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Sephora September Play! Box


Greetings! Happy Sephora September Play! Box Day! The happiest day of the month. It’s kind of like Rex Manning Day, only for adults…and about makeup…and not sucky.  Okay, it’s nothing like Rex Manning Day.  And if you don’t know what Rex Manning Day is, please go watch ’90s classic Empire Records immediately and report back.

This month is doubly exciting because I made a video to accompany the post! It was nerve wracking, so I hope it’s not terrible.  It accompanies the launch of the new YouTube channel, and I welcome feedback.  Just not too harsh, please!

So what do we have in the Sephora September Play! Box?

First, the cute makeup pouch with “A Change of Face” on it.  I love these little pouches.  They’re so handy when you need to just throw a bunch of stuff together and go.  As I apply my makeup, I throw it into one of these bags and then just tuck the bag into my purse for the night.  Easy peasy.

Sephora September Play! Box

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Waterproof

Guys, it’s like Sephora knows exactly what I want.  I would say they’ve bugged my house, but I don’t think I’ve said this out loud, so perhaps they’ve bugged my brain.  The thing is, I’m incapable of wearing black eyeliner without it getting all over my under eye area and making me look a) incredibly tired and b) kind of old.  I chalk it up to having oily skin.  But I’ve never tried a waterproof eyeliner, so I’m very excited to give this one a go.

Algenist POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum

I had to go to the Sephora website to look up what a pressed serum was, and discovered that this stuff goes for $95 a pot.  See, the Sephora box is awesome.  I never would have purchased a full sized container of this because, what if I didn’t like it?  Then I’m out a hundred bucks.  This way, I get to try before I buy.

Serums have seriously become one of my favorite skincare products.  They do so much with so little.  This one promises a radiant and smooth complexion in 10 days, so I’m hoping there’s enough in this lil’ guy to get me to 10.

Sephora September Play Box

IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

I have to admit, I find this packaging odd.  There are photos of girls whipping their hair around and swimming.  And yes, while I would like to look like these girls, this packaging looks like it’s targeting men, TBH.  On the plus side, it is vegan and cruelty free, and promises to revive stressed hair.  Since my hair constantly takes a beating from hot styling tools, I welcome any product that can restore its shine and softness.

Belif – The True Cream Aqua Bomb

This one I had to look up as well, just because I’m unfamiliar with the company.  So this stuff is cool because it’s oil free, which is great for skin like mine which is oily and has large pores.  According to the Sephora website, in clinical tests subjects experienced a 70% increase in their skin’s hydration levels.  I wonder how they test that…

Sephora September Play! Box

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

Another waterproof wonder, this lipstick shade is described as a matte brick rose.  While I love the brick rose color, I’m personally nervous about a matte lipstick.  I don’t wear it very often, as it usually dries out my lips and leaves that weird rim around the edges when I eat or drink anything.  Still, the reviews are great, so I’m happy to try it out.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

Y’all, I’m very, very happy to get this one.  Benefit’s big thing is brows these days, and although I haven’t visited their brow bar yet, I have been eyeing Gimme Brow for a while.  The packaging promises that it will volumize and tame brows while staying natural looking.  I’ve seen some pretty messed up brows before, and I usually stay away from any kind of fillers for that reason.  It would be just my luck that I’d leave the house thinking my brows looked amazing, then getting out into natural light and realizing I look like a mental patient.

That’s it for this month’s haul.  If you liked the review, please share it!  What do you guys think is the most promising product in here?  Leave me a comment or message me here!

Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Mask

In the immortal words of Eugene Levy as he sits in the dentist chair in “Splash,” what a week I’m having.  I will get into it more later, but first, a review of Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Mask.  What is with these products and their titles lately?  I feel like everything is a novel.

Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning MaskIn all seriousness, between the Sephora Play! boxes and my Influenster box, I’ve tried some great products in the last couple of weeks.

The Madam CJ Walker Deep Conditioning Mask came in my Sephora July Play! box, and I have used it a couple of times. As a side note, as I write this the mama foster cat, Kiki, is sitting next to me on the couch purring and staring adoringly at me.  It’s too precious.

Madam CJ Walker Dream Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Mask
How do you not just put that in a pita pocket?
Back to the Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Mask.

