Hair Color Review — ONC Natural Colors

ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown
ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown

Hi all!  I was recently sent a box of ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown ($24.95 USD) for my honest review.  I do color my hair at home (cover those grays) — and I enjoying trying new brands.

This is a natural, healthier, hair color that  contains a spectrum of  29 shades.  Since it’s pH is low, it holds both hair color and hair care in one bottle. The claims of this product are:

“NATURALCOLORS is the healthier hair color dye with certified organic ingredients and perfect gray coverage. It is applied using heat to open the cuticles. This method protects the hair from damaging, unhealthy ammonia used in chemical color dye to open the cuticle. The pH value of NATURALCOLORS is much lower than chemical color dyes and many “natural” hair colors dyes. After rinsing the hair’s pH value is closer to a neutral value. The scale layer of the hair, the cuticle, is closed, and the color does not fade, providing a more natural, permanent solution.”

This was a bit more complicated to use than other hair dyes.  You apply to scalp, then cover with a plastic hair cap and blow dry for 10 minutes. Then remove the cap, apply the rest of the product to the hair and let sit for 20 more minutes. I have to be honest, I didn’t stand in my bathroom for 10 minutes drying my scalp.  But I did it for a few minutes and did wait the whole 10 before applying the rest of the product.

I like that this didn’t sting or stain my skin.  It smelled nice, too.  The shade I bought was the third darkest shade after Black and Darkest Brown.  My hair is dark brown, so I thought Dark Brown would match.  It was almost black! But after a few days, it wore down to my natural Dark Brown. And, it covered my gray really nicely.

I really liked the results with this.  My hair was dark and shiny.  And I was happy to use natural hair dye without all of the chemicals.  Plus the color has stayed fresh for weeks!

Do you color your hair? What products do you like?

 

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Project Pan April-June 2018

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I’m doing another Project Pan!  It’s my second one ever and the second one this year.  I’m going to do quarterly Project Pans in 2018 and see how it goes.

My first one (you can read about here)

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I included makeup this time!  I don’t have any pressed powder products, and don’t know when I will.  I’m not close to pan on any pressed shadows, blushes, bronzers etc, because I have so many and like to use different products every day.

Starting with my much loved Maybelline Fit Me! loose powder.  I have recently purchased a new powder (and new foundation and concealers)  and want to start trying them, so I need to use this up.  I’ve been using it for months.  Same with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines foundation and Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.  I received all of these in the fall and have been wearing them on and off.  It’s time to finish them.  They are all so nice and I have been loving them.

I was looking through my stash and saw that I hit a little pan on my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Reversible.  I’m going to try to top off my eye looks with this and maybe even use it as a highlighter.

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I also have a body lotion and and hair glossing cream.  The Philosophy Snow Angel smells so good.  It’s a fresh floral scent and is actually really nice for spring.  I received it before Christmas and I haven’t used it up because it is thick and hard to squeeze out of the bottle.  I need to leave it on it’s side to be able to use it.

The Oscar Blandi Glossing Cream smells amazing! I use it on wet hair to make it manageable and on dry hair for shine. I’ve had it for a while. It’s close to being finished.

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The majority of the pan is skincare.  These are the first three products I need to use up.  The Ofra Peptide Cleanser is about half full, the H2O+ Waterbright moisturizer is about 3/4 full and I’m not sure about the Neocutis night cream.  I’ve had these since last summer/fall so it’s time to use them up!

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Here are the last three products!  The eye hope is about half full.  The Reclaim Botanical neck cream and the Perfectly Posh the ritual mask have both only been used a few times.  I need to start using neck cream every day again and I need to give the mask a good try!

I will be doing the first update at the end of April.  Wish me luck!

Are you doing a Project Pan this year? How’s it going?

Hydrating Products For Winter Skin and Hair — Part 1

My skin and hair are so dry right now!  The weather in Kansas City has really been fluctuating.  One day it’s 30 degrees F, and the next day its 60.  It’s messing me up!

I received the following products for my honest review:

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm
JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($20 USD) — This amazing smelling hand balm is really saving my chapped hands and cuticles! It contains Illipe Butter plus Coconut, Candlenut and Buriti Oils.  These really hydrate and heal rough skin.  I also love that this absorbs quickly..

