Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Hair and Bath Gifts

Hi all! Here’s another amazing holiday beauty gift guide!

Today I have some cool gift sets for hair care and body care.  There’s some wonderful travel kits, but each brand has larger sets as well.  You can check out the websites listed for more sets for each brand.

Here are my suggestions for those who love trying new hair and bath products:

R+Co Big Trip Set

R+Co BIG TRIP Set ($45, Value: $64 USD) – This travel set includes your must-haves for a voluminous mane no matter the destination – DALLAS Biotin Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner Travel Size, OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray Travel Size and RODEO STAR Thickening Style Foam Travel Size.

Purchase at RandCo.com

 

Seen Travel Kit

SEEN Travel Kit ($29 USD) – A customizable trio of travel-sized favorites for great hair and skin on-the-go. SEEN is a dermatologist-designed, non-comedogenic hair line formulated to keep your skin and hair breakout-free Choose your combination of Skin-Caring Shampoo, Skin-Caring Conditioner and Skin-Caring Blow-Out Creme, packaged in a canvas travel pouch.

Available at HelloSEEN.com

Travel Size Côte d'Azur Body Wash & Crème Set

Oribe Côte d’Azur Body Travel Set ($25; Value: $35) – Upgrade bath time on-the-go. Lather and luxuriate in Oribe Bodycare collection. Infused with Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur scent of sun-drenched notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood. Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Wash gently cleanses skin while adding silky softness. The Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Creme blend of sweet almond, meadowfoam & starflower oils and shea butter smooths, softens while delivering the deepest hydration.

Purchase at oribe.com and luxury stores such as Nordstrom and Beautylish.

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Joanna Vargas The Ritual Kit ($47, Value: $52; available at JoannaVargas.com) – This kit includes two of Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas’ holy-grail and celebrity-loved products for a complete head-to-toe detox and exfoliation. Begin each morning with a Ritual Brush dry brush session then cleanse with the green tea Ritual Bar.

Available at shop.joannavargas.com


Have you started shopping yet?  I’m getting ready to. I’m hoping I find some good deals this year!

 

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Brand Review — Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Hair Care

Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend! I have ear infections so I am staying home and resting this weekend.

I have recently been sent nourishing products from Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Hair Care for my honest review.

Cloud 10’s innovative CBD-Infused Hair Care line is rich in CBD thanks to Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract, also known as Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil, from organically grown hemp that provides nourishing Cannabinoids, Protein, Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and essential nutrients that work in synergy to enhance hair and scalp health.

Plant-based PhytoKeratin Plus promotes the hair’s strength, body and elasticity and is made from hemp and rice through a patented extraction process. The powerful, first-of-its-kind combination of Organic CBD and PhytoKeratin Plus within the Cloud 10 line delivers nutrient-rich formulas that help to revitalize hair, soothe and tone the scalp, while providing better manageability, moisture and super shine.

 

Here are the products I received:

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  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Shampoo ($27 for 8.4 oz) revitalizes hair by combining hydrolyzed proteins and plant extracts to provide volume, shine and softness, especially for chemically and physically damaged hair.
  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Conditioner ($27 for 8.4 oz) with the nourishing, protective and moisturizing properties of Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Baobab to revitalize, fight frizz and detangle hair.
  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Leave-in Scalp Toner ($31 for 5 oz) strengthens hair, soothes and hydrates the scalp, and helps protect hair and skin from damaging free radicals.
  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused All-in-One Hair Lotion ($30 for 5 oz) is a leave-in formula that protects hair from heat styling while helping to detangle, nourish, and reduce frizz, leaving hair feeling smooth, silky, revitalized, and more manageable.
  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Glossing Mist ($29 for 5 oz) is an ultra-hydrating, lightweight conditioning mist formulated to provide a gloss finish while leaving hair feeling soft and silky.

Each formula is delicately scented with a hint of jasmine, and  all are sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free, and safe for color-treated hair.

I have used all 5 products.  First of all the scent is amazing!  It’s a soft, exotic floral and it leaves a light fragrance in my hair.  I feel that these products work so well with my color treated hair.  They don’t fade my color at all.

The shampoo is light and cleansing, but doesn’t strip my hair.  I do get lots of volume from it.  The conditioner is very creamy — a little goes a long way.  I love how hydrating it is.

