Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of October 6-12, 2014

It is truly fall now in Kansas City! It’s definitely sweater weather — in the 50’s and 60’s.  And, I know it’s only going to get cooler in the next weeks and months.

This week, my fave products are items to help thicken stressed hair, plus moisturize body and facial skin to get ready for cooler weather.

Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam
Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam

Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam ($36 USD) — This lightweight densifying foam thickens and strengthens each strand while helping to prevent hair loss and breakage. Formulated with non-sticky polymers to build volume and create long-lasting body as well as Red Clover Growth Complex, this foam is clinically proven to save 1,300 strands per month. Free Of: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Synthetic Color, Paraffins, Gluten, DEA/TEA, Phthalates, Mineral Oil & Petrolatum

What I think: As a lady with thinning hair, I love a good thickening product. I use this on damp hair, and after I dry it, it does seem thicker.  Perfect for giving my hair body every day!

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Rogaine Women's Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam
Rogaine Women’s Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam

Rogaine Women’s Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam ($31.99 USD) — Regrow thicker, fuller, beautiful hair with Women’s ROGAINE Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam. Containing 5% minoxidil, this foam reactivates hair follicles to regrow hair. The only once-daily hair regrowth treatment for women approved by the FDA, this formula is clinically proven to regrow hair in 81 percent* of women. New hair comes in up to 48 percent** thicker than before, with clinical results in as little as 12 weeks and visible results with continuous daily use after 24 weeks. From the number-one dermatologist recommended brand, the once-a-day applied foam can fit into your regular beauty routine. This package of Women’s ROGAINE Foam includes one 60-gram can, a two-month supply.

What I think:  I have just started using this, and its very easy to use.  A capful a day massaged into hair is all you need.  I am hoping to see results soon!

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Suave’s Professional Body Care
Suave’s Professional Body Care

Suave’s Professional Body Care Suave® Professionals Body Care is sharing the secret to recreating the ultimate, luxurious spa experience at home. Every day Women are encouraged to share their beauty tips, tricks and #SuaveSpaSecrets from their at- home spa staycation with Suave Professionals Body Care.

Suave® Professionals introduces new spa-quality Body Care products infused with precious ingredients. The new products are:

  • NEW Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Wash ($2.99 USD) – infused with Moroccan argan oil

  • NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash ($2.99 USD) – infused with Awapuhi Ginger and Honeysuckle

  • Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion ($4.99 USD) with authentic Moroccan argan oil to leave your skin beautifully silky and stunningly radiant

  • Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray ($5.99 USD) has a non-greasy formula that absorbs instantly

What I think: Loving all of these products! Both body washes smell great and clean and moisturize my skin.  The dry oil spray is perfect to use after a shower.  Leaves skin so soft!  The product that was my least favorite is the body lotion, as I’m not a fan of the scent.  It’s very soapy, and if you love a clean, soapy scent it might be perfect for you.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream
Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream

Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream ($6.99 USD) — Condition your skin with the lasting, indulgent moisture of this luscious cream. Our exclusive, ultra-rich formula combines softening sunflower and avocado oils with nourishing passionflower seed and rice bran oils. It absorbs quickly to leave you with noticeably softer skin. Massage into dry areas like hands, elbows, knees and heels to restore moisture and leave skin lightly scented.

The heart of Forbidden Orchard is rooted in the allure of an enchanted path, ripe with luscious crimson apples and sweet, dark berries – forbidden but irresistible. A captivating blend of crisp red apple, sweet nectarine and black currant combines with notes of dewy fig and delicate orchid to create this enticing, unforgettable fragrance.

What I think:  This smells amazing, as does another new scent I tried called Vanilla Whisper.  The scents are rich for the fall.  I like to keep these lotions at my desk to use on my hands and body.

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Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream
Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream

Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream ($128 USD) — This moisturizer is designed to help reduce the appearance of expression lines, relax wrinkles and restore softness, smoothness, and radiance. This unique moisturizer melts into your skin on contact, and helps Dry areas disappear without that greasy feeling. This powerful and rejuvenating combination gives your skin a rested and youthful look. It contains pure 24K Gold along with ingredients such as; Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Green Tea.

What I think: Such an amazing cream!  It is very light, yet so moisturizing.  I can use it in the day or at night for light moisturizing.  After application, my skin glows!  And I have noticed after using it for a couple of weeks that my skin does appear younger.

