Win It! John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection

John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection

Win It! John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection

Congratulations to Luisafer, Lisa, and Danielle!

To kick off the launch of John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection, celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh is holding a 30-minute webcast from 6pm to 6:30pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 8th, and you can sign up on Facebook. Each participant who signs up will be asked to submit a question for Harry Josh and in return will receive one full-size product from the Full Repair collection: Those with fine hair will receive a Perfect Ends Sheer Mist and participants with thick hair will receive a Perfect Ends Deep Infusion. During the webcast, Harry Josh will answer submitted questions!

We asked about summer hair trends and how to incorporate the new products.  To get waves, Josh suggests beginning with John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Sheer Mist before blow drying to protect tresses from the heat and seal the cuticles for flawlessly shiny waves. Then while blow drying with a round brush, curl each piece carefully and set it to keep the shape. Once hair sets for a few minutes, take out the pins and brush out the curls slightly to create a soft and sleek wave throughout. Spritz with a light hair spray for a stronger hold. John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer can also be used, which weightlessly smooths flyaways for a polished red carpet look.

The Full Repair Collection is all about repairing hair that’s overworked, weakened, broken, dull, or flat.  The idea is that these are styling products that give you the styling formulas you need along with repairing ingredients to restore your hair. “The salon-inspired collection specifically addresses an issue stylists are seeing with increasing frequency: short, broken hairs, flyaways and damaged ends caused by constant styling.  The formulas weightlessly mend fried strands while protecting hair from high-heat tools, so she can continue to style and get the look she desires. The products leave hair with movement and body as well as the ability to hold style all while repairing past damage and preventing future breakage.”

Three lucky winners will receive the set of the Full Repair Collection, which includes Full Body Shampoo ($6.99), Full Body Conditioner ($6.99), Protecting Root Foam ($6.99), Perfect Ends Deep Infusion ($9.99), Perfect Ends Sheer Mist ($9.99), and Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer ($9.99).  The approximate value of the prize is $50.

To enter, leave a comment below (on this post) by telling us what question you would love to ask hairstylist Harry Josh.  (And hey, consider submitting for the webcast!)

This contest is open to U.S. residents only.  Please see official rules for full details.

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This Week’s Sales for June 6th, 2011

Upcoming Sales

Feel free to share any upcoming deals you’ve spotted!

  • HAUTELOOK:  Urban Decay (6/6), FHI Heat (6/7), Olivina Skincare (6/7), 29 Cosmetics (6/8), Terax Hair Care (6/9)
  • IDEELI: —

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:   4 for $15 or 6 for $20 Anti-Bacterial; Buy 3, Get 2 free Signature Collection; 4 for $20 or 6 for $24 Wallflowers — all expire 6/8.  20% off any online purchase with code COCONUT20, expires 6/9.
  • BEAUTY.COM: $10 off $60 – you MUST click through this link to receive the offer.  This will expire 7/3.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50, expires 10/26. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115, expires 10/26.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.  Free gift with $&5 Trish McEvoy purchase, expires 6/12.  Free gift with $75+ men’s fragrance and grooming purchase, expires 6/19.  Free gift with any $100+ Art of Shaving purchase, expires 6/19.
  • BLISS: Free travel size Youth moisturizer when you purchase the full size with code FAIRY109. Free shipping on Pro Sizes with code SHIPPRO.   Free full-sized Bliss Fabulously Foaming Face Wash with $50+ purchase with code FABUFREE, 6/1 thru 6/8.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free full-size Naked Rich Color Lip Gloss and free shipping on $65+ orders with code RICH44, expires 6/24.  Free shipping on $65+ orders.
  • CLINIQUE:   Free shipping when you buy a Clinique serum, no code necessary, expires 6/18.  Free floral tote with purchase of 2 Clinique Sun or Self Sun products with code SUNTOTE, expires 6/30 or until supplies run out.
  • DARPHIN:  Free travel-size sample of Hydraskin Serum (5ml) with $75+ purchase with code HYDRASKIN, expires 6/9.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping on any Armani Beauty fragrance purchase with code FREESHIP2, expires 7/1.  Free shipping on $75+ orders with code DESIGNER10, expires 6/28.
  • KIEHLS:  Free shipping on $30+ orders with code FATHERS, expires 6/12.  Free full-sized Lip Balm with any $30+ purchase with code LIPBALM, expires 6/30.
  • LANCOME: 3 free makeup and skincare samples with $35+ order with code AWARDS, expires 6/30.  4 free samples ($94 value) and free shipping with $45+ orders with code AJUNE, expires 6/30.
  • NORDSTROM:  $5 shipping on $50+ orders.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: Receive a deluxe sample of The Moisturizing Gel Cream with any La Mer purchase with code LAMER69, expires 6/22.  Deluxe, beauty-filled tote ($175 value) with any $60 Estee Lauder purchase with code LAUDER36, expires 6/10.  Get a two-tone beach tote with any $85+ beauty/fragrance purchase with code SUMMERP (for pink) or SUMMERB (for blue), expires 6/6.
  • SEPHORA:  Free YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils deluxe sample with $25+ order with code FAUXCILS (begins 6/8).  Free Dior Lash Primer with $25+ order with code DIORMAX.  7 Free Lancome anti-aging serum samples with any order with code YOUTH.  3 free deluxe samples with $25+ order with code DADSDAY.  Choose a deluxe fragrance mini with $25+ order with code MINISCENT.  Free supergoop! SPF 30 lip balm sample with $25+ order with code ACAIBALM.  Free Too Faced primer sample with $25+ order with code PRIMED.
  • SKINSTORE.COM: 20% off select staff favorites with code G2G20, expiration unknown.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA): Free shipping on $25+ orders on 6/9 only.  $10 select body butters, scrubs, shave creams; 2 for $12 Handwashes and Lotions, expires 7/5. Buy 2, get 1 free (makeup), expires 7/5.
  • YSL: 4 beauty samples + free shipping with $75+ purchase with code BEAUTY10, expires 6/30.
  • ZUNETA: 5% off with code ZUNETA5, expires 6/30.

