BF On The Case, Part 3: #SecretToGoodness – The coif caper is revealed…

I’m not an easy one to surprise…but I DO love me a good mystery!
So, when I was sent a mystery package a few weeks ago containing mystery hair products I was asked to try, I was both excited…and a little nervous, naturally.

But after trying the golden-bottled products for a week (and then deciding to keep using them even after the #SecretToGoodness challenge was over), I was pleasantly surprised and delighted at how GORGEOUS my hair looked!
It was fuller, more voluminous and shi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ny. And it didn’t feel heavy at all – but, rather, as light as a feather.

So when they sent those same products – but this time, thankfully, with the labels on them – I was excited to see who this coif caper was!

Well, I am happy to announce that the products sent by the coif caper doesn’t cost too pretty a penny. Here’s how it went:

My mom documented me opening the box…

The mystery is about to be solved! Opening the #SecretToGoodness Box...

And finding the box inside…

What in the world is this hair gold? #SecretToGoodness

And opening the box…

Here we go, here we go, here we go! #SecretToGoodness

And realizing that the products were Suave Natural Infusion Seaweed All Day Body Shampoo and Conditioner and Leave-In Foam!!

I was totally surprised! I love this stuff! #SecretToGoodness

Well, noooooow, this makes sense! The key ingredients in these pocketbook-friendly, pretty products are seaweed and lotus blossom! Ahhhh, now I see how it works! And,  so many of you will looooove this – this line of products contain no parabens or dyes. And best yet? It can be bought at your favorite drugstore for not too pretty a penny but for pretty, pretty hair.

So you can have beautiful hair without breaking the bank.

I went through the process of solving this mystery so you don’t have to. After all, with all of us beauty bloggers around to share our experiences, hair products should never be a mystery!

*This is a sponsored post. Products provided to BeautyFrosting by Lunchbox Media.










BF On The Case -#SecretToGoodness: Part 1, The Mystery Begins…

I’ve always loved a good mystery. I blame my mystery-loving Mom and Perry Mason.
So when I received this mystery box in the mail, I was excited to be on the case.

It's a BF Mystery... #SecretToGoodness

So why is this a mystery? A box filled with hair goodies to (hopefully) make my locks more lovely? What’s mysterious about that?

Well, my sleuthing compatriots, the mystery is that I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT PRODUCTS I’M TRYING!!! And for a beauty blogger, that can be a bit on the scary side.

But I’m excited. I have my Sherlock hat on, my magnifying glass out, a mirror and an open mind.

Let’s start with the facts, shall we?

Fact 1: I have a hashtag to use while on the case: #SecretToGoodness.

Fact 2: These unmarked golden bottles came in a cute box and are ready to party with my hair.

Fact 3. Um… Oh wait. Those are the only facts I have.

Anyway, I will be bringing you updates as to how the case is going, how my hair responds to the products and when I finally crack it (as in when the products are revealed to me).

So join me on the case, won’t you?



BF Asks: Who’s your favorite mystery character? 

*This is a sponsored post. Products provided to BeautyFrosting by Lunchbox Media.

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Sensai by Kanebo Intensive Hair Mask

If it were up to me, we would all have a spa day for ourselves once a week. Just a reminder that we need to take time to pamper and nurture ourselves as much as possible. While we can’t all afford to hit an actual spa once a week, there is a world of tantalizing treatments out there that can enable us to do just that.

That’s why In-My-Tub-Tuesday is proud to feature one of my favorite hair masks – Sensai by Kanebo Intensive Hair Mask ($57).

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Sensai by Kanebo Intensive Hair Mask ($57)


This nourishing mask features ten ancient oriental herbal extracts to repair hair – leaving it smooth, shiny and sexy. And while many masks weigh hair down with their conditioning agents, this one does the contrar – shine for miles and volume to spare!
Ideal for severely damaged hair, it can be used once or twice weekly following a shampooing.


Rocking my newly hydrated and pampered 'do at Santa Anita Racetrack - thanks to Sensai by Kanebo Intensive Hair Mask

Another beautiful bonus? The fact that it will make you smell super sultry with its fresh, floral scent!

In just one self-hosted spa day a week, you’ll feel utterly pampered with this miraculous mask!



BF Asks: How do you pamper yourself? 

Beauty Beat on The Moll Anderson Show on SiriusXM 8/3/13: Shining Shampoos I’m Loving Now

Every week, I stop by the “Moll house” on The Moll Anderson Show on SiriusXM to bring Moll my Beauty Beat. Besides bringing my southern hospitality a few weeks ago, I also brought a slew of shampoos that I couldn’t wait to tell Moll about!

Here’s the link so you can take a listen:

Beauty Beat on The Moll Anderson Show 8/3/13: Shining Shampoos I’m Loving Now


Beauty Beat 8/3/13: Shampoos I'm Loving Now...

Products Featured?

Kerastase Cristalliste – especially for long hair; leaves your hair shiny, luminous and full.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Anti-Oil Astringent Shampoo - ideal for deep cleaning but without stripping

Trésemmé Keratin Smooth - makes hair less frizzy and more fabulous!

