L’Oreal: Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo and Triple Resist Ultimate Strength Solution

I have challenged myself, as a beauty AND animal lover, to each year eliminate one beauty brand that still does animal testing from my shopping list. I have to say that picking L’Oreal this year has been a challenge. I love L’Oreal products. However, I hate animal testing more.

You will continue to see reviews from me on various L’Oreal products, all of which I purchased prior to the end of 2013. These are two that I have just finished up using; Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo and Triple Resist Ultimate Strength Solution…

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I moved to the Denver area 14 months ago from Orlando. Good bye humidity; hello dry skin and hair. It has taken longer for my hair to normalize than for my skin. But, I didn’t waste any time in purchasing products that gave lots and lots of moisture to both.

Just last year, L’Oreal came out with several new niche products for various hair-related issues. I was eager to try some of them out. First was to get a hydrating shampoo as that is the quickest product that can make or break (literally!) hair!…

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Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo made my hair instantly soft. I tried this product after going through 2 previous bottles of L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5. That was more moisturizing than Power Moisture however, I was experimenting to see if it was better than Total Repair 5.

The aroma is full and you get creamy suds which I know some may not care for. Since my hair is long, I do use a nice size dollop of ‘poo. I felt I was able to rinse out the shampoo very easy and my hair did feel very clean and healthy. Since I always follow up with conditioner, since I get massive tangles, ¬†Power Moisture worked very well with whatever the conditioner of the moment was.

The after shampooing and conditioning care of my hair is probably more important than the washing part! This is where I can get a lot, no wait…..A LOT of breakage and shed. Earlier this past Fall and early Winter, I had so much breakage that I was alarmed. Before I decided to head off to the doctor, I switched up to a haircare product specifically to strengthen my locks before my hair became visibly thinning. Personally, I felt I could see that is was thin but to anyone else, I sure they wouldn’t have seen what I was seeing. Vanity isn’t used too flippantly around me.

Once more, picking out a newer L’Oreal product, I tried ….

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Let me tell you that this product is awesome. It did make my hair stronger and has been vital in being part of my regimen to keep my hairs in my head. I didn’t have to drench my hair with Triple Resist either. I just did a few squirts at the roots, temples and ends and gently. with a wide-tooth comb, comb through my hair.

The fragrance is so mild that I had to open the bottle to even find an aroma. This spray isn’t sticky or greasy; nothing! But, oh, did it work! The info on the bottle was convincing and it wasn’t until I got home that I read through all the ingredients. Here’s your opportunity to read them too…

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Did you know amino acids are the building blocks to your body AND your hair? Arginine is one of those and it creates a bonding effect with hair, which is a protein. Proteins are made with a combination of amino acids. I was pleasantly surprised to see the ingredient Arginine as the third listed one and not WAY down the list. And is that citronellol I see listed? Extra points for keeping mosquitoes away!!!!

Triple Resist has a very cool delivery system. This type of nozzle really does help me from OD’ing with too much product…

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Even though I thoroughly believe these two L’Oreal products have helped my hair return to a healthier state, I have had to make new product choices. I have discontinued purchasing Essie and OPI (a choice I made last year), which wasn’t near as difficult. And other brands have been even easier yet to leave behind because of their animal testing. Much like when I gave myself a year challenge of eating no fast food, it wasn’t easy at first. In fact, I still have people ask me in amazement ‘You don’t like fast food!!??’ Well, no, I did like fast food and many items I bet I still do. I have just made a choice to not use those products because I do not believe them to be healthy from my body. I’m choosing to not purchase L’Oreal products because I do not believe it is necessary to test on animals and I do not wish to purchase from them because of that.

I’d like to challenge you to give up one brand this year that isn’t cruelty-free. Which one will you pick?

Pure Ice: The ‘Free Spirit’ Is Willing; The Manicure Is A Fail

Only one day away til the first day of Spring! I have always love celebrating that day because….it’s my birthday!!!

