Gray roots begone! Everpro Beauty Gray Away

So who gets their hair colored?

Raised hands

Yeah, me too. I have been getting my colored – and to cover the gray, mind you, not just for fashion – since I was 17 years old. My hair grows super fast so that means I need something to cover my roots in between trips to the salon.

Everpro Gray Away 3

For years I have used Bumble and Bumble Brown Hair Powder ($36 for 4.4 oz). It’s a spray-on colored hair powder and it works. It covers the gray. It’s not perfect though. The brown is quite intense so it makes me look like I don’t even have a natural part – which sort of makes my hair look like it’s a wig. Also, the powder is messy. If I scratch my head, my fingernails are brown. It smears onto my pillow at night. It’s also expensive and not easy to find. So when Everpro Beauty offered to send us their Gray Away Temporary Root Color ($12.99) to test, I was very happy to try what I hoped would be a better alternative.

Everpro

Everpro Beauty Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer

three different shades

matches these hair colors

First selling point for me:  Gray Away is inexpensive and it’s easy to find. It is available at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

It comes in two different shades. I use the Light Brown, which matches my hair perfectly. If you aren’t sure which shade is right for you, go for the lighter shade rather than the darker one.

cool applicator

fantastic thin applicator

The applicator is a very thin spray wand, much different from the larger sprayer I was used to using. This means greater control and less color on areas you don’t want covered, like your natural part. The spray itself is mineral-derived pigment which means it is safe for everyone to use, even pregnant women. Plus it dries very quickly. It will come off if you rub or scratch your head, but not nearly as noticeably as with the Bumble and Bumble.

Just shake the can, then spray on dry roots. It takes seconds for all that gray to disappear! The color is temporary and easily washes out with your next shampoo.

before...

before…

...after!

…after!

This is an absolute winner of a product! With up to 40 applications in one bottle it is a wonderfully affordable way to stretch out the time between your salon visits. I love it. Everpro Beauty Gray Away is the only root concealer I am buying from now on.  - Lisa

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NATU Hair Care: my holy grail of hair products?

WOW, this is a real find!! I don’t throw the term ‘holy grail’ out very often, but NATU Hair Care has earned that status in my book. I test many, many hair lines and have discovered some wonderful products. But I am not exaggerating when I say this line blew me away.

When NATU sent us the products, I thought – wow, cool packaging! It’s unique and attractive. But I never thought I was going to be discovering some of my favorite hair products ever.

Natu

NATU Hair Care…are the bottles pretty?

NATU is known for being a truly natural hair care line. Here is a list of everything that is NOT included in NATU products:

All The Un-Natural Ingredients That Didn’t Go Into The Creation Of NATU:

No Sulfates
No Silicones
No Parabens
No Resins
No Phthalates
No Petrolatum
No Ethoxylates
No Artificial Colors
No Artificial Fragrances
No Animal Products

Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate) aren’t great in hair products because they dry out hair and can cause breakage.  Synthetic parabens (Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben) can be a problem because they cause allergic reactions for some.  NATU uses none of those ingredients, and in fact only uses natural-born proteins, lipids, amino acids, nutrients and vitamins that clean, condition, and repair hair beautifully.

They only have one shampoo and one conditioner, stating that different types for various kinds of hair aren’t necessary. Here is what I can tell you:  my long, fine, color-treated hair LOVES these products!

Natu

NATU Liberating Shampoo

NATU Liberating Shampoo ($15) is a gentle cleanser that gets rid of product buildup without stripping or drying hair. It gives crazy lift and volume after just one use.

Natu

NATU Reawakening Conditioner

NATU Reawakening Conditioner ($15) is a beautiful, lightweight conditioner that is wonderfully moisturizing without weighing down hair. It leaves my hair extremely soft and shiny.

Natu

NATU Reviving Mist

NATU has several different mists. The mists are leave-in conditioners that are applied to damp hair before any styling products. There are four different types: Volumizing Mist for Fine HairManaging Mist for Normal HairSilkening Mist for Thick, Coarse Hair, and Reviving Mist for Dry, Damaged Hair. I tested the Reviving Mist ($15), which adds moisture and strength to processed or dry hair.

I have pretty good hair, but I am astounded at what NATU does for me. My hair becomes full, soft, and floaty. It has incredible body and holds curl all day long. Plus is gives me great second AND third day hair.

My Natu hair...holy smokes, what a difference!

My Natu hair…holy smokes, what a difference!

