Category Archives: Frederic Fekkai

My Quest for Big Hair: Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lifting Hairspray

I’m blessed (or cursed) with stick straight hair. And lots of it, which means I struggle with a weighed down mane. I crave big hair in a big way ladies. But no matter what I try, it always seems to fall flat. Sometimes I think me and voluminous hair just aren’t meant to be. But I don’t take well to defeat. I’m on a mission to find the perfect combination of products to help boost my roots.

Last week, Saks had an event where you could snag a Fekkai product gratis and I chose Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lifting Spray. I do really love Fekkai’s Full Blown Volume Shampoo, so I was expecting big things with the spray. It’s a targeted hair spray that you use only on your roots. For desired results it’s best to blow it out. You can use it wet or dry. I did both, and then some. And you know what I ended up with? Flat hair that smelled amazing. Not exactly what I was hoping for. Even though the smell is really amazing.

I’d say this product does everything its supposed to except the lifting part. It’s weightless, not stiff or sticky but it just does nothing in terms of volume. So the quest for big hair continues. Until next time…

Product Girl 2009 Favorite Beauty Products – Skin, Nails & Hair Care

Our favorite beauty products of the year continues with our favorites in skincare, nails and haircare. Are some of our picks the same as yours? Keep reading…

Without a doubt Elizabeth Arden Prevage Moisturizer has been Carla’s favorite moisturizer of the year, she can’t sing its praises enough. It’s definitely pricey but the texture makes it last forever and it tames her skin like nothing else… she is hooked.

This year we got to know Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser and our lashes were grateful for the introduction. This product not only removes mascara better than most makeup removers but also conditions lashes at the same time.

Sampar Skin Quenching Mist is as good as it gets if you’re obsessed with refreshing your skin with mists like we are. Not only does it have a devine rose scent to it but you can spray on as much as you’d like, no greasy residue left on your skin with this.

Suki Lemongrass Cleanser is another goodie from 2008 that we brought with us into 2009. You can use it as an extremely effective exfoliator or let it foam up for gentler way to clean your skin. Plus the lemongrass will definitely perk you up.

Garnier’s Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes are our top pick for cleansing wipes. These refreshing oil-free wipes have a clean fruity scent and do not dry out your skin if you’re having a “lazy” day and is the only thing you use to wash your face at night. Not that we do that or anything…

Thank you MAC for Style Black and the MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask. It makes our skin so soft after just one use and there is something incredibly therapeutic about slathering sooty black ash all over your skin and rinsing it off with a hint of heat. Love!

Four months under our belt of using NARS Cleansing Oil and it’s still rocking our world. And the best part is the bottle isn’t even a quarter of the way empty!

Duri Rejuvacoat has saved my nails this year. This base coat not only helps strengthen nails (boy does it ever!) but has actually improved how my some of my nails grew. Some of the odd bends I have in my nails actually straightened out a bit.

Since I’m all about nail care this year (hello fellow ex-nail bitters!), It Cosmetics Nail Love has been in my handbag at all times. Why hasn’t anyone though of this before? This nail pen includes oil to condition nails but also has a rubber slanted tip to help push your cuticles back. Convenient, no?

For color, the Barielle All Lacquered Up collection has been my favorite from this year. My friend Michelle from All Lacquered Up helped create a collection of shades that I am absolutely in love with and I turn to them over and over again… I’m talking to you Glammed Out Garnet and Get Mauving.

It all starts with the nail polish remover and Zoya Remove + Nail Polish Remover is my favorite nail polish remover of all time. The delivery method is fantastic, formula is not toxic, conditions the nails and I’m all for a product that helps calm me and steady my hands before applying nail polish. The lavender scent does just that.

We were really excited when we started seeing forest greens step on to the Fall trend scene, which is why we fell hard for OPI’s Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow from the Espana collection. So deep and sultry, even if it did take nearly three coats to get it just right.

When my hair needs refreshing, Ojon Revitalizing Mist takes care of my hair with just a few spritzes. This product is also a leave in conditioner. If I don’t have time for my usual routine, this detangles and leaves hair soft. I hope Sephora brings this back as a Beauty Insider deluxe sample, the small bottles are perfect for travel and I lost mine.

Frederic Fekkai’s Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo shampoo gets us excited, ala old school Herbal Essence commercials-style. The smell is refreshing with a hint of lime and gives LIFE to fine hair. The effect is really noticeable when blow drying with a big round brush.

