5-WEEK REVIEW: Morrocco Method – Apple Cider Shampoo and Lotus Conditioner Combination for Natural (relaxer-free) Hair

On my last post I announced that I started a 5-week all-natural, raw, vegan, organic, wild-crafted hair care routine using Morrocco Method* (MM) which of course does not have sulfates, parabens, or chemicals.

For the routine I purchased the Five Shampoo Sample Pack*, which came with .05OZ bottles of all five shampoos and the Condition & Style Sample Pack* which has two .05OZ bottles of conditioners, one styling gel and a hair detox/scalp therapy.  The small bottles are big enough for just one use.

Today I am reviewing the Morocco Method Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner combination and this was my result:

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(scroll to the bottom for step by step routine)

Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

Morocco Method Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Review

I learned from the literature included in the package and on their website that the MM shampoos are based on the 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether and each one targets a different scalp concern.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo (made with raw apple cider) is MM’s most clarifying shampoo and great for removing build-up.  It represents the fire element and works to stimulate the scalp, increase blood flow, and restore the hair and scalp to a healthy pH.

I have dry hair and scalp and this shampoo was extremely moisturizing from the moment I put it on and it actually smells amazing! It is made with succulent dessert plants such as aloe vera, cactus and blood of the dragon which store water in their fleshy leaves, stems or root making them amazing humectants.  This shampoo is low foaming (don’t expect bubbles) but my hair didn’t feel dirty.   It has a great earthy/cinnamony scent which was a pleasant surprise since anytime I use apple cider to cleanse my hair it smells terrible.

Shampoo Conclusion: My hair felt clean without being stripped of its natural oils and looked moisturized. I love this shampoo and it will be in my bathroom for years to come.

Tip: you can also use the MM Apple Cider Shampoo as a facial, especially if you have acne.  It removes impurities without stripping the skin natural oils.  You can also use it as body wash.

Morocco Method Floating Lotus Conditioner Review

According to the literature, this rinse-out conditioner is great for all hair types and a great curl definer. It is made with olive oil, cactus, apple vinegar, essential oils, green tea, herbs, spices and other ingredients to stimulate, rejuvenate, revitalize and add instant moisture to the hair and scalp.  I was surprised see some of the same ingredients found on the Apple Cider Shampoo in this conditioner, such as algae and kelp (sea plants), Cactus and blood of dragon (dessert plant), and apple cider vinegar.  The texture was the same for both, a brown muddy paste.

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Conditioner Conclusion: Hair wasn’t super soft, like when I have coated it with chemical-filled products but it also wasn’t hard. It was definitely very shiny, manageable and easy to detangle and lived up to its claim.  My hair was hydrated and shiny and this one is definitely a keeper.

Step By Step Routine Using Morocco Method Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner – Soft Curls

Step 1: I did a homemade Aloe Vera mask by removing the gel straight from the leaf and putting it on a blender until it became a foamy liquid.  I then applied the mask on my hair and left it on 15-20 minutes.

aloe vera - best humectant for natural hair

Step 2:
Washed my hair two times with the MM Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo.  The shampoo is highly concentrated and I mixed the content of the .05 oz bottle content with equal parts water, then applied it to my hair.  This shampoo doesn’t have sulfates so it does not foam (as I mentioned above).  I was concerned my hair would not feel clean but after the second wash it definitely did. This shampoo has beautiful earthy cinnamon smell, nothing like when I make my own apple vinegar wash at home.

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Step 3:
I rub the MM Floating Lotus Conditioner all over my hair, which I also mixed with equal parts water before applying. I left it on for approximately 20 minutes, which is how long it took me to get dressed and walk to the hair salon where I had them wash it out.

Step 4:
They rinsed the conditioner with a lot of water and then got magnetic rollers* (rolos) done, a smaller size than usual to get more volume.  I normally put a leave-in conditioner on my wet hair before the rollers, however I skipped this step since the MM kit didn’t include one and I want to make sure the results are accurate.

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Step 5:
Went under a professional hard hat bonnet hair dryer* for 40 minutes until my hair was completely dry. I have one similar to this one* at home.

