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This week, I have two great ice blue items from my beauty cabinet (I decided that would be the theme.  I was tired when I made the theme, ok?).

Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Gel

I went to a Mary Kay party one time and loved trying this eye gel – it felt like putting cucumber slices over my eyes.  I have since been using this gel for a while and it never stops feeling awesome and it works to tighten the eye area a little but mostly it helps me look more awake and less puffy.  The pretty color is just a great bonus.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother

It takes a lot for my husband to notice something beauty-related and the other day he looked at my hair and said “Are you doing something different?  Your hair looks really smooth.”  That’s all I really need to say, even men will notice a difference.


If you’ve ever had your hair colored, you are aware of the time it takes for the chemicals to do their magic under the foils.  It’s a great time to relax, make plans for the rest of the day, catch up on texting, read a magazine, or just daydream about how gorgeous your hair is going to look by the time you leave the salon.  This weekend while processing at Eden Salon & Spa, I was passing the time doing all of the above and came across this little gem in the magazine I was reading.

I think this perfectly encapsulates my feelings exactly.

I love anticipating how my hair will look when it’s all done and I think it turned out wonderfully, thanks Eden!  Check out my After picture that I took on my way out for a Girls Night:

Here’s the question:  “When you have colored hair, how important is it to use color care shampoo and conditioner?”  This person also mentioned that the goal would be to use Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner even with color treated hair.

You know how people say that once you drive a brand new car off the lot, it immediately loses value and will continue to depreciate in value for as long as you own it?  That is also true of hair color.  Your color will stay put until you get your hair wet, then it will immediately start to fade.  The only thing that makes it fade faster than water alone is normal shampoo, with its high concentration of sodium laureth (lauryl) sulfate (also the main ingredient of dish soap).  Color care shampoos can really help keep the fading at bay but won’t eliminate the need for touchups entirely, especially when transitioning to a difficult color like red.  Color care conditioners aren’t necessary but if you’re like me and don’t want a lot of fragrances mixing, go ahead and get the conditioner it comes with.

So the answer is yes, color care shampoos are essential for prolonging the life of your color but color care conditioner is not necessary (just check the label to make sure it doesn’t contain SLS).  I spoke with a stylist at an Aveda salon and she told me that according to Aveda, all of their shampoos are safe for color treated hair.  I would err on the side of caution, however, and stick with Aveda’s many other color safe alternatives such as the Color Conserve Line.  I personally use Blue Malva Shampoo and Color Conditioner and when I had red hair, I used Madder Root Color Conditioner and had great results with it.  Blue Malva and Madder Root work by depositing a little color with each wash to help keep your color looking as fresh and new as possible.

  • If getting your hair wet leads to fading, the obvious fix would be to not let your hair get wet.  You do need to wash your hair (please wash your hair) but not every day.  Next time you’re at the drugstore, pick up a shower cap to limit the amount of water that can reach your hair.  Only shampoo when absolutely necessary.
  • The amount of times per week that you need to wash your hair varies depending on hair texture and scalp oiliness.  Curly haired ladies can go the longest between washes while girls with pin-straight hair will need to shampoo more frequently.  I have wavy hair so it’s a day-by-day judgement call.
  • Aveda’s Color Conserve Line is pretty great but if you can’t afford this luxury brand, I dearly love L’Oreal Everpure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.
  • Sulfate-free shampoos do not lather but that’s ok.  You will still be clean, I promise.

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This hair treatment oil does everything it says it will – controls frizz, increases hair strength, smooth flyaways, etc.  I am a huge fan and can’t imagine my morning hair care routine without it.  It smells earthy and warm and although the bottle has a golden color, the oil itself is colorless. I especially love what it’s made without:  Namely, parabens and phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum.

I bought my bottle at Sephora – around $24.

I saw an ad for L’Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner in a magazine that was a month or two old and was mystified that I hadn’t heard about this product any other way by now.  I was one of the people who immediately ordered WEN after being thoroughly brainwashed by the pretty infomercials only to cancel the subscription later because of the high cost and the pointlessly tiny bottles.  I was really hoping a product like this would come along.


  • The smell is a deep, creamy vanilla that reminds me of the warm vanilla sugar lotion that had caffeine in it from Bath and Body Works back in 2003 (for the 6 or so people who will remember what that smells like).
  • In one step, you’ve washed and conditioned your hair, saving time.
  • Inexpensive!  You can pick this up at the drug store along with your toothpaste and ibuprophen.  I’ve seen it around $6 pretty much everywhere.
  • It works!  My hair comes out refreshed and moisturized every time.


  • The smell might be a little too heady for some and no matter how much I love to smell like food*, many people prefer not to. 
  • Just like WEN, you’ll need like 15-20 pumps to thoroughly clean your hair
  • The bottle is small, I wish there was a jumbo option so it won’t run out as fast

* I have this theory that if you smell like cake, maybe you won’t want to eat one because it would be like cannibalism…