Top Box: Beauty Box October 2016 #beautybox #topbox #beauty #canada


Hi. Here’s an impromptu beauty post for those of you interested. I usually stick with my Luxebox beauty box which comes quartlerly each year but I notice the same company has started doing a monthly box in Canada. This means the beauty box (or bag if you choose) is a great price and equal to a monthly beauty bag from the US, but not with the price of the US dollar. It cost me $12.60 Canadian for the first bag. Even though they were products I’d received or tried before, I like the little bag and was satisfied with how much you get in products for one month, verses quarterly. So here’s what I received:

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The Bag – I opted out of the box to be environmentally friendly.

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A Full Sized Nail Polish in the colour Sorcery from Ceramic Glaze (14 ml) – a dark blue-green shade

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Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo Mini with Sea Buckthorn Berry (Obliphica) (0.7 net wt Oz.) – I love this dry shampoo! I found it at one of my favourite salons before and was pleased with how well the dry shampoo worked, giving your hair lift at the roots.

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Delectable (miracle material) Ultra Nourishing Handcream – Coconut and Cream (2 fl. oz) – Another awesome full-sized product. I had this as a sample in the same size before and I used it all up. It’s wonderful handcream and the coconut smell isn’t overwhelming!

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The POREfessional Pro Balm to Minimize Pores by Benefit (0.1 fl. oz) – this sample was small, but it’s Benefit and their makeup is more expensive. This is one their best products. I’ve raved about it before. It makes your skin so smooth and is the perfect primer in any weather. It’s light and your skin doesn’t break out and only a small amount of product, goes a long way. So even, the sample which is small, will last long!

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 

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Beauty: The Messy Lived in Bun


Kate, from The Small Things Blog in a Messy Bun (www.thesmallthingsblog.com)

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If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know one of my favourite beauty and lifestyle bloggers is Kate from The Small Things Blog. She does some awesome makeup tutorials as well as her forte, wonderful and easy to follow hair tutorials. Kate used to be a hairstylist before she had her two lovely baby boys.If you have mid- length to longer hair and you have second-day hair, or you want to throw-up your first day hair into a wonderful messy bun, here are a couple of YouTube videos by Kate on how to get the perfect messy bun. The second video works best for me, but you might find her most recent method better for your hair. It is up to you 🙂

To make texture in my own hair for a messy bun, I will often tease the hair at the crown of my head with a salon brand of dry shampoo (such as Bedhead or Scruples) and a rat-tail comb. I also use Unite Texture Spray to give my hair more volume, texture, and a lived in messy look, followed by more teasing at the sides and underneath of my hair. 

You can curl or make waves in your hair before you make your messy bun, as Kate often does, but as long as you make your hair a mess with products, such as the two I suggested, I don’t find curling your hair or making waves before is necessary if you have straight hair. If your hair doesn’t stay in a messy state and begins to fall before you put it up into a bun you might want to use hairspray such as Davon’s Strong Hairspray (which you are still able to comb out) before you put your hair up. A light mist will do. As well as a mist over your hair when you are finished styling your hair into a messy bun.

Generally, the messy bun is a hairstyle you want to be able to do fast, to get the hair out of your face, or to do a hairstyle that still looks nice but is able to be done on hair that won’t do much else. A messy bun is a style that works well if you have small children, but it is also stylish enough to do to go have dinner with a friend or another couple.

Please watch these two wonderful messy bun tutorial videos below by Kate. If you can’t see the videos when you receive my blog in your email, you will have to go into my blog to see the videos, or click the links provided above the videos to go right to Kate’s blog page of the tutorial.

1.The Messy Bun

2.The Lived In Bun

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Thanks for reading and watching and make sure to check out more of Kate’s Hair Tutorials on her blog. Kate makes doing pretty looks with your hair look easy and I love that you can actually do the styles she teaches you to do, as compared to some other YouTube or other, hair tutorial videos! 

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©Mandibelle16. All Rights Reserved.

Hair Products and Styles Pallooza


It is always a struggle to find the perfect hair products for your hair, especially if your hair is long. For the last few years I have been using Groupons to find hair salons to get my hair done. Not only did it save money but it was interesting to talk to various hair stylists and finally, find the hair stylist that I was going to stay with. In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada my favourite places to visit for a haircut and/or highlights were ChromeDandy SalonEvelline Charles DowntownFluid Hair, and Icon Hair. I ultimately, went with Icon for my hair. My hair stylist does a fab job and there is also a spa associated with this hair salon. But my second choice would be Fluid because they did a great job on my hair. Unfortunately, there is no spa attached, they’re just a hair salon.

The products that I have been using on my hair have been from Fluid and Icon. I like them because they work well with my hair and address specific issues I deal with.

