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The Oscars are over for this year, but have you seen all of those gorgeous celebrity hairstyles? I cannot get them out of my mind. Sometimes I wonder how I can get my hair to look as fabulous, shiny, full, lustrous and sexy like the celebs I see on the big screen or in magazines. What IS their secret?
That was before I learned about Pai-Shau ’s Biphasic Infusion. It's every Hollywood Hairstylist’s secret weapon. In a quick shake of the bottle and spritz to the locks, hair is instantly Oscar-ready - with a silky smooth shine.
Biphasic Infusion is a potent rejuvenating concentrate containing the highest content of Signature Tea Complex . Biphasic Infusion provides extreme shine and healthier looking hair from the very first use. An advanced binary technology drives the Signature Tea Complex deep inside the cuticle to nourish the hair’s structure, attracting moisture and locking it inside. Fortified with antioxidants and amino acids, it surrounds hair with a sheer veil of shielding properties known to provide thermal and environmental protection. And like all Pai-Shau products, it is Cruelty Free - PBA Free - Gluten Free.
Pai-Shau is the first tea-infused hair care products for every texture, every style, everyone. I was sent samples of Pai-Shau ’s amazing products to review. I received their Biphasic Infusion and their Style Souffle.
After washing and conditioning my hair as normal, I towel dry it and then add a few pumps of Biphasic Infusion throughout my hair. (I let it air dry) and after it is almost dry, I add the Style Souffle throughout my hair, and twist it up into a loose bun. When my hair is 100% dry, I remove the bun and finger style my hair. (See my hair in my photo below.) My hair has never looked this healthy.
Now that I have learned the Hollywood hair secret, MY hair looks just as amazing as any of those celebs. I never thought it would be this easy to have such healthy, beautiful hair. There are no split ends, there is no frizz, and there is none of the usual breakage. My hair feels like silk and I swear my hair is growing much faster than normal, too. And did I mention it smells good, too?
Look for fabulous Biphasic Infusion available at fine salons nationally and pai-shau.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Spring is here! What better way to welcome the new season than with your most radiant white smile yet? Whether it’s cleaning out your closet or refreshing your beauty routine, this season is all about fresh starts.
Just in time to help you shine, Colgate is pleased to introduce you to the latest innovation from Colgate Optic White - Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White. This new formula goes beyond the surface to whiten teeth from the inside out, revealing your most RADIANT white smile for a brighter, more radiant you.
Radiant™ includes Pro-Oxide™ Complex, with hydrogen peroxide, the professionally recommended whitening ingredient to both whiten below the tooth surface and remove surface stains.
This premium toothpaste is also formulated with a new unique cooling technology so that you may enjoy an intense freshening experience. It contains the highest level of fluoride in an everyday toothpaste to prevent cavities.
I received a sample of Colgate Optic White - Radiant Toothpaste to review. I have been using Colgate as long as I can remember because it is my favorite brand of toothpaste. After using the Radiant toothpaste for a little over two weeks now, I am noticing that my teeth are substantially whiter. I have never seen results this quickly with any other whitening toothpastes or treatments. I am very impressed!
I love my whiter teeth!
Suggested retail price: 3.0 oz toothpaste for $6.99
Available now at Mass, Food and Drug stores nationwide!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Get Ready for your Close Up with Correxiko- The Skin Supplement
Putting skincare on your face is so 2016. Banish dull, lifeless skin in the long term. This skin supplement nourishes your skin from the inside - so it can heal and repair itself and you can ultimately enjoy softer, younger, prettier skin.
Your Nutritional Target:
Intensively nourish your skin from the inside, banishing a dull and lifeless complexion for good. The Correxiko Skin Supplement is formulated to give your body the building blocks to heal and repair itself. The Skin Supplement was created to help feed skin cells and provide the nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. These components make the difference between aging skin and younger looking skin. There isn’t any kind of diet in existence that provides all the nutrients, encased in the Skin Supplement’s capsules, every single day. CORREXIKO’s Skin Supplement lessens the results of cell aging over time; meaning that you protect your face, neck and body daily from the signs of aging in the years the come.
