Aveda

New Hair, I do Care!

Saturday I had my first experience getting my hair done at the Aveda school. It’s located in North East Minneapolis, right behind St. Anthony Main. And they have not one, but TWO parking lots!

I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. Back when I lived in New York, the woman I worked for used to get her hair done at Aveda school, it was super cheap, but took forever.

It’s also been forever since my last hair cut in September:

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So 9 am there I was at the Aveda school. Here is how it all works:

You call a number and make an appointment.

On the day when you are supposed to go you show up there wait in line.

You will also sign a waiver saying you realize that your hair is going to be treated by students. 

If you’ve signed up for any sort of color services, they do a skin test behind your ear.

Then you simply sit there and wait for your name to be called.

I loved my long hair though, and definitely didn’t want to lose more than 1 inch! I was also getting highlights. Sam has been asking me to go blond for a long time now. And I finally gave in.

So when I came home looking like this:

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… he said I wasn’t his wife :)

So what are the pros and cons of getting your hair done by a student?

Pros:

1. The price: It’s cheap, I only paid $46 for the cut, a blowout and partial foils.

2. They are very attentive. I loved the lady who did my hair, she was an older woman from Vietnam, and told me stories from when she just moved to the States in the 80′s. Plus I got a back rub and a hand massage!

Cons:

1. It takes forever, there is some paperwork they need to fill out, and show the teachers. I was in the chair for 4 hours, during which about an hour was just sitting around, and my husband kept wondering why it was taking so long!

2. You never know who you are going to get. There are a lot of students, and it’s a cat in the bag for them and for you.

3. They are kind of pushy when it comes to Aveda products. I’ve used Aveda before and it’s really not all that natural as they make it sound. Just make sure to say no, when you need to!

In the end, I was happy with my cut and color. One of the teachers came and fixed my hair, because apparently it was longer on one side, but overall I had a pretty enjoyable experience and will definitely consider going back there!

Hope you all had a great weekend! It sure snowed here a lot!

Zhenya

Days off are for…

I was more than excited to get Wednesday off. I honestly love getting a random day off in the middle of the week from my retail job, no seriously I do. I would rather work over the weekend or something, than 5 days in a row. Call me crazy, whatever.

Plus when one of my best girlfriends is in town only during the week, a day off is a must :) So today wasn’t about laundry or chores or dishes (I did do the latter and ran my usual 2.5 miles), instead it was about a trip to one of the Calhoun beaches, Jamba Juice and doing nails!

View of downtown Minneapolis from Lake Calhoun, look how tiny the buildings are!

Kara and me in front of my building, we haven’t taken a picture together in forever, so today was a day to fix that:

I am also rocking my Ralph Lauren shirt, I got it last week at Opitz, if any of you remember! It’s amazing, my new favorite piece of clothing to wear these days!

And finally we went to the Russian store in Eagan (my Birthday is coming up, so I wanted my cake to be from there and only there) and MoA. I got some Birthday gift certificates from Aveda, and was anxious to use them. Look at my two awesome presents – a massage oil and perfume. I got to pick the scents too! It was super fun!

I hope you love your days off as much as I do and spend them if not with a purpose, but with a good friend :)

xo,

Z

Shampoo of the Month: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine

There is a story behind this shampoo. I won it in an on-line magazine giveaway. Right around Christmas. I honestly would’ve never bought it for myself. I’ve been kind of an organic shampoo freak for the past few years. But I didn’t want the product to go to waste, so I started using it. And I loved it! I’ve only been using it for a few weeks now, but it works better than some of the organic ones that I’ve tried. Here is what the packaging looks like:

And the back

I do have frizzy hair, and it is dry on the ends, so this shampoo/conditioner combo works well for my fine hair. It adds shine to it. Doesn’t make it look greasy. The only thing is – Why do all Fructis products smell the same? – I mean I can get over it, it’s their signature smell and all, but still…

So here is what my hair looks like today, after morning shower, and then running around all day :

I usually put some Organix morocan argan oil in my hair as well, and all of these products seem to be working super well together! I still use my Aveda treatment, the gloss by Fekkai, and whatever is left over from that 3 minute miracle by Aussie.

