Two drugstore hair saviors you need now: The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush and the Scunci

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Got a hair emergency?  There are two awesome drugstore products that will never let you down!    PR samples

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

1.  The Scunci Hair Emergency Kit ($7) has saved me many times over.  The cute little zippered gray bag holds so much it’s almost like a magic trick.  The kit includes bobby pins, elastics, headwraps, a jaw clip and polybands.  Pretty much everything you need for any hair emergency you might encounter, including oversleeping, a sudden rainstorm, and that horrible moment when you discover the back of your hair (which you forgot to check before you left that morning) is an embarrassing disaster.

Conair Dry Hair Brush

Conair Dry Hair Brush

2.  Let’s put this one into the ‘I never knew I needed this, but now I will never be without it’ file – the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush ($7).

I use dry shampoo all the time.  I have long, color-treated hair that can’t take being washed every day…but second and third day hair is not kind to my bangs.  They go all limp and look greasy.  So I use dry shampoo to spruce them up – I spray along my hair-line all the way around as well as on my part.  Sometimes I will use dry shampoo on first day hair for a little more texture and volume.  And sometimes I use it because I am, as usual, running late and I just don’t have time for anything but hair triage.

Conair Dry Shampoo Brush

Dry shampoo is awesome, but it has drawbacks if it’s not applied properly.  Most dry shampoos have a white cast, which is not good for someone with dark hair who is always trying to hide those tell-tale grey roots as it is.  That’s where the magic of the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush comes into play.

This brush has a combo of boar bristles and nylon bristles.  The boar bristles are on the inside of the brush, and they distribute the dry shampoo into the hair while brushing out the dirt and oil.  The nylon bristles on the outer portion lift up the hair and give it lots of volume.  So hair is lifted while the dry shampoo is evenly distributed, making those tell-tale white patches a thing of the past.

The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush is a nifty invention that is absolutely worth the extremely affordable price tag.  Pick up one of these babies for the best dry shampoo results possible.

Hair emergencies are going to happen, so you might as well remember the Girl Scout motto and be prepared – and these two drugstore finds are just what you need. – Lisa

*sent for consideration

Holiday Gift Guide for Lustrous Locks

A good friend of mine once said, “It’s all about two things: skin and hair.” I took it to heart and put all of my efforts into having great skin and great hair – and I think she is a genius. Great hair in particular just makes EVERYTHING better. Here are my picks for awesome holidays gifts for creating lustrous locks!

Mastey Paris Hair Care

1.  Mastey Color Protecting Shampoo, Restorative Mask, and Oil Treatment: I can’t get over this fabulous 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly salon line. I never even knew about it until about 6 months ago and I have not only finished everything I’ve tried, I’ve actually stood there in the shower with an empty bottle trying to wish more product into it.

Mastey Paris Hair CareBig favorites of mine include the Color Protecting Shampoo (SAVE! $34), which does a great job of washing my oddball hair – oily roots, dry ends, tons of hair but it’s very fine, color treated, mid-back length…yeah, not many people have all the weird issues I have, so when I find something that works it usually works for everyone else. This creamy shampoo has great ingredients like argan oil and olive oil, and is so gentle you can also use it as a face and body cleanser. The Restorative Mask (SAVE! $22) is an incredible deep conditioning treatment that soothes dry, damaged ends with Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, and Grape Seed Extract. The Oil Treatment (SAVE! $25) is hair treatment perfection in a bottle.  Not too heavy for fine hair, but still nourishing and conditioning.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

2.  Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil (SAVE! $30)  This is a VERY interesting hair product – a perfect stocking stuffer for the hair aficionado who has everything but wants even more. You put this on dry hair before washing. It sinks into every single strand of hair, plumping it up for the most possible volume. It makes hair super strong and shiny, and it is also a scalp ‘detox’, getting rid of any built up product and oil. My ends can get very dry and frizzy because I do a lot of heat styling, and this treatment never fails to bring me back to bouncy, shiny hair. Another bonus – it can be used on keratin treated hair!

White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner

3.  White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner (SAVE! $15)  I love a good leave-in conditioner and this one from White Sands is superb. It has something called ‘selective conditioning’, which reminds me of my ‘selective listening’ skills (say work and I tune out…say chocolate and you have my full attention!). The Leave In Spray Conditioner hones in on frazzled areas to repair and smooth, giving already healthy areas a lighter treatment.

KISS Instawave Hair Curler

KISS Instawave hair curls

KISS Instawave hair curls

4.  KISS Instawave (SPLURGE! $60)  This is cool. I am totally uncoordinated when it comes to hair styling and it took me about 10 seconds to get the hang of this. The curler does the work for you, wrapping hair around the diamond-ceramic ionic hair curler. My hair is LONG, so usually these types of devices do not work for me, but this works on any length and gives me a loose, wavy curl that lasts all day.

