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Recently a number of bloggers and editors were invited to Dial & göt2b’s 2014 Spring Launch in Toronto, where we not only had a chance to learn about the amazing new products hitting shelves, but enjoyed hand massages, hair styling… and oh yes, and a fabulous lunch!

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Some highlights from the launch include Dial’s new Fro-Yo body wash with cooling properties which is just amazing and so refreshing (!!), new Vitamin Boost Body Wash with incredible scents, and a Lavender and Twilight Jasmine Body Wash, perfect for a calming, soothing effect… and from göt2b: four new revolutionary products in the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine line, a new Frizz Taming Hairspray from their Guardian Angel line, and the new Glued Spiking Wax!  Some information on both brands’ new launches is below!

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Dial’s new Yogurt Body Care line is enriched with protein-packed yogurt. There’s even a Greek Yogurt 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion! Dial® Greek Yogurt Body Wash contains a clean-rinsing formula that provides ultimate moisturization. Developed with an advanced moisture-attracting formula, your skin will be its healthiest and softest yet, with the same Vanilla Honey scent you already know and love from Dial!
Another option to keep your skin just as hydrated, and still containing the natural skin conditioning benefits of yogurt protein, Dial also introduces their brand new Frozen Yogurt Cooling Body Wash. Featuring a refreshing tingle that gently cools skin on contact, this innovative body wash is great for the warmer months, or just as a fresh kick-start to wake you up in the morning!

Dial also introduces the NEW Dial® Vitamin Boost Body Wash, in two varieties: Amazing B is a lotion-infused creamy formula that draws in moisture to keep skin hydrated and nourished, with the divine fragrance of fresh tropical kiwi and mango. Super C is oil-infused and contains antioxidants that protect the skin, creating a radiant and healthy glow through the power of Vitamin C, and leaving behind the invigorating scent of orange and grapefruit.

Finally, Dial’s Lavender & Twilight Jasmine Body Wash provides skin with all day freshness, and the light fragrance of lavender and jasmine to calm your mind and leave skin more healthy, smooth and beautiful than before.

Dial’s new Body Washes retail for a suggested price of Cdn $4.99 (473 mL) each, and will be available at mass retail locations nationwide beginning March 2014.

Dial also introduces new Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soaps in three great smelling scents: Yellow Raspberry – This fresh smelling aroma is perfect for in the kitchen where clean hands are a must!
Water Blossoms – This clean and relaxing scent is the perfect addition to your bathroom when guests are visiting.
Coconut Lime Verbena – Especially on a nice summer day, this cool scent is just what you need after you shake up those margaritas!

NEW Dial® Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soaps retail for a suggested price of Cdn $2.99-3.99 (236mL) each, and are available at mass retail locations nationwide beginning March 2014.

For more information about Dial’s wide range of products for everyone in the family, visit them on Facebook!

göt2b’s new Rise ‘n Shine product line features four brand new revolutionary products, and delivers volume and shine together:

  • göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Radiance Bounce Whipped Mousse provides root-to-tip shaping, and A-list finishing shine.
  • Prep for heat styling with the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Glistening Full Blow Dry Cream; an easy to disperse balm that leaves you with lasting lift and high heat protection for any hair type.
  • For slick styles, hold and remold with the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Gleaming Height Pomade. Water and oils provide excellent hold without a greasy or heavy look, and panthenol enhances the reflection of light for even more gloss! Equally suitable for adding texture, height or shine to short or long styles.
  • Finish your show-stopping style with göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Luminous Lift Hairspray. Just a spritz will keep your strands starlet worthy all night long with enviable shine. Plus, available in göt2b’s studio-size can and guaranteed not to flake, you don’t have to worry about using more for a little extra oomph.

göt2b’s new Glued Spiking Wax is the latest innovation to the brand’s iconic spiking glue. It provides men the liberty to craft, mold and remold their do into what they want, when they want – with very little effort required!  göt2b Glued Spiking Wax is ideal for those who like the texture and consistency of glue or gel, but want a fashion-forward product to create controlled and touchable styles that coincide with what’s hot!

Last but not least, göt2b proudly extends their Guardian Angel line with NEW Frizz Taming Hairspray! Proven to deliver 90% humidity defense and combat frizz, your style stays calm under pressure.
Featuring special neutralizing agents that fend off the most humid of weather, göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Hairspray provides exceptionally high style retention over time in rain or shine.
The search for heavenly hair ends here!

göt2b new Rise ‘n Shine product line will retail for Cdn $7.99-$9.99 per product; Glued Spiking Wax, Cdn $7.99 and new göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Hairspray, available in studio-size, will retail for Cdn $9.99 each, all available beginning March 2014 at mass retail locations including Shoppers
Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaws PharmaPlus and Jean Coutu across Canada.

