Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Random Review: Redken Curvaceous Wave Ahead Mousse

Ever get those lazy curls by the end of the day and you don't have time to re curl? I have found that this helps put a little life back in those curls without a lot of work. 

I tested this out twice and did it once with wet hair and once with dry already curled hair. I wasn't too impressed when I applied it to wet hair, my hair did have a different texture but nothing that bothered me too much. After all day of my hair being curled I applied just a tad to my curls and wrapped my hair around my finger and worked the product in. I really liked the way it felt, not heavy or greasy at all. It gave my hair some oomph and put some texture back in my hair.

What they say:

Transforms into waxy fibers to add structure and texture to curls
Unique fiber foam waxy formula, provides volume and curl enhancement when applied on wet hair and diffused; and rich wavy texture when applied on dry hair
Quoted from redken.com

The texture is very airy and light not like your normal mousse you are used to or me anyway. I love how super fluffy it is.Smell is very musky almost like a more masculine scent. 

Overall I like this product quite a bit, I feel that If I had shorter hair it might work so much better. My hair is very long and at the moment I have no layers so my hair weighs curls down pretty easy.


Product Grade:
B+

Price & Availability: 
Suggested retail price: $18.00
Only guaranteed when sold by a salon or professional.
Check Redken.com to see where a salon sells Redken near you

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My First Bulu Box- Healthy Subscription Box



I decided to go on a little box subscription frenzy recently and one that I found was Bulu Box

Bulu Box is the best way to discover health, nutrition and weight loss products. Each monthly sample box is filled with 4 to 5 premium products selected to help you feel your best. Look forward to a new mix monthly for both women and men that include: vitamins, weight loss, energy, protein, digestion, sleep support, fitness DVDs, healthy food utensils and more.

Earn an easy 50 points ($5) or more each month by reviewing, sharing and completing short surveys. Use your Reward Points to purchase full-size version of the products that work best for you!
Quoted from Bulubox.com



I was really excited when I saw this box, It's the first "health" box I've seen so far and at $10 a month its not bad. I'm looking to start a strict workout and eating plan so I plan to continue this box.






 Items in my box:
1 Sample of Vavarin Cafeiene Alertness Aid (2 Tablets)
1 2$ off coupon for Vavarin Cafeiene Alertness Aid
A free gift to Dailyburn.com ( 30 day  online workouts free plus $20 to spend)
2 Powerpar Energy Blends 
1 Ripped Cream (Protien coffee creamer)
1  Erba Vita Acid Dietary Supplement
3 Zellies Xylitol gum 

Half this stuff in here I have never heard of but that's because I've never really been into healthy stuff like this before. The PowerBar energy blends were yummy great for before and after workouts. The Ripped Cream creamer was so yummy, I am a big coffee drinker so this was fun. The Daily Burn free trial is really cool, I just signed up today! You can access your workouts from any device and watch them whenever you want. You also get $20 to spend in the store, looking forward to this service! Haven't tried the caffeine supplement yet Ill have to wait for a day when I don't have my coffee!


 So far with my first box I am impressed I love the free 30 day trial to Dailyburn.com that's a $30 value in itself there, with the credit to the store. I will definitely be continuing my box subscription!

Anyone else a Bulu Box member?

Monday, September 23, 2013

September RocksBox



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RocksBox is another subscription service where you are sent random pieces of jewelry according to your style. You fill out a quick survey and you will receive 3 pieces of jewelry ($200 on average), if you like any of the jewelry you can buy it at a discounted price or send it back. Don't like anything? That's OK, send it all back and you'll get a whole new box. All jewelry is sanitized before sending out to customers, this was a big worry I had about the service but they clearly state that they clean everything. You can keep your jewelry for 60 days before having to return it.

Get your first month FREE usuing code friendsrock

Shipping is extremely fast with this subscription! As soon as they receive your box back they immediately send you a new one, which is what I love.



This box was OK for me, nothing in here I was super excited about. This could be because I failed to fill out my style card the last time. The earrings are super cute but they are a little too heavy and I hate earrings that sag off the ear. The ring was cute as well, but way too big for my liking and heavy! Last the bracelet was probably my favorite out of all the pieces it was a gorgeous style I am just not a fan of the color and finish :( 


Great thing about this service is you're not obligated to buy anything. Maybe you like them enough to rock them for a month or so or maybe you just want a whole new box. Either way if something isn't for you there is no limit to how many times you can send your pieces back! 


Edge of Ember Padma Earrings




Trina Turk U Turn Ring



 Loren Hope Clara Bracelet


 Whats in your RocksBox this month? Leave your links below I'd love to see your posts!

RocksBox Subscriptions are $15 for 12 months ($180 up front) , $17 for 6 months ($100 up front) , or $19 a month (monthly)



Lush Stepping Stone Scrub Review




Ahhh Lush, the greatest bath store invented! I've been neglecting my Lush needs lately and I finially made a long list of products a need to restock on. One I haven't tried yet was the Stepping Stone solid scrub.


