Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hydrate Collection by Number 4

Number 4 L’eau de Mare 
Hydrate Collection 
Number 4 L’eau de Mare Hydrating Shampoo moisturizes, replenishes and color protects leaving a delicate Ylang orchid, jasmine, vetiver and patchouli scent. Silicone leaves hair feeling soft and smooth and enhances glossy shine. Lemongrass, Gooseberry, Organic Oatmeal, and Golden Seal gently cleanses and purifies without stripping while Vitamin B5 works to add shine, strength and condition to moisture-starved hair. This sulfate, paraben, gluten and sodium chloride free formula offers weightless moisturizing for normal to dry hair.

Hydrating Condition moisturizes and helps stop split ends while repairing dryness and frizz. This ant-aging conditioner protects color and won’t weigh hair down. Its Vitamin B5 formula creates shine and condition, improving hair’s strength, keeping it clean and static free while Jojoba nourishes, conditions, and protects.

Both products contain a blend of vitamins and minerals that restores natural vibrancy. Number 4’s exclusive Liquid Complex Culture, an advanced delivery system, makes use of tiny molecules of botanical ingredients and infuses anti-aging, strengthening, color preserving and purifying results.

Black Currant, Soy Yogurt, Algae, and Yerba Mate offer nutritive properties to hair and scalp, working to moisturize and enhance shine. Acai Berry, Hibiscus, Mangosteen, and Vitamin C offer potent antioxidants and anti-aging properties, which promote and enhance youthful vitality.

Burdock Root, Oolong Tea, Irish Moss, and vegetable protein hydrates and strengthens hair, working to repair damage, revitalize and restore, which helps protect from the adverse effects of heat styling, chemical processing and environmental factors.

An easy to use, pre-measured pump dispenser allows appropriate dosage for any hair length and type.


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

For Strands with Sublime Softness

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil is a transformative, clear, lightweight hair oil that vanishes into hair, leaving a smooth feather soft feel with a trace of shine.

This lightweight, quick-absorbing oil featuring a luxurious blend of six oils and two extracts soften, tame flyaways, and add shine immediately and over time. Hair looks and feels healthy, smooth, silky, and conditioned. Frizz and flyaways are dramatically reduced. This formula detangles hair and helps strengthen hair against breakage. It also contains UVA/UVB filters and offers heat styling protection. The clear-as-day formula can be used on all types (and colors) of hair.

Work sparingly into damp hair before air drying or blow-drying, or smooth through dry hair for a sensational finish. Try it with Thickening Hairspray for a soft, tangle-free blow out, or as a finisher after styling to control flyaways and add polish.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article, but I did receive the products from the owner of the line for free.  I have no affiliation to this brand and any opinions expressed are my own.  

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hair Trend - Perfect Pin-up

Pin-up Perfection

According to stylist April Price of Annastasia Salon in Portland, Oregon, long hair today is soft, touchable and so very feminine. For up-styles, she sees an array of looks taking hold - Many women want simple styles that offer a personalized statement while others go for bold and solid futuristic shapes with lots of geometry and loads of texture.

When creating these up-styles, April likes to mix things up a bit with texture, doing intricate braiding with smooth hair or adding a tight crimp first and applying larger braids for edginess. She also uses this tight crimp technique just at the base near the scalp when serious lift is needed for otherwise non-crimped styles, all without backcombing.

For this up-style April went for a futuristic boldness with retro wisps and loops. It’s sort of a modern pin-up that sits on a diagonal with a very exaggerated silhouette. April explains the inspiration as ribbon Christmas candy, swooped, looped and boldly rolled and intertwined.

To create this look, April started with a lot of backcombing or teasing to build up the lift at the root and then she smoothed over the surface to direct the hair into shape, pinning everything into place as she worked. The end result is pure perfection!

Annastasia Salon - Portland, Oregon
Hair & Makeup: April Price
Photo: Taggart Winterhalter for Purely Visual

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

U Luxury by Unite Eurotherapy

Luxury at its Finest - U Luxury

U LUXURY Shampoo 

Lavish  hair with this decadent blend of Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan Oil. This sulfate-free Luxury Shampoo creates a rich lather that will replenish  nutrient-starved hair, invigorating all hair types with abundant health, resilient body and opulent shine. 

For best results, wet hair, apply, lather, rinse and repeat as necessary. Follow with U LUXURY Conditioner and style as desired.

