Winter Luxebox 2016/2017 #beauty #makeup #skincare


I’m excited because yesterday I was able to pick up my Winter Luxebox from the post office. Luxebox is a quarterly beauty box, so it comes four times a year. I used to be able to choose specific boxes with themes and specific items but lately I haven’t been able or Luxebox isn’t doing this anymore? Nonetheless, I was extremely pleased with the Winter Box for this season. 
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Revlon Style Masters Hairspray Modular 2 – Medium hold hairspray – (75 ml) – Not bad. I like it because it’s medium hold spray so my hair isn’t crunchy. But I do have to say, I’m not a huge fan of Revlon for hair products. But that’s my opinion. I’ll see how it goes while I use this hairspray up.

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Elizabeth Arden: The Original 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant (5ml) – this is truly an all in one cream, it moisturizers and can shape brows, revitalize shine, soothe dry hands/cuticles/nails and even work as a face cream.

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Laritzy Cosmetics Pro Blende Sponge – Multiple Tips for an Airbrushed Finish – Today was the first day I ever used one of these shaped sponges. I quite liked it for a lighter finish of foundation, although, I’ve been using a foundation brush and I don’t think I’d change. This Pro Blender can be used on the rounded end for larger areas of application and can also be used for contouring and blush. The smaller end even works for makeup blending in the eye and lip area.

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4. 

Cake Heavy Cream w/ 20 times the Shea Butter – Intensive Hand Repair Balm – includes also sunflower seed oil,coconut oil, grape seed oil, pomegranate extract, white pine bark extract, coneflower extract, and licorice root. Happy with this because I needed to moisturizer my hands badly!

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5. 

MaxLash Volumizer Mascara (13.5 ml) – Defines lashes with extra large multi-benefit brush – Fewer fibres help create volume and length giving striking XXL lashes

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6. 

Ella + Mila: Nail Polish (0.5 FL OZ) in Pistache – Cruelty Free and Vegan Free – no Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DPB), Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.

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7. 

Manna Kadar – Beauty Simplified – Liplocked Priming Lip Wand – in colour J’Adore – (2.5 g). This I did try, the colour is not my shade at all but it’s a great product. The lipstick goes on your lips well and is moisturizing. It also stays on your lips for quite a while so there is little need to re-apply often.

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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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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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