Category: Hair Reviews

February Makeup Most Wanted

Another month is gone, and even with one extra day February still seemed extra short this year. Regardless, I still found the time to discover a few hot new products that I am in love with!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer – I have almost said good bye to foundation these last few weeks thanks to this new concealer. This concealer is made specifically for erasing those dark circles under the eyes. It’s perfect for that, but it also works at concealing any other annoying spots on your face with perfect precision. I find it incredibly hard to find a concealer that I love and can depend on. This one is simple and effective in all the right ways.

Clarins Wonder Perfect MascaraClarins Wonder Perfect Mascara – I have tried a lot of bad mascaras lately. I thought about writing a post about all of the bad ones, but instead I’m going to celebrate the one great one! This new mascara has been my new favourite. Imagine long, thick, curled lashes every single day. It’s max colour and volume that is perfect for day or night!

Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes

Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes – Who needs regular face wash when you have these towels on hand? These Pond’s wipes are everything you want in a regular face wash, without having to worry about water and rinsing. They give a great clean that leaves my face feeling refreshed. They are also surprisingly moisturizing. I shouldn’t be too surprised though… it’s Pond’s after all. I love their baby powder soft scent too for a before bed clean.

Dove Quench Absolute Hair Care

Dove Quench Absolute Hair Care – This line doesn’t technically hit shelves until next month, but I need to tell you now so that you can rush to stores in March!!! I have tried Dove hair products before, but they didn’t leave a lasting memory. This new line though shocked me. In the shower, this Dove shampoo and conditioner didn’t seem like anything special, it was only after it dried that I was impressed. Time after time, this Dove hair line left my hair soft and moisturized. My curls were bouncy, and that never happens! Frizz was a distant memory. I see a future of soft beautiful hair, hopefully not just for me, but you too!

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Vichy Normaderm 3 In 1 Cleanser + Scrub + Mask – I already loved the Normaderm line. It’s my favourite of all of Vichy’s skin care products. Imagine my glee when Vichy added to the collection with a product that isn’t just a cleanser. It isn’t just a scrub. It isn’t just a mask either. It’s gentle enough to be able to be used regularly. You can also leave it on your face as a pore cleansing mask. When budgets are tight, this is the kind of smart products that one needs!

StriVectin Hair Max Volume Collection

StriVectin Hair Max Volume Collection
In the past year, StriVectin has made it into my top five skin care brands and is one of the few I use on a regular basis. When they announced they were coming out with three hair care lines (more coming later), I was hoping they would have the same results as the skin care products. All three collections have the NIA-114 technology that StriVectin uses in their skin lines, so we were already off to a good start. The first collection I tried was the Max Volume made for people with fine or flat hair. I have both but mine is also curly and frizzy (which doesn’t make sense but it’s true). All the collections have shampoo and conditioner plus two extra products; Max Volume’s line has a root lifting spray and a serum.
StriVectin Hair Max Volume Shampoo + Conditioner
The shampoo and conditioner bottles are exactly the same but the top of the shampoo bottle is the line’s turquoise (each collection has it’s own colour) and the conditioner is white, so it’s easy to tell which is which. The shampoo gets a really good, soft lather and my hair feels like it’s getting clean without being stripped. The conditioner is a good, medium thickness that doesn’t feel too heavy but definitely moisturizes. All the products from StriVectin hair are sulfate and paraben free.
StriVectin Max Volume Root Lifting Spray
When I’m testing a new hair collection, I try to stick to only using the products in the collection so I can see how they actually work. Considering there wasn’t anything for frizz or curl calming, I was a little worried to see how it would go but the products actually did a great job taming my hair. The Root Lifting Spray not only gave me added lift but also eliminated a good amount of my frizz.
StriVectin Max Volume Bodifying Radiance Serum
The Bodifying Radiance Serum got rid of the rest of the frizz, while leaving my hair shiny and bouncy. I rarely blow dry my hair so I haven’t tested out the serum’s heat protecting capabilities but it definitely fulfills the volume requirement.

As a whole, Max Volume did exactly what the name suggests, my hair got serious volume. But it was also hydrated and I didn’t feel like I had a ton of product in my hair. I did occasionally have to use a couple extra products for my frizz and the conditioner bottle is a little hard to work with but I’m seriously impressed with my first experience with StriVectin Hair and I can’t wait to try the next line that’s waiting for me.

