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Dead Reckoning Military Surplus

Just doing a little shout-out for a local company.  I recently purchased a tank from them (pictured below) and absolutely love it! So much so, that I ordered it in another colour.  Along with T’s and tanks, they have an awesome inventory of military goods, and it can all be found here Dead Reckoning Military Surplus, and they also have a store setup at the Vancouver Flea Market on Terminal every weekend.

Happy Shopping 🙂

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A Few of my Favourite Things

The following are my absolute all time favourite products that I will have on hand and/or always recommend. These have stood the test of time against me trying many many other products….and I still will keep trying other products, as I am a product junky….but, these have always come out on top for me.  I think they are all well worth the money and dependable for getting the job done, what more can you ask for.

What are your favourite products? Please let me know in the comments, as I always like to try new ones.

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AG Recoil Curl Activator

AG Recoil Curl Activator is by far my favourite curl product out there to date.  Now keep in mind, I do not have any curls, and have always struggled a bit in styling other people’s curls, but this product has made it tons easier for me to do.  All you have to do is take a small amount and run it through your damp curls and then either diffuse it, or scrunch it up and air dry it.  The beauty of this product in comparison to using a mousse or a gel is that it doesn’t leave your hair crunchy.  What you get is beautiful soft curls and waves that are frizz free! And it is Vancouver made!

Retails for about $18

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Sebastian Potion No. 9 Lite

Sebastian Potion No.9 Lite is a spray in conditioning product that uses feather light polymers to leave your hair manageable and not weighed down.  Sebastian also makes a stronger version, but I find that ‘lite’ gets the job done pretty well.  I know there are several other products out there that do this job as well, and the big one right now is Moroccan Oil, which I tried and I do like, but even the lite version of it had my hair feeling fairly greasy (my hair is sensitive to that kind of stuff).  Sebastian Potion No.9 Lite is the one that I always go back to as it leaves my hair feeling soft and natural.

Retails for about $14

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AG Sterling Silver Toning Shampoo

I have had a few platinum moments in my life and AG Sterling Silver Toning Shampoo has always done the best job for keeping the brass out of the equation.  When my hair was getting extra brassy I would take some of the shampoo and comb into my dry hair, leave it on for a few minutes and then washed it out.  Instant toner!  For regular use you only need to use it as needed, and once a week usually does the job.  And once again AG is a Vancouver based company which is fantastic.

Retails for about $14

 

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Sebastian Shaper Plus

As far as I am concerned nothing can beat Sebastian Shaper Plus Hairspray, and other hairsprays strive to be like it.  This hairspray provides a firm hold but leaves the hair flexible and workable.  Best of all, it doesn’t leave your hair crunchy and flaky.  This is the hair product that my man uses, and he hates feeling like there is product in his hair.  And with this hairspray, a little bit goes a long way so just a couple spritzes will do the job.  It is versatile in holding everything from an elaborate updo to taming those stubborn baby hairs that just won’t stay down.

Retails for about $17

 

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Rusk Being Undressed Gloss

Rusk Being Undressed Gloss is possibly my favourite product by far.  I often just refer to it by the name of ‘pretty hair’, because that is essentially what it does for you.  I finish almost all styles with this product by just taking a very small amount rubbing in between my hands and running my fingers through the hair.  It provides a glossy finish, tames those frizzies, and gives the hair a healthy and polished look.  The best part of all is that you won’t even be able to tell there is anything in your hair, except for the fact that it makes your hair smell good. The small tub of it will last you a super long time as you really don’t need to use that much.

Retails for about $13

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Flat Iron Comparison

There are so many flat irons out there ranging in style, quality and price.  I have tried quite a few over the years and some have been great, others not so much.  Below I have listed the 4 straighteners that I have used in the most recent years along with their average price, features as well as opinion and rating of them.  Do you have any favourite flat irons? Let me know which ones and why in the comments!

