Get the Look: Radiant Orchid Hair Color

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Radiant Orchid is everywhere! Not only has it taken over the fashion and beauty scene, the hottest trending color is now a must-have for your hair! Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie, and even Lauren Conrad (even if it was just an April Fool’s joke) have now joined this unforgettable trend by rocking the vibrant color in their tresses.

Since you probably don’t want to run to your nearest salon and get a full head of radiant orchid like the lovely ladies above, consider a more temporary solution like Streekers!

You can get temporary real hair color with Streekers. They are the easiest temporary hair color to apply, they don’t contain harsh chemicals and wash out with shampoo.

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Click here to get Streekers in Purple and Ultra Violet on for $11.95 or visit your local Ulta Store.

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Win A 90 Day Supply of Hair Essentials Herbal Supplement worth $99!

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bombshellHave you always wanted longer, fuller more beautiful hair? Have you ever envied the red carpet locks of Kerry Washington or Sandra Bullock? Wouldn’t you just love to recreate those gorgeous, bombshell waves? If only your hair was longer/thicker/healthier… Well, there might be hope for you! You can fix your hair problems with a new herbal supplement called Hair Essentials™.

Some hair vitamins and supplements nourish hair follicles for healthier hair growth, others repair damaged hair follicles, while still others combat excessive shedding and hair loss. Hair Essentials does all three! Made from more than 20 herbs, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and other essential nutrients, this supplement works for all hair types and solves most hair problems including health-related or genetic hair loss, product and styling damage, thin hair, breakage and slow growth.

You can feel confident about the ingredients in Hair Essentials! They are:

  • Doctor-formulated
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  • Certified gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Non-GMO
  • No controversial ingredients (animal- or marine-derived)
  • Manufactured in the USA

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How To Get A Perfect Blowout At Home

My hair is frizzy, thick and usually quick unmanageable. I get to review a lot of shampoos and conditioners in my line of work here, but most of them do not work for me. I know it’s not my incompetence because sometimes my stylish has trouble with my hair too. Some products just don’t work in my hair. So when I find something that works and gives me great results every single time without fail, well I just have to tell you ladies about it!

1. The Hair Brush

I’ve tried a LOT of hair brushes. I mean honestly, I’ve been doing this fashion/beauty blogging thing for like 8 years now. I have personally tried at least 2 dozen brushes and I have finally found GOLD!

I can use the same salon or salon quality shampoo and conditioner, under the same weather conditions and blowdry my hair the same exact way. But if I do it with two different brushes on two different days, it will come out totally different! Who would have thought?

olivia garden kerabrush

The brush that I consistently get the best results from is the Olivia Garden Kerabrush Hair Brush, 2.75″ ($19.99 via Amazon).

It dries quickly due to the large vents, which is something I need because I have SO MUCH HAIR. To me, this is a great feature. I also love that the brush is metal free and infused with tourmaline ions that add luster and sheen to hair. Perfect for hair that has had a keratin treatment or anyone that normally has frizzy, unmanageable or hard to tame hair.

2. The Moroccan Oil And Hair Serums

I’ve tried lots of styling creams, oils, serums, etc in my hair. Some are sticky, some are dry and some make my hair even thicker and MORE unmanageable! Fortunately, I’ve found a few items that work well in my hair.

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Moroccanoil Treatment Light 3.4 Oz – $38.99

This Moroccan Oil Treatment is an ultra-light formula which is absorbed by the hair instantly, resulting in a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without leaving a residue. This treatment has the ability to restore over-processed hair damaged by environmental factors and chemical procedures. Moroccan Oil revives, hydrates, and most importantly, detangles hair, wigs and hair extensions.

This stuff is seriously magical. I received a sample to review in an order from Sephora and the first time I tried it, I was amazed. Then my salon started carrying the line of products and when my stylist, Jon, used it in my hair, I was definitely hooked. My hair always looks amazing when I use the Moroccan Oil.

I also like Eden Allure Pure Argan Oil from Morocco, Amal Oils 100% Organic Argan Oil and my all-time favorite – Eufora Beautifying Serum.

3. The Shampoo & Conditioner

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I am really picky about my shampoo and conditioners. I will try anything once but if it claims silky smoothness and my hair ends up being twice as thick and twice as frizzy, it’s out the door quick and I don’t even bother posting about it! (Nobody likes bad news!) That said, when I find a duo that works great, I’m likely to use it until the bottles are empty and then buy more.

