Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lustrous Highlight Contour Duo by Osmosis Colour Mineral Makeup

Lustrous Highlight Contour Duo



As one of the easiest way to create symmetry and dimension, Osmosis Colour Mineral Makeup has launched their new Lustrous Contour Duo. This stunning compact contains a matte bronzer alongside a shimmering highlighter to help you define and flaunt your best features. The contour color will recess light, perfect for applying anywhere you wish to create artificial shadows or disguise fullness. Follow with the highlighter, ideal for areas you want to draw attention to. The key to highlighting is applying this iridescent hue anywhere on the face the sun will naturally hit like the tops of the cheekbones.

Contouring Made Simple by Alejandro Falcon of Osmosis Colour Mineral Makeup
(Alejandro has worked with stars like Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez.)

If you want to contour or reshape the features of your face, first pinpoint the areas you want to make appear slimmer or less pronounced. Then, the areas that you would like to see accentuated, simply bring them out through highlighting.

Cheeks: If you have rounded cheeks and would like to make them appear slimmer, then start close to the hairline by the ear and move your darker shade formula forward to draw a line.

Then sweep the formula upwards starting from the back and working your way forward, diffusing the color on the cheek area.

Nose: Use a smaller tip brush and add the darker shade on each side of the bridge of the nose, diffusing the color towards the prominent area you want to look slimmer.

Jawline: Sweep the darker color across the jawline and down toward the neck. This gives the illusion of a slender neckline.

Highlighting: Add the highlighting powder on the areas you want to bring out. For the cheeks, usually below the eyes is perfect to enhance. Highlighting the bridge of the nose makes the outer areas look smaller. The most important aspect of contouring is to blend your formulas well enough that you do not see where they connect together.

www.osmosisskincare.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. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Caviar Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Alterna Caviar Moisture Duo

Available in a stylish gift box, Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging sulfate, paraben & phthalate free Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner are touted to minimize the visible signs of aging hair. 

As stated in their marketing material, Caviar Moisture Shampoo is a luxurious sulfate free cleanser that restores moisture while protecting hair from color fade, daily stresses & future damage. It revitalizes brittle hair and brings back silky radiance. This anti-aging shampoo is designed to restore and rebalance moisture while protecting color, and improving the overall appearance of dry, brittle hair. Infused with Alterna’s Age-Control Complex that includes Caviar Extract, Vitamin C and Cytokines, this cleanser is said to make strands stronger, healthier, younger looking. It's formulated with Seasilk, Enzymetherapy and Color Hold with UVA/UVB protection to shield from color fade, daily stresses and future damage. 



Caviar Moisture Conditioner is a luxurious, lipid-rich daily conditioner that restores moisture & continually hydrates while protecting hair from daily color-fade, stresses and future damage. It is said to transform dry, brittle hair by sealing in a rich blend of lipids and essential ingredients to continually nourish and hydrate the hair. 
This conditioner is infused with Seasilk, Age-Control Complex, Enzymetherapy and Color Hold to help maintain moisture and protect from daily stresses and delivers what your hair needs to become strong, healthy and younger looking. 



My Take: I bought this set on folica.com and dove in hoping for relief for my naturally dry, coarse, curly coif. The pretty purple box drew me in, the packaging inside was impressive and easy to use while the scent was not overpowering. The shampoo lathered fairly well and the conditioner was thick and rich. I washed and conditioned daily for a week and soon realized a notable improvement in my hair's softness and manageability. The texture was slightly less coarse and my hair was shiny and felt stronger and more fortified. And the box…did I mention that it's simply beautiful? Well it is...which makes for a nice gift! I think I found a great gift option for my coarse-haired friends and family!


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, June 22, 2015

Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme



Shine, Condition and Protect

Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme is a beautifying oil that detangles, softens and protects dry length and ends. This pre-shampoo treatment is formulated with botanical oils that help detangle and nourish hair. It 
protects and restores damaged length and ends as well as color. It softens hair, increases shine and makes styling easy.

Pour a small amount (dime size) in your hands. Using your fingers brush through your dry length and ends. For optimal distribution, brush hair with a natural bristle brush. Use more if needed. Leave oil on your hair for up to 10 minutes or all night for a deep conditioning treatment. Wash out with a shampoo or treatment suitable for your hair type. 


When used on dry hair,this oil prolongs the life of your color and provides superior protection against the damaging effects of sun, seawater and chlorinated pool water. Reapply after three or four immersions in water.

