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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Shu Uemura and Spornette Tame Strands

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I’m pretty religious about using a hair mask each week and lately I’ve been using the new SHU UEMURA Essence Absolue Nourishing Taming Overnight Serum $69/3.3oz @ shuuemuraartofhair.com). I’ve been a fan of their hair care products for some time and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a light cream you apply right before bed so it can do its work while you sleep. I was worried that it would get all over my pillow but it seemed to absorb pretty quickly and left no residue behind. And this is a no-rinse serum so don’t worry about having sticky, crusty hair the next morning, as it all gets absorbed.

This one really added moisture and frizz resistance (they claim 24 hours). It can be applied on wet or dry hair and use a comb to distribute it evenly down the hair shaft.

Styling has become a breeze with SPORNETTE’s latest release, the Square Heat Styler ($25 @ ulta.com). It comes in 4 different sizes, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large, so choose depending on the length of your hair. The square shape is ideal for getting high volume styles, super straight strands and even that flip at the bottom of the hair. The barrel is ceramic and tourmaline, which I have come to expect these days with a styling brush! The combo of these traits help the center heat up quickly and retain the heat, as well as leave hair super shiny afterwards.

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

Monday, June 18, 2018

Vinegar Hair Rinses from Pureology and Redken

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I use vinegar to clear a lot of things around my house but I never really thought of it for beauty, until now. These two here contain apple cider vinegar to soften color-treated strands as well as give strands a boost in freshness and balances the hair’s pH.  Since I’m hesitant to use any kind of clarifying shampoo on my colored-hair, these are completely safe to use on it as they also remove build-up and won’t strip it.

Just squeeze out excess water after shampooing, squirt some on, rinse, and then apply conditioner as usual.

REDKEN Color Extend Vinegar Rinse ($24/8oz @ ulta.com)

PUREOLOGY Vinegar Hair Rinse ($29/8.5oz @ ulta.com)

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

#StyleAndSaveNaturally with Suave Green & Ralphs

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I’ve stated a few times now how I’m pairing down my beauty routine on all fronts. Summer is busy enough with taking one kid to ball practice and another to swim team. I’m also taking the more natural route too by using Suave Green products I pick up at my local Ralphs. They have become my go-to as they really make me feel my best without breaking the bank. Using 100% natural ingredients, they omit nasty parabens and dyes in these products. Don’t you want to go the more natural route too when you can?

Here are the four in my corner right now:

  • Suave Green Natural Hold Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray
  • Suave Green Almond + Shea Butter Shampoo
  • Suave Green Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner
  • Suave Green Natural Refresh Dry Shampoo

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Monday, April 16, 2018

#TREStouchablestyle with TRESemmé Micro-Mist

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How are you taming your hair this season? Each year I pick a go-to style where it’s up off my neck. In the past, I’ve had hair almost down to my waist so I was able to get pretty creative. Now that it’s shoulder length, I feel slightly limited in my styles but I’ve been scouring the Internet lately and found one I love. And just like applying makeup, your hair style has to hold and I’ve been using TRESemmé’s compressed Micro-Mist hairsprays found at CVS and cvs.com. I found the superfine mist really helps keep humidity at bay for hours but my hair is still touchable.

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

#GetYourNEXXUSPhix with Keraphix Collection from NEXXUS

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I think most of us have some kind of damage to our hair at least some time in our lives. What do you do to help keep your strands healthy in between hair treatments? Hair color, chemical treatments, curling irons, even blow drying all are stressful to hair, so if you want to keep it healthy and in shape, you want to pay attention to the products you use on it, especially your shampoo and conditioner.

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Right up my alley is the NEXXUS Keraphix Healing System for Severely Damaged Hair that’s rolling out at local ULTA stores and ultabeauty.com. The brand created a Keraphix blend that contains a PROTEINFUSION blend of Keratin Protein and Black Rice, which penetrates hair to heal strain on the strands. With prolonged use of their three-step process of Keraphix Shampoo for Damaged Hair, Keraphix Conditioner for Damaged Hair and the Keraphix Gel Treatment for Damaged Hair, your hair will thank you by being more resilient.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

#SpringIntoCVS with ApotheCARE Essentials

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I feel like everyone is in the spring cleaning frame-of-mind right now! I went to a party over the weekend and the hosts had all kinds of items set aside in their garage for a yard sale this coming weekend. No, I didn’t go and see if there was anything in the stash I wanted to buy. I was good!

