I got lucky with the Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Once a year the webstore Beautylish has a secret sale for Lucky Bags. This is my third year buying this and it keeps getting better. The Lucky Bag is different for everyone lucky enough to be able to buy one. The typical bag is $75 and the only clue you get when buying is that the items are brands that Beautylish sells. Considering the quality that they cover, you can’t go wrong! This year they offered a $150 bag with the same amount of items but ones with a higher value. That went in a flash. I was on an early access list, went to buy the second I saw the bags were available but no luck with that. I’m not the least big unhappy though as you’ll see from my amazing bag.beautylish lucky bag 2017 tag

6 items, 6 top notch brands! $75 plus shipping = $198 in products that I’m so excited about.

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

BIODERMA MICELLAR WATER: ($6.90) I believe that everyone received the small size of Bioderma Micellar. Happily for me the one I received is Sensiblo H20 which is the one I use all the time. It never hurts to have a spare of this. 5 stars!!

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

JOEUR LONG WEAR LIP CREME in DULCE DE LECHE ($18): There are 26 shades of this liquid lipstick available at Beautylish so I consider myself extra lucky that I received a shade that I love. I’m always receiving dark lipsticks yet I really only wear MLBB or light shades. This matte pink (which I consider warm but they say is cool) is a perfect shade for me. It also gives me the chance to try this at last to see what I think.

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick - Dulce de Leche

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick – Dulce de Leche

I have always admired the Joeur matte lipsticks on others but never was sure if I should buy one. This has a caramel fragrance that lasts for a short while and doesn’t annoy me. My lips have to be well exfoliated to wear this but that’s not a problem. 4 stars! (fragrance removed one)beautylish lucky bag 2017 joeur lip collage

ORIBE DRY TEXTURING SPRAY ($22) – Believe it or not I’ve never used a product like this. I occasionally will use a dry shampoo and always like having one in the house. Ditto with a hair spray. But it’s rare that they get used. I saw this and thought of Lisa since she’d love this (“Bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights).”). I’ll try it but I bet I end up giving it to my blog partner. 3 stars from me and surely 5 stars from Lisa.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

SMITH & CULT NAILED LACQUER in LOVERS CREEP ($18): I can’t tell you how much I’ve wanted a Smith & Cult polish. I just never remembered to buy plus I couldn’t decide what color. Lovers Creep is a beautiful opaque bordeaux shade. I have a lot of polish to test but I just can’t wait to have the time to wear this.  Smith & Cult is “8-Free, Long Wear, High Shine & Smooth Coverage.” Definitely 5 stars.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

NATASHA DENOUNA EYESHADOW PALETTE 5, PALETTE 13: ($48)  Well my heart skipped a beat when I saw the Natasha Denouna box. While palette 13 wouldn’t be one I’d pick to buy, it gives me the chance to try out her eyeshadows to see if I like them as much as her blush. Happily this doesn’t have the fragrance that the blush has. What it has is a duochrome green, a shimmery copper, and 3 matte shades that apply like butter.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

I’m anxious to play around more with these shades. Flamingo is a great base shade with its touch of warm pink that doesn’t make me look like a flamingo. Sand Storm is very warm so I don’t think that it will get much use. Arizona is an easy to wear brown that can be built up. The prettiest shades are Pinja which looks green but reminds me of MAC Club with its green brown tone but with more oomph and Umber is an amazing golden copper. It’s a metallic shadow without visible shimmer. 4 Stars –  NO 5 stars, after all it is Natasha Denouna.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

WAYNE GOSS OO BRUSH ($85): This originally was a limited edition brush but now it’s a permanent brush in the Wayne Goss Beautylish collection. It’s so magnificent that I don’t want to use it and get it dirty. How many times do I have the opportunity to have an $85 brush? Totally soft and luxurious. I’m overjoyed to have another Wayne Goss brush. I need to gather all the ones I have to review them for you.

Designed for a quick application with the softest finish. The large size is ideal for applying mineral or powder foundations—or any powder, bronzer, or blush—across the face. The tapered point lets you go into the eye area and do detailed highlighting work.The bristles measure 50mm in length, with a width of 20mm at it’s widest point. Hair Type: Goat. 100% cruelty free

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

I’m thrilled with my Lucky Bag and absolutely will be purchasing the 2018 bag. It’s been one of my favorite buys in a long time (and I’ve bought a lot). Have I tempted you? Would you spend $75 on a surprise bag?  —  Marcia

Get your freak on this New Years! Try Haircredible Freak Show.