U LUXURY Conditioner 

Compliment the Luxury Shampoo and indulge yourself in Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan Oil. This rich and creamy Luxury Conditioner will lock in the nutrients hair loses each day and will enrich all hair types with ultimate health, voluminous body and exquisite shine. 

For best results following Luxury Shampoo, apply Luxury Conditioner from roots to end. Leave in for 1 to 3 minutes as needed and then rinse thoroughly.


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Kalea Rose - A Boutique Line for Hair

Introducing Kalea Rose
I love to try new and unique hair and beauty products and tools. And in my quest for all things pretty, I came across a small line of hair care products with a simple but effective message... Beauty is not a product, it's a state of mind! 

Named for the founder’s daughter, Kalea Rose, this line of understated boutique products offers cleansing, conditioning and hair styling products for healthy looking results. Inspired by the free-flowing hair of curl-blessed Kalea as she would glide forward and back on her swing, these products offer easy-care solutions with an extended line specifically for thirsty curls and frizz-laden textures.

Having that mix of wave and frizz, I was fortunate enough to get to try some of the line for myself. In doing so, I found three specific styling aides that I feel are more than deserving of a shout-out. Fitting perfectly into my daily style regime, they seemed to be made just for me.

First there's Kalea Rose Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream. This versatile potion was specifically designed for highly textured hair. It can be used for straight or curly styles and it smoothes the frizz and cuts down on drying time leaving silky, touchable results. I Simply emulsified a small amount and applied to my damp hair before styling as usual. Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream can also be cocktailed, or mixed, with other products to offer frizz control as needed when styling or touching hair up.

Kalea Rose Alloy is a thermal protectant and shine enhancing product developed specifically for work with irons or other heated tools. When flat ironing, I found that the tool glides through hair easier and leaves behind a soft, silky luster. It also works well with curling irons and offers protection for hot rollers and even blow dryers. Multi-weight silicones work to shield the hair from heat and styling damage, while various botanicals condition and seal hair imparting a shine that lasts for days. I applied as needed to damp or dry hair, but before adding heat of any kind.

Kalea Rose Moon Shine is a clear, weightless, spray-on laminate with protective filters to minimize sun damage. It added shine to my dry and dull hair. It also seems to smooth down frizzy or fried ends, and dries clear without a trace. This alcohol-free shine-enhancer does not weigh hair down and leaves a lightly floral, but not frilly scent behind.

In addition to some great cleansing and conditioning products, all three of these products named above have worked beautifully for my daily frizz control issues! Give them a try for yourself!  kaleahaircare.com

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article, but I did receive the products from the owner of the line for free.  I have no affiliation to this brand and any opinions expressed are my own.  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bain de Terre Macadamia Oil Nourishing 
Shampoo & Conditioner

 Macadamia Oil 
Enhance and restore the health of fine to normal hair types with weightless, nutrient-rich replenishment with Bain de Terre Macadamia Oil Nourishing 
Shampoo and Conditioner. A lush, paraben-free, nourishing cleanser and conditioner, this duo is infused with gardenia and black currant flower extract as well as coconut, macadamia, argan and monoi oils that lavish hair in soft, sumptuous, silky perfection. 


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

InfraShine 2-Inch Flat Iron

Smooth Long Hair in a Snap! 

The name you have come to know and trust for premium styling tools brings you the latest in ceramic technology. 

Using powerful anionic or negative ion technology, InfraShine’s AMT™ and Micro-Silica (MST™) infused appliances provide superior results with even less styling effort. When coupled with FAR-infrared ceramic heaters, this highly efficient mineral technology works to smooth the cuticle layer and seal in precious moisture, leaving hair silky and lustrous. 

The streamlined ergo-design of the MST™ styling iron is ultra-lightweight with sleek, easy to grip handles and a heavy-duty spring system, which offers a firmer grasp and increased control for all hand sizes. All InfraShine® MST™ irons have an extra-long, durable and rotating cord, which allows tangle-resistant use. They boast variable heat settings from 170-400˚ F for use with delicate to coarse hair and have a convenient ready light that pulsates when the desired temperature is reached. Energy efficient and eco-conscious, these styling tools operate on 120 volts and are backed by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. 

With the latest generation of irons comes new technology. InfraShine’s advanced PCB, enhanced microprocessor and ionic generator provide ultra-fast heating and recovery time while the innovative multi-mesh ceramic heating element is rated for 5000 hours of demanding in-salon use. Just flip the switch on, set the desired temperature, and the iron heats in mere seconds, staying hot through all uses - even with damp hair or during chemical treatments. 