Here is a manicure I played around with for St. Patrick’s Day. I found that so many of my green polishes didn’t want to be opaque. So, I took white polish to try underneath with this one…

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This isn’t a nice-looking manicure at all. Here’s what I used…

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I started out with love and beauty’s ‘White’…

 

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Then I topped it off with Pure Ice’s ‘Free Spirit’…

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Each, in the bottle are so pretty and gave me hope. Can you see a bit of shimmer in ‘White’?…

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I left my pinky with just ‘White’ on it to see if the shimmer would show. After two coats, it really wasn’t going to happen. And then, literally, slapped on ‘Free Spirit’ because I could see I wasn’t going to get the effect I was looking for. And, I put on three coats…

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“Free Spirit’ has sparkly teal glitter but it became dull and uninteresting on my nails. This St. Patrick’s Day manicure wanna-be only lasted one day. It was a fail.

And, a bit of a confession, I did my right hand with just ‘Free Spirit’ and that’s why I went with a white polish underneath on my swatch hand. I couldn’t make either of them mind!!

I’m glad to move on from green manicures for now. How about you? Ready for other Springtime pretties?

St. Patrick’s Day Manicure

Yes, I am part Irish and I align myself with my Irish heritage strongly. So, you won’t find me going without wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day!

I have been wearing green polish for the past 3 weeks but this last one has been my favorite…

DSCF0049 DSCF0052‘Emerald’ from Forever 21’s love and beauty polish line is not a new polish. I know I’d had it quite some time. However, gosh, what a sparkling beauty. After using a coat of Lumos bottom coat, I had to put on FIVE coats of ‘Emerald’ to get it this opaque. And, actually, I am not totally happy with just five. It’s still a bit weak, but it is a jelly so…

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My camera did great picking up the sparkles WAY better in the bottle than what it shows on my nails…

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Besides having holo green sparkles in there, there are also green and gold shard glitter pieces. But, they were super bashful. I did get a few on my nails, however, they didn’t show up obviously. I did top my manicure with Color Club’s Eco Chic Top Coat. It wasn’t so strong in preventing tip wear.

Nonetheless, I LOVE ‘Emerald’! If you are going to go Irish, love & beauty’s ‘Emerald’ will keep you from getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day.

I also wore green Docker’s. Did you have a green manicure and/or wear some green clothing?

Laissez Faire: A Christmas Palette For Fun

I guess I got a lot on clearance from Walgreens after Christmas because I’m still photographing and playing with items I have in the ‘need to review’ box. Yet, even though I have a lot in there, I didn’t pay much at all. Seriously! Look at this cute Profusion palette that was $5 at regular price and I got it for $2.50!…

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Gosh, I’m hypnotized by the case’s pattern…

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There is quite a bit going on inside the case…

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And that is just the top case! Look what is in the second side…

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Let me start with the second side. The neutrals here are very, very soft…

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When you look at my swatches, I used my usual Q-tip swab swatching and I scrubbed! I picked three shades to swatch and you can barely see the color on the very far left…

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The far right swatch is the pink blush, the one at the top…

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This is just fine if you want a very subtle look. Of course, a decent brush picks up, and transfers, the powder a bit better. Oh, and the lippies are glosses. When I placed my lip brush into them, it sunk right down to the bottom of the pan. They are so creamy I do not know how they keep from dripping out of the palette. So, naturally, they don’t last but a brief moment on the lips. As pretty as the lip shades are, they have no lasting power at all. The blushes, however, build so nicely and I love both shades.

Here’s a snapshot of the top palette right after I swiped my Q-tip swab on some of the shadows to swatch…

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Whoa! Super-ultra powdery!! But, look at the payout…

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No scrubbing required! I loved the way these all blended together and I didn’t mind the fallout because they applied so creamy and dreamy.

For $2.50, I am very happy. The colors blend, albeit with fallout from the top palette, yet not a crumb from the bottom palette. The two blushes are perfect, either together or on their own. The lip glosses are fun to play with but they don’t last but an hour, if that. This is the type of palette I’d take on a road trip because I would be able to make a lot of different eye looks with it but also, if it got lost, it wouldn’t break my heart a lot.

I am usually closely supervised when doing photographs. My big bear, Sebastian, just hangs out in the laid back mood…

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Can you be so laissez faire about a cheap palette?