The picture above was taken after using the Liberating Shampoo, Reawakening Conditioner, and Reviving Mist. I blew my hair dry and put it in hot rollers for ten minutes. That’s all!

NATU is sold at Target and at salons. You can find a store closest to you at their website, www.natuhaircare.com. Cute packaging, good prices, easy availability, and results like this?? NATU has joined my list of Holy Grail products. I know that if you try it, it will join yours too.  - Lisa

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Are you a curly girl? Then check out Miss Jessie’s

If you are a curly girl, Miss Jessie’s just may be a miracle hair care line for you. I have several super curly friends who swear by this line, so even though I am not uber-curly I was more than happy to test some products Miss Jessie’s sent us. Keep in mind that my hair is quite fine, although I have a lot of it. I have natural wave to my hair – not enough to be called ‘curly’, basically just enough to be sort of annoying. So I need to either air dry it with salt spray product for pronounced waves, or else blow dry and curl with rollers or a curling iron for curls.

Miss Jessie's Super Slip Shampoo and Creme de la Creme Conditioner

Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Shampoo and Creme de la Creme Conditioner

Claiming to be ‘the best darn’ anything is going out on a limb, and Miss Jessie’s does so on every bottle of product. I tested the Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo ($11) and the Creme de la Creme Conditioner ($11).

Miss Jessie's Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo is billed as “The Best Darn Detangling Shampoo. Period.” Many who have very dry and coarse hair sometimes can’t even use shampoo because it just wrecks their hair. But even those with incredibly difficult hair swear by this shampoo. It is a wonderful detangler that leaves hair extremely smooth and soft. It  has a green apple scent that is fresh and enjoyable. The shampoo is very thick and sort of…well…goopy – triple slip is no exaggeration. However, it lathers up nicely and rinses out clean. It works best for those with wavy, curly, tight curly, or kinky hair.

Miss Jessie's Creme de la Creme Conditioner

Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Creme Conditioner

The Creme de la Creme Conditioner leaves my hair very, very soft. Surprisingly, it is actually more on thin side, almost the consistency of a shampoo. I think those with very curly hair could easily use this as a leave-in conditioner to help keep curls soft and moisturized. It doesn’t weigh down my fine hair, which was surprising, and when I air dry I have no frizz at all.In fact, after using the combo of Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo and Creme de la Creme Conditioner I have full volume that lasts all day.When I use heat styling for curls, my curl definitely stays longer. My guess is that this would be a really terrific conditioner for those with super curly and/or wiry hair.

This line has tons of extremely satisfied and loyal customers who won’t use anything else. I think it should be on all curly girl’s list to at least try. And if you are an only sometimes curly girl like me, Miss Jessie’s is a great line to always have on hand.  - Lisa

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Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo Ingredients:  WATER (AQUA), AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIPROPIONATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYQUATERNIUM – 7, GLYCOL STEARATE, FRAGRANCE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, TETRASODIUM EDTA, ISOSTEARYL ETHYLIMIDAZOLINIUM ETHOSULPHATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, PEG-55 PROPYLENE GLYCOL OLEATE

Creme de la Creme Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Lauryl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, C13-16 Isoparaffin, C12-14 Isoparaffin, C13-15 Alkane, Dimethiconol, Fragrance (Parfum), DMDM Hydantoin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Polyquaternium-11, Panthenol, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Disodium EDTA, Trideceth-12, Cyclomethicone, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Chlorella Pyrenoidosa Extract

May’s BIZness

The month of May has just flown by, hasn’t it??  With all the parties, wedding and baby showers, and spring cleaning the month has melted away. We know that it’s not always possible to read each post every day so we thought a summary post of the month’s reviews would be helpful. Here is everything we reviewed and reported on this month. Happy reading and hello June!!