If we could bathe in MoroccanOil products, we totally would… it conditions hair like nothing we have ever used. It is safe to say that MoroccanOil Treatment has completely rocked our world. It conditions, protects against heat, adds shine and tames flyaways. What more could we ask for?

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo isn’t exactly new but it is new to us this year. This product has saved my life in the morning (when I’m running late!) countless times this year and it is the only dry shampoo I keep re-purchasing. Why is that? It is gentle and does not irritate my scalp like other dry shampoos do.

So what about you? What are your favorite skincare, nails and hair products new to you this year?

Frederic Fekkai's Femme Fekkai Sensuelle

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Have you ever thought of layering your fragrance by starting with your hair? Most of us start with body washes and body lotions but what about shampoo, conditioner and hairspray? Frederic Fekkai’s new Femme Fekkai Sensuelle limited edition line of products will change the way you wear fragrance.

This collection features the Femme Fekkai Sensuelle Shampoo, Femme Fekkai Sensuelle Conditioner, Femme Fekkai Sensuelle Hairspray and Femme Fekkai Sensuelle Eau de Parfum. Each product in the collection is fragranced with a blend of neroli, lemon leaf and orange bigarade top notes, mandarin, bergamot, jasmine and fleur d’oranger middle notes and base notes of musk, amber, honey, cumin, birch and carrot seed. The total blend is sensual and feminine, drying down to a warm musk.

The delicious fragrance aside, the hair care products also make hair feel amazing. At first, I was a little dismayed by shampoo and conditioner bottles, their pumps do not pump out a lot of product. Then I started using the products and realized that they do not need to. The shampoo is super rich so you only need a little at a time. With the conditioner, the consistency was a little surprising at first. It is a little on the thin side so I expected my hair to need a little product but the conditioner was enough. When I dry my hair, it feels perfectly silky and smooth without adding other products to it. I have the silk extracts in the products to thank for that.

The cherry on top of this collection is the beautiful Femme Fekkai Sensuelle Eau de Parfum. Naturally, it wears differently on the skin but I am loving the orange blossom with this winter weather we’re experiencing, it’s refreshing!

Disclosure: a product sample was received for this review.

Frederic Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo: Banishing Greasy Hair 1 Bottle at a Time

Greasers were cool in the 50’s but since I’m not in the fifties nor am I a member of Sha Na Na, my greasy hair just isn’t cute. I have been plagued as long as I can remember with the need or should I say that I must wash my hair daily or it’s oil slick city. Now I’m not too lazy but I don’t always feel like washing my hair 365 days a year either so recently I made a new purchase.

frederic-fekkai-au-naturel-dry-shampoo I popped into my local Sephora the other day and picked up Frederik Fekkai’s Au Naturel Dry Shampoo. I chose the Fekkai line because the ingredient list was cleaner than others dry shampoos and I wanted a talc free version along with being free of the other following ingredients:

  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic Fragrances
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Petro-Chemicals
  • Phthalates

The description states the Dry Shampoo employs cotton fibers, rice starch, and cornstarch to effectively eliminate excess oil from the hair. Now when I first tried it I thought this doesn’t work. I was going to take it back but I figured I should give it one more try. The second time I gave it a whirl on some pretty darn greasy hair and I was very pleased. I woke up late to get ready for work, had to hustle and the dry shampoo was my only hope of making it on time. Well I have to say it really came through not only did my hair look oil free and fresh but it stayed that way until a late night cocktail.

The key to making this product work is to not be light handed. The first time it didn’t work because I just hadn’t applied enough, it takes a hair amount to cut the through the oil. I start by working in the product around the frame of my face, massaging it in with my fingertips and then working it back through the length of the hair. I would say avoid your ends though, no reason to waste product on hair that’s not oily.

Have you tried Frederic Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Frederic Fekkai Salon Color: DIY Hair Color

So last Friday night I had a date with Frederic and it turned out lovely, a rich wonderful experience. I would love to say I’m the woman who can afford an appointment at a high end salon every couple months but it just wouldn’t be true. I have been doing most of my own dye jobs since unfortunately the age where I discovered “Sun In” … Yes ladies, you know what I’m talking about and you had that atrocious orange hair right along with me. It was the evil start of something beautiful. :)

I was not born with a beautiful hair color, and my grey mousey brown is always in need of more than a little enhancement. I have been using an array of professional color lines from the beauty supply but though I would give the Frederic Fekkai Salon Color line at Sephora a chance even though it was a box kit which I usually avoid.

