Updates!

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:  Post one week of wear—They chipped, a lot-at the cuticle ironically. Grr….Annoyed.

So after my review about the post ombre Aveda Products my FB BFF commented about Kerastase Fibre Architecte.  While I was in Denver last weekend I had discovered that I hadn’t brought a leave in product so I picked it up to test it out.

It’s a little different than some of the other Kerastase products in the sense that it’s not an all over product.  I was instructed to only apply to my lengths and ends and only on dry hair right before curling or straightening.

My professional Product Whore Opinion: I did as instructed and it was like the heat from my curling iron mixed with the product glued my split ends together.  So while it doesn’t get rid of my split ends, it does mask them VERY well.  This product has definitely made the most difference in the appearance of my hair.

Overall, I would say I like the Caviar mask the most, its more of a repair product. However, I like that this product is an everyday solution to my raggedy ends.  This said, I LOVE my ombre…LOVE IT.  Totes worth the dry ends!

In other news, my SHH switched to my Peaches AHA/BHA Cleanser.

Product Description:With alpha and beta hydroxy acids as well as glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids, this cleanser provides a deep cleaning by removing dead skin cells and accelerating the skin renewal process. Jojoba beads prevent occlusion of the pores. Pure antioxidants completely penetrate the skin’s layers to feed it and to reverse the aging process.

This product is used as your primary cleanser and can be used both morning and night.

For all skin types

In his SHH of a Professional Product Whore Opinion:

He uses this with his Mia everyday and has been noticing that his skin is more balanced.  No breakouts in the two weeks since the switch and he likes the “lemony scent.”  He’s also mentioned that he likes the little crunchy bits too (it has a little bit of exfoliating).

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Ab Fab April Finds

Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue

What it is:
A deeply penetrating overnight treatment for damaged hair that repairs while you sleep.

What it does:
This powerful treatment repairs and replenishes damaged hair, restores and reinforces hair strength, and prevents future breakage. It absorbs instantly and won’t leave greasy residue on pillows or sheets. The more you use it, the healthier your hair becomes.” -Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:   HOLY SMOKES BATMAN.  That said, I should mention that I am constantly a victim of marketing…CONSTANTLY.  For instance the other day I bought Crest GLAMOROUS whitening toothpaste.  Really?!  Glamorous?  How so?  How is that measured?  I’ll tell you how… PURCHASES BY SUCKERS LIKE ME!  This product was no different.  I recently got suckered in by the Alterna Caviar line.  Mostly because it says CAVIAR–David and Victoria Beckham eat Caviar–I bet Will and Kate do too.  I love their accents, and Kate and Posh have amaze hair.  I want to put Caviar in my hair!  CHA-CHING!

The truth is, I got this as a Sephora sample last night.  Applied, enjoyed the pleasant scents, pulled hair up, slept on it, and washed with Caviar shampoo this morning.

MY MANE LOOKS AWESOME.  SERIOUSLY AWESOME.  Princess Kate ain’t got nothin’ on me (Ironically, that’s NOT the first time I’ve used that line in my blog.)

My split ends have disappeared….VANISHED!  WHAT WHAT?!!?!  ALACAZAM-ED!

GO GET A SAMPLE!  DO IT.

Sephora by OPI TRENDTIPS

“What it is:
A collection of precut nail strips in a variety of lavish designs.

What it does:
No fuss and lots of flash: flaunt flirty, fabulous designs on fingers and toes in one simple step with these nail appliqués. Sephora’s authority in beauty trends combines with the color expertise and renowned quality of OPI for a collection of gorgeous, detailed tips no salon can replicate.

What else you need to know:
These real lacquer strips are made of a solid-film material with an adhesive back. They feature extended wear, zero dry time, and easily remove with standard polish remover. Each pack includes a set of 16 strips to fit all nails.” -Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:My other FB BFF (who I have actually met once, but thru the wonder of Facebook have fallen deeply in love with)”the hot Russian” as I refer to her fondly, told me about these.

EASY PEASY BEAUTIFUL!  I was pressed for time last night and didn’t get to my mani pedi.  I grabbed these walking out the door at Sephora.  I was apprehensive, but curious.  I FREAKIN LOVE THESE!  It took me a few to get it down pat, but I LOOOOVE them.

Moral of the story:  when the hot Russian tells you to do something…do it.

