My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 23-29, 2017

The weather has been mild this week in Kansas City, but unfortunately I’ve had the flu and haven’t been able to enjoy it.

Even though I have been ill, I have been testing some great new products sent to me for my honest review! Read on for my weekly favorites:

Pur Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick
Pur Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick

Pur Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18 USD) — Dump those dry matte lipsticks. Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks provide sumptuous lip color in an innovative mousse texture that glides on with ease and coats lips in a rich and conditioning burst of color in a true matte finish. Designed with color perfecting technology, the formula does not flake or dry lips and provides a smooth and flawless finish. Soft, kissable lips and bold colour – it’s everything you want in a matte.

What I think:  I’m not a fan of the super drying liquid matte lipsticks that are popular right now, but I have been switching from gloss to a more matte look lately.  The products I like are matte, but also hydrating, and this one is perfect!  It smells yummy and goes on like a mousse.  It gives gorgeous matte color and stays! LOVE!

Purchase at http://www.purcosmetics.com

 

By using John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter, Visibly Deeper, or Sheer Blonde Go Blonder In-Shower Lightening Treatments, you subtly lighten or deepen your hair color without having to consistently visit the salon for touch ups. Because the Treatments only take hair one shade deeper or brighter, the end result is extremely natural—simply an enhanced version of your normal shade.

What I think: I have very dark brown hair, so I tried the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter, and it did lighten it a bit.  I applied it on wet hair and let it set for 5 minutes.  It was really easy to use.  It left my hair a bit dry, so I recommend conditioning with sulfate-free products after use.  This is a fun product!

Available at Food, drug and mass retailers nationwide

KORRES Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial.
KORRES Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial.

KORRES Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45 USD) — This sleeping facial is a weightless soufflĂ© powered by super-charged proteins that melts into skin and works overnight for intense, immediate moisturization. A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yoghurt provides a natural source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultra-hydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion.

What I think:  I enjoy night moisturizers because you can treat and hydrate your skin while you are sleeping.  This sleeping facial is so rich and in the morning my skin is so soft!  It’s great for sensitive skin because it calms and doesn’t irritate.

Available at  Sephora.com

SKINDINAVIA Post-Makeup Recovery Spray
SKINDINAVIA Post-Makeup Recovery Spray

SKINDINAVIA Post-Makeup Recovery Spray (4oz | $26 // 8oz | $36) — NEW Post-Makeup Recovery Spray delivers a quick boost of key nutrients, including powerhouse mineral Zinc that is clinically-proven to help prevent breakouts and clear clogged pores. Sprayed on within 5 minutes of removing makeup, our cutting edge delivery system quickly delivers a winning formula of zinc, magnesium and willow bark to keep skin clear, healthy and radiant the moment your skin needs it the most! 

What I think:  This is such a cool product! I spray on after I cleanse my face at night.  It does smell slightly of minerals, and feels cool going on.  I let it sink in for a bit, then apply my nightly treatments.  I feel that it cools my skin and cleans out the pores.  I’ve noticed that my skin looks clearer since starting use.

Purchase at http://skindinavia.com

What are you loving this week?

 

 

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Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of November 17—23, 2014

It’s almost Thanksgiving!  Can you believe it?  Are you looking forward to turkey day?  And more importantly, have you changed up your look for the fall/winter yet?

This week, I have been loving fall inspired beauty products, a great new brow gel, a nourishing facial oil, pretty new makeup and great products to keep hair in place this winter.

Get ready for the flavors of Thanksgiving with festive Burt’s Bees products.

Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Lip Balm ($2.99 USD) — Indulge in your cold weather cravings with this 100% natural lip balm. Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm is infused with creamy pumpkin and a touch of spice, plus naturally conditioning beeswax and beneficial nutrients, to leave your lips delicious and hydrated. Stash this lip balm tube in your purse or pocket for anytime dry lip therapy. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS. Burt’s Bees lip conditioners are available in a variety of other fun flavors. Spread on a little TLC with Burt’s Bees moisturizing lip balm.

Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($10.49 USD for 8 oz) — The ultimate sugar fix. Exfoliating crystals mingle with Pomegranate Oil, Cranberry Seed, and Shea Butter to gently polish and condition your skin. Leaving it feeling healthy, smooth and beautifully glowing. It’s the sweetest kind of clean!

