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New Hair! I Love It!

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll know I recently got my hair done. I got it cut and for the first time ever, colored! I had been wanting to get my hair colored since before New York Fashion Week, but unfortunately I was not fast enough in booking my hair stylist. I say that because she is always booked and for good reason! My hair stylist Krystal works at Vito Mazza known in 2012 for being the best Salon and Spa in the U.S. by Repackage.

I had never had my hair colored but I was ready for a lighter look and to say good-bye to my naturally dark brown/black hair. I have thick curly hair but my curls were being weighed down by the length of my hair. I was also losing hair in the shower and some days in bigger chunks than I was comfortable seeing. I take Biotin, the supplement known to help with hair growth and strength, but not regularly. So I was ready for a change that would be healthy for my hair.

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My hair before my new cut and color.

I chose my hair stylist before I chose the salon, as she is someone I went to college with. Don’t you love when you’ve kept in touch with someone who becomes successful!? I knew she would do a great job on my hair not only because I knew her, but because her social media is a resume for her work. A scroll through her Instagram alone is an album of her meticulous cut and colors. And not to mention my mom who has very short hair has become her one of her clients as well. Although my mom colors her own hair she always gets it professionally cut. She’s been getting her hair done by hair stylists since I was little, so I knew she would shoot me straight on where to go.

I was more excited for the change than nervous and had sent Krystal pictures on what I was thinking. I didn’t know what the name of the style I wanted was, thankfully she did. Turns out what I wanted was a balayage! Similar yet different from an ombre hairstyle due to the way the color is applied. The goal in this technique is to make the color transition more natural looking. Unlike an ombre hairstyle, dark hair or your natural hair color is left uncolored in the bottom half of the hair. Who Knew!

Here are the steps Krystal took to achieve my awesome new hair.

  • Dry cut my hair.

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  •      She then applied Matrix Light Master, which lightens the color of your hair (the blayage).
  •      Once she applied the Matrix lightener she wrapped those sections with foil.

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  • My hair was taken out of the foils and the Matrix was rinsed out.
  • She then toned my hair with Matrix Color Sync which helps strengthen the hair fibers. It also helps get rid of unwashed color pigment while locking in the color.
  • Next Bond Ultim8 Step two was applied to my hair for ten mins. This step helps protect your hair from damage in the process of coloring.
  • Once the Bond Ultim8 was rinsed off my hair was shampooed and conditioned with Matrix Biolage Hydrasource.

 

 

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Once the foils came off my hair was lighter already!

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Amazing new do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A sit under the dryer came next to lightly dry my hair.

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Already loving it at this point!

She then cut my hair again, to give it a long in the front and shorter in the back style.

   As I hardly straighten my hair I opted for a curly do so she styled it with Deva Curl frizz free foam,   coconut curl cream and curl boosting gel spray  .

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Krystal and I. Loving my new hair!

I use Tresemme Color protect shampoo and conditioner every morning. I try not to leave my hair under hot water as I don’t want the color to be stripped quickly. Once a week I apply the Matrix Bond Ultim8 for ten minutes and rinse it out. I am currently using Shea Moisture coconut, hibiscus curl and shine leave-in conditioner for thick and curly hair when I style my hair

My amazing hairstylist Krystal is also a Matrix Artistic Educator. She not only works for Vito Mazza but does hair for special occasions like weddings and proms. Check her out and book her now, she gets booked fast!

I love my new hair! Have you ever tried a new hair style? How was your experience?

T.S.

 

 

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Hilton Short Hills Travel and Lifestyle Event with TravelingMom

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Getting away for the summer is always a treat. Whether it’s a month long vacation or a weekend, it’s great to find hotels that accommodate your every need.  The Hilton Short Hills, in Short Hills, NJ does this and more. I was invited to experience and learn about what this hotel has to offer by TravelingMom and She Buys Cars. The day was full of relaxation and travel education. With an ideal location close to NYC and across from Short Hills Mall there is plenty to see and do. The hotel offers shuttle service to the mall and has an on site rental car service. However there is no shortage of relaxing activities for adults to enjoy right in the Hilton Short Hills. While the whole family is bound to have fun as well.

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Short Hills Hilton Lobby

 

If your looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape from the everyday hustle and bustle step into the Hilton’s spa. The Eforea Spa’s soothing atmosphere is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as it did me. With thirteen treatment rooms you’ll find something to relax and rejuvenate you. Whether you’re getting ready for a big event hosted at the hotel or simply want a mani or pedi, the salon is sure to take care of you. You and your spouse can  receive hair cuts, styling and waxing services. Looking forward to a massage instead? The Hilton Short Hills offers both single and couple massages. A private room ensures that you are at your most relaxed. Mommies to be can also enjoy prenatal massages and services.  After the massage make your way into the “Transition Room” to relax, drink and eat a healthy snack.

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If the gym is more your sanctuary look no further than their fitness center. Enjoy a class of Pilates or sweat it out in their state of the art gym. If you’re in the mood for a high intensity sport take a swing in their tennis court. Group lessons, cardio tennis and evening socials are available to guests. You can rent on site racquets if you’ve left yours at home. Not a tennis pro? The Hilton Short Hills offers private and hitting lessons to spruce up your skills. After a great work out and a shower why not take a dip in one of the hotels pools. The indoor pool’s relaxing and cool ambience is perfect for a lap. While the connected hot tub is perfect for warm relaxation. Their outdoor pool is great for sunbathing and swimming as well.

