Brand Review — Truly Organic

Truly Organic
Truly Organic

I was sent a package of wonderful organic beauty products for my honest review from Truly Organic. Truly Organic sends monthly bundles of the finest organic hair & body care personally curated & delivered to your door.

So how does it work?

4 items for $38.95 — Conveniently delivered right to your doorstep. Mix  and match monthly.

Make it Your Own – Choose your products and plan frequency. Update at any time.

Save up to 65% — Add up to 3 more items to your Bundle for only $7.95 each

I received a shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, black soap face bar, super face cream, a bath bomb, and a body lotion.  All of these products smell wonderful and have really natural scents.

One of my favorites is the body lotion.  The ingredients include raw coconut, acai, dragon fruit, lavender and African cucumber.  It’s so hydrating, but sinks right into my skin without feeling greasy. The bath bomb is fun to use before applying the lotion.

The shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free along with organic and natural.  That’s important for me, because I color my hair.  They also leave hair soft and silky, and smell amazing, too!

I love that you can customize your bundle each month.  That way you can try new products while continuing using your favorites.

Purchase at http://www.trulyorganic.com

Have you tried Truly Organic?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Try New Shampoos And Conditioners This Spring!

We are completely into spring now, with summer on it’s way.  And as it has been getting warmer (and more humid in Kansas City), my hair has been crying out for some TLC!

The products before really clean the hair and deeply moisturize it.  So important when going into summer.  I hope you find something to love and please leave a comment with your favorite warmer weather hair products!

 

Be HairWorks Set
Be HairWorks Set

Be HairWorks Set ($48 USD) — Be HairWorks is an innovative new product developed to remove product and mineral buildup from the hair. The only liquid formulation available on the market today, its unique formulation not only removes every day build-up caused from hairspray, gels, conditioners and shampoos, but also removes minerals. That’s important because minerals can block the effectiveness of all other hair care products. This set includes:

Be True Hair Purification — Be True is a gentle formula used to remove product and mineral build-up from the hair, purifying the hair back to its natural brilliance. DIRECTIONS: Wet hair thoroughly, work through hair using wide tooth comb or fingers. Leave in 5-10 min. Rinse.

Be Kind Cleanse — Be Kind is a moisturizing shampoo developed to kindly cleanse the hair. DIRECTIONS: After using Be True, lather and rinse.

Be Generous Deep Moisture Treatment — Be Generous was developed to generously add moisture, leaving the hair soft, shiny and lustrous. DIRECTIONS: After using Be Kind, work through hair with fingers or wide tooth comb. Leave in 5-10 min. Rinse.

What I think: This is an interesting concept, using three steps to get hair very clean and moisturized.  I haven’t used a system like this before.  And even though it is a bit of extra work, it really make my hair clean and so soft!  My hair was also so shiny.  Loved!

Purchase at behairworks.com

Canyon Ranch Gentle Shampoo ($24 USD) — This sulfate-free shampoo gently and effectively cleanses without stripping hair of its natural oils. Chia seed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid to promote a healthy scalp and lustrous, youthful-looking hair.

Canyon Ranch Nourishing Conditioner (24 USD) — This silky conditioner locks in moisture to help restore strength and shine. Chia seed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid to promote a healthy scalp and lustrous, youthful-looking hair.

What I think:  Both of these products from this new line smell amazing!  I love the sleek design of the bottles, too.  Very luxe!  Plus, I am very happy how soft and shiny they leave my hair.  The shampoo cleans without stripping my hair, plus it’s sulfate-free so it doesn’t ruin my color. It is important to me to have manageable hair that is not frizzy, and the conditioner was moisturizing without weighing my hair down.

Purchase at shop.canyonranch.com

PHYTO Phytoneutre Clarifying Detox Shampoo ($24 USD): This detoxifying shampoo is enriched with eucalyptus oil to cleanse, refresh, and stimulate the scalp without stripping hair of essential moisture. It effectively eliminates product build-up that tends to weight hair down and dulling residues such as smoke, pollutants, and hard water minerals. When used weekly, hair is left soft, gleaming, and full of body.

