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Wella Shimmer Delight Shine Review October 12, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 1:09 am
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Today I bring you the Wella Shimmer Delight Shine. I have a texture to my hair that makes it so that when my hair is clean it looks dry. I deep condition, I wash in cool water, I try everything and my hair always looks dull, even when I leave the salon. I have always longed to have the lustrous shiny hair that I see everywhere. When Total Beauty asked me if I wanted to try this, I jumped…I’ve tried everything so I was ready to try more.

And this works! I get my hair in the style that I want and then spray about 3 pumps from arms length away from my head and my hair looks glossy and beautiful. It doesn’t weight down my hair and it doesn’t look greasy. I don’t end up with oily hands, like with some solutions. This is the perfect 30 second method to boost my style. The only downside is that the next day my hair ends up fairly oily looking, not the natural glossy look of the previous day. I like to get 2-3 days out of my hair, and this gives me 1 styled day and one pony-tail day.  The positive aspects of this spray are so amazing that they far outweigh the frequent wash inconvenience.

I have added this to my personal beauty arsenal. I would highly recommend this to anyone who suffers from dry, dull looking hair.

Will I finish the sample? Yes

Would I buy this again? Yes!!!

FTC Disclosure: This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR (TotalBeauty.com). My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! I do not conduct paid reviews or guarantee reviews. I promise to remain truthful with you. If you are uncertain what this all means, I suggest you to read my Disclosure Policy for further clarification.

 

Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist – Review June 7, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 1:12 pm
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Whew  – Two Alterna Bamboo products in 2 days! Luck you! This sample was included in the May Total Beauty Collection.

This mist is intended to provide shine as a finishing spray as well as help tame the frizz and flyaways. It also is supposed to help with color retention. Does it work? Yep. I had horrible bed head this morning from my evening shower and my flat iron was just not getting rid of that icky dryish look, I spritzed this all over and I got a lovely glossy shine. I went though with my hot iron again, and I got perfect silky and sleek (not oily)  hair.

The only problem with this product is that I keep touching my hair all day because it feels so nice!!!

Would I buy this product again? Yes, I plan to!

Will I finish the sample? Definitely!

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.85  oz
Full Size: 4.0 oz
Full Size Price: $22.00
Sample Value: $4.65

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Total Beauty Collection or any of the brands included in the collection. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Alterna UV+ Color Fade Proof Fluide – Review June 6, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 1:00 pm
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Today I bring you the Alterna UV+ Color Fade Proof Fluide that I received in my May Beauty Bar Sample Society box.

I personally love Alterna’s Bamboo line, I use their “smooth” shampoo and conditioner and feel that it leaves my hair soft and undamaged, so I was thrilled to try another one of their products. This one is from their “Color Care UV+” line.  This particular product is intended to increase shine while protecting your hair from UVA and UVB rays – thus preventing sun based fading.

I used it and it does increase shine – unfortunately it doesn’t really help with my frizz/fly aways so I still need to use additional product.

Would I buy this product again? No, it doesn’t meet all my needs, I would rather have a product that does more than many products that only do one part – at least for my hair.

Will I finish the sample?  I’ll keep it around for sunny days that I’ll be out in the sun a bunch – to help protect my hair (and maybe even my scalp a tiny bit).

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.3 oz
Full Size:   2.5 oz
Full Size Price: $24.00
Sample Value: $2.88

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Bar Sample Society  or any of the brands included in the box. Not affiliated with nor compensated by UPS. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask – Review May 15, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 11:26 am
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Today I bring you amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask for hair from my April Birchbox.  I was not expecting to like this at all, I’ve been totally dissatisfied with the hair products I’ve gotten from Birchbox so far, but this one was, happily, different.

This thick cream smells light and fresh. I applied it to my freshly clean but still wet hair, waited about 10 minutes and rinsed it out with cool water.   For the first time in a long time I was able to get pretty loose curls all over my head. Most of the time my hair doesn’t act consistently across my head, this mask gave me the bounce and elasticity that my hair had been missing for ages.  I really liked it a lot.

Would I buy this again? Yes! Absolutely.

