Today I Got Naked at the Mall and Had My Favorite Salad in the World

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Hair, Herbal Essences

The New Herbal Essences Naked Collection…

What’s shakin’, bacon? How’s it going this afternoon?

Yeah…I’ve been waiting all afternoon to use that phrase up there in the title of this post. 🙂 “Today I got naked at the mall and had my favorite salad in the world.” (Explanation to follow.)


Ah, the joy of being easily amused…

Over lunch today I stopped by the mall to do some Christmas shopping and saw the most awesomely rand-o cat lady gift at Urban Outfitters.

Cat lady says what now?

Note the use of the word “literally” in the name.

From the packaging: “will not fit chunky kitties.” Sorry, Tabs!

Then I had my favorite salad for lunch (also known as The Best Damned Salad in the Whole Entire Universe), the tostada salad with grilled shrimp and avocado from Blue Barn Marin…


No, seriously…

…I can’t even look at these pics without drooling a little.

It was shortly after lunch when I started walking around the mall naked…

Holding in my hands (and wearing in my hair) two of the five new Herbal Essences Naked Stylers

I exercised this morning but didn’t have time to wash my hair in the shower before heading out (shh…don’t tell anyone), so I busted out a couple of Herbal Essences products, one of them being a new dry shampoo, from their Naked collection instead.

The new line of shampoos, conditioners and styling products, each with a touch o’ mint, launches next month, and since I’m always on the market for great new drugstore hair products to love, in particular styling products, I’m intrigued…

Some of the new things sound really interesting (NOTE: some of them contain silicones, and some of them don’t), like the Naked Moisture Cleansing Conditioner. It has a low-lathering formula designed to gently clean hair without stripping it, basically like conditioner washing — something I’ve already been doing regularly for years.

For the past couple of years I’ve been using Chroma Sensitive Cleansing Balm from Kerastase, which I love, but it’s $42 (!), so I’m hoping Naked Moisture Cleansing Conditioner can replace it ’cause it’s only five bucks!

Fingers and toes crossed…

The new dry shampoo I mentioned, Naked Volume Dry Shampoo, contains tapioca, which is supposed to absorb excess oil and lift roots.

I sprayed some on my roots to freshen them up after my workout, and it worked like a champ. My hair didn’t feel coated or weighed down, and I like the light mint scent. It’s refreshing and, thankfully, doesn’t overwhelm my perfume (I wore Dolce & Gabbana The One today… How about you?).

The Herbal Essences Naked Collection Shampoos and Conditioners, $5 each

  • Naked Volume gives hair light, touchable volume with the invigorating scent of white grapefruit and mint extracts to leave you with soft, full, bouncy hair
  • Naked Moisture provides lightweight hydration with a stimulating herbal and mint infusion for sensationally nourished, smooth hair
  • Naked Shine revitalizes strands with white tea and mint extracts for a brilliant silky shine, just as nature intended

The Herbal Essences Naked Collection Stylers, $5 each

  • Naked Dry Shampoo transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh, touchable hair, whether you need a quick styling touchup or a boost of extra volume
  • Naked Flexible Hold Spritzer delivers a lightweight, flexible hold for shiny, soft, touchable hair
  • Naked Volumizing Soufflé gives hair a boost of natural volume you can run your fingers through
  • Naked Cleansing Conditioner is a low-lather, multi-tasking cleanser that combines the conditioning properties of a nourishing oil with gentle cleansing
  • Naked Sheer Shine Mist nourishes hair from root to tip to leave behind luscious, shiny locks


After using the dry shampoo, I did a quickie curl job with a curling iron, and sprayed the curls into place with the Naked Volume Flexible Hold Spritzer, a non-aerosol hairspray made to set hairstyles into place without leaving hair stiff or sticky.

It left my ‘do shiny and held the curl all afternoon. Bravo. 🙂 I could also easily run my fingers through my hair, which was great.

All of the Naked stylers, shampoos and conditioners are just $5 each. Keep your eyes out for ’em at drugstores and grocery stores starting next month.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chelsea says:

    I’m trying to read about the hair stuff, but my mind is stuck on that salad!

  2. Amber says:

    I’m so excited about these new Naked stylers! I’m always on the lookout for a great (and affordable!) dry shampoo. I will definitely try the cleansing conditioner too!
    Thanks for the heads up Karen! Oh and aren’t those cat pjs cute?!
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  3. hanna says:

    Naked Stylers sound so great!
    hanna recently posted … Outfit: Oasap Sequin Boots

  4. Erin says:

    I have a hard time finding dry shampoos that 1) actually work, 2) don’t stink and 3) don’t leave a powdery mess. I will have to try this when it comes to Canada!

  5. Gowthami says:

    i’m all eyes on salad!! lol ^_^
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  6. Fieran says:

    Aww the cat pjs are too cute. We’re on our way to San Francisco right now – the long journey from this end of the world. Going to find a Blue Barn branch to try that salad 🙂 Hope you’re well and the weather is warmer than Oslo.

  7. Megan says:

    OMG I’d recognize that fountain anywhere! High-five from a fellow Marinite! Will have to try that salad next time I head into Corte Madera..

  8. Maggie says:

    Going to give the dry shampoo a try esp if you say it’s light. I’m sick of strong-smelling dry shampoos.

  9. Lisha says:

    U look amazing love and I loved the cheeky title <3
    those car pajamas look hilarious! Hopefully they make one in tab's size! 😀

  10. Ruchita says:

    Oh my goodness. Those cat pajamas are hilarious. I think my cats would kill me in my sleep if I ever made them wear those!

    I’ve been using Herbal Essences since high school. Looking forward to trying this new line!

  11. Kim says:

    Your hair looks awesome – I was going to say that even before I realized you were reviewing hair products. 🙂

    Darn shellfish allergy; I would be all over that salad, otherwise!

    And, the packaging for the Cats Pajamas is beyond amazing. The copy is phenomenal (I thought of poor Tabs when I read the size info, too). Terrific job, Toddland. And I’m sure you also noticed the Buy Them, Meow. Ah, Super Troopers. Could it get any better? 🙂

  12. Majick says:

    OMG – you wrote about hair products? LOL – I want that darn salad! Mmmmm….

    Tell Tabs Boosh says HE IS the cat’s pajamas!

  13. Iris says:

    Hehe at the cat’s pajamas.

    I look forward to the dry shampoo. I’ve found they’re good for cold weather when it’s freezing and I don’t feel like washing my hair.

  14. angie says:

    I must go to UO and get Eve some pi’s!!!

  15. Jenny says:

    Have you ever had the cilantro lime shrimp salad from Nordstrom Bistro? It looks so similar to that salad. The Nordstrom one is amazing!

  16. Rachel P says:

    I hope the dry shampoo will have those volumizing properties as advertised- I’d love to try it either way! 😀 And the next washing/conditioning product on my list to try was a Wen cleansing conditioner by Chaz Dean, but if this can deliver something similar and more affordable… well, that would be darn awesome!

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