Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Uh oh… This Beauty Addict Went on a Beauty Binge! (Part 2)

As you know from last week’s post, my beauty binge at  Veer & Wander, a salon / apothecary in San Francisco, was so ugly I had to break up my beauty spoils into two separate posts.  This week has given me more time to continue testing the products, but my opinions actually didn’t waiver from where I was at least week. (It’s called shopper’s instinct)

So I’m not playing mind tricks on you when I begin my product counting at 4 this week. Do the math. I went through 1-3 last week!

4. RMS BEAUTY – Living Luminizer($38):  This luminizer / highlighter is a total game changer. I banished all my other highlighters to the beauty graveyard when I saw how this ultra-sheer highlighter literally made me look like I had just gotten an oxygen facial.  There is no glitter or shimmering bullshit to make you look like you’re hitting the clubs; it just gives you a touch of light-reflecting glow.  This stuff is so natural-looking I wear it during the day without any other makeup. I can’t help myself! I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and pull it up to my temples, my brow bones, at my cupid’s bow and a small dab at the center eyelid above the lash to give my eyes a little sparkle.  Oh, and did I mention it’s organic??

*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019] * Signifies* CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Results: Um, did you read the first paragraph?  The results are I’ve had people compliment my skin wherever I go, and keep in mind I wasn’t wearing any other makeup.  Total game changer.


5. Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse ($35): Yes, I spent $35 on mousse. And yes, I deserve your mocking. I haven’t worn mousse since my high school scrunching days with the old Paul Mitchell Mousse. But we’re talking Oribe here… You all know I worship at the house of Oribe. It is by far my favorite haircare brand on the market.  Their products consistently provide amazing results and it doesn’t hurt that they all smell delicious. (Givaudan, the same parfumerie as Tom Ford Fragrances custom-created the scent) So of course I had to try the mousse even though I like my curls soft and workable (and I’m 100% in love with how the Oribe Creme for Style gives me soft ringlets). I would say it doesn’t make my hair as crispy as say a typical gel or mousse but there was definitely some crisp there.  Not to mention, I already have thick hair and I felt like this mousse thickened my hair by 500%.  My fro was so big and crispy a family of birds could have nested and I wouldn’t have realized until my next shampoo. No bueno.

Results: I think this mousse may work for someone with fine hair looking to build curl and volume, but it simply doesn’t work for thick curly hair.


6. Oribe Smooth Style Serum ($49) Now, this serum is a totally different story.  I can’t believe I’m just discovering this stuff now!! It’s a cream-based finishing serum that fights frizz without leaving your hair greasy. It also leaves behind that gorgeous scent (it’s like cat nip to my husband)  and it’s light enough that I can use it throughout the day for touch-ups.



    • A Unique Blend of Polymers combine the properties of a conditioner with those of a styling agent – simultaneously providing control, conditioning, manageability, curl retention, shine and body. Also protects from mechanical and thermal styling damage.
    • Silk Derived Glycoprotein forms a moisturizing layer that both protects hair from excessive water loss and imparts a long-lasting silky feeling.
    • Vitamin E and C protect color and shield the hair from UV-induced free radical damage.
    • A blend of oils, Brazil Nut Oil , Andiraba Oil, an Amazonian plant extra, Avocado Oil and
      Macadamia nut see oil, add moisture and softness.
Results: It’s worth every penny!  I only end up using the tiniest amount with every application so it will probably take me at least 6 – 9 months to go through the entire bottle.
7. Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray ($35):  This is another product I cannot believe went under my radar. It’s tough even to describe how cool this product is… You know how dry shampoo always leaves that weird gritty texture so you can only apply it to your roots? This is the stuff you want to spray on the rest of your hair as a dry shampoo or just a refresher.  It’s IDEAL for prolonging a blowout since it makes your hair super soft without weighing it down or making it greasy. Just avoid spraying at the roots. I also used this to soften my hair when the mousse made it too crunchy. Love.
  • Oribe Signature Complex (Watermelon, Lychee and Edelweiss Flower Extracts) defends hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin, all while protecting from the drying, damaging and color-depleting effects of the elements.
  • Cotton Complex makes hair feel instantly soft and touchable.
  • Argan Oil softens, hydrates and nourishes hair while enhancing shine and fighting frizz.
  • Neem Oil from India, known for its many treatment properties, conditions and softens hair.
  • Hydrolyzed Silk strengthens and protects hair, preventing breakage and split ends.
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein repairs and renews damaged hair, adding body and shine while providing thermal protection.
  • Zeolite Crystallines absorb dirt and oil to lift and add body to the hair.
Results:  I find myself using this spray constantly — to fight frizz and soften my curls.  In love.
So that’s it… And I have to say, loving 6 out of 7 products acquired ain’t too shabby!! So I’m refusing to feel guilty about my total spend (I refuse to give you that number. You and my husband will have to get out your calculators if you care that much) and I’m deeming the whole shopping trip as productive!


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