Billy Jealousy Fuzzy Logic Hair Strengthening Shampoo ($22) – ideal for women – and the men they love

Be sure to catch my Beauty Beat on The Moll Anderson Show every Saturday at 2pm PST/5 pm EST on SiriusXM Channel 246!


BF Asks: What shampoo is leaving your hair super shiny right now? 

Friday Find: Kérastase Cristalliste

Long hair is lovely and I am definitely a long-haired lady for life. But when it comes to caring for long hair, I’m often a little overwhelmed by the amount of choices out there and underwhelmed with the results once I try them. Until now.

Kérastase Cristalliste for Long Hair

Kérastase Cristalliste is a line specifically designed to care for long hair. It promises to leave your hair shiny, luminous, smooth and radiant with a natural, lightweight feel. The unique Liquid Light Complex features an Anti-Oil Solubilization System – a dual system designed to trap and dissolve impurities, Anti-Dry Magnet-Like Polymers which are eco-friendly agents attracted to dry and sensitized zones, restoring evenness to the fiber’s cuticles protecting the hydro-lipidic layer and polishing the lengths (that’s a mouthful!) and an Aloe Vera Illuminator – a powerful natural moisturizer concentrated in essential amino acids and vitamins to enhance hair’s natural glow and shimmer. This all sounded great and Kérastase always delivers but, after a string of let-downs with my locks, I just wasn’t so sure that the results would live up to the pretty, pretty promises!

Well, after last Tuesday, consider me the newest long-haired devotee of Kérastase Cristalliste! And how could I not be?! I experienced the full Cristalliste line at Warren Tricomi in West Hollywood – with the lovely Whitney – and watched as my frizzy, dull hair was transformed into a head of shiny, luminous locks!

Experiencing Kérastase Cristalliste at Warren Tricomin in West Hollywood


Before Kérastase Cristalliste at Warren Tricomi and AFTER!!!


And, honeys, I’m in dire need of a haircut – as I’ve been growing out my locks and it’s been almost a year since I’ve had a trim – so if it can make mine look this good, imagine what it can do with your sexy strands?

The best part? My roots were as light as a feather and my hair had ooh-la-la-oomph when it came to volume. The blowout lasted three days with these fierce, fresh, featherweight products. And don’t even get me started on the sensuous scent!

Shine on, sister!!! You'll do just that with Kérastase Cristalliste

As I caught my plane the next day from LAX to DFW, I swear more heads turned as they caught a glimpse of my shiny head of hair. This single lady thanks you for that, Kérastase. And thank you, too, for keeping us long-haired lovelies in mind with this new line. The results are as beautiful as the promises!



BF Asks: Are you a long-haired lovely? 

Main Event Monday: Jenny Packham, Laura Mercier & TRÉSemmé at Chateau Marmont

Every now and then, being a blogger allows me to attend some pretty fun and exclusive, insider events. And I always enjoy them – not like the sophisticate I wish I could be – but with the wide-eyed exuberance and delight of the 13-year-old that I really am inside! One of my favorite events recently was my visit with Jenny Packham at Chateau Marmont hosted by TRÉSemmé and Laura Mercier.

The gorgeousness that is Jenny Packham, Laura Mercier and TRÉSemmé


Not only did I get to have an in-person & up-close showing of Jenny Packham’s glamorous Spring/Summer 2013 Collection but I also got a sneak preview into Jenny’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection! Combine that with macarons and summer beverages…


getting runway-ready tips from the talented TRÉSemmé hairstylists & Laura Mercier makeup artists…and finding out that Jenny Packham is utterly delightful and you can color it a perfect day for yours truly!

The sweet, delightful and talented Jenny Packham & me! As my favorite designer, this was one off the Bucket List!


Jenny’s Spring Summer 2013 collection was heartily influenced by raucous Las Vegas in the 1960s and the lovely ladies who held their own with the legendary Rat Pack. These Hollywood darlings – who were known as The Rat Pack Mascots – didn’t chase the guys in the pack, they ran with it. Women like Lauren Bacall, Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson were regarded as equals by this bawdy boys club as they possessed an ravishing recipe of beauty, scrappiness, intelligence and independence.

The RatPack Mascots & Inspirations for Jenny Packham's Spring/Summer 2013 Collection: Angie Dickinson, Lauren Bacall and Shirley Maclaine

This spunky, bold femininity they exuded is exactly what inspired Jenny’s vision for her Spring Summer 2013 collection. Ethereal silk chiffons in pale waterfall blues, soft eucalyptus greens, bold sunset oranges, full mimosa yellows, delicate lilacs and coqeuttish corals radiated on the runway!


The TRÉSemmé team created effortlessly beautiful updos. Chic chignons and low ponytails with a little edge in the front. Jeanie Syfu said, ” To get the look, we started blow drying the hair with TRÉSemmé Climate Control Mousse which gives the hair lots of texture, works on all hair textures, protects the hair and – best of all – works on all textures!  So we blow dried the back with a Mason Pearson brush….. side part, teased it just so that there was some texture and grip, over directed the front forward and then began twisting right over the eye.  That’s how you kind of get this dramatic sweep throughout the front, which Jenny loved! It was kind of the focal point of the hairstyle. And then we just began twisting all the way around the nape and then pulled everything into a low ponytail. We just made sure the ends were really polished and even though it has a lot of texture happening here, which I think makes it look very modern and fresh!”