This mask promises to deep condition and rehydrate dry, damaged, and/or color treated hair.  It has notes of white flower and warm vanilla listed in the scent description and I have to say, it does smell delicious.  It is free of all the parabens, sulfates and phthalates that clog up a lot of other hair products.  But seriously, I have no idea what those things do.  I just know that they’re bad.

For optimal results, the mask is to be used once a week.  You’re supposed to section towel dried hair and saturate it from roots to ends.  Then, you wait 15 minutes, rinse out, and voila! Perfect hair.  I followed these instructions to a T and also applied some light heat from my hairdryer for deeper conditioning.

Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Mask

Afterwards, my hair felt amazing.

My hair isn’t in really bad condition, but I do blow dry it every other day because when I don’t I look like the Fear the Walking Dead kid (see Carol’s Daughter Leave In Conditioner Spray for an explanation). That coupled with the fact that I haven’t had a haircut since … I can’t remember the last time I had my hair cut.  So it’s been a long time.

Needless to say, my hair needs some care and this mask does the trick.  My hair felt silky and smooth even after a blowout, and that softness lasted all week.  Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

Cost and Where to Buy

Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Mask can be purchased at Sephora for $32.  I got the little bottle in my Play! box, but I think the product is worth it and will definitely purchase a full-sized bottle when I’m ready. I also found the conditioner on Amazon, but it’s listed for $52.99 so, yeah, go to Sephora.  I’m also interested in trying Madam Walker’s Pre-Wash Protein Treatment.

Now, onto my week.

Or I should say, last couple of weeks.  Husband and I decided to rent out our guest room, which was always the plan when we bought the house.  We didn’t want to get a permanent roommate, so we decided to rent out the room for temporary stints through a website.  Let’s call it LandCoC.

These guests were supposed to be here for a month.  However, we had to evict them after just under two weeks.  They were awful.  Two guys, they never left the house, didn’t follow our “House Rules” (which are not unreasonable.  Just, you know, don’t eat our groceries and try not to die in the pool which means no diving because it’s shallow, dummies.)  and were just generally rude.

I’ve been feeling kind of depressed as a result of being in the house with them.  Since I work from home, there was no escape from the madness.  Although it did get me back to Cardio Barre, so I suppose I owe them a thank you for that.  Seriously, best workout ever.

The final straw came on Sunday.

One of the men left for a while and came back really drunk.  He hit on me and was trying to get me to go in the pool with him.  Husband was at work, but he was not pleased when I told him about this.  We went out for dinner and frozen yogurt, and when we came home we discovered that the same man was running around our house in his underpants.  Not modest ones, either.

I don’t know about you ladies (or gentlemen), but the thought of being in a house with someone who gets drunk, hits on me, and strips down to his underwear every day while my husband isn’t home does not sound pleasant.  So I contacted LandCOC, who advised that they were going to remove him.

Madam CJ Walker Dream Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioner
All the wine.
But did they go gently into that good night?

No.  No, indeed.  They had to be threatened with police intervention.  Can’t make this stuff up, people.  Finally we got them out, but that was a huge problem as well.

So yes, I missed Monday’s post. I also need all the wine.  I’m still reeling from the experience as it was, you know, our first one.  Not sure if we’re going to do it again.

Aaand that’s my story for the week! Got any horror stories of your own?  Leave me a comment or message me here!

Sephora July Play! Box

I’m a little late to the game on this, but I finally got my Sephora July Play! Box in the mail and I am very excited.  After “applying” for the program, I was finally approved by Sephora to join.  Personally, I think they’re trying to create more desire for this box by making it seem like you have to jump through hoops to get it.  But whatever works.

While I was in Ohio visiting my family recently, I saw my sister’s Sephora July Play! Box arrive.  This thing was just so cute.  Fortunately, she also had the June and May contents of her boxes available for me to peruse. A self-described “hoarder,” she had not opened anything.  Everything in these packages looked great, so I decided to give it a shot.

The Sephora website informed me via a pop up that there was a waitlist for the Play! Box.  So I signed up and waited.  About a day later, I was in.

The great thing about the Sephora Play! Box is that you get to be specific.

They have a questionnaire online that asks you hair color, eye color, skin tone, skin concerns, and hair concerns.  There are probably other questions in there that I’m forgetting.  But since you get to enter this information, they specialize each box to your needs.

I’m not sure how individualized the Play! Boxes are, but here’s what was in my Sephora July Play! Box.

