Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Get Ready for Back to School and #BeReady2Roar with P&G #PGMom

One week from today people. One week. At least in these parts. In lots of areas kids have already started back to the books. Lucky parents. Right now, I can't wait til next Tuesday. (Alone time to actually get work done!!) Boo is kind of excited to get back to his friends, and we'll be spending some time this week getting him all ready for the first day.

I don't have any girls to get ready for BTS, but I remember when I was a teen, fashion and beauty choices were high on my list of back to school preparations. From picking out the perfect first day outfit to finding the best solutions for quick and easy morning make-up - that was my BTS. Oh, and pretty pencils and notebooks too of course.

P&G has a great selection of beauty products for teen girls, and they asked COVERGIRL Make-up Pro, Veronica Chu, and Pantene Consulting Stylist, Justin German, to develop a few tips using some of their favourite products from COVERGIRL, Pantene, Olay and Venus. I thought I'd share them with you today.

1. Every great beauty look starts with a great regimen
“Following a daily hair care regimen is the basis of great looking hair! One of the staples of this is a shampoo and conditioner like the Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner – I love this collection because it’s designed to repair hair, control moisture levels and prevent damage for a soft, smooth, moisturized feel. This makes it a fantastic option for girls experimenting with new styles and putting their hair through its paces so it looks healthy and strong.” – Justin German

“Similarly, great makeup starts with great skin. For young women in their teens or early twenties, their bodies are still growing and factors like stress and hormonal changes can cause skin to act out. I always recommend following a cleansing routine morning and night, followed by a good moisturizer. One of my favourite cleansers is the Olay Total Effects Refreshing Citrus Face Scrub – the oil free formula won’t clog pores and cleanses without over drying. For a moisturizer, apply the Olay Total Effects Featherweight Moisturizer – I like this one because it’s super light-weight and includes an SPF for added protection.” – Veronica Chu

2. Less is more
“Playing with hair products and different hair styles is really fun, and it’s a great way to learn! But using too much product can leave hair crunchy, frizzy, flat, or oily. Start off with lighter products like detanglers or the Pantene Pro-V Stylers All-in-One Styling Balm to avoid this – the light multi-tasking formula tames frizz and flyaways while protecting from damage. As an added benefit, other styling products can be layered on top so it’s a great one to experiment and play with.” – Justin German

“When girls start asking to use makeup, think of it as a gradual transition with a very soft and natural feel. Mascara is an easy way to start experimenting – I usually suggest younger girls start with a single coat of brown mascara to give a more natural look. My favourite for beginners is COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume with its wide, straight barrel that makes it really easy to handle. Once comfortable with LashBlast Volume, then branch out and try others in the COVERGIRL LashBlast family (Bloom, Clump Crusher or Fusion) and experiment with other pigments.” – Veronica Chu

3. Fresh and effortless is in
“Undone, dropped out waves are everywhere and they’re so easy to create, especially if your daughter showers at night. Simply apply a leave in conditioner to the hair while it’s still damp, then braid the hair. In the morning, break down the braid and spray the roots with Pantene Root Reboot Dry Shampoo, adding volume and texture. Not only is this look on trend, but it’s a great time saver too!” – Justin German

“Dewy skin is a staple for the upcoming season. What makes this look particularly good for younger girls is that it’s so natural for them – it’s all about a fresh youthful glow that they already have! To help bring out this natural glow and even out skin tone, apply a small amount of Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream. I love the extremely light weight, oil-free formula because it allows for even colour while minimizing the look of pores.” – Veronica Chu

Body care is also important at this age. For those who are starting to think about shaving or already doing it regularly, the new Venus Swirl razor is designed with new proprietary FlexiBall technology featuring unique four-way movement to shave those hard-to-reach places that other razors might miss. And for a fresh clean that lasts all day, try the new Fresh Outlast body washes from Olay that contain 3X more mild cleansers than before.

I tortured my hair as a teen - too much washing, way too much product (hello 1980's BIG hair). Pantene now makes great products that are lightweight, moisturising and way easier on your hair. I use the All-in-One Styling Balm and find it gives me soft control over frizz. But I think my favourite product mentioned here is the Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream. I love this and find it to be a great alternative to foundation. Light and non-clogging, it would be excellent for teen skin, prone to oiliness and break-outs.

Special Offer

P&G and HIP Rewards are offering 2 downloadable songs with a $10 purchase of COVERGIRL, Pantene, Olay or Venus products! This special offer is valid in all Walmart locations (excluding Quebec, sorry!) between August 13 – September 6, 2015. Check out http://Ready2Roar.hiprewards.ca for full details.

The Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive this Back to School Beauty Prize Pack, valued at approximately $100, and including the following items:
  • Pantene Pro-V Stylers All-in-One Styling Balm
  • COVERGIRL Colorlicious Jumbo Gloss Balm (one in Sheers collection, one in Creams Collection)
  • Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream
  • Venus Swirl razor
  • $25 Walmart gift card

Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm EDT, September 22. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G. By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be resident within Canada, excluding Quebec.


  1. I really love Venus razors, so I'd love to try the new swirl. It looks amazing <3

  2. The Venus Swirl.....I thought I had posted before so hope this isn't a duplicate!

  3. I'd love to try the cc cream.


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