Product Rave: It’s a 10 Plus Keratin

Photobucket The Angel game I went to with the bf last weekend :).

Hi Babes!
I just want to say I’m sorry, I haven’t had much of a chance to blog. I have quite a bit of homework for my Anthro class and last week was spent running around picking things up for the bridal makeup trial I did (!!). The trial went beautifully and my stylist, Jessica, said I was hired :D. Here’s a quick picture of the lovely bride to be. I should have slowed down and taken better pics, but I was too excited lol. When I got home and uploaded the pics, they all showed up too dark. BUT, I will take good shots on the big day to post; or I might have to steal some of her professional ones :P.

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She asked for a purple smokey eye :). I know many brides opt for a neutral look, but Jessica is such a bright, beautiful person– browns just wouldn’t have felt right. Can’t wait till you guys see the dress, its dramatic details beg for a more dramatic makeup look. Anyway, we took our time to get the look just right and I’m looking forward to recreating it in November when she gets married. I had an absolute blast working with you, Jeca! Thank you for asking me to be a part of your big day :).

Jessica traded my services for a hair cut and surprised me with a bottle of this amazing, life changing, ground shaking product as a tip. The last time she cut my hair, she used It’s a 10 Plus Keratin and I could not get over how shiny and healthy my tresses felt after. When I went into Ulta to check out pricing, I decided to wait, given the $20 price tag for a 4 oz. bottle. Last Friday, before we started working on her makeup, she came out of her room holding an enormous 10 oz bottle of the stuff and I had to restrain myself from doing an embarrassing happy dance LOL. Here’s the product description from the site:

Click the image to visit the company site.

I’ve been using this product daily for about a week now and my hair looks AND feels healthier. When I get out of the shower, I spritz It’s a 10 a couple of times throughout my hair and then comb it through while I detangle. If I leave the product in my hair for an hour, my hair feels incredibly soft and silky. If I dry my hair right after applying, it’s still soft and it styles really easily (while controlling my baby hairs). My split ends look so much better and my 2nd day hair isn’t out of control; I can skip a day of washing without it feeling yucky.

Yesterday morning, I tried to shake the bottle to feel how much I had used and there wasn’t a swishing liquid sound. When I helt it up to the light, I saw that it was a thick cream. This was surprising to me because the spray never felt heavy and has not weighed my hair down at all.

It’s a 10 doesn’t really have much of a scent that I can detect, so it doesn’t conflict with any of my perfumes, something I can really appreciate.

Now, to talk about pricing. The 4 oz. bottle is about $20 and the 10 oz. bottle is about $40 at normal retailers. Because Jessica is a hair stylist, she’s able to get it at a much better price, but not everyone has awesome stylist that will pick bottles up for them (lol). I asked Jeca to bring me a couple when we meet for her wedding, but I’ll be on my own after that because she lives up north. Would I still pick this up at full retail? Yes, in a heart beat.  Because I haven’t seen my hair look this healthy since before I started dyeing it, I would be willing to cut other little luxuries once every few months to be able to afford this.

I give It’s a 10 Plus Keratin an A+, 5/5 stars, a thumbs up…you get the idea. Miracle product, indeed!

Have you tried the It’s a 10 line? If not, what’s your favorite product to keep your tresses healthy and happy?

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Happy Hair

Hello Gorgeous Readers,
How are all of you today? Hopefully happy and enjoying warmer weather :). I picked up a new product at one of my many trips to Sally Beauty Supply and I’m so excited to tell you about it!

   In the process of growing my hair long, I’ve had to battle split and dry ends constantly; my ends have dealt with quite a few dye jobs and bleach from highlights so they’re pretty beaten up. The sales associate at Sally’s asked me if I needed help with anything, and I said I needed a serum or spray to protect my hair during heat styling. She handed me a bottle of Proclaim Glossing Polish and told me I’d love it because it would protect my hair and help straighten it during blow drying. I got the six ounce bottle and headed home, excited to try it the next morning. Note that I have naturally wavy hair, so this may work differently for those of you with curls.
After showering, I let my hair air dry for about 15 minutes; then I applied a dime size drop of the serum to hair, focusing on the ends and applying the remnants to the at the top. The serum has a subtle marshmallow vanilla scent that isn’t overwhelming or too sweet. I dried my hair with a big round brush in large sections and couldn’t believe how soft, shiny, and manageable it was; my hair wasn’t frizzy or wavy, so I didn’t have to use a flat iron after blow drying like I always do. It’s been two weeks since I purchased the polish, and haven’t had to use my flat iron once.