Sephora July Play BoxThe samples are good sized, first of all, so you can get several uses out of each one.  Awesome!  Also, each box comes with a collectible makeup bag.  Mine exclaims, “Glamp Out!” in red lettering against pink and white stripes.  Super cute.

Viktor & Rolf BONBON Eau de Parfum This perfume promises fruity florals, with notes of orange blossom, caramel and mandarin.  Perfume samples often go unused and sit in my medicine cabinet, since I’m not a big perfume person.  This particular perfume is actually sold out on the Sephora website, so I can only assume it’s pretty popular.

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Perricone’s moisturizer states that it is best for normal, dry, sensitive, or combination skin.  Strike one;  my skin is pretty oily and I believe I specified that in my profile.  Maybe I said combination.  At any rate, I opened it and the fragrance is very, very strong.  As I usually use an oil free, fragrance free moisturizer, I don’t have very high hopes for this one.

Madam CJ Walker Dream Come True Wonderful Conditioning Mask Wow, that’s a mouthful.  And not even the full name.  This product, too, is out of stock on the Sephora website, so I can only imagine that it’s popular.  Another product free of parabens, sulfates, and pthalates, this mask promises to revive dry, damaged and/or color treated hair.

Sephora July Play BoxRen Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask Ren’s mask is listed for sensitive skin, and it’s specified for redness, uneven skin tone, and rosacea.  I’m beginning to think that I filled out that profile incorrectly.  Red, sunburned, irritated, jet lagged, dry, stressed, or wind-chapped skin will benefit from the white mushroom extract in this one (I think).  I wish I had had this a week ago when I was fighting the jet lag desperately. But I have a feeling all this will do is clog my pores.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara I have high hopes for this one.  Mascara is probably my favorite cosmetic, and I’ve heard great things about IT.  This one was developed “with plastic surgeons,” which is both terrifying and amazing.  It is also cruelty free.  Can’t wait to try!

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Color Balm One of my favorite inventions by Clinique, the Chubby Stick came out when I was in high school and immediately became one of my favorite things.  So I already have experience with this one.  They sent me a color called “woppin’ watermelon,” which I’ve already sampled.  It’s a little light in pigment for my taste, but it’s very moisturizing.

Sephora July Play! Box

I just checked my profile and I did specify that I have oily skin.  So it turns out Sephora is just ignoring me.

Overall, I’d say the venture into the territory of the Sephora Play! Box is a success.  I’m impressed by the amount of stuff you get, and although some of the stuff seems like it’s not particularly specialized for me, I’ll still try it!

What’s your favorite subscription box?  Leave me a comment or message me here and let me know!

 

Phyto Secret De Nuit

As I sit here with my wet head of hair waiting for it to dry, I am concerned.  Fortunately, I have a bottle of Phyto Secret De Nuit in my medicine cabinet.

Let Me Explain

I have been sick with this horrible bronchitis-cold hybrid for three weeks.  Three full weeks of coughing and wheezing, telling myself that it would just go away and that was normal.  It wasn’t normal.  I ended up at urgent care two days ago, finally, where they prescribed some lovely inhalers and an antibiotic.

Funnily enough, they also forgot about me while I was there.

This normally would have really frosted my cookies, but I was trying to finish “American Gods” for my book club and had brought it along.  So two hours at the doctor’s office waiting for a breathing treatment was not all for naught (see what I did there? ;)).

What being asthmatically challenged for three weeks has meant is that I can’t work out.  While this might be perfectly okay for some, I do not cope well with this.  And it’s not for purely aesthetic reasons.  Having struggled with depression for a lot of my life, a daily dose of exercise really helps with keeping me level.

Why don’t you walk, you ask?  That’s a perfectly reasonable question.  California is in the middle of a heat wave, and in the valley it feels like it’s 120 degrees.  Fortunately I have a solution: I have a pool.

Phyto Secret De Nuit - Beauty Chaos

In a lot of the country, having a pool in your yard is a luxury.  In the San Fernando Valley, it’s less rare, and if you’re ever flying over the Los Angeles area, I’d suggest you look out the window and observe the landscape dotted with little turquoise puddles.

So I’ve been doing a lot of swimming.  I’ll either put on some music and take myself through a bitchin’ water aerobics routine (not just for senior citizens, I’ve discovered), or I’ll swim breaststroke laps back and forth.  The pool isn’t big, but as long as I’m moving I feel like I’m doing well.

