Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Julep Coupon Cabin Givaway & BzzAgent Post: Fekkai Glossing Kit

Hi everyone!
First off, thank you so,so much to everyone who has followed me on facebook, and entered my Julep Nail Polish/Hand care set giveaway! I really appreciate each and every one of you who took the time, and I cannot wait for the end of the month so I can pick out a winner.

Fekkai BzzKit Info:

Last week, I received my Bzzagent kit in the mail for the Fekkai glossing shampoo and conditioner.  To say I was excited to get in on this is an understatement. I've been hearing so many great things about this brand, but the price point is just so steep, at $20 per 8 oz bottle of product, that I could not justify spending that much just to test it out. The bzzkit comes with 1 dvd on the company, a booklet explaining the product line, 1 bottle of Glossing Shampoo, 1 bottle of Glossing conditioner, 7 packets of Glossing Cream, and 1 packet of Technician Color Care Shampoo, and 1 packet of Technician Color Care 3 Minute Mask.

Just some background of the Fekkai brand, in case anyone is interested. I always like to check out the brand and see what they stand for/where the owner came up with the ideas/what their target market is, just to get a better idea of everything that I am spending my money, or using word of mouth, to support.

Frederik Fekkai was naturally, born in France. Isn't that where all sorts of amazing beauty icons and entrepreneurs come from?  He started his own salon, and won the attention of Bergdorf Goodman. Obviously he must do amazing work, because that's no small feat. As many salon owners do, he developed his own line of luxury hair care products.

I find it interesting that his line of product is currently made by Proctor & Gamble. They purchased his line in 2008, and I think that they must have just started marketing it to "regular folk" as I like to say, who are not celebrities, or famous people. It's more accessible, and I'm also curious to know if the price point has actually dropped since the line was acquired?

On to the first impressions: 
Admittedly, I looked at those tiny 8 oz bottles and thought "there's no way that that will last me more than 4 days." You see, I have hair that's almost to my waist. It's thick, coarse and wavy, and blonde. Which means it gets damaged easily, and sucks up conditioner like nobodies business. I usually use VO5 Chamomile, because it's cheap and it works amazingly well on my hair. It definitely will be interesting to compare them.

Using the shampoo, I made sure to only dispense about a dime sized amount. Since the bottles are so very small, I feel like I have to ration the product. But also, since it's supposedly so much better, it should only take a small amount to do the same work. The shampoo and conditioner both come in standard pop top dispenser plastic bottles. They're not super smooth, which is nice because it makes them not slick in the shower. Opening the top is not a chore, but it's also not loose, so you don't have to worry about anything leaking.

The shampoo has the same consistency as most shampoos do. It's not super runny, but not so thick that it's hard to get out of the bottle. The scent is extremely pleasant. Very light and refreshing. It has an herbal smell to it, but not in an unpleasant way like some other "natural" brands I have tried. I found that it didn't lather crazily like cheaper brands. Lather does not indicate cleaning anyways, but it's hard to break myself of expecting it. I ended up using two dime sized amounts concentrated on my scalp. It cleaned my hair and my scalp perfectly. I get face lotion into the hair by my forehead, and it turns into gross product buildup after a day. This got rid of it completely.

The conditioner has the same light consistency, and is creamy without being runny or way too thick. It does not smell bad either, it has the same kind of fresh herbal scent. Amazingly, I used 2 dime sized amounts for my waist length hair. Dime sized. That's nothing. I usually use a handful of conditioner easy.
I looked at those tiny dallops and thought..there's no way that's going to work. My hair's going to be a dry, tangled mess. But I put it on my ends. Then I used the conditioner/water mixture in my hand to run through the rest of my hair. Then I let it sit a minute while I rinsed off. I rinsed my hair...and it was soft. It's not super soft, but it's not a bone dry frizzy mess either.

Rinsing off my hair was also easy. Sometimes I have to rinse other brands repeatedly, because I feel like I have a silicon coating on my hair that's left behind from them. This was not the case with the Fekkai product. They rinsed off cleanly and easily. 

So far, I am very impressed. My hair isn't frizzy or dry, and the scalp isn't oily or stripped bare. The scent was great and if you only have to use such a tiny amount, I can see why it might actually be worth it to purchase that product line.

I'm going to keep using it until the bottles are gone, and I will definitely update you all on the progress! Thanks for reading!

*Disclaimer: The Fekkai bzzkit mentioned was furnished by Bzzagent for free in order for me to test and review. I did not purchase any of the Fekkai products myself that I am reviewing.

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