From the Lab: The Beauty Sample Program For Le Mer Taste on a Cetaphil Budget


From the Lab Beauty Sample Box, reviewBeauty sample boxes have taken the beauty industry by storm in the past 5 years. If by some chance you haven’t heard of them, the concept is that you get to sample a variety of beauty products that are delivered right to your door for a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee.

There’s a sample program for everyone. From big name cosmetic companies to natural products, hair products, curl products, products for men….you get the point. I was a subscriber to one of the more popular ones, but at the end of the day, not only do I have a backlog of products that have being sent to me to review, but I also buy so many products, I get samples all the time—ones that I get to choose (you should see the raised eyebrows from the girls at Sephora ringing me up when they inform me I have over 1400 points Sephora points—and yes I’m hoarding them). I ended up only being interested in maybe one or two of the products sent and half the time didn’t even get to try them.

But the concept behind From The Lab intrigued me. A sample program that actually lets you try products before they are even put on the shelves. Come again? These products are coming straight from the lab before companies get their hands on them. And they only sample luxury products based on high quality ingredients.

Take their March box for example. I got to try Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724. It’s a full size sample that comes in a basic bottle with a no thrills label. Inside the box also contains a pamphlet that describes the products ingredients, how to use it, and what the predicted retail value is. The Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 is a cleansing oil shampoo. Free of sulfates, the cleanser uses a “patented raspberry stem cell technology” and contains castor seed oil, sweet almond oil and berry flux vita all with the promises of soft, shiny hair. The company says it should retail for around $60 once it hits the shelves.

Hair Cleanser No.724, From the Lab Beauty Box

If you really like the product, you can purchase it from the website until the product is sold to a big cosmetic company at a discounted price. No marketing or fancy packaging equals no fancy price.

Pretty cool, right? Not only are you trying new beauty products before anyone else,  you’re paying a fraction of the price for luxury beauty. It’s a definite for the adventurous beauty junkie that likes a good deal.

Subscriptions start at $29.99/month. Request an invitation here

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Self Split End Cutter Seeks Help in L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner



I don’t know when my obsession with split ends began. I think I can trace it back to about 6 months ago. The longer my hair got, the more noticeable they became. It’s probably a normal amount —nothing that would cause alarm. I get my hair trimmed every 8 weeks and the amount of heat I put on my hair is minimal.

But every time I see a split end I have to cut it. The red scissors at my office desk have doubled as hair cutting shears. And my officemate now stares at me with a look of  both confusion and curiosity as she says “Are you cutting your hair again?”

My only saving grace is that I once read that Jennifer Aniston does the same thing.

So even though I’ve joined the sulfate free bandwagon, I was intrigued when I had the opportunity to try L’Oreal’s  new Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner. What’s the 5 stand for? It performs 5 repairing actions: rebuilds fibers, strength, vitality, silkiness and shine. Only sounds like it could benefit my hair, so I gave it a try.

L'Oreal Total Repair 5

Truth be told, I was initally nervous when I first started sudsing up. It’s been a long time since I had the “squeaky” clean feeling so all I could envision was a frizzy, dry mess.  But after applying the conditioner, my fears subsided as the conditioner instantly seemed to penetrtate and smooth out my hair.

After applying my usual hair serum ( L’Oreal Kerastase Oleo Relax Hair Serum),  I began blow drying my hair and noticed how soft and super shiny it was. It was a nice change to not see so many frayed ends after styling my hair. So far so good…I may have to incorporate this in my usual routine every once in awhile!

Needless to say, I’m a happy camper this week. My hair looks great and my red scissors have gotten a much deserved break.

Now if only I could stop opening paper clips to scrap underneath my nails…..



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What My Hair Is Loving: L’Oreal Oleo Therapy


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Hair after being washed and conditioned with Oleo Therapy

As someone who loves beauty products, there are certain items that I think are worth the splurge and others that I believe you should save your $ on. For instance,  a good foundation is worth every penny. But drugstore mascara to me is just as good as higher end department store mascaras.

The same philosophy applies to hair care. I use Pureology pretty religiously for a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. It’s a great system that really works for my hair, but it isn’t the cheapest. L’Oreal’s new OleoTherapy caught my eye in my local CVS this past weekend. Oleo Therapy  is L’Oreal’s first oil therapy line that infuses 6 different types of flower oils, making it perfect for dry, damaged, or dull hair (and curly hair!).

Oleo Therapy, review

My initial thought was that it’s a lower end version of Kerastase Oleo Relax line (L’Oreal’s high end hair care line–shampoo is around $39).  The packaging and name look so similar, I had to give it a try. And at around$7 per product, it was wallet friendly enough for me that I picked up the shampoo, conditioner, and Deep Recovery Mask.

I tried out the shampoo and mask this weekend and love it! It left my hair shiny, silky, and soft, but without weighing it down. And as the case with some sulfate-free shampoos, I wasn’t missing out on any.

Does this mean I will abandon my Pureology? Not at all. But it’s nice to have a good alternative if I’m low on cash and just want to switch up products for a bit!

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