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The kit comes with a decent quality mixing brush and bowl, so you don’t have to ruin any of your dishes…I liked this a lot. Next you get a pre-color treatment that helps prevent uneven color which I thought was a nice step you never see in a box kit. Now came the color and developer, I thought they mixed well and became thick enough that they were not messy or any messier that other dyes I’ve used. And lastly I applied the conditioner. Now the important part…the color, the product came in a box with a lovely woman on the front with the color I figured would soon be mine know as Jennifer 4 (dark brown).

So did I rinse and become the beautiful model Jennifer 4 on the box? No, but I looked pretty damn good after a blowout and a well applied makeup application. Jennifer 4 Dark Brown looked rich and luscious on the box but I was a little shocked as my dark brown came across more like light black to me. It took me a few days to get use to it but I ended up really liking the color and as it faded a little bit it became a perfect even, rich color with a very pretty tone. For the record, seems that the brunettes shades lean on the darker side so that’s something to be aware of. Also, if you are looking for grey coverage this dye rocked. Would I use it again? Yes, I plan too.

Have you tried this Frederic Fekkai Salon Color? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.

Red Carpet Beauty: Kate Winslet at the SAG Awards

kate-winslet-sag-awards Kate Winslet looked amazing tonight as she won her award for Best Supporting Actress in The Reader. She was gorgeous in this vibrant blue dress by Narciso Rodriguez. Her hair was done by Frederic Fekkai stylist Renato Campora and celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey.

Jillian Dempsey played up Kate’s eyes with lots of black eyeliner, mascara and shimmering shadow paired with a soft neutral palette on her lips and cheeks. Jillian used Lancome Artliner in Noir on the upper lash line and then lightly dusted Jillian Dempsey Professional for Avon Eyeshadow Trio in Pebble Wash on the eyelid. She finished the eyes with a few coats of Lancome Oscillation Mascara in Black. For the lips, she used Serge Lutens nude lip liner and filled in the entire lip. Finally, she applied Color Fever Gloss in Engaging, a very sheer nude shade, for a high-shine pout.

As for Kate’s hair, here’s how you can get the look:

Apply Fekkai More All Day Density Mousse to wet hair for added volume. On the bottom portion only apply Fekkai Coiff Magnifique to ends for a smooth blowout and to protect hair from the heat of styling tools. Using the Fekkai Extra Large Round Brush blow dry hair and part on the right side. Once completely dry, use a one inch curling iron throughout hair to create tousled movement with dimension. Apply Fekkai Technician Glaze to ends working it through with fingers for texture that is not too heavy. Tease the top of the head ever so slightly to create a touch of height. Next pull hair back into a low ponytail. Create a loose braid and twist it around to form a bun. Secure with pins. Making a braid helps to keep the bun from appearing to severe and gives it the soft modern touch.

Best of Both Hair Worlds

I am constantly debating whether I want to keep up my blonde highlights or let them go and aim for healthier hair. Usually I attempt the latter but give in once my roots start to show.

Frederic Fekkai Technician Color Care Mask Frederic Fekkai Technician Color Care Mask has helped me not have to choose between color and healthy hair. I applied the Pez-smelling conditioner in the shower after shampooing and I left in for a few minutes. I was surprised at how rich this conditioner was. My hair was much softer and styling was a breeze – in fact, my style lasted longer as well. This is serious conditioning without the weight, which is really important for fine or thinner hair.

While the product can seem a little out of budget ($35 for 7 oz.), a little goes a long way. If this is the price of maintaining highlights and healthy hair, then it’s worth it!

Don't Feel Like Washing Your Hair Today?

Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Wash and Wear Then don’t! Frederic Fekkai has a great, albeit limited edition product out, called Summer Hair Wash and Wear. It is touted as an “instant shampoo spray.” This stuff is great for getting that one or two extra days out of unwashed hair. I usually wash my hair at the most 2x per week and this product helps it last that one extra day. All you do is spray it all over your dry hair, focusing on the roots, style and go. Summer Hair smells like summer! It has a great coconut/pina coloda-ish smell that lasts for days. I am a fan of Bumble & Bumble’s hair powder as well, but this stuff works a bit better and doesn’t make your hair tacky like the hair powder can.

An important note: the first time i used the product, I just sprayed it in my hair and let it go. Well I had wet hair all day and was not impressed. I soon learned that you have to use a hair dryer to blow the stuff dry into your hair and style like you normally would, but it doesn’t take more than 3 minutes time. As an added bonus, Summer Hair has UV protectors that keep your hair healthy and shiny while in the sun. Oils, product buildup and pollutants are said to be gone.