What I think: Both of these smell amazing! The lip balm is very moisturizing and smells like pumpkin pie, yum!  And the scrub is very tangy-scented and is great for removing your dry fall/winter skin!

You can purchase both of these products at Target stores and http://www.target.com

It Cosmetics Build-A-Brow Waterproof 5-in-1 Micro-Fiber Crème Gel Stain
It Cosmetics Build-A-Brow Waterproof 5-in-1 Micro-Fiber Crème Gel Stain

It Cosmetics Build-A-Brow Waterproof 5-in-1 Micro-Fiber Crème Gel Stain ($29, on sale for $26.36) — Build-A-Brow Waterproof 5-in-1 Creme Gel Stain combines five different technologies that help you to create, shape, and define your eyebrows. It’s your building fibers, taming creme gel, fill-in powder, and long-wear stain all in one step! This waterproof, 24-hour-wear, budge-proof formula is housed in a glass jar with a specially designed lid.

Includes:

  • 0.12-oz Build-A-Brow Waterproof 5-in-1 Creme Gel Stain
  • Heavenly Luxe Build-A-Brow Brush

What I think: I received this in Universal Taupe which is too light for me (my brows are almost black), but I tried it and it did cover well and last a very long time.  I do love how blendable it is and it looks very natural on.

Available in 5 shades at http://www.qvc.com

Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil
Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil

Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil ($78 for 1.69 oz, $58 for 1 oz, $15 for .23 oz) — Specially formulated for the face and neck, premium Marula Oil is a naturally soothing treatment that provides intense hydration, protection, and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for soft, radiant skin. It is suitable for all skin types and contains a high content of fatty acids, resulting in fast absorption to leave skin smooth with a matte finish. Clinically proven to contain a great deal of antioxidants and omega acids, it can be used alone as a highly effective antiaging moisturizer, added to other facial products to boost their efficacy, soothe skin after facial treatments or sunburn, or used as a perfect makeup primer. The deliciously fresh scent that stems from a one percent essential oil blend and provides a total sensory experience upon application, then dissipates so it won’t fight your fragrance.

What I think: My skin has been a bit chapped lately.  This oil soothes chapped and red skin.  The scent is mild and warm, very nice.  I use it on my face, but it is also great for cuticles!

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

Laura Geller Spackle Supercharged Fortified Under Make-Up Primer ($30 USD) — Award-winning primer creates a flawless canvas so make-up glides on and looks freshly-applied for hours—now SUPERCHARGED with soothing botanicals and age-fighting antioxidants that help promote skin elasticity and protect from free radicals: DC Detoxdefense™ (a powerful cocktail of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and phospholipids), polyphenol-rich Wine Extract and Resveratrol, plus Aloe, Beet Root, Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extracts.

Laura Geller Baked Monochromatic Blushes ($27.50 USD) — this velvety-smooth powder is made in Italy with an amazing process that starts as a blended liquid pigment that is baked for 24 hours on a terracotta pan. Its sateen formula is paraben-free and contains the antioxidant protection of Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extracts.

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon ($16 USD) — A juicy way to love your lips! Infused with Vitamin E, Love Me Dew features an ultra-hydrating, healing formula with a luxurious balm-like texture. Shiny color wears comfortably—never dry or sticky! This convenient chubby stick never needs sharpening and is perfect for touch-ups on the go.

What I think:  I have been focusing on my skin lately.  The cold air makes it red and splotchy. This primer helps even my skin tone and the blush give a pretty flush after I apply foundation.  I love the lip crayon in Plum Freeze for a pretty pop of color.

Available at http://www.laurageller.com.

Keeping the flyaways at bay is so important in the cold air. John Frieda has some extremely effective products and tools at great prices!

John Frieda Frizz Ease 6 Effects original Hair Serum (approx. $9.99 USD) –Best-in-class frizzeliminator seals the hair cuticle to smooth medium to coarse hair and repair damage.An exceptional blend of silicones instantly eliminates frizz and transforms dry, brittle hair into soft, smooth strands.

 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon (approx. $5.99 USD) — Versatile crème, applied to dried hair, instantly transforms puffy, parched hair into a perfectly smooth, supple, shiny finished texture.Instantly smoothes hair andcamouflagesfrizzy ends for a flawless, shiny finish. Use anytime, anywhere.

