Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream Review

I picked up the Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream in nourishing coconut milk and I’m so glad I did.

What’s to love?

The Alba  Hawaiian Body Cream is a super thick white cream that is light and fluffy.  The scent isn’t straight on coconut but a very light floral coconut scent. It has Pineapple Fruit Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Mango Fruit Extract and Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract which I think gives it the unique scent. I love the smell.

I also love how soft and non-greasy  it leaves my skin.

Alba also has…

  • 100% vegetarian ingredients
  • no artificial colors
  • no parabens or phthalates
  • no animal testing
  • no harsh sulfates

Check out the Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream in my Alba haul video!

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Alba Botanica Hawaiian Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner Review

My mom picked up the Alba Botanica Hawaiian Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner because she loved the smell and now we’re both loving these products!

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What’s to love?

First up, I love that Alba is gluten free and has no parabens or phthalates. I really love the giving culture of Alba too.

The Hawaiian Coconut Milk Shampoo smells amazing and is sulfate free. The lather is not huge with this shampoo but it does clean my hair very nicely and moisturizes with Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and coconut

The Hawaiian Coconut Milk Conditioner is super thick and a little goes a long way. It Sunflower Seed Oil, Moluccana Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Papaya Fruit Extract to name a few ingredients. It is so easy to get a comb through my hair after using this conditioner and it leaves my hair soft and shiny.

Overall I am super impressed with both of these products!

Oscar Blandi Medium Hold Hairspray Review

I received a complimentary (free) Oscar Blandi Medium Hold Hairspray from Oscar Blandi. All opinions are my own.

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First this is not your 80’s Aqua-net! Hairspray has improved so much since my younger days when I’d spray my locks into a stiff helmet.

The Oscar Blandi Medium Hold Hairspray is made from Sugar, Honey Extract, Vitamin E and Panthenol (Vitamin B5) which plumps, moisturizes and reduces split ends.

This spray is so light and easy to control. I can barely even feel it going on and it left my hair soft and moveable while holding the style. I also love that it gives my hair some extra shine and volume.

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It has a light floral scent of honeysuckle that isn’t to strong or overpowering.

Price: $25

Oscar Blandi Dry Heat Protect Spray Review

I received a complimentary (free) Oscar Blandi Dry Heat Protect Spray from Oscar Blandi. All opinions are my own.

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The Oscar Blandi Dry Heat Protect Spray is a hair protectant offers 450-degree heat protection and it’s enriched with keratin proteins. It is alcohol and Paraben free too.

I’m someone who uses a flat iron about 5 out of 7 days of the week so having a good protectant is important. I found this one to be very effective and my hair feels amazing.

The mist is very fine with this product and I apply 2-3 short sprays over my hair. It does have a nice Lemon Verbena scent.

I then let it dry for about 30 seconds before I start using my flat iron. I do notice that my straightener (I have a Chi) does pull more easily through my hair when I use this product and over time I think my hair does look more healthy.

You can also apply this product to damp hair before blow drying which I found helpful when I straighten my hair with my dryer.

Price: $22

Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner Review

When my hair needs a good deep conditioning I usually turn to Aveda. They are one of my favorite hair care products along with Lush. The Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner does a great job taming my locks and it smells so good.

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What’s to love?

Dry Remedy has the classic Aveda Pure-Fume scent with with certified organic lavender, bergamot, ginger lily and other pure flower and plant essences.

I have thick wavy hair and the dry remedy gives my hair a nice smooth finish and tames my frizz a bit which is great for Summer. This formula applies like a cream but does not weigh my hair down either which I love. I usually leave it on for about 5 minutes.

And as an additional plus Aveda is having a 20% off + free shipping sale today if you use the code LOVE which is pretty cool.

Oscar Blandi Glossing Creme Review

I received a complimentary (free) Oscar Blandi Glossing Creme from Oscar Blandi. All opinions are my own.

According to Oscar Blandi the Polishing Creme gives gloss to hair, repels humidity, cuts down on frizz and prevents cuticle damage.

Ingredients include: Jasmine Flower Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E & Keratin, Keratin Proteins, Weightless non-drying silicones and Cystine Copolymers.

What’s to love?

I used about a dime sized drop of the thick white creme on my dry hair to test it out. I have extremely frizzy hair and humidity really wrecks it in the Summer. I was really impressed with how much the creme tamed my Summer locks and gave them a nice shine. It gives a good gloss without looking greasy.

