Product Reviews

Travel Essentials: Cocotique's December Box

I've written about Cocotique before and because I've been quite busy with work and travel, I couldn't pass up another opportunity to share with you some of the beauty essentials I've used to recently help me to relax and get back to my normal self.

Cocotique works with various brands to bring expertly curated samples of skin and hair care products, fragrances, nail and lifestyle products to their subscribers each month.  The products are sample sized, so not only can you test them out, but you can take it in your carryon during your next trip.  So let's get down to it.

This month's box contains:

  • BEAUTIFUL NUTRITION Cocoa Curl Rejuvenating Curl Oil
  • BEAUTIFUL NUTRITION Cocoa Curl Moisture Serum
  • BLACK RADIANCE Eye Appeal Shadow Collection
  • CHRISLIE Measurable Differenced Baked Face Blush
  • HAWKNAD CLEAR-N-SMOOTH Maxi-Britener Cream
  • ELAINE HAIR & BODY Mango Papaya Butter
  • EVERYDAY BOTANICALS Grapefruit Mango Shower Gel
  • HYPE HAIR MAGAZINE - Digital Copy of the Monthly Magazine
  • MILANI Brilliant Lip Shine
  • OKAY Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner 

I haven't had a chance to use the hair products yet (although this is a big benefit of subscribing to Cocotique for naturalistas), but I love trying anything new for my body and face.  

ELAINE HAIR & BODY Mango Papaya Butter

I suffer from eczema so I couldn't wait to try this body butter to see if it soothed my skin.  And it does!  Plus, I can't wait to try it after I've spent a day on the beach to replenish my skin's moisture.

EVERYDAY BOTANICALS Grapefruit Mango Shower Gel

I love anything grapefruit, so I couldn't wait to try this product.  It left my skin feeling silky and smelling divine.


Maintaining naturally clear skin is one of my goals for 2016.  This product is lightweight and smells delicious.  It guarantees results in 3 weeks so I look forward to brighter, clearer skin.

MILANI Brilliant Lip Shine

I love Milani products because they're high quality but low cost.  This lip gloss provides the perfect shine and doesn't leave my lips feeling sticky.  

I love that Cocotique's boxes contain a variety of products for hair, skin and body, and they're always of high quality.  Be sure to check out Cocotique here.  I hope you fall in love just as much as I have!

P.S. Check out my Cocotique interview where I divulge my favorite beauty secrets here.

*While this post is sponsored by Cocotique, all opinions expressed are absolutely my own.

Product Review: Head Defender


As a medical device rep, Founder and CEO Keely Watson did a ton of coast-to-coast traveling.  One particular day, someone walked down the aisle and put his hand on top of Keely’s headrest.  He instantly felt something sticky on his chair.  Gross.  Keely started thinking about all of the things that could potentially be on headrests, including someone else’s hair, dandruff, mucus or other harmful bacteria.  Really gross.  Enter the Head Defender.

What is it?

The Head Defender is a headrest cover that contains antimicrobial solutions developed through extensive research.  Keely and his team were able to find a solution to increase the difficulty – or even better, eliminate the possibility altogether – of contracting harmful bacteria that are common on public surfaces.

I tried out the Head Defender during my flight to Abu Dhabi and was admittedly a little unsure of why I’d need a cover for my headrest on an airplane.  But I was willing to give it a fair try since I’m famous for getting sick during travel.  Waking up with my face on the Head Defender was actually refreshing and comforting.  I had never really thought about what lies on a plane’s headrest.  But having the Head Defender on my chair during a 13 hour flight provided a little reassurance that I’d make it through my trip without getting sick.


I loved that the Head Defender was lightweight and easy to put over the seat.  At a cost of $29.99, it’s hypoallergenic, washable, reusable and only fades after 30 washes.  And if you really want more surface covered, they offer a deluxe version that’s 4 inches longer on the front of the seat ($34.99).  It also comes in 5 different colors.

The Head Defender is the first of many products to come that will defend you against harmful microbes.  They plan on creating pillows, gloves, sheets and other compact consumer products to carry and protect against disease causing microbes.

Contact Them

Check out their website or go to Amazon to get your own Head Defender. Have more questions?  Contact Keely at Tell him I sent you!

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