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Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe that 2014 is already here?

Yesterday I rounded up some of my favourites for you, including my top ten polishes and top ten nail art looks. Today I will share some of my favourite beauty and hair care products! Believe me when I say it was tough to narrow them down to just a few. Hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoy writing them, and let me know in the comments what some of your favourites are!!

 

 

This year I finally tried Butter LONDON’s Lippy, a liquid lipstick/gloss hybrid, and fell in love. My favourite of them was Wine Gums, second from left below.

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Two products that  I cannot live without are from my manicure essentials post: cuticle oil, like Qtica’s amazing Solid Gold and a cuticle eraser stick like the one below. (Get both at Nail Polish Canada.) Another great cuticle cream is Lemony Flutter from Lush!

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A product I was excited to try this year, and absolutely cannot live without now, was Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm. I use this product religiously before bed, and it has helped so much, especially through the winter months. Speaking of which, it’s time to hit the EA counter for a backup….

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is another must-have, not only because of the non-greasy texture that helps your skin look refreshed every morning, but because of its delicious, soft, natural essential oil scent. I literally inhale deeply as I apply this each evening – dare I say it is intoxicating?

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Another new line I had the pleasure of trying this year was Kevin Murphy, an Australian hairstylist’s innovative hair care line. My favourite was the Young.Again.Masque, a deep conditioning treatment that my processed hair just loves. Another great product with a delicious, soft scent!

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If you have long, especially chemically-processed hair, you must know that daily washing is a no-no. Dry shampoos are what saves us, and two I absolutely love are göt2b’s Rockin’ it Dry Shampoo and OSiS+ Refresh Dust by Schwarzkopf Professional! Both come in a handy spray bottle (so nice for keeping one in your gym bag), and both bodify your hair in the process. OSiS+ was even released in a triple-size bottle and was named “best dry shampoo” in Salon Magazine’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards!

g2b_RI_CAN_DryS_HRNWSKP-Osis-RefreshDust-TextShamp1One more hair product favourite this year was BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment. Offered in regular and light versions and containing Marula and Argan oils, I never skip applying this to towel-dried hair. It helps protect your hair from heat styling, and moisturizes those pesky ends. And again, it smells so amazing!

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I confess a love for… Dior. 2013 saw Dior launch the incredible Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows, single pots of a gel-mousse eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry… and when used wet, they leave behind a metallic, high-shine, incredible finish. I am head-over heels! (Think it would be wrong to collect the other 4 metallics that I don’t have?)

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And speaking of Dior… are you a Dior Addict? With the Mystic Metallics launch, Dior added a few more Dior Addict Gloss shades, including the lovely, nude yet sparkly Charm. These glosses are phenomenal for the range of shades that are offered, from wisps of colour to saturated hues that smell amazing, apply and wear phenomenally, and best of all, offer a non-sticky finish. Absolute favourite!

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Just a couple of months ago I discovered Dior’s Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil, applied to a wet or dry face to dissolve all traces of makeup, including pesky eye makeup. Rated as one of InStyle’s Best Summer Skincare Products for 2013, it is a godsend, allowing me to rub my makeup off and not leaving behind any oiliness. Love!

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Finally, another new discovery for me was the Lip Glow from Dior – a lip balm that hydrates and also enhances the natural colour of your lips (in its original pink formula)! Below is the newest addition to the Lip Glow family, a Coral shade to be launched on January 15th!

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I hope you enjoyed my 2013 Favourites posts!

 

What are some of your favourite beauty products?

~xo

 

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One of the first shampoo lines I became obsessed with was Schwarzkopf’s Bonacure line… The products were great for my long colour-treated hair, and I became wise enough to start buying Bonacure’s Repair line in bulk. When I learned about their new BC Oil Miracle line, I knew I had to try it!

Some info on the line:

BC Oil Miracle offers a full care range for indulgent services in-salon and premium Oil Care regimes for:

• Opulent shine
• Caressable softness
• Non-overburdening

BC Oil Miracle Finishing Treatments are based on the breakthrough Evaporating Technology, bestowing precious softness & opulent shine without leaving residues on the hair or overburdening it.

BC Oil Miracle Shampoo with Micro Emulsion Oil Technology‚ ensures that just the right amount of nourishing oil remains at the porous spots of the hair surface whilst smoothening it at the same time – resulting in fascinating suppleness and opulent shine.

Ingredients include:

Argan Oil

The fruits of the Argan tree have a very hard kernel which contain up to three seeds. From these seeds it is possible to extract luxurious, precious oil which is a common and well known cosmetic ingredient. It delivers high anti-oxidative properties, is known to work against free-radicals and contains an exceptionally high amount of unsaturated fatty acids which help to refresh the natural lipid barrier of hair. Therefore it fortifies the hair, giving it brilliance, suppleness, smoothness and a shiny finish. It leaves the hair soft with a silky touch and a natural look.

Marula Oil

Marula Oil is extracted from the nut of the Marula tree fruit kernels, a tree native to the Sub-Saharan-Africa. It is rich in anti-oxidants and oleic acid. A marvellous feature of the Marula Oil is its high amount of Vitamin C which is said to be four times higher than in oranges. The mixture of high nutritional value and outstanding stability due to its high content of Vitamin C makes it a supreme selection for cosmetic formulas. It nourishes, protects, moisturises and imparts elasticity to damaged hair. It is also commonly used in aromatherapy.

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I had an opportunity to review the Finishing Treatments of this line: the BC Oil Miracle Light Finishing Treatment and the BC Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment. The difference between the two is that the Light formula is made for finer hair, so as not to weigh down your hair, while the regular formula is a hint richer for normal/thicker hair types. Both smell amazing, with a slight floral yet musky scent. The scent lingers ever so slightly if you don’t blow-dry and I just love shaking my hair out and smelling it!