Step 6:
My stylist removed a just few rollers at a time, blow dried just the root to straighten it and then wrapped it up in “achoitas” secured with a bobby pin as pictured below.  She repeated this step until my whole head was done.

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Step 7:
Loosen them up and below is the result.  I then did a head shake and by the time I got home the curls loosened up.

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MM Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner Conclusion:
I AM SOLD! This combination was amazing and I feel so good feeding my hair good stuff instead of all those harsh chemicals.  I feel like my hair is happy and so well behaved and I’ve noticed have manageable it has become ever since I started using natural hair products in general.  This week it is the prettiest I’ve seen it since I went natural.

So what do you think?  If you want to see what happens during this 5-week try out, you can check my instagram on Sundays for a sneak peak and then come back to the blog on Thursday for the full details.  Each week I will be rotating shampoos and posting results of my shampoo/conditioner combination.

I am so looking forward to the next one tomorrow! (I was a bit delayed on this post).

Xo, Leslie

P.S. In case you missed it up top Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.***

 

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  and Amazon affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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5-Week Review: Morrocco Method Rotation for Natural Hair + Promo Code

Hey guys,  for the past 3 years I have been natural (relaxer-free) and I am loving it. I had been relaxing my hair since I was NINE years old and taking this step was a big deal.  I have no idea what curl hair type I fall under but you can see how it looks in the picture below, which was taken 1 years and 7 months after I stopped relaxing it.

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Going natural journey (short-version)

When I set out on this journey, I became obsessed with finding  natural hair products to either make or buy because I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the products sold at drugstores or salons. Most of them have so many harmful chemicals in it, that are proven to cause cancer and other health problems (terrifying!).  And to top it off,  they simply didn’t do anything outstanding for my texture.  My hair was – as my mom used to call it-  rebelde (a rebel), difficult to deal with and with a mind of it’s own.   At times it looked great on the outside while coated with regular non-natural hair products but I noticed there was no long-term nourishing effects or improvement over time. Once the product was washed out my hair was a big mess.

I’ve pretty much tried every natural homemade recipe found online, from deep conditioners with essential, to hot oils, to naturally dying my hair with tea and molasses (Crunchy Betty is a great resource for natural hair recipes).  It has been trial and error but I’ve succeeded at never going back to the bad stuff.

I have found some great store-bought products along the way but my most treasured find has been the Aloe Vera gel straight from the leaf  (thanks to my love for letting me know about this one, he is in this with me).  I use a blender to turn the gel into a frothy liquid and then use it as a hair mask for 15 minutes.  I follow that with my shampoo-conditioner- leave-in routine. I’ve been doing this for the past 3 months and the results have been amazing, my hair loves it and it’s not quite the rebel it used to be.  I also noticed that Aloe Vera is accelerating my growth.

Started a hair new routine on Sunday

This past weekend I took my hair routine to another level. I started using an organic, raw, vegan, wild-crafted, all-natural shampoo and conditioner called Morrocco Method*, which has no sulfates, parabens, or chemicals… do I hear heaven bells?  ’cause I’m in hair heaven!  I’m honestly really excited about this one because I believe that whatever my hair needs will come right from nature.  To be honest not all natural products have been a hit so I am even more excited because my first week using MM was a complete success.

This was my Week 1 teaser:

To start my new routine I bought:

MM has provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

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I absolutely love that I can buy these sample packs to pre-test and find the ones that work on my hair, instead of buying full size bottles and run the risk of not liking it. The package came with detailed, easy to follow instructions for proper use.  The first thing I noticed is that these products smell amazing!  I put the sealed bags in my medicine cabinet and when in opened it the next day there was this delicious earthy aroma coming from it.

The shampoos are based on the 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether and each target a different scalp concern.  MM recommends rotating shampoos with every wash regardless of how often you wash your hair, and so for the next 4 weeks I will be rotating the them, reviewing  and sharing pictures my results!

I will post preview pictures (before the blog) on my instagram every Sunday and the full blog review the following Thursday.

