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I am the proud mom of a wonderful 6 year old. She is smart and beautiful and I love her to bits. The only problem, she is going to be the pretty popular girl (I was not) once she gets to high school. She is in the first grade and already has a “boyfriend,” has been invited to no less than 15 birthday parties this school year so far, and is a self-described “popular girl.”  With all of this popularity comes the constant attention to detail when it comes to hair/clothes. Fortunately for me, she attends a private school, so its khakis and white polos every day. Because of this fashion conformity, Amelia makes a statement with her ultra-long hair. She loves her long hair and cries when I force her to get a half inch trim. Despite this, she is a typical 6 year old when it comes to the regular brushing needed to maintain this long hair. Thank goodness for Bain de Terre Coconut Papaya Ultra-Hydrating Hair Collection, which has saved her the torture of brushing out the snarls.

Bain de Terre Coconut Papaya Ultra-Hydrating Hair Collection certified fabulous zotos shampoo

Last weekend, after spending two days with her father, Amelia returned home to me a hot mess (see  picture below).  I was certain I was going to have to traumatize her by having her long locks chopped. Her hair reminded me of the homeless lady who wanders around town, who we always referred to “Beaver Tail lady,” as her hair was so dread-locked it resembled a beaver tail. I decided to attempt to rectify the situation myself before taking drastic-haircutting-measures. First, I washed her hair with Bain de Terre coconut papaya Ultra Hydrating Shampoo. This lovely shampoo contains wonderful essential oils that helped to hydrate her overly dry (caused by swimming in a heavily chlorinated hotel swimming pool all weekend) and obviously damaged hair. I loved the richness of this shampoo, and because it is paraben free I feel confident using this product on my child's hair.  The nourishing Coconut Oil, plus argan and monoi oil made shampooing an effective first step at remedying the horrible situation which was my child’s hair.

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Next, I slathered her hair with Bain de Terre coconut papaya Ultra Hydrating Conditioner. This conditioner is fortified with the same coconut, argan and monoi oils as the shampoo. This conditioner is indicated for those with overly dry and damaged hair. This conditioner is also paraben free, and helped to loosen the matted knots present in my little ones hair. I began to relax, gaining a sense of hope that after completing all three steps in this hair care collection, that I might be able to get a comb through the matted mess.

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I hate to ever describe myself as an “addict,” but I must admit I truly love using hot tools on my hair.  Having naturally curly (aka Frizzy) hair, using a flat iron prevents me from having to wash/style my thick, long hair multiple times in a week. It takes a multitude of products in order for me to achieve frizz-free curls. When I wash, scrunch and diffuse, I use quite a few products. After sleeping on my locks when they are styled naturally (with the help of no less than 3 styling products), my hair needs a washing, or else Im sporting a ponytail. If I flat iron, and use a great thermal spray, my hair looks pretty and doesn’t need to be washed (or worn in a ponytail) for up to 3 days. I love my 1’ ½’ curling iron for a “bouncy loose curls” look. I also love the sleek, straight look a flat iron provides. I have been told by a number of hairdressers (holla to you Naz Krepelian), that the key to hanging on to the volume and sleek look hot tools provide, is to use a great thermal protecting spray. This month I tested the greatest thermal spray: ZOTOS Flat Iron Addict Thermal Protecting Finishing Spray.

Zotos Flat Iron AddictFlat Iron Addict is a fine-mist, fast-drying spray with no-stick, light-hold technology that yields complete frizz control and protects hair against damaging heat caused by habitual flat ironing of the hair. I love the fine mist, as it is easy to cover large sections of hair.  This product is made up of some wonderful natural ingredients: Magnolia Acuminata Bark Extract (Good astringent and tonic properties), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (highly nourishing and hydrating), Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (extracted from the extremely nutritious and antioxidant rich goji berry) and Ribes Nigrum Fruit Extract (leaves the hair supple, soft and shiny and/or imparts volume, lightness, gloss). Flat Iron Addict is ideal for all hair types, especially those hooked on hot tools!