You’ll start to feel more awake and energized within 3 days and experience the full range of benefits (from the increased, targeted nutrition and probiotics) within 12-18 weeks of consistent daily use.
CORREXIKO’s Skin Supplement provides the single most comprehensive and targeted formula for improving and protecting your skin in the short and long term. No other beauty supplement in the skincare industry provides the formulas, ingredients and doses that are contained within each of the 5 capsules in the Skin Supplement Sachet.
Your Daily Dose of Beauty:
This sachet of nutritional beauty supplements contains 5 capsules specially formulated to target your distinct skincare concerns:
- CELL ANTI-AGING Capsule
- SKIN SMOOTH AND SOFT Capsule
- SUNCORREX Capsule
- PRO-ABSORB Capsule
- ENERGY+ Capsule
You’ll receive all of the benefits of this doctor recommended, ground-breaking formula that includes 60 active clinically proven ingredients.
- Astaxanthin to neutralize free-radical oxidative stress
- Lycopene for UV protection
- Collagen precursors to support the strength of the dermal matrix (including elastin and collagen fibers)
- Hyaluronic acid to maintain extracellular hydration
- Resveratrol to help the body’s fight against inflammatory action
- Additional Potent Probiotics to help your body absorb nutrients effectively
- Natural Energy + Mood boosters to help awaken your body and mind
- Essential Nutrients, Enzymes, Amino Acids, Minerals and Superfoods to stimulate skin renewal
- For all skin types.
What can you expect? You will start to see skin firmness, texture, glow and a lessening of fine lines and wrinkles within 12-18 weeks of consistent daily use, though benefits may be seen earlier, increased energy may be noticed from Day 3 onwards.
- For Oral Use – 1 sachet daily (5 capsules) take after meal, not on an empty stomach
- The Energy+ capsule contains natural energy and should be taken early in the day
- The benefits of each sachet are enhanced by drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water daily.
- Must be taken daily for effective results – do not exceed
Enriching and protecting your body from the inside is a long term goal. For optimal results take for at least 12-18 weeks and benefits accumulate with long term use.
Once desired effect is achieved, switch to maintenance dose –1 sachet every 2-3 days
If you feel unable to swallow capsules whole, Correxiko capsules can be opened and the ingredients inside can be sprinkled into juices, yogurt, smoothies, or over salads.
Retail Price: $98.95
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My Degustabox arrived two weeks ago. I feel awful that I didn't get the chance until now to review it. Life has been so busy with my daughter getting married in Hawaii last month, and then she had her reception last weekend. Busy, but wonderful times! Now on with my review!
There are so many wonderful, delicious goodies in this month's box, wow! I opened it up in my daughter, Kendallyn's home where she lives with her new husband, Sammy. Kendallyn and I always open my monthly Degustabox together, and I am not going to change that fun mother-daughter time for anything.
Below are the contents of my March Degustabox and my thoughts about each product:
Mrs. Thinster's Cookie Thins™ are thin, crispy deliciously crunchy cookies that are made with natural ingredients. No corn syrup or anything artificial is in these yummy cookies. They are addictive and very delicious.
TOLERANT is designed to make a difference in the lives of those who seek healthier lifestyles, have food intolerances or dietary restrictions through naturally powerful, legume based foods. What a great company! I needed to make a gluten-free dish for a guest at Kendallyn's reception last weekend for a young lady who can't eat wheat, and I was so happy that I had this pasta on hand. I whipped up a very tasty pasta salad, and it turned out amazing!
GOOD THiNS is a delicious line of snacks that starts with real ingredients - like potato, rice, and corn - combined with delicious flavors and baked thin crispy. I love them! It's a snack that not only tastes amazing, but is very satisfying and good for me, too.
