Kerastase Discipline Collection Review // Hair

Press Sample

Has your hair been bad lately or forever? Mine has been bad forever. It used to be thick and had all the frizz… so I’d wish it were thinner because I thought that would solve my frizz issues. Nope. With children came a thinning of the hair but the frizz remained. Luckily as I grew older I realized that there are hair products out there to use that can actually help. One set that I’ve been using lately is the Kerastase Discipline Collection.

The Kerastase Discipline Collection is a three-step line: (1) Bain Fluidealiste ($39.00) – which is the shampoo, (2) Fondant Fluidealiste ($42.00) – which is the conditioner and (3) Spray Fluidissime ($42.00) – which is an anti-frizz protection spray.

I found the line to be just okay. My hair was shiny but it definitely didn’t beat the frizz for 72 hours or really even the entire day… and it’s not even Summer yet. The fragrance is extremely perfumy (in the not-so-great floral way) and overpowering – which was the initial deal breaker for me before I even know that it wasn’t going to be great at keeping my frizz at bay. On the plus side it’s safe for color treated hair. For the cost I’d rather buy Living Proof no frizz which works better, costs less and doesn’t have the heavy fragrance attached to it.

Kerastase products are available on the website.

*Press Sample

July 2013 Birchbox Swatches, Review & Photos

The theme of the July Birchbox is Power Play. With that in mind, the character’s of the USA hit series SUITS were the inspiration for some of the samples this month. There was also an included card with “Lesson’s From the Ladies of Suits” showing their looks and power products.

As you open the box the card resting on top gives you a little explanation and greeting on one side and a run down of what is in your box on the other side.

Let’s see what’s going on for July!

First, from Kerastase, the Fondant Chroma Captive – Treat. This is for color treated hair (which is perfect because I just had my highlights re-done) and is for shine intensifying care. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m definitely excited to give it a go.

Next, from ModelCo, the Fibre LashXtend Lengthening Mascara. This mascara was nice to apply and gives a nice, natural lash look. I didn’t think that it really lengthened or extended the lashes, but it was okay. I’m wearing it in the pic below, but you can see it in action better on this post.

From theBalm, InStain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush. This blush is amazing. The color is that slightly sunburned look that no one wants from the sun but that makes you look healthy. It doesn’t move once it’s on so you need to be extremely careful when applying, because this is one pigmented powder.

The “Suits Pick” is the Benta BerryG-1 Moisturizing Face Cream. Again, as with most skincare received in samples boxes such as these, it’s too small of a tube to discuss actual benefits. However, it smells amazing and absorbed well, leaving my skin feeling soft.

The “Beauty Extra” is a pair of BirchboxBobby Pins. If you buy them they come in a set of 6. These are really cute and hold my hair back like no other. But they’re a little hard to put in and you’re going to pull out a few strands of hair when you remove them.

This Birchbox made me rather happy.…enough to keep my subscription going into August. It’s hard when ipsy is really pulling out all the stops with their Glam Bag, which is making Birchbox (what was once my favorite $10 subscription) seem kind of junky.

Wanna sign up for Birchbox? (Click for referral) If you like what you see go to the website and fill out the form. It’s just $10 a month (free shipping too!) and you get some cool stuff, tho I will warn you, you’re going to get stuff you hate as well.

***Disclosure – I buy my own Birchbox, but the links posted here do give me referral points which I can use towards product on the site. Once you sign up for your own Birchbox, you’ll also get a referral code to send out to others and get some points of your own!

