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Customize Your Hair Care

Jessica Wagner

FORMULATE

Shampoo & Conditioner Just For You + Giveaway

I love when technology and beauty care combine! The journey to healthy hair is now completely customizable right down to the ingredients and scent! FORMULATE has designed a new way to care for your locks by breaking down the details that make your hair unique to you. Based on your profile, FORMULATE chemists create the perfect shampoo and conditioner just for you. If are you aren’t satisfied with your current hair care, this might be the answer to all you problems! Head to the bottom of this post for a chance to win a set of your own customized shampoo and conditioner. 

I was lucky enough to be part of the Formulate Co. launch team. It’s no secret I like to experiment with beauty products and hair care. While I have a few hair care brands that I love, this experience has been unlike any other!

I was drawn in by the idea that everything from your specific hair type (mine is very straight and fine,) to your environment - where you reside, such as climate and region, and even what water you wash with - is all taken into consideration when mixing a formula to help you achieve your personal #hairgoals.

Back in October I tried my first round of customized shampoo/conditioner. For something of this nature I like to give a product time to review, and in this case after a month I was struggling because I ended up disappointed with my results.


FORMULATE ROUND 1

My first issue was strictly a personal thing - but I really did NOT like the scent I choose. It was overpowering. It I choose "Green With Envy" (green tea, honey) and even in light strength it gave me a headache. I later found out this is one of their stronger scents. I am super picky when it comes to scent and probably should have asked my rep first or used their live chat box, but I just found it too "floral" for whatever reason. While this is just a personal thing - that’s exactly what getting to create a custom shampoo is all about!

The second issue I had was with my results. I have fine hair and found the shampoo & conditioner weighed it down, leaving it feeling like it had a "waxy" coating on it. It didn't feel soft, bouncy or moisturized, but rather limp, and flat... I was so sad to find this, and kept giving it a try to see if it was just "a bad hair day" or the time of year/change of seasons. After some more experimenting, I decided it was due to my formulate mix and we decided to give it another go after sharing my initial feedback with the team.


FORMULATE ROUND 2

I was 100% up to “ re-formulating” to seeing if we could come up with the right mix. I also made sure to ask what was the lightest scent and choose “Tidal” which has a light warm coconut vibe. (I absolutely LOVE it and am so happy we found a scent that worked for me!) If you aren’t a coconut fan it’s more of a “sea” vibe. Very fresh and subtle.

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As for my mix I love that they provide you a full detailed list of ingredients. All formulas are sulfate free, paraben free, dye free, preservative free and curtly free! Yay! I’ve been using this new FORMULATE combo all of January. I actually also chopped my hair chin length on new year’s day! It was a month of change! Since using my new mix I love how soft and manageable my hair has been. This time of year my hair is notoriously dry at the ends and greasy at the root. I feel like it sends my oil glands into overdrive! Since using FORMULATE my hair has been holding fabulous curl, looks effortless when I air dry and even sleek when I blow dry it straight. It actually feels the healthiest it’s ever been! I’ve never had more hair-confidence! It’s voluminous and glossy. Part of this is due to cutting off my damaged dead ends, but I can tell how thick and healthy my hair feels! My long hair was always in a tangle out of the shower and in the mornings - I can’t say it’s one or the other, but there have actually been a few days that I don't even need to brush my my hair it it’s so buttery smooth! Buh-bye tangles. My #hairgoals were to mend split ends, prevent thinning, strengthen, protect my color, and support length! I would say all of these goals are being met. I naturally have brown, fine super straight hair that leans oily at the scalp and dry at the ends. Also included in their survey is scalp sensitivity - and I am not sensitive in this department, and have not had any negative reactions to either mix. When I originally took the quiz I had long hair - so the only difference I would include for my next order would be that it’s now short. Other than that, you use the shampoo and conditioner exactly as you would any other. Wet your hair, work the mix into your scalp and rise, following up with conditioner on the ends of your hair and rinse with cool water. Easy!

While I am still a fan of New Wash (you can read about it here - as my family still uses it regularly.) I also had success with Monat, which is a hair care brand I’d been using since summer and love and use a lot of their styling products. I would also still recommend the affordable luxury Target brand Kristin Ess to anyone who will listen! But, what I found with FORMULATE is how awesome it is to meet my specific needs down to the littlest details. Let me know if you all have any questions!


FORMULATE GIVEAWAY

Beauty care is a personal thing and now you can completely customize yours! Enter here to win your very own set of FORMULATE shampoo & conditioner perfectly engineered just for you based on your hair and environment. (Thank you technology!) Visit the link to enter! Good luck! Contest ends 3/5/19 and all non-winning entries will all receive a $5 off coupon code.

If you are interested in trying out a set of your own, there is a survey that will help narrow down what you need based on your responses. Give them a follow on Instagram here to stay up to date on the latest!

Favorite Things With Rêvé Salon & Spa

Jessica Wagner

2018: Hair & Beauty Trends With Rêvé

It's that time of year! Looking ahead to 2018 what are the hottest trends we are going to be seeing in hair and beauty?

