NuMe Curling Wand Review + Flash Sale Save $100!

I was born with baby fine hair, but when I was younger I had a lot of it...at least that's what my stylist at the salon always used to say when she cut my hair. But as I approach 40, it's been getting thinner, especially from the mid-shaft to the ends. 
Adding volume isn't easy if I want to wear it straight- it usually falls flat within an hour or two. So instead, I've been opting to curl my hair most days. The first day it looks great, but after sleeping on it all night, it's back to flats-ville again! Since I don't like to wash my hair every day, my second-day hair usually ends up being a bun or a ponytail. 
Recently, NuMe asked if I would like to review one of their Curling Wands (and also offer my readers an amazing deal this weekend only- see the end of the post for details). I had heard about them a lot on Instagram and YouTube and was curious so I ended up ordering the Classic Wand...it has a tourmaline-infused barrel which helps to protect your hair by using less direct heat, and is perfect for fine or damaged hair (like mine). 

Bumble & Bumble Don't Blow It | Does it Really Work?



I recently got a sample of the Bumble & Bumble Don't Blow It (H)air Styler ($15-$30) in my June Sephora Play box and I was really excited to try it because I'm always looking for ways to dry my hair without heat. The trouble is, my hair is a complete disaster when I air dry it. It has a bit of natural wave to it...not completely straight but not curly either and it has a tendency toward lots of frizz due to damage from bleaching. Also, since my hair is fine in texture, it usually looks really flat if I don't blow dry it. 
I've tried putting it up in different styles when it's still damp (thank you Pinterest) but those never seem to work because when I take it down hours later, it's still a bit damp and the waves end up falling out. I've also tried sleeping in rollers, but I end up tossing and turning...it's just not worth it. 

So the idea that I can put a product in my hair and just let it air dry to perfection sounded perfect! Especially now that it's 90+ degrees outside and the last thing I want to do is use a blowdryer. 

Claims: 

This innovative hair cream creates a more refined take on this relaxed style for great hair days—without the heat or hassle. A texture-enhancing blend of lightweight polymers boosts hair’s natural texture and adds bounce while a plant-based conditioning blend keeps hair soft and hydrated.

Work evenly into towel-dried hair, scrunch, or twist, and go.




This cream smells great (light and fresh) and doesn't feel sticky...it's lightweight and spreads easily through your hair.
I use somewhere between a nickel and quarter sized dollop for my medium-length lob, and work it all through my towel-dried hair. Then I scrunched it a little and twisted large, two inch sections all over my head. For the next hour or so, I played with it on and off...re-twisting certain sections that were falling out, raking my fingers through, parting it one way, then the other.
It never felt like I had product in my hair...there was no sticky or crunchy feeling, it just felt soft.

So here's what it ended up looking like! There was a wonky piece in the front that stuck out in a weird way, but I was happy that I didn't have the usual amount of frizz and my hair wasn't completely flat-looking.

Obviously, it didn't look as nice as when I blowdry it but it also didn't look nearly as bad as it does when I air dry it without this product. In fact, it gave a sort of rumpled, surfer-girl vibe that I didn't mind at all. Hey, it's summer after all!
I wanted to take this photo without doing any styling whatsoever, so you can see the results with just this cream, but afterward, I did use a curling iron to define my waves and fix that piece in the front that was sticking out awkwardly.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this product but it's not a miracle cream by any means. It definitely gave me better results vs. air drying my hair on its own, namely less frizz and more volume. But at the same time I still had to work at it a bit. I couldn't just put it in and go...I was constantly playing with it to get it to behave during the drying process.
But  in the end, it was nice not to have to use a blowdryer in this hot weather and once I touched it up with a curling iron, it looked the same as it does when I blow dry it first...not bad!

Have you tried this product? Do you have any tricks for avoiding heat-styling that work for you?

You can purchase Bumble & Bumble Don't Blow It at Sephora stores and Sephora.com



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Novex Brazilian Keratin Review

The past few months, I've been slowly lightening my hair back to blonde. It's a long, damaging process and my hair often ends up feeling like straw, plus I have to be really careful not to overdo it because my fine hair breaks very easily. I've been using a product called Novex Brazilian Keratin Deep Conditioning Hair Mask for several months now...I received a small jar in one of my beauty subscription boxes and became totally hooked on it because it completely transformed my hair and made it much stronger. Recently, I had the opportunity to try a few more items from the line and I wanted to share my thoughts with you! 