Who doesn't love Boboli? They make such delicious pizza crusts! I simply grab a jar of pasta sauce, toss on some veggies or pepperoni, smother it in cheese, and bake for ten minutes at 350 degrees, Dinner is served!
You go, Lemoncocco! (Mean Girls movie reference, if you have seen the movie) I am crazy about anything lemony! Unlike traditional coconut water beverages, Lemoncocco™ has a fresh and smooth finish. It contains just a splash of coconut cream which gives it a distinctively sweet and velvety flavor and texture. Lemoncocco™ contains only pure cane sugar and it's just 90 calories in a 12 ounce serving. I would definitely buy this again.
Made with dough and rich filling, our croissants satisfy your hunger in the most delicious way! I actually am not a fan of peanut butter and jelly, but these were okay. I think they would be perfect for a child's school lunch or snack.)
Paul's Quinoa Bars are produced with only 100% natural, certified organic and certified gluten-free ingredients. This a really delicious, high-energy and low calorie bar. I love it. I could eat these all day long!
Maximum chocolate pleasure for true connoisseurs! Be enchanted by the most exquisite dark chocolate, a tender heart of light, crispy wafers and a filling of the finest hazelnut cream. I really don't like hazelnuts that much, so these were not really my thing. They look delicious, though! My son-in-law loved them!
Quinoa, a natural super grain, has been cultivated for thousands of years in the Andean region of South America, where it is known as the "Mother Grain" for its nutritional benefits. I honestly have not tried this yet, but it looks very good!
Energems are bite-sized chocolate energy supplements made with delicious dark chocolate and just the right amount of caffeine plus vitamins B and D. Contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. One serving, or three gems, is the caffeine-equivalent of a cup of coffee and has only 50 calories. Energems are the tastiest way to get you through the day. I think they are great for a tasty pick-me-up.
And there you have it! I love trying all of the products and especially finding something that I really like and will buy again. I said it many times, and I will say it again, Degustabox is the best monthly delivery subscription food box EVER! SO worth the price and definitely worth the wait!
To learn more or to begin your monthly Degustabox subscription go to: https://www.degustabox.com/us/register
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Festival season is almost upon us, prep and primp for Coachella (or Gov Ball) in style with these three festival beauty essentials, plus hair hacks from Brazilian beauty expert:
A go-to beauty bar! Sometimes, you don’t have the will or time to primp.MB45 it with new quick service salon MB45 studio where you can get a mani and fresh blowout in 45min flat… add a festive braid and you’re out in an hour ($65-$80).
A natural dry shampoo! Sweltering festival weekends can take a toll on your hair. ABBA hair care’s brand-new Dry Shampoo ($22) is translucent, with a light texture and cucumber scent that’s not overpowering. Perfect to take with you while you’re on the go between sets.
A light styling mousse for braids! Mousse is perfect for adding lift, styling festival braids and can double as a UV protectant. Try MOP hair care’s brand-new Lemongrass Volume Whip ($22) – (FYI this is the same volume whip used to get the voluminous looks found on Halle Berry at the Oscars and Maisie Williams at the SAGs this year)
On-The-Go Festival Hair Hacks – Beauty Expert Fernanda Lacerda
1. You curled your hair this morning but now it's flat right before evening festivities? Twist hair into a loose bun and let it down just before, this trick always gets my curls back.
2. You get caught in the rain/humidity and you’ve got a hot mess situation? When in a hair jam or a hurry, braid it baby! Boxer braids are super chic, a braid into a bun can give a really cool effect as well and is easy to accomplish on your own.
Stylist: Beauty Expert Fernanda Lacerda, Owner of MB45 Studio franchise and Maria Bonita Salon & Spa
Salon Clients: Alessandra Ambrosio, Cintia Dicker, Lais Ribeiro
From hot yoga to spin class, it’s important to fill your gym bag with the best beauty essentials to keep you looking and feeling 9fresh, natural and effortless after a workout. With these beauty essentials, you’ll look like you never worked a sweat and ready to conquer the day.
