Friday, July 22, 2011

Living Proof's Straight Review 7.22.11

You all know I am a lover of the Brazilian Blowout and yes, I am aware of the "toxic chemicals" and blah blah blah. I don't drink ( a glass or two of wine a week), I don't smoke, I eat healthy and exercise so I allow myself this one vice... IN THE NAME OF FRIZZ FREE HAIR! Come on, us girls gotta live a little right?

Anyway, when I heard about Living Proof's claim to have a product that will make me forget about and abandon my beloved Brazilian Keratin treatments I was very excited to try it out and see if it lived up to the big claims.

Let me start off my telling you about my hair type, VERY thick, long, wavy and frizz prone (Especially in one spot on the back of my crown), its like permanent bed head basically. Anyway, so the Brazilian keratin has been my best friend for over a year now. It completely banishes the frizz and allows me to shower and go (for any of you wavy/ curly hair ladies you know in the past this was only a far fetched dream that could never happen!) and if i want pin straight hair I could have it within 10 min. I could jump in the pool and swim at the beach without fear of the frizzies after and worrying I couldn't go out to dinner after without a good hour block of time to wash and tame my hair!

So back to Living Proof's Straight. It comes in an aerosol can and costs $29 for a full size 5.5 ounce can, and $17 for a travel size.

Not inexpensive but TOTALLY worth it if it lives up to the claims. Living Proof states that " It’s the first, safe and professional quality hair straightener for at-home consumers that does not permanently alter hair structure; gives you a straight style for as long as you want it. Can be used on wet or dry hair. It is also contains added ingredients for added shine and anti-static properties." Now does it?

Well Yes! It Does! I love the product, but I will not be using it to replace my Keratin Treatments. Let me explain...

Yes and no, YES, this product does exactly what it claims, allows for an easier straightening and prolongs your hairs straightening or blowout but I do not believe it really compares to the Keratin. This does not banish my frizz completely and takes some work to get it straight, unlike the Keratin. I think that if it did not claim to replace the Keratin treatment I would have not had as high crazy hopes for this product. However, it is a GREAT product. It really facilitates a GREAT blowout and does extend the life of the blowout. I will be getting the travel size to carry in my bag for sure. For someone like me, the large bottle would only last about three uses, which is okay. However, like I said, I really don't feel you can compare this product with the Brazilian Keratin treatment.

Do I recommend this product? HECK YES! I have been using every shampoo and it totally makes my life a lot easier with my hair and in this heat and humidity that is saying A LOT! I also think if your hair is not as thick as mine you will LOVE this product and maybe even disagree with opinion on the comparison to the keratin treatment. And if you do not want to get the Keratin treatment for fear of the chemicals, this will be your best bet!

Have you tried? Do you love? Thoughts?

PS: I was sent this product for review consideration however, it did not affect my opinion or thoughts whatsoever. If I didn't like it, I would tell you or just not review it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Obsession Du Jour: Christian Dior Earthly Refelctions Quint

If you follow me on twitter you know that I have been obsessing over a new eyeshadow quint. It is not new to the world but new to me! It is the Christian Dior quint in the color Earth's Reflection.

I was in sephora picking up some more of the St.Tropez Spray tan (will talk about this later, LOVE IT) anyway, wasnt planning on buying anything else but I passed this and well the rest is history. I swatched it, walked away and went to pay but I had to go back to pick it up. I couldnt get it out of my head. I just love it.

It is so perfect for everyday, the colors are neutral and very versatile. You can do a dark smokey eye, a light smokey eye, sheer washes and tons more. The colors are a soft gold, a taupe (a PERFECT TAUPE), a dark chocolate brown, champagne and a light pink. I don't wear pink but the light shimmery pink really can brighten dull eyes.

The formula is fantastic and you can really tell how high quality it is. They are buttery smooth and the payoff is great from just one swatch.

See the swatches below (they are looking a tad lighter in the photo's then in real life)

The only downside is the price of $58. However, if you are an eyeshadow aficionado you will appreciate the quality and packaging.

Check it out here at Sephora.

Has anyone tried this? Thoughts?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bobbi Brown EXTRA Moisturizing Balm 7.8.11

I have gotten a lot of questions about what moisturizer I use at night. The answer to that age old question is that I have been using Bobbi Brown's EXTRA balm at night for the past 3 months and have been absolutely in love with it.

It is a VERY thick cream, almost tacky in a way. I would ONLY recommend this for women with dry skin. As you all know, my skin is extremely dry and needs all the hydration it can get and this fits the bill. If you have oily skin this might just be too heavy for you.

This balm as Bobbi Brown calls it has a nice spa, lavender scent that is not overpowering or overwhelming. I really love the packaging, it is not travel friendly but it looks very nice on your counter. It is a quality, heavy glass jar with a thick black screw on top.

The only down side of this is the price, it is quite expensive at $86 a pop. Almost up there with La Mer. However, I have been using nightly and because you need SUCH a little amount, seriously, just a pea size amount will do, you never run out. I havent even made a DIP in it yet. Also, Bobbi Brown runs friends and family about 1-2 times a year for 30% off so if you want to grad this I would recommending waiting for that.

I picked mine up on but it is available in Bloomingdales, Saks, etc.
Have you tried this? What are your thoughts?