Ouidad New Product Review

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I’ve written before about the challenges of growing up with curly hair.  It took me years to find products that worked for my hair type.  All curly hair is different and not all products work for my hair type.  The one product I can not live without is Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel.  I have been using it for over 18 years.  I’ve tried hundreds of products in between and nothing else works for me.  The only way I can wear my hair down is if I style with Climate Control’s Gel.  Ouidad was nice enough to let me try two of their new products before they even hit the shelves!  This is really exciting to me especially since I am such a fan of Ouidad’s products.  They sent me  Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat Humidity Gel Stronger Hold and Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Restore + Revive Bi-Phase.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I love the results!!!

Below are pics of my hair throughout the day…(I am obviously not an experienced selfie taker.  Some are selfies and some are taken by my 10 year old!)

In the morning


Late afternoon and still good!


Clipped on the side and lovin it!

If you check out the video below it will explain a little about the technique you should be using when styling with either of the Climate Control gels.  Believe it or not that is what I do every time I style my hair.  It gets easier especially since I’ve been doing it for 20 years!  I’m a pro now.

My hair is very thick so it soaks up every product I use.  I have to use a lot in order for my hair to not get frizzy.  Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat Humidity Gel Stronger Hold was kind of amazing.  It seemed a little thicker to me but still a clear gel.  I didn’t have to use as much when I styled my hair.  It really coated every strand.  As much as I love the regular Heat Humidity Gel, I have to use a lot of it.  And when I style my hair it looks good, but half way into the day I always tie it back because it gets unruly or frizzy.  Keep in mind I live in Florida where it is hot and humid most of the year…  I am not lying when I say I was able to wear my hair down all day and it did not get frizzy.  It was 85 degrees and we had rain showers!  Ouidad also sent me the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Restore + Revive Bi-Phase.  It is strong-hold hair mist that controls curls.  Because of my curly hair I wash my hair every other day.  This product was great to refresh curls  late in the day or the next day.  You spray it on the curls and scrunch them to nourish and hydrate the curls.  It’s perfect for the curls that tend to get frizzy.  On me, that is the underneath layer.  I really love this product as well. You do not have to use a lot.  Just for a touch up here and there.

Click HERE for the V.I.P. PRE-SALE: 20% OFF the new Stronger Hold Heat & Humidity Gel and Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Promo code: PRESALE20

Here are a few other items and products that will help when styling your curly hair:

Shampoo⇒ Curl Quencher® Moisturizing Shampoo

Conditioner⇒ Curl Quencher® Moisturizing Conditioner

Love it also.  I use it as a detangler when I get out of the shower.  ⇒ Botanical Boost® Curl Energizing & Refreshing Spray

Hair Spray⇒ Finishing Mist Setting & Holding Spray

Wide-Tooth Comb– I have one in the shower to comb my hair while the conditioner is in it and one when I get out of the shower to comb the detangler through.

Curl Clips-I use them to clip my hair in sections when I am styling it and to keep the roots raised when I am air drying it.

Diffuser-Wouldn’t attempt to dry my hair without it!

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Ali’s Favorite’s

Ali's Favorite's

by Alexandra Salvatore

There are a couple of things I love right now!


  1.  My favorite face wash is Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.  It is fragrance free and soap free, but does lather!  It is good to remove makeup and gives a clean but moisturized feeling after.  It is good for all skin types.  I have it in a pump in my shower at all times!
  2. The MAC highlighter in Doublegleam is a new step in my makeup regimen and this shade is perfect!  I dampen my highlighter brush lightly and tap into pot.  I just highlight the area under and next to my eye – on cheekbone.
  3. I have been using this hairdryer for more than 15 years and it is amazing.  It is the strongest and hottest hairdryer, yet NOT one of the lightest.
  4. The Saphira Mud Mask is amazing to use as a treatment for your hair or every time you wash.  It smells amazing and is the best mask I’ve used in a long time.
  5. I used this 3D toothpaste once and had white teeth!  Sometimes they even get too white, if I use it daily.  It’s great to have in the house.  Makes me feel good!

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Curly Hair Products

Curly Hair Products


Curly hair is a challenge to say the least.  The challenge starts once the curls grow in, as you can see from my lovely pics!  It is extremely difficult to find a hairdresser that knows how to cut and color curly hair, and they usually never know how to style it!  It takes a lifetime to find the products that are best for your hair type and styling it is a whole other problem.

Over 18 years ago I went to the Ouidad curly hair salon in Manhattan.  When I moved to Florida they started opening up flagship salons and I would drive an hour to a salon in Fort Lauderdale to get my hair cut and colored.  Now they have salons all over the country, but I don’t get my hair done there.  But I can’t get away from their products.   They are really the best for my hair type.  Here is a list of some of the best Ouidad products I’ve ever used.

Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel

Finishing Mist

Moisturizing Shampoo

Moisturizing Conditioner

Botanical Boost

If you are not into the Ouidad products, I have heard a lot about Carol’s Daughter, which also specializes in curly hair.

I also can not do my hair without the following tools:

I have one of these combs in the shower to comb the conditioner through and one for when I get out of the shower to comb the detangler through.

I use these curl clips once I have styled my hair to lift the hair at the roots while it is air drying.  Sounds crazy unless you have curly hair.  Lol

And I wouldn’t attempt to dry my hair without a diffuser.

Mac Eyeshadow

MAC Eye Shadow

By Alexandra Salvatore

MAC  is one of my favorite make-up lines.  I  went to buy some new eye shadows the other day and stopped by the Macy’s MAC counter.  The girl was so nice.  She reminded me that the shadows are $16 each at Macy’s, but if I go to the MAC store they are $6 each AND you can personalize your palette.  I believe she said they come in 4, 6 or 12 packs.  For example the quad would be $24 . I just thought this tip was too awesome to not share.

This time I chose a quad and personalized it myself($24) with Saddle, Smut, Patina and Club.  I wanted a matte color and then some pearly based shadows that can be used on the whole lid or crease.  They are great accompanied by a highlighter up near the brow and inside by the inner eye.  Some of the darker ones can be used to line the eye with the brush to create the subtle wing line.


Nordstrom.com has a beautiful selection of MAC Eyeshadows including the colors I chose…




Ali’s Beauty Tips

Ali's Beauty Tips

My younger sister Ali has a passion for make-up, skincare and beauty products.  She will be sharing some of her favorite beauty tips on www.feedingthefam.blog.  Enjoy her short introduction below:


By Ali Salvatore

My name is Ali Salvatore.  I love chatting with friends and family about my favorite make-up, skincare and beauty products.  That is probably because of how I grew up.  I have 2 older sisters(Kim and Jen).  Our mom is a licensed cosmetologist from Brooklyn.  Our dad is a retired printing salesman/entrepreneur from Queens.  My parents owned a makeup and skincare line called Lonae Cosmetics.  Our basement was always fully stocked with their newest products.  My sisters and I would go down there and pick and choose our favorite products as young as I can remember.  My parents would frequently run their multi-level marketing meetings out of the house.  Everyone would be there to test the new make-up colors and skincare formulas.  I of course watched on in excitement.  As a little girl I would take my mom’s dangling earrings and lipstick and go to school decked out!

Now that I’m an aging 36 year old, I need my make-up and proper skincare more than ever.  And I love sharing all of my favorite products with whomever will listen.   I can talk beauty secrets for days…