Locked and loaded: Three products I’m using to maintain healthy hair

I’ve always prided myself on my hair. I have naturally very thick hair that is quite fine, so I find that I tend to shed a lot (I’m not sure who’s hair I sweep up more, my dogs or mine). It also takes me forever to get highlights at the salon (we’re talking at least four hours).

Anyways, although it’s super thick and tends to shed quite often, I’m still super proud of it. I like to keep it long and use products that will maintain and nourish its health (one of the first things my boyfriend noticed about me was my voluminous, shiny hair). I get a lot of hair products to try out and although some are definitely better than others, I have a few current faves that aren’t just your typical shampoo and conditioner.

Priorin hair capsules

Priorin hair capsules

I used to take hair and nail gummies but now I’ve switched over to the PRIORIN Hair Growth Stimulant that help with hair growth. By taking two capsules a day, Priorin improves hair growth by the use of various nutrients, including millet extract, amino acid L-cystine, and calcium pantothenate, which in combination has been shown to stimulate and improve the growth of hair. It also contains biotin, which helps to maintain healthy hair, which is the main reason I use it.

Each box contains 30 capsules. Since hair growth progresses slowly, the brand recommends taking two capsules every day with food for at least three to six months. After that time period, the nutrients in the capsules will have stimulated and you’ll notice improved hair growth.

I’ve been taking these capsules since last month and with the combination of a few other haircare products, I’ve noticed that my hair has been looking really healthy, shiny, and vibrant. I’m excited to see how this will improve my hair over the long term. Perhaps less breakage?

You can find Priorin at drugstores and if you visit their site you can download a coupon for $5 off your purchase.

Alterna Caviar Hair products

Alterna Caviar Infinite Color Hold haircare line

Like I said, I get a lot of hair products to try out, some impressive, others not.  My newest fave? Alterna’s Caviar Infinite Color Hold line.

All I had to read was the word “caviar” and I was sold. This line, when using all four products together, promises 70-day vibrant colour and shine. Consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, vibrancy serum, and topcoat shine spray, the line provides UV protection, minimizing colour fade for lasting colour and vibrancy, while also replenishing lost moisture.

I been absolutely loving everything in this line. I start with the shampoo and conditioner, then apply the Vibrancy Serum to my hair while it’s damp. This serum helps to rejuvenate colour, add shine, replenish moisture, and boost radiance. It also helps against heat protection.  Once I’m done styling my hair, I’ll use the Topcoat Shine Spray to add some radiance to my locks and protect it against the elements.

I brought this combo with me to Vegas this past weekend and absolutely loved the way that my hair looked on the trip (I actually saw it in their Sephora stores while I was there). If you suffer from dull hair, I would definitely look into purchasing this. These do sell at salon prices (C$40 for the shampoo, C$40 for the conditioner, C$42.50 for the serum, and C$40 for the shine spray), however, I highly recommend picking this up and saving it for special nights out or special occasions. I constantly rotate my hair care depending on what I’m doing. This stuff is A+!

The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir

The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir

Whether it’s a serum for my face, or one for my hair, I love having these guys on hand when I really need to add some moisture to my locks.

I recently received the Rose Hair Elixir (C$19.01) from Toronto brand The Innate Life, a natural, non-toxic, and organic haircare line. This elixir (which smells amazing BTW) contains over 15 potent plant oils that are aimed at nourishing split ends, taming frizzy hair, providing heat protection, repairing damaged hair, and giving you shine. Some of the star oils in here include Rose Essential Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Rosehip Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil (which is apparently what Cleopatra used as a beauty treatment), Hemp Seed Oil, and Argan Oil.

This stuff is great for travel since I tend to bring two styling products with me – a split-end tamer and a serum. Since this packs a serious punch, it’s all you really need to transform lifeless, dry and damaged hair back to lustre and shine. Toss it in your travel bag or gym bag – or just keep it on your counter – and add it to your hair when you want a little more oomph!

Now that summer is half over here, it’s important to protect your hair against the sun’s UV rays and then the harsher cold weather as we change seasons.  I’ve been loving this routine of products to keep my hair in tip-top shape.

Let me know what your favourite products are for maintaining hair health!

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White hot: Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquers swatches + first impressions

So the Internet world is abuzz right now with Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks (which I reviewed a couple weeks back), and although those definitely deserve the major hype, the drugstore brand also has another major lip collection out at the moment.

