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Review – L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Hair System

8 Feb

I was so lucky to receive a Vox Box from Influenster and asked to review L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Hair System.  I received a full size shampoo, conditioner and hair mask in exchange for doing a review for them on the L’Oreal website.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from a drug store shampoo and conditioner.  However, L’oreal is behind a lot of high end brands too, so I was expecting a good product.

And it delivered.

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I’ve used this for a month now, and it’s as good now as it was the first time.  I had products start out good and then sort fail after a few uses.  This keeps on going.  It’s supposed to help preserve your hair color, according to L’Oreal.  And it does but also does so much more.

What I really like:

The scent.  It’ s a sweet feminine scent that lingers on my hair for a few days. I love that!!!

It lathers easily.

It rinses very clean.  My hair feels like it’s free of any residue.

It keeps my hair bright.

The conditioner is very moisturizing.  My hair is very shiny and smooth after each use.  It doesn’t cause build up, and it doesn’t make my hair greasy.

I have zero frizz when I use this.  ZERO

The mask is nice, but I don’t need it with this conditioner.  I’m not sure I need that much conditioning.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing!

Some people have reported this dried out their hair after a few uses. I didn’t have the same experience, but wanted to include it.

Would I buy this for myself?

Yes.  I’m actually curious what other products L’Oreal has in this line.

What an awesome first taste from Influenster!  Thanks!!!

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Growing out hair and how to not look lame

4 Jan

I’m growing out my hair again, because I seem to have developed commitment issues with hair length.  Short, Long, Extensions, Go crazy and cut it off.

Here are some fun hair dos I found, including my own braid headband!

 

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sorry for my naked face 🙂  I was lazy and all I did was fill in my brows super dark and wear a bit of lipstick.

Thanks for reading!!

~Anna

Braided Inspiration

3 Jan

Happy New Year, lovelies!

I was so inspired by my braid crush, that I ended up doing a braid hair do on my own hair.

I’m not awesome at fancy styles and even less awesome in braiding, but this turned out okay.

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What do you guys think?

Happy Tuesday and thanks for reading!

~Anna

New Year’s Eve Beauty – Braided Fancy Hair

30 Dec

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This looks like pearls woven into braids!

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I’m loving braids for fancy events.  These are my favorites and I cannot wait to have longer hair to wear my tresses like so!

December Sephora Play! Unboxing

23 Dec

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6 products!  I thought this was a very generous month from Sephora.  I’m super excited for all these!

Bobbi Brown Mascara

Urban Decay Make-Up Setting Spray

Elizabeth and James Perfume

Make-Up Forever Primer

Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot

Sephora Lipstain!

I cannot wait to try that Hydrating Shot from Drybar.  What a cool concept!

Have you tried any of these?

Do you like them?

Thanks for reading!!!  and Happy Holidays!

~Anna

Review – Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Fresh Rinse

6 Dec

Hello Lovelies!

I was trying to think back to all the concoctions I’ve put on my head over the years, and I honestly do not recall ever using a rinse before.  This was my first!

We all want shiny, healthy hair.  We all want to look like this:

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 But we end up looking like this:

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It’s a constant quest.  One product that promises to bring back the shine to your hair by removing residue and sealing cuticles is the Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse.

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From Beautiful Nutrition:

Rinse away product buildup, frizz and
dullness in an instant

Restart the clock on healthy hair. Over time, product buildup causes hair to look dull and lifeless. Lemon Rinse™ Gentle Clarifying Treatment returns hair to its natural glory with active lemon extracts that gently cleanse and tone, rapidly restoring weightless body and shine.
My thoughts:
This smells so amazing!  Like fresh squeezed lemons!!!
Does it make your hair shinier?
Yes, it doesn’t give you POW! type shine, but it does make your hair shinier.
Does it strip hair color?
It’s marked as color safe, and my color stayed intact after using it.
Does it make your hair bouncier?
A little, but I wouldn’t call this body building or volumizing.
Would I buy?
I think so.  It’s not a bad product to keep around, especially since it only costs $10.00.
Have you tried a rinse?  Do you like it?
Thanks for reading!
~Anna

Budget Friendly Make-Up Look For the Corporate Dwellers

1 Dec

I seldom do make-up look posts, but I sort of liked how this turned out.  I work in super corporate America, so I have to pretty tame with my look.