Here we go…

Week 1 –  Morrocco Method – Apple Cider Shampoo and Lotus Conditioner Combination for Natural (relaxer-free) Hair 

Week 2 –  Morrocco Method Week 2: Sea Essence Shampoo + Pearl Essence Conditioner

Week 3 – Morrocco Method Week 3: Heavenly Essence Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner

Week 4 –  Morrocco Method Week 4: Pine Shale Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner 

Week 5 – will be posted on 3/5

Xo, Leslie

 

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase the product using my affiliate links throughout this post and coupon code, which I highly appreciate if you found this review useful and think that it may help your hair concerns.  My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about a product/service.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Heights Tavern – Hands Down The Best Sports Bar in Upper Manhattan

Are you looking for a great sports bar in the Washington Heights / Inwood area?  You’re in the right place.  Heights Tavern is hands down the best sports bar in the area.

 

 So what make  a Sports Bar great?

 

  1. Plenty of TVs Views from Anywhere + Audio – This bar has HD TVs everywhere. You will have screens to your left, in front and to your right from any table. But when watching a game, the sound is just as important and many establishments take that for granted but not HT.
Plenty of TVs at Heights Tavern |  © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Plenty of TVs at Heights Tavern | © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com

 

  1. Extensive Beer Menu/ Good Drinks/ Happy Hour Specials -HT has over 45 beers on the menu, a great wine selection and happy hour specials.
Drinks at Heights Tavern| © 2015 luckyseventen.com
Drinks at Heights Tavern| © 2015 luckyseventen.com

 

  1. Great Wings and Bar Food– Chicken wings is a game night staple and some bar wings are simply not so great.  I like the wings and bar food here.  The skillet nachos, have a creamy white sauce at the bottom that is amazing!  You can also get soups, salads, burgers, flatbreads and entrees.
Wings at Heights Tavern |© 2015 luckyseventen.com
Wings at Heights Tavern |© 2015 luckyseventen.com
Nachos at Heights Tavern |© 2015 luckyseventen.com
Nachos at Heights Tavern |© 2015 luckyseventen.com
Food at Heights Tavern | © 2015 luckyseventen.com
Food at Heights Tavern | © 2015 luckyseventen.com

 

  1. Comfortable Environment -No matter how much a sports bar want to appeal to the young, modern and hip, it must maintain a casual feel to it. Nobody wants to “dress up” to go watch the game nor deal with bougie-wannabes.  Which brings me to the next point…
  1. The People – It’s nice to go to a bar where other sports fan will be cheering along. Whether you are on the same team or not – it’s always fun to be in the spirit.
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With the bae enjoying the game

 

  1. Space/ Plenty of Seating – This one is a personal preference. I want to be comfortable sitting down at a table, enjoying the game along with my food and drinks.  Some people love to stand by the bar and that’s fine but I think having plenty of seats available is a huge plus.
Sports fan can be spotted wearing team's jersey | © 2015 luckyseventen.com
Sports fan spotted wearing team’s jersey | © 2015 luckyseventen.com

 

  1. Location – There a plenty of bars in NYC, however this one is conveniently located at 164th street and Broadway – within <15 minutes from some Bronx areas, some Harlem areas, Inwood and Washington Heights.

Heights Tavern info:

3910 Broadway
b/t 164th St and 163rd
Phone: (212) 740-5700
Menu here

If you live in the upper Manhattan area, which is your favorite Sports Bar? 

If you don’t,  what do you think makes a Sports Bar great in your?  Would you add anything to this list?

Xo, Leslie


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Throw Out 50 Things Challenge Completed!

Two weeks ago I challenged all of you to throw away 50 things and start the New Year with a clean home and a clear mind.  Well my friends, I’m happy to say that on my end this CHALLENGE HAS BEEN COMPLETED!!!

You can still join here.

I must have entered the challenge with the right mindset, because I’m the type to get emotional about letting go of things anything but it only took me two days to find 50 items that no longer had a place in my life.

So do I feel relieved?  heck yeah! and oddly enough I want to keep going.  I actually want to get rid of almost every piece of clothing I own and start fresh.  I think my life will be a lot less complicated if I had the right amount of clothes I love in my closet rather than a closet full of nothing to wear.  But that’s a challenge for another season.

