Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner Review!

I use a lot of dry shampoo, so I figured it’s time to try a dry conditioner as well. I did a bunch of research on the different brands, and decided to try out Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner.

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I bought the travel size, just in case I didn’t like it. The travel size is 1.3oz for $9, I believe the full size was around $24.

I tend to use it on day 2-3 of my dry shampoo days. Those are the days where my ends start to feel super dry. It’s just like dry shampoo, you spray it in your hair, I usually tend to keep it to my ends, but you can do mid-shaft to ends. Then just brush your hair.

Unlike dry shampoo, there is no white color or any kind of residue. Right after spraying and brushing, my hair feels much smoother and looks less dry. I don’t think it actually hydrates the hair though. I feel like I need to spray my hair a few times and at a few different angles to get all of it.

Overall, I do like it and will keep using it on my dry shampoo days!

Have you tried dried conditioner?

 

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Function of Beauty Update!

So, I’ve been using my custom Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner for a while now, so I thought I’d give you an update!

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I’ve been using it for about a month, 2-3 times a week, and what you see above is how much of the product I’ve used so far. I’m going through conditioner a bit faster than the shampoo, which is normal for me. I have changed up the way I use the product, for my first shampoo, I lather it up in my hands, but for the second shampoo, I apply to directly to my scalp and lather. I usually end up with 5-6 pumps for shampoo and the same for conditioner.

Pros:

  • I have noticed that the middle section of my hair is very soft and stays soft for days after washing.
  • My hair is noticeable shinier, I definitely see a difference with that, and it stays shiny for days after the wash.

Cons:

  • Even though my formulation is basically just hydration, for some reason, I’ve noticed my scalp is drier than normal.
  • Right after hair washing, my hair feels nice and soft but a day or two later the ends dry up again. If I do any kind of heat styling or even no-heat overnight curls, my ends get very dry, even if it’s right after washing. I don’t use it every day, as suggested, so that might be the problem, but it is worth noting.
  • I haven’t seen any overall improvement on my dry ends. The longer you use it, the more you’ll see the effects, but so far… I haven’t seen any improvement in end hydration, they still get very dry and brittle.

I’ve avoided using any other hair products while testing this one, I just started using argan oil again after my last few washes because I couldn’t take my dry, frizzy ends anymore. My ends are a bit color damaged, so I don’t expect anything to heal them, that’s what haircuts are for lol. However, I am a bit disappointed with the dry scalp, I was not expecting that at all. I actually just decided to switch up my routine, my last wash I used totally different products (one to review!). I’ll probably go back to Function of Beauty after my scalp is back to normal and see how things go from there. I’ll most likely be back with another update!

Redken All Soft Conditioner Review!

If you’ve seen my last couple of hauls, you know I’ve been buying a lot of hair products. One that I happened to buy in both hauls, is Redken All Soft Conditioner.

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I first bough the normal sized bottle, but when Ulta had their sale on jumbo sizes, I had to grab one!

It’s a pretty thick conditioner, I like thicker ones because I feel like they are more conditioning and absorb better. It might just be me though…

It smells pretty nice, it does have a slight plastic-y smell when you first squeeze it out of the bottle, but it dissipates once it’s in your hair and then smells really nice.

I like to apply to my damp hair and wait about 5 minutes before I wash it off, kind of like a mini leave-in treatment. It leaves my hair super soft, even my dry ends. It’s definitely my favorite ‘normal’ conditioner at the moment.

July Ulta Haul!

Wooooo! The best time, Ulta haul time!

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I actually split this haul into two days. One day one I bought two new Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in Uptight and Conspiracy (reviews coming soon),  Ulta Vanilla Sugar body scrub, and another Batiste dry shampoo. On day two, I bought the jumbo Redken All Soft Conditioner.

I love the Ulta body scrubs, they’re sugar scrubs and on clearance pretty often. I always grab them if I see them on sale. I got this one for $2.97! Awesome price, the last one I got was around $5.

In terms of hair, if you like Redken and other salon brands, jumbo sizes are on sale! They start at $12.99, but vary by brand. The Redken was $15.99, plus you get a free pump (normally $3) and I used the $3.50 off $15 coupon, so I got it for around $13.00! It’s normally $32! So I’m super pumped about it. If you saw my last hair haul, I bought the normal size All Soft conditioner, which was $16.50… so this is a crazy good deal. Not sure when the sale ends, so hurry!

Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Mask Honey Treasures Inital Review!

This is just one of the new conditioners that I bought and mentioned in my last hair haul post.

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It’s pretty thick, similar to the It’s A 1o mask. It smells interesting when applying it, not much like honey, maybe more like coconut/vanilla with a hint of plastic lol. After you wash your hair, the plastic-ness fades and you’re left with the very pleasant coconut/vanilla scent.

I apply it in the shower, after I’ve shampooed and squeezed the excess water out of my hair. I thoroughly coat my damp hair, tie it up in a low bun and leave in for 3ish minutes. Then I rinse it out. I instantly notice that my hair is softer. After my hair dries, I do feel a noticeable difference.

