Mother’s Day: Chi Mother’s Day Bundles

Let’s face it, hair is often abused in the name of style. It is dried, curled, flattened, twisted and tied up. It is used and abused and often needs just a little TLC. Often called the crowning gory it sometimes needs a little help to shine.

This Mother’s day Chi has you covered. They have bundles that will have your mother’s (or yours) tresses looking tip top for spring. And you can even get 25% off with the code CHIMOM. While they have several available here are my two favorites.

The first of these bundles is the Chi Infra-Thermal Care Kit bundled with the Original Digital Ceramic Hair Styling Iron in Ruby red. I actually picked up this Infra Thermal Care Kit during the black Friday sales. It includes the CHI Infra Treatment 6 fl. oz., CHI Silk Infusion 6 fl. oz., and the CHI Infra Shampoo 6 fl. oz.

The shampoo not only lathered nicely and cleans the hair without tripping but it removed a lot of build up other products left on my hair. The Infra Treatment was the most amazing conditioner and gave my hair body and shine. Then there is the silk infusion.

I routinely buy the silk infusion on it’s own. A little drop put on your hands and added to wert hair is fantastic. it made my hair feel like silk. There were no tangles, no snags and it just made my hair look and feel amazing. And when the central heating caused my hair to be a little dry over the winter I just put a tiny bit on my hands and ran my hands over the top of my hair and it smoothed down frizz and fly aways.

This set comes with the Original Digital Ceramic hair styling Iron in Ruby red. This is a really good flat iron. It was large enough for me to use with long hair. I could use it both to flatten and curl my hair and the digital read let me know that I wasn’t getting too hot and risking frying my hair. As I am not always the best gauge of that I really appreciated the digital numbers. they were easy to read and really helped keep me in check.

I actually lost this flat iron because it was packed in luggage that got lost. I was more upset about it than the clothes in the suitcase actually. I’ve been trying other tools lately and missing it more and more to be honest. I am debating between reordering it and ordering the Chi Spin and Curl in Rose Gold.

I have never used the Chi Spin and Curl but it just looks like it would be absolutely fantastic fun to try out. I just find it mesmerizing. If I do end up picking it up I will most certainly review it for you. And actually this might be the time.

The Chi Spin and Curl in Rose Gold is bundled with the Biosilk Irresistible Trio for this second Mother’s Day bundle. The Trio kit includes: 1 BioSilk Silk Therapy Irresistible Original 5.64 fl. oz., 1 BioSilk Silk Therapy Irresistible Shampoo 7 fl. oz., and1 BioSilk Silk Therapy Irresistible Conditioner 7 fl. oz.

I have used the Biosilk Shampoo and conditioner and really enjoyed them. I have not tried the therapy but it is described as having a ‘Jasmine & Honey Scent is a weightless leave-in silk replenishing and reconstructing treatment that helps repair, smooth and protect all hair types.’

And really that sounds pretty good to me. While I haven’t tried the Biosilk treatment, I have used the other two items in the bundle and several other Biosilk products over the years and my hair has always loved them. It is a very good line of hair care products. This Jasmine and Honey scent is light but not overpowering. The honey actually balances the floral so neither is overpowering. The scent is strongest in the shower, but as your hair dries the scent fades to a very light barely there scent.

This mother’s day if you are looking for hair care themed bundles , these might be two that you want to look into. As for me, in addition to gift giving it might be time for me to decide if I want to replace my super fabulous Chi Flat iron or if I want to try out the Spin and Curl. Decisions decisions…



Trying out the Murumuru Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner from Natura

I’ll be honest, I’ve had this set of samples for a few months now. The Murumuru Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner set came in a subscription box (look Fantastic I believe, maybe Glossy Box). And I have been somewhat hesitant to try them. Not because of the product. I’ve tried several hair care products from Natura and I loved them all. But I did try a shampoo and conditioner set that looked nearly identical to this and I had issues with the bottle (loved the product though).

I’m sure this isn’t the case with the full sized, for scale reasons if nothing else, but the samples from Naturea are really quite a pain because of the containers. They look nice, I will give you that. The bottles are very sturdy plastic which doesn’t really like squeezing and the thin neck sort of traps the product. So I put off trying this sample. However, I decided it was finally time.

This shampoo and conditioner set had enough product for three uses and as I wash my hair every other day, that pretty much gave me a week’s worth of uses. When testing out a shampoo and conditioner, I like to skip other products so that I am just evaluating them. So for the past week I have avoided any detanglers and any leave in conditioners. Basically, these were my sole hair care products. Because I am avoiding other products I also avoided hot tools since I am not using a heat protector. The first night I used the shampoo and conditioner I let my hair dry naturally. The second time I used my hair dryer on a cool setting and the third time I went to bed with my hair still wet.

