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.

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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!


Skincare: Get a Good Glow as You Transition Into Spring

It was over 60 degrees in Kansas City last week…no I am not joking!  It was crazy…crazy good!

It is cooler again today, highs are in the 40’s — but the temperature swing really got me thinking about spring.  I need to get my skin ready for sun and going outside.

I have been piling serums and moisturizers on my skin all winter and while it is looking okay, I really need to get it back into shape.

Below are some perfect products to get skin clean, polished and glowing.

NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit
NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit

NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit (Approximately $9.99 USD) — line delivers a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Available in five formulas, the Pink Grapefruit line offers pre-moistened Cleansing Wipes, Facial Cleanser, Foaming Scrub, Cream Cleanser and Body Wash.

What I think: I have been trying the Foaming Scrub.  I love using this to help exfoliate and clear my skin on oiler days.  I think it would be perfect for people with acne-prone skin! Plus, February is National Grapefruit Month, and this is a great way to get a daily dose of that fruit!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin
Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin

Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin ($5.99 USD) — Combination skin types have different cleansing needs in order to look and feel their best. Often, the wrong face cleansers are used  for the concerns specific to combination skin and as a result, skin does not get the right care it needs. CUSTOMIZED CLEANSING: Garnier CLEAN + Purifying Foam Cleanser effectively cleanses and purifies skin without overdrying. SKIN TYPE SPECIFIC CARE: Garnier Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser’s formula, infused with antioxidants from grapefruit and pomegranate, softens and balances skin. Oil free.

What I think:  This gentle foaming cleanser has become my daily night time cleanser.  It takes off my makeup in the evening and does not dry out my skin.  It also has a soft, fresh scent and foams up nicely!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar
X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar

Pur Attitude X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar ($42.50 USD)– Creates a customized cleanser to exfoliate dull, dead skin. It refines pores, retexturizes, revitalizes and smoothes skin. The beads are self-adjusting to prevent over-exfoliation.

In a 28 day consumer study:

  • 88% reported minimized pores
  • 94% reported improved skin smoothness
  • 96% reported improved skin radiance
  • 100% reported gentle, non-irritating

What I think:  The instructions for this product say to add some to your favorite cleanser and apply to face.  That’s what I have been doing, and I really have been noticing results such as my pores appear smaller and my face looks smoother!

Available at

line delivers a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Available in five formulas, the Pink Grapefruit line offers pre-moistened Cleansing Wipes, Facial Cleanser, Foaming Scrub, Cream Cleanser and Body Wash.
From the Lab

For gorgeous skin, try the From the Lab subscription service.  I have just tested their January selections. This two-product box contains a powerhouse of anti-aging ingredients that will wake up skin even in the coldest of temperatures. The first product, Beauty Elixir No. 602 is loaded with superior actives, including the ingredient never before used in the United States: Nicotiana Sylvestris Stem Cell Peptide. This all-natural peptide provides defense against not just one skin concern, but multiple! The Beauty Elixir No. 602 not only improves skin tone, but reduces the appearance of wrinkles and strengthens skin to prevent environmental damage.

From the Lab doesn’t stop there – they’ve taken the benefits from the Beauty Elixir No. 602 even further and included an Eye Serum No. 603 to help stimulate circulation and alleviate dark circles. Containing caffeine to help reduce under-eye puffiness, the Eye Serum No. 603 is the finishing touch to the perfect skincare duo!

From the Lab works with the best cosmetic labs in the world to bring customers one, two or three full-sized sample products with the most unique, never-before used ingredients up to 18-months before they hit shelves. June’s Face Primer No. 327 and Eye Primer No. 328 recently launched in European Store Rogue Bunny Rogue for a combined price of $80, but From the Lab customers got the exclusive on these products for just $19.95! You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to get today’s beauty products – get the best of the best first with From the Lab!

Monthly Subscription Price: $29.95

What I think:  I have been using both products.  My favorite has been the eye serum as it smoothes and de-puffs the skin around my eyes. I have been seeing results after using the face serum as well, but it does irritate my sensitive skin a bit.  So I use it every other night and it has been working perfectly!

