Prep Your Hair For Fab Holiday Looks!

Is your hair ready for the holidays!  Smoothing and hydrating hair products go a long way to perfect a beautiful holiday look!

Below is everything from shampoo & conditioner, to hair oils and hairspray to keep hair hold it’s style through festive fun:

Abba Moisture Holiday Duo
Abba Moisture Holiday Duo

ABBA Moisture Holiday Duo ($35 USD, on sale for $26 USD) — This set includes:

ABBA Moisture Shampoo — Use the earth’s purity to gently cleanse, hydrate and strengthen hair. ABBA’s Moisture Shampoo hydrates and strengthens hair while adding softness and eliminating static frizz.

ABBA Moisture Conditioner — Saturates dry, stressed hair and scalp with some of nature’s most soothing and hydrating botanicals while our ProQuinoa Complex™ helps rebuild hair from the root up.

Key Botanicals: Olive Butter, Peppermint Oil, ProQuinoa Complex™

What I think:  This set is very minty!  Together, these products really soften hair and make it so shiny! I love that these are made with natural ingredients and will keep using to strengthen hair.

Purchase at http://www.pureabba.com

MOP Mixed Greens Leave-In Conditioner
MOP Mixed Greens Leave-In Conditioner

MOP Mixed Greens Leave-In Conditioner ($22 USD) — Vitamins A & E protect and strengthen while adding moisture and shine to all types of hair. This is the same great Leave-in Conditioner that you’ve known and loved but with the Mixed Greens name.

What I think — I love this light conditioner.  Apply it on wet hair and dry.  Hair is soft and so manageable when I use it.  It doesn’t leave my hair greasy.

Purchase at http://www.mopproducts.com

Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair
Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair

Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair ($19.99 USD) — deeply nourishes hair for Award Winning Smoothness. Infused with six oils including Babassu and Marula oil for hair. Salon-quality, leave in hair oil nourishes hair deeply.Helps repair hair’s lipid layer, improves resilience and reduces frizz. Leaves hair feeling soft and manageable with natural movement. Smooths thick, frizzy hair for easier brushing and styling.

What I think: This is a really nice hair oil.  A little goes a long way!  I can either add a little to wet hair or a touch to dry hair to smooth flyaways.  Very nice!

Available at http://www.nexxus.com

Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist
Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist

Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist ($12.99 USD) –weightlessly cleanses hair, giving refreshing volume and fluidity. Enriched with Pearl Extract. Salon-quality dry shampoo for volume cleanses hair between washes. Refreshes hair without water to extend the life of your style. Lightweight formula recharges hair to retain natural movement. Refreshing fragrance includes Jasmine and Water Lily.

What I think: Dry shampoo can be heavy and add a white powder to hair.  But this once is very light.  It gives hair bounce and smells amazing!

Available at http://www.nexxus.com

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Flexible Hair Spray
TRESemme Keratin Smooth Flexible Hair Spray

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Flexible Hair Spray ($6.29 USD) — Hold your style and maintain your frizz-free look with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold hair spray, creating a protective barrier finish to lock out frizz and humidity.

What I think: I love hairspray that does double duty.  This one smooths and holds.  It wonderful in the cold air because it keeps hair soft and not frizzy.  It lasts a long time, too.

Learn more at http://www.tresemme.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

 

 

 

Cricket’s Pro 50 Silkomb
Cricket’s Pro 50 Silkomb

Cricket’s Pro 50 Silkomb ($6.99 USD) — Silicone injected Silkomb™ employ state of the art technology and quality molding techniques to produce finely polished, seamless teeth. With the revolutionary addition of silicone, they deliver amazing smoothness, allowing Silkomb™ to glide effortlessly through the hair.

What I think: This is such a cool comb! It works so well to smooth my hair and it definitely gets rid of the frizzies!

Purchase at http://www.cricketco.com

 

 

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My Beauty Favorites Week of August 17-23, 2015

It may be the end of summer, but it is still pretty warm out!  I went to the zoo today with my family, and I had to make sure I had my SPF!  I know, though, that my simple summer make up regimen is going to become more intensive as fall rolls around.  That’s okay, I am ready for it!

