Detox drybar Dry Shampoo review

Detox drybar Dry ShampooI want to point out that I’m still enjoying the $20 Detox Dry Shampoo I bought at DryBar in the Stanford Shopping Centre, not knowing we had a Dry Bar location closer, in Santana Row. It’s also available at Sephora, but they seem to always be sold out.

I’m not sure how much I have left, as the can that it comes in, is lightweight and I have no way in knowing when I’ll run out. I tend to wash my hair once, then skip two days (and use the dry shampoo) and wash it again on the fourth day.

I was skeptical on using a clear aerosol spray for a dry shampoo for fear of the white cast it so commonly leaves. For the past few years I was using Principessa (dark coloured) dry shampoo powder, which suited me well, but it was messy to apply, and left gritty bits on my scalp. I was worried using the Detox that it would leave a white cast — which it does when you’re not careful with it. Apply correctly, and it should blend in with your brunette hair just fine.

Note, I did not buy the Detox for brunettes, the sales associate mentioned that it would’ve been too dark for my hair.

Detox gives me a freshly showered feel to my hair and definitely gives volume and texture which my fine, limp hair is missing. There’s no gritty bits either on my scalp. Big plus. I’ll be buying this again, and I know for sure it’s not going to last a good year or more like my Principessa, but it’s worth it.

It has a scent to it. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s not my favourite. I don’t want to say it’s floral, but if you have used it — then you’ll know the smell I’m talking about. It’s not an obnoxious scent by any means, but a different one.

Quick tips on how to use dry shampoo

  • Shake the drybar can well.
  • Lift sections of your hair and spray a good 10 inches away from each section. Sometimes I do the head flick upside down and spray everywhere quickly
  • Apply generously (my problem area is the crown area – separates and makes me look bald)
  • Massage your head to make sure everything has been blended in
  • Comb and style your hair as usual

Makin’ friends at MAKE UP FOR EVER

Tuesday morning I made my way over to Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara. After being there a handful of times since moving to NorCal, I knew this would be the mall I’d probably frequent more often than the others around my area. This mall reminds me of something you’d see in Toronto’s Yorkville area. It was up scale on one end of the mall, and the other end had regular mall stores like J.Crew, Sephora, Nordstrom, and an amazing free standing MAKE UP FOR EVER store.

Since I’ve been working with the Canadian team the past few years, I was e-introduced from my Canadian contacts to the American side of things. A consultation was made for me and I headed into the store to talk a bit more, and meet my new buddies, face-to-face.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-selfieSo that’s what I did! Talk about a sweat-fest. I get intimidated easily, and then resort to being introverted and shy. I was a little nervous going in, but I did it and it wasn’t awkward, or frightening in the least. I had so much fun.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-chairI plunked my toosh down into one of these chairs and little did I realize, we had such a blast playing with make-up and learning a few new beauty tips, I was there for over two hours! I guess that’s what happens when you put a few gals interested in make up together in a room.

Make-up-used-on-meJust because I work with certain brands, doesn’t mean that I love everything they have to offer. I like to be transparent and tell you (or anyone for that matter) what I think. When I went for my consultation with Tobey, we talked about doing a complete makeup look. I notified her that I wasn’t a fan of the Mat Velvet+, or the HD foundation that everyone seems to use and love. Both are too matte looking on my already dry face, and offer full coverage which I don’t need, nor strive for. I knew the consistency of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s face and body was very water based, and had a medium coverage. Troy Jensen, told me to try that when he came to Sephora at the Toronto Eaton Centre last fall. My local Sephora in Kitchener-Waterloo didn’t carry it, so I never really got the chance to try it out.

Tobey used it on my face and I loved it immediately. You know how some foundations you really need blush, or bronzer to give your skin some depth, otherwise you’d look all flat? This foundation didn’t. Needless to say, we didn’t stop there.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-HD-blushNext up was the new HD blush. I picked out this colour because I knew already I had the universal colour in shade 410 Coral to play with when I got home. I don’t remember the name of this shade, but I can find out if anyone is interested!

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-lookThe final look (left) was definitely a lot more make up than I was used to wearing, especially with lip liner. I’m not entirely sure I’d wear a liner because quite honestly it just takes up too much time and you need to be precise. I didn’t love the look of the liner but it was sure fun to play with the make up for a while! On the right, I’m still wearing everything but the lip products. Tobey also filled in my eyebrows which I LOVED. Emphasis needed. They looked fuller, and very natural. Can you even tell they’re done? I can’t. The Guy couldn’t either. He did make one comment though which confused me. “I don’t like those hooks”. Uh. What? I had no idea what he was talking about — at first I thought he meant my eyebrows, but he was talking about the winged eyeliner. Ha ha!

eyeliner

Face:
HD Primer, MAKE UP FOR EVER
Face and Body Foundation, MAKE UP FOR EVER
(for under eye) HD Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER
(for face) Full Cover Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER

Mat Bronze, MAKE UP FOR EVER
Pro finish , MAKE UP FOR EVER

HD Blush, MAKE UP FOR EVER
Luminizer, MAKE UP FOR EVER
HD pressed powder, MAKE UP FOR EVER

  Eyes:
Mascara, Buxom
Aqua Creamliner, MAKE UP FOR EVER
Aqua Brow, MAKE UP FOR EVER

Lips:
Lipstick
, MAKE UP FOR EVER

Aqua Lip Liner, MAKE UP FOR EVER

At the moment I’m rotating and sometimes using three foundations in the run of a day: Estée Lauder Double Wear, Dior Hydra Life BB cream and DiorSkin Nude BB Cream. I’ll be adding this as my fourth in rotation (or mixing in with them all) in my make up routine.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-goody-bagI headed home with this amazing generous goody bag that the NYC head office sent down to me. Whoa! I’ve been playing with it all the last couple of days.

I can’t wait to head back there in April. They’re launching an eyebrow bar inside the MAKE UP FOR EVER store. While I do have nicely shaped brows, they could definitely use a little help to thicken them up and open my eyes a bit. MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-valley-fair

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-lash-barI don’t recall if this is the only lash bar in the USA at a MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique, or if there’s just a handful. Either way, I’m stoked that it’s at a location not terribly far from where I am. I haven’t tried my take at applying false eyelashes before. I’m a little intimidated by them because I know I’ll put them on sideways. But I did have fun playing with the wands, and seeing what ones looked fun, or just easy-to-wear natural.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-fun-stuff make-up-stationsMAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-Valley-Fair-Mall

If you’re ever in the Santa Clara area, visit the MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique in Valley Fair Mall.

Tobey-and-NancyAsk for Tobey. She definitely knows what she’s doing.

Surprise! We’re married!

Surprise! The Guy and I got married just a few days ago!scott-nancy
On December 30, 2013 we tied the knot and said our I Do’s.cutting-wedding-cake

Not only that, The Guy my husband (!!) and I are moving from Ontario Canada, to California in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading

It’s coming soon!

Our big news recap is coming soon, I promise. I just can’t publish it on the blog yet until everyone close to us knows.

So instead I’m going to keep you on the edge of your seats and talk about my weekend.

amy and nancyOur marketing team went out to lunch yesterday. So I asked my boss to take a photo of Amy (her daughter and my coworker) and I with her new BlackBerry z10. Not sure about the quality of the pic, looks the same as my blackberry bold photos but whatev. I love the pic.

I also broke out my hat that I got as a Christmas present. It looks so fancy on me, but I love it. The car was parked.christmas hat Continue reading