As for the makeup, I was OBSESSED with the retro-yet-modern-and-sophisticated blue lid. So I had to ask Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier what it was, of course! And here’s her answer: “ Ok, are you sitting down comfortably? It’s a black turquoise pencil and we set the pencil with Laura Mercier Wet/Dry Baked Eye Colour in Lagoon. It kind of has this sparkly look and if you look at it in the sunlight, it looks like jewelry. And then we used Faux Lash Mascara which is mascara that’s really voluminzing and we layered it on.  We let it dry and layered it on again.  Combed it through and then layered it on again. There was a lot of layering!”


Laura Mercier Lagoon-hued eyes - like jewels!

One of the many things I love about Jenny Packham is that her collections are inspired by real, living women who are- or have been – influential to other women. For her Autumn/Winter collection, Jenny was inspired by the great intellectual salons of 17th-century Paris where noble and cultured women gathered to discuss the arts, the philosophy of Voltaire and DesCartes and to produce and shape the literature of their time.

Away from the protocols of court, these creative and enlightened women played out a social game where they alone set the rules. The Salonnières were admired and respected for their sharp wit and good taste and splendor and sophistication of their rooms reflected the passion and energy of the women that filled them. The rich tones and hues of these salons – and the women who made them come to life – are evident in the midnight blues, scarlet reds, sultry cinnamon and lustrous opals in Jenny’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. In each piece, the spirit of freedom that imbued these women is alive and as empowering as ever.


With the clothes powerful, Jeanie Syfu and the TRÉSemmé team kept the hair delicate, demure and pretty. Using the TRÉSemmé 24-Hour Blow Dry Lotion and subtle accents like a pale blue velvet ribbon tied around a low, loose ponytail, the legacy – and integrity – of these forward-thinking women was kept in tact.

For makeup, Talia Shobrook and the Laura Mercier team kept it beautiful but bare by using products like Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Baby Lips.

They started with Laura Mercier Multi-Vitamin serum to plump the skin, the Laura Mercier Makeup Primer – Mineral to prime the skin and then a clean, natural lip and eye. Effective enough for runway but wearable enough for red carpet and every day!

While meeting Jenny was one of the highlights of my life as a wannabe-fashionists, getting to take home a bevy of beautiful products from Laura Mercier and TRÉSemmé were like the candy on top to me!

Sweet treats from Jenny Packham, Laura Mercier and TRÉSemmé

I can’t wait to experience these pretty, pretty products and share them with you guys!

Thanks for a beautiful – and memorable – day, Jenny Packham, Laura Mercier and TRÉSemmé!

Jenny Packham & models



BF Asks: What are your favorite products from TRÉSemmé and Laura Mercier? Which of these Jenny Packham runway looks are you excited to try?


In-My-Tub-Tuesday: TRÉSemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner – A Love Story

I am a big believer in keratin! Why? Because my hair is naturally curly (like Julia Roberts in Sleeping With The Enemy-curly) and my whole life I prayed for it not to be.

My hair is naturally a frizzier version of Julia Roberts' mane in Sleeping With The Enemy


Basically, my hair and I have been in a very fickle relationship for most of my life. An on-again/off-again love-hate affair. I admit it’s mostly my fault. See, I love my hair when it’s long, smooth, beautiful and bouncy but then there are the other days. The days when frizz is not my friend and my coif seems to be queen – treating me like a serf -paying no attention to my needs or wants.

The Frizz-Factor

I have tried – and loved – the Brazilian Blowout but missed the volume and variety when I was left with the stick-straight strands I’d always wished for. Then I moved on to the keratin treatment and my hair was shiny and lovely. But at $400/pop every 3-4 months, it’s an expensive option just to keep my ‘do frizz-free.

I was just debating what to do next when I had the  opportunity to try the TRÉSemmé Keratin Smooth collection (around $5.79 per product). I wondered if it would deliver the desired results both my coif and I craved. Well good news for my dysfunctional relationship. It did!

The caring keratin proteins infused every strand of my frazzled, frizzy hair leaving me with shiny, manageable and lovely locks for almost 3 days. Without stripping my hair of vital nutrients or weighing it down, my hair was shinier, bouncier and looked soooo healthy!

The lower-sulfate shampoo was gentle enough to use on my keratin-treated hair and the conditioner provided the lustrous results I longed for without weighing it down or making it go flat.

One happy TRÉSemmé Keratin Collection Camper!

I tried the shampoo and conditioner a few different ways. Washing with the shampoo and then conditioning with a dime-sized amount, conditioning my hair first and then shampooing and, lastly, washing with just the shampoo. Any which way you slice it, I was left with shiny, sensuous hair for just about $6 per product.

TRÉSemmé, you can count me as one happy keratin camper!



BF Asks: Do you have a love-hate relationship with your hair?