Wednesday, July 28, 2010

S-Factor Spun Satin Review

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been MIA lately, there's just been so much going on! Being that it's summer and beautiful outside, I find myself spending less time indoors, and even less time on my laptop. For that, I'm sorry. Gosh I'm embarrassed at how long it's been since my last post, but I'm going to try to make up for it! Starting with my review of S-Factor Spun Satin Feather-Light Styling Soufflé. I blogged about how excited I was for this to come out (here), and I was not disappointed! Spun Satin has become a new favorite of mine, and a staple in my product collection.

If you've never heard of styling soufflé before, it's basically a very rich, conditioning styler. The consistency of Spun Satin is like a very thick deep conditioner, with a hint of a pomade/wax. However, being as rich as it is, it's very light on hair, and it's absolutely PERFECT for wavy hair! Spun Satin is the next generation of "scrunching" products, so bye-bye sticky gel! Plus isn't the jar pretty? It looks like expensive department store night cream or something - I feel so luxurious when I use it! And the scent... I'm not even gonna try. All I know is that it smells heavenly, so if you see it you have to smell it! You'll fall in love.

As always, we'll take a look at the ingredients:
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Fragrance, Cyclopentasiloxane, PVP, Amodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Silk, Sodium PCA, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Trideceth-12, Aloe Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Coumarin.

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, PVP, Amodimethicone, Sodium PCA, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Trideceth-12, Propylene Glycol.
Now if you're someone who's sensitive to fragrances, you might want to skip this product because it's full of fragrance additives. It doesn't bother me, but I know some people can't take it so I just wanted to put that out there. Anyway, once we take out all the fluff we're pretty much left with a very conditioning product with just a hint of hold. This is probably the reason why it's so perfect for people with naturally wavy hair, like myself. It tames the wave without leaving hair heavy and/or crunchy. Now I've talked about almost all of these ingredients in past posts, but what I do want to point out are Cetrimonium Chloride and Trideceth-12. These ingredients, combined with the other silicones, like Amodimethicone, prevent any buildup on your hair. So if you weren't sure about all the silicone in this product, don't worry about it. By your next shampoo, it will be all down the drain.

Who would I recommend this to? Anyone wanting to enhance their natural wave, while keeping their hair soft and touchable. I do feel the need to point out that this product is not designed to actually create a wave or curl, just enhance what you already have. So I'm gonna say if your hair is straight and you're looking for a curling product, this is not for you. I would also tell you that if you do decide to use Spun Satin, but are unsure of how much to use for your hair, use less than you think you need. It took me a couple tries to figure out just the right amount for my hair. Spun Satin can also be mixed with other products; I often mix in some S-Factor Dream Drops to give my hair some added shine and softness, but it's not really necessary. Spun Satin is great all by itself!

Here's a tip: I suggest towel drying most of the moisture out of your hair, then using Spun Satin. At first it might feel like it's a bit too much for your hair, but just give it time to dry and settle into your hair, and your hair will feel great! I've also found that it's best to let your hair air dry when using Spun Satin. I just think the heat from a blowdryer will kind of work against this product. But try and see what works best for you, maybe you'll find the opposite is true for you.

S-Factor Spun Satin comes in a 2.65 oz / 75 g container, and retails for around $28.

Like I said before, I am REALLY going to try to post more often. It's shameful how little I've been posting lately! Sorry again. But the good part of this is that I've been testing out a lot of new products, so you all just sit tight! More reviews coming soon!

Have fun, and take care of your hair! Especially against the sun, it's brutal!
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Thursday, July 8, 2010


Hey guys! Well as you guys can see, it's haul time! There's just been so many new products coming out lately, I definitely needed to do a little retail therapy. To be honest, most of the shopping I do is just checking out (and smelling) the new products in person, and if any of them look like something I would personally use, then I get them. There are a few re-purchases thrown in there, but most of it is new.

Starting at the top left is six TIGI Radiant Gloss hair colours. CosmoProf has a deal going on this month where you buy six shades of TIGI hair colour (pick between Colour Creative, Radiant Gloss, or Ultra Lift) and get a tub of TIGI True Light lightener (not pictured) for free. Awesome, right? If you're curious, the shades I bought are: Mix Master 0/22 Violet, 0/02 Perfect Pearl, 0/07 Perfect Oyster, 0/27 Orchid Mist, 00/ Clear, and 5/6 Indian Red (for my mom's hair).

Next we have Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo, one of my favorite violet shampoos ever! It's fantastic at toning down the brass in blonde/grey/silver hair. I bought the biggest size, 31.5 oz.... I really don't get why they couldn't just add a couple more ounces to make it a real liter, but whatever.

The next two I've been dying waiting for them to come out! The new Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes shampoo and conditioners! There are three different sets for different hair types, categorized into "levels." The two tweens are Level 3: Resurrection, for "weak, brittle hair that needs an intervention." Totally me. Even my mom tried it, but it kind of made her hair a little "too soft" if that makes sense. I suggested she go down to Level 2: Recovery, for "dry, damaged tresses that need a moisture hit." So far, she loves it. Reviews are coming soon.

The big, white, honey pot looking thing is the large size (750 ml) S-Factor Serious Conditioner. When I got the smaller size before, I absolutely loved it and I knew I HAD to have the big size. I've even tweeted about how much I love it, lol! It also smells amazing, kinda fruity and minty at the same time. Very refreshing.

Now on the bottom left are two re-purchases: Aquage Seaextend Silkening Oil Treatment and KMS Makeover Spray, both of which I've reviewed. The next item is actually not a hair product, it's called Skin Smoothie by Fake Bake. It's supposed to smooth out dry areas on your skin to make your self tanners apply better. It was on clearance, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Next is, big surprise, a GVP product! My girl Recessionista would be so proud, lol! It's the GVP version of Paul Mitchell Wax Works. Not only is this my first GVP product, but it's also my first Paul Mitchell product. I don't know why, but I'm never drawn to their products. Anyway, the blue box you see next to the GVP is Rusk Deepshine Oil, a product I've been dying to get my hands on! It's the latest in the "hair oil" trend, containing argan oil and all that - but thankfully it doesn't smell like a greenhouse like the rest of the Deepshine products. Not that it's a horrible scent, it's just not that appealing to me. I've only used it a couple times, so after I've used it for a while then I'll do a review.

The two little bottles on the bottom right with the pink labels are 7th Stage creme hair lightener with a bunch of activator packets. I use it when I lighten someone's hair, and to touch up my own outgrowth. It's so gentle, but so effective at the same time. No matter how dark your hair is, 7th Stage can make your hair the palest blonde while leaving it in great condition. I also got two paddle brushes, one with boar bristles and a normal one. The middle brush is a Monroe round brush, but the barrel is actually an oval shape instead of round like usual. Then right next to them are a chamois buffer and buffing creme - because I like my nails to be shiny without having to put polish on them, and it's something to do when I'm bored. Also, do you like the new tote I got from CosmoProf? It was only a dollar, I had to have it! :-P

That's all for this haul, but I gotta tell you, this was some much needed retail therapy. I could've easily spent a lot more, but I restrained myself... for now. ;-)

Take care of your hair, and have a good weekend!
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