WEN Hair Care by Chaz Dean

After years of working as a stylist and colorist and witnessing the damaging results of shampoo on his clients’ hair, Chaz Dean knew something had to change. Lathering, harsh detergents and sodium laurel/laureth sulfates found in most shampoos were not only damaging their hair, but also their health and the environment. Most would experience color fading/stripping, dull, lifeless, frizzy and dry hair, dry scalps, oily scalps, scalp disorders, and hair loss.

That was “WEN®” he developed his concept in cleansing the hair without detergents or harsh chemicals. WEN® cleanses with astringent properties without lathering, while strengthening, adding sheen, luster, moisture and manageability to the hair. WEN® is invigorating and nourishing to both the hair and scalp. Color appears to be more vibrant and last longer.

WEN® is formulated with the perfect balance for all hair types and due to its high moisture content, it also performs amazingly on ethnic hair. Give your hair the love it deserves with WEN® cleansing conditioners and styling products and instantly notice the impressive results. There has never been a single product that changes hair so dramatically.

Say goodbye to your bad hair days, WEN is definitely a StyleDO!

Organic Smoothie Recipe

Leann from Ford Models shows one of her favorite smoothie recipes. Just take a few bananas, blueberries (or other berries and water. It’s 100% natural and organic and dairy-free, just how I like it! Take her advice and add the flax seeds, you’re body will love the extra nutrients. If you need a little more energy, toss in a small handful of almonds while you blend. I also like to add some extra ice for a frozen experience. It’s really not that hard to make healthy choices, and the benefits are amazing. Remember you are what you eat!

Cinco De Mayo and a Skinny Girl Magarita

Really, what could be better than a margarita on Cinco De Mayo?  Ok, one with less calories.  We’ve all heard Bethenny sing those praises  about them on HER tv show (like we’d watch the show every week for anyone else? Like Jill? come on now…)  But anyhoo, these drinks sound delish, so what better day to try one than today?  You only need a few ingredients, and this super-old video will show you the details step-by-step.  Love the more alcohol/less calorie combo!  Thanks Bethenny!

bye, bye brown paper bags…hello style!

b.happybagsReally, how could you not say yes to saving the environment and to style at the same time with a supercute bag like this from b.happybags?  Made in the USA of durable upholstery-weight cotton, these totes will help save thousands of plastic and paper grocery bags over a lifetime. Available in colorful patterns and prints, with a roomy design that holds about the same volume as a standard paper grocery bag. Lightweight and folds down for easy storage. Handles long enough to carry over the shoulder or comfortably by hand. Bag seams are bound with grosgrain ribbon & can support a ton.

These modern totes offer stylish alternatives to fashion-conscious consumers seeking to adopt a reusable bag lifestyle. Progressive, colorful patterns & designs make a statement and are unlikely to sit in a closet unused. Best of all, they’re a great way to help draw attention & influence others to adopt a reusable bag lifestyle.
Extra Details:

  • Made in the USA
  • Fair Wage / Fair Labor
  • Machine wash, gentle cycle, cold water / drip dry
  • This bag is super light and super thin, it is not structured the way looks in the photograph
  • On sale for $9.95 at reusablebags.com
  • It’s so easy to “add to cart” why wouldn’t you?  I did!

    Hair Dryers are HOT

    With breakthrough technology and lots of power, you’ll be blown away by these hair dryers! Chances are you already have a hair dryer, and it’s probably pretty good. Maybe you purchased it at your local drugstore or your favorite mass-market retailer and I’m sure it works fine. But have you wondered why are there hair dryers on the market today that retail for more than $100 a pop? Are they really different or are they just blowing a bunch of hot air?

    Rusk CTC LiteRUSK CTC Lite Professional Dryer (1900 watts)
    Super hot, super quiet, and super hard on your wallet, I’ve seen this baby on sale for over $250. Now, that being said, it’s a great hairdryer. The Rusk CTC Lite features unique ceramic and titanium technology that allows you to add mega shine with a continuous flow of negative ions.  With 6 heat/speed settings, this dryer features the ultimate control over airflow and temperature and comes with a perfectly engineered diffuser and a slide-on concentrator to really deliver results. This blow dryer left my hair shiny and volumized in just minutes. Plus, its airflow blows the competitors away.  I’m not sure I really need that much power, but it sounds great, doesn’t it?

    Metropolis Z-Ion Zirconia Ionic Dryer (1800 Watts)
    With a promise to cut drying time up to 50%, I’m instantly intrigued, but is it worth the $210 or so dollars I have to spend (ok, $150 on sale)? Being one of ‘those’ people who spends a good 25-30 minutes of not-so-quality time with my current hair dryer everyday, I’m pleasantly looking forward to getting at least 10 minutes of my morning back. After one use I h
    ave determined that the Metropolis Z-Ion Zirconia Ionic Dryer is not only a great looking hair dryer, it’s a loaded with benefits. The far-infrared technology is supposed to dry your hair from the inside out, and the special zirconia ceramics fused into the heating element are supposed to conduct negative ions directly to you hair leaving it soft and shiny. Today my hair does seem to have less frizz and more shine. I’ll take that any day. “Lighweight” is really true at a little over 1.5 pounds, and the sleek white body has major counter appeal. I will think about how great it looks as I enjoy the extra 13 minutes of sleep I will have tomorrow morning because this dryer is fast, fast, fast. Bonus: This Metropolis hair dryer carries a 10 year limited warranty, so you know they stand by what they make. I say go for it.

