Madison Reed – Haircolor That Is Better For You (In More Ways Than One)

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This post is sponsored by Madison Reed; all opinions are my own and wholeheartedly genuine.

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In the past, I’ve been fairly anti-DIY when it comes to coloring your own hair. There are many factors that go into determining the proper shade including hair texture, porosity, percentage of gray hair, current shade level, desired shade level, and whether or not hair has been previously colored. I worry that people will choose the wrong color for their hair type and create a disaster that will need to be professionally corrected.

Despite my hesitations, I decided to give Madison Reed a shot after taking a look at their website. I had nothing to lose and I desperately needed a touch up. (Ha!) Not only did I find myself really impressed by both the product and the experience but I am really excited to share this product with you. After years of years of people asking me about home haircolor products, there is finally a line I can get behind!

So, what makes Madison Reed different? Learn what this innovative new company is doing differently and why their color is better for you followed by a quick demonstration and 50% OFF COUPON CODE after the jump. Continue reading

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Tip Tuesday: 5 Tips for a Faster Blow Dry

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I’m sad to report that it is November. Yep, it’s true; it’s November 5th even. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Chicago, it’s getting pretty nippy. When the temperatures drop, blow drying is essential. Don’t go out with a wet head! You’ll catch your death out there. (Mom moment officially over.)

It takes a bit of effort, I know. But with these 5 tips, you’ll be out the door in no time!

Five Tips for a Faster Blow Dry

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1. Use a microfiber towel. These magic towels are more absorbent then regular terrycloth. Wrap your fresh-from-the-shower hair up in one of these babies and wear it around for a bit to maximize the moisture-wicking goodness.

Try: Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towels

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2. Apply a product that speeds drying time. These products contain quick-dry ingredients that evaporate quickly, taking moisture with them.

Try: My Amazing Blow Dry Secret Quick Dry Shake’n Spray

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3. Use an ionic blow dryer. Ionic dryers generate negative ions, which help break up water molecules faster so they evaporate more quickly. The also help seal the cuticle for shinier, healthier hair.

Try: Sam Villa E.T.C. Light Professional Ionic Hair Dryer

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4. Start by rough drying your hair. Before you pick up a brush and get all fancy, just shake dry your hair to remove some of the moisture. Watch me do it here.

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5. When you are ready to start styling, use a ceramic vented brush and take small sections. You want the air to be able to penetrate the strands so several thin partings will take less time to dry than a few big fat ones. The vented brush will allow air to flow through and a ceramic base provides more negative ions to cut drying time and add shine.

Try: Sam Villa Thermal Styling Brushes

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Love Your Skincare Routine with Basq

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“If it isn’t a pure pleasure, why use it?”

I found this great question on Basq’s website. It’s so simple, but so true – your skincare routine should feel like a mini-indulgence rather than a chore.

The Basq NYC line of skincare products are made with high quality, effective ingredients like essential oils and plant extracts. What makes them particularly enjoyable to use, however, are the luxurious textures, pretty packaging, and delicate, gorgeous scents. All of their products are suitable for sensitive skin and have been tested for irritation and allergies without the use of animals. They are also free of questionable ingredients like parabens and phthalates.

I have been sampling three of their products over the last few weeks. I like them all so well, it’s difficult to pick a favorite. Here’s a little more information about each:

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Calm Firming Body Oil $18

I know I just said it’s difficult to pick, and it is, but this amazing moisturizer is totally my favorite of the three products. I know this because I dropped it last night and it smashed on the bathroom tile. I let out a pathetic scream-wail and then repeated, “no, no, no, no, no” before swearing loudly. So, I guess I like it. A lot. Here’s why…

This body oil absorbs quickly and leaves me feeling super soft and lightly scented with an incredible blend of lavender and pear. The fragrance alone is just reasoning to love it. As a bonus to my post-pregnancy belly (yes, still), it contains 100% pure plant oils including toning rosehip and grape seed.

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Cucumber Tea Eye Gel $24

Eye bags are my number one complaint about my skin so I love a good eye gel. This soothing gel contains cucumber and tea to combat puffiness while fighting fine lines and wrinkles. It has a pleasant cooling effect, especially when stored in the refrigerator.

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Rebalancing Facial Cleanser $28

This gentle scrub refines skin texture without stripping or irritating skin. It is formulated with mild astringent, oak root extract, to clarify skin and treat blemishes, blotchiness, and redness. The compound is rich in tannins, which draw out irritants without drying skin.

These products and other skincare offerings, a description of key ingredients, and a plethora of celebrity endorsements can be found at basqnyc.com.

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