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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The 3 Best Multitasking Beauty Products of 2013

We’ve all read about the best multi-taskers there are out there when it comes to beauty but most of the lists I’ve seen list products that maybe take care of two or three things, not truly multi. So here are some that really are MULTI!!


1. PUREOLOGY Colour Fanatic ($24/6.7oz @ for locations) – where do I start?? This 100% Vegan product protects against heat, environmental damage and color fading, controls frizz and is a great leave-in conditioner, among other things; 21 things specifically.

2. TARTE BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($34/1oz @ – it’s a face primer, so it makes your foundation or tinted moisturizer last longer; it’s tinted so ixnay what I said previously! No extra color needed (comes in 4 shades). This one includes anti-aging ingredients in the formula; has UVA/UVB blocker of SPF 30. No pitiful 15 here, baby, and it’s quite moisturizing.

3. JOSIE MARAN Argan Balm ($42/4.6oz @ – I adore a balm because of their multi-tasking-ness (yes, that’s a new word!). And this one is no exception and it is heavy in the argan oil. Use it on cuticles, to defrizz hair, dry spots on the skin, lips and I even use it on my heels before I go to bed. 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

If You Use Hot Hair Tools, You Need This!

Redken-Iron-Shape-11We’re all familiar with thermal protecting sprays for the hair for when using a hair dryer but now here comes one that is for use with hot tools. It’s REDKEN’s Iron Shape 11 that will protect your strands from a curling iron or flat iron up to 450°.

This is part of their Heat Styling Collection and great for misting on hair just before using one of the above tools. What’s unique about it is their Heatguard Complex, which prevents heat damage and ceramides to help you get a smooth, frizz-free finish, and also cranberry oil to help condition the hair as you heat it up.

And unlike this one, which can leave some residue if I'm not paying attention and spray on too much, this one doesn’t leave any sticky or tacky feel behind. So think of it as a "diet" version or "lite" version of it. $19/8.5oz @ and salons nationwide.

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.


Saturday, January 05, 2013

Need A Resolution? How About Protecting Your Hair Color?

Vidal-Sassoon-VS-Color-Spray-Coilor-ProtectDo you believe in New Year’s resolutions? I really don’t or if I do make one, I make it a small addition to what I’m already doing. For example, I need to wear sunscreen everyday on the backs of my hands, so I put this one in the console in my car.

I’ve also decided that I really need to protect my hair color so the new VIDAL SASSOON PRO SERIES Color Protect Spray from their new Color Collection Pro Series now sits in between a hair oil and styling cream, so I don’t forget to spray some on. It protects from the heat from the dryer, which can dull hair color in no time at all. $3.99/5.07oz @ drugstores nationwide.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Confused About Surfactants in Hair Care? Read This...


I’ve been back and forth here about the topic of surfactants (Sodium Laureth Sulfates, Sodium Laurel Sulfates, SLS’s) in shampoos. For a while now, I thought that if a shampoo had SLS’s in it, it could not be used on color-treated hair as in, it would not make it last. Period. End of story. How did I come to this conclusion? Probably from a lot of things I read, heard, and the trend of sulfate-free products coming out didn’t help either (and do you remember a few years ago when I discovered that just because a shampoo is sulfate-free doesn’t mean it will make you hair color last any longer? Yup, it’s a confusing world!).

I’ve been lucky enough to come across some major hair people lately and decided to ask them their opinion about SLS’s and if yes, they do kill hair color, or not.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Planning on Swimming this Season? Then Read This...

For some reason I am more into the beach this year. I mean, I’ve been about 3 times in the past month and that’s three times more than 2010 total! So of course I have to get all stylish. I bought a good fitting top here, a swimskirt bottom here, a beach cover up here and a really cool sunhat here. For those who actually go swimming in the ocean or the pool, don’t forget to think about your strands and keeping them sane this summer. Thankfully there is now a line of products just for you beach junkies! It’s called TONIC and was created for surfers and beach bunnies that love the water but also love their hair. It conquers sun, saltwater and is quite overall quite earth-friendly.

Tonic-Hair-Care Product line is 4 skus and includes:

The Chronic Shampoo and The Chronic Conditioner – a daily use duo infused plant-based ingredients into the formulas and is both paraben-free and sulfate-free. $14/8oz each.
Threesome Tonic
– a 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash in one that's also sulfate and paraben-free. This one contains vitamin B5. $12/8oz.
Luster Tonic
– a leave-in conditioner that includes aloe vera and grapeseed oil in the formula. $14/8oz.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Latest In Hair Styling Products

Pureology-LivingProof-IT&LY PUREOLOGY just put out their Colour Stylist line, which are styling products for color-treated hair. Seems like there should be more of these available for the average person, right? Each of the 6 products contains their patented AntiFade Complex with Keravis, which is a hair fortifier to protect the hair from breaking and they each smell like their signature vanilla, rose and Mandarin Orange scent. Mmm. Product pick – Colour Stylist FortifyingHeatSpray - $22/6oz @

LIVING PROOF just came out with a new Full line of products aimed at, well, exactly what you think, fuller hair!  And the Root Lifting Spray from the latest collection, called Full, is really rocking my hair right now and giving me some lift just where you think. Maybe it’s the PolyfluoroEster ingredient inside because I’ve tried a few root lifting sprays and they’ve only been ok but this one? I give it two thumbs up – it not only makes the hair strong but it also lasts in the hair. $24/5.5oz @

The IT&LY HAIRFASHION line is a new one to the site and was used on the set of Sex and the City 2 and Gossip Girl, so you know it must come with some hipness to it. I don’t use many of those shine serums as they seem to just make my hair greasy but their Purity Design Pure Water Drops don’t seem to grease up my strands than polish them and make them a tad piece-y and it smells like sandalwood. Nice touch. $32.49/1.7oz @

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided to for review purposes.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Let's Talk Hair with L'Oreal & Phyto

L'Oreal-EverPure-UV-Protect-Spray-Phyto-Phytomist Speaking of sprays, how about two made just for strands?

L’OREAL EverPure UV Protecting Spray ($8.99/8.5oz @ If you color your hair and you’re hitting the beach this summer, this is a must-have product! It’s sulfate-free (duh, would hope it would be) and contains UV filters to keep the sun from changing your hair color.

This product contains Methyl Parabens, which is considered by some as an ingredient of concern. Read more here. Read my ingredient disclaimer here.

PHYTO Phytomist ($26/5oz @ – made just for dehydrated hair, which can happen from coloring or perming (perming?? Like pantyhose, will the perm ever come back into fashion?!), this uses botanicals to help prevent oxidation. FYI, it has silicones in it.

Disclosure: One of these items was provided to for review purposes. One I bought.

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