If I had it my way – and my boyfriend would allow it - I would spend my days as a lady of leisure indulging in the fabulous life as a fully fledged salon addict. However, with the advent of the annual Budget for all of us across the UK and the global age of austerity for beauty lovers around the world, the time has come to really think about moving some of your usual beauty routine from the salons to your bathroom! But how can you achieve salon standard beauty without the trusted help of your professional stylist? Simple; learn their secrets!
    As any good beauty blogger will know, befriending salon professionals is always advantageous, as they are always forthcoming with their knowledge and expertise. I quickly learned that instead of shopping for products as my usual retail outlet, I should buy them from the place actual professionals frequent: beauty wholesalers. There is a greater range of products and at a price to suit your recession-friendly budget.
    However, back to the case in point, with perfecting a salon standard look, you need some salon staples. Here are my top picks:
1. Hairdryer
    From knowledge imparted from my hairdresser friends, they recommend something lightweight, powerful and with a long salon standard cord. This is an integral, yet forgotten about feature, as a long cord allows flexibility and ability to manoeuvre. Check the power rating for a salon professional blow dry, preferably with a combination of heat settings. A silencer is always a much-needed accessory, especially if you’re an early bird with an irritable partner!
2. Styling wand
    Recently, I was inspired by the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to dig out my trusted styling/curling wand; it’s absolutely fabulous for creating a gorgeous and flirty hairstyle that has more bounce than even California! Go for a wand with a smaller barrel, as they create amazing curls that transform into romantic waves in the afternoon. I especially love the styling wand as it is fairly low maintenance but creates a dramatic effect.
3. Straighteners
      I’m just going to come out and say it: hair straighteners changed my life, fact. They are so versatile and can create any look from poker straight to lusciously wavy. The main thing when choosing straighteners is not their brand or size, but the type of plate they use. I prefer ceramic straighteners but some salon professionals prefer other types of plates. The secret I learned though was to have an adjustable temperature setting as the health of your hair is paramount in styling and over use of straighteners produces weakened or broken hair.  
4. Rollers
     If you’re looking for natural bounce, then you should take a good look at rollers. Rollers have had some sort of renaissance in recent times, being seen on the heads of the rich and famous for years. Where I live, in the UK, rollers have created some sort of furore as women across the nation have gone to the hairdressers on a Saturday morning, put their hair in rollers ready for a night on the town. Try to use models which have 'heated Velcro' in their name, as these are the easiest to fix in your hair.
5.Clippers
     Clippers are the essential hair tool for guys, it goes without saying. However a hair craze in 2010 increased the need for clippers... for women. Once the domain of punks and fashion pioneers such as David Bowie, the undercut became a hair phenomenon and combined long layers with an avant-garde shorn side.

Do these salon staples make your list? Would you make any recommendations?

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     I do a lot to my hair. I blow dry it, straighten it,  curl it, color it, hair spray it and probably a lot of other things that can cause quite some damage to the delicate hair strands.  As most girls that do similar stuff to their hair in their everyday routine have the question: How can I bring back that healthy strong hair that I had before doing all the heat damage etc?
     Uriélle has a product meant just for that purpose. Their restorative and conditioning styling treatment is made for ALL different hair types  and doesn't contain parabens, sulfates, propylene, glycol, DEA, TEA, or synthetic color and dyes. 
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Restorative & Conditioning Styling Treatment For All Hair Types
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Pump dispenser helps control how much comes out at once
Uriélle Revitál –Treatment promotes healing and has the ability to restore over-processed hair that has been damaged by chemical procedures, excessive heat styling, free radicals, and environmental factors. Along with color protection and long-term conditioning benefits, even dry and brittle hair is left soft and replenished with a silky finish and brilliant shine. 
     When I opened the packaging to the treatment, I loved the bottle. It's in a sturdy frosted glass bottle (my favorite type of packaging) with a pump dispenser and all the information you need that was on the box printed, also printed on the back of the bottle.     
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Nice consistency and easy to disperse throughout the hair.
     In the picture above I gave the bottle one and a half pumps and this is how much came out. It is easy to control how much you'd actually want out of the bottle because of their choice of dispenser. Which is why I'm happy to say they didn't choose a spray or plain old open top. This way you don't waste any product or put way to much in your hair and make it greasy looking.
     All I did when using this was apply a couple pumps into my hand and rub them together. Then I would just run my fingers through my damp hair and style as I normally do. You can also apply as needed throughout the day to protect against UV rays and control frizz!
     My hair felt super soft after using this the first time and didn't weigh down my hair so this is perfect for people with fine hair as well. I'm so happy with this power punch in a bottle with all it's nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids, and conditioning treatments that I feel I wish I knew about this even BEFORE I started doing things to my hair. It's like a youth serum for you hair!