 

John Frieda Sleek Finish Hair Brush (approx. $19.99 USD) — The metal bristles in the cushion and the central position of the ion generator, when placed close to the scalp, increases the antistatic benefits. Ball-tipped bristles and flexible cushion base for optimal comfort. Ion emission indicator light (LED). On/off switch. Ergonomically designed handle for comfort grip. Reduces frizz and static, leaving hair shiny looking and more manageable. Ionic antistatic technology. Double-sided ion generator.

What I think: I received these items to help keep my hair looking fab through the holdiays and winter.  The brush is so cool.  My whole family has tried it and it makes all types of hair instantly smooth and shiny.  We all love it (and it would make a great gift)

After washing my hair today, I applied the serum to my wet hair.  When it dried, it was so soft and shiny!  I then applied a little Secret Weapon to my dry hair to make it look even better (keep in mind that my hair is usually a dry, frizzy mess)!

These products are available at mass market retailers near you.  Learn more at http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US

What products are you loving this week?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 2

Part two of my summer prep spectacular brings body care and hair care!  Time to moisturize that parched skin and hair!

In this post, I review body skin care from NeriumFirm, SeabuckWonders, Teadora, and L’Occitane plus hair care from John Frieda and Phlip B.

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream
NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream ($98 USD) –NeriumFirm  is formulated to reduce the appearance of cellulite and dimpling to help smooth, tighten and firm loose skin and to help restore the appearance of youthful contour, tone and texture – perfect to get beach body ready!

What I think:  My body definitely needs firming and contouring so I have been using this for a few weeks now.  I have noticed that my skin on my thighs seem smoother and my waist seems a little tighter — nice!  I will definitely continue to use this!

Available at www.mynerium.com

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion
Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion ($14.97 USD for 6 fl. oz.) — Intensely moisturizing, Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion rejuvenates and replenishes the skin’s natural balance, softening and nourishing for silky, touchable skin. Its high concentration of sea buckthorn oil allows for superior moisture retention while protecting the skin from signs of aging and the effects of exposure to the sun.

What I think:  This is so moisturizing without being greasy at all.  It also soothes my dry skin.  Our air conditioner wasn’t working for the last couple of days and as I work from home, I was stuck in front of a computer in 85 degrees.  Well, my skin dried out, and this made it much softer.  After my shower, I smoothed this lotion on and my skin went “aaaah”!  Love!  The only downside is that is smells kind of like hay.  Not very fragrant, but good for my skin!

Available at http://www.seabuckwonders.com.

Teadora Nourishing Body Butter
Teadora Nourishing Body Butter

Teadora Nourishing Body Butter ($45 for 8 oz.) — has a unique blend of Brazilian ingredients protects and helps repair your skin’s moisture barrier—to keep skin smooth and supple 24 hours a day. We use stem cells from the Argan tree—one of the oldest species on earth—to help rejuvenate your skin’s middle layer, where wrinkles start.

Teadora comes in two scents so that everyone can find a product that suits them.  Rainforest at Dawn is vibrant & woodsy—yet floral—it awakens your senses and readies you for the day ahead. Rainforest at Dusk is flowery & smooth—with a hint of fruit—it soothes and revitalizes your senses after a long day.

What I think:  I have been using this all over at night, especially on my dry elbows and knees, and I have found that in the morning, my skin is so much softer.  Both scents are extremely woodsy. I like the Rainforest at Dusk the best.  I wouldn’t call it flowery, more herbal and spicy.  I don’t care for the Rainforest at Dusk because it smells a bit like soil, very foresty, though.

Available at http://www.teadorabeauty.com.

 

L'OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk
L’OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk

L’OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk ($20 USD, 6 fl. oz.) — This energizing gel moisturizes and refreshes the skin, leaving behind the aquatic and aromatic scent of the Mer & Mistral fragrance. Enriched with shea butter, skin is left smooth, supple and perfumed with the aromatic chord of cypress, pine and rosemary.

What I think:  This is a very light gel lotion and smells fantastic, really fresh and clean.  It is a unisex scent, either for women or men, and I can see why.  And it’s light enough for that guy who doesn’t like greasy lotions.

