EVOLVh Love Your Curls Discovery Kit Review

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I was sent the Love Your Curls Discovery Kit (the Smart Curls line) from the team at EVOLVh – it is a four piece set that contains shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and styling lotion in their new packaging. This four piece kit works together to give your hair soft, frizz-free curls. They are sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free, colour safe, cruelty free and vegan! [info in italics taken from the EVOLVh website]

EVOLVh Love Your Curls Discovery Kit

SmartCurl Hydrating Wash & Conditioner gently cleanse, moisturize and condition the hair to prepare for the perfect curl.

SmartStart Leave-In Conditioner is a game changer for reducing frizz, adding moisture and softness without added weight.

Ultimate Styling Lotion has been dubbed “ringlets in a bottle” by stylist and clients.  The 5-In-One botanical formula creates volume, holds style, de-frizzes, adds shine and or defines curls into smooth ringlets.

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I’ve previously  reviewed (and LOVED) the Ultimate Styling Lotion so today’s review will concentrate on the other three products. As you all know, my hair is wavy, fairly thick, and prone to frizz.

The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash & Conditioner:

EVOLVh Love Your Curls Discovery Kit - SmartCurl Hydrating Wash & Conditioner

Our passion for curls reveals itself in our dream-come-true wash for curly hair, made with the finest natural & organic ingredients. It gently cleanses without stripping beneficial oils, and infuses essential nutrients for increased strength, shine, softness, and maximum hydration, resulting in easy to manage, soft frizz-free curls.

The ultimate hydrating conditioner for every curl type – resulting in the smoothest hair you’ve ever had with increased strength, shine, softness and curl formation. Simply dreamy is an understatement. 

Both have a light, fresh scent – I can’t pinpoint exactly what they smell like, but I do like it, and it isn’t over-scented (a huge plus in my opinion). After using the shampoo and conditioner for a few weeks, that my hair is so soft and shiny, and way more manageable.

The leave-in conditioner:

EVOLVh Love Your Curls Discovery Kit - Ultimate Styling Lotion and SmartStart Leave-In Conditioner

Nourish and detangle with this weightless creamy formula specifically designed for all curly hair.   The addition of shea butter and coconut oil provide additional hydration and fatty acids for rich curl smoothness   Strengthens strands, eliminates frizz & flyaways, and prevents breakage while protecting from heat and UV damage.  The ultimate hair preparation after showering, and before using our curls styling products.

This makes combing my hair out after washing so much easier. I love that it is also a heat and UV protectant, while also helping to manage frizz and flyaways. It gives an added hydration boost without weighing my hair down or making it feel gross.

The Discovery Kits are a great way to try out a full system without committing to full size products. And they are perfect sizes for travelling! There are three other Discovery Kits available: Turn Up the Volume, Keep it Smooth, and Protect Your Color.

Have you tried anything from EVOLVh?

Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were sent to me to try out. I was not paid for this review. My opinions (and troublesome hair) are entirely my own!

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion Review

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

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Today I’m reviewing the Ultimate Styling Lotion from Evolvh that came in my November Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

This 5-in-1 botanical formula truly does everything: creates volume, holds style, de-frizzes, adds shine, or defines curls into smooth ringlets. Its an all-in-one amazingly lightweight lotion.

  • Offers medium level of hold
  • De-frizzes and conditions
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Manages curls (for soft, smooth and bouncy ringlets)

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

When styling for fullness and volume, apply from the roots out and blow dry hair off the scalp. For curly hair, apply sparingly from roots to mid-length and add slightly more product from mid-length to ends for beautiful, smooth ringlets. For air dried hair, let it sink in for a minute before styling as usual. Bonus: it can also be applied to dry hair to refresh lifeless locks.

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

I really liked the Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner samples that came in my October Petit Vour box, so I was happy to see a styling lotion in this month’s box.

The Ultimate Styling Lotion was made for my hair! It helps tame frizz and doesn’t make it feel weighed down, or crunchy. I can use it when I want my hair to be wavy, and when I want it to be straight-ish. I like that it can be used for added volume, because in the winter time, with all of the hat wearing, my hair tends to lose it natural volume.

Have you tried this one? What is your fave styling product?

Thanks for reading!

