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Saturday, October 20, 2018

REDKEN All Soft Mega



Well, cold brisk weather is here again and that means dry air and hair, with lots of frizz for my curls. Between wearing hoods, hats, the heater and cool crisp air, my hair gets a lot of friction and needs help to stand the test of the temps. My friends REDKEN sent me their All Soft Mega line - for severely dry, coarse hair - earlier in the year (back in March) after its launch in February, and I can honestly say that this super-food infused hair care system, which was specifically designed to soften, nourish and replenish, brought my curls back to life. 

Infused with a nourishing mix of sacha inchi extract, aloe vera gel, cactus extract, and Redken’s exclusive ROOT-CORE-TIP (RCT) Protein Complex to treat hair from the root to the core to the tip. Dry, coarse and unmanageable hair can now be touchably soft, smooth and full of shine. All Soft Mega range includes a Shampoo, Conditioner, Mega Mask, Hydramelt Leave-In Conditioner and, a first for the brand: a NEW! Recovery Tissue Mask Cap, designed to be used weekly for just ten minutes in the shower. Inspired by Korean Beauty and its trending hydrating facial masks, the NEW! All Soft Mega Recovery Tissue Mask Cap delivers intense moisture to severely dry, coarse hair to increase hydration and manageability. It’s like a hydrating facial for your hair!

Redken All Soft Mega line is available at Redken salons nationwide, ULTA, Beauty Brands, JCPenney, and lookfantasic.com

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Palmer's Flax Seed Gel

Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Natural Hold Flax Seed Gel - sent by brand reps

Here again for some "true tangle talk" (aka any and all things hair), given my recent mishaps with testing products that would either snag and tangle my hair, leaving styling products powerless against frizz, and my hair a mess. My mane is saved, thanks to Palmer's, who sent me samples of their Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Natural Hold Flax Seed Gel (7 fl. oz./200 mL). Perfect for a strong hold, minus that crunchy feel. Ideal for wash-n-go's, twist outs and all types of curly styles and curl patterns. Can also be used for sleek styles for more definition. 


Why flax seed? When boiled in water, flax seeds produce a natural gel which offers the perfect amount of hold for curly styles. A DIY social media craze that unfortunately is a long, tedious and messy process (yes, I tried and failed), Palmer's Olive Oil Formula takes out the guesswork of the DIY process and is formulated with Aloe Vera and: 
  • Avocado Oil - ideal for healthy hydration
  • Aloe Vera - packed with proteolytic enzymes, helps revitalize scalp, leaving hair smooth and loaded with shine
  • Honey - as a natural humectant, helps retain moisture in hair
  • Olive Oil - contains essential fatty acids and lipids that moisturize and nourish hair and scalp
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil - moisturizes, strengthens and helps prevent breakage. Ideal for dry, itchy scalps
  • Linseed Oil - loaded with essential fatty acids, this oil nourishes dry, brittle hair
  • Moringa Seed Oil - powerful oil that packs a punch by helping fight flaky scalps and split ends, making hair stronger and promoting a healthy scalp for optimal growth
Plus, Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Natural Hold Flax Seed Gel is free of alcohol, silicones, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and gluten. An ultra-defining gel that offers a firm hold, while keeping your hair moisturized. Available at Walmart, Walmart.com and Palmers.com 

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Dove & Dunkin’ Celebrate “Running on Coffee and Dry Shampoo” on National Coffee Day September 29th


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., September 27, 2018 – The pairing of coffee and dry shampoo is the ultimate life hack women everywhere are embracing to help them get through their hectic mornings and busy days, all while rocking beautiful, instantly refreshed hair. To celebrate ladies who are running on coffee and dry shampoo and to let others in on the secret, Dove Hair and Dunkin’ are teaming up around National Coffee Day (September 29) to offer the chance to win* a year’s supply of Dunkin’ coffee and Dove Dry Shampoo and host a pop-up styling café in New York City on Monday, October 1st (see details below).