Libertine, THEYSKENS’ THEORY, THE ROW, Rodarte, Rachel Zoe NYFW Spring 2013 – Hair by Kérastase Paris and Odile Gilbert

Libertine – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week
Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Colorful blow out

Steps:

  • Prep damp hair with Ciment Thermique and Mousse Substantive to create texture
  • Blow dry hair with a round brush and spray with Double Force Hairspray, lightly fluffing hair with fingers for a slight tousled look
  • Clip in a colorful bang and pin at the sides to keep it in place
  • Spray hair with more Double Force Hairspray throughout for extra hold
  • Pin a feather headpiece on one side of the head for an extra pop of color

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look:

  • Ciment Thermique – leave-in thermo-protective milk for weakened hair
  • Mousse Substantive – collagen infused mousse that provides long-lasting condition, hold and body to fine/limp mature hair
  • Double Force Hairspray – buildable hold hairspray with a protective UV filter

*****

Theyskens’ Theory – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week 

Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look – A haircut for everyone: Grungy-romantic with a cool girl look.

Steps:

  • Odile prepared real-hair wigs for 40 models; each with a custom color tailored to the specific look, complexion and eye color
  • Before applying wigs, tresses were prepped with Nectar Thermique. The nourishing treatment gives model’s hair a break from the rigor of fashion week
  • Weave bobby pins in a horizontal pattern to hold hair in place, smoothing hair to compliment the shape of head
  • Apply a hair net and wig
  • Run a quarter-size amount of Nectar Thermique through the ends and spritz with and water in a spray bottle, creating textured waves
  • Before hitting the runway, Odile cut each wig to create movement, then misted hair with Double Force hair spray for hold

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look:

  • Nectar Thermique – leave-in, nourishing heat protectant for dry hair that provides optimal shine from roots to ends
  • Double Force Hair Spray – multi-protective hairspray, which helps to strengthen the hair fiber and provide controlled hold

 *****

The Row – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week 

Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Elegant Twisted Up-do

Steps:

  • Prep damp hair with Ciment Thermique and Mousse Volumactive
  • Rough dry hair, wrapping strands around fingers as you go
  • Divide hair into two sections behind each ear
  • Twist each section in a backwards direction and then begin twisting and pinning them together
  • Tie the twists with an elastic, tucking the ends underneath the style and pinning into place
  • Fluff up the texture at the top of the head with fingers and lightly spray with Double Force Hairspray for hold

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look::

  • Ciment Thermique – leave-in thermo-protective milk for weakened hair
  • Mousse Volumactive – amplifying mousse that provides hair with strength and substance, with flexible hold and blow-dry protection
  • Double Force – buildable holding, multi-protective hairspray for weakened hair

*****

 Rodarte – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week
Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Modern Medieval

Steps:

  • Prep damp hair with Sublimateur Jour and blow dry hair straight and flat against the head
  • Apply Fibre Architecte and flat iron the lengths for a pin-straight look
  • Create a horizontal part, starting on one side at the ear and going across the head for a “comb over” effect
  • Leaving the front right section loose, and spray the rest of the sections behind the ear with Double Force Hairspray
  • To give the hair ultimate shine, apply Elixir Ultime The Imperial at the top of the head

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look::

  • Sublimateur Jour – daily leave-in conditioner that provides instant light-weight nourishment, softness, shine and suppleness to the hair
  • Fibre Architecte – a reparative dual serum that seals and repairs very damaged lengths and split ends
  • Double Force Hairspray – buildable hold, multi-protective hairspray for weakened hair
  • Elixir Ultime The Imperial (NEW!) – versatile, beautifying hair oil formulated with Oléo-Complexe and Imperial Tea extract to protect the hair fiber and keep color-treated hair shiny and radiant

 *****

Rachel Zoe – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week
Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Brigitte Bardot/Marianne Faithfull-inspired blow out

Steps:

  • Prep hair with Mousse Volumactive and Fibre Architecte
  • Part hair down the middle and blow dry with a round brush (for finer hair, apply extensions around the back of the head for a fuller look)
  • Take sections, creating pin curls with fingers and clip into place throughout the head
  • Let the curls cool, take out of the pins and lightly brush through the hair with a paddle brush
  • Spray with Double Force Hairspray to finish the look

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look::

  • Mousse Volumactive – A weightless volumizing mousse for fine hair that gives body, suppleness and flexible hold
  • Fibre Architecte – a reparative dual serum that seals and repairs very damaged lengths and split ends
  • Double Force Hairspray – buildable hold, multi-protective hairspray for weakened hair