Haircredible Freak Show HairsprayOk, so I just gave you one of my fabulous hair secrets, the Mitch Stone Essentials Luxury Repair & Style. My other secret is Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray ($20). Haircredible is a luxury hair care line specifically for fine, natural hair, which means none of their products will weigh you down. The product line is amazing for women of color, as well as for anyone else with fine hair.

Finding a great hairspray that gives the right amount of hold without weighing down fine hair is truly a challenge. I want soft, touchable hold that keeps my curls all day, but doesn’t make my fine hair stiff, sticky, or flat. Freak Show is absolutely everything I want in a hairspray and then some!!                                                                         sample

Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray

Freak Show gives me volume without any heaviness at all. I can also reapply the next day without any buildup or stickiness. What truly makes this hairspray unique is the spray nozzle. It can be adjusted to three different levels for three amount of hold – light, medium, or heavy.

Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray

On days that I go with straight hair, I chose the low or medium setting for soft, touchable volume. When I go full on curly, I use the high setting for soft but strong hold that works all day long. Freak Show is humidity resistant and is as amazing for volume as it is for hold.  Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray

Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray really is incredible. Get your freak on and keep it on all day long with this fantastic hairspray. You can find the Haircredible line online at haircredible.com.  – Lisa

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The recipe for a perfect blowout with Kenra Professional Hair Care

Kenra Professional Hair Care

Kenra Professional Hair Care

The search for a perfect blowout never ends. Why is it that my hair looks so amazing when my hairstylist blows it dry, but it’s such a challenge for me to get the same results at home? Kenra Professional Hair Care recently launched some new products at Ulta that make it easy for me to recreate a great salon blowout that lasts all day. Here are the three Kenra Professional styling products that make up the recipe for a perfect blowout:

Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze

Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze

1.  Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze ($22)  Maybe it’s the shape of the bottle, but for some reason I kept thinking this was a spray and tried to mist it onto my hair. It probably took me three times before it finally sunk in that this is a hair SERUM, not a spray! My hair is very long and fine so it needs help with volume without being weighed down. I find that the Thickening Glaze does a great job of giving my hair oomph by making it look fuller with lots of body. It’s also very moisturizing, so my dry ends are much happier when I use this.

Kenra Perfect Blowout Styling Creme

Kenra Perfect Blowout Styling Creme

2.  Kenra Perfect Blowout Crème ($17)  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this styling cream!  It leaves my hair so soft and full…it truly makes for a salon-worthy blowout. I don’t even need to use my flat iron because this cream smooths the hair shaft without making my fine hair limp with weight. If I did want to use my styling tools this cream would be a bonus, because it gives thermal protection up to 450 degrees. Combined with the Thickening Glaze I know I am in for a great hair day. To keep the look all day long I add in one more ‘perfect blowout’ ingredient, the Fast-Dry Hairspray.

Get a perfect blowout with the dynamic trio from Kenra Professional Hair Care!

Get a perfect blowout with the dynamic trio from Kenra Professional Hair Care!

3.  Kenra Fast Dry Hairspray ($17) is an impressive hairspray that doesn’t have a ‘hairspray’ scent and doesn’t get all flaky or crunchy. I have a problem with hairspray build up and I can’t stand a spray that makes my hair stiff. At the same time. with my probably too-long layers. my style goes flat after a few hours if I don’t use something with substantial holding power. It’s so difficult to find a happy medium, but Kenra’s Fast Dry Hairspray definitely does the trick. The spray comes out super fine, and this can be used as a prepping spray for styling tools since it gives thermal protection up to 450 degrees. It doesn’t build up or change hair texture, so when I use the Thickening Glaze and the Perfect Blowout Styling Creme on damp hair, then spray my blown dry ‘do with the Fast Dry Hairspray, I end up with incredibly smooth, soft, volumized hair that lasts all day long.

I am very, very impressed with Kenra Professional and definitely want to try more from this line.  If you are always on the hunt for a perfect blowout, I think this trio from Kenra will be your answer.  You can find Kenra at Ulta Stores and Ulta.com.  – Lisa

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Firm but flexible hair with ColorProof styling products

Firm….but flexible. That approach works in many areas – parenting, teaching, architecture…and hair. Especially hair.

All that...and a mullet, too!

All that…and a mullet, too!