Flat Iron Addict lets you fight the heat, not the habit, shielding hair against damaging heat up to 450ºF and gives you 72-hour frizz control or until next shampoo. For thermal protection, separate a small section of dry hair. Spray Flat Iron Addict lightly and evenly. Follow with thermal styling iron. Spray on finished style for hold. I loved that although this product is lightweight, it offers great hold.  My hair truly stayed frizz free, and held its curl for 3 days!! I had the same result while flat ironing, although I didn’t even need to use as a light-hold finishing spray when flat-ironing. My hair was left soft and shiny, which is amazing considering how coarse and frizzy it usually is. I was able to achieve the salon look from the comforts of my own bathroom. I urge you, if you are a hot tool addict, to please try ZOTOS Flat Iron Addict Thermal Protecting Finishing Spray, you will not be disappointed!

Stacey

 

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I hate to ever describe myself as an “addict,” but I must admit I truly love using hot tools on my hair.  Having naturally curly (aka Frizzy) hair, using a flat iron prevents me from having to wash/style my thick, long hair multiple times in a week. It takes a multitude of products in order for me to achieve frizz-free curls. When I wash, scrunch and diffuse, I use quite a few products. After sleeping on my locks when they are styled naturally (with the help of no less than 3 styling products), my hair needs a washing, or else Im sporting a ponytail. If I flat iron, and use a great thermal spray, my hair looks pretty and doesn’t need to be washed (or worn in a ponytail) for up to 3 days. I love my 1’ ½’ curling iron for a “bouncy loose curls” look. I also love the sleek, straight look a flat iron provides. I have been told by a number of hairdressers (holla to you Naz Krepelian), that the key to hanging on to the volume and sleek look hot tools provide, is to use a great thermal protecting spray. This month I tested the greatest thermal spray: ZOTOS Flat Iron Addict Thermal Protecting Finishing Spray.

Zotos Flat Iron AddictFlat Iron Addict is a fine-mist, fast-drying spray with no-stick, light-hold technology that yields complete frizz control and protects hair against damaging heat caused by habitual flat ironing of the hair. I love the fine mist, as it is easy to cover large sections of hair.  This product is made up of some wonderful natural ingredients: Magnolia Acuminata Bark Extract (Good astringent and tonic properties), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (highly nourishing and hydrating), Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (extracted from the extremely nutritious and antioxidant rich goji berry) and Ribes Nigrum Fruit Extract (leaves the hair supple, soft and shiny and/or imparts volume, lightness, gloss). Flat Iron Addict is ideal for all hair types, especially those hooked on hot tools!

Flat Iron Addict lets you fight the heat, not the habit, shielding hair against damaging heat up to 450ºF and gives you 72-hour frizz control or until next shampoo. For thermal protection, separate a small section of dry hair. Spray Flat Iron Addict lightly and evenly. Follow with thermal styling iron. Spray on finished style for hold. I loved that although this product is lightweight, it offers great hold.  My hair truly stayed frizz free, and held its curl for 3 days!! I had the same result while flat ironing, although I didn’t even need to use as a light-hold finishing spray when flat-ironing. My hair was left soft and shiny, which is amazing considering how coarse and frizzy it usually is. I was able to achieve the salon look from the comforts of my own bathroom. I urge you, if you are a hot tool addict, to please try ZOTOS Flat Iron Addict Thermal Protecting Finishing Spray, you will not be disappointed!

Stacey

 

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Come fall, I usually want to change up my hair. I always get excited about fashion, beauty, and all the new accessories I can add to my outfits in the cooler weather. With these changes, I begin to feel that my hair needs some attention as well; summer locks just don't feel right at this time. So for today I have a few products and a great styling tool to give your hair that extra attention! 

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LOreal Paris Feria Wild OmbreDuring the fall season, I tend to want a deep auburn hair color, or a chocolate brown - rich fall colors. But my most recent hair color has been a blonde ombre. It's the lightest I have gone with my hair color and I love it! My roots are a light brown/dark blonde, and with ombre, I can let them grow out and blend right in! I used to love red for my hair, but my hair grows too fast and I got tired of the upkeep. So blonde I went! And blonde I will stay! Until I get bored again ;) But towards the end of the summer, I did want a little bit of change just to keep things interesting. So how did I change my ombre? I did it again to make it a little blonder! When I first went ombre, I went to a stylist. I was too scared to try it on my own. It turned out great, just what I wanted! A few months later I had it lightened again, but those turned out more to be highlights, so eventually I went to have it fixed which was NOT cheap! This time around, I used an at home kit from L'Oreal Paris - Feria Wild Ombre and I was quite happy with the results! This at-home ombre coloring kit comes with an expert brush that will brush on the ombre effect. This made it easy to get that smooth transition in colors, and not have a sharp defined line, creating a more natural appearance. The brush also helped the new color blend in with the other ombre colors I already had in my hair. You can control how drastic of an ombre effect you want, simply by applying more or less of the solution. I saturated my ends more to really lighten the bottom of my hair. The brush is also really nice to get smaller, face framing peices and only lighten a small desired section.