Babyliss Pro Tools Ceramic Straightening Iron

Price: $50

Features:

  • Slim 1″ plate
  • Ceramic plate technology
  • 200 watts with Ceramic Pulse™ system
  • 25 heat settings, up to 450°F
This is the cheapest of the bunch, and I do have to say that the quality of it does reflect the price.  I like my straighteners to ‘glide’ along the hair, and this one had a bit of a pull to it.  Plus it only lasted me about 6 months before I started to notice that it wasn’t getting as hot as it used to.  I know the price is tempting, but you get what you pay for with this one.
5/10

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Tools Straightening Iron

Rusk Heat Freak Professional Str8 Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron 

Price: $80

Features:

  • Ceramic and tourmaline plates
  • Instant up to 450°F
  • Rheostat temperature display
  • 8 ft swivel cord
When I bought the Rusk iron it was after a string of bad experiences with flat irons so I was skeptical, but it was on sale and I am definitely a sucker for sales so I gave it a go.  I was pleasantly surprised with what I got for the price.  It had great heat and it glided along the hair nicely creating a smooth look.  I still have it after 2 years, but only for personal use and not on clients as I find that it doesn’t get as hot anymore.  But in all fairness I used it quite a bit.  I would recommend this flat iron for personal use and the price is more than reasonable.
8/10

Rusk Heat Freak Professional Str8 Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron 1"

NP Group Green Nano Silver & Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Price: $120

Features:

  • Tourmaline / Ceramic Technology
  • Nano-Silver technology eliminates bacteria
  • Negative Ion Technology
  • Far Infrared Heat
  • Advanced Korean Ceramic Heater provides quick heat up to 410°F in thirty seconds
  • One year warranty
I had used an NP straightener years ago and had really liked it, so when I opted to try this one I had high expectations.  I definitely found that the quality had sadly decreased.  Within months of  using it the wiring had come loose so when the cord would swivel it would flicker on and off, and as a result the heat would never get to where I wanted it.  I exchanged it but the same thing happened with the second one as well.  I also found that hair would actually get caught at the end of the plates and would get pulled out, ouch.  It very well could just be this particular model, but I’m not really a fan.
4/10

NP Group Green Nano Silver & Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Chi Auto Digital Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Price: $200

Features:

  • Slim plate size, 1″
  • Versatile ‘all in one’ ergonomic design
  • Temperature 356°-410°F / 180°-210°C
  • Quick Heating
  • Swivel Cord
  • °F / °C Digital Display and Auto Shut Off
  • 2 year warranty
This is my current flat iron that I purchased to use on clients.  It was a bit of investment, but I gotta say that I am more than happy with it.  It by far has created the smoothest hair to date with all of the straighteners that I have used and on all hair types.  It is also versatile in styling and it is easy to create curl and texture as well.  The price is definitely up there for this one in comparison to the others, but the great thing is that it has a 2 year warranty, so that guarantee is nice.  And I don’t know if the fact that it is made in the USA affects the quality of it, but this little guy is definitely higher quality.  So it is a bit of an investment, but if you are going to be using it a lot, have resistant hair and or you just want something that will last you awhile then I would say opt for this one.
9/10

Chi Auto Digital Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

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Rusk Deepshine Review

For the month of February, Cosmoprof has had a ton of Rusk promos which has been quite lovely.  With the purchase of my colour this month I received a ton of goodies from the Rusk Deepshine line including shampoo (sulfate free), conditioner, protective serum and lusterizer cream.  My hair has been extra dry and crappy lately, so I thought it would be an ideal time to give these products a try and review them for you.

So as you can see my ends look fairly frazzled and in general my hair just has an overall dullness to it.

Before

I was a little nervous because although my hair was dry, it is fairly sensitive to heavy products and can cross into the greasy stage fairly quick.

I used the Shampoo and Conditioner, then after my hair was towel dried I put the lustre throughout and then took the protective serum and applied to my ends only.  And voilà….

After

I gotta say, I am extremely pleased with the results.  My hair is not even remotely weighed down with product, it is smooth, it feels soft, it is shiny and it smells fantastic.  So all in all the Rusk Deepshine line gets a thumbs up from me!

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