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:


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!

Hair Color Review — ONC Natural Colors

ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown
ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown

Hi all!  I was recently sent a box of ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown ($24.95 USD) for my honest review.  I do color my hair at home (cover those grays) — and I enjoying trying new brands.

This is a natural, healthier, hair color that  contains a spectrum of  29 shades.  Since it’s pH is low, it holds both hair color and hair care in one bottle. The claims of this product are:

“NATURALCOLORS is the healthier hair color dye with certified organic ingredients and perfect gray coverage. It is applied using heat to open the cuticles. This method protects the hair from damaging, unhealthy ammonia used in chemical color dye to open the cuticle. The pH value of NATURALCOLORS is much lower than chemical color dyes and many “natural” hair colors dyes. After rinsing the hair’s pH value is closer to a neutral value. The scale layer of the hair, the cuticle, is closed, and the color does not fade, providing a more natural, permanent solution.”

This was a bit more complicated to use than other hair dyes.  You apply to scalp, then cover with a plastic hair cap and blow dry for 10 minutes. Then remove the cap, apply the rest of the product to the hair and let sit for 20 more minutes. I have to be honest, I didn’t stand in my bathroom for 10 minutes drying my scalp.  But I did it for a few minutes and did wait the whole 10 before applying the rest of the product.

I like that this didn’t sting or stain my skin.  It smelled nice, too.  The shade I bought was the third darkest shade after Black and Darkest Brown.  My hair is dark brown, so I thought Dark Brown would match.  It was almost black! But after a few days, it wore down to my natural Dark Brown. And, it covered my gray really nicely.

I really liked the results with this.  My hair was dark and shiny.  And I was happy to use natural hair dye without all of the chemicals.  Plus the color has stayed fresh for weeks!

Do you color your hair? What products do you like?


Easy Ways To Get Fun, Colored Hair!

Happy Labor Day!  I hope you’re off today and enjoying it.

My daughters love to play with bright color in their hair.  I always want to try it, but I need temporary ways to do it!

A couple of cool ideas are colored hair chalk and colored extensions.  I was sent the follow products for my honest review, and they are really fun!

Splat Hair Chalk

Splat Hair Chalk (approx. $5.99 USD)– the easiest way to add pastel color to your hair. The chalk slides on dry and instantly adds just the right touch of color. The compact is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand so it is easy to hold onto and apply to hair. The result is soft color that is easy to brush, curl or style after application and is easily washed out with shampoo! The applicator sponge is included for easy application close to your hair-line or when applying color to your braid.

What I think:  I’ve tried colored sprays and liquids before, but this is the first time I have tried hair chalk.  I have dark brown hair and luckily this worked for me.  I applied the color above, sugar plum, with the chalk and the enclosed sponge on my thumb and ran the color through my hair.  I applied it to the ends of my hair and really like the effect! There are a bunch of colors to choose from, too.

Learn more at http://www.splathaircolor.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

23″ Straight Color Extension (6pc) Kit

Hairdo 23″ Straight Color Extension (6pc) Kit ($59 on sale for $50.15 USD) — the ultimate hair enhancement that creates the right amount of pop. These custom colored long pieces will showcase your unique style and add length with fashion forward color. Place the pieces around the top layer of your hair or create a different effect by customizing the placement.

What I think:  This is such a fun kit to change up your hair! You can clip these in anywhere, they are really easy to use.  There is a range of colors, too. You can curl or straighten these and even wash them!

Purchase at http://www.hairextensions.com

Hairdo Color Splash Wrap

Hairdo Color Splash Wrap ($19, on sale for $16.15) —  Choose from your natural hair tone bursting with highlighted and dip-dyed ends. Just wrap and go for an instant fab look that is right on trend.

What I think:  This is a fun way to have colorful hair fast! Just wrap it around your ponytail and voila! A super cute (and fast) look.

Purchase at http://www.hairextensions.com

I think these are great ideas if you don’t want to make the commitment of coloring your hair!


Fabulous Summer and Travel Products From L’Oreal Paris

Are you taking a trip this year and need great travel beauty products, or are you just loving trying new products for the season? Summer is a great time to experiment with fun colors and different hair and skin care.

