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!

Maintenance Days With Beauty Blender and Biore


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Weekends with minimal planning are perfect for what my girlfriend Kim and I call, “maintenance days”.  Those are the days when as women we find a few hours to ourselves to do those oh-so-important-but-sometimes-neglected beauty treatments. It can range from plucking eyebrows to a head to toe body scrub. It’s those little things guys don’t know about- or need to- that keep us looking fresh.

So this past Sunday I began the tedious chore of washing my makeup brushes. Usually I use a very gentle shampoo, but this time I used my new Beauty Blender Solid Sponge Cleaner. I purchased it specifically to clean my Beauty Blender, but after reading the reviews on how great it works on brushes I decided to try it on my brushes. It did make the process easier. Wet brush. Swirl on solid. Rinse.  I’m sold.

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask

I also got a chance to try out Bioré’s new Self Heating One Minute Mask. I literally only had a few minutes before turning in for the night and remembered I wanted to do a detoxing type mask after a long and tiring weekend. The Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask contains natural charcoal which draws out dirt and clears out pores. It works fast. Applied on a damp face, it immediately warms to the touch. When you rinse it off after a minute, your face looks and feels refreshed.

Maintenance day success.

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Multiple Sleep Interruptions Call For a Multitasking Makeup Product : NARS Matte Multiple


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Nothing makes you condense your morning routine better and faster than having a baby in the house. Take this past month for example. Rocco hit 8 months and for some unkown reason, sleeping through the night became a thing of the past and a distant, bitter sweet memory. I tried everything– putting him to bed earlier, later, giving him more food, less food, dream feeding (I thought that was done??), and Motrin before bed (probably more nights than I should have). Nothing worked. He would wake up around 2:30/3 AM and by the time he went back to sleep it was time to get up for work.

Needless to say, I got up later in the mornings and my 20 minute makeup routine was reduced to about 12. Looking for a brief ray of sunshine through a cloudy haze of exhaustion, I decided to purchase the new NARS Matte Multiple (in Laos) because makeup shopping is the only thing that makes me feel better.

Hello my new morning BFF!

NARS matte multiple, laos

So if your not familiar with the NARS Multiples, $39, they are a multi-use product for the eyes, face and lips. The original line of Multiples were sheer with a hint of shimmer. Perfect for highlighting and a just a kiss of color.

Its cousin, the new Matte Multiple, packs more of a punch. While the size of the Matte Multiple is smaller, the product is super pigmented—thus needing less product. And the color is buildable so you can adjust how vibrant you want the color to be (see just one swipe below, in Laos):

NARS matte multiple, laos, swatch

It’s easy to blend with fingers or a brush. For a sheerer look, apply wet.  Applied on lips, I suggest a coat of gloss, as it’s a little too matte for me.  The line comes in 8 shades and I want every single one.

But until then I’ll be happy with Laos. And 8 hours of sleep, please.

NARS Matte Multiple, Laos, Review

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