Wednesday, June 29, 2011

GUEST POST: Tropical Mind

We are back with another exciting Guest Post.  We are thrilled for you to meet our friend and fellow blogger, Erin.  So without further adieu...

Tropical Mind

Hey y'all!

This is Erin from Tropical Mind!  I am beyond excited to be here today guest posting on Her Late Night Cravings.  Jayme and Mendi are some of the coolest girls I've ever met and even though I have only known them a short while, I feel like I've known them forever.  They give some of the best beauty and fashion advice around!  We definitely share a love of nail polish and "stacks" of bracelets!

I'm very honored that they asked me to post here and I can't wait to share with you what I have in store for today.

Here are my 10 Under $10 Beauty Bargains.  These are products that I think are fantastic and I think you will like them too!  Each item will have links for you to view more information and purchase them as well.

In no particular order (since I think they are all awesome!):

I love this stuff! I have used it for years. I have long straight fine hair and this is excellent at providing heat protection. I spray it on and then use a wide tooth comb to detangle my hair. I blow dry and style and I'm good to go! And it smells nice too!

These are totally a must have if you have oily skin like I do.  I always have a packet of these in my purse at all times.  They take off all the oil and shine and leave your makeup alone.  And they also make your face feel clean again.  There are 50 sheets so they last a good while too.  I have used these for over 15 years!  They are definitely one of my most important cosmetic staples!

I really love John Frieda Shampoos and Conditioners.  I am naturally a brunette, but I have blonde peekaboo highlights.  This shampoo helps to keep my highlights bright and my hair volumized.  I always have a bottle of this in my shower!

This is the absolute best face soap for normal to oily skin.  Not only is it super inexpensive, but it's completely natural and chemical free.  I always purchase mine at a local beauty supply near my house and it's $2 a bar.  This company makes lots of nice soaps!  Normally I would never use a bar soap on my face, but this one is amazing and completely free of detergents and gross drying ingredients.  Check out the ingredients - 100% Vegetable Soap: African Black Soap Base, Coconut Oil and/or Palm Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Plantain Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vegetable Glycerin, Mineral Pigment or Vegetable Color, Essential Oil Blend.  Just a note if you do decide to try this soap - It will discolor light or white colored washcloths.  If using a washcloth, use a dark colored one.

I could seriously sing the praises of this product all day long!  I will never do a manicure or pedicure without it.  This top coat gives you salon worthy shine.  It's self leveling which means that the chemicals in this product automatically smooth out giving your nails a perfect surface every time.  Seche Vite is worth every penny.  If you like doing your own nails, but are frustrating and don't like waiting for them to dry, then try this stuff.  Trust me you will be blown away! Yes it's that powerful!

I have really dry cuticles and this stuff does the trick.  I like that I can easily take it to go in my purse.  It soaks in fast and doesn't leave a greasy mess like lots of other cuticle products.  And it smells like lemons and that's a happy in my book!

This is hands down my most favorite mascara of all time.  It works so well especially if you already have long lashes.  It does take a little time getting used to using such a giant wand.  I mean it's coming at you for real!  I have found that tapping off the end of the mascara wand on a spare piece of tissue really helps out with application.  This mascara gives me the look of false lashes without the hassle.

This is a beauty secret that I recently learned about.  If you have never heard of Salux Wash Cloths allow me to share.  These wash cloths have been around for decades.  They are much larger than a regular square wash cloth. They are 35 inches long so that you can really scrub your back and hard to reach places.  They gently exfoliate and make your skin so soft.  They can be used everyday, they dry out quickly, are much more sanitary than using loofahs, they are machine washable and lather like crazy with just the tiniest bit of shower gel.  These can be purchased at asian markets and grocery stores as well as on Amazon and ebay.  There are lots of knockoffs so make sure the brand you buy is the original which is called Salux.

This is one of my most favorite lip balms.  It's awesome underneath lipstick and lipgloss.  It works well as on overnight treatment.  It's also perfect for the beach, pool or lake because it has SPF 15.  It's organic and has fantastic ingredients.  They make several different scents, but I really love the lemon.  It reminds me of lemon drop candy!  This stuff is really moisturizing and long lasting and I really also love the shape and the container.