Available now at juaraskincare.com

Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion
Jason Calming Lavender Hand &; Body Lotion

Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion ($5.60 on Amazon) — This is a rich, non-greasy lotion.  I like to use it on my hands as well as my body because it instantly sinks in and I can work on my computer or phone right away!   It contains a blend of Vitamin C & E and Kukui Nut Oil.  It has a very light lavender scent which is very nice!

Purchase at Amazon.com and learn more at http://www.jason-personalcare.com

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray
Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray ($19 USD) — I air dry my hair, but use a straightening iron to style. My hair has been so dry this winter and hot styling doesn’t help!  This product really reduces the damaging effects of this.  This shields hair with a liquid barrier of thermal protection up to 450 degrees. Contains a blend of Argan, Avocado and Marula Oils, alongside naturally-derived Pea Protein, to increase elasticity and to prevent breakage. Once I spray it on, my flat iron glides through my hair and it looks hydrated and smooth.  Yay!

Purchase at https://flawlesshair.com.  Right now use code XOXO for 40% off sitewide!

I have been loving these products.  Since I am getting tired (what a week!), I am going to feature more of my fave hydrating products in Part 2 on Sunday February 18th…stay tuned!

 

My Beauty Favorites — January 15-21 2018

It was so cold in Kansas City last week, one day it was -5!  But it has warmed up and was in the 40’s today.  It felt balmy!

This week I have been loving a French no-rinse cleanser and products to help my hair stay smooth in the cold winter air:

Collosol Eau de Lait
Collosol Eau de Lait

Collosol Eau de Lait ($18 USD) — A moisturizing milk/micellar water hybrid, this thorough but gentle cleanser can be applied with a cotton pad to remove makeup, moisturize and soothe stinging skin. No rinsing with water is required—a good thing since the limestone in tap water can be irritating to parched, wind-shipped skin. The universal formula is also suited to all skin types, from sensitive to dry to oily/acne-prone.

What I think:  First, this is really fragrant.  It’s floral like gardenias or jasmine, I can’t put my finger on the scent.  It’s nice, though.  It’s a milky liquid, and I apply with to a cotton pad. IT removes makeup very well and leaves my face so soft.  You can also add it to bath water to soften skin.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I might tomorrow after my workout.

A French skincare classic created in Paris in the 1950s, Collosol Eau de Lait can now be found in the U.S. at smallflower.com

John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease Collection

John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease Collection ($6.99 each) — Check out the new statement making look for John Frieda Hair Care’s classic Frizz Ease collection. The iconic purple that has accented the products for years will now be the primary focus, making this collection of frizz-fighters bolder and brighter than ever.  My favorites from the collection are:

Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème (3rd from left in photo) — This versatile smoothing cream, applied to dry strands, instantly transforms puffy, parched style. Creates a supple, shiny finish and silky touch. For use on flyaways, static frizz, and split ends. This is perfect for the cold weather, my hair gets flyaways and this smooths them right out.

Air Dry Waves Styling Foam (4th from left) — Get defined curls without the need for heated styling tools. Infused with moringa oil and a unique blend of polymers, this featherweight curly hair styler helps control frizz for perfectly smooth waves and curls. Non-sticky foam dries quickly, creating a flexible film that cleverly stretches as curl bundles expand while drying, keeping the curl intact. My hair dries wavy, so I love to use this to define my curls while my hair dries.

Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum (2nd from right) — Expertly formulated with a unique blend of silicones. Protect each dehydrated strand against the onset of frizz. Boosts shine. With silk proteins and algae extract, this frizzy hair serum smoothes for more manageable and lustrous results, and provides heat protection. I apply this to soaking wet hair everywhere but my roots.  When my hair dries, its soft and smooth.

Learn more at www.johnfrieda.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

What products are you loving this week!

 

My Beauty Favorites — December 11-17, 2017

As we inch toward Christmas, I have been trying products that help me look and feel better during the hectic season!

They include a luxe primer and setting spray, cruelty-free makeup that makes you look glowy, luxe skincare, a fun steam mask and hair care that will help with dry, winter hair:

Elcie Cosmetics Pearl Radiance Primer ($38 USD) — An oil-free, water-based primer that acts as lingerie for your skin, providing a smooth, seamless and satin-like finish. The formula brightens the complexion with a touch of pearl, boosting luminosity for a healthy and radiant glow. Minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Elcie Cosmetics Hydra Enhancer Setting Mist ($35 USD) — An innovative hydrating and setting mist that balances the complexion, sets makeup and refreshes the skin. This alkaline facial water is an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. It has smaller molecules than tap water, so it absorbs more easily into your skin giving you maximum hydration with a quicker effect, while holding your makeup in place all day. Suitable for all skin types.

