Summer hair products take over Makeup Wars

Summer hair essentials - Makeup Wars

Summer hair essentials – Makeup Wars

For this week’s Makeup Wars we’ve chosen our favorite hair products for summer. Some weeks I find it hard to decide what to share but this week was so easy. These are the products I’ve been using for at least the last 3 weeks and they have found a loving home in my bathroom and shower.

CHROMA STUDIO AQUA SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER*:

Chroma Studio Aqua Shampoo and Conditioner

Chroma Studio Aqua Shampoo and Conditioner

I have a full set of Chroma Studio hair products, these two are the ones I have been using the last 3 weeks. The way that I test out shampoo and conditioner is to start a new one after I have my hair color treated and then use it for the 3-4 weeks until my next color. That gives me a great idea of how long it helps my color from fading. Both of these products are paraben and sulfate free. The Aqua line was created for hair that’s been colored as well as for brittle hair. I’m really enjoying both of these products and one big reason is that I’m at 3 weeks since I had my hair colored and I don’t need it done yet. My roots will soon bother me but my tint has lasted and my hair is shiny!! I’ll be doing a full review of all the products but I can tell you already that so far, so good!

PRETTY LITTLE ELIXIR:

My Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir was created by Phyrra and Future Derm. Both of these bloggers are amazing alone so when they put their brains together to create a product that is cruelty free, vegan, and hydrating you know you are getting the best.

Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir

I bought mine when Gloss48 had it on special and have been using it twice a month for the last several months. Phyrra uses it once a week but I don’t find that I need to use a mask that often. This makes my hair so incredibly soft and it’s easier to brush since I’ve been using it. A full review follows but in the meantime you really want to get it now at Future Derm since it’s only $15.99 instead of $39.99. That’s absolutely a steal for a product this wonderful.

COOLWAY HAIR PRODUCTS*:

Coolway Glow Finishing Oil, Knotty Girl Brush, True Smooth Spray

Coolway Glow Finishing Oil, Knotty Girl Brush, True Smooth Spray

Coolway is a new brand for me and I’m loving every minute of it. Lisa reviewed the wonderful Knotty Girl Brush which she loves for herself and her daughters. I’m a fan of this even if I’m not exactly a “girl”. It is the first brush I trust on wet hair. To quote Coolway: “SoftFlowTM bristles that are designed to handle brushing wet hair without breaking the strands. When the bristles encounter a tangle, they loosen it up very slowly and carefully, so once the brush is all the way through the hair there is no tangle left…and your hair is perfectly intact.”

Coolway Glow Finishing Oil and True Smooth Spray

Coolway Glow Finishing Oil and True Smooth Spray

We will soon be doing a side by side review of the Glow Finishing Oil and True Smooth Spray but I had to include these two since they are a big part of what’s making my hair summertime easy and breezy. True Smooth Spray can be used alone on wet hair or used after a styling product. It has the most luscious fragrance that reminds me of summer. True Smooth Spray helps me eliminate using a flat iron while protecting my hair from heat stylers. Glow Finishing Oil is shine perfection in one cool pump. The ingredients make me happy. It combines a natural and nutrient-rich formula of Vitamin E and Porphyra Seaweed extract that help moisturize. It contains no parabens, sodium chloride (important if you have a keratin treatment), formaldehyde, lye, sulfates and all those other things I don’t want near my hair.

My current summer hair saviors

My current summer hair saviors

These 6 items are giving me the hair I love – soft, swingy, shiny and very manageable. They deserve winning any hair war especially a Makeup War. Have you used any of these? Which ones would you want to try? — Marcia


*products were sent for editorial consideration

 

 

 

Huge sale on Pretty Little Elixir hair mask and My Beauty Bunny Moisturizer

I promised to share when the wonderful Pretty Little Elixir hair mask went on sale and now’s the time!! This mask was created by Phyrra and Future Derm and is now 60% off. It sells for $39.99 but right now it’s $15.99. I paid $32 for it so I’m jealous that you can buy it for this price. A little goes a long way since it’s a once a week mask.Phyrra2-510x600

Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir transforms chemically-treated hair from dry and dull to smooth and sexy. Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir has the right cocktail of ingredients to reduce the signs of external damage and return hair to its lustrous, soft state. Cruelty-free and vegan!

