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Mastey- Say Yes to Eco-Friendly Hair Care

As a beauty blogger, I have been dying to try using more eco-friendly products on my face, skin, and hair. Let’s be honest- I am not getting any younger, and I will try anything that doesn’t have harsh chemicals or additives that will aid in the aging process! Mastey has a whole line of eco-friendly hair care products, and I had the chance to try out their Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner.


I have fast growing hair, and before I know it, it reaches halfway down my back. Having a good shampoo and conditioner is very important to me. Mastey’s hair products are 100% vegan, rich in antioxidants, and are formulated with argan oil and olive oil. Best of all, they contain no ammonia, sodium chloride, parabens, synthetic dyes, and no PPD (more information on the negative effects of PPD is here).

I LOVED the pearlescent shine the shampoo had when I squeezed it into my hand.

Behold the shimmery beauty:

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Although the shampoo was nice, I really fell in love with the conditioner. You know when you go to the salon, and they use shampoos and conditioners that smell way better than anything you can ever buy in the store, and you’re like “what is this heavenly scent and why can’t I find it anywhere?” That is Mastey’s Color Protecting Conditioner. True story.

Interested in giving your over treated locks a break? Head over to www.mastey.com, and check out their whole line of haircare products. I will definitely be passing this on to my health conscious vegan friends!

Have you tried Mastey shampoo and conditioner before?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure


Condition and Cleanse with WEN

I know it sounds ridiculous to say, but I love my hair and I equally love hair care products. Anything that will add a little extra volume, extra shine and extra style is my best friend. I had heard amazing things about WEN products, but had never gotten around to giving them a try. So when WEN reached out about their new Fall Tuscan Pear line, I immediately jumped on the opportunity.

If there is anything I love as much as hair-related things, it’s Fall. Combine Fall and hair and you have one happy beauty blogger! As soon as the  Fall Tuscan Pear Cleansing Conditioner arrived on my doorstep, I hopped into the shower and lathered up.


In addition to never having tried WEN, I had also never tried a cleansing conditioner. The concept confused me. Is it a shampoo? Is it a conditioner? Is it a magic potion? The thought of not using both shampoo AND conditioner in the shower threw me off. I assumed that cleansing conditioners would leave my hair greasy and heavy. But you know what happens when you make assumptions …

The first thing I noticed was the scent. It is absolutely delicious and perfect for fall. I wish all of my hair care products had the same scent. Then next thing I noticed was the amount of product I was supposed to use. According to the instructions, my long hair would require 24-32 PUMPS. Considering I normally use just a dollop of shampoo and a dollop of conditioner, this amount seemed insane. After some trial and error, I found out I could skate by with fewer than 24 pumps (22ish to be exact).

Much to my surprise, my hair was neither greasy nor heavy after using the cleansing conditioner. My hair was left with loads of moisture and shine. To be completely transparent, it wasn’t quite as voluminous as normal, but it’s something only I, the owner of the hair, would notice.

Since my hair is naturally thicker with a lot of it’s own natural moisture, I’ve decided against using this as my regular shampoo/conditioner. I use it a couple times a week or any time my hair is feeling a little fried. And at $40 a bottle, I like the idea of getting the most out of the product. However, if you have more dry hair, this could be used on a regular basis.

Have you ever tried out WEN products or another cleansing conditioner?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Hair Care Review: Molton Brown

In her Molton Brown review, Gabi reveals her latest hair care obsession. Products sent for review, but opinions are all Gabi’s own.

I’m totally OCD when it comes to my hair care.  I switch it up all the time, which I “know” might not be the best for my hair.  But, I get tired of my shampoos and conditioners even quicker than I’m able to actually finish the bottles.  I go from volumizing shampoos to color preserving shampoos, and really everything in between.

1.I’m a sucker for simple, sophisticated packaging, so I was more than excited when I opened up that box and saw these two bottles inside.
1. I’m a sucker for simple, sophisticated packaging, so I was more than excited when I opened up that box and saw these two bottles inside.

This month, I’m obsessing over Molton Brown.  The folks over at MB were kind enough to let me test out their Kumudu Volumising Haircare Set and I couldn’t have been more pleased.  The set smells so clean and refreshing thanks to its soft blend of grapefruit, magnolia, and cedar.  Mesmerizing, right?

I know it takes time to really feel a difference after switching hair care products, but for what it’s worth, my hair is seriously soft and still manages to be voluminous when I want it to.

