Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's a 10 Potion 10 Miracle Styling Potion



Potion 10 Miracle Styling Potion 

by It's a 10 

It's a 10 Potion 10 Miracle Styling Potion creates softness for blow dried and air dried styles. A light weight formula that is enriched with panthenol, this ultra hydration styler helps to reduce frizz and imparts luminous shine. It also detangles, reduces frizz, resists humidity, and adds shine, body and softness.

To use, simply apply to wet or dry hair and style as desired.

Over 20 years in the making, It’s a 10 has become the “go-to” product for salons and clients worldwide. This vision has revolutionized the approach to hair care by delivering results that people can see and experience – instantly.

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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Agave Healing Oil Treatment

Smooth, Sleek & Healthy

Agave Healing Oil Treatment restores and rejuvenates hair that's unmanageable, frizzy, dry or dull with hydrating sugars derived from the agave plant. Unlike heavy nut oils, Agave oil with it's plant extract conditions hair without the weight, building strength and resiliency, while helping boost vibrancy and color. Amino sugars lock moisture inside of the hair, adding strength, resiliency and elasticity. Beneficial botanicals coconut, vanilla, sunflower, and safflower are blended with Madagascar baobab seed oil to nourish and transform hair's outer layer. Ideal for all types of hair: fine, medium and course textures this product contains no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and is cruelty-free.

To use, simply work a small amount through damp/dry hair, blow-dry and style hair. Can be used on damp or dry hair. 



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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Collection

Curl Keeper Collection

Curly Hair Solutions has introduced new hair styling products under their Curl Keeper brand. The new products include Curl Keeper Original, Curl Keeper Gel, and the soon-to-be-launched Curl Keeper Styling Cream. 

Curl Keeper is about helping curly-girls (and guys) create a style that is their own.

Curl Keeper Original offers total control for frizzy hair with a water-based formula that can be used every day without product buildup. Effective in all weather conditions, including humidity, this styling product allows hairstyles to last for several days.

Whether used alone or layered on top of Curl Keeper Original, 
Curl Keeper Gel is a water-based gel that offers ultimate holding power while controlling frizz and fighting humidity without flakiness or crispiness. It holds any curly hairstyle for several days without product build up. Great for scrunch-drying, styling with brushes, diffuse-drying or simply air-drying naturally.

Curl Keeper Styling Cream tames textured hair by allowing easy manipulation of curls into a looser, well-defined, frizz-free curl with ultimate softness and clean shine. It is very effective in humidity and reactivates with water without leaving product buildup.

Check out their how-to videos about how to get frizz-free coils:



curlkeeper.com

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



Sunday, September 21, 2014

CHI Argan Oil Haircare Collection by Farouk


Farouk Systems' CHI Argan Oil 
Haircare Collection

CHI Argan Oil Haircare Collection is a luxurious line that includes CHI Argan Shampoo, Conditioner, Rejuvenating Masque and Treatment Oil. Used regularly, this four-step regimen provides shine, moisture, repair and rejuvenation that leaves hair shiny and feeling softer and healthier.
 

Each product is formulated with an exotic blend of Argan and Moringa Oil, Silk Proteins, Vitamin A and Vitamin E to completely restore and revitalize strands and improve hair’s texture, elasticity, shine, and manageability. 
Antioxidant-rich ingredients also protect from UV and environmental damage. 

The line:

CHI Argan Oil Shampoo combines Argan and Moringa Oils with the proven power of Silk Proteins to produce strong, gleaming, touchable hair. It gently cleanses without disturbing hair’s moisture balance and leaves haircolor fully vibrant.

CHI Argan Oil Conditioner is an advanced formula that provides lightweight conditioning while restoring manageability for touchable softness and shine.

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque penetrates deeply and works in a matter of minutes to hydrate, nourish and condition depleted hair. Ideal for dry or damaged hair that requires extra moisture and conditioning, this rich, intensive treatment revives strands with the powerful blend of antioxidants and vitamins. It’s especially effective for clients with thick, coarse and chemically-treated hair.

