Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why you may want to find a stylist using Matrix SoColor Cult for your next fashion color.

As a stylist when a new brand or product line emerges, I LOVE being able to learn all about it. I love it when trends change because I feel it allows for more innovation in the technologies and supplies that are available. New products and technologies are typically born out of a need. So the newest innovation? Matrix SoColor Cult.

Obviously this is super exciting for us stylists, but why do you care as a client? You guys this means so many wonderful things for any of you who want or love fashion shades!Here are some differences you can expect when you switch to a stylist who uses the SoColor Cult line!

1- Longer Lasting Vivids
Does it always make you sad inside when three washes after you have gotten you $150+ mermaid hair done, it's faded so much? Fashion color is EXPENSIVE, because the process is intense. But for something that costs so much, it fades so quickly. For those who like to change it up often, SoColor Cult still comes in semi-permanent shades. BUT if you love your signature look and want to rock it for longer, we now have demi-permanent and permanent shades. I know you'll be in love. It means a longer return on your investment, fewer touch ups, and more money in your pocket.

2- Tone on Tone Fading
It's no secret, fashion colors fade. The worst part is what they fade to? For every unicorn hair junkie out there you've seen what happens when blue hair fades - it turns green. But the SoColor Cult is better, it is made to fade on tone every single time.

3- How about them Neons!
 The Neon shades in this line are INSANE. And what's better is they GLOW IN BLACK LIGHT! And I dont't mean they glow green in black light the day you get them. I mean a week later they grow on tone in black light, blue, green, red, yellow! So fun!

4- They Deposit more Evenly
It's not uncommon to go in for a full head of royal blue, and leave with a few patches that are more yellow, or slightly darker. Getting vivid shades to deposit evenly is really difficult. But the Matrix SoColor Cult have a color balancing pre-toning technology that helps your next rainbow hair look come out smooth and balanced. Your look will come to life when it isn't interrupted by spots where the color didn't pull right.

5- It Takes Less Time
Remember that color balancing pre-toning technology I just mentioned? It is amazing. It eliminates the need for your stylists to tone your hair before they put on your fashion color, which means that is a full step removed, and time saved! These colors take SO MUCH TIME and anything to save a little time is so worth it, right?

I will hopefully be uploading a fashion shade of my own using SoColor Cult soon! Tell me what you are most excited about for this line, and what you do or don't love about the mermaid hair trend? And for all my Utah readers, you bet that we are carrying SoColor Cult at Just Your Style Salon. Click here to see more pictures of my salon work, and click here to find out how to book an appointment to see me.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

REVIEW: Gerda Spillmann Prestiege Cell

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Hydration - 5 (excellent)
Damage Repair - 6 (incredible)
Acne Treatment - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)

I want to start out by mentioning that this is the first ever skin care product that has earned six stars in any category. Gerda Spillmann is a Swiss brand, that has only been available directly to consumers in the USA for the last few years. All of the ingredients are botanically derived so it is potent, long lasting, and effective. I am going to just jump in with my personal experience with Prestige Cell here.

I got a foil sample of this product, and my first thought was "that's not enough for me to try it more than twice". As you know I do not review any skin care on my blog if I haven't used it for a full week. But I decided to try it because I have some bad skin. How? When I was sixteen I had the chickenpox. I am a picker, so I got out of that with a lot of chicken pox scars. Along my jaw line I have chicken pox scars and acne. No matter what I try, even when my skin is "clear" it doesn't look clear because of scarring. I hate it. This product said it would repair damaged skin, and create a smooth and clear surface. I have tried a lot of products that claim to do this, but outside of getting rid of some acne, nothing ever seems to diminish my scarring and heal my skin.

So now let me break down the scores. The packaging for the full sized product is sturdy, and feels luxurious. I knocked it down one point because I feel it looks to plain and clinical. It is scentless. I am all for scentless. There is a faint natural fragrance, but nothing added to make it smell a certain way, and it's so faint that I certainly don't mind it.

