Lush does us all a solid with their new Solid Shampoo Bars

Lush Solid Shampoo Bars

Have you heard that Lush has come out with six brand new Solid Shampoo Bars? A longtime fan of Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar, I was doing a happy dance when they sent the BIZ five of their six new bars to try.

The Lush Solid Shampoo Bars are handmade, environmentally conscious, and perfect for travel. They are also very easy to use if you know the ‘secret’. The first few times I tried Lush solid shampoos and conditioners, I got my long hair all tangled up and it was a rather awkward experience. Then I realized that I needed to get my hair wet then smoothed the bar straight down from crown to ends. The bars lather up nicely and rinse out clean. I highly suggest the Lush Shampoo Bar Tin for safe storage in between shampoos.

Don't forget this!  The Lush Shampoo Bar Tin

Don’t forget this! The Lush Shampoo Bar Tin

The Solid Shampoo Bars are discs of shampoo that are extremely condensed, about 60 to 100 times. In fact, one bar has roughly the same amount of shampoo as three regular plastic bottles of shampoo. This means that when you use a Solid Shampoo Bar, you are doing your part for the environment and reducing the amount of plastic waste.

The six new Solid Shampoo Bars include Brazilliant, Montalbano, Lullaby, Honey I Washed My Hair, Copperhead, and Jason and the Argan Oil. I have all but Jason and the Argan Oil for review today.

Lush Brazilliant Shampoo Bar

Lush Brazilliant Shampoo Bar

Brazilliant ($9.95) features orange oil and andiroba oil from the Brazilian rainforest to both strengthen and condition hair. Whole fresh oranges go into this bright little disc. It leaves my hair extremely smooth with no frizz. What I love the most, though, is the scent…that fabulous orange smells so clean and fresh.

Lush Montalbano Shampoo Bar

Lush Montalbano Shampoo Bar

Montalbano ($9.95) is a little hockey puck of lemony goodness. It has three different types of lemon, including lemon juice, lemon peel, and lemon oil. This is the perfect bar for those with oily hair and scalp. Normal haired people will love this for extra clean hair, but if you have dry hair go for Honey I Washed My Hair or Copperhead instead.

Lush Lullaby Shampoo Bar

Lush Lullaby Shampoo Bar

Lullaby ($9.95) is a great name for this bar since it is very gentle and the scent is so comforting. Oat milk and almond meal nourish and protect hair, and the lavender and chamomile oils make this smell like a warm memory. This is a great bar for your little ones!

Lush Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar

Lush Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar

The Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar ($9.95) has that classic ‘toffee drenched in honey’ scent. The honey is a great moisturizer and I find that this bar leaves my hair very soft and bouncy. This is a great choice for those with sensitive scalps.

Lush Copperhead Shampoo Bar

Lush Copperhead Shampoo Bar

Copperhead ($11.95) is the coolest looking Solid Shampoo Bar with the epic snake imprint. Impressive! This bar has tons of great ingredients, including cocoa butter, agar agar, seaweed gel, and henna. There is just a small amount of henna – not enough to change hair color, but enough to condition hair. This bar makes my hair straight and glossy with shine. It is the one to choose if you have fine hair or color-treated hair. Since I have both, it makes sense that this is my favorite of all the new bars. The scent is a heavenly mixture of vanilla and coffee…a perfect way to wake up in the morning.

Lush has done a great job of creating some fun and exciting new Solid Shampoo Bars. Head on over to Lush to check them out…you need at least one of them for travel!  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration

Viviscal review and grateful giveaway

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horses and all the queen’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again

My personal version:

Blogger Marcia was in the hall

Blogger Marcia had a great fall

All the nurses and rehab men

Couldn’t put Marcia’s hair together again

You’ve read about my travails over and over since August. It affected my life in more ways than one. Not only was my leg broken at the knee but the trauma caused me to lose massive amounts of hair and eyelashes. Unfortunately this wasn’t the first time I lost hair but at least I know it could grow back with the right treatment.

