Beauty

Product Review: Function of Beauty

Happy Friday! I decided to do a product review today to wrap up the week, and picked my current shampoo and conditioner, Function of Beauty. First of all, I would like to say that I have a difficult time finding hair care products that don’t break out my scalp. When I find something that works, it will work for a little while and then my head will reject it. So with that being said, I was a little nervous to try another new brand.

I found out about Function of Beauty on a beauty Facebook page that I am a part of. A girl had just purchased her own shampoo and was telling us about it and would give a review once she tried it. After she praised the shampoo, I decided to give it a go.

The first thing that I thought was neat about these products is that they are personalized to your taste. When you go to the website, you take a “hair quiz” where you basically describe your hair type and what you want in your shampoo. (ex. soothing scalp, lengthening, body, frizz control, color protection, etc) Once you finish the questions, you can pick the color of your products, as well as what scent and how strong you want it to smell. You are able to pick between 8 oz or 16 oz bottles, so if you use a lot of conditioner like me, you can get a bigger bottle and a smaller shampoo.

It did take a while for my order to come in the mail, but they are making your products especially for you so it’s understandable. When you get your product, they send a pump for each bottle that way it’s easier to use. They also give you a list of things that you picked for your product, as well as what they used in the product to get that quality.

Something I thought was neat was the directions; it said to use the shampoo twice because the second time it should lather more to show that your hair is clean. I didn’t think it was possible, but it worked! After my first shower with the new shampoo, my hair felt so soft and tangle-free. It also felt stronger, and was shinier than it has ever been with any other brand. My hair actually looks healthy instead of crunchy! Even after my hair dried, it was still soft and without knots (a BIG deal with my messy head) After multiple days of using Function of Beauty, my scalp even felt healthier. There was no oil or scabs on my head!

Overall, I love Function of Beauty and highly recommend it to anybody who is having a difficult time finding a brand for them. They are a little pricy, two 8 ounce bottles (shampoo and conditioner) being $36 and the 16 ounces being $46, however I find that it is worth it. My hair has never felt better. It’s also a product specifically made for you, so if you don’t like something about it, you can change it with a click of a button on your next order. Function of Beauty also does referral links, so you can tell your friends and family to get discounts on your orders. They also have a subscription option so if you’re like me and forget to buy shampoo you can set it up to just automatically come to you when you think you’ll run out.

So, have you tried Function of Beauty, or were you planning to try it? What is your favorite brand of hair care products and why?main_image.jpg

photo from functionofbeauty.com 

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20 Questions with Ericka & Britt

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1.What is your most embarrassing moment?

B— I honestly can’t answer that, there are so many flooding my mind right now

E— The video of the back handspring at World Class, I scorpioned.

2.Who do you look up to the most, and what qualities do you love about them?

B—A person close to me, Mr. Bennett. He’s very smart and kind. If there is anybody I’d want to be like, it would be him. A famous person, Jacoby Shaddix. He got through being an addict to getting his family back and overcoming a lot.

E—A person close to me, Jeff (our cousin). He’s been there for me for everything, he’s who I aspire to be. A famous person, Austin Carlile. He’s sick and does so much and his faith is so strong.

3. What would be your perfect day?

B—Any day at a festival

E—Festival days, nice cool festival days with a good line up

4. What is your biggest fear?

B—Annie, the movie Annie

E—Being alone

5. How do you like to be comforted when you’re sad?

B—By my cat

E—Kelsey was texting me. I like when people are far away and still help. It’s nice to know they’re there when I need them

6. What is your favorite memory?

B—My first rock concert: Five Finger and Volbeat. It was fun, it was the first time I experienced anything like it.

E—It’s whenever we met Islander and I had them call you back and I liked the smile on your face and how you freaked out cause they knew your name

7. What is the favorite thing you own and why?

B—my cat because even when I feel lonely and sad he’s there, even if he doesn’t want to be. He’s the glue that holds me together.

E—My favorite thing is my Of Mice & Men record that’s signed because it’s a reminder that I met them.

8. Who was the last person that made you cry?

B—Jane and Great Grandma Workman last night. I miss them.

