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Tag Archives: Hair conditioner

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

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Review – Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oils

13 Aug

I received a sample of the Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oils from PinchMe. PinchMe is a service where you can elect to receive free samples of stuff and then write a brief review.  If you like free swag, this may be your thing.  Click here.

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It comes in three different formulas : Deep Nourish, Frizz Defy, and Color Illuminate.

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The product retails for around $5.99 so it’s really budget friendly.

Garnier claims that it can be used 5 different ways:

Hair oil treatment for dry, damaged hair.

This hair oil treatment for dry, damaged hair, with custom-blended Cupuaçu & Brazilnut oil, nourishes and helps repair.

How to use:

Marvelous Oil can be used in any of 5 ways! Try a different use each day.

1. Pre-Shampoo Treatment: Apply to hair (wet or dry) before shampooing to help prime hair locks for gentle cleaning.
2. Boost Conditioning: Add 1 or 2 drops to your conditioner to help get rid of pesky knots and tangles.
3. Blow-Dry Protector: Apply to damp to help protect when blow drying.
4. Finish With Hi-Watt Shine: Apply to damp or dry ends to help smooth split ends and tame flyaways.
5. Treat Hair Overnight: To restore softness while you sleep, work into wet or dry hair and leave in overnight.

My thoughts

I used Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oils 4 out of the 5 possible ways.  I didn’t put it in my conditioner.

I think this is one of the better drug store hair products and hair oils. I regularly use a Matrix Oil, and this isn’t too far off from the high end product. Would I repurchase?  I don’t know. I love the Matrix product so I don’t see a reason to switch.  However, if I needed to make a choice between a $6 bottle or a $20 bottle, I would pick the Garnier.

It smells super fruity, like a typical Garnier product.  The scent doesn’t linger very long, but it does stick around for a bit.  I think it smells delightful.

I wasn’t crazy about the color.  It was very yellow. Sort of reminded me of olive oil.  However, it did absorb quickly and it didn’t weight my hair down.

Have you tried Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oils?

~Anna

Review – Arbonne FC5 Nourishing Daily Shampoo and Conditioner!

21 Feb

Kassi went to an Arbonne party in December and she came home with a lot of samples.  A couple of those samples landed in my amazing AnnaBox Christmas gift she gave me.  Shampoo and Conditioner from Arbonne included!

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This is  review of the products, not Arbonne the company itself.  We are aware there have been some differences of opinion in regards to their transparency practices.

If you are interested, you can Google the company and you can draw your own conclusions.

Now on to the review!

What is it?

This is a simple and gentle daily shampoo and conditioner.

It is safe for color treated hair!

My thoughts –

This shampoo rinsed really clean.  My hair squeaked…no joke.

Both the shampoo and conditioner had a really pleasant light scent.

After washing with Arbonne shampoo and following with the conditioner, my hair looked really bouncy and voluminous.  I liked those results.

Ultimately, I don’t think this was moisturizing enough for my hair since it tends to be on the drier side.

I liked these two products, but after considering I don’t think I like them enough to bull a full size of either.

Have you used Arbonne hair or skin care products?

~Anna

Anna’s First Birchbox! January 2014

31 Jan

Now that I have a beauty box subscription to 2 services, I feel super content.

Lookie what I got!

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I am the most excited to try the dry conditioner?!  Wha?????

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The 100% Pure Mascara – ok I tried this today and like it!!

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And the oh so fabulous gold glitter nailpolish – ok I am wearing it today to celebrate Chinese New Year!

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Love Birchbox so far!!!!

Here is a link to Kassi’s.

Happy Make-UpIng!!!!

~Anna

Winter Hair Remedy – K-PAK REVITALUXE

23 Jan

I may need this goodie!

Hello K-Pak Revitaluxe!

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*photo from Joico.com

I used Joico back when I was blonde so my hair wouldn’t fall out.  It worked and I loved it!

This sounds like a perfect solution for dry winter hair problems!

From Joico:

A luxurious restorative treatment that corrects years of damage while protecting against future damage.

Keratin Peptide Complex delivers over 2x more resistance to breakage while protecting against color fade by 94%.

Your hair will become dramatically stronger, softer, shinier and more moisturized with each application.

Have you used this?

~Anna

Review: Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Protective Treatment

13 Dec

One of my hairdresser friends gave this to me as a gift. She knows my hair well and knows I’m always complaining my hair is frizzy.  Sometimes I like it frizzy, and she hates it. :-p

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From Matrix:

Product Description

Protective Treatment is a versatile serum infused with Moringa Oil Blend. This ultimate potion gives hair instant shine, nourishment and control.

ExquisiteOil Protective Treatment has received the “Good Housekeeping” seal!

– See more at: http://www.matrix.com/our-products/haircare/biolage/exquisiteoil/exquisiteoil-replenishing-treatment#sthash.e0gEkAil.dpuf

7 Uses

Mix with your shampoo and conditioner for maximum brilliance

Use for a massage before shampooing like an oil for a special treatment

Smooth on dry lengths and ends for immediate luster

Use on face-framing pieces for simple control and manageability

Leave on extra-dry ends overnight for a non-greasy treatment

Ultimate styling aid for blow dryer or flat iron

Add to any treatment for added brilliance, softness and manageability

– See more at: http://www.matrix.com/our-products/haircare/biolage/exquisiteoil/exquisiteoil-replenishing-treatment#sthash.e0gEkAil.dpuf

How I have used it:

1) As an overnight treatment

2) As a detangling agent after washing my hair

3) On dry hair to control frizz, smooth, and get shiny, girl

My thoughts:

I really like this product.  I love how versatile it is!  I don’t worry about it weighing by hair down and I don’t worry about it rubbing off on my pillows at night.

It smells okay, but the fragrance doesn’t hang around too long.

I’m just reading that I can mix it with shampoo and conditioner, so I will be trying this next.

Would I recommend?

Yes, if you are looking for an oil.  It’s good on frizzy hair.  But it doesn’t give it a huge BAM type shine.  So if you are looking for a more slick look, this may not be the product for you.

Have you tried the Matrix Exquisite Oil?

~Anna

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!

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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

HOW TO:

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

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

-k