Dessange, Dessange, Dessange…..Je t’aime (and I do not speak French)

*This post contains products sent for review.  Opinions are mine all mine-just want to tell you this was sent to  me UP FRONT*

I’m always on the lookout for a great shampoo/conditioner and on new brands.  I have to be even more careful since wearing my extensions.  I can’t use just any old something ‘off the shelf’ due to ingredients that could potentially shorten the life of my extensions.

L’Oreal Paris Canada invited me to a fabulous event to reveal their newest acquisition-Dessange.  Dessange hails from Paris and has a rich history in the hair ‘world’.  The event was nothing short of magnificent.

Let’s take a closer look at Dessange:

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There are 4 different types within the Dessange brand-photos of respective models clockwise from top left

solar blonde

1. Solar Blonde-for natural blondes is a lightening haircare system that clarifies and lightens natural blonde hair while restoring lustre and volume.

oleo miracle

2. Oleo Miracle  offers intense nourishment and is infused with 3 natural oils: Argan ol, Camelia Oil, and Pracaxi Oil, leaving hair smooth and ultra manageable.  A high concentration of Behhenic Acid helps this collection deeply penetrate into the hair for healthier hair.

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3. California Blonde-color treated blondes is inspired by the blonde bombshell look made famous by Brigitte Bardot (and created by Jacques Dessange).  This system provides moisture to the hair while highlighting the radiance.

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4. Color Restore helps protect colour treated hair.  Formulated with AHA, Vitamin E, and UV filters, this collection restores hair fibers for a smooth, shiny look and helps protect vibrancy.

My thoughts:

I’ve been using the ‘California Blonde’ collection on my hair for just over 2 weeks now (but not the purple toning shampoo).    I like it-a lot.  It’s got a beautiful floral scent.  The conditioner is the right amount of moisture, hydration and the elixir is perfect for my ends.  I appreciate that Dessange separated his blondes…..natural blondes have different needs than ‘bottle’ blondes!  There really and truly is something for everyone in the line and when you use these products, you will have salon results.  It’s not your typical drugstore shampoo & conditioner (not that there is anything wrong with that).

This collection will be available (in Canada) exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. All products are between $12.99-$14.99 CAD.

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Squeaky clean scalp-Liveclean apple cider vinegar shampoo

*I was sent these products for review-my thoughts are my own! Please be wary when reading blogger reviews-it is NOT a requirement to disclose whether one has received a product for review or not in Canada, but it IS good manners and ethics 🙂 *

I’ve changed my shampoo and conditioner routine considerably over the years.  One of those changes includes using a clarifying shampoo 1-2 times a week.  This has become ESPECIALLY important recently due to my hair extensions.  They way that I wash my hair has changed and cleansing my scalp is essential!  The fact that it contains natural ingredients bumps it up a notch over other clarifying shampoos!

live clean

Because this is a Live Clean product, it’s completely vegan with no animal products used in the formulations.  Live Clean products are safe for the environment too!!!

Live Clean Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo

350mL, suggested retail $6.95 CAD

-Reduces dulling residue

-For all hair types

-Contains Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

-Pure vegan

-Paraben, Phthalate and Phosphate free

-SLS/Sulfate and petroleum free

-DEA free

Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, Walmart and Uniprix

Find Live Clean :  www.live-clean.com

I recommend this product -it thoroughly cleanses and removes build-up without drying the hair. I have integrated it into my hair routine.   The price point is perfect too-and I even use it to clean my makeup brushes (thanks to a suggestion from a Make Up Artist friend of mine, Naomi).

L’Oreal Paris Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender by Infallible

I’ve gone through makeup setting sprays-enough to know that the ones other people are raving about simply don’t work for me.  I ended up giving away another high end makeup setting spray because 2 hours after applying it, my makeup practically slid off my face!

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I was hesitant to try L’Oreal Paris’ setting spray-I mean if the high end product couldn’t hold  my makeup, what could this version possibly deliver?

This product stood up to the plate and now I use it EVERY day.  It does hold my makeup for a solid 6-7 hours.  I honestly can’t expect much more than that with my oily t-zone and without blotting papers.  Very cool, and I’ll take it.

Pro-Spray & Set makeup extender plays well with many different types of foundations-liquid, powder, cream, I tried them all.  I LIKE IT.  YES. TRY IT.

Flash Giveaway….open to anyone who can get to Toronto!

Hey all, if you are subscribed to yours truly this could be a huge opportunity for you!  I’m having a giveaway….and it’s beauty/skincare oriented!  Why am I doing this? Because I can!

Stay tuned to my twitter, facebook page, and instagram account…..like anyone of my ‘This giveaway starts NOW” and follow me on one account  or all 3 for your chance to win a gift card from one of my favorite Toronto spas-The Purebeauty Salon & Spa at Trump International Hotel and Tower.

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The rules are simple:

1. This giveaway is going to run for 2 hours.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, February 28th and contact them.

2. Anyone over 18 can enter, but this spa is located in Toronto so if you can’t get here, I’d pass it by.

3. I’d appreciate a re-tweet or a favorite or a like if you could please.  After all, it IS a GIVEaway.

So what’s the prize then exactly?

Well, it is a gift card from aforementioned spa-and has a value of over $100 CAD!  Good times!

Here’s the spa menu in case you needed ANY more convincing:

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oh and before I end this post, check this photo out because the giveaway starts NOW! Head on over to my twitter, facebook, or instagram or ALL 3!

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Clarins Garden Escape Collection -it’s oh-so-pretty!

