Stacy B here! I'm not sure how to start off this post right now. Yet again, we have an unspeakable tragedy hanging over us, and makeup posts seem insignificant. But we must move on with our lives in order to restore some normalcy while dealing with tragedies.
Marathon Monday is ingrained in a Bostonian's brain from a very young age and is hard to really explain to those who have never experienced it. It's the start of spring, happier days, warmer weather, no more threats of snow, leaves budding, flowers blooming, people emerging from their winter caves, the Red Sox, school's out, BBQs, parties, friends, beers, sports on all day, runners, wheelchair racers, pace cars, legendary athletes, TV coverage, and for 26 miles, the best the human mind and body can offer.
And for those of us that live along the race route (I'm at mile 3!) the above is magnified a million times. There's a buzz in the air that only a true New Englander who's survived yet another long, cold, winter can truly understand. It's the season of optimism, hope and pride. And warm sun! And now, that day will be forever tainted.
I will not go into details, I'm sure you know them all. But I can tell you this. Boston will not crumble. This day will return in all its glory next year, with more pride, passion and love than ever. And we will get the person that shattered our perfect day. My husband worked through college at the store where the first bomb went off, and watched the marathon from that spot many times. I can't begin to express how grateful I am that we have not gone into the city for years, thanks to my two little boys. They give us an excuse to stay in the calmer suburbs! The hunny has vowed to run next year in support, and defiance. I am scared, but I want him to do it. I want everyone to do it to prove that this city will not back down!
I have no good transition here, so I'm going to jump right in to less important topics. My hair! Last week I told you about Tresemme's Keratin Smoothing Treatment and said I'd be trying the shampoo and conditioner from the same line. Well, I did. And it's not bad.
My hair is not one to be messed with (much like my fellow Bostonians) so I hesitate to jump into new things. This was surprisingly good. My hair has been smooth, frizz-free and manageable for the last week or so. That's something to be said! It's getting really long and hard to deal with again, despite a cut a few weeks ago. It just grows so fast, especially as the weather gets warmer. This set has kept me from that awful sticky, thick feeling. It's been fairly easy to dry and style and my style holds all day. I'm not sure I want to permanently switch from my previous brand, but I would say this was just about equally as successful. So since I have a lot of thick hair, the build up happens every few months. I'd be comfortable enough with Tresemme to swtich back and forth.
Stacy B here! It's spring! Well, sort of. I still have to bundle the kids in hats and mittens in the mornings, but the afternoons are starting to warm up! I swear I heard birds this morning.
I really want to be able to turn my heat off soon, it's been a few months of processed heat and dry air and it's taken a toll. My hair was acting up big time a few weeks ago, and I knew it was time for a change. My hair is very thick and wavy so when it feels sticky after drying it straight in no humidity, I know it's time for something new. If you have thick hair, you know what I mean by sticky...that feeling that your hair is clumping together and getting heavier and heavier. No matter how much you straighten it, brush it, blow it out, it just feels weighted down and stuck together.
When I get that feeling, it's one of two things. I need a cut (which I knew I was due) or my product has built up and I need to do some sort of cleanse or switch up my products. So, since I love my products now, I went for the cut option. In theory, it was a great cut. Long layers, thinned out, a little weight taken out of it...but the next day, I still had that heavy, flat feeling. Off to try some new product!
I've been hearing a lot about Keratin treatments (anyone who's had one, fill me in! Did you like it, hate it, love it??) so I thought I'd try a product that advertised itself as "infused with keratin" so I could test the waters. I didn't want to totally change my whole routine, so I stuck with my normal shampoo and subbed out my normal straightening serum for Tresemme's Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum.
It took almost 3 pumps of this stuff to get through all my thick hair, but it smoothed in very nicely. The serum was more liquid than I thought it would be, so I had to be careful not to let it run between my fingers and onto the floor. But I liked that, because it didn't feel like I was adding any weight to my hair and it felt like it blended in well and got to every piece of hair. This didn't add to my drying time (which I found some heavier products can do), and definitely made a difference.
My hair was less sticky and heavy, and moved a bit more. It felt a little smoother than normal, although I didn't notice any extra shine at all. And since it's still very low humidity out here in the Northeast, I can't tell you if it passed the frizz test. But, it accomplished what I wanted it to, my hair feels light, swishy, manageable and it held my style all day. While I'm sad to see my old product get moved to the back of the shelf, this is a good replacement. And knowing my hair, in a few months, this will become built up and I'll have to switch back. But I've been doing that my whole life, so my products know to just wait for their turn in the rotation!
