Bring out your beauty by hiding it with Express Color

Yes the title is an oxymoron but so is Express Color. This is a double duty product made to camouflage both your grey hair and to emphasize your eyebrows. Here’s the basics of Express Color: “The Express Color Kit provides a fast, easy-to-use solution to covering new growth at the roots between permanent hair color applications.
It only takes a few minutes to brush or rub this semi-solid formula on your hair or scalp for an instant fix. It’s like make-up for your hair!” It’s also recommended for eyebrows. Express Color is a water-resistant hair cosmetic that washes out when you want it to wash out – not before then.

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The kits contain The Express Color Compact that holds the color pan, an eyebrow brush and a hair applicator brush. It’s available in five shades so that everyone can find what they are looking for. ($29.95)

Marcia wears Drk Brn (aka Dark Brown)

I’ll admit that I didn’t read the instructions the first time I used Express Color. I knew it would help with my regrowth and that it was also for my brows but I didn’t realize it wasn’t a powder. It seemed difficult to pick up the color on the brush at first until I realized that this isn’t a powder. Instead it’s much better since it’s wax based which makes it longer wearing that isn’t going anywhere until I want to remove it.

Express Color

At first I used it just on my eyebrows since at that time my roots weren’t threatening to show the true me. I found it was a little harder to apply since I expected it to be a powder but once I got the hang of it I began using it daily. What I love about eyebrow use is that it lasts all day long. Absolutely no fading away or rubbing away. It’s smooth and makes no mess at all.

Express Color in Drk Brn

Once I get to the 3 week mark after having my hair tinted I have a few too many roots showing. And to no one’s surprise they don’t go away. I don’t like going to the salon too often so stretching it out with Express Color is the way to go. I’ve been using the larger brush that came with the kit to make the gray disappear. I start with my part and then brush more of the color around the part and through the top of my hair lightly. That makes it all blend in. Since it doesn’t come off at night I have clean pillowcases and no gray showing in the morning. I’ve also used it along my temples and the color doesn’t come off on my glass stems.

Express Color Drk Brn (after two uses)

In 2018 I’ll be on a 3 week trip and Express Color will be coming abroad with me. It won’t break or spill. It does double duty. It’s lightweight. And it wants to stay with me!

Lisa wears Med Brn (Medium Brown):

Express Color Medium Brown

Like Marcia, I was very surprised that the Express Color was a wax. It looks like a powder, so I couldn’t figure out why it was difficult to get pigment on the brushes…then it occurred to me it would be a great idea to read directions! I do prefer wax for eyebrows, actually, for two reasons. One, wax keeps my eyebrows in place.  Two, wax gives a bit of texture and doesn’t smear. So the wax was a happy discovery.

Express Color Medium Brown

Express Color Medium Brown

The Medium Brown is a perfect color for my medium brown hair. It’s just a shade or two lighter, which is what you want your eyebrows to be – slightly lighter than your hair color. It’s not so light that it doesn’t also work on my grey roots, thankfully. My gray roots happen to be WHITE, so it doesn’t really work on my part – I need heavy-duty help for that area. However, it does work wonders on those areas around my ears that I can’t easily get with root spray.

I definitely like the two brushes that are included in this set.

The larger brush is great for covering up gray areas, and the smaller one is the classic shape and size for eyebrows. These brushes are excellent quality and well worth the price point.

Overall, this is a terrific little set for bringing out your beauty by hiding what you just don’t want people to see!  You can find Express Color online at myexpresscolor.com.  Take a look to find your perfect color.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner, Nourishing Mousse, and Replenishing Treatment Mist

How do we know it’s fall? Pumpkin is everywhere!!!! But not all pumpkin products are equal. Some pumpkin products deserve major celebration…like Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner and styling products. The Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin scent is a limited edition that comes out just for the fall and winter season. I love love love the way it smells!

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Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin

The scent of Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin doesn’t actually smell much like pumpkin to me, but it does smell like fall! I smell honey, cloves, and nutmeg. The fragrance is not too strong, but just enough to smell like cooler weather, falling leaves, and bonfires after football games. It’s lovely and a wonderful way to change up your WEN routine for the season.

