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Tried and True Hair Faves!
Oh, hair. My hair has been giving me trouble this past year. HUGE trouble. Frizzy, unruly, split-end-type trouble. I can only blame last year’s move to more humid territory, and it’s not like I’m going to leave this lovely weather in the dust just to have my hair back. Also, beachy as it may be, I don’t want to spend the rest of my summer hiding under a sunhat.
I know I don’t have to tell you this behavior is completely unacceptable. I’ll not have myself looking like a pufferfish throughout my precious twirties! Bad hair really puts a damper on date night, you know. It really doesn’t matter how gorgeous one’s shoes are when all attention is stolen by one’s unintentional Medusa impersonation. I’ve therefore invested an absurd amount of time, funds, and, quite honestly, emotional struggle trying desperately to tame it.
The good news is I’ve found some fantastic products along this frumpy fly-away road! The following brands and subsequent products have proven themselves with this obnoxious hair of mine, and it’s time I spread the word.
Redken. My first successful move was adopting Redken’s All Soft shampoo and conditioner into my daily routine. I love this duo! My hair feels and looks so much healthier and the scent makes me long for a good salon-style scalp massage. I’ve used Redken’s Guts 10 Volume Boosting Spray Foam for years when I need extra lift and oomph.
Alterna’s Caviar Anti-Aging Line. My most recent discovery. I am obsessed with their whole line of stylers! Their Overnight Hair Rescue was just what my sad strands needed. It couldn’t be simpler to apply and has done wonders for my dry ends, plus I adore the refreshing scent! Caviar Anti-Aging Perfect Iron Spray protects my locks from heat damage and leaves a silky smooth finish, and their lovely 3-Minute Shine Boost has become part of my weekly routine. Yay for falling in love with Caviar!
Paul Mitchell. She She has been using Paul Mitchell products for as long as I’ve known her, so naturally I’ve tried quite a few. My current serum of choice is Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Serum. Lightweight, light scent, light green pump top! In shorter hair times, I was a devout Flexible Style Spray Wax user! Excellent hold and flexibility.
Smooth ‘N Shine. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll get the most bang for your buck from Smooth ‘N Shine’s line of faboosh shine-yielding products. You’ll be impressed by the results, and the drugstore prices may very well hook you! I’m particularly partial to the Instant Repair Spray-On Polisher. A few spritzes will finish your style and vamp your hair (it’ll sparkle in the sunshine, wink wink!).
I am just so happy with these products! I’m truly amazed at the difference. I now leave the house with lovely hair and a lovely attitude, not to mention a happy Hubby (someone didn’t appreciate my late frizz-induced anger)! Now spill: what are your cult favorites?
With Labor Day lurking around the corner it’s almost time to say sayonara to summer. At LUSH, we can’t imagine a better way to send off summer than by spending its last days in the sand, sun and sea. Cruise the coast while the season’s still sizzling and be sure to take some of LUSH’s oceanic-inspired treats with you:
Dirty Springwash Shower Gel ($9.95 for 3.3oz/$17.95 for 8.8oz/$27.95 for 16.9oz) is perfect for the last of the hot days because this menthol and spearmint gel is like a shower in a mountain spring; and leaves your skin cool as a cucumber.
Give your locks some love with this seaweed and sea salt packed puck! Seanik ($10.95) softens hair and pumps up the volume as it nourishes. The exotic fragrance of mimosa, orange blossom absolute and jasmine will transport your senses to an exotic island.
Invigorate and exfoliate skin with the cream-based Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub ($19.95 for 4.2oz/$34.95 for 8.8oz). We added both coarse and fine sea salts for extra scrubbing power and the granules of salt contain minerals beneficial to the skin. Organic avocado butter, nutritious seaweed absolute and cocoa butter leave skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized.
You might be surprised by this, but sea water is actually good for your skin! It’s why LUSH put real sea water from the shores of the Pacific Ocean in our Breath of Fresh Air Facial Toner ($8.95 for 3.3oz/$19.95 for 8.4oz) as it hydrates and balances skin.
Also, check out the new LUSH Cosmetics Store at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, California!
Labor Day BBQ With Bobby Flay
There is no better way to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall, than with a Labor Day barbeque. So fire up the grill and celebrate the new season with affordable Bobby Flay™ grilling tools from Kohl’s. From skewer sets and grill baskets, to stylish aprons and barbeque mitts, Kohl’s and Kohls.com have everything outdoor chefs need for the holiday weekend.
