Your great hair day awaits with Ms. Pompadour!

In the sea of hair products out there, every line needs to stand out. Ms. Pompadour does on several counts. First, it has a fabulous name – I mean, who doesn’t want their hair care to be named Ms. Pompadour?? Besides that, Ms. Pompadour is known for having products with salon grade ingredients that leave hair silky soft and looking fantastic every single day. They ship super fast and have a 30 day money back guarantee. And, if you refer friends, you can earn free products and discounts.

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Ms. Pompadour comes from the same guys who created Mister Pompadour, Zack Henry and Matt Davis. Women loved the men’s line and demanded a line specifically for them, so Zack and Matt got busy and created Ms. Pompadour. I tested four different items:  The Strengthening Showering Experience Shampoo and Conditioner, the Leave-In Conditioner, and the Dry Shampoo. Did Ms. Pompadour leave me with a great hair day every day? Read on to find out!

Ms. Pompadour Strengthening Shower Experience:  Shampoo and Conditioner

Ms. Pompadour Shampoo and Conditioner

The Strengthening Shower Experience Shampoo and Conditioner Set ($32) is perfect for my fine hair. My hair is long, about mid-back, and it tends to tangle and break. It definitely needs strengthening as well as moisturizing. The Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner do this without weighing my fine strands down, which is tough to find. They also correct the pH level, so my hair is left extremely shiny and very smooth.  I love the results and am happy to say this duo gives me a great hair day every time and will definitely be a repurchase.

Ms. Pompadour Leave-In Conditioner

The Leave-In Conditioner ($21) is more serious stuff for hair that needs extra attention. It has tons of Pro Vitamin B5 to smooth broken strands, repair damaged cuticles, and prevent hair from breaking in the future. It does a very nice job of getting rid of frizz, although I did find it left my fine hair a little more weighted down than usual. So, I use this when I want to go with a straight style and it’s perfect. I like to alternate this with the regular Strengthening Conditioner.

Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo

Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo

I think I was most excited to try the Dry Shampoo ($19.50) because nothing makes my life easier than an awesome dry shampoo. I am always running late and dry shampoo saves my butt more times than I care to count. The Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo is an interesting one…it’s probably the wettest dry shampoo I have ever used. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that it is imperative you use this correctly to get the best results – and if you do so, the results are fabulous. I found that I need to hold the can a good 10 inches away from my scalp. I spray it on my part and around my hair-line, then section off areas and spray my scalp. Then I clip up my hair and let it dry while I run around like a crazy woman trying to get ready. After 5 minutes, my hair is perfect – clean, smells fresh, tons of volume, looks amazing. And yes, it’s another great hair day!

Overall, I am very impressed with Ms. Pompadour.  Great products that give me great hair at great prices. You can find this line at mspompadour.com.  – Lisa

Great hair AND a giveaway? Color me happy with ColorProof!

ColorProof Hair Care

What is better than a great hair day? Winning a giveaway for products that give you a great hair day! ColorProof has tons of fabulous products that keep locks looking luscious, and today you can win one that will definitely make your day.

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ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo and Conditioner

I wash my hair every third day and recently my shampoo and conditioner du jour is the ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo ($34) and Conditioner ($34). My hair is pretty long, about mid-back, so the ends get very dry. This shampoo/conditioner duo is extremely hydrating yet doesn’t weigh down my fine strands. They also leave my hair wonderfully soft, floaty and shiny. And in a pinch you can use the shampoo as a body wash – and boy do I love a product that multi-tasks!! I’ve also noticed that it keeps my color-treated hair vibrant and true. It’s great stuff.

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse and Epic Hold Hairspray

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse

If I plan to curl my hair, nothing beats the hold and volume of the Whipped Bodifying Mousse ($26). I can’t believe the beautiful fullness and body this thick creamy mousse gives my fine hair! It’s like a miracle. And my curls really last too. I spray them with hairspray in the morning once and that’s all I need – my curls still look great the next morning. I usually use a hot iron or hot rollers and the difference when I use a dollop of the Whipped Bodifying Mousse on my damp hair before drying then styling is significant. This stuff is totally worth it.

