etc. 

However, I have started writing down my meal plans for each day, or the possibility of meals I can make. This really helps in utilizing all of the food I already have, and narrowing down my grocery lists to make sure I'm not going over budget. I don't do anything special, but I do make a list outside of my planner on meals I can make, then I decide what days I can make what then write them down. 

This has really made my weeks easier in terms of eating out, cooking, cleaning, etc. I can fit my meal planning around my other plans so that I can make sure I have plenty of time to prep, cook, defrost anything from the freezer, and so on. 

So here is a break down of this week's planner and how I decorated. I hope this helps give you some ideas on organizing your time and having some fun while doing so! :)





Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to be the first to see my planner each week!
http://instagram.com/heyitssamyrae

xoxo

Samy Rae

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

♡All About My Planner♡ | Planner & Scrap-booking Ideas♡

So this week's post, at least the first one, I wanted to focus a little on something home/life related! I wanted to show my planner and explain it, and how I organize each week. 

If you want weekly pictures of my planner and full shots of each week's layout and monthly pics, follow me on Instagram! I post a new one every Sunday or Monday!

https://instagram.com/heyitssamyrae/

After everyone started talking about the Erin Condren planners I really wanted to get one! But after seeing the price of one, I was just not going to invest that into some paper in a notebook! So I looked around and really only having Walmart as an option, I ended up with a planner from there! It is a bit bigger, but I actually like it (the standard size of a normal spiral notebook)

Here is the planner (They had one other color choice, and the price was around $7)

 The brand is "mint green" and it is 60% recycled with soy-based ink, which is always a plus! It has plenty of room for notes in the front and back, plus extra features like; contact information, yearly goals, a world map, and more!

Here is how I have mine decorated so far, for January, February and March! I use an array of washi tape, decorative duck tape, magazine cut-outs, metallic pens, sticky notes, sticky paper, and really anything I can find that is in the color scheme I want for the month!





 I absolutely love my planner and planning for each week! I write down all of my errands, "to-dos", meal plans, shopping lists, and other ideas before I put it into my planner. I just make a small list according to each day, then put it in my planner in a way that I like. I like to leave some space as well in case I need to add anything. 

The last picture which is this week for March, is my favorite set up I think! I thought I liked the more busy look, but I find that leaving more white space but using metallic hearts as bullet points makes it look more organized and pretty. 

I buy all of my stickers/tapes, etc. from places like Dollar Stores and discount stores such as Big Lots. I basically look everywhere I can to find new things. I had a ton of old magazines that I cut up into monthly cut-outs to fit each months color schemes. It took forever, but it was worth it, and I just keep the cut-outs in labeled envelopes. 

The planner is fun, it helps me un-wind at the end of the week, while also keeping me organized for the week ahead. I definitely recommend if you are an artsy person but lazy, to get one and start planning! It has really helped me to stay on track with my weekly and monthly goals!

xoxo

Samy


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

♡My Curly Hair Routine | How I Achieve Heat-less Curls | How to Enhance Natural Curls♡

So to start, I don't have what most would describe as "curly hair", because my natural texture is mostly wavy, although I do get ringlet curls around my hairline when my hair air dries. However! My hair is very coarse and thick, and I do like to enhance my waves, making them into curls without heat!

Anytime I wear my hair using my heat-less "curls" method, I always get complimented on my "natural curls" which is why I am calling this a curly hair routine. lol

I am going to go over my routine of how I do my heat-less "curls" and the products I use in my hair along with my extensions. Whether you have straight dry hair, or very curly/kinky hair, most of these products should work for you, along with the technique I use! I'm still experimenting to try and find the perfect products, but I love what I have found so far. 

I hope this can help some of you out that deal with any hair that is not pin straight, that is frizzy, dry, and just unmanageable!

My Natural Hair Texture:
To start, I want to show what my hair does when it is washed and it air dries, along with what my extensions do when they dry naturally. (I am wearing My Fantasy Hair extensions in all pictures in this post)


My natural hair texture like I said, is thick, frizzy, and naturally wavy like you see here. This is just with some product in it. 
















How I Achieve Heat-less "Naturally Curly Hair" + Products I Use
So this is where it gets tricky. So I am going to be explaining this in steps:



  •  I wash my hair like normal (for a list of products I use in and out of the shower, see my previous post on my favorite hair products). I then towel dry my hair and let it air dry for a bit. If I had washed my extensions, I also let them air dry.
  • Next I use a spray bottle of water to dampen my hair, and my extensions separately. I then put these products in my hair and in my extensions:


I like the Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie to start out, because it gives hold without crunch. The Suave sleek anti-frizz cream adds softness, and keeps frizz away even with humidity!
 





  • I then braid my extensions in medium sized braids, or smaller depending on how tight I want my curls: this is the size I normally go for though:



I leave the braids over night to sit and completely dry. 
I braid my hair in two french braid pigtails, and leave them over night as well.











  • The next day I really don't have to do anything with my hair besides add a little product to piece together or add definition/shine if I want any. I usually use these two products when I need a little bit of shine and softness:

 
Here is the result I get from an overnight braid-out, if you would like to call it that. lol
 
















How I Touch-Up Second/Third Day Curls:
So now comes the time when I have slept on my hair, and it hasn't been brushed. Mind you this whole time, I never brush out my hair besides out of the shower and right after a wash, & before the braiding just to distribute product (I only use a wide tooth comb, or a wet brush)

If my curls have lost definition, have gotten frizzy, or have lost their curl, here is what I do:
  • If my hair has lost its curl, it normally goes back to looking like this (this is one of my extensions after being braided, worn, and on its 3rd day, being sprayed with detangler and combed out.
 
 As you can see, there is still some wave but if I want it curly, I just re-spray with water or these spray products, and re-braid over night again:
 

The Herbal Essences Spray Detangler smells great and helps re-moisturize, and the Mane n' Tale helps prevent breakage, so I like to combine both to get the hair damp if it already has product from the previous days, then I re-braid.



  •  If my hair has plenty of curl but just needs some taming, I use these products to re-enforce curl and fight frizz/add shine/add softness:



 













I usually will add the One n Only argan oil spray if I just need a little bit of help, but always use it as a topper with any product to boost shine and add a nice scent. If I feel like I need more definition or to fight frizz, I will add the Organix coconut milk serum, along with the Herbal Essences "Tousle Me Softly" styling cream and "scrunch" with my fingers. If I need even more definition or feel like I don't want to use the styling cream, I will spray a little de-tangler in my curls and add just a little bit of the Herbal Essences "Tousle Me Softly" mousse, which does the trick!


A LONG post, I know! But getting perfect and tamed curls does often take product. I do like using different products when touching up as opposed to when I start right after I wash my hair, because it seems to keep my hair a lot softer. 

Let me know what your favorite curly hair products are and I really hope this helped you out some! Leave any questions below, or email me or follow me on my social media! (Links on the side of my blog page).

Thanks so much for reading loves!

xoxo

Samy Rae


Extensions I am wearing:
http://www.myfantasyhair.com
Jet Black: 16 & 14 inches

Use code "samantha" for 5% off your purchase!

*This post is not sponsored by My Fantasy Hair. Some extensions have been sent to me in the past for promotional purposes, but I also own sets that I purchased myself. Just showing you my hair loves and sharing my favorite brand with you all! :)