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Conduct business meetings and summits in one of the hotels seven meeting suites. Plan your wedding or sweet 15/ 16 in the grand ballroom. The more intimate Pavilion with large windows is perfect for a small wedding. The Pavilion’s soft cascading white drapes add the perfect romantic and enchanted feel. The TravelingMom Travel and Lifestyle event was held in this relaxing room. Brands Ann Taylor, The Walking Company and Henri Bendal showcased there newest products here while a makeup artist was also on hand for refreshing touch up’s. These brands are just a few that can be found conveniently at the Short Hills Mall across from the hotel.

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Ann Taylor

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The Walking Company

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We enjoyed a cooking demonstration of Scallop Avocado Toast with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce by the hotel’s Chef Richard Kennedy. I was excited to try this dish as I am a sea food enthusiast and it did not disappoint. A delicious salad previous to the seafood dish and an array of mini desserts completed this delectable meal. Chef Kennedy and the culinary team at the Hilton offer a live cooking and tasting series for guests. The delicious food prepared by Chef Kennedy is sustainably soured from local NJ farmers, a point in my book! Check out Chef Kennedy’s  Youtube Channel for great recipes.

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Chef Richard Kennedy

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Scallop Avocado Toast

 

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As always the creators of She Buys Cars, Kim Orlando and Scotty Reiss were full of travel tips and tricks. Here are some of the tips I learned and plan to add them to my future trip planning.

  • The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is one of the best travel cards to have.
  • Feel free to call the hotel your staying in ahead of time for price matches and specials.
  • And check out apps like LuggageFree, Jet Setter, and Get My Boat for easier travel and planning.

Current trends in travel include:

  • Brewery hopping
  • Bleisure (Business and leisure in one trip)
  • Food tourism
  • Big weekend getaways
  • Responsible travel (economically, environmentally)

I so enjoyed my day at the Hilton Short Hills and plan to return. With a great location, extensive accommodations and services the Hilton Short Hills has plenty to offer. Have you ever been? I’m sure you’ll want to visit now!

T.S.

 

 

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OMG! Hair Repair System Review

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Concreteislandista was given these products for review by Beautypress and the participating brands. All opinions are my own.

Don’t you love going to your local spa every week and getting a facial? How about every week getting a hair treatment? If you said yes you are #blessed, but if you said I don’t do that, than you know an at home treatment is your go to! With so many new masks and treatments on the market there is an endless supply of at home spa treatments. Double Dare has created simple OMG! 4 in 1 through 2 in 1 kits that help you get that spa treatment glow right at home. Made specially to be easy, intense, fast and simple their products only take a few steps to complete. These Optimized, Minimized and Grab & Go masks are perfect for the busy lady. I especially love the packaging which is portable, perfect for throwing into a suitcase or overnight bag.

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OMG! 3 in 1 Kit Hair Repair System

This treatment consists of a shampoo, protein treatment and mask. In step one you rub in the Healing Natural Shampoo. The shampoo helps clarify your hair of any impurities, just think about all the pollution we encounter in the cities or just by going outside. Smog, smoke, dust, sweat and weird mystery smells! YUCK! The ingredients in the shampoo are 98.6% natural. They include organic extracts of coconut, lavender and rosemary leaf oil. These ingredients help pull out any excess oils and any bad impurities out of your hair. I applied it like any other shampoo, massaged it into my hair. I loved the relaxing SMELL of the shampoo. The smell of rosemary was strongest in my opinion and I absolutely loved it. I thought the amount of suds it produced was good enough to see it working. Although I think there should be a bit more product in the package for us girls who have a lot of hair.

The recovery treatment protein was next after I rinsed out the shampoo. The treatment has antioxidant fatty acids of Omega 3,6 and 7. It also includes Argan Oil and vitamin E which help nourish and protect your hair. The antioxidants in the treatment help fight against breakage in the hair follicle  and protect the blood vessels in your scalp. While the Omegas help by thickening your hair. And of course Argan oil helps smooth and defend hair against frizz. While vitamin E repairs damaged tissue in your scalp and hair follicles. The treatment protein also helps produce naturally shiny hair. Once again the recovery treatment protein  smelled amazing.

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OMG! 3 in 1 Hair Kit

The last step was the Self-Warming Collagen + Kerstin Infused Mask Cap. This goes over the protein recovery protein treatment without rinsing. The mask’s technology helps infuse hair cuticles with the treatment. It also adds moisture to the cuticles of your hair. Once I put on the hair mask I felt a gentle warmth in my head, which felt very soothing.  After leaving the cap on for the recommended 10 mins I was ready to rinse again. The result was soft and AMAZING smelling hair.

One package of OMG! 3 in 1 Hair Repair System can be found at  Double Dare  for only $8.00! But you can also stock up on the system when you buy 5 packets for $36.00 or 10 packets for $68.00.

Overall I enjoyed the OMG! 3 in 1 Kit Hair Repair system.  I would however recommend more product in the packages for girls with a lot of curly or long hair. I would also recommend easier to open packages as I needed a scissor to open the packages even after ripping the perforated top. The kit left my hair feeling smooth and smelling great, which I loved and expected. I loved the self warming mask, which I have never heard of before but absolutely enjoyed. I think the self warming masks would be a product that many women whether in the salon or at home would enjoy. As we as a society are becoming more aware of the products we use and how it affects us and our environment,the fact that these products are made with 98.6% natural ingredients and come in slim packages is a plus.

Let me know if you’ve tried the OMG! masks or any Double Dare products. Would you try the hair 3 in 1 repair system?

T.S.