Category: Hair Reviews

Drybar Blonde Ale Collection

It feels like my hair gets blonder on it’s own every summer and thanks to the balayage highlights I just got, my hair is pretty blonde. But every fall my hair gets a little dull and the brightness fades. Enter Drybar’s Blonde Ale collection. This purple shampoo and conditioner are supposed to keep your blonde bright and I got them just in time.
Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo
Drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo
This shampoo is PURPLE. I know purple is good for blondes but this is so bright I was wondering what colour my hair would be when I got out of the shower. I’ve never used a shampoo where literally a drop is enough to get a good lather going. My hair doesn’t feel stripped after I wash (probably thanks to the keratin) and the ‘Sensual Woods’ fragrance smells pretty fantastic.
Blonde Ale Brightening Conditioner
Drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Conditioner
I usually expect conditioners to be pretty thick and this one really isn’t. But it gets my hair really moisturized which is so important to someone with any kind of colour in their hair. This purple wasn’t nearly quite as shocking and it has the same scent as the shampoo (Sensual Woods has notes of ginger, mint and sandalwood).
Blonde Ale Brightening Cream
Drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Cream
Blonde Ale Brightening Cream isn’t purple! But it’s a pearly white that really makes my hair silky and soft. It gets rid of the worst of the frizz but on really humid days I have to mix it with other products.

Considering Drybar just focuses on blowouts and styling (they’re finally opening a Canadian location!), I’m really impressed at how great this collection is. Does it make my hair brighter? Ask me in October when we don’t have sun all day.

L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Collection

L'Occitane Citrus Verbena
I adore the scent of citrus in the actual fruit but I always find it doesn’t quite smell the same when it’s in a fragrance, I always find they smell a little off and fake. L’Occitane’s new Citrus Verbena collection is the citrus scent I’ve been waiting for. It smells like lemons and grapefruits were mixed with verbena and just became the most delicious summer scent. There are ten products in the collection, everything from perfume, to hair products to deodorant, so you can literally soak in Citrus Verbena from head to toe. We received two products to try, the Fresh Body Milk and Fresh Shampoo.
Citrus Verbena Fresh Shampoo
L'Occitane Citrus Verbena Fresh Shampoo
The first time I used this shampoo was in the middle of a heatwave and it was just so refreshing and really made my head cool off. I don’t use a ton of shampoo to begin with, maybe an amount the size of a quarter but this one lathers so well I need even less. And while I didn’t have the matching conditioner, it left my hair feeling clean but almost hydrated enough that I was considering not using one at all. It also gave my hair a lot more shine than most products do.
Citrus Verbena Fresh Body Milk
L'Occitane Citrus Verbena Body Milk
I really can’t express how much I love the scent of the Citrus Verbena collection and it’s this body milk that originally sold me on it. The second I opened the bottle I knew I was going to be using this product a lot, regardless of how well it worked. Luckily it’s L’Occitane so the quality more than lived up to my expectations. The milk is extremely light and just melts into your skin without leaving you with that sticky feeling you can get from body milks and it really cools your skin down. My skin was hydrated and smelled amazing for hours after I applied it.

I knew from the first sniff that I was going to be buying other products from the collection.  I already bought two of them and I have a feeling there’s going to be more in my future. I didn’t already have a favourite scent from L’Occitane but I definitely have one now.

6 Beauty Essentials To Bring Camping

If you are heading out to celebrate the wilderness this summer, don’t forget to pack a few essentials to stay fresh and clean. While you don’t need to pack your hair drier, eyeliner or new lip gloss, there are a few beauty essentials that you will need.

Live Clean refreshing facial wipes

Live Clean Refreshing Wipes – You might not have a sink where you are going, but that doesn’t mean you should skip on washing your face. Especially since it’s going to be dirty out there in the great outdoors. Pack Live Clean Refreshing Wipes to clean your face before bed to wipe off any dirt or sweat from playing too hard during the day.

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Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion – The sun can really dry out your skin, so bring along this rich moisturizing full of oatmeal to keep your skin hydrated. It’s perfect to keep your skin soft for when you come home and will help if you stay at the beach all day.

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Dermalogica Protection Sport – This moisturizer does everything you need for a day at the beach. It is water proof, sheer, non-greasy and is SPF 50. It’s your number one product for keeping your skin safe! Don’t forget to reapply though!

Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera Gel

Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera Gel – If you do happen to stay out in the sun for too long, this is the stuff that you want on your sunburn! It’s cooling on even the worst burns. It is a bit sticky, but that will be nothing compared to your burn. The rest of the year, you can also use it for acne, as a primer, in your hair to stop flyaways and so much more!

