Here it is! Finally! As a contributor to the Influenster community, Eclectic Chic is so excited to have been selected and sent its second VoxBox for reviews of Clairol’s and Gold Bond’s newest products. I received this VoxBox in March…but between wrapping up my Auto Show season, traveling to Aruba for a much needed birthday getaway, and making sure my mom feels like the queen she is for her Mother’s Day weekend in Martha’s Vineyard, it has been non-stop. Despite the delay, I am ecstatic to share with you my honest opinions of the goodies I received in this VoxBox. Enjoy!
So I know what you’re thinking. Is there really a product that can help mend my ends? Can I grow long locks without my ends looking like a catnip induced kitten gnawed on them for 3 hours straight? Are there any products that will save me from my “scissor happy” hairdresser just panting for an excuse to chop off 6 inches of split ends? (Side note to all of the hair dressers reading this: I will speak for everyone and say that WE ABSOLUTELY CAN’T STAND when you unexpectedly chop off 6 inches of our hair after stating that you’re just going to “clean up” the split ends)…but I digress.
So back to the actual product that I’m reviewing. Since my experiences with split end mending products have not been the greatest, I tried to approach this product with a nice balance of optimism and realism. This Clairol iThrive Keratin Rescue Split End Repair had a nice milky consistency and smelled really light and floral. Ok, we’re off to a good start. However (uh-oh), instead of helping to mend my split ends, it caused more breakage. After applying this product, I noticed more strands in my comb, which is a huge “no, no” for me. I immediately went back to using the spray leave-in conditioners that I typically apply to my hair day and night. After discontinuing the Keratin Rescue Split End Repair product for a few days, my hair was fine again.
I didn’t think it was fair, nor did I feel that I would be able to give an accurate review based off of one use. I was hoping it had been a fluke, and wanted to give this split end mender another try before condemning it to the bin of lost and forgotten beauty products. When I began using the product again, breakage followed and strands of my healthy hair began to lightly dust my bathroom counter. This is the scene where I said, “buh bye Clairol iThrive” and left it alone entirely. I have worked too hard to get my hair healthy and strong to play around with this product and have it undo all of my TLC, time and effort. I’m not saying that this product does not work for anyone; it just did not work well for me. I will not be using this product again, and I will not purchase it in the future. I guess realism won this round. Maybe split end menders are the unicorns of the beauty industry. Let me know if there are any split end mending products that you have had success with.
When I first saw Clairol’s Jazzing semi-permanent hair dye in Ruby Red, I was nervous and ecstatic all in one. The last time I colored my hair was right after my 19th birthday. I had pictured myself with a sultry, rich deep brown color with auburn red highlights. I explained exactly what I desired with great detail (and even visual photos) to the hairdresser at the salon I went to. I’m not sure how, but there must have been a misunderstanding. I left the salon that day with Garfield orange hair. My boyfriend at the time made sure to remind me everyday of how orange my hair was by referencing objects we passed by. I’m glad someone thought it was funny. Needless to say, I have not dyed my hair since.
However, I was beginning to think that VoxBox sending me this was a sign to get back on the horse and try again. I loved the idea of being able to dye my hair this Ruby Red color, especially since my teenage self admired the fiery red-headed female rap artist, Charli Baltimore, from Fat Joe’s Terror Squad…but that’s another story entirely. Unfortunately, I was not able to try Clairol’s Jazzing in Ruby Red. As a model, it is extremely important to make sure that your look accurately coincides with what you’re presenting on your modeling comp card and portfolio pics. When I book a photoshoot or a runway show, I am obligated to keep my look in line with how it is in the photos that I was booked from. Since my auto show season had not ended yet, I had to postpone trying this product. I will just have to wait until later this summer to see if red-heads have more fun. In the meantime, I looked at pictures of other women who have used this product. The “before” pictures showed the consumers with dark brown hair, like myself. The “after” resulting photos showed beautiful, brightly red colored hair. Their hair did not look dry or brittle, but vibrant and conditioned. I’m not quite sure how this color would look on someone with blonde or a lighter color hair. Nonetheless, I will keep you all posted once I do use this product to let you know if I like it or not.
So it’s no secret that winter outstayed its welcome this year. It was cold and dry for much longer than we all would have liked, taking an extra toll on our skin and hair. Therefore, I was excited to see the golden bottle of moisturizing goodness (pictured above) in the VoxBox I received. Gold Bond definitely caused me to do a double take when I saw they created a product that includes all of the natural ingredients that I love and trust as a woman of color. As you can see on the front of packaging, this hydrating lotion contains coconut oil, African shea butter and cocoa butter as its key ingredients. At all times, I keep a jar of coconut oil in my refrigerator, and a container of shea butter and cocoa butter in my beauty products vanity area. The Gold Bond Ultimate Hydrating Cream Radiance Renewal was incredibly moisturizing, which I definitely need during the winter months. Not only did this product feel great, but it also smelled delicious. It was gentle enough that I used it on my face and hands with great results. My skin produced a nice, even glow each morning after I applied it. I’m in love!
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The Gold Bond Ultimate Hydrating Cream Radiance Renewal was definitely the MVP of this VoxBox. I definitely plan on purchasing this product in the future. However, there is no “one size fits all” product when it comes to our beauty routines. I’m curious to see if you all may have had different experiences, with these featured products, than my own. If you have used any of these mentioned products, I would love to hear your outcomes. Be sure to send me a comment!
There are definitely a lot more beauty product reviews coming your way! Keep your eyes open on Makeup and Beauty Mondays to take a peek at the newest products on the market and my honest opinions of them. If you have any products that you are interested in having me review, or are a brand looking to collaborate with me on a future post, be sure to Contact Me.
Enjoy the sunshine beauties!