“Social media has exploded with women sharing how coffee and dry shampoo are their secrets to getting up, out and on with their day… taking them from the gym, to the carpool, to the board room,” says Piyush Jain, Vice President of Hair care for Unilever. “We’re excited to bring together this unlikely but perfect pairing in a surprising collaboration between Dunkin’ and Dove Dry Shampoo.”
#DoveXDunkin Styling Café: In NYC, a #DoveXDunkin pop-up event right in the middle of busy New Yorkers Monday morning commute, passersby can receive a free small Dunkin’ coffee (iced or hot) and enjoy a complimentary mini-styling appointment using Dove Dry Shampoo to first cleanse and refresh hair. Attendees will also have access to exclusive giveaway merchandise including #DoveXDunkin tote bags, hair ties and travel cups (while supplies last)

o When: Monday, October 1, from 7am-3pm ET
o Where: Flatiron Plaza, NYC (intersection of 23rd and Broadway)


Dove and Dunkin’ are encouraging women to share why they run on coffee and dry shampoo for the chance to win* the ultimate life hack – a year’s supply of Dunkin’ coffee and Dove Dry Shampoo! To enter the sweepstakes, submit a photo of your busy morning and tell us why you run on Dunkin’ coffee and Dove dry shampoo using hashtags #DoveXDunkin and #DxDSweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter or by visiting www.DoveXDunkin.com. Entries are open now through November 8.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Big Bum Bum Cream


Fans asked (I prayed hard and waited long) and Sol de Janeiro listened, they will be launching the first BIGGIE BIGGIE BUM BUM CREAM TOMORROW! A super-sized version of the cult-favorite cream, bigger and better than ever, comes with a new surfboard spatula, calming all bum bum anxiety, helping soak up every last inch of the skin tightening ingredients and award-winning formula. 


Infused with all-powerful, caffeine-rich Guaraná extract and our skin-loving cocktail of Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí and Coconut Oil. Addictively scented with Cheirosa ‘62 notes of Pistachio and Salted Caramel, the bigger, the better! SRP: $75 USD/500ml ($100 Value) Available: 9/20 on SoldeJaneiro.com

Sunday, August 26, 2018

BIC Soleil Balance



Shaving isn't just for summer (I am hairless all day, everyday, year-round). That's why I had to check out BIC's latest razor, sent by brand reps: BIC Soleil Balance. What is it? a budget-friendly ($5.99 for a pack of two), 2-in-1 razor that makes shaving easier. How? Five flexible blades that provide silky, smooth closeness, and moisture bars with Shea Butter that let you skip the shaving cream. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

essie Mercury in Retrograde

essie Mercury in Retrograde Collection, sent by essie reps
It's okay, you can come out of hiding now. Mercury Retrograde is over (still give it a few days though). No one feels the brunt of Mercury Retrograde more than a Gemini (me, as it's my ruling planet, another reason why I was quiet with my blog posts) and during tough times like these, is when I need to staple my mouth shut and be on guard against communication errors, electronic breakdowns and mishaps. Thankfully essie launched two out of this world shades, that helped me sparkle through all of those Mercury-made-me-do-it moments. So grateful for essie reps for sending these to me during the Mercury mayhem. Check out essie's Mercury in Retrograde collection: Keep Calm & Mercury On ($9.00 each, available exclusively at Ulta.com and Ulta stores nationwide.) 


Infused with celestial pearl particles, this sparkling shade duo in essie's Mercury in Retrograde collection was sure to help you point your fingers in a much clearer direction (or at least I seem to think so!) Mercury Retrograde may be over for now, but I'll be sure to nail mischief down by rocking these stunning shades on my fingertips. 

essie Mercury in Retrograde Collection: Keep Calm & Mercury On

essie keep calm ($9.00) keep cool in a tranquil shimmer sky blue.
essie mercury on ($9.00) a sparkling royal purple that had me falling into orbit.

~Evelyn Lugo

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Frédéric Fekkai The One

The One by Frédéric Fekkai 


The One by Frédéric Fekkai The Tamed One Collection was sent to me by the brand reps on Thursday, just in time after battling the week-long heat, rain and humidity in New York City.  I was already armed with a top curly bun, determined to fight frizz. After one use, I can't get enough of how amazing my hair feels - and smells! WHAT IS IT? An amazing trio: Frédéric Fekkai Anti-frizz Shampoo ($28.00 8.5 oz.), Anti-Frizz Conditioner ($28.00 8.5 oz.) and Anti-frizz balm ($28.00 3.4 oz.) that is infused with hydrating French Sea Lavender, and provides up to 72 hours of frizz-fighting protection. WHO IS IT FOR? Frizzy/Hard to Manage Hair. This curl-gurl is raising her hand (you just can't see me.) #EvApproved


FRAGRANCE: The sparkling and vibrant scent evokes the mystery of the ocean through an enveloping wave of refreshing, watery accords and the embrace of addictive, sensual musks that will transport you to the luxurious Mediterranean Sea. This high-performance Anti-Frizz collection is formulated with nutrient-rich French Sea Lavender to help tame tresses and lock out humidity for smoother, more manageable hair.