I really love that this helps with straightening, but leaves my tresses with lots of movement and looks more natural than the stick straight results I get with a flat iron. I’d recommend this product to anyone that needs heat styling protection and wants to get away from using a flat iron. It comes in three sizes and can be purchased at Sally’s Beauty Supply and Amazon.

Click to purchase on Sally's site.

What’s your favorite hair serum?

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Aussie’s Deeeeep Conditioner

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Happy Wednesday, Beautiful Readers!
I hope you’re all having a fab week so far :-). I wanted to share my absolute favorite deep conditioner pick today, because it’s seriously saved my hair this week. I’ve used Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle for a few years now, but hadn’t remembered to get a bottle in about six months. I wash my hair just about every day, blow dry it every time I wash it, and flat iron it on a regular basis, so my strands handle some serious stress. In the past year and a half, I’ve been letting my hair grow and I stopped coloring it so my natural color can come though (it’s a dark brown with reddish undertones and some natural dark caramel highlights), so my trims have gone from every 6 weeks to every 12.
Given how much I put my hair through, it holds up pretty well and is mostly healthy and strong, but can get really dry on the ends when I don’t give it enough attention. While at Target (I swear, I might as well move into that place) the other day, I remembered to grab a bottle of 3 Minute Miracle. The scent is kind of coconutty, and the texture is thick without being greasy. After shampooing, I cover my hair from root to tip in the stuff and let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then I rinse it out. Because it isn’t excessively heavy, I use it once or twice a week to keep my hair soft, shiny, and really manageable. The bf and people that hug me always complement me on smelling like coconut lol, so that’s a definite plus.
At just under $3 for a tube that last about 10 uses (on my waist length hair!), you can’t go wrong with 3 Minute Miracle. What’s your favorite deep conditioner?

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TRESemme 24 Hour Root Boosting Spray

Photobucket A sweet puppy at the Brea mall pet store :-), he posed and everything!

Hi Beauties,
How are all of you doing? I’m getting back into the school/studying schedule and very much loving my merchandising class. I received some Target gift cards for my bday and replenished all of my hair and face necessities; I picked up one new/different item, it was Tresemme’s 24 hour root boosting spray and I LOVE IT!

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I normally use the Big Sexy hair products for volume, but they’re kind of pricey and they tend to leave my hair feeling stiff and not very touchable. All I wanted from this product was a little boost for my roots when I dry it. I let my hair air dry a bit and then I sprayed the root booster through my roots and at the ends of my hair, flipped my head upside down and dried it on high heat. My hair was sooo voluminous and SOFT! I was able to run my fingers through all of it without any tug and the volume lasted two days without washing.

This product didn’t  leave build up and it has a very light, clean scent that didn’t linger. My hair stayed shiny for two days and all I needed to revamp the volume on the second day was a blast of cool air from my hair dryer.

Overall an awesome product for $4 at Target :-). Rating: 5/5.

What’s your favorite volumizing product?

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Amazing Shampoo for $2? Yes, Please!

Photobucket A shot of Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. Love that city!

Hi Babes!

What are you up to today? How’s the start of your week coming along? I’m counting down to my birthday and loving the hot weather in Southern California :-).

I was shopping around Target with my best friend about a month ago when I spotted Suave’s Clarifying shampoo for about $1.89; I popped open the cap and loved the clean smell so I gave it a try. The shampoo is a clear blue and the scent reminds me of clean laundry, it lathers up really well and leaves my hair clean and shiny. With one shampoo, I get clean hair; with two shampoos, I have squeaky clean hair. When I bought the shampoo, I was a little worried that my scalp would dry out, but after a month of daily use, my hair actually looks and feels healthier than before.

The description on the bottle reads: Bring out the natural beauty of your hair with this pH-balanced deep-cleansing shampoo that helps remove residue without stripping moisture.
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Overall, a GREAT drugstore buy. I use this shampoo every day with Dove’s Daily Moisture shampoo and my hair is in really good condition; it looks shiny and doesn’t feel heavy at all.

Rating: 5/5.

What’s your favorite drugstore shampoo?

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Living Proof Full Styling Cream <3


I’m loving Secret Diary of a Call Girl!! It’s REALLY racy, but so hilarious! The characters are really lovable 🙂

Hi Pretties!
I hope spring has touched down where you are, it’s definitely stepped into Southern California and I’m in LOVE with the warm, sunny weather! My sweaters will be put away within the next few weeks and out come the sandals, T’s, and sunglasses!
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that Living Proof sent me some of their No Frizz products and they were amazing. I walked into Sephora a few weeks ago with my best friend and the displays for Full were at the front of the store; we looked at it and left without buying anything. I decided to come back last week to pick it up because curiosity got the best of me lol. The Sephora sales associate gave me an additional 4 days worth of product to try first before opening the big bottle.

