Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes Review

Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes

Check out the photo of two Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes that I posted on instagram. I previously purchased the smaller of the two, and Olivia Garden just recently sent me the other one for review.

Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes

Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes

I actually became quite fascinated with hair brushes after buying several to try to reproduce the new hairstyle my hairdresser created for me in the salon. Nothing super-inventive. I have wavy hair, and I was letting it grow longer. I wanted to get it as straight as possible by using only a little bit of product, and blow drying it. After I still couldn’t do it, my next visit  was spent having a real heart-to-heart about my frustration. I told her that I can’t blame my tools  any more since I bought several new ones, and I still can’t get my hair to look like she does. After her initial response of, “That’s what you’re paying me for,” she gave me some “insider tips.”

She showed me the exact size and type of brushes that she used for my hair, and both of them were Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes. She said that it really does make a difference in trying to recreate what your stylist has done, and, although I’m going to paraphrase here since I can’t remember her every single word, but the bottom line is that she chooses the brushes that she uses on my hair based on the style that I want to for my hair, the texture of my hair, and finally, the length of my hair. All the stylists purchase their own tools, and she said that she bought Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes because they had the right sizes, and the best design.

Olivia Garden

When my hair stylist said she purchased the Olivia Garden brushes because they had the best design, I’m assuming she probably said something to me about Olivia Garden having the “latest ceramic technology.” The nanothermic brushes have a ceramic coated barrel, and that helps the brush to heat up faster and stay warm longer. That, in turn, helps to create a great hairstyle!

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The Olivia Garden brushes have tourmaline ion technology, which adds shine to the hair, helps to stop hair from being frizzy, and is anti-static.  The brushes also have nano-silver technology that gives anti-bacterial protection, and makes hair healthier and easier for someone to style.  There are large vents in the brushes, which means greater airflow and less time spent drying your hair! The bristles on Olivia Garden brushes are special wavy heat resistant ones that have soft tips–that means it won’t scratch your scalp!

See the handle?  There’s a snag-free ring, and a retractable sectioning pick!


The most important thing to me was the way the handle (grip) feels when I style my hair. It has what’s called an ergonomic handle, and I certainly appreciate that it’s lightweight.

I purchased the smaller of the two brushes at Ulta, and I love using that for my bangs (1  3/4″). I definitely recommend that. The bigger brush (3 1/4″) was sent to try for the rest of my hair. I must admit, it’s a little too big for me to try to handle for my hair at its present length, so I’m going to purchase another Olivia Garden one that has just a little bit smaller barrel (2  3/4″). Definitely recommend that you try the brushes out at an Ulta, or go to the link to find out where there is a location of a salon in your area: http://oliviagarden.com/purchaselocations.php

Disclosure: I purchased one brush, and received one. All links are for your convenience only.

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Hair Doozy: A Must Have Hair Tool Organizer

The Hair Doozy

You’re going to love this new product that Entrepreneur.com said was a “must have” in their 2012 Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide: the Hair Doozy. It’s an organizer to hold your hot hair tools. It was designed by  R.D. Johnson and Patricia Combs.  R.D. has been a hairstylist for over twenty ­seven years and he was sick of looking at the tangled mess of his hot tools in his travel bags and thrown all around in his drawers. His client, Patricia had similar issues with her bathroom; it always a mess untangling cords and  not knowing where to put all the appliances while they were cooling.

Hair Doozy

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Karmin Salon Pro G3 Styling Iron Review

Karmin Salon Pro G3 Styling Iron

The Karmin Salon Pro G3 Styling Iron is, by far, the best styling iron I have ever owned! This model is perfect for any time of the year, but certainly in the summer, when, on the East Coast, where I live, it gets very hot and humid. I can wash my hair and let it dry naturally. Sometimes it looks great…and sometimes, it’s a disaster! To the rescue: The Karmin Pro.

Karmin Salon Pro G3 Styling Iron

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True Beauty Box Cruelty Free Cosmetics & Skin Care

True Beauty Box.  What is it?

True Beauty Box is for you if  you love to try different natural and cruelty free cosmetics and skin care!  This is a new monthly service that launched in December of 2012. Here’s how it works. Unlike other beauty boxes where you may or may not receive items that are cruelty free, Love True Natural is the company that is running the True Beauty Box. Love True Natural is a 100% natural and cruelty free beauty company.

The companies that are part of the True Beauty Box are as follows:


• Made in Germany for over 25 years

• Certified Natural, Cruelty Free
• Designed for sensitive skin
• Over 300 gluten-free products


• Certified Natural, Organic ingredients
• Gluten free and cruelty free
• Made in Germany
• Trendy, chic and affordable

True Natural

• Formulated & produced in the U.S.
• 100% natural ingredients
• NPA Certified Natural

While I encourage everyone to always double-check, True Beauty Box does guarantee that all of the products that members receive will be free of:  Parabens, PEG, Phthalates, Petrochemicals, and synthetic colors.