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Sally Hershberger Super Keratin Spray – With all of the elements, days in the sun and time in the water, your hair gets fried being out in the wild. Manage your hair with just one product with this spray. It’s like a leave-in conditioner that gives your deep moisture. It helps with frizz and makes your hair softer. You can spray it on wet or dry hair. Leave your tools at home girls and just bring this!

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Jack Black Double Header Shampoo + Conditioner – One for the guys out there, this two-in-one product is great for cleaning your hair without having to pack a lot of products. It’s got coconut oil to help detangle and kelp for thickening. It’s like having a whole arsenal of products.

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Hair Oils

Herbal Essences has gone wild with their new Wild Naturals hair care collections. The collections all include an interesting and new ingredient to help your hair feel fresher, look more radiant and shiny. While the shampoos and conditioners are on par with all of Herbal Essences other products, it’s the treatments that accompany them that make them interesting. I tried their two new hair oils to see how they made my locks feel.

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Rejuvenating Oil Elixir – I would definitely recommend using this oil on damp hair before drying or styling to add some lasting moisture. It helps to strengthen damaged hair and add serious moisture with the new addition of Turkish figs and cassia flowers. At first I didn’t think much of this oil. My hair looked fine. It was only when I stopped using it and let the humidity at my hair that I saw the difference. All week my hair had been frizz free, smooth and manageable. Seriously, when does that ever happen?

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Illuminating Dry Oil – Like your other favourite oils this hair oil gives you great shine, but in a spray version. I actually love having an oil in a spray. Sometimes I hate having to pour the oil out in my hand and spread it through my hair. It can be hard to spread and messy. This eliminates all of that. I wish there was more to it than just great shine though, because sometimes shine is not enough. If you want a power duo, use it with the elixir because then you will have the best of both worlds.

Influenster VoxBox: L’Oreal Fibralogy

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*

VoxBox L'Oreal FibralogyAlmost every hair product makes promises but so few follow through, so when L’Oreal introduced the Fibralogy collection and promised thicker hair I was pretty skeptical. When I got an email from Influenster letting me know I was getting the Fibralogy VoxBox I was definitely willing to give it a shot. I have super fine hair and it’s really wavy, so anything that seems to make my hair a little thicker usually gives me crazy frizz. And if I can get rid of the frizz, I get flat hair.
VoxBox L'Oreal Fibralogy Shampoo And Conditioner
The Fibralogy set starts off pretty normal. There’s a shampoo and conditioner and they’re both pretty great quality that I’ve come to expect from L’Oreal hair products. And they smell seriously delicious, like blue Freezie delicious. These are the two products you’re always supposed to use. They work well for shampoo and conditioner but I can’t tell you how they thicken because I haven’t used them without the Thickening Booster yet.
VoxBox L'Oreal Fibralogy Thickening Booster
The Thickening Booster is really the part of the collection that makes you hair thicker. You apply it after shampoo and put the conditioner right over it and rinse them off together. You can use it once a week or for the intensive treatment, twice.

I’ve only been using the set for a little while and so far I’ve used all the products three times. And I’ve totally seen a difference in my hair. I can’t tell if my hair really looks thicker, though my waves are much more defined and less frizzy but my hair feels quite a bit thicker. It also feels stronger and a lot healthier, and I thought my hair was pretty healthy before.

I’m going to keep using Fibralogy because I like how it works on my hair and if my hair actually does get thicker with use, then I’ll consider it a bonus. If you have fine, thin hair you might want to give it a try.

New Products To Keep In Your Shower This Spring

Spring is a time to update your bath products. Put away the winter products for these fresh spring picks:

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Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser

I love using an exfoliating face wash every time I clean my face, but I know that it’s not really good for my skin. This exfoliator is gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser, but still gives you a good scrub.

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Clear Active Damage Resist Shampoo & Conditioner

This affordable shampoo and conditioner doesn’t just fight dandruff, but also nourishes your skin so that you have stronger locks. While I was using it, I wasn’t overwhelmingly impressed. This was ok, but nothing crazy. It was only after I stopped using it that I noticed a difference. My hair wasn’t as soft and easy to manage as it once was.

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Lotus Aroma Bath & Body Wash

I love body wash that fills the bathroom with rich smells. I’m not even very particular in what the smells are. As long as it mixes with the steam to create a spa like feel, I am in. Lotus Aroma uses natural essential oils to create some of the strongest scented body wash I’ve had the pleasure of using. Be warned that these are very strong, but if you are into strong smells like me, then prepare for some pampering.

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John Masters Organics Body Scrubs

Freshen up and exfoliate the skin all over the rest of your body with these new organic scrubs. There are three scents ‘fresh’ (lemon and lime), ‘refreshing’ (lavender and palmarosa) and ‘sweet’ (raspberry and orange). The scents aren’t as sweet or powerful as you might expect, but that doesn’t make them any less effective. The mixture of sugars and natural oils and butters make these scrubs tough on skin, but also highly moisturizing. It’s great for washing away winter skin.
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Nivea In-Shower Body Milk

If you’re lazy with body lotion, Nivea’s In-Shower Body Milk makes things a lot easier. Just apply in the shower after you’re done with soap, rinse off and you’re done. You don’t really notice how hydrated your skin is until you’re dry and for something to work this well in such a short amount of time is amazing. It comes in three different types, but the Nourishing for very dry skin is my favourite.

