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!

Function of Beauty Initial Review!

I’ve been wanting to try Function if Beauty for a while, so I was super excited to get this as one of my Christmas presents!

If you havent heard of Function of Beauty, it’s a company that makes totally customizable shampoo and conditioner!

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So, basically, you take a hair quiz, choose the benefits you’d like, pick the color and scent annnnd they’ll make it.

These are my hair profile answers:

  • Hair type- wavy
  • Hair structure- fine
  • Scalp moisture- normal

For my 5 hair goals I went with:

  • Deep condition
  • Replenish hair
  • Fix split ends
  • Strengthen
  • Hydrate

I opted out of a color, and for the scent I chose cucumber mint, light fragrance.

There are also different size options, I got the two biggest sizes.

I’ve heard it takes about a week for you to get your customized set, mine did take a little longer because it was right after the holidays and one of their machines broke, but they actually managed to get it to me really close to the estimated date they originally gave.

When you get it, it comes in a cute almost Tiffany blue box, ad you get your shampoo, conditioner, pumps, and a little booklet with your hair profile, goals, a description of each goal with the goal specific ingredients, instructions on the optimal way to use your set and active ingredients on the back.

I usually like to start with scents, so here we go… it’s a bit minty and herbally… reminds me of a spa almost. I think it may be because I picked the light fragrance and I’m picking up on some of the ingredients.

As for consistency, I was a bit surprised because the shampoo is pretty thin, I’ve never used a shampoo that was runny before. My directions say to lather it in your hands first, which I thought was interesting. It does lather very nicely. It also says to shampoo, rinse and repeat. So for my first shampoo I use 3 pumps and for my second I use 2.

The conditioner is nice and thick, it feels really hydrating, just like I like it. My directions say to leave it in for 2-3 minutes, which I do with most of my conditioners anyway. I like to tie it in a low bun while I leave it in, and with this conditioner I actually feel the minty-ness on the back of my neck, it’s like that tingly cooling feeling… I’ve never experienced that with a conditioner, really cool. I use about 5 pumps of conditioner for all my hair.

So far, I’ve used it three times. Haven’t used it their suggested 4-5 times a week, as I usually only wash my hair twice a week. The first time I used it, I didn’t follow the instructions, but did the last two times. Overall, so far so good. My hair is definitely very soft, it feels hydrated and the more I use it, the more hydrated my ends are feeling, which is important. I haven’t been using any other leave-ins or oils on my hair to give this a fair try, and I’m going to continue to do so!

If you’d like to try Function of Beauty, you can use my affiliate link and get $5 off your order! (and I get a $5 credit, win win!)

Have you tried customized shampoo and conditioner before?

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.

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?

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?

Just Natural Leave-In Conditioner Review!

Disclaimer: This was sent to me for review

Another Just Natural products that I recently got to test out is their Leave-in Conditioner.

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You can see that this is another all natural product, ingredients pictured above.

So where to start? How about scent? I really like the smell of this. It’s much more herbal, not medicinal like the cuticle oil. Texture is thinner than say the It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask. The directions say that you should leave the product in and style as usual. I usually let my hair air dry, so the first time I used it I just let it sit in my hair. After about 15 minutes I noticed something weird… it wasn’t getting absorbed into my hair at all. It was sitting there like it needed to get washed out, so that’s what I did.

I definitely think that you need to wash it out of your hair, it’s more of a deep conditioner than an actual leave-in-and-style. Also noticed that it doesn’t detangle, kind of a bummer because it is a conditioner, which usually detangle just fine.

Just for reference I have normally slightly wavy hair, its thin to average, a little above my mid back and colored.

It does leave my hair pretty soft and doesn’t weigh it down. There is a slight frizzing issue, but that might be because I went to bed with wet hair (normally don’t do that). I’m going to keep trying this product and play around with teh amount of conditioner and the amount of time is sits in my hair.

So you get 16 fl oz for $26.99, which is pretty good for a leave-in treatment. Just for comparison, you get 8 fl oz of the It’s A 1o hair mask for around $30.

If you want more details about this and other products you can check it out on the Just Natural Website.