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     Say goodbye to shaving creams and moisturizers that you use for shaving and after shaving. This all in one Gillette Venus & Olay Razor I got complimentary from Influenster's VoxBox program helps eliminate the need to buy shaving cream and after shower moisturizers!  
     If you think about it, it's pretty smart that Gillette teamed up with Olay, one of the worlds most popular skin care line. It makes perfect sense!  
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"Olay Moisture Bars help lock-in moisture to your skin for less dryness, and with every smoothing stroke, Venus’ five blades shave you close."
     Product Details
  • Venus’ five-bladed razors shave you close and adjust to women’s curves for a smooth and comfortable shave, even over tricky shaving areas like knees and ankles.
  • Olay Moisture Bars contain skin-enhancing elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum helps lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness and Glycerin helps offer that goddess glow! Just wet the razor to release a light lather – no separate shave cream required.
  • As with most Venus razors, new Venus & Olay also features a rounded, pivoting head designed for women’s curves, and a soft-grip ergonomic handle for confident control, even in wet and soapy environment
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How easy and quick it is to pop in a new blade!
     All I had to do was wet my skin and the razor and it took me a total of not even five minutes to shave my legs. I didn't waste time applying and smoothing out shaving cream, rinsing the razor 10 tens, etc. The strips itself lasted about 5-6 shaves but the razor was still in good shape and can still be used when the bars melt away.
Where to Buy
A refillable Venus & Olay with one replacement cartridge sells for approximately $8.99-$10.99. Packages of three replacement cartridges are available for about $14.99 - $19.49.

Venus & Olay will be available starting March 15, 2012 at food, drug, convenience and mass merchandise stores throughout the United States.

 
     Have you ever wanted to add some flair to your hair? Some bright fun colors but don't want to have a commitment to it!? I know I always wanted purple, pink, blue etc in my hair but was always to nervous to add it because I couldn't get it out if I didn't like it, when using hair color!
     I have been introduced to Hair Flairs Color Rub! This is a product that will give you that fun look for yourself (or even you little ones that want to have fun colored hair to go with their fun outfits!)  Color Rub literally rubs onto your hair and then washes out with the next shampoo.
    As you can see the instructions are pretty easy to follow. You can put a leave-in conditioner on the hair prior to applying the color rub to help it last a little longer if you'd like. Also I'd like to note that these colors work BEST and are more vibrant on lighter hair but they DO show up on darker hair as well!
    If you do use this on light hair you may need to do 2-3 washes to get it completely our of your hair. It only took me one wash to get my Ultra Violet Color Rub out.
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Apply the Color Rub directly on the hair. Massage into hair until evenly covered.
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After: Funky and Fun! <3
    As you can see it is very easily done (2 minutes) and how pigmented it is! You do need to be a little careful as to protect your clothing because it can stain. It reminded me of a large potted eyeshadow, just meant for you hair, not your eyelids!
    I did wash my hands after applying it right away because they state on the directions that it could stain hands or manicures, so wear gloves ;) 
    This Color Rub has 10 different fun colors to experiment with and mix and match! I suggest using two or more colors on the ends of you hair, it looks awesome!

Here is an easy "How To" video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WdEDqG9uqw

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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