ZMask: Anti-Wrinkle Face and Eye Masks

Occasionally, I get opportunities to review items that I think my readers would enjoy and would like to learn about. I have been focusing quite a bit on skin care in my own, personal life over the past year as I’m wanting to do what I can to keep my lovely, smooth complexion. Even though that’s said wryly, I am having a birthday this month and truthfully, my peak has already past. Now I’m just holding back the signs of time as best as I can afford.

Over the past 6 weeks, I have been testing out ZMask. I had never heard of this product before but with buzz phrases like:

  • Made with natural seaweed extracts
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, and mineral oil-free
  • Clinically proven to reduce wrinkles, ¬†smooth skin, and improve skin elasticity

I was very interested…

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The box has a lot of info on it itself…

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I couldn’t find a number at to a total number of people that gave these percentages however, it’s a starting place for me to look for those results, hopefully, myself.

This is the Complete ZMask System…

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This has 12 full face masks, 12 under eye masks and a bottle of the Instant Youth Potion.

The brochure that came in the kit had lots of information about the ingredients of the products but, it didn’t have any info on how or when to wear the Instant Youth Potion. I’ll speak more on that in a moment.

Even though the instructions state that the masks can be used up to 3 times a week, I did one mask per week along with using the eye masks later on that same week. Don’t be scared, it’s just me working on my wrinkles!…

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I have used paper masks in the past and I think they are really neat. They are not messy like liquid masks. One week I did this while I was in the middle of experiencing a migraine. I don’t know what possessed me to do this with a headache but the cooling sensation of the mask felt really good! I will have to remember this!

Each mask has instructions on it on how to use it but really, it’s a no-brainer. Here’s for the full mask…

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And, for the eye masks…

 

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The masks do not become dry. They stay moist during the time you have them on. Once the time is up, you just peel off the paper mask, throw it away and gently rub in the residue. Here’s what I thought about the residue; it was cooling, as I mentioned. Once I rubbed it in and it dried, my skin was so smooth. It did feel a bit tight which was more of a plumped up feeling rather than a dried skin tight feeling. I did follow up a few times with the Instant Youth Potion…

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The potion didn’t lessen the tight sensation. It didn’t really add to it but I figured out, on my own, that the potion is meant to plump up the skin as well. So, in retrospect, I would use the potion as part of my morning skin ritual. I did this for 4 days straight and I found that I didn’t care for that tightening sensation. Mostly, I believe that I am not accustomed to that sensation.

I will say that even with the skin-tightening, I visibly saw that my skin was smoother. After each type of mask, my crow’s feet wrinkles around my eyes was lessened. I didn’t notice any changes with the wrinkles I have on my forehead.

My box of masks doesn’t look like the box advertised on the ZMask website. I notice from the copyright date, 2010, that maybe I received an older product. Also, my box calls the product ‘Zephyranthe’. I suspect they renamed it ZMask just because it’s easier to remember and customers relate better to brands they can pronounce.

Overall, I found the masks to be soothing to my psyche as well as to my skin. There wasn’t a detectable odor, I didn’t get any irritation and my skin did feel hydrated and nourished.

Have you heard of ZMask before? Do you prefer paper masks over liquids?

 

Disney’s ‘Ocean Mist’ for a Splendid St. Patrick’s Day Nail Polish

Did you know that Disney has its own polish line? Yes! And who else could make such magical shades as this one?…

DSCF0400This is ‘Ocean Mist’. Isn’t it a great, sparkly green for the advent of Spring, fanciful leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day?…

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Sadly, photos do not even begin to show the almost holographic sparkles in this polish. The various colors are so tiny that you have to stare super hard to see them individually…

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I don’t know if this is a shade that Ariel would wear as much as I imagine Ursula sporting it. In person, it is not subdue. I had more people ask me if I was wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day. Yea, well, that too. But I received this find bottle of polish in a Secret Santa gift exchange…

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And it is special just because of that. I will mention, however, that this polish glided on like a fine Disney on ice skier. I have on just two coats and the leveling ability is star quality. Just remember when you take it off, you are going to be left with some of these teeny bits of glitter as a souvenir of your Disney polish, like a fine ‘Ocean Mist’. The wear was average for me, 4 days with a Color Club Eco Top Coat. Even though ‘Ocean Mist’ didn’t need a top coat to add any shine, I do it to get extended wear.

Are you sporting your green for March? Have you tried any of Disney’s polishes.