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Wen by Chaz Dean (Pomegranate) Review

Published March 18, 2013 by krystal

You undoubtedly have seen the commercials on tv about Wen.  Those models who have terrible hair, so they stop shampooing and suddenly have the most gorgeous hair ever after using Wen.

I fell for the infomercial hook line and sinker, thinkingImage I was going to have hair like them.  I could not wait to get the product in the mail!  I was beyond thrilled when I received it Tuesday (almost a week ago).

On Wednesday morning, I stopped shampooing and started Wenning!  I made sure to follow the directions to a T, (except the repeat part).  Does anyone ever repeat?  My hair felt amazing Wednesday!  It looked pretty good too.  It was so light, smooth, and silky.  I could run my fingers through my hair any time of day and feel the silk gently pass through each finger.  There were no midday tangles (or evening tangles for that matter).  I was such a happy customer!

Thursday morning my hair was a little greasier than normal upon waking.  I normally shower and wash my hair each day, and I was not ready to stop this completely (like Wen recommends).  I followed the directions again as I did Wednesday, except I used warm water (cold water is just not comfortable, even if it is good for the hair).  After blow drying, the hair closest to my scalp was sick! It looked like I had not washed my hair in 2 or 3 days!  Eww.

On Friday (yes, I gave it another shot!) I decided to try again but use cold water.  Things turned out great on Wednesday with cold, so I thought I’d give it another go.  Boy was I wrong.  It was even worse than Thursday.  Fortunately for me, none of my students noticed, or if they did, they kept comments to themselves!

I used Wen one more time over the weekend before consulting Google (again).  There were many mixed reviews.  Some mentioned how great their hair was.  Others mentioned how it worked great for x amount of days, then things got bad.  Some customers mentioned having to wash hair every week to get rid of the build up.  There were even reviews reminding people how to use the product (like we can’t read?).

So I was left with the dilemma:  I could continue using it as directed (riiiight…), I could send it back to QVC (less $6.95 shipping and handling), or I could keep using it, but use it as a conditioner after regular shampoo (if that didn’t work, then I would send it back to QVC for a refund less $6.95 shipping and handling).  This morning I tried using Wen as a regular conditioner.  I made sure to keep it FAR FAR FAR away from my roots (that was the problem the whole time).  My hair was a little easier to brush than normal and a little less frizzy than normal–without any of the grease!

Will I keep it and continue to use it as a regular conditioner?  I still don’t know.

Will I ever buy it again?  NO WAY.

Would I recommend it to a friend?  NO.

Should you try it?  Maybe.  There are plenty of reviews of people saying it’s fabulous.  I am not one of the people who feel this way, but maybe you would be!

If you don’t like it, why would you keep it?  Why not get the refund minus $6.95 s/h?  Good question!  The post office is difficult to get to.  It’s about a mile away, and our 4 wheeler (only form of transportation) is buried under 4 ft. of snow.  Keeping Wen as a conditioner might be just as easy as finding a way to get the box back to the PO.  Plus, I never said I did not like it.  I said I did not like it for it’s intended purpose.  As a shampoo substitute it is horrible!  As a detangling conditioner, it’s not too bad.

Does it really smell like Robitussin? Specifically Robitussin, I’m not sure.  I’m more of a NyQuil kinda girl.  But… it does have
some eerie cough medicine smell to it, now that you mention it.

Apparently Chaz Dean uses it on his dogs.  Would you use it on Mason?  Mason can be a pretty greasy dude.  I don’t think he would be a good Wen pet.

Happy Shampooing!
(This girl is not converted!)
(I hope I’m not on Auto-Delivery!)

Swirly flowers

Published January 15, 2013 by krystal

Greetings, WordPress.  Today I will share with you this lovely masterpiece I created last night.  First, I used Seche Vite base coat to get the party started.  I used OPI Gargantuan Green Grape as my base, which is a minty green.  One of my favorites, OPI’s Italian Love Affair was gooped on with a dotting tool.  I immediately applied OPI’s You Only Live Twice and swirled it into the Italian Love Affair.  The leaves were made using OPI’s Jade is the New Black, with a small stripe of essence’s Lime UP!  I thought it needed a little more, so I added “puppy feet” with Milani’s White On the Spot and a dotting tool.  I finished up with Seche Vite’s top coat and admired the beauty of it!  I hope you like it too!


Swirly flowers without flash


Swirly flowers with flash

Winter is in full bloom!

