How to Make the No-Poo Movement Work for Your Hair Type #sponsored

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You’ve probably heard of “co-washing” or the “no-poo movement” by now, where women everywhere are opting to skip the shampoo and just use conditioner instead. But while this method has its benefits, eventually it will result in greasy, lifeless locks. However, what if we told you it didn’t have to be this way? The right no-shampoo formula can provide a total transformation in just one step. It’s simple: Conditioning agents nourish and protect hair, and then the formula morphs into a soap-free cleanser, washing dirt away without stripping hair. The result? Smoother, softer, and more manageable locks.

As you probably know, your hair’s texture and porosity can play a big part in finding the products that work for you. With that said, knowing a little more about your locks will help you choose a regimen that’ll enhance your hair’s natural beauty. Lucky for you, there is a great line of products by Matrix Biolage that work wonders for any hair type, whether it’s fine, medium, coarse or curly. We’ll tell you how this trend can make your hair your crowning glory, no matter what kind of hair you have.

Fine hair tends to be fragile than other hair types. It can be easily damaged and hard to style because it often falls flat. It has a tendency to look thin, and is often weighed down with heavier products, so it’s important not to over moisturize! Interestingly, people with fine hair actually have more hair in total than people with other textures. Take the no-poo route with a low-lather, fast-rinsing, soap-free cleansing conditioner designed to enhance shine, suppleness, and anti-static control. Our go-to formula contains non-stripping ingredients to cleanse and condition for optimal manageability … in other words, it won’t weigh hair down.

Medium hair holds style and responds well to chemical processes. For optimal results, opt for a no-poo formula for medium hair with natural ingredients such as acai to cleanse and condition to restore suppleness, shine, bounce, and anti-frizz control.

Coarse hair is stronger than other hair types. It tolerates heat well and resists breakage better than fine or medium hair along with being resistant to many types of chemical treatments such as coloring. Use a formula that’s jam-packed with moisturizing ingredients like avocado — it’ll cleanse and deep condition for smooth, shiny and supple results.

Whether they’re tightly coiled or loose; curly strands can be particularly complex because each individual stand can define its own curl pattern. Challenges include frizz, lack of definition and separation, length shrinkage and dryness. Use a lightweight no-poo shampoo that’ll enhance your natural curl definition and bounce — and be sure it’s not made with parabens, heavy silicones or harsh salts.

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 349

Published in: Just For Fun


You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. What’s your stance on monogrammed anythings (mugs, towels, jewelry, bags, etc.)?
    I think they’re classy in moderation. I mean, I’m not the girl who shows up to the party with a monogrammed bag, shirt, hanky and earrings, but I do have a couple of monogrammed mugs. There’s this white one I use for my coffee/tea every morning, and if El Hub ever broke it, there’d be hell to pay!

    I also have a couple of monogrammed necklaces, and I wear them all the time.

  2. Would you rather wear a single statement bracelet, or a bunch of dainty bracelets?
    I’ll take the single statement bracelet, please.
  3. Gummy bears or lemon drops?
    Hmm… Gummy bears, but only if they’re those really soft ones. They have to be really soft and gummy, and not the super chewy tough ones that feel like you’re chewing leather.

    Ugh! When those tough ones get stuck in your teeth? No thank you.

  4. When was the last time you kissed someone under the mistletoe?
    It was a looong time ago. About 20 years. I think it was at a college holiday party, and it was just a quick peck on a friend’s cheek.

    I know! Most boring mistletoe story ever! :) Sorry. Hopefully your story is steamier than mine. I need to be entertained, girlfriend!

  5. How good are you at remembering other people’s birthdays?
    OK, this one is one of those things that I think I should be pretty good at, because I usually remember details like how many kids someone has or if they like cats or dogs or traveling, but I’m not good at remembering birthdays.

    Actually, I’m absolutely CRAP at remembering birthdays. They slip through my brain like wind through Swiss cheese (uh…). Seriously, if it wasn’t for the calendar on my iPhone, I’d remember two birthdays — mine and my brother’s, only because his is exactly one week after mine, haha.

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!

1. What’s your stance on monogrammed anythings (mugs, towels, jewelry, bags, etc.)?
2. Would you rather wear a single statement bracelet, or a bunch of dainty bracelets?
3. Gummy bears or lemon drops?
4. When was the last time you kissed someone under the mistletoe?
5. How good are you at remembering other people’s birthdays?

