Soft, swingy, sweet smelling hair with Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioners

I am not usually a big fan of products with noticeable fragrance…I like my purposefully chosen perfume to be itself without having to compete with other scents that probably aren’t compatible. But I am in love with the Mirabelle Plum hair products from Carol’s Daughter and the plum scent is one of the main reasons.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioner

*pr sample

Not that these products aren’t fabulous for my hair in general. The Mirabelle Plum Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner ($22) come together in a ‘Health Duo’. The shampoo is for fine, dry hair, and even though it doesn’t have those drying sulfates it still gives a nice foam. It leaves my hair full, soft, and moisturized. The conditioner really hydrates but it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair. And the plum scent is FANTASTIC. Plus it really sticks around…it’s one of those where all day long people comment on how nice my hair smells. It makes for a great moment when I get a quick whiff, too. The ingredients include Mirabelle Plums, biotin, grapeseed oil, aloe leaf juice, and sweet almond oil. The result is awesome, especially for dry ends and fine hair.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

When my hair is feeling especially dry, I use the shampoo and the Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask ($14). This is an even thicker version of the conditioner and it does some serious repair to dry ends. I end up using this once a week for some extra hydration.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner

The Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner ($11) is probably my favorite of all the Mirabelle Plum hair products. It’s a spray in that’s applied to damp hair before blow drying and styling, and it is fabulous. No silicones weigh down hair, but it strengthens, detangles, and really gives my hair tons of body. The plum scent, again, is to die for. Love it!

If you haven’t tried Carol’s Daughter hair products, I definitely recommend these, especially for fine, dry, or thin hair.  Be sure to pick some up, and believe me you are going to love the yummy plum scent.  – Lisa

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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

*samples sent for editorial consideration; affiliate links

You’ll love the Tara Smith hair care line and you’ll love this giveaway

Tara Smith haircare line

Tara Smith haircare products are not only beautiful but they are wonderful to use. We were sent products to use ourselves and tell you about them plus one of you will be able to win the shampoo, conditioner and hair styling product of your choice. Let’s learn more, shall we?

Tara Smith is a celebrity hair stylist. She’s responsible for some of the beautiful looks you see on stars like Marisa Tomei, Rosario Dawson and (sigh) Gerard Butler. But she’s more than that. She’s a woman who made a commitment to make products that are free from toxins and harsh chemicals, ones that feed your hair. She wants your hair to be de-stressed so that it’s beautifully healthy. Tara Smith Hair is a vegan, cruelty free, gluten free line.

Her products consist of 4 cleansing and conditioning lines and 4 different styling products

-          Cleansing and Conditioning products: Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner, Gorgeously Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner, Shine On Shampoo & Conditioner, and Working Curls Shampoo & Conditioner

Tara Smith shampoos

Tara Smith shampoos

-          Styling products: Base Coat Serum, Shining Moment Glosser, Rock On Hard Gel, Brilliant Thickening Cream

Tara Smith styling products

Tara Smith styling products

“All of my haircare products are fully vegan and not tested on animals. Every product is free from animal-derived ingredients, parabens, SLES, glycols, phthalates, PEGS, artificial coloring, and synthetic fragrances.” – Tara

MARCIA’S SIDE:

It’s my job to describe all the products in the Tara Smith line. I’ll be brief but I’d love to be long. These products contain amazing ingredients and what I’ve used has produced beautiful, shiny hair.

FEED THE ROOT Shampoo and Conditioner ($16 each): If your hair is weighed down because of products Feed The Root shampoo and conditioner are the ones you’d want. They don’t strip hair, instead they cleanse enough to get rid of impurities yet leave your hair shiny and healthy.

Tara Smith Feed The Root

Tara Smith Feed The Root

GORGEOUSLY GENTLE shampoo and conditioner ($16 each): This set of products are the ones most of you will love. It’s a wonderful everyday line that calms your your scalp. Lisa will give you more information on this line.

Tara Smith Gorgeously Gentle

Tara Smith Gorgeously Gentle

SHINE ON shampoo and conditioner ($16 each) is the line I’ve been using and totally loving. I color treat my hair and I was able to go an extra week this time because my hair was as vibrant as ever. It’s the perfect line for anyone who does any process on their head because it helps strengthen your hair as well as protect it and create blinding shine.

Tara Smith Shine On

Tara Smith Shine On

WORKING CURLS shampoo and conditioner ($16 each): Tara Smith didn’t forget all the beauties with glorious curls or even the ones who just want glorious curls. This set of shampoo and conditioner combats frizz while strengthening, conditioning and protecting them. Anyone with waves or curls is going to love these two.