Goldwell Kerasilk Volume Re-Power Dry Shampoo ($29.99)~
Get rid of sweaty hair with Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Dry Shampoo. It instantly revitalizes hair, leaving your locks luxuriously, silky and shiny just in time for your after next appointment.
Where to Buy: www.goldwell.us
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener ($7.50)~ Add moisture and a touch of shine to your lips after a workout with C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener. Its formula is mint-infused to provide a glossy shine with a refreshing cooling sensation. Your lips will stay moist while the peppermint oil gives your breath a dose of long lasting freshness
Where to Buy: www.bigelowchemists.com
Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Cream ($15.00)~ The cold fitness studios can ruin your hands. Condition your hands with Molton Brown’s Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Cream, a moisturizing product with fresh notes of honeyed comice pears, gardeniaand sweet biscuit. It’s an indulgent addition to your hand care routine this spring.
Where to Buy: www.moltonbrown.com
Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer ($30)~
Take out post-workout redness with Mally Beauty’s Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer. Its formula works as both a primer and a color-corrector. Not only does it seal in makeup, it is designed to eradicatesun spots, redness and visible veins. You can wear it alone for a flawless fresh face or under make up to lock in your look.
Where to Buy: www.QVC.com
Hitting the festival scene? TULA, Touch, Mally Beauty and Soap & Paper Factory have you covered with all the beauty products that you’ll need during your music-filled days outdoors.
TULA Urban Defense Hydrating Mist ($28.00)
Music festivals are filled with countless toxins that can damage the skin. TULA’s Urban Defense Hydrating Mist is made to protect our faces from environmental toxins that irritate and prematurely age the skin. Rose water, coconut water and hydraluronic acid help to calm skin and boost hydration all day.
Where to Buy: www.TULA.com
Touch Germ Block ($5.99)
Bathrooms are scarce during music festivals, so it’s important to bring hand sanitizer. With Touch Germ Block™, you will be able to protect your hands for up to six hours. Its unique formula softens and conditions your hands with a special blend of essential oils and skin softeners. Touch Germ Block’s™ aerosol spray is easy to use and distributes the product quickly and evenly.
Available in: Mint Green Tea Aloe, Ocean Mist, Tropical Breeze and Unscented
Where to Buy: Walgreens, CVS, and Meijer
Mally Beauty H3 Lipstick ($21)
Wear a pop of color with Mally Beauty’s H3 Lipstick. This product provides triple hydration with just the right amount of coverage. The formula is gel based rather than wax, so it leaves lips nourished and rich in pigment all day long.
Available in shades: Grapevine, Rosy, Poppie, Nudish, Buff, Coraline, Angelic, Sheerly, Crush, Hibiscus, Flame and Flush
Where to Buy: www.QVC.com
Soap & Paper Factory Mini Rollerball Perfumes ($16)
Smell great on-the-go with Soap & Paper Factory Mini Rollerball Perfumes. Made with the finest ingredients, these products hydrate skin while leaving it lightly fragranced. Roll the scents onto your pressure points for a light touch fragrance that will last all day and carry with you for touchups.
Available in Verbena, Green Tea, Jasmine, Gardenia and Lavender
Where to Buy: www.soapandpaperfactory.com
Brighten Up Your Look with John Frieda Hair Care
It’s a new season which means it’s time to revamp your look. Bring out the beautiful color in your hair with John Frieda Hair Care – no salon visit necessary.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Collection ($9.99 each, ULTA)
You love being a blonde, so why let your captivating colour be anything but amazing? With this collection, your blonde will shine brighter than ever. Take your color from dull to dazzling with the NEW John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter collection, infusing it with a shimmery pearlescence to reveal a brighter, bolder, more reflective blonde.
