Honey, yogurt, and meadowfoam seed oil transform hair with #SheaMoisture

I am always fascinated with great hair products because they truly make a difference. You know what I mean – mediocre hair products weigh hair down or leave it lackluster. What a drag. But fabulous ones? Hair is soft, silky, floaty…and a good hair day is always just a good day in general!! I was excited to try my new SheaMoisture hair products mostly because I’ve had good luck with honey and yogurt products before and meadowfoam seed oil is fantastic if used sparingly on fine hair. I wasn’t disappointed – these very affordable products do an amazing job and do indeed give me a great hair day.

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SheaMoisture Manuka Honey and Yogurt Shampoo

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey and Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Conditioner

The Manuka Honey and Yogurt Shampoo ($10.49) is a wonderfully affordable sulfate-free shampoo that is gentle and has terrific ingredients. This is perfect for dry hair thanks to the certified organic Shea Butter, Manuka honey and yogurt. It leaves hair very soft and smooth. I pair it with the Manuka Honey and Yogurt Conditioner ($10.49), a big tube of goodness that is also nicely affordable. This is a rinse-out conditioner with more of the same moisturizing ingredients. My hair looks super shiny and feels great with this delightful combo.

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey and Yogurt Hydrate and Repair Split End Balm

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey and Yogurt Hydrate and Repair Split End Balm

The Manuka Honey and Yogurt Hydrate and Repair Split End Balm ($9.99) is a semi-solid balm that seals the hair cuticle, instantly banishing any fly-aways and split ends. It really makes hair look freshly cut. Hair looks super shiny and crisp. It’s a terrific styling product to have on hand, and a jar lasts forever because a tiny amount goes a very long way.

SheaMoisture Sugarcane Extract and Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment

My favorite product is the Sugarcane Extract and Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment ($16.69). I remember having a hair styling product long ago from Make Me Smooth that featured Meadowfoam Seed Oil and I just loved it! It’s great stuff used sparingly and this product is similar. It’s a blend of Sugarcane, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Marshmallow Root and botanicals.  ogether, it makes a concoction for hair that provides awesome hold and shine, and it keeps hair totally tangle-free. It mimics what silicones do, but it doesn’t have that nasty buildup. Just add a small amount to damp hair and the brush slides right through. I swear it makes my hair dry faster too. It’s great for color treated hair and it’s made without any  mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, or sulfates. Plus it’s not tested on animals.

 SheaMoisture is an excellent natural line that is very affordable and I am totally loving the hair care products. You can find this line online at sheamoisture.com as well as at Ulta stores.  – Lisa

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

Pamper yourself head to toe for Valentine’s Day!

Pamper Yourself from Head to Toe for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a week away so why not take the time now to plan a day of pampering for yourself? I know, I know…lots of us are hoping for some love from someone special, but I say take care of yourself first. Then whatever you receive from others is icing on the cake.

Here are some wonderful products that will pamper you from head to toe, including one that will even pamper your best furry friend!

Yuni Wind Down Wonder

Let’s start with your body. Yuni has the most amazing warming body oil called Wind Down Wonder ($35 for 4 oz). This is a dry oil that warms the skin and melts away tension and stress while gently wrapping it in a gorgeous, soft scent. The oils include Copaiba Oil for releasing tense muscles, Inka Omega Oil for conditioning and protecting skin, Radish Seed and Paracress Plant Extract for pain relief. I love how Wind Down Wonder isn’t messy since it’s a spray oil, so you just spray it on and massage it in.  The scent is fantastic, a mix of neroli, chamomile, bergamot and palmarosa…it’s soft and soothing, transporting you immediately to a high end spa. Divine!

KarynG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Light/Medium

KarynG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Light/Medium

KarynG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Light/Medium

Next up – face. I think this product is just shy of a miracle, no kidding.  KarynG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($75 for 1.7 fl. oz) is pretty incredible. Not only does it have all the broad spectrum protection you could ever want, it’s also one heck of a treatment product, reducing wrinkles by 53% after 7 days – seriously!! It also reduces redness, evens out skin tone, minimizes the appearance of pores, and is a moisturizer. The tint is just enough to qualify this as a tinted moisturizer, perfect for those low maintenance days. It’s also a terrific primer. With ingredients like titanium dioxide, zinc, and iron oxide for UVA/UVB protection, echinacea purpurea extract as an antioxidant to fight wrinkles, and coconut oil for moisture, you can’t go wrong. It comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.