E— Dad when he said I couldn’t go to Charlotte

9. Where do you hope to be in 5/10/15 years?

B— 5)in bed sleeping 10) on the cat farm I plan to start 15) trying not to die in a shark tank

E— 5)I hope I’m a nurse or singing 10)I’ll be 30, I hope I’m still alive 15)I hope I’m successful and not in a shark tank

10. If money was no object, what would you buy?

B—I want the Beauty & the Beast library

E—A Jeep Wrangler

11. When have you felt the most proud?

B—Everyday when I wake up and look at my cat and realize I raised that from a baby into a strong handsome lad

E—When I was saved

12. When have you felt the most challenged?

B—one word: college

E—When I was in 11th grade and I was trying to decided if my life was worth living or not

13. Do you have any regrets?

B—Everyday of my life all the time

E—No, I’d like to think I do

14. When was the moment in your life you laughed the hardest?

B—I have a video of Andy almost breaking his ankle because he tripped putting a stone in the sandblaster

E—Whenever we made the videos of Andy playing with the dogs with Ann Murray and the Carpenters

15. Which celebrity would you want to be your best friend and why?

B—Selena Gomez, she’s amazing

E—Jared Padaleki because he seems funny and he’s tall so he can reach high places

16. What did you dream of last night?

B—I was dating a bird and my cat told me he hated me

E—I was Alan Ashby and I couldn’t play the guitar and Austin was just like you’re doing great

17. Which family member are you closest to?

B—Andy because we’re twins

E—It’s freaking you

18. What do you do when no one is around?

B—watch gamer youtube videos, cry, and play with my cat.

E—sleep and pinterest that’s it

19. Where do you want to travel?

B—I really want to go to Europe

E—California really bad

20. What is something people don’t know about you?

B—I’ve never had a boyfriend

E—I’m an open book I think

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Outfits of the Day

FullSizeRender 17.jpgToday I woke up and decided to actually put effort into getting ready (A part of my plan to be better for myself). Also, it is the first day of spring and that felt like a celebratory reason to try. I know I’m so over the winter weather and just want it to be warm.

The weather today called for a temperature somewhere in the 50’s as a high, but it was quite chilly this morning. I decided to layer. I started with a simple shirt that I got in my Stitchfix box last year from Market and Spruce. It’s super soft, comfortable, and will go with any type of outfit. I tied it on the right corner because that’s something cute that people are doing now and I wanted to hop on the bandwagon.

Over the t-shirt I added a flannel that I had bought at Francesca’s a few summer’s back. I really like this top because of the hints of denim and polka dots on the collar and sleeves. It’s also super comfy and looks great whether buttoned or not. I layered an olive utility coat over top of my flannel for an edgy look, and to keep warm.

I wanted to lighten up my outfit with some light wash jeans, and luckily my favorite pair was clean this morning. I buy my jeans at American Eagle (which is having buy one get one 50% off on jeans right now), because I love how comfy and stretchy they are. I cuffed the bottoms for a Spring-y look, and paired them with my old pair of classic black Vans, my go to.

I added a few pieces of jewelry to tie my look together, aside from my Apple Watch. I wore 2 of my favorite Alex and Ani bracelets, the Snow White one was bought in Disney and the lobster one I bought at the outlet in Pigeon Forge, TN. I also wore my Alex and Ani spoon ring that Britt got me for Christmas and a gold band. The necklace that I wore today is a Bellabeat leaf, which basically tracks everything you do and looks cute while doing so.

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Because I was running late for work, I didn’t have time to fix my hair. I pulled it up into a ponytail, and picked a few little pieces out to hang around my ears. I then sprayed my hair with Bb hairspray to hold it in place without it feeling crunchy.

Overall, I’m happy with my outfit today. I feel super cute but also feel like I could take a nap if need be.

img_5567.jpgBrittany dressed cozy for school today since it was very cold when she left this morning. She started her outfit with her favorite Ivory Ella pullover to keep her warm. These jackets are super soft and the money made from them go to a great cause. She paired her pullover with her favorite dark American Eagle jeans. She also wore her black and gold Vans (as she always does) and her Bellabeat bracelet.

She pulled her teal green hair half up to prevent crazy static from her pullover and went on her way. Let me mention that she didn’t wear a shirt under her pullover. She’s lazy. She’s also wearing socks that come up over her ankles and her jeans are too short, so you can see them and their cat glory. For some reason she thinks thats stylish, I think she’s weird. She also has an Apple Watch, so that’s there too.

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What is your favorite outfit and why? Does it make you feel good to dress nice or would you rather dress for comfort?

Weekend

Weekend in Review

This was a pretty big weekend for me. We didn’t do anything Friday evening except for watch movies and eat pizza. I haven’t wanted to get out of the house in weeks because I haven’t felt like myself. I’ve started some different medicines, been taken off a few, and given a bunch of instructions on how to make my migraines less intense. However, I haven’t felt good about it. I know it takes time for my body to get used to it, but it gets irritating.