Tara Smith Working Curls

Tara Smith Working Curls

Tara Smith Styling products

Tara Smith Styling products

SHINING MOMENT GLOSSER SPRAY ($18) is for already styled hair. I’m not really a spray type person but this one I like – a lot. This is the top coat to finish your hair. The spray is very light, unlike an aerosol spray. It helps with shine and control. It’s not stiff at all so I can still comb through my hair with my fingers.

ROCK ON HARD GEL ($18) works to control your style without stiffness. It’s loaded with minerals to keep your hair smooth and protected.

BASE COAT SERUM ($26) is a product I’ve been using as my styling product when I wash my hair. They call this the “foundation primer” for your hair. I put a few small pumps in my hand, rub my hands together and fingercomb it through my hair prior to blow drying. It’s all I need to keep away frizz and to make my hair so easy to manage. Plus it helps with the shine. A true winner for me.

BRILLIANT THICKENING CREAM ($24) is Tara Smith’s most popular styling product. It’s a volumizer that is perfect for those of you who heat style. Not only will your hair be super shiny but it will be strengthened and bouncy.

LISA’S SIDE:

Have you ever seen such cool packaging for a hair care line?? I love having my shower lined with these beautiful creatures! The product inside lives up to the glorious outside. I use FEED THE ROOT SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER once a week as a clarifying treatment, and the GORGEOUSLY GENTLE SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER on the other days for lots of moisture (thanks to the aloe vera) and tons of shine. I also get an amazing amount of volume and bounce with the BRILLIANT THICKENING CREAM, which I apply to damp hair before styling.

Not only did I get to test these fab hair products, I also was able to do an email interview with the gorgeous Tara Smith herself!

The incredibly beautiful Tara Smith

The incredibly beautiful Tara Smith

Me: What role do botanicals play in creating healthy hair?

TS: For healthy hair, you always want to make sure you are nourishing locks with healthy ingredients. Some of my favorite botanicals such as Tea Tree Oil, Bamboo Extract, Rosemary Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, and Sweet Almond Protein work to replenish, deeply cleanse, soothe, and hydrate hair for amazing shine and strength.

Me: What are some of the biggest environmental stresses on hair, and besides great products, how can we best protect hair from these stresses?

TS: Some major environmental stresses on hair include heat, dry cold air, and especially humidity in the summer! Humidity will cause hair strands swell up and make frizz up in minutes. To keep hair smooth and shielded from extreme moisture in the air, try my Base Coat Serum! This high-performance little bottle packs a botanical punch to give you nourished and frizz-free locks – with lab studies showing it can control frizz in 80% humidity for up to 24 hours after use! The serum was also proven to increase shine by 65%!

Me: You work with a lot of celebrities…has any one in particular influenced style ideas or any of your products?

TS: Working with actors and actresses since I was 21 allowed me to gain a ton valuable experience and have my ultimate aha moment! With my film star clients demanding only natural products in their hair, I realized there wasn’t a natural, high-performance line that did the job. It was then that I decided to develop my own line with high performance botanical technology that made all types of hair look as good as it feels and feel as good as it looks! When it comes to style, I created Rosario Dawson’s lob after she needed fresh new look which became a big hit soon after!

Big thanks to Tara Smith for her insightful answers and her amazing products. Now that you know about Tara Smith Hair get on it and enter our giveaway.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is open to US subscribers only. You get to pick the set of shampoo and conditioner that best suits your hair along with the styling product of your choice. That’s a pretty amazing deal since you get exactly want your head needs. The giveaway runs through August 31st. If comments close early you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and then continue. Put on your thinking caps and decide which of these sound perfect for you!!
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*products and prize provided by Tara Smith Hair

Feeding my hair with the Hair Food Moisture Collection

photo from jangohealthandfitness.co.uk

photo from jangohealthandfitness.co.uk

I used to be a terrible food snob. I shopped at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s only, thinking that my local grocery store was full of nothing but processed foods and chemicals that would ultimately kill me. I felt the same way about my hair products. If it didn’t come from the salon, it must not be any good. My intentions were good…I wanted to make sure I was living in the most healthy way possible. But my reasoning was definitely flawed. There are tons of healthy foods at my local grocery store for a third of the price I was paying at the other markets. There are also great hair care products to be found there that are super healthy for hair – not to mention my wallet.

Clairol Hair Food Moisture Collection

Clairol Hair Food Moisture Collection

I was recently sent the new Hair Food Moisture Collection. This former hair care snob was intrigued by the inspiration for this collection…power foods that feed hair’s hunger for nourishment. The package even included these beautiful teas in Strawberry Ginger Black Tea and Apricot Honey Black Tea, both inspired by the Hair Food Collections.

