KMS TameFrizz Smoothing Reconstructor is just right!

KMS Tame Frizz Smoothing Reconstructor

Sun, sand, and all that time wrapped up in a bun or twisted into a ponytail this summer has really done a number on my poor hair. I’ve got a lot of hair, but it’s fine and gets damaged and stressed pretty easily. But I have problems finding the right hair products to take care of it. It’s like I have the Goldilocks of hair. My hair products can’t be too light or my hair gets no benefits. They can’t be too heavy or my hair gets weighed down and sad-looking. They need to be JUST RIGHT.

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KMS Tame Frizz Smoothing Reconstructor

That’s where KMS TAMEFRIZZ Smoothing Reconstructor ($20) comes in – it’s like the ‘baby bear’ of conditioners for stressed out, frizzy hair! Smoothing Reconstructor looks deliciously thick and creamy, but it’s doesn’t weigh down my fine strands. Instead, it gives them intense hydration so my hair isn’t frizzy while also leaving my hair soft with lots of bounce and volume.  Ingredients include:

AHA structure complex
• Lactic Acid – supports internal reconstruction
• Stearoxypropyl Dimethylamine – evens out the hair surface
• Glycyl Glycine – improves manageability

I find that to get the best results from Smoothing Reconstructor (and any conditioner, for that matter), after shampooing get as much water out your hair as possible. I don’t go so far as to towel dry my hair, but if you want to you will get even better results. Then apply the conditioner, concentrating on the ends or wherever your hair is most stressed. Leave it on for about five minutes. If you can, wrap your hair in a hot wet towel – this gets the absolute best salon worthy results! Then rinse, and rinse one more time than you think you need to. You will love your hair, I promise! KMS TameFrizz Smoothing Reconstructor really is the ‘baby bear’ of conditioners…it’s just right!  – Lisa

Three summer must haves and a giveaway for Colorproof Powderfix!

I am always on the look out for quick, easy to use, wonderful products that I can throw in my purse or my beach bag for the summer. In the summer I wear less makeup and I am outside all the time so my hair is a lot more unruly. I need quick fixes and things that help my more natural, easy-going look. I have three products today that do the trick, and two lucky readers will win a ColorProof Powderfix!

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ColorProof Powderfix

  1.  ColorProof Powderfix ($25) is a fabulous way to get volume and texture instantly, even in limp, lackluster hair. The bottle fits handily into any purse or bag, and the puff applicator sprays this fine powder right onto your roots. Just massage the powder in, then brush and hair gets an amazing lift and wonderful texture.

    ColorProof Powderfix

    ColorProof Powderfix

    • Delivers optimum fullness and weightless body for unlimited styling potential
    • Superfine, silky powder is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp to provide all-day texture, volume and lift with maximum color and heat protection
    • Designed exclusively for color-treated hair with a proprietary blend of revolutionary volumizing polymers and Pro Vitamin B5 Panthenol
    • 100% vegan, sulfate-free, salt-free, gluten-free paraben-free and never tested on animals

      Speed Brush Mini G

  2. The Mini G Speed Brush ($12.00) is an excellent option for brushing in that ColorProof Powderfix! The Mini G is made by HotHeads, and it’s a palm-sized compact hairbrush. It really is the perfect size for any purse or beach bag and it’s amazing for detangling hair, something that I really appreciate since my hair is fine and very long. Being outside in the wind can really do a number on my hair. It’s great for wet brushing too – I like to put my hair in a ponytail after swimming and this little brush is incredibly handy for that as well.

    Speed Brush Mini G

    • The MINI-G is multi functional for quick touch ups and styling.
    • Our unique GENTLE TOUCH 3D Bristles feature 3 types of bristles
    • Firm V shaped nylon for back brushing, dry shampoo application
    • Black/ White natural boar for adjusting tension and increasing the surface shine plus frizz control on dry hair.
    • The narrow oval cushioned pad creates a higher center profile, which allows better back brushing.
    • Born to travel from the gym to any destination

      Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

  3. Hard Candy Non-Touring Glamour Duo ($7.00) is a very fun product to have in your bag as well. I don’t wear a lot of makeup in the summer because I faux tan which gives me color, but I do like to highlight and this highlighting duo is great. This shade is Rose Gold. One side is a cream stick which gives skin a more natural radiance and the other side is a shimmer stick with a doe foot applicator.