The downside of all this swimming is that: a) I have to wash my hair every day; and b) I’m concerned that, as a result, my hair is getting damaged.

Fortunately, I found Phyto Secret De Nuit

This nighttime hair treatment is designed to work on your hair while you sleep, leaving it “supple and hydrated.”  Now, there’s conflicting instructions on how to use Phyto Secret De Nuit.  The bottle says to apply a small amount, the size of a hazelnut, through hair before bed.  In the morning, style as usual. The Ulta website says to use Phyto Secret De Nuit three times per week.

When I first got the Phyto Secret De Nuit, I was using it every night.  While my hair didn’t seem particularly over-moisturized, I did find that putting it in my hair and trying to “style as usual” in the morning was a challenge.  My hair felt greasy and, well, like I had put conditioner in it and slept.

However, when I began using the product as the Ulta website instructed, it worked really well.  I feel like my hair is getting the extra boost that it needs after being depleted by chlorine and washing too much, but I don’t think I’m overdoing it.

Cost and Where to Buy

I bought my Phyto Secret De Nuit while I was out shopping at Sephora for around $40.  However, when I was surfing around trying to find it, I discovered that Phyto Secret De Nuit is not listed on the Sephora website anymore.  Ulta has it listed for $19.97 (obviously where I should have gone to get it).  The next best price I could find was Walmart, which listed it for $21.99.

Summing Up

I think I’ll be doing away with my 1 to 10 rating system.  But I love this product, especially at a $20 price point.  For $40, it felt a little on the expensive side for my taste, especially when I was using it every night. All in all, Phyto Secret De Nuit is a great buy to help replenish and repair your hair.

Want me to keep the numerical rating system?  Have another overnight treatment I should try? Leave me a comment or message me here!

 

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Today, we’ll have a look at Batiste Dry Shampoo.  But first…

Random Thoughts

I took Petunia, who I’ve taken to calling “Pet” or “Little Tuna” to the vet for her first round of shots today.  Husband and I were joking that if it turns out that she’s a boy, we’ll call her Jim Halpert.  The emergency vet that we took her to when we found her couldn’t *quite* tell her gender for sure, which is the reason for the possible switch.  As it turns out, she is a girl, and sweet Petunia she shall remain.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Beauty Chaos
Petunia. No, those are not my legs 😉

As I was sitting in the waiting room of the low cost vet clinic, an adorable older man came in with a little kid and a wriggling Yorkie.  He sat down next to me and I, of course, could not resist the puppy.  She happily hopped over into my lap (we were on a bench) and began jumping back and forth between the man and I.

The man pulled out his phone and, with a narration of broken English, began showing me photos and videos of his other dog.  It was a lovely moment.  A woman then entered, who was clearly with them, and began signing them in.  As the Yorkie settled into my lap, however, I noticed something.  She reeked.  And not like dog.  This pup smelled like some sort of doggie perfume.

Now, I understand that people don’t love the smell of “dog.”  But putting a dog perfume on a dog to cover up the smell just makes the dog smell like perfume-covered-dog.  It’s not great.  T

They brought Petunia out and we settled up and left.  Unfortunately, the Yorkie’s perfume was now firmly attached to my clothing, so I had to change and shower.  Moral of the story?  Please stop putting perfume on dogs.

Onto our topic du jour, Batiste Dry Shampoo.

First Impressions

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Beauty Chaos

I’ve tried other dry shampoos and liked them, for the most part.  But Batista has a bit of a cult following going.  Urban Outfitters is carrying it behind their counters, and I see it pop up in my Facebook ads from time to time.  So when I ran out of my last bottle of dry shampoo, I decided to give Batiste Dry Shampoo a go.

First of all, the packaging is adorable.  It reminds me of a ’60s mod party with a dash of hippie and a smidge of ’70s disco.  I know, that’s a lot.  But I see it all in that packaging.  The spray has the typical fire-extinguisher-esque quality to it, as do a lot of dry shampoos.  Why do they have to spray so hard?  I should probably do some research into that; there has to be a reason.

Experience

I feel as though I should drop a disclaimer in here.  A lot of articles have been popping up recently disparaging dry shampoo.  People are saying it’s making their hair break, fall out, and causing permanent scalp damage.  I feel very bad for these people.  But I have been using dry shampoo fairly regularly for a couple of years without issue.