I wear sandals all summer and my heels always get so dry, I never really take the time and tend to my feet until this little wonder. This hand size scrub will last you a couple times depending on how gentle you are with it, and you don't want to run it directly under the water or it will melt away.

The little pumice particles in the scrub help scrub away dead skin while the lemony fragrance oils help to deodorize, and the lycopodium powder helps to absorb odors. And lastly the oil and cocoa butter help keep your feet soft, smooth and moisturized.

How to use:

Simply soak your feet for a while let your skin soften up so it's easier to break away dead skin. Take the scrub and scrub away, and avoid running it under water. My preference is to break the bar up into pieces, for me it always ends up breaking apart anyway and for this reason I had to get another one.

Definitley pick this guy up if you love pampering your feet for the price I am going to go back and stock up to have all the time!


Price & Availability:
$4.50 available at Lush stores and Lush.com

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blow Pro Textstyle Dry Texture Spray Official Information





Achieving texturized styles can be challenging with unfavorable results, including the need to use multiple products that can leave behind a greasy residue and un-brushable tangled locks The end result? Hair that is not able to be re-styled. blowpro’s textstyle, dry texture spray is the new must have for finished styles. The brushable, versatile formula including truffle extract, basil flower, and rooibos leaf extracts provide dramatic definition and separation to instantly texturize limp locks. Fast and easy to use targeted dispense delivers lastingflex technology ™ with memory that allows you to re-create your style the next day. Even the finest of hair types are transformed into a texturized, sexy style. 


What it does:
  • Instantly texturizes all hair types/colors while providing a soft feel to the hair
  • Powerful spray makes application quick and easy, with no moisture
  • Controls daily grease and oil buildup
  • Refreshes and re-styles limp locks for sexy, texturized looks
  • Built-in memory helps revitalize styles again and again

    How it works:
    • Lastingflex technologyenriched with starch, silica and flexible polymers hold memory and achieve textured styles with added volume
    • Truffle extract, basil flower and rooibos leaf extracts provide a soft, touchable feel to locks that is still brushable so you can continue to style and re-texturize
    • Powder/polymer combination dispenses a quick-drying formula enabling styling in seconds, while the starch works to absorb oil throughout use
    • How to use:
      Spray on previously blown out hair at desired sections. To finish, scrunch with fingertips for all over buildable texture and lift. Use next day to revive style.

 textstyle, dry texture spray is free of Sulfates, Parabens and Sodium Chloride. 
Created, tested and proven at blow, the new york blow dry bar and never tested on animals. 


textstyle, dry texture spray will be available in September 2013 at www.blowpro.com, Ulta, HSN, Nordstrom, Macy’s and fine salons nationwide. 

Suggested Retail Price: 5.6oz $19.75 and 2oz $9.50

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Fashion Inspiration


 

 Fall is literally around the corner, we are only 5 days away from what may be some people's favorite time of the year myself included! As much as I love summer, swimming, shorts and coconut smells, I am so ready for fall! 

Here are a few pictures of some fall favorites of mine. I love the baggy, over-sized trend a lot and am excited to start buying sweaters and leggings!


 






What are some of your favorite fall trends?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Random Review: Redken Curvaceous Wind Up Spray

Press Sample


Ok, so this product has literally been sitting on my bathroom counter for days! I have the whole Curvaceous line and everything in it is so far amazing. I never used this spray till this weekend and now I am in love! 


Product Benefits
Leave-in spray can be carried everywhere for touch-ups that recharge curls and tame frizz throughout the day. Spray on damp or dry hair and go! Provides control without the crunch. 
Quoted from Redken.com




So I decided to pack this for our Disneyland trip this weekend, I really didn't know why at the time but it was the most useful thing I packed! So it's 2:00 pm on Saturday and we're hot so we go on splash mountain, not realizing how wet we are about to get. All I kept saying was please don't get my bangs and hair wet. And sure enough the only part of me that was soaked was my hair!! 

I had curled my hair previously so at this time I had wet, wavy, frizzy hair. We went back to the hotel to charge our phones so I used this time to fix my hair and try this out. OMG it literally brought my hair back to life, took me a minute to put in my hair scrunch it up and I was done.

It gave my curls more waves and bounce, and I immediately had texture back in my hair. Not to mention it was humid there and this helped tremendously with the frizz, thank goodness!


The smell is ok, with a soft musty fragrance.The feel of my hair was silky, absolutely no crunch or stale feeling. Didn't weigh my hair down, very lightweight. The product did feel a tad sticky but it went away after my hair was dry. I wouldn't use too much of this,I have seen a few reviews of people saying it made their hair greasy. I made the mistake of spraying a lot toward my scalp and I agree it can get greasy with more than a couple sprays. So avoid your scalp area.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lush: Let The Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser is back!!












