bath products, Beauty, cosmetics, Dental Care, Hair Color

My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 21-27, 2016

Happy Easter!  I hope you and your family have a wonderful day!  I plan to cook for my family, who returned last night from a spring break trip.  I missed them, and am happy to spend the day with them!

This week, I am loving a mixed group of beauty products including a whitening toothpaste, a lash enhancer, a hair color marker, and a luxe soap-on-a-rope:

Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste
Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste

Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste ($21 USD) — Our Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride brightens teeth 273% more effectively than the leading national brand.

    • Whitens: Calprox safely lifts surface stains such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine and other stains without harsh abrasives or the risk of sensitivity. Maintains and enhances the vibrancy of professionally bleached teeth. Restores bonding, caps, veneers and dentures to their original whiteness.
    • Freshens: Sodium Bicarbonate provides long-lasting germicidal protection for fresher breath.
    • Strengthens: The combination of Calcium, Phosphates and Magnesium re-mineralizes tooth enamel.
    • Protects: Fights against cavities with fluoride.

Silica Free, Gluten Free, Sulfate Free, Dye Free, Kosher

What I think:  I love this toothpaste!  It is a very gentle way to remove stains.  The Original Mint flavor is fresh, but mild.  After a couple of weeks use, I really noticed a difference in the color of my teeth — much whiter!

Purchase at http://www.supersmile.com

HydroPeptide Lash
HydroPeptide Lash

HydroPeptide Lash ($96 USD) — Eyelash Fortifying + Hair Volumizing Peptides, Biotin, Folic Acid – A natural lash enhancer, Lash is formulated with a drug-free peptide complex that visibly improves the appearance of lashes and brows by strengthening them for a fuller, longer, less brittle appearance.

FORMULA FEATURES:

– 3 peptides including Eyelash Fortifying Peptides and Hair-Fullness Peptide for superior lash results

– Biotin, Folic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, and Lemon Peel Extract to help prevent breakage and strengthen hair

– Soybean oil and Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate and nourish the brow and lash area

What I think:  This is a natural way to condition and nourish brows and lashes. I have been using it for a short while, but my lashes do feel softer and a bit fuller.  I will continue using it and hope they get longer, too!

Available at shop.hydropeptide.com

TouchBack Marker in Dark Brown
TouchBack Marker in Dark Brown

TouchBack Marker in Dark Brown ($14.95 4 mL /.13 fl oz in 5 shades, $24.95 8 mL /.27 fl oz in 8 shades) –TouchBack actually bonds to the hair, blending seamlessly with permanent hair color for a totally natural look. (Unlike hair mascaras, crayons, gels and powders, which dull the hair and flake off.) TouchBack’s patented formula uses temporary hair colors, but without harsh chemicals — no ammonia or peroxide — so, it’s gentle on your hair.

What I think:  I love this marker!  I really need to color my gray roots, but I have been so lazy lately.  This works like magic. I just “color” the grays with the marker, then comb the area with the little comb included.  It is so natural looking and the Dark Brown color is a perfect match for my hair.  It lasts until I wash it out and doesn’t rub off.

Available at CVS and Walgreens

Senteurs d’Orient Hammam Soap
Senteurs d’Orient Hammam Soap

Senteurs d’Orient Hammam Soap ($38 USD) — Handmade in Lebanon, these luxurious soaps use essential oils and moisturizing ingredients to give the user a relaxing yet hydrating experience in shower. Available in five sensuous fragrances, the uniquely oversized, exquisite soap offers unmatched elegance and charm. After using, hang in your shower and enjoy the scent that envelops your bathroom! The scents are Orange Blossom, Jasmine of Arabia, Amber, Rose of Damascus and Tuberose.

What I think:  I was sent these wonderful soaps in Rose of Damascus and Tuberose.  They both smell amazing and really fresh.  They come on a small rope and can be hung up in the shower.  Beautiful, fragrant and functional — very luxurious!

Available at http://www.senteursdorient.com

What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

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Beauty, Hair Color, Nail Care

Get Creative With Your Summer Hair and Nails!

How’s your summer going?  Mine is hot, hot, hot!  Do you have your summer look down yet?  I’m still experimenting with makeup, hair and nails (as always)!

