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Alterna-Bamboo-Smooth-Anti-Frizz-Shampoo.jpgAt an event for Alterna this past week, we were introduced to their brand new Bamboo Smooth line. We must say we were quite excited to try the shampoo and conditioner, not only because our hair is unbelievably unruly left to its own devices, but because — to be honest — we were well past “wash our hair day.” So we lathered up with the BambooSmooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, and here are our thoughts.

First off? The shampoo and conditioner smell amazing. They’re rich, fresh and not at all coying — and they make us feel as though we’re in the midst of a rainforest. They’re each formulated with pure Organic Bamboo, which works to boost hair’s inherent strength and renew its ability to protect itself from environmental damage. They also contain Kendi Oil, which has Omega-3s and tocopherol to seal the cuticle and make it straight, smooth and frizz-free.

What they’re formulated without? Parabens, sulfates, gluten, sodium chloride, Phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, synthetic color and PABA — so they’re perfect for color-treated hair because they won’t strip the color.

But now down to the nitty gritty … what did we think of the products once we tried them? While the shampoo did leave our hair feeling softer and more manageable — it’s definitely one we would include in our weekly hair washing routine — the conditioner actually did not perform as well. We were pleased to discover we didn’t need as much of it as we might with some others (our hair is so thick and coarse, we’ve been known to use well over a palm-sized amount of conditioner at a time), but it just left our locks feeling a bit straw-like. We definitely needed to use a leave-in conditioner and styling treatment on top of the shampoo and conditioner to tame frizz.

After blowdrying, our hair was noticeably less frizzy than with other shampoos and conditioners we’ve tried. We still needed to flat iron it — it was far from straight — BUT we didn’t even have any little frizzies after working out later that day!

Our final verdict: at $20 each, it’s a bit pricey. But we definitely think the frizz factor is noticeably reduced.

Purchase Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner at for $20 each.
FreshStart.jpgWe wanted to love TRESemme’s FreshStart Dry Shampoo. We really did. Five bucks and change for a drugstore dry shampoo that would lend us a helping hand on a busy (or lazy) morning? Yes please! ::sigh:: We were sadly disappointed, however. 

On our first day with the product, our hair was freshly washed, so we coaxed a greasy-haired friend to be our guinea pig. Just as instructed, we shooooook the bottle up, held the nozzle six inches from her scalp and started to spray her roots. Now, just for reference, our friend has thin, straight, highlighted light brown hair that gets oily just by breathing too deeply around it. We went a little crazy on that first application, applying way too much of the FreshStart Dry Shampoo. We had essentially shellacked her head with a wet spray that quickly transformed into a white, powdery mess. “Surely, this is what needs to happen for it to work its magic,” we said, waiting patiently as instructed before brushing and styling as normal. 

After brushing out the powdery residue, her hair was…well…not as greasy, but as dull as unfinished wood. We chalked it up to over-application. 

A few days later, we purposely didn’t wash our own hair (which is straight, semi-thick and oily, and dark), to give this stuff another go (we believe in second chances, after all.) We started at our oily bangs, and moved to the flat, weighed down roots at the back of our head. Following instructions, and applying a more appropriate amount this time, we noticed the white powder build-up again. Though the clay in the product is to cause for this, we assumed it was soaking up the second-day oil. Well, long story short, our hair wasn’t as greasy, but it definitely wasn’t fresh, and the cheap suede texture FreshStart left in our locks was pretty icky. We’d give it a 4/10 if we had to rate it, even for the price. Honestly, we prefer cornstarch-based baby powder for a quick oil touchup (soaks up some oil, without the nasty residue and texture), or the pricier (but more effective) Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo for $11 (1 ounce) or $19 (2.5 ounces).

MAC-A-Tartan-Tale-Naughty-Little-Vices-Set.jpgFeeling a little preppier than usual lately? It’s time to break out the M.A.C A Tartan Tale Naughty Little Vices Nail Lacquer set. Everything from this collection is absolutely adorable, but it’s this collection of five miniature nail polishes that’s really got us yearning to put on a polo shirt and schoolboy blazer.

The five polishes are housed within an oversized square tin with a vibrant red and green tartan print. A signature gold crest graces the front, hammering home the point that if you buy anything from this collection, you’re embracing your inner prepster!

But it’s the five polishes themselves that make us squeal with joy. The collection includes Beyond Jealous (deep forest green), Asiatique (bright cherry red), Vice is Nice (classic metallic gold), Nocturnelle (black) and Vintage Vamp (deep blood red). Each polish is equal parts vampy meets glamorous, with — of course — just a little bit of prep thrown in for good measure.

Our final verdict? We’re now wearing cashmere twinsets and sporting plaid headbands.

The M.A.C A Tartan Tale Naughty Little Vices Nail Lacquer retails for $25.50 at
Eye-Treatment-Image.jpgWrinkles. Fine lines. Puffiness. Dark circles. Sound familiar? Taking care of the kids can, well, take its toll on your eyes. But never fear — we’ve come to the rescue with unbelievably affordable eye treatments. Seriously, they’re all under $20!

Yes to Cucumbers I Love Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel
Does anyone not love the feel of cucumbers on her eyes? Not only is this eye cream completely cooling and refreshing — it reduces puffiness and brightens dark circles, too.
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Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller
Honestly, we were wary of this product until we tried it … but it works. The under-eye area is instantly de-puffed, even on only 3 hours of sleep!
$12.99 at

Biore Cooling Eye Gel
We seem to be fans of gels rather than creams under our eyes! This one is oil free and so refreshing, we actually long for days when we’re running on empty.
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Physicians Formula Luxury Eye Cream
Color us impressed … the texture of this eye cream leaves some expensive brands to shame. Sesame oil and beeswax help to hydrate and nourish the thin skin under the eyes.
$5.95 at

H20+ Cooling Eye Patches
Every woman needs to keep a set of these in her freezer. Find 10 minutes to yourself, slap these babies on and voila! You’re a totally new woman.
$6 at

You moisturize your skin daily, use cream to soothe dry hands and apply balm to chapped lips, but did you know that it’s just as important to moisturize your mouth?

oasis_bottle.pngWhat most people don’t realize is that just as your skin can get dry, so can your mouth. Except, when your mouth gets dry, your lips can get chapped, the corners of your mouth can get irritated, your teeth can lose their glisten and your breath is less than fresh. A properly moisturized mouth is key to maintaining overall beauty; you’ll have a more confident smile, glistening teeth, and a more kissable mouth.

Factors like medication, anxiety, stress, smoking and alcohol can leave your mouth feeling dry — and you may not even realize it’s an issue. In fact, if your mouth feels dry, it’s already too late. So maintaining a daily oral moisturizing routine is key.

Oasis Moisturizing Mouthwash was designed to not only provide fresh breath, it also moisturizes your mouth and then locks in the moisture to protect from dryness. Most other mouthwashes contain alcohol which actually creates dryness.

After testing Oasis Moisturizing Mouthwash, the first thing you notice is a strong, refreshing mint flavor — something you expect from a good mouthwash. After rinsing with the wash, we definitely noticed a moisturized feeling that lasted long after rinsing.

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