InfraShine’s ClassicLine™ MST™ styling irons are designed for rigorous professional use, but are available in three sizes for salons to retail as desired. The two-inch iron offers extra-wide paddles and a safe-touch tip for increased leverage and control when smoothing thick or extra long hair. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Agadir Hair Shield 450 Degree Plus Spray Treatment

Ultimate Thermal Protection

If you can’t live without your thermal tools, a heat protection spray is essential to help shield and protect your hair. Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450° Plus is a revolutionary spray treatment providing heat protection up to 450˚ Fahrenheit and 232˚ Centigrade. It provides maximum defence against all heat appliances. This extra strength formula also nourishes, repairs, smooths and strengthens hair leaving it frizz-free with a soft, healthy and silky shine.

Never tested on animals, Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450° Plus is sulfate, paraben and alcohol free, 100% natural and certified organic.

$40 at agadirint.com.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Self-Tanners by Body Drench

Look Sunkissed Without the Sun

Sunless tanning has never been so sexy thanks to a line of self-tanners by Body Drench. Quick Tan, a favorite of celebrity makeup artists and featured in music videos, commercials and photo shoots, has expanded to include everything from the beloved instant spray can to gradual tanning lotions.

The Instant Self Tanners contain topical bronzers so skin looks healthy and sun-kissed immediately upon application. The tinted formula also allows for a natural-looking, even glow. After three hours your beautiful tan sets.

The line includes:
Instant Bronzing Spray – Available in medium/dark in a travel-friendly 2 oz. and full-size 6 oz. can, this formula stays true to the classic Quick Tan Mist. The 360-degree nozzle ensures an even and flawless application all-over the body. 

Instant Bronzing Lotion – Achieve an instant summer glow with the all-over lotion. Slip on some gloves and the tinted lotion will show where it’s been applied for a streak-free tan.
Instant Bronzing Mousse – The light and airy foam formula makes this self-tanner easy to apply. Smooth application leaves skin looking healthy and naturally tan.

The Gradual Self Tanners allow for users to create their perfect glow. Use alone or in addition to the Instant Self Tanners for a longer-lasting tan, the buildable formula also moisturizes for sexy, supple skin. It applies like lotion, and the tan develops between three to five hours. This lotion is available in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark and builds the ideal tan in every shade. The most natural-looking tan is achievable with the Gradual Tanning Lotion.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème

Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème
BB Crème for Hair

BB crème, or beauty balm, was originally promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock and save time during daily beauty regimes. In recent years they have be come all the rage in the beauty business with many top editors singing their praises.  

The folks at Pantene have taken the concept of a multi-tasking beauty balm a step further by introducing a version for hair. They looked to the skincare benefits of the BB Crème and optimized a level of ingredients for a BB Crème for hair – a product designed to streamline the daily beauty routine but also to feel good on the hair and deliver a flawless finish.

Before beauty balm became available for hair, some women would create a mix of different products to speed their daily hair care and styling regiment. One part conditioner another part styling lotion, smoother, shine enhancer, thermal protectant and frizz fighter. Getting this cocktail out of proportion often resulted in a bad hair day. By harnessing the power of 10 benefits, Pantene’s Ultimate 10 works hard to keep a bad hair days at bay and provide more predictable results with a consistent blend.

The Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème is part of the new Ultimate 10 Collection, which also includes a shampoo and conditioner. Each product in the Ultimate 10 collection employs multi-tasking conditioners that work to repair rough hair, smooth, strengthen against damage and help protect hair against damage, frizz, and heat. The multi-benefit formula tames fly-aways and adds brilliant shine for the ultimate flawless, healthy finish.

Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème is a moisturizing formula that enables hair to be easily styles without excess static or flyaways. A combination of hair moisturizers and conditioners give 10 benefits to 1 step and help prevent damaged ends and tips. This combination of moisturizing ingredients work together to coat the hair and reduce the friction from combing as well as add in a protective barrier from heat.

My Experience
I was provided the opportunity to give Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème a try when Pantene sent a complementary bottle. My frizz factor has been unusually high due to humid summer days, so the promise of relief was more than welcome.

Before (air dried) / After 2 weeks (blow dried)
To clean damp hair I applied a couple of pumps of the crème all over. I combed through to make sure it was distributed evenly, which is where I noticed the first two benefits. I found the fragrance to be light and clean and also noticed an easier slide through my strands with the detangling comb. Having natural wave and a coarse texture, detangling damp hair is typically a painful task. 

