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Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse Review

This Michigan summer has been a hot one - 90 degree temperatures and high humidity! It feels like Florida!

In order to keep my hair somewhat tame in this humidity, I've been testing a lot of different products...smoothing cremes, anti-humidity serums, hairspray...the list goes on.  After two days of not washing my hair, it would be pretty weighed down by product, so when I washed it, I knew I had to take an extra step to get all of the built up product out.

I recently got the chance to try out Beautiful Nutrition's Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment. Lemon Rinse is a gentle clarifying treatment you can use after you shampoo and condition your hair. It helps to rinse away product buildup and helps with frizz and dullness. 

I used this product for over a month, on average one to two times a week, and my hair felt super clean afterwards. I would use my normal shampoo and conditioner, and then coat my hair with this rinse. I'd leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it out. The product is clear, and has a thicker liquid consistently (see picture below). I've been using this for a month and I still have a lot left. I would estimate that a 13 oz bottle would last around 4 months (when using it 1-2 times a week). And although it doesn't last after I blow dry my hair, the lemon scent is so refreshing - perfect for a morning pick me up! 

I've used previous cleansers that would make my hair super dry, and this one definitely did not. I also noticed that my 'second day hair' was less greasy, and I didn't have to use dry shampoo. According to, other potential benefits include: shine, seals cuticles, maintains healthy scalp, prevents frizz, and seals moisture. It's great for all hair types, including color-treated hair.

You can find Beautiful Nutrition's Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment at and it retails for $10. carries a variety of haircare and wellness products. Visit their site and let me know which products you want to try out in the comments below!

Thank you to Beautiful Nutrition for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Giveaway Break - Bosley Hair Moisture Masque

Yesterday I posted about how much I love Bosley Moisture, you can enter to win one for yourself! 


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This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, July 13th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Bosley Moisture Masque Review

After this harsh winter I feel like I've been playing catch up taking care of my hair and skin...they've been so dry! I was on a mission to focus on my hair for the past few months, and tested out Bosley Professional Strength Healthy Hair Moisture Masque.

I love this stuff. I've been using it about 3-4 times a week. I'll first shampoo my hair, rinse, and then apply this conditioner from the roots to the ends. I like to try and let it stay on for about 5 minutes in the shower, and then I rinse it out.

I love how this moisture masque makes my hair feel. Now that it's getting humid in Michigan, I usually fear frizziness during the day, but I haven't had problems when using this. It also doesn't make my hair too soft or oily to style, and can usually still go a day without washing when using this product.

According to the site, this masque contains a 'blend of mango and shea butters, with Brazilian palm tree and avocado oils, adding rich moisture and shine.' It also includes red wine extract to help with antioxidant protection, LifeXtend complex to help nourish hair and ColorKeeper complex to help prolong and protect color. 

This masque is pretty thick, and smells really good. You can definitely tell this a salon quality product, which I love. It's like having a spa day, every day! You can find it at salons, HSN and Ulta stores, and retails for $24.95. You can find a store near you that carries Bosley by using the store finder on their site

Is your hair still recovering from the harsh winter? If so, what are you doing to help revive it?

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

Dove Hair Care Review Follow Up

Back in September I did a review of Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. I've continued to use this pair as part of my hair care regimen, and I can really tell a difference in my hair. After styling it looks much more softer and healthier (I previously had issues with dryness). 

My new hair condition also prompted me to try some new styles. Before, my hair was so dry, I didn't want to expose it to more heat than I already do with a flat iron. But now that its full of moisture, I wanted to try out the wavy bob look (totally inspired by Hannah from Pretty Little Liars). 

Voila! What do you think? I have some work to do on perfecting it but I think I'm off to a pretty good start, considering that I haven't used a curling iron in about 20 years! I blew my hair dry straight and then sectioned it off with clips. I started with the back and then worked my way forward, wrapping medium size sections of hair around my curling iron. After I was done curling I brushed all of the curls out. They came out very bouncy and soft! I finished it off with a spritz of hairspray.

Dove is sharing the love with Lipgloss Readers, offering up free samples from the Dove Hair Care product line to the first 500 entrants. Enter here!
Dove understands that having beautiful, healthy-looking hair gives you the confidence to feel your best. Whether your hair is dry or damaged, Dove has a tailor-made solution for your hair care needs. After just one wash hair is shiny, healthy-looking and full of life. Thanks to Dove, you can look and feel beautiful from the inside out.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dove via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove.