This product was ultra hydrating. Like "no more flaking on my nose" levels of hydrating. I was super impressed. My acne was gone after two nights, and my scaring is almost gone you guys! I am not kidding or making this up! It took about 6 days for my scaring to vanish! I only wish I had taken a before photo, but I didn't think I would be reviewing this, because I thought I would only use it for a couple of days. But that little foil packet? It lasted me 8 DAYS! A little of this goes a super long way, and I am incredibly impressed by this product! It is well worth the cost and does exactly what it says it will! I am definitely putting in my order for the full size as soon as possible!

Use the discount code AngelaW2018 to get free shipping on your next order at and click here to learn more about the Gerda Spillmann Prestige Cell

Thursday, August 9, 2018

REVIEW: Keeva Acne Treatment

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 5 (excellent)
Hydration - 3 (average)
Damage Repair - 1 (bad)
Acne Treatment - 2 (not very good)
Longevity - 4 (very good)

I have two parts to this review, so stick around. I based this rating off my own personal experience, which I am going to start off by going through. The packaging is gorgeous. You get a frosted glass container with a chrome metal lid. It is pretty and luxurious looking and functional. It smells awesome. It's not strong, almost scentless even. But there is that small hint of tea tree (which is kind of a minty scent) that makes it smell fresh.

Now for the performance. My skin is DRY. Typically things with tea tree in them do not work for my acne because tea tree dries out the skin. But my sister was swearing by this stuff (she has oily skin) and I thought I would take a stab at it. It is a moisturizer too, so I thought maybe that helped. It is no more hydrating than any cheap Walmart moisturizer. A little did go a long way for the most part though.

It did nothing for my flaky skin. I saw no damage repair or skin repair in this. My skin has a lot of scaring and dark spots (because I pick my acne and I had chicken pox as a teenager) and it didn't improve any of that, even though it claims to help minimize the look of scars. I used this for two weeks straight, and my acne got better for the first few days, but after that my acne got WORSE. You guys, don't believe the lie that some skin care makes it worse before it's better. That's not how it works for acne treatments. My acne became painful and cystic. I returned mine.

But how about that second part right? My sister has oily skin, and she has struggled with acne her whole life. You guys, her skin has never looked better. Her acne is gone and her face is smooth and clear. I haven't seen an improvement in the scarring, but no acne. That's HUGE for her. I don't think this works for those of us with dry skin, but if you have oily skin it's worth a shot.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Axe Cutting, Coloring with Nutella and other Viral Hair Videos

You guys, I hate viral hair videos. They are THE WORST. Why? Because they are all super fake, but people often don't realize it, and while whomever came up with the video is getting likes and shares, I am dealing with the spread of misinformation. Like this one right here:

This video includes a stylist who claims he uses Nutella to dye and tone hair. BUT in a "making of video" he admits that there is toner in those nutella jars, not a hazelnut spread. Regardless, Nutella can't tone hair. At best it might add to the warmth of the hair and darken it, resulting in a very warm yellow and light brown shade. It would last all of one or two washes (not weeks) and would also leave you hair feeling heavy and coated. Unfortunately I am the one who has to deal with this misinformation (as well as other pros).

I have literally had clients bring in their own Nutella and ask me to use it. NO! Just no. I don't care what Youtube says. I am a professional, and I say no.

Now for the next one. Axe Hair-cutting.

Luckily most people don't ask me to do this. But let me explain. Danil Estomin is a show stylist. What does this mean? He has come up with a cool unconventional way of cutting hair that doesn't produce good work, but looks cool. If you ever go to hair show there are TONS of these. Not necessarily cutting hair with axes, but just show stylists. Many at least START their presentation with some sort of showy display. I recall once going to a hair show where the presenter told us what haircut he would be doing, and then did a major showboating crazy cutting "technique" where he essentially flung the hair around and cut at random. He messed it up, hard. As he stopped showboating and began actually cutting the hair you could see it on his face that he had messed it up. He ended up doing a totally different haircut. He never acknowledged this, he never said why he changed it up, he just did a different haircut on his model. You'll notice that in this axe cutting video none of the clips show the finished product on the back of the hair. That's because it's horrible.