What I think:  I love the packaging of these products.  They are very luxe! The primer smoothes skin for makeup and leaves a soft glow.  It so nice under foundation, or on it’s own for a bit of polish.  The mist is so refreshing! It’s a soft mist and instantly hydrates and sinks into the skin.  It holds my makeup in place all day!

Available at elciecosmetics.com

Did you know the amazing and affordable line essence is cruelty-free?  A lot of their products are gluten-free and/or vegan, too:
essence blushplay sculpting blush palette ($5.99 USD) — This palette includes three tonal shades for individual use or the perfect blend to create a multidimensional look. Available in 2 fresh color combinations.
essence shine shine shine lipgloss ($2.99 USD) — This high-shine, wet-look gloss glides on smooth with a highly-pigmented finish. The flocked applicator ensures precise application. Available in 6 shades.
What I think:  I do love a blush palette, and this one is fresh and fun to blend and use together, or separately.  The one above is the Play in Peach, and it also comes in Play in Pink.  The glosses are very shiny, but pigmented too.  There’s also a nice clear gloss for a more natural look, or to wear over other lip products.
Vertere Skincare Travel + Discovery Kit

Vertere Skincare Travel + Discovery Kit ($51 on sale for $28 USD) — This set includes Travel + Discovery sizes of our patented Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 and Refining Treatment Cleanser. This two-week introduction to VERTERE is a perfect companion for traveling, or to gift to friends in need of portable yet highly effective and hydrating wrinkle smoothing and dark spot brightening that won’t clog pores.

What I think: This little kit comes in a cute bag!   The cleanser is so nice, it comes in a handy pump despenser and has a refreshing citrus scent. It leaves my skin clean, but hydrated, too.   The night cream is not greasy at all, it actually hass a bit of a matte finish, which is interesting for a night cream.  In the morning, my skin looks amazing!  My skin tone in more even and looks younger!

Purchase at vertereskincare.com

 

Erborian Pate au Ginseng Concentrated Black Mask

Erborian Pate au Ginseng Concentrated Black Mask ($61 for 1.7 oz) — Formulated with Ginseng root, used for ages in Korea to help fight visible signs of aging, PÂTE AU GINSENG helps improve the appearance of skin’s firmness and elasticity through its tensor effect. With a concentrated dose of Ginseng, and its instant tensor effect, this mask helps your skin feel firmer and smoothes out the appearance of the skin, providing immediate comfort and vitality for tired complexions. As if plumped from within, the skin looks visibly smoother, more luminous and younger.

What I think:  This is so hydrating, but I can also feel it firming my skin.  It makes it look smoother and younger.  This is amazing before going out or photos, too!  It’s also great for those of us who are older and need a bit of help firming skin.

Purchase at usa.erborian.com

 

MegRhythm Lavender Gentle Steam Eye Mask
MegRhythm Lavender Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7) — MegRhythm self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to relax the eyes and hydrate surrounding skin. Its advanced self-heating technology heightens relaxation and relieves hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
What I think:  This is such a fun product.  It’s very easy to use, just open, unfold and place the tabs around your ears.  It does get pretty warm, so fair warning.  It’s very relaxing and soothing on my eyes.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and ConditionerJohn Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99 USD each) — Cold, dry air also dries out your hair. Quench your hair’s thirst and give it a daily dose of intense hydration with this duo that provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning. This shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair continuously soft, silky and smooth through the winter months.

What I think: I love this hair care duo!  It’s so great when my hair needs extra moisture.  I find that my hair is soft and manageable afterwards. They smell nice, too, but not an overpowering scent.
Available at Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide

Hair Tools and Products That Work From Summer into Fall!

It’s almost Fall!  Yay!  Time to get a new ‘do. At least that’s what I like to do, change up my look for the new season.  If I don’t want or need a new haircut, I like to change up the styling of my hair.