CHI Argan Oil combines the healing and moisturizing features of Argan Oil and the reparative and rejuvenating properties of Moringa Oil to help enhance and restore vibrancy to your clients’ color-treated hair while providing softness and shine.

 www.farouk.com


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



Friday, September 19, 2014

Curl Gloss Hydration & Control by Oribe Review


Curl Gloss for Non-Crunchy Curls

Oribe Curl Gloss Hydration & Hold is a lightweight glossing gel that shapes and adds shine for ultra-hydrating control. It fights humidity and deeply conditions, delivering curls without crunch. A blend of Brazilian extracts, including passion flower, jicama and cupuacu make for soft yet defined curls that hold all day. 


To use, apply to damp hair, define curls and diffuse or air-dry.

My Take: I applied a quarter-size amount, combed it through my damp hair and allowed my strands to air dry. I noticed more curl was activate than normal and it was less frizzy although the weather was unusually humid. The beauty is that my natural texture looked more "on-purpose" with a softer, non-crunchy finish and a delicate luster. Score!

oribe.com



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


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No Frizz Organic Balancing Hair Oil by Balanced Guru


Balanced Guru Launches No Frizz Organic Balancing Hair Oil
Remove frizz, nourish dry ends, and soften curls with a cruelty-free mix of organic essential oils with Balanced Guru’s No Frizz Organic Sesame & Lemongrass Balancing Hair Oil. Featuring a light blend of sesame, lemongrass, grape seed, jojoba, eucalyptus and tamanu oils, this product works to balance frizzy, coarse hair and control fly-aways while providing definition for soft, smooth curls. No Frizz is also ideal for humid and tropical weather, increasing shine and manageability for all hair types; thanks to USDA certified organic ingredients.

Balanced Guru products are also 100% biodegradable, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, recyclable, and free of chemicals and toxins. 

Simply apply a small amount directly to hair with your fingertips. No rinsing necessary.
Can be applied to damp or dry hair. Use on towel-dried hair to achieve better definition for curls. Use on dry hair to achieve better shine. It can also be used just on your ends to nourish them back to life. Use a couple drops first, and use more if needed. 

www.balancedguru.com


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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Get the Look - Sherri Hill 2015 Spring/Summer Runway Show


Runway-Worthy Hair

Designer Sherri Hill presented her Spring/Summer 2015 Collection with hair by lead artist Tammy Mixon for the CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate product line. Sherri Hill’s exclusive collections epitomize the fashionable lifestyle of today’s contemporary women. Each look is designed to enhance and fit the female form with fashion-forward styling and wearability. 

Tammy Mixon created “Spring Fling” consisting of a low ponytail that was textured, light and airy. 

When asked about the Inspiration for this look, Tammy said, 
“I designed this hairstyle to allow the dresses by Sherri Hill to stand out. Since it is her Spring/Summer Collection, I wanted a look that would be universal but fresh looking.”

Get The Look

1. Begin the look at the top creating a side diagonal part.

2. Starting at the top crow, take 1” sections and spray with CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Flexible Hair Spray. With the CHI Miss Universe 1 1/4" Curling Iron, curl the section on base leaving the ends free about 2”. Hold for a few seconds, then clip.

3. Continue curling the back and sides in the same manner being sure to spray each section with the CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Flexible Hair Spray.

4. At the top, section the hair following the same diagonal part and continue to curl the hair as above.

5. After the hair has cooled, remove pins and brush.

6. Next with your fingers lift multiple sections throughout the head spraying each one with CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Restage Dry Shampoo for texture.

Tip: “As you are spraying each section, shake it lightly to dry to create a light airy look." Simply spray each section with the dry shampoo and move your fingers to the ends. Holding the hair straight up; shake the section lightly to replicate.