You can purchase this HERE

And to make this post even better the moisturizer that Jen from My Beauty Bunny and Future Derm created is also on sale for $15.60 from $39. Bargains like these are not to be believed but believe this one! Get My Beauty Bunny Cruelty Free All-Natural Moisturizer HERE.

With 5% alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) sourced exclusively from all-natural fruit acids, MyBeautyBunny All-Original My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural AHA Moisturizer is a healthy way to get beautiful, smooth skin daily.mybeautybunny_shopI am using both of these at the current time and have to tell you that these products are terrific. Both will be reviewed in full but until then take my word and jump on these prices. — Marcia

Happy Earth Day with Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is always an interesting post for me to do. I’m especially excited about this week’s because it’s all about products that I feel are good for you and for the earth. Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970 to celebrate support of environmental protection. What was originally unique to the United States is now celebrated world wide and not just for a day. I’ve seen many mentions of Earth Week and Earth Month. It’s terrific to remind people about this on April 22nd and beyond but it’s also important to remember to conserve and support efforts for the environment year round.

When it came to picking out products as my Top Ten I had a lot to choose from. I think this is going to be one of the most diverse Top Ten lists that our group has done. There are several brands that are known for being environmentally friendly year round like tarte and IT Cosmetics, but I’m choosing to celebrate some smaller brands that I’ve been using and loving. Reviews for most are forthcoming.

PRETTY LITTLE ELIXIR is a hair mask to be used about once a week. My hair is so incredibly soft when I use this that all I want to do is run my hands through it. What makes this particularly wonderful is that this is a creation by Phyrra and Future Derm. I bought mine from Gloss48 but I understand that there’s an upcoming sale at Future Derm for a lot less. This thick cream does a wonderful job keeping my hair in great condition. It’s 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free.

Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir

 

EPIC BLEND PREMIUM LIP BALM – these Canadian born lip balms are the epitome of eco. They were created to be all natural and completely healthy. There are different formulas including a vegan one. The lip balms themselves are outstanding and are cruelty free, gluten free, and all natural. A full review and giveaway will be coming up soon.

the full line of Epic Blend Lip Balms

the full line of Epic Blend Lip Balms

Epic Blend Premium Lip Balms

Epic Blend Premium Lip Balms

Epic Blend

Epic Blend

 KEEP BUZZIN’ HAND CREAM – I just reviewed this line HERE and I’m so in love that even though I received some from the company, I also bought some. Not only are these Hand and Foot Creams 100% natural but they give back. From now until May 15th they are donating $3.78 out of each $10 jar to Food For The Poor. One jar alone will help feed one child 60 meals. I don’t think I can rave enough about these hand creams but what they are doing blows me away. (Check out our giveaway)

Keep Buzzin' Hand Creams

Keep Buzzin’ Hand Creams

Keep Buzzin' ecologically correct

Keep Buzzin’ ecologically correct

DERM ORGANIC SKINCARE – you’ve heard us rave about the DermOrganic hair care before and now I’m testing out the new line of DermOrganic Skincare. DermOrganic is perfect for this Top Ten list. It’s vegan, there’s no artificial preservatives, there’s no artificial fragrance, and there’s no animal testing.

DermOrganic Skincare products

DermOrganic Skincare products

DermOrganic Skincare

DermOrganic Skincare

ECO-ARMOUR – This is one of our favorite brands and you can see by the name that it an eco-friendly brand and one that should be considered for Earth Day (week/month too). My favorite product is their Bergamot & Pink Grapefruit Shave with Benefits but all of their products use botanicals that are 100% sustainable. Besides their original Shave with Benefits and Outdoor Insect Repellant they now have an Advanced Botanical Serum for your face, neck and nails as well as a Mango Butter Lip Balm.

Eco-Armour Shave with Benefits

Eco-Armour Shave with Benefits

My Top Ten Tuesday: 1. Pretty Little Elixir; 2 – 4. Epic Blend Vegan Lip Balm, Hemp Lip Balm and Moisturizing Lip Balm; 5-6. Keep Buzzin’ Hand Cream and Foot Cream; 7-9. DermOrganic Soapless Facial Cleanser, Hand & Body Moisture Lotion, Pure Argan Oil; 10. Eco-Armour Shave with Benefits. (plus all these others!!).

Join my fellow bloggers to see what products we should all be aware of. — Marcia