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

Philip B. Katira Hair Masque
Philip B. Katira Hair Masque

Philip B. Katira Hair Masque ($40 for 6 oz)– a versatile rejuvenator is for all hair types. The clear-gel formula sinks right in to plump up fine, limp strands or calm and smooth course, hard-to-manage hair. Think of it as an amped-up, squeaky-clean version of a deep-conditioning treatment. A high-tech L-Amino Acid Complex infuses your hair with a perfect dose of moisture and nourishing proteins for enhanced control and elasticity. Coat clean, wet or dry hair with the masque comb it through from roots to ends evenly. Leave on until dry or overnight. Rinse well after use!

What I think: I think that this is a cool hair mask.  You can leave it in as long as you like.  Once you rinse it out,

Available at http://www.philipb.com.

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron
John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron ($54.99 USD) — John Frieda Sleek Finish 1 1/2″ Flat Iron offers extra-long straightening plates with advanced ionic conditioning and true ceramic heater. Plus, it has ceramic titanium-coated plates that take only 15-seconds to heat up to 455 degrees Fahrenheit.

What I think:  Love this flat iron!  It works very well on my wavy hair.  Plus it straightens and shines!  I think this is an affordable way to really straighten hair and not damage it.

Available at beauty stores such as http://www.ulta.com

 

Enjoy!

 

Prepare Your Hair For The Warm Days Ahead!

With spring around the corner, I am looking to turn up the volume, create beachy waves and tame my tresses. Since I live in Kansas City, I also have to worry about the coming humidity and how it affects my hair.

I have been testing the great hair products and tools below and am loving what they are doing for my hair:

Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo  ($12 USD 12 fl. oz., Conditioner $14 USD) — Only healthy, fortified hair can be frizz-free hair. That’s why this sulfate-free, color-safe strengthening shampoo is a must-have to reinforce damaged hair that’s prone to breakage and frizz. Made with strand-strengthening Coprah Coconut Oil, this sacred, protein-rich ingredient is blended with the Tiare Gardenia Flower, frizz-stopping Shea Butter and Moringa Seed Oil, so it not only cleanses and detangles, but restores strength for smooth, flyaway-free hair.

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

Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse
Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse

Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse 250ml ($11.99)This light-weight non-sticky mousse adds body, fullness and shine to any style, leaving hair voluminous and bouncy.

Available at Walgreens stores and http://www.walgreens.com.

Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray
Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray

Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray 200ml ($11.99) — This combination spray protects hair from heated styling tools such as straighteners and tongs up to 455°F, all while adding amazing shine, and firm, flexible hold through the infusion of bamboo/fern extract

Purchase at Walgreens stores and http://www.walgreens.com

CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray
CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray

CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray (SRP $18.95) — For a more natural look, try the off-duty model go-to of done-undone tresses. First, embrace your natural texture! This look is slightly bed head-esque and has natural movement, so less is definitely more. A few pumps of sea salt spray and you’re good to go!

Available at salons around the country and fine stores such as drugstore.com and Amazon.

TIGI Bed Head Headrush
TIGI Bed Head Headrush

BedHead Headrush (SRP $20.99) — Superfine super shine spray that will go straight to your head.  This lightweight spray that gives your hair extreme gloss with all-over coverage.

Available at salons around the country and fine stores such as drugstore.com and Amazon.

Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist
Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist

Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($24 USD) is a genius blend of plant-based, gossamer-light conditioners and apple cider vinegar which seals the cuticle of your hair for effortless combing and detangling in just 6 to 8 sprays!

Available at http://www.philipb.com

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush
John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush ($12.99 USD) — has silicone bristles that smooth tangled hair and reduce frizz every time you use it! This brush is ideal for getting out even the toughest of knots!

Available at http://www.amazon.com and many mass market retailers near you!

Enjoy your gorgeous hair!

Is Your Hair Ready For Spring?

I have been wearing my hair in buns and ponytails so much lately.  It’s so easy to do in the dark, cold, winter days.

But we had a beautiful day today!  It was 72 degrees in Kansas City.  I didn’t even wear a coat.  The nice weather makes me want to change-up my whole look, including my dry, dull hair.  I need some help, and the following products are awesome for making my winter hair look fresh!

TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Collection
TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Collection

TRESemmĂ© 7 DAY KERATIN SMOOTH SYSTEM — Enjoy salon-gorgeous, frizz-resistant hair that lasts!  Introducing NEW TRESemmĂ© 7 Day Keratin Smooth, a non-damaging hair care system that helps create smooth, frizz-free styles, that last for up to 7 days*!  Made with the revolutionary Thermal Technology, combined with conditioning and strengthening polymers, TRESemmĂ© 7 Day Keratin Smooth is the brand’s first heat-activated smoothing treatment that works with the heat of your flat iron to transform unruly hair and lock in your style between washes. Reap the benefits, which include post-wash durability, smoothness, humidity resistance and convenient re-styling between washes.

What I think — I have tried the system once.  I followed the directions, which is basically wash, condition, use the treatment, blow dry then straighten hair.  My hair usually gets so frizzy when I blow dry (I usually air dry).  This helped a little bit, but I want to try it again to see if I really notice a difference.  The system is affordable, which is a plus.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist
Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist ($22 USD)This must-have mist is a lightweight styling product that infuses your hair with body and brings out its natural wave. Maui Wowie keeps your hair looking fresh, effortless, and sophisticated, especially when the weather turns sticky.  Perfect for all your spring break travel!

What I think:  LOVE this spray!  This light spray with a lovely light scent is perfect for everyday use.  I use it after I shower.  I like to air dry my hair and this helps give my slightly wavy hair lots of beachy waves.  if I spray on damp hair and put in a bun, when my hair dries, it looks very glamorous.  And spraying it on dry hair refreshes my waves.

Available at www.Philipb.com

John Frieda Volume Curls 1 1/2” Curling Iron
John Frieda Volume Curls 1 1/2” Curling Iron

John Frieda Volume Curls 1 1/2” Curling Iron ($32.99 USD) – This curling iron is engineered with Titanium Ceramic Technology and Advanced Ionic Conditioning to seal in moisture and reduce frizz. With 11 digital heat settings offering high heat up to 400°F/205°C, it’s easy to select a safe heat level for your hair type. Designed for quick, easy styling, the Volume Curls curling iron banishes dull, heat damaged locks and ushers in soft, gorgeous hair.

What I think: This is great for curls or soft waves.  And the technology makes my hair so shiny and polished, this is a great tool to use every day.

Where to find it: Ulta, www.ulta.com, CVS, Best Buy and Target

UMBERTO Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray
UMBERTO Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray

UMBERTO Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray ($12.99 USD) —   This unique texture spray can be used on dry hair allowing for maximum volume and style.  Use the Dry Texture on short or long hair for that “just stepped out of the salon” look.

What I think:  This finishing spray creates texture in hair and holds your style.  I like it to create a piecey look.

Purchase at Target and www.target.com

What are you using in your hair for the spring?

 

Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas Part 1

Almost done with your holiday shopping? I’m just about finished, but there are always last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers to get!  My youngest daughter’s birthday is on the 23rd, so this time of year is so busy!

For great beauty gift ideas, take a look at my list below — you just might find something online or in the stores that will be the perfect gift!

Ouidad Joy to the Curl
Ouidad Joy to the Curl

Ouidad Joy to the Curl ($30 USD) — This combination of two best sellers is guaranteed to provide ultimate nourishment to curls over the winter season. The set has a retail value of $46 and contains 8.5 oz sizes of Moisture Lock Define & Shine Gel Cream and Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner.

Available at www.ouidad.com

MIYU DE-STRESS MI PAIRING
MIYU DE-STRESS MI PAIRING

MIYU DE-STRESS MI PAIRING ($42 USD) — This revolutionary beauty essence fuses the freshness of a facial mist with the rich nutrients of a serum, while instantly soothing the skin.  Our fresh and earthy tea blend is made from peppermint, licorice and chamomile blossoms.  When used together, this powerful pair offer potent anti-inflammatory properties perfect for calming stressed complexions.  Includes a nifty little drawstring bag for makeup, skincare essentials, jewelry or anything in between.

www.miyubeauty.com

Bioelements Up All Night
Bioelements Up All Night

Bioelements Up All Night ($39 USD) —

  • Three intense anti-agers that work the night shift
  • Wake up to skin that’s superbly smooth, freshly firm and remarkably radiant
  • Travel sizes of Sleepwear, Sleepwear for Eyes and Quick Refiner
  • FREE INSIDE: a runway-inspired, lush red envelope clutch – a $20 retail value!

