Living Proof No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer Review

Instant De-Frizzer from Living Proof is a dry conditioning spray for all hair types that claims to instantly tame 92% of frizz while adding softness, smoothing and shine with no residue.

Ingredients: Water, Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Wax, Maltodextrin/VP Copolymer, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Wax, Glycereth-26, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Glyceryl Behenate, Isopentyldiol, Polyalkylaminoester-1 (PBAE), Oleth-10, Petrolatum, Polyacrylamide, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceteareth-25, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ethanol, Fragrance, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Limonene.

This product has an oil blend that mimics the natural oils found in the hair. It provides UV protection. Like all Living Proof products, this contains the Healthy Hair Molecule that smooths, provides shine, tames frizz and seals the hair cuticle.

Directions: For medium to thick hair, hold canister 6 to 10 inches away and spray on dry hair in a sweeping motion, then smooth hair with hands or comb. For fine hair, focus on applying from mid-lengths to ends.
To spot treat, spray in hand and apply to specific sections.

I have fine, dry hair that dries very poofy and frizzy. My second-day hair is less frizzy and more manageable than freshly washed hair.

Instant De-Frizzer is a clear, dry, fine-mist spray that is very heavy on the fragrance, similar to the dry shampoo, and initially interferes with other scents worn. Because this is a very fine mist, the scent kind of sticks in the nose and throat for a couple minutes. The fragrance fades after about 30 to 45 minutes to a more manageable clean scent. I used this spray on freshly washed, air dried hair.

I did a light spray all over my hair and smoothed with my hands. This is a very light-weight product with no residue, stickiness or heaviness. It provides shine and makes my hair feel silky and less dry. It has some instant de-poof and de-frizz (I would say it is more smoothing than de-frizzing), but after a couple minutes my hair started to frizz and poof again, so I sectioned my hair and sprayed a bit more. The effect does not last very long. After about 15 minutes, my hair got frizzy, poofy and felt staticky around my face.

A hair serum or light oil would likely work better; the Olaplex No. 7 oil (silicone) is light-weight and provides smoothing and silkiness; I have been using Fable and Mane’s HoliRoots Treatment Oil (silicone-free and heavily scented) on the lengths of my hair that tames frizz and smooths the hair; Briogeo hair oil (silicone-free) tames frizz, but is heavy and greasy; I’ve used the Morrocanoil Treatment (silicone) a couple times now and generally like it for smoothing the hair.

While Living Proof’s No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer provides some de-poof, de-frizz and silkiness to the hair, the effect does not last long nor does it work particularly well. I would not repurchase Living Proof’s No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer.

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O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Review

Working Hands is a hand cream that claims guaranteed relief for extremely dry hands. It is said to instantly boost moisture levels, create a protective layer on the hands and help prevent moisture loss. The cream comes in a jar and a tube, with different ingredient lists.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Paraffin, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Diazolidinyl Urea

Glycerin and propylene glycol are humectants. Stearic acid has been shown to protect the skin’s surface from water loss and support the protective barrier of the skin. Isopropyl myristate, cetyl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol are emollients. Dimethicone is an occlusive and prevents water loss.

Directions: Apply a small amount and massage in; applying too much will result in stickiness.

I frequently get very dry hands with cracks in the thumb creases and dry, rough cuticles, particularly now with winter weather and increased hand washing. Working Hands is a thick-ish cream with no scent. I apply this once a day in the evening before bed. It provides immediate relief of my dry hands. It absorbs quickly and is not heavy, greasy or sticky, but leaves a silky, protective layer on the skin.

The morning after one application, my hands felt very smooth and moisturized. There was still some dryness on the knuckles and the thumb creases. After one week, the cuticles look better and my hands overall look and feel healthy, moisturized and smooth, and the dry thumbs and knuckles are improved. After hand washing, my hands still felt protected and smooth.

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands is great and I would repurchase. They have an overnight treatment that I’ll probably buy and will use the regular tube during the day. I recently purchased O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Exfoliating cream as well.

