Go for natural beauty with Good Earth Beauty’s Beauty Box

I read complaints all the time about beauty boxes for several reasons: there aren’t any boxes for natural beauty lovers; I don’t need a new box every month; there are so many products that would come that I wouldn’t use. Forget all that because there’s a beauty box in town that has shot these all down. That box is from Good Earth Beauty. I’m very impressed with the way they run the box program. You pick exactly which box/es you want. You pick when they should come. You pick the variety you like best. And there are often new boxes that will tempt you.                                               *pr sample

Good Earth Beauty Beginner's Beauty Box

Good Earth Beauty Beginner’s Beauty Box

The Good Earth Beauty Beginner’s Beauty Box is a no-nonsense box. The box isn’t fancy but the products within are a perfect way to learn about Good Earth Beauty’s products. What you’ll find in this $23 non-subscription box is:

*soap – unscented full sized bar by Good Earth Beauty

*shampoo & conditioner – by good earth beauty – 1 oz sample bottles

*Cleanser  –  By Good Earth Beauty – 1 oz sample bottle

*perfume – mini roller bottle – vanilla

*chocolate lip scrub – full sized

Good Earth Beauty Japanese Cherry Blossom Shampoo and Conditioner

Good Earth Beauty Japanese Cherry Blossom Shampoo and Conditioner

Good Earth Beauty has created 8 different scents in their shampoo and conditioner line. You can purchase any of these 8 fragrances for $2.50 each in sample sizes (Mint Mojito, Pumpkin Chai, Bamboo Flower, Coconut, Coconut Lime, Cranberry Citrus, Kiwi Lemon Basil and Japanese Cherry Blossom). While I’ve only used the Japanese Cherry Blossom that was in my set I can tell you that not only does it smell delicious but the shampoo and conditioner left my hair soft and well-cleansed without stripping it of natural oils. This fragrance is considered their moisturizing one and my hair appreciated it. (Value in box $5)

Good Earth Beauty Vitamin C Normal Skin Facial Cleanser

Good Earth Beauty Vitamin C Normal Skin Facial Cleanser

The Good Earth Beauty cleanser in my box is the Vitamin C Facial Cleanser for normal skin. There are 3 cleansers that Good Earth creates: Vitamin C for normal, Sugar Cleanser for oily skin, and Aloe & Honey for dry skin. “this Botanical Gel Wash is exactly what you have been looking for. Plant actives enrich this inspired formula with healing components. Plant lipids sooth and protect the upper dermal layers for a desirable washing experience….every day! Aloe Vera heals all that ails you skin wise…and coconut and sugar derived surfactants gently wash away the grime and goop of daily living for a fresh new start..” As someone with normal to dry skin this is a great cleanser for me. The fragrance is a light lemon one, a favorite of mine. (You can buy the samples for $2.50)

Good Earth Beauty Mint Mojito hair and body wash

Good Earth Beauty Mint Mojito hair and body wash

The delicious smelling Hair and Body Wash in my box is Mint Mojito. This minty lime smells so much like the drink. Good Earth Beauty says it’s enough for 3 uses but I’ve already gotten 4 uses out of it and will get at least one more. There are 7 flavors of this: Mint Mojito, Chocolate Amour, coconut, cranberry citrus, Honey Almond, Strawberry Margarita and Warm Vanilla. (Hungry or thirsty yet??). If I was willing to share then my husband would love this as a hair and body wash but I haven’t told him even though I’ve been using it as a body wash. (Samples sold for $2.50)

Like all Good Earth Beauty products these are all free of parabens, pesticides, petroleum, propylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, and artificial colors.

Good Earth Beauty No Nonsense Non-Scents Soap

Good Earth Beauty No Nonsense Non-Scents Soap

No Nonsense Non-Scents soap is one of 7 that Good Earth Beauty creates. This fragrance free soap contains Saponified Organic Oils of olive, coconut, and palm plus shea butter. I always have a a bar of soap at each of my sinks as well as a liquid soap and this is a great choice. It keeps my hands from drying out with its moisturizing ingredients. ($8)

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Lip Scrub

If I didn’t convince you in my previous Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrub review then this is the perfect opportunity to drill this into your head. OMG Chocolate! I love the other flavors but you know a chocoholic is going to go nuts for this one. This is a sugar scrub that you really want to just lick off your lips but wait until it’s done its job first. Scoop out a little and rub your lips with it. It feels a tiny bit oily at first but that’s just the way it moisturizes. After exfoliating you’re allowed to lick your lips but you’re going to want to go back again and again to do this! Total yum and available separately in 7 flavors. ($8.25) Ingredients: sugar, organic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, organic almond oil, organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil, and flavor.