So if you have dry, damaged, or color-treated hair, you'll definitely want to read this review! 

The Novex Brazilian Keratin line can be used on all hair types and contains hydrolyzed keratin that is extracted from vegetables found on the natural soil in Brazil. It absorbs quickly into the hair to strengthen its structure. 

You might be wondering...what is keratin? It's a protein found in our hair, nails, teeth, and skin and 90% of each strand of hair is made up of keratin. Our bodies can produce it but we make less as we age. According to the Novex website, 70-80% of our hair's keratin is lost from the sun, being out in the cold in the winter, and from hot tools. Losing keratin can make your hair and nails look unhealthy, but you can replace it by applying keratin products to the hair. 

Those of you who are blonde may know the feeling you get when your hair gets overprocessed...it takes on this gummy, sticky texture when wet and becomes extremely fragile. Adding keratin back into your hair will help a lot! Even if your hair isn't at that point but it's still damaged, you can definitely benefit from occasional keratin treatments.

The Brazilian Keratin Shampoo ($9.99) lathers nicely and leaves my hair feeling soft, not stripped. It also rinses clean, which is really important to me since I have fine hair...I don't want any added weight! It has a non-offensive, clean scent that all of the Novex Keratin products have and I don't really notice once my hair is dry. 

The Deep Conditioning Hair Mask ($8.99) is probably their most famous product and this is the treatment I've been using for several months now. It's meant to be used only a few times a month as an intensive conditioner, and you can leave it on for 15 minutes or so.  I like to put it on, throw a shower cap over it and hit it with the blow dryer to help it penetrate deep into my hair. It doesn't weigh down my hair and makes it look and feel so much stronger and silkier, not to mention shinier! I couldn't believe the results after one use and I still can't believe how affordable it is because it works...better than any salon treatment I've used yet.

It comes in a huge 14 oz. jar and will last you a long time if you're not using it daily. My only teeny tiny complaint about this product is the jar packaging...I have a thin shelf in my shower where I line up my shampoos and this is too wide to fit on it so I have to keep it on the floor. Plus, you have to unscrew the lid and find someplace to put it while you scoop some product out (and try not to get any water from the shower in the product). If they would package this in a tube with a flip-top cap, it would be perfect!
Finally, the Brazilian Keratin Leave-In Conditioner ($10.99) is meant to create a protective coating on the outside of your hair to prevent outside agents from causing damage. I have a hard time using leave-in conditioners that are creamy like this because they tend to weigh down my fine hair...I prefer to use sprays because they're lighter but if you have medium to thick hair, this will work great for you.
But I'm happy to say that I've found another way to use this. I noticed on the bottle it says you can use it on dry hair, so I've been using it at night as a strengthening treatment. It absorbs right into my hair with no greasy residue and I just shampoo it out in the morning! I've noticed a big difference in my hair since I've been using this...a lot less breakage and it doesn't seem as damaged.
Overall, the Novex Brazilian Keratin line is an affordable option for damaged hair that really, truly works. I honestly don't mind paying more for products when they actually do what they say they will...but when you find one that lives up to its claims and is really affordable, how great is that??

You can purchase Novex at NovexHaircare.com and you can also find the Deep Conditioning Mask at Sally Beauty Supply

The products featured in this post are PR Samples, but all opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.
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Wen 613 Review & Giveaway

I've been using Wen for about two years now and although I've tried many of the different scents and formulas, 613 is by far my favorite. The lemon, rosemary, & vanilla bean scent is just so delicious...it's warm and fresh at the same time, not too sweet, and very spa-like. It's also the most nourishing of all the Wen formulas, perfect for my drier skin and hair. I recently had the opportunity to test out more products from line courtesy of QVC (I had previously used only the Cleansing Conditioner and Styling Creme) and they are generously giving away an entire set to one Budget Beauty Blog reader, so don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