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Indeed Laboratories Peptalash II Review

Peptalash II from Indeed Laboratories is a lash lengthening treatment that claims to repair breakage, lengthen, strengthen and thicken eyelashes, giving lashes three times the volume in 15 days.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua / Eau), Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Biotonyl Tripeptide-1, N-prolyl Palmitoyl Tripeptide-56 Acetate, 1,2-hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Lactitol, Xylitol, Troxerutin, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid, Citric Acid

Going over some key ingredients, Peptalash contains stem cells from the Swiss apple that slows follicle aging allowing for longer lashes; a lipo-oligopeptide that stimulates keratin, thickening and lengthening the lashes; Widelash, a peptide that conditions the lashes for length, strength and fullness; panthenol that moisturizes and conditions the eyelash; Hairspa for moisture; and a tetrapeptide to reduce vertical lines and crow’s feet. I thought the inclusion of this tetrapeptide was odd as Peptalash is to be applied to the lash line, but I guess might be useful for crepiness at the lash line or when extended to the outer corners of the eyes.

Directions: Twist the pen applicator and apply a small amount of Peptalash II to upper and lower lash line morning and evening. Indeed Labs recommends following with their eye cream, Eysillix II, which I also purchased and will post the review soon.

Peptalash has a clear liquid formula with a fine pen tip applicator that is easy to apply to the lash line. The green top twists and the product moves to the tip of the pen. Quite often I would have to twist the top 3 or 4 times to get anything out, then sometimes getting too much product, and sometimes twisting once would give too much product, with drops falling into the sink or into my eye.

I have short, thin lashes that grow a bit downward. For a review of other lash lengthening products I’ve tried, click here and here. I used Peptalash for 2-1/2 months twice a day, morning and evening, and the product ran out at that time (there were some wasted drops as mentioned above).

Because of how my lashes grow, results are a bit difficult to see in the photos. In the mirror, I noticed my bottom eyelashes were quite a bit longer; the top not particularly, maybe a bit of subtle length. I wouldn’t say I had 3 times increased volume as claimed, though in the photos, my top lashes perhaps look a bit thicker and no increased volume of my bottom lashes.

At about 2 months, 2 weeks before I ran out of product, the bottom lashes on the outer half of my right eye were very noticeably suddenly short, I gather due to breakage (maybe part of the reason my lashes are always short); Peptalash also claims to strengthen the lashes and reduce breakage, so perhaps not living up to this claim.

I got better results using the lash serum from BioBliss, however, at about 3 times the price.

Indeed Laboratories’ Peptalash II gives okay results; I was impressed with the length on my bottom lashes, however, it does not really perform as claimed; the price is good though to give it a try. I will not repurchase, instead maybe opting for argan or squalane oil for nourishing and conditioning; hopefully if my lashes are moisturized, I can prevent some breakage.

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Briogeo Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil Review

Briogeo’s Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil is from their Don’t Despair, Repair! line and claims to be lightweight, to provide shine and smoothing to the hair and to hydrate, reducing frizz, damage, split ends and breakage, citing an 88% repair of damaged split ends after two uses.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer*, Ethyl Macadamiate*, Rose Flower Oil*, Ceramide NP, Squalane*, Rose Extract*, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract*, Panthenol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dicaprylyl Ether*, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate*, Malic Acid, Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum). *Coconut, Vegetable, Plant, or Sugar Derived.

The Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil is silicone-free and contains a number of oils and triglyceride, ceramides that help strengthen the hair and hyaluronic acid to help lock water in the hair shaft. Dicaprylyl Ether is a fatty acid. Fragrance is the last ingredient. The product is pretty, with a real rose inside.

Directions: Apply a few drops to wet or dry hair, focusing on midlength to ends of the hair.