Bobby Flay™ Saucepot with Basting Brush, $34.99
Bobby Flay™ 4-pc. Stainless Steel Skewer Set, $24.99
Bobby Flay™ 3-pc. Grill Tool Set, $59.99
Bobby Flay™ Nonstick Grill Basket, $34.99
Bobby Flay™ BBQ Grill Topper, $34.99
Bobby Flay™ Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Basket, $39.9
Bobby Flay™ BBQ Mitt, $14.99
Bobby Flay™ BBQ Apron, $24.99
NEW Sun Secure Mineral SPF 30
Experience the Exclusive Eco Sun Secure Shield from OM4
This Labor Day, Organic Male OM4 is taking their grooming talents to the beach with the launch of the new Organic Male OM4 Sun Secure Mineral SPF 30. This rich moisturizing lotion soothes and protects the skin with a unique blend of botanicals and minerals. The formula provides broad spectrum UV protection all year long, while safe guarding against free radical damage. OM4”s signature combination of ingredients in this product provides both exogenous (outside the body) SPF protection and endogenous (inside the body) defense against oxidative stress and visible signs of sun damage and aging. This three in one product protects the skin from harmful UV radiation, prevents oxidative stress and collagen degradation, all while brightening and clarifying the complexion.
Organic Male OM4 Sun Secure Mineral SPF 30 Key Features:
Red Algae extract absorbs both UVA and UVB light
Thiotaine, a natural antioxidant, prevents damage caused by UV radiation while recycling Vitamin C and inhibiting Tyrosinase which prevents hyperpigmentation of skin
Zinc Oxide aids in broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB exposure which heals, soothes and calms the skin
Kakui Nut Oil helps reduce irritation while soothing and moisturizing the skin
Phellodendrom Amurense Bark Extract is utilized as an anti inflammatory
Formula is free of parabens, gluten and phthalates
Earned the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval
The Organic Male OM4 Sun Secure Mineral SPF 30 retails for $69 and is available at www.om4men.com
Fall Pantone from essence and TIGI!
Big news: the fall 2012 Pantone palette has been released and essence and TIGI Cosmetics have what it takes to help you stay on trend!
This fall, Pantone predicts that Bright Chartruese, Olympian Blue and Pink Flambé will inspire us to keep the fun of summer alive. Too afraid to work these shades into your wardrobe? Don’t worry — you can nail it with the essence cosmetics NEW colour & go nail polishes in L.O.L, lets get lost and ultimate pink.
Too mellow for the brights? Embrace earthy tones like Honey Gold, Tangerine Tango and RoseSmoke instead by opting for shades like Gossip, Splendor and Rose from the TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick range.
If you’re feeling a bit more refined, keep it classic with the perfect French Roast and Titanium inspired smokey eye. Try essence cosmetics quattro eyeshadow in over the taupe.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Care
CAVIAR Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner are clinically proven to minimize the visible signs of aging. 100% of women showed visible improvement in shine, texture, softness and manageability after just one use.
Age-Control Complex®, a combination of Caviar Extract, anti-oxidant Vitamin C and revitalizing Cytokines, infuses the hair with shine, vibrancy and elasticity resulting in more youthful looking hair.
Seasilk®, a blend of powerful marine botanicals, provides exceptional moisture & helps repair damage
Check Out The Fabulous Hero Products
I adore these all-star products from Lumene, the illuminating skincare line from Finland. Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Beauty Drops and Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Day Cream with SPF 15.
Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Day Cream with SPF 15
Make skin look brighter and more radiant while protecting it against the harmful effects of the sun. Vitamin C and Arctic cloudberry nectar, which is bursting with natural antioxidants, fortifies the skin and protects it from both external and internal stress factors. Lumene Pure Radiance Day Cream feels refreshing and the citrusy fragrance is invigorating. Use it the morning for a little boost and for UVA protection!
Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Beauty Drops
Suitable for all skin types, these innovative drops effectively prevent the first signs of aging and helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots for long-lasting, brightening effects. Refresh your tired, dull complexion and achieve silky smooth, glowing skin with this beauty must-have. Use one capsule per day over a course of 28 days. Twist off tip to remove the capsule. Squeeze contents onto fingertips. Apply to cleansed face and neck or night cream. Avoid skin around the eyes. For external use only.
Fashion's Night Out Events!
ENTER TO WIN a Fashion's Night Out Tote Bag from Open Sky!
With only a little over a week until the world’s largest fashion party, Fashion’s Night Out, the excitement is spreading in anticipation of Fashion Week. And to celebrate the occasion, here at OpenSky we are gearing up for the big night in our own way.
For those who can’t make it to Fashion’s Night Out, we wanted to celebrate the occasion with what we are calling Fashion’s Night In. Our event will include an exclusive tote designed by our very own OpenSky fashion team, an exclusive t-shirt deigned by the fashion news site Modelinia and a collection of fab clothing and accessories curated by models Veronica Webb, Patricia Velasquez and stylist Anita Patrickson, to name a few.
The FNI collection launches on September 6. The best part is if you spend $20 on the tote, you’ll get $20 to spend on Fashion’s Night In and throughout the weekend! Here's a sneak peek at some of our Fashion's Night In collection!
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