Beauty Product Review: Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Wax

Shu Uemera Place HolderShu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Wax

Oh to have hair that cooperates! Strands that are defined yet soft, and unbelievably shiny seem like their impossible to obtain–but they’re not. Shu Uemura’s Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Styling Wax tames and smooths air dried hair, and revitalizes hair that was styled the day before. I just recently discovered it, and I cannot wait to tell you all about. So please keep reading!

Product: Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Wax
Details: A low-hold, strand-defining styling balm with shimmery, light-reflecting mica minerals to make hair look shiny all day long.   
Price:
$38
Pros:
The wax is infused with silvery flecks of mica minerals that make my hair appear shiny. It’s sticky when I squeeze it into the palm of my half, but the stickiness goes away when I rub my hands together and run them through my hair. The product is enriched with rose sakura essence and other minerals extracted from Japanese cherry blossom trees. The floral scent is sweet, light, feminine, and so heavenly! The end result is amazing smelling hair that is glossy and soft with ends that look refreshed and defined. 
Con:
I wish the price wasn’t so high.
Final Say:
I use this product to tame and smooth my slightly frizzy air dried hair when I don’t feel like blow drying that day, or as an energy-boost for hair that I styled the day before. In both instances, it makes my hair look fresh and shiny. (Note, I don’t use it when I’m blow drying because I’d rather use a heat protectant.) I’m not sure what I did before this product. Please try it and let me know what you think! P.S. A little goes a long way–I have below-the-shoulder-length hair and use only a pea-sized amount each time. 
Beauty Review artBeauty Review artBeauty Review artBeauty Review artBeauty Review art

 

Beauty Product Review: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Bona Style Blog Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Shampoo and ConditionerBumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Shampoo and Conditioner are amazing! They might be great for you… But, sadly, they’re not for me. Here’s why:

Product: Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Shampoo and Conditioner
Details: Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner with “six different feather-light oils for complete hair transformation.”
Price: $31 for the shampoo, $34 for the conditioner
Pros: These are the best smelling shampoo and conditioner I’ve ever used in my life. They smell sweet and fruity and tropical and heavenly. Also, I love the neon orange font on the bottles–I’m not kidding, it actually makes me excited and happy to have something neon to brighten up my shower. Also, the shampoo lathers much better than any other sulfate-free shampoo I’ve ever used.
Cons: I’ve used these products off and on for a few months and have finally come to terms with the fact that they are way too oily for my hair and skin. (I’m so jealous of you ladies who do not have this problem!!!) Even though Bumble and Bumble promises that the oils in these products are “feather-light,” they weigh down my hair in a greasy, unflattering manner, and also cause unsightly breakouts on my hairline and face… eew.
Final Say: I want so much to love these products, but I have to advise anyone with fine hair and skin that’s prone to breakouts to steer clear of it. I’m going to start trying out Bumble and Bumble’s other shampoos and conditioners though–I’m determined to find ones that are right for me!
Beauty Review artBeauty Review artBeauty Review B&WBeauty Review B&WBeauty Review B&W

Beauty Product Review: Julien Farel Vitamin Restore Haircare Treatment

Julien Farel Vitamin RestoreThere’s an ongoing joke in my family that if we can’t find my mom, it probably means that she’s getting her hair done. Make no mistake about it, she is a very put together lady! When I was growing up, she always taught me to prioritize my beauty regimen: never go to sleep with makeup on, never underestimate the power of expensive eye cream, and never go longer than 6 months without a haircut. The haircut “rule” is what spurs my obsession for haircare products. Constantly on the search for the best shampoo, hair masks, and serums for my hair, I recently discovered Julien Farel’s Vitamin Restore, a 2-in-1 shampoo and deep conditioning treatment. My review is below:

Product: Julien Farel Vitamin Restore
Details: A paraben-free, anti-aging hair treatment that cleanses, heals, and conditions your scalp, bringing your hair back to a healthy state and leaving your strands visibly softer, shinier, and more manageable. Made specifically for color and chemically treated hair.
Price: $33 at Dermstore.com
Pros: As far as packaging goes, I love the squeeze bottle with easy nozzle applicator. The product makes my hair super soft and lustrous, and eliminates flyaways… and did I mention it makes my hair super soft?
Cons: The product gives off a slightly toxic smell in the shower. It’s not overwhelming and my hair smells nice and fresh when it’s rinsed and dry, but while the treatment is setting I can’t help but think is this stuff bad for me?
Final Say: I give it a 4 out of 5! If you want to look like you just left the salon, this is the product for you. I love how soft, smooth, and shiny my hair is after using it–I can’t stop touching it!
Beauty Review art Beauty Review artBeauty Review artBeauty Review artBeauty Review B&W

P.S.: I should mention that even though Vitamin Restore is specifically designed for color or chemically treated hair, my locks are neither of those things. Visit julienfarel.com for more information on Julien Farel’s other cleansing conditioning treatments.

Dry Spell: 5 Winter Beauty Must-Haves

Winter Beauty Regiment

Whether or not Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, our skin is the real indicator that winter is here to stay. Behold, 5 winter beauty must-haves to stave off flakey elbows, red noses, split ends, and chapped lips.

Shop these winter essentials:

  1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $43. nordstrom.com
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush, $38. bloomingdales.com
  3. Jurlique Body Exfoliating Gel, $40. skinstore.com
  4. Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Lip Cream, $16. dermstore.com
  5. Living Proof Restore Hair Mask Treatment, $42. sephora.com

Beautycounter: The Secret to a Healthier Beauty Routine

Beauty Counter

Like most girls in their 20s, I’m a beauty product Fiend (that’s right, with a capital “F”). But as I continue to read about the harmful nature of synthetic skincare and haircare products, I can’t help but feel a desire to switch up my beauty routine and start choosing brands that are healthier.

Enter Beautycounter, a new-ish beauty line that promises to Continue reading “Beautycounter: The Secret to a Healthier Beauty Routine”