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July 30 2014

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3 posts tagged "Motions"

Drugstore Discovery of the Week: Motions Shoots It Straight

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Ever since Marie Robinson stylist Allison Woodruff introduced us to the brand four years ago, Motions styling products have become frequent members of the revolving cast of characters that turn up in our haircare arsenal. The sleek gold bottles, which can often be found in the “ethnic” aisle of most drugstores, actually work wonders on a number of different textures, aiding in the creation of curls, waves, and now straight styles as well. The brand’s new Straight Finish system is designed to counter the side effects of hot tools, with plant oils and keratin protein that prep, protect, and seal strands that have been battered by constant blow-dry and iron abuse. The three-piece collection includes a structured liquid Cleanser, which uses shea butter and soy bean oil to moisturize as it removes dirt and grime; a Leave-In Conditioner boosted with Argan and coconut oils to detangle and hydrate; and our favorite of the bunch, a Sealer with Argan and almond oils that you can apply to wet or dry hair to smooth the cuticle and reduce frizz. At a mere $6.99 each, they’re an easy Spring splurge.

Photo: Courtesy of Motions

Drugstore Discovery Of The Week: Poetry In Motions

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I first learned about Motions when I made an appointment with one of Marie Robinson’s star stylists, Allison Woodruff, shortly after the celebrity colorist first opened the doors to her Flatiron salon in 2010. While tending to my blow-out, Woodruff dropped a beauty bomb: Rather than reach for a pricey salon-only styling aid to smooth away any lingering frizz and add an impressive luster to my hair, she picked up a can of the African-American haircare brand’s Hold & Shine Styling Spray and spritzed away. I naturally inquired about the product line, which Woodruff happily told me was a drugstore find that has been a part of her product arsenal for ages. After meeting Rihanna’s trusted stylist Ursula Stephen, who has preached the gospel of Motions for years (and ultimately joined team Motions as its celebrity stylist), I was sold. Its latest releases for natural hair textures are particularly of interest to me now that I’ve started brutalizing my thick brunette tresses with long days at the beach and frequent dips into the ocean (and any pool I’m fortunate enough to get invited to). After two straight days of sand and surf in Rockaway, I tested out the new Moisturizing Cleanser and Smoothing Conditioner, hoping that the shea butter, coconut, and avocado oil in both formulas would help diminish any lingering dryness left over from the holiday weekend. Much to my delight, they sure did—so much so that I really didn’t need to use my normal, heavy styling cream and managed to get by just with a little dollop of the line’s new Radiating Gloss. Do they work as well as the $34-to-$44-a-piece, all-natural shampoo and conditioner I painstakingly ration out on a regular basis? No. But with a $6-per-product price tag, Motions is a great second bet.

Photo: Courtesy of Motions

Grammy Beauty: And the Nominees Are…

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Fashion week may be dominating the style set’s attention right now, but come Sunday, the spotlight will shift to the music world as the Grammys get under way. A grandiose excuse for overexposed pop stars (and their labels) to pat each other on the back, the awards show does offer up a welcome and amusing respite from the serious styles of the Oscars and its film-focused cohorts. Glitter makeup, elaborate nail design, and a lot of wigs will presumably hit the red carpet. In anticipation of the big event, we tracked down some of the nominees’ go-to primping experts to get an insider’s look at what we can expect to see this weekend. All you have to do is press play.