What is your favorite volumizing secret?

Sebastian Professional Shampoo and Conditioner

Product Review: Sebastian Professional

I feel like I have seriously temperamental hair.  It grows too fast, it’s too thick, it gets oily entirely too easily, and most products just make it worse – other than that, it’s perfect!  Lucky for me I had the chance to try out new shampoo and conditioner from the Sebastian Professional’s Salon to Home Shine Line.  Shine, you ask yourself?  I, too, thought that all shine products would make my hair much more oily (the last thing I want).  But, that doesn’t seem to be the case with the shine shampoo and conditioners.

Sebastian Professional Shampoo and Conditioner
The shine shampoo and conditioner retail at $12.95 and $13.95, respectively. It’s great quality without that high-end price tag.

To be honest, my hair feels soft and isn’t dry or oily – the perfect combo.  I would totally recommend giving these products a try if you have the same oily hair problem that I do.  Plus you only need a small amount for these to work, I find I’m using much less than when I purchase the “cheaper” or generic products.

What products do you use to moisturize your hair without unwanted oily effects?

Photos: Gabi Valladares/BeautyXpose; Disclosure

Review: Pantene Restore Beautiful Hair Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner

It’s no secret I’ve always envied those lucky girls who were born with smooth, shiny hair. And while I may not have been as blessed as my sister who could simply air dry her way to a photo shoot if need be, I have always been able to fake it with the right amount of product, blow-drying and styling. But now, I don’t have to.

I recently discovered Pantene Pro-V’s Restore Beautiful Lengths Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner, and it seems my hair turned into my sister’s overnight.

Restore Beautiful Lengths Frizz Control Shampoo

The idea behind the Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths line is to help you get long, smooth hair by protecting it with every wash and rinse. Since longer hair is inherently exposed to more wash and rinses (because it’s been on your head longer!), Pantene has created its Restore Beautiful Lengths line into three formulations:  Breakage Defense, Shine Enhance and Frizz Control.

Restore Beautiful Lengths Frizz Control Conditioner

The Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner are very rich and creamy, so you know it’s great for dry, frizzy hair. But what’s somewhat unexpected is that the color — both bottles contain a pretty pearlized periwinkle product (even though the bottles are lavender). Once you lather up and rinse, you’re left with soft, silky hair that slips through your fingers. Even my husband has noticed a difference, and he’s commented how soft my hair felt on numerous occasions since I started using the products about a month ago.

If you don’t absolutely love your results like I did, the best part of the whole thing is Pantene’s Smart Beauty Guarantee (and Pantene doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to begin with). Simply let Pantene know you aren’t happy, and they’ll give you a refund of 2x the purchase price. Now that’s beautiful!

Photos: Pantene Pro-V

John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Go Blonder(ish) Shampoo, Conditioner and Controlled Lightening Spray

I tried to think of some witty blonde jokes, but I failed, so let’s just cut to the point. The folks over at John Frieda sent me their line of Sheer Blonde Go Blonder products. Over the span of two weeks, I tested out their Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo, Go Blonder Lightening Conditioner and Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray.

Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo, Conditioner and Spray

The results were, well, non existent. I was contemplating a before and after, but that would require a change in the color of my hair. Moral of the story, if you’re looking to go blonder, this isn’t the route to take. I’d tell you to just fork over the money and get your hair personally colored or buy a box of color from the drugstore and take matters into your own hands.

However, I did like the shampoo and conditioner. It had a light, citrus scent and left my hair feeling clean, soft and manageable. It still didn’t make my bolnde any blonder, but it didn’t make me any darker either, so I guess that’s a win.

To purchase John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening products, visit drugstores.com or check your local drugstore.

Have any of you tried these products before? What did you think?

Disclaimer: Products were furnished complimentary for review purposes.

Trader Joe’s: Not Just For Food

trader joes coverMany of you natural beauties have probably perused the aisles of your local Trader Joe’s grocery stores for produce and healthful goodies, but how many of you have delved into experimenting with their personal care products?

Several years ago, my mother introduced me to Trader Joe’s citrus shampoo and conditioner. We were sick of all the drugstore brands, and my mother had recently discovered this great new grocery store. Since the day she brought home the shampoo and conditioner, my mother and I have been loyal customers of this brand.

