Long & lush: The hair products you need for spring

The one thing we all need? Shampoo and conditioner.

Just like skincare, there are so many different formulas of haircare that you can pick up that are targeted to your specific hair texture and needs. Whether you are looking for a blonde refresh, some much-needed moisture, or to tame frizziness, there are many haircare lines and products that will help give you your best hair yet.

So if you are looking for some new products to check out, then keep reading.

Nexxus Blonde Assure haircare line

Nexxus Blonde Assure Colour Toning Shampoo and Conditioner

I’m already a huge fan of the Colour Assure Shampoo and Conditioner for Coloured Hair, so when I saw that they came out with a line specifically for blondes, I was sold.

The Nexxus Blonde Assure Colour Toning Shampoo (C$14.99) uses the line’s ProteinFusion blend, which contains keratin protein and violet pigment to rid any brassiness on blonde or silver hair. After regular use of this line, you will notice much more vibrant colour that lasts longer and looks fresher.

This shampoo is a purple one, which I like using once a week (I usually only wash my hair twice a week anyways). I’ve actually found that my hair has been looking very brassy lately so I have been leaving my purple shampoo on my hair for longer than usual before I rinse it out. I really love this formula since it includes the same ProteinFusion blend that’s already in their Colour Assure line, which I find leaves my hair feeling and looking very soft and healthy.

Pair the shampoo with the Blonde Assure Colour Toning Conditioner (C$16.99), which helps to condition dry and damaged hair, while also enhancing colour and neutralizing brassiness.  It’s very gentle on the hair and works beautifully with the purple shampoo to really bring out blonde, bleached, platinum or silver hair.

Avon Propoli Thera haircare line

Avon Elastine Propolithera Damage Repair line

When I think of Avon, haircare usually doesn’t come to mind, so I was quite surprised when I got in their Elastrine Propolithera Damage Repair line.

Consisting of a shampoo (C$24), conditioner (C$24), and hair mask, this line is inspired by nature and helps to repair and soften damaged hair, leaving it looking and feeling more smooth and manageable. This line is sulfate/paraben-free (perfect for hair extensions) and contains propolis, a tree sap that bees combine with their own beeswax to use as a coating for their hives. This star ingredient contains minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants to restore weak and brittle hair.  The formula also has honey, which adds moisture, and royal jelly to lock in shine.

Start first with the shampoo then apply the conditioner. For some extra TLC, apply a thick layer of the hair mask (C$24) for five minutes and then rinse out. This is a nice treat to use on your hair if you wash your hair often, or once every two weeks if you are like me.

Joico Hydra Splash collection

Joico HydraSplash Collection

If your hair is looking for some moisture, then you may want to take a look at Joico’s new HydraSplash collection.

This line consists of a shampoo (C$17.99), conditioner (C$18.99), Hydrating Gelee Masque (C$26.99), and Replenishing Leave-in Treatment (C$23.99).  Designed for fine-to-medium hair, this collection is designed to provide 24-hour hydration and restore moisture, shine, and softness without weighing your hair down.  If you have fine, dry, or brittle hair, then this may help you out as hair is left feeling light and healthy.

The shampoo and conditioner both contain coconut water, which hydrates hair thanks to Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as electrolytes; sea kelp, which is packed full of vitamins and minerals and provides moisture and vital nutrients for healthier-looking hair; and the brand’s SmartRelease Technology, which continuously releases rosehip oil, arginine, and keratine to repair, strengthen, and protect hair from daily styling.

If you need more heavy-duty moisture for your hair, then take a look at the Hydrating Gelee Masque, which is designed for extremely parched, dry hair. It contains the same ingredients as the shampoo and conditioner but is designed to be left on your hair for at least five minutes. Pair it with the Replenishing Leave-In Treatment, which is a pre-blow-dry leave-in treatment that nourishes hair and tames frizz, leaving you with supple, soft, and shiny hair.

Kerastase Discipline Oleo-Relax serum

Kerastase Oleo Relax Anti-Frizz Oil Serum

If you have curly or unruly hair that is hard to tame, then take a look at Kerastase’s Oleo Relax Anti-Frizz Oil Serum (C$55), which is for wavy or curly hair that is medium or thick hair in texture.

Apply a couple pumps of this lightweight oil to the hair to help defrizz, smooth, and hydrate your locks. The star ingredients include shorea butter to moisturize hair, virgin coconut oil to deeply penetrate the hair fibre, and rosa muscata fruit oil to protect the hair.

Add this to damp hair and before styling. It also adds shine and protects the hair up to 450 degrees F.

Just like skincare, there are so many different products formulated to help give you your best hair yet. Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, frizzy hair, blonde hair, etc., there are so many amazing products that are formulated to keep your locks in tip-top shape this season.

What’s your favourite hair product?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my honest own.

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Chill out: NARS Cosmetics Cool Crush collection

NARS has been killing it lately with the new releases.

Last week I reviewed NARS’ Afterglow collection, and if you’re digging the packaging on those products, then you’ll love their Cool Crush collection.

Cool Crush, which is a Nordstrom exclusive, includes an eyeshadow palette, a cheek palette, and a new lip formula, Loaded Lip Lacquer.

NARS Cool Crush collection NARS Cool Crush eyeshadow palette

The Cool Crush Eyeshadow Palette (C$87.19) is a palette similar to the Afterglow one in that it features the same melted metallic casing and opens up to 12 eyeshadows in various finishes.