Good Earth Beauty Warm Vanilla Candy Perfume

Good Earth Beauty Warm Vanilla Candy Perfume

This tiny roll on bottle brings delicious concentrated fragrance. This beauty box seems to only have this scent available but in total Good Earth Beauty has 16 samples available for $3.99 each. These are made by Mod Fragrance exclusively for Good Earth Beauty. Ingredients include Olive Oil, Squalene, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Grapeseed Oil, Natural Orchid Extract, Pure Essential Oils and/or Natural Fragrance Oils.

Good Earth Beauty Beginner's Beauty Box

Good Earth Beauty Beginner’s Beauty Box

While you can always put together your own sampler box with Good Earth Beauty you will save money by purchasing this for $23 and free shipping. It’s a $30.25 value so it’s like getting the soap for free. Good Earth Beauty also has a variety of boxes like a Chocolate Lovers box, a Coffee Lovers box and a Pumpkin box. There’s no end to the wonders of these boxes and you aren’t bound to a subscription. Buy what you want, when you want. —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

Color Care by StriVectin HAIR – Ageless Beauty

Leave it to StriVectin to not only come out with a new terrific haircare line but to add in a product I’ve never used before even after having color treated hair for dozens of years. I received the opportunity to try out StriVectinHAIR Color Care Starter Trio and was eager to have the experience. Now that I’m using it, I’m thrilled.

StriVectin HAIR Color Care Starter Trio

StriVectin HAIR Color Care Starter Trio

This travel size set is the perfect way to know if StriVectin HAIR is for you. There’s a 2 fl oz bottle of Color Care Shampoo, a 2 fl oz bottle of Color Care Conditioner, and the product that makes this even more special – a 1 oz tube of Color Care Vibrancy Booster. The Color Care Trio has lasted me for several weeks and I’m not finished with the 3 products.

StriVectin Color Care Trio

StriVectin Color Care Trio

I haven’t enjoyed washing my hair this much in months. I love how my hair looks and feels after using this. Why do you want this? I’m sure it’s for the same reasons I do. If you color treat your hair you want to use products that are very gentle yet effective. Products that help you retain color and keep it from fading. What makes StriVectin different is that it’s formulated with “NIA-114™ and Chromalast Protein Complex™ to offer UV protection, lock in color, and reduce damage due to coloring treatments. ”

While the shampoo and conditioner are excellent and I feel like they do their job perfectly, it’s the Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster that has made me excited about StrivectinHAIR. As a matter of fact it’s sitting in my Beauty Brands cart waiting for me to order it.

StriVection HAIR Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster

StriVection HAIR Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster

Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster has a texture that’s between a serum and a conditioner, it’s slightly thicker than a hair serum would be while at the same time it’s thin enough to massage it into your hair easily. Wash, condition, and then vibrancy boost. The way to use the booster is to massage it onto your scalp and then work your way down. Leave it in for 2-3 minutes. It’s recommended to use this 2 to 3 times a week which works great for my personal timing. The Instant Vibrancy Booster targets signs of damage but it also helps strengthen your hair for improved conditioning and luster. When I use it I feel that my hair is shinier than ever.

The products have a luscious smell. I had to stick my nose into the bottles to figure out what it was since it’s not overwhelming. I notice a melon fragrance to them. I can smell it on my hair when I move my head and it makes me smile. Some scented products keep me up at night but these soothe me.

StriVectin HAIR

StriVectin HAIR

StriVectin explain all the benefits on their box to show why these contribute to ageless hair. You hair will be strong, radiant, full, hydrated, nourished, smooth, soft, bodified, vibrant, and manageable. I’m going to have to agree with all 10 points. I love running my fingers through my StriVection HAIR head!

