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Free Sample Of New Nexxus Pro-Mend Hair Care

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 16, 2011

Click here for a free sample of the new Nexxus Pro-Mend hair care line while supplies last. Nexxus claims that the new Pro-Mend line will “bind up to 92% of split ends back together in one use.”  Interesting concept.  I requested my free sample.  It doesn’t say what exactly you’re getting, but I’m assuming we’ll be receiving at least the shampoo and conditioner.  It would be nice if we also got a sample of the leave-in treatment.

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40% Off Plus Free Shipping At CarolsDaughter.com

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on December 17, 2010

Good morning, fellow beauty addicts!  My morning is off to a slow start thanks to this “wonderful” cold I have been dealing with for way too many days now.  I’m going to try and muster up the energy to do some swatching and post those swatches later today.  For now, I thought I’d stick to something easy and fun…shopping!  Did you know that today is National Free Shipping Day?  The online deals just keep coming, don’t they?  I came across an amazing online deal that also offers free shipping at CarolsDaughter.com.  Today only (December 17th), you will receive free shipping on every order at CarolsDaughter.com.  But wait, it gets better.  Use coupon / promo code SAVE40 and receive 40% off your entire order.  But wait, it gets even better!  CarolsDaughter.com is a site that allows you to stack coupon codes.  So, if you spend over $50, use coupon code PROMO10Off50 to receive an additional $10 off your order in addition to your 40% off!

This deal is amazing if you ask me.  Carol’s Daughter is a hair and body products brand that burst onto the scene after Oprah named its products as some of her favorite things.  The products can be a little pricey, but they are worth it.  Most of the Carol’s Daughter products I have tried have been picked up during special events at HSN.  I’m glad to finally have the opportunity to pick and choose what I want to try.

I have used the Carol’s Daughter shea butters and body moisturizers and absolutely love them.  They definitely moisturize even the driest skin without leaving that icky greasy feeling behind.  Thanks to the 40% off, I decided to try the Face Butter.  It has a high customer recommendation and I can always use a facial moisturizer.

This year, Carol’s Daughter’s limited edition holiday scent is Sugar-Dipped Vanilla. I haven’t had the chance to smell it yet, but I have been hearing nothing but raves. I did pick up a Sugar-Dipped Vanilla scented kit with shower gel and body cream. My Sweetie is obsessed with vanilla scented products so I’m sure he’ll want to use these products too.

Just a quick note, Carol’s Daughter products are NOT just for African-Americans.  My white Mom, my white sister, and I all adore Carol’s Daughter.  While some of the hair care products are better suited for African-American hair, many of the hair care products and the body products will work with every skin tone.  So don’t be afraid to try Carol’s Daughter if you thought it was only for African-American skin.  You will not be disappointed!

Have you ever tried anything from Carol’s Daughter?  What is your favorite product?  What have you been wanting to try?

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Budget Beauty Monday – Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on September 27, 2010

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!! Let’s face it. After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house. So I figure Monday on AnotherBeautyBlog.com should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.

I am a BzzAgent. For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me. If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector campaign.

So let me just tell you, I was beyond excited when I first got the invite to join this campaign weeks ago. Before I received the invite I hadn’t even heard of the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector kit. It was that new. Of course, the Thursday after I received the invite I saw many commercials for the product during that week’s Project Runway. In case you’re somehow immune to all the in-show advertising, Garnier is responsible for the hair of the models and obviously is one of the biggest sponsors of Project Runway. Anyways, when I heard that this was an at-home product that claims to give you smoother, frizz-free hair for up to 7 shampoos I was dying to get my hands on this product.

The disappointment started almost immediately after I opened the box of Blow Dry Perfector.  There were like a million rules and warnings for using the product.  First of all, if you color treat your hair you have to wait 2 weeks before and after you color your hair to use Blow Dry Perfector.  You also have to wear gloves while applying the product.  I’m sorry, but I’m always leery of products that you put on your body that require protective coverings on another part of your body.  Also, you apply the serum after you shampoo your hair, but you can’t use conditioner.  The last big concern I had with Blow Dry Perfector is that the directions state that you may have to use a flat iron after blowing out your hair to get the best results.  What?  I thought this product was supposed to leave you with awesome hair after a quick blow dry!

