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Moroccanoil Travel Kit – your getaway essentials … personalized!

Moroccanoil travel kit

 

For Summer 2014, Moroccanoil® has created mini sizes of some of their most loved products, which are absolutely perfect for one’s short-haul travelling needs. As I prepare for a quick media trip to Toronto, my selection of items will be exactly what I need to see me through, and being very particular with my haircare, I prefer having products with me that I know and trust, as opposed to relying on hotel offerings.

What is ideal about this offer, is that YOU get to choose your products (4 in total) for a personally tailored set – none of these generic groupings that may or may not work for your hair type. Another great option, is that as these are mini sizes, it’s also a good way to get introduced to products from the line that you may not have had the chance to try before – without any long-term commitment (or expenditure) if it doesn’t work out. The adorable little bag? Why, that’s included with your selections … not bad, huh?

 

Moroccanoil Travel Kit closed pouch

Moroccanoil® Travel Kit – crocodile embossed travel bag

 

Moroccanoil Travel Kit open pouch

Moroccanoil® Travel Kit – crocodile embossed travel bag

 

Moroccanoil Travel Kit & luggage tag

Moroccanoil® Travel Kit – crocodile embossed travel bag, mini essentials & gift luggage tag

 

Moroccanoil Travel Kit & luggage tag 2

Moroccanoil® Travel Kit – crocodile embossed travel bag, mini essentials & gift luggage tag

 

Moroccanoil Travel Kit & luggage tag 3

Moroccanoil® Travel Kit

 

Moroccanoil Travel Kit & luggage tag 4

Moroccanoil® Travel Kitmy selections include mini sizes of the Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner, the Hydrating Styling Cream, and the cult-fave Treatment Oil (all previously reviewed here).

 

Moroccanoil Travel Kit selections

 

 

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*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Moroccanoil Ultra-Luxurious Boar Bristle Brush Collection

Moroccanoil hair brushes

 

From the brand that gave new meaning to healthy, shiny manes, Moroccanoil® now introduces the next (and totally logical) phase of haircare with their new Ultra-Luxurious Boar Bristle Brush Collection. Performance-tested backstage at various fashion shows, and used on a number of A-list celebrities to get them red-carpet ready, these tools will provide you with “gorgeous looking hair by every brush stroke“. Ummm, yeah … I’m definitely on board for that.

More than 2 years in their creation and available in 3 styles (all prices in Canadian), these handmade brushes offer natural boar bristles which gently stimulate the scalp, while promoting shine and assist in distributing hair’s natural oils evenly along the shaft. The heat resistant lightweight, yet durable ash wood handles (embossed with the brand’s name) present a solid and easy-use grip, while the vented ceramic barrel of the round brushes promotes even heat distribution and the right amount of air-flow to help speed up drying time. Using a brush with natural bristles also aids in eliminating build-up that can dull the look of your hair, and stands up to the higher heat of styling tools much better than synthetic bristles, which can warp and sometimes even emit toxic fumes. For use on all types of hair, even ultra fine.

  • Round Brush $72.00/25 mm, $84.00/35 mm, $84.00/45 mm
  • Classic Brush $72.00
  • Teasing Brush $36.00


Moroccanoil hair brushes boxed

Moroccanoil® Ultra-Luxurious Boar Bristle Brushes


Moroccanoil hair brushes boxes

Moroccanoil® Ultra-Luxurious Boar Bristle Brushes


Moroccanoil Round Brush 2

Round Boar Bristle Brush 45 mm (CAN $84.00) – The first thing that caught my eye, was the Moroccanoil® signature aqua shade on the barrel of the brush. It made me happy, for some reason. The solid heft of the brush signifies quality to me, and running my thumb along the bristles showed that they are neither too soft & flimsy, nor scratchy hard – again, another sign that thought went into the making of this tool. Since I only have the largest of the round brushes to work with, I can’t speak for the other sizes, but if this is any example, then I don’t doubt the effectiveness of the others at all.