My faves this week include a fresh facial cleanser, a gorgeous highlighter, a primer sampler set, a brow marker, and hair care that will give you beachy end of summer waves!

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser ($32 USD) — This antioxidant rich formula exudes a light strawberry aroma, which brightens the skin and the senses without overpowering. When applied to face and left to sit for 5-10 minutes (before rinsing), this complexion clearer acts as an exfoliating mask. It gently removes makeup without stripping the skin of necessary nutrients. It’s also a great formula for cleaning makeup brushes!

What I think: This cleanser has a light, natural fragrance, which I love.  It isn’t overpowering at all.  It cleanses really well without leaving my skin dry.  My skin glows after use!

Available at http://www.indielee.com

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders
Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Audrey ($29 USD) — Whether you’re going to a breakfast at Tiffany’s or taking a Roman Holiday this will be the highlight for you. Inspired by one of the world’s most celebrated Hollywood icons, this Star Powder will make you feel your prettiest. Audrey is a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine. Build it up for an intense glow or dust it lightly on your cheekbones for a subtle sheen. Pure pigment and an ultra smooth and blendable formula will make this your go-to highlight.

Also available in Lucy, a rosy hue and Marilyn, a golden powder.

What I think:  This is so pretty!  It’s has an almost creamy texture and it is perfect for the new strobing trend, where you intensely highlight your cheekbones to create a contour.  By “popping” the cheekbones, the face looks slimmer.  This is shimmery, but yet subtle too.

Available online via www.whiteninglightning.com

 

mashbox Travel-Size Products
Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority

Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority ($28 USD, a $53 Value) –  See why Smashbox is the primer authority with this collection of our superstar primers in irresistible try-me sizes! These are infused with vitamins A & E, grape seed extract, and green tea.

INCLUDES:
Photo Finish Primer Water
Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer
Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Photo Finish Foundation Primer

What I think:  I have tested the Photo Finish Primer Water and the Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I love how light the primer water feels, and it is really effective, my makeup stays on for a while.  The Photo Finish Foundation primer feels really silky on and makeup last all day!

Purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

TouchBack Brow Marker
TouchBack Brow Marker

TouchBack Brow Marker ($19.99  USD) –Achieve bold, full eyebrows with TouchBack Brow Marker. This patented marker lasts all day and won’t rub off. The fine tip is designed to deposit the perfect amount of color for even, natural-looking coverage. Comes in the following shades: Soft Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Blonde, Auburn.

What I think: Dark Brown is my perfect match and it blends in effortlessly into my brow hair.  It gives a really natural look as it defines my brows.  My makeup also looks more finished with perfect brows!

Purchase at http://www.touchbackbrow.com

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray<!–
3.6
5.0
–> ($5.49 USD) –Get an effortlessly sexy, undone beach look all year-long – no matter when and where.  This non-sticky formula, infused with Sea Kelp Extract, helps you create a sexy, full-bodied, tousled style in every strand.  Featherlight polymers give you a natural-looking, sexy style without salty stiffness.

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee<!–
5.0
1.0
–> ($6.29 USD) — Add soft control and definition to your Perfectly (un)Done style, when and where you need it. This lightweight gelee helps define and control waves, without being heavy, greasy or sticky. So your waves can move naturally, yet always stay in control.

What I think:  Sea salt sprays are usually so spendy, but this one is affordable and it works.  I spray it on damp hair and air dry it.  My hair looks beach and wavy.  For extra curl, ad a bit of the gelee, twist hair and dry.  Hair is curly, shiny and not sticky!

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Want Affordable, Professional Hair Care? Try TRESemme

I’ve was lucky to have been sent some fabulous TRESemmé products to review. Here a are few of my favorites:

TRESemmé Climate Control Mousse ($4.99 USD), featuring the Climate Control Complex, helps create volume, continuous shape and hold.  Polymers help hold styles in place and keep hair glossy and smooth, even in high humidity. The collection also includes TRESemmé Climate Control Shampoo and Conditioner and TRESemmé Climate Control Finishing Spray.