Dotting Tool Flowers

Published January 6, 2013 by krystal

I was pretty excited that my husband Santa hooked me up with some dotting tools for Christmas.  I got striping tape and brushes, but haven’t experimented yet.  They came directly from China, which caused many conversations among the family.  The end result was that all of the presents were from China, mine just came directly.  I knew I wanted to make some flowers and used this as an inspiration.  I still have a long way to go before I look like that, though!  I don’t know why the pic is so crappy, I tried 100 times to get a good clear shot.  Oh well.
ImageApparently my nails rock irl, because this was a conversation I had with a check out girl last night:

Check out girl: “I love your nails! Where did you get them done?”
Me: “My parents house?”
Check out girl: “Oooh I need to go there! They are awesome!”
Me: “Oh no, I did them myself at my parents house with the dotting tools I got for Christmas.”

I should have just told her Mason did them.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Published December 19, 2012 by krystal

1. Cats

1.  Cats–  I have loved cats as long as I can remember. My older brother named a series of male orange tabby cats “Peanut Butter.”  I asked my mom once how many Peanut Butters graced our lives in the late 80’s/early 90’s, and she was unsure.  None of them stayed too long, a lot of them ran away.  Since then, I have had several different cats.  Some are a little more “special” than others (Pacey).  They were all very special to me at one time.  Currently, Mason is my loving cat.

2. OPI/Seche Vite–  As a kid I was a nail biter.  Oh, it’s true.  As a teen/young adult I got where I could grow them out for a while before biting them all off.  I’m so glad that I no longer bite them off, because I just love painting them!  They are the greatest accessory!  OPI and Seche Vite are among my favorite polishes, one is a top/base coat, and the other is color.


3. Sandcastles

3. Swimming/The Beach/Sandcastles–  As a kid, I always begged my parents to get hotel rooms with pools.  As an adult, I often opt for hotels with pools, still.  I want my future house to have a pool.  I was a lifeguard for 3 years in my twenties.  I just love swimming!  Swimming is my favorite.  Oh, and building sandcastles and hanging at the beach are cool too.

4. Laughing–  I love to laugh, period.

5. Coloring– I have never outgrown my love for a box of crayons or markers and a nice color sheet.  I also love making things with construction paper!


5. Coloring


6. Sausage Balls

6.  Sausage Balls–  You know that saying, “You better get ’em while the gettin’s good?”  Totally applies here.  I know they are supposed to be a hors d’œuvre, but we like to make them and have them for breakfast!  When made with muenster cheese, they almost taste just like a sausage biscuit from McDonald’s, which is a treat to a rural Alaskan.  We like to mix up the cheese, and Joey sometimes adds garlic, in case a vampire comes for us.  He just likes to follow recipes to a T.

7.  Long Hair–  I love my long hair!  I got it cut pretty short (still past my shoulders) at the end of the summer to get rid of what was left of a dye job.  It’s getting a lot longer now and I’m so happy!  I just love my hair!


8. Flare Jeans

8.  Flare Jeans–  I have big feet (size 10) and big hips.  My favorite jeans are flares, the bigger, the better!  They help hide my hips and feet, which makes me feel better about myself.  The only downside is when it’s windy out, sometimes the wind creeps up them.


9. These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

9. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies–  In particular, these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I do not know the girl who ate everything, but if she ever takes her blog down I will be so sad.  I just love these cookies.  Joey or I have made them probably a dozen times since September.  Our students know all about our love for this cookie, as we have shared it with them on a few occasions.  You should totes try it if you need a good cookie recipe over Christmas!  I probably will!  There is something “homey” about the oatmeal raisin cookie.  For me, it just makes me feel all snug and warm, especially on cold, snowy, or blizzard days.  Interestingly enough, I’ve always been more of Chocolate Chip Cookie lover, until I met this cookie.  As with the sausage balls, sometimes things get added.  The cookies in the picture actually have crushed almonds added!  Yumm!


10.  The Waffle Sandwich–  Joey and I got really sick back in late September.  It was similar to Strep Throat, our rapid strep tests came back negative, but the fever and white patches told a different story!  We were both so ill and just wanted a grilled cheese.  Unfortunately, neither of us had enough energy to stand over a skillet for that long.  Our fatigue give rise to the waffle sandwich!  All we had to do was throw the sandwich in the waffle maker and Voila!  We had grilled cheese!  Since, we have had grilled ham & cheese, grilled turkey, grilled roast beef, grilled sausage and grilled turkey & cheese sandwiches.  I love that our waffle maker serves at least two purposes!

I bet you thought I was gonna sing about raindrops and whiskers…

Santa Hats & Christmas Tree Nails

Published December 17, 2012 by krystal

I finished all of my final exams on Wednesday Tuesday someday last week.  It was such a relief to be done!  I didn’t have as many large, spread out assignments this semester, like in the past.  This semester I had a lot of little assignments due each week.  I thought this would be easier to deal with, but as it turns out, I just ended up constantly worrying if I turned EVERYTHING in or not!  Needless to say, I’m glad it is over!  So glad, in fact, that I eventually got around to doing my nails fabulously at 10:00 Sunday night.  🙂  I got some nail art stickers in Anchorage a few weeks ago, but decided to stick to paint this time.  I got inspiration for the trees here.  And for the Santa hats here.  I just love Christmas!