One of those duos that I repeatedly purchase are John Freida Radiant Red Color Magnifying Shampoo and John Frieda Radiant Red Color Magnifying Daily Conditioner.

My other favorite duo, which is more on the pricey side, but is totally worth it is Eufora Beautifying Elixirs™ Moisture Intense Shampoo and Conditioner. Heavenly.

4. The Hairdryer & Straightener

I’m still on the prowl for the “perfect” blowdryer, but the one that has served me well for many years is the Inifiniti by Conair 228 Nano Silver Tourmaline Ceramic Styler in White ($39.99)


I’ve been using this one for about 4 or 5 years now and I don’t have any complaints other than my hair takes a long time to dry, but I don’t really think it’s the hairdryers fault necessarily. It’s not like it takes a significantly longer time to do my hair myself than it takes my stylist, so I can only speculate. My dryer came with 3 attachments which come in handy quite often and I use them regularly. Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with this hair dryer, which is why I haven’t bought a new one. I think I will wait till this one comes to the end of it’s life to replace it because I can’t imagine another hair dryer being too much better than this one other than insignificant features like being lighter weight or maybe having a more convenient cord.

Price: $40

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My mom’s favorite hair dryer is the Bed Head Bh407 1875 Watt Ionic Turbo Dryer. It’s lightweight enough for her to handle easily and she loves how it performs. I’ve used it before and I also love the fact that it’s lightweight. This is an important feature for me since it takes so long to dry my hair that if it’s a heavy blow dryer, I just give up before I’m done because my arm is about to break off.

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The official details of this blow dryer…

If you want shinier hair and less frizz, then you will love bed head’s 1875 watt ionic turbo dryer. Ionic technology leaves your hair shinier and less frizzy with healthy looking results. For drying and styling flexibility, 2 heat and speed settings are offered with professional rocker switches, plus a cold shot button that releases cool air to set your style. The included concentrator attachment allows for precise styling. The removable end cap makes it easy to clean and maintain.

Price: $23

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All hair straighteners are definitely not built the same! I have found a huge amount of variance in temperature, handling, features, functionality and overall performance. I’ve gone through probably a dozen or so flat irons in the past 10 years. I have finally found one I’m going to stick with though.

hana straight iron

The HANA Elite Flat Iron 1.5″ from Misikko is the best flat iron I’ve tried so far. Works quickly, easy to handle, excellent cord, easy to accurately adjust the temperature and works great every single time. If you are frustrated with your flat iron and want a salon quality result, you should check out Hana Flat Irons.

Price: $260

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5. Dry Shampoo


Don’t let all your hard work go to waste! Once your perfect blowout starts getting a little dull or greasy, bring it back to life with dry shampoo. This can help extend the time between washes which not only saves you money, but saves you time!

My favorite dry shampoos are Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo ($20) and Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray ($3). Huge price difference, yet very similar results. I prefer the smell of the Suave one, over the Drybar one, however, the Suave Dry Shampoo makes my hair slightly sticky while the Drybar Dry Shampoo is actually very dry, almost like powder so I find it makes my hair appear slightly duller. So depending on which products I’ve used for my blowout, I have to carefully select which dry shampoo will work best to serve my needs that particular day. I recommend keeping both on hand.

Tell me what products you use to get a great hair day and let me know if you have any questions about the products I use!

Great Hair Day For A Great Announcement!

A couple months ago, I tried out Dove’s new Intensive Repair Hair Care Shampoo and Conditioner. After 2 months of use, I have intensely refreshed and uber moisturized hair that is shiny and full of life. I can’t believe how a never-ending “bad hair day” (which lasted about 2 years) suddenly turned around! I now have softer more manageable hair that doesn’t feel dry, brittle or unmanageable.

The best part? My hair is back to it’s original color! I mean, just look at it…

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It’s a great hair day for a great announcement!

Baby #3 is due May 2014!!

My son (3) and my daughter (6) are super excited to welcome a new member into our family this coming Spring. I struggled quite a bit with morning sickness for the first 11 weeks and then it started to subside. Now that I’m in the second trimester, I’m feeling a lot less nauseous. So if you were wondering about the lack of posts (especially outfit posts!) in the past 3 months, well now you know why. If you’ve emailed me and I haven’t replied yet, that would also be because sitting at the computer checking emails hasn’t been high on my priority list considering my physical condition at the moment.