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ Review, Photos

Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ ($34.00 for 1.7 fl. oz. or $56.00 for 4.2 fl. oz.) is described as “oil-free, ultra-lightweight” while using a “patented photo-stabilized technology with long-lasting broad-spectrum protection” against both UVA and UVB rays. Kiehl’s recommends layering over your moisturizer for optimal protection. It contains Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), and Oxybenzone (6%).

The consistency of this is most definitely fluid, and I recommended shaking well prior to use to ensure proper consistency, which is still thin and runny–much like milk but slightly thicker. The thinner consistency allows for easy application, as it spreads well and evenly across the face and doesn’t require five minutes of massaging it into skin to avoid any white casts or streaks, as some thicker and higher SPF products might.

I loved how non-greasy and quick-absorbing this sunscreen was.  It doesn’t leave behind a heavy shine at all–mostly semi-matte to slightly natural in the dry down. It does smell somewhat like sunscreen when applied, but I found the scent faded within a few minutes and didn’t linger throughout the day. When I initially tried this last year, I thought it was breaking me out, so I immediately stopped using it, but I re-initiated testing a couple of weeks ago to great success (and no breakouts), so I’m relieved and pleased to have found a new sunscreen for summer–even if it is still rather gloomy here in June!

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Renee Rouleau Elderberry Toner Review, Photos

Renee Rouleau Elderberry Toner

Renee Rouleau Elderberry Toner ($30.50 for 8 oz.) is a calming and hydrating toner that’s alcohol-free. Over the years, one of the musts in toner, for me, is to ensure it is alcohol-free, because toners that contain alcohol are often too drying and leave my skin feeling stripped rather than refreshed.

The Elderberry Toner is effective while being simple and straightforward.   It removes any vestiges of makeup I might have missed during cleansing (particularly around the hair line), gives my skin a boost in moisture, and preps skin for my moisturizer.   It never leaves my skin feeling dry or stripped, just clean, refreshed, and moistened.  I’ve been using this at least once a day for the past couple of months, and I’ve used–at most–15% of the bottle.  It’s actually cheaper and stretches further than one of my favorite toners–NARS Hydrating Lotion.

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Revlon Strawberry ColorBurst Lipgloss

Revlon Strawberry ColorBurst Lipgloss

Strawberry is a softened pink-red with subtle, warm yellow undertones and flecks of silver and pink micro-glitter. The formula is soft and smooth, and while it’s a little thick and nearly non-sticky, it’s comfortable to wear. I was able to get semi-opaque color with ltitle effort, and there was definitely a high-shine finish.  This gloss wore about three hours on me, which is particularly noteworthy given that it isn’t a sticky gloss.  I wouldn’t call it a moisturizing lipgloss, but it didn’t dry out my lips either.

I detected a subtle scent of sweet vanilla initially, but the scent seems to disappear in the tube and when worn on lips quickly–the two tubes I bought two or three months ago no longer have any scent to them.   The packaging is slim and functional, with a semi-matte black cap and clear tube.  The applicator is interesting, as it is an indented doe-foot (best understood by a visual, as included below).

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Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Strawberry