I have been the following makeup, skin care and hair care from L’Oreal Paris for my honest review:

Bright cheek and lip colors plus an amazing new mascara help create a fun summer look:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush Kit ($16.99 USD) — A spectrum of high-impact pinks meets all day wear with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Collection. This kit has four blendable shades to enhance, highlight, and bring a pop of color to your complexion. The expertly curated shades with saturated pigments stay vibrant all day. This luxuriously silky powder blush glides on with its own brush for a flawless application every time.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Lipcolor in Wild Rose ($9.99 USD) — Lacquer up lips in high impact liquid color. In one stroke, the designer applicator precisely diffuses vibrant, full coverage and punchy summer color to lips for intense color payoff. The product formula is both smudge-proof and waterproof, offering comfortable wear.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise ($9.99 USD) Take your lashes to paradise… and tote around the color du jour in your makeup case. Featuring a new smooth glide formula and soft, wavy bristle brush, Lash Paradise leaves lashes soft and feathery with a full lash fringe. Available in 5 shades including both waterproof and washable options.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes ($6.69 USD) — A product that’s always needed while traveling are Cleansing Towelettes. The Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes are specially formulated to nourish skin and boost radiance while gently exfoliating and removing all traces of impurities and makup.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer ($24.99 USD) — For a subtle wash of the celebrated hue, this moisturizer gently exfoliates dull skin to stimulate surface cell renewal and revive the skin’s natural pink tone. Formulated with LHA and Imperial Peony, it enhances skin tone with rosy pigments to renew a healthy, blushed tone for visibly younger looking complexion.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 USD) — Keep your skin glowing all weekend with specially formulated technology for true high-intensity results and a pearlescent finish. The L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator brightens the skin instantly from within. Light-reflecting liquids glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion for a luminous result.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up ($10.99 USD) — Didn’t have time for a hair color touch up before vacation? No worries! Maintaining root coloring is no longer a challenge with the L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up. Available in 6 shades, the first-ever root cover-up spray helps conceal grays with zero stickiness and zero weight. The ammonia free, peroxide free Root Cover Up is sweat proof and will last until your next shampoo.

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($12.99 USD) — A fun and fresh pink statement without the long-term commitment. Colorista is the brand’s 1st trend-setting, semi-permanent hair color formulated with pure pigments for unlimited color transformation. Can be paired with special-effects bleaches and applied all-over or placed intentionally for pops of highlights and peekaboo hues. As a semi-permanent process, results can be visible for up to 12 washes – unless the urge for a color swap occurs sooner, in which case Colorista has you covered with a toolkit of fading options.

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist ($6.99 USD) — Say goodbye to dull, lackluster hair and hello to the power of shiny, soft hair – every day.  This leave in treatment features a high-shine formula with unique protein pearl technology, leaving hair with intense, sealed-in shine. What’s more, the hot pink bottle will add some panache to your bathroom shelf.

Price: $6.99, Available at lorealparisusa.com and mass, food and drug retailers nationwide

L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Total Repair 5 Extraordinary Oil (All Hair Types) ($6.99 USD) — Keep hair hydrated with this oil treatment that  is powered by Nutri-Oils, a blend of coconut oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and silicone, and works to fight split ends and provide extraordinary softness and shine. The weightless formula instantly absorbs into hair, making it ideal for all hair types for a multitude of uses and all hair types.

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray – Travel Size ($6.99 USD) — Tame flyaways on the go with Elnett Satin, the legendary hairspray of choice of red carpet events and cover photo shoots. Its micro-diffuser spray offers a clean, soft shiny finish. So fine, it disappears at the stroke of a brush. So strong, its hold lasts all day.

Price: $6.99, Available at lorealparisusa.com and drugstores nationwide

These products are Available at lorealparisusa.com and mass, food and drug retailers nationwide.

What L’Oreal Paris products are you loving this summer?




My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 30 – February 5, 2017

Happy Sunday!  I hope your weekend has been awesome.  I just watched Lady Gaga’s Superbowl half time show, and it was amazing!  Now on to my weekly favorites!

As I look at my list of favorites this week, I can tell I haven’t been feeling well because the below products do help me look and feel better.  From a super hydrating lip balm, to a spray self tanner to make my pasty skin glow, to temporary root hair color that will hide my grays — I have been loving these products this week:


Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter ($18 USD) — Sensuous Brazilian lips have a secret, a lip butter infused with nourishing Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí and Coconut Oil, leaving them soft and delicious, with a dewy sheen that intensifies your natural lip color and feels like no other. For lips meant to kiss. The Brazilian Beijo, our kiss, is a full-on, full-body experience that begins with the lips and takes over like a Rio wave. Try at your own risk.

What I think: First of all, this smells and tastes amazing!  It transports me to an island or at least the warmer weather!  And it moisturizes my dry lips extremely well.  It is a larger stick, it conditions my lips in one swipe!  Plus, the bright yellow container is easy to spot in my purse.