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Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift
Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift

Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift ($400 USD) — This formula is a non-surgical solution to achieving a youthful, lifted appearance. The combination of Dimethylamonoethanol Tartrate, Collagen and Resveratrol acts as an effective blend to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, resulting in lifted appearance. Apply to clean face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Use once every two weeks.

What I think: This face lift in a jar, is obviously a luxe product that is a splurge for most people.  It is so fantastic for an instant lift and youthful look for your face.  My wrinkles seem less apparent and my skin is smoother and tighter.  LOVE!

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What new products are you using this week?  Please leave a comment and let me know! I would also love to know if you have tried any of the products I have featured.

Try a New Hairstyle This Spring!

Spring is here!  It is warmer (in some places) and our daffodils are blooming, so it’s time to make fashion and beauty changes!

I’ve been sick for the past week and have been wearing my hair in a bun, but as I start to feel better, I want to try a new style and new products to change up my look!

Here are great new products and ideas to change up your look! Enjoy!

From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724
From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724

From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 ($29.95, the monthly  subscription box price) — Ditch the sudsy shampoos that contain harsh sulfates that strip hair of nutrients and protectants and revamp your locks with a unique blend of oils and patented raspberry stem cell technology. This product will take your hair to a new level of shine and softness with castor seed oil, sweet almond oil and berryflux vita.

There is no hair-type too straight or too curly to reap the benefits of this innovative shampoo! Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 enhances thin, damaged hair by strengthening and promoting new hair growth, while curly and coarse hair is left weightless and tamed through the use of andiroba oil, an ingredient brand new to the U.S.

Once No. 724 gets into the hands of big beauty companies, this product is predicted to retail at upwards of $60 a bottle, but From the Lab is offering this revolutionary product for less than half the cost at $29.95!

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Alterna Hair Care CC Cream
Alterna Hair Care CC Cream

Alterna Hair Care CC Cream  ($25 USD) — A miracle leave-in product that delivers 10 benefits in 1 easy step, leaving hair perfectly polished. Provides complete: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. Can be used alone or as a foundation for the layering of other styling products.

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The New Braiding Handbook
The New Braiding Handbook

The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith ($12.95 USD for paperback) a full-color guide that will help you master the trendiest twists, fishtails and updos.

Hair braiding is getting hotter by the day, and the evolution of styles has grown just as rapidly. The New Braiding Handbook offers you an impressive array of easy-to-re-create, beautiful, and versatile looks that are as appropriate for elegant formal events as they are practical for casual, everyday wear. With step-by-step photos and detailed instructions for creating trendy knots, chic twists, and playful plaits, The New Braiding Handbook teaches imaginative and intricate hair styling like you’ve never seen before. Fifty looks to choose from guarantee a braid for every occasion (or no occasion at all). Along with amazing styles and easy-to-follow tutorials, there are also tons of tips for eliminating split ends, bulking up limp locks, growing out a short ’do, and getting a full, healthy, shiny head of hair straight from the pages of a magazine.

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Conair Adjust a Curl Rollers
Conair Adjust a Curl Rollers

Get soft natural looking waves with Conair AdjustaCurl ($7.99 USD).  These self gripping rollers can adjust to any size to achieve the optimum lose wave or tightest curl in minutes!

Conair’s adjust a curl is like no other roller you’ve ever had before and it’s the last roller you’ll ever have to buy. Adjust a curl lets you create any size curls, lift and volume with one roller. It starts out flat and rolls to the size you want, quickly and easily. Create volume in minutes or add bouncy curls. Roll into a root volumizer to add volume to straight styles, or roll into standard round rollers to create classic curls and waves or slightly curvy styles. With tourmaline’s ionic technology to reduce static electricity, the end result is shiny, silky beautiful hair. And the flat design stacks to store for ultimate portability. Adjust a curl travel with you without taking up valuable luggage space and don’t need electricity. Simple and easy to use beauty technology for your best look. Contains 4 adjust a curl rollers.

Purchase at mass market retailers or

Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps
Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps

Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps  ($4.19 USD) — A thick classic headband can give any style the extra something it’s missing.  Add pizzazz to a bun with a colorful one, or look polished with classic gray, black or white.  Add a colorful pattern for spring! Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps make this look possible!

Available at Walmart and other mass market retailers.

