Category: hair

Review of OLAPLEX – and a promo code to try it for free!

Sure, my hair is naturally black (I’m half Filipina), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamed of lighter locks. Back in the day, if you want to lift your hair color several shades, it used to take multiple appointments at a salon depending on how many levels lighter you wanted to go. What if now, you could lighten it dramatically in just ONE visit, with less damage to your hair than ever before? Now you can, thanks to a highly buzzed about product line, Olaplex.

My natural color – BEFORE

This legendary treatment promises to rebuild broken hair bonds. Just looking at the before and after photos on the Olaplex website is convincing. The fact that it protects your hair from the dangers of chemical processing makes this product a game-changer! It dramatically reduces breakage and makes color last longer.

I first heard about it a year ago when my hairstylist cousin, Anjo, insisted that if I go lighter, I HAD to use Olaplex. He said I would need it, because it would be harder to lift my color since I had been using boxed black dye to cover my grays. He even grabbed my iphone, created a new note, and wrote OLAPLEX in all caps so I wouldn’t forget. Since then, I’ve been dying to try it – and when PUREBEAUTY (Aruj Salon & Spa) at the  Dadeland Mall in Miami offered me a complimentary hair treatment in exchange for a review, I jumped at the chance.

The Olaplex system claims to permanently rebuild disulfide hair bonds, which give our hair elasticity and strength. The hair products are so unique, the company has secured 8 patents!

Christina at the salon took great care of me, and explained how the system worked. She also listened to my desires – I showed her a picture of the color that I hoped to achieve, and she said she could do it!

Olaplex No. 3 Hair PerfectorI’ve been using it once a week since then, and I’ve felt that my hair was not frizzy and flyaway like it used to be when I would get it lightened without Olaplex. So that’s already one benefit!

Does Olaplex live up to the hype? I really think so – when I saw my “after” hair, I was impressed with the color. But even more, I was impressed with how my hair felt stronger and smoother, even the weeks after when I would wash it and style it at home.

Have you ever heard of Olaplex, and are you curious to try it? Use my promo code: ANGELAHAIR to receive a FREE Olaplaex treatment with your color service at the PUREBEAUTY Salon & Spa in Miami!

Many thanks to PUREBEAUTY for providing this experience to me, and especially to Christina for making me feel beautiful!

Opinions are always my own. I was provided this complimentary experience for review, but just because it was free doesn’t mean I will lie to you about what I think – y’all know I KEEP IT REAL.  

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Living Proof Dry Shampoo ★ Perfect hair Day (PhD) ★ REVIEW/DEMO video

Get Ready With Me “CruzTube” video

Click HERE to watch my latest CruzTube video, “Get Ready With Me!”

This is the look I have in my profile photo! It was my job’s fundraising gala, a black tie event, so I went all-out with hair and makeup.

My husband, Nathan, and me at the gala

Here are the products I used in the video:

Urban Decay DeSlick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
Smashbox Hybrid 2-in-1 Luminizing Primer 
Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Oil-Free Makeup in Natural Tan and Fresh Beige
Becca The One Perfecting Brush
Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation in Bronze 607
MAC Contouring Brush
ELF HD Lifting Concealer in Light
Bare Escentuals Max Coverage Concealer Brush
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Mary Kay Eye Primer
Mary Kay Loose Powder in Ivory 2
Kabuki Brush
Benefit “Gimme Brow” in Medium/Dark
Coastal Scents 88 Color Original Eyeshadow Palette
ELF Eyeshadow Brush
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
ELF Essentials Eye Crease Brush
Fluffy blending brush
ELF Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Blackout
ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Antigua
ELF Studio Stipple Brush, one regular and one pink
Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Shadow in Champagne
Mary Kay Mineral Shimmer Powder in Canary Diamond
Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Mascara in Very Black
ELF Small Angled Brush
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Coquette
ELF Pout Perfector in Glow
Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus
Suave Keratin Infusion Smooth and Shine Serum
Velecta Paramount Professional Super Lightweight Hair Dryer
2 Round brushes
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon
Fluffy shadow brush
MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom
Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch curling iron
Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Harder hairspray
Sally’s Beauty Supply clip-in extensions
Teaze brush
Ambiance Volumizing Dry Shampoo in Black
Salon Perfect Self-Adhesive lashes

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