Herbal Essences Naked Collection

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I’m going to try very hard during this whole review to not make a single pun, because I am serious about this Herbal Essences Naked Collection.

I have tried hundreds of new products over the years. The shelves in my bathroom have been filled with shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gel, hair masks, mousse, oils and so much more. I tend to switch out the products in the front of the shelf regularly. It’s hard for any product to remain in the front of the shelf. How long a product stays in the front of the shelf is often how I measure the merit of a product.

The Herbal Essences Naked Collection has been on the front of my shelf for years. I just had to share my passion for this line with the world!

My favourite part of this hair care line is not the shampoo, which leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean. It is also not the conditioner, which replaces that moisturize without weighing down my hair. It’s the additional products in the line that I love. The Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo is light and airy. The Volumizing Souffle is a mousse that doesn’t leave my curly locks feeling hard and crunchy. The Flexible Hold Spritzer is a light spray gel that holds down flyaways, while my hair is still bouncy and light.

I love the Herbal Essences Naked collection because all of the products are light on my hair. At the end of the day, my hair always still feels natural. It feels like my hair.

It’s also a very affordable line! We all know that Herbal Essences products can be found in your local drugstore at a great price. It’s so rare that good products are also very affordable too!

What are you waiting for? I know I said no puns, but come on, it’s time to get naked!

Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner

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Nothing warms you up in the winter like Apple Cider, so why not add it to your beauty routine too. If you’ve been following us for a while, you will know that we are huge fans of Live Clean. If I could recommend anything to beauty fans, it would be their hair care products.

Clarifying Shampoo is perfect this time of year. In the New Year everyone wants to detox their body, so why not detox your scalp as well. This Clarifying Shampoo helps to get rid of all of that residue leftover on your hair. It will leave your skin squeaky clean.

Make sure that you follow up with the conditioner though too. Clarifying shampoos in general strip your hair of all of the residue, so it’s important to put some of that moisture back into your hair. Live Clean’s Apple Cider condition is light, so it doesn’t add anything back into your hair that you don’t want.

Sebastian Winter Hair Essentials

With winter finally making an appearance in Toronto our hair has changed with the weather. It’s getting dried out, frizzier (who knew that was possible?) and harder to manage. Luckily we’ve rounded up some help with out Sebastian winter hair essentials.
Sebastian Drench Shampoo

Sebastian Drench Shampoo
Made for dry or frizzy hair, the Drench line adds moisture to hair while giving you body and keeping hair silky. The shampoo is pretty typical of a high end shampoo. It lathers really well and smells fantastic and doesn’t make my hair feel stripped at all. The first time I used it, I actually considered skipping conditioner but I figured that would probably be a bad idea.
Sebastian Drench Conditioner
Sebastian Drench Conditioner
This conditioner is a lot thicker than you’d expect. What comes out of the tube looks pretty normal for a conditioner but when you start spreading it through your hair, it’s actually more of a mask like consistency. Because it’s so thick, it’s hard to get out of the bottle. Luckily I need way less of it than I thought, so I don’t have to work quite as hard. This conditioner has definitely improved the moisture levels in my hair. I haven’t had any significantly bad hair days since I’ve started using it and I’ve noticed a lot less frizz.
Sebastian Potion 9
Sebastian Potion 9
Made of nine botanical extracts, this cream is pretty much the only only styling product you’ll need. It does everything from adding moisture, to eliminating frizz to prepping your hair for blow drying. It also doesn’t get crunchy and when I let my hair air dry (almost always), it feels like there’s nothing in it.

My hair has benefited so much since I’ve started using the combination of Drench and Potion 9. I have less frizz, my hair is silky and holds a style way longer. The downside is my hair feels greasy a little faster, but that’s what dry shampoo is for. If your hair is completely dried out because of winter, you need to give these products a try.

