As someone always looking for the right product for my curly sexy hair, alas… I’ve found a product that doesn’t break the bank like my other favorite, Kerastase, or give me crunchy curls!
Curly Sexy Hair Curling Crème, $16.95
This conditioning crème tames unruly curls and gives them strength, shape, and definition. Curls will retain moisture and hold, resulting in smooth, frizz-free curls. This product also works great to refresh second day curls. A vacation must-have.
My latest secret obsession (well, not so secret now, eh?) is, you won’t believe it… Vanessa Williams’ ReVitalistic Re-Start Skin Serum. It’s sold on QVC, but I was sent some product to review for my blog and was surprisingly impressed. Normally, I’m skeptical about a celeb skincare line, but this serum smells delicious and doesn’t clog my pores.
Consistently rated 5 out of 5 stars, 89% of reviewers also said they would recommend the product to a friend so, apparently, I’m not alone.
The product glides on, works great under make-up, and a little goes a long way. People also claim that they don’t need a moisturizer, anti-aging cream, and primer as this can replace all of them. I happen to agree. It manages to moisturize and nourish without the need for extra product to slather on. As someone who travels frequently, that’s, perhaps, it’s biggest selling point. More room in the suitcase for local gifts and souvenirs!
ReVitalistic by Vanessa Williams retails for $68 and can be purchased on the QVC website here.
Some of my loyal readers know should by now that I have curly hair that requires a lot of attention. Well, okay, maybe attention isn’t the right word. It’s more like… moisture. Mama needs moisture!
This is particularly true when I travel and even more so in the wintertime. But… just like there’s no universal foundation shade, there’s no universal hair product. From extremely porous to tightly curled, let’s just say that ethnic hair types present their own unique set of challenges, but the pain is worth the “You’ve got really cool hair” reward. Which is why I was over-the-moon about Philip Kingsley’s latest innovation, the new Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Moisture Extreme Conditioner, developed specifically to address the styling, processing and nourishment needs of ethnic textured hair, reducing breakage and protecting against friction. The great thing about this product is that my mom tried it too and, although she doesn’t have ethnic hair (in fact, she’s got baby fine slightly wavy hair), she fell in love with it too. It smells delicious and left my hair the softest it’s been in years without any greasy buildup.
Based on 55 years of Trichological expertise, these new formulations provide the perfect amount of hydration for hair like mine, which often suffers from low moisture content and elasticity shortcomings. The formulations help lower the surface tension of hair and give extra surface glide, making it beneficial for chemically processed and synthetic hair, too, including extensions. Without stripping the natural oils from the hair, it uses mild cleaning agents while the Moisture Extreme Conditioner contains a combination of four naturally derived oils that work together to condition the hair from the cortex to the outer layer, including, Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Avocado Oil, and Babassu Oil.
I’m in haircare heaven, guys. I mean it. And yes, these bad boys come in handy travel sized packaging, as well.
Retails for $22-$27.
I’m a sucker for all things travel and beauty so when I came upon Rodial‘s new line of product called Dragon’s Blood, I was anxious to dig in. How cool is this? Dragon’s Blood is sourced from the red sap of the ‘sangre de drago’ tree in South America, and works to form a second skinlike film, protecting against environmental damage and containing anti-inflammatory properties. Dragon’s Blood Hyalouronic Moisturiser, which has built-in SPF 15 that works hard to plump and firm dehydrated skin for 24 hours. This light and easy-to-apply cream soothes and protects sensitive skin while providing long lasting moisture and tightening fine lines; a must have for thirst quenched summer skin. Plus, who can’t resist a line of product called Dragon Blood? I bet that’s what the khalessi on Game of Thrones wears. Duh.
Retail price is $60.00 at www.nordstrom.com