Another great feature of the True Beauty Box is that every month there are three to four FULL Size products, plus you will receive samples.  In addition, True Beauty Box members will have exclusive access to sales and special prices on the Love True Natural website.  The members-only promo codes are for 15% Off on LoveTrueNatural.com.
I followed the same steps that any member would to receive a box. I took a beauty profile quiz at www.truebeautybox.com and then I choose the style of box I wanted (Flirt, Veganista, or Indulge). After the quiz I submitted the information and was sent the Flirt Box in Organically On Trend.  It was that easy.
True Beauty Box is a month to month program, and you will receive a “sneak peak” of each beauty profile on the 12th of each month. They do that because they want to make certain that you’re going to love what you receive.  By having a month to month program, it means that you not only don’t have to make a commitment, but each month you can re-take the beauty quiz for a different beauty profile and box style. Of course, there is also the option to skip or cancel by the 15th of each month.
Just remember that after the initial charge (for your first Box), you will automatically be charged on the 16th of each month if you do not notify them.
Here is the January box:
True Beauty Box
Opening the box. As you can see, everything is nicely packed and in perfect condition!
True Beauty Box
True Beauty Box
There is usually a card to describe what is in the box, but since it was sent to me a few days ahead of schedule, mine did not have one.

What full size products were in my True Beauty Box:

Benecos Nail Polish – free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Camphor, Phthalates, and Colophony
Lavera Tinted Moisturizer – 100% natural, tinted moisturizer that is enriched with vitamins, minerals and organic Aloe Vera.
Lavera Mattifying Mineral Finish – This mineral powder gives skin a soft, velvety finish.
Sante Lipgloss in the color Rose Wood.

What Packets were in the True Beauty Box:

Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation
Green People Intensive Repair Shampoo and
Green People Intensive Repair Conditioner
(both for colored/damaged hair)

Monthly Goodie was Sassy Knots.  Sassy Knots are available in Headbands and Hair Ties. I received a hair tie and it’s great because it doesn’t snag my hair and it also doesn’t leave an annoying dent in my hair. Each hand-tied band is treated with a fray-resistant process. Great extra!

Sassy Knots

Check out Benecos nail polish in Deep Plum. A really rich, beautiful color. I have only one coat of polish and a top coat. I took this under various lights so you could see the dark, dramatic plum color. I had no trouble applying the polish and it’s so impressive that I was able to do my manicure with only one coat!!
Benecos nail polish
Sante Lipgloss in Rose Wood:
Sante lipgloss


Sante lipgloss

A glittery lipgloss in a jar. This will give a beautiful shine to your lips. You could apply it by itself, or top of a lipstick. This was very moisturizing!

Lavera Tinted Moisturizer:



Love having a pump on this moisturizer!


Notice that there is an expiration date on the bottom:



Lavera Mattifying Mineral Finish – This mineral loose powder gives skin a soft, velvety finish. Why would you use it? Loose powder will extend lip & eye makeup, and provides a finish over liquid makeup or tinted moisturizer.




I love that Lavera includes a puff with a band for you to hold to make it even easier to apply the loose powder!

The Flirt Box in Organically On Trend was an excellent value at $30.00. Check the True Beauty Box website for prices and further details.

Disclosure: I received the True Beauty Box for review. All links are for your convenience only.

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LUSH Cosmetics Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo Review

LUSH Cosmetics:

“Order Me A Pint of Beer…For My Hair!”

I purchased a LUSH Cosmetics shampoo called Cynthia Sylvia Stout. LUSH Cosmetics. I wanted to try this shampoo as I have read that beer is good for your hair if you use one that has ale hops and yeast.  Well, I am here to report that it is not a myth, and LUSH has formulated Cynthia Stout with organic vegan stout beer from a local brewery, and it contains protein to give your hair weight, smoothness, and a really beautiful shine. What they told me in the LUSH store was that this is the shampoo to use if you have hair that gets frizzy-looking when there is damp or humid weather conditions. This shampoo, though, can be used for all hair types.

LUSH Cosmetics

LUSH Cosmetics Cynthia Sylvia Stout sizes and prices:

3.3 fl. oz is $9.95

8.4 fl. oz is $19,95

16.9 fl. oz is $29.95

This LUSH Cosmetics product is Vegan, which means that it does not contain animal products of any kind. As you might expect, the shampoo does have the smell of a fine ale. However, LUSH does add fresh organic lemon juice, lemongrass oil, and cognac oil, to provide a richer and very pleasant aroma overall.

LUSH Cosmetics Cynthia Sylvia Stout Ingredients:

Stout (Beer), Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Fine & Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium chloride), Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Cognac Oil (Vitis Vinifera), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus), Balsamic Vinegar, Yeast Infusion (Yeast betaglucan), *Citral ,*Geraniol , Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Almost finished with the bottle! (My husband and son also love the shampoo and use it.)

LUSH Cosmetics

I love that LUSH Cosmetics products have the photo on the back of the product with the person who made it and the date. Also, the date of expiration.

lush cosmetics label

What I love about LUSH Cosmetics Cynthia Stout:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • It’s for all hair types, but especially beneficial for taming the frizzes!
  • For all scalps because yeast improves the health of the hair and scalp and is said to encourages new hair growth.
  • Will add lots of shine! 
  • As it did for mine, I’m sure it will give your hair lots of added volume
  • The shampoo lathers up really quickly!
  • The organic beer is local to the LUSH Vancouver manufacturing facility

Cons for LUSH Cosmetics Cynthia Sylvia Stout?

Yes, I really wish that it did not contain Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate.

In case you were wondering:

My children and I love Shel Silverstein! One of his poems is about a girl who refused to take the garbage out, and her name was: Cynthia Sylvia Stout. That’s where LUSH got the name for their shampoo (along with the clever play on words with “Stout” in the name and beer in the shampoo).

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