The directions call for applying a pea-sized amount into towel-dried hair, then blow-drying or styling as usual. I also like to use a couple of drops on dry hair, to help smooth some of the frizziness and give my hair a little bit of moisture, especially at the ends.

Like my previous experience with Bonacure, these two products do not disappoint. I personally prefer the regular BC Oil Miracle due to my thicker, wavy hair, but I would absolutely use the Light formula, especially on dry hair. I’ve used the products both on towel-dried hair that I then styled/blow-dried, but I’ve also let my hair dry naturally and found it to help reduce frizziness. (That is my ultimate test: natural drying!) If I then flat-iron my dry hair, it lends an incredible shine and helps protect from the heat styling. I just loved Oil Miracle!

If you are a fan of treatment oils such as argan oil, then one of these products should definitely be in your haircare arsenal!

The new BC Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment and Treatment Light is now available at
Schwarzkopf Professional partner salons.

~xo

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Your Choice for a Second Chance – BC Fibre Force

Bring Your Hair Back to Gorgeous!

100% More Strength

95% Less Breakage

Wouldn’t it be great to send damaged, lifeless hair off on a ten-week spa retreat to recharge and come back as good as new? With the new BC Fibre Force line, Schwarzkopf Professional is introducing a fresh dimension in hair transition, allowing even the most damaged hair to be strengthened and restored to an optimal level of force and resilience – in only four to ten weeks! Formulated with keratin components like those naturally found in your hair, BC Fibre Force penetrates deeply to fortify the hair structure. The results of this intensive care? Hair feels reborn with 100% more strength and up to 95% less breakage! The new BC Fibre Force line is available at Schwarzkopf Professional partner salons across Canada beginning September 2013.

Until now, the only option for facing badly damaged hair was to cover it or accept a never ending struggle. But times are changing, and with new BC Fibre Force you can decide which style to wear at any moment without a second thought about the strength of your hair! The new BC Fibre Force gives severely stressed and damaged hair a second chance. After usage of four to ten weeks, hair is regenerated and restored to its optimum level of strength.

BC Fibre Force – Rebuild your Hair’s Resilience

The new BC Fibre Force is not only effective, but also unique in that you can start the process in-salon and then continue it at home! The range includes a shampoo, conditioner, spray conditioner and treatment which immediately replenishes deeply damaged with a high concentration of keratins. The range is suitable for all hair types and structures, making it the ultimate product range for hair repair. Plus, after just four to ten weeks, you can feel confident continuing your regular routine of colour and heat styling knowing your hair is fortified!

The BC Fibre Force Range Includes:

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BC FIBRE FORCE SHAMPOO, 200mL – The BC Fibre Force Shampoo gently cleanses the hair and deeply conditions even fine hair without weighing it down. Suggested retail price: $15.95.

BC FIBRE FORCE CONDITIONER, 150mL – The BC Fibre Force BC_Fibreforce_conditioner1Conditioner restores the hair structure from the inside. It restores the moisture balance and seals the hair’s surface. Suggested retail price: $16.95.

BC_Fibreforce_spray_condit1BC FIBRE FORCE SPRAY CONDITIONER, 150mL – The BC Fibre Force Spray Conditioner detangles very damaged hair and refills it with keratin. The inner structure of the hair is improved and the hair’s surface is sealed. Suggested retail price: $16.95.

BC FIBRE FORCE FORTIFYING TREATMENT, BC_Fibreforce_treatment1150mL – The BC Fibre Force Fortifying Treatment fills the hair from the inside and strengthens it. It penetrates deep into the hair and regenerates the inner hair structure. Suggested retail price: $25.95.

For further information please visit www.schwarzkopf-professional.ca .

Let the BC Miracle continue!

Schwarzkopf Professional Extends their Miraculous Care Range with NEW BC Oil Miracle Volume Amplifier 5 & Divine Polish!

It’s a golden time for hair in need of radiant shine! Based on precious oils, Schwarzkopf Professional’s already highly acclaimed BC Oil Miracle range provides hair with opulent shine, excellent nourishment and caressable softness for a glamourous finish. NEW for 2013, the miracle continues with the launch of BC Oil Miracle Volume Amplifier 5 and BC Oil Miracle Divine Polish!

Schwarzkopf-BC-OilRecently, the long established benefits of oil in skin care have been extended as must-have ingredients in the hair industry. Their precious effects, especially seen with the results of Argan oil in the BC Oil Miracle line, are unmatched in delivering divine smoothness.

Suitable for all hair types, the BC Oil Miracle collection is complemented by two appealing new products. BC Oil Miracle Volume Amplifier 5 nourishes hair with a marvelous combination of five different oils. Formulated with Argan, Marula, Almond, Macadamia and Jojoba oils, this daily leave-in finish gives hair velvet shine and suppleness along with instant grip and volume. The milky elixir includes glitter particles for subtle sheen, and helps to protect the hair from styling heat. For those who wish for an even hair surface, new BC Oil Miracle Divine Polish is an excellent choice! Applied to dry hair, the pump spray gives mirror-like gloss and a soft touchable feel without overburdening the hair.

The new BC Oil Miracle Volume Amplifier 5 and BC Oil Miracle Divine Polish will be available at
Schwarzkopf Professional partner salons from July 2013 for a suggested retail price of $17.95 CAD
each per 100ml bottle.

For further information on the complete BC Oil Miracle product range, please visit
www.schwarzkopf-professional.ca.

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