Dove Intensive Repair Haircare Review

All of my life I’ve been obsessed with Dove products. I’ve used Dove body bars and body wash as long as I can remember (a 12pack of Dove body bars is usually in my cart every other Costco trip I make). Multiple dermatologists have told me that Dove’s Deep Moisturizer body wash is best to use for my eczema, so I use it pretty religiously.

Over the years Dove has really expanded their product offerings. I recently tried out Dove’s Intensive Repair hair care line and really liked it! Its creamy texture is just like the Body Wash.  It also has a really clean scent just like the body wash. 

Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner system contains Keratin Repair Activates, and according to, it “repairs proteins at the cellular level.” I know, super scientific, so let’s break down the other benefits…according to, this line:

  • Strengthens hair and prevents split ends
  • Leaves hair silky to the touch and easy to manage and style
  • Contains gentle everyday moisture and doesn’t weigh hair down

After using Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner my hair not only felt clean, but it was super soft and manageable. Normally I struggle getting a comb through my towel dried hair, but after using this conditioner and towel drying, the comb just glided through my hair.

Since I highlight my hair I like to use hair products that are geared for reviving tired and dry hair. Dove's Intensive Repair line is focused on fighting breakage and split ends, basically the most intense damage you can imagine. I definitely feel my hair is in good hands with this line. 

If you want to try out some Dove products for yourself, you have a chance! Enter Dove's Great Hair Affair Sweepstakes. There are thousands of prizes up for grabs!
Dove understands that having beautiful, healthy-looking hair gives you the confidence to feel your best. Whether your hair is dry or damaged, Dove has a tailor-made solution for your hair care needs.  After just one wash hair is shiny, healthy-looking and full of life. Thanks to Dove, you can look and feel beautiful from the inside out.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dove via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove.

L’Oreal Triple Resist Haircare

From years of highlighting and heat styling, my hair has had it's fair share of damage. I always like to take extra special care of it between styles and highlighting, so that it stays healthy for a long time to come. Here are some healthy hair rules I try to follow....
  • I try not to wash my hair everyday. I know, I know, it sounds difficult and no one likes oily hair, but when I skip a day of washing, I'm allowing my natural hair oils to build up and nourish my scalp. On days I don't wash I use a dry shampoo to soak up oil and to restyle.
  • I only use fabric covered elastic hair ties for my pony tail. Rubber hair ties are more likely to pull and/or break your hair when you take them out.
  • I get frequent haircuts and/or trims. Get rid of those dead ends!
  • I use hair care lines that help strengthen hair, like L'Oreal Triple Resist. Make your hair products work for you!
The L'Oreal Triple Resist products work together to help reinforce your hair from root to core to tip. This line contains concentrated Arginine-K Complex, which is like an amino acid, and reinforces hair fibers to promote healthy hair growth. 

I've been using the L'Oreal Triple Resist Shampoo, Conditioner and Ultimate Strength Solution for a little over a week and I can tell a visible difference in my hair. It's much softer and the ends don't get frizzy after styling. 

I use the shampoo and conditioner in the shower, and I use the Ultimate Strength Solution on my wet hair, before styling. I apply this very generously, making sure I spray all layers of my hair. I gather the sides of my hair in my hand, and spray the ends up close (which I think helps smooth my ends out while blow drying). I also lift my top layers up so I can spray close to my roots. I then take a comb through my hair to help distribute the product. As an added bonus, the products smell great and the scent lasts throughout the day.

You can find L'Oreal Triple Resist at your local drugstore or buy online at

You can also try out L'Oreal Triple Resist line thanks to Glam. Visit this link to get a free sample! First 500 sign-ups will get a sample. 
Get instant results and lasting transformation with Advanced Haircare Triple Resist from L'Oreal Paris. The triple action power of the formulas with concentrated Arginine reinforces strands and helps hair resist breakage. Change the life of your hair.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by L’Oreal Paris via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of L’Oreal Paris.

What's in my Beach Bag? Alterna Bamboo Beach Collection

alterna bamboo beachIt's always a bummer coming out of the lake or pool with tangled, ratty hair. I always try to keep a large comb and hair products in my bag in case I don't have time to shower and blow dry my hair after swimming. Most recently, I've been keeping Alterna's Beach Bamboo collection in my beach bag to help tame my hair after a day on the lake.

After I'm done swimming, I'll spray my hair with Alterna Bamboo Beach Sun Recovery spray and comb through with a large tooth comb. Once my tangles are out I'll spray on Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves spray and scrunch my hair with my hands. Voila, beachy waves!

