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Youngblood Cosmetics Q/A Tomorrow!

Youngblood Cosmetics CEO

Youngblood Cosmetics CEO, Pauline Youngblood

Hey everyone! I wanted to let you all know that you should really check out the YB facebook page tomorrow, (7/13) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST because the CEO/Founder of the brand is going to be on facebook tomorrow for an hour answering questions and giving away prizes. Some of the prizes they have said will be given include: Mighty Shiny Lip Gel, Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad, Mineral Radiance! Don’t miss out on the possibility of free stuff and getting to know the CEO of a company with such great products!

 

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Wen Hair Products (Guest Post Jean P.)

WEN Q&A

Heya everyone!!! My fellow beauty junkie friend has done a q&a on WEN hair products for you. I’ve been wanting her to guest post for awhile and we finally were able to make it happen! I’m hoping there will be more posts by her to come… Passing it over to Jean!

By Jean Peplinski, Beauty Product Enthusiast

If you’ve seen the enchanting infomercials for the Wen Cleansing Conditioner, and like most, you’re an infomercial skeptic, you may have some questions. So, with many months of Wen experience under my hat, I’m here to help!

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WEN Cleansing Conditioner

Q: DOES IT REALLY WORK?

A: In a word, YES. It absolutely works. After decades of abusing my hair with drugstore dye, cheap styling tools, and too-frequent washing/drying, not even the most expensive salon shampoos could make it look good. After less than a week of using Wen, my hair was soft, bouncy, and even had a healthy shine. Two different professional hair stylists told me that my hair looks and feels quite healthy now, knowing that I still use cheap dye. I may not quite look like the super-shiny models in the commercial, but my hair definitely looks and feels better than ever before.

Q: HOW DO YOU USE IT?

A: Warning, warning: DO NOT use the huge amounts that they recommend in their commercials and literature. They seriously tell you to use at least 48 pumps for shoulder-length hair! All the bad reviews I read before purchasing all said that they couldn’t rinse it out and their hair looked greasy – well no wonder, if you use that much of it! For my medium-thick, just-past-shoulder-length hair, I use about 11 pumps of the smaller bottle or 5-6 pumps of the big 32-oz bottle (yes, I order the large economy size now).

Now that we have that out of the way, here’s what you do: Rinse your hair very well and get it soaking wet with warm (not hot) water. Pump a “normal” amount of Wen into your hands and massage it gently all through your hair. It won’t get sudsy, but that’s okay – massage like crazy, rub your scalp, get it on every strand – it feels good, and it works! Then, just like the infomercial, comb through with a wide-tooth comb and twist it up into a clip so it stays out of the shower stream while you scrub your body, shave your legs, etc. Then give it a good rinse.

While it’s still soaking wet from the rinse, add a little bit more to act as a leave-in conditioner. The instructions say to add waaaaay too much (again); I think they’re just trying to sell it out faster. Just one scant pump will do for almost any hair. I only use about half a pump of leave-in for my whole head, and am very happy with the results.

Q: WHERE DO I BUY IT?

A: This is VERY important: DO NOT ORDER DIRECTLY FROM WEN! While the company who makes the products does a top-notch job, the company who fulfills the orders has some pretty sketchy policies. You will be instantly required to sign up for an auto-delivery program that is not only near-impossible to get out of, but because they want you to use half the bottle for each shower, “refills” will ship way more often than you need them. And, one of my personal friends who loves the product refuses to use it now because of the rude, terrible service she got when calling them to fix an address snafu. Terrible customer service is an automatic do-not-buy for me from ANY company. So what’s a mop-headed girl to do?

Hop on the phone, TV, or computer and visit QVC. Their deals are pretty similar, they don’t require an auto-delivery contract (though it is available), and they stand behind their product. When my first order, a variety pack of different scents & formulas, came with one broken pump, they immediately refunded me the cost of that entire bottle. Wen is also available from several Amazon sellers, but based on my research, QVC had the best deals.

Q: WHICH FORMULA IS RIGHT FOR ME?

A: The infomercial claims that the basic Vanilla Mint formula is best for all hair types, but they make all different scents and formulas. Personally I loved the smell of the Vanilla Mint, but the Lavender works best on my color-treated, heat-damaged, naturally wavy hair. In fact, it’s the only product to ever make my natural waves look like soft gentle curls instead of frizzy kinks. I don’t adore the smell, but my hair looks so good that I’d still use it if it smelled like turpentine.

Which one is right for you? It may not be the one you think, so I suggest one of those variety packs of smaller bottles for your first order. They are always available from QVC, and you can split it with a friend or two who are equally intrigued by the Wen infomercials.

Q: WHAT ABOUT THE ADDITIONAL STYLING PRODUCTS?

A: Well, I can’t tell you EVERYTHING in one post. Let’s save a little something for next time!

PHOTO EVIDENCE!

I think Wen’s biggest strength is looking wavy in the humidity, so I think the best examples are of my 2011 Florida vacation, which was very wet and rainy. I used Wen almost daily for the first half of the trip, then lost my bottle and went without for the second half. ALL vacation photos are after having spent the day in extreme humidity and pouring rain. I’m also including one “styled” photo – blown straight, then curled with a large barrel iron.

Before-Wen-Hair-Products

The Before

Wen post-rain

("Wen post-rain") was after getting caught in a humongous downpour for over an hour, then walking home in the post-storm humidity, and changing into a dry shirt and going back out for more drinking 🙂

Wen extreme humidity

("Wen extreme humidity") is again air-dried in Key West, while walking around all morning while the humidity was approximately 250%.

Wen blown straight

("Wen blown straight") is actually here in Michigan, blown dry and then styled with an $8 large-barreled Revlon curling iron.

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