If you’re looking for that perfect brush to style your hair, while providing body and bounce, then this is the one. Easy to manipulate (even for a hair-styling nerd like myself), I absolutely love how this brush seems to not only grab the hair, but hold it securely as well. With my long hair, this is the perfect barrel size for creating flowing waves, although I was also successful in turning out [large] loose curls as well – without tangling the brush in my hair, I might add. The 45 mm size is mostly suited for mid to longer hair, while I’m the 25 mm would be better suited  for shorter lengths, or to create tighter curls on longer hair.


Moroccanoil Round Brush

Moroccanoil® Round Boar Bristle Brush 45 mm


Moroccanoil Round Brush bristles

Moroccanoil® Round Boar Bristle Brush 45 mm


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Moroccanoil® Round Boar Bristle Brush 45 mm


Moroccanoil Round Brush handle

Moroccanoil® Round Boar Bristle Brush 45 mm


Moroccanoil Round Brush number

Moroccanoil® Round Boar Bristle Brush 45 mm


Moroccanoil Classic Brush 2

Classic Boar Bristle Brush (CAN $72.00) – Something about this paddle shape, calls to mind the image of a Victorian lady sitting in front of a vanity, while her maid tends to her hair … wish I had someone do that for me (a mega weakness of mine, someone brushing my hair, that is). I’ve traditionally eschewed this type of brush in favour of those nylon “skeleton” type brushes to dry my hair, mainly because I do have quite a bit of hair and never believed a paddle brush could get through the strands and dry it thoroughly – or quickly. Boy, was I ever WRONG.

To achieve the best results, I found that in first letting my hair air-dry for about 20 minutes (the least amount of time spent under a heat source, the better for your tresses) was key. Using this Classic Brush to dry my hair, gives me several things: to begin with, dry time is not extended as I thought it would be (in fact, it may even have been shortened), fly-aways are significantly reduced, and my hair is visibly shinier – not an easy feat to accomplish, especially when dealing with a blonde colour this shade (pale champagne), which seems to absorb light rather than reflect it as darker hues can. An unexpected bonus, however, is in the sensorial experience: running this brush through my hair turns the usually utilitarian (and often tedious) process into one of old-world decadent luxury … truly pampering, I tell you (still wish I had someone else doing the job, though).


Moroccanoil Classic Brush

Moroccanoil® Classic Boar Bristle Brush


Moroccanoil Classic Brush back

Moroccanoil® Classic Boar Bristle Brush


Moroccanoil Classic Brush bristles

Moroccanoil® Classic Boar Bristle Brush


Moroccanoil Teasing Brush

Teasing Boar Bristle Brush (CAN $36.00) – Since I don’t usually tease my hair, I didn’t think that this particular brush would benefit me in any way, but once again, I was proven wrong. With its narrow shape and triple row of staggered bristles, not only is this brush effective in teasing the hair quickly and evenly, but it manages to do that without making it look like a bird is trying to build a nest in there. After using it to tease the ‘underhair’, it became a simple matter to then smooth the topmost layer for volume that came off as sexy & just a touch tousled, not 50’s style shellacked (unless that’s the look you’re going for). Another way I found to use this brush, is in helping to create a sleek pulled-back pony; the pointed end is so useful if you’re opting for a look with a deep side part, while the bristles effectively grab any loose hairs to provide proper control. Easy-peasy, and no large & clumsy brush to hamper your efforts.


Moroccanoil Teasing Brush 2

Moroccanoil® Teasing Boar Bristle Brush


Moroccanoil Teasing Brush handle

Moroccanoil® Teasing Boar Bristle Brush


Moroccanoil Teasing Brush bristles

Moroccanoil® Teasing Boar Bristle Brush


Moroccanoil Teasing Brush bristles 2

Moroccanoil® Teasing Boar Bristle Brush


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Moroccanoil® Teasing Boar Bristle Brush

 

Using top-quality hair products (shampoo, conditioner, etc) is just one part of the equation to achieving envy-inducing locks; using top-quality tools, such as these Moroccanoil® Ultra-Luxurious Boar Bristle Brushes, goes a long way to realizing those results. For years now, I’ve been hearing about Mason-Pearson brushes and what a difference they make on one’s hair, but the US $150.00 price tag was off-putting, to say the least. While these Moroccanoil® Brushes still fall on the pricier side of the scale, I find that given their stellar performance and that they will most likely outlive any of my former (synthetic) brushes, not to mention the fact that they are hand made and so well-balanced, I believe the investment definitely worth the cost. Al I can say, is that my hair has never looked shinier, and that’s good enough for me.