Hey, babe! You know it’s the holidays when folks bust out the scented holiday candles.

I started this Frosted Cranberry one from Bath & Body Works the other day, and oh! — so cozy and delicious. My friend Marisol recommended it, and now I’m recommending it to you. :)

Speaking of cozy and delicious, I hope that describes the week you’re about to have.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 374

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

MAC Sweet Baby Collection

No rest for the weary/hungry! Thanksgiving rocked, no question about it, but the holiday ended yesterday for Tabs. He spent all day today making up for lost kitty modeling time with FIVE new modeling campaigns — turning in some of his best work of the year, I might add.

Most of these campaigns took place in and around Novato, which is quickly becoming a kitty modeling metropolis right up there with Milan and New York. Yup, don’t let the sleepy little downtown or proximity to dairy farms fool you.

Here’s a look at the marvelous kitty modeling work Tabs turned in today. There are campaigns for MAC, NARS, Make Up For Ever, Smith & Cult (it was the first time working with the brand for Tabs) and COVERCAT Cosmetics.

Enjoy, and I hope you had a fantastic weekend. :)

NARS Tabs Loves Turkey

Star Cats Lightsaber Lipgloss
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Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win a $50 Sephora E-GIFT CARD! (Ends Monday)

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Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card

OK, best Thanksgiving dish this year — what was it? I’m gonna have to go with the turkey, even though I’m usually all about the sides, which were also delish, but this year the turkey was fab. (Props to the Nugget market in Novato! You guys are rad!).

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I really needed not having to hit the road and being able to just spend time (eating) and relaxing here at home.

My brother made it up from the city and spent the night, which was nice. My parents and El Hub’s were out of town, so it was just us kids, and we don’t get to see each other that often. You know how it is… Everyone’s so busy doing their own thing.

We didn’t do much, really, other than eat. A TON. :) We did make it to a late afternoon movie after all of us awoke from our food comas. We went to see Creed, the new Rocky boxing one with Michael B. Jordan?

We joked about going to see a boxing movie on Thanksgiving, but it was great. I’m really starting to appreciate the athleticism and skill involved in boxing.

The movie wasn’t cheesy at all like the zillion Rocky sequels that came out in the ’80s and ’90s (remember the one with Mr. T?), but it still ties into the legacy. Apollo Creed was Rocky’s adversary/friend in the original movies, and Michael B. Jordan plays his son. The Rocky character is his boxing trainer…and there’s a lot more stuff that goes on. Highly recommended, especially if you liked Rocky.

I didn’t really do any fun Black Friday shopping. The only thing I got was a daybed for when family visits after Baby Girl is born. I found one on sale at Sears. So, yup… Gotta be all practical and sh*t now. LOL!

OK, time to enter the giveaway…


  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).



  • Enter by leaving a comment below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
    • Did you jump on any of the Black Friday sales?
    • How do you feel about onions?
    • How was Thanksgiving?
    • Who wears the pants in your family?
    • Someone who handles her (or his) makeup really well at work?
    • How has your skin been lately?
  • One entry per person.
  • You must use a valid email address to win.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving, my sweet friend, and thank you very much.

I don’t tell you that often enough — how grateful I am for your friendship and companionship over all these years. Thank you for your funny stories, your baby carrier suggestions (and other baby-related recs and advice), your banana bread recipes (YUM!), your compassion, your cat stories (and your dog and bunny stories, too!), your Trader Joe’s recommendations, your movie recs, your TV recs (OMG, GLENN!), your makeup recs (obvs), your book recs, and the glimpses you’ve given me into your life.

You have literally made my life these past — almost nine years (!) — and I’m eternally grateful for it.

I love you. :) I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday.

Your tabby nephew also sends his regards, BTW. We went out first thing this morning literally BEFORE the crack of dawn, in the dark, at like 6 am, when I could still see my breath in the cold, because Tabs loves skulking around in the dark. And I do too, truthfully. The world is so quiet and peaceful, and it’s a good time to think, ya know? — outside with my cat on his leash… LOL.

We’re all set for our little T-giving feast over here. My brother is supposed to be driving up from the city, and then it’ll just be him, me, El Hub, Tabs and Baby Girl. I picked up a pre-cooked turkey from a deli this year, so we’ll see how that turns out (fingers crossed).

Enjoy the rest of your day, my friend. I’ll talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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