Take a look at the 50 things that I have donated, recycled or trashed and get some ideas to get your done:

Throw Away 50 Things Challenge completed - beauty products

1. Empties of products I love and want to buy again: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Sula NYC Fruit of Desire Body Oil and Premae Skincare (old packaging)  2.  Natural products that were ok but I no longer need: Uncle Harry’s Ayurvedic Shampoo and Mis Alas by Lisa Marie 3. Julep nail colors I don’t use 4. Love spell booklet I got from someone (I swear I never opened it, lol5.  Natural Impostors (they have harmful ingredients, sad face) 6. Drugstore beauty products with garbage ingredients 7. Drugstore lipsticks with toxic ingredients 8.  Beauty samples I don’t need

Throw Away 50 Things Challenge completed - accessories9.  Vince Camuto Leopard Print Fancy Flats (similar ones here) 10.  Fashion Jewelry  I don’t really wear 11.  Earrings with missing pair (I always loose one) 12. Broken Earrings 13. Belts I don’t wear/ Out of style 14. This cute owl wool hat 15. ASOS Channel-inspired purse  

Throw Away 50 Things Challenge completed - tech stuff16. Cell phone cases 17. iPhone charger 18. USB cord? 19. MacBook remote 20. Universal battery charger 21. pinter ink? 22. Display protector (weird,never owned a samsung glyde) 23. (dead?) Batteries.Throw Away 50 Things Challenge completed more random stuff24.  3 years old planner (::covers face::) 25. Chalk 26. Membership cards and old hotel keys 27. Checkbook cover 28. oops, just noticed i cheated – same as 20 – 29. Broken glasses (love my new ones) 30. Keys that open I don’t know what 31. Car keys cover

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32. NYE party hats 33. Eyelash curler 34. Sparkly skirt 35. Waist cincher (ouch!!!) 36. Sports bras that are too small 37. Too small/too old lingerie 38.  ::blush:: never used  gift received at yelp elite event that took place here 39.  Alcohol – it either taste bad or it was empty – the widow jane bourbon wapsie valley whiskey was great  (Antonio didn’t cure the mamajuana correctly and it was gross)

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40. Shinny dress never worn 41. Sparkly dress worn once

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42. Little black dress 43.  Empty L’oreal Elnett Satin hairspray

Throw Away 50 Things Challenge completed - shoes

44. Red shoes from forever21 45-48 A bag full of dress and quite a few with the tag on  49. Christmas cards (I took a picture of the message for memory sake) and finally 50. Summer sandals

Phew! that was exhausting but the weight has been lifted.  Hopefully I have inspired to get your clean-up done.

Where are you with your Throw Out 50 Things journey?

  • Let me know in the comments below
  • Post your 50 things on the FB event
  • Bloggers can link to their Throw Out 50 Things blog post here
  • Share you picture on Instagram and use #ThrowOut50Things and you’ll see your pictures magically appear on this widget:

Xo, Leslie


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Throw Out 50 Things Challenge!

I created the Throw Out 50 Things Challenge  inspired by the book Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life, where the best-seller author Gail Blanke challenges us to let go in order to grow and move forward.

The book encourages us to go let go of the negative talk, old mindsets, old way of doing things,  fears, emotional baggage, but most importantly to take the first step by throwing out 50 physical things in our homes that we don’t really need.

We often hold on to objects and things that we don’t need for fear of letting go. Those things become clutter and that clutter gets us to stuck physically and mentally. This challenge is about detaching and gaining clarity in our lives.

Did you know that people burn 55 minutes a day looking for things? (source)

I invite you to join this challenge and start the New Year with a clean home and a clear mind.

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The Rules:

  1. Get Rid 50 Physical Things in Your Home
  • Items can be anything from any room in your house
  • Similar items count as 1 (stacks of magazine, old credit card statements, workout clothes, etc.)
  1. Take a picture of the things you are getting rid of and post it on your instagram or twitter and tag #ThrowOut50Things.  You can also post your image/ image link on the comments below or on this ThrowOut50Things Challenge Facebook event.  If you choose to blog about it, please link us to your blog using the tool below.
  1. Recycle, donate, sell or trash your items.

Deadline: January 31st or within 30 days of reading this blog post

I can’t wait to see your pictures and hear about your experience.