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement

Shortly before I was hospitalized I had bought Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements and took it for a few weeks because I knew my body needed more Biotin and no one has a better reputation than Viviscal. In the hospital and rehab they weren’t giving me anything other than my regular prescriptions and a multi-vitamin. I didn’t consider asking for the Viviscal from home because that’s not where my mind was.

When Viviscal emailed me by chance to test this and their shampoo and conditioner, you know what the answer was.

Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements, Viviscal Gentle Shampoo, Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements, Viviscal Gentle Shampoo, Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Now that I’ve been using this combination for the last 4 months I can tell you that I’m one happier woman and one with healthier and fuller hair. I take the supplements morning and evening. I used the shampoo and conditioner for 6 weeks before stopping to test other products but I still use it at least once a week no matter what else I’m testing.

Viviscal supplement stats

Viviscal supplement stats

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements come in a one month or three month supply. The prices on their website are $49.99 and $119.99. To be honest though I’ve bought mine from Amazon since it’s less expensive there. There’s a ton of information about the supplements so I’ll try to condense. Viviscal Extra Strength dietary supplements contain the exclusive marine complex AminoMar®, as well as Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, Horsetail Extract and Iron, to nourish hair from within. Not only are you getting the Biotin that we’ve learned is great for hair but it’s supplemented with marine complex AminoMar®.

AminoMar

AminoMar

The Gentle Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner ($19.99 each) are free from SLS, SLES, Parabens, Artificial Colors, Artificial Fragrances and Mineral Oils. They are 96 – 99% derived from natural sources. The shampoo cleanses, conditions and exfoliates the dead skin cells on your head. The shampoo is on the thin side and is almost gel like and doesn’t lather which  doesn’t matter since it’s very effective.

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner is very thick. I have to keep my bottle upside down to make it easier to squeeze out. It’s a light conditioner that never weighs my hair down. Not only is this moisturizing but my hair is soft after using. It also leaves my hair smooth and with a little more volume.

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

I no longer cry when I wash my hair. My shower wall and afterwards sink used to be filled with gobs and gobs of hair. That’s not the case now. Everyone has hair fallout, that’s shedding, just like a pet sheds. My hair feels more healthy, is staying ON my head and the cycle is broken. To continue this way I am continuing with Viviscal Supplements for as long as I can. The science is behind Viviscal and I really believe in it. There’s a different supplement for men though the haircare items are the same. Since they don’t have fragrance they work equally well for all. Viviscal has a Healthy Hair Club that you can join to get free shipping and automatic delivery as well as save money.

Now that you’ve read my long story it’s time to try it yourself. If you are a US Beauty Info Zone subscriber we have a giveaway for the 3 month supply of the Viviscal Supplements, a bottle of the Gentle Shampoo and the Moisturizing Conditioner. This is open through 2/26/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please write your comment on our Facebook page or email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and then continue on. I wish you luck with both the giveaway and with having renewed, healthy hair like I do now. — Marcia

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*products provided by Viviscal for review and giveaway, product also personally purchased

Nourish dry winter hair with Tammy Fender Omega Rich hair products

photo from rainashairdesign.com

photo from rainashairdesign.com

This winter air is so hard on my skin and hair. Usually I am somewhere in the ‘normal’ range (some might argue it’s the only area I can be classified as ‘normal’) but these days I am dry, dry, dry. Dry hair is not good – hello frizz, static, and split ends. So I have been turning to Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare not only for great skin care but also for the moisturizing hair care.

The Omega Rich Hair products are a 100% botanical system. They have a blend of certified organic herbs and essential oils that make the dry winter hair blues a thing of the past.

Tammy Fender Omega Rich Shampoo and Conditioner

Tammy Fender Omega Rich Shampoo and Conditioner

Tammy Fender Shampoo and Conditioner

The Omega Rich Hair Cleansing Crème ($45) is a beautiful shampoo that doesn’t foam up, but it definitely cleans hair. It has lots of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that leave hair and scalp cleansed and moisturized. It is a very interesting shampoo in that is kind of reads like a conditioner. This paired with the elegant, luscious Omega Rich Hair Moisturizer ($55) is a dry-hair dream come true. Not only does the Moisturizer do exactly that – moisturize, that is – it also heals the scalp and gets rid of flakes.   