Blow Dry Perfector requires 2 steps…well 3 if you count the need to blow dry your hair.  Step 1: Comb the 20-minute Smooth-It Serum through shampooed, towel-dried hair. Wait 20 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water.  Step 2: Apply Heat-Activated Perfect-It Cream. Blow dry or flat iron as you normally would to reveal sleek, shiny, more manageable hair for up to 7 shampoos.

Let me just tell you, if you have a problem with offensive scents, don’t even try to use Blow Dry Perfector.  The active ingredients in the serum smell like death.  Seriously, I have smelled a lot of bad things over the course of my life, but this has to be one of the worst.  And what’s worse is that the smell lingers even after you wash it off.  My Sweetie even said, “Oh my God you stink!”

I have to say, after reading all of the warnings and smelling that God awful scent, I was really not looking forward to trying this product out.  And let me just tell you, my instincts were right.  Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector was horrible.  Immediately after using Blow Dry Perfector my hair felt incredibly heavy and weighed down.  This is definitely not the norm for me.  My hair also felt incredibly dry.  Blow Dry Perfector claims that your blow drying time will be reduced.  So not the case for me.  My blow dry time was exactly the same.  And my hair was not any less frizzy/wavy/curly.

One of the questions I had about Blow Dry Perfector was what was meant by 7 shampoos.  As any girl with long, full, wavy/curly hair knows, it is a pain to go thru the washing and styling process.  As such, most girls with said hair type (myself included) don’t wash their hair everyday.  I tend to wash my hair every 3 days, but I know many people who can get away with washing every 4-5 days.  If 7 shampoos truly means 7 shampoos, Blow Dry Perfector could essentially last for a month.  I don’t think this is true.  I was so disgusted by how my hair felt and looked that I immediately began washing Blow Dry Perfector out of my hair.  It was completely gone in 3 shampoos (all done in the same day).  I tried to get an answer as to what was officially meant by 7 shampoos, but my emails and calls to Garnier were not returned.

Another question I had about Blow Dry Perfector was the effect of chlorine with the product.  When I first received this product to test out, it was August and still hot and humid in Chicago.  We are lucky enough to have a pool.  After reading all of the warnings associated with Blow Dry Perfector and things you shouldn’t do (i.e. wait to color your hair) I was concerned about going into a chlorinated pool with Blow Dry Perfector in my hair.  Again, my emails and calls to Garnier were not returned.

I am so disappointed with Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector.  The results were so horrible and I needed to get the product out of my hair so fast that I don’t even have pictures to share.  It was a total let down.  I was curious as to what other BzzAgents and people who bought the product themselves to try out had so say about it so I Googled for info.  I am not alone in my disappointment with Blow Dry Perfector.  Based on that information, I can’t see this product being on the shelves for too long.  Even if an onslaught of consumers pick up Blow Dry Perfector to give it a try, I don’t think they are going to have a lot of repeat customers.

If you would like more information on Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector, you can visit Garnier’s Official Site.  If my review hasn’t scared you off and you want to try Blow Dry Perfector for yourself, you can print off a $2 coupon on that site.  Most stores in the Chicagoland area have Blow Dry Perfector priced at about $11.99.

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Sephora Favorites Kits – Holiday 2010

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on September 27, 2010

Years ago, Sephora used to put together sets of deluxe sized samples during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, sell them at a steal of a price, and donate the proceeds to Breast Cancer Awareness organizations.  But then they stopped doing that for some reason.  In recent years, Sephora has started to put together these deluxe sized sample kits for the holiday seasons, unfortunately, at a higher price than the BCA kits were priced.  For holiday season 2010, Sephora is releasing 6 Sephora Favorites kits containing deluxe sized samples of various products.

Sephora Favorites Best Of Basics Makeup Starter Deluxe Sampler features nine of Sephora’s most popular eye, lip, and cheek products.  Of the 6 kits this season, Best Of Basics is the most diverse in that it is the one that can give you a complete look.  The kit contains:

– 0.17 oz Anastasia Beverly Hils Brow Gel
– 0.06 oz Lorac Eye Shadow in Serenity (shimmering bronze)
– 0.17 oz Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil
– 0.1 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
– 0.84 oz Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser
– 0.13 oz Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
– 0.02 oz bareMinerals All-Over Face Color in Glee
– 0.14 oz bareMinerals Sugar Cookie Lip Gloss (shimmering pink)
– 0.05 oz Temptu Retouch Powder

Best Of Basics has a $107 value and is priced at $35.

