Summer is a hair killer. Adding to damage from hair color and heat stylers, you get sun exposure, chlorine and/or salt in the hair and the frizz from humidity. Yuck.
But my hair is looking pretty good now. Why, you ask? I am using Rusk Deepshine Oil Volume Shampoo and Conditioner ($15.00 USD Each). These products contain the following ingredients for healthy hair:
Certified-Organic Moroccan Argan Oil — enhances the shine and condition of the hair. Adds back natural moisture and softness.
Natural Algae Extracts — provide moisture, nourishment and deliver vitamins that help replenish hair’s natural balance.
Vitamin E — Protects the scalp and minimizes UV damage to the hair, promoting strength and luster.
I think that these products are wonderful for dry, damaged hair. They really do revive super-dry hair. My hair has been dry and frizzy and now it is soft and smooth. The only thing is that this is probably not for people with fine or oily hair as it can weigh it down. I really don’t see the shampoo and conditioner as volumizing hair care. I make sure that I apply volumizing styling products after I use these for lift as well as shine.
Have you tried Argan oil? This is a natural product that is harvested and produced in Morocco by hand in the Argan forest. Argan oil is a fantastic moisturizer for hair and skin that nourishes without leaving you feeling greasy.
John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil ($38.00 USD for 2 oz). It’s excellent for taming frizzy hair and mending split ends, and when applied to skin it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes.
This product is harvested by a women’s cooperative, which has established an ecosystem reforestation project to ensure sustainability and to protect the rare, endangered tree. The income generated is providing healthcare and education for the entire community.
What I think: I love that this is 100% Argan oil. I have tried many products that use the oil as an ingredient, but I really love that this doesn’t have anything else in it. And, it works so well. A little goes a long way, but I use it in my hair to cut the frizzies, my legs after shaving, my cuticles and it is a fab eye makeup remover.
Argan Oil is currently my favorite ingredient for hair care. It makes hair shiny and manageable without it being greasy. I especially like argan oil treatments. I know that oil in hair can be scary, but if you put the right amount in, you get incredible shine and softness!
Organix has recently come out with an affordable Argan Oil Collection that includes the following benefits:
Sulfate and Paraben Free
Organic Active Ingredients
Safe For Color-Treated Hair
Safe for All Hair Types
The products in the collection are:
Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner ($7.99 USD) — Indulge the senses with this precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening. This renewing formula is free of sulfates and parabens, and is safe for color-treated hair. Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner will restore moisture to dry hair, protect from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive, silky perfection
Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil ($7.99 USD) — This rare, ultra light weight formula is nature’s secret to silky perfection! Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil instantly penetrates the hair shaft to seal in shine and protect from styling heat and UV damage. Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil fights frizz, strengthens and moisturizes dry, brittle hair to give you smooth sexy tresses.
Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Treatment ($7.99 USD) — Renew your hair’s inner health with argan oil nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Treatment is a deep conditioning, exotic formula to add brilliant shine and create lush softness without leaving any heavy residue which can weigh hair down.
These are great products for the price. Visit www.organixhair.com to learn more and you can purchase at drugstores and mass market retailers
With three kids, a husband, 4 cats and a Great Dane puppy, I don’t get to splurge on much for myself. But if I were going to, I would treat myself to really good skincare.
Luckily I get to sample lots of different skincare, like this duo from In&Out Different Beauty™. The Anti-Age Collection from this brand contains concentrated plant extracts, vegetable DNA, vitamins, peptides and amino acids that replicate a healthy skin’s lipid barrier and encourage surface cell renewal. The unique formulas of the products below, the Phenomenal Anti-Age Night Repair Cream and the Phenomenal Anti-Age Wrinkle Synergy, will leave skin feeling soft while revealing younger looking skin. In combination, the products provide the ultimate anti-aging experience this winter.