This kit was very easy to use and to follow. If you have colored your hair at home before, you should be able to apply this kit quite easily. I actaully found it easier than applying color all over my hair since I didn't have to worry about all the roots/even coverage at the top back of my head where I can't see as well. I did this kit completely on my own and was really happy with the ease of the process and the results, so don't worry, you can do it yourself too! Just remember, you are still bleaching your hair, so be sure to treat it well/strengthen it afterwards and choose the right color ombre kit for your existing hair color. Fiera Wild Ombre offers kits for Medium to Dark Brown, Dark Blonde to Light Brown, and Light to Medium Blonde. I used the Light to Medium Blonde kit since I had existing lightened hair color. 

Ombre before and after 400

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As summer winds-down, vacations are coming to a close and school is going to be starting back up...I am left wondering, "where did the time go?!" My times to enjoy the sun is getting shorter as the sun is setting sooner and I am still in summer mode. Yet we have to function in the real world of bed by 9:30pm, up at 5AM, battling traffic, school busses and then working a 9 hour day...ugh! When does one have time for beauty when we have been so lax on our normal routines for 3 months now?! Luckily I found some quick solutions to polish up my lazy summer look and prepare me for the work force once again :)

For a makeup spruce-up remember to still keep it light. It's not time to pack up the summer makeup yet, so feel free to layer foundation on minimally to comfort or continue to use your tinted moisturizer, BB or CC creams. Instead of your summer beach bum look, vamp up the eyes and lips to create a more put together finish to your face. 

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1) FLOWER Beauty: Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara in Intense Black will pop your eyes and allow you to choose lash volume and length with the adjustable brush, with 3 options (how cool is that?!). Being able to customize your look in one product is an ideal way to turn your office look to an upgraded, "I'm ready for happy hour drinks" look. If I was forced to use only 3 makeup products for the rest of my life, mascara would be one of them! Nothing makes you look more complete and it shows you care about little details...at least I think so ;)

FLOWER beauty lip pocket triplet trio makeup lipstick 

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Give Mom (or yourself) Gorgeous Hair for Mother's Day! 

We will be giving away a Zotos AGEbeautiful hair care COLLECTION!

Full sizes of the AGEbeautiful:

* Shampoo

* Conditioner

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    Congratulations Cherie Montorio for winning!!
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    What an awesome gift! Thank you so much!!
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    Shared your FB post about the giveaway.
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What seems to be trendy now-a-days is quick beauty. People are trying to make beauty faster and easier...just like everything else with this ever evolving world. This is changing more and more as woman are working full time careers and adding families on top of it! Not only are woman suppose to succeed in their careers but also in their roles as mothers, which is basically working two full time jobs. I personally do not have kids, but I know a career alone wipes me out and I find excuses to avoid the gym on a regular basis...I can't image another full time job added to that! Makeup for me is something I love to take my time on and experiment with it, so I use 95% of my "getting ready in the morning" routine on figuring out what to wear and applying makeup.

That being said, apart from hair care in the shower, I rarely do much of anything to my hair during the work week...but there are times where my hair needs to at least be calmed down from the frizzy mess that sleeping on wet hair created! I have two of the best hair solutions for a 60 second morning routine. Beauty in a can is not as lame as it sounds, there are actually many products going into cans to give you beauty in one spray! Unconventional beauty in a can is becoming more common as more and more brands strive to find ways to make beauty products fast fixes that are also easy to travel with. Foundation, hair color, tanning...the most well-know beautifying fixes from a can are typically with hair products. My two faves keep my hair fresh and revived in a rush!