The Murumuru Shampoo and Conditioner performed the same with my hair regardless. My hair was clean but not stripped by the shampoo and well nourished but not weighed down by the conditioner. My hair had good body and shine throughout, but didn’t look overly greasy on the days between washes. In addition, there was almost no frizz in my hair, and considering the temperatures and humidity have both risen quite a lot recently, that was an amazing feat.

I was very impressed that I had no tangles. Whether I let my hair dry naturally or used the hair dryer, I was able to get a thin toothed comb through my hair without encountering any snarls or knots. I did recently have about four inches knocked off the length of my hair so a lot of the dry dead stuff was gone, but I still found it rather impressive. It was nice not to need a detangling spray.

this was going to bed with my hair wet and waking up with just a quick comb through first thing in the morning.

The scent of the shampoo and conditioner were both quite pleasant. In the shower there was a nice herbal but slightly spicy (in a nutmeg, allspice kind of spicy not a habanero sort of way) note to them. I couldn’t identify it but as it probably comes from the murumuru butter for which the shampoo and conditioner are named, I’m guessing that was it. It did come across with the herbal and spice notes which I really enjoyed in the shower so I might be looking for that scent in other things. The scent really only lasted in the shower though. It was gone by the time I turned off the water and reached for my towel.

Again, I also like that. While I don’t mind being surrounded by different scents in the shower, I do like leaving most of them there so that they don’t compete with my post bath products. also I think that if you have issues with a lot of scent, these are light enough not to cause you issues.

But what about those bottles that had me putting off trying out the Murumuru Shampoo and Conditioner?

Yeah, they were a pain.

There are no two ways about it, that is a bad design for a shampoo and even worse for a conditioner due to the thicker consistency of the product. I propped the samples up in my shower upside down to make it easier to use. The small caps almost went down the drain a couple of times, but i managed to rescue them. The fill size bottle has the same shape as the samples. Perhaps it works better in the full size than it does in the sample.

To be honest, I would be willing to give it a try in the full size. Even though it is designed for curly or wavy hair, I loved the way it took down my frizz and made my hair more manageable even without a detangling spray. Because of this and because I know I tend to be frizzy most of the summer, I would be willing to give this a full sized trial of the Murumuru Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner. And if the bottles make dispensing the product difficult, I can always either store them upside down or break out my travel shampoo and conditioner containers and transfer the product into new bottles. I think the product would actually be worth the trouble.


The Easter Assemblage continues…

It started with the dress. The dress was sent to me by Ever Pretty to try out and review. My opinions, as always are my own. I went into the details of the dress and the quality of the materials, shipping times and fit in the initial post of the dress when it arrived. This link will take you to that post. The dress was tried on just to see about fit and to start planning the rest of the outfit.

So the hair is simply tied up out of the way, there is no makeup and I learned I needed a body shaper under the dress just to smooth out my lines. The dress however fit perfectly. And so Now, knowing that the Ever Pretty dress is fantastic, I can move on to other elements.

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I’ll admit, I am kind of excited this year. There have not been many family gatherings in the past two years and my family has a lot going on. thee is Easter of course but we are combining it with some christenings. There was a family wide decision to simply make this an event rather than a simple Easter Sunday. I think all of us have been denied events for so long that everyone just used it as an excuse.

And I used it as an excuse to treat myself to some of my favorite hair care products. We are starting with a kit from eSalon. This is a custom hair dying kit that you can have mailed to you. The company is fantastic. I not only get the kit but I also order root touch up which they send me in the same shade as the hair color I chose to order. I think my first time ordering this kit was in 2019 and I have been ordering it routinely ever since.

They dye is great, I never have any harsh breakage and it resists fading for a really long time. It is more often that my roots will grow out before the color fades. They also have a color rinse so if you think the color is fading a bit you can give it a little boost. As I try to extend my time between dying my hair as long as I can, the root touch up and color rinse are fantastic additions to the kit. I actually ran out of root touch up, which is why my roots have been showing And I forgot to order it with the batch of dye so I will be putting in a later order. But the hair dye is my first pre-Eater hair purchase.

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The second item is the shampoo and conditioner from Grow Gorgeous. It is the Intense line and if you are looking for thickening shampoo and conditioner that also leaves your hair detangled and silky soft, this is one of the best I have found. The scent of the shampoo is a bit on the strong side and it is an intense salon scent. But it is so worth it. My hair always feels thicker and just plain fabulous when I use it. So I went ahead and picked up the set. I generally purchase My Grow Gorgeous products from the Skin store. Currently they are having a 25% off sale, It is site wide not just for hair care or these specific products. Just thought you’d like to know if you are stocking up on beauty products. Just use code CELEBRATE and if you spend more than $150 you get a free 13 piece beauty bag (worth $188). As an extra incentive to stock up. The beauty bag looks kind of amazing. You can see the products here.

This is one of those brands that i was introduced to either with a Glossy Box or a Look Fantastic Box.

$5 off first box

I can’t remember which and I think they have been featured in both. They are a UK brand I believe and well worth looking into. I have enjoyed every product i have tried from the brand thus far, with this shampoo and conditioner set being my absolute favorite. Plus as they are in tubes, I find them much easier to pack for a trip.

