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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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Empties II: Haircare Empties

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Welcome back to the third part of the empties series — haircare! This will be short and sweet, as for some reason I don’t have many this go round. So, let’s dive right in.

Herbal Essences Chamomile Shampoo, Shine Collection

Herbal Essences Shine Collection - Chamomile. $3.99, available at drugstores
Herbal Essences Shine Collection – Chamomile. $3.99, available at drugstores

Let’s all say it together, “I used that shampoo in junior high!” Me too! And honestly, it’s been a shampoo staple of mine since I was 13. Let me digress for just a second here and say who finishes a shampoo and conditioner at the same time? I always finish a shampoo first. Let me know in the comments what you finish first. I’m super interested to know!!

Ok, let’s get back to it.This line is available in two varieties — the Smooth Collection, which smells of rose, and the Shine Collection, featured here, which smells of sweet fresh chamomile. It lathers nicely and leaves my hair looking super shiny and extremely soft. I have tried a lot of high end shampoos, but I always go back to this one. It contains chamomile, aloe vera, and passion flower extracts, and does not contain silicone. (There’s a great debate about silicones, and whether they are good or bad, but generally they are said to be harmful because they coat the hair shaft so real nutrients cannot penetrate the hair. On the other hand, the position exists that some water soluble silicones are permissible because they can be washed away with water.) So, I won’t get into the silicone debate here, but this shampoo is silicone free and leaves my hair super shiny. With that said, if silicones are said to make your hair shiny, then this product does it without them, so there’s something to be said for that. And, at $3.99/bottle, that’s a hell of a deal for some kick ass shampoo that smells like a beautiful garden.

Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray Volumizing Spray Gel

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Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray Volume Building Spray Gel. $8.99 on sale right now at Ulta

This is one of my all time favorite products for building volume. It’s a spray gel you use when your hair is damp, and for someone with fine limp hair, this product is pure gold. It was featured in my last hair care empties post because I believe I’m on my third bottle now. I love how it sprays a nice fine even mist to evenly coat the hair. I find it works best when sprayed into the roots and massaged into the wet hair near the crown for added volume. You can find it at Ulta, and it’s on sale right now. It’s generally $20.99 for 5.1 oz, but the link provided has it for $8.99. Looks like I need to stock up! And so should you.

THE BATTLE OF THE LEAVE-IN TREATMENTS!

Battle of the Leave Ins
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product ($36), available at drugstores vs. Miracle 7 Leave in Mist ($22.79), available at Sally Beauty Supply

I decided to put these two to the test — head to head like Monday Night Football. To complete this little experiment I used each of them for one week straight alternating weeks for nearly two months. Surprisingly, these lasted me a long time despite the fact that I sprayed it on every inch of my long hair, and I have a lot of hair that absorbs product like a very fluffy towel. Nonetheless, I believe you’ll be surprised by the results! In the left corner we have the super hyped It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Product and in the right corner we have the Miracle 7 Leave In Mist. Let’s compare the basics, and by basics I mean costs. It’s a 10! will run you $18.00 for 4.0 oz or $36.00 for 10.0 oz, whereas the Miracle 7 will run you $13.99 for 5.0 oz and $22.79 for 10.0 oz. So, on the larger size, we are working with a $14 disparity in price. Let’s see if it’s worth it.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product

Its a 10
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product. $18 (4 oz) or $36 (10 oz), available at drugstores and Ulta

This product has been super hyped and raved about by several foremost beauty bloggers over the last year, so, of course, I had to give it a go. This is a beautiful leave-in treatment. It’s a treatment used after showering on wet hair or as a styling product on dry hair to do a host of things:

  • detangle
  • condition
  • heat protectant
  • repair damaged hair
  • smooth and control frizz
  • stop hair breakage
  • create silkiness
  • enhance natural body
  • prevent split ends
  • seals and protect color

I don’t know that I can attest to seeing all of these results, but I did find it to be a great detangler, heat protectant, smoother, and it gave me great silky shiny hair.  Who can be upset about that? The spray isn’t as fine as I would like it, but it isn’t crap. Think of this one more like a drizzle than a mist. It smells lovely, and definitely does its job.