Hair Food Tea

The Moisture Collection includes the Hair Food Moisture Shampoo ($9.99), the Hair Food Moisture Conditioner ($9.99), and the Hair Food Moisture Mask ($11.99). They all have a very slight scent of honey and apricots, which are the power ingredients. The scent is light and very pleasant. I actually wish it stuck around but it dissipates pretty quickly.

Hair Food Moisture Collection

The Moisture Shampoo gives lots of lather and is gentle, even on my color-treated hair. The Moisture Conditioner is indeed moisturizing and the three hydrators lock in moisture and keep my hair soft and swingy.

The Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask is great as a once a week treatment. This isn’t a mask you need to pile on…a little goes a long way. Be sure to rinse well because it’s so moisturizing it can leave hair feeling a little sticky when it’s wet. After hair dries it is unbelievably smooth, shiny, and soft.

Overall, this is a very impressive trio of hair goodness. I love what it does for my hair, and the price is definitely right. The Hair Food Moisture Collection will for sure be a repurchase for me. You can find these products at Target, along with the other Hair Food Collections including Root Cleansing and Volume.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars with Keune Hair Care products – Keratin Smoothing Line

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

The ladies of Makeup Wars are a varied bunch in our taste and especially with our hair. We all have different styles, lengths, textures and desires when it comes to how we like our hair. KEUNE hair care has provided each of us with a haircare line that suits our taste. What you’ll see in our posts this time are the products that Keune carries so that you can find the ones that suit your needs and your life style.

I’ve had straight hair my entire life though it’s never been that glass like straight that you see in advertisements. After an illness my hair suddenly went from straight to crazy. I lost a huge volume of hair and is it regrew it came in kinky and then settled into some funny waves that went every which way. That’s when I got serious and started having Keratin treatments. I have them about every 9 months because I want to retain my youth (obviously) and have straight, easy to care for locks.

KEUNE CARE LINE KERATIN SMOOTHING is the line I chose as it’s listed under “Smooth and Manageable” which describes what I am looking for to a tee. There are 4 products in the line and are all highly recommended if you want smooth hair and could use the benefits of keratin added to the products you use.

I have to start with how much I love the packaging of the Keratin Smoothing line. Fuchsia and charcoal look stunning together and perfect in my gray, white and black bathroom!

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SHAMPOO is a very mild shampoo that cleanses without any stripping. It’s great for both color-treated hair and for chemical treated hair. There’s no fragrance to most of the line. Here’s some information from Keune about the shampoo: “The Quat Complex protects against Hair Fiber Breakage and ensures smooth wet combing. Keratin repairs and protects the hair structure. Provitamin B5 penetrates deeply into the hair shaft and regulates the moisture balance and gives shine.”

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING CONDITIONER is a perfect day to day conditioner. It’s creamy and leaves my hair easy to comb and protects from breakage. It contains shea butter for extra conditioning and shine.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

The KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is where we start getting really serious! The serum is what smooths my hair and keeps it from getting frizzy. This is an amazing serum that contains active keratin and argan oil. I love this serum. I need 3 small pumps for my shoulder length hair. I rub it through then brush with my wet brush and I’m ready to go. I usually don’t have to do anything else after I messily blow dry. It keeps my hair straight throughout that process. It also protects from the heat of my dryer or my flat iron. On second day hair I’ll use one pump smooshed in my palms and run it through my hair before using a flat iron.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

I have to really rave about the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This makes my hair behave like nothing else. I end up with the softest and straightest hair on the days I use this. I use this just once a week though I know I could use it more often. With this treatment it’s best to apply it after shampooing and then bundle your hair up in a towel for 5 minutes. You can do that in the shower if you want while you are shaving and washing up. I typically use it without the towel though and just step out of the water stream to let it condition and repair my hair. This has what they call “Zipper Technology”. The Treatment is great to rebuild, repair and protect any damage you have with your hair. It’s wonderful if you plan to flat iron after blowdrying since it’s so protective.

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune is a salon sold line that’s easy to locate with their salon finder. I just put in my state and it showed 2 salons close to my home and 4 others that are within reasonable distance. I just hope they carry my choice of Keratin Smoothing.