TRESemmé Thermal Creations Instant Heat Tamer Spray ($4.99 USD)  Spray protects hair from heat damage associated with ceramic irons, blowdryers and other styling appliances.  A mixture of conditioning and protecting agents forms a protective barrier on the hair’s surface.  It also works to replenish moisture and enhance texture, leaving hair soft and shiny.

TRESemmé® Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum ($4.99 USD) has a lightweight formula that can be used on damp or dry hair to control frizz and flyaways without weighing hair downThis formula protects hair prior to heat styling, leaving it satinysmooth all day long. The collection also includes: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Shampoo and Conditioner, Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Flat Iron Shine Spray, Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum and Keratin Smooth Illuminating Shine Spray.

What I think:  I use all three of these products (and more including the Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner) to battle the effects of Kansas City’s humidity.  I use the mousse after washing my hair and it does keep the frizz at bay if I air dry or blow dry my hair.  I use the spray before I blow dry it for a smooth, dry hair and the serum to tame any flyaways after I dry my hair.

The price is right for all of these products, as they work as well as more expensive, salon products.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Try New Hair Styling Products This Spring

In the warmer months, I use more hair products because my hair becomes frizzy and unruly.  I am always on the lookout for styling products and tools to tame the beast!

Below are the latest products that I have been testing.  They help condition, smooth and style my hair. Take a look:

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner
Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner ($36 USD) — Prep hair for a weekend of limited showers – Unwash is a new method to clean hair in a more civilized way, gently removing dirt and surface build up while locking in moisture, extending the life of hair color, and upholding you hair’s natural integrity. Essential moisture is locked in to restore balance and promote healthy, smooth hair. Combined with nourishing oils and extracts, hair is left soft more manageable, free of frizz and full of bounce, body and vibrant natural beauty.

What I think:  This smells amazing and is so moisturizing!  I have been using it as shampoo and conditioner for about a week, and really like how soft my hair is. I have just been using a little product with it (see below) and my hair has been manageable.  Plus, I’m happy that it feels clean and not greasy.

Available for $36 at Unwash.com and salons nationwide

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum

Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum ($4.99 USD) The lightweight formula of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum smoothes away frizz for up to 48 hours and boosts shine. It controls frizz and fly-aways without weighing hair down, allowing you to enjoy shiny, satin-smooth hair all day long.

What I think:  I apply this after washing my hair while it is damp. Next, I either air dry or blow dry it and it helps control the frizz.  My hair is soft and shiny!  I love how affordable it is!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

RUSK Heatshift
RUSK Heatshift

NEW! RUSK Heatshift ($18.00) — A restyling cream with a unique shapeshift ability that allows you to change up any style without the need to shampoo or re-apply product.  Activate and reactivate with heat or hot tools to heatshift any style, anytime and anywhere. Provides color protection and strengthening benefits while reducing your blow dry and style time by 50%.

  • 1st Style: Apply to damp hair. Style with blow dryer and styling tool for maximum results.
  • 2nd Style: To restyle, apply heat from a styling tool. For maximum results set styling temperature above 120ºF/50ºC. No need to repeat Heatshift application after the first use!

What I think:  I use this when I am going to either blow dry or straighten my wavy hair. Apply on damp hair.  Then, when I want to change my style with a curling iron or straightener, my hair takes the new style well and is still soft and shiny!

Available at ULTA, ULTA.com, and Fine Beauty Salons Nationwide

Wet Brush Midi Brush
Wet Brush Midi Brush

Wet Brush Midi Brush ($8.99 USD) Detangle on the go with the new Midi Brush from Wet Brush. Smaller than the classic brush, but larger than the mini Squirt Brush, the Midi Brush offers everything we love about the Wet Brush, in a brush small enough to tote in any bag.

Perfect for use on wet or dry hair, The Wet Brush quickly and painlessly detangles even the thickest, most stubborn strands thanks to its revolutionary Intelli-flex bristles. Because the bristles don’t pull or put up a fight, even the finest, thinnest hair can be tangle-free without damage. What’s more, the gentle ball tip bristles provide a massaging action that stimulates circulation at the follicle, a proven benefit for hair health.