I'm going to go through the products one by one and talk about how I use them. In particular, the cleansing conditioner should be used a certain way to get the best results. I've known a few people who gave up on it because they felt like their hair didn't feel clean or was weighted down (and this goes for all cleansing conditioners, not just Wen). I used to have the same issues, but after watching the Wen presentations on QVC for a while now, I realized that I was just doing it wrong!
First, let's talk about 613 Daily Cleansing Treatment. It's packed with really nourishing ingredients like natural plant oils and extracts, 11 amino acids (which are the building blocks of hair), and protein to make weak, damaged hair stronger and healthier. I only use it once a week because I don't want to add too much protein to my hair...over a long period of time, it can do more damage than good. When I bleach my hair, it can become very stretchy feeling when it's wet and this tells me I need more protein in my hair. When your hair has very little stretch and breaks off easily, you have too much protein in your hair and it can become so strong that it becomes brittle and breaks off (it happened to me once after using too many protein-rich products).
So I use 613 once a week on Sundays as a treatment and either a different Wen conditioner during the week or a regular shampoo and conditioner.  Chaz recommends not using shampoo at all when you're using Wen, but I do like to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of silicones and build-up in my hair. I just love how this treatment makes my hair stronger, shinier and healthier!

Here's how I use Wen (all types, not just 613):

Step 1: When I get into the shower, I rinse my hair and massage the water through for a full minute to get rid of a lot of the dirt and oil on my hair and scalp. This loosens everything, allowing Wen to do it's job...remember, it's not as stripping as shampoo so this step helps it to clean better.
Step 2: I use about 8-10 full pumps for my hair length...enough to completely saturate my hair. This step is so important! I used to skimp on it, thinking that the recommendation was just a ploy to get people  to use it up faster, but that's not the case at all. I didn't get great results at first because I wasn't using enough product...I can't stress this enough!
Step 3: Add a splash of water...this helps to spread Wen throughout your hair. It won't lather, but adding water will emulsify it a bit.
Step 4: Rinse and repeat! I do a second wash because it helps my fine hair to get super clean...I don't want any added weight.
Step 5: After I apply Wen a second time and emulsify with water, I comb my hair with a wide-tooth comb and leave it in for the rest of my shower.
Step 6: After rinsing, if your hair is dry, you can add a tiny amount back into soaking wet hair as a leave-in conditioner. I only put it from the mid-shaft down.

I also keep a bottle of the 613 Ultra Nourishing Styling Creme right in the shower with me. This is meant to be used on soaking wet hair after cleansing (I only use about a pea-sized amount, maybe a little bit more). It adds so much volume to my hair, it's crazy! Here are some recent photos...the one on the left is what my hair looks like when I don't use this and the photo on the right is when I do. It gives it lots of bounce and movement which I love! I use it even when I use regular shampoo and conditioner.


Before blow drying, I use the 613 Replenishing Treatment Mist on my hair to give it a little bit more moisture and protection. It contains the amino acid complex, vitamins, and botanicals to make your hair soft and shiny. It can also be used on your face and body as a lightweight hydrating treatment mist (and it smells soooo good).



Finally, the 613 Ultra Nourishing Intensive Body Treatment is pure heaven and I'm so happy I finally got to try it. First of all, it has that amazing 613 scent (you can also get in unscented in the 319 version) and it transforms my skin from its usual dry, flaky state to soft, smooth, and buttery. It absorbs so quickly, I didn't think it was going to do much...but then I noticed an hour later that my legs were super soft. I'm seriously in love with this body treatment.

Unfortunately, this value set sold out quickly on the QVC website so it's no longer available, but the individual products are still there if there's something you want to try. Also, I'm giving away the entire collection ($172 value!) featured in this post to one lucky reader, and you can enter below...good luck!



Wen 613 Giveaway

Recent Hair Product Purchases + Thoughts.

hair product reviews
I've been on a bit of a hair product kick recently so I thought I would share my thoughts with you on some of the products I've purchased over the past few weeks. Rather than posting individual reviews, I figured it might be quicker to do more of a round-up style post, especially since I know a lot of you are curious about some of these, especially the Garnier Whole Blends. 

That being said, if you still have questions at the end of this post, I definitely encourage you to ask them in the comments, since I'll be going over each product in a broad sense rather than going into too much detail. :)

Let's take a look!

Garnier recently released their Whole Blends line and I purchased a few products at Walgreens to try. I ended up buying the Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter shampoo and conditioner solely based on the scent, rather than what it's supposed to do...a bad move perhaps, but it wouldn't be the first time I've bought shampoo based on the scent alone (#guilty).