You can use these fun hair and nail products below to put the finishing touches on your summer look.

Colour Bunz
Colour Bunz

Colour Bunz ($19.99 a box) — Introducing Colour Bunz, one-of-a-kind hair coloring product that reinvents the traditional process and offers a cost-effective, comfortable, effective and fun way to color hair. The videos also demonstrate color placement and application tips. Colour Bunz enables an at-home coloring process that is weightless and pain-free, and eliminates all possibility of color running or drying out. In addition to use at home with professional results, Colour Bunz can be used by professionals in salons as a fun, new technique to color hair other than using foils. Those looking to revamp their hair style can do so easily, save money, and in a comfortable manner. The product is environmentally friendly and puts a huge dent in the waste from the foils that take over landfills all over the world.

Available at http://www.colourbunz.com

Mia Beauty’s Flashion Flowers
Mia Beauty’s Flashion Flowers

Mia Beauty’s Flashion Flowers ($19.99 USD) — This summer, dress up any outfit with a little light! Take the floral halo trend in a bright new direction with Mia Beauty’s new Flashion Flowers, now available at ULTA, Claire’s and Icing stores.  The Flashion Flowers are threaded with an LED light and small battery pack hidden in the leaf design. Simply remove the plastic pull tab and press the leaf to change the lighted flowers from fast flashing lights to slow flashing lights, to constant light.

Available at http://www.miabeauty.com

Mia Beauty Tony Ties
Mia Beauty Tony Ties

Mia Beauty Tony Ties ($6 USD for a pack of solid color ties) — Sleek, functional, and great for a quick ponytail. These no-tug hair ties are comfortable and will not leave a crease in hair. Wear them as bracelets to ensure that you always have a hair tie when you need one. 6 fashionable hair ties in each pack.

Available online via www.miabeauty.com

Salon Perfect Neon POP
Salon Perfect Neon POP

Salon Perfect Neon POP ($3.98 each) — Neon nails are the it manicure look for summer with eye-dazzling digits ruling from the catwalk to the boardwalk. Let your fingertips feel the energy of a high-voltage shade with Neon POP, a new collection of vibrant, neon lacquers from Salon Perfect®. Whether you’re just dabbling in a highlighter bright hue or living the full-on Technicolor dream, these 12 bright and bold neon shades will POP out from the rest.

The Salon Perfect® Neon POP collection features:

• Flamingo Flair – Neon flamingo pink

• Electric Grape – Glitter-charged electric purple

• Perky Pink – Bubbly bright pink

• Tickled Pink – Neon bubblegum pink

• Traffic Cone – Neon orange

• Yowza Yellow – Highlighter yellow

• Summer Escape – Blazing sunny orange

• Oceanic – Bright blue with a jolt of glitter

• Haute Pink – Scorching hot pink

• Gone Sailing – Energizing sea green shimmer

• Loopy Lime – Luminous lime green

• Fired Up Fuchsia – Flashy fuchsia shimmer

• Sugar Cube – bright white crème (Insider Tip: Use as a base color to make neon shades really POP.)

• Crystal Clear – Clear top coat for a glossy finish

Available this July exclusively at Walmart

Enjoy!

Beauty, Hair Color

New John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Salon Blends

Did you know that the most common blends that you’ll see your colorist mix when at the salon are NOT the ones you’ll find on the shelf for at-home color?  Well, the John Frieda® Hair Care experts have been working to fix this problem… enter the New Precision Foam Colour Salon Blends!

“When my clients come into the salon, I use colors from a professional shade palette to create exclusive blends customized to their skin tone and desired color,” explains John Frieda® Creative Colour Director Nicola Clarke. “The shades I create shades are hugely popular because you typically can’t get them in home hair color —it takes a professional to blend the basic tones expertly. I worked with John Frieda® Hair Care to share some of the most popular, flattering blends I create at the salon, transforming them into shades of Precision Foam Colour.”

