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living on less

A little over a year ago, I shared a new personalized vitamin recommendation tool available on Walmart.com called VitaSelect. I'm excited to announce two new additions to this highly useful tool: 1) VitaSelect is now mobile optimized so you can access it while shopping at your local store and 2) more brands have been added to the recommendations, giving you a greater range of choices.

A Little Recap on VitaSelect

The VitaSelect tool leads you through a short series of questions about your health, lifestyle, risk factors, and stress levels. After you complete the survey, it will recommend a personalized list of vitamin recommendations, prioritizing what your body needs most and also offering a few additional optional recommendations for optimal health.

Once you receive your recommendations you can choose to print the list or email the list to yourself. Walmart doesn't store your personalized information, so you'll definitely want to do one of the two!

Out of curiosity, I decided to fill out my profile again, and I was surprised to find that my priority recommendations have actually changed since last year -- so I guess that goes to show that you should revisit your supplement choices occasionally to ensure that you're taking the correct supplements.

Instead of recommending a multivitamin and probiotic, VitaSelect recommended that I take a multivitamin and a super B-complex supplement. I haven't been very diligent about taking my vitamins the past couple of months, so I'll definitely be renewing this daily habit.

Are the VitaSelect Recommendations Trustworthy?

If you're a little on the fence about using an online tool to select vitamins and supplements, I'll tell you why I'm totally comfortable using VitaSelect...

After you receive your recommendations, you can click on the little plus sign to "Learn More" about the recommended vitamins and supplements. Once you've clicked on it, you'll also be given the option to click on "References," which will provide you with a very long list of resources detailing trials, studies, and research on the particular supplement you're viewing, allowing you to make an educated decision on your own.

Of course, if you're still unsure, it's always wise to consult your doctor or a pharmacist.

Use the VitaSelect tool to get your personalized vitamin recommendations now! What supplements did it recommend for you? Were you surprised by the results?

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When I received a box of Schwarzkopf hair care products to try about a month ago, everything seemed pretty straight forward -- until I pulled out a small container of Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Satin Frizz Control & Protect Wax Powder. Being completely unfamiliar with such a product, I remember wondering, "What the heck am I supposed to do with this?"

Curious, I turned the container over to learn more, and discovered that it's intended to provide "superb frizz control and flexible styling without weighing [your hair] down. To apply the wax powder, you sprinkle it in your hand and then rub it into a creamy paste. I have to admit, it was totally fun to feel the wax powder transform from powder to paste with just a little body heat.

How To Use Wax Powder

After a little trial and error, I've been using the Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Satin Frizz Control & Protect Wax Powder a couple of different ways:

On myself -- My second day hair (remember, I don't wash my hair every day) tends toward being a little flyaway and not as defined as when it's freshly washed. I rub a little of this wax powder into a paste all over my hands and scrunch it into the ends of my hair to tame the flyaways and give it kind of a beachy texture.

On my girls -- My girls both play soccer and will typically wear their hair back in a ponytail or braid. I discovered that hair wax is just the product to keep the baby fine flyaway hairs around their face slicked down where hairspray has always failed. For their hair, I concentrate the paste on my fingers and smooth back all of those baby hairs around their face before they put one of their sports headbands on.

After noticing it at my local Walmart store, I also purchased a container of Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Biotin+ Volume & Texture Magic Volume Powder to try. Unlike the wax powder, the volume powder stays a powder. Sprinkled at your hair's roots, it's perfect for adding a little extra volume to second day hair, and I also like to use it to add extra volume when I wear my hair straight.

Both of these new Schwarzkopf products lend themselves to a variety of hairstyles and textures. I definitely recommend giving them a try!

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Over the next several weeks, I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Schwarzkopf to share my best styling tips for wavy-curly hair using their new line of professional quality hair care products available exclusively at Walmart! Developed with Claudia Schiffer (one of my all-time fave supermodels), Schwarzkopf has created the ultimate product range for hair care, color and styling -- including some very innovative products.

Read more about the various Schwarzkopf products I've tested:

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Curly Hair Don’t Care | Dry Shampoo For The Win

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 15, 2015 · 0 comments

I mentioned back in my first post in this series that a good dry shampoo is a curly girl's best friend, so I was really looking forward to trying the new Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Biotin+ Volume & Texture Luxe Fresh Dry Shampoo. Since I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, the roots can be looking pretty greasy by the third day. A little dry shampoo can usually get me through another day before I need to wash it again.

I'll be honest -- I've tried a lot of drugstore brand dry shampoos over the years, but I've never found one that I like anywhere near as well as my favorite salon-quality dry shampoo. And believe me, I gave them every chance, since my usual product can only be ordered online and requires ground shipping. It's expensive and inconvenient to say the least...