PHYTO Huile Supreme ($40 at Sephora) — This rich, beautifying treatment oil that instantly absorbs into the hair while delivering deep down nutrition. The versatile formula can be used prior to blow drying or as a finishing touch to discipline thick and rebellious hair. Just a few drops creates perfectly defined curls, reduces excess volume, and provides instant nutrition and long-term repair. It delivers anti frizz protection, volume control, manageability, and curl definition, leaving hair smooth, shiny, and soft.

What I think:  Both of these products seem so luxe to me and have really helped my hair!  The Detox Shampoo is perfect for getting all of the crud out of my hair.  It cleans so nicely.  I like using it once or twice a week.  The Huile Supreme is a light oil that leaves hair soft and frizz-free. It is nice as a finishing oil.

Purchase at Sephora and http://www.sephora.com

Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Extra Gentle Ucuuba Hair Mask
Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Extra Gentle Ucuuba Hair Mask

Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Extra Gentle Ucuuba Hair Mask ($15.99 USD) — This 100% vegan, natural and organic Hair Mask certified by EcoCert® and created with Preciosa Essential Oil from the Amazon Rainforest, controls volume, hydrates, softens and shapes curls. It also strengthens hair, leaving it silky and more manageable

What I think:  I love this deep conditioning mask. I apply it after I wash my hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes. It leaves my hair so soft and frizz free. This has a spicy scent that isn’t too strong, but different than any hair product I have used.  It’s great to use a couple of times a week to keep hair looking bouncy and shiny!

Purchase at http://www.suryabrasilproducts.com

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 5-11, 2015

We are already well into October, can you believe it?  It was 85 today, but I’m hoping it cools down soon and stays cool!

This week, I’m loving a long wearing brow pencil, a volume-building hair product, an ultra-moisturizing hand cream and a supplement that will help prevent sun damage in skin.

Leave a comment and let me know what you are loving now.  I am excited to hear!

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil ($21 USD) –A brow pencil with an ultra-fine point that allows you to mimic hairs to extend your brows and fill in sparseness. Benefits are that it’s long wearing, non smudging, water resistant, sweat & humidity resistant.

Umbreen Sheikh  of Wink Brow Bar in NYC has shared her tips on shaping / perfecting your brows which can helpful when using the Smashbox items. They include not overdoing it even though bold brows are in.

What I think:  This is very easy to use.  I use feathery stroke.  The main thing I do is fill in the tail of my brow, and then use the spoolie brush to blend it in and make it look natural.

Purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

 

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper
L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper ($40 USD) — Fattens skinny hair strands and gives hair a bold, robust appearance. Bulks-up hair without weight and delivers fullness & density. Defines & separates and gives hair added dimension.  Provides internal bounce and delivers flexible support.

What I think: I really like using this product, it gives great volume and leaves my hair soft and shiny!  I use it on dry hair, but want to see what it does when I apply it on wet hair, too. It also smells really nice and holds style well.

Learn more at http://www.lanza.com

KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula
KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula

KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula ($14.50 2.54 fl. oz.) — is enriched with nourishing almond oil and antioxidant-rich calendula to help relieve dry hands. Calendula, combined with almond oil and aloe, helps retain natural moisture of the skin, leaving hands smooth and supple. A blend of natural butters and antioxidants provides additional comfort. Use the 91.9 percent natural formula daily for immediate and long-term relief.

What I think:  I love the scent of this!  It’s wonderful!  Plus, it is so moisturizing and not greasy at all, which is perfect for a hand cream. It leaves my hands soft and silky all day!

Available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.

Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement
Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement

Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement ($72 for 36 capsules) — contains a powerful blend of antioxidants, including Fernblock Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), Vitamin C and Pomegranate extract. These dietary supplements help defend your skin from the inside out. Like the original Heliocare, this Ultra formula helps maintain the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun-related effects and aging. Heliocare Ultra’s extra strength formula contains twice as many antioxidants as the original Heliocare.

What I think:  I really like the idea of this product.  The effects of sun damage on skin can be severe, and if this helps skin stay smooth and supple, that’s amazing!

Available at select dermatology offices and LovelySkin.com

New Products For Perfect Summer Hair

Summer hair is, at the same time, easy and frustrating.  By easy, I mean that you can sport uncomplicated styles like beachy waves and cute braids.  It can also be frustrating to fight frizz and sun damage.

