Cristophe Volumizing Hair Care – get full volume hair and a free conditioner, too

I inherited many things from my beloved grandmother. I inherited her work ethic, her heightened intuition, and her somewhat naughty sense of humor. I inherited her love for gossip, unfortunately. I also was the happy – and unhappy – recipient of some physical attributes. I have her large chest and small waist (pretty happy about that).  But I also got her bunions and super fine hair (not so happy about those!). I had bunion surgery and took care of that problem…but the fine hair? I am on a constant quest to improve that particular inheritance. So of course I was happy when Cristophe sent the BIZ their Volumizing products to test.


Cristophe Volumizing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mousse

Used together these three products promise thicker, fuller looking hair even if your hair is very fine. This is not a system that gives you soft, sleek hair – smoothing the hair shaft will decrease volume, not increase it. Your hair many not feel super soft, but it will look much thicker and fuller.

Cristophe Volumizing Shampoo

Cristophe Volumizing Shampoo

Cristophe Volumizing Conditioner

Cristophe Volumizing Conditioner

Considering Cristophe is a high-end salon in Beverly Hills, the price point on these products is pretty fantastic. The Volumizing Shampoo ($8.99) has a really nice sort of spicy unisex scent that doesn’t linger. Ingredients include UV protectors to keep hair safe from sun rays, Creatine for hair strength and elasticity, and Vitamin C for shine. The Volumizing Conditioner ($8.99) has the same scent as the shampoo. While it moisturizes, it doesn’t flatten hair. It has thickening ingredients plus UV protectors, Creatine, and Vitamin C.

Cristophe Volumizing Mousse

Cristophe Volumizing Mousse

Volumizing Mousse

Volumizing Mousse dispenser top

Volumizing Mousse

Volumizing Mousse

The Volumizing Mousse ($10.99) is a wonderfully creamy, spongy mousse that really thickens and increases hair volume. Like the other volumizing products, it has UV protectors, Creatine, and Vitamin C. I find that I need a small amount that I apply mostly to my root area when my hair is damp to get the best volume. If your hair is extremely fine, you will want to put more on the length of your hair. However know that this will make your hair less soft – which is an OK exchange for more volume, in my opinion. Another quick tip:  use a round brush when blow drying and really focus that heat on the roots.

My Cristophe volumized hair

My Cristophe volumized hair

Besides the awesome possibility of full volume hair, I have even more great news:  Cristophe has a coupon code just for BIZ readers! For the next month, if you buy a shampoo from the Cristophe website you can also get a conditioner for free!! Enter code BIZloveCP in the Apply Code box. This will take $8.99 off the price of the conditioner.

*Please note, this code is only valid on Cristophe Professional products,  not on DR Volume Extend.*

So what are you waiting for? Get on over to the Cristophe website and get yourself some high volume – and affordable! – gorgeous locks.  - Lisa

*samples and coupon code provided by Cristophe

Fantastic drugstore hair care: Cristophe Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

I test a lot of hair products, and a lesson I have learned is not to be a hair product snob. I find amazing products that cost well over $100, but I also find fantastic products that are under $15. I am so very happy that Cristophe sent the BIZ samples to review, because it has taught me to stop my snobbish ways.

I previously reviewed Cristophe’s Glossing Shampoo, and I loved it so much it even made my ‘Best of 2012′ list.  Today I am here to tell you about the Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, both of which are available at drugstores like CVS.


Cristophe Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

The Hydrating Shampoo ($12, although I could find it for even less at online drugstores) is a beautiful purple shampoo that puts moisture back into dry hair. It has UV protection for your hair, Creatine to strengthen hair, and Vitamin C to make hair super shiny. Oh and all Cristophe products are cruelty-free, which is a terrific bonus.

It pairs beautifully with the Hydrating Conditioner ($13, but again I could find even better prices online). The conditioner is also purple – my favorite color, and it makes me happy to see purple hair products…ok I know, I’m weird. But part of living a happy life is to savor every moment, so purple products that make me happy are a bonus!! The Hydrating Conditioner drenches hair with even more moisture, and like the shampoo it has UV protection, Creatine, and Vitamin C.  These two products leave my hair soft, shiny, and full of body.

My Cristophe-hydrated hair

My Cristophe-hydrated hair

We test a whole lot of products at the BIZ, so it usually takes forever for me to actually finish a product. But I have used every drop of all of my Cristophe products and they are definite repurchases. Cristophe has changed me into a drugstore devotee!  – Lisa

* pr samples sent for review consideration

Best of the Year 2012: Lisa’s picks



It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012′ lists!  Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists.  Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow. 

Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here!  I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.


Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines



Christina Choi lipgloss

Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more.  I am very, very excited about this line.

in my Z Palette

My gorgeous Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb.  If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.

Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines


Le Metier

Le Metier eyes

Le Metier de Beaute - 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without. 

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

It Cosmetics - I am constantly amazed by this line.  There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love.  I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Cosmetics -  another line that never lets me down.  I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself.  I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic.   Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year.  He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season?  I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever.  Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.

Best skin care


reviva-primerReviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.

cooling metal tip applicator

Love the StriVectin cooling metal tip applicator – and if you look closely, you can see my camera reflected in it!!

 StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum - it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.

Jewelweed Topical Mist close upCreation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle.  If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!

Love my Kleraderm

Love my Kleraderm

Kleraderm - one of the very best skin care lines there is.  I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’.  I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked.  She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!

Best brushes


Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used.  I say thank you for this every day.

212 up close and personal

212 up close and personal

Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow.  If you don’t have this — you need it.

Best hair care


I will never be without this hairspray

I will never be without this hairspray

Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.

Cristopher Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe  – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing.  So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!

Biggest personal influences in 2012


soft waves

Soft waves?  No problem!

Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012.  The first is Verge One.  Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair.  Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it.  The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!

More lashes = love!

More lashes = love!

Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash.  I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash.  WOW.  My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day.  This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!

Most fun


Everything is better on a stick!

Everything is better on a stick!

Lush – Reflecting back on 2012, I remember so many awesome, entertaining products from Lush.  Seriously, everything they make is not only useful and practical, it’s also a blast. 


Who knew blue hair could be so fun?

HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions.  I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions.  Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.

My top product picks


OCC Skin:  Conceal Y series

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer - two of the best finds of 2012.  The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron.  And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty. 


Tarte Magic blush really is magic!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushfirst-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment.  This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.

Lisa Hoffman bracelet2

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique!  One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry?  Fantastic.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara - this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes.  It’s pretty amazing.

Tarte concealer top

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte.  This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies.  It’s a total winner.

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there.  Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.

CV Skinlabs bottle

CV Skinlabs - sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray.  I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.

If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to.  2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about.  Life is good!  – Lisa

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner: great first AND second day hair

My  hair is colored (thank you genetics…I’ve had to get rid of gray since I was 17 years old!) so to keep my color from fading I wash my hair every other day.  Less frequent washing definitely helps keep color vibrant – but it can also result in not-so-fabulous second day hair.  I am always on the lookout for shampoo and conditioner that gives me great first and second day hair.


Enter Cristophe Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner.  I’ll bet you have heard of Cristophe before – he is one of the most famous stylists in America.  He started in Beverly Hills in 1985 and has been a huge success ever since.  He has several different salons in addition to the fabulous Beverly Hills location, and his product line is now available both online and in drug stores like CVS.

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

I really, really liked the two products I tried in the Glossing line.  The Cristophe Glossing Shampoo ($12) has both Argan and Monoi oils in it, so it makes your hair soft and frizz-free.  It’s designed to make your hair look very glossy and shiny, and it definitely delivers.

Cristophe Glossing Conditioner

Because my hair is pretty thick, I like to do a quick wash with a little shampoo first then follow with a second lather to really clean my hair.  After that, I smooth on some Cristophe Glossing Conditioner ($13) and let it soak in while I finish showering, then I rinse really well.  The conditioner also has Argan and Monoi oils in it, as well as UV protection which is nice especially in the summer when I am outside much more often.  The shampoo and conditioner together make my hair soft and shiny with lots of great body.

What I like even more is that my second day hair is great!  I don’t get that flatness or that dull look that often happens on the second day.  I love this shampoo and conditioner combination and it’s in heavy rotation in my shower.

Can you tell it’s second day hair?

The next time you are shopping for shampoo and conditioner, I highly recommend you give this combo a try – I find it’s excellent, especially if you are an every-other-day shampooer like me.  – Lisa

*pr samples

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo ingredients:  Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Coco-sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Frangance, Argania Spinsoa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Quaternium-26, Glycerin, Quaternium-95, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Creatine, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-11, PEG/PPG-4/12 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-10, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Orange 4, Yellow 10

Cristophe Glossing Conditioner ingredients:  Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium  Methosulfate, Amodimethicone, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Quaternium-95, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Creatine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Triisostearoyl, Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate, Cyclcopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearamine Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Citirc Acid, Fragrance, Orange 4