Thursday, June 15, 2017

BioSilk's 1st Professional Hair Tools - My Review & Why You Need To See Them

Two hair tools I've been loving currently are from BioSilk.  They combine ceramic and titanium hair tool technologies to produce lightweight, efficient, frizz defeating salon quality tools.  I have the blow dryer, ($79),  and flat iron, ($79), and I really want to tell you about both because they are really awesome tools.  They are a bargain for the quality and efficiency of the tools.

The Titanium Professional Blow Dryer is a sexy chrome and silver and is lightweight to hold.  Titanium technology allows the dryer to dry hair quicker than average while it seals the cuticle shaft for smoother shinier hair.  It dries my hair much faster than any traditional shaped blow dryer.  I love to use this thing.  For me, one of the best things about it is the reduced noise level!!  It doesn't sound like a whirring jet engine, even on the high setting.  It makes it a relaxing dryer to use.

Some of the details include:
1875 watts of powerful airflow
Titanium Grill

2 speed settings
2 temperature settings
A cool shot button

Ion generator
2 year limited warranty
Includes Free 2 oz. Biosilk Hot Thermal Protectant Mist, directional airflow nozzle, and diffuser attachement

It's a sturdy yet lightweight machine that delivers powerful and comparatively quiet  drying while adding sleekness and shine to the hair.  I really enjoy using this dryer.

The Titanium 1" Flat Iron is also a really terrific tool.  It is sleek and looks a little bit space age with it's high quality titanium mirrored plates, the LED temperature guide and flashing blue lights when it's on.  The plates are curved at the side making it easy to curl hair without catching and pulling it.  The titanium technology seals the cuticle to keep humidity out while making for incredible shine.

Some points of interest about this flat iron:
1 Inch Titanium Plates
Max temperatures of up to 410ºF
LED Digital Temperature Display
1 hour auto shut-off
2 year limited warranty
Includes Free 2 oz. Biosilk Hot Thermal Protectant Mist

You turn on the iron and set the temperature with the three buttons that are on the side.  It's easy to punch it up higher or lower and the iron can heat to the full setting in under a minute.  That surprised me.  It makes styling even quicker.  The ease with which it straightens or curls without catching and pulling was something that I really appreciate.  It's fast and efficient and I love it so much that I put my GHD away.  I don't think you could possibly find a better flat iron at such a price.  I really think you need to consider these with your next hair tool purchase.

You can follow BioSilk on Instagram to learn more about the brand.

I am just loving these tools so much and I love the sleek fancy look of them.  Do you have a particular hair tool that delivers for you that you love?  Have you curled your hair with a flat iron?  I could never do it until I got this one!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment Hair Mask Review & Giveaway!

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Today I'm sharing my experience with the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment, (now available at Sephora - 6 oz / $32), with you.  And I have an extra for a giveaway!!

The Pre-Wash Protein Treatment is a hair mask that is used prior to shampooing.  Use a fair amount and distribute thoroughly throughout hair and on the scalp and then relax for 20 minutes.  This thick creamy mask has a pleasing relaxing scent.  It smells sort of like vanilla and lightly floral.   The formula is said to penetrate deeply to restore and rebuild dry, brittle strands which are damaged by chemicals, heat and the environment.   There are no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and it is is suitable for all hair types.

My experience with this hair mask has been nothing short of amazing!!  I have chemically colored and treated hair which can get dry in the heat and sunshine here in Phoenix.  The natural texture of my hair is coarse and curly.  Let me emphasize:  Coarse and curly.  I don't have typical movie hair that you would love to run your hands through.  There's a lot of texture.  When I use this mask, my hair is SO SOFT!  It's amazing!!!  I wish my website had feel-o-vision so that you could experience the difference when I pre-treat with this product before shampooing.

The other thing I love about this is that while it penetrates well, it doesn't lift the artificial color from my hair.  My pinks, purples and blues remain just as vibrant while becoming softer with use.  My colored coarse hair transforms into a mermaid's dream with the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment.  It really IS wonderful.  And it smells great.  Plus, who could complain about that 20 minutes to check your email and Instagram, fix dinner, or whatever it is that you like to do while your hair is treated.

So good news!!!  Not only is this hair mask nothing short of amazing, but I have one to giveaway to a lucky reader!!  I love this mask and I think you will too.  Please enter using the widget below.

