8.21.2011

Hair, Lips, and Cheeks.

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I've always thought of the idea of using "eco-friendly" beauty products in the same way I think of vegetarianism: it's nice and we'd all like to do it, but we're not always ready or willing to give up foods, products, etc. that we love, despite knowing all the "trouble" it took to get made and/or the side effects it could have on our bodies.

For example, when a friend in elementary school told me that Pantene used furniture wax (I have no idea where that came from) in their products, I turned the other ear because I loved Pantene. Their shampoos and conditioners gave me the softest, detangliest (yes, I just typed that) hair ever, and that's all I wanted and cared about when it came to hair products. To this day, I still use Pantene and I don't care who knows! ;)

I'm always willing to try new things, though...
Madre Labs Moisturizing Shampoo in Strawberry Oasis
Madre Labs Moisturizing Conditioner in Strawberry Oasis
Aussie 3-Minute Miracle
CHI Iron Guard
Moroccan Oil

I was sent a few Madre Labs products from iHerb.com and have been slowly testing a few products out at a time. They're all "No, No, No's" products, which means they do not contain any sulfates, parabens, dyes, animal ingredients, or involve animal testing. They also come in eco-friendly packaging and contain biodegradable ingredients. Like I said before, these were never things I'd go out of my way to look for in a shampoo or conditioner before, but since I was offered the opportunity to test out the products, what did I have to lose, right?


Both the Madre Labs shampoo and conditioner smell amazing - like strawberry fruit roll-ups :) The scent doesn't tend to linger long after, though, so I always try to enjoy it while I can while I'm in the shower. 

I find shampoos to be a difficult product to review. I mean, how much is there to say really? With the Moisturizing Shampoo, my hair feels clean afterwards but not parched, and my only qualm would be that it takes more shampoo than usual to achieve the same amount of lather. I can't complain too much, though, as I've heard that most other sulfate-free shampoos don't lather at all, and I'm a girl who loves her lather!

The Moisturizing Conditioner is super thick and really moisturizing. I would definitely say that it is more moisturizing than pretty much all of the drugstore conditioners I've tried (I only ever use drugstore shampoos and conditioner, by the way)! Both the shampoo and conditioner are currently on sale for between $8-11, so they're a bit pricier than drugstore products but definitely still affordable.

Madre Labs products are only available at iHerb.com, in case you're interested. I have a few more products to test out, and I'll review those in separate posts, so keep your eyes peeled!

The other 3 hair products in there are just ones that I've been loving at the moment:
:: Aussie 3-Minute Miracle :: I use this in place of conditioner every other time I wash my hair, and I couldn't imagine life without it. It's one of the most amazing hair deep treatments ever, and the coconut smell lingers forever!

:: CHI Iron Guard :: I spray this onto dry hair and comb through to distribute evenly, and once it's dry, I go to town with hair straighteners and curling irons! I kid, I kid...but not really. I try to use heat on my hair in moderation, but when I do, I always try to use heat protectant first. This one also has an odd, manly cologne smell to it that I love :)

:: Moroccan Oil :: I slather about a dime/nickel sized amount of this to the bottom half of my hair when it's still damp. My hair dries significantly faster (whether air dried or blow dried) with it on, and it leaves my hair feeling silky soft afterwards.


In other news, I may or may not have gone a little lip balm crazy while experiencing an annoying bout of dry lips:
C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Night Balm
C.O. Bigelow Lemon & Strawberry Tinted Lip Balm
C.O. Bigelow Lemon & Ginger Tinted Lip Balm
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Natural Mint & Shea Butter

My super-quick-and-not-very-thorough-at-all first thoughts:
:: My Favorite Night Balm :: Smells slightly vanilla-ish, tastes delicious (don't ask me why I know), and has a really nice, moisturizing, thick consistency that stays on all through the night...in other words, AMAZING!

:: Lemon & Strawberry and Lemon & Ginger :: Both are really moisturizing, although they don't stay on very long, and the pink and "life nude" (as opposed to "lifeless nude" aka corpse lips) tints, respectively, are super effortless, easy, and flattering. They also smell (and taste) fab!

:: Jack Black :: It's smells nice and minty and provides good moisturization, but is it amazing enough to warrant all the raves? I'm not so sure yet.