And yes it did come with a cap, but as always within minutes of opening I set the top aside and promptly lost it.

And the third indulgence I added for this Easter’s hair care line up is the Color Wow Dream Cocktail. It is coconut infused and I know I often complain about coconut. It isn’t that I don’t like coconut, I do actually. It was just that there was such a plethora of coconut infused products for a time that coconut seemed to be everywhere. And it was a bit much. Plus sometimes people go a little crazy with the fake coconut scent. This Dream Cocktail does have a light coconut scent, but it is very light and very natural smelling so I am fine with it. And even if i wasn’t I would let it go just to use this product.

The Color Wow Dream Cocktail is interesting. When you first put it in your hair you will be tempted to think it doesn’t do anything. That is because it is heat activated. It doesn’t do much until you blow dry our hair or use other heated tools. Then it is like this Dream cocktail coats every strand in silk. That is the only way I can describe it. It is a heat protector and hair renewal serum in one. My hair is softer and curls are glossier without being greasy. It is almost like a healthy highlighter for your hair. Each strand seems to have a healthy glow about it. And I am happy to include it in my Easter Hair Care Line up this year.

I haven’t decided on a style yet, But i do know that with this dress from Ever Pretty and this selection of hair care items, I will look great and my hair will be healthy and fabulous.

The Daily: March 10th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and Happy Dry Shampoo Day. Yes, that’s right March 10th is Dry Shampoo Day. Which I find kind of interesting. I tend to use loads of dry shampoo during the summer months, just to keep my bangs from looking greasy mid afternoon given the heat and humidity in my area. I do give my hair (and scalp) a break for much of the winter, but generally around March when Dry Shampoo Day rolls around I am ready to order my summer stock. Which is handy as my favorite dry shampoo s 30% off.

Actually Klorane has a full stop 30% off(CODE: NDSD30) so I may just order the eye makeup remover I love from them as well when I put in the order. I know I reviewed it a while back but it is still the best eye makeup remover I have tried. It not only took off the eye makeup but when it got into my eyes and contacts it didn’t make my contacts fuzzy with oils. they are disposable contacts and generally if makeup remover gets on them i have to change the contacts.

Not so with the Klorane. I am trying to remind myself of this so that I will add it to the cart when I order my dry shampoo. last time I got so excited about the sale i forgot. This time I will remember. I’ll link the sale down below for anyone interested. Klorane is a really good brand in general and have many things other than Dry shampoo that are worth checking out if that isn’t your thing.

Oh and I almost forgot Klorane is celebrating by releasing a Volumizing Dry Shampoo with Flax. You can read all about it here. And if you are looking to shop the sale code is NDSD30

The full sale is:

Get 30% off your purchase of a full-sized Dry Shampoo from March 10th through March 14th with code NDSD30.

· Additionally, from March 15th through March 31st, purchases of $50 and more will receive their choice of a FREE Travel Sized Dry Shampoo with code FREEGIFT.

Fabulous isn’t it?

There is also another excitement today. As many of you may recall, I love to garden and this year I started a lot of seeds early. Today I got to pick my first basil of the season. So for lunch I had a tomato and basil salad. Sliced Cherry tomatoes, julienned basil, pinch of salt dash of balsamic. It is essentially a caprese salad without the mozzarella.

Later in the summer I’ll add the cheese but for the first basil of the season, I wanted to be very basil forward. While I love the basil, it also helps me sort of determine the flavor of the basil. I planted several varieties out but when i shifted them from the seed beds to pots I forgot to mark which was which and needed to figure it out by flavor. It was the Genovese. In case you are wondering.

And yes, it was delicious. The first leaves picked are always so delicate inn flavor. Later when potted outside and the leaves allowed to grow large the flavor will strengthen, but right now it is quite delicate and delicious.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Undercover Blurfection Primer (currently on sale at Sephora for $23)

Foundation: Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: No 7 Damson Mist Blush

Highlight: Jecca Blac Glow Drops

Powder: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter in Cashew

Eyeshadow: Defiance By Karmela Cosmetics

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild in Sand Storm

Setting Spray: Benefit Cosmetics the Porefessional SuperSetter

Okay, lets get into todays products, because this was an interesting one. First up the Marc Jacobs Primer. This primer is clear and has an almost jelly like quality about it. It feels almost like a thinned out Vaseline when applied to the skin. It isn’t sticky though and glides on well. It feels weightless and is really good at blurring out pores without adding any pigment to the skin. Even though it is a coconut primer, the scent is now barely there in my product. It was really only noticeable when I first opened it. I enjoy the primer but it does need a minute to settle in and get comfortable, otherwise it will blend in with your foundation.