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Pre-Wash Protein Treatment Giveaway

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Emma Slater Of Dancing With The Stars Changes Partners

When I first heard that Emma Slater changed partners before the season even started at Dancing With The Stars, I thought there was some big ol' hubba-baloo backstage and naturally, I wanted to find out about it.  But never fear, all was well behind the scenes as Ms. Slater had become the spokesperson for the Dancing With The Stars Self Tanning Collection of products by Norvell.

"I am delighted to announce I have a new partner - Dancing with the Stars Self Tanner by Norvell with Vio-7™," mused Slater.  She continues, "As a professional dancer, who wears skin baring costumes, I have tried it all - and I sadly, have been every color under the sun including the dreaded orange! Dancing with the Stars Self Tanner with Vio-7 is distinctly different."

Formulated using the same color theory principles seen in purple shampoo to neutralize brassiness, Dancing with the Stars Self Tanner with Vio-7 utilizes a unique blend of violet and brown tone bronzer pigments designed to counter an unwanted orange undertone when sunless tanning.

"Vio-7™ is not only innovative, but I consider it my insurance when prepping each week for the scrutiny of HDTV" Slater remarks. "The Dancing with the Stars name is synonymous with a coveted tan and Norvell is known as the #1 professional self tanner. Two champions have come together to create the best self - tanning product ever. Now, you can have this same tan too!" 

The Norvell blending mitt makes application smooth and easy.  It has a velvety outside with a waterproof liner on the inside.  There is no bleeding of color onto the palms as you smooth it over the body.  Just dampen a little, apply your product to it and go to work blending.  It really makes application easy, even and not the least bit streaky.

The first of the three tanners that I used is the self tanning mousse.   The mousse glides easily over the face and body with a light bronze color as a guide.  I found this easy to use and very hard to mess up.  The bronze color appears immediately and within 24 hours, the tan begins to develop.  The bronze guide washes away in the first couple of showers and the tan lasts nearly a week.

As it wore off, I had no flaking or spotting.  If you've used self tanners before, you know that is really unusual.  I can usually feel and see them wearing off as they get spotty and then I exfoliate like crazy.  I never felt the need to do so with these products because it looked so natural as it wore.  My skin didn't have the chemical feel or dryness that a lot of tanners have, nor did it smell like most.  These products have a delicious chocolate vanilla scent and never smell odd.  I really enjoy this formula and the results.

Before I used it, I looked like this:

With just one simple application, I looked like this the next day:

I found it really easy to apply around the areas that can get to dark if you're not careful.  I just followed the instructions of exfoliating 24 hours before, and using the mitt lightly damp.  I moisturized before and paid extra attention to knees, ankles, wrists and fingers.  I was really pleased with the results and was ready for shorts season!!

The next week, I added a layer of the Airbrush Spray.  I was going to do this in the tub which makes it easy to rinse off any overspray, but it was a beautiful day so I chose to do it outside.  I did mess up just a tad.  I forgot to moisturize my feet so it was a little dark on a couple of toes, but gosh, just so not a big deal.  I found I had to pay a lot more attention to how and where I sprayed in order to get evenness.  I prefer the mousse application, but that's just my preference.  Always keep in mind, if you're spraying your legs, that some mist will fall to your feet and be sure to calculate that in when you decide how much to spray about the ankles and feet.

The third formula is the Endurance Color Boosting Skin Perfector.  This is an illuminating body balm that will extend the wear of your tan while said to firm, tone, brighten and moisturize the skin.  I haven't been able to use this consistently enough at this time of year to confirm those results - I'm in Phoenix where it has been summer already for a month and I am trying not to be too dark, just healthy.  The sun has been doing it's natural thing so I'll be using this more as we go into the fall.

I have loved using these products, which just happen to be the best self-tanning products I've used thus far.  They are paraben-free, gluten-free, sulfate-free, vegan, synthetic fragrance free and GMO-free.  You can purchase the products on HSN and Amazon, as the professional products are now available for public consumption.  Visit the Official Dancing With The Stars Self Tanner webpage for purchase or to learn more about Emma Slater, DWTS and the Norvell Self Tanners.  Follow them on Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date on the latest.

Have you tried a self tanner that you loved before?  Does it help you to go from jeans to shorts season with confidence?