I’ve already done this whole “being pregnant thing”, twice now, so I feel like a pro. I knew what morning sickness would be like and I already knew what remedies worked best for me. The only thing that has really surprised me this time around is how everyone asks me (including my midwife), “Was this planned?!” My parents, uncles, aunts and cousins all had two kids and that’s it. However, my grandparents, on both sides, came from families of 7 or more children. Both my husband and I have always imagined ourselves having a large family. However, as we’ve recently learned, having more than two kids these days is considered bizarre and out of the ordinary! Oh well. I guess you can’t please everyone. We’re absolutely over the moon about our growing family, regardless!

You can have a great hair day too! To enter to win a sample from the Dove Hair Care product line click here. The first 500 entrants will win a sample!

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Dove understands that having beautiful, healthy-looking hair gives you the confidence to feel your best. Whether your hair is dry or damaged, Dove has a tailor-made solution for your hair care needs. After just one wash hair is shiny, healthy-looking and full of life. Thanks to Dove, you can look and feel beautiful from the inside out.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dove via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove.

Change Your Look This Fall with Clairol Professional ‘Classic Collection’

Last week I told you all about how you could Color Your Hair At Home with Clairol Professional “Classic Collection” and today, as promised, I’m going to reveal who was lucky enough to get a FREE makeover from me featuring their new hair color courtesy of Clairol Professional.

My mom has very thin hair so if it’s not the perfect shade, you can see right through it and it’s very unflattering (sorry, mom!). I was happy that I selected the perfect shade for her skin tone and hair because it looks great now!


We used “Classic Lightest Neutral Brown” (5N|85N) from Clairol Professional’s Classic Collection. It easily and expertly covered all the grays and the process was easy to do at home. We both think the results are salon quality. No need to waste money at the salon this Fall. Save it for a new pair of boots and do your hair color at home!

I love the new color on my mom and I think it’s a great, warm color for Fall. I styled her with a Ralph Lauren blazer we scored at TJ Maxx for $14, a basic BCBG tee from TJ Maxx that was on sale for $5 and some black leggings from TJ Maxx that were on sale for $8! The earrings and necklace are her own and she wears them all the time, with everything.



What do you think of my mom’s makeover? Doesn’t she look awesome for 65 years old? She’s such a fashionista… :-)

Check out Clairol Professional’s new “Classic Collection” and pick from their 16 timeless shades to find the color that is right for you. Stay tuned for a post later this month on how to choose the best colors for your skin tone, hair coloring tips and trends and which hair styles are hot for Fall this year!

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Classic makes a comeback. Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection’ offers 16 timeless shades with a modern formula for brilliant shine and deep conditioning.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clairol Professional via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clairol Professional.

Whip Hair Back Into Shape with Dove’s Intensive Repair Hair Care System

If a summer filled with trips to the beach and hours in the sun did a number on your hair, you’re not alone! But don’t worry, I found something that will help whip hair back into shape just in time for Fall!

Dove® Intensive Repair Shampoo + Conditioner system contains breakthrough Keratin Repair Actives that absorb into Keratin already present in your hair, and repair proteins at the cellular level. You’ll get lustrous locks without excess residue. It’s gentle, everyday moisture doesn’t weigh hair down yet is powerful enough to strengthen hair and prevents split ends. It will leave your hair so silky to the touch and healthy-looking that you’ll wonder what the heck they put in this stuff.

With just a week of usage, Dove® Intensive Repair Shampoo + Conditioner system will make your hair easier to manage and style, nevermind a lot healthier looking to boot!


Now, I was QUITE the skeptic when I heard Dove’s claims to softer more manageable hair… Intensive moisture usually makes my hair thicker and even more crazy. I have a TON OF HAIR. I mean, I break high quality hair elastics after just a week of use. I get headaches if I keep my hair in a bun for more than 6 hours. I have enough hair for 3 people, no joke. Add a bunch of heavy, moisturizing conditioners to that and I can barely keep my head up! Especially when it’s mid/lower back length like it is right now.

So needless to say, I thought that once again I was going to use a shampoo and conditioner for a week that was going to freak my hair and give me a bad hair day… like most drugstore brand shampoo and conditioners do.