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    Heavily swatched

    After blending in

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    This side has lots of illuminating shimmer, so know that when you use this you will sparkle!  I use the stick cream side and my daughter is always grabbing it for the shimmery side.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:   ColorProof will send 2 lucky Beauty Info Zone subscribers a PowderFix Instant Volume Texture Powder Spray for their own!  In order to win, you need to be a US Beauty Info Zone email subscriber (not open for Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, or a PO Box) and leave a comment on this post. The Rafflecopter has all the additional entries and you can tweet daily for more options. The giveaway is open through 6/15/18 at 11:59 pm ET for US only. Good luck and hooray for summer! – Lisa

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Two giveaways for Love Beauty & Planet – can’t get better than that!

Last week we happily reviewed 6 different items from the eco-minded brand Love Beauty & Planet and this week we’ve got two different giveaways for you to enter.

We’d like to share Love Beauty & Planet’s own giveaway first since it’s a great one and is a wonderful example of their mission. They are hosting a contest where you could win $10,000 for your planet-loving charity of choice! All you need to do is share your #SmallActsOfLove on Instagram between now and May 20th. Make sure you use the hashtags #SmallActsOfLove and #LBPContest and tag @LoveBeautyAndPlanet.* While you may not end up with a bundle of their wonderful products what you will end up with is knowing that you can make a difference to a planet-loving charity of your choice.

* Contest Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. “Love Beauty and Planet’s Small Acts of Love” Contest is sponsored by Conopco, Inc., d/b/a Unilever. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. D.C., 18 & older, who possess a web enabled mobile device as of 4/21/18. Begins 12:00 a.m. ET on 4/22/18 & ends 11:59 p.m. ET on 5/20/18. For official rules, visit smallactsoflove.dja.com.

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For products though Love Beauty & Planet is offering a giveaway of 3 their great items for one US Beauty Info Zone subscriber. We are so happy that they’ve done this for you. Here are the three items – rejoice!

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Hope and Repair 3 in 1 Benefit Oil

This is Lisa’s pick for one of you to win since she is crazy about the fragrance and the benefits: “I tested  the Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Hope and Repair 3 in 1 Benefit Oil ($8.49). This coconut oil based treatment can be used before or after shampooing. If used beforehand you section hair and apply as a prewash hydrating treatment. It’s great for very dry, damaged hair – after letting it soak in, just wash and condition like normal. Hair feels amazing afterward! You can use the Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Hope and Repair 3 in 1 Benefit Oil as a prewash treatment once a week. Or, you can use it daily on dry hair to smooth and tame fly aways.  Just put one or two drops in your palms and smooth through hair.  It works wonders. The scent is fabulous too – it smells like jasmine and spicy fruit.”

Love Beauty & Planet Radical Refresher Body Wash

Marcia’s pick for you is Love Beauty & Planet Radical Refresher Body Wash. ($6.99): “The wash has a light gel texture and suds up very nicely. If this isn’t your type of scent there are 6 scents in total each with different names like Relaxing Rain for lavender, Daily Detox for tea tree, Tropical Hydration for coconut and ylang ylang. There’s one for everyone! I like this after the scrub since the fragrance of Radical Refresher leaves me feeling refreshed and has a light enough aroma for me.”

Here’s the fun part if the brand’s PR has it in stock you’ll get your choice of scent. There are 6 scents and you’ll need to go to their website to choice your favorite.

To round out this terrific package the third item in the prize is Love Beauty and Planet® Peace and Glow Creamy Body Scrub The scent Murumuru Butter & Rose when used in this scrub is a sugary rose from ethically sourced rose from Bulgaria. It’s a very soft scrub and not meant to be harsh. It’s gentle yet gets rid of the dry skin on your body leaving you smoother than ever.

Love Beauty & Planet Sugar & Rose Scrub

Check out #SmallActsOfLove on their website as well as at Target, Amazon and Walmart.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One US Beauty Info Zone subscriber will win these 3 Love Beauty & Planet products for their own. The Body Wash is the only one that you can chose a fragrance you’d like. If you don’t comment then you can’t win – happens over and over. This is open through Thursday 5/17/18 at 11:59 pm EDT. Prize will be sent by the company’s representative. Lots of luck!

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Giveaway time!! Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, and Whipped Detailing Cream

Macadamia Weightless Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, and Whipped Detailing Cream

Having fine hair isn’t so fine, is it? In fact, it can be a problem. Lots of hair products weigh it down and make it look limp and lifeless. Well, today is your day because the Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture hair products not only work for everyone, they especially work for those of us with fine hair! Read on for my review, and two lucky winners will win the entire set of the Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, and Whipped Detailing Cream!

