Product Review: Joico K-Pak Color Therapy and Moisture Co+Wash Whipped Conditioner

The lighter my hair gets, the more I am in love with it. But as any blonde girl knows, lightning your hair can take a toll on your locks, even if you use the most gentle and high quality hair colouring products.

The timing could not have been better when I received some Joico hair care products to review, labelled MOISTURE on both bottles.  With the cold weather coming in, I am finding my hair more dry than ever. I received Joico’s Moisture Co+Wash Whipped Cleansing Conditioner and K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock and Instant Shine & Repair Treatment.

JOICO MOISTURE CO+WASH WHIPPED CLEANSING CONDITIONER

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This mousse smells terrific and is super moisturizing! Wash your hair with shampoo first, then pump a small amount in your palm. I have way too much in my hand in this pic, you only need half the amount because as you see in the next pic, the mousse gets foamier and expands.

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Place foam on your wet hair and leave it in for 5 minutes (i.e. shave one leg), then rinse. Don’t forget to shave the other leg! hahaha

Verdict

This stuff smalls great! I don’t think this product was strong enough for my hair, it needs more moisture! I will have to try it again with a different shampoo because I used my purple shampoo, which dries my hair out even more. I’ll get back to you on  this. The bottle recommends this for curly hair, so next time I will curl my hair instead of air drying it.

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Use this treatment like you would any conditioner. Place on clean wet hair, and leave in for 5 minutes. Again, shave your legs in between to pass the time in the shower! Rinse and style as usual. I would keep this stuff away from your roots. It’s very moisturizing and would weigh down your hair.

Verdict

Now this treatment cream was made for me! I could tell right away when my hair was air drying that my hair was softer and more shiny than usual. It also smells like heaven. You don’t need very much either, so this tube will last me for ever! I can’t wait to use it again 🙂

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Hairstyle Hacks: Effortless Beach Waves

Before going on my trip to Cancun, I rediscovered a way to tame my hair from the frizz brought on by the humidity of the ocean. I am a true mermaid, and love everything about the beach, but my hair isn’t exactly the nicest when it’s full of salt and sand. With my hair being shorter than usual, I find I need to style it more, to look it’s best. This combination means I need more moisture and shaping.

great hair style for the beach!

 

Being the lazy person that I am, when it comes to my beauty routine (yes! It’s true!), I’m so happy I rekindled my love for this oversized hair elastic I have been hoarding for the past 5 years. I thought I lost it today, and I almost cried.

 

  1. I washed my hair with Fekkai Essential Shea, and added some Osis Soft ‘N Straight balm to my clean wet hair.
  2. This is my air dried hair. See, I need help 😩.
  3. I place the elastic over my head and start twisting strands of hair all the way around.
  4. Do that to the entire head.
  5. Let is sit under your tuque and go tobogganing with your family.
  6. Take out the elastic and shake your curls loose!
  7. Enjoy and you’re welcome!


  


Happy Snowy Saturday!

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The Secret to a Great Full Body Shot

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When I did my photo shoot for my website pictures, my graphic designer insisted that I get a “Full Body Shot”. That’s when you get a picture taken from head-to-toe. Here I am thinking… “Oh great, the most unflattering pose ever. Sure, sign me up!”

Luckily, I had a really good photographer who obviously knew what she was doing, because in the end… I LOVED THEM! Maybe even more than my up-close shots!

So here, in short, are the key secret elements to a fantastically slimming Full Body Shot. I will start from the bottom up:Chantal Sarkisian Mode XLusive

  • Feet: Notice how in both my pictures, my feet are together and never side-by-side? Well, I guess that’s a huge part of creating that hour-glass illusion and slimming effect at the bottom of the picture.
  • Legs: Whether you cross your legs or keep them close, make it look like you have one leg. Weird, I know. Just do it. I think it helps give you a nice curve in the hips (which as an apple shape, I could use).
  • Hips and Waist: Always stand on an angle and face the camera with your “good side”. If you don’t know which is your good side, the professional photographer will and SHOULD tell you. The idea here is to create the illusion of a smaller waist line. Like you are capturing only 3/4 of your body.
  • Hands: Having your hands on your waist makes it look like you have a smaller waist line and shows it! That is what is important here. Because I am wearing a blazer, having my hand there really helps to define my waist.
  • Arms and Shoulders: My large arms and wide shoulders, which I personally think disfavours my figure, are sort of hidden in these pictures. Hiding one arm behind you again narrows your silhouette. The bend in the other arm and drop in the shoulder creates some movement and angles in the picture, to an otherwise very boring image.
  • Head: If it feels odd, you look great! Not sure what the formula is but it’s something like “Chin forward, head tilted to the side and down”. Again, you are not usually looking straight on into the lens, you are at a slight angle with hopes to focus on your better angle.
  • Face: I like smiling, it’s my security blanket for pictures. If I don’t smile, I have “mean face” going on… or sometimes they call it “resting b$@tc&” face. It’s not my fault, but I am sometimes told that I am intimidating at first because of it.

If I may digress for those who want more information on styling for a photoshoot…

Prepping for a photoshoot takes a long time but is worth the attention to detail. Here is what I did to prepare for the shoot:

  1. Clothing- I went for casual, business and fashionable. That’s me in a nutshell. I’m wearing a classic outfit that is flattering and comfortable.
  2. Makeup- Lots of it! Lots of contouring, highlights, fake lashes, bronzer, liner and bright lips! The camera robs you of makeup so make sure you have more than not enough. (PS- For those who don’t know, I am also a makeup artist. I highly encourage you to invest in makeup for your pictures).Chantal Sarkisian Mode XLusive 3
  3. Hair done- I had my hair done at my favourite trendy salon “Hair Republic” on Bank Street the day before. I simply refreshed my curls myself in the morning. Again, I highly recommend investing in your hair for something like this.
  4. Nails did- I got a manicure at “The Upkeep Shop” my favourite nail boutique on Preston Street. I was getting up-close pics done with my hands, so that was very important for me.

If you are doing professional photos for your business, don’t forget that this is part of your brand, your marketing and your image. It is worth the upfront investment. And the last thing I want to leave you with is….You should look like yourself in real life!!!! No powdery finished photoshop garbage mumbo jumbo. That’s all! haha
xox Chantsy

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