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Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones
Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones

Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones ($14.99 USD)– As skin ages, wrinkles and loss of firmness occur, and skin begins to look less smooth and less luminous. Some anti-aging creams take time to help correct the signs of aging, but you want to see a more immediate transformation. With breakthrough transforming technology, Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector provides a double transformation. The auto-adjusting texture transforms on contact with skin for immediate correction and brightening. It releases micro-pigments that instantly adjust to any skin tone whether you are fair, medium, or deep, making skin flawless, smooth and radiant. Over time, the formula with Pro-Retinol from Nature boosts natural cell renewal while actually protecting skin’s surface moisture barrier, to help prevent dryness* so wrinkles are reduced and firmness is restored.

What I think: LOVE this product!  I have been using it over face serum in the morning as it moisturizes and is a great SPF.  But the way it instantly evens out my skin tone is almost like magic!  My pores appear smaller and the redness is minimized.  I haven’t used it long enough to see the long-term benefits, but I will!

Available at mass market retailers.

Vemma Renew
Vemma Renew

At only 45 calories and made with natural sweeteners, Vemma Renew is an ultra-premium nutritional beverage that provides the essential nutrients needed to maintain overall health and well-being. This flavorful, caffeine-free, non-carbonated drink is packed with antioxidants and features 2 ounces of the clinically studied Vemma formula along with 20 mg of silica, which is known to help maintain healthy skin, nails and hair. Along with Silica, Vemma Renew contains anti-aging properties and a formula that supports collagen production, which gives Renew the added benefit of appealing to consumers looking for a healthy approach to beauty from the inside out.

2oz of the clinically studied Vemma formula

  • 20mg of plant-sourced silica known to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair
  • Anti-aging and immune boosting properties
  • Supports collagen production
  • Only 45 calories and 5g of all-natural sweeteners
  • A non-carbonated, refreshing fruit flavor
  • Caffeine free and non-GMO
  • No artificial flavors and colors or high fructose corn syrup

What I think:  I have tried a couple of cans of this drink and I think it is an interesting idea — drinking your skin and hair care!  It has a sweet, fruity taste and I can see a person drinking a can a day to stay healthy.  I didn’t see any immediate results by drinking a couple of cans of the drink, but it would be a good supplement for anti-aging skin care.

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Fab Skincare Deals For Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2013!

It’s almost here! I, of course mean Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) — the ultimate crazy shopping experience.  I go every year, but I am thinking of staying home this year and shopping online.  Or, I might do both! We’ll see…

Below are some great skincare deals for Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday.  Check them out!


Sebamed’s is an excellent skincare line for sensitive skin. This Black Friday through Cyber Monday, shoppers have the chance to receive 20% off their purchase of skin & hair care products – NO minimum required!

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Peter Thomas Roth — 20% off sitewide. Shoppers can score great deals on the hero products from lines like Laser-Free, Un-Wrinkle, Neuroliquid, Camu Camu and other fan favorites.

Available exclusively on Friday 11/29 at


Erno Laszlo — On Cyber Monday, 12/2, Receive an 8-piece “Big Beauty Bonus” – the brand’s biggest GWP offering yet – with any purchase of $200 or more. Gift includes:

  • ·         Full-size Firmarine Neck Cream (1.7oz)
  • ·         Timeless Skin Serum (0.5oz)
  • ·         Luminous Intensive Décolleté SPF 20 (1oz)
  • ·         TranspHuse Day Serum (0.5oz)
  • ·         TranspHuse Age-Defying Mask (1.45oz)
  • ·         Phormula 3-9 Cream sample packette
  • ·         Phormula 3-9 Serum sample packette
  • ·         Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair sample packette

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BLISS — Black Friday & Cyber Monday : 20% off all full size bliss, Elemis and Remede products (sets not included).

Green Monday: Purchase a $200 bliss gift card for only $160 (valid on  and at bliss spas)

Available at


MyChelle Dermaceuticals, the #1 brand of facial skin care in the natural products industry, is offering 50% off their entire site! Whether you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffers or to take your own skin care regimen to the next level, head over to on Monday, December 2 and use the code ‘CYBER13’ at checkout to redeem your discount!

