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.

redken all soft

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.

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.

Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Mask Honey Treasures

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!

hairhaul

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

$Bumble and bumble Super Rich Conditioner litre - Bloomingdale's

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

INSTA-MATTE LIPSTICK TRANSFORMER

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!

it's a 10 silk

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.

l'oreal everpure

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

it's a 10 silk

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

ogx

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.

10 leave in

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.

argan oil

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?

My Hair Experiment!

If you read my blog regularly, you might remember my Manic Panic Purple Haze review Well, recently I got tired of the purple. So I decided to do an experiment and mix up my own color!

hairexperimenthairexperiment2Woo! I still had about a third of my tub of Purple Haze,  and I ended up grabbing Manic Panic Vampire Red and Hot Hot Pink at Sally’s. My mix was about a 1:1:.5 of Vampire Red, Hot Hot Pink and Purple Haze. So there was less Purple Haze and about equal parts Vampire Red And Hot Hot Pink. I basically just eyeballed it until it looked like a decent color. I had no idea what it would look like lol. So I left it on for an hour and washed it out in cold water.

Unlike straight Purple Haze… this mix refused to fully wash out. The water would not run clear. I think I washed it out for a good 15 minutes and I was still getting light pink water, I gave up soon after that. But also unlike Purple Haze… I didn’t get any color rubbing off! The first time I used Purple Haze and didn’t fully wash it out, my hands and nails turned purple if I touched my hair too much, I’m getting any of that this time.

I also got a much more even color this time, it’s probably because I used more dye, and made sure all my hair was very saturated.

I also washed it for the first time yesterday, and I got some bleeding, which is to be expected. I decided not to wash it in cold water, like I was doing before, because that was a process and I didn’t feel like doing that. So, I washed it in cool water, not too cold, so I could actually take a normal shower. Washed my hair with my L’Oreal Everpure for color, and then deep conditioned with OGX Renewing Treatment, Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil. I was worried that the color would fade, but I’m happy to say that I can only see a minor difference! I think more pink ran off than anything, but it’s still very vibrant and hardly faded, if at all.

So I’m definitely liking this mix and this color, in general. I think it goes much better with my natural brown hair, even though I couldn’t blended it a little but better lol. What do you think?

My Current Hair Routine!

I recently switched up my hair routine! About three weeks ago I bleached and dyed my ends purple so I knew I’d need to change up my routine to help my hair out.

First and foremost, I now do a coconut oil pre-wash

077890377000I did do a post about my initial thought a little while back, you can check that out here. I think it definitely makes my hair shinier, but I haven’t really seen a huge difference so far. But, to be honest, I haven’t been paying close attention… I’ll have to get on that lol

I also changed my shampoo!

500I learned that my shampoo had sulfates, womp womp, so I decided to switch to something sulfate-free. I really like this so far, not sure if the lack of sulfates really makes a difference BUT I love the scent! Although sometimes it does make me kind of hungry… coconut mixed with rosemary haha

I’ve also started using a few different conditioners on somewhat of a rotation. My normal conditioner is SH-RD Nutra-Therapy Conditioner.

My hairstylist gave me a bottle of this and the shampoo for my birthday last year, and I liked it so much that I ordered a big bottle of it (you can find it on Amazon). It also has a rosemary-ish scent, which I really like and it leaves my hair nice and soft, which I need.
Sometimes I’ll use it alone, but sometimes I’ll also add some Pantene Overnight Miracle!
300I remember the first time I saw the commercial for this with Zooey Deschanel and something possessed me to go out and get it… and I fell in love from first use. It really does leave your hair really silky and soft and I love that I can just sleep in it and not be bothered with anything else. Sometimes I’ll use just this as my conditioner, but recently I’ve been starting to use it mid-week. On a night when I don’t wash my hair (which is most, because I only wash my hair once/twice a week), I’ll dampen my hair and add this stuff right before I go to bed. It just refreshes my ends and add lots of moisture.
If I’m going for a deep conditioner, I have to go with It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask.
1383435_it4__43395_zoomThis will forever be one of my favorite deep conditioners, if not my all time favorite. I like to leave in on for about 30 minutes, and when I wash it out my hair feels silky and soft and manageable!
I’ve also been rotating between a couple of serum/creams. The one I use most often is good old Biosilk!
14229282I’ve been using Biosilk for a long time now and it never fails me. You can use it on wet or dry hair, I prefer dry. It absorbs nicely, adds great shine and enhances your hair texture. When I do my overnight waves technique (lol) I like to brush my hair out in the morning to loosen the waves, then add a good amount of Biosilk, which keep my waves from getting frizzy and just tames them and helps them stay pretty all day!
The other product that I use is SH-RD Protein Hair Mask!
91f2EeVE13L._SL1500_This one was another suggestion from my hair stylist.. he uses it on everyone! The good thing about this product is that a little goes a seriously long way. I’ve had mine for over a year, maybe longer, and I’ve hardly made a dent. I especially like to use this on my ends, it adds a lot of moisture. When I do my over night waves, I pin up my hair, and before I do that I put a bunch of this right on the ends so they don’t dry out too much overnight. You can use this on wet or dry hair, I like to use it on damp hair.
Phew, almost done! The last thing I want to share is my new favorite dry shampoo… Batiste Strength & Shine!
16986870You know how some dry shampoos leave your roots looking dusty? This does not do that! I have dark hair.. so that whitish residue was not a good look for me. I really didn’t like to add shine cream, because that’s just too many products for me (because ONE more would make such a huge difference lol). Anyway, this does not leave your roots looking grey and dull, so it’s a major winner in my book!
It feels like a lot, but when I remember that I don’t use all these things at once it doesn’t seem so bad. What are some of your current favorite hair products?

