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Ole Henriksen

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Last Call for Sephora Beauty Insiders!

Hey ladies! Just wanted to make sure you knew that today was the last day for Sephora Beauty Insiders to go and get their FREE Benefit Push-Up Liner mini, with any purchase. I did, and I'm loving it. And yes, it does stay and stay and stay!

You should have received an email with the coupon code in it. If you're not a Beauty Insider, sign up! They always have something going on for those in the know. (They're having a Benefit even next weekend!)

I love being able to try things before committing
to buy them!

So go, pick up your liner today!

xoxo,
Brett

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Clarisonic: Hot Offer For Great Skin!

Clarisonic. You've heard of it, I'm sure. But maybe you're not sure what the benefits are - I mean, let's face it, we've been cleaning our face with soap, water and washcloth for years. And that seems to be working OK, doesn't it? Yeah, I thought so, too. And then I was introduced to the Clarisonic. I was a changed woman. (and you can be, too!)

The Clarisonic is a sonic skin cleaning system that removes makeup, pollution and helps you fight the aging process. How much better is it than washing manually? Six times! That's pretty amazing.

However, what sealed the deal for me is the way my face felt after just the first use. It was clean, it was soft, and my serum and moisturizer sunk in so much faster. It was a revelation!

Beauty.com $15 off $75 purchaseNow that I've been using the Clarisonic for over a month, my skin just keep getting better. Less breakouts (yes, I have adult acne, especially during THAT time of the month), less dry patches (OK maybe no dry patches anymore), which has resulted in a much nicer appearance both with and without makeup. And at 36, it's nice to be able to go without makeup and not feel like a hot mess.

You can get the Clarisonic at many retailers, but beauty.com is running a coupon to save you $15 of a $75 purchase. There are several models of Clarisonic, but I believe the $99 Mia, is great and is what I use.

If you've been on the fence about trying the Clarisonic out, now is a great way to check it out at a less expensive price.

Do you have a Clarisonic? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with it!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Not Your Mother's - New Products

I must first confess, I love Not Your Mother's dry shampoo. It's one of my favorites that I purchase over and over again. So when I had the opportunity to try some other products from the line, I was all in.

I have been growing my hair out for over a year now. And now that it's gotten long, I am really concerned about the ends staying nice, free from split ends or getting too dried out and looking like straw. That's not a good look for anyone!

However, I tend to have oilier hair that is fine, so the conditioners I choose are normally on the light side to not add to the oily mess that my hair can become, and also not weigh down my fine hair. It's a balance. And Way To Grow delivers!

Way To Grow is a spray leave-in conditioner. It smells great, too! It's not too heavy, not too light. I believe I'm getting the benefit of my hair being easier to comb through, protection for heat styling, and the added benefit of having it stay in my hair all day to continue protecting my hair. I can't see any downside to this! (And it's easy on your wallet at $6 a bottle.)

After I have my conditioner set, I have been trying out Plump For Joy, which is a thickening hair lifter. I can't lie, I was skeptical. How can it both thicken and lift? Well, it can! I put some on the roots and about halfway down my hair. For best results, I'd recommend drying your hair upside down to increase the volumizing effect. And about that thickening? I could really tell a difference when I pulled my hair up into a pony. I was a little shocked!

So, this product might not be a good fit for those of you lucky ladies with already thick, voluminous hair - but it's a win for those of us who struggle with limp, lifeless, thin or fine hair. Again, it's only $6!

Both of these products (and more from the line) are available nationally at CVS, Ulta and Walmart.

Let me know what you think if you try them!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Empties Review - It's All About The Hair!


I've been missing you gals (and guys!) It's that time again to let you know what I've used up and am loving. Oddly, it's all hair products this go around. But thats OK! We have to take care of our hair, too, so let's get started.


I am a big believer in touching up those pesky gray roots at home. I don't know about you, but I don't have time to run to the salon every 2 or 3 weeks to keep the gray away. So, I started doing that at home, when my schedule permits and it's working out great. I'm really loving the Color Brilliance Cream Color from ION. My hair has been highlighted and is quite long now, and I really like the ombre look, so it's easy to choose a color close to my natural hair color and fill in the roots, and achieve a beautiful ombre style.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Of course, you don't have to do this, because the ION color is great for all over coloring if you're not interested in highlights ( or if you have really short hair) It takes about 45 minutes for the color to process, and I find myself doing the dishes, watching a show, catching up on some reading while it's doing its thing. It's like double tasking! You can find the ION color (and the 20% devloper that mixes with it) at your local Sally Beauty Supply.


Long hair needs some extra pampering, so that it doesn't dry out, break and look scraggly. I've been loving the Matrix Color Bloom Mask. I use it once or twice a week, leave it in for about 5 minutes while I'm finishing up in the shower and it really seems to keep my color looking vibrant and my ends feeling moisturized (which is essential when you're growing your hair out, so you don't end up with lots of split ends that will have to be cut off) You can find this at some drugstores and Ulta stores. 


Dry Shampoo, I love you. I became a believer in dry shampoo over the last year and do not know how I functioned without it before. I try different kinds all of the time and just recently finished two bottles. Not Your Mother's dry shampoo is great - the white cast isn't terrible, it smells nice and the bottle is fairly large. I had never tried it before, and I'll definitely purchase it again.

I also went through a bottle of Tresseme Dry Shampoo. I picked this up in a hurry at the grocery store. The price sucked me in - it was cheap and on sale. So I grabbed a bottle and hoped for the best.