And last but not least, it's not new but I've re-fallen in love with it this week and figured it deserved a mention on the good ol' blog:
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy 
(see swatch here)



See? I'm not dead! Just busy...hence the lack-o-brows. I'm wearing Tipsy blush and the Lemon & Ginger tinted lip balm, by the way :)


Disclaimer: The shampoo and conditioner were sent to me free of charge for review purposes only. I am not affiliated with either companies, nor am I getting paid for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and based solely on my own experience with the products.




What are some of your hair care staples? What about a few lip balm favorites?


54 comments:

  1. Great post. I love my CHI iron guard spray.  Always a must when I flat iron my hair.  

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  2. hair HG's are anything from the Shisiedo Tsbaki white line! Everything from the tsubaki line is an absolute miracle on my hair. I try new stuff (sometimes) but nothing beats it. I get compliments on my hair everytime i use it and i dont even brush my hair (ever!) gross? hahaha its bc it never has any tangles
    M. oil is a love and i have to have to have to try that 3 minute miracle! i always fgt to grab it! 

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  3. Lol. "Detangled" is a very technical term indeed.
    I love Aussie's hair mousse + leave in conditioner two in one! It's a brilliant idea, that actually works.

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  4. Any hair products that smell like fruit roll ups are a win in my book. ;)

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  5. Love this list=) I adore my JB balms, I have vanilla and lavender but ordered 4 other scents last week, so am looking forward to them. I really want to try one of the Tarte blushes they look amazing, and the other balms you mentioned!

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  6. That picture of you wearing the tarte blush is really making me want to go out and buy it!!! 

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  7. Great FOTD, you look very happy in your new environment, and pretty as always! 3 Minute Miracle and Moroccan Oil (also dries me hair faster when I use it) are staples for me too. I feel the same about sulfate-free shampoos. I have to use loads more to get the lather...but for my color treated hair I notice a difference. I also can make it longer between washes when I use a natural shampoo...maybe because it doesn't strip the good oils from my scalp/hair? Great post!

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  8. Looks gorgeous the lip balms look great and the Tarte blush just makes me jealous! Hahaha jk :)

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  9. I really want to try the C.O. Bigelow night balm, too - I had a tough time choosing for the buy 2 get 1 promo! I'm so glad you like the tinted lip balms - they're amazing! I've had the Lemon & Ginger with me since I got it. I'd always been curious about the Fresh ones, but there's no way they could beat these! I still haven't tried the Tarte blushes yet - Tipsy looks great on you!

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  10. I have got to try that night balm! 

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  11. Yesss. That Aussie 3 minute miracle is my favourite. I wanted to love chi iron guard so bad, but I found it a little bit sticky/stiff when I straightened my hair? Or perhaps I just over spray cause I can tell the difference between protected from the heat and OVER SATURATED. 
    I agree with theprettyhouseofy that Aussie hair mousse + leave in conditioner is great. I use the mousse after my hair is towel dried and it creates a huge difference. x 

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  12. I think your hair color's lovely :D

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  13. I'm always for eco-friendly products. :]
    I do agree though. They can be quite a bit expensive, but I think it's worth it.
    The Madre Labs shampoo and conditioner sounds pretty good.

    One of my hair care staples is the Sunsilk Hydra TLC creme. It works magic on my hair!

    By the way, I’m having an international Pura Vida bracelets giveaway so come check it out! :]
     
    xoxo, Bree
     
    http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/ 

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  14. Giovanni hair products! <3 :]

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  15. hi! new follower! i love your blog and your reviews :) anyway, i was wondering where i can get that brand of moroccan oil. i'm currently using the one from the organix line, i get mine from CVS and i'm not sure if its really working on me since i'm too lazy to use it regularly. i'm trying to use it all up and i want something new :) how much was it? 

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  16. I just yesterday thought about purchasing these Madre Labs shapoo and conditioner. I think I really have to try them!

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  17. The shampoo & conditioner sound great, mostly because I like the sound of 'Strawberry Oasis'.

    The JB lip balm is my absolute fave. I've completely ditched C.O. Bigelow lip products for it :x

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  18. Pantene IS great! All those rumors that are going around are false... there is good science backing up Pantene. The Beauty Brains website is a great place to read more on Pantene. Also, I am right there with you! Aussie 3 min. miracle is the best. conditioner. ever! PS follow me on my new beauty blog: ultaismycandystore.blogspot.com

    -Holly

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  19. I like the blush ;)

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  20. this is great to hear good things about a vegan shampoo and conditioner.
    i'm going to have to check it out. 
    great reviews! <3

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  21. i love love love that blush! looks great on you!

    http://glossytaryn.blogspot.com/

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  22. You look so pretty and fresh! :) I love the 3 Minute Miracle, so affordable and does wonders for my hair. My favorite lipbalm is...don't judge...the red eos one :) I know so many people hate it but I just love it. I also like Burt's Bees and Nivea Milk & Honey.

