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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!

Whiten For the Weekend

Jessica Wagner

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Smile Brilliant: Teeth Whitening At Home For Sensitive Teeth

Hey guys! I am so excited to share this post - I am literally - ALL SMILES -  and I want you to be too! So be sure to enter to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit at the end of this post!!

You might remember me talking about receiving my teeth whitening system compliments of Smile Brilliant during the holidays. Well today I am here to share my experience and brilliant results.

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WHY WHITEN:

First, let me tell you guys I love to smile - and I am a toothy smile-er. I’ve always had a big grin. The kind that eats up your eyes and fills your whole mouth. While I’ve figured out how to tone it down a bit when I need to, the one aspect of my toothy twinkle I don’t want to downplay is the brightness of my teeth.

That being said, I find a smile one of the first things I notice about a person. A set of pearly whites can add instant charm. Bring on a big tooth gap, a cute overbite and off-track teeth -all which I find adorable- as long as they aren’t stained and yellow. Right?! I personally don’t think teeth need to be perfectly straight to be attractive. If anything, a unique mouth will set you apart (enter weakness for dimples and crooked smiles – cough cough Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us!) What I do think can make a big impression, in a great way is a megawatt sparkly grin. And I am here to tell you I myself am guilty of not maintaining this aspect of self-care.

The last time I truly hard-core whitened my teeth was over 7 years ago before our wedding. I knooooww. That’s a long time. Back then I knew was going to be in the spotlight, and avidly used Crest White Strips with decent results. I loved my whiter teeth, hated the sensitivity. While I know technology has advanced, I feel like this is a big reason I haven’t really whitened my teeth again for so long.

Over the last few of years I have picked up a box of strips here or there, and usually split them with Rob, or just let them sort of sit in the bathroom drawer.

Like every other woman out there I LOVE my coffee and red wine (and rosé), but I don’t love the stains they leave behind on my teeth, so I could really use an upgrade. I told Smile Brilliant to set me up to achieve a couple shades lighter when it comes time to smile.


STEP 1: Choose Your Whitening Plan.

You will want to choose the right system for you. Smile Brilliant has number of sensitivity options and kits at a variety of price points.

I choose the “T3 Sensitive System (Custom-Fitted Trays + 3 Whitening & Desensitizing Gel Syringes.)”

After placing you order, you will then receive your kit, and follow the directions to create your custom teeth whitening trays with their putty. I found their explanation super easy to follow. It took me abut 20 minutes to make your dental impressions and was able to ship my molds back to them the same week!

They let you know ahead of time, it can take up to two weeks to receive your trays back, just so you are aware. I quickly received my custom fitting trays and started using them immediately.

Even if your teeth are crooked (like mine) these trays will still work for you because they are custom fit to your mouth. They are made to fit your teeth perfectly. Every nook and cranny in your smile is cast into the clay mold that you send back to Smile Brilliant. So whether your teeth are straight or not, your tray is custom fitted to your mouth, meaning the whitening gel will touch every part of your teeth.

STEP 2: Whiten While You… (Fill In The Blank)

Basically these trays are amazing you guys! I love that they are clear - making them almost invisible. I can wear them while I get ready. I am a busy mama, and if you guys are like me you have 100+ things going on, so I found that using my trays after I showered was my best routine.

Honestly at first, the hardest part for me was remember to use them! I was so excited when my trays arrived. I used them and then promptly forgot about them. Given it was the week before Christmas, so chaos was rampant in the Wagner household. Knowing I wanted fast results and that I wanted to be able to share my story, I decided to make whitening part of my daily routine. I wanted to get quick results to be able to make a big impact, not juts a slight difference over time.

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Since then I have worn my trays out shopping, and running the kids around town, while working at the coffee shop, and at night binge watching season 2 of The Crown (OMG it’s sooo good!) I have actually showered with them on (which I don’t recommend because I kept getting water in my mouth - but hey you do what you have to do!) I found whitening during the day after breakfast or in the evening after the kids were in bed the best for my schedule.

They are a little awkward, but not uncomfortable. I just felt like they made my lips puff out a little bit. So if you feel weird wearing them out, remember you can be working on that “smize” while working on your smile! I love this whitening kit. Also, you aren’t supposed to eat/drink after using the desensitizing gel for ½ an hour so keep that in mind!


Wearing my custom Smile Brilliant trays.

Tips For Best Results:

Smile Brilliant recommends you wear your trays for 45 minutes -  3 hours. I usually wore mine about an hour because I would get hungry or thirsty. So if you are trying to make a habit out of wearing them, work around your eating schedule. (#priorities)

If you get the kit with the desensitizing gel, (you wear that for 15 minutes after you whiten) it says to avoid eating/drinking for another ½ hour after that! So I am the type of person who eats little meals all day and this was a challenge for me. I drink water like it’s my J-O-B so I would get thirsty and they usually triggered me to realize, ok time to take these out.

If you have sensitive teeth, get the gel! It worked wonders for me. The first use I had really intense sensitivity in my front lower teeth, like a sharp pain but that was the only time. Not sure why, but I used the desensitizing gel after that and I haven’t had any other issues. I also would stick to every other day use to avoid sensitivity.


REVIEW / FINAL THOUGHTS:

The biggest problem I’ve run into with whitening in the past was sensitivity and uneven whitening. Like any whitening system, I did experience some sensitivity, even with the desensitizing gel. Mostly on the bottom teeth in the middle. I made it a point to go lighter with the gel in that area. I had no problems with uneven whitening. 

I totally plan to continue using my whitening trays once a week for maintenance {and to hide all the coffee // wine I drink!) Also, if I know I have a big event coming up, I will probably use my whitening trays a couple days leading up to the event for an even brighter smile.

I am loving my whiter smile and how quickly I saw results! Like I said, it was a little tricky to keep on a strict routine over the holidays, but now that we have structure back in our days, I’m finding it easier to maintain use.

The best part?! Now my smile is weekend ready!


RESULTS:

Here are my before and after results. If you want a kit for yourself, Smile Brilliant is offering a 15% off site wide coupon with code: weekenderafashionfieldguide15


>>ENTER HERE TO WIN!<<

Smile Brilliant and I have teamed up to give one lucky winner a chance to win a teeth whitening kit of their own!! The winner will be selected by Smile Brilliant, just click here or the link below!
(Open to USA, UK, Australia, and Canadian residents. Giveaway closes 3-10-18).

www.smilebrilliant.com/g/weekenderafashionfieldguide

This post is in collaboration with Smile Brilliant.
All opinions are 100% my own. 

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!