Available at www.bioelements.com

China Glaze Get Carried Away
China Glaze Get Carried Away

China Glaze Get Carried Away ($19.95 on sale for $9.95 at Ulta) Get Carried Away with China Glaze’s 3pc Set which includes: a change purse, Santa Red My List, Your Present Required and So Blue Without You Nail Lacquers. China Glaze is professional quality nail enamel that is resistant to chipping and color fading.

Available at www.ulta.com or Ulta stores.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments
Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments ($41 USD) — Pink Gel Coat creates thick, protein-rich coatings that add temporary, instant
strength to natural nails. This collection includes five mini Pink Gel Coat
ornaments.

Available at www.qvc.com

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish ($7.99, $5.59 through December with promo code STOCKUP) — The perfect stocking stuffer:

  • Long-lasting chip resistant formula
  • Formaldehyde, toulene, camphor and dibutyl pthalate free
  • Custom, extra-thick brush for flawless application
  • Choose from 61 gorgeous shades

Available at www.mineralfusion.com

 

Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions
Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions

Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions ($9 at www.target.com)  Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions™ help keep feet warm and dry while providing all-day comfort. Their multi-layer design helps insulate the foot while two plush layers provide extra cushioning. Cozy Cushions help keep feet dry by absorbing perspiration and offer superior comfort.

Available at mass market retailers around the country.

John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron
John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron

John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron ($39.99 USD) — For healthy heat styling, the Spiral Curls styler features exclusive ionic frizz-fighting technology and true ceramic heat with LCD temperature control for accurate temperature output, the key to shiny, healthy hair.

Available exclusively at Walgreens

Part 2 of this gift guide will be coming soon today!

 

 

Fight The Frizzies With John Frieda Hair Care

 

With the heat and humidity comes the frizzies.  This is something that I have to deal with every year in Kansas City!  John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease collection, however, helps to both rejuvenate and tame my strands.  Below are a few of my favorite hair savers from the brand.

Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner($6.49 each) — The Smooth Start Shampoos and Conditioners are the best way to start off the day; they immediately start to block frizz.  Containing a Frizz-Mending Complex as well as natural olive oil, they smooth strands, hydrate and replenish vital moisture that’s lost, and restores your hair’s natural defense against frizz.

Frizz-Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioning Spray($5.99) — This conditioning spray has a high-potency infusion of vitamins, proteins and supplemental moisture to strengthen and help repair hair.  Simply spray onto wet hair after shampooing and conditioning, concentrating on the ends where your hair is driest.

Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Serum($9.99) — Not only does this serum eliminate frizz, but it also protects your hair from damage caused by UV exposure and styling tools.  Employing a Thermal Shield Complex (a blend of silk protein, phythantriol and Vitamin E), it buffers hair against styling stress and leaves it silky with a vibrant, enviable shine.  Apply to either soaking wet hair or dry hair.

These fab products are available at mass market retailers near you.  And learn more at www.johnfrieda.com.

 

New John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Salon Blends

Did you know that the most common blends that you’ll see your colorist mix when at the salon are NOT the ones you’ll find on the shelf for at-home color?  Well, the John Frieda® Hair Care experts have been working to fix this problem… enter the New Precision Foam Colour Salon Blends!

“When my clients come into the salon, I use colors from a professional shade palette to create exclusive blends customized to their skin tone and desired color,” explains John Frieda® Creative Colour Director Nicola Clarke. “The shades I create shades are hugely popular because you typically can’t get them in home hair color —it takes a professional to blend the basic tones expertly. I worked with John Frieda® Hair Care to share some of the most popular, flattering blends I create at the salon, transforming them into shades of Precision Foam Colour.”

The five new colors include:

Dark Caramel Blonde (Natural/Beige/Gold)

Dark Cool Pearl Blonde (Pearl/Beige/Natural)

Lightest Cool Almond Brown (Pearl/Beige/Natural)

Light Bronze Brown (Natural/Beige/Copper)

Light Amber Brown (Natural/Beige/Gold)

I have dark brown hair (my color is 4BG — Dark Chocolate Brown), but I would recommend these blends, just from the fact that this is fab home hair color.  It evenly colors hair (no weird off-color patches) and leaves hair shiny and gorgeous!  It covers pesky grays well, too!

Each cost $12.99 and can be found at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.  Enjoy!

