The Secret To My Great Hair – My Mane Event with Pantene Recap & Giveaway

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I’ve got great hair! I used to say that it’s because I’m a Leo and Leo’s are known for their manes. But the truth of the matter is I’ve been using Pantene FOREVER. I mean for as long as I can remember I’ve been using Pantene products. So clearly I owe my amazing, shiny, healthy, luscious locks to them.

 

So when I was invited by MomTrends to attend a Pantene party I jumped at the chance. One because MomTrends throws the BEST parties and two because I am a walking talking Pantene girl.

 

The party started off in style as it always does with MomTrends and Pantene is all about style. I was picked up at my Jersey home by a car service and brought into the city to MPE Penthouse (they had the most amazing view of the city).

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The night started off with cocktails, appetizers and catching up with blogger friends.

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The “mane” event however, was the doctor behind the new AgeDefy and Advanced+ Keratin Repair  line for Pantene. Dr. Jeni Thomas, Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and P&G’s Beauty and Grooming Principal Scientist, who works on researching the areas of the scalp and hair.

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Prior to the event, Pantene had sent all attendees products from their new Age Devy line. Which of course I loved. I’ve been using the Keratin shampoo and conditioner they sent as my hair is fairly straight (sometimes I get a little wave in it). Everyone loves Pantene for the smell but Pantene makes my hair super shiny and healthy. It really is for hair so healthy it shines.

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I learned a ton from Dr. Jeni that night including that she works alongside the Olay folks (after all they are both P&G brands) in regards to aging hair and skin. She talked breakage, greys, frizz and more. I even had some one-on-one time with Dr. Jeni and I told her how I noticed my scalp has changed once I hit 30. That I don’t know if it’s truly dandruff I occasionally get versus dry scalp. She said often times when it comes and goes it can be stress related. Interesting! She suggested that I continue to switch between a dandruff shampoo and a regular shampoo.

 

This of course made me bring up the Pantene Anti-Dandruff shampoo that was discontinued. I had been using that for a while, and then it was discontinued. Last summer I was thrilled when on the Pantene Facebook page we got to vote for what retired item we wanted back and then learned that they all came back. Unfortunately I couldn’t locate the anti-dandruff shampoo anywhere. I mentioned it to Dr. Jeni who introduced me to the nice PR folks and wouldn’t you know…. A week after the event I got a package in the mail. A years’ worth of Pantene Anti-Dandruff shampoo!!!!!! You have no idea how excited I was. Now I can switch between that and the Keratin I love so much also.

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There were stylists on hand to create some fun looks with the new line. I opted for beachy waves.

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The Echo Design group was there also teaching bloggers how to tie scarves in a multitude of ways. Plus we got one in our swag bag. Yippee!

 

As you can tell I had a blast that night! And now I’m giving you the opportunity to win some fab Pantene swag for yourself so that you can also have super luscious locks.

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*Disclosure – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Celebrate National Skin Care Month with Quince Body Butter

Its national skin care awareness month, so treat your skin to something special and give Quince Body Butters a try for yourself!

 


I recently tried three of the seven Quince Body Butter products, and I was more than impressed with how soft and supple my skin was feeling after only a few days of applying the butters to my hands and feet.

The first two butters I used were the Soothing Body Butter and the Replenishing Body Butter.  The Soothing Butter is scented with Aloe and Brazil nut and was probably my favorite scent of the butters I used.  The scent for the Replenishing Butter was Macadamia Lemongrass, which was very mellow compared to the other scents.

They both had an interesting, almost waxy texture that was excellent at penetrating the dry skin on my feet.  As a college student, I spend much of my time walking and I also exercise often, so my feet can really take a beating.  It was a special treat to come back to my room after a long day of movement and follow up my shower with a foot massage using these deliciously scented butters.

The third butter was the energizing butter and I used almost exclusively on my hands.  It had a wonderful, butter cream frosting texture, which my friend Megan (who also tried the butters) described to me as something she would “eat off a cupcake!”  It was scented like Pistachios and Green Tea, which made me want to smell my hands all day long.  This last lotion was my favorite out of the three, and my hands were super soft after only a few days use.

Also, you can feel good about buying Quince Body Butters because they do not test their products on animals and they do not use ureas or parabens as preservatives.  You can go to http://www.quincebutters.com to learn more about Quince and their line of skincare products.

