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Drumroll please . . . and the winners are . . .

The winners of the Roots Only giveaway are:

1. Stephanie P. – G.

2. Rabia A.

3. Norleans Louisiana

4. Gizzele A.

5. Jeanean M.

6. Mikri P.

Thanks for participating. I will be emailing you for contact info today. I will need responses within 48 hours. Thanks!!

Get a free mystery gift bag for Leap Year with orders of $20 or more, and enter to win a $100 e.l.f. gift card! Use code LEAP 2/28-2/29!

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Moisture Superstars

I recently went overboard with the platinum. It doesn’t look bad, just not what I was shooting for, when within 24 hours two men I know quite well looked at me and said “Wow, your hair is white.” I chose the wrong toner, and though it took out the gold, it lifted the blond even higher. Luckily I am so OCD, my hair is not too fried. The last time I got it trimmed, the stylist said “I can’t believe your hair is in this good of condition when you retouch the bleach yourself.”

I’ve been able to stay glam as opposed to “girl next door” trashy in two ways:

1. Lots of research. I am NOT a professional cosmetologist, so God bless all the bloggers and product reviewers out there.

2. MOISTURE. I condition every single day, use leave in conditioner every single day, and only shampoo 1-2 times per week.

So despite the decent condition of my hair, it looked pretty pathetic the other morning after dying it. I frantically turned to the “magical closet” to see what I had in the hair product bin. (Yes most people have a drawer, I have a closet.) Voila! Ketastase Elixer from my March Birchbox. First off, it smelled amazing. I felt like an Egyptian princess. Why Egyptian? I don’t know – it gave me visions of laying around all day like Cleopatra. Anyway, it worked fantastically and brought life back to my mistakenly overprocessed locks.

As a side note, I also received a Twistband Hair Tie in the box. I was skeptical about this, as it just looked like a folded piece of ribbon. I was WRONG. It had lots of stretch in it, and held great. PLUS, unlike ouchless ponytail holders, which I like for the most part, it did NOT leave any funky lines in my hair. LOVE!

Back to moisture. Since I was in awe of the Kerastase, I thought I’d introduce to another moisture superstar I am having a not-so-secret love affair with. Time Freeze Firming Day Cream is the first product I’ve tried from Lumene but I guarantee you it will not be the last. It feels so thick and cool on your skin, and uplifting without being restricting. Sometimes these kinds of products can actually make your skin feel tighter and drier – not this one – it’s an awesome mix of moisture and lift.

Finally in the quest to repair my hair, there was one product I was not so impressed with. Biolage Intensive Strengthening Mask was not nearly intensive enough for dry, fried hair. It may work out well for normal to oily tressed girls, but I unfortunally can’t speak to that.

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the last day for my giveaway! (see related stories)

Rusk, you did it again

I know that I just gave Rusk some love, but they deserve some more. Not too long ago, one of my fave gal pals gave me one of my fave things – free samples!! I just tried the Rusk Deepshine Color Repair (that’s a mouthful, right?) and it was much more amazing that I expected. I used both the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo gave a good clean, but light enough that my hair didn’t feel stripped. The conditioner made my hair feel awesome. Both smelled great, like walking through a flower garden almost – light and sweet, not overpowering. I have enjoyed most of the sulfate-free products I’ve tried, but these definitely rank among the best.

My first giveaway!!!! 6 Prizes

I love firsts. Remember recently when I did my first video blog on Roots Only, using the hair comb applicator for both coloring and deep conditioning my hair? Welllllllllll, the company has graciously offered to award SIX of my readers a comb applicator of their very own!!

Check out the requirements below – they’re pretty easy. Entries will be accepted for one week, then I will notify winners by email. Also, be sure to check out my review of the product: http://lpobeauty.com/2012/03/12/first-video-blog-bleaching-and-deep-conditioning-with-applicator-tool/.

Ways to Win

To be officially entered:

1. Like LPO Beauty on Facebook (2 entries)

2. Like Roots Only on Facebook (2 entries)

More chances:

1. Comment on this blog (1 entry)

2. Subscribe for LPO Beauty’s email notifications (1 entry)

3. Follow @rootsonly on twitter (1 entry)

4. Follow @LPOBeauty on twitter (1 entry)

5. Tweet about the giveaway (1 entry)

6. Follow “LPOBeauty” on pinterest (2 entries)

7. Like this blog post (1 entry)

8. Reblog this post or blog about the giveway (5 entries)

Please comment with your twitter name, blog link, pinterest name, etc. to receive credit for your entries. I will use random.org to choose the winners.

