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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.


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:


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!



Review! Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo!!!

6 Mar

The Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo was in the February Birchbox.


This is available only through Birchbox as it is a Birchbox exclusive for now. You can get it here for $21.95.

Okay, I never go gaga over a shampoo, but I sort of did over this.  No, not this Gaga.


Here is what Birchbox says about Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo:

“It’s powered by pearl powder, which is rich in conchiolin, an ingredient that acts like the hair protein keratin. This fortifying ingredient teams up with other nutrients that guard against and heal the effects of heat styling (think frizz and destroyed ends). The result is glossy, bouncy strands that, yes, also smell amazing.”

My thoughts:

This smells SO FREAKING GOOD.  That was my first thought.  It’s sweet and cute and fresh.  I can’t even describe it.  All I know it that it made shower time happy.

My hair really liked this.  This is another shampoo that rinsed really clean. Super squeaky clean.  I don’t know why, but I like that!

My hair felt shinier after use.

Would I by this for $20?  Yeah, I think I would. 

I am still working through my monster size bottle of shampoo, so it may be a good while before I purchase something. Also, I go through conditioner a lot quicker than I do shampoo.  Weird.

Have you tried this shampoo?  What did you think?


December 2013 Empties Post

10 Jan

Here are the goodies I used up in December!

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1) Skintimate Shave Lotion – this is saving my skin from over drying. Yes, repurchased

2) L’Oreal Eye Make-Up Remover.  This burned my eyes.  Won’t be repurchasing.

3) Bath and Body Works Dark Kiss Body Mist. It was okay, but not my fave scent.

4)Wild Ferns Manuka Honey Night Revival Cream.  THIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL.  In love. We reviewed it before here.

5)DermOrganic Conditioner.  This was okay. May or may not repurchase. Right now I am using a Matrix Conditioner that I am really liking…so yeah.  OK, probably won’t repurchase…there just made up my mind.

6)Jonathan Volumizing Conditioner.  This stuff was the devil, will not be purchasing it again.  And because I am weirdly stubborn and OCD, I had to use the entire bottle and hated it.  Obviously, I have problems HA.

7)Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 20 Percent. Another HG product for me.  My Med Spa friend turned me on to this, and I am hooked.  Get it.  You will be 40 and you will look amazing. Duh, of course repurchase.

8)Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara.  I liked this, for a drugstore mascara.  Cover Girl is one my faves, but this may be a repurchase.  Especially if on sale. I like sales.

9)Smashbox Primer sample .  I’ve bought this before, and I have a sneaking suspicion this breaks me out. It’s never terrible, just a little small blemish here or there.  I don’t buy this anymore, I stick with the Monistat.  What? yeah. here.

10) Luxe Repair Sample from Julep.  Face oil, meh.  Not impressed.

11) Pravana Vivid Red – yes, Staple. I make my own color depositing conditioner. Interested?

12)Look Better Naked from Soap and Glory.  OMG this smelled soooo divine.  Yes, I will be buying this.



Birchbox – NOV 2013

12 Nov

Here is what I got in my Birch Box.  I am most excited to try the Shampoo and Conditioner and the nail polish.  I tried the perfume and I really like it but I feel like it’s best for summer because it’s very light.

I am also pumped to put this giant chocolate bar into my face.  shhhh.


DIY Leave-in Conditioner / Hair Perfume!

26 Oct

I have said it before and I will say it again – I love LUSH.  One of my absolute favorite items they have is American Cream.  It’s a hair conditioner that smells amazing- fresh strawberries and vanilla!


The problem is, it doesn’t really detangle my long hair very well and it’s expensive, so it’s not really great as a stand alone conditioner.    [THIS is my go-to conditioner.]

While driving yesterday I have this brilliant idea, like ya do, to make an American Cream Leave-in Conditioner!   Super budget friendly!  Its pretty much a perfume for my hair that also nourishes.  Gosh, I’m smart.

Here is what you need:

  • Any conditioner you enjoy the smell of
  • Water
  • mini spray bottle


  1. Add conditioner about 1/3 of the way
  2. Fill with water
  3. Shake
  4. Enjoy


I’m in love with this guys – I keep walking around smelling my hair.  It’s weird!


My new favorite Shampoo and Conditioner – ColorProof

2 Oct

A stylist associate of mine recommended this brand to me when I was on my last hair care quest.

Meet ColorProof!

ImageAll Products are:

  • Sulfate-free | Salt-free
  • Gluten-free | Paraben-free
  • Phthalate-free | PABA-free
  • Carcinogen-free | MEA & DEA-free
  • Biodegradable formulas
  • Recyclable packaging wherever possible
  • 100% vegan
  • Never tested on animals
  • Keratin-free


I opted for the Moisture line because my hair tends to tangle and dry out due to color treatments.  I find that the smell is not overwhelming what so ever – the Shampoo has a faint vanilla style scent and the conditioner has a hint of tingly mint.  The shampoo makes my hair feel very clean but didn’t strip out my color.  The conditioner is AMAZNG!!!!  It made my hair so easy to comb, which is unheard of.  I even had my boyfriend try it [he has a facebook page devoted to his hair that some friends made] and he loved it too!

ColorProof has 4 different distinct formulas based on hair type:


SuperPlump – Designed for color-treated hair in need of body and fullness


CrazySmooth – to create remarkably smooth, extremely shiny hair with absolutely zero frizz.



TruCurl – curl-perfecting, frizz-defying, shine-boosting results while deeply quenching thirsty curls.


DIY Color Depositing Conditioner AKA how to keep your hair bright red

20 Sep

I have tried every color depositing product on the market since the 1990’s.  Some of the best and faves have been discontinued.  WHY ARTec????

A few years ago, I decided to become an amateur chemist and start making my own. My bathroom has the battle stains to prove this.

I started off with using regular hair color, but then I discovered Pravana and my life changed.

Pravana is a deposit only color, so no developer is needed!  It coats hair beautifully 🙂  This is a salon brand, so you will need to order it online or through your stylist.  It is available on Amazon and Image Beauty.

You can customize this if you are coloring your hair something other than red.

Here is my magic recipe:

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1) Empty shampoo or conditioner bottle

(I prefer to use a 11 oz bottle so that I don’t have a lot of it made)

2) Your favorite conditioner

(right now I am using DermOrganic shampoo and conditioner.  They are sulfate free)

3) Pravana Vivids Red hair color

4)Tressa Extremers in Fushia

(only use this if my hair needs to look brighter)

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Step 1) Mix it up!  Using my 11 oz bottle, fill it with 2/3 conditioner and 1/3 Pravana.  I get about 3 to 4 batches of color conditioner from each Pravana tube.

If I use Tressa, I give it a gentle squeeze.  I don’t need pink hair at age 37.

Step 2) Use as your conditioner in the shower.  You can leave it on for a while for more intense color.  THIS STAINS.  If you want to avoid staining your nails in particular, wear gloves.

Step 3) Enjoy your amazing hair

You’re welcome 😉