I have been sent new tools and products to test out for my honest opinion. They include styling tools and products to hydrate hair and get it ready for styling:

Bed Head Curlipops Tourmaline Ionic Diffuser Dryer

Bed Head Curlipops Tourmaline Ionic Diffuser Dryer ($34.99 USD) — Sweeten up your style with Bed Head Curlipops. The Curlipops Tourmaline Ionic Diffuser Dryer gives your hair massive texture and outrageous volume. Don’t blow it, diffuse it!

  • 1875 Watts
  • Diffuser dryer
  • Don’t blow your style. Diffuse it.
  • Tourmaline Ionic Technology for frizz-free texture and massive shine
  • 2 Heats/Speeds for styling flexibility
  • Cold shot button to set the style
  • 120 Voltage

What I think:  This is such an easy way to get curls or texture in your hair!  Just run the diffuser through hair while drying and you get volume and piecey curls or texture.  My hair is wavy, and this amps it up!  It is curlier and has tons more volume after use.  And for girls with curly hair, this cuts the frizz and defines curls.

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

Bed Head Line Up Electric Mini Ceramic Travel Straightener in Electric Green

Bed Head Line Up Electric Mini Ceramic Travel Straightener ($19.99 at Target)  Recharge your mane with serious shine and a boost of attitude with this easy-to-use, no fuzz straightener. Don’t let its portable size fool you, though– the 1″ ceramic plates give you seriously straight, extra shiny and frizz-free hair that lasts. It is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups and comes in a clear travel pouch.

What I think:  This is tiny!  It’s really cute (I have it in Electric Green).  Even though it is so small, it works very well to straighten and smooth hair.  This is so nice to help battle what humidity does to my hair and it keeps it looking nice.  It has a bag that you can carry it in and stick in your purse.  This is also great for the college student who doesn’t have a lot of room, or for travels.

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Infusium Repair + Renew Original Leave-In Treatment

Infusium Repair + Renew Original Leave-In Treatment ($7.96 USD at Walmart) — The drugstore essential is perfect for repairing summer-damaged hair. This fast, convenient spray protects and maintains hair health. The Infusium Repair + Renew Leave-in Treatment helps repair two years of damage in just one use! It is infused with Argan Oil and Keratin to help build strength and elasticity, and promote smoothness.

What I think:  This is a quick and easy way to really treat and repair hair.  Just spritz it on wet or damp hair and it dries soft and shiny!  This also helps with frizzies.  It has a soft, fresh scent.  I love how affordable it is, too.

Purchase at Walmart, http://www.walmart.com and other mass market retailers.

Marc Anthony Curl Envy Deep Hydrating Mask

Marc Anthony Curl Envy Deep Hydrating Mask ($7.99 USD) — Blended with Vitamin E, Avocado Oil and 100% pure Shea Butter, this ultra-rich mask by Marc Anthony treats extra dry, damaged, frizzy curls with moisture to create soft, smooth, defined curls with shine. Helps to reduce split-ends and breakage.

What I think:  I’m a fan of a good hair mask!  This one is a bit heavy for my fine, wavy hair.  But, I think it would be great for girls and guys with thick hair or curls.  It does have a strong lemon/lime soda scent.  It’s not my favorite, but it’s not offensive.  I do love the natural ingredients in it.

Purchase at Ulta stores, http://www.ulta.com and other mass retailers.

What products are you using on your hair as well roll into Fall?

 

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ECRU New York Silk Nourishing Spray

ECRU New York Silk Nourishing Spray

Has the crazy winter damaged your hair? Winter is almost over (I hope it is, it’s actually snowing in Kansas City today), so its time to tame your dry hair and get it ready for spring and summer!  

A good way to make your hair soft and shiny is with ECRU New York Silk Nourishing Spray ($24.00 USD). This is a very light leave-in conditioning mist that instantly detangles hair while providing hydration.  The spray contains aloe Vera, silk proteins and B5 to penetrate to restore moisture and repair split ends. UV inhibitors help prevent sun damage and thermal abuse.    

What I think: I really like this spray. I use it as an extra barrier against my heated styling tools. It really makes my hair soft and smooth. Plus my 14-year-old daughter loves using it too. She abuses her hair with a straight iron every day, and the Nourishing Spray is helping her hair get back in shape and it looks much healthier!    

Visit www.ecrunewyork to learn more about and to purchase the spray. Enjoy!