Are you new to WEN? If so, I really recommend that you give this system a try. It’s been around for 16 years now. It was definitely a ground breaking concept when it first came out – not washing your hair but conditioning it clean. I remember that back in the day what finally sold me and convinced me to try the product was that Chaz Dean, creator of Wen, decided to use transparency as a marketing tool. He is very up front in his infomercial that most hair companies use all kinds of other products they don’t disclose to get the models looking fabulous, and in his infomercial, the only thing they used was the Cleansing Conditioner.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner

My hair is oily at the roots, dry at the ends, and color-treated. If I wash too often, my color fades very quickly. Not enough moisture and my hair gets very frizzy. If my hair isn’t cleansed well enough, it looks greasy and flat. So many issues…and for some reason I thought that the WEN product didn’t clean, it just conditioned. I was wrong. When used correctly, it does clean – hence the name  ‘Cleansing Conditioner’.

The WEN cleansing method is quite different from the way I usually cleanse my hair. The major difference is that you are instructed to use a LOT of product – 30 (yes, I said 30) pumps for shoulder length, medium textured hair like mine. Before application I really, REALLY soak my hair with water and then apply equal amounts of WEN to the crown, nape, and either side of my hair. After application the product must be worked in well – by massaging the scalp, raking and combing it through the hair, and twisting sections and just smooshing it in. I then leave it on while performing the other parts of my shower ritual (shaving, exfoliating, etc.) before rinsing it out. WEN advises to rinse VERY well- a friend and WEN user suggested I rinse about as long as I usually do with any shampoo- and then do it again. After rinsing, I apply another pump or 2 as leave-in conditioner.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Nourishing Mousse

This was my first time trying the WEN® Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Nourishing Mousse. It adds lots of volume and body to hair, as well as a good amount of shine.  Plus it doesn’t make my hair sticky or clumpy, which a lot of mousse products tend to do since my hair is really fine. Just apply this to wet hair before blow drying for beautiful body and shiny locks.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Replenishing Treatment Mist

The WEN Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Replenishing Treatment Mist has a wonderful, vanilla/honey/nutmeg smell. I use this in the AM on days I don’t wash my hair to ‘re-invigorate’ my locks prior to styling. It makes my hair feel moist but not greasy, and the smell is very uplifting as well. The bottle suggests using it on face and body too, but I save it for my hair.

You can purchase WEN products at Chaz Dean’s salon in Hollywood, California, on his website (www.chazdean.com) and through QVC.com.  Get yourself some Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin  while you still can!!- Lisa

Your great hair day awaits with Ms. Pompadour!

In the sea of hair products out there, every line needs to stand out. Ms. Pompadour does on several counts. First, it has a fabulous name – I mean, who doesn’t want their hair care to be named Ms. Pompadour?? Besides that, Ms. Pompadour is known for having products with salon grade ingredients that leave hair silky soft and looking fantastic every single day. They ship super fast and have a 30 day money back guarantee. And, if you refer friends, you can earn free products and discounts.

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Ms. Pompadour comes from the same guys who created Mister Pompadour, Zack Henry and Matt Davis. Women loved the men’s line and demanded a line specifically for them, so Zack and Matt got busy and created Ms. Pompadour. I tested four different items:  The Strengthening Showering Experience Shampoo and Conditioner, the Leave-In Conditioner, and the Dry Shampoo. Did Ms. Pompadour leave me with a great hair day every day? Read on to find out!

Ms. Pompadour Strengthening Shower Experience:  Shampoo and Conditioner

Ms. Pompadour Shampoo and Conditioner

The Strengthening Shower Experience Shampoo and Conditioner Set ($32) is perfect for my fine hair. My hair is long, about mid-back, and it tends to tangle and break. It definitely needs strengthening as well as moisturizing. The Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner do this without weighing my fine strands down, which is tough to find. They also correct the pH level, so my hair is left extremely shiny and very smooth.  I love the results and am happy to say this duo gives me a great hair day every time and will definitely be a repurchase.

Ms. Pompadour Leave-In Conditioner

The Leave-In Conditioner ($21) is more serious stuff for hair that needs extra attention. It has tons of Pro Vitamin B5 to smooth broken strands, repair damaged cuticles, and prevent hair from breaking in the future. It does a very nice job of getting rid of frizz, although I did find it left my fine hair a little more weighted down than usual. So, I use this when I want to go with a straight style and it’s perfect. I like to alternate this with the regular Strengthening Conditioner.

Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo

Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo

I think I was most excited to try the Dry Shampoo ($19.50) because nothing makes my life easier than an awesome dry shampoo. I am always running late and dry shampoo saves my butt more times than I care to count. The Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo is an interesting one…it’s probably the wettest dry shampoo I have ever used. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that it is imperative you use this correctly to get the best results – and if you do so, the results are fabulous. I found that I need to hold the can a good 10 inches away from my scalp. I spray it on my part and around my hair-line, then section off areas and spray my scalp. Then I clip up my hair and let it dry while I run around like a crazy woman trying to get ready. After 5 minutes, my hair is perfect – clean, smells fresh, tons of volume, looks amazing. And yes, it’s another great hair day!

Overall, I am very impressed with Ms. Pompadour.  Great products that give me great hair at great prices. You can find this line at mspompadour.com.  – Lisa

The Mane Choice and National Love Your Hair Day are made for each other

The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum and Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment

Turn on the smell app to read this review – do it now. Take a deep breath because you are going to be enchanted by the delicious fragrance of The Mane Event hair care products. For me to tell you that means they must be out of this world since I’m such a fragrance phobe. But these products are so wonderful to smell that they make me want to use them even more. I smell a light sweet citrus that envelops me in delight.

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I was introduced to two products from The Mane Choice this summer and have been enjoying them ever since. When I received Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment and noticed it’s subtitled “green tea & carrot” I was sure I was going to have to pass these on to Lisa but once I smelled it, it went right into my shower.

The Mane Choice Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment

The ladies who’ve created The Mane Choice all have curly hair while I have straight hair but this line is meant for everyone. This Mask Treatment is meant to be used once to twice a month to give your hair deep penetration to bring your hair back to its optimal shape.

You need time to use this properly since directions tell you to wash & rinse, then apply a generous amount and leave it in. For the most effective use put a plastic cap over it and let it mellow for up to an hour. If you are in a hurry though use it with heat for 15 minutes before rinsing it out.

The Mane Choice Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask

*Promotes growth & retention
*Hydrates & moisturize
*Minimize damage & breakage
*Repairs and restores damage
*Strengthens, fights shedding, & breakage
*Adds moisture & hydration
*Improves manageability & elasticity
*Great for natural, relaxed, permed, and colored treated hair

The Mane Choice Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment

It’s enriched with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil to immediately begin repairing and restoring dry and damaged strands and to make hair naturally healthy and shiny. I find that the best amount of time for me to keep this on is between 20 and 30 minutes. My hair isn’t that damaged even though I use heat on it. If I leave the mask on for too long my hair gets too soft. So far I’ve been using it every 3 weeks, I like to use it prior to getting my hair color treated so that it’s in excellent condition to deal with that. And don’t forget the yummy smell.

The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum and Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment

The product I use more often is The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum since this can be used daily. This is called the antidote to split ends. As someone whose hobby used to be picking apart my split ends I know a lot about them. Heat tools are the enemy but I can’t let my hair air dry so I need them. This Ancient Egyptian Split End Treatment Serum is making sure that my ends are hydrated and nourished. It can be applied to wet or dry hair so it’s great to rub some on my ends before using my heated brush on no shampoo days. I’ve used it on my whole head too and it works well but it’s meant to be concentrated at the ends of your hair.

The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum

Talk about wonderful ingredients and you’ve got this serum! It’s filled with some of the most rare and robust natural oils such as Kalahari Oil, Oleaster Oil, Mongongo Oil, and Baobab Oil to strengthen, repair and add remarkable shine. It’s also loaded with fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9. It makes me feel like I should be adding this to a smoothie.

The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum

I have a National Love Your Hair Day any time I use these two products. They work in conjunction with other hair products I’m using,don’t weigh my hair down, and they smell scrumptious.  —  Marcia

 

Great hair AND a giveaway? Color me happy with ColorProof!

ColorProof Hair Care

What is better than a great hair day? Winning a giveaway for products that give you a great hair day! ColorProof has tons of fabulous products that keep locks looking luscious, and today you can win one that will definitely make your day.