Both products smell amazing. Light scent of coconut and a little fruitiness. The Summer Ocean Waves spray is really light and doesn't make your waves super 'crunchy' like some curl enhancers do. Both products are free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic colors.

You can find Alterna's Bamboo Beach line on their site, &

Have you rocked the 'beachy waves' look this yet this summer? What was in your beach bag this past weekend?

Nexxus Youth Renewal Elixir

Years of highlighting and sun have definitely taken a toll on my hair. At 31 years old, I've been shifting my focus away from products that strip my hair clean and enhance my highlights, to products that help reverse the signs of aging. This is why I was excited to try out Nexxus Rejuvenating Elixir from their Youth Renewal line.

The Nexxus Youth Renewal line has a shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, blow dry spray and an elixir. Each product is suppose to help combat 8 signs of aging hair: volume loss, breakage, roughness, less shine, dryness, brittleness, unruliness and loss of color vibrancy. I experience both brittleness and dryness the most, and I can tell that I am starting to have volume loss.

After washing my hair, I followed the bottle's directions and I put 4 drops (okay, maybe 5) in my hair, focusing on both the roots and the ends. I combed through to make sure it was evenly distributed and then I dried my hair. I could definitely tell a difference in how my hair dried. My hair looked shinier even after one use, so I'm looking forward to starting using this 3-4 times a week to get all of the benefits. Two added bonuses: it's small enough to travel with and has a fun fruity scent.

Along with anti-aging products, you can also do the following to help protect your hair:
 - Wear a hat or scarf if you'll be outside in the sun for awhile.
 - Don't wash your hair every day. I know it sounds weird, but it's good for hair to build up natural oils.
 - Frequently trim your hair to get rid of dead ends.
 - Go easy on the hot styling tools. If you have to blow dry and straighten your hair, use a heat protection product.

Interested in trying out Nexxus for yourself? It's your lucky day! Fill out this form to receive a sample for yourself! Hurry up, only 500 samples available! 
NeXXus Youth Renewal combats 8 signs of aging hair. Our Vita-8 Complex helps improve color radiance, shine, strength, and volume, as well as reduce frizz.

--> Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Unilever via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Unilever Nexxus.

L'Occitane Radiance & Color Care Mask

 I'm always on the hunt for a new hair conditioner. My hair has become so dry over the years. From highlights to sunlight, I'm not the nicest to my hair, so I like to invest in and try out new conditioners and hair treatments.

I received a sample of L'Occitane's Radiance & Color Care collection mask and love it! It's so creamy and rich and I love the way it soaks into my hair when I apply it in the shower. You're only suppose to use it once a week but I use it about two times a week and have loved the results. I apply this in the shower after shampooing and leave it on for as long as I can (I use a quarter size amount each use). It's the last thing I rinse before getting out of the shower. 

My hair is visibly softer and smoother when I use this mask. Even after blow drying and flat ironing my hair it still looks soft. My mom even asked 'what have you done differently with your hair?'! The mask has a light scent to it, with a hint of rose. 
Have you tried any of L'Occitane's hair care line yet? If so, what did you think?

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

Mane Teeze Hair Perfume Review

If you have ever...
skipped a day of washing your hair, or
skipped a hair wash after a workout at the gym, or
dreaded the smell of your hair after attending a hibachi restaurant....this product is for you.

I'm talking about Mane Teeze hair perfume. This is not a regular perfume. Mane Teeze contains higher concentrates than regular perfumes, but is still very gentle for use on your hair. The long lasting scent is noticeable for up to 12 hours. I have witnessed this! I sprayed this in my hair at 7am and my hairstylist said my hair smelled great when she started my highlights 10+ hours later.

Owners of Blow Dry Bar, Melanie Groom and Tara McIntyre, recognized they were missing a piece of the hair styling category. In order to fill this void, they created Mane Teeze by T&M. Check out their site, these two ladies look like so much fun!

I was fortunate to get a sample of Social Butterfly, which is a vanilla and coconut scent. Definitely reminds me of summer scents. Just two sprays lasted the whole day.

There are two other scents, Black Widow & Haut Mess. Black Widow is a dark amber scent, and Haut Mess is a mix of chocolate, caramel and dessert like scents (yum!). Ideally I'd keep one in my gym bag and one at home. I've taken mine on all of my business trips in the last month - it's TSA size approved!

They retail at $34 for 50 ml and can be purchased from I think a bottle this size will last a long time. I know I'm going to savor every spritz!

