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NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm 357 Apple Blueberry Pie

I’m not a huge fan of NYC.  I think it’s because nothing ever really grabs me from the line, which is strange because I don’t need to be forced to look at ANY cosmetics.  Add to that the fact that it’s called NYC and I am from NY….and it’s REALLY unbelieveable that I’m not more into this line.

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Wardrobe Essentials workshop with Dior! And an Urban Ballet….curious? Read on.

I know I already did a video on this but I thought I would give you a better look at the products that I purchased.  I took a page from Alicia over at FunnyFace Beauty blog and let Mother Nature provide the perfect contrast! I feel that the snow really lets the shades ‘show.’  Some of these colors (well only the lipstick really) are from the Spring collection BUT never fear, I will certainly take the mono eyeshadows over to spring and maybe summer!

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume!

I love me a voluminous salon blowout and I know I’m in the minority when I say ‘Give me TEXAS hair!’  Volume is the name of my game-and I am a big hair type of gal!

But what about when my wallet puts the kibosh on my salon appointments? And when the daily grind just doesn’t coincide with my big hair dreams?  What then?  

At a beautiful studio in downtown Toronto, myself and some other ladies learned all about the new collection!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume offers a collection of salon-developed products with new and innovative formulas specifically designed to add grip to fine, flat hair without any product feel.  The reformulation transforms limp, fine hair into styles with natural-looking volume that’s still touchably soft.

Okay so ‘natural-looking’ volume is not nearly enough for me…but it may satisfy my 9-5 volume cravings!

Here are the products in the collection:

 

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-Touchably Full Shampoo ($10.49 CAD)

-formulated for fine, flat hair (*ahem*, ME)

-gently cleanses and detangles fine hair as it applies volume boosters, then rinses clean without stripping hair

-surfactants removed residue that can weigh hair down, making hair appear fuller

-volume boosting technology that is heat-activated to enhance hair’s natural volume

Thoughts: This is a fantastic shampoo!  It smells great, and does exactly what it says it will! 

 

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-touchable Full Conditioner ($10.49 CAD)

-lightweight conditioning formula , enhanced detangling properties, then rinses clean

-heat-activated technology is activated to enhance fullness and boost volume

-formulated to enhance body and shine

Thoughts: This is a light feeling conditioner that works so well.  I have minimal tangles after using and my hair feels clean and light!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-Fine to Full Blow Out Spray ($14.99 CAD)

-contains a patented Kao polymer technology that spreads thoughout the hair when activated by heat of blowdryer

-featuring a pump spray

-lightweight formula creates lift at the roots and natural-looking fullness

Thoughts:  I had originally thought that this would be my *favorite* product from the line. I do like the spray but I find that another product in the line gives me a LOT more lift!  The spray IS light and doesn’t weigh the hair down.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-Root Booster Blow-Dry Lotion ($10.49 CAD)

-enables optimal product delivery to the roots through the targeted spray nozzle

-ultra-lightweight lotion lifts fine hair at the roots for extra crown volume that’s touchably soft

-alcohol free and non sticky!

-contains Panthenol to help protect and strengthen hair while styling

Thoughts: I’m scared to death of root boosting sprays because I’m an ‘over-user’ that is, too generous with the product.  This product does work (and believe me, use a LITTLE not a lot) but I found that the next product I mention was my absolute favorite!  I prefer all-over products but do understand that concentrated products that work in one area will help achieve more volume!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-Volume Building Mousse ($10.49 CAD)

-rich, ultra lightweight mousse creates thickness by wrapping strands and boosting volume from root to tip for lush, soft hair

-thickening technology with a unique polymer blend increases hair diameter and lifts at the roots for weightless, non-sticky, all-day volume

-contains Panthenol which helps strengthen hair, enabling hair to lift at the roots for increased volume

Thoughts: This mousse is my super star product out of this lineIt is incredibly light and gives me a lot of volume.  I absolutely love using it. It doesn’t weigh my hair down and I can apply it all over.  For me, this WORKS!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-All Day Hold Hairspray ($10.49 CAD)

-lightweight, ultra-fine spray offers extra hold and body while helping hair look natural and stay uplifted all day

-water free formula contains a high-hold polymer to lock in style fast for fullness and volume that lasts all day

-formulated with silicone to combat over-drying and provide humidity resistance that prevents styles from falling flat

Thoughts:  Honestly, I don’t like ‘touchable’ hairsprays.  That being said, it does offer a decent hold.  Unfortunately, Canadian winters are not the best time to test this out.  I tried this in the middle of a snowstorm and forgive the pun, it fell flat .  I’m going to give it another chance when the weather is more stable.  If you do appreciate a touchable hairspray, then go for it!

The incredibly happy and very voluminous hair model!

So there you have it-a wallet friendly alternative to salon blow dries!  I do recommend that you at the very least check out the products.  I truly enjoy using the system as a “whole” meaning I got my best results when I used the shampoo, conditioner and one of the styling products.  Also, for optimal volume, make sure you have great tools!  John Frieda has hair dryers, and brushes as well!

John Frieda Luxurious volume is available at most drugstores and is there RIGHT NOW!  Make your hair happy and try some touchable volume!

 

*Stay tuned for another post with tips and tricks from Alain Larivee, John Frieda’s style ambassador!*

 

 

 

 

Where’s that pause button again? Finding ‘center’…..

ho·me·o·sta·sis  (hm–stss)

n.The ability or tendency of an organism or cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes.

 

 

Homeostasis- I don’t delve into science much on my blog-I only have a mild interest and lack the ‘expertise’ and knowledge.  *Please note for all you rocket scientists reading this blog (or biologists, or chemists, or any kind of –ist that you are), I am using the definition rather loosely and including a broad spectrum of ‘processes.’  *  There. Just needed to note that.

 

image from womenonthefence.com

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Adventures in styling with Aveda-Born to Style 2013!

I was fortunate enough to merely attend the last Born to Style competition at the Aveda institute in Toronto and it was a blast being in the midst of SO.MUCH.TALENT.

Aveda is once again calling all those talented, passionate individuals with a “flair for hair” to apply for their scholarship. This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for someone who feels a “calling” to coiff everyone they see into perfection!

I know this means YOU so why don’t you check out the contest details here

 

Honestly, if you were BORN to style, then what could possibly be better than winning your tuition? Seriously? It’s the ultimate!

Aveda has definitely ‘upped the ante’ by offering extra incentives to ‘early bird’ entries-in the form of gift cards!

Winning your tuition could be as easy as these 3 steps:

1.  Make a video!  Create a video to show us why you are born BORN TO STYLE and why you’ve got the talent, passion and determination it takes to develop your hairstyling skills with the Aveda Institute Canada.

2. Upload and Share! Click on Enter Contest to upload your video. Share your Aveda Institute entry page with your network of family, friends, fans and followers. Get them to vote for your video. The entry with the most votes secures an automatic spot in the final Hair Showdown, so make sure to share your talent with the world!

3.  Hair Showdown! An esteemed panel of hair and beauty professionals will hand pick four aspiring hairstylists in each city as well one spot will be slotted for people’s choice to advance to the final round. These future hairdressers will participate in a live head-to-head competition and runway show putting together two complete looks in front of a panel of style experts and hairstyling heavy hitters. The winner in each city will be awarded a full scholarship to the Aveda Institute hair school!

There’s so much waiting for you at the Aveda Institute!

Entry details and more information can be found here!