I showered and towel tried my hair before detangling it, then I took a nickel sized amount and rubbed it in my hands and distributed it evenly through my hair from root to tip. The product smells a little citrusy, but not strong at all. I blow dried my hair with a big round brush and was so pleased with the results! My hair actually felt and looked thicker with absolutely no build up or sticky/stiff feeling. Throughout the day, I’d play with my hair and it stayed full and soft, not crackling or going flat like most other thickening products I’ve used.
Full isn’t made to give you lift, so if you want volume at the roots, make sure to use a root lifting spray or mousse. The small bottle is $14, the larger bottle is $24; although it’s pricey, I’m going to keep buying this because I LOVED the results. Living Proof is available at Sephora; click here for videos on how to use it and here for more product information.

What’s your favorite thickening product?

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No Frizz by Living Proof Review


I think it’s time to watch The Notebook again. I’ve seen it ten million times, but I still love it.

Happy Monday Dolls!

I’m taking a quick break from studying (bleh) to tell you guys about some awesome products. The PR folks for Living Proof sent me some travel sized bottles of two products to try out and review. The Living Proof line had been getting my attention for a while, but I was hesitant to buy yet another hair product out of fear of being let down. I told the very nice PR woman that I have long hair that isn’t wavy or straight, I have a lot of hair, but the strands are on the thin side, and I have a problem with little fuzzies always popping up. I tried the products this weekend and I was very pleased with the results. Check out the press release and my reviews below:

No Frizz by Living Proof
Science and Beauty Unite to Develop the Ultimate Frizz-Fighting Collection

Women everywhere know that even the smallest changes in humidity can have a major effect on how their hair looks and feels. Scientists have long determined that humidity affects the hair in two primary ways. First, it changes the surface texture of the hair fiber, making it rough and full of friction. Second, humidity increases the absorption of water in the interior of the hair shaft. All frizzy hair derives from this delicate give-and-take of water between our hair and the environment around us, and nearly all of us suffer from some degree of frizz as a result.

Remarkably, in 30 years of research and development, science had done little to tilt the balance in your (and your hair’s!) favor. Nearly every anti-frizz product on the market treated frizz with silicone, a technology that hadn’t advanced in three decades. The problem with silicone is that it doesn’t address the causes of frizz; it doesn’t prevent humidity from entering the hair shaft, and it doesn’t reduce the surface friction on hair. Rather, silicone works by weighing down hair with oil, ultimately allowing humidity to penetrate, leaving it limp and greasy.

Living Proof scientists identified the problem as one they could solve. The company was created for the purpose of applying advanced technology to solve the toughest beauty challenges. The company is comprised of a diverse team of renowned scientists from leading research institutions and beauty authorities who share a single vision: to invent efficient formulas with new molecules that deliver results you can see across the room.

Utilizing their proprietary biomaterials technologies, they searched for materials that could produce control over surface energy and roughness. They steered clear of the minimally effective, traditional anti-frizz technology and instead looked at materials from medical devices to contact lenses. Their search eventually led to the discovery of PolyfluoroEster.

How It Works:
PolyfluoroEster is a breakthrough ingredient that allows for control over hair’s surface energy and roughness. PolyfluoroEster, because if its small size, creates a weightless shield on the hair to prevent moisture flux in and out, and coats the cuticles to reduce the friction between fibers. Living Proof has taken PolyfluoroEster and formulated a collection consisting of six styling treatments and three hair care products that work to virtually eliminate frizz.

No Frizz even had some benefits Living Proof didn’t anticipate. Repeated use actually improves the hair’s own ability to resist humidity changes, so No Frizz works even better the longer you use it. And due to its low surface energy, the technology repels most other materials like water and oils, translating into a non-greasy coating that doesn’t attract dirt and other particulates. No Frizz is actually more repellent to dirt and particles than natural hair; as a result, you can actually go longer between shampoos.

The No Frizz Styling Collection:
Living Proof first introduced its top-selling Styling collection and it has been the buzz of the beauty industry ever since, winning multiple “Best of” awards, including the prestigious Allure Beauty Breakthrough Award.

The No Frizz Styling Collection offers six options depending on hair texture and desired style. Apply liberally for maximum frizz-fighting and beautiful, shiny hair. Select Straight Making for straighter styles and Wave Shaping, Curl Defining for refining curls and waves with a light hold.