The five new colors include:

Dark Caramel Blonde (Natural/Beige/Gold)

Dark Cool Pearl Blonde (Pearl/Beige/Natural)

Lightest Cool Almond Brown (Pearl/Beige/Natural)

Light Bronze Brown (Natural/Beige/Copper)

Light Amber Brown (Natural/Beige/Gold)

I have dark brown hair (my color is 4BG — Dark Chocolate Brown), but I would recommend these blends, just from the fact that this is fab home hair color.  It evenly colors hair (no weird off-color patches) and leaves hair shiny and gorgeous!  It covers pesky grays well, too!

Each cost $12.99 and can be found at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.  Enjoy!

Beauty, Hair Color, Haircare

New Hair Products For Fab Fall Looks

Looking to update your hair this fall?  Try a new, darker color, a new color-enhancing shampoo, or a fun hair extension.  Below are some fun products that will help you look fabulous!

Kelly Van Gogh MASTER BLEND Multi-Dimensional Luxury Hair Colour Kit ($49.00 USD) —  Kelly’s proprietary cold pressed caviar oil delivery system is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, C, and D, and amino acids. Combined with amino acids and keratin proteins, the formula also replenishes weakened hair fibers and stimulates collagen growth needed to grow and strengthen hair. Available in ten shades, the hair colour delivers 100% gray coverage with an ammonia alternative, MEA, which is very gentle on the hair. The MASTER BLEND Multi-Dimensional Luxury Hair Colour kit is simple and easy to use for a goof-proof application. The result is glossy, healthy hair with a beautiful and youthful shine. Available at www.kellyvangogh.com.

L’Oréal Paris Féria Midnight Collection ($9.99 USD) — Féria introduces the new Midnight Collection to reinvent black hair color by revealing the nuances and undertones of this iconic, seductive shade. Custom-blended by master colorists, each shade shimmers with its own unique highlights and combines delicate tones and hints of tint to be visible, even on the darkest hair.  Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers.

TouchBack Plus is the FIRST total system of interlocking formulas for color renewal, maintenance, and gray root touch-up to keep hair looking perfect between permanent colorings. Unlike at-home dyes,TouchBack Plus lets you customize color vibrancy by choosing your perfect combination of Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner in Color or Clear … without harsh chemicals.  No ammonia, peroxide or sulfates. The collection includes:

TouchBack Plus Color Shampoo($29.95): Cleanse hair and revive dull color with sulfate-freeMicro Foam™.  Each wash adds a layer of shiny color to both natural and color-treated hair, while protecting hair from UVA/UVB damage, oxidation and fading.

TouchBack Plus Color Conditioner($29.95): The perfect blend of hydration and color, this conditioner adds color to both natural and color-treated hair.

TouchBack Plus Color Leave-In Conditioner ($29.95): This unique, patented Micro Foam™ treatment colors and conditions natural or color-treated hair anytime, anywhere.

TouchBack Plus Clear ($24.95): Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner can be alternated with the COLOR products to maintain your optimum color level, while providing superior fade protection, hydration and shine.

Available in eight shades:  Rich Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Ash Blonde, Golden Blonde, Light Auburn and Dark Auburn.  Visit www.touchbackplus.com to learn more.

POP Clip-In Animal Print Strips ($10.00 USD) Extensions that let you embrace your inner tiger. Celebrities on and off the red carpet have been spotted sporting theseason’s must-have hair trend: animal print extensions. Take a walk on the wild side and try out the trend cruelty-free with POP Clip-In Animal Print Strips, one-inch clip-in extensions that give hair a fierce effect. Each bright strip offers 16 inches of color that pops for standout hair that gets noticed.

A part of POP’sFreestyle Collection, Animal Print Strips are made with Tru2Life ® Heat-Friendly hair. The versatile strips can be curled or straightened with thermal styling tools just like your own hair, complementing any style you create. Choose from six fun and ferocious patterns or mix and match multiple to express yourself through your hair.

FANTASY COLORS: Ginger Tiger, Pink Tiger, Blue Tiger, Purple Tiger, White Tiger, Red Tiger

WHERE TO FIND IT: ULTA, ULTA.com and JC Penney Salons

Beauty, Hair Color

Color Your Hair Safely With Surya Brasil Henna Cream

Surya Brasil Henna Cream ($11.99 USD) is renowned as the #1 selling semi-permanent hair coloring system in Brazil.  It comes in 15 exciting shades that will last up to seven to ten washes!