Phenomenal Anti-Age Wrinkle Synergy ($125.00 USD) –Revitalize skin while improving elasticity with this anti-aging elixir that includes a concentrated blend of essential oils sourced exclusively from Switzerland. Just one or two drops of this formula are all that is needed to rejuvenate skin.
Ingredients and Benefits:
Grape Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Soybean Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Matricaria Flower Oil, Carrot Seed Oil – This combination of essential oils deeply moisturizes and mimics the skin’s natural tissue composition to help fight against free radicals.
Phenomenal Anti-Age Night Repair Cream ($300.00 USD) — Keep skin balanced and healthy while you sleep. Packed with a bevy of amino acids, this rich nighttime treatment encourages cell turnover while leaving skin looking radiant.
Ingredients and Benefits:
Vitamins A & E – Antioxidants that help to slow the visible signs of aging
Rosemary, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang – Calming botanicals that help improve skin tone
Squalane – Natural moisturizer that easily penetrates the skin
Argan Oil – A Moroccan oil that intensely hydrates the outer and middle layers of the skin
What I think: This is a luxurious and very moisturizing evening skincare treatment, but definitely not for those with oily skin — especially the Anti-Age Wrinkle Synergy as it is an herbal oil. My favorite of these products is the Night Repair Cream. It is light but extremely hydrating. I apply it to my face and neck and I have noticed that my skin seems brighter, clearer and very smooth. I luckily don’t have a lot of wrinkles, but the ones I do have are less noticeable. I realize that this is very expensive, but if you can splurge, I would recommend the night cream. It is wonderful!
The Phenomenal Anti-Age Night Repair Cream and Phenomenal Anti-Age Wrinkle Synergy are available at www.inoutbeauty.com
Sparkle is such a fun way to glam up your look for the holidays. It’s always fun to buy a little glamour for yourself or others this time of year. The following products and sets are a perfect way to update your makeup this season:
Vincent Longo Diamond Body Spray ($44.00 USD) adds glamour to your beauty in a new experiential body spray with sensual and shimmering pleasure. Place this nostalgic perfume bottle on your vanity table and prepare for attracting attention of all eyes. Illuminate your skin with instant highlighted shoulders, décolleté, arms and hair with a gentle atomized ‘poof’ of radiant loose diamond-like powder. Choose either Gold or Silver depending on your preferred radiance. Enjoy the spotlight and sparkle into the night.
This is so much fun to use. You squeeze the atomizer and a puff of glitter is magically applied where ever you wish. Visit www.vincentlongo.com to learn more and to purchase this fun product!
Love Nest Josie’s Argan Favorites ($25.00 USD, $55 Value) — A four-piece, travel-size gift set that includes Josie Maran’s favorite argan oil must-haves for the face, eyes, cheeks, lips, and hair. This is a limited-edition gift set is ideal for all ages and skintones. Known for its natural, skin-healing properties, argan oil is your answer to healthy, youthful, radiant, clear skin and hair.
This set contains:
-0.21 oz Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink
– 0.11 oz Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara
– 0.5 oz Argan Illuminizer
– 0.5 oz 100% Argan Oil
What else you need to know:
Argan Oil is produced from the argan tree in the semi-deserts of Morocco, and is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which have antiaging properties. Argan oil is an organic ingredient is known to help and prevent dehydration, inflammation, hyper pigmentation, and sebum production.
All four of these products are so fantastic because not only are they lovely beauty products, but the argan oil is so good for the skin! The mascara gives me long, thick lashes, the color stick has a bit of shimmer and is a really pretty pink, the illuminizer is a very pearly, soft pink and the argan oil is great for nails, skin or hair. The price is exceptional for what you get! Visit www.sephora.com to purchase.
Hard Candy Glow All The Way ($8.00 USD) – This pearly, luminizing highlighter illuminates all skin tones. Apply to face or body for a luminous, sun-kissed bronze or pearlescent glow. Infused with 24 Karat gold – and much more than a drop – this product will make you feel like a million bucks! Available in bronze and pink.