This is a smoothing formula that I feel is probably best suited to thicker, drier hair with more frizz. I found that it weighs my fine hair down and feels almost like it has a coating on it. It does hydrate and soften my dry, damaged hair but it's just way too heavy since I have a fine texture. I probably should have gone with the Honey formula (which I almost bought) or the Apple and Green Tea one. I just couldn't resist the delicious coconut and cocoa butter scent. It's not a suntan-lotion type of scent either, in case you're curious. It's heavier and deeper than that, definitely tropical but it has more of a sensual vibe. I think I'll gift these to my sister who loves coconut just as much as I do but has much thicker hair. 
garnier whole blends coconut and cocoa butter
The Honey Treasures Repairing Mask on the other hand, is amazing! This one doesn't weigh my hair down at all and it really helps to strengthen and smooth the damaged ends of my hair. It also smells divine...warm and sweet! I leave this on for about 3-5 minutes and use it in place of regular conditioner once or twice a week. I highly recommend this one and will probably go back and get the shampoo and conditioner.
garnier whole blends honey mask

The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Fresh Cut Split End Mender ($24) was more of a splurge purchase but I couldn't resist the claim of having that "freshly cut" look all the time. It looks like a body lotion when it comes out of the tube (it's white and feels thick) but it sinks into your hair with no sticky or heavy feeling. I have a fine textured "lob" that just grazes my shoulders and I use about a nickel-sized amount when my hair is wet, focusing on the mid-shaft to ends. You're supposed to use it before any other styling products like leave-in conditioner, mousse, etc. Then I use a small dab once it's dry just on the ends.
 So far I can say that this really works. My ends don't look nearly as straggly and my hair has that "swing" that it has when I first get it cut. The results seem to be cumulative...the first time I used it, my hair looked a little bit better but after a week it looks a lot better. Living Proof claims that this product "zips" your split ends back together rather than gluing or sticking them back, (which is what other split-end menders do). I'm not sure how the science behind it works but I do know that my dry, damaged hair looks so much better when I use this! 

living proof split end mender
Schwarzkopf Ultime Biotin Hair Filler Serum ($6.97 at Walmart)- This is from Claudia Schiffer's line for Schwarzkopf and it's exclusive to Walmart. I bought it on a whim one day while I was in the store because I'm always looking for products to plump up my fine, thin hair. I honestly wasn't expecting much but oh my gosh...this stuff is amazing!!! If you have fine hair, you have to try this. It looks like an oil, but it's actually similar to a face serum...it's thin, not greasy and absorbs immediately. I use it on damp hair and it disappears into my hair with absolutely no weight...I don't even feel like I have anything in my hair at all.
But after blow drying, my hair is soft, smooth (it seems to fill in and smooth damaged areas) and has a lot more volume. I'm so happy to finally try a volumizing product that isn't sticky like mousse or root spray. It seems to be sold out online at the moment, but I'm sure you can probably find it in store at Walmart.
schwarzkopf ultime biotin hair filler serum
So those are my recent hair product purchases! Have you tried any hair products lately that you're loving right now? Or ones that you regret buying? I'd love to hear about it! 

New L'Oreal Cleansing Balms Spotted at Walgreens

L'Oreal has just released two new 6 in 1 Cleansing Balms, one for colored hair and one for dry hair, and I spotted them last night on a Walgreens run. I remember L'Oreal having cleansing conditioners in the past but they were in much smaller 8.3 oz pump bottles. These are more than double the size, at 16.9 oz, which is a nice improvement since typically you have to use a lot more cleansing conditioner than you would regular shampoo or conditioner. Unfortunately, there was no pricing information on the display so I'm not 100% sure how much these are just yet. 
On that note, L'Oreal is calling these cleansing "balms" vs. cleansing "conditioners". They claim to cleanse, treat, soften, shine, condition and detangle the hair. Let's take a closer look at the bottles...

John Frieda 2016 Preview at Target

John Frieda announced this week that they have launched a presale of brand new 2016 products at Target.com. This launch includes brand new offerings as well as reinvented versions of popular products in the Brilliant Brunette and Go Blonder lines. Let's take a look! 

First up is a brand new product called Root Blur ($18.99) that covers greys and blends dark roots with a single stroke. It comes in four different shades and there are two shades within each palette that allow you to customize your color. 

Hair Products I'm Using For Fall- Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla

As the weather starts to turn colder, my hair and skincare needs change quite a bit. I have naturally dry skin and hair that actually gets pretty close to normal in the summertime. But now that it's Fall, they're right back to their old ways, giving me lots of grief! If you have dry, dull or damaged hair, you'll want to keep reading because I've found my new holy grail hair products...