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

5.  Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret (SPLURGE! $100)  You want curls that last for three days? The Conair Infiniti Pro delivers. This fantastic tool has a learning curve – it took me several times to figure out how to use it correctly for my particular hairstyle – but it has become my go-to for my best curled hair look that lasts several days. Curls are created via the tourmaline ceramic barrel inside the curling machine. You need to section hair, putting each piece in at a time. The machine pulls hair in, curling it tightly and closely to the heated barrel. A beeper tells you when hair is finished, and the Infiniti Pro Curl Secret releases the hair – and it’s fabulously curled. You can decide how tight you want your curl. For me, my hair is so long that I can only do about 3/4 of the length…but oh my, the curls this gives!! Long, wavy, flowy curls that look amazing finger brushed the first day. The second and third day I use a brush and the curl is still there holding strong. Because I have so much hair, the curling is time intensive – about 20 minutes, compared to the 10 minutes with the KISS Instawave – but the results are always worth it. This is a fantastic gift for anyone who wants tons of curls – loose, medium, or tight – that just won’t go limp.  – Lisa

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Favorite travel size products

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday decided to share our top ten travel products but I just can’t do that. I have way more than 10 so I’m going to share what I’ll be buying and taking on upcoming trips. I have a 3 day weekend trip in August and then in the winter I’ll be going south for about 8 days so I’m in planning mode.

Let’s first start with what travel size treasures I’m taking for my 3 day weekend trip (I’m sure more will be added though). There aren’t a lot of mini cosmetics around but you can easily find travel sizes of skincare and haircare. My best sources for these small products are subscription boxes like IPSY and Glossybox. I also watch Sephora’s emails carefully because they often have codes for deluxe samples that are great for travel or to stick in your purse. Even though I don’t travel that often I like to be able to try new things by using samples.  — Marcia

Travel minis

Travel minis

SKINCARE:

1) ADVENTURESS SWIPES* are great to stick in my purse. They are the size of my palm and thin enough that they take up almost no space. My favorite is the YouVee Sunscreen Swipes which you can open, use, close, use later. They won’t last for more than a day but it’s a great day trip product. (A box of 24 is $33)

There are three types of swipes:

Naturally Liberating Cleanser Swipes are a fragrance free creamy cleanser that will leave your skin hydrated.

Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer Swipes are anti-aging and contain a number of good for your skin ingredients.

YouVee Sunscreen Swipes are SPF30 and are invaluable. This is a great way to refresh your sunscreen. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.7% Sunscreen, Titanium Dioxide 6.5% Sunscreen.

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

2.  ALGENIST SKINCARE products are fabulous. I use a lot of different types of skincare and Algenist is one of my very favorite brands. I’ve gotten travel sizes through Sephora points and codes and on the Algenist website where they have 17 different travel sizes for sale. They also have travel kits and I’ve purchased those. Three of my favorites that will be coming on both my trips – Retinol & Lifting Serum ($33 mini that’s twice the size of mine), Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($40 for the mini that’s twice the size of mine) and Complete Eye Renewal Balm.

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

3.  KLORANE SMOOTHING AND RELAXING PATCHES FOR EYES were in a recent IPSY bag. Since my weekend trip is a wedding I’m bringing one of these to use the afternoon of the wedding so I’ll look more refreshed. I have other options like the eye patches from ToGoSpa that I love but for this trip the very thin Klorane will slip into a pocket of my purse easily.

Klorane Eye Contour patches

Klorane Eye Contour patches

4.  SUPERGOOP EVERYDAY SUNSCREEN was also in one of my IPSY bags and I was so excited. I’ve gone through several of these in the past. When it comes to samples in those subscriptions, when they send a brand like SUPERGOOP it’s A-OK with me. This size is perfect for a 3 days trip. I’ll put this on in the morning and then keep my Adventuress YouVee Swipes with me during the day.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

HAIRCARE:

5.  LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER are samples I received not that long ago with a Sephora code. I’d been wanting to try Living Proof and the code came at the right time. There were 12 nice size samples in the package. I’ve been testing it and one packet has lasted me through 3 shampoos and there’s probably enough for 2 more. I’m very impressed with Living Proof and now I see what the fuss is all about.

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER

6.  AMIKA PERK UP DRY SHAMPOO is something I’ve actually given away in the past but when I recently got this in an Ipsy bag I realized I needed it. It’s going on my winter trip to refresh my hair when I get up too late to wash.

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

7.  CONAIR TRAVEL SIZE DETANGE BRUSH* is my favorite travel companion. Now that I’ve learned how great wet brushes are I want one on every trip. It’s a compact size brush that works great for me after I wash my hair or on dry hair. Love this baby!