That all being said, I don’t use dry shampoo every day.  I don’t even use it every other day.  Dry shampoo, for me, is reserved for pretty specific occasions when I a) haven’t washed my hair in more than 2 days or b) need some extra volume on day 2 of a blowout before I set my hair in rollers.

By using dry shampoo fairly sporadically, I hope to avoid having my hair break off or fall out.  Plus, I have a very oily scalp, and if I go more than every other day without washing it, my hair gets kind of greasy.  I know you’re supposed to wash your hair as little as possible, so sometimes I make it to day 3.  Very rarely, but it happens.

Now, there are some pros and cons to dry shampoo.  It soaks up the oil really well, if your scalp is oily.  And if you need texture for an updo and you just washed your hair, it works really well. But in my experience, it leaves hair feeling kind of…dirty.  I prefer to use dry shampoo when I’m planning to wear my hair up.  If there’s an occasion which requires my hair to be down, good old-fashioned shampoo and conditioner is my go-to.

If used correctly, though, Batiste Dry Shampoo is a stellar choice.  And I’ve found if used sparingly, it can be a good sub for shampoo, in a pinch.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

 

Cost and Where to Buy

This is the best part of Batiste Dry Shampoo.  You can find it at Target  or Walgreens for just $5.99! Or if you’re feeling hipster-ish, you can wander into your neighborhood Urban Outfitters and pick some up.  Also, there are a variety of formulations of Batiste Dry Shampoo, ranging from different scents to Hint of Color formulations to Strength & Shine.  Lots of options!

Summing Up

I’d give Batiste Dry Shampoo a solid 8 out of 10.  It’s a great product at an awesome price.  It does leave me feeling like there’s a sort of film on my hair, which is why I’m docking points.  Overall, though, a solid brand and a solid buy.

Got a dry shampoo you’d like me to try?  Leave me a comment or contact me here!

Redken Diamond Oil

As I sit here, I am on day 6 of a terrible cold.  My plan had been to start my Physique 57 Challenge last week and be a week into it by now.  But I got one workout into the challenge and caught a terrible cold.  Thwarted by germs, I attempted to stay in bed all weekend to get rid of this disaster.  I failed.

So I decided, in the meantime, to review some of my new buys.  First is Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine.  I was introduced to this product while reading an Elle magazine a year or so ago.  One writer decided to examine what “taking care of your hair” truly entails by consulting experts.

Apparently, a lot is required to simply care for your hair in the correct way, according to the article.  This was the same article that introduced me to Dr. Dennis Gross’ Anti-Aging Scalp Serum.  The experts (the names escape me now) recommend all kinds of elaborate treatments, as well as carefully brushing hair in the manner of Disney princesses (brushing with one hand very, very gently while holding the other hand flat on the other side of the brush).  They also adamantly recommend only using a brush with boar bristles and heat styling only when your life depends on it.

While this is all well and good, I learned early that my unruly hair tangles, and the way to get those tangles out is a good old-fashioned paddle brush.  I also know that I look like a drowned rat (or better yet, the survivor of the zombie apocalypse) when I don’t blow dry my hair, so air drying is usually not an option.  However, I have managed to wean myself down to only washing my hair every other day instead of every day, so at least I’m doing something right.

First Impressions

I found the Redken Diamond Oil at Frends Beauty Supply, during the same trip that I bought the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator.  Being a beauty junkie, it is absolutely impossible for me to enter a beauty supply store and only purchase one item.  So after I found the illuminator, I wandered the aisles and found the Redken Diamond Oil.  I remembered seeing a photo of it in the Elle article, so I decided to give it a go.

The bottle is a little smaller than I expected, but you need so little of the product for everyday use that I’m sure it will last for a long time.

Redken Diamond Oil

Experience

Aside from using the Redken Diamond Oil for everyday use, the Elle article recommended using it as a hair mask, in addition to a scalp mask that I’ll discuss in a different review.  The oil has a light consistency and a delicate scent.  The websites I’ve consulted herald this as an all purpose oil, for use pre-shampoo, mixed with a hair mask, pre-blowout, post-blowout, and even on hands and skin.

As a Hair Mask.  Because the oil is so light, I find myself applying a lot of it as a hair mask.  The site recommends leaving on for 5 to 15 minutes, but I leave the treatment on for at least an hour.  Although with some oils I feel like I need to shampoo more than once, a single shampoo feels sufficient.  Post-blowout, my hair is soft and smooth.

