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Dry Shampoos & Dark Hair: Did any of these really work?

Best dry shampoos for dark hair

Which of these five dry shampoos got a passing grade and which one got an F?

I colour my hair. I’ve been battling greys since I was in my 20s (sadly its hereditary). Visiting the salon every 4-5 weeks to have my roots done is hard on my hair. I’m sure those of you with colour treated hair can relate. Any type of chemical processing can really leave your hair dry and damaged. A couple of years ago, I decide to try to join the “no poo” movement and gradually decrease how frequently I shampooed my hair. Instead of washing my hair daily, I have now reduced it to twice (sometimes 3 times) a week. I can’t even begin to tell you what a difference this has made in the health and texture of my hair. Its so much softer and more manageable. In between shampoos, I will often use a dry shampoo on my roots. I thought I’d do a quick review of some of the brands I’ve tried. Dry shampoo on very dark hair like mine can be tricky. You don’t want to be left with a visible white, powdery cast. I also don’t want a dry shampoo to have a strong, overpowering scent. So here are five dry shampoos I’ve tried, from drugstore to high-end, graded from A to F. Continue reading

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Temporary Root Touch Ups: Do they really work?

L'oreal Root Cover Up, AG Dry Shampoo, Greyfree Professional Temporary Hair Color reviews comparisons

three wash-out root touch up products I’ve tried

Hi everyone! I’ve been on a quest lately to try out some products that might keep me from having to visit the hair salon too frequently. I have been colouring my hair regularly to cover grey since I was in my late 20s. Sadly its genetic. My Mom and my Grandma went completely white very early too. My Grandma never coloured her hair, but my Mom and I do. I used to go every 6 weeks, but now I’m getting some pretty white roots going on up there and they are starting to contrast sharply against my black hair (which, in case you’re wondering is fairly close to my natural colour, a very dark brown). My hairdresser recommended going every 4 weeks! I just find it so time consuming. So I decided to try out some of the temporary root touch-up products out there to see if they really worked. So far I’ve tried the L’Oreal Root Cover Up, the AG Dry Shampoo Root Touch–Up, and the Greyfree Professional Temporary Hair Color. Here are my thoughts on them.
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Condition first, shampoo second? Did this work for my colour-treated, dry, thick, tangley hair?

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Collection: The new reverse system for touchably soft volume

TRESemme Expert Selection Beauty-Full Volume Collection: The new “reverse system for touchably soft volume”

When TRESemme reached out to me to try their new “reverse system” where you use the conditioner first and shampoo second, I thought I would be the perfect person to review this product. I only respond to offers like this when I feel like its a product I’m truly interested in or if I think I would be a good person to offer an opinion about it. In this case, my hair is literally a nightmare! Its colour-treated and dry/frizzy even before processing. I also have the most un-combable hair in the entire world. I once had a new hairdresser (it was my first and last appointment with her) get totally frustrated and complain that my hair “tangled around itself” inexplicably. I have to use a good conditioner plus a leave-in conditioner/de-tangler. Even then my hair is barely manageable. I like to think I have all the texture of naturally curly hair, but without the benefit of curls 😛 So a reverse hair care system where you shampoo after conditioning? I thought my hair could put that to the ultimate test.  Continue reading

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Deluxe & Beauty to Love Sephora Samples: Buy it or Skip it? (Part 1: Skincare)

100 point samples and Sephora's Beauty to Love Sample Bag

100 point samples and Sephora’s “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag

I did a post like this before, 5 Mini Lippies: Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it? and I received quite a few comments that people liked that type of review. I redeemed a bunch of Sephora points along with a code for their “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag (8 samples free with $25 purchase and the code BEAUTYFEED) and I thought I would do another Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it? post. Its A LOT of samples, so I’m going to do it as two posts, the first on the skin/hair care samples, and the second on the makeup samples. A few of the items I think I might do separate reviews on, I’m not sure. I hope you’ll enjoy them! Continue reading

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Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

Irresistible Me Hair Extentions
I have been trying to grow my hair longer, but I find it difficult to keep my hair long since I am coluring it. Once past shoulder-length, the ends just get too dry and damaged. I had been contemplating removable hair extensions for a while now. I don’t want the more permanent type you sew or glue in because I would be too nervous about damaging my natural hair. It was perfect timing when Irresistible Me reached out to me and offered to let me try their Remy Clip-in Extensions for free.

The Irresistible Me extensions are made of 100% human Remy hair and can be styled, cut, coloured, curled, straightened and washed like your own hair. Being new to the world of extensions I wasn’t familiar with the term “Remy”. According to Irresistible Me:

Remy Hair is considered to be the finest quality of human hair because it’s the hair collected from the donor’s head and preserved to ensure all the cuticles are healthy, living, and facing in the natural growing direction. This eliminates tangling problems commonly found in non-Remy or low quality hair. Preserving the hairs’ cuticles intact and aligning them the same way makes the hair extensions look completely natural. Remy hair is only lightly processed.”