The Wander beauty is an old favorite. It performs well and lasts throughout my day. My day (wearing makeup generally doesn’t go past about nine hours – when testing it I found this foundation shows wear at about the 12th hour of wear, for those of you with longer makeup wear times). My only issue is that when you pull the doe foot applicator out, there is always a small spray of tiny droplets that come out as the doe foot pops free. I know that the seal keeps the product fresh, but that spray is fine and forgettable, until you put your hand or some papers or something in it and then they make their presence known. So just put down a wash cloth and open the foundation over it and you will be fine. And it really is a beautiful foundation. My bottle is only about half full so I will be reaching for it more often to use up the bottle. And yes, it is on my list of foundations to replace, even with the spray.

The Ciate Bronzer is not terribly pigmented but it is buildable. I like it because it is really easy to work with. I will usually lean towards buildable over pigmented. I prefer to be in control. Plus I don’t tend to go for dramatic bronze and contouring so often highly pigmented products are simply too much for me. This works and it comes in an adorable compact. It just makes me happy to look at.

The blush from No 7 is also a winner, but i tend not to reach for it. While it applies well and blends out nicely I always look at the product through the clear front and think ‘Bright’ then reach for something else. It looks brighter and more pink than it is. So I need to stop passing it by because of it’s looks. I know I like it, especially since if i don’t like a blush it immediately gets passed along. It is a good product, I just need to remember that and reach for it more often.

The Jecca Balc glow drops do make a really good highlighter. They are even better if you put them all over the face underneath a flat matte foundation. If you have a matte primer and a matte foundation, a drop of this between the two is fantastic. It is a product well worht having around. I prefer the champagne because of my skin tone, but the rose petal works well for a variety of tones and is also really nice. Plus I love having multi use porducts.

The Fenty powder is one of those powders that is okay but not something I will repurchase when it is done. It’s primary benefit is that it is one of my non translucent setting powders so if a foundation is too light I can use it to a subtle adjustment. The powder itself is okay. It is in fact kind of generic. The lid sticks a bit when I turn it and I have to make certain there is no product on my hands or my fingers will slide and it will be impossible to open. It is just the slick metal. I would personally put some decorative ridges around the side to prevent slippage, but no one asked me to redesign their packaging. Inside there is an inner lid, which I like, However it keeps the powder from flying out when you pen it, however there is enough of a gap between the inner lid and the holes that when you peel the inner lid up, there is already product that has escaped the holes. I think I may have actually spilled more product than i used. it is more useful to me in the spring as I need more subtle foundation adjustments than bronzers provide as my skin starts to tan. Then summer hits and I just switch products and forget about this powder until the fall.

Today was the first use of the Defiance palette. It is a good daily color selection for me and I think playing with it will be fun. It is the kind of palette I could turn into an everyday palette. If I like it. the jury is still out on that. i had a little trouble with blending this morning and the shimmer didn’t show up at all until I rolled in the setting spray and wet the brush down. It worked better. I will be testing this palette all week next week (and possibly longer). For a first use, I will say that it was interesting and that I am looking forward to playing with it.

The Stila Mascara I love. You already know that. It is rapidly becoming my go to favorite. the name is a bit much, but I can’t deny the results so if they want to double up their adjectives they can go ahead.

The lipstick I used today was the wet ‘n wild that came i my look fantastic box. I like it. I have used Cinnamon Spice from the line for a while and in fact had to repurchase it a while back because I used it down to a nub. It is nice to have a more neutral shade in the same great formula.

And finally the setting spray I rolled out today was the Porefessional Super setter. It is one of my favorites because of the fine mist and the ability to seal makeup on for longer. The fine mist is my favorite part though. It works especially well if you are trying to coax shimmers onto eyeshadow brushes so it will probably stay out as I test the Defiance palette.

And that was my look for today. Over all it is a good day for me. My lunch celebrated the first basil of the season and one of my favorite brands is celebrating Dry Shampoo Day with 30% off. Plus I did manage to take some interesting products from my drawer. what more could I ask?

I know someone to complete the rest of today’s paperwork for me. It would be great, but we can’t have everything can we my darlings? So it is back to work for me to hopefully clear out some space before the end of the day. Wish me luck!

Trying out Philip Kingsley’s Bond Builder

Philip Kinsley is one of those brands that I never heard of until I started subscribing to Glossy Box and Look Fantastic. It is a UK based brand and while I’m sure it is around in the US it was just never on my radar. Hair care products from the brand pop up periodically and I sometimes have mixed feelings about them. A few of the products I’ve tried have been mediocre and over priced and a couple have been out of this world fantastic. Nothing has ever been bad though which is always a plus for the brand. I just never know if I’m going to get so-so or fabulous.

Lately i have been trying out the Bond Builder. According to the website The Bond Builder is…

The ultimate hair repair treatment your over-processed strands have been waiting for – The restorative pre-shampoo hair treatment mask for damaged hair. Proven to make hair up to 3X more resistant against damage* Bond Builder Restructuring Treatment works beneath the surface of the strands at a molecular level to repair damaged and processed hair from the inside out.