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

Paul Mitchell Event at Caru Salon

I was a lucky girl and was able to participate in a Glamour event at Caru Salon in Hoboken NJ.  Glamour partnered with Paul Mitchell to help launch their new lines: Curls and Blonde. Of course, I was in it for the Blonde line. I’m already a huge fan of Paul Mitchell styling products and color, so I was excited to learn more about the Blonde line.

All of the bloggers who attended received a complimentary blowout from one of Caru’s talented and trendy stylists. I was paired with Andrea and couldn’t have been happier. She did an awesome job with my hair! After a shampoo and mini scalp massage, I gave her free reign over my hair and she decided to curl it after giving me a volume blowout. I was so happy with the way this turned out. I’ve always wanted to be able to try the ‘beach waves’ look and she showed me how I can achieve it at home with a curling iron and Paul Mitchell Curl products. Even if you have straight hair, you can use Paul Mitchell Curls line to achieve this look!

Caru Salon is definitely designed for the working woman, which I love. It’s right off the PATH train so it’s very easy to get to. They are open until 10pm at night (love) and are all about creating a relaxing environment and pampering experience for their clients (double love).  

We parted with fun goody bags filled with Paul Mitchell products and a surprise gift card from Caru Salon. I have been faithfully using the sample of Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair before blow-drying my hair to help keep moisture in my color treated hair. An added benefit to all Paul Mitchell products is that they smell great too!

I would definitely visit Caru again for a haircut or highlights. The staff is super friendly and talented, and I love that they use Paul Mitchell products! Many thanks to Kim at Fashionably Petite for being the hostess with the most-ess! 

Beautysets - Glamour & Paul Mitchell

RUSK Wired

I am currently loving RUSK Wired flexible styling creme. It's a thicker styling cream, and when applied to towel dried hair, makes blow drying a breeze and leaves my hair super smooth. Rusk rates it as a medium (3 out of 6) on their 'hold scale.'

For my short hair, I applied a little more than a pea size amount (maybe 2 peas!). I rubbed it between my hands and then applied it first to my ends, and then work up to my roots. I quickly pulled a comb through my hair to help distribute it. I blow dried my hair and voila, silky smoothness. I like how it gives the ends of my hair a smooth finish after flat ironing, and less of a frizzy finish. It held up nice in the humidity and it's great for every day styling. I was given a 2oz travel size to test out, which is perfect for my work travel. This also comes in a larger, 6oz full size.

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

TRESemme Split Remedy Review

For the last week and a half I’ve been faithfully using the TRESemmé new Split Remedy line. The full line is made up of a Shampoo, Conditioner, Serum, Conditioning Spray and a Conditioning Treatment, and are all meant to be used together to help repair split ends.

Here is a breakdown of the products:

TRESemmé Split Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner
These both have a clean smell to them, maybe with a bit of apple and vanilla, and the scent from them lasted in my hair all day. Because I usually like to have volume in my roots, I only used the conditioner on the ends of my hair. This also ultimately helps me to go longer in between hair washes. I left it on for about 2 minute and then rinsed.

TRESemmé Split Remedy  Conditioning Spray
This reminded me of a detangler hair product my mom use to use on my hair when it was really long, back in elementary school. It’s a light spray that I combed through my hair after applying. A few sprays of this goes a long way. After blowing my hair dry it felt really silky and soft. Watch out for your walls and mirrors while spraying this!

TRESemmé Split Remedy Conditioning Treatment
I use a leave in conditioning treatment 5 out of 6 hair washes a week to help keep my hair soft and healthy. I applied this light cream from the middle to ends of my hair. A little goes a long way with this product. I was able to dry my hair super smooth with this treatment, and I noticed less ‘frizzies’ than normal. When I used this product, I did not use the Conditioning Spray with it.  

TRESemmé Split Remedy Serum
I love this serum – and it can be used both pre and post blow drying. When using the Conditioning Spray, I added the serum just to the ends of my hair before blow drying. When using the Treatment, I added the serum after blow drying. The serum helped not only with making my hair look shiny and sleeker, but also helped prevent frizz. We’ve had some very humid days in NYC and this protected me 100% from frizz, without weighing my hair down. Please note again, that a little goes a long way!

All the styling and treatment products smelled similar to the Shampoo and Conditioner. Layering these products helped my hair to smell really fresh all day. These are also very large size products, so you definitely get your money’s worth.  After a week of using these products I could definitely notice that my hair was softer and looked healthier.
NEW Split Remedy, from TRESemmé, repairs up to 80% of split ends in just three uses.  And with continued use, repairs further damage as it occurs.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by TRESemmé via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of TRESemmé.