I have fine hair that's dry and damaged,  I needed to find something that would nourish my hair and also not weigh it down. Last month, I went to Target and was checking out the Carol's Daughter section. I've been using mostly Carol's Daughter products for a while now because they're made with the best ingredients and they really work! Plus, her line at Target is much more affordable than the regular line, yet just as effective.  I also love that her shampoos and conditioners come in pump bottles...they're so convenient to use in the shower.

Last Winter, I used the Sacred Tiare line which is supposed to help strengthen your hair and prevent breakage. I really liked it but I'm the type of person who always has to try something new. I guess for me, using the same thing all the time is boring! So I picked up a bottle of the Black Vanilla shampoo and gave it a quick sniff (yes, I am one of those people that you see sniffing shampoos in the hair aisle, but scent is very important to me, okay? LOL). I realized at that moment that I had never smelled anything as wonderful as this...
carol's daughter black vanilla review
Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner ($10 at Target

Dry Shampoo I'm Loving Now: Carol's Daughter Monoi Conditioning Dry Shampoo

A Review of Carol's Daughter Monoi Conditioning Dry Shampoo for dark tones, $22 at HSN

I've been a huge fan of Carol's Daughter for several years now...you may remember my reviews of several of their products in the past (see all of my Carol's Daughter Reviews here), but if not, I have to say that when I splurge on hair products, I go for Carol's Daughter every time. The Monoi line is a dream if you have dry hair with any kind of breakage or fallout. I started using it after having a baby and it's been a miracle worker (check out my review of the Monoi shampoo and conditioner with before and after photos of my hair- it's crazy!). 
For the record, I am caucasian with baby fine hair that's already dry by nature, but then I torture it with heat styling and coloring too, so it's prone to breakage. Monoi Oil (a blend of Tiare flowers and Coprah Coconut Oil) has been a secret of Tahitian women for centuries and it works wonders to repair my hair without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. It also smells like Heaven!  So when I saw that Carol's Daughter had just released a Monoi dry shampoo, I had to have it. Let's take a look...
Carol's Daughter Monoi Conditioning Dry Shampoo review

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

As someone with fine, thin hair I have a really hard time growing it past my shoulders and when I do, it looks straggly because of fallout during the growing out period or breakage from styling. I've found that it looks best in a long bob (lob) hairstyle...anything longer than that and it has no volume and drags my face down. One way I can get away with longer hair is to use extensions, and I've reviewed a few different synthetic options here on the blog over the past year or so. Recently, I was contacted by a company called Irresistible Me to try their 100% Human Remy Hair extensions, so of course I jumped at the chance! I had seen a lot of bloggers and Vloggers rave about Irresistible Me, so I was excited to try them. Plus, even though the newer synthetic hair fibers can be heat styled, it's not an easy process...with real human hair, it's just like curling or straightening your own hair...fast and easy!

My extensions arrived in a black cardboard box which will be perfect for storing them in when I'm not using them. 
irresistible me hair extensions review

FREEBIE: Get a FREE Customized Shampoo & Conditioner with StarShop

I wanted to share a cool new app with you guys called StarShop! It was created by Shark Tank judge Kevin Harrington, and it's a collection of celebrity-curated products. Celebs like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Eli Manning and Justin Bieber have already teamed up with the site to offer products that they themselves have created or products that they represent. 

First up though, is a line of customizable hair products called Profile Pro and they've partnered with Paula Abdul to bring customers totally customizable hair products. For a limited time, following the launch of the site, StarShop is offering a free travel sized shampoo and conditioner to the first 50,000 people who visit, worth $15. Keep reading to find out how!

Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley 16" Hair Extension Review

Christie Brinkley has launched a new line of hair extensions, wigs and hair accessories and I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to try the Hair2Wear 16" hair extension ($49). I cut my hair into a bob last year and have been slowly growing it out. I'm one of those people who loves having both short and long hair...I can never decide. I'm always in this never-ending cycle of cutting it short, then growing it out, then cutting it short again when I start to get bored. Right now, my hair is a medium-length lob which I really like, because it's long enough to put up or to curl, but still short and manageable...kind of the best of both worlds.
Still, I sometimes want a little extra length and when I'm missing my long hair, a clip-in extension like this one from Hair2Wear is a quick and easy solution. Let's take a look...

New! Living Proof Blowout now at Ulta.

Living Proof Blowout ($24 at Ulta) is brand new and promises to give you a salon-worthy blowout and a shorter drying time. I have loved just about every product I've tried from Living Proof so I can't wait to try this.  Even my ultimate hair icon, Jennifer Aniston loves Living Proof so much she's not only their spokesperson, but a co-owner of the company.