Meg hair! You want to know what stinks? When you're five years old in a sandbox and everyone else in the group picture has cute ponytails and you have tufts on your head and your grandfather refers to you as "his little Ed Asner."
Being bald due to cancer must be terrible. I mean, you have cancer, so there are bigger issues. I never had cancer. I was just bald because God has a very good sense of humor and that's life.
Now, I have long, luscious hair. Amazing. It only took 10 orphans in a poor Indian village to get it. So, win? Win?
I can lie and tell you if you use this product your hair will grow. It doesn't. I spend the GDP of a poor nation on my tresses. Because I am on TV and I HAVE TO. Those long full locks with a slight curl on the end? Yes, they're as natural as my full C+ boobies and plump upper lip.
Jessica comes to my house after I've spent $300 on new, auburn Indian hair. She has to remove all of the old stuff. It gets ratty. I've got my extensions out and now she is coloring the remaining pieces I have in. She has to, we have to make the new hair perfectly match. It's step one in a process that will take hours and almost $1,000 a month. I think I'm JLo.
Full hair is sexy, full hair equates youth and health and vitality. Full hair has always eluded me, until I took the hit to my wallet and decided "full hair" was worth it.
Meg hair! A few months back I wrote about my visit to The fabulous Leonor Greyl Institute in Paris. Leonor Greyl is France's premier luxury hair care brand it is growing quickly here in the U.S.
I made my way to the Leonor Greyl Institue for one of their signature Hair Spa Treatments. I really don't understand why more salons here in the U.S. offer these relaxing (and the results! Woohoo!) experiences. I know we have a bunch of international readers so if you have something similar in your area, I'd love to hear!
If a picture says a thousand words then this YouTube will say a few million. It's really easy for me to describe how amazing my treatment was, but sometimes it is just easier to watch it for yourself.
The women in the beginning of the video is the wonderful Caroline Greyl. I'm sure you've put two and two together and figued it out, but that is Leonor's daughter. Caroline runs the ship over there and once you get a few glasses of wine in her, she's more fun than Disneyworld.
If you haven't had a chance to try these products-you must. I would suggest you start with the Holy Grail product Huile De Palme if oil isn't "your thing" you could always try Allure's Best In Beauty Winner Shampooing Reviviscence. All of their products are exceptional and find their way on the world's most famous manes. You know what's on tour right now with Madonna? I mean besides a hot 20 someting Latino? Yup, Leonor Greyl products. The list of celebrities that can't live without these items is a mile long. In fact, in this weeks issue of People Magazine, Emma Stone is styled to perfection with Leonor Greyl's cult Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice.
Meg hair! My friend Dawn over at BeautyFrosting.com has turned me on to Tresemme's Style Studio. I am not one for how to You Tube's. Honestly, they annoy me. I can never seem to duplicate the "effortless" looks that those guru's show. Don't even get me going on the "hauler girls." Yes, amazing. You bought shoes for 20% off at Steve Madden, I don't give a rat's ass. Then I am shocked to see like a million views on YouTube so apparently, I'm in a minority. Wouldn't be the first time right?
When Dawn was telling me that I should check out Tresemme's Style Studio, I wasn't prepared to be impressed. First off, there are few things in life that annoy me more than my hair (second one is punctuality, I am ALWAYS on time. I have a panic attack if I think I'm even 5 minutes late.) Generally, if I am at the drugstore and in need, I do pick up Tresemme. Their products do work really well. I'm currently loving their Extra Firm Hold Hairspray AND I LOVE THAT THEY DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS!Even though Prudence has been a little naughty lately. The new roommate has been calling her "RUDEnce" lately.
Any how, I just spent the last 30 minutes on the new Tresemme Style Studio. Since I am accused of having A.D.D. constantly, this is quite a testament. The site is laid out really well. Extremely easy. If you have hair you can do this. I think that the tutorials are step by step and the camera zooms in so you can actually see what the heck they're creating. The longest one I watched was just over 3 minutes so even with my fruit fly attention span, I can watch and learn through the entire process.
I'm totally trying this Bombshell look for my next hot date (or any date-can someone call me?) They even have a handy mirror app that your web cam has. You can work right along, side by side, with the pro. GENIUS!