Isabella’s Clearly FREE Review!

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me for review

I’ve been changing up my hair routine recently. I was using a shampoo with sulfates, and that plus our hard water started to dry out my scalp. It actually ended up being good timing because I got to test out Isabella’s Clearly FREE!

A little about it:

“Clearly FREE will keep your scalp healthy and dandruff-free. The 100% essential oil formula contains a unique array of natural ingredients which will leave your scalp soft, hydrated and flake-free. With extended use, this unique mix of essential oils will protect your scalp and eliminate dryness over time. It take minutes to apply and sets you free.

It’s the perfect solution for rejuvenating the scalp. Just a few drops will help you be dandruff free. It’s not “Magic”, but you might think it is.

Here is what you can expect: • Moisturizes and nourishes dry scalp • Protects scalp from dryness • Relieves itching • 100% natural essential oil ingredients”

Here are the ingredients: A proprietary blend of Jojoba, Manuka, Chamomile, Tea tree, Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Lavender, Lemon, Cedar wood, and Cypress essential oils. Free of Sulfates, Phthalates, Paraben, DEA, Formaldehyde and PEG.

It’s also never tested on animals and 100% vegan!

Lets start with scent. If you read the list of ingredients you can guess that this smells very herby. It can be a little overwhelming, so it’s a good thing you only need a little bit of product. The product itself is like a serum, with a nice pump dispenser. You don’t get too much with each pump, so it’s easy to control the amount you need/want.

So the directions say to wash and towel dry hair, then take some products on your fingers and massage into scalp, then you can dry and style as usual. I thought it was interesting that you would put oil in your hair after it was washed, I was pretty suspicious, but I did it anyway and waited for my hair to dry. Unfortunately my suspicions rang true and this left my roots very greasy. I had to try and wipe off as much as I could and then added a lot of dry shampoo on top of that.

Honestly, I would not use this product after I washed my hair. I think it would be a much better idea to use this as a pre-wash treatment. I am currently doing that with coconut oil for my ends, so I think I may add this into the mix for my scalp. I’ll definitely do an update once I test that out.

Coconut Oil Pre-wash Initial Thoughts!

I decided it was time to switch up my hair routine!

A little background on my hair… I’ve been coloring it for a long while now, and I have pretty dry ends. I might be bleaching said ends this weekend for a plummy ombre, so I really needed something to add lots of moisture. My normal routine includes a shampoo and conditioner recommended by my hair guy and some hair serums, like Biosilk. My hair guy actually gave me the shampoo and conditioner for my last birthday and when I ran out, I decided to buy it on Amazon because I could get a bigger size for cheaper. What I didn’t realize is that the shampoo I got from Amazon has sulfates! GASP! But I used it for a while anyway, then I started to find my scalp getting really dry. It might be from sulfates, or our hard water, or both. So it was time for a change.

I present to you… coconut oil!

This is the one I got… it is Wegmans brand extra virgin unrefined coconut oil.

So coconut oil is a little weird, it comes in a tub and it’s solid. Some blogs recommend microwaving it to melt it, I just rubbed it in my hands until it melted. It was a little messier, but worked.

I started by parting my hair into two sections and just working the oil in starting from my ends going up. Then I flipped my hair over, and made sure that I got every strand. Then I added a little bit to my scalp and roots, and finally extra on my ends. Then I put it up, threw on a shower cap and went about my business for an hour.

To go along with this, I also bought a sulfate-free shampoo. I opted for L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo, which is part of the Color Care System.

So after the hour was up, I washed my hair as I normally would. I did double shampoo, just to ensure that I got all the oil out of my roots. I lightly shampooed my ends for the same reason. Then conditioned, and that was it!

I was nervous about my hair being really oily, but I had no oily residue, just super shiny hair! I really tried not to brush it too much and just let it dry as it would naturally. I did add some hair serum when it was damp, just to reduce frizz. Also, I left my hair as it was, no styling. I usually do an overnight no-heat curling thing, but I decided against it just to test what my hair would be like.

Overall, I like the results so far. My hair is nice and shiny, and the color is more vibrant. It’s really soft, my ends are still a tad dry, but I do have a bunch of split ends that need trimming. So far no change in my scalp, but I wouldn’t expect that (or the dry ends) to change overnight.

I’m definitely going to keep doing this, probably once a week and I’ll write another update in a month or so!

Have you guys done any pre-washes? Thoughts?