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse and Epic Hold Hairspray

My most favorite hairspray of all time is the ColorProof Epic Hold Hairspray so I have to give it yet another shout out – it’s just the best and I buy it in bulk. I go into palpitations if I don’t have at least two extras on hand. HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray holds my curls but doesn’t make them stiff as a board. It’s also a go-to hairspray for color treated hair.

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a very slight and tolerable scent that quickly dissipates. I have never found a hairspray with this amount of control that didn’t have a scent and luckily this one is very easy on the nose. It simply holds my style better than anything else I’ve tried, without stiffness or crunchiness. Absolute holy grail.

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

But another great hairspray to have is the Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray ($29). Wow is this stuff cool! If it’s humid or rainy, or super windy out, I spray this on either by itself or else before my regular hairspray to keep my curls locked in and to keep frizz locked out. The mist actually repels any moisture, enveloping hair and giving it complete and total protection. It keeps frizz away and keep hair perky and dry.

ColorProof never ever lets me – or my hairstyle! – down.  You should enter to win yourself some ColorProof today!! Entering is easy. The good folks at ColorProof are giving away the fantastic Whipped Bodifying Mousse.  The giveaway ends on 10/16/2017 and is US only. There are 2 winners and you could certainly be one! Enter now and good luck! – Lisa
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Savor every moment with Rituals Ritual of Hamman products

Rituals Ritual of Hamman

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You can find happiness in the small moments. I think that’s why we are all beauty junkies, don’t you? We delight in the sparkle, the transformation, the first moment inhaling a beautiful scent, and the beauty that comes with allowing worry to melt away with the rituals of putting on eye makeup or taking a bath. That’s what the Rituals line is all about and their Ritual of Hamman line, available at Ulta, has some affordable and delightful products that are destined to become part of your own rituals.

Ritual of Hamman Volume and Shine Shampoo

Ritual of Hamman Volume & Shine Shampoo ($19) is one of the nicest shampoos I have ever tried. Ingredients include Argan oil and eucalyptus, and it gives hair tons of volume and lots of glossy shine. It smells beautiful – not too sharp from the eucalyptus, but still clean and just wonderful. I am totally loving it and it really is a shampoo that makes you get lost in the moment. It’s suitable for all hair types including color treated hair.

Ritual of Hamman Ultra Hydrating Black Soap

Ritual of Hamman Ultra Hydrating Black Soap

Ritual of Hamman Ultra Hydrating Black Soap

The Ritual of Hammam Black Soap ($15) is a tar-black paste that cleanses and exfoliates skin. There is something almost naughty about smearing this all over in the shower – kind of like playing in a mud puddle! It foams up and cleanses skin beautifully, leaving it incredibly soft and moist. I especially like using this at the end of a faux tan because of the exfoliating properties. Ingredients include eucalyptus and olive oil. It’s just wonderful – you’ve got to try this!!

Ritual of Hamman Warming Massage Oil

The Ritual of Hammam Massage Oil ($19) is a warming massage oil that has a yummy, nutty scent. I love it for massage and I also use it as a daily body oil. It’s not super slick, so it works for daily use just fine, and it smells soooo good I want it on all the time. I love the glass jar because it lets out a little bit of the oil at a time, unlike other massage oils where it all comes spilling out at once. This is a total winner on all counts and is a great way to take care of your skin.

Slow down and create some rituals for yourself. Use some wonderful products and savor every moment.  You are worth it!  – Lisa

Learn what Vitabrid C¹² can do for your hair

I don’t know about you but the expression “having a bad hair day” is all too real and too scary for me. I’m one of those people who really care about how my hair looks and feels. I’m not saying I go around with perfect hair since that’s not possible but I am saying that taking good care of my hair is essential to my mood. I hope I’m not too shallow saying that!

