This or That: Living Proof Prime Style Extender Hair Primer vs. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Style Treatment

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I decided to cut my hair shorter for the summer.  This comes with pros and cons.  Since I couldn’t commit to cutting my hair above my shoulders, I decided to get a long lob just past my shoulders. My hairdresser forewarned me that this was probably a bad idea because the ends of my hair will always want to curl outwards at that length.  He was right!  The main reason I dislike cutting my hair shorter is sometimes it takes more time to style.  I have stick straight Asian hair, so when it is long, I pretty much just run a comb through it everyday.

Over the years, I have gotten samples of both Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender Hair Primer and Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment.  I have found they are both good at extending the longevity of your style and the cleanliness of your hair.  To me, I sometimes can almost use them interchangeability.  However, if I could only buy one, which one would I get?

Claims

The Primer claims to extend your style 2 times longer, keep your hair cleaner longer, and create a weightless shield to layer under other styling products.  The Styling Treatment claims to deliver smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish to your hair, keep your style cleaner and longer, and make your hair stronger.  In conclusion, they both keep your style cleaner and longer. However, the main difference is that the styling treatment will obviously have other benefits such as add smoothness, volume etc.

Formula

Living proof is known for the science behind their products.  As indicated on their website, both these products contain their patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) which creates a weightless shield to protect each piece of hair.  I think the big difference is that in the Styling Treatment, they also include their patented Volumizing Molecule (PBAE).  Both of these products are for all hair types, sulfate-free, silicone-free and oil-free and formulated for colour and chemically treated hair.

The scent is described as a citrus scent.  I mean, I don’t think it smells like a lemon or orange.  It just smells kind of fresh to me.  The scent lingers a bit the first day, but I don’t find it too strong or offensive.

Application

I follow the instructions and apply the white gel on clean and damp hair, and distribute evenly with a comb.

Results

I tried using either separately and together and I think if I had to pick, I would get the 5-in-1 Styling Treatment.  For me, using them separately, they keep my hair clean for up to 3 days and rarely do I ever I have to use my dry shampoo anymore.  The hair feels smooth and weightless when you run your fingers through it.

I think the main reason I would pick the Styling Treatment is that it does a very good job of holding a style.  I usually like the ends of my hair to curl towards my face, and with the treatment, the curl holds stronger and is more defined.  The hair in general has more volume as well.

The primer along with the styling treatment hold the style the longest.  However, I find just with the treatment, it holds for almost as long.  Even after I wake up, most of the style is in place (my ends are all curled) compared to if I didn’t use the product.

VERDICT:  Using both together will give the ultimate in maintaining the cleanliness and longevity of your hair style.  However, if you only wanted to get one, I would recommend the 5-in-1 Styling Treatment because it pretty does it all on its own.

Youtube-Enabled Beauty Purchases

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I am a self-professed Youtube addict.  Personally, I think it is an ideal hobby as a beauty blogger because you can do product research as you watch (at least that’s what I tell my partner).  Looking through my collection, I realized that a big chunk of my beauty purchases have been Youtube-enabled.  In this blogpost, I am just going to talk through a few of them and how they have worked for me.  At the same time, you will also get know some of my favourite Youtubers and why I enjoy watching them.

Youtuber:  Lily Pebbles

Enabled Product:  H & M Color Essence Eye Cream

There are a few Youtubers that are must watch for me and Lily Pebbles is one of them.  I really enjoy watching her because she has that girl next door quality of someone I would like to be friends.  Plus, she just seems like a “real” person.  She doesn’t come off as someone who is just cheery all the time and is willing to share her ups and downs in life. Most importantly, she knows her beauty products and I usually agree with her reviews.

Lily had mentioned her love for the H & M beauty line in quite a few of her videos.  The cream eyeshadow actually ended up in her one of her Favourites videos (4:16 in the video).  After hearing her talk on and on about it, I just needed to get one of my own.