Holiday Most Wanted: Hair Care Gift Sets

Winter is hard on our hair but luckily with the holidays coming up, there are a ton of great hair care sets to get us looking great. These are our picks.
Orofluido Overnight Ritual Pack
Orofluido Overnight Beauty Ritual Pack
This pack contains Orofluido’s Shampoo, Original Elixir and a Hair Turban so you can treat your dried out hair while you sleep. Perfect for those of us who are too lazy to use a hair mask but need to do something with out dried out hair. Or you can consider it multi-tasking, hair treatment + sleep.
Drybar Texas Tease Travel Kit
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If you’re going to be on the road a lot during the holiday season, this is a great kit to throw in your purse or carry-on. You get the Lil’ Lemon Drop brush, a mini Texas Tea volumizing hair spray and a mini Triple Sec 3-In-1 which acts as a dry shampoo, texturizer and gives you volume. Who says you have to have flat hair while you travel?
Kérastase Elixir Holiday Set
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If you want a little luxury with your hair care, Kérastase’s Elixir line is a great place to start. The Elixir Holiday set includes Bain Elixir Ultime (shampoo), Masque Elixir Ultime (hair mask) and Elixir Crème Fine (oil cream) and you’ll end up with super soft, strengthened, shiny hair.
ColorProof Evolved Color Care Glam Squad
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If frizz is your issue, ColorProof’s Glam Squad comes with CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz shampoo and conditioner plus Wicked Good Weightless Shine Spray. Everything you need for smooth, shiny holiday hair.
SARAHPOTEMPA Beachwaver S1
SARAHPOTEMPA Beachwaver S1
If you’ve ever wanted Victoria’s Secret model beachy waves, this Beachwaver is what they use. All you have to do is push a button and you can customize your waves however you want. Plus if you pick this up at Ulta between Black Friday and Christmas you get a free gift that includes a SARAHPOTEMPA Chevron Bag, Selfie Guide and 2 Darby Clips.

Nioxin 30 Day Challenge + Giveaway

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A lot of us have hair that’s thinning or getting finer as we get older. Luckily Nioxin has been rebuilding hair for almost 30 years and has a number of systems for different needs to help us all get thicker looking, healthier hair. Whether you want to try and grow back hair that seems to be disappearing or just wanted thicker looking hair, Nioxin is a great place to start.

We’re taking the 30 Day Challenge to try and get some fullness back in our hair and we’re giving 5 lucky readers the chance to take on the challenge as well. All we ask is that you take some before and after photos and let us know how it went. So if you’re ready for brand new hair just in time for the new year, this is the challenge for you.
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PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Trio

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Birchbox Canada has really been upping their game lately and we’re getting a little closer to what the American Birchbox subscribers get. Including the Birchbox exclusive brands like PARLOR by Jeff Chastain. The first PARLOR product I tried was the Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray that was in my June box and I’ve been hooked on the scent of the products ever since.
Parlor By Jeff Chastain Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo
I’m the kind of person that appreciates when something smells good and will be more inclined to use it on a regular basis. PARLOR’s signature scent of ripe peach, cut grass and white woods might be the most addicting scent I’ve ever smelled in a hair product. Luckily, the products are just as great as they smell.
Parlor By Jeff Chastain Moisturizing & Repairing Conditioner
The Moisturizing Trio consists of the Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner and the Detangling Leave-In Conditioner. The shampoo lathers really well and gets my hair really clean without stripping it (I usually only lather once) and the conditioner isn’t too thick but makes my hair feel really moisturized. I’ve also noticed a lot less frizz since I’ve been using this trio.
Parlor By Jeff Chastain Detangling Leave-In Conditioner
The Detangling Leave-In Conditioner is one my staple hair products. I used my Birchbox points to get this before the trio was sent to us and I use it constantly. On damp hair, it makes it easier for me to style without worrying about breakage and I’ve been known to use it on dry hair to reduce frizz. Either way it leaves my hair feeling like there’s nothing in it and it smells fantastic. Someone should really suggest a PARLOR hair fragrance spray but this is great in a pinch.

The combination of all three products leaves my hair feeling a lot more hydrated and with the dryness of winter coming up, I’m going to be reaching for these a lot.

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain products are only available through Birchbox and if you’re a subscriber you know that you can use your points. If you haven’t signed up yet, this line might be the incentive you need.