Vitabrid C12 Hair Tonic and Scalp Shampoo

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When Vitabrid came into my life I assumed it was like the other haircare products that I’ve used but it’s different in a wonderful way. Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set is what I wish had been in my life when I was going through two different illnesses that caused massive hair loss for me. Now though I know it will be available to me if something strikes again.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set is a professional product now available at Barney’s that you can easily do yourself. Its goal is to promote a healthy scalp and healthy hair. The box contains a 3.7 fl oz bottle of Scalp Relief Tonic, a 0.03 oz vial of Scalp Relief Powder, and spray nozzles. To begin pour the entire contents of the Scalp Relief Powder into the Scalp Relief Tonic bottle. Install the spray nozzle, shut tightly and shake to mix the products well. Spray it onto your scalp and massage it in. You’ll love the luxury of massaging your scalp. If you have a hair tool that is gentle you can use that for the massage. Then just comb or brush through your hair.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set

Why use this Hair Tonic Set? Well it helps to prevent further hair loss and promotes thicker hair. It suppresses aging of the scalp. Just think of your grandparents and what their scalp looked like. The products supply both moisture and nutrients to your hair while making your scalp feel clean and healthy. The Hair Tonic is a leave-in product. You don’t use it in the shower, you use it on dry hair and don’t wash it out. My method was to apply it in the early evening and let it work its magic and then in the morning wash my hair as usual. It doesn’t make hair feel greasy or weighed down.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Vitamin powder

The POWDER ingredients are zinc oxide, ascorbic acid, glyceryl monostearate and the TONIC ingredients are dexpanthenol, L-menthol, salicylic acid, biotin.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic

 

Vitabrid C¹² was created by chemistry professor Jin Ho Choi in South Korea. Vitabrid C¹² harnesses the power of vitamin C in its collection of beauty treatments. Through Choi’s proprietary biotechnology, vitamin C is mixed with stabilizing zinc, a combination designed to capture the nutrient’s potency and allow it to penetrate the skin and hair over the course of 12 hours. The groundbreaking compound can be found in the line’s shampoo, skin brightener, acne fighter, and more.

Vitabrid C¹² Hair Tonic Set

Your hair isn’t going to grow overnight, it goes through a cycle just like your eyebrows, eyelashes, and nails so it takes time to see a difference. When I started using an eyelash growth product and an eyebrow growth one I didn’t see a difference for 6 weeks but once it started I was glad I stuck with it. I feel the same about Vitabrid C¹², time is its friend and my hair’s friend. I now need to convince my husband that this is a product for him since he’s always complaining about his male pattern baldness and its progression.

Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo

Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo is another product that needs to grace your Shower. Vitabrid C¹²’s shampoo is packed with safe and effective ingredients to improve scalp and hair health. The formula effectively strengthens hair while hydrating and soothing the scalp.
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The Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo gives my hair more volume. It isn’t fragrance free but there’s almost no fragrance to it. It just leaves my hair smelling fresh. It’s unlike other shampoos because of the Vitamin C in it. It doesn’t just remove the sebum and dirt, instead it fully cleanses the hair while promoting scalp nutrition moisture balance at the same time. Vitamin C helps with blood flow in their formula.

Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo

Another thing to take note of is that this contains zinc oxide so it’s UV protection for hair too. It’s protecting your scalp and for those of us who color treat our hair it helps keep the sun from fading it. These 7 natural ingredients are in their formula and supply moisture, calms scalp, increases hair luster, forms protective scalp barrier
Panax Ginseng Root Extract Increases skin’s energy and immunity
Morus Alba Bark Extract Prevents oxidative skin damage, mitigating sensitive skin
Algae Extract Maintains moisture and elasticity of the skin leaving skin soft & flexible
Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract Blocks harmful substances that cause itchiness soothing the skin
Iris Extract Scalp dandruff & itchiness control along with strengthened hair with luster
Cnidium Officinale Root Extract Restores & improves scalp condition
Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract Removes skin wastes & exfoliants, decreasing pore size and supplying nutrition
While Vitabrid Vitamin C¹² Scalp Shampoo can be used by anyone it’s especially effective for people with hair loss problems.
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With these products your hair can look good while your scalp is at work activating hair follicle stem cells. While you may not need the Hair Tonic Set in your life right now I bet you know someone who could benefit greatly from this. You’d be doing yourself a favor too to add the Scalp Shampoo into your haircare regimen now that you know the benefits. There are a lot of Vitabrid C12 products that all sound as wonderful as this that I hope to try too.  Good scalp health to you readers. —  Marcia

White Sands hair care revitalizes and smoothes

White Sands Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Porosity The Fix, The Cure 24/7 Serum

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It’s always interesting to me is to learn about the companies that I’m using and going to share with you. I’m not talking about the big department store brands that we are all familiar with but I am interested in the independent companies that have a story behind them.