This month my motto is Spring Into Beauty, #SpringIntoCVS. And since there’s a CVS located just down the street from me, I visit a few times a week. And you know that I’m always on the lookout for new brands they’re carrying like the ApotheCARE Essentials line. I discovered them recently and like that the products contain natural ingredients like cold pressed rosehip oil, Aloe Vera and Rose Oil in this Booster Shampoo that’s been on regular rotation. It’s made to give my hair volume, which I always need and you won’t find any silicones, parabens, or dyes in the formula.

I’m pretty picky about a conditioner so the Colorist Conditioner also sits within easy reach tub-side. Not only does it protect my newly lightened color but it also contains Moroccan mint and steamed distilled lavender to stimulate the roots and keep my strand nourished. And like the above, this one doesn’t contain those pesky parabens, dyes or silicones in the formula either.

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Monday, April 02, 2018

#TakeANewLook18 at Spring!

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Spring is here, finally, and though we here in Los Angeles certainly did not get the brunt of the storms this past season; I’m still hankering for the warmth and mega sunshine. Each year my family and I designate a specific March weekend day to do what we call, the “change over,” where we each go through our own clothes, shoes, etc. and pull the winter items out we want to store. Each of us puts our items in the hallway and my husband comes by with a huge bin (sometimes two) marked 'winter' where everything goes in and it goes downstairs for the season.

Do you do something like this? After the clothes are taken care of, I immediately visit the beauty closet to change up my products for the season. You should always change in your beauty routine and products based on the time of year. In the colder months, heavier creams are great and also darker nails colors, etc., whereas with the warmer times of year like spring and summer, body oils, fruity-smelling products and pastel shadows are my thing.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

NYFW Looking Strands with TRESemmé Micro-Mist

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It’s officially New York Fashion Week (NYFW) where all the fashionistas gather to see what the clothing industry has to offer to the upcoming season. Hair and makeup are a major part of every show and I made a tiny resolution a few weeks ago to try and style my hair a few times a week and this next product is helping me do that and be fancy like those at NYFW.

I guess the closest I will get to NYFW is a night out with friends or to a fancy dinner, which is fine by me and these events don’t always mean an extreme updo. In fact, when I googled, “top hairstyles for shoulder-length hair,” this style I’m about to show you came up in many pictures. And I can see why. It’s simple, elegant and easy to do and I'm sure many versions of it will end up on the runways. #TresRunway2018

And I’m creating it in celebration of TRESemmé Micro-Mist Line just launching at CVS stores nationwide and @ cvs.com. It’s the latest from the brand that helps achieve and hold the latest styles with natural movement without the stiffness. These sprays use a superfine micro-mist that’s able to penetrate through the top layer of hair to provide deeper coverage throughout hair. This is due to the blend of duo polymers inside the spray that forms bonds to hold hair in place but still allowing it to move. Because the spray inside these Micro-Mist Hair Sprays are compressed, the cans are smaller (5.5oz) than the traditional 11oz size so it will last just as long. And look how sleek and sexy the can is! It fits nicely on my hand and I have a good grip on it. 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wet Brush Hair Detangle Brush

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File this next product under ‘how did I miss this??’ I grew up with very knotty hair. It was quite a task to untangle it after a bath/shower. My hair would grow really long and my mother would get so frustrated and cut it all off. I was asked a few times if I was a boy back then.

She would have been in heaven if this brush existed back then as I still have knotty hair here and there and this WET BRUSH is just heaven-sent!

So you’re thinking, “it’s a brush. How gentle can it be?” Well it is and the secret is their IntelliFlex bristles with SofTips that are not only thin but strong and flexible. This all but eliminates breakage as I hate the thought of breaking hair off because of a knot.

 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Superfood for Hair from Pureology

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Lotta buzz around the word ‘superfood’ lately, or at least on my blog, and we have one here for the hair. When I think of superfood, I don’t really think of something for the strands but it makes sense but the PUREOLOGY brand has come out with their definition of it with these two Superfood Treatments for hair. One is the Hydrate Superfood Treatment and the other is Strength Cure Superfood Treatment.

Both are vegan and silicone-free and great for this time of year.

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  • Hydratemade with coconut and avocado oils to nourish hair with moisture.
  • Strength Cure made with goji berry extract oil to protect and olive oil for smoothness and shine.

And these only require 5 minutes in the hair to do their work! While these didn’t do much when it came to detangling, it really made my hair soft and it just felt healthier overall. Like all Pureology products, these are made just for those who color-treat their hair.

$44/6oz each @ pureology.com, ulta.com.

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

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