With the 2014 Winter Olympics over in Sochi, Russia in full effect, you may wonder how these athletes, both the men and women, primp and prep. Maybe you’re not wondering… but if you took the time to read this far you’re going to find out anyway, because I know you at least looked at the pretty picture
Stay glossy. That’s right, I said it. Glossy. Exposed lips need moisture, love and protection. Some awesome picks – Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm (a cult love of men and women and also boasts SPF 25), or, if you’re feeling a little more patriotic for the good ol’ U S of A, IT Cosmetics has News Anchor Blue. Even though it looks like the lip gloss of a smurf it goes on sheer, but has enough of a hidden tint to make your teeth appear whiter. So when you’re up there accepting that gold medal, you can really shine!
Stay fresh. These athletes work so hard, clearly sweating up a storm. Keeping smells at a minimum is a win for yourself as well as the people around you. For women, Dove has a New Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deoderant that offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection. It’s also full of ingredients known to moisturize the skin. There are several scents available, but there’s also an unscented version that the men can pick up. We won’t tell – what happens at at the Olympics, stays at the Olympics.
Are always prepared. And the best way to be prepared is by having all of the essentials. Pinch Provisions makes mini-emergency kits for both men and women (pictured) that is stuffed full of 17 must-have items. When you’re traveling anywhere, you never know what you might need. It’s best just to have it on hand. I personally always have one of these little kits in my purse.
Brush their hair. Olympic athletes are the best of the best. This means they’re going to be sought after for photographs. The Wet Brush is the best I’ve found for detangling wet hair fast, and it’s not huge, so it can easily be slipped into your gym bag. It works for any hair texture on men, women and children.
Have no time for dry, discolored skin. Therefore, stock in a facial moisturizing oil is necessary. A good one is the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil (pictured) which is rich in vitamin C which keeps the skin from looking dull and will also fight against fine lines and wrinkles.
Clearly this isn’t an official list, I just like to have fun cause I’m a fun kind of gal, but the stuff mentioned would make sense living inside their duffel bags. Of course, it goes without saying that Olympians also need heavy sunscreen, creams, lots of water for that inner hydration and probably a whole lot of icy hot.
If you were headed to the Olympics as an athlete, what would you bring?
It seems like all of the brands want to be naked, and that’s okay, because naked is how we’re all brought into this world (if you don’t know now you know). Herbal Essences has a new line of hair care called Naked. The products contain zero dyes so your hair can stay naturally clean and full of volume. The scent is a fabulous blend of white grapefruit and mint extracts and it smells incredible!
Initially I took advantage of the $12.99 deal but after about a week of use I decided I needed the Shine line because my hair gets heavy frizz, and while it needs volume it also needs the shine/brilliance.
I also bought a full size of the dry shampoo because it’s fantastic and I’m one of those people that, when I can, I like my hair care to all coordinate. This will also help in the volume area when you spray at the roots, and you can also use the Volumizing Souffle from the set for even more volume.
Have you seen the Herbal Essences Naked line yet in store? Will you give it a go?
She… (or he) is obsessed with her (his!) hair. So wtf do you even begin to give them for the holidays? I have a short list of a few of my faves as well as some great gift ideas for the Hair Junkie in your life!
Living Proof Frizz Collection. This has long been my favorite line of hair care, and is absolutely necessary for me to use in the Summer and humid months. I use the Styling Cream year round as well! These Travel Kits make perfect gifts!
Kai. This high-end brand has a line of 16 fragrance, bath & body and home items that are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates & phosphates. If you already know your recipient loves this, the full-sized shampoo and conditioner is a winner. Their travel kit is also fabulous, under $50 and contains smaller sizes of the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bathing bubbles, body lotion and a small vial of fragrance… all wrapped up in a clear travel bag!
Verb. I have so many faves from this brand. A new item they have out is the Dry Shampoo, which is a powder that is perfect for refreshing your hair and boosting body.
Batiste. If you’re more into the aerosol version of dry shampoo application, definitely check out this one. I have major oil happening at the roots and this does a great job keeping that at bay.
NuNaat. For those with unruly curls or frizz the Brazilian Keratin collection is wonderful. Make sure you use the shampoo and conditioner to extend the life of the style.
Agadir Argan Oil. All Argan Oils are not created equal, and the line from Agadir is definitely one of the best I’ve tried!
Infinity Pro by Conair Curl Secret. Insane amounts of awesome, this curler actually works! It takes a sec to get used to, but it’s really the easiest way to get perfect and uniform curls.
Let’s keep the holiday hair ideas flowing! What is your favorite hair product?