As a Pre-Blowout Styler.  Again, the oil is super light, so the first time I use it I end up using too much.  My hair turns out greasy and kind of flat.  Next time, I stick to only three to four drops as directed, and the Redken Diamond Oil works as promised.  My hair is shiny but not weighed down, and I’m confident the oil is protecting it.

I’ve not tried the other uses recommended by the website, save for kind of rubbing the oil into my hands after applying it to my hair.  As I enjoy a lighter lotion on my hands, I didn’t like the oily feeling on my hands and tend to wipe it off.  I haven’t felt the need to apply any styling oil post-blowout recently, as my hair is pretty oily to begin with and I want to prolong my blowout as long as I can.  What I may try, however, is mixing a little bit of the oil in with my regular conditioner.  I’ve tried this with other hair oils and loved the result, so I look forward to seeing how Redken fares against MoroccanOil and Enjoy.

Cost and Where to Buy

As I said earlier, I bought my Redken Diamond Oil at a beauty supply store, the likes of which are abundant in Los Angeles.  You can find it online at Target for $28 or Overstock for $30.99. As per usual, eBay lists it for a steeply discounted $9.88, but who knows what you’ll get :).

Summing Up

I’d give Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine a 7 out of 10.  It’s pretty well priced, more expensive than some oils I’ve seen but less expensive than others.  The oil works well, smells nice, and is a good value for what you pay.

Random Thoughts
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Big and mini!

Changing things up a bit here, I’m putting the weirdness at the end of the post instead of the beginning.  The kitten, Petunia, is flourishing.  She has befriended her twin, Mack, the only boy in our house, and they are just the cutest together.  I mean, could you just die?

Also, I booked my ticket today for my semi-annual trip to Ohio.  My grandmother is turning 100 years old this summer, y’all.  100.  She’s amazing and I can’t wait to see her and celebrate her incredible life.  I’ll post photos!

Want me to try a different hair oil?  Like my kitties?  Want to wish my grandmother happy birthday?  Comment below or message me here!

Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Scalp Serum

As most women of any age can understand, I am slightly obsessed with keeping my hair looking nice.  This has become even more true as I have left my 20s and entered my 30s, finding my first gray hairs and battling a general unruliness that I don’t remember having all my life.  Of course, this could just be perspective.  I remember thinking my hair was terrible when I was a teenager.

Looking at photos from that period of my life, I wish my hair looked as effortlessly good when I threw it up into a messy ponytail now as it did back then.

Fortunately, the hair care industry has a category solely designed to deal with aging hair. I have done a lot of reading recently regarding this niche, and how it is very important to care for not just your hair, but your scalp as well.

Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Root Resilience Anti-Aging Scalp Serum.  Wow, that is a mouthful.  This serum promises to “reinvigorate the scalp.” It is designed for anyone with aging hair, wanting fuller hair, and wanting more shine. Dr. Gross Anti-Aging Serum contains amino acids, peptides, and vitamins that are supposed to “nourish hair follicle and root” so the hair can resist breakage and counteract damage from heat styling.

First Impressions

Although Dr. Dennis Gross’ website had nothing but glowing reviews for this product, Amazon’s customers were a bit more discerning.  Many complained about the scent of the serum, which didn’t bother me.

The instructions are to use three to five pumps on wet or dry scalp (ideally after using Root Resilience Shampoo and Conditioner, of course).  The serum is nice and light, and does give my hair a bit of a boost when I massage the serum into my scalp.  But this could also be from the scalp massage.

Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Scalp SerumExperience

After using Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Scalp Serum for a few weeks, I’m not all that impressed.  Although it does give my hair a bit of a boost right after application, that lift fades quickly.  I have not seen a big difference in the condition of my hair. The serum is nice and light, so that’s a plus.  It doesn’t weigh down my already oily roots.

Cost and Where to Buy

The serum can be found on the Dr. Dennis Gross website, on LovelySkin.com for $54.   Overstock has it a little cheaper at $43.49 plus $4.95 shipping.  There are several bottles listed on eBay as well at much cheaper prices, usually under $20.

Summing Up

I’d give Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Scalp Serum a 6 out of 10.  The company is cruelty free and vegan, which is always a plus, but the product didn’t wow me.  I expected more based on what was promised.  At $54, I’d like to be impressed, and I wasn’t.

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