Sick of winter? Escape with Clarins!

It’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed any makeup from Clarins.  Let me show you these 2 little pretties:

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Let me tell you right now that the Instant Comfort lip oil has been my BFF this incredibly brutal winter season.  It’s in my purse on the way to work, it sits on my desk during the day, and is next to  my nightstand at night.  It applies like a dream and feels so great on my lips.  It provides immediate relief to chapped lips and long term moisture!  It contains:

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And check out this palette-screams spring, doesn’t it? You can count on Clarins eyeshadows to be pigmented, soft, and blend well.

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I give the Clarins Garden Escape palette and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil 2 thumbs up.  They are well suited for eachother!  Definitely do not pass these up for spring (which WILL come eventually).

NYFW BEAUTY ALERT: REVLON FOR MARCHESA A/W’15 Runway Show

I don’t normally post this type of thing but check this look out-I love it!

 

New York: Wednesday, February 18th 2015

 

revlon look

Make Up by Revlon Global Artistic Director,
Gucci Westman
“This look was all about a cool modern take on old Hollywood glam. Taking inspiration from the New York Great Gatsby era, I wanted to create a more youthful interpretation appearing as though she had been dancing all night. Using Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes and Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks, I created a copper eye that was subtle yet elegant. As the focus of the look I created a bold dark lip using Revlon Lip Liner in Raisin with Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry. For the final touch I used Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights to create a flawless luminous finish on the face and body.”

Nails by Celebrity Manicurist, Jin Soon

“Echoing a modern glam vibe, and to compliment the dark cherry lip, nails were filed in a natural oval shape and painted a deep blood red with Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen. I wanted to highlight the focus of the face with a bold yet elegant nail.”

 

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOK:

 Face:

  • Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effects Makeup, $19.99
  • Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup, $17.79
  • Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed, $12.59
  • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights, $17.79

Lip:

  • Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Raisins, $10.49
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, $9.99
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink, $9.99

Eye:

  • Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes, $10.49
  • Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Java, Copper & Gold, $3.49
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackened Brown, $10.49
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy, $10.49

Nail:

  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen, $6.29
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top, $8.49

 

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY: Available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.  More information: Revlon.com

Hard to believe this is Revlon, but it is.  Nice, don’t you think? Would you wear this? I sure would!

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme progressive anti-wrinkle and firmness correcting care

How’s that for a long product name?  Vichy, I can always count on you for a next level name.

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I honestly thought this was a night cream….I mean look at the packaging.  Does this not remind you of a night cream?  Typically (not always), night creams are in round jars…day creams are in taller pump type dispensers.  So I just wasn’t sure what to think of this, and I’m glad I read the directions.

For normal to combination:
The 1st daylong lifting care. Continuous correction of wrinkles + firmness for a young skin now, tonight and tomorrow even more.

EFFECTIVENESS
Immediate optical smoothing effect on the look of wrinkles and surface imperfections. Until evening, complexion looks fresh and radiant, features remain rested. From 1 month, deep wrinkles appear corrected and skin feels firmer as if lifted.

TOLERANCE
Sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic. Vichy Thermal Spa Water.

PLEASURE
Velvet touch, smoothing texture. Non greasy, non sticky.

USE
Apply in the morning on clean skin on the entire face. If desired, can also be applied twice daily in the morning and evening.

So I used this cream in the a.m. for several weeks…..and I have to say I like it.  It has an instant firming effect, smells pleasant and absorbs quickly.  Does it produce long lasting, permanent effects comparable to fillers/neuromodulators? No of course not, but as the weeks progressed I have to say my skin looked brighter and felt firmer.  I’m all for that!  I’m also a fan of not breaking out when I try a new cream-yay Vichy! Give this product a whirl if you want your skin to feel firmer and look brighter.

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

Venus Swirl Razor-is it really that great?

This post contains a product that was sent for review.  My opinion is my own and does not change regardless of whether product was sent or I forked over my own hard earned $$$

I’ve been a razor girl since I was about 15-so yes, over 20 years! I’ve tried a lot of razors over those 20+ years.  My main ‘hang up’ is that the refill cartridges can be pricey….and that the razors aren’t that great to begin with.

I decided I would gauge the effectiveness of the Swirl against a current ‘favored’ razor , the Dorco Shai.  Now, the Dorco does NOT have a Flexiball but other than that, they are fairly similar, take a look:

From L-R, Dorco Shai, Venus Swirl

From L-R, Dorco Shai, Venus Swirl

Dorco Shai:

Dorco Shai:

4 blades with a pivot head.  The Dorco Shai has a lubricating strip with chamomile and olive oil and rubber grip handle.

Venus Swirl:

5 blades, and moisture glade serum, as well as a microfine comb.  Also has Flexiball and rubber grip handle.

Areas tested:

Armpits, lower leg, upper leg.  Shai was used on Right side, Swirl used on the left.  I used Gillette Shave Gel for women in the scent ‘Lavendar Kiss’ on both sides.

Results:

Overall, I’ll say that both razors did a great job removing hair. I’m not showing ‘after’ results, you will have to take my word for it!!!  I will say that for areas like my armpit and knees, I did prefer the Swirl as I felt it really DID glide and flex over the curves.  Both of my legs were equally smooth but I felt better about shaving all areas with the Swirl-again, because of the flex technology.  Design-wise the Swirl wins for sure!

FYI:

The Venus Swirl will be available on February 9th at Walmart in-store and online at Walmart.ca.  Want to chat about this razor?  How about @GilletteVenus