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Macademia Professional Weightless Moisture Shampoo ($22 for 10 oz)

The Weightless Moisture Shampoo is a lovely shampoo that cleanses hair and really boosts volume, particularly for those with fine or thinning hair. Ingredients include a Pro Oil Complex with Macadamia and Argan Oils to make hair stronger, plus Avocado and Walnut Oils to give lots of moisture that is light enough to not weigh hair down.

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Macadamia Oil — rich in nourishing Omega 7, 5 and 3 fatty acids that promote healthy hair
  • Argan Oil —features Omega 9 fatty acids that restore and strengthen hair
  • Avocado and Walnut Oils — featherweight oils that hydrate, revive and strengthen hair
  • Collagen and Vitamins A, C and E — promote hair flexibility

    Macadamia Weightless Conditioner

Macademia Professional Weightless Moisture Conditioner ($16.80 for 10 oz)

The Weightless Moisture Conditioner is a perfect complement to the Weightless Moisture Shampoo. It moisturizes beautifully without weighing hair down so you end up with lovely, floaty hair. It has similar ingredients, like the Pro Oil Complex of Macadamia and Argan Oils as well as the Avocado and Walnut Oils for moisture. If you are loyal and use this conditioner regularly, it will even help repair breakage and split ends.

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Macadamia Oil — rich in nourishing Omega 7, 5 and 3 fatty acids that promote healthy hair
  • Argan Oil — rich in Omega 9 fatty acid that helps to repair and strengthen hair
  • Avocado and Walnut Oils — ultra lightweight nourishing oils that strengthen, hydrate and revive
  • Collagen and Vitamins A, C and E — promote tensile strength

    Macadamia Weightless Whipped Detailing Cream

    Macadamia Weightless Whipped Detailing Cream

    Macadamia Weightless Whipped Detailing Cream

Macadamia Professional Whipped Detailing Cream (8.49 for 2 oz)

Wow I love this styling cream. The Macadamia Professional Whipped Detailing Cream is creamy whipped detailing cream that is used on dry hair for definition and texture. It creates a piecey look and tames flyaways. I love how it gives my hair that finishing touch, some added shine and a little bounce without weighing it down. This is great stuff!!

Macadamia Weightless Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, and Whipped Detailing Cream

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Two lucky readers will win a set of the Macadamia Weightless Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, and Whipped Detailing Cream. This giveaway is open to the continental US only and will be sent by the PR company. The giveaway ends on 4/19 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Best of luck and lots of great hair days to you!  – Lisa
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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

Bring out your beauty by hiding it with Express Color

Yes the title is an oxymoron but so is Express Color. This is a double duty product made to camouflage both your grey hair and to emphasize your eyebrows. Here’s the basics of Express Color: “The Express Color Kit provides a fast, easy-to-use solution to covering new growth at the roots between permanent hair color applications.
It only takes a few minutes to brush or rub this semi-solid formula on your hair or scalp for an instant fix. It’s like make-up for your hair!” It’s also recommended for eyebrows. Express Color is a water-resistant hair cosmetic that washes out when you want it to wash out – not before then.

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The kits contain The Express Color Compact that holds the color pan, an eyebrow brush and a hair applicator brush. It’s available in five shades so that everyone can find what they are looking for. ($29.95)

Marcia wears Drk Brn (aka Dark Brown)

I’ll admit that I didn’t read the instructions the first time I used Express Color. I knew it would help with my regrowth and that it was also for my brows but I didn’t realize it wasn’t a powder. It seemed difficult to pick up the color on the brush at first until I realized that this isn’t a powder. Instead it’s much better since it’s wax based which makes it longer wearing that isn’t going anywhere until I want to remove it.

Express Color

At first I used it just on my eyebrows since at that time my roots weren’t threatening to show the true me. I found it was a little harder to apply since I expected it to be a powder but once I got the hang of it I began using it daily. What I love about eyebrow use is that it lasts all day long. Absolutely no fading away or rubbing away. It’s smooth and makes no mess at all.

Express Color in Drk Brn

Once I get to the 3 week mark after having my hair tinted I have a few too many roots showing. And to no one’s surprise they don’t go away. I don’t like going to the salon too often so stretching it out with Express Color is the way to go. I’ve been using the larger brush that came with the kit to make the gray disappear. I start with my part and then brush more of the color around the part and through the top of my hair lightly. That makes it all blend in. Since it doesn’t come off at night I have clean pillowcases and no gray showing in the morning. I’ve also used it along my temples and the color doesn’t come off on my glass stems.

Express Color Drk Brn (after two uses)

In 2018 I’ll be on a 3 week trip and Express Color will be coming abroad with me. It won’t break or spill. It does double duty. It’s lightweight. And it wants to stay with me!

