• hair,  product review

    Product review: Teeze W/ Eez

    (Disclosure: I was provided with free samples in exchange for an honest review. However I was not compensated in any other way for writing the review and as always all opinions are my own.)

     

    I have another review to share with you, this time of a neat little product called Teeze W/ Eez. These combs look ordinary, but they work to back-comb and volumize the hair with less effort and less damage than traditional backcombing with a regular comb. As someone who struggles with flat hair, I was intrigued when Jaime contacted me to see if I’d like to try the combs for a review. Of course! How could I not?!

    I’m not going to lie: I hate backcombing my hair, possibly even more than I hate blow-drying it. It takes a lot to get volume in my hair and I’m inevitably left with quite a knotty mess at the end of the day. The Teeze W/ Eez combs are anti-static and feature a unique pin design that allows you to backcomb your hair using only a quarter of the strokes typically needed (which obviously translates to less tugging and damage!). I also feel like these combs are less prone to tangling and snagging in the hair.

    Here’s a before-and-after comparison of my regular air-dried hair and my hair after backcombing it with the Teeze W/ Eez comb. I used a little dry shampoo on my roots to add grip and finished off my ends with a curling iron for polish. So much better, obviously, than letting my hair just lie flat against my head!

    I also really love the palm-sized grip of the mini comb. It’s perfect for traveling, or for throwing in your purse for work or school, so you can refresh your roots midday.

    The original Teeze W/ Eez retails for $19.95 and the Teeze W/ Eez 2 Go retails for $14.95; both can be purchased through the Teeze W/ Eez website.

    (Disclosure: I was provided with free samples in exchange for an honest review. However I was not compensated in any other way for writing the review and as always all opinions are my own.) 
  • Beauty,  hair,  product review

    Product review: Olivia Garden Nanothermic Contour Brush

    (Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review. However as always all opinions are my own.)

     

    I really don’t like blow-drying my hair. Loathe. Detest. Do not want. Don’t get me wrong, I love the results, but the process gets more irritating as my hair grows ever longer. It tangles easily, takes extra time to dry, and requires extra care to prevent breakage or dry, fuzzy ends.

    One thing I’ve learned in my battles with the blow-dryer is that, at least for me, a good brush makes a huge difference between a great blowout and a rat’s nest. So when Olivia Garden offered to send me one of their NanoThermic Contour brushes for review, I was curious to see how it would perform.

    As you can see this brush has a pretty large barrel–2 3/8 inches, to be exact. It’s not just the large barrel that makes this brush so nice for blow-drying my long hair–the curved shape helps add bend and movement to my hair, very helpful since my hair tends to be very straight after even the most basic of blow-drys. The shape also hugs your scalp, helping to really lift hair at the roots for more body and volume.

    As you can see, the bristles have a gently wavy shape; these bristles are designed to be gentler on the hair. But there’s something else–notice how the barrel is vented? I adore my vented brush for quick blow-drys so having a vented round brush is just the best of both worlds.

    This short pick is hidden in the handle, so you can section hair without using your fingers or a comb.

    I really like the tourmaline ion tech; it helps my hair emerge from a blow-dry session super-shiny and silky. Finally, I have to mention that I really appreciate the light weight of this brush. It seems like such a small thing, but as I mentioned earlier, I have long hair that takes extra time to dry, so the lighter the brush the better!

    I actually received this brush a little over a month ago, so I’ve had plenty of time to test it out for this review. I really liked this brush the first time I used it, and it’s just grown on me even more over time. I feel like it cuts my blow-drying time down and leaves my hair much bouncier and healthier-looking at the end. Thank you Olivia Garden for sending me such an awesome brush, and just in time for spring styling!

    You can find Olivia Garden brushes at stores like Ulta or over at Folica.com; these new NanoThermic Contour brushes retail for $28 to $35 and come in three sizes. You can check them out here, or visit the company website here.

  • Beauty,  Fashion,  hair,  winter

    Glowy winter makeup (selfie)

    Well, I suppose I kind of failed at BEDN–I skipped out yesterday because I was way too tired from work to even check my e-mail, let alone sit down and compose a post. Today’s prompt is supposed to be writing about something outside of your comfort zone, but sadly today I am again drawing a blank on a proper post!

