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I spend a small fortune on my hair color, between the base color and the highlights, and as a result—I can be a little picky when it comes to my hair products. A few months ago, I was introduced to the Passion Flower Collection from Bain de Terre, and I fell in love!

At first, I couldn’t believe that this salon-only brand had such incredibly affordable price points. And then, the lovely fragrances in the products transported me to some place tropical in my mind. (Well hello there, coconut oil, gardenia extract, black currant, argan, and monoi oils!) While I’m a fan of the Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner (they’re both paraben-free), I also like the Passion Flower Color Brightening Finishing Spray. My hair stays in place all day, and the argan and monoi oils leave it super shiny without any dryness.

If you’re not familiar with Bain de Terre, they’ve been used in the best salons and trusted by salon professionals for ages! Bain de Terre offers hair-healthy, botanical-rich products and treatments for every hair type and for all of your styling needs. Check these collections out:

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Leave a comment, let me know what you’ve tried, want to try, or what you’re picking up!

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Join the Neutrogena Sun Safety Tweet-a-Thon Today!


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I am SO incredibly honored to be able to share important sun safety facts today on such a large scale, because sun safety is potentially LIFE SAVING. Today, I hope you’ll join a group of Neutrogena Ambassadors (like myself) and celebrity spokespersons in a one-of-a-kind Tweet-a-Thon with Neutrogena that will take place from 9am EDT, to 9pm EDT today. We’ll make it worth your while—the prizes are INSANE.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking—who has time to be on a 12-hour Twitter party? Not to fear! We’ve broken it up for you so you can join in for as long or as short of a time as you want! Each hour will focus on a certain topic and will feature some celeb guests. Do names like Emma Roberts, Kristen Bell, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle UnionHayden Panettiere, Julie Bowen, and Bella Thorne ring a bell? I thought so!

Use #ChooseSkinHealth, and follow along all day today on Twitter when you can! We’d love to engage with you!

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Join Me for the Boots Beauty USA #ArchMadness Twitter Party!


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It’s time for #ArchMadness!

I hope you’ll join myself and Boots Beauty for a fun Twitter party on Thursday, March 27th at 7-8pm EST. We’ll be discussing eyebrows, beauty, and more! Just follow @beautyjunkies and @bootsbeautyusa, and use #ArchMadness. I’ll be giving away several prizes that you won’t want to miss!

Some of my fave eyebrow/lash products we’ll discuss…

  • No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum — Fuller, thicker and darker lashes after just eight weeks with No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum. The unique blend of ingredients helps improve the quality of the growth of eyelashes. When used daily, 82% of women saw an overall noticeable improvement in their lashes.
  • No7 Lash & Brow Perfector — No7 Lash & Brow Perfector provides defined lashes and brows all day long. The gel-like conditioning formula gives natural definition, without color, to the lashes while also taming and setting eyebrows. A specially designed brush with long bristles on one end for lashes and shorter bristles on the other hand for brows disperses the lightweight gel for perfectly defined eyes.
  • No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil — (available in Brown, Blonde, and Black) This defining eye pencil helps ‘fill in’ brows. It has its own brush which helps to tame and groom the brows.
  • Botanics Eyebrow Pencil — (available in Medium Brown) The Power of Plants! This Soft Eyebrow Pencil Contains Skin-Conditioning Jojoba Oil. It’s armed with a brush, helping to define the perfect brows to frame your face.

I look forward to chatting with you on Thursday night! Bring your eyebrow and beauty questions!

Taking the Taboo Out of Women’s Hair Loss


hair lossWhen I was a teenager, I was sick for an entire summer with an illness. By the time I was well enough to go to school, I had lost a LOT of hair. It took a long time for things to go back to normal, and I remember being so embarrassed by some of the small patches I had on my scalp.

It turns out that feeling insecure because of your hair (or lack thereof it) happens more than we think.

In a recent study, 91% of the 1,000 women surveyed indicated that their hair was part of their identity. When asked to rank the stress caused by aspects of their physical appearance—more women attributed a higher level of stress to hair loss than cellulite, weight gain, or the appearance of their skin. That’s really telling!

Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women

Since about 45% of women will end up with hair loss in their lifetime, and 60% of women agree that women losing their hair will never be socially acceptable—what can we do about it?