I also want to encourage you to participate in giveaways and sign up for samples, because it’s good to try out new things!

What hair care products are you currently using?

Cheers,

Z

PS. Oh and I hate the little dark green tops, the one on the conditioner is hard to open, and it always gets stuck under my nail :( OUCH

My Strong Light Hold – Aveda Hairspray!

Today’s post is going to be a review on my new favorite hairspray. To be honest I was skeptical at first when i bought it. Plus it cost $16 which for hairspray is kind of a lot of money. I’m sure most of you have already realized that I’m talking about my Aveda hairspray with witch hazel.

It’s a light hold hairspray with a slight scent of witch hazel, which doesn’t bug me at all, as opposed to regular Witch Hazel that I bought from CVS and use as a toner every once in a while. Aveda also sells medium and stronghold versions of hairspray, but the way the light hold spray holds my hair in place is so amazing I can’t imagine what the other two can do! I use it mostly for work when I need to take care of my bangs as they tend to get into my eyes, trust me, even the bobby pin can’t cope with the task. And who likes hair in their face? Another pleasant surprise was the fact that this hairspray was able to hold a messy bun in place for the entire day, a hair tie and hair spray, no bobby pins required.  I was never able to achieve the exact same result was drugstore hairsprays.

This spray is also liquid. Which makes it different from everything that I’ve used before. But the directions on it are completely the same – you basically hold it away from your face about 10 to 12 inches and spray! How easy is that? I’ve had it for about a month and a half now, and I’ve been using it almost every day.

And it looks like it will last me for a good few months as opposed to other hair sprays that only last me about two months, and I didn’t use those every day. I honestly wish that this product was a little cheaper, not everyone is willing to pay $16 for a hairspray. But if it’s going to last me a long time then I’m willing to do it again and again. I’m convinced I found my perfect hairspray!

I hope this review was helpful and I would love to hear about your favorite hairspray products, so please leave me comments below on which ones you like and which ones you hate. Have a good Saturday everybody!

Cheers,

Z

Latest Additions to my Beauty Collection

I’ve been shopping a little lately, well not really a little, the new bag, then the Old Navy Haul, now Beauty purchases, I am on a kind of roll and I keep telling myself that I gotta stop. But before I do, let me share some of my latest purchases with you!

If you follow me on Twitter on Instagram, you might have already seen these pictures, but I realize that not everyone is as obsessed/dependent on their phone as me, so here they are again:

As you can see, I got some Revlon and Maybelline (sorry, Clinique, but it’s taking too long to get my gratis :/)

Anyways I needed some powder, and even tough I said that I am never ever again buying pressed powder, I went against all odds and got a pressed Revlon Photo Ready powder in Light/Medium.

I also got a Revlon Photo Ready Pore Perfecting Primer, I had some of my Russian subscribers ask me if it was foundation. I know that the filter on the picture makes the primer look darker, it’s actually pretty pink :) Now I am not going to lie, I am a huge fan of Clinique’s Instant Pore Perfector in Light – that stuff is magic and makes your skin super smooth. And even though Revlon’s isn’t as good as that, it’s really not supposed to be – first of all it’s a primer for a foundation, when Clinique’s product is just a treatment that’s supposed to minimize the look of your pores. It’s really hard to compare to be honest with you, but I can tell you one thing – Revlon’s product is a lot larger, so it’s a better value for the money. Again, sorry, Clinique!

Plus I got those two products at CVS and it was buy one, get one half off, and I had the coupons, and I got another $5 Extra Bucks out of it, so I firmly believe that I should become the official Beauty blogger for CVS pharmacy, so someone nominate me :)

Then I got the Maybelline Color Tattoo’s in 50 “Edgy Emerald” and 25 “Bad to the Bronze” – haven’t tried them yet, but the reviews are too good to pass out on this product, I had coupons for those little jars of popping color as well!

