Trendy and practical: Design.Me styling products for hair + giveaway!

As I said in my last hair post on the three hair items you need this spring, I get a lot of hair products. Since I’ve been doing this for seven years now (gosh, where does the time go?!), I can be a little more selective in what I choose to review. I typically tend to stick to brands I’ve heard of before, but when Design.Me reached out to see if I wanted to try out their stuff, I couldn’t say no after taking a look at their packaging.

Cute packaging aside (seriously though, it’s too cute), Design.Me is a salon brand that is also sold through their site, designmehair.com (check out their store locator to find a salon that sells it near you!). Their products, which consist of styling items, are high-quality that are cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free. I’ve been finding lately that there has been a huge push towards more natural, good-for-you products in the beauty industry, and to find a trendy brand like Design.Me that isn’t harmful is a major plus.

Design.ME Dry Me, Fab ME, and Hold ME styling products

As mentioned, there is no shampoo and conditioner in this line, as instead they focus more on styling products. The brand was super kind and sent me all their items to try out and I couldn’t wait to get my hands – hair – dirty (literally and figuratively speaking). After stepping out of the shower and applying my usual split-end serum to my hair, I first reached for Fab.Me, a hair treatment that you spray into damp hair that provides you with 18 benefits. This product helps to defend your hair against colour fading, split ends (okay, so I could have skipped my split-end serum this time around), breakage prevention, heat damage, as well as control detangling, frizz, and adds shine and hydration. Oh, and that’s only a handful of what this product does. To sum it up, this spray does everything, which if you don’t want to break the bank on a million different hair products, or need something for travel (it comes in a travel size as well), then this is perfect for you. Retailing at C$24.50, this is a total steal considering that it’s like 20 hair products in one.

Next up, I sprayed the PowerDry.Me, which helps cut your blowdry time in half. Spray this on your hair before picking up your blowdryer to help with drying time. The formula is a microemulsion which forms a thin layer around the hair fibers to provide them with better alignment, thus preventing the entrapment of water molecules due to tangling. In addition to decreasing your drying time, this will help with frizz control, heat and UV protection, and smooths and conditions hair.

Design.Me Puff Me Light and Regular

After spraying both products into my hair I grabbed my dryer and went to work. After about three to five minutes, my hair was fairly dry and felt smooth and nourished. Sometimes when I blowdry my hair, the top layer has the tendency to feel rough, but running my hands through my locks, everything was smooth, soft, and tamed.

After an hour or so, I heated up my curling wand since I wanted to try out their hairspray next. The Hold.Me hairspray is unlike anything I have ever seen before since it has an adjustable nozzle that allows you to control the amount of hold you want. Just twist the nozzle to light, medium or strong hold and spray away! This formula is also lightweight, flake free and gives you shine, UV protection, and volume. Since I curled my hair, I went with a medium hold, which kept my curls intact, and best of all, my hair didn’t feel crunchy or weighed down. Plus, you know that matte pink bottle is actually the cutest hairspray I have ever seen…

Finally, to add a little volume at the roots, Design.Me has two versions of Puff.Me, a volumizing powder spray in a pump. Choose either light or regular for instant volume and texture at the roots. I chose to try out the lighter version of the two since I often find these texturizing powders often make my hair feel too starchy. This one was really nice and my roots didn’t feel too yucky. I also like how this is a spray, as I have other ones that you shake out on the root or spray. The pump makes it easy to lightly apply the product, plus the whole non-aerosol thing is a major plus for the environment.

Design.Me Hold Me hairspray nozzle

So I think it’s pretty obvious that I would highly recommend this line of hair products. Cute packaging aside, the products really do perform well. If you want to give them a try, then you’re in luck since the brand was so kind to hook me up with a giveaway for two winners (Canada and U.S. only). Head on over to my Instagram to enter.

Have you tried any Design.Me products? What were your thoughts?

Please note, this post contains products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Buzzing beauty: Burt’s Bees Nourishing Mascara

In case you aren’t familiar, Burt’s Bees recently came out with a makeup line.

The skincare brand that boosts natural ingredients now offers up everything from foundation to lipsticks, blushes, and even mascara.  I tried their foundation a few months back and absolutely loved it, so I was very excited to give some of the other items a try as well.

The Nourishing mascara (C$13.97) is formulated with Jojoba oil and naturally moisturizing glycerin to nourish lashes (hence the name), and best of all, it doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances, and is ophthalmologist tested, not tested on animals, and is cruelty free.

Burt's Bees Nourishing mascara Burt's Bees Nourishing mascara wand

If you are into natural beauty, then this may be the mascara for you. The brush is a typical comb mascara brush that allows you to reach the very base of your lashes.  The formula dried down quickly and lashes don’t feel too stiff.

Now since I loved the foundation so much, I had high hopes for this mascara.  To sum it up, it didn’t impress me.  But here’s the thing, it’s called a nourishing mascara, not a volumizing one, not a lengthening one, it’s supposed to nourish your lashes, which is does.  And that’s about all. It didn’t give me great length, and honestly, this paired with an eyeliner, your lashes aren’t going to stand out at all.  I did try this with Smashbox’s new mascara, and paired with Super Fan, it gave me a little more length, but not anything stellar.