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Give the gift of MIYU this holiday season, but don’t forget to also treat yourself! Simply enter the voucher code BFCMMIYU25 at checkout. **Offer excludes kits and pairings.  Cannot be combined with any other offer. Qualifying amount applies to merchandise only, not on applicable taxes, shipping and handling. Sale starts 8:00 am EST, Nov 29 and expires 11:59 pm EST, Dec 2, 2013.


Yes to — Black Friday (11/29) — 40% off Site Wide, 24-hour sale: Cannot be combined with other offers, excludes bundles.

Cyber Monday (12/2): Deuces are wild!  $2 on everything for two hours on 12/2! Starts 12pm (EST) – 2pm (EST). Cannot be combined with other offers, single items only, excludes bundles.

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From the Lab is the newest beauty subscription box on the market, designed to give that special someone in your life the best, most innovative beauty products up to 18 months before they hit shelves! Make sure to get your holiday order in for Cyber Monday at! Non-members can sign up for a membership and get a free gift worth up to $200, while existing members get 50% off of any and every product!


Enjoy shopping!

New Products to Prepare Hair for Fall


Kanebo Sensai Collection Sensai Volumizing Shampoo
Kanebo Sensai Collection Sensai Volumizing Shampoo
Sensai by Kanebo is known for bringing the most innovative Japanese technology to skincare. However, the luxury specialists also offer superb-quality hair care as well.

Sensai Moisturizing Shampoo ($30): A nourishing formula featuring ginseng extract which grants moisture to dry hair for a smooth, rich finish. Recommended for hair that lacks volume, this fortifying formula features soybean extract to nourish and volumize each strand for a thick, luxurious finish.

  • Soybean extract nourishes and fortifies each strand, building volume and achieving a thick, luxurious finish.
  • Rich foam provides a smooth and satisfying treatment experience.
  • Elegant, fresh floral fragrance.

What I think — This luxury shampoo smells fantastic and works great on my summer-dried hair.

Sensai products may be purchased at and

From The Lab Hair Mask No. 718
From The Lab Hair Mask No. 718

While summer is becoming a distant memory, the damage that the sun and chlorine caused to your beautiful locks remains a harsh reality.  This fall, feed your hair with an exclusive Hair Mask from the innovative beauty company, From the Lab.  From the Lab’s Hair Mask No. 718 contains stem cells from the rare Uttwiler Spatlauber apple, never before used in the USA and known for its longevity and ability to prevent hair’s signs of aging. The Hair Mask No. 718 also contains a unique blend of Argan, Avocado, Jojoba, and Brazil Nut Oil. These ingredients have all stood on their own, but combining them together creates something special for your hair – a moisture and softness that surpasses any other hair treatment! You’d only feed your body the best nutrients possible, so why not do the same for your hair?

What I think:  I love this mask!  Apply it to dry hair 10-30 minutes before washing your hair.  Leaves it so soft.  Also, From the Lab is a subscription service.  For $19.95 a month, they work with the best cosmetic labs in the world to create the most advanced and high-end skin care, hair care and color cosmetic products. Up to 18-months before these products hit retail, members receive full-sized samples of one, two or three products the first week of every month, and can continue buying the products they love through the online store.



With the summer weather (and summer hours!) officially a thing of the past, we understand how hard waking up in the mornings can be. Nexxus is here to remind you that running late doesn’t mean that there isn’t time to create wow-worthy hair!

Option 1: Refresh Yesterday’s Look

Technique: Get some mileage out of yesterday’s masterpiece with the Nexxus Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Dry Shampoo ($17.99). First spray onto the roots, then rub into scalp and gently brush out. This lightweight formula absorbs excess oil without leaving behind that pesky residue.

Option 2: Banish Bed Head

Technique: Tossing and turning against a pillow can make hair look frizzy and frazzled. Try applying a dime-sized amount of the Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Smoothing Shine Serum ($11.99) to the ends of hair to add shine and smooth fly-aways.

