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I recently realized I had a sensitivity to SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and have since been going through all the items in my beauty regimen to eliminate this pesky ingredient — you’d be surprised what you find it in. My favorite daily face scrub had SLS in it, so it had to go. This is why I tried Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Facial Scrub. Their packaging clearly states: “100% Vegetarian. No: Animal Testing, Artificial Colors, Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Methyl Sulfate,” so I figured I was in good hands. Even though I tried it because it didn’t have that pesky SLS, I adored it for other reasons. It left my skin absolutely fresh and glowing, it wasn’t harsh and didn’t dry it out, and it smelled divine (probably due to the pineapple and papaya enzymes). Needless to say I have a keeper on my hands.

You can buy Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Scrub for $14 at ulta.com.
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I already shared my strong like of the John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (missed it? read it, here!). So it was really only natural that I try the other products in the line. The John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Sheer Mist is truly amazing. Immediately after I towel-dry my hair, I gather it all together and spritz a couple of sprays of Perfect Ends on the front and then a couple on the back and I comb it through. You only need a little bit and you only apply it to the ends. It helps your ends lock in moisture so that as you blow-dry your hair they don’t dry out and show signs of damage. It also doesn’t weigh my baby fine locks down one bit. 

You can get John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Sheer Mist for $8.99 at ulta.com.
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You wouldn’t believe how difficult it can be to find a good blonde eyebrow pencil. Often there is only one blonde shade and it’s often still too dark, or sometimes even too light. But Laura Mercier’s Eyebrow Pencil comes in five shades, including fair blonde, soft brunette, warm brunette and brunette; with two blonde shades I knew I had found my match. It’s also super easy to apply with its standard pencil point tip and I find it defines my eyebrows perfectly.

You can get Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencils for $20 at nordstrom.com.

rembrandt-strips.jpgI’ll admit it: I love my morning coffee and the occasional evening glass of red wine. What I don’t love, though, are the stains they can leave behind. Accordingly, I’m no stranger to tooth whitening products. Over the years, I’ve tried laser whitening at the dentist’s office as well as many over-the-counter whitening systems and daily whitening toothpastes — all with varying degrees of success.

When asked to test out the new REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® Stain Dissolving Strips ($22.99), I was more than willing as it has been at least six months since I’ve used any whitening product other than toothpaste. According to the packaging, these strips whiten tough stains in just minutes a day in 2 weeks. What sets this apart from other whitening systems is that they dissolve in your mouth in just 5 to 10 minutes, unlike other systems that require 30 to 60 minutes per treatment.

The box comes with 56 teeth whitening strips to use on both top and bottom, which gives you enough strips to use twice a day for 2 weeks. The strips are super easy to apply and they adhere to teeth instantly. Since you don’t want to run your tongue over the strip, I prefer to cut about 1/3 off of each strip lengthwise so there isn’t too much excess on the inside of my mouth.

As promised the strips begin to dissolve almost immediately, releasing a pleasant minty fresh feeling. By 10 minutes, the whole strip is gone. Because they dissolve, they’re perfect for on-the-go treatments: on the way out the door in the morning, or right before bed.

Now for the big question: do they work? After 2 weeks of twice daily use, my teeth were noticeably brighter and the process couldn’t have been easier. Success!


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REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® Stain Dissolving Strips dissolve on your teeth in minutes to easily remove tough stains caused by coffee and wine. Get a whiter smile in 2 weeks. Visit www.rembrandtboutique.com to learn more or purchase REMBRANDT® products.

REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® Stain Dissolving Strips & REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® toothpaste together:

REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® platform uses 3x Triple Action ActiShield™ technology to:

• Remove: helps gently remove tough stains like coffee, red wine and tea

• Repel: works like an invisible shield to help repel future stains

• Restore: strengthens the enamel to help prevent daily acid wear

Visit www.rembrandtboutique.com to learn more or purchase REMBRANDT® products.  


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I recently got my hair cut and highlighted, and the chick who does my hair did such a good job styling it that I was inspired. My hair dryer and fancy round brushes are getting all sorts of use these days and my hair has truly never looked better. But it’s not because of the styling tools, it’s because of one magical styling product, Davines Momo Moisturizing Anti Aging Daily Cream! This stuff is like a magical potion for my hair, between the heat styling and color treatment one would think my hair would be slowly getting drier and drier by the day. But Davines Momo Moisturizing Anti Aging Daily Cream keeps it soft, manageable and beautiful. I simply take a pea-sized amount and lightly apply it to my hair when I’m all done styling it. I pay extra attention to the ends and I can tell they appreciate it.

Davines Momo Moisturizing Anti Aging Daily Cream is available only at salons, click here to find one near you.

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