For more information about göt2b, contests and tips, visit them on Facebook!

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

 

Having long, colour-treated hair like I do, it can sometimes feel like an agonizing chore to wash and blow-dry it. And cutting it is not an option – I just love long hair too much! (I know, I know, I just can’t win with myself!)

So what options does a girl have? Well… as it turns out, we have one really good one.

I recently had the opportunity to try göt2b’s Dry Shampoo from Rockin’ it, a high-quality professional line based on Schwarzkopf technology that includes the Dry Shampoo, Rockin’ it Hairspray, and Gel, all at affordable prices.

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A little about the product:

Rockin’ it Dry Shampoo effectively removes oil from hair to instantly refresh your style without having to shampoo.  Perfect for women-on-the-go, those whose styling routine is too extensive for daily washing or those looking to preserve their hair colour.  As an added bonus, Rockin’ it Dry Shampoo offers incredible hold and volume.  Suggested retail price is $7.99, 122g.

Final Verdict:

Having relied on dry shampoo to freshen up my hair for some time now, this was admittedly my first attempt using a spray-on dry shampoo. My previous products were wonderful, but were messy to apply and difficult to control as they were in a loose powder form (think, baby powder-like). Rockin’ It Dry Shampoo applies with an even mist, in strong, powerful bursts. It smells fantastic, and does apply whitish (due to the powder); however, the white quickly dissipates with a quick brushing. I found the product freshened up my scalp and hair immediately, and it really delivers on its volume promise.  This might have become my new favourite dry shampoo….

The new Rockin’ it line is available at mass retail locations including Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaws PharmaPlus, London Drugs, Metro, Sobeys, Jean Coutu and Zellers across Canada.

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

Journey to Hair Oasis and Get the Best of Both Worlds with NEW göt2b Oil-licious Shampoo & Conditioner!

Coming off the success of the styling oil, göt2b recently introduced NEW Oil-licious Opulent Smooth Shampoo and Golden Shimmer Conditioner – a deliciously-scented duo to complement all hair types. Containing Argan Oil, Marula Oil and White Grape Seed Oil, the Smooth Shampoo and Golden Shimmer Conditioner provides lightweight manageability and touchable silkiness without the greasy feel sometimes associated with rich hair products.

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As I like to do with beauty products whenever possible in order to provide an accurate review, I have been using the Oil-licious Opulent Smooth Shampoo and Golden Shimmer Conditioner for a few weeks on my wavy, colour-treated hair, and I am so obsessed that today I picked up a ton of backup!!

The Oil-licious Opulent Smooth Shampoo is slightly musky, sweetly scented in a clear, golden formula of smoothing oils. I have to warn you, a small amount of product goes quite a long way, cleansing without sudsing up to a huge lather… The first time I tried it, I thought I needed more shampoo, but it is a great product, cleansing well, allowing me to go a full 3 days between shampoos (which I do not do often!). That is saying a lot considering this a moisturizing shampoo. My hair felt not only cleansed, but protected and soft after use. And the continuous use is helping keep my hair shiny, soft and protected from all of the heat-straightening and curling I put my hair through.

Oil-licious Opulent Smooth Shampoo offers:

  • Micro-emulsion technology providing sumptuous shine and touchable smoothness.
  • Improvement of shine more than 100% versus untreated hair!

The Golden Shimmer Conditioner actually contains tiny traces of golden shimmer, which at first made me nervous… was it going to sparkle in my hair? Was it a special-occasion product? Rest assured that the shimmer simply serves to add additional shine to your hair once you rinse it out – no glitter here! It provides a light condition to protect your hair without weighing it down. And the slightly musky scent is delicious!!!

Oil-licious Golden Shimmer Conditioner delivers:

  • Effective detangling while nourishing hair with indulgent care of precious oils.
  • Restoration of damaged hair even before blow-drying!
  • Infused with Mica to impart a delightful golden shimmer.

The Oil-licious line was such a hit in my home that once again, I was finding myself “borrowing” the products from hubby’s shower. The unisex scent is delicious on my hair, and equally yummy when hubby uses it. Today I finally picked up backup so we each could have our own bottles! I’ve also purchased the famous Oil-licious Styling Oil and will hopefully be able to bring you a review soon!

göt2b NEW Oil-licious Opulent Smooth Shampoo and Golden Shimmer Conditioner retail for $7.99 each and are available at mass retail locations across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, PharmaPlus, Loblaws, Jean Coutu and Target Canada.

 

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

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