Increased hair strength, Reduced breakage & splitting, Improved wet and dry combing, Visibly healthier hair, More defined curls, Sharper ends

Philip Kingsley

Now I’m sure some of you picked up on the words pre shampoo hair treatment. I did not on my first go round with this product. Mostly because while I have enough samples of this product to constitute a full bottle’s worth of product, they are all in sample sized packaging. The sample sizes only have the ingredients on the back of the package and nothing else.

and did I look to see how the product was supposed to be applied before using it in my hair? No, of course not. I thought it was a leave in conditioner that treats split ends. Mostly because the front of the package says split end remedy.

My apologies to Mr. Kingsley, I should have gone on the website.

So the first time i used this product i put it on damp hair, post shower. Like you would a leave in conditioner. And then I let it dry naturally. When I went to brush my hair, I found parts of it were a bit stiff from the product. The stiff spots brushed out well and then I forgot about them. Then when I next washed my hair I didn’t think about the product, showered and l noticed a light scent that had nothing to do with any of the products I was using. That day I forgot my detangler because things got busy and then resigned myself to hair pulling as I brushed my hair out.

Except there wasn’t any. Hair pulling that is. The brush went through my hair with no problems. Just a smooth glide. Which is when I remembered the scent, realized it came from the Bond Builder and then went and looked it up on line. My next hair wash I followed the instructions and what do you know? Using the product correctly actually helped it work better.

Who knew?

Actually I ended up really like this product. I know the pictures aren’t the best because what it does is detangle your hair and repair the split ends. so really what you see is just healthy hair. A while back I made an ill fated attempt to put layers back into my hair using a pair of scissors. I should not be allowed to take scissors to my hair. Really there should be a city ordinance or something. So I have been growing out the very bad layer attempt before i go to a stylist. That and my appointment was cancelled tice due to a quarantine moment. So it has been a long while since my last trim. My goal is to keep my hair healthy while it grows out and give whatever stylist i eventually go to the best head of hair to work with.

The ends

This is a great product to help with that. The comb snags less in my hair so there is less pulling and tearing. The ends of my hair look fantastic and I love the scent of this treatment. It smells like a good salon. But it is a light scent. i noticed it when I applied it and it gets a little stronger when wet. The scent slides down the drain though and I didn’t notice any lingering scent afterwards.

The big thing to remember is that you really need to wait ten minutes after applying before you wash your hair. It really needs time to settle in and work it’s magic. I think that might be why I got away with applying it and forgetting it it had time to absorb and I left it to settle in longer than I should. I recommend following the ten minute guideline, but at least I inadvertently found out that there is no damage if you leave it in your hair longer. Much longer in my case.

Which is also good to know.

Of the products I have tried from the brand in the last couple of years, this is one of the best. I will use every sample I have and when they are gone, I will be picking up a full sized container. I will also try to remember the lesson and actually read the instructions before using a product.

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Trying out the Hydrating Melting Mask from Christophe Robin

For a long time I was using a hair mask once a week. It was a part of my weekend ritual and one I miss. With everything going a little bonkers at the end of the year, I lapsed in a lot of my routines and it has been slow getting back to them. One of the routines I am getting back to is the weekly hair mask. I do have a stock pile of my favorites, but I also have some I have never tried mixed in.

This Christophe Robin Hydrating Melting Mask was one that I had not tried before. This small container had enough product for two uses and this week I used the second one. According to the product page…

The Hydrating Melting Mask with Aloe Vera benefits from an ultra-light texture, which melts beautifully into hair, helping to enhance shine and reduce frizz so it feels soft, supple and manageable. Apply a small amount onto wet hair. Paying particular attention to the scalp, massage from root to tip and leave for 2 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Follow with the Hydrating Leave-in Mist with Aloe Vera to boost shine.

Christophe Robin Website

The full sized mask (75 ml) retails for $17. My sample size is 40 ml in case you want to do a comparison. And to be fair my sample tube was only about half way filled. I don’t think they leave as much air in the fill sized version.

The mask has a light aloe scent, which is nice partially because it is an aloe mask and partially because aloe is the first item listed on the ingredients list. The scent is very light and fresh. The product itself is a lightweight cream. It is slightly thicker than a water cream but slightly lighter than most standard moisturizers. It went into my hair well and easily.

For the first use I used the mask as my conditioner (and it worked very well in that capacity, my hair felt well conditioned and the strands soft. For that first use I did not put anything on my hair after. I simply let it air dry and then brushed it through.

My face is shiny due to freshly applied moisturizer incase you are curious

Here is where the issues occurred. My hair got tangled and it was kind of rough going with the brush. I typically use a detangling spray after my shower (My standard at this point is The Mane Clubs One Hit Wonder, If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend picking it up. It is only $8 and as far as detangling and heat protectant it blows more expensive products out of the water. I can’t say enough good things about it.)