John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection

John Freida Full Repair Collection

John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection is all about reversing what’s been done and protecting your hair from further damage.

“So many women who come into the salon have absolutely destroyed their hair by over-styling, over-coloring, and generally overdoing it,” explains Harry Josh, John Frieda® International Creative Consultant. “They traumatize their hair trying to get a certain look, but then they can’t maximize it because their hair is so fried. Full Repair™ offers them damage control that won’t weigh their hair down, letting them style to the limit while actually reversing the damage they’ve done to date.”

The Full Repair collection includes:

Full Body Shampoo($6.99):Formulated with Inca Inchi oil, this bodifying shampoo repairs the look and feel of overworked hair as it weightlessly restores bounce for full, flowing styles.

Full Body Conditioner($6.99 USD):Omega-rich Inca Inchi oil repairs hair as the formula smoothes and detangles, reducing the risk of breakage and snagging when combing or brushing.

Protecting Root Lift Foam($6.99 USD): This lightweight foam protects hair from heat damage with Inca Inchi oil while creating instant body. Work into wet or towel dried hair at the roots for weightless lift and high-volume hair when styled.

Perfect Ends Deep Infusion($9.99 USD):This breakthrough product for Medium-Textured Hair instantly absorbs into damaged strands instead of coating the surface, penetrating hair with Inca Inchi oil to weightlessly reverse the look and feel of damage while protecting hair from heat.

Perfect Ends Sheer Mist($9.99 USD):This softening mist for Fine-Textured Hair protects heat-damaged hair with omega-rich Inca Inchi oil. Spray evenly through clean, wet hair, concentrating on ends and damaged areas to weightlessly repair and promote smooth, healthy strands.

Touch-up Flyaway Tamer($9.99 USD): This portable wand polishes broken strands, smoothing flyaways and frayed ends with Inca Inchi oil to keep hair sleek and smooth. Brush the wand over dry, styled hair for on-the-go touch-ups and a boost of shine.

What I think — This collection helps a multitude of hair problems.  I have tried the shampoo, conditioner and root lift foam and have noticed my hair is soft, shiny and fuller.  I like the fact that it is an affordable alternative to salon hair care — and gives just as fantastic results.

Visit www.johnfreida.com to learn more.  Enjoy

The John Frieda Hare Care At Home Hair Colour Challenge

Myself, friends and readers have recently taken part in a John Frieda Hare Care At Home Hair Colour Challenge by using the new John Frieda Precision Foam Color ($12.99 USD).

Easy to apply, the non-aerosol foam formula spreads evenly through hair, saturating every strand completely—even the back of the head, roots and hairline. The 20-shade palette collection was developed in conjunction with the John Frieda® Creative Colour Director, and sought-after U.K. colourist, Nicola Clarke, who is responsible for some of the most iconic hair colours in Hollywood. With an array of options for blondes, brunettes and redheads, the collection brings a salon shade spectrum home.No mess, no drips,no stains—just gorgeous hair from every angle. The revolutionary colour even provides 100% grey coverage and vibrant shine with long-lasting results, offering salon precision at home.

HOW TO USE:Squeeze the center of the bottle to dispense foam into a gloved hand and apply directly to hair. Simply massage foam into hair with fingertips to thoroughly cover each strand from root to tip. The foam easily coats even the most hard-to-reach areas, including the back of the head. Let stand for 20 minutes (30 minute for grey coverage) and rinse with lukewarm water until water runs clear. Apply conditioner and leave in for 2-5 minutes before rinsing.

WHAT’S THE VERDICT?:  I like this color because it is easy to use and doesn’t have a strong chemical smell.  I tried Dark Red Brown and it covered my grays well, but I didn’t get much red in my dark brown, but it was shiny and pretty.  I don’t have a photo up because I didn’t get a chance to take my after photo, my grays popped up after a few weeks (I procrastinated).

My daughter Hannah had reddish blonde hair before coloring and wanted to go more blonde so she chose Dark Golden Blonde.  It turned out almost exactly like her hair was before — not much change.  Marissa went from a golden blonde to Dark Natural Brown and it looked fab, quite a difference!

Bridget tried Medium Chocolate Brown and it covered her gray well.  She loved how soft her hair was afterwards and how great it made her feel to get her color back.

We all had different experiences with this color, but I think it is a quality home hair color and worth a try!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.