As if that's not enough, there are over 100 how to videos. But not from a shrill 22 year-old OMG! The categories are pointed specifically for your hair type and then you can search by style or even occassion, in case you need some ideas or inspiration. Tresemme even shows you the exact products that they use and how to exactly use them. It's pretty great knowing that none of these are going to break the bank.
I love when companies are actually trying to help us and not just "sell" us. I feel like they want me to look great and since I am hair challenged, they want to empower me! They love me and we are really BFF's right now and OMG Look at my Steve Madden's!
Meg hair! Isla Fisher showed up on the red carpet with a sophisicated side braid that's on trend for easy holiday hair. I'm not talented with hair. I usually just do the hot rollers while I put my face on and call it a day. Leonor Greyl Creative consultant, Marki Shkrelli brakes Isla's look down in steps easy enough for even me to follow. If I can replicate this look then no doubt you can to! Here are Shkreli's tips...
Meg here! I've been shouting it from the roof tops so I'm glad there's even more U.S. validation for our favorite luxury shampoo Leonor Greyl's Shampooing Reviviscence. The holy book of beauty, Allure Magazine has picked it as it's top luxury shampoo touting "a riot of oils that absolutely spoi hair!"
The Parisians have known the benefits of Leonor Greyl for over 40 years. When I was in Paris it was a no brainer that I would take a trip to see where it all happens. I took myself off to Leonor Greyl's Institute. If you're going to do Paris you might as well go where the tres chic get tres coiffed. The treatments offered go way beyond the standard cut and color. There's an actual treatment room where oils and hair recipes are painstakingly applied. Think a spa for your scalp.
I went back into the treatment room where my follicles were fully examined. This was no casual affair. There were mixing bowls and a meticulous diagnosis designed to heal exactly what was ailing my lackluster tresses.
It was both intense yet relaxing as I literally "handed my head over." Between the thick moistrizers being applied and the serene music being pumped, it was a complete spa experience. For your scalp.
The periodic head massages during my application made me so relaxed I started to nod off at a few points. At the end of my treatment, my hair was shiny and full of bounce. I was thoroughly relaxed and just left wondering "why the heck don't salons in America offer these treatments?" Really, it's like scalp shiatsu and the deep conditioning treatment left my hair gorgeous.
Things that make you go hmmmm. This wouldn't be a weekly jaunt but it would be a fabulous monthly splurge. If you don't have a trip to Paris coming up in your near future, no worries, you can bring the splurge stateside. Right in your shower, I'm not advising you to use Leonor Greyl's Shampooing Reviviscence EVERYDAY, because it is a splurge. Plus, I always like to shake it up a little bit with the shampoos. I'm not the only that notices if you use the same product day in and day out on your hair, it seems to stop working.
A little goes a long way, it is so emoliient and is packed with so many essential oils you only need a dab. Also, don't apply it below your ears! Just keep it really saturated on the top of your scalp and the conditioning oils will run through to your ends.
There's a reason celebrities from Jenifer Aniston to Madonna, all keep Leonor Greyl in their beauty arsenals. It works, it's natural and it's definite luxury.
Beauty editors of every major magazine have been touting the Leonor Greyl line as a "Must Have." I'm really glad the word is getting out to those beyond the gilded gates.
It's Sunday, I still have a ton of work left and a dinner meeting. Last week was nonstop from the second I got off the plane and while this week isn't as quite insane, it' s far from quiet. I know I'm not alone here. Especially when I hear you mother's talk, it seems like a shower or tub is the only break we are getting where the phone isn't ringing (LA is more of a text town) or dinging.
Stacy B here! You all know I recently had a baby (my second son) so I've been pretty consumed with all things baby lately. I've tried to keep my posts relatively baby-free, I am, after all, still a woman who wants to look and feel good just as much as the next hot chick. But, babies really suck the attention to them like Target sucks the money out of my wallet.
So, I'm giving in. I'm reviewing a great baby product this week. Then next week, I promise, no baby talk. My justification here is that first, it's a great product and second, I know that a lot of you use baby products for overly sensitive skin because they tend to be gentler and less chemical filled.
I've written about Sebamed before, a leader in ultra mild cleansing and skin care products. This company uses the science behind the pH balance in our skin to produce quality products for different skin ailments. I have been very lucky to have good skin, a little dry in the winter, but other than that, nothing I really need to address. But I really like this line because it's healthy, it works, and it has a great clean, fresh scent. I don't NEED to use it, but I want to. I have a hand and nail balm at my desk at work that I use a lot, especially in the winter.