However with masks I typically find the detangling spray is unnecessary on the day I use the mask. Generally the extra moisture and omph that a hair mask gives your hair makes the spray unnecessary unless you are hear drying my hair, then since my heat protector and detangler are the same thing then I use it.

That is not the case with the Christophe Robin Hydrating Melting mask. If your hair is prone to tangles, use your detangling spray while your hair is still damp. I did this on my second use of this hair mask and it made a world of difference. My hair was soft shiny, plumped and I didn’t have to fight the tangles. All in all it is a good hair mask and I would use it again. I would however remember to add in the detangler after so that I can retain all of the benefits without any issues.


Farewell to peppermint delights…

Each year as the holidays roll around I wait for that one delightful moment where peppermint is one of the dominant scents. I absolutely adore peppermint. Oddly enough I absolutely can’t stand spearmint. Unfortunately someone decided that peppermint was a seasonal scent. It gets marked as Candy cane, Winter Wonder land or all sorts of other winter centric terms and confined to the holidays.

So this year I went a little peppermint crazy, especially where the brand Native is concerned. they have a line of Peppermint scented products called Candy Cane. This year I picked up the deodorant, body wash, shampoo and conditioner to try out. That’s right, I immersed myself in a peppermint-tastic wave of scent. And now most of those products are running out. So was it worth it?

One of the things that I have noticed is that if it is a scent that I like that I only get one time of year, I tend to be a little lax on the judgement. with the over abundance of the peppermint products, I was able to break that down. because none of the products were my only peppermint scented product. It made it much easier to look at the actual product and how it performed.

Let’s start with the category I use year round from Native. And that is the Deodorant. I switched from antiperspirants to deodorant and while I have tried a few different products, I ended up more or less settling on Native. While I will probably try different ones in the future, Native is now the standard for my deodorant selections. I vary the scents, but I like the product. Did I like the peppermint?

Yes. I adored the peppermint deodorant. It was minty, but it was not overpowering and most importantly it was not too sweet. It struck the right balance and to be honest, I would use this Candy Cane Scented deodorant all year long.

The body wash was another winner for me. I tried this last year, and it was what made me decide to test the entire line this year. It is also why I ordered three bottles. I am about to finish with one and have the other two in reserve. while I will use other body washes, I actually wanted to keep at least one bottle in reserve for the warmer weather. I know, Candy Cane is a winter scent, But I think that on some of those overly hot days we get in the summertime, the peppermint body wash will be extremely refreshing and so I am going to hold one bottle back for a summer time trial just to see.

It really does irritate me that peppermint is kept for the winter. I think it’s cooling effects would be fantastic in the summer. This summer, I will test it out and see. But the body wash did not disapoint.

extras for summer heatwave testing of the peppermint body wash

Then we get to the shampoo and conditioner. The scent of the peppermint is milder and this was my first time using a shampoo and conditioner from Native. It is interesting. I found that on the day i washed my hair, my hair was soft and clean without being stripped. I almost always needed some kind of leave in conditioner afterwards though or my hair tended to get a little frizzy. And then there was the skipped day. I only wash my hair every other day. on the days I skipped, my bangs especially started to get a little greasy. I had to employ a dry shampoo. Which was fine, I like dry shampoo. however usually I don’t need it in the winter. While I always have it on hand in the summer, in the winter I take a break. When using this shampoo and conditioner a break wasn’t possible. I need the dry shampoo for my bangs on my skip day.

This isn’t unusual as I often need the dry shampoo with drug store shampoos such as Pantene on those in between days. However there are a lot of shampoos and conditioners where I don’t need the extra help between washes. If I was washing my hair every day then this shampoo would be fine. I do like the way it makes my hair feel. I just wish that feeling would last a little longer. And to be honest, the reason I bought this set was because of the scent. The scent is mind and it fades fast. Of the products I tried before, this was my least favorite and to be honest, I probably won’t buy the set again.

In my quest for peppermint scented products this year, the body wash and the deodorant from Native were hands down winners. I will certainly pick them both up next season. I plan to try out the body wash in the summer to see if I should stock up during the limited window for extended use throughout the year. I will however be giving the shampoo and conditioner a pass. In fact, it isn’t just the Candy Cane scented Limited edition Shampoo and conditioner I will pass up, but most of Native’s hair care as well. I just didn’t find the shampoo and conditioner to be quite up to the mark and while I love their deodorants, I will look for my shampoo and conditioner elsewhere.

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Verb in Action

Over the holidays I took samples of the Verb Ghost shampoo and conditioner with me in my travel bag. These sample size containers gave me a total of three washes worth of product. Since I wash my hair every other day, that was a full week with this Verb Shampoo and conditioner set.