7. At the back of the head, part-off a triangle section from the crown to the nape. Back brush this section loosely and allow the hair to fall naturally.

8. Leaving this triangle section free, begin to gently back brush the top and sides for volume smoothing the surface with your fingers allowing any shorter sections to cascade around the face naturally.

9. With your fingers, begin to comb the hair back including the sides and create a low ponytail. The key to this style is keeping the triangle section out of the ponytail. Leaving this free adds length and fullness to the pony. While styling, also make sure to keep the volume, texture and fullness. Secure with a rubber band.

10. To hide the elastic tie, take a small section from underneath and wrap around to cover. Spray with CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Rock Your Crown Firm Hair Spray.

11. To finish, back brush the triangle section from underneath and also back brush the ponytail blending the two together for fullness. Arrange pieces and spray with CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Rock Your Crown Firm Hair Spray.

Tip: In addition to using a brushing motion to add more texture to the ponytail, use your fingers to piece and pull small sections.

Products Used

Restage Dry Shampoo CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Dry Shampoo is a water free spray that cleanses and refreshes hair by absorbing excess oil and eliminating odor. It blends in flawlessly to all hair types, providing added lift and texture to hair.

Work Your Style Flexible Hair Spray CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Flexible Hair Spray is a fast drying light hold hair spray that gives lift, texture and control with flexible movement. It offers protection against moisture and humidity, while providing an incredible silky shine with no added build up or flakes.

Rock Your Crown Firm Hair Spray Miss Universe Style Illuminate Firm Hair Spray is a firm hold aerosol hair spray designed for ultimate control and shine. The fast drying, weightless formula offers all day hold and support with no added build up.

Miss Universe CHI 1 ¼” Titanium Curling Iron Lift, curl, flip and style your look into crown worthy curls with this 1 ¼” titanium curling iron that creates luscious, full body curls while protecting hair and locking in moisture.

www.Farouk.com 
available at www.ulta.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. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

ENJOY Hair Care for MEN


Hair Care Just for Him!

ENJOY Professional Hair Care has developed a new line exclusively for men. With seven new products, ENJOY MEN offers solutions to cleanse, clarify, texturize, sculpt, define, control, and separate. Perfect for today’s style-aware but ease-of-care male, the line consists of:

ENJOY MEN All Purpose Shampoo (pH 4.5-5.5)
This hair and body cleanser is designed to quickly wash away dirt and grime. It works to enhance texture and add weightless moisture to hair with a lightly scented blend of natural ingredients.

ENJOY MEN Build-up Remover (pH 4.5-5.5)
A treatment that removes product build up, ENJOY MEN Build-up Remover is great for everybody from swimmers to product daredevils. Get out the gunk (chlorine, pollutants, products, etc.) with this once-a-week reboot treatment.

ENJOY MEN Texture
Mostly matte and high hold, ENJOY Men Texture allows you to control, texturize and shape. Special conditioners add smooth separation while select polymers give the perfect hold for stay-put, piece-y results. ENJOY MEN Texture is fashionably cool for full heads of hair.

ENJOY MEN Clay
Low shine and mild hold offer a modern rough style with re-moldable results. Sand creates killer texture while clay holds things in place without a stiff result. ENJOY MEN Clay is ideal for the guy too cool for structure but who desires a mid-day change.

ENJOY MEN Fiber

Define your disheveled ‘do with high shine and higher hold. A unique blend of polymers creates strong hold without a plastic look while special fibers give killer definition. Ideal for anti-pretty boy controlled coolness.

ENJOY MEN Pomade
Satisfy your need to control everything using this high shine, medium hold pomade. Anti-humectant holding agents help puff up your pomp while special style agents keep hair in place when slicked down - Ideal for the man who’s on top of his image.

ENJOY MEN Sculpt
With medium shine and soft hold, this cream provides excellent separation. Sculpting emollients hold up to humidity and prevent the dreaded frizz-head. Go for killer control and curl without the crazy!

