4/27/2017

Top Tips For Dry Frizzy Hair


Hair habits can make one fall victim to an increased amount of bad hair days. Although I have cut down heat styling to virtually never doing it, I still brush my hair wet, dye my hair, and wear it up to work all the time. I started noticing that my little bit of trimming wasn't doing the job when it came to split ends, so I had a friend trim as much as she thought would be necessary to make it look healthy again. She ended up cutting around an inch and a half of my hair and you could instantly tell the difference in my hair. I could run my fingers through my hair, matter of fact, I could glide my fingers through my hair and not hit a single knot. My hair looked lighter in color and so so so much smoother than it had in a while.

I needed to make the decision to treat my hair better, it was dry and that resulted in split-ends and damage. I went on a hunt to look for my next big find in a budget that wouldn't make my wallet deflate.



Here are the 4 tried and true products I found that gave me some seriously coveted after hair!


1 & 2


Argan Oil From Morocco Repairing Shampoo&Conditioner  (find it here for $5.99)

So first and foremost I wanted to point out that this particular duo is both sulfate and paraben free! Huge plus for anyone who loves their hair. Upon using this shampoo and conditioner the first thing I noticed was it's nice fresh citrus smell. Like I have said before I am a very smell-oriented person (yes I have made that a word) so finding products that have a pleasant smell to them makes my heart smile. At first when applying and rinsing out the shampoo I felt like it was going to cause some major dryness to my hair, but after the conditioner was applied, that fear was crushed by the newfound smoothness I felt to my hair. You know you have found a good conditioner when you can feel how soft your hair is even before you hop out of the shower. Another thing I really liked about these products was the fact that they did not weigh my hair down, I have such thin hair that I have always been a conditioner before shampoo kind of girl but found that with this product I could lather it on shampoo first and not look like a greasy mop by the end of the day. 

3

Loreal Total Repair 5 (find it here for $5.99)

Deep conditioning galore! This stuff is FREAKIN amazing for the price you pay. This is definitely a more bang for your buck item and I am so glad I stumbled across this. This Damage-erasing balm is like the holy grail of hair products, can you tell I love it yet? Basically you apply this to your hair after shampooing and let it sit for about five minutes and then rinse out. Your hair will come out looking the smoothest it has been in years and the smell of this stuff is amazing as well. I could literally tell how thirsty my hair was for some much needed moisture care. My hair has never looked better!

4

 Garnier Sleek&Shine Moroccan Sleek Treatment (find it here for $4.99)

To really finish off strong with your hair use this awesome hair serum to manage any left over frizz and dryness. Just apply a dime size amount and concentrate on the ends of your hair and smoothing any leftover product over the rest of your locks. This gives my hair a shine and managebility that I had struggled to find before. My hair remains smooth and tangle free all throughout the day! 
After using all these products my hair has never felt so hydrated and happy, and best of all, everything is under 10 bucks! Hello good hair days ahead!

4/12/2017

Lancome Teint Miracle SPF 15 Review



If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you may have come to find that I am a serious budget buyer when it comes to all things beauty. I get a sense of satisfaction out of knowing that I can buy something of less cost for the same quality many people get out of a product that is three times the price. 

Recently I have been having a horrendous breakout that can only be best described as painful and monstrous looking. My self-esteem took a huge hit knowing that even with makeup, I still found myself looking very uneven and gross looking. Through K's assurances about how beautiful I was regardless and how it really wasn't that bad, I still felt so bad about myself. I had to take steps to get my skin back to a manageable state, but was at a loss of what to do when I have literally almost tried everything under the sun.


I have been on a prescription face cream called tretinol, This cream is so so so harsh on my skin. The jist of it is that this cream is supposed to cause your skin cells to rapidly turn over and basically is a chemical peel, bringing pimples to flourishion faster and healing old breakouts sooner. The problem is that most people go through a purge state, so I was fully prepared to deal with a period of horrible skin but it just didn't get any better for months. 

So what did I do? 

I lessened the frequency of use, made a minor tweak and opted for a more natural face lotion, and started taking a gentler approach to my skincare. Maybe just maybe, less was more and as I suspected my skin started to look more radiant, healthy and happy within a matter of days. 

I ended up talking to my mom about the issues and frustrations I was having with my skin when she told me about a foundation she had been using that really made her skin feel great and she had experienced no breakouts on. It was a Lancome brand foundation and she told me it would be 45 dollars. Holy bejesus, I had never spent more than 10 dollars on a foundation and cringed at the thought that anyone would spend that kind of money on a foundation. Luckily my mom told me she would "sponsor" my purchase. Which is good because I don't see myself buying something of that price in this lifetime and living to see another day.

Lancome Teint Miracle SPF 15 $47 (find it here)

When I went to Ulta I got color matched which really is probably the best thing I could have done, if I am going to spend $47 dollars on something it better match my skin perfectly. The sales associate tried two different shades that were embarrassingly pale for someone who lives in the sunshine state and came to the conclusion that I indeed was fair skinned (nicer way of saying ghostly white) she also explained to me that this product does change color once it oxydates so a shade may look a smidgen too light on your skin but throughout your day will become a tone closer to your own. 

I went home and promptly proceeded to apply this foundation all over my face. The thing about this foundation is less is more, and it is light to medium coverage so some areas did need a bit of building coverage. Still overall I was very surprised by how little it took to take my face from blah to beautifully flush coverage. This foundation is totally weightless and I felt like I was wearing nothing at all, it wasn't too matte nor too dewy either for my liking. At no point throughout the day did my skin feel or look cakey which is a huge plus for someone who already has self esteem issues when it comes to the condition of their face. Overall I felt very light and fresh. Another plus with this product is that it had SPF in it to protect and shield your skin. I also felt as though my skin felt better after washing this off and wearing it for a day. I got a ton of compliments on how radiant my skin looked throughout the day and the scent of this product is really amazing.

Overall I would definitely recommend this as a splurge product and as much as I hate to say it, sometimes it is truly better to dish out the extra money and buy something way out of your comfort zone.