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ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo and Conditioner

I wash my hair every third day and recently my shampoo and conditioner du jour is the ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo ($34) and Conditioner ($34). My hair is pretty long, about mid-back, so the ends get very dry. This shampoo/conditioner duo is extremely hydrating yet doesn’t weigh down my fine strands. They also leave my hair wonderfully soft, floaty and shiny. And in a pinch you can use the shampoo as a body wash – and boy do I love a product that multi-tasks!! I’ve also noticed that it keeps my color-treated hair vibrant and true. It’s great stuff.

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse and Epic Hold Hairspray

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse

If I plan to curl my hair, nothing beats the hold and volume of the Whipped Bodifying Mousse ($26). I can’t believe the beautiful fullness and body this thick creamy mousse gives my fine hair! It’s like a miracle. And my curls really last too. I spray them with hairspray in the morning once and that’s all I need – my curls still look great the next morning. I usually use a hot iron or hot rollers and the difference when I use a dollop of the Whipped Bodifying Mousse on my damp hair before drying then styling is significant. This stuff is totally worth it.

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse and Epic Hold Hairspray

My most favorite hairspray of all time is the ColorProof Epic Hold Hairspray so I have to give it yet another shout out – it’s just the best and I buy it in bulk. I go into palpitations if I don’t have at least two extras on hand. HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray holds my curls but doesn’t make them stiff as a board. It’s also a go-to hairspray for color treated hair.

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a very slight and tolerable scent that quickly dissipates. I have never found a hairspray with this amount of control that didn’t have a scent and luckily this one is very easy on the nose. It simply holds my style better than anything else I’ve tried, without stiffness or crunchiness. Absolute holy grail.

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

But another great hairspray to have is the Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray ($29). Wow is this stuff cool! If it’s humid or rainy, or super windy out, I spray this on either by itself or else before my regular hairspray to keep my curls locked in and to keep frizz locked out. The mist actually repels any moisture, enveloping hair and giving it complete and total protection. It keeps frizz away and keep hair perky and dry.

ColorProof never ever lets me – or my hairstyle! – down.  You should enter to win yourself some ColorProof today!! Entering is easy. The good folks at ColorProof are giving away the fantastic Whipped Bodifying Mousse.  The giveaway ends on 10/16/2017 and is US only. There are 2 winners and you could certainly be one! Enter now and good luck! – Lisa
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Labor Day plans? Go beach to BBQ with Virtue Hair Care and CLEAN Air and Coconut Water

Gotta love a long weekend! Labor Day is coming up and hopefully you are planning some sort of beach/barbecue last summer weekend celebration. I know the perfect products that will take you right from your desk to the beach and then to the barbecue!

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CLEAN Eau Fraiche Air & Coconut Water

First up, as you sit at your desk dreaming about the beach fun to come, spritz on some CLEAN Eau Fraiche Air & Coconut Water ($48). Everyone who knows me even a little bit knows I am crazy about coconut and I am absolutely cuckoo for this coconut body splash. It is the perfect mix of refreshing air and yummy summery coconut. Notes include Italian bergamot, lemon, freesia flower, rose, and clean air musk. You won’t be able to stop smelling yourself.

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream and Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream

Once you are finally beach bound, don’t bother with a blow out. I recommend smoothing out hair with Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream ($40). It locks in moisture and keeps hair frizz free, so you can have lovely beachy waves all day without looking frazzled. If you want to go with a blowout, it’s a fantastic styling cream that I am reaching for after every shampoo.

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Done swimming and heading to a barbecue? Just put a dollop of this fabulous Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip ($36) on your roots while hair is still damp. It will give you tons of lift and volume and you can put hair up into a quick bun that will look easy and stylish all night long. Time to party!!

You can find CLEAN products online and at Ulta and Sephora and Virtue products online at Virtuelabs.com and in salons nationwide.  – Lisa

 

Learn what Vitabrid C¹² can do for your hair

I don’t know about you but the expression “having a bad hair day” is all too real and too scary for me. I’m one of those people who really care about how my hair looks and feels. I’m not saying I go around with perfect hair since that’s not possible but I am saying that taking good care of my hair is essential to my mood. I hope I’m not too shallow saying that!

