scene+heard : Strivectin HAIR

February 29, 2016By stephanie

Earlier this month we sent BlushPretty Lead Hair Artist, Samantha Wilson, over to the Colette Grand Cafe at The Thompson Hotel to check up on the latest from Strivectin. Samantha has nothing but rave reviews for this new line, but before we share with you her thoughts, a little bit of background for you …


In case you haven’t heard, Strivectin has expanded their innovation and research in anti-aging from skincare to … HAIR CARE! As a leading brand in everything against aging – fine lines, wrinkles, firmness, dehydration, dullness , you name it! – it only makes sense that Strivectin beefs up their brand by tackling women’s other beauty obsession : hair and great hair days 24/7.

This new franchise, StriVectin Hair introduces a breakthrough in research to tackle the signs of aging in hair : thinning, wiriness, dryness, gray, dullness, breakage, split ends, frizz, lackluster texture, and brittleness. According to the brand, “each formula contains the brand’s NIA-114 technology which activates the scalp and rejuvenates hair from root to tip”.

The product range has three separate formulas which includes: Ultimate Restore, Max Volume, and Color Care.

Strivectin1Here’s what Samantha had to say after three weeks testing out the new line :

The first thing that caught my eye, besides the pretty packaging, was the ingredients in these products. I love that the products are free of sulphates, parabens, synthetic dyes, phthalates and phosphates.

The line not only targets what you feel is wrong with your hair but also, what you want from your hair. It promotes trying to restore your hair to its natural, most healthy, ageless state.

I really liked that this line focuses on the scalp and the hair from root to tip. After the first use of StriVectin, I could feel and see a difference in the state of my hair. My hair felt and looked fuller. It felt soft, nourished and hydrated; and as an added bonus my hair had a beautiful healthy shine that didn’t weigh my hair down. The fragrance is soft and not overpowering – very pleasant!

Overall, it’s an affordable must have line for hair health. I would recommend this line to clients and friends.

There you have it – straight from BlushPretty’s Master of Hair and a BP Bride favourite artist.  If you are curious about the line and want to hear more or test it out yourself, you can visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up the line.

Have a great Monday beauties!


recos from regina : olay total effects 7-in-one cc cream

November 4, 2014By DJMC

As I get older one of my skin concerns is fighting any signs of aging.

Aging?? Me?? Yes, my youthful looking self is concerned with my skin as I am getting older. It is bound to happen after all! Now when I look in the mirror up close, I am beginning to see fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles under my eyes.

To address these concerns many women like myself have, Olay came out with Total Effects 7 in One Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream. This product promises instant skin perfecting coverage and correction to reduce the appearance of darkness under the eyes – it certainly had my attention.

What caught my eye right away that it had a built-in brush applicator. The applicator is a click brush so as you click it, the CC cream is dispensed. The bristles were soft enough that it didn’t bother my skin as I was using it to apply the cream, and it blended very well into my skin.

The end result: the product moisturized under my eyes to help the dryness around it, and while I didn’t find it reduced the appearance of dark circles, it helped brighten up my under-eye area and it helped even out my skintone.

Olay Total Effects 7 in One Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall Drug Stores for $32.99.

Disclosure: Press samples featured.

recos from regina : sally hansen miracle gel

July 31, 2014By DJMC

I recently went into my local Shopper’s Drug Mart and the first thing that caught my eye when I entered the store was the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel #OMGel polish display. I was told by a store employee that they had just finished the display 10 minutes before I came into the store.

The display of all 47 gel polishes did not make my decision easy with all the pretty colours available. In the end, the colour that came home with me was Birthday Suit.

The Sally Hansen Miracle gel polish consists of two steps. Step 1 is the Gel Color and Step 2 is the Top Coat. It states that it’s “Quick to apply, up to 14 days of color and shine, Easy Removal and no light needed.”

When using the polish what appealed to me was the width of the brush. It applied nicely with no streaks in between coats. To get the desired colour that I was looking for, I used 3 coats on my nails.