I styled as usual, but without any other products so I could compare the results objectively. In the end, smoother, silkier hair emerged, especially when used over time.

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Go Big. Go Bold. Go Beautiful.

Get voluminous locks with spectacular manageability and bounce with this versatile styling treatment. The It’s a 10 Miracle Blowdry Volumizer is a one-of-a-kind styling product that gives lift, volume, and weightless moisture balance to any type of hair or style while also improving hair’s overall condition with weightless conditioning.
The easy spray formulation is easy, simple, mess-free and designed to deliver results without stickiness, flaking or brittleness. Simply apply It’s a 10 Miracle Blowdry Volumizer prior to styling to receive the full benefits of natural ingredients like: 

Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract  - A natural hair-care powerhouse that offers numerous benefits such as lift, body, volume and lightweight conditioning with absolutely zero build-up or heaviness. It also works to improve hair’s health by reducing scalp irritation and dryness – imparting even more weightless volume.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Best in Blonde Care

Just for Blondes! 

Listen up blondies! Your fair-haired tresses may turn heads on the beach, but your precious flaxen strands require special treatment in order to keep looking their best. Give your locks the TLC they deserve with these color sensitive care products!

Matrix Blonde Care Flash Filler Sheer Mist
Ideal for color-treated and/or natural blondes, this mist fills in porous hair fiber with every use. It instantly seals the hair cuticle and absorbs for a lustrous shine. Formulatwd with UV filters, it prolongs the radiance of blonde tones. Chamomile helps brighten hair while Panthenol enhances shine. matrix.com

John Freda Sheer Blonde
Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo by John Freda is specially formulated with safflower oil and bergamot extract and addresses the unique way blonde colour fades on three dimensions. It contains a water-resistant technology, designed to limit the water penetration that could wash out pigments. This cleanser helps maintain bright blonde colour and tonal integrity to preserve first-day colour while creating soft texture without weighing hair down. johnfrieda.com

Redken Perfect Platinum Blonde Glam
Neutralizes brassiness and preserves warm tones for ultra pale to light blonde locks. Redken’s exclusive Interbond Conditioning System delivers grapefruit extract that combines with a natural anti-oxidant polyphenol and shimmering mica to form the exclusive Crystal Shine Complex. The lightweight gel/cream formulas deliver an even distribution of color enhancing pigments and intense conditioning and strength without weighing down even the finest of blonde hair strands. redken.com

Kérastase Bain Miroir 2
A shine revealing hair bath for medium to thick, sensitised coloured hair. Kérastase Bain Miroir 2’s enriching formula leaves hair smooth, soft and boasting incredible shine. During the colour process hair cuticles can become sensitised and raised, affecting the final results so that rays of light hitting the hair are diffused unevenly, spoiling the reflection and leaving hair appearing lack lustre. Kérastase Bain Miroir 2 is formulated with cationic polymers, UV filters and a fibrionic system to remove the dulling residues on your hair to leave it bright, radiant and shiny. kerastase-usa.com 

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo
Designed to help moisturize damaged and chemically treated hair while adding super shine TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo contains unique ingredients formulated specifically for chemically treated hair. It gently cleanses and conditions damaged hair without adding any weight. tigiprofessional.com/en-us

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

NEW - ENJOY Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil

Moisture & Nourishment 

Introducing ENJOY Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil - A luxurious blend designed to restore, seal, enhance shine, and improve smoothness to hair and skin. The soft mist of this silicone-free formula creates a restorative shine to hair, is an excellent skin, hand and cuticle oil, and can be added as a booster for an intensive conditioning treatment. 

ENJOY Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil is packed with natural oils, anti-oxidants and fortifying vitamins. Highly moisturizing, sesame seed oil contains essential fatty acids, as well as naturally occurring vitamin E. It’s high in oleic and linoleic fatty acids, which are rich in omega 6. Avocado oil contains many vitamins such as A, various B, D & E that help skin rejuvenation and therefore is known for its anti-oxidant properties.

Evening primrose oil is used for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne while sweet almond oil acts as a lubricant on the dermal surface, leaving a soft and smooth appearance. Coconut oil, grape seed oil and Macadamia nut oil offer hair and skin conditioning agents while Safflower seed oil acts both as a lubricant and as a conditioning agent.