StriVectin HAIR Color Care products

StriVectin HAIR Color Care products

This set is one of 3 that StriVectin has and they also have a full line of their products. If you need extra volume try the Max Volume Starter Trio, the secret product in that collection is the Max Volume Bodifying Radiance Serum. If you feel you need to restore and revitalize damaged hair then the Ultimate Restore Starter Trio is the answer to your needs. That too has a special product, the Ultimate Restore Deep Repair Mask. Each trio is $30 or $32 while individual products cost between $10 and $45. Almost every product can be bought in the travel size too if there’s just one you want to test out. That alone is unique.

Beauty Brands carries the StriVectin Hair line along with other online retailers. StriVectin has come so far from their beginning and the direction they are going in with their hair line is making me so happy. Color Care products are just what the (hair) doctor ordered for me.  — Marcia

*sent for consideration

Our Kenra Professional Hair Care experiences

One of the great things about being blog partners is that Lisa and I (Marcia) can share experiences and products. We are always gabbing back and forth over what we’ve used and what we love. We also insist that each other use products that we’ve fallen in love with.  That’s the case with KENRA PROFESSIONAL HAIR PRODUCTS. Lisa fell in love with the products she reviewed and insisted that I would love them too. Kenra happily shared more items with us which we appreciate.

MARCIA’S PRODUCTS

 

Kenra Daily Provision and Kenra Platinim Smoothing Creme

Kenra Daily Provision and Kenra Platinim Smoothing Creme

I was looking for styling products including something to protect my hair before flat ironing. I’ve had trouble finding something that wasn’t too wet since I didn’t want to fry my hair. I wanted something gentle without a heavy fragrance but that was powerful enough to hold up to a hot hair styling tool. KENRA DAILY PROVISION to the rescue. This leave-in conditioner was exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Kenra Daily Provision

Kenra Daily Provision

This $15 spray is double duty and when I can get everything I need in one handy item, I’m thrilled. I can spray this on my wet from the shower hair and it becomes the leave in that I need when I’m using my blow dryer. Or I can use it whenever I want before I style with any heated tool. It’s very lightweight but it does the job perfectly. It’s never too heavy, it’s never sticky, it protects against UV, color, and adds the thermal protection I’ve been seeking.

I love that it helps with humidity and frizz too. I don’t use dry shampoo very often so this is the type of refresher that I prefer. There’s a light fragrance that I notice at first only.

Super ingredient list:

  • Amodimethicone A water soluable silicone that imparts shine, manageability and anti-static properties.
  • Daily Provision Complex (Chamomile, Horse Chestnut, Sage. Nettle, Lemon Balm, Coltsfoot Leaf, Rosemary, Birch, and Horsetail) A complex that provides scalp soothing benefits, adds shine and moisture to hair and provides an uplifting aroma.
  • Cetrimonium Chloride A conditioning agent that detangles the hair and improves wet combing.
  • Hydrolyzed Silk Protein A protein that provides strength to hair.
  • Benzophenone-4 Sunscreen for UV protection from drying and color fade.
Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme

KENRA PLATINUM SMOOTHING CREME is the other product I’ve been using. It’s replaced my old favorites and it did that instantaneously. I can’t believe how smooth this makes my hair feel and how it helps with blow drying. It doesn’t take much to rub through my shoulder length hair. I’m able to comb through my hair quickly and easily once applied.

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme 3 short pumps

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme 3 short pumps

The Smoothing Creme is part of the Platinum line which is a salon sold line. It is available at drugstore.com but I had trouble finding anyplace else that sells it online. I recommend tracking it down if you love silky soft hair that stays clean for days. Using this your hair is protected from UV rays as well as the heat or your blow dryer and other heated tools. I use this after washing my hair and save Daily Provisions for the days I just style.