Here is what I used:

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I used a good mix of drugstore and higher end brands.

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E.L.F. setting spray.  You can read a prior review here.

NYX shadow pallette in Love in Rio.  I never did a full review of this, but mentioned it briefly in an Ipsy reveal.  If you guys want to see a full review, let me know 🙂

L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation.  I haven’t reviewed this at all!  I can’t believe it.  I will post a full review soonish.

Anastasia Beverly Hills eye brow duo

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Cargo blush

and the finished look:

I’m totally showing of my hair too, because I was kinda feeling it.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

~Anna

Hair Tools – Getting curls while you sleep

7 Nov

On a whim, I feel in love with the vintage idea of setting your hair overnight to achieve a style.  I started looking into options for rollers I can sleep in.  And still manage to actually get a good night’s rest.

I spotted these and picked them up:

These are Diane By Fromm and I picked them up on Amazon for $12.00 USD

For that price you receive a whopping 42 spongy rods in various sizes.

That’s a great deal!!!

Last night, I did this:

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I know, you are super into my cat patterned nightgown.

And this morning, I look like this:

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I should have worn make-up HAHA

What I did:

I curled my hair wet.  There was a large piece in the front that didn’t dry all the way when I removed the rods.  As you can see the other side is very curly.

Was it comfortable to sleep in?  

Yes, I hardly felt them on my head.  I was careful to place them so they wouldn’t be pressing into my ear or sides of my face.

Are the rods easy to install?

Yes, you roll the end of your hair first and then roll the hair on top of it.  The rods are long so if you have long hair, you can achieve more of a spiral curl.

Today or tomorrow I’m going to redo it on dry hair.

Do you guys use rollers?  Have you ever?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

Review – Parlor Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner

5 Nov

In my October Birchbox, was a pair of Jeff  Chastain Parlor products; Parlor Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner.

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I’ve received Parlor products in Birchbox in the past, and I’m usually a fan.  Most recently, I had a sea salt spray from the line, and loved it.

This shampoo and conditioner are rather expensive.  Be prepared to pay $22.00 USD for 8 Fl oz of product.  You can buy it through Birchbox. Here is what they say about it:

BIRCHBOX BREAKDOWN

This gently cleansing shampoo from NYC stylist Jeff Chastain is a triple-threat of fortification, hydration, and repair. Infused with the brand’s signature scent of ripe peach, fresh cut grass, and white woods, it’s sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and color-safe.

My thoughts

So, just a shampoo.  It was nice.  It smelled nice.  It lathered nice.  It was…well…nice.  But it did exactly what it was supposed to do – clean my hair.  And it did that.  It didn’t wow me with anything.

Same goes for the conditioner.

One thing to note – it was gentle on my color treated hair.

However, I didn’t find it to be any more or less moisturizing than any other high end shampoo.

Would I buy it?

Not for $22.  Sorry, Parlor!

Have you tried the Parlor Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner?  Do you like it?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

After a crazy week last week; Olaplex

18 Oct

Last week was a whirlwind in my professional and family life.  So many things going on!  So, as soon as Friday came, I pampered myself with some Olaplex.

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Here I am, in a big sweatshirt and no make-up haha. My hair is wet and Olaplex is on my head.

I like to keep my Olaplex on my head for about an hour.  Then I shampoo and conditioner and style my hair as usual.  When done, my hair feels very soft and smooth.

In case you are curious, no Olaplex does not come in a crazy red color.  My stylist puts my hair color in the bottle when we color my hair.  Everything is matchy matchy!

What is your favorite way to unwind after a busy week?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna