Touch Up any time with ROOTSTIX

Do you ever run out of time to get everything done? Do you put off certain beauty tasks because there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what you really want? Do you get frustrated with how you look when you put those niceties off? The Beauty Info Zone bloggers run into this all the time and it drives us nuts. rootstix logo

One of our biggest problems is finding the time to get our hair colored before others notice that we have (GASP) gray hair or roots showing. When ROOTSTIX offered to send their temporary color sticks we were happy to try these out.

Rootstix

Rootstix

ROOTSTIX are thin pens that can be used on your head and your face. Touch up your roots, use them to fill in your brows and if you happen to have a mustache that you (or maybe the guy in your life) wants to fill in, this is a great product.

ROOTSTIX is available in 5 shades: black, dark brown, medium brown, light brown and red. At $15 this is a great tool to have in your arsenal.

MARCIA USES ROOTSTIX IN MEDIUM BROWN

Rootstix Medium Brown

Rootstix Medium Brown

I chose Medium Brown and it’s a great match for my hair color. Since my hair grows in gray (or is it white by now?) I have a lot to cover up.

before Rootstix

before Rootstix

after using Rootstix in the same area

after using Rootstix in the same area

I have to work pretty hard with Rootstix to cover though because of the precise tip on it. Even though I started using it on my roots, I’m now using it on the hair around the side of my face. Those are silver and they are stubborn as all get out. They also drive me crazy. Using the fine tip of Rootstix is now saving me from having those bug me. I can use it easily without getting anything on my face. Rootstix isn’t messy, it isn’t greasy and it dries quickly.

Medium Brown Rootstix

Medium Brown Rootstix

LISA USES ROOTSTIX IN LIGHT BROWN

Rootstix

I can assuredly say that my hair is WHITE. Really, truly, completely white…not gray. And it has been since I was 17 years old. My mom went white that early and so did her mom. So I’ve been coloring my hair for a long time and the worst thing about it is that whole roots problem. I color my hair brown so the white really shows up, way before it’s time to get my hair done.

Rootstix in Light Brown

Rootstix in Light Brown

Even before my white hair shows at my part, it shows on the sides by ears. It’s not easy to cover that up, let me tell you.  he typical root sprays are meant for the top of the head, not the sides by your face. That’s where Rootstix comes in so handy for me. The precise tip makes it easy to cover smaller sections, and the little comb ensures a natural look.

Rootstix can be found on their website and on Amazon. Right now they have a special on their site that gives you two for the price of one. That way if you are unsure of your shade or just want to share with a friend, you’ve got an even better price. At $15 this is quite reasonable, at 2 for $15 during this special, it’s a bargain.

*sent for editorial consideration

My experience with at-home hair coloring and Madison Reed

Madison Reed color and activator 3
Be sure to take a look at my recent at-home hair coloring experience with Madison Reed!  I had roots a mile long and finally got up the nerve to tackle them by myself.  Check out my review HERE to find out if Madison Reed really was better for me! – Lisa

Madison Reed hair sectioned

Madison Reed

Was it better for me? Madison Reed Home Hair Color #betterforyou

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Madison Reed before and after

It wasn’t funny at the time.  When I was in high school, I wanted to transform my mousey brown hair into a darker chestnut-brown.  The hair color looked amazing on the bottle.  What could go wrong?

Um…EVERYTHING.

My hair ended up looking like a Halloween witch wig.  I went back to the beauty store and got color remover…and my hair ended up looking like a Scarecrow wig.  I am still scarred from the experience!  So when Madison Reed offered me to the chance to try one of their revolutionary new hair colors that’s better for your hair, I was very, very reluctant.  The last thing I needed was a hair disaster.  But in the interest of beauty science and my compulsion to be a guinea pig for every new product, I agreed.  Madison Reed says their hair care is better for you — was it better for me?

Madison Reed has 32 different shades, and their hair color is different because it is has no harsh chemicals.  Their products don’t smell of ammonia, and they have no PPD or resorcinol which can cause allergic reactions.  Madison Reed truly listened to what women were saying was needed in home hair care, and their philosophy is about meeting customer needs with effective solutions.  Customer care is truly their number one priority.  With 32 beautiful, natural shades there is definitely something for everyone.  Madison Reed’s hair color products are also better for your hair – all 32 colors are PPD, resorcinol, ammonia, and paraben free.  A kit for one treatment is $29, although you can also get it autoshipped every month for less.  The cost of a trip to the salon for roots varies from $70 to $150 in this part of Michigan, so a kit from Madison Reed is definitely a bargain.

Before trying Madison Reed

Before trying Madison Reed

I typically get my roots done every 3 1/2 weeks.  If I go any longer, it’s just too noticeable since my hair is a dark brown.  However, I waited a very long 5 weeks after my last hair color to try Madison Reed.  After consulting with the experts, I chose Milano Brown as my hair color.  Finding the perfect color is easy through the Color Advisor, Color Translator, or mobile app.

Madison Reed instructions

Madison Reed inside the boxMadison Reed products

The box arrived with absolutely everything I needed.  Although I could have had my husband or daughters help me, I was determined to do this all by myself!

Madison Reed Barrier Cream and Cleansing Wipe

1.   First, I put Barrier Cream around my hairline to keep the dye off my skin.  A packet is included and had much more than I actually needed.  I was a good girl and didn’t forget to put this on my ears and the back of  my neck.

