Finding the Right Shampoo For Your Hair Type

I’ve had a lifelong battle with shampoo. After many years of dying and perming my hair, I still struggle with finding that perfect shampoo now that my hair is 100% in its natural state, no color, no chemicals. So what I look for in a shampoo now is much different than what I looked for in a shampoo when I was highlighting and spiral perming my tresses in my teen and college years.

I tested out numerous shampoos, ones that were popular and even ones that were hard to find. Then, there came a time when I wanted to simplify my hair routine. No more perms, no more highlights, just my hair in its purest state. Now, all I look for in a shampoo is simple – a good cleanse that leaves my hair with volume. That’s not asking for too much is it?

So when I was recently offered to review to “volumizing” shampoos, I said yes. I recently tried out the NEW Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.

Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo
SRP $9.99 (13.5 fl. oz.)
  • It’s silicone-free formula, with an advanced blend of deep sea minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, and a hydrating polymer, gives hair up to 80% more moisturization
  • Formula is infused with H2O
  • Nutrient-Rich Technology
  • Delicately nourishes hair strand by strand without weighing it down
Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Conditioner
SRP $14.99 (13.5 fl. oz.)
  • Features Coconut Oil which helps condition and strengthen hair without weighing it down
  • It’s silicone-free formula, with an advanced blend of deep sea minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, and a hydrating polymer, gives hair up to 80% more moisturization
  • Formula is infused with H2O
  • Nutrient-Rich Technology

nexus shampooI can not only feel the difference in my hair, but I can also see it. Wow, volume you can actually see, I think I found my new favorite shampoo! Nexxus Salon Hair Care Hydra-Light products are available nationwide in mass, drug, and grocery stores.

Product Review: eos “Basket of Fruit” Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Pack

I’ve seen many of my friends and even Kim Kardashian rave about these little lip balm spheres. Whether for dry, chapped lips or pregnancy lips, I was curious about lip balms from evolution of smooth. So when the PR rep invited me to try their new 4-pack “Basket of Fruit” Smooth Sphere Lip Balm collection, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try these globular objects full of organic goodness for my lips.

These lip balms already win points because they are 100% natural enriched with shea butter and jojoba oil.  What they are not is greasy, oily or sticky because they are petroleum-free, paraben-free and gluten-free. These will be perfect travel must-haves for an upcoming trip to NYC, where it’s sticky and humid already…just not on my lips.

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Flavors from L to R: Fresh Watermelon, Strawberry Sorbet, Pomegranate Raspberry and Summer Fruit

This limited edition set is available at evolution of smooth and retails for $10.99.

Face Off: Take the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser 7-Day Challenge

Living in the dry and hot desert that is Las Vegas for the past five years I’ve had to revamp my daily cleansing routine to stand up against the triple digit heat. I need deep cleansing that doesn’t strip my skin of its natural moisture. So when I was recently offered to try the new Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser for a week, I quickly accepted the challenge.

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The Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser is formulated with a patented technology which removes 99 percent of excess oil, dirt and even makeup, while preserving the skin’s delicate moisture barrier. It doesn’t leave behind a film or residue leaving my skin clean and smooth, not taught and dry. It also helped with my acne – it was gone in one week! I love that I don’t have to overdose on heavy moisturizer after using it and I’ve noticed that my makeup lasts longer throughout the day.

Are you up for this beauty challenge? You have nothing to lose but excess dirt and oil. Pledge to take the challenge and receive a $2 off coupon. If you take your own assessment, you’ll receive a $3  off coupon when you purchase Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser and Ultra Sheer Sunscreen. The Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser retails for $8.99.

I received a sample of Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser for review by the PR rep.

Form Follows Function Follows Fashion in Tweezerman’s Latest Studio Collection

While this principle is based on architecture, I believe it should be a theory that is applied to everything we do in life. When fashion infiltrates beauty packaging and accessories, it’s like a double whammy. Leave it to Tweezerman to emulate the latest fashion credos into the new Striped Mini Slant Tweezers.

