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Nexxus Color Assure Hair Color Protection System- Review

This post will be “slightly” picture heavy. 

I was recently given the opportunity to test the Nexxus Color Assure system for colored hair. I have been really bored with my hair lately, the color, the style, everything. When this opportunity came up, I was so excited, because it was the push I needed to make the change I had been craving.

My normal hair color is a light brown/red. As I have gotten older, my hair color has faded considerably. I have gone back and forth playing with color, made some mistakes, but always gone back to my “roots.”

Here is my hair pre-color (totally natural), almost exactly one month ago. BO-RING.313

I had a blast at the salon. I got lucky that my stylist is also my friend, and I trusted her to make me look fabulous, and did she ever!

We mulled over color for a little while. She brought in a fellow stylist to confer.31316

This is me being dramatic over my indecision.3132

A little pre-color pep talk.3133

Color is mixed. I won’t lie, this freaked me out a little bit.3135

Color is going on! I think I have a bit of a sassy smirk going on here.3138

I look like a Doodlebop, or Devo’s newist bassist. If you don’t already know what a Doodlebop is, spare yourself.3139

Another view of the color.31310

Here is the completed color, she blew my hair out straight, and gave me an angled cut.    31311 31312

Isn’t that color amazing? It has been a little over a month now using the Nexxus system. Lets take a look at it!photo 5 (40)

Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer.
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“The NEW Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer is a pre-treatment to shield hair in the shower. It helps to repel water*, so color stays longer and more vibrant.  The Pre-Wash Primer is sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil.

  • Almond oil is known to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage
  • Coconut oil is known to provide softness and elasticity
  • Argan oil is known to improve shine and vibrancy
  • White Orchid Extract is known to provide moisture and works to seal and protect hair by repelling water** and keep it from entering the core.

 

For best results, follow the Pre-Wash Primer with Nexxus Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo and Conditioner and finish with Nexxus Color Assure Glossing Tonic.

 

How to Use Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer:

Before you shower, apply 5-7 pumps to dry hair, starting at the ends and working up to the root. Only apply enough so that hair is soft and silky, but not saturated. If your hands are greasy after applying the Primer, then you have applied too much.

 

 

I am covering this product first, because it is the first step in the system, and the most crucial. It pumps out looking like a hair gel, but it has a slightly oily texture. To properly coat my hair, I used a small amount at a time, dispersing through my entire head. I knew when I used too much if my hands were oily after my hair was coated.

The purpose of this primer is to repel water, which helps to maintain color. I will say, the first time I washed my hair, despite using the primer, I saw ALOT of color washing away. This is probably due to the fact that red hair is more porous, and doesn’t hold color as well in general. I saw loss of color for the first 2-3 washings, and after that it stopped.

The primer definitely did it’s job, as far as repelling water. My hair wasn’t soaking wet when I got out of the shower. It wasn’t even really dripping, like it normally would.   It towel/air-dried much faster, as well as blowdried faster. I was very satisfied with how it worked, in this aspect.

It did smell good, and it was very easy to use, as long as you didn’t use too much.

The one thing I will say about it, I did NOT like how it made my hair feel. It felt coated and heavy,  I felt like my hair looked dirty very quickly, thus the need for more washing. I have low maintenance hair, and this product prompted me to wash a lot more than normal.

 

Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo.

“This rich, sulfate-free formula provides a luxurious lather that gently cleanses and nourishes hair for long lasting color vibrancy.”

Free of Sulfates, this low shampoo promises to protect color on color treated hair. It absolutely smelled divine. It did get my hair clean, despite the heavily coated feel the primer caused. I did a trick my mom taught me, the “squeak test”. After I rinsed, I would run patches of hair between my fingers, and if the hair squeaked, I knew all of the soap was out.

Now I will admit, I did some experimentation. I washed without the primer one time, and the shampoo produced more lather than with the primer.  The amount of water mixing with the shampoo must have made all the difference.

I did quite enjoy this shampoo. The scent, the lack of color loss, and the luxurious feel, made it a success.photo 1 (71)

Color Assure Conditioner.

“Our exotic orchid-oil infused formula moisturizes hair while preserving color vibrancy. For hair that’s soft, smooth and nourished.”

I’m not a big conditioner user, in general. A combination of laziness and time constraints are the factors. I REALLY like this conditioner though, and I use it everytime I shampoo. It smells wonderful, is the perfect texture, and leaves my hair soft, detangled and manageable.

Color Assure Glossing Tonic

“This weightless exotic orchid-oil infused formula provides a fine mist that dries quickly and instantly brings out color’s luminosity. It’s the perfect finishing touch for reflective shine.”photo 4 (51)

I really enjoyed this product. I felt like it was a bit of a treat. I sprayed it on lightly, and scrunched my curls to get it throughout my hair. It would instantly enhance the shine and vibrancy of my hair. Along with helping tame some of my frizz to some degree, it also smelled SO good.

Overall I think this system was great! my color stayed fairly vibrant, but there is some fading, and the inevitable regrowth to deal with now. I am planning on keeping this color for a while, and it should be interesting to see how it holds up, especially when I run out of these products and if I change to something else.

Here is my before and after, as of a few days ago. I am still loving it!

I wish my hair was this sleek and straight all the time, but I am luck that my daughter is a WHIZZ with a flat iron!313

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ABOUT THE NEXXUS COLOR ASSURE SYSTEM

The NEW Nexxus Color Assure System is the first oil-infused color care system by Nexxus, and it provides 2X longer color protection* Look for the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner and Color Assure Glossing Tonic in mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.”

