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After seeing how great Julianne Hough’s hair looked at the Golden Globes as a result of Unite Blonda Toning Shampoo and Conditioner I had to give them a shot myself. And I was not disappointed! After one use my hair color was less brassy and shinier — not to mention it felt incredibly soft and healthy. I was amazed at how beautifully bright my hair looked. Typical of shampoos and conditioners formulated for blondes these are violet tinted, though I didn’t notice any staining or marking on my skin after use, which is always good. The Unite Blonda Toning Shampoo and Conditioner should not replace your regular, daily products, but can be used once a week or bi-weekly to add depth and shine to your blonde hair.

You can buy Unite Blonda Toning Shampoo and Conditioner for $26 at shop.unitehair.com.
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It may be the dead of winter, and my tan line may be practically nonexistent now, but I walk around feeling rosy and bright thanks to my Fresh Here Comes the Sun Face Palette. I’m a fair-skinned blonde and that can spell trouble when it comes to blushers and especially bronzers — one swipe of the wrong color (or product) and I don’t even come close to achieving a natural glow. This product has three great shades, left to right: resolute gold, here comes the sun, intense bronze. I like to use here comes the sun on the apples of my cheeks and then use a VERY LIGHT (I can’t stress that enough) dusting of resolute gold across my forehead, the bridge of my nose, and on top of here comes the sun on my cheeks. The dusting of resolute gold to the areas where the sun typically kisses our faces the most really helps to add dimension — achieving the desired end result of the most natural of glows!

You can get Fresh Here Comes the Sun Face Palette for $45 at Sephora.com.
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I rotate through shampoos and conditioners, because I swear after using them for any length of time they seem to stop working effectively. Then I discovered Pureology’s line of haircare products. First of all they’re all formulated to be extra gentle to colored hair, in fact they have what they call an anti-fade complex that promises to “help colour-treated hair retain its fresh-from-the-salon vibrancy with every use.” And if that wasn’t enough for you, they are 100% vegan and contain absolutely no sulfates. I’ve been using this line for almost a year now and my friends will attest to the fact that my hair looks best after a shampoo and condition using Pureology products. 

Because my hair is baby fine, I use the Pure Volume (extra volume for fine hair) shampoo on my roots and the Hydrate Light (extra conditioning for light, fine hair) conditioner on the ends. Tip: most people don’t need to lather up their whole heads with shampoo, apply a dime-sized amount to just the roots and lather and rinse. As the shampoo rinses out it will clean the ends perfectly. Conditioner is the opposite, especially for those of us with thinner hair, apply it only to the ends and let it sit for a couple minutes before rinsing. 

You can buy Pureology at hair salons across the United States, check out pureology.com for locations.
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Today’s lesson is one of the “be careful what you wish for” kind. I saw that Kiss My Face had a new Cold and Flu Shower and Bath Gel and I was intrigued by the concept. Its ingredients include olive oil, aloe vera and allantoin, all of which are the perfect antidote to soothe skin that is feeling achy and itchy. It also contains eucalyptus which is cooling and soothing to the skin, while fennel acts as an anti inflammatory and horehound has soothing and aromatic properties. All of this sounded delightful and I found myself wanting to put try it out for myself … well within days I found myself battling a cold that forced me to put the bath and shower gel to the test. While I can’t say that it shortened my cold or improved my symptoms I can say that it smelled great and really helped open up my sinuses. It also provided just the aromatherapy I needed to sleep the cold off. This baby’s definitely a keeper — just heed my advice, be careful what you wish for.

You can buy Kiss My Face Cold & Flu Shower and Bath Gel for $10.95 at kissmyface.com.
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When I saw the mark Star Status Eyeshadow Palette for the first time I knew it was going to be an instant hit with me. I absolutely adore its three shimmery shades that create the perfect light and shiny to dark and smokey eye effect. It comes in two different groups of shadows, one for creating the typical kohl black smokey eye (Meteor Showers), and the other is varying shades or copper and brown (Earth Angel) to give you a more natural-looking sheen — Either one is a must-have. Bonus, they’re inexpensive which makes them the perfect stocking stuffer, so grab one for you, and one for your sister and don’t forget that picky teen in your life!

You can buy mark Star Status Eyeshadow Palette for 14.00 at avon.com.

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