No more dry winter hair for me!

No more dry winter hair for me!

While these hair products are on the pricey side, they come in large bottles and it takes very little product to get gorgeous hair. I think it’s worth the extra money for soft, shiny, luxuriously moisturized hair. You can find the Omega Rich Hair Care products online at www.tammyfender.com.  I love these products and I know you will too!  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Get Brazilian model hair with Plastica Fios products

Brazilian model Flavia de Oliveira

Brazilian model Flavia de Oliveira

What do I want to have in common with the Brazilian beauties like Giselle Bundchen, Adriana Limos, and the stunning Victoria Secret model Flavia de Oliveira? Well of course those bodies but that’s not going to happen. I’ll settle for those flowing locks instead and mine comes courtesy of PLASTICA FIOS haircare.

Plastica Fios haircare

Plastica Fios haircare

These are the 4 products that I’ve used for the last few months. When I was in rehab my husband would bring me some of the packages I received to cheer me up. The only thing I kept from those boxes was the Plastica Fios Smoothing Shampoo, Smoothing Conditioner and Primer. I honestly didn’t care one whit about beauty but I did care about cleanliness. I was in a wheelchair so I needed help showering and I couldn’t wait until an aide came to help me twice a week. I loved using my pretty lilac bottles and feeling like me again.

Plastica Fios’ tagline is Hair Plastic Surgery. I love that! The products are for smooth shiny hair that helps reduce frizz.

Plastica Fios Smoothing Shampoo and Smoothing Conditioner

Plastica Fios Smoothing Shampoo and Smoothing Conditioner

The first two steps to having hydrated, frizz free hair are the Smoothing Shampoo and Smoothing Conditioner ($20 each). I really appreciate that they are numbered, I don’t have to squint in the shower to figure out which to pick up. Both are white creamy products that are very moisturizing yet don’t leave hair greasy at all. They contain a combination of acai oil and arginine that helps to nourish your hair. plastica fios info conditionerThere is a slight pleasant fragrance but one that doesn’t linger. I know some people love fragrance in products but I’m not one of those.

Plastica Fios Primer and Instant Reconstruction Mask

Plastica Fios Primer and Instant Reconstruction Mask

The next step is either the Plastica Fios Primer or the Instant Reconstruction Mask.

Plastica Fios Primer

Plastica Fios Primer

I use the Plastica Fios Primer ($15) more often than the mask. This is a thin cream that I pump onto my hands and then smooth through my hair. The leave in conditioner does 5 things for you:

  • Thermal Protection
  • Restores Hair Fiber
  • Prevents Breakage
  • Prevents Frizz
  • Provides long-lasting smoothness
Plastica Fios Instant Reconstruction Mask

Plastica Fios Instant Reconstruction Mask

The Instant Reconstruction Mask ($24) is a once a week treatment that I use just 1 to 2 times a month. I no longer wash my hair daily so I don’t feel I need this extra hydration that often. My favorite time to use this is a few days before getting my hair color-treated. It adds some extra nourishment and makes my hair wonderfully soft.

Plastica Fios Instant Reconstruction Mask

Plastica Fios Instant Reconstruction Mask

plastica  mask open

It’s a luxuriously rich cream that your hair will appreciate. It helps strengthen hair and gives you that Brazilian model look.

Plastica Fios is a line developed by Cadiveu Professional: Developed in Brazil, the Cadiveu Professional brand uses natural ingredients and innovative green technologies so consumers can get the hair they have always wanted. Cadiveu is an eco-friendly company contributing to waste reduction and producing 100 percent recyclable packaging and never testing on animals.”