Volaire Uplift Volumizing Mist

 Finally, how about hair? Volaire has this incredible volume-boosting mist called Uplift ($27 for 6 fl. oz) that takes my fine hair to new heights. If you have fine hair, you want this – it gives even super fine hair tons of bounce and lift without being stiff or tacky.  The formula has microspheres that attach to each strand of hair, actually creating more space in between each strand which is why you end up with more volume. It’s the coolest thing and wow does it make for a great hair day. Other benefits include lots of shine, less oiliness, and less static.

Tangle Angel Brush

Tangle Angel Brush

Since we are talking hair, I think a beautiful detangling brush is certainly appropriate. One that suits you, like the Tangle Angel.  You are always taking care of everyone else, why not get a hairbrush that takes care of you? This brush is heat resistant, water resistant, anti-static, and anti-bacterial. It’s beautiful and it works! The shape is ergonomically correct to easily detangle hair as painlessly as possible. The brush comes in eight different color options. And check out the accompanying brush for your best friend!

Pet Angel Baby Keyring

Pet Angel Baby Keyring

Josie enjoying the Pet Angel Baby Keyring

This is Josie, my mom’s Shiatsu. She loves her new brush and my mom loves how it comes with a handy key chain. So cute!!  Tangle Angel has full size brushes for pet grooming as well as these Pet Angel Baby Keyrings. You can find all of their beautiful products at TangleAngel.com.
Take care of yourself this Valentine’s Day from head to toe with these awesome products…and don’t forget your furry puppies and kitties too!  – Lisa

Getting the hair we want with Keune and you get a giveaway!

Straight hair?  Curly?  Fine? Thinning? Color treated? Damaged?  Doesn’t matter what your hair care woes may be, or hey – maybe you are one of the abnormal one with normal hair! Regardless, Keune Hair Care has the products that your hair needs.  Lisa and Marcia have lots in common, but their hair is very different. Today, they are reviewing different products from this line and Keune is offering a giveaway for each of their favorite items!

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Lisa loves the Absolute Volume line:

Keune says, the Absolute Volume line has wheat proteins and liquid keratin to increase the diameter of each strand, creating volume and incredible shine. I say, woohoo! Awesome hair care for people like me who have fine hair – we want volume, we want shine, and we don’t want products that weigh our hair down!!

The Absolute Volume Shampoo and Conditioner are a fabulous duo for big, beautiful hair. I have fine hair, so I always want more body and volume. The shampoo and conditioner have Provitamin B5, which gives hair lots of volume without weighing it down.

The Absolute Volume Thermal Protector Spray is exactly what you need if you use heat styling tools to get lots of volume into your hair. It protects your hair from heat damage, whether it’s from your blow dryer, hot curlers, curling iron, or flat iron. Just spray it on to protect hair from splitting and protect color from fading, as well as lending a helping hand in terms of holding power for those curls – or not – depending on your preference!

For tons of volume, the Volume Mousse ($26) is where it’s at. This is some fantastic styling mousse. It goes right into the hair shaft to strengthen and work from the inside out. This mousse leaves my hair super full, shiny, and soft. Love it! It also protects hair from heat, so feel free to go crazy with that curling iron.

My one choice that actually isn’t in the Volumizing line is the Satin Oil Milk ($30 but on sale right now). Wow, I love this stuff!  It’s amazing for fine hair because it doesn’t weigh it down. Smooth some on and it absorbs right into hair, making is unbelievably shiny and soft. It is downright amazing, so amazing that it’s my choice of product for today’s giveaway!

My Keune hair – lots of volume and shine, not weighed down at all!!

Marcia loves the CARE line from KEUNE

Keune Care Vital Satin Oil, Oil Milk and Care Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream

I actually have been using 3 items from the CARE line but I left one at my beauty salon when I got my hair color treated the last time. It’s waiting for me there though for my third treatment. That product is the Keune Care Vital Nutrition Protein Spray ($31) which is used for dry, damaged hair. It’s applied on the scalp before during and after coloring or texturizing treatments. Since I color every 3 – 4 weeks I’ve been adding it either at home or bringing it to the salon for application prior to my color treatment. What I like about it is that it protects hair from environmental damage and UV rays. The longer my color stays vibrant, the happier I am. When I use this Protein Spray my color is looking good from start to finish, if only it didn’t gray in so gray!

Keune Care Vital Nutrition Protein Spray

There are two products that I’ve been using every time I wash my hair. Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream ($30) and Satin Oil, Oil Milk ($30). I had chosen the Thermal Cream as my product for the giveaway so I’m thrilled that Lisa chose the Oil Milk since that combination is perfect for me.

