Giveaway & Product Review - Tara Smith Hair Care Line

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Tara Smith Hair Care – www.TaraSmith.com Review

As many of us know it is very difficult to find hair care products that you love so much you buy over and over again. I know I have been guilty of it; trying out a new shampoo and conditioner and styling products every time I go to the store. I am always thinking that another brand might be better, but there have only been a few products I have really fallen in love with over the years of trying out so many brands. In the last 2-3 years I have been making a conscious effort to buy my hair and skin care products from natural brands as well as those who are cruelty free and do not test on animals. Those are two things that are important to me and to be honest, I prefer when beauty products include more natural ingredients than one’s I can’t pronounce. That is why I was especially excited to get reached out to from the Tara Smith brand to test out some of their products for a review on my blog. The exciting news is Tara Smith’s hair care line is coming to the United States!

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Not only do I love anything related to beauty, especially hair care, but I am always in the market for a new brand to learn about. Before I was contacted for this review, I have to say I had never heard of Tara Smith products, so this was a great learning experience for me and fun to test things out on my own locks. I made sure to use the products so that I know first hand how they feel, smell, work so that I can share that with my readers. I am happy to say this line did work out really well for my hair and I was so happy to have been able to try it. For my hair type the yellow bottles worked best “Gorgeously Gentle” which is meant for hair that needs a bit of TLC, like mine, from processing, blow drying, flat ironing, you name it! If you wash your hair almost everyday like I do (because I work out daily and sweat a lot, that means my hair needs washing almost each day!) this duo of shampoo and conditioner would be great for you. I will get into detail a bit more below but overall I give this line an A for quality, design, mission statement and selection. The line is a bit pricey, but if you already spend a ton on hair care items that don’t work great, you would want to invest in these because they really are great quality.

Tara Smith (tested on film stars, not on animals) www.TaraSmith.com

Tara smith is a professional hair stylist to the stars. She’s run here fingers through the tresses of some of the most beautiful people on the planet. Smith released her own line of natural and organic hair products in Summer of 2015. She tests her hair products on stars, not animals – a phrase that I love! Some beauties she works with are Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Joely Richardon, Demi Moore and Lake Bell. As more and more women (and men too) are becoming aware of the ingredients going into their bodies and onto them, it’s great to see more natural and organic options for beauty. Right off the bat if all these beautiful A-Listers trust this lady with their hair, a gal from NJ can too.

Her Facebook page gives a great insight into who Tara is stating, “Tara began working alongside her mother at her salon, originally her grandmother’s and was passed down from generation to ge neration, in Leicester England at a very young age. Fueled by her passion and desire to one day become a world-renowned hairstylist, Tara began sharpening her skills while working at her mums salon. Today, her extensive experience and unique skills have led her to a glittering global career as one of the most sought after hair stylists in the world!”

So let’s get into the products, what they are used for and then also a giveaway for my lovely readers so you can try out some of these products as well. The contest will be live until 8/31/2015 for you to enter for a chance to win. You can enter every day via the rafflecopter widget below and a winner will be selected once the entry period has closed.

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Product Run Down & Reviews

#TaraSmithHaircare products are infused with performance-based botanicals to improve hair health with every wash.

Cruelty Free / Not tested on animals

Gluten Free & Organic ingredients

UK Born / US Made

All products are allergy and dermatologist tested

Free from parabans, SLES, glycols, phthalates, PEGS, artificial coloring synthetic fragrances or animal products

'All of my hair care products are fully vegan and not tested on animals. Every product is free from animal-derived ingredients, parabens, SLES, glycols, phthalates, PEGS, artificial coloring, and synthetic fragrances.'