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip features 10 lip glosses.  The shades in this kit range from light pink to berry.  Note that the Buxom lip gloss is a full size product.  The kit contains:

– 0.14 oz Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Tease
– 0.1 oz Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Sex Pot
– 0.23 oz Sephora Collection Super Shimmer in Pink Ballerina
– 0.23 oz Sephora Collection Super Shimmer in Rusted Rose
– 0.09 oz Tarte Vitamin-Infused Lipgloss in 40 Winks
– 0.10 oz Cover FX Mint Glaze Lip Gloss
– 0.11 oz Lorac Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss in Cliché
– 0.14 oz Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Radiant
– 0.1 oz/0.11 oz Tarte Rise & Shine Lip Gloss and Stain in Cherry
– 0.15 oz Buxom Lips in Roxanne

Give Me Some Lip has a value of $134 and is priced at $40.

Sephora Favorite Glitz & Glam Shimmer and Shine Makeup Deluxe Sampler kit features 11 sparkling products.  This is definitely the kit for anyone who loves products that illuminate their skin.  Whether you’re a bronze goddess or want that radiant glow from within, these products are perfect for achieving those looks.  The kit contains:

– 0.085 oz Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight
– 0.17 oz Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil
– 0.05 oz Tarte Lock n Roll 12-Hour Eye shadow in Bronze
– 0.17 oz Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Glam
– 0.10 oz Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure
– 0.10 oz Tarina Tarantino Gem Gloss in Disco Nap
– 0.03 oz bare mineral Mineral Veil in Illuminating
– 0.024 oz Sephora Collection Electro Eyeliner in Copper
– 0.11 oz Lorac 3D Gloss in 3D
– 0.29 oz Nars Orgasm Illuminator
– 0.3 oz Tarte Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum

Glitz & Glam has a value of $121 and is priced at $39.

Sephora Favorites LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler kit 10 mascaras and a Tarte eyelash curler.  I personally think that the Lash Stash kit is the most practical sampler kit.  I mean, it’s so hard to really sample a mascara at a store.  You obviously don’t want to use the wand that comes with the mascara and risk getting some kind of eye infection.  And while most stores have the little sample wands available, those are usually just plain mascara wands.   Most mascaras nowadays feature unique brushes that make just as much of an impact on your lashes as the actual mascara does.  By getting these samples, you not only get to sample the mascara but the brush as well.  Does that make any sense?  The kit contains:

– 0.31 oz Too Faced LashLight Mascara in Black (full size)
– 0.11 oz Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Pitch Black
– 0.1 oz Tarte MultiplEYE Clinically-Proven Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black
– 0.1 oz Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara in Black
– 0.141 oz Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in Black
– 0.207 Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Mascara in Black
– 0.20 oz Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
– 0.14 oz Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara in Black
– 0.09 oz Sephora Collection Advanced Lash Booster in Black
– 0.16 oz Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara in Onyx
– Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler

Lash Stash has a value of $140 and is priced at $40.

Sephora Favorites Lock Stars Hair Kit features 6 hair care products.  I’m glad to see that Sephora is doing a kit featuring hair care.  Nothing is more frustrating than having to shell out tons of money to buy full sized bottles just to try a product out.  The only bad thing is that I have already tried all of the products in this kit and while I’m a big fan of some of the products (Ojon), I absolutely hate others (I’m talking to you Ouidad…but that’s another post).  The kit contains:

– 2 oz Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo To Go
– 2 oz Ojon Ultra Hydrating Conditioner To Go
– 2.5 oz Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner
– 0.17 oz Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum
– 1.4 oz Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray To Go
– 1.8 oz Living Proof Hold Flexible Hairspray

Lock Stars has a value of $59 and is priced at $30.