Conair Detangling Brush

Conair Detangle Brush

COSMETICS

8.  COVER FX ILLUMINATING PRIMER was a code sample from Sephora. I’d been dying to try it and I’m so glad I had something I wanted to buy when the code was available. This is a terrific, unfragranced, primer that will be perfect under my foundation at night for the parties I’ll be at.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

9. LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMER is one of my favorite primers so having this travel size from my LORAC Pro eyeshadow palette is wonderful. I know my eyeshadow primers aren’t that big but the way I overpack pack, I need to make space.

10.  IT COSMETICS BYE BYE CONCEALER was in a kit I bought from the IT Cosmetics website. I prefer the concealer in Fair but this one in Light is great too. I’m a huge fan of this concealer anyway so having this in my kit was a great bonus.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

11.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES MASCARA was in the same kit. I’ve named this my favorite mascara in the past and it’s still way up there. It’s the perfect size for travel.

12. URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE ON LIP PENCIL in OZONE – another IPSY delight. This clear liner means I don’t have to travel with other lip pencils and can still bring my umpteen lip colors without worry.

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

13.  TheBALM NUDE DUDE EYESHADOW in FLIRTY is a beautiful bronze sparkly dude. I get tired of shadows quickly so this will be in my bag just in case I want a change.

14.  BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER is a mini that is now available for $6.95 on the Beautylish website. When I bought my Bioderma Micellar Water my mini was a bonus and I was afraid to use it up. Now I know I can replace it since it’s not refillable and I’m doing a happy dance about that.

BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER

BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER

Since you can only purchase a few of the ones I’ve shown I’ve made a Beauty Set picking out 10 11 of my favorites from ULTA’s website that I’d recommend for travel too.

Beautysets - Travel mini favorites
1.  tarte Maracuja Oil travel size ($15)
2.  BeccaTravel Size Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal ($19)
3.  IT Cosmetics Travel Size CC+ Cream ($15)
4.  LORAC Travel Size TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($13)
5. tarte cosmetics How Sweet It Is lip and cheek duo (14)
6. Smashbox Mini Double Exposure Palette ($24)
7. IT Cosmetics Ulta Your Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5 Pc Travel Brush Set ($30) includes complexion, shadow, crease, smudger, liner/brow
8. Almay 15 count eye makeup remover pads ($1.49)
9. DermOrganic Try Me Set ($9.99) contains Conditioning Shampoo 1 fl oz, one Masque Hair Repair 1 fl oz, and one Leave-In Treatment 0.17 fl oz.
10.  AG Hair Travel Simply Dry Shampoo (8.95)
11.  WHISH Coconut On The Go Set 2 ounce coconut body wash, coconut shave cream, and coconut body butter ($20)


*starred items were sent by PR, rest are purchases;  IPSY is a referral link

 

 

 

Makeup Wars with Voloom, Soniclear and Conair Infiniti Pro

This time around Makeup Wars is talking Beauty Tech Tools. I’ve decided to introduce 3 new ones that I’ve been lovingly using. I’ve repeated others so many times that it’s time to recommend some that you’d love to own or even give as gifts this upcoming holiday season. These were provided to me by the companies for review but they didn’t make me love them, that’s my own!

MICHAEL TODD TRUE ORGANICS SONICLEAR

Michael Todd True Organics Soniclear

Michael Todd True Organics Soniclear

What you get with Soniclear is a cleansing machine for face and body. It comes with two different size brushes unlike more expensive machines that are only for the face or even more expensive ones that do both. This covers it all while being deep cleaning and gentle to your skin.

Michael Todd Soniclear

Michael Todd Soniclear

Soniclear has 6 speeds so you can find the one that best suits your needs. When you use this with your cleansers you’ll find that the serums and moisturizers you use after absorb more efficiently into your skin.

Michael Todd Soniclear brush for face

Michael Todd Soniclear brush for face

What makes the brush on Soniclear so unique is that it has exclusive built-in LIFE antimicrobial product protection. One of the biggest complaints with Clarisonic is keeping the brush fresh. That’s not a problem now that Michael Todd True Organics has credited the Soniclear. The innovation of the brush keeps it bacteria and odor free. This is a true sonic machine, it doesn’t just spin or vibrate to cleanse, it uses true sonic technology.  You’ll want this on your holiday wishlist for sure.

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR 3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR 3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR 3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

At some time in your life I’m sure you’ve owned a Conair hair dryer. I know I’ve owned many. But nothing I’ve tried from Conair has come close to this Infiniti Pro 3Q dryer. It is the most technologically forward machine they’ve created.

