Turn Your Favorite Shampoo Into Toning Shampoo with OGX

 

OGX Purple Toning Drops

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Keeping blonde hair brass and yellow free is a tireless effort. The easiest way to keep it in shape is by using a toning shampoo or conditioner. There are tons of products on the market these days, but a lot of people complain that toning shampoos can dry out hair and are expensive to boot.

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A new product from OGX allows you to tone your hair using your own shampoo and conditioner! OGX Blonde Enhance + Purple Toning Drops (I may get a commission from this link) are concentrated purple drops that you mix into the product to create a custom toning product for hair.

Just dispense your shampoo or conditioner into your hand, add 3 to 5 drops and mix! Use it just with shampoo, just conditioner or both! You can easily customize the level of toning.

I found that the less of the drops you use, the more “blue” your mix will be. That works great for me because I prefer a blue shampoo to purple. If you don’t know what your color is, read my article on finding your undertones. I found this at ULTA Beauty, but you can probably find it wherever OGX products are sold. Priced between $7 and $10, it’s an amazing product!

L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up – a review

DSCN4635There is nothing worse than realizing your hair needs a touch-up right before a (insert big event here). L’Oréal Paris has just come out with a new spray-on treatment that will hide those roots until you can get to your hairdresser.  L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up comes in six shades and is formulated to conceal grays and roots in between shampoos.  I just did my haircolor so I experimented with it on one of my dark blonde hair extensions.

L'Oréal Paris Root Touch Up

If you look towards the middle of the very top of the seam, you can see where I applied the root touch up. It creates a subtle effect (instead of looking like you sprayed yellow paint on your hair) that would be more pronounced on light gray or white hair. The product consistency is very similar to dry shampoo and the color stays adhered to the hair. However, just like dry shampoo, is can get a little stiff – which also makes it a good root lifter.  Overall, it is great option for concealing roots and is a lot cheaper than many of the products you’d find at the makeup counter superstores.

L’Oréal Paris Root Cover is priced around $10.99 and is available online and at drug and grocery stores. You can get a $1 off coupon right now if you head over coupons.com. Get an even better deal when you you pair the manufacturers coupon with the store coupon at ULTA – $10.99 – $1 =$9.99 – $3.50= $6.49!

 

Best deals on beauty treatments in Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Strip is lined with luxury spas offering every spa treatment known to man.  A $300 massage may be acceptable when you’re on vacation, but for most locals it’s a no-go. But never fear! I have compiled a list of local spots where you can relax without spending a lot of money.

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File: Gianna Christine

Best MassageGianna Christine Spa & Salon

Blink and you might miss this little spa and salon located in the District at Green Valley Ranch. A one-hour Aromatherapy Swedish Massage at this Aveda Salon & Spa will only run you $65. Plus, you’ll get to relax by the fire with a cup of tea while you wait for your treatment.

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Best FacialAveda Institute

The Aveda Institute is a beauty school in Las Vegas where students learn cosmetology the Ayurvedic way.  Facials are customized for each client and include a warm foot bath, hand or foot massage and a sensory experience.  After you finish, you’ll get your makeup touched up as well. This truly relaxing and natural facial will only cost you $40.  Another great thing about the Aveda Institute is hard appointment times.  No “windows” like you get at other beauty schools. Gift certificates are available.

Best PedicureProfessor Nails & Spa

This little nail place in Southern Highlands has the best pedicure packages around. They have a huge pedicure room, so you can always get in. They even offer you a beverage, including wine! The basic pedicure is 40 minutes and includes a soak (with disposable tub liners), clip, file, callous removal and your choice of  foot scrub. Finish off with a hot stone massage, lotion and nail polish. Only $30.

LOOK Style Society at Town Square
LOOK Style Society at Town Square

Best ManicureLOOK Style Society

LOOK Style Society is a full service salon located at Town Square Las Vegas. LOOK has the only west coast version of the Essie Nail Lounge where you can get all of Essie’s more than 300 nail colors. A quality manicure with all Essie products is only $25.  Stop in Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and get 25% off for the salon’s happy hour.

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Hair ExtensionsOriginal Diva

You don’t have to be born with thick, lustrous hair, you can buy it!  Original Diva in the Miracle Mile Shops is taking the guesswork and the high prices out of hair extensions. The salon sells both clip-in and tape-in hair extensions for every hair type. Whether you are looking to make your hair appear thicker or add a whole head of long hair, Original Diva has you covered. Filler starts at $150 for tape-ins and $199 for clip-ins. Original Diva will insert and trim them to match your hair.

Best Spray TanLOOK Style Society

LOOK Style Society also has the best spray tan in both price and quality. Many of the traditional spray tan places only have the stand up booth, which is less customized. LOOK Style Society uses Chocolate Sun, an organic sunless tan that is custom  mixed for you and hand applied. The cost is $45 per tan or you can buy a tan package.  Sunless tans are also included in the salon’s 25% off happy hour.

 

Amazing new hair accessories from Amika

 These new hair accessories by Amika are a must have! They come in different shades from blonde to brunette. The Petite Bow is great for girls big and small. You can find six different styles at ULTA stores, $12.95-$44.95.  Get yours quick, at these prices they are going to go fast!
Amika Petit Bow, $12.95

Amika Braided Headband, $14.95

Amika Le Twist, $19.95

Amika Mega Bow, $18.95