Given that I've been so pleased with the other Schwarzkopf products I've tried, I was cautiously optimistic about trying new Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Biotin+ Volume & Texture Luxe Fresh Dry Shampoo -- so I'm happy to report, that I actually really, really like it! I won't say I love it just because I have to be careful not to over apply to avoid white roots, but the scent and texture are amazing. If Schwarzkopf adds a tinted formula for darker hair to the line, I will totally upgrade my opinion to LOVE!

3 Tips for Applying Dry Shampoo

  • Shake the bottle before applying. This step is really important, because the powder has a tendency to settle and you'll essentially just be spraying air on your hair if you don't.
  • Spray using short bursts. Spraying using short bursts can help you avoid over application that leads to white roots, especially for those of us with darker hair. Remember, you can always add more, but removing excess can be difficult at best.
  • Spray only the roots. The ends of your hair don't get oil, and dry shampoo can make them staticky and flyaway. I part my hair in the opposite direction and mist it at the roots, and then I repeat on the other side. Then I simply work it through using my fingers. Feel free to brush it through if that works for you, but as I've mentioned, I don't brush my hair.

Whether your hair is straight or curly, this dry shampoo is one Schwarzkopf product that I recommend you all try. At just $6.97 per bottle, it's a fantastic way to extend your hairstyle between washes this summer! Check out the coupons below to make it even more budget friendly:

$5.00 off (2) Schwarzkopf Ultime™ Hair Products


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Over the next several weeks, I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Schwarzkopf to share my best styling tips for wavy-curly hair using their new line of professional quality hair care products available exclusively at Walmart! Developed with Claudia Schiffer (one of my all-time fave supermodels), Schwarzkopf has created the ultimate product range for hair care, color and styling -- including some very innovative products.

Read more about the various Schwarzkopf products I've tested:

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As many of you are aware, I've been trying out some of the hair care and styling options from the new Schwarzkopf products available at Walmart. So far I've been very pleased with the shampoo and conditioner options, and I've found the frizz control hair oil to be amazing!

This week I tried the Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Elastin Curls & Moisture Curl Defining Cream. According to the packaging, this product "leaves the hair naturally soft and touchable" and allows you to "create shiny defined curls for an all day style."

While I found that this curl defining cream did leave my hair very soft and touchable, unfortunately, I didn't feel like it did a very good job of defining my curls. I tried it several times with both shampoo/conditioner formulations and with and without the hair oil, but I just didn't get the defined results that I normally get with my favorite gelée.

My hair is on the thicker side and slightly coarse, and I've always achieved the best definition with a gel product. Unfortunately (and surprisingly), Schwarzkopf does not currently offer any sort of gel in their styling line.

In the end, I did find that a half-and-half concoction of both the curl defining cream and my favorite gel produced the soft and bouncy, defined curls I was looking for! If Schwarzkopf adds a gel to their line, I'll be the first in line to try mixing it with this curl defining cream to see if I can get the same results.

I should note that while I wasn't blown away with this product, it may be a good option for those of you that have curly hair with a finer texture than mine.

Quick purchase link:

Over the next several weeks, I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Schwarzkopf to share my best styling tips for wavy-curly hair using their new line of professional quality hair care products available exclusively at Walmart! Developed with Claudia Schiffer (one of my all-time fave supermodels), Schwarzkopf has created the ultimate product range for hair care, color and styling -- including some very innovative products.

Read more about the various Schwarzkopf products I've tested:

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As I mentioned previously, eliminating frizz is my number one challenge in styling my wavy-curly hair. Add in the fact that curly hair is fragile hair, prone to split ends and breakage, and things really get tricky. This is the main reason that I rarely heat-style my hair, choosing to let it air dry most days.

I have to say my split ends are particularly bad right now... Really, I'm embarrassed to share just how long ago my last haircut was (over a year-and-a-half ago *cough, cough*). it's pretty clear that a trip to my hairstylist is in order ASAP, but in the meantime, I'm thrilled with the new Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Satin Frizz Control & Protect Nutri-Nectar Beauty Oil.


Taming the Frizzy Split Ends

I apply about three squirts of this nourishing serum to the end of my hair after shampooing and conditioning my hair, and it does an amazing job of cleaning up my split ends, while taming the frizz.

The directions actually state to apply it to damp or dry hair, but I've found that it seems to work best for me when I apply it when my hair is still pretty much soaking wet. So I just keep the bottle in the shower so I can apply it right after I rinse out my conditioner.

I seriously would not have dreamed that my ends could look this good having gone so many months between trims! But I promise that this photo is completely unretouched... Lookin' good, huh?

Quick purchase link:

Over the next several weeks, I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Schwarzkopf to share my best styling tips for wavy-curly hair using their new line of professional quality hair care products available exclusively at Walmart! Developed with Claudia Schiffer (one of my all-time fave supermodels), Schwarzkopf has created the ultimate product range for hair care, color and styling -- including some very innovative products.

Read more about the various Schwarzkopf products I've tested:

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