Madison Reed color and activator

Color Activator

Color Activator

2.  Then I washed my hands and put on a pair of gloves (two are included in the kit).  I uncapped the activator bottle and put the ammonia and scent-free color inside.  This part was fun…looks like a snake all curled up in there!  Shook the bottle to incorporate the color and I was almost ready.

Madison Reed hair sectioned

3.  Next, I separated my hair into four different sections for coloring.  Looks totally goofy but this sure helps with application.

4.  I made sure I was wearing a zip-up top and got busy applying the color.  This part was not super easy, especially for the back of my head.  But then I figured out I could position my cabinet mirrors so I had a view of what I was doing, and that helped tremendously.  I had a lot of grey to cover and was a little paranoid that I missed some spots…but it turns out I got everything!  I used a comb after applying the color and that ensured an even and thorough application.

The color activated

The color activated

5.  After applying the color I used the included cleansing wipe to clean up any residue, and it easily removed areas where I was a bit overzealous.  I put the included hair cap on and went about my business for about 40 minutes.  I would say the entire process (minus the time for picture taking!) was about an hour.

Madison Reed Shampoo and Conditioner - enough for several uses

Madison Reed Shampoo and Conditioner – enough for several uses

6.  After, I showered to remove the hair color and used the included shampoo and conditioner (love love love these).  I was a bad girl and didn’t use the 2nd pair of gloves for rinsing…but I had no issues at all with staining.

Madison Reed afterMadison Reed after 3Madison Reed after 2Madison Reed after 4

Afterwards, my hair was so silky smooth I was astounded.  It was also shiny, full of body, and….no more grey hair!!!  I am very, very happy with my results.  Yes, Madison Reed is better for me!  I am a total convert to at home hair coloring.

Madison Reed before after

If you want to see if it is better for you, just click on this link HERE and get 50% off your first Madison Reed purchase with the code BETTERCOLOR.  Believe me, you are going to love this – I am positive it will be better for you,too.  – Lisa

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9 money-saving products for spring

Spring is officially here! How about some awesome products for the season that won’t make your wallet wince? Here are nine great items that are also affordable.

1.  Garment Saver Makeup Guard

Garment Saver

Garment Saver Makeup Guard

saving your clothes from your makeup!

saving your clothes from your makeup!

This handy little net keeps your makeup from staining your clothes. Put it over your head then slip on even the most expensive silk shell without fear of the dreaded foundation stain. The best part? A pack of 3 is only $9.50.

2.  Flats to Go!

With the snow and slush drying up, it’s time to break out the heels…but feet are still used to comfy flat winter boots. This handy solution will help you out when your feet are killing you.

Flats to Go in a cute little purse

Flats to Go in a cute little purse

Flats to Go

Flats to Go!

A little purse holds stylish flats that fold down into nothing for easy traveling. These cute gems are only $9.99 and they come in four different kinds of ballet flats: patent, snake print, alligator print, and fleecy leapord print.

3.  Kushyfoot Tights

These are some of the best tights ever! Pick up some fleece tights for colder days and some sheer body shaping tights for warmer days.

Kushyfoot Tights

Kushyfoot Tights

Fleece for colder days...

Fleece for colder days…

I can’t even begin to tell you how comfy these tights are. I feel like I am wearing my jammies to work when I have these on. They keep my legs warm, but they aren’t stifling in warmer weather.

Massaging soles keep feet happy

Massaging soles keep feet happy

And how fantastic to have massaging soles in tights that also shape your tummy, hips, and thighs? This version is more sheer than the fleece ones and both are super affordable at only $26.97 for three pairs – about $9 a pair!

5.  DIY DYE:  Bright and funky hair coloring you do at home

Having your hair colored can be very expensive. This book is full of awesome and creative ideas for coloring your hair at home.

DIY DYE

DIY DYE

DIY DYE

food coloring as hair dye

Even Kool Aide can work as hair color

Even Kool Aid can work as hair color

all the techniques

all the techniques

for beautifully colored hair!

for beautifully colored hair!

Who knew food coloring or Kool Aid could be used to color hair?? These ideas and so many more are in this book, along with great step-by-step instructions and photos of the finished product. Your investment? Only $16.95.

6.  Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Easily found in drugstores, this huge bottle of springy smelling body wash is pure heaven. Coconuts and hibiscus combine for a fabulous fresh scent and this creamy wash lathers up beautifully and leaves skin clean and moisturized. A hefty 13 fl.oz. bottle is only $8.99.

7.  Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Get this to go with the body wash! It has the same heavenly scent and 13 fl. oz. of this heavenly light body lotion is only $7.99.

8.  Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

Keep that fresh and clean spring theme going with this citrus and ginger scented deodorant.

Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

What makes this deodorant really special is that it is aluminum-free. It keeps odor away with essential oils that kill bacteria, and it works for even the most sensitive skin.

9.  Zoya GieGie

The perfect springy pink nail color, GieGie is a ‘cherry blossom pink metallic’.

Essie Gie Gie

Essie GieGie

Essie Gie Gie

Essie GieGie

Nothing says spring better than cherry blossoms. And you can find this gorgeous shade for just $9.00.

Celebrate the coming warmth with some practical and pretty things for yourself – and feel good about all the money you have saved!  – Lisa

*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me