I’m thrilled that Keune chose to work with our group of Makeup War bloggers since it introduced me to a haircare line that I wouldn’t have known about but now love. Have you tried anything from Keune? — Marcia


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Get your PhD with Living Proof Perfect Hair Day

living_proof_ad_aniston-304I was so excited to try Living Proof products…I mean, who doesn’t want hair as beautiful as Jennifer Aniston’s? And while Jennifer has stylists and is a lottery winner of life in the looks department, products do make a difference.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day

Living Proof Perfect hair Day

My hair is definitely product dependent. Whether or not I have a good hair day is 100% dependent on which shampoo and conditioner I use. I have a lot of hair, but it’s very fine – so weighed down it’s flat and lifeless. However, without enough conditioner it’s frizzy and lackluster.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo

Living Proof Perfect hair Day Shampoo

Perfect hair Day Shampoo (8 oz. $24) promises an awful lot. It has something called the Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) that does all of this:

  • delivers the five benefits for a perfect hair day—smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish
  • helps you wash your hair less often
  • improves hair health instantly and gets better over time

PhD Shampoo does not have sulfates, which can dry hair. It also doesn’t have oils or silicone, which can weigh down hair. The Healthy Hair Molecule is like a superhero for hair, surrounding the strands and repelling dirt while smoothing and strengthening hair. It has a light citrus fragrance that is very pleasant. I use this in conjunction with the Perfect hair Day Conditioner (8 oz. $24).

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner

Living Proof Perfect hair Day Conditioner

The Perfect hair Day Conditioner has the same Healthy Hair Molecule that smooths, conditions, volumizes, strengthens, and polishes hair. After using these products for five washings, the verdict is – LOVE!!!!

Living Proof really does give me a perfect hair day!

Living Proof really does give me a perfect hair day!

Every time I use my Living Proof PhD hair products I really do have a great hair day. My hair has tons of volume and shine with no frizz at all. I typically wash my hair every third day, but I can wash every fourth day with Living Proof.

I am so happy I got my PhD.  I will never ever be without this in my shower. You have to give Living Proof Perfect hair Day products a try!  – Lisa

*sample sent for editorial consideration

Defend your hair from the polar vortex with Mark Hill Salon Professional

If you want to tackle the hazards of winter hair, Mark Hill is your go-to guy.

Mark Hill

Mark Hill

The UK hair stylist Mark Hill won both ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ and ‘International Hairdresser of the Year’ not just once – but twice each! He is known as the ‘Master of Sexy, Wearable Hair.’ Lucky for us, he also has a fantastic and affordable  hair care line, Mark Hill Salon Professional that takes care of dry, static-filled winter hair.

For super dry hair, I recommend the MiracOilicious products. They leave my hair incredibly soft and moistened, but not flat and limp.

Mark HIll MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious 2 Minute Treatment

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Treatment

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment ($11.99) is a hair mask that I use once a week to save my ends from indoor heat and outdoor frigid air. I like to put this on the entire length of my hair, although if you have oily roots you might want to just concentrate on lower half. It makes my hair so happy – I am extremely impressed with the way it repairs dry ends and leaves my hair wonderfully shiny.

Mark Hill MiracOilicious Moroccan Argan Oil

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil ($11.99) is terrific on damp hair. It moisturizes, repairs, and even speeds up dry time. I love, love, love this oil and it’s a great price for an argan oil.

Now, if frizz is your main enemy, I would advise you try the Defrizz-ilicious products.

Mark Hill Defrizzilicious

Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious

The Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Oh So Smooth De-Frizz Conditioner ($9.99) is a big tube of conditioning goodness for hair. The secret ingredient is something called Sea Silk. I am not sure what that is, but it definitely leaves my hair silky soft and free of frizz.

Some real hair magic - Mark Hill Magic Drops

Some real hair magic – Mark Hill Magic Drops

I think the Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99) has a perfect name because this leave-in treatment is magical for dry hair. I have great results on my hair, but the ultimate test was on my youngest daughter’s hair. She wears a knit hat and you know how baby fine hair goes like this once the hat is off:

photo from rainashairdesign.com

photo from rainashairdesign.com

Well, when I smooth some Magic Drops into her damp hair, she can wear her knit hat knowing she won’t become the fly-away queen.

The magic ingredients include Micro Wheat Proteins & Keravis, which create some sort of alchemy that make this leave-in treatment pretty miraculous.

My Mark Hill hair - look ma, no frizz!

My Mark Hill hair – look ma, no frizz!

My  hair is very fine, so moisturizing products that tackle frizz often leave it so weighed down I can’t get a curl. Mark Hill Salon Professional products give me soft, conditioned, volumized hair with no static or frizz, even in the middle of a polar vortex. This is a TERRIFIC hair care line and I highly recommend it!

You can find Mark Hill Salon Professional internationally at Boots stores and in the US at Walgreens and Ulta.  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration…opinion and hair all my own!