InTruBeauty: April 2013



                                                                                                               

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Product of the Day: The Wet Brush

Contains Press Sample for Review

About:
The Wet Brush™ has become the #1 selling brush in the USA! Over the past few years it has developed a cult-like following, fueled by satisfied stylists and clients via word-of-mouth. The magic of the WetBrush™ is in the specially formulated IntelliFlex™ bristles. IntelliFlex™ bristles are thin, strong and very flexible. They have intelligent flexibility - flexible on one stroke and firm on the next. The adaptive flexibility of IntelliFlex™ eliminates all tugging, tearing, pulling and ripping. No split ends, no hair loss. It provides healthybrushing and detangling, creating the perfect transition from wash to style!

Colors include: Classic Black, Classic Pink, Classic Yellow, Classic Purple and Classic Blue
Price: $14, Availability: TheWetBrush.com

My thoughts:
  • Super cute design with lots of color options
  • Bristles are thinner than other brushes making them more flexible and bendable
  • I would brush one side of my head with the Wet Brush and the other side with a regular brush, both wet and dry
  • I noticed it was easier to get through tangles with the Wet Brush than my regular brush, however, noticed the most difference when my hair was dry
  • This brush bends easier with movement and so there is less tugging and less of a worry about damaging any strands
  • My hair dry is very curly and can be very tangled and I found this to work exceptionally, especially on dry hair. The difference between brushes on wet hair was more minimal. 
I received the brush in pink, so cute!
What are your thoughts on this? Are you looking for a better brush to get through your tangles without damage or tugging? I would definitely recommend checking out this brush.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bob Harper's Jumpstart to Skinny Challenge

Jumpstart to Skinny Blog Challenge {Inspire}


I'm ready to get in shape for Spring/Summer. How about you? I've been working out the last few weeks, but haven't seen the pounds start dropping yet. So when I saw Bob Harper (from the Biggest Loser) on Dr. Oz with a Jumpstart to Skinny plan, I knew I wanted in. I'm just getting started on it, but here is my plan and the basics you need to know before deciding if this is for you too.

Jumpstart to Skinny Basics
  • 3 cups of coffee per day, 1 right in morning
  • Fish oil with every meal
  • Plate always 40% healthy carbs, 40% lean protein, 20% healthy fats
  • 16 ounces of water before every meal 
  • 15 minutes of "Jumpstart" moves per day (see video below) 
  • Sample Meals (below)
Diet Details: 
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/bob-harper-jumpstart-recipes
(There is also a book for purchase)
Printable Recipe List:
 http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/bob-harper-jumpstart-recipes
Exercise Guide with videos (15 minutes/day):
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/bob-harper-workout

My Personal Plan for Success:
  • Workout 15 minutes per day, minimum. Workout 3 days a week for an hour. 
  • Walk to work instead of driving.
  • Stick to the diet as much as possible, but don't deny myself a craving once in awhile, keeping it as healthy as possible. If I restrict myself 100%, it is more likely I will give up.
  • Blog about my results each Friday for a "Fitness Friday" post with Justina's Gems to keep myself accountable and share my progress with you 
  • Get others to join our DietBet to increase my monetary motivation and help others get in shape too
  • Focus on health and how I feel more than the pounds. My health is my motivation.
  • Post inspiration on Instagram @intrubeauty with hashtag #fit2bfab
  • Reward myself with a new outfit or a treat after the 28 day challenge
Update:
I've been using the basics from Jumpstart to Skinny as well as a Clean Eating plan which I detail on my blog weekly. Here is my progress so far after 50 days, down 10 pounds. Make sure that you are following me so you don't miss up on my weightloss journey updates and results! 

So what do you think, are you in? What have you got to lose? (Besides Weight?) 

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Huge Collaboration Giveaway

It's time for another giveaway! The prize I am giving away is a lipgloss from Revolution Organics in the shade Freedom. This is an awesome giveaway that combines many other bloggers and their fantastic prizes. Read the terms and conditions of the giveaway in the Rafflecopter if you have any questions. There will be one prize per winner and the order that we draw winners will be the order the prizes are given. US only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Also check out my two other giveaways which are currently running, under the Current Giveaway tab.
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Friday, April 19, 2013

eSalon Review

 eSalon.com Customized Hair Dye 
http://www.esalon.com/

Do you go to the hair salon often to get your hair dyed because you don't trust yourself with a diy hair job? Do you want a great hair style but also want to save money? eSalon.com has created a product which I consider to be the middle ground between going to the hair salon and buying hair dye from a box. I have medium to long hair that is naturally curly and either salon dyed or dyed from a box (I alternate). Keep reading for my diy hair results and see how you can possibly save money with esalon.


About: 
  • eSalon was inspired by the idea that beautiful, quality hair color can be accessible without the uncertainties of retail products and the excessive expense of salons.
  • We take into account natural hair color, amount of gray hair, previous color applications, hairtexture and condition, desired color, and other variables, so you get custom formulated hair color that you could never get off the shelf. There are literally thousands of color possibilities available, and eSalon can provide the best match with a hair color formula and Personalized Instructions customized for each individual client.
  • The patent-pending technology enables individual customization on a large scale. Our hair colors are not pre-stocked. Every order is custom blended, bottled and packaged, then sent to the client as soon as it's completed.

The color purchased is a dark chocolate brown and it comes with all the tools and ingredients that you need, including a brush two sets of gloves and two mixtures.