Moroccanoil® products are available through fine salons and spas. Find more information via:


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*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Moroccanoil – Candle With Glass Vase

Moroccanoil Candle opener

 

There’s something just so soothing about lighting a fragrant candle during the cold of Winter, and when said candle comes from cult-fave brand Moroccanoil®, you know without a doubt that the result will be something special … and oh-so-luxurious.


Moroccanoil Candle box

Moroccanoil® Candle – made even more special with its satin bow & personalized note


Moroccanoil Candle box info

Moroccanoil® Candle with Glass Vase – useful information printed right on the box


Moroccanoil Candle open box

Moroccanoil® Candle with Glass Vase


Moroccanoil Candle

Candle with Glass Vase (CAN $52.00/ 7 0z) – Made with premium European wax and imbued with the signature Moroccanoil® fragrance, this luxury candle is housed in a double wall glass container – which will also make a perfect vessel to store small items in once the candle is done with. The 100% cotton wick is placed with precision in the exact center of the wax and is stated to ensure 50 hours of clean and even burning. It’s also recommended that the wick be trimmed to 1/4″ prior to lighting, as well as giving it a regular trim for optimal burning. Make sure you always place on a temperature-safe surface and NEVER leave a lit candle unattended (but you already knew that, right?).

My thoughts: I have always loved the tranquility a lit candle brings, but I’ve come across too many that are filled with cloying and/or totally nauseating artificial scents.

I.Love.This.Candle.

To begin with, I have already stated several times on the blog how I am but thoroughly addicted to the heavenly Moroccanoil® aroma; with this candle, I can now SURROUND myself as well as FILL my living space with this unique scent – a proprietary combination, that reminds me of vanilla, the ocean, the sun – and everything as far removed from Winter, as one can get. Another unexpected bonus came about quite by accident; after I blew the candle out and let it cool down slightly, I trimmed the wick to remove any burned bits and my fingers came into contact with the still-soft wax. The texture of the wax was incredibly silky, but even better, the fragrance (THAT FRAGRANCE!) remained on my skin, and when I rubbed my fingers along my pulse points, I was then able to wear that scent as well – sort of like applying a solid perfume (I sure hope the good folks at Moroccanoil® take note of this last part).


Moroccanoil Candle 2

Moroccanoil® Candle with Glass Vase


Moroccanoil Candle 3

Moroccanoil® Candle with Glass Vase


Moroccanoil Candle 4

Moroccanoil® Candle with Glass Vase


Moroccanoil Candle lit

Moroccanoil® Candle with Glass Vase

 

If you’re still on the hunt for that last minute perfect Christmas gift, especially one that doesn’t say “I gave up and bought you whatever I could find”, then THIS is it. I also strongly suggest you buy 2, because you’ll definitely want one of these lovelies for yourself. Everything about this candle is well thought out, from the packaging (it comes in its own box), the qualities of the wax & wick, the way it’s scented all the way through, to the luxurious heavy glass jar – sophisticated yet simple, and will suit every decor.

Moroccanoil® Body products are available at luxury spas and fine salons nationwide. Find more information via website/twitter/facebook


Moroccanoil Candle closer

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Moroccanoil Body – Shimmering Body Oil

Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil opener

 

Complimenting the new Body range of products from Moroccanoil® is the ‘Shimmering Body Oil’, the jewel of the collection. Infused with that beyond-addictive signature scent and filled with a sensual yet discreet sparkle, not to mention so many beneficial ingredients, your skin will surely invoke sighs of envy.


Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil

Shimmering Body Oil (CAN $45.00/ 50 ml) – a blend of skin nourishing oils, the much-loved Moroccanoil® scent, and an ultra fine shimmer suspended throughout, this oil is meant to not only provide a deep moisture, but also impart a radiant glow to the skin while doing so. Housed in a luxe glass bottle, the dropper applicator ensures that you can control how much (or little) you use. Note: gently roll the bottle between your hands before application, to evenly distribute the shimmer it holds.

Key Ingredients Include:

  • Argan Oil – extremely rich in natural tocopherols (Vitamin E), essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants, helping to hydrate and nourish the skin, improving its texture and tone
  • Sesame Oil – contains powerful anti-oxidants that help build up skin’s natural defence and moisture repair

My thoughts: I was initially concerned that this product would be too oily to work with, but I was surprised to find how quickly it absorbed. While you can apply this oil at any time you feel like your skin can use a little moisture boost, I found the best way is after showering and towelling off, when my skin was still slightly moist and better able to receive all the nourishing properties this Shimmering Body Oil has to offer. The shimmery bits are actually so incredibly fine, that there’s no fear of looking like a Twilight extra upon application – they instead serve to provide a gorgeous luminosity that becomes just a touch more apparent when direct light hits your skin. The suppleness this oil lent to wherever I applied it, not to mention that heavenly aroma, was just the icing on the cake.


Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil dropper

Moroccanoil® Body – Shimmering Body Oil


Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil info

Moroccanoil® Body – Shimmering Body Oil (product info)


Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil ingredients

Moroccanoil® Body – Shimmering Body Oil (ingredients list)


Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil swatch

Moroccanoil® Body – Shimmering Body Oil (applied)


Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil swatch 2

Moroccanoil® Body – Shimmering Body Oil (rubbed in)


Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil swatch 3

Moroccanoil® Body – Shimmering Body Oil (absorbed)

 

For me, there’s nothing quite like the relaxing sensation of taking the time to fully pamper my body, and there’s no denying the long-lasting suppleness to the skin that only a body oil can provide. Enhancing that experience with a light kiss of shimmer and a tantalizing scent, just sweetens the deal. Everything about this oil just screams “luxury”, and let’s face it … aren’t you worth it?

Hint: Another great Holiday idea for the Moroccanoil® fan on your list – if you can bear to part with it, that is!

Click on the Moroccanoil® tab in my sidebar to read about the rest of this range, all previously reviewed.

Moroccanoil® products are available at luxury spas, and fine salons nationwide. Find more information via: website/twitter/facebook

 

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what this Shimmer Body Oil makes me think of … (source)

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Moroccanoil Body – Dry Body Oil

Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil opener

 

It may sound like an oxymoron; how can the words “oil” and “dry” be used in the same sentence? And yet, that’s exactly what you get with Moroccanoil’s new Dry Body Oil – with its glistening & lightweight texture, designed to thoroughly moisturize your skin while leaving a luminous glow behind … and no oily residue.


Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil

Dry Body Oil (CAN $38.00/ 100 ml) – housed in a glass bottle with a nice weight to it, this pale amber-coloured oil is dispensed  as a fine mist through the sprayer nozzle. Lightly fragranced with the signature Moroccanoil® scent, the best time to use this oil is immediately after showering, when your skin is still damp and best equipped to absorb all its beneficial properties. Some of the key ingredients include:

Argan Oil – extremely rich in natural tocopherols (Vitamin E), essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants, helping to hydrate and nourish the skin, improving its texture and tone

Olive Oil – contains a high level of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin E that moisturizes, protects and nourishes – very beneficial for dry or damaged skin

Avocado Oil – penetrates deeply into the skin with powerful anti-oxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids that help build skin’s natural defences and moisture repair

My findings: upon first spraying this oil on my skin, I was unsure whether it would get fully absorbed or not, as it did appear quite intense (fig. 1). After rubbing it in, I could still see a healthy “sheen” (fig. 2), but it was only about 5 minutes later that it felt fully absorbed into my skin (fig. 3). The best part? I could not believe how soft, silky and supple my skin felt (and let’s not forget that delicious Morroccanoil® scent), an effect that lasted almost the entire day.


Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil dispenser

Moroccanoil® Body – Dry Body Oil


Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil info

Moroccanoil® Body – Dry Body Oil (product info)


Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil ingredients

Moroccanoil® Body – Dry Body Oil (ingredients list)


Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil swatch

fig. 1 Moroccanoil® Body – Dry Body Oil (applied)


Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil swatch 2

fig. 2 Moroccanoil® Body – Dry Body Oil (rubbed in)


Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil swatch 3

fig. 3 Moroccanoil® Body – Dry Body Oil (absorbed)

 

I live in a climate that can be positively nasty; Summers are insanely humid and Winters brutally cold – all of which can play some major havoc with one’s skin. During this past Summer, using this oil not only left my skin feeling thoroughly quenched, but also served to give my tanned limbs a beautiful glow. Now that the weather’s started cooling down (actually, it’s more like positively frigid), this Dry Body Oil will not only give me back the moisture stolen thanks to needing to turn the heating on, but will have another positive effect: take me back to Summer’s lazy heat (I can dream, right?).

By clicking on the Moroccanoil® tab in my sidebar, you can read about the rest of this range that I’ve previously reviewed.

Moroccanoil® products are available at luxury spas, and fine salons nationwide. You can learn their latest news via:

website/twitter/facebook

Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil closer

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Moroccanoil Body – Intense Hydrating Treatment

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment opener

 

Ok, so you’ve buffed (previously reviewed here), cleansed (reviewed here), and buttered (reviewed here), but still wish to continue the pampering, you say? Easily done using Moroccanoil’s new Intense Hydrating Treatment – a thick amber-coloured gel, that will banish any leftover dry spots that dare to linger. Then again, if you’re a moisture-fiend like I am, do you really need a reason for velvety smooth skin?


Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment

Intense Hydrating Treatment (CAN $27.00/ 100 ml) – you can consider this product the “specialist” of the entire Moroccanoil® Body range, due to its almost therapeutic-like nature. Differing from the rest of the line in that it bears a honey-lavender scent instead of the signature brand fragrance, this baby also stands out for other reasons as well. The thick gel texture transforms into an intensely hydrating oil upon being massaged into the skin – it’s actually NOT meant to be simply slathered on. Absolutely perfect for areas that are prone to excessive drying, such as elbows, knees and heels, just a touch of this Intense Hydrating Treatment will leave your skin feeling 100% nourished & with a renewed elasticity. What you’ll notice once this product is fully absorbed into your skin, is an immediate suppleness. What you won’t find? Any greasy feeling left behind. NOTE: to properly close the flip-top cap, make sure you press down on the center portion until you hear it click firmly in place.

TIP: You can also add a few drops to your bath, for an invigorating spa experience.

Key Ingredients:

Argan Oil – extremely rich in natural tocopherols (Vitamin E), essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants, this 100% natural oil helps to hydrate and nourish the skin improving its texture and tone.

Organic Chamomile Water – rich is bisabolol, flavonoids, essential oils and phytosterols, it aids in soothing, softening and relaxing the skin.

Organic Sunflower Seed Oil – high in essential fatty acids that are easily absorbed and hydrate and nourish dry skin.

Vitamin E Derivatives – soothes skin and increases moisture while protecting against free radical damage and premature skin aging.

Glycerin – a humectant that helps increase skin’s elasticity and provides long lasting moisture.

 

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment open cap

Moroccanoil® Body – Intense Hydrating Treatment


Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment info

Moroccanoil® Body – Intense Hydrating Treatment (product info)


Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment ingredients

Moroccanoil® Body – Intense Hydrating Treatment (ingredients list)


Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treament swatch

Moroccanoil® Body – Intense Hydrating Treatment (sample)

 

Dry skin has definitely met its match with this treatment, and as a tiny amount really goes a long, long, way, you certainly get your money’s worth from just one tube. Very intense, as the name suggests, this is not the product for you if you just want a light touch of moisture, but here’s the beauty: you can use a few drops in your bathwater, and literally skip any further body lotion after that. Not a bad deal … especially for when you’re feeling lazy.

Moroccanoil® products are available at luxury spas, and fine salons nationwide. You can learn their latest news via:

website/twitter/facebook

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration