FoxyBae vs. FoxyBae: To leave in Daily or to weekly hair mask, that is the question

I am a big fan of both the weekly hair mask and the leave in conditioner. These two Hair products from FoxyBae are both ones I have used off and on for a while now and I thought it interesting to talk about them both (as individual hair masks) and as part of a hair care regimen.

I don’t know if it is because this summer has been so brutal but I have also noticed that a lot of my hair care needs have shifted a bit as well, so I am sure that will come up. Before we go any further, I should point out that my hair is long and relatively thick. It is color treated and leans towards oily rather than dry and brittle.

the replenighing hair mask packet

While I will use heated tools in the fall winter and spring, the thought of using even a hair drier in the summer is not one I want to contemplate so the summer time I tend to tie it up out of the way to forget if I am doing to be outside or let it dry naturally and do very little with it if I am going to be inside. I like to think of it as my hair’s summer vacation. I also tend to lean into repairing treatments to undo any damage I might have done in the cooler months.

I tend to use hair masks once a week throughout the year, while leave in conditioners will vary in use. So let’s start with the Hair Mask. This particular one is FoxyBae’s Replenishing Hair Mask. They come individually packaged, like drink mix, and I am always vaguely surprised it is a cream and not a powder. While I like that it is pre measured and has pretty much the exact amount I need for my hair for each use, I don’t really care for the waste of the individual packets and find them hard to open with wet hands. I have struggled trying to use them in the shower before. Sometimes I can get them to tear and other times they will tear but it won’t be in the right place. I find it easier to cut them open before I get in the shower, then set the open tube off to the side out of the spray to use post shampoo.

According to the website…

We’ve scoured the world to find the most nourishing ingredients and put them into this delicious mask to give you the hair transformation of your dreams. You’re about to go from damn :/ to HOT DAMN 😉 in no time. Our intense nourishing blend of ingredients is crazy rich in vitamins and natural extracts to help glow up your hair game.  Argan oil moisturizes, hydrates both hair and scalp to prevent dryness and dandruff. Coconut Extract adds lustrous shine and restores elasticity. Horse Chestnut Extract antioxidants protect against daily moisture loss from heat and sun damage. Panthenol B5 Vitamin helps with detangling and manageability. Shea butter leaves hair silky, soft, full-bodied with improved texture. Biotin helps strengthen and prevent hair loss while promoting growth. Nettle Leaf Extract prevents split ends and breakage. This mask smoothes & controls frizz,

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while different masks these are the two full sized bottle sizes. I prefer the daily mask in the squeeze tube version

I really do enjoy the mask, even if I am not a huge fan of the individual packaging and because I really do feel it helps with sun damage especially, it is one I reach for in the summertime. It is one of those masks that does exactly what it says it does. When I use this mask I don’t need a detangler. My hair is soft and shiny and easy to manage. It knocks back frizz (I will generally see a reduction in frizz for about 48 hours after use). Because it does what it says I have bought and used it a number of times. I have to say that while I do complain about the packaging, I do take advantage of it for traveling. Usually a packet or two will find it’s way into my travel kit.

While I do lean into it’s use during the Summertime, It is a mask I can use year round with no ill effects regardless of weather. This is not the case with the FoxyBae 12-in-1 Magic Daily Leave In Hair Mask.

According to it’s Product listing…

The curse of bad hair days is finally over! Our Magic 12-in-1 Blend is formulated from the most nourishing, moisturizing, nutritious ingredients on the planet! Our 12 luxurious butters, oils, and proteins were crafted into this daily all-purpose, no rinse mask to be your magic potion against frizz, split ends and dull hair. Stop waiting on Fairy Godmothers and go from tragic to magic with a little FoxyBae wizardry. 1. Monoi oil adds shine and luster. 2. Shea Butter hydrates and nourishes. 3. Hydrolyzed Oryza Sativa Protein enhances volume. 4. Argan Oil smoothes and controls frizz. 5. Hydrolyzed Baobab Extract repairs dry, damaged hair, and helps stops breakage. 6. Macadamia Oil softens and creates silkiness. 7. Coconut Oil detangles and prevents split ends. 8. Amla Oil for fuller hair with natural body. 9. Tsubaki Oil helps preserve and protect hair color. 10. Pitanga Oil for a healthy scalp. 11. Biotin helps fortify and strengthen hair. 12. Kukui Oil thermal heat protector to prevent heat and UV damage.

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hair just washed, left to dry and combed out, both mask and leave in have the same results just different time spans

You may notice that many of the key ingredients are the same as the hair mask. There are also additional ones, primarily oils. And I think that is part of the key as to why it is more weather dependent for my hair. I would like to point out that with this Daily hair mask I pick up the tube and not the large spray. i do have the large spray in the Flaminglow Leave in Cream Conditioner, but for some reason I just don’t like the spray version of this mask. haven’t quite figured out why. The tube has six ounces of product rather than the 8 oz the spray bottle holds. I love the spray Flaminglow leave in conditioner but for some reason not the 12-in 1 magic Daily Leave in mask.

