Great hair in a hurry and a GIVEAWAY! PonyDry and Dove Dry Shampoo

PonyDry Giveaway!

I am always, always running late and need things to help me save time. My hair is a huge time investment – washing, drying, styling…it takes forever, especially since I happen to have a long hairstyle, but anyone who has hair that needs attention can relate. Today I have two of products that save time and save my butt when I oversleep, and two lucky Beauty Info Zone readers will be winners of our giveaway!!

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Dove Dry Shampoos

My first time-saving secret is dry shampoo. My blog partner Marcia knows that I always want to test the dry shampoo…I live on this stuff! But not all dry shampoo is alike.  Some are too wet, some smell too strong, some are so white they doesn’t blend in well and are difficult to use. But a good dry shampoo is, well, dry – so you don’t have to stand around waiting for it soak up oil and dirt. It’s either fragrance-free or it has a light scent that just freshens hair, and it goes on close to clear so there’s no wrestling with a brush to try to blend it in.

Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo

I am loving the Dove Dry ShampoosDove Unscented Dry Shampoo ($5) is the perfect dry shampoo for anyone who doesn’t want any fragrance. It soaks up any dirt and oil, and I love that it’s not too wet. Just hold this a few inches from the scalp and spray, then wait a few minutes. Brush or massage in lightly, and you won’t believe how great your hair looks. The price is right, too!

Dove Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo

Dove Refresh + Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo ($4) This version is a little different in that it has a light fragrance that is pleasant but not overpowering. It also gives a little more texture to hair, so it’s a great choice for those with limp or fine hair who want more oomph and volume.  Concentrate the spray around the hairline and at the crown for the best results, and you’ll be on your way with time to stop at Starbucks for a Mocha Latte!

PonyDry

A whole other way to tackle the hair issue is with the PonyDry. So, you are going to take a shower anyway, right? And for those of us with longer hair, the part that gets really dirty is at the scalp. What if you could just wash your scalp, keeping the rest of your hair nice and dry?? Think of all the time you could save not having to dry and style all that hair! That’s what the PonyDry does for you. The PonyDry is basically a shower cap for your ponytail. You put it on your ponytail, then wash just your scalp and roots, getting rid of the areas where you’ve been sweating and producing oil. This means way less dry time and way less styling time. It’s pretty genius.

Here’s a video to show you how it works: https://www.ponydry.com/pages/how-to-use-2 You actually leave the PonyDry on while you blow your hair dry, which (quite handily) gives you tons of volume. You need to have at least shoulder length hair for PonyDry to work properly. It comes in two colors, pink and black. It’s available for $19.99 at www.ponydry.com.  Here’s my daughter before she used it:She thought it was great, although it took her a few times to get the hang of it. Her hair is shoulder length. My hair is much longer and I think the longer your hair, the easier it is to use the PonyDry from the get-go.

You could be one of the lucky two who wins a PonyDry for herself! Why not try? We all could use some extra time in the morning!  – Lisa

Giveaway information:  giveaway open through 11:59 EST on 12/11/17.  2 winners, US only.  Good luck and good hair!!

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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

4 for Fall: four small but mighty products!

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The change in seasons brings all sorts of skin care challenges and I have four small but mighty products that will help you power through any surprise curve balls thrown your way. Dry lips? No problem. Greasy locks? Gone in an instant. Bad breath? Got you covered. Dry skin? Don’t make me laugh. Not only will you have the tools, but these are also  portable and easy to conceal and carry anywhere. Ready? Let’s go!!

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  1.  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Lip balm is a must have for fall. Dry lips are terrible to suffer through, especially when they peel and get really sore. I am loving my Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm so much I can’t rave enough about it. The slip is fantastic and it lasts forever. It conditions lips and takes away all flakes and dryness so quickly it’s incredible.

Benefits:

Antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals.

– Organic cocoa butter softens lips.

– Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

The ingredient list is fabulous, and everything is organically grown or wildcrafted: Olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil, cocoa extract, rosehip fruit oil, and rosemary extract.

The price is good and even better if you buy more: 1 for $8; 3 for $24 (save on shipping); 5 for $40 and get 1 free; 10 for $80, and get 2 free. Why not buy a bunch and stock up for the cold months? The dry indoor heat is really rough on delicate lip tissue. You won’t be sorry –  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm is some of the best lip balm I have tried in forever.