My favorite product is the Leave-in Scalp Toner.  When the air gets dryer in the fall and winter, my scalp gets itchy. This instantly soothes my itchy scalp. And the more times I’ve used it, the better my scalp feels.  Amazing!  Plus, I love how it protects hair and the skin on my scalp from free radicals.

After the scalp treatment, I use the Hair Lotion while my hair is still damp and concentrated towards the ends of my hair.  I use the Glossing Spray when my hair is dry as a finishing spray.  Both hydrate and tame my frizzies!

I am so happy I got to try these Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Hair Care products!  I feel I’ve discovered a brand that is so good for my hair!

These products can be purchased here.

BOGO It’s A 10 Products for National Love Your Hair Day!

 

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Happy National Love Your Hair Day! Are you giving your hair some extra love today?

Today, October 10th, It’s a 10 Haircare is running a MAJOR promotion on their website, itsa10haircare.com – Buy 1 Get 1 Free on ALL products.

I love it’s a 10!  They have amazing hair care for good prices, and today they are so affordable.  Here are the details you need to know for this deal:

  • CODE: 1010Day
  • WHERE: itsa10haircare.com
  • WHEN: 10/10/19 ends 11:59pm EST
  • WHY: National Love Your Hair Day— a patented holiday created by It’s a 10 to encourage all people to love their unique hair and appreciate others’. Hairstylist and founder, Carolyn Aronson (CEO of It’s a 10 Haircare) says, “We believe beauty sees no color, race or creed. I’ve seen how hair affects self-confidence and also shows off our uniqueness, and my mission is to stop people from ‘hating’ the hair that makes them an individual beauty.”

 Are you planning on picking anything up today?

September 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  It’s almost October, which means it’s time for my September favorites!

Below are my beauty faves for September. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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My favorites this month include a good mix of makeup and skincare, plus a hair care item!

I’ve been trying out loads of new skincare the last few months and love to spotlight my favorites each month.  Plus, a few of these favorites are from subscription boxes.

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I received the Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Bright Serum in my BoxyLuxe for September. I use it every morning after cleansing and toning.It really brightens my skin!

The Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream is so hydrating. 

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion has made such a difference in my fine lines.

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I purchased the Smashbox Primerizer during the spring Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty. I didn’t want to wear it in the summer heat and humidity, but now that it’s cooler, I’m really enjoying this.  It smooths and hydrates the skin.  Perfect before foundation to create a moisturized base.

I also got the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Scents in Creamy Coconut in the Ulta’s Spring 21 Days. I only have about a third of this left.  I like the soft coconut set and it performs just like the original spray.

The IGK Hair Mistress Hydrating Balm was also included in my September BoxyLuxe.  This is a gorgeous balm that works to smooth damp or dry hair. I use this every day to tame my frizzies.

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The Wander Beauty Frame Your Face brow pencil was in my September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. The shade is Dark Brown and it works well for me.  The pencil is a bit of a dry formula and takes a little pressure to use, but I like the effect I get with it.

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This pretty face palette is the Ofra x Madison Miller Miller Squad Midi Palette. I also received this in September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. The blush is really nice for fall and I enjoy the highlighters, although they are very similar to each other.

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I’ve had the Sigma Beauty Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette for a couple of months.  I’ve posted about it on my Instagram (fortyflirtyfab), but I haven’t reviewed it here yet. I do plan on reviewing it soon.  It is unfortunately sold out on the Sigma Beauty website, but I have found it on Amazon here.

This is a stunning palette!  You can create ethereal or even very dramatic looks with it.  The shadows blend nicely.  Some of the shimmers need to be built up, but that’s fine with me.

———————————————————————————————————————————That’s my September favorites.  Bring on October! What have you been loving this month?

 

 

 

Allure Beauty Box September 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my September Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the September box:

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The Nutrafol Core For Women is a bonus item.

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These are the two makeup items I got in my box this month.  I’ve never tried a NARS lip product, so I’m excited to use this.  I really like the shade.

I’ve heard a lot about the Dewy Stick and it is really nice.  It gives a glow without shimmer and it doesn’t emphasize texture.

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Here’s a closeup of the skin and hair care.  The Nutrafol is a bonus.  I don’t take supplements so I will pass it along to someone.  I will keep the shampoo and conditioner for traveling.