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

Fake Bake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan
Fake Bake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan

Fake Bake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan ($33 USD) — Fake Bake’s revolutionary self-tanning products contain only organic tanning agents with no artificial preservatives or parabens. Fake Bake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan is the easiest way to achieve a tan. The ‘shows where it goes’ cosmetic color guide assists you to apply a flawless tan and gives your skin an instant golden tan without blocking pores. The fast drying formula dries in seconds and will develop in just a few hours into a perfect, natural looking tan. The refined 360° nozzle gives a continuous spray that works at any angle, ideal for those hard to reach places.

What I think: I like this spray tan!  I apply it in the shower just in case the spray gets everywhere.  It has a touch of color to it, so I can see where I apply it.  It dries really quickly, but does take a few hours to develop.  I like using this on a weekend morning when I’m doing chores around the house.  Or in the early evening.  It’s a gorgeous golden tan, perfect for transitioning to the warmer weather!

Available at http://www.fakebake.com

Everpro GRAYAWAY Temporary Root Concealer Spray ($9.99 USD) — the fastest and easiest way to temporarily touch-up and cover gray roots. Imagine: no more costly, in-between visits to your hair colorist. In just seconds, you can spray away the gray. Unique pinpoint applicator provides targeted coverage. Self-adjusting color technology that blends with hair color. Fast drying & sweat resistant. Washes out with shampoo.

Everpro GRAYAWAY Root Touch-Up Magnetic Powder ($9.99 USD) — an instant solution to get rid of those unwanted gray roots. Unique, binding formula attaches along each hair strand like magnets providing the ultimate coverage that stays put all day long. Self-adjusting color technology blends undetectably and matches hair color perfectly. Hidden sponge applicator allows for precise control and coverage. Mineral-infused powder leaves hair soft, shiny and natural to the touch. Perfect for on the go & small enough for travel. No flyaways or dusting!

Everpro Back2Blonde Root Concealer Spray ($12.99 USD) —  the instant at-home fix for dark and gray roots. Revolutionary spray-and-go formula, for visible blending in seconds that stays put until you shampoo. Prismatech pigments self-adjust to match and blend visible dark and gray roots. Natural emollients give hair a healthy shine and natural feel. Pinpoint applicator for targeted coverage only where you want it. Quick-dry formula dries in 2-3 minutes.

What I think: I have dark brown hair, so I tried the Root Touch Up and the Root Concealer spray in that shade.  Both products are extremely easy to use.  The powder has a sponge in the bottom of it.  It applies well, but needs a few coats to really cover my gray.  The spray has a pinpoint nozzle on it that makes it easy to apply where needed.  Both products last all day and don’t rub off.

These products are available at CVS and Walgreens

What products have you been loving this week (and what did you think of Lady Gaga’s show)???




Color Your Hair Your Perfect Shade With Madison Reed

Madison Reed

The Madison Reed Color Kit ($24.95 USD) — Long-lasting, luxurious, color that looks and feels healthy. 100% gray coverage. Free from: PPD, phthalates, ammonia, resorcinol, parabens & gluten. Nutrient-rich with keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root. Thick cream color that smells great, no drips, no mess. Expert colorists available for free consultations. You do a quiz on the website to find your best color match. The kit includes:

Customized Instructions -All the information you need in 10 steps or less. Our color crew is on call by phone, email, or chat if you have questions or need expert advice along the way.

Barrier Cream – Keeps your ears, forehead, and neck color-free.

Cleansing Wipe – An easy way to clean up any unwanted color.

Radiant Cream Color – Rich with nutrients like argan oil, keratin, and ginseng root to strengthen and protect hair while delivering radiant, multi-dimensional color. Free from ammonia, resorcinol, PPD, parabens, and gluten.

Conditioning Color Activator – Formulated for longer-lasting color and easy application. The bottle comes with a screw off cap and tip to make mixing and applying color simple and tidy.

Protective Cap – Keeps your color in place until you are ready to rinse.

Gloves – Two pairs of gloves. One pair to apply color and another fresh pair for when you are ready to rinse it out.

Color Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner – Rich with nutrients and free from sulfates, parabens, and gluten, our shampoo and conditioner locks in your color and creates long-lasting shine

What I think:  This is such a luxurious kit!  You open it up and all of the products are nestled inside.  Purchasing a drugstore kit does not get you the barrier cream, wipe, cap and two pairs of gloves!  And I use all of those things.  After coloring, my skin has not been stained and I am good to go!

The color itself has a very light odor, which is good.  It is easy to mix and apply. The color I received for review was Bolzano Brown – 4NMG.  Dark mahogany brown with hints of gold.  It was pretty, but I didn’t really see mahogany or gold, just a deep, dark brown.  And it lasted a few weeks, but I can see the gray at my temples again.  I left it on for a little longer than it suggested, too because my gray are stubborn.