Let The Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser ($12.95)
Available September 22cnd

We’ve brought this holiday favorite back for good! An addition to our much-loved cleansing rolls, Let The Good Times Roll is an exfoliating cleanser for the face and body, to softly scrub dry winter skin and moisturize at the same time. The ingredients read like a cake recipe: maize flour and polenta to gently exfoliate, corn oil to even out skin tone and glycerine to keep the skin nourished and moisturized. Skin will be left softened, soothed and ever so slightly warmed by the cinnamon powder, which helps with circulation. (Vegan)




To Use:  Dampen your face with warm water. Place a pea-sized chunk in the palm of your hand and add water to create a paste. Apply to your face using small, circular motions. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. For rest results follow with the LUSH toner and moisturizer that best suit your skin type.

I never got to try this last year but I heard sooo many things about it, plus I am a sucker for the caramel scents!


Laura Mercier & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


September is ovarian cancer awareness month. I have known a few people close to me with this disease so I am very proud to announce this and raise awareness! This year, in order to support the cause, Laura Mercier will donate 100 percent of the profits from the sale of three products to the Fund.  Additionally, anyone may make a direct donation to the Fund through its dedicated website,www.lmocf.org. 

The LMOCF was started by Laura Mercier, founder of Laura Mercier cosmetics, and Claudia Poccia, President & CEO of Gurwitch Products, the brand’s parent company, because both women’s lives were touched by loved ones who faced ovarian cancer.  In 2011, Poccia lost her younger sister, Laura Lia Murray who was only 39 years old, to the disease. Mercier has witnessed her dear friend, Ranee Flynn bravely battle ovarian cancer for years.

Last September, they, along with their colleagues at Laura Mercier cosmetics, launched the LMOCF with the mission of educating women about the disease, supporting those who were undergoing treatment, and funding research for a cure. 

WHY IT MATTERS
  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death among gynecological cancers in the United States.*
  • Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.*
  • Know your family history. Up to 15% of all ovarian cancer is hereditary and there are things you can do to reduce risk for yourself and your family.*
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2012; 15,500 women will die of the disease.
  • Most women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer already have advanced disease.*
Source: Dr. Carol Aghajanian/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


 BONNE MINE HEALTHY GLOW FOR FACE & CHEEKS CRÉME COLOUR PALETTE
The Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette is an easy way to achieve a sun-kissed glow.  This ultra-sheer, blendable and portable palette was inspired by Laura Mercier’s work with celebrity clients, who wanted a universal compact that would “wake-up” their skin. 
Retail Price: $48, LauraMercier.com, permanent

LIP GLACÉ IN KISS OF HOPE
A high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. The Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Kiss of Hope is a shimmering peachy-pink shade that virtually enhances any skin tone by creating a subtle contrast in texture.
Retail Price: $24, LauraMercier.com, limited edition


MATTE RADIANCE HEALTHY GLOW BAKED POWDER & MINI FACE BRUSH
Created to give skin an on-the-go, healthy, sun-kissed glow, this duet features an exclusive shimmering pink shade of Matte Radiance Baked Powder, plus a Mini Face Brush for flawless application.  Use the petite and portable powder for an effortless glow – just dust on the radiant, soft pink shade on the places that the sun naturally hits – the cheeks, nose and forehead. 
Retail Price: $36, LauraMercier.com, limited edition 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Make Up Miser Photos & Review


Do you ever get frustrated that you can't get every drop of your expensive liquid foundation? There is a lot of product left in those bottles after we think our foundation is all gone. This spatula concept called, the Make Up Miser, gets all that product left on the inside that we can't get to. 

  •  Flexible and durable spatulas that conform to the shape of the bottle- reaching bottom, sides and shoulders of container.

  • Black spoons create an effective color contrast to view the amount of product you want to retrieve.
  • Smart spoon design captures and cradles every drop with no spillage after retrieval.
  • Spatulas are eight inches in length to reach into taller bottles where cotton swabs can’t - and they won’t absorb your products like cotton swabs.
  • Precisely measures out loose powders and minerals to prevent messy waste from shaking it out of container.
  • Washes clean with soap and water - reusable for a lifetime of savings--Can also be sanitized with isopropyl alcohol.

  • I am really impressed with these little magic spatulas, they really prolong the use of my foundations. This bottle was ready to be thrown away, and after using this handy tool on it, I was able to get product out for at least another week.





    These come in three different sizes and shapes to better fit all types of bottles. The flexible heads allow them to squeeze into small bottles. These also can be used to get product out of jars to avoid contamination. They are not porous and easy to wash so they will not harbor any bacteria. I have actually found many uses for these which makes them very universal. I also used these on my daily moisturizer which is in a pump bottle.








    I highly recommend these if you are one that does not like to waste. Especially if you are spending $50+ on high end brands and you want to make sure you get every last drop.

    These are $14.95 for a three pack and can be found at http://www.makeupmiser.com use code "SAVENOW" for a bogo offer.