Irresistible Me Royal Remi Clip In Hair Extensions

Over the years I’ve noticed my hair getting a lot finer and while I had hair almost down to my waist when I was younger, it just doesn’t grow that long anymore. I’ve wanted to try hair extensions for a long time so when Irresistible Me offered us a chance to try theirs, I jumped on it.
Before Extensions
Alyssa Before Extensions - Front
The first thing I had to do was decide which type of extensions I wanted (I chose Royal Remi clip ins), which shade I was and the weight and length. My hair is somewhere between a red shade and a blonde and I had a really tough time trying to figure which shade to get. I ended up choosing the Royal Golden Blonde shade was was shocked when the package arrived because it’s basically the exact colour of my hair.
Before Extensions
Alyssa Before Extensions - Back
I also went with 140 grams (8 pieces) and 18 inches for my extensions. I wanted them longer than my own hair but not too long just in case the colour didn’t quite match up.
After Extensions

Alyssa After Extensions - Front
For the photos, I purposely didn’t straighten my hair so you could see the difference between my own hair and the extensions. So basically if they’re straighter, you’re looking at extensions. The quality of the extensions are pretty amazing, they’re really silky and taking it out of the package was a little strange because it felt like I was holding someone else’s ponytail.
After Extensions
Alyssa After Extensions - Back
Using the extensions was a breeze. I put them in while I was sitting on a couch and didn’t have a mirror in front of me. The instructional videos on the Irresistible Me website were extremely helpful but the girl in the video has way more hair than I do to begin with, so there’s probably no way I’d be able to use as many extensions as her.

There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to using these clip in extensions but they’re so easy and match my hair so well that they’re pretty much the extensions of my dreams. I can’t wait to keep playing with them to see what looks I can come up with.

#ComeTogether With Garnier Color Styler Hair Dye

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Toronto has been Blue Jay crazy this fall with the Jays making to the post-season the first time in 22 years. As a softball player myself, it’s no surprise that I was caught up in the craze. So when the Garnier Color Styler hair dye in Bright Blue arrived at my door it was like a sign. I obviously had to show my pride!

I didn’t do it lightly though. I was mighty nervous. Sure, I had dyed my hair bold colours before, but that was in high school. I was much older and wiser now. So I read the instructions carefully and even watched a few videos to see how other’s had done their hair.

I finally stepped up to the plate and got ready. Garnier’s Color Styler dye is pretty simple. You just shake the bottle, pour the coloured dye on your hair and rub it into the sections that you want dyed. Your hair doesn’t have to be clean, but you shouldn’t have any oil based products in. The instructions say that oils help to remove the dye from your hair.

It’s easy to get on, just make sure that you go into this with a plan. If you are alone, once you start applying this hair dye it’s really hard to start fiddling with your hair or fixing things. This dye is really runny, so you need to work fast or else it will spill all over.

I chose to do one streak in the front of my hair and an ombré effect on my tips. Getting the ombré was a lot easier than I expected! The dye is pretty forgiving and it’s easy to apply more on the ends for a more saturated colour. In total, it probably only took me about 20 minutes from the time I opened the box to be done.

After, the instructions say to let it dry, then brush it out. Let it dry for as long as possible. It’s going to come out on your brush no matter what you do, so give it as much chance as possible. Then be prepared for some tangles.

This Garnier dye does have one serious downfall. It make your hair look extremely dry. Anywhere with the dye in it looked messy, dry and damaged. I know it’s because this is a clay dye that coats the hair, so it’s not your real smooth locks that you are seeing. It just didn’t look nice though. Because it comes out with product, I couldn’t apply any moisturizers or smoothers or even style it very much without it coming out.

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By the time I left the house that night to watch the game my hair looked amazing. It was only a few hours later, when the Blue Jays had me sweating by giving away some runs that I saw another downfall. Don’t use this dye if you are going to be active and hot. The blue had rubbed off on my shoulder and my neck while I was getting pumped for the game. I was all for showing my blue pride, but I didn’t want to look like a Smurf. It was easy to clean off my skin, but I ended up putting my hair in a bun to keep any future blue dye off of my face.

The next day, it mostly washed away in the shower as promised with just a hint of blue in my hair waiting for my next shower.

Overall, I was happy with my Garnier Color Styler hair. The colour looked amazing. It was saturated and so cool. Apparently blue hair really suits me. I just wish it didn’t run so much. If it was a bit stronger, I feel like I would have had a lot of fun with my locks trying different styles. Instead I was worried about blue hands. Either way, I want to give a huge shout out to Garnier for helping me come together to support out Toronto Blue Jays!