My son had really bad cradle cap for a few months. His scalp was really oily and his poor skin, around the hairline especially, broke out in a terrible rash. We were instructed to 'dunk him daily, and soap him every third day" by our doctor. We used a very mild baby wash and were told to use Aveeno Baby on his skin. Within a few days, his skin looked great, but the cradle cap would not go away. It was weeks before I finally started picking at it (gross, I know, but it was really bad and I just wanted it gone) and using some baby oil to loosen it up. It started to clear and then after another week or so, it seemed like there were a few patches of stubborn dry skin that wouldn't go away.
Then I found Sebamed's Children's Shampoo.. I'm just going to cut and paste from the website here because this was exactly what I was looking for. Something mild, sensitive, gentle, but that works.
"For the delicate scalp and fine hair of babies and children from birth to adolescence. Baby sebamed Children's Shampoo with its pH value of 5.5 promotes the development of the scalp's physiological acid mantle. The 100% soap and alkali free mild emollient formula is the ideal care for the hair and scalp of babies and children. Its gentle cleansing action minimize the risk of dryness or irritation due to the excellent skin tolerance."
Because it was extra gentle and I was tired of those last bits of gross cradle cap on my perfect little baby head, I used it three days in a row. I'm not kidding when I tell you this, it was like he was born all over again. Every spot of cradle cap was gone, his scalp was smooth, SO soft and clear and by the third day, there was a whole new layer of peach fuzz that was probably stiffled under the cradle cap. It didn't cause a rash, and smelled like that intoxicating baby smell everyone loves. Which is better than what oily cradle cap smells like in the hot summer days... a foot. That's right, my kid smelled like a foot for a while. Luckily, he's really cute. :)
"I tried the Leonor Greyl Bain Volumatueur that you told me I had to have! I didn't work it right? What did I do wrong? You said that it would lift and add volume to my thin hair? What's going on Meg?"
What's going on is I didn't explain how to use it correctly and you used it like a "normal shampoo." It has different rules, the Eiffel Tower is not a simple "tower." The Sistine Chapel is not a mere "chapel," Leonor Greyl shampoo is not just "shampoo."
Here is what you need to know in simple terms about Leonor Greyl and I will explain exactly how to get AMAZING results with Bain Volumatueur Shampoo for your thin, flat hair. Then I will send you to a new flash site www.gloss48.com where TODAY YOU CAN PURCHASE LEONOR GREYL FOR 30% OFF WITH AN ADDITIONAL $10 off Leonor Greyl products CODE: MMGREYL10
1. LEONOR GREYL BAIN VOLUMATUEUR IS NOT GOING TO LATHER AND GET ALL "SUDSY." WHY?
Suds are bad. That's the simple answer. If you don't want to take my word for it here is the reason suds are bad. SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfates is really awful for you. If you have anything in your shower with it, I'd toss it. THE ONY THING IT PROVIDES IS SUDS, "suds" give the illusion of being clean. "Suds" are created by SLS, which is so cheap companies add it into products for an inexpensive "foam." In reality, the SLS is stripping your hair color. If you have an itchy scalp, redness/itch around the mouth-thank your friend SLS which will leave you SOL.
2. HOW DO I RINSE LEONOR GREYL SHAMPOOS? WHY CAN'T I JUST STICK MY HEAD UNDER THE SHOWER?
There is an art to this process. There are so many essential oils in Leonor Greyl shampoos you never need to work it into your hair below your ears. They are so jam packed with oils and vitimans that the water is just going to bounce off the shampoo if you don't follow this process.
a. IT'S SUPER CONCENTRATED: No more than a quarter size amount, nickel size, I find to be sufficient. Put only at your roots.
b. CUP THE WATER INTO YOUR HANDS AND WORK: Really rinse with your fingers that shampoo, the oils will saturate and infiltrate, not only cleansing your scalp but nourishing your entire hair, all the way down to the ends. The key is really saturating and diluting this strong serum.
c. SPECIAL, SECOND STEP FOR Bain Volumatueur: It's so nice we do it twice. Yes, do the above 2x for the full volume to kick it. This Volumatueur works 2x as hard to bring you volume. The first step is to cut through bad oils and residue build up that fine and thin hair suffers from. The second time it works directly at your roots injecting a volume blast. This is for the most optimum results. Trust me.