For dry hair, rub a very small amount between your palms and apply to your length and ends. Perfect for a beach vacation, simply apply it to your hair in the morning, and leave it on throughout the day - natural UVA/UVB filters, and will protect, nourish and add shine to your 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. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer

Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i Hair Dryer Pink

Hand crafted in France, the Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer is compact in size and is ergonomically designed for ultimate comfort and usability. 1875 watts of power is harnessed by two concentrators and six speeds and heat settings for versatile styling. This pretty pink dryer features a tourmaline coated ionic generator to reduce frizz and static by 90%, which seals in moisture and cuts drying time in half. The dedicated ionic generator switch allows style versatility releasing negative ions for smooth sleek styles when turned on or turn off the ion generator for building maximum volume. Simply press the cool shot button lock in the style. 

I found mine at folica.com for $200.

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, June 18, 2015

Peppermint & Tea Tree Shea Butter Foot Cream



Out of Africa Launches Peppermint & Tea Tree Shea Butter Foot CreamBring cracked, dry heels back to baby soft with Out of Africa’s new Shea Butter Foot Cream. Created to provide 100% natural relief and relaxation for tired feet, this restorative cream is enriched with 20% pure and unrefined shea butter for exceptional comfort and renewal. Roughness will fade away as ultra-nourishing shea softens to deep treat. 

With the addition ofpeppermint, mint, rosemary and tea tree oils, Out of Africa’s Shea Butter Foot Cream will create a refreshing, cooling sensation perfect for sole stress relief. These anti-microbial oils will also keep feet smelling fresh. With continued use, feet feel hydrated, silky soft and soothed with redness, achiness and irritation reduced. This formula is also ideal for diabetic skin relief.



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, June 16, 2015

SoCozy Cinch 2 In 1 Shampoo & Body Wash

Cinch 2 In 1 Shampoo & Body Wash

SoCozy Cinch 2 In 1 Shampoo & Body Wash is great for a quick, easy and effortless way for kids to be squeaky clean from head to toe. Part shampoo, part body wash - start at the top and suds all the way to the toes.

Formulated with plant extracts and hydrating proteins to leave hair silky smooth, shiny and manageable, while leaving the body squeaky clean, this tear free and non-irritating formula is quick, easy, and effortless to use.

Guav-o-rama, peppy Pink Guava and lush Tropical Greens play nice with fragrant Passion Flower and pulpy Pineapple. Keratin protects hair, helps to increase hair strength and minimize damages caused by brushing and overuse of accessories like barrettes and elastic bands. Silk proteins add shine, manageability and body, Hops extract provides anti-bacterial effects while Aloe Vera moisturizes and soothes hair, scalp and body. 
Arnica flower helps stimulate and circulate hair growth as Kiwi fruit extract conditions, nourishes and protects hair leaving it soft and silky.
Directions

To damp kids, apply a small amount of suds. Lather from head to toe. Rinse.

The old lather, rinse and repeat routine can be very drying. It’s like washing your child’s hair twice a day. If your child has very oily hair, then go ahead and repeat. Otherwise, lather up only once.


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, June 14, 2015

Bain de Terre Purité Healthy Color Protect System


Purité  Color Protect

Introducing the Bain de Terre Purité Healthy Color Protect system for color treated hair. The system is free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, colorants, gluten, mineral oil, phthalates, MEA, DEA, and PPG, and offers gentle cleansing, conditioning and sealing products to seal in your color and protect your investment. This natural-based hair care line fuses proven performance & free10technologie to provide a healthy way to care for you and your hair.

The system includes Bain de Terre Purité Healthy Color Protect Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum (not pictured).

A clinically tested formula that locks in color, Bain de Terre Purité Healthy Color Protect Shampoo offers a healhty color brilliance after several weeks of washing. Follow up with Bain de Terre Purité Healthy Color Protect Conditioner to add moisture and Bain de Terre Purité Healthy Color Protect Serum to visibly mend split ends. This elixir weightlessly polishes for a healthy, brilliant, even color.

http://www.baindeterre.com/purite-color-protect



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. 

One lucky US-based winner will receive this set, a $39 retail value. Enter below for a chance to win:

Friday, June 12, 2015

OI /Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion by Davines


Davines OI /Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion

Go for extraordinary shine and softness with strong detangling and restructuring action with OI/ Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion by Ravines. 
Roucou oil prevents hair aging with its strong anti-oxidant anti-free radicals action while breathable silicons create a protective film on all hair types offering an anti-frizz effect.