Super ingredients:

    • Dimethicone Silicone, hair conditioner.
    • Panthenol and Sodium PCA Provides moisture and restores shine.
    • Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride UV filter that helps to prevent damage and to preserve color. Also provides thermal protection from blow drying and curling irons

LISA’S PRODUCTS

Kenra Hair Care

Kenra Hair Care

A while back I fell in love with my Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze as well as the Thickening Glaze and I couldn’t stop raving about them to Marcia. I had very high expectations for the next three products I tried from Kenra and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Kenra Hair Care

1.  Color Maintenance Shampoo for Color Treated Hair  ($23)  I love this shampoo because it cleans my hair and keeps my color looking fresh and bright. It does everything a great shampoo should do, including:

  • Gently cleanses and replenishes moisture without stripping hair color
  • Improves manageability and readily detangles
  • Helps to strengthen chemically challenged hair
  • Adds vibrance and shine
  • Great for all hair types
  • Helps extend the life of color/color safe
Ingredients like coconut oil-derived cleansers and botanical extracts protect hair color and this shampoo is a terrific match with the coordinating conditioner.

2.  Color Maintenance Conditioner for Color Treated Hair ($31) This is a bit of an oddball product. The texture really threw me off at first – it’s a little watery and very gritty. I have found that it’s helpful to shake the bottle before using and I have to say it has become one of my most favorite hair care products. It accomplishes a lot:

  • Gently cleanses and replenishes moisture without stripping hair color
  • Improves manageability and readily detangles
  • Helps to strengthen chemically challenged hair
  • Adds vibrance and shine
  • Great for all hair types
  • Helps extend the life of color/color safe
I think the grittiness is from the silk proteins that repair hair and calm any frizziness. Also, the emollients are perfect for smoothing and detangling color treated hair.  

3.  Platinum Blow-Dry Spray ($22)  This smells fabulous….really clean and fresh. I normally don’t particularly like fragranced hair products, but this is one to buy just because it smells so perfect. Other pluses?  It helps my hair dry faster and is a great detangler. Here are all the benefits:

  • Dramatically decreases blow-dry time by 50%
  • Provides intense heat protection from damage and breakage
  • Lightweight formulation detangles, smoothes, and softens
  • Eliminates frizz and resists humidity
  • Provides long-lasting, healthy looking results
All together, my Kenra Professional Hair Care trio makes for a wonderful hair day every time I use them.  Marcia and I don’t just want to enlighten each other – we want our readers to join in on the secrets to the best products, and Kenra Professional Hair Care products are definitely ones to add to your must-try list!

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You’ll love the Tara Smith hair care line and you’ll love this giveaway

Tara Smith haircare line

Tara Smith haircare products are not only beautiful but they are wonderful to use. We were sent products to use ourselves and tell you about them plus one of you will be able to win the shampoo, conditioner and hair styling product of your choice. Let’s learn more, shall we?

Tara Smith is a celebrity hair stylist. She’s responsible for some of the beautiful looks you see on stars like Marisa Tomei, Rosario Dawson and (sigh) Gerard Butler. But she’s more than that. She’s a woman who made a commitment to make products that are free from toxins and harsh chemicals, ones that feed your hair. She wants your hair to be de-stressed so that it’s beautifully healthy. Tara Smith Hair is a vegan, cruelty free, gluten free line.

Her products consist of 4 cleansing and conditioning lines and 4 different styling products

–          Cleansing and Conditioning products: Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner, Gorgeously Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner, Shine On Shampoo & Conditioner, and Working Curls Shampoo & Conditioner

Tara Smith shampoos

Tara Smith shampoos

–          Styling products: Base Coat Serum, Shining Moment Glosser, Rock On Hard Gel, Brilliant Thickening Cream

Tara Smith styling products

Tara Smith styling products

“All of my haircare products are fully vegan and not tested on animals. Every product is free from animal-derived ingredients, parabens, SLES, glycols, phthalates, PEGS, artificial coloring, and synthetic fragrances.” – Tara

MARCIA’S SIDE:

It’s my job to describe all the products in the Tara Smith line. I’ll be brief but I’d love to be long. These products contain amazing ingredients and what I’ve used has produced beautiful, shiny hair.

FEED THE ROOT Shampoo and Conditioner ($16 each): If your hair is weighed down because of products Feed The Root shampoo and conditioner are the ones you’d want. They don’t strip hair, instead they cleanse enough to get rid of impurities yet leave your hair shiny and healthy.

Tara Smith Feed The Root

Tara Smith Feed The Root

GORGEOUSLY GENTLE shampoo and conditioner ($16 each): This set of products are the ones most of you will love. It’s a wonderful everyday line that calms your your scalp. Lisa will give you more information on this line.