Today I went to Aveda. See, I am trying to switch all of my haircare and body care products over to Aveda. The process is going to take a long long time, because I have a whole bunch of products at the moment, but I’ll get there :) Today I started with hairspray:

I got the witch hazel hair spray to control my fly-aways, plus witch hazel is simply awesome. I also signed up for Aveda membership/points/rewards program, so I am pretty psyched about that :) Plus check out all of my free samples! Gotta love Aveda for that!

If you have tried any of those products, please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your opinion! And I am going to do a more thorough review on some of the products that I mentioned here!

Hope you all had an awesome day,

Cheers,

Z

Мне кажется уже давно не секрет, что я люблю шопиться, и что последнее время, я делаю это ну уж через чур регулярно. Недавно я показывала вам свои покупки из магазина Old Navy, сегодня я поделюсь с вами моими последними бьюти покупками. На самом деле скоро всем этим покупкам подойдет конец (это я так себя успокаиваю)! Но прежде чем конец настанет, я все же поделюсь ими с вами!

Если вы следите за моими твитами (@BeingZhenya) или постами в Instagram (ник такой же как в Твиттере), то вы скорее всего уже видели эти фотографии, но я понимаю, что не все так сильно зависят/сходят с ума от своих телефонов как я, поэтому я вставлю эти кадры еще раз.

Итак, как вы поняли по первой фотографии я прикупила себе пару вещей из Ревлон и пару из Мэйбеллин (прости, Клиник, но что-то мой гратис уж больно долго не идет :/)

Мне нужна была пудра, и хоть я и зареклась никогда больше не покупать прессованную пудру, я в который раз пошла себе на перекосяк и купила ФотоРеди от Ревлон в цвете light/medium.

Я также приобрела себе основу под тональник, которая способствует визуальному уменьшению размера пор! Некоторые мои русские читатели спрашивали тональник ли это – нет, не тональник. На фотографии средство кажется темнее, чем оно есть на самом деле – в жизни оно перламутрово-розовое. Я честно вам скажу – я большой фанат средства для пор от Клиник, которое называется Instant Pore Perfector в цвете Light – это какое-то волшебное средство, после него кожа настолько шелковистая и гладкая, что ее хочется трогать постоянно! И, хотя средство от Ревлон не дает такого эффекта, оно в принципе для этого и не предназначено! То, что купила я – это база под тональную основу, а Perfector от Клиник – средство, которое зрительно уменьшает размер ваших пор и которое вы наносите поверх или даже вместо тонального крема. Сравнивать эти два средства не имеет смысла, но я скажу вам одно – в Ревлон больше продукта, и цена ниже, поэтому вам решать, что вам нужнее. И опять же, Клиник, прости!

Плюс ко всему я купила эти два продукта в магазине CVS, на Ревлон была акция – купи один продукт, получи второй продукт со скидкой 50% , ну и конечно у меня были купоны. А в конце мне дали еще один купон на  $5, так что я на 100% уверена, что мне нужно становиться официальным блоггером для магазина CVS, поэтому номинируйте меня на эту должность кто-нибудь, ладно?

Я также приобрела Maybelline Color Tattoo в цвете 50 “Edgy Emerald” и 25 “Bad to the Bronze”- пока не успела их опробовать, но пока что все ревью на эти продукты положительные, и на эти баночки ярких красок у меня тоже были купоны!

Сегодня я заезжала в магазин Aveda. Я пытаюсь полностью перейти на уходовую продукцию этой фирмы. Конечно это процесс у меня займет уйму времени, так как у меня дома склад всяких продуктов и пробников, но я знаю, что у меня получится это сделать! Начало этому переходу положил лак для волос.

Я купила лак с гаммамелисом, который помогает контролировать маленькие волоски, которые постоянно выбиваются из прически. К тому же я фанат гаммамелиса! Я также завела себе накопительную/бонусную карту Aveda –  чему я очень рада! Также меня снабдили пробниками! В общем моей любви к Aveda нет предела!