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In true form, the new Mini Slant Tweezers are the mini version of the award-winning Slant Tweezer making them perfect for travel and on-the-go grooming. As far as function goes, Tweezerman is the beauty industry standard for quality, reliability, innovation and service. These minis work just effectively as the regular size. In regards to fashion, these tweezers are inspired by the colorful stripes and bold patterns seen on the most recent catwalks.

Tweezing is cathartic to me. I can spend hours tweezing my eyebrows to the perfect arch. Now, I can do so fashionably and while I’m on-the-go. But nothing makes me feel better than being able to be multi-functional with my beauty regimen while knowing the products I use practice goodwill. Tweezerman operates a Second Bottom Line through which the company allocates a portion of its profits to charitable organizations, while actively supporting local communities.

These mini tweezers are exclusively available at Sephora.

This review features product that was provided to me as press samples for consideration.

A Sneak Peek into Topshop’s 2013 Spring Make-up Collection

I’m a huge fan of Topshop Make up.  My first experience with it was when they opened their first store in Las Vegas last year.  Now they are introducing a gorgeous new Edit Trend Collection for spring/summer with makeup bag must-haves for the season from Topshop Make Up Consultant Hannah Murray. The line includes muted metallics and pops of bright color in easy to apply cream formulas that are long-wearing and perfect for spring and summer.

Topshop is also introducing fun 3-in-1 Nail Art Pens, glitter nail shades, a bright pink cream blush and gorgeous new shade additions to their core line.

Here’s a sneak peek into some of their bright lip colors from their Spring Collection.

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Sheeping Beauty: Dr. Lipp Product Review

When I visited my boyfriend’s hometown of Anglesey in Wales in December, I saw sheep up close and personal for the very first time in my life.  Who knew I’d ever hear about sheep again, especially related to beauty.

Dr. Lipp’s formula originates from the soft white fluffy wool of sheep – resulting in Medical Grade Lanolin.  It’s medically proven to reduce skin roughness by up to 40% in one hour. I’ve tried hundreds of lip balms and I can firmly say this is my favorite lip balm ever! It’s 100% natural and works on so much else beyond chapped lips.

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Here are some of the applications:

  • Soothing and smoothing fine lines under the eyes
  • Any dry or itchy skin patches including:-
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • Split ends
  • Nipples
  • Diaper rash
  • Wound healing
  • Sunburn
  • Burns and abrasions
  • As an intensive moisturizing night mask

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Product Review: Oxygen Pur Pomegranate Nourishing Skin Serum

I remember reading a NY Times article a few months ago about how “oxygen-infused” beauty products were trending again. There are a lot of naysayers out there who say oxygen is not a proven ingredient with scientific benefits. So when I was offered to review Oxygen Pur Pomegranate, I was all for trying it out.  This company highlights research that proves that oxygen can indeed be absorbed into the skin. Those in the industry know that half the battle is pinning down the technology or delivery system. Oxygen Pur uses a patented, chemical free, gas infusion process to manufacture all of their products.

Living in Las Vegas where the air is dry or smoke-filled (in the casinos), my skin has become extremely dry and in constant need of moisturizer. Oxygen Pur Pomegranate is patented transdermal serum that penetrates and delivers pure pomegranate oil to deep layers of the skin adding a second antioxidant and a natural moisturizer. So how does it minimize wrinkles and fine lines too? The oxygen stimulates the skin cell metabolism and the production of collagen, plumping the skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. I love multi-benefit beauty products.  I’ve been using Oxygen Pur Pomegranate for a few days now and the moisturizing benefit is instant.  It leaves my skin silky and soft and because it’s so quickly absorbed into my skin, I can apply my makeup right away!  I’m waiting a few more days to check on how it works on my fine lines.

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Oxygen Pur Pomegranate is perfect for all skin types and 100% free of chemicals. Best of all, they are not tested on animals, contain no wheat products, are hypoallergenic, gluten free and vegan friendly. For more information, go to www.oxygenpur.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.