But we will leave the Flaminglow for another time. (it is fabulous though).

detail of ends

This Daily leave in mask is fantastic during the winter. If I am not trying out any other products then I will use a pea sized amount on my hands, rub them together and comb through my hair. while it does make my hair manageable and soft, I also find it helps extend the life of my hair dye While if can’t help the roots it is fantastic for helping to hold off fading. However once the summer humidity rises, this hair mask can feel a little heavy and slightly sticky if applied to dry hair. It still feels fantastic and works well with no issues if it is applied to wet hair right after a shower, but once we reach about 60-65% humidity I have to treat it as a leave in conditioner and only use it right after I’ve washed my hair. where I live we generally hit the 60% mark around the second week of June and don’t dip below that until September.

I typically find that these products both have a similar effect on my hair. The main difference is that the Replenishing hair mask only has a lasting time of about 48 hours where as the Leave in conditioner, because it is applied daily, it has continuous effect. The hair mask can be used all year long with no ill effects, while the Daily Hair mask is only a daily mask September through May and then turns into a post shower leave in conditioner on the days I wash my hair. Both o really well protecting against the fading of hair dye by the sun, both leave my hair soft and manageable, smooth and sleek without feeling greasy (humidity attack aside). They detangle beautifully and all said, both the Replenishing Hair Mask and the Daily leave in Hair mask are very good products. It you live in an area where humidity is not a factor, I would highly recommend both. If you live in a humid clime I would just watch the levels and adjust accordingly. Both are well worth keeping around.

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Trying out the Invisidry Shampoo

In the summer time dry shampoo is a necessity for me. In the days before i had bangs I could tie my hair up and be generally okay, but once i added the bangs dry shampoo quickly became my friend.

In this department my best friend is the Klorane Nettle infused for dark hair. It is designed for oily hair and it works well with dark hair. while it will have a smidge of white, if you hold it too close to your head, it easily brushes out. For me that is one of the important factors. i don’t minds if a dry shampoo initially puts a little white into my hair, but it has to come out easily. I have tried a few where it would have saved time to just jump in the shower and do a full hair wash, condition and dry rather than try to get all of the white cast out.

This dry shampoo is Invisidry Shampoo from the brand Maria Nila. I have never heard of the brand and this travel size came in a subscription box. it is described as…

A light powder spray that quickly freshens up the hair and the scalp in between washes. Does not leave any trace in the hair, making it perfect to use on both blonde and darker hair. The Invisidry Shampoo has a fruity scent of passionfruit and apple.

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the oily mess

The travel sized bottle, which I have is 3.4 oz and retails for $22. The full size (8.5 oz) retails for $32.55. For comparison the Klorane Nettle infused is $20 for 3.2 oz. And since I test all dry shampoos against Klorane it is a fair comparison. I have been using this Invisidry for the past three weeks and for the most part the white cast it sprays is minimal. My hair does look a little on the gray side right after spraying, but the cast does brush out fairly easily.

sprayed with the invisidry, the white cast is gray and minimal

It does a good job taking out the oil and making my hair look less greasy. The trick is always how dry shampoo works with my bangs. If I am combing my bangs straight down without doing anything else the Invisidry is fine. Unfortunately my bangs are in need of a trim at the moment so they are a little long which means they don’t lie entirely flat. They sort of part a little bit. (I really do need to get them trimmed actually).This was a little bit of an issue with the Invisidry. If I combed my bangs straight down all was well. Anything else and the ends tended to feather weirdly (as though the hair was too dry to lie flat and needed to fly up) unless I put a little bit of leave in conditioner on my hands, rubbed them together and applied to the bangs.

combed out

And when i used it on the rest of my hair I also had a lot more fly aways than usual so smoothing a little leave in conditioner over the top of my hair was necessary too. Just use a very light touch. I occasionally during this test switched out the leave in conditioner with a little hair oil. Both need to be used sparingly. The two products I used were the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm and Moroccanoil’s Light Hair oil. I used about half a pea sized amount of each when I used them and rubbed my hands together to spread it in a thin layer on my hands before touching my hair and it worked well. I tend to skip the leave in conditioner and hair oils in the summer because the humidity here almost always makes may hair look greasy but i took both of these two out of winter storage. they are both light products and I recommend both of them highly, just use sparingly if you live in a humid environment.

With them my hair didn’t become too dry from the dry shampoo, but I think this formula might be a little drying. It did work well and with the oil and leave in conditioner (not at the same time but alternating – mainly because I only had a little of each left from this past winter’s use, both now need to be replaced) there weren’t any over drying issues.

For me the part i had the most issue with when using this Invisidry shampoo was the scent. The description claims that it is passion fruit and apple but it kind of reminds me of the cherry scented numbing agent my dentist uses just before he goes in with the Novocain. I had a hard time getting used to the scent. It is a good dry shampoo and even with the need for a hair oil backer I would probably use this again. Because of the scent i would probably not seek it out. If they had an unscented one i would be tempted by that one. So in the end it is a good dry shampoo, just watch out for over drying and be aware of the scent and it is a good product. Do I like it better than the Klorane nettle? No, but I wouldn’t mind using it again.


Using the Kenra Platinum Intense Fortifying Hair Masque

I love hair masks and I tend to use them once a week. Specifically Saturdays. It is my sort of weekend treat. Some masks recommend more than once a week treatment and The Kenra Platinum Intense Fortifying Masque is one that recommends two to three times a week. I have actually been using this mask on and off for a while. It has been an interesting hair mask to try out. First, let’s look at what the product page has to say about it.

Increase hair’s elasticity and suppleness with Kenra Professional Platinum Restorative Reconstructor. Deeply penetrate even the most damaged strands with this Keratin Amino Acid-enriched formula that strengthens the hair strand from within, targeting the cuticle at its core. By restoring broken hair bonds from within the strand, the Kenra Professional Platinum Restorative Reconstructor fortifies hair, improving elasticity, durability, smoothness and shine.

Over all not very outrageous claims for a hair mask to claim. I will say during the use of this hair mask, my hair has not had broken ends, it has had great shine and body and I have over all been very pleased with it. The scent is light and vaguely salon like. It also fades very quickly and is hardly noticeable. It is in general a really good hair mask.

However the interesting thing I have noticed is how it reacts with the shampoo I am using. In general when I use a hair mask of this sort, I let the mask replace my conditioner for that hair wash. I have used several different shampoo and conditioners since opening this hair mask, and to be honest, with most I felt the increased shine and body as I would expect but nothing else was very different. Then I used it with the Suave Smoothing shampoo. I posted the review of that last week and you can get the full review here if you’d like to read it.

In short (or what matters for this review) is that with the shampoo and conditioner set, the Suave worked well but didn’t last all that long, the effects fading before I next washed my hair. When I replaced my conditioner with the Kenra hair Mask, I hade the same effects of the smoothing shampoo, plus the effects of the hair mask and they lasted all the way until my next hair wash. This mask had the effect of extending the benefits of the shampoo it was paired with. Once I noticed this I tried it with a couple of other products I’d tried previously and while it is more noticible with the Suave, the effect was still there with the others.

Personally I think that is an added bonus. I’m not always a fan of Kenra products but this Intense Fortifying Masque I have to say got top marks from me.

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Smoothing with Suave

One thing I have always liked about myself is my hair. While I often fight with my bangs to get them to do what I want them to do, over all, I like my hair. And I don’t mind spending the money to take care of it. There are several high end products that I love.

There are also some very good drug store ones. While I often review some of the more expensive items, it isn’t always the most expensive that make my favorites list. One of my all time favorite hair care products for detangling and heat protection is Mane Club’s One Hit Wonder which at full price costs only $8.

For me Suave is an interesting brand where hair care is concerned. Some of their products, I simply don’t care for and others work better than some pricier brands. For a long time the Suave Rosemary and Mint shampoo and conditioner set was my go to post workout as it refreshed as well as cleaned. It is still a product I return to often.

In general though I find Suave does best when it sticks to the formulas that are designed to accomplish a few simple goals. Some of their ‘fancier’ shampoos tend to try for too much. However when I saw this Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo and conditioner set from Suave, I decided to take a chance and try it out. (Each product alone costs $3.98 at my local Target)

(There is always that one bit of hair that I slept on wrong…)

I chose it for two reasons. The first is that we have entered the humid season where my hair goals are all about taming the humidity induced frizz and not about building volume. The humidity tends to build it’s own volume. (Or squash my hair flat no matter what I do depending on the humidity levels. My favorite is when the humidity squashes everything flat but then still has hairs rising up from my head as though I am standing too near an electrical current).

The second reason I chose it was because it’s claims were straightforward and limited: ‘Gently cleanses hair while restoring lost keratin, Controls frizz for up to 48 hours when used with Keratin Infusion Conditioner, and is Powered By QuenchLock Technology to reduce breakage.’ – Suave

I’m not sure what exactly quenchlock technology is, but I do know that no Suave Shampoo has ever caused me problems with breakage. I expect all shampoo to clean hair so mostly this shampoo and conditioner set was a frizz control agent.

So into the shower the shampoo and conditioner went. There is virtually no scent to the product, which I am fine with. The shampoo goes on easily, lathered well and rinsed clean without stripping the hair. The conditioner went on, with the same not really there scent, and rinsed clean. For the first test I let it air dry and the second I did use my hair dryer, but i did use a heat protectant spray (the above mentioned Mane Club).