Henna Cream is touted as the safest way to color your hair and can be used on chemically treated and color treated hair. Packed with essential oils, this Henna Cream will keep your hair structure intact as it locks in moisture and leaves your hair smelling deliciously fresh!

What I think:  The first thing I noticed when I colored my hair was the scent.  It is light and herbal, but not chemical smelling AT ALL.  Seriously.  I also liked how easy it was to use.  There was no combining products — this is just one liquid that you apply with gloves that are included.  It took a little bit to get used to because it dripped a bit, but once you rub it in, it stays put.  The product also includes a plastic hair cap to use while you are waiting for the color to work.  Nice!

My results were pretty good.  The color is great.  I use dark brown which matched my natural color.  It covered well, but a few of my grays are still showing.  But, for a natural hair color, it works very well.

Availability: Whole Foods Market nationwide.  Enjoy!

Beauty Tools, Hair Color

Brighten Your Hair With Clairol Natural Instincts Vibrant

Clairol Natural Instincts Vibrant

Do you know that besides the physical benefits of coloring hair, freshly colored hair can do a lot to a womans self-esteem? Clairol has recently held a survey regarding the emotional benefits of coloring hair. The survey reveals 93% of women who color their hair agree their day instantly improves directly after coloring. Women feel confident and on top of the world with freshly colored hair, but as color starts to fade, their confidence and mood drop. This cycle of emotional ups and downs can be described as a “hair color rollercoaster.”

Now Natural Instincts with new Week 2 Color Refresher has a solution to love. The Week 2 Color Refresher replenishes the tones your hair color loses first and can simply be applied two weeks after coloring to give hair a color boost.

The color boost is included in the traditional Natural Instincts demi-permanent as well as the new permanent Vibrant formula. Now you can get up to 8 weeks of vibrant, healthy-looking hair color from Natural Instincts. New Natural Instincts Vibrant is a 10-minute formula that delivers stunning color with 100% gray coverage.

What I think:  I have used Natural Instincts before and liked it, but because it is semi-permanent, the gray coverage never lasted long.  The vibrant color is permanent and so lasts a very long time. I also love the idea of the color boost.  I applied it after two weeks and my hair appeared brighter and my color looked fresher. Awesome!

Natural Instincts is available at mass market retailers near you. Enjoy!

Beauty, Hair Color, Haircare

Join Me in The John Frieda At Home Hair Colour Challenge!

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour

Hi All! I’m looking for five readers who want to join me in trying John Frieda’s hair colour. I will send you a box of hair color in the shade of your choice, and all I need is before and after photos to include on my blog.  Here are the details:

Recently John Frieda® launched their first-ever permanent hair colour –Precision Foam ($12.99 USD). Easy to apply, the non-aerosol foam formula spreads evenly through hair, saturating every strand completely—even the back of the head, roots and hairline. The 20-shade palette collection was developed in conjunction with the John Frieda® Creative Colour Director, and sought-after U.K. colourist, Nicola Clarke, who is responsible for some of the most iconic hair colours in Hollywood. With an array of options for blondes, brunettes and redheads, the collection brings a salon shade spectrum home.No mess, no drips,no stains—just gorgeous hair from every angle. The revolutionary colour even provides 100% grey coverage and vibrant shine with long-lasting results, offering salon precision at home.

HOW TO USE:Squeeze the center of the bottle to dispense foam into a gloved hand and apply directly to hair. Simply massage foam into hair with fingertips to thoroughly cover each strand from root to tip. The foam easily coats even the most hard-to-reach areas, including the back of the head. Let stand for 20 minutes (30 minute for grey coverage) and rinse with lukewarm water until water runs clear. Apply conditioner and leave in for 2-5 minutes before rinsing.

I can only accept readers from the United States and Canada.

Are you interested in trying it? If so, leave a comment or email me at lorena.emerson@gmail.com telling me if you want to color your hair to cover greys or change your color (I want a selection for the review).  Also let me know what shade you would like to try.  If I choose you, I would need you to color your hair within a week of receiving the product and I would like before and after photos that show your transformation that I can use on my blog. I would also like your thoughts on the process.   

Find your perfect (or super fun) shade at:  http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/homecolour/shade-selector/ 

So let me know if you wat to join me in this challenge!