My Impressions

I completely agree with Lily Pebbles when she says “the quality of these are unreal.”  I have tried quite a few cream eyeshadows and these are one of my favourites (other faves include the Maybelline Tattoo 24 hr Shadows and Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color). For the price ($8 USD), the quality of these are hard to beat.  They last all day on me, the packaging is chic and minimalist, and they blend out beautifully.  The texture is between a mousse and a cream which makes them easy to pick up with your fingers or a brush and apply on your eyelids.  If you find the Charlotte Tilsbury cream eyeshadows too moussy, you will love these.

Youtuber: clothesencounters (Jenn Im)

Product: Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder

Jenn Im from clothesencounters probably needs no introduction.  She is one of the most stylish people on Youtube.  I am always in awe of how she combines pieces that seem so unwearable to me into something so amazing.  I think many people don’t know that originally the clothesencounters Youtube channel had two creators, Jenn and Sarah.  I still reminisce when they used to film their fashion looks in their backyard (sorry, just had to throw in some Youtube trivia in there).

I love dry shampoo and my ears perked up when she started talking about the Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder.  Her hair always looks amazing and when i saw how she applied it by squeezing the bottle causing the powder to “puff” out, I was sold.  If you are a longtime Youtube watcher, you might remember the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo that many beauty gurus used to recommend.  One of the downsides of that product is that if you have really straight hair, some of the powder will slide down the hair and onto the floor. That is reason I switched to aerosol dry shampoos, like Batisse, because the fine mist of powder they dispense prevent this from happening.

My Impressions

I was actually a little hesitant to commit so I bought the travel size.  I will confirm that if you squeeze the bottle, the powder will “puff” out to cover the hair in more mist like fashion.  However, I am sad to report, sometimes if I am not careful, some of it will come out too fast, and get everywhere.  After using most of the travel size bottle, I can say it is a good product.  One of its major perks is that it really helps to create volume in your hair.  It also does a good job of controlling the oiliness in your hair.  However, compared to newer products, like Living Proof’s Dry Shampoo (your hair feels clean and lightweight), you do feel buildup from using it in your hair.  I not sure if that is what kind of aggravated my sensitive scalp after a while.  My verdict is that it is good, but not great.

I’d love to know if you have had any Youtube-enabled purchases lately?

Review: Ryo Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp

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My hair and scalp have been the bane of my beauty routines.  I have a super sensitive scalp that will easily become itchy and flaky without proper care.  Not only that, I feel like this has contributed to some hair loss over the years.

Over the years, I feel like I have tried every anti-dandruff shampoo out there, with some working for a while, some not at all, and some that were just too strong.  The only two that I felt worked for me for a while were from Ducray and Kerastase.  I have also tried some more natural and organic brands, like Ruhua and John Masters Organic, and they have not helped as well.

So today, I am really happy to talk about a shampoo that has worked really well for me for the last half year.  It hasn’t gotten rid of every flake off my head, but it has definitely kept it in control at least.  The product I’m talk about is the Ryo Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp.  I notice that it is quite easy to get from Asian supermarkets in North America.

This is a Korean brand, so I haven’t been able to get too much information from their website.  Just from reading other reviews and websites, I know that this a hair brand that uses mostly Asian herbal ingredients in their formula.  Just from Google translating the back of the bottle.  Some of the ingredients I could make out include ginseng, licorice, black bean extract, and honey.

Formula

It definitely smells like Asian herbal medicine.  The scent is quite strong and takes some getting used to in the beginning.  It is a light brown colour with specks of dark brown pieces suspended in it, which I presume are the ground up Asian herbs.

Application

I have medium to long hair and I use about more than a quarter size of the shampoo.  I feel like it suds up a little less than some other shampoos.  The herbal scent is very prominent when you wash your hair, but I feel like it disappears like within an hour afterwards.

Results

After you dry you hair, it is very soft and light.  You hair doesn’t feel weighted down at all.  With this shampoo, I don’t have to wash my hair for up to three days.  Usually, by the third day, I am usually using dry shampoo.  My scalp also has been pretty happy.  There is a decrease in flakes, and I haven’t had a major itchy scalp and dandruff flareup for a while.  Does it minimize hair loss?  I would say yes, just being seeing the amount of hair on the floor (I used to have to sweep the floor for hair way more often)

VERDICT:  Definitely one of my favourite shampoos lately.  Great for if you have problems with dandruff, oily scalp, and hair loss.  You will get used to the scent too after a while!