Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Styler – not what your mother taught you

I’m going to show my age today when telling you about Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Styler. You see when I was growing up I battled my mother with how I wore my hair. I liked my hair to lie straight and I wanted to wear a headband in it all the time. Instead my mother insisted on using these on me:spoolies box

Spoolies

Spoolies

OMG, the horror of it all. You never knew which way the fussy curl was going to land; they were uncomfortable to sleep in and I usually still woke up with wet hair; and I cried a lot!

No more crying these days since we’ve come a long way in what we can use on ourselves and our daughters. I’m sure there are still tears because that’s just how girls are but hopefully less with the advancements made with hair drying and styling.

*pr sample

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

One such advancement is Revlon’s One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler. This would have been the ideal hair tool when I was growing up. It does it all in one step. When using this I towel dry my hair and then put in my leave-in conditioner. I comb through so my hair is straight and let my hair dry a little longer while I do some of my bathroom basics.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

That’s when my Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler starts creating its magic. This eliminates my hair dryer, my brush, and my flat iron. It does it all with just this one machine.

There are two heat setting plus a cool setting making it better for use all thicknesses of hair. The cord swivels so you don’t need a degree in gymnastics to use this. I wish the cord were a little longer but if your plug isn’t far then the 5.5″ length will be fine.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler brush

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler brush

The brush is a large 3″x5″ paddle brush that’s cushioned so it’s comfortable on your head and doesn’t pull. Even though Revlon calls this lightweight I don’t really agree with that. It’s less than 1 lb though so I might be in the minority.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

This works best on the length of my hair. I use clips and separate my hair so I’m drying and straightening it in sections. The top of my hair is a little more stubborn when using this but if I save it for last it’s dry enough to make the job easier.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler from the box

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler from the box

My recommendation for the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler is that it’s best for hair that’s at least shoulder length and not too curly. It helps eliminate frizz and will keep your hair pretty darn straight. The drying power is 1000 Watts so it’s gentler on hair than most hairdryers plus being faster there’s less chance for damage.

If you have hair horrors like I did, look into this 21st century hair tool. And don’t use Spoolies on your daughter!!  — Marcia

The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler is $49.99 and available at Ulta, Target, Amazon, and more retail outlets.

*sent for consideration, affiliate links

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

The magic of Argan oil: Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Argan oil…it seems like it is a magic elixir that cures all ills. I’ve recently tried a few products from the Simon & Tom line in which every product features the magical Argan oil. There are a few products in particular that I think are standouts, including the Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum ($34.99). As soon as it gets colder outside I start having two issues – dry, brittle hair and dry skin, especially on my elbows and knees. Simon & Tom has Argan oil products that help with any sort of dryness issues from hair to skin.                       PR sample

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

My hair is extremely fine and often hair oils are too heavy for me. While hair oils keep my hair from getting crunchy, they also steal all of my volume. The Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum is a beautiful glass bottle full of great hair days. I love the pump that is included – usually this type of oil doesn’t have a pump dispenser so I end up wasting a bunch pouring too much into my hand. That said, I have to be careful to only do half a pump – more than that is too much product for my type of hair. Yes, those of us with fine hair walk a fine line with hair products!

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

The Argan oil in the Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum gets rid of frizz while it gives hair major shine. It also doesn’t build up over time, which makes hair dull. The oil smells wonderful, with a sweet, nutty fragrance. Soft, shiny, frizz-free hair that smells fabulous…you can’t really ask for more than that. Simon & Tom is the line to check out for Argan oil-based products. They make my hair look great, and just wait until I tell you about their Elbow Treatment Cream that is the answer for dry, rough skin.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Introducing Shielo products with a giveaway

shielo

A company that’s new to Beauty Info Zone is Shielo. Basically it’s a hair care company but not just any hair care. They are inspired by traditional Eastern medicine and they are an organic company. There are so many great things about them like the fact that they have a sustainability policy from their ingredients to their packaging. None of their products contain parabens or formaldehyde preservatives

“Shielo has developed relationships with certain communities to source our unique ingredients. We are committed to partnering with these local farming communities who respect the environment while growing / harvesting ingredients. These are time tested practices that have been passed down for generations, and it is awe-inspiring to see hair care ingredients produced in the most eco-friendly way possible.We use ethically harvested ingredients and cold-pressed extracts, which are designed to be the best and most potent for your hair.”

Not only do they have hair care but they’ve also added complexion products to their repertoire. We were sent one hair products and one skincare product to review plus we have a giveaway at the end for 3 US readers.