I was very impressed with the way it smoothed my fly aways and smoothed my hair. I also had a lot of body so it wasn’t as if the shampoo and conditioner weighed anything down in an effort to smooth it. In addition, my hair felt silky soft.

In general I wash my hair every other day. I will, if I have been sweating, rinse my hair in between and if it looks a little greasy then I will use dry shampoo in between. Here’s the thing. With this Suave Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo and conditioner set my hair remained smooth he next day, but it did look more greasy than normal. This is not terribly surprising as I’ve had this happen before with both suave and a lot of drug store brands.

They work well, but they don’t seem to work as well for as long as some of the pricier brands. Admittedly this isn’t true for all of them, I have had several expensive brands that are out performed by Suave. However with this, the smoothing may remain for the full 48 hours it promises, but to keep my hair looking fabulous for those full 48 hours, I needed to roll in the dry shampoo on the second day.

Which is not a heart break. I restocked my Klorane Dry Shampoo for the summer because this is it’s season of glory. And even though I was a little disappointed in how fast my hair became greasy on the second day, at this time of year i am willing to give them a bit of a pass because of the way they controlled the frizz. The frizz control lasted between the washes and that was the main point of this shampoo and conditioner set. It let me wash my hair on a Monday night, look fantastic Tuesday and then by noon on Wednesday I needed the dry shampoo. Which over all is pretty good. If you are looking for a good smoothing shampoo and conditioner set to help you beat the frizz this summer, I would highly recommend looking into the Suave Keratin Infused Smoothing Shampoo. You will still need a heat protectant for hot tools and dry shampoo for summer sweat touch ups, but it is a great frizz control formula for not a lot of money.

Function of Beauty for Wavy Hair

Some of you are looking at the above bottles and thinking, those don’t look quite like the pictures on the Function of Beauty website. And you’d be right. For those of you who have never heard of the brand before, Function of Beauty is a fully customizable hair care brand. You go onto their website, take a quiz about your hair and your hair’s needs. You then get to choose your hair goals, scent and color and they make up a personalized batch of shampoo and conditioner for you. I believe they also have body care elements as well. I have seen a lot of people who are over the moon with the products and they have been on my list to try out for a while.

However, this is not that.

Oh, it is the same brand, just a little different.

I ran out of shampoo and conditioner and went to Target. Usually I have a shampoo and conditioner waiting in the wings for when I finish my current bottle. It isn’t that i am stockpiling it, I just tend to not remember I am almost out until I go to dispense some product and find the bottle empty. It is easier to reach into the linen closet for the spare pair then to wail fruitless ly at the shower head and hope that a simple rinsing will keep me from looking like a grease ball until i can pick up a new set. so usually I have the back up waiting and then on my next store run I replace the back up.

It’s my system.

washed and air dried

Except that my system took a knock somewhere and I didn’t have a back up. I did have a small hotel shampoo (my babydoll takes them from every hotel he visits, puts them in a basket in the closet and then forgets them. I use them when I run out or the basket gets full.

which is a long way to say i went to target and was surprised to find the Function of Beauty products sitting on the shelf. They had three varieties: Strait, Wavy and curly hair. I went for the wavy option. It clearly isn’t as wide a range in the store as I suspect it would be if you went through the full customization on line, but i liked the three categories. The Shampoo has fermented rice water in it to help with elasticity and the conditioner has argan oil which helps with shine. The scent is fresh and lightly floral for both.

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Quite honestly I like being able to try the brand in the less expensive store format before going in for the fully customizable option. It lets me know if their formula works well for my hair. and you know? It did. My hair felt clean, bit not stripped and I had a great healthy shine to it. During the course of this shampoo and conditioner use, I didn’t need to use a detangler at all and my hair was full of body. (I still used a heat protectant spray, and yes I use the Mane Club’s One hit wonder which is technically both a heat protectant and a detangler, but when I let my hair dry naturally I didn’t use it so i could see if i did need it, which I didn’t.)

I was actually quite pleased with this shampoo and conditioner set. At Target each of the shampoos and conditioners are $9.99. When I went to look up the price on line i saw that there are now other Function of Beauty products available as well. They have hair boosters that can help with strengthening, fighting frizz or simply growing longer healthier hair. I love the fact that you can try these out in such an easy way before committing to a reorderable regime from the brand. I will certainly be repurchasing this set again, trying out the boosters and when I do get around to trying the individualized formula, I will feel more comfortable with the shampoo and the brand. And yes, I definitely want to try out the individualized one and see how it compares tot the version available at target. It will be interesting to see how the store formula varies. But that is a test for another day. As for this test, Function of Beauty functioned impressively.

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.

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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.

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.