KEY INGREDIENTS/BENEFITSPowerful NORWEGIAN SEA EXTRACT: Fédéric Fekkai's exclusive marine technology helps transform hair from the inside out by protecting against external pollutants and environmental conditions.
  • Helps to repair damaged strands
  • Powerful environmental protectors
  • Prevents against future damage
  • Hydrating, lightweight formula
  • Split end mending ability
  • Sulfate & Paraben-Free
  • Locks out humidity
PRICING and availability: Available at Ulta Beauty stores nationwide, Ulta.com and Frédéric Fekkai Salon Locations.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Palmer's Natural Fusions



I'm back after a month-long blog break, and what better way to get back into the swing of things, than a hair review? Now, I wasn't away doing all things non-beauty, I was actually taking the time to focus on testing an arsenal of hair and skin products that have taken over my apartment the past six months, and Palmer's newest hair collection is one that I have been loving since the event launch back in March: Palmer's Natural Fusions, a hand-crafted 8-piece collection, available at Walmart and Walmart.com. #NaturalFusions


What are they? Palmer's Natural Fusions are pure products that are Naturalista-approved, free of sulfates, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and dyes. No animal ingredients or testing either and formulated with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. Also, created for the anyone intrigued by DIY at-home concoctions (raises hands, as I myself mix a slew of products for just the right amount of hold and scent). I personally love the DIY Cocktail Kits to mix into my shampoos and conditioners; I even used them on my skin and in my aroma diffuser (only eucalyptus and tea tree oils).

Palmer's DIY Cocktail Kits retail $13.00

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dove Anti Stress Micellar Water

Dove mailer sent by brand reps

Last week brand reps sent me the NEW Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash and Beauty Bar, perfect for counteracting the effects of pollution. See, every day, your skin is exposed to pollutant particles that are up to 20 times smaller than skin's pores. Dove is the first to bring micellar water technology to the mass U.S. Body Wash market, offering gentle cleansing combined with the power of micellar technology, to refresh and gently cleanse away pollutants and environmental stressors like dirt and impurities. My favorite is the scent: clean, floral and sweet. Also, they're sulfate-free! Dove is all I use in the shower, both body washes and beauty bars (which I have used for years to wash my face and remove my mascara). 

Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash (SRP $5.97 - 22 fl. oz) 
  • Sulfate-free
  • Provides softer, smoother skin after one shower
  • Notes of floral, relaxing chamomile and sensual sandalwood
  • Refreshes skin while gently cleansing away pollutants and environmental stressors
  • Mild body wash formula has Dove's gentlest cleansers, Glycinate and DEFI, combined with NutriumMoisture technology

Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Beauty Bar (SRP $3.49 - 2-bar pack)
  • Sulfate-free
  • Formulated with signature 1/4 moisturizing cream
  • Refreshes skin while gently cleansing away pollutants and environmental stressors
  • Replenishes nutrients lost during cleansing, leaving skin soft and smooth

Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash and Beauty Bar are available at food, drug, mass and online retailers. For more information, or to explore all the other ranges in both body wash and beauty bars, visit: www.Dove.com

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hair Color: ONC Natural Colors



It's my pleasure to share with you an absolutely game-changing and hair loving hair coloring product, ONC Coloring products ($24.95). What it is? ONC is not a chemical, but rather a natural, healthier, eco-friendly, permanent hair color, that's available in a spectrum of 29 shades (see shades below). While looking to make my already black hair darker (never been a fan of light hair, black all the way), I had a scary experience with a Henna product recently, where my hair was falling out in CLUMPS (yes, my shower looked as if extensions were ripped out or a kitten was drowned.) Horrible!


What I love about ONC Natural Colors is that it's pH is low, so it holds both hair color and hair care in one bottle. Right upon application, I noticed a delicious aroma of bananas, (no chemical smell). Also, this product does not stain your forehead or scalp, because it's won't seep under the skin or into your bloodstream. This product nourishes the hair and gives it lasting body and shine due to the ingredients that are proven to be good for the hair.

My hair is shiny, soft, touchable and smells divine (think fruity deep treatment). 

