Entries in Bought by Me (81)

Friday
Aug092013

Mark Hill Hair Now in the US at Walgreens.

I am a snob when it comes to my hair care. I like the expensive salon products to keep up with the fortune I spend on my hair. When I heard that famed celebrity hair stylist Mark Hill was bringing his salon professional hair care line Mark Hill Hair across the pond, I knew I had to try the award winning products. Not only did I get a chance to try the products, I was given the change to actually meet Mark and have him do my hair while I was in Chicago last week. Yes! Mark Hill actually did my hair.

Mark is the sweetest and most down to earth hair stylist that I ever met. Ever. He made me feel so comfortable, like I had been a life-long client. He really is a one man wonder -- stylist, formulator, photographer, marketing genius, and dad just to name a few. He works with a chemist to formulate each and every product that he uses on his own clients in his own salon. Everything is tested in his salon, so it has to work. Now, the professional salon brand products are available here - and for a fraction of our usual salon prices, at Walgreens. Nothing in the range is over $12.00.

See also: At-Home Hair Coloring Tips

Currently there are 17 products out of his 99 product line available to us here in the US. I cannot wait until the end of the year when more of his products will be making their way into Walgreens doors, because they are good. The products available include shampoos, conditioners and a host of styling products. He even has his own line of brushes, hair dryers, curling wands, straighteners and the amazing hot jumbo velcro rollers. These Rock Rollers are a definite must have, but those won't be here until the end of the year.

Mark quickly figured out that I liked big hair, so he started with his Big It Up! Shampoo and Big is Better! Conditioner on my hair. It smells fantastic and did not weigh down my hair. He then let me apply the divine MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil myself. He said I only needed it on the ends of my hair. This rivals my more expesive oil treatment I currently was using, so I ran right out to Walgreens to purchase this as soon as I got home. The one product that I cannot wait for is the Big Blow! Volume Spray. This did wonders on my hair and I need this in my life asap.

Thank you so much to Mark Hill and team for such a wonderful experience. I felt like a movie star. Check out the Mark Hill Hair range right now at Walgreens.

Wednesday
Jul312013

5 Moisturizers with Sunscreen.

5 Moisturizers with Sunscreen

You do know that sunscreen is essential to anti-aging, don't you? You need to wear sunscreen each and every day of the year. I depend on daytime moisturizers that have sunscreen in them to get me though the day. Here are my 5 daytime moisturizers that contain sunscreen that get the job done.

The best day time moisturizers with sunscreen

L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Lotion SPF 25 - $6.99
This daytime lotion that is super affordable offers the right amount of moisture of normal to drier skins, while protecting it with SPF 25. The skin-softening formula is also infused with the antioxidant Vitamin E and a lightweight-hydrating ingredient that makes skin just clean, like it's barely there.

Mario Badescu Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 - $22.00
This super hydrating, yet fast absorbing moisturizer is perfect for everyday. It offers moderate sun protection with SPF 15 as it plumps skin full of collagen without any heavy oils so it never feels greasy. This is best for those with very dry or mature skin.

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H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Lotion SPF 30 - $42.00
This advanced moisturizer helps skin resist damage with broad spectrum sunscreen, UV-active technology and moisturizing marine botanicals. The SPF 30 offers maximum protection from harmful rays while marine botanicals deliver deep hydration for smooth, healthy-looking skin.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 - $72.00
This perfecting oil-free moisturizer works to brighten, correct, retexturize AND protect the skin. Day after day, the skin seems transformed as imperfections and dark spots are diminished, skin texture is refined, and the complexion becomes more comfortably even. SPF 15 offers moderate protection.

Perricone MD Photo Plasma SPF 30 - $69.00
Luxurious in texture, Photo Plasma leaves skin with a velvety soft and dewy finish along with the all important SPF 30. It helps to makes skin look more perfect as it primes skin and helps keep makeup in place. Skin looks radiant while wearing while being protected from both UVA and UVB rays.

Tuesday
Jul302013

Top 10 Beauty Items in My Beach Bag.

My beach bag is stuffed. Not only do I fill it with a big hat, flip flops, sunglasses, a towel, and stack of great magazines, I fill it with some beauty products too. I like to keep cool and comfortable at the beach and depend on a variety of beauties to get me through. Take a look at the top 10 beauty items that I carry in my beach bag.

Beach Bag Beauty Items:  Everything you need to stay beautiful at the beach.

1. Sunscreen - Sunscreen is a must. My favorite is L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50+ Lotion. Remember to apply 30 minutes before heading out into the sun and reapply every few hour or after going in the water.

2. Self-Tanner - Yes! I bring self-tanner to the beach. It is the only way to get a safe tan and I want to look like I went to the beach before I head home. I usually just apply it to my legs and face before I head home. I bring a mitt for applying it to my legs and with a makeup sponge on my face.

3. Bronzer - Like I mentioned above, I want to look the part at the beach. I sweep it on over my sunscreen and reapply if I take a dip in the water.

4. Moisturizer with SPF - I use this on my face first thing in the morning, obviously, but I  reapply as needed. I do have my favorites and you'll have to check back later this week to see my list.

5. Body Lotion - Susncreen, sun and salt can dry out the skin. I like to keep one ion hand, just in case

See also: Beach Beauty Essentials

6. Aloe - No matter how careful you are, you can wind up getting burned. I spent some time at the beach during the recent heat wave and stayed in the water the entire time. Even with sunscreen, I got a little burn. Aloe is the best thing to soothe a burn. I pick up a generic brand from CVS and it does the trick to soothe my skin each and every time.

7. Hydrating Face Spray - When I am feeling extra parched, I spritz on a bit of Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray to quench my skin.

8. Beachy Wave Hair Spray - Beachy waves don't happy naturally, they need help. As my hair starts to unwind in the wind. I spray on some L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Beach Spray or Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and scrunch.

9. Lip Balm with SPF - Lips are often neglected in the sun, and I apply a lip balm with sunscreen multiple times at the beach. I like Sun Bum Lip Balm that has an SPF30. My favorite flavor? Coconut!

10. Waterproof Mascara - I do; I wear mascara to the beach and sometimes need to reapply, especially if I'm heading to my favorite beach restaurant after. My latest fave is COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara in the water resistant version.