2.  Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Who would know more about hair freshening dry shampoo than punk rock sisters? Um, NO ONE. Tish and Snooky are those sisters and they have the iconic Manic Panic hair color and cosmetics line. One of my fav products is the super cool and wonderfully portable Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo ($9.99). This lightweight powder soaks up dirt and grease, gives hair a nice fresh scent, and adds lots of volume and texture between washes. Sometimes hair looks good in the morning but by midday it starts looking droopy, especially with chilly fall showers. Just sneak a little Manic Panic Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo and your hair will be happy and looking fantastic in no time!

3.  Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Here’s a great memory trick – change your toothbrush with every season. This season, why not upgrade with a really cool new toothbrush – Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatchers toothbrush. This toothbrush has naturally antimicrobial bristles that are infused with silver that naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grow on bristles in between uses – pretty awesome! The bristles are also super thin at the top so they act as floss, reaching food in between teeth. I sure do love a multi-tasker. You need one of these at home, one in your car, and one at work.

Be sure to keep reading the BIZ because we have a giveaway coming up for some Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatcher toothbrushes so you can floss like a boss this fall!

4.  LDC Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size ($60)

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The final item in my fab four are the travel size LDC Anti-Aging Moisurizer. There is a lot going on in such a small bottle – this plumps skin, evens skin tone, tightens skin and makes it look younger.

  • Look Instantly Younger! Erase wrinkles and hydrate your skin, all at the same time!
  • Our Resveratrol Peptide Complex is a revolutionary new formula that will not only make you look younger, but will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • See a noticeable improvement in skin tone, as well as a skin lightening benefit.
  • 6 Peptides and Resveratrol work in synergy to provide you with a relaxed and softer appearance.
  • Instant Results! Painless skin tightening and hydrating results! On the go!

The Travel Size Kit comes with two airless pumps – one for your purse and one for your desk at work, perfect for instant skin hydration any time you start feeling a little dry.

There you go, four heavy hitters in small packages to get you through the fall season. Big doesn’t necessarily mean mighty, and these four favorites are mighty awesome!! – Lisa

It’s giveaway time again! Win gorgeous hair with Salon Grafix

Salon Grafix GiveawayIt’s not just the weekend, it’s a holiday weekend, so here at the BIZ we think it’s time for another giveaway! How about two great products that will give you a perfect hair day? Sounds good to us!

Salon Grafix Dry Spray Shampoo

Salon Grafix Dry Spray Shampoo

Salon Grafix is a great, affordable line that can be found in lots of stores including Ulta. They sent me the two giveaway products to test – Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo ($6.99) and Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray ($6.99). I am a dry shampoo addict…I only wash my hair every four days, but I always need a little help in between. Just around my hairline and at my part mostly because I work out as often as I can and that means wet, limp hair. This dry shampoo freshens my hair right up, giving it body, texture, and a lovely boost. It soaks up any dirt and oil, and it doesn’t leave any sort of white residue afterward.

Salon Grafix Freezing Hair SprayI also use hairspray every day…if I don’t, I lose my curls and my hair just goes flat (well, unless you count frizz). There is everyday hairspray and there is heavy duty hairspray and the Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray is definitely heavy duty hairspray that doesn’t have a heavy scent – in fact, it’s fragrance-free. It’s full of antioxidants that are great for hair and it really does have mega hold! If you have a dramatic hair style, or you just want to make darn sure you are going to keep those curls, this is the spray for you.

Enter to win this giveaway and two subscribers can win 1 Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo and 2 Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray. This giveaway is US only and ends 11:59 p.m. EST June 12. Good luck and good hair!!  – Lisa

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Running late? You can still get great hair with ColorProof!