I used:
Red- Milani Rapid Cherry
Dark Green- OPI Jade Is The New Black
Light Green- essence Lime Up!
Silver- OPI DS Silver Shimmer
White- Milani White On The Spot
Yellow- essence Little Miss Sunrise
Top coat- CND Super Shiney & Seche Vite

I really like how they turned out, but next time I probably won’t put white on silver.
Thanks for looking!
Merry (early) Christmas!

Polka dot Rain

Published December 6, 2012 by krystal

I’ve been a little busy lately, and haven’t really been rocking any pretty nails.  I finally made time to do them tonight, and I think they turned out cute!  I used essence colour & go in Little Miss Sunrise, and OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts.  The dots were done using a bobby pin (maybe Santa will bring me dotting tools?).  It was all topped off with Seche Vite!

ImageI should probably start some Christmas nails…


BYOBB (Bring Your Own Brown Bag)

Published November 20, 2012 by krystal

It’s a brown paper bag.  A regular brown paper bag.  It’s not quite large enough to be distributed at a grocery store.  Do grocery stores still distribute these?  IDK.  This is a most special brown bag, because it was my companion all day yesterday.  So…  what did we do?


1.)  First, we found a place to eat.  We looked around for a while and decided on Middleway Cafe.  The bag sat next to me in the booth as I ate a Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich and spilt a “Jungle Love” smoothie with Joey.  While at the cafe, I downloaded the book Son, by Lois Lowry, on my iPhone.  (I have made it to chapter 5 now.)  It’s the sequel to the book The Giver, by the same author.  I really don’t care if it’s a “teen” book, I loved The Giver as a kid and always wanted a little more.

Image2.)  Down skirts are kinda popular in Alaska.  They keep your thighs and booty warm.  I wanted one, because my lower top half always gets so cold on the walk to school.  Putting on marshmallow snow pants takes so long and are difficult to walk in, so I was looking for a simpler option.  Even when it’s -40*, I usually don’t wear the marshmallow pants, because they are too much trouble.  I always wear them when traveling by plane or when going for a ride on the 4 wheeler, though.  REI didn’t have my size, but my trusty brown bag was by my side!

3.)  In an effort to continue the search for the down skirt, we looked at Sports Authority.  No luck either.  Maybe I can get one at Christmas.  I hope.  I think they are totally adorbs!

4.)  We gave up on the down skirt and continued our shopping at Sam’s Club.  The brown bag rode in the shopping cart as we picked out a 2013 calendar, bought some peanut butter, and even some almonds.  It was covered by my coat, otherwise I might worry that someone would suspect something and try to look inside!

5.)  We finished up our Sam’s shopping and headed across the street to get some things from Wal-Mart.  “I just love shopping at Wal-Mart!  The store is so clean and everyone is so friendly!”  said no one ever.  I discovered that they now sell Seche Vite!  Yay Wally World!  I also got to get a few Pacific Coconut lifewaters.  They are the best!  We got to the counter and… my credit card was denied!  What?  Apparently B of A is not too keen on cardholders using their card a lot in one area.  Joey paid for the bundle, and I called B of A in the parking lot, and of course, the brown bag was right by me the whole time:  Seche Vite, lifewater, and credit card declining.  The lady on the phone kept calling me “Mr. Lastname”  I wasn’t too impressed, I just wanted my card to work!

6.)  Once she assured me that my card would work, we went to Walgreens.  Walgreens used to be my favorite store, until I found CVS!  You bet the brown bag was in my hands when I went in there.  I carried it just like it was my lunch and I was once again a junior higher… Okay, I probably held on tighter this time!

7.)  The final stop with the brown bag was to Fred Meyer.  Fred Meyer could be H.E.B.’s cousin, because there everything is better (T.E.B)!  Joey said Fred’s has everything Wal-Mart does, but more expensive.  I tried to tell him it’s not more expensive, it’s better!  It’s so true.  I got spoiled going to Fred’s when I lived in Fairbanks.  Btw, I totally call it Freddies, Fast Freddies, or Fred’s.  Rarely ever is it “Fred Meyer” in my vocab.   The brown bag was there to help pick out Joey’s aide’s Christmas present.  It was also there when we watched a demo on microfiber cleaning cloths.  B-O-R-I-N-G!  I picked up some essence stampy polishes, a new yellow polish, and some zig zag scissors!  So, a chevron mani is in my future!  We survived all those trips, and more importantly, so did the brown bag!  It has found a temporary resting place in our hotel room since.

