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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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To help combat the aging process of hair, KEVIN.MURPHY recently introduced a new line of YOUNG.AGAIN products, composed of a WASH, RINSE & MASQUE. The line of anti-aging hair care is designed to help renew lustre and shine to dry, damaged or brittle hair.

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I had an opportunity to test drive all three Young.Again products on my colour-treated hair – hair that has been colour-treated for as long as I can remember, most recently back to blonde highlights from brunette, using *gasp* bleach. (My hair stylist becomes very resentful when he has to reach for the bleach lol. He prefers high-lift colours and truth be told, I don’t blame him. My hair remains much healthier without bleach!) Needless to say, my poor hair is fragile after decolourizing, especially in the blonder parts.

Let’s first talk about my favourite of the three, the Young.Again.Masque. This is a deep conditioning treatment that will leave your hair feeling incredibly soft and luscious – even after the first use. The Masque is light, leaving no residue upon rinsing unlike some other deep conditioners. Immortelle and Baobab-infused like the other products, and high in antioxidants, the Masque has the same restorative and softening qualities as the Wash and the Rinse.

The Young.Again.Wash is a gentle cleanser, gentle enough for me to use every day – I put it to the test even though I try and refrain from washing my hair daily, preferring instead to skip a day. Even with daily washing, my hair didn’t feel dry or stripped using the Wash.

The Young.Again.Rinse is the line’s main conditioner, meant to be used following the Wash, while the Masque is more of a treatment, used a minimum of once a week. However, though creamy and incredibly softening, the Rinse was a little light for me – truly a Rinse, whereas I prefer slightly richer conditioners. As a result, I found myself using the Young.Again.Masque more regularly and let me tell you, my hair loved me for it!

And the heavenly scent of the line! Possessing a light, slightly sweet scent that reminds me of linen and a fresh summer’s day, I found myself wishing the scent would linger and linger… Can Kevin Murphy launch a body line?? 🙂

And just for fun, here is a photo of me getting highlights and the end result! Lightened about 4 to 5 levels! (Could I have any more foils in my hair?)

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I also tried Kevin.Murphy’s new SUPER.GOO, a firm hold rubbery gel that gives hair a separated look with a flexible but strong hold. It provides a slight rubber finish, but is no-flake and a water-soluble setting and molding gel containing extracts of Green Tea, Bamboo and Nettle. I used it to separate my ends for that slightly messy bedhead, and found that a little goes a very long way. It’s a great way to revive hair if you can’t shampoo but want to change your style a little – especially on waved or curled ends.

My other, ahem, tester, the hubby, has since “borrowed” the product and neglected to return it. His review: he loves the firm hold it provides his curly, short hair, and loves the rubbery texture. And it washes out easily!

 

For more information, check out the Kevin.Murphy website, or to find a salon in your area, click here!

 

~xo

 

 

 

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

Firm Hold Rubbery Gel

SUPER.GOO is the latest styling aid to join our line. It’s a firm hold rubbery gel that gives hair a chunky, separated look. It is flexible but still has a strong hold with a rubber finish that gives it a “certain bounce”. A no-flake, water soluble setting and molding gel, SUPER.GOO contains extracts of Green Tea, Bamboo and Nettle, which allow hair to be molded into shapes.

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SUPER.GOO is especially good for both slick looks and looks that require a strong hold with separation. SUPER.GOO has a unique rubber-like texture, therefore it has the ability to last throughout the entire day without going droopy or losing the style or shape of your look.

Suggested Retail Price in Canada is CAD$22.00 and it was launched in salons MAY/JUNE 2013!

For more information, check out the Kevin.Murphy website!

Repairing Shine Mist

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Introducing a product from our new segment, Treatment Styling.

SHIMMER.SHINE is a styling product that simultaneously treats hair. Light reflective technology from high-end skincare adds a brilliant shine to hair with no oily residue. SHIMMER.SHINE contains treatment ingredients that repair damaged hair driven by essential oils, bioflavonoids and vitamins.

Extracts from 6 Australian Rainforest were chosen for their resilience and their ability to flourish in harsh climatic conditions. Immortelle and Baobab extracts moisturize and add elasticity to the surface of the hair as they are rich in antioxidants.

Bamboo Extracts and Vitamins A, C and E nourish and thicken the hair and are instantly absorbed deep into the cortex. Bamboo has a high concentration of silica known for its restorative effects on the hair’s surface. Bamboo Extracts add a natural shine and lustre to the hair.

Apply to damp hair before styling and or use as a finishing product to add shine.

Suggested retail price is CAD$27.50 and it will be available in salons July / August 2013!

For more information, check out the Kevin.Murphy website, or to find a salon in your area, click here!

KEVIN.MURPHY YOUNG.AGAIN

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In order to help combat the aging process of hair, KEVIN.MURPHY has introduced an entire new line of YOUNG.AGAIN products. Composed of a WASH, RINSE & MASQUE, this new line of anti-aging hair care is designed to help renew youthful lustre and shine to dry, damaged or brittle hair. Ingredients chosen for their longevity and resilience to renew youthful lustre and soften dry damaged hair, make up YOUNG.AGAIN.WASH, YOUNG.AGAIN.RINSE & YOUNG.AGAIN.MASQUE.

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Immortelle and Baobab infused restorative softening shampoo. Gently cleanses and preps the hair to receive the essential ingredients of the masque and the rinse.

 

 

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Immortelle and Baobab infused restorative softening conditioner. Formulated to lock down the cuticle and lock in moisture.

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YOUNG.AGAIN.MASQUE

Immortelle and Baobab infused restorative softening masque. Addresses all three factors that relate to the premature aging of hair.

Key Ingredients:

6 Australian rainforest fruit extracts – Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, these extracts were
shown to flourish despite the harsh climatic conditions.
Baobab seed oil – Provides moisturizing benefits to the hair while improving elasticity and tone
Orchid flower extract – Rich in proteins, reinforces hair strength and provides intense hydration Immortelle – Extraordinary healing qualities and great regenerating ability, super antioxidant
Lotus flower extract – Helps to protect the hair from moisture loss. Rich in protein, leaving hair soft and supple
Kakadu plum extracts – A potent antioxidant essential for the repair of damaged hair
Phospholipids – Create a skin like barrier to lock in moisture
Bamboo extracts – Known for its restorative e≠ects, adding natural shine and lustre to the hair

Suggested retail price in Canada:
WASH & RINSE: CAD$35.00
MASQUE: CAD$49.00
In salons: JULY/AUGUST 2013

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