- Start your shower off with Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Ultra Illuminating Shampoo to improve translucency and light reflection while it cleanses, revealing a boosted blonde .
- After shampooing, apply the Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Blonde Perfecting Treatment to revitalize and harmonize your blonde, adding an overlay of stunning shimmer that moves naturally in the light. Apply first to the underside sections of the hair, followed by the top and back sections. Then add one all-over, full coat to the hair. Wait five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Wash hands after use and allow three washes between each treatment.
- Finally, apply Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Ultra Illuminating Conditioner. This weightless conditioner will moisturize, nourish and smooth hair, while leaving behind the shimmery, pearlescent finish.
For best results, use the Shampoo and Conditioner daily, but make sure to allow at least three washes between each treatment application.
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Lightening Collection ($9.99 each at food, drug and mass retailers)
Get that natural looking sun-kissed glow with this trio of shampoo, conditioner and in-shower treatment. Introduced in 2016, this is the first at-home range of products to lighten and brighten brunette colour right in the shower. It will illuminate warm honey and caramel tones in your hair to make it look naturally lightened by the sun.
- Prior to shampoo and conditioner, start off with the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-Shower Treatment. Your brunette color will instantly be lifted up 1 shade, bringing out its lighter, warmer dimensions. It works by removing a type of melanin from the hair shaft that’s particular to brunettes, resulting in a permanent, all-over lighting. The dual-tube applicator lets you blend the lightener in your hands, with no extra mixing step. Run the foaming treatment through your hair, leave it on for 5 minutes, and then rinse completely.
- Gradually brighten & illuminate glowing brunette tones with the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo & Visibly Brighter Conditioner. They take brunette hues in a warmer, more golden direction and add s shine for extra brightness.
For best results, use the Shampoo and Conditioner daily, and apply the treatment approximately once every four weeks (1-2 times during each color cycle)
LADIES: HARNESS THE POWER OF HAIR REGROWTH IN A HELMET
For 40% of women who suffer with hair loss and the self-consciousness it leads to; finally, there is a discreet FDA cleared at-home product designed strictly for women. Theragrow™ is a helmet worn at home that harnesses the power of laser light to minimize hair loss and promote hair growth. It delivers the same precise wavelength and dosage of energy proven to rejuvenate hair follicles and effectively regrow hair.
Only lasers with a wavelength between 670 and 686 nanometers can penetrate deep enough to reach the base of the hair follicles and stimulate growth; a depth of 3 to 5 millimeters. No other light source, including devices using LED light, can achieve this.
By treating the base of hair follicles, Theragrow's proprietary cold laser technology ensures the mitochondria - the energy generator of hair cells - is reactivated. The mitochondria then produce cell energy that is absorbed by hair follicles stimulating new hair growth.
More than half of women experience significant hair loss by age 50, but the process begins much earlier. Topical medications work for less than half of the women who try them and most women are not candidates for hair transplants.
"We are excited to provide a viable, cost- effective solution specifically for women who haven't seen adequate results from topical treatments and cannot take the only prescription drug available because it is only FDA cleared for men. More than 90% of women in a recent user group reported positive results from treatments delivering the precise weekly amount of laser light energy you get with Theragrow, explains Tamim Hamid Ph.D., Theragrow Inventor, CEO of Theradome Inc.
The lightweight Theragrow™ helmet houses 40 individual lasers. It provides maximum scalp coverage to treat all areas affected by androgenetic alopecia, the condition suffered by most women reporting hair loss.
After the first treatment the process of halting hair loss and rejuvenating your hair follicles to grow healthier, stronger, thicker hair begins. Laser light therapy targets the stem cells at the base of hair follicles. It’s working deep beneath the surface even before you see visible results.
Low-level laser light technology has been proven to :
Repair, improve and grow hair in women.