Tara Smith Gorgeously Gentle

Tara Smith Gorgeously Gentle

SHINE ON shampoo and conditioner ($16 each) is the line I’ve been using and totally loving. I color treat my hair and I was able to go an extra week this time because my hair was as vibrant as ever. It’s the perfect line for anyone who does any process on their head because it helps strengthen your hair as well as protect it and create blinding shine.

Tara Smith Shine On

Tara Smith Shine On

WORKING CURLS shampoo and conditioner ($16 each): Tara Smith didn’t forget all the beauties with glorious curls or even the ones who just want glorious curls. This set of shampoo and conditioner combats frizz while strengthening, conditioning and protecting them. Anyone with waves or curls is going to love these two.

Tara Smith Working Curls

Tara Smith Working Curls

Tara Smith Styling products

Tara Smith Styling products

SHINING MOMENT GLOSSER SPRAY ($18) is for already styled hair. I’m not really a spray type person but this one I like – a lot. This is the top coat to finish your hair. The spray is very light, unlike an aerosol spray. It helps with shine and control. It’s not stiff at all so I can still comb through my hair with my fingers.

ROCK ON HARD GEL ($18) works to control your style without stiffness. It’s loaded with minerals to keep your hair smooth and protected.

BASE COAT SERUM ($26) is a product I’ve been using as my styling product when I wash my hair. They call this the “foundation primer” for your hair. I put a few small pumps in my hand, rub my hands together and fingercomb it through my hair prior to blow drying. It’s all I need to keep away frizz and to make my hair so easy to manage. Plus it helps with the shine. A true winner for me.

BRILLIANT THICKENING CREAM ($24) is Tara Smith’s most popular styling product. It’s a volumizer that is perfect for those of you who heat style. Not only will your hair be super shiny but it will be strengthened and bouncy.

LISA’S SIDE:

Have you ever seen such cool packaging for a hair care line?? I love having my shower lined with these beautiful creatures! The product inside lives up to the glorious outside. I use FEED THE ROOT SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER once a week as a clarifying treatment, and the GORGEOUSLY GENTLE SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER on the other days for lots of moisture (thanks to the aloe vera) and tons of shine. I also get an amazing amount of volume and bounce with the BRILLIANT THICKENING CREAM, which I apply to damp hair before styling.

Not only did I get to test these fab hair products, I also was able to do an email interview with the gorgeous Tara Smith herself!

The incredibly beautiful Tara Smith

The incredibly beautiful Tara Smith

Me: What role do botanicals play in creating healthy hair?

TS: For healthy hair, you always want to make sure you are nourishing locks with healthy ingredients. Some of my favorite botanicals such as Tea Tree Oil, Bamboo Extract, Rosemary Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, and Sweet Almond Protein work to replenish, deeply cleanse, soothe, and hydrate hair for amazing shine and strength.

Me: What are some of the biggest environmental stresses on hair, and besides great products, how can we best protect hair from these stresses?

TS: Some major environmental stresses on hair include heat, dry cold air, and especially humidity in the summer! Humidity will cause hair strands swell up and make frizz up in minutes. To keep hair smooth and shielded from extreme moisture in the air, try my Base Coat Serum! This high-performance little bottle packs a botanical punch to give you nourished and frizz-free locks – with lab studies showing it can control frizz in 80% humidity for up to 24 hours after use! The serum was also proven to increase shine by 65%!

Me: You work with a lot of celebrities…has any one in particular influenced style ideas or any of your products?

TS: Working with actors and actresses since I was 21 allowed me to gain a ton valuable experience and have my ultimate aha moment! With my film star clients demanding only natural products in their hair, I realized there wasn’t a natural, high-performance line that did the job. It was then that I decided to develop my own line with high performance botanical technology that made all types of hair look as good as it feels and feel as good as it looks! When it comes to style, I created Rosario Dawson’s lob after she needed fresh new look which became a big hit soon after!

