Today turned out to be quite an innnnteresting Wednesday. Remember a few days ago when I mentioned that I had a bout of hives on my left eyelid? It was just the left eye, and it went away on its own after a couple of hours, so I chalked it up to a minor allergic reaction to something (to be safe, I still changed my laundry detergent and fabric softener and laid off the makeup for the afternoon).
Well, wouldn’t ya know it? — the hives came back! Today! Right after my workout! And this time they were on both eyes, and much worse, like horror movie scary with huge, bright red welts.
Long story short, it is some kind of allergy. I went to the doctor this afternoon, which is why I’ve been incommunicado.
The doc said I’m fine but couldn’t pinpoint the cause. I asked him if he thought it could be caused by a beauty product because, yeah, I use a few of those, but he didn’t think so. The symptoms pointed to good ol’ fashioned hay fever. I guess I just gotta wait it out.
He did suggest that I “lay off the eye makeup for the next few days…”
“What’s that now?” I asked, after I regained consciousness, LOL!
I suppose there is a bright side to all this. I figure, if I’m gonna be tooling around town without a stitch of makeup on and these two cray-cray swollen eyelids, I might as well do something sassy with my hair.
As long as I can wear it down, which I did today, to sort of hide behind, but at least my waves were bouncy and (almost) frizz-free!
I’ve been using a few products for dry and damaged hair from Living Proof’s gentle, moisturizing Restore collection, which came out last spring (available now at Sephora). The shampoos, conditioners and styling products are supposed to make hair easier to manage.
The Living Proof brand has been around for a few years. They say they take a scientific approach to tackling beauty’s toughest challenges for “beautiful, head-turning results you can see from across the room.”
I have to say — after three solid months of using their Restore Shampoo ($28), Conditioner ($28) and Targeted Repair Cream ($28) — I’m seriously considering buying backup bottles of my backups. That’s how much I like the line.
Left to its own devices, my highlighted, wavy hair is prone to frizzing, but when I use Living Proof’s products (the Repair Cream is a leave-in product to moisturize and reduce frizz), my hair actually behaves. And bounces.
- Restore Shampoo — Restore Shampoo is formulated with Living Proof’s moisture-controlling molecule, PolyfluoroEster, to restore the protective layer on dry or damaged hair and reduce hair’s porosity by 100%. Restore makes dry or damaged hair look, feel, and behave like virgin hair. It also increases hair’s resistance to breakage up to nine times while healing, protecting, and preventing further damage.
- Restore Conditioner — Restore Conditioner is formulated with Living Proof’s moisture-controlling molecule, PolyfluoroEster, to restore the protective layer on dry or damaged hair and reduce hair’s porosity by 100%. This conditioner also increases hair’s resistance to breakage up to nine times while healing, protecting, and preventing further damage.
- Targeted Repair Cream — This formula replaces lost ceramides to restructure, strengthen and seal the protective outer layer of the hair. It prevents 93% of new split ends and provides all-day protection from UV damage. Safe and effective on color or chemically treated hair, it can be used on wet or dry locks.
I just shampoo, condition, work in a dollop of the Repair Cream (and all of the products have a faint citrusy green tea scent that I like), and air dry.
I really, really this stuff. Finally, after all these years, I have wash-and-wear hair! — which is something I’ve always dreamed about.
The products are pricey, but they might be worth checking out if your hair tends to misbehave, or if it’s on the frizzy side.
PRICE: The Shampoo and Conditioner are $28 each for an 8-ounce bottle; the Repair Cream is $28 for a 4-ounce bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (expensive, but great results!)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,