Shielo Leave In Protectant

Shielo Leave In Protectant

LISA is using the Leave-in Protectant ($18.99).

Shielo is known for their hair care and based on this styling spray I can see why!  I spritz this leave-in spray onto my towel-dried hair before styling and my hair just loves it. It gives me a great hair hair day every time. The spray is paraben free and it prevents frizz plus provides UV protection. It has tons of antioxidants that are great for hair, including pro-vitamins, proteins and amino acids.Shielo Leave In Protectant

My hair is color treated and this spray not only works fine with it, I think it actually helps keep my color rich and vibrant. It’s a detangler, too. If this is what the hair care products are like from Shielo, then I have no doubt this line is a winner!

Key Ingredients
• UV Protectants and natural antioxidants from White Tea enhance color protection.
• Shea Butter adds a protective moisture barrier to seal the hair shaft.
• Innovative Wheat Crosspolymer creates an invisible safety net around each hair to shield color, increase flexibility and reduce breakage.

MARCIA is using the Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Read carefully about this SHIELO COMPLEXION ANTI-AGING SCRUB because you could be one of three winners of it! This is the product I chose to review and I’m happy that I did. This is a very gentle scrub that is very effective. They say it can be used 1 – 2 times a day, I think it’s gentle enough that you could use it daily if you wanted.

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

My skin looks and feels well exfoliated after without leaving it dried out or needing excessive moisture. Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub is for all skin types and for me at least, I had no problem with it when I had a breakout. I was thrilled when Shielo helped rid me of the flakes that occurred around the pimple (my fault – I plucked too hard and then picked!!)

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

The exfoliation comes from Aloe Vera + Jojoba Microspheres which are safe for the environment.

I prefer to use this in the shower since it’s a little stubborn to remove it all. I now leave it in the shower, wash my face and add a small amount and apply in a circular motion. I then use a wash cloth to remove it all. You really don’t need a lot to help you get a smoother and healthier complexion. They say it helps with fine lines and wrinkles, lightens skin discoloration and stimulates cellular regeneration.

Key Ingredients:  Aloe Vera Juice  Refreshes skin and renews complexion.

Jojoba  Contains fatty acids that revitalize skin using microspheres which are small and delicate for a microdermabrasion effect.

Allantoin  Soothes the skin while reducing inflammation.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Shielo has kindly offered to send 3 Beauty Info Zone subscribers from the US. This giveaway will be open through March 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close early email us with the comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Shielo. Then you are free to continue. Please remember we check entries. Lots of luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*products reviewed and prizes supplied by Shielo

Our Kenra Professional Hair Care experiences

One of the great things about being blog partners is that Lisa and I (Marcia) can share experiences and products. We are always gabbing back and forth over what we’ve used and what we love. We also insist that each other use products that we’ve fallen in love with.  That’s the case with KENRA PROFESSIONAL HAIR PRODUCTS. Lisa fell in love with the products she reviewed and insisted that I would love them too. Kenra happily shared more items with us which we appreciate.

MARCIA’S PRODUCTS

 

Kenra Daily Provision and Kenra Platinim Smoothing Creme

Kenra Daily Provision and Kenra Platinim Smoothing Creme

I was looking for styling products including something to protect my hair before flat ironing. I’ve had trouble finding something that wasn’t too wet since I didn’t want to fry my hair. I wanted something gentle without a heavy fragrance but that was powerful enough to hold up to a hot hair styling tool. KENRA DAILY PROVISION to the rescue. This leave-in conditioner was exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Kenra Daily Provision

Kenra Daily Provision

This $15 spray is double duty and when I can get everything I need in one handy item, I’m thrilled. I can spray this on my wet from the shower hair and it becomes the leave in that I need when I’m using my blow dryer. Or I can use it whenever I want before I style with any heated tool. It’s very lightweight but it does the job perfectly. It’s never too heavy, it’s never sticky, it protects against UV, color, and adds the thermal protection I’ve been seeking.

I love that it helps with humidity and frizz too. I don’t use dry shampoo very often so this is the type of refresher that I prefer. There’s a light fragrance that I notice at first only.

Super ingredient list:

  • Amodimethicone A water soluable silicone that imparts shine, manageability and anti-static properties.
  • Daily Provision Complex (Chamomile, Horse Chestnut, Sage. Nettle, Lemon Balm, Coltsfoot Leaf, Rosemary, Birch, and Horsetail) A complex that provides scalp soothing benefits, adds shine and moisture to hair and provides an uplifting aroma.
  • Cetrimonium Chloride A conditioning agent that detangles the hair and improves wet combing.
  • Hydrolyzed Silk Protein A protein that provides strength to hair.
  • Benzophenone-4 Sunscreen for UV protection from drying and color fade.
Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme

KENRA PLATINUM SMOOTHING CREME is the other product I’ve been using. It’s replaced my old favorites and it did that instantaneously. I can’t believe how smooth this makes my hair feel and how it helps with blow drying. It doesn’t take much to rub through my shoulder length hair. I’m able to comb through my hair quickly and easily once applied.