    However, I do have something that kind of counts–a selfie from our movie date night last week. I feel weird posting selfies either on the blog or social media, probably just because I am not used to it. So here you go! (Sorry for the grainy quality, I didn’t have time to dig out the real camera for a snapshot.)

    It was a chilly, snowy day, so I went with a knit hat and fluffy scarf to keep me warm. To get a low-makeup look that was rosy and bright, I used a tinted moisturizer all over to subtly warm up my skin tone, then used a blend of peach and wine blushes to warm up my cheeks. A generous amount of highlighter on cheek and brow bones and in the inner corner of the eyes adds more glow. I used  waterproof mascara (to avoid smudging in the damp) and a trace of creamy pencil on the waterline to brighten my eyes. A slick of lip balm and light pink gloss finished it all off.

  • Beauty,  cruelty-free,  hair,  product review

    Product review: Essence LE Floral Grunge Hair Dye Powder

    After I picked up the Essence Floral Grunge blush (which I’ll be reviewing this week also), I went back and grabbed the hair dye powder that was also part of the display. Since these are limited edition items I wanted to get the reviews up this week in case you’re looking for these products, since they’re hard to find and you’ve got to snatch them up quickly!

    The product: Essence Floral Grunge Hair Dye Powder; $3 at drugstores.

    The claim: Rub on for a temporary dose of color; wash out with shampoo.

    Ingredients: Polyester-3, talc, mica, synthetic fluorphlogopite, zinc stearate, dimethicone, zea mays (corn) starch, polymethyl methacrylate, methylparaben, propylparaben, red 6, yellow 7, orange 5, red 28.

    Ingredient notes: Essence does not test on animals. This product is vegan. It does contain mostly synthetic ingredients and two kinds of parabens but since it’s not staying on the hair for long, that doesn’t concern me too much.

    I tried it: You don’t get a ton of product in the pot–maybe enough for a few uses. The best way to use this is to comb out a section of hair to be striped, sprtiz with hairspray, rub the chalk into the hair, then spritz again with hairspray to set. Unfortunately, it’s very messy–the powder will get all over your work area and your clothes (you can kind of see the pink powder stains on my shirt in the below picture). The chalk rubs off on your fingers, too, which can make styling hair kind of messy. I pulled mine into a ponytail to minimize the mess.

    As you can see in the above picture, the chalkiness is apparent and it’s difficult to get nice, even stripes. I think it would be easier on lighter hair, since you wouldn’t have to work so hard to make the color show up. Also, this color really doesn’t look good at all in my hair–it’s dyed such a deep shade of cherry that the coral stripes kind of look like an at-home highlighting kit disaster, as opposed to cute peachy stripes. In person they showed very orange against my hair!

    I’ve linked here to a review of this hair dye powder by Serena of Beauty Lab (the blog is in Dutch, so you will need to use Google Translate if you want to read it in English). She tried out the hair dye powder on both blonde and medium brown hair, and had much better color results.  I wanted to include the link so you could see what the stripes look like on someone with lighter, non-red hair, since it really does look cute on those hair colors.

    One last note: you’re going to need a lot of shampoo to fully get this out of your hair (I lathered up twice), but it doesn’t stain. I do recommend using a good hair conditioner afterward, since it seemed to be a bit drying.

    My final thoughts: It’s a cool concept, it just doesn’t work out that well in real life. I wouldn’t mind putting a little work into it, but it makes such a mess that it just doesn’t seem worthwhile.

  • Beauty,  color,  hair,  spring

    I cut my hair again!

    Quickie post: I finally took the plunge and got that fringe! Yeah, it’s obvious I’m still learning how to style it. And I don’t know if I’ll stick with it. But it’s kind of fun! And it’s long enough that I can still sweep it all back with some hairspray or a headband for a different look, if need be.

    My hair is also red now! Another change I’m not sure I’ll keep, but hey, it’s just hair. It can be changed later on. I’m in the mood to have fun right now.

    I think my coworkers are just now noticing that I have new fringe. Most of them seem a little shell-shocked by the color (which is much, MUCH more red in person). I can’t decide if I’ll keep it or go back to deep brunette…decisions, decisions…