October 31, 2014

Salon Brand Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Hair Products

Whenever I get my hair cut at J Salon, they always entice me with hair products they sell. Salon brands can be a little pricey compared to what you see at the drugstores but sometimes can be worth it for the quality. I've written about high-end hair products so here is an update on a few  new products I've been using over the past several months.

As a background on my hair type, I have normal thickness with a slight wave and there's lot of it. I've never colored my hair or used any chemicals on it but I do use a lot of heat with my blow dryer and curling irons.

I have a couple of shampoos and conditioners that are a little bit on the rich side and was looking for something that was lighter, more of a basic cleanse and condition. I bought Bain Cristal Shampoo - Long Hair by Kerastase, a silicone, paraben and colorant free shampoo. It's specifically for long, thick hair but they do have one for fine hair as well. It's supposed to purify the roots, rebalance hair fibers and leave the ends smooth and polished, all while not weighing them down. It has a clear, lightweight texture to it but still lathers well.

Lait Cristal, the matching conditioner, is also supposed to purify the roots, rebalance hair fibers and leave the ends smooth and polished. It softens and detangles the hair to improve the hair's natural shine, keeping it light and airy. This is also a nice, weightless texture that doesn't make my hair feel greasy after I wash it off. These are quite a lot to spend on shampoo and conditioner but I only use it when my hair isn't loaded with products/clean hair for a basic wash.

For styling my hair I bought Forme Fatale, also by Kerastase. It's a blow-dry gel that gives all-over body and hold and is alcohol free, with UV and heat protection. To use, I rub a quarter size amount of product in my hands, raking it through my damp hair with my fingers starting mid-length, down to the ends. Whatever is left on my hands, I apply it to the roots. Even though it's a gel, it's not too thick, is easy to work with and isn't heavy on my hair or weigh it down. After I dry it with a blow dryer, my hair feels fuller, has a bit of hold but still flexible and with no stickiness, stiffness or crunchy feeling. You can even apply a tiny bit on dry hair to control frizz and flyaways. I usually wear my hair curly/wavy and so this a great product to use, paired with Kenra Hot Spray 20. It has a nice fruity smell that makes it enjoyable to use and has specks of shimmer that adds shine to your hair.

To finish off my style, I was recommended Cotton Uzu, a defining flexible cream by Shu Uemura - Art of Hair line. It's a whipped-cream wax made of cotton fibers derived from fruit of a delicate flower, for light hold and shine on curly or wavy hair. You only need a tiny amount, just a dab of it with your fingers. I rub the product in my hands and use a scrunching motion to apply. If you smooth it or rake it through your hair, it will lose the definition of the curls. Whatever is left on my hands, I lightly smooth it on the front pieces and tops of my hair. I like that it defines each curl but still makes my hair touchable. It doesn't leave a greasy texture to my hair or weigh it down. This was my first time trying Shu Uemura's hair products but will be interested in trying more.

Like I've stated before, I think high-end products can be worth it, especially for styling products. You can save on shampoo and conditioners since that is used more frequently but it takes the right styling products to achieve the look you want.

 Glamour Girl

October 19, 2014

M.A.C Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover Review

One of my favorite eye makeup removers is Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover but at its price tag, I was always looking for an alternative that worked just as well but at a more affordable cost.

October 17, 2014

Lily Pily Jewelry Review

There are so many small fashion brands you can shop online from. I found Lily Pily through Instagram and was interested in their jewelry, although they also have clothes and other accessories as well.

I was looking for chunky bracelets and bought two Bugambilia Bracelet in Pink which has light pink, lavender and white stones, and Black which has solid black, grey and white stones. I love how the stones are big and gives a luxe look and the toggle clasps make it easy to put it on and take it off.

I also bought two Glittery Fashion Cuffs in Pink-Purple and White. They come in other colors as well but I thought these compliment the two other bracelets I bought. Obviously, they resemble Hermes bracelets but in a trendier style and cheaper material. The clasp doesn't close very well, sometimes it opens up when I'm wearing and have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't come off but I think the glitter has a fun, sparkle effect that adds a glamorous touch to an outfit.

An outfit I wore with the bracelets on my 25th birthday last year:

As you can see, I like stacking these bracelets on the arm that I wear my watch on for night, party looks. Stacked jewelry, or "arm candy" is a big trend right now and so if you like fashionable jewelry at an affordable price, check out Lily Pily.

 Glamour Girl

October 13, 2014

M.A.C Artificially Wild Collection

For Fall 2014, M.A.C Cosmetics released Artificially Wild Collection which consisted of hues in camouflage, earthy tones for the eyes, cheeks and lips. What drew me to this collection was the limited edition Eyeshadows, all four of which I bought:
  • Artificial Earth: Satin finish; light mauve pink with subtle shimmer
  • Marsh: Satin finish; medium olive green
  • Natural Wilderness: Satin finish; medium mustard yellow-brown
  • Stony: Satin finish; light-medium neutral silver-gray
Satin finish Eyeshadows are one of my favorite formulas from M.A.C because it's matte enough to add depth to the eyes but has a touch of shimmer or a pearlescent sheen so the color isn't completely flat looking. They generally have a smooth texture that's easy to blend and with good color payoff. 

October 07, 2014

THEFACESHOP: Black Sugar Products

After purchasing SKINFOOD Black Sugar Wash Off Mask in Japan, I was interested in finding other black sugar skincare products that I can purchase in the states. I was able to find two products by THEFACESHOP.

Phyto Powder in Cleansing Cream is a makeup remover cleanser with black sugar that is supposed to clean deep into the root of blackheads. It also has Green Tea and Olive extracts for antioxidants and moisture. The cream consistency is smooth, thick but is easily spreadable on the face to breakdown the makeup. I use tissues to wipe it off. I'm not sure if the brown sugar really cleans blackheads but the tiny specks just melts away. The cleanser works really well in removing my makeup and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It's hard to find a tissue-off cleanser/makeup remove that isn't too expensive and just gets the job done.

Honey Black Sugar Scrub is an exfoliater that removes blackheads with the black sugar and softens skin with honey extract. The directions say to massage on the face for 1-2 minutes, then wash off with warm water. It basically feels like a honey and sugar scrub, the granules are small and aren't too rough on the skin. Any dry patches that were on my face, especially on my T-zone and cheeks, feel smooth afterwards. The scrub is gentle enough to be used 1-2 times a week without irritating the skin.

What's nice about using black sugar in skincare products is that it leaves a sugary scent on your skin that is not overpowering. These two natural products will be sweet additions to my skincare routine.

 Glamour Girl
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