How are you wearing your hair these days?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Care Products

My hair is certainly beginning to show its (my) age. It is thinner, dry and living in Kansas City has made it frizzy.  I love the idea of anti-aging hair care, because the needs of our hair change as we get older. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Line was created to hydrate dry, brittle hair and help combat the signs of aging. Some of the products in the line are innovative and extremely helpful in making any hair look it’s best. My favorites are:

Caviar Anti-Aging 3-Minute Shine Boost ($25.00 USD) — A shine-enhancing hair treatment. Inspired by salon glazing services, this weekly shine treatment acts like a lip gloss for your hair giving it an instant blast of high-definition shine. For those with processed hair, this product instantly recharges faded color between salon visits and gives hair reflective brilliance while sealing the cuticle with a moisturizing layer.

What I think: This does give hair a nice shine, but you do have to use a lot to achieve this. To use, shampoo, condition and squeeze out excess water from you hair, then apply an ample amount of the cream. Leave on for 3-5 minutes and rinse out.  Style as usual and you should get a nice sheen to your hair. 

Alterna Caviar Perfect Blowout Creme ($25.00 USD)  is a hydrating styling creme that provides gentle control. It reduces frizz and minimizes static while providing you with the perfect blow dry experience. Alterna Caviar Perfect Blowout Creme provides a sleek, smooth blowout with radiant shine. It tames frizz to keep hair smooth, shiny and moisturized.
What I think: I applied this creme to my hair by rubbing a dollop in my hands to emulsify it, then I applied it through my hair with my fingers. I then did a complete blow out, by sectioning my hair and blow drying using a round brush to smooth the hair. It turned out well. My hair was shiny and smoothed. I used a little shine serum to finish the look off. Very pretty!  

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue ($35.00 USD) — A deeply penetrating overnight treatment for damaged hair that repairs while you sleep. This powerful treatment repairs and replenishes damaged hair, restores and reinforces hair strength, and prevents future breakage. It absorbs instantly and won’t leave greasy residue on pillows or sheets. The more you use it, the healthier your hair becomes.

What I think: This is a brilliant concept because you can sleep while treating your hair! I like that this is not greasy and doesn’t ruin pillows or sheets! In the morning, rinse it off and style as usual.  Your hair will be soft and healthy-looking!
Visit to learn more and to find a retailer near you. Enjoy! 


Alterna Hair Care


Alterna Professional Haircare creates groundbreaking formulas in luxury haircare products. These products are indulgences for your hair and I was very impressed with the products that I tried:   

Two of my favorites are the Caviar White Truffle Hair Elixir and the TEN Hair Masque. They are both products that have helped the condition and health of my hair.   

The Caviar White Truffle Hair Elixir ($26.00 USD) — This is an interesting product, because you can use it with other styling aids to enhance their performance. I like to mix it with my leave in conditioner. This product also strengthens hair and treats the advanced signs of damage, turns any product into an intensive reparative treatment, and provides protection against UV and environmental stresses. The ingredients in this product are: 

  • Caviar and White Truffle:  Delivers an effective blend of essential fatty acids and B vitamins which are critical for the simulation of proteins and amino acids and are vital to the promotion of healthy, beautiful hair.
  • Maracuja Oil:  Made up of 77% Linoleic Acid and also rich in Vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus and iron.  Known to aid in the prevention of transepidermal water loss (TEWL), a condition that can lead to hair damage.
  • Bio Complex:  Organic Extracts of Aloe, Acai Berry, Goji Berry, Pomegranate, Avocado, White Tea, Cucumber, Lingonberry.  Rich in anti-oxidants, amino acids, proteins, lipids, vitamins, important trace elements and an excellent source of minerals.
  • Seasilk®:  A unique combination of marine botanicals that is essential for providing intensive moisture and nourishment.  Helps increase follicle hydration and aids in retaining moisture.
  • Color Hold®:  Provides the highest level of color protection from color fade caused by UVA, UVB and visible light rays including artificial light sources, as well as protects from color wash out.

 TEN Hair Masque ($55.00 USD) —  I love this thick mask because it really nourishes and repairs my hair. I use it after I wash my hair by massaging it in to my hair and scalp and leaving it on for at least five minutes. I then rinse it out and my hair is so hydrated!

This mask is infused with African Cacao Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Caviar Age-Control Complex, Photozyme Complex with Color Hold, White Truffle Oil, Champagne Grape Seed Oil, Bulgarian Evening Primrose, Arabian Frankincense, Moroccan Quillaia Bark, and Amica  to keep hair soft and silky. 

Visit www. to learn more about these product and others.