Monthly beauty boxes

Monthly subscription beauty boxes are the perfect way to try new products if you are always on the go. These three services I’m about to tell you about really offer a great variety of products to experience and enjoy. You have the option to purchase full size products, give a gift to a friend and the opportunity to indulge.



Glossybox If you love surprises, you will enjoy receiving 5 luxury beauty products every month the cost is $21.00 but the products are great. In my July 2014 box I received the following deluxe samples to try: Mitchell and Peach Body Cream, Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, Skin Inc. Custom-Blended Anti-Aging Serum, Philip B PH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist and Malin +Goetz Mojito Lip Balm.

Glossybox carries many products from your favorite brands including: ALEX AND ANI (+) Energy, ARDENCY INN, BURBERRY Beauty, Butter London, Carol’s Daughter, Ciate London, European Wax Center, Fresh, Hourglass, Kevyn Aucoin, La Prairie, Living Proof, Rock Beauty London, Nails Inc., ReVive, Sisley Paris, Tom Ford, Vincent Longo and Zirth



Birchbox – Receive personalized beauty, grooming and lifestyle samples selected for you. Once you complete your Birchbox profile, the samples you receive are items you will want to try. In my latest box I received: Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Eyeshadow Palette, Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel, Whish Save Crave Saving Cream in Acai Grapefruit and 100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel.

There are subscription options for men and women. Ladies receive 4-5 personalized samples for $10 per month and Men get 3-4 personalized grooming samples plus a full sized lifestyle product for $20 monthly.



Julep-Become a Julep Maven and you’ll get brand new, must have color and beauty every month. In my recent box I received Joyce, Tammi and Kirti from the It Girl Collection and a screen cleaner for my iPhone.

If you are addicted to nail color, this is the place for you. The box you receive is customized according to your style profile. You receive a value of over $40 worth of nail color and/or beauty products starting at $19.99 per month.

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blow dry creams

Hair Resolution – Split End Free

Are you ready to get your hair into shape?

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Image Credit: © Tatyana Gladskih –

Split ends are caused from over working your hair. The strands become weak and split. The strands separate in multiple areas leaving you with broken uneven ends.  Many believe that split ends only occur at the end of the hair however, split ends can happen throughout your hair.

Split End Causes:

Elastics and rubber bands can break and pull your hair. Try hairstyles that don’t require elastics or use snag-free elastics.

Take it easy when combing and brushing your hair. Hair is fragile. Don’t tug and pull your hair. Use a detangler and wide tooth comb to style your hair with ease. And please, do not over brush.

Chemicals can cause damage to your hair. Go Natural. Chemicals can damage your hair. It does not matter if you relax, perm, straighten or color. All of these processes contain chemicals that can cause damage to your hair. If you must chemically treat your hair, take care of your hair by using products suited for your hair type and conditioner to add moisture to your strands.

Swimming is a great form of exercise and good for your health, but the chemicals in the water are bad for your hair. Add a leave in conditioner to your hair prior to swimming. Wear a swim cap. Be sure to shampoo and condition immediately after swimming.

Hard water can cause dryness and damage to your hair. If you shower in hard water, try adding a water softening system. Your skin will love it too.

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Image Credit: © Arve Bettum –

Drying and styling tools can help us to create fabulous looks, but when overused or used improperly can cause extreme damage to your hair. It is important to use drying and styling tools that help to promote healthy hair.


blow dry creams

 Blow dry creams featured:  Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream, Bumble & Bumble B.b. Straight Blow Dry, Marc Anthony True Professional bye bye Frizz Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream, Ted Gibson Build It Blow Drying Agent, Bead Head TIGI Superstar Blow Dry Lotion, and Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector Balm

Before you turn on your blow dryer, use a blow dry cream. The thermal protection added to these products will help in reducing some damage caused by extreme heat. If the flat iron, curling iron or straightening comb is your best friend, add another, try styling aids with heat protection. Remember, the more heat you add to your hair, the more potential damage you are causing.

Is your diet causing your hair to split? A balanced diet is the key to better health and healthy hair, skin and nails. Add water, vitamins and good for you food daily to enhance your body, health and hair.

Split End Repair:

Get your hair trimmed at least ¼”. Trimming will help to get rid of some of the split ends; it will also shape and define your style.

Use a split end sealer. Sealers help to reduce the damage and help your hair look healthier. Sealers do not reverse nor do they repair the damage. Try Carol’s Daughter Monoi Split End Sealer ($25 H-2-Ion ($59.95

Use a good shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.

Stop washing your hair daily. Reduce to 3 times a week instead.

Deep condition your hair at least twice a month.

Towel dry your hair whenever possible. Don’t rub, instead gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair.

Look forward to reduced split ends and a healthier head of hair.

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Image Credit: © Subbotina Anna –





Products Picks for soft, smooth, silky hair

Dry frizzy hair

Dry frizzy hair

Dull, dry, frizzy hair can become unmanageable and difficult to style. Finding the best products to reduce frizz, and shine and make your hair manageable can be a challenging task.

Frizzy hair is caused due to lack of moisture. It is important to add moisture, but do not over moisturize or use heavy products that will weigh your hair down. Be careful with brushing too. When your hair is dry and frizzy, brushing dry hair can stretch the hair and cause breakage. Brush lightly when hair is damp.  Be careful not to over process your hair. Excessive use of relaxers, straighteners and hair coloring products can cause additional dryness and breakage. It’s best to always use a conditioner to add moisture and soften your hair.

softr, smoother hair

softer smoother hair

Here are my picks of products that really give dry, frizzy hair softer results.

Carols Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream

Carols Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream

Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream adds moisture, improves hair condition to make hair smooth and sleek. Contains soy protein that helps controls frizz and makes hair stronger with 70% less frizz. The results last for 72 hours.  $22

Ojon Super Sleek Hair Straightening Treatment

Ojon Super Sleek Hair Straightening Treatment

Ojon Super Sleek Hair Straightening Treatments helps make your hair  smoother, shiny and silky with one  application that last for up to 30 shampoos.  $39

Liviing Proof Leave -In Conditioner

Liviing Proof Leave In Conditioner

Living Proof Leave In Conditioner promotes optimum moisture levels to re-hydrate your hair without silicones or oils to eliminate frizz.  It also detangles, adds shine and  helps to prevent breakage. $24



Frizz-Ease transforms dry frizzy hair into  smooth glossy hair. Great for chemically treated hair too.  $6

Ouidad Climate Control

Ouidad Climate Control

Ouidad Climate Control is a heat activating gel that protects, hydrates and nourishes hair.  Contains no sulfates or dyes. The result, soft, sleek beautiful hair.  ($9 -$22)

Ted Gibson Daily Nourish

Ted Gibson Daily Nourish

Ted Gibson Daily Nourish contains 9 different conditioning agents that saturate the hair shaft, strengthen the hair’s inner cortex and increase elasticity, manageability and ease of wet and dry combing and styling.