 03272013 Biotera Dry Shampoo PRMy 60-second hair pick-me-up product is Biotera: Invisible Dry Shampoo instantly refreshes and revitalizes hair between regular washes with no residue. This product is my hero! If my hair looks a little limp or flat I will add this in for volume. It also is the best invention to use in between regular shampoo washes, because as I have said before, it's not ideal to wash your hair everyday unless you have a crazy oily scalp/hair follicle. I try to keep my hair unwashed for 2-3 days since it's more on the dry end and won't get majorly oily or dirty feeling until the 3rd day. This is especially wise to do if you color your hair or use heating tools often. It flawlessly eliminates excess oil to boost volume and leave hair feeling clean and refreshed. Use in place of regular shampoo to keep color vibrant longer. The scent is SO amazing people will think your hair is freshly washed! HA! Oh the beauty secrets we keep :)

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My 60-second hair tamer is the Hairspray Addict: Color Bright Hairspray with a level 5 max hold....and it does give a max hold! I love using this in the morning when I need to tame my hair. My hair is wavy so it helps to mold my waves better and keeps frizz at bay! It incredibly enhances my hair color too, which is an add bonus! My hair is shiny and the color is more radiant, glowing and overall more healthy looking! This is also a great product to keep hair in total place! I love using this when I want to spend more time on my hair for an event or special occasion, it holds my style if I have lots of curls or a sleek flat, slicked look. Packed with serious benefits to perfect hair, it also holds frizz away for up to 72 hours while radianting the amazing scent of Sparkling Citrus! This hairspray can do it all! 

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    Great tips for people on the run! Thanks Jessica!!
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by Kate MacDonald

 I have fine, color-treated hair – two things that don’t really go together, for me, when it comes to the ‘oil’ type hair protection products I’ve tried over the years. Most are just too heavy and slick, which weighs my (chin-length) hair down or makes it feel flat.

I was so impressed when I tried Zotos Professional Hairtrition Macadamia Oil Damage Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner! My hair had seriously amazing body, without my use of any extra bodifiying product – and this is a big deal because I use some type every single day. I really wondered if it would feel weighed down or limp, but no way! The shampoo and conditioner smell pretty, with just a light tropical scent.

Zotos Macadamia Oil Damage Recovery Shampoo lathers quickly and rinses really well, and Zotos Macadamia Oil Damage Recovery Conditioner is a thick cream. Luxurious! 

Hairtrition macadamia oil damage recovery conditioner shampoo and treatment certified fabulous

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I have recently tried some extraordinary products by Zotos. I have fine straight color treated hair with visible signs of aging. I use blow dryers, rollers, curling irons you name it. My hair has over time started to loose that healthy vibrant look.

 I am so thrilled that I have found a solution the Zotos products have that addressed all of these issues. My hair never looked better…brilliant

The anti aging color preserve system is fantastic after just a month of using these products I started getting more & more compliments about my hair.

 The sheen is back it looks healthier and much easier to manage. It is gentle and  effective, at times after shampooing I fond globs of hair on my shower floor, I thought that was how it supposed to be… NOT

age beautiful zotos certified fabulous hair ant-aging haircare

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You care about your hair, right? You would do anything and try anything to keep it the way you want it...who wouldn't?!  

I LOVE my hair! I would do anything to keep it alive and make it healthy and gorgeous, so as you can imagine I have tried practically EVERYTHING on the market. No, I'm serious...everything!!!

Anyway, that being said, you know I am speaking from the bottom of my heart when I tell you that I have found the ultimate hair care line for me, that I have already sworn to be faithful to 'til death do us part! 

Zotos (www.zotos.com) has introduced me to the Biotera Long & Healthy hair care collection; Rich Lather ShampooDaily ConditionerDeep Moisturizing Conditioner & the Triple Action Leave-In Treatment. My hair has never felt so soft or been so manageable since before I started damaging it back in middle school! It was like my hair was revived and it instantly looked like it could compete with any celebrity on the red carpet! A true WOW factor result with this hair care, I was truly blown away and didn't expect as dramatic and flawless results as it delivered. No more using different brands for different solutions to my hair problems! This ONE hair care collection can do it all and then some!

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Always changing up your shampoo and conditioner? I have a new one for you to try, one you just might stick with - Zotos Diamond Shine Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. It soothes and repairs damaged hair while creating two times more shine and strength. This shampoo and conditioner 03262013 Diamondshine Color Protect shampoocontains actual diamond micro particles and it is also sulfate free! It works to provide shine and strength, as well as protect your hair color 50% longer. I have color treated hair, so a good shampoo and conditioner that work to keep my (costly) color last longer, is always a good thing! My hair is also on the drier side, so it needs some help. But after using this shampoo & conditioner, my hair and my scalp felt thoroughly cleansed and hydrated. It also made my hair really soft and shiny, without using any other product.

 

 Think it might be for you? You can find Zotos Diamond Shine Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner for $9.99 each at sallybeauty.com

 

 

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