Vitabrid C12 Hair Tonic and Scalp Shampoo

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When Vitabrid came into my life I assumed it was like the other haircare products that I’ve used but it’s different in a wonderful way. Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set is what I wish had been in my life when I was going through two different illnesses that caused massive hair loss for me. Now though I know it will be available to me if something strikes again.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set is a professional product now available at Barney’s that you can easily do yourself. Its goal is to promote a healthy scalp and healthy hair. The box contains a 3.7 fl oz bottle of Scalp Relief Tonic, a 0.03 oz vial of Scalp Relief Powder, and spray nozzles. To begin pour the entire contents of the Scalp Relief Powder into the Scalp Relief Tonic bottle. Install the spray nozzle, shut tightly and shake to mix the products well. Spray it onto your scalp and massage it in. You’ll love the luxury of massaging your scalp. If you have a hair tool that is gentle you can use that for the massage. Then just comb or brush through your hair.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set

Why use this Hair Tonic Set? Well it helps to prevent further hair loss and promotes thicker hair. It suppresses aging of the scalp. Just think of your grandparents and what their scalp looked like. The products supply both moisture and nutrients to your hair while making your scalp feel clean and healthy. The Hair Tonic is a leave-in product. You don’t use it in the shower, you use it on dry hair and don’t wash it out. My method was to apply it in the early evening and let it work its magic and then in the morning wash my hair as usual. It doesn’t make hair feel greasy or weighed down.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Vitamin powder

The POWDER ingredients are zinc oxide, ascorbic acid, glyceryl monostearate and the TONIC ingredients are dexpanthenol, L-menthol, salicylic acid, biotin.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic

 

Vitabrid C¹² was created by chemistry professor Jin Ho Choi in South Korea. Vitabrid C¹² harnesses the power of vitamin C in its collection of beauty treatments. Through Choi’s proprietary biotechnology, vitamin C is mixed with stabilizing zinc, a combination designed to capture the nutrient’s potency and allow it to penetrate the skin and hair over the course of 12 hours. The groundbreaking compound can be found in the line’s shampoo, skin brightener, acne fighter, and more.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set

Your hair isn’t going to grow overnight, it goes through a cycle just like your eyebrows, eyelashes, and nails so it takes time to see a difference. When I started using an eyelash growth product and an eyebrow growth one I didn’t see a difference for 6 weeks but once it started I was glad I stuck with it. I feel the same about Vitabrid C¹², time is its friend and my hair’s friend. I now need to convince my husband that this is a product for him since he’s always complaining about his male pattern baldness and its progression.

Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo

Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo is another product that needs to grace your Shower. Vitabrid C¹²’s shampoo is packed with safe and effective ingredients to improve scalp and hair health. The formula effectively strengthens hair while hydrating and soothing the scalp.
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The Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo gives my hair more volume. It isn’t fragrance free but there’s almost no fragrance to it. It just leaves my hair smelling fresh. It’s unlike other shampoos because of the Vitamin C in it. It doesn’t just remove the sebum and dirt, instead it fully cleanses the hair while promoting scalp nutrition moisture balance at the same time. Vitamin C helps with blood flow in their formula.

Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo

Another thing to take note of is that this contains zinc oxide so it’s UV protection for hair too. It’s protecting your scalp and for those of us who color treat our hair it helps keep the sun from fading it. These 7 natural ingredients are in their formula and supply moisture, calms scalp, increases hair luster, forms protective scalp barrier
Panax Ginseng Root Extract Increases skin’s energy and immunity
Morus Alba Bark Extract Prevents oxidative skin damage, mitigating sensitive skin
Algae Extract Maintains moisture and elasticity of the skin leaving skin soft & flexible
Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract Blocks harmful substances that cause itchiness soothing the skin
Iris Extract Scalp dandruff & itchiness control along with strengthened hair with luster
Cnidium Officinale Root Extract Restores & improves scalp condition
Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract Removes skin wastes & exfoliants, decreasing pore size and supplying nutrition
While Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo can be used by anyone it’s especially effective for people with hair loss problems.
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With these products your hair can look good while your scalp is at work activating hair follicle stem cells. While you may not need the Hair Tonic Set in your life right now I bet you know someone who could benefit greatly from this. You’d be doing yourself a favor too to add the Scalp Shampoo into your haircare regimen now that you know the benefits. There are a lot of Vitabrid C12 products that all sound as wonderful as this that I hope to try too.  Good scalp health to you readers. —  Marcia