Below are some of my current faves for healthy and gorgeous hair:

Dessert Essence Island Mango Shampoo & Conditioner ($9, 8 fl. oz. each) — Infused with a blend of mango seed butter, organic shea butter and organic coconut oil, this shampoo cleanses with rich lather for soft, healthy hair. Use the delightfully scented Island Mango Conditioner tolock-in moisturize for smooth, silky, deeply moisturized strands.

Italian Lemon Shampoo & Conditioner, ($9, 8 fl. oz. each) — Formulated with energizing lemon oil, rich in anti-oxidant vitamin C, this deep cleaning shampoo removes product and oil build up without stripping hair of natural moisture. Follow using the lightweight Italian Lemon Conditioner to replenish hairs natural moisture while adding shine for soft andmanageable hair.

What I think:  These both have such wonderful summer scents! The Island Mango is my favorite. I leaves my hair so soft.  The Italian Lemon is great once or twice a week because it really cleans the product out of my hair and makes my hair so shiny!  I suggest trying both!

Available on http://www.desertessence.com and at select Whole Foods nationwide.

Topganic Shampoo with Obliphica Oil ($9 USD 13.53 fl. oz.) — Luxurious shampoo, enriched with Obliphica oil, Vitamin E, Natural essences and Dead Sea Minerals. Our shampoo gently cleanses your hair while maintaining its natural moisture level. Nourishes the hair roots. Leaves your hair soft, healthy and shiny. Wonderfully fragranced.

Topganic Conditioner with Obliphica Oil ($9 USD 13.53 fl. oz.) — Luxurious conditioner, enriched with Obliphica oil, Vitamin E, Natural essences and Dead Sea Minerals. After cleansing your hair with Topganic shampoo, our conditioner helps maintain a healthy moisture balance for beautiful, silky strands. Provides your hair with a soft touch, healthy look and a beautiful shine. Wonderfully fragranced.

What I think:  These all natural products are so good for the hair!  It cleans hair without stripping it and leave it soft and shiny!  The scent is soft and really pretty.  This is perfect for those who are using only natural products.

Available at http://www.topganic.com

Unwash’s Hydrating Masque
Unwash’s Hydrating Masque

Unwash’s Hydrating Masque ($34 USD) — you can replenish lost hydration and leave the hair as smooth and as soft as if you had just left the salon. This moisturizing masque cleans without stripping natural oils, leaving nothing but shiny, healthy hair.

What I think: This fantastically-scented mask transforms dry, summer hair.  After leaving on for about 5-10 minutes, my hair is so soft!  And, it looks so healthy.

Available at http://www.unwash.com

Sun Bum Beach Formula
Sun Bum Beach Formula

Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On  ($19.99 USD)- Make sure to keep hair shiny, glossy and tamed with Sun Bum Beach Formula! The Beach Formula Shine On is an AMAZING lightweight oil treatment protects your hair from the elements while naturally hydrating, restoring, and strengthening it!

It’s color safe and blended with pure Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Banana Leaf to ensure your hair is the silkiest EVER.

What I think: I love this oil!  Just one pump works for my medium length hair.  I apply it to damp hair and my hair dries soft and smooth!  It is not oily at all — so light! — and it does wonders for my summer hair!

Purchase at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Scunci No Slip Silicone Headwraps (approx. $5.99 USD) — No-Slip Silicone Headwraps are the ultimate ‘fashion meets function’ must-have.

Scunci Braided 3X Stronger Elastics (approx. $3.99 USD) — Braided elastics in black, strong and hold hair without pulling or breaking.

What I think: These are both perfect for working out in the summer.  They also come in handy on very hot days that I don’t want to wear my hair down!

Purchase at Walmart and drugstores.

What hair products are you loving this summer?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner
Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner

Living in Kansas City can be quite the beauty challenge for my hair. The air is very dry in the winter so my hair becomes flyaway. The worst time of the year for my hair, though, is the summer. The humidity and heat turn my hair into a fuzzball. So frizz-free haircare is a must!  

