Monthly Archives: October 2011

Product Girl's 6th Anniversary Giveaway

Last month my baby, my labor of love known as Product Girl, turned 6 years old. When I started blogging about the makeup and beauty products I was buying, I never imagined this blog would become such a big part of my life. It was something I did for fun and now it is practically a way of life for me. How many gals do you know that carry makeup remover wipes with them at all times just in case they see something good to swatch? 😉

Product Girl has brought me many opportunities that I never imagined I would have and it is all because of you, my readers. Without you, none of this would have happened and I appreciate all of you more than you know! Thanks to you, I’ve been backstage at New York Fashion Week, I’ve met some of my beauty idols, I won a trip to Paris and now I’m hosting my very first beauty event here in Seattle (which you should definitely attend if you’re in town) next week. Even better more amazing is that I just accepted a position with Nordstrom as their beauty social media specialist! Make sure you follow @nordstrombeauty on Twitter and Like us on Facebook by the way, you’ll be hearing from me there as well.

As a thank you to all of you, I worked with some of my favorite brands to put together the largest single giveaway I have ever hosted. The lucky person who wins this giveaway will be set in the makeup, nail polish, skincare, bath and body and hair department for quite awhile!

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Look What's In My Vacation Makeup Bag

Vacations are awesome. Packing, though, not so much. I’m a chronic over-packer, especially when it comes to makeup! Not a surprise, is it?  My intentions are to pack lightly, but somehow it never really turns out that way. But how awesome is my makeup bag? I missed out on all Target Missoni in Chicago (and online), but I found this bag at my parent’s Target in Wisconsin. I totally love it.

Fits a ton, right?  There’s even several slots for brushes, but i opted to bring those in a separate roll. Instead, I use those pockets for my eyeliners, mascara and lip gloss. While I stashed many lip products and eyeliners in this bag, I tried to keep the core simple. For my face, I’ll be relying on Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm. I’ve got some concealers, and my new fave Bobbi Brown Skin Mineral Foundation, if I need a touch more. And since Paris is one of the stops on my vacation, I made sure to pack my NARS Pleasures of Paris Eyeshadow Palette. It’s got pretty much everything I need — including my all-time favorite “all-purpose” eyeshadow, Abyssinia!

I officially have about 24 hours before I leave, so I may try to pare this down somewhat. But, I can’t make any promises!

TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

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I’ve come to find myself relying on dry shampoos more and more lately. It saves me so much time in the morning AND I’m prolonging the life of the reddish brown locks I’m loving so much. I’m always on the hunt for an affordable dry shampoo that will refresh my hair and this time I tried TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo.

I tried this product when it was first released and was only available in one variety. Now the full line includes a Strengthening Dry Shampoo with B12 vitamins and keratin to help strengthen hair, a Volumizing Dry Shampoo with mineral clay and citrus to remove oil while adding volume, a Smoothing Dry Shampoo that ensures your smooth look lasts and a Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo with Witch Hazel, Citrus, and Aloe Vera that refreshes and moisturizes your hair. TRESemmé has some tips that make a difference in how the product works for you:

  • Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.
  • Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots.
  • Do spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head.
  • Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously).
  • Do leave in for 1-2 minutes.
  • Do use fingertips or a brush to distribute product evenly.
  • If clogging occurs, remove nozzle and rinse the nozzle under warm water, then reattach.

Check out this video from YouTube Guru Elle Fowler. She teamed up with TRESemmé and created a tutorial to teach people how to use TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo properly, making this one of her Top Hair Products for School.

Have you tried one of TRESemmé’s Fresh Start Dry Shampoos? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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