Miracle 7 Leave In Treatment

Miracle
Miracle 7 Leave-In Mist $13.99 (5 oz) or $22.79 (10 oz), available at Sally Beauty Supply

I was in Sally Beauty Supply and the cashier recommended this to me, raved about it, and then handed me the sample. This is my second sample bottle I’ve used up, and I did a full review on it here. I love this product! Here’s what its claims are:

  • seal & protect color
  • repair dry damaged hair
  • stop hair breakage
  • prevent split ends
  • control frizz
  • add shine
  • detangle
  • enhance natural body

So, Miracle 7 claims to do the same thing as It’s a 10 The formulas are nearly identical, but the Miracle 7 contains only 17 ingredients, while the It’s a 10 contains 25. In looking at those ingredients, I realized that the It’s a 10 has keratin, keratin amino acids, and aloe leaf juice — some of those additional ingredients the Miracle 7 lacks. Based on ingredients, I would say the It’s a 10 performs better, but based on actual use, I preferred the Miracle 7. It felt lighter and less gunky in my hair. The spray of the Miracle 7 was finer and mistier (if that’s a word). They are very comparable products, so for the price difference ($14), I will continue to purchase the Miracle 7. But, if you have curly and/or super frizzy hair, you may want to go with the It’s a 10 because it contains keratin, which will help smooth curly/frizzy hair.

That sums it all up for the hair care empties! Hope you enjoyed this post! Makeup empties are coming next week! Stay tuned!

Stay Glittery!

xoxo,

Candice

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Miss USA 2014: Miss Universe Organization and CHI team up at Ulta with the Miss Universe Style Illuminate Haircare Line

Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady Photo Courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

You’ve probably heard by now that the Miss USA 2014 pageant is airing this Sunday, June 8, 2104 live on NBC at 8/7 central. Bitter Glitter will bring you some great pageant info and behind the scenes tidbits for the remainder of the week in honor of all the beauty and excitement Miss USA brings.

This year the Miss Universe Organization has teamed up with CHI Haircare to create the haircare line, Miss Universe Style Illuminate, sold exclusively at Ulta. The line is composed of 10 products, ranging from hair tools to hair spray. The entire idea behind this line is to allow women to rework and remold several styles in one day. Who doesn’t want that? Can we say day to night made easy? I’m in. the line was specially formulated with a blend of vitamins and oils including Moringa and Macadamia to enhance volume and provide hold without product buildup. Yes, please!

Miss Universe Style Illuminate Haircare Line  Photo credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Miss Universe Style Illuminate Haircare Line
Photo credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

I had the opportunity to speak to some of the contestants a couple of days ago, and Miss Alaska USA 2014, Kendall Rae Bautista, absolutely raved over the “Work Your Style Flexible Hairspray” in the Miss Universe Style Illuminate collection. She explained, “I need a lot of product because my hair has a mind of its own.” I completely understand her problem. You can find that hairspray here. And seriously, how beautiful is she??

Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska USA 2014, participates in a cooking demo at the Louisiana Culinary Institute on Friday, May 30th.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska USA 2014, participates in a cooking demo at the Louisiana Culinary Institute on Friday, May 30th.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska USA 2014, poses for a photo during a Rooftop Pool Private Party at L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge on Friday, May 30th.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska USA 2014, poses for a photo during a Rooftop Pool Private Party at L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge on Friday, May 30th.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

Upon Miss Alaska’s recommendation I picked up some of the Miss Universe Illuminate Style collection this weekend! I grabbbed some of the “Work Your Style Flexible Hairspray” and tack on the “Restage Dry Shampoo.” I’m a sucker for trying new dry shampoos. I can’t wait to put these products to the test!

Miss USA Style Illuminate "Work Your Style" Flexible hair spray and "Restage" Dry Shampoo
Miss USA Style Illuminate “Work Your Style” Flexible hair spray and “Restage” Dry Shampoo

 

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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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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