Living Proof’s No Frizz was created by a team of scientists by applying advanced technology to solve the problem of frizzy hair. They are launching  another great breakthrough: No Frizz Shampoo, No Frizz Conditioner and No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, a complete hair care collection that brings the frizz-fighting power of PolyfluoroEster to the most advanced cleansing and conditioning formulas.
 
Here are the new products and their descriptions:

No Frizz Shampoo ($24.00 8oz)was developed with PolyfluoroEster and SLMI, a gentle, sulfate-free surfactant that actually gives a luscious lather but removes any trace of dirt or oil without stripping the hair. 
 
No Frizz Conditioner ($24.00 8oz) also contains PolyfluoroEster yet is completely devoid of the heavy oils, silicones and butters found in many frizz-fighting conditioners so it doesn’t weigh hair down.
 
No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($24.00 8oz) is an ideal option for drier hair, incorporating PolyfluoroEster with lightweight glycerin as the key moisturizing component instead of heavy oils, a first for a leave-in frizz-fighting product. No Frizz Leave-In conditioner is one of the only oil-free, silicone-free leave-in conditioners available on the market.

For my hair, I like to use all three of the products. I first shampoo, then apply conditioner and leave it in for a few minutes. I then towel-dry my hair and use the leave-in conditioner for extra smoothness. This really helps my hair say soft and manageable and cuts down on the frizzies.  

The new No Frizz hair care collection will be available in Sephora, Sephora.com, QVC, QVC.com and www.livingproof.com beginning September 2009.

David Babaii for Wildaid

At the core of David Babaii for Wildaid hair products is a partnership between celebrity hairstylist David Babaii and actress Kate Hudson. 10% of the  profits go to global wildlife conservation organization Wildaid to help save endangered animals.

Wonderful? Yes, but even more wonderful is that the natural ingredients are so good for your hair! They are “an exclusive blend of exotic natural and renewable ingredients. Rich Cupuacu butter from the South American Amazon, nutrient rich super volumizing volcanic ash from the Vanuatu islands of the South Pacific, Blue Algae, and Polynesian White Ginger (to name but a few).” 

The products are free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, and animal products. And of course, free from all animal testing.

The best thing of all (for people watching their wallets)? These quality products are affordable — with many of them just $9.95! Here are 3 of my favorites: 

Amplifying Shampoo ($9.95 13.5 oz) is touted to add lift and luster to fine, limp hair (like mine). Volcanic ash brings volume, white ginger enhances sine and coconut oil created the rich lather. This is not only safe for color-treated hair, it will help the color last longer.  

Amplifying Conditioner ($9.95 13.5 oz) — this product also contains volcanic ash, white ginger and also has blue algae to strengthen, smooth and to create shine. 

Hair Polish ($9.95 1.7 oz) contains nettle, orchid, oat, cucumber and white ginger to keep hair stronger and healthier. Wheat and Rice proteins offer natural damage control. This is a light cream that you use on damp hair before styling.

Using these three products together, my hair becomes a totally different entity. It has tons of body and hold. I used it this morning and now at bedtime I still have volume, bounce and shine. And it feels so soft and natural. These are some of the best hair products I have tried lately!

Visit www.db4wildaid.com to purchase and for a store locater. Enjoy!

ApHogee helps Restore Over-Processed Hair

ApHogee is a product line that was developed as a serious approach to hair care. The website states, “it has been proven that superior results require healthy hair with structural integrity and a proper balance of strength, elasticity, and smoothness.  This is why ApHogee products include our exclusive PropHytamine Complex which utilizes precise levels of proteins, emollients, and humectants to achieve and maintain healthy hair.”

The cool thing about this line is that it can be used on all types and textures of hair including color-treated, permed and relaxed.  It is touted to help in the treatment of severe hair damage, and the correction of dryness, dullness, brittleness, limpness, splitting, and frizz. Two of my favorite ApHogee products are. 

Shampoo for Damaged Hair ($7.99) — This rich, luxurious shampoo was created to clean gently and to not harm color, perm or relaxer services. It contains proteins, emollients and vitamins to restore sheen and pliability to hair and can be used safely  everyday on chemically treated hair. My hair gets so frizzy in the summer and I see an immediate difference after I use this shampoo. It instantly makes my hair soft and flowy. And it smells very refreshing and a bit citrusy.