- Reduced hair loss
- Increased hair thickness and density
- Thicker hair
- Fuller overall body
Visible new hair growth on top and crown of head
Answers to frequently asked questions
Q. How often do I have to use Theragrow™?
A. 20 minutes 4 times a week and you can watch TV, read, and work at a computer while you are wearing it.
Q. Does Theragrow™ make noise?
A. No it is quiet and cordless.
Q. Is Theragrow™ right for me?
A. Theragrow™ is an FDA-cleared, over-the-counter (OTC) medical device to promote hair growth in women with androgenetic alopecia, having Savin hair loss scale classifications I and II with Fitzpatrick skin types 1 to 4. Hair growth in skin tones 5 and 6 has not been documented. Hair growth in levels Frontal III, and Advanced has not been documented.
Q. What comes with my Theragrow™?
A. You get everything you need to start regrowing your hair right away, including a Quick Start Guide, instructions for use, foam pads to adjust for comfort and fit, and a micro-USB cable for charging.
Q. Is it safe?
A. Yes! Numerous studies confirm that low-level laser light therapy has no harmful side effects. However, we do not recommend using Theragrow™ if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have been diagnosed with cancer. Consult your physician if you are concerned about underlying medical conditions.
Q. Can I use other treatments simultaneously?
A. Yes, you can use Theragrow™ while also using minoxidil or undergoing hair transplant procedures. You’ll find complete instructions and details in your Theragrow™ User Guide.
Q. How many times do I have to purchase Theragrow™?
A. It is a one time purchase. Owners will simply have to replace the batteries after 18-24 months.
Q. Do I have to keep using Theragrow™?
A. Yes, as with any low level laser therapy for hair growth, if you stop doing it, the problem will return. However once optimized results have been reached (generally accepted as a year of use) it is possible to reduce usage to two times per week for maintenance purposes.
Retail Price: $495.00
Theradome™, the maker of Theragrow™, is a medical therapy company located in Silicon Valley focused on developing the world’s most technologically advanced Laser Phototherapy (LPT) devices along with complimentary, superior scalp products. Tamim Hamid, Theradome President and developer of Theragrow™, is a former NASA Scientist and Ph.D. Biomedical Engineer. Our company is committed to restoring health and confidence in people all around the globe by bringing affordable, clinical strength hair rejuvenation therapies into the home.
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*Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. However, I fully support this company.
Spring is here! As you may know, hygge is the newest lifestyle trend. It’s a Danish concept that embodies the feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple pleasures in life. It is about creating an atmosphere that makes you happy. Embody the hygge lifestyle with these essentials:
C.O. Bigelow Candles ($36.00, www.bigelowchemists.com)
C.O. Bigelow’s candles are especially crafted with the highest quality fragrance oils. They can burn for up to 60 hours, creating the ultimate comfy experience. Candles are vital to the hygge experience and can transform any room into one that is warm, cozy and inviting.
Available in Smoke, Neroili, Musk, Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint, Freesia, Fig, Eucalyptus and Amber
Carthusia Home Diffuser ($45.00, www.bigelowchemists.com)
Carthusia’s Home Diffusers are a great way to add warmth and intimacy to an environment. Once the reeds are dipped into the perfume, the fragrance gently diffuses into the air around, creating a comfortable atmosphere.
Available in Corrallium, Fiori di Capri, Mediterraneo and Via Camerelle
TULA Exfoliating Treatment Mask ($54.00, www.TULA.com)
Treat yourself to an indulgent face mask during hygge. TULA’s Exfoliating Treatment Mask gently exfoliates and purifies skin, revealing a glowing complexion. Its formula is suitable for all ages and all skin types. The product’s probiotic technology leaves skin nourished and balanced.
WelleCo Super Elixir Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea ($69.00, www.welleco.com)
WelleCo’s Super Elixir Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea is a natural and effective blend of herbs that are perfect when you need a moment of zen, stillness and calm. It contains lemon balm, passionflower and mango flower to create a soothing drink. This product is the perfect way to de-stress, the ultimate hygge essential.