Here are the claims for Blowout, which comes in two sizes, 1.7oz Travel and 5oz.: 

  • Reduces the amount of brush work needed to shape your style, giving you a faster and easier blowout experience. Spend less time styling (and just get on with your day).
  • Molds, shapes, and locks in your blowout. So your hair looks polished and full of body the second you stop styling - and it actually stays that way.
  • Creates optimal level of grip for brush detailing (meaning you can actually get those Pinterest-worthy flips).
  • Provides heat protection (up to 450 F) and, when applied to a finished style, extra hold.
  • Can be used on second-day hair to touch up and finish your blowout. Less shampooing, more snoozing.
If the claims on this are true, it sounds like the ultimate hair product! I think I'm going to pick up the travel size today during the Ebates 16% cash back sale! So look for a review coming up in the next couple of weeks.

You can purchase Living Proof Blowout at Ulta.com

Kardashian Beauty Hair Black Seed Dry Oil Review

The Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil ($15.99 at Ulta) is part of the new Kardashian Beauty Hair collection that's been hitting the stores the past few months.  I purchased a couple of products at Bed, Bath and Beyond a while ago and I really wanted to get a review up on these because no matter how you feel about the K-sisters, these products are really good. 

The Kardashians developed this line with Farouk Systems (creator of CHI and Biosilk) and every product contains ultra-nourishing Black Seed Oil which is supposed to be amazing for your hair.  For my first review, I wanted to focus on the Black Seed Dry Oil, which seems to be the flagship product of the line.  Kim has said that she uses it on her daughter North's hair to tame it when she's putting it up in a bun or ponytail and she also claims to have used it on her body during that infamous Paper Magazine photo shoot (fyi, I actually tried it on my arms and legs and it really makes your skin super soft and glowy). Let's take a look...
kardashian beauty hair black seed oil review

Description: 
Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil is a nutrient rich treatment and styling aid that rejuvenates and nourishes hair so it appears strong, thick, smooth and gloriously shiny. This ultra light formula is easily absorbed, instantly nourishing and smoothing to the hair with no residue left behind. Experience the luxury of pure Black Seed Oil for the ultimate glamorous finish.

Get Beachy Waves This Summer with TRESemme Perfectly Undone Collection

The new TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done collection is a line of soft styling products that are infused with Sea Kelp Extract and create a variety of effortless, undone and wavy hairstyles. Perfect up to 3 different wave styles with just 6 products and get weightless hold that lasts all day without looking overly styled.
I recently had the opportunity to try some of the products from the new collection to create my own Perfectly Undone Look.  But first, I took the "What Kind Of Wavy Girl Are You?" quiz on the Walmart website (click here to take the quiz too). I got Boho Waves! Then you can watch videos on how to create these looks below and which products to use. 

The Boho Waves look was created using the Perfectly Undone Shampoo ($4.98) and Conditioner ($4.98), plus the Wave Creation Sea Foam ($6.98). 

Weightless Silicone-Free Shampoo & Conditioner 
Create the perfect base with this lightweight silicone-free formula that nourishes hair but never weighs it down. 

I absolutely loved this shampoo and conditioner! It's extremely hard to find silicone-free hair products these days which is important for people with fine thin hair like me.  After a while, silicone builds up and can weigh your hair down and make it look dull.  The shampoo had tons of creamy lather but didn't feel like it was drying out my hair.  The conditioner felt thick and rich, hydrating my dry color-treated hair, but it rinsed clean. Afterwards, my hair felt moisturized and clean with no heavy feel, plus it smells amazing! Even the next day, I could still smell the fresh clean scent in my hair. 
Wave Creation Sea Foam
This ultra-light Sea Foam helps create soft, natural-looking waves. It looks similar to mousse but is thinner and more foamy rather than creamy. The bottle said to use 2-5 pumps...I used 3 since I have fine hair that's medium length.  I spread it evenly through my hair from root to tip, like it showed in the video and then blow-dried my hair with a round brush.  It didn't make my hair feel sticky and didn't weigh it down at all. 

Next, the video showed to wrap sections of hair around a curling iron, holding it vertically.  The stylist showed a cool trick I hadn't seen before...to flick your wrist as you're wrapping the hair around the barrel of the iron to get a more natural wave pattern.

