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Add volume to hair with the HASK mint almond oil hair care collection {product review}

I love trying new hair products.  It’s a little way to add some variety to life.

My hair tends to be fine and flat, so I’m always on the lookout for products that will help my hair look full and healthy.  And I always make sure the new products are free of sulfates.

According to Women’s Health magazine, sulfates in hair products can potentially dry out hair and strip out color.  Sulfate-free products work just as well for me, so I’m happy to ditch the harsh chemicals!

I’ve been learning more recently about the potential dangers of phthalates and parabens in products, so I’m now trying to avoid those as well.

Recently I jumped at the chance to try a new shampoo, conditioner, and root thickening spray.  I received these products free from HASK via BrandBacker to facilitate my honest review.

I received these products free from HASK via BrandBacker to facilitate my honest review.

The HASK mint almond oil thickening hair care line has products that are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors.  I love that HASK uses natural ingredients without potentially harmful chemicals.

The HASK mint almond oil thickening hair care collection uses natural almond oil to help increase body and volume while adding nourishing shine to hair – since almond oil is known for its high content of omega fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium.  The products also have Bio3 Thickening Complex (a specialty formula blend) and peppermint oil.

I headed over the to HASK website to learn more about the Bio3 Thickening Complex.  I mean, the name sounded good for thin hair like mine, but I wondered what was in it.  Turns out, it has three key ingredients from plants: ginseng, gleditschia, and white nettle.  HASK uses it to restore volume, fortify, and invigorate hair.

While I was on the HASK site, they mentioned that HASK is used on more film and TV sets than any other hair care brand.  That seems significant, since quality beauty products are essential when styling for image-driven media.

My review of the HASK mint almond oil thickening hair care collection

The products in the HASK mint almond oil collection have a nice, light mint scent that is pleasant.  This collection would be ideal for someone who is sensitive to scents, because the scent is so gentle.  It smells fresh and clean.

I found that the shampoo cleaned my hair well, and the conditioner did a good job detangling my hair.  Together, they left my hair soft and fresh with a nice amount of volume.

I tried the shampoo and conditioner without the root thickening spray first, and then later applied the root thickening spray with the rest of the products.  I saw an extra boost of volume when I added the root thickening spray with the shampoo and conditioner.

Overall, I was pleased with my results using the HASK mint almond shampoo, conditioner, and root thickening spray.  I will continue to use these products to add volume to my hair without harsh chemicals.

Want to check out these products for yourself?  Visit the HASK website to learn more about them and where to buy.

This is a sponsored post.  Thank you to HASK and BrandBacker for free samples of the
HASK mint almond oil hair care products to facilitate my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Affordable luxury for eyes with OZ Naturals Ultra Ageless Eye Creme

One of the things that changed my life this year was discovering OZ Natural products.  I don’t say that flippantly.  I mean, I know they’re skin care products and not a cure for cancer.  But I suffered from skin problems for a long time before taking a chance on the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum and finding amazing relief for my rosacea.

I was convinced to give OZ Naturals products a try on my problem skin because they are made with natural ingredients, and most of their products contain a high percentage of organic ingredients.  The products are cruelty-free, paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, lanolin free and gluten free.  There’s a lot to like with these products!

Best of all: I’ve had incredible results with OZ Natural products.  I’ve written extensively about how the vitamin C serum has helped my rosacea, and I’m so thankful for how much it has improved my itchy, red skin.

Now I’m hooked on the OZ Naturals product line and I want to try them all!

This month I received a free sample of the OZ Naturals Ultra Ageless Eye Creme via BrandBacker for review.

OZ Naturals Ultra Ageless Eye Creme

Like the other OZ Naturals products, the eye creme contains quality ingredients for gentle and effective skin care.  It contains:

  • Matrixyl® synthe’6® a potent peptide, to even skin and smooth wrinkles from the inside out.
  • Botanical Astaxanthin, which is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.  It’s sometimes known as “Super Vitamin E,” with antioxidant action up to 500 times that of Vitamin E.
  • Algae extract to nourish, protect, and hydrate skin with vitamins and minerals, and provides wrinkle preventing properties.
  • Carrot root extract, which has anti-aging properties, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and has also been known to help reduce wrinkles, scarring and stretch marks.
  • Caffeine and Paullinia cupana extract, which help reduce puffiness and create a smoothing effect around the entire eye area.

All of these ingredients work together to provide a moisturizing anti-aging eye creme for the delicate skin around the eyes.  It’s not limited to just the eye area, though.  The box says this product can be applied all over the face, morning and night, and under makeup.

My review of the OZ Naturals Ultra Ageless Eye Creme

The OZ Naturals Ultra Ageless Eye Creme is a light, white, odorless creme that smooths onto the delicate eye area easily.  I gently pat just a little all around my eyes and eyelids, and it absorbs quickly.

After applying, my skin feels moisturized without any oily residue from the product.  I have not experienced any stinging, tingling, or any other negative effects from the creme.

My regular makeup smooths on well over the eye creme.  While the product boasts good results on dark circles, I have to admit that I don’t struggle as much in that area so I can’t speak to its effectiveness there.  I’m applying the eye creme proactively for the anti-aging properties and look forward to good results from starting early to take care of this area of the skin that tends to show aging.

This product feels great and moisturizes well.  I love that it is 99% natural and made in the USA.

If you’re looking for an anti-aging, moisturizing eye creme, I think the OZ Naturals Ultra Ageless Eye Creme is a great choice!  It’s available from Amazon (affiliate link).

Thank you to OZ Naturals and BrandBacker for a free sample of the
OZ Naturals Ultra Ageless Eye Creme to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.

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Enter to win the Alterre shoes holiday launch giveaway!

If you like to be on the leading edge of fashion – or you just love comfortable and well-made shoes – then I have the perfect giveaway for you!

Alterre is launching an innovative new line of footwear, and they are giving away shoes to celebrate.  You can enter below for a chance to win.

The new line of Alterre shoes features patent pending technology that lets you mix and match the look of your footwear with interchangeable styles and straps.  You can quickly and easily change your look.

Alterre shoes - pick your look

Alterre uses this patent pending technology for over 65 combinations, making it easy to transform a look from day to night.  When you’re traveling, you can pack light and still have plenty of style options with these versatile shoes!

Look how easy it is to customize your look with Alterre!

How-to change the look of Alterre shoes

The shoes are designed for comfort and quality.

  • They have a foam cushion that extends from the heel to the balls of the feet.
  • They use quality Brazilian leather so that the shoes form to feet with use for a perfect fit.
  • The uppers and looks are sewn together, and not just glued.

Alterre designs the shoes in their New York studio, and then they’re made according to fair labor laws in Brazil.  The company donates 5% of the proceeds to the women’s abuse shelter Restore NYC – so when you purchase these shoes, you can feel good about doing good while you look good!

Check out Alterre shoes in action!

Alterre from Young Designers Collective on Vimeo.

Enter here to win your own starter set of Alterre shoes

One lucky winner will receive a black heel starter kit before Christmas!

The prize is valued at $180. It includes a pair of black suede mules, mist grey Jackies, and evening sky Marilyns with a handy travel bag for the looks.  For more information, see the product details at

Enter here for a chance to win. Good luck!

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