ONC reps sent me shade 1N - Black
  • Reduces hair loss, hair thinning and breakage
  • Color is permanent and covers gray 100% if used per instructions
  • People that have used it clearly stated that hair has never been healthier and has gone back to what it was 30 years ago before they ever started coloring it

To purchase ONC Natural Colors hair dye, check out all of the other hair products, or for more information, please visit www.oncnaturalcolors.com

More about ONC:
Los Angeles-based Organic Natural Colors LLC. manufactures healthier hair color and hair care products for the consumer and professional. ONC formula hair color formula was created and refined since 1993 with over 65 certified organic ingredients. The ONC hair color conditions while coloring, leaving hair healthier, stronger, and shinier with a very soft demarcation line. Colorists immediately notice its lower pH and consumers notice its pleasant banana-like aroma. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest


D&G Light Blue Italian Zest HERS: 3.3 fl. oz. $100 - HIS: 4.2 fl. oz. $88.00 at Macy's
Dolce & Gabbana introduced a new addition last month to the Light Blue franchise just in time for summer and sent me both fragrances - his and hers - to test (and I'm still obsessed with their spring 2018 launch D&G DOLCE - see my review for it ⇒ here). NEW and limited edition, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest is inspired by a quintessential Italian summer on the coast (think bright Italian lemons and the salty Mediterranean blue sea) Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest (for her) and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest Pour Homme (for him), instantly transports you to Capri. Both scents take the original Light Blue and add an overdose of refreshing citrus. Perfect summer scent: sexy, beachy and full of zest! #DGItalianZest

Sent by D&G Beauty Reps (D&G DOLCE in the middle)

Check out pictures from the launch event that took place in Los Angeles on May 17th at the NoMad Hotel with Louise Roe, Olivia Culpo and more on hand to celebrate Italian Zest.

Photo credit: Stefanie Keenan & Matt Winkelmeyer - Getty Images

Saturday, June 2, 2018

IT Cosmetics Summer Skin

Amazing Memorial Day Mailer Sent by my friends at IT Cosmetics
I have been a loyal #itGirl since the brand launched and I religiously use the amazing IT Cosmetics skincare products every day. IT's clear to see that my skin is loving the results (I just celebrated my 41st birthday on May 21st and groundbreaking skincare and beauty products are a must for my eyes, face and neck. 

41 years young Age really is a number
Age really is just a number - skincare is everything! May 21, 2018 #Im41Hun
Cue to the fabulous press mailer just sent to me by IT Cosmetics, just in time for MDW to kick off summer (and how cute is that insulated make-up pouch?) My products will stay cool this summer for sure, and a breeze to carry around thanks to mini sizes. What's in the bag? 


Seriously though, how COOL is this insulated make-up bag? Thanks IT team!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunbeam Heated Massager, TruMedic Shiatsu


Your Curl~Gurl is back and ready to share products that have been helping me the past couple of months. My days are long and crazy, filled with lots of running around and lugging bags, products, etc., so naturally there are days where I feel it and I don't always have the time to get a massage. Lately, it's my back. Thanks to amazing brand reps, I've been loving two amazing massagers (and this gal has tested over 20!) Anyone that tries them on, always wants to keep them. First up: Sunbeam Heated Back Wrap with Shiatsu Massage

Sunbeam Heated Back Wrap and TruMedic IS-2000 InstaShiatsu
Shoulder & Neck Massager

Saturday, April 21, 2018

NEW Dove Body Scrub

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish is the first body scrub from Dove that exfoliates and nourishes for soft, smooth skin. Formulated with the brand’s signature ¼ moisturizing cream, Dove Exfoliating Body Polish nourishes skin as you exfoliate, making it the perfect addition to your spring skincare routine! Follow with a gentle cleanser, such as Dove Body Wash or Beauty Bar.

My personal experience with Dove's new body polishes is nothing short of amazing. While it's true that Dove dominates my bathroom (deodorant, body washes, beauty bars and haircare) I exfoliate my skin twice a week (face) and body polishes - think underarm or other areas you shave/wax - are top of my list, especially in summertime. The Dove Exfoliating Body Polish (10.5 oz tub / SRP $5.99) smells devine and leave my skin silky smooth and hydrated. All three are divine, but my fave is Pomegranate Seeds and Shea Butter!