I'll be honest, it has a little bit more of a white cast, but it dissipates quickly once you brush it through. It's a great economy option (and is easy to find since it's pretty much everywhere.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss - First Impression

 I love a good lip gloss, don't you? But I hate the overly sticky feeling of many and the way my hair gets caught in my lips when the wind blows. Yuck.

I recently got to try the new lip glosses from the Urban Decay Naked line. I was pretty excited!

First, they are so so pretty! All of the colors are in the neutral/naked range - so they are light and perfect for spring. I tried a few and personally, some were a little too light for me - I preferred those with a tiny bit more color - something closer to my natural lip color. Rule34 and Beso fit the bill nicely. Naked is pretty, but just too nude for me.

Second - They smell nice. I'm generally off put by lip products that have funky and/or a chemical smell. Naked glosses smell fresh, with a hint of mint. But nothing so strong it's all you can smell. It's just a nice, clean fresh scent.

Third - They're not overly sticky. This is huge. Glosses appeal to me (and maybe you) because they're easy to apply, give some color and moisturize. But sometimes that moisture comes with stickiness. No thanks. The Naked glosses feel slick when applied - a definite selling point.

Fourth - The applicator is great. It's a paddle applicator and it picks up just the right amount of product so you don't have to double or triple dip to get the right amount of gloss.

Want to get yours? Visit Urban Decay and pick a few up. They're $20 each and come in nine nude shades.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Paint it Forward!

Organ donation is not a subject that usually pops up in casual conversation, something Todd and Tara Storch – founders of Taylor’s Gift Foundation – know well. So ‘Taylor Blue’ was born.

The couple established Taylor’s Gift after losing their 13-year-old daughter, Taylor, in a skiing accident in March 2010. Tay
lor’s Gift supports and promotes official Donate Life organ donor registrations in the United States. 

“We knew we needed a ‘conversation starter’ about organ donation,” Tara says. “We’re aware that this isn’t an easy topic for most people, so we decided we needed something that could make it easier to talk about.

 “Since our largest support group comes from women 18-44, we decided that a nail polish would be a great way to spark conversation. Taylor had the most beautiful eyes in a gorgeous blue and always got compliments on them, even as a baby. Only a week before the accident, she said to me, ‘Mom, I love the color of my eyes. That’s the color I want for my bridesmaids dresses some day.’ From that point on, that color was precious to us, and there was no question the color of the nail polish would be ‘Taylor Blue.’

“We introduced ‘Taylor Blue’ last year for our Paint It Forward Legacy Gift campaign, hoping it would spark conversation. And boy, did it! Even men painted their thumb!”

April is National Donate Life Month. ‘Taylor Blue,’ created by OPI, will be available for purchase on
www.taylorsgift.org from through the end of April. The 2013 Paint It Forward campaign raised $40,000. ‘Taylor Blue’ was sold and shipped to every state in the United States, every province in Canada, and also had worldwide sales. The goal for 2014 is $100,000.

Net proceeds from Paint It Forward support the mission of Taylor’s Gift and its Legacy Gift program, which provides financial help to families touched by organ donation.

“The name of our Legacy Gift campaign – Paint It Forward – is a play on the words Pay It Forward,” Tara explains. “To us, it means that people are spreading the message of Taylor's Gift with this great tool called ‘Taylor Blue.’ They have the opportunity to help someone else's life one day. This color became the link that made organ donation an easy topic to talk about, discuss and share. And it all started with a conversation on how you can 'outlive yourself.'”



About Taylor’s Gift Foundation

Taylor’s Gift Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Taylor’s Gift Foundation was founded by 2010 with a mission to ‘Regift Life, Renew Health and Restore Families’ by increasing official organ donor registries. Taylor’s Gift Foundation also sponsors the Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade, provides Taylor’s Gift Scholarships to graduating seniors and is launching Taylor’s Legacy Gift Grants to help those touched by organ donation with financial difficulties. For more information, visit
www.taylorsgift.org  or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaylorsGift

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break - Protect your Skin

It's finally here! Spring - and with it comes warmer temperatures and for many of you, spring break! Treat your skin with care and protect it from the damaging rays of the sun with some of the newest and best products on the market today.

Kid Friendly
I know as a kid I hated it when I had to put on sunscreen - that thick white lotion took forever to skin into my skin and I wanted to get back into the water or the sun. Kids today have so many new and wonderful options that won't put them on the sidelines for long.

These Hello Kitty sunscreen sprays are perfect for kids. They offer 30 or 50 SPF and come in fun scents like Pineapple and Kiwi - no kid will be able to resist. Even wiggle worms will be covered in no time with a few sprays that work on both dry and wet skin.
 
Face Friendly
Your pretty face needs protection, but please don't slather body sunscreens on it. Use something specifically for the face, like La Roche-Posay's Anthelios 30. It's a cooling water-lotion that will protect and refresh skin without clogging pores or causing breakouts. Because let's face it, a breakout is never wanted! I love this because it melts into skin almost immediately, leaving no residue behind.


A Little Bronzing
Unless you've been tanning all winter (and really, is that good for your skin?) your legs might be a little pasty for spring break. No worries. Australian Gold offers sunscreen (15-30SPF) with bronzer to protect and add a hint of color so you won't blind everyone when you step out into the sun for the first time this year. Bonus: It smells great, too.


After Sun
Mistakes happen. Did you get a little too much sun? Even if skin just feels tight and itchy, Alba Bontanica's Very Emollient After Sun Lotion will soothe, hydrate and replenish skin. Made from 85% aloe vera and no parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances, you can feel good about putting this on anyone in the family.