Monday
Jul312006

Help for Summer's Tired Over-Stressed Tresses.

My brittle Summer sun-soaked hair needed major help. I turned to an unlikely source in Kiehl's.

I have used a few of their products before, and swear by their Hand Cream, but I had never turned to them for hair care items. But after reading in Cosmo about one of their new hair masques, I thought I would look into it more.

kiehls_hair.jpgAfter doing some research on the web, I decided to pick up the Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deeply Repairative Hair Pak to see how they would work on my tired and overstressed tresses.

These products are made specifically for very dry, damaged hair (me!) and are all based with Avocado Oil, Lemon Extract, and Olive Fruit Oil. Many hair care products are formulated with Olive Oil, but never mixed in a formulation with the vitamins and amino acids that are ever so present in Avocado Oil & Lemon Extract.
Simply put, these products are not only nourishing, they are repairing, and protecting as well.

The shampoo - You only need a quarter sized amount to wash shoulder length hair. There is a sufficient amount of lather to the product and it rinses quickly and easily. It smells nice too - not overpowering! Upon rinsing, hair is felt almost conditioned - wow!

The conditioner - A small amount is all you need as well, as it is very rich, but spreads down over wet hair with ease. I left it on for about 2 - 3 minutes, and what was left washed out quickly as well. I swear my hair absorbed most of this, not just letting the product lay there.

The masque - This somewhat whipped texture product needed to be scooped out. I hate to dip my wet hands into a jar so I don't get water contamination issues, so I just grabbed a plastic spoon, and scooped 2 spoonfuls into my hand. I let this sit on my hair for about 7 minutes - longer than the suggestion, but I had a lot of shaving to do. Again, what wasn't absorbed into my wet hair was easily washed away.

The results - AMAZING! You would never, ever know that my hair is colored, highlighted, and recently beaten up in the sun, salt, and chlorine over the past few weeks. But the true test came the next day. You see, I left for a few days away trip that evening and brought my bottles of travel shampoo and conditioner that were already packed with me. I used those for the next two days, and my hair still looked and felt fabulous. I mean the shine is there, and it looks and feels incredibly soft. WOW - WOW - WOW!

If you are dealing with any type of dry or damaged hair issues and don't mind spending the money on all three products ($62) I urge you to take the plunge and splurge. And if you don't want to spend that much, at least invest in the Hair Pak. This product is awesome on it's own, and you will only be investing $25. ( I gave it to my Mom to try and that alone worked wonders for her.)

Available at Kiehl's Stores (you can look up locations here) and Kiehl's.com.

Saturday
Jul292006

Does Anyone Really Need a Bronzer THIS Big?

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While browsing the makeup department at my local CVS, I noticed - how could I not - this HUGE bronzer, titled Sunflower Bronzer, from Prestige Cosmetics.

I swear, this compact is at least 5 - 6 inches in diameter.

For $11.99, you sure get a lot for you money. But do you really need this much bronzer at once? I suppose if you brush your entire body with it on a daily basis - but I honestly think not!

 

Friday
Jul282006

Bee Stung Lips - REALLY!

With a recent Sephora order, I selected Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme as one of my free samples. I have used the Lip Injection before (love Techno-Kiss!) and wanted to compare the difference between the two.

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Well, OMG! What a difference - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G just after one am and one pm use.

I must warn you, this thick glossy substance burns - oh, yes - it burns. It burns more on the outside of the lips, so be very careful to apply it just to the lips. As I was applying it with my finger, it was hard to "stay within the lines". The burn doesn't last long though - so it can be dealt with. I fanned my lips for a few minutes, and all was well.

The effect was almost immediate, and WOW! Bee-stung my lips were. My lips actually pinked up in color and were quite glossy. The directions state to wait  a few minutes before applying any lip color - but I honestly didn't feel that I needed any. Maybe in another season, but for the summer, this was a nice, natural look.

I used the serum again at night, as per the directions. Not that I wanted my lips to be plump as I went to bed, but with continued use for 30 days or more, the effect should last longer. And the burning sensation didn't seem as bad this time. I am guessing that it will subside with continued use as well.

Ladies, I have tried many lip plumpers in the past, and I have to say that this Lip Injection Extreme gives the most immediate and full plump lips. I would highly recommend this to anyone!

Lip Injection Extreme is available for $27.50 at toofaced.com, sephora.com, and qvc.com.

tf_lipinjkit.jpgSephora has just released a limited edition Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Plumping Collection  - a $62.50 value for only $29.50.

Here is what you get: a .16 oz Lip Injection, .2 oz Lip Injection Extreme, .28 oz Lip Injection Mask, and a .16 oz Lip Injection in Technocolor.

What a great way to try these products that really, truly work!!!