I definitely want my hair to be firm – I need volume and curls to stay in place! But I also want flexible. My days of shellacked, AquaNet hair are safely ensconced in the ’80’s. I am able to find my happy medium with two products that ColorProof sent us to test:  RuleBreaker Firm Flexible Wax and HardCore Epic Hold ColorProtect Hair Spray. The added bonus? They are both perfect for color treated hair.

ColorProof

ColorProof 3

  • Uniquely elastic fibers derived from liquid bamboo fused with a proprietary blend of 3 vegan waxes provide maximum pliability and supreme stretchable hold
  • Revolutionary, ultra-lightweight polymers infuse texture and definition with a touchable semi-matte finish
  • Perfect for sculpting, piecing and spot-styling
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

I put a little on my bangs while my hair is damp, and after drying and styling I rub some on my palms then smooth through my hair.

Once I do that, I get busy with some HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray.

ColorProof 2

  • Next generation, ultra-light polymers boost volume, amplify and strengthen while providing extraordinary long-lasting supreme hold.
  • Micro-silicone technology illuminates hair with brilliant shine and never weighs hair down
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection
  • Your go-to spray for updo’s, editorial work and must-hold styles

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a scent, but it is more than tolerable and it dissipates after a while. It’s rare to find a hairspray with this level of hold that doesn’t have a heavy-duty scent. It is one of the best hairsprays I have ever used and will be a constant repurchase for me.

Big hair, don't care with ColorProof!

Big hair, don’t care with ColorProof!

I highly recommend RuleBreaker Firm Flexible Wax and HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray for big hair that is just right for 2015. You can find ColorProof Hair Care products at salons worldwide, just use the Where to Buy link at the website.  – Lisa

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Looking for a perfect hair day? Try Cristophe!

Rainy days have been getting me down…well, more like they have been getting my hair down. Nothing kills my volume and curl like heavy, damp days. To combat the weather, I turn to my Cristophe volumizing products.

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic and Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic and Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe is a high-end salon in Beverly Hills, but lucky for us it is also a wonderful drugstore line that is easy on the pocketbook. Not only are Cristophe products affordable, they are also effective – always a great combination. My ‘witches brew’ for damp days includes Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic ($10.99). Argan Oil Treatment ($10.99), and Shaping Hair Spray ($10.99).

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic

My long, fine hair absolutely loves Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic. This is a spray-on volumizer that is applied to roots while hair is damp. It does a fantastic job of creating full, thick volume without weighing my hair down. The formula includes something called ‘Vital Energy Complex’. VEC has several nutrient-rich ingredients including Solar Vitis, Glycogen, Adenosine Tri Phosphate, and Phospholipids.  Together, these ingredients are like a skin care treatment for the scalp. It’s really great stuff.

I follow the Volumizing Spray Tonic with a nickel-size amount of the Argan Oil Treatment.

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

The Argan Oil Treatment is a beautiful oil that makes my hair super smooth and wonderfully shiny. My hair absorbs it quickly, and my damp hair immediately feels smoother and not at all heavy or greasy. Argan Oil is a terrific antioxidant that makes hair stronger and provides protection from heat styling and the environment.

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

Just like the Volumizing Spray Tonic, the Argan Oil Treatment has the VEC blend of awesome ingredients. Once I dry and style my hair, I spray on some Shaping Spray to help my hair’s volume and curls last all day long.

Cristophe Shaping Spray

Cristophe Shaping Spray

The Shaping Hair Spray gives a flexible hold for natural looking hair that isn’t stiff or sticky. It keeps my fine hair from drooping even on damp and rainy days. I need to note that it does have a discernible sweet fragrance that definitely lingers, but for those who don’t mind fragrance this is a terrific hair spray option.

I am also happy to report that all of Cristophe’s products are color safe, paraben free, and cruelty free. The next time you are at the drugstore, pick up some Cristophe and wilted hair will be a thing of the past.  – Lisa

My Cristophe volumized hair

My Cristophe volumized hair

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Two beautiful hair care bargains: Marc Anthony Moisture Gloss and Pro Finish Ultimate Hold Hair Spray

Lately I have been into ‘updos’, braiding my hair, putting it in a bun, or at the very least curling it. For Christmas, my mom got me The Perfecter (I’m sure you have seen the infomercial!) and that has made curling my hair extremely easy. While it’s probably best for people with short hair, for my long layered hair it gives me a smooth, softly curled look in about 3 minutes. To assist in my hair styling adventures I experiment a lot with different hair care products and some of my favorites were sent by Marc Anthony. Marc Anthony is a very reasonably priced hair care line that you can find online here or at drugstore.com, and it is also easily found at stores like Ulta and Walgreens.