The Fashion Of Life stopped by Rêvé Salon and Spa in downtown Sylvania to talk with Carmen Wigmans, {owner} and Sharon Smith {makeup artist} to count down a few of their favorite things as we head into the New Year! 

Watch the full segment (here) or tune in to Buckeye Cable Arts Network (BCAN) channel 109/609HD on Buckeye Broadband tonight at 7:30pm.

***Rêvé is currently running a special, buy any 3 products, get 20% off now through Christmas Eve.***


AMIKA: "Perk Up" DRY SHAMPOO

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Dry shampoo is all the rage, and why not?! This one by AMIKA is amazing! It smells fabulous and is SO easy to use, just shake, hold a few inches from the desired area of the scalp, and spray!

The full AMIKA line is available for purchase at Rêvé, (I also love the AMIKA Nourishing Hair Mask!) I left with a travel size (only $10) to try for myself, and after a few uses I'm already in love! I know I will be heading back to Rêvé to purchase a full size bottle.   

This little can is such a huge time saver and will give your tresses that instant "second day hair"  look, which I find so much easier to style! Plus the added texture and body is the tops!


EMINENCE: HIBISCUS ULTRA LIFT EYE CREAM 

This award winning eye cream is a must-have for fighting off early morning puffiness and minimizing those fine lines and wrinkles.

Anything that de-puffs tired eyes, smoothes skin and fights off dark under-eye circles is a win in my book!  The round applicator is a cooling, stainless steel rollerball that massages hibiscus and ice wine actives into the areas around the eye, instantly tightening and lifting the skin.

The full Eminence line is all available at Rêvé.


HALOCOUTURE: HAIR EXTENSIONS

Thicker, longer hair without hassle? That's the secret behind HALOCOUTURE. These natural extensions are unlike any other hair extensions I have ever seen before. Simply place the invisible fine-line hair band around the top of your head (like a halo!) and watch your main transform into gorgeous fullness without clips, glue, beads or time spent in the mirror getting the placement just right. Watch Sharon demonstrate how easy they are to apply here!

Stop by Rêvé to place your custom order and their team will assist you in choosing a natural length and color - a guaranteed perfect match! 


CAILYN: STAR WAVE MATTALIC LIP TINT

This one might be my new absolute favorite! I love a bright bold lip but have never found one that is so gorgeously metallic! It's like applying a layer of shimmery liquid stars on your lips. This lipstick is perfect for adding a bit of classic edge to your look.

I had to buy this color, "06 Belletrix," once Sharon had me try it on. At $22 each these high impact, long lasting metallic glosses will make you shine glamorously without smudging, feathering or fading. I am notorious for getting lipstick on my teeth, and it's so nice to know this color won't end up all over my coffee cups or kiddos cheeks! 

Let Rêvé help you achieve luscious, sparkling lips, available in 12 stunning shades. 


INGLOT GLITTER SHADOW

Sparkle and shine are always so much fun to experiment with! I love adding a little shimmer around the brow bone or upper eyelid. Shannon showed me how you can even dap some of this sparkle to the bow of the lips! This jar by INGLOT is sure to last, as all you need is a dab on the tip of the finger and a swipe across the lid. Perfect for a glitzy NYE look or when you want to create a statement eye.  


CAILYN O! CIRCLE BRUSH
{As seen on Oprah's Favorite Things!}

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I am not one to argue with Oprah, and I am told this is the only brush you will ever need for blending in flawless foundation for an air-brushed look! Use with Apply any liquid, cream or powder foundation on skin. This brush is amazingly silky smooth, and sure to be a daily staple on your vanity. Totally adding this to my wish list! 


HALOCOUTURE: AUTO-ROTATING CERAMIC CURLING IRON

Guys, this groundbreaking little tool does the hard work for you! If you love loose beachy waves (I know I do!) this is the curling iron for you. Auto-rotating to create those effortless, run-way waves with the touch of a button (one to go right and one to go left.) Easy and user friendly, this wand allows you to create touchable, "Victoria Secret" curls. Styling waves has never been easier!

Rêvé has these in stock now, check out their video here! (Plus our own demonstration video to come!) This is the perfect gift for your long-haired friends and family (hint hint!)


KERSTASE HAIR PRODUCTS 

Last but not least, remember to protect your strands! The dry winter air, and heat tools, like blow dryers and irons, can do so much damage, especially this time of year. Save your hair from breakage with the best in the business -Kérastase Paris- professional hair care and styling products.

The ladies at Rêvé recommend, Sérum Thérapiste for repairing dual-serum for weak, over-processed and damaged hair, and Fibre Architecte for reconstructing serum for weak hair and damaged hair with split ends. A little goes a long way and is worth the luxury of having healthy enviable hair! 