Big thanks to Tara Smith for her insightful answers and her amazing products. Now that you know about Tara Smith Hair get on it and enter our giveaway.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is open to US subscribers only. You get to pick the set of shampoo and conditioner that best suits your hair along with the styling product of your choice. That’s a pretty amazing deal since you get exactly want your head needs. The giveaway runs through August 31st. If comments close early you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and then continue. Put on your thinking caps and decide which of these sound perfect for you!!
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Favorite travel size products

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday decided to share our top ten travel products but I just can’t do that. I have way more than 10 so I’m going to share what I’ll be buying and taking on upcoming trips. I have a 3 day weekend trip in August and then in the winter I’ll be going south for about 8 days so I’m in planning mode.

Let’s first start with what travel size treasures I’m taking for my 3 day weekend trip (I’m sure more will be added though). There aren’t a lot of mini cosmetics around but you can easily find travel sizes of skincare and haircare. My best sources for these small products are subscription boxes like IPSY and Glossybox. I also watch Sephora’s emails carefully because they often have codes for deluxe samples that are great for travel or to stick in your purse. Even though I don’t travel that often I like to be able to try new things by using samples.  — Marcia

Travel minis

Travel minis

SKINCARE:

1) ADVENTURESS SWIPES* are great to stick in my purse. They are the size of my palm and thin enough that they take up almost no space. My favorite is the YouVee Sunscreen Swipes which you can open, use, close, use later. They won’t last for more than a day but it’s a great day trip product. (A box of 24 is $33)

There are three types of swipes:

Naturally Liberating Cleanser Swipes are a fragrance free creamy cleanser that will leave your skin hydrated.

Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer Swipes are anti-aging and contain a number of good for your skin ingredients.

YouVee Sunscreen Swipes are SPF30 and are invaluable. This is a great way to refresh your sunscreen. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.7% Sunscreen, Titanium Dioxide 6.5% Sunscreen.

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

2.  ALGENIST SKINCARE products are fabulous. I use a lot of different types of skincare and Algenist is one of my very favorite brands. I’ve gotten travel sizes through Sephora points and codes and on the Algenist website where they have 17 different travel sizes for sale. They also have travel kits and I’ve purchased those. Three of my favorites that will be coming on both my trips – Retinol & Lifting Serum ($33 mini that’s twice the size of mine), Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($40 for the mini that’s twice the size of mine) and Complete Eye Renewal Balm.

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

3.  KLORANE SMOOTHING AND RELAXING PATCHES FOR EYES were in a recent IPSY bag. Since my weekend trip is a wedding I’m bringing one of these to use the afternoon of the wedding so I’ll look more refreshed. I have other options like the eye patches from ToGoSpa that I love but for this trip the very thin Klorane will slip into a pocket of my purse easily.

Klorane Eye Contour patches

Klorane Eye Contour patches

4.  SUPERGOOP EVERYDAY SUNSCREEN was also in one of my IPSY bags and I was so excited. I’ve gone through several of these in the past. When it comes to samples in those subscriptions, when they send a brand like SUPERGOOP it’s A-OK with me. This size is perfect for a 3 days trip. I’ll put this on in the morning and then keep my Adventuress YouVee Swipes with me during the day.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

HAIRCARE:

5.  LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER are samples I received not that long ago with a Sephora code. I’d been wanting to try Living Proof and the code came at the right time. There were 12 nice size samples in the package. I’ve been testing it and one packet has lasted me through 3 shampoos and there’s probably enough for 2 more. I’m very impressed with Living Proof and now I see what the fuss is all about.

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER

6.  AMIKA PERK UP DRY SHAMPOO is something I’ve actually given away in the past but when I recently got this in an Ipsy bag I realized I needed it. It’s going on my winter trip to refresh my hair when I get up too late to wash.

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

7.  CONAIR TRAVEL SIZE DETANGE BRUSH* is my favorite travel companion. Now that I’ve learned how great wet brushes are I want one on every trip. It’s a compact size brush that works great for me after I wash my hair or on dry hair. Love this baby!

Conair Detangling Brush

Conair Detangle Brush

COSMETICS

8.  COVER FX ILLUMINATING PRIMER was a code sample from Sephora. I’d been dying to try it and I’m so glad I had something I wanted to buy when the code was available. This is a terrific, unfragranced, primer that will be perfect under my foundation at night for the parties I’ll be at.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

9. LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMER is one of my favorite primers so having this travel size from my LORAC Pro eyeshadow palette is wonderful. I know my eyeshadow primers aren’t that big but the way I overpack pack, I need to make space.

