John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo joins my gym bag essentials!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a bit of a workout fiend.  I love getting all sweaty and feeling like I am about to pass out.  I know, crazy right?  I’m not so fond of smelling awful afterward, so I take my gym bag essentials seriously.  I curate my gym bag with as much gravitas as I do my makeup bag.  One item that is always in there is dry shampoo.  A great dry shampoo takes every single workout problem – damp hair, greasy hair, smelly hair – and makes it all go away.

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

A fantastic dry shampoo option is John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99, Ulta).  I love this stuff.  It’s fabulous because it’s made specifically for fine hair.  It doesn’t weigh hair down.  The dry shampoo is super light, and it gives great volume with just enough texture.  I spray this on my roots and all around my hairline, then clip my hair up for a few minutes.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

Once I let my hair down, I brush it through and it looks fantastic – all the oil, dirt, and smell is gone!  My hair looks and feels clean and fresh.  Dry shampoo is a girls best friend…especially after working out.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

When putting together your gym bag, be sure to put in some dry shampoo, and I highly recommend the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo, especially if you fine hair like I do.  – Lisa

Getting gorgeous with Monat Hair Care!

Monat Hair Care

I have always believed that great skin and great hair make for a great day. It is worth the time to look for the products that truly work for your body and your hair – YOU ARE WORTH IT!! Feeling good about yourself is empowering, and ultimately that’s what led me into blogging. The great hair I am experiencing while testing Monat Hair Care products reminds me of this – I was blessed with nice hair to begin with, but excellent products make a difference and turn my good hair into great hair which truly ups my confidence.

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I have been using my Monat products for about 2 months now. I have been testing the Renew Shampoo ($35/$30), Smoothing Deep Conditioner ($47/$40), and The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo ($34/$29).

Monat Renew Shampoo

The Renew Shampoo is a very gentle shampoo that doesn’t have any salt or sulfates. It still gently foams, but it doesn’t strip color and it’s gentle enough to use on extensions. It really works on the scalp and actually promotes hair growth. Renew Shampoo makes hair stronger, thicker, and more hydrated, which means more shine and bounce. An interesting note – Monat directs you to wash twice. I always thought that this direction was included on shampoo bottles in order to encourage sales because you used more product, but with Renew Shampoo you don’t need much to begin with. The first shampoo removes any environmental buildup and the second shampoo lets your hair get the full benefits of the product. I am amazed at the difference in terms of how much hair I lose – I can tell just by how much less hair is in the shower drain!

Monat Smoothing Deep Conditioner

Monat Smoothing Deep Conditioner

I follow my shampoo with the Smoothing Deep Conditioner. The Smoothing Deep Conditioner is a very thick condition that is excellent for amping up the shine and toning down the frizz. I find it works best if I get as much moisture out of my hair as possible after shampooing before applying the conditioner. Even though this conditioner is super thick, it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair at all. My hair is lovely – soft, floaty, without any split ends or static, even in the winter dry indoor heat. It also helps protect hair from sun damage. I can’t believe the body and how well my hair holds a curl.

Monat The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo

Monat The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo

Another product I really recommend is The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo. This is one of the best dry shampoos I’ve ever used and wow, I have tried so many I can’t even begin to count! I live on dry shampoo. I work out five days a week and while I shower every day (I know, give me a medal, right?) no way am I going to take the time to wash my super long hair and style it every day. So I am best buddies with dry shampoo. But dry shampoo can be too wet, or too white, or too fragrant. The Champ is accurately named though – it’s a winner. The perfect absorbing ingredient is agrana rice starch, which banishes anything oily or greasy without being too wet or too white. I get a solid five days of great hair with my Monat hair care trio – it’s incredible!

Posing with my daughter and my Monat hair

So far, so GREAT with Monat for me. I am looking forward to the next month because I know it will only be getting better. There are also some very interesting styling products that I would love to try.  Head on over to the Monat website to take a look – there are incredible before and after photos from customers, along with the full product line. What looks interesting to you?  – Lisa

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

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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
*sent for editorial consideration then purchased and repurchased time and time again by me…because that’s how often I am running late.