A special thank you to Rêvé Salon and Spa for partnering on this post!
Be sure to follow them on Instagram here and Facebook here

Photos by: Anthony Tueros

Review: HOME DNA Skincare Report

Jessica Wagner

Beauty + Science = Skincare Made Easy

When Home DNA Skincare Analysis + Report reached out to me, promising to make skincare easy, they immediately had my attention. 

Long have I battled monthly breakouts and an overwhelmed feeling at trying new skincare products. Most of the time, I’m down to try to whatever a magazine, blogger, or beauty store sales clerk, would recommend - only to be let down. I know I am prone to oily/combination skin and I wear my sunscreen like a saint, but that’s about as far as my personal skincare knowledge goes! 


My Current Skincare Routine

As for a daily routine? I use a simple cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I aim to wash my face twice a day (which doesn’t always happen.) Lately, I have been using a more expensive nighttime retinol oil which I love. I tend to switch up products when one runs one. (Ok, all the time, for the good or bad of it! I'll call it like it is: I am a skincare/beauty junkie.)

Which really tells me I am not confident in my current skincare choices. I would love to regularly see a dermatologist, but it’s just not in the budget. Home DNA Skincare is another option to better skin health, through scientific results.

Beauty starts with healthy skin

I’ve been searching for that golden combo. (You too?!) While I love trying new beauty items, tools, or even procedures, (Birch Box is one monthly beauty subscription I use to try new products!) I really don’t give too much thought to my skincare, except lately, realizing as I am getting older, my skin just may require a little more TLC.

There are so many skincare options out there, but as I am looking at skincare differently now, being in my early 30s I can no long can rely on the fountain of youthful skin.


The secret to great skin?

It’s in your own DNA!

My at-home skincare DNA kit results are in, and I am so happy I now understand more about what my skin is trying to tell me. This is such a sweet marriage of beauty and science!

Some of you might remember a few weeks ago when I talked about receiving a DNA test kit, and how easy it was to use.

Today I am going to be sharing my personal skin analysis report with you, and exploring how anyone can use skin DNA results to get the most out of their skincare.


Where can you purchase a HOME DNA kit?

The HOME DNA kit for skin care testing is sold at CVS, as well as HomeDNA.com. The kit only requires a few swabs on the inside of your cheek to unlock the key to your own results and youthful, beautiful, healthy skin!


How does the Skin Care Analysis + Report work?

I must admit, I was a little skeptical at first. How will DNA testing help me with my skin? I was worried it was some sort of trick to get me to buy a specific skincare line. NO! In fact, all you need to do is purchase a kit, swab your cheek, and mail in your sample envelop to the lab for testing. In 2-3 weeks you will have a full skin analysis report online and at your fingertips! I was totally blown away with what my unique genetic make-up was able to reveal. It’s really a personalized guide based my DNA for building a complete customized skincare regimen.


Will a DNA Skincare Analysis + Report help achieve healthier skin?

The report has given me insight to so many factors that contribute to overall skin health as well as predicting how my skin will age. An individual report will make recommendations on how to combat specific skin issues. (I’m already counting up the money I will save by not buying products that I no longer need!) Every analysis includes a summary of the best topical ingredients, supplements and professional treatments that can help achieve younger-looking, skin.


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Results are in-depth and easy to read (mine shared at the link below!) and cover the following areas of concern:

  1. Fine Lines, Wrinkles
  2. Collagen Quality
  3. Skin Sensitivity
  4. Pigmentation
  5. Sun protection
  6. Skin elasticity
  7. Skin antioxidants

***All results are kept protected and confidential, and your final test results are posted to your secure online account. The genetic profiling is done by a team of scientific experts and PHDs at DNA Diagnostics Center (DCC) one the worlds largest and most respected DNA testing laboratories.


My Results

My full DNA skincare report is linked here!!

It's so cool to see some of the higher risk-areas I should be aware of. I also feel like I need to write mom and dad a thank you note for handing down what seems to be a pretty decent genetic skincare "score."

It's 11 pages long, but full of good information! I won't get into the nitty gritty of how I plan to implement my results, being they are specific to me, but I will be looking into ways to use vitamin C and E, and I am totally going to be working upping my skin's antioxidants (to give a one sentence condensed version of what I found the most helpful!) 

When it comes to the areas of most concern, I still need to take my results and do my own research as to what products contains the topical ingredients or supplements recommended. 


Final Thoughts

The insight from my results has allowed me to take better care of my skin day to day. It has also helped me to make better decisions on what skincare products I should (and should not) purchase.

The only hiccup I encountered was the results say they take two weeks and mine took a little longer, which wasn't a big deal on my end.  

I would recommend this tool to anyone looking to take skincare into their own hands! At Home DNA skincare + Analysis Report eliminates the guesswork

It's really amazing to see which areas of skincare you are most at risk, and in turn take that knowledge and treat your skin yourself! And here I thought a glass of red wine a night was all it took!   


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What are you biggest concerns when it comes to skincare? Do you have any secrets when it comes to finding the right products? I would love to hear in the commets below!