I’m also going to try the Brightening Facial Scrub.  I don’t have a scrub right now and need one.  I’ll give the Eczema cream to my daughter.


This was a pretty good box.  I’ll use at least half of the products.  I liked getting two full sized makeup product, too! Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  What did you get this month?

 

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — September 2019

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Hi all! I received my September BoxyLuxe!  This is my fourth one. I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for over two years. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.  I did get to pick some of the items I would receive, which I really liked.

The theme for this month is All Access. There’s a good mix of makeup, skincare and hair care this month.  Here’s what I received:

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Total — $317.95!  That’s so good for spending $49.99.

Here’s a closer look at the items I received:

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I’m not the biggest fan of sleeping masks because they can be heavy and sticky.  I’m not sure if I will keep this one or give it away.

The Pineapple-C Bright Serum was one of the items I chose.  I’m almost out of my current Vitamin C Serum so I’m excited to have a new one to try. I have tried this a couple of times already and it does give a nice glow.

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Everyone received the Mistress Hair Balm.  I’ve tried this and am enjoying it. It smooths my frizzies and leaves my hair soft and shiny.

I haven’t tried the curling iron yet.  This is an item I got to choose — it was between this and a brush set.  I’ve never tried a clipless curling iron before so I’m curious to see how it works.

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These two items were another variation I chose.  I have never tried an infuser water bottle before, so that will be interesting.  And, I love Spongelle products!

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Every charmer received the eyeliner in black and the lipstick in one of three shades.

I don’t wear liquid eyeliner, so I will pass this one along.  I love the lipstick shade. It will be pretty for fall.

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I know this palette has been around for a while.  It was a variation.  At first I wasn’t blown away by this, but I decided to keep it.  I’m recently starting to get into matte shadow looks and I like these shades a lot.  I think it will be perfect for fall.


I’m pretty happy with this box.  I will use almost every item.  The only products I probably won’t use is the eyeliner and the sleeping mask. As good as that is, I think the only item I am really thrilled about is the serum.  I really loved my June BoxyLuxe because I loved every item in the box.  I’m hoping I’m more excited about the December BoxyLuxe!

Do you get BoxyLuxe?  What did you get this month?

Take Care Of And Have Fun With Your Hair This Summer!

Hi all! Happy Monday!  I hope you’re week has started off well.  I’m on vacation this week and my daughter is is town, so I’m doing great!

I thought I’d feature some newer to me hair care I’ve been testing out lately.  I have a fun array — shampoo and conditioner, hair masks and temporary hair color spray:

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Derma E Therapeutic Shampoo & Conditioner.  It is the Scalp Relief line.  ($22.50 for the set) — This doctor-developed, clinically tested formula works in four ways to gently cleanse, de-flake, soothe and nourish the scalp and hair. Using proprietary Therapeutic Psorzema® Herbal Blend plus healthful vitamins and botanicals, this shampoo calms a dandruff-prone, itchy, irritated scalp and refreshes the hair, from root to tip.

Both Shampoo and conditioner enriched with:

Therapeutic Psorzema® Herbal Blend (Neem, Burdock and Bearberry): replenishes a dry, irritated, scaling scalp, helping to promote optimum scalp and hair health.

Tea Tree and Menthol: help calm and cool itch on contact and help maintain scalp purity over time.

Salicylic Acid: penetrates to lift away excess flakes and surface buildup.

I love how these products calms my itchy scalp, but also really hydrate the hair. These products are nice for every day use, or once a week for a treatment.

John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks

John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets) — Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.

Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing
These are so affordable.  My favorites are the Frizz Smoothing and Damage Repairing.  They leave my hair very smooth and shiny.

 

The new KMS Style Color Collection offers 9 tones of color from purple to blue to grey. The products are waterproof, pillow-friendly, and work perfectly with hot tools. Expect a flexible, ultra-thin film for a movable finish & even results on all hair colors that removes easily with shampoo, so you can rock pink highlights to a concert and have them washed out before Monday’s conference meeting. Available at KMS salons.

These are so gorgeous!  My daughters have commandeered them, but they are beautiful for people of all ages who want a fun pop of color or dimension in their hair. They stay in all day and wash out easily!


What hair products are you using this summer?  Let me know!