How about this gem? 

you guys there isn't even a chain on that chainsaw. It's 100% fake. 

Last but not least, this horrible, yet popular, viral technique.

 Another explanation is needed. You see that thick white stuff on the guy's hair? It's a combination of animal fat and other ingredients to protect the hair from the fire. The stylist is combing it to move it around and stoke the flames that would otherwise burn out quickly. Using fire to remove split ends will leave the new ends of your hair burnt. It will leave it weak and the hair will re-split super soon. It is a better idea  to just take some scissors, find your split ends and cut them off. Why do I even have to explain that burning your hair with fire is not good for it? I am not sure. But now you know.

Stop with the viral hair videos you guys. They are mostly lies and are designed only to get likes, shares and Instagram followers. They are not made to educate.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

REVIEW: ColourPop No Filter Concealer

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Shade Range - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 3 (average)
Wear - 4 (very good)
Crease-less - 2 (not very good)

I know, it's supposed to be small business month, BUT I have had DOZENS of you ask me to review this, and you know I don't review anything without using it several times. This is an independent brand, so I am letting it slide.

This concealer is great, but not amazing. The packaging is elegant and sleek, high end looking too. I love how font choice and chrome lettering allows ColourPop to be fun and fresh, while maintaining an elegant overall look. They have a great shade range with 30 different shades!

Now for the actual using of the product. It was okay. It has a lot of pigment and is creamy and easy to apply. It has great immediate coverage. However it does settling into fine lines and wrinkles. You will NEED to use a setting powder over it, because it does crack for sure. It also breaks down and I found myself needing to apply it multiple times a day. It's decent over all, and a great quality for only $6, but not my new favorite.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

REVIEW: Cheryl Lee MD True Lipids Duo

Packaging: 3 (average)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Hydration - 6 (incredible)
Healing - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)

You guys this has been my saving grace for some time now. I have horribly dry skin, but what's worse? my heals! They are cracked and callous and SO EMBARRASSING (especially during flip flop season). You'd be right if you assumed that I've tried TONS of creams and lotions that say they are for cracked heals, but in the end they are short lived results that don't do much but relive some pain. I have had results with this that are unlike any other! Let me just break down my ratings for you.

The packaging is the only thing seriously lacking. It is to clinical for me. It looks no nicer than anything you might get at Walmart. It doesn't have any scent, what is there is pleasant and not plastic-smelling. But here's the thing, it works! It is insanely hydrating, and it penetrates DEEP, so I am not struggling to keep it moisturized. The system is two steps. You do the Cheryl Lee MD TrueLipids Relieve & Protect Ointment first, and then the Cheryl Lee MD TrueLipids TrueTherapy™ Ceramide+ Cream. You can also use the cream as a typical hand lotion to maintain your healthy skin after it's been healed. The ointment is a thick more petroleum jelly like consistency. When you put on the ointment it goes way down deep, and then you use the cream to add a protective barrier and keep the product working hard.

A little goes a long way. The ointment you don't have to use forever. I used it twice a day for 4 days, and then once a day (at night) for an additional 3 days and my feet were back to normal! ONE WEEK! Can you believe that!? Now I use it once every two weeks, or whenever I notice my heel starting to get a little dry. The same bottle has last me over a year now. The cream I try to use daily, but I am honestly not good about it. I use it whenever I use the ointment, and maybe once a week outside of that. But that's the best part! You don't become a slave to a new thing to add to your daily routine. I am seriously obsessed.

You can check out the ointment here for $32, the cream here for $32, or the set here for $55.99

***I do not get any kickbacks or discounts for product ordered through these links. 
I just wanted to share them with you!***

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

This month is ALL about small businesses in the beauty industry. I have found that some of the best products out there come from independent brands that were started by someone who saw a need in the market, and decided to fulfill it. So this month is all about independent brands, new lines and small companies, out to make a change in the multi-billion dollar beauty industry. I have specifically looked for brands that are very new or have small followings, so I am hopeful that this month you will be able to discover new lines that you never knew existed. Drop a comment below if there is a brand you'd like me to try out for you too!