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme 3 short pumps

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme 3 short pumps

The Smoothing Creme is part of the Platinum line which is a salon sold line. It is available at drugstore.com but I had trouble finding anyplace else that sells it online. I recommend tracking it down if you love silky soft hair that stays clean for days. Using this your hair is protected from UV rays as well as the heat or your blow dryer and other heated tools. I use this after washing my hair and save Daily Provisions for the days I just style.

Super ingredients:

    • Dimethicone Silicone, hair conditioner.
    • Panthenol and Sodium PCA Provides moisture and restores shine.
    • Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride UV filter that helps to prevent damage and to preserve color. Also provides thermal protection from blow drying and curling irons

LISA’S PRODUCTS

Kenra Hair Care

Kenra Hair Care

A while back I fell in love with my Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze as well as the Thickening Glaze and I couldn’t stop raving about them to Marcia. I had very high expectations for the next three products I tried from Kenra and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Kenra Hair Care

1.  Color Maintenance Shampoo for Color Treated Hair  ($23)  I love this shampoo because it cleans my hair and keeps my color looking fresh and bright. It does everything a great shampoo should do, including:

  • Gently cleanses and replenishes moisture without stripping hair color
  • Improves manageability and readily detangles
  • Helps to strengthen chemically challenged hair
  • Adds vibrance and shine
  • Great for all hair types
  • Helps extend the life of color/color safe
Ingredients like coconut oil-derived cleansers and botanical extracts protect hair color and this shampoo is a terrific match with the coordinating conditioner.

2.  Color Maintenance Conditioner for Color Treated Hair ($31) This is a bit of an oddball product. The texture really threw me off at first – it’s a little watery and very gritty. I have found that it’s helpful to shake the bottle before using and I have to say it has become one of my most favorite hair care products. It accomplishes a lot:

  • Gently cleanses and replenishes moisture without stripping hair color
  • Improves manageability and readily detangles
  • Helps to strengthen chemically challenged hair
  • Adds vibrance and shine
  • Great for all hair types
  • Helps extend the life of color/color safe
I think the grittiness is from the silk proteins that repair hair and calm any frizziness. Also, the emollients are perfect for smoothing and detangling color treated hair.  

3.  Platinum Blow-Dry Spray ($22)  This smells fabulous….really clean and fresh. I normally don’t particularly like fragranced hair products, but this is one to buy just because it smells so perfect. Other pluses?  It helps my hair dry faster and is a great detangler. Here are all the benefits:

  • Dramatically decreases blow-dry time by 50%
  • Provides intense heat protection from damage and breakage
  • Lightweight formulation detangles, smoothes, and softens
  • Eliminates frizz and resists humidity
  • Provides long-lasting, healthy looking results
All together, my Kenra Professional Hair Care trio makes for a wonderful hair day every time I use them.  Marcia and I don’t just want to enlighten each other – we want our readers to join in on the secrets to the best products, and Kenra Professional Hair Care products are definitely ones to add to your must-try list!

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic flat Iron – get it N.O.W.

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

When it comes to hairstyling don’t we all want to be chic? Our tools should be chic too and that’s exactly what Ulta has for you with the Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron. This amazing flat iron is on sale right now for $89.95 from $149.95. I was sent this to try and I wanted to fly to Chi headquarters to thank them for a hairstyling iron that was adorable and was a breeze to use.

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Look at the finish! It’s to die for. As sparkly and glittery as it is, it’s all embedded in the finish and won’t come off on your hands or hair.

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Iron

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Iron

Ulta and Ultra Chi tell us: “The Ultra CHI Glitter Sweet 1″ Iron features tourmaline ceramic plates for even heat distribution and a ceramic heater that produces far infrared and negative ions. This iron instantly adds moisture and shine, reduces frizz and static electricity.”