This is my most favorite hair brush of all time.  After using a wide tooth comb, I blow my hair dry using only this brush.  It delivers mega volume and the boar bristles help to distribute the natural oils from your scalp to make your hair shiny and smooth.  Unfortunately I couldn't fine this brush anywhere online, but I bought mine at Target about 2 years ago.  It's also available in a medium size if you find this one too overwhelming.  If you have straight or slightly wavy hair that you straighten then this is the brush for you.

I would love to hear your thoughts if you have used any of these products and love them too.  =)

Thanks again to Jayme and Mendi for asking me to guest post today! It's been a blast!

We hope that you enjoyed Erin's post as much as we did.  Please head on over to Tropical Mind and check out all that her blog has to offer.  And don't forget to click "Follow" to show Erin some love!!

Jayme & Mendi


  1. It was SO much fun guest posting on Her Late Night Cravings!!! Y'all are so awesome and I really am honored you asked me to post. Thanks again! Can't wait for you to guest post on Tropical Mind!

  2. WOW! We love a lot of the same things!
    I'm crazy about the TreSemme heat spray. I use it to just freshen my hair up between washes too, since it smells so nice.
    Oil absorbing sheets all the way and Seche Vite is the best!
    My bf is Korean and turned me onto those washcloths. Love them! Yes, Salux is the brand to get!
    I've been meaning to try that black soap! Good to know about staining.
    Really want to try the eos balm too.

    This was a fun post!

  3. Oh, I was a bit confused, because for the moment I didn't know whose blog I am reading *lol*

    Great guest post though :)

  4. great post! I like treSemmé products!!

  5. Thanks for the info. The only thing I've tried from the stuff you said is Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets! LOVE THEM! it works I only use it once a day and that's it works great! You know what I like and it's not expensive is carmex lip balm LOVE IT! my lips feel so smooth also LUSH face masks Xo

  6. Love so many of these products!! Use the tresseme heat spray, the clean & clear sheets, the burt's bees cuticle cream too! I will have to try the black soap and wash cloths AND the Sech Vite. Great products!

  7. Great post & awesome product advice! I love Tropical Mind!

  8. @ Tropical Mind - We love you Erin!! So happy you joined us over here today with your awesome finds!!

  9. @ Lara - So happy you enjoyed this post! We just adore Erin and her blog! Also, we both love the EOS lip balms and the lemon is by far the best scent!

  10. @ Biba - :-) So glad you stopped by! Glad you enjoyed!

  11. @ Gaby de Modacapital - Thanks for stopping by!

  12. @ Xoxo - We've heard good stuff about the Carmex and we want to try more LUSH products! Thanks!

  13. @ Erica B - Thanks so much! We love Tropical Mind too!

  14. @ Laura - You go girl!! We've used a few of these but I (Jayme) just bought the Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream. Excited to try that! Also, we swear by Seche Vite too! You can find that at Target or Ulta.

  15. Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments!!! And happy shopping!!!

  16. Great job, Erin! The pics were wonderfully clear.....I love lemon too!

  17. @ Jennifer- thanks for stopping by!!

  18. @Jayme and Mendi - FYI Jennifer Baumer is my mom =)

  19. Thank you for your sweet comment!!!
    Come back soon, I'll be waiting for you!!

  20. I agree - Lash Blast is a really great mascara. Great post! I love beauty bargains!

  21. I love guest posts, especially ones with beauty products. I can't get enough!

  22. @ Mary Lane - yes, we like the Lash Blast too! Erin has lots of beauty bargains on her blog too.

  23. @ Ellie - thanks! We loved having Erin guest post as well. We hope to have more in the future.

  24. Really enjoyed this, and am now following Tropical Mind's blog. I love the Tresemme spray and am a huge John Frieda fan. I'm now going to try the black soap and that Salux wash cloth, thanks for the tips!

  25. @ Tracy D - YAY! You will love Erin's blog!


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