Love sent from Dove


NEW Dove Exfoliating Body Polishes are available at mass drug, grocery and online retailers. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018




Listen up dolls, here's one deal you cannot miss out on, especially with Mother's Day approaching. I have been a fan of LASHFOOD since attending the launch event last year (see my article here) and recently committed to using LASHFOOD PHYTO-MEDIC LASH ENHANCER one month straight every night, and the results are amazing. I can't wait to see my lashes after 16 weeks! It's no secret that I am NOT a fan of falsies (never worn fake eyelashes or extensions), so mascara is my must - only one coat for me. Be sure to get your claws on this duo on Monday, April 9th AND you get a free satin sleep mask as a bonus - another nightly beauty sleep must for me. See deets below:  

My lashes after 30 days of LASHFOOD

LASHFOOD Power Duo Enhancers Set (A $92 value for only $26, Available at Ulta on April 9th): Thinning eyelashes are a part of the aging process. This Mother’s Day, give mom the gift of the ultimate beauty sleep with the NEW Power Duo! Apply these bedside essentials nightly to clean, dry skin, and wake up bright-eyed, youthful, and revitalized with longer, luscious lashes, and fuller, thicker brows. LASHFOOD is vegan, effective, and no prescription is required. Formulated without prostaglandin (the yucky chemical that can change the color of your eyes,) silicone, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, PEG, petrochemicals, GMOs, and formaldehyde donors. Included in the set are:


* LASHFOOD PHYTO-MEDIC LASH ENHANCER (a $78 value) is the world’s first and only Eco-Certified lash enhancing serum. This breakthrough formula is clinically proven to provide longer, thicker lashes and to support brittle lashes to appear healthy. The patented Phyto-Medic Complex delivers nutrients to feed lashes with herbal extracts clinically proven to prevent hair loss and trigger regrowth of lashes. 100% of users noticed an improvement in eyelash length, 100% of users noticed an improvement in eyelash density, and 0% experienced irritation.

* BROWFOOD PHYTO-MEDIC BROW ENHANCER (a $88 value): The world’s first and only Eco-Certified brow enhancing serum to help restore the look of brows. Create the appearance of thicker, fuller, stronger brows with this revolutionary, natural eyebrow enhancer. Patented Phyto-Medic Complex delivers nutrients to feed brows with nature’s most powerful ingredients. 100% of users noticed an improvement in overall brow appearance, and 0% experienced irritation.

* Satin Eye Mask – Free Gift!

To snag this amazing LASHFOOD Power Duo Enhancers Set for only $26, visit an ULTA store on April 9th!

Monday, April 2, 2018

it Cosmetics Spring 2018 Launches



Check out the new IT Cosmetics Spring 2018 additions: NEW and FIRST-EVER IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+. What is it?Think of it as a moisturizer (not just foundation) that's infused with 7 key fermented ingredients plus SPF 50 physical-only sunscreen and full coverage pigments (and it's available in 12 skin-tone adapting shades!).Shown here is "Neutral Tan". Pair it with the newly launched Airbrush Full-Coverage Complexion Brush #77My must-have? NEW IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup Wipes!

Pretty package sent by IT Cosmetics - #itGirl
  • Revolutionary full-coverage moisturizer delivers intense hydration that feels like nothing but covers everything - you won’t have to wear foundation again!
  • Created to cover and improve the look of skin concerns including redness, pores, breakouts, dark spots, lines and wrinkles - experience clinically advanced skin results instantly and over time
  • Proprietary 3D Skin Flex™ Technology provides flexible full coverage that floats over lines and wrinkles and won’t crease, cake or crack
  • 7 key fermented ingredients work to increase absorption and efficacy

  • Pairs perfectly with Bye Bye Foundation™ - it’s so easy to use, it does the work for you!
  • Unique triangle-shaped brush head contours to your individual face shape for your most even, airbrushed application
  • Features a pearlized handle and custom-cut brush hairs with apricot-hued tips for a luxurious look and feel
  • Cruelty-free, pro-hygienic hairs are infused with collagen and peptides; won’t shed and are great for even the most sensitive skin

  • Your best-selling Bye Bye Makeup™ innovation, now infused into perfectly portable, disposable cleansing wipes
  • Gently and easily removes waterproof makeup, oil and impurities without stripping your skin - ideal for even your delicate eye area!
  • Enriched with proprietary Skin-Softening Serum Concentrate to soothe and refresh
  • Delivers 3 products in 1 easy-to-use wipe:
    • Hydrating, sulfate-free micellar cleanser
    • Purifying instant makeup remover
    • Anti-aging, skin-softening serum

These new IT Cosmetics launches are available at ULTA Beauty and ULTA.com