Gloss Therapy Hair Polish — ($8.99) — This is a great, non-greasy hair gloss. Use a dime size on towel dried hair if it is fine,and apply more for coarser, thicker hair. It smooths, detangles and fixes split ends. Plus it shields hair against UV damage and frizz while brightening highlights.  

Visit www.aphogee.com  to learn more about the products and www.sallybeauty.com to purchase them.

Folicure Makes Fine Hair Full

Folicure is a haircare line to help thicken fine and thinning help. The Folicure’s System promotes a clean scalp and fuller, thicker hair with scientific formulas specially developed for fine or thinning hair. Folicure treatment, shampoo, conditioners, and styling products may be used individually or in conjunction with one another for maximum benefits.

Folicure Shampoo (approx. 14.75 USD) was created to remove sebum and clean gently without stripping away natural nutrients found on a healthy scalp. Folicure Original Conditioner’s (approx. 14.75 USD) exclusive scientific formulation provides added body, fullness and shine to fine and thinning hair. This conditioner is left in the hair and continues to work until it is washed out. It contains no greasy additives to weigh hair down.

I really like the shampoo it really cleans the hair, but still keeps it soft. The conditioner works well, too, but the very strong peppermint scent is a little much for me. My husband really likes both products. They would work well for both men and women.

The Folicure website, www.folicure.com, is down right now, but check back to learn more about the products, which are sold on various beauty websites. Just search for Folicure to find what you need.

Redken Color Extend Sun Collection

Redken Color Extend Sun Collection
Redken Color Extend Sun Collection

Redken has released a haircare line that is for protecting and repairing hair in the summer heat and humidity. The Color Extend Sun Line is touted to “protect highlights, safeguard color and replenish sun-stressed strands. Redken’s exclusive Interbond Conditioning System and advanced Hydra-Shield Complex with Soplexyl™, a patented UV filter, provide powerful protection while restoring lost moisture and luminous shine.”

The line includes the following:

Color Extend Sun After-Sun Shampoo — ($15.00 USD) – Gently cleanses and removes minerals, chlorine and salt deposits while helping to repair sun-damaged hair.

Color Extend Sun After-Sun Mask — ($15.00 USD) — Instantly detangles and revitalizes sundamaged hair with intense moisture replenishment and repair.

Color Extend Sun After-Sun Sparkling Shield — ($16.00 USD) — Helps provide water-resistant protection against UVA/UVB rays, chlorine and minerals while creating a sleek, polished finish.

I always feel good when I know my haircare products are safe on my color-treated hair. This is especially important during the summer when I am outside or in the swimming pool with my kids. The shampoo seems to get all of the chlorine and minerals out of our hair after swimming and the mask brings back the moisture.  My daughters enjoy the Sparkling Shield which leaves a little glimmer in the hair.

Visit www.redken.com to learn more about these product and to find a salon near you to purchase them.

Want to Cover the Grays Naturally? Try Clairol Natural Instincts

Natural Instincts' Golden Cappuccino
Natural Instincts' Golden Cappuccino

 

For my last review in my hair-stravaganza week, I decided to review a home hair color. In this crazy economical climate, I need to cut at lease a few corners when it comes to beauty. Clairol, a leader in the home hair color arena, is a good one to try.

A few weeks back, I attended a webinar on home hair color featuring Clairol’s Natural Instincts (approximately $9.49 USD). It touted Natural Instincts non-permanent, ammonia free color as a healthy alternative to harsher products. The color lasts through 28 shampoos and is gentle enough to be used once a month.

Something interesting that was featured on the webinar is that you can use a shade that is lighter than your natural hair color, and it won’t change the color, but enhance it.

So far I have tried Golden Cappuccino from the Golden Shimmer collection. It is a dark golden brown that is very pretty. It gave my hair a warm, golden tint. Next I am going to try Clove, a medium ash brown. It’s a very pretty cool color that will add a different hue to my hair.

To check out the different colors and types of Natural Instincts as well as other Clairol hair color, visit the website at www.clairol.com.