Imagine my surprise when I noticed a difference in the texture of my hair before I even got out of the shower. The shampoo produces an excellent amount of suds and rinses out clean. The conditioner, immediately made my hair calm the frig down and also rinsed out easily. I was surprised that my head didn’t feel like it weighed an extra pound after conditioning it. The real test was when I got out of the shower though…

That is when I really noticed how soft and silky it was! I let my hair air dry and shockingly, I didn’t look like I had an afro like I did the day before. It definitely nixed the frizz after just one use and I can tell that with continued use, my hair should get even better. I’m actually amazed… I knew Dove made good soap and body washes, but who knew they had the secret to making hair beautiful? I keep thinking, dear God, what the hell kind of chemicals are in here that would make my hair behave like this?! Who knows! The scientist at Dove have definitely developed a magic formula for good hair days… I’m definitely a convert.

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Make sure you check out Dove’s Great Hair Affair Sweepstakes to print a $1 coupon and also enter to win some fabulous prizes.

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Dove understands that having beautiful, healthy-looking hair gives you the confidence to feel your best. Whether your hair is dry or damaged, Dove has a tailor-made solution for your hair care needs. After just one wash hair is shiny, healthy-looking and full of life. Thanks to Dove, you can look and feel beautiful from the inside out.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dove via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove.

Color Your Hair At Home with Clairol Professional “Classic Collection”


I don’t know about you, but as soon as the weather gets cold and I know summer is over, I’m ready for a change of pace when it comes to my hair! My hair is usually anywhere between shoulder length and lower back and length. Right now, it’s the latter. Because I have so much hair, it get’s pretty heavy having it up in a pony tail, or worse, in a bun all day. I’m definitely ready for a chance in length, at least.

If you aren’t ready to chop off your locks for the colder weather, consider a change in color. It’s easier than ever to quickly and easily change your hair color, get full gray coverage, and do it all on a budget.

With Clairol Professional’s new “Classic Collection” of hair colors, you can get deep conditioning, healthy looking reflective shine, natural looking multi-dimensional color, long lasting results and excellent gray coverage – all from ONE product. Best of all? Youc an do this AT HOME! Not only does that save you time, but it saves you money.

Here’s what the Clairol Professional website says about it’s new “Classic Collection”…

True-to-tone Neutrals; green base brass-busting Ashes; soft Gold Neutrals. Get the classic Miss Clairol tonal results you love, now with SOY4PLEX, for the four signs of healthy-looking color.

These permanent liquid shades can be mixed with each other or with Clairol Professional liquicolor permanente shades for customized color. For best results, use with Pure White or Clairoxide developer.

Classic Collection benefits include:

  • 16 intermixable shades
  • Excellent gray coverage
  • Up to 84% more conditioning than the leading professional cream color
  • Up to 61% more shine*
  • Multi-dimensional shades
  • Long-lasting color

*vs. untreated hair


16 Gorgeous “Classic” Shades To Choose From…

16 shades of classic

So if you are looking to get a new look for Fall but don’t want to drop $100+ at the salon, select one of the 16 gorgeous shades from the Classic Collection and get a professional look in the comfort of your own home.

Clairol Professional Classic Collection Hair Color can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply stores and online at

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  1. Clairol Professional Classic Collection Hair Color
  2. Clairol Pure White Creme Developer
  3. Color Bowl
  4. Color Brush
  5. Hair Clips
  6. Gloves


Separate dry hair into four quadrants and secure with hair clips.
Mix equal parts of hair color with developer (Approx 2 oz of Color and 2 oz of 20 Standard Cream Developer).
Apply using desired technique for a full head or brush on roots for retouch application.
Process for around 30-45 minutes total. (45mins for gray hair)
Wash and style!

If you are ready for a change this Fall, start with one of the 16 beautiful shades from the new Clairol Classic Collection.

Come back next Tuesday to see who was lucky enough to get a FREE makeover, by yours truly, that includes a complimentary hair color change courtesy of Clairol Professional! It’s going to be great!


Check out some gorgeous Clairol Classic hair color makeovers
on Instagram by searching for the hashtag #ColorMeClairol

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Classic makes a comeback. Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection‘ offers 16 timeless shades with a modern formula for brilliant shine and deep conditioning.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clairol Professional via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clairol Professional.