10.  IT COSMETICS BYE BYE CONCEALER was in a kit I bought from the IT Cosmetics website. I prefer the concealer in Fair but this one in Light is great too. I’m a huge fan of this concealer anyway so having this in my kit was a great bonus.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

11.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES MASCARA was in the same kit. I’ve named this my favorite mascara in the past and it’s still way up there. It’s the perfect size for travel.

12. URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE ON LIP PENCIL in OZONE – another IPSY delight. This clear liner means I don’t have to travel with other lip pencils and can still bring my umpteen lip colors without worry.

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

13.  TheBALM NUDE DUDE EYESHADOW in FLIRTY is a beautiful bronze sparkly dude. I get tired of shadows quickly so this will be in my bag just in case I want a change.

14.  BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER is a mini that is now available for $6.95 on the Beautylish website. When I bought my Bioderma Micellar Water my mini was a bonus and I was afraid to use it up. Now I know I can replace it since it’s not refillable and I’m doing a happy dance about that.

BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER

BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER

Since you can only purchase a few of the ones I’ve shown I’ve made a Beauty Set picking out 10 11 of my favorites from ULTA’s website that I’d recommend for travel too.

Beautysets - Travel mini favorites
1.  tarte Maracuja Oil travel size ($15)
2.  BeccaTravel Size Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal ($19)
3.  IT Cosmetics Travel Size CC+ Cream ($15)
4.  LORAC Travel Size TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($13)
5. tarte cosmetics How Sweet It Is lip and cheek duo (14)
6. Smashbox Mini Double Exposure Palette ($24)
7. IT Cosmetics Ulta Your Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5 Pc Travel Brush Set ($30) includes complexion, shadow, crease, smudger, liner/brow
8. Almay 15 count eye makeup remover pads ($1.49)
9. DermOrganic Try Me Set ($9.99) contains Conditioning Shampoo 1 fl oz, one Masque Hair Repair 1 fl oz, and one Leave-In Treatment 0.17 fl oz.
10.  AG Hair Travel Simply Dry Shampoo (8.95)
11.  WHISH Coconut On The Go Set 2 ounce coconut body wash, coconut shave cream, and coconut body butter ($20)


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Makeup Wars with Keune Hair Care products – Keratin Smoothing Line

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

The ladies of Makeup Wars are a varied bunch in our taste and especially with our hair. We all have different styles, lengths, textures and desires when it comes to how we like our hair. KEUNE hair care has provided each of us with a haircare line that suits our taste. What you’ll see in our posts this time are the products that Keune carries so that you can find the ones that suit your needs and your life style.

I’ve had straight hair my entire life though it’s never been that glass like straight that you see in advertisements. After an illness my hair suddenly went from straight to crazy. I lost a huge volume of hair and is it regrew it came in kinky and then settled into some funny waves that went every which way. That’s when I got serious and started having Keratin treatments. I have them about every 9 months because I want to retain my youth (obviously) and have straight, easy to care for locks.

KEUNE CARE LINE KERATIN SMOOTHING is the line I chose as it’s listed under “Smooth and Manageable” which describes what I am looking for to a tee. There are 4 products in the line and are all highly recommended if you want smooth hair and could use the benefits of keratin added to the products you use.

I have to start with how much I love the packaging of the Keratin Smoothing line. Fuchsia and charcoal look stunning together and perfect in my gray, white and black bathroom!

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SHAMPOO is a very mild shampoo that cleanses without any stripping. It’s great for both color-treated hair and for chemical treated hair. There’s no fragrance to most of the line. Here’s some information from Keune about the shampoo: “The Quat Complex protects against Hair Fiber Breakage and ensures smooth wet combing. Keratin repairs and protects the hair structure. Provitamin B5 penetrates deeply into the hair shaft and regulates the moisture balance and gives shine.”