Here's my finished waves...I decided to start my waves further down since it looks a little more casual and less "done" than starting them up high, especially on a long bob like mine.
Overall, the TRESemme Perfectly Undone collection makes it easy to get hydrated yet weightless hair that's a great base for creating your perfect waves!
It's available now at Walmart, so head on over to their website, take the quiz and watch the tutorials to see how you get get your perfectly undone look this summer!

**Disclosure- This post is sponsored by Lunchbox...all opinions are my own.**

Secret Extensions by Daisy Fuentes are now at Walgreens.

I was in Walgreens today and was surprised to see Secret Extensions ($39.99)! I caved in to the infomercial when I saw it last summer and ordered one...then a few months later, I ordered a second one when I found out they can be doubled up for more thickness. 
I absolutely love these for adding volume and a little length to my fine, thin hair. Its as easy as putting on a headband and it's totally undetectable! You can read my full review here.
I'm so excited to see these hit the stores because now that my hair is darker, I'd like to buy a brown shade and being able to see it in person is awesome!
Have you tried Secret Extensions yet? Or are you planning to? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Hairdo 20" Wavy Hair Extension Review

Do you have short hair and wish it could be longer right now?  Or are you wondering how to make your fine, thin hair look thicker instantly? If so, you're definitely going to want to read this post! I recently purchased a Hairdo 20" Wavy Extension on Hautelook for $39 (regularly $99). I've tried clip-in hair extensions in the past, but they never worked for me because my hair is so fine, I could only put 2 rows of clips or they would start to show through. So when I saw this one piece extension, I was excited to try it because it seemed like it would be not only faster and easier to use, but also easier to hide! Let's take a look...
Hairdo Hairuwear 20" extension
Hairdo 20" Wavy Extension in Ginger Brown
Unlike other clip-in extensions, this is so easy you don't even need practice...just put up half your hair, clip it in, then let your hair down and you're done! You don't have to deal with multiple wefts.

Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volume Collection Review


I recently got the opportunity to try the new Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing line and I was really excited because I've really been impressed with Suave the past few years...I use their Professionals Keratin Infusion shampoo and conditioner and it's absolutely amazing for my dry, color treated hair.  Now, all I need is volume! 
Ever since I had a baby last year, my hair has thinned out considerably.  I'm starting to grow it back, but right now I have a million little 1" long baby hairs that aren't helping to give me any thickness just yet.  
The Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volume line is salon proven to volumize as well as Kerastase volumizing products! Let's take a look...
suave luxe style infusion blow dry spray reviews
Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volume Collection

Kardashian Beauty Hair Line Spotted at Bed, Bath & Beyond

When I spotted the new Kardashian Beauty hair line at Bed, Bath and Beyond this morning and posted the photos to Instagram, I had no idea that it would be my most liked, most visited post to date (or that Khloe herself would be among those who liked it!). So, since my Instagram account is literally blowing up over this, I figured I would do a quick blog post for those of you who aren't on Instagram. 

I had seen that the line was going to be sold at Ulta, but since I don't have an Ulta close by, I was happy to see it land at Bed, Bath and Beyond! 
First, I picked up the Blow Dry Cream and the Black Seed Dry Oil.  Then I decided to also grab the Dry Conditioner because I've never tried one before and my 2nd day ends usually need some love.
I also spotted  a Dry Shampoo, Hair Spray, Volume Foam, and Curl Defining Cream Gel.

Are you excited to try this line?  Or have you already purchased it at Ulta?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Hair Line Now Available at Walmart!

I didn't need another reason to go into Walmart...I actually have quite an aversion to the place, but it's the only store you can get Hard Candy and Flower cosmetics at so I force myself to go once in a while.  Now celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves has introduced a new line of hair products that are sold exclusively at Walmart called You Are Beautiful... and they sound wonderful, so that means I'll have to make another trip there soon.
Image Credit: Beautyblitz.com

You might remember Ken Paves from his makeovers on The Oprah Winfrey show, and he's styled celebs like Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham.  He's put his 20 years of experience into this line made without harsh sulfates, dyes, or chemicals.  They're also free of synthetic fragrances, using only essential oils instead.  The products are said to smell amazing and very spa-like (which makes me think of Aveda).
There are 18 products in the collection and there's something for every hair type.  They range in price from $13-$19, which is actually quite expensive as far as Walmart prices go, but not bad at all when you consider this is an expert's line full of ingredients that are great for your hair. 
To check out the full line, please visit Walmart.com

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