I’ve used this twice so far, and I’m really liking it! Have any of you used it? What’s your favorite hair mask?

June 2015 Hair Haul!

I was in need of some new conditioners, and I’ve been eyeing a new curling iron for a little while now, so it was time for a trip to Ulta!

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First things first, I bought three conditioners at Ulta and one at Wegmans. I got:

 

  • Chi Argan Oil Plus Moringa Oil Rejuvenating Mask
  • Redken All Soft Conditioner
  • It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product
  • Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Mask Honey Treasures

The curling iron I finally decided on was the Hot Tools 24K  Gold 1″ Curling Wand. I went with the one with the clip.

So far, I used the Chi mask once, and I like it so far. When I’ve formed an opinion I’ll do an updated post on it. I also used the curling iron the other day, I didn’t use the clip, just used it as a wand and I got the loose waves that I was looking for… so far so good. I’m really excited for the Garnier mask and Redken conditioner, and I’ll post updates on those too.

What are some of your favorite hair products?

 

My Summer 2016 Wish List!

Ever get in those moods where you’re just itching to buy stuff? I’m in that buying mood! Usually, when I want to just buy stuff, I never find anything to actually buy… which is probably a good thing lol. But this time I have a list! And I thought I’d share it with you!

  • Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner

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Yassss! I bought the 2 oz bottle a while ago to take with me while traveling. It’s lasted me three trips so far, still have some left, but every time I use it I fall in love with it. It makes my hair super soft, and I especially love the combo of this and the It’s A 10 Leave In spray. This is pretty pricey, $59, but for 33.8 oz, that’s not bad.. considering 2 oz is $10. Definitely going to buy this very soon, cannot wait!

  • Dolce Rosa Excelsa Eau de Parfum

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I first saw this in an Ulta magazine a month or so ago, I smelled it and that was it. Needed it! It’s light and floral, but not too sweet or flowery. I think it’s perfect for summer, and I actually want it specifically for a wedding that I have next month lol.

  • Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

You may have heard that Urban Decay is changing up their lipstick lineup, getting rid of the Revolution lipsticks and replacing them with 100 (120 at Sephora) new lipsticks… the Vice lipsticks! I watched a swatch video and really liked some of the colors, they also come in 6 finishes: mega matte, comfort matte, cream. metallized, sheer and sheer shimmer. These new lipsticks are going to be $17 for .11 oz, which is a much better deal than the Revolution lipsticks which were $22 for .9 oz. I’m going to limit myself to buying 4 in one shot lol I think the first two I want are Uptight and Tilt, but it’s really tough to narrow down! These come out on June 5th.

  • Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer

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I haven’t actually looked at reviews for this yet, but it seems so cool! I’m really into matte lipstick at the moment, and I have a bunch of colors that I’d like to be matte, and this would do the trick! I’d be especially pumped to use this with my Rouge Louboutin lipstick.

  • Curling Iron

This one is iffy. Again, I have that wedding coming up and I think I need a larger barrel curling iron. I have a Remington conical wand, which I love, but I think it may be too small, it might do the job though, so I’m conflicted. Mind you, I don’t use heat tools unless it’s a special occasion, so why do I even need more?! Sigh.

I’ll honestly probably be getting the conditioner and perfume this weekend lol and I cannot wait!

What’s on your summer wishlist?

It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Conditioner Review!

I’ve been solely using this for a couple of weeks now, so I decided it was time for a review!

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I mentioned this in my last hair care update, but I hadn’t used it enough for a full review. But it is now time! So let’s get to it…

Starting with scent, it smells great, as all It’s a 10 products do. Consistency is pretty thick, maybe just a little thinner than their hair mask.

For application, I apply it after I shampoo and leave it in for 3-5 minutes then rinse out. I definitely feel a difference right away after I rinse it out. My hair is much smoother and softer. Then I just towel dry, comb through and let it air dry. Combing is great, no tangles!

One of the benefits of this conditioner is that it actually helps your hair dry faster. At first, I was a bit concerned that my hair was drying so fast, but then I read the back of the container lol. Once it’s dry, it’s definitely nice and soft, especially after I brush it out.

I also find that my hair stays softer longer. With other conditioners, it would dry out again after three days, this one keeps my hair nice and soft and hydrated. I also noticed that the more you use it, the better it works. The first time I tried it, I as like ‘meh’, but as I kept using it, I liked it more and more.

If you like It’s a 10 products, I’d definitely recommend trying this one out!

What’s your favorite conditioner?

Updated Hair Care Routine!

I feel like I haven’t done an update on my hair in forever! I think the last thing I showed you was my pink hair. Well, that’s long gone. I dyed my hair back (as close as I could get) to my natural brown hair color, and I’ve just been trying to grow out all my gross ends.

So, first and foremost, I now get a trim every 8 weeks. My last one was a really big one, I chopped off two inches. It needed to go.

The shampoo I have been using for a while now is L’oreal Ever Pure Moisture Shampoo.

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It’s amazing. I had a pretty dry scalp before I started using this and I haven’t had any problems since. It’s now a staple of mine. And it smells awesome!

I am using some new conditioners though. I finally ran out of what I had and decided to go get some stuff I haven’t tried before.

The first one is It’s A 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Conditioner

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I’ve only used it a few times, so I don’t have any strong opinions about it yet. I do have to say that I noticed that my hair did dry faster after using it. Honestly, I didn’t know it was supposed to do that until I accidentally read it somewhere lol. I’ll keep testing and may put up a full review.

Another conditioner I just started using is OGX Hydrate + Repair Creamy Hair Butter

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This is a leave in or rinse out, which is pretty cool! It is very buttery. Again, I’ve only just started using it and I’ve been switching between it and the It’s A 10, so I need to use one at a time for a while before I can formulate a real opinion.

I like both of them so far, so that’s good news lol.

A conditioner I’ve been using for a little while now is the It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-in.

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I use it every time I wash my hair, after using a rinse out conditioner. I like it, my hair definitely feels softer, especially right after I comb it out.

And finally, OGX Argan Oil.

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I really like to use this on my ends, I find that it helps when I slather it on my ends before bed and it soaks in overnight. Also, if I do a no-heat overnight curling thing (which I usually do) I like to add just a tiny bit of this all over my hair after I brush it out.

And that’s it! I think I still have another 2-3 inches to get rid of until my hair is where I want it to be. But in the meantime, I’ll be trying all the hair things!

What are some of your current favorite (or all time favorite) hair care products?

IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Top 5 Superstars- 6 Piece Collection!– November QVC Today’s Special Value!

Disclaimer: This was sent to me for review

IT Cosmetics has another TSV on QVC tomorrow, November 20, 2015! Warning: picture heavy!

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This is the box it comes in, let me warn you… it’s a big box!

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All the beautiful products! You get a Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, Celebration Foundation Illumination, Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara, Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstck Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi, Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, and the new Heavenly Luxe Master Brush.

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Here is a close up of the Heavenly Luxe Master Brush. I LOVE this brush. You can use it for foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer or finishing powder. Just swirl your brush in the product and buff it into your skin! It’s absolutely amazing. It’s super soft and pretty dense, so it picks up a good amount of product and buffs beautifully. I’ve been using it with the Celebration Foundation but I’m definitely going to try it for bronzer too.

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Celebration Foundation Illumination. It comes with this snazzy little brush in the bottom compartment! I haven’t used the brush, it seems more like a contouring brush rather than a foundation brush.

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Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, one of my personal favorite and go to products.

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The Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. This is a dual sided pencil, one side is the actual pencil and the other is the spooley brush. The product does twist up.

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Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi.This is supposed to be a balm, lipstick, lip stain and glossy finish all in one! It has a lot of great ingredients, including plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter and argan!

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Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara. This is a volumizing mascara, conditioning primer, lash-enhancing serum, lash tint and lash comber/curler all in one! You can see that the brush is pretty big in comparison to the whole wand. And I wanted you to see a close up of the brush in the bottom image. And I have to mention that the handle is soft and kind of squishy, very comfortable to hold.

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So here we have swatches of everything:

1. Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer in Fair. I love this concealer, it’s my go to concealer and I use it every day. It’s a great full coverage concealer and super easy to blend.

2. Celebration Foundation Illumination in Fair. Let me just say that I never liked powder foundation… until I tried Celebration Foundation from IT. This is super soft and blendable powder. It buffs in to your skin really nicely. This is a little different than the regular Celebration Foundation, it’s more brightening, I’ve done a comparison swatch below.

3. Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. When I first tried the pencil, it was a little hard and I didn’t get much color payoff. I primed it a little on my hand until I got some color, then tried it on my brows. So test it on your hand before you try it on your brows.

I was skeptical on how universal the color of the pencil is, so I decided to try it on myself and on my mom! I have dark brows, the pencil worked great on me, and it actually worked really well on my mom too. If you have darker brows, you just use more pressure and the color is darker. If you have lighter brows, just use lighter pressure.

I’m also in love with the spooley! I use it to brush my brows before I use the pencil and then after to help blend.

4. Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara. From the swatch you can see that this mascara is black, sorry that it’s a little blurry. I found this mascara to be very lengthening and I did notice some extra volume. I’ve only used it holding the brush horizontally, but you can also use it vertically  (just the ball part) for added volume.

5. Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi. You might have seen this in an Instagram post I published last week. This was one of the first products I tried from this kit and I fell in love. It’s so moisturizing! It feels amazing on. It definitely gives the lips a nice glossy finish, and a super light tint of color, so it’s great for a neutral, every day lip.

Here are the foundation comparison swatches:

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The Celebration Foundation Illumination is a bit brighter than the regular Celebration Foundation. The latter is more matte, while the Illumination is definitely more radiant. I also found the Illumination is also a bit more powdery when you swirl your brush in it.

Overall, I think this set is amazing. Definitely chock full of superstar products. I highly suggest this set if you haven’t tried IT Cosmetics yet, or even if you have! It’s full of staples that I now use every day.

So this goes on sale on QVC at midnight, so the super early morning of November 20th. I don’t know the price offhand, but the TSV are always good deals.

What are your favorite IT products? Are you going to pick this up?