Pantene has an answer for us! The new Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil is FDA-approved, and clinically proven to help regrow hair for those experiencing hereditary hair loss. When applied to the scalp twice a day as recommended, Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women invigorates shrunken hair follicles, which increases their size and helps to regrow thicker hair over time. Depending on the degree of hair loss, women should see moderate hair regrowth after 4 months of continued use.

Most hair regrowth treatments out there are expensive, and they have a terrible medicinal scent to them. With this, we don’t have to be embarrassed—because it’s unscented and affordable. We finally have something that’s just for us, taking the taboo out of women’s hair loss. With Pantene’s Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women, those suffering from heredity hair loss can see results, while maintaining their normal styling routine, making it easier than ever to grow the hair you were meant to have.

Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil can be found at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Learn more at pantene.com.

Miraculous Multi-Taskers: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Sprays


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A few years ago, I was getting a haircut at a super swanky Beverly Hills salon. You know the kind, the one where a haircut costs more than your monthly car payment? (Shhh! I was treating myself, and it was a GREAT haircut.) Anyway, this salon had their own exclusive line of products, so imagine my surprise when my stylist quickly grabbed a cobalt bottle out of his drawer, sprayed it generously on my hair, then discreetly tucked the bottle back in his station as fast as he possibly could.

You know my curiosity was totally piqued and I asked him what it was. He confided in me that it was none other than It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In, and that it’s the best leave-in product he’s ever used in all of his years of experience. (And then he begged me not to say anything to anyone inside.) He loves it so much, that he’s willing to be caught using it at his elite salon! I knew I had to have it after that, and purchased a bottle the very next day. I’ve sincerely loved it ever since.

What I didn’t know, is that there’s an It’s a 10 leave-in for every need/hair type. While I think all of them are great after trying them—here’s the product break down so that you can find the one that’s best for you. It really is a simple beauty solution with five unique formulas!

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Original

The products are called It’s a 10, because they have the ability to do 10 things, and that they do! With panthenol, sunflower seed extract, green tea extract, silk amino acids, and Vitamin C this is a real hair treat. I use this on wet hair before combing and before my styling products. Surprisingly—I don’t find that it weighs my hair down at all. Plus, it’s smells great!

This has the ability to:

  • repair dry, damaged hair
  • add shine
  • smooth & control frizz
  • protect hair color
  • detangle
  • prevent split ends
  • help stop breakage
  • create silkiness
  • enhance natural body
  • flat iron spray & thermal protector

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In For Blondes

As a former hairstylist myself, I can tell you that blonde hair strands lack some of the integrity that darker hair tones do, they’re much more sensitized—especially if you’re blonde with a little help from your colorist. As a blonde, you need a little extra help to protect your strands, and this is a great choice. Within its 10 benefits, I especially love that this acts as a UV protectant, seals the cuticle to protect porosity, reduces fading, and helps tone a little bit of the brassiness you might get—because it has a little bit of a pale purple tint which can neutralize brassy tones. Not totally blonde? That’s okay, because if you have any highlights, this will still be a good choice for protecting your delicate, lightened hair.

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Just like color-treated hair, hair that’s been chemically straightened needs special love, too! This will help maintain those pricey keratin treatments, bring out hair luster, and helps fill in some of that missing protein. As a great multi-tasker, you can use this on wet hair before styling, or a little bit on dry hair as a styling creme. It contains silk amino acids, hydrolyzed keratin, sunflower seed extract, and panthenol to help provide nutrition to your chemically straightened hair.

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite

Very fine hair also needs nourishment, and if you’re concerned that any of the above may be too heavy on your hair—you should look into Miracle Leave-In Lite. It provides all of the benefits; enhances body, weightlessly detangles, adds silkiness, adds shine, blocks humidity, protects color, prevents split ends, eliminates frizz, acts as a thermal protector, and offers environmental protection. It does all of this pretty weightlessly, which is amazing, given its light texture.

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It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Leave-In

One of the newest additions to the line, Silk Express combines the powerful benefits of the original leave-in spray with all of the nurturing benefits of silk. With hydrolyzed silk, panthenol, and coumarin, this is the ultimate treat for sensitized hair, or for those with healthy hair that want to keep it that way! Get extra shine, smoothness, eliminate dryness, and score additional conditioning benefits without any of the build up or weight.