The shadows range from neutrals to blues to pinks, and is more of a jewel-toned palette. The shadows, which comes in matte, shimmers, and glitter finishes, are pigmented and formulated with micronized powder, leaving you with a longer wear and creamier feel when applying them. They are long wearing and the shade range in here is wide enough that you really can create a variety of different looks.

NARS Hot Fix Cheek palette

To go with the eyeshadow palette, pick up their Cool Crush Hot Fix palette (C$72.41), which features four cheek products. Open up the palette to find three blushes and a highlighter that can be worn individually or mixed together for a custom look.  The formula in these products is incredible silky and applies to the skin like a dream. They feature a superfine micronized powder that gives you the most perfect finish on the skin.

The colours in here include Gold Leash (shimmering gold highlighter), Spark Got Hot (shimmering beige pink), Dream Peach (matte warm peach brown), and Sugar Spirit (shimmering nude rose).

I really love this palette and more so than the Afterglow Hot Fix one, although that one is also amazing. I was really impressed by how these blushes look and apply on the skin. They are incredibly creamy and leave you with the most perfect flush of colour. As for the highlighter, this one definitely packs a punch and the colour is suitable for so many different skin tones.

NARS Cool Crush Loaded Lip Lacquer

Finally, for the lips, NARS has come out with a brand-new lacquer product that is a hybrid between a gloss, a balm, and a lipstick.

The Loaded Lip Lacquers (C$38.42 each) are available in four shades (all nudes) and is a weightless formula that contains antioxidants and hyaluronic microspheres to provide a hydrating texture.  The product is applied via the doe-foot applicator and gives you mega shine, colour, and hydration.

I received two of the four shades, Young Hearts (peach) and Freestyle (deep brown), and am really impressed by them. I really didn’t know what to expect with these but am quite happy with the colour pigmentation, as well as the wear. They are a bit thick and sticky, but if you are a gloss fan, I think you’ll really love these since they are super shiny and they give you a really nice finish.  I can go with one coat for Young Hearts since it’s so light, but with Freestyle, a few coats were needed to get that same brown colour as the tube.

NARS Cool Crush Loaded Lip Lacquer swatched in Young Hearts and Freestyle NARS Cool Crush collection swatched NARS Cool Crush collection swatched

Like the Afterglow collection, I really think that NARS knocked it out of the park with this one.  Truthfully, I like the Afterglow eyeshadow palette more, but would pick the cheek palette from this collection.  The Lip Lacquers are also really nice, but if I had to pick just one product to pick up, I would stick with what they do best, which are blushes.  Seriously, the cheek palette in this collection is so creamy and beautiful, and the shade range they chose will work with so many different complexions.

If you want to see this collection in action, I actually did an IGTV get ready with me featuring it. Click here to watch!

Since this is a Nordstrom exclusive, even if you don’t have a Nordstrom store in your city or area, you can shop the products online. Let me know if you pick anything up!

Will you be buying anything from the NARS Cool Crush collection?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Dreaming of summer: Mary Kay Love & Lashes bundle and Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner pen

I think it’s safe to assume that many of us are dreaming of summer right now… that and actually being around other people.

Although there is nowhere in the world I would rather be right now than by a pool or a beach with a pina colada in hand, I’ll have to daydream about it from the safety of my own home. Luckily, some new Mary Kay products have recently come in handy in helping me to mentally transport myself somewhere warmer.

First up is their new Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Intense Black (C$20). This liquid eyeliner will definitely come in handy as the weather gets warmer since it features a waterproof formula that dries down and stays put on the skin. Pop off the cap and you’ll notice the felt-tip pen which makes application super easy and smooth. Since it’s a pen style it’s very simple to precisely draw on the liner.

Pair the liquid eyeliner with their Lash Love Waterproof mascara, which you can pick up as part of their limited-edition Love & Lashes Bundle (C$59). This Canadian-exclusive bundle comes with beach essentials, including a limited-edition round beach towel, their SPF 50 sunscreen, and the mascara in the shade I <3 Black.

I have reviewed the normal, non-waterproof version of the mascara in the past and really love how this makes my lashes look. It features a long, dense brush that really allows you to coat every lash. This waterproof version is the perfect companion to those hot summer days coming up.

Finally, if you are looking for a nice glow before summer hits, then take a look at their limited-edition Beauty Unearthed Illuminating Bronzers.  These bronzers, available in two shades, Gilded Glow and Copper Glow (C$22 each), are designed to bronze or contour the face (depending on the shade) for the perfect summertime look (even if it’s not even summer yet).  Sweep these on your face for a multidimensional finish and a beautiful-looking glow.

Since these bronzers come in pans, if you are in the need for a palette to house them in, you can pick up the Beauty Unearthed Perfect Palette (C$21), which features a stunning navy and copper design on the outside and a magnetic inside to store these pans, or any other product that needs a new home.

Mary Kay has released a number of new goodies for spring (including the lipsticks I blogged about last week). Although we are all cooped up in our homes right now, this won’t last forever, and I don’t know about you, but I’m planning on coming back with a bang, and these Mary Kay products will definitely help me get through the summer months looking my best.

Have you ordered anything new from Mary Kay lately?

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