In between each application of polish, what I liked about Step 1 and Step 2 is how quickly my nails dried. A light is not needed in the drying process for gel polish and to remove the polish all you need is nail polish remover.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel products can currently be found at Shoppers Drug Mart for the retail price of $11.99 each, or each of the 4 different colour sets go for $18.99 each.

You can also purchase it at Wal-Mart, Target, Rexall and Loblaws.

smoothing your skin …

September 25, 2013By stephanie

I’m all about smooth skin from the face to the toes. :) While I work on skin and body care daily, I reserve a good hour on Sunday evenings “overhauling” my entire self. We’re talking a good shampoo and conditioner, a complete hair removal routine, full body lotion, and scrubbing and peeling as needed. I’ve recently added two products to my routine to keep it all going … (it’s a lot a work, I tell ya!)

I believe exfoliation is the key to keeping the complexion and face looking youthful and radiant. I am a firm believer in microdermabrasion (hello: fresh.beautiful: the skin studio!) but can completely appreciate that regular treatments and sessions can get costly. Olay Professional’s new Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System is the perfect way to achieve microdermabrasion results in the comfort of your bathroom and at a fraction of the cost.

Battery-operated and with an ergonomic design this tool comes with two brushheads and two cleansers – an Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser and a Thermal Crystal Polisher – both as effective as they sound. The unit also has speed control (3 speeds) which is great for people who rather tread lightly with dermabrasion or those whom have sensitive skin. I went full blast.

I’ve been using the system at least once a week, sometimes twice, and I use both brush heads and cleansers each time. The Thermal Crystal Polisher is my favourite (picture on left). You can feel it heat up over the skin and after rinsing, I feel like I have this great flush from it (picture on right). The system cleans the skin well and sloughs away all the grime and build-up I accumulate over the week. It leaves the skin soft to the touch and brighter.

Moving along … keeping the skin smooth on the rest of my body is another story.  It needs more help …

My husband has the smoothest legs. Ever. His arms are like silk too. He has this “problem” of not being able to grow a beard or leg hair or arm hair. Which is odd because he has a head of hair that is thick, curly and still all there (he’s a little up there in years and his family suffers from a bit of male pattern baldness, but he shows no signs of losing his hair anytime soon).

Anyway, back on topic – he thinks not having leg hair or beard hair is a “problem” – whereas I would kill to have super smooth and hairless legs and arms and underarms without the worry of shaving. I’m not the hairiest monster out there, but I do need to keep it all under control. I’m too shy (and a wimp) to undergo laser hair removal but am getting really sick of having to shave my legs twice a week.

I’m really thankful to have come across the opportunity to try out Inhibitif! The latest in hair removal technology, Inhibitif works to stop your hair from growing back and its as easy as applying lotion and deodorant everyday. And its that painless too …

Unlike depilatories which simply removes hair, Inhibitif acts to reduce the frequency of how often you need to shave or wax. By applying the product just twice a day for about 8 weeks, you can reduce how often you need to focus on hair removal. After 8 weeks, maintenance is as simple as applying Inhibitif just three times a week.

I have been quite religious and liberal with both the body serum and the deodorant (there is a serum for the face, which I haven’t tested out yet!).  I’m just completing week five but am down to epilating the legs and underarms just once a week and seeing very minimal regrowth. Last week, prior to departing for Lake Tahoe, I actually de-forested my entire body and didn’t have to worry about excessive or visible hair regrowth during the entire five day trip – so, I’m a pretty happy camper – I had more time to spend seeing Lake Tahoe then in the shower or bathroom trying to look good for Lake Tahoe. Gold Star!

Smooth skin will always be a deep obsession of mine. Its the one thing where, whether I’m wearing my pajamas, sweats, or a dress, I will feel good about myself no matter what. So, if I can feel that way for longer with less effort – hell yeah I’m going to do it. Both the Olay Professional and Inhibitif Lines are available at your local Shoppers Drug Mart!