Best of Beauty 2016

With pleasure I bid adieu to 2016! This past year was a doozy, but yet, a year filled with incredible beauty (products). I’ve had the incredible opportunity to discover so many incredible products in 2016, some very notable products that have really blown me away and just when I thought I’ve seen it all. Here are a few of the true stand outs of 2016 that have easily gained their place amidst my all-time faves.my-lucite-dreams-best-of-beauty-2016

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Leonor Greyl Paris #nomorebadhairdays

If you’re looking to achieve your best hair ever, look no further, Leonor Greyl is a truly transformative line of hair care. This award-winning hair care brand formulates their products using all-natural plant extracts and vitamins. Leonor Greyl products are free of sls, silicones, parabens, coal tar, are color safe and cruelty free – no cheap fillers here. “Many ingredients used in Leonor Greyl product are certified BIO by Ecocert and come from sustainable sources around the world.” The Leonor Greyl difference is immediate upon first use, providing me with more manageable, deeply hydrated and luminous locks.

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One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder

I was just about done with the entire concept of dry shampoos. I’ve tried a slew of them, often turned off by offensive odors. Then there were the times, when the powder formulas coagulated with my scalps natural oils, leaving me with a pasty residue that had me hightailing it to the nearest running tap. My hair was anything but fresh. Just as I had basically closed that book on that chapter, my beloved One Love Organics released a new dry shampoo powder, and I gave it one more go. The Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder from One Love Organics has completely restored my faith in the world of dry shampoos (cue the singing angels).

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First off, Healthy Locks has a subtle clean fragrance, that is utterly delightful. It contains a “unique blend of highly absorbent Georgia kaolin clay, hyaluronic acid and silica rich bamboo extract.” I shake the powder directly onto scalp, let it sit for a minute, then massage it in. I am met with instant volume, and my hair is left feeling ultimately refreshed. It’s been a huge time saver, and, to my surprise, a handbag staple. I love Dry Shampoo!

One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder $12 oneloveorganics.comintegritybotanicals.com

 

Dreamy Picks February 2014

I gladly bid farewell to this past frigid month of February and hello to March. Although it’s already snowed this month and all signs of warmer weather are amiss, I still hold hope for the new approaching season. Snow or not, Springs new beauty Collections are in full bloom. There have been some exciting releases this season and a few already have made it to my list of favorites.

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S.W. Basics Toner – After a stressful couple of weeks my skin did not fair too well. I started to develop a form of Dermatitis on my face. After some research and after testing several treatments, I came across this toner from S.W. Basics. Within a couple of days, my skin cleared up and with continued use, it keeps my Dermatitis at bay. The S.W. Basics toner is sort has been a savior.

Aroma M Camellia Hair Oil – I’ve recently reviewed this products after receiving a sample from Aroma M. I adore this oil so much and have recently picked up the full-sized. (review)

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Incandescent – A recent acquisition from the Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer Collection. This stunning metallic-gold polish, Incandescent, reminds me of the warm days that I am longing for. (review)

By Terry Cover Expert Foundation in #7 – The newest addition to my foundation collection. This might be the ultimate ‘un-makeup’ makeup. While I am still testing, I will be sure to post my thoughts soon.

Gressa Lip Boost in Bare – Probably my most worn lip product as of recent. While it contains gorgeous pigments, it conditions like your favorite balm and it’s all natural to boot. I am never without it. (review)

Hourglass Ambient Blush in Dim Infusion – It’s no surprise that the Ambient Blushes are everywhere, they’re gorgeous. Dim Infusion brings life to my complexion. The formula is beautiful as if it melts into the skin. (review)

What’s on your February Favorites List?

Aroma M Camellia Hair Oil – A Hair Oil So Good You It Changes Your Style

Have you ever tried a hair product so good that it you change your hairstyle? Until now, I hadn’t either, let me explain. This curly girl relied on damaging hot hair tools. It was a blow dryer, flat-iron and a curling iron for the win. That is until Aroma M’s Camellia Oil came along and everything changed. This marvelous blend of oils suddenly had my hair making all the right moves. My flat-iron has since taken a back seat as I just blow and go.

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The line of Aroma M Beauty was created in inspiration for Japanese culture and aesthetics. More specifically, the world of Kyoto Gion Geisha’s. Camellia Oil has long been refered to as a symbol of wealth, virtue and happiness in Japan and is the main ingredient in Aroma M’s Beauty products. The Camellia Hair oil contains a blend of natural and organic oils, including Camellia, Argan and Jojoba as well as Rosemary and Tuberose Essential Oils.