CHANEL OMBRE D'EAU FLUID IRIDESCENT EYESHADOW

CHANEL OMBRE D'EAU FLUID IRIDESCENT EYESHADOW

CHANEL ILLUSION D'OMBRE LONG WEAR LUMINOUS EYESHADOW

CHANEL ILLUSION D'OMBRE LONG WEAR LUMINOUS EYESHADOW

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

I was standing at the Chanel counter-waiting for help when the woman next to me noticed I was looking at the CHANEL OMBRE D’EAU FLUID IRIDESCENT EYESHADOW she swore up and down that it was the best shadow she has ever used.  And that the little vile of awesomeness will last forever.  Nuff Said–PURCHASED–CHA CHING

The CHANEL ILLUSION D’OMBRE LONG WEAR LUMINOUS EYESHADOW I watched in one of Tanya Burr’s beauty Vlog’s.  She has the worlds best pouty lips and English accent–You already know how I feel about Posh, David, Will and Kate.  So I ran out and….CHA CHING.  LOVE IT.

Because they are both long wear liquid-ish shadows they last forever–I obviously love that:) and it doesn’t get stuck in my Asian Eye crease.  Also, I mean it when I say, CHANEL HAS THE BEST COLORS!  I am just ga ga over them.

IT WORKS BODY WRAP

“The It Works body wrap is a detoxifying wrap that works to target the areas YOU choose in a 45-minute application. The body wrap is approximately 21″ long and 11″ wide at it’s widest point.  It comes pre-packaged and ready for use right out of the bag.  There is no need for a messy application process.  Simply pick the area you want to get results in and place the applicator smoothly on your body and use saran wrap or an ace bandage to keep it in place for 45 minutes.

You can achieve better results by drinking lots of water during your wrap day and for 3 days after, since the product continues to work for 72 hours after you remove it.

So take an hour for yourself, relax and lose.” -http://bodyapplicators.com/

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

My very good friend from college told me about her experience with these.  I obviously had to know more.  So I bought them, shipped them, and tried them on Monday night.

I did everything the box says.  I drank all the required water–Before and After.  I measured in three spots and marked the locations of measurements:)

I put the slimy wrap on at 5, instead of saran wrap I used Spanx x2:) I laid patiently for two hours–FREEZING.  The medicated wrap has a mentol-ish tingle.  But I was FREEZING.  TWO SWEATSHIRTS AND A BLANKET COLD.

At 7 I peeled it off and rubbed the rest of the lotion in.  I retook my measurements…DRUM ROLL PLS….1 inch in 3 places in 2 hours!  Weird!

While, I don’t recommend this for “weight loss” as I truly believe you need to eat well for health.  I do recommend these for a “PRE-EVENT I NEED TO LOSE A FEW INCHES TO GET IN TO THIS AB FAB DRESS FOR THE SAKE OF MY SELF ESTEEM.”

Update–its Wednesday now, I did the original wrap on Monday, re-measured this morning 1.5 inches.  WEIRD!  Love it:)

To purchase–USE MY FRIEND: Mandy at agregoire4@gmail.com  SUPPORT MY FRIEND!  She is amaze!

Ombre Update

I went back in on Friday and had it toned out.  LOVE IT.  I am so happy with it.  LOVE PAM!  GO TO SALON LUCIA!

(I LOOK SO SLEEPY HERE!)

I also went on an emergency run to Aveda last night to get some repair products.  I had been treating my ends with some Kerastase products but felt like they weren’t helping at all.

Last night I used my new Caviar shampoo (stand by for this review) and the Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment:

“Our intensive weekly treatment deeply penetrates to help repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair. Using the power of pure plant oils and quinoa protein, it restores health, silkiness and shine.

  • Helps strengthen hair weakened by chemical processes, heat styling and environmental exposure
  • quinoa protein penetrates the hair shaft, working from inside to help strengthen and repair
  • phellodendron and barley seal in moisture
  • castor, jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils smooth hair’s surface”-AVEDA

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT since yesterday.  Dare I say the MOST SIGNIFICANT I have ever noticed in a product.   Its hard to tell which of the two made the most improvement as I treated last night and used the leave in today.  But, I LOVE the results.  The breakage was so so so visable yesterday…I was applying oil 3 times a day!  Even then it was still looking raggedy!

Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair

“Our daily leave-in treatment instantly repairs damaged hair by 26%*, helps protect from heat styling and detangles to help prevent further damage.

  • Certified organically-derived quinoa protein penetrates hair to instantly repair damage and strengthen from the inside out.
  • Wheat protein helps protect from heat styling—such as blow-drying and ironing.
  • Soy-derived oil detangles to help prevent further damage and breakage.
  • Certified organic essential oils including bergamot, mandarin and ylang ylang provide an uplifting aroma.”-AVEDA

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

Love it.  Again, I am not sure which of these two products made the most difference, but I am willing to say that the combo is my fav!  SUCH A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE on my dead ends!

BEFORE PICS and HUG YOUR STYLIST-THEY DESERVE IT

I did a ton of research on where to get my hair did….FINALLY, I decided to ask other girls in the beauty industry.  AND I AM CONFIDENT MY RESEARCH WILL BE REWARDED!  Stand by for a full review and AFTER shots.