First I started by mixing the two bottles on the far left together. I sectioned my hair into four different sections and clipped them up with alligator clips. I used the package which was included to avoid stains around the hairline. It is a petroleum gel type product which you may be familiar with if you go to the salon. Petroleum jelly would probably work fine as well. I then clipped one section down at a time and used my fingers and the included brush to apply the first mixture to just my root area. I then left this on for 10 minutes. 
Before & After
(see how I got my before blonde highlights diy here)

I then mixed the second bottle of color and waited 15 minutes before applying it to the rest of my hair which was still clipped up into four sections. Most box dyes come with just one dye you will mix so I got confused if the first mixture was just for roots and the second was just for the rest, which it was. And yes, I was sitting in my bathroom with brown dye all over watching youtube videos on how to do this, trying not to ruin my phone :) I kind of made a mess! I would suggest old clothes which are already stained or ruined (possibly from other dye experiences) and an old rug or carpet underneath and some old or stained towels. I have plenty of that stuff. 

Photo Credit: eSalon.com list of most popular colors

I found the directions kind of confusing. For instance one direction instructed me to apply the dye from the bottle I mixed in Step 3, however, I mixed two bottles in Step 3. But I think I got it right! If you're not use to dying your own hair, you may want to watch the videos first on youtube from esalon (probably not during the application as I did) and have a more experienced friend help you out. Any dye that did get on my skin was easy to remove. The package came with a stain lifter, but I didn't have to use that. It also came with a conditioner. 

Besides having to mix two different bottles, one for the roots and one for the rest of my hair I also found the next part odd. After letting the dye sit on my entire head for the instructed amount of time, the instructions tell you to take the remainder of the 2nd bottle of dye and mix water in equal parts to the dye and basically use that 1/2 dye, 1/2 water solution to wash your hair with, bringing it to a creamy suds. I've never done this when dying my hair. It also suggested to do this in the shower. I didn't know if this meant that you can actually completely get in the shower to wash with the 1/2 dye, 1/2 water mixture or not. Since I didn't want brown dye all over my body, I just knelt over the tub (awkwardly) and washed the mixture in with just my head in the tub. Then you are to rinse it out until the water runs clear and then use the conditioner. 
Left: With Flash, indoors. Right: Natural Sun, outdoors.

The main difference I noticed with this and regular box dye is just how rich the color is. Another awesome thing is that although my ends were bleached blond(er) from my last dye experience (see L'oreal Wild Ombre post), the color for the most part is even throughout. If you use dark box dye, it normally is hard to lift later and may leave the bottom layers or parts that had been previously bleached darker than the rest of your hair. I didn't have that issue. This retails for $19.95.

Overall, I'm VERY happy with my results. I don't think this is for the inexperienced or shy as it was probably the messiest dye kit I've ever used and came with some more detailed and complicated instructions. If you're more experienced, I find it to be an amazing alternative between cheap box dye and an expensive salon dye. 

What are your thoughts of the results I got? Would you ever try a customized diy dye like esalon?

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Smashbox Summer 2013

Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette & Brush ($48): 
Whether you’re creating a sweet, subtle look or a bold effect, this set of 10 shadow shades helps you make a major beauty statement. Developed with Smashbox Cosmetics’ ultra-luxe wet-dry formula, the shadows enhance your eyes for dramatic results. Housing shades ranging from soft pink to chocolate brown, the go-to palette lets you create versatile, seductive looks that raise the temperature. 

Smashbox CC cream in light, Heatwave palette eyeshadows, Smashbox halo blush in blissful

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream, ($42):
About:
A multi-benefit complexion-correcting cream that reduces the appearance of dark spots and enhances the natural radiance of the skin. Developed to help you achieve a flawless, luminous and camera-ready complexion, this pioneering fusion of skincare and makeup represents the next level of treatment cosmetics. Available Shades: Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Dark.

My shade is light

What sets the CC cream apart from other multi-purpose formulas? 
  • The Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30 – Dark Spot Correcting goes beyond priming, perfecting, hydrating and controlling oil in a single step to reduce the appearance of dark spots and effectively improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. 
  • Developed with a unique C-Phyte+ Complex, which contains Vitamins C and E to brighten and even skin tone and helps boost natural collagen production to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • This powerful complex is enriched with Fruit, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root , Apple and Cucumber Extracts to brighten and smooth skin and reduce inflammation, which is a cause of hyperpigmentation. SPF 30.
    Smashbox CC cream in light, Smashbox Halo blush in Blissful and 
    Smashbox Megatint Long wear in Mimosa
My thoughts:
Heatwave Palette
  • These shadows are super creamy and pigmented. There are a couple on the bottom row, the darker blue and the purple that didn't come off as deep as I would've hoped, but all in all, this palette is a win.
  • This palette contains shades that I normally wouldn't think to reach for, but I'm actually loving that they are a mixture of pastels, shimmers and matte colors. I'm loving the two blue-ish grey shades which makes blue truly wearable for so many different people. 
  • There is a great selection of colors and infinite ways to pair these together. I've been mainly using the two blues on the lid with the gold in the inner corner and the shimmery pink as a highlight and bringing the deeper blue color down to the lower lash line. I've been pairing it with shimmery brown liners.
CC Cream
  • I've only used this twice so I can't speak to long term benefits quite yet. This is a little thicker and creamier than some BB creams I've tried and most foundations. I would say coverage is medium but it does not feel heavy on the skin. 
  • The light color looks a little darker coming out of the tube but it blends in quite nicely with my skin and has enough coverage to cover imperfections without looking caked on. It maintains a quite natural look.
Also as part of Smashbox's Summer 2013 collection, check out the Heat Wave Lip Gloss Set ($29): Drench lips in luscious shine with Smashbox Cosmetics’ silky, glossy, gorgeous lip must-have. Available in four shades, the juicy glosses saturate lips in the season’s hottest hues.

What are your thoughts on these items? Aren't they all gorgeous? Don't forget to enter my two giveaways going on now under the "Current Giveaway" tab to win an eDiva clear organizer ($297) or 1 of 5 bottles of Lady Gaga's Fame perfume!
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