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Review: Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Let me start by saying how much I love this line! After receiving both the shampoo and conditioner in my June Birchbox, I simply fell in love. Most samples don’t blow me away or give me much to try, this month it was different.

Right now I’m using both products on days my hair has been exposed to the salt water from the beach or the chlorine from a pool. It really does a great job of restoring my hair’s moisture and its gentle enough for my color-treated hair. It’s definitely one of those products that after the first time you use it, especially the conditioner, you want more, immediately!



Sample sized savings

I love trying out new beauty products. It can often be hard to find new items without spending a fortune on regular sized products. The travel section of stores is often limited to when it comes to different brand. We have discovered some not-so secrets when it comes to trying out new products.

The first being Birchbox. This is a one of a kind service that actually sends you a customized box once a month for $10. This could be filled with anything ranging from food samples to skin care. You will be able to customize your Birchbox profile to exact what you want. We were using it regularly but took a break earlier this month.

Secondly there is Ipsy. Similar to Birchbox but each month you will receive your items in a makeup bag. Makeup is what Ipsy prides themselves on. We haven’t tried this yet but it’s on the back burner.

Any nail polish fans out there? Julep is a nail polish only site that will send out a box of colors each month. This sounds great, but how much nail polish do you really need?

Our last stop on the samples train is Sephora. Often the section right next to the checkout is where you will find a lot of their smaller sized products for less. I’ve tried out the best products in this section.

Birchbox and Sephora are my go too for trying new products. I think it’s great to try out new product lines because you never know what you may love.


Review: KMS California Hot Flex Spray

As you know I love reviewing products from my Birchbox. In my August box I received Hot Flex Spray by KMS California. I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. At first glance it looks like hairspray and as some of you know my hair is too short for that. Well after doing some inspecting on the back of the bottle I figured out what it is used for!

So that being said, Hot Flex Spray does two things. The first being it protects hair from heat and styling damage, so your hair dryers and flat irons. The second thing it does is act as a hair spray in the fact that it holds style. So for example, my hair is a “bob” cut, so each and every morning I work on making my hair “go under”. Well with this spray all I have to do is spray the sections and use my brush when blow drying my hair. The result is FANTASTIC.  In fact I seem to be blowing through this sample size and I will have to buy more very soon.


After I fell in love with this product I did some digging around and discovered a whole line of products from KMS that I NEED to try next. They make everything from color protecting, anti-frizz, shine products, and much more.

Each month in my Birchbox I am supplied with a card that tells me how much I can purchase the full-sized product for, well I’ll let you in on a little secret, Amazon has this product for only $12! I don’t work for Birchbox so I don’t feel compelled to purchase from them when it is cheaper elsewhere. I really hope you will try out this product and let me know what you think, I love it!


Review: Juice Beauty

So as some of you know I have recently started subscribing to Birchbox. For those of you still confused check out my video here. Everyone else keep reading! One of the items in my Birchbox during the month of July was this product by Juice Beauty called Stem Cellular Repair CC cream. Until lately I had only dabbled in BB creams. After hearing nothing but awesome reviews on the CC cream I decided to give it a shot.

What is a CC cream you ask? A CC cream is a color corrector. So this is something that will help even out your skin tone. These creams will focus on wrinkles and skin firming. While I may be only in my 30’s, using a CC cream might seem like a bit much but one your late 20’s hit, using something around the eyes is never a bad idea.

So here’s the skinny:

  • Repairs damage
  • Evens skin tone & texture
  • Firms & improves elasticity
  • Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
  • Creates a radiant, glowing complexion
  • Balances skin tone
  • 100% reported improved hydration
  • 87.5% reported reduction in fine lines and wrinkles around eye area
  • 87.5% reported improved skin tone and luminosity
  • 75% reported improved elasticity of the skin

There you have the “clinical” information but what did I think of it?


  • Smells great!
  • Light and did not leave my skin feeling heavy
  • Warm glow is the perfect color for a “light” skin tone year ’round
  • A little goes a long way


  • It’s thick and goes on extremely thick
  • Not enough moisture for me, I still had to use a moisturizer first


Overall I really liked using this, I’m just sad to see my small sample diminish before my eyes. I definitely like it better than Gardiner’s BB cream I wrote about earlier in the year. Am I sold on just this brand? Probably not, I think its best to shop around, especially if you’re looking to save some money.  Let us know what other types of CC and BB creams you’ve tried!


July’s {video} Birchbox Review

Today is a very exciting day for us here at Fashionista’s Travel. Not only have we produced our very first webisode but our first Birchbox has finally came!

What is Birchbox?

Birchbox is the leading discovery commerce platform. We are redefining the retail process by offering consumers a unique and personalized way to discover, learn about, and shop the best beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products on the market.

Here’s how it works:

Each month, you’ll receive a selection of samples that we’ve tried (and retried) ourselves. We source our samples from both well-known brands and emerging gems. The women’s subscription includes everything from skincare to makeup, as well as fun non-beauty extras. The men’s subscription delivers top-tier grooming products in addition to lifestyle accessories ranging from hip socks to tech accessories. Check out the ever-growing list of products in our Women’s Shop and Men’s Shop.

Do you think you understand now? Well take a look at today’s video which will go through each item in my July Birchbox! Stay tuned each month for a new video and ALSO a few reviews on a couple of my favorite products for the month.

In July’s box:

Coola Classic Face Cucumber Moisturizer Sunblock SPF 30

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream

Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

Birchbox Bobby Pins