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

Labor Day plans? Go beach to BBQ with Virtue Hair Care and CLEAN Air and Coconut Water

Gotta love a long weekend! Labor Day is coming up and hopefully you are planning some sort of beach/barbecue last summer weekend celebration. I know the perfect products that will take you right from your desk to the beach and then to the barbecue!

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CLEAN Eau Fraiche Air & Coconut Water

First up, as you sit at your desk dreaming about the beach fun to come, spritz on some CLEAN Eau Fraiche Air & Coconut Water ($48). Everyone who knows me even a little bit knows I am crazy about coconut and I am absolutely cuckoo for this coconut body splash. It is the perfect mix of refreshing air and yummy summery coconut. Notes include Italian bergamot, lemon, freesia flower, rose, and clean air musk. You won’t be able to stop smelling yourself.

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream and Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream

Once you are finally beach bound, don’t bother with a blow out. I recommend smoothing out hair with Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream ($40). It locks in moisture and keeps hair frizz free, so you can have lovely beachy waves all day without looking frazzled. If you want to go with a blowout, it’s a fantastic styling cream that I am reaching for after every shampoo.

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Done swimming and heading to a barbecue? Just put a dollop of this fabulous Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip ($36) on your roots while hair is still damp. It will give you tons of lift and volume and you can put hair up into a quick bun that will look easy and stylish all night long. Time to party!!

You can find CLEAN products online and at Ulta and Sephora and Virtue products online at Virtuelabs.com and in salons nationwide.  – 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

Goldwell Kerasilk brings shine and control even to the hair we hate

Goldwell Haircare is the creator of many fine products including color, styling, shampoo/conditioner, dry shampoo, and the list goes on. It’s one of the highest regarded names in hair care available today. We were given the opportunity to try out the Kerasilk line which we were thrilled about. Lisa already knew and loved Goldwell but it’s a new line for Marcia. Kerasilk has unique ingredients like engineered Keratin and lightweight silk that contribute to the integrity of the products.

KERASILK

Kerasilk is the new, revolutionary luxury hair care line that delivers long-lasting hair transformations providing beauty, strength and protection. The secret: the KT3 combination of engineered Keratin, lightweight silk and high-performing KeraShape Technology with Glyoxilic Acid.

MARCIA’S 2 PRODUCTS

Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct and Control

Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct and Control

Little did I know that when I met Lisa for our monthly meetup that she would be drooling when I handed over her Goldwell Kerasilk product to use and review. I think if we’d been close to my house she would have driven over to take mine away from me. Even though I’ve heard of Goldwell and wanted to try the line, it just never happened for me. But now I have to hide my two goodies from my pal!

GOLDWELL KERASILK RECONSTRUCT RESTORATIVE BALM is the daily balm from them and it’s doing wonders for my hair. I like to get my hair professionally straightened but it’s been over a year since I’ve had the time or money to do so. Therefore a product known for its innovative use of keratin is something I appreciate.

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Since I use heat on my hair daily I welcome this new version of Reconstruct as it helps with the severe frizzies as well as protects my hair from that heat. It has a fragrance that doesn’t last long (although I’ll notice it later if my hair gets damp) and it helps me wet brush through my hair after applying it. Not only that but it has color protection to it also. It’s not a very thick balm but I don’t need much more than a flat quarter size to get my shoulder length hair ready for drying. It can be used on dry hair but I haven’t tried it that way. My hair stays smooth and managed throughout the day.

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Bal

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

GOLDWELL KERASILK CONTROL INTENSIVE SMOOTHING MASK is my heavy-duty babe. This is for the hair I hate – frizzy, out of control, and just plain fugly. But after a weekly dose of this mask my hair is back to smoothness again.

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask

I appreciate this smoothing mask more than I can say. My hair becomes shiny and easy to style with it. I can feel it protecting my hair from heat. I notice less fragrance from Control than I do with Reconstruct, surely because I wash it out.

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask with its spatula

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask with its spatula

Directions say to apply this to wet or towel dried hair, leave it in for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. I do it all in one step in the shower so on the days I’m going to use Control I wash my hair first, apply this mask and then keep my head out of the water. I leave it in for at least 5 minutes (more if my shower doesn’t decide to run out of warm water), then rinse. I personally don’t use the balm on the same day but use another one so that my nose won’t get overwhelmed.

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask

See that cool super size spatula? It comes nestled in the top of the jar lid so that your fingers don’t contaminate the product – or in my case, get the mask under my fingernails. You can see too that it’s thick but not too thick. You know you are getting more enrichment from this intensive mask than you would from a conditioner.

My results are great with both products. Great enough that I’m not inviting Lisa over to my new house unless I hide these away.

LISA’S 1 PRODUCT

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Oh yeah…when I saw this, I looked at Marcia and said, “I have literally spent THOUSANDS of dollars on Goldwell Kerasilk products!! They are amazing!!!” Then I demanded that she hand over every new product we get from here on out. We shall see if she honors my demands!

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Repower Volume Foam Conditioner is definitely different from any hair product I have ever tried before. I thought it was a hair mousse…then I thought it was leave-in conditioner. But it’s neither. It’s a foam conditioner that is applied to wet hair after shampooing. You leave it in for two minutes, then rinse.

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

This is what I consider a specialty hair product. It’s not going to work for everyone. It works for me, because I have fine hair that tends to be limp. It needs some volume and a little ‘oomph’. If you have fine hair, you will love this – it gives hair texture, body, and resilience without weighing it down. What it doesn’t do is make hair soft and shiny, so if that’s what you want, check out the products Marcia reviewed (and is giving to me because SHE PROMISED ME!!!)

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

I definitely had fun using the Repower Volume Foam Conditioner.  I mean, just look at that foam….it looks like shaving cream, whipped cream, and hair mousse all got together and had a baby! I sooo wanted to give myself a Santa mustache and beard just for fun before I used it properly. And since there were no witnesses, I’m not admitting to anything.

Ultimately, I had lots of volume and texture without having to use any other styling products. Goldwell Kerasilk is a tremendous line with hair products that address every hair need that exists, so be sure to take a look and see what they have to offer that will turn the hair you hate into the hair you love.

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New year, new hair with Mitch Stone Essentials Luxury Repair and Style

Mitch Stone Luxury Repair and Style Cream

You know what I asked for this Christmas? Beautiful floaty hair. You know what kind of hair I mean…the kind that has tons of soft, touchable body that seems to just float about your head. Not in a static nightmare sort of way though.cv-hair-and-beauty

I got my buttery soft floaty hair just in time for New Years! One of my secrets is Mitch Stone Essentials Luxury Repair & Style ($24).                                                                                                                                      sample

Just check out everything it does:

  • Repairs damaged hair

  • Ultra Hydrating

  • Instant Smooth

  • Adds Texture to Ends and Layers

  • Eliminates Frizz

  • Protects

  • Restores

  • Adds Shine

  • Reduces Blow Drying Time

  • Moisturizes

Mitch Stone Luxury Repair and Style CreamMitch Stone Luxury Repair and Style Cream

This super lightweight leave in styling treatment gives great results! My fine hair is easily weighed down, but I can’t seem to overdo it with this creamy goodness. I have long hair, about mid-back length, and 2 or 3 squirts gives it amazing body, shine, and that floaty effect that is exactly what I want.Mitch Stone Luxury Repair and Style Cream

I am beyond impressed with Mitch Stone Essentials Luxury Repair & Style and definitely recommend you pick this up right away! You can find it online at www.mitchstonehair.com. I want to try all the products in this line, because if they are half as good as the Luxury Repair & Style they will be worth their weight in gold.  – Lisa

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