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This morning I woke up late. I don’t mean 10 minutes late. I don’t mean one too many taps on the snooze button late. I mean an entire 45 minutes LATE. You know how it goes – getting sleepy kids up and ready, then stepping in who knows what…something that one of the pets threw up (you hope it’s vomit because any alternative you can conjure up is waaay worse), forgetting your phone and having to run back inside, all while knowing there is a meeting starting without you and YOUR BOSS IS THERE WONDERING WHERE YOU ARE. I am almost breaking into a rash just thinking about it.                                                                                                                            samples

ColorProof DrySpell and PowderFix So unfortunately, since my alarm clock is about 20 years old, this hectic morning thing happens more often than I want to admit. I have actually developed a routine for this just in case. I have an ’emergency’ outfit in the event I have no time to root around in my closet. I have a makeup bag filled with what I need to either A) apply a reasonable look in about three minutes and/or B) take it to work so I can put my makeup on there. I always have a supply of awesome body wipes in case there is truly no time to shower, and I am never, ever, ever without dry shampoo.
ColorProof Epic Hold HairsprayA line that never lets me down is ColorProof.  They carry my most favorite hairspray of all time, the HardCore Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray (I buy them five cans at a time from Amazon).  Two other products that I always have on hand, especially for those ‘running so late I’m out of breath’ days, are The ColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo and PowderFix Texturing Powder.
ColorProof DrySpellI try to get four days out of a good shampoo.  However, because I am also committed to breaking a sweat every day (hopefully from working out and not from running late), I need a dry shampoo and I need a styling product that puts some texture and volume back into my hair.
ColorProof DrySpellColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo is a godsend. The superfine powder shampoo is a mixture of cornstarch, rice and clay that absorbs oil and gives hair a light clean scent. The mist is so fine it doesn’t ever build up and look chalky or flaky. An added bonus: it provides color and heat protection. Here’s how I use it: I quickly section my hair into about six sections, then spray the dry shampoo a good 5 inches away from my scalp. Any closer doesn’t give me as great of a result. After spraying, I put all my hair up in a big clip and run around doing whatever else needs to be done. Finally, I unclip my now completely dry hair and quickly run my fingers through, fluffing it up and fully distributing the dry shampoo.
ColorProof PowderFixColorProof PowderFixAfter that, I will add in some of the PowderFix Texturing Powder on my crown, part and bangs. This extremely fine and wonderfully silky powder gives my hair tremendous lift, volume, and texture. It feels almost wet in my hands. I just pour a bit into my palm, rub it together, then flip my hair over and apply along my part and crown. I like this method better than sprinkling it on, although you may prefer that application technique. The powder goes matte and sinks right in, giving my hair the most wonderful boost of body and texture. It’s fantastic.
I usually get my ColorProof products from Amazon, but you can find this extraordinary line at many salons throughout the country. When you put together your emergency beauty kit, be sure to include these items for an awesome hair day no matter how stressful it started that morning.  – Lisa
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Put this on your ESSENTIALS list: Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo

marc-anthony-clear-dry-shampoo-2For someone who is rather lazy by nature, making a commitment to my health by working out 6 days a week has been challenging to say the least. I swear, I can justify NOT working out so many ways I even impress myself with my insane creativity. One justification that just doesn’t work anymore is how awful working out makes my hair look, thanks to Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo ($9).                                                                                             sample

Marc Anthony Clear Dry ShampooI have long, color-treated hair that is a pain in the butt to wash, dry, then style, so I try to go as long as possible in between shampoos. I can easily get four days from a good shampoo and blow out…unless I exercise. After an hour of cardio and strength training, my hair goes totally limp and smells like sweat.   I shower every day, but there is no way I am going to wash and dry my hair every day – so my absolutely essential hair care product is Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo.

There are lots of great dry shampoos on the market, but I like this one in particular for several reasons. First, it does a great job at absorbing sweat and oil. It also gives my limp, yucky hair lots of volume and texture. Marc Anthony says it was developed with Nanotechnology and Zeolite, a micro-porous mineral, to cleanse hair without a chalky residue or gritty texture. Some dry shampoos are white, which makes using them a little tricky for those of us with darker hair. The Clear Dry Shampoo is (as the name suggests) clear, so it works for any hair color and doesn’t flake or build up, even when used several days in a row.

Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo

Here are my dry shampoo tips: trust me, it’s an absolute necessity to spray dry shampoo at least 6 inches away from your scalp. Any closer and it doesn’t diffuse properly, which gives less impressive results. I typically work out at night and I use my dry shampoo the next morning. I brush my hair, then spray Clear Dry Shampoo all along my hair line. After that, I section my hair and spray just at the roots. Then I clip my hair up and go about my business for at least ten minutes. It’s probably not necessary to wait that long – the point is you’ve got to let the spray completely dry before brushing or combing.  Once it’s dry, I unclip my hair and rub my roots with my fingers. Since my hair is already brushed, the finger trick gives another boost of volume and the effect is like a miracle.