White Sands Haircare

White Sands Hair Products were created by the Salas family with a small amount of money and one product. Once they were able to introduce their product at the Orlando Premiere Beauty Show, sell everything they brought, they began their journey from there. Their American dream had begun and now fine salons throughout the country know their story.

Lisa already reviewed the three White Sands products she received and now it’s time for me to take you back to the beginning of your shower time with White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner (as well as two others).

White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Revitalizing Conditioner

There are 3 different shampoo and conditioner lines created by White Sands and I was thrilled to receive Orchid Bliss. These two products are wonderful for hair like mine: color treated and needing frizz control. Orchid Bliss shampoo and conditioner use the anti-aging characteristics and mineral richness of the orchid flower. As someone who is averse to fragrance in products I was a little leery of what this would bring. All I can say is that it’s wonderful. The fragrance is minimal and actually one I only notice in the shower. After I dry my hair I don’t notice it all. What I do notice though is a shiny head of hair that is moisturized and soft, one that isn’t looking or feeling dried out, one that isn’t as affected by humidity.

Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate free so I feel they’re safer for my hair. One ingredient I look for in haircare is Sodium and unfortunately the shampoo does contain Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulforate and other varieties of sodium. That hasn’t been a deal killer for me now but once I get another keratin treatment I’ll have to put the Revitalizing Shampoo to the side for a few months. Luckily for me the other products I’m using, including Revitalizing Conditioner will continue to be used once the treatment is done. The conditioner is best if you leave it in for about a minute but that’s not an unusual direction.

White Sands the Cure 24/7 serum and Porosity the fix

I’m never done when my shampooing and conditioning are finished. Next is towel drying with my Aquis hair towel and a treatment product or two to work through my hair and make it easier to style.

White Sands the CURE 24/7 serum

White Sands the Cure 24/7 serum

White Sands compares The Cure 24/7 to a blur cream. I think that’s a great way to think about this product. The serum is a leave in reconstructive treatment with visible results. It is known for repairing damaged hair fibers, making your hair stronger and healthier, and restoring hair that’s been abused. As someone who uses 2 – 3 heat tools a day I need this. I’d been torturing my hair and needed this to make my hair look smoother and less flyaway. It’s done just that. While I don’t notice that I have split ends that’s one of the positives that White Sands talks about with The Cure. I spray this on and then comb through my hair prior to blow drying.

White Sands Porosity The Fix

White Sands Porosity The Fix is an old friend of mine. My hairdresser is a huge fan of White Sands and Porosity The Fix is a product she uses on me whenever I’m in for color and cut. Just like The Cure 24/7 was compared to a blur product, The Fix has been compared to makeup for hair. This is especially great for people who color treat their hair since it temporarily fills in the “blemishes” found in each strand. Porosity The Fix is wonderful prior to any heat use, especially a flat iron. My hairdresser uses this as my shine product when she’s done with my hair. I use it that way too but also prior to using my flat iron. I can use this daily without worrying about build up.

All in all I’m thrilled to have White Sands in my repertoire. The fear of fragrance was wrong wrong wrong. What little fragrance I notice is irrelevant but my great looking hair is very relevant. Something you and your hair will notice and love too.  —  Marcia

 

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Calling all brunettes: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Lightening Collection is your new friend

It’s summer and there’s actually sun coming out to play. It seems like it took forever to get here but I’ve made the best of it with summer shiny hair thanks to John Frieda. They say that blondes have all the fun but if you are a brunette you too can have summer fun with the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Lightening Collection.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo

There are three pieces to this collection but I’ve mostly been using the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brightening Shampoo and Conditioner to bring out shine and highlights on my brown hair. I get my hair colored about every 3 to 4 weeks but with John Frieda I’ve been stretching it out longer and getting in about 5 weeks. I love saving time and money! I’m not someone who enjoys sitting for 2 hours in a salon while getting color done. I like instant gratification – or at least quick gratification.