Besides giving my hair a beautiful look, I appreciate that these products use natural eco-friendly ingredients. While I’m never going to be tall with legs like a supermodel, I can sure use work on producing beautiful hair with Plastica Fios. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

** photo of Flavia de Oliveira from Style Bistro

ECRU New York Acacia line review and giveaway

Over the last almost 3 months I haven’t been able to control a lot in my life. But happily I have been able to control what I’ve used on my hair. There are two different lines that I used exclusively for the last few months and I’m here to not only share ECRU New York with you but to offer a giveaway for my favorite product in the line.

In the summer ECRU New York sent some of their Acacia line of products. The shampoo and conditioner went right into my shower while the BB Protein Cream went on my vanity.

ECRU New York was created to “Treat and Perform”. Silk proteins are used in every product within the collection because they strengthen and improve the integrity of the hair.

What are Silk Proteins? According to ECRU they are the highest grade protein ingredients created from the hydrolysis of silk fibers. The inner part of silk is removed by this hydrolysis. It’s been used in high grade skincare for years but research found that these silk proteins formed a protective film that sealed the hair. The result is a hair cuticle with increased elasticity, beautiful shine and protection from damage.

The products I’ve been using are from the Acacia Protein Collection. They consist of a shampoo, conditioner, BB Cream, masque and oil. Today I bring you the shampoo, conditioner and BB cream.

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Shampoo and Conditioner are both safe for color treated hair, hair that has had processes done to it (like a keratin straightening), and are paraban free. The shampoo contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Wheat Protein, Panthenol, and Sunflower Extract. It is extremely moisturizing and leaves my hair soft and shiny. It washes out easily even when I am just standing on one foot at my kitchen sink. The conditioner contains similar but enhanced ingredients, Acacia Collagen™, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Wheat Protein, and Safflower Seed Oil, and leaves my hair feeling protected. One claim is that it helps mend split ends, I don’t agree or disagree with that statement since I haven’t seen proof of that in my own life. These two products keep my hair so well moisturized that I don’t notice split ends occuring.

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Shampoo

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Shampoo

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Conditioner

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Conditioner

The other product is one I mentioned in an Ipsy review since I received a travel size one in my last Ipsy bag. I was thrilled and started using it right away since I wasn’t able to go upstairs to get my full size one. This is the Acacia Protein BB Cream which is my favorite of these three products. This is a styling cream that is both lightweight and easy to use. I don’t notice fragrance in any of these products when I use them but if there is fragrance then it’s just light and refreshing. The Protein BB Cream contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil and Monoi Oil. These excellent ingredients are what makes this BB Cream so special. I like to use this on my towel dried hair prior to blow drying. I can comb through my hair with ease and this is helping protect it from the heat of my appliances.

ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream

ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream

We were sent an extra ECRU New York Protein BB Cream and are happy to have this as a giveaway for one of our readers. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do since I know we all care so much about the way our hair looks.  The giveaway is open for US and Canada only through 11/15/14.  — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration.  You can find ECRU New York on their website as well as on BeautyBar which has free shipping.

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The dynamic duo for rescuing summer hair

Summer is just brutal on hair.  Strands get weighed down by salt, chlorine, and styling products.  Color fades as hair gets dry and brittle from the sun and wind.  Ever the ‘mad scientist’, I have come up with a go-to hair combo for soft, shiny, and super smelling summer hair!

The dynamic duo for summer!

The dynamic duo for summer!

When used together, two products we were sent to test are a total dynamic duo: Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo ($18) and OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner ($6.99).

Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo

Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo

Superfruit Renewal™ Clarifying Cream Shampoo is a beautifully creamy sulfate-free shampoo.  As a clarifying shampoo, it gets rid of build up like chlorine, salt, and the gunky build-up from hair products.  However, it is probably the most gentle clarifying shampoo I have ever used.  It doesn’t leave my hair stiff and dry like others I have tried.  Superfruit Renewal has all kinds of excellent, nourishing ingredients like açai, blueberry, cranberry, papaya, and pomegranate.  Plus it has banana extract that helps to replenish hydration so hair is left clean and soft.  It is a wonderful summer shampoo, especially if you spend a lot of time outside.

