Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician® Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner

Through the years, I have abused my hair to no end. I have permed, colored & highlighted. I blow dry, curl iron & flat iron. I'm always looking for a way to keep the signs of abuse from showing. BzzAgent recently sent me the Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician® Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner to try. I was also sent samples of the Glossing Cream™.

Products within the Fekkai line:
  • Have luxurious textures and refreshing, invigorating scents
  • Help maintain the healthy look of your hair
  • Have all been tested in the world-renowned Frédéric Fekkai Salons
  • Are developed to meet the standards of Fekkai's A-list clients
  • Address specific needs of different hair types
  • Include shampoos, conditioners, masks, glazes, mousse, creams, lightweight hairsprays and shine mists.
With four high performance collections available, beautifying your hair is easy:

With olive oil
Helps restore shine to normal or dull hair

Shea Butter
With shea butter
Helps restore moisture to dry, unruly hair

Technician® Color Care
With Triple Color protection complex
Helps prevent fading and guard against UV rays

Full Volume®
With botanicals
Adds body and volume to fine, limp hair

Glossing Cream™ – The Fekkai Finishing Touch
This award-winning, frizz-fighting, soft-seeking shine cream works for nearly every hair type. With olive oil, it reboots shine. This superstar formula is a secret from the runway to the red-carpet for that finishing touch.
The trick is using just the right amount – a pea size is enough to add that perfect finishing touch. Rub in your palm and run through your hair – avoiding the roots.

I really, really didn't want to like these products, and I'll explain why later. But I did. The shampoo has a nice, soft floral scent. The conditioner had a slightly bolder scent that leaned towards the fruity, but not bad plus a little goes a long way. I did not have to use huge globs. They not only leave your hair feeling super soft and healthy, but my color has not changed or turned brassy. You can also feel the difference as you are using. With some other shampoos, my hair feels like a blob of knots as I shampoo, not so with Fekkai. The Glossing Cream is AMAZING! At first I thought that a cream would weigh my hair down. Nothing could be further from the truth. After styling, my hair was soft, beautiful & shiny. I am my own worst critic and I loved looking at and touching my hair.

Now, for the downside. The product is very pricey. That is why I did not want to like it. At all. I mean the small 8 oz bottles are $22 at Target slightly less on Amazon. And I wash my hair practically every day! Can I afford myself that luxury? I have debated that question over and over. And although I really can't, I do love how my hairs looks & feels. So after a long debate with myself... shut up! yes, I do talk to myself!... I decided that I would use the Fekkai shampoo and conditioner every 3rd wash and the glossing cream every day! Might as well put truth behind my husband's claim that I am high maintenance! ;-)

**I am a BzzAgent. I received the products free of charge to review, share, and provide my honest opinion.***

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Burt's Bees® Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin

Looking for a gentle, effective way to cleanse, moisturize and care for your sensitive skin? One with ingredients from nature? Forget all your frustrating attempts and look no more. Burt's Bees® Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin is a new line of natural skin products distinctly formulated to cleanse and moisturize your vulnerable skin without causing redness or irritation. Sounds almost too good to be true!
Infused with the softening properties of Cotton, Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin replenishes skin in a way only nature can. Tap into the gentle power of natural ingredients, like Cotton, Rice, and Aloe, with clinically proven formulas to hydrate and help shield skin from potential irritants and help replenish skin's outer layer. And since these products are from Burt's Bees, you can be confident they work. After all, Burt's Bees has been creating the best in natural personal care products for over 25 years.

With Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin, your days of trying product after product, hoping for a solution to your sensitive skin woes are over. Because all four products – Sensitive Facial Cleanser, Sensitive Daily Moisturizer, Sensitive Eye Cream, and Sensitive Night Cream – take care of your sensitive skin naturally so you can look beautiful, feel beautiful, and confidently face the world.

I received the Burt's Bees for Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser & Daily Moisurizer as part of a Bzz Campaign. I had the opportunity to try it for myself and my daughter did as well.

I liked the products for myself regardless of my skins sensitivity. Both the cleanser Y the moisturizer are mild and have a very light scent. I like that it is made with mostly natural ingredients. What would give it a 5 star rating from me would be the addition of an SPF of at least 20 if not more.

My daughter also liked the products. Her skin flares up pretty easily. The products were gentle on her skin and did not cause any redness. She has a hard time finding affordable products for her skin. She like the price point as well as being able to purchase at Target. Since we live in Florida, she would also like to have sunscreen in the moisturizer.

Burt's Bees for Sensitive Skin Line

* Is naturally gentle and skin-friendly for daily use
* Contains Cotton Extract to soften and shield from potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers
* Is Fragrance-Free and Hypo-Allergenic
* Is Dermatologist-Tested and Allergy-Tested
* Can be found in mass retailers (like Target or Walmart), drug stores, grocery stores, and natural health food stores nationwide
* Is 99% natural

Sensitive Facial Cleanser

* This soap-free facial cleaner is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing away dirt, oil and makeup without over drying or causing redness or irritation. Also, it:
* Contains Quillaja, which is extracted from the bark of the Soapbark tree and provides a natural foaming lather
* Contains Yucca, a desert plant high in saponins, which have traditionally been used in cleansing
Retail Price $9.99

Sensitive Daily Moisturizer

* This all day, nourishing moisturizer is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin without causing redness or irritation. Also, it:
* Contains Rice Extract to moisturize
* Contains Aloe to soothe
* Is Non-Comedogenic (it won't clog pores)
Retail Price $14.99

***I am a BzzAgent. I received the products free of charge to review, share, and provide my honest opinion.***

Monday, November 7, 2011


Post Vacation Depression. Not a myth. The depression kicks in when you have to start un-packing, doing laundry, house cleaning and just your every day life in general. Gone are the days of traipsing around foreign countries, eating delicious foods and being pampered on a cruise ship.

So yes. I am back. And a tad bit depressed. I have reviews lined up that are begging for my attention and those will hopefully be up soon. I will also be posting tips and reviews of my recent trip to Paris, Barcelona & a trans-Atlantic cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic.

So stay tuned!