I was also able to brush my hair much better after using the Glossing Creme, it works as a great detangler. Oh and the scent! I am really loving the Jasmine…it’s very natural and not perfumey at all. It smells just like a Summer garden!

I would definitely purchase this product.

Retail Price: $25

Bumble & bumble Seaweed Conditioner Review

I have to say my new favorite hair brand is Bumble & bumble. I picked up the Seaweed Conditioner this week and I love it!

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What’s to love?

The Bumble and bumble Seaweed Conditioner is very light and is a thinner consistency than a lot of conditioners I’ve used however that does not mean it’s ineffective.

After shampooing with the Lush Big Shampoo I applied about a quarter sized drop to my chin length hair. It was easy to work into my thick hair and the smell is amazing. It’s a fresh lime scent with a sea salt undertone. It’s so fresh and pretty. It also did a nice job of detangling my hair.

It was also very easy to rinse out and after a few uses I noticed that my hair has been super shiny and manageable. It does a great job on my frizz and I feel like every time I use it my hair looks better.

Overall I love it! This is going to be my new Summer conditioner and I’d like to try a few more products from Bumble and bumble.

Ingredients include: Ascophyllum Nudosum Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract and Spirulina Maxima Extract

Price: $25

The Bunble and bumble Seaweed Conditioner is part of my May Beauty Favorites!

My 5 Must-Have Hair Products For Summer

I ‘m gearing up for Summer and that means getting some Summer hair products to tame my tresses! Here are 5 of my favorites.

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Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight – I love the Aveda Smooth Infusion line because it keeps my curly hair nice and straight. The plant-derived fibers in this formula work to straighten and it keeps my hair nice and soft. Price: $26

Lush Montalbano Shampoo Bar – Montalbano shines up my hair and gives it a wonderful lemon scent. I love the lather from the Lush shampoo bars and they never dry out my hair. Price: $10.95

Garnier Whole Blends Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Smoothing Oil – When I need a little extra conditioning I use a dab of this coconut oil. It tames my frizz and I love the coconut scent. Price: $6.99

Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo – While Big is a bit pricey it’s so worth it. This large 11.4 oz. container lasts me about 45 days as I don’t use it everyday. Big gives my hair amazing bounce and softness. Price: $27.95

Bath & Body Works At The Beach  Sea Salt Hair Mist – This is my favorite Sea Salt Hair Mist. It detangles, moisturizes and smells so good. It has a “blend of white frangipani, toasted coconut & bergamot waters essenced with a cool, saltwater breeze” Price: $16.50

Aveda Beautifying Body Moisturizer Review

I got a free 1.4 fl.oz. sample tube of the Aveda Beautifying Body Moisturizer when I picked up a new bottle of the Brilliant Conditioner for my mom and I have mixed feelings about it.

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I am a huge fan of the Aveda scents and this one is pretty too. It has certified organic shea butter and olive, soy and safflower oils with rosemary, lavender, bergamot and other pure flower and plant essences.

Beautifying is not quite as strong as the Shampure scent but it still has a bite and the scent is a bit different…it kind of smells like earthy, mossy flowers. I can’t decide if I love it yet but I don’t hate it at all.

The creme is very heavy and moisturizing. I feel like this will be great for Fall or when my hands are really dry. I don’t see it as a Summer cream.

Overall I think it’s nice but I don’t think I’d buy the full-sized version as the Rosemary Mint is more of my Aveda favorite.

Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment Review

My hair was in massive need of a treatment this weekend because I’ve been using my flat iron a bit more so I grabbed my Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment for some intense moisture for my locks.

What’s to love?

Aveda is my second favorite hair care product after Lush and when I’m in need of a deep condition I like to use the Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment. Luckily I have a bunch of sample sizes to get me through when I need some conditioning.

This one has the Aveda pure-fume scent but to me it’s a lot lighter than the shampoo scent. It’s scented with organic bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang and other flower and plant essences. I really love this scent.

The creamy formula has quinoa protein and it makes a huge difference on my hair with just one treatment. I usually leave it on for a full 5 minutes after I really work it into my ends and then rinse. Afterwards my hair is soft, shiny and full and it looks even better when I use the Lush Karma Komba Shampoo Bar first.

Overall this is one of my favorite hair staples!

Price: $36 for 5 fl. oz.