Styling Spray For Fine to Medium Hair – The lightweight spray is an extremely versatile formula that dries fast and leaves hair with incredible shine.
· No Frizz Straight Making Styling Spray
· No Frizz Wave Shaping, Curl Defining Styling Spray

Styling Cream For Medium to Thick Hair – The cream formula provides optimum frizz-reduction as well as added conditioning benefits, yet doesn’t leave hair feeling greasy or heavy.
· No Frizz Straight Making Styling Cream
· No Frizz Wave Shaping, Curl Defining Styling Cream

Styling Treatment For Thick to Coarse Hair – This rich, conditioning daily treatment provides optimum frizz-reduction and conditioning benefits for thick to coarse hair, without weighing it down.
· No Frizz Straight Making Styling Treatment
· No Frizz Wave Shaping, Curl Defining Styling Treatment

The No Frizz Hair Care Collection:
Living Proof is also introducing the perfect hair care regimen to complement the styling collection and address the specific needs of hair prone to frizz – dryness and damage. No Frizz Shampoo, No Frizz Conditioner and No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner is a daily hair care range incorporating a new delivery system that actually allows PolyfluoroEster to remain in the hair after rinsing. In fact, after five uses, almost 1/3 as much PolyfluoroEster remains in the hair as with the leave-in styling products, ensuring continued frizz-fighting power even before you style.

Each of the products also provides heat protection from tools like blow driers, curling irons and flat irons. For the smoothest, shiniest hair, use daily with No Frizz Sprays, Creams and Treatments, for a one-two punch that knocks out frizz.

For All Hair Types:
· Humidity Blocking, Weightlessly Hydrating, Sulfate-Free No Frizz Shampoo – Developed with PolyfluoroEster and SLMI, a gentle, sulfate-free surfactant, this shampoo removes any trace of dirt or oil without stripping the hair. No Frizz Shampoo is the perfect choice for everyday cleansing for all hair types, including color-treated hair.
· Humidity Blocking, Weightlessly Hydrating, Shine Restoring No Frizz Conditioner –The natural companion to No Frizz Shampoo, PolyfluoroEster helps to shield the hair with a weightless layer to ensure hair is left incredibly soft and hydrated with a light, smooth finish that shines.

For Drier Hair:
· Moisture Restoring No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner – This convenient, on-the-go formula combines PolyfluoroEster with lightweight glycerin as the key moisturizing component instead of heavy oils, making it one of the only oil-free, silicone-free leave-in conditioners available on the market.

Suggested Retail Price: $24 for each full-sized bottle
$14 for each 2 oz travel-sized bottle

Availability: No Frizz is available exclusively at Sephora.

Reviews:

I received the Straight Styling Cream and Straight Styling Spray for fine to medium hair. Both products smell like lemon grass to me, which is different than any styling product I’ve used before. They didn’t smell like chemicals and perfume, it was subtle and pleasant.
The first thing I tried was the styling cream on Friday; after getting out of the shower and combing the tangles out, i took a nickel sized drop of the cream and rubbed it into my hair starting at the ends and working up to the roots so there wouldn’t be product buildup at the top. I dried my hair with a big round brush and was surprised at how manageable and smooth my hair felt. The little halo of baby hairs that I usually get around my head had been drastically reduced. I’d say it was a 80-90% reduction in frizz. The smoothness lasted all day and didn’t feel greasy or heavy, even the next morning. I’m one of those people that can’t go for more than a day or two without washing my hair because product buildup can make my hair feel dirty so fast; I was pleasantly surprised when I didn’t see any greasiness or flaking from the cream. A+ for the styling cream!
On Saturday, I had to try the spray. I washed my hair (even though I didn’t have to) so I would be able to get a true feel for the spray. After towel drying my hair and applying the cream, I spritzed the styling spray through all my hair and dried it. After running my flat iron through the wavy spots, my hair looked so shiny, felt soft, and I was really in awe of how much smoother it looked than usual. A+ for the spray as well!
Even after running around in and touching my hair all day, the smoothness lasted. My split ends were way less visible and my hair felt clean, I couldn’t even tell that there was product in it!
The only not so awesome thing about the products is the price; $14-$24 can be a little scary for people that don’t have big budgets. I usually go with drugstore hair spray and styling products, but I may I have to save up a little extra to get these in full sizes because they actually did what they said they would do (if you’re a hair product junkie, you know how rare that can be!). If you want to give these a try, remember that Sephora has an awesome return policy in case you end up not liking them or feel that you can’t quite commit to the price.

Have you tried any of the Living Proof products?

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