In general I like verb products. While I still have to post the hair oil review, I do like the verb hair oil. I also really enjoyed their Ghost Mask. It has actually made my list of products to reorder as soon as I use up some of my current hair masks and have some space. This was the first time I tried the shampoo and regular conditioner though. Typically the duo sells for $38 but when I checked the links this morning it was on sale for $30, if you are interested in stocking up. (Not an affiliate code, just a link to their website.) According to the website …

This invisible combo works to weightlessly cleanse and moisturize fine or easily weighed-down hair. Moringa oil infuses the hair shaft with essential nutrients that naturally smooth frizz and promote radiant shine for all hair types. Verb® Ghost Shampoo™ weightlessly cleanses fine hair, protects color and leaves hair tangle-free. Verb® Ghost Conditioner™ provides weightless protection while strengthening fine hair.

Verb Ghost Collection

Now I will be the first to admit that fine is not a term that generally applies to my hair. My hair is long and it is thick and the individual strands are not fine. I had my doubts as to whether or not this duo would work for my hair at all. It turns out, I didn’t need to worry. My hair felt clean and nourished, despite not being the fine hair this shampoo was built to target. The weightless ‘ghost’ formula was able to move through my thicker hair and soften and condition it nicely. It was as weightless as it claims and I loved the way my hair feels.

The ascent of these products is as ghostly as their weight. There is almost no scent to them. When I sniffed, my nose said, shampoo. That was it. There was no scent of florals or herbs. No salon type scent either. It was plain and simple, shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo lathered well and rinsed clean while the conditioner conditioned. I had no issues with tangles and most importantly, the clean lasted until the next hair wash.

I know that sounds a little on the strange side but i have recently noticed that with a lot of shampoos the clean doesn’t last. Like I mentioned above, I like to wash my hair every other day. In the summer time when I just get too sweaty for words, I rinse my hair but don’t use any product. And I have to touch up with dry shampoo. But i still manage to skip a day between shampoo.

In the winter when i simply don’t sweat as much, I use less dry shampoo and have to rinse my hair less in the interim. With some of the shampoos I have tried recently I have noticed that on that day I skip washing, my hair will look greasy enough that I need to reach for the dry shampoo, at least for my bangs.

This was not one of those Shampoo and Conditioner sets. When I used the Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner it worked well on the day I used it, let me skip the day between and still looked good without resorting to the use of dry shampoo.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dry shampoo, but in the winter because the air is drier, i notice that I tend to get more fly always and dry static-y bits when I use dry shampoo in the winter. I think it dries the hair out a little more than I want so I try to avoid using it when possible.

I will say that I didn’t get a lot of volumizing with this shampoo and I th9ink that is where this fell down for me. There is the possibility that it is because this shampoo and conditioner set was designed for fine hair and not my thicker hair. For silky soft and fabulous hair it is really hard to beat Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and conditioner, but this does come in a close second. And if you don’t like the salon scent of Color Wow I could see this being an alternative. If you are looking for volume though, you may have to roll in an extra product.

This is a shampoo and conditioner set that I would definitely consider picking up again in a full sized version. It may not be targeted specifically for my type of hair, but it worked well for me just the same and I am sad that the samples are empty.


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Testing Perfection with NatureLab Tokyo Leave in Treatment

Over the past few months I have managed to whittle down my sample serum collection. I have drastically reduced my pile of sample sized moisturizers. I have however also ignored the growing mountain of sample sized hair products. And it is quite a collection.

I am going to try to reduce the mountain to a mole hill so there will be a lot of testing of hair care products going on. The first up to the plate is the Perfect Repair Leave in treatment from NatureLab Tokyo. I have used their Repair Shampoo and Conditioner set. The look of the bottles is really nice and something I enjoy having out in the bathroom. I also love that you can get refillable pouches so you can keep reusing the same bottles and reduce waste.

While I love their shampoo and conditioner set, I do find that their repair mask I have to use sparingly. I can use it only once in a while because it provides more moisture than my hair needs in the environment where I currently life. When I lived in Wyoming I used it a lot more because the dry air just sucked the moisture out of everything. I will still reach for the Nature Lab repair masks if my hair is feeling extra dry, but it isn’t a major concern.

Because I love the shampoo but have to use the mask sparingly, I was curious as to what the leave in treatment would do. According to the website…

The NatureLab. Tokyo Perfect Repair Leave In Treatment is a nutrient rich, reparative leave-in foam for dry, damaged, color treated hair, will restore, condition, and speed your blow dry or air dry time. A unique blend of rich oils and vegan keratin provide quick reparative results that last.

NatureLab Tokyo

My hair is color treated and it is the driest season where I live so I figured now was the perfect time for me to give this a go. Plus in the winter I really like having my hair dry as quickly as possible. It is kind of thick and long and the hair dryer I have takes a while to get it dry. I would prefer to use the hair dryer as short a period as possible.