3. I CAN'T FIND A LEONOR GREYL CONDITIONER? WHY IS THAT AND WHAT'S WITH ALL THEIR "MASQUES?"
Leonor Greyl was started 45 years ago in Paris and people in Paris are fancy. "Conditioner" does not sound nearly as glamorous or Parisian as "Masque" (see where I'm I'm going with this?) Masque Fleurs de Jasmin is great for all hair types and smells amazing to all nose types. Same with all of the masques! Here is the best way to use them
a. DONT "MASQUE" ABOVE THE EARS!: This is serious silkening and nourishment power. You don't want to weigh any hair down and as we previously discussed. The shampoos are so nourishing there is no need to "masque" above your lobes. So yes, put it in your shower and use it as a "condtioner" but you're tres sophisticated so we "masque."
b. YOU CAN LEAVE IT IN AS A TRADITIONAL MASQUE: Yes, it smells like Heaven (so I've been told) again, just on your ends. I like to occasionally sleep in it, a little goes a long way and your ends will feel amazing.
LEONOR GREYL HUILE DE PALME? WHAT IS THIS? IS JEN ANISTON REALLY OBSESSED WITH IT? DID YOU HONESTLY RISK NOT ONLY YOUR HEAD BUT ALSO THE HEAD OF YOUR INNOCENT ROOMMATES AND MAIN GAY WITH A TRIP TO THE ER?
Holy Grail product, Jen Aniston uses it constantyl and yes. Yes, I sure did, before you judge me. Let me explain and ask if you too would risk it?
a. Leonor Greyl Huile De Palme changes the game for A-List hair: It's an oil that you put in (I like it the night before-doesn't ruin the pillow case, smells fab.) It has so many benefits. You just need a dime size amount. Distribute it through your hair. It prolonges color, provides protection from all the elements, nourishes and even defends against chlorine.
b. JEN ANISTON? Chris McMillin, her hair guru (he started The Rachael) let it slip to Star Magazine that she uses it religiously and the phones over at Leonor Greyl blew up. Everyone has a Mane Gay!
c. YOU MADE YOUR ROOMATES/MAIN GAY RUB THEIR HEADS ON THE FLOOR AND RISK INJURY? Yes. I did. I mean they had the option not to do it, but they're not fools. You see, I realized that I had these products in the powder room and I had not told them how to use it, or the benefits and I felt badly that their hair was not what all it could be. I had to teach them to fish. Imagine if I was your roomie and you had this in your shower and had no idea the benefits? That would make me a terrible roommate, a dastardly friend!
I sat Kristen, Lisa and Denny around our diningroom table with all of our Leonor Greyl products on it. I painstakingly went through the entire line, the ingredients, the instructions, the celebrities that love them. They were a captivated audience, they asked all the right questions and "oohed and aawed" over the scents and textures. With a glass of pinot noir in my right hand I lifted (like that scene in The Lion King where Simba is held up to the Animal Kingdom, or the picture where Michael Jackson lifted baby Blanket out the hotel window for the paparazzi.) I said, "here it is! The item we have all been waiting to hear about! Leonor Greyl Huille de Palme!" It was dramatic, it was glorious and then, in slow motion our faces turned to panic as we saw me drop the magical bottle. The answer to all of our hair's problems made a cracking sound as the bottle shattered on my diningroom table with precious oil spilling onto the hardwood floors!
"HIT THE DECK!" I yelled. As I grabbed the ends of my hair, got down on my knees and doing my best to avoid glass chunks, began soaking my hair on the oil on the floor. Did the other three look at me like I was insane? NO. I had to move over as all three of them joined me. Each of us on our knees, on the floor, avoiding glass shards and soaking our hair with Huille de Palme. It was like Jennifer Aniston's follicles had possessed us and we had no control, we were desperate for a "perfect hair day."
BEST HAIR DAY EVER! Those were the comments my roomates left on my facebook wall the next day and no one was cut, no trip to the ER and my hardwood, dining room floor has a very shiny, gorgeous sheen in the spot it was dropped. When I am a very rich woman I will be throwing out the Pine Sol and mopping with Leonor Greyl Huille de Palme. It really has so many uses!
If I haven't sold you on Leonor Greyl's products then you can't be sold or can't read. The last a long time, are amazing and are a bit pricey (a little truly goes a long way but I'm going to help you out and point you in a direction where you can really save!) Try it out and see without a big financial risk.