    X5 Superlite Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer (1875 Watts)
    I am usually very skeptical when people say words like “amazing” when they talk about a hair dryer. Come on, all it does is blow hot hair, and sometimes it’s not even that hot, so I was very anxious to try the X5 Superlite. Many, many people have told me that this is the favorite among favorites, and I can almost see why. First of all they weren’t kidding when they named it Superlite, it really lives up to its name. Almost to the point where you really think it won’t work that well because it feels a little cheap. But turn this baby on, and out comes the power. The X5 SuperLite is an amazing professional Tourmaline + Ionic Ceramic 1875 watt hair dryer from X5. Because the X5 is manufactured with the highest level of workmanship and care it carries a full 48 month limited warranty.  Not bad for a dryer under $90.

    Elchim Uragano Ionic DryerELCHIM Uragano Ionic Dryer
    Touted as a new way of treating hair, and around $100 makes it an inexpensive choice on this list! Elchim’s Negative Ion Generating System produces a continuous stream of ions, so drying time is reduced by 50%, while hair remains smooth and shiny. Again, drying time reduced by 50% is 15 minutes longer in bed in the morning! This unit produces twice the Negative Ions of conventional dryers. The negative ions reduce the size of the water molecules. This allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. It also allows your hair to dry in half the time. The negative ions smooth down the cuticle. This allows for a greater shine on the hair. This also removes the “frizzies” from the hair. Tons of tech talk but it’s Made in Italy. Ciao Bella!

    Note, I have intentionally left off the t3 hairdryer.  It is one of my all time favorites and deserves its own blog post which is in the works.  If you are planning on buying a t3 make sure you purchase it directly from either Sephora or QVC to get the manufacturer warranty.

    Products mentioned are available at Folica.com.  T3 available at other retailers but I recommend QVC and Sephora.

    Lollia Breathe Perfume

    Lollia Breathe Eau de ParfumSome women like wearing a signature scent, a perfume they won’t leave home without wearing, leaving a scented reminder of themselves like an olfactory calling card that lingers for a few seconds after they have left the room. Other women prefer wearing many different fragrances according to their mood, the weather, the occasion, or the time of day. Being part of the latter group, it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve rarely met a perfume I didn’t like, and that I have many, (MANY) bottles of splashes, scents, and sprays to choose from as I get ready for work every morning.
    With my willingness to sample many different perfumes, I often find myself layering various scents together, creating my own new concoctions on a pretty regular basis, but I have certain favorite fragrances that I go back to time and time again, and one of them is Lollia Breathe Eau de Parfum.Presented in a pretty glass bottle silk screened with a delicate peony design on the front and trimmed with a pale satin ribbon adorned with a hanging cut-glass crystal, Lollia Breathe Eau de Parfum smells as feminine and delicate as it’s presented. This light, floral scent is a beautiful mixture of white lily and peony with top notes of orange, grapefruit, and hints of additional fresh green notes.
    Never overbearing and absolutely appropriate for every occasion from a trip to the grocery store to a hot date, this soft scent is definitely on my list of must-haves, and if you are looking for a light, girlie fragrance, this spray should be on the top of your list also, especially for the spring and summer!

    Medical Makeup – CoverBlend

    Face it, sometimes you need more than just a light concealer, you need major coverage for skin discolorations, birthmarks, bruises, tattoos….you need a medical makeup.  Enter CoverBlend. This medical makeup provides great coverage and superior opacity, and works on all skin types.

    The best part? In addition to covering skin imperfections, CoverBlend also offers anti-aging benefits as well.

    Conceal, correct and protect…

    CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup SPF 20You probably already knew that a good concealer works wonders on skin imperfections such as dark eye circles and blemishes. But what about more major discolorations, port wine stains, birthmarks and even tattoos? Meet CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Cosmetics. This fab line aka as Medical Makeup helps create a flawless complexion on every skin type and provides superior, all-day coverage.

    Medical Makeup, Anti-Aging Benefits

    CoverBlend is also specially formulated with antioxidant-rich Polyhydroxy Acid Gluconolactone to soften fine lines and wrinkles, improve your skin tone and help diminish the visible signs of aging. Why not cover the age spots and acne scars while fighting the lines and wrinkles? Stellar idea! CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup promotes a smoother appearance while it conceals everything!

    And Sun Protection!

    Ok, medical makeup with anti-aging benefits and a sunscreen? Really, that’s like, all you need EVER, isn’t it? Yep, CoverBlend Makeup provides broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your delicate skin from the suns harmful rays. Outstanding coverage, formulated with a sunscreen and potent anti-aging benefits, from blemishes and birthmarks, to age spots, scars and uneven skin tones, with a variety of natural-looking shades available, you can conceal, treat and protect your skin with this long wearing makeup.

    Products available…. CoverBlend Multi-Function Concealer SPF 15, CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup SPF 20, CoverBlend Anti-Aging Powder or CoverBlend Corrective Leg and Body Makeup. Medical Makeup is especially opaque and great for covering port wine stains, birthmarks, tattoo coverage, acne / blemishes, acne scars, vitiligo, dark eye circles, discolorations, age spots, liver spots and more.