Hey everyone! Today is the first day of my "Best of 2011" series! I'll be sharing my favorite/must-have products of the year with you. Some of them are new, some of them aren't.. they're just products I've discovered in 2011. Either way, I'm super excited to share them with you!
Each day will have a new category: hair, skincare, nails, makeup, and fragrance. Are you excited to see what makes the lists?! Let's get started!
THE BEST OF 2011 -- HAIR
BEST SHAMPOO: Redken Smooth Down
Believe me when I admit that I've tried a LOT of shampoos and I have to say that I was skeptical about plopping down big money on some.. because let's face it: More money on shampoo means less money for makeup and polish. However, I got a 10.1 oz bottle of Smooth Down to try when I could get it 40% off and.. I can honestly say I'll never go back to drugstore shampoo.
Not only does it have a rich lather and smell amazing (Clean and slightly masculine. Hubby uses it, too!) it gives me a chance to actually have second day hair! Drugstore shampoos do nothing to halt my hair's copious production of oil.. and then it turns into a vicious cycle because washing my hair everyday makes it produce even MORE oil.
But for the most important part: It really does make my hair super straight! I only have to lightly go over the ends of my hair with my flat iron just to get them stick straight like the rest of my hair. It's awesome!
BEST TREATMENT: It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner
I did a full review on this product months ago, but I love how well (and quickly!) it helped repair my severely damaged hair. And how it smells great, detangles my hair, and doesn't weigh it down or make it greasy looking! A small bottle retails for $18, but lasts a long time because you only need 4-5 sprays per use!
BEST DRY SHAMPOO: Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Dry Shampoo
For beauties with dark hair, Pronto Invisible is a must! Not only does it smell amazing (just like Froot Loops!) but it really is invisible in your hair, so there's no fretting that you'll leave the house with unsightly white powder in your hair! Great for quick hair refreshes or to add texture to your hair to aid in teasing or creating volume. I love a good multi-use product! Read my full review here.
RUNNER UP: Suave Professionals' Keratin-Infusion Dry Shampoo.
BEST OF HAIR ACCESSORIES: TwistBands
A cute hair band that looks fantastic on your wrist, holds your hair securely and doesn't give you the dreaded ponytail crimp OR a headache?! I know it seems impossible, but TwistBands deliver on all of those promises! And they come in a slew of fun colors and now they make headbands too! I'm officially hooked. I use them all the time and absolutely refuse to share them with anyone. No matter how desperate their "I-Need-A-Pony-Holder-NOW" situation is. :)
BEST OF HAIR COLOR: I-Tip Colored Remy Hair Extensions
After destroying my hair earlier this year, I wasn't really in the mood to bleach or color it again for a very long time.. but when I saw these super cute I-Tip extensions in my signature hot pink.. I simply couldn't resist. They are attached to small sections of your hair with a little plastic or metal bead and then simply come out when you're ready to remove them. There's no damage to your hair, and mine stayed in for about 10 weeks before they'd grown out too far and I had them taken out. I had 6 put in and I could wash/dry/straighten/curl them because they were real human hair. The color stayed pretty bright the whole time I had them, and they blended in well with my real hair and never shed. Plus, they were pretty inexpensive, compared to getting real highlights!
I'm anxious to get another set of them, but I think I might try another color this time. Teal, perhaps? We'll have to see!
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Well, that wraps up Day One of The Best of 2011! Come back tomorrow for The Best of Skincare! :D