Если вы пробовали какие-то из вышеупомянутых продуктов, оставьте пожалуйста комментарий с вашим отзывом, мне очень интересно ваше мнение! Также я сделаю более подробный обзор на некоторые из данных продуктов.

Всем отличного дня!

Z

 

Salt and all his frenemies

I know that a lot of us want thicker fuller hair, is it possible? I don’t know, but it’s worth a try. I’ve been an Aveda client since I moved to Minneapolis and I don’t regret it one bit! (Let me know if you need a good hairstylist and I will give you Brooke’s phone number – she’ll cut your hair for $15 if you tell her you’ve been referred by me). Anyways this is by no means a promotion for Aveda or anything. This is going to be a post about one of those home made natural beauty recipes that can cause controversy and all. We are going to talk about salt scrubs and shampoos today.

A while back during my wonderings around Macy’s (that’s before I got hired), I stumbled into LUSH – and was given a sample of their “BIG” salt scrub/shampoo:

After I’ve used up what was in the tiny black jar (which lasted me 3 times FYI), I didn’t really see BIG results, but my hair definitely looked shinier! After talking to other beauty junkies though, I discovered that constant usage of this shampoo dries out your hair and scalp, so it’s best to use it a couple times a month. Now for a price of $24.95, plus whatever tax may bring, I wasn’t ready to dry out my hair just yet ;) So I looked into scalp salt scrubs and discovered the following:

Salt scalp scrubs, I am going to call them SSS, can be beneficial, but can also be dangerous. They are not recommended for people who have scars or cuts on their scalp, or who have over sensitive scalp as well. When used, make sure you are using fine salt, and not the coarse kind (all that pink salt from Trader’s or what can sometimes be found at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s will probably be too coarse). It’s also important not to go over board with essential oils, just use a couple drops of one of the oils I am going to mention below. And finally – be gentle to your scalp, don’t scrub it too much, you don’t want to damage it, or your looks!

So the recipe for the home made salt scrub is:

2 tbsp fine salt

2-3 drops essential oil (lavender, rosemary, peppermint, basically anything that helps hair growth)

about 1 tbsp water – make sure that salt doesn’t dissolve, act fast and prepare the scrub just as you are about to take the shower, trust me, it only takes 2 minutes.

I apply this scrub to wet scalp and wet hair, when I am already in the shower, gently massage it and rinse it off. Then I use my regular shampoo and conditioner.

I hope some of you have the guts to try this out, just like I had. And I do recommend that you do this as a 10 sessions treatment, because this SSS can also lead to drying out your scalp. I have just completed treatment #3, and so far so good! Remember you can always stop if something is not going right or you are not happy with the results!

And finally a product I am extremely excited to try – Aveda’s new series – Invati:

I was lucky to have been given a sample during my last visit to Sanctuary, which was in the beginning of the month, but I haven’t had time to try it. I really wanted to use up that EO shampoo that I had. Last night I was browsing some coupon sites though, and saw a print out for this same product. And without any hesitation – printed it out. I mean if I am going to review that shampoo and conditioner in the future I might as well get more of the product, so that my review is more legit. So the samples that I now have will probably last me about 4-5 washes, which is a good two weeks time, since I don’t wash my hair every day. And the review will definitely will be on this blog. But I do want to encourage you to go get your own sample, it’s free and all you need to do is ask :) And yes I do realize that I live in the Aveda capital of the world, but I am sure there is one somewhere near you, if only you look hard enough!

I would also love for you to comment and tell me what do you think about the SSS and whether you think Aveda shampoos and conditioners are legit at all! Thanks lovelies,

Cheers,

Z

Marc Jacobs, Aveda and an Awesome Saturday overall!

News #1: It’s finally spring weather in Minneapolis, it was a beautiful day, 65 degrees, yeah, I couldn’t ask for more!