Which It’s a 10 Leave-In Spray sounds perfect for you?

It’s a 10 Haircare products provide exceptional results designed to deliver a combination of 10 benefits – all in one bottle. Now, through our exclusive professional salon formulas, you can enjoy shine, moisture balance and healthy movement with just one product. We call it “strength in simplicity” and it will undoubtedly change the way you think about hair care.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by It’s a 10 via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of It’s a 10.

 

Holiday Gifting: Perfect Stocking Stuffers


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This is the final countdown to get that last minute Christmas shopping in, how’s yours going? The one thing I always forget is stocking stuffers, and by the time I go back—it’s all picked over and not what I would have liked to give. So do yourself a favor. Get thee to Target and pick up two of the best (and most useful) products that I found. (I even bought a few to stash away, because it’s NIVEA—and you can never go wrong.) Check these out!

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NIVEA Limited Edition Kiss Me Keepsake Tin

I’ve been singing the praises of the Lip Butter tins for over a year now. First, they taste and smell delicious enough to eat (but please don’t), and they keep my lips feeling soft and comfy, despite wearing the most drying of matte lipsticks. With the heater on this time of year, my lips look scaly and cracked sometimes when I wake up in the morning. NIVEA Lip Butters put an end to that madness. While this tin I picked up on has the Raspberry Rosé Kiss flavor, there are some other delicious flavors available for individual purchase. Also try Caramel Cream Kiss, Smooth Kiss (great for guys), and Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss. Also, tuck that Kiss of Shimmer balm in your handbag for effortless lippie touch-ups on-the-go with plenty of moisture. $4.99, Target (Comes with 2 Lip Butters, and one Kiss of Shimmer Lip Balm Stick.)

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NIVEA Creme Travel Size Tin 1 oz.

NIVEA Creme is an icon! This mini 1 oz. size is perfect for travel or handbags, and is the ultimate multi-tasker for dry skin. It’s nice and rich without feeling too heavy or greasy, and works fantastically on elbows, arms, legs, feet, hands, you name it! Kiss cracked, dry skin goodbye with NIVEA Creme. While you’re at it, pick one up for the guys—it’s great for them too! Get a load of this—it’s a whopping .97 at Target! When you fall in love with it (and you probably will), there are larger sizes available to buy year-round.

This post is in partnership with NIVEA, however all opinions remain the author’s alone, and do not reflect those of the brand.

Holiday Gifting: The ULTA-mate Holiday Wish List


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Recently, I took a trip to my local ULTA Beauty location and spent the morning doing some holiday shopping—it was pretty fun! The store was all decked out for the holidays, with plenty of items that make the perfect gift (or to keep for yourself). I like the open stock selling model of ULTA, which means I don’t have high pressure sales from sales associates, I get to walk around and touch things and see the product testers, then find the product myself instead of having to wait for someone to help me. (Of course there’s someone there to help me if I need it!)

There’s a fantastic mix of both prestige and mass cosmetic brands, along with professional haircare, styling tools, hair accessories, and more. ULTA has a great gift guide to help you out with your shopping this season, but check out the six items I picked for the ULTA-mate holiday wish list…

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Anastasia Catwalk Eyeshadow Palette

I absolutely love Anastasia’s products, and the Catwalk palette is one of the reasons why. It features 10 buttery smooth eyeshadow shades for high impact color. With a nice mix of matte and pearl finishes, you’ll find it’s easy to create both bold and demure looks at a budget-friendly price. $29; ulta.com, ULTA Beauty locations

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Ultra CHI All That Glitters Flat Iron

If you don’t already have one, a CHI iron is a must have. It features tourmaline ceramic plates that really make hair shine and look healthy. Don’t wear your hair straight? Don’t worry! This styling iron also works to create frizz-free curls and is the ultimate professional grade hair styling tool. $99.95; ulta.com, ULTA Beauty locations

 

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Clarisonic Mia 2 Skincare Cleansing System

This device changed my skin for the better, and I highly recommend adding a Mia 2 to your wish list! It works to help remove dirt and makeup from the skin with sonic technology, removing up to six times more makeup than manual cleansing alone. It’s not just a facial brush—it’s a professional skincare tool that every woman should have! Don’t forget to pick up a brush head replacement to use a few months from now. $150; ulta.com, ULTA Beauty locations

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Philosophy Season of Sparkle Collection

Philosophy’s shower gels are a unique 3-in-1 formula, use them as a fragrant bubble bath, body wash, or shampoo. This trio has three deliciously sweet holiday scents that smell good enough to eat—White Pear, White Cranberry, and White Cherry. There’s a little bit of girly sparkle to the body washes, but don’t worry, it rinses off. $26, ULTA Beauty locations

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Too Faced Be Merry Be Bright Gift Set

Too Faced does holiday palettes so well, and this gift set has not just one palette, but two to enjoy. Each is home to six well pigmented eyeshadows and two blush shades with a bonus full size Lash Injection mascara and cosmetic bag to keep your beauty treasures nice and tidy. This is great for splitting up into two gifts! $45; ulta.com, ULTA Beauty locations

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Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

Vice 2 is the fantastic follow-up to the original Vice palette (which people went crazy over). This limited edition collection of 20 exclusive eyeshadow shades won’t last much longer since it’s a customer fave this season. I love the intense pigmentation in this hefty palette—the shades are super smooth for the ultimate in blendability and long wear. $59; ulta.com, ULTA Beauty locations

ULTA Beauty is not just another store for holiday shopping; it’s an exciting wonderland of beauty products that make great gifts, stocking stuffers and personal treats. This year, ULTA is filled with a dazzling variety of holiday treasures that are sure to delight your friends, family, loved ones, and even yourself!  

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ULTA Beauty via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ULTA Beauty.

4 Simple Steps to Brighter, More Even Skin Tone


mirrorWhen you think of anti-aging skincare, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it that wrinkle that needs to be smoothed out, or is it that brown spot that’s bugging you? Believe it or not, it’s not always about wrinkles! Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone are two of the biggest anti-aging concerns that women face today. While you can just pop into your dermatologist’s office and get a few shots to help temporarily smooth a wrinkle, that brown spot is going to take some time.

There are so many layers of life that your skin has seen, there can be more than one factor, or “layer” in why spots or discoloration are there in the first place.

Maybe…

  • …when were in your late teens, you didn’t apply sunscreen as liberally as you should have.
  • …when you were in your twenties, you experienced adult acne that left behind several spots of discoloration.
  • …when you were in your thirties, you had a baby, and you noticed your hormones caused a change in your skin’s tone.
  • …when you were in your forties, you had an allergic reaction to a cosmetic that left a mark after it healed.
  • …when you took you last trip to Hawaii, you took in too much sun, and now it shows.

So now what?

Start exfoliating regularly, it accelerates the turnover of the dead skin cells with excess pigmentation.

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You should invest in an affordable exfoliation regimen, like the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion + Advanced Cleansing System. You’ll find it easy to use to remove the layers that life puts on daily, like: perspiration, excess oil, environmental pollution, sunscreen, and makeup. It will also help you achieve a microdermabrasion benefit, which can start working on skin discoloration. When used twice weekly with the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion foam head and Thermal Crystal Polisher, you’ll help improve your skin’s dullness and discoloration, for a visibly improved texture and a more even skin tone—getting you one step closer to radiant, more even skin. You should also find that with continued use, your skincare products start working more effectively, taking your anti-aging protocol to the next level.

From this moment forward—protect, protect, protect!

No ifs, ands, or buts about it—you must apply sun protection daily that protects the skin against both aging (UVA), and burning rays (UVB). Don’t forget about your neck (front and back) and the backs of your hands.

Brighten the skin using products that help even discoloration and hyperpigmentation.

olay brightening protocolTry the Olay Pro-X Brightening Protocol, it treats the five root causes of uneven skin tone to visibly restore even color for smoother, brighter skin. With three products (Spot Fading Treatment, Anti-Oxidant UV Blocker Sheer Daily Moisturizer SPF 35, and Brightening Renewal Cream), the Brightening Protocol addresses skin discoloration, lack of hydration, and free radical damage.

Be patient.

It took your skin time to get here, it will take some time to help improve! Your skin should feel smoother after the first Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion treatment, but it may take several weeks or months before discolorations begin to lighten.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and participation, but the opinions reflected in this post are solely my own.