August 28, 2017

Sephora Favorites - Summer Hair Saviors

I'm always looking for sample sized products for my hair. I find when I have full size items, I never really finish them. Plus, I'm on the hunt for products that helps hydrate my hair, and helps bring out my natural wave without weighting down my hair, or making it look greasy. When this Sephora Favorites - Summer Hair Saviors kit popped up on the website, I had to give it a shot. Plus, I really loved the bag that came with it. There was also a $15 dollar off coupon that had gone out, so this made it easier to purchase.

This kit contained 12 items. The US kit had one additional item, but for some reason it was not included in the Canadian kit.

IGK - Rich Kid - Coconut Oil Gel
A coconut oil-infused gel to instantly achieve hydrated, lived-in, undone hair.
Key benefits:
- Weightlessly moisturizes and conditions for luster and softness
- Replenishes lost nutrients
- Improves the shine and natural body of hair 

This sounds interesting! It will be nice to see if it will make the hair kind of "crispy" like some gels do, or if it will just make the hair look more natural instead.

Alterna Haircare - Caviar CC Cream - 10 in 1 Complete Correction
CAVIAR CC Cream or “complete correction” cream is a luxe leave-in product that perfects hair in 10 different ways. It provides moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat protection, light hold, UV protection, manageability, and strength—everything your hair needs to look absolutely beautiful, healthy, and flawless. This 10-in-one hair primer can be used alone or as a base for the layering of other styling products. 

I was going through my hoard of products, and I actually have this CC Cream already. I've heard great things about it, so I really must pull it out and use it. Next time I use heat on my hair, I will try it out, since it has heat protection!

Ouai Haircare - Dry Shampoo Foam
This quick-drying, waterless cleansing foam removes oil, product excess, and buildup. Perfect for second, third, or fourth day hair, it leaves strands feeling cleansed, conditioned, and ready to be re-styled as desired.

A dry shampoo foam?! How odd, but I'm curious! I'm hoping this won't leave a white cast to the hair like other sprays do. I'll definitely report back on this one!

Verb - Ghost Oil
Ghost Oil™ features an integrated moringa oil blend that coats the hair shaft with essential nutrients. This transparent oil prevents color change to lighter hair colors, naturally smooths frizz, and delivers a radiant shine to all hair types.

I like that this is a transparent oil. I've been using an argan oil with a slight yellow colour, and I feel as if it is effecting my hair. I've read online that some products can mess with the tone of blonde hair, and I feel like I need to tone mine frequently. Hopefully this helps with that!

Christophe Robin - Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
This purifying, moisturizing, and soothing scrub is the ideal detox treatment to remove product buildup and rebalance sensitive or oily scalps. It can also be used as a post-coloring treatment to relieve itchiness and remove chemical residues left on the scalp. Its original formula contains sea salt—a natural exfoliant—which eliminates impurities and supports natural blood circulation. The paste is enriched with a 100 percent plant-derived agent, which offers deep and long-lasting hydration to the scalp even after rinsing, leaving it soothed, rebalanced, and healthy.

I have a sample of this in my shower now, and I try not to use it too frequently because I do find it dries out your hair. But, it does a great job at purifying the scalp, and gently exfoliating it at well. It stops the itch when I do have some from hair products that don't agree with me. I really enjoy using it, and I'm glad I have a back up.

Bumble and Bumble - Bb. Don't Blow It - Fine (H)air Styler
Air-dried hair is having a moment. The not-so-great thing about an air style is texture can be unpredictable and flyaways have a mind of their own. This innovative hair cream creates a more refined take on this relaxed style for great hair days—without the heat or hassle. A texture-enhancing blend of lightweight polymers boosts hair’s natural texture and adds bounce while a plant-based conditioning blend keeps hair soft and hydrated.

There are two versions of this hair styler. The one they included is for fine hair, and there is also a thick hair version. I wish I got the thick hair version, but I will still use this. I like that it's for air drying as well. 

Living Proof - Perfect Hair Day - In Shower Styler
In-Shower Styler is formulated so that the styling ingredients are activated when hair is lightly rinsed and excess product is removed, leaving behind only what is needed for beautiful, air-dried styles without the tradeoffs. As hair dries, it contracts, enhancing natural waves. The thickening molecule PBAE creates separation between strands for body, while lightweight conditioners deliver natural shine and softness.

I find this so weird because you apply it in the shower, and then rinse it out. I'll have to do a separate review on this one!

Invisibobble - The Traceless Hair Ring Original
Featuring a unique telephone cord shape, this hair ring places uneven pressure around the circumference of the ponytail, allowing hair to be held strongly in the ponytail without feeling too tight or leaving a bothersome kink. It gives individual hairs more space within the ponytail and leads to a traceless result. Due to its smooth surface and spiral shape, people can easily avoid headaches and prevent split ends.

This was the first thing I pulled out and tried! I've seen these types of hair rings before and always wondered how they felt in the hair. I will say it doesn't feel as tight as your regular hair ties, but they also are less damaging. I still need to try it on my hair after it has been straightened (that's the real test!) but its comfortable to sleep with and it doesn't tug at your hair when you are removing it either.

DevaCurl - Wave Maker - Touchable Texture Whip
This light and airy whip, made with moringa seed and passion flower extracts, gives consistent waves and frizz control every time you use it. Hair is left smooth, healthy-looking, and delicately scented.

I've tried a sample of the Super Cream Coconut Curl Styler, and I really like it. I find that its hydrating, and helps define the waves in my hair a little more. But you definitely need to be careful in how much you apply because it can be greasy fast. This sounds like it's a lighter texture, so hopefully it keeps the same wave, or even better because it's lighter.

Briogeo - Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask works in as little as five minutes to restore essential hydration and natural vibrancy to dry, brittle, over-processed, and otherwise lackluster locks. To protect against future damage, its unique NOVA complex formulation, packed with 95 percent naturally-derived ingredients, delivers an optimal blend of transformative nutrients. They range from B vitamins to rosehip oil, argan oil, collagen, and silk to transform damaged hair into shiny, healthy, lustrous-looking locks. 

My hair needs deep conditioning masks, for sure. I really enjoy the Amika hair mask, but I'm hoping this will do a great job as well!

MoroccanOil - Moroccan Oil Treatment
Moroccanoil® Treatment detangles, speeds up drying time, and boosts shine. Featuring the iconic Moroccanoil scent, this treatment is non-greasy and fast-absorbing, and it improves your hair’s manageability and creates a softer texture.  

I can't believe for how long MoroccanOil has been around, I've never given it a try. I'm excited to try it!

Drybar - Triple Sec - 3 in 1
Spray on full-bodied movement and soft, matte texture to flat hair for a perfectly tousled, high volume hair day. This portable hair spray functions as a light, clear dry shampoo, absorbing oil, and it instantly leaves hair feeling fresh and clean. It’s uniquely formulated with a blend of crystal clear, microporous minerals that absorb oil, boost fullness, and a add flexible, matte texture to all hair types. The UV protectors shield strands from harmful ultraviolet radiation and help keep them healthy—making Triple Sec a go-to beauty tool.

I've never tried a texturizer, but I love that this is also a clear dry shampoo, and will give some volume. Can't wait to see how this goes!

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