What I think:  The dry shampoo is so good.  I cleaned the house all morning with my hair in a ponytail and I am about to go to the movies, so I used the shampoo to refresh my hair and it looks and smells great!  And hair oil is always a great product to have to help frizzy hair look shiny again.

Available at mass market retailers near you.  Learn more at

New York Streets Volume Foam
New York Streets Volume Foam

New York Streets Volume Foam ($21 USD) — 1 or 2 pumps is all you need. Apply to wet hair before blow drying for maximum volume and shine on even the finest hair. Work through curly hair for beautiful, bouncy curls without frizz.

What I think:  This volume foam adds a great amount of volume to hair without leaving a sticky residue.  Smells great, too!

Hairdo 23" Wavy Extension
Hairdo 23″ Wavy Extension

To achieve long locks, a pixie cut or a bob without ever making a commitment, try one of the following hair additions from HairUWear. Each style is made with a heat-styleable fiber that can be flat-ironed or curled at 350 degrees:

Hairdo by HairUWear 23 inch Wavy Extensions ($99: This multi-level one-piece clip-in extension creates east, fashionable style without the hassle of several individual wefts of hair. Short hair transforms into luxurious below the shoulder hair and long hair becomes thick and full.

What I think:  I have this extension in dark brown.  It matches my hair exactly.  And it gives length and curl.  Very nice quality!

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From The Lab Subscription Beauty Box


Innovative brand From the Lab has already shown us they understand what makes us beauty fanatics blush. This new and unique monthly subscription service is designed to give every woman access to the future of high-end beauty products before they hits shelves.  In the first box, From the Lab brought us beauty from the future in the form of primers packed with anti-aging properties, color correcting capabilities and pore minimizing assets. Cutting-edge ingredients like Peruvian Rhatany Root Extract provides anti-aging and skin-conditioning benefits while Para Cress Flower Extract stimulates collagen production and increases the skin’s natural lifting capacities to deliver visible results in just 30 days!

For a limited time, From the Lab is offering a special charter membership for the low price of $19.95!  While they can’t tell you what’s coming up next, they can promise between 1-3 completely revolutionary products in each box that can’t be found anywhere else for up to 18 months!

Price: $19.95 (+S&H) per month for a charter membership. Once fully launched the price goes up to $29.95 (+S&H) per month.

These are full-size, 30-day supplies of 1-3 beauty products each month (project value $40-200). Memberships are limited. From the Lab offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

To request and inviatation to join, visit and click on the Get Invited Button on the upper right hand corner.


I received the June box to review courtesy of From the Lab from my honest review.  The two products that I received in the box were Face Primer No. 327 and Eye Lift Primer No. 328.  I have to say, I love both primers and use them every day (and I have a lot of makeup and skin care to choose from each day)!

Face Primer No. 327 — The claim is that it glides on to your skin, creating a smooth, even canvas that keeps your makeup looking fresh for up to 24 hours. Its advanced formula enhances adherence while it calms and repairs the appearance of your skin by giving you multiple skincare benefits in a single primer including anti-aging, color correction and pore minimizing.

What I think:  When I first pumped this out, I was very surprised.  It is white and thin, like a sunscreen.  It is unscented.  When I apply it onto my face after moisturizing it instantly smooths and evens the color on my face.  It’s pretty amazing. The finish is really natural, not too matte or too glowy.  LOVE this!  Sometimes I put it on and nothing else before a little powder and blush.

Eyelift Primer No. 328 — The claim is that it nourishes the delicate skin of your eyelid while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its weightless, pure velvet cream texture diffuses light to provide an optical smoothing effect, while its innovative, extremely long-wearing formula prevents creasing and keeps your eye shadow vibrant for up to 12 hours.

What I think:  I have been known to put this on, a little liner and mascara and go out the door.  It is so pretty!  It has a sheer beige color that evens out the eyelid’s tone and is pretty by itself if you want a neutral eye!  And shadows last longer when the primer is applied first!

So visit and check it out.  It is an inexpensive way to try quality skincare and makeup products!