OGX Nourishing Coconut Water Conditioner

OGX Nourishing Coconut Water Conditioner

The OGX Nourishing Coconut Conditioner has the best coconut scent of any hair product I’ve tried.  The best part is it stays, so all throughout the day I get whiffs of this creamy vanilla coconut scent that screams SUMMER! The days I use this conditioner I am continually transported to a beautiful sunny beach, relaxing in the sun as a muscle-bound cabana boy serves me pina coladas….sorry.  This conditioner doesn’t weigh down my fine hair, but it still drenches it with moisture and leaves it soft and shiny.  It is a wonderfully affordable conditioner that my hair just loves.

Together, these two are my summer dynamic duo that rescue my hair and leave me smelling like a total beach babe.  It’s a good thing, since it is the only way I could be classified as one these days!  – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo Ingredients:  Water (Aqua)/(Eau), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Maltooligosyl Glucoside/Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauroryl Sarcosinate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycol Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Glycolic Acid, Panthenol, Euterpe Oleracea (Açai) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum Fruit (Banana) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Propanediol, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium PCA, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Red 33 (CI 17200).

OGX Nourishing Coconut Conditioner Ingredients:  Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Cocos Nucifera Water (Coconut), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Pro Naturals Hair Repair System

Pro NaturalsI don’t know about you, but my hair loves argan oil. Argan oil makes my color-treated hair super soft and shiny. Pro Naturals sent their argan oil-based Pro Naturals Hair Repair System to test, which is a 4 step repairing system for hair that needs some help. What is unusual is it’s used once a week for at least 6 weeks to give dry and damaged hair new life.

The Pro Naturals System...oops, they misspelled Authenticity!

The Pro Naturals System…oops, they misspelled ‘Authenticity’!

The four products included in the set cleanse the hair and scalp, removing any built up styling products. Plus the recovery system conditions thanks to the 100% Pure Moroccan Oil, which also strengthens hair and gives it tons of body. The Moroccan Oil softens up the hair after it is clarified with the cleansing products.

This system is meant to be used in conjunction with your normal hair routine. The products include:

  • Pro Naturals Hair Shampoo
  • Pro Naturals Hair Conditioner
  • Pro Naturals Hair Mask
  • Pro Naturals Argan Hair Oil
Hair Repair Mask

Hair Repair Mask

inside the jar...

inside the jar…

The mask is wonderfully hydrating. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes for a deep treatment that definitely leaves hair silky and frizz-free.

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

Hair Repair Treatment dropper

Hair Repair Treatment dropper

The Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment is applied to damp hair before styling. After clarifying hair and removing build up, the mask and hair oil bring hair back to where it should be – healthy and vibrant with softness and volume.

You can purchase the Pro Naturals Hair Repair System HERE for $149.95, which seems expensive but you get four products that are only used once a week – so it lasts a long time. You can find them via social media at:

If your hair loves argan oil as much as mine does, this is definitely a set worth checking out!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Pro Naturals Hair Repair System Ingredients:

Pro Naturals Hair Shampoo: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl betaine ­ an organic compound derived from coconut oil, Polyquaternium 10 ­ Antistatic Agent, Hair Fixative, Citric Acid, Argania spinosa kernel oil (Argan Oil).

Pro Naturals Hair Conditioner: Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) ­ thickening agent, Cyclopentasiloxane ­ silicone fluid, Dimethicone – moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations.

Pro Naturals Hair Mask: Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) ­ thickening agent, Argania spinosa kernel oil (Argan Oil), Aqua.

Pro Naturals Argan Oil Argania spinosa kernel oil (Pure Argan Oil), Hydro Cordium: Vegetable based amino protein (strengthener), Purely Natural Plant Control-oil: Supplies hair nutrients and provides a protection layer, Multiple Tartaric Acid Complexes: Facilitate cell rejuvenation.