Lisa wears Med Brn (Medium Brown):

Express Color Medium Brown

Like Marcia, I was very surprised that the Express Color was a wax. It looks like a powder, so I couldn’t figure out why it was difficult to get pigment on the brushes…then it occurred to me it would be a great idea to read directions! I do prefer wax for eyebrows, actually, for two reasons. One, wax keeps my eyebrows in place.  Two, wax gives a bit of texture and doesn’t smear. So the wax was a happy discovery.

Express Color Medium Brown

Express Color Medium Brown

The Medium Brown is a perfect color for my medium brown hair. It’s just a shade or two lighter, which is what you want your eyebrows to be – slightly lighter than your hair color. It’s not so light that it doesn’t also work on my grey roots, thankfully. My gray roots happen to be WHITE, so it doesn’t really work on my part – I need heavy-duty help for that area. However, it does work wonders on those areas around my ears that I can’t easily get with root spray.

I definitely like the two brushes that are included in this set.

The larger brush is great for covering up gray areas, and the smaller one is the classic shape and size for eyebrows. These brushes are excellent quality and well worth the price point.

Overall, this is a terrific little set for bringing out your beauty by hiding what you just don’t want people to see!  You can find Express Color online at myexpresscolor.com.  Take a look to find your perfect color.

Supporting BCA with Good Earth Beauty’s subscription box and a giveaway

Good Earth Beauty BCA Beauty Box

I’ve written about Good Earth Beauty many times. They’ve been kind enough to send products for review which is so appreciated. But there are more reasons why Good Earth Beauty is a favorite here. Their site is one that carries only natural and organic beauty products. They have many brands that I love plus there’s the Good Earth Beauty Brand to admire.

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This month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness they have created a one time box, a portion of the proceeds on the sale of each beauty box go to National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC. The box is loaded with products that will have you surrounded by delicious fragrances: rose, pink lemonade, cherry blossom, strawberry margarita. Now would be the perfect time to order a box (or more) to have at the ready for your holiday gifts.

Strawberry Margarita Body wash by Good Earth Beauty – 1 ounce sample

Scent Description: This juicy scent combines fresh lime and succulent strawberries with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery.

Japanese Cherry Blossom shampoo and conditioner by Good Earth Beauty – one ounce sample bottles

Scent Description: This is a seductive and mysterious floral scent inspired by the exotic gardens of Japan. The main floral theme is a mixture of lily, jasmine & freesia with an amber sandalwood character. The base note of the fragrance is vanilla musk

Good Earth Beauty Cherry Blossom shampoo & conditioner, Strawberry Margarita body wash

Perfume mini roller bottle by Good Earth Beauty/Mod Perfume – Rose Champagne

A light, effervescent blend of champagne, citrus and rich, velvety rose petals. Sophisticated, sweet and bubbly soft, this is a flirty, whimsical floral champagne fragrance.

Good Earth Beauty Rose Champagne fragrance

Shower Whip Pink Lemonade by Good Earth Beauty – 1 ounce Jar

Pink Lemonade Scent Description – Recapture your youth with this memory provoking fragrance. Includes top notes of lemon, orange and pineapple. Sweet strawberry and lime at the heart. Concludes with a creamy vanilla base

Good Earth Beauty Pink Lemonade Shower Whip

Hand Cream rose by Good Earth Beauty – 1 oz sample jar

Our lavish, modern floral hand cream repairs dry skin and cuticles, leaving behind the perfectly elegant scent of rose.

Good Earth Beauty Rose Petals hand cream

AND a full sized Good Earth Beauty Rose Body Balm or Lavender Body Balm

Super moisturizing balm – great for extra dry, chapped skin. All natural and Pure.

Good Earth Beauty Lavender Body Balm

While you can win one what I’m really hoping is that you’ll buy one as a gift since there’s no guarantee you’ll win. We like to support Good Earth Beauty as much as possible because we believe in them and the products that they sell. All their products are cruelty free and most are vegan, organic, and gluten free while at the same time being free of parabens, sulfates and all those others that we don’t need on our bodies. All products in this Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty Box have been chosen as they are natural and free of cancer causing toxic ingredients.  —  Marcia

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Giveaway information: There will be two US winners for a box (one contains the Rose Body Balm, one contains the Lavender Body Balm). The giveaway ends on 11/1/17 at 11:59 pm. eastern time. Please be sure you leave your comment and that you are currently subscribed via email to Beauty Info Zone.

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