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING CONDITIONER is a perfect day to day conditioner. It’s creamy and leaves my hair easy to comb and protects from breakage. It contains shea butter for extra conditioning and shine.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

The KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is where we start getting really serious! The serum is what smooths my hair and keeps it from getting frizzy. This is an amazing serum that contains active keratin and argan oil. I love this serum. I need 3 small pumps for my shoulder length hair. I rub it through then brush with my wet brush and I’m ready to go. I usually don’t have to do anything else after I messily blow dry. It keeps my hair straight throughout that process. It also protects from the heat of my dryer or my flat iron. On second day hair I’ll use one pump smooshed in my palms and run it through my hair before using a flat iron.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

I have to really rave about the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This makes my hair behave like nothing else. I end up with the softest and straightest hair on the days I use this. I use this just once a week though I know I could use it more often. With this treatment it’s best to apply it after shampooing and then bundle your hair up in a towel for 5 minutes. You can do that in the shower if you want while you are shaving and washing up. I typically use it without the towel though and just step out of the water stream to let it condition and repair my hair. This has what they call “Zipper Technology”. The Treatment is great to rebuild, repair and protect any damage you have with your hair. It’s wonderful if you plan to flat iron after blowdrying since it’s so protective.

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune is a salon sold line that’s easy to locate with their salon finder. I just put in my state and it showed 2 salons close to my home and 4 others that are within reasonable distance. I just hope they carry my choice of Keratin Smoothing.

I’m thrilled that Keune chose to work with our group of Makeup War bloggers since it introduced me to a haircare line that I wouldn’t have known about but now love. Have you tried anything from Keune? — Marcia


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Frizz Fighter Alert – code red

Welcome to an edition of Makeup Wars for hair. This week we’ve been assigned (by the big boss) to share our favorite frizz fighters or volume saviors. I’m a genuine frizz hater. I’ve dealt with frizz my whole life and finally have ways to control it somewhat. For the last few years I’ve had a keratin treatment and I love the results of it. But it’s all grown out and I’m debating the merits of doing it again. Even with a Brazilian Blowout though I still need styling creams and products that fight the frizz so that’s what we have here, in no particular order. — Marcia
1433713480_ecru-acacia-protein-bb-creamECRU NEW YORK is one of my favorite haircare lines and their ACACIA PROTEIN BB CREAM is one I’ve been relying on ever since I received it. This is a great cream to protect my hair from my heat styling. It keeps my hair smooth and nourished. The Protein BB Cream contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil and Monoi Oil.
1433713281_coolway-4-160x400COOLWAY GLOW FINISHING OIL is actually part of a duo I use along with Coolway True Smooth Spray. The spray is used first and helps protect when I’m blowdrying and it also helps with frizz. The Finishing Oil is used after to make sure that my hair stays smooth and shiny.
1433713088_oil-essentials-almond-bottle-300x267OIL ESSENTIALS in SWEET ALMOND & MACADAMIA is fabulous. This oil can be used anywhere and lately I’ve been using it on my hair to help smooth it. This spring/summer has been very humid and I need all the help I can get. Oil Essentials is helping and is smells so darn good.
1433712997_makethumbnailKEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is my newest acquisition and I’m totally loving this line (full review upcoming). It is so great for those of us with frizz problems. The serum is a heat protector that contains active keratin, argan oil and essential minerals.
1433712835_dermorganic-leave-in-spray-therapy-160x300DERMORGANIC LEAVE IN SPRAY THERAPY is an “old” favorite that gets a lot of use. I think the new name might be Leave In Shine Therapy but whatever the name it’s still the same product. I use this after washing my hair and my comb just glides through my hair. It helps eliminate frizz while making my hair shiny.
1433712696_ag-hair-bb-and-deflectAG HAIR BB Cream Total Benefit Hair Primer and DEFLECT Fast Dry Heat Protection Spray work together like peanut butter and jelly. You can enjoy one without the other but together they are delicious. DEFLECT Spray is to be used on wet hair to help comb through it easily and to help with frizz protection as well as heat protection. BB Cream Primer is a hair primer that helps moisturize as well as thicken your hair to protect it from the F word.
1433712441_brazilian-blowout-masqueBRAZILIAN BLOWOUT ACAI SMOOTHING SERUM and BALM are my fall backs. I’ve been using these for years and I always have one of each on hand. You don’t need to have a keratin treatment to use these, anyone who wants a great styling tool and wants smoother looking hair would love this like I do.
Thanks for reading all my choices. My vanity is loaded with haircare so I switch around a lot. Are any of these products ones you use? If not, what do you use? —  Marcia



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