The Camellia Hair Oil from Aroma M will not weigh down your hair, unlike other oils. This perfect blend performs quite the opposite actually. It creates incredible body and bounce. After even just one use my hair felt significantly healthier and happier. The youth of my hair was restored, as I noticed incredibly shiny locks. My frizz is diminished and my hair has taken on a new life. I must as well note the oils contains the soft and feminine fragrance of Camellia flowers and Tuberose.

I apply a few drops of the Camellia Hair oil onto damp hair and blow dry. As a pre-shampoo treatment, apply to wet hair and leave on hair for 20 minutes then shampoo out. Instead of reaching for the straight iron, I now let my hair falls as it may. Instead of dictating my style, my style dictates me in the form of great hair. Aroma M’s Camellia Hair Oil has become a new staple for me. At $55 US, I find it well worth the expense.

Aroma M Camellia Hair Oil $55 – available at aromam.com & luckyscent.com

*Disclosure – This posts contains samples sent to My Lucite Dreams for consideration. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and based on my personal experience. All links in post are there strictly available for your convenience.

DermOrganic Masque Intensive Hair Repair

DermOrganic’s line of haircare products are made using ingredients that are “synergistic to your hair and skin to replenish from the outside what your hair and skin need inside for health and vitality.” The products are vegan and free of artificial preservatives, sulfates, gluten, sodium chloride, parabens, mea, deo or dyes.

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The Intensive Hair Repair Masque is an intensive deep conditioner that repairs damaged hair. Made with Omega-6, anti-oxidants, rice amino acids, essential lipids, and Argan Oil it is scientifically created to work along with the hairs natural complex to deeply moisturize dry and damaged hair from the inside-out.

Giving some background, my hair is on the finer side and dry and damaged from hair color processes and from exposure to heat styling tools. I have been using this mask regularly for about 2 months now and have experienced great results. I swap it out for my regular conditioner about every other day or every two days. I leave the DermOrganic mask on for the duration of my shower, or as long as I can. My hair feels instantly silky and free or any tangles. Even when used with this frequency it never feels weighed down. My hair feels deeply conditioned and more manageable. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone of any hair type seeking a deep conditioning mask.

DermOrganic Masque comes in several sizes from travel to full-size $8-36

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Hair Care Faves

I’m a person that likes to switch up their beauty routine in search of the next best thing, obviously. This is especially true with my hair products. I have naturally curly, frizzy hair and my hair suffers a lot through the straightening processes. As much as I like to try new things I keep coming back to these six products.

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  • John Masters Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment and Volumizer for thinning hair – This treatment has helped to regulate my oily scalp, improving the overall health of my hair. Prior to including this product into my hair care routine I hadn’t considered the importance of scalp health. Since using this treatment I have been able to skip a shampoo.
  • Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo – This is my all time favorite shampoo. It cleans my unconformably oily scalp exceptionally well. It also does it gently without drying out the rest of my hair. It soothing and tingles a bit and is a delight to use.
  • Coconut Oil – You might already know that I’m a bit crazy for coconut oil. I use it in a multitude of ways. As a hair mask, coconut oil is incredible. It is said to be the only oil that can penetrate your hair follicles. After use, my hair feels significantly softer and smoother with incredible shine. I also sometimes use it after I blow dry to add some shine.
  • Biolage Conditioning Balm – I havent been able to find a conditioner that moisturizer as well as this one. I’ve been using it for many years and I love it.
  • Moroccanoil – This incredibly popular oil just cannot be beat. It keeps my hair soft and manageable without ever weighing it down or feeling greasy. There is a reason why this is so loved, it’s a miracle. The oil is a bit pricey but I shelve out the money every time because its worth every penny.
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo – While I understood the concept of a dry shampoo, I never found it effective. I tried them all and gave up on them a long time ago. I also could not tolerate the smell of any of them. I gave dry shampoo one last chance when I picked up Batiste Coconut, and I am now a believer. The coconut scent is delightful and not overpowering.

Two other products that deserve a mention:

  • Phyto Huile d’Ales pre-shampoo Hydrating Oil (review)
  • Living Proof No Frizz Straight Making Styling cream – a summer staple (review)

Have you tried any of these? What are some of your hair care favorites?