Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

When a hair product has the word “volume” in its name, you know I’m all over it. Picked up a deluxe sample size of the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast:

According to Sephora:

What it is:
An instant, long-lasting volume and texture spray designed with lightweight ingredients that won’t weigh hair down.

What it does:
Perfect for straight or wavy hair, the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast is an instant volume and texture spray for long-lasting, big hold. The spray is nearly as light as air and created to transform fine, flat hair into voluminous styles that aren’t crunchy or stiff.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product contains patent-pending “expandable, textured-aero-spheres,” called ETAs. They are lighter and bigger than industry-standard ingredients, so they deliver big volume and texture without weighing hair down.

I finished up the small bottle and I’m undecided about this product. First off, this does give my hair volume, without leaving it feeling sticky or hard, but I don’t feel that the lift lasts very long – an hour at the most, maybe. I have fine, thin hair that is limp by the end of the day and I just didn’t find that this made that much of a difference for me.

What I do like about the product is that it’s super light weight and doesn’t leave any sort of residue in my hair.  It’s also got that signature Living Proof scent that I really like (some don’t care for it).

I’ve tried a few other Living Proof products – the Full Thickening Cream ($38Cdn) is one of my holy grail hair products; I’ve gone through two bottles of this already and will continue to repurchase. The Living Proof Anti-Humidity spray is also a great product for hot and humid days to keep my frizzies under control.

The Volume Blast is oh-kaaay, but I don’t think I will re-purchase.

I haven’t done a review on this but the Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Texture Tease Spray is a similar product to the Living Proof Full Volume Blast and in my opinion it actually works better for me than the Volume Blast.  I can get the Garnier for about $5 Cdn for 110 ml; the Living Proof is $38 Cdn for 238 ml. And the fact that Garnier is available at the drugstore makes it easy to access when I’m running low.

Have you tried the Volume Blast?  Like or dislike?

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Bumble and Bumble: Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, Thickening Hairspray, and Sunday Shampoo

Most of my hair products are drug store (shampoos, conditioners, hairspray) with some higher end styling products thrown in (Living Proof and Ouai are some of my faves).

I know that Bumble & Bumble is a popular brand that has a load of different hair care products. Scrolling through my Sephora phone app, there were quite a few products that appealed to me, but I ended up purchasing three: the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer – Heat/UV Protective Primer; the Thickening Hairspray; and Sunday Shampoo.

I had received a sample size of the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer as a 100 point perk at Sephora one day and after using it a couple times I fell in love with it and I ended up buying the full size.  This is a conditioning cream-oil product and you spray onto damp hair, blow dry, and your left with hydrated, almost-frizz-free hair. When I tried this for the first time, I sprayed way too much and my fine, thin hair felt oily and fell flat. But the second time, I sprayed sparingly and I ended up with very soft, healthier looking hair. If you have thick, frizzy/dry hair, I think this product could really be great for you.  If you have fine, thin hair like me (with dry ends) if you use this smart, you might like this too!  Will repurchase.

The Thickening Hairspray is supposed to hold your style while giving your hair volume and body. While this is great at holding a style into place, I can’t say that I’ve seen any thickening going on. I’ve only used this on dry hair, but apparently you can use it in damp hair too. I’m a little hesitant to try it on damp hair because anything “hairspray” on damp hair makes me fear crunchiness after blow drying.  When I spray this into my roots, I do notice some volume but it’s nothing different compared to any other volumizing product I’ve tried. I’ve got the deluxe sample size here which I will finish up, but I won’t be rushing out to buy the full-size.

The Sunday Shampoo is simply a clarifying shampoo that is meant to be used once a week – hence Sundays! – to give your hair a deep clean after all the styling products and environmental stresses you put into your hair through out the week.  I’ve been a die-hard fan for years and years of the Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo to give my hair that deep clean (it’s a great drug store option). But I thought to try something new and the Sunday Shampoo definitely delivers.  It’s got a nice, subtle, earthy-minty-clean scent and my scalp and hair feel very refreshed after using.  Really though, any clarifying shampoo at the drug store will probably work just as well and for a fraction of the cost, but hey – I tried it and I love it!  Will repurchase.

Have you tried any of these products – like or dislike?  What are your favourite Bumble & Bumble products?

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October Birchbox 2015 (Canada)

How time flies!  Here’s what I got in my October Birchbox:

October Birchbox 2015 (Canada)

October Birchbox 2015 (Canada)

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris:  This is a fruity, light perfume. Not really my preference, but a good option for spring/summer.

Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream:  This is a pretty basic body cream.  I appreciate that it sinks quickly into the skin and does not feel greasy.  It smells of lemons mostly, which is refreshing, but I find at times I feel like I smell like dish-washing soap. Not necessarily a bad thing!  But I probably won’t be purchasing the full-size of this.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara:  Wow. I’m really picky with mascaras and this has shot up to one of my top faves!  I’ve heard of this brand before but really paid no attention. This mascara lengthens, volumizes, separates each lash and hold the curl. I like the cute tube it comes in too — different from all typical mascara packaging!  I am definitely adding this to my list of next purchases (or gift wish list!)

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Cleanser:  I haven’t tried this facial wash yet, but it looks very unique. This cleanser is an African black soap with a gel-like consistency. It has rose hip oil and is 100% natural.  This is claims to be anti-blemish and is supposed to keep your skin feeling fresh and looking clear.  I have yet to try this but am excited to!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle:  This is a leave-in conditioner spray that is amazing at detangling and leaving my hair bouncy and soft! What also impressed me was that it includes heat protectant properties, so I can spray this on and use my heating tools straight away. And the best part of this spray?  THE SMELL!!  It smells of vanilla, like, real vanilla. And it lingers in my hair for a good few hours. I don’t even bother spritzing on any perfume when I use this in my hair.  I am very tempted to order the full-size of this product off someday soon!!

BONUS: Hair clip!  Pretty basic hair clip. Does the job!

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