The shampoo is super sudsy, and both products smell of sweet citrus fruits – although not as sweet as the Sonoma First Crush products. Because the shampoo is clear and the conditioner is lightweight, there is no heavy and greasy buildup after my shower.

And hey – these products are a steal at under $3 in Trader Joe’s stores, so feel free to try them without feeling guilty about putting a dent in your wallet.

Photo: Trader Joe’s

Natural Beauty: Suds Up With Sonoma Soap Company

sonoma 010Sonoma Soap Company has launched a new line of all-natural skincare products that are composed of 100 percent vegetarian, certified organic ingredients. They’ve left out all those things natural beauties try to avoid such as phthalates and parabens – in fact, many of the products, including the shampoo and shower gel, include instructions to shake the bottle before use because the natural ingredients will settle while the product sits on the shelf.

Shower Products

The shampoo is sudsy, and the conditioner is creamy. Used together, they leave my hair soft and shiny. Both the shampoo and conditioner, from the First Crush scent family, have a great fruity smell, but it’s the shower gel, from the Citrus Medley scent family, that leaves my olfactory senses unsatisfied. The shampoo smells like a fruity Jamba Juice – delicious! –  while the shower gel smells more like an orange you’ve had in your fridge for a few days.


Foaming Hand Soap

The foaming hand soap from this line lathers up really well, and I would recommend it highly, but the one I received was also in the Citrus Medley scent group. For anyone who’s looking into purchasing these products, buy from the First Crush collection!


Lotion and Bubble Bath

Perhaps my least favorite scent collection was Lavender Reserve. While the lotion was very creamy and hydrating, didn’t smell like lavender to me. It had a very strong scent, almost like licorice. Not my favorite. The bubble bath wasn’t as offensive to my senses, but it certainly wasn’t great.

I will be purchasing more products from Sonoma Soap Company, but as I emphasized above, all my purchases will be from the First Crush collection. The scent is simply unbeatable!


Sonoma Soap Company products cost between $8.95 and $9.95 and are available online and at a variety of health food stores throughout the country. They also sell liquid hand soap, bar soap and shave cream in addition to the products I’ve reviewed.

Photos: Pamela King/BeautyXpose
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review

Butter them up with Kimble Hair Care Systems

kimble shea butterI love butter on my toast, butter on my corn on the cob and butter on my hair. Wait…strike that. I love shea butter on my hair: KIMBLE HAIR CARE SYSTEMS™ Shea Butter System.

While I love the luxurious shea butter scent and how the conditioner left my hair feeling soft and healthy, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the shampoo. I prefer my shampoos to really lather, and that is a quality this shampoo is lacking. Instead of leaving my hair feeling clean, I just felt like I had product build-up galore after just one use.

And while I have put the Shea Butter Shampoo in the back of my hair care cabinet, I use the Shea Butter Conditioner on a regular basis. You can purchase KIMBLE HAIR CARE SYSTEMS™ at Target or at a retailer near you using their salon locator.

Photo: Kristin Bassett/BeautyXpose
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review purposes

Do Double Duty with Pantene Pro-V Two-in-One Shampoo + Conditioner

pantene ice shine smooth products coverThe only thing better than a two-for-one deal is a two-in-one deal. The only thing better than a two-in-one deal is a two-in-one deal that actually works. Lucky for us, Pantene Pro-V’s two-in-one shampoo and conditioner products definitely do.

The Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine and Pantene Pro-V Smooth 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioners ($3.99 each) are particular crowd pleasers. Though hair might not feel totally conditioned after you lather up, don’t be fooled. Whether you dry hair naturally or with heavy heat, your mane will be super silky. The Ice Shine has serious shine power (the science behind it involves a deep penetration to allow light to pass through the hair’s surface and reflect outward) and is suggested for dull, tired hair, but it works well on any type. Not surprisingly, the Smooth leaves locks soft and sleek and even has an agent to fight frizz.

Another product, Pantene’s Smooth Humidity Protection Leave-In Cream ($3.99) is also a frizz fighter, but moonlights as a superb styling tool, too. The protection against your worst frizzies and fly-aways is average at best and isn’t recommended for your rain forest vaca. If you’re looking for a cream to run through damp tresses and style natural waves, though, you’re in luck. Plus, with the unforgettably fresh Pantene scent, you really can’t go wrong.

Visit www.pantene.com for more information on these products and the rest of the new Ice Shine and Smooth collections.

Photos: Pantene Pro-V
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review purposes