What I think:  I have tried the Wet Brush before and I am really loving this smaller size!  It fits better in my purse or gym bag.  And, just like the larger Wet Brush, it detangles my hair quickly when wet (or dry)!

Available for $8.99 at TheWetBrush.com and professional salons nationwide

invisibobble
invisibobble

invisibobble ($8 per box – 3 bobbles per box) — A fun and fashionable solution to the age old struggle of deciding whether hair should be up or down, invisibobble is the only tieless hair ring that leaves hair free of kinks and creases every time. Keep one (or a stack of colors) around your wrist to pull hair off of your face into a comfortable up do.

Wrapped around any type of hair, the invisibobble distributes pressure onto several concentrated points around the ponytail, allowing for the hair to be held strongly, without being too tight or too loose. This effect of specific pressure distribution leads to a traceless result. Thanks to invisibobble’s no-tug features and smooth surface, women can avoid the common hair-tie headaches and prevent split-ends, both of which are often caused by a tight do’. The only tieless hair ring that is both anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic, invisibobble is made from polyurethane, better known as artificial resin, so it cannot harbor dirt or bacteria.

What I think: I have been wearing these since I received them for review!  They are easy to wear and hold hair perfectly, even at the gym! I like that they don’t tear at my hair or pull to tightly!

Available in 8 fun and fashionable, bright and neutral hues, the invisibobble is sold at Urban Outfitters.

What are you using for your hair this spring?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

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

TRESemmé 7 DAY KERATIN SMOOTH SYSTEM — Enjoy salon-gorgeous, frizz-resistant hair that lasts!  Introducing NEW TRESemmé 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, TRESemmé 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?

 

New Summer Haircare Products By Pureology, TRESemmé, and ECRU New York!

Summer hair care can be tricky.  Pool water damages hair, the sun can strip the color and humidity makes it frizzy.  It’s important to find a hair care line that fits your summer hair needs.  Here are three product line ideas and some helpful summer tip:

If you have blond hair, try Pureology Perfect4Platinum ($24.00 to $32.00 USD) system for high-lifted and highlighted hair, four levels or more.  It delivers concentrated keravis to replenish and plump the keratin gaps, equalizing porosity. Chamomile extract improves overall suppleness and softness. The lemon extract clarifies and smoothes the cuticle for enhanced shine. Finally, coriander oil creates a mirrored surface to magnify shine.  The signature AntiFadeComplex® delivers free radical damage protection for longer lasting hair colour. The line includes Shampoo, HairCondition, ReconstructRepair Masque and Miracle Filler Lotion.  Visit http://www.pureology.com to learn more and purchase.

Avoid heat-styling as often as possible during the summer months. After washing your hair, wring out any extra moisture with a towel and allow your hair to air dry before blow-drying. Cutting back on your use of hot tools such as a blow dryer and flat iron will help reduce damage. Be sure to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to treat dry, strawlike hair. Try ECRU New York Luxe Treatment Shampoo ($22.00 USD) and ECRU New York Protective Silk Conditioner ($22.00 USD) to restore moisture and provide superior conditioning leaving hair beautiful and healthy. Visit www.ecrunewyork.com for more product ideas.

Worried that your summer hairstyle will wilt or frizz with the heat and humidity?  Help is on the way!  Start the summer off by giving your hair a fighting chance with the TRESemmé Climate Control Collection ($4.49 each item in the line).  Protect against harmful UV rays and keep your locks looking beautiful with the specially designed formula that creates a barrier between your hair and the weather.  Infused with the Climate Control Complex, the collection contains olive oil, keratin, UV blockers and polymers to leave hair shiny, soft and manageable while protecting against humidity, UV rays, static and wind.  With the TRESemmé Climate Control Collection you can have amazing hair regardless of the weather! TRESemmé can be found at mass market retailers near you!  Items in this line include Shampoo, Conditioner, Mousse and Finishing Spray.  Enjoy!