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Oh, how clean it is….my hair of course. COLab sheer invisible dry shampoo

Dry shampoo-I’m a fan.  You should know that if you’ve read my blog even for a little while or watched me on YouTube or read my Facebook status or Twitter timeline-did I mention Instagram?  Since I wash my hair no more than 3 times a week, dry shampoo is a staple (especially for the top of my head and front).

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So I was delighted to try COLab sheer invisible dry shampoo and I’m still delighted 2 weeks later.

About the brand:

COLAB™’s signature range of ready-to-wear dry shampoos help keep hair feeling clean for longer, feature a revolutionary weightless, invisible formula & leave a fabulous veil of fashion fragrance. They’re perfect for all hair types that need an instant boost.

There are 5 different ‘fragrances’ of this dry shampoo:

London

Rio

Paris

New York

Tokyo

Thoughts:

Love, love, love this.  No white cast, beautiful fragrance, and a great formula.  I’m all for this product and if you’re a dry shampoo lover, I’d recommend you give this one a try!

Find COLab:

on the web

on Facebook

on Twitter

 

Oh how sweet-I love Raspberry & Blackberry refreshing body spritzer

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I’ve been enjoying this super fruity spritz lately….it reminds me of what a fantastic fruit punch should taste like and that’s saying a lot for a fragrance!

I Love is a bath, body and beauty brand that lovingly creates the most gorgeous, deliciously scented products in the World.  All our products are bursting full of ideas, inspiration and happiness. They are fun and sensuous and all encapsulate the most memorable, delicious and delectable scents that magically transport the user to a different place, evoking powerful memories and injecting a little piece of happiness into our customers lives.

Whoo-some strong claims up above, don’t you think?  I will say that this fragrance is absolutely delicious! I enjoy wearing it mid-afternoon when I need a little boost or after a workout/post shower.  It’s a great size too…..fits right in my purse!  It’s light enough to spray generously and doesn’t ‘hang’ in the air.

If you are a fan of body sprays, definitely give I love…. products a try.  Find them:

on the web

on twitter

on facebook

Yes to Yardley-this ain’t your granny’s lavender….

I received these products for review.

When I think Yardley, I think bath time.  I also think of my grandmother and her bottle of Yardley that sat on her countertop in the bathroom.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about these 2 products-English lavender? All I could think of was ladies in hats and pastel skirt suits and sandals.  And the lotion? I was certain it would be some runny, thin consistency that would have my elbows dry in an hour.

Here’s what Yardley says about the eau de toilette (I hardly ever wear EDT as it evaporates quickly on me!):

Our signature fragrance combines lavender leaves, neroli and clary sage with a heart of lavender oil and geranium, with deeper notes of sandalwood and tonka bean.

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And the body lotion, you say?

A light and easily absorbed lotion that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and delicately fragranced.

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My thoughts:

Firstly, I absolutely LOVE these 2 products-and seeing the ingredients (and knowing they are blends) made me VERY VERY happy.  I layered them together when I wore them. The lotion was the biggest shocker….it was thick and soft, but absorbed quickly.  The scent has great staying power-I can still smell it on my wrist after a full 8 hours.

Should you buy it?

If you like lavender and earthy, crisp blends, then absolutely!  My only ‘complaint’ is that the lotion should come in a bigger size.  I used this product for 3 weeks and I’m practically out of lotion! I would prefer a tub or just larger bottle.

 

Thierry Mugler, Les Exceptions….this is not your average Mugler

I received these products for review (they were sample sizes)

I own almost all Thierry Mugler fragrances (with the exception of these perfumes, which are new and Alien Extraordinaire, which is also fairly new).  I like and appreciate Angel, Alien, Womanity and all of their versions-Aqua Chic, perfume AND leather versions.

When I received these, they are samples, so I didn’t have any idea of what they actually looked like in the bottle until I opened the accompanying material.  I have to say I was quite surprised.  Upon first glance, these bottles do not remind me of what I know to be Thierry Mugler.  Not at all.

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Here’s what Thierry Mugler says about the Les Exceptions fragrances:

 “Daring, breathtaking, addictive, noble…a new dimension in the fragrance universe, a set of Designer Perfumes. A collection of unique creations and original alchemies, crafted around the major themes of traditional perfumery.  Enveloping and sensual eaux de parfumes crated in a couture spirit to wear right against your skin, like scented fabrics.  An invitation to dress in a perfumed sheath.”