For a protective, anti-frizz effect, apply 2-3 squeezes on damp hair, distributing it evenly on the lengths and ends, then dry. For a shiny and soft finishing apply approximately 2-3 squeezes and apply to lengths and ends of dry hair.

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For how to use OI/Oil, see video below:

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, June 10, 2015

Basic Braiding How-tos


Learning the Basics for Braiding

From fishtails and waterfalls to dutch braids and milkmaids, there are a slew of different braid styles out there—and the options are growing by the day! Worn by celebrities and everyday girls heading to school, a plait is an easy-to-achieve look that anyone can perfect. To help you create your own hair masterpiece, we’ve put together some of the different braids you can try. Take a look...




For the complete article, go here.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ultimate Hair Essentials by Sephora


Sephora Ultimate Hair Essentials 

If all of the hair products available on the market today have become overwhelming for you, try one of my new-found faves. Available through Sephora, this 11-piece set offers an assortment of their most coveted hair essentials…. And it's easy to see why, as this stuff is golden!


This curated assortment includes luxurious products to help achieve your desired look, save time in the morning, and create healthy-looking hair. Inside are nourishing shampoos and conditioners, frizz-fighting stylers, hydrating oils, and multitasking hairsprays. This is a great way to try some new hair products without the commitment of purchasing full sizes. Check it out for yourself!

This set includes:

- 2 oz Wen® by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner

- 1.35 oz Alterna® CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Shampoo

- 1.35 oz Alterna® CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Conditioner

- 2 oz Living Proof® Prime Style Extender (AWESOME SAUCE!!!)

- 1 oz Phyto Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil

- 2 oz Living Proof® Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

- 1.7 oz Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant

- 2 oz Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray

- 3 oz Living Proof® Flex Shaping Hairspray

- 1.67 oz Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1

- 0.5 oz Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder



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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. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Jaime Pressly - Critics' Choice Get the Look


Jaime Pressly Style Tips from the Critics’ Choice Awards 




Hairstylist Jonathan Hanousek created a stunning look for Jaime Pressly for the Critics  Choice awards. 


According to Jonathan, “For Jaime's look we wanted something glamourous but with a twist. She loves her hair sleek but I wanted to see some texture, so I created her braided hawk.”

Step 1: First I prepped the hair with a few drops of CHI Argan plus Moringa Oil. Next, I applied Farouk Royal Treatment Style Illumination and blew dry the top of the head with a vent brush directing the hair up and towards the top of the head.

Stylist Tip: Be sure to catch the shorter hairs in back.

Step 2: I used a small round brush to refine the front hairline.

Step 3: I worked a small amount of CHI Deep Brilliance Glisten in the palms of my hands and worked it through the hair to smooth and add shine.

Step 4: To create her braided hawk, I French braided the top of the head with medium tension, secured with a clear Blax Band and tucked the tail under and secured with bobbi pins. I used hairpins to tighten and help everything to lay flat to the head, then gently pulled out the front hairline to add height and create texture.

Step 5: Using a tail comb and hair spray I smoothed any fly a ways.


Step 6: To control the short sides I used a few shots of spray wax and smoothed with my fingers and finished her look with BioSilk Silk Therapy Finishing Spray Firm Hold.


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, June 4, 2015

Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream


Hydrating Styling Cream by Moroccan Oil 

Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream is a leave-in styling cream that creates a soft, natural feel on all hair types. It conditions, hydrates and fights frizz. The nourishing, argan oil-infused formula adds shine and definition with a soft hold. Perfect for blow-drying, taming flyaways and refreshing day-old styles.

Apply 1–2 pumps of to damp or dry hair from mid-length to ends. Blow-dry and style as usual or allow hair to dry naturally. For very thick, unmanageable or curly hair, mix 1–2 pumps with a few drops of Moroccan Oil Treatment to tame and condition.



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, June 2, 2015

Heatshift Re-Styling Cream by Rusk



RUSK Heatshift Re-Styling Cream

Style and re-style your hair with this medium hold shape-shifter. Ideal for anyone who is looking to change their look from day-to-night or from day 1 to day 2, Heatshift allows you to style and restyle hair without additional product while reducing blow dry and style time by 50%. Rusk’s Style + Strength Complex ensures color and thermal protection while also strengthening hair.

To style, apply to damp hair. Style with blow dryer and styling tool for maximum results. To re-style: Apply heat from a styling tool and re-style. For maximum results, set styling temperature above 120°F.

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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.