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

 

Kristin Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray Review

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Today I have a review of the Sea Salt Air Dry Spray from Kristen Ess Hair that I purchased in my most recent mini-haul from well.ca. This is my first time trying anything from Kristen Ess Hair. [info in italics taken from well.ca]

Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Where do we even start with this one? This is a brand new kind of sea salt spray. First of all, can we talk about the spray? SO OBSESSED! It has a super-fine, constant mist which ensures a more even application than your average pump applicator. Second, the feeling! No salty, crunchy, chalky texture, just satin-grit that stays touchable and soft. BTW, the difference between this one and Kristin Ess’ Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray is that this one goes on wet/damp hair and the other one is for finishing so it goes on dry hair.    

Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Contains Zip-Up Technology:
Kristin Ess’ proprietary strengthening complex designed to “zip-up” split ends while targeting weak areas of the hair, smoothing the appearance of damaged cuticles and helping to protect hair from environmental stressors and color fade.

Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

The Sea Salt Air Dry Spray is targeted for straight to wavy hair types. As you probably know, my hair is thick and wavy. I mostly use products like this to enhance and tame my waves, since my hair is very much prone to frizz!

The packaging is on the plain side, but really, as long as a product works for me, I don’t mind plain packaging! The spray comes out as a super fine mist, and makes it easier and faster to use than the standard pump bottle.

This spray is used on wet or damp hair with air drying – which is great because I try to limit my heat styling to the winter months. It helps give my hair a beachy wave look without feeling crunchy or gross. And as an added plus, it isn’t highly scented!

Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Cost-wise it is $12.99 CAD for 7 oz / 200 ml.

What is your fave sea salt / beachy waves spray?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek of What I’m Testing

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I placed a small online order at well.ca last week and it just arrived – so I thought I would show you what I got:

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Sudsatorium Lip Scrub in Great Gatsby (mint julep)

Hurraw Lip Balms in Earl Grey (bergamot) and Moon (blue chammomile and vanilla)

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil (kukui nut)

Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Reviews to follow as soon as I’ve managed to test everything out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things.

Summer Hair Essentials for Wavy Hair

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While I wait for my July Petit Vour box to arrive, I thought that I would show you my summer hair essentials. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that my hair is thick and wavy. I dye my hair and I try not to heat style it very often. My hair is also super prone to frizz.

Condition and Treat:

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - DevaCurl and Yarok

DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask – I used my Sephora Beauty Insider points to get this deluxe sized sample. This stuff makes my hair so silky soft and manageable. The full size is $49, but I’m planning on splurging on it since it does such a beautiful job with my hair. Full review is here.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner – Not only does this conditioning spray smell amazing, it works so well to add hydration to my hair without making it greasy. It can be used as a detangler (definitely works for me) and as a heat protecting spray (haven’t tested this, as I haven’t been heat styling at all this summer). This was a Petit Vour sample, full review is here.

Style and Control:

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - Ouai and Briogeo

Ouai Wave Spray – I bought this at Sephora in December 2017 / January 2018. This gives my hair beautifully beachy waves. I still think that it is a little too highly scented for my preference, but since it works so well with my hair, I’ll definitely use it up. Full review is here.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème – I’ve been using this since February / March 2017, and this tube should be in my monthly empties in the next month or two. This helps leave my waves soft and under control. No crunchy curls here! I tend to alternate between using the Ouai Wave Spray and the Briogeo Curl Charisma. Full review is here.

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - Briogeo, DevaCurl, Yarok and Ouai

Do you have wavy or out of control hair? What do you use to tame your mane?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All purchased by me!

DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask Review

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I cashed in some of my Beauty Insider points with my last Sephora order and got a deluxe sample size tube of the Deva Curl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask. Just a reminder, my hair is fairly thick, wavy, colour-treated, fizz-prone and often dry at the ends as I only get a trim every couple of months – my haircut was in December. [info in italics taken from Sephora website]

Deva Curl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

What it is: A nourishing treatment mask that transforms dehydrated curls with matcha butter for intense moisture, softness, and shine. 
Key benefits: 
– Deeply conditions and nourishes 
– Boosts shine 
– Makes waves and curls silky-soft 
If you want to know more… If your natural hair texture is prone to extreme dryness or your curls are parched from moisture-zapping weather, this luxuriously creamy mask is just what you need. This nourishing treatment features a buttery texture won’t weigh hair down, but it melts onto every strand—infusing hair with moisturizing matcha green tea butter, vitamin-packed sweet almond oil, and protective beet root extract. The rich formula leaves all curl types shiny, silky-soft, and completely transformed. 

