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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.

 

C.O. Bigelow – Lavender and Peppermint Shampoo – Review July 4, 2012

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Today I bring you the C.O. Bigelow – Lavender and Peppermint Shampoo that I received in my May GlossyBox.  Have you ever seen those “herbal” neck relaxer bean bags? This shampoo smells just like those with the lavendar and peppermint which is somewhat envigorating in the shower.

The shampoo seemed to leave my hair nice and shiny and managible.  I adored the old school look of the container but functionally it needed a squeeze or pump dispenser. 

I still prefer my alterna products but this was definitely nice enough to use up. 

Would I buy this again? Probably not

Will I finish the sample? I did, it was nice and lasted me most of a month.

Here’s the Breakdown:
Sample Size: 5.2 oz
Full Size: 5.2 oz
Full Size Price: $12.00
Sample Value: $12.00

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Glossy Box or any of the brands included in the Box. Items were won as part of an anonymous contest.  Regardless of cost of the items I promise to always give you my open and honest opinion. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream – Review April 4, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 4:01 pm
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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.

 

Top Styler from Hautelook – Review March 6, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 1:59 am
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Awhile back Hautelook featured “Top Styler” which is a hair curling system. The system is different from the normal curling implements you are used to (curling irons, curling wands, flat irons…) These are little clam shell clips that get heated up. What you do is wrap your hair around your finger (you can use two or three fingers for looser curls/waves) and then place the pre-heated clamshell over your little bit of hair. You can then let the clamshell cool while it is on your hair – leave it for as long as you like – the longer you leave it the more intense the curl.

When I go to curl my hair it usually takes a good hour or so – and some very sore arms from holding tools and contorting myself – I honestly don’t know how some women do it.

This tool makes it possible for me to have awesome curly or wavey locks in less time. The first time I used this it took me about 20 minutes to put all my curls in the clamshells. Now, most of the time I am going for body and wavey hair – and that takes fewer clam shells – so I am now only spending about 6-8 minutes putting the curls in, and then 1 minute taking them out after completing my makeup.

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Indie Lee – The Shampoo Review February 17, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 8:27 am
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First – I have got to say Thank You to everyone who has checked out my blog in the last 48 hours – I have hit a RECORD number of unique viewers since Wednesday (over 4 times my previous best – so thank you!).

Now, on to our regularly scheduled programming. Today I bring you The Shampoo by Indie Lee. I have heard amazing things about this brand. Indie survived a brain Tumor in 2009 and after doing research learned that a probable cause was all of the chemicals in her daily life. As a result she created a brand based on all natural ingredients that have not even been genetically modified.

I was offered Indie’s The Shampoo as one of my last 9 choices from Beauty Army – so I picked it.  I finally remembered to bring it in the shower with me yesterday so now I can share my opinion.

This is a thick shampoo with a very earthy smell – I would say it sort of smells like grass and tea. It is not unpleasant,  but it is also not sweet.

As an every 2-3 day hair-washer I usually have to shampoo twice to feel like it is actually clean.  I used this one and instantly realized it was not the same as my normal shampoos. If you have ever used WEN then you are familiar with the idea of a cleansing conditioner.  While this product is only a shampoo, it feels the same as WEN does when it is in my hair.  Thinking it was a mistake or that my hair was extra dirty I tried washing it 3 more times. Nope – no lather, just creaminess. I need a good lather when I wash my hair – which is part of why I don’t like WEN for myself.  The scent left in my hair was also not as yummy as I like.

I ended up re-washing my hair with my normal Alterna Bamboo and finishing with my Joico Revitalux.

All in all I did not like this product.  My personal preference is to have strong lather from my shampoo. I also like a less earthy scent – something a little more fruity.  Would I buy this again? No, but I wouldn’t hesitate to try more from Indie Lee – and I do believe that some people would LOVE this shampoo.

Here is the breakdown of the value of this sample.

  • Full Size: 12 oz
  • Full Size Cost: $22.00 ($18.70 on the temporary sale Beauty Army is running)
  • Sample Size: 2 oz
  • Sample Value: $3.66 (based on the normal full price)

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.

 

August Birchbox Review – Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity gel August 18, 2011

Filed under: General — slagoon @ 11:48 am
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I’m overdue on my final two products, but they took more time to prepare. I didn’t want to try the Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity gel on a work day since I didn’t know how it would go. The product claims to defriz curls without leaving them crunchy.

I followed their “rake and shake” instructions where you start at the nape of your neck and apply a small amount of product by raking your hands through your hair then shaking it to get the curl reset. This is done in chunks until you’ve gotten all your hair.

I was at first super impressed – wow, it really did a nice job of enhancing my natural curls. Until it dried. I’m not sure where they got the “no crunch” from but my hair felt like straw once it was dry. The next day I brushed it out and it got better – but it still wasn’t great.

My overall impression is that I will not be purchasing this ever. I suppose I’ve had crunchier hair from other products, but I’d rather not have any crunch.

For those who want to give this a try, it is $16 for 6oz. You can get it at Birchbox:

http://www.birchbox.com/shop/august-box/ouidad-climate-control-heat-humidity-gel

 

August Birchbox – Twistband Hair Ties Review August 14, 2011

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20110814-162927.jpgTwistband Hair Ties are the item that everyone received in their August box. This is the one item that escapes me as far as it’s usefulness. Essentially it is a really wide flat piece of elastic wrapped in a stretchy fabric and tied in a knot.

I’m not a fan of scrunchies but at least they are “finished” all the way around. These have an open seam at the end which has already started fraying on mine (through my 3 uses). They claim that due to their width compared to standard elastic hairbands that they don’t leave a hair crease. I have found this to be an accurate statement. They also suggest that it looks nice on the wrist, not so to me, for me (and I have a tiny wrist) it felt too tight, no it didn’t cut off circulation but still, and it looked like I had walked out of my craft room with a scrap of fabric tied to my wrist.

As you can probably tell I did not love this product. But if you fancy it, they are for sale in packs of 3 in various colors at Birchbox for $5.00.

http://www.birchbox.com/shop/august-box/twistband-hair-ties

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.