And so after a shower, into the hair this leave in treatment went. My first surprise was that it came out as a foam. I know from the bottle I should have been expecting it since foam products tend to have that wider nozzle. I just wasn’t expecting it. I also wasn’t expecting the scent. It smells of green tea. It was a vert pleasant surprise actually. I think I always expect Leave in Treatments to smell like salons. This was a really pleasant scent and it did linger for a bit so I got to enjoy it a while.

newly applied to damp hair, the hair looks already very dry

In my hair, I could feel my hair drying even before I took a blow dryer to it. This had me a little concerned, but once I took the dryer to it, the heat seemed to activate the keratin in the foam a bit and when my dryer was set down, my hair looked dry but not dried out. I didn’t apply anything over the treatment for these photos since I didn’t want to skew the results, I simply brushed my hair.

dry and quick brush through (I changed shirts so you could see better but did nothing but brush my hair after drying)

The product does nothing for frizz, but then it doesn’t claim to. My hair was nourished and not overly dried. It feels healthy and clean and not weighed down by a greasy, heavy feeling, which sometimes products designed to give moisture do. For me I don’t think it is an every wash sort of treatment. I think this is the sort of product I will reach for when I know I am going to blow dry my hair as it is an excellent heat protector, and it is something I could see using once a month. My hair is not overly dry and while the first and second use of this product was fine, I could see by the third time in a row that I used it, my hair was ready for a break, no matter how much I loved the scent. I think if my hair was dryer in texture I would enjoy adding this in after every wash. I think for me though it would be a once a month sort of product.

To be honest, I am okay with that. I enjoy the product and I like knowing it is there. Once a month i will get to use it to fight off the effects of heat styling and to keep my hair healthy. Just because I can’t use something every day doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a place in my hair care arsenal. I enjoyed using the product and I look forward to using it again a month from now. For me this is a definite repurchase.


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Trying out the CHI Silk Infusion

This CHI Silk Infusion came in a three product package that I picked up. I think one of my favorite things about Holiday shopping are the bundles and packages that appear on shelves. This was no exception. The trio came with a shampoo a conditioner and this Silk Infusion, which is basically a post shower leave in conditioner/treatment for your hair.

Because I picked it up and on the same day had my order from Native come in (with all of my Candy Cane Scented products) I set the shampoo and conditioner to the side to try out at a different time and just gave the Silk Infusion a try. As I tend to like to know what to expect from the product before I try it, I went to the CHI Website. According to the brand…

CHI Silk Infusion is a reconstructing complex product enriched with silk, wheat, and soy proteins that will revitalize and help strengthen the hair. Its lightweight formula restores hair to its healthiest state by providing incredible softness, manageability, and shine without build-up like many other products. With this product, you will be able to manage, frizz, and static.

CHI Website

One thing I really like about the product on the site is that it is offered in multiple sizes. The size I have is the 6 oz size because it came in the set of three. And quite honestly this is the perfect size for me. There is a lot of product in there and only a little bit is needed for each use so it will last for quite some time to come. It was one of the reasons I was very happy to see this product in the trio package if I am honest. I wanted to try the product but when I saw it, the product was always in the giant bottles. I wanted to try something smaller to see if I liked it rather than buy the big bottle and risk not liking it and having so much product go to waste.

just after letting it air dry with the silk infusion.

On the CHI website though they offer this Silk Infusion in not only the full 12 oz size and my 6 oz size but also in a 2 ounce size and even a 0.5 ounce size. I personally think that is just amazing. Not only do the smaller sizes let you try the product without risking a waste of the product (or money) if you don’t like it, but they are perfect for travelling. And as I said, you use such a small amount of product with each use that you can really get a feel for the product with the smaller sizes.

But all that is only good if you like the product. I have to admit, I like the product a lot. It is a clear gel when dispensed into the palm. It has a sort of salon type scent to it. The scent is only really there when you first dispense the product and tends not to linger. It is strong at first though, bit I find it kind of pleasant. And really it dissipates quickly.

The gel feels oddly dry on the hand. Or at least I think it is an oddly dry feeling almost like powder, even though it is a gel. I don’t know how else to describe it. I have a fair amount of hair and it is kind of thick. I found that a dime sized amount was too little but a quarter size was too much product. So I went with a nickel sized amount of product each time I used it. For some reason that sounds a bit odd as well since everyone seems to use dime and quarter measurements. But for me the nickel was the size that worked.

To apply I dispensed the product into my palm, rubbed my hands together and then applied the silk infusion to my hair. I did this when my hair was still damp and I made certain to run my hands all the way through my hair to evenly distribute it.

The Silk infusion was as light weight as the description promised and it gave great shine and body to my hair. After using it for a few weeks I have also noticed that my hair looks and feels healthier as well as softer. I didn’t have a lot of split ends because at the moment my hair is pretty healthy. However at the moment I can’t actually find any split ends. which is really great as I haven’t had my hair cut in a while. (I still haven’t found a new stylist).

Over all I was very impressed with this CHI Silk Infusion. The six ounce bottle will last for quite some time, but when it does run out, I will certainly consider picking up another bottle. I really enjoyed the softness and manageability it brought to my hair. This is definitely a repeat purchase for me.