I selected the Silky Touch extensions in 24 inches (the longest available length). My hair is very thick, so I went with the 200g extensions recommended for thicker hair. There are 11 shades to choose from. After watching this YouTube video, I selected the shade Silky Jet Black (#1). I was so excited when they arrived! The packaging is very cute and the extensions are safely inside a sealed, plastic waterproof bag.

Irresistible Me Clip-in Remy Extensions

Lovely packaging and presentation

What I thought was genius, is that there is a separate compartment that contains a single hair extension. You are instructed to “open this side first” so you can decide if the length and shade is what you wanted before you open the full set. If you’re not happy with your selection, you can return it if you haven’t broken the Quality & Hygiene seal on the other side of the packaging.

Irresistible Me Clip-in Remy Extensions

Open this side first (to get a better look at shade & length)

Irresistible Me Clip-in Remy Extensions Silky Jet Black

Silky Jet Black (#1) was a perfect match for my hair colour

Irresistible Me Clip-in Remy Extensions

If you decide to keep them, you can remove the seal and open them

I was very happy with the shade Silky Jet Black, which was an excellent match for my hair colour. I was also immediately surprised by how soft and natural the extensions felt. They felt exactly like my own hair. My only other experience with hair extensions was with inexpensive synthetic hair (which I used for an Amy Winehouse Halloween look). It was absolutely awful! I can definitely see why paying more for real human hair is totally worth it.

Irresistible Me Clip-on Remy hair extension weft

Each extension is held in place with little clips that snap open and closed

You receive 10 hair extensions or “wefts”, which I’ve learned they are referred to: one 4-clip weft, two 3-clip wefts, five 2-clip wefts, and two 1-clip wefts. You can choose to add as few or as many wefts to your hair as you like.

Irresistible Me Clip-on Remy Silky Jet Black

One 4-clip weft, two 3-clip wefts

Irresistible Me Clip-on Remy Silky Jet Black

five 2-clip wefts

Irresistible Me Clip-on Remy Silky Jet Black wefts

two 1-clip wefts

I definitely needed to watch a few tutorials before attempting to put in the extensions. I found MissLeslee229’s HOW TO: APPLY HAIR EXTENSIONS!!! the most helpful. As a hair extension newbie, it took a little practice, but I got the hang of it fairly quickly. It was actually much easier and much quicker to put them in than I expected, and they are also easy to remove. I have very tangley hair and was initially worried that I’d have a difficult time removing the clips, but that wasn’t the case. As soon as you un-clip them they come right out.

So…here is the before and after…

Irresistible Me Clip-on Remy extensions "before" pic

Before

Irresistible Me Clip-in Remy Hair Extensions "Before" pic

Before

Irresistible Me Clip-in Remy Hair Extensions "after" pic

After (sexy mermaid hair!)

Irresistible Me Clip-in Remy Hair Extensions "after" pic

After

My hair is not layered at all, so I found it helpful to pin some of my hair back in a half-up do in order to help my own hair blend in better with the extensions. I think layered cuts would work particularly well with extensions. Once you clip these in place, they are completely, securely attached to your own hair. I didn’t have to worry at all about them coming out. They are also fairly comfortable. I don’t know if I could wear these all day long, everyday, as they add extra weight to your hair, and after several hours I do start to look forward to  removing them. I think they take a little getting used to. Like I said, I’m a hair extension newbie! However for going out and for events where you want to add some drama, some length or volume, I think these are perfect! I am looking forward to trying out some more styles and up-dos with these.

The Irresistible Me site ships to Canada (and to every country in the world). The Silky Touch 200g, 24 inch extensions are $219 USD. The longer the length and the thicker the weight, the higher the price. The shortest length (14 inches) and weight (100g) are only $79 USD. So the price depends on how much hair you want/need. They also offer free, international shipping over $150.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

Disclaimer: This item was provide to me for free by Irresistible Me. This is not a paid review. All opinions are my own and 100% my honest opinion.

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What Would You Like to Pick Up at the Sephora VIB Sale?

Sephora VIB Sale

Its the VIB Sale at Sephora!

Hi everyone! I took advantage of the 15% off VIB Rouge discount to order a few things today. I re-ordered some favourites, the Guerain Maxi Lash Mascara, the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, and my favourite perfume, Issey Miyake. I love getting it in the rollerball form because its so easy to apply and to travel with.

I’d purchased a WEN On the Go Travel Kit and really liked the Sweet Almond Mint Replenishing Treatment, but the full-size is fairly pricey ($41 CAD), so I’m glad I could get this on sale.

I also got two lipsticks to review for my ongoing High-end Lipstick Review series, Dolce & Gabbana and YSL. Can’t wait to review these!

How about you? Are you taking advantage of the VIB sale?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Sephora Black Friday Sale Goodies!

Sephora Black Friday deals 2014

Black Friday goodies from Sephora!