Deva Curl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

I applied the Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask after washing and towelling off excess water and left it in my hair for roughly 20 minutes before rinsing it out.

Deva Curl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

The Result – Holy silky hair Batman, my hair had ZERO TANGLES to comb out!  I decided let it air dry to see how my hair would turn out. My hair was beautifully soft, shiny and wavy. It didn’t feel weighed down or heavy at all.

I think I might need to get a full size of this one the next time I’m buying myself a special treat – even though it is on the pricy side at $49 CAD for 8 oz, / $87 for 17.7 oz!

Deva Curl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

In case you are curious, the background is one of the Betsey Johnson bags from my collection. I’ve been using it a lot lately!

Disclosure: I used my Sephora Beauty Insider points for a deluxe sample size tube.

 

Ouai Wave Spray Review

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Today I have a review of the Wave Spray from Ouai. I purchased this for myself back in December after talking about it with Stacey (The Bambi Eyes) on her blog and IG. [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

What it is: A weightless texture hair mist infused with rice protein to add hold for effortlessly chic, undone hair. 

Key benefits:
– Creates beachy waves
– Enhances texture and builds body
– Give hair memory and shine
Ouai Wave Spray

If you want to know more… Wave Spray is made with rice protein instead of sea salt so is safe against color-treated and/or keratin-treated hair. The floral fragrance contains notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, rose de mai, magnolia, lily, blackberry, violet, cedarwood, amber, patchouli, sandalwood, and white musk.

Ouai Wave Spray

I prefer to wear my hair wavy, but I really dislike it when products make my hair feel heavy, crunchy or stiff. The Wave Spray enhances my natural waves without making them feel gross or look dull or dirty. It also tames frizz!

My only complaint is that the scent is a little too strong for my sensitive nose. The scent is quite lovely, but when I use it, I smell it all day, which gets to be a little overwhelming at times. I wish that the scent was about half as strong.

Have you used this cruelty free wave spray? What do you use?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

Briogeo Curl Charisma Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème from Briogeo that I used my Ipsy points for last month. Here’s what it says on the website:

Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème hydrates, defines, and weather-proofs curls while maintaining touchable movement and light, flexible hold. Mollis leaf and tomato fruit ferments smooth and seal the hair cuticle to lock out frizz-causing environmental moisture to promote consistent curl formation. Ultra-hydrating avocado oil helps hair retain moisture and increases elasticity to protect against damage.

Briogeo Curl Charisma

I absolutely LOVE this stuff! It works really well to tame my hair. It leaves my waves super soft and frizz-free. No crunchy, dirty feeling waves! I need the full sized tube of this stuff asap!

Have you tried this one? So far I’ve loved everything that I’ve tried from Briogeo!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Purchased with Ipsy points from my monthly subscription that I pay for.

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Styling Lotion

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls

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Sorry for posting later than usual, I usually have the posts written up the day before, but had a longer than expected work day yesterday so this review didn’t get written up until this morning. Better late than never!

Onto the review!

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls

I purchased the Curl Defining Lotion from Marc Anthony’s Strictly Curls line about two months ago to try out on my thick, wavy, often out of control, sometimes beastly hair. The website claims:

Our number one curly hair product for soft yet defined curls. Strictly Curls™ Curl Defining Lotion is the perfect product for those who love and want to enhance their curls. This alcohol-free, lightweight, non-sticky formula enriched with Vitamin E and Vitamin B binds to the curl strands to create definition, while leaving your curls bouncy and soft to the touch. Curl Defining Lotion will give you lasting curls while repelling humidity, locking in shine and giving you the ultimate frizz control.

First off, this pale lemon lotion smells really nice, kind of reminiscent of lemon meringue pie to me. It doesn’t leave my hair sticky or crunchy but instead makes it super soft and shiny. It tames frizz up to a point. Yesterday is was super wet and rainy, and despite leaving my house with beautiful smooth waves and an umbrella, by the time I got to my appointment, my hair was super wavy, but definitely starting to frizz up. I think that on days like that, I might need to use a second product to help tame and control frizz, or just resign myself to having a giant mane of hair!

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls

The Curl Defining Lotion comes in a massive 245ml / 8.3oz tube, I’ve barely made a dent in it after using it for around two months!

Have you tried this? What is your favourite product to enhance curls or waves and control frizz?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this! My opinion is very much based on my experience of using this product.