ImageBy now you must be wondering what is in the brown bag that is so important that it couldn’t be left out in the car.  I couldn’t leave it in the car for fear of it freezing.  It’s probably not worth anything to many people.  Some people might have interest in it.  To me, the bag was worth at least $400.  The bag contained four boxes of birth control samples.  My insurance does not cover BC, so without these samples, I would be forking over $400 for birth control that is being used for something other than contraception.   #whitegirlproblems  We kept the bag safe, and all is well with the brown bag.

I was surprised none of the nosey retailers asked to check the brown bag!  Have you ever carried a random item around for a day?  How did that go?


Crocodile Saran Wrap Nails

Published November 15, 2012 by krystal

I have seen many Saran Wrap manis floating around the interwebs, and decided it was time I joined the trend.  I had this beautiful mint chocolate vision, straight out of the grocer’s freezer.  It would be delicate, simple, and adorbs.  The end result was not really what I was expecting.  It was exactly opposite of what I was going for, actually.  It looks like something that would crawl out of the swamp, like Lestat in Interview With a Vampire.  It could be the back drop for a monster’s family photo, and might disappear if I were holding a turtle.  It would be the perfect man mani, if manly men were to have colored manis.  I could totally see Joey wearing it to go hunting, if men wore polish.  After all, he wouldn’t want the deer seeing his nails, now would he?

Without further adieu, behold my crocodile saran wrap nails!

Image1.  One coat of Seche Vite base coat was applied.

2. Two coats of essence LIME UP! were applied.

3.  One coat of Seche Vite top coat was applied

4. I waited an hour or so to make sure it was really dry.

5.  One coat of OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys.

6. I instantly dabbed it with Saran Wrap and put a coat of Seche Vite top coat on.


I will totally do the Saran Wrap technique again, maybe even for my next set.  I will not use this combo, unless of course, I’m out hunting for a deer!

If I don’t blog again in the near future, check the swamp, I might have fallen in!


Christmas Photo Nails

Published November 10, 2012 by krystal

Every year, Joey, Mason, and I get all dressed up and take a cute photo for Christmas.  There are no professional photographers here, so we have to get creative when making our own props, back drops, and poses, then smile for the camera!  Getting a cat to look at the camera without a scowl is not nearly as easy as it sounds.  We eventually find the perfect one (or one good enough).  The photos are then edited, and digitally sent to an online card making company who magically creates a work of art for us to mail to our loved ones.  I have started making my nails look fabulous for the event, as I never know if they will show or not.


Milani Rapid Cherry, Sally Hansen Go Green, Essence white stamp polish, Konad M59, and a kitchen sponge were used to create this masterpiece!

In the past, even years have produced beautiful pics (2008, 2010) while the odd years haven’t been the greatest (2009, 2011).  What will 2012 bring?  Hopefully it will be the best yet!


Did I mention I like to paint my nails?

Published November 7, 2012 by krystal

Did I mention I like to paint my nails?  Well, I do.  A lot, actually.  I usually use OPI nail polish, though I have a few other brands here and there.  I use Konad to make the super cool patterns.  Seche Vite or CND Super Shiney are my top coats of choice, in that order.  What is my favorite color?  Why, Italian Love Affair, of course!  Paired with a black design it is just perfect.  OPI describes it as romantic and pearly.  I agree.

I am kind of into the accent nail, but not as much as some people.  I hate explaining why one is different, so it’s usually easier to just do them all the same.  I am definitely not a pro, but I try, and get lots of compliments irl.

Here are some of my faves over the last year:

This is plaid Italian Love Affair with Maroon. I like the ILA/maroon combo, it’s probably one of my faves!

Dotted Love Affair, my current look! It’s black with ILA.  My ring finger was done with one of the reinforcement stickers.

Half moons over Italy- ILA with a black swirly Konad stamp. Half moons were achieved by using reinforcement stickers.

Italians Love Hounds Tooth- Do they? IDK. This is ILA mixed with maroon hounds tooth.

A Wild Italian Ride! This is the famous water marble technique. I used ILA, yellow, brown, and baby blue.  It turned out a little sloppy, and weighed down my nails more than I usually like. It was fun for a once in a while thing.

Blue Zebra- This reminds me of a candy cane I ate once. I really like using the pastel and regular version of a color.

Hot Pink Zebra- I love pink, and I love zebra! I’ve probably done this combo many many times.

Strawberries! This was one of my cute summer designs. The dots were done using a Konad plate. The green tops were done using regular scotch tape that was cut crooked.

Hounds Tooth & Red. A classic, it reminds me of winter, even though I painted it over the summer.

A Palm Sunset. I did this design for our trip to Virginia Beach. One of my favorites ever. I used a regular kitchen sponge to make the orange, red, and purple. The arch was made using reinforcement stickers.

Woo Pig Sooie! A shade of OPI brown, topped with white laces, hand drawn, clearly. The red is a Melani shade, with Melani glitter.

I hope you enjoyed my hard work!


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