The order I placed on Black Friday arrived yesterday. I had really wanted the little Smashbox mini lipstick duo, but it sold out early. I did get to grab two of the deals, the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Collection and the adorable Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set. Both were $12 CAD.

Some sample lovin: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel & Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Some sample lovin: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel & Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

I also added the Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette to my cart, because for $12, why not? I really like the gold, wallet-like packaging and the magnetic clasp!

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

The colours are on the neutral side:

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

I think the quality of the eyeshadows are what you’d expect for an inexpensive Sephora palette. Its a bit shimmery overall. There are only 2 matte shades: the dark brown and the black shades on the far right. The texture of the shimmery shades are nice, but I found the matte shades a bit patchy.

Swatches: Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Swatches: Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

I am going to do a full review of the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set and compare them to my Beautyblender and my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Did you manage to snag any good Black Friday deals?

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

The June Glam Bag’s theme was “Pretty in Paradise” and included a beautiful Rebecca Minkoff floral patterned cosmetic bag.

I received:

  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (45 ml sample size):  $11.99 for full 125 ml size
  • Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: $16.20
  • NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”:  $5.50
  • Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in “Green”: $5.30
  • Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser (58 ml sample size): $24.00 for full 118 ml size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the June bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $62.99 CAD.

I was thrilled to get another NYX Butter Gloss! You can feel my love for them in a previous post. This one was in a shade I didn’t have, Apple Struedel, a pretty peachy coral.

Swatch: NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Struedel

NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”

I’m enjoying the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, which smells amazing, like a pina colada. The Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser I am a bit unsure about, as it is very scented (it smells like an orange creamsicle) and does contain oils. I have only used it once; I’m a bit nervous how my skin might react. I also really (unexpectedly) like the green Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner. I don’t often use liquid liners, but I think over a dark smokey eye this could be cool. It sets really well and doesn’t budge once applied, and seems to be fairly water-proof.

The one big “miss” from this month’s Ipsy bag is the Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara. It smells horrific, almost like gasoline! I wouldn’t even try it on. Has anyone else tried this mascara? Is there something wrong with mine? Leave me a comment to let me know.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy May Glam Bag Review

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

The May Glam Bag’s “Fresh Picks” theme was all about natural beauty. I nicknamed mine the “hippy glam bag” because all my products seemed to be of the all-natural, sustainable, ethical, organic, cruelty-free variety. Even the cosmetic bag was unbleached cotton with a green leaf design. My bag also contained more skincare products then any of my previous bags. Only one item out of the five was a makeup item. I received:

  • Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil (travel size): $14.00 CAD
  • Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn” (unable to find a price)
  • Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (10ml sample size): $38.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer (15ml sample size): $60.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 natural sunscreen (sample size): $14.00 CAD for full size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the May bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $126.00 CAD. That is without the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo which had no price available.

The Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil is silicone-free and uses essential oils like Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Tamanu and certified organic ingredients. Its cruelty-free and has recyclable packaging. I have super frizzy hair and generally like hair oils. I found the scent of this one a bit off-putting – a very sinus-clearing eucalyptus. I could not find where this brand might be sold in Canada. We can’t order online, but their website says you can call or email to place an international order, but beware they ship using UPS.

The Pacifica eyeshadow duo is not on their website, so I suspect it was an item specially created for Ipsy. The brand’s products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain “FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin” and they are really environmentally and ethically conscious.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in "Moonbeam" and "Unicorn"

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn”

Their mineral eyeshadow duo, infused with coconut water, was literally a hit and a miss. The darker, purpley-taupey shade was quite nice and wearable, with a very smooth texture and satin finish. The other half of the duo, a glittery cream shade, was awful! That shade was everything I dislike in an eyeshadow: scratchy, uneven texture; chunky; patchy to apply; and over-the-top sparkly. Pacifica is available through well.ca and may be at some Target stores in Canada (not mine).

I love getting facial masks in my Ipsy bag. The Hey Honey brand uses honey as the main ingredient in all their products, so I am excited to try out the Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask. The Hey Honey site ships to Canada using USPS for very reasonable shipping ($8.99 USD) and with USPS there aren’t additional import or customs fees.

Pur-lisse is quite a high-end brand. One of the great things about getting samples in my Ipsy bag is that I can try out expensive products to see how my skin reacts before dropping a lot of money on the full sized product and then discovering it irritates my sensitive skin. The Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer does contain natural fragrance oils so we will see how it goes.

I was excited to get a sunscreen in my Ipsy bag. Being a very pale girl, I practically never leave the house in summer without at least an SPF 30 on (and prefer an SPF 50 or even 75). The Hang Ten Classic Sport contains some organic ingredients, is Oxybenzone, Paraben, and Retinyl Palmitate free, and has a “a signature beach themed all-natural non-synthetic scent”. It smells delicious! Again, I am glad I get to test this out first to see how my skin reacts. Although I couldn’t find where to purchase this brand in Canada.

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