Saturday I woke up without a migraine, finally, and I had actually slept okay. Natalie came over after she got off of work early. Mom brought us Chick-fil-a for lunch, which is always a good thing. We watched 3 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy until Natalie decided that I wasn’t going to be laying on the couch all day again. She made a game plan.

We got up, and I actually put makeup on for the first time in weeks; I even fixed my hair. I was really happy with the way I looked because I didn’t look tired, sick, or broken.

IMG_5540We drove down to our favorite nail shop and we had apparently picked the right time because we got right in. Natalie and Britt let me go first, and I got acrylics. Usually I hate wearing acrylic nails because I hate the feeling of anything under my nails, but I felt that it needed to be done for the sake of my skin. I’ve been picking anxiously, and it needs to stop. Natalie got acrylic nails too, they are silver with cute daisies on them, and Britt picked black (what a shock) with a cute design.

Natalie had not eaten with us earlier, and it was dinner time so we took her to eat Cheddars. I love Cheddars because of the croissants and cheese fries. We had to wait for a little while, but that was okay because the people that we waited with were really nice and funny. The time passed quickly. We spent dinner talking and laughing with each other.

After dinner, we went to Pottery Place which I haven’t been to in years. I decided to paint a holder for my makeup brushes with a fancy skeleton hand. Britt spent 4 hours painting a tissue box-correction-she spent 3 hours drawing out the design and then 1 painting it. Poor Natalie was finished with her tile a whole hour before us. She probably could have been done long before us if she hadn’t spilled a whole glass of water all over our table. I really don’t know what was going through her head, but she just tipped the whole water over to look at the bottom of the cup.

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We finally left Pottery Place at closing time and it was snowing. We ran to the car so we could get warm, and that’s when I looked at the time and realized that was the latest I have been out since last year. In that moment I was extremely proud of myself for not making an excuse to stay home. I am happy that they forced me out of the house. I sit here writing this today, happy because I am not experiencing any side effects from going out. I was able to do something normal without suffering from it.

It is so important to have friends that know when you need them, and I’m very lucky that I do. I think it’s also good to know that even if you don’t want to do something in that moment, it could be something that you need. When I got home, I felt happier. I ended up sitting with them and my mom watching cheer videos until midnight, laughing at Britt tripping over Natalie’s foot and wishing that we were still young enough to compete again. I went to bed and for the first time in a while, I fell asleep as soon as I hit the pillow.

How was everybody else’s weekend? Did anybody try anything new? Let us know!

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A Little Intro.

Brittany and I are from a small town known as Daniels, West Virginia. I am 20 and she is 18. We aren’t exactly the coolest girls around; we take pleasure in being unique and enjoy the nerdy things in life. People look at us funny when they ask us about our music preference, what we enjoy doing for fun, or what things we like to watch on tv. I’m actually entertained by the faces people make when they talk to us.

IMG_3840Britt is still in high school and graduates this year. She’s not excited, but I know she will do great with whatever she does. I graduated in 2014, however with some health setbacks I have had some difficultly sticking to my education route. We both plan on becoming nurses; So far we have taken 2 out of 4 of the tests we need to pass to be accepted into the practical nursing program at our local technical school. We both like to take care of people, and with our fair share of of injuries and ailments, we feel for people who are in pain.

We both work at a family business as artists. She is a lot better than me in my opinion. Britt puts so much pride and effort into her drawings, I am so proud of her. I try to help her when I can, but she shows me new techniques all the time. I always look forward to when she gets out of school so she can come to work. I love telling her about my morning and I love hearing her stories from her classes.

Britt and I are a lot closer than normal sisters; she is my best friend. I battle anxiety and depression and I’m terrified of change or making new friends. Brittany is truly my shining light. She rarely complains about me dragging her around town or wanting her to hang out with me. She listens when I need to cry, and I try to be the best sister I can in return.

We are music enthusiasts. Britt takes guitar lessons at the School of Harmony. I enjoy IMG_3839.JPGsinging sometimes, but I’m terrified of singing in front of a crowd. We also have a brother, who is Britt’s twin, that also plays guitar. Andy pushes Britt to be a better guitarist and wants her to learn quickly. She is learning fast, I don’t know how they do it. Our family spends time together at rock festivals on the east coast. We have seen many bands and met a few as well. Last fall, Britt and I met Of Mice & Men at Rock Allegiance. It was a pretty big deal for me because they made a huge impact on my life. Without Brittany, I wouldn’t have become a fan of them. We both cried as we walked away from them, and I am so grateful to be able to have these experiences with her.

I’m gracious that she decided to help me with this blog (she is so much more creative than me). I can’t wait to share our stories, ideas, and opinions with you all. In the meantime, what sorts of things would you like to hear from us?