Keune Care Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream

Keune Nutrition Thermal Cream is what I use out of the shower to wet brush through my hair. Thermal Cream is a lightweight cream on the verge of being liquidy. It’s not thick so it spreads through my hair evenly. There is a light fragrance to it that doesn’t linger too long when I use this on its own. The thermal cream is great for hair that is brittle and damaged from heat styling. Since I have to blow my hair dry I’m guilty of needing this protective shield. It helps to restore and revitalize hair as well as protect it from dehydation. “This is a revitalizing cream that protects brittle, damaged hair against heat tools. Use it before thermal styling with flatirons, curling irons, and hairdryers.”

Keune Care Satin Oil, Oil Milk

Keune Care Satin Oil is an oil milk so it doesn’t have the same feel as an oil. It’s a spray on with a light formula that absorbs into my hair instantly. There are 3 different oils used to create this wonderful product and none of them create grease or weight. I’ve used this Satin Oil with the Thermal Cream and also on its own on second day hair. I find that spraying some on my hands and applying it to my hair before I style dry hair is great because it doesn’t add any greasy feeling. It dries quickly so that I can use my hot brush to revive my hair. This has more of a fragrance than the Thermal Cream and it does last longer but usually by the time I’m ready to leave home it’s not noticeable. The fragrance of these is pleasant, probably more like a floral perfume than anything else.

KEUNE is a salon line. We were very happy to see it’s carried at the JC Penney salons but if you want to meet the line in person visit their website to see where you can find a salon near you. We found over a dozen very close to our homes.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Two winners, US only. Winners will each received Keune Care Satin Oil and Keune Care Nutrition Thermal Cream for a fantastic hair combination. This is open through 1/22/18 at 11:59 pm EST. You must be an email subscriber and comment, all other entries are optional to gain you better chances to win. Good luck!

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Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner, Nourishing Mousse, and Replenishing Treatment Mist

How do we know it’s fall? Pumpkin is everywhere!!!! But not all pumpkin products are equal. Some pumpkin products deserve major celebration…like Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner and styling products. The Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin scent is a limited edition that comes out just for the fall and winter season. I love love love the way it smells!

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Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin

The scent of Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin doesn’t actually smell much like pumpkin to me, but it does smell like fall! I smell honey, cloves, and nutmeg. The fragrance is not too strong, but just enough to smell like cooler weather, falling leaves, and bonfires after football games. It’s lovely and a wonderful way to change up your WEN routine for the season.

Are you new to WEN? If so, I really recommend that you give this system a try. It’s been around for 16 years now. It was definitely a ground breaking concept when it first came out – not washing your hair but conditioning it clean. I remember that back in the day what finally sold me and convinced me to try the product was that Chaz Dean, creator of Wen, decided to use transparency as a marketing tool. He is very up front in his infomercial that most hair companies use all kinds of other products they don’t disclose to get the models looking fabulous, and in his infomercial, the only thing they used was the Cleansing Conditioner.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner

My hair is oily at the roots, dry at the ends, and color-treated. If I wash too often, my color fades very quickly. Not enough moisture and my hair gets very frizzy. If my hair isn’t cleansed well enough, it looks greasy and flat. So many issues…and for some reason I thought that the WEN product didn’t clean, it just conditioned. I was wrong. When used correctly, it does clean – hence the name  ‘Cleansing Conditioner’.

The WEN cleansing method is quite different from the way I usually cleanse my hair. The major difference is that you are instructed to use a LOT of product – 30 (yes, I said 30) pumps for shoulder length, medium textured hair like mine. Before application I really, REALLY soak my hair with water and then apply equal amounts of WEN to the crown, nape, and either side of my hair. After application the product must be worked in well – by massaging the scalp, raking and combing it through the hair, and twisting sections and just smooshing it in. I then leave it on while performing the other parts of my shower ritual (shaving, exfoliating, etc.) before rinsing it out. WEN advises to rinse VERY well- a friend and WEN user suggested I rinse about as long as I usually do with any shampoo- and then do it again. After rinsing, I apply another pump or 2 as leave-in conditioner.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Nourishing Mousse

This was my first time trying the WEN® Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Nourishing Mousse. It adds lots of volume and body to hair, as well as a good amount of shine.  Plus it doesn’t make my hair sticky or clumpy, which a lot of mousse products tend to do since my hair is really fine. Just apply this to wet hair before blow drying for beautiful body and shiny locks.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Replenishing Treatment Mist

The WEN Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Replenishing Treatment Mist has a wonderful, vanilla/honey/nutmeg smell. I use this in the AM on days I don’t wash my hair to ‘re-invigorate’ my locks prior to styling. It makes my hair feel moist but not greasy, and the smell is very uplifting as well. The bottle suggests using it on face and body too, but I save it for my hair.

