Sunday, August 22, 2010

'Yes to Carrots' Shampoo & Conditioner [Review]

I picked this shampoo and conditioner up at Target last week and I have been using it all week long.  I am in love with it!  It just might be my new favorite shampoo and conditioner ever!

Yes to Carrots describes this set:
The shampoo cleanses, nourishes and moisturizes your hair and scalp with Dead Sea Minerals, revitalizing and protecting it and leaving you with luminous, luscious locks. The Pampering Hair Mud Conditioner nourishes, conditions, softens, smoothes and tames even the wildest of tresses.

The scent of both the shampoo and conditioner is amazing!  It is a light, airy and fresh scent.  Kind of like carrots but not, at the same time.  I feel like these products have left my hair (which is notoriously weird) feeling healthier and cleaner than other shampoo/conditioner's that I have been using recently.  I also feel like my scalp feels more refreshed than usual.  I feel good when I use this shampoo and conditioner.  I know that I am supporting a good cause (by choosing to use something cruelty-free) and I like that I am surrounding myself with less chemicals.

Pros - cruelty free, paraben free, natural, organic products.  Cleanses well and rinses clean without leaving behind a residue.  Left my hair smooth, soft and moisturized.

Cons - could be difficult to find for some people. 

Click here and you will be brought to the 'Yes to Carrots' website, where you can save 10% of the retail price.

Have you tried anything from this product line?  What did you think?  Any other suggestions for me to try from this line?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Himalayan Salt Rock Lamps

Special Mother Day Gifts Packof2 Himalayan Salt Table Lamps 5~7 Lbs

I got a set of these salt rock lamps for my birthday this year.  I would say that, price-wise, your best bet would be to order these salt rock lamps online.  I have found that specialty healing shops, etc. seem to overprice them and charge a lot.   Clicking the picture above will bring you to a set of two salt rock lamps that are available on Amazon.

If you know me, you know that I really like Himalayan salt rock home decor, whether it be lamps, candle holders, solid plates of it, etc.  The warm, rich color that the rock turns when illuminated is beautiful and there are supposed to be a multitude of health benefits associated with these lamps (though as far as I know, this has not been proven).  Besides offering a gentle glow to soothe and calm, these lamps are said to emit negative ions, which help with reducing dust, bacteria, pet odor, insomnia, idor, allergies, sinus issues, depression, migraines, anxiety, fatigue, colds, ADHD, and asthma [source]. 

These lamps are one of my most favorite things I have ever received.  I love the soft glow, the fact that they are a conversation piece in my home and office (I have one at home and one at work on my desk), the fact that no two are the same and just the way I feel when I look at them.  I definitely think I will have these lamps for many years to come.

Here is what my lamp looks like in my bedroom (at dusk). 
I keep it next to my fish, Magma, because I know he enjoys the soft glow.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

'Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner' Review

Redken Color Extend Set

I got this shampoo when I dyed my hair dark brown (with some blue and a few highlights), a few months ago.  I needed something that would help my color to remain vibrant (for a reasonable period of time - it always fades over time) and I also wanted to maintain as much moisture as I could.  The salon I went to used Redken products so I opted to try some of the Color Extend shampoo and conditioner.

Overall, I have to say that I like this Color Extend line from Redken.  It smelled light and delightful, cleansed and moisturized my hair and I feel that it made it more manageable while styling it.  The shampoo successfully removed any product buildup from my hair and the conditioner replaced any lost moisture and smoothed the cuticle, making it easier to comb through after bathing.  I also feel that there was some slight protection from sub damage and fading that can be caused from being outside.

The great thing about these salon products is that you can get value sets a lot of the time.  This makes the cost more affordable and you can try it without spending full price, most of the time.  Be sure to check places like Ulta, beauty websites or click here to go to Amazon to find specials on this value set from the Redken line.

Monday, August 9, 2010

eos (Evolution of Smooth) Lip Balm

I just picked this lip balm up at Rite-Aid the other day.  It comes in a variety of flavors including lemon drop (spf 15), honeysuckle honeydew, summer fruit and sweet mint.  I picked up honeysuckle honeydew and summer fruit (since that is all the store had). 

According to eos, this lip balm:
•provides Long-lasting moisture

•Shea butter & vitamin E

•Smoothes on clear

•New smooth sphere precisely glides on to lips

•Twist-off top





eos lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.
This lip balm is fun, perfect for Summer (or any time you want to indulge in cute packaging) and I highly recommend it!  The container is forward-thinking, it's affordable (price ranges depending on where you buy it from), you can get it at many different stores, the flavors are delightful and it is a joy to apply.  I like the feeling on my lips, it's not too thick but it lasts and doesn't come off right away.  Plus, it's not tested on animals which is great as well!  I am sure that when I take this out in front of friends, it will be sure to be a conversation starter.

eos Lip Balm Sphere Honeysuckle Honeydew 1 ea
Just click on this picture and you will be brought to Amazon! 
I am definitely going to check out the lemon drop (with SPF 15 ) next.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The original Cosmopolitan story - by Cointreau staring Dita Von Teese

I love this video - I think Dita Von Teese looks beautiful in it!

Monday, August 2, 2010

mark. Earth Eau de Toilette

Mark Earth Eau de Toilette Perfume

I just bought this perfume through Avon and I am in love with it.  Listen to the description:

Created with the global goddess in mind, our latest fragrance is a lush, beautiful blend of dewy green notes, fresh-cut flowers and warm, tender woods.
It looks like Avon or Mark. might be discontinuing it, so if you are into this kind of scent, you can get it for $7.99 right now!  Just click here and you will be brought to the Avon website!  I highly recommend this fragrance, it's a great price if you are unsure if you would like it and the bottle looks absolutely darling sitting on my bathroom counter.  I think that the woodsy/grass smell is a great pick-me-up, especially since I live in the city.  I might even have to buy myself some more bottles, just in case.  If you do try it out, let me know what you think!