Review- Not Your Mother’s Triple Threat Brunette Blue Treatment Shampoo

Designed for brunettes, this affordable shampoo is a great toning shampoo for “blue” blondes.

One of the main ways people rejuvenate blonde and highlighted hair is with toning shampoos and conditioners. Most of these shampoos are blue, but not everyone has the same undertones in their hair. There are many people whose hair looks better with a blue-toned shampoo instead. In an earlier post on this site, I tell you how to figure out which one you are.

For me, the gold standard in blue shampoo is Joico’s Color Balance Blue Shampoo. Unfortunately, I have been trouble finding it and it starts at $16.99 a bottle. I saw this shampoo at ULTA and thought I would give it a try.  It comes in an 8-ounce squeeze bottle and costs around $8.49. I have also seen it at Walmart and (I could get a commission from this link) Amazon.

A lot of people complain that color shampoos are drying. I don’t think that Not Your Mother’s Triple Threat Brunette Shampoo is any different. It lathers and washes out just like any regular shampoo. I did not use the conditioner because I always use my regular treatment conditioner. I liked the color it produces and I use it every other day or so when my roots start showing and the blonde starts to fade.

Verdict: I like this just as much as the Joico version and I will continue using it as long as I can find it. At half the price, I might try the conditioner too!

Sephora Now Delivering Through Instacart

Out of your favorite mascara? Get in delivered in one hour!

If you’re a beauty junkie and always seem to be running low on something, you’ll rejoice in this new partnership. Sephora and Instacart are joining forces to get your favorite beauty products delivered in as little as one hour. Just log into Instacart, search “Sephora” and click add to cart. The new service is available now in select markets and will be in all 400 stores in the U.S. and Canada by the end of the year.

Orders are limited to what’s available at your local stores, but you can still take advantage of daily deals and rack up points in your Beauty VIB account. Normal Instacart fees apply.

The Best Retinol You’ll Ever Use and It’s Under $6

The Ordinary’s Retinol Serum is the perfect pick me up for aging skin.

Retinol, or Vitamin A is a popular skincare ingredient in wrinkle creams and serums. It works by stimulating cell turnover, increasing circulation and  boosting collagen production. The super vitamin can cure uneven skintone, plump skin and reduce fine lines. It also works on large pores and acne. In short, its a super product you can use daily to turn back the clock.

Once only available through a dermatologist, Retinol is available over the counter in a variety of strengths and prices. But just because a product is expensive, doesn’t mean it delivers. One of the best retinol treatments on the market is sold in a non-descript bottle for just $5.80.

The Ordinary’s Retinol in squalane is a nighttime treatment that leaves your skin moisturized, plump and younger after a few treatments. With regular use, my pores are smaller, lines less noticeable, skin tone is more even and my skin is plumper. I really regret it when I go to bed without putting this stuff on. The only negative for me is that it comes in a glass bottle with an eyedropper, because I am prone to spilling. Fortunately, I can afford to pick another one up. Unfortunately, it’s out of stock a lot.

The Ordinary retinol serum is available in strengths ranging from .01 to .05 percent. Start on the lower end until your skin gets used to it. Too much too fast and you’ll get red, flaking skin. It comes in a base of Squalane, a high moisture oil found naturally in the human body. You can find it ULTA Beauty, Sephora and Deciem.com for just $5.80

M-A-C Celebrating National Lipstick Day a little different this year

Stores are closed but you can still get a free lipstick.

For years MAC cosmetics has been the place to be on National Lipstick Day. All you had to do was show up (before they ran out) and get a free lipstick. But with MAC stores still closed, you won’t have that option. They are going to make it up to you by offering lipstick themed deals and giveaways all through the month of August.

Unfortunately, because it would be cost-prohibitive to mail everyone a free lipstick, you’ll have to buy something. Now through Jul.29, 2020, spend $30 or more and you’ll get your choice of Amplified Lipstick in Dubonnet, Matte Lipstick in Marrakesh or Lady Danger. No offer code necessary.

Sephora and ULTA Beauty usually have sales for National Lipstick Day along with many other brands. So set up a reminder for the 29th and check all of your favorite beauty sites for deals.

Clarisonic is closing and everything is on sale

Everything on the sonic beauty device’s site is 50 percent off.

After more than 15 years, Clarisonic is closing down for good. Acquired by L’Oreal in 2011, the company has decided to stop selling the high-end facial device across all retail channels, including on the direct-to-consumer website. The last day you can shop is Sept. 30, 2020.

Everything on the site is 50 percent off from devices to brush heads. If you already have a device stock up on brush heads starting at $13.50 each. Devices start at $49.50. The devices last forever (I have had two for over 5 years) and you can find aftermarket brushes to fit. Shipping free and you get a free gift with any purchase over $30.

If the brush head you want is sold out, try looking at other beauty and department stores. Many of the retailers are also lowering prices to clear stock of Clarisonic items.