After a recent Orange Theory class. I am the one in the blue shirt in the front row, trying very hard to look skinny and failing miserably.

After a recent Orange Theory class. I am the one in the blue shirt in the front row, trying very hard to look skinny and failing miserably.

Since my hair is no longer a great excuse not to work out, I have been making my goal of 6 days a week no problem. My hair looks terrific, and I still don’t have to spend an hour every day washing, drying, and styling. Instead, Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo gives me instant gratification while I wait for the not-so-instant gratification of exercising. If you don’t have this yet, go get it!!  You can find it at Ulta and other large drugstores.  – Lisa

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6 beauty essentials for a summer getaway!

6 Beauty Essentials for a Summer Getaway!In my book summer isn’t over until after Labor Day Weekend, so there is still plenty of time to go on summer weekend getaway! Whether it’s to the city, a cabin, or the beach, there are six beauty products that I always have in my bag.

Red Oxx Gator Carry On BagSpeaking of bags, I truly believe I have found the perfect one:  the Red Oxx Gator Carry On Bag ($125). I bought this in red for a recent trip to Spain and it was PERFECT. I could not believe how many things I could stuff into this rugged little baby and still have room. It’s exactly what you need for a weekend getaway – room for all your clothes and your products, and it is the size of a large purse.

Six summer getaway beauty essentialsAlong with the perfect bag, here are six products I was sent to test that you will want to always have packed so you can just grab and go on any last-minute adventure:Design.Me Puff.Me Volumizing Cloud Mist

  1.  Design.Me Puff.Me ($20): This is a tiny but mighty bottle of hair rescue. The spray powder not only soaks up oil and dirt, it also volumizes and gives hair wonderful texture. Bring this instead of bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Puff.Me is available in Cosmoprof stores nationally. I hear that Design.Me is launching other new professional products soon and I can’t wait.Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment Device
  2. Me Clear Spot Treatment Device ($60):  An absolute must for any trip! This small device is exactly what you need when you get that one big zit brewing under your skin. You know how that goes…everything is great until you feel a little pressure, a little soreness, and you realize there is a mega-blemish brewing that is going to totally ruin your weekend. The Me Clear Spot Treatment Device is your savior.  Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceJust press it against the area and the blue light goes to work, painlessly and quickly – the blue LED light makes eruptions vanish overnight through a combination of blue light, sonic vibration, and gentle warming. Standing there for the full two minutes can seem a little tedious, but I am astounded by the results and will never be without this gem.Saje Pocket PharmacySaje Pocket Pharmacy
  3. Saje Pocket Pharmacy ($59.95):  Despite every effort, getting sick on a vacation happens. This awesome little pharmacy has therapeutic remedy roll-ons:
    Peppermint Halo – headache relief
    Stress Release – promotes relaxation 
    Pain Release – reduce inflammation and muscle pain 
    Immune – helps alleviate cold symptoms 
    Eater’s Digest – helps soothe upset stomachs 

    So go ahead and eat too much, drink too much, stay up too long…there’s a remedy for every symptom of partying too much and having more fun that a person probably should.Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil

  4. Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil ($16):  It is impossible to describe how amazing this jasmine scent is. It really is a little bottle of summer and tucks so nicely away in a bag or pocket. One discreet roll onto wrists and behind the ears is all you need to smell beyond amazing.Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral GlowRimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit
  5. Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral Glow ($7):  This beautiful Kate Moss palette has three shades for highlighting, contouring, and defining cheeks. You won’t need a separate eyeshadow palette – just use your fingers and pat onto eyelids for a beautiful glowy look.Rimmel Super Curler Mascara
  6. Rimmel Super Curler Mascara ($6): Even on the most low maintenance vacations I always make sure to put on some mascara. This mascara lifts so I don’t even bring an eyelash curler, and it really lasts in the heat.

Now keep that bag packed with these essentials and you’ll just need to throw in some shorts, a bathing suit, and a cover up (my picks below!!) for an awesome summer getaway.  – Lisa

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