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Empties III: Part 2 Haircare

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Last week we talked about bodycare empties, so let’s move onto haircare! As you can tell from the photo, I don’t go through many hair products quickly, except dry shampoo. But who doesn’t love dry shampoo?

Miss Universe Style Illuminate ReStage Dry Shampoo, $12.99
Miss Universe Style Illuminate ReStage Dry Shampoo, $12.99

1. Miss Universe Style Illuminate Restage Dry Shampoo, available online only

This may be one of the better dry shampoos I have tried. I learned about it when I covered the Miss USA pageant in 2014, and you can check that post out here. It’s no longer available at ULTA, but you can grab bottles online at Overstock.com. This dry shampoo is lighter than most, and will give you that “white out” look to your hair if you spray too much in a concentrated area. I love the weightlessness of this one! It smells great too! Definitely one I recommend trying if you’re a dry shampoo junkie like myself.

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark & Deep Brown Hair, $8.99
Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark & Deep Brown Hair, $8.99

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark & Deep Brown Hair, available at drugstores and ULTA

I have ranted and raved about this dry shampoo in every single empties post I have done, so I won’t beat a dead horse here. It comes in different hair colors to avoid the “white out” problem and in different scents. The ones for hair colors are $8.99 and the scented ones are $7.99 It’s cheap and easy to find, and I go through it fairly quickly. This is my primary go-to for dry shampoo. I use it after I blow dry my hair to aid in styling, and nearly every day for the same reason. It’s also great to keep in your gym bag or use post-workout if you have to run errands or be somewhere. Check out my previous posts on it — Empties 1 and How to Use Dry Shampoo Properly.

Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque
Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque

3. Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque, available in the UK only, £5.99.

I absolutely love this hair masque, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on it since a friend brought it from England. I have searched high and low on all the international retail sites, but I haven’t had any luck.  I thought Amazon carried everything, but alas, I have found the few products they do not carry. Don’t worry, I have made a formal request to Amazon and written to Boots for more information about U.S. availability. 🙂 Nonetheless, it’s a very hydrating, smoothing, and brilliant hair mask that leaves your hair silky smooth and shining like a freaking commercial. The packaging is perfect because you can keep it in the shower without damaging the product. The lid snaps shut tightly, so you can grab it and use it up to 3 times a week. I was so sad when I ran out, as I knew it would be hard to replace. I will update this post as soon as I can find it online or in a store. If anyone knows, PLEASE leave a comment!

Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo
Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo

4. Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo, available in the UK only, £5.99

Obviously, I have the same issue with this one as I do the Mineral Hair Rescue Masque. Oh, the tears….I should mention that this Salon at Home line by Charles Worthington is in UK drugstores and is super affordable at less than £10 for most of the line. Nonetheless, this dry shampoo was on par with Batiste’s, but I would rate Charles Worthington a half-star higher because of its weightlessness, lack of white out, and refreshing scent. It feels like the Batiste and Miss Universe dry shampoos had a perfect little dry shampoo baby in England. That’s such a weird way to put it, but it’s definitely a combination of those two! I’ll update this one as well as soon as I can find it!

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray
Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray

5. Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray, available in the UK only, £6.99

It truly broke my heart to finish this product! I would say that it’s definitely up there in my top 5 products of all time. This is, by far, the best texturizing spray I have used. I have tried others to find a replacement, but nothing works as well. According to other trusted bloggers, it is a dupe for the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, (available on Amazon for $42!!) but I haven’t dared to spend the cash on the Oribe because I’m still holding out for the Charles Worthington version to miraculously appear in the US. Until then, I’ll keep trying to locate affordable comps and report back to you!

Infiniti by Conair i Series Folding Handle Hair Dryer, $28.99
Infiniti by Conair i Series Folding Handle Hair Dryer, $28.99

6. Infiniti by Conair i Series Folding Handle Hair Dryer, available at Target, WalMart

This little inexpensive blow dryer lasted me ages!! I think I had it for nearly 6 years, which is pretty long for a blow dryer in my opinion. I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth. It came with a diffuser and the concentrator attachment. The Infiniti features three heat settings and two speed settings with a cool shot button. It also had a little dual voltage button that you could slide over for when you travel internationally with proper adaptors. I thought that was a pretty cool feature, especially if you travel often. I loved the folding handle with the retractable cord! That made it great for packing in luggage and storing in the bathroom. Last, it was super easy to clean with the hot pink removable filter — snap off, clean, and you’re done! I would’ve purchased it again, but I wanted to branch out a little. Hair dryers aren’t something you generally buy a lot of; you just have one that works and that’s it. Though, if the one I purchased to replace this one dies or explodes, I’ll definitely go back to the Conair!

This installment was short and sweet! I apologize that it’s several products that aren’t available in the U.S. I will keep searching to try to locate them online. To date, I have not heard back yet on my inquiry with Boots regarding availability to ship to the U.S., so check back for updates! Next week, we will be talking all about skincare empties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Video Tutorial: How to Use Dry Shampoo Properly

I get asked a lot about which dry shampoos do not leave white streaks in your hair, and in my experience, if you’re applying them properly, NONE of them should! So, I wanted to give y’all a quick video tutorial on how to use dry shampoo such that you don’t end up with the white streaks in your hair. Follow the tips in the video, and I promise, you’ll never see white streaks no matter what dry shampoo you use!