Styling products come in an easy-travel 2oz jar. The 3.5 oz Build-up Remover is offered in a pump sprayer while the All Purpose Shampoo is available in a10 oz size. All ENJOY MEN products retail for $14.95 each.

enjoyhaircare.com



Disclosure: Product was given in exchange for this feature but any opinions expressed are my own. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moroccanoil Smoothing Mask Review

Frizz Taming Hair Mask

Moroccanoil Smoothing Mask is a concentrated hair mask specifically formulated for unruly and frizzy strands. Infused with argan butter, argan oil and coconut-derived fatty acids to deeply nourish, it  leaves strands soft, smooth and more manageable. Smoothing Mask provides long-lasting, intense conditioning while improving elasticity.

To use, apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair and comb through. Let product absorb into the hair for 5–10 minutes. Rinse well. Use once a week or as needed.


My Take:
It slathered on well, sat for several minutes while I finished my shower, and then rinsed it off, which yielded a smooth-to-the-touch finish even while wet. I dried normally and even without running a flat iron through, my hair felt smoother, more moisturized and softer to the touch. Home run!

 www.moroccanoil.com/usa


Disclosure: I was given a sample of this product to try but no compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this review or feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Serious Skin Care for Men Review


Murad Man Regimen 
Serious Skin Care for Men

Go beyond your typical shaving kit with skin care for men from Murad and the Murad Man Regimen collection. You’ll get all of Murad’s best skin care for guys. Murad Cleansing Shave provides a cleansing and softening process while preparing skin for a great shave. Razor Burn Rescue leaves skin feeling cool, smooth and refreshed, as men’s skin care products should. Finally, Face Defense moisturizes and protects skin from sun and environmental damage all day long.

Murad Man Regimen is used in the locker room of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but don’t just trust some of the best players in Major League Baseball. Experience the results for yourself by using a line of skin care for men products designed by the scientific skin care experts at Murad. Get rid of that old shaving kit and replace it with men’s skin care that makes a difference.

Murad Man Regimen – The Line

Cleansing Shave
This patented antioxidant-rich cleansing formula delivers a closer, smoother, more comfortable shave. It features Murad’s exclusive Beard Softening Complex and Mushroom Enzyme exfoliants to uncover stubborn facial hairs and prepare skin for a superior shave.

Razor Burn Rescue
Fights razor burn, shaving irritation, razor bumps and ingrown hairs by infusing skin with a unique blend of healing antioxidants and redness reducing anti-inflammatories while Glycolic Acid clears irritating dead skin and debris from hair follicles.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Matrix Oil Wonders Collection

Rich Oil Wonders

It's known that oils provide strength to hair, enhance color vibrancy, help tame unruly strands and aide in faster blow-drying. In India, oils have been used for centuries to strengthen hair through Ayurvedic massage. In the Amazon, oils have always been used to smooth hair against extreme humidity while in Egypt, oils protect hair against harsh, dry climates. 

Inspired by these ancient beauty rituals, Matrix Oil Wonders collection is a complete oil-care line that uses oils and other exotic ingredients from India, Egypt and the Amazon for ultimate hair health. The complete care and styling line features a shampoo, conditioner, strengthening oil, controlling oil, color care oil, cut oil, blow dry oil and shaping cream.


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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Get Kristen Wiig's Emmy Look


Get the Look - Award-Worthy Makeup



“The Spoils of Babylon!” star, Kristen Wiig looked stunning at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Follow Makeup Artist Tracey Levy as she creates this beautiful makeup.

According to Tracy, the goal of Kristen’s overall look was to have a soft, modern feel with an edge. So, to go with her beautiful beachy hair, she smoked up Kristen's eyes with soft purples and bronze to give a bit of sultriness.


LOOK BREAKDOWN
PREP SKIN
STEP 1: To keep skin dewy, rub La Mer Serum all over, then a bit of La Mer Crème to areas that are a bit drier. Prep lips with La Mer Lip Balm. Let soak in for a few minutes.

