Tuesday, October 19, 2010

All-Nutrient Keratin Plus Treatment

We've all been there; dry, damaged, uncontrollable hair. I was in that boat a week ago, my locks were more comparable to straw than actual human hair. Enter: the All-Nutrient Keratin Plus Treatment. A life-saver for those plagued with not only curly and frizzy hair but dry and damaged hair as well.

All-Nutrient Keratin Plus Treatment. All-Nutrient, an organic haircare line solely manufactured and distributed in the U.S. has advanced the science of beautiful hair through the infusion of keratin and certified organics. In other words, no toxins or harmful chemicals. The treatment leaves you with smooth, shiny, frizz-free hair that's manageable and run-your-fingers-through beautiful.
  • leaves hair soft, silky, smooth and straight 
  • heals damaged hair
  • infuses natural keratin protein
  • safe - no harmful toxins or chemicals 
  • safe for color treated hair
  • long lasting results
  • protects and seals
  • systemic hair reconstruction
  • humidity blocker
  • makes styling easy
  • easy home maintenance
  • safe for all hair types  
The Keratin Plus Treatment will not change the construction of the hair as do most of the more severe and chemically reliant straightening treatments; it will reconstruct any damage done by previous services. It can be used on colored and chemically treated hair and is safe for all types. It is recommend not to wash hair 24 hours after treatment and to avoid use of clips, barrettes, and rubber bands the first week.

All of that being said, no longer does my mane feel like straw but it's soft and shiny, moves with a ease of silk and requires significantly less time with my trusted friend the flat iron.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Corporate Monopoly on Beauty.

Personally i am a little worried as a consumer that all our favorite brands re becoming one big one! Not only that but the formulas are becoming all the same (bad ) ingredients. the only way you know your product is the fragrance...and lots of it. In 2006 Estee Lauder bought out Bumble and Bumble, the product has never been the same since in my opinion. The quality of the product diminished and the only thing that stayed the same was the image - the one we know and trust is carefully left untouched. The take-over is very quiet and intentional.
The same with Loreal..they just recently purchased the Marshalls beauty supply in the same quiet and intent, im sure any brands that they dont own in the store will be pulled.

So lets break down what they really own....

    Core Brands

  1. According to Estee Lauder's official website, the company's main brands, Estee Lauder and Clinique, produce makeup, fragrance and skincare lines generally aimed toward women. The company's core men's line is Aramis, which produces upscale men's fragrances and grooming products.
  2. Alternative Distribution

  3. In 2004, Estee Lauder began to establish several brands that are distributed through other companies, including the Kohl's department store cosmetics lines Flirt!, Eyes by Design, American Beauty and Daisy Fuentes. Estee Lauder teamed up with the upscale accessory line Coach for their line of fragrances and cosmetics.
  4. Professional Makeup Lines

  5. The company owns the cosmetics and skincare lines Prescriptives and Origins. Estee Lauder acquired makeup artist Bobbi Brown's professional makeup line, Bobbi Brown, in 1995, as well as the upscale M.A.C. Cosmetics in 1998.
  6. Skincare

  7. La Mer, a luxury skincare line known for its signature Crème de la Mer face cream, has been an Estee Lauder brand since 1995. The company also owns the Aveda and Jo Malone skincare and fragrance lines.
  8. Haircare

  9. Estee Lauder bought the rights to the New York-based haircare line, Bumble and bumble, in 2006.
  10. Fragrance Licenses

  11. The Estee Lauder company produces and distributes fragrances by the Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, Sean John and Michael Kors lines.
Lets talk about Aveda, This was an amazing concept for a company (in the beginning!) here's the short story....Man goes to India to detox from addiction and discovers Ayurveda he brings the concept back and apples it to a beauty line. we loved the concept. Now that Estee Lauder owns the company (which very few people know about) the product is drying and laden with fragrance, very much the opposite of "natural" and Ayurvedic principles. But the marketing didn't technically LIE because that was the concept that everyone got hooked on in the beginning. I call that a sneak attack.

OK, Loreal...now proudly owns 93% of our total cosmetics production, in my mind that translates to us as consumers not having much choice in things as we thought.....

CONSUMER PRODUCTS L'Oréal Paris Garnier Maybelline New York Softsheen.Carson CCB Paris
Lancôme Biotherm Helena Rubinstein Kiehl's Shu Uemura Giorgio Armani Ralph Lauren Cacharel Viktor & Rolf Diesel YSL Beauté
scary huh?


There are some great independent company's still out there, but they are a rare thing unfortunately.

Chanel, Davines, Phyto, Dermalogica are company's that i know didn't sell out, they also they run a independent lab and research.
Would you rather your dollars fund a global homogenization (less choices for us) or fund company's with a dedication to the research and progression in beauty

Before you buy really think about where you are putting your $$$$$! I prefer to invest in company's that use quality pharmaceutical grade ingredients rather than putting all of the investment into marketing then the quality of the product is crap...but they convinced you it wasn't.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Travel Savvy Beauty

Every time I go on a trip across seas I try to prepare myself for anything, Months before I scurry around town and scour the Internet for items that will fresh and energised for a somewhat exhausting journey.

I should be a Pro at this by now, I have flown hundreds of 8 hour + flights yet i am still not even close to mastering it.

How do we not look and feel completely wrecked
when arriving at the destination?

It doesn't help that i am not a "sleeper" on flights but i know the basics, stay away from tea, coffee, alcohol and salt, which is by the way everything they GIVE you on the bloody airlines!

So, What Else Can We Do?

I am a fan of Evian face mists to freshen the skin, another alternative is Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist. Both of these products come in travel sizes which is handy.
Staying hydrated is the key, from the inside and out.

Using portable wipes is also essential Lemon fresh or lavender to relax is really nice (and also takes away that funny smell from the cockpit recycled air (or the person next to you)!

Since we are on the subject of wipes lets always always remember the anti-bacterial wipes - public transport really brings out the OCD in me, I will always disinfect anything close to me seat handles, tray tables anything with a surface basically.

Exercise is essential to good circulation. If you have time do as much walking in the airport before your flight. Wear shoes that your feet have good circulation in too, ladies bring heels to change into later.

Bring your own snacks, fruit, nuts, seeds, a couple of cliff bars. You never know what is going to happen, The last flight I was on we were kept on the plane for 3 hours grounded with not even a peanut. You are required to buy snacks on most fights now and its a sorry choice of junk food.


I do my best to stay as calm as possible when flying. I bite my tongue and go with the flow, i tell myself to be prepared for anything. I load up my i touch with games, Skype (for free/ low cost calls) and Text free too.

Avoiding tea and coffee is not only good for hydration purposes it can also lower anxiety. Being stressed out ages the body faster than anything else.

Stay calm, Stay Beautiful!

Another way to avoid stress is simple follow their rules ( another situation where i bite my tongue ) Since the regulation is constantly changing i posted the latest rules for cosmetics.

Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.

With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, baby formula, breast milk, and juice, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, the following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint.

All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller.

All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.

Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.