Nutree Amazonliss Hair Straightening Treatment Review

Disclaimer: This blog post is in partnership with Nutree Cosmetics. Nutree Cosmetics kindly sent me a free Amazonliss Hair Straightening Treatment for review. Opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for your support!


Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m so happy to be sharing with you today a little review of a product I've been testing out over the past couple of weeks. Nutree Cosmetics sent me their Amazonliss Smoothing Hair Straightening Treatment to try so read on for my review of the product!

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Product: The Nutree Amazonliss Straightening Hair Treatment is a 3 part set that includes a smoothing shampoo, a smoothing conditioner, and, the most important bit, a one-step smoothing treatment that aims to de-frizz and leave your hair smooth and shiny.

Cost: The initial Amazonliss Straightening Hair Treatment set costs $55 on the Nutree cosmetics website. This price includes the shampoo, conditioner, and the actual treatment itself.

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Process: Overall, I had a fun time trying out the whole straightening process but I do have a couple of gripes that I want to be honest about! Nutree offers lots of helpful information sheets and YouTube videos about the process but it's still a bit more complicated than the "one-step" that they advertise. You start with shampoo and end with their conditioner but the one step straightening treatment actually involves drying your hair 85% of the way, sectioning it into 6 equal parts, applying the treatment from roots to ends, drying it with a hairdryer, then straightening each of those sections with a flat iron and then rinsing out your hair. That's a lot more than one step! I'm not opposed to the process necessarily, but it took a lot longer than I thought it would, especially given the length and thickness of my hair.  

Effectiveness:  I think the effectiveness of the straightening system likely depends on your natural hair type. I have naturally straight Asian hair that tends to get a little frizzy at the ends. When I have shorter hair especially, my ends tend to flick outwards/inwards/in all directions. I wanted to try the Nutree system in the hopes that it would help to straighten out, or at least somewhat tame, the flicky bits I have at the ends of my hair! Although I do think that the Nutree system did have some effect on the straightness of my hair, the effect was very subtle. The ends of my hair do feel a little healthier and seem a bit straighter but for how much of a process it was, I actually expected the effects to be more pronounced.  

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I think if you’re someone who has pretty curly hair naturally, the effect of the Nutree system would probably be more clear, but if you have hair that’s (for the most part) straight, like I do, then it may not be worth your time and money to go through the whole straightening process just for such a subtle effect. Plus, I think that there are other keratin treatments and hair masks I’ve used in the past that require less time and effort but leave my hair with the same level of straightness and smoothness.  

If you’re interested in trying out the Nutree Cosmetics Straightening Treatment for yourself, you can use the code FOLLOWME for 15% off your purchase. Have you tried a straightening treatment? What did you think? Drop me a comment - I'd love to hear about your experience!

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Month in Review + 1st Year PhD Thoughts | May 2019


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Happy June, friends! It's beginning to finally look like summer here in Madison and I'm so excited for all of the summer shenanigans to begin! This past month, my biggest achievement was finishing my first year of graduate school - whew!

The last couple weeks of the semester were a crazy time of working too much, burning out, and subsequent couch potato status but now I feel like I’m a little bit back to my old self! The warm weather doesn’t hurt either :) Since I’ve been through the academic ringer this past year, I thought I’d share a couple of my thoughts from my first year as a PhD student - at first I thought I’d write about “things I learned” but let’s be real, my brain is usually such a whirlwind of chaos that these are really just random thoughts on my first year :P

  • No one can quite prepare you for what it's like to pursue a PhD. Before starting my PhD, I was warned time and time again of the stress and work and pressure that comes with both a PhD and academic professions. I read every book I could get my hands on and interviewed every PhD student I knew to get a feel for whether this was something I truly wanted to pursue. Despite all of that prep work, there was still really nothing that could have prepared me for being a PhD student because there’s really nothing quite like it (in both the good and the bad). I wasn’t really prepared for how confused and frustrated I’d be throughout most of the year (since it is such an independent pursuit) and I truly didn’t understand how difficult it’d be to maintain some semblance of work-ilfe balance during the busier times of the semester : /

  • Anxiety is a real thing. I reeeeeaaaaally thought that I’d managed to train most of my social anxiety out of my system. I grew up a super shy kid and throughout high school and college, my social anxiety continued to decrease - so, naturally -I thought it would only keep decreasing as I got older. I was wrong. I honestly can’t quite pinpoint the exact reason why my anxiety has skyrocketed since beginning my PhD (likely a combination of many things) but I think it often stems from being told to do things that I have no idea how to do which brings up all kinds of feelings of incompetence.