May

COSMETICS:

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Vapour Organic Beauty, eco beauty done right

Butter London Lolly Bright lipglosses

Top 10 Tuesday gift time

My Beauty Diary

Senna HD Concealer

Susan Posnick ColorEssential Lipsticks

Face Stockholm Pastel Eyeshadows

Face Stockholm BB Cream

Ellis Faas Mascara

Beauty Addicts GlimmerSheers

Bella Mari natural foundations

Makeup Wars takes on Nude lips

Epic Blend Lip Balms

Tarina Tarantino’s Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and Eyeshadow Brushes

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

May Wantable Accessories Box

May Wantable Cosmetics Box

May IPSY bag

FabFitFun VIP Summer Box preview

NAIL POLISH:

Butter London Lolly Brights

Butter London Kerfuffle

3 perfect bold nail polishes for spring

Dior Front Row gel formula polish

Top Ten polishes for spring and summer

Trind polish – Mint Julep

Butter London Sweet Somethings Set

BATH AND BODY:

Beautifully Clean with Faith Aromatherapy

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

See what MST Miracle Balm can do for you

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Magnolia Sparkling Soak

Lush Mum Gift Set

4 tips for brushing wet hair and a Knotty Girl Coolway Brush review

RITUALS Laughing Buddha line

SKIN CARE:

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8

Introduction to Derma MD

Clayspray Masks:  The most hygenic mask you’ll ever try

Livad A&D Cream

Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair

Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser

YBF Define and Quench lip treatments

HAIR CARE:

Cristophe Volumizing Spray, Argan Oil Treatment, and Shaping Spray

Argan Oil 7 5-in-1 Moisture Healing Shampoo by NelsonJ

FRAGRANCE:

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent and Shimmering Body Oil

EXERCISE/HEALTH PRODUCTS:

Malory Band

FlipBelt

POISE MicroLiners

SUNDAY SCOOP -

Giveaways from Beauty Info Zone and beyond

ACCESSORIES:

3 graduation gift ideas from Mont Bleu

June

Looking for a perfect hair day? Try Cristophe!

Rainy days have been getting me down…well, more like they have been getting my hair down. Nothing kills my volume and curl like heavy, damp days. To combat the weather, I turn to my Cristophe volumizing products.

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic and Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic and Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe is a high-end salon in Beverly Hills, but lucky for us it is also a wonderful drugstore line that is easy on the pocketbook. Not only are Cristophe products affordable, they are also effective – always a great combination. My ‘witches brew’ for damp days includes Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic ($10.99). Argan Oil Treatment ($10.99), and Shaping Hair Spray ($10.99).

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic

My long, fine hair absolutely loves Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic. This is a spray-on volumizer that is applied to roots while hair is damp. It does a fantastic job of creating full, thick volume without weighing my hair down. The formula includes something called ‘Vital Energy Complex’. VEC has several nutrient-rich ingredients including Solar Vitis, Glycogen, Adenosine Tri Phosphate, and Phospholipids.  Together, these ingredients are like a skin care treatment for the scalp. It’s really great stuff.

I follow the Volumizing Spray Tonic with a nickel-size amount of the Argan Oil Treatment.

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

The Argan Oil Treatment is a beautiful oil that makes my hair super smooth and wonderfully shiny. My hair absorbs it quickly, and my damp hair immediately feels smoother and not at all heavy or greasy. Argan Oil is a terrific antioxidant that makes hair stronger and provides protection from heat styling and the environment.

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

Just like the Volumizing Spray Tonic, the Argan Oil Treatment has the VEC blend of awesome ingredients. Once I dry and style my hair, I spray on some Shaping Spray to help my hair’s volume and curls last all day long.

Cristophe Shaping Spray

Cristophe Shaping Spray

The Shaping Hair Spray gives a flexible hold for natural looking hair that isn’t stiff or sticky. It keeps my fine hair from drooping even on damp and rainy days. I need to note that it does have a discernible sweet fragrance that definitely lingers, but for those who don’t mind fragrance this is a terrific hair spray option.

I am also happy to report that all of Cristophe’s products are color safe, paraben free, and cruelty free. The next time you are at the drugstore, pick up some Cristophe and wilted hair will be a thing of the past.  - Lisa

My Cristophe volumized hair

My Cristophe volumized hair

*products sent for editorial consideration

Soft and smooth hair with Organix Penetrating Oils

I know, I know, putting oil into freshly washed hair seems counter intuitive…but it’s a wonderful thing when you use Organix Penetrating Oils ($8).

Organix Penetrating Oils

Organix Penetrating Oils

Organix sent the BIZ two of the Penetrating Oils (previously called Dry Styling Oils); I tried both the Hydrating Macadamia Oil and the Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Oil.  In general, both make hair extremely soft and frizz-free.  The keratin in the oils strengthens hair and make it wonderfully shiny.  Either one works for any type of hair from super dry to super oily. organix awapuhi penetrating oil

Awapuhi Ginger Penetrating Oil

Awapuhi Ginger Penetrating Oil

The top photo is the new packaging – my samples are in the older packaging.  New face, same product!  The Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Oil smells wonderful.  This is the one to choose if you use a lot of heated styling tools on your hair.   Just apply about a nickel size of oil to towel dried hair then style as usual.