 

Products featured in this video:

  • Miss Universe Restage Dry Shampoo ($16, available for purchase here)
  • Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo for Dark and Deep Brown hair (comes in various hair color options, $8.99, available at Ulta and some drugstores)
  • Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion (available here or where Aveda is sold, $24)
  • Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment (available here or at Ulta and some drugstores, $6.99)

General tips for using dry shampoo:

  • apply underneath sections of hair
  • apply at night before sleeping so that the product has time to soak up any oil production overnight
  • use just after a fresh wash/blow dry as a styling product to “dirty” up hair, create texture, help add volume, and/or give a good base for teasing (aka back-combing) hair.
  • clean hair brushes regularly so as not to introduce old oil (from the fall out strands on your brush) into your hair
  • spot treat as necessary
  • spray on a bobby pin for a secure all day hold
  • if you accidentally use too much, massage in well and then use your blow-dryer to rid the excess
  • because dry shampoo soaks up oil, be sure to add the oil back into the ends

Hope you enjoyed these tips! Let me know in the comments if you try it or if you have any other dry shampoo tips!

 

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Haircare Empties! 1st quarter 2014

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Hello Beauties!

Since the beginning of the year, I have finished quite a few products. I’m going to bring you a few different posts with those empty products, so let’s start with hair products! I purchased some of these prior to January 2014, but ran out of them more recently, so I’ve decided to include them here.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, $23 (available at Aveda salons)

Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, $23 at Aveda Salons.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, $23 at Aveda Salons.

I quite like this product. It’s of a gel consistency, and goes on your hair while damp prior to blow-drying to smooth out frizzies and aid in straightening. Pretty straight forward. It smells great — you know, that lovely, just stepped out of the Aveda salon smell. I will probably repurchase this one in the future, but I’m not racing out the door to get it again.

 

 

 

 

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair, $8.99 (available at Ulta)

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark & Deep Brown Hair, $8.99 at Ulta
Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark & Deep Brown Hair, $8.99 at Ulta

I love dry shampoo, and this one is really great! Generally, dry shampoo tends to leave a white-ish residue on the hair that you have to rub into the hair before it disappears (kind of like putting baby powder in your hair). That’s one of the downfalls of dry shampoo in general, but Batiste has a line suited for different shades of hair to combat that issue entirely, and it works!! It smells decent, and definitely does its job! This one ranks in my top three dry shampoos, and I will be rushing to refill this one!

 

 

 

 

Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier for Fine or Flat Hair, $5.99 (available at drugstores)

Garnier Volume Extend Dry Shampoo, $5.99 at drugstores
Garnier Volume Extend Dry Shampoo, $5.99 at drugstores

I have fine and less than voluminous hair without the help of some great products, and this one just didn’t cut it for me. It smells terrible, almost like pure aerosol. I love Garnier hair products as a whole, but this one just didn’t add volume, it didn’t function well as a dry shampoo, and it went rather quickly. I was pretty disappointed because it’s so affordable!! But, I will not repurchase this one.

 

 

 

 

Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray, $5.99 (available at Ulta)

Not Your Mother's Volumizing Hairspray, $5.99 at Ulta
Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hairspray, $5.99 at Ulta

What a stinky little hairspray. I thought with “apple blossom and bamboo” on the label, my hair would smell of some amazing Japanese garden. No ma’am. As a hairspray, however, it’s nice, but not really anything to write home about. I used it all because I don’t like to waste products or money if I can keep from it, but I think if it had smelled better, I may give it another shot. Nonetheless, it is not a hairspray I’ll go back for.

 

 

 

 

 

Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Treatment, $19.50 for 5.25oz (available at Ulta)

Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Treatment, $19.50 at Ulta
Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Treatment, $19.50 at Ulta

I got this as a freebie at Ulta one day, and WOW! Holy gorgeous silky beautiful hair! While this is a bit pricey, I am going back for this one with bells on singing its praises. It’s actually a hair mask you use in the shower in place of conditioner. I use it about once every two weeks, and it simply makes your hair soft, silky, and treatable with other products. It’s like a breath of heaven for tired hair. Get it. I promise you will love it.

 

 

 

 

Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray Volumizing Spray Gel, $19 for 5.1 oz (available at Ulta)

Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray, $19.95 at Ulta
Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray, $19.95 at Ulta

This is my absolute favorite hair product. It’s is three products in one: volumizer, heat protectant, and gel. This is actually my second bottle, so I wholeheartedly recommend it. With my fine hair, it is almost impossible to find good volumizing products that actually create volume without leaving a stiff or sticky residue on my hair. However, Sebastian has figured it out. It smells lovely, sprays out in a nice fine mist, and works very well into damp hair. I section my hair out and pray it at the roots from nape to temple. Seriously, if you need a boost, this is your product.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little first quarter hair empties! Check back this week for skincare/bodycare empties and makeup empties! Leave me a comment below with your favorite hair products! I love finding new ones!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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