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First Impressions:

Packing/Design – I love love love the design of these products! Not only because they have beautiful images of exotic birds, but the colors are breathtaking. For me this would catch my eye if I was walking down an aisle looking for new hair care products to try. It also speak to me that this brand is animal friendly, a huge factor to me. If a line is going to be vegan it ought to look as beautiful as these are. The tops/caps of each bottle color coordinate with the image on the packaging which looks bright and colorful. I also love that Tara uses her signature as her branded logo, it adds a nice personal touch. After viewing her website I saw the quote “Birds of a feather flock together” and I began to think this might be the inspiration also to the use of the birds on her packaging…

Quality/Results – When I have bought natural hair care products recently I am never completely blown away by their shampoo. It always seems to miss the mark on making my hair feel clean, without feeling either really stripped of moisture, still kind of greasy or just overall not soft and smooth. Many do not lather up (due to removal of chemical ingredients that actually create a lather effect) but Tara Smith’s products actually left my hair feeling refreshed, clean and not dried out. I have naturally dry hair/damaged from coloring and hot tools, but I also have oily scalp so it’s hard to find something to do the cleansing piece, the moisturizing piece but without doing it too much that my hair gets even more weighed down and oily. These products left my hair feeling manageable, clean, soft, healthy and moisturized!

Selection – Tara Smith makes hair care products for 4 different hair types and each has it’s own look and feel to the design. For those looking for more moisture and to awaken dull hair, for gals with curly hair, volumizing products for thin hair and ones for those who need strength and shine. Each “hair type” has its own shampoo, conditioner and then a line of specific hair styling products. Those four styling products are a serum, cream and gel and gloss. They help to combat issues like frizz, shine, control and moisture.

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Products I used: I used the Gorgeously Gentle shampoo and conditioner which were amazing. The shampoo is a clear color and the conditioner is a creamy white color. Both are not sticky, tacky or have any noticeable fragrance to them. The shampoo lathered up very well and I did not have to shampoo twice to remove dirt and oil from my hair and scalp. I was surprised how clean my hair felt, as with some other organic shampoos I tend to feel like it doesn’t cleanse as well as I’d like. The conditioner was great; not super thick and a little went a long way. I focused on putting this on my ends and left it on for about 5 minutes to soak into the hair and when I rinsed my hair was super soft! It was not tangled at all and felt really refreshed, I really enjoyed using this duo.

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After my hair was brushed through I used I the Brilliant Thickening Cream which is meant to help with volume either for wet hair or when you are about to blow dry. I put a small amount into my hair and worked it root to end. It was very liquidy, not thick like most volume creams which I liked. When they are super thick they tend to weigh down my hair a lot. I liked the results using this and it kept my hair full without feeling oily or full of heavy products. I will be using this combo moving forward!

Working Curls – When your curls need an awakening

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Choose Working Curls Shampoo & Conditioner to keep curls defined, frizz-free & glossy, and finish with lab-proven Brilliant Thickening Cream for volume, lift & UV protection. What’s inside the bottle? soy protein and rosemary extract to refresh and conditioner hair. Designed to combat frizz and hydrate, nourish and strengthen curly hair.

Shine On – When your locks need luster

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Dry, chemically treated hair getting you down? We feel you girl! Check out the Shine On Shampoo & Conditioner duo with a softening and strengthening amino acid complex, designed to repair damaged tresses and reclaim your sparkle & shine! What’s in the bottle? Ginkgo biloba leaf extract softens and strengthens to promote healthy and shiny hair. The seaweed extract natural oils and essential minerals nourish and repair dry, damaged tresses, restoring shine and sparkle.

Gorgeously Gentle – When your tresses need a little TLC

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When your hair needs a little TLC, look no further than our Gorgeously Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner! This duo is made with Sweet Almond Protein and Aloe Vera to soothe and strengthen while restoring your natural bounce & shine! What’s in the bottle? This everyday cleanser calms irritation and sensitive scalp. Uses sweet almond protein, aloe vera and panthenol to remove build up, soothe your scalp and balance pH levels while still giving your hair bounce and shine.

Feed the Root – When your limp locks need a nourishing meal

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Locks lookin' limp? Wake them up! Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner with Tea Tree Oil, Avocado Oil and Bamboo Extract work together to promote volume, shine & strength! What’s in the bottle? Tea tree oil and bamboo extract deep clean the hair to rid it of impurities, while balancing natural oils to improve vitality and luster. Designed to nourish and protect your locks.

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To sum it all up…the Tara Smith line is really high quality, professional hair care products. They are by no means inexpensive, their items range from $16-$26, but if you are looking for organic, vegan, cruelty free products that do what they claim to do then this might be one you’d like to try out.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge for a sponsored post to review these items. I was compensated to write this review and the products used were provided to me. The opinions are my own, honest and real, as with all content on my blog.

FTC: Sponsored by Coyne PR. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my viewers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.

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