  • Just because everyone else is working 24/7 doesn’t mean you also have to work 24/7. This is something I’m still trying to talk myself into! I’m one of those people who really can’t focus for more than 5-6 hours in a day. Even when I try to work more than that, the first 5 hours of my work day are about 100000x more productive. I’m a part of a very hard-working cohort and I often feel pressure to work later at night and all the time on weekends. I’m still working on reminding myself that I’m a human, not a robot :)

Anyhoo, if you’ve made it this far, thanks so much for listening to my PhD-related rambles :) Hope your May was absolutely wonderful and thanks as always for reading!

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May Favorites | 2019


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Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be starting my favorites series back up this summer (hopefully, I'll be able to keep it up!) because I've really missed sharing my favorite products with all of you! This past year has been a huge change for me since I started my PhD program and some of the favorites I'm including this month are really favorites that have helped me survive my first year as a grad student - I hope you enjoy it! :)

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Bose Headphones: My number one favorite of the month (and really of the year) are my over the ear BOSE QC35 headphones! These noise-cancelling headphones are amazing. I work out of a shared office on campus and when most of the stuff I'm doing requires a lot of concentration, any level of noise can be distracting. Although these headphones don't cancel out everything, they do a pretty darn good job of making all that background noise fade away enough that it no longer distracts me. If you're a student working in busy campus areas or someone who works in an open office, I'd highly recommend a pair of these noise-cancelling headphones to help you focus!

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Essential Oil Roller Balls: Since I started my PhD, my anxiety has been a bit of an up and down roller coaster. For the most part, my anxiety is extremely mild (what many therapists have called "high functioning) and really tend to surround social and work situations. I mention this because there are many people who have much more severe anxiety and the methods in which I try to combat anxiety likely won't work for everyone since my anxiety is on the milder side. I've always really enjoyed essential oils but recently started using them to combat anxiety in social situations which is where roller balls come into play! I now carry them around with me everywhere and use them before presentations or discussion heavy classes where I know my anxiousness is usually pretty high. I can't say that these roller balls have cured everything but they definitely help in providing a comforting scent and calming nerves.

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Clue App: Clue is an app that allows you to track your period along with a whole host of other symptoms surrounding your health. I've been using clue for almost a year now and I've found it so, so helpful for better understanding my own body and emotional patterns. Clue has a lot of different options for what you can track and the ones I've found most helpful are motivation levels, emotions, and social interactions. Since I started tracking everything using Clue, I've noticed that I nearly always have some kind of conflict with my partner a couple days before the start of my period so now I try to be extra aware of my emotions on those days!  

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Tarteist Pro To Go Palette: I don't have too much to say about this palette other than it's been the perfect fit for me this past semester. Sometimes running around campus for up to 10 hours a day leaves me looking real haggard and tired so I've carried around this little tarteist palette for midday touch-ups and it's been so handy since it has all the right colors for a neutral, basic eye look. Plus, since it smells like chocolate, I always take a big whiff to wake myself up, too :)

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 JOAH Beauty Gel Lipstick in Sweet Cheeks: For me, this lipstick shade is the perfect "my lips but better" color. I first received it in an influenster box and have been using it nearly every day since then! If I'm having one of those days where I just don't want to worry about my lipstick fading weirdly or drying out my lips, this has become my go-to. The gel formula is nice and comfortable and since this shade is so close to my natural lips, if it fades, I don't have to worry about it looking strange or patchy.

I hope you enjoyed this month's favorites! Let me know what your favorites have been this month! I'd love to try out some of your favorite products! ♥

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