Xo, Leslie

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7 Stunning New Year’s Eve Dresses + 20% off promo code

This post contains affiliate links and I will get a tiny compensation if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. Below is my hand-picked curation of outfits that I would 100% wear.  Look for a 20% off promo code below.

New Years’s Eve is quickly approaching and as I prepare for the festivities the first thing on my mind is what will I wear?

I tend to  buy outfits for NYE and other events that end up sitting in my closet and I never ever wear them again.  This year I will be taking a different approach and go for a dress I normally wouldn’t allow myself to splurge on.  I will be renting a stunning designer dress from Rent The Runway for a fraction of its cost.

As I browsed through the Rent The Runway dress selection, I thought to share with you some of the gorgeous dresses I found along with 20% off on your order of $50 with promo code: HAPPY2015.  The code can be used when you shop between 12/10-12/21, choose a rental start date between 12/26-12/31.

And here are my dress/outfit picks for New Year’s Eve Celebration:

1

Be the Belle of the Ball:  Badgley Mischka Windswept Skirt – $75.00
Gold Dust Top – $65.00

3

So Bright. So Right: Slate & Willow Aileen Dress – $50.00

5

Foxy Freak of Nature: BCBG MAX AZRIA Nothing To Hide Gown – $60.00

7

Booty-Boom Glam: Nicole Miller Noir Lace Cocktail Dress – $35.00

2ShowStoppa: Herve Leger Tribal Bandage Dress – $200.00

4

GlitterBomb of Glory: TIBI Confetti Sequins Dress – $40.00

6

So Sassy:  Robert Rodriguez Collection Cap Sleeve Swirl Mini – $50.00

 


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Cyber Monday DEALS!      

Cyber Monday is starting in a couple of hours and with all the amazing deals going around this is definitely the best time to stretch your holiday dollars shopping.

I love Cyber Mondays because I get to browse sales from  different stores, use web only discounts and do price comparisons to get the best deal.  But what I love the most about it is being able to shop from the comfort of my home and reading other bloggers’ recommendations and reviews.

As a blogger I also get emails about upcoming sales and below are some really great picks I curated to help you get started with your shopping:

(all links will take you the promotion page and some will not require a promo code)

Beauty

Nars – Give & Take Event! Exclusive 20% Off – Give in. Take more. Shop It. Ends December 2nd

Julep50% off Holiday Gifts at Julep.com Promo Code: CYBERWOW

Bliss – Cyber Monday Offer: 40% off Bliss Pro Sizes + 20% off Almost Everything Else + Free $150 Beauty Bag + 4 Free Travel-Size Treats + Free Shipping.  Promo Code: BLISSFRIDAY

Cargo Cosmetics – Test your luck and get a discount coupon here

Lalicious – 30% Off Entire Site Coupon Code – BF30

Jewelry

BaubleBar – Get 20% Off with Code CYBER20 or Play BaubleBar’s Insta Steal Game for a chance at 20%, 25%, 30% or $100 Off!

Clothing/Shoes

Rent the Runway  – Find Holiday Dress and save $40 – promo code

Lulu’s – Enjoy $10 off + Free Shipping on orders over $100 – Use promo code ‘Freeship10‘ at checkout.

Puma – Buy more, save more with free shipping! Save 20% on $75-$99.99 – Save 30% on $100-$149.99 – Save 40% on $150+ Valid 12/1 -12/3

Toms – 25% off select TOMS styles with code CHEER at TOMS.com!

Contacts/Glasses

1800AnyLens.com Contacts – 22% OFF Entire Purchase plus Free Shipping Over $50. Use code CYBER22 from 12/1 – 12/7

Home

Coooking.com 10% off your order at Cooking.com. Promo Code: COOKSAV

Kids

Melissa & Doug  – Save $10 Off Any Order Over $100 At MelissaAndDoug.com.  Free Personalization and free Shipping, No Minimum.

Also guys, I have a special announcement.  I have launched a brand spanking new holiday shop featuring top of the line perfumes at up to %35 off.

Click on the widget below to browse through the yummy hand picked scents:



Enjoy!

Leslie


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