 

Follow Nexxus on Twitter! @nexxushair

*I received these products free of charge in exchange for review, from Nexxus and Conde Nast. My opinions are my own.*

LASHEM® sympeptide infused Liquid Eyeliner. Press Release

le001.02com-lashem-best-false-eyelashesAzusa, California, USA. February 11, 2014 – Chrislie Formulations, the industry leader in state-of-the-art cosmetic technologies has added an innovative liquid eyeliner to their LASHEM® product line. le001.01com-lashem-liquid-eyeliner (1)

The LASHEM® brand has debuted Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner, formulated with a peptide rich complex, Sympeptide, designed to stimulate and enhance natural lashes. The product, which derives its lash boosting benefits from natural plant and flower extracts, uses QuSome Patented delivery system, to rapidly reveal lashes that look both younger and more voluminous.

LASHEM® Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner is a multi-purpose beauty essential for any modern woman’s makeup bag. The product’s precision tip applicator allows for easy use as both an eyeliner and shadow and is available in three intense shades: Blackest Black, Black Pearl and Espresso.

The product line, LASHEM®, is best known for helping to enhance the most beautiful part of a woman, her eyes. The technologically innovative formulas reveal a more youthful look so that a woman can feel confident that the world is gazing back at the best version of who she is. LASHEM® customers feel empowered because they look good and feel good.

According to CEO and Founder, Helga Arminak, “In a world where women of all ages and cultures juggle families and work, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, women will continue to depend on products created by Chrislie Formulations to help them look and feel their best.”

As a company created by women for women, Chrislie Formulations is actively involved in donating to charities that make a difference in women’s lives. That’s why three percent of all LASHEM® sales are donated to the “Look Good Feel Better” program. The program was originally founded by the Personal Care Products Council who later joined forces with the American Cancer Society to be able to reach a broader group of women. The program, “…teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment” and is active in all 50 states including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

In addition the company continues to show its ongoing support to women experiencing life altering events by encouraging them to become active participants in the EyeAmEmpowered.com community. The EyeAmEmpowered.com social networking site hopes to inspire and provide support for women facing challenges, since, “Nothing enhances a women’s beauty more than empowering others.”

For more details about LASHEM® products, log on to the official website www.LASHEM.com or connect with the brand on Facebook or Twitter.

 

I have used Lashem products before, and they are great. I specifically used a lash growth enhancing serum that REALLY worked! I am really curious to see how these new products fare, and I am putting them on my list for when my makeup buying ban is lifted!

The Balm- Time Balm Rose Face Cleanser- Review

I have been dying for months to try some products from The Balm. When I saw them on Haute Look, I jumped at the chance to get a few things I have wanted forever at GREAT prices. I purchased a primer, a makeup palette and this cleanser. Lets take a look at it!photo 2 (66)

From The Balm’s website:

“This cleanser will gently exfoliate your skin with Glycolic and Alpha Hydroxy Acids, while removing makeup and impurities. The gel texture of this cleanser leaves the pores feeling refreshed and tight.”

Full of botanicals such as rose, apple, and lemon peel extract, this cleanser is WON-DER-FUL. Light like a lotion, it is very gentle and makes your skin feel great. photo 3 (63)

Once mixed with water, you get a fairly light lather. It has a very mild scent, almost nothing at all, which is kind of a bummer, (because I love yummy smelling things) but also good because it means no fragrance is being introduced to you face. Massaged in gently, and rinsed with cool water, your face feels squeaky clean, yet still very soft! It’s actually the first cleanser I have used in awhile that didn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry after cleansing.

I also love that it is Paraben-free, Synthetic Dye-free, Phthalate-free, Cruelty-free & Made in the USA.

I would definitely recommend this cleanser, and will keep using this one in the future!

*This was purchased by me, for review.*

Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Gel- Review

Exfoliating is a huge part of skin care. I am constantly looking at and using different exfoliants to see which ones I like best. Some use gentle acids, some use granules or fibers, or even grains. Koh Gen Doh Gommage Gel is just what it says, a gel. Lets take a look at it!

From the Koh Gen Doh website:pic89-detail

“Botanically enriched peeling gel gently exfoliates while stimulating circulation and encouraging cellular regeneration.

It is an important step in your skin care complementary treatments to maintain a bright, smooth and glowing skin.

Using scrubs with granules may be too abrasive for your skin.

Without the use of harsh granules, this formula’s nourishing and gentle composition makes it ideal for even the most sensitive skin.

This gommage gel requires no technique, but gives you a great treatment just like a professional Spa.

Resurface, Enrich and Revitalize
  • -Removing dead skin cells allows greater absorption of the nutrient–rich moisture to hydrate deeply.
  • -Eliminates impurities build-up on the skin, which dulls the complexion and contributes to the development of micromedones. (clogged pores)
  • -Maintains capillary health and increased oxygenation which is essential to healthy skin.
  • -Contains Chrysanthellum indicum extract which reduces redness and irritation as it smoothes, working to help combat common skin problems associated with Rosacea.
  • -Continued use provides the health of the skin to come into balance.
How it Works

Before                                                                            During                                              After

 

The Soft Gommage Gel quickly adsorbs dead skin cells as you massage it on your face.

Delivers nutrient-rich minerals into your skin helping it become healthier.”

I really enjoyed this gel! There was no burning, stinging or irritation whatsoever from it. Since it has a smooth texture, there is no abrasiveness.  It feels soft and cool on your skin, soothing! It kinda reminds me of those St. Ives peel-off masks I would do when I was teenager, only it does so much more. My skin felt soft, exfoliated, and looked healthier after several uses.

I love that it was able to do what it does, without using abrasive particles, or chemicals. Just gentle botanicals and fruit oils.

Gentle and natural. What more can you ask for?

Shop Koh Gen Do!

http://www.kohgendocosmetics.com/

*Samples were provided to me for review. My opinions are my own.*

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