Nexxus Therappe & Humectress

Winter really does a number on my hair. It feels drier, less shiny and definitely less soft. Since my hair is fine, a lot of repairing conditioners are too heavy for me but the Therappe & Humectress line seems to have found a happy medium.
Therappe Rebalancing Shampoo
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Therappe has a medium thickness for a shampoo and lathers really well. My hair feels clean when I’m done but doesn’t feel stripped. I definitely need conditioner after but I don’t feel like my hair is completely moistureless.
Humectress Restoring Conditioner
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Humectress is a lot lighter than a lot of conditioners I’ve used and even though my hair soaks it up, I don’t need a lot. I leave it in for a couple minutes and it leaves my hair completely manageable and easy to deal with.

Both Therappe and Humectress smell amazing and you really don’t need to use a lot of either one. I did notice a huge difference in my hair. It’s so much more manageable and the frizz level seems to be down quite a bit. But the biggest plus is that my hair is so shiny and looks really healthy. I barely want to put any styling product and to be honest, I need less than usual. I don’t know how my hair will react in the summer but Therappe and Humectress have really made my dry, winter hair look and feel amazing.

Gosh Cream Hair Colour

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Your favourite affordable makeup line is now making hair dye. We got the chance to dye our hair with the new Gosh Cream Hair Colour line. I used the Dark Brown shade to give me a slightly darker tint that would help bring out my green eyes.

The steps to dying your hair with Gosh’s hair dye are exactly the same as all of your other home hair dye kits. There is nothing different in terms of the application. My hair is a lot longer than the last time I dyed it so I was nervous whether it would cover it all, but it did. It isn’t runny either. The dye really sticks to your hair so it feels like it is getting in there.

The room where I was dying my hair doesn’t have any windows. I was really impressed by how little I smelled the Gosh hair dye. The smell didn’t get overpowering, even without a lot of ventilation.

When I was rinsing out the hair dye, I really didn’t like the way it made my hair feel. It felt gummy and sticky and stiff in my hair. I was worried it would never wash out right. It did eventually, but it took me a few days and shampoos to feel better.

Unlike other reviews that I read, this dye did give my hair great multi-dimensional colour. I was surprised to see the flicker of other colours in the rich dark brown. My hair looks gorgeous.

The absolute best part about this hair dye is the price. For just $9.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada it’s amazing value!

Nisim Fast Shampoo & Conditioner

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I have never had long hair until now. Growing up I always had short hair. In high school and college, I kept my hair in a bob. Only now have I wanted to know what it’s like to have hair long enough for a cute top bun or even a braid.

It’s pretty timely that this is the time when I get the Nisim F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner. F.A.S.T. stands for Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy. If you are anything like me, those big words mean nothing to you. When you learn more you find out that this collection is for people with longer hair. It contains the natural ingredients for healthy hair growth. It helps to strengthen your hair to help it grow longer and stronger faster. This means I can be at my long flowing hair goal even quicker.

I don’t know if this shampoo and conditioner is making my hair grow faster or stronger. I feel like this is something that would take a long time to judge and I only have one bottle.

I can tell you that my scalp feels great. I had been suffering with a dry winter scalp. When I started using the Nisim F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner my scalp started feeling so much better. The herbal smell of the shampoo and conditioner helped me know that it was the more natural products in this line calming my skin.

I will have to let you know if my hair starts growing longer faster any time soon!

Pantene Full & Strong Review

It’s been years since I’ve used Pantene. The older formulations were way too heavy for my fine hair but I was intrigued by their new Full & Strong line. There are so many hair products that claim to add volume to your hair but so few actually do.
Pantene Full And Strong Shampoo
The shampoo is a medium thick shampoo that lathers really well and has a really great fruity scent. It didn’t leave my hair with that squeaky feeling and while it didn’t feel particularly moisturized on it’s own, it didn’t feel dried out either.
Pantene Full And Strong Conditioner
The conditioner was much lighter than I was expecting and because of that I wasn’t expecting much. Luckily I was wrong. My hair is extremely soft every time I use this combination and I get substantial volume.

Since I don’t wash my hair every day the biggest test is to see how long the volume will stay. With Pantene’s Full & Strong, I had decent volume for three days, much longer than most ‘volumizing’ shampoos. I also noticed a lot less breakage than usual, which is where the strong part comes in.

I might not have used Pantene for a long time but this line is definitely bringing me back into the fold.