The contest will close at midnight central time on April 5, 2012. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.

Good luck everyone!!

Defining Products: Wax or Creme?

So originally this post was intended to be my first “Pricy v. Practical Challenge,” but the two products I chose ended up being pretty different. I was looking for a defining pomade, the perfect mix of wax, creme, and gel. The first, Got2B “playful” creme pomade ended up being all creme. The second, Rusk beingwarped, was much more like a wax. Both promised to shine and define. Only one delivered on both promises.

Winner: Wax!!! The creme gave nice shine and smoothing. However, I just got a new cut; as a midway solution to “growing out my hair boredom”  I had them add a little more angle to the bob, a little more layering, and shorter funkier bangs. So I was really looking to piece out the layers to give my new look some spunk. The creme just didn’t do it for that purpose. The wax did great, giving me a sleek, yet not boring look. Also, it wasn’t too heavy so my hair get get gunky or crusty.

P.S. In the end they tied on price – about $4 each – the Rusk you can get a tiny travel size at CVS, the got2be was full size. However, I felt I had to use more of the got2be to get effect.

Another Great Giveaway

I just can’t help myself. Who doesn’t want the chance to win free stuff? This one is for Hair Flairs.A friend of mine recently told me about something similar – Color Bugs – but they are from Australia (Kevin Murphy) and only stylists can get them. These are basically a fun way to do temporary color, if you are not ready to fully commit to the dip dyed ends and color streak trends.

 

http://www.pinkdandychatter.com/2012/03/review-giveaway-hair-flairs-instant-hair-color-rub.html

March Product Roundup – Skin Detox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am only a quarter Irish, but St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I had a great holiday weekend, in a small town known as the Irish capital of Nebraska. After a weekend of bad habits (unhealthy food – vegetarians don’t fare well in small towns, falling asleep in makeup, too much alcohol, not enough water, no formal workouts, etc.) I looked in the mirror and saw more imperfections emerging than I’d seen in months. So, what a great time to turn to a couple old faves and try out some some new skin products.

First, I washed my face with Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Facewash. I have been pretty satisfied with this face wash. I love anything with scrubbing beads in it and I love anything that keeps acne at bay, so this is a good combo of both.

Next, and I was so looking forward to this, I did the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. Love this mask. My pores feel so tight and clean after using it. The only suggestion I would make is be sure to apply it thickly in all spots because if you have any spots that are too thin they will be more difficult to peel. Some people prefer wash off masks but I am a superfan of this peel off version. I recently got a sample of the black moisturizer – I’m excited to try and you’ll  hear about it when I do 🙂

On to the new products . . .not my first date with Philosophy, so I came in a little biased. So far I had not tried on a product that I didn’t like. This one didn’t disappoint either. I purchased the Dark Spot Correcting Kit because I find the older get, the slower my skin bounces back from blackheads, whiteheads, sunburns, etc. You pour the liquid over the pads, which is nice if they dry out it’s your own fault for not sealing the cap tight enough 🙂 The kit cost about $80 for 30 days worth. They suggest doing it every night, but I’ll probably go with once or twice a week to save money. You move the pad over your face and heads. It’s odd because it felt moisturizing and stimulating at the same time. It brought a fresh rosiness to my face, so I knew it was stimulating circulation. But the oil felt soft and soothing. Then you add the brightening cream which, and I don’t know why this was shocking to me, comes out tan. Obviously, you can’t evaluate the full result after one use, but I will continue using and give an update in a few weeks.

Finally, as a result of my CVS addiction, I got a new moisturizer, Nuance AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream. Nuance is Salma Hayek’s line, carried exclusively by CVS (as far as I know.) I had tried a conditioner in this line, and it was fine, but didn’t really wow me. The moisturizer I did really like though. It has a nice citrusy scent, and it was heavy enough for dry skin, but light enough for daytime. I could tell it had antiaging ingredients because I could feel a little bit of a lift after using it. It cost about $20, which at first I thought might not be worth it. But then I rethought how little it took it to cover my whole face, and therefore how long the jar will last.