There is a ton of new products released from Maybelline for fall and one of which are the new Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Glosses, which follow up to the Vivid Matte Liquid lipsticks that were released last year I believe.

I have previously reviewed the Vivid Matte Liquid lipsticks and although I do think they give you major colour payoff (in some fun colours as well), they were too creamy for my liking (if I’m going to do matte, I want those suckers to dry down). The new Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Glosses are a high-impact lip gloss this time around and available in 12 shades from nudes to reds to even a blue and black. These come in a glass tube (it’s actually really nice packaging) and colour goes on super pigmented and glossy. They are quite sticky at first, but they do dry down and stay a little tacky.  Colour is pretty long wearing for a gloss.

Swatch Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquers lip glosses

I received 11 of the 12 shades and was impressed with the colour range on these. There are some gorgeous nudes, one pink, one red/orange, and a lot of darker, bolder colours, perfect for fall. Looking for a deep purple lipgloss that looks black? Maybelline has you covered.

The consistency on these are quite thicker than a traditional gloss. They kind of remind me of MAC Lipglasses, both in how they feel when applied, as well as how they look. The colour is bold, however, I did find that for the darker colours, they get quite patchy. It was hard to apply the deep purple or the blue and make it look smooth (not to mention the fact that it was tough to apply them within the lines of my lips since gloss tends to slide around). For these darker colours, although you can wear them by themselves, I highly recommend just layering them over a lipstick of a similar shade, as it would make wearing the colour so much easier.

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After a few hours of wear these do tend to stain the lips and lose their lustre, but it’s not a bad look that you need to reapply right away. Overall, I would stick with the lighter shades since I found them to be a little more wearable, however, I do like the fact that there is a unique shade range in here, so there’s a colour for everyone.

Will you be picking up any of the Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquers

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Into the rainforest: The Body Shop new Spa of the World and Amazonian Savour products

One of my summer musts? A moisturizer of course!

I’ve never really been much of a nighttime moisturizer kinda gal. I have a couple on my desk at work since I get dry hands and of course I apply some cream to my face morning and night, but I’ve never really been into applying a moisturizer at night before bed. I recently reviewed some of the Rodial and Nip & Fab toning creams, and ever since then I’ve been applying them every night.

I’ve been huge fan of The Body Shop for a while now and aside from the amazing scents they have in their collections they release some awesome products as well. As part of their Spa of the World collection, new for this year are some firming lotions (perfect for bathing suit season). First up, if you’re into applying self tanner or getting spray tans, an exfoliator is a must. The brand’s exfoliating scrubs are awesome since they are both creamy and coarse, really allowing you to get rid of those dead skin cells and providing moisture after the shower. The French Grape Seed Scrub (C$32) contains grape seeds, which are known for their high polyphenol content, a powerful antioxidant known to firm skin. Apply this product in the shower prior to self tanning application for an even tan.

To keep the colour on your skin, make sure to moisturize often! I’ve been switching out my toning lotions for their new Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream firming body cream (C$36). Like the name says, this contains caffeine, which brands often use in their moisturizer to refine, firm and tone. I have some of their Spa of the World lotions from past collections and the older ones are thicker moisturizers, whereas this one is a little thinner, really super refreshing on the skin and absorbs quickly.

Other items in their new Firming range are the Thai Market Lime Firming Oil and the Indian Turtle Massager.

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm

Also new this summer is the Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm (C$15), which is great for reviving dry skin, skin marks, and even tattoos. This multi-tasking beauty product is made from 100 per cent natural-origin ingredients and is enriched with community trade babassu oil and beeswax. The texture of this particular product is very waxy and at first I thought it would have the consistency of something like Rosebud Salve, my holy-grail must-have beauty product, however, it’s definitely a thicker balm, as opposed to one with a petroleum jelly feel.

I don’t have tattoos so I can’t say how well this works on reviving them, however, this balm did feel awesome on dry patches and dried down nicely.

I’m still using up my past Body Shop Spa of the World products and have been enjoying incorporating these in my routine. If you have your summer tan already established I would look into incorporating a moisturizer into your routine to lengthen the longevity of it. Pair that with one that contains caffeine and a scrub designed to get rid of dead skin cells, these products are a must.

Have you tried any of The Body Shop Spa of the World products?

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