 

* Guest post by Kirsti Rainville, a Public Relations major at Rider University.

*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Fall for Philosophy

I love Philosophy products! Which is why when I got an email today with all their new fall scents I was super excited. Check them out here…

 

 

Blogher ’12 – Thursday Recap

Thursday was filled with off-site parties. I did not think I would manage to attend all 3 parties I wanted to, but to my surprise I did it. Woo Hoo!

 

First stop was the Social Luxe party at Arena NYC. Party goers could get massages, henna tattoos and more at this great event. The Social Luxe Hostesses love to pamper, polish, primp and party!

Vanessa Lachey was there (yes she’s due any minute now) and is an absolute sweetheart. First thing she said to me was she loved my Origami Owl necklace. Even the celebs love Origami Owl!

 

 

I learned from Jill Zarin that Real Housewives don’t use rags, they SpotBot it with the BISSELL SpotBot. Another sweetheart and super down to earth. She has some super cool things in the works so stay tuned.

 

Up next the CAbi Style Suite party at The London Hotel hosted by MomTrends and Savvy Sassy Moms. I got my lips done (no not injections, lipstick application) by Makeup Forever, had a hand and arm massage from the Mama Mio folks, drank a bellini and chatted with the CAbi people about their company. Attendees were able to shop, try on CAbi clothes and walk away with two pieces of their choice. Sweet! Here is what I selected:

My final stop of the night was the Social Soiree party held at Murals on 54 in the Warwick Hotel. Here I chatted with a number of coupon and deal sites like Fat Wallet and Ebates. I also had my first experience with bacon wrapped dates. Where have you been all my life?

 

I started off the Blogher festivities on a great note with these fab parties. I had the best time and made some amazing connections and new friends.

 

 

Loving the Mango Collection from BOOTS

 

I love Mango! I’ve always thought that Mango shower products are the perfect wake me up. Which is why when BOOTS wanted me to try out their Mango Collection I was thrilled.

The body wash was definitely my favorite. Perfect amount of suds and I loved the smell. The scrub was great too and I liked that it was sugar scrub. My skin felt soft and rejuvenated. The mango body butter was super moisturizing. I’m trying to save it as best as I can for winter as I know it will be perfect for dry winter skin.

 

A little more about Boots:

Mission
Boots is dedicated to developing effective and innovative beauty products that deliver results for women and men across the globe. We believe that beauty products should be accessible and affordable for all and are proud of the contributions we make to the well-being of the communities we serve.
Purpose
Our customers are at the heart of our business.  We are committed to offering them products that pair quality ingredients with groundbreaking science and technology, creating innovative skin care and cosmetics.
All of our unique products are developed in our own product development, testing and customer evaluation facilities, including our headquarters in Nottingham, England. These unique facilities, and our partnership with The Botanical Gardens in Kew, London, on our Botanics brand, give us the skills and resources to evolve and grow our product portfolio, continually offering new products that truly work.
We provide our consumers with exceptional customer service, and are dedicated to helping people look and feel better than they ever thought possible.
Service
We have Beauty Advisors at select Target stores nationwide all focused on excellent customer service and providing personalized advice to help guide you in finding products tailored to your specific needs. Shopping for skin care doesn’t need to be a guessing game; our fully trained Beauty Advisors can answer all of your skincare concerns and provide cosmetic color matches to help bring out the most brilliantly beautiful you.

 

Great Facts to Know
• Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led Health & Beauty retailer.
• 2009 marks the 160th Anniversary of when John Boot, the herbalist, opened his first store in Goose Gate, Nottingham.
• Our products are not tested on animals. Through our unique development facility and the millions of women and men who trust boots, we test all our products on people to ensure each and every product provides the desired results before offering into stores.
• We’ve tested our products on over 200,000 men and women enabling us to assess product performance on different skin types and in different environmental conditions.
• Boots developed Ibuprofen in 1960, which was patented in 1961. Boots was awarded the Queen’s Award for Technical Achievement for the development of the drug in 1987.
• Boots’ first Royal Warrant was granted to Baron Trent, of the Boots Pure Drug Company, on January 1st 1942.Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to companies who’ve regularly supplied products to the Royal Household. They are regarded as a mark of excellence and quality, and are highly prized.
• No 7 the number 1 cosmetics and skin care brand in the UK; 1 in 3 women in the UK have a No7 product in their makeup bag.

 

 

*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.