Here is the OFFICIAL before picture:

Mostly dark, a few highlights (WHY DO I PAY FOR BARELY THERE HIGHLIGHTS!!!?????)

Things I have taken for granted in the past:

My bestie at the time cut my hair for a few years.  Having someone you trust to cut your hair is worth its weight in gold and Xanax ;).  THAT SAID:

To my 876 readers in Texas (TEXAS I LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT)….GO TO SATORI SALON (Houston, Galleria) ask for Mariko: 713 869 2444  You won’t be sorry.

To my 503ish MN readers:  GO TO JOHN CHARLES SALON (Uptown or Wayzata) ask for Steven: 612-724-2444 or 952-767-9977 –Ask him for the “porn star hair-ala Malia”

To my readers around the world, I would love to hear what hair styles are trending in your area.  I know there are quite a few of you in Madrid, Australia, Asia and the UK.  Don’t be stingy!  Tell me everything!

Hug your stylist…they deserve it.  Seriously, that industry is under recognized!

 

 

 

 

I need a hair cut like the deserts need the rain…

My ends are a disaster.  Its amazing to my how aggressive split ends are.  One day, there might be a few, the next day I look like a mess.  Raggedy!

Here are some hair Pinspirations!

SHE IS JUST SO COOL.  I LOVE THIS LOOK ON HER!

I’m seriously considering the OMBRE look–EVEN THOUGH, I kind of think it looks like dirty hair with highlights grown out…I kinda dig it.  I just made an appointment for tomorrow evening….FINGERS CROSSED.

Moving to a new area can be so hard.  Finding a stylist is even harder.  We have been in our new town for almost 10 months and while I have found someone I really like, our schedules are the exact opposite!  I adore her, but I can’t ever get on the books without taking time off work.

So, I did tons of research and I think I found someone who will be a good fit.  I will keep you posted.

Here is the best picture I could find of my current color:

Ben Franklin is a perv….look at the way he’s checking me out!

My hair looks super red in this picture, I swear it the water in this city.

Here is a little peak into our weekend:

We went to an Easter farm dinner event.  I LOVE THESE GOATS.  LOVE THEM.

SHH with Arnold the pet pig.

Here’s SHH eating a corn dog…in front of Arnold.  WHAT A JERK.

 

Post Facial Feelings…

First I felt like this:

Image from Favim.com

At first my face felt raw.  My aesthetician was pretty clear that I would be sensitive, so at least I knew what to expect.  I was so glad she gave me the Milk of Magnesia prescription as it was the ONLY thing that soothed my skin.  Also, I mean it when I say, I really looked like a 13 year old boy.  My skin was completely full of imperfections.  The treatment just accentuated this but strangely my skin felt really good.  The texture was amazingly smooth and tight–BUT NOT DRY.  I knew that it was going to be more sensitive because it was my first time.

Then like this:

Image from Dermasphere

The first night I was REALLY sensitive.  The new products are intense (which is a HUGE surprise to me, I assumed that “all natural” meant less potent–100% not the case).  I am following her post treatment instructions to a T.  Vag cream and all.  Each day I look forward to the Milk of Magnesia mask.  Again, I knew it was going to be sensitive because it was my first time.

Now I feel like this:

Image from Costume Player Catalogue

Today is 4 days post treatment.  No sign of zits, and my skin looks AMAZING.   Totally worth the minor discomfort from the first 2 days.  Seriously, Wonder Woman meets Kim K amazing.  Even my scaring looks so much better.  My SHH admitted this morning that he was really worried that it was going to get worse but I could tell this morning that he was a little jealous.

I definitely have a glow from within look today.  I haven’t worn make up since Friday (pre-treatment).  I also haven’t worn sunscreen-which is against almost everything I believe in.  I have been wearing wide rimmed hats (stand by for awesome hat pics next week.) The idea of putting chemicals on my face right now is really disgusting to me.  I am looking into a new chemical free sunscreen now….let me know if any of you have suggestions.

I am really really really looking forward to my next treatment.  I’m not even scared of the extractions:)

Stand by for full product reviews.  I feel like its cheating if I give them to you after 4 days.

In other news, I did try a new product that I got from my Beauty Fix box before vacation.

PHILIP B. KATIRA HAIR MASQUE

Image from philipb.com

Instant Manageability & Shine Boost

• A gentle yet surprisingly versatile rejuvenator for all hair types.
• The unique, clear-gel formula sinks right in to plump up fine, limp strands or calm and smooth coarse, hard-to-manage hair.
• The squeaky-clean version of a deep-conditioning treatment: You get all the vibrant shine and silkiness you could dream of – without a trace of added weight or residue.
• Makes the most of any hair texture, taking lush, light and manageable to a whole new level.
• Paraben & Phthalate Free Formula

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

Hated it.  I was excited about this line for a while, but terribly disappointed.