Sephora Favorites The Little Black Eyeliner Kit features seven black eyeliners plus an eyeliner brush.  Crayons, pencils, creams, and pens are all featured in this kit.  I like that many different forms of liners are featured in this kit as opposed to just a bunch of pencils.  I also love the fact that a liner brush is included in this kit.  I have come across a number of eye liner kits that don’t include the brush.  While I have more than enough brushes to last a lifetime, for new make-up addicts that haven’t yet built up their stash it could present a problem.  The kit contains:

– 0.02 oz Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx
– 0.07oz Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay ShadowLiner in Black
– 0.005 oz Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Eye Rim Pencil in Black
– 0.02 oz Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
– 0.06oz Sephora Collection Jumbo Eye Liner in Grey
– 0.003 oz Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony
– 0.025 oz Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Black
– Smashbox Eye Liner Brush

The Little Black Eyeliner kit has a value of $116 and is priced at $36.

And there you have it.  The Sephora Favorites kits for the 2010 holiday season.  My make-up collection must be getting pretty big because I already have most of the items featured in these kits.  But I still think these kits are pretty fantastic and feature a ton of great products…for the most part (I’m talking to you again, Ouidad).  All of the kits are limited editions and will only be available for a short time.

So which of the Sephora Favorites is catching your eye?

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Rollback On Got 2 B Products

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on August 18, 2010

Remember my Got 2 B Lustre Lotion post a few weeks ago? Well if you were interested in trying Got 2 B for yourself and were waiting for a sale you’re in luck. The great people at BzzAgent (I am a BzzAgent) were nice enough to email me to let me know that all Got 2 B products are on Rollback at Walmart for just $3.47 each (normally $4.92 each).  Also, be on the look out for special bonus packs that give you a free travel sized product.  Check out my post from a few weeks ago to see the review I did on the Got 2 B Lustre Lotion after I got to try the product through BzzAgent.

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Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on July 26, 2010

I am a BzzAgent.  For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me.  If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion campaign.  Got 2 B has just reformulated their Smooth Operator line to add cashmere…yes, cashmere (who else is thinking of the Seinfeld episode with the red dot on the cashmere sweater?).  BzzAgent sent me a coupon for a full-sized bottle of Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion.

From Got 2 B – “Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion shapes, smoothes, controls fly-aways and gives your hair an amazing weightless lustre that’s touchably soft.  Plus it protects against damage from heat styling and contains a UV protectant, too.”

So what did I think?  I thought the new Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion was a great product.  Truthfully, it’s a product I probably wouldn’t have tried had I not been sent a sample thanks largely to the fact that I think the packaging is a little gaudy.  I know, I know, we’re not supposed to judge beauty products by the packaging, but seriously, the Got 2 B Smooth Operator line looks like Ed Hardy was told to create something using only shades of pink and silver.  And then add the useless charms on top of the bottle and you’ve got something that looks like it would be coveted by grade schoolers. 

The Lustre Lotion can be used on either wet or dry hair, so of course I tested it on both.  For me, it wasn’t as effective on wet hair.  My hair can be so frizzy that while it did tame some of the frizziness when applied to wet hair, it didn’t do enough that I would wear it out in public.  I applied the Lustre Lotion to towel-dried hair and then let it air dry.  I didn’t do any styling to it because I wanted to see what it would look like without any added help.  When my hair dried it was incredibly soft and looked and felt very airy.  My frizz was noticeably down, but it wasn’t completely gone.  My curls were not very defined.  I was left with more subtle looking waves.  Again, nothing I would wear out in public, but a good start.

Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion on dry hair, on the other hand, was spectacular.  I always get nervous about applying “lotions” or “creams” to dry hair.  There is always a chance that you are going to get a heavy, greasy, weighed down look.  This couldn’t be further from the truth with the Lustre Lotion.  When I applied it to dry hair, my curls were noticeably defined and my frizziness was completely tamed.  Just like when I applied the Lustre Lotion to my wet hair, my dry hair was incredibly soft and airy.

When I straighten my hair I am often plagued by fly aways, especially around my forehead.  Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion was a Godsend for these horrific fly aways. 

The scent of Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion is rather pleasant.  It’s a fruity scent that is subtle when you’re applying the product but is virtually non-existant throughout the day. You don’t have to worry about the Lustre Lotion competing with your fragrance.

As for the claims that it protects against heat styling, I can’t really comment.  I’ve only been using the product for a month.  My hair has never shown signs of damage from heat styling so it’s not as if I can say the appearance of my hair is getting better.

