COLOR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

COLOR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray on Belle Belle Beauty

I struggle with my hair. It is fine, but I have a fair amount of it. And it is crazy wavy underneath in the back, transforming to a highly unattractive frizz if not tamed. But because it is fine, my hair becomes limp and stringy if I overdo frizz fighters, especially frizz-eliminating shampoo and conditioner.

I was reading a celebrity magazine, lamenting my troubled hair (lol), and came across a celebrity testimonial for COLOR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray. This stuff apparently “Slays Humidity and Prevents Frizz” (again lol). I may or may not have been having some sauvignon blanc and thought “why not?” –> add to amazon cart –> purchase.

Exactly two days later (thank you, Amazon), the Dream Coat arrived on my doorstep. In my blind sauvignon-blanc-driven haste, I failed to notice the this formula was heat activated. I had been on a kick where I wash my hair in the evenings and allow it to air dry, straightening it in the AM. In a way, COLOR WOW made me realize I just need to buck up and dry my hair.

First trial, I shocked to find my hair voluminous but completely frizz-free. I travelled to San Antonio and put Dream Coat to the Texas Frizz Test – same fabulous result. The reason is Dream Coat’s technology borrowed from the textile industry. Each hair strand is covered with a waterproof cloak made of a heat-activated polymer. It compresses and tightens hair strands leaving silky and smooth hair. Because it doesn’t weigh down hair, volume is preserved.

I apply liberally to my hair from roots to tips and dry normally. Those with super-frizz, but want to section out hair as they dry. The formula works up to 72 hours or 2-3 shampoos but I use it each time I wash my hair since I am shooting for a shampoo every 2-3 days. Thank you, sauvignon blanc!

 

Shopbop Sale

 

Oh how I love this time of year! The perfect time to pick up some fall staples at a steal. Shopbop is having their annual sale now through Saturday. Use code STOCKUP18 to save up to 25% off your order. Happy Shopping!

Kopari Coconut Deodorant

Kopari Coconut Deodorant on Belle Belle Beauty

I’ve been thinking about clean living and healthy lifestyles lately. I’ve lost a bit of weight and am trying to squeeze more fruits and veggies into my diet. Where I haven’t made changes is on my vanity, I recently purchased my first ever aluminum-free deodorant. I freely admit that I sweat a lot and can get stinky. So I had always hesitated to go this route. But for lazy weekend days, there is no reason to wear a heavy duty deodorant/antiperspirant so I gave it a whirl.

I am a nut for coconut (the glossier balm dotcom in coconut is my favorite).  This deodorant has fresh coconut scent making it perfect for summer. The formula contains sage oil which helps control sweat and odor. Coconut oil helps nourish skin. I’m sold on my new healthy alternative. Granted I still use my Dove Men+Care Minerals and Sage Elements for active days (this scent recently won awards and it works like a champ!). But I love the natural route for less active days. I get plenty of odor protection and feel better about my routine.

Kopari is gluten-free, GMO-free, aluminum-free, cruelty-free and vegan. Made in the USA.

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer on Belle Belle Beauty

I purchased Gloss Bomb back in March in New York and promptly lost it. Every time I reached in my purse, I was disappointed to remember it was gone. I was so mad at myself, I didn’t repurchase until I spotted it in Kansas City in June. I had missed it so much that I bought a replacement for myself and one for my friend who was celebrating her birthday because I knew she’d love it as much as I did.

There isn’t one quality alone that is so good about this gloss, but its full effect together. It has a brilliant shine over a universal rose shade that adds just a hint of color. The formula hydrates with shea butter.  The finish isn’t sticky but also doesn’t end up everywhere – I can’t stand it when gloss comes off on glasses and cups. And the vanilla scent is subtle enough to be sophisticated while still making me nostalgic for Vanilla Lip Smackers.

HERMÈS Twilly d’Hermès

I haven’t shared a fragrance update in ages – still hooked on Le Labo Santal. But this summer, my friend gifted me Twilly d’Hermès as a thank you for being part of her wedding. I couldn’t imagine a more thoughtful gift as we share an admiration for the brand. And the scent could not be any more perfect for me.

I was a little surprised at this as I usually shy away from florals, but this blend matches tuberose with ginger and sandalwood, giving it a spicy and soft finish. It dries down sweet on my skin, which I love in the hot weather. It is worth a sniff if you are like me and need a summer update to woody, spicy winter favorites.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on Belle Belle BeautyNordstrom is the best at including beauty in their amazing sales. Brands offer exclusive products, sets and items during their yearly blowout. Plus, there is an amazing gift with purchase that includes Le Labo, Eve Lom, Oribe and much, much more. Below you can find some of my picks to stock up on:

  • New to La Mer? Try out The Mini Miracles Collection with their classics: Eye Concentrate and Moisturizing Soft Cream.
  • Another set of all-starts, The Gift of Glowing Skin Set by Charlotte Tilbury has her classic Magic Cream which adds such a beautiful glow, Magic Night Cream for a mega-dose of moisture and Wonder Glow, a correcting primer that is perfect for a natural look alone or under foundation.
  • For something that looks beautiful on the vanity, HERBIVORE BOTANICALS Rosewater + Gemstone Trio looks great and is such a joy to use too. The Rosewater Cream is nourishing, Glow Mask brightens and the Rose Hibiscus Face Mist is perfect for hot summer days.
  • A little bit random, but I am loving the Skinny Dip Pink + Rose Gold Manicure Set. The rose gold is so unique and I love the idea of having all my manicure tools in this tidy little set. Also perfect for travel or a small gift.
  • For those who want to take a more natural approach to skin care, Tata Harper is hands down my favorite brand. The Complete Skin Care Regimen Set is a killer value with cleanser, serum, moisturizer and my favorite mask by a mile, Resurfacing Mask that makes skin glow like crazy.