Moisture Gloss

Marc Anthony Moisture Gloss Daily Drops

Moisture Gloss

Moisture Gloss Daily Drops

The product that really first defined the Marc Anthony line is the Moisture Gloss Daily Drops ($7.99). Oh my, talk about getting yourself some shiny hair!! This has micro-refined silicones that actually penetrate the hair shaft instead of just sitting on top of it. It only takes a few drops for my mid-back length hair so the price is right and a bottle lasts a very long time.

Moisture Gloss

What Moisture Gloss Daily Drops can do for you!

I massage a few drops into my damp, towel-dried hair and I have no static and no tangles. I end up with super smooth, super shiny, and completely frizz-free hair. I also use a few drops on my dry second day hair to freshen it up without weighing it down.  Moisture Gloss Daily Drops is an excellent product that is also a fantastic bargain.

Pro Finish Hairspray

Pro Finish Hairspray

Another big favorite of mine is the Marc Anthony Pro Finish Ultimate Hold Hair Spray ($7.99). I like hair spray that holds my curl, but doesn’t leave my hair stiff or crunchy. This is a fabulous hair spray that truly does the job. It keeps my curls, yet my hair is still touchable and soft. Whether I use a little or a lot, Pro Finish Ultimate Hold Hair Spray never gives me flaky hair.  t does have a bit of a scent, but it’s pleasant and it quickly dissipates.

Marc Anthony has some really terrific hair products at bargain prices. Pick these up the next time you see them at the store, you won’t be sorry.  – Lisa

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My Marc Anthony hair, courtesy of the Moisture Gloss and Pro Finish Hairspray

My Marc Anthony hair, courtesy of the Moisture Gloss and Pro Finish Hairspray

Volumized hair with Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Mousse and Hairspray

By now we have all heard the praises of argan oil, a veritable miracle for the hair. If your hair loves argan oil as much as mine does then you need to check out Marc Anthony, a very affordable hair care line that does argan oil right.

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Marc Anthony Oil of Mococco Argan Oil Hairspray and Mousse

The Marc Anthony stylist team says, “We often look to beauty secrets of the past as inspiration for now. One of the greatest ancestral beauty secrets comes from Morocco – Argan Oil. It is really a ‘super oil’ because it has so many benefits – strengthening, moisturizing, shine, damage relief, and the list goes on. When you buy Argan Oil for your hair you’re getting one of the best natural resources for healthy looking hair.”

The BIZ was happy to be sent two products from Marc Anthony’s Oil of Morocco Argan Oil line – the Volumizing Mousse ($10.99) and Volume Shine Hairspray ($8.99).  The products in this collection use a combination of Moroccan oil and keratin for awesome moisture, shine, and volume.

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Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Mousse

The Volumizing Mousse (250 ml / 8.3 fl.oz.) is a beautifully thick, creamy foam mousse. Argan oil and keratin keep hair strong, healthy, and hydrated, not to mention full of body. When I use this my hair is super soft and not crunchy at all. The mousse also gives my hair wonderful hold and shine.

Marc

Volume Mousse – so much fun to spray it should be illegal!

Marc

it almost looks like marshmallow

It’s just a ton of fun to spray the airy mousse into your hand and watch it expand, so much so that it’s tempting to use too much. You only need a dollop smoothed through damp hair. If you want super volume concentrate your application on the root area. It works great for all hair types and styles including air-dried, blown dry, straight, wavy, or curly.

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Marc Anthony Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray

The Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray (300 ml / 8.8 oz.) is a terrific hairspray that isn’t water-based so it dries very quickly. It doesn’t get crunchy and doesn’t flake. It has a medium hold that you can brush through.

For the look below, I first applied the mousse then sectioned my hair and did my blow dry dance using this large round brush:

It's the best brush for smooth hair full of body

It’s the best brush for smooth hair full of body

Once my hair was dry I lifted sections to spray with hairspray. Just spraying hairspray over the top of my hairstyle can weigh down my thin, fine strands. By spraying underneath I get extra lift and volume. Volume Shine Hairspray is lightweight so it doesn’t leave you with helmet head. Plus the hairspray is a mist, not a ‘spray’, which helps keep it natural feeling and looking.

My Marc Anthony hair

My Marc Anthony hair

Marc Anthony products  are easily found online and at Ulta, Walgreens, and CVS in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. It’s available internationally as well. This is a fantastic, affordable hair care line that you should definitely give a whirl.  – Lisa

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