Overall, Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion is a great product.  While it didn’t completely get rid of my frizz, it did a decent enough job that I will definitely be adding the Lustre Lotion to my arsenal of hair care products.  That being said, if you’re lucky enough to have only a little bit of frizz I think that the Lustre Lotion would do a tremendous job of getting rid of your frizzies.  It’s a nice alternative to , and it won’t leave your hair looking weighed down or greasy.  Don’t let the gaudy packaging fool you, this is a serious product!  So that’s my review.  Have you tried Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion?  Do you love it?  Do you hate it?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Disclaimer: BzzAgent provided me a full size Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion for the purpose of this review as well as 5 $1 off coupons and 10 sample packets to pass out to others so that they could also try Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion. All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Got 2 B, or any other company or person.

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Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 30, 2010

I am a BzzAgent. For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me. If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Reinvented Dove Hair Care campaign. You may have seen some Dove TV commercials lately that talk about how they are re-inventing some of their products to make them better than they previously were. I was sent a bottle of re-invented Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner to review.

The information included with the Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner emphasizes that this is a daily conditioner that has the benefits of a deep nourishment treatment. Using Dove’s most advanced technology ever, it is designed to “penetrate deep inside to help repair hair internally and leave it more beautiful on the outside.” Dove promises that after just one use of the Daily Treatment Conditioner you will see instant smoothness and tackle the appearance of damage that results from things like styling, coloring, and blow-drying.

There are three levels of re-invented Dove Damage Therapy products. Damage Level One is for those who have noticed “slightly dry, dull or limp locks.” Damage Level Two is for those who have hair that feels “dry, frizzy, or rough at the ends.” Damage Level Three is for those who are “looking for intense repair to correct very dry, brittle and breaking strands.” Each of these levels has a number of different shampoos and conditioners designed to tackle different problems (e.g. Frizz Control, Volume Boost, Daily Moisture, Color Repair, etc.). The Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner I was sent to test out is from the Damage Level Three collection.

I have to admit that I’m a little confused as to how I am supposed to use this product. Yes, I know wash hair, put conditioner on, rinse off, but that’s not what I’m talking about. It is not paired up with a shampoo from the Dove line. Neither of the Daily Treatment Conditioners (there are two varieties) have a shampoo counterpart. I’m guessing that means that this conditioner was formulated to work with any shampoo, but I’m not totally sure. I know that most hair care companies state that their products are formulated to complement each other and thus they have a process for which products should be used together. Since I am not generally a user of Dove hair care products, I did not use the Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner with Dove shampoo. I used John Frieda Root Awakenings shampoo.

So what did I think of the reinvented Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner? I have to admit, I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. The first thing I noticed when I used the conditioner was the scent. There is a very strong scent that emits from the bottle and the conditioner. I can’t really describe the scent. It’s not a bad scent. It doesn’t smell like flowers or fruit. It smells like conditioner. Although the scent of the conditioner is strong straight from the bottle, the scent loses its power after it is used and then washed off your hair.

When you hear “treatment” with regards to a hair product, you usually think of a thick product that you will slather all over your hair. Although this Daily Treatment Conditioner is thicker than your average everyday conditioner, it is not as thick as most treatments. This is actually somewhat of a good thing because it doesn’t require you to have to over exert yourself trying to squeeze a thick, heavy conditioner out of a squeeze bottle. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve used products like that in the past and the no patience side of me tends to get the better of me which then results in me ripping the cap off of the bottle and wasting a lot of product. I’m happy to say that will not happen with Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner.

When I put the Daily Treatment Conditioner on my hair, it had a nice feel to it. It felt like it was really grabbing onto my hair. I did use more than the recommended quarter-sized portion since I have very thick hair. I waited 1 minute per the directions on the bottle and then washed it off. I try to not use a blow dryer on my hair since I usually use a flat iron or big barrel curling iron to straighten my hair. As such, I tend to wash my hair at night so that I wake up with dry hair in the morning. So I went to bed with visions of what my hair would look like in the morning after using this new Dove product dancing in my head.