My hair is thin, dry, frizzy and has a number of split ends that are just starting. I ran out of the Olaplex hair oil I had been using and wanted to give the Briogeo oil a try; I have used for 3 months about 3 times a week. I’ve used the hair oil on dry hair and wet hair after using a leave-in conditioner. The oil has a similar scent to other products in the Don’t Despair, Repair! line with more rose fragrance. The scent is relatively heavy but dissipates pretty quickly.

Just trying the oil on the skin, it leaves a shine and feels moisturizing.

The left photo is the oil applied to dry hair after blow drying, and the right on dry hair after air drying. I shake two drops in my hands, spread on the palms and apply to the hair. As above, the oil is good when using to control frizz and fly-aways, however, with just two drops, my hair looks and feels a bit heavy and is more greasy than silky. Once the oil absorbs a bit, about 10 to 15 minutes, my hair feels oddly dry, so I prefer to use on wet hair. After the 3 months, my hair is not particularly improved; though some say that once hair is damaged, there is nothing that will improve it because the hair is dead. Also, once the hair is split, the only thing to do is cut it as no product will mend a split end together; products like creams or oils may stick the splits ends together, giving a temporary fix.

For comparison, the Olaplex oil is much lighter, more repairing and the hair feels very silky (likely due to the silicone). Another oil I have been using is the Fable and Main HoliRoots Treatment Oil; this is a scalp oil, but I use it on the lengths of my hair as well. HoliRoots is silicone-free, lightweight and makes my hair feel silky, and I also prefer this over the Briogeo oil.

I have since stopped using the Briogeo oil on my hair, but I really like mixing it into body lotion, adding extra protection and ceramides to my skin. I also use as a cuticle oil and layered over hand and foot lotion.

While improving frizz and fly-aways short-term, Briogeo’s Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil is heavy and leaves a greasy yet dry feeling on dry hair and I will not repurchase for use on the hair, however, may keep using on the skin.

Murad Clarifying Body Spray

The Clarifying Body Spray by Murad is a spray that works for application at any angle, even hard-to-reach areas, claiming to reduce the number and severity of breakouts on the body and prevent new breakouts from forming, while soothing the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Glycerin, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Panthenol, Glycolic Acid, Menthol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil

Denatured alcohol is the second ingredient, which can be drying to the skin. This contains 0.5% salicylic acid – for home use, the maximum strength is 2%, and this is what I see in many skincare products, so was surprised that this Murad product has only 0.5%. This also has glycolic acid. Glycerin is a humectant. The spray also contains menthol, which provides a cooling effect, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), niacinamide for reducing inflammation and allantoin to soothe and protect the skin. Cymbopogon schoenanthus oil is also known as lemongrass oil, often used for fragrance.

Directions: After cleansing, spray an even layer over affected areas. Start with one application daily, increasing to two of three times daily if needed. If dryness of peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.

My teenage daughter and I both used the clarifying body spray, she for back acne for 1-1/2 months and me for chest acne for 4 months, once a the day in the evening. Her back has larger pimples and hyperpigmentation from the breakouts. My back has smaller pimples and whiteheads. The clarifying body spray is a fine mist that spreads easily, is easy to apply and dries fast. It was not drying to the skin. The scent of the product was odd, first smelling like alcohol for a couple seconds, then I thought a mix of almost a urine smell and licorice for a couple seconds (maybe the lemongrass?), however, the scent does not last long as the product dries very fast.

As above, the spray did not prevent new breakouts from forming and the skin was not particularly improved. Since it was not helping, my daughter stopped applying after 1.5 months.

For me, I used daily in the evening for 4 months on my chest. I did not really feel a cooling or soothing effect, nor see a reduction in inflammation. This also did not help prevent new breakouts nor really improve the texture and breakouts already on the skin. I should add that I’m not sure if the breakouts on my chest are keratosis pilaris (this product has helped the KP on my legs particularly); my chest has looked like this for years now (KP is hard to improve and there is no cure), but the breakouts randomly look worse and better. The Murad body spray may not be as beneficial for KP as other products. In any case, I would not repurchase.