I’ve been washing my hair with the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo. I love how much brighter and more alive my hair looks after using this. The shampoo is a light golden caramel color that deposits color that’s lighter than my current shade. It doesn’t change the color as much as it brightens it. I usually leave the shampoo in for about 2 minutes before rinsing. This leaves my hair so shiny and it’s not drying at all.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo

On to the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Conditioner which is thicker and luxurious looking. That I leave on for several minutes even though directions don’t necessarily tell me to do so. But I love the softness that it provides while nourishing my hair. My hair also feels fuller after using this giving me some nice volume.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner

The sum total of these two products is a more golden shade with extra brightness but no brassiness. I wash my hair 3 times per week and the more often I use these John Frieda products in between color appointments the more golden my hair looks. If you want even more lightening then wash every day. Your hairdresser won’t like this but you certainly will.

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John Frieda Visibly Brighter after

These two products are formulated with honey and marigold flower extract which gives them a light fragrance. I notice the fragrance when I’m first blow drying but afterwards my hair just smells like freshly washed hair.

You don’t need color treated hair to try these as they work perfectly on all brunettes even those of us who need a “little” help keeping the gray at bay. At $9.99 MSRP each you’ll have months of shiny hair that makes you think that you too are a blonde having fun. —  Marcia

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Conditioner: WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, CETYL ESTERS, FRAGRANCE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, LACTIC ACID, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, SILICONE QUATERNIUM-22, MICA, PPG-3 MYRISTYL ETHER, CARAMEL, DISODIUM EDTA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, GLYCINE, MALIC ACID, GLYCERIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, YELLOW 5, TIN OXIDE, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, HONEY EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT.

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Head over Heels for Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color

Head over Heels for Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color

Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Hair (amazon.com photo)

Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Hair (amazon.com photo)

Oribe is a high-end brand that was developed by a celebrity hairstylist and two beauty industry veterans. They use skin care technology and natural actives to create high-performance good-for-you products.

I know this isn’t organic but I haven’t found an organic shampoo that I love. Therefore I’ve been using Oribe (pronounced OrBay) for my color treated hair. It’s formulated without sulfates or parabens and right now that’s good enough for me.
Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Hair (amazon.com photo)

Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Hair (amazon.com photo)

 

The entire ingredients from the Oribe website are:
Oribe Signature Complex (Watermelon, Lychee and Edelweiss Flower Extracts) These defend hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin, all while protecting from the drying, damaging and color-depleting effects of the elements.

Bioflavonoids, responsible for giving fruits their fantastic hues, protect hair’s own color from fading and discoloration.

Baobab Tree Extract, from an African plant known for its hydration storage, offers the same benefit to parched, color-treated tresses, providing superior moisture to the driest areas first.

Edelweiss Flower Extract, from the Swiss Alps, provides natural protection against the drying, damaging and color-depleting effects of the elements.

Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, found in Southeast Asia, Delivers natural UV protection.

Multi-Layered UV Protection System delivers long-lasting UV protection and protects hair from the harmful effects of the sun.

Watermelon Extract, from the Kalahari Desert, provides natural protection against oxidative stress and the deterioration of natural keratin.

Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Hair (amazon.com photo)

Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Hair (amazon.com photo)

And the benefits are:
-Gentle cleanser

-Preserves color

-Fortifies over-processed and chemically-treated hair

-Protects against the color-depleting effects of environmental pollutants and the sun

-Formulated without parabens or sodium chloride. Color and keratin treatment safe. UV protection for hair.

Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Hair (amazon.com photo)

Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Hair (amazon.com photo)

Even though this is priced at $44 it’s worth it for what it does for my hair. I love the light lather and how my wavy hair looks both shiny and healthy. My color stays true within the four week time period in which I color my hair. Even my stylist remarked on my color not fading. When I had highlights they also remained fresh. It’s lightly scented but once rinsed out you really can’t detect any fragrance.

I vow to love, honor and Oribe.  –  Phyllis