I think this is a very nice kit, if a little spendy.  Maybe it’s best for those who do not need to cover a lot of gray.

Purchase at http://www.madison-reed.com. Have you tried Madison Reed products?  Leave a comment and let me know!



My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 25-May 1, 2016

We have had a stormy, rainy week in Kansas City!  It looks like this week should be a lot warmer and sunnier.  You never know what type of weather you will have here!

And like our varied weather, I love to try all sorts of different types of beauty products!  This week I was send a gorgeous lip oil in a fun shaker, luxe skincare and beautiful hair care to review.  These are what I am loving this week:

Lancôme Juicy Shaker
Lancôme Juicy Shaker

Lancôme Juicy Shaker ($21 USD) –Shake it up with the latest innovation: Juicy Shaker’s bi-phase technology delivers the first pigmented lip oil with 2 distinct phases. The first phase is a transparent oil phase for a comfortable non-sticky shine. The second is the pigment phase for a shot of color. Shake Juicy Shaker like a cocktail shaker to mix the pigments and oil. The cushion applicator enhances application by delivering the perfect ‘shot’ of addictive non-sticky shine and a sheer tint of color to your lips that is simply irresistible.

The cocktail blend of 5 nourishing oils treats your lips like a lip balm. Peach kernel oil; a well-known emollient softens lips while Sweet Almond oil conditions and Cranberry oil provides rich anti-oxidant properties. Muscat Rose oil is rich in essential fatty acids and helps to soothe lips. So addictive, you won’t be able to resist applying it over and over.

What I think:  I have been loving lip oils this year.  I like how they moisturize, give shine and some color. I have few different brands, but was so excited to try this one!  I received it in 300 Lemon Explosion (above), a sheer pink and 102 Apri-Cute, a pigmented coral. These are gorgeous one, great for a fun pop of color that is very good for the lips!  I might have to pick up some more!

Purchase at http://www.lancome-usa.com


NASSIF MD Bio-Rhythmic Skincare CLOCK AM Daily Environmental Defense Serum ($95 USD) — This ultra-concentrated serum synchronizes with the skin’s daytime biorhythms and defends the skin from environmental assault, including the newest types of UV radiations (cell phones, flat screens, and laptops) known as HEV (High Energy Visible) light.

NASSIF MD Bio-Rhythmic Skincare Dawn to Dusk Cleanser ($35 USD) — This foaming cleanser is the perfect start to our skin care system. The jojoba and ivory palm seed spheres instantly rid the skin of dead cells and surface impurities, revealing a glowing and radiant skin that’s primed for intense nourishment and treatment. Infused with: Ivory Palm Seed, Jojoba, Pomegranate, Panthenol, and Allantoin.

NASSIF MD Bio-Rhythmic Skincare CLOCK PM Night Serum ($110 USD) — In accordance with the skin’s nocturnal biorhythms, our night time serum is full of beneficial mega complexes for the rejuvenation, detoxification and recovery of skin during our rest phase. In only a few hours, liposome-delivered Roxisomes dive deep to help support the skin’s natural repair of damage from oxygen free radicals. Infused with: Pomegranate, Safflower Oil, MATRIXYL SYNTHE-6, Detoxophane, Sea Whip Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Ergothioneine, Astaxanthin, Roxisomes, Sunflower Oil, and Elastomer Silicone.

What I think: These products are fantastic in fighting pollutants on our skin. The cleanser exfoliates so well, skin is soft and clear after used.  The claim is that the serums sync with our biorhythms.  I don’t know if that’s true, but they do sink into the skin quickly and leave it with a nice glow.  Wonderful for use under your favorite moisturizers!

Purchase at http://www.macys.com

Madison Reed’s Permanent At-Home Color Kit
Madison Reed’s Permanent At-Home Color Kit

Madison Reed’s Permanent At-Home Color Kit ($24.95 USD) — A 9-piece color kit with everything you need for salon results at home—except the harsh chemicals.

The advanced color formula is enhanced with a Triple Care Complex of Argan Oil, Keratin, and Ginseng Root extract to strengthen, repair, and bring out your hair’s natural shine.  The result is vibrantly colored hair that feels softer, stronger, and healthier. You’ll get rich, long-lasting, multi-tonal color without the stink, burn, or itch from common dyes.

What I think:  This kit is so luxe!  I loved using it, it came with everything and more I needed to color my hair — including color-safe shampoo and conditioner, a hair cap and wipes to remove color from skin.  My hair was soft, shiny and gorgeous after used.  I chose Napoli Brown – 5NGV.  My hair is dark brown, and this had golden highlights which is so pretty.  It comes in 32 shades.  Do the quiz on the website and you will find an amazing color!

Purchase at http://www.madison-reed.com