I’ve tried the bronze highlighter and it is so pretty! I like to use it on my arms and shoulders. In the summer it will look great on bare legs. You can purchase this at Walmart.
We know that Jose Maran creates such beautiful natural products, but she is now using her lovely new GOGO (Get One Give One) Natural Volume Argan Mascara. Josie has just launched the new mascara along with the Get One Give One Campaign in partnership with City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading cancer research and treatment facilities. Celebrating the hope, strength, and natural beauty of City of Hope patients and survivors, Josie is donating a mascara to a City of Hope patient for every one sold. After the first 5,000 purchases, $1 from the sale of each GOGO mascara will be donated to City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers Program for a minimum donation $25,000. The GOGO campaign runs August 2010 thru August 2012.
On August 19th, Josie Maran will join City of Hope for a day of inspiring makeovers, helping patients and survivors look and feel their best—both inside and out. Josie’s team of makeup artists will be on hand to provide in-depth, 40-minute natural beauty pre-registered consultations and walk-in appointments to give patients the chance to rediscover their natural beauty while lifting spirits and inspiring hope. All participants will receive a travel size GOGO Mascara, enabling them to bring the natural beauty experience home.
“We are grateful to Josie Maran and her team for dedicating their time and talents to our patients at City of Hope,” said Linda Klein, operations coordinator, Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center. “The appearance-related side effects of cancer take not only a physical toll, but an emotional one as well, adding stress to an already extremely difficult and challenging time for patients and their loved ones. A positive self-image can boost patients’ esteem, confidence and quality of life. Josie’s generosity embodies the heart and soul of City of Hope’s mission to care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit.”
“I am inspired by the strength and bravery of the patients at City of Hope,” says Josie Maran, founder of Josie Maran Cosmetics. “With the Get One Give One Campaign and our day of makeovers, I hope to pass along the gift of natural beauty and help each patient feel beautiful inside and out.”
The ultimate volume-boosting mascara, GOGO (Get One Give One) Natural Volume Argan Mascara naturally plumps and curls for maximum lash drama. Josie Maran’s patented Triple V brush enhances volume and wraps lashes one luxurious layer at a time for full, longwearing, clump-free, water-resistant definition. The 80% natural, 50% certified organic formula includes nourishing ingredients like aloe leaf juice, algae, beet root and soybean extracts to naturally condition and strengthen. An infusion of nourishing, protein-rich Argan Oil conditions and supports hair growth for lush, supple, healthy lashes. The rich, hydrating formula evenly builds thickness and smoothness, delivering a full fringe of blacker-than-black lashes with dewy shine. Like all Josie Maran formulas, GOGO (Get One Give One) Natural Volume Argan Mascara is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes and phthalates.
What I think: I love this mascara. I don’t know if it’s the formula or the innovative brush, but this mascara both lengthens and volumizes my lashes! It also stays on all day and doesn’t smear or run!
Before trying Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment ($19.95 4.2 oz), I had never tried a Sexy Hair Product. My friend Angie D.(one of my two favorite Angies) swears by the Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Harder. She says its the best hairspray for keeping her style in place.
So I was excited to try the Soy Renewal. It is contains soy protien to strengthen hair and argan oil to repair. It is touted to increase manageability, control frizz and protect agains environmental stresses.
Argan oil is a cool ingredient. It has an ability to absorb quickly in to wet or dry hair and speeds up drying time. It is cultivated from the Argan Nut, found only in Morocco and is prized for it’s natural healing effects.
I really enjoy using this product. It is not greasy at all in my hair. I like to put it on while damp, blow dry my hair, then add more for polish. It does seem to speed up drying time, which is helpful on busy days. The scent smells nice, but is very mild. I recommend this product to keep hair healthy and shiny.
Visit the website at www.sexyhair.com to learn more about this product and find stores near you that carry Sexy Hair.