JASON WU, Monique Lhuillier, Thakoon NYFW Spring 2013 – Hair by Kérastase and Odile Gilbert

JASON WU – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week
Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Inspired by Helmet Newton – chic, sophisticated and elegant with varying styling elements

Steps:

  • Create a long, deep part
  • Section off the hair into two sections – front and back – spray each section lightly with Double Force Hair Spray
  • Take the section at the back of the head and create an African braid; set with Double Force Hair Spray
  • Tuck the end of the braid underneath creating a chignon
  • Slick back one side of the front of the head with Elixir Ultime Rose Millenaire for a chic, strong effect
  • Create a single finger wave on the other side of the part, also slicking back with Elixir Ultime Rose Millenaire for shine and texture
  • Spray the entire head with Double Force Control Ultime to hold the style

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look::

  • Double Force Hair Spray Nectar Thermique – buildable hold hair spray with a protective UV filter
  • NEW Elixir Ultime Rose Millenaire (NEW!) – for fine and sensitized hair, this treatment oil features more than 230 molecules with softening and regenerative powder. Light in texture, provides nourishment leaving hair shiney with a free-flowing feel.
  • Double Force Control Ultime Hair Spray – extra-strength hold, multi-protective hairspray for weakened hair

***

Monique Lhuillier – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week
Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Mermaid Waves

Steps:

  • Create a middle part and from mid-lengths to ends, spray hair with Double Force Controle Ultime and use a three-barrel iron section by section to create polished, crimp-like waves
  • Make an extreme wet look at the top of the head by applying an ample amount of Elixir Ultime (Tip: for a more everyday, natural shine, apply a pea-sized amount of the oil)
  • Apply more Double Force Controle Ultime at the top of the head and smooth it down behind the ears to keep the look in place

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look::

  • Double Force Controle Ultime – extra strength, multi-protective hairspray, which helps to strengthen the hair fiber
  • Elixir Ultime – an extraordinary blend of beautifying oils, it is ideal for normal hair types and delivers ultimate softness and shine for promoting cellular renewal

***

Thakoon – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week
Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Romantic, Modern Waves

Steps:

  • Create a middle part and prep hair with Nectar Thermique
  • Section by section from mid-lengths to ends, spray hair with Double Force Controle Ultime and use a three-barrel iron to create crimp-like waves
  • Weave bobby pins in a horizontal pattern at the back of the head
  • Apply an ample amount of Elixir Ultime The Imperial at the top of the head to create an extreme wet look (Tip: for a more everyday style, apply a pea-sized amount of oil to the head for a natural shine)
  • Tie the bottom of the length with a small black elastic and finish with more Double Force Controle Ultime to keep the look in place

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look::

  • Nectar Thermique – leave-in, nourishing heat protectant for dry hair that provides optimal shine from roots to ends
  • Double Force Controle Ultime – extra strength, multi-protective hairspray, which helps to strengthen the hair fiber
  • Elixir Ultime The Imperial (NEW!) – versatile, beautifying hair oil formulated with Oléo-Complexe and Imperial Tea extract to protect the hair fiber and keep color-treated hair shiny and radiant

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CREATURES OF THE WIND, SUNO, Jill Stuart NYFW Spring 2013 – HAIR BY Kerastase Paris & Odile GIlbert

Creatures of the Wind – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week 

Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: A haircut without a haircut

Steps:

– Prepare dry hair with Nectar Thermique and straighten each piece so it’s pin straight

– Section off the hair and lightly spray each section with Double Force Hair Spray for texture

– Take a back section and place hair over the head, using bobby pins to secure the piece so it resembles bangs. Allow two remaining pieces to drape over the shoulders

– Place a hair net over the back of the hair and secure the net by tying underneath the chin

– Spray the sides of the head with Double Force Hairspray to keep the look into place and apply a pea-sized amount of Elixir Ultime The Imperial to the length for added shine