  1. Davines Strong Hairspray
    http://www.us.davines.com Davines Strong Hairspray

    1. Davines Strong Hairspray – (www.us.davines.com) – $29.00 -Davines Strong Hairspray delivers a fine mist of hairspray that “gives structure, endures humidity, can be worked after application, dries out quickly, and is easy to remove.” The product is paraben free with no added colourings; it also gives extra “moisture” and “bounce.” My own experience with this hairspray has been a bit of a journey. I was not to happy with it at first even though I knew it was a more environmentally-friendly hairspray then the one I had been using. But it grew on me. I learned not to apply a lot like you do with many other hairsprays. A few sprays about 30 cm from your head will do the trick. What I like I about it is that despite the fact that it is a strong holding hairspray it is pretty easy to rework the hairspray if you change your mind and want to do a different hairstyle or redo your hair on the second day. Ultimately, I ended up being very happy with the product. I am almost out and will buy it again. Usually, I go with a more flexible hairspray but Davines allowed me to use it as a hairspray that was flexible and as a final spray to keep my hair in place. They do have a flexible hold hairspray if this is not a flexible enough hairspray for you. This hairspray has lasted me about nine months so it not something you are going to have to be purchasing often.

Davines Moose
http://www.us.davines.com Davines Medium Hold Moose

2. Davines Volume Boosting Moose  (www.us.davines.com) – $26.00 – This moose is a volume boosting moose with the texture of “snow.” It is compact and light to the touch with a medium hold. You apply it to damp, towel dried hair and it and all Davines products are Carbon – neutral/ Zero Impact products to the environment. This is one of the best mooses I have used. I find I need something to make my hair have volume or my long length and large amount of hair weigh my hair itdown and it sits on my head flat and straight. I have been using this moose for several months now and I am impressed by how long it lasts. The container lasts about three or four months. I have long hair but I don’t find I have to spray a large amount of form to keep putting in my hair. One palm full is fine and my hair is good to go for blow drying. The only bad aspect of this moose is that if you want to leave your hair to dry without a blow dryer it doesn’t work that well. Your hair doesn’t looking nice if you leave it to air dry with this moose. However, it does seem to work well when I attempt to curl my hair giving my curls more hold then other mooses have.

Davines Sea Salt Spray
http://www.us.davines.com Davines Sea Salt Spray

 

3. Daven’s Award Winning Sea Salt Spray (www.us.davens.com) – $27.00 – This product is a styling spray that gives the hair “fullness” and “body” with a matte finish.  It gives “texture, extreme volume, light control, a dry effect – tousled and beach like waves, and body minimizing the electrostatic effect.” It is a paraben free product with no added color. You can spray the sea salt spray into wet hair to increase the body or spray it into dry hair to increase the volume and give a matte effect. I bought a travel size version of this product to give my hair exactly what it is says “volume” and “body” but I haven’t been pleased with the results. I thought I was using the product incorrectly so I asked my hair stylist how to use it and she says the best way to use it is to apply it to damp hair and let your hair dry without a blow dryer. I tried that several times and while it did give a beach-like wave it looked like I left my hair to dry wet and that I just hadn’t bothered to do it. It doesn’t work for me well even if I blow dry my hair after using it. My hair ends up fuzzy, dry, and flat because of the salt which can dry hair out. So, perhaps, this would work for people with thinner hair or hair that is less fine then mine. Altogether, was not a fan of this product.

Unite Spray Conditioner 7 seconds
http://www.shop.unitehair.com Unite 7 Second Spray in Conditioner and Thermal Heat Protector

4.Unite 7 Second Spray in Conditioner and Hair Protectant – (www.shop.unitehair.com) – $32.00 for 8 0z.-  I love this product. It smells wonderful and it works great. Within 7 seconds my tangled hair is easy to comb out after my shower. Your hair is nourished by protein and mostirizures after using Unite. It is also a UV and thermal protectant. The product also “locks” in col0r; repairs, protects and strengthens hair; and is free of parabens and sodium chloride. All you have to do is towel dry your hair and spray “4 to 6 times” in your and then you can put in your other styling products. I can’t say enough about this product it is one of my all time favourite products and I would highly recommend  it to anyone whose wants a thermal protectant and also needs a bit of moisture in their hair, especially in Winter.

Unite texturize spray
http://www.shop.unitehair.com Unite Texturiza Spray

5. Unite Texturiza Spray – Dry Finishing – (www.shop.unitehair.com) – $35.00 – I actually came upon this product on my own. I knew I needed a good texturizing spray for some of the updos I try to do from Kate at The Small Things Blog so when I picked up some of the 7 second Conditioning Spray I tried this texturizer and I am thrilled with it. This spray adds “texture, volume, and fullness” to dry hair. It is a dry translucent finishing spray and will add “unbelievable” volume and texture all day and night. It has a medium workable hold. An example of when I use this spray is when I want to achieve an undone bun in my hair. I tease my upper-crown with Bedhead Rockaholic Dry Shampoo and then spray the rest of my hair with the Unite texturizer. Automatically, my hair becomes bigger and poofier and I have great texture to pick my hair up from the sides and twist it into a messy bun. Or I spray some in my hair before I braid it to give my hair texture so the braid sticks together as I braid it. It is very much preferable to me then a texturizing powder. Although your hair feels like it has texture on it it’s not an awful amount compared to the texturizing powder which leaves your hair feeling gross. Pretty much any hairstyle where you want some lift in your roots, this is a great product for. I highly recommend it.

Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo
http://www.biova.net Bed Head Rockaholic Dry Shampoo

Also, just a short blip about the Rockaholic Dry Shampoo. If you are like me and have trouble getting your hair to stay volumized at the crown a good salon brand Dry Shampoo is great to tease your hair with  until it gets that bump in the back. I have been using it forever now and it’s about $25.00 to $30.00 Canadian and can be found online (www.ulta.com) or at most salons. I didn’t want to do a separate blurb on it as I already talked about it when I compared dry shampoos awhile back. Look in my beauty blogs for that particular blog.

Living Proof 5 in 1 Styling Treatment
http://www.sephora.ca Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment

Another product I use when I get samples is a 5 in 1 hair styling product from Living Proof. It is fantastic to use if you just want to leave your hair down and want it to look healthy, have volume, and sit nice on your head. It is great but I also have blogged about it and it can be found at Sephora for $32.00 Canadian. I would use this more often but such as all Living Proof products they work wonderful but the price for a small bottle that doesn’t last long keeps me from committing to it.

Lastly here are some great hair videos from The Small Things Blog so you can do a few things with your new hair products.

A Twisted UpDo with Glasses:

A Polished and Volumized Ponytail:

Wrapped Braided UpDo:

Lived In Messy Bun:

Thanks for reading!

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©Mandibelle16. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Luxebox – Summer Edition 2015


It’s that time of the year again, Luxebox time. While I didn’t choose an add on to receive a particular theme this time ( I wasn’t thrilled with the themes) I was quite pleased with what I received barring the red lip gloss which was the wrong color for me. When I put it on it looked like whore red on me. I also disliked the batiste dry shampoo, it sucks, I’ve tried it. But I loved the rest so here they all are:

   
           

Dry Shampoos: The Best and the Worst


www.dove.ca
http://www.dove.ca

1. Dove Dry Shampoo (aprox. $7.00 Shoppers Drugmart) – Dry Shampoo, according to what I’ve learned, is supposed to do two things to your hair. Dry Shampoo is supposed to give your hair life for a second day (make it cleaner by absorbing oil) and it is also supposed to volumize your hair. The best dry shampoos are so good as volumizers that you can use them to rough up your hair and give it texture, even tease your hair at the crown (for instance) to get lift. Dove is not one of those dry shampoos that gives much volume. It smells wonderful and makes your hair feel soft and cleaner but it does not give your hair any lift. In general, I have learnt that only the more expensive dry shampoos will do this. I was told this by my hair dresser and through purchasing cheaper dry shampoos thinking they might work to create texture and volume I learned I was wrong. Cheaper dry shampoos do not give texture and volume

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo (aprox. $10.00 Shoppers Drugmart) – Although this dry

www.well.ca
http://www.well.ca

shampoo was a bit more expensive then the Dove dry shampoo it had about the same effect. It was good as a dry shampoo to keep your locks cleaner on a second day but it wasn’t much good for texture or volume. It did help my hair feel really clean and it smelled great. The one I chose smelled like pineapples because it had a tropical scent but for creating hair styles that needed teasing it was not a very useful dry shampoo. It could not put volume in my hair at all.

www.kevinmurphy.com
http://www.kevinmurphy.com

3. Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo (aprox $26,00 at certain Salon’s ie.The Beauty Lounge, Chrome in Edmonton, Dandy Salon and Spa ) –  I loved how light and citrusy this dry shampoo smelled. It was divine and when you sprayed it into your roots ( you do that on the first day btw not the second day as most people think, my hair stylist told me this at Chrome in Edmonton) it is still light and not too thick that it makes your hair feel icky and coated. Yet at the same time, it works as an excellent volumizing and texturizing spray. It was easy to tease my hair so I could back comb it and create chignons or just a little lift to the back of my hair. I loved it except for the price. It only lasts a little over a month. The bottle is quite small but it is effective as both a way to keep your hair fresh and volumize it.It is also antioxidant rich and paraben free.

4. Bedhead Rockaholic Dry Shampoo (aprox $26.00 http://www.spasation.com or any

www.bedhead.com
http://www.bedhead.com

Spasation Salon) – I love this dry shampoo and it is my favorite! It is not quite the most clean feeling when you put it in your hair because it is more suited to creating texture but it still works to make your hair cleaner on the second day and absorb oil. It is the best and most excellent volumizer and texturizer. I receive great lift from my hair with this dry shampoo and it is so easy to tease your hair with Rockaholic in, even on a second day, by just spraying a bit of this into your roots on the first day you wash your hair. I love the smell and especially that Rockaholic lasts longer then 2 months for each bottle. It is an excellent value for the price and works by far (for me) the most effectively of all 4 dry shampoos I have featured here. It cleans, texturizes, volumizes, and is a great price value.