Organix Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Organix Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Macadamia Penetrating Oil

The Hydrating Macadamia Penetrating Oil is the one to choose if you have very dry ends or overly processed hair.  It really puts moisture back in without weighing down fine hair.  It is also terrific on dry hair.  Just a few drops  smooths my hair like crazy.

I am completely sold on the Penetrating Oils.  My hair is very, very happy when I use them!

My hair after using the penetrating oil

My hair after using the penetrating oil

And speaking of dry oils…be sure to also check out the Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Body Oil ($6).  I use dry body oil every morning after I shower, and this is one of my favorites.

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

This huge bottle is extremely inexpensive, and it’s a wonderful way to hydrate skin without feeling greasy.  Smoothing this on after a shower is heavenly, and the price is definitely right!!

You can find Organix products pretty much everywhere.  Easy to find, inexpensive, and effective – what’s not to love?  - Lisa

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9 money-saving products for spring

Spring is officially here! How about some awesome products for the season that won’t make your wallet wince? Here are nine great items that are also affordable.

1.  Garment Saver Makeup Guard

Garment Saver

Garment Saver Makeup Guard

saving your clothes from your makeup!

saving your clothes from your makeup!

This handy little net keeps your makeup from staining your clothes. Put it over your head then slip on even the most expensive silk shell without fear of the dreaded foundation stain. The best part? A pack of 3 is only $9.50.

2.  Flats to Go!

With the snow and slush drying up, it’s time to break out the heels…but feet are still used to comfy flat winter boots. This handy solution will help you out when your feet are killing you.

Flats to Go in a cute little purse

Flats to Go in a cute little purse

Flats to Go

Flats to Go!

A little purse holds stylish flats that fold down into nothing for easy traveling. These cute gems are only $9.99 and they come in four different kinds of ballet flats: patent, snake print, alligator print, and fleecy leapord print.

3.  Kushyfoot Tights

These are some of the best tights ever! Pick up some fleece tights for colder days and some sheer body shaping tights for warmer days.

Kushyfoot Tights

Kushyfoot Tights

Fleece for colder days...

Fleece for colder days…

I can’t even begin to tell you how comfy these tights are. I feel like I am wearing my jammies to work when I have these on. They keep my legs warm, but they aren’t stifling in warmer weather.

Massaging soles keep feet happy

Massaging soles keep feet happy

And how fantastic to have massaging soles in tights that also shape your tummy, hips, and thighs? This version is more sheer than the fleece ones and both are super affordable at only $26.97 for three pairs – about $9 a pair!

5.  DIY DYE:  Bright and funky hair coloring you do at home

Having your hair colored can be very expensive. This book is full of awesome and creative ideas for coloring your hair at home.

DIY DYE

DIY DYE

DIY DYE

food coloring as hair dye

Even Kool Aide can work as hair color

Even Kool Aid can work as hair color

all the techniques

all the techniques

for beautifully colored hair!

for beautifully colored hair!

Who knew food coloring or Kool Aid could be used to color hair?? These ideas and so many more are in this book, along with great step-by-step instructions and photos of the finished product. Your investment? Only $16.95.

6.  Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Easily found in drugstores, this huge bottle of springy smelling body wash is pure heaven. Coconuts and hibiscus combine for a fabulous fresh scent and this creamy wash lathers up beautifully and leaves skin clean and moisturized. A hefty 13 fl.oz. bottle is only $8.99.

7.  Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Get this to go with the body wash! It has the same heavenly scent and 13 fl. oz. of this heavenly light body lotion is only $7.99.

8.  Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

Keep that fresh and clean spring theme going with this citrus and ginger scented deodorant.

Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

What makes this deodorant really special is that it is aluminum-free. It keeps odor away with essential oils that kill bacteria, and it works for even the most sensitive skin.

9.  Zoya GieGie

The perfect springy pink nail color, GieGie is a ‘cherry blossom pink metallic’.

Essie Gie Gie

Essie GieGie

Essie Gie Gie

Essie GieGie

Nothing says spring better than cherry blossoms. And you can find this gorgeous shade for just $9.00.

Celebrate the coming warmth with some practical and pretty things for yourself – and feel good about all the money you have saved!  - Lisa

*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me