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look:

– Nectar Thermique: leave-in nourishing heat protectant; nourishes and softens hair while protecting from harmful effects of heat-styling tools

– Double Force Hairspray: buildable hold hair spray with a protective UV filter

– NEW Elixir Ultime The Imperial (NEW!): specially formulated for colored hair, it’s enriched with nutrients from The Imperial, a rare Chinese tea enriched with the purest antioxidants found in nature

***

Suno – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week
Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Grace Jones/40’s Inspired Up-Do

Steps:

  • Create a side part and apply Sublimateur Jour to damp hair
  • Make a low ponytail, keeping the front right section loose
  • Splitting the ponytail into two sections, wrap, twist and pin haphazardly around the elastic to create a twisted chignon
  • Brush and roll the loose section of hair back and secure with a hair comb to create a structural effect
  • Spray the top section with Double Force Hairspray to keep the style in place
  • For a more extreme wet look, finish by applying an ample amount of the NEW Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel to the top section (Tip: For a more everyday look, apply a pea-size amount of the oil to the hair to create a beautiful, natural shine)

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look::

  • Sublimateur Jour – daily leave-in conditioner that delivers softness, shine and suppleness to the hair
  • Double Force Hair Spray – buildable hold hair spray with a protective UV filter
  • NEW Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel (NEW!) – specially formulated for damaged hair, it’s enriched with nutrients from the Moringa Tree, famous for its resilience and ability to concentrate the best ingredients in the most challenging climatic conditions

***

Jill Stuart – Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week 

Hair by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

Overall look: Simple, Polished Hair

Steps:

  • Prepare damp hair with Mousse Volumactive and blow dry straight using a round brush
  • Section off the hair and lightly spray each section with hairspray, alternating between Double Force and Double Force Controle Ultime for texture and holda bit of texture
  • Take the two front sections of the hair behind the ear and tie together underneath the length
  • Spray the sides of the head with Double Force Hairspray to keep the look into place and apply a pea-sized amount of Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel to the length for added shine

Kérastase Products Used To Get the Look:

  • Mousse Volumative – amplifying mousse with flexible hold and blow-dry protection
  • Double Force Hair Spray – buildable hold hair spray with a protective UV filter
  • Double Force Control Ultime – extra strength, multi-protective hairspray, which helps to strengthen the hair fiber
  • NEW Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel (NEW!) – specially formulated for damaged hair, it’s enriched with nutrients from the Moringa Tree, famous for its resilience and ability to concentrate the best ingredients in the most challenging climatic conditions

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Kérastase Masquintense for Fine Hair Review

You’ve probably tried a lot of hair masks to try and tame that Summer hair. You know what I mean. The kind that frizzes… dulls… looks eaten alive because you’re living in the pool.

How abouts you pick up one that works? Kérastase Masquintense for Fine Hair worked for me. And there really aren’t many products out there that I can say that about, especially by way of silk and shine.

There are two formulas, one is tailored for thick hair, and one for fine. I used to have thick hair, but since having kids made my hair go all mean, it’s now thinned and fine. Bring on the Fine Hair formula!

It doesn’t say on the bottle or box, but to use – Apply a quarter-sized amount to towel-dried hair and massage through from roots to ends. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

I must say, that after I blow dried my hair and smoothed it out using the InStyler (love love love!) my hair looked all commercial like… shiny, healthy, smooth… basically beautiful. The type of hair people want to touch. (Though, if they want to keep their fingers, they’d better not!)

The price might look steep, but you’re getting A LOT of product. You won’t need a ton to put in your hair. I used less than the quarter sized amount (my hair is a bit past my shoulders) and then combed it through before I let it sit. It doesn’t even look like I used anything out of the jar. You can do this 2-3 times a week, or once a week… depending on how over-processed your hair is. You’ll know best what you need.

Kérastase Masquintense for Fine Hair retails for $60.00 (for 200ml). You can pick this up online at the Kerastase website or use the salon locator for your nearest retailer.