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  23. OMG the Aussie 3 Minute is my FAVORITE! Loooove the smell of it and it makes my hair look like I had it professionally washed in a salon! lol The Tarte blushes are my absolute favorite right now too, Ive been wearing Dollface practically every single day =))

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  24. i love all of these brands. great picks, chick. 

    love, rach.www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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  25. Hello, Tiffany! I know you've been busy with school and your personal life and all but I just wanted to let you know that I miss you! I always find myself scrolling through my dash on Bloglovin' hoping to catch a glimpse of "Will Work for..." Ha! Any who, I wish you the best and hope to hear from you soon! =] xx

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  26. delightlifeandstyleAugust 30, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    I was JUST looking at the Night Balm at B&BW like 2 days ago! there was no tester out though.. I need to venture back!
    && LOVE THE TARTE BLUSHES =)

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  27. Thanks, Dinah! Glad you like it too :)

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  28. Haha, this is so weird but I don't brush my hair either!! o_0 Let me know how you like the 3 minute miracle - you HAVE to try it...it's so cheap and awesome!

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  29. That sounds like an amazing product actually! I would totally give it a try if I used mousse :)

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  30. Lol, I know right?! :D

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  31. You HAVE to try out a Tarte blush sometime...it's a fantastic formula!

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  32. You should! It's amazing :D

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  33. Thanks, Danielle! I'm still trying out the sulfate-free shampoos to see if I'll notice a difference too...I do like knowing that they're better for my hair though! :)

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  34. Haha, thanks so much, Yu :)

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  35. YOU DON'T HAVE TIPSY?! But it's soooo gorgeous! And I've used the night balm every night since I got it, and yes, it's amazing. You should definitely get it. I prefer it to both Aquaphor and 8 Hr Cream for a night time lip treatment :)

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  36. I've used it every night since I got it and it's soooo nice! Better than Aquaphor and 8 Hr Cream for a night time lip treatment, in my opinion!

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  37. Yup, the CHI makes my hair a bit sticky too...I find it helps to not spray as much and also to let it completely dry before using any heat on it :)

    And that mousse + conditioner sounds amazing but I don't usually have the need for a mousse :-/ I'm glad you ladies both love it though!

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  38. Thank you so much!

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  39. I've never heard of that before...is it like a moisturizing product or something?

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  40. I've never heard of them...are they sold at salons usually or drugstores?

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  41. Hi miemiemie! I got mine at a hair salon...I'm pretty sure they only sell them at hair salons. I have the little bottle (25ml/0.85oz) and it was around $14 :) It looks like you can order online now too http://www.moroccanoilproducts.com/moroccanoil-products/hair-treatment.html :D

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  42. I've tried both the moisturizing and normal lines and I would definitely say that the moisturizing line (the strawberry oasis scent from this post) is the better one by far!

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  43. That good, huh? I have to admit, I'm liking my JB lip balm more and more everyday :)

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  44. I'm glad you like Pantene and 3 minute miracle too!! :D

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  45. Thank you :)

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  46. I hope you like them too, Julianne!

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  47. ahahaha, I won't judge you, I promise ;) I don't think it's any secret I dislike the red EOS though, lol. I really liked the Nivea Milk and Honey one too! ("Liked" because I used up the whole tube :-/)

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  48. I heard Dollface was a really nice pink shade...I should look into that one :)

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  49. Aww, thank you so much Christina! Believe me, I miss blogging so often too...I wish there were more hours in the day! I appreciate your supportive comment, and it definitely put a smile on my face and reminded me what I love most about blogging :D

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  50. I've never tried their shampoo...sounds like it's worth a try!

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  51. You should definitely get the night balm...it's amazing! And what's your favorite tarte blush shade? ;)

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  52. delightlifeandstyleSeptember 2, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    =) my favorite tarte blush is natural beauty, I also have blushing bride... but I think I want like 4 more! Tipsy being one of them!

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  53. delightlifeandstyleSeptember 2, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    http://delightlifeandstyle.blogspot.com

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