Before and after using the Burt's Bees Nourishing mascara Burt's Bees Nourishing mascara swatched

Overall, I would say that if natural beauty doesn’t intrigue you, then skip this. But, if you are looking for more natural beauty brands, then I would look into purchasing this since it’s so widely available and at a fair price.

Have you tried Burt’s Bees Nourishing mascara?

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For mama: Three Mother’s Day gift ideas

Ah yes, Mother’s Day. A day filled wth brunch, flowers, and pampering mom.

I actually won’t be in town this year for Mother’s Day, but as always, I will still be getting my mom a gift this year.  Instead of just guessing what she would like (a mall gift card is always a good idea in her books), she usually just tells my brother and I what she wants every year.

If you are stumped on what to get your mom this Mother’s Day, I have a few awesome ideas that I’m sure your mum will love.

Callia flowers

Flowers

Okay, so this one is obvious and basic, but forget the usual grocery store bouquet and try out an online flower shop like Callia Flowers.

Available here in Winnipeg, as well as Calgary, Edmonton, and Greater Vancouver, this online flower retailer makes shopping for florals super easy. Just log on, choose one of their four set bouquets (which gets changes out every four to six weeks), fill out the card details, and voila! A farm-fresh, hand-tied bouquet will get delivered to your mom (or whomever you want to send flowers to), all thanks to the touch of a button (plus they have a 100 per cent Happiness Guarantee, meaning that if you are unhappy with your bouquet then they will replace it).

Each bouquet (standard size ones retail for C$49, mini bouquets for C$19, and deluxe size for C$69) comes in their signature turquoise Callia box, which also includes a card of your choosing, plant food, and more.  Some of the flowers actually come closed so they last for weeks. If you want to go above and beyond for mom, you could even sign her up for their subscription service, which is a set fee for multiple months of delivery (at a reduced rate per month).

Callia did reach out to me to talk about their services, however, I have actually ordered from them in the past and each recipient who got the flowers absolutely loved them. I like how it’s a set fee (rather than a marked-up holiday price), and you can pick the day you want the bouquet delivered (so for instance, take care of your Mother’s Day gift today by selecting May 13 as the delivery date, and boom, you’re done!). If your recipient isn’t home they can also leave it with a neighbour with a note on your door saying it’s next door. I’m sure your mom will be rushing over there to grab them as soon as she gets home from brunch ;).

Lierac Lift Integral Serum

Skincare

I think it’s safe to say that a lot of moms have mature skin.

My mom is constantly bugging me for anti-aging creams and serum, so skincare is always a good gift idea for really any holiday. Since I’m pushing 30, I’ve actually been incorporating a lot of anti-aging skincare items in my routine and one that I think mom will love is the Lierac Lift Integral line, in particular the Superactivated Lift Serum.

This anti-aging firming serum (C$105) contains two natural biopolymers for a tightening and lifting effect. It also contains lifting active ingredients, including mahogany extract and purple tulip extract coupled with the anti-aging Hyalu-3 concentrate. Use this after you cleanse and tone your face and before your nightly moisturizer for maximum benefits.

I was actually going to gift this to my mom for Mother’s Day, but then I started incorporating it into my routine alongside my Estee Lauder serums and have been loving how this makes my skin look and feel (don’t worry, I give a ton of skincare to my mom throughout the year). It is pricey, but serums typically are more money than a moisturizer, and a little goes a long way. Lierac also has a number of items as part of this line, including daytime and nighttime creams, a mask, and a eye lift serum.

Chloe Nomad perfume

Perfume

This one is a given. I mean, what mom wouldn’t like a new fragrance?

When it comes to scents, usually memories are attached to certain perfumes, but if you want to get your mom something a little different and create new memories then there are so many new perfumes to choose from. My top pick? Chloe Nomade.

Chloe Eau de Parfum has been a favourite of mine for years now, so I knew I would fall in love instantly with Chloe Nomade, and so will your mom! This one is a little more floral than the original Chloe, with keynotes of oak moss, freesia, and mirabelle liquor. It’s floral, but not as floral as Gucci Bloom. I would classify it as more woodsy than flowers. It’s definitely a powerful scent, but soft enough that it’s not overpowering.  It’s one of those fragrances that mom will be able to smell on her all day and instantly cheer up her mood. Heck, she’ll probably think of you while she wears it, and since it’s such a beautiful aroma, you’ll probably sneak a few spritzes of it as well when she’s not looking.

Scent aside, the bottle is inspired by the brand’s famous Drew handbag, complete with suede tassels.  This clear bottle with rose elixir will look wonderful on mom’s vanity.  You can find it at Sephora, Shopper’s Beauty Boutiques, or Hudson’s Bay for C$122 (50ml) or C$154 (75ml).

Aside from flowers, skincare, and perfumes, other great gifts of course include something DIY, a new purse, or a day at the spa. Honestly though, I’m sure mom will love whatever you get her.

What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?

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