Key Features:

  • 1″ Tourmaline ceramic plates
  • Versatile “all in one” ergonomic design
  • Professional salon model
  • Flash quick 30 second heat up
  • Swivel cord for tangle prevention
  • Reaches a max. temperature of 392 degrees Fahrenheit/200 degrees Celsius (heat is non-adjustable)
  • Dual voltage but requires an adapter
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Now let’s see what I say! This beauty is gracing my vanity and I smile every time I look at it. I’m just a girly girl at heart (okay girly woman if you insist) and I love seeing these pink and bright shine when I’m in the bathroom. But pretty isn’t the criteria. This is one of the nicest flat irons I’ve ever used. I used to work at Ulta when I retired from teaching and the first thing I bought with my employee discount was a CHI flat iron. I would spend my breaks studying them to see which one would end up coming home with me. As much as I enjoyed that one, the ULTRA CHI Tourmaline blows it out of the water.

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron switch

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron switch

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron plate

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron plate

This glides through my hair and never catches any hair in its plate. The plates are smooth and a great size for my shoulder length hair. I love that it gets hot so quickly and that the cord swivels as I work with the flat iron. The only thing it’s missing is a timed shutoff but other than that, it’s perfect.

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Hairstyling Iron and free tote

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Hairstyling Iron and free tote

The bonus you get is this great silver sturdy tote bag. This free bag in the Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Hairstyling Iron box is a wonderful gwp and perfect for carrying packages while you are shopping. Plus if you decide that it should be a gift, your pal will be totally impressed.

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Hairstyling Iron bonus tote

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Hairstyling Iron bonus tote

I’ve got two people on my list who have told me they need a new flat iron and this is the one I’ll gift and/or recommend. If you want super smooth hair this is for you. If you want more style than just straight hair you can use this to flip and curl with ease. It’s so versatile.

This ULTA Exclusive is on sale right now using code 308308 at checkout through 12/28. You already know the quality of CHI and now you can find out about ULTRA CHI with this beautiful, efficient hairstyling tool. — Marcia

Don’t forget to use Ebates if you are buying on line. Money back makes it even more of a value.

*sent for review consideration

The recipe for a perfect blowout with Kenra Professional Hair Care

Kenra Professional Hair Care

Kenra Professional Hair Care

The search for a perfect blowout never ends. Why is it that my hair looks so amazing when my hairstylist blows it dry, but it’s such a challenge for me to get the same results at home? Kenra Professional Hair Care recently launched some new products at Ulta that make it easy for me to recreate a great salon blowout that lasts all day. Here are the three Kenra Professional styling products that make up the recipe for a perfect blowout:

Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze

Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze

1.  Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze ($22)  Maybe it’s the shape of the bottle, but for some reason I kept thinking this was a spray and tried to mist it onto my hair. It probably took me three times before it finally sunk in that this is a hair SERUM, not a spray! My hair is very long and fine so it needs help with volume without being weighed down. I find that the Thickening Glaze does a great job of giving my hair oomph by making it look fuller with lots of body. It’s also very moisturizing, so my dry ends are much happier when I use this.

Kenra Perfect Blowout Styling Creme

Kenra Perfect Blowout Styling Creme

2.  Kenra Perfect Blowout Crème ($17)  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this styling cream!  It leaves my hair so soft and full…it truly makes for a salon-worthy blowout. I don’t even need to use my flat iron because this cream smooths the hair shaft without making my fine hair limp with weight. If I did want to use my styling tools this cream would be a bonus, because it gives thermal protection up to 450 degrees. Combined with the Thickening Glaze I know I am in for a great hair day. To keep the look all day long I add in one more ‘perfect blowout’ ingredient, the Fast-Dry Hairspray.

Get a perfect blowout with the dynamic trio from Kenra Professional Hair Care!

Get a perfect blowout with the dynamic trio from Kenra Professional Hair Care!

3.  Kenra Fast Dry Hairspray ($17) is an impressive hairspray that doesn’t have a ‘hairspray’ scent and doesn’t get all flaky or crunchy. I have a problem with hairspray build up and I can’t stand a spray that makes my hair stiff. At the same time. with my probably too-long layers. my style goes flat after a few hours if I don’t use something with substantial holding power. It’s so difficult to find a happy medium, but Kenra’s Fast Dry Hairspray definitely does the trick. The spray comes out super fine, and this can be used as a prepping spray for styling tools since it gives thermal protection up to 450 degrees. It doesn’t build up or change hair texture, so when I use the Thickening Glaze and the Perfect Blowout Styling Creme on damp hair, then spray my blown dry ‘do with the Fast Dry Hairspray, I end up with incredibly smooth, soft, volumized hair that lasts all day long.

I am very, very impressed with Kenra Professional and definitely want to try more from this line.  If you are always on the hunt for a perfect blowout, I think this trio from Kenra will be your answer.  You can find Kenra at Ulta Stores and Ulta.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links