There are 5 fragrances in this collection:

1.  Chyprissime:  based on a traditional blend of bergamot orange, oak moss, cistus labdanum and patchouli accented by pear

2. Supra Floral: richly-faceted flower, velvety, green and crisp, fiery incense.

3. Fougere Furieuse: aromatic, woody notes with geranium, oak moss, bergamot and coumarin, neroli and amber

4. Over the Musk: musk, ambrette seeds (from the hibiscus)

5. Oriental Express: Balms, resins, vanilla, powdere effecs, carrot, seed and woods

Results and my thoughts:

I got about 4 uses out of each sample vial (there were 5 sample vials), which isn’t terrible.  I would’ve preferred to have received 1 or 2 deluxe samples or 1 full size sample, but I’m fairly certain of why I did not and that is because these fragrances are an experience. Buying them is part of the experience.  Mugler is customizing the experience by first allowing the scent to be harvested via paper cone. Apparently these fragrances are bottled on site at the ‘Source Bar.’  This isn’t something ordered online at the moment.  The bottle IS refillable, something I have always loved about Mugler.

Do I have a favorite?  Surprisingly, not really. There were some I liked better than others but I really enjoyed all 5 of the scents for different reasons.  I feel that they all are versatile and that you may not like just one of them.  They are modern twists on other favorites of mine, and I’m sure others would say the same. Some of my more ‘classic’ fragrances are reminiscent in the Les Exceptions.

Les Exceptions is available exclusively at the Bay and retail for $185.00 CAD

Addicted to all things pretty-The Luxe Oil that you need to know about!

I like oils for face and body. It’s that simple.

I chat with a lot of people on twitter. one of the lovelies I chat with (I discovered) has a line of oils for face, body, hair-I suppose they could be called “multi-purpose.”  I had to get my hands on some of this.

All of the products interested me but I restrained myself and purchased the LUXE oil (and yes, I asked for recommendations of what to buy before purchasing).

Luxe oil *photo used with permission

Luxe oil *photo used with permission

Here’s what the website says:

Not only only does LUXE OIL moisturize and nourish the skin but it also has healing properties and helps clear blemishes as well as scarring from small wounds, cuts, and burns and eczema. Some have reported a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles… just another benefit of LUXE OIL. With continued use you’ll see improvements in your skin.

*photo used with permission*

*photo used with permission*

How to use:
LUXE OIL is a very versatile oil that can be used many ways. One primary use is as an in-shower moisturizer with 1-3 pumps into a well lathered towel or body sponge. The amount needed varies since some use body soaps that are harsher than others, and some of us use soaps that are free of sulfates and detergents.  You can also use it on damp skin fresh out the shower as you would a regular body oil. Other great uses include; hair oil to seal moisture, cuticle oil, and face moisturizer.

Instructions:

– In-Shower Moisturizer
Add 1-3 pumps (more if you’re using the treatment pump that dispenses less product) into a well-lathered towel or body sponge
Wash as usual
Rinse
Pat dry with dry towel or prance around… allow the oils to absorb

– Body Moisturizer
Apply all over
Prance around… allow the oils to absorb

Ingredients:
Coconut Oil
Safflower Oil
Sea-buckthorn Oil
Avocado Oil
Olive Oil
(optional) Fragrance

There are many choices of fragrance for the oil as well as having the choice to skip fragrance!  Please see the website for a description of fragrances (there are SO many).  I chose ‘Scorned Nymph’ which includes notes of juicy plum and frankincense.  I describe it as a fruity scent with a warm, spicy, exotic finish…it kind of creeps up on you.

How do I use it LUXE oil?

I listed the ways to use the product above but my FAVORITE way to use it is fresh out of the shower-I pat myself with a towel so my skin is so damp, and apply luxe oil to trap moisture in my skin.  I know the instructions say to prance around.  Maybe I do and maybe I don’t. I’ll leave that to your imagination.  If you know me at all, you know I probably prance. It absorbs fairly quickly but I would give it a solid 2-3 minutes before putting clothes on.

I ALSO use it on my scalp the night before I wash my hair.  I know that there is some minor controversy regarding oiling the scalp but I find it incredibly beneficial-after all, that is the root of your hair, why not nourish it?

Overall thoughts

I know there are a lot of oils on the market. I’ve tried a lot of the oils on the market. Why do I like this one so much? It’s made with ingredients I can pronounce-there are many ways to use it, the scent is intoxicating, and someone I know makes this product.  All great reasons.  LUXE oil is definitely worth checking out-and it’s offered in several different sizes so it will fit into your budget.  Also please note, there are face oils, bath salts, scalp oils,and shea butter too!

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

 

Find LUXE oil:

on their website

on twitter

on facebook

 

Gift idea for the beauty in your life-Aveda hand relief gift set!

Tis the season…..for extremely dry hands!

Why not treat that special someone in your life to the gift of soft hands with this set from Aveda?

It contains 3 1.4fl oz (travel size) hand moisturizers in different fragrances:

1 tube of rosemary mint

1 tube of vanilla, ginger and cassia

1 tube of vitamin formula for stressed skin

Keep in mind, these would be great for travel-they are within standard size for carry on and perfect for any purse or pocket!

This set retails for under $30.00 CAD! 

Find Aveda:

on the web

SITAMAA day spa in Yorkville-that’s where I get the majority of my Aveda products!