You can purchase WEN products at Chaz Dean’s salon in Hollywood, California, on his website (www.chazdean.com) and through QVC.com.  Get yourself some Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin  while you still can!!- Lisa

Total hair rescue with White Sands Hair Care!

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I’ve trusted my hair to White Sands for a long time now…they won me over with their Orchids Oil and I’ve been happy with everything I’ve tried ever since. My recent hair discoveries are three products from this line that will keep pretty much anyone from having a tragic hair day.

White Sands ER Fusion

ER Fusion ($26) is a hair treatment that seals the hair shaft, ensuring vibrant color, superb shine, and frizz-free hair. This deep treatment is applied to freshly washed hair. Here’s a great tip that my stylist gave me – be sure to get as much water as possible out of hair as possible before putting on any treatment. Water dilutes the effects of the treatment so while you want your hair damp, let that towel soak up as much extra water as possible first! After putting on this treatment, it’s most effective to sit under a dryer for 20 minutes to really let it penetrate. Then rinse and condition as usual. The ER Fusion treatment lasts about 3o days, and it really takes hair to its highest potential.

White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold

Liquid Texture Medium Hold ($19.60) also comes in Firm Hold and it’s a staple for professionals who work in the entertainment industry. If you use any hot tools like flat irons or curling irons, you want this product. You can actually use a hot iron on wet hair if it’s been sprayed with Liquid Texture Medium! That means super shiny hair without any damage. Spray this on before blow drying and you won’t believe how it smooths out hair, keeping the brush from catching. The short story? If you use any sort of hot tools, you need Liquid Texture.

White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray

UnderCover Styling Spray ($21) really seems to do everything. Got curls? It makes them better. Got super straight hair and don’t want any frizz? Here is your answer. Want to keep your braid or your bun in place all day? Look no further. This styling spray has thermal guards to protect your hair from hot tools and it gives hair tons of shine while keeping it frizz free. It doesn’t flake and it works great as a texturizing spray. I don’t think there is anything this workhorse can’t do!

Styling with White Sands Hair Care products

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the products and the innovation at the White Sands line.  If you are on an eternal quest for great hair, make a stop at White Sands.  You won’t be sorry…and your hair will be thrilled.  – Lisa

Evolving my hair care with ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth and All Around Flexible Hairspray

ColorProof Hair Care

When I look in the mirror before I leave each morning and I see good hair, I just know it means I am going to have a good day. If I’ve got some reliable products, I can go days without having to wash and dry my hair which saves valuable time for sleeping and…well…more sleeping. So I usually turn to ColorProof for a little magic to turn my bed head into good hair/good days. My two recent favorites that ColorProof sent me to test (and that will no question be repurchases for me) are ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth ($30.00) and ColorProof’s AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray ($26.00).

ColorProof Hair Care

ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth makes my hair wonderfully soft, silky, and shiny. I have very fine hair and this never weighs it down. My hair is pretty long so I always need help with my ends, which tend to get crunchy by after a few days, and this little bottle of goodness never fails to do the trick. It keeps my color vibrant, keeps my strands smooth, and keeps my curls in place.

ColorProof Hair Care

I use a little hairspray every day and I am absolutely loving ColorProof’s AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray. My other favorite hairspray is one of theirs – the Epic Hold Hairspray. I think I have five back up cans in my cupboard. I use that one when I need all day hold for megacurls. The AllAround Flexible Spray is the one I reach for when I have beachy waves that I want to keep all day long. It keeps my volume so my hair doesn’t fall flat, but my hair is still soft and I can run my hands or a comb through it. The spray doesn’t smell all perfumey, and it doesn’t build up so if I need a refresher the next day it’s never a problem. I love this hairspray and plan to buy several cans to join my other back ups. Then maybe that OCD voice in my head will give me a break. Oh who am I kidding…but I’m still buying those cans!

You can find ColorProof in salons nationwide, as well as online and at Amazon and Overstock.com. I love this line and recommend them for their hairsprays in particular. I really hope you will check them out – you won’t regret it!  – Lisa

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