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR INIFINIT PRO3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR INIFINIT PRO3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

3Q stands for Quick, Quiet, Quality and I am here to tell you that they got that right. The hair dryer dries my hair very quickly giving it less time to become frizzy. It dries equivalent to a 2000 Watt machine. It’s not noisy and it’s not heavy; all big assets. It has Titanium Ceramic Technology which uses infrared heat to gently blow dry your hair. The ionic technology helps reduce frizz and enhance shine.

Conair Infiniti Pro switches

Conair Infiniti Pro switches

I love the way the controls are situated since I don’t accidentally change them when using the dryer. It has 3 heat and 2 styling speeds as well as a cool shot to help set your hair. It comes with both a concentrator attachment and a diffuser attachment. My last dryer only had the concentrator so I had to try to find a diffuser that would fit it. Not always easy.

Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q attachments

Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q attachments

This retails for $139 but I’ve found it for both $119 and $99 (Walmart) which makes it a good price point for a special lady’s gift.

VOLOOM

Voloom

Voloom

The Voloom is the newest and most interesting hair styler on the market. If you have midlength or longer hair then this is the tool you want to banish the flatness and add oomph as you do.

Voloom wafflelike plates

Voloom wafflelike plates

It looks like a crimping iron but it’s not going to give you that old style hair unless you want it. Instead it’s for creating more volume in the underlayers of your hair. Pin up the top of your hair, then use the fast acting unit to create layers. You don’t leave it on very long, I count to 5 and release, then move down and repeat. On my current shoulder length hair I use it only 3 times but when my hair was longer I used it about 4 times per side. When you are done, unpin your top layers and let them cover the work you’ve done. What you end up with is volume and smoothness. It lasts for about 2 days for me. I can also use it on second day hair as a way to perk it up. With that I use a heat protectant, let it dry and then follow the same procedure above.

Voloom

Voloom

When you buy the Voloom HERE you’ll also get a heat protection case, a teasing brush and 3 clips that are perfect for holding up your hair. This is the gift for the girl who loves styling her hair yet seems to have it all. They don’t have the VOLOOM but they’ll love it once they do.

What are your favorite tech items for beauty? You can learn more with my fellow bloggers on today’s Makeup Wars. – Marcia

Conair Quick Gems review, plus a giveaway!

What better way to glam it up for the holidays than with Conair Quick Gems ($28.99)?  This is just a ton of fun.  My girls absolutely love it!  Anyone who likes a little bling will be thrilled with it.

Conair

Conair Quick Gems – I know you’ve seen it on TV!

Conair Quick Gems is a hair bejeweler. It’s super easy to use, and you can get as creative as you want with designs.  You can fill your hair with jewels all over, or just do one strand of hair.

Conair

Conair Quick Gems

The gem cartridge can hold up to 18 jewels at once. The cartridge rotates automatically, you just put a strand of hair through the compartment and push the button. A jewel is attached to the strand in seconds. The jewels stay on really well, and when you are done with them they just slide off.

cartridge

cartridge

The jeweler comes with 24 reusable jewels in two sizes and four shapes. I am NOT a hairstylist by any stretch of the imagination, but I was able to use this from my first try and it’s always a blast.

gems

gems

I did my daughter Marina’s hair and it took me less than a minute. Isn’t it cute?? You can find Conair Quick Gems nationwide at mass market and drugstore retailers, as well as at www.conair.com.

Pretty!

Pretty!

To help celebrate the holidays, Conair is sponsoring a giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers!  You can win a Conair Topsy Tail ($4.99) and a Conair Impressions Brush ($7.99).

topsy tail

topsy tail

The large Topsy Tail creates six different looks, and talk about easy – I am floored by the beautiful styles this little tool can create.

large

The large Topsy Tail

junior

The Topsy Tail Jr.

The kit also has a Topsy Tail Jr., a smaller version that you can use on smaller sections of hair. In addition to the Topsy Tail, you will also win a Conair Impressions Brush.

Conair Impressions Brush

Conair Impressions Brush

This brush is ideal for everyday brushing of all hair lengths and is designed to gently detangle wet or dry hair. The flexible cushion base allows for stress-free brushing, and the ball-tipped bristles will not snag or pull hair.

brush

brush

Conair says, “Holiday festivities are the perfect excuse to try out a fun or bold new hairstyle. Conair offers so many ways to create a new look – from glossy waves to glittering jewels — for every gathering. These and other Conair hair appliances and tools even make fabulous holiday gifts for the fashionistas on your list!” Enter our giveaway for a chance to win the Topsy Tail and the Conair Impressions Cushion Brush. You can also go to Conair’s Facebook page and make your own wishlist there. Good luck!  – Lisa
Giveaway is open in the US only through 12/27/12 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
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