EYES

STEP 2: Smudge CARGO Cosmetics Swimmables™ Eye Pencil in Pfeiffer Beach ($18), an eggplant shade, all along the upper lash line, then set it with a deep matte plum hue, CARGO Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Moreton Bay ($16). Use a lighter purple, like CARGO Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Shanghai ($16), to highlight the eye.



STEP 3: Apply long-lasting, brown liner like CARGO Cosmetics Swimmables™ Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach ($18) on the lower lash line and blend it with the CARGO Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Moreton Bay ($16). Use CARGO Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Cyprus ($16), a golden plum, to blend the liner into the outer corners.

STEP 4: Apply Chanel Illuminating Powder in the inner corners of the eye, and line the water line with the CARGO Cosmetics Swimmables™ Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach ($18).

STEP 5: Achieve softy defined brows with CARGO Cosmetics Brow How Kit in Light ($24).

STEP 6: Finish off the eyes with two coats of CARGO_HD Picture Perfect Mascara ($22) to the top and bottom lashes.


SKIN
STEP 7: Now that the moisturizer is fully absorbed, apply CARGO_HD Pore Refining Primer ($32) all over the face to start the base for makeup application.

STEP 8: Mix YSL Le Teint Touché Éclat Illuminating Foundation in BD 40-BD 50 and CARGO Cosmetics Liquid Foundation in 20 ($36) and apply to face. Next, use Armani Master Corrector 2 to conceal and the YSL Touché Éclat Pen to highlight under eyes.

STEP 9: Contour under the check bones with Chanel Bronzing Cream Makeup Base. Then, highlight the top of cheek bones with Chanel Illuminating Powder.

STEP 10: Apply pink blush like Chanel Creme Blush in Affinite or CARGO Cosmetics Blush in Key Largo ($26) to the apples of cheeks.

LIPS
STEP 11: Use CARGO Cosmetics Reversible Lip Liner ($16) to line lips. Top off the look with a deep apricot lipstick, CARGO Cosmetics Lip Color in Santa Fe ($22).

Products are available at CargoCosmetics.com.


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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fantastic for Men



A Fantastic Concept
Introducing Fantastic for Men, a six-product line by Fantastic Sams. Sold only at Fantastic Sams Salons,the line includes:


Two in One Shampoo and Conditioner

Use this daily shampoo to cleanse and condition in one easy step. It gently moisturizes and strengthens hair of all types, providing great combing ability. So whether you need to get ready fast or just pack it for the road, our Two in One is perfect for active men on the go.

Tea Tree Shampoo

Gently cleanses hair and scalp while soothing minor irritations. Tea Tree oil, black tea and aloe combine to soothe irritations. Peppermint oil refreshes and creates a pleasant tingle.

Tea Tree Conditioner

Tames coarse rough hair and helps soothe irritated scalp. Tea Tree oil, black tea and aloe combine to soothe irritations. Apple Extract, Sugar Cane, Panthenol Pro-Vitamin B5, and Amodimethicone combine to provide conditioning and shine. Wheat and Soy Protein combine to strengthen hair. Menthol refreshes and creates a pleasant tingle.


Simple Style Matte Wax

This creamy styling wax is as versatile as you are. It contours and controls the natural texture of all types of hair, wet or dry, for a messy look or a sleek, cleaned up style. Its low to medium hold allows for flexible control. Plus, added sunscreen protects your hair from harmful UV rays.

X-Treme Gel

Who has time for re-styling? This ultra-firm gel defines and controls hair with strong-hold staying power that lasts all day. And it contains sunscreen for added UV protection. Sculpt hair with this non-alcohol formula for a natural, no-flake shine and a look that stays put.

Styling Cement

Rock hard hold for funky, spiky, and fierce styles. Water resistant super strong styling cement provides definition and ultra control.

To find a salon near you, visit fantasticsams.com.



Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article.