When I woke up, I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw and felt. My hair incredibly soft, light, and…um…airy, for lack of a better word. My hair was noticeably smoother in that it wasn’t as frizzy as it can be, but it was NOT completely frizz-free. After straightening it, my hair looked shiny and felt soft so I was happy. But I also have to note that this was the first time I was using this product so I’m sure that the light feeling and less frizzy look was also a result of shaking my hair up with a new product…you know what I mean? When I used the Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner again my hair wasn’t horrible, but it was almost as if my hair had built up a tolerance to it. Which again is a reason that I’m a big believer in changing up your hair care routine.

I don’t think this Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner could ever replace a deep conditioning treatment.  While it is a good everyday conditioner, it is just not the same as a monthly deep conditioning treatment.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner. I’m not about to make it my everyday conditioner because I’m happy with what I’m already using, but I wouldn’t be against using it. It did a great job of making my hair feel soft and smooth and I think that’s what you’re usually looking for in a conditioner. If you are a user of drugstore brand shampoos/conditioners and have been looking for something that is more of a treatment product, I would recommend giving Daily Treatment Conditioner a try.

Interested in trying Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner for yourself?  Click here for a FREE SAMPLE!

For more information about Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner check out their Facebook page and see what other people are saying about it. You can also check out the Dove homepage.

Disclaimer: BzzAgent provided me a full size Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatmet Conditioner for the purpose of this review as well as 5 $1 off coupons and 10 sample packets to pass out to others so that they could also try Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner. All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Dove, or any other company or person.

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Budget Beauty Monday – Pantene Nature Fusion

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 14, 2010

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!!  Let’s face it.  After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house.  So I figure Monday on AnotherBeautyBlog.com should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.  For our first Budget Beauty Monday I’m highlighting one of my favorite drugstore finds:  Pantene Nature Fusion products.

First, let me give you a little background on my hair.  I have very thick, naturally curly/wavy hair.  I am very prone to frizz.  The idea of washing my hair and running out of the house is not even a remote option unless I’m putting it into a ponytail and putting a baseball hat on top of that.  A few months ago I looked at myself in the mirror after my hair had air dryed and thought that I looked like a blonde version of Jesus (no beard of course).  A month ago I got bangs so now I look more like the lead singer of an 80s hair band.  Got an image?  Good.

A background on Pantene Nature Fusion.  From Pantene.com – “When the balance of natural moisturizers is compromised, hair can become dry and rough. Pantene’s Nature Fusion collection combines hair care technology with the potential of nature for gorgeous results. Formulated with Cassia essence, these hair products for moisture provide balanced moisture and strength against damage. Hair is left shiny and beautiful.”  After some research, I learned that Cassia is comparable to Henna and has the ability to add softness, bounce, and shine to hair.  Bamboo, grape seed, and avocado oils are also present in the Nature Fusion.

I first tried Pantene Nature Fusion a little over a year ago.  I was at Walgreens and saw that it was a free after rebate product so I thought I’d give it a try since I wouldn’t be out anything if it sucked.  Let me just tell you, I’m so glad that I did.  Never before have I had such softness, shine, and frizz fighting from a drugstore shampoo/conditioner.  The morning after I had washed my hair with Nature Fusion and went to bed with wet hair I was greeted with an unbelievable sight.  I looked in the mirror and saw soft and bouncy waves/curls.  The frizz was minimal, but in my mind I might as well have been completely frizz free because I have never ever had such a frizz free look as the result of only using shampoo and conditioner.  I didn’t even have to straighten my hair…I just clipped part of it up and I was good to go.

Now I am the first to admit that I don’t have such perfect hair days every time I use Pantene Nature Fusion.  I am a big believer in switching up hair products so that your hair doesn’t get used to them.  I will say that everytime I use Nature Fusion after using a different product the results are unbelievable.  But even during repetitive use of Nature Fusion my hair feels fabulous.  The frizz may be a little more noticable, but it is still much better than many other products leave my hair.

I can’t say enough about the Pantene Nature Fusion line.  There are two varieties:  Moisture Balance and Smooth Vitality.  I honestly don’t see much of a difference between the two as the results for me are similar.  My hair looks and feels fabulous.  Plus, you can’t beat the price (usually between $3.99 and $4.99 in the Chicagoland area…add a coupon and a sale and its a steal).

I just came across this money back guarantee for Pantene Nature Fusion. It’s only good until June 30th. So give it a try. If you don’t like it you can get your money back.

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