I followed the directions perfectly.  I even made sure to blowdry to seal the gel in before bed.

When I washed it out, I felt like there was a residue.  I HATE THAT FEELING.  So I washed again.  Still residue.  GROSS.

“Just one application will instantly revitalize your hair color, speed up blow-drying time, and lock in shine for a sexy, touchable, red-carpet finish.” -philipb.com

Nope, none of that.  Just gross residue that weighed my hair down.

FAIL.

 

****DISCLAIMER–my phone is stuck in Video Cam mode–hence why I didn’t post a pic of myself.******

Late Night Infomercials….

As Seen on TV

Image from HERE

“It’s not a brush. It’s not a flat iron. It’s not a curling iron. It’s the InStyler® rotating hot iron!

The InStyler® rotating hot iron is a totally new styling and straightening tool unlike any hair styling product ever invented!

The secret to the InStyler® iron lies in its rotating heated polishing cylinder, along with four rows of precision-aligned bristles.

Here’s how it works: when you run the InStyler® rotating hot iron through your hair, the first set of bristles gently sort and separate your hair strands. Then the rotating heated polishing cylinder gently glides over your hair, smoothly polishing, straightening, and styling each strand. Finally, the second set of bristles puts the finishing touch on your hair, leaving you with shiny, silky, hair! It’s truly amazing!

And the best part is, because of the InStyler® rotating hot iron’s patented design, your hair won’t get smashed and baked by the super-intense heat of a flat iron or other “hot” tools. In fact, the InStyler® rotating hot iron uses less heat than traditional hot tools, and delivers better results. How? Because the InStyler® rotating hot iron’s gentle heat in conjunction with the rotating motion of the polishing cylinder literally polishes your hair strands individually so it doesn’t need extreme heat to get amazing results.

Your hair will be shinier, bouncier and full of lift and life!

Plus, the InStyler® rotating hot iron does so much more than any styling tool out there. Get lift and fullness – right from the root! Get a sexy flip in seconds. Straighten even the toughest, most coarse hair – and still get fullness and style without the stick-straight “flatness” of a flat iron. Do a full style in 8 minutes – and change it again in two minutes! Wrap your hair around the rotating polishing cylinder – and get an amazing curl that lasts all day!

If you can hold it, you can do it with the InStyler® rotating hot iron!”

Info from-Here

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

The truth is I got it at Target–not on an infomercial.  Just like product, I was searching for a tool that would do more for less.  One tool to make my hair straight OR curly and smooth?  This is easily the best tool I have EVER purchased for my hair.  I mean it when I say this has cut my styling time down by AT LEAST 50%.

I have long, thick, CURLY, semi course hair.  And I only wash it 2 times a week.  Gross right?  Nope, I don’t use a ton of product (if any) and I trained my hair.

**QUICK STORY-My hair has never been super oily.  But when I met my SHH (Smokin Hot Hubs) he was a big time camper.  I knew when we first started dating that I never wanted to go on a camping trip with him and end up on the last day with a nappy head (not cute.)  So in the beginning, on Thursday’s I would wash my hair and not shampoo again until Monday AM.  This helped my hair get used to it and WORKED LIKE A CHARM.  Vanity is the mother of invention:)**

The INSTYLER is amazing.  On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 17.  It cuts my styling time down to about 8 mins (if my hair is dry), and gives me smoooooth hair-NO FRIZZ.  Ahhh…music to my ears…no frizz.

Like every product I use, I did A LOT of research on this.  I think it was $100 at Target and now that we live in SB the closest Target is 30 miles away (THIS INJUSTICE IS A BLOG POST ALL ON ITS OWN) and $100 is a lot for a hair tool.  Not unlike most products, there are lovers and haters.  The thing that made the haters different in this case is that their posts often read like this:  “BURNED MY HEAD”  “Burned my hands and ears.”  “Broke when I put too much hair in it.”

Since I am a female…and have always used heated tools on my hair (like since I was 10.) I felt with my 20 years of heated tool experience and COMMON SENSE that I would be ok.  Seriously, you burned your hands, head or ears?  Really?  Have you never used a curling iron before?!  ALSO, the INSTYLER comes with a “How to DVD.”

I am so glad I decided to purchase.  I am over the moon happy with this product.  I love that it brushes/smooths my hair and applies heat at the same time- BAM BAM BAM!  IMMEDIATELY I started getting compliments on my hair.  Seriously, COMPLIMENTS ON DAY 1!

If you are looking for a new hair tool-perhaps your CHI’s chi is off?  Or maybe your curling iron looks like this:

Pic from: HERE

BLECH…time for an upgrade.