News #2: I splurged and got that Marc Jacobs watch! Here is my new baby:

News #3: I got Brooked! Again! And you can get too! Plus if you tell her that you were referred by me, your $25 haircut will turn into $15! How awesome is that!

Here is Brooke’s info you guys! She is absolutely wonderful!

Hope your Saturday was as good as mine!

Doodles,

Z

 

I got Brooked at Sanctuary!

The hair dilemma is solved! I did it, and I did it Aveda way! The Sanctuary Salon and Spa is the place where I went to. I had my appointment with Brooke, and she was absolutely wonderful. The second I entered I knew I smelled something wonderful – a blend of mint and rosemary, then my coat was taken by a very friendly receptionist, who later offered me some peppermint tea. My hairstylist was a young stylish girl, dressed in all black. I first got a scalp massage, and that was the 2nd time I’ve ever gotten a head massage, needless to say, it was wonderful! Then she washed my hair – and they have heated sinks there! How awesome is that? From the small amount of Aveda products that I’ve tried, they are wonderful and smell great! The haircut was fun and effortless. It only took Brooke about 25 minutes to cut and blow out my hair and do some more cutting once the hair was dry. She demonstrated and explained every product she used, what it was for, and it’s benefits. She never tried selling any of those products to me, which was great, I hate it when you are getting talked into buying something, because that pushes me away from the person/business. But enough of my blabbering, let the pictures speak for themselves!

Day 1

Day 1

 Day 2

And for everyone who is looking for a good hairstylist in the Twin Cities, I highly recommend taking advantage of Aveda’s New Talent program and get your hair cut by Brooke!

xoxo,

Z

I don’t do it in the Jungle, but someday I might

It’s always big when someone gets to be on a reality TV show, especially if that someone is an entire salon. Jungle Red may only look like a garage on the outside, but trust me there is more inside, plus the inside is also organic.

The local downtown salon got on Tabatha Takes Over, because the owner needed help, she was $45,000 in debt and actually living in the place! Those of you who watched the show last night could’ve gotten a sneak peak on her bras and the disgusting shower (I had a better one growing up in Russia! Just saying ;) ) The staff was a hoot, the make up artist was doing vodka shots like no tomorrow, at that point I started wondering how Russian she might be on the scale of 1 – drunk. Plus the dust, the hair, the oh so ranch looking tub for pedicures. No wonder I read horrible reviews on that place!

But here comes Tabatha with her adorable British accent, cursing left and right. In spite of all that, she plays the Fairy Good Mother for Kari, the salon manager and presents her with a yoga instructor job and people who can train her!

The show ends well, I am sure the salon is getting more and more business, to be honest I am still not sure whether it’s worth going to or not, I guess Aveda’s domination and reputation speaks for itself and if I can get an appointment to get my hair cut this week, I will go there.

Now about the party, no good came out of it, but this picture of Sam and I, I mean we are one good looking couple!

The viewing party held at Seven started at 7pm (feel the irony?), we got there around 7.30, 8pm was when the fashion show was supposed to start, and to be honest that was the part I was extremely excited about. But once the models started coming, I realized that this was going to be one hell of a show in a bad way, at some point I thought one of the models was going to fall, she was wobbling on her heels. All models were dressed in black leggings and tanktops. Some were wearing coats, some were just carrying purses or clutches, some were too big for models, some were okay, I guess. I think this was the part that my husband hated the most, but I guess he was expecting more from a fashion show, just like I was. All the clothes were presented by Pink Champagne, a boutique somewhere in the Twin Cities that I never heard of, the owner, who came out at the end of the show was wearing a furry head band and looked like she got lost on her way to Aspen. The video of the final walk-through is below for your judgement:

All in all, Jungle Red was a great fit for Bravo’s reality TV. One part of me wishes there was more drama, but it is what it is. I also wish Tabatha would’ve made it, but alas, she only Skyped, and I guess that reduced the effect she would’ve had on the crowd if she’s been here in person.

xoxo,

Z

 

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