Will I finish the sample? Yes! I should get 2 more uses out of it.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size  0.67 oz
Full Size  16.9 oz
Full Size Price $40.00
Sample Value $1.58

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the box. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.
 

Kérastase Elixir Ultime – Review April 7, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 9:57 am
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Today I bring you the Kérastase Elixir Ultime that I received in my March Teen Vogue Birchbox.  This is a hair oil that is intended to leave your hair shiny and manageable. It can be used as a leave in conditioner or it can be used before shampooing as a hair treatment.

I’ve tested it as a leave in conditioner for after my hair has been washed. I have tried applying a couple dots to slightly damp hair and also to fully dry hair. It does leave my hair more shiny, but not more manageable. I also don’t feel like it has any long lasting effects to improving my hair.

This is a nice product but I’m not overly Impressed with it.

Will I buy it again? Probably not, I just didn’t see the real benefit to it.

Will I finish the sample? I’ll still use it occasionally, but I will probably throw it out fairly soon.

Sample Size 0.16 oz
Full Size 4.22 oz
Full Size Price $54.00
Sample Value  $2.05

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the box. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream – Review April 4, 2012

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The Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream is supposed to leave your hair shiny and frizz free. How does it hold up?

This is a thick yellow cream that does not really have any scent and feels quite smooth.

To use you are supposed to apply a pea sized amount to either damp or dry hair. I’ve tried it both ways.

I don’t know what it is, but I cannot get this product to work for me.  I tried applying a pea size both wet and dry and it didn’t do anything. Then I tried more like 3 peas, the next time I tried more like a full pea pod – it just never really did what was advertised. To top it off, I also ended up with extra dirty looking hair the next day, again regardless of the size I applied the previous day. Overall this was NOT a win.

Will I buy this product again? Nope – it did not work for me.

Will I finish the sample? Nope – it is going in the trash when I get home.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  1.6 oz
Full Size: 1.6 oz (also a 4 and a 7 oz size)
Full Size Price: $8.10
Sample Value: $8.10

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Bar Sample Society. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Freeman Beauty Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo Review February 14, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 8:34 am
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Happy Valentines day!  I will now be doing my second 6 part series of my new Beauty Army Kit where I review each of my new samples and their relative value.

Today I’m going to share my opinion on the Freeman Beauty Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo. I find it interesting that Freeman Beauty is sharing their products through at least 2 different sample programs. Obviously this one is from Beauty Army, but you may remember my Freeman Beauty Cucumber Peel-Off mask from my MyGlam in the January bag.

I really liked the mask, so I was pretty excited to try this – also I had never heard of dry shampoo before about 6 months ago – and had still never tried it – so I wanted to see how it would work

In case you are like me and are unfamiliar with dry shampoo, the idea behind it is to add a product that absorbs oil to your hair, and then to remove that product once the oil is absorbed.  They have figured out a few different solutions to this. Freeman’s solution is an aerosal can that contains Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isobutane, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance. (do not smoke, light a candle, cook, or anything with fire) when applying this product.  What you are supposed to do is spray it on, wait a few minutes, then brush your hair out.

Does it work? Well I put it to quite the test. Because I have scalp psoriasis I am an every other or every third day hair washer – which usually leaves my hair in a pony tail on day 2 and 3 because it won’t style and just doesn’t look good.

I applied pssssst to my hair as directed. I then put on my makeup.  After my makeup was done I brushed my hair. My poor boar’s hair brush sure did see the results of the product.  It created a very fine lint like substance that came off my hair and onto the brush when I put it through my hair.  My hair looked good though – and it was manageable. I was able to style  it normally and no one could tell that I hadn’t just washed and dried my hair.

So impressed was I that I tried it again today.  The second day did not leave my hair as easy to style – but it still looked clean so into my ponytail it went – but gosh it was a great looking pony tail.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Full Size: 5.3 oz
  • Full Size Cost: $6.99
  • Sample Size: 1.76 oz
  • Sample Value: $2.32
Would I get it again? Definitely – It is not something I will use often – but in a pinch it can save a lot of time.

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Army or any of the brands included in the kit. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.